US Pat. No. 10,557,331

MULTILATERAL INTELLIGENT COMPLETION WITH STACKABLE ISOLATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

12. A method, comprising:advancing a whipstock assembly into a parent wellbore lined with casing that defines a casing exit and has a lateral wellbore extending from the casing exit, the whipstock assembly including a whipstock and an aligning tool operatively coupled to the whipstock;
extending the whipstock assembly into a completion window assembly that provides a muleshoe and has a window aligned with the casing exit, wherein the completion window assembly further includes upper and lower slots provided on opposing axial ends of the window;
engaging the aligning tool on the muleshoe and thereby angularly orienting a whipstock face of the, whipstock to the window;
coupling the whipstock to a sleeve coupling provided on an isolation sleeve positioned within the completion window assembly, and the isolation sleeve further provides an alignment key; and
deflecting a downhole tool off the whipstock face and through the window to access the lateral wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,557,319

WEDGED CAMP ASSEMBLY

1. A clamp assembly for supporting a rod, comprising:a housing comprising (i) a base including a first corner and a second corner, (ii) a first wing extending from the first corner, (iii) a second wing extending from the second corner, (iv) a first lip connected to the first wing, the first lip not being parallel to the first corner, and (v) a second lip connected to the second wing along a front corner of the second wing, the second lip not being parallel to the second corner, free ends of the lips facing toward each other such that a rod-receiving slot is defined between the free ends of the lips, the rod-receiving slot being sized to allow the rod to pass laterally through the rod-receiving slot;
a door that engages with the lips, the housing and door being shaped such that downward movement of the door with respect to the housing causes the door to be forced closer to the base of the housing; and
a rod-contact member attached to the door, the rod-contact member being detachable from the door, the rod-contact member in use being in contact with the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,557,306

SAFETY POOL LADDER

1. A safety pool ladder installed against a wall of an above-ground pool and adapted to be moved between a use position for providing ingress into the above-ground pool and a block position to prevent ingress into the above-ground pool, the safety pool ladder comprising:a ladder structure comprising a plurality of step members and a pair of side members, wherein the plurality of step members extends horizontally between the pair of side members, and a flat surface disposed towards back of the plurality of step members, when the safety pool ladder is disposed in the use position; and
a pair of side rails with channels formed therein such that the pair of side members of the ladder structure is movingly arranged in the channels to allow the ladder structure to travel along a length of the side rails,
wherein the ladder structure is adapted to travel along the length of the side rails, and rotated and flipped thereafter such that the flat surface is disposed towards front of the plurality of step members to dispose the safety pool ladder in the block position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,294

MULTIPOINT DOOR LOCKING SYSTEM

1. A multipoint door lock system for a door having on its edge a deadbolt and a secondary bore separated from the deadbolt, comprising:a door frame comprising a subframe, the subframe having a strike jamb, a bolt opening provided in the strike jamb being adapted to receive the deadbolt, the strike jamb having a secondary opening positioned to face the secondary bore of the door when the door is closed in the door frame;
a pivotable latch having a locking recess, a door-actuated tip and a door-locking tip, the pivotable latch being mounted in the subframe so that the door-actuated tip can protrude through the secondary opening of the strike jamb as the pivotable latch rotates, the pivotable latch being configured to rotate when the edge of the door pushes the door-actuated tip into the subframe, causing the door-locking tip to enter in the secondary bore of the door;
a lever mounted in the subframe and movable between a resting position facing the bolt opening when the deadbolt is not inserted in the bolt opening and a locking position adjacent to the resting position when the deadbolt is inserted in the bolt opening; and
a translating member having a proximal end operatively connected to the lever and a distal end extending toward the locking recess of the pivotable latch, the translating member taking a retracted position when the lever is in the resting position, leaving the distal end of the translating member outside the locking recess of the pivotable latch, the translating member taking an extended position when the lever is in the locking position, inserting the distal end of the translating member in the locking recess to lock the pivotable latch, whereby the pivotable latch is placed in a pre-armed position when the door-actuated tip enters the secondary bore of the door and when, concurrently, the distal end of the translating member is not inserted in the locking recess, the pivotable latch being placed in a locked position by the insertion of the distal end of the translating member in the locking recess.

US Pat. No. 10,557,288

HOOP LOCK WITH BENT FOOT ENGAGEMENT

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A lock assembly having a longitudinal axis defining a proximal direction and a distal direction, the lock assembly comprising:a shackle comprising:
a proximal leg comprising a proximal foot extending in a direction of a lateral axis of the lock assembly, the proximal foot including a proximal foot groove; and
a distal leg connected to the proximal leg, the distal leg comprising a distal foot, wherein the distal foot includes an angled portion extending away from the proximal foot in the distal direction, and wherein the distal foot further includes a narrowed section including at least one distal foot groove extending parallel to the longitudinal axis, the at least one distal foot groove extending into the angled portion of the distal foot; and
a crossbar extending along the longitudinal axis, wherein the proximal foot and the distal foot are received in the crossbar, the crossbar comprising:
a deadbolt having a first locking position in which the deadbolt extends into the proximal foot groove; and a first unlocking position in which the deadbolt does not extend into the proximal foot groove, wherein the deadbolt has a first lateral thickness, and wherein the deadbolt defines a longitudinally-extending channel;
a locking plate including a plate opening, the plate opening including an elongated portion and a locking slot extending from the elongated portion, the elongated portion extending to a longitudinal length that is larger than a maximum transverse width of the elongated portion such that the elongated portion has a generally non-circular configuration, the locking plate having a second locking position in which the narrowed section is received in the locking slot, and a second unlocking position in which the narrowed section is received in the elongated portion, wherein the locking plate has a second lateral thickness less than the first lateral thickness, wherein the locking plate further comprises a longitudinally-extending arm received in the longitudinally-extending channel, and wherein the arm is coupled to the deadbolt via a pin; and
a lock cylinder including a cam, wherein the lock cylinder is operable to rotate the cam between a first cam position defining a locking state and a second cam position defining an unlocking state;
wherein, in the locking state, the deadbolt is in the first locking position and prevents removal of the proximal foot from the crossbar, and the locking plate is in the second locking position and prevents removal of the distal foot from the crossbar;
wherein, in the unlocking state, the deadbolt is in the first unlocking position and does not prevent removal of the proximal foot from the crossbar, and the locking plate is in the second unlocking position and does not prevent removal of the distal foot from the crossbar;
wherein each of the first locking position and the second locking position is a proximal position;
wherein each of the first unlocking position and the second unlocking position is a distal position; and
wherein the locking plate is coupled to the deadbolt for joint longitudinal movement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,557,284

FASTENING A PORTABLE SHADE APPARATUS TO A FENCE TO PROVIDE SHADE

1. A portable shade apparatus, comprising:a sheet of material;
a set of cables; and
a set of flexible rods coupled to the sheet of material and the set of cables, each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods having (i) a first end section which projects from the sheet of material, (ii) a second end section which fastens to a respective cable of the set of cables, and (iii) an inner section between the first end section and the second end section, the inner section providing support to the sheet of material;wherein the inner section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods bends in an arc to prop up the sheet of material as a shade when the first end section of that flexible rod fastens to a fence and the second end section of that flexible rod is pulled under tension by a respective cable of the set of cables;wherein the first end section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods projects from the sheet of material in a cantilevered manner to fasten to the fence;wherein the first end section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods projects from the sheet of material by at least 12 inches while propping up the sheet of material as the shade;wherein the fence is a chain link fence; andwherein the first end section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods is bendable to permit weaving of the first end section of that flexible rod through openings in the chain link fence to attach that flexible rod to the fence.

US Pat. No. 10,557,265

CLIP FOR SUSPENDED CEILING MEMBERS

1. A clip for a suspended ceiling being suspended from an overhead structure and having at least first and second adjoined ceiling members defining a top surface interfacing with the overhead structure and an opposite undersurface, the top surface of each of the first and second adjoined ceiling members defining at least one slot, the clip comprising:a main longitudinal flat body defining opposite ends, the main longitudinal body being modular, wherein the modular longitudinal body comprises at least two body components which are connectable via hook elements of one of the body components being inserted into corresponding apertures of another adjacent one of the body components; and
a pair of flat inserts, each of the inserts downwardly extending from respective one of the ends of the longitudinal body, each of the inserts configured to be inserted into a respective one of the slots, each of the inserts defines with the main longitudinal body a respective end corner portion therebetween, each of the inserts forms an acute angle with the main longitudinal body, each slot defining walls comprising a corresponding angular configuration, the inserts inwardly gripping the walls defined by the slots,
wherein the clip is mountable to the first and second adjoined ceiling members with one insert being inserted in the slot of the first ceiling member and the other insert being inserted in the slot of the second ceiling member thereby maintaining the first and second ceiling members in the adjoined position against separation.

US Pat. No. 10,557,263

MECHANICALLY-CENTERING JOINT SEAL WITH COVER

Schul International Co., ...

1. An expansion joint seal for use in an expansion joint, the expansion joint having a first substrate separated from a second substrate by a joint width,comprising:
a cover plate, the cover plate having a cover plate length between a cover plate front surface and a cover plate back surface, a cover plate width between plate first surface and a cover plate second surface, the cover plate width greater than the joint width:
a rib, the rib having a rib width between a rib first surface and a rib second surface, a rib height between a rib top surface and a rib bottom surface, a rib length between a rib front surface and a rib back surface, the rib length not greater than the cover plate length;
a resilient compressible body, the resilient compressible body having a body uncompressed width between a body first outer surface and a body second outer surface, a body length between a body front surface and a body back surface, a body height between a body bottom surface and a body top surface, a body first section, a body second section, the body uncompressed width greater than the joint width, the body length not greater than the cover plate length, the body first section having a body first section first surface adapted to contact a first substrate wall, and a body first section second surface, the body second section having a body second section second surface adapted to contact a second substrate wall, and a body second section first surface;
the rib first surface in contact with at least a portion of the body first section second surface, the rib second surface in contact with at least a portion of the body second section first surface, the rib top surface detachably fixed in relation to the cover plate; and
a resilient spacing member, the resilient spacing member having a resilient spacing member uncompressed width between a resilient spacing member uncompressed first outer surface and a resilient spacing member uncompressed second outer surface, the resilient spacing member uncompressed width greater than the joint width, a resilient spacing member length, the resilient spacing member length not greater than the cover plate length, the resilient spacing member having a resilient spacing member accordion profile across the resilient spacing member uncompressed width, the resilient spacing member adapted to contact to the rib adjacent the cover plate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,257

SANITIZING AND SMART SMELL DETECTION DEVICE FOR HANDHELD BIDET SPRAYER AND AIR FRESHENING

1. A sanitizing device for a handheld bidet sprayer, comprising:a housing;
a spray head mount on the housing;
a control module within the housing;
an optical sensor affixed to the housing, the optical sensor configured to detect the presence or absence of a bidet sprayer on the spray head mount;
an odoriferous substance sensor affixed to the housing, the sensor configured to sense odoriferous conditions or indications of a significant presence of microbes; and
a chemical supply holder within the housing, the chemical supply holder comprising:
at least one container of sanitizer;
at least one container of fragrance;
a plurality of pumps;
a plurality of discharge output nozzles; and
a plurality of pump supply conduits, each conduit extending between a respective pump and nozzle; wherein the plurality of pumps are configured to extract the sanitizer and fragrance from respective ones of the containers of sanitizer and fragrance and discharge the sanitizer and fragrance from the discharge output nozzles.

US Pat. No. 10,557,251

WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A work machine comprising:an engine;
a hydraulic pump driven by the engine;
a hydraulic actuator driven by hydraulic fluid discharged from the hydraulic pump;
an engine speed instructing device for an operator to instruct a target engine speed for the engine;
an operation device for operating the hydraulic actuator; and
a control device for controlling an engine speed of the engine,
wherein the control device includes:
a target engine speed computing section for detecting an operation amount of the engine speed instructing device and computing the target engine speed based on target engine speed characteristics preset from the detected operation amount of the engine speed instructing device; and
a target pump flow rate computing section for receiving an operation amount of the operation device and the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device and computing a target flow rate for the hydraulic pump based on the received operation amounts of the operation device and the engine speed instructing device,
wherein the target engine speed characteristics are such that the target engine speed can be set excluding a range between a first engine speed and a second engine speed, the first engine speed being higher than a minimum speed of the engine and lower than a maximum speed of the engine, the second engine speed being higher than the first engine speed and lower than the maximum speed of the engine,
wherein a ratio of a change in the target engine speed to a change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from an operation amount for instructing the minimum speed to an operation amount for instructing the first engine speed is larger than a ratio of a change in the target engine speed to a change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from an operation amount for instructing the second engine speed to an operation amount for instructing the maximum speed, and
wherein the target pump flow rate computing section computes the target flow rate of the hydraulic pump such that a ratio of a change in the discharge flow rate of the hydraulic pump to the change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from the operation amount for instructing the minimum speed to the operation amount for instructing the first engine speed becomes equal to a ratio of a change in a discharge flow rate of the hydraulic pump to the change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from the operation amount for instructing the second engine speed to the operation amount for instructing the maximum speed.

US Pat. No. 10,557,239

INFLATABLE FLOOD BARRIER

1. A temporary dike comprising:a plurality of curtains, a plurality of floating bladders, a plurality of bed bladders, and a plurality of fasteners;
wherein the temporary dike forms a water impermeable barrier that contains and controls the flow of flood water;
wherein the flood water further comprises a flood bed;
wherein the temporary dike is a temporary structure;
wherein the each of the plurality of fasteners attaches a first curtain selected from the plurality of curtains to a second curtain selected from the plurality of curtains;
wherein the interconnection of the plurality of curtains forms a boundary structure used to contain and control the flow of flood water;
wherein the plurality of floating bladders forms a floatation structure that raises the plurality of curtains to form a vertical barrier that contains and controls the flow of flood water;
wherein the plurality of bed bladders anchor the temporary dike to the flood bed;
wherein each of the plurality of curtains are interconnected to form the boundary structure;
wherein the plurality of curtains comprises a plurality of identical rectangular barrier sheeting;
wherein the rectangular barrier sheeting is a fluid impermeable sheeting;
wherein the rectangular barrier sheeting is cut in a rectangular shape;
wherein each rectangular barrier sheeting further comprises a first vertical edge, a second vertical edge, a superior edge, and an inferior edge;
wherein the superior edge and the inferior edge are perpendicular to the force of gravity when the temporary dike is deployed;
wherein the first vertical edge is an edge of the rectangular barrier sheeting is perpendicular to the force of gravity;
wherein the second vertical edge is parallel to the first vertical edge;
wherein the plurality of fasteners comprises a first hook and loop structure and a second hook and loop structure;
wherein the first hook and loop structure is a textile-based structure that attaches to the first vertical edge of the rectangular barrier sheeting;
wherein the second hook and loop structure is a textile-based structure that attaches to the second vertical edge of the rectangular barrier sheeting;
wherein the plurality of curtains are interconnected by attaching the first hook and loop structure of a first curtain selected from the plurality of curtains to the second hook and loop structure of a second curtain selected from the plurality of curtains;
wherein the first hook and loop structure comprises a first strap, a first hook/loop surface, a second hook/loop surface, a third hook/loop surface, and a fourth hook/loop surface;
wherein the first strap is further defined with a first surface and a second surface;
wherein the first strap is a textile-based webbing;
wherein the first hook/loop surface attaches to the first strap;
wherein the second hook/loop surface attaches to the first strap;
wherein the third hook/loop surface attaches to the first strap;
wherein the fourth hook/loop surface attaches to the first strap;
wherein the first hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the second hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the third hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the fourth hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the second hook and loop structure comprises a second strap, a fifth hook/loop surface, a sixth hook/loop surface, a seventh hook/loop surface, and an eighth hook/loop surface;
wherein the second strap is further defined with a third surface and a fourth surface;
wherein the second strap is a textile-based webbing;
wherein the fifth hook/loop surface attaches to the second strap;
wherein the sixth hook/loop surface attaches to the second strap;
wherein the seventh hook/loop surface attaches to the second strap;
wherein the eighth hook/loop surface attaches to the second strap;
wherein the fifth hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the sixth hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the seventh hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the eighth hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,557,227

DRYING RACK

Whitmor, Inc., Southhave...

1. A drying rack for drying wet garments, the drying rack comprising:a left frame comprising a top leg and a bottom leg;
a right frame comprising a top leg and a bottom leg;
a plurality of crossbars that attach the left frame top leg to the right frame top leg;
a plurality of crossbars that attach the left frame bottom leg to the right frame bottom leg;
a joint member at a proximal portion of each of the top legs and the bottom legs;
wherein the top and bottom legs have projections and the crossbars have an aperture to receive a left frame projection and an aperture to receive a right frame projection, allowing the crossbars to be releasably attached to the legs; and
wherein each joint member is used to attach the top leg of the left frame to the bottom leg of the left frame and the top leg of the right frame to the bottom leg of the right frame; a first lock member coupled to one of the joint members of the top leg or the bottom leg in the left frame; and
a second lock member coupled to one of the joint members of the top leg or the bottom leg in the right frame.

US Pat. No. 10,557,215

CDTE-BASED COMPOUND SINGLE CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

1. A CdTe based compound single crystal comprising:a precipitate consisting essentially of particles having a particle size of less than 0.1 ?m obtained from an analysis by a light scattering tomography method, andan n-type impurity being Ga, In or Cl, whereina concentration of Ga is 1.8 ppmwt or more and 2.2 ppmwt of less of the CdTe based compound,
a concentration of In is 0.3 ppmwt or more and 6.3 ppmwt of less of the CdTe based compound, and
a concentration of Cl is 40 ppmwt or more and 300 ppmwt of less of the CdTe based compound.

US Pat. No. 10,557,211

SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS FOR SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, DISPLACEMENT COMPENSATION METHOD FOR SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM THAT RECORDS PROGRAM

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A substrate transporting apparatus comprising:a plurality of substrate holders configured to hold substrates;
a holder gripper configured to grip each substrate holder;
a substrate transporting section that includes a horizontal guide, a vertical guide, and an arm on which the holder gripper is mounted, the arm configured to move along the horizontal guide and the vertical guide;
a rotation mechanism configured to rotate the holder gripper about a vertical direction axis;
a linear motion mechanism configured to linearly move the holder gripper in a direction perpendicular to a plane defined by the horizontal guide and the vertical guide;
a plurality of processing tanks configured to process the substrates;
a controller;
a memory that stores a first angular displacement compensation value and a first linear displacement compensation value relating to each of the plurality of processing tanks;
wherein the controller controls the rotation mechanism and the linear motion mechanism based on the first angular displacement compensation value and the first linear displacement compensation value so as to compensate for displacement of each of the plurality of the processing tanks;
wherein the memory further stores a second angular displacement compensation value and a second linear displacement compensation value relating to each of the plurality of substrate holders; and
wherein the controller controls the rotation mechanism and the linear motion mechanism based on the second angular displacement compensation value and the second linear displacement compensation value so as to compensate for displacement of each of the plurality of substrate holders.

US Pat. No. 10,557,204

PLATED MATERIAL AND TERMINAL USING THIS PLATED MATERIAL

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A plated material comprising;a base metal made from Cu or an alloy containing Cu as a main raw material;
an underlayer made from Ni formed on the base metal; and
an Ag plated layer directly formed on the underlayer, wherein
a thickness of the underlayer is 0.1 ?m to 1.0 ?m,
a thickness of the Ag plated layer is 1.0 ?m or less, and
the Ag plated layer is exposed, wherein the Ag plated layer has a surface Vickers hardness Hv of 65 or more, and has a contact resistance of 1 m? or less when a contact load of 1 N is applied after the plated material is left to stand for a few days in a SO2 atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,557,199

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A heat treatment apparatus, comprising:a substantially-cylindrical reaction tube extending in a vertical direction, and configured to accommodate a substrate holder in which a plurality of substrates is stacked in the vertical direction;
a gas supply duct integrally formed with the reaction tube on an outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube to extend in a longitudinal direction of the reaction tube;
gas supply holes configured as pipe lines to bring an interior of the gas supply duct and an interior of the reaction tube into communication with each other, the pipe lines being oriented parallel to one another to supply a gas to the substrates in a mutually-parallel relationship;
a preheating duct integrally formed with the reaction tube on the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube, and installed so as to extend along the longitudinal direction of the reaction tube up to a predetermined position of a predetermined height existing in a vicinity of an upper end of the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube;
a connection duct configured to connect the preheating duct and the gas supply duct; and
a pressure-resistant container configured to cover the reaction tube, the gas supply duct and the preheating duct from the outside,
wherein the gas supply holes are formed in a region of the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube covered with the gas supply duct, and not formed in a region of the reaction tube covered with the preheating duct,
wherein a closed space is formed by the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube and the preheating duct, and
wherein the gas supply duct and the gas supply holes are formed to cover a mounting region of the substrates mounted on the substrate holder along the longitudinal direction of the reaction tube.

US Pat. No. 10,557,194

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMAL SOURCE MATERIAL DEPOSITION ALONG HOLE EDGES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for depositing a coating of a MCrAIY-type source material onto a panel, the panel defining an edge and a front panel surface, the method comprising:providing a cathodic arc, the cathodic arc including a target surface, the target surface disposed along a target deposition axis and able to emit the MCrAIY-type source material as both a cloud of MCrAIY-type source material vapor and a generally conical stream of liquid particles of the MCrAIY-type source material;
positioning the panel relative to the target surface based on a deposition angle, the deposition angle being between the target surface and an outer limit of the generally conical stream of liquid particles of the source material;
emitting the MCrAIY-type source material from the target surface as the cloud of MCrAIY-type source material vapor and the generally conical stream of liquid particles of the MCrAIY-type source material; and
coating the edge with the cloud of MCrAIY-type source material vapor to provide an edge coating
wherein the panel is a combustor panel and the panel defines at least one hole,
wherein the edge is a hole edge of the at least one hole, and
wherein coating the edge with the cloud of MCrAIY-type source material vapor to provide an edge coating includes coating the hole edge of the at least one hole, and further wherein the target deposition axis defines a target deposition plane, and
wherein positioning the panel relative to the target surface based on the deposition angle includes positioning the entire panel above or below the target deposition plane and within the generally conical stream of liquid particles.

US Pat. No. 10,557,163

BACTERIAL DETECTION CARTRIDGE

Becton Dickinson and Comp...

1. An apparatus for determining the presence of a microorganism in a sample, the apparatus comprising:a container assembly having a top, a bottom, an inner side wall, an outer side wall, a plurality of walls extending radially from the inner side wall to the outer side wall defining a plurality of compartments, and a plunger device adapted to move from a first position to a second position,
wherein, when in the first position, the plunger device defines a flow pathway adapted to receive a sample, the flow pathway being in fluid communication with an exterior of the container assembly and also with the plurality of compartments;
wherein, when in the second position, the plunger device seals the flow pathway, such that the plurality of compartments are not in fluid communication with each other, and the sample in each of the plurality of compartments is isolated from the sample in other compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,557,134

PROTECTION OF BARCODES DURING DNA AMPLIFICATION USING MOLECULAR HAIRPINS

TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVER...

1. A method of amplifying a target nucleic acid in a sample comprising:a. contacting a sample comprising a target nucleic acid with a target-specific hairpin barcode forward primer and a target-specific reverse primer,
wherein the hairpin barcode forward primer comprises, in a 5? to 3? direction: a 5? stem sequence, an adaptor sequence, a barcode sequence, a 3? stem sequence, and a 3? target-specific sequence, wherein the 5? stem sequence and the 3? stem sequence each comprise sequence complementary to each other and the complementary sequences hybridize to each other under a closed annealing temperature and do not hybridize to each other at an open annealing temperature;
b. amplifying the target nucleic acid by performing 2-5 cycles of PCR pre-amplification on the target nucleic acid, wherein the 2-5 cycles of PCR pre-amplification have an annealing temperature less than or equal to the closed annealing temperature of the hairpin barcode forward primer, to generate a plurality of pre-amplification target nucleic acids;
c. contacting the plurality of pre-amplification target nucleic acids with an adaptor-specific forward primer and an adaptor-specific reverse primer; and
d. amplifying the pre-amplification target nucleic acid by performing at least 10 cycles of PCR amplification on the pre-amplification target nucleic acids, wherein at least 3 of the at least 10 cycles of PCR-based amplification have an annealing temperature greater than or equal to the open annealing temperature of the hairpin barcode forward primer, to generate a plurality of target nucleic acid amplicons, wherein the target nucleic acid amplicons comprise the adaptor sequence and the barcode sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,557,125

SELECTION MARKER FOR CELL TRANSFECTION AND PROTEIN PRODUCTION

SANOFI, Paris (FR)

1. An expression vector comprising the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:3 encoding a mammalian dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) and at least one expression cassette for expressing a recombinant protein, wherein the DHODH comprises the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:4, wherein the DHODH is inhibited by at least one DHODH inhibitor.

US Pat. No. 10,557,109

INFUSION FILTER ARRANGEMENT WITH FORCED INFUSION SYSTEM FOR BEER-BREWING SYSTEM

1. An infusion filter arrangement for use with a brewing kettle of a beer-brewing system, the infusion filter arrangement comprising:a filter body configured to be placed and maintained in a kettle cavity of the brewing kettle during a mash cycle and having perforated outer walls defining a filter cavity configured to hold grains defining a grain bed in the filter cavity during the mash cycle; and
a forced infusion system including an infusion liquid delivery system configured to release water or wort out of the infusion liquid delivery system inside the filter cavity at an intermediate segment of the filter cavity and at a location relative to the grain bed for establishing a flow of the water or wort from the intermediate segment of the filter cavity radially outwardly through the grain bed that agitates the grains in the grain bed contained within the filter cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,557,106

ENHANCED PEROXYGEN STABILITY USING ANIONIC SURFACTANT IN TAED-CONTAINING PEROXYGEN SOLID

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A stabilized solid activated bleach composition comprising:from about 10 wt-% to about 80 wt-% of at least one alkaline solidification matrix;
from about 20 wt-% to about 75 wt-% of an active oxygen source;
from about 0.01 wt-% to about 50 wt-% of an acid source;
between about 20 wt-% to about 50 wt-% of a bleach activating agent; and
up to about 25 wt-% of a binding system comprising from about 0.1 wt-% to about 15 wt-% of an anionic sulfate and/or sulfonate surfactant and from about 1 wt-% to about 10 wt-% of a cellulose component;
wherein the solid composition has less than 1 wt-% water;
wherein the solid composition is a pressed, cast, flowable, or extruded solid; and
wherein the active oxygen source and bleach activating agent remain unreacted in the solid composition until a point of use or dilution.

US Pat. No. 10,557,098

SYNTHESIS OF HYDROCHAR FROM JACKFRUIT

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A method of synthesizing hydrochar from jackfruit, comprising the steps of:adding a jackfruit peel biomass to a liquid carrier;
subjecting the jackfruit peel biomass in the liquid carrier to hydrothermal carbonization to provide a hydrochar, the hydrothermal carbonization comprising heating the jackfruit peel biomass in the liquid carrier to a temperature ranging from 150° C. to 250° C. for 3 hours; and
separating the hydrochar from the liquid carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,557,092

RAFFINATE HYDROCONVERSION FOR PRODUCTION OF HIGH PERFORMANCE BASE STOCKS

ExxonMobil Research and E...

1. A method for making a base stock, comprising:performing solvent extraction on a feedstock to form a raffinate comprising a solvent dewaxed viscosity index (VI) of 80 to 105 at a pour point of ?18° C., the feedstock comprising at least 50 wt % of a mineral feedstock;
hydroconverting at least a portion of the raffinate under hydroconversion conditions to form a hydroconverted effluent, the hydroconversion conditions being effective for conversion of at least 15 wt % of the at least a portion of the raffinate relative to a conversion temperature of 370° C., the hydroconverted effluent comprising a VI at least 20 greater than the solvent dewaxed VI of the raffinate, a 343° C.+ portion of the hydroconverted effluent comprising a sulfur content of 50 wppm or less;
separating at least a portion of the hydroconverted effluent to form at least a lower boiling fraction and a lubricant boiling range fraction having a T10 distillation point of at least 343° C.;
dewaxing at least a portion of the lubricant boiling range fraction under catalytic dewaxing conditions to form a dewaxed effluent; and
fractionating at least a portion of the dewaxed effluent to form a base stock comprising a viscosity index of greater than 120, a sulfur content of less than 300 wppm, and a saturates content of at least 90 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,557,089

EMULSION AND SYSTEM FOR CATALYTIC PYROLYSIS

1. An emulsion having utility as a reactor feedstock, comprising:100 parts by weight heavy oil;
from about 5 to about 100 parts by weight water; and
from about 1 to about 20 parts by weight solid catalyst particulates comprising ferric ions and chloride ions supported on clay.

US Pat. No. 10,557,084

ALIGNMENT FILM COMPOSITION, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. An alignment film composition, comprising:a copolymer of a dianhydride-based compound and a diamine-based compound, the copolymer having a structure represented by Chemical Formula Ia or Chemical Formula Ib in a repetitive unit; and
a cross-linker represented by Chemical Formula IIa or Chemical Formula IIb,
wherein:

wherein:
in Chemical Formula Ia and Chemical Formula Ib, R1 is
and R2 is a divalent alicyclic group;in Chemical Formula Ib, R3 and R4 are each independently hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;
in Chemical Formula IIa and Chemical Formula IIb:
X1 to X4 are each independently any one of a hydroxyl group (—OH), an amino group (—NH2), an epoxy group, an aziridine group, a carbodiimide group, an acrylate group, a methacrylate group, and a vinyl group;
Y1 and Y2 are each independently any one of a single bond, —CO—, —COO—, —OCO—, —S—, —O—, —OOC— —CH2CH2O—, —OCH2CH2—, an aromatic compound of 6 to 30 carbon atoms, and an alicyclic compound of 4 to 20 carbon atoms;
m1 to m4 are each independently an integer of 0 to 6; and
n is an integer of 2 to 18; and
in Chemical Formula IIa, Z1 and Z2 are each independently any one of
R being H or an alkyl group of 1 to 3 carbon atoms, an aromatic compound of 6 to 30 carbon atoms, and an alicylic compound of 4 to 20 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,557,076

LOSS CIRCULATION COMPOSITIONS (LCM) HAVING PORTLAND CEMENT CLINKER

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A lost circulation material (LCM) composition, comprising:Portland cement clinker, wherein the Portland cement clinker consists of non-hydraulic, non-cementiceous unground Portland cement clinker particles;
a carrier fluid, wherein the carrier fluid comprises an aqueous carrier fluid that includes at least one of diutan gum, xanthan gum, and welan gum; and
particulate glass having an aspect ratio greater than 1 or less than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,557,073

DRILLING FLUID FOR DOWNHOLE ELECTROCRUSHING DRILLING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

21. An electrocrushing drilling system comprising:a drill string;
an electrocrushing drill bit attached to a distal end of the drill string for fracturing rock in a formation, the electrocrushing drill bit comprising electrodes through which a voltage may be discharged that are at least 0.4 inches apart at their closest spacing; and
an electrocrushing drilling fluid that circulates downhole through the drill string and then moves the fractured rock uphole,
wherein the electrocrushing drilling fluid comprises:
a polar oil, a non-polar oil, or a combination thereof; and
water;
wherein a ratio of oil:water is between 50:50 and 90:10 (v:v), and
wherein the electrocrushing drilling fluid has a dielectric strength of at least 100 kV/cm at 10 microseconds rise time.

US Pat. No. 10,557,071

NANOSILICA DISPERSION WELL TREATMENT FLUID

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method to reduce water production in a treatment zone in carbonate formation, consisting of:introducing a treatment fluid into the wellbore such that the treatment fluid contacts the treatment zone and reduces the water production in the treatment zone, wherein the treatment fluid consists of an acidic nanosilica dispersion, the acidic nanosilica dispersion consisting of amorphous silicon dioxide, water, and acetic acid,
wherein the acidic nanosilica dispersion comprises an initial pH in the range of 2 to 4 before introducing the treatment fluid into the wellbore and an increased pH after the treatment fluid contacts the treatment zone in the carbonate formation,
wherein the treatment fluid forms a gelled solid after contact with the treatment zone in the carbonate formation for a contact period in the range of 0.5 hours to 24 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,557,067

ABRASIVE ARTICLE INCLUDING SHAPED ABRASIVE PARTICLES

1. A shaped abrasive particle comprising a body comprising a first major surface, a second major surface, and a side surface extending between the first major surface and the second major surface, wherein the body comprises a two-dimensional shape as viewed in a plane parallel to the first major surface includes a first portion of the side surface having a first curved section between a first linear section and a second linear section, wherein the first linear section terminates at a first external corner of the body and the second linear section terminates at a second external corner of the body, and wherein the first curved section has a first curved section length (Lc1) that is a fraction of a total length of the first portion (Lfp1) of the side surface, further comprising a length factor (Lc1/Lfp1) of not greater than 0.95.

US Pat. No. 10,557,049

AQUEOUS DISPERSION, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. An aqueous dispersion comprising:a microcapsule that contains a core and a shell;
a dispersant that is at least one of a carboxylic acid (A) represented by Formula (A) or a salt of the carboxylic acid (A); and
water,

wherein, in Formula (A), L represents a divalent linking group, X represents O, NH, or, NR2, R1 represents a hydrocarbon group having 9 or more carbon atoms, R2 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and n represents 0 or 1, and
wherein the shell has a three-dimensional cross-linked structure containing at least one bond selected from a urethane bond or a urea bond.

US Pat. No. 10,557,044

SLIPPERY ANTI-FOULING SURFACES FABRICATED FROM REACTIVE POLYMER MULTILAYERS

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

19. A slippery liquid-infused porous surface (SLIPS) multilayer film comprising:a) a multilayer film comprising one or more bilayers, wherein each bilayer comprises a first polymer layer in contact with a second polymer layer, where the multilayer film has nanoscale or microscale porosity and at least a portion of the multilayer film is functionalized to be hydrophobic; and
b) a hydrophobic oil selected from the group consisting of a silicone oil, a vegetable oil, a mineral oil, a thermotropic liquid crystal, and combinations thereof, wherein said oil coats at least the functionalized portion of the multilayer film and said oil at least partially fills the pores of at least the functionalized portion of the multilayer film.

US Pat. No. 10,557,004

LONG FILM

ZEON CORPORATION, Chiyod...

1. A long-length film comprising a plurality of knurl portions shaped by continuous linear concavo-convex portions on at least one surface thereof, whereinthe plurality of knurl portions are aligned in a lengthwise direction of the long-length film,
a planar shape of the knurl portion seen from a thickness direction of the long-length film includes:
10 or more corners having a curvature radius of 0.3 mm or less and an angle of 100° or less or a curvature radius of 0.2 mm or less and an angle of 120° or less, per one planar shape of the knurl portion; and
18 or more straight portions having a straight shape, per one planar shape of the knurl portion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,002

RESIN COMPOSITION FOR FIBER-REINFORCED PLASTIC, CURED PRODUCT THEREOF, FIBER-REINFORCED PLASTIC CONTAINING SAID CURED PRODUCT, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIBER-REINFORCED PLASTIC

ADEKA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

10. A high-strength fiber-reinforced plastic obtained by curing the composition which uniformly contains the resin composition for fiber reinforced plastic according to claim 1 and a reinforcement fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,556,987

POLYCARBONATE RESIN

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

1. A method for adjusting a total volume of oligomers represented by Formulae (1)-(4) below contained in a polycarbonate resin to be 2.5 wt % or less, wherein the polycarbonate resin contains a repeating unit represented by Formula (A) below in an amount of 1-99.5 wt %:
(in Formula (A), R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a phenyl group, a C1-6 alkyl group or a C1-6 alkyloxy group)

(in Formula (1), R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a phenyl group, a C1-6 alkyl group or a C1-6 alkyloxy group, and n represents an integer of 1-4)

(in Formula (2), R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a phenyl group, a C1-6 alkyl group or a C1-6 alkyloxy group, and m represents an integer or 1-6)

(in Formula (3), R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a phenyl group, a C1-6 alkyl group or a C1-6 alkyloxy group, and l represents an integer of 1-5)

(in Formula (4), R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a phenyl group, a C1-6 alkyl group or a C1-6 alkyloxy group, and k represents an integer of 2-4).

US Pat. No. 10,556,907

FUSED HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS AS S1P MODULATORS

ABBVIE INC., North Chica...

1. A compound of formula (I):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein
X, Y and Z are independently selected from the group consisting of N and CR5, with the proviso that one or two of X, Y and Z are N and at least one of X, Y and Z is CR5, and wherein each R5 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, a halogen atom, (C1-4)alkyl and (C1-4)alkyl substituted with one or more fluoro atoms;
m is 1 and n is 1;
R1 is selected from the group consisting of
—(C1-6)alkylene-R6 wherein one or more carbon atoms in the alkylene group, each independently, are optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms or with (CH2)2 to form a cyclopropyl moiety or with (CH2)3 to form a cyclobutyl moiety,
—(C3-6)cycloalkylene-R6 in which one carbon atom in the (C3-6)cycloalkylene can optionally be replaced by oxygen,
—(C1-3)alkylene-(C3-6)cycloalkylene-R6,
—(C3-6)cycloalkylene-(C1-3)alkylene-R6 and
—C(O)—(C1-4)alkylene-R6,
wherein R6 is selected from the group consisting of —OH, —OPO3H2, —COOH, —COO(C1-4)alkyl and tetrazol-5-yl;
R2 is absent, one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of a halogen atom, oxo, (C1-4)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms and (C1-4)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms;
L1 is absent or wherein

* indicates the bond to ring A and ** indicates the bond to R3; and
Ring B is selected from the group consisting of (C3-7)cycloalkyl, (C4-7)cycloalkenyl, phenyl, pyridyl, thienyl and thiazolyl, each optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of
hydroxy,
cyano,
a halogen atom,
(C1-4)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms,
(C3-6)cyloalkyl optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms,
(C1-4)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, and
phenyl optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of a halogen atom, (C1-4)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, and (C1-4)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms; and
R3 is L2-R4, wherein:
L2 is absent or a group —W—(CH2)p-T- wherein:
W is attached to L1 and selected from the group consisting of a bond, —O—, —CO—, —S—, —SO—, —SO2—, —CH?CH—, —C(CF3)?CH—, CH?C(CF3)—, —CF2—CH2—, —CH2—CF2—, —CHF—CH2—, —CH2—CHF—, —C?C—, —CH2—O—, —O—CH2—, —O—CO—, —CO—O—, and cyclopropylene;
p is an integer from 0 to 10;
one or more C atoms of (CH2)p are optionally substituted with one or two fluoro atoms, and
T is absent or attached to R4 and selected from the group consisting of a bond, —O—, —S—, —SO—, —SO2—, —CO—, —CH?CH—, —C?C—, and cyclopropylene,
R4 is selected from the group consisting of:
(C3-6)cycloalkyl, (C4-6)cycloalkenyl or an 8-10 membered bicyclic group, each optionally substituted with a substituent selected from the group consisting of a halogen atom, (C1-4)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more fluoro atoms and (C1-4)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more fluoro atoms,
phenyl, biphenyl or naphthyl, pyridyl, thienyl, thiazolyl optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of:
a halogen atom,
hydroxy,
cyano,
(C1-4)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more fluoro atoms,
(C1-4)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more fluoro atoms,
—S—(C1-4)-alkyl,
—SF5, and
(C3-6)cycloalkyl optionally substituted with phenyl whereby said phenyl is optionally substituted with a substituent selected from the group consisting of (C1-4)alkyl and a halogen atom, and
phenyl substituted with a substituent selected from the group consisting of phenoxy, benzyl, benzyloxy, phenylethyl and a monocyclic heterocycle, wherein each substituent is optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, (C1-4)alkyl, (C1-4)alkyl substituted with one or more fluoro atoms, (C1-4)alkoxy, or (C1-4)alkoxy substituted with one or more fluoro atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,556,905

PROCESSES FOR PREPARING A DIAZABICYCLOOCTANE COMPOUND

MEIJI SEIKA PHARMA CO., L...

1. A compound of a formula selected from the group consisting ofwherein in the above formulae, TFA represents a trifluoroacetyl group, OMe represents a methoxy group, Boc represents a tert-butoxycarbonyl group, Teoc represents a 2-trimethylsilylethoxycarbonyl group, OBn represents a benzyloxy group, and Cbz represents a benzyloxycarbonyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,556,904

DERIVATIVES AND METHODS OF TREATING HEPATITIS B INFECTIONS

NOVIRA THERAPEUTICS, INC....

1. A compound of Formula I
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,whereinW1 and W are each independently selected from N, NRa, and CRa, wherein one of W1 and W is NRa;
X is N or CRb;
Y is selected from a bond, —C(O)—, and —SO2—;
Z is selected from —(CR5R6)m—, —(CR5R6)mO—, —(CR5R6)mCR5?CR5—, —(CR5R6)m—C3-C6-cycloalkylene-, and —(CR5R6)m—NR7—;
R1 is selected from C(O)ORc, C(O)Rc, C(O)NRdRe, NRdC(O)Rc, —OC(O)Rc, —C(O)NRdORe; and —C(O)NRdN(Rd)2;
R2 is, at each occurrence, independently selected from H, —OH, halo, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, —O—C1-C6-alkyl, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
R3 is, at each occurrence, independently selected from H, —OH, halo, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, —O—C1-C6-alkyl, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
R4 is selected from C1-C6-alkyl, (CR8R9)p—C3-C8-cycloalkyl, (CR8R9)p—C2-C8-heterocyclyl, (CR8R9)p—C6-C12-aryl, and (CR8R9)p—C1-C9-heteroaryl, wherein alkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, heteroaryl are optionally substituted with 1, 2, 3, or 4 groups, each independently selected from —OH, halo, CN, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, —O—C1-C6-alkyl, C(O)N(Rf)2, C(O)ORf, —OCH2C(O)ORf, —SO2Rf, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
R5 is, at each occurrence, independently selected from H, —OH, halo, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, —O—C1-C6-alkyl, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
alternatively, R4 and R5 are optionally joined to form a heterocyclic ring;
R6 is, at each occurrence, independently selected from H, —OH, halo, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, —O—C1-C6-alkyl, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
R7 is selected from H, C1-C6-alkyl, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
R8 is, at each occurrence, independently selected from H, —OH, halo, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, —O—C1-C6-alkyl, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
R9 is, at each occurrence, independently selected from H, —OH, halo, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, —O—C1-C6-alkyl, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
Ra is selected from H, C1-C6-alkyl, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
Rb is selected from H and C1-C6-alkyl;
Rc is selected from H, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkyl-OH, C0-C6-alkyl-C3-C8-cycloalkyl, C2-C8-heterocyclyl, C6-C12-aryl, and C1-C9-heteroaryl, wherein cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl are optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 groups, each independently selected from —OH, halo, CN, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, and —O—C1-C6-alkyl;
Rd is selected from H, C1-C6-alkyl, and C1-C6-alkyl-OH;
Re is selected from H, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkyl-OH, C1-C6-alkyl-OC1-C6-alkyl, C0-C6-alkyl-C3-C8-cycloalkyl, C2-C8-heterocyclyl, C6-C12-aryl, and C1-C9-heteroaryl, wherein cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, and heteroaryl are optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 groups, each independently selected from —OH, halo, CN, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, and —O—C1-C6-alkyl;
alternatively, Rd and Re are optionally joined to form a heterocyclic ring, which is optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 groups, each independently selected from —OH, halo, CN, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, and —O—C1-C6-alkyl;
Rf is, at each occurrence, independently selected from H and C1-C6-alkyl;
m is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4;
n is 0, 1, 2, or 3; and
p is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.

US Pat. No. 10,556,899

METHOD FOR PREPARING MARAVIROC

SCI Pharmtech, Inc., Tao...

1. A method for preparation of maraviroc, comprising reacting an intermediate compound represented by formula (IV) below,with a chlorination agent to obtain an intermediate compound represented by formula (V) below,andcyclizing the intermediate compound represented by formula (V) to obtain an intermediate compound represented by formula (VI) below,
wherein the chlorination agent is SOCl2.

US Pat. No. 10,556,892

PIPERAZINYL METHANONE NAAA INHIBITORS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A compound having the formula:
wherein
R1 is independently halogen, —CF3, —CCl3, —CI3, —CBr3, —CHF2, —CHCl2, —CHI2, —CHBr2, —OCH2F, —OCH2Cl, —OCH2I, —OCH2Br, —OCHF2, —OCHCl2, —OCHI2, —OCHBr2, —OCF3, —OCCl3, —OCI3, —OCBr3, —CN, —OH, —NH2, —COOH, —CONH2, —NO2, —SH, —SO3H, —SO4H, —SO2NH2, —NHNH2, —ONH2, —NHC?(O)NHNH2, —NHC?(O)NH2, —NHSO2H, —NHC?(O)H, —NHC(O)—OH, —NHOH, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl;
R2 is independently halogen, —CF3, —CCl3, —CI3, —CBr3, —CHF2, —CHCl2, —CHI2, —CHBr2, —OCH2F, —OCH2Cl, —OCH2I, —OCH2Br, —OCHF2, —OCHCl2, —OCHI2, —OCHBr2, —OCF3, —OCCl3, —OCI3, —OCBr3, —CN, —OH, —NH2, —COOH, —CONH2, —NO2, —SH, —SO3H, —SO4H, —SO2NH2, —NHNH2, —ONH2, —NHC?(O)NHNH2, —NHC?(O)NH2, —NHSO2H, —NHC?(O)H, —NHC(O)—OH, —NHOH, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl;
R3 is independently halogen, —CF3, —CCl3, —CI3, —CBr3, —CHF2, —CHCl2, —CHI2, —CHBr2, —OCH2F, —OCH2Cl, —OCH2I, —OCH2Br, —OCHF2, —OCHCl2, —OCHI2, —OCHBr2, —OCF3, —OCCl3, —OCI3, —OCBr3, —CN, —OH, —NH2, —COOH, —CONH2, —NO2, —SH, —SO3H, —SO4H, —SO2NH2, —NHNH2, —ONH2, —NHC?(O)NHNH2, —NHC?(O)NH2, —NHSO2H, —NHC?(O)H, —NHC(O)—OH, —NHOH, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl;
Y is S or O;
z1 is independently an integer from 0 to 4;
z2 is independently an integer from 0 to 8; and
wherein the compound does not have the formula:

US Pat. No. 10,556,877

PROCESS FOR PREPARATION OF DAPAGLIFLOZIN

Glenmark Life Sciences Li...

1. A process for the preparation of dapagliflozin in amorphous form, the process comprising:(a) reducing a compound of formula II to a compound of formula III in the presence of a Lewis acid;
wherein the compound of formula II is prepared by reacting 5-bromo-2-chlorobenzoyl chloride with ethoxybenzene;(b) silylating a compound of formula IV with hexamethyldisilazane to form a compound of formula V;

(c) reacting the compound of formula III with the compound of formula V in the presence of a strong base followed by treatment with an acid in the presence of an alcohol to prepare a compound of formula VII, wherein R is an alkyl group selected from C1-5 alkyl;

(d) converting the compound of formula VII to dapagliflozin;
(e) acetylating dapagliflozin to give D-glucitol, 1,5-anhydro-1-C-[4-chloro-3-[(4-ethoxyphenyl)methyl]phenyl]-, 2,3,4,6-tetraacetate, (1S)-, a compound of formula VIII;

(f) purifying the compound of formula VIII by a series of crystallizing steps to obtain the compound of formula VIII with a purity of ?99.6%, wherein the series of crystallizing steps comprises:
(1) crystallizing the compound of formula VIII with methanol,
(2) crystallizing the product of step (f)(1) with diisopropyl ether, and
(3) crystallizing the product of step (f)(2) with methanol;
(g) hydrolyzing the compound of formula VIII obtained in step (f) to give dapagliflozin;
(h) dissolving dapagliflozin of step (g) in isopropyl alcohol to form a solution; and
(i) recovering amorphous dapagliflozin from the solution of step (h), wherein the recovering comprises one of:
(1) removing the isopropyl alcohol from the solution obtained in step (h) comprising concentrating the solution of step (h) and degassing; or
(2) treating the solution of step (h) with cyclohexane,wherein the amorphous dapagliflozin is obtained in a purity of ?99.8% and wherein a level of impurity A and impurity B is less than 0.15%

US Pat. No. 10,556,857

HYDRAZIDE COMPOUNDS SUITABLE FOR NUCLEATING POLYLACTIC ACID POLYMER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A composition comprising:semicrystalline polylactic acid polymer; and
a nucleating agent having the formula:

wherein R1 is a C10-C20 alkylene group; and
R2 is an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,556,855

CATIONIC LIPIDS AND TRANSFECTION METHODS

Factor Bioscience Inc., ...

1. A compound of the formula:

US Pat. No. 10,556,854

BACTERIAL EFFLUX PUMP INHIBITORS

Rutgers, The State Univer...

1. A compound of formula I:
X is NR2 or O;
R1 is (C3-C12)alkyl substituted with two or more groups selectedfrom —NRb1Rc1, —NHNH2, —C(?NRa1)(NRb1Rc1), —NRa1C(?NRa1)(Rd1)and —NRa1C(?NRa1)(NRb1Rc1);R2 is hydrogen or (C1-C3)alkyl;
each R3 is independently hydrogen, halo or (C1-C4)alkyl;
R4 is aryl, heteroaryl, aryl(C1-C6)alkyl- or heteroaryl(C1-C6)alkyl- wherein any aryl, heteroaryl, aryl(C1-C6)alkyl- or heteroaryl(C1-C6)alkyl- of R4 is optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from halo, (C1-C4)alkyl, (C1-C4)haloalkyl, (C1-C4)alkoxy and (C1-C4)haloalkoxy;
R5 is hydrogen, (C1-C3)alkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, aryl(C1-C6)alkyl- or heteroaryl(C1-C6)alkyl- wherein any aryl, heteroaryl, aryl(C1-C6)alkyl- or heteroaryl(C1-C6)alkyl- of R5 is optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from halo, (C1-C4)alkyl, (C1-C4)haloalkyl, (C1-C4)alkoxy and (C1-C4)haloalkoxy, provided that when R5 is hydrogen or (C1-C3)alkyl, and R4 is optionally substituted phenyl, then n is not 0 or 1;
each Ra1 is independently hydrogen or (C1-C4)alkyl;
each Rb1 and Rc1 is independently hydrogen or (C1-C4)alkyl;
Rd1 is (C1-C3)alkyl and
n is 0, 1, 2 or 3;
or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,556,845

SYSTEM AND PRODUCING METHOD FOR PREPARING ALKYLATED OIL BY USING SULFURIC ACID AS CATALYST

Beijing University of Che...

1. A system for preparing alkylated oil by using sulfuric acid as a catalyst, comprising a reactor unit, a catalyst and hydrocarbon circulating unit, a separator unit, an isobutene circulating unit and a fractionator unit; wherein:the reactor unit is respectively communicated with the catalyst and hydrocarbon circulating unit and the separator unit through pipes;
the catalyst and hydrocarbon circulating unit comprises at least one circulating pump and at least one gas separation tank, and is communicated with the separator unit through a pipe;
the separator unit comprises a settler unit, a cyclone unit or a combination thereof, and is respectively communicated with the isobutene circulating unit and the fractionator unit through pipes;
the isobutane circulating unit comprises at least one gas compressor and at least one cooler;
the fractionator unit comprises at least one fractionating tower;
the catalyst and hydrocarbon circulating unit, the separator unit, the isobutene circulating unit and the fractionator unit are respectively communicated with the reactor unit through pipes; and
the reactor unit comprises at least one high-gravity reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,556,840

EARTH APPLIANCE AERATED COMPOSTER UNIT

1. An apparatus for controlling the aeration and moisture content of compost comprising:a container for holding compost; and
at least one hollow gill; and
a conduit that extends from the inside of the at least one hollow gill to the outside of the container; and
a lid; and
the at least one hollow gill residing inside the container; and
the container having vertical walls, a bottom and an open top; and
the lid removably engaged with the open top of the container; and
the at least one hollow gill having a top and bottom, a front edge, a rear surface, a left surface and a right surface; and
the at least one hollow gill bottom residing proximal to the container bottom; and
the at least one hollow gill being larger at the bottom than at the top, tapering from bottom to top; and
the left surface and right surface of the at least one hollow gill being perforated; and
the interior of the at least one hollow gill being vented to the ambient environment outside of the container; wherein
ambient air from outside of the container may flow through the at least one gill and into the compost preventing the buildup of excessive moisture in the compost.

US Pat. No. 10,556,812

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING THE DISSOLVED SOLIDS OF A NON-POTABLE AQUEOUS FLOW

1. A flow-electrode capacitive deionization (FCDI) desalination cell comprising:a. a tubular housing having an upper end and a lower end, a first interior annular fluid flow space extending between the upper and lower ends, a feed solution inlet port proximate the lower end in fluid communication with the first interior annular fluid flow space, and a treated solution outlet port proximate the upper end in fluid communication with the first interior annular fliud flow space;
b. an tubular upper end cap attached to the tubular housing upper end and comprising an internal annular upper end cap space, an upper seal member sealing the upper end of the tubular housing, and an upper end cap outlet port in fluid communication with the internal annular upper end cap space, the upper seal member isolating the internal annular upper end cap space from the tubular housing first interior annular fluid flow space;
c. an tubular lower end cap attached to the tubular housing lower end and comprising an internal annular lower end cap space, a lower seal member sealing the lower end of the tubular housing, and a lower end cap inlet port in fluid communication with the internal annular lower end cap space, the lower seal member isolating the internal annular lower end cap space from the tubular housing first interior annular fluid space space;
d. a plurality of tubular membranes oriented in parallel relationship to each other, each tubular membrane having a lower end, an upper end, an outer surface and an inner tubular space therebetween, each tubular membrane being mounted within the cell so that the lower end of each tubular membrane is in fluid communication with the internal annular lower end cap space, so that the lower end of each tubular membrane passes in sealed fashion through the lower seal member, so that each tubular membrane extends through the first interior annular fluid flow space, so that the upper end of each tubular membrane passes in sealed fashion through the upper seal member, and so that the upper end of each tubular membrane is in fluid communication with the internal annular upper end cap space, each tubular member connecting the internal annular lower end cap space and the internal annular upper end cap space in fluid communication; and
e. a plurality of electrodes extended through each respective tubular membrane inner tubular space, respectively, wherein approximately one half of the plurality of electrodes each has a positive polarity, wherein the remainder of the plurality of electrodes each has a negative polarity, and wherein the negative and positive polarity electrodes are evenly distributed through the plurality of electrodes to create a plurality of pairs of tubular membranes having opposite polarity;
wherein the internal annular lower end cap space is capable of receiving a carbon slurry through the lower end cap inlet port, wherein the carbon slurry is capable of moving through the inner tubular spaces of the plurality of tubular members into the internal annular upper end cap space and then out the upper end cap outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,556,800

METHOD OF PREPARING METAL OXIDE-SILICA COMPOSITE AEROGEL AND METAL OXIDE-SILICA COMPOSITE AEROGEL PREPARED THEREBY

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

14. A metal oxide-silica composite aerogel prepared by the method of claim 1, wherein the metal oxide comprises calcium oxide (CaO) and magnesium oxide (MgO).

US Pat. No. 10,556,790

METHOD FOR FORMING MULTI-DEPTH MEMS PACKAGE

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method for manufacturing a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) package, the method comprising:preparing a cap substrate having a first device region and a scribe line region defined on the cap substrate;
forming a first trench in the first device region, a second trench in a second device region, and a scribe trench in the scribe line region at a front side of the cap substrate;
forming and patterning a hard mask over the cap substrate to cover a portion of a bottom surface of the first trench while to expose a remaining portion of the bottom surface of the first trench, the second trench, and the scribe trench;
performing an etch to the second trench to lower a bottom surface of the second trench, such that a bottom surface of the second trench is lower than that of the first trench;
with the hard mask in place, performing an etch to the cap substrate such that an uncovered portion of the bottom surface of the first trench is recessed while a covered portion of the bottom surface of the first trench is non-altered to form a stopper within the first trench; and
bonding the front side of the cap substrate to a device substrate, enclosing the first trench overlying a first MEMS device.

US Pat. No. 10,556,789

LASER RESEALING WITH STRESS-REDUCING PRESTRUCTURING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for manufacturing a micromechanical component including a substrate and a cap connected to the substrate and together with the substrate enclosing a first cavity, a first pressure prevailing and a first gas mixture with a first chemical composition being enclosed in the first cavity, the method comprising:in a first step, forming an access opening, connecting the first cavity to surroundings of the micromechanical component, in the substrate or in the cap;
in a second step, adjusting at least one of the first pressure and the first chemical composition, in the first cavity;
in a third step, forming a receptacle at a surface of the substrate or of the cap in a region of the access opening, wherein the receptacle includes a base, an open side opposite the base and facing away from the first cavity, and a sidewall that separates the receptacle from the access opening; and
in a fourth step, using a laser to introduce energy and heat into the receptacle towards the base of the receptacle, and thereby into an absorbing part of the substrate or the cap, which converts material of the substrate or the cap around the receptacle into a liquid aggregate that fills at least a part of the receptacle and a mouth of the access opening, thereby sealing the access opening.

US Pat. No. 10,556,786

COLLAPSIBLE FUNNEL

1. A system comprising:a funnel;
at least one extendable arm affixed to said funnel;
at least one jam on an end of said at least one extendable arm wherein said jam is configured to hold said funnel in a container;
a spring configured in said at least one extendable arm; and
a folding covering enclosing said spring configured in said at least one extendable arm.

US Pat. No. 10,556,777

ROPE WHEEL ASSEMBLY, COMPENSATOR AND ELEVATOR ARRANGEMENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A rope wheel assembly of an elevator, comprising:a frame;
a plurality of rope wheels for guiding ropes of the elevator; and
bearings, wherein the plurality of rope wheels are mounted coaxially on the frame such that the plurality of rope wheels are rotatable relative to the frame as well as relative to each other;
a central shaft passing through said plurality of rope wheels, the central shaft being non-rotatable relative to the frame;
a hollow cylinder surrounding the central shaft, the hollow cylinder being mounted on the central shaft rotatably relative to the central shaft, each of said plurality of rope wheels being mounted on the cylinder rotatably relative to the cylinder, said bearings including at least one radial bearing arranged between the plurality of rope wheel and the cylinder; and
an axial ball bearing in an axial direction between the rope wheels that are next to each other, said rope wheels that are next to each other being supported on each other in the axial direction via said axial bearing,
wherein the rope wheels next to each other comprise annular bearing grooves on axial sides thereof that are facing each other for accommodating the axial bearing, and the axial bearing is positioned radially outward of the radial bearing in its entirety with a radial distance from the radial bearing, and lubricant is contained within said radial distance between the rope wheels next to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,556,772

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPOOLING AND UNSPOOLING LINEAR MATERIAL

Great Stuff, Inc., Austi...

1. A reel apparatus with strain relief, the reel apparatus comprising:a rotatable spool member configured to unwind a linear material as the rotatable spool member rotates in an unspooling direction;
a motor configured to rotate the rotatable spool member in the unspooling direction; and
a controller configured to:
detect that an amount of the linear material unwound from the rotatable spool member satisfies a threshold; and
in response to detecting that the amount of the linear material unwound from the rotatable spool member satisfies the threshold, cause rotation of the rotatable spool member to stop so as to ensure that a proximal end portion of the linear material is wound around the rotatable spool member.

US Pat. No. 10,556,761

AUTOMATED TRUCK UNLOADER FOR UNLOADING/UNPACKING PRODUCT FROM TRAILERS AND CONTAINERS

Wynright Corporation, El...

1. A system for unloading/unpacking product from a trailer, the automatic truck unloader comprising:a distance measurement subassembly configured to determine presence of objects within a detection space;
a control subassembly being in communication with the distance measurement subassembly, the control subassembly providing instructions for the selective articulated movement of an industrial robot; and
the control assembly including a memory accessible to a processor, the memory including processor-executable instructions that, when executed cause the processor to:
specify a search operation to identify a product skyline within a product space,
specify a search operation to identify an active quadrant within the product space,
specify a search operation to identify a protruding product within the active quadrant at the product skyline, and
specify a removal operation to unload the product corresponding to the protruding product.

US Pat. No. 10,556,752

STACKER WITH WHEEL ASSEMBLY

McCloskey International L...

13. A method for preparing a tracked stacker for stacking operations and for relocation down a roadway, comprising the following steps, not necessarily in the order recited:selecting a conveyor with a conveyor frame having front, mid and rear portions;
positioning a carriage frame having continuous tracks, under the mid-portion of the conveyor frame;
mounting a powered, extendable arm between the carriage frame and the mid or front portion of the conveyor frame, the extendable arm having an upper side and an underside;
rotatably mounting a plurality of longitudinally-extending wheels to the underside side of the extendable arm;
extending the extendable arm to raise the front portion of the conveyor frame to prepare the conveyor frame for stacking operations; and
when stacking operations are completed, retracting the extendable arm to lower the front portion of the conveyor frame to a generally horizontal position, causing the longitudinally-extending wheels to contact the ground and elevate the continuous tracks off of the ground, thereby readying the stacker for relocation down a roadway.

US Pat. No. 10,556,737

TWIST ACTION PORTION CONTROL SAUCE DISPENSER

1. A dispensing device comprising:a. an elongated dispenser body wherein the dispenser body
i. is elliptical in cross-section through its midsection,
ii. has an open top end which is circular in cross-section, and
iii. has a dispensing bottom end opposite the top end;
b. a cylindrical ratchet support member which is removably disposed within the open top end of the dispenser body, wherein the ratchet support member comprises a through hole one and or more ribs disposed on the inside of its circumferential sidewall;
c. a wheel-shaped ratchet which is removably disposed within the ratchet support member, wherein
i. the ratchet has radially extending teeth which are configured to engage with the ratchet support member ribs,
ii. the ratchet configuration allows rotary motion in a first direction over the ribs,
iii. the ratchet configuration prevents rotary motion in a second, opposite direction past a point defined by the ribs,
iv. the ratchet comprises ribs disposed on the top surface of the ratchet wheel;
d. a dial which is removably disposed on top of the ratchet, wherein the dial comprises one or more notches which are disposed over the ratchet top ribs and one or more pawls which are adjacent the notches and configured to engage with the ratchet top ribs, and wherein
i. the pawl and rib configuration allows rotary motion in a direction which is opposite the first ratchet direction, over the ratchet top ribs, and
ii. the pawls cannot move over the ratchet top ribs in the first ratchet direction;
e. a plurality of telescoping members of varying diameters, wherein
i. a telescoping member with a smaller diameter may be nested within the interior of an adjacent telescoping member with a larger diameter,
ii. one of the telescoping members is affixed to the ratchet, and
iii. one or more of the telescoping members may be extended a distance through rotation of the ratchet; and
f. an elliptical plunger affixed to the end of the telescoping member opposite the telescoping member which is affixed to the ratchet, wherein the plunger is sized substantially similarly to an interior surface of the dispenser body midsection and it disposed within the dispenser body midsection.

US Pat. No. 10,556,734

ULTRASOUND TRANSMISSION GEL PACKET HAVING INTERNAL HEAT SOURCE AND METHOD OF USE

1. A method for applying heated gelatinous material to the skin of a patient, comprising the steps of:obtaining a container containing gelatinous material and a heating component, wherein said container comprises:
a pair of plyable walls bonded to one another around their periphery to form a packet, said packet defined by a top bonded seam and a bottom bonded seam;
a cut/tear line along said top bonded seam in relative spaced relation thereto;
a gel compartment formed within said packet and defined by a portion of said top seam at an upper end and a portion of said bottom seam at a lower end, wherein said portion of said top seam forming said upper end of said gel compartment defines a length that is longer than the length defined by said portion of said bottom seam forming said lower end;
a heating component compartment formed within said packet and defined by a portion of said top seam at an upper end and a lower end bonded seam, wherein said portion of said top seam forming said upper end of said heating component compartment defines a length that is shorter than the length defined by said lower end bonded seam; and
a frangible seal separating said gel compartment from said heating component compartment;
activating said heating component by squeezing said packet to breach said frangible seal and mixing said gelatinous material and said heating component whereby said mixed material and heating component produces heat;
waiting for a sufficient amount of time until said mixed gelatinous material and heating component is heated;
opening said container and applying said heated gelatinous material to the skin of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,556,724

CONTAINER

1. A container for storing, transporting, and serving food items, comprising:a container element having a generally cylindrical body having a central axis, with a closed bottom and an open top defining a storage cavity for storing the food items;
a lid element made of a rigid material removably joined to said container element to seal said storage cavity, said lid element has a generally cylindrical side wall and a substantially concave upper surface with at least one opening for the egress of the food items and at least one flap made of a resilient material for selectively sealing said corresponding opening movable from an open position to a closed position;
wherein each of said at least one opening has a periphery edge along said side wall of said lid element and an opposite edge along said concave upper surface of said lid element adjacent said central axis;
wherein each of said at least one flap has an outer surface, a lower curved edge attached to said periphery edge of said opening and an upper curved edge that selectively engages said opposite edge of said opening to selectively seal said opening in said closed position;
wherein when said flap is in said open position, said outer surface of said flap has a convex curve that is continuous with said cylindrical side wall of said lid element forming a spout for said opening for smooth egressing of food items from said container element and when said flap is in said closed position, said outer surface of said flap has a concave curve; and
at least one bowl element that removably covers said lid element in a first position.

US Pat. No. 10,556,716

COLLAPSIBLE MEDICAL CONTAINERS

1. A collapsible container comprising:an interior side wall comprising a plurality of planar wall segments;
an exterior side wall comprising a plurality of planar wall segments;
wherein the collapsible container is configured to transition from a collapsed configuration in which the planar wall segments of the interior side wall and the planar wall segments of the exterior side wall lie substantially in a single plane to an uncollapsed configuration in which the interior side wall and the exterior side wall each form a convex polygon with internal angles that are each greater than or substantially equal to 30°;
a slit in a planar wall segment of the interior side wall configured to provide an inward protruding tab defining a horizontally disposed surface,
wherein the planar wall segment comprising the slit forms a corner of the convex polygon with each interior planar wall segment disposed adjacent the planar wall segment comprising the slit.

US Pat. No. 10,556,714

CONTAINER TREATMENT DEVICE WITH A DEVICE FOR REPLACING RETAINING AND CENTERING UNITS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus for container treatment, said apparatus comprising a storage-and-replacing device and transport elements, wherein said transport elements define a container-transport path that extends between a container inlet and a container outlet, wherein each of said transport elements receives, supports, and moves retaining-and-centering units part way along said transport path, as a result of which each retaining-and-centering unit is handed over by one transport element to another transport element so that each retaining-and-centering unit traverses said container transport path from said container inlet to said container outlet, wherein said retaining-and-centering units each receive, retain, center, move, and release a container in a controlled manner during treatment thereof, wherein each of said transport elements is driven to rotate about a vertical machine-axis thereof, wherein said transport elements comprise a first transport-element, wherein said storage-and-replacing device interacts with said first transport-element, wherein said storage-and-replacing device comprises receiving areas, wherein said storage-and-replacing device and said first transport-element are configured to cooperate such that when said first transport-element discharges a defective retaining-and-centering unit out of said transport path said storage-and-replacing device retrieves a replacement retaining-and-centering unit and introduces said replacement retaining-and-centering unit into said transport path as a replacement for said defective retaining-and-centering unit that has been discharged from said transport path while said transport elements are moving at a target rotational speed thereof, thereby swapping retaining-and-centering elements into and out of said transport path with no reduction in throughput.

US Pat. No. 10,556,706

INTEGRATED AIRCRAFT SIGNAGE, LIGHTING, AND DISPLAY SYSTEM

1. An integrated aircraft signage, lighting, and display system, comprising:at least one video processing unit (VPU) coupled to a power supply of an aircraft and in communication with at least one of a master controller of the aircraft, a network of the aircraft, and a data interface of the aircraft, the VPU comprising:
at least one video processor configured to a) generate streaming image content and b) retrieve stored streaming image content from at least one data storage unit in communication with the video processor;
and
at least one sender card configured to generate a video signal by encoding the streaming image content;
one or more panel control units (PCU) in communication with the VPU, each PCU comprising:
a driver unit including at least one control processor configured to a) receive at least a portion of the encoded video signal and b) generate control input based on the received portion;
and
at least one panel interface coupled to the power supply and to the control processor, the panel interface configured to supply at least one of operating power and the control input to at least one light emitting diode (LED) panel in communication with the PCU;
the at least one LED panel comprising:
a base substrate;
a plurality of LED tiles attached to the base substrate, the plurality of LED tiles in communication with the panel interface and configured to receive the operating power and the control input therefrom, each LED tile comprising:
at least one printed circuit board (PCB) attached to the base substrate;
and
a plurality of LED units arranged on the PCB, each LED unit configured to generate at least one of a luminous output and a display output, the display output corresponding to the received control input.

US Pat. No. 10,556,703

PREDICTIVE AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC., ...

1. A system, comprising:a flight parameter database storing at least one operation parameter for an airborne platform, wherein the operation parameter is associated with operation of at least one component of the airborne platform; and
an avionics controller circuit configured to:
determine an expected value of a flight performance parameter for the airborne platform from a flight history database of the airborne platform based on the at least one operation parameter;
receive a current value of the flight performance parameter from a sensor of the airborne platform;
determine a difference between the expected value of the flight performance parameter and the current value of the flight performance parameter;
adjust the at least one operation parameter to reduce the difference between the expected value of the flight performance parameter and the current value of the flight performance parameter; and
control operation of the at least one component of the airborne platform based on the adjusted at least one operation parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,556,696

ILLUMINATED ROPE AS AN AIRCRAFT EMERGENCY EGRESS AID

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A vehicle emergency evacuation method comprising:attaching a first end of an emergency evacuation rope to a structural member of a vehicle, wherein the emergency evacuation rope is configured to have a length such that a second end of the emergency evacuation rope touches a surface on which the vehicle is positioned in an emergency, and emit light in response to an activation of the emergency evacuation;
in the emergency in the vehicle:
illuminating an emergency evacuation path using the light emitted from the emergency evacuation rope, wherein at least a portion of the emergency evacuation path extends to a location outside the vehicle; and
enabling egress of occupants along the emergency evacuation path using the emergency evacuation rope.

US Pat. No. 10,556,690

ARMREST ASSEMBLY FOR AIRCRAFT SEATING

Thompson Aero Seating Lim...

1. An armrest assembly comprising:a base structure;
an upper structure that has an upper surface providing an armrest, the upper structure being movable with respect to the base structure between a plurality of adoptable positions comprising at least an upper position and a lower position;
an extendible actuator that is operable between an extended state and a retracted state to control movement of said upper structure relative to said base structure; and
a first locking device operable to lock said upper structure with respect to said base structure in at least one of said plurality of adoptable positions, said first locking device including locking elements that inter-engage mechanically when said first locking device locks said upper structure with respect to said base structure;
wherein said upper structure is a panel structure, and wherein at least part of said actuator is located inside said upper panel structure, wherein said base structure is a panel structure, and wherein, at least part of said actuator is located inside said base structure;
wherein said base structure and said upper structure are assembled together telescopically, and wherein said upper structure is the outer telescopic component of the telescopic assembly;
wherein said actuator is operable between a locked state in which said actuator is locked to prevent movement of said upper structure with respect to said base structure, and an unlocked state in which said actuator is unlocked to facilitate movement of said upper structure with respect to said base structure; and
wherein said armrest assembly includes at least one operating mechanism coupled to said actuator and being operable by a user to operate said actuator between its locked and unlocked states, said at least one operating mechanism being coupled to said locking device and being operable by said user to operate the locking device.

US Pat. No. 10,556,686

CABIN MONUMENT FOR AN AIRCRAFT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

10. An aircraft comprising:a fuselage;
an internal floor that extends in an interior of the aircraft that is defined by the fuselage; and
a cabin monument comprising a framework comprising a base frame forming a periphery of a base surface of the cabin monument and a frame structure connected to the base frame, wherein the frame structure comprises a plurality of structural struts extending from the base frame, and a plurality of side walls corresponding to the plurality of structural struts, the side walls each extending between two structural struts that are successive over the periphery and are fastened thereto;
wherein the base frame of the cabin monument is arranged on the internal floor, and
wherein structural struts provided at two successive corners defining a rear side of the base frame are each curved and are each directly connected to structural struts provided on a front side of the base frame, wherein the front side is opposite the rear side,
wherein the structural struts each comprise a support part on an interior side of the monument and a clamping part on an exterior side of the monument wherein the support part and the clamping part are connected by fasteners, and the side walls are clamped between the support part and the clamping part,
wherein the clamping part is configured as a hollow profiled part with a trapezoidal cross section, and
wherein the side walls are each configured as sandwich panels comprising a core that has a hollow structure.

US Pat. No. 10,556,685

HEADER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREFORE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A header assembly comprising:a structural core member configured for coupling with a header rail of an aircraft;
at least one branding panel removably coupled to the structural core member; and
at least one quick-connect coupling having a first quick-connect portion coupled to the structural core member and a second quick-connect portion coupled to the at least one branding panel, the second quick-connect portion being configured to mate with the first quick-connect portion to removably couple the at least one branding panel to the structural core member.

US Pat. No. 10,556,678

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A ROTORCRAFT ROTOR, A ROTORCRAFT FITTED WITH SUCH A SYSTEM, AND AN ASSOCIATED CONTROL METHOD

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A control system for controlling at least one rotor of a rotorcraft, the control system comprising at least one piloting member suitable for operating at least one control for controlling movements of the at least one rotor, and further comprising:at least one memory enabling information representative of a predetermined control margin threshold to be stored;
calculation means for calculating a current control margin, which margin is defined as being the difference between a current position and a limit of the control for controlling movements of the at least one rotor;
comparator means for comparing the current control margin with the predetermined control margin threshold; and
a control unit for modifying an operating relationship of the control for controlling movements of the at least one rotor when the current control margin is less than or equal to the predetermined control margin threshold;
wherein when the current control margin is less than or equal to the predetermined control margin threshold, the control unit modifies a sensitivity of the operating relationship of the control for controlling movements of the at least one rotor so that a current position of the piloting member is made to be proportional to a current position of the control for controlling movements of the at least one rotor;
wherein the control system includes a management unit for managing the piloting member, the management unit enabling the piloting member to be made inoperative on the control for controlling movements of the at least one rotor when the current control margin is less than or equal to the predetermined control margin threshold, the piloting member being inoperative over a predetermined range of positions of the piloting member, referred to as a “dead zone”.

US Pat. No. 10,556,666

AIRCRAFT WITH STRUT-BRACED WING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft, comprising:a body;
a wing, coupled to and extending from the body, the wing comprising a wing inboard end portion, a wing outboard end portion, which is opposite the wing inboard end portion, and an intermediate portion between the wing inboard end portion and the wing outboard end portion; and
a strut, comprising a strut inboard end portion and a strut outboard end portion, the strut inboard end portion is coupled to and extends from the body and the strut outboard end portion is coupled to and extends from the intermediate portion of the wing;
wherein:
the wing further comprises a first thinned portion adjacent the intermediate portion of the wing;
an overall thickness of the first thinned portion of the wing decreases and increases in a spanwise direction along the wing;
the strut further comprises a second thinned portion adjacent the strut outboard end portion of the strut;
the first thinned portion and the second thinned portion define an air flow channel between the first thinned portion and the second thinned portion; and
an overall thickness of the second thinned portion of the strut decreases and increases in a spanwise direction along the strut.

US Pat. No. 10,556,665

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED SEALING

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A dry bay sealing assembly comprising:a first end plate and a second end plate configured to be disposed on respective opposite first and second sides of a structural member proximate to a joint defined between the structural member and a fitting, the first end plate and the second end plate configured to define an interior volume therebetween containing at least a portion of a fastener joining the structural member and the fitting, the first end plate and the second end plate configured to cooperate with the structural member to seal the interior volume from an exterior volume; and
an end plate fastener extending across the structural member and a width of the interior volume, the end plate fastener joining the first end plate to the second end plate disposed opposite the first end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,556,634

BICYCLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control system comprising:an electronic controller configured to automatically control at least one of an electric indicator and an electric actuator of a height adjustable seatpost in accordance with a condition of a battery to supply electricity to the electric actuator,
wherein the controller actuates the electric actuator in accordance with the condition of the battery, and the controller controls the electric indicator to indicate the electric actuator would be actuated before the electric actuator is actuated in accordance with the condition of the battery so as to control the electric indicator to indicate a movement direction of the height adjustable seatpost.

US Pat. No. 10,556,628

VEHICLE FRONT SUSPENSION SYSTEM

NIKOLA MOTOR COMPANY LLC,...

1. A front suspension system for a front-wheel drive vehicle having a drive shaft for driving a front wheel, a motor gearbox assembly including a motor for driving the drive shaft, a gear train associated with the motor, and a housing that receives the motor and the gear train, the front suspension system comprising:a suspension device configured to be connected to the vehicle;
a lower control arm configured to be connected to the vehicle;
a yoke mount configured to connect the suspension device to the lower control arm, the yoke mount having first and second legs that receive the drive shaft therebetween when the front suspension system is mounted on the vehicle;
an upper control arm; and
a knuckle that is attachable to the lower and upper control arms and configured to support the front wheel;
wherein at least one of the control arms is attachable to the housing when the front suspension system is mounted on the vehicle, and the first and second legs of the yoke mount are configured to be directly connected to the suspension device at first and second spaced apart locations, respectively, when the front suspension system is mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,556,615

CENTER LOAD STEERING RACK SUPPORT

1. A center load rack and pinion steering mechanism comprising:a housing coupled to the frame of a vehicle;
a rack housed within an inner passage of the housing;
a pinion gear that engages a geared section of the rack, wherein the pinion gear is coupled to a steering column of the vehicle, the steering column extending through an aperture in the housing, whereby the rack travels within the inner passage in response to rotation of the pinion gear, wherein the range of travel of the rack is limited by opposed closed ends of the housing;
a bushing that lines a longitudinal slot in a front surface of the housing;
a cover plate wherein an inner surface thereof engages the front surface of the housing such that the cover plate covers the slot while the rack is in any position within its range of travel;
a center link pad having a pair of spaced apertures therethrough that correspond to a pair of spaced threaded recesses on a front surface of the rack, wherein the center link pad engages the front surface of the rack through an aperture in the cover plate and through the slot, such that the pair of spaced apertures align with the pair of spaced threaded recesses; and
a center link having opposed first and second ends, each of the first and second ends being configured for mounting a tie rod thereto, and a pair of spaced apertures through the center link, wherein a pair of center link mounting bolts are inserted through the spaced apertures of the center link, through the spaced apertures of the center link pad, and are threaded into the spaced threaded recesses on the front surface of the rack, such that the center link mounting bolts secure the center link to the center link pad, and the center link pad to the rack, wherein each of the center link, the center link pad, and the cover plate travel longitudinally in concert with the rack in response to rotation of the pinion gear, wherein an upper surface of the center link pad is biased against an upper inner surface of the bushing and a lower surface of the center link pad is biased against a lower inner surface of the bushing to prevent upward and downward movement and twisting of the center link pad and the center link relative to the rack, in response to varied upward and downward forces and shock loads in the center link while the vehicle is in use.

US Pat. No. 10,556,608

MOVING CARRIER

1. A moving carrier, comprising:an upper-frame assembly;
a lower-frame assembly having a first end and a second end, wherein the upper-frame assembly is connected to the first end of the lower-frame assembly, the lower-frame assembly comprises a first moving member, a second moving member, an elastic member, a guiding member and a third moving member, the first moving member is disposed on the guiding member, the second moving member is disposed at one end of the guiding member away from the first moving member, the elastic member is disposed corresponding to the guiding member, and the third moving member is disposed on the second moving member; and
a front-wheel assembly connected to the second end of the lower-frame assembly, wherein the front-wheel assembly comprises a transmitting member and front-wheel frame, the transmitting member is connected to the front-wheel frame and has a guiding groove, and one end of the third moving member is disposed in the guiding groove;
wherein, when the first moving member moves along the guiding member, the first moving member enables the elastic member to store a first energy, and when the elastic member releases the first energy, the second moving member drives the third moving member to move and the third moving member pushes the guiding groove to move, so that the transmitting member drives the front-wheel frame to move toward the lower-frame assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,556,600

ASSESSMENT OF HUMAN DRIVING PERFORMANCE USING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

1. A method of assessing human driving performance using an autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle having a manual operational mode and one or more autonomous operational modes, the autonomous vehicle including one or more processors, when the autonomous vehicle is operating in the one or more autonomous operational modes, the one or more processors being configured to: determine one or more potential autonomous driving maneuvers for the autonomous vehicle; evaluate the one or more potential autonomous driving maneuvers relative to a predetermined standard to determine whether the one or more potential autonomous driving maneuvers are acceptable or unacceptable; and cause a selected one of the potential autonomous driving maneuvers to implemented, whereby the autonomous vehicle is navigated or maneuvered along a travel route, the method comprising:while the autonomous vehicle is operating in the manual operational mode, acquiring in real-time, using one or more environment sensors located onboard the autonomous vehicle, driving environment data of at least a portion of an external environment of a vehicle;
generating, validating, or updating a driving scene model using the acquired driving environment data;
while the autonomous vehicle is operating in the manual operational mode, acquiring in real-time, using one or more sensors located onboard the autonomous vehicle, driving data relating to a manual driving maneuver;
evaluating, using the one or more processors, the acquired driving data relative to the driving scene model to determine whether the manual driving maneuver is acceptable or unacceptable based on a predetermined standard, the predetermined standard being the same standard used to determine whether one or more potential autonomous driving maneuvers is acceptable or unacceptable when the autonomous vehicle is operating in the one or more autonomous operational modes; and
responsive to determining that the manual driving maneuver is unacceptable, providing feedback to a user via one or more vehicle components, the feedback including passive feedback, whereby the feedback is provided after operation of the autonomous vehicle has stopped or a period of time after the manual driving maneuver has been completed, and the feedback including visual, haptic, or audible feedback.

US Pat. No. 10,556,595

STATE ESTIMATION SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A state estimation system comprisinga processor configured to:
obtain first input data related to at least one of biological information and behavior information of a first user;
obtain second input data related to at least one of biological information and behavior information of a second user different from the first user;
perform an estimation operation for estimating a state of the first user based on the first input data;
perform a training operation for optimizing a content of the estimation operation by using i) first training data which includes the first input data and first label data indicating a state of the first user corresponding to the first input data so as to associate the first input data and the first label data with each other, ii) second training data which includes the first input data so as not to associate the first input data and the first label data with each other, and iii) third training data which includes the second input data and second label data indicating a state of the second user corresponding to the second input data so as to associate the second input data and the second label data with each other; and
output a signal indicating information related to the content of the estimation operation.

US Pat. No. 10,556,590

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine management system configured to drive an engine to adjust a driving torque of the engine to accelerate the vehicle;
a communicator configured to receive road gradient information; and
a controller configured to control the engine management system such that a driving speed of the vehicle follows a target speed,
wherein the controller estimates an increase amount of speed of a next downhill section based on the road gradient information, and decides a start point of coasting control for a current section to maximize a coasting distance, based on the estimated increase amount of speed.

US Pat. No. 10,556,587

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MITIGATING ERRORS IN A DEVICE BY USE OF PROPULSION TORQUE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A system of mitigating errors in a device, the system comprising:a controller including a processor and tangible, non-transitory memory on which is recorded instructions for executing a method;
a propulsion source configured to apply a propulsion torque to the device in response to a command by the controller;
wherein the device includes a pedal movable between a first depression zone, a second depression zone and a third depression zone, the device being configured to decelerate when the pedal is in the first depression zone;
wherein the device is configured to move at a constant speed when the pedal is in the second depression zone and accelerate when the pedal is in the third depression zone;
wherein execution of the instructions by the processor causes the controller to:
determine if at least one predefined enabling condition is met;
if the at least one predefined enabling condition is met, then determine if a speed of the device is at a target speed; and
control operation of the device based at least partially on the speed of the device, including, if the speed of the device is above or below the target speed, then:
determine the propulsion torque sufficient to bring the device to the target speed, based at least partially on feedback from at least one external force sensor; and
apply the propulsion torque to accelerate or decelerate the device, via the command to the propulsion source.

US Pat. No. 10,556,568

USER AUTHENTICATION ACTIVATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A vehicle occupant identification system comprising:a detection system including a proximity sensor configured to detect that an individual is proximate a vehicle;
a secondary sensor that detects when the individual is in position for identification;
a controller operably coupled with the secondary sensor and configured to activate an identification system, the identification system including an imager configured to illuminate an eye of an occupant of the vehicle and capture at least one image of an iris and a pupil of the eye; and
a processor configured to compare the at least one image of the iris of the eye of the occupant with previously stored iris information to identify the occupant and activate the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,556,567

MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A watch type mobile terminal comprising:a wrist band;
a main system including a circuit board for operating the watch type mobile terminal;
a main frame connected to the wrist band and encasing the main system;
a fob detachably connected to the main system; and
a display detachably connected to the fob,
wherein the fob includes:
a first connector configured to be connected to a connector of the main system when the fob is connected to the main system; and
a second connector configured to be connected to a connector of the display when the display is connected to the fob, and
wherein the connector of the display is configured to be connected to the connector of the main system when the fob is separated and the display is connected to the main system.

US Pat. No. 10,556,562

OCCUPANT PROTECTION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An occupant protection device for a vehicle, the occupant protection device comprising:a seat on which an occupant to board the vehicle is to sit;
a three-point seatbelt device including a seatbelt extendable, across a front of an upper body of the occupant sitting on the seat, from above either one shoulder of the occupant to an outer surface of the seat and further to an inner surface of the seat; and
a belt airbag device comprising a belt airbag that is provided at a shoulder belt section, which is extendable from the shoulder to a waist of the occupant, of the seatbelt, the belt airbag being configured to be deployed below a jaw of the occupant sitting on the seat when a collision occurs,
wherein the belt airbag comprises:
a belt-direction deployment section extendable and deployable along the shoulder belt section, disposing below a head of the occupant sitting on the seat; and
an intersecting-direction deployment section, splitting from the belt-direction deployment section, being extendable and deployable in a direction intersecting the shoulder belt section, and disposing below the head of the occupant sitting on the seat,
wherein the belt-direction deployment section and the intersecting-direction deployment section are configured to form a single bag by being coupled to each other below the head of the occupant sitting on the seat, and
wherein a filler that fills a space between the belt-direction deployment section and the intersecting-direction deployment section is formed above an area where the belt-direction deployment section and the intersecting-direction deployment section are coupled to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,556,561

VEHICLE FRONT PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle front portion structure comprising:a bumper cover;
a bumper absorber provided rearward of the bumper cover of a vehicle, the bumper absorber being configured to absorb energy of a collision between the bumper cover and a collision body during the collision while allowing the bumper cover to move rearward;
a front grill provided rearward of the bumper cover of the vehicle and above the bumper absorber, the front grill being configured to move rearward along with the bumper cover during the collision between the bumper cover and the collision body;
a radar device attached to the front grill; and
a deformation limiting member attached to at least one of the front grill and the radar device to be positioned outside a radio wave irradiation range of the radar device and in a space between the radar device and the front grill or the bumper cover, the deformation limiting member being configured to limit deformation of the front grill or the bumper cover to a radar device side during the collision between the bumper cover and the collision body.

US Pat. No. 10,556,551

CARRIER DEVICE FOR ATTACHMENT TO A PANE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A carrier device for attachment to a pane of a motor vehicle, comprising:a base plate which is securable on the pane; and
a carrier arrangement formed on the base plate to hold a housing of a camera;
wherein the carrier arrangement includes:
at least one holding element, wherein a pressure is applyable directly by the at least one holding element to a rod-shaped component which is disposed on the housing and protrudes beyond a wall of the housing, wherein the pressure acts in a direction of the base plate, and wherein the at least one holding element has a base body; and
a spring element, wherein the spring element is a separate component from the at least one holding element and the base body and is attached to the base body of the at least one holding element and wherein the spring element includes an angled leg in contact with the base body and a securing element contactable with a region of the base body which is opposite the angled leg.

US Pat. No. 10,556,550

TERMINAL MOUNTING SUPPORT

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A terminal mounting support, adapted to fix a terminal onto a fixing member, comprising:a first support and a second support oppositely arranged, wherein the first support is fixedly connected to the second support, and at least one of the first support and the second support is provided with a connection structure capable of being fixedly connected to the terminal;
a first buffer material layer arranged between the first support and the second support, wherein an accommodation space for accommodating at least a portion of the fixing member is in the first buffer material layer; and
a second buffer material layer on a side of the second support facing away from the first support, wherein a surface of the second buffer material layer facing away from the second support is a positioning mounting surface to be attached to the terminal, and the second buffer material layer is made of a silica gel material;
wherein the first support comprises a first curved portion, the second support comprises a second curved portion opposite to the first curved portion, and the first curved portion and the second curved portion each is around the accommodation space,
the first support further comprises a first flat plate portion and a second flat plate portion respectively extending from two sides of the first curved portion, a third flat plate portion connected to the first flat plate portion, and a fourth flat plate portion connected to the second flat plate portion, the third flat plate portion and the fourth flat plate portion are arranged along a same plane and respectively located in planes different from the first flat plate portion and the second flat plate portion, an angle is formed between the first flat plate portion and the second flat plate portion,
the second support further comprises a fifth flat plate portion and a sixth flat plate portion extending respectively from two sides of the second curved portion, a seventh flat plate portion connected to the fifth flat plate portion, and an eighth flat plate portion connected to the sixth flat plate portion, the seventh flat plate portion and the eighth flat plate portion are arranged along a same plane and respectively located in planes different from the fifth flat plate portion and the sixth flat plate portion, an angle is formed between the fifth flat plate portion and the sixth flat plate portion, and
at least two second protrusions are arranged on surfaces of the first support facing away from the second support, a first one of the at least two second protrusions is fixed onto the surfaces of the first flat plate portion and the third flat plate portion of the first support, and a second one of the at least two second protrusions is fixed onto the surfaces of the second flat plate portion and the fourth flat plate portion of the first support.

US Pat. No. 10,556,534

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSPORTING CARGO OVER A CARGO BED

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first rail having a first key and a second key;
a first track member including (a) a first keyway having a first end and a second end, (b) a second keyway axially aligned with said first end and (c) a third keyway axially aligned with said second end;
a second rail having a third key and a fourth key and a second track member including (a) a fourth keyway having a third end and a fourth end, (b) a fifth keyway aligned with the third end and (c) a sixth keyway aligned with the fourth end; and
a tonneau cover inboard of said first track member and said second track member.

US Pat. No. 10,556,530

COMPONENT FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. A component for a vehicle, the component comprising:a cover including a plurality of panels, each panel including an exterior surface, an interior surface, and a peripheral mating surface extending between the exterior surface and the interior surface, the mating surface of each panel being in mating engagement with the mating surface of one or more adjacently located panels, the plurality of panels forming an interior cavity in the cover and
a foam core injected into the interior cavity of the cover, the injected foam core being adhered to the interior surface of each of the panels to secure the mating surface of each panel to the mating surface of one or more adjacent panels such that the mating surface of each panel is in engagement with the mating surface of one or more adjacent panels.

US Pat. No. 10,556,528

CUSHION FRAME

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cushion frame for use in a vehicle seat, the cushion frame comprising:a side frame extending in a seat front-rear direction;
a bracket supporting the side frame and comprising a lower end portion having a fixing portion to be fixed to a vehicle directly or indirectly; and
a coupling member fixed to an upper end portion of the bracket and configured to hold the upper end portion at a position offset in a seat width direction relative to the side frame and to fix the upper end portion to the side frame,
wherein a welding region of the coupling member, projected on a virtual plane orthogonal to the seat width direction, extends along an outer periphery of the coupling member in a specified area including an intersection between the outer periphery of the coupling member projected on the virtual plane and a bracket normal line, and
wherein the bracket normal line is a normal line of a bracket center line and passes through a center of the coupling member projected on the virtual plane, and the bracket center line is a virtual line that passes through a center of the fixing portion projected on the virtual plane and through the center of the coupling member projected on the virtual plane.

US Pat. No. 10,556,521

SEAT SLIDING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle seat sliding device comprising:a first rail;
a second rail coupled to the first rail to be movable in a longitudinal direction of the first rail; and
a lock member pivotally arranged in the second rail, wherein the lock member includes a body, a rotation shaft extending from the body in a width-wise direction, which is orthogonal to the longitudinal direction, and at least one lock hook extending from a distal end of the body in the width-wise direction,
the first rail extends in a movement direction of the second rail and includes a plurality of lock slots, wherein the at least one lock hook is inserted into and removed from a corresponding one of the plurality of lock slots when the lock member pivots,
the second rail includes two side walls opposed to each other in the width-wise direction,
the rotation shaft and the body are integrated together,
each of the two side walls includes an accommodation slot, into which the rotation shaft is inserted, a pair of shaft restriction pieces, and at least one lock hook slot, through which a respective at least one lock hook is inserted,
each of the shaft restriction pieces includes a first end extending from an edge of the accommodation slot in a height-wise direction so that the shaft restriction pieces are located at opposite sides of the rotation shaft in the longitudinal direction, wherein each first end contacts a respective side of the rotation shaft in the longitudinal direction,
the shaft restriction pieces are located at opposite sides of the rotation shaft in the longitudinal direction,
the at least one lock hook slot extends in a movement direction of the at least one lock hook when the lock member pivots,
the second rail includes a coupling portion coupling the two side walls, and
each of the two side walls includes a projection projecting toward the coupling portion from a lower edge of the accommodation slot in the height-wise direction and the projection is configured to be able to come in contact with a lower surface of the rotation shaft,
the projection portion includes an upper convex portion that contacts the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,556,512

POWER CONTROL METHOD, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND POWER CONTROL SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication method comprising:providing communication between a first power supply center and a base station;
providing communication between the base station and an electric vehicle including a battery and a communication section;
performing an inquiry by the electric vehicle to the first power supply center via the base station for a charging facility information when capacity of the battery of the electric vehicle decreases below a predetermined value; and
transmitting the charging facility information to the electric vehicle, wherein the charging facility information includes a charging facility configured to supply power to the electric vehicle,
wherein the first power supply center is configured to communicate with a plurality of power supply centers in proximity to the electric vehicle; acquire a total power consumption for each of the power supply centers; and only transmit the charging facility information associated with one of the power supply centers having a least amount of total power consumption among the power supply centers to the electric vehicle; and
wherein the power supply center having the least amount of total power consumption is configured to supply power to at least an electronic apparatus in a low power consumption mode having one or more of a lowered illuminance, a lowered image processing function, a lowered operating clock frequency, a lowered brightness and a higher temperature setting of the electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,556,501

DEVICE FOR SEALING THE FRONT-END AIR INTAKE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A sealing device for the front-end air inlet of a motor vehicle, comprising:a supporting frame comprising two longitudinal crossmembers parallel to one another and two side posts perpendicular to said longitudinal crossmembers and connecting said longitudinal crossmembers;
at least one flap mounted pivotably about a pivot axis between a sealing position and an open position, said at least one flap being installed within the supporting frame;
at least one electric control element that controls the positioning of the flap or flaps and is connected to the electric system of the motor vehicle by at least one power supply cable,
wherein the supporting frame comprises at least one snap-fit attachment device to which the power supply cable or cables are attached, said snap-fit attachment device being integral with said supporting frame,
wherein the at least one snap-fit attachment device is arranged on the rear face of at least one of said side posts of the supporting frame.

US Pat. No. 10,556,495

POWER APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A power apparatus comprising:a drive motor including a drive rotor and a drive stator disposed to face the drive rotor;
a drive motor shaft mechanically connected to a wheel of a vehicle and configured to rotate integrally with the drive rotor;
an engine;
an engine output shaft mechanically connected to the drive motor shaft and configured to output torque of the engine;
a clutch disposed on a power transmission path between the engine output shaft and the drive motor shaft;
a controller configured to start-control the engine with the torque of the drive motor; and
a magnetic deceleration mechanism including:
a deceleration stator configured to generate a rotational magnetic field;
a first deceleration rotor including a plurality of magnetic pole portions and facing the deceleration stator; and
a second deceleration rotor including a plurality of soft magnetic portions and provided between the deceleration stator and the first deceleration rotor,
wherein the magnetic deceleration mechanism is configured to rotate while maintaining a predetermined collinear relationship between a rotational magnetic field speed of the deceleration stator, a rotational speed of the first deceleration rotor and a rotational speed of the second deceleration rotor by exciting the deceleration stator,
wherein the second deceleration rotor is mechanically connected to the engine output shaft,
wherein the first deceleration rotor is shared with the drive rotor, and
wherein when starting the engine, the controller is configured to make excitation to fix the rotational magnetic field of the deceleration stator in a state where the clutch is released.

US Pat. No. 10,556,489

HARD SUPPORT CORNER FOR A SOFT TOP

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A quarter window assembly for a vehicle, comprising;at least one panel portion with at least one window, said at least one panel portion operably connected to a soft top cover, wherein said at least one panel portion comprises at least one upper attachment member operably selectively connected to said soft top cover, at least one bottom attachment member operably selectively connected to the vehicle, and at least one front attachment member operably selectively connected to the vehicle; and
at least one hard corner support assembly connected to the at least one panel portion, said hard corner support assembly operably connected toward a rear of the vehicle to provide support and an attachment location for the at least one panel portion;
wherein the quarter window assembly is selectively removable from the vehicle for maintenance, replacement, repair or when a more vehicle open air feel is desired.

US Pat. No. 10,556,486

AXIAL RETENTION MEANS

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air-handling system comprising:a housing defined by an outer sidewall, the outer sidewall having a first opening formed therein, the first opening defining a first axis of the air-handling system;
a shaft rotatably coupled to the housing and extending outwardly from the first opening of the housing;
a lever received on the shaft, wherein an end of the lever extends axially away from the outer sidewall along the first axis; and
a tab disposed axially outwardly from the end of the lever along the first axis with respect to the outer sidewall, wherein the tab includes a first end coupled to the housing and a distal second end, wherein the second end of the tab flexes between a first position to axially obstruct the lever with respect to the first axis and a second position to unobstuct the lever with respect to the first axis, and wherein the second end of the tab in the second position is disposed radially outwardly from an outer circumferential surface of a hub of the lever with respect to the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,556,484

VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL VALVE AND OPERATING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle climate control operating method, comprising:initializing a valve differently based on whether a climate control system will operate in a heating mode or a cooling mode;
for the cooling mode, moving the valve to a first position and initializing the valve without moving the valve to a second position; and
for the heating mode, moving the valve to a second position and initializing the valve without moving the valve to the first position,
the first position permitting more flow than the second position, wherein the initializing is during a start-up of the vehicle, and further comprising using a previous control head state of the vehicle when assessing whether the climate control system will operate in the heating mode or the cooling mode, wherein, if the previous control head state of the vehicle is not known, comparing an ambient temperature outside the vehicle to a first threshold temperature to assess whether the climate control system will operate in the heating mode, and comparing the ambient temperature to a different, second threshold temperature to assess whether the climate control system will operate in the cooling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,556,482

VASCULAR STRUCTURES AND METHODS FOR THERMAL CONTROL

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A thermal control system for a vehicle comprising:a component comprising an interior panel of the vehicle, wherein the component defines an interior part of a cabin of the vehicle that has an inner layer comprising a class A appearance surface visible when the component is assembled in the vehicle;
vascular channels incorporated in a network within the component, wherein the vascular channels are open to the inner layer;
a fluid circuit connected with the vascular channels and configured to circulate a fluid through the component;
wherein the fluid alters a thermal state of the component by direct contact with the inner layer so that the component changes a heat load within the cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,556,462

ALUMINUM WHEEL FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An aluminum wheel for a vehicle, in which a resonance tube is coupled to a rim in a circumferential direction of the rim, whereina first surface of the resonance tube is fitted into a well groove formed in a well of the rim; and
a second surface of the resonance tube comes into contact with the rim by a pressure member configured to force the second surface of the resonance tube toward the rim,
wherein, the pressure member includes a steel wire with which the second surface of the resonance tube is fixedly wound a plurality of times in the circumferential direction of the rim.

US Pat. No. 10,556,436

INK REPLENISH CONTAINER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An ink replenish container for replenishing an ink to an ink tank of a printer, comprising:a container main body that is able to store the ink; and
an ink outlet formation member, attached to a front end side of the container main body, to form an ink outlet,
wherein the container main body includes a screw formation portion having a screw for engaging with the ink outlet formation member, and a shoulder portion provided on a front end side of the screw formation portion,
the ink outlet formation member includes an abutting portion that abuts the shoulder portion and an engagement recess portion disposed on an inner surface thereof,
the container main body further includes a front end engagement portion on the front end side of the screw formation portion configured to be inserted into the engagement recess portion.

US Pat. No. 10,556,408

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH A REDUCED FRICTION SURFACE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A keycap for a key mechanism, comprising:a keycap body defining a top surface and at least four side surfaces;
a substrate attached to the top surface and the at least four side surfaces of the keycap body; and
a plurality of glass beads at least partially embedded in the substrate and distributed over at least the top surface of the keycap body, the plurality of glass beads having a same index of refraction as the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,556,406

LIGHT-SHIELDING BARRIER LAMINATE

DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., ...

1. A light-shielding barrier laminate comprising:a transparent gas barrier film; and
a light-shielding sealant film laminated on the transparent gas barrier film via an adhesive layer, wherein
the transparent gas barrier film comprises a transparent resin film and an inorganic oxide vapor deposition film formed on one side of the transparent resin film,
the light-shielding sealant film comprises a heat-sealable resin film and a light-shielding aluminum vapor deposition film formed on one side of the heat-sealable resin film,
the side of the heat-sealable resin film on which the aluminum vapor deposition film is formed faces the side of the transparent resin film on which the inorganic oxide vapor deposition film is formed via the adhesive layer,
the aluminum vapor deposition film is formed by a vacuum vapor deposition method with a resistance heating system, and
the transparent gas barrier film is a gas-barrier coated film made of a gas barrier composition comprising one or more alkoxides represented by the general formula R1nM(OR2)m (where R1 and R2 are C1 to 8 organic groups, M is selected from silicon, zirconium, titanium, and aluminum, n is an integer of 0 or greater, m is an integer of 1 or greater, and n+m is the valency of M), and either or both a polyvinyl alcohol-based resin or an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer, and obtained by polycondensation by a sol-gel method, further formed on the inorganic oxide vapor deposition film.

US Pat. No. 10,556,404

COMPOSITION FOR NON-ORIENTED ELECTRICAL STEEL SHEET, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING NON-ORIENTED ELECTRICAL STEEL SHEET PRODUCT, AND NON-ORIENTED ELECTRICAL STEEL SHEET PRODUCT

POSCO, Pohang-si, Gyeong...

1. A non-oriented electrical steel sheet adhesive coating composition comprising:a first composition including an epoxy resin and an inorganic nanoparticle of SiO2, TiO2, ZnO, or combinations thereof; and
an inorganic additive of sodium hydroxide (NaOH),
wherein the inorganic nanoparticle is substituted in a terminal substituent group of the epoxy resin,
the epoxy resin is a multifunctional epoxy resin in which there are three or more epoxy groups, and
wherein the content of the inorganic additive is from 1 to 10 wt % of sodium hydroxide with respect to 100 wt % of the non-oriented electrical steel sheet adhesive coating composition.

US Pat. No. 10,556,401

BONDED STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An adhesion structure comprising:a pair of members facing with each other; and
a protrusion integrally formed on at least one member of the pair of members, the protrusion protruding toward another member of the pair of members, having a predetermined height, and abutting on the another member of the pair of members to provide a gap holding an adhesive between facing surfaces of the pair of members to adhere and fix the pair of members and to have a thickness of the adhesive determined by the predetermined height;
wherein the protrusion extends in a sliding direction in which the one member of the pair of members is slid on the another member of the pair of members when the pair of members are assembled with each other,
wherein the at least one member of the pair of members includes a working hole defined therein, the working hole disposed behind the protrusion in the sliding direction,
wherein the working hole is a positioning hole for assembling the pair of members, and
wherein the adhesive adheres and fixes the pair of members by adhesive curing.

US Pat. No. 10,556,367

COMPOSITE BLADE COMPRISING A PLATFORM EQUIPPED WITH A STIFFENER

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A fiber preform for a turbine engine blade obtained by three-dimensional weaving, the preform comprising:a first longitudinal segment suitable for forming a blade root extending from a first end of the preform toward a second end of the preform;
a second longitudinal segment extending from the first longitudinal segment in an upward direction away from the first end of the preform to the second end of the preform and suitable for forming an airfoil portion;
a first transverse segment extending transversely from the junction between the first and second longitudinal segments and suitable for forming a first platform; and
a first stiffener strip extending from a distal edge of the first transverse segment in a downward direction opposite to the upward direction, the first stiffener strip being suitable for forming a first platform stiffener;
wherein the first stiffener strip extends along an entirety of the distal edge of the first transverse segment.

US Pat. No. 10,556,347

VISION GUIDED ROBOT PATH PROGRAMMING

Brachium, Inc., San Ramo...

1. A vision based robot programming method for generating a robot program to follow a desired path on an actual object to move a process tool relative to the actual object based on prior knowledge of a nominal object and a nominal path image on the nominal object, where the nominal object is similar to the actual object, the method comprising:supplying a first visual image of a region near a starting point of the desired path on the actual object;
identifying a starting point 1d on the actual object by comparing features in the visual image of the actual object with data concerning these features on the nominal object;
aligning a point 1n in the nominal path image with the point 1d in the desired path;
setting an integer k equal to 1;
(a) moving the robot to point kd, and recording coordinates of point kd;
(b) superimposing a (k+1)th visual image that defines a trajectory for movement to a next target point (k+1)d on the desired path in the vicinity of a corresponding approximate point (k+1)n on the nominal path image;
(c) identifying point (k+1)d on the actual object by comparing features in the kth visual image of the actual object with data concerning these features on the nominal object;
(d) aligning point (k+1)n in the nominal path image with point (k+1)d;
incrementing k by 1 and repeating steps (a) to (d) unless k=N, where N is a positive integer;
if k=N, moving the robot to point Nd, recording coordinates of point Nd, and then stopping.

US Pat. No. 10,556,342

TEACHING DEVICE, TEACHING METHOD, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A teaching device which constructs, in a virtual space, a virtual robot system in which a virtual 3-dimensional (3D) model of a robot and a peripheral structure of the robot are arranged, and teaches a moving path of the robot, the teaching device comprising:one or more processors;
a non-transitory memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the one or more processors, cause the teaching device to:
acquire information about a geometric error between the virtual 3D model and a geometry of a structure on a real robot system; and
correct the moving path of the robot in accordance with the information about the geometric error in a case where the moving path of the robot based on teaching data indicating the moving path of the robot can be shortened or in a case where interference with the peripheral structure occurs due to movement of the robot based on the teaching data.

US Pat. No. 10,556,320

COMPUTERIZED METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED SAND BLASTING

1. A sand blasting machine for marking work pieces, the machine comprising:an upright cabinet adapted to be disposed upon a supporting surface, the cabinet comprising a pair of spaced apart ends, an inlet, an outlet, and a top;
a conveyor for supporting work pieces, the conveyor disposed within said cabinet and extending substantially between said cabinet inlet and outlet;
an elongated actuator assembly horizontally disposed within the cabinet, the actuator assembly comprising an elongated track forming a horizontal pathway, the track comprising a rigid elongated frame;
a displaceable carriage mounted upon said actuator assembly, the carriage adapted to be coupled to said track for horizontal displacements relative thereto;
a drive belt disposed within said track frame for horizontally displacing said carriage;
said actuator assembly comprising a servo motor for operating said drive belt;
a high pressure nozzle secured to the carriage and aimed at work pieces for blasting work pieces, said nozzle connected to a high pressure source of grit or sand; and,
an elevator assembly for vertically displacing said actuator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,556,312

INDEXER FOR OPERATING WORKPIECES

MIDACO CORPORATION, Elk ...

8. A method for changing workpieces delivered to a machining center, the method including the steps of:fixing a first pallet of pallets with respect to a baseplate, the baseplate having a longitudinal axis;
movably mounting an indexer in a first direction toward the first pallet, wherein the first direction is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the baseplate;
engaging a first driver attached to the indexer with a second driver attached with respect to the first pallet;
engaging a pair of locking elements to lock the first driver to the second driver, wherein one of the first driver and the second driver include a pair of lock elements and an other of the first driver and the second driver includes a corresponding pair of bores configured to receive the pair of lock elements, wherein the pair of lock elements are offset from 180° apart;
operating the indexer and working a first workpiece of the workpieces;
disengaging the first driver from the second driver in a second direction away from the first pallet, wherein moving the indexer releases the pair of lock elements engaging the first driver and the second driver, wherein the second direction is opposite the first direction and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the baseplate; and
exchanging the first pallet and the first workpiece with a second pallet of the pallets and a second workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,556,305

ALIGNING PARTS USING MULTI-PART SCANNING AND FEATURE BASED COORDINATE SYSTEMS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of locally aligning a portion of a first part relative to a portion of a second part, the method comprising:selecting a first feature of the first part within the portion of the first part and selecting a second feature of the second part within a portion of the second part, wherein the first feature and the second feature are selected based on simultaneous detectability of the first feature and the second feature with a scanner;
constructing a feature-based local coordinate system based on selection of the first feature and the second feature, wherein the feature-based local coordinate system is different from a global coordinate system, and wherein first feature is a datum in the feature-based local coordinate system;
determining one or more specified dimensions between the first feature and the second feature in the feature-based local coordinate system based on a design model;
positioning the first part relative to the second part such that the first feature of the first part and the second feature of the second part are within a field of view of the scanner;
simultaneously scanning the first feature and the second feature using the scanner and, from scanning, determining one or more identified dimensions corresponding to the one or more specified dimensions;
comparing the one or more specified dimensions to the one or more identified dimensions; and
using a robotic manipulator, controlled in accordance with the feature-based local coordinate system, adjusting a position of the first part relative to the second part until a difference between any one of the one or more specified dimensions and a corresponding one of the one or more identified dimensions is within a corresponding range.

US Pat. No. 10,556,287

METHOD FOR SELECTIVELY PRETINNING A GUIDEWIRE CORE

ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYS...

1. A system for applying a layer of solder to a core wire for a guidewire, comprising:a soldering block having a first upper surface that defines a crucible having a bottom surface positioned below the first upper surface;
a beam extending transverse to the soldering block and being movable vertically between an upward condition and a downward condition in relation to the soldering block, the beam having a second upper surface in a horizontal plane, the second upper surface defining a groove, the groove being sized to receive the core wire, the beam further defining a space sized to receive a portion of the soldering block that includes the crucible,
wherein, when the beam is in a downward condition, the soldering block is received into the space and the groove is interrupted by the space containing the soldering block so that the groove extends in a straight configuration on opposite sides of the soldering block; and
wherein, when the beam is in an upward condition, the soldering block is lowered in relation to the space.

US Pat. No. 10,556,275

MINE DRILL SYSTEM WITH ADAPTER

1. A system for securing different first and second drill tools to a drill head including a socket, comprising:a chuck adapted for positioning at least partially within the socket of the drill head, the chuck including a first opening adapted for engaging the first drill tool; and
an adapter configured for forming a selective locking engagement within the first opening of the chuck for preventing withdrawal of the adapter from the chuck in a drilling direction, or allowing the adapter to be withdrawn from the chuck in the absence of the locking engagement, the adapter including a second opening adapted for engaging the second drill tool;
wherein the chuck includes a plurality of internal projections within the first opening and the adapter includes a plurality of external projections alternating in position with the internal projections to form the selective locking engagement;
wherein the plurality of internal projections comprise a first set of projections having a first circumferential spacing and a second set of projections having a second circumferential spacing greater than the first circumferential spacing, whereby the plurality of external projections on the adapter may pass through the first set of projections and move within the second set of projections when the adapter is twisted within the chuck to form the locking engagement.

US Pat. No. 10,556,264

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING A COMPONENT AND TOOL SYSTEM

1. A device for transferring a component between a first press and a second press, the device being arrangeable between the presses and comprising:a frame;
a traversing unit with a first drive unit for moving the traversing unit with respect to the frame along a travel path in the direction of the first press and in the direction of the second press;
a telescopic unit with:
a base movable along a first travel path with respect to the traversing unit,
a support beam movable along a second travel path with respect to the base, and
a sliding carriage for transferring the component, the sliding carriage being arranged so as to be movable along an edge of the support beam and movable along a third travel path with respect to the support beam, wherein the sliding carriage is movable to an end of the support beam facing the first press to project into a tool space of the first press together with a portion of the support beam protruding beyond the base, and wherein the sliding carriage is moved to an end of the support beam facing the second press to project into a tool space of the second press together with a portion of the support beam protruding beyond the base, and
a second drive unit and a transmission, the transmission being formed to transmit a driving motion of the second drive unit to the base at a first transmission ratio, to the support beam at a second transmission ratio and to the sliding carriage at a third transmission ratio, in order to move the base along the first travel path, move the support beam along the second travel path and move the sliding carriage along the third travel path parallel to the travel path of the traversing unit in the direction of the first press and in the direction of the second press, wherein at least two of the transmission ratios differ from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,556,257

HOSE CLEARING APPARATUS

1. A hose clearing apparatus, comprising:a faucet coupler comprising a first end for coupling to a faucet, a second end for coupling to a conduit, and a port;
a flow switch positioned within the faucet coupler;
an electric blower configured to be coupled to the port of the faucet coupler, the electric blower comprising:
a temperature sensor chip;
a control switch, wherein the control switch is selectively positionable between a manual position and an auto position;
wherein, when the control switch is in the manual position, the electric blower is activated to blow air according to a timer switch that allows a user to control how long the blower is activated;
wherein, when the control switch is in the auto position, the electric blower is automatically activated to blow air when the flow switch senses that a flow of water has ceased and the temperature sensor chip senses that a temperature has fallen to a predetermined threshold;
a check valve configured to allow air from the blower to enter the faucet coupler and to prevent water from the faucet coupler from entering the port and reaching the blower.

US Pat. No. 10,556,242

ELECTRIC DUST COLLECTOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An electric dust collector comprising:a film to collect electrified dust particles; and
a case receiving the film,
wherein the film comprises a conductive layer, to which voltage is applied, and an insulative layer covering the conductive layer,
portion of the conductive layer exposed to form an exposed part,
wherein the film comprises an insertion part extending from each of opposite ends thereof,
wherein the exposed part is formed at the insertion parts,
wherein
a molding-receiving part defining a molding space into which the insertion parts are inserted, and a conductor-receiving part defining an insertion space into which the insertion parts are inserted, are provided in the case, and
the electric dust collector further comprises an electrode connection part filling the insertion space in contact with the film, the electrode connection part electrically connected to a voltage source to apply voltage to the film, and an electrically insulative cover part filling the molding space in contact with the film while covering the electrode connection part.

US Pat. No. 10,556,231

SELF-CLEANING FILM SYSTEM AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A self-cleaning film system comprising:a substrate; and
a film disposed on the substrate and including:
a monolayer formed from a fluorinated material selected from the group consisting of fluorinated organic compounds, fluorinated inorganic compounds, and combinations thereof; and
a first plurality of cavity regions disposed within the monolayer and spaced apart from one another such that each of the first plurality of cavity regions abuts, is surrounded by, and is not covered by the fluorinated material, wherein each of the first plurality of cavity regions includes an embedded photocatalytic material.

US Pat. No. 10,556,211

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A method of producing diamonds comprising the steps of,producing a carbonaceous powder comprising nano-structured carbonaceous material and a transition metal, wherein the transition metal is an element having a face-centred-cubic (FCC) structure, alloy having a FCC structure, intermetallic having a FCC structure at the temperature at which the carbonaceous powder is thermally treated and/or, or an alloy or intermetallic comprising an element selected from the group consisting of iron, nickel, cobalt, chromium and manganese by electrochemical erosion of graphite in a molten salt, the transition metal being incorporated into the carbonaceous powder during the electrochemical erosion, and
thermally treating the carbonaceous powder in a non-oxidizing atmosphere at a temperature of between 350° C. and 1300° C., at a pressure lower than 1 GPa,
wherein the transition metal is present in the form of nanoscale particles disposed on or within the nano-structured carbonaceous material,
wherein the transition metal is present in the form of particles or deposits having maximum dimensions of between 1 and 10 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 10,556,187

TOY TOP

TOMY COMPANY, LTD., Toky...

1. A toy top comprising:a shaft portion; and
a body including a main component which is rotatable relative to the shaft portion in response to an impact applied to the main component,
wherein the body has
a first body part which constitutes the main component,
a second body part which is rotatable relative to the main component,
first spaced extensions that extend radially outward from a circumference of the first body part, and
second spaced extensions that extend radially outward from a circumference of the second body part,
wherein each of the first extensions is large enough to cover each of the second extensions in plan view,
wherein the second extensions stepwise vary their positions relative to the first extensions when the main component rotates relative to the shaft portion, and
wherein the first body part rotates relative to the second body part to switch between:
a first state in which the first extensions respectively cover the second extensions in plan view; and
a second state in which the second extensions respectively appear in the spaces between the first extensions in plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,556,180

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF MOVING CHARACTER IN ONLINE GAME

Tencent Technology (Shenz...

1. A method of moving a character in an online game, applied to a system of moving the character constructed by a server and at least two clients, the method of moving the character in the online game comprising:receiving, by a first client, a movement instruction for the character called a specified character, the movement instruction comprising a destination grid, and the clients comprising the first client;
acquiring, by the first client, a game map comprising a marked dynamic blocking grid, the marked dynamic blocking grid being a dynamic blocking grid on which a game character other than the specified character exists;
establishing, by the first client, an optimal path from a current start grid on which the specified character is located to the destination grid specified in the movement instruction without traveling through the marked dynamic blocking grid, generating movement information comprising the specified character and the optimal path, and sending the movement information to the server; and
receiving, by the server, the movement information sent by the first client, and sending the movement information to all clients except the first client by group messaging;
wherein the step of acquiring, by the first client, the game map comprising the marked dynamic blocking grid specifically is:
acquiring, by the first client, the game map comprising a static blocking grid, a dynamic blocking grid, and a non-blocking grid, wherein the dynamic blocking grid comprises the marked dynamic blocking grid and an unmarked dynamic blocking grid, wherein the unmarked dynamic blocking grid is a dynamic blocking grid on which no game character exists; and
the step of establishing, by the first client, the optimal path from the current start grid on which the specified character is located to the destination grid specified in the movement instruction without traveling through the marked dynamic blocking grid specifically is:
establishing, by the first client, the optimal path starting from the current start grid, traveling through at least one of the non-blocking grid or the unmarked dynamic blocking grid comprised on the game map, and reaching the destination grid.

US Pat. No. 10,556,179

VIDEO GAME AUDIO CONTROLLER

Performance Designed Prod...

1. A video game audio control system, comprising:a video game audio controller, comprising
a first port configured to connect to an audio headset and receive a headset audio signal therefrom;
a second port configured to operatively connect to a second video game audio controller and configured to receive a first chat audio signal and a first command signal from the second video game audio controller when connected thereto;
a third port configured to operatively connect to a third video game audio controller and configured to receive a second chat audio signal and a second command signal from the third video game audio controller when connected thereto;
a fourth port configured to operatively connect to a video game console and configured to receive a game audio signal from the video game console when connected thereto; and
control circuitry configured to detect the first command signal indicative of an operative connection with the second video game audio controller, and configured to detect the second command signal indicative of an operative connection with the third video game audio controller, the control circuitry configured to actuate one or more electronic switches based on said detection of the command signals, the control circuitry further configured to sum the headset audio signal and the first chat audio signal to provide a combined voice signal,
wherein the control circuitry is configured to communicate the combined voice signal to the third controller via the third port without said combined voice signal passing through the one or more electronic switches if the second command signal is detected by the control circuitry, and wherein the control circuitry is configured to not communicate the combined voice signal via the third port if the second command signal is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,556,173

PROVIDING REWARDS TO PLAYERS BASED ON ACTIVITY OF ASSOCIATED PLAYERS

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A method comprising:in an automated operation performed using one or more computer processors configured therefor, determining a friend activity metric for a player of a computer-implemented online game based on in-game activity of other players that are friends of the particular player within a social network, the determining of the friend activity metric being based at least in part on quantifying the number of friends of the player who, within a predefined preceding time window, actively played the game; and
providing a reward to the player based on the friend activity metric.

US Pat. No. 10,556,171

TABLE GAME SYSTEM

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. A table game system comprising:a barcode reader or an input interface, wherein the table game system is configured to obtain, by a detection via the barcode reader or by a data input via the input interface, a shuffled card ID that is indicated on a set of shuffled playing cards as an ID code for uniquely identifying the set of shuffled playing cards, wherein the set of shuffled playing cards is composed of a plurality of decks of playing cards arranged in a unique order;
a database; and
a card shoe apparatus that comprises:
a card housing unit for storing the shuffled playing cards;
an opening through which the playing cards are able to be manually drawn one by one from the card housing unit and onto a game table in a casino;
a card reading unit for reading information of each of the playing cards drawn from the card housing unit onto the game table; and
a control unit that includes a display unit;
wherein:
the control unit is configured to:
judge a winner/loser of a card game based on the information read by the card reading unit;
show a result of the judgment via the display unit;
identify the set of shuffled playing cards associated with the shuffled card ID obtained via the barcode reader of the input interface as a current card set being used in the card game, which is currently being played; and
input into the database the shuffled card ID obtained via the barcode reader of the input interface; and
the database contains:
information associating the shuffled card ID with the game table on which the set of shuffled playing cards is used, and with one or more specified events; and
at least one of:
(a) an identification of which of the playing cards is drawn from the card shoe apparatus when any of the one or more specified events happens;
(b) an association of the card game with an occurrence of the any of the one or more specified events; and
(c) a time of the occurrence of the any of the one of more specified events; and
the one or more specified events includes at least one of (1) to (4):
(1) an error of reading at least one of the playing cards of the identified set of shuffled playing cards;
(2) an attempt to draw at least one of the playing cards while no card should be drawn according to rules of the card game;
(3) an attempt to move or insert a card in a direction opposite to a drawing direction; and
(4) an occurrence of a preset irregular operation detected by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,556,170

CLAMP FOR ATTACHING ACCESSORIES TO A SKATEBOARD OR LONGBOARD

1. A clamp in combination with one of a skateboard or longboard, the clamp comprising:The skateboard or longboard including a plurality of truck mounting holes forming a truck mounting hole pattern;
The clamp further comprising:
a. a mounting plate, the mounting plate including a plurality of outer screw holes and a plurality of inner screw holes, wherein said outer screw holes match the truck mounting hole pattern of the skateboard or longboard;
b. a clamp bottom, the clamp bottom has a plurality of top screw holes and a plurality of bottom bottom screw holes, wherein the bottom screw holes match the inner screw holes of the mounting plate to attach the clamp bottom to the mounting plate, and wherein the clamp bottom includes an upward facing opening configured to hold an accessory;
c. a clamp top, the clamp top has a plurality of screw holes, wherein the screw holes of the clamp top match the top screw holes of the clamp bottom to attach the clamp top to the clamp bottom, and wherein the clamp top includes a downward facing opening matching the upward facing opening of the clamp bottom, and configured to hold the accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,556,156

HIGH STRENGTH RACQUET STRING

1. A high strength racquet string for retention on a sports racquet comprising:a monofilament core; and
a plurality of strands are braided around said monofilament core, said plurality of strands are an even number, the same number of said plurality of strands are braided in a clockwise direction as in a counterclockwise direction, said plurality of strands are structured to move relative to, or independent of said monofilament core in both radial and axial directions along a length of said monofilament core, said plurality of strands are secured to said monofilament core at opposing ends thereof, wherein said high strength racquet string reduces vibration to a user after an object is struck with the sports racket.

US Pat. No. 10,556,150

GROUP PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A system for monitoring a plurality of individuals engaged in an athletic activity, the system comprising:an individual monitor coupled to an individual engaged in the athletic activity, the individual monitor configured to transmit individual data indicative of a characteristic of the individual;
an object monitor coupled to a sports object used in the athletic activity, the object monitor configured to transmit object data indicative of a characteristic of the object; and
a garment having an illuminable area,
wherein the system is configured to compare the individual data with the object data and make a determination based on the comparison, and
wherein the garment is configured to illuminate based on the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,556,142

CORE MUSCLE EXERCISE SYSTEM

1. An exercise system enabling a user to perform therewith a modified plank exercise, the exercise system comprising:a top element having an interface for the user to hold or rest thereon, wherein the top element comprises a platform with means for attaching one or plural accessories to the platform;
a bottom element having an interface with a ground surface, the top and bottom elements interconnected and separated from each other with a middle element having a variable height, the exercise system configured therewith for the user to adjust the exercise system between at least a first position in which about 0% of the user's body weight is orthogonal to the user's back in usage of the exercise system and a second position in which about 100% of the user's body weight is orthogonal to the user's back in usage of the exercise system, the top element being pivotally coupled to the middle element with a swivel that allows the top element to pivot relative to the middle element in left and right directions, and in fore and aft directions; and
a lock that prevents the top element from pivoting relative to the middle element in at least one of the left and right directions, and the fore and aft directions,
wherein at least one of the top and bottom elements is interchangeably coupled to the middle element, and wherein the top and bottom elements each include one or plural elements of instability that are unstable at equilibrium and configured to be overcome by involving core muscles of the user, and wherein the top and bottom elements are both unstable at equilibrium.

US Pat. No. 10,556,135

PORTABLE CHEMICAL OXYGEN GENERATOR

RAPID OXYGEN COMPANY INC....

1. A chemical oxygen generator, comprising:a housing;
a reaction chamber within the housing;
a valve, a lower portion of the valve in fluid communication with the reaction chamber;
an internal chamber within the valve;
a reservoir in fluid communication with an upper portion of the valve; and
a valve actuator,
wherein the valve includes a central passageway extending from the lower portion to a portion located above the reservoir;
wherein operation of the valve actuator creates:
(1) a first fluid pathway from the reservoir through the internal chamber into the reaction chamber; and
(2) a second fluid pathway through the central passageway, and
wherein the valve comprises:
a cap, the cap including a central hole; and
a screw, the screw including a central bore;
wherein the second fluid pathway extends through the central hole and the central bore.

US Pat. No. 10,556,123

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATMENT OF CUTANEOUS AND SUBCUTANEOUS CONDITIONS

PALOMAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOG...

1. A method for non-invasively treating subcutaneous fat tissue in a region of a patient's body, comprising:cooling skin surface above a region of a patient's body prior to applying energy thereto;
applying energy, using an energy source, to skin surface to reach the region of a patient's body, said applied energy being of sufficient power and duration to raise temperature of said region above normal body temperature;
removing the application of energy to said region; and
repeating the steps of applying energy to said region and removing the application of energy to said region for a sufficient number of cycles to effect non-invasively any of a cosmetic or a therapeutic treatment in said tissue,
thereby increasing treatment time patient can tolerate compared with a treatment time patient can tolerate in absence of repeatedly cycling applying energy to and removing the application of energy to said region;
wherein during each of said cycles of applying energy and removing the application of energy the temperature of said region increases when applying energy to reach a peak value and decreases from said peak value when removing the application of energy, and
wherein the temperature of said region remains above normal body temperature during said repeated cycles of applying energy and removing the application of the energy.

US Pat. No. 10,556,105

TERMINATION OF A SHIELD WITHIN AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL LEAD

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method of terminating an electrically conductive shield within an outermost jacket of an implantable medical lead, comprising:providing the electrically conductive shield between an inner insulation layer of the outermost jacket and an outermost insulation layer of the jacket, the outermost insulation layer being in direct contact with the electrically conductive shield, the electrically conductive shield terminating by a blunt end of the outermost insulation layer, the outermost insulation layer being outermost at the blunt end and being outermost where in direct contact with the electrically conductive shield; and
bonding a blunt end of an insulation extension directly onto the blunt end of the outermost insulation layer, wherein the shield comprises a plurality of wires, each wire of the plurality having an end at the shield termination, the method further comprising folding over the end of each wire of the plurality individually.

US Pat. No. 10,556,103

UNWRAPPED 2D VIEW OF A STIMULATION LEAD WITH COMPLEX ELECTRODE ARRAY GEOMETRY

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An external programmer for a medical device, the programmer comprising:a display;
processing circuitry configured to:
present, via the display, a representation of a plurality of non-contiguous electrodes of an implantable lead, the plurality of non-contiguous electrodes located at different angular positions about a circumference of the implantable lead; and
present, via the display, a triangular orientation marker with respect to the representation of the plurality of non-contiguous electrodes, the triangular orientation marker indicative of a circumferential orientation of the plurality of non-contiguous electrodes of the implantable lead; and
a user interface configured to receive user selection of a value of one or more stimulation parameters that at least partially define electrical stimulation deliverable via one or more electrodes of the plurality of non-contiguous electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,556,100

CONNECTOR WITH FILTER

Repro-Med Systems, Inc., ...

47. A kit for liquid infusion comprising:a connector, including:
a substantially cylindrical unitary body defining a first opening at a distal end, a second opening at a proximal end, and a passageway comprising a distal section and an inner section connecting the first and second openings;
a luer connector at the distal end;
one or more fins protruding from the unitary body;
a disc protruding from the unitary body between the one or more fins and the luer connector, the disc structured and arranged to shield the connector from an operator's fingers, and brace the connector when force is applied by an infusion system; and
an in-line filter positioned in the distal section of the passageway and seated upon an annular surface at an interface between the distal section and the inner section between the first opening and the second opening;
a tubing set attached to the proximal end of the connector;
a pump.

US Pat. No. 10,556,098

MICRONEEDLE ARRAY COATED WITH DRUG COMPOSITION

MEDRX CO., LTD., Kagawa ...

1. A microneedle array having a pin frog shape which is coated on a surface of microneedles with a drug composition comprising a drug and at least one additive, wherein:the at least one additive is (i) an additive mixture comprising an adhesive additive having a Vickers hardness of less than 3 and an additive having a Vickers hardness of 10 or more which acts as a hardness-imparting additive, or (ii) an additive mixture comprising an adhesive additive having a Vickers hardness of less than 3 and an additive having a Vickers hardness of 3 to 10,
the drug composition after being coated and dried has a Vickers hardness of 3 or more,
the coated drug composition amount is 50 to 250 ?g per 100 microneedles,
wherein the drug composition does not cover the entire microneedles, and
wherein an amount of the adhesive additive is 5 to 20 w/w % relative to a total amount of the additive mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,556,097

DEVICES FOR TREATING SKIN USING TREATMENT MATERIALS LOCATED ALONG A TIP

Edge Systems LLC, Long B...

1. A method for treating a skin surface, comprising:delivering fluid to a tip of a handpiece assembly, wherein the handpiece assembly comprises at least one delivery conduit through which the fluid is configured to be delivered;
wherein the at least one delivery conduit is in fluid communication with a fluid source; and
providing at least one time-release material to the skin surface by delivering fluid to the tip, the at least one time-release material being configured to have an effect on the skin surface after a time period after providing the at least one time-release material to the skin surface;
wherein the at least one time-release material is positioned on the tip, the fluid at least partially dissolving the at least one time-release material when the fluid is delivered to the tip.

US Pat. No. 10,556,077

REVERSIBLE AIRWAY DEVICE AND RELATED METHOD FOR VENTILATING A SUBJECT

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A reversible airway device comprising:a tubular guide having a distal end portion, a proximal end portion, and a first passageway extending between the distal and proximal end portions, wherein the tubular guide includes a longitudinal slot partially extending between the distal and proximal end portions thereof when the reversible airway device is configured for ventilation of a patient and when the reversible airway device is configured for intubation of the patient;
a laryngeal mask attached to the distal end portion of the tubular guide, the laryngeal mask including an opening in fluid communication with the first passageway;
an endotracheal tube slidably disposed within the first passageway, the endotracheal tube having a second passageway that is concentric with the first passageway, the longitudinal slot of the tubular guide being sized and dimensioned to receive the endotracheal tube therethrough; and
a sealing mechanism disposed within the first passageway at the distal end portion of the tubular guide and positioned proximate the longitudinal slot, the sealing mechanism being configured to form a fluid-tight seal in the first passageway between the tubular guide and the endotracheal tube so as to occlude a flow of a gas through the first passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,556,068

INJECTION DEVICE

Consort Medical PLC, Hem...

1. An injection device comprising:an outer housing configured to receive a syringe, the syringe having a barrel for containing a medicament and a needle in fluid communication with the barrel;
a needle shield axially moveable relative to the outer housing between a needle covering position and a needle exposing position to selectively provide a needle enclosure, the needle exposing position being axially rearward of the needle covering position;
a biasing means for biasing the needle shield axially forwardly toward the needle covering position;
a locking means; and
a locking sleeve axially movable relative to the outer housing between a non-locking position and a locking position, the locking position being axially rearward of the non-locking position, in which axial movement of the locking sleeve is selectively limited by the locking means;
wherein in a first configuration, the needle shield is in the needle covering position and the locking sleeve is in the non-locking position so that at least a portion of the needle shield is axially slideable within the locking sleeve to permit rearward axial movement of the needle shield from the needle covering position to the needle exposing position; and
in a subsequent configuration, the needle shield is in the needle covering position and the locking sleeve is in the locking position so that the needle shield is prevented from moving axially rearwardly by interference with the locking sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,556,057

MICRO-FLUIDIC CHAMBERS FOR USE IN LIQUID MEDICAMENT DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc,...

1. A micro-fluidic chamber for use in a liquid medicament delivery system, the micro-fluidic chamber comprising:a bottom substrate and a top cover, the top cover being spaced from the bottom substrate so as to define a height of the micro-fluidic chamber;
wherein, two or more walls or fillings are positioned in the micro-fluidic chamber, the walls or fillings forming a fluid channel between the walls or fillings, the fluid channel extending uninterrupted from an inlet conduit connected to an inlet of the micro-fluidic chamber to an outlet conduit connected to an outlet of the micro-fluidic chamber;
wherein, each of the walls or fillings has a height less than the height of the micro-fluidic chamber so as to define a fluid gap between a top surface of each wall or filling and the top cover; and
wherein, the dimensions of the walls or fillings and the micro-fluidic chamber are such that the fluid gap will be filled with liquid by capillary forces via the fluid channel when liquid is introduced into the micro-fluidic chamber;
wherein, the top cover comprises a flexible membrane; and
wherein, the fluid channel comprises a meander-like shape.

US Pat. No. 10,556,047

HEART HELP DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

1. An implantable device for improving a pump function of a heart of a human patient by applying an external force on a heart muscle, said device comprising at least one pump device adapted to assist in the pump function of the heart comprising:a heart contacting organ adapted to be located onto the heart muscle,
an operating device for operating the heart contacting organ, and
an implantable pressurized fluid system comprising:
a first implantable chamber adapted to hold a pressurized fluid, wherein said first chamber is adapted to hold a fluid having a high pressure and
a second implantable chamber adapted to hold a pressurized fluid, wherein said second chamber is adapted to hold a fluid having a lower pressure, and
wherein said implantable operating device is adapted to use said first implantable chamber for operating the heart contacting organ in two directions with high pressure fluid, and wherein said operating device is further adapted to use said implantable second chamber for lowering a pressure on one side of said operating device, and
wherein a movement of the heart contacting organ assists the pump function of the heart.

US Pat. No. 10,556,033

SURFACE COATING FOR A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT, MEDICAL INSTRUMENT HAVING A SURFACE COATING, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SURFACE COATING FOR A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT

IMT MASKEN UND TEILUNGEN ...

1. A surface coating for a medical instrument, the surface coating comprising:an interference filter having at least one dielectric layer and at least one metallic layer arranged one above another,
wherein at least one of the at least one metallic layer and the at least one dielectric layer is adapted to be structurally altered by action of a corrosive environment on the surface coating such that the surface coating is convertible from a first state to a second state,
wherein, in the first state, the surface coating has a first spectral reflectivity and, in the second state, the surface coating has a second spectral reflectivity that is different from the first spectral reflectivity, and
wherein the first spectral reflectivity has a first reflectivity maximum at a first wavelength, and the second spectral reflectivity has a second reflectivity maximum at a second wavelength, a difference between the second wavelength and the first wavelength being at least 100 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,556,030

DISINFECTANT SPRAY CLEANER DISPENSER PACKAGE

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A disinfectant spray cleaner dispenser package, comprising:a dispensing container;
a bag on valve assembly comprising a dispensing valve mounted to the dispensing container and a flexible pouch within the dispensing container and having an open end that is sealed to the dispensing valve, the flexible pouch including multiple layers of flexible material with each of the multiple layers of flexible material interspersed with an adhesive layer, wherein each of the multiple layers of flexible material interspersed with an adhesive layer comprise multiple laminated layers and the multiple layers of flexible material interspersed with an adhesive layer comprise at least:
a) a polyethylene terephthalate layer,
b) an aluminum layer,
c) a polyamide layer,
d) a polypropylene layer, and
e) an adhesive layer between each of the layers a, b, c, and d; and an enhanced activity aqueous hydrogen peroxide disinfectant solution within the flexible pouch, wherein the enhanced activity aqueous hydrogen peroxide disinfectant solution has a pH of from about 0.5 to about 6 and comprises:
hydrogen peroxide in a concentration of from about 0.05 to about 8 w/w % of the total solution; and
at least one anionic surfactant.

US Pat. No. 10,556,017

LIPID-BASED DRUG CARRIERS FOR RAPID PENETRATION THROUGH MUCUS LININGS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A method of administering a therapeutic, prophylactic, or diagnostic agent to cervicovaginal mucosa (CVM) comprising intravaginally administering mucus penetrating particles, wherein the mucus penetrating particles comprise:one or more PEG-conjugated phospholipids,
one or more lipids,
one or more stabilizers selected from the group consisting of cholesterol and ganglioside GM1, and
one or more therapeutic, prophylactic, and/or diagnostic agents,
wherein the concentration of the PEG-conjugated phospholipid is at least 10 mole percent of the total of the PEG-conjugated phospholipids, the lipids and the stabilizers,
wherein the stabilizer physically and/or chemically stabilizes the mucus penetrating particles and the concentration of the stabilizer is between about 10 mole percent and about 70 mole percent of the total of the PEG-conjugated phospholipids, the lipids, and the stabilizers,
wherein the mucus penetrating particles have an average diameter of between about 100 nm and about 500 nm, and
wherein at least 50% of the mucus penetrating particles are mobile in freshly collected, undiluted human CVM at 2 hours and at least 30% of the particles are mobile in freshly collected, undiluted human CVM at 15 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,556,005

ADJUVANT COMPOSITION CONTAINING CITRULLINE

THE CHEMO-SERO-THERAPEUTI...

1. A process for enhancing the immunogenicity of an antigen comprising adding an adjuvant effective amount of citrulline to a vaccine comprising said antigen, wherein the adjuvant effective amount of citrulline ranges from 1 mg/mL to 50 mg/mL, wherein the citrulline is at least one member selected from the group consisting of L-citrulline, D-citrulline, L-thiocitrulline, L-thiohomocitrulline, S-methyl-L-thio-citrulline and S-ethyl-L-thiocitrulline.

US Pat. No. 10,555,965

ENVIRONMENT-RESPONSIVE HYALURONIC ACID NANOPARTICLES

Industry-University Coope...

1. A hyaluronic acid complex comprising a hyaluronic acid-boronic acid repeating unit in which a boronic acid compound is bound to a carboxyl group of a repeating unit represented by the following Formula 1
wherein the boronic acid compound in the hyaluronic acid-boronic acid repeating unit is bound to a hyaluronic acid repeating unit via an amide bond by means of a diamine compound serving as a linker, and
wherein the diamide compound is ethylenediamine, butylenediamine, hexamethylenediamine, pentaethylenehexamine, or 1,5-diamino-2-methylpentane.

US Pat. No. 10,555,958

COMBINATION TREATMENT OF SGLT2 INHIBITORS AND DOPAMINE AGONISTS FOR PREVENTING METABOLIC DISORDERS IN EQUINE ANIMALS

1. A method for treating a metabolic disorder in an equine in need of such treatment comprising administering to the equine an effective amount of a medicament comprising one or more SGLT2 inhibitors, pharmaceutically acceptable forms or salts thereof in combination with one or more dopamine receptor agonists, pharmaceutically acceptable forms or salts thereof, wherein:the one or more SGLT2 inhibitors comprises 1-cyano-2-(4-cyclopropyl-benzyl)-4-(?-D-glucopyranos-1-yl)-benzene, represented by the formula:
andthe one or more dopamine receptor agonists comprises (8?)-8-[(methylthio)methyl]-6-propylergoline (pergolide), represented by the formula:

US Pat. No. 10,555,950

BILE ACID RECYCLING INHIBITORS FOR TREATMENT OF OBESITY AND DIABETES

SATIOGEN PHARMACEUTICALS,...

1. A method of treating diabetes comprising administering to the distal ileum, the colon, or the rectum of a diabetic individual, a single pharmaceutical composition consisting of a therapeutically effective amount of an Apical Sodium-dependent Bile Transporter Inhibitor (ASBTI) and one or more pharmaceutical carriers, wherein the ASBTI isor a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,555,946

3-(SUBSTITUTED-4-OXOQUINAZOLIN-3(4H)-YL)-3-DEUTERO-PIPERIDINE-2,6-DIONE DERIVATIVES AND COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

DeuteRx, LLC, Andover, M...

1. A method for treating a disorder selected from the group consisting of multiple myeloma, leprosy, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the method comprising administering to a patient in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of a deuterium-enriched compound of formula I to treat the disorder, wherein formula I is:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate, or stereoisomer thereof, wherein:
Z is H or D, provided that the abundance of deuterium in Z is at least 30%;
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, and R10 are independently selected from H and D;
R6 is selected from: H; D; —(CH2)nOH; phenyl; —O(C1-C6)alkyl; and (C1-C6)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halo;
R7, R8, and R9 are independently selected from: H; D; halo; —(CH2)nOH; (C1-C6)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halo; (C1-C6)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more halo; and —(CH2)nNHRa;
alternatively, two of R7, R8, R9, and R10 are taken together with the atoms to which they are attached to form a 5-6 membered ring optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from halo; (C1-C6)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halo; and (C1-C6)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more halo;
Ra is selected from: H; D; (C1-C6)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halo; —(CH2)n-(6 to 10 membered aryl); —C(O)(CH2)n-(6 to 10 membered aryl); —C(O)(CH2)n-(6 to 10 membered heteroaryl); —C(O)(C1-C8)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halo; —C(O)(CH2)n—(C3-C10-cycloalkyl); —C(O)(CH2)n—NRbRc, —C(O)(CH2)n—O—(C1-C6)alkyl; and —C(O)(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n-(6 to 10 membered aryl); wherein the aryl and heteroaryl are optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from: halo; —SCF3; (C1-C6)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halo; and (C1-C6)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more halo;
Rb and Rc are each independently selected from: H; D; (C1-C6)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halo; (C1-C6)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more halo; and 6 to 10 membered aryl; the aryl being optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from: halo; (C1-C6)alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halo; and (C1-C6)alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more halo;
n is independently selected from 0, 1, and 2; and
a hydrogen atom present in any substituent is optionally replaced by D.

US Pat. No. 10,555,945

COMPOUNDS

Autifony Therapeutics Lim...

1. A method for the treatment or prophylaxis of anxiety disorders, which comprises administering to a subject in need thereof a compound of formula (I):
wherein:
W is CRaRb or 0;
when W is CRaRb then Z is CH2;
when W is O then Z is CF2;
Ra and Rb are CH3 or taken together form a C3 spiro cycloalkyl;
wherein, when W is CRaRb, Z is CH2 and Ra and Rb are CH3:
Ring A is:

 and Ring B is:

or
Ring A is:

 and Ring B is:

wherein, when W is CRaRb, Z is CH2 and Ra and Rb taken together form a C3 spiro cycloalkyl:
Ring A is:

 and
Ring B is:

 and
wherein, when W is O and Z is CF2:
Ring A is:

 and Ring B is:

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt and/or solvate thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,555,876

PACIFIER WITH CLEANING BRUSH

1. An oral pacification device adapted to be at least partially inserted into the oral cavity, said device comprising:a. a bladder comprising an exterior shell and a fluid-filled chamber, the bladder forming a nipple at a posterior end and an at least first flange along an anterior end;
b. said chamber extending into said nipple and said at least first flange, a nipple interior in fluid communication with a flange interior, and
c. a bite block set within said bladder; said bite block comprising at least two prongs.

US Pat. No. 10,555,868

FOOT MASSAGING ASSEMBLY

1. A foot massaging assembly being configured to have a user's feet rolled thereon thereby facilitating said assembly to massage the user's feet, said assembly comprising:a stand being configured to be positioned on a support surface such that said stand is vertically oriented on the support surface, said stand including a first rod; and
a massage unit being slidably coupled to said stand wherein said massage unit is configured to massage a bottom side of each of a user's feet rolled on said massage unit thereby facilitating said massage unit to massage the user's feet, said massage unit being selectively positioned at a selected point along said stand, said massage unit comprising
a sleeve being slidably positioned around said first rod such that said sleeve is positioned at a selected point along said first rod, said sleeve having an outer surface, said sleeve including a pair of saddles, each of said saddles being directly coupled to said outer surface of said sleeve, said saddles being oppositionally positioned on said sleeve with respect to each other, each of said saddles having two upper ends forming an open upper end, and
a retainer being rotatably coupled to said sleeve wherein said retainer is configured to be manipulated, said retainer extending through said sleeve and selectively engaging said first rod such that said sleeve is retained at said selected point on said first rod; said stand comprises said first rod having a first end and a second end, said first rod having a first section being slidably coupled to a second section such that said first rod has a telescopically adjustable length; a second rod being coupled to said first end, said second rod being oriented perpendicular to said first rod; and a third rod being coupled to said second end, said third rod being oriented perpendicular to said first rod wherein said third rod is configured to abut the support surface thereby facilitating said second rod to be spaced from the support surface; and a plurality of rollers, each of a selected pair of said plurality of rollers being removably positioned in an associated one of said saddles wherein said selected pair of rollers is configured to have the user's feet rolled thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,555,863

CRYOTHERAPY COMPRESSION SYSTEM

Jacob Randy Hall, Midway...

1. A therapy system, comprising:an inner layer having an inner surface and an outer surface;
an outer layer whose overall length is adjustable, the outer layer including first and second portions that are not part of, but are attached to, the inner layer, wherein an end of the first portion is completely separable from an end of the second portion so as to define a separation that takes the form of a gap in a material of the outer layer and wherein the gap is spanned by a spanning material, and wherein the outer layer includes a first free end and second free end that are releasably attachable to each other;
a therapeutic device removably positioned so that the inner surface of the inner layer is disposed between the therapeutic device and an extremity of a user when the extremity is positioned in an opening defined by the inner layer; and
an adjustable and manually operable tightening mechanism comprising a lace connected to the first and second portions of the outer layer and the lace is engaged with a mechanical lace tensioner that is operable to change, by either drawing the first and second portions toward each other or by allowing the first and second portions to move away from each other, a magnitude of a compressive force exerted by the outer layer on the extremity when the extremity is positioned within the opening defined by the inner layer, wherein the tightening mechanism is further operable to translate part of one of the first and second portions of the outer layer relative to the inner layer so as to vary a width of the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,555,853

HEALTH CARE AIR-FLOW HEATING/COOLING MATTRESS

1. A health care air-flow heating/cooling mattress, comprising a mattress body and a heating/cooling pressurizing device connected with the mattress body; the mattress body comprises circular air sacs that bear pressure independently, square air sacs that bear pressure alternately, heating/cooling air supply pipes evenly distributed on the mattress body, and a pressurizing pipe connected to the square air sacs; the heating/cooling air supply pipes are connected with the heating/cooling pressurizing device; the pressurizing pipe runs inside the heating/cooling air supply pipes; the pressurizing pipe is connected with an air compressor; an air inlet of the pressurizing pipe is provided with a solenoid valve; the solenoid valve is controlled by chips; two sides of said heating/cooling air supply pipes are provided with small blow holes; the small blow holes of two adjacent heating/cooling air supply pipes are provided in staggered arrangement to prevent streams of air flow clash with one another; the circular air sacs are formed by a surface layer and a bottom layer; the surface layer and the bottom layer are pressed together to form a plurality of separate sealed air sacs which are the circular air sacs; a position on the mattress corresponding to a head of a user is arranged with the circular air sacs; the square air sacs are inflatable air sacs;the heating/cooling pressurizing device comprises a machine housing, a negative ion generator at an air exit of the machine housing; a fan provided inside the machine housing, and a TCH ceramic far infrared heating element provided inside the machine housing; an exit of the fan is in communication with an air inlet of the TCH ceramic far infrared heating element via a pipe; the fan is formed by a sound proof shell, a high speed smart motor disposed on an upper part of the sound proof shell, and blades provided at an output shaft of the high speed smart motor; the sound proof shell is formed by an upper part and a lower part; the lower part of the sound proof shell forms a spiral shape; the sound proof shell is provided inside a sealed container; shock reduction springs are provided between the sound proof shell and the sealed container; the sealed container is mounted inside the machine housing; a bottom part of the machine housing is provided with an air inlet opening; the air inlet opening is provided with a filter net covering.

US Pat. No. 10,555,847

MULTI-FUNCTION CHAIR ATTACHMENT FOR DISABLED PERSONS

1. A multi-function attachment to assist a user to perform one or more tasks, the attachment comprising:an arm member having forward and back ends;
one or more coupling members provided to the arm member and configured to detachably secure the arm member to a chair; and
a support member configured to be detachably coupled to the second end of the arm member;
wherein at least a portion of the support member is configured to extend laterally from a point proximate the front end of the arm member to provide support for a device forward and above a seat portion of the chair;
a positioning insert formed substantially in an L-shape and configured to couple the arm member to the support member at a plurality of positions;
wherein the positioning insert includes a first portion configured to be inserted into the arm member, and a second portion configured to be inserted into the support member;
wherein the first portion of the positioning insert is provided with a plurality of pairs of through holes along a length of the first portion;
the arm member is provided with a pair of through holes configured to correspond with any of the pairs of through holes of the first portion of the positioning insert such that the positioning insert is arranged in one of a plurality of positions by receiving a pin through the through holes of the arm member and the first portion of the positioning insert;
wherein the first portion of the positioning insert is provided with three pairs of the through holes along the length of the first portion such that the positioning insert is selectively positionable at three different lengths of insertion into the arm member;
wherein the second portion of the positioning insert is provided with a pair of through holes; and
the support member is provided with a pair of through holes at a first end thereof to correspond with the pair of through holes in the second portion of the positioning insert such that the support member is secured to the second portion of the positioning insert by receiving a pin through the through holes of the support member and the second portion of the positioning insert.

US Pat. No. 10,555,842

UNDERPANTS-TYPE DISPOSABLE DIAPER

DAIO PAPER CORPORATION, ...

1. An underpants-type disposable diaper comprising an outer body constituting individually or integrally a front body and a back body, and an inner body including an absorber provided on an inner side of the outer body ranging from the front body to the back body, the outer body of the front body and the outer body of the back body being joined together at side edges to form side seal portions, thereby forming a waist opening and a pair of right and left leg openings, whereinthe outer body of the back body has a waist part defined as a front-back direction range having the side seal portions and an intermediate portion defined as the front-back direction range forming the leg openings,
the intermediate portion has cover parts positioned closer to lateral sides of the inner body,
the cover parts are formed at least by stacking an elastic sheet layer between a first sheet layer and a second sheet layer,
when the elastic sheet layer is extended in a width-direction, the first sheet layer and the second sheet layer are joined together directly or indirectly at a large number of dot-like joint portions arranged at intervals left in the width-direction and front-back direction, and
at least the intermediate portion of the cover parts in the front-back direction are configured such that an arrangement density of the dot-like joint portions becomes higher stepwise or continuously from width-direction outer edges to a width-direction central side.

US Pat. No. 10,555,825

ROTATION OF A MEDICAL DEVICE DURING CRIMPING

ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYS...

1. A method, comprising:using a stent or scaffold, the stent or scaffold having an outer diameter and the outer diameter having a before crimping size;
using a balloon of a balloon catheter;
using a crimping device having a plurality of blades configured to form an aperture, wherein the blades are displaced relative to each other to increase or decrease the size of the aperture during crimping, and wherein the aperture has an axis surrounded by the blades; and
crimping the stent or scaffold to the balloon, the crimping comprising:
placing the stent or scaffold on the balloon,
aligning the stent or scaffold and balloon catheter with the aperture axis, including supporting the balloon catheter using a bearing having a bearing axis parallel to the aperture axis,
wherein when the blades of crimping device rotate about the aperture axis the aperture size changes, whereupon the catheter rotates about the bearing axis in response to the rotation of the blades about the aperture axis, and
reducing the stent or scaffold outer diameter from the before crimping size to a first size.

US Pat. No. 10,555,824

STENT DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH INWARDLY TAPERING STENT BED

C. R. Bard, Inc., Murray...

1. A method of making a stent device delivery system, comprising:loading a device into a retractable outer sheath comprising a sleeve, the retractable outer sheath having a delivery position that retains the device and a deployed position that radially frees the device;
positioning an inner catheter radially and axially within a lumen of the device, wherein the inner catheter comprises an inwardly tapered bed; and
cold-drawing the sleeve:
to reduce a diameter of the sleeve;
to squeeze the device from an expanded configuration into a reduced delivery configuration; and
to engage a radially inner surface of the device with a radially outer surface of the inwardly tapered bed.

US Pat. No. 10,555,813

IMPLANTABLE DEVICE AND DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR RESHAPING A HEART VALVE ANNULUS

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. An implant for reducing heart valve regurgitation comprising:a frame having upper crowns, lower crowns and struts between the upper and lower crowns, the frame having a tissue engaging configuration having a tissue engaging diameter and an annulus remodeling configuration where the frame has an annulus remodeling diameter that is less than the tissue engaging diameter;
a plurality of anchoring members coupled with the lower crowns of the frame for engaging cardiac tissue proximate the heart valve annulus; and
a plurality of collars coupled with the upper crowns of the frame, wherein when force is applied to the collars, the collars slide along the upper crowns and the struts to move the frame from the tissue engaging configuration towards the annulus remodeling configuration and wherein each collar includes at least one flex section configured to reduce friction between the collar and the upper crowns and the struts.

US Pat. No. 10,555,804

THERAPEUTIC DEVICE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT AND VISION

JOURNEY1, INC., Brisbane...

1. A covering to treat a cornea of an eye of a patient, said cornea comprising an epithelium, and said covering comprising:an inner portion comprising an inner rigidity, an inner thickness, and an inner durometer; and
an outer portion comprising an outer rigidity,
wherein said inner rigidity is greater than said outer rigidity,
wherein said inner durometer is within a range of Shore 20A to Shore 70A, and
wherein said covering, when applied to said cornea, is configured to adhere to said cornea to reduce swelling of said cornea.

US Pat. No. 10,555,786

OPERATION INPUT DEVICE AND MEDICAL MANIPULATOR SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

11. An operation input device for inputting an operating command to a manipulator for observing or treating an affected area, the operation input device comprising:a grip configured to be gripped by a hand of an operator; and
an arm comprising at least two link members and at least one joint for linking adjacent link members of the at least two link members so that the adjacent link members can tilt about a joint axis intersecting longitudinal axes of the adjacent link members, the arm movably supporting the grip, wherein the at least one joint comprises:
a shaft fixed to one of the adjacent link members, the shaft extending along the joint axis;
a spring fixed to an other of the adjacent link members, the spring being wound around an outer circumferential surface of the shaft to tighten the shaft radially inward; and
the shaft and the spring being configured to generate a frictional torque in an opposite direction to a direction in which a torque is applied; and
an adjustment section for adjusting the tightening force generated by the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,555,782

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINAL SURGERY WITH A ROBOTIC SURGICAL SYSTEM USING A PERCUTANEOUS TECHNIQUE

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A method of operating a robotic surgical system, the method comprising:detecting, by a force sensor, movement of a surgical instrument guide attached to a robotic arm of the robotic surgical system, wherein the surgical instrument guide defines a trajectory comprising a location and an orientation for insertion of a medical implant in a vertebra of a patient, wherein the surgical instrument guide includes a dilator and the dilator defines a working channel for accessing the vertebra;
storing, by a processor of a computer device, a planned trajectory based on the trajectory of the surgical instrument guide at a defined time;
after the planned trajectory is defined, detecting, by the force sensor, movement of the surgical instrument guide towards the vertebra;
increasing a size of the working channel of the dilator;
inserting a dilator adapter into the dilator to adjust a diameter of a portion of the dilator to allow for different sized tools to be guided by the dilator,
wherein the processor is configured to execute instructions within the computing device based upon the planned trajectory stored by the processor to prevent the surgical instrument guide from moving away from the planned trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,555,776

MAGNETIC RESONANCE THERMOMETRY DURING ABLATION

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A method, comprising the steps of:inserting a probe into a heart of a living subject, the probe having a distal portion, a position sensor and an ablation electrode being disposed on the distal portion;
navigating the probe into a contacting relationship with a target tissue of the heart and activating the ablation electrode;
obtaining a first reading of the position sensor to obtain a first position of the probe in the heart;
acquiring a first magnetic resonance thermometry image of the target tissue at the first position; and
thereafter during ablation iteratively performing the steps of:
taking new readings of the position sensor to obtain second positions of the probe in the heart;
acquiring a new magnetic resonance thermometry image of the target tissue only when a distance between the first position and one of the second positions is less than a predetermined distance; and
analyzing the first magnetic resonance thermometry image and the new magnetic resonance thermometry image to determine a temperature of the target tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,555,772

LASER ABLATION CATHETERS HAVING EXPANDED DISTAL TIP WINDOWS FOR EFFICIENT TISSUE ABLATION

Ra Medical Systems, Inc.,...

1. A laser ablation catheter to ablate blockages in body lumens using high energy and high power laser pulses, comprising:a liquid filled waveguide including an elongate catheter body tube having an inner layer with a first index of refraction and a biocompatible ultraviolet transparent optical fluid disposed within and completely filling an inner lumen of the elongate catheter body tube, with the optical fluid having a second index of refraction which is greater than the first index of refraction; and
an ultraviolet grade elongated distal optical window disposed in liquid sealed relation to a surface of the elongate catheter body tube at a distal end of the elongate catheter body tube, the distal optical window including:
a feed fiber optic made of ultraviolet grade silica including a core and a cladding and configured to act as a waveguide,
an insert segment which is disposed within a distal section of the elongate catheter body tube and which includes the core and the cladding configured to act as the waveguide, and
an expanded segment which is expanded from a nominal outer diameter of the feed fiber optic with the cladding melted and mixed with the core resulting in no cladding or dead space, which is larger in transverse dimension than the feed fiber optic so as to cover an outer diameter of the elongate catheter body tube, which is disposed distally of the insert segment, which is not configured to act as a waveguide, which has an outer diameter which is greater than an outer diameter of the insert segment, which has an output surface that has an area which is equal to or greater than an area of a transverse section of the elongate catheter body tube proximally adjacent the distal optical window and which has an axial length sufficient to allow optical energy expansion within the expanded segment such that optical energy emitted from the output surface ablates a hole in target tissue having a diameter equal to or greater than an outer diameter of the elongate catheter body tube proximally adjacent the distal optical window.

US Pat. No. 10,555,759

POLYAXIAL PEDICLE SCREW HAVING PROVISIONAL FASTENING MEANS

Aesculap AG, (DE)

1. A polyaxial pedicle screw having a screwed shaft section for anchoring the pedicle screw in a vertebra,wherein a shaft head is configured at an axial end of the screwed shaft section, said shaft head being pivotably and/or rotatingly coupled to a receiving sleeve for a longitudinal support,
wherein the receiving sleeve comprises a fastening means for selective positional fastening of the receiving sleeve with respect to the screwed shaft section, said fastening means at least comprising an inlay mounted in the receiving sleeve and acting on the shaft head, and a locking element acting via the longitudinal support on the inlay and screwed directly into the receiving sleeve,
wherein the inlay is configured with inlay engagement elements, which are not covered or overlapped by the locking element nor by the longitudinal support, for the introduction of a provisional compressive force parallel to the locking element on the inlay,
wherein the inlay engagement elements extend radially outwardly from an outermost circumference of the locking element in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the locking element.

US Pat. No. 10,555,740

DEVICE TO INCREASE INTRA-ABDOMINAL COMPARTMENT PRESSURE FOR THE CONTROLLING OF INTERNAL HEMORRHAGE

Compression Works, LLC, ...

1. In combination with a pneumatic tourniquet having an inflatable bladder with a lower end, an air source for inflating said inflatable bladder, means for securing said pneumatic tourniquet over an abdomen of a human patient, said abdomen including an inferior angle formed by lower ribs in a central part of an upper portion of said abdomen, and a pressure control device for controlling pressure in said inflatable bladder, a compression device for arresting hemorrhage in an abdominal area of a patient, comprising:a. a base portion in contact with the abdomen of said patient, said base portion including a substantially flat underside;
b. a corrugated upper portion supported by said base portion;
c. wherein said corrugated upper portion includes a centrally positioned recess adapted to receive said lower end of said inflatable bladder, and wherein pressure exerted by said lower end on said compression device is transferred to said patient;
d. wherein said base portion and said corrugated upper portion are affixed to one another to form a unified whole; and,
e. wherein said compression device includes a tapered end shaped to match the inferior angle of the lower ribs in said human patient in the central part of the upper portion of said abdomen.

US Pat. No. 10,555,726

PERCUTANEOUS TOOLS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE ACCESS TO THE CAROTID SHEATH FOR VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc, ...

1. A method of introducing a stimulation lead into a body with a lead delivery system, the body having tissue and a sheath, the sheath having an interior and a stimulation site within the interior, comprising:advancing a first needle through a distal end of a second needle such that the first needle is protruding from the distal end of the second needle;
cutting at least one of the tissue and the sheath with the first needle protruding from the second needle, such that the first needle advances subcutaneously through the tissue toward and into the sheath in the body;
retracting the first needle into the second needle, after advancing the first needle subcutaneously through the tissue and into the sheath, to prevent the first needle from cutting structures in the interior of the sheath;
advancing the second needle along the interior of the sheath to the stimulation site;
removing the first needle from the second needle;
advancing a guidewire through the second needle and along the interior of the sheath to the stimulation site after removing the first needle from the second needle;
testing the stimulation site, after advancing the guidewire through the second needle, using an electrode on at least one of the second needle and the guidewire, to verify that the stimulation site is adjacent a targeted nerve;
removing the second needle from the guide wire;
advancing a first dilator on the guidewire along the interior of the sheath toward the stimulation site to dilate a path in the interior of the sheath after removing the second needle from the guide wire; and
observing the first dilator in the body using at least one of a locating element and an imaging element on the first dilator to facilitate at least one of locating and navigating the first dilator in the interior of the sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,555,679

NON-CONTACT HEART RATE MONITORING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a non-contacting array of sensors adapted for positioning at a position spaced from and proximate a position of a patient; and
a signal processing circuit in communication with the array of sensors, the signal processing circuit including computer readable instructions stored in a computer readable storage medium for implementation of a plurality of candidate neonatal resuscitation protocol guidance processes, wherein the signal processing circuit is configured for:
generating a plurality of time varying signals using the array of sensors;
scoring at least one of the plurality of time varying signals;
selecting, based on the scoring, one or more signal of the plurality of time varying signals for use in determining a heart rate of the patient;
determining the heart rate based on the selected one or more signal;
running a selected guidance process of the plurality of candidate neonatal resuscitation protocol guidance processes to guide a caregiver user in performance of the selected guidance process; and
outputting one or more indicator based on the determined heart rate and the selected guidance process.

US Pat. No. 10,555,643

HUMANIZED CONTROL DEVICE APPLIED TO HEALTH SHOWER DEVICE

XIAMEN EASO CO., LTD., X...

1. A humanized control device applied to a health shower device, comprising a shower rod, a water diverter, and an operating mechanism;the water diverter including a three-way body and a valve core, the three-way body having a lateral inlet, an upper outlet and a lower outlet, the valve core being movably fitted in the three-way body to block the upper outlet and the lower outlet;
the shower rod being a hollow structure, an upper end of the shower rod being connected to the lower outlet of the three-way body;
the operating mechanism including a three-way member and an operating lever, the three-way member having an inlet end opening, an outlet end opening and a mounting end opening, the operating lever being movably disposed in the mounting end opening, the inlet end opening being connected to a lower end of the shower rod; two ends of the operating lever being a linking end and an operating end respectively, the linking end of the operating lever being linked with the valve core through a linking member located in the shower rod.

US Pat. No. 10,555,627

INFLATABLE PICTURE FRAME

1. A picture frame comprising: a hollow, air impervious, inflatable casing, wherein a casing includes a bottom member extending from a left side of the picture frame to a right side of a picture frame, the bottom member being angled away from two side members in a forward direction;the bottom member extending between and in fluid communication with the two side members;
the two side members extending vertically from the bottom member to a top member:
the two side members being in fluid communication with the top member;
the top member extending horizontally between the two side members;
each side member attached to and in fluid communication with a leg;
a non-inflatable vertical flat portion between the top member, the two side members and the bottom member;
the non-inflatable vertical Hat portion containing a sleeve;
the sleeve extending between the two side members, the top member and the bottom member;
the sleeve containing a sleeve opening for receiving an inner member; and
a distal vertex of each leg including a fastener portion, wherein the fastener portion is configured to connect to a corresponding fastener portion on an opposite leg.

US Pat. No. 10,555,602

HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE TABLE

DONG GUAN SONG WEI ELECTR...

1. A height-adjustable table, comprising a base, at least two height-adjustable table legs, a retaining frame, a tabletop, a motor box, a controller, a power adapter, and a hand controller; the table legs being spaced apart and arranged vertically, each of the table legs including an immovable outer tube and a movable inner tube, a lower end of the immovable outer tube being fixed to the base, the movable inner tube being movably disposed in the immovable outer tube, an upper end of the movable inner tube extending out of the immovable outer tube; the retaining frame being fixedly connected to the upper end of the movable inner tube of each of the table legs, the tabletop being disposed on top of the retaining frame and fixedly connected to the retaining frame; the motor box being disposed on the retaining frame, the motor box including a box body and a motor disposed in the box body, the motor driving the movable inner tube of each of the table legs to move up and down through a driving rod; the controller being disposed in the box body, the controller being connected to the motor; the power adapter being connected to the controller; the hand controller being connected to the controller,wherein each of the table legs is provided with an immovable screw rod, a movable sleeve and a transmission assembly, the immovable screw rod and the movable sleeve are disposed in the movable inner tube, a lower end of the immovable screw rod is fixedly connected to the lower end of the immovable outer tube, the movable sleeve is screwed to the immovable screw rod, an upper end of the movable sleeve is rotatably connected to the upper end of the movable inner tube, the transmission assembly is mounted to the upper end of the movable inner tube and drives the movable sleeve to rotate back and forth, and an end of the driving rod is connected to the transmission assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,555,586

FRAGRANCE BODY BAND

1. A band, comprising:a base, having a base first side and a base second side, further comprising a pair of lips located at opposing perimeter edges, each of the pair of lips is extending outward away from said base first side;
an outer cover, having a cover first side and a cover second side, said outer cover having a plurality of perforations boated thereon, said cover second side removably attachable to said base first side between said pair of ups;
wherein when said outer cover is removably attached to said base, an interior is defined;
wherein said interior is capable of retaining a substrate therein;
wherein said base and said outer cover comprises a flexible and resilient material;
wherein each of said plurality of perforations are in fluid and environmental communication with said interior;
a pair of first steps, each upstanding from a surface of said base first side and each located at an equidistant position from an individual lip;
a pair of second steps, each upstanding from a surface of said outer cover second side;
wherein when said outer cover is removably attached to said base, said interior is defined as an area defined between said base first side, said outer cover second side, said pair of first steps, and said pair of second steps;
wherein said outer cover and base are cylindrical-shaped;
wherein said band is configured to facilitate wearing about a limb or appendage of a person;
wherein said base is a silicone rubber compound;
and
wherein said outer cover is a silicone rubber compound.

US Pat. No. 10,555,581

BRAIDED UPPER WITH MULTIPLE MATERIALS

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having a braided upper, comprising:a first group of tensile elements having a square cross-sectional shape and braided to form a first braided strand having a first cross-sectional area;
a second group of tensile elements having a circular cross-sectional shape and braided to form a second braided strand having a a second cross-sectional area;
wherein the first braided strand is different than the second braided strand; and
wherein the first braided strand oriented along a first direction is braided with the second braided strand oriented along a second direction at a bias relative to the first direction to form at least a region of the braided upper and wherein one of the first braided strand and the second braided strand is an axial component of the braided upper.

US Pat. No. 10,555,574

SUNSHADE CAP WITH MULTIPLE RETRACTABLE SUNSHIELD MEMBERS

1. A sunshade cap, comprising:(a) a cap body comprising
a crown configured for covering the top of a wearer's head, said crown including an exterior crown surface, an interior crown surface; a front crown portion, a rear crown portion, a left crown portion, a right crown portion, a bottom crown edge, a vertex, a front centerline, and a rear centerline;
a visor extending forwardly from the front crown portion adjacent to the bottom crown edge;
(b) a left sunshield member and a right sunshield member made of flexible foldable fabric permanently attached to said crown and configured for shading the left and right side of the wearer's face and being retractable on said crown, said left and right sunshield members being mirror images of each other having a shape, and wherein the left and right sunshield members each include a first side facing outward when retracted onto said crown, a second side facing toward said crown when retracted thereon, a front edge, a top edge, a bottom edge and a rear edge;
(c) a rear sunshield member made of flexible foldable fabric permanently attached to said crown configured for shading the hack of the wearer's neck and ears and being retractable on said crown, said rear sunshield member having a shape, and including a first side facing outward when retracted onto said crown, a second side facing inward toward said crown when retracted thereon, a top edge, a bottom edge, a left edge and a right edge;
(d) a plurality of permanent fastening members that permanently attach at least a portion of the second side of each of said left, right and rear sunshield members adjacent to said left, right, and rear bottom edges respectively onto said exterior crown surface adjacent to said bottom crown edge;
wherein said left sunshield member is attached on a left side of the front crown portion as well as on the left crown portion, and said right sunshield member is attached on a right side of the front crown portion as well as on the right crown portion, and forward of any attaching positions of said rear sunshield member; whereby said left and right sunshield members drape forwardly down a left and a right side respectively of said visor where in said left and right sunshield members are configured to forwardly shade the sides of the wearer's face and cheeks during deployment, and wherein the left and right sunshield members include an angle that is also configured to provide shading to the rear portion of the wearer's face and the ears;
wherein said rear sunshield member is attached on said left and right crown portions and/or on said rear crown portion adjacent to said left and right crown portions respectively, and rearward of any attaching position of said left and right sunshield members on said crown; whereby said rear sunshield member drapes down adjacent to the rear crown portion below the bottom crown edge and is configured to shade the back of the wearer's neck during deployment;
(e) at least one detachable fastening member configured at a position on each of said left and right sunshield members, and a plurality of detachable fastening members configured at positions on said rear sunshield member that secure in a position of retraction at least one angled folded flap formed on and extending outwardly from each of said left and right sunshield members and at least two angled folded flaps formed on and extending either outwardly or inwardly from said rear sunshield member;
wherein at least one detachable fastening member is disposed on an exterior side of each of said at least one angled folded flaps formed on said left and right sunshield members for coupling with at least one of the following: at least one detachable fastening member attached to said left and right sunshield members respectively; at least one detachable fastening member attached to said rear sunshield member; and at least one detachable fastening member attached to said crown;
wherein at least one detachable fastening member is disposed on either an exterior or an interior side of each of said at least, two angled folded flaps formed on said rear sunshield member that couples with at least one of the following: at least one detachable fastening member attached to said rear sunshield member, and at least one detachable fastening member attached to said crown, thereby securing said at least two angled folded flaps in their retracted position;
wherein each of said at least one angled folded flaps on said left and right sunshield members secured by detachable fastening members includes a first fold along a first fold line that starts from a central location of said left and right sunshield members respectively and ends at said rear edge of said left and right sunshield members respectively, and a second fold, folded in an opposite direction of said first fold, along a second fold line located above said first fold line and sharing the same starting focal point as the first fold from the central location and ending at either said top edge of said left and right sunshield members respectively or said rear edge of said left and right sunshield members respectively, so that said first fold forms a flap edge that rises up starting from the focal point at an angle defined by the angle between the first and second fold lines to form an angled folded flap that extends outwardly from said left and right sunshield members, and said second fold serving as an axis that guides said angled folded flap toward its position of retraction secured by detachable fastening members;
wherein two angled folded flaps on said rear sunshield member each secured by detachable fastening members include a first fold either inwardly or outwardly along a first fold line which starts from a central location of said rear sunshield member and ends at either an edge or folded edge of said rear sunshield member, and a second fold along a second fold line located either above or below said first fold line and in the opposite direction of said first fold, and sharing the same starting focal point as the first fold from the central location and ends at an edge or folded edge, wherein the first fold creates a flap edge defined by the angle between the first and second fold line to form an angled folded flap that extends either outwardly or inwardly from said rear sunshield member depending on the direction of the fold, and said second fold serving as an axis that guides said angled folded flap toward its position of retraction secured by detachable fastening members;
(f) a plurality of detachable fastening members attached to said crown within 5.1 cm of the vertex, and a plurality of detachable fastening members attached to said left, right and rear sunshield members, that detachably attach portions of said left, right and rear sunshield members on top of said crown during retraction;
wherein at least one detachable fastening member is disposed on said crown that couples with a corresponding detachable fastening member disposed adjacent to the front edge of each of said left and right sunshield members, so that the front edge of each of said left and right sunshield members is laid along the front centerline on top of said crown and secured near the vertex dining retraction;
wherein at least one detachable fastening member is disposed on said crown that couples with at least one corresponding detachable fastening member disposed on a top portion of said rear sunshield member; wherein the configuration of said detachable fastening members on both said crown and said rear sunshield member holds down and secures one or more folds on said rear sunshield member during retraction.

US Pat. No. 10,555,563

HYBRID APPAREL AND METHOD OF TRANSFORMING SAME INTO OTHER GARMENT TYPES

1. A multipurpose customizable garment comprising:a first detachable element having a first plurality of fasteners;
a second detachable element having a second plurality of fasteners, wherein the first detachable element is a first detachable sleeve, the second detachable element is a second detachable sleeve, wherein at least one of the first detachable sleeve and the second detachable sleeve is convertible into a second multipurpose customizable garment, by detachably connecting the first detachable sleeve to the second detachable sleeve selectively using at least one of the first plurality of fasteners and the second plurality of fasteners such that: (a) each of at least one end of the first detachable sleeve and of at least one end of the second detachable sleeve serves as a neckline of the second multipurpose customizable garment, (b) each of at least one other end of the first detachable sleeve and of at least one other end of the second detachable sleeve serves as hem of the second multipurpose customizable garment, (c) each of at least one top edge of the first detachable sleeve and of at least one top edge of the second detachable sleeve serves as a first sleeve of the second multipurpose customizable garment, and (d) each of at least one bottom edge of the first detachable sleeve and of at least one bottom edge of the second detachable sleeve serves as a second sleeve of the second multipurpose customizable garment.

US Pat. No. 10,555,552

AEROSOL GENERATING DEVICE WITH PIERCING ASSEMBLY

Altria Client Servies LLC...

1. An electrically heated aerosol-generating device for use with a consumable cartridge comprising a storage portion containing an aerosol-forming substrate, the storage portion having a fluid permeable internal surface surrounding an open ended passage extending through the cartridge, the device comprising:a main housing having a cavity for receiving a cartridge;
a closure body engageable with the main housing to enclose the cartridge in the cavity; and
a heater assembly for heating the cartridge, the heater assembly including,
an elongate piercing assembly configured to extend into the open ended passage of the cartridge and defining an internal airflow passage forming part of an airflow pathway through the device, the elongate piercing assembly including,
a first hollow shaft portion connected to the main housing, the first hollow shaft portion having a first piercing surface at a distal end thereof, the first piercing surface configured to break through a first frangible seal across a first end of the open ended passage when the cartridge is inserted into the cavity, and
a second hollow shaft portion connected to the closure body, the second hollow shaft portion having a second piercing surface at a distal end thereof, the second piercing surface configured to break through a second frangible seal across a second end of the open ended passage when the closure body is engaged with the main housing, the first and second hollow shaft portions extending along a same longitudinal axis when the closure body is engaged with the main housing, and the first and second hollow shaft portions being sized to meet at a junction such that the elongate piercing assembly extends along an entire length of the cavity when the closure body is engaged with the main housing; and
at least one electric heater fixed to the elongate piercing assembly, the at least one electric heater having at least one heating element for heating the aerosol forming substrate when the cartridge is enclosed in the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,555,538

LOIN PULLER SCRIBE SAW ASSEMBLY

Hall Fabrication, Inc., ...

1. A scribe saw assembly for a loin puller machine, comprising:a standard to drivingly support a scribe saw rotary blade;
a rotary scribe saw blade mounted on the standard for cutting a carcass middle;
a motor operatively connected to the blade for rotating the blade;
a pinion gear and a bevel gear meshingly mounted in the standard, with the motor drivingly connected to the pinion gear and the blade drivingly connected to the bevel gear; and
a shaft interconnecting the bevel gear and the blade, and a pair of bearings on the shaft to eliminate shaft deflection.

US Pat. No. 10,555,514

FLY FISHING LINE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Scientific Anglers LLP, ...

1. A fly fishing line comprising:an elongated core; and
a coating disposed around the elongated core, wherein the coating comprises a polymer resin, a co-polymer of silicone, and one or more other polymeric materials,
wherein the co-polymer of silicone is a fluorinated polydimethylsiloxane, a fluorinated polydimethylsiloxane propylhydroxy copolymer, or a combination thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,555,908

DOSAGE FORM ARTICLES FOR DELAYED RELEASE

Capsugel Belgium NV, Bor...

1. A comestible dosage form article for administration to a target subject, the dosage form comprising:an outer capsule comprising a first cap telescopically engageable with a first body; and
an inner capsule, within the outer capsule, comprising a second cap telescopically engageable with a second body,
the inner capsule being in an inverted position with respect to the outer capsule such that, in an assembled state, the second cap is proximal to the first body and distal to the first cap;
wherein the outer and inner capsules are sized such that substantially no compartment is present between the inner and outer capsule.
US Pat. No. 10,556,934

CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF THE LARGE RIBOSOMAL SUBUNIT FROM S. AUREUS

Yeda Research and Develop...

1. A composition-of-matter comprising a crystallized Staphylococcus aureus 50S large ribosomal subunit, wherein the crystallized 50S large ribosomal subunit effectively diffracts X-rays for calculating an electron density map and determination of atomic coordinates to a resolution of at least 4 ? and forms in a hexagonal space group with unit cell dimensions of a=279.6±10 ?, b=279.6±10 ?, c=872.7±10 ?, ?, ?=90°, ?=120°.
US Pat. No. 10,555,909

MICROENCAPSULATION OF B-ALANINE

INNOBIO CORPORATION LIMIT...

1. A microencapsulated ?-alanine using ?-alanine as a core material and a mixture of a wall material and an additive as a release material, wherein:the additive comprises a fatty acid-based saturated or unsaturated fatty glyceride containing 12 to 22 carbon atoms and a phospholipid,
the fatty glyceride is a monoglyceride, a diglyceride, or a mixture thereof in any ratio,
a dosage of the fatty glyceride is 0.2 to 5% of a mass of the wall material; and
a dosage of the phospholipid is 0.5 to 10% of a mass of the wall material.
US Pat. No. 10,556,939

GLUCAGON/GLP-1 AGONISTS FOR THE TREATMENT OF OBESITY

MEDIMMUNE LIMITED, Cambr...

1. A method of treating a disease or condition caused or characterized by excess body weight, comprising administering to a subject in need of treatment an effective amount of the peptide HSQGTFTSDKSEYLDSERARDFVAWLEAGG (SEQ ID NO: 19).
US Pat. No. 10,555,919

MELATONIN IN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

1. A method of reducing seasonal worsening of MS in a subject who has MS, the method comprising:identifying a subject who has a history of seasonal worsening of MS;
detecting a level of melatonin in a sample from the subject;
comparing the level of melatonin in the sample to a reference level of melatonin;
identifying the subject as having a level of melatonin below the reference level; and
administering a therapeutically effective amount of a melatonin agonist to the subject who has a level of melatonin below the reference level.