US Pat. No. 10,363,117

OVERLOAD FAILURE REDUCING DENTAL IMPLANTS

Board of Supervisors of L...

1. A dental implant comprising:a base;
a central shaft having an external tooth attachment portion adjacent a first end thereof, for engagement with a dental prostheses, and a strut portion, located adjacent a second end of the central shaft, supporting a shock absorber;
the shock absorber coupling the second end of the central shaft to the base and allowing limited movement between and spacing the base and the central shaft;
the shock absorber including a plurality of arcuate flex struts;
wherein a first end of each of the plurality of flex struts are directly attached to the central shaft and a second end of each of the plurality of flex struts are directly attached to the base; and
each one of the arcuate flex struts initially projects toward the second end of the central shaft before bending back toward the first end of the central shaft and then directly attaching to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,363,116

DIRECT FABRICATION OF POWER ARMS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. An appliance for placement on teeth of a patient, the appliance comprising:a plurality of power arms comprising a first power arm having a first connection point for connecting to a shell or tooth and a second power arm having a second connection point for connecting to a shell or tooth;
a connecting structure coupled to the first and second power arms to apply a first force to each of the first and second power arms; and
a counter-force connector coupled to the first power arm and extending toward the second power arm to apply a second force to each of the first and second power arms opposing the first force when engaging the second power arm,
wherein the connecting structure and the counter-force connector are coupled to the first power arm at respective locations separate from the first connection point, the connecting structure is coupled to the second power arm at a location separate from the second connection point, and the counter-force connector, when engaging the second power arm, contacts the second power arm at a location separate from the second connection point.

US Pat. No. 10,363,115

METHOD OF USING AN ENDENTULOUS SURGICAL GUIDE

IBUR, LLC, Troy, MI (US)...

1. A method comprising:receiving a digitally stored scan of a preoperative dental model including preoperative scan coordinates of at least a subset of at least one of a tomography of an oral structure of a patient, a topography of the oral structure, a dental impression of the oral structure, and a removable prosthesis of the patient as applied to the oral structure;
designing digitally a guide appliance with design coordinates using the preoperative dental model, the guide appliance comprising at least one opening configured to provide a view of a surgical site on the oral structure;
storing the design coordinates of the guide appliance as part of the preoperative dental model;
receiving a digitally stored postoperative scan including postoperative scan coordinates of at least a subset of a physical representation of the guide appliance manufactured using the design coordinates positioned on the oral structure and at least a portion of at least one of (i) an installed implant installed at the surgical site and (ii) an implant component associated with the installed implant, thereby locating the at least one implant in the postoperative scan;
superimposing the postoperative scan coordinates onto the preoperative dental model represented by the preoperative scan coordinates; and
aligning common coordinates of at least the guide appliance stored as part of the preoperative dental model and the postoperative scan, thereby forming a postoperative dental model including the location of the at least one implant.

US Pat. No. 10,363,112

SKIN TEAR KIT, INSTRUCTIONAL LABELING SYSTEM, AND METHODS THEREFOR

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. A medical assembly, comprising:a package comprising a housing and a peelable lid having a major face; and
one or more medical implements for treating a wound, arranged in a stacked configuration within the package;
the peelable lid comprising:
an identification of a wound type the one or more medical implements are designed to treat;
a description of the wound type; and
printed instructions defining one or more steps instructing when to use each medical implement within the package to treat the wound.

US Pat. No. 10,363,111

PHACOEMULSIFICATION SURGICAL MULTI-USE PACK USAGE TRACKER SYSTEM

1. A reusable cassette sensing apparatus, configured to be part of a surgical device, comprising:a film configured to indicate a maximum number of uses of the surgical device;
a tracking system comprising an implement, at least one sensor and a processor, wherein the implement is configured to irreversibly modify the film, and wherein the at least one sensor is configured to sense the maximum number of uses from the film, and, prior to a use of the surgical device, the processor is configured to determine if the maximum number of uses has been reached based at least on a number of irreversible modifications of the film, by the implement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,110

SURGICAL DRAPE WITH SEPARABLE ELEMENTS

Creative Surgical Solutio...

1. A surgical drape to temporarily cover a surgical table while maintaining a sterile field during a sterile surgical procedure to lower a risk of infection, comprising:a drape having a generally rectangular shape and an area defined by a predetermined length and a predetermined width, the drape having an upper portion and an under-table wrapping element;
a selectively separable portion on the upper portion and extending an entirety of the predetermined length of the drape, said selectively separable portion having a single pleat extending the entirety of the predetermined length of the drape, said selectively separable portion having a single longitudinal serrated tear line disposed below the single pleat, said selectively separable portion adapted to be positioned on top of the surgical table to maintain a sterile field;
said selectively separable portion having a closed position and an unclosed position, wherein the single pleat covers said single longitudinal serrated tear line when in said closed position; and wherein the single pleat is adapted to be opened when said selectively separable portion is in said unclosed position to allow said drape to be separated along said single longitudinal serrated tear line, so that longitudinal effaced lateral sides of said drape separate and fall away from respective sides of the surgical table in a sterile fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,109

SIGNAL CONNECTOR FOR STERILE BARRIER BETWEEN SURGICAL INSTRUMENT AND TELEOPERATED ACTUATOR

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. An instrument sterile drape comprising:a plastic sheet;
an instrument sterile adapter (ISA) coupled to the plastic sheet, the ISA including a bottom plate located on a first side of the plastic sheet and a top plate located on a second side of the plastic sheet and joined to the bottom plate, the bottom plate including a passage that allows a flux connection of an instrument carriage to pass through the plastic sheet and the bottom plate to be placed adjacent to the top plate, the top plate including a signal transmission area that will be adjacent to an upper surface of the flux connection of the instrument carriage; and
a flux connector that closes an opening in the signal transmission area of the top plate and provides a path for one of an electrical signal and an optical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,107

WIRELESS FORCE SENSOR ON A DISTAL PORTION OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT AND METHOD

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a shaft having an exterior surface:
a wrist joint coupled to the shaft; and
a surgical end effector mounted distal to said wrist joint, the surgical instrument comprising a jaw portion,
the jaw portion having an external non-contact surface bounding a contact surface, wherein a force sensor is mounted on the non-contact external surface, the force sensor comprising:
a wireless package comprising a surface acoustic wave strain sensor and a folded antenna, the folded antenna being electrically coupled to the surface acoustic wave strain sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,106

SURGICAL ROBOT FOR STEREOTACTIC SURGERY AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING STEREOTACTIC SURGERY ROBOT

KOH YOUNG TECHNOLOGY INC....

1. A stereotactic surgery robot comprising:a rotating unit configured to have a surgical instrument that is able to be attached thereto, and configured to rotate the surgical instrument on at least one of two rotational axes according to an entry posture of the surgical instrument;
a moving unit configured to move the rotating unit in a direction of at least one of three linear axes according to a position of a surgical target; and
a surgical portion support unit configured to be connected to the moving unit, and configured to be detachable with respect to an operating table,
wherein the moving unit moves the rotating unit such that an intersection point of the two rotational axes matches the surgical target, wherein the moving unit comprises: wherein the moving unit comprises: a first direction driving unit configured to move along a first linear axial direction; a second direction driving unit configured to move along a second linear axial direction while being connected to the first direction driving unit; and a third direction driving unit configured to move along a third linear axial direction while being connected to the second direction driving unit, and wherein the rotating unit comprises: a first rotational driving unit configured to rotate on a first rotational axis of the at least two rotational axes, while one end of the first rotational driving unit is connected to the third direction driving unit; and a second rotational driving unit configured to rotate on a second rotational axis of the at least two rotational axes, while one end of the second rotational driving unit is connected to the other end of the first rotational driving unit and while the surgical instrument is attached to the other end of the second rotational driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,105

VIBRATION ACTUATOR SUITABLE FOR USE IN MAGNETIC FIELD ENVIRONMENT AND MEDICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator in which a vibration element and a driven element are in contact with each other, with relative movement being effected between the driven element and the vibration element,the vibration element comprising:
an elastic body of which a main ingredient comprises a material which is electrically insulating, dielectric, or semi-conductive, said elastic body being in contact with the driven element; and
an electromechanical energy conversion element that is joined to said elastic body, said electromechanical energy conversion element comprising:
a piezoelectric body;
a first electrode that is provided on a surface of said piezoelectric body, through which surface said piezoelectric body is joined to said elastic body, said first electrode having a first gap to form an open loop structure;
at least two second electrodes that are provided in a manner opposed to said first electrode via said piezoelectric body;
at least one third electrode that is provided in a manner opposed to said first electrode via said piezoelectric body; and
at least one conduction path that electrically connects said first electrode and said at least one third electrode,
wherein a second gap is formed between said at least two second electrodes, and
wherein when viewed in a direction along which the vibration element is pressed against the driven element, a width of the first gap is narrower than a width of the second gap.

US Pat. No. 10,363,104

INTERFACES FOR SURGICAL SYSTEMS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An interface for a surgical system, comprising:an instrument drive unit including:
a connection hub; and
at least one drive shaft rotatably supported in the connection hub, the at least one drive shaft extending between and having a first end configured for connection with a motor and a second end having an oblique end surface; and
a surgical instrument releasably connectable to the instrument drive unit, the surgical instrument including:
a connecting member; and
at least one driven shaft rotatably supported in the connecting member, the at least one driven shaft extending between and having a first end and a second end, the second end having an oblique end surface corresponding to the oblique end surface of the at least one drive shaft of the instrument drive unit,
wherein the oblique end surfaces are configured such that the oblique end surface of the at least one driven shaft of the surgical instrument is connectible with the oblique end surface of the at least one drive shaft of the instrument drive unit via a first connection pathway and a second connection pathway, the second connection pathway oriented transversely relative to the first connection pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,363,103

FLEXIBLE AND STEERABLE ELONGATE INSTRUMENTS WITH SHAPE CONTROL AND SUPPORT ELEMENTS

Auris Health, Inc., Redw...

1. A steerable elongate instrument, comprising:an elongate body, comprising:
a proximal portion;
a distal portion;
a first lumen extending through the proximal portion and the distal portion; and
multiple secondary lumens extending through the proximal portion and the distal portion;
multiple flex tubes disposed within the secondary lumens within the proximal portion of the elongate body, wherein a proximal portion of each flex tube is slideable into and out of the elongate body at a proximal end of the elongate body, wherein a distal end of each flex tube is fixedly coupled to a distal end of the proximal portion of the elongate body, and wherein, when the elongate body is placed in a bend such that a first side of the elongate body contracts and a second side of the elongate body stretches, one of the flex tubes located in the first side slides at least partially out of the secondary lumen in which it is disposed, and another of the flex tubes located in the second side slides at least partially into the secondary lumen in which it is disposed;
multiple pull wires, wherein each of the flex tubes has a different one of the pull wires disposed therein; and
a control unit positioned proximal to the elongate body,
wherein a distal portion of each of the pull wires is coupled to the distal portion of the elongate body, and wherein a proximal portion of each of the pull wires is operatively coupled to the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,102

INTEGRATED SURGERY METHOD

MAKO Surgical Corp., For...

1. A method for conducting a medical procedure in an operating room, comprising:defining a predetermined operational plan comprising a plurality of positions of a procedure object over time;
assigning a desired time milestone within the procedure for each position of the object in the predetermined operational plan;
using a first camera-based 3-D motion sensor mounted in a known position and orientation in a global coordinate system of the operating room to generate signals related to a 3-D position of the procedure object in the operating room relative to the first camera-based 3-D motion sensor;
automatically monitoring progress of the medical procedure based at least in part upon one or more positions of the procedure object over time, the one or more positions based at least in part upon the signals from the first camera-based 3-D motion sensor;
comparing the one or more positions of the procedure object over time with the desired time milestone within the procedure for each position of the object in the predetermined operational plan;
recording data relating to an actual time for each position of the object in the predetermined operational plan compared with the desired time milestone; and
using the data during or after the procedure to provide a recommendation for a change to a future predetermined operational plan.

US Pat. No. 10,363,101

OPTICAL SHAPE SENSING SYSTEM, MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTICAL SHAPE SENSING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for sensing a shape of a medical device, comprising:an input polarization controller for setting an input polarization state of an input light signal,
at least one interferometer unit for dividing input light signal into a medical device signal and a reference signal, guiding said device signal to be scattered within an optical fiber inserted into said medical device and coupling said scattered device signal with said reference signal to form an output light signal, and
at least one measurement branch comprising an output polarization controller arrangement for setting an output polarization state of said output light signal, a polarizing beam splitter for splitting said output light signal into two signal portions, each being in a corresponding one of two signal portion polarization states, and a detector arrangement, comprising two detectors, each for detecting a corresponding one of said two signal portions, said input polarization controller being configured to set two pairs of input polarization states, or said output polarization controller arrangement is configured to set two output polarization states each for enabling a corresponding one of two pairs of signal portion polarization states, wherein: each pair of input or signal portion polarization states are representable by a corresponding one of two axes in a Poincaré sphere different from each other; and said input polarization controller is configured to set a reference polarization state of said reference signal, said reference polarization state corresponding to an eigen polarization mode of an optical fiber guiding said reference signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,100

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PATIENT-SPECIFIC MODELING OF THE HEART FOR PREDICTION OF TARGETS FOR CATHETER ABLATION OF VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA IN PATIENTS WITH IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A computer implemented method of non-invasively simulating a subject-specific cardiac procedure, comprising:receiving three-dimensional imaging data of a subject's heart, the subject having an ICD, wherein said ICD causes an imaging artifact in said three-dimensional imaging data of said subject's heart, said three-dimensional imaging data including regions that are free of said artifact and regions that are affected by said artifact;
segmenting said regions of said three-dimensional imaging data that are free of said artifact into a plurality of normal tissue regions and remodeled tissue regions for said subject;
extrapolating from said regions of said three-dimensional imaging data that are free of said artifact to provide extrapolated three-dimensional imaging data corresponding to said regions that are affected by said artifact; and
simulating at least one of electrophysiological or electromechanical activity of at least a portion of said subject's heart using said segmented and extrapolated three-dimensional imaging data, said simulating including providing a preselected alteration of at least one of electrophysiological or electromechanical behavior of said subject's heart for a target of said subject-specific cardiac ablation procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,099

HYBRID CATHETER FOR VASCULAR INTERVENTION

1. An atherectomy catheter for removing an undesired tissue from a vessel wall, said catheter having a tip section comprising:a wall forming a lumen, wherein a distal extremity of said wall form an end opening;
a tissue debulking element configured to debulk at least part of said undesired tissue; and
a drug delivering element configured to administer a drug to the undesired tissue or the vessel wall; wherein the drug delivering element is constructed and positioned to abut the undesired tissue or the vessel wall when applying the drug and wherein the drug delivering element comprises a roller configured to roll over the tissue, thereby delivering the drug to the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,098

MICROWAVE ENERGY-DELIVERY DEVICE AND SYSTEM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An ablation system, comprising:a microwave ablation device including:
a feedline including an outer conductor;
a balun operably coupled to the outer conductor of the feedline; and
a temperature sensor directly coupled to the feedline and disposed in proximity to the balun to sense a temperature of a portion of the feedline;
a fluid delivery system configured to operably couple to the microwave ablation device and provide a fluid to the microwave ablation device; and
an energy source configured to operably couple to the microwave ablation device and provide microwave energy to the microwave ablation device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,097

ABLATION SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE ENERGY SOURCES

COVIDEN LP, Mansfield, M...

1. An ablation system comprising:a generator including a first energy source configured to supply a first type of energy to tissue, a second energy source configured to supply a second type of energy to tissue different from the first type of energy, a power source configured to power the first and second energy sources, and a user interface;
a switch coupled to the generator; and
a cable coupled to the generator, the cable configured to transmit the first type of energy to tissue and to transmit the second type of energy to tissue,
wherein the switch allows the first type of energy and the second type of energy to flow through the cable simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,363,096

METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING A DIPOLE ANTENNA

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of constructing an antenna, comprising:providing a mold including a cavity;
placing an antenna element within the cavity, the antenna element including a proximal portion and a distal portion separated from the proximal portion; and
injecting a material into the cavity to adhere a ceramic layer of the distal portion of the antenna element to the proximal portion of the antenna element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,095

MICROWAVE THERMOMETRY FOR MICROWAVE ABLATION SYSTEMS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A microwave ablation system comprising:a microwave applicator including an antenna configured to deliver microwave energy to ablate tissue;
a microwave generator coupled to the microwave applicator via a transmission network and configured to generate a microwave signal and transmit the microwave signal to the antenna;
a radiometer configured to measure a noise temperature from a signal propagating through the transmission network;
a controller configured to turn off the microwave signal generated by the microwave generator for a predetermined period and to control the radiometer to measure the noise temperature during the predetermined period; and
at a first thermocouple configured to measure a first temperature of a cooling fluid and a second thermocouple configured to measure a second temperature of the cooling fluid, the radiometer configured to measure the noise temperature when the first temperature is substantially the same as the second temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,363,093

SYSTEM AND METHODS OF TREATMENT USING ELECTROMAGNETIC ILLUMINATION

Old Dominion University R...

1. A method for treatment of patient tissue, the method comprising:generating a first radiation and a second radiation, the first radiation configured to cause a distribution of temperatures in the patient tissue, and the second radiation configured to produce a distribution of electric fields in the patient tissue configured to affect cell functions in patient tissue non-thermally; and
directing the first radiation and the second radiation to the patient tissue so that the relative position of a peak of the distribution of temperatures and a peak of the distribution of electric fields provides a pre-determined target combination of temperatures and electric fields in a target volume of the patient tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,088

ELECTROSURGICAL TOOL INCLUDING A NON-LINEAR RESISTANCE MATERIAL

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a housing;an elongate shaft extending distally from the housing;an end effector at a distal end of the elongate shaft, the end effector including a pair of jaws configured to grasp tissue therebetween, the pair of jaws including at least one electrode formed of a non-linear resistance material;
an actuator coupled to the housing and configured to be actuated to deliver electrical energy to the at least one electrode upon actuation of the actuator;
wherein when the electrical energy is delivered with a voltage below a predetermined threshold voltage the electrical energy is transmitted through the tissue grasped by the end effector to heat the tissue, and when the electrical energy is delivered with the voltage at or above the predetermined threshold voltage the electrical energy heats the at least one electrode to heat the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,087

TISSUE RESECTION DEVICE

Apollo Endosurgery US, In...

1. An apparatus for resecting a target area of mucosal tissue comprising:an elongate member having proximal and distal sections wherein said distal section includes first and second guides, each a separate tube and each having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinally extending slot along said guide and ending proximal of said distal end, at least one of said distal ends of said first and second guides having an outward bias relative to the other of said distal ends, and said slots defining a path; and
a resection member having first and second proximal ends and a distal end wherein said first and second proximal ends extend within interiors of said first and second guides, respectively, and said distal end extends between said first and second guides of said elongate member such that said distal end of said resection member may traverse said path defined by said slots of said first and second guides,
wherein distal advancement of said first and second proximal ends of said resection member within said first and second guides causes at least one of said first and second guides to be moved against said outward bias and be brought closer to the other of said first and second guides.

US Pat. No. 10,363,086

POWER MONITORING CIRCUITRY AND METHOD FOR REDUCING LEAKAGE CURRENT IN RF GENERATORS

Medtronic Advanced Energy...

1. An electrosurgical unit comprising:a power source configured to produce direct current;
a radiofrequency (RF) waveform generator configured to convert the direct current (DC) into an RF signal;
a voltage sensor configured to measure a DC input voltage to the RF waveform generator;
a current sensor configured to measure an output alternating current (AC) current feedback; and
a processor configured to:
estimate output AC voltage feedback based at least upon the measured DC input voltage and the measured output AC current feedback, the estimated output AC voltage feedback is not based at least in part on measurement of the output AC voltage feedback; and
output a control signal to control the DC input voltage to the RF waveform generator, the control signal based at least upon the estimated output AC voltage feedback.

US Pat. No. 10,363,085

SURGICAL CUTTING DEVICE

Fulmer Instruments, LLC, ...

1. A surgical apparatus, comprising:an enclosure and a blade extending from said enclosure, said blade with an edge for contacting tissue of a patient, said enclosure containing:
a differential amplifier circuit configured to provide an RF signal having a voltage and a current to the blade at a certain frequency and waveform;
an output monitor feedback circuit that monitors frequency and amplitude data from the differential amplifier circuit associated with said RF signal;
a return monitor feedback circuit that monitors frequency and amplitude data from the tissue associated with said RF signal; and
a microprocessor that receives the frequency and amplitude data from the output monitor and from the return monitor and adjusts at least one of the voltage, frequency and waveform of said RF signal provided by the differential amplifier.

US Pat. No. 10,363,084

INTERDIGITATION OF WAVEFORMS FOR DUAL-OUTPUT ELECTROSURGICAL GENERATORS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electrosurgical generator, comprising:a power supply configured to output DC energy;
a plurality of RF amplifiers coupled to the power supply, each of the plurality of RF amplifiers being configured to convert DC energy from the power supply into an RF waveform, thereby generating a plurality of RF waveforms;
a plurality of pairs of output terminals, each pair including an active terminal and a return terminal, each of the pairs of output terminals is independently connected to one of the plurality of RF amplifiers and is configured to independently connect to an electrosurgical instrument of a plurality of electrosurgical instruments; and
a controller coupled to the power supply and the plurality of RF amplifiers and configured to control the plurality of RF amplifiers to interdigitate the RF waveforms generated by the plurality of RF amplifiers.

US Pat. No. 10,363,083

ENERGY TREATMENT SYSTEM, ENERGY CONTROL DEVICE, AND ENERGY TREATMENT INSTRUMENT

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An energy treatment system comprising:an end effector that includes a pair of clamps that are openable and closable relative to each other, the end effector being configured to grasp a treated target between the clamps;
a pair of electrodes that is provided in the end effector, first electric energy being supplied to the electrodes so as to pass a high-frequency current between the electrodes and through the treated target that is grasped between the clamps;
an electric element that is connected to the end effector, second electric energy being supplied to the electric element to actuate the end effector by generating heat in the end effector; and
a controller that is configured to:
output the second electric energy to the electric element from a first time point so as to denature, from the first time point, the treated target by the heat generated by the actuation of the end effector,
judge whether or not the treated target entered a predetermined state after the first time point, the judgment being based on a dehydration state of the treated target, and
execute one of:
(i) starting an output of the first electric energy to the electrodes at a second time point, which is at the same time as or after the first time point, and then increasing the output of the first electric energy after the second point based on judging that the treated target entered the predetermined state, and
(ii) starting an output of the first electric energy to the electrodes after the first time point based on judging that the treated target entered the predetermined state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,082

ELECTROSURGICAL DEVICE

TTUMED LLC, Minneapolis,...

1. An electrosurgical apparatus for removal of tissue from a patient, the electrosurgical apparatus comprising: an electrosurgical generator; an electrode assembly; a cable having a proximal end connected to the electrosurgical generator and a distal end connected to the electrode assembly; a user-apparatus interface in communication with the electrosurgical generator and the electrode assembly; the electrode assembly including: a first electrode having a proximal end and a distal end; a second electrode at least partially disposed proximate to the distal end of the first electrode; and a third electrode at least partially disposed proximate to the proximal end of the first electrode; the first electrode having a smaller surface area than the combined surface areas of the second electrode and third electrode; wherein the electrosurgical apparatus comprises a means configured such that the user-apparatus interface provides for operation of the electrode assembly in a first mode wherein the first electrode is configured as an active electrode for the removal of tissue and the second and third electrodes comprise a combined passive electrode, such that the tissue removal occurs primarily in proximity to the first electrode and the tissue removal occurs through vaporization by formation of a plasma.

US Pat. No. 10,363,081

APPARATUS, PROBE AND METHOD FOR A CRYOGENIC SYSTEM

NITRO MEDICAL LIMITED, S...

1. An apparatus for cryosurgery comprising;a probe comprising a dispersive medium, a thermally conductive tapered probe tip, and a supply line, wherein the dispersive medium extends about and outwardly from the supply line to the thermally conductive tapered probe tip, and is in thermal communication with the thermally conductive tapered probe tip about the supply line, so as to generate, in use, an ice ball about the periphery of the thermally conductive tapered probe tip, the supply line extending into the thermally conductive tapered probe tip;
an exhaust line configured to receive cryogen from the probe; and
a vacuum source configured to be in fluid communication with the exhaust line, and wherein the apparatus is configured such that, in use, cryogen is drawn from a cryogen source for delivery to the probe by the vacuum source.

US Pat. No. 10,363,080

SUBDERMAL CRYOGENIC REMODELING OF MUSCLES, NERVES, CONNECTIVE TISSUE, AND/OR ADIPOSE TISSUE (FAT)

Pacira CryoTech, Inc., P...

1. A method for cryogenically treating target tissue for alleviating spasticity of a skeletal muscle having an associated nerve, the method comprising:providing a cryogenic device having a tissue penetrating needle probe;
inserting a distal portion of the tissue penetrating needle probe through a skin surface so that the distal portion is positioned near the target tissue including the associated nerve;
directing cooling from the tissue penetrating needle probe to the target tissue and cooling the target tissue including the associated nerve below the skin surface with the distal portion of the tissue penetrating needle probe such that the spasticity of the skeletal muscle is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,363,079

ELECTROSURGICAL METHOD AND APPARATUS WITH VARYING STIFFNESS CAPTURE COMPONENTS

Medtronic Inc., Minneapo...

1. An electrosurgical apparatus for cutting and resecting a tissue volume, the apparatus comprising:one or more electrosurgical filaments; and
a plurality of capture components coupled, at leading edges of the components, to the one or more electrosurgical filaments to define a cutting plane, the plurality of capture components and one or more electrosurgical filaments being deployable by forward extension at or near a forward tip of an elongated shaft of the apparatus to form an elliptical path that defines, with the other capture components, a spheroidal receptacle configured to surround a tissue volume for resection,
wherein the elliptical path is formable by a first extension followed by a second extension, said first extension corresponding to a forward section of the plurality of capture components and having a first axial component and a radial expansion component, and said second extension corresponding to a middle section of the plurality of capture components and having a second axial component and a radial contraction component,
wherein at least one of the plurality of capture components is of varying stiffness, including i) a first stiffness corresponding to the first extension and ii) a second stiffness corresponding to the second extension, wherein the first stiffness is greater than the second stiffness.

US Pat. No. 10,363,076

BONE FASTENING SYSTEM

1. A bone fastening system comprising:a single cannulated screw component;
a seating component; and
a holding component;
wherein the single cannulated screw component comprises
a screw head adjacent a proximal end of the single cannulated screw component, and
an elongate screw shaft extending from the screw head along a longitudinal axis towards a distal end of the single cannulated screw component,
the screw head comprising a proximal surface on a front side facing the proximal end and a distal surface on a back side facing the distal end, at least a portion of said distal surface forming a contact surface,
wherein the seating component is disc-shaped and comprises a central opening having an opening diameter larger than a maximum diameter of the elongate screw shaft and smaller than a maximum diameter of the screw head, said seating component comprising
a seating surface to abut against the contact surface and a bottom surface to abut against a bone when the bone fasting system is in a fully engaged state,
wherein the holding component cooperates with the seating component and defines an accommodation portion for accommodating the screw head such that the single cannulated screw component and the seating component are connected in a non-detachable manner while at the same time allowing axial rotation of the seating component with respect of the single cannulated screw component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,074

DYNAMIC AXIAL NAIL FOR INTRAMEDULLARY TREATMENT OF LONG BONE FRACTURES

1. An intramedullary nail configured for insertion across a fracture site of a bone, the fracture site comprising first and second portions, comprising:a distal portion having a distal end having a first diameter and a proximal end having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter, the distal end also having a first land formed at an intersection of the proximal and distal ends of the distal portion;
a proximal portion having a proximal end and distal end, the distal end of the proximal portion configured to moveably receive the proximal end of the distal portion, the first land, and a portion of the distal end of the distal portion, the distal end of the proximal portion having a first bore having a first diameter extending from the distal end of the proximal portion to a second land formed by an intersection of the first bore with a second bore having a second diameter less than the first diameter of the first bore;
a space fined by the first land and second land;
a reversibly compressible bias member disposed in the space for biasing the distal and proximal portions apart along a longitudinal axis; and
an adjusting assembly configured to engage the distal and proximal portions such that actuation of the adjusting assembly alters a longitudinal length of the space so that an overall length of the intramedullary nail results in separation of the first and second portions of the fractured bone when the intramedullary nail is disposed across the fracture site.

US Pat. No. 10,363,069

SPINAL CORRECTION CONSTRUCT AND METHOD

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A spinal construct comprising:a longitudinal element
at least one body including a follower and a first biasing member disposed about the body, the longitudinal element being movably disposed in the body, the follower being connected to the longitudinal element by a pin that extends through the follower and the longitudinal element, the first biasing member applying a force to the follower such that the follower translates the longitudinal element relative to the body in a first direction; and
a second biasing member engageable with a lock disposed with the at least one body, the second biasing member including a sheath and a flange fixed to the sheath, the second biasing member comprising a first end directly engaging the flange and an opposite second end directly engaging an end wall of the body, the lock being connected with the longitudinal element to resist and/or prevent translation of the longitudinal element relative to the body in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,068

INSTRUMENT FOR PERCUTANEOUSLY DELIVERING A PERCUTANEOUS REVISION IMPLANT

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

14. A delivery instrument comprising:a monolithic outer sleeve comprising an inner surface defining a passageway, the outer sleeve having a pair of hinge pins extending outwardly from an outer surface of the outer sleeve;
an inner shaft disposed in the passageway such that an outer surface of the inner shaft is engageable with the inner surface, a distal end of the inner shaft comprising a threaded portion; and
a translator comprising a cylindrical wall defining a cavity, the outer sleeve being disposed in the cavity, the translator comprising first and second extension pieces extending from the cylindrical wall, the cylindrical wall having a pair of apertures, the hinge pins each being disposed in one of the apertures such that the translator is pivotable relative to the outer sleeve about the hinge pins.

US Pat. No. 10,363,062

ATHERECTOMY CATHETERS AND NON-CONTACT ACTUATION MECHANISM FOR CATHETERS

Avinger, Inc., Redwood C...

1. An atherectomy catheter comprising:an elongate catheter shaft;
a deflectable distal tip coupled to the elongate shaft at a hinge;
a rotatable cutter proximal to the distal tip;
a cutter drive shaft configured to rotate the rotatable cutter wherein the drive shaft is hollow, and wherein an optical fiber for optical coherence tomography imaging extends within the drive shaft;
a pull shaft positioned radially inwards of the elongate catheter shaft and concentric with the drive shaft; and
a pull-wire eccentric with the drive shaft and having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end coupled to the distal tip at a location distal to the hinge and the proximal end coupled to a distal end of the pull shaft at a location proximal of the hinge such that the pull-wire axially spans the hinge, wherein the pull shaft is configured to proximally pull the pull-wire to deflect the distal tip at the hinge, thereby exposing the rotatable cutter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,061

NOZZLE ASSEMBLIES FOR LIQUID JET SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR EMPLOYING THE NOZZLE ASSEMBLIES

HydroCision, Inc., Bille...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a housing located at a distal end of the surgical instrument, the housing supporting a pressure lumen;
the pressure lumen including a distal end mounted in a groove on an exterior surface of the housing;
a nozzle positioned completely inside the distal end of the pressure lumen, the nozzle co-axial with the distal end of the pressure lumen and, in operation, co-axial with pressurized liquid flow passing through the nozzle, wherein the nozzle forms a tapered liquid flow passage with a diameter that continuously decreases along at least a portion of the liquid flow through the nozzle, and wherein the nozzle is formed as a torus with a flat surface and a curved opposite surface, the curved surface positioned upstream of the flat surface
an evacuation lumen attached to a proximal end of the housing, the evacuation lumen comprising an opening at a distal end of the evacuation lumen opposite the nozzle, the opening configured to receive at least a portion of the liquid flow, the opening at least partially extending past the exterior of the housing,
wherein the distal end of the pressure lumen extends beyond the distal end of the evacuation lumen such that, in operation, the received liquid flow is directed toward a proximal end of the surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,363,058

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH TRANSDUCER SLIP JOINT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:(a) an ultrasonic transducer assembly rotatably mounted along a longitudinal axis such that the ultrasonic transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate about the longitudinal axis, wherein the ultrasonic transducer assembly defines a first outer profile; and
(b) a transducer slip joint positioned proximate to the ultrasonic transducer assembly and defining a second outer profile, wherein the transducer slip joint is configured to electrically connect a power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly and mechanically connect the power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly such that the ultrasonic transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate relative to the power cord for inhibiting the power cord from winding upon rotation of the ultrasonic transducer assembly about the longitudinal axis, wherein one of the first or second outer profiles fits within the other of the second or first outer profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,056

UNITARY ENDOSCOPIC VESSEL HARVESTING DEVICES

Saphena Medical, Inc., W...

1. A surgical device comprising:an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end;
an inflatable tip disposed at the distal end of the elongated body;
one or more lumens in fluid communication with an inner cavity of the inflatable tip and into which an endoscope is advanced into the inner cavity for endoscopic viewing of a harvesting procedure performed by the surgical device; and
a cutting unit having a first cutting portion and a second cutting portion, the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion being moveable in a longitudinal direction relative to the elongated body to capture a blood vessel between the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion, and being rotatable relative to one another circumferentially about the inflatable tip to cut the captured blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,054

CLOT RETRIEVAL DEVICE FOR REMOVING OCCLUSIVE CLOT FROM A BLOOD VESSEL

Neuravi Limited, Galway ...

1. A clot retrieval device for removing an occlusive clot from a blood vessel comprising:a planar clot engaging element having a constrained delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration, the clot engaging element having a mesh between a plurality of longitudinally extending undulating edges, the clot engaging element comprising:
a first peripheral portion comprising a peak,
a second peripheral portion extended distally from the first peripheral portion, the second peripheral portion comprising a peak, and
a clot engaging section between the peaks of the first and second peripheral portions,
wherein, in the expanded configuration, the peaks of the peripheral portions are laterally spaced-apart and when under tension, configured to pinch the occlusive clot from the blood vessel between the peaks of the peripheral portions in the clot engaging section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,052

SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING AN ARTHROPLASTY PROCEDURE ON A PATIENT BONE

Howmedica Osteonics Corpo...

1. A system for use with an anchor and for performing an arthroplasty procedure on a patient bone having a surface feature, the bone having an axis associated with the bone, the axis identified in an analysis of the bone prior to using the jig assembly on the bone, the system comprising:a first component of a jig assembly comprising a mating surface and a guide hole, the mating surface being a surface negative of the surface feature of the patient bone, the mating surface configured to matingly engage the surface feature of the patient bone, the guide hole operably coupled to the mating surface of the positioning component and configured to guide the anchor into the patient bone when the mating surface matingly engages with the surface feature of the patient bone; and
a second component of the jig assembly comprising a resection guide surface configured to guide a planar resection of the patient bone that is in a pre-planned orientation relative to the axis, the second component configured to couple to the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,051

METHOD AND ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM FOR SURGICALLY PREPARING A PATIENT'S BONE

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method of preparing a proximal end of a patient's tibia to receive a tibial component, the method comprising:positioning a cutting guide block on the proximal end of the patient's tibia, the cutting guide block comprising:
a substantially planar superior surface,
a substantially planar inferior surface positioned opposite the superior surface, the superior and inferior surfaces extending parallel to one another, the inferior surface being a tibial-contacting surface and defining an imaginary plane, and
a continuous slot extending through the superior surface and the inferior surface, the slot defining a cutting guide that is sized and shaped to receive a cutting tool, the slot extending from a first end to a second end,
wherein when the slot is viewed in a cross-sectional plane extending perpendicular to the imaginary plane at each of a plurality of points between the first end and the second end, (i) the slot has a central axis that extends through the superior surface and the inferior surface, and (ii) a cutting angle is defined between the central axis and the imaginary plane,
inserting the cutting tool into the slot, the cutting tool including (i) a shank, (ii) a shaft extending distally from the shank, the shaft having a plurality of cutting flutes defined at its distal end, and (iii) an outer sleeve pivotally coupled to the shaft such that the shaft and the shank are permitted to rotate relative to the outer sleeve, and
advancing the cutting tool along the slot to resect a portion of the proximal end of the patient's tibia, wherein the shape of the slot causes the cutting angle to change as the cutting tool is advanced along the slot,
wherein the slot varies in pitch relative to the imaginary plane between the first end of the slot and the second end of the slot to cause the cutting angle to change as the cutting tool is advanced along the slot from the first end to the second end, and
wherein the cutting tool is configured to be advanced along the slot, from the first end of the slot to the second end of the slot, to define a cavity in the proximal end of the patient's tibia, the cavity being defined by a number of walls that are shaped to match the outer geometry of the tibial component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,050

VARIABLE DIAMETER DRILL BIT GUIDE

McGinley Engineered Solut...

1. A drill bit guide assembly for use with a drill, comprising:a fixed bore adapted for receipt of a drill bit during use of the drill bit, the fixed bore extending through at least a portion of a guide member, wherein a central axis of the fixed bore comprises a reference axis;
a plurality of selectable bores each having a different diameter;a bore selection member comprising at least one of the plurality of selectable bores, the bore selection member being displaceable relative to the fixed bore for aligning at least one of the selectable bores with the reference axis; anda bore extension member, wherein a distal end of the guide member comprises an attaching mechanism which is engageable to the bore extension member, wherein the fixed bore extends through the bore extension member when the bore extension member is engaged with the guide member, and wherein the attaching mechanism comprises threads, and the bore extension member comprises complementary threads for securing the bore extension member to the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,047

GLENOID REAMER

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A glenoid reamer comprising:a first member having a first elongated hub that extends along a first axis and a first pair of elongated cutting arms fixed to the first elongated hub and extending along a second axis generally perpendicular relative to the first axis, wherein the first elongated hub defines a track thereon; wherein the track is a separate distinct slot extending transverse to the first elongated hub; and
a second member having a second elongated hub that extends along a third axis and a second pair of elongated cutting arms fixed to the second elongated hub and extending along a fourth axis generally perpendicular relative to the third axis,
wherein the first elongated hub encircles a portion of the second elongated hub for rotatable movement with the second elongated hub, the second member having a track follower extending thereon, wherein the track follower is a pin extending transverse to the second elongated hub, the track follower configured to slidably advance along the track causing the first and second members to move between a collapsed position and an expanded position,
wherein in the collapsed position, the first and second pair of cutting arms occupy a position where the second and fourth axes are substantially parallel and
wherein in the expanded position, the first and second pair of cutting arms occupy a position where the second and fourth axes are non-parallel,
wherein the first pair of elongated cutting arms and the second pair of elongated cutting arms curve in a rotational direction of the glenoid reamer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,046

EXTREMITY TOURNIQUET WITH LOCKING BUCKLE

The Seaberg Company, Inc....

1. A buckle, comprising:(a) a frame having a base portion and a pair of opposite sides and defining an opening through the frame from one to the other of the opposite sides;
(b) a movable member disposed within the opening through the frame and movable between a first position with respect to the frame, in which the movable member shields an engagement member, and a second position with respect to the frame, in which at least a portion of the engagement member is exposed and extends proud of a surface of the movable member;
(c) a resiliently compressible member urging the movable member toward the first position; and
(d) a latch capable of overcoming the urging of the compressible member entirely without assistance, and arranged to be engaged automatically and thus to hold the movable member in the second position with respect to the frame, in response to the movable member moving into the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,042

TILTING ANVIL FOR ANNULAR SURGICAL STAPLER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An anvil assembly comprising:an anvil shaft having proximal and distal portions and defining a longitudinal axis, the proximal portion being configured for releasable connection with an actuation device;
an anvil head secured to the distal portion of the anvil shaft; and
an anvil member pivotally connected to the anvil head and having a tissue contacting surface that defines staple forming recesses, the anvil member being pivotable about an axis that is laterally spaced from and transverse to the longitudinal axis of the anvil shaft from a first position in which the tissue contacting surface is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and a second position in which the tissue contacting surface is at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,041

IMPLANTABLE NERVE GUIDANCE CONDUITS HAVING POLYMER FIBER GUIDANCE CHANNEL

THE TRUSTEES OF THE STEVE...

1. A nerve guidance conduit for promoting regeneration of a severed nerve, comprising:a fibrous tube, said fibrous tube defining a lumen within said fibrous tube, and said fibrous tube having a longitudinal axis, an inner surface, an outer surface, a first end, a second end opposite said first end along said longitudinal axis, and a first length from said first end of said fibrous tube to said second end of said fibrous tube;
a plurality of individual tubular members of a spiral cross-sectional shape positioned entirely within said lumen of said fibrous tube, each tubular member of said plurality of tubular members being porous and having a respective outer wall, a respective inner wall, a respective internal guidance channel defined by said respective inner wall, a respective longitudinal axis in substantially parallel alignment with said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube, a respective first end, a respective second end opposite said respective first end along said respective longitudinal axis, and a respective second length from said respective first end to said respective second end, said respective second length being less than said first length of said fibrous tube, a first one of said plurality of tubular members bordering a first portion of said inner surface of said fibrous tube and a second one of said plurality of tubular members bordering a second portion of said inner surface of said fibrous tube in close proximity to said first tubular member such that said first and second tubular members cooperate with each other and with said inner surface of said fibrous tube to define at least one peripheral guidance channel external of said first and second tubular members but internal of said fibrous tube;
a first plurality of nanofibers randomly distributed on said outer surface of said fibrous tube;
a second plurality of nanofibers arranged on said inner surface of said fibrous tube substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube;
a third plurality of nanofibers arranged on said respective inner wall of at least one of said plurality of tubular members substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube; and
a fourth plurality of nanofibers arranged on said respective outer wall of at least one of said plurality of tubular members substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube, wherein at least some of said fourth plurality of nanofibers are situated in said at least one peripheral guidance channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,034

GRASPING JAW MECHANISM

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical device comprising:a handle assembly including an actuation shaft and a movable handle, the movable handle being operably associated with the actuation shaft such that movement of the movable handle effects axial movement of the actuation shaft;
a switch on the movable handle, the switch having an original position;
a grasping pawl on the movable handle, the switch moving the grasping pawl between a first position engaging the actuation shaft and a second position disengaged from the actuation shaft, the actuation shaft moving with movement of the movable handle; and
a yoke for moving the position of the switch to its original position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,033

ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument for use with a robotic surgical system including a drive assembly, said surgical instrument comprising:a mounting portion configured to be attached to the robotic surgical system;
a shaft extending from said mounting portion;
an end effector extending from said shaft;
a first transmission comprising a first drive element configured to be driven by the drive assembly to apply a first control motion to said end effector; and
a second transmission, comprising:
a second drive element configured to be driven by the drive assembly to apply a second control motion to said end effector when said second drive element is in a first position and to apply a third control motion to said end effector when said second drive element is in a second position; and
a shifting element configured to operably interface with said second drive element, wherein said shifting element is configured to selectively switch said second drive element between said first position and said second position, and wherein said first transmission and said second transmission are operable independent of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,032

SURGICAL STAPLER WITH HYDRAULIC DECK CONTROL

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

15. A staple cartridge for a surgical instrument, comprising:(a) a tray configured to be received by the surgical instrument;
(b) a plurality of staples;
(c) a deck offset from the tray and having a plurality of staple pockets such that the plurality of staples are respectively positioned within the plurality of staple pockets, wherein the deck is defined by a first deck piece and a second deck piece that are movable relative to each other and the tray such that the deck is configured to conform to a tissue compressed thereagainst; and
(d) a deck support system operatively connected to the first and second deck pieces and configured to independently move the first and second deck pieces respectively to a first adjustable deck height and a different, second adjustable deck height upon compression while conforming to the tissue, and
wherein the deck support system is further configured to support the first and second deck pieces when compressed against the tissue at the differing first and second adjustable deck heights for equalizing compression along the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,031

TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATORS FOR SURGICAL STAPLERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A circular surgical stapler, comprising:a stapler head, comprising:
a staple cartridge comprising at least one annular row of staples;
an anvil configured to be positioned opposite said staple cartridge;
an anvil shaft removably attachable to said stapler head; and
a tissue thickness compensator comprising an annular compressible biocompatible body configured to be supported on said anvil shaft between said staple cartridge and said anvil, wherein said annular compressible biocompatible body comprises at least one annular pocket, and wherein said at least one annular pocket comprises a healing agent released upon the firing of said staples.

US Pat. No. 10,363,029

NEEDLE FOR DELIVERY OF DERMAL FILLER THREADS

Allergan Holdings France ...

1. A needle for delivering a dermal filler, the needle comprising:a dermal filler thread;
a tubular body having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a longitudinal axis;
a coupler in the proximal portion for attaching the dermal filler thread to the needle, the coupler comprising a plurality of segments extending along a longitudinal axis of the coupler, a plurality of slits aligned relative to one another and extending along the longitudinal axis of the coupler between the plurality of segments, a plurality of struts spaced apart and staggered along the longitudinal axis of the coupler, wherein each of the struts is connected to a pairing of the plurality of segments and extends across a slit of the plurality of slits; and
a trocar in the distal portion of the tubular body;
wherein the coupler in the proximal portion is attached to the dermal filler thread.

US Pat. No. 10,363,025

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RE-ATTACHING THE LABRUM TO THE ACETABULUM, INCLUDING THE PROVISION AND USE OF A NOVEL SUTURE ANCHOR SYSTEM

Pivot Medical, Inc., Sun...

1. An inserter for deploying an anchor assembly in bone, wherein the anchor assembly comprises an anchor and an actuation element extending from the anchor, and further wherein deploying the anchor assembly in bone comprises positioning the anchor assembly in a hole formed in the bone and applying a force to the actuation element so as to secure the anchor to the bone, the inserter comprising:a shaft for releasably engaging the anchor; and
a force delivery mechanism mounted to the shaft and connected to the actuation element, the force delivery mechanism being constructed so as to receive an input force from an external source and to selectively apply an output force to the actuation element, with the force delivery mechanism being constructed so that the magnitude of the output force is limited regardless of the magnitude of the input force;
wherein the force delivery mechanism is constructed so that the magnitude of the output force becomes substantially zero when the magnitude of the input force reaches a threshold level;
wherein the force delivery mechanism comprises an input element for receiving the input force from the external source, an output element for selectively applying the output force to the actuation element, and a connection element for transferring force from the input element to the output element as long as the magnitude of the input force is less than the threshold level;
wherein the connection element comprises a releasable grip between the input element and the output element;
wherein the releasable grip comprises an outwardly biased element releasably retained in a recess.

US Pat. No. 10,363,019

BIOPSY NEEDLE, BIOPSY NEEDLE ASSEMBLY, AND METHODS FOR BIOPSY

Secretary, Department of ...

1. A biopsy needle to pierce a biopsy region and extract a tissue sample, the biopsy needle comprising:a primary needle section formed as a hollow tube, wherein the primary needle section comprises a first end and a second end; and
a converging section arcuately converging from a wall of the hollow tube of the first end to form a piercing tip, wherein the converging section comprises a first cutting edge and a second cutting edge that converge arcuately for piercing the biopsy region, and wherein the converging section comprises an opening on a lateral wall extending from the wall of the primary needle section to the piercing tip, the opening having a third cutting edge for cutting the tissue sample under application of a negative pressure,
wherein the opening is inclined at a predetermined angle ? ranging from an angle greater than 0 degrees to an angle of 15 degrees to a central axis of the biopsy needle, and wherein the first cutting edge is inclined to a transverse axis of the biopsy needle at a predetermined angle ? ranging from an angle greater than 0 degrees to an angle of 30 degrees, and the second edge is inclined to the transverse axis of the biopsy needle at a predetermined angle ? ranging from an angle greater than 0 degrees to an angle of 30 degrees, and
wherein a surface of at least one of the first cutting edge, the second cutting edge, and the third cutting edge is curved, and wherein the converging section includes a curvature defined by a radius R, the radius R being in a range of 5-15 times of an outer diameter of the primary needle section to provide an in-plane bend that spans across the opening, the in-plane bend extending below the opening from the piercing tip to the wall of the primary needle section, whereby the piercing tip is positioned above the central axis of the biopsy needle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,018

MEDICAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MEDICAL PROCESSING METHOD

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

21. A medical processing method, comprising:adding incidental information including information regarding each of a plurality of regions in a heart to an analysis result of each of the regions, the analysis result being obtained by analyzing medical data, and
determining a display position of the analysis result of each of the regions based on the incidental information,
adding first incidental information including information that identifies a first region among the regions to a first analysis result corresponding to the first region,
adding second incidental information including information that identifies a second region among the regions to a second analysis result corresponding to the second region,
displaying the first analysis result in a first section among a plurality of sections in a screen of a display based on the first incidental information, and
displaying the second analysis result in a second section among the sections based on the second incidental information.

US Pat. No. 10,363,017

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING A STENT TO A SELECTED POSITION WITHIN A LUMEN

1. A method for determining and graphically marking a position within a lumen of the body of a patient indicative of occlusion, said method comprising:providing a user interface, using a processor, configured to allow a user to select an occlusion percentage threshold;
determining, using the processor, a percentage of occlusion of a cross-sectional area of the lumen comprising determining a total internal cross-sectional area of said lumen and determining a cross-sectional area of a duct portion of said lumen wherein the duct portion is open for blood flow, said determining the percentage of occlusion being based on at least said determined total internal cross-sectional area of said lumen and said determined cross-sectional area of the duct portion;
comparing, using the processor, the determined percentage of occlusion with the selected occlusion percentage threshold and identifying a region of the lumen that is occluded more than the selected occlusion percentage threshold; and
the processor designating the identified region on an image of the lumen with at least one mark to produce a marked region superimposed on the image where the marked region is differentiated from the rest of the portions of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,363,016

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, ULTRASONIC PROBE, ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:a piezoelectric body;
a vibrating plate having [111]-oriented single crystal silicon as a vibrating material laminated on the piezoelectric body; and
a support substrate bonded to the vibrating plate,
wherein the support substrate includes a hollow portion at a position overlapped with the piezoelectric body in a plan view in a thickness direction of the support substrate, and
wherein the vibrating plate has a two-end fixed supported beam structure forming a bridge and has two openings formed along an edge of the hollow portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,015

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE LOCATION OF A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT WITH RESPECT TO ULTRASOUND IMAGING, AND A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT TO FACILITATE SUCH DETERMINATION

UCL BUSINESS PLC, London...

1. An ultrasound system comprising:an ultrasound unit including an ultrasound probe for acquiring an anatomical image of a human body and for locating a medical instrument with respect to said anatomical image, the ultrasound probe including a first set of imaging transducer elements and a second set of localisation transducer elements, wherein the first set of imaging transducer elements are distinct and disjoint from the second set of localisation transducer elements, wherein: the first set of imaging transducer elements are configured to: (i) produce ultrasound imaging transmissions into the human body, wherein the ultrasound imaging transmissions are focussed into an image scan plane, and (ii) receive reflections of the ultrasound imaging transmissions for generating a two-dimensional anatomical image corresponding to the image scan plane; and wherein the second set of localisation transducer elements are configured to produce ultrasound localisation transmissions into the human body for locating the medical instrument with respect to the two-dimensional anatomical image, wherein the ultrasound localisation transmissions extend outside the image scan plane, such that at least four localisation transducer elements from said second set are spaced from one another in a direction perpendicular to the image scan plane so as to be arranged at four or more different offsets from the image scan plane; and
a sensor console for receiving signals from a transducer that correspond to the localisation transmissions;
wherein the ultrasound system is configured to process the received signals to determine the location of the medical instrument within the human body relative to the ultrasound probe based on the received signals.

US Pat. No. 10,363,013

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS AND MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus, comprising:an ultrasound probe configured to transmit and receive ultrasound waves to and from a subject, the ultrasound probe including a first sensor;
a reference position member arranged on the ultrasound probe;
processing circuitry configured to
acquire position information of the first sensor and of a second sensor located in a position having a predetermined positional relationship to a puncture needle,
determine position information of the reference position member based on the acquired position information of the first sensor and a distance between the first sensor and the reference position member, and
determine a needle length indicating a length of the puncture needle, based on the position information of the reference position member and the second sensor at a time when a tip of the puncture needle is in contact with the reference position member; and
a display to display information to guide a puncture by the puncture needle based on the determined needle length.

US Pat. No. 10,363,012

ULTRASOUND SYSTEM FOR CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW IMAGING AND MICROBUBBLE-ENHANCED BLOOD CLOT LYSIS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

11. A method for treating stroke comprising:applying a headset containing first transducer array and the second transducer array to a head of a subject with the transducer arrays in acoustic contact with opposite sides of the head;
securing the headset to maintain the first transducer array and the seconds transducer array in acoustic contact with the head;
infusing the blood stream of the subject with microbubbles; producing, based on an imaging ultrasound beam comprising a first dimension, a first ultrasound image and a second ultrasound image of cranial flow containing microbubbles using signals received from the first transducer array and the second of the transducer array, respectively;
detecting a stenosis by comparing the relative symmetry of the first ultrasound image and the second ultrasound image and locating an asymmetry; and
directing, to the microbubbles from at least one of the transducer arrays, a therapeutic ultrasound beam comprising a second dimension,
wherein the second dimension of the therapeutic beam is less than the first dimension of the imaging beam such that the therapeutic ultrasound beam is configured to dissolve a blood clot at the site of the stenosis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,010

METHOD FOR BREAST SCREENING IN FUSED MAMMOGRAPHY

HOLOGIC, INC., Bedford, ...

1. A method for use in medical imaging of a patient, with the patientimmobilized with respect to an imaging reference frame, comprising:
acquiring a first medical image of the patient using a first imaging modality;
identifying a feature for analysis by computer-processing a region of interest in the first medical image;
using a second imaging modality to acquire targeted imaging information for the region of interest;
wherein said first medical image and said targeted imaging information are acquired with the patient immobilized relative to the same imaging reference frame; and
displaying results related to the targeted imaging information acquired with the second imaging modality;
wherein one of the modalities is x-ray imaging and the other is ultrasound imaging.

US Pat. No. 10,363,008

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY PERFUSION (CTP) METHOD AND APPARATUS USING BLOOD FLOW FOR DISCRIMINATING TYPES OF CANCER

Canon Medical Systems USA...

1. A method of using computed tomography perfusion to determine a treatment of a pulmonary lesion, the method comprising:obtaining a computed tomography perfusion (CTP) image representing blood flow in a region of a lung that includes the pulmonary lesion;
identifying, using the CTP image, a region of interest (ROI) of the pulmonary lesion,
determining, using the ROI and the CTP image, CTP values representing perfusion in the ROI of the lesion; and
classifying the pulmonary lesion according to whether the pulmonary lesion has a genetic mutation based on the CTP values and using one or more predefined thresholds corresponding respectively to one or more of the CTP values.

US Pat. No. 10,363,007

X-RAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING X-RAY IRRADIATION AREA USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An X-ray imaging system comprising:a camera configured to acquire a camera image of an object;
an X-ray imaging device configured to acquire X-ray image data of the object; and
a touch screen device configured to:
display the camera image in a region of a display, along with a list of icons corresponding to parts to be X-ray imaged, in another region of the display, the region and the other region being different;
receive a selection of one of the icons from the list of the icons that is displayed;
based on the selection of the one of the icons being received, display, in the region of the display, an indicator indicating an imaging region with respect to the object in the camera image, to which X-rays are to be irradiated by the X-ray imaging device for acquiring the X-ray image data, wherein the imaging region corresponds to the one of the icons that is selected;
receive, via the indicator, a first input for adjusting a size of the imaging region; and
adjust a size of the indicator, based on the first input that is received via the indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,363,005

METHOD AND X-RAY APPARATUS FOR INTERFEROMETRIC 2D X-RAY IMAGING

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for interferometric 2D x-ray imaging with a Talbot-Lau interferometer, which comprises the steps of:using the Talbot-Lau interferometer having at least one phase grating and an analysis grating for producing 2D images of an object to be examined using a phase stepping method;
producing an interference pattern with a period at intervals by the phase grating in accordance with a Lau condition, the interference pattern being read in temporal succession as readout data with an aid of the analysis grating and a pixelated detector disposed downstream in a beam direction at at least three phase positions within at least one period of the interference pattern;
producing a readout data record from the readout data for each readout time and phase position and a readout interval data record is produced within a time interval;
carrying out a stepwise readout of the pixelated detector continuously at a multiplicity of the phase positions of the interference pattern;
extracting time sequences of readout interval data records which overlap in time from readout data records; and
calculating at least one result image data record from at least one of an absorption image, a phase-contrast image or a dark-field image from each of the readout interval data records.

US Pat. No. 10,363,003

X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An X ray computed tomography imaging apparatus, comprising:an X ray source configured to generate X rays;
an X ray detector configured to detect the X rays transmitted through a subject;
a gantry configured to hold the X ray source and the X ray detector;
a column configured to maintain a center axis of a bore of the gantry perpendicular to a floor surface and support the gantry movably in a vertical direction with respect to the floor surface; and
a display configured to display, on the floor surface, a graphic corresponding to one of a range in which a field of view formed by the X ray source and the X ray detector is projected onto the floor surface from the vertical direction of the gantry and a range in which an outer edge of the bore included the field of view is projected onto the floor surface from the vertical direction of the gantry, wherein the display displays one of a predetermined standing position and a predetermined sitting position of the subject in the field of view,
wherein the apparatus further comprises
a first sensor provided at one of the predetermined standing position and the predetermined sitting position and configured to detect whether the subject is located at one of the predetermined standing position and the predetermined sitting position; and
a second sensor provided in the field of view and configured to detect whether the subject is located in the field of view.

US Pat. No. 10,363,002

X-RAY CT IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION DEVICE, X-RAY CT IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION METHOD, AND X-RAY CT APPARATUS

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An X-ray CT image reconstruction device that is connected to an X-ray detector that measures a detection count value of X-ray transmitted through a subject, in response to each of N different energy spectra (N is an integer satisfying a relationship of N?2), the device comprising:storing means for storing the detection count value of X-ray which is measured by the X-ray detector, in association with each of X-ray transmission paths and each of the energy spectra when the X-ray is transmitted through the subject;
base substance thickness estimating means for estimating, for each of the X-ray transmission paths, a thickness of each of M base substances (M is a positive integer satisfying a relationship of M?N) constituting the subject, based on the detection count value of X-ray stored in the storing means;
error estimating means for estimating an error value regarding the thickness of each of the base substances, based on the detection count value of X-ray;
likelihood calculating means for calculating a likelihood which is an index of a probability of an assumed value of a thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths with the thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths, which has been estimated by the base substance thickness estimating means, as an initial value, based on the error value regarding the thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths, which has been estimated by the error estimating means;
base substance thickness updating means for updating the assumed value of the thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths such that a likelihood that is to be calculated by the likelihood calculating means increases; and
base substance concentration image reconstructing means for reconstructing a base substance concentration image regarding the M base substances of the subject by performing back projection of the assumed value of the thickness of each of the base substances for each of the X-ray transmission paths, which has been updated by the base substance thickness updating means.

US Pat. No. 10,362,998

SENSOR-BASED DETECTION OF CHANGES IN HEALTH AND VENTILATION THRESHOLD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An apparatus for monitoring health status of a user, comprising:a photoplethysmography sensor adapted to generate photoplethysmography sensor data;
a memory adapted to store a baseline biological marker for the user, wherein the baseline biological marker includes respiratory rhythm, heart rate, and a rating of perceived exertion corresponding to an occurrence of ventilation threshold;
a processor coupled to the memory and the sensor, wherein the processor is adapted to:
in response to receiving a user input specifying that a maximum rating of perceived exertion for the user is reached indicating a subsequent occurrence of ventilation threshold, determine a biological marker from the photoplethysmography sensor data, wherein the biological marker includes respiratory rhythm and heart rate corresponding to the subsequent occurrence of ventilation threshold;
compare the biological marker determined from the photoplethysmography sensor data with the baseline biological marker stored in the memory; and
in response to detecting a difference between the biological marker and the baseline biological marker, provide a notification indicating a change in health status.

US Pat. No. 10,362,996

DEVICE FOR CORRECTING LIGHT ABSORPTION SPECTRUM, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE DEVICE, AND METHOD OF CORRECTING LIGHT ABSORPTION SPECTRUM

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A light absorption spectrum correction device comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) crystal layer configured to contact a subject and provide an optical passage along which the light emitted by the light source travels to the subject;
a pressure sensor configured to detect a contact pressure applied to the ATR crystal layer by the subject;
a spectrum detector and analyzer configured to detect light emitted from the ATR crystal layer, form a light absorption spectrum based on the detected light, and determine an intensity of the light emitted from the ATR crystal layer;
a spectrum correction device configured to correct the light absorption spectrum based on the contact pressure; and
a material layer disposed between the ATR crystal layer and the pressure sensor,
wherein a refractive index of the material layer is less than a refractive index of the ATR crystal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,362,995

OUTDOOR GROUP EXERCISE INFORMATION ADMINISTERING SYSTEM

Bion Inc., New Taipei (T...

1. An outdoor group exercise information administering system comprising a team leader and a plurality of exercising members forming an outdoor exercising group in an outdoor environment, the team leader being configured with a master controller and each of the exercising members being configured with a member controller, wherein each of the member controllers including:a member processor;
at least one outdoor exercising signal sensor connected to the member processor for sensing at least one outdoor exercising signal of the exercising member when the exercising member is doing exercising in the outdoor environment;
an identification preset unit connected to the member processor, preset with an identification code for identifying the exercising member;
a member transceiver connected to the member processor for transmitting the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code;
the master controller including:
a leader processor;
a master transceiver connected to the leader processor and wirelessly communicated with the member transceiver of each member controller, for receiving the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code from the member transceiver of each member controller;
a team exercising data storage connected to the leader processor for storing and organizing the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code transmitted from the member transceiver of each of the member controllers based on the identification code respectively; and
a data transmission interface connected to the leader processor for transmitting the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code received through the master transceiver;
a communication connection device communicated with the data transmission interface of the master controller for transmitting the outdoor exercising signal and the identification code from each exercising member to a remote data collection center;
the exercising member including at least one outdoor location sensor connected to the member processor of the exercising member for sensing at least one outdoor location signal of the exercising member; and
the outdoor location sensor including:
a satellite positioning signal receiver connected to the member processor for receiving a satellite positioning signal corresponding to the location of the exercising member;
a latitude and longitude signal sensor connected to the member processor for receiving at least one latitude and longitude signal of the exercising member; and
an altitude measurement sensor connected to the member processor for detecting at least one altitude signal of the exercising member.

US Pat. No. 10,362,994

BIO-SENSING DEVICE WITH AMBIENT LIGHT CANCELLATION

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A bio-sensing device, comprising:a light source circuit;
a first photodetector;
a transimpedance amplifier coupled to the first photodetector and configured to convert a current produced by the photodetector to a voltage;
an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) coupled to the transimpedance amplifier and configured to convert the voltage from the first photodetector to a digital value; and
a controller coupled to the ADC and the light source circuit and configured to:
initiate a light source sense phase followed by a first ambient sense phase and a second ambient sense phase, wherein in the light source sense phase, the controller is configured to receive a digital value from the ADC while the light source circuit is enabled and wherein in each of the first and second ambient sense phases, the controller is configured to receive a digital value from the ADC while the light source circuit is disabled, wherein a first time period between the light source sense phase and the first ambient sense phase is equal to a second time period between the first and second ambient sense phases; and
iteratively vary the second time period, while maintaining the first and second time periods equal, until the digital value received during the first ambient sense phase is within a threshold of the digital value received during the second ambient sense phase.

US Pat. No. 10,362,991

CONVERTIBLE BASKET CATHETER

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A catheter comprising an elongated catheter body having proximal and distal ends and at least one lumen therethrough and a basket-shaped electrode assembly at the distal end of the catheter body, the basket-shaped electrode assembly comprising a plurality of spines having proximal ends connected by a proximal structural element and distal ends connected by a distal structural element, each spine comprising a plurality of electrodes, wherein the basket-shaped electrode assembly has an expanded arrangement in which the spines bow radially outward and a collapsed arrangement in which the spines are arranged generally along a longitudinal axis of the catheter body, a pulling member having proximal and distal ends, the pulling member slidably disposed within the lumen and aligned with the longitudinal axis of the catheter body, such that the basket-shaped electrode assembly has the collapsed arrangement when the pulling member is at a most distal position along the longitudinal axis relative to the catheter body and wherein the basket-shaped electrode assembly has the expanded arrangement when the pulling member is proximal to the most distal position, wherein the distal structural element comprises a cap configured to couple the pulling member to the distal ends of the plurality of spines, the cap having an interior recess defining a shoulder that engages a stop at a distal end of the pulling member, the shoulder positioned proximal to the distal ends of the plurality of spines.

US Pat. No. 10,362,990

PASSIVE CATHETER IDENTIFICATION AND SELF-CONFIGURATION SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A catheter identification system for providing information about one or more attributes of a catheter connectable to an electrophysiology (EP) recording or mapping system, the identification system comprising:a) a catheter;
b) a resistor network operably connected to the catheter, the resistor network including at least one identification resistor and a return connected to the at least one identification resistor; and
c) an identification resistor measurement circuit operably connected to the catheter and configured to send an identification signal through the at least one resistor in the resistor network to retrieve an altered identification signal from the identification resistor, where the altered identification signal provides information on an attribute of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,362,989

SENSOR SYSTEM INTEGRATED WITH A GLOVE

BeBop Sensors, Inc., Ber...

1. A sensor system for integration with a glove, comprising:a plurality of digit assemblies, each digit assembly being configured for alignment with a corresponding finger of the glove, each digit assembly including a flexible dielectric substrate, a plurality of sensor trace groups on a first surface of the flexible dielectric substrate, routing traces connected to each sensor trace group, the routing traces being adjacent a second surface of the flexible dielectric substrate opposite the first surface, and a plurality of patches of piezoresistive fabric, each patch being in direct contact with and forming a knuckle sensor with a corresponding one of the sensor trace groups; and
circuitry configured to activate and receive a knuckle signal from each knuckle sensor on each digit assembly using the corresponding routing traces, each knuckle signal representing lateral stretching of the corresponding patch of piezoresistive fabric caused by bending of a knuckle in the corresponding finger of the glove, the circuitry also being configured to generate digital information using the knuckle signals, the digital information representing movement of a hand in the glove.

US Pat. No. 10,362,987

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR MONITORING MEDICATION-TAKING STATUS

Ziqiang Hong, Irving, TX...

1. An apparatus for monitoring a medication-taking status, configured as a part of orcoupled with a medication container, comprising:
a first sensor that is disposed inside the apparatus, activated upon a detection by a second sensor of a motion of the medication container, or a non-motion of the medication container for a predefined time period, and configured to measure medication pills stored in the medication container;
a control module configured
to determine the medication-taking status based on the measurement of the medication pills; and
a communication module that is disposed inside the apparatus and configured to transmit at least one of a report and a warning message based at least in part on the medication-taking status to at least one remote subscriber,
wherein the first sensor is deactivated after a predetermined period of inactivity and the apparatus is activated when an activation button is pressed, the activation button being disposed on an outer surface of the apparatus; and wherein the second sensor comprises a gyro sensor configured to detect the motion or non-motion of the medication container, the gyro sensor being disposed inside the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,362,985

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING SKIN LESIONS

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A method of analyzing digital images of skin lesions, the images including pixels distributed over a lesion area, the method including using at least one processor to process pixels in an analyzed image by:calculating a first set of values indicative of a distribution of the image pixels, wherein the first set of values includes a first discrimination value indicative of a weighted average of the image pixels with weighing at a border of the lesion;
calculating a second set of values indicative of lesion shape, wherein the second set of values includes a second discrimination value indicative of skewness and kurtosis of the distribution of the image pixels;
calculating a third set of values indicative of lesion symmetry, wherein the third set of values includes a third discrimination value indicative of a ratio of symmetry and gray-level power of the distribution of the image pixels;
providing a total additive score of the values in the first, second and third sets of values;
comparing the total additive score with a total score threshold;
comparing the first, second and third discrimination values with respective first, second and third discrimination threshold values; and
providing an output classification for the image analyzed as a function of results of comparing the total additive score with the total score threshold and comparing the first, second and third discrimination values with respective first, second and third discrimination threshold values.

US Pat. No. 10,362,982

SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A spinal implant system comprising:a link including a first surface and a second surface connectable with a spinal construct, the spinal construct being attachable with one or more vertebral levels, the link extending between a first end and an opposite second end, the second end being integrally formed with the first end, the first end and the second end each comprising an attachment mechanism configured to matingly engage the spinal construct;
a plurality of electrodes including at least one electrode disposed with the first surface and at least one electrode disposed with the second surface, the electrodes being configured to conduct an electric current to stimulate tissue growth adjacent the spinal construct; and
a spinal implant,
wherein the link is configured to act as a power hub to the spinal implant to allow the spinal implant to apply electrical stimulation.

US Pat. No. 10,362,981

DIAGNOSTIC METHODS AND SYSTEMS BASED ON URINE ANALYSIS

FLOWSENSE LTD., M.P. Mis...

1. A computer-implemented method for diagnosing a body malfunction, the method comprising:monitoring and detecting at least one change in urinary parameter values, the at least one change being indicative of the body malfunction, wherein one of the urinary parameter values comprises an oxygen level in the urine;
monitoring a volumetric urinary output of kidneys using a urine flow monitoring apparatus having a low flow metering device with a microprocessor, wherein the urine flow monitoring device further comprises a negative pressure tube which provides a continuous flow of urine through at least a portion of the urine flow monitoring apparatus;
determining, using the microprocessor, whether a change exists in a volume value of the volumetric urinary output and a trend of the corresponding urinary parameter value during a predetermined period;
receiving signals from a plurality of electrodes connected to the urine flow monitoring apparatus, the signals representing the urinary parameter values;
comparing, using the microprocessor, at least two occurrences of the trend of the received signals at an identical iteration during the predetermined period;
measuring, using the microprocessor, whether the change of the trend in at least two consecutive time periods exceeds a predetermined threshold in the urinary parameter values received from at least one of the plurality of electrodes; and
detecting, using the microprocessor, the body malfunction based on the determination of the change in the volume value of the volumetric urinary output, and the compared trend change of the corresponding urinary parameter value detected by the received signals during the predetermined period,
wherein the oxygen level is detected with an electrode from the plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,362,977

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING REACTION TIME OF A SUBJECT

SWAY OPERATIONS, LLC, Al...

1. A method of measuring a reaction time in a subject, comprising the steps of:a. providing a handheld device to the subject, said handheld device having a motion sensor and a CPU integral thereto, wherein said CPU is in electronic communication with the motion sensor;
b. presenting a stimulus to the subject at a stimulus time after a selected random period of delay;
c. within the handheld device,
(c1) using said CPU to continuously read values from the motion sensor at least from said stimulus time until one or more of said continuously read motion values corresponds to an acceleration value greater than or equal to 0.1 g, thereby determining a time of a first substantial movement;
(c2) using said stimulus time, said time of said first substantial movement, and said continuously read motion values from said motion sensor to determine a time of a first significant movement that is earlier than said time of said first substantial movement, thereby determining the reaction time in the subject, wherein said time of said first significant movement is determined by:
(i) searching through said continuously read motion values in reverse order from said substantial movement time toward said stimulus time to find a first instance where, as between two adjacent continuously read motion values, an earlier measured one of said two adjacent continuously read motion values is greater than a later one of said two adjacent continuously read motion values, thereby determining a first significant movement, and
(ii) determining the reaction time of the subject to be a time of the first significant movement, and
(c3) using said CPU to report said reaction time of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,362,976

STERILE FLUID COLLECTION TUBE PACKAGE

Boca Dental Supply, LLC, ...

1. A sterile fluid collection tube package, comprising:a fluid collection tube having first end and a second end;
a thermoformed tray formed from a first sterile material, the thermoformed tray comprising a flange having an upper surface, and a central region, wherein the central region defines a cavity surrounded by the flange, the cavity comprising:
a recessed portion comprising a rectangular section having a base wall, a first sidewall, a second sidewall, a third sidewall, and a fourth sidewall, the first sidewall and second sidewall are opposite, and the third sidewall and the fourth sidewall are opposite, the base wall is recessed with respect to the upper surface of the flange, and the first sidewall, the second sidewall, the third sidewall, and the fourth sidewall join the base wall to the flange;
a first support recess and a second support recess, the first support recess and the second support recess are aligned along a first common axis and are respectively located about the recessed portion to form a first compartment, wherein the first support recess is located at a first junction between the flange and the third sidewall, and the second support recess is located at a second junction between the flange and the fourth sidewall, a first interior surface of the first support recess is convex with respect to a plane formed by the upper surface of the flange and a second interior surface of the second support recess is convex with respect to the plane formed by the upper surface of the flange, wherein the fluid collection tube is located in the cavity, the first end of the fluid collection tube is located in the first support recess and the second end of the fluid collection tube is located in the second support recess; and
a cover formed from a second sterile material, the cover is attached to the upper surface of the flange, wherein the cover is sized to cover an entirety of the cavity and the fluid collection tube located therein.

US Pat. No. 10,362,975

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACTORY CALIBRATION OR REDUCED CALIBRATION OF AN INDWELLING SENSOR BASED ON SENSITIVITY PROFILE AND BASELINE MODEL OF SENSORS

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method of calibrating an analyte concentration sensor, the sensor as a member of a manufactured lot of sensors, the lot of a given type of sensor, in which one or more operating parameters of the type of sensor of the lot have been determined, the determining of the operating parameters based on retrospective data, the operating parameters corresponding to at least a sensitivity of the sensor, the operating parameters representing in vivo values, the method comprising steps of:measuring one or more long term drift characteristics of sensitivity of a subset of sensors in the lot;
for a subject sensor, measuring a value of an initial measurable parameter;
correlating the measured value of the initial measurable parameter of the subject sensor to the measured one or more long term drift characteristics via a first set of coefficients;
correlating at least a subset of the one or more determined operating parameters to the measured value of the initial measurable parameter via a second set of coefficients; and
using the first and second set of coefficients to determine an estimated value of at least an in vivo final sensitivity of the subject sensor prospectively, wherein given a measured value of the initial measurable parameter of the subject sensor, an in vivo sensitivity value for the subject sensor can be estimated.

US Pat. No. 10,362,972

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AN INTEGRATED ANALYTE SENSOR INSERTION DEVICE AND DATA PROCESSING UNIT

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....

1. A method, comprising:piercing a body of a subject with a sharp distal end of an introducer, the introducer having a portion disposed within a housing;
positioning a first portion of an analyte sensor in the body of the subject, wherein the first portion of the analyte sensor is at least partially disposed within the introducer prior to positioning the first portion of the analyte sensor, and wherein the analyte sensor includes a second portion coupled in electrical contact with a data processing unit disposed within the housing prior to positioning the first portion of the analyte sensor; and
removing the introducer from the housing after positioning the first portion of the analyte sensor such that the first portion of the analyte sensor remains positioned in the body of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,362,970

PHASE-TO-AMPLITUDE/SLOPE MAPPING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V, ...

1. A system, comprising:a processor configured to:
identify a set of motion signal timestamps, for a plurality of motion cycles in a continuous cyclical motion signal indicative of cyclic motion of a moving object, based on a predetermined motion phase of interest and a phase-to-amplitude/slope mapping, wherein the set of motion signal timestamps correspond to a common signal amplitude, wherein each descending amplitude region and each ascending amplitude region of the continuous cyclical motion signal is mapped using a lesser of a mean maximum and a local maximum, and a greater of a mean minimum and a local minimum, and divided for at least one of the local maximum less than the mean maximum or the local minimum greater than the mean minimum; and
generate volumetric image data based on data acquired by a scanner and the identified set of motion signal timestamps.

US Pat. No. 10,362,968

BIOIMPEDANCE CIRCUMFERENCE MEASUREMENT

FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE HO...

1. An apparatus for measuring the circumference of a limb of an individual comprising:two or more magnetic strips, each of which, during use of the apparatus, surrounds the limb and each of which, along its length, comprises magnetic coding of length information;
a magnetic read head for each magnetic strip for reading the magnetic coding of length information from the strip;
at least two current-injecting electrodes for injecting current at a plurality of frequencies, and at least two voltage-measuring electrodes for measuring resulting voltage between the at least two current-injecting electrodes;
at least one of a pre-amplifier and a low pass filter for processing a signal received from the at least two voltage-measuring electrodes;
an A/D converter for converting the signal from the at least one of the pre-amplifier and the low-pass filter;
a digital signal processing unit for calculating at least one of impedance, resistance, and reactance at the plurality of the frequencies of injected current based on the converted signal received from the A/D converter, wherein the digital signal processing unit is configured to receive a single circumference measurement determined from a plurality of circumference measurements received from the magnetic strips;
a tensioning assembly for setting the tension of the two or more magnetic strips; and
a tension sensor for each magnetic strip;
wherein the apparatus is configured to measure the circumference of the limb in a plurality of cross-sectional areas simultaneously for determining the plurality of circumference measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,362,964

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING MEDICAL IMAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of providing a medical image by using a medical imaging apparatus, the method comprising:determining a start point and a target point in the medical image;
acquiring blood vessel information comprising a diameter and an angle of a blood vessel, which is included in the medical image, from the start point; and
displaying the medical image and a traveling path from the start point to the target point based on the blood vessel information,
wherein
the acquiring of the blood vessel information comprises:
acquiring first blood vessel information of the blood vessel in a region of interest (ROI) with respect to a first position in the medical image;
if there is a point in which a plurality of blood vessels including the blood vessel meet each other in the ROI with respect to the first position, determining whether the point is a bifurcation point or a crossover point based on pixel values of a plurality of points near the point or diameters of the plurality of blood vessels at the plurality of points;
if the point is the bifurcation point, moving a position of the ROI in each direction along bifurcated blood vessels according to the first blood vessel information;
if the point is the crossover point, moving a position of the ROI in a direction along the blood vessel according to the first blood vessel information;
acquiring second blood vessel information of the blood vessel in the ROI with respect to a second position which is moved from the first position; and
determining the traveling path based on a moving path of the ROI.

US Pat. No. 10,362,961

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NEUTRAL CONTRAST MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF CALCIFICATIONS

NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY HEA...

1. A method for producing an image of a subject using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, the steps of the method comprising:a) directing the MRI system to generate a radio frequency (RF) excitation field to excite spins in an imaging volume, the RF excitation field having a flip angle in a range from an Ernst angle for blood to an Ernst angle for muscle;
b) directing the MRI system to acquire data at an echo time at which spins associated with water are substantially in-phase with spins associated with fat;
c) reconstructing an image from the acquired data, the image in which water, fat, blood, and muscle tissues have substantially similar image intensity values and calcifications have image intensity values that are significantly different from the image intensity values of the water, fat, blood, and muscle tissues in the image.

US Pat. No. 10,362,960

MULTI POINT TREATMENT PROBES AND METHODS OF USING THEREOF

Renal Dynamics Ltd., Roa...

1. A system of intrabody treatment, comprising:a multi point probe transported by a catheter to a lumen of a body of a treated patient, the multi point probe having at least two transmission points; and
a processor configured to:
select a transmission pattern including for each of the at least two transmission points, a respective signal of a plurality of radio frequency transmission signals, said transmission pattern forms at least one interaction between the respective signals from the at least two transmission points, the at least one interaction defines at least one hot spot at the treatment location; and
control delivery of the respective signals from the transmission points;wherein the processor determines a timing for each of said respective signals.

US Pat. No. 10,362,959

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING THE PROXIMITY OF AN ELECTRODE TO TISSUE IN A BODY

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A system for assessing the proximity of an electrode to a tissue in a body, comprising:a tissue sensing circuit configured to resolve a detected impedance into first and second components of a complex impedance between said electrode and said tissue, said tissue sensing circuit including a tissue sensing signal source configured to generate an excitation signal to be applied to said tissue and a complex impedance sensor coupled to said tissue sensing signal source and configured to measure a response signal and output said first and second components of said complex impedance; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to execute a computer program for assessing said proximity that is configured to:
(i) acquire a plurality of values for said first and second components of said complex impedance from said tissue sensing circuit between said electrode and said tissue as said electrode moves in the body and to calculate a respective electrical coupling index (ECI) for each of said plurality of values of said first and second components of said complex impedance;
(ii) process plural values of said electrical coupling index to determine a respective proximity of said electrode to said tissue as said electrode moves in the body, wherein said ECU, based on said ECI, is configured to determine whether said electrode is deemed not to be in contact with said tissue with said electrode being no more than a predetermined distance from said tissue wherein said predetermined distance is a positive, non-zero distance, said ECU, based on said ECI, being further configured to determine whether said electrode is deemed not to be in contact with said tissue with said electrode being beyond said predetermined distance from said tissue
said ECU being further configured to generate a signal representative of an indicator of proximity between said electrode and said tissue and to transmit said generated signal to at least one of (i) an application and (ii) a device other than said tissue sensing circuit and said proximity assessing program, for control of said at least one of said application and said device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,956

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ROTOR DETECTION IN CARDIAC FIBRILLATION

1. A method of detecting a rotor at a location of a heart that experiences cardiac fibrillation, where the method comprises:obtaining, by a processor, an electrogram (EGM) dataset, where the EGM dataset was recorded using a circular bipolar electrode array positioned at the location of the heart, the circular bipolar electrode array having a plurality of bipolar electrodes for simultaneously recording a plurality of bipolar EGMs for the EGM dataset for a recording duration;
detecting, by the processor, a dominant periodicity Cycle Length (CL) and identifying periodic activations for each bipolar EGM associated with the dominant periodicity CL;
tracking, by the processor, the identified periodic activations across each bipolar EGM to define rotational activations and determining when a path taken by the tracked rotational activations corresponds to a rotational activation pattern of a rotor;
detecting, by the processor, the rotor when a number and completeness of the tracked rotational activations meet predefined rotor criteria including that the tracked rotational activations are greater than at least two complete rotations around the circular bipolar electrode array and the completeness of the tracked rotational activations occurs when a time interval spanned by the rotational activations span across the bipolar EGMs with a time duration where a proportion of the time duration relative to the dominant periodicity CL associated with the rotor is greater than a periodic activation duration threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,362,954

HIGH DENSITY ELECTRODE MAPPING CATHETER

ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOL...

1. A flexible catheter tip, comprising:an inboard understructure that defines a tip longitudinal axis, wherein the inboard understructure is formed from a first continuous element that includes a first rectangular cross-section; and
an outboard understructure that extends along the tip longitudinal axis, wherein the outboard understructure is formed from a second continuous element that includes a second rectangular cross-section, wherein:
the inboard understructure includes a first proximal inboard mounting arm and second proximal inboard mounting arm that extend generally parallel to the tip longitudinal axis;
the outboard understructure includes a first proximal outboard mounting arm and a second proximal outboard mounting arm that extend generally parallel to the tip longitudinal axis;
opposing faces of the first proximal inboard mounting arm and the first proximal outboard mounting arm include a first set of frame locks; and
opposing faces of the second proximal inboard mounting arm and the second proximal outboard mounting arm include a second set of frame locks corresponding to the first set of frame locks, wherein the first set of frame locks and the second set of frame locks are configured to interlock with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,362,953

ELECTRODE ARRAY CATHETER WITH INTERCONNECTED FRAMEWORK

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A catheter comprising:an elongated catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end; and
an electrode array assembly having a plurality of electrodes, a proximal end and a distal end mounted at the distal end of the catheter body and comprising an interconnected framework having a plurality of elements interconnected by a plurality of junctions at locations intermediate the proximal and distal ends of the electrode array assembly, the interconnected framework comprising a polymeric layer and a plurality of printed electrodes positioned on all connected elements of at least some of the junctions, wherein the interconnected framework has a collapsed configuration in which the elements are arranged generally along a longitudinal axis of the catheter body and an expanded configuration in which the elements are positioned radially outwards from the longitudinal axis to deploy the array of electrodes mounted on the interconnected framework.

US Pat. No. 10,362,952

STABILIZED SPINE ELECTROPHYSIOLOGIC CATHETER

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A catheter comprising:an elongated catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end; and
a stabilized spine electrode assembly mounted at the distal end of the catheter body and comprising at least two spines and at least two tethers, each spine having at least one electrode and a proximal end attached at the distal end of the catheter body, wherein the at least two tethers are secured to one location on one spine and to a plurality of locations on an adjacent spine and are secured between locations distal of the proximal ends of adjacent spines and wherein each spine has a collapsed arrangement in which the spines are arranged generally along a longitudinal axis of the catheter body and an expanded arrangement in which at least a portion of each spine bows radially outwards from the longitudinal axis and the at least two tethers exert tension on the adjacent spines, the stabilized spine electrode assembly being further configured to move from a first expanded configuration to a second expanded configuration when in the expanded arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,362,948

MULTI-VECTOR SENSING IN CARDIAC DEVICES WITH DETECTION COMBINATIONS

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A cardiac rhythm management device comprising at least first and second input nodes to define a least a first sensing vector and operational circuitry for analyzing cardiac signals on at least two data streams, the operational circuitry being configured to:receive a signal from the first sensing vector;
in a first data stream, apply a first filtering criteria to the signal from the first sensing vector;
in a second data stream, apply a second filtering criteria different from the first filtering criteria applied to the signal from the first sensing vector;
combine the first and second data streams together to create a series of combined sample points for the cardiac signal each having an amplitude determined at least partly from each of the first and second data streams;
detect cardiac events in the series of combined sample points; and
calculate a cardiac rate using the detected cardiac events.

US Pat. No. 10,362,947

PRESSURE SENSING DEVICES

INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES SWIT...

1. A pressure sensing catheter, comprising:an elongate body having
a sidewall defining an inner lumen extending at least partially therethrough,
a distal portion configured to be disposed in a ventricle of a brain, the distal portion including a microchip embedded in the sidewall and having a pressure sensor formed therein, at least a portion of the pressure sensor being exposed to an external environment surrounding the elongate body such that the pressure sensor is effective to measure a pressure of the external environment,
at least one fluid-entry port formed in the elongate body proximal to the pressure sensor, the at least one fluid-entry port being in fluid communication with the inner lumen,
an antenna located at a proximal portion of the elongate body and coupled to the microchip, the antenna being adapted to wirelessly communicate the measured pressure from the pressure sensor to an external device,
an elongate slot formed in an exterior surface of the sidewall of the elongate body, the elongate slot having a proximal terminal end in the sidewall at a location that is distal to a proximal end of the elongate body, and
a connector seated in the elongate slot, the connector having a first terminal end at the microchip and a second terminal end at the antenna, the connector between its first and second terminal ends being exposed to the external environment surrounding the elongate body, the antenna and the connector being removable from the elongate body.

US Pat. No. 10,362,945

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASCERTAINING A BLOOD PRESSURE CURVE

CIS FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FU...

1. A method for ascertaining the time-dependent curve of the blood pressure including the following steps:noninvasive detection of time-dependent and volume-dependent blood flow values, in the form of photoplethysmographic values P(t), in a section of tissue with blood circulation by means of a photoplethysmographically functioning sensor;
transformation of the photoplethysmographic values P(t) into blood pressure values B(t) through the use of the following transformation formula by means of a data processing unit:

determining the time interval between the occurrences of the first two peaks in the curve of the transformed blood pressure values B(t) within a signal period by means of the data processing unit;
outputting of the transformed blood pressure values B(t) as time-dependent blood pressure values to a display and/or memory unit; and
generating a warning signal if the time interval falls below a predetermined minimum time interval in order to signal a critical blood pressure by means of a signal output unit.

US Pat. No. 10,362,941

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING REGISTRATION OF MEDICAL IMAGES

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of performing registration of medical images, comprising:mapping, by a processor, a virtual coordinate system used by a first medical apparatus and a virtual coordinate system used by a second medical apparatus to each other, wherein a real-time medical image is captured in a first position of a patient by the first medical apparatus and a three-dimensional (3D) medical image is previously captured in a second position of the patient by the second medical apparatus;
detecting, by the processor, a position of a probe of the first medical apparatus in the virtual coordinate system used by the second medical apparatus, based on a result of the mapping;
determining, by the processor, a volume image, corresponding to the detected position of the probe, from the previously captured 3D medical image;
selecting a reference cross-section from the determined volume image using the detected position of the probe;
estimating a relative movement range of a scanning plane of the probe from the reference cross-section according to a patient's physical movement with the probe being static relative to the virtual coordinate system used by the second medical apparatus and by using previously stored information about a range in which an organ can be moved by the patient's physical movement;
selecting neighboring cross-sections that exist in the estimated relative movement range of the scanning plane;
reconstructing a volume image by accumulating the reference cross-section and the neighboring cross-sections; and
extracting, by the processor, from the reconstructed volume image a cross-sectional image corresponding to the real-time medical image, wherein the cross-sectional image changes according to the patient's physical movement, and
wherein the determined volume image comprises a volume image smaller than the previously captured 3D medical image and has a dimension determined by the estimated relative movement range of the scanning plane of the probe from the reference cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,362,939

FUNDUS ANALYSIS APPARATUS AND FUNDUS OBSERVATION APPARATUS

TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, Senda...

1. A fundus analysis apparatus, comprising:a memory that stores OCT information acquired by applying optical coherence tomography to a fundus of an eye; and
a processing circuitry configured to:
set a front area corresponding to a front surface of a lamina cribrosa and a rear area corresponding to a rear surface of the lamina cribrosa in the OCT information,
specify an image area that corresponds to an orientation of holes of the lamina cribrosa based on the OCT information, the orientation of the holes determined in accordance with a (i) B-scan image of the lamina cribrosa and (ii) an approximation of a direction of the holes from the front surface to the rear surface, and
 generate morphological information indicating the holes of the lamina cribrosa based on at least (i) the front area, (ii) the rear area, and (iii) the orientation of the specified image area.

US Pat. No. 10,362,937

CORNEA TRANSPLANTATION

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

10. A method for transplanting corneal material from a donor cornea of an eye of a donor to a patient cornea of an eye of a patient, and for correcting refractive deficiencies of the patient cornea, comprising:using a measurement device to measure parameters of the eye of the patient and obtain measurement data relating to parameters of the cornea, including measurement data defining a geometry of the eye of the patient, the geometry including a pre-transplantation shape of a front surface of the patient cornea,
transmitting the measurement data to a computer interface of a planning device;
based on the measurement data received from the computer interface of the planning device, using a computer of the planning device to automatically determine:
a previously-present refractive deficiency of the eye, and a change of the pre-transplantation shape of the front surface of the patient cornea, the change being required to correct the previously-present refractive deficiency of the eye,
boundary surfaces in the patient cornea, the boundary surfaces in the patient cornea defining a patient corneal volume to be removed from the patient cornea, the boundary surfaces in the patient cornea including an anterior cut surface lying beneath the front surface of the patient cornea, and a posterior cut surface lying beneath the front surface of the patient cornea, the boundary surfaces in the patient cornea defined such that the patient corneal volume is initially surrounded by corneal tissue of the patient cornea and is beneath the front surface of the patient cornea,
boundary surfaces in the donor cornea, the boundary surfaces in the donor cornea defining a transplant corneal volume to be removed from the donor cornea, the boundary surfaces in the donor cornea including an anterior boundary surface lying beneath a front surface of the donor cornea, and a posterior cut surface lying beneath the front surface of the donor cornea, the boundary surfaces in the donor cornea defined such that the transplant corneal volume is initially surrounded by corneal tissue of the donor cornea and is beneath the front surface of the donor cornea, and wherein a size of the transplant corneal volume differs from a size of the patient corneal volume;
generating control data sets for controlling a laser device of a treatment apparatus, including generating a transplant control data set, and generating a patient control data set,
transmitting the control data sets to the treatment apparatus,
generating the boundary surfaces in the donor cornea;
separating the transplant donor volume from the donor cornea;
generating the boundary surfaces in the patient cornea by controlling the laser device using the patient control data set, thereby isolating the patient corneal volume,
removing the patient corneal volume, and
inserting the transplant corneal volume, which has a different size as compared to the patient corneal volume, into the eye of the patient;
wherein automatically determining the boundary surfaces defining the patient corneal volume and the transplant corneal volume includes defining a deviation between the size of the patient corneal volume and the size of the transplant corneal volume, the deviation causing a change in the geometry of the eye of the patient, including a change in the pre-transplantation shape of the front surface of the patient cornea once the transplant corneal volume replaces the patient corneal volume, to correct the previously-present refractive deficiency.

US Pat. No. 10,362,935

USER INTERFACE FOR EFFICIENTLY DISPLAYING RELEVANT OCT IMAGING DATA

CARL ZEISS MEDITEC, INC.,...

1. A method of automatically aligning a depth range for obtaining a volume cube scan of a retina of an eye using an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system, said method comprising:acquiring two or more B-scans using the OCT system at a first set of system alignment conditions;
performing image processing on the two or more B-scans to determine a location where the retina would appear in the volume cube scan if the volume cube scan was acquired at the first set of system alignment conditions;
adjusting the system alignment conditions to optimize placement of the retina within the scan volume;
acquiring an OCT volume cube scan at the optimized system alignment conditions; and
storing or displaying the OCT volume cube scan or storing or displaying a further analysis thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,362,932

MEDICAL DEVICE ILLUMINATOR AND CHARGING SYSTEM

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skane...

1. A method for enabling a medical examination, the method comprising:providing a medical device; and
providing an illuminator that is releasably attachable to the medical device, the illuminator comprising a housing containing a light source, a rechargeable battery that powers the light source, and an inductive charging coil, the inductive charging coil being in stacked arrangement with the rechargeable battery, the inductive charging coil permitting the battery of the illuminator to be recharged using a non-contact charging device,
wherein the medical device is a vaginal speculum and in which the method further comprises:
attaching the illuminator housing to an inner surface of a blade of the vaginal speculum.

US Pat. No. 10,362,929

IMAGING UNIT, IMAGING MODULE, AND ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An imaging unit comprising:a semiconductor package being a chip size package, the semiconductor package including:
an image sensor, and
a connection electrode formed on a back surface of the semiconductor package;
a circuit board being accommodated in a projection plane in an optical axis direction of the semiconductor package, the circuit board including:
a main body including a connection land formed on a front surface, the connection land being electrically and mechanically connected to the connection electrode via a bump, and
an attachment portion protruding on a back surface of the main body and including cable connection electrodes formed on at least two opposing side surfaces among protruding side surfaces;
a plurality of electronic components mounted on an electronic component mounting area on the back surface of the main body of the circuit board; and
a plurality of cables electrically and mechanically connected to the cable connection electrodes of the attachment portion,
wherein the attachment portion protrudes from the main body such that a center plane of the two side surfaces on which the cable connection electrodes are formed to oppose each other is shifted from a center plane of side surfaces of the semiconductor package which are parallel to the two side surfaces of the attachment portion, and at least one side surface is perpendicular to the back surface of the main body,
the electronic component mounting area is arranged side-by-side with the attachment portion on a same plane as the attachment portion,
each of the two opposing side surfaces of the attachment portion including the cable connection electrode formed thereon includes:
a first step portion on the main body side; and
a second step portion on the proximal end side in the optical axis direction of the image sensor; and
the cable connection electrodes are formed on:
a side surface of the second step portion on the electronic component mounting area side;
a side surface of the second step portion opposing the side surface on the electronic component mounting area side; and
the side surface of the first step portion opposing the side surface on the electronic component mounting area side.

US Pat. No. 10,362,928

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an image signal acquisition unit that acquires an image signal obtained by imaging an observation target in a living body;
an original image generation unit that generates an original image in which the observation target is drawn in color based on the image signal;
a reduced original image generation unit that generates a reduced original image by performing processing for reducing at least one of a color or a contrast on the original image;
a structure region image generation unit that generates a structure region image in which one or more structure regions are extracted from the acquired image signal;
a feature amount calculation unit that calculates a shape feature amount of the structure region based on the structure region image;
a color assignment unit that assigns a color corresponding to the feature amount to the structure region; and
an image combining unit that generates a composite image by superimposing the reduced original image and the structure region image subjected to the color assignment,
wherein the structure region image generation unit generates a first structure region image showing a first structure region and a second structure region image showing a second structure region,
wherein the reduced original image generation unit generates a first reduced original image and a second reduced original image, and
wherein the image combining unit generates, as the composite image, a first composite image obtained by combining the first structure region image and the first reduced original image and a second composite image obtained by combining the second structure region image and the second reduced original image.

US Pat. No. 10,362,920

SURFACE CLEANING MACHINE

1. A surface cleaning machine, comprising:a cleaning roller holder;
at least one cleaning roller which is arranged on the cleaning roller holder;
a drive device for driving the at least one cleaning roller in rotation; and
a sweeping element which is associated with the at least one cleaning roller and which feeds swept material to the at least one cleaning roller;
wherein the sweeping element, at least during a cleaning operation, is in contact with a surface to be cleaned and projects with a front region into a jacket of the at least one cleaning roller; and
wherein a front face end of the sweeping element is arranged on the front region.

US Pat. No. 10,362,917

CLEANING ROBOT

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A cleaning robot comprising a main body and a drive unit to move the main body, further comprising:an input unit to input a motion instruction for the cleaning robot;
a tilt sensor to measure an inclination of the cleaning robot moving in accordance with the input motion instruction; and
a controller to determine a stuck state of the cleaning robot by using an angle value obtained by measuring an angle the cleaning robot has moved based on sensor information of the tilt sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,362,916

AUTONOMOUS CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An autonomous cleaner comprising:a cleaner body including a plurality of wheels and a controller that manages driving of at least one of the wheels;
a dust container dock recessed in the cleaner body and being opened at a rear end of the cleaner body;
a dust container removable from the dust container dock, the dust container having a portion protruding beyond the rear end of the cleaner body when the dust container is set into the dust container dock; and
a dust container cover hinged to the cleaner body and configured to cover the dust container,
wherein when the dust container cover is closed onto the dust container, which is set into the dust container dock, a portion of the dust container cover protrudes beyond the rear end of the cleaner body, and
wherein the dust container cover includes:
a top cover that is at least partially transparent;
a bottom cover coupled to the top cover to form, together with the top cover, an appearance of the dust container cover; and
a plurality of infrared receivers provided in an internal space provided between the top cover and the bottom cover and spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,362,914

CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

11. A cleaner comprising:a power supply;
a suction unit including a main suction port;
a driving unit including a motor including a rotor and a stator;
a sensing unit including a hall sensor to detect a position of the rotor; and
a controller configured to control the power supply to supply predetermined rotor rearrangement power, which is power supplied for rearrangement of the position of the rotor, to the motor for a predetermined time period until cogging torque of the motor reaches a maximum, ending the supply of the predetermined rotor rearrangement power to the motor when the cogging torque of the motor reaches the maximum, supply start-up power to the motor according to the position of the rotor detected by the hall sensor, and supply stopping power to the motor after the cogging torque of the motor reaches the maximum,
wherein the stopping power is supplied in an opposite direction to that of the rotor rearrangement power, or the stopping power is a zero voltage, and
wherein the rotor rearrangement power is supplied such that torque that is generated by the rotor rearrangement power is greater than cogging torque of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,362,912

VACUUM CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a cleaner body; and
a dust collector received in the cleaner body, wherein the dust collector includes:
an external case having a first dust storage space therein;
an upper cover installed to cover an upper opening of the external case;
a lower cover coupled to a lower opening of the external case;
a first cyclone installed within the external case, having a mesh filter to filter first contaminants from air sucked from outside the dust collector, and configured to introduce the filtered air inside the first cyclone;
a second cyclone provided in the first cyclone and configured to separate second contaminants from the filtered air introduced inside of the first cyclone;
one or more cleaning extensions configured to remove a portion of the first contaminants clinging on an outer circumferential surface of the mesh filter; and
a rotary case coupled to the mesh filter and relatively rotating the mesh filter with respect to the cleaning extensions.

US Pat. No. 10,362,911

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:(a) a hand vacuum cleaner comprising a suction motor and fan assembly and at least one energy storage member, the suction motor and fan assembly having a suction motor axis of rotation;
(b) a surface cleaning head having a front end, a rear end, a dirt air inlet and a cleaning head air outlet; and,
(c) a rigid air flow conduit extending between the cleaning head air outlet and a hand vacuum cleaner air inlet, the rigid air flow conduit having a longitudinally extending conduit axis, the rigid air flow conduit is moveable between a storage position and an in-use floor cleaning position in which the rigid air flow conduit extends at an angle to the vertical,
wherein at least one supplemental energy storage member is provided with the surface cleaning head or the rigid air flow conduit,
and wherein the hand vacuum cleaner is removably mounted to an upstream end of the rigid air flow conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,362,910

HAND DRYER DEVICE

CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY ...

1. A hand dryer device used to cooperate with a home appliance having an airflow driver, comprising:a first housing having a first body and a first extension portion, wherein the first extension portion is connected to the first body;
a second housing disposed corresponding to the first housing and having a second body and a second extension portion, wherein the second extension portion is connected to the second body, the second body is connected to the first body for defining an accommodating space, the second extension portion and the first extension portion together form a concave annular structure, the concave annular structure has an extension space therein, and the home appliance is received in the accommodating space; and
an airflow driving unit disposed in the accommodating space and the extension space, and comprises:
a sensor disposed on an outer surface of the first housing and/or the second housing, wherein the sensor detects and outputs a sensing signal,
a control module receiving the sensing signal and outputting a control signal to enable the airflow driver of the home appliance to output a strong airflow, and
an airflow guiding structure disposed adjacent to an air outlet of the airflow driver and extending to the extension space.

US Pat. No. 10,362,908

WEIGHTED TOWEL WITH HANDLES

1. A towel for drying a person having an extremity and a lap comprising a rectangle-shaped flexible absorbent material comprising a top end, a bottom end, a left side, a right side and a center portion;wherein two weights are inserted into pockets positioned at the bottom end;
wherein the weights comprise non-magnetized material;
wherein the top end and the center portion are both un-weighted;
wherein located in the center portion of the towel is at least one loop handle;
wherein the at least one loop handle is located in one position;
wherein there are no opposing handles; and
wherein the un-weighted top end acts as a covering for the lap and the weighted bottom end of the towel wraps around the extremity.

US Pat. No. 10,362,907

SOLID SOAP HOLDER

1. A soap holder comprising an elastic wristband, the wristband having a face having a first side and a second side, the first side of the face having an indentation for receiving a piece of solid soap, a plurality of prongs being provided inside the indentation for penetrating and retaining a piece of soap pressed into the indentation, the wristband being reversible so that either one of the first side or the second side faces outwards.

US Pat. No. 10,362,905

WHISK AND DIGITAL THERMOMETER

1. A whisk and digital thermometer comprising:a handle, a plurality of wire loops and a temperature probe;
wherein the whisk and digital thermometer is able to stir food that is cooking in a pot and simultaneously monitor and report a temperature of the food;
wherein the handle is adapted to provide a grasping surface that allows a cook to carry and manipulate the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the handle provides a housing for a circuit board of electronics that measure and report the temperature;
wherein the handle comprises a handle body and a cap;
wherein a top of the handle body is open to accept the cap;
wherein the top of the handle body provides a threaded interior interface for coupling with the cap;
wherein a bottom of the handle body is closed except for a central hole for passage of the temperature probe and except for a plurality of holes that accept ends of the plurality of wire loops;
wherein the cap is an enclosed cylinder that houses the electronics and one or more batteries;
wherein the top surface of the cap comprises an operator control panel;
wherein the bottom surface of the cap comprises a threaded interface that couples to the handle body;
wherein the temperature probe is coupled to the bottom of the cap and extends downwards from the center of the cap;
wherein the plurality of wire loops comprise the whisk portion of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein an individual loop selected from the plurality of wire loops is a straight piece of wire that has been bent into a horseshoe shape;
wherein the loose ends of the individual loop are inserted into the bottom of the handle body;
wherein each of the plurality of wire loops extend into the handle body by a different distance so that the bent portion of the individual loops pass each other without interference at the bottom of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the temperature probe comprises a metal shaft located at the longitudinal center of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the temperature probe couples to the circuit board located within the cap and runs through the center of the handle, emerging from the bottom of the handle and running towards the bottom of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the temperature probe stops before reaching the plurality of wire loops at the bottom of the whisk and digital thermometer;
wherein the temperature probe comprises a temperature sensor which is located at the bottom of the temperature probe and which is coupled to the circuit board via wiring.

US Pat. No. 10,362,902

HAND-SHIELD FOR COOKWARE AND KITCHEN UTENSILS

1. A hand-shield for protecting a user's hand from flying hot liquid droplets and from convective and/or radiative heat while cooking in a basket having opposed wire-mesh side walls, opposed wire-mesh front and rear walls, a wire-mesh bottom, and an open top, the shield comprising a single-piece or a multiple-piece curved or flat plate of material configured to permanently or detachably attach to an edge or a wall of the basket and form a protective wall on a path of a droplet of splashing fluid, flying towards the user's hand.

US Pat. No. 10,362,901

AIR-BASED FRYER PAN

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A pan for a hot air apparatus for preparing food, comprising:a pan bottom providing a pan surface area for receiving food to be prepared;
side-walls at least partly surrounding the pan surface area;
a mounting connector for mounting the pan inside a food preparation chamber of an apparatus for preparing food; and
an air movement device configured to create an air flow that is vertically oriented downward streaming in outer circumferential portions of the food preparation chamber and is vertically oriented upward streaming though the pan;
wherein the air movement device is arranged to extend perpendicular and to a side of the pan or the air movement device is arranged to extend parallel and during use, is oriented above the pan;
wherein the pan bottom is provided with a plurality of through-holes as a hot air passage;
wherein the through-holes cover approximately 3 to 50% of the pan surface area; and
wherein a heat capacity per area of a bottom surface of the pan bottom is between 10 and 75 JK?1 dm?2.

US Pat. No. 10,362,900

TOASTER

1. A toaster with a housing, in which housing there is provided a first cavity for toasting bread and a second cavity outside of and separate from the first cavity, a baffle plate being provided between and separating the first cavity and the second cavity, the housing having at least one slot for receiving bread into the first cavity, wherein the first cavity is provided with heating elements adapted to toast bread in use, the toaster being provided with control circuitry for the heating elements that includes a thermal fuse,wherein there is a first saturation temperature range for toasting bread in the at least one slot, wherein the first saturation temperature range, in normal use, does not increase significantly with time after a period of continuous use of the toaster, and wherein a graph of recorded temperature against time during the first saturation temperature range shows a saw tooth pattern,
wherein there is a second saturation temperature range, which second saturation temperature range corresponds to a runaway condition,
wherein there is a difference in temperature in the second cavity between the first saturation temperature range and the second saturation temperature range,
wherein the thermal fuse is positioned in the second cavity, and
wherein the thermal fuse has an actuation temperature between the first saturation temperature range and the second saturation temperature range, as measured in the second cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,362,899

BARBECUE GRILL ACCESSORY AND METHOD FOR PREPARING FOOD

Adrenaline Barbecue Compa...

1. A grilling insert adapted for use in a barbecue grill having a recessed cooking chamber, said grilling insert comprising:a double-wall thermal barrier adapted for extending across the recessed cooking chamber of the barbecue grill, and dividing the cooking chamber into direct-heating and indirect-heating cooking sections, and said thermal barrier comprising a chordal water reservoir designed to extend from one point on a circular interior of the recessed cooking chamber to an opposite point, and wherein said thermal barrier has an asymmetrical V-shaped vertical cross-section with a first vertical wall of said thermal barrier being longer than a second vertical wall of said thermal barrier; and
a radiant heat chamber adjacent said double-wall thermal barrier, and designed for holding loose combustible material within the direct-heating cooking section of the barbecue grill, such that cooking temperature in the direct-heating cooking section is relatively high, and is reduced in the indirect-heating cooking section by said double-wall thermal barrier, and said radiant heat chamber comprising a vertical downwardly tapered peripheral wall curving between opposite ends of said thermal barrier and designed to reside proximate an interior surface of the barbecue grill, and said peripheral wall cooperating with said thermal barrier to define a relatively large open top of said heat chamber and a comparatively small bottom of said heat chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,362,898

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CONVEYOR OVEN

The Middleby Corporation,...

1. A conveyor oven comprising:an oven chamber in which food is cooked;
a conveyor moveable to convey the food through the oven chamber;
a gas burner to generate heat for the oven chamber, wherein the gas burner has a variable heat output and a combustion airflow rate;
a main blower for circulating air within the oven chamber, wherein the main blower has variable speeds;
a combustion blower that provides air to the gas burner, wherein the combustion blower has variable speeds; and
a controller configured to:
control the variable heat output and the combustion airflow rate of the gas burner,
control the speeds of the main blower and the combustion blower, and
activate or increase the speed of the combustion blower when there is a decrease in the speed of the main blower and decrease the speed of the combustion blower or turn the combustion blower off when the speed of the main blower is sufficient to maintain a burner flame without assistance of the combustion blower.

US Pat. No. 10,362,897

CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR SELF-TURN-OFF OF AN AUTOMATIC MACHINE

1. An automatic coffee machine having a control circuit for self-turn-off and a brewing water circulation pump, the automatic coffee machine being connectable to a domestic voltage power line and comprising:a logic controller having a low supply electric voltage;
a power supply of the logic controller;
at least one control switch to control at least the brewing water circulation pump, said at least one control switch being connected to the logic controller, and being activatable by a manual activation button of the automatic coffee machine;
an electrically actuated deviator connected to the logic controller and switchable between:
a machine activation status, where the electronically actuated deviator connects a main electric power line of the power supply of the logic controller to the domestic voltage power line, where at least the brewing water circulation pump is operated by the at least one control switch, and
a machine deactivation status, where the electrically actuated deviator connects a secondary electric power line of the power supply of the logic controller to the domestic voltage power line, said secondary electric power line having a reactivation switch, separate from the at least one control switch, activatable by a manual reactivation button of the automatic coffee machine, separate from the manual activation button, the reactivation switch being normally open when the automatic coffee machine is turned on, the reactivation switch being connected to the logic controller,
where, in the machine deactivation status, the control circuit, the brewing water circulation pump, the logic controller, and the power supply for the logic controller, of the automatic coffee machine are disconnected from the domestic voltage power line when the reactivation switch is open, whether the manual activation switch is open or closed, and where the manual reactivation button of the automatic coffee machine is activatable to turn the automatic coffee machine on and off; and
at least one condenser to maintain the power supply of the logic controller for an entire operating time of a switching of the electrically actuated deviator from the machine deactivation status of the machine activation status, said switching of the electrically actuated deviator being automatically generated by closure of the reactivation switch.

US Pat. No. 10,362,896

BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEMS

Starbucks Corporation, S...

1. A beverage dispensing system comprising:a base comprising an upper surface and a first check valve;
tubing connected with the first check valve and with a source of a liquid dairy product; and
a container comprising an interior, an upper end, and a lower end, the lower end comprising a second check valve, the container removably engageable with the upper surface of the base;
the container and the base being configured such that:
when the container is engaged with the base and a flow of the dairy product passes through the tubing, the first and second check valves are open, and the interior cavity of the container is in fluid communication with the tubing though the first and second check valves, thereby allowing the flow of the liquid dairy product to flow from the liquid dairy product source and into the interior of the container; and
when the container is disengaged from the base, at least the second check valve is closed, thereby inhibiting liquid dairy product in the interior of the container from exiting the container through the second check valve.

US Pat. No. 10,362,895

DEVICE TO PRODUCE MILK-BASED DRINKS WITH A CONNECTION SYSTEM AND A COFFEE MAKER CONTAINING SUCH A DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A milk-based drink production device designed to work with a steam output nozzle tip of a coffee maker, the milk-based drink production device comprising a steam input conduit and a connection system comprising at least one mobile jaw and fixed jaw in which the connection system is connected to the steam output nozzle tip wherein the at least one mobile jaw alternates between a connected position in which a watertight connection is formed between the steam output nozzle tip and the steam input conduit and in which the milk-based drink production device cannot be separated from the steam output nozzle tip, and a disconnected position in which the milk-based drink production device may be separated from the steam output nozzle tip,wherein the mobile jaw is formed from a receptacle having an upper opening and a lateral conduit that extends from the receptacle to the steam input conduit,
wherein the steam output nozzle tip is inserted into the upper opening of the receptacle of the mobile jaw to connect the connection system to the coffee maker and, when making the connection to the coffee maker, the mobile jaw moves vertically against the fixed jaw that is positioned above the mobile jaw in a cover of the milk-based drink production device, and
wherein the mobile jaw contains at least two trunnions, and the connection system further comprises a transfer piece that is mounted to rotate on the cover and which comprises at least two parallel, lateral partitions and at least two housings that match the trunnions formed on the mobile jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,362,894

GLOBALLY NETWORKED ON-DEMAND COFFEE BLENDING AND BREWING SYSTEM

1. An apparatus, comprising:a plurality of coffee varietal hoppers;
a brew chamber configured to brew measured amounts of one or more coffee varietals;
a transport system between the plurality of coffee varietal hoppers and the brew chamber configured to transport the measured amounts of one or more coffee varietals according to a coffee blend formula from the plurality of coffee varietal hoppers to the brew chamber;
a weight-based measurer configured to transfer a measured amount of coffee varietal material from the plurality of coffee varietal hoppers to the transport system;
a water supply configured to provide water to the brew chamber;
a processor configured to execute one or more processes to determine the coffee blend formula; and
a memory configured to store a process executable by the processor, the process when executed operable to:
receive a requested coffee blend formula having an associated flavor profile;
in response to the requested coffee blend formula being possible with the plurality of coffee varietals available, blend and brew one or more of the plurality of coffee varietals according to the requested coffee blend formula; and
in response to the requested coffee blend formula not being possible with the plurality of coffee varietals available:
determine a translated coffee blend formula from the plurality of coffee varietals available based on the associated flavor profile of the requested coffee blend formula; and
blend and brew one or more of the plurality of coffee varietals according to the translated coffee blend formula.

US Pat. No. 10,362,892

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR REGULATING FLOW RATE IN AN ESPRESSO MACHINE

Seattle Espresso Machine ...

1. A brew flow rate regulation assembly for regulating a brew flow rate of pressurized water within an espresso machine while brewing a coffee beverage having coffee grounds using the pressurized water, comprising:an assembly body;
a brew regulation assembly input configured and arranged to allow flow of the pressurized water into the assembly body;
a brew regulation assembly output configured and arranged to allow flow of the pressurized water out of the assembly body;
a first flow path disposed in the assembly body and in fluid communication with the brew regulation assembly input and the brew regulation assembly output, wherein the first flow path is configured and arranged to receive at least a portion of the pressurized water;
a second flow path disposed in the assembly body and in fluid communication with the brew regulation assembly input and the brew regulation assembly output, wherein the second flow path is configured and arranged to receive at least another portion of the pressurized water;
a first adjustable valve configured and arranged to regulate the brew flow rate of the pressurized water within the espresso machine by restricting a first flow rate through the first flow path, the first adjustable valve configured to regulate the pressurized water to pre-wet the coffee grounds at the first flow rate within a first time interval and with a first volume of pressurized water, the combination of the first flow rate, the first time interval, and the first volume of pressurized water insufficient to extract the pressurized water through the coffee grounds to produce the coffee beverage;
a second adjustable valve configured and arranged to regulate the brew flow rate of the pressurized water within the espresso machine by restricting a second flow rate though the second flow path, the second adjustable valve configured to regulate the brew flow rate of the pressurized water to the first flow rate during pre-wetting of the coffee grounds and configured to regulate a second volume of pressurized water at a second flow rate within a second time interval to extract the pressurized water through the coffee grounds to produce the coffee beverage;
wherein the brew flow rate of the pressurized water is equal to at least a sum of the first flow rate and the second flow rate; and
controls for the brew regulation assembly configured to adjustably control the first valve and/or the second valve to vary continuously and transition between two or more positions such that the brew flow rate of the pressurized water is adjustable during the espresso brewing process to vary pressure of pressurized water along the respective first flow path and/or the second flow path, the controls for the brew regulation assembly comprising a rotatable handle or adjustment knob.

US Pat. No. 10,362,890

METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY PEELING AND CUTTING COOKED VEGETABLES

Hosam Khalil Smiley, New...

1. A method for peeling, and cutting a cooked root vegetable comprising providing a cooked root vegetable having flesh and skin wherein same has been cut in half to provide cut surfaces; placing said cut in half and cooked root vegetable on a movable surface with the cut surface facing upward, said surface existing within a frame, said frame having front, rear and side surfaces so as to receive the cut in half and cooked root vegetable, said surface associated with the frame to enable said surface to move within the frame linearly and reciprocally along at least a portion of the height of the frame; fixing a mesh plate to the frame above said surface, the mesh plate oriented perpendicular to the movement of said surface; and providing power to enable said surface to move toward the mesh plate, whereby said surface moves the cut in half and cooked root vegetable through the mesh plate, such that said flesh of the cut in half and cooked vegetable is cut and the skin remains behind the mesh plate after all of said flesh has been fed through said mesh plate.

US Pat. No. 10,362,889

RECEPTACLE FOR RECEIVING AND SECURING PACKAGES AND OTHER ITEMS

BENCHSENTRY INC., Little...

1. A receptacle that is positionable on a porch or other area of a home and that is configured for securing a package, the receptacle comprising:a bottom panel;
four side panels that are coupled with the bottom panel and that are coupled together to form an exterior wall that extends upward from the bottom panel and that defines an interior space within which the package is positionable, wherein opposing ends of each panel of said four side panels include at least one interfacing member having a through hole, the interfacing members being arranged so that as the ends of the four side panels are assembled, the through holes of adjacent interfacing members are axially offset, and wherein said four side panels are coupled together via insertion of a rigid rod member through the through holes of the adjacent interfacing members, wherein said insertion of said rigid rod member axially aligns the through holes of the adjacent interfacing members and thereby increases a mating engagement of adjacent side panels and increases a rigidity of the receptacle;
a lid that is pivotably coupled with a back panel of said four side panels via a hinge mechanism, the lid being configured to cover an opening at a top end of the receptacle to enclose the package within the interior space, wherein the lid is configured to be pivoted open to enable the package to be removed from the interior space, and wherein the hinge mechanism is positioned relative to said four side panels so that a pivot point of the hinge mechanism is positioned above a top surface of the lid and is positioned forward of a rear surface of the back panel; and
a lock mechanism that is operably coupled with the lid and the exterior wall of the receptacle, the lock mechanism having a locked state in which the lid is locked and secured about the top end of the receptacle to prevent user access to the interior space and the lock mechanism having an unlocked state in which the lid is pivotable open to allow user access to the interior space; wherein:
a seam between each adjacent panel is covered and concealed by a component of the exterior wall so that the seam is not readily user accessible;
a vertical lip of the lid overlaps at least three sides of the top end of the exterior wall so that a seam between the lid and the top end of the exterior wall is covered by the lip.

US Pat. No. 10,362,888

POSTURE IMPROVEMENT PILLOW

1. A pillow comprising:(a) a body having a top surface, a flat bottom surface, a left upper region, a left central region, a right upper region, a right central region, a left leg, a right leg, and a main vertical end wall that connects to said top surface at a top edge and connects to said bottom surface at a bottom edge;
(b) said symmetrically shaped body having six contoured cutouts formed from said main vertical end wall connecting said left upper region, said left central region, said right upper region, said right central region, said left leg, and said right leg;
(c) said left leg and said right leg formed from said main vertical end wall transitioning from a thickness T1 to a thickness T2;
(d) a U-shaped first contoured cutout between said left leg and said right leg;
(e) a second contoured cutout between said right leg and said right central region, said right leg perpendicular to said right central region;
(f) a third contoured cutout between said right central region and said right upper region;
(g) a U-shaped fourth contoured cutout between said right upper region said left upper region;
(h) a fifth contoured cutout between said left upper region and said left central region;
(i) a sixth contoured cutout between said left central region and said left leg perpendicular to said left central region;
(j) said top surface having a centrally located pocket with said centrally located pocket sized to receive a temperature pack;
(k) said body is symmetrically shaped around a central axis;
(l) said bottom edge extends a perimeter of said pillow; and
(m) said third contoured cutout has a shape that is a mirror image opposite to the shape of said fifth contoured cutout and said second contoured cutout has a shape that is a mirror image opposite to the shape of said sixth contoured cutout;
(n) wherein each contoured cutout is sized and shaped to support a user's neck.

US Pat. No. 10,362,887

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR PLACING A COVERING ABOUT A MATTRESS

Russo Inventions, LLC, G...

1. A tool for manipulating a bed covering, comprising:a proximal handle portion;
a distal end portion comprising a plurality of spaced-apart protrusions extending outwardly therefrom, wherein the spaced-apart protrusions are configured to engage and extend through a plurality of openings in said bed covering to manipulate said bed covering; and
end stop portions disposed directly adjacent to the spaced-apart protrusions sized and configured for abutting with said bed covering adjacent to the openings of said bed covering to limit how far the protrusions can extend through the openings.

US Pat. No. 10,362,886

SMALL ITEM OVERSTOCK STORAGE SYSTEM

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

6. A gondola storage system comprising:a vertical plane of a gondola shelf system;
a horizontal shelf connected to the vertical plane; and
a tiered shelf attachment made of wire, the tiered shelf attachment removeably attached to the horizontal shelf, the tiered shelf attachment comprising:
a support structure having gondola shelf connectors located at each corner of a base of the support structure, the gondola shelf connectors configured to removeably attach the support structure to the horizontal shelf by passing through a gondola shelf connector hole and a hole of the horizontal shelf, the respective gondola shelf connector hole being aligned with the hole of the horizontal shelf;
two or more tiers mounted on the support structure, each tier including a horizontal segment and a vertical segment, the horizontal segment being substantially perpendicular to the vertical segment, each tier in the two or more tiers having an identical width between tiers;
a side support piece which connects the two or more tiers to the support structure;
a plurality of dividers removeably attached to the horizontal segment of each tier in the two or more tiers, each divider in the plurality of dividers held in place by tabs which extend under the horizontal segment of the tier in which the divider is located.

US Pat. No. 10,362,885

DEVICES AND METHODS TO PROTECT NEONATES DURING BED-SHARING AND CO-SLEEPING

1. A frame for a protective enclosure to protect a neonate during bed-sharing and co-sleeping, comprising:a frame base portion sized to accommodate a neonate and adapted to rest upon a sleeping surface;
a roll-over bar attached to said frame base portion, wherein said roll-over bar is arched above the sleeping surface, wherein said frame base and roll-over bar includes one or more hinges, pivots, or rotational elements, configured so as to elevate said frame base portion above said sleeping surface when a force or pressure is applied by a co-sleeper to said roll-over bar, and to permit placement or removal of said neonate from underneath the protective enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,362,884

CHILD-RESTRAINING HARNESS AND BIB

1. A safety harness comprising: a body harness and a bib; wherein the safety harness is further configured for use with a person; wherein the person is selected from the group consisting of an infant and a toddler; wherein the person is further defined with a pelvis; wherein the safety harness is configured for use with a chair; wherein the body harness attaches the person to the chair; wherein the bib is a protective garment; wherein the body harness comprises a pelvic strap, a plurality of harness straps, and a plurality of harness fasteners; wherein the plurality of harness fasteners attach to the plurality of harness straps; wherein the plurality of harness straps attach to the pelvic strap; wherein the plurality of harness fasteners comprises a first hook and loop fastener and a second hook and loop fastener; wherein the first hook and loop fastener is a hook and loop fastening device; wherein the first hook and loop fastener is further defined with a first hook/loop surface and a second hook/loop surface; wherein the second hook and loop fastener is a hook and loop fastening device; wherein the second hook and loop fastener is further defined with a third hook/loop surface and a fourth hook/loop surface; wherein the first hook and loop fastener attaches the first strap to the second strap; wherein the first hook/loop surface attaches to the second hook/loop surface to form the first hook and loop fastener; wherein the safety harness is assembled using a first seam, a second seam, a third seam, and a fourth seam; wherein the first seam attaches the second end of the first strap to the superior end of the pelvic strap such that the first strap lays flush with a fifteenth end of the pelvic strap; wherein the second seam attaches a third end of the second strap to the inferior end of the pelvic strap such that the second strap lays flush with the fifteenth end of the pelvic strap; wherein the third seam attaches a sixth end of the third strap to the superior end of the pelvic strap such that the third strap lays flush with a sixteenth end of the pelvic strap; wherein the fourth seam attaches a seventh end of the fourth strap to the inferior end of the pelvic strap such that the fourth strap lays flush with the sixteenth end of the pelvic strap.

US Pat. No. 10,362,883

UNITARY, CONTINUOUS AND LINEAR APPARATUS HAVING DUAL FUNCTIONALITY FOR TRANSPORTING AND SECURING COVER TO A SEATING OR RESTING DEVICE

Leann L. Bellini, Dixon,...

1. An apparatus for transporting a cover and for securing said cover to a seating or resting device comprising:a) a linear strap, wherein said linear strap further comprising:
i) a left strap,
ii) a stabilizing pad, wherein said stabilizing pad further comprises a first quilt stitching and a second quilt stitching, and
iii) a right strap,
b) a first fastening means for engaging a first end of said linear strap to said linear strap to form a first closed-loop of variable size to secure towel during transportation,
c) a second fastening means for engaging a second end of said linear strap to said linear strap to form a second closed-loop of variable size for use as a transportation sling, and
d) a variable coupling means for configuring said linear strap into a third closed-loop of variable size for securing said cover disposed on said seating or resting device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,881

COLLAPSIBLE, FOLDING MATTRESS SUPPORT WITH A HEADBOARD AND A FOOTBOARD THAT FOLD OUT

Best Price Mattress Inc.,...

1. A foldable mattress support comprising:a bedboard frame with a first portion and a second portion;
a central hinge portion that is pivotally attached to the first portion and the second portion;
a headboard frame; and
means for rotating the headboard frame from a collapsed state that is parallel and adjacent to the first portion to an unfolded state that is perpendicular to the first portion without pivoting the headboard frame about any axis whose position is fixed with respect to the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,880

ASSEMBLABLE MATTRESS SUPPORT WHOSE COMPONENTS FIT INSIDE THE HEADBOARD

Zinus Inc., Tracy, CA (U...

1. An apparatus comprising:a longitudinal bar having a total length, wherein the longitudinal bar comprises an upper portion and a lower portion, wherein the upper portion has a first connector and the lower portion has a second connector; and
a headboard with a compartment and an attachment location for the first connector, wherein the attachment location for the first connector is disposed on the headboard outside the compartment, wherein the compartment has a maximum dimension that is shorter than the total length of the longitudinal bar, wherein the compartment accommodates the longitudinal bar, and wherein the first connector is configured to attach directly to the headboard when the upper portion of the longitudinal bar is outside the compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,362,878

FOLDABLE SOFA-BED

Ultra-Mek, Inc., Denton,...

1. A seating unit that includes a foldable bed, the seating unit comprising:a base with an internal cavity;
a foldable bed that includes separate and distinct head, intermediate and seat sections, wherein in a folded position, the intermediate and seat sections are generally horizontally disposed and positioned in vertically stacked relationship, and the head section is generally vertically disposed and positioned adjacent a rear portion of the base, with an outer surface of a cushion of the head section facing rearwardly to form a rear surface of the seating unit, and in an unfolded position, the head, intermediate and seat sections are generally horizontally disposed and in serial alignment with each other, with the outer surface of the cushion of the head section facing upwardly; and
a bed folding mechanism that is attached to the base and the head, intermediate and seat sections that controls the movement of the bed between the folded and unfolded positions.

US Pat. No. 10,362,877

CUSHION WITH SUPPORTING FRAME FOR UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE

EDRA S.P.A., Perignano d...

1. A cushion for upholstered furniture for leaning or sitting such as beds, sofas or armchairs, including a cushion element, constituted by an upholstery of soft material stuffed in a flabby covering, the cushion element being configured so that two opposite main sides are defined that are peripherally joined by connection sides, comprising:an elongated fixed frame arranged so as to define in the cushion element an upper section located above the fixed frame;
at least two movable frames housed within the same cushion element in correspondence of the upper section, with each of the movable frames being hinged, independently from the other, to the fixed frame according to at least one hinge axis substantially parallel to a direction of elongation of the fixed frame, and arranged to take different positions, each of which is provided to determine a desired orientation of at least one portion of the upper section of the cushion element;
movement control means associated with the hinge axes, adapted to determine an amount of deformation action needed to rotate the at least one movable frame, so as to maintain a stable position when a deformation action is applied that is lower than a certain predetermined amount; and
connecting members for connecting the cushion element to an external structure;
wherein the fixed frame extends horizontally at a vertically intermediate level of the cushion element so as to define a lower section of the cushion element located below the fixed frame, the lower section being devoid of rigid frame elements.

US Pat. No. 10,362,876

CHAIR

OKAMURA CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A chair comprising:an installation base which is mounted on or fixed to an installation surface and includes a tilting allowance hole;
a leg column which stands upward from the installation base and is supported by the installation base in a tiltable manner;
a seat body which is supported on an upper part of the leg column to receive a seating load of an occupant;
an elastic member which is interposed between the leg column and the installation base and urges the leg column to take a vertical posture which is an initial tilted posture;
a support wall which supports the elastic member on the installation base and has an insertion hole; and
a coming-off restriction portion which penetrates the support wall from below to restrict coming-off of the leg column from the installation base,
wherein, in the support wall of the installation base, part of the coming-off restriction portion is inserted through the insertion hole, and a slide guide coming into slidable contact with a lower surface of a peripheral edge portion of the insertion hole of the coming-off restriction portion is provided, and
the coming-off restriction portion has a spherical guide surface which upwardly protrudes and comes into slidable contact with the slide guide below the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,362,875

EASY FOLDING CROSS BRACE DESIGN

GCI OUTDOOR, INC., Higga...

1. An apparatus comprising:first and second U-shaped cross-members, each of said cross-members including a front portion, a rear portion, and a cross bar perpendicularly connecting the front portion to the rear portion, wherein the respective front portions of the first and second cross-members are pivotally connected with each other at central portions thereof and the respective rear portions of said cross-members are pivotally connected with each other at central portions thereof,
wherein the cross-members are mutually movable from a generally X-shaped set-up condition in which the cross bars of the first and second cross-members are transversely spaced apart, to a generally flat collapsed condition in which the cross bars of the first and second cross-members are generally adjacent one another; and
right and left frame side assemblies are pivotally connected to each of the first and second cross-members, wherein at least one of the right and left frame side assemblies is pivotally connected to one of the first and second cross-members by a lost motion linkage;
wherein said lost motion linkage comprises a longitudinal link having a first end pivotally connected to one of the first and second cross-members via a first pivot pin and a second end pivotally connected to the at least one of the right and left frame side assemblies via a second pivot pin, said longitudinal link further comprising a slot extending partially along a length of the link proximate at least one of the first end and the second end and in which the first pivot pin or the second pivot pin is received for sliding movement within said slot with movement of the cross-members between the set-up condition and the collapsed condition.

US Pat. No. 10,362,874

SEATING DEVICE

HERMAN MILLER, INC., Zee...

1. A seating device comprising:a base;
a seat post extending from the base, the seat post having a first end adjacent the base, a second end opposite the first end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end;
a seat supported by the seat post above the base; and
a multiple-link rocking assembly coupled between the base and the first end of the seat post and operable to angularly displace the seat post relative to the base only forwardly and rearwardly relative to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,362,873

CHILD SAFETY ANTI-TIPOVER PROTECTION DEVICE

1. A child safety anti-tipover protection device, comprising:a. a first bracket extending between first and second ends and having first and second sides;
b. a second bracket hingedly connected to said first side of said first bracket at an intermediate position between said first and second ends, and having first and second sides;
c. a first strip of fastener material disposed on said second side of said first bracket, said first strip of fastener material extending between said first and second ends and crossing said intermediate position; and
d. a second strip of fastener material disposed on said first surface of said second bracket;
e. wherein said second bracket rotates around a fixed axis;
f. wherein said fixed axis is parallel to said first side of said first bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,362,872

FOLDING DRAWER FOR CABINET

E-MAKE CO., LTD., Taichu...

1. A folding drawer for cabinet, comprising:a bottom board including a plurality of holes in a front end;
two side panels each including a plurality of holes in a front end, a slide on an outer surface, and an L-shaped positioning member on a top of a rear end;
a rear panel including two U-shaped grooves on two sides respectively, and two flexible projections each adjacent to the U-shaped groove wherein the L-shaped positioning member is configured to dispose in the U-shaped groove;
a front panel including a plurality of holes in a lower portion of a rear surface;
a plurality of pins each having two ends fitted in either the hole of the front panel and the hole of the bottom board respectively or the hole of the front panel and the hole of either side panel respectively; and
first, second and third hinges wherein the first hinge is disposed on a joining portion of a rear surface of the rear panel and a bottom of the bottom board, the second hinge is disposed on a joining portion of an inner surface of one side panel and a top of the bottom board, and the third hinge is disposed on a joining portion of an inner surface of the other side panel and the top of the bottom board.

US Pat. No. 10,362,870

UNIVERSAL DRAWER SLIDE

1. A drawer slide, comprising:an outer slide member and an inner slide member configured to move between a closed position and an extended position;
a lever is pivotally mounted to a front portion of the inner slide member;
a cam configured to mount to the outer slide member in a first position and a second position;
the lever includes an engaging end that engages with the cam to secure the inner slide member to the outer slide member; and,
wherein the lever moves in a first direction to engage the cam in the first position, and the lever moves in a second direction to engage the cam in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,362,869

DRAWER ARRANGEMENT

Julius Blum GmbH, Hoechs...

1. A drawer arrangement, comprising:a drawer side wall, the drawer side wall having a support portion for supporting a drawer bottom; and
a drawer pull-out guide having a carcass rail to be fixed to a furniture carcass, a drawer rail connected to the drawer side wall, and a central rail displaceable between the carcass rail and the drawer rail, the central rail having a side limb and a transverse limb connected therewith;
wherein at least a portion of the side limb of the central rail is arranged laterally besides the support portion,
wherein the transverse limb of the central rail and the carcass rail protrude at least partially below the support portion, and
wherein the transverse limb of the central rail has a free end region supported on the carcass rail by at least one rolling body.

US Pat. No. 10,362,868

COMPACT BROOM AND DUST MOP STORAGE RACK

1. A compact dust mop and broom storage rack comprising:two symmetrical parallel vertical end panels, facing one another enclosing three horizontal panels of equal length, the three horizontal panels include
an upper horizontal panel having a flat back side, and a perpendicular rail facing a front along the length of the upper horizontal panel, the perpendicular rail of the upper horizontal panel having a plurality of semi-circular notches spaced equal distance apart along the perpendicular rail, and bounded by one of the symmetrical vertical end panels at one end of the upper horizontal panel length, and the other symmetrical vertical end panel at the opposite end of the upper horizontal panel length;
a middle horizontal panel having a flat front side, and a perpendicular rail facing a back along the length of the middle horizontal panel, the perpendicular rail of the middle horizontal panel having a plurality of semi-circular notches spaced equal distance apart along the perpendicular rail, where each semi-circular notch on the perpendicular rail of the middle horizontal panel has an open end facing an opposite direction of a corresponding semi-circular notch on the perpendicular rail of the upper horizontal panel, and the middle horizontal panel is bounded by one of the symmetrical vertical end panels at one end of the middle horizontal panel length, and the other symmetrical vertical end panel at the opposite end of the middle horizontal panel length;
a lower horizontal panel that is sloped downwards toward the front of the compact dust mop and broom storage rack, and bounded by one of the symmetrical vertical end panels at one end of the lower panel length, and the other symmetrical vertical end panel at the opposite end of the lower horizontal panel length.

US Pat. No. 10,362,867

PILLOW RACK

1. A foldable rack for storing pillows comprising:(a) a first frame member and a second frame member, the first and second frame members each being generally planar and defined by a first end, a second end, and opposite lateral sides connecting the first end and the second end, the first and second frame members having an upper portion and a lower portion defined by a central axis;
(b) a plurality of rods extending between the first end and the second end of the first and second frame members;
(c) a plurality of hubs, each hub of the plurality of hubs being disposed on an associated rod of the plurality of rods at the central axis of both the first and second frame members, each hub having an axial bore formed therethrough, the axial bores being in registry with each other, wherein the hubs of the first and second frame members abut one another and form a stable substantially continuous sleeve with a substantially continuous bore; and
(d) an elongated pin extending through the axial bores of each hub thereby rotatably joining the first frame member to the second frame member at the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,362,866

METHODS FOR CONTROLLED DISPENSING

Cubex LLC, Phoenix, AZ (...

1. A method for selective actuation, comprising: translating an index plate in a first direction in proximity to a plurality of bins arranged relative to one another in a plurality of columns of bins and each having a corresponding trigger release arm, wherein the index plate defines a plane having a perimeter border and a plurality of protrusions extending from a surface of the plate entirely within the perimeter border of the plane such that the plurality of protrusions are non-planar relative to the index plate and where the plurality of protrusions define a plurality of rows arranged upon the plate in a collinear arrangement; aligning a single protrusion to a single trigger release arm along the first direction; and translating the index plate in a second direction transverse to the first direction such that the single protrusion engages with the single trigger release arm and actuates a preselected bin which corresponds to the single trigger release arm, wherein the plurality of protrusions further define a plurality of columns which are arranged upon the plate at an angle relative to a proximal or distal edge of the plate such that each protrusion is off-set relative to an adjacent protrusion along the plurality of columns of protrusions which are further arranged to actuate alternating columns from the plurality of columns of bins for dispensing.

US Pat. No. 10,362,865

SECURABLE AND COLLAPSIBLE WORK STATION

JPL Investments, LLC, Sa...

1. A securable work station comprising:a base portion comprising a housing having a bottom, a first side, an opposing second side, a front, a back and a top, and a generally planar work surface located at said top of said housing;
an upper portion movably mounted relative to said base portion, said work-bench portion having a first side, an opposing second side, a front, a back and a top and defining an interior area, said work-bench portion configured to move between a first lowered position in which said first side, said opposing second side, said front, said back and said top of said upper portion extend over and cover said first side, said opposing second side, top front, said back and said top of said base portion whereby said housing of said base portion located within said interior area of said upper portion, whereby said securable work station has a first height, and a second raised position in which said upper portion is raised upwardly relative to said base portion and said securable work station has a second height which is greater than said first height and said interior area of said upper portion defines a generally open work space above said generally planar work surface; and
an upper portion lift assist mechanism, said lift assist mechanism comprising at least one biasing mechanism which biases said upper portion upwardly relative to said base portion, said biasing mechanism being user-adjustable whereby a biasing force generated by said at least one biasing mechanism is modifiable by a user.

US Pat. No. 10,362,864

CONVERTIBLE LED TABLE TRAY

1. A convertible LED table tray, comprising:a central compartment, wherein the central compartment further comprises a upper deck;
a drawer movable relatively in and out the central compartment;
a first side compartment connected to the central compartment;
a second side compartment opposed to the first side compartment connected to the central compartment;
at least one light-emitting diode light on the upper deck;
a charger plate;
a means for holding the charger plate on the upper deck of the central compartment; and
a means for joining the first side compartment and the second side compartment with the central compartment, and wherein the first side compartment and the second side compartment are detachable from the central compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,362,863

STOWABLE SENSORY LEARNING ASSEMBLY

1. A stowable sensory learning assembly, comprising:a horizontal base having a bottom surface and a top surface;
a vertical housing having a bottom end and a top end, the bottom end connected to the top surface of the horizontal base;
a system controller positioned on the vertical housing, the system controller configured to automatically control the stowable sensory learning assembly;
a canopy housing in communication with the system controller, the canopy housing configured to provide sensory stimulation, the canopy housing having a bottom end, a top end, and first and second sides extending between the top end and the bottom end defining a plane, the top end of the canopy housing pivotably coupled to the vertical housing at a first distance above the horizontal base;
a display housing in communication with the system controller, the display housing configured to provide sensory stimulation, the display housing having a bottom end, a top end, and first and second sides extending between the top end and the bottom end defining a display screen configured to provide sensory stimulation, the top end of the display housing pivotably coupled to the bottom end of the canopy housing, wherein the display screen is configured to provide a visual indication of progress towards completion of a task, wherein a green light indicates the beginning of the task, a yellow light indicates the task is coming to an end and a red light indicates completion of the task;
a desk housing in communication with the system controller, the desk housing configured to provide sensory stimulation, the desk housing having a bottom end, a top end, and first and second sides extending between the top end and the bottom end defining a writing surface configured to provide sensory stimulation, the top end of the desk housing pivotably coupled to the bottom end of the display housing;
wherein the display housing and the desk housing are automatically movable via the system controller relative to the canopy housing between a stowed position where the desk housing and display housing are substantially parallel to the canopy housing, and a deployed position where the display housing and the desk housing are angled relative to one another to define a work space;
an automated reward dispenser in communication with the system controller, the automated reward dispenser connected to the vertical housing at a second distance above the horizontal base, wherein the automated reward dispenser is configured to automatically provides a reward concurrently with completion of the task displayed on the display screen; and
a remote computer configured for remotely controlling the system controller via a wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,362,861

LEG LATCHING DEVICE FOR A TABLE, AND A TABLE INCORPORATING SAME

Varidesk, LLC, Coppell, ...

1. A table, comprising:a table top;
a bracket secured to the table top;
a latching device coupled to the bracket, the latching device having a retaining wedge coupled to a draw latch via a cam device and a shaft; and
a table leg,
wherein the draw latch is configured to pivot with respect to a cam follower of the cam device to laterally move the shaft and the retaining wedge connected thereto between a first position securing the table leg to the bracket and a second position unsecuring the table leg from the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,362,860

FLAT PACK END TABLE AND COFFEE TABLE

Zinus Inc., Tracy, CA (U...

1. A table comprising:a first straight bar, wherein the first straight bar has a width A and a length B;
a second straight bar having the width A and the length B;
a first U-shaped bar having the width A and a distance C between ends of the first U-shaped bar, and wherein C equals A plus B;
a second U-shaped bar having the width A and the distance C between ends of the second U-shaped bar; and
a rectangular table top having shorter sides each with the length B and longer sides each with a length D, wherein D equals C plus two times A, wherein in an assembled state the ends of the first U-shaped bar are connected to opposite ends of one of the longer sides of the rectangular table top, and the ends of the second U-shaped bar are connected to opposite ends of the other of the longer sides of the rectangular table top, wherein in a compact state the rectangular table top is disposed between the ends of the first U-shaped bar, and one of the ends of the second U-shaped bar is disposed between the rectangular table top and one of the ends of the first U-shaped bar, and wherein the ends of the first U-shaped bar and the ends of the second U-shaped bar extend in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,362,859

ORAL CARE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care system comprising:a toothbrush defining a longitudinal axis and including a head and a handle coupled to the head;
a reservoir disposed in the toothbrush, the reservoir containing an oral care material;
an applicator disposed in the toothbrush in fluid communication with the reservoir, the applicator operable to dispense the oral care material from the reservoir;
a cover movably mounted on the toothbrush, the cover movable from a closed position covering the applicator to an open position exposing the applicator;
wherein the cover remains attached to the toothbrush between the closed and open positions.

US Pat. No. 10,362,857

DEVICE FOR REMOVING OBJECT ON ROAD SURFACE, GUIDE RAIL TYPE VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR REMOVING OBJECT ON ROAD SURFACE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A device for removing an object on a road surface, the device comprising:a brush section which is provided between an end portion in an advancing direction of a vehicle body of a guide rail type vehicle that travels on the road surface, and a traveling wheel provided below the vehicle body, wherein
the brush section comprises a brush body in which a plurality of linear members are bundled, and
a lower end of the brush body is positioned closer to the end portion of the vehicle body than an upper end of the brush body at a use position in which the lower end of the brush body is configured to come into contact with the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,362,856

CARRYING CASE FOR POLICE OR MILITARY EQUIPMENT

Armament Systems and Proc...

1. An apparatus comprisingan elongated backer plate having a plurality of mutually parallel slots spaced-apart along a longitude of the backer plate from a midpoint towards one of the ends, each extending across the backer plate transverse to the longitudinal axis and having a constant cross section in longitude with a root end relatively wider than an opposing, open end;
an elongated cover plate;
a hinge that pivotally connects a first end of the backer plate to a first end of the cover plate;
a resilient lock that releasably connects a second end of the backer plate to the second end of the cover plate;
an adjustable spacer located between the backer plate and cover plate, the adjustable spacer having a slot engaging portion extending from the adjustable spacer that is complementary to the cross section of each of the plurality of slots wherein a space between the backer plate, the cover plate, the hinge and resilient lock is adapted to accept a range of different sizes of belts worn by a human user and wherein the adjustable spacer may be inserted into any of the plurality of slots to accommodate the different sizes of belts; and
a police or military holster fabricated from a flexible fabric, the holster further including an adapter plate rotatably attached to the backer plate and a diaphragm disposed between the adapter plate and mounting plate and sewn to the flexible fabric of the holster around a periphery of the adapter plate.

US Pat. No. 10,362,855

ARMBAND FOR MOBILE DEVICE

Superior Communications, ...

1. A system for mounting a mobile device to a wearer's arm comprising:a form fit mobile device case including a front side and a back side defining an outermost perimeter of the form fit mobile device case, the back side having an aperture and a flat profile without a protrusion, the form fit mobile device case being configured to hold the mobile device and lay flat on a flat surface when the back side contacts the flat surface; and
an armband including:
an elongate bistable spring having a first end and a second end and a central location therebetween and a length between the first end and the central location and a length between the second end and the central location, the spring configured to move between a first position in which the spring forms a curve for extending about the wearer's arm to hold the armband to the wearer and a second position in which the spring is straightened from the first position to release the armband from the wearer's arm, the spring having an inner surface for facing the wearer's arm and an outer surface facing opposite the inner surface,
a moisture wicking material coupled to the spring and covering the inner surface of the spring along the length of the spring between the first end and the central location and along the length of the spring between the second end and the central location, the moisture wicking material being configured to draw moisture away from the wearer's arm, and
a protrusion coupled to the spring at the central location and extending outward from the spring, and configured to insert into the aperture of the form fit mobile device case to releasably connect the form fit mobile device case to the spring and hold the mobile device in a position radially outward from the central location of the spring when the spring is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,362,854

BOTTLE, RETAINING DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED ELEMENTS FOR CARRYING CONTAINERS AND OTHER ITEMS

Amphipod, Inc., Seattle,...

1. A bottle and retaining clip, comprising;a bottle having a bottom, a mouth, and sidewalls extending from the bottom to the mouth, the sidewalls comprising a first sidewall and an opposing second sidewall, and a third sidewall and an opposing fourth sidewall, the third and fourth sidewalls joining the first and second sidewalls, the first and second sidewalls each being wider than each of the third and fourth sidewalls, the third sidewall having a first shoulder and the fourth sidewall having a second shoulder;
a retaining clip comprising a base configured for removable attachment to a support member, the clip having:
(1) a first arm extending from the base and an opposing second arm extending from the base;
(2) a third arm extending from the base and an opposing fourth arm extending from the base;
(3) the first and the third arms engaging the first shoulder when the bottle is attached to the retaining clip; and
(4) the second and the fourth arms engaging the second shoulder when the bottle is attached to the retaining clip;
the base of the clip having a first elongated slot extending between the first arm and the second arm, the first elongated slot being formed by:
a first projection formed in the base and extending from a position adjacent a juncture of the first arm and the base; and
a second projection formed in the base and extending from a position adjacent a juncture of the second arm and the base;
the first projection extending toward the second projection and defining an opening between the first projection and the second projection to provide access to the first elongated slot;
the base of the clip having a second elongated slot extending between the third arm and the fourth arm, the second elongated slot being formed by:
a third projection formed in the base and extending from a position adjacent a juncture of the third arm and the base; and
a fourth projection formed in the base and extending from a position adjacent a juncture of the fourth arm and the base;
the third projection extending toward the fourth projection and defining an opening between the third projection and the fourth projection to provide access to the second elongated slot;
the bottle further having a central axis extending from the base of the bottle to the mouth;
the base being removably attachable to the support member via the first and second slots;
whereby the bottle is configured for mating engagement with the clip and further wherein at least one of the bottle and the clip is configured and formed from a material that is sufficiently flexible to readily release the bottle from the retaining clip.

US Pat. No. 10,362,853

SWIVEL LIP APPLICATOR

CONCEPT WORKSHOP WORLDWID...

1. An applicator comprising:a body having a first top surface including an opening, a channel extending through the body away from the opening of the first top surface, and a first side and a second side including a first slot and a second slot respectively cut through the first and second sides;
a cover having a second top surface, a first arm and a second arm extending away from the second top surface, and a first and second hinges installed on the first and second arms respectively;
a support cup having a side wall, an inner-body opening configured to receive a product, and first and second recesses inscribed on opposite sides of the side wall; and
an indentation or hole on at least one of the first and second sides of the body and a peg on at least one of the corresponding first and second arms of the cover such that when the indentation or hole engages with the peg, the cover is prevented from moving longitudinally with respect to the body,
wherein the support cup is slidably fitted inside the channel of the body and the cover is hingedly coupled to the body via the first and second hinges of the cover,
wherein the first and second hinges protrude through the first and second slots of the body and engage with the first and second recesses of the support cup, respectively, and the cover and the support cup are slidable together in a longitudinal direction along the channel of the body, and
wherein the body is configured to allow the cover and support cup to slide in the longitudinal direction only after the cover is rotated away from a position in which the opening is covered.

US Pat. No. 10,362,852

ERGONOMIC MANICURING SUPPORT

Lori Ellen Halloway, Sal...

1. An ergonomic manicuring support apparatus comprising:an angled ramp including a top edge, a bottom edge wider in length than the top edge and opposing side edges extending between the bottom edge and the top edge, wherein the angled ramp is configured to receive and support at least one forearm and at least one wrist of a user;
a platform including a top edge, a bottom edge wider in length than the top edge and connected to the top edge of the angled ramp and opposing side edges extending between the bottom edge and the top edge, wherein the platform is configured to receive and support at least one hand of the user;
at least one contoured convex hand support disposed proximate at least one opposing side edge of the platform, wherein the at least one contoured convex hand support is configured to support and prevent movement of the at least one hand of the user;
a pair of legs connected to and supporting the angled ramp and the platform, wherein the pair of legs are connected to a portion of the platform to allow the top edge of the platform to extend from the legs; and
support brackets extending between the pair of legs to structurally reinforce the angled ramp and the platform,
wherein the at least one forearm, wrist and hand of the user are positioned and supported by the angled ramp and at least one contoured convex hand support on the platform to elevate the at least one wrist and the at least one hand of the user and position one or more fingers of the user in a hanging downward position relative to the top edge of the platform to receive manicuring services.

US Pat. No. 10,362,851

SQUEEZABLE NAIL TREATMENT CONTAINER

1. An apparatus for providing nail or skin treatment, comprising:a container, formed of a compressible material;
an insert, disposed within the container formed of a compressible material, and configured to receive and surround at least one body part of a user; and
an opening at a first end of the container which provides access to an interior surface of the insert,
wherein the insert is configured to hold at least one substance configured to treat at least one of a nail and skin of the user,
wherein the insert is made of spongy material, and further includes:
an inner sponge; and
an outer sponge, wherein the inner sponge is disposed within the outer sponge, and an interface between an outer surface of the inner sponge and an inner surface of the outer sponge is configured to receive multiple fingers of the user simultaneously and allow movement of the multiple fingers along the interface,
the apparatus further comprising a lid assembly configured to connect to the container and cover the opening, and to hold a detail sponge that is disposed within the insert when the lid assembly is connected to the container,
the lid assembly further including an outer cap configured to be opened, without being disconnected from the container, to expose an inner cover which secures the detail sponge to the lid assembly, such that removal of the inner cover removes the detail sponge from the lid assembly and exposes a second opening which allows access to the insert and has a smaller width than the opening of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,362,849

LICE AND NIT REMOVAL TOOL AND METHOD

1. A method of removing lice nits from a person's hair, the method comprising:grasping a first fabric sheet having a plurality of projections on a first face of the first fabric sheet;
folding the first fabric sheet around a first lock of the person's hair such that the first face of the first fabric sheet contacts the first lock of the person's hair;
squeezing the first fabric sheet while folded around the first lock of the person's hair;
moving the first fabric sheet lengthwise along the first lock of the person's hair while squeezing the first fabric sheet around the first lock of the person's hair;
disposing of the first fabric sheet;
grasping a second fabric sheet having a plurality of projections on a first face of the second fabric sheet;
folding the second fabric sheet around a second lock of the person's hair such that the first face of the second fabric sheet contacts the second lock of the person's hair;
squeezing the second fabric sheet while folded around the second lock of the person's hair;
moving the second fabric sheet lengthwise along the second lock of the person's hair while squeezing the second fabric sheet around the second lock of the person's hair;
disposing of the second fabric sheet; and
inserting a first digit of the user's hand into a first pocket defined on a second face of the first fabric sheet prior to squeezing the first fabric sheet around the first lock of the person's hair, the first pocket located adjacent a first end of the first fabric sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,362,848

UNIVERSAL NO-SLIP HAIRPIN

1. A universal asymmetric hairpin, comprising:at least two legs of different length;
an interface configured to attach replaceable charms;
a layer of no-slip coating applied over the legs; and
at least two replaceable tips attached to ends of the legs,
wherein the ends of the legs comprise screws for screwing into the replaceable tips.

US Pat. No. 10,362,847

LENS FOR PROTECTIVE CASE

Otter Products, LLC, For...

1. A protective case for an electronic device having a camera and a microphone, the protective case including a lens assembly comprising:a transparent lens having a first side configured to face the electronic device and at least partially cover the camera when the electronic device is installed in the protective case and a second side opposite the first side; wherein a first portion of the first side and a second portion of the second side are each coated with a light-blocking material and a first optically transparent portion of the first side and a second optically transparent portion of the second side are uncoated; the second optically transparent portion having an area greater than an area of the first optically transparent portion; and
a water-resistant membrane attached to the transparent lens and configured to cover the microphone of the installed electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,846

PROTECTIVE CASE WITH OVER-CENTER FLAP CLOSURE AND STYLUS HOLDER

1. A case for a device and a stylus comprising:a sleeve portion having a sleeve opening;
a stylus cavity located within the sleeve portion, the stylus cavity having a stylus cavity opening adjacent the sleeve opening;
a closure portion; and
a hinge connecting the closure portion to the sleeve portion adjacent the sleeve opening and the stylus cavity opening, the hinge adapted to allow the closure portion to move between a first position away from the sleeve opening and stylus cavity opening to allow the device to be inserted into the sleeve portion and the stylus to be inserted into the stylus cavity, and a second position where the closure portion is positioned over the sleeve opening and stylus cavity opening;
wherein the closure portion comprises:
a closure-portion front side configured to cover a portion of a front side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position;
a closure-portion rear side configured to cover a portion of a rear side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position;
a closure-portion top side that connects a top end of the closure-portion front side with a top end of the closure-portion rear side, and which is configured to cover a portion of a top side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position;
a closure-portion left side that connects a left end of the closure-portion front side with a left end of the closure-portion rear side, and which is configured to cover a portion of a left side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position; and
a closure-portion right side that connects a right end of the closure-portion front side with a right end of the closure-portion rear side, and which is configured to cover a portion of a right side of the device when arranged in the case with the closure being in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,362,845

THREE COMPONENT BINDER CLIP FOR USE IN PERSONAL ACCESSORY DESIGNS

1. A binder clip comprised of:a. a first and a second wire arm, identical to one another and each having two ends, and, each bent into a planar U-shape, the planar U-shape, having three closed sides formed from the wire arms and, and a fourth, open side, of the planar U-shape, including the two ends of the wire arms bent towards one another forming two wire tabs pointing towards one another leaving a gap between the wire tabs, and,
b. a metal spring formed from an essentially rectangular sheet of metal having first and second edges, each parallel to one another, and, third and fourth edges, each parallel to one another and perpendicular to the first and second edges, and, the metal spring formed by bending the third and fourth edges of the rectangular sheet of metal towards each other to form a U-shaped spring, and, the first and second edges rolled to form a first and a second cylinder, each cylinder having two ends and an opening at each of the ends, and, the openings having an edge, and,
c. the two wire tabs of the first wire arm are inserted into the two ends of the first cylinder, one per end, and the two wire tabs of the second wire arm are inserted into the two ends of the second cylinder, one per end, and,
d. a flexible cover that fits over the planar U-shape of the first and second wire arms and the flat metal spring, and,
e. when the U-shapes of each of the two wire arms are moved apart, the flexible cover contacts the U-shaped spring and acts as a fulcrum, pressing against the U-shaped spring to pry open the U-shaped metal spring, separating the first and second cylinders for insertion of an item to be held in the clip that, when the U-shapes of the arms are released, the item is then held in place between the rolled edges.

US Pat. No. 10,362,844

MOVABLE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS

CHOPARD TECHNOLOGIES SA, ...

1. A decorative article comprising a movable decorative element which is freely mounted in rotation and translation between two walls (5, 6) whose inner faces are parallel to each other, at least one of which is transparent, the decorative element including a precious or semi-precious stone (2) mounted in a socket (1), the socket (1) including:a closed bottom (4), having an outer face (7) which is applied in contact against the inner face of one of said walls, with one of the contacting faces bulged to promote the rotation of the decorative element, and
an open outer face (7) opposite to the bottom (4) which is flush with or protrudes relative to the stone (2) to form a bearing surface against the other of said walls (5, 6),
characterized in that the precious or semi-precious stone (2) is held in said socket (1) by a plurality of arms (3) integral with the socket (1) and extend above a body (8) of the socket (1) terminating at a free end, crimp the stone (2), the body (8) of the socket with said plurality of integral arms (3) being closed by said closed bottom whose outer face in contact with said inner face of the other of said walls promotes the rotation of the decorative element, said arms (3) leaving, therebetween and above the body (8) of the socket (1), lateral openings (9) which are rotatable with the socket (1) and which let appear flanks of the stone (2) between the arms (3) during rotation of the decorative element, and said bearing surface is constituted by free ends of said arms (3) in the form of separate contact areas spaced from each other around the open outer face (7) of the socket (1) about a periphery thereof, the free ends of said plurality of arms (3) being able to come to bear against the other of said walls when the decorative element rotates and translates between the two walls.

US Pat. No. 10,362,843

GEMSTONE AND METHOD FOR CUTTING THE SAME

1. A circular-cut gemstone comprising:a girdle having a top edge and a lower edge;
a crown extending from the girdle's top edge at a crown angle less than 23 degrees so that a substantial portion of light entering one side of the crown exits an opposite side of the crown; and
a pavilion extending downward from the girdle's bottom edge and having a pavilion angle the same as an ideal-cut-diamond.

US Pat. No. 10,362,842

VARIABLE MAGNETIC CONFIGURATION FOR JEWELRY

1. A jewelry article having a first configuration with an associated first wearable length and a second configuration with an associated second wearable length, the second wearable length being different than the first wearable length, said article comprising:a first chain and a second chain, each of the first chain and the second chain having two ends, a plurality of non-magnetizable links, a first end portion, a middle portion, and a second end portion, a plurality of magnetizable links, and a plurality of magnets, the plurality of magnets and the plurality of magnetizable links being interspersed within each of the first chain and the second chain so as to allow a user to selectively attach at least one of the plurality of magnets to at least one of the plurality of magnetizable links to change the jewelry article from the first configuration to the second configuration,
wherein the first chain comprises three magnetizable links of the plurality of magnetizable links (1, 2, 3) being interspersed on the first end portion of the first chain, two magnetizable links of the plurality of magnetizable links (5, 6) being interspersed on the second end portion of the first chain, two magnetizable links of the plurality of the magnetizable links (4, 7) being interspersed on the middle portion of the first chain, and a first and a second magnet of the plurality of magnets (C, D) being interspersed on the middle portion of the first chain,
wherein the second chain comprises three magnetizable links of the plurality of magnetizable links (8, 9, 10) being interspersed on the first end portion of the second chain, four magnetizable links of the plurality of magnetizable links (11, 12, 13, 14) being interspersed on the second end portion of the second chain, and a first and a second magnet of the plurality of magnets (A, B) being interspersed on the middle portion of the second chain; and
a clasp configured to releasably secure the two ends of the first chain relative to the two ends of the second chain,
wherein the first configuration is a necklace, and wherein none of the plurality of magnets selectively attaches to another of the plurality of magnets or to the plurality of magnetizable links, and
wherein the second configuration is a peter pan necklace, wherein the first magnet on the second chain selectively attaches to one of the magnetizable links on the first end portion of the first chain or to one of the magnetizable links on the first end portion of the second chain, and the second magnet on the first chain selectively attaches to one of the magnetizable links on the second end portion of the first chain or to one of the magnetizable links on the second end portion of the second chain.

US Pat. No. 10,362,841

ORNAMENT

MARIND CO., LTD., Osaka-...

1. An ornament comprising:an ornament body which is provided with a receiving portion;
a pivot shaft provided in erect fashion, and engaging the receiving portion in such manner that only a bottom end portion of the pivot shaft makes contact with said receiving portion;
a rigid suspending arm portion that protrudes from a top end portion of said pivot shaft; and
a jewelry member supported by a lower portion of said suspending arm portion;
wherein said pivot shaft, said suspending arm portion, and the jewelry member supported in pendant fashion by the lower portion of said suspending arm portion are formed in integral fashion; and
said pivot shaft is capable of swinging about a contact point of said receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,840

DEPLOYABLE FLAG BRACELET

1. A deployable flag bracelet comprising:a medial longitudinal flap member having a first longitudinal edge, an opposing longitudinal edge, a medial flap member obverse surface, and a medial flap member reverse surface;
a first longitudinal flap member coextensive along the opposing longitudinal edge, said first longitudinal flap member having a first flap member obverse surface, and a first flap member reverse surface;
a deployable flag portion coextensive along the first longitudinal edge, said flag portion rollable for storage when not in use by rolling the flag portion into contact overlying the medial flap member obverse surface, where the flag portion is thereat concealable beneath the first longitudinal flap member by folding the first longitudinal flap member on top of the flag portion such that the first flap member obverse surface makes contact with and conceals the rolled flag portion, wherein a transverse length of the first longitudinal flap member is of sufficient length to conceal the entirety of the rolled flag portion; and
wherein said medial longitudinal flap member further has a first transverse edge and an opposing transverse edge for endwise attachment therebetween to form the bracelet wherein the deployable flag portion is maintainably concealed behind the first longitudinal flap member and wearable about a wrist of a user, whereby the user can deploy the flag portion to clean an optical surface by detaching the first transverse edge from the opposing transverse edge and unrolling the deployable flag portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,839

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

17. A fastening device comprising:a first tape portion; and
a first fastening portion joined to the first tape portion, the first fastening portion defining a first side surface and a second side surface opposite from the first side surface, the first fastening portion comprising a plurality of fastening elements extending from the first side surface, the plurality of fastening elements arranged lengthwise along a lengthwise direction of the fastening device, each adjacent pair of fastening elements offset by a pitch distance and defining a fastening gap therebetween, each of the plurality of fastening elements comprising an engagement portion extending in a direction parallel to the lengthwise direction of the fastening device, the second side surface of the first fastening portion defining a plurality of relief grooves, the fastening device being a first fastening device, the first fastening device configured to be joined to a second fastening device comprising a second fastening portion having the same geometry as the first fastening portion of the first fastening device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,838

HOOK AND EYE FASTENER

1. A hook and eye fastener for securing two pieces of a garment together, the fastener comprising:a hook part configured to be mounted on a face of one of the pieces of the garment, the hook part comprising a substantially planar body configured to lay flat on the face of the piece of the garment, and an arm extending outwardly from the body, the arm comprising an inner portion connected to the body at a first end, the inner portion extending outwardly substantially perpendicular to the body, and an outer portion connected to a second end of the inner portion, the outer portion extending substantially parallel to the planar body, and a side of the outer portion facing towards the planar body defining a hook part abutment surface;
an eye part configured to be mounted on a face of the other one of the pieces of the garment, the eye part comprising a substantially planar frame configured to lay flat on the face of the other of the pieces of the garment, the frame defining an open mouth with a circumferential lip, the open mouth dimensioned to receive the outer portion of the arm of the hook part, and having an eye part abutment surface on an underside of the frame, the eye part abutment surface shaped complementary to the hook part abutment surface for engagement therewith;
when the body of the hook part and the frame of the eye part are touching or closely juxtaposed, the eye part is slidably engageable with the hook part to bring the hook part abutment surface and the eye part abutment surface into engagement with each other and fasten the two pieces of the garment together when the hook part is mounted on one of the pieces and the eye part is mounted on the other one of the pieces; and,
wherein the open mouth of the eye part comprises a slot formed in the lip along a leading edge thereof, and the hook part comprises a divider wall located on an underside of the arm for engagement in the slot formed in the lip of the eye part, the divider wall extending downwardly and substantially perpendicular from the hook part abutment surface of the outer portion of the arm and forwardly and substantially perpendicular from a front surface of the inner portion of the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,362,837

CLOSURE APPARATUS

Fastech Asia Worldwide, L...

1. A closure comprising:a male closure member comprising:
a first loop;
an arm fixedly attached to the first loop;
a bar fixedly attached to the arm, the bar having an upper portion extending orthogonally from the arm in a first direction and a lower portion extending orthogonally from the arm in a second direction opposite the first direction; and
a first loop extension fixedly attached to the first loop and extending orthogonally from the first loop in the second direction; and
a female closure member comprising:
a second loop; and
a base portion fixedly attached to the second loop, the base portion comprising:
a top edge;
a bottom edge;
a blind hole extending from the top edge toward the bottom edge into which the bar of the male closure member is insertable at the top edge and moveable along and configured for rotational pivoting of the bar in the blind hole;
a resilient protrusion disposed in and extending from the base portion at a position proximal to the bottom edge and configured to secure the first loop extension upon insertion and rotation of the bar in the blind hole; and
a recess configured to receive the arm attached to the bar inserted in the blind hole and positioned such that the upper portion of the bar and the lower portion of the bar are disposed between the top edge and the bottom edge.

US Pat. No. 10,362,836

REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM

Boa Technology Inc., Den...

1. A closure system for tightening an article, the closure system comprising:a base member having an inner cavity and an outer peripheral wall that surrounds the inner cavity, the base member also having a first end and a second end;
a housing member that is releasably mounted within the inner cavity of the base member, the housing member having a first end that is aligned with the first end of the base member and a second end that is aligned with the second end of the base member;
a spool rotatably positioned within an interior of the housing member, the spool being rotatable in a first direction to wind a tension member about the spool and the spool being rotatable in a second direction to unwind the tension member from about the spool; and
a knob member that is rotatably coupled with the housing member and that is operationally coupled with the spool so that rotation of the knob member causes the spool to rotate in the first direction;
wherein the first end of the base member includes a recessed channel near a bottom surface thereof and the second end of the base member includes a tab member near a top surface thereof;
wherein the first end of the housing member includes a first extending tab member near a bottom surface thereof and the second end of the housing member includes a second extending tab that extends from near the bottom surface of the housing member in a direction opposite the first extending tab; and
wherein the housing member and the base member are coupleable to form a singular assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,362,835

STROBEL LASTED INJECTED FOOTWEAR

Fuerst Group, Inc., Menl...

1. A footwear article comprising:a footwear-structure bag encompassing an injected filler material, the footwear-structure bag forming an integrated footwear component, where the injected filler material is an injected foam;
a strobel sock of the footwear-structure bag that is made of a first material, the strobel sock forming an insole region of the footwear-structure bag, where the strobel sock is coupled to a second material of the footwear-structure bag by a stitched junction at the insole region that directly attaches the first material of the strobel sock to the second material of the footwear-structure bag, where the first material of the strobel sock is a highly stretchable material, and where the second material of the footwear-structure bag is a minimally stretching material that is different than the first material of the strobel sock; and
an outsole directly coupled to the footwear-structure bag forming a base of the footwear article,
wherein the stitched junction is a stitch and turn seam including stitches, and wherein the stitches are located within an interior of the footwear-structure bag, encompassed by the injected foam.

US Pat. No. 10,362,834

HYDROGEL CONNECTION

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of manufacture comprising: a substrate body having a first side; a hydrogel-containing material secured to the first side such that a portion of the hydrogel-containing material is embedded into the substrate body, the hydrogel-containing material defining at least a portion of a first external surface of the article, wherein the substrate body comprises one or more traction elements extending from the first side such that the embedded portion of the hydrogel-containing material is embedded into the one or more traction elements.

US Pat. No. 10,362,833

BLADDER ELEMENT FORMED FROM THREE SHEETS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BLADDER ELEMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a bladder element comprising:forming at least one of a first polymeric sheet, a second polymeric sheet, or a third polymeric sheet with a contoured surface profile;
after said forming, stacking the first polymeric sheet, the second polymeric sheet, and the third polymeric sheet in a mold assembly so that the second polymeric sheet is between the first polymeric sheet and the third polymeric sheet; and
applying fluid pressure in the mold assembly:
between the second polymeric sheet and the third polymeric sheet, forcing a first surface of the second polymeric sheet into contact with an inner surface of the first polymeric sheet, or
between the first polymeric sheet and second polymeric sheet, forcing a second surface of the second polymeric sheet into contact with an inner surface of the third polymeric sheet, or
between the first polymeric sheet and second polymeric sheet, and between the second polymeric sheet and the third polymeric sheet, forcing both the second surface of the second polymeric sheet into contact with the inner surface of the third polymeric sheet, and the first surface of the second polymeric sheet into contact with the inner surface of the first polymeric sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,362,832

DECOUPLED FOOT STABILIZER SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:an upper defining an interior and including a lower periphery;
a base portion including an outer periphery, wherein the lower periphery of upper is attached to the outer periphery of the base portion;
a sole structure engaged with the base portion;
a bootie disposed within the interior of the upper;
a plurality of strap members extending between the upper and the bootie and extending from the base portion toward a top of the upper; and
an attachment structure engaging the bootie and the plurality of strap members with the base portion, wherein the attachment structure includes an attachment area located inside the outer periphery of the base portion, and wherein the bootie and the plurality of strap members are decoupled from the outer periphery of the base portion at least along a lateral side and a medial side of a midfoot region of the article of footwear.

US Pat. No. 10,362,831

CYCLING SHOE

SELLE ROYAL S.P.A., Pozz...

1. A cycling shoe, comprising a sole provided with an upper face and a lower face, as well as an upper that rises up from said sole, wherein the surface of said upper comprises a plurality of recesses suitable for decreasing the form drag of said upper hit by air, wherein said sole comprises a heelpiece comprising a channeling, for conveying the air that hits the shoe through a predetermined path, in order to reduce the form drag, wherein said channeling comprises a first branch and a second branch which are not open at the upper face of the sole and which are open, respectively, at a first air inlet opening and at a second air inlet opening provided for in the lower face of the sole and on the opposite sides of the heelpiece, and wherein the first branch and the second branch communicate with a single rear discharge of the heelpiece, and wherein the heelpiece does not project with respect to the lower face of the sole, so as to define a continuous surface alongside the lower face of the sole.