US Pat. No. 10,456,200

CATHETER, EXAMINATION SYSTEM AND THROMBUS REMOVING DEVICE

Teiji Nakayama, Hamamats...

3. A thrombus removing device comprising:a catheter including:
a resinous capillary tube, comprising:
a trunk capillary tube comprised of resin, and having front-portion that is surrounded by a marker made of platinum, and a branch portion that forms a first branched capillary tube comprised of resin and a second branched capillary tube comprised of resin, wherein the trunk capillary tube comprises a first through hole for at least one of a wire and a contrast agent, and a second through hole for an optical fiber, the wire passing through the first through hole, and the optical fiber passing through the second through hole;
a branching adapter fixed to the first branched capillary tube, and comprising resin and having a third branched capillary tube and a fourth branched capillary tube, wherein a through hole of the third branched capillary tube is continuous with the first through hole and comprises the wire, the fourth branched capillary tube comprising the contrast agent;
the optical fiber being fixed to the trunk capillary tube and in the second branched capillary tube, and having a position relative to the marker that is fixed in an optical fiber longitudinal direction; wherein
a laser light source which emits light to be inputted to the optical fiber of the catheter, the light being emitted from a front-end face of the optical fiber comprising a pulsed laser beam,
a position of the optical fiber is shifted from the central axis of the second branched capillary tube to an off-center position at the branch portion of the trunk capillary tube; and
a position of the first through hole is shifted from the central axis of the first branched capillary tube to an off-enter position at the branch portion of the trunk capillary tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,198

GUIDED WAVE ABLATION AND SENSING

The Curators of the Unive...

1. A system for controlled delivery of an electromagnetic wave to a target comprising:a housing;
a rectangular waveguide for receiving the electromagnetic wave from an electromagnetic source, the rectangular waveguide configured for sliding engagement in the housing, the rectangular waveguide comprising:
a propagation medium coupled to the source for receiving the electromagnetic wave therefrom and configured to transmit the received electromagnetic wave therethrough; and
a cladding surrounding the propagation medium;
wherein the cladding has a lower refractive index relative to a refractive index of the propagation medium to cause the electromagnetic wave to be internally reflected within the propagating medium and to inhibit energy loss as the electromagnetic wave propagates within the propagation medium;
wherein the cladding comprises an interface at a front surface of the rectangular waveguide, the cladding configured for direct physical contact with the target; and
wherein the cladding is configured to permit a first portion of the electromagnetic wave to penetrate through the cladding at the interface and propagate into the target and to cause a second portion of the electromagnetic wave to be internally reflected such that the second portion of the electromagnetic wave continues to propagate within the propagating medium when the cladding is in direct physical contact with the target at the interface and the refractive index of the target at the interface is approximately the same as or greater than the refractive index of the propagating medium;
a first coupling lens through which the electromagnetic source is coupled to the rectangular waveguide;
an ultrasonic sensor positioned at a back surface of the rectangular waveguide and configured to receive photoacoustic signals incited in the target by the first potion of the electromagnetic wave, the ultrasonic sensor receiving the photoacoustic signals along the same axis as the first portion of the electromagnetic wave propagated into the target;
a beam dump for absorbing energy of the second portion of the electromagnetic wave after the electromagnetic wave propagates through the propagation medium; and
a second coupling lens through which the propagation medium is coupled to the beam dump.

US Pat. No. 10,456,195

ABLATION OVERTUBE

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. An energy delivery system comprising:an overtube comprising:
a body having a proximal portion and a distal portion, the proximal portion is adapted to be positioned over a distal portion of an endoscope, the body further comprising a lumen extending at least partially therethrough;
a first plurality of openings formed in the body, extending from an outer surface of the body and connected to the lumen, the lumen being operably connectable to a vacuum source; and
an electrode operably connected to the body and disposed over at least a portion of the outer surface of the body; wherein the electrode is mounted on a movable member, the movable member extending entirely around a circumference of the outer surface of the body and free from contact with the lumen of the body, the electrode extending circumferentially around the moveable member, the movable member is longitudinally movable along the outer surface and selectively positionable at a first position on the outer surface of the body and at a second position on the outer surface of the body, the second position being proximal to the first position on the outer surface of the body; and the electrode being operably connectable to a power source and being energizable at the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,190

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTROSURGICAL ILLUMINATION AND SENSING

Invuity, Inc., San Franc...

1. An illuminated electrosurgical instrument, said instrument comprising:a handle having a proximal end and a distal end;
a non-fiber optic optical waveguide having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the optical waveguide is adjustably coupled to the handle such that a distance between the distal end of the optical waveguide and the proximal end of the handle is adjustable without decoupling the optical waveguide from the handle;
a locking mechanism selected from the group consisting of a collet, a twist-lock, a quarter-turn lock, and a protrusion-recess locking pair, wherein the locking mechanism is coupled to the optical waveguide for selectively locking the optical waveguide in a given position relative to the proximal end of the handle;
an illumination element configured to generate light and coupled to the proximal end of the optical waveguide; and
an electrosurgical tip coupled to the optical waveguide,
wherein the illumination element and the electrosurgical tip are configured to move with the optical waveguide as the optical waveguide is adjusted relative to the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,189

RF GENERATOR FOR AN ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT

1. A device for generating RF power for an electrosurgical instrument, said device comprising:a controller including firmware programmed to instruct a microprocessor to generate an electrical signal having an oscillating waveform of between 200 kHz and 4 MHz and to modulate said oscillating waveform between a plurality of ON and OFF states at a frequency of between 37 Hz and 75 Hz and a duty cycle of between 90% and 98% to create discrete packets of the oscillating waveform in the plurality of the ON states;
an amplifier in communication with said oscillating waveform that amplifies said waveform to create an output electrical signal; and
an electrosurgical connector configured to receive an electrosurgical instrument and to pass said output electrical signal to said electrosurgical instrument;
wherein the oscillating waveform has a frequency in the RF spectrum and wherein the plurality of ON and OFF states creating the discrete packets has a frequency of which is less than the frequency of the oscillating waveform;
wherein the controller is configured to modulate each of the discrete packets between SUB ON and SUB OFF states to form a plurality of sub-discrete packets of the oscillating waveform; and
wherein a frequency of the SUB ON and SUB OFF states is between 3 kHz and 19 kHz with a duty cycle of between 1% and 90%.

US Pat. No. 10,456,187

MODULATING NERVES WITHIN BONE USING BONE FASTENERS

Relievant Medsystems, Inc...

1. A method of treating back pain of a subject, the method comprising:performing a spinal fusion procedure between two adjacent vertebral bodies;
inserting a distal end of a first pedicle screw within a cancellous bone region of a first vertebral body of the two adjacent vertebral bodies, wherein the first pedicle screw comprises a channel extending along a length of the first pedicle screw;
inserting a first radiofrequency energy delivery device through the channel of the first pedicle screw;
inserting a distal end of a second pedicle screw within the cancellous bone region of the first vertebral body, wherein the second pedicle screw comprises a channel extending along a length of the second pedicle screw;
inserting a second radiofrequency energy delivery device through the channel of the second pedicle screw;
applying radiofrequency energy using the first and second radiofrequency energy delivery devices to conduct heat to the cancellous bone region of the first vertebral body sufficient to ablate a nerve within the cancellous bone region of the first vertebral body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,182

FORCE DISTRIBUTION IMPLANT, ASSEMBLY AND KIT

PARAGON 28, INC., Englew...

1. An implant for use with a bone fastener with a head portion and a shaft portion extending from the head portion along an axis of the bone fastener, comprising:an annular body portion extending from a top end to a bottom end, comprising:
an exterior surface; and
an annular interior surface extending from the top end to the bottom end defining a central bore extending from the top end to the bottom end along a central axis;
a rim portion extending radially outwardly from the body portion at the top end; and
a slot extending entirely through a section of the rim portion and the body portion such that the slot is in communication with the central bore,
wherein the exterior surface extends from the bottom end to the rim portion, the exterior surface being convex in a direction extending along the central axis between the bottom end and the rim portion,
wherein the interior surface of the body portion comprises a first interior surface portion extending from the top end toward the bottom end that is planar in a direction transverse to the central axis, and a second interior surface portion extending from the bottom end to the first interior surface portion that is concave in a direction extending along the central axis,
wherein the slot extends along a slot axis that is angled with respect to the central axis, and
wherein a width of the slot extending perpendicular to the slot axis is equal to or greater than a width of the shaft portion of the bone fastener extending perpendicular to the axis of the bone fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,456,181

SPINAL PLATE ASSEMBLY HAVING LOCKING MECHANISM

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A spinal plate assembly comprising:a base plate defining at least one aperture for receiving a screw, the at least one aperture including a seat and an annular groove terminating at an end wall;
a flexible element having a distal end and a proximal end, the flexible element partially retained within the annular groove and moveable between a locked condition partially blocking the at least one aperture for retaining the screw in the seat and an unlocked condition radially deformable in the annular groove for permitting the screw to be removed from the at least one aperture;
a moveable member for biasing the flexible element toward the unlocked condition, wherein the proximal end of the flexible element is configured to contact the moveable member and the distal end of the flexible element is configured to contact the end wall, and
wherein in the locked condition the flexible element rests adjacent a top of the screw and substantially surrounds a head of the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,456,175

VERTEBRAL JOINT IMPLANTS AND DELIVERY TOOLS

Providence Medical Techno...

1. A spinal facet implant system, comprising:an implant configured for placement in a spinal facet joint space, the implant comprising a leading distal portion and a trailing proximal portion;
a delivery device comprising a tubular body defining a lumen, the delivery device further including a proximal end and a distal end, and an anchoring fork at the distal end; and
a driver assembly comprising:
a hollow implant shaft defining a second lumen, the implant shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the implant shaft configured to extend through the lumen of the delivery device; and
a handle coupled with the proximal end of the hollow implant shaft; and
wherein the delivery device and the driver assembly are configured such that, when the anchoring fork is positioned in the spinal facet joint space, the implant is advanced into position in the spinal facet joint space.

US Pat. No. 10,456,174

CONNECTORS FOR USE IN SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING THE RISK OF PROXIMAL JUNCTIONAL KYPHOSIS

Medos International Sarl,...

1. A surgical method comprising:attaching a primary construct to a spine of a patient, the primary construct extending between an uppermost instrumented vertebra (UIV) and a lowermost instrumented vertebra (LIV);
attaching a connector to a first attachment point, the first attachment point comprising a spinous process disposed superior to the UIV of the primary construct;
positioning the connector relative to the patient's spine; and
attaching the connector to a second attachment point, the second attachment point being disposed at or inferior to the UIV of the primary construct,
wherein the primary construct is implanted through a primary incision and wherein the connector is positioned relative to the patient's spine and attached to the first and second attachment points through the primary incision, and
wherein positioning the connector relative to the patient's spine comprises tunneling first and second arms of the connector in a superior direction from the primary incision to the first attachment point.

US Pat. No. 10,456,171

SPINAL CORRECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC., ...

1. A spinal correction apparatus comprising:a body extending between opposite first and second ends, the body defining a cavity;
a ratchet disposed within the cavity, the ratchet comprising a rack and a carriage that are each disposed within the cavity, the ratchet comprising a pawl that is pivotable about a pin that extends through the carriage;
a first longitudinal element disposed within the cavity and connected to the carriage such that the first longitudinal element extends through an opening in the first end;
a second longitudinal element disposed within the cavity such that the second longitudinal element extends through an opening in the second end and is coaxial with the first longitudinal element, the second longitudinal element being spaced apart from the first longitudinal element, and
an actuator disposed within a housing of the rack and configured to facilitate incremental movement of the first longitudinal element relative to the body in at least one axial direction,
wherein an expansion force applied to the first longitudinal element causes dynamic incremental movement of the first longitudinal element relative to the body in a first axial direction, independent of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,456,169

ARTICULATION CONTROL MECHANISMS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical access port comprising:an access member having proximal and distal ends; and
an articulation mechanism at least partially received in the access member, the articulation mechanism including:
a first tubular member;
a second tubular member distal of the first tubular member, the second tubular member rotatably coupled with the first tubular member; and
a flexible pusher disposed on an outer surface of the first and second tubular members and operatively coupled with the second tubular member, wherein relative movement between the flexible pusher and at least one of the first or second tubular members transitions the articulation mechanism between a first position, in which, the first and second tubular members are axially aligned and a second position, in which, the first and second tubular members are axially offset from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,456,166

SURGICAL SYSTEM ENTRY GUIDE

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. An entry guide and cannula assembly, comprising:a cannula including:
a proximal portion operably couplable to a manipulator arm of a surgical system, and
a distal tubular member coupled to the proximal portion, the tubular member having an opening for passage of at least a first instrument shaft; and
an entry guide rotatably coupled to the proximal portion of the cannula, the entry guide including a plurality of channels for passage of a plurality of instrument shafts, the plurality of instrument shafts including the first instrument shaft, wherein the entry guide is rotatably driven relative to the proximal portion of the cannula by rotation of at least the first instrument shaft of the plurality of instrument shafts around a longitudinal axis of the entry guide;
wherein the entry guide further includes a lip portion that movably couples to the proximal portion of the cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,456,165

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE AND OVERTUBE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscopic surgical device comprising:a first medical instrument having a first insertion part to be inserted into a body cavity;
a second medical instrument having a second insertion part to be inserted into the body cavity; and
an overtube that guides the first insertion part and the second insertion part into the body cavity in a distal direction,
wherein the overtube includes
an overtube body that passes through a body wall and is inserted into the body cavity,
a first insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the first insertion part to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a second insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the second insertion part to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a sleeve coupled to the second insertion part inserted through the second insertion passage; and
a slider coupled to the first insertion part inserted through the first insertion passage, the slider being arranged inside the overtube body so as to be movable forward and backward,
wherein the slider includes a first stopper and a second stopper along a forward and backward moving direction of the slider, wherein the sleeve is configured to move between the first and second stoppers, wherein a forward and backward movement of either the first insertion part or the second insertion part does not interlock with the movement of the other when the sleeve moves between the first and second stoppers, and the forward and backward movement of either the first insertion part or the second insertion part interlocks with the movement of the other when the sleeve abuts against the first stopper or the second stopper of the slider, and
wherein the first insertion passage is provided with a through-hole located on a distal end cap of the overtube, and the through-hole causes a distal end of the first insertion part to move in a direction away from a distal end of the second insertion part when the distal end of the first insertion part moves toward the distal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,160

STENOTIC REGION SCORING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

1. An assembly for scoring a stenotic region within a vessel, comprising:a scoring member including an elongate push structure and a tubular, self-expanding scaffold, the elongate push structure positioned proximal of the self-expanding scaffold and, at its distal end portion, eccentrically coupled with a proximal end portion of the self-expanding scaffold; and
a deployment member positionable within a central lumen of the self-expanding scaffold, a distal portion of the deployment member insertable into and removable from the central lumen and detachably engageable within the central lumen with a portion of the self-expanding scaffold to apply an axial tension to the self-expanding scaffold when received within the central lumen to move the self-expanding scaffold to a downsized configuration,
the self-expanding scaffold movable between the downsized configuration, facilitating insertion of the scoring member into the vessel when receiving the axial tension from the deployment member, and an expanded configuration, facilitating contact with the stenotic region in the absence of the axial tension, wherein the deployment member selectively moves the self-expanding scaffold to the downsized configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,152

CATHETER WITH A COLLECTION CHAMBER

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A catheter for removing a non-liquid mass from a body, comprising:a shaft comprising a lumen extending therethrough in communication with a distal opening defined by the shaft, the shaft being adapted to extend through an access site into a patient's body;
a first seal in communication with said lumen of said shaft, said first seal being actuable between a closed state and an open state, said closed state preventing fluid flow therethrough and said open state allowing said non-liquid mass to pass therethrough;
a collection chamber disposed proximally from said first seal and being in communication with said first seal, said collection chamber being adapted to receive said non-liquid mass;
an openable cap disposed proximally from said collection chamber and being in communication with the collection chamber, said cap preventing fluid flow therethrough in a closed state and allowing said non-liquid mass to pass therethrough in an open state;
a suction port in communication with said collection chamber, said suction port being adapted to draw said non-liquid mass through said lumen and said first seal into said collection chamber; and
a second seal in said cap, said second seal being a non-actuable seal that is biased towards a closed state, wherein the second seal passively seals and does not need to be separately controlled between an opened and closed state;
wherein said first seal is actuable to said closed state while said cap is in said open state, said non-liquid mass thereby being removable from said collection chamber while fluid is prevented from escaping said lumen by said first seal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,151

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FLOW RESTORATION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A removable, integrated apparatus-thrombus mass, comprising a thrombus at least partially engaged with an apparatus, wherein the apparatus comprises:a self-expandable structure comprising a first plurality of cells, the structure having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end and the distal end being open, and the first plurality of cells being expanded into at least a portion of the thrombus;
a tapering portion comprising a second plurality of cells, the tapering portion disposed toward the proximal end of the structure;
a connection portion, at which the tapering portion converges, located at a proximal end of the tapering portion; and
a push or guide wire, wherein a distal end of the push or guide wire is non-releasably attached at or adjacent to the connection portion,
wherein the apparatus is self-expandable and pre-formed to assume a volume-enlarged form and, in the volume-enlarged form, takes the form of a longitudinally open tube tapering toward the connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,149

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO ACCESS BONE MARROW

1. An apparatus comprising:a penetrator assembly including an outer penetrator and an inner trocar, the outer penetrator having a flange configured to stabilize the penetrator assembly against an insertion site on skin of a patient and a cannula fixedly extending from the flange, the cannula operable to be inserted into bone marrow, and the inner trocar operable to penetrate bone marrow; and
a right angle connector removably couplable to the outer penetrator and operable to couple the outer penetrator to a source of intravenous fluid;
wherein the cannula of the outer penetrator is configured to removably receive a portion of the inner trocar, and
wherein the inner trocar includes a receptacle configured to receive a penetrator assembly connector to connect the penetrator assembly to a powered drill, the receptacle including a release mechanism configured to releasably attach the penetrator assembly to the penetrator assembly connector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,146

DEPTH CONTROLLABLE AND MEASURABLE MEDICAL DRIVER DEVICES AND METHODS OF USE

Smart Medical Devices, In...

1. A method for drilling into a bone using a medical drilling device, the method comprising:contacting an exposed surface of a bone with a distal end of a drill guide assembly of the medical drilling device, wherein the distal end of the drill guide assembly is configured to at least partially surround a working tool and at least a proximal end of the drill guide assembly is coupled to the medical drilling device;
applying a force with the distal end of the drill guide assembly, wherein the force is applied coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the working tool;
actuating a first drive motor of the medical drilling device;
revealing a portion of the working tool extending beyond the distal end of the drill guide assembly while the coaxial force is applied and while an axial position of the working tool remains fixed along the longitudinal axis, wherein revealing a portion of the working tool comprises withdrawing the drill guide assembly by actuating a second drive motor engaged with at least one axial drive shaft moveable along the longitudinal axis of the housing causing the drill guide assembly to travel a distance in an axial direction towards a proximal end of the medical drilling device;
penetrating the exposed surface of the bone to a depth with the revealed portion of the working tool extending beyond the distal end of the drill guide assembly;
sensing, change in strength of the bone penetrated using one or more sensors in electrical communication with electronic circuitry comprising at least one processor; and
displaying information regarding the depth and/or the change in strength.

US Pat. No. 10,456,139

SEAL ELEMENT FOR ANASTOMOSIS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A seal element for positioning adjacent tubular sections of tissue to be joined in an anastomosis, the seal element comprising:a first material that promotes tissue ingrowth, the first material being selected from the group consisting of a foam, a mesh, a non-woven structure, a perforated sheet and combinations thereof; and
a second material comprising a sealant at least partially surrounding the first material, the second material being compressible, the seal element being circular and having a centrally located aperture, the first material being disposed inwardly of the second material and the second material configured to engage the tissue to provide a seal, at least one of the first or second materials further comprising at least one medically useful substance, the at least one medically useful substance comprising a chemotherapeutic.

US Pat. No. 10,456,138

METHOD OF PROVIDING TEMPORARY PROTECTION OF ANASTOMOSIS

1. A method of providing temporary protection of an anastomosis in a large intestine or colon, rectum, or anal passage, the method comprising:introducing a surgical device per anum, the surgical device comprising:
a semi- rigid hollow longitudinal temporary anchor element, a first wall of which defines a surface of revolution about a longitudinal axis, including a substantially cylindrical main portion with a substantially circular section, and said first wall having an outside diameter that may be varied in a controlled manner between:
a reduced outside diameter in a radially retracted configuration of said first wall; and
an outside diameter in a radial expanded configuration of the cylindrical main portion of said first wall;
said outside diameter of the anchor element being greater than, or equal to, a resting diameter of a wall of said large intestine or colon in the absence of intestinal transit, and lower than a dilated diameter of the wall of said large intestine or colon upon resumption of the intestinal transit so that said anchor element is capable of remaining temporarily fixed to the wall of said large intestine or colon in the absence of intestinal transit by radial expansion force of the anchor element against the wall of said large intestine or colon; and
a sheath having a flexible tubular wall permanently fixed against said first wall of said anchor element;
routing said device as far as an anchor site upstream of the anastomosis, the anchor element being retained in said radially retracted configuration during such routing; and
enabling said anchor element to adopt an anchor position against the wall of said large intestine or colon in said radially expanded configuration, said anchor position being such that said sheath covers said anastomosis downstream of said anchor element once said anchor element adopts such anchor position,
wherein said surgical device is capable of releasing from said wall of said large intestine or colon and migrating along said wall of said large intestine or colon by sliding in contact with the wall of said large intestine or colon after resumption of the intestinal transit, and
wherein said anchor element comprises said cylindrical main portion of said first wall extending from an upstream longitudinal end of said first wall as far as an appropriately shaped downstream end portion having a smaller diameter than the cylindrical main portion, an outside diameter of a downstream end of said first wall in the radial expanded configuration being in the range 20 mm to 35 mm, and a length of said appropriately shaped downstream end portion of the first wall being in the range 10 mm to 30 mm, a diameter of said downstream end portion decreasing progressively between said main portion and said downstream end of said first wall, said decreasing being adapted to facilitate migration of the anchor element through a reduced diameter stenosis of the anastomosis area.

US Pat. No. 10,456,131

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOADING AND IMPLANTING A SHAPE MEMORY IMPLANT

BioMedical Enterprises, I...

1. An implant insertion device adapted for use with a shape memory implant movable between a first shape and a second shape, whereby the implant insertion device maintains the shape memory implant in the second shape until the delivery of the shape memory implant into tissue or bone, the implant insertion device, comprising:(i) a body, comprising:
a first jaw adapted to engage the shape memory implant,
a second jaw adapted to engage the shape memory implant, and
a third jaw adapted to engage the shape memory implant, wherein the first, second, and third jaws are movable from a disengaged position to an engaged position; and
(ii) a slider coupled with the body, wherein the slider is movable between an unlocked position and a locked position, further wherein the slider in its locked position maintains the first, second, and third jaws in their engaged positions, whereby the slider inserts between the first jaw and the second jaw to maintain the first and second jaws in their engaged positions, further whereby the slider engages the third jaw to maintain the third jaw in its engaged position with the first and second jaws such that the first, second, and third jaws engage and maintain the shape memory implant in its second shape.

US Pat. No. 10,456,129

POSITIVELY CHARGED IMPLANTABLE MATERIALS AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body having a plurality of staples disposed therein; and
an adjunct material configured to be securely coupled to the cartridge body and configured to be securely attached to tissue by the staples in the cartridge, the adjunct material consisting essentially of a positively-charged synthetic polymer treated such that polymers forming the adjunct material are substantially permanently positively charged, wherein the positive charge is dispersed throughout the adjunct material, and wherein the synthetic polymer is configured for sells to grow onto the adjunct material and enhance healing in the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,456,128

METHOD FOR SUTURE LACING

ETHICON LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method for suture lacing, comprising:a. providing a suture with a needle attached thereto;
b. inserting the needle and suture into an organ through a passageway;
c. throwing a single stitch through a first tissue member, throwing a single stitch through an opposed and spaced apart second tissue member;
d. repeating step (c) at least once;
e. bringing the first and second tissue members in contact by tensioning the suture, whereby suture drag is minimized during the tensioning and even tissue compression is substantially achieved; and
f. throwing a final suture throw including a step of reversing the direction of the final suture throw, wherein the step of reversing includes positioning a reversing pin between the suture and either the first tissue member or the second tissue member; and
g. securing the suture.

US Pat. No. 10,456,126

FORCEPS WITH INTEGRATED BLADE

1. An apparatus comprising:two arms, each of the two arms including a first end and a second end, wherein the two arms are joined at the first ends so as to form a handle, wherein the second ends are configured to be positioned in an open position where the two second ends are not in contact and in a closed position where the two second ends are in contact, wherein when in the open position, the two second ends define two points on a line, wherein the line defines a gripping direction between the open position and the closed position, wherein at least one of the two arms defines a main portion and a tip portion, wherein the second end of the at least one of the two arms is disposed at a distal end of the tip portion, wherein the main portion extends along a main axis and the tip portion extends along a tip axis, and wherein the tip axis is disposed at a first angle to the main axis; and
a blade disposed on at least one of the two arms, wherein the blade comprises a body that defines a plane and a cutting edge disposed at a second angle to the plane, wherein the plane is disposed at a third angle that is non-parallel to the line, and wherein the blade spans the first angle between the main portion and the tip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,125

SURGICAL ACCESS DEVICE COMPRISING INTERNAL RETRACTOR

Applied Medical Resources...

1. A surgical access device comprising:a proximal end, a distal end, a longitudinal axis extending from the proximal end to the distal end, and an access channel extending therethrough;
a wound retractor comprising an outer ring, an inner ring, and a tubular sheath extending between the outer ring and the inner ring; and
an internal retractor coupled to the wound retractor in an operative state of the surgical access device, wherein in the operative state, at least a portion of the internal retractor extends distally of the inner ring and wherein the internal retractor comprises an inflatable torus.

US Pat. No. 10,456,123

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEALING A VASCULAR PUNCTURE

ACCESS CLOSURE, INC., Sa...

1. A method for sealing an arteriotomy comprising:advancing a closure system through a procedural sheath extending through the arteriotomy, the closure system comprising:
a handle portion;
a sheath adapter extending from the handle portion, the sheath adapter comprising an attachment structure defining a passageway;
an outer catheter extending from the handle portion;
an inner catheter extending through the outer catheter, the outer catheter removably secured to the inner catheter;
a support tube radially between the outer catheter and the inner catheter; and
a sealant positioned in a distal section of the outer catheter;
releasably securing the sheath adapter of the closure system to the procedural sheath by positioning a side port or an irrigation line of the procedural sheath into the passageway of the attachment structure; and
retracting the outer catheter relative to the inner catheter to expose the sealant.

US Pat. No. 10,456,121

TISSUE REMOVAL SYSTEM

Hologic, Inc., Marlborou...

1. A method for resecting tissue from a uterus using a surgical device, the surgical device comprising a housing, a vacuum chamber located in the housing, a manually-operated actuator mechanically coupled to a piston disposed in the vacuum chamber, an outer tube having a sidewall opening near a distal end of the outer tube, and an inner tube, the inner tube being positioned within a lumen of the outer tube, the inner tube having a lumen in selective fluid communication with the sidewall opening in the outer tube via a distal opening in the inner tube, the method comprising:transcervically introducing a distal portion of the surgical device into the uterus so that the sidewall opening in the outer tube is positioned adjacent to uterine wall tissue targeted for removal;
applying a force to the manually-operated actuator to move the piston and thereby generate vacuum in the vacuum chamber and cause the targeted uterine wall tissue to prolapse into the sidewall opening; and
after generating vacuum in the vacuum chamber and causing the targeted uterine wall tissue to prolapse into the sidewall opening, initiating translation of the inner tube relative to the outer tube to thereby cut the targeted uterine wall tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,456,118

BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE COLLECTION, STORAGE, AND TRANSPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD

IN HINDSIGHT LLC, San Di...

1. A system for biological sample collection comprising:a collection assembly and a sheath;
wherein the collection assembly comprises a support shaft, a swab head, and a handle;
the swab head couples to a distal support shaft end;
the handle comprises a top surface and a bottom surface and couples to a proximal support shaft end;
a base coupled to a sheath proximal end, the base comprising a stop channel;
the collection assembly slideably couples to the sheath and is configurable in a retracted position with the swab head entirely disposed within the sheath and the handle extends proximally from the base or an extended position with the swab head extending outside of the sheath, and the handle is disposed within the stop channel such that a radially outward facing handle surface contacts and frictionally couples to a radially inward facing stop channel surface with sufficient force to prevent the handle from rotating when the collection assembly is in the extended position and the swab head is rotated while contacting a collection site;
a distal sheath end comprises an aperture, the aperture having a circumference large enough to allow the swab head to pass through said aperture when the collection assembly is configured in the extended position; and
a seal configured to be applied to the distal sheath end after the swab head has collected a biological sample and the collection assembly has been reconfigured into the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,112

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS, ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to implement:
an image generation unit configured to generate a first ultrasound image based on ultrasound data obtained by scanning a target object including a tubular object; and
a control unit configured to obtain first information of a plurality of nodes indicating nodal points included in the at least one of plurality of lines through the tubular object, based on the first ultrasound image, determine a node among the plurality of nodes as a viewpoint, and to control the image generator to generate a second ultrasound image based on the ultrasound data and the determined viewpoint,
wherein the control unit is further configured to:
automatically obtain a sequence of nodes regarding at least two of the nodes,
determine the viewpoint according to the obtained sequence of nodes, and
control a display to display the first ultrasound image including the plurality of nodes and the second ultrasound image,
wherein one or more nodes from among the plurality of nodes, at which the second ultrasound image is obtained, is displayed differently from one or more nodes from among the plurality of nodes, at which the second ultrasound image is not obtained, in the first ultrasound image.

US Pat. No. 10,456,111

ULTRASOUND SYSTEM AND SIGNAL PROCESSING UNIT CONFIGURED FOR TIME GAIN AND LATERAL GAIN COMPENSATION

Samsung Medison Co., Ltd....

1. An ultrasound diagnosis system, comprising:a probe configured to transmit an ultrasound signal to an object and to receive an echo signal reflected from the object; and
a portable computer configured to generate an ultrasound image of the object, wherein the portable computer includes:
a touch panel; and
a processor configured to:
display, via the touch panel, multiple parallel lines each of which corresponds to two or more positions of the ultrasound image, wherein the multiple parallel lines are visually present on the touch panel;
generate a curve generated based on a single touch input received via the touch panel in a region of the touch panel in which the multiple parallel lines are displayed, the curve generated based on the single touch input intersecting successively with the displayed multiple parallel lines; and
adjust compensation setting values of the two or more positions of the ultrasound image, based on the successive intersection of the curve with the displayed multiple parallel lines corresponding to the two or more positions of the ultrasound image,
wherein the single touch input successively intersects with a plurality of the displayed multiple parallel lines corresponding to the two or more positions, and
wherein the compensation setting values comprises at least one of a time gain compensation (TGC) value or a lateral gain compensation (LGC) value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,110

ULTRASOUND IMAGING APPARATUS

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An ultrasound imaging apparatus comprising:an ultrasonic element array having a plurality of ultrasonic elements arrayed along a predetermined direction, the plurality of ultrasonic elements transmitting ultrasonic waves to an imaging area of a test object and receiving ultrasonic waves reflected off the test object;
a transmission beam former, comprising a transmission scanning line control unit, that sequentially transmits signals causing transmission beams to be transmitted from the ultrasonic element array along a plurality of transmission scanning lines set in the imaging area of the test object;
a reception beam former, comprising a delay addition calculating unit, that sets a plurality of reception scanning lines for each of the transmission beams and generates signals, the signals being generated by phasing and adding received outputs of the ultrasonic elements via the delay addition calculating unit, at a plurality of received focal points on the respective reception scanning lines;
a beam memory, which stores a plurality of phase outputs corresponding to each of the plurality of reception scanning lines generated by the reception beam former;
an aperture synthesizing unit that adds a plurality of phase outputs obtained from reflected ultrasonic waves of the transmission beams, including the stored plurality of phase outputs from the beam memory, which are different, at the received focal points, which are the same;
a frame memory which stores a phase output generated by the aperture synthesizing unit;
an image processing unit which reads the phase output stored on the frame memory and generates an image of the imaging area;
an image display unit which displays the generated image;
a receiving unit that receives an instruction to perform a high speed imaging mode from an operator;
a transmission/reception switching unit which transmits the signals from the transmission beam former to the ultrasonic element array and receives signals from the ultrasonic element array; and
a control unit,
wherein when the receiving unit receives an instruction to perform a high speed imaging mode, the transmission scanning line control unit determines intervals, corresponding to speed in the high speed imaging mode, between the plurality of transmission scanning lines, and the transmission beam former sequentially transmits the signals causing the transmission beams to be transmitted along the plurality of transmission scanning lines at the determined intervals corresponding to imaging speed in the high speed imaging mode;
the aperture synthesizing unit sets a number of the phase outputs to be added at each of the received focal points to a predetermined addition number (N) reducing occurrence of stripes on the image; and
in order to generate the addition number (N) of the phase outputs at each of the received focal points, the control unit finds a number (M) of the reception scanning lines, the number (M) set by the reception beam former, and the control unit notifies the reception beam former of the found number (M) of the reception scanning lines.

US Pat. No. 10,456,103

UNIFIED TRAJECTORY GENERATION PROCESS AND SYSTEM

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. A method implemented on a computing device having at least one processor and a storage device storing a set of instructions for controlling a system operatively connected to the computing device, comprising:obtaining, by the at least one processor, a plurality of positions for multiple components of the system defined by a plan;
obtaining, by the at least one processor, a set of constraints that express limitations for the multiple components at the plurality of positions, the constraints being applicable to the plan where the multiple components synchronously change their positions with time to traverse a prescribed sequence of the plurality of positions, at least one of the multiple components being further constrained to change its position over time by staying within a predefined tolerance to a predefined smooth function of position over time between different positions;
determining, by the at least one processor, a trajectory of position and a minimum duration in which the multiple components completely synchronously traverse the prescribed sequence of positions while satisfying the constraints for the multiple components;
generating, by the at least one processor, a record of the determined trajectory of position and the minimum duration for the multiple components; and
controlling, by the at least one processor, the multiple components of the system to execute, in synchronous motion, the determined trajectory within the determined minimum duration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,094

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NUMERICALLY EVALUATING VASCULATURE

HeartFlow, Inc., Redwood...

1. A method for providing a cardiovascular score for a patient, the method comprising:receiving, using at least one computer system, non-invasively obtained patient-specific image data of multiple coronary arteries of the patient;
creating, using the at least one computer system, a three-dimensional model representing a plurality of portions of the one or more coronary arteries of the patient using the patient-specific image data;
segmenting, using the at least one computer system, one or more geometrical features from the non-invasively obtained patent-specific image data using the three-dimensional model;
analyzing, using the at least one computer system, the one or more geometric features segmented from the non-invasively obtained patient-specific image data to determine multiple characteristics of the one or more coronary arteries;
evaluating, using the at least one computer system, the multiple characteristics of the analyzed one or more geometrical features of the coronary arteries to obtain computer evaluations of the multiple characteristics; and
automatically generating, using the at least one computer system, the cardiovascular score from the computer evaluations of the multiple characteristics.

US Pat. No. 10,456,092

SURGICAL MICROSCOPE SYSTEM

MITAKA KOHKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A surgical microscope system comprising:a surgical microscope taking light reflected from a surgical field into an objective optical system through a light intake formed at a bottom part of the surgical microscope, and guiding the taken light passing through the objective optical system through a variable power optical system to an eyepiece optical system;
an illuminating unit emitting an illuminating beam and forming an illuminating spot around the surgical field, the illuminating spot covering at least the surgical field;
an infrared thermocamera attached to the surgical microscope, imaging a monitoring area containing at least the illuminating spot, and providing temperature data on the monitoring area; and
an alarming unit being activated if at least a data piece among the temperature data provided by the infrared thermocamera indicates a higher temperature than a temperature represented by reference temperature data,
wherein the monitoring area of the infrared thermocamera is larger than the surgical field and the illuminating spot, and the illuminating spot is larger than the surgical field.

US Pat. No. 10,456,088

PERFORMANCE OF BIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENTS IN THE PRESENCE OF NOISE

Samsung Electronics Compa...

1. A method for determining a heart-rate variability (HRV) measurement of a user, comprising:receiving, from a sensor of an electronic device of the user, heart sensor data;
determining, based on the received heart sensor data, an initial HRV measurement of the user;
determining in real-time, using a noise model for the HRV of the user, a noise level of the received heart sensor data, wherein the noise model is based on post-hoc analysis of one or more previous HRV measurements of the user;
adjusting the initial HRV measurement by an amount calculated based on the determined noise level; and
providing the initial HRV measurement to a database of HRV measurements associated with the noise model.

US Pat. No. 10,456,087

METHOD FOR SCORE CONFIDENCE INTERVAL ESTIMATION WHEN VITAL SIGN SAMPLING FREQUENCY IS LIMITED

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A patient monitoring system comprising:a display device; and
an electronic data processing component programmed to perform a patient monitoring method including, at each successive current time:
determining a patient status value at the current time based on a most recently received measurement for each of a plurality of input physiological parameters, wherein the most recently received measurements for at least one of the plurality of input physiological parameters is not a continuous measurement, and wherein one or more of the plurality of input physiological parameters are measured via one or more sensors attached to the patient;
determining a plurality of time intervals, wherein each time interval is between the current time and a receipt time of the most recently received measurement for a respective one of the plurality of input physiological parameters;
estimating a confidence interval for the patient status value at the current time by applying the patient status value and the plurality of time intervals to a confidence interval distribution; and
displaying patient status information on the display device wherein the displayed patient status information is based on both the patient status value at the current time and the estimated confidence interval for the patient status value at the current time.

US Pat. No. 10,456,086

METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR PREDICTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA DETECTION FOR MILD TO MODERATE EXERCISE

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA PA...

1. A method for predicting hypoglycemia for a user comprising:obtaining a blood glucose signal (BGstart), a ratio of absolute insulin on board over total daily insulin signal (IOBabs/TDI), and an initial glycemic slope signal (SO);
determining a hypoglycemia risk signal with a hypoglycemia prediction algorithm that determines the probability of the user being hypoglycemic during or after exercise based on the blood glucose signal, the ratio of absolute insulin on board over total daily insulin signal, and the initial glycemic slope signal; and
determining a hypoglycemia risk state with a classifier algorithm that classifies the hypoglycemia risk signal to identify an actionable hypoglycemia risk state based on a predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,456,085

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MEASURING A BIOLOGICAL SIGNAL

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of measuring a biological variable, the method comprising:irradiating an infrared signal toward a body part;
detecting an infrared signal of the irradiated infrared signal which is reflected from the body part;
extracting spectrum data from the detected infrared signal;
obtaining intensity data corresponding to a first frequency range and a second frequency range from the extracted spectrum data by using an Incremental Association Markov Blanket (IAMB) algorithm, wherein the first frequency range includes a first preset frequency, and the second frequency range includes a second preset frequency being higher than the first preset frequency;
obtaining a biological information-measuring model by performing multiple linear regression (MLR) on the obtained intensity data; and
measuring the biological variable of the body part by using the obtained biological information-measuring model.

US Pat. No. 10,456,081

BLOOD PRESSURE APPARATUS USING ACTIVE MATERIALS AND RELATED METHODS

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. An apparatus to constrict blood flow in a limb of a user, the apparatus comprising:a band to be worn around the limb of the user;
a shape-memory alloy (SMA) wire carried by the band, the SMA wire in a continuous loop around an inner surface of the band;
a controller to: (1) apply an activation signal to change a shape of the SMA wire from a non-constricting state to a constricting state to constrict blood flow in the limb, and (2) at least one of remove or reduce the activation signal to at least one of stop or reduce constricting the blood flow in the limb; and
a spring carried by the band, the spring to provide a return-biasing force to move the SMA wire toward the non-constricting state in response to the at least one of the removal or the reduction in the activation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,080

PADDED, FLEXIBLE ENCASING FOR BODY MONITORING SYSTEMS IN FABRICS

Bloomer Health Tech., Inc...

1. A wearable monitoring device comprising:a printed circuit board having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein said printed circuit board is configured to couple to at least one sensor configured to monitor a physiological condition;
a first padding layer coupled to said printed circuit board proximate the first side, said first padding layer being selected from a group consisting of foam, silicon, gelatinous material and poly laminate foam;
a second padding layer coupled to said printed circuit board proximate the second side, said second padding layer being selected from a group consisting of foam, silicon, gelatinous material and poly laminate foam;
a first protective layer coupled to said first padding layer opposite said printed circuit board;
a second protective layer coupled to said second padding layer opposite said printed circuit board, said first protective layer and said second protective layer seal together and enclose said first padding layer and second padding layer and said printed circuit board; and
a power source coupled to said printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,456,078

WEARABLE DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE FOR REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURIES

Chandrasekaran Jayaraman,...

1. A wheelchair user strain injury alert system, said system including:a wearable device, wherein said device is worn on the hand of a wheelchair user, wherein said wearable device includes:
one or more force sensing resistors positioned proximal to the palm of the user's hand when said wearable device is worn, wherein said one or more force sensing resistors determine grip force data representing the force of said user gripping said wheelchair; and
a user feedback system including an alert display; and
a user motion dynamics analysis system, wherein said user motion dynamics analysis system includes a memory storing a user-specific grip force risk table,
wherein said user motion dynamics analysis system receives said grip force data and compares said grip force data to said grip force risk table to determine a grip force risk score,
wherein said user motion dynamics analysis system compares said grip force risk score to a predetermined overall average risk score table and generates alert data when said overall average risk score exceeds a predetermined threshold,
wherein said user feedback system receives said alert data and displays an alert using said alert display in response to the receipt of said alert data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,073

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RAPID BRIEF FEEDBACK INTRACEREBRAL STIMULATION BASED ON REAL-TIME DESYNCHRONIZATION

THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF ...

1. A method of monitoring, detecting and stimulating a human patient with epilepsy, said method comprising:monitoring said patient for a seizure onset by intracranial EEG (icEEG) microelectrodes coupled to two hippocampi of the patient to obtain icEEG recordings in real time;
detecting said seizure onset using phase synchronization analysis, the phase synchronization analysis identifying phase desynchronization at theta wave in between the two hippocampi from said icEEG recordings at seizure onset; and
stimulating one of the two hippocampi of the patient upon detection of a seizure onset by said icEEG recordings of said two hippocampi to restore theta wave synchronization in between the two hippocampi.

US Pat. No. 10,456,072

IMAGE INTERPRETATION SUPPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An image interpretation support apparatus comprising:a candidate lesion portion extracting unit that analyzes an image to be interpreted and extracts a candidate lesion portion from the image to be interpreted;
a display unit that is capable of displaying the image to be interpreted and support information indicating the candidate lesion portion;
a line-of-sight detecting unit that detects a line of sight of a person who reads the image;
a gaze determining unit that determines, in accordance with a detection result obtained by the line-of-sight detecting unit, whether the candidate lesion portion in the image to be interpreted that is displayed on the display unit has been gazed at by the person who reads the image;
a completion detecting unit that detects completion of image interpretation, by the person who reads the image, of the image to be interpreted that is displayed on the display unit;
a display control unit that, in a case where the completion detecting unit detects the completion of image interpretation and the gaze determining unit determines that the candidate lesion portion has not been gazed at, switches from a first display state in which the image to be interpreted is displayed on the display unit and the support information is not displayed to a second display state in which at least the support information is displayed on the display unit;
a fatigue deducing unit that deduces whether the person who reads the image needs recovery from fatigue caused by the image interpretation; and
a warning unit that outputs a warning in a case where the fatigue deducing unit deduces that the recovery from fatigue is needed,
wherein the fatigue deducing unit deduces whether the recovery from fatigue is needed by using number of switching operations from the first display state to the second display state, performed by the display control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,070

APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING AND ANALYZING A BLOOD SAMPLE WITH A LANCET COUPLING MECHANISM

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A lancet coupling mechanism for an apparatus for obtaining and analyzing a blood sample, comprising:a lancet having an eye;
at least one chamber, which extends in a direction of a piercing axis, wherein the chamber contains the lancet;
a drive rod, which penetrates into the chamber for coupling onto the lancet, in order to execute a controlled forward and reverse movement of the lancet along the piercing axis, wherein the drive rod has at least one hook;
at least one bending axis of the lancet that extends transverse to the piercing axis; wherein the lancet is elastically bendable from a relaxed state to a bent state around the bending axis;
wherein at least in a rear area of the chamber comprises a shaft that has at least one curvature that curves around the bending axis;
wherein the shaft guides the controlled forward and reverse movement of the lancet; wherein the curvature at the rear area of the chamber is configured to bend the lancet from the relaxed state to the bent state; and
wherein the drive rod is configured to push the lancet out of the curvature at the rear area of the chamber to hook the hook of the drive rod into the eye of the lancet.

US Pat. No. 10,456,068

DEVICE FOR OBTAINING SMALL, PRECISE VOLUMES OF FLUID FROM ANIMALS

Med-Ag Industries, Inc., ...

1. A device for obtaining a small volume fluid sample from an animal, the device comprisinga handle for one-handed operation by a user; and
a fluid extraction device disposed at a first end of the handle, the fluid extraction device comprising
a fluid extraction component disposed at an end termination of the fluid extraction device; and
a fluid collection component removably attached to the fluid extraction component, the fluid collection component comprising a pipette disposed in fluid communication with the fluid extraction component for receiving the small volume fluid sample through capillary action.

US Pat. No. 10,456,066

WIRELESS, HANDHELD TISSUE OXIMETRY DEVICE

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A method comprising:enclosing in a housing a first printed circuit board comprising a processor and a memory, wherein the memory is coupled to the processor;
providing a display, coupled to the processor and the housing, wherein the display is visible from an exterior side of the housing, wherein a shape of the housing comprises:
a back surface of the housing which during use, rests between a thumb and forefinger of the hand,
a probe tip comprising a relatively planar surface comprising sensor openings, wherein the relatively planar surface is angled at a non-zero angle relative to the back surface,
a top surface of the housing comprising the display, wherein the top surface is angled at a non-zero angle relative to the back surface, and
a tubular hand grip region, comprising the back surface, coupled between the top surface and the probe tip;
forming a structure of the housing to retain the probe tip, wherein the probe tip is coupled to an exterior side of the enclosure, and the probe tip comprises at least a first sensor opening, a second sensor opening, a third sensor opening, and a fourth sensor opening,
wherein a first distance is between the first and second sensor openings, and a second distance is between the first and third sensor openings, a third distance is between the first sensor opening and the fourth sensor opening, and the first distance is different from the second distance, and the third distance is greater than the first distance and the second distance;
providing a first light source for the first sensor opening, wherein the first sensor opening is coupled via an optical fiber to the first light source;
providing light detectors for the second and the third sensor openings, wherein the second and the third sensor openings are coupled via channels to the light detectors, and the optical fiber has a length that is longer than each of the channels;
providing a second light source for the fourth sensor opening, wherein the first sensor opening is coupled via an optical fiber to the second light source;
configuring the probe tip to receive first data associated with the first and the second sensor openings;
configuring the probe tip to receive second data associated with the first and the third sensor openings; and
configuring the processor to perform spatially-resolved spectroscopy using the first and the second data to determine an oxygen saturation value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,065

DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND COMMUNICATING BIOMETRIC DATA OF A DIVER

InCube Labs LLC, San Jos...

1. A system for measuring and acoustically signaling a blood gas saturation of a diver, the system comprising:a communication device;
a sensor device including a chamber having an opening with a flexible watertight seal configured to receive a finger of the diver, the chamber including a light emitter and a light detector configured to emit and detect light at a wavelength range having an absorbance corresponding to a blood gas saturation level of the diver, wherein the chamber further includes a compressible sealing liner to cause flush contact between the finger of the diver and the light emitter and the light detector;
a processor coupled to the sensor device and the communication device and configured to (i) determine the blood gas saturation level based on an output from the sensor device, (ii) generate an acoustic signal based on the determined blood gas saturation level, and (iii) transmit, using the communication device, the acoustic signal to an acoustical receiving device at or near a water surface; and
a power source for powering the processor, the sensor device, and the communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,061

HOLDING ARRANGEMENT FOR A SURGICAL ACCESS SYSTEM

Nico Corporation, Indian...

7. A holding arrangement for a surgical access assembly comprising:a holder member,
a support member selectively engageable with the holder member,
wherein at least the support member is compatible with a magnetic resonance imaging device;
wherein the holder member further comprises:
one or more legs, each of the one or more legs having a base, a neck portion, and a pair of jaws that are selectively moveable with respect each other, wherein the one or more legs, each base of the one or more legs, the neck portion, and/or the pair of jaws are malleable, and wherein each base is malleable to conform to a non-linear surface and comprises a base opening so that the holder member is attachable to the non-linear surface; and
wherein the jaws are parallel to each other and define a channel, wherein the channel serves as a stop to retain the support member within a notch that is in communication with the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,456,060

DEVICES FOR DETECTING ORGAN CONTENTS USING IMPEDANCE AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME TO PROVIDE VARIOUS THERAPIES

1. A device for detecting organ contents, the device comprising:a body having a detector coupled directly to the body, and at least one detector aperture defined within the body and the at least one detector aperture positioned outside and immediately adjacent the detector, the detector comprising a pair of detection electrodes and a pair of excitation electrodes and the at least one detector aperture sized and shaped to minimize interference that would compromise data obtained by the detector, the at least one detector aperture extending a length from a start of one electrode of the pair of detection electrodes or the pair of excitation electrodes to a start of another electrode of the pair of detection electrodes or the pair of excitation electrodes;
the body configured for external placement at or near an outside of an organ, but not within or surrounding the organ or within a lumen thereof, and the detector configured to both detect a presence or absence of contents within the lumen of the organ using impedance and to distinguish between any contents detected over time based on conductance data by obtaining first conductance data when solid contents are within the lumen, by obtaining second conductance data when liquid contents are within the lumen, and identifying a difference between the first conductance data and the second conductance data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,059

NEUOROLOGICAL CONDITION DETECTION UNIT AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Forest Devices, Inc., Pi...

1. A method for detecting a neurological condition comprising:attaching evoked electrodes on opposite sides of a body so that a first evoked electrode is positioned on a left side of the body and a second evoked electrode is positioned on a right side of the body at a position that corresponds to where the first evoked electrode is positioned on the left side of the body;
positioning sensors on the opposite sides of the body via headgear to simultaneously position the sensors on the body to detect brain reaction to electrical current passed into the body for a pre-selected number of shocks,
communicatively connecting the evoked electrodes and the sensors to a computer device having non-transitory memory connected to a processor;
positioning a reference sensor on the body so that the reference sensor is located on a central region of a forehead at a location that is between a first sensor of the sensors that is positioned on a left side of a head of the body and a second sensor of the sensors that is positioned on a right side of the head of the body; and
the computer device utilizing the reference sensor to determine that at least one of the sensors needs to be re-positioned so that the sensors on opposite sides of the body have a pre-selected orientation;
the computer device determining that at least one of the sensors needs to be re-positioned so that the sensors on opposite sides of the body have the pre-selected orientation and outputting an orientation warning to indicate at least one of the sensors needs to be repositioned for sensor orientation for repositioning at least one of the sensors on the body;
after the at least one of the sensors is repositioned for sensor orientation based on the orientation warning output by the computer device, shocking the body via the evoked electrodes for the pre-selected number of shocks within a pre-selected time period, the computer device transmitting the electrical current to the evoked electrodes for the shocking of the body via the evoked electrodes, wherein the shocking of the body via the evoked electrodes for the pre-selected number of shocks within the pre-selected time period comprises passing an electrical current into the body via an electricity transmitter of the computer device that is connected to the evoked electrodes;
the sensors positioned on the opposite sides of the body detecting data from the body as the body responds to the pre-selected number of shocks;
the computer device receiving the detected data from the sensors;
the computer device generating at least one of wave forms and curves that identify morphological features for responses from the pre-selected number of shocks that the opposite sides of the body are measured to have based on the detected data received from the sensors;
the computer device comparing the morphological features to determine a difference between a morphological feature for the left side of the body and a morphological feature for the right side of the body that is at or exceeds a pre-selected threshold that is defined to indicate the left side of the body has a different somatosensory evoked potential responding to the shocks as compared to the right side of the body responding to the shocks for indication of a neurological condition requiring treatment, the neurological condition requiring treatment being a stroke; and
the computer device generating a notification to identify a detection of the neurological condition in response to a result of the comparing of the morphological features indicating that the difference between the morphological feature for the left side of the body and the morphological feature for the right side of the body is at or exceeds the pre-selected threshold so that the neurological condition is identifiable prior to transporting the body to a care facility.

US Pat. No. 10,456,058

SENSOR DEVICE OR EEG ELECTRODE AND CAP HAVING A PLURALITY OF SENSOR DEVICES

Brian Products GmbH, Gil...

1. A sensor device suitable for receiving and transmitting signals and for placement on a test person's head, the sensor device comprising:a sensor device holder having an axial through opening;
a sensor device housing disposed in said axial through opening so as to be steplessly axially displaceable, said sensor device housing having a distal side and a proximal side;
said sensor device housing having a radial orientation being maintained upon said sensor device housing being axially displaced relative to said sensor device holder;
a signal pin disposed on said distal side of said sensor device housing for receiving a signal;
a connection disposed on said proximal side of said sensor device housing for signal transmission of a signal received by said signal pin;
said sensor device holder formed of an assembly consisting of a proximal electrode holder upper part and a distal sensor device holder bottom part, said upper part including said axial through opening;
said upper part being rotatable relative to said bottom part in the bottom part, and said upper part not moving axially relative to said bottom part;
said bottom part configured for anchorage in a cap to be worn on the test person's head.

US Pat. No. 10,456,054

ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM TRIGGERED RESOURCE DISTRIBUTION QUERY SYSTEM

BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATI...

1. A system for electroencephalogram (EEG) triggered resource distribution action control, the system comprising:a memory device with computer-readable program code stored thereon;
a communication device;
a printing device for printing the resource distribution documents;
a processing device operatively coupled to the memory device and the communication device, wherein the processing device is configured to execute the computer-readable program code to:
identify a transmission from an EEG reader for establishing a baseline EEG reading for the user;
identify a transmission from the EEG reader for establishing a velocity tolerance EEG reading;
store the baseline EEG reading for the user and the velocity tolerance EEG reading for the user in a user EEG profile;
identify the user requesting resource distribution;
locate an EEG reader at a location associated with the resource distribution and form a communicable linkage with the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution;
receive an EEG reading from the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution;
perform comparative spectral analysis to the EEG reading from the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution;
plot, using an EEG reading continuum, the EEG reading from the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution with respect to the user baseline EEG reading and velocity tolerance EEG reading; and
trigger action control alert distribution to a user device associated with the user upon indication of the EEG reading from the EEG reader at the location associated with the resource distribution is between the baseline EEG reading and a high velocity tolerance EEG reading on the EEG reading continuum.

US Pat. No. 10,456,048

IMPLANTABLE SENSOR DEVICE ADAPTED TO SENSE A CHARACTERISTIC OF A BODY IN VIVO

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A sensor device, comprising:an implantable sensor unit adapted to be implanted into a body, the implantable sensor unit comprising a comparator and a pressure sensor adapted to sense a characteristic of the body in vivo, the pressure sensor being further adapted to supply an analogue signal to a first input of the comparator;
a transponder unit adapted to supply a control signal to the implantable sensor unit and to receive an output signal of the comparator, the implantable sensor unit being adapted to supply an analogue approximation signal to a second input of the comparator in response to the control signal; and
a wired connection flexibly and electrically connecting the implantable sensor unit and the transponder unit, the wired connection being adapted to transmit the control signal and the output signal of the comparator.

US Pat. No. 10,456,046

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR HEMORRHAGE DETECTION AND GUIDED RESUSCITATION AND APPLICATIONS OF SAME

Vanderbilt University, N...

1. A non-invasive vascular analysis (NIVA) system, comprising:at least one sensor, configured to acquire, for a time period from T0 to T2, vascular signals from at least one peripheral vein, artery or perfused tissue of a living subject, wherein the time period is divided into a first time period from T0 to T1 and a second time period from T1 to T2, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a piezoelectric sensor, a resistive pressure/force sensor, a tonometer, an ultrasound sensor, a bioimpedance sensor, or a pressure transducer and is configured to acquire the vascular signals while positioned externally to the living subject; and
a processing device communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor, configured to receive the vascular signals transmitted from the at least one sensor, and perform a spectral analysis on the vascular signals, wherein the spectral analysis comprises the steps of:
processing the vascular signals acquired at the first time period to obtain a first peripheral vascular signal frequency spectrum;
obtaining a plurality of baseline peaks {BN?1} on the first peripheral vascular signal frequency spectrum, wherein N is a positive integer, and the plurality of baseline peaks {BN?1} respectively corresponds to a plurality of frequencies {F0, F1, . . . , FN}, such that BN?1 is a function of FN?1 satisfying BN?1=BN?1 (FN?1), wherein FN is greater than FN?1;
processing the vascular signals acquired at the second time period to obtain a second peripheral vascular signal frequency spectrum;
obtaining a plurality of peaks {PN?1} on the second peripheral vascular signal frequency spectrum, wherein the plurality of peaks {PN?1} correspond to the plurality of frequencies{F0, F1, . . . , FN}, such that PN?1 is a function of FN?1 satisfying PN?1=PN?1 (FN?1); and
determining whether hypovolemia or hypervolemia is present within the living subject by determining whether at least one amplitude of the peaks {PN?1} differs by more than a threshold amount when compared to a corresponding amplitude of the baseline peaks {BN?1}.

US Pat. No. 10,456,045

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A MEASURE OF THE RESISTANCE OF PERIPHERAL VASCULATURE

Vivonics, Inc., Bedford,...

1. A method for determining a measure of the resistance of peripheral vasculature, the method comprising:using a sensor adapted to be placed on a predetermined body part associated with peripheral vasculature to emit light in the near-infrared or infrared spectra to the peripheral vasculature in the predetermined body part and measure light absorbed by the peripheral vasculature to generate output signals proportional to an amount of blood in the peripheral vasculature of the predetermined body part over time;
using a computer subsystem to determine, in response to the output signals proportional to an amount of blood in the peripheral vasculature of a predetermined body part over time, the resistance of the peripheral vasculature using frequency content of the output signals; and
using the determined resistance of the peripheral vasculature to provide feedback regarding an anti-gravity straining maneuver.

US Pat. No. 10,456,042

VIRTUAL REALITY IMAGING OF THE BRAIN

Gateway Institute for Bra...

1. A method of imaging a brain of a living patient, comprising:creating and displaying an unconstrained three-dimensional virtual reality image of the brain of the living patient based on a plurality of three-dimensional images captured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);
simulating an administration of a drug into brain tissue of the living patient, the simulation including:
displaying a simulated diffusion of the drug in three-dimensional virtual reality image of the brain of the living patient;
displaying simulated brain tissue uptake of the drug in the three-dimensional virtual reality image of the brain of the living patient;
displaying a simulated stimulation of individual neurons in the three-dimensional virtual reality image of the brain of the living patient; and
analyzing a simulated activity of the individual neurons based on at least one predetermined property of the drug;
determining a brain treatment protocol based at least in part on the simulated administration of the drug into the brain of the living patient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,040

IMAGING DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. An imaging device, comprising:an excitation light source that irradiates an excitation light to a subject;
wherein the excitation light excites a fluorophore administered into said subject to produce a fluorescence;
a visible light source that irradiates a visible light to said subject;
a camera capable of detecting the fluorescence and the visible light;
wherein said fluorescence is emitted from said fluorophore due to said irradiation of the excitation light and said visible light is reflected from a surface of said subject; and
an image fusion element that generates a fused image by combining a visible image of the subject and a fluorescent image of the subject imaged by the camera; and
wherein said image fusion element generates a first corrected image by modifying a pixel value of an area of said fluorescent image relative to said visible image using said visible image and said fluorescent image, generates a second corrected image by coloring said fluorescent image and combining said first corrected image and said second corrected image.

US Pat. No. 10,456,039

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A user terminal apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to communicate with an external electronic apparatus which enables one of a plurality of measurement devices for measuring different types of bio signals to be selectively attached thereto or detached therefrom;
a display; and
a processor configured to:
based on receiving, from the external electronic apparatus via the communication interface, a first identification information of a first measurement device attached to the external electronic apparatus, execute software for driving the first measurement device based on the first identification information, and control the display to display a first user interface screen corresponding to the first measurement device that is generated using the software executed based on the first identification information,
based on receiving, from the external electronic apparatus via the communication interface, a second identification information of a second measurement device attached to the external electronic apparatus, execute software for driving the second measurement device based on the second identification information, and control the display to display a second user interface screen corresponding to the second measurement device that is generated using the software executed based on the second identification information, and
based on receiving a user input through the second user interface screen, transmit, via the communication interface, a control command for controlling the second measurement device based on the user input, to the external electronic apparatus,
wherein the processor is further configured to:
control the display to display a third user interface screen including a plurality of items corresponding to a plurality of medical conditions, respectively, and
based on receiving a user input to select one of the plurality of items through the third user interface screen, control the display to display guide information informing of at least one measurement device from among the plurality of measurement devices to measure a bio signal, among the bio signals, regarding one of the plurality of medical conditions corresponding to the one of the plurality of items that has been selected.

US Pat. No. 10,456,037

TERMINAL DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD...

1. A terminal device configured to be able to communicate with a server having a database of biological information measured by a biological information measuring device,the database including measurement data of biological information of a user of another terminal, the measurement data being transmitted from the other terminal device to the server,
the terminal device comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive the measurement data from the server;
a condition determination unit configured to determine whether a health condition of the user is normal or abnormal, based on the measurement data received by the reception unit;
an information output unit configured to output information about a health condition of the user, at least based on a determination result of the condition determination unit; and
an importance determination unit configured to determine whether importance of the measurement data is equal to or higher than a reference level, wherein
the measurement data includes at least one of a time of measurement and a date of measurement of biological information of the user,
importance of the measurement data is set in accordance with a type of biological information corresponding to the measurement data and an interval of measurement timing of biological information corresponding to the measurement data, and
when a health condition of the user is abnormal and the importance is equal to or higher than the reference level, the information output unit outputs abnormality information indicating that a health condition of the user is abnormal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,034

OPHTHALMIC MICROSCOPE SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOPCON, ...

1. An ophthalmic microscope system, comprising:a pair of illumination systems configured to irradiate a subject's eye with illumination light along a pair of illumination optical axis axes;
a pair of light-receiving systems each including a first objective lens and a first imaging device, configured to guide the illumination light returning from the subject's eye along light returning axes to the first imaging device through the first objective lens, wherein objective optical axes of the light-receiving systems are not parallel to each other, the light returning axes are not parallel to each other, and the illumination optical axes and the light returning axes are not parallel to each other;
an irradiation system configured to irradiate the subject's eye for treatment with irradiation light different from the illumination light along an irradiation axis that is different from the objective optical axes, the irradiation axis is not parallel to either of the illumination optical axes, and the irradiation axis is not parallel to the light returning axes, wherein the irradiation system comprises a laser treatment unit configured to generate the irradiation light; and
an optical scanner configured to deflect the irradiation light, wherein the ophthalmic microscope system is configured to project the irradiation light deflected by the optical scanner onto the subject's eye, wherein
each of the pair of light-receiving systems includes an optical element arranged between the first objective lens and the subject's eye; and
each of the pair of illumination systems is configured to be coaxial with a corresponding one of the pair of light-receiving systems.

US Pat. No. 10,456,027

ARCHITECTURE AND METHOD FOR MAXIMALLY STABLE EXTREMAL REGIONS (MSERS)-BASED EXUDATES DETECTION IN FUNDUS IMAGES FOR DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

Khalifa University of Sci...

1. Architecture for maximally stable extremal regions (MSERs)-based detection of exudates in an ocular fundus comprising:a communication interface configured to receive pixels of an ocular fundus image; and
processing circuitry having a memory coupled to the communication interface, wherein the processing circuitry is configured to automatically:
store the pixels of the ocular fundus image within the memory;
provide labels within the memory for light image regions and dark image regions within the ocular fundus image for a given intensity threshold;
find MSERs within the stored pixels of the ocular fundus image based upon the labels;
generate an MSER pixel list based on the MSERs and MSER criteria that include a minimum MSER size in pixels and a maximum MSER size in pixels based upon an eye diameter size in the stored pixels of the ocular fundus image and store the MSER pixel list within the memory; and
provide for display through the communication interface the pixels of the ocular fundus image that are located within the MSER pixel list to indicate the exudates in the ocular fundus.

US Pat. No. 10,456,023

IMAGE SENSOR, ENDOSCOPE, AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image sensor comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional matrix and configured to receive light and generate imaging signals in accordance with an amount of received light;
a plurality of first transfer lines configured to transfer the imaging signals of shared pixels of the plurality of pixels that are present in a plurality of different rows and share a single column transfer line for each predetermined number of pixels adjacent in a row direction and;
a constant current source provided in each of the plurality of first transfer lines and configured to transfer the imaging signals output from the pixels to the first transfer lines;
a plurality of output circuits configured to externally output the imaging signals transferred from the plurality of first transfer lines; and
a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to simultaneously and externally output, from the plurality of output circuits, by simultaneously driving the plurality of shared pixels present in a same single column transfer line in the plurality of different rows, each of the plurality of imaging signals, which are output from the shared pixels and are present in the same column in the plurality of different rows, and externally output all of the imaging signals of the shared pixels present in the plurality of different rows same number of times as the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 10,456,022

IMAGING DEVICE, ENDOSCOPE, AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An imaging device comprising:a first chip comprising:
pixels arranged in a two-dimensional matrix and configured to generate and output an imaging signal that corresponds to a received amount of light; and
a read circuit configured to sequentially select a predetermined pixel from the pixels and read the imaging signal output from the selected pixel;
a second chip connected to a back side of a light incidence surface of the first chip by being laminated along a direction perpendicular to a surface where the pixels are arranged, the second chip comprising:
a timing control circuit configured to control a timing at which the read circuit reads the imaging signal output from the pixel selected;
an A/D conversion circuit configured to conduct A/D conversion on an analog signal output from the first chip; and
a cable transmission circuit configured to transmit a digital signal output from the A/D conversion circuit to a transmission cable; and
a connector configured to electrically connect the first chip and the second chip,
wherein the two-dimensional matrix is rectangular,
wherein the read circuit comprises:
a column read circuit and a horizontal selection circuit provided along one side of the rectangular two-dimensional matrix; and
a vertical selection circuit provided along one side of the rectangular two-dimensional matrix perpendicular to the one side along which the column read circuit and the horizontal selection circuit are provided,
wherein the connector is provided in a first area along one side of the rectangular two-dimensional matrix along which the column read circuit, the horizontal selection circuit, and the vertical selection circuit are not provided, and in a second area that is adjacent to the column read circuit, the horizontal selection circuit, and the vertical selection circuit,
wherein the connector is provided in a third area around the timing control circuit, the A/D conversion circuit, and the cable transmission circuit and in a fourth area that is adjacent to the timing control circuit and the A/D conversion circuit, and
wherein the first area and the third area are provided by being overlapped with each other and the second area and the fourth area are provided by being overlapped with each other in a direction perpendicular to the surface where the pixels are provided.

US Pat. No. 10,456,020

ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscopic surgery device comprising:a guide member configured to penetrate through a body wall to be inserted into a body cavity;
an endoscope insertion path which is provided inside the guide member, and into which an endoscope configured to observe an inside of the body cavity is inserted in a back-and-forth movable manner;
a treatment tool insertion path which is provided inside the guide member, and into which a treatment tool configured to inspect or treat a diseased part in the body cavity is inserted in a back-and-forth movable manner;
a position sensor configured to detect a movement amount of the treatment tool with respect to the guide member when the treatment tool inserted into the treatment tool insertion path moves back and forth; and
an image capture controller, wherein a range of an observation image acquired by the endoscope is not changed if the movement amount of the treatment tool is within a predetermined range when the movement amount of the treatment tool is detected by the position sensor, and the range of the observation image is changed in accordance with the movement amount of the treatment tool if the movement amount of the treatment tool is not within the predetermined range,
wherein outside the predetermined range, a ratio of a movement amount of the endoscope to the movement amount of the treatment tool is equal to one.

US Pat. No. 10,456,014

WATER BOTTLE CAP ASSEMBLIES FOR AN ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE

UNITED STATES ENDOSCOPY G...

1. A water bottle cap assembly for use with an endoscopic device, the assembly comprising:a cap comprising a dome-shaped outer surface and an engageable member, wherein the engageable member is configured to sealingly engage with a water source, and wherein the dome-shaped outer surface defines a plurality of ports to allow for a plurality of output configurations that allow assembly of multiple different products all utilizing the same cap, wherein each of the plurality of ports are initially sealed via a removable sealing member to initially prevent fluid from flowing therethrough,
a plurality of tubular members, wherein each tubular member is coupled to a respective port so as to be in fluid communication therewith, wherein at least one of the tubular members being a single lumen tubular member comprising a coupling member for coupling to a gas supply unit;
an adaptor coupled to an end of one of the tubular members and configured to engage with an endoscopic device, at least one of the tubular members configured to convey at least one fluid between the water source and the endoscopic device; and
a filter disposed on the single lumen member and within 12 inches of the water source to filter contaminants from entering the water source and to prevent backflow to the gas supply unit, wherein the filter comprises pores of about 0.1 micron.

US Pat. No. 10,456,013

CABLE CONNECTION STRUCTURE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A cable connection structure comprising:a circuit board that includes
a first main body portion that has a principal surface, and
a second main body portion that is arranged such that a first surface facing the principal surface comes into contact with the first main body portion, wherein the second main body is thinner than the first main body portion at least in one direction along the principal surface, and wherein the second main body has, on the side of a second surface opposed to the first surface, a shield set portion formed of a bottom portion and a wall portion that stands from at least one end portion of the bottom portion, a shield connection electrode formed at least on the bottom portion, and a plurality of core wire connection electrodes; and
a plurality of coaxial cables, each of which includes a core wire, an internal insulator that covers an outer circumference of the core wire, a shield that covers an outer circumference of the internal insulator, and an external insulator that covers an outer circumference of the shield, the coaxial cables being processed such that the core wires, the internal insulators, and the shields are exposed in a stepwise manner from tip portions thereof, the core wires being connected to corresponding ones of the core wire connection electrodes, the shields being collectively connected to the shield connection electrode, wherein
the second main body portion and the coaxial cables are positioned within a projection plane that is obtained when the principal surface is projected in a direction perpendicular to the principal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,011

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ATTACHING MEDICAL DEVICE SECTIONS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An instrument shaft, comprising:a proximal section including:
a distal portion, and
a wall formed by concentric layers, the concentric layers including a first layer and a second layer, wherein the first layer is an outermost layer of the concentric layers, and the second layer is separated from the first layer by one or more additional layers; and
a distal section including:
a proximal portion, wherein the proximal portion of the distal section is coupled to the distal portion of the proximal section, and
a sheath that directly contacts the first layer and the second layer of the concentric layers to couple the proximal portion of the distal section to the distal portion of the proximal section, wherein the sheath overlaps with at least one of the first layer and the second layer along a radial direction of the instrument shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,456,005

MOP ASSEMBLY

BONA AB, Malmo (SE)

1. A mop assembly comprising:a mop handle having a distal end portion with an exterior surface;
a mop suspension member having an exterior surface and an interior surface and being mounted on said handle distal end portion and adapted to suspend said mop from a support structure; said mop suspension member comprising:
a seated operating position wherein said exterior surface of said suspension member is positioned substantially entirely within a recessed space that is recessed from said distal end portion exterior surface; and
at least one linearly extended operating positions wherein at least a portion of said mop suspension member is positioned outside of said recessed space;
said mop suspension member and said handle distal end defining a closed loop when said suspension member is in said extended operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,003

SURFACE MAINTENANCE MACHINE

Tennant Company, Minneap...

1. A surface maintenance machine comprising:a frame;
a maintenance head assembly supported by the machine and extending toward a surface, the maintenance head assembly comprising one or more surface maintenance tools for performing a surface maintenance operation;
two front wheels positioned to the front of a transverse centerline of the machine when the machine is moving in a forward direction;
a rear wheel positioned to the rear of the transverse centerline, the rear wheel being positioned generally to the center of the machine, the rear wheel comprising a rotational axis; and
an operator platform supported by the frame and configured for allowing an operator to stand thereon, the operator platform positioned to the rear of the transverse centerline of the machine, the operator platform being forward and rearward of the rotational axis of the rear wheel, the operator platform configured for extending at least partly around the rear wheel and laterally outwardly from the sides of the rear wheel for supporting an operator in a standing position with the operator's feet on either side of the rear wheel, wherein a center of turn of the machine is within an envelope of the platform when the machine is being turned during a zero turn.

US Pat. No. 10,456,002

CLEANING BIN FOR CLEANING ROBOT

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A cleaning bin mountable to an autonomous cleaning robot operable to receive debris from a floor surface, the cleaning bin comprising:a front side extending along a vertical axis;
an inlet positioned along the front side and between lateral sides of the cleaning bin, the lateral sides defining an interior width of the cleaning bin therebetween;
an outlet configured to connect to a vacuum generator, the vacuum generator operable to direct an airflow from the inlet of the cleaning bin to the outlet of the cleaning bin;
a debris compartment to receive a first portion of debris separated from the airflow;
an air channel positioned above the debris compartment and defined by a top surface of the debris compartment, the top surface of the debris compartment comprising a planar portion being tilted relative to a horizontal axis perpendicular to the vertical axis such that a rear of the planar portion is closer than a front of the planar portion is to a bottom surface of the debris compartment, and the air channel spanning the interior width of the cleaning bin and receiving the airflow from the debris compartment through the top surface of the debris compartment;
a particulate compartment to receive a second portion of debris separated from the airflow; and
a debris separator comprising a debris separation cone having an inner conduit defining an upper opening and a lower opening, the upper opening receiving the airflow from the air channel, and the inner conduit tapering from the upper opening to the lower opening such that the airflow forms a cyclone within the inner conduit, wherein a longitudinal axis of the debris separation cone forms a non-zero angle with the vertical axis such that an inlet duct of the debris separator faces toward the air channel and the inlet of the cleaning bin, and such that an outlet duct of the debris separator is tilted toward the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,456,001

CYCLONIC VACUUM CLEANER WITH IMPROVED COLLECTION CHAMBER

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A vacuum cleaner, comprising:a cyclone separator having a separator chamber for separating contaminants from a dirt-containing airstream, and further comprising an inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the separator chamber;
a collection chamber associated with the cyclone separator for receiving contaminants separated in the separator chamber and having a sidewall defining a height and a bottom wall;
a suction nozzle fluidly connected with the inlet;
a suction source fluidly connected to the suction nozzle and to the separator chamber for establishing and maintaining a dirt-containing airstream from the suction nozzle to the inlet; and
a set of fins, each fin of the set of fins being attached to the sidewall of the collection chamber and comprising a separate circumferential fin body extending inwardly from the sidewall of the collection chamber, each fin of the set of fins spaced vertically along the height and about a circumference of the collection chamber from one another between the bottom wall and an upper end of the collection chamber and wherein the set of fins are configured to reduce debris re-entrainment in the collection chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,000

SURFACE CLEANING HEAD WITH A VALVE ASSEMBLY

Techtronic Industries Co....

1. A surface cleaning head for a surface cleaning apparatus comprising:a dirty air inlet;
a dirty air outlet;
a dirty airflow path extending between the dirty air inlet and the dirty air outlet; and
an automated valve assembly operable to open and place the dirty airflow path in fluid communication with ambient pressure,
wherein the automated valve assembly is adjustably opened based upon a suction level within the dirty airflow path,
wherein the automated valve assembly includes a plurality of valves positioned between the dirty airflow path and ambient pressure operable to sequentially open as the suction within the dirty airflow path increases.

US Pat. No. 10,455,999

UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. An upright vacuum cleaner, comprising:a brushroll assembly comprising a brushroll casing and a brushroll provided within the brushroll casing;
a motor assembly comprising a motor housing and a motor provided within the motor housing;
a body assembly comprising a body and a bridging member mounted on the body, wherein the bridging member is pivotally connected to the motor housing to make the body rotatable between an upright position and an oblique position; and
an elastic assembly provided between the brushroll casing and the bridging member, and configured to be pressed downward against the brushroll casing by the bridging member when the body rotates from the upright position to the oblique position.

US Pat. No. 10,455,996

GLASS CLEANING DEVICE

DaVinci II CSJ, LLC, Fai...

1. A glass cleaning device, comprising:a handle having a distal portion and a proximal portion, the proximal portion pivotally coupled to the distal portion so that the proximal portion can pivot between an extended position and a folded position;
a spray head having a nozzle in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir, the fluid reservoir being disposed with the proximal portion of the handle and the nozzle being pivotably coupled to the distal portion of the handle;
a button to activate and expel a cleaning solution from the nozzle, the button being disposed on the proximal portion of the handle; and
a plate coupled to the spray head, the nozzle being spaced from the plate and being angled such that the cleaning solution is expelled from the nozzle onto a treatment surface in an area laterally adjacent to the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,455,992

HAND DRYER HAVING MANAGED AIR FLOW

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A hand dryer for use in a lavatory of an enclosed vehicle, comprising:a dryer cavity including an input port, an exhaust port, and an opening for insertion of a hand having moisture thereon;
an air channel, pneumatically coupling the exhaust port of the dryer cavity to the input port of the dryer cavity, the air channel isolated from an interior volume of the lavatory; and
a blower, communicatively coupled to the air channel, for moving air through the air channel and the dryer cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,455,989

SHOWER DOOR

Ideal Sanitary Ware Co., ...

1. A shower door, comprising:a movable door, at least one rolling wheel being fixed on the movable door and at least one limiting member being fixed on the movable door; and
a track assembly, the track assembly comprising a track, the track being arranged below the rolling wheel, a closer being fixed on the track, the closer comprising a clamping member, a middle portion of the clamping member being provided with a clamping mouth facing upwards when the closer is fixed on the track;
wherein the limiting member comprises a limiting block and an anti-bouncing block, the limiting block is located over the track, the limiting block is adapted to be releasably clamped in the clamping mouth of the clamping member and the anti-bouncing block is located underneath the track,
wherein the limiting member further comprises a limiting member body, the limiting block is located at an upper end of the limiting member body and the anti-bouncing block is located at a lower end of the limiting member body, wherein the limiting block and the anti-bouncing block both extend perpendicularly from to the limiting member body;
wherein a circular groove is provided in a circumference of the rolling wheel and the rolling wheel is rollable along the track with the circular groove engaging the track, a distance between the anti-bouncing block and a lower wall of the track is smaller than a depth of the groove of the rolling wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,455,981

COMBUSTION BOX

1. A combustion box comprising: an inner casing (1) with a tubular configuration defining a hollow therein, which is disposed in a volumetric housing (2), wherein the inner casing (1) extends through the inside of the volumetric housing (2), and each one of the ends (11, 12) of the inner casing (1) is in contact with one of opposite faces (21, 22) of the inner contour of the volumetric housing (2), wherein an inner intermediate space (3) is defined between the inner contour of the volumetric housing (2) and the inner casing (1), and the intermediate space (3) contains a flammable solid material (5), wherein an outer support (6) is removably disposed within the inner casing in a non-use configuration, further comprising two essentially horizontal sheets (31), the inner casing (1) separating and passing through the same, inside the housing (2) and are adjusted on the inner contour of the volumetric housing (2).

US Pat. No. 10,455,979

SMOKE TRAP APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Traeger Pellet Grills, LL...

1. A device for at least one of grilling and smoking food products, comprising:an oven section having an outer wall and a lid that at least partially enclose an internal grilling compartment;
at least one rack for supporting food products within the internal grilling compartment; and
a grease management system, comprising:
a drip tray disposed below the at least one rack within the internal grilling compartment;
a receptacle having a floor and a perimeter wall extending upward from the floor, the floor and perimeter wall of the receptacle forming a receptacle cavity into which grease falling onto the drip tray is directed, the floor of the receptacle having a drain opening;
a tubular riser comprising a side wall surrounding the drain opening and extending upward from the floor of the receptacle into the receptacle cavity, an upper end of the tubular riser including an opening to an interior of the tubular riser, the opening positioned within the receptacle cavity and in fluid communication with the drain opening in the floor of the receptacle such that grease or liquid within the receptacle cavity can flow into the tubular riser through the opening and out from the receptacle cavity through the drain opening in the floor of the receptacle upon reaching a depth within the receptacle cavity; and
a capping element having an upper wall and a side wall extending downward from the upper wall, the capping element positioned over the tubular riser and configured such that grease or liquid within the receptacle cavity can flow under the upper wall of the capping element and into the tubular riser, the capping element further configured such that a quantity of grease or liquid within the receptacle cavity would preclude smoke within the oven section from flowing out from the oven section through the tubular riser.

US Pat. No. 10,455,977

FOOD PROCESSOR AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A FOOD PROCESSOR

1. An electrically driven food processor comprising:a preparation vessel,
a mixer and/or heating element allocated to the preparation vessel, and a communication device configured for transmitting information about an operating parameter for the food processor and/or a preparation parameter for a preparation item to a user of the food processor,
wherein the communication device exhibits a projection surface with a touch sensor for displaying information, and wherein the communication device has at least one marking element configured for determining a spatial orientation of the food processor relative to an external image generating device, the marking element exhibiting a grid of a plurality of two- or three-dimensional partial marking elements situated uniformly one next to the other, wherein the partial marking elements are actively luminous points and become smaller in a preferred direction of the marking element.

US Pat. No. 10,455,975

BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE

Koninklijke Douwe Egberts...

1. A beverage preparation machine comprising:a main housing having a front and a rear, a top including an upwardly-facing surface, and a bottom including a downwardly-facing surface;
a brew head having an outlet for discharging a prepared beverage;
a water reservoir having a top including an upwardly-facing surface, and a bottom including a downwardly-facing surface; and
a water path for conveying water from the water reservoir to the brew head;
wherein, the water reservoir is movable with respect to the main housing between a storage configuration and a beverage dispensing configuration, wherein in the storage configuration the water reservoir is located at a front of the beverage preparation machine with the downwardly-facing surface of the main housing being co-planar to the downwardly-facing surface of the water reservoir, and the beverage preparation machine has a first overall width across the front of the main housing of the beverage preparation machine; and
wherein in the beverage dispensing configuration the water reservoir is located laterally off-set from a midline of the main housing with the downwardly-facing surface of the main housing being co-planar to the downwardly-facing surface of the water reservoir, so as to increase the overall width of the beverage preparation machine across the front of the housing of the beverage preparation machine to a second overall width that is greater than the first overall width in the storage configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,455,974

CAPSULE KIT FOR USE IN A FOOD PREPARATION MACHINE

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A kit of at least two capsules each for containing at least one specific food ingredient, the at least two capsules being adapted to be alternatively functionally inserted in a brewing cavity of a food preparation machine for preparation of a multi-ingredient food product, each of the at least two capsules in the kit comprises at least one deformable portion that is deformed when the corresponding capsule is inserted into the brewing cavity, and/or when the brewing cavity is closed, so that at least one machine operational parameter is set by detection of a reaction force on the brewing cavity by the deformed at least one deformable portion, a predetermined value for the at least one machine operational parameter is associated with the reaction force of deformation of the at least one deformable portion, and the at least two capsules in the kit comprise deformable portions with different predetermined mechanical properties to customize machine brewing functional parameters to each of the at least two capsules inserted therein such that the at least two capsules comprise a first capsule that produces a first reaction force of deformation, the first reaction force of deformation associated with a first predetermined value for the at least one machine operational parameter, and the at least two capsules further comprise a second capsule that produces a second reaction force of deformation, the second reaction force different than the first reaction force, the second reaction force associated with a second predetermined value different than the first predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,455,973

MILK-FROTHING DEVICE WITH DYNAMIC MIXING UNIT, AND BEVERAGE MAKER CONTAINING THE SAME

1. A milk-frothing device, comprising:a dynamic mixing unit having a stator,
the stator having a series of shearing elements,
the dynamic mixing unit having a rotor that is rotatable relative to the stator,
the rotor having a series of shearing elements that engage intermittently with the shearing elements of the stator,
the rotor and the stator being configured to:
conduct milk and air to the dynamic mixing unit,
froth the milk and the air in the dynamic mixing unit,
subject the frothed milk and air multiple times to a shearing effect caused by rotation of the rotor relative to the stator such that rotation of the rotor relative to the stator is configured to shear and change direction of milk and air flowing between one series of shearing elements of the rotor and a directly adjacent series of shearing elements of the stator, and
discharge the frothed and sheared milk and air out of the dynamic mixing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,455,971

AUTOMATIC MACHINE FOR PREPARING COFFEE

1. An automatic machine for preparing coffee, comprising an infusion assembly, a water tank, a heat exchanger with associated pump, and a grinder for grinding coffee beans, wherein said grinder is arranged in line with said infusion assembly and horizontally with respect to a resting surface of the machine, a container adapted to contain coffee beans being connected, in an upper region, to said grinder, said grinder being connected to a chamber adapted to contain a scraper, the ground coffee being adapted to pass horizontally from said grinder to said scraper, in order to accommodate within said scraper a preset dose of ground coffee, wherein said scraper is adapted to rotate within said chamber, said chamber being defined by a lower portion and an upper portion of said infusion assembly, which are mutually pivoted and/or coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,455,970

PACK, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING BEVERAGES

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A pack with an inner volume in which a food or beverage ingredient is stored and in which a beverage is produced when water is introduced inside,the inner volume being defined by sheets of material joined at edges thereof, and the inner volume having a generally plane shape defining a plane vertically oriented during beverage production,
the pack comprising at least one water inlet configured for introducing the water in the inner volume and at least one beverage outlet configured for delivering the beverage from the inner volume, the at least one water inlet and the at least one beverage outlet being included in a single insert, the single insert being positioned at a bottom of the pack and being partially positioned between joined bottom edges of the sheets of material, and
an external end of the at least one water inlet is oriented essentially perpendicularly to the plane defined by the inner volume, and
the single insert comprises a centring hole extending essentially perpendicularly to the generally plane shape of the inner volume.

US Pat. No. 10,455,969

BEVERAGE DISPENSER WITH POWDER CONTAINER

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A method for preparing a beverage with a dispenser comprising at least one container for storing a soluble beverage powder, the at least one container comprising a tank, a discharge port at an outlet of the tank, a dosing device configured for displacing a dose of the soluble beverage powder to the discharge port, at least one beverage preparation unit operatively linked to the at least one container for preparing the beverage from the stored soluble beverage powder, the discharge port of the at least one container comprises an internal delivery tube comprising a hollowing-out in a bottom part of the internal delivery tube and closed at an end of the internal delivery tube next to the hollowing-out, an external movable cover covering at least a part of the internal delivery tube and comprising a hollowing-out in a bottom part of the external movable cover, the external movable cover being movable according to a translation movement between a dosing position in which both of the hollowing-outs of the internal delivery tube and of the external movable cover overlap each other, and a rest position in which a surface of the external movable cover overlaps and closes the hollowing-out of the internal delivery tube, the dispenser comprises an actuator configured to exert a force on the external movable cover to move the external movable cover between the rest position and the dosing position, the actuator comprising two rods, and each of the two rods is configured for engaging at a respective lateral side of the external movable cover at a first end of each respective rod, and each of the two rods extends along the respective lateral side of the tank, and each of the two rods is configured to engage a motorised actuator at a second end of each respective rod to create a translation movement of each respective rod, the method comprising the steps of:a) activating the dosing device to deliver the dose of the soluble beverage powder through the discharge port of the tank inside the at least one beverage preparation unit; and
b) preparing the beverage inside the at least one beverage preparation unit by mixing the dose of the soluble beverage powder with a diluent;
wherein, during step b), the surface of the external movable cover of the discharge port overlaps and closes the hollowing-out of the internal delivery tube of the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,455,968

COFFEE DISPENSER

1. A coffee dispenser for dispensing a single serving of coffee, the coffee dispenser comprising:a first liquid line and a second liquid line, the first and second liquid lines joining at a junction;
a third liquid line extending from the junction and defining an outlet for dispensing coffee into a cup;
a first port in liquid tight connection to the first liquid line up to the junction which forms a first liquid tight channel from the first port to the junction, the first port being engageable with a coffee concentrate container containing liquid coffee concentrate to receive liquid coffee concentrate therefrom and to allow liquid coffee concentrate to flow into the first liquid line;
a first flow controller in fluid communication with the first liquid line to control the flow of liquid coffee concentrate along the first liquid line;
a water reservoir in liquid tight communication with the second liquid line up to the junction which forms a second liquid tight channel from the water reservoir to the junction, the water reservoir being capable of retaining water and delivering water to the second liquid line;
a second flow controller in fluid communication with the second liquid line to control the flow of water along the second liquid line; and
a main controller in operative communication with the first flow controller and the second flow controller, the main controller generating operational instructions for the first and second flow controllers to allow liquid coffee concentrate and water to flow along the first and second liquid lines, respectively, and mix with each other adjacent the junction to form the singe serving of coffee for dispensing through the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,455,966

POTATO RICER

BREVILLE PTY LIMITED, Al...

1. A ricing device for attachment to a motor housing of an electric mixer, the device comprising:a coupling portion; and
an inner leg and an outer leg that extend from the coupling portion to a blade shroud;
the inner leg terminating in a first array of openings and the outer leg terminating in a second array of openings;
the first and second arrays being rotatable relative to one another to form a third array of openings different from the first and second arrays of openings;
a drive shaft extending from a blade located within the blade shroud through the inner leg,
wherein a cross-sectional area of the third array of openings is governed between two or more values by mechanical indexing features that are associated with the first and second arrays of openings, and wherein the mechanical indexing features comprise one or more detents carried by the outer leg and the inner leg extends within the outer leg by a first distance co-axially with the drive shaft before the blade shroud, the first distance being larger than a diameter of the blade shroud.

US Pat. No. 10,455,965

POSTAL DELIVERY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

1. A signaling device comprising:a control system and a sensor;
wherein the sensor is electrically connected to the control system;
wherein the control system and the sensor are installed in a mailbox;
wherein the sensor monitors the contents of the mailbox;
wherein the sensor is mounted within the mailbox such that when a parcel is placed into or removed from the mailbox the sensor detects the addition or removal of the parcel;
wherein the sensor sends an electrical signal to the control system;
wherein upon detection of the electrical signal generated from the sensor to the control system, the control system initiates the generation of a first message;
wherein the control system sends the first message to an appropriate authority;
wherein the control system sends the first message via a wireless network;
wherein the wireless network is a publically accessible cellular communication network;
wherein the wireless network supports SMS and MMS messages;
wherein the sensor comprises a break beam sensor;
wherein the break beam sensor comprises a power source, a light source, and a photoswitch;
wherein the light source generates an electromagnetic beam;
wherein the break beam sensor uses the electromagnetic beam as a tripwire that detects a parcel that passes through the electromagnetic beam;
wherein the power source comprises a limit resistor and a battery;
wherein the light source comprises an LED;
wherein the photoswitch comprises a pull up resistor and a phototransistor;
wherein the limit resistor is further defined with a first lead and a second lead;
wherein the battery is further defined with a battery cathode and a battery anode;
wherein the LED is further defined with a LED anode and a LED cathode;
wherein the pull up resistor is further defined with a third lead and a fourth lead;
wherein the phototransistor is further defined with a phototransistor collector and a phototransistor emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,455,958

CONVERTIBLE BEVERAGE CONTAINER AND DRINKING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

1. A convertible beverage container and drinking apparatus for use with a second container, the convertible beverage container and drinking apparatus comprising:a first pod portion configured to secure a bottom end of the second container to the first pod portion to form a base for the second container that is wider than the bottom end of the second container; and
a second pod portion configured to removably attach to the first pod portion, the second pod portion having an open orifice at a drinking end and an attachment region oppositely disposed to the drinking end, the attachment region configured to fixably engage to a sealing cap at a mouth end of the second container to form a stemware drinking vessel having a foot, a stem, and a bowl in which the first pod portion forms the foot of the stemware drinking vessel, the second container forms the stem of the stemware drinking vessel, and the second pod portion forms the bowl of the stemware drinking vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,455,957

HEALTH PILLOW

1. A health pillow comprising a supine portion and two side-lying portions symmetrically arranged on the two opposite sides of the supine portion, wherein each of the side-lying portions has a front surface, the supine portion has a supporting protrusion extending beyond the front surfaces, and the supporting protrusion has a length between 6 cm and 20 cm and has a flat surface extending outwardly and away from the front surfaces, wherein the supporting protrusion has a front end away from the front surfaces which is formed with a tip structure having an inclined surface, and wherein the supine portion has a head-receiving recess disposed at a height lower than that of the flat surface and the front end of the supporting protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,954

SHELVING SYSTEM

SPG INTERNATIONAL LLC, C...

1. A shelving system including a shelf having first and second opposed sides and a weight supporting surface for storing or displaying articles, the shelving system comprising:first and second vertical support posts, each vertical support post having a height and first and second opposed exterior surfaces that face away from each other and a third exterior surface that is orthogonal to and couples the first and second opposed exterior surfaces; and
a plurality of support pins fixed to each of the first and second vertical support posts and spaced along the height of each of the first and second vertical support posts and extending away and outwardly from at least one of the surfaces of the first and second opposed exterior surfaces on each of the first and second vertical support posts; and
first and second support brackets, each of the first and second support brackets comprising a pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges and a surface orthogonal to and in contact with the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges,
wherein the first support bracket is configured such that in an assembled state of the shelving system the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges of the first support bracket is coupled to the first vertical support post with one flange of the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges positioned in contact with the first exterior surface of the first vertical support post and the other flange of the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges is positioned in contact with the second exterior surface of the first vertical support post, wherein each flange of the pair of spaced-apart opposed flanges includes at least one aperture configured to releasably engage one of the plurality of support pins on the first vertical support post, each aperture formed as a slot with an open end, wherein the first support bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the surface that is orthogonal to and in contact with the pair of spaced-apart flanges contacts and extends across the third exterior surface of the first vertical support post, and wherein the first support bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the first support bracket cooperates with the first vertical support post to support the first side of the shelf on a support surface, and
wherein the second support bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the second support bracket is coupled to and cooperates with the second vertical support post to support the second side of the shelf on a support surface; and
first and second cooperating brackets, each of the first and second cooperating brackets comprising a coupling portion configured to removably couple the shelf with one of the first and second vertical support posts and a support portion connected to the coupling portion and configured to support one of the first and second sides of the shelf,
wherein the coupling portion of the first cooperating bracket is configured such that movement of the first cooperating bracket in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first vertical support post to couple the first cooperating bracket to the first support bracket constrains rotational movement of the first cooperating bracket relative to the first support bracket, wherein the first cooperating bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the first cooperating bracket is positioned between the first support bracket and the first side of the shelf to support the first side of the shelf, couples the shelf to the first vertical support post, and spaces the first side of the shelf from the first support bracket, wherein the first cooperating bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the support portion supports a portion of the shelf and the coupling portion transmits a loading force from the first side of the shelf to the first vertical support post, wherein the first cooperating bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the first cooperating bracket does not extend above a top side of the first support bracket and the first cooperating bracket hinders movement of the shelf in a direction orthogonal to a plane coincident with the third exterior surface of the first vertical support post,
wherein the second cooperating bracket is configured such that in the assembled state of the shelving system the second cooperating bracket is positioned between the second support bracket and the second side of the shelf to support the second side of the shelf, couples the shelf to the second vertical support post, and spaces the shelf from the second support bracket, and
wherein in the assembled state of the shelving system the weight supporting surface of the shelf does not extend above a top side of each of the first and second support brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,455,950

MATTRESS MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND APPARATUS

DREAMWELL, LTD., Las Veg...

1. An innercore unit and bucket assembly alignment apparatus, comprisinga support comprising a planar conveying surface for supporting and automatically moving the innercore unit and bucket assembly from an entry point to an exit point;
a longitudinal reference rail parallel to and fixedly coupled to an edge of the conveying surface;
a retractable transverse reference rail coupled to the exit point forming a right angle with the longitudinal reference rail during alignment when in use;
a longitudinal positioning rail in movable communication with and coupled to the support configured to push the innercore unit and bucket assembly against the longitudinal reference rail; and
a transverse positioning rail in movable communication with and coupled to the support configured to push the innercore unit and bucket assembly against the retractable transverse reference rail while maintaining sliding engagement with the longitudinal reference rail,
wherein the longitudinal reference rail, the retractable transverse reference rail, and the longitudinal reference rail each comprise a contact surface perpendicular to the planar conveying surface, wherein each contact surface is configured to contact a respective side of the innercore unit and bucket assembly during alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,455,940

CHAIR AND CHAIR CONTROL ASSEMBLIES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

HNI Technologies Inc., M...

1. A method of actuating a chair control assembly of a chair, the chair control assembly including a seat support, a link arm, and a control body, the method comprisingrotating a body of the link arm in a first direction about a first pivot which causes a pivot link of the link arm to rotate in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction about a second pivot;
in response to rotating the body of the link arm in the first direction, moving front riders and rear riders slidably coupled to the seat support and the control body upwardly and rearwardly in front channels and rear channels; and
in response to moving the front and rear riders upwardly and rearwardly in the front and rear channels, moving a seat mount of the seat support upwardly and rearwardly from a first lowered support position to a second raised support position such that a front of the seat mount is raised to a relatively greater extent than a rear of the seat mount.

US Pat. No. 10,455,934

MERCHANDISING SYSTEM

DISPLAYS PLUS, INC., Pla...

1. A merchandising system comprising:a deck having a left side, a left edge, a right side, a right edge, a front, a back, a top surface and a bottom surface;
a first pair of supports comprising a first left support and a first right support, each having a first straight bottom edge and a first straight top edge at a first non-zero angle relative to the first straight bottom edge;
a second pair of supports comprising a second left support and a second right support each having a second straight bottom edge and a second straight top edge at a second non-zero angle relative to the second straight bottom edge, the second non-zero angle being different than the first non-zero angle; and
a front stop configured to be removably attached to a shelf and to the front of the deck, and to extend vertically upward relative to the shelf when attached to the shelf and to the front of the deck; and
a merchandise divider configured to be removably attached to the top surface of the deck;
wherein the first left support is configured to be removably secured to the left side of the bottom surface of the deck such that the first straight top edge of the first left support is substantially flush with the left side of the bottom surface of the deck, and the first right support is configured to be removably secured to the right side of the bottom surface of the deck such that the first straight top edge of the first right support is substantially flush with the right side of bottom surface of the deck, whereby when the first left support is removably secured to the left side of the bottom surface of the deck and the first right support is removably secured to the right side of the bottom surface of the deck, the deck is at the first non-zero angle; and
wherein the second left support is configured to be removably secured to the left side of the bottom surface of the deck such that the second straight top edge of the second left support is substantially flush with the bottom surface of the deck, and the second right support is configured to be removably secured to the right side of the bottom surface of the deck such that the second straight top edge of the second right support is substantially flush with the right side of bottom surface of the deck, whereby when the second left support is removably secured to the left side of the bottom surface of the deck and the second right support is removably secured to the right side of the bottom surface of the deck, the deck is at the second non-zero angle.

US Pat. No. 10,455,933

GLASS CERAMIC WORKTOP

EUROKERA S.N.C., Chateau...

1. An item of equipment, comprising:at least one worktop that includes a transparent monolithic tempered glass or glass-ceramic material substrate, a surface area of said substrate being greater than 0.7 m2, a flatness of said substrate being less than 0.1% of a diagonal of the substrate, and an expansion coefficient of said substrate being less than or equal to 15·10?7 K?1, wherein a light transmission TL of said substrate is greater than 10% and an opacity indicator of said substrate is between 5 and 90;
at least one heating element; and
at least one interface for communication with at least one element of the worktop or with at least one external element for wireless communication,
wherein said item of equipment is devoid of light source(s).

US Pat. No. 10,455,932

CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRICAL ADJUSTABLE TABLE

TIMOTION TECHNOLOGY CO., ...

1. A control method of an electrical adjustable table, the electrical adjustable table comprising a table plate, at least one table foot, a lifting structure, a hand control device, at least one motion sensor unit and a control box, the control method comprising:a) activating an internal setting value or a user setting value at the control box for completing initialization setting;
b) entering a standby status for enabling to be operable;
c) receiving an operation via the hand control device and controlling the lifting structure to extend or shrink the at least a table foot in a first direction according to the operation to adjust a height of the table plate;
d) controlling the lifting structure to stop adjusting the height of the table plate when sensing the table plate being tilted via the at least one motion sensor unit during adjusting the height of the table plate;
e) retrieving a first length of the at least one table foot during adjusting the height of the table plate;
f) retrieving a second length of the at least one table foot after a first time period elapses;
g) when determining that an extending or shrinking speed of the at least one table foot being too fast according to the first length, the second length and the first time period, controlling the lifting structure to slow down the extending or shrinking speed; and
h) when determining the extending or shrinking speed being too slow according to the first length, the second length and the first time period, controlling the lifting structure to increase the extending or shrinking speed.

US Pat. No. 10,455,931

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a handle; and
a head extending along a longitudinal axis from a proximal end to a distal end, the head comprising:
a front surface;
a rear surface opposite the front surface;
a peripheral surface extending between the front and rear surfaces and defining a perimeter edge of the front surface;
a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from the front surface;
an elastomeric component including a bumper portion that forms a distal-most section of the peripheral surface and a wall portion located along a distal-most section of the perimeter edge and protruding above the front surface;
the wall portion extending along the perimeter edge in a continuous manner from a first point of the perimeter edge to a second point of the perimeter edge, the first and second points located on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis; and
the wall portion comprises a first ramped portion, an apex portion, and a second ramped portion, the apex portion disposed between the first and second ramped portions; and
wherein the wall portion has a maximum height at a third point of the perimeter edge located between the first and second points, the third point located on the longitudinal axis and on the apex portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,929

TOOTHBRUSH WITH ANGLED BRISTLES

Dr. Fresh, LLC, La Palma...

1. A toothbrush having a distal end and a proximal end, the toothbrush comprising:a head portion located at the distal end;
a plurality of bristles coupled to the head portion and extending outward in a ventral direction;
a neck portion having a neck portion distal end and a neck portion proximal end, the neck portion being coupled to the head portion at the neck portion distal end;
a shoulder portion having a shoulder portion distal end and a shoulder portion proximal end, the shoulder portion being coupled to the neck portion at the shoulder portion distal end and the neck portion proximal end, and the shoulder portion being curved toward the ventral direction;
a base portion located at the proximal end, the base portion having a base portion distal end and a base portion proximal end, the base portion being coupled to the shoulder portion at the base portion distal end and the shoulder portion proximal end, the base portion being curved toward the ventral direction; and
further comprising a rear shoulder grip located on a dorsal surface of the shoulder portion, such that the rear shoulder grip contacts a user's fingers to improve the user's ability to hold the toothbrush, the dorsal surface of the shoulder portion being curved toward the ventral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,455,926

CARRYING CASE, CARRYING CASE KIT AND METHODS

1. A carrying case for carrying a device having a width and a length, said carrying case comprising:a main panel having a top surface and a bottom surface, said main panel comprising:
a substantially rectangular device wrap portion having a width defined by a pair of sides and sized to wrap around the width of the device, and a length defined by a pair of ends and sized to cover at least a substantial portion of the length of the device; and
a main strap portion having a main strap length and a main strap width, wherein said main strap portion extends from said device wrap portion and is positioned such that a midpoint of said main strap width is substantially coincident with a midpoint of said width of said device wrap portion, wherein said main strap width is a fraction of said width of the device wrap portion, and wherein said main strap length is at least one and a half times the length of the device; and
a tail strap having a tail strap top surface, a tail strap bottom surface, a tail strap width defined by a pair of tail strap sides, and a tail strap length defined by a tail strap connection end and a tail strap free end, wherein said tail strap connection end is connected to and extends from said top surface of said main strap portion of said main panel;
a first hook portion of a hook and loop fastener and second hook portion of a hook and loop fastener, wherein each of said first hook portion and said second hook portion are disposed upon the bottom surface of the device wrap portion of the main panel proximate to opposite sides of said device wrap portion;
a third hook portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon said bottom surface of the main strap portion proximate to the end of said main strap opposite the device wrap portion;
a fourth hook portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon substantially an entire top surface of the tail strap;
a first loop portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon said top surface of the device wrap portion proximate to one side of said device wrap portion;
a second loop portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon said top surface of said main panel proximate to said midpoint of the device wrap portion and extending along substantially an entire length of the bottom surface of said device wrap portion and along said main strap to said connection end of said tail strap; and
a third loop portion of a hook and loop fastener disposed upon substantially an entire bottom surface of the tail strap.

US Pat. No. 10,455,925

BACKPACK WITH INTEGRAL RAINCOAT

1. A backpack with an integral raincoat, the backpack comprises of:a bag that has a top, a bottom, a front and rear side and a pair of shoulder straps that are attached to the rear side of the backpack, the rear side of the backpack defines a central opening that defines a first compartment that runs from a top rear side of the backpack toward a bottom rear side of the backpack;
a retractable roller mechanism that has a strap, the strap has a first end and a second end, the first end of the strap is attached to the roller mechanism and the roller mechanism is attached to the first compartment of the backpack; and
a raincoat that is attached to the second end of the strap, the bag defines at least one front compartment in the front of the bag.

US Pat. No. 10,455,924

SLEEPING PAD FOR SLEEPING COT

NEMO EQUIPMENT, INC., Do...

1. A flexible contoured sleeping pad comprised of a plurality of inflatable cells, said flexible contoured sleeping pad configured for being disposed upon a support surface having a sag when measured from first and second outer side edges of said support surface towards a central region of said support surface, for creating a generally level sleeping surface on said support surface having a sag, comprising:the flexible contoured sleeping pad having a length, a width and a top and bottom surface, said width defined by first and second longitudinal edges, wherein said top and bottom surfaces are joined proximate said first and second longitudinal edges in defining a plurality of sleeping pad inflatable cells disposed between said top and bottom surfaces; and
said flexible contoured sleeping pad comprising a plurality of sleeping pad inflatable cells including one or more inflatable cells proximate a central portion of said width of said flexible contoured sleeping pad and first and second inflatable cells disposed proximate said first and second longitudinal edges respectively, said first and second inflatable cells disposed proximate said first and second longitudinal edges having a first thickness proximate said first and second longitudinal edges and said one or more inflatable cells proximate a central portion of said width of said flexible contoured sleeping pad having a second thickness proximate a central region of said width at a point approximately one-half of a distance between said first and second longitudinal edges, said second thickness being greater than said first thickness, wherein a thickness of said flexible contoured sleeping pad increases from said first thickness proximate said first and second longitudinal edges to said second thickness proximate a central region in gradual thickness increments in successive and adjoining inflatable cells which increments correspond generally to said sag in said support surface, such that said flexible contoured sleeping pad is configured for creating a generally level sleeping surface on said support surface having a sag when measured from said first and second outer side edges of said support surface towards said central region of said support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,455,922

LOAD CARRIAGE FRAME

TYR Tactical, LLC, Peori...

1. A load carriage apparatus comprising:a rigid frame top disposed at a proximal end of a load carriage frame, the frame top including a proximal bar and a distal bar each extending between a first side bar and a second side bar;
a rigid frame base disposed at a distal end of the load carriage frame, the frame base including a rear portion connected to a first side portion and a second side portion;
a spine made from a first flexible material connecting a center portion of the proximal bar of the frame top to the rear portion of the frame base, a length of the first side portion extending in a first direction away from the spine and a length of the second side portion extending in a second direction away from the spine, the first direction being different from the second direction such that the first side portion and the second side portion are oriented in a non-parallel relationship with each other;
a first tube made form a second flexible material extending from the first side bar to the frame base relative to the first side portion; and
a second tube made form the second flexible material extending from the second side bar to the frame base relative to the second side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,921

ROLL-UP MAT WITH STORAGE

1. A roll-up mat with storage, comprising:a flexible mat, configured to lie flat for use with an activity surface facing up, the flexible mat comprising a plurality of substantially rigid parallel segments hingedly connected with lie-flat hinges, comprising a stop shoulder and a stop bar, the stop bar being configured to contact the stop shoulder to prevent rotation in one direction of adjacent segments beyond the generally planarly-aligned flat configuration, to limit the rotation of adjacent parallel segments to a generally planarly-aligned flat configuration when fully open; and
a storage container, enclosing an interior space, having
two end walls, connected by at least one side wall; and
an opening, adjacent to the at least one side wall, the flexible mat being attached to the at least one side wall of the container near the opening and configured to selectively wrap around the container to a closed position covering the opening, with the activity surface facing the interior space.

US Pat. No. 10,455,917

DEVICE FOR DISPENSING A FLUID PRODUCT

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A device for dispensing a fluid product, comprising:a container containing said product;
an electric motor comprising a rotatably driven shaft;
a dispensing system actuated by the rotation of the motor, a quantity of the product dispensed depending on the rotation of the motor;
a switching body controlling the operation of the motor;
a stop control element rotatably driven by the shaft, assuming an active position during the rotation thereof, wherein in said active position the stop control element causes the switching body to interrupt a power supply of the motor, and
a restarting circuit comprising a switch, the restarting circuit arranged in such a way as to switch into an activated state, when triggered, wherein, in said activated state, the restarting circuit forces the starting of the electric motor when the stop control element is in the active position, the restarting circuit remaining activated for a period long enough for the stop control element to leave its active position, the restarting circuit then becoming inactive such that the motor stops operating when the stop control element regains its active position once the restarting circuit is inactive again, wherein in said activated state and during said period, power is supplied to said electric motor via the switch of the restarting circuit while the switching body is in the active position.

US Pat. No. 10,455,916

HAIR STYLING APPARATUS

Jemella Limited, Leeds (...

1. A hair styling apparatus comprisinga body having at least one arm bearing a hair styling heater for heating hair to be styled;
a temperature sensor arranged to sense a temperature of the hair styling heater and to generate an electrical temperature sense signal that depends on the sensed temperature of the hair styling heater; and
a power supply unit comprising a transformer having a primary winding on a first side and a secondary winding on a second side, an AC input and a primary side switch coupled to the first side of the transformer, a heater drive output coupled to the second side of the transformer element and to the hair styling heater to power said hair styling heater, and a power controller configured to regulate the heater drive output by controlling an input to the first side of the transformer element,
wherein the power controller is coupled to the temperature sense signal; and
wherein the power controller is configured to regulate the heater drive output of the power supply in multiple steps by adjusting a duty cycle of the primary side switch so as to control the temperature of the hair styling heater responsive to the temperature sense signal.

US Pat. No. 10,455,914

PORTABLE STORAGE APPARATUS THAT INCLUDES AN INTEGRATED ARRANGEMENT FOR CONVERTING THE APPARATUS TO A BED OR A CHAISE

1. A portable storage apparatus, comprising:a storage; and
at least one support arrangement convertible to a resting platform, the support arrangement including at least one support arm, a handle connected to said at least one support arm, a roller, and a compliant body,
wherein said at least one support arm and said handle together are movable relative to said storage from a stored state to a deployed state where said support arrangement is converted to said resting platform;
wherein said compliant body is rolled around said roller;
wherein said roller resides in a compartment inside said handle; and
wherein said handle is located adjacent a surface of said storage in said stored state and moveable relative to said storage to said deployed state, whereby when said handle is moved away from said storage, said compliant body rolls out of said compartment inside said handle through an opening in said handle to convert said at least one support arrangement to said resting platform.

US Pat. No. 10,455,912

CANOPIES AND CANOPY SUPPORT STRUCTURES

ARTiculatedshade, LLC, B...

1. A canopy support structure, comprising:a support pole having a track therein, thereon, or coupled thereto, wherein the track extends in a longitudinal direction along the support pole;
a three-dimensional array of hub pairs including a primary hub pair and at least two secondary hub pairs, the hubs of each hub pair being movable toward each other during extension of the canopy support structure and away from each other during retraction of the canopy support structure,
wherein the primary hub pair includes a first hub and a second hub,
wherein each of the first hub and the second hub is coupled to the support pole,
wherein at least one of the first hub and the second hub is slidably engaged with the track and movable along the support pole; and
wherein the at least two secondary hub pairs comprises a first secondary hub pair, each hub of the first secondary hub pair comprises a respective secondary canopy support structure mount, and the secondary canopy support structure mounts are configured to receive a third hub pair of a secondary canopy support structure and axially align the third hub pair with the first secondary hub pair; and
a plurality of articulating arms connecting the primary and secondary hub pairs,
wherein the articulating arms include sets of scissor-connected primary articulating arms, and
wherein each of the primary and secondary hub pairs is pivotally connected to at least one other of the primary or secondary hub pairs by a respective set of the scissor-connected primary articulating arms.

US Pat. No. 10,455,909

POLE SHAFT DEVICE

1. A pole shaft device, comprising:an outer shaft (10);
an inner shaft (20) which is disposed in the outer shaft (10) and slides along the inside of the outer shaft (10);
an outer groove (12) formed on an inner surface of the outer shaft (10) in a longitudinal direction;
a fixing member (30) which is fixed on the inner shaft (20) and has at least one inclined surface (35) formed in the circumferential direction thereof; and
an extension member (40) which is coupled to the outer shaft (10) so as to be movable in the longitudinal direction thereof and extended by friction with the inclined surface so as to fix the outer shaft (10) and the inner shaft (20),
wherein the extension member (40) includes:
a slide protrusion (42) slidably coupled to the outer groove (12) formed in the longitudinal direction of the outer shaft (10); and
an extension locking portion (46) that protrudes inward in a radial direction and interlocks with an inclined end (36),
wherein the extension member (40) is formed with a bending pattern (41) formed by bending in a vertical direction, and
wherein the slide protrusion (42) of the extension member (40) is inserted to the outer groove (12) such that the extension member (40) interlocks with the outer groove (12) in a circumferential direction and does not rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,455,906

CONSISTENTLY-TIGHT WATCH BAND

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A watch band, comprising:a first end for connecting to a watch body;
a second end for connecting to the watch body,
repetitive compliant mechanisms along the watch band between the first end and the second end, each of the repetitive compliant mechanisms being movable between a non-extended position and an extended position, each of the repetitive compliant mechanisms comprising two opposing spring segments connected at a pivot point, wherein the opposing spring segments form an angle less than 180 degrees in the non-extended position, wherein the opposing spring segments form an angle greater than 180 degrees in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,455,902

CHILD'S SAFETY BELT CONNECTION BUCKLE

GOODBABY CHILD PRODUCTS C...

1. A child's safety belt connection buckle, comprising:an inserting base with an inserting space; and
a belt buckle, wherein the belt buckle is adapted to be inserted into the inserting space along a horizontal direction and locked by means of a locking mechanism, wherein the locking mechanism comprises
a sliding member arranged on the inserting base, said sliding member adapted to move reciprocally along the horizontal direction, and
a locking member arranged on the inserting base, said locking member adapted to move reciprocally in a direction perpendicular to the horizontal direction;
further wherein the locking mechanism has a locking position and an unlocking position;
further wherein when the locking mechanism is at the locking position, the belt buckle is pressed against the sliding member, and the locking member is buckled with the belt buckle, and when the locking mechanism is at the unlocking position, the locking member is separated from the belt buckle and pressed against the sliding member;
further wherein the child's safety belt connection buckle comprises two belt buckles, a locking portion is provided on the locking member, and a locking slot matching with the locking portion is provided on each belt buckle, when the locking mechanism is at the locking position, the locking portion of the locking member is inserted into the locking slot of the belt buckle, the locking member is buckled with the two belt buckles;
further wherein an unlocking control mechanism is provided on the inserting base to control unlocking of the locking mechanism, the unlocking control mechanism comprising
an unlocking button slidably provided on the inserting base along the horizontal direction,
a button elastic element provided between the unlocking button and the inserting base configured to make the unlocking button move outwards to reset,
an inclined guide slope on the unlocking button, and
a guide column on the locking member, wherein the guide column is pressed on the guide slope.

US Pat. No. 10,455,900

BI-STABLE STRAP WITH A SNAP SPRING HINGE

Feinstein Patents, LLC, ...

1. A closure device, comprising:a beam;
a catch at a distal end of said beam;
a hinge connected to said beam, said hinge including
a bi-stable snap spring having a first state, in which the snap spring has a straight length with an arced width and a curved cross-section, and a second state, in which the snap spring has a bent length with a flat width and a flat cross-section;
a shape memory element that changes the state of the bi-stable snap spring from the first state to the second state, the shape memory element having an original shape and a deformed shape; and
a microcontroller connected to the shape memory element, wherein the shape memory element changes from the original shape to the deformed shape upon receiving power from the microcontroller such that the shape memory element snaps the bi-stable snap spring from the first state to the second state upon receiving the power.

US Pat. No. 10,455,899

LACE GUIDE FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A lace guide for an article of footwear comprising:a base;
a body protruding from the base; and
an enlarged head at a distal end of the body;
wherein the body, the base, and the enlarged head define an external channel that extends at least partially around the body to receive and retain a lace;
wherein the enlarged head has a lip extending from a periphery of the enlarged head toward the base, narrowing a width of the external channel at the lip;
the lip is asymmetrical;
the lip has a curved edge extending at an acute angle from the periphery of the enlarged head in a direction around the body and along the external channel.

US Pat. No. 10,455,898

FOOTWEAR ARTICLE WITH TONGUE REINFORCER

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A footwear article comprising:an upper coupled to a sole, the upper comprising a medial quarter, a lateral quarter, a heel region, and an ankle collar movable between a lowered state positioned closer to the sole and a raised state positioned farther from the sole;
a collar elevator positioned in at least the heel region and operable to move the ankle collar from the lowered state to the raised state;
a tongue having an outward-facing surface;
a medial-side connector attaching the outward-facing surface to the medial quarter, wherein the medial-side connector includes a medial-connector midpoint;
a lateral-side connector attaching the outward-facing surface to the lateral quarter, wherein the lateral-side connector includes lateral-connector midpoint spaced apart from the medial-connector midpoint by a first length; and
a tongue reinforcer coupled to the tongue and having a tongue-reinforcer medial edge and a tongue-reinforcer lateral edge that are spaced apart from one another by a second length, wherein the second length is equal to or greater than the first length.

US Pat. No. 10,455,897

METHOD OF DECORATING SHOES AND DECORATED SHOES

1. A method of decorating a shoe element, the method comprising:applying decorative elements to a substrate using heat transfer process;
applying glitter ink to areas of the substrate adjacent to the decorative elements;
cutting the substrate to correspond to the shoe element using die cutting;
cutting openings in a coated aluminum sheet using laser cutting;
coupling the die cut substrate to the laser cut coated aluminum sheet via an adhesive to obtain a one piece, such that the openings in the coated aluminum sheet are aligned with the areas of the substrate comprising the decorative elements and the glitter ink;
applying the one piece to the shoe element via an adhesive;
wherein the decorative elements comprise at least one selected from the group consisting of crystals, rhinestones, gems, nail heads, grommets; metal findings, metal eyelets and plastic findings; and
wherein the substrate comprises at least one selected from the group consisting of fabric, leather, plastic, wood and metal.

US Pat. No. 10,455,887

FITNESS APPARATUS

1. A shoe comprising:a top portion;
a sole portion attached to the top portion;
a lining located in an interior portion;
one or more processors;
one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors;
a plurality of lighting elements coupled to the one or more processors, wherein two or more of the plurality of lighting elements are attached to the sole portion;
a logo portion, detachably located on an exterior portion of the shoe, wherein the logo portion comprises one or more of the plurality of lighting elements;
a power supply providing power to the plurality of lighting elements;
a lighting power switch configured to control the plurality of lighting elements disposed on the shoe;
a network interface hardware for sending and receiving fitness data; and
machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the shoe to perform at least one of the following when executed by the one or more processors:
determine a distance travelled between a start position and an end position;
determine calories burned during the distance travelled;
activate the plurality of lighting elements in a lighting mode with a signal from the lighting power switch in response to determining the distance travelled or determining the calories burned; and
send fitness data indicative of the distance travelled, the calories burned, or the lighting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,455,885

FLAT WEFT-KNITTED UPPER FOR SPORTS SHOES

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An upper for a sports shoe comprising:a weft-knitted element formed from at least one yarn mechanically manipulated in a weft-knitting process, the weft-knitted element comprising: a top portion comprising two-ply knitwear, wherein the two plies of the top portion are solely connected along edges to form a tube that surrounds a part of a shank of a wearer of the sports shoe when the sports shoe is worn; and
a bottom portion comprising two-ply knitwear, wherein the bottom portion and the top portion are unitarily knitted together in a single knitting process; and
wherein the two plies of the bottom portion are consistently connected to one another and substantially cover a top and sides of a foot of the wearer of the sports shoe when the sports shoe is worn.

US Pat. No. 10,455,884

PROTECTIVE HELMET WITH LINER ASSEMBLY

SPORT MASKA INC., Montre...

1. A protective helmet comprising:an outer shell;
a liner assembly received in the outer shell and connected to the outer shell, the liner assembly defining a front portion configured to overlay a front of a head of a wearer, a rear portion configured to overlay a rear of the head of the wearer, a top portion configured to overlay a top of the head of the wearer, and two opposed side portions each configured to overlay a respective side of the head of the wearer;
wherein each of the front, rear, side and top portions includes one or more zones where the liner assembly includes a plurality of overlapping layers, each of the layers being made from one of first, second, third and fourth materials, where the first material has a greater density than that of the second, the third and the fourth materials, the second material has a greater density than that of the third and the fourth materials, and the third material has a greater density than that of the fourth material, and:
the one or more zones of the front portion includes one or more of zones F1, F2 and F3, wherein
the zone F1 includes a layer of the second material of at least 3.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the third material of at least 4.8 mm thickness, a layer of the second material of at least 8 mm thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 6.4 mm thickness,
the zone F2 includes a layer of the second material of at least 8 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the third material of at least 16 mm thickness, and a layer of the fourth material of at least 6.4 mm thickness, and
the zone F3 includes a layer of the second material of at least 11.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 6.4 mm thickness;
the one or more zones of the rear portion includes one or more of zones R1 and R2, wherein
the zone R1 includes a layer of the second material of at least 6.4 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the first material of at least 1.6 mm thickness, a layer of the second material of at least 12.8 mm thickness, and a layer of the fourth material of at least 3.2 mm thickness, and
the zone R2 includes a layer of the second material of at least 6.4 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the first material of at least 1.6 mm thickness, a layer of the third material of at least 9.6 mm thickness, and a layer of the fourth material of at least 6.4 mm thickness;
the one or more zones of the side portions includes at one or more of zones S1 and S2, wherein
the zone S1 includes a layer of the second material of at least 4.8 millimeters (mm) thickness, a layer of the first material of at least 3.2 mm thickness, a layer of the third material of at least 8 mm thickness, and a layer of the fourth material of at least 6.4 mm thickness, and
the zone S2 includes a layer of the second material of at least 3.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 18.4 mm thickness; and
the one or more zones of the top portion includes one or more of zones T1 and T2, wherein
the zone T1 includes a layer of the second material of at least 3.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 18.4 mm thickness, and
the zone T2 includes a layer of the second material of at least 11.2 millimeters (mm) thickness, and a layer of the third material of at least 6.4 mm thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,455,879

SHOWER CAP WITH WIDE BAND

1. A shower cap/bathing cap, comprising:a section of material, that is joined along at least one connecting seam to be uniformly column-shaped,
a. an upper portion defining an upper opening, the upper portion comprising:
i. a hem, containing magnetic snaps that selectively close the upper opening, without adjusting the size of the opening, wherein, with the upper opening closed, the hem is configured to be rolled to form a cuff,
ii. a pair of inwardly facing darts disposed at diametrically-opposed positions about the uniformly column-shaped section of material, and
iii. a fastener engaged within each of the darts and extending outwardly therefrom, wherein pulling the fasteners outwardly in opposite directions urges the magnetic snaps into engagement with one another to close the upper opening, and wherein the fasteners are configured to engage one another with the upper portion closed and rolled, thereby maintaining the cuff;
b. a lower portion defining a lower opening, the lower portion comprising a stretch band of material that is folded and sewed to the section of material such that a ruffle is created.

US Pat. No. 10,455,878

MULTIFUNCTIONAL HOOD SYSTEM FOR HOODED HUNTING GARMENTS

1. A multifunctional hood system built into a hooded hunting garment, comprising of two hoods, each with an independent drab color or camouflage pattern drawstring, where an outer hood is drab color or camouflage pattern, matching the garment in appearance and material, for the function of concealment from a hunter's prey, while an inner hood is blaze orange, blaze orange camouflage, blaze pink, or blaze pink camouflage, for the function of high visibility safety, allowing a hunter to readily alternate, on demand, between said functions of concealment or safety in the field by selecting how the said hoods are worn or exposed, without having to remove the entire garment from their body, or detach/reattach components, to do so.

US Pat. No. 10,455,877

WAISTBAND FOR ARTICLE OF APPAREL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of apparel, comprising:a pelvic portion having a waist opening and a pair of leg openings; and
a waistband coupled to the pelvic portion at the waist opening, the waistband comprising at least:
a first waistband portion comprising:
a first end and a second end;
at least a first tunnel structure forming a plurality of parallel courses on the first waistband portion;
at least a first cord extending at least partially through the first tunnel structure, the first tunnel structure slidably coupling the first cord to the first waistband portion; and
at least a first pair of apertures through which a looped portion of the first cord extends from the first tunnel structure,
wherein the first waistband portion has a higher degree of elasticity than the first cord.

US Pat. No. 10,455,875

CUT, ABRASION AND/OR PUNCTURE RESISTANT KNITTED GLOVES

HIGHER DIMENSION MATERIAL...

1. A method for making a protective knitted glove assembly, the method including:placing a first portion of a knitted glove on a substantially planar surface;
screen printing onto the first portion of the knitted glove a first array of regularly-spaced, substantially uniform thickness, non-overlapping, polymer material guard plates arranged in a predetermined pattern;
placing a second portion of the knitted glove that is non-coplanar with the first portion on a substantially planar surface;
screen printing onto the second portion of the knitted glove a second array of regularly-spaced, substantially uniform thickness, non-overlapping, polymer material guard plates arranged in a predetermined pattern, wherein the second array of guard plates is non-coplanar with the first array of guard plates, wherein the second array of guard plates are non-overlapping with the first array of guard plates; and
curing the polymer material to harden the guard plates, wherein curing the polymer material includes only partially curing the polymer material of the first array of guard plates before screen printing the second array of guard plates; and fully curing the polymer material of the first array and the partially cured second array after screen printing the second array of guard plates.

US Pat. No. 10,455,874

DATA GLOVE

Yamaha Corporation, Hama...

1. A data glove, comprising:a glove body; and
a plurality of strain sensors that detect stretch and contraction of the glove body, the strain sensors being each provided in a region corresponding to at least one finger of first to fifth fingers, on a dorsal side of the glove body, wherein
at least two of the strain sensors are provided to each of the at least one finger;
the plurality of strain sensors comprise a first strain sensor and a second strain sensor that detect stretch and contraction of the glove body in a proximal-distal direction, the first and second strain sensors being each provided in a region corresponding to a proximal interphalangeal joint and a region corresponding to a metacarpophalangeal joint, of at least one finger of the second to fifth fingers, on the dorsal side of the glove body; and
the date glove further comprises a plurality of stretch-restraining portions that restrain stretch of the glove body, the stretch-restraining portions being each provided in a region corresponding to an area between metacarpophalangeal joints along the proximal-distal direction, on the dorsal side of the glove body.

US Pat. No. 10,455,873

COMBINATION GARMENT AND CARRY-ON BAG

1. A garment that is convertible between a garment configuration and bag configuration, the garment comprising:a back portion and a front portion;
an interior layer at the back portion of the garment;
one or more integrated storage compartments being securable with compartment fasteners;
the integrated storage compartments including external compartments configured for storing items, wherein the external compartments include compartment fasteners and the external compartments are positioned to permit access to stored items in the external compartments;
wherein the garment is convertible into a bag;
wherein the garment includes at least one lower portion fastener on a lower portion of the garment, where the lower portion fastener is configured to releasably attach to an upper portion of the garment in the bag configuration such that an outer surface of the back portion of the garment becomes an outer surface of the bag configuration due to the lower portion fastener attaching the upper portion of the garment to the lower portion of the garment;
wherein the compartment fasteners are configured to keep articles stored inside the integrated storage compartments from falling out of the integrated storage compartments when the garment is in the bag configuration;
wherein converting the garment between the garment configuration and the bag configuration causes the external compartments to become internally located in the bag configuration to conceal the external compartments of the garment configuration; and
wherein the garment includes handles attached on opposite ends of the garment such that when the garment is converted to the bag configuration, the handles meet for carrying the bag configuration; and
wherein one of the integrated storage compartments includes a hanger compartment, the hanger compartment including a rigid or semi-rigid hanger structure positioned in an internal space of the hanger compartment for suspending garments on the hanger structure within the hanger compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,455,870

PROTECTIVE ARTICLES

STEALTHWEAR PROTECTIVE CL...

1. A protective system comprising:a pair of forearm protectors, each of the forearm protectors securable to an arm of a user and comprising one or more onboard panels that provide the user's arm with protection against injury when worn;
a protective garment having forearm areas that are adapted to accommodate and substantially conceal the pair of forearm protectors therebeneath, the protective garment comprising at least one non-removable panel integrated within the body of the protective garment that provides the user with protection against injury in at least one body area not covered by the pair of forearm protectors, and wherein the protective garment further comprises one or more internal pockets; and
one or more removable panels that are insertable into the one or more internal pockets of the protective garment, the one or more removable panels providing the user with protection against inquiry in at least one other body area not covered by either the pair of forearm protectors or the at least one non-removable panel;
wherein the at least one non-removable panel and, when inserted, the one or more removable panels are each substantially concealed within the body of the protective garment.

US Pat. No. 10,455,867

WEARABLE ARTICLE WITH REMOVABLE MODULE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An assembly comprising:a housing comprising a receptacle defining a chamber and having an opening on a top side of the receptacle providing access to the chamber, such that the receptacle is configured to removably receive an electronic module within the chamber by insertion of the electronic module through the opening;
a first contact member comprising a first contact pad positioned outside the chamber on an underside of the receptacle opposite the top side, the first contact member further comprising a first arm extending from the first contact pad through a wall of the receptacle to form a first electrical contact exposed within the chamber, wherein the first contact pad has a width that is enlarged relative to the first arm; and
a second contact member comprising a second contact pad positioned outside the chamber on the underside of the receptacle adjacent to the first contact pad, the second contact member further comprising a second arm extending from the second contact pad through the wall of the receptacle to form a second electrical contact exposed within the chamber, wherein the second contact pad has a width that is enlarged relative to the second arm,
wherein the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact form an interface exposed within the chamber and configured for removable electronic connection to a connector of the electronic module when the electronic module is received in the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,455,863

CARTRIDGE FOR ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A cartridge for an e-vaping device, the cartridge comprising:a housing including first and second ends;
at least first and second reservoirs positioned within the housing between the first and second ends, the first and second reservoirs extending in parallel longitudinally between the first and second ends of the housing, the first and second reservoirs being configured to hold respective first and second pre-vapor formulations;
a first gasket defining a first end of the first and second reservoirs, the first gasket and the first end of the housing defining a first space within the housing;
a second gasket defining a second end of the first and second reservoirs, the second gasket and the second end of the housing defining a second space within the housing; and
at least first and second vaporizer assemblies positioned within the housing on opposite ends of the first and second reservoirs, the first vaporizer assembly being coupled to the first reservoir and extending into the first space between the first and second reservoirs and the first end of the housing, the first vaporizer assembly being configured to vaporize the first pre-vapor formulation to generate a first vapor in the first space, the second vaporizer assembly being coupled to the second reservoir and extending into the second space between the first and second reservoirs and the first end of the housing, the second vaporizer assembly being configured to vaporize the second pre-vapor formulation to generate a second vapor in the second space; and
at least one electrode electrically coupled to the first and second vaporizer assemblies via separate, respective electrical leads.

US Pat. No. 10,455,862

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE WITH INTELLIGENT BATTERY MODULE

SHENZHEN CHUANGYUANTENG T...

1. An electronic cigarette, comprising:a cigarette housing;
a cartridge received in said cigarette housing for storing a predetermined amount of liquid solution;
a vaporizer received in said cigarette housing and connected to said cartridge, said vaporizer having a vaporizing chamber and comprising a heating element in said vaporizing chamber for atomizing said liquid solution; and
an intelligent battery module, which comprises:
a battery casing having a connecting terminal electrically connected to said vaporizer;
a battery supporting tray received in said battery casing for accommodating at least one battery;
a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) supported in said battery casing and is electrically connected to said battery supporting tray;
a Main Control Unit (MCU) implemented on said PCB;
a resistance detection circuitry implemented on said PCB and is electrically connected to said MCU and said heating element of said vaporizer for detecting a resistance of said heating element, in such a manner that when said resistance of said heating element as detected by said resistance detection circuitry reaches a predetermined upper threshold, said MCU is configured to lower or cut off a voltage supplied to said heating element so as to prevent said temperature of said heating element from further increasing, wherein when said resistance of said heating element as detected by said resistance detection circuitry reaches a predetermined lower threshold, said MCU is configured to supply a normal voltage to said heating element of said vaporizer; and
a temperature sensor electrically connected to said MCU and said heating element of said vaporizer so as to detect a temperature of said heating element,
wherein said resistance detection circuitry comprise a voltage monitoring module and a current monitoring module electrically connected to said temperature sensor and said MCU for detecting a voltage and a current of said heating element respectively,
wherein said intelligent battery module further comprises a terminal matching circuitry electrically connected to said battery supporting tray and said MCU for disconnecting electrical connection between said batteries and said MCU when said terminals of said batteries are improperly connected in said battery compartments, said terminal matching circuitry comprising two Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFETs), and a driver module connected between said MOSFETs and said MCU, said MOSFETs being electrically connected together in series, said driver module being electrically connected to a Pulse-Width-Modulation terminal of said MCU, and being configured to be actuated by a potential difference between a negative terminal and a positive terminal of said batteries.

US Pat. No. 10,455,861

AEROSOL GENERATING ARTICLE INCLUDING A HEAT-CONDUCTING ELEMENT AND A SURFACE TREATMENT

Philip Morris Products S....

1. An aerosol generating article, comprising:a heat source;
an aerosol-forming substrate disposed in thermal communication with the heat source; and
a heat-conducting component disposed around at least a portion of the aerosol-forming substrate, the heat-conducting component comprising an outer surface forming at least part of an outer surface of the aerosol generating article, and
wherein at least a portion of the outer surface of the heat-conducting component comprises a surface coating and has an emissivity of less than about 0.6.

US Pat. No. 10,455,859

APPARATUSES FOR DISPENSING AND CUTTING SMOKING WRAPPERS AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

1. A smoking article wrapper dispenser comprising:a housing comprising a planar opening;
a planar face configured to removably fit within the planar opening of the housing, the planar face having a first flat side and a second flat side opposite the first flat side, the first flat side having a spindle extending therefrom and the spindle is positioned within the housing so that the spindle extends within the housing when the planar face is fit within the planar opening, the second flat side positioned external to the housing;
a roll of smoking article wrapper material disposed on the spindle;
a second opening in the planar face configured to allow passage of the smoking article wrapper material from within the housing to outside the housing, wherein the smoking article wrapper material is disposed through the second opening perpendicular to the planar face as a flat sheet;
a blade attached to a slidable block, the slidable block slidably disposed on a track on the second flat side of the planar face, the slidable block disposed in proximity to the second opening in the planar face wherein the blade slides with the slidable block perpendicular to the flat sheet of smoking article wrapper material, wherein the blade is configured to cut the flat sheet of smoking article wrapper material by sliding the blade through the flat sheet of smoking article wrapper material; and
a blade housing adjacent the track and extending from the second flat side of the planar face, the blade housing comprising a surface that runs parallel to the flat sheet of smoking article wrapper material and a slot within the surface that runs perpendicular to the flat sheet of smoking article wrapper material, wherein the blade housing is configured to cover the blade when the block is slid and the blade enters the slot perpendicular to the flat sheet of smoking article wrapper material, and further wherein the flat sheet of smoking article wrapper material rests on the surface of the blade housing when the blade is slid through the flat sheet of smoking article wrapper material.

US Pat. No. 10,455,858

HOMOGENIZED TOBACCO MATERIAL WITH MELTABLE LIPID

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A heated aerosol-generating article for producing an inhalable aerosol, the heated aerosol-generating article comprising:an aerosol-forming substrate that is a homogenized tobacco material comprising tobacco and a wax having a melting point between 50° C. and 150° C.,
wherein a total content of wax in the homogenized tobacco material is between 5 weight percent and 15 weight percent on a dry weight basis, and
wherein the wax is evenly distributed within the homogenized tobacco material.

US Pat. No. 10,455,856

METHOD AND MACHINE FOR PITTING AND RE-PITTING FRUIT HALVES

1. A method for pitting and re-pitting fruit halves comprising the steps of:lifting the fruit halves from a loading area to a feeding zone,
feeding the fruit halves to an advancing lane,
moving the fruit halves forward,
removing pit or pit fragments from the fruit halves, and
delivering the fruit halves to their further treatment,
characterized in that the method further comprises:
detecting a supporting condition of each fruit half on its advancing lane for allowing the removal of pit or pit fragments, and a presence of pit or pit fragments, if any, in the fruit half;
assessing said supporting condition as correct or incorrect;
communicating the presence of pit or pit fragments, if any, in the fruit half, as a useful information for removing the pit or pit fragments and delivering the fruit halves to their further treatment; and
bringing the fruit halves, whose supporting condition is assessed as incorrect, back to the step of fruit half lifting from the loading area to the feeding zone.

US Pat. No. 10,455,852

RAPID DEFROSTING TRAY

1. A defrosting tray comprising a flat board consisting of a thermal conductive metal substrate, a thermal conductive ceramic coating and a relatively thin inorganic coating, wherein the thermal conductive metal substrate is a core layer of the flat board, the relatively thin inorganic coating is the outermost layer of the flat board, and the thermal conductive ceramic coating is a middle layer between the thermal conductive metal substrate and the inorganic coating,wherein the thermal conductive ceramic coating is coated around a periphery of the thermal conductive metal substrate, and made of an inorganic resin doped with inorganic heat-conductive powder,
wherein the relatively thin inorganic coating is coated around a periphery of the thermal conductive ceramic coating, wherein the relatively thin inorganic coating comprises a material selected from the group consisting of Silicon dioxide and Titanium dioxide.

US Pat. No. 10,455,850

METHOD AND PROCESS FOR ACIDIC RECYCLING OF PROTEIN WASTE

Naturally Recycled Protei...

1. A process for making a product for animal consumption, said process comprising:a) grinding a protein source comprising at least poultry;
b) adding at least one acid to the ground protein source to generate an acidic digest medium said at least one acid selected from the group consisting of phosphoric acid, citric acid, sulfamic acid, and sodium bisulfate, said medium stably storable;
c) mixing a portion of the acidic digest medium with an additional amount of the ground protein source to form an acidic mixture;
d) emulsifying the acidic mixture to form an acidic digest product said acidic digest product exhibiting stability necessary for animal consumption when stored at ambient temperatures for between about 21 and 90 days.

US Pat. No. 10,455,843

MULTI-ANGLE CARCASS WASH SYSTEMS, WASH CABINETS INCLUDING SAME, AND RELATED METHODS

Birko Corporation, Hende...

1. A multi-angle wash system, comprising:a multi-angle fluid distribution unit;
a rotating unit operably coupled to the multi-angle fluid distribution unit;
a spray unit fluidly and operably coupled to the multi-angle fluid distribution unit; and
a guiding unit operably coupled to the spray unit or the multi-angle fluid distribution unit,
wherein the multi-angle fluid distribution unit comprises a front end operably coupled to the rotating unit, a back end opposite to the front end, and a connecting element adjacent to the back end, and wherein the connecting element is configured to operably couple with the spray unit or the multi-angle fluid distribution unit such that the spray unit oscillates in correspondence to the rotation of the rotating unit,
wherein the spray unit comprises a top end, a bottom end operably coupled to the connecting element of the multi-angle fluid distribution unit, a guiding element adjacent to the bottom end, and at least one series of nozzle sprays arranged in vertical direction along the length of the spray unit, and
wherein the guiding unit comprises a first end, a second end, and a co-guiding element adjacent to the first end of the guiding unit, wherein the guiding element has a reciprocate structure to the guiding element of the spray unit such that the guiding unit facilitates the oscillation of the spray unit in correspondence to the rotation of the rotating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,455,842

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING A SHOULDER JOINT POSITION OF A CARCASS PART OF SLAUGHTERED POULTRY

MAREL STORK POULTRY PROCE...

1. A system for measuring a shoulder joint position of a carcass part of slaughtered poultry, wherein the carcass part comprises a left shoulder joint, a right shoulder joint, soft tissue adjacent the left and/or right shoulder joints and at least a part of the breast meat adjacent the left and/or right shoulder joints, wherein the left shoulder joint and the right shoulder joint each contain a shoulder joint bone structure,the system comprising:
a position measurement device, the position measurement device comprising a mechanical contact member adapted to engage at least one of the left and right shoulder joints during a measurement of the shoulder joint position; and
a product carrier moveable in a transport direction along a conveying path, the conveying path extending along the position measurement device, the product carrier being adapted to support the carcass part during the movement of the product carrier along the conveying path past the position measurement device during the measurement of the shoulder joint position,
wherein the position of the product carrier during the measurement of the shoulder joint position is such that the carcass part is arranged relative to the position measurement device with the left shoulder joint and right shoulder joint one behind the other as seen in the transport direction so as to allow the mechanical contact member to engage a shoulder joint bone structure of at least one of the left and right shoulder joint.

US Pat. No. 10,455,841

CLAMP FOR CLAMPING A CORD ON ACCOUNT OF TENSION IN THE CORD

Caps International B.V., ...

1. A clamp for clamping a cord at a clamping location of the cord on account of a tension prevailing at a tension side of the clamping location in the cord, in which the clamp comprises:an elongate frame which is provided with an elongate recess; and
an elongate clamping body which is rotatably connected by a first end to a first end of the frame and extends at least partly in the recess of the frame,
in which a cord duct is formed in the recess between the second end of the clamping body and an opposite clamping surface of the frame,
in which the second end of the clamping body is configured to be carried along by a cord passed through the cord duct in the direction towards the tension side of the cord;
in which the smallest distance between the clamping body and the clamping surface decreases when the clamping body is moved towards the tension side of the cord,
wherein the frame is substantially in the shape of a U, in which the legs of the U are situated at its first end and the bridge at its second end,
that the clamping body is provided with a widened part at its first end, and
that a hinge is provided between each of the ends of the legs of the frame and the widened part of the clamping body, the axis of rotation of which extends at right angles to the longitudinal direction of the frame and at right angles to the axis of the cord duct.

US Pat. No. 10,455,836

SYNERGISTIC WEED CONTROL FROM APPLICATIONS OF PYRIDINE CARBOXYLIC ACID HERBICIDES AND PHOTOSYSTEM II INHIBITORS

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A herbicidal composition comprising a herbicidally effective amount of(a) a pyridine carboxylic acid herbicide or an agriculturally acceptable N-oxide, salt, or ester thereof, and
(b) a photosystem II inhibitor selected from the group consisting of bromoxynil, bentazon, isoproturon, metribuzin, atrazine, agriculturally acceptable salts and esters thereof, and combinations thereof,
wherein (a) and (b) are provided in a weight ratio of (a) in grams acid equivalent to (b) in grams active ingredient of from 1:90 to 1:5, and
wherein the pyridine carboxylic acid herbicide comprises a compound defined by the formula below

wherein R1? is hydrogen, or substituted or unsubstituted C7-C10 arylalkyl;
or an agriculturally acceptable N-oxide or salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,455,834

INSECT RESISTANT AND HERBICIDE TOLERANT SOYBEAN EVENT PDAB9582.816.15.1

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A soybean plant, or part thereof, that is resistant to Pseudoplusia includens (soybean looper) and comprises a DNA sequence comprising SEQ ID NO: 14.

US Pat. No. 10,455,829

LIGHT IRRADIATION DEVICE AND LIGHT IRRADIATION SYSTEM

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A light irradiation device comprising:an imager that images a monitoring region;
a projector comprising a phase-modulation-type space modulation element,
wherein the projector irradiates the monitoring region with signal light comprising modulation light reflected by a display surface of the phase modulation element;
a controller that controls the imager to image the monitoring region and controls the projector to emit the signal light;
a propeller that moves the light irradiation device in the air; and
a flight controller that controls flight of the light irradiation device by controlling the propeller; and
at least one slave device that is detachable, the slave device being configured to be attached to a light irradiation target and comprising a light emission unit that generates guidance light for guiding a flying object,
wherein the controller controls, when recognizing the light irradiation target to be irradiated with the signal light on image data imaged by the imager, the projector to emit the signal light toward the light irradiation target,
wherein the projector displays a phase distribution, the phase distribution for displaying an objective image on a projected surface, and
wherein the projector irradiates the display surface of the phase modulation element with light.

US Pat. No. 10,455,826

METHOD FOR AUTONOMOUSLY WEEDING CROPS IN AN AGRICULTURAL FIELD

FarmWise Labs, Inc., San...

1. A method for autonomously weeding crops in an agricultural field comprises, at an autonomous machine autonomously navigating along crop rows in the agricultural field:recording a first image of a ground area below a light module arranged proximal a front of the autonomous machine;
detecting a location of a first target plant based on the first image;
calculating a first opening location for the first target plant longitudinally offset from the location of the first target plant and laterally aligned with the location of the first target plant;
driving a first weeding module to laterally align a lateral reference position of the first weeding module with the first opening location, the first weeding module arranged in a tool housing behind the light module;
tracking the first opening location relative to a longitudinal reference position of the first weeding module;
in response to the longitudinal reference position of the first weeding module longitudinally aligning with the first opening location, actuating blades of the first weeding module to an open position of the blades of the first weeding module;
recording a second image of a ground area below the tool housing;
in response to detecting the blades of the first weeding module in the open position in the second image:
calculating a first longitudinal offset between the first opening location and the longitudinal reference position of the first weeding module, based on the second image; and
calculating a first lateral offset between the first opening location and the lateral reference position of the first weeding module, based on the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,455,814

FLEA COLLAR FOR PETS

Coastal Pet Products, Inc...

1. A collar for an animal comprising:a first elongate strap;
a second elongate strap, wherein the width of the second strap is less than the width of the first strap, the second strap comprising a material which protects the pet from infestation with pests;
a plurality of retainers, each said retainer comprising a first aperture formed by directly opposed first and second walls, and a second aperture being formed by said second wall and a third wall directly opposed to said second wall so that said first aperture is positioned adjacent to said second aperture, said first aperture being larger than said second aperture; and
said first aperture receiving said first elongate strap, said second aperture receiving the second elongate strap;
wherein the first elongate strap is configured to hide the second elongate strap.

US Pat. No. 10,455,813

HANDGRIP FOR A LEASH

Nano Pet Products LLC, N...

1. A handgrip for a leash, comprising a body with a grip part for holding said handgrip wherein said handgrip is embodied for connecting said leash, wherein said handgrip comprises a guiding rail for slidingly coupling said leash along a displacement path.

US Pat. No. 10,455,809

CONFORMABLE AND REUSABLE LICK DETERRENT

Mark L. Anderson, Spring...

1. A method of using an electronic device worn by an animal or human, comprising:applying a device to a first area of the animal or human, the device comprising a flexible substrate having a first side surface and an opposite second side surface, the substrate being physically conformable in three directions, along its length, width and thickness, the substrate further being stretchable along its length (x) with a first conductive trace and a second conductive trace both on the first side surface of the substrate, the second trace electrically insulated from the first trace, the first and second conductive traces also being conformable in three directions and stretchable at least along their length, including conforming the device to the first area in the three directions; and
electrically connecting a first power source to the device, the first power source including a battery pack connected to the substrate, the battery pack retaining a battery having an anode and a cathode, the battery pack retaining at least one of the anode or the cathode electrically against the first trace, and the battery pack including a terminal extension for connecting the other of the anode or the cathode to the second conductive trace.

US Pat. No. 10,455,808

ANIMAL MARKING MACHINE

Vium, Inc, San Mateo, CA...

1. A method of marking a rodent tail comprising the steps:(a) marking on the rodent tail, with a marking-machine, a machine-readable code portion comprising a plurality of evenly spaced bars of varying length perpendicular to the longitudinal axis the rodent tail;
(b) marking on the rodent tail, with the marking-machine, a human-readable code portion comprising a plurality of human-readable alphanumeric characters;
wherein the machine-readable code portion and the human-readable code portion do not code the same data and the data coded by each is not as subset of the other data; and
wherein the marking-machine comprises:
a tattooing head, adapted be raised and lowered;
a linear gantry supporting the tattooing head wherein the gantry is configured to allow the tattooing head to move along the gantry;
a tail roller, which rolls the rodent tail around its longitudinal axis to mark the tail,
wherein the machine-readable code portion of the mark comprises a continuous spine parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tail.

US Pat. No. 10,455,781

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SURFACE IRRIGATION BASED ON SURFACE WATER DEPTH INFORMATION

China Institute of Water ...

1. A method for controlling surface irrigation based on surface water depth information, comprising:Step a. measuring, by a water level and water stream information pressure sensor provided in target farmland blocks, in real time, surface water depths and water stream advancing durations of each of measuring points in a first half of a target farmland block, and transmitting the surface water depths and water stream advancing durations to a computer,
Step b. substituting, by a processor of the computer, the surface water depths and the water stream advancing durations into a surface irrigation model stored in a memory of the computer, to obtain initial values of soil infiltration parameters, substituting, by the processor of the computer, in turn the initial values of the soil infiltration parameters into the surface irrigation model, to obtain, by the processor of the computer, analogue values of surface water depths of each of measuring points having water before a preset measuring point when the water stream in the first half of the target farmland block has advanced to the preset measuring point, by using an objective function that an average value of errors between measured values of the surface water depths of each of the measuring points having water before the preset measuring point and the analogue values of the surface water depths of each of the measuring points having water before the preset measuring point when the water stream in the first half of the target farmland block has advanced to the preset measuring point is minimum, establishing, by the processor of the computer, a soil infiltration parameter solving model, and reversely solving and optimizing the soil infiltration parameters, and
Step c. substituting, by the processor of the computer, the soil infiltration parameters that are obtained by the reversely solving and optimizing into the surface irrigation model stored in the memory of the computer, to predict, by the processor of the computer, a complete process of the surface irrigation, and adjusting, by the processor of the computer, an irrigation duration according to the prediction result, thereby realizing accurate control of the surface irrigation process,
wherein a calculating formula of the surface irrigation model stored in the memory of the computer is shown as follows:

wherein, x is a horizontal coordinate in the horizontal direction of an already known target farmland block, in units of m, t is a water stream advancing duration in the first half of the target farmland block that is actually measured, in units of s, h is a surface water depth in the first half of the target farmland block that is actually measured, in units of m, Q is a discharge per unit width of the water stream in the x-direction that is actually measured, in units of m3/(s·m), U is an average flow velocity of a water stream in the direction perpendicular to the x-direction that is actually measured, in units of m/s, b is a land surface elevation of the already known target farmland block, in units of m, n is a Manning roughness coefficient, with an empirical value of 0.08-0.12, in units of m/s1/3, g is the gravitational acceleration, in units of m/s2, and ic is a surface water infiltration rate, in units of m3/(s·m2), wherein, ic=k?t?-1, and k and ? are both the soil infiltration parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,455,776

DYNAMIC DETECTION DEVICE FOR GROWTH OF POTTED CROP AND DETECTION METHOD THEREFOR

JIANGSU UNIVERSITY, (CN)...

1. A dynamic detection device for the growth of a potted crop, comprising a detection platform and a rotating shaft, wherein, a rotating motor is mounted on a bottom end of the rotating shaft and configured to drive the rotating shaft to rotate;a first cantilever frame is fixed to a top part of the rotating shaft, and a laser ranging sensor is mounted at a tail end of the first cantilever frame;
a second cantilever frame is fixed to a bottom part of the rotating shaft, and a first step motor is fixed to the rotating shaft and configured to drive the second cantilever frame to move left and right via a gear-and-rack device;
a pressure sensor is mounted at a tail end of the second cantilever frame;
a second step motor is arranged on the detection platform and configured to drive the rotating shaft to move left and right via the gear-and-rack device;
wherein the detection platform is further provided with several bases, each of which is provided with a load sensor, and the bases are arranged circularly along the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,455,773

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND PLANT CULTIVATION METHOD

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a light emitting element having a light emission peak wavelength in a range of 380 nm or more and 490 nm or less; and
a first fluorescent material that is excited by light from the light emitting element and emits light having at least one light emission peak wavelength in a range of 580 nm or more and less than 680 nm, wherein the first fluorescent material contains:
a fluorogermanate fluorescent material that is activated by Mn4+, and
a fluorescent material that has a composition containing at least one element selected from Sr and Ca, and Al, and contains silicon nitride that is activated by Eu2+; and
a second fluorescent material that is excited by light from the light emitting element and emits light having at least one light emission peak wavelength in a range of 680 nm or more and 800 nm or less, wherein
the light emitting device emits light having a ratio RB of a photon flux density R to a photon flux density B within a range of 2.0 or more and 4.0 or less, and a ratio R/FR of the photon flux density R to a photon flux density FR within a range of 0.7 or more and 2.0 or less, wherein
the photon flux density R is in a wavelength range of 620 nm or more and less than 700 nm,
the photon flux density B is in a wavelength range of 380 nm or more and 490 nm or less, and
the photon flux density FR is in a wavelength range of 700 nm or more and 780 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,455,770

NEEDLE COUPLING DEVICE FOR AN AGRICULTURAL BALER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A baler comprising:a bale chamber;
a plunger configured to compress crop material in the bale chamber in order to form a bale;
a plurality of knotters;
a needle yoke comprising a plurality of needles configured to deliver a plurality of lower strands through the bale chamber to the plurality of knotters;
a tucker arm shaft carrying a plurality of tucker arms configured to deliver a plurality of upper strands to the plurality of knotters;
a driving shaft located above the bale chamber and extending in a traverse direction of the baler, the tucker arm shaft extending parallel to the driving shaft;
a tucker arm coupling device configured to covert a rotation of the driving shaft into a rotation of the tucker arm shaft;
a needle coupling device configured for establishing a coupling and an uncoupling between the driving shaft and the needle yoke, and the needle coupling device configured to convert a rotation of the driving shaft into a movement of the needle yoke from a rest position to a twine delivery position and back such that movement of the needle yoke is synchronized with the rotation of the tucker arm shaft;
a driveable knotter shaft coupled to the plurality of knotters; and
a knotter coupling device between the driving shaft and the driveable knotter shaft, the knotter coupling device configured to couple the driving shaft to the driveable knotter shaft,
wherein the plurality of knotters are configured to receive the plurality of upper and lower strands from the plurality of tucker arms and from the plurality of needles, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,455,769

AGRICULTURAL BALER WITH IMPROVED NEEDLE COUPLING DEVICE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A baler comprising:a bale chamber;
a plunger configured to compress crop material in the bale chamber in order to form a bale;
a needle yoke comprising a plurality of needles configured to deliver twine through the bale chamber;
a plurality of knotters configured to receive the twine from the plurality of needles;
a bale length measurement and trigger device configured to measure a length of the bale in the bale chamber and to generate a trigger when a predetermined length is reached;
a driving shaft located above the bale chamber and extending in a traverse direction of the baler;
a gear box configured to continuously rotate the driving shaft when the baler is in operation; and
a needle coupling device between the driving shaft and the needle yoke, the needle coupling device configured for moving the needle yoke from a rest position to a twine delivery position and back when the bale length measurement and trigger device generates a trigger, the needle coupling device comprising:
a crank arm attached to the driving shaft and co-rotating with the driving shaft; and
a plurality of coupling members positioned between the crank arm and the needle yoke, the plurality of coupling members configured for establishing an uncoupling and a coupling between the crank arm and the needle yoke when the bale length measurement and trigger device generates a trigger.

US Pat. No. 10,455,766

SLATS FOR USE WITHIN A MATERIAL MOVING SYSTEM OF AN AGRICULTURAL COMBINE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A slat for use within a material moving system of an agricultural combine, the slat comprising:an elongated slat member extending in a lengthwise direction between a first end and a second end and in a widthwise direction between a front side and a rear side, the elongated slat member comprising:
a connector web extending in the lengthwise direction between the first and second ends and in the widthwise direction between the front and rear sides, the connector web defining an outer surface and an inner surface;
a front wall extending outwardly from the outer surface of the connector web along the front side of the elongated slat member;
a rear wall extending outwardly from the outer surface of the connector web along the rear side of the elongated slat member; and
an outer rib extending outwardly from the outer surface of the connector web, the outer rib extending in the lengthwise direction between the first and second ends and being spaced apart from the front and rear walls in the widthwise direction of the elongated slat member.

US Pat. No. 10,455,764

HARVESTER COMBINE HEADER LIFTING POWER UNIT

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A header for an agricultural harvester, the header comprising:an articulating header body that is configured to be connected to the harvester, the articulating header body comprising multiple sections that are configured to articulate with respect to each other, the articulating header body configured for cutting plants from the ground and distributing those plants to a feeder of the agricultural harvester;
at least two wheels attached to the articulating header body for contacting the ground to support the articulating header body above the ground, each wheel being attached to a different section of the multiple sections of the articulating header body; and
a first lifting power unit for moving one wheel of the at least two wheels with respect to a first section of the articulating header body to adjust a distance between said first section of the articulating header body and the ground; and
a second lifting power unit for moving another wheel of the at least two wheels with respect to a second section of the articulating header body to adjust a distance between said second section of the articulating header body and the ground,
wherein the first and second lifting power units are configured to move the respective sections of the articulating header body to different heights.

US Pat. No. 10,455,759

QUICK RELEASE BEARING COUPLERS

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. An agricultural metering system, comprising:a releasable bearing coupler configured to selectively couple a meter roller to a housing of the agricultural metering system, wherein the releasable bearing coupler comprises:
a shaft configured to be disposed through an opening in the housing and to engage a bearing, wherein the bearing is configured to be disposed within a recess of the meter roller to facilitate rotation of the meter roller about the shaft and to couple the meter roller to the housing via contact with the shaft; and
a locking segment configured to selectively interlock with a corresponding locking feature of the housing to secure the releasable bearing coupler to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,455,753

SYSTEM FOR CONNECTING IMPLEMENT TO MOBILE MACHINERY

1. Apparatus for connecting an implement to a three-point hitch of mobile machinery for controllable side-shifting movement of the connected implement, the three point hitch comprising an upper attachment point and two lower attachment points, the apparatus comprising:a) a first framework having a height, a length, and a depth, and comprising at least two parallel, vertically spaced apart, laterally extending rails, an upper cross beam, a lower cross beam, and at least two upwardly extending, laterally spaced apart studs attached to the cross beams and the rails, wherein the rails, the studs, and the cross beams are coplanar in a first framework plane, the first framework plane extending along the height and the length of the first framework;
b) three attachments attached to the first framework for attachment to the three-point hitch, the attachments comprising an upper attachment attached to the upper cross beam for attachment to the upper attachment point of the three-point hitch and two lower attachments attached to the lower cross beam for attachment to the lower attachment points of the three-point hitch;
c) a slidable second framework comprising at least two upwardly extending, laterally spaced apart posts and at least two sleeves attached to the posts, the posts and the sleeves being coplanar in the first framework plane, and wherein each sleeve is a surrounding sleeve mounted around one of the rails so that the slidable second framework can slide laterally back and forth along the rails;
d) three connectors supported by the slidable second framework for connecting the slidable second framework to the implement for movement of the implement by the mobile machinery and the slidable second framework; and
e) at least one driver connected to the first framework and connected to the slidable second framework for driving the slidable second framework laterally back and forth along the rails.
US Pat. No. 10,457,559

METHOD FOR PURIFYING HALOGENATED OLIGOSILANES

PSC POLYSILANE CHEMICALS ...

1. A method for purification of halogenated oligosilanes SinX2n+2 with n=2 through n=6 as compounds or as mixtures of compounds in which the substituents X comprise chlorine or chlorine and hydrogen, the process comprises the steps:(a) adding a complexing agent and a fluoride or fluoride mixture to the halogenated oligosilane, wherein fluoride F? from the fluoride or fluoride mixture is made available for a reaction in an amount of more than 1 ppb calculated as F? in relation to the mass of the halogenated oligosilane,
b) carrying out at least one processing step in which at least the fluoride acts upon the halogenated oligosilane, wherein the at least one processing step is selected from the group consisting of stirring, swirling, shaking, heating to reflux, and diffusing, wherein a solvent is added to the halogenated oligosilane and/or fluoride before or during the processing step, the solvent is selected from the group consisting of alkanes, cycloalkanes, ethers, aromatics, and chlorinated silanes, wherein the proportion of the solvent in the mixture with the halogenated oligosilanes is at least 0.01 mass % and wherein a siloxane as a pure compound or mixture of compounds selected from the group consisting of Cl3SiOSiCl3, Cl3SiOSiCl2SiCl3, and Cl3SiOSiCl2OSiCl3 is added to the halogenated oligosilane before or during the processing step, wherein the proportion of the siloxane in the mixture with the halogenated oligosilane is at least 0.001 mass %, and
(c) carrying out at least one separation method for the isolation of the halogenated oligosilane, wherein the separation method is selected from the group consisting of decanting, filtering, distilling, and subliming.
US Pat. No. 10,457,815

CURABLE RESIN COMPOSITION

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A curable resin composition, comprising a fluorinated copolymer (A) and a compound (B),wherein the fluorinated copolymer (A) comprises a unit derived from a fluoroolefin, a unit comprising an ethylenic unsaturated group in its side chain and a unit comprising a functional group, wherein the unit comprising a functional group is at least one member selected from the group consisting of a unit comprising a hydroxy group, a unit comprising a carboxy group, and a unit comprising an alkoxysilyl group;
wherein the fluorinated copolymer (A) comprises from 0.3 to 50 mol % of the unit comprising an ethylenic unsaturated group in its side chain; and
wherein the compound (B) comprises at least two (meth)acryloyl groups and at least two isocyanate groups in one molecule.
US Pat. No. 10,457,820

ALCOHOL-BASED PRINTING INK COMPOSITION

TOYO INK SC HOLDINGS CO.,...

1. An alcohol-containing printing ink composition comprising a colorant (E), a medium and a polyurethane urea resin (D) obtained by reacting a polyol (A), a diisocyanate (B) and a chain extender (C), whereinthe medium comprises an alcohol (F), wherein a proportion of the alcohol (F) is at least 50% by weight relative to a value of 100% by weight for the total medium,
the polyol (A) includes a polyester polyol (A0), and
the polyester polyol (A0) includes a hydrogenated castor oil polyol (A1) consisting of subunits including two or more units derived from a castor oil fatty acid or a hydrogenated castor oil fatty acid, wherein said two or more units are bound directly to each other via an ester bond, and a unit derived from a diol, and
the hydrogenated castor oil polyol (A1) has a side chain having a carbon number of 6.
US Pat. No. 10,457,830

REACTION PRODUCT AND PIGMENTED BASECOAT MATERIAL COMPRISING SAID PRODUCT

BASF Coatings GmbH, Muen...

1. A pigmented aqueous basecoat material, comprising:a reaction product which is prepared by reaction of
(a) at least one aliphatic linear polyester having two functional end groups (a.1), with
(b) at least one diene polymer having two functional end groups (b.1),
wherein at least one type of group (a.1) is reacted in a linking manner with at least one type of group (b.1), said components (a) and (b) are used in the reaction in a molar ratio of 2.3/0.7 to 1.7/1.6 and the resulting reaction product possesses a number-average molecular weight of 1000 to 15 000 g/mol.
US Pat. No. 10,455,783

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF PLANT BREEDING USING HIGH DENSITY MARKER INFORMATION

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A method for preparing a transgenic soybean plant, the method comprising the steps of:transforming a parent plant comprising a chromosomal region at map position 114.30 cM to 115.90 cM on chromosome 6 identifiable by SEQ ID NOs:518 and 519, with a recombinant DNA and producing at least two transgenic progeny soybean plants; and
selecting a transgenic progeny soybean plant for breeding from said at least two transgenic progeny soybean plants, wherein said selected transgenic progeny soybean plant comprises said transgene comprising said recombinant DNA linked within 10 cM of said chromosomal region at map position 114.30 to 115.90 on chromosome 6 identifiable by SEQ ID NOs:518 and 519.
US Pat. No. 10,457,835

COATING AGENT COMPOSITION

THREEBOND CO., LTD., Hac...

1. A coating agent composition comprising the following components (A) to (D):(A) 100 parts by mass of a hydrolyzable silicone resin;
(B) 0.1 to 50 parts by mass of a curing catalyst;
(C) 100 to 5000 parts by mass of an organic solvent; and
(D) 10 to 150 parts by mass of dimethylpolysiloxane having one or more alkoxysilyl groups at both ends of the molecular chain, wherein (D) has a viscosity at 25° C. of 100 to 100,000 mPa·s, and
wherein the component (A) is a partial hydrolysis condensate of an alkoxysilane compound represented by the following structural formula (1):
R1x—Si(OR2)4?x  (1),
where R1 and R2 are each independently an optionally substituted aliphatic, alicyclic, or aromatic hydrocarbon group,
x is an integer of 0 to 3, and
a substituent of the aliphatic, alicyclic, or aromatic hydrocarbon group is a halogen, a hydroxyl group, an amino group, an imino group, a nitro group, a mercapto group, a vinyl group, or a carboxyl group.
US Pat. No. 10,455,784

HYBRID TOMATO VARIETY H1421

H.J. Heinz Company Brands...

1. Tomato seed designated as ‘H1421’, representative sample of seed having been deposited under ATCC Accession Number PTA-124122.
US Pat. No. 10,455,785

CUCUMBER VARIETY NUN 52011 CUP

NUNHEMS B. V., Nunhem (N...

1. A plant, plant part or seed of cucumber variety NUN 52011 CUP, wherein a representative sample of seed of said cucumber variety is deposited under Accession Number NCIMB 43416.
US Pat. No. 10,455,786

INBRED CORN LINE 4HSX11003

Agrigenetics, Inc., Indi...

1. A seed of corn inbred line designated 4HSXI1003, or a part thereof, representative seed of the line having been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-124407.
US Pat. No. 10,457,838

ADHESIVES AND RELATED METHODS

Avery Dennison Corporatio...

1. A cure in place liquid composition comprising:5-70 wt % of a first bodying component comprising an acrylic base polymer having a Mw of 5,000 to 1,000,000;
5-70 wt % of a second bodying component comprising a non-acrylic base polymer having a Mw of 1,000 to 500,000, selected from the group consisting of polyolefins, polyvinyl aromatics, polyurethanes, polycarbonates, polyesters, polyethers, and combinations thereof;
5-80 wt % of at least one structural diluent;
0-40 wt % of at least one radical addition diluent;
0-5.0 wt % of a first curative;
0-10 wt % of a second curative;
0-10 wt % photosensitizer; and
0-10 wt % stabilizer/process aid.
US Pat. No. 10,455,787

PLANTS AND SEEDS OF HYBRID CORN VARIETY CH901351

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A seed of hybrid corn variety CH901351, produced by crossing a first plant of variety CV691449 with a second plant of variety CV093813, wherein representative seeds of said varieties CV691449 and CV093813 are deposited under ATCC Accession Nos. PTA-125240 and PTA-123818, respectively.
US Pat. No. 10,455,788

SOYBEAN VARIETY 01068888

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A plant of soybean variety 01068888, wherein representative seed of said soybean variety have been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-124733.
US Pat. No. 10,457,840

FOAMED ADHESIVE

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

1. A hot melt adhesive formulation comprising:(i) one or more solid polymers, wherein at least one of the one or more solid polymers has a melt index within the range of about 320 to about 800 g/10 min;
(ii) a thixotropic filler;
(iii) a blowing agent system; and
(iv) a two-component cross linking system comprising:
a first benzoyl peroxide cross linking agent having an activation temperature within a temperature range of 80° C. to 150° C. and a short half-life within the temperature range so that when the adhesive is extruded in place at such a temperature range, the adhesive has a melt viscosity of from about 290 to 913 Pa·s at a shear rate of 100S?1 to flow during the application process but maintains its location on an oily substrate and is dry to the touch due to the presence of the first cross linking agent, and a second cross linking agent with an activation temperature above the activation temperature of the first cross linking agent, so that the adhesive foams and the viscosity of the adhesive is increased to retain gasses generated by the blowing agent system;
wherein the adhesive is adapted for shipment of the oily substrate including the adhesive to a second location prior to exposing the adhesive to temperatures suitable for foaming of the adhesive.
US Pat. No. 10,455,791

SOYBEAN VARIETY 5PGYV72

PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATI...

1. A plant or a seed of soybean variety 5PGYV72, representative seed of the variety having been deposited under ATCC Accession Number PTA-126068.
US Pat. No. 10,461,436

ENHANCED MAGNETIC LOSS Y-PHASE HEXAGONAL FERRITE FOR MAGNETODIELECTRIC ANTENNA APPLICATIONS

SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A hexagonal ferrite material comprising a Y phase hexagonal ferrite material having the composition Sr2-xNaxCo2-xScxFe12O22, 0
US Pat. No. 10,455,802

COTTON VARIETY PX499083W3FE

Phytogen Seed Company, LL...

1. A seed of cotton variety designated PX499083W3FE, or a regenerable part thereof, representative seed of the variety having been deposited under ATCC Accession No. PTA-123653 on Nov. 15, 2016.
US Pat. No. 10,457,601

SETTABLE COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING REMEDIATED FLY ASH (RFA) AND METHODS OF CEMENTING IN SUBTERRANEAN FORMATIONS

CR Minerals Company, LLC,...

1. A settable composition for cementing, the settable composition comprising (a) remediated fly ash, (b) cement and/or calcium hydroxide, and (c) optionally water, wherein said remediated fly ash contains fly ash and a natural pozzolan, wherein said natural pozzolan is present in said remediated fly ash in a concentration of about 1wt % to about 99wt %, and wherein said remediated fly ash is certified under ASTM C618, ASTM C1697, and/or AASHTO M295 as a Class C pozzolan or a Class F pozzolan.
US Pat. No. 10,457,602

ASPHALT FORMULATIONS AND METHODS FOR PRODUCTION

Herbert Malarkey Roofing ...

1. An asphalt composition comprising:a. ground tire rubber having a mesh size between 10 and 80 mesh in an amount being about 2% to 7% of the composition;
b. radial styrene butadiene styrene in an amount being between about 1% to 7% of the composition;
c. linear styrene butadiene styrene in an amount being between about 1% to 7% of the composition;
d. polyethylene wax or polypropylene wax derived from post-consumer recycled waste in an amount being between about 1% and 5% of the composition;
e. wherein the balance of the composition is asphalt having between 20 to 220 penetration.
US Pat. No. 10,457,604

MICRO-NANO COMPOSITE HOLLOW STRUCTURED NANOMETER MATERIAL-MODIFIED HIGH-DURABILITY CONCRETE MATERIAL AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

University of Jinan, Sha...

1. A micro-nano composite hollow structured nanometer material-modified high-durability concrete material, characterized in that, according to mass parts, its raw material formula is as follows: cobaltosic oxide, 1000-1500 parts; cement, 1000-1300 parts; dioctyl sebacate, 1000-1500 parts; water, 800-1200 parts; nanocarbon, 1200-1800 parts; nano calcium carbonate, 35-50 parts; sodium silicate, 10-20 parts; micro-nano structured calcium molybdate, 50-80 parts; dipentaerythritol, 60-90 parts; and dioctyl ester 30-60 parts.
US Pat. No. 10,455,811

COMPRESSION RESISTANT AND LONG-LASTING SCENTED DOG TOY AND ITS PREPARATION METHOD

1. A compression resistant and long-lasting scented dog toy, comprising:a rubber body and cloth fluidized on it, wherein once the cloth is fluidized and stitched on the rubber body, body is filled with PP fiber to complete the toy, the rubber body further comprise, in parts by weight: 40-60 parts of natural rubber, 1-3 parts of zinc oxide, 2-4 parts of camphene, 20-25 parts of stearic acid, 1-2 parts of anti-aging agent, 1-5 parts of edible gum, 15-20 parts of starch, 3-5 parts of microcrystalline wax, 1-3 parts of white carbon black, 15-25 parts of naphthenic oil, 10-15 parts of silicone rubber, 3-5 parts of butyl rubber, 0.3-0.7 parts of accelerant, 0.1-0.3 parts of antiozonant, 2-4 parts of medical light calcium carbonate, 3-5 parts of edible rapeseed oil, 4-6 parts of flavor enhancer, 0.4-0.6 parts of sour agent, 15-20 parts of talcum powder and 3-5 parts of fatty acid softening agent.
US Pat. No. 10,457,610

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR TREATING SOIL AND PLANTS

Core Intellectual Propert...

1. A method of solubilizing sodium in soil, comprising applying to soil a microalgae consortium composition comprising Scenedesmus quadricauda, Chlorella vulgaris, Scenedesmus dimorphus, Scenedesmus obliquus and Chlamydomonas moewusii.