US Pat. No. 10,888,857

IONIC LIQUID CATALYST REGENERATION WITH REDUCED HYDROGEN AMOUNTS

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for regenerating a spent ionic liquid catalyst, the process comprising:contacting the spent ionic liquid catalyst with a hydrogen in a reactor, the reactor operating at conditions sufficient to reduce a conjunct polymer in the spent ionic liquid catalyst to provide a regenerated ionic liquid catalyst, wherein the reactor is a flow-through reactor,
wherein an amount of the hydrogen is less than 97.96 m3/m3 of the spent ionic liquid catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,888,856

HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A honeycomb structure comprising:a pillar-shaped honeycomb structure portion having an outer peripheral wall and partition walls disposed on an inner side of the outer peripheral wall and defining a plurality of cells extending from one end face to another end face to form flow paths; and at least an electrode portion disposed on an outer surface of the outer peripheral wall of the pillar-shaped honeycomb structure portion,
wherein the pillar-shaped honeycomb structure portion is formed of ceramics containing either or both of Si and SiC,
the electrode portion contains an oxide, and either or both of a metal and a metal compound, and
a volume ratio of the oxide on an inner peripheral side of the electrode portion is higher than a volume ratio of the oxide on an outer peripheral side of the electrode portion, the inner peripheral side being a range having a size of 3 ?m in a thickness direction from the interface between the electrode portion and the outer peripheral wall of the honeycomb structure portion toward the outer peripheral side of the electrode portion, and the outer peripheral side being a range having a size of 20 ?m in the thickness direction from the outermost surface of the electrode portion toward the inner peripheral side of the electrode portion, and the outer peripheral side of the electrode portion contains the oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,888,854

CATALYST COMPRISING PERMETHYLPENTALENE LIGANDS

Oxford University Innovat...

1. A composition comprising a solid methyl aluminoxane support material and compound of the formula.

US Pat. No. 10,888,853

CINCHONIUM BETAINE CATALYSTS AND METHODS OF USING SAME

Brandeis University, Wal...

1. A compound, or a salt, tautomer, enantiomer or diastereoisomer thereof, of formula (I):
wherein:
R1 is

R5 and R7 are independently aryl;
R6 is alkoxy or alkylsiloxy;
R2 is alkenyl;
R3 is optionally substituted heteroaryl, where each optional substituent is independently selected from aryl and halo;
X? is a negative counterion; and
R4 is ?OH.

US Pat. No. 10,888,851

HYDROCARBON CONVERSION USING UZM-50

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...


US Pat. No. 10,888,847

PHOTOCATALYTIC COMPOSITE MATERIAL FOR THE DECOMPOSITION OF AIR POLLUTANTS

Envision SQ Inc., Guelph...

1. A UV and/or visible-light photocatalytic composite material, the photocatalytic composite material comprisingi) crystalline titanium dioxide; and
ii) a first composite material comprising
a) graphene oxide; and
b) a bismuth-oxy halide of the formula Bi—O—X, wherein X is chloro, bromo or iodo.

US Pat. No. 10,888,845

GRAPHENE-TUNGSTEN OXIDE-METAL BORIDE/HYDROXIDE PHOTOCATALYSTS, AND METHODS FOR ORGANIC POLLUTANT DEGRADATION AND HYDROGEN PRODUCTION

King Abdulaziz University...

1. A composite photocatalyst comprising:catalytic nanoparticles comprising tungsten oxide and graphene; and
co-catalyst nanoparticles comprising a transition metal boride and a transition metal hydroxide disposed upon the catalytic nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 10,888,844

CATALYST FOR OXIDATIVE DEHYDROGENATION, METHOD OF PREPARING CATALYST, AND METHOD OF PERFORMING OXIDATIVE DEHYDROGENATION USING CATALYST

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

1. A method of preparing a catalyst for oxidative dehydrogenation, comprising:preparing a metal oxide AB2O4 powder as an active ingredient for oxidative dehydrogenation, wherein:
A is one or more metals selected from the group consisting of copper (Cu), radium (Ra), barium (Ba), strontium (Sr), calcium (Ca), beryllium (Be), zinc (Zn), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), and cobalt (Co); and
B is iron (Fe);
pulverizing the metal oxide AB2O4 powder to produce a pulverized AB2O4 powder and classifying the pulverized AB2O4 so that the pulverized AB2O4 powder has a particle size of 0.1 to 75 ?m;
preparing a catalyst slurry by dispersing the pulverized metal oxide AB2O4 powder in distilled water;
coating a porous support having an average pore size of 50 to 200 ?m with the catalyst slurry; and
drying the catalyst slurry-coated porous support to obtain a catalyst for oxidative dehydrogenation,
wherein the obtained catalyst has a composition satisfying Equation 1 below:
X wt %+Y wt %=100 wt %,  [Equation 1]
wherein X represents a content of metal oxide AB2O4 and is 5 or more and less than 30, and Y represents a content of the porous support and is more than 70 and 95 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,888,843

IMMISCIBLE COMPOSITE CATALYST FOR SYNTHESIS OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AND METHODS FOR SYNTHESIZING OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE USING THE SAME

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. A catalyst for synthesizing hydrogen peroxide, comprising:a nanocomposite of a first material capable of dissociating hydrogen molecules and a second material capable of suppressing dissociation of oxygen molecules, wherein at least a portion of the first material and at least a portion of the second material are exposed through a surface of the catalyst and contact one another to form at least one interface wherein the at least a portion of the first material is in physical contact with the at least a portion of the second material,
wherein the molar ratio of the first material to the second material is from 50:50 to 2:98,
wherein the first material and the second material do not form an alloy,
and wherein the nanocomposite is an immiscible composite which is a mixture of the first material and the second material in a state other than solid solution.

US Pat. No. 10,888,839

AVERAGE-DENSITY-ADJUSTABLE STRUCTURE, AND MATERIAL CHANGE AND SELECTIVE BONDING PROCESS USING SAME

KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH...

1. A structure comprising:a support comprising at least two platy structures;
a density-adjusting body coupled to the support; and
a first material disposed between the platy structures,
wherein the density of the density-adjusting body is adjusted in accordance with a material of the density-adjusting body or a size of a void formed in the density-adjusting body, so that the platy structures and the first material can be positioned at an interface between a gas and a liquid or between a liquid and a liquid by adjusting the density of the density-adjusting body,
the platy structures have at least one opening which allows inflow and outflow of at least one reactant and at least one product.

US Pat. No. 10,888,838

POROUS FILMS COMPRISING METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORK MATERIALS

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am...

1. A porous film comprising(A) from 51 wt.-% to 99.9 wt.-% based on the total weight of the film of at least one porous metal-organic framework material, the material comprising at least one at least bidentate organic compound coordinated to Al;
(B) from 0.1 wt.-% to 49 wt.-% based on the total weight of the film of at least one fibrillated fluoropolymer; and
(C) 0 wt.-% to 48.9 wt.-% based on the total weight of the film of an additive component,
wherein the film is freestanding and flexible;
and wherein the film has a specific surface area of at least 250 m2/g measured according to BET and a volumetric specific surface area of at least 15 m2/cm3.

US Pat. No. 10,888,837

ZEOLITE ADSORBENTS HAVING A HIGH EXTERNAL SURFACE AREA AND USES THEREOF

Arkema France, Colombes ...

1. A process for separation of oxygen gas components and nitrogen gas components from an oxygen/nitrogen gas mixture, wherein the process comprises:feeding the oxygen/nitrogen gas mixture to at least one FAU zeolite adsorbent material;
separating the oxygen gas components present in the oxygen/nitrogen gas mixture by selective adsorption of the nitrogen gas components with the at least one FAU zeolite adsorbent material;
recovering the separated oxygen gas components; and
recovering the adsorbed nitrogen gas components by desorption,
wherein the at least one FAU zeolite adsorbent material has physical properties that are measured on the FAU zeolite adsorbent material that has been at least 95% by weight exchanged with sodium, and wherein the physical properties comprise:
an external surface area, measured by nitrogen adsorption and expressed in m2 per gram of the at least one FAU zeolite adsorbent material, of greater than 20 m2.g?1;
a non-zeolite phase (PNZ) content, such that 0 a mesopore volume of between 0.08 cm3·g?1 and 0.25 cm3·g?1, limits included;
a total volume of macropores and mesopores, measured by mercury intrusion, of between 0.15 cm3.g?1 and 0.5 cm3.g?1 and a macropore volume fraction of between 0.2 and 1; and
an Si/Al atomic ratio of the at least one FAU zeolite adsorbent material of equal to 1 or between 1 and 2.5.

US Pat. No. 10,888,835

TOWER PACKING ELEMENT, TOWER PACKING, AND PACKING TOWER AND MIXER COMPRISING THE SAME

BEIJING ZEHUA CHEMICAL EN...

16. A mixer comprising:a mixer body, and
at least one tower packing disposed in the mixer body and configured to mix a stream, wherein the stream flows through the central passage and the side passage along the same direction, and wherein
the tower packing comprises a plurality of tower packing elements, wherein
the tower packing element is manufactured by a deformed plate and comprises: a plurality of strip assemblies arranged along a longitudinal direction of the tower packing element, each of the strip assemblies defining a central passage therein, and the central passage being extended in a lateral direction of the tower packing element; and a connecting plate portion connected between adjacent strip assemblies and extended along the lateral direction of the tower packing element;
the adjacent strip assemblies and the connecting plate portion connected therebetween define a side passage parallel to the central passage;
each of the strip assemblies includes a plurality of strip units arranged along the lateral direction of the tower packing element;
the strip unit includes: first and second edges positioned at opposite sides of the connecting plate portion in a thickness direction of the tower packing element respectively and distributed staggerly along the lateral direction of the tower packing element, wherein the first and second edges are parallel to each other;
the strip unit further includes third and fourth edges disposed staggerly along the lateral direction of the tower packing element, and positioned at opposite sides of the connecting plate portion in the thickness direction of the tower packing element and between the first and second edges, wherein the third and fourth edges are parallel to each other;
projections of the first and second edges on a reference plane parallel to the first and second edges define a first region,
projections of the third and fourth edges on the reference plane parallel to the first and second edges define a second region, wherein the second region has a shape consisting of two diamonds connected via a connecting side, and the second region is partly overlapped with the first region; and
the plurality of tower packing elements are arranged parallel to each other in a thickness direction of the tower packing element, and extending directions of the central passages of adjacent tower packing elements are intersected,
wherein an extending direction of the first edge is inclined with respect to the lateral direction of the tower packing element.

US Pat. No. 10,888,834

EXCHANGER-REACTOR PERFORMING STEAM REFORMING AND WATER GAS REACTIONS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HYDROGEN

1. An exchanger-reactor comprising at least three stages with at least one stage comprising both:millimetric channels covered at least partially with a catalyst suitable for promoting a steam-reforming reaction, and
millimetric channels covered at least partially with a catalyst suitable for promoting a water-gas shift reaction,wherein said exchanger-reactor has no assembly interfaces between the various stages,wherein the exchanger-reactor comprises a superposition of the following three stages:at least one first stage comprising a hot zone of millimetric channels enabling the circulation of a fluid at a temperature above 700° C. in order to provide at least some of the heat needed for a steam-reforming reaction and a warm zone of millimetric channels enabling the circulation of a fluid at a temperature below 650° C., in order to recover at least some of the heat generated by a water-gas shift reaction;
at least one second stage comprising a hot zone of millimetric channels covered at least partially with a catalyst suitable for promoting a steam-reforming reaction and warm zone of millimetric channels covered at least partially with at least one catalyst suitable for promoting a water-gas shift reaction; and
at least one third stage comprising a hot zone of millimetric channels enabling the circulation of a synthesis gas obtained by the steam-reforming reaction in order to recover some of the heat needed for the steam-reforming reaction and a warm zone of millimetric channels enabling the circulation of a fluid at a temperature below 650° C., in order to recover at least some of the heat generated by the water-gas shift reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,888,833

REACTOR FOR PRODUCING SYNTHESIS GAS

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER ...

1. A reactor for the preparation of synthesis gas, wherein the reactor comprises a mixer, a mixing space, a reactor space, separate inlets for at least two fluid reactants and an outlet for at least one fluid product, and a reactor shell surrounding these, and wherein the mixer comprises a mixer base, at least one mixer disk with channels for a first fluid, at least one mixer disk with channels for a second fluid, a mixer closure, and a mixer lid and the reactor comprisesan outer fluid-tight inlet for at least one reactant between reactor shell and mixer inside the reactor, within which there is disposed at least one fluid-tight inlet for a further reactant,
and
a countercurrent construction with regard to a flow of the reactants in the inlet between the mixing space and the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,888,832

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR SINGLE MOLECULE COMPOSITION LOADING

Pacific Biosciences of Ca...

1. A method of distributing single polymerase molecules into array regions, the method comprising;(a) providing a surface comprising a plurality of array regions, wherein each array region comprises several binding elements; and
(b) exposing the surface to a solution comprising polymerase enzyme compositions, wherein each polymerase enzyme composition comprises a polymerase bound to a linear DNA structure comprising multiple functional moieties, wherein the multiple functional moieties comprise biotin moieties or avidin moieties, and wherein the multiple functional moieties are attached to the linear DNA structure through flexible linkers comprising a polymeric structure selected from the group consisting of polyethylene glycol, a peptide, and an aliphatic carbon chain,
wherein the exposing is conducted under conditions such that the multiple functional moieties of the linear DNA structure react with available binding elements in a given array region and prevent other polymerase enzyme compositions from loading in that given array region,
thereby distributing single polymerase molecules into array regions.

US Pat. No. 10,888,829

PROCESS FOR SYNTHESIZING HYBRID CORE-SHELL MICROPARTICLES COMPRISING A POLYMER CORE AND A SILICON DIOXIDE SHELL WITH CONTROLLED STRUCTURE AND SURFACE

1. A hybrid microparticle comprising a polymer core and a shell which surrounds the polymer core and which comprises a silicon dioxide layer;characterized by an RF value, the RF value being defined as the ratio of an external surface area amenable to the adsorption of nitrogen to a surface area which is computable from an arithmetic mean diameter of the hybrid microparticle considered as an ideal sphere according to the formula

wherein a polyvinylpyrrolidone having an average molecular weight is covalently linked to the polymer core;
wherein the shell comprising the silicon dioxide layer is disposed directly on the polymer core; and
wherein the shell has a structure selected from:
closed and smooth, with the shell having an RF value of between 1 and 1.5 if the average molecular weight of the polyvinylpyrrolidone is 10 000 daltons; and
closed and hillocky, with the shell having an RF value of between 1.51 and 3 if the average molecular weight of the polyvinylpyrrolidone is 40 000 daltons.

US Pat. No. 10,888,828

DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING THE CONCENTRATION OF GAS IN A LIQUID

1. A device for adjusting concentration of a gas in a liquid, said device comprising:a cartridge in which occurs the change in concentration of the gas in the liquid,
a liquid supply pipe into the cartridge,
a gas supply pipe into the cartridge,
a liquid discharge pipe out of the cartridge, and
a vacuum pipe extracting from the cartridge at least one gas extracted from the liquid,
wherein the gas supply pipe comprises a pressure regulator having a setpoint for the pressure controlled by a setpoint for amount of gas in the liquid and by an amount of gas in the liquid measured by a gas concentration sensor located in the liquid discharge pipe, and
wherein the vacuum pipe comprises a vacuum pump and a vacuum management system between the cartridge and the vacuum pump so as to direct, depending on whether gas is added or not into the liquid by the gas supply pipe, the path through the vacuum pipe followed by the vacuum, being comprised of, in the absence of addition of gas into the liquid, a portion of the vacuum pipe, and, when gas is added into the liquid, an auxiliary vacuum pipe, which is parallel to said portion of the vacuum pipe, said portion having a first downstream valve between the cartridge and said vacuum pump and no vacuum adjusting organ, said auxiliary vacuum pipe having a second downstream valve between the cartridge and said vacuum pump and a vacuum adjusting valve between said second downstream valve and said vacuum pump.

US Pat. No. 10,888,827

COMPONENT MIXING JET

HENNECKE GMBH, Sankt Aug...

1. A component mixing jet comprising a jet nozzle housing with at least one component inlet and one component outlet, wherein an axially movable jet needle is arranged in a reception in the jet nozzle housing which jet needle can rest against the jet nozzle housing with an axial end in the region of the component outlet in a sealable manner, wherein the jet needle is connected with a membrane which is fixed in the jet nozzle housing, wherein a pressure chamber is arranged in the jet nozzle housing at the side of the membrane which is averted from the axial end of the jet needle, wherein the membrane is designed as a holding element for the jet needle which guides the jet needle axially in the reception and holds the same radially in it, wherein the axial region between the membrane and the axial end of the jet needle is free from any bearing element for the jet needle in the region of the component outlet, wherein the membrane comprises a thickening in axial direction in its radial outer region and comprises a thickening in axial direction in its radial inner region, wherein the thickness of the membrane is at least in sections reduced in axial direction in the intermediate region which is arranged between the radial outer and the radial inner region, wherein at least one surface of the membrane is designed concave in the radial section in the intermediate region, and wherein at least one contact surface in the jet nozzle housing for the intermediate region of the membrane is designed convex in the radial cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,888,826

ADJUSTABLE ADDITIVE CARTRIDGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Cirkul, Inc., Tampa, FL ...

1. An additive delivery system comprising:a cap base for securing the additive delivery system to a base fluid container;
a mixing nozzle cooperatively associated with the cap base for facilitating the mixing of additive with the base fluid, the mixing nozzle including a mixing nozzle additive passage extending through the mixing nozzle from a reservoir receiving end of the mixing nozzle to an opposite, metering end of the mixing nozzle;
the mixing nozzle including a first metering surface proximate the metering end of the mixing nozzle,
the mixing nozzle further including at least one mixing nozzle base fluid passage defining at least one respective base fluid flow path through the mixing nozzle, the at least one respective base fluid flow path being separate from the additive flow path such that base fluid and additive flow in separate paths through the mixing nozzle;
a metering component cooperating with the mixing nozzle, the metering component having a second metering surface that defines, with the first metering surface, a variable flow passage;
an additive adjustment actuator cooperating with the cap base for movement relative thereto, the additive adjustment actuator also cooperating with the metering component such that movement of the additive adjustment actuator causes movement of the second metering surface relative to the first metering surface; and
a reservoir assembly receiving structure disposed on the reservoir receiving end of the mixing nozzle for receiving a reservoir assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,888,825

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising a mixing tank in which carbon dioxide (CO2) and general water are mixed with each other so that carbonated water is made, and an ice-making machine, the refrigerator further comprising:an ice-making general water flow path that connects an external water supply source and the ice-making machine so that general water is supplied to the ice-making machine, the ice-making general water flow path being disposed not to pass through the mixing tank;
a carbonated water-making general water flow path that connects the external water supply source and the mixing tank so that general water is supplied to the mixing tank;
an ice-making carbonated water flow path that connects the mixing tank and the ice-making machine so that carbonated water is supplied to the ice-making machine;
a dispenser;
a dispensing general water flow path that connects the external water supply source and the dispenser so that general water is supplied to the dispenser; and
a dispensing carbonated water flow path that connects the mixing tank and the dispenser so that carbonated water is supplied to the dispenser,
wherein the ice-making general water flow path is diverged from the dispensing general water flow path and the carbonated water-making general water flow path at a first divergence point, and
wherein a first three-way valve is disposed at the first divergence point and opens/closes the ice-making general water flow path, the dispensing general water flow path, and the carbonated water-making general water flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,888,823

MEMBRANE WITH IMPROVED PERMEABILITY AND SELECTIVITY

GAMBRO LUNDIA AB, Lund (...

1. A semipermeable asymmetric hollow fiber membrane prepared by a solvent phase inversion spinning process, said process comprising the steps of:a) forming a polymer spinning solution by dissolving polymers consisting essentially of a polyethersulfone, a low molecular weight polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) having a molecular weight of below 100 kD, and a high molecular weight PVP having a molecular weight of 100 kD or more,
wherein the polymer spinning solution comprises between 12-15 weight-% of polyethersulfone,
wherein the polymer spinning solution comprises between 5-10 weight-% of a total amount of PVP comprising the low molecular weight PVP and the high molecular weight PVP,
b) extruding the formed polymer spinning solution through an outer ring slit of a nozzle comprising two concentric openings;
c) extruding a center fluid an inner opening of the nozzle to produce the hollow fiber membrane;
d) washing the hollow fiber membrane; and
e) optionally drying and sterilizing the hollow fiber membrane by steam treatment;
wherein the hollow fiber membrane comprises the polyethersulfone, the low molecular weight PVP, and the high molecular weight PVP,
wherein the hollow fiber membrane comprises a wall thickness between 30 ?m and 40 ?m,
wherein the hollow fiber membrane comprises an inner diameter between 180 ?m and 200 ?m,
wherein the hollow fiber membrane has a sieving coefficient for myoglobin in phosphate buffered saline of between 86% and 90%,
wherein the hollow fiber membrane has a sieving coefficient for albumin in phosphate buffered saline of 9% or less, and
wherein the hollow fiber membrane has a diffusive permeability PCl of chloride of between 18×10?4 and 21×10?4 cm/s.

US Pat. No. 10,888,820

OSMOTIC MEMBRANE

Gradiant Corporation, Wo...

20. A method for performing reverse osmosis, comprising:utilizing a reverse osmosis membrane, comprising:
a) an active layer that selectively allows passage of water molecules but rejects at least some dissolved ion;
b) a composite support layer including a bonded side that is bonded to the active layer and a draw side opposite from the bonded side, wherein the composite support layer comprises:
i) an electrospun-fiber sub-layer; and
ii) a phase-inversion sub-layer, wherein the phase-inversion sub-layer is bonded to the active layer, and wherein the electrospun-fiber sub-layer has a substantially lower structural parameter, S, than a structural parameter, S, of the phase-inversion sub-layer, and wherein the structural parameter, S, is defined as follows:

wherein t represents layer thickness, ? represents layer tortuosity, and ? represents layer porosity;
flowing a feed liquid comprising water and dissolved ions at a first pressure across a feed side of the active layer opposite from the side of the active layer that is bonded to the composite support layer;
flowing a draw liquid at a second pressure that is lower than the first pressure along a draw side of the composite support layer opposite from the bonded side of the composite support layer; and
using the active layer to retain at least some of the dissolved ions from the feed liquid, as retentate while passing purified water as permeate through the active layer and through the composite support layer into the draw liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,888,819

OSMOSIS SYSTEM USING A MAGNETIC NANOPARTICLE DRAW SOLUTION AND PERMANENT RING-TYPE MAGNETS

1. A forward osmosis system for water purification and seawater desalination comprising:a rigid enclosure filled with feedwater that is to be purified;
an array of bundles of hollow fiber membranes, each membrane defining a multiplicity of pores and permeated by a feedwater, each bundle securely attached to a rigid vertical tube at a bottom of the bundle and a water collection header at a top; and
a draw solution on an inside of the hollow fiber membranes consisting of a suspension of superparamagnetic nanoparticles in pure water, the superparamagnetic nanoparticles each having both a diameter larger than the diameter of the pores of the hollow fiber membranes, and an iron oxide core and a silica shell coated with a dispersant such that the superparamagnetic nanoparticles form a colloidal suspension with a high osmotic potential.

US Pat. No. 10,888,818

INTEGRATED MERCAPTAN EXTRACTION AND/OR SWEETENING PROCESSES COMBINED WITH THERMAL OXIDATION AND FLUE GAS TREATMENT

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An integrated mercaptan extraction and/or sweetening and thermal oxidation and flue gas treatment process for sulfur reduction in a hydrocarbon feed comprising:introducing a spent liquid stream into a spent caustic surge drum, the spent liquid comprising at least one of:
a mixed amine and caustic stream from a mercaptan removal unit;
a spent caustic stream from a mercaptan removal unit;
a spent naphthenic caustic stream from a kerosene sweetening unit; a spent sulfidic, phenolic/cresylic caustic stream from a gasoline sweetening unit, or kerosene sweetening unit, or both; or
a caustic waste stream from another process unit;
passing a mixed spent caustic stream from the spent caustic surge drum to a thermal oxidation and quench section of a thermal oxidation system, the mixed spent caustic stream comprising at least one sulfur compound, the thermal oxidation system comprising the thermal oxidation and quench section, a particulate removal section, and a sulfur oxide removal section;
oxidizing the at least one sulfur compound in the thermal oxidation and quench section forming oxidized sulfur particulate and carbonate particulate in flue gas;
separating a portion of the oxidized sulfur particulate, or the carbonate particulate from the flue gas in the particulate removal section;
converting a portion of the oxidized sulfur particulate in the sulfur oxide removal section by contacting the flue gas with caustic to form sodium sulfate or sulfite particulate; and
removing a portion of one of more of: the oxidized sulfur particulate, or the carbonate particulate.

US Pat. No. 10,888,817

PURGE GAS FEEDING MEANS, ABATEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF MODIFYING ABATEMENT SYSTEMS

Edwards Limited, Burgess...

1. A purge gas feeding means for feeding a purge gas to an abatement system, said purge gas feeding means comprising a plate comprising a top surface with a plurality of paths formed therein running from an outer perimeter of said plate to an inner surface defining a hole in the plate, said plurality of paths intersecting said inner surface to form at least one purge gas outlet at the inner surface for outputting said purge gas into said abatement system; wherein a cross sectional area of said plurality of paths increases from said outer perimeter to said inner surface such that a pressure of said purge gas falls flowing along said paths drops.

US Pat. No. 10,888,815

DRYING COMPRESSED GAS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

6. A method comprising:cooling, by a cooler, compressed air received from a plurality of compressors by exchange with a refrigerant, the cooler comprising a plurality of subcoolers in parallel, each subcooler corresponding to a respective compressor of the plurality of compressors;
circulating the refrigerant in a refrigeration cycle, the circulating comprising:
flowing the refrigerant through the cooler; and
re-cooling, by a refrigerant chiller, the refrigerant received from the cooler;
collecting condensate, by one or more receivers downstream of the cooler, from the cooled compressed air; and
removing moisture, by a plurality of adsorption dryers in parallel downstream of the one or more receivers, from the cooled compressed air to form dried compressed air with a dew point of approximately 40° F. or below.

US Pat. No. 10,888,814

REMOVAL OF CARBON DIOXIDE FROM A GAS STREAM BY USING AQUEOUS IONIC LIQUID

1. A process for removing carbon dioxide from a gaseous stream comprising contacting the gaseous stream with a carbon dioxide absorbent comprising a mixture of an ionic liquid and water in a molar ratio of from 55:45 to 45:55 and recovering a gaseous stream having reduced carbon dioxide content, wherein the ionic liquid has the formula[Cat+][X?]
wherein [Cat+] represents a cationic species selected from tetrasubstituted phosphonium cations, tetrasubstituted ammonium cations, trisubstituted sulfonium cations, guanidinium cations and quinolinium cations; and [X?] represents an anionic species which is a conjugate base of a carboxylic acid;
and wherein [Cat+] is selected from:
(i)[P(Ra)(Rb)(Rc)(Rd)]+, [N(Ra)(Rb)(Rc)(Rd)]+, and [S(Rb)(Rc)(Rd)]+, wherein Ra, Rb, Rc, and Rd are each independently selected from a C1 to C20 straight chain or branched alkyl group, a C3 to C8 cycloalkyl group, or a C6 to C10 aryl group, or wherein any two of Ra, Rb, Rc, and Rd together form a methylene chain of the formula —(CH2)q—, where q is an integer of from 4 to 7, and wherein said alkyl, cycloalkyl or aryl groups, or said methylene chain are unsubstituted;
(ii) quinolinium cations of the formula

wherein Ra, Rb, Rc, Rd, Re, Rf, Rg, Rh, and Ri are each independently selected from hydrogen, a C1 to C20 straight chain or branched alkyl group, a C3 to C8 cycloalkyl group, or a C6 to C10 aryl group, or any two of Rb, Rc, Rd, Re, Rf, Rh and Ri attached to adjacent carbon atoms may form a saturated methylene chain —(CH2)q— wherein q is from 3 to 6, and wherein said alkyl, cycloalkyl or aryl groups, or said methylene chain are unsubstituted; or
(iii) guanidinium cations of the formula

wherein Ra, Rb, Rc, Rd, Re, and Rf are each independently selected from a C1 to C20 straight chain or branched alkyl group, a C3 to C8 cycloalkyl group, or a C6 to C10 aryl group, or any two of Rb, Rc, Rd, Re, Rf, Rh, and Ri attached to adjacent carbon atoms may form a saturated methylene chain —(CH2)q— wherein q is from 3 to 6, and wherein said alkyl, cycloalkyl, or aryl groups, or said methylene chain are unsubstituted.

US Pat. No. 10,888,813

WET TYPE DUST COLLECTOR USING ELECTROSPRAY AND VORTEX

KOREA INSTITUTE OF ENERGY...

1. A wet type dust collector using an electrospray and a vortex, the dust collector comprising:a cylinder having an exhaust gas intake pipe to guide an exhaust gas containing granular pollutants from an outside of the dust collector, and having an empty space inside;
a hollow cone tapered downward, connected to a bottom of the cylinder at a top of the hollow cone, and having a liquid discharge port at a bottom of the hollow cone;
a lid through which a hollow cylindrical gas discharge pipe is disposed to discharge the gas to the outside of the dust collector and that is disposed on a top of the cylinder;
a plurality of liquid injection pipes having liquid spray ports and disposed through the lid, the plurality of liquid injection pipes being spaced apart from one another and spaced apart from the cylindrical gas discharge pipe;
a positive (+) lead wire connected to the cylinder;
a negative (?) lead wire connected to the liquid injection pipes,
wherein the liquid injection pipes are formed in a long cylindrical shape with one end open to supply a liquid therein, and
wherein the liquid spray ports of the liquid injection pipes are inclined with respect to an inside of the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,888,812

AIR CLEANING DEVICE

1. An air cleaning device comprising:a housing having an inner space, an inlet formed on one side thereof through which contaminated air is introduced from an indoor space and an outlet formed on an opposite side thereof through which purified air is discharged to the outside;
a first opening and closing member configured to open and close the inlet;
a second opening and closing member configured to open and close the outlet;
a first filter unit configured to collect and separate foreign substances from the contaminated air in the housing and disposed so that one end portion of the first filter unit faces the inlet and the other end portion of the first filter unit faces the outlet in a state in which an outer peripheral portion of the first filter unit is hermetically sealed with an inner peripheral portion of the housing;
a circulation tube having a first end portion disposed at the inlet to communicate with the housing, and a second end portion disposed at the outlet to communicate with the housing;
a third opening and closing member configured to open and close the circulation tube;
a first heater installed inside the circulation tube to heat air in the circulation tube; and
a blower installed inside the circulation tube to deliver the air in the circulation tube into the housing;
wherein the circulation tube is configured to suction the air into the circulation tube from the housing through the first end portion disposed at the inlet and circulate the air through the first filter unit of the housing when said inlet and outlet of the housing are closed by the first and second opening and closing members and the circulation tube is opened by the third opening and closing member.

US Pat. No. 10,888,811

AIR PURIFYING UNIT AND AIR CLEANING/VENTILATION DEVICE COMPRISING SAME

COWAY CO., LTD., Chungch...

1. An air purifying unit, comprising:a housing provided with an air intake unit on one side and an air discharge unit on the other side;
a blowing fan provided inside of the housing;
an air purifier installed between the air intake unit and the blowing fan to purify air;
a fan guide provided inside of the housing, the fan guide configured to surround an outer periphery of the blowing fan;
a pre-filter unit provided between the air intake unit and the air purifier, the pre-filter unit comprising a roll filter wound and rotating around a winding roller; and
an inner brush configured to brush dust collected on an inner side surface of the roll filter, the inner brush inclined downwardly toward one end of the roll filter such that dust accumulated in the roll filter is brushed and then moved in a direction of the one end of the roll filter.

US Pat. No. 10,888,810

INLINE FILTER SYSTEM HAVING A PRE-SEPARATOR MODULE

1. Air filter system comprising:a. a main housing, in which a primary filter cartridge is operably be installed, the housing comprising a clean air outlet and a service opening through which the primary filter cartridge is installed;
b. a pre-separator assembly mounted onto and closing off the service opening, the pre-separator assembly having:
i. an inlet flow face receiving air to be cleaned from an outside environment;
ii. an outlet flow face through which pre-cleaned air exits, the outlet flow face positioned over the service opening of the main housing, such that pre-cleaned air is provided to the main housing;
iii. a dust discharge port, through which particles pre-separated by the pre-separator are discharged; and
iv. a plurality of cyclone separators arranged between the inlet face and the outlet face for pre-separating dust from the air to be cleaned;
wherein the main housing includes a connection port operable to sealingly connect to the dust discharge port on one side and sealingly connect a scavenge line on the other side, the connection port operable to connect the dust discharge port and a scavenge line,
wherein the pre-separator assembly is pivotably connected to the main housing by a hinge, allowing for pivoting the pre-separator assembly relative to the main housing about the hinge for opening the service opening,
wherein the connection port and the dust discharge port are configured such that when the housing is opened by pivotably removing the pre-separator assembly from the service opening, the dust discharge port is disconnected from the connection port, and when the housing is closed by pivotably positioning the pre-separator assembly onto the main housing body over the service opening, the dust discharge port is thereby connected to the connection port.

US Pat. No. 10,888,809

FOLDABLE AIR FILTER UNIT

Blueair AB, Stockholm (S...

1. An air filter unit for purifying air, the air filter unit comprising:a filter body extending along an axis,
a first filter frame and a second filter frame arranged on opposite ends of the filter body,
each of the first and second filter frame comprising four elongated frame members turnably secured to each other, and
the first filter frame is arranged on the top side of the filter body and the second filter frame is arranged on the bottom side of the filter body, and no filter frames or frame members are arranged between the top side of the filter body and the bottom side of the filter body
wherein the four elongated frame members are turnably secured to each other such that the filter body can be arranged in a first and a second state,
wherein the first state is such that the filter body is folded to reduce the volume of the filter unit and the second state is such that the filter body is assembled.

US Pat. No. 10,888,808

FILTER SUPPORT FOR A HANDHELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A filter carrier for a hand-held power tool, comprising:at least one filter carrier element including at least one receiving opening configured to receive at least one filter element;
at least one first fastening element and at least one second fastening element configured to separably fasten the filter carrier to the hand-held power tool; and
at least one securing element arranged in a region of the at least one receiving opening,
wherein the at least one first fastening element and the at least one second fastening element are arranged at opposite end regions of the filter carrier in an unfastened state, and the at least one first fastening element is configured to be connected to the at least one second fastening element in a fastened state.

US Pat. No. 10,888,807

DISC FILTER PRE-SCREEN DUAL MEDIA DISC FILTER

Evoqua Water Technologies...

1. A filter device for filtering a fluid, the filter device comprising:a rotatable central drum including a plurality of openings along its length;
a plurality of disc-shaped filter members attached to the rotatable central drum, defining a plurality of enclosed spaces in fluid communication with an interior of the rotatable central drum through the plurality of openings;
a rotary drum filter defining an inner chamber in fluid communication with the interior of the rotatable central drum; and
a housing at least partially surrounding the rotary drum filter and the plurality of disc-shaped filter members,
wherein a fluid to be filtered passes through a filtration surface of the rotary drum filter into the inner chamber producing a filtrate which passes into the interior of the rotatable central drum through the plurality of openings, into the plurality of enclosed spaces, and through a filtration surface of the plurality of disc-shaped filter members further filtering the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,888,806

SCRUBBING BACKWASH FILTER

1. A method of filtering contaminants from contaminated fluid, comprising:a) flowing contaminated fluid into a vessel containing media, the contaminated fluid entering the vessel through an input positioned near a top of the vessel;
b) passing the contaminated fluid through the media to trap the contaminants therein until a predetermined differential pressure is detected across the media and a drain screen to retain the contaminated media in the vessel and to collect decontaminated fluid under the drain screen;
c) draining the decontaminated fluid from the vessel;
d) once the predetermined differential pressure across the media is detected, scrubbing the contaminated media by flowing water into the vessel through the input, and forming a slurry of the contaminated media and the water by activating first and second propellers rotatable on a drive shaft extending downwardly from the top of the vessel, the first and second propellers increasing axial flow of the slurry through the drain screen to a deflector plate below the drain screen, the deflector plate deflecting the slurry radially outward; wherein a liquid portion of the slurry containing the contaminants is drawn through the drain screen and drained from the vessel while the media is retained in the vessel, the drain screen thereby separating the contaminants from the media and the slurry;
e) deflecting the slurry to flow upwardly back to the first and second propellers using a plurality of baffles positioned on side walls and the top of the vessel; and
f) repeating processes (d) and (e) until the contaminants are removed from the media.

US Pat. No. 10,888,805

HEAVY SOLIDS SEPARATOR

FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, ...

1. A heavy solids separator for separating solids from fluids, the separator comprising a swirl-generating chamber and a solids accumulation chamber, wherein:the swirl-generating chamber comprises an inlet, a solids outlet and a fluid extraction pipe which is arranged at a centerline of the swirl-generating chamber, the inlet being arranged at an upper part of the swirl-generating chamber, the solids outlet being fluidly connected to the solids accumulation chamber and arranged in a bottom of the swirl-generating chamber, and the fluid extraction pipe having a fluid inlet comprising an opening which is arranged at a centerline of the fluid extraction pipe facing the solids outlet and a fluid outlet through which fluid exits the swirl-generating chamber; and
the solids accumulation chamber comprises a solids inlet which is fluidly connected to the solids outlet of the swirl-generating chamber, and a solids outlet which is arranged in a lower part of the solids accumulation chamber; and
at least parts of the swirl-generating chamber and the solids accumulation chamber are arranged in a cylindrical housing comprising a funnel-shaped frustoconical element delimiting at least a lower section of the swirl-generating chamber and an upper section of the solids accumulation chamber, the funnel-shaped frustoconical element having an upper opening and a lower opening, the upper opening having a larger diameter than the lower opening; and
wherein the solids accumulation chamber comprises a fluid outlet which is arranged above a level of the solids inlet and is fluidly connected downstream of the fluid outlet of the fluid extraction pipe; and
wherein during operation of the separator to separate solids from fluids, the fluids exit the solids accumulation chamber through the fluid outlet of the solids accumulation chamber; and
wherein the fluid extraction pipe has a lower section having a frustoconical shape which converges radially inwardly from top to bottom, the lower section comprises the fluid inlet of the fluid extraction pipe, and the opening is arranged at a tapered bottom end of the lower section; and
wherein the fluid inlet comprises multiple perforations or slots arranged through a wall of the lower section.

US Pat. No. 10,888,804

METHOD FOR SEPARATING AND WASHING OF MICROPARTICLES VIA A STRATIFIED COFLOW OF NON-NEWTONIAN AND NEWTONIAN FLUIDS

Korea Advanced Institute ...

1. A method for separating and washing microparticles via a stratified co-flow of non-Newtonian fluid and Newtonian fluid, comprising:flowing the non-Newtonian fluid and the Newtonian fluid in a stratified co-flow form within a transfer channel to induce a change in positions of particle focusing points at which forces acting on inside the transfer channel are balancing to each other; and
separating or transferring target particles from microparticles included in the non-Newtonian fluid toward the Newtonian fluid,
wherein the non-Newtonian fluid contains an artificial polymer, wherein the artificial polymer has sufficiently long relaxation time so as to have a larger elastic lift force with respect to the target particles than an inertial lift force, and
the artificial polymer is contained in a concentration high enough to have a transfer velocity of the target particles sufficient to pass across a flow line,
wherein the Newtonian fluid includes a fluid having a larger inertial lift force with respect to the target particles than an elastic lift force, and
wherein the transfer channel has a height/width aspect ratio of greater than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,888,803

SEPARATOR

FMC Separation Systems, B...

1. A separator comprising:a vessel having an inlet section, a main settling section, an outlet section, a fluid inlet arranged in the inlet section, an oil outlet arranged in the outlet section and a water outlet arranged in the outlet section;
an electrode assembly which is arranged in the inlet section and comprises at least one fluid pipe and at least one rod-shaped electrode, the at least one fluid pipe surrounding at least a part of the at least one rod-shaped electrode and comprising a pipe inlet arranged in the inlet section and a pipe outlet arranged in fluid communication with the main settling section; and
a liquid obstruction element arranged downstream of the fluid inlet, such that at least a major part of a liquid component of a fluid stream entering the inlet section via the fluid inlet, during use, is forced to pass through the at least one fluid pipe via the pipe inlet before entering the main settling section;
wherein the liquid obstruction element is positioned downstream of the pipe inlet of the at least one fluid pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,888,802

FLUID TREATMENT SYSTEM

NOV Process and Flow Tech...

1. A fluid treatment system for separating a mixture, comprising:a housing and a cyclonic separator positioned within the housing,
the cyclonic separator configured to receive the mixture, discharge a first portion of the mixture from the housing through a first outlet and discharge a remaining portion of the mixture into the housing, the housing defining a gravitational separating chamber and comprising a second outlet for discharging a second portion of the mixture from the housing,
the fluid treatment system further comprising at least one aperture arranged between the housing and the cyclonic separator, such that, in use, at least a component of the remaining portion re-enters the cyclonic separator through the at least one aperture,
wherein each size of the at least one aperture is configured to be continuously variable so as to optimize the separation of the mixture between the first portion and the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,888,801

SECONDARY-PHASE SEPARATION APPARATUS AND A METHOD THEREOF

EXTERRAN WATER SOLUTIONS ...

1. An apparatus for separating a contaminant from a multiple-phase fluid stream having at least a main-phase fluid and the contaminant, the apparatus comprising:a cylindrical vessel formed by at least a bottom wall and a sidewall, the vessel comprising therein a plurality of fluidly connected co-axial chambers formed by one or more cylindrical vertically-oriented co-axial nested baffles coupled to and extending upwardly from the bottom wall of the vessel for forming the plurality of chambers therebetween, each chamber proximate an upper region thereof having and being in communication with a horizontal skimming structure extending radially inwardly from an outermost portion of said cylindrical vessel to a radially most inward portion of said vessel;
a fluid inlet in fluid communication with one of an innermost or an outermost chamber of the plurality of said nested and fluidly connected chambers for introducing the multiple-phase fluid stream into said vessel; and
a fluid outlet in fluid communication with the other of the innermost or the outermost chamber of the plurality of said nested and fluidly connected chambers for discharging a contaminant-removed fluid stream out of the vessel;
wherein each baffle comprises one or more side openings within each baffle at a lower portion thereof for fluidly connecting the chambers and permitting fluid communication between the chambers inner and outer thereto;
wherein, during operation, said multiple-phase fluid stream travels through said plurality of nested and fluidly connected co-axial chambers in an elongated helical spiral flow path from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet of the vessel and passes circumferentially along each baffle;
wherein said multiple-phase fluid stream thereafter passes through the one or more side openings into a circumferentially adjacent co-axial chamber, for allowing the contaminant to separate from the fluid stream and flow into said skimming structure;
wherein said elongated helical spiral flow path is a downward helical spiral flow path in entering each side opening within each co-axial chamber, and is an upward helical spiral flow path in exiting from each side opening within each co-axial chamber; and
wherein the one or more side openings on each baffle have a combined circumferential length of a minor portion of a total circumference of the corresponding baffle.

US Pat. No. 10,888,800

REPLENISHING UREASE IN DIALYSIS SYSTEMS USING UREASE POUCHES

Medtronic, Inc, Minneapo...

1. A method, comprising the steps of:adding urease to a sorbent cartridge adapted to replenish urease in the sorbent cartridge via a urease introducer;
wherein the urease introducer comprises a urease door; a urease tray or a urease injection port;
wherein the step of adding urease to the sorbent cartridge comprises either:
i) removing a urease pouch having a reduced amount of urease, if present, and then adding a fresh urease pouch into the sorbent cartridge using the urease door or the urease tray; or
ii) adding a urease solution to the sorbent cartridge; wherein the sorbent cartridge contains a urease pouch containing alumina, silica, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,888,799

VALVE MANIFOLDS FOR SIMULATED MOVING BED CHROMATOGRAPHY

Cytiva Sweden AB, Uppsal...

1. A device for chromatographic separations comprising:a manifold comprising
a manifold body defining an elongate central duct, the central duct comprising a centrally-located closable duct valve providing selective fluid communication between a first portion of the central duct and an opposed second portion of the central duct,
a first plurality of connectors, each connector of the first plurality of connectors for connecting to a distinct chromatographic separation column and/or feed or extraction tubing or to a connector of an adjacent manifold;
a second plurality of connectors, each connector of the second plurality of connectors for connecting to a distinct chromatographic separation column and/or feed or extraction tubing or to a connector of an adjacent manifold;
wherein said manifold body further defines:
a first plurality of branch ducts and through ducts, each individual branch duct extending from the first portion of the central duct to an individual one of a through duct of the first plurality of connectors, each of the branch ducts of the first plurality of branch ducts comprising a closable access valve providing selectable fluid communication between a respective connector and the first portion of the central duct,
a second plurality of branch ducts and through ducts, each individual branch duct extending from the second portion of the central duct to an individual one of the through ducts of the second plurality of connectors, each of the branch ducts of the second plurality of branch ducts comprising a closable access valve providing selectable fluid communication between a respective connector and the second portion of the central duct;
first and second ports in fluid communication with the centrally-located closable duct valve wherein said first port communicates with said first portion of the central duct and said second port communicates with said second portion of said central duct, wherein one of said first and second ports is further positioned to communicate with said central duct at a location between the centrally-located closable duct valve and the first and second plurality of branch ducts, respectively; and wherein
a branch valve is positioned along each through duct of said first and second plurality of through ducts, the device further comprising:
a plurality of central duct valves, wherein a first portion of the central duct valves are positioned along the first portion of the central duct between successive branch ducts of the first plurality of branch ducts and a second portion of the central duct valves are positioned along the second portion of the central duct between successive branch ducts of the second plurality of branch ducts.

US Pat. No. 10,888,798

CONTAINER WITH ENCLOSED MESSAGE

1. A container for holding a message, comprising:a shell comprising a first section and a second section, wherein the first section and the second section are positioned on opposite sides of the shell, wherein the shell has an exterior surface and an interior surface, wherein the shell surrounds an interior cavity in a closed configuration and reveals the interior surface in an open configuration, wherein the first section and the second section are connected to each other at an interface in the closed configuration and are disconnected from each other in the open configuration;
a first pull-grip connected to the first section and extending from the exterior surface of the shell;
a second pull-grip connected to the second section and extending from the exterior surface of the shell, and wherein a tension between the first pull-grip and the second pull-grip when the shell is in its closed configuration forces the shell into the open configuration;
a connector comprising a first end and a second end on opposite sides of the connector and a flexible section between the first end and the second end, wherein the flexible section is comprised of an unlooped line segment, wherein the first end is connected to one of the first pull-grip and the first section, wherein the second end is connected to one of the second pull-grip and the second section, and wherein the connector is contained within the shell in a bunched arrangement in the closed configuration and is exposed in an extended arrangement between the first section and the second section in the open configuration; and
a message holder comprising a message portion and a fastener portion, wherein the fastener portion has an aperture through which the flexible section of the connector is threaded, and wherein the message holder is slidable on the flexible section through the fastener portion between a first location proximate to the first end and a second location proximate to the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,888,797

MODULAR CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM, COUPLING ELEMENT, OBJECT, TOOL AND PACKAGING

Jarola Vision B.V., Lutt...

1. A modular construction system comprising at least one object and a coupling element releasably connectable to the object,wherein the object comprises at least one surface with at least one opening, wherein the at least one surface comprises a number of inward extending lips arranged around a periphery of the opening,
wherein the coupling element comprises a body with an axial axis arrangeable in the opening, which body is provided along an outer periphery of the body with at least one outward extending locking cam,
wherein the coupling element is arrangeable in at least one arranging orientation in the opening of the object, in which arranging orientation the at least one locking cam extends between the lips of the object,
wherein the coupling element is rotatable in the opening relative to the object to at least one locking orientation, in which locking orientation the at least one locking cam engages on at least one of the lips of the object such that the coupling element is locked in the opening of the object in an axial direction substantially parallel to the axis of the coupling element,
wherein the body of the coupling element is provided over the outer periphery of the body with at least one resiliently movable tongue extending therefrom, to which tongue the locking cam is connected, and wherein the at least one surface of the object is provided with a number of inward extending protrusions arranged around the periphery of the opening between the lips such that during a rotation of the coupling element between its arranging orientation and its locking orientation the at least one tongue is moved inward by at least one of the protrusions, and in the locking orientation the coupling element is locked in a rotational direction.

US Pat. No. 10,888,796

PLAYHOUSE THAT ATTACHES TO A DOOR

1. A playhouse that attaches to a door comprising:a) a first panel; and,
b) a means for attaching the first panel to the door that allows the first panel to rotate 180° such that the first panel can be mounted on either side of the door and can swing away from the door for play and towards the door for storage, and said means allows the first panel to be attached and removed from the door without damaging the door.

US Pat. No. 10,888,795

MODULAR STACKED MOTION SIMULATION SYSTEM

SIMEX INC., Toronto (CA)...

1. A user motion apparatus comprising:(a) a track having a front end and a rear end, and an outer track surface;
(b) a motion assembly configured to support at least one rider accommodation;
(c) a mounting assembly configured to movably mount the motion assembly to the outer track surface with the motion assembly movable along the track, the mounting assembly comprising:
i) a first track member connected to the motion assembly, wherein the first track member is movably mounted to the outer track surface, and the first track member includes a coupling member that extends through the outer track surface; and
ii) a captive arm having a first arm portion connected to the motion assembly and a second arm portion that extends through the outer track surface to an engagement height, wherein the second arm portion is configured to engage the coupling member of the first track member at the engagement height, wherein the second arm portion is configured to maintain engagement with the coupling member of the first track member at the engagement height as the first track member moves along the track whereby the first track member and second track member cooperate to maintain the motion assembly on the track.

US Pat. No. 10,888,794

ENHANCED AMUSEMENT VEHICLES AND A METHOD FOR SIMULATING POWER-UPS IN-GAME VIRTUAL VEHICLE ENHANCEMENTS AND VIRTUAL WEAPONRY FOR IMPROVED RACE EXPERIENCE

EMOTIONAL IDEAS, INC., C...

1. An amusement vehicle for simulating power-ups in-game virtual vehicle enhancements and virtual weaponry for improved racing experience, said amusement vehicle comprising:sensor-specific transmitters that mount at a front end and a rear end of a frame housing of said amusement vehicle said sensor-specific transmitters configured for transmitting sensor-specific signals to communicate with other amusement vehicles moving in an amusement environment;
sensor-specific receivers that mount at said front end and rear end of said frame housing of said amusement vehicle, said sensor-specific receivers configured for receiving sensor-specific signals to communicate with other amusement vehicles; and
a processor that communicatively connects to said sensor-specific transmitters and said sensor-specific receivers, said processor simulates power-ups in-game virtual vehicle enhancements and virtual weaponry for said amusement vehicle based on said sensor-specific signals transmitted or received from other amusement vehicles,
wherein said processor simulates said power-ups in-game virtual vehicle enhancements and virtual weaponry by increasing or decreasing speed, causing damage, providing temporary protection from damage, freezing weaponry, and deactivating weaponry of said amusement vehicle for a pre-defined time corresponding to said sensor-specific signals transmitted or received from other amusement vehicles in a gaming event in said amusement environment.

US Pat. No. 10,888,793

SWING DESIGNED TO PROMOTE ATTUNEMENT BETWEEN CHILD AND CARETAKER

PLAYCORE WISCONSIN, INC.,...

1. A swing comprising:a. a first seat;
b. a second seat;
c. a connector configured to join the first seat and the second seat such that the seats share a swinging motion during operation of the swing;
wherein the connector has at least a first end and a second end, wherein the first seat is attached to the first end of the connector and the second seat is attached to the second end of the connector; and
wherein the connector comprises a plurality of suspension points and the connector is configured to be suspended from a support structure by chains affixed to the suspension points.

US Pat. No. 10,888,792

GAMING CONSOLE CHARGING STATION

1. A charging station for gaming controllers, the charging station comprising:a housing;
a first support station formed from a top surface of the housing and having electrical charging contacts extending outward and adjacent from the top surface of the housing, the first support station adapted for receiving a first gaming controller;
a second support station formed from the top surface of the housing and having electrical charging contacts extending outward and adjacent from the top surface of the housing, the second support station adapted for receiving a second gaming controller;
a first socket extending into the housing adjacent the first support station and having electrical charging contacts embedded within the first socket and positioned below the top surface of the housing, the first socket adapted for receiving a first gaming controller supplement battery pack;
a second socket extending into the housing adjacent the second support station and having electrical charging contacts embedded within the second socket and positioned below the top surface of the housing, the second socket adapted for receiving a second gaming controller supplement battery pack;
an electronic circuit interconnected to: a power supply, the charging contacts of the first support station, the charging contacts of the second support station, the charging contacts of the first socket and the charging contacts of the second socket; and
wherein the electronic circuit controls the distribution of electric current to the charging contacts of the first support station, to the charging contacts of the second support station, to the charging contacts of the first socket, and to the charging contacts of the second socket.

US Pat. No. 10,888,791

OUTPUT PRODUCTION

1. A non-transient computer-readable medium storing computer-executable instructions that when executed by a computer cause the computer to perform a method, the method comprising:identifying initialization of a first video game racing session at a first point in time, the first video game racing session is to play on a racing track;
determining a first weather for the racing track that corresponds to the first point in time;
causing the first video game racing session to render the racing track such that the surface of the racing track corresponds to a response the racing track has to the first weather;
identifying initialization of a second video game racing session at a second point in time, the second video game racing session is to play on a racing track;
determining a second weather for the racing track that corresponds to the second point in time; and
causing the second video game racing session to render the racing track such that the surface of the racing track corresponds to a response the racing track has to the second weather,
where the second point in time is after the first point in time,
where there is a difference between the first weather and the second weather, and
where there is a difference between the response the racing track has to the first weather and the response the racing track has to the first weather.

US Pat. No. 10,888,790

LOW-FRICTION RESPONSE IN A SOCIAL GAME

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A method for performing a social project in a video game, comprising:using a video game server computer to initiate a session of the video game for a primary user, the session of the video game being configured to process communication received over a network from a first client device that is associated with the primary user;
responsive to receiving a social project request over the network from the first client device, initiating a social project within the session of the video game;
determining one or more secondary users from a social graph of the primary user;
using the video game server computer to send a message over the network to one or more secondary client devices that are respectively associated with the one or more secondary users, the message requesting help from the one or more secondary users to complete the social project, the message including a low-friction response mechanism;
receiving over the network, upon activation of the low-friction response mechanism of the message, a response from one of the secondary client devices associated with a responsive secondary user indicating an intent to help perform a task to help complete the social project; and
wherein upon receiving the response, the response itself is configured to trigger automated animation of an avatar of the responsive secondary user within the primary user's session of the video game, the animation showing the avatar actively participating in performing the task to help complete at least one aspect of the social project, and wherein the automated animation of the avatar does not require the responsive secondary user to control the avatar.

US Pat. No. 10,888,789

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREATING AND MAINTAINING REAL MONEY TOURNAMENTS FOR VIDEO GAMES

Versus LLC, Los Angeles,...

1. A method of awarding a computerized gaming participant with a real or virtual prize over a computerized network, the method comprising:providing, by a computing system, a session application to a plurality of participants for installation on a plurality of remote participant computers, the plurality of participants including a first participant of a first remote participant computer and a second participant of a second remote participant computer, the first remote participant computer being located in a first geographical location and the second remote participant computer being located in a second geographical location different from the first geographical location, each geographical location associated with regional restrictions determined based on local regulatory standards;
providing, through the computing system via the session application on the first remote participant computer, one or more details of a computerized gaming match for presentation to the first participant on the first remote participant computer, the one or more details provided in connection with a game that is provided separately from the computerized gaming match, the one or more details provided to the first participant of a plurality of participants over a network to the first remote participant computer for selection of the computerized gaming match in connection with the game, wherein the game is played over the network and the computer system and session application are separate from a game developer system providing the game to the plurality of participants;
receiving, by the computer system a match condition based on actions performed by a participant of the computerized gaming match;
providing, through the computing system via the session application on the second remote participant computer, one or more details of the computerized gaming match for presentation to the second participant on the second remote participant computer, wherein a prize is provided by the computing system to one or more participants of the game and, wherein the computerized gaming match is associated with at least one prize type;
receiving, by the computing system, a request generated using the session application on the first remote participant computer and the second remote participant computer that indicates that the first participant and the second participant are interested in joining the match, the request including a participant type and participant characteristics for each of the first participant and the second participant, the participant characteristics including at least one persistent characteristic and at least one temporary characteristic, wherein the first geographical location is a persistent characteristic of the first participant and the second geographical location is a persistent characteristic of the second participant;
determining, by the computing system, participant eligibility to participate in the computerized gaming match by:
receiving, through the computing system, the at least one prize type associated with the match, the prize type for a participant being dependent on a geographic location the participant, and
comparing the prize type, participation type, and the participant characteristics with a set of eligibility requirements for the match, wherein eligibility to participate in the computerized gaming match is separate from being able to play the game;
modifying the match condition to include one or more regional restrictions for compliance with local regulatory standards of the geographical region of a participant of the computerized gaming match;
responsive to the match being resolved, obtaining, by the computing system, results of the game from the game developer system via an application programing interface (API) provided by the game developer system, the results including a rankings list of participants;
determining, by the computing system, whether participants in the rankings list of participants are eligible to receive a prize based on a win condition of the computerized gaming match;
responsive to the first participant and the second participant being on the rankings list, awarding, through the computing system, the first participant a first prize associated with the match and the prize type for the first geographic location and the second participant a second prize associated with the match and the prize type for the second geographic location; and
replicating the modified match condition for a plurality of future computerized gaming matches to conduct the future computerized gaming matches with regulatory compliance of participants, the regulatory compliance conforming to the geographical region of each participant, wherein the plurality of future gaming matches comprises one or more of a single player match, a player vs. player match, a team vs. team match, a player vs. team match, or a player vs. everyone match, the gaming match for a game representing one of a PC game, a console game, a mobile game, an AR/VR game, or a transmedia entertainment experience.

US Pat. No. 10,888,788

AUTOMATED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) CONTROL MODE FOR PLAYING SPECIFIC TASKS DURING GAMING APPLICATIONS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for gaming, comprising:assigning a default game play profile to a user, wherein the default game play profile comprises a default game play style that simulates human game play, wherein the default game play profile is generated based on a first plurality of game plays of a plurality of players playing a first plurality of gaming applications, wherein the default game play profile is configured to control game play of the user based on the default game play style;
monitoring a second plurality of game plays of the user playing a second plurality of gaming applications;
generating a user game play profile of the user by adjusting the default game play style defined by the default game play profile based on the second plurality of game plays, wherein the user game play profile comprises a user game play style customized to the user, wherein the user game play profile is generated by providing to a deep learning engine a plurality of action states defining types of actions associated with a plurality of tasks presented to the user within the second plurality of game plays, a plurality of action metrics defining actions taken by the user to address the plurality of tasks, and a plurality of action results defining results of the user in addressing the plurality of tasks, wherein the deep learning engine includes a network of interconnected nodes within an input layer, one or more hidden layers, and an output layer, wherein the deep learning engine implementing the user game play profile outputs a player response for a task provided as an input; and
controlling an instance of a gaming application based on the user game play style of the user game play profile, wherein the controlling is done automatically by artificial intelligence (AI) control using the user game play profile.

US Pat. No. 10,888,787

IDENTIFYING PLAYER ENGAGEMENT TO GENERATE CONTEXTUAL GAME PLAY ASSISTANCE

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A system for engagement-based contextual game play assistance, the system comprising:a platform device that hosts a plurality of different titles accessible over a communication network, each title including a plurality of events;
an assistance server that stores assistance data for each event of the different titles; and
a performance server that:
receives gameplay data from the platform device, wherein the gameplay data indicates that a user of a user device has selected one of the titles for engagement,
receives camera data captured by a user device of the user,
evaluates the gameplay data and the camera data to identify that the user is exhibiting one or more key identifiers during a current event within the selected title,
retrieves assistance data specific to the current event within the selected title from the assistance server based on the user exhibiting the key identifiers, wherein the retrieved assistance data is provided to the user device, and
monitors subsequent camera data of the user after the retrieved assistance information was provided to identify when the user has completed the current event.

US Pat. No. 10,888,786

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMICALLY INCORPORATING ADVERTISING CONTENT INTO MULTIMEDIA ENVIRONMENTS

XYLON LLC, Las Vegas, NV...

1. A computer game system comprising:a communication interface that establishes a first dribble pipe connection with a first game client system and sends a first indication of a dynamic graphical image content to be displayed in a designated virtual world location of an executing game program; and
a processor that generates an effectiveness measure associated with the dynamic graphical image content by determining a measure of quality of exposure and duration of exposure of the graphical image content to a game object that is associated with a game player,
wherein the measure of quality of exposure is determined using, at least in part, a location and viewing angle of the dynamic graphical image content relative to the game object; and
wherein the processor further instructs the first game client system, upon determining the effectiveness measure exceeds a threshold for a time duration, to qualify the dynamic graphical image content as a countable exposure for each instance the dynamic graphical image content exceeds the threshold for the time duration in the executing game program on a first display of the first game client system.

US Pat. No. 10,888,785

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REAL-TIME ANIMATION GENERATION USING MACHINE LEARNING

Unity IPR ApS, Copenhage...

1. A system comprising:one or more computer processors;
one or more computer memories;
a set of instructions incorporated into the one or more computer memories, the set of instructions configuring the one or more computer processors to perform operations for determining a character pose for display within a frame of a video game, the operations comprising:
determining a dominant atom from a set of active atoms associated with the character based on weights associated with the set of active atoms, each atom of the set of active atoms including a reference to data defining a pose for the character within a motion library;
determining a motion fragment for the dominant atom based on pose data and future trajectory data in the motion library associated with the dominant atom;
calculating a predicted future trajectory of the character based on the motion fragment and control data from an input device;
determining a combined motion fragment by replacing the future trajectory of the motion fragment with the predicted future trajectory;
searching the motion library for an additional atom that has an associated motion fragment which is most similar to the combined motion fragment;
adding the additional atom to the set of active atoms as a target atom; and
posing the character in the frame based on a weighted combination of poses associated with the set of active atoms, the weighted combination using the weights associated with the set of active atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,888,784

CONTROL OF PLAYER CHARACTER WITH ENHANCED MOTION FUNCTIONALITY

SQUARE ENIX LIMITED, Lon...

1. A video game apparatus, comprising:at least one processor; and
a non-transitory storage medium operably connected to the at least one processor and storing computer-readable program instructions;
the at least one processor being configured to execute the program instructions, wherein execution of the program instructions by the at least one processor causes carrying out of a method that comprises:
maintaining a virtual environment in the non-transitory storage medium, the virtual environment including a player character;
receiving a request for enhanced motion functionality of the player character;
identifying a landing site in the virtual environment based on one or more validity criteria;
determining a trajectory to the identified landing site; and
causing the player character to exhibit enhanced motion functionality by traveling at least partly along the trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,888,783

DYNAMIC MODIFICATION OF AUDIO PLAYBACK IN GAMES

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A system for dynamically modifying audio playback of a video game, the system comprising:a processor configured to:
while a user is playing a particular video game:
ascertain game music data associated with a particular video game, the game music data including a plurality of game soundtracks classified according to predetermined criteria;
collect feedback over a period of time while the user is playing the video game, the feedback including at least data associated with a performance of the user in the particular video game;
based on the feedback, dynamically modify the game music data by replacing in real-time at least one of the plurality of game soundtracks with one or more replacement soundtracks to obtain modified game music data; and
provide the modified game music data to the user; and
an analyzing unit configured to determine, based on the feedback, the one or more replacement soundtracks based on criteria associated with the one or more replacement soundtracks.

US Pat. No. 10,888,782

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. An image processing method, which is performed by an imaging processing apparatus comprising at least one processor, comprising:obtaining, by the at least one processor, location information about a current location of a virtual object on an application interface, and querying for line-of-sight blocking data corresponding to the location information;
generating, by the at least one processor, a first mask layer based on a current operation status of the virtual object on the application interface by using the line-of-sight blocking data;
replacing, by the at least one processor, a second mask layer with the first mask layer according to a preset unit of time, the second mask layer being one of at least two mask layers that are generated prior to generation of the first mask layer, the second mask layer being generated earliest among the at least two mask layers; and
outputting, by the at least one processor, a result of mixing the first mask layer and the at least two mask layers, except the second mask layer, to the application interface.

US Pat. No. 10,888,781

GAME SCENE DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWOR...

1. A game scene display control method for a game comprising: a first game character controlled by a first client and a second game character controlled by a second client, wherein the first game character belongs to a first character faction, and the second game character belongs to a second character faction, the game scene display control method comprising:displaying a first game content on the first client, the first game content comprising a first game scene;
displaying a second game content on the second client, the second game content comprising a second game scene, wherein the first game scene is mirror imaging symmetrical to the second game scene,
wherein the first game content further comprises a first game foreground, the second game content further comprises a second game foreground; and
before the first game content is displayed on the first client, horizontally turning over at least part of resource objects in the first game foreground, or before the second game content is displayed on the second client, horizontally turning over at least part of resource objects in the second game foreground.

US Pat. No. 10,888,780

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. An information processing system comprising a plurality of user terminals of a first type, a user terminal of a second type different from the first type, and a server system,each of the user terminals of the first type configured to:
perform game processing based on an operation of a user, and
transmit, during a first transmission process, information based on the game processing to the server system,
the plurality of user terminals of the first type including a first user terminal operated by a first user and a second user terminal operated by a second user,
the server system configured to:
receive, during a first reception process, first information, based on a result of the game processing from the first user terminal of the first type, and second information based on a result of the game processing from the second user terminal of the first type,
totalize the first information and the second information received by the first reception process to generate a totalization result, and
transmit, during a second transmission process, the totalization result to the user terminal of the second type, and
the user terminal of the second type configured to:
receive, during a second reception process, the totalization result transmitted from the server system, and
perform information processing different from the game processing by using the totalization result received by the second reception process, wherein
each of the user terminals of the first type executes a first game application and executes the game processing during the execution of the first game application,
the user terminal of the second type executes a second game application different from the first game application and executes the information processing different from the game processing, by using the totalization result, during the execution of the second game application, and
the totalization result is generated based on the first and second information associated with the result of the game processing from the first and second user terminals of the first type, while excluding a result of processing performed by the user terminal of the second type including, at least, the information processing different from the game processing and information processing associated with execution of the second game application.

US Pat. No. 10,888,779

ACCESSORY FOR PRESENTING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH AN APPLICATION

STEELSERIES ApS, Frederi...

1. A device, comprising:a processing system including a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
receiving tactile information associated with a stimulation from a light emitting game controller including a keyboard and a plurality of light sources, wherein the light emitting game controller is not a display;
responsive to identifying that the tactile information performs a portion of a plurality of actions within a video game, providing first status information for a first variable tactical condition of the video game to the light emitting game controller based on a color map, wherein each light source of the plurality of light sources of the light emitting game controller emits a controllable spectrum of light through a corresponding keypad of a plurality of keypads of the keyboard of the light emitting game controller;
recording statistics based on the stimulation;
identifying a layout of the light emitting game controller; and
providing, based on an analysis of the statistics and the layout, a suggestion to a user for improving a response time or ergonomic use of the light emitting game controller.

US Pat. No. 10,888,778

AUGMENTED REALITY (AR) SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AR IN VIDEO GAMES

Valve Corporation, Belle...

1. A system comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause performance of operations comprising:
executing a video game that outputs video game content in a series of frames, the video game content representing a game world of the video game;
identifying augmented reality (AR) content based at least in part on video game data about a current state of the video game;
generating an augmented frame that includes the AR content rendered within the game world; and
rendering the augmented frame for display.

US Pat. No. 10,888,777

DEEP LEARNING FROM REAL WORLD AND DIGITAL EXEMPLARS

International Business Ma...

8. A computer system, comprising:one or more processors;
one or more memory devices coupled to the one or more processors; and
one or more computer readable storage devices coupled to the one or more processors, wherein the one or more storage devices contain program code executable by the one or more processors via the one or more memory devices to implement a method of deep learning from real world and digital exemplars, the method comprising:
determining, by the one or more processors of the computer system, a style component of a digital environment of a game platform;
combining, by the one or more processors of the computer system, the style component with content derived from a real world exemplar;
morphing, by one or more processors of a computer system, the real world exemplar to an augmented digital exemplar of the game platform;
adapting, by the one or more processors of the computer system, at least one deep learning algorithm to accomplish at least one of the determining, combining and morphing;
using, by the one or more processors of the computer system, the augmented digital exemplar of the game platform to create burst deep learning training; and
producing, by the one or more processors of the computer system, an increased number of instances of the augmented digital exemplar in a burst mode using the burst deep learning training.

US Pat. No. 10,888,776

HANDHELD CONTROLLERS WITH DETACHABLE OVERLAYS

Valve Corporation, Belle...

1. A wireless gaming controller comprising:one or more communication interfaces configured to facilitate a wireless connection between the wireless gaming controller and a system executing a gaming application;
a housing;
a joystick coupled to the housing and configured to provide input to the gaming application;
multiple depressible buttons coupled to the housing and configured to provide input to the gaming application;
a vibration component coupled to the housing and configured to provide haptic output on the wireless gaming controller;
a radio-frequency-identification (RFID) reader coupled to the housing;
a trackpad coupled to the housing and configured to provide input to the gaming application, the trackpad comprising a top surface and further configured to detect a position of a finger on the top surface of the trackpad; and
an overlay configured to detachably couple to at least one of the housing or the trackpad, wherein the overlay:
is configured to cover at least a first portion of the top surface of the trackpad and expose at least a second portion of the top surface of the trackpad when coupled to the at least one of the housing or the trackpad; and
includes an RFID tag to receive a signal from the RFID reader and send, to the RFID reader, identification information that identifies the overlay;
and wherein the trackpad is configured to detect the position of the finger at the second portion of the top surface but not at the first portion of the top surface when the overlay couples to the at least one of the housing or the trackpad.

US Pat. No. 10,888,775

INTERACTIVE COMBAT GAMING SYSTEM

China Industries Limited,...

1. A method of generating an audio code signal from a controller suitable for use in an interactive gaming system, the method comprising:employing a player mounting means to allow the controller to be worn by a player;
employing a motion detector and a microprocessor within the controller to provide a means for determining a motion of the controller;
employing an audio code communication module within the controller comprising an audio codec module connected to a speaker and a microphone, to provide a means for the controller to transmit and receive audio code signals,
determining a first motion of the controller worn by the player;
comparing the determined first motion of the controller with a first predefined set of one or more combat moves;
generating an audio code signal when the determined first motion matches one of the combat moves of the first predefined set, wherein the generated audio code signal comprises a unique audio code signal assigned to the one or more combat moves; and
wirelessly emitting the generated audio code signal, wherein the generated audio code signal is adapted to be embedded within normal audio output by operating above a normal frequency range for human hearing.

US Pat. No. 10,888,774

CUSTOMIZABLE RUMBLE EFFECT IN GAMING ACCESSORY

STEELSERIES ApS, Frederi...

1. A device comprising:a processing system including a processor; and
a memory that stores instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations comprising:
receiving a selection of a gaming accessory, the selected gaming accessory including a control component;
receiving a selection of a video game, the selected video game prescribing a delay time to repeat an action in the selected video game and preventing repetition of the action in the selected video game prior to expiration of the prescribed delay time, the prescribed delay time being triggerable by user actuation of the control component to perform the action;
receiving input for generating a vibration effect at the selected gaming accessory in association with the selected video game, wherein the input indicates the control component of the selected gaming accessory, the action in the selected video game associated with the control component, and parameters for the vibration effect; and
signaling, by causing the vibration effect to be generated at the selected gaming accessory according to the parameters, a user of the selected gaming accessory that the action may be repeated in the selected video game.

US Pat. No. 10,888,773

FORCE SENSING RESISTOR (FSR) WITH POLYIMIDE SUBSTRATE, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS THEREOF

Valve Corporation, Belle...

1. A handheld controller comprising:a controller body; and
a force sensing resistor (FSR) mounted within the controller body, the FSR comprising:
a first substrate made of polyimide and having conductive material disposed on a front surface of the first substrate;
a second substrate that is flexible and having resistive material disposed on a back surface of the second substrate, wherein the second substrate is disposed on the first substrate; and
one or more spacer layers interposed between the first substrate and the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,888,772

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND WARNING PRESENTATION METHOD

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an information processing section configured to perform information processing on the basis of data received from a device that detects a target object;
an image generating section configured to generate an image to be displayed as a result of the information processing;
a warning state determining section configured to determine that a user needs to be warned when the target object moves out of a play area set in an object space in reference to a detection field of the device, the warning state determining section further causing the image generating section to superpose a warning image on the image to be displayed; and
an output data transmitting section configured to transmit data of the image generated by the image generating section to a display device,
wherein the warning state determining section sets positions of boundary surfaces of the play area with respect to boundary surfaces of the field of the device within a predetermined range from the user.

US Pat. No. 10,888,771

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OBJECT POINTING IN VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) SCENE, AND VR APPARATUS

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. A method for pointing at an object in a Virtual Reality (VR) scene, comprising:sensing, by a computing device, a movement of a gamepad from a first position to a second position in a reality scene through an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) orientation sensor, wherein the IMU orientation sensor is mounted in the gamepad, and the gamepad is configured to control an object in a non-gaming environment VR scene, the VR scene being presented by a head-mounted display;
generating, by the computing device, a first position vector based on the movement;
acquiring, by the computing device, a first absolute position coordinate of the second position in the reality scene according to a position coordinate of a starting point in the reality scene and the first position vector;
converting, by the computing device, the first absolute position coordinate into a first virtual position coordinate in the VR scene;
rendering a laser pointer in the VR scene to reflect the movement of the gamepad in the reality scene;
orienting, by the computing device, the laser pointer toward a target object located at the first virtual position coordinate in the VR scene, wherein a coordinate of an intersection of a ray originated from the laser pointer and the target object is the first virtual position coordinate;
when the laser pointer points at the target object, acquiring an operation instruction generated in response to a key on the gamepad being operated; and
executing an operation indicated by the operation instruction on the target object in the VR scene.

US Pat. No. 10,888,770

GAME SYSTEM, ACCESSORY, STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN GAME PROGRAM, AND GAME PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system, comprising:a first game controller having a first gyro sensor;
a second game controller having a second gyro sensor;
an accessory to and from which the first game controller and the second game controller are attachable and detachable, the accessory being portable and also being dimensioned and shaped in a form of a motorbike; and
a computer configured to execute game processing, wherein
the accessory comprising:
a first fixing portion configured to fix the first game controller so as to rotate about at least a certain axis, the first fixing portion including a left grip in which the first game controller is fixed; and
a second fixing portion configured to fix the second game controller, the second fixing portion including a right grip in which the second game controller is fixed, and
the computer further configured to:
calculate, based on an output from the first gyro sensor of the first game controller fixed to the first fixing portion including the left grip, a first value indicating an orientation of the first game controller;
calculate, based on an output from the second gyro sensor of the second game controller fixed to the second fixing portion including the right grip, a second value indicating an orientation of the second game controller;
calculate a difference value indicating a difference between the first value, indicating the orientation of the first game controller, and the second value, indicating the orientation of the second game controller; and
execute a first game process based on the difference value.

US Pat. No. 10,888,769

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING ACCURACY ASSOCIATED WITH A GAMING ACCESSORY IN ACCORDANCE WITH A DISTANCE OF THE GAMING ACCESSORY RELATIVE TO A SURFACE

STEELSERIES ApS, Frederi...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by a system comprising a processor, that a mouse is moved relative to a mouse pad;
obtaining, by the system, a first state associated with a first distance between the mouse and the mouse pad as the first distance existed prior to determining that the mouse is moved relative to the mouse pad;
obtaining, by the system, a second state associated with a second distance between the mouse and the mouse pad as the second distance exists subsequent to determining that the mouse is moved relative to the mouse pad;
responsive to determining, by the system, that the first state indicates that the first distance is less than a second threshold and the second state indicates that the second distance is greater than a first threshold, ignoring, by the system, a tracking output provided by the mouse;
responsive to determining, by the system, that the first state indicates that the first distance is greater than the first threshold and the second state indicates that the second distance is less than the second threshold, processing, by the system, the tracking output provided by the mouse,
responsive to determining, by the system, that the first state indicates that the first distance is less than the second threshold and that the second state indicates that the second distance is less than the first threshold and greater than the second threshold, processing, by the system, the tracking output provided by the mouse; and
responsive to determining, by the system, that the first state indicates that the first distance is greater than the first threshold and that the second state indicates that the second distance is less than the first threshold and greater than the second threshold, ignoring, by the system, the tracking output provided by the mouse,
wherein the first threshold is different from the second threshold,
wherein the second threshold corresponds to a distance measured relative to a surface of the mouse pad that is greater than zero, and
wherein the mouse rests on the surface when the mouse is not in use.

US Pat. No. 10,888,768

WHEEL GAME APPARATUS AND WAGERING GAME METHODS

1. A wheel game apparatus comprising:a base having a central axial shaft;
an inner ring mounted for rotational motion about the shaft, the inner ring having an upper side, a lower side and a radially outer edge, the upper side including a plurality of circumferentially spaced slots adjacent to the radially outer edge;
a central cone mounted for rotational motion about the shaft independently of the inner ring, the central cone being in an axial adjacent position relative to the upper side of the inner ring, the central cone having an upper side, a lower side and a radially outer edge, the upper side of the central cone including a marker thereon, the marker being disposed on the upper side at a radially inner position relative to the radially outer edge of the central cone;
a plunger mounted to the upper side of the inner ring, the plunger including a spring for biasing an arm extending radially inward, the arm including a distal end;
an annular ring mounted on the lower side of the central cone, the annular ring including a plurality of equally sized engagement spaces divided by radial ridges, the plurality of engagement spaces being equal to the number of circumferentially spaced slots, each engagement space being generally in radial alignment with a single circumferentially spaced slot, wherein the plunger is configured to form an engagement with at least one of the engagement spaces of the annular ring through the application of a radially inward force to the distal end of the arm of the plunger against the engagement space whereby the at least one marker is positioned in radial alignment with a single slot and the cone is at rest; and
a plurality of raised portions protruding from the upper side of the central cone at a radially inner position relative to the radially outer edge of the central cone, the plurality of raised portions being spaced circumferentially apart from one another on the upper side of the central cone, wherein responsive to the disengagement of the plunger with the at least one engagement space and subsequent rotational motion of the central cone, the rotational motion of the central cone is slowed by the radially inward force applied to the distal end of the plunger until the plunger forms another engagement with at least one of the engagement spaces whereby the marker is positioned in radial alignment with a single slot and the central cone comes to a rest.

US Pat. No. 10,888,767

CARD SHOOTER DEVICE AND CARD STORAGE METHOD

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. A method, using a packing box that is configured to store cards constituting a predetermined number of decks, to store the cards from the packing box in a card shooter device for dealing the cards on a game table, wherein the packing box has a rectangular parallelepiped shape and includes a cut line parallel to a longitudinal direction of the rectangular parallelepiped shape, and wherein the card shooter device comprises a main unit including a card storage section in which the cards constituting the predetermined number of decks can be stored, a bottom face that is inclined for guiding the cards onto the game table from the card storage section, and a front cover that is provided in front of the main unit and is removably mounted on the main unit in cooperation with an engagement member, the method comprising:removing the front cover from a front side of the main unit;
exposing respective side surfaces of the cards in the packing box by dividing the packing box along the cut line to remove a left side surface or a right side surface of the packing box;
sliding the packing box, while the cards are in the packing box, into the card storage section, wherein, during the sliding, the bottom face of the main unit guides the packing box into the card storage section via the front side of the main unit from which the front cover was removed; and
subsequent to the sliding, removing the packing box from the card storage section, leaving in the card storage section the cards that were previously in the packing box.

US Pat. No. 10,888,766

SKATEBOARD DECK-MOUNTABLE LAMP

1. A skateboard deck lamp, comprising:a deck comprising a plurality of truck holes, a standing surface, and an underside surface, the plurality of truck holes originally intended to couple the deck to a wheel axle truck assembly;
a plurality of truck assemblies coupled to the underside surface, each truck assembly comprising:
a base plate comprising openings aligned with a plurality of truck holes, and
a central portion comprising a pair of sockets, each socket for receiving a light source; and
a plurality of power supply conduits coupled to the standing surface, each power supply conduit:
coupled to the standing surface via one subset of truck holes of the plurality of truck holes;
receiving electricity from a power source; and
enclosing a set of lamp wires, such that the set of lamp wires are not exposed to the standing surface, each set of lamp wires comprising a hot lamp wire and a neutral lamp wire; and
a plurality of mounts for mounting the skateboard deck lamp to a flat surface, each mount of the plurality of mounts coupled to one of the plurality of power supply conduits.

US Pat. No. 10,888,765

BOWLING BALL RAMP INCLUDING EMBEDDED LIGHTING AND/OR SOUND

1. A bowling ball ramp comprising:a stand assembly comprising a generally U-shaped stand defined by a pair of legs each having a lower end and an upper end with the upper ends of the pair of legs being interconnected by a crossbar and at least one cross member that extends between the lower end of one of the pair of legs and the upper end of the other of the pair of legs;
a ramp assembly rotatably coupled to the stand assembly and supported by the stand, the ramp assembly comprising a ramp defined by a pair of ramp arms each having an upper end rotatably attached to the crossbar of the stand, the ramp arms comprising a pair of horizontally extending ball supports extending from the crossbar of the stand and a pair of angularly extending ball supports extending from the horizontally extending ball supports, the ramp further comprising at least one medial crossbar disposed on the pair of angularly extending ball supports and a linkage extending between the cross member of the stand and the medial crossbar of the ramp, the linkage having a hinge operable for extending the ramp assembly relative to the stand assembly in a locked position and for collapsing the ramp assembly relative to the stand assembly in an unlocked position; and
lighting disposed on at least one of the stand assembly and the ramp assembly and operable for illuminating at least one of the stand assembly and the ramp assembly in response to a detection sensor detecting a bowling ball on the ramp assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,888,764

METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING STATE OF ATHLETE AND DEVICE FOR IDENTIFYING STATE OF ATHLETE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for identifying, the method comprising:referring, by a processor, to a result of performing processing of detecting an athlete that is present in a video image, the video image being captured from outside water of a swimming pool;
identifying, by the processor, an advancing direction of the athlete as a direction that is different from a previous advancing direction, in a case where a number of times the athlete is detected from the video image in a time period expected to be required for turning after the athlete is present in a region on a side of an end of the swimming pool is equal to or less than a threshold value; and
maintaining the advancing direction of the athlete as the previous advancing direction in a case where turning is not detected,
wherein the turning is detected in the case where the number of times the athlete is detected from the video image in the time period expected to be required for turning after the athlete is present in the region on the side of the end of the swimming pool is equal to or less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,888,763

CORNERMAN'S PORTABLE WORK STATION

1. A portable hand wrapping station comprising:a non-padded front panel;
a non-padded back panel;
a center panel having a top face and a bottom face, said center panel disposed centrally between said front panel and said back panel;
a compressible, elastically deformable linear pad affixed only to a top face of said center panel; and
a pad securement means affixed to a bottom face of said center panel, beneath said linear pad, said linear pad centered on said portable hand wrapping station, wherein said pad securement means comprises a single linear pocket residing directly below said linear pad, centered on said portable wrapping station; and an array of pellets within said linear pocket, said pellets shiftable with respect to adjacent pellets.

US Pat. No. 10,888,762

TENNIS RACKET SENSOR SYSTEM AND COACHING DEVICE

1. A first coaching device, comprising:an interface configured to:
load a drill comprising at least one first coaching instruction;
receive a first input from a user to select the drill; and
output the at least one first coaching instruction;
a sensor configured to measure an impact of a tennis ball on a racket;
a wireless transceiver configured to:
transmit at least one event message to at least one second coaching device, and
receive at least one event message from the at least one second coaching device, wherein the at least one second coaching device is substantially similar to the first coaching device; and
a processor configured to:
communicate with the sensor, the wireless transceiver, and the interface;
communicate with a software application configured to:
receive a second user input to define the at least one first coaching instruction; and
add the at least one first coaching instruction to the drill;
download the drill to the first coaching device;
select the at least one first coaching instruction based on the measured impact or at least one received event message;
instruct the wireless transceiver to transmit the at least one event message to the at least one second coaching device based on the impact of the tennis ball with the racket; and
instruct the interface to output the at least one first coaching instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,888,761

GRAPPLING DUMMY

1. A grappling dummy having a generally human shape, the grappling dummy comprising:a trunk defining a midline;
a head extending longitudinally from the trunk and angled in a forward direction from the midline of the trunk;
two arms, each one of the two arms including a proximal arm segment extending from the trunk and a distal arm segment extending from the proximal arm segment, each one of the proximal arm segments and the distal arm segments lying in a generally transverse plane with respect to the midline of the trunk;
a leg enclosure, the leg enclosure including a first proximal leg segment extending from the trunk and a first distal leg segment extending from the first proximal leg segment, an opposing second proximal leg segment extending from the trunk and a second distal leg segment extending from the second proximal leg segment, the first distal leg segment and the second distal leg segment connected together by an elongate connecting leg segment, each one of the first proximal leg segment, the first distal leg segment, the second proximal leg segment, the second distal leg segment, and the connecting leg segment lying in a second plane angled in a forward direction from the midline of the trunk;
padding disposed about the trunk, the head, the two arms, and the leg enclosure; and
a cloth jacket assembly configured to be worn around the trunk and the two arms, the cloth jacket assembly divided at its back into a first trunk section with a first arm covering attached thereto and a second arm section with a second arm covering attached thereto, the first trunk section and the second trunk section configured to connect at the back to form a cloth jacket open at its front, the first trunk section and the second trunk section connectable by a fastener assembly at the back.

US Pat. No. 10,888,760

REMOTELY CONTROLLED TOURNAMENT STEER

1. A remote controlled tournament steer and timing elements comprising:A) a front frame and a rear frame,
B) said front frame further comprises:
a) front structural elements,
b) a front roping target with horns,
c) a remotely controlled motor connected to two inline wheels,
d) at least one rear idler wheel, and
e) an end timer switch connected to an end time wireless transmitter,
C) said rear frame further comprises;
a) rear structural elements,
b) two roping elements positioned and oriented for roping, and
c) a structural member positioned to activate said end timer switch,
D) said front frame and said rear frame are connected by a hinge having a rotating axis,
E) said rear frame rotates about said rotating axis,
F) wherein said remotely controlled motor is configured to stop when said end timer switch is activated,
G) a remote control configured to activate said remotely controlled motor,
H) a timer controller that is configured to:
a) receive communication from a steer start photo switch,
b) receive communication from said end time wireless transmitter,
c) compute a roping time, and
d) display said roping time.

US Pat. No. 10,888,759

INFLATABLE DOJO STRUCTURE

Scherba Industries, Inc.,...

1. An inflatable device configured to be used as a martial arts training device, said inflatable device comprising an inflatable structure, a plurality of inanimate interactive devices connected to said inflatable structure, and a floor, said inflatable structure including an area that is at least partially enclosed, said inflatable structure including three or more structures selected from the group consisting of 1) said floor is at least partially inflatable and at least partially forms a base of said inflatable device, 2) a plurality of inflatable columns extending upwardly from said floor, 3) a plurality of inflatable beams connected to a top or top portion of said columns, 4) an inflatable roof that at least partially covers the floor, and 5) a plurality of inflatable walls that at least partially enclose said inflatable structure, said plurality of inanimate interactive devices located on or above said floor and said plurality of inanimate interactive devices configured to be engagable by a person located on said floor of said inflatable structure, wherein two or more of said plurality of inanimate interactive devices includes a first ceiling interactive device that is connected to a ceiling and positioned above said floor, and a first floor interactive device that is connected to said floor and/or a first column interactive device that is connected to one of said columns, said first floor interactive device, said first ceiling interactive device and said first column interactive device are each inflatable, one of said plurality of inanimate interactive devices is an object in the form of a person or ninja or an inflatable in the form of a person or ninja, and at least one other of said plurality of inanimate interactive devices is selected from the group consisting of a target, an inflatable target, punching or kicking target, inflatable punching or kicking target, another object in the form of a person or ninja, another inflatable in the form of a person or ninja, an object in the form of a person or ninja with a target, and an inflatable in the form of a person or ninja with a target.

US Pat. No. 10,888,758

CONFIGURABLE WATER MAT

Bair Products, Inc., Lou...

1. A configurable water mat comprising:a buoyant insert;
a sleeve including a first face, a second face, a third face, a fourth face, and a fifth face,
wherein the second face is adjacent the first face, the third face is adjacent the second face, the fourth face is adjacent the third face, and the first face is adjacent the fourth face,
wherein the fifth face is adjacent the first face, the second face, the third face, and the fourth face,
wherein the third face is at an opposite side of the fifth face as the first face and the second face is at opposite side of the fifth face as the third face;
at least one tethering port positioned proximate the first face;
an enclosure fastener disposed on the fourth face and operable to enclose the buoyant insert within the sleeve;
an expansion fastener disposed along the third face,
mesh disposed on the second face for providing water drainage from inside the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,888,757

SPORTS EQUIPMENT

1. A cue system for enabling a user to sight a shot in real time while preparing for and making a shot, comprising:a cue presenting a cue profile; and
a sighting aid comprising a sighting body that includes a major portion and a minor portion, the sighting body having marked or formed thereon a straight sighting line extending longitudinally thereof, wherein the straight sighting line is intercepted by a sighting aid up-step or down-step presenting a vertical discontinuity along said sighting line in a plane formed between an upper surface of the major portion and an upper surface of the minor portion, said vertical discontinuity enabling visualization of parallax error, wherein the sighting aid is integral with or attached to the cue such that the straight sighting line runs parallel to a length of the cue and is visible to a user in use, and wherein the plane of the major portion of the sighting aid is either sunk into the profile of the cue or is in-line with the profile of the cue.

US Pat. No. 10,888,756

FIELD GAME KIT AND METHOD

1. A field game system, comprising:at least one game lane indicator comprising a pair of lane edge markers arranged in a spaced-apart relationship with one another defining an elongated game lane for running therealong, the game lane comprising a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein the proximal end of the pair of lane edge markers are integrally joined by a connector, and the distal end of the pair of lane edge markers are not joined but independent of one another;
at least one hitting zone indicator indicating a hitting zone within the game lane to be occupied by a hitter for the hitting of a ball;
at least one pitching zone indicator indicating a pitching zone within the game lane to be occupied by a pitcher, wherein the pitching zone is arranged distally to the hitting zone; and
at least one running distance indicator indicating one or more specific running distances with respect to the hitting zone, wherein the one or more specific running distances are located distally to the hitting zone, and wherein the pitching zone indicator and pitching zone are located superior to the hitting zone but inferior to the running distance indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,888,755

METHOD FOR REDUCING VIBRATION IN CLUB SHAFT

1. A method of making a golf club shaft comprising the steps of:providing a shaft having a centrally formed cavity extending along a longitudinal axis of the shaft;
substantially filling the cavity with a viscoelastic material along at least one or more longitudinal length segments of the shaft by introducing a plurality of reagents into said cavity by injecting and mixing said reagents within said cavity as a liquid or semi-liquid which react and fill the entirety of said shaft cavity with a foamed elastic material that is bonded to an internal surface of said cavity; and,
allowing the viscoelastic material to rest and adhere to said internal surface of the cavity along the one or more longitudinal length segments of the shaft,
wherein mixing of said reagents immediately forms a network of vibration attenuating elastic dampeners which are directly bonded onto said internal surface of said shaft and are configured to attenuate a propagation of vibrational energy through the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,888,754

GRIP ASSEMBLY FOR SPORTS EQUIPMENT

Harry Matthew Wells, She...

1. A grip assembly for an item of sporting equipment, said grip assembly comprising an elongated tubular body having a long axis running from a first end of the body to a second end of the body that is distal to the first end, said tubular body comprising;an inner wall that extends from the first end to the second end along the long axis, said inner wall having an outer surface and an inner surface, said outer surface forming a hollow interior of the tubular body, said hollow interior having a cross section through which a shaft of the item of sporting equipment can pass,
an open substructure that is located adjacent to the inner surface of said inner wall in a region between the first end and the second end,
an outer wall that extends from the first end to the second end along the long axis, having an inner surface and an outer surface, the outer surface of which forms an outer surface of the tubular body extending between said first end and said second end, and the inner surface of which faces the open substructure over at least a portion of the inner surface,whereinthe open substructure is an open lattice structure and is located between the inner surface of the inner wall and the inner surface of the outer wall,where, when used in a piece of sporting equipment that is intended to be held by a user and swung, the first end refers to the end of the grip assembly that is proximal to a user,where the open lattice structure comprises struts and nodes and the struts are straight or curved and the nodes are selected from the group consisting of points of attachment of struts and structures that are located at points of attachment of the struts.

US Pat. No. 10,888,753

HIGH LOFT, LOW CENTER-OF-GRAVITY GOLF CLUB HEADS

Taylor Made Golf Company,...

15. A golf club head, comprising:a club head body having an external surface with a heel portion, a toe portion, a crown portion, a sole portion, a skirt portion positioned around a periphery between the sole portion and crown portion, a ball striking face having a thickness, and a hosel integrally formed with the club head body and extending outward from the club head body proximate to a crown and heel transition region;
wherein the ball striking face of the club head body has a geometric center;
wherein the crown portion has one or more openings, and wherein one or more corresponding crown panels are placed in the one or more openings, the crown panels having a first material density and a first portion thickness;
wherein a portion of the club head body located below a geometric center of the ball striking face is formed of a second material having a second material density and a second portion thickness, wherein the second material density is at least twice the first material density of the crown panels;
wherein a moment of inertia about a golf club head center-of-gravity x-axis, Ixx, is between 250-800 kg-mm2;
wherein the golf club head has a Delta 1 between 10 to 25 mm;
where the golf club head has a club head volume of at least 250 cm3 and a club head weight of between about 190 and 210 grams;
wherein the club head body is formed from a combination of an alloy of titanium, an alloy of aluminum, and a composite material;
wherein the crown panels and the skirt are held in place by adhesive bonding;
wherein the ball striking face having a varying thickness no more 5 mm;
wherein the ball striking face having a roll radius of 300 mm or greater; and
wherein the golf club head has a center of gravity that is below the geometric center of the ball striking face of the golf club head as measured along a z-axis of the golf club head having an origin at the geometric center.

US Pat. No. 10,888,752

BARRIER FOR DIVOT REPAIR BOTTLE FORMING SEPARATE COMPARTMENTS

Drew Danboise, Scottsdal...

1. A barrier insert for a divot repair bottle, said barrier insert comprising:a funnel to be positioned inside the divot repair bottle such that a mouth of said funnel is open towards a bottom end of the divot repair bottle and is concentric with an inner surface of the divot repair bottle, said funnel having an elongated spout configured to extend through the divot repair bottle and through a spout of a cap portion of the divot repair bottle such that said elongated spout is inside the spout of the cap portion of the divot repair bottle with a gap between said elongated spout and the spout of the cap portion of the divot repair bottle; and
an elastic skirt surrounding and attached to said mouth of said funnel, said elastic skirt being configured to hold said funnel in position within the divot repair bottle and to form a seal with the inner surface of the divot repair bottle when said funnel is positioned within the divot repair bottle;
wherein, when positioned within the divot repair bottle, said funnel and said elastic skirt are configured to form a first compartment defined by an inner surface of an upper end of the divot repair bottle and an outer surface of said funnel, and to form a second compartment defined by an inner surface of the bottom end of the divot repair bottle and an inner surface of said funnel, the first compartment and said second compartment not communicating with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,888,751

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH INTERCHANGEABLE WEIGHT COMPONENTS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a sole, a heel side, a toe side, a face portion, a rear side, a pocket, and a channel; and
a weight assembly comprising;
a first weight plate composed of a first material having a first density, the first weight plate comprising a first through opening and a first flange;
a second weight plate composed of a second material having a second density that is different from the first density, the second weight plate comprising a second through opening and a second flange;
a screw comprising a head portion and an threaded extension portion;
a retainer composed of a third material having a third density that is less than the first and second densities, the retainer comprising a retainer body, a shallow recess sized to receive either of the first and second weight plates, a third through opening, and first and second extensions extending from a lower surface of the retainer body; and
a base portion comprising a threaded opening sized to receive the threaded extension portion,
wherein the pocket is sized to receive either of the first and second plates,
wherein the channel comprises a first wall, a second wall, a floor, and at least one rail extending from one of the first wall and the second wall,
wherein the weight assembly is disposed within and movable to any location in the channel,
wherein the base portion and at least one of the retainer, the first plate, and the second plate sandwiches a portion of the at one least rail,
wherein the threaded extension portion of the screw extends through one of the first and second through openings, through the third through opening, and engages the threaded opening, and
wherein tightening the screw reversibly fixes the weight assembly to the at least one rail.

US Pat. No. 10,888,750

LOW AND BACK CROWN MASS FOR A GOLF CLUB HEAD

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

10. A golf club head comprising:a golf club head body having
a club face,
a crown defining a perimeter of the golf club head,
a sole opposite the crown,
a toe end opposite a heel end,
a back end opposite the club face,
an exterior surface, an interior surface, a head center of gravity,
a discretionary weight,
and a hosel,
wherein a portion of the body comprises composite material,
wherein a portion of the discretionary weight is a weight member permanently positioned adjacent the crown and a portion of the weight member projects above the crown surface, the weight member having a weight member center of gravity and an elongated arcuate shape along the crown,
wherein the weight member is positioned to maximize a distance from the weight member to the head center of gravity,
wherein a first end of the weight member is positioned toward the toe end,
wherein a length of the weight member is measured along a center line of the weight member extending from the first end to the second end,
wherein the length of the weight member is in a range between 1.0 inch to 6.0 inches,
wherein at least a portion of the weight member is composed of the same material as at least some portion the golf club head body,
wherein the weight member has a weight ranging from 35 grams to 130 grams,
wherein the weight member comprises a plurality of high density regions, each having a greater density than the remaining regions of the weight member, and
wherein the plurality of high density regions include
a first high density region located near the first end, and
a second high density region located near the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,888,749

IRON TYPE GOLF CLUB HEAD AND SET

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. A set of iron-type golf club heads, comprising:a) a first iron-type golf club head having a first loft of 30 degrees or less, a first heel portion, a first toe portion, a first top line portion, a first sole portion, a first leading edge, and a first trailing edge, wherein the first iron-type golf club head includes:
i) a first body formed of a first body material and having a first hosel, wherein the first hosel has a first bore and a first bore center that defines a first shaft axis which intersects with a horizontal ground plane to define a first origin point and defines a first shaft axis plane;
ii) a first face formed of a first face material and attached to the first body, a first face thickness, a first face striking surface, and a first face rear surface, wherein:
(a) a portion of the first face rear surface defines a first closed void; and
(b) a first passageway from the first closed void and accessible from an exterior of the first body, wherein each vertical cross-section through the first passageway establishes a first passageway axis and a first passageway angle from vertical that is at least 50% of the first loft, and at least a portion of the first passageway axis intersects the first face at a first axis-to-face intersection point and intersects the first shaft axis plane;
iii) wherein the first iron-type golf club head has a first center of gravity located:
(a) vertically toward the first top line portion of the first iron-type golf club head from the first origin point a first distance Ycg;
(b) horizontally from the first origin point toward the first toe portion of the first iron-type golf club head a first distance Xcg;
(c) a first distance Zcg from the first origin toward the first trailing edge in a direction generally orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure the first Ycg distance and generally orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure the first Xcg distance; and
(d) wherein the first iron-type golf club head has a first opening/closing moment of inertia about a first vertical axis through the first center of gravity, and a first lofting/delofting moment of inertia about a horizontal axis through the first center of gravity of no more than 760 g*cm?2;
iv) wherein in a first horizontal section parallel to the horizontal ground plane and passing through the first center of gravity, the first closed void is located between the first center of gravity and the first face, with no portion of the first closed void within the first horizontal section extending behind the first center of gravity;
b) a second iron-type golf club head having a second loft of at least 31 degrees, a second heel portion, a second toe portion, a second top line portion, a second sole portion, a second leading edge, and a second trailing edge, wherein the second iron-type golf club head includes:
i) a second body formed of a second body material and having a second hosel, wherein the second hosel has a second bore and a second bore center that defines a second shaft axis which intersects with a horizontal ground plane to define a second origin point and defines a second shaft axis plane;
ii) a second face formed of a second face material and attached to the second body, a second face thickness, a second face striking surface, and a second face rear surface, wherein:
(a) a portion of the second face rear surface defines a second closed void; and
(b) a second passageway from the second closed void and accessible from an exterior of the second body, wherein each vertical cross-section through the second passageway establishes a second passageway axis and a second passageway angle from vertical that is at least 50% of the second loft, and at least a portion of the second passageway axis intersects the second face at a second axis-to-face intersection point and intersects the second shaft axis plane;
iii) wherein the second iron-type golf club head has a second center of gravity located:
(a) vertically toward the second top line portion of the second iron-type golf club head from the second origin point a second distance Ycg;
(b) horizontally from the second origin point toward the second toe portion of the second iron-type golf club head a second distance Xcg;
(c) a second distance Zcg from the second origin toward the second trailing edge in a direction generally orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure the second Ycg distance and generally orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure the second Xcg distance; and
(d) wherein the second iron-type golf club head has a second opening/closing moment of inertia about a second vertical axis through the second center of gravity, and a second lofting/delofting moment of inertia about a horizontal axis through the second center of gravity of no more than 760 g*cm?2;
c) wherein the second opening/closing moment of inertia is within 20% of the first opening/closing moment of inertia, and the second distance Ycg is within 10% of the first distance Ycg.

US Pat. No. 10,888,748

GOLF CLUB AND GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH A SOLE CAVITY FEATURE

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a ball striking face, a heel, a toe, a rear, a crown and a sole, the club head having a top-to-bottom height, a front-to-back breadth and a side-to-side length;
the sole including:
a substantially horizontally-oriented forward sole surface extending rearwardly from the ball striking face to a rearward edge;
a substantially horizontally-oriented rearward sole surface extending forwardly along a centerline of the club head from the rear of the club head, the rearward sole surface offset from the rearward edge in a height direction;
a projection extending rearwardly from the rearward edge of the forward sole surface; and
a support structure, the support structure separating a first portion of the rearward sole surface from a second portion of the rearward sole surface;
wherein the support structure comprises a first area footprint when viewed from an address position;
wherein the projection comprises a second area footprint when viewed from the address position; and
wherein the first area footprint of the support structure is smaller than the second area footprint of the projection such that portions of the projection are unsupported.

US Pat. No. 10,888,747

AERODYNAMIC GOLF CLUB HEAD

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. A golf club head comprising: A) a hollow body (110) having a club head volume of at least 400 cc, a face (200), a sole section (300), a crown section (400), a front (112), a back (114), a heel (116), and a toe (118), wherein i) the hollow body (110) has a front-to-back dimension (FB) of at least 4.4 inches; ii) the hollow body (110) has a bore having a center that defines a shaft axis (SA) which intersects with a horizontal ground plane (GP) to define an origin point; and iii) the hollow body (110) has a center of gravity (CG) located: (a) vertically toward the crown section (400) from the origin point a distance Ycg in a direction orthogonal to the ground plane (GP); (b) horizontally from the origin point toward the toe (118) a distance Xcg that is parallel to a vertical plane defined by the shaft axis (SA) and parallel to the ground plane (GP); and (c) a distance Zcg from the origin toward the back (114) in a direction orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure Ycg and orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure Xcg; B) the face (200) having a top edge (210) and a lower edge (220), wherein a top edge height (TEH) is the elevation of the top edge (210) above the ground plane (GP) and a maximum top edge height (TEH) is at least 2 inches, and a lower edge height (LEH) is the elevation of the lower edge (220) above the ground plane (GP); C) the crown section (400) having a crown apex (410) located an apex height (AH) above the ground plane (GP), wherein; i) the crown apex (410) is located behind the forwardmost point on the face (200) a distance that is a crown apex setback dimension (412) measured in a direction toward the back (114) and orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure Ycg and orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure Xcg; ii) the crown apex (410) is located a distance from the origin toward the toe (118) a crown apex x-dimension (416) distance that is parallel to the vertical plane defined by the shaft axis (SA) and parallel to the ground plane (GP); and iii) the crown section (400) includes a post apex attachment promoting region (420) on the surface of the crown section (400) at an elevation above a maximum top edge plane (MTEP) wherein the post apex attachment promoting region (420) begins at the crown apex (410) and extends toward the back (114), and the post apex attachment promoting region (420) includes: (a) an attachment promoting region length (422) measured orthogonal to the vertical plane defined by the shaft axis (SA) from the crown apex (410) to a most rearward point of the post apex attachment promoting region (420), and the attachment promoting region length (422) is at least as great as fifty percent of the crown apex setback dimension (412); (b) an attachment promoting region width (424) measured in a direction parallel to the vertical plane defined by the shaft axis (SA), and parallel to the horizontal ground plane (GP), from a most heelward point of the post apex attachment promoting region (420) to a most toeward point of the post apex attachment promoting region (420), and the attachment promoting region width (424) is at least as great as the difference between the crown apex x-dimension (416) and the distance Xcg; and (c) a portion having an apex-to-rear radius of curvature (Ra-r) greater than 5 inches within a vertical section through the crown apex (410) and perpendicular to the vertical plane created by the shaft axis (SA); D) wherein a first moment of inertia (MOIy) about a vertical axis through a center of gravity of the golf club head is at least 4000 g*cm2, and a second moment of inertia (MOIx) about a horizontal axis through the center of gravity is at least 2000 g*cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,888,746

OVERSIZED GOLF CLUB HEAD AND GOLF CLUB

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

20. An oversized golf club head, comprising:a body defining an interior cavity, a sole portion positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head, a crown portion positioned at a top portion, a forward portion and a rearward portion, and a face positioned at the forward portion of the body and having a roll, a bulge, a face area, a face height, and a face width, wherein:
the body has a volume greater than 550 cm3 and a head weight of less than 210 grams;
the golf club head has a Delta1 value, a Delta2 value producing a Delta ratio of Delta2 to Delta1 of 1.5-4.0, a head origin x-axis (CGx) coordinate of between about ?2.0 mm and about 7 mm, a head origin y-axis (CGy) coordinate of at least about 25 mm, and a head origin z-axis (CGz) coordinate;
the golf club head has a head depth of 125-175 mm, a head height of 70-100 mm, and a head width; and
wherein the Delta1 value is (a) at least 9% of the head depth and (b) at least 15% of the face height, the Delta2 value is no more than 31% of the head depth, the CG angle is 14-30 degrees, and the volume is no more than 950 cc.

US Pat. No. 10,888,745

GOLF CLUB WITH POLYMERIC INSERT AND REMOVABLE WEIGHT

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club comprising:a golf club head including a metal portion adhered to a polymeric portion to define a closed internal volume therebetween, the golf club head having a face, a crown, and a sole;
wherein:
the metal portion comprises a first bond surface and the polymeric portion comprises a second bond surface, which overlaps with the first bond surface to define a lap joint therebetween;
wherein:
the metal portion comprises a bond promoting feature and is operative to increase the bond strength between the metal portion and the polymeric portion;
the polymeric portion defines a bore extending between a first closed end and a second open end, the bore having a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end, and wherein the bore is aligned such that the longitudinal axis of the bore intersects the face and wherein the bore is configured to receive an elongate weight via the open end and is further configured to selectively retain the elongate weight within the bore;
wherein:
the polymeric portion includes a polymeric wall extending within the closed internal volume and transversely outward from a sidewall defining the bore; and
wherein:
the polymeric wall is adhered, via an adhesive, to the metal portion of the golf club head and is operative to both reinforce the sidewall and to transfer impact stresses from the sidewall to the metal portion of the golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,888,744

GOLF CLUB HEAD OR OTHER BALL STRIKING DEVICE HAVING IMPACT-INFLUENCING BODY FEATURES

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising: a metal portion adhered to a non-metal portion to define a closed internal volume therebetween, the club head having a face, a rear opposite the face, a crown, a sole opposite the crown, a heel, and a toe; and an elongated channel extending across a portion of the sole in a heel to toe direction, wherein the elongated channel is recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole, the elongated channel having a width defined in a front to rear direction; wherein the elongated channel comprises a center portion extending across a center of the sole, a heel portion extending from a heel end of the center portion toward the heel, and a toe portion extending from a toe end of the center portion toward the toe; wherein the elongated channel has a front edge, a rear edge, and a width defined between the front and rear edges, wherein the width of the center portion of the channel is substantially constant; and wherein the front and rear edges of the elongated channel are angled away from each other at the heel portion and the toe portion, such that the width of the elongated channel at the heel and toe portions increases from the heel end of the center portion toward the heel and from the toe end of the center portion toward the toe; wherein the non-metal portion comprises a wall extending outward from the non-metal portion within the closed internal volume; wherein the metal portion comprises a rib extending within the closed internal volume; wherein the wall comprises a notch that receives and is adhered to the rib to reinforce the non-metal portion; and wherein the non-metal portion defines a weight receptacle configured to receive a removable weight.

US Pat. No. 10,888,743

GOLF CLUB HEADS WITH ENERGY STORAGE CHARACTERISTICS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A hollow golf club head comprising:a strike face and a rear wall opposite the strikeface, each of the strike face and the rear wall having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a thickness between the inner surface and outer surface;
a sole and a top rail opposite the sole, each of the sole and the top rail having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a thickness between the inner surface and outer surface;
wherein the inner surfaces of each of the strikeface, rear wall, sole, and top rail cooperate to define a closed internal volume therebetween;
wherein the rear wall comprises an upper rear wall, a lower rear wall, and an exterior cavity;
wherein the upper rear wall directly abuts the top rail, and the lower rear wall directly abuts the sole; and
wherein the exterior cavity defines a concave, open external cavity located between the upper rear wall and the lower rear wall, the exterior cavity including:
a top cavity wall, a back cavity wall, and a bottom incline;
wherein:
a first end of the top cavity wall is connected to an end of the upper cavity wall to define a rear angle therebetween;
a second end of the top cavity wall is connected to a first end of the back cavity wall to define a back cavity angle therebetween;
the top cavity wall couples the back cavity wall with the upper rear wall;
a first end of the bottom incline connected to a second end of the back cavity wall, and a second end of the bottom incline connected to an end of the lower rear wall; and
wherein the closed internal volume extends between the inner surface of the top cavity wall and the inner surface of the top rail and between the inner surface of the strike face and the inner surface of the upper rear wall.

US Pat. No. 10,888,742

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Taylor Made Golf Company,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a club head body having a crown portion, a sole portion, a rear portion, and a striking face having a variable thickness, the club head body defining an interior cavity;
a first stiffening member and a second stiffening member permanently secured within the interior cavity and connecting the crown portion to the sole portion; and
wherein the first stiffening member and the second stiffening member provide structural support to the club head body, and
wherein at least a portion of the crown comprises a composite material;
wherein the golf club head has a CG with a head origin x-axis (CGx) coordinate between about ?10 mm and about 10 mm and a head origin y-axis (CGy) coordinate between about 10 mm and about 50 mm, and a head origin z-axis (CGz) less than 2 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,888,741

SHORT GAME ANALYSIS SYSTEM

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A portable golf hitting robot, comprising:a frame, a first portion of a rotary actuating system operatively coupled to the frame and a second portion of the rotary actuating system operatively coupled to the frame, a drive unit operatively coupled to the first portion through a belt drive for supplying torque thereto and a golf club gripping member assembly operatively coupled to the second portion such that torque from the drive unit can be transferred to the gripping member assembly, and
the robot further comprising a one-way clutch operably coupled between the first portion and the second portion such that torque can be transferred from the first portion to the second portion, wherein the torque applied from the drive unit to the golf club gripping member assembly through the rotary actuating system is at a ratio of less than 4-1.

US Pat. No. 10,888,740

RESIN COMPOSITION FOR GOLF BALLS, AND GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A golf ball comprising a core and a cover of one or more layers which encases the core, wherein at least one layer of the cover is formed of the resin composition, comprising:(A) polyurethane or polyurea,
(B) an oxazoline group-containing acrylic polymer or an oxazoline group-containing styrene polymer, and
(C) a material having functional groups which react with oxazoline groups,
wherein component (B) is included in an amount of from 0.3 to 30 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of component (A) and wherein component (C) is polyesters or polyamides, and the proportion of the polyurethane or polyurea serving as component (A) in the overall resin composition accounted for at least 60 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,888,739

USE OF AN IMPACT MODIFIER IN A LOW COMPRESSION GOLF BALL

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf ball comprising:a center core comprising a polybutadiene material and a methyl methacrylate, butadiene, styrene (MBS) with a weight percentage of MBS ranging from 0.5 to 5 weight percent of the center core;
an inner mantle layer disposed over the outer core, the inner mantle layer having a thickness ranging from 0.030 inch to 0.090 inch, the inner mantle layer material having a plaque Shore D hardness ranging from 30 to 50;
an outer mantle layer disposed over the inner mantle layer, the outer mantle layer having a thickness ranging from 0.025 inch to 0.070 inch; and
a cover layer disposed over the outer mantle layer;
wherein the cover layer has a thickness ranging from 0.025 inch to 0.050 inch, wherein the cover layer has a Shore D hardness less than the hardness of the outer mantle layer, and the outer mantle layer has a higher Shore D hardness than the inner mantle layer.

US Pat. No. 10,888,737

CONFIGURABLE FOOTWEAR FOR WATER SPORTS

1. An apparatus wearable of a user's feet for water sports, comprising:a boot having a toe portion and a heel portion;
a fin pivotably attached to the boot, and
first and second rods, each rod comprising a first end that is pivotably attached to a respective side of the boot and a second end that is (a) attached to the fin and (b) releasably attached to the respective side of the boot;
wherein:
in a first configuration the fin is oriented towards the toe portion, and
in a second configuration the fin is oriented towards the heel portion;
wherein the fin is releasably secured in the first and second configurations;
wherein:
a first cavity is defined at the toe portion on each side of the boot,
the second end of each rod includes a body, and
each first cavity is configured to releasably secure the body to place the apparatus in the first configuration; and
wherein:
a second cavity is defined at the heel portion on each side of the boot, and
each second cavity is configured to releasably secure the body to place the apparatus in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,888,736

SELECTIVELY ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF USE FOR BICYCLES

Technogym S.p.A., Cesena...

1. A device, comprising:at least one flywheel that is coupled to a pedal;
a resistance assembly associated with the at least one flywheel;
a human machine interface that is configured to receive a first resistance selection from a plurality of incrementing predetermined resistance settings from a user;
a manual resistance selector that is configured to receive a second resistance selection from the user, wherein the second resistance selection is a refinement of the first resistance selection, and wherein the first and second resistance selections have a same unit of measurement; and
a controller comprising a processor and a memory, the processor executing instruction stored in the memory to:
activate the resistance assembly to selectively change a resistance force exerted by the resistance assembly on the at least one flywheel, based on the first resistance selection received by the human machine interface; and
activate the resistance assembly to selectively refine the resistance force based on the second resistance selection received by the manual resistance selector.

US Pat. No. 10,888,735

CALIBRATION OF INITIAL ORIENTATION AND POSITION OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT AND BODY SEGMENTS FOR INERTIAL SENSORS

1. A method for calibrating and using a load configuration for a sports implement or an anatomical feature, said method comprising the steps of:a.) collecting data corresponding to positions and orientations of said sports implement or anatomical movement of said subject relative to a known position and orientation of said sports implement or anatomical movement of said subject, said data being collected over the movement of said sports implement or the anatomical movement of a subject during their use of said sports implement;
b.) calibrating a load configuration for the sports implement or anatomical movement by searching data of said collecting step and identifying data that corresponds to a selected rate of movement of said sports implement or a selected rate of anatomical movement of said subject that is consistent for repeated motions of said sports implement or said anatomical movement of said subject; and
c.) using said load configuration to analyze the position and orientation of the sports implement or the anatomical movement of said subject that occur subsequent to or prior to or both subsequent to and prior to said load configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,888,733

FOAM EXERCISING ROLLER

1. An exercise roller, comprising,a pair of elongated cylindrical tube halves each having,
terminal ends,
a longitudinal center section and first and second end portions,
first and second longitudinal edges,
hinge means for interconnecting the tube halves along their first longitudinal edges,
means for detachably interconnecting the tube halves along their second longitudinal edges to form a cylinder,
a smooth surface low density foam covering the longitudinal center section of each tube half, and
a higher density foam surface covering the first and second end portions of each tube half.

US Pat. No. 10,888,732

EXERCISE DEVICE LIMB INTERFACE

Proteus Motion Inc., Bro...

1. A limb interface device for an exercise apparatus comprising:a handle member mounted within an inner frame member and rotatable about a first axis with a first joint, for gripping with one or two hands by a user, the first joint being limited to 40° or less rotation;
at least one outer support member supporting the inner frame member, the inner frame member being rotatable about a second axis orthogonal to the first axis with a second joint;
an outer arc member supporting the at least one outer support member, the at least one outer support member being rotatable about a third axis orthogonal to the second axis with a third joint; and
an arm member supporting the outer arc member, the outer arc member being rotatable about a fourth axis that is orthogonal to the third axis with a fourth joint, the fourth joint allowing rotation of 180° or less rotation and associated with a centering biasing member interacting with the outer arc member for resiliently biasing the outer arc member towards a centered position when rotated, the arm member also being rotatable about a fifth axis that is longitudinal to the arm member and orthogonal to the fourth axis with a fifth joint, the arm member for extending from the exercise apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,888,731

SYSTEMS FOR GRIPPING AN EXERCISE BAR, ADJUSTABLE GRIP MOUNTS THEREOF, AND EXERCISE BARS INCORPORATING SUCH GRIP MOUNTS

Sound Temple Fitness LLC,...

1. An exercise bar having a longitudinal axis and comprising:a pair of loading members;
a first rail disposed between the loading members, the first rail including a first slot formed therein that extends along at least a portion of a length of the first rail;
a second rail disposed between the loading members, the second rail including a second slot formed therein that extends along at least a portion of a length of the second rail; and
an adjustable grip mount for gripping the exercise bar, the adjustable grip mount comprising:
a handle member that comprises a handle for grasping the adjustable grip mount;
a first locking member that extends through the first slot and connects to the handle member, the first locking member configured to move between a locked position in which the handle member is clamped to the first rail and an unlocked position in which the handle member may move along the first rail relative to the longitudinal axis and in which the handle may rotate about a rotational axis; and
a second locking member that extends through the second slot and connects to the handle member, the second locking member configured to move between a locked position in which the handle member is clamped to the second rail and an unlocked position in which the handle member may move along the second rail relative to the longitudinal axis and in which the handle may rotate about the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,888,730

STAND FOR A HEXAGONAL BAR OR A TRAP BAR FOR WEIGHTS

1. A stand for a hexagonal bar or a trap bar for weights, the stand comprising:a polysided encasement having an opening for a user to enter into said opening and step into said hexagonal bar or said trap bar, said encasement being formed as a frame including connecting arms, a top surface and a bottom surface, each of said surfaces including more than one section and said more than one section including a front section that is a middle section, and two side sections connected on respective sides of said middle section, said hexagonal bar or said trap bar top surface fully resting on said middle section and said side sections of said top surface of said stand and, said connecting arms connecting said top surface to said bottom surface, said connecting arms including straight arms extending between the top and bottom surfaces and angled arms that are angled to join as they extend toward said top surface on each of said more than one section of said frame, said top surface having said height above the ground on which the stand rests so that said hexagonal bar or said trap bar resting on said top surface having weight plates will be off the floor of the ground when resting on the top surface of the stand thereby facilitating the removal and replacement of the weight plates without the need to lift the bar upward from the stand and wherein an area of said opening encased by said stand has a bottom floor board or surface on the ground of the area into which the user steps into the stand so that the user gets the benefit of exercising full range of motion as if said user was squatting down to the ground when standing in the area encased by the stand.

US Pat. No. 10,888,729

AGILITY ENHANCEMENT APPARATUS

1. An agility enhancement apparatus for an individual to engage in manual agility enhancement activity, said agility enhancement apparatus comprising:(a) a beam having a proximal end portion and an opposing distal end portion with a longitudinal axis spanning therebetween, said distal end portion terminates in a margin that expands outward in a direction perpendicular to said longitudinal axis to operationally facilitate said beam free standing on a surface wherein said longitudinal axis is perpendicular to the surface;
(b) a weight affixed to said distal end portion, wherein said weight makes said distal end portion weigh more than said proximal end portion;
(c) a flexible tether extension having a first end portion and an opposing second end portion with a longwise axis spanning therebetween, said flexible tether extension first end portion is affixed to said proximal end portion wherein said flexible tether extension second end portion is a free cantilever end, wherein operationally the individual grasps said flexible tether extension second end portion and swings said beam in a free movement pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,888,728

KINETIC RESISTANCE APPARATUS

1. An apparatus configured to be mounted to the back of an individual or to a fixed structure, comprising:a series of sheaves, wherein one or more of the sheaves are tensioned adjustably;
a single length of cord which tracks around the series of sheaves to provide an adjustable tension on the cord, the cord having free ends on each side of the apparatus;wherein the series of sheaves are tension adjusted for shifting force from a first end of the cord to a second end of the cord; andwherein the series of sheaves comprise one or more movable central sheave and one or more linear track bearing, wherein each of the one or more movable central sheave is anchored to and movable along one of the one or more linear track bearing as a result of pulling of the cord.

US Pat. No. 10,888,727

AQUA EXERCISE EQUIPMENT

AQUA GROUP LIMITED, Auck...

1. An aqua resistance fin assembly adapted to be fitted to a user's limb comprising:two fin components and at least one fastening member for fitting the fin components to a user's limb in a side-by-side configuration around the limb, each fin component comprising:
a base adapted to fit against a user's limb and adapted to be secured to the user's limb by the fastening member, and
at least two longitudinal fins and at least one lateral fin on an outer side of the base, the longitudinal fins to extend along the user's limb and the lateral fin extending lateral to the longitudinal fins, and
wherein the longitudinal fins extend outwardly from the base approximately radially relative to an axis that extends along the user's limb, and wherein the longitudinal fins converge from one end of the base to an opposite end of the base, and the distance from the base to the axis reduces from the one end of the base to the opposite end of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,888,726

REHABILITATION TRAINING APPARATUS

NEOFECT CO., LTD., Yongi...

1. A rehabilitation training apparatus comprising:a pair of first tracks formed parallel to each other along a first axis;
a second track disposed on the pair of first tracks, and moving along the first axis, and formed along a second axis;
a pair of third tracks formed parallel to each other along the second axis;
a plurality of first light emitting elements disposed, with a first interval, on one of the pair of first tracks, and configured to emit first light;
a plurality of first light receiving elements disposed, with the first interval, on the other one of the pair of first tracks, and configured to receive the first light emitted by the plurality of first light emitting elements;
a plurality of second light emitting elements disposed, with a second interval, on one of the pair of third tracks, and configured to emit second light;
a plurality of second light receiving elements disposed, with the second interval, on the other one of the pair of third tracks, and configured to receive the second light emitted by the plurality of second light emitting elements; and
a hand holder disposed on the second track, and moving along the second track, wherein the hand holder is configured to hold at least one of a hand and an arm of a user, and
wherein the pair of first tracks and the pair of third tracks form a rectangular plate shape having an X-Y coordinate plan.

US Pat. No. 10,888,725

SPRINKLER FOR FIRE EXTINGUISHER SYSTEMS

1. A sprinkler, comprisinga sprinkler housing,
a fluid channel having a sealing surface which is provided in the sprinkler housing and has a fluid inlet and at least one fluid outlet,
a closure element, which is movable from a blocking position into a release position,
wherein the closure element closes the fluid channel in the blocking position and releases same in the release position, the closure element having a groove,
a thermally activatable triggering element, which keeps the closure element in the blocking position until thermally activated, and
a sealing element, which is arranged at least partially into the groove and between the sprinkler housing and the closure element and is designed to close the fluid channel in a fluid-tight manner in the blocking position,
wherein the sealing element is radially and axially compressed in the blocking position in order to apply the sealing effect,
wherein the sealing element is directly pressed in the blocking position against the sealing surface which expands in a release direction,
wherein the expanding sealing surface is formed on the sprinkler housing, and
wherein the sealing element is located within the sprinkler housing in the blocking position and the release position.

US Pat. No. 10,888,724

OPTIMISING FIRE PROTECTION FOR AN OFFSHORE PLATFORM

EQUINOR ENERGY AS, Stava...

1. A method for optimising fire protection for an offshore oil and gas platform, the platform having equipment and piping associated with an oil and gas installation, the method comprising:arranging the platform to have an evacuation time of at most 15 minutes or less using one or more evacuation route(s) via a gangway or bridge allowing personnel to escape to a vessel or to another platform;
determining a maximum evacuation time for the platform using one or more of: a speed for a person crossing a deck; a speed for an injured person evacuating via ascending or descending stairs; a speed for an injured person evacuating via ascending or descending ladders;and/or a set time for particular actions during the evacuation, such as opening a barrier, boarding a vessel and/or detaching the vessel from the platform;assessing the risk to personnel using the evacuation route(s) in accordance with the determined maximum evacuation time in the event of a fire; and
providing passive fire protection to equipment and/or piping on the platform in order to prevent escalation of the fire that would create a risk to personnel on the evacuation route(s) during the determined maximum evacuation time;
wherein the passive fire protection is provided only to the extent required to prevent escalation of the fire that would create a risk to personnel on the evacuation route(s) during the determined maximum evacuation time; and
wherein a speed for a person crossing a deck comprises a speed in the range of 0.3 to 0.7 m/s for an injured person being evacuated across a flat deck.

US Pat. No. 10,888,723

SELF-RETRACTING LANYARD WITH FALL PROTECTION HARNESS TRACKER

1. A self-retracting lanyard comprising:a main body;
a retractable line coupled to the main body so as to be extendible and retractable relative to the main body and to be restricted from extending relative to the main body in response to a user of the self-retracting lanyard falling;
a housing adapted to be engageable with the retractable line;
a manual control disposed on the housing and operable by the user to initiate controlled descent of the retractable line relative to the main body;
a fluid supply disposed in the housing; and
a hose extending from the housing to the main body, wherein the main body includes an actuator arranged to actuate a controlled descent switch that initiates the controlled descent;
the manual control is operable by the user to deliver a fluid from the fluid supply to the actuator via the hose; and
the actuator is configured to actuate the controlled descent switch in response to receiving the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,888,722

ADJUSTABLE BREATHING APPARATUS

1. A handsfree filter mask comprising:a base plate having a first side, a second side, a first opening, and a second opening, and wherein an edge of the base plate has a curved profile;
a mouthpiece having a first end and second end wherein the first end of the mouthpiece is attached to the first opening of the base plate on the first side of the base plate, and wherein the second end of the mouthpiece has an ergonomic design for insertion into a wearer's mouth;
a unidirectional exhaust port attached to the second opening of the base plate on the first side of the base plate;
a filter lock having a profile designed to interface with the curved profile of the edge of the base plate; and
a filter comprising a filter material sized to substantially cover the base plate, wherein the filter lock is directly coupled to an edge portion of the filter material and the edge of the base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,888,721

BREATH RESPONSIVE POWERED AIR PURIFYING RESPIRATOR

Design West Technologies,...

1. An air filtering respirator, comprising:a respirator housing;
a first area within said respirator housing that is configured to receive a first filter cartridge; said first area having an elongated vertical shape with a first opening on a top surface of said respirator housing, and a first valve mechanism at a bottom of said first area;
a second area within said respirator housing that is configured to receive a second filter cartridge; said second area having an elongated vertical shape with a second opening on said top surface of said respirator housing, and a second valve mechanism at a bottom of said second area;
a respirator output that is connectable to a user breathing enclosure;
an air passage in communication with said first valve mechanism, said second valve mechanism, and said respirator output;
said first filter cartridge being removably positioned in said first area and said second filter cartridge being removably positioned in said second area; said first filter cartridge and said second filter cartridge each having an upper side surface forming an air inlet and a bottom surface forming an air outlet;
a fan connected to said air passage; and,
a sensor in communication with said air passage;
wherein said air filtering respirator is configured to adjust a speed of said fan based on user respiration sensed by said sensor in communication with said air passage;
wherein said air filtering respirator is configured to pull air through said inlet on said upper side surfaces of said first filter cartridge and said second filter cartridge, out said bottom surface of said first filter cartridge and said second filter cartridge, through said first valve mechanism and said second valve mechanism, into said air passage, through said fan, and out said respirator output;
wherein said air filtering respirator is configured to allow removal and replacement of one of said first filter cartridge or said second filter cartridge while continuing to provide filtered air to said respirator output.

US Pat. No. 10,888,718

ULTRASOUND PROBE FOR TREATING SKIN LAXITY

Guided Therapy Systems, L...

1. An ultrasound probe configured for treating wrinkles, comprising:a housing comprising a motion mechanism and a piezoelectric ultrasound transducer,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer is focused with at least one of the group consisting of: a mechanical focus, a phase focus, and an electronic focus,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer directs ultrasound therapy energy without a lens to a tissue at one or more depths below a skin surface,
wherein the tissue comprises a muscle tissue and any of the group consisting of: an epidermal tissue, a superficial dermal tissue, a mid-dermal tissue, and a deep dermal tissue,
wherein a portion of the housing is configured for acoustic coupling to the skin surface;
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer is configured for delivery of the ultrasound therapy energy at a frequency of between 2 MHz to 25 MHz to heat the tissue to a temperature greater than 60° C. to tighten at least a portion of the tissue at the one or more depths under the skin surface,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer is connected to the motion mechanism,
wherein the motion mechanism is configured to move the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer to form a plurality of thermal lesions at the one or more depths for tightening at least a portion of the tissue for treating wrinkles.

US Pat. No. 10,888,717

PROBE FOR ULTRASOUND TISSUE TREATMENT

Guided Therapy Systems, L...

1. An ultrasound probe, comprising:a piezoelectric ultrasound therapy element connected to a motion mechanism,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound therapy element is configured for acoustic coupling through an acoustic medium to a skin surface,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound therapy element focuses ultrasound energy with at least one of the group consisting of: a mechanical focus, a phased focus, and an electronic focus,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound therapy element is configured for directing ultrasound energy with a frequency to produce a temperature at a depth under the skin surface to coagulate fat cells in fat lobuli that protrude into a dermis tissue associated with cellulite,
wherein the motion mechanism is configured to operate with an encoder configured to determine movement of the piezoelectric ultrasound therapy element within the probe,
wherein the motion mechanism moves the piezoelectric ultrasound therapy element to form one or more thermal lesions at the depth for coagulating fat thereby reducing the appearance of cellulite.

US Pat. No. 10,888,716

ENERGY BASED FAT REDUCTION

Guided Therapy Systems, L...

1. An ultrasound probe, comprising:a motion mechanism and a piezoelectric ultrasound transducer,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer delivers ultrasound energy at a frequency of between 2 MHz to 20 MHz,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer is configured for focusing ultrasound energy with at least one of the group consisting of: a mechanical focus, a phased focus, an electronic focus, a spherical focus, and a line focus,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer is configured to focus the ultrasound energy at a temperature to coagulate a plurality fat cells in one or more fat lobuli at a depth under a skin surface,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer is connected to the motion mechanism,
wherein the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer is configured for acoustic coupling to the skin surface,
wherein the motion mechanism is configured for connection to an encoder to determine movement and position of the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer,
wherein the motion mechanism moves the piezoelectric ultrasound transducer to form a plurality of thermal foci at the depth for coagulating the plurality of fat cells in the one or more fat lobuli.

US Pat. No. 10,888,715

ACOUSTIC PRESSURE SHOCK WAVES USED FOR PERSONALIZED MEDICAL TREATMENT OF TISSUE CONDITIONS

SANUWAVE, INC., Suwanee,...

1. A system for treating a tissue condition of a human or animal patient comprising:an electronic acoustic pressure shock wave applicator including a shock wave generation source enclosed within liquid by a coupling membrane;
an electronic controller coupled to the acoustic pressure shock wave applicator and including a microprocessor and a non-transitory microprocessor-readable data storage medium having microprocessor-executable instructions for the microprocessor to adjust an initial treatment regimen based on type of tissue condition and treatment area or treatment volume, wherein the initial treatment regimen includes at least one of a number of shock waves per treatment, shock wave input energy per treatment and number of shock wave treatment sessions, to an adjusted individualized treatment regimen that changes the initial treatment regimen in response to inputs providing individualized patient parameters wherein each individualized patient parameter is selected from the group consisting of tissue condition state parameter, comorbidity parameter, physical characteristic parameter and lifestyle habit parameter of the patient, wherein said electronic controller is communicatively coupled for wireless or wired communication to the acoustic pressure shock wave applicator and causes the applicator to automatically generate the adjusted individualized treatment regimen to the patient; and
an electronic input device receiving input data in response to questions from a patient questionnaire displayed to a user of the electronic input device and communicatively coupled for wireless or wired transmission of the input data to the electronic controller for determination of the individualized patient parameters and corresponding changes to the initial treatment regimen to arrive at the adjusted individualized treatment regimen, wherein the corresponding changes to the initial treatment regimen include automatic adjustment of the at least one of a number of shock waves per treatment, shock wave input energy per treatment and number of shock wave treatment sessions via multiplication with a coefficient value assigned to each individualized patient parameter to arrive at the adjusted individualized treatment regimen.

US Pat. No. 10,888,714

PLANNING AND CONTROL FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE GUIDED RADIATION THERAPY

VIEWRAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A system comprising:a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system;
a radiation source; and
a non-transitory machine-readable medium storing instructions which, when executed by at least one programmable processor, cause the at least one programmable processor to perform operations comprising:
receiving MRI images generated by the MRI system during delivery of radiation by the radiation source;
flagging one or more anatomical structures that were exposed to the radiation for dose computation; and
computing the dose delivered to the flagged anatomical structures.

US Pat. No. 10,888,713

MULTILEAF COLLIMATOR WITH ALTERNATING TRAPEZOIDAL LEAF GEOMETRY DESIGN

Varian Medical Systems, I...

1. A multileaf collimator, comprising:a plurality of beam-blocking leaves of a first type, each of the plurality of beam-blocking leaves of the first type having a trapezoidal geometry viewed in a longitudinal moving direction with a first lateral side, a second lateral side, a wider end, and a narrower end, the wider end being proximal to a source;
a plurality of beam-blocking leaves of a second type, each of the plurality of beam-blocking leaves of the second type having a trapezoidal geometry viewed in the longitudinal moving direction with a first lateral side, a second lateral side, a wider end, and a narrower end, the wider end being distal to the source; and
the plurality of beam-blocking leaves of the first type being alternatingly arranged with the plurality of beam-blocking leaves of the second type side by side.

US Pat. No. 10,888,712

METHOD, A COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND A SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZATION OF RADIOTHERAPY TREATMENT PLANNING

RaySearch Laboratories AB...

1. A method of optimizing a radiotherapy treatment plan for delivering radiation to a patient's body in at least one session, wherein a delivery of radiation has a time structure, the method including the following steps:a. obtaining an initial radiotherapy treatment plan,
b. obtaining a composite objective function, said composite objective function being based on at least one clinical goal for at least one region of the patient's body,
c. selecting a first scenario including the time structure of the delivery of radiation and at least one variable related to a position of the at least one region of the patient's body, wherein the position may change during the at least one session in such a way as to affect a dose delivery to the at least one region of the patient's body,
d. calculating a dose distribution for the at least one session for the first scenario, and
e. performing robust optimization of the initial radiotherapy treatment plan based on the calculated dose distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,888,711

METHODS FOR INVERSE PLANNING

ELEKTA INSTRUMENTS AB, S...

1. A method for treatment planning in radiotherapy, wherein delivered radiation is determined using an optimization problem that steers the delivered radiation according to objectives reflecting criteria for regions of interest, that include at least one of: at least one target to be treated during treatment of the patient, organs at risk and/or healthy tissue, said method comprising the steps of:estimating a voxel set receiving a higher dose than a predetermined threshold dose level, said voxel set including voxels from at least one target volume;
determining a low dose voxel set;
providing a frame description for the voxels in the low dose voxel set, wherein according to the frame description, the dose delivered to the low dose voxel set is suppressed; and
using said frame description in the optimization problem that steers the delivered radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,888,710

TRANSPARENT LOADING APPARATUS

GT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, ...

1. An loading apparatus comprising:a top surface and a receiving surface; a loading bed configured to support a radioactive seed carrier configured to contain a radioactive seed, wherein the radioactive seed carrier is configured for embedding in a cavity of mammalian tissue; and
a loading channel through the receiving surface, the loading channel configured to receive an injection device, the injection device configured to inject the radioactive seed into the radioactive seed carrier;
wherein the top surface includes one or more transparent portions that allow light to pass therethough and a plurality of radiation shielding portions constructed of a high Z material that provides significant shielding of radiation from the radioactive seed, wherein the plurality of radiation shielding portions are at least partially separated by a corresponding one of the one or more transparent portions, at least one of the one or more transparent portions aligning with a particular portion of the loading bed where the radioactive seed is to be positioned within the radioactive seed carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,888,709

MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD

Polyphotonix Limited, Se...

1. A method of treating a human patient with electromagnetic radiation to reduce vascular endothelial growth factor expression for treating diabetic retinopathy or age related macular degeneration, the method comprising:directing electromagnetic radiation having a ratio of scotopic luminous intensity to photopic luminous intensity of at least 1.85:1 towards an eye or eyes of the patient; and
wherein the electromagnetic radiation reaching the eye or eyes of the patient has a range of wavelengths and less than 3% of the total radiation has a wavelength less than 470 nm;
thereby reducing vascular endothelial growth factor expression in the eye or eyes of the patient to treat diabetic retinopathy or age related macular degeneration.

US Pat. No. 10,888,708

PHOTOTHERAPY DEVICE WITH REAL-TIME MORPHOLOGIC FEEDBACK AND GUIDANCE

QC, LLC, Franklin, TN (U...

1. A phototherapy device comprisinga central processing unit;
a therapeutic light source of varying intensity output having a wavelength between 400-1100 nm;
at least one of a RGB sensor and an ultrasound generator and transducer, wherein the at least one of the RGB sensor and ultrasound generator and transducer provide information to the central processing unit for determining one or more morphologic properties of a patient; and
at least one of
a lens, wherein the lens comprises an electrically tuned optic lens having a focal length that can be manipulated by the central processing unit relative to the therapeutic light source output from the device, or
a touchscreen, a proximity sensor, and a camera, wherein the camera and the proximity sensor are configured to capture an image of an area to be treated and provide a scaled image to a user on the touchscreen;
wherein the central processing unit is configured to determine one or more morphologic properties of the patient and control output from the therapeutic light source in real-time based on the one or more morphologic properties.

US Pat. No. 10,888,707

MUSCLE OPTIMIZATION DEVICE AND METHOD

GENOVUS BIOTECHNOLOGIES I...

15. A method of delivering replicated key frequencies of a resonant frequency pattern to a patient to catalyze a response of the patient to a therapy, comprising: providing a formula sample having a resonant frequency pattern; identifying a frequency-based characteristic of the resonant frequency pattern of the formula sample; selecting a plurality of key frequencies from the frequency-based characteristic of the resonant frequency pattern for replication; imprinting a device with the replicated key frequencies of the resonant frequency pattern of the formula sample; placing the imprinted device proximate to a patient; and applying a therapy to the patient, wherein the replicated key frequencies of the formula sample from the imprinted device catalyzes a response of the patient to the therapy; andwherein the therapy applied to the patient is an electromagnetic therapy, which has a pulsed electromagnetic field device that delivers a pulsed electromagnetic field to the patient, and the pulsed electromagnetic field and the replicated key frequencies of the formula sample are simultaneously delivered to the patient, wherein the replicated key frequencies of the resonant frequency pattern of the formula sample and the pulsed electromagnetic field are combined by a nonlinear element into a mixed electronic signal delivered to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,888,706

EXTERNAL CHARGER FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE HAVING A THERMAL DIFFUSER

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. An external charger system for an implantable medical device, the external charger system comprising:a circuit board;
a primary charging coil mounted to a first side of the circuit board, wherein the primary charging coil, when energized, is configured to generate a magnetic field to be received at the implantable medical device; and
a thermal diffuser adhered to the first side of the circuit board and within the primary charging coil, wherein the thermal diffuser is configured to conduct heat away from the primary charging coil.

US Pat. No. 10,888,705

CONTROL OF A MEDICAL DEVICE

1. A method for reformatting medical information by an electronic adapter, comprising the steps of:storing biologic identification information (“ID-I”) pertaining to a registered source of medical information having a first format, wherein said biologic ID-I includes information pertaining to a unique anatomic feature of a person registered to provide medical information (“registered person”);
receiving each of:
the medical information having the first format from a first device, wherein the first format is compatible with the first device; and
provisional biologic ID-I pertaining to a unique anatomic feature of a person attempting to provide medical information (“attempting person”);
comparing the provisional biologic ID-I of the attempting person with the biologic ID-I of the registered person to determine an ID-I match between the received provisional biologic ID-I of said attempting person and the stored biologic ID-I of said registered person;
upon determining said ID-I match, generating medical information having a second format from the medical information having a first format, wherein the second format is compatible with a second device; and
providing the medical information having the second format to the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,888,704

FILTERING ALGORITHM FOR ASSESSING COMMUNICATIONS WIRELESSLY RECEIVED BY AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. An implantable medical device, comprising:a plurality of electrodes selectable to provide stimulation to a patient's tissue; and
control circuitry that is programmed with a filter module comprising a plurality of instruction rules that each specify a type of therapy setting or operational mode setting for the implantable medical device, wherein the filter module, when enabled, is configured to:
receive an instruction from an external device; and
execute the instruction to change the stimulation provided at the plurality of electrodes or to change an operational mode of the implantable medical device only if it is determined that the instruction is compliant with the one or more instruction rules,
wherein the control circuitry is configured to disable the filter module upon determining that the instruction is received from a clinician programmer as the external device.

US Pat. No. 10,888,703

FAR FIELD TELEMETRY OPERATIONS BETWEEN AN EXTERNAL DEVICE AND AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE DURING RECHARGE OF THE IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE VIA A PROXIMITY COUPLING

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method of recharging an implantable medical device, comprising:a first external device communicating with the implantable medical device via a first communication protocol to begin a communication session for a recharge session and providing recharge energy to the implantable medical device according to a data command during the recharge session; and
a second external device communicating with the first external device via a second communication protocol that is different than the first communication protocol and that is a radio frequency protocol to provide the data command.

US Pat. No. 10,888,702

PROGRESSIVE ADAPTIVE DATA TRANSFER

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. An interrogation system for a medical device comprising:a memory storing a diagnostic algorithm;
a processor configured to run the diagnostic algorithm; and
a communication module configured to facilitate data transfer between the interrogation system and the medical device,
wherein the diagnostic algorithm is configured to reach a diagnostic conclusion based on data from the medical device,
wherein the diagnostic algorithm is configured to iteratively interrogate the medical device for the data from the medical device until the diagnostic algorithm reaches the diagnostic conclusion corresponding to an arrhythmia state of a subject associated with the medical device, wherein the arrhythmia state corresponds to the subject having a presence or an absence of a cardiac arrhythmia, each iterative interrogation requesting additional data as compared to prior iterations, wherein the diagnostic algorithm interrogates the medical device more than once to request additional data as compared to prior iterations before the diagnostic algorithm reaches the diagnostic conclusion corresponding to the arrhythmia state wherein the diagnostic algorithm reaches the diagnostic conclusion corresponding to the arrhythmia state based on the requested additional data, and wherein the diagnostic algorithm ceases to request the additional data either (i) once the diagnostic algorithm reaches the diagnostic conclusion or (ii) all of the data corresponding to diagnostic data stored by the medical device has been transferred from the medical device to the interrogation system,
wherein the communication module is configured to receive the additional data from the medical device in response to each iterative interrogation, and
wherein the diagnostic algorithm is further configured to store an indication of the diagnostic conclusion within the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,888,701

IMPLANTABLE CARDIAC STIMULATION DEVICE AND METHOD THAT STABILIZES VENTRICULAR RATE DURING EPISODES OF ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

1. An implantable cardiac stimulation device comprising:an atrial fibrillation detector that detects atrial fibrillation of a heart; and
a pulse generator that, responsive to the atrial fibrillation detector detecting atrial fibrillation of the heart, delivers a plurality of stimulation pulses near an AV node of the heart to capture vagal innervations to the AV node during a time period having a duration related to a desired ventricular rate of the heart, the plurality of stimulation pulses configured to capture the vagal innervations to the AV node and to extend a refractory period at the AV node to stabilize a ventricular rate during the atrial fibrillation;
wherein the plurality of stimulation pulses delivered near the AV node are set to an energy and/or frequency to avoid capture of the heart;
wherein the duration (in ms) is calculated by
where 80

US Pat. No. 10,888,700

NEUROSTIMULATION SYSTEM FOR DEFINING IDEAL MULTIPOLE CONFIGURATIONS AT LEAD BOUNDARY

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A method performed using a system including control circuitry, a user-controlled input device configured for generating control signals and memory storing a first set of variable values defining a first spatial relationship between a central ideal pole of a first polarity and the plurality of electrodes, a second set of variable values defining a second spatial relationship respectively between four ideal poles of a second polarity and the first ideal pole, and a third set of variable values defining relative intensities between the four ideal poles, wherein the method includes:responding to the control signals from the user-controlled input device by modifying, using the control circuitry, at least one of the first set of variable values, the second set of variable values, or the third set of variable values,
generating, using the control circuity and based on the modifying, stimulation parameter values defining relative amplitude values for a plurality of electrodes that emulate the ideal poles, and
instructing, using the control circuitry, an electrical neurostimulator to convey electrical energy to the plurality of electrodes in accordance with the stimulation parameter values.

US Pat. No. 10,888,699

HIGH-RESOLUTION BRAIN MACHINE INTERFACE WITH MAGNETICALLY-RESPONSIVE ARRAY SWITCHES COUPLED TO AN INTERNAL ANTENNA

Weinberg Medical Physics,...

1. A neuronal tissue-machine interface apparatus comprising:an array of a plurality of magnetically-responsive switches positioned in close proximity or contact to neuronal tissue of a human subject, wherein a magnetic environment of the plurality of magnetically-responsive switches varies along the array; and
an antenna that is electrically and physically connected to each of the plurality of magnetically-responsive switches, the antenna configured to transmit electromagnetic energy to activate each of the plurality of magnetically-responsive switches,
wherein a subset of the plurality of magnetically-responsive switches respond to a frequency of the electromagnetic energy received by the antenna, and
wherein the response of the subset of the plurality of magnetically-responsive switches includes modulation of an electrical current conducted by the subset of the plurality of magnetically-responsive switches.

US Pat. No. 10,888,698

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREVENTION AND MITIGATION OF DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS

1. A method of electrically stimulating at least one target muscle for mitigating or preventing venous blood stasis in a person having compromised blood flow, the method comprising:providing at least one electrode adapted for electrically stimulating the at least one target muscle causing fused tetanic contraction of at least one target muscle and repeating cycles of:
initiating the at least one electrode to electrically stimulate the at least one target muscle for a predetermined period of stimulation in the range of 1 to 3 seconds, contracting the at least one target muscle and increasing venous blood flow and venous blood velocity in deep veins associated with the at least one target muscle, and
ceasing the electrical stimulus for a predetermined period of cessation in the range of 1 to 5 minutes, relaxing the at least one target muscle and returning venous blood flow and venous blood velocity in the deep veins to pre-stimulation levels,
wherein the predetermined period of cessation is longer than the predetermined period of stimulation.

US Pat. No. 10,888,697

FIXATION MECHANISM FOR AN IMPLANTABLE LEAD

CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.,...

1. A method of preparing a lead for implantation in a patient, the method using:a lead having a proximal end adapted for coupling to an implantable medical device, and a distal end having a distal tip;
a fixation device having a body with a lumen therethrough and at least one securing mechanism integral with or attached to the body; and
a tool for fixation device placement, the tool having a proximal end with a cavity adapted to receive the distal end of the lead, a distal end sized to fit within at least a portion of the lumen of the fixation device and a medial portion between the tool proximal and distal ends, wherein an outer surface of the fixation device is tapered between the medial portion and the proximal end such that the proximal end has a larger outer diameter than the medial portion;
the method comprising:
placing the distal tip of the lead into the cavity of the tool; and
sliding the fixation device from the medial portion of the tool toward and over the proximal end of the tool and onto the lead;
wherein during the sliding step the inner diameter of the fixation device lumen is expanded by the tapered outer surface of the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,888,696

VESTIBULAR STIMULATION DEVICE

COCHLEAR LIMITED, Macqua...

1. A method, comprising:inserting at least one electrode array into a vestibular system of a recipient so as to retain residual vestibular function after the at least one electrode array is inserted into the vestibular system, wherein the at least one electrode array is electrically connected to a stimulator unit so as to form at least part of a vestibular stimulation device; and
after the at least one electrode array is inserted into the vestibular system, generating electrical stimulation at the stimulator unit;
applying the electrical stimulation to the vestibular system of the recipient with the least one electrode array,
wherein the at least one electrode array has a structure and is dimensioned such that the residual vestibular function is retained after the at least one electrode array is inserted into the vestibular system;
obtaining one or more neural responses of the vestibular system to the electrical stimulation; and
analyzing the one or more neural responses of the vestibular system to the electrical stimulation.

US Pat. No. 10,888,695

OVER THE NEEDLE IMPLANT TOOLS AND IMPLANT TECHNIQUES UTILIZING SUCH TOOLS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An implant tool comprising: a tunneling tool that includes: a handle; and a shaft that includes: a proximal segment that is permanently fixed to the handle, the proximal segment including a proximal end fixed to the handle and a distal end, and a distal segment that is detachably coupled to the proximal segment, the distal segment including a proximal end configured to couple to the proximal segment, a distal end, and a lumen extending an entire length of the distal segment from the proximal end of the distal segment to the distal end of the distal segment, wherein the shaft is configured to tunnel within a patient, a puncturing tool having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the distal end of the puncturing tool is sharp, the puncturing tool sized to fit through the lumen extending the length of the distal segment of the shaft; and a sheath configured to be placed over the shaft, wherein a length of the sheath is less than a length of the proximal segment of the shaft, wherein the implant tool is configured such that, when the sheath is placed over the proximal segment of the shaft, the distal end of the sheath is proximal to the distal end of the proximal segment, wherein the tunneling tool is configured such that, when the distal segment is detachably coupled to the proximal segment, movement of the handle in a distal direction along a longitudinal axis defined by the shaft causes movement of the proximal segment and the distal segment in the distal direction, wherein the proximal end of the distal segment has a first outer diameter and the distal end of the distal segment has a second outer diameter, and the first outer diameter and the second outer diameter are different, wherein the distal segment is tapered between the proximal end of the distal segment having the first outer diameter and the distal end of the distal segment having the second outer diameter, and wherein the distal segment detachably couples to the proximal segment without the puncturing tool in the lumen of the distal segment.

US Pat. No. 10,888,694

COMPOUNDING DEVICE, SYSTEM, KIT, SOFTWARE, AND METHOD

B. Braun Medical Inc., B...

1. A valve for use in a compounding device, comprising:a valve housing;
a valve structure located within the valve housing and configured to permit fluid to flow through the valve when in an open position, the valve structure being rotatable about a rotational axis and with respect to the valve housing,
the valve structure includes a gravity wall wherein when the valve structure is in the open position, fluid moving through the valve structure moves upward against a force of gravity after travelling through the valve and traversing the gravity wall; and
an actuator configured to connect to a lower portion of the valve structure and to rotate the valve structure about the rotational axis between the open position and a closed position, wherein the actuator is configured to over rotate the lower portion of the valve structure beyond one of the open position and the closed position, and then return the lower portion to a respective one of the open position and the closed position during a respective one of an opening operation and closing operation of the valve structure.

US Pat. No. 10,888,693

DRUG PELLET INJECTOR NEEDLE AND METHOD

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. An injection needle comprising:a tube extending in a straight line along a longitudinal axis between opposite first and second ends, the tube defining a passageway, the second end including an orifice that is in communication with the passageway, the orifice extending perpendicular to the axis such that no portion of the orifice is coaxial with the axis;
a hub coupled to the first end, the hub comprising an outer portion, an inner portion and a circumferential channel positioned between the outer portion and the inner portion, the inner portion comprising a wall, the hub being coupled to the tube such that the wall extends across the passageway to block the passageway;
a plunger positioned within the tube;
a biasing member positioned between the hub and the plunger; and
a sheath having a proximal end disposed in the channel,
wherein the hub is movable relative to the tube to move the sheath between a first orientation in which a distal end of the sheath covers the orifice and a second orientation in which the sheath is spaced apart from the orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,888,692

ELECTRONIC TOOLSET FOR USE WITH MULTIPLE GENERATIONS OF IMPLANTABLE PROGRAMMABLE VALVES WITH OR WITHOUT ORIENTATION FUNCTIONALITY BASED ON A FIXED REFERENCE MAGNET

1. A method for using a universal electronic toolset for indicating and adjusting of an implantable programmable bodily fluid drainage valve whether the implantable programmable bodily fluid drainage valve includes a fixed reference magnet used to determine an angle of orientation of the implantable programmable bodily fluid drainage valve or not, wherein the implantable programmable bodily fluid drainage valve includes an adjustable valve unit having a pair of primary magnetic elements, the method comprising the steps of:detecting using a magnetic field detection sensor array in an indicator tool of the electronic toolset whether the fixed reference magnet is present in the implantable programmable bodily fluid drainage valve;
wherein if the presence of the fixed reference magnet in the implantable bodily fluid drainage valve is detected, further comprising the steps of:
locating a center of the adjustable valve unit using the indicator tool of the electronic toolset;
ascertaining a direction of flow of the adjustable valve unit based exclusively on electronic feedback provided by the indicator tool of the electronic toolset, without requiring manual physical palpation;
aligning the indicator tool of the electronic toolset with the located center and the direction of flow of the adjustable valve unit;
reading a current valve setting using the indicator tool of the electronic toolset;
wherein if the presence of the fixed reference magnet in the implantable programmable bodily fluid drainage valve is not detected, further comprising the steps of:
locating the center of the adjustable valve unit using the indicator tool of the electronic toolset;
establishing the direction of flow of the adjustable valve unit exclusively by manual physical palpation, without electronic feedback from the indicator tool of the electronic toolset;
aligning the indicator tool of the electronic toolset with the located center and the direction of flow of the adjustable valve unit;
reading the current valve setting using the indicator tool of the electronic toolset.

US Pat. No. 10,888,691

STENT DELIVERY METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A stent delivery method using a tubular stent having a first expandable part and a second expandable part, the first and second expandable parts being provided at positions away from each other in a direction parallel to a central axis of the stent, the first and second expandable parts being expandable from a non-expanded state to an expanded state, in which the outside diameters of the first and second expandable parts are larger than those in the non-expanded state, the method comprising:inserting an endoscope into an alimentary canal;
forming a first though-hole in a wall of the alimentary canal and forming a second through-hole in a wall of a cyst such that the alimentary canal and the cyst communicate with each other through the first and second through-holes, the cyst being formed outside the alimentary canal, and the wall of the cyst adjoining the wall of the alimentary canal;
inserting the stent through the first and second through-holes such that the first expandable part is placed in the alimentary canal and the second expandable part is placed in the cyst;
allowing the first expandable part to expand to the expanded state in the alimentary canal; and
while observing, by the endoscope, the first expandable part in the expanded state, allowing the second expandable part to expand in the cyst while moving the first expandable part distally to press the wall of the alimentary canal with the first expandable part in the expanded state.

US Pat. No. 10,888,690

GARMENT CLIP

Phagenesis Limited

1. A garment clip for attaching a flexible cable or tube to clothing comprising:a body having a clothing facing side and a non-clothing facing side opposite the clothing facing side; and
a clasp comprising a pin and a retainer for receiving the pin, the clasp being located on the clothing facing side of the body for attaching the body of the clip to clothing;
wherein the non-clothing face side of the body comprises at least one receiving formation therein,
wherein the at least one receiving formation comprises a resiliently deformable channel for receiving a flexible tube,
wherein the clasp is a safety pin, and
wherein the at least one receiving formation comprises two parallel longitudinal channels characterized in that respective tabs are disposed adjacent to each of the two parallel longitudinal channels, each of said respective tabs being resiliently manoeuvrable to change the configuration of a respective one of the two parallel longitudinal channels wherein when in a first configuration the longitudinal channel has a first dimension and when in a second configuration the longitudinal channel has a second dimension, different to the first dimension such that when in the second configuration a flexible tube or cable is permitted to enter the longitudinal channel and when in the first configuration the flexible tube or cable is restrained laterally within the longitudinal channel.

US Pat. No. 10,888,689

ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND-GUIDED BILIARY ACCESS SYSTEM

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system for providing access to a vessel, the system comprising:an adjustable delivery handle system comprising:
a delivery handle assembly, at least a portion of which comprises an inner lumen configured to receive one of a plurality of exchangeable subassemblies; and
an inner hub housing coupled to a portion of the deliver handle assembly, the inner hub housing having a first plurality of radially-spaced barbs disposed on an inner diameter thereof;
a sheath coupled to a distal end of the handle assembly and having a lumen in fluid communication with the inner lumen of the delivery handle assembly; and
an access catheter subassembly removably disposed within the inner lumen of the delivery handle assembly and lumen of the sheath, the access catheter subassembly comprising:
a catheter hub configured for insertion into the inner hub housing, the catheter hub having a second plurality of radially-spaced barbs disposed on an outer diameter thereof, wherein each of the second plurality of radially-spaced barbs are configured for selective engagement with a corresponding one of the first plurality of radially-spaced barbs to permit incremental rotation of the catheter hub relative to the inner hub housing; and
an access catheter having an elongate tubular catheter body having a proximal section having a proximal end, a distal section having a distal end, an outer surface, and an inner surface defining a lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end,
wherein the distal section of the access catheter is configured to incrementally rotate about a longitudinal axis defined by the lumen of the catheter body in conjunction with incremental rotation of the catheter hub.

US Pat. No. 10,888,688

MICROINJECTION CATHETER

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. An insertion device for delivering media inside a patient, the insertion device comprising:an outer guide tube having a closed end, the outer guide tube defining a side port in a wall of the outer guide tube proximate to the closed end;
an inner guide tube nested within the outer guide tube and movable axially within the outer guide tube, the inner guide tube comprising a deflector at an end of the inner guide tube within the outer guide tube, the inner guide tube configured to, when in a closed position, cover the side port and further configured to, when in an open position, uncover the side port; and
a catheter nested within the inner guide tube and movable axially and rotationally within the inner guide tube and including an insertion end,
wherein when the inner guide tube is disposed in the open position, the deflector extends from a side of the inner guide tube opposite the side port to the side port and is configured to align with the side port of the outer guide tube, and wherein the deflector alignment with the side port deflects the insertion end of the catheter outward through the side port in the outer guide tube when the catheter is advanced axially within the inner guide tube.

US Pat. No. 10,888,687

CATHETER

ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD., ...

1. A catheter comprising:a tubular body comprising:
a tubular inner layer having a lumen; and
an outer layer;
a radiopaque marker disposed in the tubular body such that a gap including an empty space is provided between a radially inner side of the radiopaque marker and an outer surface of the tubular inner layer of the tubular body in a radial direction of the tubular body; and
a reinforcing member disposed between the tubular inner layer and the radiopaque marker,
wherein:
the outer layer covers the radiopaque marker, the reinforcing member, and the tubular inner layer,
a portion of the outer layer extends to the radially inner side of the radiopaque marker, and
the empty space is formed by the radiopaque marker, the reinforcing member, the outer surface of the tubular inner layer, and the outer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,888,686

URETERAL AND BLADDER CATHETERS AND METHODS OF INDUCING NEGATIVE PRESSURE TO INCREASE RENAL PERFUSION

Strataca Systems Limited

1. A ureteral catheter, comprising:(a) a proximal portion; and
(b) a distal portion, the distal portion comprising a retention portion, wherein the retention portion comprises an inwardly facing side comprising one or more drainage ports and an outwardly facing side which is essentially free or free of drainage ports, and wherein, when negative pressure is applied through the ureteral catheter, fluid is drawn into the ureteral catheter through the one or more drainage ports while mucosal tissue is prevented from appreciably occluding the one or more drainage ports by contact with the outwardly facing side of the retention portion.

US Pat. No. 10,888,685

UNIT FOR BALLOON CATHETER, AND INDWELLING URETHRAL BALLOON CATHETER

TSUKADA MEDICAL RESEARCH ...

1. A unit for a balloon catheter comprising:a balloon catheter duct, which in turn includes a urethra catheter tube provided with a first urethral catheterization passage, and a branch tube provided with a first passage adapted to allow passage of a fluid used to inflate or deflate a balloon;
a joint including an insertion port used to insert the balloon catheter, a second urethral catheterization passage, and a second passage, with each of the insertion port, the second urethral catheterization passage, and the second passage being formed inside the joint; and
a connecting tube configured to be connected at one end to the first urethral catheterization passage or the first passage of the balloon catheter duct, and connected at another end to the second urethral catheterization passage or the second passage of the joint;
wherein the second urethral catheterization passage formed inside the joint and the second passage formed inside the joint each independently communicate with the insertion port formed inside the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,888,684

SLEEP APNEA BALL VALVE DEVICE WITH BLEED FOR EXHALING

1. A sleep apnea device for insertion in a patient's nasal vestibule and comprising:a wall forming an elongated housing for fitting in the nasal vestibule, having distal and proximal ends and formed with a through, unobstructed flow passage of a predetermined diameter leading from an inlet for flow of air and an interior, proximally facing valve seat integral with the wall;
a ball having a diameter smaller than the predetermined diameter for seating on the seat; and
the wall including more than two open ended bleed passages, having a diameter smaller than the predetermined diameter, leading from an inlet proximal to the seat to an outlet distal of the seat for flow of air to past the ball; whereby, when the sleep apnea device is inserted in the nasal vestibule upon the patient inhaling, inhaled flow in the flow passage will flow past the ball and upon the patient exhaling the ball will be carried into sealing engagement with the seat to block flow in the through passage and provide for air flow through the more than two bleed passages formed in the wall;
wherein the wall is formed with the more than two bleed passages spaced equidistant thereabout bypasing the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,888,683

RELATING TO BREATHING SYSTEMS

INTERSURGICAL AG, Vaduz ...

1. Apparatus for condensing water from respiratory gases, comprising a heat exchange component having an inlet, an outlet and a condensation chamber, the inlet and outlet being connectable to a breathing system, such that respiratory gases are conveyed through the condensation chamber, in use, and a base unit adapted to aid removal of heat from the walls of the heat exchange component, wherein the heat exchange component is releasably engageable with the base unit, such that the heat exchange component is replaceable, wherein the heat exchange component forms a closed system relative to the base unit, such that there is no contact between the base unit and the respiratory gases, and wherein the heat exchange component includes a water condensate outlet port, which is adapted to enable removal of water condensate from the heat exchange component.

US Pat. No. 10,888,682

PORTABLE RETRACTABLE REELING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OXYGEN TUBING MANAGEMENT

1. A portable retractable oxygen tubing reel comprising:an inner component and outer storage compartment, the inner component removably insertable within an aperture through the outer storage compartment, the inner component rotatable within the outer storage compartment, the outer storage compartment having an opening, the inner component comprising an upper and a lower disc, the upper disc and the lower disc connected by a cylinder, the cylinder positioned in between the upper disc and the lower disc, a hole passing through the upper disc and the lower disc and the cylinder; the upper disc accessible and viewable when the inner component is inserted into the outer storage compartment;
tubing configured to be wound around the cylinder of the inner component and fed through the hole and the opening;
a nasal oxygen cannula, the nasal oxygen cannula removably connected to a first end of the tubing, a second end of the tubing configured to be connected to a medical storage device; and
one or more straps, the straps configured to be fastened to a holding handle attached to an outer surface of the outer storage compartment, wherein the inner component is configured to rotate causing the tubing to unspool when a user moves forward.

US Pat. No. 10,888,681

TEXTILE PATIENT INTERFACE

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A patient interface for sealed delivery of a flow of air at a continuously positive pressure with respect to ambient air pressure to an entrance to a patient's airways including at least the patient's nares, wherein the patient interface is configured to maintain a therapy pressure in a range of about 4 cmH2O to about 30 cmH2O above ambient air pressure in use, throughout the patient's respiratory cycle, while the patient is sleeping, to ameliorate sleep disordered breathing, said patient interface comprising:a seal forming structure comprising:
a foam undercushion; and
an air-impermeable textile membrane configured to contact the patient's face during use, the air impermeable textile membrane having an outer periphery that is joined to the foam undercushion by an airtight bond and an inner portion that lies freely on the foam undercushion such that the inner portion of the air-permeable textile membrane is separable from the foam undercushion by the flow of air in use;
a positioning and stabilizing structure configured to maintain the seal-forming structure in sealing contact with an area of the patient's face surrounding an entrance to the patient's airways while maintaining a therapeutic pressure at the entrance to the patient's airways; and
a plenum chamber configured to be pressurized by the flow of air at a pressure above ambient pressure in use, the plenum chamber being attached to the foam undercushion.

US Pat. No. 10,888,680

ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE HOLDER DEVICE

TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPOR...

1. A device for holding an endotracheal tube, the device comprising:a rail having opposite ends and a plurality of grooves at least partially along the length of the rail between the opposite ends;
a tube holder coupled to and slidable relative to the rail between the opposite ends, the tube holder including:
at least one lever arm partially received within the grooves of the rail to allow lateral repositioning of the tube holder relative to the rail;
a base extending in a direction relative to the at least one lever arm;
a tie having an inner surface, a plurality of teeth on the inner surface, a first end region coupled to the base, and a second end region; and
a pawl configured to engage at least one of the teeth of the tie and secure the tie around the endotracheal tube;
wherein the second end region is configured to be pulled past the pawl and the base is configured to secure the second end region to a side of the base;
wherein the plurality of teeth on the inner surface of the tie are disposed along a length of the tie and are configured to contact a portion of the endotracheal tube when the tie is secured around the endotracheal tube, such that the plurality of teeth on the inner surface of the tie are operable to increase friction between the tie and an outer surface of the endotracheal tube to secure endotracheal tube to the base;
wherein the base and the pawl define a slot configured to receive the second end region of the tie; and
wherein the pawl is operable to increase the size of the slot to allow the tie to pass through the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,888,679

ENDOBRONCHIAL TUBE WITH INTEGRATED IMAGE SENSOR

1. An endobronchial tube comprising at least two lumens of different lengths for selectively associating with a patient about at least two locations relative to the Tracheal Carina, said tube comprising:a. a first lumen having an open distal end adapted to associate proximally to the Carina within the Trachea, with a first inflatable cuff;
b. a second lumen having an open distal end adapted to extend distally, past the Carina and associate within one of the Left Bronchial branch and Right Bronchial branch with a second inflatable cuff;
c. a dedicated image sensor lumen spanning the length of said first lumen, located within a wall of said tube between said first lumen and said second lumen, the dedicated image sensor lumen comprising an image sensor and illumination source disposed adjacent the distal end of said first lumen, and configured to provide an image of the Tracheal bifurcation of the Tracheal Carina, the openings of the Left Bronchial branch, and the opening Right Bronchial branch; and
d. at least one dedicated cleaning lumen disposed parallel with said dedicated image sensor lumen along the length of said endobronchial tube, disposed within said wall of said tube between said first lumen and said second lumen, and wherein said cleaning lumen curves at the distal end to form a cleaning nozzle, such that the distal end of said cleaning lumen is directed toward the distal end of said image sensor lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,888,678

CPAP PRESSURIZED GAS PERMEABLE MASK CUSHION

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A patient-contacting element for a patient interface for delivering a flow of gas to a user, said patient-contacting element being configured to provide a substantially air-tight seal with the user's skin during use and comprises:an inlet for receiving at least part of the flow of gas,
at least one gas-permeable element that is disposed within the patient-contacting element and arranged in fluidic communication with the inlet,
a first layer of an air-tight material that is arranged between the at least one gas permeable element and an inner space of the patient-contacting element for receiving a nose and/or a mouth of the user, wherein the air-tight material has a plurality of openings therein for allowing the passage of the gas directly between the inner space and the at least one gas-permeable element, and
a second layer of an air-tight material that is arranged between the at least one gas-permeable element and an outer space of the patient-contacting element which is not in fluidic communication with the flow of gas during use, wherein the at least one gas-permeable element is in direct contact with the first layer of the air-tight material on a side of the layer of the air-tight material that is opposite the inner space.

US Pat. No. 10,888,677

ENDOTRACHEAL CUFF AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a balloon cuff comprising:loading a tube into a mold assembly, wherein the mold assembly comprises a tapered shape;
stretching the tube loaded into the mold assembly;
applying pressure to the stretched tube loaded into the mold assembly to achieve positive pressure within the tube;
relaxing stretching of the tube loaded into the mold assembly while increasing the positive pressure within the tube; and
removing the tube from the mold assembly subsequent to increasing the positive pressure within the tube, wherein the tube, when removed, comprises a balloon cuff that comprises a tapered section that, when inflated, conforms to the tapered shape, wherein at least a portion of the tapered section is configured to form a wrinkle-free sealing band at least 1 millimeter in length against a patient's tracheal wall only when the balloon cuff is inflated and wherein at least a portion of the tapered section is configured to form a wrinkled band against the patient's tracheal wall, wherein the wrinkled band is longer than the wrinkle-free sealing band when the balloon cuff is inflated within the trachea.

US Pat. No. 10,888,676

AEROSOL GENERATING SYSTEM WITH A RUPTURING SYSTEM FOR A CONTAINER

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A rupturing system, comprising:a first hollow tube and a second hollow tube, the first hollow tube and the second hollow tube each comprising an external surface and an internal surface, the first hollow tube extending longitudinally between a first tube proximal end transverse cross section and a first tube distal end transverse cross section, the second hollow tube extending longitudinally between a second tube proximal end transverse cross section and a second tube distal end transverse cross section, the first hollow tube and the second hollow tube being arranged in operational engagement such that, in the operationally engaged first hollow tube and second hollow tube, the first tube distal end transverse cross section is longitudinally positioned between the second tube proximal end transverse cross section and the second tube distal end transverse cross section, and the second tube proximal end transverse cross section is longitudinally positioned between the first tube proximal end transverse cross section and the first tube distal end transverse cross section, and such that the operationally engaged first hollow tube and second hollow tube extend longitudinally between the first tube proximal end transverse cross-section and the second tube distal end transverse cross-section, the operationally engaged first hollow tube and second hollow tube defining a volume longitudinally delimited by the first tube proximal end transverse cross-section and the second tube distal end transverse cross-section and transversely delimited by the internal surface of the first hollow tube and the internal surface of the second hollow tube,
wherein the first hollow tube and the second hollow tube are movable relative to each other along a first motion path from a first position to a second position, such that the defined volume is larger in the first position than in the second position,
wherein the first hollow tube comprises a first rupturing member, disposed at least partially inside the first hollow tube, such that in the first position, the first rupturing member is contained completely in the defined volume, and
wherein in the second position, the first rupturing member at least partially protrudes from the defined volume to rupture a container.

US Pat. No. 10,888,675

INHALER

Boehringer Ingelheim Inte...

1. An inhaler (1) for the inhalation of a formulation (2) in powder form from a plurality of capsules, where each of the plurality of capsules (3) contain a respective dose of the formulation (2), the inhaler (1) comprising:a magazine (5) having the plurality of capsules (3), where the magazine is circular, plate-shaped, or disc-shaped, and where the magazine has an axis about which the magazine rotates,
a mouthpiece (15), and
a cover (18) associated with the mouthpiece (15),
wherein the cover (18) is radially movable and pivotable about the axis of the magazine (5) for opening or closing of the mouthpiece (15), by a pivoting (S) of the cover in a first direction, one capsule of the plurality of capsules (3) is moved out of cooperation with the mouthpiece (15) and a next capsule of the plurality of capsules (3) is moved into cooperation with the mouthpiece (15), and by a radial movement (R) of the cover (18) in a radial direction away from the axis, the next capsule of the plurality of capsules (3) is moved in the radial direction relative to the magazine (5), into a discharge position (A), which is a position in which the next capsule of the plurality of capsules (3) is opened and the formulation (2) inhaled by a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,888,674

INSUFFLATION SYSTEM

AEROSURGICAL LIMITED, Ga...

1. An apparatus for use in procedures involving insufflation, comprising:an aerosol generator for aerosolizing a fluid into an aerosol, the aerosol generator comprising:
a vibratable member;
a vibration generating element coupled to the vibratable member via a washer; and
a generator housing, the housing including:
a fluid supply;
a neck depending distally from the fluid supply; and
an aerosol delivery tube; and
a trocar for delivery of the aerosol, the trocar comprising a trocar housing to which the aerosol generator is mounted, the trocar having an entry port for an insufflation gas and a distal end through which the aerosol is delivered;
wherein the aerosol delivery tube extends into the trocar housing.

US Pat. No. 10,888,673

COUNTERBALANCED NASAL BULB ASPIRATOR

Rose Medical Innovations,...

1. A nasal aspirator supported on an underlying support surface, the aspirator comprising:a resilient bulb having a resting state and a compressed state said bulb having an underside having a flattened surface for balancing said bulb upon said underlying support surface;
a nozzle having a tip;
a first one-way valve for permitting air to pass from said tip into said bulb when said bulb is released from said compressed state to aspirate a nasal passage;
a second one-way valve for permitting air to escape said bulb during compression; and
a support member disposed about a neck portion of said aspirator extends to form one or more legs for balancing said bulb upon said underlying support surface whereby said flattened surface of said bulb and said one or more legs concurrently isolate said tip from said underlying support surface when said aspirator is not in use.

US Pat. No. 10,888,672

TAMPER EVIDENT CLOSURE ASSEMBLY FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE

International Medical Ind...

1. A closure assembly for a medical device, said closure assembly comprising:a housing having an access opening and a stop member disposed within said housing,
an end cap connected in at least partially covering relation to one end of said housing substantially opposite to said access opening,
a tip cap including a base and a flow restrictor; said flow restrictor removably connected to said base,
said base disposed in a captured orientation between said stop member and said end cap,
said end cap including a retaining member disposed within said housing in supporting, at least partially capturing engagement with said base,
said retaining member comprising an elongated skirt disposed in at least partially surrounding relation to an open interior of said end cap,
said flow restrictor is at least partially disposed in a retained position within said open interior of said end cap, subsequent to disconnection from said base, concurrent to a predetermined force applied to said flow restrictor.

US Pat. No. 10,888,671

INFUSION FLUID WARMER COMPRISING PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD HEATING ELEMENTS

1. An infusion fluid warmer comprising:a DC power supply input,
a first printed circuit board comprising a first surface and a second, opposing, surface, wherein the second surface comprises a first integrally formed electrically resistive pattern,
a second printed circuit board comprising a first surface and a second, opposing, surface, wherein the second surface comprises a second integrally formed electrically resistive pattern,
a heat exchanger comprising an upper wall structure and a lower, opposing, wall structure separated by a fluid channel or passage extending between fluid inlets and outlets of the heat exchanger; and
a controller for connecting the DC power supply input to the first or second integrally formed electrically resistive pattern, wherein an outer surface of the upper wall structure is thermally connected to the first integrally formed electrically resistive pattern and an outer surface of the lower wall structure is thermally connected to the second integrally formed electrically resistive pattern, and wherein the controller is configured to:
connect the DC power supply input to one or both of the first or second integrally formed electrically resistive pattern during a first time period to dissipate power in the first and/or second integrally formed electrically resistive patterns to thereby serve as a heater or heating element during the first time period, and
disconnect the DC power supply input from the one or both of the first or second integrally formed electrically resistive patterns during a predetermined delay time following the first time period,
determine, during a second time period following the predetermined delay time, a resistance of the first integrally formed electrically resistive pattern or a resistance of the second integrally formed electrically resistive pattern, and
determine a temperature of the first or second integrally formed electrically resistive pattern based on the determined resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,888,670

INTEGRATED PASSIVE SYRINGE NEEDLE SAFETY SYSTEM WITH TORQUED COMPRESSION SPRING AND MULTI-PART COLLAR

WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVI...

1. A needle safety system for a syringe, the needle safety system comprising:a sleeve configured to partially enclose a needle of the syringe;
a guide track formed in the sleeve; and
a collar disposed in the sleeve, the collar comprising:
an inner collar portion configured to fixedly attach to a hub of the syringe, the inner collar portion having a generally cylindrically-shaped base with an inner-collar bore therethrough;
an outer collar portion rotatably attached to the inner collar portion, the outer collar portion being of unitary construction and having at least one accordion region which is radially compressible and expandable, the outer collar portion further having an outer collar bore with a radially inwardly-extending outer collar ring; and
at least one guide pin extending radially from the outer collar portion, the at least one guide pin configured to slide within the guide track; and
a spring extending between the outer collar portion and the sleeve, the spring biasing the sleeve in a distal direction and also biasing the outer collar portion in rotation relative to the sleeve,
wherein the inner collar portion defines a circular channel configured to receive and retain freely rotatable therein the radially inwardly-extending outer collar ring.

US Pat. No. 10,888,669

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE WITH AUDIBLE INDICATOR SPRING

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A drug delivery device comprising:a case adapted to hold a medicament container;
a plunger disposed within the case and slidable from a proximal position into a distal position for delivering a medicament from the medicament container;
an audible indicator arranged within a case pocket lateral to the plunger and in operative connection with the plunger, the audible indicator comprising:
at least one indicator spring; and
at least one locking element;
wherein the at least one indicator spring is biased by the at least one locking element,
wherein the at least one indicator spring relaxes due to a release of the at least one locking element by a movement of the plunger, and
wherein the at least one indicator spring has a lateral inner surface and a lateral outer surface, the lateral outer surface of the at least one indicator spring facing a lateral outer surface of the plunger.

US Pat. No. 10,888,668

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A drug delivery device comprising:a plunger disposed within a case, wherein the plunger is configured to slide from a proximal position to a distal position within the case,
an audible indicator that comprises a resilient element, wherein
the resilient element is configured to be in a first configuration when the plunger is in the proximal position,
the resilient element is configured to deflect radially outwards to a second configuration during movement of the plunger from the proximal position towards the distal position, and
the resilient element is configured to move from the second configuration towards the first configuration when the plunger moves towards or reaches the distal position, the resilient element thereby generating an audible signal.

US Pat. No. 10,888,667

INJECTION DEVICE WITH SUPPLEMENTARY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A supplementary device for a manually operable injection device, the injection device comprising a housing configured to receive a medicament container inside the housing, the supplementary device comprising:a body having at least one engaging member to releasably mount the body to the housing of the injection device in a specific position on an outside surface of the housing of the injection device;
a unitary collar integrally formed with the body, the collar comprising a closed ring structure and a collar aperture confined by the closed ring structure, the collar aperture being sized to receive the housing of the injection device through the collar aperture; and
at least one indicator arranged on the collar, located within the closed ring structure and having a shape or contour to overlap or to align with a mark on the outside surface of the housing of the injection device when the body is in or near the specific position,
wherein the at least one indicator is located offset from the at least one engaging member, and
wherein the at least one indicator comprises an aperture in the body, the aperture reveals a section of the outside surface of the housing of the injection device when the supplementary device and the injection device are in a preassembly configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,888,666

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-MODAL DOSING DEVICE

GoFire, Inc., Denver, CO...

1. A multi-modal product dosing system, characterized by a control base coupled to one of a plurality of different cartridges, at least two cartridges having different modalities of delivery, the control base comprising:a housing at least partially enclosing:
a cartridge receiver structured and arranged to temporarily engage one of the plurality of different cartridges;
a cartridge reader structured and arranged to read identification information from the engaged cartridge;
a wireless transceiver structured and arranged for wireless communication with at least one remote computing device;
at least one lockout deactivator structured and arranged to disengage at least one lockout mechanism of the engaged cartridge received by the cartridge receiver; and
a controller structured and arranged to:
receive the cartridge identification information from the cartridge reader;
detect a dosing event; and
communicate, by the wireless transceiver, the cartridge identification information and each detected dosing event to the at least one remote computing device;
wherein each of the plurality of different cartridges is characterized by:
a housing at least partially enclosing:
a reservoir of product;
a dispenser structured and arranged to dispense a predetermined amount of product;
a count trigger structured and arranged to indicate each instance of dispensation of the product;
at least one data chip structured and arranged to store data regarding the cartridge;
a unique identifier associated with the cartridge and the product, the unique identifier structured and arranged to be determined by the control base; and
the at least one lockout mechanism structured and arranged to lockout the dispenser, the at least one lockout mechanism disengaged by the control base while the cartridge is temporarily engaged to the control base.

US Pat. No. 10,888,665

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-MODAL DOSING DEVICE

GoFire, Inc., Denver, CO...

1. A multi-modal product dosing system, comprising:a dosing device provided by temporarily engaging one of a plurality of different cartridges to a control base, at least two cartridges having different modalities of delivery;
the control base characterized by:
a housing at least partially enclosing:
a cartridge receiver structured and arranged to temporarily engage one of the plurality of different cartridges;
a cartridge reader structured and arranged to read identification information from the engaged cartridge;
a wireless transceiver structured and arranged for wireless communication with at least one remote computing device;
at least one lockout deactivator structured and arranged to disengage at least one lockout mechanism of the engaged cartridge;
a controller structured and arranged to:
receive cartridge identification information from the cartridge reader;
detect a dosing event; and
communicate, by the wireless transceiver, the cartridge identification information and each detected dosing event to the at least one remote computing device;
each of the plurality of cartridges characterized by:
a housing at least partially enclosing:
a reservoir of product;
a dispenser structured and arranged to dispense a predetermined amount of product by a predetermined modality of delivery;
a count trigger structured and arranged to indicate each instance of dispensation of the product;
at least one data chip structured and arranged to store data regarding the cartridge;
a unique identifier associated with the cartridge and the product, the unique identifier structured and arranged to be determined by the control base; and
the at least one lockout mechanism structured and arranged to lockout the dispenser, the at least one lockout mechanism disengaged by the control base while the cartridge is temporarily engaged to the control base.

US Pat. No. 10,888,664

ADAPTER FOR AN INJECTION APPLIANCE

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A system for administering an injectable product, the system comprising:an appliance comprising a housing;
an adapter;
an outer thread configured to connect the adapter to the appliance;
an outer limit stop provided outwardly adjacent and protruding over the outer thread located adjacent to and extending radially outward from the outer thread and completely circumferentially surrounding the adapter, wherein the outer limit stop is configured to abut against a distal end of an exterior surface of the housing of the appliance based upon being screwed therein;
an inner limit stop configured to secure a container in a longitudinal direction of the outer thread;
an attachment piece configured to connect to a catheter;
a product channel extending through the attachment piece and the outer thread; and
a clamping part by which the container is configured to connect to the adapter and whereby the container and adapter may not be relatively turned, wherein by virtue of the clamping part which is configured to prevent twisting of the container relative to the adapter, rotational movement of the adapter to screw the adapter onto the appliance is configured to cause a plunger of the container to be screwed onto a plunger rod of the appliance before the appliance strikes the outer limit stop.

US Pat. No. 10,888,663

TITANUM FILTER FOR SYRINGES AND ITS MANUFACTURING METHOD

HANATECH CO., LTD., Gimp...

1. A manufacturing method of a titanium filter for syringes, comprising:a) mixing titanium powders and a molding lubricant to form a mixture;
b) charging the mixture into a mold and applying a molding pressure to form a molded body;
c) degreasing the molded body under vacuum in a vacuum furnace; and
d) sintering the molded body, which has been degreased under vacuum, to form a titanium filter,
wherein, in step a),
the titanium powders have a composition ratio of square powders:spherical powders of 70 to 90%: 10 to 30%, and
the titanium powders are a mixture of 37 to 67% of the square powders with a particle size of 75 ?m to 150 ?m, 14 to 44% of the square powders with a particle size of 0 ?m to 75 ?m, and 10 to 30% of the spherical powders with a particle size of 0 ?m to 75 ?m, and
wherein, in step d),
the titanium filter is subjected to vacuum heat treatment to have a density of 2.5 g/cm3 of 4.0 g/cm3.