US Pat. No. 10,507,046

TISSUE RETRACTION AND VERTEBRAL DISPLACEMENT DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR POSTERIOR SPINAL FUSION

Stryker European Holdings...

1. A retractor device for engaging a connecting element affixed to a vertebra of a spine, the connecting element having a passageway device connected thereto and extending proximally therefrom along a longitudinal axis, the passageway device having an at least partially tubular shape at least partially enclosing a tubular space adapted to receive a spinal fusion rod therein, and the passageway device defining at least one longitudinal opening into the tubular space, the longitudinal opening extending along at least a portion of the longitudinal axis, the retractor device comprising:an engagement portion adapted to receive at least a portion of the at least partially tubular shape of the passageway device therein; and
a retractor blade attached to the engagement portion, the retractor blade having opposing edges in a width dimension orthogonal to a length dimension of the retractor blade, the opposing edges having a longitudinal dimension that extends along the length dimension of the retractor blade, wherein, when the engagement portion receives the passageway device, the length dimension of the retractor blade extends along the longitudinal axis and the opposing edges of the retractor blade project outwardly from the engagement portion along a direction extending away from the longitudinal axis;
wherein, when the engagement portion receives the passageway device, the retractor blade is positioned such that a solid portion of the retractor blade covers at least a portion of the longitudinal opening.

US Pat. No. 10,507,045

FACET DISTRACTION AND FUSION PROSTHESIS

Zygofix Ltd., Misgav (IL...

1. A joint prosthesis comprising:an array of facet distraction base elements, adjacent ones of said base elements being connected to each other by a set of connector elements located at said adjacent ones of said base elements;
wherein said set of connector elements comprises a male connector having an at least partial cylindrical or spherical contour that is received in, and articulates with, an at least partial cylindrical or spherical recess of a female connector, so that adjacent ones of said base elements can bend in multiple degrees of freedom about different bending axes with respect to each other and adapt to a geometry of a facet joint, wherein each of said base elements comprises two male connectors that protrude from adjacent, perpendicular sides of said base element, and two female connectors that protrude from two other adjacent, perpendicular sides of said base element and each of said male connectors is parallel to a corresponding one of said female connectors.

US Pat. No. 10,507,044

OCCIPITAL PLATE SYSTEMS

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

1. An occipital plate system comprising:an occipital plate comprising a body having a diamond-shaped upper portion and a lower portion extending from the upper portion, the lower portion including an opening;
a lateral member received through the opening, the lateral member including a top aperture having a longitudinal axis that is at an angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the occipital plate, and the lateral member including a side aperture;
a rod accepting component having a top opening and being received in the top aperture; and
a lateral connector configured to be received in the top opening or the side aperture,
wherein the lateral member is rotatable and translatable such that the lateral member is adjustable relative to the occipital plate, and
wherein the rod accepting component includes a polyaxial screw head receiver, and the lateral connector comprises an uncurved arm attached to the polyaxial screw head receiver positioned in the top aperture in the lateral member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,042

NON-FUSION SCOLIOSIS EXPANDABLE SPINAL ROD

DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, I...

1. A drive mechanism for a growing rod, comprising:an inner housing comprising a magnet assembly including a magnet having a first pole and a second pole and a gear reduction mechanism coupled to the magnet such that the magnet assembly and the gear reduction mechanism rotate freely within the inner housing, the gear reduction mechanism reducing an output rotation of the magnet; a bearing slidingly coupled to a circumferential outer surface of the inner housing;
a driver rotationally coupled to the gear reduction mechanism, the driver coupled to the gear reduction mechanism such that a longitudinal spacing therebetween is fixed;
an outer housing coupled to the inner housing by engagement of the driver with an inner surface of the outer housing,
wherein the bearing engages the outer housing and the inner housing to prevent the inner housing from spinning freely within the outer housing,
wherein rotation of the magnet assembly causes the gear reduction mechanism to rotate the driver to cause the inner housing to move along a longitudinal axis substantially without rotation relative to the outer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,507,041

BIONIC FIXING APPARATUS AND APPARATUS FOR PULLING OUT THE SAME

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A bionic fixing apparatus, comprising:a body having a through hole and at least one slit and an outer screw thread;
wherein the through hole penetrates the body from a top surface to a bottom surface to form a top opening and a bottom opening, and a bottom portion of the through hole is conical, such that the body has a flexible bottom portion,
wherein the outer screw thread is disposed on an outer surface of the body, the outer screw thread is discontinuous to divide into a first part and a second part, and the outer screw thread comprises at least one interval area on a transverse section of the body and between the first part and the second part,
wherein the first part has a first inclined side on the transverse section of the body, the second part has a second inclined side on the transverse section of the body, the first and second inclined sides are on opposite sides of the interval area respectively, an included angle between the first inclined side and the body is a first exterior angle, an included angle between the second inclined side and the body is a second exterior angle, and the first exterior angle and the second exterior angle are larger than 0 and smaller than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,507,040

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OFF-AXIS TISSUE MANIPULATION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A system for manipulating tissue, the system comprising:an access cannula having a distal end for positioning in the tissue; and
a steerable assembly comprising a steerable instrument and a deformable conduit, the steerable instrument comprising a control element and a deflectable portion operatively connected to the control element, wherein the steerable instrument is adapted to be moved between at least a substantially straight configuration and a curved configuration when the deflectable portion protrudes from the distal end of the access cannula in order to deform the deformable conduit so that the deformable conduit occupies a deformed position,
wherein the steering instrument is adapted to be removably disposed in the deformable conduit so as to allow withdrawal of the deflectable portion of the steerable instrument from the deformable conduit without substantially displacing the deformed position of the deformable conduit protruding from the distal end of the access cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,507,039

ADAPTER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A REMOVABLE TROCAR ASSEMBLY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An adapter assembly for connecting a loading unit to a handle assembly, the adapter assembly comprising:a sleeve;
a trocar assembly releasably securable within the sleeve, the trocar assembly including a trocar housing and a trocar member selectively extendable from the trocar housing, the trocar housing defining a first locking slot; and
a locking mechanism configured to releasably secure the trocar assembly within the sleeve, the locking mechanism including a first locking member configured for selective reception within the first locking slot of the trocar housing.

US Pat. No. 10,507,038

NEEDLE GUIDE DEVICES FOR MOUNTING ON IMAGING TRANSDUCERS OR ADAPTORS ON IMAGING TRANSDUCER, IMAGING TRANSDUCERS FOR MOUNTING NEEDLE GUIDE DEVICES AND ADAPTORS FOR IMAGING TRANSDUCERS FOR MOUNTING NEEDLE GUIDE DEVICES THEREON

CIVCO MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS...

1. A needle guide device configured for releasable mounting on an imaging transducer or on an adaptor on an imaging transducer, the imaging transducer or the adaptor including a coupling member comprising a rectangular portion projecting outwardly from the imaging transducer or the adapter, wherein the rectangular portion includes first and second undercut recesses on opposing sides of the rectangular portion,said needle guide device comprising:
a lockable mounting assembly; and
a needle guide assembly coupled to the lockable mounting assembly to retain a needle at a desired trajectory with respect to the imaging transducer,
wherein said needle guide assembly comprises:
a body member, and
a needle holder,
said body member comprising a recess for receiving the coupling member therein, wherein the recess comprises a stop portion configured to engage the first undercut recess in the coupling member when the needle guide device is locked to the imaging transducer or the adaptor,
wherein said lockable mounting assembly comprises:
a slidable member having an engagement portion configured to engage the second undercut recess when the needle guide device is locked to the imaging transducer or the adaptor, and
a cam portion coupled to the slidable member and the body member via a pivot pin, wherein the cam portion is laterally offset from a central axis of the pivot pin, such that rotation of the cam portion about the pivot pin causes the slidable member to slide laterally relative to the stop portion in the body member between the locked and unlocked positions,
said lockable mounting assembly being configured to be slidably coupled to said body member and slidable from an unlocked position to a locked position and vice versa, such that when moved from the unlocked position to the locked position, the stop portion of the body member engages the first undercut recess and the engagement portion of the slidable member engages the second undercut portion to clampingly secure the needle guide device to the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,037

METHOD FOR MANIPULATING CATHETER SHAFT

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A device for manipulating the shaft of a catheter comprising:a body portion having a lumen sized to receive the shaft of the catheter such that the shaft of the catheter extends lengthwise through the lumen and proximal and distal end portions of the shaft protrude from opposite ends of the body portion;
a first arm connected to the body portion for rotation about a first pivot axis with respect to the body portion, the first arm comprising a first shaft engaging surface enclosed within the body portion and configured to rotate with the first arm about the first pivot axis; and
a second arm connected to the body portion for rotation about a second pivot axis with respect to the body portion, the second arm comprising a second shaft engaging surface enclosed within the body portion and configured to rotate with the second arm about the second pivot axis,
wherein the first and second arms have a locked position in which the first and second arms are oriented about the first and second pivot axes such that the first and second shaft engaging surfaces are configured to engage the shaft of the catheter to lock the body portion on the shaft, and an unlocked position in which the first and second arms are oriented such that at least one of the first and second shaft engaging surfaces is configured to be disengaged from the shaft of the catheter so that the body portion is free to rotate and axially translate over the shaft of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,507,036

TISSUE-REMOVING CATHETER, TISSUE-REMOVING ELEMENT, AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Covidien LLP, Mansfield,...

1. A tissue-removing catheter for removing tissue from a body lumen, the tissue-removing catheter comprising: a rotatable driveshaft; and a tissue-removing element coupled to the rotatable driveshaft for rotating the tissue-removing element in a cutting direction about an axis of rotation, the tissue-removing element having opposite first and second axial ends, the tissue-removing element including an annular cutting blade having a continuous cutting edge extending around the axis of rotation at the first axial end of the tissue-removing element, and primary tissue-removing components at the first axial end of the tissue-removing element spaced apart from one another around the axis of rotation and disposed radially inward of the cutting edge relative to the axis of rotation, each primary tissue-removing component having a leading surface extending generally axially, a radially outer surface extending generally axially, a radially inner surface extending generally axially and generally inward relative to the axis of rotation from adjacent a leading end toward a trailing end thereof, and an axial end surface intersecting the leading, the radially outer, and the radially inner surfaces at respective leading, radially outer, and radially inner edges, wherein the leading surface, the leading edge and leading portions of the radially outer surface, the radially inner surface, and the axial end surface of each primary tissue-removing component at least partially define a cutting tooth adapted to cut tissue as the tissue-removing element rotates to facilitate removal of tissue, wherein trailing portions of the radially outer surface, the radially inner surface, and the axial end surface of each primary tissue-removing component at least partially define an inner shearing member adapted to impact tissue and shear the impacted tissue radially inwardly as the tissue-removing element rotates to facilitate removal of hard tissue, wherein the annular cutting blade and the primary tissue-removing components are fixed with respect to one another; and wherein the leading surface of each primary tissue-removing component intersects the respective radially inner surface at an intermediate edge, wherein at least a portion of the inner shearing member is located radially inward of the intermediate edge, wherein the radially inner surface extends contiguously from the intermediate edge to the trailing end thereof, and wherein said at least a portion of the inner shearing member located radially inward of the intermediate edge is partially defined by the radially inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,507,035

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT PROVIDING ULTRASONIC TISSUE EMULSIFICATION AND ULTRASONIC SHEARING

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An instrument, comprising:(a) an ultrasonic blade, wherein the ultrasonic blade defines a distal opening, wherein the ultrasonic blade is operable in a first mode to emulsify tissue that is distally positioned relative to the ultrasonic blade, wherein the ultrasonic blade is further operable in a second mode to transect and seal tissue that is transversely positioned relative to the ultrasonic blade;
(b) a first fluid port in communication with the distal opening of the ultrasonic blade;
(c) a clamp arm, wherein the clamp arm is pivotable toward and away from the ultrasonic blade;
(d) an irrigation member positioned adjacent to a distal end of the ultrasonic blade; and
(e) a second fluid port in communication with the irrigation member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,034

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH MOTORIZED ARTICULATION DRIVE IN SHAFT ROTATION KNOB

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An apparatus for operating on tissue, the apparatus comprising:(a) a body assembly;
(b) a shaft extending distally from the body assembly, wherein the shaft defines a longitudinal axis, wherein the shaft is configured to rotate relative to the body assembly about the longitudinal axis;
(c) an acoustic waveguide, wherein the waveguide comprises a flexible portion;
(d) an articulation section coupled with the shaft such that the articulation section is configured to rotate relative to the body assembly about the longitudinal axis, wherein a portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide, wherein the articulation section further comprises:
(i) a first member, and
(ii) a second member, wherein the second member is longitudinally translatable relative to the first member;
(e) an end effector comprising an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide; and
an articulation control assembly comprising:
(i) a motor, wherein the motor is operable to electrically activate to deflect the end effector away from the longitudinal axis, wherein the motor is further configured to rotate with the shaft and articulation section relative to the body assembly about the longitudinal axis,
(ii) a drive shaft comprising a first threaded section and a second threaded section, wherein motor is configured to rotate the drive shaft about a rotational axis, wherein the rotational axis is offset from the longitudinal axis defined by the shaft,
(iii) a first drive member coupled to the first threaded section and the first member, and
(iv) a second drive member coupled to the second threading and the second member, wherein the drive shaft is configured to rotate about the rotational axis in a first rotational direction to actuate the first drive member and the second drive member in opposing directions.

US Pat. No. 10,507,031

TISSUE BAG AND METHOD OF REMOVING EXCISED TISSUE

Gyrus Medical Limited, C...

1. A tissue removal system comprising:an endoscope comprising a longitudinal axis that extends along a length of the endoscope;
a tissue grasper disposed within a first working channel of the endoscope;
a tissue retrieval bag disposed within a second working channel of the endo scope, the tissue retrieval bag comprising:
a handle having a proximal portion and a distal portion; and
a pouch disposed at the distal portion of the handle and comprising a flexible ring attached to the pouch, the flexible ring being attached to the handle at an angle such that the flexible ring transects a longitudinal axis of the handle;
wherein the proximal portion of the handle is offset a discrete amount from the longitudinal axis of the endoscope such that, when the tissue grasper is moved distally within the second working channel, a distal end of the tissue grasper passes through the flexible ring and is received within the pouch.

US Pat. No. 10,507,030

MEDICAL DEVICE

Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical device comprising:an accommodation unit that includes a lumen which accommodates a capturing target present inside a living body, in which a shape of at least a portion on a distal side is expandable enabling the lumen of the accommodation unit to be increased or decreased in volume, wherein the accommodation unit includes an expandable section which is expandable along an axial direction in which the fluid flows, the expandable section having a contracted state and an expanded state, the contracted state having a length in the axial direction that is less than a diameter of the accommodation unit, and the expanded state having a length in the axial direction that is longer than the length in the axial direction of the contracted state, and wherein an inner surface of the at least the portion on the distal side before and after expansion is configured to be flat as a whole, a distal opening portion and a proximal opening portion which respectively communicate with the lumen, and a filter for capturing at least one or more of the capturing targets;
an impeller holding unit that includes an impeller which causes a fluid to flow from the distal opening portion toward the proximal opening portion inside the living body so as to allow the lumen to aspirate the capturing target together with the fluid;
an introduction unit configured to be used by an operator in order to introduce the accommodation unit and the impeller holding unit into the living body; and
a hand operation unit configured to be operated by the operator in order to adjust a position of the first cylinder introduced in the living body and/or in order to rotate the impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,507,028

SURGICAL BUR WITH NON-PAIRED FLUTES

Medtronic PS Medical, Inc...

1. A surgical dissection tool for cutting bone and other tissue, comprising:a shank; and
a cutting head extending from the shank, the cutting head and the shank having a central longitudinal axis, the cutting head having an outer surface with an odd number of flutes formed therein, each flute comprising:
a rake surface intersecting the outer surface to form a cutting edge;
a relief surface opposite the rake surface; and
a leading angled surface extending from the relief surface to a distal end portion of the outer surface;
wherein a first rake surface of a first flute has a first surface area and a second rake surface of a second flute has a second surface area, the first surface area different from the second surface area;
wherein each rake surface is a planar surface;
wherein at least one rake surface is parallel to, but offset from a plane through the central longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,507,026

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO STOP BLEEDING

VASOINNOVATIONS, INC., S...

1. A method directed at obtaining hemostasis at a puncture site of a radial artery on a wrist of a patient comprising:a) applying a hemostatic device to the wrist of the patient so that a flexible band of the hemostatic device is wrapped around at least a portion of the wrist, wherein a member of the hemostatic device being more rigid than the flexible band possesses an inner peripheral surface facing the wrist, at least a first balloon of the hemostatic device is positioned between the wrist and the member, and wherein applying the hemostatic device to the wrist of the patient occurs while the at least first balloon is in an uninflated state;
b) positioning the at least first balloon relative to the puncture site such that the at least first balloon overlies the puncture site and is deviated to a center portion of the member from an end of the member in a lengthwise direction of the flexible band;
c) inflating the at least first balloon while the at least first balloon overlies the puncture site of the radial artery so that the at least first balloon, while inflated, applies a radial compressive force directly against the puncture site, whereby when a palmar aspect of the wrist is substantially parallel to a horizontal plane, the radial compressive force in totality has a direction oblique to the horizontal plane pointing away from a center portion of the wrist and pointing in an outward direction, whereby a component of the radial compressive force will not affect an ulnar artery for a purpose of avoiding an impact at a location of the ulnar artery; and
d) maintaining inflation of the at least first balloon and the compressive force against the puncture site for a duration of time at least until hemostasis of the radial artery.

US Pat. No. 10,507,025

MEDICAL SHAFT-TYPE INSTRUMENT WITH A SUPPORT PLATE/BRIDGE ON THE RETAINING RAIL

Aesculap AG, (DE)

1. A medical shaft instrument, comprising:an instrument head having at least one jaw member for applying clamps with two scissor-like movable jaw member branches, the instrument head connectable with an instrument handle via an instrument shaft having an outer tube for actuating the at least one jaw member; and
a clip magazine in which a retaining rail is fixed for supporting clamps in a predetermined storage position distance from each other, wherein all the clamps are advanceable respectively by one storage position in a direction towards a distal end of the instrument shaft by a back and forth movable conveying and advancing rail in a single conveying stroke,
one of said clamps that is closest to the instrument head being conveyable into the at least one jaw member between the jaw member branches,
the retaining rail comprising a support plate or bridge extending into a distal direction, which covers a jaw member area in a region of one of the jaw member branches on the side thereof, facing the other of the jaw member branches such that a tipping of an advanced or advanceable clamp on said one of the jaw member branches is prevented, and
the support plate or bridge projects laterally as a guidance or guide member, seen in a longitudinal direction of the retaining rail, such that the support plate or bridge is asymmetrically arranged with respect to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,024

LONG NOSE MANIPULATABLE CATHETER

1. A catheter comprising:a catheter body;
a flexible region located at a distal end of the catheter body;
a lumen comprising tubing that runs through the catheter body and the flexible region, wherein a distal region of the tubing is configured to form an extension that extends past a distal end of the flexible region, wherein the extension is configured to extend at various lengths;
a marker band, wherein the extension includes the marker band attached at a distal end of the extension; and
a control wire, wherein a distal end of the control wire is connected to the marker band, wherein a proximal end of the control wire is connected to a control handle, wherein back and forth motion of the control handle causes the flexible region to deflect.

US Pat. No. 10,507,023

SELF-CENTERING SPIRAL FILTER

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A filter for implantation in a body lumen, the filter comprising:a first loop having a first radius;
a second loop having a second radius, at least one of the first loop and the second loop being arcuately disposed about a longitudinal axis of the filter; and
a helical portion helically extending from the first loop to the second loop and comprising a plurality of turns, each turn having a radius of curvature increasing in the longitudinal direction from the first loop to the second loop;
wherein the filter is movable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, and
wherein at least one of the first loop, the second loop, and at least one turn of the helical portion are aligned at an angle of between 10 degrees and 50 degrees relative to the longitudinal axis when in the expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,507,022

SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical stapling apparatus comprising:a body portion;
a head portion disposed on a distal end of the body portion, the head portion supporting a plurality of staples;
an anvil assembly including an anvil, the anvil being movably supported in relation to the head portion between retracted and advanced positions, the anvil and the head portion defining a minimum tissue gap in the retracted position;
an approximation assembly extending through the body portion and the head portion, the approximation assembly having a distal end supporting the anvil assembly and being actuable to move the anvil assembly relative to the head portion, the approximation assembly including a screw extension secured to a drive screw, the screw extension and the drive screw being adapted to be secured together in at least first and second rotational orientations, wherein in the first rotational orientation the approximation assembly has a fixed first effective length and in the second rotational orientation the approximation assembly has a fixed second effective length, wherein the fixed first effective length is greater than the fixed second effective length, wherein in the first rotational orientation, the anvil and the head portion define a first minimum tissue gap therebetween and in the second rotational orientation, the anvil and the head portion define a second minimum tissue gap therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,507,021

BONE STAPLE STORAGE, INSERTER, AND METHOD FOR USE THEREWITH

Orthohelix Surgical Desig...

1. A fusion implant system comprising:a staple having a central web and a first leg and a second leg where each of the first leg and the second leg form an angle of from 70° to 85° relative to the central web, and
an inserter for capturing the staple having a first handle and a second handle,
wherein the first handle having a proximal end and an opposite end and having a right tip on the opposite end and,
wherein the second handle having a proximal end and an opposite end and having a left tip on the opposite end,
wherein the first handle and the second handle are in a scissoring relationship to each other about a pivot that is located at a point between the proximal end and the right tip on the first handle and between the proximal end and the left tip on the second handle, and wherein the first handle and the second handle are moveable from a non-congruent alignment in which the first handle and the second handle are not overlapping to a congruent opening alignment in which the first handle and the second handle are substantially overlapping,
wherein each of the right tip and the left tip having an inner engagement post and a web abutment member that are positioned opposing each other across a gap that is sized to receive the width of the central web and capture the staple between the inner engagement posts and the web abutment members,
wherein when the staple is captured by the inserter, the first and second legs of the staple splay to a perpendicular position relative to the central web when the first handle is in the congruent opening alignment relative to the second handle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,016

UMBILICAL CATHETERIZATION DEVICE

Clinvue LLC, Savage, MD ...

1. A method of retracting an umbilical cord, comprising:providing an umbilical cord retraction device including a support base with an upper surface and lower surface, one or more arms attached to the support base, each of the one or more arms including a proximal end attached to the base and a free distal end, and one or more attaching elements disposed at the free distal end of each of the one or more arms;
placing the support base of the umbilical cord retraction device proximate to an abdominal surface of a subject, such that the support base at least partially surrounds an area large enough to allow passage of an umbilical cord of the subject;
accessing the umbilical cord of the subject in the surrounded area;
bending the one or more arms from an original shape toward a center of the support base;
securing the free distal end of each of the one or more arms to a cut end of the umbilical cord via the one or more attaching elements; and
allowing the one or more arms to flex back toward the original shape, thereby providing retraction of the umbilical cord at least partially upward from the abdominal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,507,015

LOW NORMAL FORCE RETRACTING DEVICE COMPRISING A MICROTEXTURED SURFACE

BVW Holding AG, Cham (CH...

1. A microstructured retractor comprising at least one arm having a surface which is reversibly deformable via an inflation element engaged with the at least one arm such that when inflated a corrugation frequency of the surface reversibly changes from a first state to a second state, the surface in the first state including a microstructured Cassie-Baxter surface and the surface in the second state including a microstructured Wenzel-Cassie surface, and wherein the at least one arm is configured to be placed on a wet surface such that when in the second state, the shear force required to move the microstructured retractor along the wet surface exceeds the applied normal force, wherein the microstructured surfaces each comprise at least two microstructure features of different spatial scales disposed in a hierarchical pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,507,014

SURGICAL RETRACTOR

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A surgical retractor with suction, consisting of:an elongated handle portion, the handle portion having a longitudinal axis and a peripheral sidewall;
an elongated retractor arm connected to the handle portion, the retractor arm having a longitudinal axis aligned with the longitudinal axis of the handle portion and define a common vertical plane;
a retractor tip extending from an end of the retractor arm, the retractor tip having an outer convex surface, an opposing inner flat surface, a smooth curved edge, and a semi-circular opening defined at the outer convex surface thereof and substantially coextensive with the curved edge, wherein the retractor tip defines a substantially horizontal plane perpendicular to the common vertical plane;
a suction connector extending upwardly from and through the peripheral sidewall of the handle portion for selective connection to an external suction device, wherein the suction connector is located adjacent the connection to the elongated retractor arm thereby locating it closer to the retractor arm than a free end of the handle portion, further wherein the suction connector has a longitudinal axis perpendicular to the common vertical plane and substantially parallel to the horizontal plane of the retractor tip; and
an inner retractor cavity extending within the retractor arm from the suction connector to the opening at the retractor tip, wherein the portion of the retractor cavity extending between the suction connector and the retractor arm is arcuately shaped and the remaining portion of the retractor cavity is straight.

US Pat. No. 10,507,013

CLOSURE DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Abbott Cardiovascular Sys...

1. A method of closing an opening in a tissue wall having a proximal surface and an opposing distal surface, the method comprising:deploying an anchor assembly, the anchor assembly comprising an anchor portion and an elongate portion, the anchor portion comprising one or more anchor sections configured to move from an initial contracted configuration to a deployed expanded configuration upon deployment of the anchor assembly, a proximal end of the anchor sections being mounted to an elongate member and a distal end of the anchor sections being mounted to a distal cap mounted to the elongate portion, the anchor portion comprises a first undulating section and a second undulating section, the first undulating section having a first end, a proximal loop, and a distal loop, the second undulating section having a second end, a proximal loop, and a distal loop, the first end of the first undulating section is connected to the second end of the second undulating section such that the first undulating section and the second undulating section form a stepped distal end of the anchor portion with the first undulating section and the second undulating section extending circumferentially around the elongate portion in a sinuous path;
positioning each of the anchor sections of the anchor portion against the distal surface of the tissue wall proximate the opening;
deploying a closure element to close the opening in the tissue wall, the anchor sections of the anchor portion remaining positioned against the distal surface of the tissue wall during deployment of the closure element; and
retracting the anchor sections of the anchor portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,010

STOOL MONITORING AND HEALTH GUIDANCE APPARATUS

1. A stool monitoring and health guidance apparatus comprising:a color sensor mounted at an underside of a toilet seat for a toilet;
an image sensor also mounted at said underside of said toilet seat;
a controller processor connected to said color sensor and said image sensor, said controller processor being operative for receiving a color signal from said color sensor detecting color of stools deposited in a toilet bowl of said toilet, and also receiving an image signal from said image sensor detecting physical condition and property of said stools, said controller processor including a memory bank containing a color histogram of stool colors and physical conditions, and health concerns and guidance with respect to various combinations of stool colors and physical conditions, and said controller processor correlating said color signal and said image signal for generating an analysis of possible health concerns and guidance for a person using said toilet for bowel movement;
a visual display unit connected to said controller processor and operative for receiving results of said analysis from said controller processor for displaying said guidance.

US Pat. No. 10,507,009

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FUSING ULTRASOUND WITH ADDITIONAL SIGNALS

EchoNous, Inc., Redmond,...

1. A system, comprising:a handheld device having a planar sensing surface, the handheld device including:
an ultrasound sensor positioned coplanar on the sensing surface;
an electrocardiogram (EKG) sensor positioned coplanar on the sensing surface;
an auscultation sensor positioned coplanar on the sensing surface; and
a processor configured to implement a synchronization module within the handheld device, wherein the ultrasound sensor, the EKG sensor, and the auscultation sensor are configured to simultaneously acquire respective signals of a patient, and the synchronization module is configured to synchronize the signals acquired by two or more of the ultrasound sensor, the EKG sensor, and the auscultation sensor; and
a computing device communicatively coupled to the handheld device.

US Pat. No. 10,507,008

ULTRASOUND PROBE COUPLERS AND RELATED METHODS

Casey K. Scully, Charlot...

1. An ultrasound coupler, comprising:a semi-rigid, malleable ultrasound coupler body having a self-supporting, three-dimensional shape with a sidewall extending about an open cavity over a floor,
wherein the ultrasound coupler body is a unitary member configured to be press-fit to an ultrasound probe so that upon press-fitting the end of the ultrasound probe resides in the open cavity and the ultrasound coupler self-attaches to the ultrasound probe,
wherein the unitary member of the coupler body comprises a polyhydric alcohol, a thickening agent, and a surfactant,
wherein the polyhydric alcohol comprises propylene glycol and/or dipropylene glycol, and
wherein the thickening agent is selected from sodium stearate, potassium stearate, magnesium stearate, aluminum monostearate, sodium oleate, sodium palmitate, sodium arachidate, sodium behenate, diethylamine stearate, triethylamine stearate, triethylemine oleate, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,507,007

OPHTHALMIC ULTRASOUND BIO-MICROSCOPE (UBM) APPARATUS

Dov Helbetz, Herzliya (I...

1. Ophthalmic Ultrasound Bio-Microscope (UBM) apparatus for examining an eye of a human subject in a supine position, the ophthalmic UBM apparatus including a vertical UBM examination centerline, the ophthalmic UBM apparatus comprising:(a) an illuminated overhead fixation target deployed along the vertical UBM examination centerline for direct fixation by the examined eye for fixating its visual axis therealong;
(b) a UBM scanner including a UBM probe having a UBM probe axis directed towards the examined eye, said UBM probe having a known spatial position with respect to said overhead fixation target,
said UBM probe having a UBM transducer and a motorized probe arrangement for reciprocation of said UBM transducer along a predetermined scan path for acquiring a vertical UBM scan of the examined eye at a predetermined UBM examination height relative to the examined eye, said scan path being lateral to the UBM examination centerline to preclude said UBM transducer intercepting said direct fixation of the examined eye on said illuminated overhead fixation target;
(c) a motorized UBM scanner rotation arrangement for selectively rotating said UBM scanner around the UBM examination centerline to an annular set of predetermined clock time probe positions wherein said annular set of predetermined clock time positions includes at least one diametric pair of clock time probe positions;
(d) a motorized UBM examination height adjustment arrangement for selectively adjusting said UBM examination height of said UBM scanner relative to the examined eye to at least two predetermined UBM examination heights; and
(e) an image processing module for processing said vertical UBM scans for determining ophthalmic information regarding the examined eye, said ophthalmic information including computerized vertical cross sections of at least an anterior chamber of an anterior segment of the examined eye wherein each computerized vertical cross section is constructed from UBM scans acquired at at least two diametric pair of clock time probe positions.

US Pat. No. 10,507,003

QUANTIFICATION PHANTOM FOR USE WITH MULTIPLE IMAGING MODALITIES

BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC, Wh...

1. An in-scan phantom for use during an imaging procedure of a patient, the in-scan phantom comprising:at least one measured insert for measuring at least one property of the patient during the imaging procedure;
wherein the measured insert comprises a radioactive material.

US Pat. No. 10,507,002

X-RAY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STANDING SUBJECT

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method comprising:receiving range data of a subject from a range sensor, where the range sensor is movable with an X-ray tube, and the subject is standing between the X-ray tube and an X-ray detector;
computing a surface model of the subject from the 3D depth image using a parametric model, wherein at least one parameter of the parametric model is estimated by machine learning;
selecting the region of interest of the subject based on the surface model; and
automatically controlling the X-ray tube to transmit X-ray radiation to a region of interest of the subject while the subject is standing between the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector.

US Pat. No. 10,507,001

X-RAY APPARATUS AND X-RAY SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An X-ray apparatus comprising:an X-ray radiator configured to radiate X-rays;
a detection device comprising a grid configured to selectively transmit the X-rays radiated from the X-ray radiator and a detector configured to detect the X-rays transmitted through the grid;
a controller configured to obtain:
arrangement information that indicates an arrangement status of the X-ray radiator and the detection device, the arrangement status comprising an angular relationship and a distance relationship between the X-ray radiator and the detection device, and
quality information that indicates a quality of an X-ray image, which corresponds to the arrangement status, wherein the X-ray image is obtained based on the detected X-rays selectively transmitted through the grid; and
an output device configured to output the arrangement information and the quality information.

US Pat. No. 10,506,998

AGENT-BASED IMAGING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by an imaging system, scan parameters for an agent-based imaging procedure from a selected scan protocol for the agent-based imaging procedure,
wherein the imaging system includes a computed tomography or a positron emission tomography scanner, the scan protocol includes injector delivery parameters for the agent-based imaging procedure, and the injector delivery parameters are selected from a group consisting of: a delivery rate, a delivery volume, or a delivery pressure;
configuring the imaging system for the agent-based imaging procedure with the scan parameters;
determining, during a pre-scan validation check of an injector, that the injector is configured to deliver a contrast agent using the injector delivery parameters during the agent-based imaging procedure;
scanning, in response to determining that the injector is configured to deliver the contrast agent using the injector delivery parameters during the agent-based imaging procedure, a subject with the imaging system during the agent-based imaging procedure, which produces imaging data of the subject for the agent-based imaging procedure;
receiving, by the imaging system, agent delivery information of an agent delivered to the subject with the injector during the agent-based imaging procedure and sent by the injector to the imaging system;
correlating, by the imaging system, the agent delivery information with the imaging data as a function of time;
constructing a graph of the agent delivery information with the image data as a function of the time based on a result of the correlating;
displaying the graph;
receiving an input indicating a time point of interest on the graph; and
displaying the agent delivery information for the time point based on the result of the correlating.

US Pat. No. 10,506,995

MOBILE X-RAY IMAGING DEVICE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A mobile X-ray imaging device comprising,an X-ray tube unit,
a main body configured to accommodate a drive unit of the X-ray tube unit,
wheels mounted on the main body, and
an arm unit configured to connect the X-ray tube unit with the main body,
wherein the arm unit comprises a plurality of arms being foldable, and the main body has a storage concave for storing the arm unit being folded,
wherein the plurality of arms include a first arm and a second arm which is foldable with respect to the first arm, the first arm and the second arm being stored in the storage concave in a folded position and extending outside the storage concave in an unfolded position, and
wherein the first arm has one end which is slidably coupled to the storage concave and the second arm has one end which is attached to the X-ray tube unit.

US Pat. No. 10,506,993

DUAL ENERGY DIFFERENTIAL PHASE CONTRAST IMAGING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus, comprising:an X-ray source configured to emit X-ray radiation;
an X-ray detector configured to detect the X-ray radiation;
an interferometer arranged between said X-ray source and said detector, said interferometer comprising at least one interferometric grating, wherein said interferometric grating is tiltable around a first axis perpendicular to an optical axis of said X-ray imaging apparatus, such that the interferometric grating is capable of being oriented at different tilt angles relative to said first axis;
at least one source grating arranged between the interferometric grating and the X-ray source, the source grating being configured to convert the X-ray radiation into X-ray radiation with increased coherence;
a grating adapter mechanism configured to adapt for an effective grating pitch with respect to the source grating and/or the interferometer, wherein the grating adapter mechanism is configured to i) exchange the source grating for a new source grating having a different pitch, or ii) combine said source grating with another source grating having a different pitch in order to compensate for a change in effective path length through a space between said source grating and said interferometer.

US Pat. No. 10,506,992

DIGITAL DENTAL X-RAY SENSOR DEVICE HAVING A ROUNDED HOUSING

1. A dental x-ray sensor device, comprising:a rounded housing configured fit in a patient's mouth, and which is further configured to contain a digital x-ray sensor; and
a handle attachment feature formed on an outside surface of the rounded housing, the handle attachment feature having a plurality of attachment positions.

US Pat. No. 10,506,991

DISPLAYING POSITION AND OPTICAL AXIS OF AN ENDOSCOPE IN AN ANATOMICAL IMAGE

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A method, comprising:(a) receiving:
(i) a set of two-dimensional (2D) slices of a segmented three-dimensional (3D) anatomical image of an anatomical structure of a patient, and
(ii) position signals that are indicative of respective position and orientation of a distal tip of a medical tool in the anatomical structure, wherein the medical tool includes an imaging feature operable to provide a field of view along an optical axis, and wherein the position signals are received while the distal tip is in motion;
(b) estimating, based on the position signals received while the distal tip is in motion, a direction of movement of the distal tip;
(c) estimating, based on the estimated direction of movement of the distal tip, the optical axis of the imaging feature of the medical tool;
(d) selecting, from among the slices, a slice that is:
(i) oriented at a predefined angle relative to the optical axis, and
(ii) comprises the position of the distal tip; and
(e) displaying the selected slice to a user, together with a marker indicative of the position of the distal tip.

US Pat. No. 10,506,990

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR FALL DETECTION BASED ON PHASE SEGMENTATION

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of identifying a fall event using a wearable electronic monitoring device, wherein the wearable electronic monitoring device includes one or more processors and one or more motion sensors coupled to the one or more processors, the method comprising:accessing, from the one or more motion sensors of the wearable electronic monitoring device, acceleration data indicative of motion of a user of the wearable electronic monitoring device;
segmenting, by the one or more processors, the acceleration data into at least three phases using a segmentation algorithm to identify a potential fall event, comprising:
determining a cumulative sum for the acceleration data; and
identifying the potential fall event in the acceleration data where the cumulative sum is greater than a cumulative sum threshold value, wherein the acceleration data is segmented into the at least three phases using the cumulative sum for the acceleration data;
extracting, by the one or more processors, one or more statistical features from the segmented acceleration data;
determining, by the one or more processors, whether the potential fall event is a fall event based at least in part on the one or more extracted statistical features,
generating an alarm signal from the wearable electronic device based on the one or more processors determining the potential event to be a fall event.

US Pat. No. 10,506,989

METHOD FOR QUANTIFYING GLUCOSE CONCENTRATION AND GLUCOSE CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE

PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION,...

1. A method for quantifying a glucose concentration in which near-infrared light is emitted onto a living organism and the glucose concentration in a biological tissue is measured using a signal obtained by receiving diffusely reflected light or transmitted light from the biological tissue, the method comprising:a first imaginary spectrum producing step of producing a first imaginary spectrum determined, in each measurement in a measurement spectrum at a time of measurement of the glucose concentration, by adding together a characteristic wavelength of a baseline variation and a characteristic wavelength of a spectrum of a fat component,
a concentration index calculation step of calculating a concentration index of a glucose component by using at least a spectrum of a water component, a spectrum of the glucose component, and the first imaginary spectrum to synthesize a difference spectrum between a measurement spectrum at the time of measurement of the glucose concentration and a spectrum serving as a reference obtained prior to the measurement spectrum; and
a glucose concentration calculation step of calculating the glucose concentration in the living organism using the calculated concentration index.

US Pat. No. 10,506,988

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FORECASTING SEIZURES

SEER MEDICAL PTY LTD, (A...

1. A method of estimating the probability of a seizure in a subject, the method comprising:receiving historical data associated with epileptic events experienced by the subject over a first time period, the historical data comprising physiological data associated with each epileptic event and a time at which each epileptic event occurred;
generating a temporal probability model of future epileptic events based on the time of each of the epileptic events, the temporal probability model representing a probability of a future seizure occurrence in each of a plurality of future time windows;
generating a probabilistic model based on the physiological data associated with each epileptic event;
combining the probabilistic model and the temporal probability model to generate a weighted probabilistic model representing a time-weighted probability of future seizure activity in each of the plurality of future time windows; and
outputting an estimate of seizure probability in the subject for one or more of the plurality of future time windows using the weighted probabilistic model.

US Pat. No. 10,506,987

READMISSION RISK ASSESSMENT BASED ON CHRONOBIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A system for managing a patient with a chronic disease, comprising:a sensor circuit including sense amplifier circuits to sense one or more physiological signals;
a signal processor circuit configured to generate a chronobiological rhythm indicator (CRI) from the one or more physiological signals; and
a detector circuit coupled to the signal processor circuit and configured to determine a readmission risk score using the generated CRI and a reference CRI associated with a prior hospital admission event of the patient, the readmission risk score indicating a degree of risk of subsequent hospital readmission for a worsened condition of the chronic disease; and
an output circuit configured to provide the readmission risk score to a user or a process.

US Pat. No. 10,506,986

METHOD OF PREDICTING SEVERITY OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

1. A method of early detection of multiple sclerosis (MS) in a study animal in a vivarium comprising the steps of:(aaa) placing the study animal in a cage in the vivarium;
(bbb) electronically observing one or more animal activities in real-time of the study animal using a combination of electronic cameras, infrared (IR) lighting of the study animals, and electronic hardware including computation and communication hardware;
(x) selecting a single “linear combination coefficient set” that generates a scalar linear combination value when applied responsively to a set of discreet transform values;
(y) selecting a “MS severity index function” whose input comprises an animal health dataset and whose output comprises a likelihood scalar representing a predicted severity of MS in the study animal;
(z) collecting an activity scalar of the study animal repeatedly and continually for a night: a set of “nightly activity data”;
(aa) computing a Fourier transform on a circle responsive to the nightly activity data, generating a set of discreet transform values;
(bb) applying the linear combination coefficient set responsively to the set of discreet transform values; wherein the resulting scalar linear combination value is a nightly activity value;
(cc) adding the nightly activity value into the animal health dataset; wherein the animal health dataset comprises the nightly activity values;
(dd) applying the MS severity index function to the animal health dataset;
(ee) iterating steps (z) through (dd) for sequential nights until a terminating condition is reached;
wherein the predicting severity of MS comprises the output of the MS severity index function applied to the animal health dataset of step (dd);
(ccc) terminating the study when the terminating condition is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,506,985

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DIAGNOSING OR MONITORING PROGRESS OF A PATHOLOGY USING LASER INDUCED BREAKDOWN SPECTROSCOPY AND BIOLOGICAL FLUIDS

The University of Massach...

1. A method for diagnosing or monitoring progress of a pathology using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and biological fluids, the method comprising:depositing a sample of a predetermined biological fluid on a predetermined substrate;
focusing light from a laser source on the sample deposited on the predetermined substrate; energy and pulse length of the laser source being configured to cause ablation of the sample and the predetermined substrate and formation of a plasma;
collecting optical emission from the plasma using an optical detection system;
providing collected optical emission to a spectroscopic acquisition component; the spectroscopic acquisition component providing information on spectral data;
providing the spectral data from the collected optical emission to a processing component; the processing component comprising one or more processors;
using a machine learning algorithm and the one or more processors to diagnose the pathology or monitor progress of the pathology; wherein the machine learning algorithm is trained on a training set comprising spectral data for LIBS collected optical emission from samples of the predetermined biological fluid on the predetermined substrate which have known pathology or known progress of the pathology;
wherein the predetermined substrate has ionization energy lower than ionization energies of C or H and is also configured to provide higher signal-to-noise ratio than other candidate substrates with ionization energy lower than ionization energies of C or H and also configured to provide higher classification accuracy, obtained using the machine learning algorithm, of greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,506,984

BODY LANDMARK DETECTION BASED ON DEPTH IMAGES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A system comprising:a memory configured to store a plurality of sets of body surface data and, for each set of body surface data, data of a plurality of landmark traces, where each of the plurality of landmark traces is associated with one or more body landmark locations; and
a processor configured to execute processor-executable program code to:
train, using the plurality of sets of body surface data and data of a first landmark trace of each of the plurality of sets of body surface data, a first reinforcement learning network to identify a first one or more body landmark locations associated with the first landmark trace, where a result is a trained first reinforcement learning network; and
train, using the plurality of sets of body surface data and data of a second landmark trace of each of the plurality of sets of body surface data, a second reinforcement learning network to identify a second one or more body landmark locations associated with the second landmark trace, where a result is a trained second reinforcement learning network.

US Pat. No. 10,506,983

APPLICATION OF THE EXTREMA DISTORTION METHOD TO OPTIMIZE CONTROL SIGNALS

University of Massachuset...

1. A system for controlling a signaling pathway in a subject of interest, comprising:a sensor configured to observe a signal in the subject of interest, and configured to provide an electrical representation of said signal for further manipulation;
a module configured to accept as input said electrical representation of said signal for further manipulation;
a module configured to apply the Extrema Distortion Algorithm to said electrical representation of said signal, and configured to generate a synthetic control signal;
a module configured to provide said synthetic control signal as an output; and
a signal application module configured to receive said synthetic control signal and configured to apply said synthetic control signal to the subject of interest, wherein
said module configured to apply the Extrema Distortion Algorithm is a general purpose programmable computer which when operating under control of instructions recorded on a non-volatile medium is configured to perform the steps of said Extrema Distortion Algorithm, and
said Extrema Distortion Algorithm includes instructions recorded on said non-volatile medium that are configured to direct said general purpose computer to: (a) Select a randomly generated starting seed that successfully causes a state transition, (b) Find the extrema of the starting seed and measure the time interval between them, (c) Multiply each of the time intervals by a randomly generated number (e.g. with a Gaussian distribution), (d) Rescale the time of the synthetic stimulus to match the duration of the original stimulus, (e) Add to each peak a randomly generated number (e.g. with a Gaussian distribution), (f) Linearly transform all the data points between the extrema with the new extrema endpoints, (g) Test the distorted stimulus in the system, checking to see if it achieves pre-specified constraints, (h) Calculate the performance metric (e.g. L2-norm) of each of the neighboring stimuli, (i) Repeat steps (c)-(h) N times to produce N neighboring solutions based on the starting seed, (j) Choose the stimulus from among the neighboring solutions and the starting seed with the best performance, (k) Repeat steps (b)-(j) for a predetermined number of times M each iteration using the best stimuli found from the previous iteration as the new starting seed in step (b), and (l) After M iterations, output the stimulus with the best performance metric as the optimal stimulus.

US Pat. No. 10,506,982

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING SENSOR DATA

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

8. A method for processing continuous analyte sensor data, comprising:receiving sensor data from a continuous analyte sensor, the sensor data comprising one or more sensor data points;
calibrating the sensor data using calibration information, which is derived from a first calibration set comprising a plurality of matched data pairs, each matched data pair comprising an analyte sensor signal and a corresponding analyte concentration;
on a processor, determining a predictive accuracy of the calibrated sensor data, wherein the predictive accuracy is evaluated by a difference between a first calibration line formed from the first calibration set and a second calibration line formed from a second calibration set containing a newly received matched data pair not contained in the first calibration set;
on the processor, comparing the determined predictive accuracy with one or more accuracy level thresholds to produce an accuracy output;
outputting the accuracy output; and
controlling an insulin delivery device using insulin delivery instructions and/or insulin therapy instructions to control insulin delivery, wherein the insulin delivery instructions and/or insulin therapy instructions are based at least in part on the accuracy output.

US Pat. No. 10,506,981

VITAL SIGN DETECTION SYSTEM WITH RANDOM BODY MOVEMENT CANCELLATION

NATIONAL SUN YAT-SEN UNIV...

1. A vital sign detection system comprising:a radar device configured to output an output signal;
a nonreciprocal network coupled to the radar device;
a first antenna coupled to the nonreciprocal network; and
a second antenna coupled to the nonreciprocal network;
wherein the output signal from the radar device is configured to be delivered to the first antenna via the nonreciprocal network and then transmitted to a first side of a biological subject via the first antenna, and a first reflection signal from the first side of the biological subject is received by the first antenna and configured to be delivered to the second antenna via the nonreciprocal network and then transmitted to a second side of the biological subject via the second antenna, and a second reflection signal from the second side of the biological subject is received by the second antenna and configured to be delivered to the radar device via the nonreciprocal network.

US Pat. No. 10,506,979

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MOTOR FUNCTION CHARACTERIZATION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method for detecting motor impairment of a user by analyzing an input by the user to a user interface of at least one computing device, the method comprising:receiving a sequence of keystroke events indicating that the user pressed at least a portion of the user interface over a time duration;
determining, by at least one processor, a biosignature indicative of the user's motor function at least in part by determining at least one distribution of time intervals corresponding to keystroke events that occur over at least some of the time duration; and
detecting a degree of motor impairment in the user based on comparing the biosignature to a reference biosignature to determine variation between the biosignature and the reference biosignature, wherein the reference biosignature is determined at least in part by determining at least one second distribution of time intervals that correspond to keystroke events that occur over a second time duration and detecting the degree of motor impairment in the user further comprises:
calculating at least one feature of the at least one distribution and the at least one second distribution by comparing the at least one distribution to the at least one second distribution to obtain a degree of similarity indicative of the variation among the at least one distribution and the at least one second distribution; and
determining variation of the at least one feature between the at least one distribution and the at least one second distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,506,978

BAND TIGHTNESS SENSOR OF A WEARABLE DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A wearable device, comprising:a housing including a processing unit and a health sensor;
a band operable to couple the housing to a body part of a user; and
a tightness sensor, coupled to the band and communicably coupled to the processing unit, comprising a strain gauge that produces a signal indicating a tightness of the band;
wherein the processing unit is configured to:
determine the tightness of the band using the signal; and
if the tightness of the band is outside a range of tightness values, provide output directing the user to adjust the band to improve operation of the health sensor; wherein:
the strain gauge is embedded in the band.

US Pat. No. 10,506,976

SYSTEM FOR MONITORING RESPIRATION

Spire, Inc., San Francis...

1. A system for monitoring respiration comprising:a housing configured to be removably attached to clothing worn by a user, the housing being at least partially flexible;
a respiration sensor enclosed within the housing and coupled to the housing, the respiration sensor comprising a capacitive sensor with first and second conductive plates positioned parallel to one another and separated by a non-rigid material, the respiration sensor configured to generate a respiration signal based on a change in capacitance responsive to movements of the user's body produced by the user's breathing being applied to the housing;
an activity sensor enclosed within the housing, the activity sensor configured to generate an activity signal associated with activity performed by the user; and
electronics enclosed within the housing, the electronics comprising a processor coupled to the respiration sensor and the activity sensor, the processor configured to:
transform the respiration signal and the activity signal into a dataset characterizing at least one respiration characteristic of the user and an activity contemporaneously performed by the user;
associate the activity determined from the activity signal with a portion of the dataset;
extract the at least one respiration characteristic from a portion of the dataset associated with the activity; and
generate a user notification indicative of respiration of the user based on a result of analysis of the at least one respiration characteristic and a comparative respiration characteristic extracted from another occurrence of the activity.

US Pat. No. 10,506,975

BIO-SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND BIOMETRIC INFORMATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A bio-signal processing apparatus comprising:a first low pass filter (LPF) configured to have a first cutoff frequency, and output a first preprocessed signal having low frequency components of an input bio-signal that are less than the first cutoff frequency;
a second LPF configured to have a second cutoff frequency, and output a second preprocessed signal in which high frequency components greater than or equal to the second cutoff frequency are removed from the input bio-signal;
a delay buffer configured to adjust amounts of delay of the output second preprocessed signal and the output first preprocessed signal, wherein a size of the delay buffer is adjusted based on a difference between the first cutoff frequency and the second cutoff frequency to synchronize the output first preprocessed signal and the output second preprocessed signal; and
a processor configured to output an output bio-signal for biometric information detection, based on the output first preprocessed signal and the output second preprocessed signal that are synchronized.

US Pat. No. 10,506,974

HEADSETS AND ELECTRODES FOR GATHERING ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHIC DATA

THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US),...

1. An electrode unit comprising:a housing having a cavity defined by an opening in a side of the housing; and
an electrode constructed of a conductive material, the electrode including:
a ring disposed in the opening; and
an arm coupled to the ring, the arm having:
a first end coupled to the ring;
a second end opposite the first end;
a bend between the first end and the second end;
a first portion between the first end and the bend, the first portion extending outward from the opening away from the housing; and
a second portion between the bend and the second end, the second portion extending from the bend toward the housing and into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,506,972

CALCULATING A MEDICAMENT DOSE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A device for determining and displaying a dose of a medicament for treatment of a user with basal insulin or analogues thereof, or glargine insulin or analogues thereof to achieve glycemic control and to be administered to the user based, at least in part, on a measure of physical activity of the user, the device comprising:a determining unit configured to determine a measure of physical activity of the user using information provided by one or more sensors;
a computer readable memory storing a set of predefined templates comprising predefined actions, rules, and parameters defining at least an initial medicament dose value, the measure of physical activity of the user, a time elapsed between an instance of physical activity and a current time, and a target blood glucose value, wherein the determining unit is further configured to determine the dose of the medicament based, at least in part, on the measure of physical activity of the user, by execution of one or more templates from the set of predefined templates, at least one of the predefined templates, upon execution, being configured to afford a higher weight to an instance of physical activity having a higher level of intensity such that the higher level of intensity results in a disproportionately greater increase in the weight afforded to the medicament dose than a respective recorded value of the determined level of intensity;
a display unit configured to indicate the determined dose of the medicament to the user; and
a dose setting unit configured to receive the determined dose of the medicament from the determining unit and set the determined dose in a dose delivering unit, wherein the dose delivering unit is configured to deliver the determined dose to treat the user.

US Pat. No. 10,506,971

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING MEDICATION ADHERENCE

Ai Cure Technologies LLC,...

1. A method for positioning a user in a field of view of an image acquisition camera by providing automatic guidance to the user on how to position the user, the method comprising the steps of:displaying on a display an image of a user within a field of view of an image acquisition camera;
determining a desired location of a user in a field of view of an image acquisition camera;
determining a current position of the user in the field of view of the image acquisition apparatus;
presenting a location target on the display indicating the desired location of the user in the field of view of the image acquisition camera;
acquiring an image of the user within the field of view of the image acquisition camera by the image acquisition camera;
following movement of the user in the field of view of the image acquisition camera by relative movement of the user image on the display; and
confirming interaction between the user and the location target when they are determined to be coextensive on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,506,969

ACOUSTIC UPPER AIRWAY ASSESSMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD, AND SLEEP APNEA ASSESSMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD RELYING THEREON

UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK...

1. A non-invasive method for assessing upper airway anatomy in a subject while breathing to output an indication on sleep apnea severity, the method comprising:receiving as input at a hardware processor a digital signal representative of respiratory sounds generated by the subject while breathing;
isolating digital respiratory sound segments of interest from said digital signal;
computationally extracting a designated spectral feature from each of said segments to characterize said respiratory sound within each of said segments;
automatically evaluating each said extracted spectral feature against a preset upper airway anatomy dimension metric defined by a pre-established scale automatically correlating said extracted spectral feature with a given upper airway anatomy measure to characterize said given upper airway anatomy measure in the subject while breathing; and
outputting a sleep apnea severity indication based on said characterized upper airway anatomy measure.

US Pat. No. 10,506,966

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING SENSORY MOTOR PERFORMANCE BASED ON NON-POSTURAL INFORMATION

Emory University, Atlant...

1. A method of determining balance performance, comprising:receiving performance information for a user with respect to a dynamic virtual environment provided on a user interface for one or more sessions, the performance information for the one or more sessions including i) user input data with respect to a state of one or more attributes of a dynamic virtual environment for the one or more sessions and ii) the state of the one or more attributes for the one or more sessions, wherein:
the user input data relates to non-postural movement of the user detected by a user input device;
the one or more attributes includes a control object, a target, and a target zone;
an objective of the dynamic virtual environment includes the target to be moved within the target zone,
within the dynamic virtual environment, a position and a movement of the control object is controlled by the user input data, a position and a movement of the target is with respect to the control object and is determined using the position and the movement of the control object, and the target zone is a region of the control object; and
the state of the one or more attributes includes the position and the movement of the target and the position and the movement of the control object;
determining one or more performance variables based on the performance information, the one or more performance variables including at least one performance variable using the position and/or the movement of the target with respect to the target zone; and
determining sensory motor performance information from the one or more performance variables.

US Pat. No. 10,506,965

BLADDER HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS AND DEVICES

University of Iowa Resear...

1. A bladder monitoring system comprising:(a) a first elongate tube comprising a first lumen;
(b) a catheter coupling component disposed at a distal end of the first elongate tube, the catheter coupling component comprising an opening in fluid communication with the first lumen, wherein the catheter coupling component is constructed and arranged to be coupleable to a urinary catheter such that the opening is in fluid communication with a lumen of the urinary catheter, the urinary catheter being a single lumen catheter;
(c) a housing;
(d) a pressure sensor disposed within the housing and in fluid communication with the catheter coupling component via a proximal end of the first elongate tube;
(e) a processor disposed within the housing and operably coupled to the pressure sensor;
(f) a communications component operably coupled to the processor; and
(g) a second elongate tube comprising a second lumen capable of fluidic communication with the catheter coupling component by way of a second opening,
wherein:
(i) the pressure sensor is constructed and arranged to detect bladder pressure at the time of catheterization,
(ii) the communications component is constructed and arranged to wirelessly transmit the detected bladder pressure, and
(iii) the first lumen is in fluid communication with the pressure sensor and the second lumen is in fluid communication with a pump constructed and arranged to evacuate a patient bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,506,964

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FATIGUE DRIVING

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A device for detecting fatigue driving, comprising:a first detection apparatus, which is disposed on a steering wheel of a vehicle, and configured to detect a grip of a driver on the steering wheel and transmit the detected grip value;
a controller, which is configured to receive the detected grip value, and determine whether the driver is in a suspected fatigue driving state according to the detected grip value and a grip standard sample value; and
a second detection apparatus head-wearable by the driver,
wherein the second detection apparatus comprises:
a detection member, which is configured to fit to a head of the driver and detect a brain wave amplitude of the driver; and
a communication member, which is configured to transmit a detected value of the brain wave amplitude to the controller, and transmit a control instruct from the controller to the detection member,
wherein the controller is configured to, when determining that the driver is in a suspected fatigue driving state, control to activate the detection member via the communication member, and determine whether the driver is in a fatigue driving state according to the detected value of the brain wave amplitude and preset second and third thresholds, and
wherein the controller is configured to calculate a difference between the second threshold and the detected value of the brain wave amplitude, as well as a fluctuation ratio indicating a ratio of the difference to the second threshold; compare the fluctuation ratio with the preset third threshold, and determine that the driver is in a fatigue driving state when the fluctuation ratio is smaller than or equal to the third threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,506,962

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTRAOPERATIVE CHARACTERIZATION OF BRAIN FUNCTION USING INPUT FROM A TOUCH PANEL DEVICE

SUNNYBROOK RESEARCH INSTI...

1. A system for performing an intraoperative assessment of brain function, the system comprising:an intervention device configured to apply an intervention to a patient's brain;
a tracking device configured to track a location of the intervention device within an intraoperative reference frame;
a touch panel device configured to receive input from the patient;
a display device; and
a computing device operatively connected to said tracking device, said touch panel device, and said display device, the computing device comprising a processor coupled to a memory, wherein the processor, in response to executing instructions stored in the memory, is configured to:
obtain, via the touch panel device, intraoperative input from the patient in response to a task;
determine a measure associated with the intraoperative input when the intervention is applied to a selected region of the patient's brain; and
display, on the display device, visual output associating the measure with the selected region;
wherein said intervention device is configured to apply a stimulation to the brain; and
wherein said processor is further configured to:
detect an event associated with the task; and
control the timing of the application of the stimulation in relation to the event.

US Pat. No. 10,506,961

DIAGNOSTIC TRANSDUCER AND METHOD

Eden Medical, Inc., Howa...

1. A diagnostic device for assessing ulceration risk in a tissue of a patient, the diagnostic device comprising:a hand-held housing, wherein the hand-held housing includes a user interface;
an extension neck operatively coupled to the hand-held housing at a first end of the extension neck, wherein the extension neck has at least a first range of motion relative to the hand-held housing;
a scan head operatively coupled to the extension neck at a second end of the extension neck, wherein the scan head has at least a second range of motion relative to the extension neck, and wherein the hand-held housing, the extension neck, and the scan head are arranged such that pressure is applied to the tissue of the patient from the scan head by a person holding the hand-held housing, and wherein the scan head includes:
a light-emitting system configured to emit light at a selected wavelength of a predetermined set of wavelengths at a first time and to direct the emitted light into the tissue; and
a photodetector configured to receive light reflected from the tissue and generate an electrical signal based on the received reflected light;
a controller operatively coupled to the user interface and configured to control the light-emitting system and the photodetector; and
a processor operatively coupled to the photodetector and the controller and configured to calculate regional-perfusion-index (RPI) data based at least in part on the electrical signal generated by the photodetector.

US Pat. No. 10,506,960

SYSTEM FOR SCREENING OF THE STATE OF OXYGENATION OF A SUBJECT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for screening of a state of oxygenation of a subject, said system comprising an imaging unit for obtaining a plurality of image frames of the subject over time, said system further comprising a processor configured to process the image frames by:recognizing the subject within an image frame,
locating body parts of interest of the subject including at least a right upper extremity and at least one lower extremity of the subject,
determining, per body part of interest, the perfusion index,
selecting, per body part of interest, a plurality of pixels and/or pixel groups by use of said perfusion index,
determining the blood oxygen saturation level for said plurality of pixels and/or pixel groups of the subject from pulse oximetry waveforms for at least two different wavelengths contained in the image frames,
determining a difference blood oxygen saturation level between the determined blood oxygen saturation level for the right upper extremity and the determined blood oxygen saturation level for the at least one lower extremity, and
comparing the determined difference blood oxygen saturation level, the determined blood oxygen saturation level for the right upper extremity and the determined blood oxygen saturation level for the at least one lower extremity to respective blood oxygen saturation level thresholds to obtain an screening indicator for the subject indicating the quality of the subject's oxygenation.

US Pat. No. 10,506,959

MULTI-STREAM DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR NONINVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF BLOOD CONSTITUENTS

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A user-worn physiological measurement device that defines a plurality of optical paths, the physiological measurement device comprising:a plurality of emitters configured to emit light into tissue of a user;
at least four detectors positioned on a first surface and surrounded by a wall that is operably connected to the first surface; and
a cover operably connected to the wall and comprising a single protruding convex surface configured to be located between tissue of the user and the at least four detectors when the physiological measurement device is worn by the user,
wherein the physiological measurement device provides a plurality of optical paths, wherein each of the optical paths:
exits an emitter of the plurality of emitters,
passes through tissue of the user,
passes through the single protruding convex surface, and
arrives at a corresponding detector of the at least four detectors, the corresponding detector configured to detect light emitted by the emitter after traversal by the light of a corresponding optical path of the plurality of optical paths and after attenuation of the light by tissue of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,506,958

MULTI-STREAM DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR NONINVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF BLOOD CONSTITUENTS

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A physiological measurement system comprising:a physiological sensor device comprising:
a plurality of emitters configured to emit light into tissue of a user;
at least four detectors, wherein each of the at least four detectors has a corresponding window that allows light to pass through to the detector;
a wall that surrounds at least the at least four detectors; and
a cover that operably connects to the wall and that is configured to be located between tissue of the user and the at least four detectors when the physiological sensor device is worn by the user, wherein:
the cover comprises a single protruding convex surface, and
at least a portion of the cover is sufficiently rigid to cause tissue of the user to conform to at least a portion of a shape of the single protruding convex surface when the physiological sensor device is worn by the user; and
a handheld computing device in wireless communication with the physiological sensor device, wherein the handheld computing device comprises:
one or more processors configured to wirelessly receive one or more signals from the physiological sensor device, the one or more signals responsive to at least a physiological parameter of the user;
a touch-screen display configured to provide a user interface,
wherein:
the user interface is configured to display indicia responsive to measurements of the physiological parameter, and
an orientation of the user interface is configurable responsive to a user input; and
a storage device configured to at least temporarily store at least the measurements of the physiological parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,506,957

MULTI-STREAM DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR NONINVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF BLOOD CONSTITUENTS

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A noninvasive optical physiological measurement device adapted to be worn by a wearer, the noninvasive optical physiological measurement device providing an indication of a physiological parameter of the wearer, the noninvasive optical physiological measurement device comprising:one or more light emitters;
a substrate having a surface;
a wall extending from the surface;
at least four detectors arranged on the surface and spaced apart from each other, the at least four detectors configured to output data or one or more signals responsive to light from the one or more light emitters attenuated by body tissue, the data or one or more signals including information sufficient to determine a physiological parameter of the wearer; and
a cover arranged to cover at least a portion of the surface of the substrate, the cover comprising a protrusion configured to provide optical paths to each of the at least four detectors arranged on the surface of the substrate, at least part of the cover being light permeable.

US Pat. No. 10,506,956

MULTI-STREAM DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR NONINVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF BLOOD CONSTITUENTS

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A noninvasive optical physiological sensor comprising:a plurality of emitters configured to emit light into tissue of a user;
a plurality of detectors configured to detect light that has been attenuated by tissue of the user, wherein the plurality of detectors comprise at least four detectors, and wherein the plurality of detectors are arranged on a substrate;
a wall configured to circumscribe at least the plurality of detectors; and
a cover configured to be located between tissue of the user and the plurality of detectors when the noninvasive optical physiological sensor is worn by the user, wherein the cover comprises a single protruding convex surface operable to conform tissue of the user to at least a portion of the single protruding convex surface when the noninvasive optical physiological sensor is worn by the user, and wherein the wall operably connects to the substrate and the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,506,955

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NON-INVASIVE DETERMINATION OF A MEASURED VARIABLE OF AN ANALYTE IN A BIOLOGICAL BODY

1. A method of non-invasive determination of a measured variable of an organic analyte in a biological body, the method comprising:locally irradiating the body, in an automated manner, sufficient for causing at least some of the light to penetrate into the body and to be absorbed by the organic analyte, with light having a wavelength range between 6 ?m and 16 ?m matched to an absorption signature of the organic analyte, whereupon the body heats up at least locally as a result of an absorption by the organic analyte;
detecting a consequently occurring change in a speckle pattern of coherent light scattered at the body, and deducing from the change in the speckle pattern a value of the measured variable of the organic analyte.

US Pat. No. 10,506,952

MOTION MONITOR

BreatheVision Ltd., Hof ...

1. A system for monitoring the respiratory activity of a subject, comprising:a) two or more signal generating elements, wherein each of said signal generating elements being a light emitting element and/or an inertial sensor which generates a signal receivable by a receiver, wherein each of said signal generating elements is applied to the body of a subject, for generating signals that are indicative of movement of the chest and abdomen of said subject throughout a predetermined time period;
b) receiver for receiving said generated signals during breathing motions of said subject; and
c) one or more computing devices in data communication with said receiver, for analyzing said breathing motions,
wherein said one or more computing devices is operable to:
i. generate, by said two or more signal generating elements, signals that are indicative of movements of the chest and abdomen of said subject, throughout said predetermined time period;
ii. calculate the current amplitudes and relative phases of said signal generating elements throughout said predetermined time period; and
iii. calculate, throughout said predetermined time period, the breathing volume from the said amplitudes and said relative phases.

US Pat. No. 10,506,951

JOINT PLAY QUANTIFICATION AND ANALYSIS

RoboDiagnostics LLC, Atl...

1. A method of evaluating a joint, the method comprising:obtaining, by a processor, rotational data and translational data captured via a robotic testing apparatus for the joint, the rotational and translational data being indicative of rotational and translational movement of the joint, respectively, during rotational and translational joint testing, the rotational and translational joint testing being implemented by the robotic testing apparatus applied to the joint, the robotic testing apparatus comprising a plurality of motors for the rotational and translational joint testing, the rotational data and the translational data being indicative of one or more rotational ranges of motion and one or more translational ranges of motion, respectively, for the rotational and translational joint testing;
computing, by the processor, a quantity indicative of a joint play volume of the joint, the quantity being computed via a function, the function comprising a multiplication of the one or more rotational ranges of motion and the one or more translational ranges of motion for the rotational data and the translational data;
determining, by the processor, whether the joint has an abnormality by determining whether the computed quantity exceeds a joint play volume threshold;
if the computed quantity exceeds the joint play volume threshold, comparing, by the processor, the rotational data and the translational data with preset rotational data and preset translational data for the rotational and translation joint testing, respectively, to identify the abnormality of the joint; and
wherein determining that the joint has an abnormality based on the computed quantity is a prerequisite to identifying the abnormality, such that comparing the rotational data and the translational data with the preset rotational data and the preset translational data is implemented after determining that the computed quantity exceeds the joint play volume threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,506,950

RESPIRATORY THERAPY INSTRUMENT OFFERING GAME-BASED INCENTIVES, TRAINING, AND TELEMETRY COLLECTION

Compliant Games, Inc., M...

1. A respiratory therapy system for establishing a telehealth platform for pulmonary care comprising:a respiratory therapy adapter including,
a housing,
an airway tube removably secured to the housing for accommodating a flow of air,
a first absolute pressure sensor in communication with an interior of the airway tube at a first location,
a second absolute pressure sensor in communication with the interior of the airway tube at a second location, and
a circuit board retained within the housing, the circuit board including a transmitter for transmitting data to a computing device; and
a separate respiratory therapy device including a first flow resistance insert disposed in an airflow pathway;
wherein the airway tube of the respiratory therapy adapter is in fluid communication with a port of the airflow pathway of the separate respiratory therapy device;
wherein the circuit board provides access, via the computing device, to a database of resistance values corresponding with a plurality of flow resistance inserts, including the first flow resistance insert, to facilitate identification of a first flow resistance value associated with the first flow resistance insert of the separate respiratory therapy device;
wherein the first flow resistance value is usable with pressure data detected at one or both of the first and second absolute pressure sensors to ascertain a flow measurement through the separate respiratory therapy device;
wherein the housing is a multi-component housing; and
wherein the multi-component housing includes first and second tubular portions secured to one another longitudinally with a threaded nut.

US Pat. No. 10,506,948

LOCALIZATION FOR ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC MAPPING

CARDIOINSIGHT TECHNOLOGIE...

1. A system to localize an object in a patient's body, the system comprising:at least one electrode fixed to the object in the patient's body;
a pulse generator configured to generate a localization signal comprising a subthreshold electrical signal and provide the localization signal to the at least one electrode, the subthreshold electrical signal having energy insufficient to stimulate electrical conduction in tissue of the patient's body;
a sensor array configured to detect an electrical field produced in response to the localization signal and provide respective sensor signals; and
a processor configured to:
retrieve geometry data stored in memory, the geometry data representing a geometric relationship between patient anatomy and the sensor array;
reconstruct electrical signals based on the respective sensor signals and the geometry data; and
determine an absolute location where the localization signal was applied based on comparing amplitude and frequency characteristics of each of the reconstructed electrical signals with respect to the localization signal.

US Pat. No. 10,506,947

AUTOMATED SELECTION OF OPTIMAL CALIBRATION IN TRACKED INTERVENTIONAL PROCEDURES

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for selecting a calibration, comprising:a data structure including non-transitory computer readable storage media having entries for a plurality of calibrations stored therein each calibration performed at a different position and orientation of a field generator, and indexed to the position and orientation of the field generator, relative to a reference sensor, the field generator being configured for placement at a desired location in an environment for sensor tracking; and
a calibration selection module configured to determine the position and orientation of the field generator located at the desired location relative to the reference sensor, and based on the determined position and orientation, select, using the data structure, entries for the corresponding calibration stored in the data structure.

US Pat. No. 10,506,946

MOTION BOX VISUALIZATION FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC SENSOR TRACKING SYSTEM

1. A medical navigation system, comprising:a processor adapted to be connected to a display;
an electromagnetic sensor tracking system connected to the processor, wherein the electromagnetic sensor tracking system has an electromagnetic tracking coordinate system, wherein the electromagnetic sensor tracking system is adapted to measure the position of a sensor located in the electromagnetic tracking coordinate system;
wherein the processor is adapted to:
measure a position of the electromagnetic sensor tracking system;
calculate an electromagnetic coordinate system to a table coordinate system transformation matrix based on the measured position of the electromagnetic sensor tracking system, wherein the table coordinate system is the coordinate system of a table adapted to support a patient during a medical procedure;
receive a measured position of the sensor in the electromagnetic tracking coordinate system from the electromagnetic sensor tracking system;
transform the position of the sensor from the electromagnetic tracking coordinate system to the table coordinate system using the electromagnetic coordinate system to table coordinate system transformation matrix; and
deliver a signal to the display to render on the display a depiction of a position of a motion box based upon the transformed position of the electromagnetic sensor tracking system, wherein the motion box depicts a volume of physical space representing boundaries of where the position of the electromagnetic sensor can be measured within a magnetic field, and wherein the rendered position of the motion box is registered to the table coordinate system.

US Pat. No. 10,506,944

APPARATUS FOR ELECTRODERMAL ACTIVITY MEASUREMENT WITH CURRENT COMPENSATION

Empatica Srl, Milan (IT)...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first electrode configured to be in contact with a first portion of a stratum corneum of skin;
a second electrode configured to be in contact with a second portion of the stratum corneum and in electronic communication with the first electrode through the stratum corneum;
a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) configured to generate a compensation voltage; and
a processor electrically coupled to the first electrode, the second electrode, and the DAC, the processor configured to execute computer-executable instructions to:
(a) bias the first electrode at a first voltage V+ and the second electrode at a second voltage V?;
(b) measure a first current flowing between the first electrode and the second electrode, the first current corresponding to a conductance of the stratum corneum;
(c) subtract a compensation current from the first current to obtain a second current;
(d) amplify the second current and transform the second current to an output voltage;
(e) calculate the conductance of the stratum corneum based on the output voltage, the conductance of the stratum corneum being indicative of an extent of electrodermal activity;
(f) determine whether the output voltage is greater than a threshold value; and
(g) in response to determining that the output voltage is greater than the threshold value, adjust the compensation voltage generated by the DAC to adjust the compensation current subtracted from the first current to prevent saturation of the output voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,506,943

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING INTRABODY TISSUES

Sensible Medical Innovati...

1. A wearable monitoring device for monitoring an intrabody region during a stress ergometry test for detecting a pathological state in a patient, comprising:at least one probe comprising at least one transducer configured for transmitting to and intercepting electromagnetic (EM) radiation from at least one intrabody region of the lungs of the patient while said patient is performing the stress examination test;
at least one hardware processor in communication with the at least one probe, and in communication with the at least one of a communication interface and a display;
a non-transitory memory having stored thereon a code for execution by the at least one hardware processor of the wearable monitoring device, comprising:
code for detecting a breathing cycle of the patient according to an analysis of the intercepted EM radiation transmitted by the at least one probe;
code for calculating a dielectric related change of the at least one intrabody region by analyzing respective said intercepted EM radiation transmitted by the at least one probe in view of a differential signal computed according to the detected breathing cycle; and
code for detecting a change in measured fluid in the lungs during said stress examination test according to said dielectric related change,
wherein said change in measured fluid is detected relative to a baseline level of fluid within the at least one intrabody tissue, wherein the baseline level of fluid is measured during a calibration stage performed before monitoring of the stress examination test is initiated; and
code for outputting via at least one of the communication interface and the display, a notification indicative of said change in measured fluid in the lungs during said stress examination test, wherein said change in measured fluid in the lungs is indicative of the pathological state of the patient with higher sensitivity and/or specificity in comparison to stress examination test alone.

US Pat. No. 10,506,942

IN-VIVO SIGNAL SOURCE DETECTION METHOD AND IN-VIVO SIGNAL SOURCE DETECTION DEVICE

TORAY ENGINEERING CO., LT...

1. An in-vivo signal source detection method for detecting a position of a signal source in a living body by a voltage generated at an electrode arranged on a surface of the living body, whereinat least three electrodes are arranged on a circumference of the surface of the living body to surround multiple muscle fibers, and a first external resistor and a second external resistor are alternately switchably connected in parallel between each electrode and a ground potential or between ones of the electrodes,
a first voltage Vi (i=1, 2, 3) generated when the first external resistor is connected to between each electrode and the ground potential or between ones of the electrodes and a second voltage V?i (i=1, 2, 3) generated when the second external resistor is connected to between each electrode and the ground potential or between ones of the electrodes are measured, and
a ratio Vi/V?i (i=1, 2, 3) is calculated from the first voltage Vi and the second voltage V?i, and the position of the signal source in the living body is detected based on three ratios Vi/V?i (i=1, 2, 3).

US Pat. No. 10,506,941

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SENSING ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY IN TISSUE

THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US),...

1. A headset comprising:a sensor electrode structured to be placed on skin of a user at a first point, the sensor electrode structured to sense electrical activity in a tissue of the user and to produce a signal of interest, an undesired signal and noise;
a reference electrode structured to be placed on the skin of the user at a second point, the second point being spaced apart from the first point; and
an electronics module, the electronics module including:
a front end amplifier structured to (1) amplify the signal of interest and the undesired signal occurring in a first frequency range while (2) attenuating the noise occurring in a second frequency range, the sensor electrode electrically coupled to a first input of the amplifier and the reference electrode electrically coupled to a second input of the amplifier, an output of the amplifier electrically coupled to the second input of the amplifier via a parallel resistor and capacitor circuit;
a filter electrically coupled to the output of the amplifier and structured to receive an output signal from the amplifier containing the signal of interest and the undesired signal, the filter structured to isolate the signal of interest by attenuating the undesired signal; and
a processor programmed to receive the signal of interest from the filter for analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,506,940

STIMULATION PROGAMMING AID USING A SENSORY PROJECTION

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A method implemented by a system having processing circuitry, the method comprising:receiving a user-perceivable input comprising at least one of an audio signal or a haptic signal;
determining an electrical waveform, using the processing circuitry, based on the user-perceivable input; and
delivering the electrical waveform to at least one electrode, the at least one electrode configured to deliver neurostimulation to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,506,939

MATCHING AND TRACKING TIME SEQUENCES OF HEART ACTIVATION

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a first group of electrocardiograph (ECG) signals derived from a single heartbeat and generated at a respective plurality of electrodes on a catheter in a heart of a subject;
formulating a template relating times of annotations of the first group of the ECG signals, and assigning the template an index;
receiving a second group of ECG signals derived from a subsequent single heartbeat and generated at the plurality of electrodes;
calculating times of annotations of the second group of ECG signals;
formulating a comparison of similarity between the template and a second time pattern relating the times of annotations of the second group, the second time pattern being based on a weighted average of the time of annotations of each ECG signal of the second group; and
when the comparison indicates that the times of annotations of the second group corresponds to the template within a preset threshold, assigning the index to the second group of ECG signals, and presenting graphically on a display an occurrence of the template relative to a timeline representing the subsequent heartbeat from the heart.

US Pat. No. 10,506,938

CATHETER WITH STACKED SPINE ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A catheter comprising:an elongated catheter body; and
an electrode array distal of the catheter body, the array comprising
a first spine support including a first base and a first plurality of spines having first distal spine portions and first proximal spine portions extending from the first base, and
a second spine support including a second base and a second plurality of spines having second distal spine portions and second proximal spine portions extending from the second base and laterally offset from the first proximal spine portions,
a first electrode carried on the first plurality of spines, and
a second electrode carried on the second plurality of spines.

US Pat. No. 10,506,937

PATIENT ELECTRODE CONNECTORS FOR ELECTROCARDIOGRAPH MONITORING SYSTEM

ADVANTAGE MEDICAL ELECTRO...

1. An electrode connector comprising:a connector body, said connector body having a jaw member, said jaw member pivotally connected to said connector body;
said connector body and jaw member configurable between an open configuration and a closed configuration;
said connector body and said jaw member biased with a biasing member to the closed configuration;
said jaw member defining a beveled bottom edge and a lip, said beveled bottom edge functioning, upon engagement with a head of an electrode stud, to urge said jaw member toward said open configuration, said lip positioned to engage said electrode stud at a lower portion of said head; and
an electrically conducting member disposed in electrically conducting contact with a portion of the electrode stud upon attachment of said electrode connector to the electrode stud, wherein, upon attachment of said electrode connector to said electrode stud, said lip urges said electrode stud into contact with a bottom surface of said electrically conducting member.

US Pat. No. 10,506,936

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR NEUROLOGIC STATUS EVALUATION USING ELECTROMAGNETIC SIGNALS

University Of Cincinnati,...

1. A biological status evaluation system, comprising:a signal generator configured to generate an electromagnetic signal at one or more frequencies;
a transmitting antenna including a transmitting antenna impedance and configured to transmit the electromagnetic signal;
a receiving antenna including a receiving antenna impedance and positioned relative to the transmitting antenna such that an evaluation space is defined between the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna, wherein the evaluation space is configured to receive a biological tissue; and
a computing device configured to:
analyze a modulated electromagnetic signal after the transmitted electromagnetic signal propagates through the biological tissue,
calculate an evaluation parameter based on an energy difference between the transmitted electromagnetic signal and the modulated electromagnetic signal, wherein the evaluation parameter is indicative of electromagnetic absorption in the biological tissue, and is calculated by:

where:
? is the evaluation parameter,
VT is the voltage at the transmitting antenna,
VR is the voltage at the receiving antenna,
ZT(?) is the magnitude of the transmitting antenna impedance,
ZR(?) is the magnitude of the receiving antenna impedance,
?0 is a lower bound of a sampled frequency spectrum, and
?1 is an upper bound of the sampled frequency spectrum, and
generate a biological status indicator of the biological tissue based on the evaluation parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,506,935

HEART BEAT IDENTIFICATION AND PUMP SPEED SYNCHRONIZATION

TC1 LLC, Pleasanton, CA ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a signal from a motor of a heart assist pump device;
determining a speed synchronization start point at which time the motor will begin a change in speed of operation based on the signal, wherein determining the speed synchronization start point comprises determining, for at least two prior pulses, whether each of the at least two prior pulses are complete; and
changing a speed of the motor to a target speed at the speed synchronization start point.

US Pat. No. 10,506,934

OPTICAL FIBER PRESSURE SENSOR

Phyzhon Health Inc., Ran...

1. An apparatus comprising:an elongated assembly, at least a portion of which is sized, shaped, or otherwise configured to be inserted into a human body to measure a pressure at an internal location within the human body, wherein the elongated assembly includes:
a guidewire including a solid core wire having an outer surface and a length, a portion of the outer surface defining a groove extending along a portion of the length of the core wire, the core wire including:
a first portion having a first diameter and a second portion having a second diameter, wherein the second diameter is greater than the first diameter, and wherein the second portion defines a cradle sized and arranged to receive an optical fiber pressure sensor;
an optical fiber positioned within the groove and extending longitudinally along the guidewire, the optical fiber configured to communicate light between a location outside of the human body and a portion of the optical fiber that is to be located at or near the internal location within the human body at which the pressure is to be measured; and
the optical fiber pressure sensor coupled to the optical fiber and configured to be located on the elongated assembly to allow positioning at or near the internal location within the human body at which pressure is to be measured.

US Pat. No. 10,506,933

METHOD AND DEVICE TO MONITOR PATIENTS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method performed by a processor comprising:connecting at least one electrocardiogram sensor to a subject to receive one or more electrocardiogram features;
applying an electrocardiogram algorithm to the one or more electrocardiogram features to obtain an indicator for serum potassium concentration of the subject, wherein the electrocardiogram algorithm includes one or more of the following operational rules: i) the output on the serum potassium concentration being a function of the R-wave amplitude; ii) the output on the serum potassium concentration being a function of the T-wave amplitude; iii) the output on the serum potassium concentration being a function of the T/R ratio; and iv) the output on the serum potassium concentration being a function of the T-wave flatness;
applying a forward computational procedure to the output to generate a risk score; and
issuing an alert indicating a condition of hyperkalemia, hypokalemia or arrhythmia of the subject based on the risk score;
wherein the electrocardiogram sensor includes one or more electrocardiogram electrodes for receiving one or more electrocardiogram features from the subject, the one or more electrocardiogram features including T-wave amplitude, R-wave amplitude, T-slope, ratio of Twave amplitude to R-wave amplitude (T/R ratio), and T-wave flatness; and
wherein the processor applies further comprising an electrocardiogram algorithm for producing the output on the serum potassium concentration in the subject based on the value of the one or more electrocardiogram features, wherein the electrocardiogram algorithm is programmed into a computer readable medium and includes one or more of the following operational rules: i) the output on the serum potassium concentration being a function of the R-wave amplitude; ii) the output on the serum potassium concentration being a function of the Twave amplitude; iii) the output on the serum potassium concentration being a function of the T/R ratio; and iv) the output on the serum potassium concentration being a function of the T-wave flatness.

US Pat. No. 10,506,932

VASCULAR VISCOELASTICITY EVALUATION DEVICE, VASCULAR VISCOELASTICITY EVALUATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Shisei Datum Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vascular viscoelasticity evaluation device, comprising:a cuff for generating a cuff pressure associated with a vascular viscoelasticity evaluation;
a pressure detector for detecting the cuff pressure;
a pulse wave component extraction means for extracting a pulse wave component of the cuff pressure detected by the pressure detector;
a differential waveform formation means for subjecting the extracted pulse wave component to temporal differentiation to calculate a first derivation value and form a differential waveform;
a positive first amplitude peak value Vf1 detecting means for detecting a positive amplitude peak value Vf1 that occurs first within one pulse wave of the differential waveform obtained by the temporal differentiation of the pulse wave component extracted in a state in which external force substantially the same as or greater than systolic blood pressure has been exerted on a blood vessel;
a negative second amplitude peak value Vf2 detecting means for detecting a negative amplitude peak value Vf2 that occurs second in the pulse wave in which the positive amplitude peak value Vf1 that occurs first was detected;
a ratio calculation means for calculating a ratio RT(Vf2/Vf1) of the positive amplitude peak value Vf1 that occurs first to the negative amplitude peak value Vf2 that occurs second as an evaluation index for evaluating vascular viscoelasticity, such that an influence of brachial blood vessel hardness on the evaluated vascular viscoelasticity is reduced; and
an output device for presenting the evaluation index.

US Pat. No. 10,506,930

MICROWAVE THERMOMETER FOR INTERNAL BODY TEMPERATURE RETRIEVAL

The University of Colorad...

1. A microwave thermometry system comprising:a wearable probe assembly that operates, when placed on a skin site of an individual, to receive near-field radiation at the skin site;
a radiometer coupled with the probe assembly to detect a total power of the received near-field radiation; and
a signal processing system coupled with the radiometer to convert the detected total power to an internal tissue temperature measurement as a function of applying the detected total power to a tissue stack model,
the tissue stack model characterizing the skin site according to a set of weighting functions, each weighting function corresponding at least to electromagnetic characteristics of an associated tissue layer of the tissue stack model.

US Pat. No. 10,506,929

ANESTHETIC SYRINGE WITH A NERVE DETECTOR

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Fais...

1. An anesthetic syringe comprising:a hollow syringe barrel with a needle mount extending outwards from a first end of the hollow syringe barrel;
a plunger extending from a second end of the hollow syringe barrel and slidably moveable within the hollow syringe barrel; the plunger having a piston-engaging tip extending into the hollow syringe barrel;
a first illuminated indicator directly attached to an exterior part of the hollow syringe barrel or mounted to an arm directly attached to the exterior part of the hollow syringe barrel;
a transmitter configured to emit an emitted radiative energy onto a nerve;
a nerve detector directly attached to the first illuminated indicator or directly attached to a second exterior part of the hollow syringe barrel, the nerve detector configured to receive an incoming radiative energy from the nerve;
a spectrometer attached to and in direct contact with an interior side of the hollow syringe barrel,
wherein the spectrometer is configured to detect blood in an aspirate;
a second illuminated indicator on an exterior side of the hollow syringe barrel and electrically connected to the spectrometer to indicate if blood has been detected during aspiration; and
wherein the first illuminated indicator is electrically connected to the nerve detector and is configured to receive a signal from the nerve detector and indicate at least one direction to move the anesthetic syringe to deliver an anesthetic injection proximal to the nerve,
wherein the incoming radiative energy is not visible light and is not an electric field, and
wherein the first illuminated indicator comprises:
a first display panel mounted to a first arm, the first arm directly attached to the exterior part of the hollow syringe barrel, and
a second display panel mounted to a second arm, the second arm directly attached to the exterior part of the hollow syringe barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,506,927

MEDIUM-ACCESS CONTROL SCHEMES FOR ULTRASONIC COMMUNICATIONS IN THE BODY BASED ON SECOND ORDER STATISTICS

The Research Foundation f...

1. A method for calculating a forward data generation rate and a forward transmission probability profile for communication through biological tissue using ultrasonic pulses, the method comprising:measuring, with a receiver, sets of interference values between the receiver and a transmitter, each set of interference values corresponding to one or more instants in a time slot on a communication channel;
calculating a first order moment and a second order moment for each instant based on the interference values corresponding to the measured instant;
calculating an outage probability value for each set; and
calculating the forward data generation rate and the forward transmission probability profile based on the calculated outage probability value and a predetermined threshold transmission rate, a predetermined transmission delay threshold, and a predetermined residual transmission error rate.

US Pat. No. 10,506,926

MULTI-VITAL SIGN DETECTOR IN AN ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS SYSTEM

ARC Devices Limited, Dub...

1. A multi-vital sign device comprising:a finger cuff comprising:
a photoplethysmogram sensor;
a micro dynamic light scattering sensor;
a cuff bladder that expands and contracts in response to air pressure;
a first circuit board including:
a first microprocessor;
the first microprocessor operably coupled to the cuff bladder, the photoplethysmogram sensor and the micro dynamic light scattering sensor; and
a first digital interface that is operably coupled to the first microprocessor;
a pneumatic engine that is mechanically coupled to the cuff bladder via an air line and that supplies the air pressure to the cuff bladder;
a non-contact human multi-vital sign device comprising:
a housing having a top, two sides, two ends and a bottom and comprising:
a second circuit board including:
a second digital interface, the second digital interface being operably coupled to the first digital interface; and
a second microprocessor operably coupled to the second digital interface, the second microprocessor being configured to estimate a plurality of vital signs from data from the photoplethysmogram sensor, from the micro dynamic light scattering sensor and the cuff bladder;
wherein the finger cuff is mounted to the base that is mounted on one of the two sides of the housing of the non-contact human multi-vital sign device.

US Pat. No. 10,506,925

REFLECTOMETRY INSTRUMENT AND METHOD FOR MEASURING MACULAR PIGMENT

ZeaVision, LLC, Chesterf...

1. A reflectometry instrument to measure macular pigment of a macula of a human eye, comprising:a housing including an illumination system, a detection system, and a beam dump, the illumination system configured to generate an illumination beam and direct the illumination beam to the macula, a detection beam being generated as a portion of the illumination beam reflected by the macula, the detection system configured to receive and measure the detection beam to determine an amount of the macular pigment in the macula, and the beam dump being in optical alignment with an optical input of the detection system for absorbing stray light within the reflectometry instrument; and
an eyepiece connected to the housing and being configured to interface with the human eye to prevent ambient light from entering the housing,
wherein the beam dump and the eyepiece allow the reflectometry instrument to measure the macular pigment of the macula in a lit environment.

US Pat. No. 10,506,924

HEAD AND EYE TRACKING

Auckland UniServices Limi...

20. A method of evaluating visual performance or visual health to detect vision problems, comprising:providing a visual stimulus in front of eye(s) of a subject, the stimulus effective to elicit optokinetic nystagmus,
obtaining video footage of the subject watching the stimulus,
detecting at least part of an eyeball of the subject and linear movement of the eyeball within the video footage by applying an optical flow algorithm to the video footage to extract pixel velocity information relating to linear movement of at least part of the eyeball in response to the stimulus, while also detecting movement of a head of the subject from movement of a facial feature other than an eyeball within the video footage, and compensating for the head movement within the video footage, to determine a presence of optokinetic nystagmus in response to the stimulus, and
evaluating visual performance or visual health from the presence or absence or strength of optokinetic nystagmus, including comparing the determined pixel velocity information to healthy pixel velocity information to make a determination of a presence and/or strength of OKN, to identify whether the stimulus gained the subject's attention indicating the subject was able to see the stimulus; and
outputting an indicator of visual performance or visual health based on whether the subject was able to see the stimulus.

US Pat. No. 10,506,922

SPECTROMETER FOR COLOR SPECTRALLY-ENCODED ENDOSCOPY

CANON U.S.A., Inc., Melv...

1. A spectrometer apparatus comprising:a grating element having an interface configured to cause light beams incident to the interface to diffract in different orders, the light beams including N visible color lights where N is an integer equal to or greater than 2;
an imaging lens configured to focus the N visible color lights diffracted by the grating element, the focused N visible color lights including at least a first color light and a second color light, the first color light being diffracted in a first diffraction order and corresponding to a first wavelength resolution for the first color light, the second color light being diffracted in a second diffraction order and corresponding to a second wavelength resolution for the second color light; and
a sensor configured to receive and detect the N visible color lights focused by the imaging lens,
wherein the first diffraction order is higher than the second diffraction order and the first wavelength resolution is smaller than the second wavelength resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,506,921

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRAVELLED DISTANCE MEASURING BY A CAPSULE CAMERA IN THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT

CAPSO VISION INC, Sarato...

1. A method of determining a travelled distance by a capsule camera, the method comprising:receiving an image sequence, wherein the image sequence is captured by the capsule camera when the capsule camera moves through a GI (gastrointestinal) tract;
receiving distance information associated with object distances between the capsule camera and multiple points in a current image in the image sequence;
normalizing the current image according to the object distances between the capsule camera and the multiple points in the current image to generate a normalized current image;
determining a current global motion vector for the normalized current image in the image sequence, wherein the current global motion vector corresponds to movement made by the capsule camera between the normalized current image and a normalized reference image associated with the image sequence; and
determining a travelled distance by the capsule camera in the GI tract according to the current global motion vector and prior global motion vectors derived for prior images between a normalized initial image and the normalized current image, wherein the travelled distance is measured from an initial location associated with the normalized initial image to a current location associated with the normalized current image.

US Pat. No. 10,506,919

OPERATION SWITCHING MECHANISM AND ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An operation switching mechanism comprising:an elongated member configured to transmit a force for operating an operating section;
a movement member to which the elongated member is connected, the movement member moving between a first movement position and a second movement position together with the elongated member;
a first biasing member configured to bias the movement member toward the first movement position;
a second biasing member configured to bias the movement member toward the second movement position on an opposite side to a side that the first biasing member biases the movement member;
a switching member including:
a first switching member configured to switch between suppression of biasing by the first biasing member and release of the suppression of the biasing by the first biasing member, and
a second switching member configured to switch between suppression of biasing by the second biasing member and release of the suppression of the biasing by the second biasing member,
wherein the switching member is configured to switch to one of the suppression of the biasing by the first biasing member by the first switching member, the suppression of the biasing by the second biasing member by the second switching member, and suppression of biasing by both of the first biasing member and the second biasing member by the first switching member and the second switching member, respectively; and
an operation member configured to operate the switching member and move the movement member to the first movement position or to the second movement position, wherein
the first biasing member includes a first biasing spring and a first pressing member, the first pressing member being provided to the first biasing spring, configured to press the movement member, and including a first deformation portion,
the second biasing member includes a second biasing spring and a second pressing member, the second pressing member being provided to the second biasing spring, configured to press the movement member, and including a second deformation portion,
the first switching member includes a first protrusion and a first movement member, wherein the first movement member is configured to move in a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of the elongated member between a first position at which the first protrusion comes into contact with the first pressing member to suppress the biasing by the first biasing spring and a second position at which the first deformation portion is deformed to release the contact of the first protrusion with the first pressing member to thereby release the suppression of the biasing by the first biasing member, and
the second switching member includes a second protrusion and a second movement member, wherein the second movement member is configured to move in the direction crossing the longitudinal direction of the elongated member between a third position at which the second protrusion comes into contact with the second pressing member to suppress the biasing by the second biasing spring and a fourth position at which the second deformation portion is deformed to release the contact of the second protrusion with the second pressing member to thereby release the suppression of the biasing by the second biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,506,917

ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM WITH TRANSMISSION BUFFER

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope configured to operate with a power supply voltage supplied from a processing device connected to the endoscope through a transmission cable, the endoscope comprising:a first chip including:
an imaging sensor; and
a first buffer configured to output an imaging signal generated by the imaging sensor; and
a second chip including a second buffer configured to amplify the imaging signal being outputted from the first buffer and output the amplified imaging signal to the transmission cable,
wherein the first buffer is configured to apply a predetermined voltage to the second buffer during a period in which the output of the imaging signal from the first buffer is stopped to cause the second buffer to output a direct current at a predetermined level to the transmission cable.

US Pat. No. 10,506,916

ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscopic system comprising:an endoscope that obtains image information inside a subject;
a first memory into which the image information obtained from the endoscope is written;
a second memory that has a table in which a predetermined recording condition for writing the image information obtained from the endoscope into the first memory has been recorded prior to receipt of the image information by the first memory from the endoscope, wherein a plurality of different predetermined recording conditions that are each associated with a different one of predetermined operation time periods of the endoscope are recorded in the table; and
a processor configured to obtain, on the basis of an operation time period obtained from the endoscope, the predetermined recording condition associated with the obtained operation time period from among the plurality of predetermined recording conditions recorded in the table of the second memory, and records the image information in the first memory under the predetermined recording condition.

US Pat. No. 10,506,915

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A first signal processing apparatus to which a first endoscope apparatus including a first image sensor is detachably attached, the first signal processing apparatus being communicably connected with a second signal processing apparatus to which a second endoscope apparatus including a second image sensor is attached and also connected with an external device other than the second signal processing apparatus, the first signal processing apparatus being configured to process a first imaging signal generated by the first image sensor or a second imaging signal generated by the second image sensor, the first signal processing apparatus comprising:a control unit configured to:
process the first imaging signal when a first command is received;
when a second command is received, control the process inside the first signal processing apparatus to make the process of the second imaging signal to correspond to the second command; and
select one of:
a standard mode in which the process inside the first signal processing apparatus corresponds to the first imaging signal generated by the first image sensor; and
a compatible mode in which the process inside the first signal processing apparatus corresponds to the second imaging signal generated by the second image sensor and received from the second signal processing apparatus;
a slave communication unit configured to communicate, as a slave node of a second master-slave system, with the second signal processing apparatus in accordance with a second communication protocol for the second master-slave system;
a protocol converter configured to convert the second command, which is received by the control unit through the slave communication unit, into a command that follows a first communication protocol for a first master-slave system;
a master communication unit configured to communicate, as a master node of the first master-slave system, with the external device in accordance with the first communication protocol, and to transmit the command resulted by the protocol converter to the external device;
a selector configured to select and output the first imaging signal between the first imaging signal and the second imaging signal when the first imaging signal and the second imaging signal have been input and the control unit selects the standard mode, and
configured to select and output the second imaging signal when the first imaging signal and the second imaging signal have been input and the control unit selects the compatible mode;
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing corresponding to the first imaging signal on the first imaging signal and output the image-processed first imaging signal and configured to perform image processing corresponding to the second imaging signal on the second imaging signal and output the image-processed second imaging signal; and
a recording image generator configured to generate a still image signal for recording or a moving image signal for recording from the input imaging signal, wherein the second imaging signal has a data format similar to the data format of the first imaging signal input into the image processing unit,
wherein the selector is configured to output the imaging signal, out of the first imaging signal and the second imaging signal, that corresponds to the mode selected by the control unit to the image processing unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the image processing unit to execute the image processing corresponding to the first imaging signal output from the selector when the control unit has selected the standard mode and causes the image processing unit to execute the image processing corresponding to the second imaging signal output from the selector when the control unit has selected the compatible mode, and
wherein, when the control unit has selected the compatible mode and has received a recording image generation command from the second signal processing apparatus, the control unit causes the recording image generator to generate the still image signal for recording or the moving image signal for recording from the second imaging signal.

US Pat. No. 10,506,914

SURGICAL SYSTEM INCLUDING A NON-WHITE LIGHT GENERAL ILLUMINATOR

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. An apparatus for a surgical system, the apparatus comprising:a camera configured to separate light entering the camera into sets of pixels, each set of the sets of pixels being in a different color channel of the camera;
an illuminator comprising a plurality of color component illumination sources, the plurality of color component illumination sources being configured so that the illuminator outputs non-white light such that each color channel of the camera has an about equal response to the non-white light reflected from a purely reflective surface; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of color component illumination sources and configured to adjust an illumination intensity of light output by one or more of the plurality of color component illumination sources so that a combination of the outputs of the plurality of color component illumination sources is the non-white light.

US Pat. No. 10,506,913

APPARATUS OPERATION DEVICE, APPARATUS OPERATION METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An apparatus operation device comprising:a display that displays a virtual object in a pseudo manner; and
a processor configured to:
detect a line of sight of a user,
detect one or more gestures of the user performed on the virtual object that is displayed in a pseudo manner,
determine, based on the line of sight that has been detected and the one or more gestures that have been detected, a target apparatus to be operated and operation details for the target apparatus,
control the target apparatus and causes the target apparatus to execute the operation details that have been determined,
detect a first point of gaze from an image of the user's eye, and detect a second point of gaze according to a movement of the line of sight,
determine, based on the movement of the line of sight between the detected first point of gaze and second point of gaze, the target apparatus and the operation details for the target apparatus, and
determine an operation target region in which the first point of gaze and second point of gaze are on a border.

US Pat. No. 10,506,912

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE WITH VENT DUCT MIXING

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:a tub defining a wash chamber;
a door mounted to the tub;
a vent duct positioned within the door, a tub channel and an ambient channel positioned within the vent duct such that the tub channel is separate from the ambient channel, an inlet of the tub channel positioned in fluid communication with the wash chamber when the door is closed, an inlet of the ambient channel positioned in fluid communication with ambient air about the tub,
an insert positioned within the vent duct, the insert and the vent duct collectively defining an outlet of the tub channel and an outlet of the ambient channel, the insert positioned between the outlet of the tub channel and the outlet of the ambient channel along a transverse direction,
wherein the outlet of the tub channel has a width along a lateral direction that is perpendicular to the transverse direction, the outlet of the ambient channel has a width along the lateral direction, and the width of the outlet of the tub channel is about equal to the width of the outlet of the ambient channel.

US Pat. No. 10,506,911

DISHWASHER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a body having a tub;
a nozzle;
a guide rail extending in a first direction on a bottom surface of the tub;
a reflector having a reflecting surface facing the nozzle and extending in a direction perpendicular to the first direction, the reflector to deflect a water sprayed from the nozzle approximately toward dish; and
a driver configured to move the reflector along the guide rail in the first direction;
wherein, in response to an external force acting on the reflector while the reflector moves along the guide rail in the first direction, the reflector moves along the guide rail in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,506,910

DISHWASHER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a cabinet;
a tub defining a washing space therein;
a sump disposed under and coupled to the tub;
a pump for transferring washing water stored in the sump;
a heating unit disposed under the pump so as to heat washing water; and
a base defining a lower part of the cabinet,
wherein the sump includes a sump mount, the sump mount being temporarily mounted on the base after the pump and the heater are coupled to the sump, and the base includes a first position guide, the sump mount being mounted on the first position guide so as to guide the sump to a coupling position with respect to the base,
wherein the sump mount is coupled into the first position guide,
wherein the first position guide and the sump mount are configured to be asymmetric in a specific direction,
wherein the sump mount has a ‘D’ shape section having a linear cross section and a curved cross section such that the sump mount is coupled to the first position guide in a consistent direction,
wherein the pump includes a coupler for coupling the pump to the sump, and the base includes a second position guide on which the coupler is mounted,
wherein the coupler includes two couplers, and the second position guide includes two second position guides separated from each other, and
wherein the sump is supported at three points by the first position guide and the second position guides of the base after the pump and the heater are coupled to the sump.

US Pat. No. 10,506,908

BATCH-TYPE WAREWASHER WITH ENERGY RETAINING CURTAIN

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

14. A batch-type warewash machine for washing wares, comprising:a chamber for receiving wares to be cleaned, the chamber having a chamber access opening and a single spray zone, with at least one spray system for spraying liquid onto wares in the single spray zone, wherein the chamber access opening runs vertically, wherein the chamber lacks any ware conveyance structure that moves wares during cleaning cycles;
a door movable between a closed position covering the chamber access opening and an open position away from the chamber access opening to allow wares to be moved in and out of the chamber, wherein the door is in a vertical orientation when in the closed position;
a curtain structure mounted on the machine, the curtain structure located behind and adjacent a back side of the door when the door is in the closed position, the curtain structure remaining in position and at least partially covering the chamber access opening when the door is in the open position so as to retain hot moist air within the chamber when the door is moved to the open position upon completion of a ware cleaning cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,506,906

TILE AND GROUT CLEANING PADS AND TOOLS

1. A cleaning system for multi-level surfaces, comprising:a handle, comprising:
a shaft comprising a first end and a second end,
a handle grip attached at said first end of said shaft,
a first joint coupling attached at said second end of said shaft, and
a second joint coupling rotatably attached to said first joint coupling by a pin;
a substantially rectangular cleaning head, comprising:
a center,
a longitudinal axis,
a transverse axis,
a top face comprising 2 handle mounts oriented along said longitudinal axis of said cleaning head around said center and 4 grippers,
a bottom face, and
2 mounting holes oriented along said transverse axis around said center and extending from said top face to said bottom face;
a brush, comprising:
a substantially rectangular body,
a first face comprising bristles, and
a second face comprising two fasteners configured to pass through said mounting holes of said cleaning head; and
a cleaning pad, comprising:
a backing,
a cleaning surface,
four attachment points configured to attach to said grippers of said cleaning head, and
two holes configured to allow said fasteners of said brush to pass through said cleaning pad,
wherein said cleaning pad covers is wrapped around said cleaning head to cover said bottom face and said grippers removably attach said cleaning pad to said cleaning head by affixing to said attachment points, said cleaning pad providing a first cleaning surface for cleaning a first leveled surface,
wherein said brush extends along said transverse axis of said cleaning head underneath said cleaning pad, said brush being removably attached to said cleaning pad and said cleaning head by said fasteners passing through said cleaning head and said cleaning pad to secure said brush in place, said brush providing a second cleaning surface at a lower depth than said first cleaning surface for cleaning a second leveled surface simultaneously with the cleaning of said first leveled surface, and
wherein said second joint coupling is rotatably attached to said handle mounts of said cleaning head.

US Pat. No. 10,506,905

VACUUM CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a cleaner body;
a dust container that is configured to be detachably coupled at a front surface of the cleaner body and that is inclined with respect to a bottom surface of the cleaner body;
a cover member that is coupled to an upper part of the cleaner body and configured to open and close an upper portion of the dust container, the cover member defining a part of the front surface and an upper surface of the cleaner body, a front portion of the cover member defining a suction hole;
a suction hose that is connected to the cover member and that is in communication with the suction hole; and
a main motor that is located rearward of the dust container, that is located inside the cleaner body, and that is configured to generate a suction force,
wherein the dust container comprises:
a suction port disposed at an upper surface of the dust container, the suction port having a suction opening that faces the suction hole and that is configured to introduce air suctioned via the suction hose to the dust container, and
a discharge port disposed at the upper surface of the dust container, the discharge port having a discharge opening that faces the main motor and that is configured to discharge air inside of the dust container toward the main motor,
wherein the cleaner body defines an outlet port that is disposed at a rear surface of the cleaner body and that is disposed vertically lower than the suction hole, the outlet port being configured to discharge air discharged from the main motor to an outside of the cleaner body, and
wherein the suction hole, the suction port, the discharge port, and the main motor are arranged in order along an extension line that extends from a front side of the cleaner body toward a rear side of the cleaner body to thereby allow air flow from the suction hole to the main motor along the extension line.

US Pat. No. 10,506,904

HANDHELD SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:(a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
(b) an air treatment member positioned in the air flow path; and
(c) a removable pre-motor filter assembly positioned downstream of the air treatment member and upstream of a suction motor, the pre-motor filter assembly comprising a pre-motor filter and a filter support member, the filter support member having an outlet conduit which comprises a terminal end that terminates at an outlet port, wherein the terminal end comprises a linear extension of the outlet conduit, and wherein the outlet port of the terminal end extends at a first angle to a direction of air flow through the outlet conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,506,903

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VACUUM-POWERED DEBRIS SEPARATION

1. A vacuum hose attachment, comprising:a collar comprising a first end and a second end, the collar coupled to an attachment body at the second end and configured to couple to a vacuum hose at the first end;
wherein the attachment body comprises an external face on an exterior of the attachment body and an internal baffle within the attachment body between the external face and the second end of the collar wherein the external face comprises two or more external face openings separated by at least one of a nub and a valley substantially adjacent to at least one of the two or more external face openings such that the external face openings are lower than a highest point of any nub, and the internal baffle comprises two or more internal baffle openings each internal baffle opening being positioned non-coaxially relative to any of a plurality of axes perpendicular to the external face, wherein each axis among the plurality of axes passes through a center of a different external face opening.

US Pat. No. 10,506,902

REFILL DEVICE FOR A DISPENSING SYSTEM

1. A refill device for a dispensing system, comprising:a material web wound to form a roll;
a support bar having a central region and two bearing journals each forming an end part of said support bar respectively projecting on both sides from said roll;
at least one of said two bearing journals having a mating surface, said mating surface being configured to not be a rotation surface;
said refill device in combination with a dispenser for dispensing portions of said material web that have to be severed from the roll, said dispenser having a respective guide for each of said two bearing journals extending from a commencement position and ending in a dispensing position;
said guide, for each of said bearing journals provided with said mating surface, having a counter surface at said commencement position, said counter surface extending across an entire length thereof into the dispensing position and being formed to enable an insertion of the roll into said dispenser only when said mating surface and said counter surface coincide;
wherein said roll of said material web being rotatably disposed on said central region of said support bar, and said support bar is rotationally fixed in said guide.

US Pat. No. 10,506,901

SHEET PRODUCT DISPENSER WITH PRODUCT LEVEL INDICATOR CALIBRATION

GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC, At...

1. A sheet product dispenser comprising:a housing including a base portion and a cover, wherein the cover is movable relative to the base portion to define an open position and a closed position;
at least one roll holder configured to receive a product roll;
a dispensing mechanism configured to receive sheet product from the product roll and dispense a portion of the sheet product from the product roll;
a sensor configured to emit a signal toward the product roll and receive the signal, wherein the signal is reflected off a surface of the product roll; and
a controller configured to:
receive an indication that the product roll was installed into the at least one roll holder;
operate the sensor to emit and receive the signal;
determine a time-of-flight of the signal that correlates to a time period from when the signal was emitted by the sensor to when the signal was received by the sensor;
determine an expected characteristic of a theoretical signal for a theoretical full product roll installed in the sheet product dispenser, wherein the expected characteristic comprises at least one of an expected time-of-flight of the theoretical signal and an expected distance to the surface of the theoretical full product roll;
compare a characteristic of the signal to the expected characteristic of the theoretical signal, wherein the characteristic of the signal is at least one of the time-of-flight of the signal or a distance to the surface of the installed product roll, wherein the distance is determined based on the time-of-flight of the signal; and
adjust a product depletion curve based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,506,899

MOVABLE BATHTUB ASSEMBLY

1. A movable bathtub assembly comprising a bathtub and a mechanism to displace it comprising two pair of arms, each pair of arms on the opposite side of the bathtub (1), whereas each pair of arms (2,3) is connected at a first end, via a frame (6,50), to a base (30) and/or to a wall (36) by a first pair of articulated joints (9, 11) and is connected at a second end, via a bed (4), to the bathtub (1) by a second pair of articulated joints (15, 16),wherein all arms, joints and mechanism mounting structures are arranged below an upper edge (29) of the bathtub (1) supported by bathtub legs (7) on the base (30) and situated in the bathing position, about horizontally having a center, completely inside a space defined by the upper edge (29) of the bathtub (1), the base (30) and walls (36) adjacent to the bathtub (1), in such way, that the bathtub is displaced following the rotation of the two pair of arms (2, 3) from a bathing position to a vertical position, where a concave side of the bathtub faces towards the place of the center of the bathtub when in the bathing position,
whereas the arms and the bathtub (1) form a four-bar linkage with oscillating links defining the bathtub (1) trajectory,
wherein the movement of the arms (2, 3) is synchronised on both sides of the bathtub (1) by a stiff connection of one arm (2, 3) from the first pair to the corresponding arm (2, 3) from the second pair by a coupling element (10).

US Pat. No. 10,506,898

BATHTUB TABLE

1. A table for use in a bathtub comprising:a table made from plastic having a top surface and a lower surface,
said table being a flat tabletop on said top surface,
and exactly four legs extending from said lower surface of said flat tabletop,
said table including compartments for storage of bathtub games, toys or other bathtub necessities,
each of said four legs having suction cups on a bottom or side of said legs for attachment to the bottom or side of said bathtub,
wherein said tabletop includes multiple holes for drainage of water through said tabletop,
wherein said tabletop sized and configured for expanding and contracting to fit over opposing sides of said bathtub.

US Pat. No. 10,506,896

APPARATUS FOR AGITATING LIQUID FOODSTUFF

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An apparatus for agitating liquid foodstuff, the apparatus comprising:a whisk including a liquid foodstuff agitator;
a liquid foodstuff container, configured to at least partially receive the whisk such that the whisk is rotatable around an axis of rotation;
at least one sensor configured to provide a signal that reflects positional changes of the whisk relative to the at least one sensor; and
a controller configured:
to detect an initial, manually effected rotational movement of the whisk around the axis of rotation from the signal of the at least one sensor, and
once the initial, manually effected rotational movement of the whisk is detected, to operate a function of the apparatus independent of the initial, manually effected rotational movement of the whisk.

US Pat. No. 10,506,894

POST MOUNTED GRILL ASSEMBLY

1. A post mounted grill assembly, the post mounted grill assembly comprising:a post for vertical mounting, and wherein the post comprises a lower ground penetrating end and an upper end, and wherein the upper end of the post is closed by welding a cap, and wherein the lower ground penetrating end of the post is embedded in the ground;
a grill assembly configured for resting on top of the ground embedded post, and wherein the grill assembly comprises:
a pipe comprising of a washer welded onto a top end of the pipe, and wherein a nut is welded onto the washer with one or more threads of the nuts lined up with an opening in the washer, and wherein the pipe is configured for sliding onto the upper end of the post from a bottom end of the pipe;
a load screw fastened to the nut at the top end of the pipe, and wherein a first handle is welded onto one end of the load screw in a perpendicular fashion, and wherein a wooden handle is affixed to the open end of the first handle using a bolt; and
a cooking frame attached to the lower end of the pipe, and wherein the cooking frame is constructed using a rectangular frame of plurality of square tubings, and wherein the cooking frame is welded to the bottom end of the pipe using one or more short sections of square tubings welded between the cooking frame and the pipe, and wherein the cooking frame is configured for holding a cooking grill.

US Pat. No. 10,506,893

CHAI TEA BREWER

InnovaHive Product Develo...

1. An automatic tea brewing system, comprising:a first container configured to hold a first liquid;
a second container configured to hold a second liquid;
a brew pot fluidly coupled to the first container and to the second container;
tea leaves positioned in the brew pot for brewing tea when the brew pot is heated;
a first valve in fluid connection with an outlet of the first container and an inlet of the brew pot, the first valve having an open configuration to permit a flow of the first liquid from the first container to the brew pot and a closed configuration that does not permit the flow of the first liquid from the first container to the brew pot; and
a second valve in fluid connection with an outlet the second container and the inlet the brew pot, the second valve having an open configuration to permit a flow of the second liquid from the second container to the brew pot and a closed configuration that does not permit the flow of the second liquid from the second container to the brew pot;
wherein the system is configured to have the first valve in the open configuration of the first valve to dispense the first liquid from the first container to the brew pot at a first time, to then heat the first liquid in the brew pot to a first temperature, to then have the second valve in the open configuration of the second valve to dispense the second liquid from the second container to the brew pot at a second time later than the first time to produce a liquid mixture of the first liquid and the second liquid in the brew pot with the tea leaves, to then heat the liquid mixture in the brew pot to a second temperature, and, at a third time later than the second time, to then decrease the temperature of the liquid mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,506,891

FASTENER PULL ASSIST APPARATUS

CHICSHOP, INC., New York...

1. A fastener pull assist apparatus, comprising:a housing;
a spooling mechanism arranged within the housing; and
a fastening assembly that is fixed to the spooling mechanism and releasably fixable to an object to aid in pulling the object,
wherein the spool mechanism includes a spool about which a cord is windable, a spool plate that is fixable to the spool, a retraction button that is arranged between the spool and the spool plate, a cap that is contactable with the spool plate and a plurality of springs.

US Pat. No. 10,506,890

CUP HOLDER

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A cup holder comprising:a holder body including a peripheral wall surrounding an accommodation space;
a tray provided in the accommodation space and vertically shiftably supported by the peripheral wall; and
a height adjuster configured to vertically shift the tray, wherein
the height adjuster includes:
at least one rack gear extending vertically on the peripheral wall;
at least one pinion gear rotatably supported by the tray and meshing with the rack gear;
a spring provided at the tray, wherein the spring provides energy to rotate the pinion gear for upward movement of the tray;
a transmitting shaft provided below a lower surface of the tray and extending in parallel with the lower surface;
a pair of pinion gears configured identically with the pinion gear and provided at respective ends of the transmitting shaft; and
a pair of rack gears configured identically with the rack gear and meshing with the pair of pinion gears,
the peripheral wall has grooves recessed radially outward, extending vertically, and provided with the rack gears,
each of the grooves has a pair of groove opposite surfaces facing each other along a periphery of the accommodation space,
the tray is provided with a pair of guide protruded portions vertically shiftably fitting to the grooves, and
each of the guide protruded portions has a pair of tray opposite surfaces facing the pair of groove opposite surfaces and shaped to match the groove opposite surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,506,888

FRAME WITH INTERCHANGEABLE PANELS

Bay Island, LLC, Minneto...

1. A frame comprising:a body including at least one interior surface that defines a cavity, wherein a first channel is disposed on a first portion of the interior surface and a second channel is disposed on a second portion of the interior surface, the first channel is configured to receive a first end of a rod and the second channel is configured to receive a second end of the rod such that the rod extends between and slidably engages the first and second channels, and
wherein the cavity is configured to receive at least one panel, and the body further includes a front border that defines a window, wherein the front border comprises an interior lip that protrudes inwardly toward the center of the frame from the at least one interior surface of the body of the frame, and
wherein the body further comprises a front side and a back side, wherein the at least one interior surface extends from the front side to the back side of the body, and wherein each of the first channel and second channel includes a front end and a back end, wherein the front end of each of the first and second channels is more proximate to the front side of the body than the back end of each of the first and second channels.

US Pat. No. 10,506,887

ITEM ALIGNMENT TOOL

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. An item alignment tool for aligning items on a shelf, comprising:an elongated planar body defining a proximal end, a distal end, a bottom straight edge, a top edge, and first and second opposing sides extending between the bottom straight edge and the top edge, the proximal and distal ends of the elongated planar body defining opposing endpoints of the item alignment tool;
a handle coupled to the proximal end of the elongated planar body; and
a wrap permanently secured to the elongated planar body, the wrap positioned over and covering at least a portion of the bottom straight edge of the elongated planar body to provide a protective layer for sliding along a surface of a shelf to facilitate alignment of items on the shelf,
wherein:
the wrap extends over at least a portion of the first and second opposing sides of the elongated planar body;
the handle comprises a first handle half and a second handle half coupled on opposing sides of the elongated planar body; or
the wrap is permanently secured to the elongated planar body with adhesive to prevent removal of the wrap from the elongated planar body.

US Pat. No. 10,506,886

TRIM AND MOLDING SUPPORT SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

1. A trim and molding support assembly comprising:an upright member;
a collapsible leg arrangement connected to a lower end of the upright member, the collapsible leg arrangement including a plurality of support legs and having expanded and collapsed positions; and
at least a first support arm extending outwardly from the upright member above the collapsible leg arrangement; and
wherein, with the collapsible leg arrangement in the collapsed position, the plurality of support legs and the first arm all extend from a common side of the upright member;
wherein the first support arm extends from the upright member at a first level above the collapsible leg arrangement, and wherein the assembly further includes a second support arm extending from the upright member at a second level above the collapsible leg arrangement;
wherein the first support arm is fixed to the upright member and the second support arm is releasably mounted to the upright member;
wherein the first support arm and the second support arm extend in opposite directions in the expanded position; and
wherein the first support arm and the second support arm extend in a same direction in the collapsed position.

US Pat. No. 10,506,885

CHILD CARRIER

THE ERGO BABY CARRIER, IN...

1. A child carrier comprising:a main body including a torso support portion and a hammock portion, the hammock portion coupled to the torso support portion;
a thigh support strap extending to a side of the main body, the thigh support strap having an inward end portion proximate to the main body and an outward end portion adapted to be coupled to the main body in multiple locations, the hammock portion and the thigh support strap adapted to form a seat to support a child in an ergonomic spread-squat position; and
one or more shoulder straps, each shoulder strap having a first end adapted to be coupled to the main body and a second end adapted to be coupled to the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,506,884

ADJUSTABLE FOUNDATION

DREAMWELL, LTD., Las Veg...

1. An adjustable mattress assembly, comprising:a foundation frame comprising side frame members and transverse frame members attached at respective ends of the side frame members to define a generally rectangular shape, and at least one cross rail extending between the side frame members;
a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate seat section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate seat section at another end, wherein the intermediate seat section includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is hingedly connected to the head and back section and the second portion is hingedly connected to the leg and foot section, wherein the first portion of the intermediate seat section is rectangularly shaped and the second portion of the intermediate seat section is generally u-shaped; and
a first actuator having an extending and retracting member operatively coupled to a linkage assembly to effect inclination or declination of the head and back section relative to the intermediate seat section and inclination or declination of the foot and leg section, wherein the first actuator is further operative to effect an increase or decrease in a length of the intermediate seat section by movement of the first portion relative to the second portion such that upon extension and retraction of the first actuator, the first portion of the intermediate seat section moves towards or away from an opening defined by the u-shaped second portion, thereby lengthening or shortening the intermediate seat section, wherein lengthening or shortening the intermediate seat section does not effect movement of the u-shaped portion.

US Pat. No. 10,506,883

SEATING UNIT

Bruce Hirschhaut Designs,...

1. A seating unit comprising:(a) a base adapted to provide a seating surface for a user, wherein said base is a split base comprising a first portion and a second portion foldable for storage and shipping and unfoldable for use and a face plate to conceal a gap between said first portion and said second portion on an outer face of said base;
(b) a seat back adapted to provide a surface for supporting a back of the user;
(c) a flexible joint connecting said seat back as a cantilever to said base creating a horizontal pivot adapted for rotating said seat back along its Z-axis between a first stowed position and a second deployed position while substantially preventing movement of said seat back along its X-axis and Y-axis, wherein said horizontal pivot is positioned between about 10% and about 33% of the length of said seat back from its distal end, wherein said distal end is positioned at the bottom edge of said seat back; and
(d) a latch for securing said seat back in said second deployed position, wherein said latch comprises a metal plate having an opening attached to the bottom edge of said seat back and a spring-loaded pin attached to a back rail of said base, whereby said seat back is rotated from said first position into said second position and said spring-loaded pin is inserted into said opening of said metal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,506,882

INTERCONVERTABLE PET STAIRS AND OTTOMAN

1. An apparatus convertible between an ottoman and a stairs comprising:a) first, second, and third sections;
b) the first section being larger than the second and third sections and including four spaced legs and a top;
c) the second section being reciprocally received between the legs of and beneath the top of the first section; the second section having four spaced legs and a top;
d) the third section being sized to reciprocally be received between the legs of and beneath the top of the second section; the third section having four legs and a top;
e) the second section being mounted on a first glide mechanism relative to the first section;
f) the third section being mounted on a second glide mechanism relative to the second section;
g) the first and second glide mechanisms each having first and second portions that are horizontally moveable relative to each other to allow the first section to extend outward from the second section and the second section to extend outward from the third section in a stair configuration from an ottoman configuration and, thereafter, the first and second glide portions being disengageable from each other so as to allow the glide portions to separate from one another such that the first, second, and third sections are independent from each other and form an independent seat configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,506,881

STOOLS, CHAIRS, AND METHODS USING THE SAME

InkBed, Inc., Everett, W...

1. A stool, comprising:a seat assembly; and
a chest support assembly coupled to the seat assembly, the chest support assembly including:
a chest support having a front side and a backside, wherein the backside of the chest support is configured to support a chest of a user sitting on the seat assembly and straddling the chest support while allowing movement of the user's arms on the front side of the chest support to move freely on the front side of the chest support,
at least one armrest rotatable about an axis of rotation between an upright stowed position for supporting the user's chest contacting the backside of the chest support and a deployed position for supporting the user's arm, wherein the at least one armrest, in the deployed position, extends away from the chest support such that a portion of the at least one armrest located on the front side of the chest support is positioned to support the user's forearm while the user sits on the seat assembly and the user's chest contacts the backside of the chest support, and
an extension mechanism having
an unlocked state for allowing the at least one armrest to translate along the axis of rotation, which is at a substantially horizontal orientation, to move laterally away from the chest support, and
a locked state for inhibiting translation of the at least one armrest along the axis of rotation while allowing the at least one armrest to rotate about the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,506,880

UTILITY RACK HAVING END SUPPORTS WITH FOLDING CROSS-MEMBERS

JS PRODUCTS, INC., Las V...

1. A utility rack comprising:a plurality of shelves; and
an end support disposed on each of opposite sides of the plurality of shelves, the end supports being configured to support the shelves, and each end support comprising:
a first vertical support including two or more cross-member attachment mechanisms;
a plurality of cross members, each cross member being permanently affixed to one of the cross-member attachment mechanisms, the plurality of cross members being configured to be rotatable with respect to the first vertical support, and, in a stored position, the plurality of cross members being substantially parallel to the first vertical support; and
a second vertical support including two or more cross member attachment mechanisms, the cross members each being configured to attach to one of the cross member attachment mechanisms of the second vertical support in an installed position, wherein two or more of the plurality of cross members at least partially overlap each other in a direction perpendicular to a plane defined by the first vertical support and the second vertical support, and wherein an internal width of the cross-member attachment mechanisms that receive the cross members is not substantially larger than an external width of a largest cross member of the plurality of cross members.

US Pat. No. 10,506,879

SLIDE RAIL ASSEMBLY

KING SLIDE WORKS CO., LTD...

1. A slide rail assembly, comprising:a first rail;
a second rail movable relative to the first rail, the second rail having a first function member;
a third rail movable relative to the second rail, the third rail having a second function member;
a first sliding auxiliary device arranged between the first rail and the second rail, the first sliding auxiliary device having a first function portion;
a second sliding auxiliary device arranged between the second rail and the third rail, the second sliding auxiliary device having a second function portion;
a first gear arranged on the second rail, wherein the first gear is configured to mesh between the first function portion of the first sliding auxiliary device and the second function portion of the second sliding auxiliary; and
a second gear arranged on the second sliding auxiliary device, wherein the second gear is configured to mesh between the first function member of the second rail and the second function member of the third rail;
wherein the first gear is rotatable relative to the second rail through a shaft, and the second gear is rotatable relative to the second sliding auxiliary device through another shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,506,877

COLLAPSIBLE TIE RACK

1. A necktie organizer, comprising:a unitary one piece frame having a top wall, a first frame side wall, a second frame side wall, and a bottom wall each defining an inner space there between, said first frame side wall and said second frame side wall each having a front surface, an inner surface, an exterior surface, and a frame side wall length, wherein the frame is configured to be mounted to a wall;
a hanging assembly that is pivotably attached to the inner surface of the first frame side wall and the inner surface of the second frame side wall by hinges, wherein the hanging assembly pivots between an open position wherein the hanging assembly extends outwardly from the frame with the hanging assembly being generally perpendicular relative to the frame and a closed position wherein the hanging assembly is stored with in the frame with the hanging assembly being generally parallel relative to the frame;
said hanging assembly comprises an open front side, a pair of outer brace members defining side boundaries of the hanging assembly, a longitudinal partition between the pair of outer brace members, and a plurality of hanging rods extending between each outer brace member and the longitudinal partition respectively; wherein the pair of outer brace members each have a brace length and a bottom surface; wherein said longitudinal partition is vertical when said hanging assembly is in the closed position and said longitudinal partition is horizontal when said hanging assembly is in opened position, said longitudinal partition includes a bottom surface and a distal end; wherein each of the hanging rods are configured to receive and store a neck tie thereon in a wrapped manner;
two frame hooks, one of said two frame hooks is mounted directly to the front surface of said first frame side wall and another of said two frame hooks is mounted directly to the front surface of said second frame side wall at a midpoint of each said frame side wall length;
two brace hooks, one of said two brace hooks is mounted directly to the bottom surface of a first outer brace member from said pair of outer brace members and another of said two brace hooks is mounted directly to the bottom surface of a second outer brace member from said pair of outer brace members at a midpoint of each brace length;
a latch assembly having a male latch member comprising a protrusion and a female latch member having a recess therein, wherein said male latch member is mounted to the top wall of said frame and said female latch member is mounted to the bottom surface of said longitudinal partition adjacent to the distal end of the longitudinal partition;
wherein a first hanging rod from said plurality of hanging rods defines a proximal most hanging rod, wherein said proximal most hanging rod is housed within said frame when said hanging assembly is in said open position;
said female latch member having a length, a width and a height, said length and said width being substantially equal, said height is greater than both said width and said length, wherein in the closed position the protrusion of the male member is configured to be inserted within the recess of the female latch member with the female latch member being beneath the male latch member and the protrusion extending through said height of said female latch member to lock the hanging assembly in the closed position; and
wherein the two brace hooks are perpendicular relative to the two frame hooks when the hanging assembly is in the open position, wherein an attachment member extends between and connects one of the brace hooks and one of the frame hooks when the hanging assembly is in the open position; wherein the two brace hooks are laterally adjacent and parallel to the two frame hooks when the hanging assembly is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,506,876

SELF-ASSEMBLY CABINET

E-MAKE Co., Ltd., Taichu...

1. A self-assembly cabinet comprising:a box including a rectangular front frame, a rectangular rear frame, two rectangular side frames interconnecting the front frame and the rear frame, a top frame on tops of the front frame, the rear frame, and the side frames, and a bottom frame on bottoms of the front frame, the rear frame, and the side frames;
a plurality of latches secured to four corners of an inner surface of each side frame respectively; and
a plurality of cooperating fastening structures secured to four corners of an inner surface of each of the front frame and the rear frame respectively;
wherein the latches are releasably secured to the cooperating fastening structures respectively so that the side frames, the front frame, and the rear frame are configured to assemble;
wherein each latch includes an extension having a concave member and a hook at an open end, and a plate member being at an angle of 90-degree with respect to the extension and threadedly secured to the side frame;
wherein each cooperating fastening structure includes a plate element threadedly secured to the rear frame or the front frame, a cylindrical member projecting out of the plate element, and an enlargement at an open end of the cylindrical member; and wherein the concave member is put on the cylindrical member and the enlargement is configured to prevent the concave member from being disengaged from the cylindrical member.

US Pat. No. 10,506,875

PANELS COMPRISING A MECHANICAL LOCKING DEVICE AND AN ASSEMBLED PRODUCT COMPRISING THE PANELS

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set of panels comprising a first panel with a first main plane and a second panel with a second main plane, wherein the first panel and the second panel are provided with a mechanical locking device for locking a first edge of the first panel to a second edge of the second panel at a junction plane, wherein the first main plane is essentially perpendicular to the second main plane and the junction plane is extending between the first main plane and the second main plane,wherein the first edge comprises an edge tongue that extends from the junction plane,
wherein the second edge comprises an edge groove at the junction plane, wherein the edge tongue is configured to cooperate with the edge groove for locking together the first edge and the second edge in a first direction which is parallel to the junction plane,
wherein the edge tongue comprises a tongue groove,
wherein the edge groove comprises a flexible tongue arranged in an insertion groove, said flexible tongue being configured to cooperate with the tongue groove for locking together the first edge and the second edge in a second direction which is perpendicular to the junction plane
wherein the angle between the junction plane and the first main plane is about 45 °,
wherein the flexible tongue is displaceable in the insertion groove, and
wherein the first edge comprises a first edge surface which is parallel to the junction plane, and the second edge comprises a second edge surface which is parallel to the junction plane, wherein the first edge surface is configured to cooperate with the second edge surface.

US Pat. No. 10,506,874

TABLE APPARATUS AND METHOD

Halcon Corp., Stewartvil...

1. A table assembly, comprising:a table top defining a table peripheral edge and a lower surface; and
a sub-top positioned below the lower surface of the table top, the sub-top defining a protective peripheral edge extending outwardly beyond the table peripheral edge by a first distance, wherein the sub-top comprises a first material that is softer than the table top,
wherein the sub-top further comprises an electronics connector,
wherein the electronics connector is positioned below the protective edge on an exterior face of the sub-top, and wherein an exterior face of the electronics connector is flush with the exterior face of the sub-top.

US Pat. No. 10,506,873

TABLE STRUCTURE

Kun-Yu Hung, Taipei (TW)...

1. An improved table structure, comprising:a central post, formed as a straight post, and a top thereof being formed with a head portion, the central post being composed by plural insertion posts, the top of the insertion post being formed with a protrusion part allowing an adjacent insertion post to be inserted and connected, the interior of the insertion post and the protrusion part being respectively formed with a penetrated through hole, and a power cable being provided inside the central post thereby being enabled to be connected to a power source form the top or the bottom;
a table stand, installed at the bottom of the central post, and formed in a gradually expanded state;
a first layer of table surface, fastened at a proper location on the central post, and the center thereof being formed with a through hole; and
at least two layers of rotary plates, respectively installed at the portion of the central post defined above the first layer of table surface and at a proper location on the central post defined above the lower layer of rotary plate, the center of the rotary plate being formed with a through hole corresponding to the insertion post,
wherein the rotary plate is optionally installed with an anti-slip pad,
wherein the interior of the through hole formed at the center of the rotary plate is installed with a sleeve ring or a roller, the rotary plate is an electrically-rotated plate electrically connected to the power cable of the central post, and the bottom of the rotary plate is installed with at least a power sensor which is connected to the power cable, thereby providing an automatic sensing and stopping function to the electrically-rotated plate when a person reaches for a food.

US Pat. No. 10,506,872

WORK STATION WITH IN-WALL HEIGHT-ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Teknion Limited, Toronto...

1. A height-adjustment assembly for a work station, comprising:a) a partition wall including an internal wall frame having: a horizontal bottom frame member, a horizontal top frame member above the bottom frame member, and laterally spaced apart first and second vertical frame members extending vertically between the top and bottom frame members, the partition wall further including axially opposed first and second exterior wall surfaces mounted to the internal wall frame and extending laterally from the first vertical frame member to the second vertical frame member and vertically from the bottom frame member to the top frame member, the first and second exterior wall surfaces spaced axially apart by a wall thickness;
b) a carriage support located within the wall thickness laterally intermediate the first and second vertical frame members and mounted to the internal wall frame, the carriage support including a vertical first track and a vertical second track spaced axially apart from the vertical first track toward the second exterior wall surface, the vertical first track having a first track lateral extent and the vertical second track having a second track lateral extent at least partially overlapping the first track lateral extent;
c) a first carriage mounted to the carriage support in sliding engagement with the vertical first track and configured to support a first work surface assembly on a first side of the partition wall;
d) a linear first actuator mounted within the wall thickness and spaced laterally apart from the vertical first and second tracks toward the first vertical frame member, the linear first actuator coupled to the first carriage and configured to vertically translate the first carriage along the vertical first track for facilitating height adjustment of the first work surface assembly;
e) a second carriage mounted to the carriage support in sliding engagement with the vertical second track and configured to support a second work surface assembly on a second side of the partition wall opposite the first side; and
f) a linear second actuator mounted within the wall thickness and spaced laterally apart from the vertical first and second tracks toward the second vertical frame member, the linear second actuator coupled to the second carriage and configured to vertically translate the second carriage along the vertical second track for facilitating height adjustment of the second work surface assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,506,871

COLLAPSIBLE, SURFACE-MOUNTED APPARATUS

Justin R. Wilson, Denver...

1. A method of operating a surface-mounted apparatus, comprising:rotating first and second planar sections of an apparatus about a first pivot axis oriented normal to the surface that extends through the first section of the apparatus and into the surface; and
pivoting, simultaneously with and induced by the rotating, the second planar section of the apparatus relative to the first planar section of the apparatus about a second pivot axis that is perpendicular to the first pivot axis from a stowed position against the surface into a deployed position extending from the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,506,870

TABLE AND TABLE CONNECTOR SYSTEM

BCG DESIGN GROUP LIMITED,...

1. A connecting system for releasably securing a first table top with a second table top, said system comprising at least one male member to be secured to the first table top and the second table top, and two receptacles to be associated with the first table top and second table top within which the male member can slide to a position securing the first and second table tops together,said male member carrying at least one deflectable barb, said barb being moveable between:
a) a non-deflected condition, wherein sliding of the male member within the receptacle to separate the male member from the receptacle is inhibited by interference between the receptacle and the barb, and
b) a deflected condition, wherein no interference exists between the receptacle and the barb,
wherein the receptacle engages with said barb during movement of the male member into the receptacle to urge the barb toward the deflected condition, thus permitting sliding of the male member to the position securing the first and second table tops together at where the barb is permitted to return to the non-deflected condition to prevent withdrawal of the male member from the receptacle
and wherein the receptacles are configured to permit access to the barb when the male member is in the position securing the first table top and second table top so that the barb can be urged to the deflected condition by an external member to allow the male member to slide and allow its withdrawal from either or both receptacles,
wherein the two receptacles are a first receptacle and second receptacle, the first receptacle to be associated with the first table top, and the second receptacle to be associated with the second table top, and wherein said male member is elongate and the male member can bridge between said first and second table tops, the male member carries two said barbs each for engagement with a respective one of said first and second receptacles so that when so engaged thereto, the table tops are secured together.

US Pat. No. 10,506,869

COSMETIC BRUSH CLEANING AID

HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. An apparatus for cleaning and drying cosmetic brushes, the apparatus comprising:a front surface including a plurality of elevated cleaning elements extending outward from the front surface, and an elevated wall that protrudes from the front surface and follows a contour around the front surface, the plurality of elevated cleaning elements including a first group of multiple elevated cleaning elements having a first shape and a first size, and a second group of multiple elevated cleaning elements having a second shape and a second size, wherein the first and second shapes are the same and the first and second sizes are different;
a back surface coupled to the front surface, the back surface opposite the front surface; and
a holding member connected to the back surface, the holding member configured to receive at least a portion of a user's hand.

US Pat. No. 10,506,866

COSMETIC CONTAINER

AMG CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A cosmetics container comprising:a container body which holds a cosmetic material; and
a cap which engages with the container body, wherein the container body includes:
a main body screw portion which engages with the cap;
a main body upper portion formed continuously below the main body screw portion;
a main body middle portion formed continuously below the main body upper portion; and
a main body lower portion formed continuously below the main body middle portion,
the main body upper portion, the main body middle portion and the main body lower portion form a front wall part, a back wall part, a right side wall part, a left side wall part, and a bottom wall part, which collectively form a space which holds the cosmetic material,
the right side wall part and the left side wall part defined by a shape of an inside of the container body are formed such that a thickness at the main body upper portion is thicker than a thickness at the main body middle portion,
the front wall part and the back wall part defined by the shape of the inside of the container body are formed such that portions connecting sideways to the right side wall part and the left side wall part in the main body lower portion are thinner than in the main body middle portion, and
connecting portions between the front wall part and the right side wall part and the left side wall part and connecting portions between the back wall part and the right side wall part and the left side wall part in an inner surface of the main body lower portion are formed as curved surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,506,864

STICK-SHAPED COSMETIC MATERIAL DISPENSING CONTAINER

TOKIWA CORPORATION, Naka...

1. A stick-shaped cosmetic material dispensing container comprising:a cylindrical container which includes a container front portion and a container rear portion mounted on the container front portion to be rotatable around an axis line of the cylindrical container and immovable relative to the container rear portion in an axial direction of the cylindrical container;
a moving body which is movable in the axial direction with respect to the container front portion, holds a stick-shaped cosmetic material with a front end thereof, and includes a male screw on an outer periphery thereof; and
a female screw member which is not rotatable around the axis line with respect to the container rear portion and includes a female screw that is threadedly engaged with the male screw on an inner periphery thereof,
wherein a thread-engagement action of a thread portion formed of the male screw and the female screw works due to relative rotation of the container front portion and the container rear portion so that the moving body advances and retracts, and the stick-shaped cosmetic material appears or disappears from a front end of the container front portion along with the advance or retract of the moving body,
the container front portion is notched backward from the front end to form a holding portion that holds the stick-shaped cosmetic material,
the holding portion is shaped so as to be tapered toward a front side of the holding portion,
the container front portion comprises an inner peripheral surface extending to the holding portion, wherein the inner peripheral surface comprises either a concave portion or a convex portion extending in the axial direction,
the stick-shaped cosmetic material comprises an outer peripheral surface including a contact portion having a shape that is complementary to the inner peripheral surface of the holding portion, so as to be held by the holding portion of the container front portion,
the stick-shaped cosmetic material tapers away from the holding portion in a direction that is perpendicular to the axial direction of the cylindrical container and that is perpendicular to a width direction of the container front portion, and
a width of the contact portion of the stick-shaped cosmetic material is the same as or greater than a width of the holding portion, taken in the width direction at the front end of the container front portion.

US Pat. No. 10,506,863

TOILETRY APPLICATOR

Tessy Plastics Corporatio...

1. A toiletry applicator comprising:a housing;
a screw comprising a screw shaft and a screw knob coupled to the screw shaft; and
an elevator assembly received at a base of the screw shaft and comprising:
a receptacle configured to retain a toiletry, the receptacle having a thread path; and
a plurality of discs stacked together to form a disc assembly defining the thread path, each disc comprising a plurality of thread portions that form a section of the thread path.

US Pat. No. 10,506,862

PULL DOWN PUMP ACTUATOR

HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. A device for dispensing and applying a cosmetic product, the device comprising:a container configured to hold a volume of cosmetic product, the container having a closed end at a lower end of the device and an open end facing an upper end of the device; and
a cosmetic dispensing system coupled to the open end of the container and comprising:
a tip having an outlet for dispensing cosmetic product; and
an actuator configured to be manually depressed to deliver a portion of the volume of cosmetic product to the outlet, wherein the actuator includes finger guides on opposite sides of the actuator, the finger guides disposed below the tip and providing opposing surfaces for depressing the actuator to move the actuator towards the lower end of the device; and
wherein the finger guides each extend generally parallel to a longitudinal axis of the cosmetic dispensing system.

US Pat. No. 10,506,861

2-IN-1 NAIL LAMP STATION

1. A nail lamp station, comprising:a base lamp assembly which comprises a station housing, which has a light cavity capable of receiving one or more fingernails therewithin and an opening communicating said light cavity with outside, and a first light source supported and supplied with electrical power in said station housing for illuminating within said light cavity for selectively drying nail polishes on fingernails or curing artificial nail tip attached on the fingernails at the same time within said light cavity, wherein said station housing of base lamp assembly further has a holding compartment provided thereon; and
a detachable lamp pen detachably coupled at said holding compartment of said station housing, wherein said detachable lamp pen comprises an elongated pen body having a shape and size adapted to be retained in said holding compartment, a battery, and a second light source provided at a light end of said pen body and electrically connected with said battery for electrical power supply, wherein said detachable lamp pen is detachable from said holding compartment and switched on said second light source for applying light pointing at a particular area of one single particular fingernail for selectively drying a nail polish on the one single particular fingernail or curing the artificial nail tip attached on the one single particular fingernail.

US Pat. No. 10,506,860

SHAVING ASSEMBLY DISPENSER

ShaveLogic, Inc., Dallas...

1. A device comprising:a generally C-shaped outer container, and
a sectioned inner container defining at least two compartments, each compartment containing a shaving assembly, wherein each compartment of the inner container includes angled positioning features disposed at a fixed angle relative to a floor of the compartment and configured to position the shaving assembly within the compartment for interaction of an opening in an interface element of the shaving assembly with a razor handle during mounting of the shaving assembly on the handle, and wherein the angled positioning features in the compartments position the openings of the interface elements of at least two of the shaving assemblies facing in opposite directions,
the inner container being disposed within the outer container and being movable relative to the outer container between a closed position, a first open position in which a first one of the shaving assemblies is exposed, and a second open position in which a second one of the shaving assemblies is exposed, and
the outer container defining an open area where a bottom surface of the inner container is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,506,856

LUGGAGE WARDROBE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A wardrobe system comprising:a storage compartment having a lid, a base, two side walls, and two end walls, said base, side walls, and end walls creating an interior space;
a pair of structural supports extending upwardly from said base of said storage compartment;
two pairs of support receivers, each pair of support receivers located on a respective end wall, said support receivers configured to releasably receive said structural supports;
a pair of rod receivers, each affixed to a respective cap of said structural supports;
a horizontal rod supported by said rod receivers;
at least one curtain arm connected to an end of said horizontal rod;
a pair of openings located in said storage compartment, each of said pair of openings corresponding with one of said pair of structural supports; and
said pair of openings configured to allow access to said structural supports without opening said lid of said storage compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,506,852

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BRACELET

Go Girl Designs, LLC, Kn...

1. A multi-functional bracelet adapted to receive a hair accessory, said multi-functional bracelet comprising:a cylindrical base member adapted to be received by and worn on a user's wrist;
a pair of outwardly extending edge members disposed on and projecting from said cylindrical base member in a substantially orthogonal relationship to said cylindrical base member;
at least a first and a second jewelry strand member carried by said cylindrical base member between said edge members and in spaced relation from one another, said edge members being adapted to retain said jewelry strand members on said cylindrical base member; and
at least one elastic ring member adapted to be received between said jewelry strand members, whereby said at least one elastic ring member is adapted to be worn in the user's hair as an elastic hair band, said elastic hair band defining said hair accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,506,851

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR INSTALLING A ZIPPER CLOSURE

1. A device for creating an enclosure, the device comprising a zipper having:a plurality of attaching means;
a left strip comprising a plurality of left strip teeth, a left strip top stop, and a left strip bottom stop wherein the bottom stop houses a box; and
a right strip having a plurality of right strip teeth, right strip top stop, and a right strip bottom stop having a right bottom stop pin
wherein each of said plurality of attaching means further comprises:
an attaching means top having a top first plate, a top second plate, a top aperture, and a top pin;
an attaching means back having a back first plate, a back second plate, and a back aperture; and
an attaching means base having a base proximal side, a base distal side, a base first plate, a base second plate, a base first tack having a first tack stationary end and a first tack securing end, a base second tack having a second tack stationary end and a second tack securing end, a base aperture having a first side and a second side, and wherein the base further comprises a base fork having a first tine and a second tine.

US Pat. No. 10,506,847

REINFORCED SHOE HEEL AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SHOES INCORPORATING THE SAME

Centripetal Entertainment...

1. A high-heel shoe, comprising:a lining coupled with an insole and generally forming a toe box at a front of the high-heel shoe and a heel at a rear of the high-heel shoe;
a generally horizontally positioned base formed underneath the toe box;
an upwardly extending shank transitioning away from the generally horizontally positioned base at the front of the high-heel shoe into the heel at the rear of the high-heel shoe, the heel being located in a relatively higher position than the toe box; and
a high-heel support comprising an alphanumeric character generally positioned up underneath and supporting the relatively higher positioned heel,
wherein the high-heel support includes an angled platform having an upwardly presented surface area supportive of the heel and integrated with a core, and
wherein the core includes a pair of separate reinforcement rods generally extending downwardly and inwardly relative to one another without intersecting, having a respective shape and size and being received via respective channels defined by the alphanumeric character.

US Pat. No. 10,506,842

RAPID-ENTRY FOOTWEAR WITH REBOUNDING FIT SYSTEM

FAST IP, LLC, Vineyard, ...

1. A rapid-entry shoe comprising:a first anchor and a second anchor, each disposed beneath a footbed of the rapid-entry shoe, wherein the first anchor is disposed on a medial side of the rapid-entry shoe and the second anchor is disposed on a lateral side of the rapid-entry shoe; and
a deformable element extending continuously about and within a rear portion of an upper of the rapid-entry shoe, and between the first anchor and the second anchor;
wherein a first end of the deformable element terminates at and is non-rotatably coupled to the first anchor and a second end of the deformable element terminates at and is non-rotatably coupled to the second anchor;
wherein the shoe comprises a collapsed configuration and an uncollapsed configuration, wherein in the collapsed configuration the deformable element is in a compressed state, and wherein in the uncollapsed configuration the deformable element is in an uncompressed or a partially compressed state; and
wherein the deformable element is coupled to a heel piece, the heel piece being contained within the rear portion of the rapid-entry shoe and the heel piece comprising a bendable or flexible material distinct from that of both the deformable element and the rear portion of the rapid-entry shoe, wherein opposing sides of the heel piece extend to lateral and medial sides of the rapid-entry shoe and are bendably or flexibly drawn toward each other.

US Pat. No. 10,506,837

SLIDE ON NECKTIE

Rick McCormick, Newport ...

1. A necktie anchoring device for attaching a necktie to a shirt, the necktie having a false knot and long piece that generally extends over the buttons of a shirt along a longitudinal axis, the necktie anchoring device comprising: an angled body of material having a generally flat first section and a second section attached to the first section in a manner forming an angled shape to the angled body, the second section lying forward of the first section, the first section having a lead-in notch on one edge thereof and merging into a button passage which merges into a cove near the opposite edge, the lead-in notch, button passage, and cove being generally aligned along the longitudinal axis of the necktie such that the false knot is slid vertically downward to attach it to a shirt's top button's thread and slid vertically upward to remove it, and the second section having a generally triangular shape that is configured to be attached to the false knot of the necktie.

US Pat. No. 10,506,834

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE AND ATOMIZER DEVICE THEREOF

SHENZHEN SMOORE TECHNOLOG...

1. An atomizer device, wherein the atomizer device comprises a housing, a liquid reservoir chamber (115) defined in the housing, and an adjusting valve (13) engaging with the housing; a liquid injection channel (1131) is defined on the housing for injecting liquid solution into the liquid reservoir chamber (115); the adjusting valve (13) is movable between a first position and a second position and keeps connected to the housing while moving relative to the housing; the adjusting valve (13) is able to move to the first position to open the liquid injection channel (1131), and is able to move to the second position to close the liquid injection channel (1131); the atomizer device comprises an air flowing passage (112) and a sealing unit (113) sealing one end of the liquid reservoir chamber (115).

US Pat. No. 10,506,829

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A VAPORIZER

FREELANDER INNOVATIONS US...

1. A method for controlling a vaporizer device comprising:determining a first temperature;
vaporizing an inhalable substance at the first temperature during a first inhale by a user until airflow during the first inhale ceases;
raising the first temperature by a temperature quantity, wherein a second temperature is a sum of the temperature quantity and the first temperature; and
vaporizing the inhalable substance at the second temperature during a second inhale by the user,
wherein the temperature quantity is greater than 0.4° C. and less than 3° C.

US Pat. No. 10,506,825

SMOKING ARTICLE WITH TACTILE LIQUID RELEASE COMPONENT

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A smoking article incorporating a liquid release component, the liquid release component comprising a sustained release liquid delivery material comprising:an inner core of a sustained release liquid delivery material comprising:
a closed matrix structure comprising a cross-linked polymer matrix defining a plurality of domains, and
a liquid composition that is trapped within the domains and is releasable from the closed matrix structure upon compression of the material; and
a frangible outer shell encapsulating the inner core of liquid delivery material,
wherein the closed matrix structure comprises a filler within the polymer matrix, wherein the filler comprises one or more amphiphilic polysaccharides,
wherein the force/displacement curve obtained upon compression of the smoking article at the location of the liquid release component in a force/displacement test comprises a plurality of local minima in the force level over a range of compression of at least 1mm, wherein each of the local minima corresponds to a reduction in the force level of at least 1 Newton, wherein the local minima in the force level are obtained as the frangible outer shell is gradually broken down upon compression.

US Pat. No. 10,506,822

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COOKING PIECES OF PROTEIN

SUGAR CREEK PACKING CO., ...

1. A method for cooking pieces of protein, the method comprising:applying a batter consisting of a mixture of flour containing gluten and water, and optionally one or more of egg white, egg, milk, buttermilk, seasonings, soy, fish meal, meat-meal, nut meal, legume-flour and pea flour, to uncooked protein pieces;
sealing the battered uncooked protein pieces in plastic pouches; and
cooking the sealed battered uncooked protein pieces, while in the sealed plastic pouches, at a temperature and time selected to completely cook the protein pieces, whereby the batter is sufficiently tacky such that breading can adhere thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,506,819

LOW-FAT WATER-IN-OIL EMULSION

Cargill, Incorporated, W...

1. A low-fat water-in-oil (W/O) emulsion comprising a fat phase in an amount of at most 40 wt % relative to the total weight of the emulsion, an aqueous phase dispersed within the fat phase and an emulsifier composition, said emulsifier composition comprising an Acetone-insoluble (AI) component containing a Phosphatidyl Choline (PC), a Phosphatidyl Inositol (PI), a Phosphatidyl Ethanolamine (PE) and a Phosphatidic Acid (PA), wherein PC is in an amount of at most 15.5% relative to the total weight of the emulsifier composition and wherein the emulsifier composition is characterized by a weight ratio R of at most 65%, the ratio R being defined according to Formula 1:wherein PC+PI+PE+PA is the sum of the individual weights of the respective constituents of the AI component and AI is the total weight of the AI component; andwherein the emulsifier composition is characterized by a ratio P3 of at most 0.50, wherein P3 is defined according to Formula 4:

US Pat. No. 10,506,817

FILTRATION SYSTEM

PACE INTERNATIONAL, LLC, ...

1. A method for filtration, comprising: arranging fruits in a substantially closed room having a volume of air; introducing post-harvest chemicals selected from the group consisting of thiabendazole, fludioxonil and a mixture thereof, and optionally, additional treatment substances, into an airstream with a thermo-fogger gun to generate air-borne treatment substances at a rate of up to 80 cubic feet per minute;introducing the airstream and the air-borne treatment substances into the volume of air of the substantially closed room to generate the dispersed air-borne substances;
creating with a fan a pressure between ?0.25 and 0 inches water column upon a bank of at least six high particle-rated pleated fiber filters; and
inducing an exhaust air current that flows from the substantially closed room into an exhaust port of the substantially closed room, wherein the exhaust air current includes the air-borne substances from the exhaust port and the filter bank captures at least around 95 percent of the air-borne treatment substances.

US Pat. No. 10,506,800

DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR REDUCING THE NUMBER OF EXTERIOR PARASITES ON FISH

SFI Systems IVS, Tilst (...

1. A device for reducing the number of exterior parasites on farmed fish, the device comprising:a hollow cylindrical filter member having a circumference and an interior, the hollow cylindrical filter member at an inlet end comprising an inlet with an inlet circumference and at an outlet end an outlet with an outlet circumference, the hollow cylindrical filter member being provided with holes between the inlet end and the outlet end, the holes allow exterior parasites to pass through the holes of the hollow cylindrical filter member while maintaining fish in the interior;
a first nozzle provided at the inlet end and having a substantially annular slit along the inlet circumference or a first nozzle provided at the outlet end and having a substantially annular slit along the outlet circumference for ejecting a fluid towards a first predefined point in the interior of the hollow cylindrical filter member between the inlet end and the outlet end.

US Pat. No. 10,506,791

CAT LITTER BOX

1. In combination with an outer wall of a building, said outer wall having an opening formed thereon that is in communication with a building interior, a cat litter box comprising:a housing attached to said outer wall, said housing having an open front end that is aligned with the opening;
a litter drawer received within said housing;
means for automatically extending said litter drawer through said opening and into the building interior when a cat approaches said outer wall, and for retracting said drawer within said housing when the cat is a beyond a predetermined distance from the outer wall, wherein said means comprises:
a linear gear on said litter drawer;
a motorized gear within said opening and engaging said linear gear;
a wireless transmitter attached to the cat;
a wireless receiver in discrete communication with said transmitter;
a motion sensor near said opening;
a controller in communication with said motion sensor and said transmitter whereby when said motion sensor detects movement and said receiver receives a signal from said transmitter, said controller activates said motorized gear in a first direction to extend said drawer into the building interior.

US Pat. No. 10,506,768

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING LEAVES FROM A PLANT

1. A device for removing leaves from a plant, comprising:a downward extending and elongate support surface for supporting the plant;
a pair of cutting devices disposed on either side of the support surface, wherein each cutting device comprises a rotatable blade assembly and a grating which is disposed between the blade assembly and the support surface;
a frame on which are mounted the pair of cutting devices and the support surface, wherein the frame is configured to be placed on a ground surface;
wherein each cutting device is configured to at least one of cut and pull the leaves of the plant which protrude at least partially through the grating from the remaining part of the plant.

US Pat. No. 10,506,766

MODULAR COMPOSTING GARDEN CONTAINER, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF USE

1. A modular composting garden container system, comprising:a base;
a bottom ring sized and shaped to be removably mounted above the base;
a plurality of stackable rings sized and shaped to be removably assembled into a tower of selectable height and mounted above the bottom ring, the plurality of stackable rings each comprising a generally cylindrical body having an outer diameter, open top, a bottom with a centrally located first aperture having a size that is at least 75% of the outer diameter, and one or more sidewalls extending from said bottom to said top, said one or more sidewalls defining a plurality of generally circumferential, outwardly-extending protrusions along a top edge of said one or more sidewalls, the tower comprising a first interior sized, shaped, and positioned to hold soil introduced from a top of the tower, and a first exterior surface defining second apertures between successively stacked ones of said stackable rings, the second apertures sized, shaped, and positioned to facilitate the growth of plants there through from the first interior, said second apertures having outer edges defined by said outwardly-extending protrusions;
the plurality of stackable rings each comprising a plurality of first connecting members each positioned on said bottom centrally below one of the outwardly-extending protrusions of the stackable ring, and a plurality of second connecting members each positioned on said top centrally between adjacent outwardly-extending protrusions of the stackable ring, the first and second connecting members configured to rotationally orient and removably connect successively stacked ones of said stackable rings such that when the stackable rings are stacked and connected together, the outwardly-extending protrusions of each stackable ring are positioned centrally between the outwardly-extending protrusions of adjacent stackable rings;
a plurality of stackable tube sections sized and shaped to be removably assembled into a hollow compost tube assembly of selectable height and mounted within the first interior of the tower and above the base, the hollow compost tube assembly comprising a second interior sized, shaped, and positioned to hold compost material introduced from a top of the compost tube assembly, and a second exterior surface defining second apertures therein sized, shaped, and positioned to facilitate the passage of worms there-through from the second interior;
the base is sized, shaped, and positioned to receive, store, and provide access to nutrient-rich drainage from the soil or the compost material or both;
the base further comprising: a drawer to provide access to the nutrient-rich drainage from the soil or the compost material or both; and an upper portion with an upward-facing annular groove formed therein proximate an outer perimeter of said upper portion;
the bottom ring comprising a lower portion with a downward-facing annular groove formed therein proximate an outer perimeter of said lower portion;
a plurality of rotatable bearings positioned between and adjacent the downward-facing annular groove and the upward-facing annular groove;
wherein the plurality of stackable rings, the bottom ring, and the plurality of stackable tube sections are configured to rotatably rest on the base, such that the plurality of stackable rings, the bottom ring, and the plurality of stackable tube sections are all able to rotate together relative to the base about a common longitudinal axis when the modular composting garden container system is assembled and the plurality of stackable rings are filled with soil, all without changing the position of the base or the drawer.

US Pat. No. 10,506,764

PRUNER CLEANER

1. A pruner cleaning apparatus comprising first and second and half-housings conjoined to define a center plane,a cleaning chamber, and
a pruner receiving orifice, said pruner receiving orifice configured to orient a blade surface of a pruner received therein at an angle between 0° and 40° inclusive relative to said center plane,
a seal disposed between said first and second half-housings,
a drive shaft, a portion of which passes through said cleaning chamber,
two scrubbers, each having
a central aperture complementary to said drive shaft, and
a scrubbing surface, with said scrubbers coupled to said drive shaft for rotation therewith and oriented so that their scrubbing surfaces face each other,
a scrubber barrel disposed between said two scrubbers, and
a motor operably coupled said drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,506,762

COMPUTER CONTROLLED HYDRAULIC CONDITIONER ROLL TENSIONING ADJUSTMENT

AGCO Corporation, Duluth...

1. A system, comprising:one or more pairs of oppositely rotatable, laterally extending rolls, wherein for each pair, at least one of the rolls is moveable relative to the other of the rolls;
a hydraulic circuit, comprising:
a tensioner circuit comprising:
for each pair of rolls, one or more pairs of hydraulic cylinders arranged in parallel, each configured to resist movement of the at least one of the rolls at a respective end of the at least one of the rolls;
an accumulator arranged in parallel to the hydraulic cylinders; and
plural control valves; and
a computing system configured to cause the one or more pairs of hydraulic cylinders to adjust the resistance to movement of the at least one of the rolls of the respective pair of rolls by sending signals to one or more of the plural control valves.

US Pat. No. 10,506,761

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODIFYING TIRE PRESSURE IN AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT

1. An agricultural vehicle comprising:a frame supported by a plurality of tires;a plurality of load sensors, each load sensor of the plurality of load sensors configured to measure a weight or loading parameter of a portion of the agricultural vehicle;a tire pressure monitoring sensor associated with at least one tire of the plurality of tires, the tire pressure monitoring sensor configured to measure the internal pressure of the associated at least one tire;
a processor operable to receive a signal from each load sensor of the plurality of load sensors and to determine a target tire pressure for the at least one tire;
a gas system operable to increase or decrease the tire pressure of the at least one tire in response to the signal from the processor;
an accumulator configured to store cotton; and
a module builder configured to form the cotton from the accumulator into a module,
wherein some sensors of the plurality of sensors are configured to cooperate to determine the weight of cotton distributed within the agricultural vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,506,760

MULCHER WITH SHIFTABLE CHOPPING BLADE ROTORS

BRAUN MASCHINENBAU GMBH, ...

1. An apparatus for keeping down groundcover between parallel rows of plants, comprising: two chopping blade rotors that are rotatable in a common plane, each around a rotational axis perpendicular to the ground, wherein a distance between the rotational axes is adjustable in a direction perpendicular to the plant rows even when rotational areas of the chopping blade rotors overlap; a separate electric motor assigned to each of the chopping blade rotors; devices for controlling the electric motors so that that collisions between the chopping blade rotors are avoided; a housing having an open bottom and which holds the chopping blade rotors, the electric motors being mounted directly and coaxially with the chopping blade rotors on housing parts of the housing; and, a carrier device that connects the housing to a vehicle, the housing parts being shiftable relative to the carrier device, only in a plane parallel to the common plane.

US Pat. No. 10,506,758

AGRICULTURAL TRENCH DEPTH SENSING SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS

Precision Planting LLC, ...

1. An agricultural row unit comprising:a row unit frame supporting an opening disc adapted to open a trench in a soil surface as the row unit advances in a forward direction of travel, said row unit frame further supporting a gauge wheel pivotally mounted to said row unit frame by a gauge wheel arm, said row unit frame further supporting and a depth adjustment assembly having a plurality of selectable position, each of said selectable positions establishing a selected trench depth by limiting an amount of upward travel of said gauge wheel relative to said opener disc, whereby said selected trench depth corresponds to a height of said row unit frame relative to said soil surface;
a depth sensor connected to said row unit frame, said depth sensor including:
a pivot arm operably pivotally connected relative to said row unit frame at a pivot point rearward of said opening discs and said gauge wheels;
a first finger connected to said pivot arm; and
a second finger connected to said pivot arm;
wherein said first finger and second finger are each disposed to engage said soil surface adjacent to said trench opened in said soil surface by said opener disc, and wherein said first finger engages a first side of said trench, and said second finger engages an opposite of said trench; and
a sensor disposed to measure rotation of said depth sensor about said pivot point, whereby said measured rotation corresponds to a measured height of said row unit frame relative to said soil surface and an actual trench depth irrespective of said selected trench depth.

US Pat. No. 10,506,756

ROTATING TOOLBAR WITH DOUBLE ROD CYLINDER

AGCO Corporation, Duluth...

1. A system, comprising:a control system;
a center section and a pair of wing sections, each of the sections comprising a pair of parallel frame members pivotably coupled to each other, wherein one of the frame members of the pair of parallel frame members comprises a toolbar; and
a plurality of hydraulic cylinders enabling rotational movement between the parallel frame members, wherein the hydraulic cylinders of the wing sections comprise double rod cylinders and the hydraulic cylinders of the center section comprises single rod cylinders,
the control system configured to cause the double rod cylinders to rotate the toolbars of the wing sections to multiple operational positions and to cause the single rod cylinders to rotate the tool bar of the center section to a subset of the multiple operational positions by changing a respective state of the double rod and single rod cylinders.

US Pat. No. 10,506,754

VARIABLE TOOTH COULTER BLADE WITH SIZED INSERTS

PRESCRIPTIONA TILLAGE TEC...

1. A coulter blade for altering soil and surface stubble, comprising:a discoidal coulter blade configured with a blade hub and a blade circumference, the coulter blade having a first lateral side and a second lateral side, the first lateral side and the second lateral side being planar and extending from the blade hub to the blade circumference and being parallel with one another, the blade hub configured for detachably mounting the discoidal coulter blade to an implement;
a plurality of teeth configured proximal to and integral with the blade circumference, each one of the plurality of teeth having a rounded gullet adjacent thereto, each one of the plurality of teeth and gullet having a cutting edge and a back edge extending toward the blade circumference to an upward point so that each one of the plurality of teeth forms an upward saber shape for piercing the soil and rotating the discoidal coulter blade, the back edge longitudinally opposite the cutting edge, the cutting edge and the back edge extending away from the blade circumference continuing to its adjacent gullet, the cutting edge configured to cut the surface stubble and the soil, the back edge configured for rotationally driving the discoidal coulter blade parallel to the surface as the soil acts on the back edge, the gullet being rounded to continue the cut begun by the cutting edge;
the cutting edge of a first half of the plurality of teeth and the gullet adjacent thereto being sharpened on a first lateral side and the cutting edge of a second half of the plurality of teeth and the gullet adjacent thereto being sharpened on a second lateral side, each tooth of the first half having two teeth of the second half planarly adjacent and each tooth of the second half having two teeth of the first half planarly adjacent thereby resulting in an opposing tooth bevel pattern and tooth bevel angle;
wherein the plurality of teeth is adapted to drive the coulter blade in a forward motion altering soil and surface stubble while simultaneously mulching, tiling and aerating the soil.
US Pat. No. 10,507,216

METHOD FOR OLFACTORY IMPROVEMENT WITH SACCHARIDE

Tsung-Wei Huang, New Tai...

1. A method of improving olfactory function, which includes: administering an effective amount of saccharide to a subject suffering from olfactory disorder; and administering an effective amount of neuropeptide Y to the subject suffering from olfactory disorder, wherein the saccharide is a chitin-based material, proteoglycan, glycosaminoglycan, amino monosaccharide, N-acylated amino monosaccharide or a combination thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,507,219

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR DOSING IN ADOPTIVE CELL THERAPY

JUNO THERAPEUTICS, INC., ...

1. A method of treatment, comprising:administering a consecutive dose of T cells expressing a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) that binds CD19 to a subject having a hematologic malignancy expressing CD19 and that has been previously administered a first dose of T cells expressing a CAR that binds CD19, said first dose comprising no more than about 1×106 of the CAR-expressing cells per kilogram body weight of the subject, no more than about 1×108 of the CAR-expressing cells, or no more than about 1×108 of the CAR-expressing cells/m2 of the subject, wherein:
the CAR expressed by the cells in the first dose and the CAR expressed by the cells of the consecutive dose each, individually, comprises (i) an antigen binding domain that binds CD19; and (ii) an intracellular signaling region comprising an immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM) and a T cell co-stimulatory signaling domain; and
the consecutive dose of cells is administered at a point in time that is at least or more than about 14 days after and less than about 28 days after initiation of the administration of the first dose of cells.
US Pat. No. 10,508,247

PROCESS OF MAXIMIZING PRODUCTION OF CHEMICAL RAW MATERIALS BY GASEOUS PHASE CATALYTIC CRACKING CRUDE OIL WITH MULTI-STAGES IN MILLISECONDS IN COMBINATION WITH HYDROGENATION

CHINA UNIVERSITY OF PETRO...

1. A process of maximizing production of chemical raw materials by gaseous phase catalytic cracking crude oil with multi-stages in milliseconds in combination with hydrogenation, the process comprising:1) spraying crude oil, or a crude oil mix, preheated to 150° C.-350° C. with an atomizing nozzle, producing an oil mist, from a feed inlet of a downflow modification reaction tube into an upper portion of the downflow modification reaction tube, mixing the oil mist with a solid heat carrier at a temperature ranging from 650° C.-1,200° C. flowing downward from a first return controller for milliseconds, so as to heat, vaporize and pyrolyze the oil mist and obtain an oil and gas, and a solid heat carrier to be regenerated, wherein the pyrolysis reaction temperature is within a range of 480° C.?850° C. and the downflow modification reaction tube comprises a top and a bottom;
2) carrying out a gas-solid separation by allowing the oil and gas as well as the solid heat carrier to be regenerated to flow rapidly and downward to a first gas-solid separator at the bottom of the downflow modification reaction tube to carry out the gas-solid separation to obtain a coked solid heat carrier to be regenerated and a separated oil and gas;
3-1) allowing the coked solid heat carrier to be regenerated to flow through a first flow controller and enter into a lower portion of a modification regeneration reactor to conduct a regeneration reaction with a regeneration agent and produce a regeneration gas and a regenerated solid heat carrier, the temperature of the regeneration reaction within a range of 680° C.-1,250° C.; then subjecting the regeneration gas and the separated solid heat carrier to a gas-solid separation in a second gas-solid separator on top of the modification regeneration reactor to produce a regenerated solid heat carrier with a carrier/oil ratio of 1-14, then recirculating the regenerated solid heat carrier with a carrier/oil ratio of 1-14 through the first return controller, into the top of the downflow modification reaction tube, and into the downflow modification reaction tube so as to participate in the heating, vaporizing, and pyrolyzing of the oil mist; and subjecting the regeneration gas, after the second gas-solid separator on top of the modification regeneration reactor, to heat exchange and then output;
3-2) allowing the separated oil and gas, which is not condensed, from the first gas-solid separator to directly flow in the gaseous phase into a millisecond cracking reactor, and mix with a regeneration cracking catalyst having a temperature of 600° C.-850° C. to carry out a gaseous phase catalytic cracking reaction producing a cracking oil and gas and a cracking catalyst to be regenerated, the temperature of the gaseous phase catalytic cracking reaction is within a range of 530° C.?750° C., then subjecting the cracking oil and gas and a cracking catalyst to be regenerated to gas-solid separation in milliseconds;
4-1) allowing the cracking catalyst to be regenerated to flow through a second flow controller and enter a lower portion of a crack regeneration reactor for performing a regeneration reaction with air to produce a regenerated crack catalyst, the temperature of the regeneration reaction is 630° C.-900° C., subjecting a flue gas and the regenerated crack catalyst to a gas-solid separation in a third gas-solid separator at the top of the crack regeneration reactor to produce a crack catalyst with a catalyst/oil ratio of 1-8; passing the crack catalyst with a catalyst/oil ratio of 1-8 through a second return controller and into the millisecond cracking reactor to participate in the gaseous phase catalytic cracking reaction, and subjecting the flue gas to heat exchange and then output;
4-2) passing the cracking oil and gas into a catalytic fractionation tower and separating the cracking oil and gas in the catalytic fractionation tower into different fraction products, which are cracked gas, gasoline fraction, diesel fraction, recycle oil and oil slurry;
5-1) separating the cracked gas to obtain low-carbon olefins,
5-2) extracting and separating the gasoline fraction to obtain low-carbon aromatic hydrocarbons and a gasoline fraction raffinate oil;
5-3) mixing the diesel fraction with the recycle oil and the oil slurry to carry out catalytic saturation or open-ring reaction with a hydrogenation catalyst to obtain a hydrogenated modified oil, mixing the hydrogenated modified oil with the gasoline fraction raffinate oil to obtain a mixture, and returning the mixture to mix with the crude oil to form the crude oil mix, which enters the upper portion of the downflow modification reaction tube for mixing with at least one of the solid heat carrier or the regenerated solid heat carrier with a carrier/oil ratio of 1-14.
US Pat. No. 10,508,248

LUBRICANT COMPOSITION FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS

1. A lubricant composition, comprising:a base oil comprising a mixture of at least one polyol ester and at least one pyromellitate ester, wherein the polyol ester is present in an amount of about 32% to about 36% by weight of the lubricant composition and the pyromellitate ester is present in an amount of about 63% to about 65% by weight of the lubricant composition, and
one or more additives,
wherein, after at least 68 hours at a temperature of 240° C., the lubricant composition has a liquid fraction of at least about 50 percent.
US Pat. No. 10,507,225

POWDER FOR REGULATING INTESTINAL FLORA AND PROTECTING GASTRIC MUCOSA, PREPARATION METHOD AND USE THEREOF

INFINITUS (CHINA) COMPANY...

1. A method for regulating intestinal flora and protecting gastric mucosa, comprising administering an effective amount of a powder to a subject in need thereof,wherein the powder is consisted of xylooligosaccharide, isomaltooligosaccharide, mannitol, inulin, RADIX CODONOPSIS, FRUIT BODY HERICIUM ERINACEUS extract, RHIZOMA DIOSCOREA OPPOSITA, SCLEROTIUM PORIA, SEMEN DOLICHOS, PERICARPIUM CITRUS, FRUCTUS AMOMUM and RHIZOMA ATRACTYLODIS MACROCEPHALAE,
wherein the mass ratio of inulin, xylooligosaccharide, isomaltooligosaccharide, mannitol, RADIX CODONOPSIS, FRUIT BODY HERICIUM ERINACEUS extract, RHIZOMA DIOSCOREAa OPPOSITA, SCLEROTIUM PORIA, SEMEN DOLICHOS, PERICARPIUM CITRUS, FRUCTUS AMOMUM and RHIZOMA ATRACTYLODIS MACROCEPHALAE is 20:10:20:20:4:4:4:4:3:3:3:3.
US Pat. No. 10,508,249

GREASE COMPOSITION FOR ROLLING BEARINGS AND ROLLING BEARING

KYODO YUSHI CO., LTD., F...

1. A grease composition for rolling bearings, comprising, with respect to the total mass of the composition, 75 to 90 mass % of a base oil, 8 to 20 mass % of a urea thickener and 0.1 to 5 mass% of a metal deactivator, wherein;the base oil is a mixture of a paraffinic mineral oil and poly-alpha-olefin at a mass ratio of 50/50 to 99/1, the base oil having an aniline point of 130° C. or more and having a kinematic viscosity at 40° C. of 15 to 200 mm2/s,
the urea thickener is at least one selected from the group consisting of diurea compounds represented by formulas (2) to (4)
R4—NHCONH—R2—NHCONH—R4  (2)
R4—NHCONH—R2—NHCONH—R5  (3)
R5—NHCONH—R2—NHCONH—R5  (4)
wherein R2 represents a bivalent aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 15 carbon atoms; R4 represents a C10-26 alkyl group, and R5 represents a C5-7cycloalkyl group and the ratio of the number of moles of R4 to the total number of moles of R4 and R5, expressed by [100 x (the number of moles of R4) / (the number of moles of R4+the number of moles of R5)] is in the range of 50 to 90 mol % in the urea thickener, and
the metal deactivator is at least one selected from the group consisting of 1-[N,N-bis(2-ethylhexyl)aminomethyl]-4-methyl-benzotriazole, thiadiazole, 2-mercaptothiadiazole, 2,5-bis(alkyldithio)-1,3,4-thiadiazole, 2-mercaptobenzimidazole and 2-(decyldithio)-benzimidazole.
US Pat. No. 10,507,227

CATIONIC ANTIMICROBIAL PEPTIDES

The Hospital for Sick Chi...

1. A method for penetrating a bacterial biofilm, the method comprising administering a peptide to a biofilm, the peptide consisting of the amino acid sequence KKKKKKAAFAAWAAFAA-NH2 (SEQ ID NO:3), wherein penetrating comprises binding to and passing through the bacterial biofilm.
US Pat. No. 10,507,229

CYCLOSPORIN COMPOSITIONS

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe,...

1. A method of treating dry eye disease comprising administration of an ophthalmically acceptable emulsion comprising about 0.1% by weight cyclosporin A, about 0.2% by weight castor oil, polyethylene oxide 40 stearate, and a cellulose derivative selected from the group consisting of hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose and carboxymethyl cellulose to a patient in need thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,509,026

GENETICALLY ENCODED CALCIUM INDICATORS AND METHODS OF USE

Howard Hughes Medical Ins...

1. A nucleic acid molecule encoding a genetically encoded calcium indicator (GECI) polypeptide, wherein the GECI polypeptide comprises an amino acid sequence having at least 99% sequence identity to the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:8.
US Pat. No. 10,508,263

METHODS FOR ISOLATING HUMAN CARDIAC VENTRICULAR PROGENITOR CELLS

Procella Therapeutics AB,...

1. A method for generating human ventricular muscle cells in vivo in a subject using engraftable human cardiac ventricular progenitor cells (HVPs), the method comprising:contacting a culture of day 5-7 cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) comprising HVPs with one or more first agents reactive with at least one first marker selected from the group consisting of TRA-1-60, TRA-1-81, TRA-2-54, SSEA1, SSEA3, SSEA4, CD9, CD24, E-cadherin, Podocalyxin, and combinations thereof, and with one or more second agents reactive with a second marker selected from the group consisting of JAG1, LIFR, FGFR3, TNFSF9 and combinations thereof, wherein the culture is contacted with the one or more second agents either before, simultaneously with or after contacting with the one or more first agents,
wherein the culture of day 5-7 CPCs has been obtained by subjecting human pluripotent stem cells to activation of Wnt/?-catenin signaling on day 0, followed by inhibition of Wnt/?-catenin signaling from day 3 to day 5;
isolating first marker negative/second marker positive cells to thereby isolate a cell population comprising engraftable HVPs,
administering the cell population comprising engraftable HVPs to a subject;
wherein the cell population comprising engraftable HVPs forms a vascularized, electrically responsive ventricular muscle patch that secretes an extracellular matrix in the subject; and
detecting cardiac function in the subject indicative of engraftment of the isolated cell population comprising engraftable HVPs.
US Pat. No. 10,508,265

CELL-PERMEABLE REPROGRAMMING FACTOR (ICP-RF) RECOMBINANT PROTEIN AND USE THEREOF

CELLIVERY THERAPEUTICS, I...

1. A recombinant protein, which comprises a RF protein selected from the group consisting of OCT4, SOX2, CMYC, KLF4, NANOG, LIN28 and ZSCAN4, and an advanced macromolecule transduction domain (aMTD) being composed of 12 amino acid residues and having improved cell or tissue permeability,wherein the aMTD has an amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NOs: 39, 43, 84, 96, 131, 223, 226, and 233, or the aMTD is encoded by a polynucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NOs: 279, 283, 324, 336 371, 463, 466, and 473.