US Pat. No. 10,478,423

SUBSTITUTED INDAZOLE DERIVATIVES ACTIVE AS KINASE INHIBITIORS

NERVIANO MEDICAL SCIENCES...

1. A compound of formula (I):
wherein:
Ar is a group selected from

wherein:
R1 is A, NR6R7, OR8, SOnR9, COR10, nitro, cyano or an optionally substituted group selected from C3-C6 cycloalkyl and heteroaryl;
R2, R3, R4 and R5 are independently hydrogen, halogen, nitro, cyano, SOnR9, COR10, NR11R12, OR13 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl and heterocyclyl wherein:
A is a straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl substituted with a group selected from an optionally substituted heterocyclyl, an optionally substituted heteroaryl, SOnR9, COR10, NR11R12 and OR13;
R6 is hydrogen or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl;
R7 is hydrogen, SOnR9, COR10, a substituted straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl or
R6 and R7, taken together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bound, may form an optionally substituted heterocyclyl group;
R8 is hydrogen, A, COR10 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl, wherein A is as defined above;
R9 is NR11R12 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl;
R10 is hydrogen, NR11R12, OR13 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl;
R11 and R12 are independently hydrogen, SOnR9, COR10 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl, wherein R9 and R10 are as defined above, or
R11 and R12, taken together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bound, may form an optionally substituted heterocyclyl group;
R13 is hydrogen, COR10 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl, wherein R10 is as defined above;
n is 0, 1 or 2;
X is an optionally substituted straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl;
Y is oxygen;
Z is an optionally substituted straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl;
Ar? is an optionally substituted aryl or an optionally substituted heteroaryl;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,421

SORTILIN BINDING COMPOUNDS, FORMULATIONS, AND USES THEREOF

University of Florida, T...

1. A method comprising:administering an amount of a compound according to Formula 2A

or a pharmaceutical formulation thereof and an amount of compound 541

or a pharmaceutical formulation thereof to a subject.

US Pat. No. 10,478,415

KETONE BODIES TO PROTECT TISSUES FROM DAMAGE BY IONIZING RADIATION

TDELTAS LIMITED, Thame O...

1. A method of protecting animal tissue from damage caused by radiation exposure, comprising contacting the tissue of a subject in need thereof with a therapeutically effective amount of an agent, wherein the agent is:
wherein n and m are 3; or

wherein n is 3;
thereby protecting the tissue from radiation damage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,409

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS

Kalvista Pharmaceuticals ...

1. A process for preparing an aqueous pharmaceutical suspension composition suitable for parenteral administration in a mammalian patient, the aqueous pharmaceutical suspension comprising a compound of formula I having an aqueous solubility of less than 1 mg/mL:wherein:R1 is H, alkyl, —COalkyl, —COaryl, —COheteroaryl, —CO2alkyl, —(CH2)aOH, —(CH2)bCOOR10, —(CH2)cCONH2, —SO2alkyl, or —SO2aryl;
R2 is H or alkyl;
R3 is H, alkyl, —(CH2)daryl, —(CH2)eheteroaryl, —(CH2)fcycloalkyl, —(CH2)gheterocycloalkyl, —CH(cycloalkyl)2, or —CH(heterocycloalkyl)2;
R4 and R6 are independently H or alkyl;
R5 is H, alkyl, alkoxy, or OH;
or R4 and R5, together with the atoms to which they are attached, form a 5- or 6-membered azacycloalkyl structure;
R7 and R8 are independently H, alkyl, alkoxy, CN, or halo;
R9 is aryl or heteroaryl;
R10 is H or alkyl;
a, b, c, d, e, f and g are, independently, 1, 2 or 3;
*1 and *2 denote chiral centres;
alkyl is a linear saturated hydrocarbon having up to 10 carbon atoms (C1-C10) or a branched saturated hydrocarbon of between 3 and 10 carbon atoms (C3-C10); wherein the alkyl is optionally substituted with 1 or 2 substituents that are, independently, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C1-C6)alkoxy, OH, CN, CF3, COOR11, fluoro, or NR11R12;
cycloalkyl is a mono- or bi-cyclic saturated hydrocarbon of between 3 and 10 carbon atoms; wherein the cycloalkyl is optionally fused to an aryl group;
heterocycloalkyl is a C-linked or N-linked 3 to 10 membered saturated, mono- or bi-cyclic ring, wherein said heterocycloalkyl ring comprises 1, 2 or 3 heteroatoms that are, independently, N, NR11, or O;
alkoxy is a linear O-linked hydrocarbon of between 1 and 6 carbon atoms (C1-C6) or a branched O-linked hydrocarbon of between 3 and 6 carbon atoms (C3-C6); wherein the alkoxy is optionally substituted with 1 or 2 substituents that are, independently, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, OH, CN, CF3, COOR11, fluoro, or NR11R12;
aryl is phenyl, biphenyl or naphthyl; wherein the aryl is optionally substituted with up to 5 substituents that are, independently, alkyl, alkoxy, OH, halo, CN, COOR11, CF3, or NR11R12;
heteroaryl is a 5, 6, 9 or 10 membered mono- or bi-cyclic aromatic ring containing 1, 2 or 3 ring members that are, independently, N, NR11, S and O; wherein the heteroaryl is optionally substituted with 1, 2 or 3 substituents that are, independently, alkyl, alkoxy, OH, halo, CN, COOR11, CF3, or NR11R12;
R11 and R12 are H or alkyl;
or a tautomer, stereoisomer, pharmaceutically acceptable salt, or solvate thereof;
the process comprising suspending particles of the active ingredient that is a compound of formula I, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, in an aqueous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,478,407

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION FOR VIRAL INFECTIONS

THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE...

1. A method of reducing the severity or the duration of the symptoms of a viral infection selected from herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), and varicella zoster virus (VZV), in a subject in need thereof, the method comprising administering to the subject in need thereof a pharmaceutical composition comprising C12-C14-alkyl(ethylbenzyl)dimethylammonium chloride.

US Pat. No. 10,478,387

COATING OF CLAY MICRO-TUBES ON SURFACES OF HAIR AND NATURAL FIBERS

Louisiana Tech Research C...

1. A biocide mixture for hair comprising:(a) a carrier liquid;
(b) alumino-silicate micro-tubes having a biocide loaded into a lumen of the micro-tubes;
(c) wherein the micro-tubes are present in the carrier liquid in a concentration of between about 3 mg/ml and about 100 mg/ml; and
(d) wherein the mixture has a pH of between about 3.5 and about 7.5.

US Pat. No. 10,478,382

MEDICAL CONNECTING DEVICE

Carmel Pharma AB, Gothen...

1. A bottle connector for use in a medical fluid transfer arrangement, said bottle connector having an axial direction and a radial direction and comprising:a first generally cylindrical part having a first end a second end, said first generally cylindrical part comprising a hollow piercing member comprising an inner channel, said hollow piercing member defining a length and extending in said axial direction from an interior portion of said first generally cylindrical part beyond said second end of said first generally cylindrical part; and
a second generally cylindrical part having a first end and a second end, said second generally cylindrical part comprising a bottle coupling member, for coupling said bottle connector to a medical bottle,
wherein said first and second generally cylindrical parts are connected and concentrically arranged with respect to each other, such that when said second part is coupled to said medical bottle said piercing member is aligned in an axial direction of said medical bottle with a sealing member of said medical bottle, and the generally cylindrical second part is releasably locked to the first generally cylindrical part and transitionable between a transport configuration and a fluid transfer configuration,
wherein when said bottle connector is in the transport configuration, said bottle connector defines a length between said first end of said first generally cylindrical part and said second end of said second generally cylindrical part, wherein said length is greater than said length of said hollow piercing member so that the hollow piercing member protrudes past the second end of the first generally cylindrical part and so that the second generally cylindrical part completely shields said hollow piercing member, and when said bottle connector is in the fluid transfer configuration, at least a portion of said hollow piercing member extends beyond said second end of said first generally cylindrical part, and wherein the first and second generally cylindrical parts are configured to telescope with respect to each other when transitioning from the transport configuration to the transfer configuration other without rotation between them, wherein the second generally cylindrical part is configured to move from an unlocked configuration corresponding to the first and second generally cylindrical parts not being locked together, to the transport configuration, and wherein, when the second generally cylindrical part moves from the unlocked configuration to the transport configuration, the second generally cylindrical part moves along a longitudinal axis without rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,380

GLASS CONTAINERS WITH IMPROVED STRENGTH AND IMPROVED DAMAGE TOLERANCE

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A coated glass container comprising:a borosilicate glass body having a Type 1 chemical durability according to USP 660 (2011), at least a class A2 base resistance or better according to ISO 695, and at least a type HGB2 hydrolytic resistance or better according to ISO 719, the glass body having an interior surface and an exterior surface and a wall extending therebetween, wherein the glass body forms the interior surface of the coated glass container and wherein the coated glass container does not comprise a boron-rich layer on the interior surface of the glass body;
a lubricous coating having a thickness of less than 100 microns positioned on at least a portion of the exterior surface, wherein:
the portion of the exterior surface of the coated glass container with the lubricous coating has a coefficient of friction that is at least 20% less than an uncoated glass container formed from the same glass composition and the coefficient of friction does not increase by more than 30% after undergoing a depyrogenation cycle at a temperature of about 260° C. for 30 minutes and abrasion under a 30 N load;
the lubricous coating can be pyrolized at temperatures less than or equal to 300° C. in a time period of less than or equal to 1 hour;
a horizontal compression strength of the coated glass container is at least 10% greater than an uncoated glass container formed from the same glass composition and the horizontal compression strength is not reduced by more than 20% after undergoing a heat treatment at a temperature of about 260° C. for a period of time of 30 minutes and abrasion under a 30 N load;
the lubricous coating is a polymer; and
a surface region extending over the inner surface and having a persistent surface homogeneity such that the glass body is resistant to delamination such that for a discrete point on the inner surface of the glass body, an extrema of a surface concentration of each constituent component of the glass composition in the surface region at the discrete point is greater than or equal to about 70% and less than or equal to about 130% of the same constituent component in the surface region at any second discrete point on the inner surface of the glass body when the glass body is in an as-formed condition.

US Pat. No. 10,478,379

BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE CONTAINMENT SYSTEM AND LABEL

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A biological sample containment system, comprising:a container for containing a biological sample, the container having a top and a bottom disposed opposite the top; and
a label capable of being affixed to the container, the label comprising:
a first side;
a second side, the label affixable to the container by the second side, the second side includes a first readable information portion comprising a fill line indicator and a second readable information portion comprising a barcode indicator above the first readable information portion;
a first top edge portion, a second bottom edge portion opposite and substantially parallel to the first top edge portion, a third edge portion, and fourth edge portion, the third and fourth edge portions each extending from the first top edge portion to the second bottom edge portion,
wherein the third edge portion and the fourth edge portion are each longer than the first top edge portion and the second bottom edge portion,
wherein the barcode indicator is disposed between the fill line indicator and the first top edge portion,
wherein the top of the container is disposed adjacent the first top edge portion,
wherein the bottom of the container is disposed adjacent the second bottom edge portion,
wherein with the label affixed to the container, at least one of the first readable information portion and the second readable information portion is readable through a portion of the container, and
wherein with the label affixed to the container and with the biological sample filled within the container to the fill line indicator, the second readable information portion is readable through a portion of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,478,377

PRECAST TUB

1. A precast tub comprising:at least one perimeter side wall having an interior surface, an exterior surface, a bottom edge and a top edge;
a floor extending from the bottom edge of the at least one perimeter side wall to enclose a bottom portion of the precast tub;
said at least one perimeter side wall and floor being constructed out of precast concrete;
a plumbing system encased within said concrete of said at least one perimeter side wall;
an electrical system encased within said concrete of said at least one least one perimeter side wall; and
a connection manifold located on the exterior surface of said at least one perimeter side wall wherein said plumbing system and said electrical system are connected to said connection manifold to allow said plumbing system and said electrical system to be connected to outside power sources.

US Pat. No. 10,478,376

FOOT SPA WITH ILLUMINATION

Gulfstream Inc., Cambrid...

1. An illuminated mount used in a foot spa, the foot spa having a surface defining a basin for containing water, a pump magnetically driven by rotating magnets and held against rotation by the mount which also defines part of the surface, the improvement comprising:a coil associated with the mount and disposed exteriorly of the surface of the basin and interiorly of a magnetic field produced by the rotating magnets to produce a current;
a plurality of lights operatively connected to and powered by the coil;
a plurality of platforms defined on the mount with a circuit board releasably received by one of the plurality of platforms and operatively coupling the coil to the lights;
a cover portion of the mount with a first set of receivers that engage plugs on the circuit board, and the circuit board has a second set of receivers that engage plug ends of a set of removable cords; and
wherein the mount is one of translucent or transparent to provide light conductivity to permit light from the plurality of lights to be visible interiorly of the basin.

US Pat. No. 10,478,375

PULMONARY EXPANSION THERAPY DEVICES

Peter Antros, Bourbonnai...

1. A medical device comprising:an inflow tube;
an outflow tube;
a shell that houses a negative pressure lumen operatively coupled to the outflow tube and a positive pressure chamber operatively coupled to the inflow tube, wherein the shell is generally contoured to the triangular shape of a single human lung within a chest wall;
a membrane operatively coupled to the negative pressure lumen; and
a handle connected to the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,478,374

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO INCREASE SURVIVAL WITH FAVORABLE NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION AFTER CARDIAC ARREST

ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION,...

1. A system for treating a patient in cardiac arrest comprising:a guidance device configured to provide feedback to a user to compress a patient's chest at a rate of between about 90 and 110 compressions per minute and at a depth of between about 4.5 centimeters per compression to about 6 centimeters per compression;
a pressure regulation system comprising a pressure-responsive valve that is adapted to be coupled to a patient's airway, wherein the pressure-responsive valve is configured to remain closed during successive chest compressions in order to permit removal of at least about 200 ml of air from the lungs, and wherein the pressure-responsive valve is configured to remain closed until the negative pressure within the patient's airway reaches about ?7 cm H2O to ?18 cm H2O, at which time the pressure-responsive valve is configured to open to provide respiratory gases to flow to the lungs through the pressure-responsive valve.

US Pat. No. 10,478,371

MEDICAL REHAB BODY WEIGHT SUPPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL FORCE SENSING AND MOTION CONTROL

Gorbel, Inc., Fishers, N...

1. A system for supporting weight-bearing therapies of a person, comprising:a movable support unit operatively associated with and moveable along or relative to a support system, the movable support unit being movable along a path;
at least a first drive associated with the movable support unit, said first drive moving the movable support unit along the path;
an actuator attached to the movable support unit, said actuator including a second drive for driving a rotatable drum, said drum having a first end of a strap attached thereto, said strap wound in an overlapping coil fashion about an outer surface of the drum, and a second end of the strap being coupled to a support harness attached to support the person;
a first sensor configured to measure a magnitude and a direction of a horizontal force applied to the movable support unit via the strap;
a second sensor configured to measure, as a tensile force, at least a magnitude of a vertical force applied to the strap;
a control system configured to receive signals from the first and second sensors and a user interface, the control system configured to control, in response to the received signals, the movement of at least the first and second drives to facilitate the support during movement of the person, where the control system dynamically adjusts the amount of support provided to the person by moving the movable support unit horizontally along the track to follow the person and by dynamically altering the vertical force applied to the person via the strap, the drum and the second drive; and
a database for storing data representative of the operation of the system, said database being associated with the control system and where the user interface directs queries to said database, said system providing, in response to a query, at least one report selected from the group consisting of: a patient record, task outcomes, session outcomes, and historical comparisons.

US Pat. No. 10,478,370

ACTUATED GLOVE ORTHOSIS AND RELATED METHODS

Rehabilitation Institute ...

1. An orthosis, comprising:a. a finger actuation system for a finger of a person's hand, comprising:
i. a digit having an opening to receive the finger;
ii. a cable guide connected to the digit and comprising at least one joint hyperextension mechanical stop;
iii. an actuator for applying tension on a plurality of cables;
iv. the plurality of cables inserted through the cable guide and coupled to the actuator;
v. a control system for controlling the operation of the actuator and measuring the amount of tension needed to fully extend the digit when the user is in a relaxed state;
vi. wherein the control system actuates the actuator to create a tension on the plurality of cables, which causes the cable guide to extend, in order to extend the finger;
vii. wherein in one mode of the control system, the actuator is actuated to apply a constant extension force on the plurality of cables as the finger extends from a fully flexed position to a fully extended position, the constant extension force determined by the measured tension when the user is in the relaxed state; and
vii. wherein the control system further allows voluntary finger flexion when the user exerts a voluntary flexion force that exceeds the applied extension force.

US Pat. No. 10,478,367

RECLINABLE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE CHAIR

Ergo-Flex Technologies, L...

1. A reclinable therapeutic massage chair for use in exercising and strengthening the muscles in the back, redeveloping the muscles in the back, restoring motion to joints and alleviating soreness and stiffness in the joints and muscles of the back comprising:a floor support assembly,
a chair support frame pivotably attached to the floor support assembly,
a linear actuator extending between the floor support assembly and the chair support frame for moving the chair support frame from an inclined position to a horizontal position,
an upper back support mounted on the chair support frame and
a lower body support member having a lower back support surface, a thigh support surface and a lower leg support surface, said lower body support member being mounted for both reciprocal and oscillating movement in a same plane on the chair support frame,
the thigh support surface forming an obtuse angle with the lower back support surface and the lower leg surface is at an angle with respect to the thigh support surface, wherein the lower back support surface is located in the same plane as the upper back support, the thigh support surface and the lower leg support surface form an angle having an apex, with the apex adapted to be positioned behind a user's knee whereby when the chair is in the horizontal position, the user's thighs will be inclined upwardly toward the apex and the user's lower leg will extend downwardly from the apex.

US Pat. No. 10,478,362

DEVICE FOR REPOSITIONING BONE FRACTURE FRAGMENTS

MAQUET GMBH, Rastatt (DE...

1. A device for repositioning bone fracture fragments, comprising:a carrier assembly;
a first arm assembly attached to the carrier assembly, the first arm assembly configured to hold a first bone fracture fragment;
a second arm assembly comprising a first end attached to the carrier assembly, and a second end extending away from the carrier assembly, the second end having a holder assembly that is configured to hold at least one Schanz screw to hold a second bone fracture fragment;
an actuator assembly configured to adjust the second arm assembly; and
an operating assembly configured to control an adjustment of the second arm assembly via the actuator assembly;
wherein the operating assembly is a manually operable operating assembly disposed in a region of the second end of the second arm assembly and configured to undergo no movement with respect to the holder assembly of the second arm assembly, or with respect to the at least one Schanz screw when present, when the second arm assembly is adjusted via the actuator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,361

PERSON LIFTING DEVICES AND METHODS FOR OPERATING PERSON LIFTING DEVICES

1. A person lifting device comprising:a lift actuator operatively connected to an accessory coupling, whereby the lift actuator raises and lowers the accessory coupling;
at least one imaging sensor; and
an electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the lift actuator and the at least one imaging sensor, the electronic control unit comprising a processor and a non-transitory memory storing a computer readable and executable instruction set which, when executed by the processor:
collects, with the at least one imaging sensor, at least one image of a person to be lifted with the person lifting device;
determines, automatically with image analysis software stored on the electronic control unit and based on the at least one image, a characteristic of the person to be lifted with the person lifting device; and
determines, automatically with the electronic control unit and based on the determined characteristic, an identification of a lift accessory for attachment to the accessory coupling, wherein the characteristic comprises a weight of the person to be lifted.

US Pat. No. 10,478,359

PERSON SUPPORT APPARATUSES WITH ACCELERATION DETECTION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A person support apparatus comprising:a support surface adapted to support a cushioning structure and a person thereon, the support surface including a first section and a second section, the first section being pivotable between a raised orientation and a lowered orientation;
a litter adapted to support the support surface;
a first accelerometer positioned below the first section and coupled to the litter such that the first accelerometer does not change orientation when the first section pivots; and
a controller in communication with the first accelerometer, the controller adapted to process signals from the first accelerometer to detect a presence or absence of the person on the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,357

BANDAGE AND MEDICAL FABRICS DISPENSERS

Rowan University, Glassb...

1. A dispenser comprising:a case defining a first opening extending therethrough;
a supply reel rotatably mounted within the case and having a hub;
a take-up reel rotatably mounted within the case and having a hub, the supply and the take-up reels being rotatably coupled such that a rotation of one of the reels drives a rotation of the other reel;
a drive device comprising one or more gears and configured to rotate at least one of the supply and the take-up reels to unwind or rewind a belt thereon, wherein the belt is capable of carrying a plurality of adhesive fabrics or tapes on a first face thereof; and
an activation device configured to slide along an outside surface of the case to advance a portion of one of the plurality of adhesive fabrics or tapes out of the opening;
wherein the dispenser is configured to extend the belt from the hub of the supply reel to a separation point at or beyond the opening and thence to the hub of the take-up reel, whereby each adhesive fabric can be separated from the belt as the belt advances to frictionally pass the separation point and beyond the opening from the supply reel toward the take-up reel;
wherein the case defines a second opening and a third opening, and the belt comprises first strip and a second strip, with the adhesive fabrics interposed there in between, wherein the dispenser is further configured to unwind the belt from the supply reel and extend through the first opening so that the first and second strips are split outside the first opening, and configured to channel back the first strip to the case through the second opening and wind the first strip onto the take-up reel and channel back second strip to the case through the third opening and wind the second strip onto the take-up reel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,356

SOFT, LIGHT-WEIGHT MALE URINE RECEPTACLE AND METHOD OF USE

15. The method of claim 14, further comprising the step of using a positioning member on the receptacle to position the receptacle on the penis, wherein the handle is at least one of a handle and ears.

US Pat. No. 10,478,355

ABSORBENT CORE

GRUPE P.I. MABE, S.A. DE ...

1. An absorbent core for use in a disposable absorbent article having a upper surface and a lower surface, a front portion, a rear portion and a crotch portion, two longitudinal edges and two transverse edges, wherein the absorbent core is formed of three layers: an upper layer, an intermediate layer and a lower layer, such that:the upper and lower layers are comprised by a homogeneous mixture of fibers of absorbent material and particles of superabsorbent material and the particles of superabsorbent material are present in the upper and lower layers in a concentration lower than 25% by weight, wherein the upper and lower layers are not comprised 100% by fibers of absorbent material,
the intermediate layer is comprised by fibers of absorbent material homogeneously mixed with particles of superabsorbent material and has three zones with different specific weights: an acquisition-distribution zone; one or more transition zones; and one or more anti-leakage zones, in which the specific weight in g/m2 of absorbent material plus superabsorbent material of the acquisition-distribution zone of the intermediate layer is 75% to 100% greater than the specific weight in g/m2 of absorbent material plus superabsorbent material of the one or more anti-leakage zones, the specific weight in g/m2 of absorbent material plus superabsorbent material of the acquisition-distribution zone of the intermediate layer is 30 to 50% greater than an average specific weight of absorbent material plus superabsorbent material of the one or more transition zones, and the specific weight expressed in g/m2 of superabsorbent material plus absorbent material of the one or more transition zones of the intermediate layer gradually decreases towards the transverse edges of the core.

US Pat. No. 10,478,354

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A FLUID-ENTANGLED BODY FACING MATERIAL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF HOLLOW PROJECTIONS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An absorbent article comprising:an outer cover;
a body facing material; and
an absorbent body disposed between the outer cover and the body facing material,
wherein the body facing material comprises a fluid-entangled laminate web comprising:
a first layer comprising a first plurality of fibers and having a first surface and an opposed second surface, wherein the first layer has a basis weight of between about 10 grams per square meter and about 40 grams per square meter;
a second layer comprising a second plurality of fibers and having an inner surface and an opposed outer surface, wherein portions of the second surface of the first layer are in contact with the inner surface of the second layer, wherein at least a portion of the first plurality of fibers or the second plurality of fibers are fluid-entangled with at least a portion of the other of the first plurality of fibers or the second plurality of fibers;
a plurality of hollow projections formed from at least a portion of the second plurality of fibers, the plurality of hollow projections extending from the outer surface of the second layer in a direction away from the first layer; and
a and area, wherein the plurality of hollow projections are surrounded by the land area.

US Pat. No. 10,478,353

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING A FOLDED WAIST

1. A pull-on wearable article comprising:a front region;
a back region opposite the front region;
a crotch region disposed between the front region and the back region, wherein the crotch region comprises two opposing longitudinal edges;
a chassis comprising an absorbent core extending from the front region to the back region, the absorbent core comprising a front end edge and a back end edge;
wherein the front region extends laterally outward beyond side edges of the chassis and the back region extends laterally outward beyond side edges of the chassis;
wherein the front region comprises a first front edge and a second front edge and the back region comprises a first back edge and a second back edge;
wherein a portion of the front region and a portion of the back region abut to form a first seam and a second seam such that the front region and the back region are configured to form a continuous belt, a first leg opening, and a second leg opening;
wherein at least one of the front region and the back region comprise an elastic member;
a folded continuous belt portion comprising a fold and including at least a first outer nonwoven layer of the front region and at least a second outer nonwoven layer of the back region, wherein the folded continuous belt portion extends about a circumference of the continuous belt when positioned on the wearer, and wherein the folded continuous belt portion comprises an upper edge in the front and back regions such that a distal end of each of the first outer nonwoven layer and the second outer nonwoven layer is disposed between the upper edge and the front and back end edges of the absorbent core, respectively; and
wherein the folded continuous belt comprises a first portion extending laterally between the first seam and the second seam and extending longitudinally between the upper edge and the distal end of the first outer nonwoven layer, the first portion has a first longitudinal distance measured from the upper edge to the distal end of the first outer nonwoven layer;
wherein the folded continuous belt comprises a second portion extending laterally between the first seam and the second seam and extending longitudinally between the upper edge and the distal end of the second outer nonwoven layer, the second portion has a second longitudinal distance;
wherein each of the first front edge, the second front edge, the first back edge, and the second back edge extend in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to at least one of the distal end of the first outer nonwoven layer and the distal end of the second outer nonwoven layer;
wherein the first longitudinal distance is substantially uniform relative to the second longitudinal distance;
wherein the first seam comprises discrete spaced bonds extending in the longitudinal direction from the first leg opening to the upper edge;
wherein the second seam comprises discrete spaced bonds extending in the longitudinal direction from the second leg opening to the upper edge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,349

BODY FLUID SENSOR PAD

1. A bed pad with a body fluid sensor comprising:a first absorbent layer;
a second absorbent layer;
wherein the first absorbent layer further comprises a first conductive thread having a first length and a first metal attachment means on a first end of said first conductive thread;
wherein the second absorbent layer further comprises a second conductive thread having a second length and a second metal attachment means on a first end of said second conductive thread;
wherein the first conductive thread and the second conductive thread are disposed on the first and second layers respectively such that said first and second conductive threads do not contact each other thereby forming an open circuit;
wherein the first and second metal attachment means provide a conductive platform configured to allow power to be supplied to the open circuit through the attachment means;
wherein the first and second conductive threads form an open circuit under dry conditions, and wherein said open circuit is completed in the presence of a moisture insult causing an alarm signal indicating the presence of said insult.

US Pat. No. 10,478,348

UNIT FOR FEEDING A COMPONENT OF A HYGIENE ABSORBENT ARTICLE PROVIDED WITH A LINEAR ELECTRIC MOTOR

GDM S.p.A., Bologna (IT)...

1. A feeding unit (1) for feeding components (2) of a hygiene absorbent articles; the feeding unit (1) comprises:a plurality of sucking-holding heads (4), each of which is designed to receive and hold a corresponding component (2);
a conveyor (5) to cyclically move each holding head (4) along an annular application path (P);
an input station (S1), which is arranged along the application path (P) and in which each holding head (4) receives a corresponding component (2), which is connected—without gaps—to a continuous web (3);
a cutting station (S3), which is arranged along the application path (P) downstream of the input station (S1) and is provided with a cutting device (23), which cuts the continuous web (3) crosswise, so as to separate the component (2) held by each holding head (4) from the remaining part of the continuous web (3); and
an output station (S2), which is arranged along the application path (P) downstream of the rotation station (S4) and in which each holding head (4) releases the component (2);
wherein the conveyor (5) comprises:
an annular guide (8), which is arranged in a fixed position along the application path (P);
a plurality of slides (9), each of which supports a corresponding holding head (4) and is coupled to the guide (8) so as to freely slide along the guide (8), and
a linear electric motor (10), which comprises a single stator (11), which is arranged in a fixed position along the guide (8), and a plurality of mobile sliders (12), each of which is electro-magnetically coupled to the same stator (11) so as to receive, from the same stator (11), a driving force and is rigidly connected to a corresponding slide (9).

US Pat. No. 10,478,346

METHODS OF HANDLING ADHESIVE LAMINATE PATCHES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of handling adhesive laminate patches, the method comprising:providing a first article comprising a plurality of disconnected adhesive laminate patches adhered to a first web, wherein each patch is aligned over and adhered to a tab in the first web, such that a leading edge of each tab is located adjacent a leading edge of each patch;
providing a first supporting structure and a second supporting structure positioned adjacent the first supporting structure, wherein the second supporting structure and the first supporting structure are separated by a gap;
leading a second web over the second supporting structure, wherein the second web has a release surface, and wherein the second web is oriented such that the release surface of the second web faces the first supporting structure;
passing the first article over the first supporting structure to cause a leading portion of a first tab and a leading portion of a first patch aligned over the first tab to lift off of the first web together in such a way that the leading portion of the first patch is supported by the first tab and extends across the gap between the first supporting structure and the second supporting structure;
adhering the leading portion of the first patch to the second web on the second supporting structure; and
advancing the second web on the second supporting structure to transfer the first patch from the first web to the second web to form a second article comprising a plurality of patches aligned over tabs on the second web, wherein the patches are spaced apart longitudinally on the second web.

US Pat. No. 10,478,345

REDUCED-PRESSURE, LINEAR-WOUND TREATMENT SYSTEMS

KCI, Licensing Inc., San...

1. A closing dressing bolster for placing over a linear wound on a patient, the closing dressing bolster comprising:a top wall;
a bottom wall coupled to the top wall in a spaced relationship and forming a compartment between the top wall and the bottom wall, the bottom wall having a center portion, a first lateral portion, and a second lateral portion;
a plurality of beads positioned within the compartment;
a first closing member formed on the first lateral portion; and
a second closing member formed on the second lateral portion;
wherein the first closing member has a surface formed with an oblique angle to a center plane between the first closing member and the second closing member;
wherein the second closing member has a surface formed with an oblique angle to the center plane.

US Pat. No. 10,478,341

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLASMA-MEDIATED MODIFICATION OF TISSUE

OPTIMEDICA CORPORATION, ...

1. A method for cataract surgery on an eye of a patient, comprising:scanning a first focus position of a first pulsed laser beam at a first pulse energy in a first scanning pattern to photodisrupt a tissue structure of a lens of the eye with a plurality of pulses of the first laser beam to form a cut within the lens, the cut defining a two-dimensional cut surface formed by the scanned first focus positions of the first pulsed laser beam, the two-dimensional cut surface extending in a depth direction of the lens and being short of reaching an edge of the lens and further being short of reaching a posterior surface of the lens, and being configured to divide the lens into two or more segments which are attached to each other in regions adjacent the edge of the lens; and
thereafter, completely separating the two or more segments of the lens from each other by scanning a second focus position of a second pulsed laser beam having a second pulse energy higher than the first pulse energy in a second scanning pattern, wherein the scanned second focus positions of the second pulsed laser beam are disposed on the two-dimensional cut surface which have been formed by the scanned first focus positions of the first laser beam, wherein at least some of the scanned second focus positions are located deeper than some of the scanned first focus positions and shallower than some other scanned first focus positions, wherein a plurality of pulses of the second laser beam further photodisrupt the tissue structure of the lens along the two-dimensional cut surface formed by the scanned first focus positions of the first laser beam to drive the segments apart from each other,
wherein the completely separating step comprises:
scanning the second focus position of the second pulsed laser beam in a portion of the second scanning pattern;
using an imaging system or an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system, monitoring bubble creation and tissue displacement resulting from the scanning of the second focus position of the second pulsed laser beam in the portion of the second scanning pattern;
based on the monitored bubble creation and tissue displacement, determining whether a predefined level of tissue separation of the lens has occurred; and
if the predefined level of tissue separation of the lens has not occurred, scanning the second focus position of the second pulsed laser beam in another portion of the second scanning pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,478,339

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PATIENT DATA DURING OPHTHALMIC SURGERY

Novartis AG, (CH)

1. An ophthalmic surgical device comprising:a surgical microscope;
a user interface;
an RFID read-write module operable read an RFID chip and write patient data to an RFID chip associated with a patient;
surgical instrumentation;
a warning system; and
a processor operable to:
receive data from the RFID chip associated with a patient, the data from the RFID chip comprising a first measurement of an eye;
receive data from the surgical microscope associated with the patient, the data from the surgical microscope comprising a second measurement of the eye;
compare the data from the RFID chip to the data from the surgical microscope;
determine whether the eye has changed by determining whether the data from the RFID chip varies from the data from the surgical microscope by more than a predetermined percentage;
generate a warning, if the data from the RFID chip and the data from the surgical microscope vary by more than the predetermined percentage; and
transmit the warning to the warning system, causing the warning system to present a warning.

US Pat. No. 10,478,338

OPHTHALMOSURGICAL SYSTEM

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. An ophthalmosurgical system comprising:a console for accommodating an irrigation fluid vessel containing irrigation fluid;
a cassette insertable into said console and being configured for directing the irrigation fluid to a surgical instrument for an eye to be treated;
an irrigation fluid flow path from said irrigation fluid vessel to said cassette and to said surgical instrument;
a first fluid pump including: a first pump chamber having a first volume; a first drive chamber having a second volume; and,
a first elastic partition element separating said first drive chamber from said first pump chamber;
said first pump chamber communicating with said irrigation flow path so as to receive irrigation fluid therefrom;
a first drive fluid supply for supplying a first drive fluid to said first drive chamber on the basis of a predetermined pressure with which an elastic deformation of said first elastic partition element is achieved causing a reduction of said first volume and simultaneously an increase in said second volume;
a second fluid pump arranged parallel to said first fluid pump;
said second fluid pump including: a second pump chamber having a third volume; a second drive chamber having a fourth volume; and, a second elastic partition element separating said second drive chamber from said second pump chamber;
said second pump chamber communicating with said irrigation flow path so as to receive irrigation fluid therefrom;
a second drive fluid supply for supplying a second drive fluid to said second drive chamber on the basis of a predetermined pressure with which an elastic deformation of said second elastic partition element is achieved causing a reduction of said third volume and simultaneously an increase of said fourth volume;
said first volume or said third volume having a magnitude lying in a range of 1 to 25 cm3;
said first elastic partition element having an edge and being fixedly mounted with said edge thereof in said first fluid pump;
said second elastic partition element having an edge and being fixedly mounted with said edge thereof in said second fluid pump; and,
wherein said irrigation fluid is supplied from said first and second pump chambers simultaneously and at a first pressure (pIRR1) to said irrigation fluid flow path in a direction toward said surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,478,336

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSVERSE PHACOEMULSIFICATION

1. A handpiece for phacoemulsification, comprising:a needle, wherein the needle has a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end of the needle vibrates in at least a transverse direction and a longitudinal direction when power is applied to the handpiece; and
a horn, wherein the horn has a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end of the horn engages the proximal end of the needle and one or more piezoelectric rings are coupled with the proximal end of the horn, wherein the proximal end of the horn has one or more notches distributed around an outer surface of the horn that move a center of mass of the horn offset from a central longitudinal axis of the horn;
wherein the power applied has a single effective operating frequency to vibrate the needle in the transverse and longitudinal directions;
wherein the one or more notches are configured to create a transverse node on a frequency spectrum and enable the distal end of the needle to vibrate in the transverse and longitudinal directions when the power is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,478,334

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CUTTING LENTICULAR TISSUE

Carl Zeiss Meditec Catara...

1. A method of cutting a lens within a capsular bag of an eye, the lens having a posterior surface and an anterior surface, the method comprising:positioning a first portion of a cutting element of a device over the anterior surface of the lens with the cutting element in a first configuration, a second portion of the cutting element positioned within a lumen in a shaft of the device;
extending the second portion of the cutting element out of the lumen so that the cutting element expands toward a second configuration, the second configuration comprising an approximately closed loop formed entirely by the cutting element, said approximately closed loop having a first open area, wherein the first open area comprises a first, larger inner radius of curvature, a second, smaller inner radius of curvature, and wherein the approximately closed loop formed entirely by the cutting element extends both distally of a distal-most portion of the shaft and proximally of the distal-most portion of the shaft;
advancing the cutting element between the lens and the capsular bag so as to capture a portion of the lens within the first open area of the cutting element; and
tensioning the cutting element to cut the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,478,332

MAGNETIC OPERATING MICROSCOPES AND METHODS OF TREATMENT AND DIAGNOSIS USING THE SAME

EMMETROPE OPHTHALMICS LLC...

1. A device selected from an operating microscope with an attached magnet or an attachable magnet that is configured for attachment to the operating microscope, wherein the attached magnet, or the attachable magnet when attached to the operating microscope, is configured to allow a patient's tissue to be viewed through the operating microscope while at the same time permitting the creation of an intraocular magnetic field of sufficient magnitude and direction to move a magnetic therapeutic agent, a magnetic diagnostic agent, or both, that is positioned inside the tissue to a target location within the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,478,331

SYSTEM, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING NERVE STIMULATION TO A PATIENT WITH PHYSICIAN OVERSIGHT

Scion NeuroStim, LLC, Ra...

1. A vestibular stimulation device comprising:an earpiece;
a thermoelectric device (TED) thermally coupled to said earpiece; and
a controller operatively connected to said TED, said controller comprising:
a prescription comprising a set of instructions for delivering one or more thermal waveforms to the vestibular system and/or the nervous system of a patient; and
a control module configured to activate said TED to deliver the prescribed thermal waveform(s), wherein the prescribed thermal waveform(s) are configured to treat Parkinson's disease in a subject in need of treatment thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,330

OSTOMY APPLIANCE

Salts Healthcare Limited,...

1. An ostomy appliance having:first and fourth walls connected to each other at or near their peripheries, the first wall having a stoma-receiving opening;
second and third walls positioned in between the first and fourth walls;
a waste collecting cavity defined between either the first and second walls or between the first, second and fourth walls;
a second cavity defined between the second and third walls;
a third cavity defined between the third and fourth walls;
a first gas flow path in the second wall, wherein the first gas flow path permits waste gases to pass through the second wall from the waste collecting cavity to the second cavity;
a second gas flow path in the third wall, wherein the second gas flow path permits waste gases to pass through the third wall from the second cavity to the third cavity; and
a third gas flow path in the fourth wall, wherein the third gas flow path permits waste gases to escape through the fourth wall from the third cavity,
wherein the second and third walls are connected to each other at their peripheries and connected to each other by at least one additional connection located at a lower portion of the second and third walls to define a liquid flow path which permits liquid within the second cavity to flow into the waste collecting cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,328

OSTOMY POUCH REPLACEMENT DEVICE

1. An ostomy adhesive skin barrier replacement system comprising:a wafer including adhesive on a first side thereof, and a wafer ring on a second side thereof, wherein said wafer ring includes an inner perimeter having a first diameter;
a collar stand member, said collar stand member having a first end and a second end and defining a longitudinal tubular opening between said first end and said second end for telescopically receiving a tubular object therethrough, wherein said first end of said collar stand member is circular in shape, and said outer perimeter of said first end has a second diameter that is smaller than said first diameter, so that said first end of said collar stand member fits within an inner portion of said wafer ring for applying pressure to said wafer within said wafer ring in order to adhere said wafer to skin surrounding a stoma; and
wherein said collar stand may be placed in an upright manner on a flat horizontal surface so that said tubular opening, between said first end and said second end, is in a generally vertical orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,327

POSTURAL RECOVERY GARMENT DEVICE SYSTEM

IFGCURE HOLDINGS, LLC, L...

1. A wearable garment device for correcting a wearer's posture, the garment device comprising:a mesh anterior portion;
a mesh posterior portion;
a bottom edge defined along a bottom of said mesh anterior and mesh posterior portions;
said mesh anterior portion connected to said mesh posterior portion along first and second vertical seams;
a right sleeve;
a left sleeve;
said right sleeve connected to said mesh anterior portion and said mesh posterior portion along a right sleeve seam;
said left sleeve connected to said mesh anterior portion and said mesh posterior portion along a left sleeve seam; and
a single elastic strap extending horizontally from a lower portion of said right sleeve seam to a lower portion of said left sleeve seam along said mesh posterior portion and parallel to said bottom edge of the wearable garment device,
wherein, in use, said elastic strap is configured to extend along two scapulae of a wearer and across an upper posterior portion of the wearer's torso, and wherein said strap is configured to correct the wearer's posture by pulling the scapulae into postural alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,478,326

DEVICES AND METHODS FACILITATING SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY PROCEDURES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of performing a sleeve gastrectomy in the stomach, comprising:inserting a tubular guide through the esophagus and into the stomach;
extending an engaging member outwardly from the tubular guide against the greater curvature of the stomach;
illuminating at least a portion of the engaging member;
retracting the engaging member; and
resecting the stomach using a surgical stapler, forming a sleeve shaped portion of the stomach, and removing a remainder of the stomach.

US Pat. No. 10,478,323

BIODEGRADABLE STENT AND SHAPE MEMORY EXPANDING METHOD THEREFOR

SUNTECH CO., LTD., Seoul...

1. A shape memory extending method of a biodegradable stent, comprising:providing a stent made of a biodegradable polymer on an external surface of a balloon of a first balloon catheter;
extending an outer diameter of the stent by applying a first pressure to the balloon of the first balloon catheter to produce a stent with an extended outer diameter;
providing the stent with the extended outer diameter on an external surface of a balloon of a second balloon catheter; and
reducing the extended outer diameter of the stent, by crimping the stent while applying a second pressure to the balloon of the second balloon catheter;
wherein the step of extending the outer diameter of the stent is conducted at a temperature range of 55 to 180° C.; and
wherein the second balloon catheter is provided in crimping equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,478,319

SYSTEM WITH TOOL ASSEMBLY AND EXPANDABLE SPINAL IMPLANT

Moskowitz Family LLC, Ro...

1. A system comprising:a tool assembly which comprises:
a first tool having a first proximal end and a first distal end with a first handle and a gripper, the gripper being positioned at the first distal end, cooperating with the first handle, and having first and second engagement prongs positioned at the first distal end, wherein the first tool defines an adjusting tool passage through the first tool; and
a second adjusting tool having a second proximal end and a second distal end with a second handle positioned at the second proximal end, a screw engagement portion positioned at the second distal end, and a shaft extending from the second handle to the screw engagement portion, wherein the shaft of the second adjusting tool is sized with a smaller diameter than that of the adjusting tool passage such that the second adjusting tool can extend through the adjusting tool passage of the first tool; and
an expandable spinal implant sized and configured to be implanted in a human spine, the expandable spinal implant comprising a first expandable spinal implant structure, a second expandable spinal implant structure, and an adjusting screw having a screw head and a threaded portion, wherein the expandable spinal implant is configured to expand the first expandable spinal implant structure with respect to the second expandable spinal implant structure in response to turning of the adjusting screw, wherein the expandable spinal implant defines first and second tool engagement indentations sized and configured for receiving the first and second engagement prongs of the first tool, wherein the adjusting screw is positioned within the expandable spinal implant in a screw location such that the second adjusting tool can extend through the adjusting tool passage of the first tool to engage the screw head of the adjusting screw while the first and second engagement prongs of the first tool are engaged with the first and second tool engagement indentations of the expandable spinal implant.

US Pat. No. 10,478,315

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INJECTING BONE GRAFT SUBSTITUTE AND OTHER MATERIALS

The University of Toledo,...

1. A metering delivery apparatus comprising:a body portion having a drive housing that supports an actuator drivetrain and receiver end;
a material containment vessel configured to dispense a quantity of material and supported on the receiver end such that a portion of the vessel is secured to the body portion and another portion of the vessel is moveable relative to the body portion;
an actuator having a first end connected to the actuator drivetrain and a second end configured to connect to and support the moveable portion of the vessel in both of a dispensing movement that exerts pressure on the material and a retracting movement that relieves pressure applied to the material; and
a control unit that receives actuator parameter inputs and includes a sensor to detect a signal of at least one of a pressure level and a time period, the sensor providing the detected signal to the control unit such that the control unit operates the actuator between the dispensing and retracting movements based on the detected signal and the actuator parameter inputs;
wherein the control unit includes a central processing unit (CPU) configured to receive the actuator parameter inputs and determine whether the detected signal is above or below a signal threshold value to operate the actuator and a display unit to display actuator operation parameters;
wherein the control unit includes a current sensor circuit configured to monitor a power consumption level of the actuator; and,
wherein the current sensor circuit detects at least one of an electrical current level flowing through the actuator and a voltage drop across the actuator during the dispensing and retracting movements, the circuit including an amplifier and a resistor, the CPU having an algorithm that determines the actuator power consumption from a voltage drop measurement from the actuator and a current level passing through the resistor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,314

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A FEMORAL COMPONENT

1. A knee prosthesis comprising:a femoral component for replacing at least a portion of a distal end of a femur, the femoral component comprising:
posterior medial condylar component;
a medial femoral articular surface on the posterior medial condylar component; and
a proximal extension that extends at a proximal portion of the posterior medial condylar component,
wherein an articular surface of the proximal extension provides an indented articulation surface that is configured to articulate against a portion of at least one of a tibia and a tibial component.

US Pat. No. 10,478,312

IMPLANT WITH PROTECTED FUSION ZONES

Institute for Musculoskel...

1. An implant, comprising:a body including a base portion and a keel portion;
the keel portion oriented at a nonzero angle to the base portion;
a bone contacting outer member having an elongate geometry, the outer member including a first outer member end and a second outer member end;
a support member having an elongate geometry, the support member including a first support member end and a second support member end;
wherein the first outer member end is attached to the base portion and the second outer member end is attached to the keel portion;
wherein the first support member end is attached to the base portion and wherein the second support member end is attached to the base portion;
wherein the support member is attached to the outer member;
wherein the outer member has a central member curve; and
wherein the central member curve includes a winding segment, and wherein the winding segment of the central member curve winds around a fixed path.

US Pat. No. 10,478,310

VERTEBRAL IMPLANT, DEVICE FOR VERTEBRAL ATTACHMENT OF THE IMPLANT AND INSTRUMENTATION FOR IMPLANTATION THEREOF

LDR Medical, S.A.S., Sai...

1. A spinal segment replacement implant having a vertical axis and comprising:a first body having a spinal segment face configured compatibly with a first surface of a spinal segment;
a second body;
a third body having a spinal segment face configured compatibly with a second surface of a spinal segment;
a second body contact face disposed on the first body;
a second body contact face disposed on the third body;
a first body contact face disposed on the second body and configured to fit compatibly with the second body contact face disposed on the first body;
a third body contact face disposed on the second body and configured to fit compatibly with the second body contact face disposed on the third body;
a first abutment oriented obliquely to the sliding axis and disposed on one of the first body or the second body, and a first lock disposed with the other of the first body or the second body, the first lock comprising a first abutment engagement portion and an elastic portion articulating the first abutment engagement portion between an open position configured to permit sliding assembly of the first body with the second body along the sliding axis and a closed position configured to retain the first body in assembly with the second body;
a second abutment oriented obliquely to the sliding axis and disposed on one of the second body or the third body, and a second lock disposed with the other of the second body or the third body, the second lock comprising a second abutment engagement portion and an elastic portion articulating the second abutment engagement portion between an open position configured to permit sliding assembly of the second body with the third body along the sliding axis and a closed position configured to retain the second body in assembly with the third body;
interfitting retainers disposed along the first body contact face and the second body contact face disposed on the first body and configured for sliding assembly of the first body with the second body along a sliding axis oblique to the vertical axis and extending from a trailing end of the sliding axis to an insertion end of the sliding axis, and interfitting retainers disposed along the third body contact face and the second body contact face disposed on the third body and configured for sliding assembly of the second body with the third body along the sliding axis, the interfitting retainers comprising mating abutment faces configured to limit sliding of the second body along the sliding axis in the direction of the insertion end of the sliding axis;
an anchor comprising a penetration end configured for penetration of the first surface of a spinal segment, a driving end configured for impacting the anchor into the first surface of a spinal segment, a longitudinal axis extending between the penetration end and the driving end, and an anchor abutment disposed between the penetration end and the driving end and oriented angularly to the longitudinal axis;
an access surface on the first body at the trailing end of the sliding axis;
a passage extending from the access surface to the spinal segment face disposed on the first body, the passage defining an insertion access for the anchor; and
an anchor lock comprising
an anchor abutment engagement portion disposable along the passage and orientable angularly to the insertion axis, the anchor abutment engagement portion configured to operatively mate with the anchor abutment, and
a flexible portion having a resting position defining a first anchor abutment engagement portion position in which the anchor abutment engagement portion is extendable into the passage and engagable with the anchor abutment, and a second anchor abutment engagement portion position in which the anchor abutment engagement portion is retracted from the passage to permit passage of the anchor through the passage past the lock.

US Pat. No. 10,478,286

ARTIFICIAL VESTIBULAR ORGAN SYSTEM

INHA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ...

1. An artificial vestibular organ system comprising: an artificial semicircular canal;an artificial hair in the artificial semicircular canal configured to generate an electrical or magnetic signal according to changes in position; and
a body stimulation pulse generation unit configured to generate a body stimulation pulse using the electrical or magnetic signal generated from the artificial hair to transmit the body stimulation pulse to an ampulla,
wherein the artificial hair is disposed on one surface of an interior of the artificial semicircular canal and is configured to sense a movement of a liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,478,281

IMPLANTABLE PROSTHESIS FOR SOFT TISSUE REPAIR

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

1. An implantable prosthesis for mending a groin hernia, the implantable prosthesis comprising:a patch of repair fabric including a medial portion, a lateral portion, a lateral end and a transition region, the medial portion configured to be positioned at a first tissue plane, the lateral portion configured to be positioned at a second tissue plane offset from the first tissue plane, the transition region configured to be positioned through an opening in tissue and/or muscle separating the first and second tissue planes; and
a support member located along the medial portion, the lateral portion and the transition region to help deploy and/or hold the patch in a spread out configuration, the support member including a transition segment associated with the transition region of the patch, the transition segment being located from at least 2.5 cm to at least 5.1 cm from the lateral end of the patch and having an outer width that does not exceed 4.2 cm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,278

SURGICAL ARTICLES AND METHODS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A system for treating urinary incontinence, the system comprising:a multi-piece implant including a support portion piece and an extension portion piece, the support portion piece including a tissue support portion sized and shaped for placement to support a urethra, the extension portion piece including a proximal end, a distal end, and a tissue fastener, the extension portion piece being adjustably connected to the support portion piece at an adjusting engagement; and
an adjusting tool including a proximal end portion, a shaft, and a distal end portion, the distal end portion of the adjusting tool including a surface configured to engage the support portion piece, the shaft including a moveable holder configured to move along at least a portion of a length of the shaft, the movable holder configured to engage the proximal end of the extension portion piece and move the proximal end in a proximal or distal direction along the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,478,276

PELLET DELIVERY MECHANISM

World Wildlife Fund, Inc....

1. A pellet delivery apparatus, comprising:a loading assembly configured for arranging a plurality of pellets into one or more loading queues; and
a projector assembly coupled to the loading assembly, the projector assembly configured for receiving one or more pellets from the one or more loading queues;
wherein the projector assembly is further configured for periodically ejecting at least one pellet at a time in accordance with a predetermined pellet distribution plan.

US Pat. No. 10,478,275

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS HAVING HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE TABLE FOR ANIMALS

1. A medical diagnostic apparatus having a height-adjustable table for animals, the apparatus comprising:a table where an animal is placed;
a support stand supporting the table such that the table vertically moves and adjusting height of the table to move the table close to a floor;
an X-ray detector disposed under the table and coupled to the support stand to move with the table;
an imaging stand spaced from the table, connected to the support stand, and having an X-ray tube for radiating X-rays to the X-ray detector; and
an imaging stand support coupled to the support stand and supporting the imaging stand such that the imaging stand moves left and right,
wherein the imaging stand support comprises:
a support frame coupled to the support stand and having a first lateral guide rail disposed in a width direction of the table;
a lateral moving block supporting the imaging stand, having a plurality of rollers disposed on the first lateral guide rail, and disposed on the support frame to move left and right in a width direction of the support frame;
a second lateral guide rail spaced from the first lateral guide rail and disposed on an inner side of the support frame; and
a guide block coupled to the lateral moving block and having second rollers moving on the second lateral guide block, and
wherein a distance between a side X-ray detector and the X-ray tube is adjusted by moving the imaging stand left and right in order to take X-ray images of a side of an animal.

US Pat. No. 10,478,274

POWERED TOOTHBRUSH HEAD HAVING COMBINATION OSCILLATING MOTION TUFT BLOCK

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A method for oscillating a first movable tuft block of a powered toothbrush in a brushing action, the method comprising:(a) providing a powered toothbrush having a head portion comprising a vertical axis and including a rotatable drive shaft driven by a motor, the head portion including a first movable tuft block operably coupled to the drive shaft and movable in an oscillation cycle through a bottom vertical position and a top vertical position;
(b) placing the first movable tuft block in the bottom vertical position with the first movable tuft block in an upright orientation wherein a top surface of the tuft block faces upwards;
(c) rotating the drive shaft;
(d) pivoting the first movable tuft block outwards away from the vertical axis in a first lateral direction and into a first tilted orientation wherein the top surface of the first movable tuft block faces outwards away from the vertical axis;
(e) vertically raising the first movable tuft block towards the top vertical position while at least partially maintaining the first tilted orientation;
(f) pivoting the first movable tuft block inwards back toward the vertical axis and into the top vertical position wherein the first movable tuft block resumes an upright orientation;
(g) pivoting the first movable tuft block outwards away from the vertical axis in a second lateral direction and into a second tilted orientation wherein the top surface of the first movable tuft block faces outwards away from the vertical axis;
(h) vertically lowering the first movable tuft block towards the bottom vertical position while at least partially maintaining the second tilted orientation; and
(i) pivoting the first movable tuft block inwards in the first lateral direction back towards the vertical axis and into the bottom vertical position wherein the first movable tuft block resumes an upright orientation, thereby completing one oscillation cycle of the first movable tuft block.

US Pat. No. 10,478,273

DENTAL DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY CLEANING A PERSON'S ORAL CAVITY

1. A dental device for cleaning user's teeth, gums, tongue and roof of the mouth of the user, comprising a mouthpiece shaped to fit or approximate the user's mouth, and to fit in the user's mouth, said device including one or a pore vibratory elements for vibrating portions of the device relative to the user's teeth, and/or gums, and including one or more brushes driven by the one or more vibratory elements, wherein at least some of the brushes are located on an exterior wall of the mouthpiece and extend to clean the gums, tongue and roof of the mouth of the user when the device is in use.

US Pat. No. 10,478,272

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR FORMING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL VOLUMETRIC MODEL OF A SUBJECT'S TEETH

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. An intraoral scanning system, comprising:a hand-held wand configured to operate with one or more sensors to detect infrared and visible light, wherein the one or more sensors comprises an image sensor;
a sleeve configured to be placed over a distal end of the hand-held wand having a window at a distal end region; and
one or more processors operably connected to the hand-held wand, the one or more processors configured to:
receive visible light information and infrared information from the one or more sensors;
determine, in real time, surface information from the visible light information and generate a three-dimensional (3D) surface model of a subject's teeth using the surface information;
display the 3D surface model on a display screen in real time as the hand-held wand is moved;
capture, in real time using the image sensor, one or more two-dimensional (2D) images of an internal region of the subject's teeth from the infrared information; and
display, on the display screen, the one or more 2D images of the internal region of the subject's teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,478,271

ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE FOR DISTALIZATION AND/OR SPACE CLOSURE

1. An orthodontic system for distalization and space closure, comprising:an anterior orthodontic appliance comprising two bonding pads contoured for attaching to a lingual side of a patient's teeth; two spaced apart elongated vertical connectors attaching a netted structure to the two bonding pads in a mesial-distal direction apical to the two bonding pads, the netted structure and the two spaced apart elongated vertical connectors being rigidly formed; wherein the netted structure comprises a body having a first engaging structure and a second engaging structure, each of said first and second engaging structures is comprised of at least one of a hole, a hook, a stop, and a combination thereof;
a posterior orthodontic appliance spaced from the anterior orthodontic appliance, said posterior orthodontic appliance having two ends and a central portion with at least one opening; and
at least one force delivering component configured to be selectively attached to the first engaging structure or the second engaging structure of the netted structure, securing the central portion of the posterior orthodontic appliance to the netted structure of the anterior orthodontic appliance such as to deliver a desired level and direction of force vectors to a dentition; wherein first force vectors are present when the at least one force delivering component is secured to the first engaging structure in the netted structure, and second force vectors are present when the at least one force delivering component is secured to the second engaging structure in the netted structure, wherein the first force vectors and the second force vectors have different values of level and direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,269

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY MOVING OBJECT IN SIMULATION SYSTEM AND SIMULATION SYSTEM USING THE SAME

DIRCO CO., LTD., Suwon-s...

1. A method for automatically moving an object in a simulation system, comprising:moving a first object of a plurality of objects using a user input unit from a first position to a second position in a first direction in accordance with a predetermined dental arch path, the plurality of objects being obtained from a dental arch image of a subject by a control unit and being three-dimensional (3D) objects;
measuring a vector distance between the first object and a second object which is adjacent to the first object based on an expected movement of the first object by a control unit;
based on the vector distance, automatically vector-moving the second object that is adjacent to the first object, in the simulation system, by a predetermined distance in the first direction along the predetermined dental arch path until the vector distance between the first object and the second object is in a preset vector distance range by the control unit, thereby resulting in automatic alignment of the plurality of objects with one another on the predetermined dental arch path,
automatically moving a third object which is an object adjacent to the second object so that the third object is in the preset vector distance range from the second object by the control unit according to the automatic movement of the second object,
extracting intersection points at which the plurality of 3D objects and a reference surface having a plane equation intersect with each other by the control unit,
converting the 3D objects into two-dimensional (2D) objects using the intersection points by the control unit, and
setting a 2D path which is determined using center points of the 2D objects to the present path by the control unit,
wherein the predetermined distance is smaller than the vector distance and
wherein the automatic vector-moving of the second object includes, based on the vector distance, determining whether the first object and the second object either overlap with or spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,478,266

ILLUMINATED SURGICAL PROBE HAVING MULTIPLE OPTICAL FIBERS

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. An illuminated surgical probe system, comprising:a surgical probe having a probe needle;
a first optical fiber incorporated onto the probe needle, wherein a distal end of the first optical fiber projects a first beam of illumination light over a tip of the probe needle when activated;
a second optical fiber incorporated onto the probe needle, wherein a distal end of the second optical fiber projects a second beam of illumination light over the tip of the probe needle when activated;
a third optical fiber incorporated onto the probe needle, wherein a distal end of the third optical fiber projects a third beam of light over the tip of the probe needle to perform a distance measurement between the probe needle and a patient's retina when activated, wherein the distance measurement is displayed or audibly presented to aid a user in positional awareness of the probe needle with respect to the patient's retina; and
a processor that, based on the distance measurement, automatically toggles the illumination light between the first beam having a first numerical aperture that facilitates vitreous visualization and the second beam having a second numerical aperture that facilitates background illumination, wherein the second numerical aperture is larger than the first numerical aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,265

CRANIAL FIXATION DEVICE

Integra LifeSciences Corp...

1. A cranial fixation device comprising:a cap comprising:
a central body having a mating connector with a threaded portion projecting from a distal end of the central body;
a pair of wings extending radially out from the central body; and
a first opening extending from a proximal end of the central body to the distal end of the central body and through the threaded portion of the mating connector, a base comprising:
a threaded central opening corresponding to the threaded portion of the mating connector, the threaded central opening being positioned on a proximal end of the base;
a distal threaded portion configured to engage with an opening in a skull;
a pair of wings extending radially out from the threaded central opening; and
a second opening extending through the threaded central opening and the distal threaded portion; and
a compression grommet configured to be placed into the threaded central opening of the base, the compression grommet having a third opening extending from a proximal end of the compression grommet to a distal end of the compression grommet, the first opening, the second opening and the third opening being aligned when the cap mates with the base and forms an instrument lumen configured to accept a portion of an instrument cable,
the threaded portion of the cap being configured to mate with the threaded central opening of the base, and
at least one wing of the pair of wings of the cap having a projection protruding in a direction towards the base, and each wing of the pair of wings of the base having a seat,
wherein, when the instrument cable extends through the instrument lumen, the projection from at least one wing of the pair of wings of the cap and at least one of the seats in the pair of wings of the base are configured to create a torque stop when a predetermined compression of the compression grommet is applied by tightening the cap on the base, and
when the predetermined compression of the compression grommet is applied, the compression grommet compresses against the instrument cable fixing the instrument cable in place at a determined depth.

US Pat. No. 10,478,264

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR APPLYING LIGHT IN OCULAR AND PERIOCULAR AREAS

LUMENIS LTD., Yokneam (I...

1. A method of protecting ocular tissue during application of light energy, the method comprising:providing a handpiece having a light energy device, the handpiece having a tip having a shielding extension configured to be inserted posterior to an eyelid;
inserting the shielding extension behind the eyelid prior to applying light energy to the eyelid;
applying light energy from the light energy device to the eyelid;
wherein the light energy device comprises an LED; and
wherein the shielding extension is comprised of a sufficiently thermally insulative material such that heat from a target tissue is prevented from reaching ocular tissue located posterior to the eyelid in a quantity that would damage the ocular tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,478,257

ROBOTIC SURGICAL TOOL, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A robotic surgical tool, comprising:a housing configured to couple to a surgical robot;
an elongate shaft extending distally from the housing and having an end effector coupled to a distal end thereof, at least a portion of the elongate shaft being rotatable; and
a belt coupled to the elongate shaft, the belt being configured to indicate a rotational position of the elongate shaft with respect to an initial rotational position of the elongate shaft, the belt including a stop protrusion surrounding an outer perimeter of the belt and configured to prevent rotation of the elongate shaft beyond a preselected maximum rotation position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,253

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SURGICAL GUIDANCE BASED ON POLARIZATION-SENSITIVE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBAD...

1. A system comprising:a laser emitting linearly polarized light; one or more fiber couplers; an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) reference arm including a first quarter wave plate (QWP); an OCT sample arm including a second QWP; one or more polarization beam splitters (PBS); a first detector and a second detector for each of the one or more PBSs,
the linearly polarized light being split between the OCT reference arm and the OCT sample arm by the one or more fiber couplers, the OCT reference arm configured to: reflect reference polarized light back to the one or more fiber couplers after the reference polarized light passes twice through the first QWP; and the OCT sample arm configured to scan polarized light across a sample after the linearly polarized light passes through the second QWP; and convey sample light from the sample back through the second QWP to the one or more fiber couplers,
the one or more fiber couplers further interfering the reference polarized light with the sample light into combined light, and conveying the combined light to the one or more PBSs, the one or more PBSs splitting the combined light into first polarization state light and second polarization state light, the first polarization state light detected by the first detector, and the second polarization state light detected by the second detector,
wherein light is conveyed between optical components using polarization-maintaining (PM) optical fibers,
wherein respective PM optical fibers conveying the light between the one or more fiber couplers and each of the OCT reference arm and the OCT sample arm comprises: respective fiber pigtails optically connected to the one or more fiber couplers using a connector-free optical connection, and
wherein one or more of the respective fiber pigtails is respectively connected to the OCT reference arm and the OCT sample arm using a respective connector-free optical connection.

US Pat. No. 10,478,250

ELECTROSURGICAL RETURN ELECTRODE AND RFID SYSTEM

Megadyne Medical Products...

1. An electrosurgical return electrode comprising:a conductive element configured to conduct electrical current, the conductive element having opposing first and second major surfaces and including an aperture array configured to allow passage of a magnetic, electric, or electromagnetic interrogation signal from an associated transponder detection unit through the conductive element, and
a patient contact pad positioned adjacent the first major surface of the conductive element and configured to be disposed between the conductive element and a patient when the patient is at least partially positioned upon the patient contact pad;
wherein the electrosurgical return electrode is configured to be at least partly positionable upon the transponder detection unit with the second major surface facing the transponder detection unit, and
wherein the aperture array is configured to be adjustable between an open configuration and a closed configuration to thereby adjust the magnetic, electric, or electromagnetic transparency of the electrosurgical return electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,248

ELECTROPORATION ABLATION APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An ablation apparatus attachable to an elongate shaft, the ablation apparatus comprising:a first probe configured to extend through a first lumen defined in the elongate shaft, the first probe comprising:
a distal end configured to protrude beyond a distal end of the elongate shaft; and
a proximal end, wherein a first bore is longitudinally defined by the first probe between the distal end and the proximal end of the first probe, and wherein the proximal end of the first probe is coupleable to a source of suction to extract tissue through the first bore;
a first electrode attached to the distal end of the first probe external to the elongate shaft;
a first conductor electrically coupled to the first electrode;
a second probe configured to extend through a second lumen defined in the elongate shaft, the second probe comprising:
a distal end configured to protrude beyond the distal end of the elongate shaft; and
a proximal end, wherein a second bore is longitudinally defined by the second probe between the distal end and the proximal end of the second probe, and wherein the proximal end of the second probe is coupleable to the source of suction to extract tissue through the second bore;
a second electrode attached to the distal end of the second probe external to the elongate shaft; and
a second conductor electrically coupled to the second electrode;
wherein the first probe and the second probe are rotatable and translatable relative to the first lumen and the second lumen respectively, and wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are rotatably and translatably positionable with respect to one another, via the first probe and the second probe, to define a region between the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,246

ABLATION OF TISSUE WITHIN VERTEBRAL BODY INVOLVING INTERNAL COOLING

Relievant Medsystems, Inc...

1. A method of accessing and ablating tissue within a vertebral body involving internal cooling, the method comprising:inserting a stylet within a cannula;
percutaneously inserting the stylet and the cannula through skin of a patient;
advancing the stylet and the cannula within the vertebral body using a transpedicular approach through a first pedicle using real time image guidance;
removing the stylet from the cannula;
inserting a channeling tool through the cannula to create a working channel beyond a path formed by the stylet within the vertebral body using real time image guidance;
removing the channeling tool from the cannula;
identifying a treatment zone within the vertebral body to include an anterior-posterior distance;
inserting a first radiofrequency probe through the cannula to the treatment zone within the vertebral body using real time image guidance,
wherein the first radiofrequency probe comprises a bipolar probe having a first two electrodes, wherein a return electrode of the first two electrodes is spaced proximally from an active electrode of the first two electrodes,
inserting a second radiofrequency probe within the vertebral body through a second pedicle and to the treatment zone using real time image guidance,
wherein the second radiofrequency probe comprises a bipolar probe having a second two electrodes, wherein a return electrode of the second two electrodes is spaced proximally from an active electrode of the second two electrodes;
wherein the first and second radiofrequency probes are coupled to a single generator,
causing energy within a frequency range between 400 kHz and 600 kHz to be delivered to the treatment zone within the vertebral body using the first and second radiofrequency probes for a duration of time sufficient to ablate tissue at the treatment zone,
wherein the tissue comprises at least one of a basivertebral nerve and a tumor,
wherein the first radiofrequency probe comprises one or more diagnostic devices configured to provide diagnostic information in connection with treatment of the tissue; and
causing cooling fluid to circulate through one or more lumens of at least one of the first and second radiofrequency probes to provide cooling to the treatment zone.

US Pat. No. 10,478,245

ENERGIZABLE ATTACHMENT FOR SURGICAL DEVICES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical system, comprising:a surgical instrument, including:
a housing;
a shaft extending distally from the housing; and
an end effector assembly disposed at a distal end of the shaft, the end effector assembly defining a distal end; and
a selectively engagable energizable surgical attachment, including:
an outer sheath defining a proximal end and a distal end and including an internal surface defining a lumen extending longitudinally through the outer sheath, the outer sheath configured for positioning about the shaft of the surgical instrument;
an energizable rod member coupled to the outer sheath, wherein the outer sheath and the energizable rod member are configured to translate about the shaft of the surgical instrument between a retracted position, wherein the entire outer sheath and the entire energizable rod member are proximally-spaced from the distal end of the end effector assembly, and a deployed position, wherein the outer sheath and the energizable rod member extend distally from the distal end of the end effector assembly, the energizable rod member and the outer sheath rotatable relative to the surgical instrument in both the retracted position and the deployed position;
a connector attachment disposed towards the proximal end of the outer sheath, the connector attachment electrically coupled to the energizable rod member; and
at least one o-ring disposed within the lumen of the outer sheath and coupled to the internal surface of the outer sheath, the at least one o-ring configured to establish a fluid-tight seal between the outer sheath and the shaft of the surgical instrument and to bias the outer sheath towards a stationary position relative to the shaft of the surgical instrument,
the proximal end of the outer sheath of the energizable surgical attachment spaced apart from a distal-most end of the housing of the surgical instrument in both the retracted and deployed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,243

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING TONSILLECTOMY AND ADENOIDECTOMY PROCEDURES

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

7. A method of surgery, comprising:grasping tissue between tissue-contacting surfaces of first and second jaw members of an end effector assembly, the tissue contacting surface of the second jaw member having a width that extends directly from a first outer edge of the second jaw member to a second outer edge of the second jaw member;
supplying energy to at least one of the tissue-contacting surfaces to treat the tissue that is grasped between the tissue-contacting surfaces of the first and second jaw members of the end effector assembly; and
cutting adjacent tissue disposed outside of an area defined between the tissue-contacting surfaces with a member extending from the first jaw member, wherein the member is fixed from movement relative to the tissue-contacting surface of the first jaw member, wherein grasping the tissue also affects cutting the adjacent tissue, and wherein supplying the energy is performed after grasping the tissue and after cutting the adjacent tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,478,242

BONE CEMENT MIXING CARTRIDGE AND METHOD OF USE

Encore Medical, L.P., Au...

1. A container for bone cement, the container comprising:a first member defining a first chamber operable to contain a first ingredient;
a port connected to the first chamber, the port configured for dispensing bone cement from the first chamber, and the port further configured for coupling the first chamber to a vacuum source;
a second member comprising
a second chamber operable to contain a second ingredient, the second member defining the second chamber;
a sealing member sealing the second chamber,
an extension member extending through a central aperture to the first chamber, the extension member including a passage defined therein, the passage at least partially defining the second chamber,
a mixing device coupled to the extension member and disposed within the first chamber, the mixing device movably disposed within the first chamber; and
an opening device positioned within the first chamber and operable for selectively opening the sealing member allowing the second ingredient to enter the first chamber, the mixing device being movable within the first chamber to promote mixing of the first ingredient and the second ingredient to prepare the bone cement.

US Pat. No. 10,478,241

ARTICULATING OSTEOTOME WITH CEMENT DELIVERY CHANNEL

Merit Medical Systems, In...

1. A medical device for treating hard tissue, comprising: a conduit having a series of slots along a first side of an articulating distal portion of the conduit; a rod extending through the conduit, the rod including a flexible portion; a handle including an actuating portion coupled to a proximal end of the rod, wherein movement of the actuating portion results in an associated movement of the rod and the conduit to selectively move the articulating distal portion between a linear configuration and an articulated configuration; and a side port coupled to the handle with an insertion guide that extends to an accessible portion of the conduit extending along the conduit to a distal end of the conduit; further comprising a lumen inserted in the insertion guide and extending through the conduit, wherein the lumen is semicylindrical, and wherein the semicylindrical flexible portion of the rod and the lumen are positioned within the conduit to form a cylinder that fills the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,238

ACTIVE COMPRESSION DEVICES, METHODS OF ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF USE

ActivOrtho, Inc., Plymou...

1. A bone fixation device comprising:a first member comprising a proximal end of the device;
a second member comprising a distal end of the device;
at least one deformable member positioned between the first member and the second member configured to lengthen the device upon compression;
wherein the first member comprises an opening extending from a second end towards a first end along at least a portion of the first member that defines an interior surface in the first member;
wherein the interior surface comprises at least one channel extending along at least a portion of a length of the first member;
wherein the second member comprises an exterior surface having a shaft region near a first end of the second member, wherein the shaft region comprises:
at least one depression near the first end of the second member; and
at least one channel extending from the first end of the second member towards a second end of the second member;
the bone fixation device further comprising a ring member shaped to engage the first member and the second member;
wherein the interior surface of the first member further comprises:
a groove proximate the second end of the first member; and
wherein the at least one channel extends from the groove;
wherein the ring member comprises
a body portion having an exterior surface removably coupled to the groove; and
at least one protrusion extending away from an interior surface of the body portion of the ring member, the at least one protrusion shaped to engage the at least one channel of the shaft region of the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,235

SURGICAL TOOL

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A surgical tool comprising:a housing;
a motor positioned within the housing;
a sleeve portion coupled to the housing;
a spline drive positioned within the sleeve portion;
a motor shaft coupled to the motor, a proximal end of the motor shaft extending through an opening in the spline drive;
a hex drive output gear, a distal end of the motor shaft extending through an opening in the hex drive output gear; and
an output shaft, the sleeve portion being moveable relative to the housing between a first position in which the output shaft is spaced apart from the motor shaft and a second position in which the output shaft engages the motor shaft,
wherein splines of the spline drive engage a channel within the sleeve portion such that the splines move radially outward and are coupled with a lip portion of the hex drive output gear as the sleeve portion moves from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,231

SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A spinal implant comprising:a body including opposite first and second surfaces and opposite top and bottom surfaces, the top and bottom surfaces extending from the first surface to the second surface, the body including an inner surface that defines a passageway that extends through the top and bottom surfaces, the body further including a bay that extends into the first surface; and
a locking element comprising a screw and a fixation element, the screw being positioned within the passageway and including a non-threaded proximal portion and a threaded shank extending from the proximal portion, the proximal portion having a maximum diameter that is greater than a maximum diameter of the shank, the shank defining a longitudinal axis, the fixation element being coupled directly to the proximal portion such that the fixation element is translatable relative to the body along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,227

ORTHOPEDIC FIXATION DEVICES AND METHODS OF INSTALLATION THEREOF

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

1. A modular tulip system for spine stabilization, said system comprising:a first tulip assembly comprising a first tulip element and a second tulip element separated from the first tulip element, wherein the first tulip element is configured to be received modularly over a first bone fastener, wherein the first tulip element comprises a first pair of arms defining a first channel and the second tulip element comprises a second pair of arms defining a second channel, wherein a bridge extends between the first pair of arms and the second pair of arms, wherein the first pair of arms and the second pair of arms are formed monolithically with the bridge;
a first locking cap assembly configured to be received in the first channel between the first pair of arms and a second locking cap assembly configured to be received in the second channel between the second pair of arms; and
a first rod member configured to be received in the first tulip assembly via the first tulip element,
wherein the first pair of arms and the second pair of arms are positioned in a vertical direction such that the first rod member can be downwardly deposited into the first pair of arms, and
wherein the first tulip element has an exposed opening for receiving a first bone fastener while the second tulip element of the first tulip assembly does not have an exposed opening for receiving a bone fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,478,225

TOOL COMPRESSED INSERT FOR CLOSURE INDEPENDENT LOCKING OF A PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLY

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

1. A pivotal bone anchor assembly for securing an elongate rod to a bone with a closure via closure independent locking with an insert compressing tool, the pivotal bone anchor assembly comprising:a receiver having a base defining a cavity communicating with a bottom opening, and a pair of upright arms extending upwardly from the base to define an open channel for receiving the elongate rod, the open channel communicating with the cavity to define a central bore, the pair of upright arms including:
opposed inward-facing surfaces having a discontinuous helically wound closure-mating structure formed therein; and
outward-facing surfaces having receiver tool engagement structures formed therein for releasable overlapping engagement with the insert compressing tool;
a bone anchor having a capture portion pivotally disposed within the receiver cavity and an anchor portion extending distally from the capture portion and through the receiver bottom opening for fixation to the bone; and
a compression insert at least partially disposed within the receiver center bore and having an upper surface configured for engagement with the elongate rod, the insert having a central opening and upward-facing surfaces on tool engagement structures positioned radially outward from the central opening,
wherein the the receiver tool engagement structures and the insert upward-facing tool engagement structures are configured for simultaneous non-threadable engagement and downward compressing engagement, respectively, by the insert compressing tool, thereby applying a downward force to independently lock a position of the bone anchor with respect to the receiver prior to securing the elongate rod within the receiver open channel via the closure, and
wherein the closure is positionable within the channel while the position of the bone anchor with respect to the receiver is so independently locked by the insert compressing tool.

US Pat. No. 10,478,224

DISTRACTION CLAMP FOR TREATING INJURIES

1. A distraction clamp for treating injuries, comprising:a rod clamp assembly having two clamps each configured to retain a rod,
a pin clamp assembly comprising a bracket having a first mating surface, and two retainers each having a second mating surface, said bracket structured to retain a plurality of pins,
a clamp connector interconnecting said rod clamp assembly to said pin clamp assembly,
said first and second mating surfaces of correspondingly disposed ones of said bracket and said two retainers disposed in movable, retaining engagement with one another,
said first and second mating surfaces each including a plurality of spaced apart parallel ribs cooperatively structured to collectively define an adjustable threaded engagement with one another,
a plurality of grooves and a plurality of pins respectively formed on said bracket and said retainers independently of said plurality of spaced apart parallel ribs, said plurality of grooves and said plurality of pins movably interconnected and cooperatively oriented to maintain a transverse movement of said bracket relative to said clamp connector and said rod clamp assembly, and
said bracket reciprocally movable along its length on and in transverse relation to said clamp connector and said rod clamp assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,223

ENDOSCOPIC TREATMENT TOOL

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscopic treatment tool comprising:a sheath;
an operating wire inserted into the sheath and being configured to advance and retract;
a basket part positioned at a distal side of the operating wire and formed by binding a plurality of elastic basket wires having helical shapes in a natural state;
a distal end tip which binds and fixes distal ends of the plurality of basket wires at a distal end of the basket part;
a binding part in which proximal end portions of the plurality of basket wires are bound together and fixed; and
a support member disposed through the basket part along a central axis of the basket part, a proximal end portion of the support member being positioned inside the sheath, and a distal end portion of the support member being fixed to the distal end tip; and
a connecting member positioned more proximally than the binding part, the connecting member including an insertion hole, the support member being configured to be inserted into the insertion hole to connect the proximal end portion of the support member to the operating wire inside the sheath, the proximal end portion of the support member being provided along a longitudinal axis of the operating wire.

US Pat. No. 10,478,221

INTRODUCER FOR INTRODUCTION OF A PROSTHESIS INTO A LUMEN OF A PATIENT

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. An introducer for introduction of a prosthesis into a lumen of a patient, the introducer comprising: a sheath having a proximal end and a distal end; a housing mounted to the distal end of the sheath, the housing having a passage there-through adapted to receive a delivery assembly; a port for introducing flushing fluid, the port communicating with the passage; a liquid absorbing seal for sealably receiving the delivery assembly, a material of the liquid absorbing seal composed of a hydrogel, the liquid absorbing seal disposed within the housing distally of the port; and a compression assembly operable to compress the liquid absorbing seal comprising a rotatable body and a compression segment, wherein the compression segment is disposed between the liquid absorbing seal and the rotatable body and is a separate component to the rotatable body, and wherein the compression segment and the rotatable body are mutually arranged and constructed to allow rotation of the rotatable body relative to the compression segment; whereby introduction of a flushing fluid through the port into the passage results in absorption of a portion of the flushing fluid into the hydrogel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,218

SCALPEL HOLDER

HELMUT ZEPF MEDIZINTECHNI...

1. A scalpel holder, having a grip piece with a longitudinal direction and a blade holder which is connected to the grip piece and which blade holder functions to receive a scalpel blade and hold the same fixed, wherein the grip piece has a slider guide running substantially in the longitudinal direction of the grip piece, wherein a slider received in said slider guide is movably guided in the slider guide, wherein the slider has a slider rod and a push rod connected to each other in a fixed manner, and the push rod furthermore has an end piece with a wedge-shaped design for the purpose of allowing a person using only one hand to engage the push rod, thereby lifting out a scalpel blade fastened on the blade holder, wherein the slider guide is arranged on the grip piece in such a manner that the end piece of the slider guided in the slider guide in the direction of the blade holder slides past the scalpel blade while lifting the scalpel blade out of the blade holder, and wherein the push rod is divided in cross-section into two components, a first component comprising a shoulder edge region, and a second component comprising the wedge-shaped end piece extending longitudinally beyond the first component, for the purpose of laterally lifting the scalpel blade away from the blade holder while simultaneously pushing the scalpel blade longitudinally away from the blade holder.

US Pat. No. 10,478,203

SNARE INSTRUMENT WITH SNARE STRUCTURE FORMED FROM A TUBE SECTION

1. A snare instrument comprisingan enclosure; and
a snare structure placed in the enclosure, where the snare structure is formed by a tube section that extends from a proximal end of a proximal base portion to a distal end of a distal snare portion, the tube section including:
a plurality of open slits formed in the distal end of the tube section, with each open slit extending a distance L in an axial direction toward the proximal base portion, and
a plurality of closed wire sections, with each closed wire section located between a first open slit of the plurality of open slits and a second open slit of the plurality of open slits adjacent to the first open slit, where each closed wire section is formed by a channel opening, and the channel opening is spaced a distance Bd away from the distal end of the tube section such that the closed wire section is closed at the distal end of the tube section by a curved wire section, where the curved wire section has a radius of curvature R;
wherein the channel opening is semi-circular and the radius of curvature R of the curved wire section is at least a factor of 2.5 greater than the distance Bd;
wherein the snare structure is movable between a snaring position characterized by the snare structure moved forward in a distal direction out of the enclosure and a securing position characterized by the snare structure moved back in a proximal direction into the enclosure;
wherein, when in the snaring position, the snare structure forms a cup shape having a distal snare opening that is approximately circular;
wherein n is defined as a number of the plurality of open slits, and a circumferential length of the distal snare circular opening is 70% or more of the product of 2 nL.

US Pat. No. 10,478,195

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF VASCULAR DEFECTS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A vascular occlusion device for treating an aneurysm, wherein a neck of the aneurysm opens to a blood vessel, the device comprising:a proximal portion having a mesh configured to be positioned within the aneurysm;
a distal portion including a directing region having:
a proximal terminus that coincides with a proximal terminus of the distal portion,
a distal terminus, wherein the directing region extends along a first direction that runs through the proximal terminus and the distal terminus, and
a length measured along the first longitudinal direction between the proximal terminus and the distal terminus; and
an intermediate mesh portion between the proximal and distal portions that, when in a deployed configuration, forms a preset bend in the device that orients the first longitudinal direction of the directing region at an angle to a portion of the proximal portion adjacent the intermediate mesh portion, wherein the angle is between about 45 degrees and about 135 degrees, and
wherein, when the device is being pushed distally out of a delivery catheter into the aneurysm, the directing region directs the distal portion to inhibit the distal portion from exiting the aneurysm through the neck such that the proximal portion crosses the neck and generally remains within the aneurysm,
wherein the device is configured to be implanted within the aneurysm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,194

OCCLUSIVE DEVICES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An implant for occluding a target area of a patient's vasculature, comprising:a frame comprising a lattice formed of a first plurality of braided filaments that define a first plurality of openings, the first openings having a pore size of from about 1 ?m to about 400 ?m, the frame comprising a distal region and a proximal region, the frame being expandable from a compressed configuration to an expanded configuration in which the frame has a generally spherical shape, and wherein the first plurality of filaments are coupled together at a hub disposed at a proximal end of the frame;
a first mesh component coupled to the frame along at least a first portion of the proximal region, the first mesh component comprising a second plurality of braided filaments that define a second plurality of openings, the second pluralities of filaments and openings collectively defining a mesh porosity permitting blood flow therethrough, the mesh porosity being less than a porosity of the frame, such that blood flow into the implant is more restricted along the proximal region than along the distal region of the frame; and
a second mesh component coupled to the frame along at least a second portion of the proximal region, the second portion differing from the first portion, the second mesh component comprising a third plurality of braided filaments that define a third plurality of openings,
wherein a proximal end of the implant is configured to be detachably coupled to a delivery device.

US Pat. No. 10,478,191

BUTTRESS ATTACHMENT FOR CIRCULAR STAPLING DEVICE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An anvil assembly, comprising:a circular anvil head having a first engaging feature and supporting a crush ring member;
an anvil cap having a second engaging feature that connects with the first engaging feature of the anvil head to secure the anvil cap to the anvil head, the anvil cap being movable relative to the anvil head between an approximated position and an unapproximated position, the crush ring member being spaced from the second engaging feature when the anvil cap is disposed in the approximated position and movable into engagement with the second engaging feature to move the anvil cap to the unapproximated position; and
a circular anvil buttress member including a body portion and an extension portion that extends from the body portion, the body portion supported on a tissue engaging surface of the anvil head, the extension portion being secureable between the anvil cap and the anvil head when the anvil cap is disposed in the approximated position, the extension portion being releasable from between the anvil cap and the anvil head when the anvil cap is disposed in the unapproximated position so that the body portion separates from the tissue engaging surface of the anvil head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,189

METHOD OF APPLYING AN ANNULAR ARRAY OF STAPLES TO TISSUE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method of operating a surgical instrument, wherein the surgical instrument comprises:(a) a body;
(b) a shaft assembly extending distally from the body;
(c) a stapling head assembly located at the distal end of the shaft assembly, wherein the stapling head assembly comprises a distal surface, wherein the stapling head assembly is operable to drive an annular array of staples through the distal surface;
(d) an anvil, wherein the anvil is configured to couple with the stapling head assembly;
(e) an anvil adjustment assembly, wherein the anvil adjustment assembly comprises a translating member, wherein the translating member is operable to translate relative to the body along a longitudinal axis defined by the body to thereby adjust the longitudinal position of the anvil relative to the distal surface of the stapling head assembly;
(f) a first trigger, wherein the first trigger is operable to actuate the stapling head assembly to thereby drive the annular array of staples through the distal surface toward the anvil; and
(g) a lockout assembly, wherein the lockout assembly comprises an electrically powered braking feature, wherein the electrically powered braking feature further comprises an actuator that defines an enclosure and a lock member that extends from inside the enclosure from a retracted position to an extended position, wherein the lockout assembly is configured to transition between a first state and a second state, wherein:
(i) in the first state, the lockout assembly is configured to permit translation of the translating member, and
(ii) in the second state, the lockout assembly is configured to prevent translation of the translating member;
wherein the method comprises:
(a) providing the lockout assembly in the first state to permit translation of the translating member, wherein in the first state the electrically powered braking feature is separated at a distance from the translating member;
(b) translating the translating member; and
(c) transitioning the lockout assembly to the second state to prevent further translation of the translating member by linearly translating the lock member of the electrically powered braking feature away from the enclosure defined by the actuator to be in contact with the translating member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,187

BIOLOGICALLY DERIVED EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX WITH INFUSED VISCOUS ABSORBABLE COPOLYMER FOR RELEASABLY ATTACHING A STAPLE BUTTRESS TO A SURGICAL STAPLER

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

20. A surgical stapler end effector, the end effector comprising:(a) a staple cartridge, wherein the staple cartridge comprises:
(i) a plurality of staples, and
(ii) a deck, wherein the staple cartridge is operable to drive the staples through the deck;
(b) an anvil, wherein the anvil is movable from an open position toward the staple cartridge to reach a closed position, wherein the anvil includes an underside having staple forming surface configured to receive staples driven through the deck;
(c) a buttress assembly, wherein the buttress assembly comprises:
(i) a buttress body, wherein the buttress body defines a plurality of cells, and
(ii) an adhesive material, wherein the adhesive material is configured to removably secure the buttress body to the deck of the staple cartridge or the underside of the anvil, wherein at least some of the adhesive material is located in at least some of the cells; and
(d) a retainer, wherein the retainer is configured to removably hold the buttress assembly, wherein the retainer includes a plurality of projections on a surface of the retainer, wherein the projections are configured to provide focused pressure in a direction away from the surface of the retainer to discrete regions of the buttress assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,185

TOOL ASSEMBLY WITH MINIMAL DEAD SPACE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical stapling device comprising:an elongate body; and
a tool assembly supported on a distal portion of the elongate body, the tool assembly including a cartridge assembly and an anvil assembly that are movable in relation to each other between spaced and approximated positions, the cartridge assembly including a staple cartridge supporting a plurality of staples, a clamp member having a body supporting a knife, and an actuation sled having a first portion and a second portion, each of the first and second portions of the actuation sled defining a cam member, the second portion of the actuation sled being physically separated and spaced from the first portion of the actuation sled to define a channel between the first and second portions, wherein in a pre-actuated state of the surgical stapling device, the clamp member is positioned within the channel between the first and second portions of the actuation sled with the knife of the clamp member positioned distally of a proximal end of the cam member of the first and second portions of the actuation sled, wherein during at least a portion of a firing stroke of the surgical stapling device, the clamp member is movable to position the knife proximally of the cam members; wherein each of the first and second portions of the actuation sled include an inner wall including a longitudinally extending portion and a transverse portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,183

ADJUNCT RELEASE FOR SURGICAL STAPLERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities on a tissue-facing surface thereof, each staple cavity having a staple disposed therein that is configured to be deployed into tissue, and the cartridge body having a plurality of connection cavities separate from the plurality of staple cavities on the tissue-facing surface;
an adjunct disposed on the tissue-facing surface of the cartridge body, the adjunct having a plurality of protrusions disposed on an adjunct surface configured to contact the tissue-facing surface, the plurality of protrusions being configured to extend into and engage with the plurality of connection cavities; and
a plurality of drivers disposed within the cartridge body, each driver having at least one adjunct releasing mechanism located thereon such that the plurality of drivers are configured to drive the plurality of protrusions of the adjunct out of the plurality of connection cavities and cause the adjunct to detach from the cartridge body when the plurality of drivers are advanced into the staple cavities to deploy the staples.

US Pat. No. 10,478,181

CARTRIDGE LOCKOUT ARRANGEMENTS FOR ROTARY POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical cutting and stapling end effector, comprising:a channel configured to operably support a removable staple cartridge that includes surgical staples stored therein that are ejected from the removable staple cartridge as a sled that is movably supported therein is moved from a starting position to an ending position in the removable staple cartridge;
a rotary end effector drive shaft supported within said channel and being selectively rotatable by a source of rotary motion applied thereto; and
a firing assembly movable from a first position wherein said firing assembly is longitudinally movable through said channel and a second locked position wherein said firing assembly is prevented from moving distally through said channel, said firing assembly being biased into said first position prior to rotation of said rotary end effector drive shaft and moving to said second locked position upon rotation of said rotary end effector drive shaft unless said sled of said removable staple cartridge that has been seated in said channel is in the starting position and retainingly engages said firing assembly to thereby retain said firing assembly in said first position during further rotation of said rotary end effector drive shaft, said firing assembly comprising:
a firing body movably supported on said rotary end effector drive shaft;
a rotary advancement member in driving engagement with said rotary end effector drive shaft and in driving engagement with said firing body, said rotary advancement member being movable between said first position and said second locked position relative to said firing body; and
a biasing member between said firing body and said rotary advancement member to bias said rotary advancement member into said first position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,178

SUTURE WITH TRIM FORMED TIP

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

1. A monofilament suture having a formed distal tip, comprising;a suture filament having a body, proximal end and a distal end, the body of the suture having a maximum cross-sectional dimension;
a tip section on the distal end, the tip section having a configuration with an outer perimeter comprising at least first and second opposed arcuate sections joined together by opposed first and second flat or linear sections that are substantially parallel to each other, and a cross-section having a maximum dimension, wherein the maximum dimension of the cross-section of the tip section is less than the maximum cross-sectional dimension of the body of the suture;
a transition section between the suture filament body and the tip section, the transition section tapering from the suture filament body to the tip section to transition from a diameter of the suture filament body to a diameter of the tip section; and
lateral trim regions in the distal end extending through the transition section into at least a portion of the tip section, the lateral trim regions comprising connected opposed arced portions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,177

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREASED OPERATING ROOM EFFICIENCY

SHARP FLUIDICS LLC, Hayw...

1. A needle receptacle comprising:a housing comprising a lower structure and an upper structure,
wherein the upper structure comprises an optically transmissive material and the lower structure comprises an optically transmissive material in order to view needles within a secure zone of the receptacle with backlight illumination,
wherein the upper structure has a longitudinal slot to receive a needle driver, and
wherein the secure zone comprises an elongate needle slot to receive a plurality of needles, the elongate needle slot extending between the upper structure and the lower structure, and wherein needles in the needle slot can be viewed through the upper structure with the backlight illumination through the lower structure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,176

TISSUE LIGATING DEVICE

The University of Tokyo, ...

1. A tissue ligating device used for ligating tissue, comprising:a first fixation part configured to allow a base end part of a suture thread to be fixed thereto; and
a second fixation part configured to allow insertion of the suture thread therethrough and allow to be crimped so as to newly fix a part of the suture thread, and thereby to define a loop starting from the base end part, in a state after ligation of tissue is performed,
wherein:
the second fixation part includes a back side wall part, a front side wall part, and a curved wall part turning back from the back side wall part to the front side wall part,
the back side wall part is longer than the front side wall part, and
a first part of the back side wall part farther from the curved wall part than an end part of the front side wall part far from the curved wall part has a rising surface that extends straightly towards the front side wall part and an inclined surface continuing to the rising surface and inclined or curved away from the rising surface, the inclined surface being farther away from the curved wall part than the rising surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,175

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MENISCAL REPAIR

Linvatec Corporation, La...

1. An anchor, comprising:an elongated cylindrical body having a distal end and a proximal end, a longitudinal axis extending between the distal end and the proximal end, and a cylindrical outer surface radially offset from the longitudinal axis, the distal end having a distal slot opening on the cylindrical outer surface of the body and extending from the distal end of the body proximally along the longitudinal axis of the body, and the proximal end having a proximal slot opening on the cylindrical outer surface of the body and extending from the proximal end of the body distally along the longitudinal axis of the body, and wherein the elongated body is non-tubular;
the distal slot comprising a wide section and a narrow section, wherein the wide section has a width configured to slidably accommodate a suture in the wide section and the narrow section has a width configured to bind the suture in the narrow section, and further wherein the wide section is disposed distally of the narrow section.

US Pat. No. 10,478,174

ADAPTOR FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR CONVERTING ROTARY INPUT TO LINEAR OUTPUT

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An adaptor for a surgical stitching instrument, the adaptor comprising:a casing;
a cam drum disposed within the casing and defining a longitudinal axis, the cam drum being supported for rotation about the longitudinal axis and defining at least one radial cam groove about an outer surface thereof;
at least one linear driver including a first cam follower disposed in the at least one cam groove, the at least one linear driver being supported for movement between advanced and retracted positions in relation to the cam drum along an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis in response to rotation of the cam drum about the longitudinal axis, the at least one linear driver manipulating at least one drive rod of a jaw assembly of the stitching instrument; and
an articulation assembly having an articulation drum defining at least one cam surface, the articulation assembly having a drive bar with a cam follower disposed in the at least one cam surface, rotation of the articulation drum effecting advancement and retraction of the drive bar to articulate the jaw assembly of the stitching instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,478,171

FLUSH ANCHOR METHOD AND APPARATUS

LITTLE ENGINE, LLC, Belm...

1. An apparatus for anchoring a tensile member to bone, comprising:an anchor, comprising:
a housing extending along a central axis between open first and second ends, and having a hollow interior;
a collet disposed in the hollow interior of the housing, the collet having a peripheral wall defining a central bore for accepting a tensile member therethrough and an exterior surface, wherein the collet is configured to be swaged around and against the tensile member;
a sleeve having a peripheral wall defining opposed interior and exterior surfaces, the sleeve disposed in the hollow interior of the housing and positioned generally axially adjacent to the collet, so as to be movable parallel to the central axis between first and second positions; and
wherein at least one of the exterior surface of the collet and the interior surface of the sleeve is tapered and the sleeve and the collet are arranged such that movement of the sleeve from the first position to the second position will cause the interior surface of the sleeve to bear against the exterior surface of the collet, causing the collet to swage radially inwards around and against the tensile member without moving axially relative to the housing or tensile member; and
an insertion instrument including:
a stem having an anchor connection mechanism;
a hollow pushrod extending through the stem and slidably movable between retracted and extended positions; and
a driving mechanism operable to move the pushrod between the retracted and extended positions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,168

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF INCISION OR HERNIA

LifeCell Corporation, Ma...

1. A device for treating an incision, hernia, or abdominal wall defect, comprising:an elongate element having a first longitudinal axis; and
at least one sheet connected to the elongate element along the first longitudinal axis;
wherein the at least one sheet comprises an acellular dermal tissue matrix derived from porcine dermis having a Young's modulus within a range of 49.5 MPa to 94.7 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,478,166

LAPAROSCOPIC MORCELLATING RECEPTACLE AND METHODS OF USE

1. A morcellation receptacle system comprising:a collapsible and expandable receptacle, having a vertical axis with a lower half section with a distal area, and an upper half section with a proximal end, and a horizontal axis, configured such that when the collapsible receptacle is collapsed on its horizontal axis, it is linearly sized to fit within and through an opening between 14-20 mm in width but not when expanded in a natural open position; said receptacle comprising:
a plurality of at least three support rods positioned in a circumferential and equidistant manner around the vertical axis, or substantially so, having distal ends coupled to the distal area of the receptacle and having proximal ends extending proximally and laterally away from the distal area and configured to have natural spring tension such that the support rods are expanded, away from each other in a natural, open, position, and move towards each other on the horizontal axis when the receptacle is collapsing and move away from each other on the horizontal axis when the receptacle is opening,
a flexible liner that is water resistant, low-friction, tear-resistant, and made of material different from the support rods, having a thickness between 0.05-0.15 mm, wrapped along the support rods such as to define a bag with a closed end at the distal area;
and a cover made of a thin flexible material that is permanently attached to a perimeter of the proximal end of the receptacle, such that the cover and the perimeter of the proximal end of the receptacle are expandable and collapsible to fit through the 14 to 20 mm opening and the cover establishes a surface area having a plurality of premade holes configured to allow a trocar sleeve to pass through into the receptacle along the vertical axis when the receptacle is in a natural expanded position, and wherein the cover comprises a substantially central opening configured to be releasably closable, such that at least 75% of area of the substantially central opening is occluded, while the perimeter of the proximal end of the receptacle is maintained in its expanded natural, open position and the plurality of premade holes individually remain accessible for the trocar sleeve to pass through into the receptacle along the vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,162

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPLAY OF PATHOLOGICAL DATA IN AN IMAGE GUIDED PROCEDURE

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A method comprising:displaying, in a first region of a display screen, an image of a patient anatomy for guiding a medical instrument to a deployment location during a medical procedure;
recording a plurality of sample identifiers, wherein each sample identifier of the plurality of sample identifiers is associated with a corresponding tissue sample of a plurality of tissue samples;
recording a plurality of location stamps, wherein each location stamp of the plurality of location stamps indicates a location in the patient anatomy of a corresponding tissue sample of the plurality of tissue samples;
receiving tissue sample pathology information for each tissue sample in the plurality of tissue samples; and
displaying, in a table in a second region of the display screen, the plurality of sample identifiers, the plurality of location stamps, and the tissue sample pathology information for each tissue sample during the medical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,161

TISSUE CUTTING MEMBER FOR A BIOPSY DEVICE

SenoRx, Inc., Franklin L...

1. A method for forming a tissue cutting member to separate a tissue specimen from a target site within a patient's body, comprising:providing a distal tubular portion including a side wall defining a lumen, a longitudinal axis, and a flared distal section;
configuring the flared distal section to include an inclined distal tip at a distal end of the side wall and an outwardly flared distal tubular portion that defines an inner tissue receiving aperture, the inclined distal tip having a beveled front face with a leading cutting edge and a trailing cutting edge, the outwardly flared distal tubular portion being outwardly flared in a distal direction to the leading cutting edge;
providing a single longitudinally oriented opening in the side wall in the flared distal section which radially opens to the lumen, the single longitudinally oriented opening having an open distal end and extending from a closed proximal end to the open distal end; and
providing a relief opening at the closed proximal end, the relief opening having a transverse dimension larger than a transverse dimension of the single longitudinally oriented opening adjacent the relief opening, the single longitudinally oriented opening diverging from the closed proximal end to intersect the trailing cutting edge of the beveled front face of the inclined distal tip of the distal tubular portion and facilitating formation of the outwardly flared distal tubular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,157

METHODS FOR DRUG DELIVERY

PRESAGE BIOSCIENCES, INC....

1. A method of delivering one or more agents to a solid tumor of a subject, comprising:(a) inserting one or more needles of a needle array device into said solid tumor, said needle array device comprising five or more needles and one or more agents; and
(b) injecting said one or more agents into said solid tumor via said one or more needles of said needle array device while simultaneously withdrawing said one or more needles from said solid tumor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,152

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope apparatus comprising:an insertion part configured to be inserted into a body; an operation part continuously provided on a proximal end side of the insertion part;
a forceps elevator which is erectably provided to a distal end part of the insertion part, has an erecting motion range from a minimum angular position where the forceps elevator is most reclined to a maximum angular position where the forceps elevator is most erected, and is configured to guide a treatment tool led out from the distal end part;
an operation wire coupled at one end with the forceps elevator and which is inserted into the insertion part; and
an erecting operation lever provided to the operation part, coupled to the other end of the operation wire, and configured to operate the operation wire to erect the forceps elevator;
a first elevator restricting surface configured to restrict the forceps elevator to the minimum angular position in the erecting motion range;
a second elevator restricting surface configured to restrict the forceps elevator to the maximum angular position in the erecting motion range;
a first operation lever restricting surface provided in the operation part, and configured to restrict the erecting operation lever to one end position on a side the forceps elevator is reclined in an entire operating range where the erecting operation lever is operable; and
a second operation lever restricting surface provided in the operation part, and configured to restrict the erecting operation lever to the other end position on a side the forceps elevator is erected in the entire operating range where the erecting operation lever is operable,
wherein an index is disposed on the operation part between the operation part and the erecting operation lever such that the index is entirely shielded by the erecting operation lever when the forceps elevator is in the minimum angular position, and such that the index is exposed when the forceps elevator is in a position in which the forceps elevator is erected from the minimum angular position,
wherein, when an intermediate position is defined between the one end position and the other end position in the entire operating range of the erecting operation lever, the erecting operation lever has: a first operating range being a range between the one end position and the intermediate position; and a second operating range being a range between the intermediate position and the other end position,
wherein, the operation wire has a length such that the forceps elevator is movable from the minimum angular position to the maximum angular position when the erecting operation lever is operated from the one end position to the intermediate position in the first operating range in a state where the treatment tool is not led out from the distal end part,
wherein, the second operating range is a range enabling to position the forceps elevator at the maximum angular position by operating the erecting operation lever from the intermediate position toward the other end position, when the forceps elevator is positioned at an angular position smaller than the maximum angular position even though the erecting operation lever is operated and reaches the intermediate position in a state where the treatment tool is led out from the distal end part.

US Pat. No. 10,478,150

MEDICO—SURGICAL DEVICES

The Cooper Companies Glob...

1. An embryo replacement catheter comprising:a hub; and
a shaft attached to the hub, the shaft having a bore extending therethrough, the shaft comprising a wall of a transparent plastic material with gas bubbles incorporated therein,
wherein the gas bubbles extend through a major part of a thickness of the wall of the shaft, and the gas bubbles have a density and size to enable visibility of the catheter under ultrasound imaging and to enable an embryo within the bore of the shaft to be viewed by a naked eye of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,478,149

METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY POSITIONING AN X-RAY SOURCE OF AN X-RAY SYSTEM AND AN X-RAY SYSTEM

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for determining the position of a mobile X-ray detector in an X-ray system, wherein the X-ray system is provided with a 3D camera, the method comprising:acquiring a digital 3D image of the mobile X-ray detector using the 3D camera, wherein the mobile X-ray detector has a X-ray receiving portion on a planar surface and a plurality of passive markers provided on the planar surface having the X-ray receiving portion;
detecting the plurality of passive markers and the markers' pattern in the digital 3D image, wherein the pattern of the markers' defines the plane of the mobile X-ray detector having the X-ray receiving portion;
estimating the plane of the mobile X-ray detector's X-ray receiving portion;
estimating 6 DOF pose of the mobile X-ray detector, wherein the 6 DOF pose defines the position and orientation of the mobile X-ray detector in the 3D camera's coordinate system; and
transforming the 6DOF pose of the mobile X-ray detector in the 3D camera's coordinate system into the corresponding position and orientation in the X-ray base coordinate system,
wherein the mobile X-ray detector has four corners and the plurality of passive markers,
are provided in a specific corner pattern at each of the four corners designating the particular corner,
wherein detecting the plurality of passive markers and the marker's pattern in the digital 3D image comprises determining the specific corner patterns, and determining the mobile X-ray detector's orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,148

SELF-CALIBRATING PROJECTION GEOMETRY FOR VOLUMETRIC IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A method for self-calibrating projection geometry for a volumetric image reconstruction comprising:selecting a prior volumetric representation of a patient;
dividing a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan from a CBCT scanner to be self-calibrated into a number of projections;
selecting a projection from the number of projections;
registering the projection to the prior volumetric representation in order to determine a 9-degree-of freedom geometric calibration of the selected projection;
applying the 9-degree-of-freedom geometric calibration of the selected projection;
generating a projection matrix from the 9-degree-of-freedom geometric calibration of the selected projection; and
generating and displaying a three-dimensional, volumetric reconstruction of the CBCT scan using a plurality of the projection matrix for self-calibration of the CBCT scanner.

US Pat. No. 10,478,147

CALIBRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

NIKON METROLOGY NV, Leuv...

1. A method of calibrating a radiographic system comprising a source and a detector, the method comprising:providing a calibration object comprising a plurality of markers,
rotating the calibration object relative to the source and/or detector,
acquiring a plurality of radiographic images of the calibration object,
identifying the plurality of markers in the plurality of images,
deriving an elliptical path for each of the plurality of markers using said plurality of images by
assigning a nominal value representing a distance between the source and an axis of rotation of each said marker, and
determining complete geometrical parameters of the system apart from said nominal distance value using the radiographic images and said nominal distance value,
where said complete geometrical parameters are seven parameters including two parameters specifying a principal point, one parameter specifying a focal length, two parameters specifying the orientation of the axis of rotation and two parameters specifying the position of the axis of rotation, and using said elliptical paths to determine geometrical parameters of the system.

US Pat. No. 10,478,143

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GENERATING AND UPDATNG A THREE DIMENSIONAL MODEL OF A LUMINAL NETWORK

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of updating a model of a luminal network, comprising:generating 3D image data including fiducial markers disposed at a first location using images captured in a first imaging of a target;
generating 2D image data including the fiducial markers disposed at a second location using images captured in a second imaging of the target, the second imaging of the target including imaging of the target from a first viewpoint and imaging the target from a second viewpoint, the first and second viewpoints oriented at a known angle relative to each other;
determining the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space based on the second location of the fiducial markers within the 2D image data of the first viewpoint, the second location of the fiducial markers within the 2D image data of the second viewpoint, and the known angle;
comparing the first location of the fiducial markers in the 3D image data to the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space;
determining a difference between the first location of the fiducial markers in the 3D image data and the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space based on the comparison;
updating the 3D image data generated using images captured in the first imaging with the determined second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space based on the determined difference;
displaying the updated 3D image data including the fiducial markers disposed at the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space;
determining movement distances between the second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space and the first location of the fiducial markers in the 3D image data from the first imaging;
determining which of the movement distances exceeds a threshold; and
registering the 3D image data generated using images captured in the first imaging with the determined second location of the fiducial markers in 3D space, wherein the registering excludes the second location in 3D space of the fiducial marker corresponding to movement distances that exceed the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,142

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF SPECTRAL DIFFERENTIAL PHASE-CONTRAST CONE-BEAM CT AND HYBRID CONE-BEAM CT

University of Rochester, ...

1. A method of cone beam CT imaging of a human breast without penetrating the chest cavity of a patient, comprising:acquiring projection images of the breast taken at different view angles by using a polychromatic x-ray source irradiating the breast but not the chest cavity with primary radiation, an energy-resolving detector having a plurality of energy channels, and a grating system;
said acquiring comprising acquiring, for each of the plurality of energy channels of the detector, a respective plurality of the projection images of the breast taken at different view angles;
performing three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography reconstructions of the breast for each of the plurality of energy channels to produce a respective plurality of differential phase contrast 3D reconstruction images; and
combining the plurality of differential phase 3D reconstruction images to thereby produce one or more output images of the breast;
wherein said combining of the plurality of differential phase 3D reconstruction images comprises assigning different weights to the images being combined.

US Pat. No. 10,478,141

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE DISTRIBUTION OF BONE MINERAL DENSITY IN AT LEAST ONE PORTION OF A PERSON'S SKELETON

AMVALOR, Paris (FR)

1. An estimation method for estimating the bone mineral density distribution in at least one portion of a person's skeleton, the skeleton being made up of bone tissue, the bone tissue being surrounded by soft tissue, in turn surrounded by an outline (E) of the person, the method being characterized in that it comprises generating:a geometrical representation in three dimensions of said portion of the person's skeleton;
a geometrical representation in three dimensions of at least one portion of the outline (E) containing said portion of the person's skeleton;
at least one first X-ray image of said at least one portion of the skeleton, this first image being generated by observing a projection onto a first detection surface of X-rays, coming from a first source, the first image being generated by projecting X-rays and representing the person as observed from a first observation angle of incidence; and
at least one second X-ray image of said at least one portion of the skeleton, the second image being generated by projecting X-rays and representing the person as observed from a second observation angle of incidence distinct from the first observation angle of incidence; and then
using predetermined software and for a plurality of given X-rays selected from among said projected X-rays, estimating for each given X-ray:
a value for the thickness of soft tissue through which the given X-ray has passed;
a value for the thickness of bone tissue through which the given X-ray has passed; and
a value for the overall attenuation of the given X-ray between its source and its projection onto the detection surface onto which it is projected; and
using the thickness value for soft tissue through which the given X-ray passes, and using an estimate for an attenuation coefficient of the soft tissues through which the given X-ray passes, deducing firstly a value for the attenuation of the given X-ray due to the thickness of soft tissue through it has passed and secondly a value for the attenuation of the given X-ray due to the thickness of bone tissue through which it has passed; and then
using the value for the thickness of bone tissue through which the given X-ray has passed, the value for the attenuation of the given X-ray due to the thickness of bone tissue through which it has passed, and the overall value for attenuation of the given X-ray, the software estimates a value representative of the bone mineral density of the bone tissue through which the given X-ray has passed.

US Pat. No. 10,478,140

NEAREST AVAILABLE ROADMAP SELECTION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for vascular roadmapping comprising:an imaging device having an x-ray source and an x-ray detector, for generating a fluoroscopy image;
a data base including contrast-enhanced images, wherein the contrast-enhanced images are generated with different imaging parameters;
a user interface configured to select intended imaging parameters; and
a processor configured:
to determine current imaging parameters of the imaging device,
to determine a contrast-enhanced image out of the contrast-enhanced images generated with respective imaging parameters, wherein the contrast-enhanced image has imaging parameters closest to the intended imaging parameters,
to select the contrast-enhanced image to obtain a selected contrast-enhanced image,
to adjust the current imaging parameters of the imaging device to the imaging parameters of the selected contrast-enhanced image, and
to determine that a state of the imaging device is a ready-for-use-state based on a completion of an adjustment of the current imaging parameters of the imaging device from the current imaging parameters to the imaging parameters of the selected contrast-enhanced image,
wherein the imaging parameters of the selected contrast-enhanced image comprises a position of the x-ray source and the x-ray detector, an orientation of the x-ray source and the x-ray detector, settings of the x-ray source, and settings of the x-ray detector, and
wherein the user interface is further configured to indicate the ready-for-use-state or the not-ready-for-use-state of the imaging device.

US Pat. No. 10,478,139

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM HAVING COOLING SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A cooling system of a computed tomography (CT) system, comprising:a gantry having a bore therein; and
a table that moves into and out of the bore of the gantry,
wherein the gantry comprises a part box mounted therein, and blade elements that are formed in regions of the part box are arranged to control an air flow inside the gantry,
wherein the part box is an external housing for a part,
wherein the part comprises one or more of an X-ray generator, an X-ray detector, a data acquisition system (DAS), a power supplier, a heat exchanger (HX), an high voltage generator (HVG),or a wireless transducer for each part box,
wherein the part box comprises an inlet hole and an exhaust hole arranged in one or more surfaces of the part box, and the blade elements are fixed on an inner surface of the part box,
wherein one edge of each of the blade elements is exposed at a surface of the part box through the inlet hole, and another edge of each of the blade elements extends toward an inner side of the inlet hole of the part box, and
wherein an extended portion between the one edge and the another edge in each of the blade elements is not visible through the inlet hole of the part box.

US Pat. No. 10,478,138

RT-CT INTEGRATED DEVICE

SHENYANG NEUSOFT MEDICAL ...

1. A radiation therapy computed tomography (RT-CT) integrated device comprising a radiation therapy (RT) device and a computed tomography (CT) device, wherein,a radiation-therapy centerline of the radiation therapy (RT) device and a scanning centerline of the computed tomography (CT) device are on a same axis,
the radiation therapy (RT) device and the computed tomography (CT) device are at a same end of a treatment table;
the radiation therapy (RT) device and the computed tomography (CT) device are integrated onto a support system;
the support system comprises a support base provided with a mounting portion,
the computed tomography (CT) device comprises a computed tomography (CT) device rotatable gantry,
the radiation therapy (RT) device comprises a radiation therapy (RT) device rotatable gantry,
the computed tomography (CT) device rotatable gantry is provided with a computed tomography (CT) device ray emitter and a computed tomography (CT) device ray receiver,
the radiation therapy (RT) device rotatable gantry is provided with a radiation therapy (RT) device ray emitter,
the computed tomography (CT) device rotatable gantry and the radiation therapy (RT) device rotatable gantry are both socket-jointed on the mounting portion, and are disposed coaxially with the mounting portion,
the computed tomography (CT) device rotatable gantry and the radiation therapy (RT) device rotatable gantry are both fixed in an axial direction and a radial direction;
the computed tomography (CT) device rotatable gantry and the radiation therapy (RT) device rotatable gantry are both rotatable along a circumferential direction;
the radiation therapy (RT) device rotatable gantry, the computed tomography (CTS) device rotatable gantry and the mounting portion are socket-jointed sequentially in the axial direction,
each socket-joint for connecting the radiation therapy (RT) device rotatable gantry, the computed tomography (CT) device rotatable gantry and the mounting portion sequentially is fixed in the axial direction and the radial direction; and
each socket-joint for connecting the radiation therapy (RT) device rotatable gantry, the computed tomography (CT) device rotatable gantry and the mounting portion sequentially is rotatable along the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,137

MULTIPLE IMAGING MODALITY IMAGING APPARATUS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a first imaging modality;
a second imaging modality, wherein the first and second imaging modalities are in alignment with scanning zones for scanning an object or subject;
a third imaging modality which is selectively moveable between a first location in which the third imaging modality is in alignment with the scanning zones for scanning the object or subject and a second location in which the third imaging modality is outside of alignment with the scanning zones; and
an alignment unit that supports the third imaging modality, wherein the alignment unit provides adjustment of at least of a position or orientation of third imaging modality with respect to the scanning zones and provides angular variation in rotation around X and Z axes.

US Pat. No. 10,478,136

RADIOLOGICAL DOSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Certa Dose, Inc.

1. A method of administering radiation to a patient, the method comprising:receiving, at a processor associated with a radiation device, information indicating that a patient is associated with a coded region included among a plurality of coded regions wherein each of the plurality of coded regions corresponds to one or more values of a physical characteristic wherein the processor determines a patient size;
receiving, at the processor, a radiation location for the patient;
determining, at the processor and based on the patient size, a safe range of radiation for the patient;
correlating, at the processor, the coded region and the radiation location with a dose of radiation; and
applying the dose of radiation to the patient at the radiation location.

US Pat. No. 10,478,135

UROLOGY TABLE WITH TILTABLE X-RAY TUBE

STORZ MEDICAL AG, Tagerw...

1. A urological device oriented with respect to a Cartesian system of coordinates defined by an x-axis, a y-axis, and a z-axis, the device comprising:a patient table having a longitudinal side aligned with the x-axis, and a broad side aligned with the y-axis, wherein the z-axis extends above and below the patient table in a direction transverse to the patient table;
an X-ray source mounted above the patient table and configured to emit a beam of X-ray radiation directed to the patient table,
an X-ray detector mounted below the patient table and configured to detect the X-ray radiation that has been emitted by the X-ray source and that has passed through a patient on the patient table,
an X-ray source linear drive configured to move the X-ray source parallel to the y-axis,
a pivot mechanism configured to pivot the X-ray source about a first pivot axis and in a plane parallel to the y-axis and z-axis,
an X-ray detector linear drive configured to move the X-ray detector parallel to the y-axis without tilting the X-ray detector,
and
a control unit operably connected with the X-ray detector and X-ray source and configured to coordinate
(i) a first movement of the X-ray source in a first direction
with
a unidirectional second movement of the X-ray detector in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction,
and
(ii) pivoting of the X-ray source to position the X-ray source for directing the X-ray beam to the detector at different angles,
such as to have a center of the X-ray beam aligned with a center of the X-ray detector at each position of the X-ray detector.

US Pat. No. 10,478,133

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING A NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGING SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method, comprising:detecting, with a plurality of detectors, photons emitted by a calibration source comprising a radioactive line source and a fluorescence source, while pivoting one or more detectors of the plurality of detectors;
applying a geometrical correction to energy measurements of the detected photons, wherein applying the geometrical correction includes increasing photon counts of at least one pixel of the one or more detectors according to the pivoting of the one or more detectors; and
calibrating, with a processor communicatively coupled to the plurality of detectors, each detector of the plurality of detectors based on the geometrically-corrected energy measurements of the detected photons.

US Pat. No. 10,478,129

METHODS FOR IMPROVING RESPONSE TIME, ROBUSTNESS AND USER COMFORT IN CONTINUOUS ESTIMATION OF BIOPHYSIOLOGICAL RATES

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An apparatus for determining a biophysiological feature, the apparatus comprising:a memory having machine instructions stored therein;
a processor coupled to the memory;
a biophysiological sensor coupled to the processor, the biophysiological sensor configured for application to a patient and operable for detecting signals in the patient associated with measuring a quasiperiodic function; and
an input/output device;
wherein the processor executes the machine instructions to:
receive a quasiperiodic data stream for the measured quasiperiodic function from the biophysiological sensor,
remove at least a portion of an offset from the quasiperiodic data stream to provide a smoothed data stream by filtering the quasiperiodic data stream through a bandpass filter and phase compensating the filtered quasiperiodic data stream,
transform the smoothed data stream into an analytic data stream using a Hilbert transform approximation,
calculate a time derivative associated with a phase angle of the analytic data stream,
provide, to a user via the input/output device, an output data stream derived from a frequency, wherein the frequency is the time derivative of the quasiperiodic data stream and wherein the output data stream comprises the biophysiological feature, and
mask the output data stream while a sensor motion fault is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,478,127

APPARATUSES, METHODS, PROCESSES, AND SYSTEMS RELATED TO SIGNIFICANT DETRIMENTAL CHANGES IN HEALTH PARAMETERS AND ACTIVATING LIFESAVING MEASURES

Sherlock Solutions, LLC, ...

54. A system comprising:a biometric apparatus including a biometric sensor wearable by a user and situationally calibratable based on a physically-measured value of said user measured by said system during a movement of said user, said biometric sensor configured to measure biometric data from said user and generate one or more processed signals based on said biometric data; and
at least one primary processor in communication with said biometric sensor, said at least one primary processor receiving said one or more processed signals, said at least one primary processor determining whether said user has experienced a physiological change based on one or more changes in at least one of a QRS complex or a Peak-Peak interval, said at least one primary processor determining whether said physiological change is a detrimental change or a not detrimental change based on a comparison of one or more health parameters generated based on said one or more processed signals, said at least one primary processor determining an action based on whether said physiological change is said detrimental change or said not detrimental change, said action including automatically notifying at least one of said user, an emergency medical system, or a remote device identifying whether said physiological change is said detrimental change or said not detrimental change.

US Pat. No. 10,478,124

PRESSURE SENSOR TO DETECT BODY SOUNDS

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A system, comprising:a pressure sensor configured to receive physiologic information from a patient; and
a control circuit, coupled to the pressure sensor, configured to receive information from the pressure sensor, and to control a state of the pressure sensor, wherein the control circuit is configured to:
detect pressure information from the patient using the physiologic information received by the pressure sensor in a first state; and
detect body sound information from the patient using the physiologic information received by the pressure sensor in a second state.

US Pat. No. 10,478,119

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRUG DOSAGE MEDICAMENT REGIME ADHERENCE MONITORING

1. A method for oral drug dosage medicament regime adherence monitoring comprising:creating an oral drug dosage medicament regime for a patient, the medicament regime having a plurality of medicament intervals for the oral consumption of a plurality of oral drugs,
loading the plurality of oral drugs into a cartridge of an oral drug dispensing device;
providing a patient wearable vital sign monitoring device for being worn by the patient,
associating the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device and the oral drug dispensing device with a patient profile, the patient profile being further associated with the oral drug dosage medicament regime, wherein, for at least one medicament interval, the method comprises:
alerting the patient of the medicament interval using at least one of the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device and the oral drug dispensing device;
obtaining first vital sign measurement data for the patient using the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device;
detecting the dispensing of an oral drug from the cartridge of the of oral drug dispensing device;
ascertaining the proximity of the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device and the oral drug dispensing device at substantially the same time as the detecting of the dispensing of the oral drug from the cartridge;
obtaining second vital sign measurement data for the patient post the dispensing using the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device, and
comparing the first and second vital sign measurement data to calculate a probability of the oral consumption of the oral drug.

US Pat. No. 10,478,114

BRAIN DYSFUNCTION ASSESSMENT METHOD, BRAIN DYSFUNCTION ASSESSMENT DEVICE, AND PROGRAM THEREOF

MAXELL, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A measurement method for cerebral dysfunction evaluation, the method comprising:providing a subject with a touch enabled computer, wherein the touch enabled computer includes one or more sensors that measure a position of a touch gesture by a first hand or a second hand of the subject;
acquiring, using the one or more sensors, a response time and position accuracy for a plurality of prescribed touch gestures performed by the subject, where the response time and the position accuracy for each of the plurality of prescribed touch gestures are acquired by:
displaying, using the display, a target with a known position on the display,
detecting, using the one or more sensors, a touch gesture performed in response to the displaying,
determining, by a processor of the touch enabled computer, the position of the touch gesture detected,
calculating, by the processor, an elapsed time from the displaying to the detecting as the response time, and
calculating, by the processor, a difference between the known position and the position of the touch gesture performed in response to the displaying as the position accuracy; and
generating evaluation data for cerebral dysfunction evaluation based on a correlation between the response time and the position accuracy for the plurality of prescribed touch gestures performed by the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,478,112

ENHANCING DIAGNOSIS OF DISORDER THROUGH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MOBILE HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES WITHOUT COMPROMISING ACCURACY

President and Fellows of ...

1. A computer-implemented method for evaluating an individual for a behavioral disorder, a developmental delay, or a neurological impairment; said method comprising:(a) displaying a plurality of questions relating to said behavioral disorder, said developmental delay, or said neurological impairment;
(b) receiving an input comprising a response to at least one of said plurality of questions;
(c) generating an output, based on said input, using a software module comprising a classifier trained with data from a plurality of individuals having said behavioral disorder, said developmental delay, or said neurological impairment;
wherein said output comprises an indication of whether said behavioral disorder, said developmental delay, or said neurological impairment is present in said individual; and
wherein said output has an accuracy of at least 90%.

US Pat. No. 10,478,108

ANALYTE MONITORING DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

1. A physiological monitoring system, comprising:an analyte sensor to generate signals corresponding to monitored analyte level in bodily fluid under a skin surface of a user;
a motion detector to monitor an activity level of the user corresponding to a completed exercise activity by the user;
a processor operatively coupled to the analyte sensor and the motion detector to determine a previously monitored variation in the analyte level monitored by the analyte sensor based on the monitored activity level of the user, to receive a user-determined bolus quantity, to enable a therapy device to deliver the user-determined bolus quantity, to determine that the determined previously monitored variation in the analyte level exceeds a predetermined threshold, and in response to the determined previously monitored variation in the analyte level exceeding the predetermined threshold, temporarily disable the therapy device from delivering the user-determined bolus quantity; and
a user interface in signal communication with the processor to output a warning of an impending hypoglycemic condition based on the determined previously monitored variation in the analyte level based on the monitored activity level of the user, the user interface configured to output the warning by at least displaying a therapy information relating to the user-determined bolus quantity and a prompt to receive a user input to confirm that the user-determined bolus quantity should be delivered, the therapy information and the prompt to receive the user input being overlaid on a real-time depiction of the analyte level;
wherein the processor is configured to, in response to the user input, re-enable the therapy device to deliver the user-determined bolus quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,107

NON-INVASIVE PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR COVER

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A method of providing a sensor cover for a noninvasive optical physiological sensor, the method comprising:providing a sensor cover comprising:
a first cover portion attachable to the sensor and configured to block at least a portion of light from one or more emitters of the sensor from being received by a detector of the sensor when the sensor is active; and
a second cover portion that protrudes from the sensor to facilitate removal of the sensor cover; and
removably attaching the sensor cover to the sensor,
wherein the sensor comprises:
the one or more emitters configured to emit light; and
the detector configured to receive at least some of the light emitted by the one or more emitters after the light has passed through a tissue site.

US Pat. No. 10,478,103

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING AND DISPLAYING PRE-EVENT AND POST-EVENT ANALYTE CONCENTRATION LEVELS

Ascensia Diabetes Care Ho...

1. A hand-held device for identifying and displaying event readings, the hand-held device comprising:a processor;
a memory coupled to the processor;
software stored in the memory and executable by the processor; and
a display coupled to the processor and operable to present a graphical user interface (GUI), wherein the processor executing the software is operable to:
receive at the hand-held device from a measurement device a first analyte concentration reading and a second analyte concentration reading, both readings associated with a first event;
calculate a numerical delta between the first analyte concentration reading and the second analyte concentration reading for the first event with the hand-held device; and
display on the display via the GUI a time graph including a representation of the first event occurring and the numerical delta associated with the first event, wherein the numerical delta is displayed proximate to the representation of the occurrence of the first event to facilitate immediate visual evaluation of a relative magnitude of the numerical delta and an association with the first event, both indicating a significance of the first event.

US Pat. No. 10,478,101

CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORING BASED ON REMOTE SENSING OF VARIATIONS OF PARAMETERS OF A SIC IMPLANTED ANTENNA

University of South Flori...

1. A passive sensing continuous glucose monitoring system for continuously monitoring a glucose level in a patient or subject, comprising:an external transmitting antenna that is configured to be positioned outside of a body of said patient or subject, said transmitting antenna transmitting a radiofrequency signal into said body of said patient or subject;
a passive internal antenna formed of silicon carbide and including an amorphous silicon carbide insulation, said internal antenna configured to be positioned subdermally in said patient or subject, said internal antenna receiving said radiofrequency signal from said transmitting antenna and configured to reflect said radiofrequency signal out of said body of said patient or subject, wherein a resonant frequency of said internal antenna varies as said blood glucose level in said patient or subject changes;
an external receiving antenna that is configured to be positioned outside of said body of said patient or subject, said receiving antenna receiving said reflected radiofrequency signal from said internal antenna,
wherein said external transmitting antenna and said external receiving antenna are disposed in proximity to each other, and said passive internal antenna is mounted directly towards said external transmitting antenna and said external receiving antenna;
one or more power sources for powering said external transmitting antenna and said external receiving antenna,
wherein said received radiofrequency signal is translated into a measure of said glucose level of said patient or subject;
a display for displaying said measure of said glucose level of said patient or subject.

US Pat. No. 10,478,099

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING AXIAL ORIENTATION AND LOCATION OF A USER'S WRIST

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A strap for a wearable device, the strap comprising:an inner side and an outer side;
a plurality of strap holders configured to attach to a first edge and a second edge of a wearable device body; and
a plurality of capacitance sensors located on the inner side of the strap, the plurality of capacitance sensors configured to sense one or more changes in capacitance due to one or more forces of a user's wrist causing one or more changes in capacitance coupling, the plurality of capacitance sensors configured to generate one or more capacitance signals indicative of the one or more changes in capacitance coupling,
wherein the plurality of capacitance sensors is arranged as a grid of drive lines and sense lines.

US Pat. No. 10,478,096

NEURAL EVENT DETECTION

Innovative Surgical Solut...

1. A neural monitoring system for detecting an artificially-induced mechanical response of a muscle to an electrical stimulus provided within an intracorporeal treatment area of a human subject at a stimulation frequency, the intracorporeal treatment area including a nerve that innervates the muscle, the neural monitoring system comprising:a non-invasive mechanical sensor configured to be placed in mechanical communication with the muscle and to generate a mechanomyography output signal corresponding to a sensed mechanical movement of the muscle; and
a processor in communication with the mechanical sensor and configured to:
receive the mechanomyography output signal from the mechanical sensor;
determine a frequency component of the mechanomyography output signal, wherein the frequency component has a peak magnitude relative to adjacent frequencies; and
provide an indication of an artificially-induced mechanical muscle response to a user if the determined frequency component is either equal to, or an integer multiple of the stimulation frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,478,094

KETONE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM CAPABLE OF DETERMINING CASUAL COMPONENTS OF A KETONE MEASUREMENT

Invoy Holdings, LLC, Ali...

1. A system, comprising:a breath analysis device, the breath analysis device comprising a breath input port that receives a breath sample of a user and a ketone sensor that generates a breath ketone measurement representing a ketone level in the breath sample, the breath analysis device further comprising a wireless transceiver;
a data processing system comprising one or more processors and a wireless transceiver, the data processing system configured to communicate wirelessly with the breath analysis device and to receive from the breath analysis device a data value representing the breath ketone measurement, the data processing system comprising a user interface that prompts the user to supply, in association with breath sample, data regarding ingestion by the user of a confounding substance, including data regarding ingestion by the user of excess dietary fat;
wherein the data processing system is configured to generate, based on the data regarding ingestion by the user of a confounding substance, an estimate of a portion of the breath ketone measurement that is attributable to metabolism of stored fat, and is programmed to generate, and display in the user interface, a breakdown of the breath ketone measurement into at least a portion caused by metabolism of stored fat and a portion not caused by metabolism of stored fat, wherein the breakdown further indicates, for the portion not caused by metabolism of stored fat, how much is attributable to consumption of excess dietary fat.

US Pat. No. 10,478,087

OPEN BORE FIELD FREE LINE MAGNETIC PARTICLE IMAGING SYSTEM

ASELSAN ELEKTRONIK SANAYI...

1. An open bore coil system for enabling electronic steering and rotation of a Field Free Line (FFL) inside a volume, comprising:a first coil group (1), the first coil group (1) comprising a first coil (1a), a second coil (1b), a third coil (1c), and a fourth coil (1d), the first coil (1a), the second coil (1b), the third coil (1c), and the fourth coil (1d) being fed with respective first current (I1a), second current (I1b), third current (I1c), and fourth current (I1d); and
a second coil group (2), the second coil group (2) comprising a first coil (2a), a second coil (2b), a third coil (2c), and a fourth coil (2d), the first coil (2a), the second coil (2b), the third coil (2c), and the fourth coil (2d) being fed with respective first current (I2a), second current (I2b), third current (I2c), and fourth current (I2d),
wherein the coils in the respective first coil group (1) and second coil group (2) are located as coil pairs placed side by side and fed with alternating current directions,
wherein the first coil (1a) and the second coil (1b) of the first coil group (1) form a first coil pair (1a-1b), the first coil pair (1a-1b) being fed with the same current direction, thereby generating a magnetic field in a first z-direction (6), the first z-direction (6) being selected from the group consisting of +z and ?z,
wherein the third coil (1c) and the fourth coil (1d) of the first coil group (1) form a second coil pair (1c-1d), the second coil pair (1c-1d) being fed with an opposite current direction with respect to the first coil (1a) and the second coil (1b) of the first coil group (1), thereby generating a magnetic field in a second z-direction (7) selected from the group consisting of +z and ?z, the second z-direction (7) being the opposite direction of the first z-direction (6), wherein if the first z-direction (6) is +z, then the second z-direction (7) is ?z, and if the first z-direction (6) is ?z, then the second z direction (7) is +z,
wherein the x component (3) and the y component (4) of the magnetic field vanish on a planar or non-planar surface between a top coil pair (1a-1c), the top coil pair (1a-1c) comprising first coil (1a) and third coil (1c) and a bottom coil pair, the bottom coil pair (1b-1d) comprising second coil (1b) and fourth coil (1d),
wherein the z-axis component of the magnetic field vanishes on a planar or non-planar surface between the first coil pairs (1a-1b) and the second coil pair (1c-1d), and
wherein the second coil group (2) is rotated around the z-axis with respect to the first coil group (1) at a rotation angle of theta degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,478,082

FILM-TYPE BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL MEASURING APPARATUS, BLOOD PRESSURE MEASURING APPARATUS USING THE SAME, CARDIOPULMONARY FITNESS ESTIMATING APPARATUS, AND PERSONAL AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS

1. A film-type biomedical signal measuring apparatus comprising:a film-type piezoelectric element;
a plurality of metallic thin film electrodes formed on the piezoelectric element;
a first circuit unit for measuring a biomedical evoked potential from at least two of the plurality of metallic thin film electrodes; and
a second circuit unit for measuring a biomedical evoked vibration signal from at least two of the plurality of metallic thin film electrodes,
wherein the plurality of metallic thin film electrodes comprises two or more first metallic thin film electrodes formed on an attachment surface of the piezoelectric element so as not to be electrically connected to each other, and a second metallic thin film electrode formed on an opposite surface of the piezoelectric element,
wherein the first circuit unit is formed on the opposite surface of the piezoelectric element so as to be electrically connected to at least two first metallic thin film electrode among the first metallic thin film electrodes, and
wherein the second circuit unit is formed on the opposite surface of the piezoelectric element so as to be electrically connected to at least one first metallic thin film electrode among the first metallic thin film electrodes and the second metallic thin film electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,080

ARRAY PHYSIOLOGICAL DETECTION SYSTEM AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. An array physiological detection system, arranged in a wearable electronic device, and configured to detect a change of skin microcirculation, the array physiological detection system comprising:a light source configured to be arranged facing a skin area of a user to irradiate a light on the skin area, wherein the light penetrates a surface of the skin area and reaches a dermis of the skin area;
a photosensitive array including a plurality of photosensitive pixels arranged in an array and configured to be arranged facing the skin area of the user, wherein each of the plurality of photosensitive pixels is configured to output a plurality of brightness signals as a photoplethysmography signal by continuously detecting an outgoing light that emits outwardly from the dermis of the skin area; and
a processing unit connecting to the photosensitive array to receive the photoplethysmography signals and configured to
convert the photoplethysmography signals of the plurality of photosensitive pixels respectively into a plurality of frequency domain data, each of the photosensitive pixels in the array having an energy value associated with a selected frequency of the corresponding frequency domain data,
calculate a variation value, which is a sum of energy differences between the energy of every photosensitive pixel in the array and the average value, and an average value of the energy values of the plurality of frequency domain data,
identify different microcirculation states according to a change of the variation value and a change of the average value, and
notify the user of the identified microcirculation states through the wearable electronic device using images or sound.

US Pat. No. 10,478,079

PULSE ESTIMATION DEVICE, PULSE ESTIMATION SYSTEM, AND PULSE ESTIMATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A pulse estimation device that estimates a pulse of a subject from information obtained without contact with the subject, the pulse estimation device comprising:a processor;
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including:
inputting time-sequential captured images including at least a portion of the subject as an object from a camera;
extracting a skin-color region from each of the captured images;
transmitting a zoom command to the camera that has imaged the captured images or a user of the camera in order to adjust a size of the skin-color region; and
estimating the pulse of the subject based on the skin-color region of the captured images obtained by imaging with the camera, after the zoom command is transmitted,
wherein the operations further include estimating the pulse of the subject based on the captured images before the zoom command is transmitted, and determining whether or not the estimated pulse is stable, and
in a case where the estimated pulse is not stable, transmitting the zoom command.

US Pat. No. 10,478,077

BLOOD PRESSURE METER

OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd...

1. A blood pressure meter configured to be wrapped around a measurement area having pulsatile properties, the blood pressure meter comprising:a strip-shaped belt that includes a fluid bladder to which a fluid is supplied, wherein the belt is configured to be wrapped around the measurement area;
a main body that is provided on an outer surface side of the belt;
a display device disposed on an outside of the main body;
a pump that is provided inside the main body, and is capable of supplying the fluid to the fluid bladder;
a first fluid path that feeds the fluid from the pump to the fluid bladder or discharges the fluid from the fluid bladder;
a pressure sensor that is incorporated in a sensor package and mounted on a first PCB disposed inside the main body, and is capable of detecting the pressure in the fluid bladder; and
a second fluid path that introduces the fluid from the fluid bladder to the pressure sensor,
wherein the second fluid path includes an inlet pipe that is integrally formed with the sensor package as a circumferential wall of the second fluid path, and extends straight between the fluid bladder and the pressure sensor,
wherein a second PCB, on which a blood pressure measurement device is mounted, is disposed in a space that is located between the first PCB and the fluid bladder in a thickness direction and is adjacent to the second fluid path in a planar direction perpendicular to the thickness direction,
wherein the pressure sensor on the first PCB is electrically connected to the blood pressure measurement device on the second PCB, and
wherein the second PCB is disposed within the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,075

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING BODILY FUNCTION MEASUREMENTS USING A MOBILE DEVICE

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A mobile device for obtaining at least one bodily function measurement, comprising:an outer body sized to be portable for a user;
a processor contained within the outer body;
a plurality of sensors physically coupled to the outer body for obtaining data accessible by the processor; and
a multifunctional surface;
wherein a first sensor of the plurality of sensors is configured to obtain a photoplethysmography (PPG) measurement;
wherein a second sensor of the plurality of sensors is configured to obtain an electrocardiography (ECG) measurement; and
wherein the multifunctional surface comprises at least one of the first or second sensors and wherein the multifunctional surface is configured to, responsive to a contact with the multifunctional surface, (i) cause the first sensor to obtain the PPG measurement, and (ii) transmit a user input signal to the processor;
wherein the second sensor is configured to obtain the ECG measurement in response to the contact; and
wherein the processor is configured to facilitate generation of a blood pressure measurement based on the PPG measurement and the ECG measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,478,072

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR CHARACTERIZING AN OBJECT

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A system for determining at least one characteristic of at least one anatomical structure, comprising:a first arrangement configured to forward at least one electromagnetic radiation having a time-varying intensity to the at least one anatomical structure and a further anatomical structure;
a detector second arrangement configured to detect at least one acoustic signal provided from each of the at least one anatomical structure and the further anatomical structure in response to the at least one electromagnetic radiation impacting the structures; and
a processing hardware third arrangement configured to (i) obtain calibration data from the acoustic signal from the further anatomical structure, based on at least one property of thereof; and (ii) determine the at least one characteristic of the at least one anatomical structure using the calibration data and the acoustic signal from the at least one anatomical structure;
wherein the at least one anatomical structure includes at least one of a pulmonary artery or a vein, and the further anatomical structure includes at least one of an aorta or an artery.

US Pat. No. 10,478,069

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING TIME OF OCCURRENCE OF INFARCT ON BASIS OF BRAIN IMAGE

THE ASAN FOUNDATION, Seo...

1. A method for estimating an onset time of an infarct region based on brain images, the method comprising:obtaining brain images;
extracting from the infarct region included in the brain images a set of quantitative values that vary according to the onset time of the infarct region; and
having the set of quantitative values correspond to the onset time of the infarct region by applying a corresponding relation prepared therefor,
wherein the corresponding relation is prepared using a classifier that classifies the set of quantitative values by the onset time of the infarct region.

US Pat. No. 10,478,068

CAMERA DEVICE HAVING A PARABOLIC MIRROR SET BETWEEN DUAL CAMERAS AND METHOD FOR SHOOTING LIGHT HAVING AT LEAST TWO WAVELENGTH BANDS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A camera device comprising:a first camera containing a first lens for receiving light having a first wavelength band;
a second camera including a second lens for receiving light having a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band, the second lens being disposed facing the first lens of the first camera; and
a parabolic mirror set between the first lens and the second lens, able to let the light having the first wavelength band penetrate therethrough, and at the same time, reflect the light having the second wavelength band,
wherein, the first camera is a non-fisheye camera; the first lens of the first camera is a non-fisheye lens; the second camera and the parabolic mirror form a catadioptric camera; and an aperture stop of the non-fisheye lens coincides with a focal point of the parabolic mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,478,066

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF CRAVINGS IN INDIVIDUALS WITH ADDICTION

19. A method for detecting drug craving of an individual subject, comprising:the individual subject undergoing a period of supervision wearing physiological sensors, the physiological sensors configured to measure training motion of the individual subject in three dimensions, training Electrodermal Response (EDR), and training temperature;
recording training windows of training motion data in the three dimension, training EDR data, and training temperature data by sensing the training motion, the training EDR, and the training temperature of the individual subject during a period of no drug use;
generating training mean and variance of the training windows of the training motion data, training EDR data, and training temperature data during the period of no drug use;
transforming the three dimensional training motion data in the training windows into training amplitude data;
creating training histogram data of the training amplitude data;
fitting a training curve to the training histogram data;
determining training shape and scale from the training curve;
applying a machine learning to the training mean and variance and training shape and scale determining classification rules during the period of no drug use;
recording monitoring windows of monitoring motion data in the three dimension, monitoring EDR data, and monitoring temperature data by sensing the monitoring motion, the monitoring EDR, and the monitoring temperature of the individual subject during a period of no drug use;
generating monitoring mean and variance of the monitoring windows of the monitoring motion data, monitoring EDR data, and monitoring temperature data during the period of no drug use;
transforming the three dimensional monitoring motion data in the monitoring windows into monitoring amplitude data;
creating monitoring histogram data of the monitoring amplitude data;
fitting a monitoring curve to the monitoring histogram data;
determining monitoring shape and scale from the monitoring curve;
comparing the monitoring mean and variance and monitored shape and scale during the period of monitoring to the classification rules; and
providing a warning of a condition selected from the group consisting of stress, drug cravings, and drug use when the comparison indicates the presence of the condition.

US Pat. No. 10,478,064

DEVICE FOR DETERMINING AN INTRAOCULAR PRESSURE OF AN EYE

INGENEUS PTY LTD., Mt. W...

1. A device for determining an intraocular pressure of an eye of a patient comprising:(a) a housing;
(b) a plunger axially movable within the housing, a first end of the plunger having a tip for contacting the eye;
(c) an indicator arm operatively connected to a second end of the plunger;
(d) a measurement gauge for indicating the intraocular pressure of the eye;
(e) a resilient biasing member having a first end coupled to the indicator arm for biasing the plunger towards an extended position in which the plunger tip protrudes beyond the housing and the indicator arm is biased towards a first position on the measurement gauge; and
(f) a counterbalance for balancing the indicator arm about a pivot such that the device can be used to determine the intraocular pressure of the eye when the plunger is contacting the eye from multiple angles;
wherein applying pressure to the eye via the plunger tip causes the intraocular pressure of the eye to exert an opposing force on the plunger tip causing the plunger to retract into the housing to cause a reciprocal movement of the indicator arm towards a second position thereby indicating the intraocular pressure of the eye on the measurement gauge; and
wherein the gauge and indicator arm are comprised within the housing;
wherein the indicator arm pivots in a plane parallel to the longitudinal axis of housing when pressure is applied to the eye via the plunger tip and the indicator is moving from the first position towards the second position; and
wherein the indicator arm, resilient biasing member, and counterbalance are integrated into a single piece.

US Pat. No. 10,478,063

MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a subject's eyelid position, comprising:a lighting device configured to irradiate band-like linear light extending across the subject's upper to lower eyelids;
an imaging device having an optical axis on a plane for which a plane including an extending bundle of rays of the light is rotated by a predetermined angle around an axis along a direction in which the band-like linear light extends across the subject's upper and lower eyelids; and
at least one processor having instructions stored in a non-transitory memory device, that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the measurement apparatus to perform operations comprising:
obtaining height information indicating a height in the direction of irradiation of the light, based on a position of an optical image in an image imaged by the imaging device, and
measuring the eyelid position based on the height information,
wherein the height information is obtained based on the position of an optical image in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the optical image extends,
wherein the imaging device is configured to capture the image including a first scattered light image of the subject's eyelid and a second scattered light image of the subject's sclera, and
the at least one processor causes the measurement apparatus to obtain height information indicating a height in the direction of irradiation of the light, based on a horizontal shift amount between a position of the first scattered light image and a position of the second scattered light image in the direction perpendicular to the direction in which the optical image extends.

US Pat. No. 10,478,062

OPTOMETRY APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MEASURING PARA-CENTRAL DEFOCUS

SUZHOU SEEHITECH EQUIPMEN...

1. An optometry apparatus capable of measuring para-central defocus, comprising a first light source emitting a first light beam, wherein, the optometry apparatus further comprises a diaphragm, a first lens group, a beam splitter, a third lens group, a fourth lens group, a first photoelectric detector, a fixation vision module enabling an eyeball of a subject in a relaxed state, and a scanning module for changing a position of a light spot formed on the retina by the first light beam;wherein, the first light source, the diaphragm, the first lens group, the beam splitter, the third lens group, the fourth lens group and the first photoelectric detector form a diopter measurement module;
the fixation vision module comprises a second dichroic mirror totally transmitting visible light and totally reflecting the first light beam;
the scanning module comprises a first reflecting mirror and a second reflecting mirror which are rotatably positioned in sequence in an emergent optical path of the first light source, the rotation axis of the first reflecting mirror and the rotation axis of the second reflecting mirror form therebetween an angle greater than 0 degree and less than 180 degrees;
the diaphragm, the first reflecting mirror, the first lens group, the second reflecting mirror, the beam splitter and the second dichroic mirror are disposed in the emergent light path of the first light source successively, the third lens group, the fourth lens group and the first photoelectric detector are disposed in a reflected light path of the beam splitter successively.

US Pat. No. 10,478,061

RETINOSCOPY PADDLE WITH INTEGRATED AXIS COMPASS OR ADAPTER, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

GOODLITE CO., Elgin, IL ...

1. A retinoscopy paddle comprising:an elongated paddle member having
a front surface opposite a rear surface;
plural openings extending through the paddle member from the front surface to the rear surface;
plural lenses received in the paddle member in respective, corresponding openings; and
an axis compass disposed adjacent a first end of the paddle member and including indicia on at least one of the front and rear surfaces of the paddle member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,057

TESTING APPARATUS AND TESTING METHOD

CHUKYO MEDICAL CO., INC.,...

1. A testing apparatus comprising:a display means that displays, in a background, a visual target varying in size and color for testing a color-related visual function of a subject, the visual target and the background being displayed such that a luminance of the background has a substantially same numerical value in luminance of the visual target;
a display control means that causes, in a state in which the subject is caused to gaze at a predefined point on the display means, the display means to display the visual target, while changing a size of the visual target, such that a threshold that is a size of the visual target that determines whether or not the subject can perceive the visual target is obtained in a peripheral region of a visual field center or at the visual field center; and
a obtaining means for obtaining at least one of the threshold in the size of the visual target that determines whether or not the subject can perceive the visual target as displayed in one of a predetermined set of colors over the background whose luminance value is substantially the same as the luminance of the visual target.

US Pat. No. 10,478,055

MULTI-PORT CAP FOR REAGENT CONTAINER

ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING ...

1. A medical device processor comprising:(a) an enclosure for holding a medical device;
(b) a liquid distribution system configured to deliver a disinfectant solution to a medical device within the enclosure, the liquid distribution system comprising a liquid outlet; and
(c) a disinfectant concentration measuring subsystem comprising:
(i) a first mixing chamber in fluid communication with the liquid outlet,
(ii) a reservoir configured to contain a reagent solution, wherein the reservoir is in fluid communication with the first mixing chamber,
(iii) a reservoir cap configured to couple with the reservoir, wherein the reservoir cap comprises:
(A) a static member defining a first fluid channel and a second fluid channel,
(B) a supply conduit in fluid commination with the first fluid channel,
(C) a return conduit in fluid communication with the second fluid channel, and
(D) a rotating member configured to rotate relative to the static member such that the supply conduit and the return conduit do not twist relative to the static member, wherein rotation of the rotating member relative to the static member is configured to couple the reservoir cap with the reservoir; and
(iv) a pump assembly that is configured to simultaneously pump the disinfectant solution and the reagent solution into the first mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,054

ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE WITH VISUALIZATION CAPABILITIES AND A LARYNGEAL MASK

1. A method for intubation of a patient comprising:positioning a laryngeal mask airway (LMA) in the patient, the LMA comprising a tube connected at a distal end thereof to a mask portion;
positioning an endotracheal tube in the LMA, the endotracheal tube sized and configured to pass through the tube of the LMA and comprising a visualization device at a distal end of the endotracheal tube, the visualization device structured to provide visual images of a distal space distal of the visualization device;
guiding the endotracheal tube through the LMA while visualizing the distal space;
prior to said guiding of said endotracheal tube through said LMA, connecting said visualization device to a display device; and
positioning the distal end of the endotracheal tube in the trachea of the patient; and
removing said LMA from the patient following said positioning while leaving said endotracheal tube positioned in the trachea.

US Pat. No. 10,478,053

ENDOSCOPE ILLUMINATION DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope illumination device, comprising:a light source that outputs primary light;
a light guide that includes a first end face from which the primary light is radiated, and guides the primary light;
a light converter that is disposed to face the first end face, includes a second end face that the primary light enters, converts part of the primary light into secondary light; and
a holder that holds the light guide and the light converter so that an incident angle of the secondary light that is radiated from a point of intersection of the second end face and an optical axis of the light guide on the first end face and enters the first end face is equal to or larger than an acceptance angle (NA) of the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,478,050

OPERATION DEVICE FOR INTO-BORE INTRODUCTION DEVICE, AND INTO-BORE INTRODUCTION DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:a longitudinally elongated insertion section having a bending portion;
a grasping section connected to a proximal end of the insertion section, the grasping section adapted to be grasped by a hand of an operator for controlling the insertion section; and
a bending operation knob (1) having a rotational axis and being rotatably connected to a second surface of the grasping section, the rotational axis being transverse to the second surface, (2) comprising a plurality of protrusions protruding radially with respect to the rotational axis, (3) adapted to bend the bending portion of the insertion section, and (4) configured to be engaged by a thumb or one of fingers of the hand of the operator; wherein:
the grasping section includes a third surface adjacent and transverse to the second surface;
the third surface includes a projection (1) extending (a) outwardly from a portion of the third surface and (b) in a first direction transverse from the rotational axis of the bending operation knob and (2) forming a projection surface at its periphery in the first direction between an outer face of the projection and the portion of the third surface; and
the projection surface includes a curved section that (1) extends between a first section of the projection surface facing the insertion section and a second section of the projection surface facing the bending operation knob, (2) is configured to be contacted by the one of the fingers of the hand of the operator grasping the grasping section, and (3) has a curvature radius larger than a curvature radius of another curved section between the first section and a fourth surface of the grasping section.

US Pat. No. 10,478,049

ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:a distal end rigid portion provided at a distal end of an insertion section, and including a through hole penetrating from inside to outside;
an elongated image pickup section provided inside the insertion section, a distal end of the image pickup section being fixed in a state of being inserted in the through hole;
a light guide fiber bundle provided inside the insertion section, and including distal end molded portions each having a distal end molded to have an outer shape that is specified in advance in relation to another component inside the insertion section, the distal end molded portions being inserted and fixed in the through hole, the light guide fiber bundle being formed as one bundle from a proximal end portion to a predetermined branched portion on a distal end side, and formed by being branched into a plurality of bundles on a distal end side with respect to the predetermined branched portion;
a plurality of first cover tubes made of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, and respectively covering the plurality of bundles from the distal end molded portions to the predetermined branched portion; and
one second cover tube of a material other than the expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, covering the one bundle from the predetermined branched portion to the proximal end portion,
wherein the plurality of bundles of the light guide fiber bundle formed on the distal end side with respect to the predetermined branched portion are disposed while being compressed by the image pickup section through the first cover tubes in such a way that minor axes are 90% or less of a diameter of a case where each bundle of the plurality of bundles is formed to have a circular cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,478,046

ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope, comprising:an insertion section;
a conduit provided inside the insertion section;
a tubular pipe sleeve of a treatment instrument insertion port that is provided in an operation section, the operation section being provided on a proximal end side of the insertion section;
a bent conduit having a bend with a radius such that the conduit communicates with the pipe sleeve; and
a forceps plug that is detachable from the pipe sleeve and includes an opening and a lid,
wherein in a state where the forceps plug is attached to the pipe sleeve, the opening having a center axis offset from a center axis of the pipe sleeve such that the center axis of the opening is eccentric with respect to the center axis of the pipe sleeve in a direction extending outward in a radial direction of the bend in the bent conduit; and
the lid being detachably disposed over the opening and comprising a slit piercing through the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,478,045

FLEXIBLE TUBE FOR AN ENDOSCOPE, ADHESIVE FOR AN ENDOSCOPE, ENDOSCOPE-TYPE MEDICAL DEVICE, AS WELL AS METHOD OF PRODUCING A FLEXIBLE TUBE FOR AN ENDOSCOPE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING AN ENDOSCOPE-TYPE MEDICAL DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A flexible tube for an endoscope, comprising:a tubular flexible tube substrate material having a flexibility; and
a resin layer covering the flexible tube substrate material,
wherein the resin layer is adhered to the flexible tube substrate material with an adhesive hardened,
wherein the adhesive hardened contains an ester-based polyurethane resin, which is a hardened resin of an adhesive for an endoscope,
wherein the adhesive for an endoscope contains an ester-based urethane polymer having a structure represented by the following Formula (1):

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an alkylthio group, an aryl group, or a halogen atom; n1 and n2 each independently represent an integer of 0 to 4; X represents —C(Ra)(Rb)—, —O—, —S—, —SO2—, —C(?O)—, or —N(Rc)—; Ra and Rb each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an aryl group; Rc represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group; and Ra and Rb may be bonded to each other to form a ring, and
wherein a surface material of the flexible tube substrate material is an aramid fiber, and
wherein an equivalent ratio of an urethane segment with respect to a total of an urethane segment equivalent and an ester segment equivalent in the ester-based urethane polymer having a structure represented by the Formula (1) is at least 2% and less than 50%.

US Pat. No. 10,478,044

TREATMENT INSTRUMENT FOR ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A treatment instrument for an endoscope used in combination with an endoscope, the treatment instrument comprising:a sheath having flexibility;
a treatment section disposed at a distal end of the sheath; and
a manipulation unit disposed at a proximal end of the sheath and configured to manipulate the treatment section,
wherein the sheath comprises:
a sheath main body having a lumen extending along a longitudinal axis of the sheath;
a transition section comprising an opening in communication with the lumen, the opening located at an intermediate section of the sheath main body;
a metal member fitted onto a distal portion of the sheath main body and the metal member covering a circumference of the sheath main body; and
a wire, wherein the wire extends through the lumen of the sheath main body, wherein a distal end of the wire is protruded from the opening of the transition section and the distal end of the wire is fixed to a proximal end portion of the metal member, and the wire configured to transmit rotational movement of a proximal end of the wire to the metal member; and
wherein the sheath main body comprises a first tube and a second tube, the second tube connected to a distal end of the first tube,
the first tube comprises the lumen and the opening,
the second tube is covered by the metal member,
the first tube has a first center,
the metal member has a second center, and
the first center is offset from the second center,
wherein the manipulation unit comprises:
a manipulation main body fixed to a proximal end of the sheath main body; and
a handle attached to a proximal end of the wire protruded from the manipulation main body and the handle being configured to input rotational torque to the wire,
wherein the wire comprises a plurality of individual wires, and
wherein the plurality of individual wires are only fixed to each other at each of a proximal end of the plurality of wires and a distal end of the plurality of wires.

US Pat. No. 10,478,035

CHARGING STAND FOR VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

16. The charging stand according to claim 1, wherein the pedal has a first end and a second end, and the first end of the pedal is pivotably connected to the body through a pivot shaft;an elastic resetting member is provided between the second end of the pedal and the body, and configured to normally push the pedal towards the first position;
wherein the pedal extends along a front-rear direction; the first end of the pedal is a rear end thereof, and the second end of the pedal is a front end thereof; and
wherein a side of the body adjacent to the second end of the pedal is provided with a position-limiting member, and the position-limiting member is located at a side of the pedal away from the elastic resetting member, wherein the elastic resetting member is configured as a spring.

US Pat. No. 10,478,033

CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a suction unit configured to guide air into the cleaner;
a suction motor that is configured to generate a suction force that suctions air into the cleaner through the suction unit;
a dust separation unit comprising:
a first cyclone unit configured to separate dust from air that is suctioned into the cleaner through the suction unit; and
a second cyclone unit comprising a plurality of cyclone bodies that are configured to secondarily separate dust from air that is discharged from the first cyclone unit;
a cleaner body that is configured to accommodate the suction motor, and that has a first opening that provides access to an interior of the cleaner body;
an exhaust filter that is configured to be detachably coupled to the cleaner body at the first opening of the cleaner body, the exhaust filter configured to receive and filter air that has passed through the suction motor;
a filter cover that is configured to cover the first opening of the cleaner body at which the exhaust filter is configured to be coupled;
a pre-filter that circumferentially surrounds at least part of the suction motor, and that is configured to filter air that was discharged from the second cyclone unit of the dust separation unit and before the air enters the suction motor; and
a dust container that is configured to store dust that is separated by the dust separation unit and that comprises a dust cover configured to cover a second opening of the dust container that provides access to an interior of the dust container,
wherein the second opening of the dust container and the first opening of the cleaner body are located on opposite sides of the dust separation unit, with an axis of a first cyclonic flow of the first cyclone unit configured to pass through the first opening and through the second opening, and
wherein, in a state in which the first opening is uncovered, the pre-filter is configured to be inserted through the first opening to surround at least part of the suction motor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,032

CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a suction unit configured to guide air into the cleaner;
a suction motor that is configured to drive a rotation of a rotary impeller via an impeller shaft to generate a suction force that suctions air into the cleaner through the suction unit, with the rotary impeller disposed at an upper end of the suction motor in a state in which the cleaner is oriented with the impeller shaft arranged longitudinally along a vertical direction;
a dust separation unit that is disposed below the suction motor in the state in which the cleaner is oriented with the impeller shaft arranged longitudinally along the vertical direction, the dust separation unit comprising:
a first cyclone unit that is configured to separate dust from the air that is suctioned into the cleaner; and
a second cyclone unit comprising a plurality of cyclone bodies that are configured to secondarily separate dust from air that is discharged from the first cyclone unit; and
a discharge cover comprising an exhaust filter that is configured to filter air that is discharged from the suction motor, wherein the discharge cover and the exhaust filter are disposed above the rotary impeller in the state in which the cleaner is oriented with the impeller shaft arranged longitudinally along the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,030

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectul Prop...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:(a) a surface cleaning head having a front end, a rear end, a dirt air inlet and a cleaning head air outlet;
(b) a rigid air flow conduit having a rigid wand inlet end having an air inlet in communicable with the cleaning head air outlet, a rigid wand outlet end and a longitudinally extending conduit axis, the rigid air flow conduit is moveably mountable to the surface cleaning head between an upright position and an in-use floor cleaning position in which the rigid air flow conduit extends at an angle to the vertical, the rigid wand outlet end having an air outlet and an outlet end electrical connector; and,
(c) a hand vacuum cleaner removably mountable to the rigid wand outlet end, the hand vacuum cleaner having a front end and a rear end, the hand vacuum cleaner comprising:
(i) a main body comprising a handle and a suction motor and fan assembly, the suction motor and fan assembly having a suction motor axis of rotation, the handle having a hand grip portion;
(ii) an air treatment member provided at the front end of the hand vacuum cleaner, the air treatment member having a central longitudinal axis and an air treatment chamber having a front wall;
(iii) a hand vacuum cleaner air inlet centrally positioned with respect to the air treatment chamber front wall and releasably connectable with the air outlet of the rigid wand; and,
(iv) a hand vacuum cleaner electrical connector provided on the front end of the air treatment member adjacent the hand vacuum cleaner air inlet, the hand vacuum cleaner electrical connector is releasably connectable with the outlet end electrical connector,
wherein, when the hand vacuum cleaner is mounted to the rigid wand outlet end, the longitudinally extending conduit axis extends in a same direction as the central longitudinal axis of rotation, and
wherein the hand grip portion has a hand grip portion axis that intersects the suction motor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,028

RECHARGEABLE VACUUM CLEANER ASSEMBLY

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. A rechargeable vacuum cleaner assembly, comprising:a rechargeable vacuum cleaner provided with a first magnetic member;
a charging stand provided with a second magnetic member, wherein the first magnetic member is configured to connect with the second magnetic member through magnetic attraction so as to position the rechargeable vacuum cleaner to the charging stand;
a pedal disposed on body of the charging stand and pivotable between a first position and a second position; and
a safety protection device disposed on body of the charging stand and normally engaged with the pedal, wherein when the safety protection device is toggled, the safety protection device is disengaged from the pedal to make the pedal move from the first position to the second position, wherein at least two safety protection devices are provided; the at least two safety protection devices are disposed on the body and spaced apart from each other; when the at least two safety protection devices are toggled, the at least two safety protection devices are disengaged from the pedal to make the pedal move from the first position to the second position;
wherein each safety protection device comprises:
a safety protection member disposed at a side face of the pedal and defining an fitting groove in which an edge of the pedal is fitted; and
a resetting member disposed between the safety protection member and the body, and configured to normally push the safety protection member towards a center of the pedal, wherein the safety protection member is pivotably connected to the body;
wherein the safety protection member has a first end and a second end, in which the fitting groove is defined in the second end of the safety protection member; when the first end of the safety protection member is toggled, the second end of the safety protection member moves away from the center of the pedal to disengage the edge of the pedal from the fitting groove;
wherein the first end of the safety protection member has a guide surface configured to toggle the first end of the safety protection member,
wherein the guide surface is constructed to extend obliquely towards the center of the pedal from up to down; and
wherein the guide surface is formed as an oblique plane or an oblique curved surface, extending obliquely towards the center of the pedal from up to down.

US Pat. No. 10,478,026

TOILET SPLASH GUARD APPARATUS WITH ENHANCED SANITATION

1. A splash guard apparatus for use in a bowl of a toilet to enhance sanitation, the splash guard apparatus disposed on water in the bowl of the toilet and configured to encapsulate solid waste and deflect fluid waste to minimize the transfer of contaminated water from exiting the bowl of the toilet, the splash guard apparatus comprising:a sheet assembly disposed on the water in the bowl of the toilet, the sheet assembly comprising an upper sheet and a lower sheet coupled together and configured to float on the water in the bowl, the upper sheet comprising a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface and a plurality of slits disposed therethrough, the plurality of slits in the upper sheet of the sheet assembly being oriented parallel to each other, the lower sheet comprising a two-ply sheet coupled to the bottom surface of the upper sheet and in contact with the water in the bowl of the toilet, the lower sheet extending directly beneath the plurality of slits in the upper sheet;
wherein the lower sheet of the sheet assembly comprises a top surface with a first surface area and the top surface of the upper sheet comprises a second surface area, wherein the second surface area is greater than the first surface area, wherein the plurality of slits in the upper sheet of the sheet assembly is configured to deflect any fluid waste disposed thereon within the bowl of the toilet to minimize the contaminated water in the bowl from exiting the toilet, wherein the sheet assembly in the bowl is configured to encapsulate the solid waste disposed on the upper sheet, thereby minimizing splashes of the contaminated water from exiting the bowl of the toilet, wherein the sheet assembly is configured to permit the fluid waste disposed on the plurality of slits in the upper sheet to pass therethrough and generate bubbles between the upper and lower sheets, thereby enhancing flotation of the sheet assembly on the water in the bowl of the toilet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,023

FOLDED TOWEL DISPENSER WITH OVERFILL PREVENTION

Solaris Paper, Inc., Alp...

1. A dispenser for dispensing a preset amount of stacked sheets, comprising:a front cover moveably coupled with a housing back,
wherein the front cover and housing back define an interior storage space for storing the preset amount of stacked sheets,
wherein the front cover is configured to move between an open position and a closed position,
wherein the front cover and the housing back are pivotably coupled at a hinge,
wherein moving between the open position and the closed position comprises the front cover pivoting at the hinge,
wherein front cover has two opposing sides that at least partially overlap with two opposing sides of the housing back to define an overlapping area when the front cover is in the closed position,
wherein the hinge is disposed in the overlapping area,
wherein a top surface of the front cover covers a top surface of the housing back when the front cover is in the closed position, and
wherein the top surface of the front cover extends from a front surface of the dispenser to a rear surface of the dispenser when the front cover is in the closed position;
at least one dispensing opening disposed on the housing back for dispensing at least one of the stacked sheets;
a stacking surface for stacking the preset amount of stacked sheets;
an overfill prevention protrusion fixedly disposed from the housing back and extending into the interior storage space, the overfill prevention protrusion having a bottom surface;
a wall disposed between the overfill prevention protrusion and the stacking surface, wherein the wall intersects with the stacking surface to form a first angle and the wall intersects with the bottom surface of the overfill prevention protrusion to form an obtuse angle; and
wherein the overfill prevention protrusion remains at a fixed position and the bottom surface extends into the interior storage space in an amount sufficient to displace one or more stacked sheets exceeding the preset amount such that the one or more stacked sheets exceeding the preset amount physically obstruct the front cover from moving to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,020

SOAP AND WATER DISPENSER FOR A TOILET STALL

1. A touchless soap and water dispenser for a toilet stall, comprising:an internal pair of reservoirs which include a refillable water mister reservoir and a refillable or replaceable soap foam reservoir connected to respective nozzles which extend and protrude from a surface on which the pair of reservoirs are positioned;
a cover that includes a front portion and a rear portion that encapsulate the internal pair of reservoirs in a closed position, the cover having an opening through which at least a portion of the surface associated with the pair of reservoirs is exposed and which further exposes the nozzles that protrude from the surface, the opening extending between the front and rear portions of the cover and on a bottom of the cover, and wherein the front and rear portions of the cover open and close by rotating about a hinge;
a sliding door that is attached to the cover and which is positioned adjacent to the surface associated with the reservoirs, the sliding door moves in a back and forth motion that protects or exposes the nozzles depending on the sliding door's positioning; and
one or more infrared sensors provided in an array around the nozzles which detect approaching and stopping of a hand to dispense soap or water using battery-powered servomotors, and wherein responsive to the hand or other object approaching within a detectable distance to the one or more infrared sensors, the sliding door is activated which covers the recess to protect the nozzles from vandalism or sabotage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,017

COOKING APPARATUS UTILIZING GASEOUS FUEL

Rankam (China) Manufactur...

1. A cooking apparatus comprising:a plurality of chamber walls defining a chamber, the chamber including a plurality of chamber corners, a chamber bottom end, and a chamber top end; and
a gas burner including a burner tube located nearer the chamber bottom end than the chamber top end, the burner tube including:
a plurality of tube runs, each tube run including a run length extending substantially parallel with a respective chamber wall, each tube run including a continuous closed wall section along a majority of the run length such that the tube run has no holes anywhere in the tube run along the majority of the run length; and
a plurality of tube bends, each tube bend disposed between two respective tube runs and including a porous wall section of the burner tube.

US Pat. No. 10,478,015

SELF-HEATING ASSEMBLY WITH DISTRIBUTED REACTANT

Tempra Technology, Inc., ...

1. A self-heating assembly comprising:a product container for holding a product to be heated;
a heater container coupled to the product container;
a reaction space between the product container and the heater container;
an open cell foam support structure in the reaction space;
a granular second reactant distributed throughout the open cell foam support structure;
a liquid first reactant in the reaction space; and
a frangible membrane in the reaction space configured so that, when intact, it separates the liquid first reactant from the open cell foam support structure and from the granular second reactant,
wherein the liquid first reactant and the granular second reactant are adapted to exothermically react upon contact with one another,
wherein the open cell foam support structure is permeable to the liquid first reactant and is configured to support and substantially maintain the distribution of the granular second reactant throughout the open cell foam support structure before and during the exothermic chemical reaction, and
wherein individual granules of the second granular material have grain sizes that result in the individual granules being supported atop the open cell foam support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,013

COOKING APPLIANCE COMPRISING A LID EQUIPPED WITH A TUBE FOR ADDING FOOD

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A Cooking appliance comprising a lid that closes, in a removable manner, a working container receiving a tool spun by a motor, the lid having a body equipped with a tube for adding food, the tube arranged in an off-center manner on the lid, the lid comprising a locking ring that can move by spinning on said body, and the locking ring can be in a closed position in which the locking ring holds the lid in a closed position on the working container, or an open position in which the lid can be lifted off of the working container, wherein the appliance comprises a drive hub with a lower end that mates, in a removable manner, with a driver arranged in the bottom of the working container and an upper end supporting a vegetable slicing disc, the body of the lid comprising a waste-prevention ring that comes to an edge of the vegetable slicing disc when the lid is in the closed position,wherein the waste prevention ring rises from a lower surface of a bottom wall of the lid and has a smaller diameter than a diameter of an interior skirt extending beneath an upper surface of the lid, and
wherein the interior skirt comprises a peripheral groove receiving an airtight gasket with a lip that comes to rest on one upper edge of the working container when the lid closes the working container.

US Pat. No. 10,478,012

METHOD OF MAKING A PLURALITY OF BONDED BLANK ASSEMBLIES

All-Clad Metalcrafters LL...

1. A method of making a plurality of bonded composite blank assemblies for the manufacture of cookware, comprising the steps of:(a) providing at least two blank assemblies for bonding, wherein each blank assembly comprises three discs of planar materials which are of stainless steel, aluminum and stainless steel, and a perforated template having a plurality of holes formed therein, said perforated template positioned on an outer surface of a stainless steel disc of each blank assembly;
(b) placing the at least two blank assemblies into a pressing fixture wherein each of the assemblies has a separation disc placed between adjacent assemblies to prevent bonding between adjacent assemblies;
(c) exerting an axial force on the assemblies by way of the pressing fixture;
(d) heating the assemblies while under pressure at a sufficient temperature and time to achieve a desired level of bonding between each of the discs in each of the blank assemblies;
(e) forming a plurality of spaced-apart bubbles along a surface of one of the stainless steel discs of each blank assembly during steps (c) and (d), wherein the bonding between the bubbles and the second disc is of a lesser degree than the bonding between the stainless steel and aluminum in areas intermediate said bubbles, whereby a coefficient of heat conductivity is greater in said intermediate areas than in said bubbles in each of the bonded blank assemblies;
(f) cooling the assemblies and removing each bonded assembly from the pressing fixture;
(g) separating each bonded blank assembly from an adjacent bonded blank assembly; and
(h) forming an item of cookware from each bonded blank assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,011

METHOD FOR PREPARING A FRESH BREWED COLD COFFEE BEVERAGE AND COFFEE MACHINE FOR CONDUCTING SUCH METHOD

1. A method for preparing a fresh brewed cold coffee beverage having a target temperature, comprising the steps of:a. filling a brewing means with a predetermined quantity of coffee powder;
b. brewing a coffee beverage having a temperature in excess of the target temperature by pushing a first stream of water and/or steam having a temperature in excess of the target temperature through said predetermined quantity of coffee powder in said brewing means;
c. reducing a temperature of said coffee beverage to a temperature at or above said target temperature by bringing a first stream of said coffee beverage having a temperature in excess of the target temperature in thermal contact with a first stream of water having a temperature sufficiently below said target temperature such that a heat exchange between said first stream of coffee beverage and said first stream of water reduces the temperature of said first stream of coffee beverage to said temperature at or above said target temperature, said first stream of coffee beverage and said first stream of water running through at least one heat exchanger; and
d. dispensing a fresh brewed coffee beverage at said temperature at or above said target temperature at a coffee outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,010

CODE ARRANGEMENT AND CONTAINER OF SYSTEM FOR PREPARING A BEVERAGE OR FOODSTUFF

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A method of encoding preparation information, the method comprising:forming a plurality of separate codes on:
a container for a beverage or foodstuff preparation machine, the container for containing beverage or foodstuff material; or
an attachment for attachment to said container or a beverage of foodstuff preparation machine; and
whereby each code at least partially encodes a distinct phase of a preparation process.

US Pat. No. 10,478,008

MACHINE FOR PREPARING BEVERAGES COMPRISING AN OPENING DISPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR PREPARING A BEVERAGE WITH ANTICIPATED OPENING

1. A beverage preparation machine (1) adapted for preparing beverages from single doses of at least one edible substance provided in a strip of linked single dose packages (2), said packages (2) comprising a support (21) carrying a plurality of single dose portions (22), each single dose portion comprising at least one first and one second package walls (23, 24) sealed so as to be substantially air tight, whereby said machine (1) comprises:at least one extraction device (3) adapted so that said at least one extraction device can collect one of said single dose packages (2) from said strip inside thereof,
an opening device (5) disposed upstream of said extraction device (3) along the supply direction of said strip, and adapted so as to provide a plurality of passageways (25) in at least one of said first and second package walls (23, 24) of said single dose portions (22),
wherein said opening device (5) comprises at least one opening part (51, 52) that presents a plurality of opening protrusions (53) disposed along a respective perimeter surface and adapted so as to provide said plurality of passageways (25), and
wherein said opening part (51, 52) is provided so that said opening part can be actuated in rotation around a substantially horizontal or vertical axis and disposed so that said opening part can produce said passageways (25).

US Pat. No. 10,478,007

ON-BOARD COFFEE PROCESSOR

1. An on-board coffee processor, comprising a boiling cup (11), a coffee bucket (13), a distill cup (19) and a lid (21); an upper end of the boiling cup (11) is connected with a lower end of the distill cup (19); the coffee bucket (13) is arranged at a rim of the boiling cup (11); the distill cup (19) is provided with a distill tube (20); a lower end of the distill tube (20) leads to the coffee bucket (13); a bottom of the distill cup (19) and an upper end of the tube (20) leads to an upper part of the distill cup (19); the lid (21) is connected to an upper end of the distill cup (19), a bottom of the boiling cup (11) is open, and an inner side at a lower end of the boiling cup is provided with a flange (30): the heating plate (8) is pressed against a bottom of the flange (30) by a heat-resistant bracket (5); a primary sealing ring (9) is arranged between the heating plate (8) and the flange (30); an outer circumference of the heat-resistant bracket (5) is connected with the inner side at the lower end of the boiling cup (11) by screw-thread fit, and a thermistor (7) is installed at a bottom of the heating plate (8).

US Pat. No. 10,478,006

CAPSULE HOLDER OR AN ADAPTER FOR ADAPTING A CAPSULE IN A CAPSULE HOLDER IN A BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A capsule holder configured for holding a capsule in a food preparation machine, the capsule being designed for delivering a food product by injection of a fluid under pressure into the capsule when the capsule and capsule holder are inserted into a receptacle of the food preparation machine, the capsule comprising a chamber defined by capsule side walls, a top wall, and a flexible bottom wall, the chamber containing at least one ingredient to be dissolved or extracted by the injection fluid, wherein a beverage dispensing structure comprises at least one dispensing opening disposed through the flexible bottom wall, the capsule holder comprising:a plurality of pillars extending vertically from the flexible bottom wall to an internal wall of the capsule holder to hold the flexible bottom wall at a distance from the internal wall of the capsule holder, and
a pressure retaining element adapted to retain a certain predetermined dissolution or extraction pressure in the chamber for mixing of the injection fluid with the ingredient, the pressure retaining element being located adjacent the flexible bottom wall outside of the capsule, the pressure retaining element comprising at least one protrusion positioned in correspondence to the at least one dispensing opening so that the at least one protrusion is disposed into the at least one dispensing opening corresponding thereto and that the at least one protrusion restricts a cross section of the at least one dispensing opening corresponding thereto, at least at the time the injection fluid inside the chamber presses onto the flexible bottom wall and moves the flexible bottom wall towards the pressure retaining element, wherein the at least one protrusion has a radial cross-sectional shape that differs from a shape of the at least one dispensing opening corresponding thereto, and wherein the at least one protrusion has a general longitudinal profile such that a radial cross section of the at least one protrusion continually increases from apex to base.

US Pat. No. 10,478,005

STEAM GENERATING APPARATUS AND HEATING COOKER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A steam generating apparatus comprising:a steam generator, the steam generator including a housing capable of storing water therein, and a heating unit for heating the housing so as to generate steam;
a water level measurement unit for measuring a water level in the housing;
a water supply unit for supplying water into the housing; and
a controller for controlling the heating unit and the water supply unit,
the controller being configured to
when a time during which that the measured water level does not exceed a threshold value continues for a first time, control the water supply unit to start water supply into the housing, and
when the time during which the measured water level does not exceed the threshold value continues for a second time longer than the first time, control the heating unit to stop heating of the housing;
wherein the controller is further configured to
when the measured water level exceeds the threshold value, and thereafter, when a time during which the measured water level exceeds the threshold value continues for a third time, control the heating unit to start heating of the housing, and
when the time during which the measured water level exceeds the threshold value continues for a fourth time longer than the third time, control the water supply unit to stop the water supply into the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,477,999

DOUBLE-LAYERED THERMAL INSULATION SLEEVE

1. A double-layered thermal insulation sleeve having a frusto-conical shape and being used to cover the outer surface of a cup to maintain a water and heat barrier, said sleeve comprising,a. a first thermal insulation layer, a second thermal insulation layer, and longitudinal fold lines,
b. said first thermal insulation layer having an upper channel edge and a lower channel edge;
c. said second thermal insulation layer having a back side, a non-slip and thermally insulative gripping surface, and an outer layer;
d. said first thermal insulation layer being a cup facing layer and being constructed from non-woven polyester fiber, said non-woven polyester fiber having a plurality of interior air channels being disposed on said first thermal insulation layer, said plurality of interior air channels having a plurality of bonding lines for connection to said second thermal insulation layer and forming a bonding site with said second thermal insulation layer, adhesive being used for fixedly attaching said bonding lines of said first thermal insulation layer to said back side of said second thermal insulation layer for permanent connection to said second thermal insulation layer and thereby creating said double-layered thermal insulation sleeve wherein said first thermal insulation layer is a cup facing layer and said second thermal insulation layer is said non-slip and thermally insulative gripping surface, said adhesive being placed between one of said bonding lines and said back side of said second thermal insulation layer in overlapping relationship, said plurality of interior air channels retaining said water and heat that is released from said cup, said fluid and said heat being released in an upward and downward direction in said plurality of interior air channels and from said upper channel edge and said lower channel edge, said upper channel edge and said lower channel edge being release points for said water and said heat from said first thermal insulation layer and thereby directing said heat and said fluids away from the hands of a user;
e. said outer layer of said second thermal insulation layer being constructed from embossed paper having outward facing bumps so as to provide said non-slip and thermally insulative gripping surface for said user, said second thermal insulation layer having poly-coating being applied thereon and wherein said poly-coating provides a moisture barrier by strengthening said second thermal insulation layer and prevents said liquid and said heat from permeating said second thermal insulation layer;
f. said longitudinal fold lines being arranged on said double-layered thermal insulation sleeve and allowing said double-layered thermal insulation sleeve to be folded into a flattened configuration along said longitudinal folds lines and stored for reuse.

US Pat. No. 10,477,998

DRINK CUP

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

1. A drink cup comprisesa body including a floor and a side wall coupled to the floor to extend along a central axis away from the floor to define an interior region configured to provide a fluid-holding reservoir,
a brim coupled to the body to locate the side wall between the brim and the floor and configured to define an opening into the interior region, and
a body-strengthening system coupled to the body between the floor and the brim and configured to increase rigidity of a selected portion of the drink cup when compared to a rigidity of the side wall of the drink cup without increasing a weight of the drink cup,
wherein the body-strengthening system includes a first strengthening unit located between a lower portion of the side wall and a middle portion of the side wall and a second strengthening unit located between the first strengthening unit and the brim,
wherein the first strengthening unit includes an upper-strengthening segment and a C-shaped lower-strengthening segment, the upper-strengthening segment is located between the C-shaped lower-strengthening segment and the middle portion of the side wall and the C-shaped lower-strengthening segment is located between the upper-strengthening segment and the lower portion of the side wall,
wherein the upper-strengthening segment is spaced apart from the central axis a first distance and the C-shaped lower-strengthening segment is spaced apart from the central axis a second distance and the second distance is greater than the first distance, and
wherein the second strengthening unit includes a C-shaped annular ring coupled to an upper portion of the side wall and an annular strip extending between and interconnecting the C-shaped annular ring and the middle portion of the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,477,997

CARBONATED BEVERAGE NUCLEATION ACCESSORY

1. A method comprising:placing a nucleation accessory into a beverage container, wherein the nucleation accessory includes a body that includes top and bottom surfaces and a rounded outer surface that extends around an axis between the top and the bottom surfaces, and wherein the body includes a bore extending completely through the body from the top surface to the bottom surface along the axis, and at least one recess in the rounded outer surface of the body, wherein the bore further includes at least one recess formed on a surface thereof facing the axis;
pouring a beer into the beverage container that includes the nucleation accessory, wherein a carbon dioxide gas is dissolved within the beer, and wherein the carbon dioxide gas attaches to the at least one recess in the outer surface of the body and to the at least one recess formed on the surface of the bore facing the axis; and
generating, by the at least one recess in the outer surface of the body and the at least one recess formed on the surface of the bore facing the axis, bubbles within the beer due to gas bubble nucleation to generate a head of foam.

US Pat. No. 10,477,993

LIGHT ENGINE FOR A MIRROR

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method for assembling a mirror including a lighting assembly, the method comprising:securing a light guide to a housing with a compressive foam having an adhesive applied thereto such that a first end of the light guide is proximate to a light source;
providing a mirror including a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the mirror has a first reflectivity and the second portion of the mirror has a second reflectivity, the first reflectivity being higher than the second reflectivity; and
attaching the housing to the mirror, wherein attaching the housing to the mirror includes pressing a peripheral portion of the light guide to a boundary region of the first portion of the mirror, thereby placing the compressive foam into a compressed state such that a relative positioning of the light guide and the light source changes.

US Pat. No. 10,477,990

DISPLAY STAND

1. A display stand comprising:at least one base sheet, which when assembled forms a base unit, the at least one base sheet being planar and having an outward facing surface, an inward facing surface, and a bottom edge; and
at least one shelf sheet having a shelf surface, the at least one shelf sheet being for attachment to the base unit,whereinthe base unit is assembled by operatively attaching a first section of the at least one base sheet to a second section of the at least one base sheet by way of a first connection means;
the at least one base sheet comprises at least one adjustment line for adjusting the size of the base unit;
the at least one shelf sheet is attached to the base unit by way of at least one second connection means; and
when the at least one shelf sheet is attached to the base unit, the at least one shelf sheet forms a contiguous planar surface around the outward facing surface of the at least one base sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,477,984

UNIVERSAL ACCESSIBLE HOLDER AND DISPENSING UNITS

1. A workplace utensil or condiment holder and dispensing unit, comprising:a. two vertically aligned, L-shaped side walls spaced apart and parallel to each other, each said side wall includes a lower front section and an upper rear section that extends above said lower front section each said L-shaped side wall also includes a rear edge;
b. a vertical rear wall extending transversely between said rear edges of said L-shaped side walls;
c. a lower tier front wall that is substantially parallel to said rear wall, said lower tier front wall extends transversely between said lower front sections of said L-shaped side walls;
d. a bottom panel extending transversely between said L-shaped side walls, said rear wall and said lower tier wall and forms a partially enclosed space inside said holder and dispensing unit;
e. an upper tier front wall that is substantially parallel to said rear wall, said upper tier front wall extending transversely between said upper rear sections of said L-shaped side walls;
f. an intermediate floor panel extending transversely between opposite said L-shaped side walls and between said upper tier front wall and said rear wall, said intermediate floor panel configured to divide said partially enclosed space into an upper tier formed between said upper tier front wall and said rear wall and forms a lower tier formed between said lower tier front wall and said rear wall;
g. at least one lower dividing wall located inside said lower tier and extending from said lower front wall to said rear wall;
h. a braille symbol, an alphabet letter, or a number located on said lower tier front wall or said upper tier front wall that indicates the contents of items placed in said lower tier or said upper tier; and
i. a rear extension extending rearward from said rear wall, said rear extension configured to hold said rear wall away from a vertical wall located behind said holder and dispensing unit and also form a channel behind said rear wall to enable a cable or wire to pass behind said rear wall when said holder and unit is placed on a countertop or table and said rear extension is placed against a wall surface adjacent to said countertop or table.

US Pat. No. 10,477,983

PORTABLE LOUNGE

1. A method, comprising the steps of:providing a folding lounge, comprising:
a base;
a sidewall connected to the base such that the sidewall encompasses the base to define an interior of the lounge; the sidewall has a top end, an inner surface, and an outer surface defining an outer perimeter; and
a fastener connected to the outer surface of the sidewall; the fastener comprising a first part releasably connectable to a second part; the first part being connected to the second part when locked; the first part being disconnected from the second part when unlocked; wherein the lounge includes an open configuration in which the fastener is unlocked and a closed configuration in which the fastener is locked; the base defining a plane when in the open configuration; the entire sidewall being perpendicular to the plane in the open configuration and in the closed configuration;
folding the sidewall in a location between the first part and the second part toward the interior of the lounge to bring the first part and the second part of the fastener together to create a U-shaped lounge; and
connecting the first part of the fastener to the second part of the fastener to lock the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,477,982

BABY CRIB

Artsana S.P.A., (IT)

1. Baby crib comprising:an enclosure having side walls, including at least a first side wall and a second side wall, made of a flexible material and defining a space configured to receive a baby, the enclosure also having a bottom wall made of a flexible material, said side walls having top portions delimiting a top opening of the enclosure;
an upper frame configured to be attached to said enclosure,
a lower frame configured to support said bottom wall, said upper frame being spaced apart from said lower frame along a longitudinal direction,
support members attached to said upper frame and said lower frame, said support members being configured to rest on a ground surface and being spaced apart along a transverse direction perpendicular to said longitudinal direction,
wherein
said upper frame comprises a first part firmly attached to said support members and a second part, said first part being attached to a first top portion of the first side wall of the enclosure, said second part being attached to a second top portion of the second side wall of the enclosure,
said second part is pivotally coupled with said support members around a pivot axis to move reversibly from a first position to a second position to move said second part relative to said first part, said pivot axis being arranged in a longitudinal position between the first part and the lower frame, and
said second part is U shaped and comprises two opposed sections coupled at opposite sides to the support members and an elongated section connecting the two opposed sections, said opposed sections comprising first portions laying on a same plane with the elongated section and second portions extending perpendicularly to the first portions and being joined with the first portions.

US Pat. No. 10,477,978

MULTI-ZONE TEMPERATURE MODULATION SYSTEM FOR BED OR BLANKET

YOUNGBLOOD IP HOLDINGS, L...

1. A system for temperature-conditioning a surface comprising:an upper layer;
a lower layer;
at least two conduit circuits for directing water through at least two independent temperature zones, wherein the at least two conduit circuits are positioned between the upper layer and the lower layer;
padding positioned between the upper layer and the at least two conduit circuits;
a control unit to selectively heat or cool the water, wherein the control unit consists of one control unit;
wherein the at least two conduit circuits include a first conduit circuit and a second conduit circuit;
wherein the at least two independent temperature zones include a first independent temperature zone and a second independent temperature zone, wherein the first independent temperature zone includes the first conduit circuit and at least one first temperature sensor physically located within the first independent temperature zone operable to measure an actual temperature of the first independent temperature zone, wherein the at least one first temperature sensor is surrounded by the first conduit circuit, and wherein the second independent temperature zone includes the second conduit circuit and at least one second temperature sensor physically located within the second independent temperature zone operable to measure an actual temperature of the second independent temperature zone, wherein the at least one second temperature sensor is surrounded by the second conduit circuit;
wherein the one control unit includes a pump for pumping the water through the at least two conduit circuits, wherein the pump consists of one pump, wherein the one pump includes a first inlet, a second inlet, a first outlet, and a second outlet, wherein the at least two conduit circuits include a first conduit circuit and a second conduit circuit, and wherein a first end of the first conduit circuit is connected to the first outlet of the one pump, a second end of the first conduit circuit is connected to the first inlet of the one pump, a first end of the second conduit circuit is connected to the second outlet of the one pump, and a second end of the second conduit circuit is connected to the second inlet of the one pump;
wherein the one control unit includes a reservoir provided with a thermoelectric device, wherein the reservoir consists of one reservoir, and wherein the thermoelectric device consists of one thermoelectric device operable to provide heating and cooling for the one reservoir;
wherein the at least two conduit circuits are comprised of silicone;
wherein the at least one first temperature sensor is connected to the one control unit and provides the actual temperature of the first independent temperature zone to the one control unit;
wherein the at least one second temperature sensor is connected to the one control unit and provides the actual temperature of the second independent temperature zone to the one control unit;
wherein the one control unit is operable to simultaneously control the flow of the water to the at least two independent temperature zones through the first outlet of the one pump and the second outlet of the one pump or control the flow of the water to the at least two independent temperature zones sequentially through the first outlet of the one pump and the second outlet of the one pump;
wherein the one control unit is operable to maintain a target temperature of the first independent temperature zone and the second independent temperature zone via the simultaneous control or the sequential control of the flow of the water;
wherein the simultaneous control or the sequential control of the flow of the water is governed based on scheduled target temperatures correlating to a sleep cycle of at least one user; and
wherein the at least two independent temperature zones are embedded between the upper layer and the lower layer.

US Pat. No. 10,477,975

MATTRESS WITH COMBINATION OF PRESSURE REDISTRIBUTION AND INTERNAL AIR FLOW GUIDES

FXI, Inc., Media, PA (US...

1. A body support system, comprising:a base defining a length and a width and a longitudinal axis;
a first breathing layer disposed over the base, said first breathing layer defining multiple rows of cellular polymer material, wherein cellular polymer material forming at least two rows has air permeability of at least 5 ft3/ft2/min, with said at least two rows spaced apart from one another by a row of a different cellular polymer material having an air permeability below 5 ft3/ft2/min;
a second breathing layer disposed over the first breathing layer, said second breathing layer defining multiple rows of cellular polymer material, wherein cellular polymer material forming at least two rows has air permeability of at least 5 ft3/ft2/min, with said at least two rows spaced apart from one another by a row of a different cellular polymer material having an air permeability below 5 ft3/ft2/min, and wherein a first one of the at least two rows of said second breathing layer is positioned over and in staggered relation to a first row of the at least two rows of the first breathing layer to define a first air flow path through the first row of the second breathing layer and the first row of the first breathing layer that is disposed at an angle offset from vertical, and wherein a second row of the at least two rows of said second breathing layer is positioned over and in staggered relation to a second row of the at least two rows of the first breathing layer to define a second air flow path through the second row of the second breathing layer and the second row of the first breathing layer that is disposed at an angle offset from vertical;
a porous bridge having air permeability of at least 5 ft3/ft2/min positioned in the base and in contact with the first breathing layer; and
at least one air flow unit coupled to the first breathing layer by the porous bridge for drawing air and/or moisture vapor through the first breathing layer and the second breathing layer.