US Pat. No. 10,213,706

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR PURIFICATION OF ACRYLIC ACID

Sulzer Chemtech AG, Wint...

1. An apparatus (10) for the purification of a crude acrylic acid composition containing maleic anhydride as an impurity being configured for carrying out a melt crystallization process comprising the steps of:(a) carrying out at least one dynamic melt crystallization stage (14, 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d) with the crude acrylic acid composition to prepare a first purified acrylic acid composition and a first residue containing at least 3.5% by weight maleic anhydride,
(b) adding a solvent (26) which is capable of dissolving maleic anhydride to the first residue in an amount that the weight ratio of the solvent to the maleic anhydride is 0.3 or more to prepare a ratio-adjusted residue, and
(c) carrying out at least one further dynamic melt crystallization stage and/or at least one static melt crystallization stage (18, 18a, 18b) with the ratio-adjusted residue to prepare a second purified acrylic acid composition and a second residue,
wherein the apparatus (10) comprises:
a first melt crystallization section (12) for (a) carrying out at least one dynamic melt crystallization stage (14, 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d) with the crude acrylic acid composition to prepare a first purified acrylic acid composition and a first residue, wherein the first melt crystallization section (12) has an inlet for the crude acrylic acid composition, an outlet for the first purified acrylic acid composition and an outlet for the first residue, wherein the outlet for the first purified acrylic acid composition and the outlet for the first residue may be the same,
means (26) for (b) adding a solvent to the first residue and for adjusting a predetermined weight ratio of the solvent to the first residue to prepare a ratio-adjusted residue and
a second melt crystallization section (16) for (c) carrying out at least one further dynamic melt crystallization stage or at least one static melt crystallization stage (18, 18a, 18b) with the first residue to prepare a second purified acrylic acid composition and a second residue, wherein the second melt crystallization section (16) has an inlet being arranged downstream of the means (26) for introducing the solvent to the first residue and the inlet being in fluid communication with the outlet for the first purified acrylic acid composition.

US Pat. No. 10,213,705

PROCESS FOR RECOVERING PROCESSING LIQUIDS FROM STREAMS CONTAINING ALKALINE EARTH METAL SALTS

CCR Technologies, Ltd., ...

1. A process for recovering a processing liquid from a feed stream comprising said processing liquid, water, at least one component less volatile than said processing liquid, and at least one alkaline earth metal cation, said process comprising:introducing said feed stream into a first heating zone to volatilize said water to produce a vapor stream and a residuum stream, said vapor stream comprising water and any vaporized portion of said processing liquid, said residuum stream containing processing liquid, at least some of said less volatile component, and any solids originally present in said feed stream or formed in said first heating zone;
recovering and treating said vapor stream to produce purified processing liquid;
passing at least a portion of said residuum stream through a second heating zone to produce a heated recycle stream;
introducing said heated recycle stream into said first heating zone;
introducing at least one precipitant into said first heating zone, said precipitant comprising an anion which reacts with said cation to form a substantially water-insoluble precipitate of said alkaline earth metal cation; and
removing at least some of said solids including at least some of said precipitate from said first heating zone.

US Pat. No. 10,213,703

VIEWING INSTRUMENT FOR A TOY GUN

1. A viewing instrument for a toy, comprising:an optical module having a first light pathway for conveying visible light reflected from an object to an eye of a user viewing the object;
a thermal radiation detecting module having a thermal radiation detector adapted to detect thermal radiation emitted from the object being viewed to thereby generate one or more signals;
an aiming module having at least one visible light-emitting member electrically connected with the thermal radiation detecting module for receiving the one or more generated signals;
wherein the at least one visible light-emitting member of the aiming module is adapted to emit light of at least a first color in response to a first generated signal of the one or more generated signals, and to emit light of at least a second color in response to a second generated signal of the one or more generated signals, the emitted light of at least the first or the second color is arranged to pass through a mark-carrying filter provided in front of the at least one visible light-emitting member, such that a visible mark having a shape corresponds to the mark carried by the filter and comprising the respective color is projected along the first light pathway to the eye of the user to indicate information based on the detected thermal radiation of the object being viewed.

US Pat. No. 10,213,702

TOY RACETRACK WITH MOVEABLE LOOP PORTION

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A toy racetrack comprising:a toy vehicle launch section;
a support tower positioned a distance away from said toy vehicle launch section;
a loop track section pivotably mounted to said support tower for movement between a first position in which the loop track section does not engage the toy vehicle launch section and a second position in which the loop track section forms a continuous track portion at an exit end of said toy vehicle launch section; and
a target flag pivotably mounted to said support tower, said target flag having a first position in which said target flag is in alignment with the exit end of said toy vehicle launch section when said loop track section is in said first loop track section position,
wherein said target flag is mechanically linked to said loop track section, wherein movement of said target flag away from said first target flag position causes movement of said loop track section towards said second loop track section position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,701

PASSENGER RESTRAINT FOR UPRIGHT, STRADDLE-TYPE SEATING IN AN AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE VEHICLE

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A vehicle for use in an amusement park ride with upright, straddle-type passenger seating, comprising:a vehicle body with a base and a center pedestal portion extending upward from an upper surface of the base;
a seat assembly including a seat pan mounted on the center pedestal portion between a front end and a rear end of the vehicle body, wherein a passenger seated on the seat pan straddles the center pedestal portion with a left leg on a left side of the center pedestal portion and a right leg on a right side of the center pedestal portion; and
a passenger restraint system comprising a lap bar assembly and a lap bar pivotal mount element pivotally supporting the lap bar assembly within the vehicle body to pivot about a rotation axis passing through the vehicle body between the seat pan and the front end of the vehicle body,
wherein the lap bar assembly comprises a lap bar, a left side leg shield coupled to the lap bar pivotal mount element at a first end and to the lap bar at a second end, and a right side leg shield coupled to the lap bar pivotal mount element at a first end and to the lap bar at a second end, and
wherein the lap bar, the left side leg shield, and the right side leg shield rotate about the rotation axis as a unitary member.

US Pat. No. 10,213,700

EMERGENCY-EGRESS, ZIP-LINE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method of operating a zip line, the method comprising:providing a track line suspended between an upper location and a lower location corresponding thereto;
providing a support separate from yet proximate the track line, proximate the upper tower;
providing a first trolley having weight and comprising a roller operably connected to run along the track line;
providing a second trolley similarly configured and connected between the first trolley and the upper tower;
unloading the weight of the first and second trolleys from the track line, while remaining operably connected thereto, by the support vertically supporting the first and second trolleys;
suspending a first rider from the first trolley and a second rider from the second trolley;
releasing sequentially the first trolley and the second trolley from the support to engage (load) separately, and then descend simultaneously along, the track line toward the lower tower.

US Pat. No. 10,213,699

ZIP TRACK AND SYSTEM

Ropes Courses, Inc., All...

1. A zip track system comprising:a fixed beam zip track connected at one end to a structure, and at another end, to another structure;
the fixed beam zip track having a puck support and a wheel support;
a member that is movably disposed within and displaced along the fixed beam zip track;
the member also movably disposed within a challenge course integrally connected to the fixed beam zip track;
the member having a puck that may slide above the puck support;
the member having a rotating member that may roll above the wheel support;
the rotating member being disposed on the member downwardly from the puck;
wherein a vertical distance between the puck support and the wheel support may increase such that the puck is in frictional contact with the puck support and the rotating member is not contacting the wheel support.

US Pat. No. 10,213,698

DECISION MAKING SYSTEM FOR A USER TO MANAGE A SPORTS TEAM PLAYING A VIRTUAL GAME OVER A MEDIA FEED TO EVALUATE THEIR DECISION MAKING PERFORMANCE

SPORTS MAXIMIZATION INC.,...

1. A decision making system for a user to manage a sports team playing a virtual game, wherein the virtual game represents a real sports game received from a media feed, the decision making system comprising:a user database for storing information about users;
a sports database for storing information related to each sport, including each game move for each sport, rules and regulations associated with each sport, and updated real-time statistics of each team and each player playing the sport;
a decision model module coupled with the sports database, which determines possible game moves from the current on-field state of the real game, further the decision model module calculates a score based on the probability of winning the sports game after each possible game move using statistical information of teams and players, and rules and regulations; and
a processing unit coupled with the user database, the sports database, and the decision model module, wherein the processing unit automatically processes a data stream of the real sports game received from the media feed to automatically extract and automatically display both the game moves and the current on-field situation of the real sports game, said processing unit comprising:
a game data module to display the current state of the virtual game automatically extracted from the real sports game received from the media feed, wherein the current state indicates the current on-field situation of the real sports game;
a game move module to display at least two game moves allowing the user to select at least one of the game moves to manage the sports team in the current state of the virtual game, wherein the game moves are extracted from the decision model module on processing of the media feed by the processing unit;
a score module to display the score associated with the user's selected game move in the game move module, wherein the score provides the user with feedback on their decision making ability to manage the virtual game concurrent to the real sports game, wherein the score is based on the probability of winning the sports game after each possible game move.

US Pat. No. 10,213,697

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTI-SOURCE ARRAY PROCESSING

FUNKITRON, INC., Boxford...

1. A system for multi-source array processing, comprising:a memory device, configured according to a logical table, said logical table including:
a first plurality of logical cells, arranged in a plurality m of logical rows and a plurality l of logical columns;
a second plurality of logical cells, arranged in a plurality of n logical rows and a plurality l? of logical columns equal in number to the plurality l of logical columns, each cell of the second plurality of logical cells corresponding to at least one cell of the first plurality of logical cells, and the second plurality of logical cells associated with a first direction;
a third plurality of logical cells, arranged in a plurality of o logical rows and a plurality l? of logical columns equal in number to the plurality l of logical columns, each cell of the third plurality of logical cells corresponding to at least one cell of the first plurality of logical cells, and the third plurality of logical cells associated with a second direction different from the first direction; and
a processor configured to replace the contents of a cell of the first plurality of logical cells with the contents of a cell of either (i) the second plurality of logical cells, or (ii) the third plurality of logical cells, and iteratively shift the contents of at least one other cell of the first plurality of logical cells in respectively (i) the first direction, or (ii) the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,696

ADAPTATION OF GAMING APPLICATIONS TO PARTICIPANTS

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first device comprising a processor and a memory, a selection associated with a gaming application, the selection requesting interaction, via a voice channel, between the first device and a second device, the first device associated with a first participant of the gaming application, and the second device associated with a second participant of the gaming application;
retrieving, by the first device, a profile associated with the first participant, wherein the profile comprises information of the first participant determined by a background check associated with the first participant of the gaming application;
determining, by the first device, from the profile, that the first participant is associated with criminal activity; and
in response to determining that the first participant is associated with criminal activity, disabling, by the first device, an ability of the first device to establish the voice channel between the first device and the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,695

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING GAMING DATA

Koplar Interactive System...

1. A method comprising:receiving, using a receiver of a mobile electronic device, a content signal from a signal source device;
detecting, using a processor of the mobile electronic device, a trigger in the content signal that is received;
continuing play of a gaming application on a display of the mobile electronic device responsive to detection of the trigger using gaming data stored in the mobile electronic device; and
receiving user input on the mobile electronic device during presentation of the gaming application to allow a user of the mobile electronic device to play the gaming application that is enhanced by the gaming data.

US Pat. No. 10,213,694

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND METHOD

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium including computer program instructions, which when executed by an information processing system comprising one or more physical processors, cause the information processing system to:store a plurality of game media in association with information corresponding to each of the plurality of game media, the information including at least a first parameter having a first value when the game media is in a first state and a second value when the game media is in a second state;
receive a user instruction to combine at least a first game medium with a second game medium;
change the first value of the second game medium of the first state by a first amount after combining the first game medium and second game medium and change the second value of the second game medium of the second state by a second amount, which is different from the first amount, after combining the first game medium and the second game medium; and
execute a game according to the first value when the second game medium is used in the game in the first state and according to the second value when the second game medium is used in the game in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,213,692

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TOY RECOGNITION

1. A system for recognizing real-world toy objects from one or more images, the system comprising a model creation system and a recognition system:wherein the model creation system comprises one or more processors and a training database and wherein the training database is configured to store annotated digital images, each annotated digital image depicting a real-world toy object and being annotated with an object identifier identifying the depicted real-world toy object;
wherein the model creation system is configured to:
train a convolutional classification model based on at least a subset of the annotated digital images to predict a matching object identifier when the convolutional classification model is presented with a digital image of a real-world toy object, wherein the recognition system comprises an image capturing device and one or more processors and wherein the recognition system is configured to:
capture at least one image of a real-world toy object;
use the trained convolutional classification model to predict a matching object identifier from the captured image;
obtain, based on the predicted object identifier, stored information including connectivity information indicative of how the real-world toy object can be detachably connected to toy construction elements of a toy construction system; and
insert a virtual toy object corresponding to the recognized physical toy object into a virtual world as a virtual construction element attached to a virtual construction model.

US Pat. No. 10,213,691

SCHEMES FOR USING AUDIO UPDATES TO LINK REAL-LIFE EVENTS TO GAME EVENTS AFTER RELEASE OF THE GAME

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A system for retrieving and presenting event responses, the system comprising:a dynamic event response storage, comprising a computer memory device, adapted to store event responses;
an event response update module adapted to update the event responses in the dynamic event response storage; and
an event processing module implemented on a processor and adapted to:
receive an event generated in a computer simulated game on a computer system in response to changes in a game state during play of the computer simulated game;
select at least one event response from the dynamic event response storage based on the event; and
present, in the computer simulated game on the computer system, an audio track of the at least one event response to a user, wherein the audio track comprises spoken commentary of the event generated in the computer simulated game and the spoken commentary references a real world event occurring after a software program for implementing the computer simulated game has been released; and
wherein the at least one event response is updated in the dynamic event response storage after the real world event and before the event generated in the computer simulated game.

US Pat. No. 10,213,690

DETERMINING REAL-WORLD EFFECTS FROM GAMES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method, comprising:performing, by one or more computing devices:
receiving, from a user device, user input to modify a game object;
modifying the game object in response to the user input according to an object model that specifies characteristics of a physical object;
generating performance data corresponding to the modified game object responsive to game play using the modified game object; and
providing the performance data to at least the user device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,689

METHOD AND SYSTEM MODELING SOCIAL IDENTITY IN DIGITAL MEDIA WITH DYNAMIC GROUP MEMBERSHIP

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A digital media system modeling social categories of a virtual identity, comprising: an engine comprising a processor and a memory configured to execute the non-transitory steps of: defining a plurality of modeling categories according to identity characteristics of the virtual identity; modeling a degree of a membership in a category for a member of the category, wherein each category comprises a plurality of features shared in varying degrees by one or more members of the category that impact interactions with other virtual identities; and simulating changes to the membership; and determining a naturalization trajectory comprising a change of the degree of membership in a category over time of the virtual identity, wherein the degree of membership comprises a gradient value in a category feature; an application interface comprising an interactive graphical interface representing a visual representation of user interaction and category membership that dynamically changes as category membership changes; and an epistemology configured to store and retrieve the features of the category.

US Pat. No. 10,213,688

SOCIAL AND PROCEDURAL EFFECTS FOR COMPUTER-GENERATED ENVIRONMENTS

WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMEN...

1. A method comprising:providing, by a processor, a data signal configured for an output device, wherein the data signal encodes a first game for play in a simulated three-dimensional (3D) environment by a first user;
controlling a characteristic parameter of a 3D object or character included in the simulated 3D environment based on an event in a second game played by a second user not in synchrony with the first game, wherein the second game is independent of the first game prior to the event, and the event includes an interaction between an avatar of the second user and at least one of a non-player character or avatar operated in the second game.

US Pat. No. 10,213,687

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM IS STORED

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium having stored thereon a program for causing a terminal having a processor to execute steps comprising:transmitting, using the processor, terminal information representing a type of the terminal to a server,
acquiring program identification information from a user for identifying a program selected by a user utilizing a touch screen of the terminal;
transmitting, using the processor, the program identification information to the server,
receiving, from the server, image information,
wherein the received image information comprises a superimposed image formed by superimposing a plurality of operating images at fixed positions over a program image according to received arrangement information, and
wherein the received image information is determined based upon the transmitted terminal information and transmitted program identification information; and
displaying the image information on a display screen of the terminal, and
providing input to the program using the plurality of operating images,
wherein each operating image is a graphic symbol, and touch operations performed on the graphic symbols are converted into input signals from a game controller originally used to control the program.

US Pat. No. 10,213,686

MODELING COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS USING AN INTERCONNECTED SYSTEM OF SIMULATION LAYERS

Daybreak Game Company LLC...

1. A method of communicating data relating to a computer implemented virtual environment between an online game server system having a game engine and a rule engine and a game client system, the virtual environment having a layer of cells of data corresponding to a variable, the method comprising:altering, with the online game server system, a datum in a first cell of a layer according to data in cells adjacent to the first cell;
sending the altered datum from the online game server system to the game client system;
resolving, with the game client system, the altered datum into at least two cells corresponding to the first cell; and
displaying, with the game client system, the at least two cells.

US Pat. No. 10,213,685

SEPARABLE URL GAMING SYSTEM

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A system for enabling an original network to leverage resources of a supplementary network while substantially maintaining an architecture of the original network, comprising:an initial network having an original architecture, wherein the initial network has original functionality resources, the initial network comprising an initial network server and one or more initial network processors; and
an auxiliary network connecting to the original architecture of the initial network and in operative association with the initial network, and wherein the auxiliary network comprises (i) an auxiliary network server including enhanced functionality resources and (ii) a locator server for assigning directions to each of the enhanced functionality resources;
wherein the initial network leverages the enhanced functionality resources of the auxiliary network.

US Pat. No. 10,213,684

DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AND AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING A FORCE FOR MOVING A MOVEABLE ELEMENT LOCATED IN REAL TIME

STARBREEZE PARIS, Paris ...

1. A device for generating and automatically controlling a displacement force of a mobile entity of which the position and the orientation are determined in real time, the device comprising:displacement means for generating (535) at least one displacement force, said displacement means being controllable to generate a force in several different directions;
reception means (505, 520) for receiving a radio-frequency signal;
emission means (515) for emitting an electromagnetic signal, said electromagnetic signal being emitted in response to an activation signal, said emitted electromagnetic signal enabling a determination of a real-time location of a mobile entity comprising said device; and
control means (510) connected to said reception means and to said emission means, said control means being configured to
control said displacement means to generate in response to control information from a received radio-frequency signal from a remote entity via said reception means, and
generate the activation signal in response to synchronization information from a received radio-frequency signal from the remote entity via said reception means.

US Pat. No. 10,213,683

GAME CONTROLLER CALIBRATION AND GAME SYSTEM USING GAME CONTROLLER

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A game system comprising:a main body apparatus; and
a game controller,
the game controller including:
an analog stick,
a memory configured to store correction parameter information including a first manufacturing process correction parameter value determined in a manufacturing process in connection with the analog stick, a first user correction parameter value determined in accordance with an operation by a user onto the analog stick in connection with the analog stick, and a first model adjustment value corresponding to a model of the game controller in connection with the analog stick, and
a first control circuit configured to transmit the correction parameter information stored in the memory to the main body apparatus,
the main body apparatus including a second control circuit, wherein
the second control circuit is configured to:
select any of the first manufacturing process correction parameter value and the first user correction parameter value included in the transmitted correction parameter information as a first correction parameter value, and
perform game processing based on the first correction parameter value, the first model adjustment value, and input data from the analog stick.

US Pat. No. 10,213,682

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UNIQUELY IDENTIFYING PHYSICAL TRADING CARDS AND INCORPORATING TRADING CARD GAME ITEMS IN A VIDEO GAME

ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, IN...

1. A method of facilitating a printing of trading cards for use with a video game, the method being implemented in a computer system having one or more physical processors programmed with computer program instructions which, when executed by the one or more physical processors, cause the computer system to perform the method, the method comprising:obtaining, by the computer system, information related to a first portion of a first trading card that is unique to the first trading card and information related to a second portion of the first trading card that is common to a set of trading cards;
obtaining, by the computer system, information related to a first portion of a second trading card that is unique to the second trading card, wherein the second trading card further comprises a second portion that is common to the set of trading cards, and corresponds to the second portion of the first trading card;
providing, by the computer system, the information related to the first portion of the first trading card to a printing system;
providing, by the computer system, the information related to the second portion of the first trading card to the printing system;
providing, by the computer system, an indication to the printing system that the information related to the second portion of the first trading card is to be used to print a corresponding second portion of the second trading card;
providing, by the computer system, the information related to the first portion of the second trading card to the printing system;
wherein the first trading card is printed based on the information related to the first portion of the first trading card and the information related to the second portion of the first trading card; and
wherein the second trading card is printed based on the information related to the first portion of the second trading card, the information related to the second portion of the first trading card, and the indication that the information related to the second portion of the first trading card is to be used to print a corresponding second portion of the second trading card.

US Pat. No. 10,213,681

COUNTING AND SCORING DEVICE

1. A counting and scoring device comprising:a housing having an interior and an exterior, a horizontal base, substantially vertical front and rear walls, and a substantially flat upper surface, said walls being coextensive with said base and with the upper surface, and a central vertical partition dividing the interior of the housing into a right and a left chamber, said partition having an upper opening and a lower opening in vertical alignment along a median of said partition;
lateral extensions projecting from each side of the front and rear walls defining a viewing window with the upper surface on each side of the housing;
a right wheel rotatably and vertically mounted within the right chamber and a left wheel rotatably and vertically mounted within the left chamber, said right wheel and said left wheel having a plurality of flat outer surfaces on which to exhibit indicia;
said right wheel and said left wheel further comprising:
a segmented raised rim about an outer edge to form a turning surface, an inward facing wall having a plurality of depressions, said depressions being substantially in the shape of a segment of a sphere, arranged in a circle and oriented so that there is one depression corresponding to each flat outer surface of the wheel, an outward facing hub portion, and a central opening through the inward facing wall in communication with the outward facing hub portion;
the central opening in the outward facing hub portion of said right wheel being dimensioned to accept a threaded bolt such that the right wheel can rotate thereon;
the central opening in the outward facing hub portion of said left wheel being dimensioned to accept a hexagonal nut such that the hexagonal nut cannot rotate therewithin;
said threaded bolt being dimensioned to extend through the right wheel, the lower opening in the central partition, and the left wheel to cooperate with the hexagonal nut;
a compression spring and two ball bearings dimensioned to be contained within the upper opening in the partition, one ball bearing situated on each side of the compression spring, such that the compression spring urges the ball bearings outward on each side of the partition to cooperate with the depressions in the inward facing walls of the wheels; and
a chamber within a lower portion of the housing;whereby when the threaded bolt is extended through the hub portion of the right wheel, the central opening in the inward facing wall of the right wheel, the lower opening in the partition, the central opening in the inward facing wall of the left wheel and the hub portion of the left wheel to cooperate with the hexagonal nut the right wheel and the left wheel are rotatably and vertically maintained in spaced relation to the partition and the ball bearings are disposed within the depressions in the inward facing walls of the wheels so that when the wheels are rotated the ball bearings are moved from one depression to the next, a clicking sound is heard, and the corresponding indicia is centered in the viewing window.

US Pat. No. 10,213,680

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL PUZZLE

Boulding Blocks LLC, Den...

1. A multi-dimensional spatial assembly, comprising: a cube structure comprising eight reversibly detachable pieces, with four of a first set of said eight pieces being identical to each other and with four of a second set of said eight pieces being identical to each other, said first set comprising pieces having only two substantially planar protrusions oriented in a first direction and only three substantially planar protrusions oriented in a second direction, and wherein said second set comprises pieces having only three substantially planar protrusions oriented in said first direction and only three substantially planar protrusions oriented in said second direction, wherein said first direction is perpendicular to said second direction; and wherein said substantially planar protrusions are adapted to be selectively received in recesses between said substantially planar protrusions and wherein said substantially planar protrusions of said first set and said second set are identical in length, height, and width; and wherein said pieces are components of a modular system that are combinable to form one of a chair, table, night stand, couch and bench.

US Pat. No. 10,213,679

SIMULATED INDIRECT FIRE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An indirect fire simulation system, the system comprising:a plurality of communication devices, each communication device associated with a separate player, wherein each communication device includes a location services device for determining some location indicia of the communication device and a mechanism for communicating the location indicia to a network, the location indicia providing a location of the communication device;
a game server communicating with the network for relaying the location indicia of each communication device to the plurality of communication devices;
wherein each communication device includes a mechanism for determining a directional orientation of the communication device when creating a targeting solution of a simulated indirect fire weapon;
wherein a shooting communication device targeting the targeted player having a targeted communication device receives location indicia of the targeted communication device;
wherein the shooting communication device aims and fires the simulated indirect fire weapon without having a direct line of sight between the communication device and a targeted player;
wherein each communication device includes a display providing a location of a targeted communication device;
wherein the targeting solution is obtained by aligning an aiming vector over the targeted communication device shown on the display; and
a processor for determining if a simulated indirect targeting of another player by a simulated indirect fire weapon is a hit or miss based on the location indicia of a shooting communication device, the location indicia of the targeted communication device of the targeted player received from the game server, and the directional orientation of the shooting communication device;
the processor determining a hit or miss of the targeting of another player and providing immediate feedback of a hit or miss to a shooting player of the shooting communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,678

DETACHABLE TRACKED UNIT FOR POWERING SNOWBOARDS

1. An apparatus for powering a snowboard comprising:at least one power unit housed in a central box, each at least one power unit comprising at least one power transmission link;
a front bottom plate and a separate rear bottom plate disposed along an axis of the longitudinal length of a snowboard, wherein the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate each comprise a plurality of holes, wherein at least one of the plurality of holes in each of the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate matches at least one attachment hole in a snowboard for boot attachment fixtures, wherein further each of the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate are sandwiched between a bottom of one boot attachment fixture and a top surface of the snowboard when the boot attachment fixures are fastened via conventional methods to the snowboard;
an intermediate plate disposed in a position on top of the front bottom plate and the rear botttom plate, wherein the intermediate plate is slidingly coupled to each of the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate in a direction substantially parallel to said axis; and
at least one tracked unit disposed on a side of the snowboard, each tracked unit comprising a power connector driving a power shaft, wherein the power connector is linked to at least one power transmission link,
wherein each at least one power unit provides power to the power shaft of each at least one tracked unit via at least one power transmission link and power connector to propel the snowboard,
wherein the central box comprises a main body slidingly coupled to the intermediate plate in a direction substantially transverse to said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,677

MOUTHGUARD WITH FLAVORED RESIN EMBEDDED WITHIN THE MOUTHGUARD

1. A mouthguard comprising:a. a right exterior sidewall and a right interior sidewall on opposite sides of a right supporting base, a middle exterior wall and a middle interior wall having a middle supporting base between the middle exterior wall and the middle interior wall, and a left exterior sidewall and a left interior sidewall on either side of a left supporting base;
b. an extension portion incorporated into the middle exterior wall, the extension portion having a front surface, the extension portion having three spaced apart breathing openings, each respective breathing opening extending from the front surface of the extension portion to the middle interior wall;
c. three right spaced apart breathing openings, one right breathing opening located at the middle exterior wall and to the right of the extension portion and extending from the middle exterior wall to the middle interior wall, one right breathing opening located at the right exterior sidewall and extending from the right exterior sidewall to the right interior sidewall, and one right breathing opening at the intersection of the middle exterior wall and right exterior sidewall and extending from the middle exterior wall and right exterior sidewall to the middle interior wall and right interior sidewall;
d. three left spaced apart breathing openings, one left breathing opening located at the middle exterior wall and to the left of the extension portion and extending from the middle exterior wall to the middle interior wall, one left breathing opening located at the left exterior sidewall and extending from the left exterior sidewall to the left interior sidewall, and one left breathing opening at the intersection of the middle exterior wall and left exterior sidewall and extending from the middle exterior wall and left exterior sidewall to the middle interior wall and left interior sidewall; and
e. a flavored resin embedded within the right supporting base, the middle supporting base and the left supporting base.

US Pat. No. 10,213,676

AUDIO AND VISUAL/TOUCH GOLF TRAINING DEVICE AND TRAINING METHOD USING GOLF TRAINING DEVICE

MN Sport Products, LLC, ...

1. A golf training device with audio and visual/touch cues for independent golf swing training in an absence of a golf instructor comprising:a tube having a first end and a second end and an outer surface;
a hand grip disposed at least in part about said outer surface of said tube;
a sliding mass disposed slidingly within said tube, said sliding mass comprising a chamfer on at least one end of said sliding mass;
a ball holding rod having a ball hold rod first end and a ball hold rod second end;
a bushing disposed on said ball hold rod first end to mechanically couple said ball hold rod first end to said second end of said tube, an outer diameter of said bushing comprising a male thread corresponding to a female thread disposed in said second end of said tube;
a ball mechanically coupled to said second end of said ball holding rod;
a club head stem extending into a club head, said club head stem mechanically coupled to said first end of said tube to rigidly affix said club head to said tube; and
wherein said ball holding rod comprises a first ball holding rod bend of about 80 degrees near where said ball holding rod couples to said tube and a second ball holding rod bend of about 70 degrees near said ball, and about an 80 degree to 90 degree angle between two planes defined by each of said first ball holding rod bend and said second ball holding rod bend.

US Pat. No. 10,213,675

GOLF SWING TRAINING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

1. A golf swing training aid comprising:a shaft with grip at one end thereof;
a weight formed inside the non-grip end of said shaft to weight said non-grip end beyond the weight provided by the shaft;
a base with flexible tail that extends out a distance from said base;
wherein the non-tail end of said base is releasable attached to the non-grip end of said shaft in a manner such that, when the said training aid is swung to the top of a backswing, the base with flexible tail drapes over the non-grip end of said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,213,674

CONVERTIBLE GOLF ALIGNMENT AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. A golf device comprising:an elongated portion;
a sub elongated portion recessed in the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion includes a hollow portion and has a length and a width, wherein the length is longer than the width;
a hinge securing a first end of the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form a 90 degree angle at the hinge proximate an end of the elongated portion; and
an arch portion slideably engageable in a lengthwise direction of the length of the sub elongated portion inside the sub elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes a first slideable portion slideably engageable on a first track inside the elongated portion and a second slideable portion slideably engageable on a second track inside the sub elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes an arch slide slideably engageable on a track inside the sub elongated portion, and wherein a second end of the sub elongated portion includes a stop, wherein the arch portion, when the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form the 90 degree angle at the hinge and when a slideable end of the arch portion reaches the second end of the sub elongated portion, creates a radius with a length from the hinge to the arch portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,673

CONVERTIBLE GOLF ALIGNMENT AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. A golf device comprising:an elongated portion;
a sub elongated portion recessed in the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion includes a hollow portion and has a length and a width, wherein the length is longer than the width;
a hinge securing a first end of the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form a 90 degree angle at the hinge between two ends of the elongated portion; and
an arch portion slideably engageable in a lengthwise direction of the length of the sub elongated portion inside the sub elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes an arch slide slideably engageable on a track inside the sub elongated portion, and wherein a second end of the sub elongated portion includes a stop, wherein the arch portion, when the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form the 90 degree angle at the hinge and when a slideable end of the arch portion reaches the second end of the sub elongated portion, creates a radius with a length from the hinge to the arch portion wherein the arch portion is made from a flexible material such that the arch portion, and wherein at least a portion of the arch portion is immovably secured to a first end of the elongated portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,672

COMPUTERIZED TRAINING PUNCHING BAG

1. An electronic punching bag comprising:(a) an elongate bag formed of resilient material;
(b) a microprocessor disposed in an interior of the electronic punching bag or at a periphery of the electronic punching bag; and
(c) a display screen extending around more than half of the periphery of the electronic punching bag and configured to receive signals from the microprocessor, the signals causing the display screen to display visual signals, the display screen forming an exterior face of the electronic punching bag.

US Pat. No. 10,213,671

IPROGRAMMABLE ELECTRONIC SPORTS TARGET SYSTEM

1. A programmable electronic sports target system, comprising:a goal having a net secured thereto;
one or more target devices mounted to a back surface of the net;
each of the one or more target devices being constructed of an inflatable material forming a cavity with an enclosure flap folded over the cavity;
each of the one or more target devices having a programmable module disposed within the cavity and covered by the enclosure flap for controlling and operating the one or more target devices;
a remote control system containing a computer and a database connected to each programmable module to receive target sensor data from the programmable module of each of the one or more target devices for analyzing the data and for transmitting operational control data to the programmable module for operational control of the one or more target devices having the programmable module disposed therein; and
target application software downloaded to a user's mobile communications device to receive target sensor data from the one or more target devices and to transmit operational control data to the one or more target devices.

US Pat. No. 10,213,670

SPORT GOAL TRAINING APPARATUS

1. A training apparatus, comprising:a panel that forms an obstruction proximate an entrance plane of a goal frame, the panel defines one or more aperture that permit an object to through the entrance plane of the goal;
a rotary assembly coupled to the panel, the rotary assembly having an axis of rotation and at least one arm that rotates about the axis of rotation; and
one or more door in operable communication with the at least one arm, the one or more door located proximate a respective aperture of the one or more apertures and is moveable between a closed position to prevent passage of the object through the respective aperture and an open position to permit passage of the object through the respective aperture;
wherein the panel is a first panel and a second panel coupled together, and the one or more aperture is a first plurality of apertures formed on the first panel, and a second plurality of apertures formed in the second panel and corresponding to the first plurality of apertures which permit passes of an object therethrough, wherein the one or more door is disposed between the first panel and the second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,213,669

HOLDING APPARATUS FOR A NET OF A TABLE-TENNIS TABLE

KETTLER International, In...

1. A table tennis table net holding device, comprising:a first holding unit and a second holding unit configured to connect to opposite sides of of a table tennis table, wherein the table tennis table comprises a first playing surface leaf and a second playing surface leaf and wherein the first holding unit and the second holding unit are connected to a table tennis net; wherein the first holding unit comprises:
a body,
a table tennis net support post connected to the body,
two recesses defined by the body,
a first contact portion which rests on an upper surface of the first playing surface leaf and the second playing surface leaf with the table tennis table in the horizontal playing position,
an opening defined by the body and connected to the two recesses, and
blocking means slidably connected to the body of the first holding unit, wherein the blocking means comprises:
a guide portion slidingly supported and guided in the body within the two recesses,
a gripping portion projecting out of a plane of the guide portion, the gripping portion arranged within the opening, wherein a rear surface of the gripping portion and the opening have an approximately comparable curvature such that the blocking means can be pulled sufficiently away from the fir playing surface leaf and the second playing surface leaf to be transferred from a blocking position in which the blocking means abuts against an under surfaces of the first playing surface leaf and the second playing surface leaf to a stowing position, in which the blocking means does not project under either the the first playing surface leaf and the second playing surface leaf relative to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,213,668

GOLF CLUB SHAFT

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club shaft comprising a plurality of fiber reinforced layers, a tip end and a butt end,a shaft length is defined as Ls, a distance between the butt end of the shaft and a center of gravity of the shaft is defined as Lg, and a ratio of the distance Lg to the shaft length Ls is defined as a ratio of the center of gravity of the shaft, the ratio of the center of gravity of the shaft is equal to or less than 47%,
the shaft length Ls is equal to or less than 991 mm,
a forward flex is defined as F1 (mm) and a backward flex is defined as F2 (mm), a flex point ratio C1 of the shaft calculated by the following formula (1) is equal to or less than 39%:
C1=[F2/(F1+F2)]×100  (1),
wherein the fiber reinforced layers include a tip partial layer,
the tip partial layer includes a high-elastic tip-partial layer having a fiber elastic modulus of equal to or greater than 33 (t/mm2), and
the high-elastic tip-partial layer is a straight layer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,667

COLLAPSIBLE TRANSPORT CARRIAGE

MS-Trade GmbH, Ismaning ...

1. A three-wheeled transport carriage for a golf bag, comprising:a first elongated frame part having an end region thereof,
a second elongated frame part having an end region and a free end region, the end region of the second frame part attached to the end region of the first frame part, wherein the second frame part can be pivoted relative to the first frame part, and
a front wheel, two rear wheels, two axle beams, and two guide rods, each rear wheel rotatably mounted to a corresponding one of the axle beams,
wherein a pivotal connection between each axle beam and an end region of a corresponding one of the first and second frame parts is formed by a guide rod,
wherein at the free end region of the second frame part, the front wheel is pivotally attached via a wheel holding bracket with a pivot axis by which a plane of the front wheel is pivotable about approximately 90°,
wherein the rear wheels are hinged in a pivotal manner to end regions of an elongated cross-member in a hinge region between the first and second frame parts such that their rotational axes can be pivoted from a position approximately in elongation of the cross-member to a position approximately perpendicular to the cross-member, and vice versa,
wherein the rear wheels are hinged to the cross-member in a pivotal manner about approximately 90° by the axle beams, and
wherein when the first and second frame parts are pivoted relative to each other, each axle beam is pivoted via the corresponding guide rod about approximately 90° relative to the cross-member.

US Pat. No. 10,213,666

GOLF SHAFT

BREAKTHROUGH GOLF TECHNOL...

1. A putter shaft (100), comprising:a shaft distal end (110), a shaft proximal end (120), a shaft outer diameter, a shaft length (130) of no more than 38?, and a shaft mass of at least 100 grams, wherein each point along the shaft length (130) has (i) a shaft flexural rigidity, and (ii) a shaft torsional rigidity;
the shaft (100) having a butt portion (1000) joined to a tip portion (2000) by a coupler (3000);
the butt portion (1000) having a butt portion distal end (1010), a butt portion proximal end (1020), a butt portion length (1030), a butt portion sidewall (1040) having a butt portion sidewall thickness (1050), a butt portion inner diameter (1060), and a butt portion outer diameter (1070);
the tip portion (2000) having a tip portion distal end (2010), a tip portion proximal end (2020), a tip portion length (2030) that is no more than 65% of the butt portion length (1030), a tip portion sidewall (2040) having a tip portion sidewall thickness (2050), a tip portion inner diameter (2060), and a tip portion outer diameter (2070), wherein the tip portion outer diameter (2070) of a portion of the tip portion (2000) is at least 25% less than the butt portion outer diameter (1070) of a portion of the butt portion (1000);
the coupler (3000) having a coupler distal end (3010), a coupler proximal end (3020), a coupler length (3030), a coupler sidewall (3040) having a coupler sidewall thickness (3050), a coupler inner diameter (3060), and a coupler outer diameter (3070);
the butt portion (1000) formed of a non-metallic butt portion material having a butt material density, a butt portion mass that is 35-75% of the shaft mass, a butt portion elastic modulus, a butt portion shear modulus, and each point along the butt portion length (1030) having (i) a butt portion area moment of inertia, (ii) a butt portion polar moment of inertia, (iii) a butt portion flexural rigidity, and (iv) a butt portion torsional rigidity;
the tip portion (2000) formed of a metallic tip portion material having a tip material density that is at least 15% greater than the butt material density, a tip portion elastic modulus, and a tip portion shear modulus, and each point along the tip portion length (2030) having (i) a tip portion area moment of inertia, (ii) a tip portion polar moment of inertia, (iii) a tip portion flexural rigidity, and (iv) a tip portion torsional rigidity, wherein the tip portion flexural rigidity of a portion of the tip portion (2000) is less than the butt portion flexural rigidity of a portion of the butt portion (1000), and the tip portion torsional rigidity of a portion of the tip portion (2000) is less than the butt portion torsional rigidity of a portion of the butt portion (1000);
wherein a reinforced region (2500) is located between a first point located 5? from the shaft proximal end (120) and a second point located 24? from the shaft proximal end (120), and:
(a) in a first portion of the reinforced region (2500) the shaft flexural rigidity is at least 50% greater than a minimum tip portion flexural rigidity and less than 100 N*m2, and the shaft torsional rigidity is at least 50% greater than a minimum tip portion torsional rigidity and less than 100 N*m2; and
(b) in a second portion of the reinforced region (2500) the shaft flexural rigidity is at least 50% greater than a minimum butt portion flexural rigidity and is greater than 120 N*m2, and the shaft torsional rigidity is at least 50% greater than a minimum butt portion torsional rigidity and is greater than 120 N*m2.

US Pat. No. 10,213,665

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH ADJUSTABLE WEIGHT

Cobra Golf Incorporated, ...

1. A golf club head comprising:a ball-striking face at a front portion of the club head;
a crown and a sole extending back from the ball striking face, the crown meeting the sole at a heel side, a toe side, and an aft portion of the club head, wherein the ball-striking face, the crown, and the sole define a hollow interior volume of the club head;
a hosel extending up from the heel side of the front portion of the club head;
a first disc port through the club head; and
a first disc seated in, and enclosing, the port;
wherein the first disc has a post and a slot on opposed surfaces, the post being complementary to the slot so that the first disc may be stacked with a second disc having a second slot shaped similarly to the slot; and
wherein the first disc comprises: a main, disc-shaped body with the slot on one surface and the post on a second surface opposed to the surface; a threaded surface about the disc-shaped body; and a flange extending outwards radially past the threaded surface, wherein the flange provides a stopping point when the first disc is screwed into the first port.

US Pat. No. 10,213,664

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A hybrid-type golf club head comprising:a face having a front surface and an inner surface;
a crown;
a sole comprising an elongated groove; and
an interior cavity,
wherein each of the face and the sole is composed of a metal alloy material,
wherein the sole has a thickness of 0.030 to 0.50 inch,
wherein the groove comprises a groove opening disposed proximate to the face and extending approximately parallel with the face in a toe-to-heel direction, at least one negative draft wall, and a depth that varies as the groove extends from a heel side to a toe side,
wherein the groove opening comprises a toe-side portion having a first front-to-back width, a heel-side portion having a second front-to-back width, a central portion having a third front-to-back width connecting the toe-side portion to the heel-side portion, and an axis that is angled with respect to a ground plane,
wherein the first and second front-to-back widths are greater than the third front-to-back width,
wherein the groove opening is spaced 0.100 inch to 1.00 inch away from the front surface of the face,
wherein the groove has a wall thickness of between 0.010 inch and 0.200 inch, and
wherein the groove increases a ball speed of a golf ball upon impact with the face.

US Pat. No. 10,213,663

CG HEIGHT ADJUSTABILITY BY CONFORMAL WEIGHTING

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a base structure comprising a striking face and a skeletal support structure extending away from the striking face;
a crown composed of a lightweight material; and
a sole composed of the lightweight material,
wherein the skeletal support structure comprises at least one shallow weight port,
wherein at least one of the crown and the sole comprises a protrusion extending from an internal surface,
wherein the protrusion at least partially fills the at least one shallow weight port, further comprising at least one conformal weight made from metal and is able to be moved to another port, and wherein the at least one conformal weight is secured within the at least one shallow weight port by the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,662

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING STIFFENING MEMBERS AND VARIABLE FACE THICKNESS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a striking face section, a sole section extending from a lower edge of the striking face section, a return section extending from an upper edge of the striking face section, an upper opening, and an aft end opposite the striking face section, the return section disposed between the striking face section and the upper opening;
a crown section affixed to the body to close the upper opening and define a hollow body interior; and
a stiffening member disposed within the hollow body interior and extending from the return section to the sole section, the stiffening member comprising an upper end connected to the return section and a lower end connected to the sole section,
wherein the striking face section comprises an interior surface facing the hollow interior, a geometric center, a face boundary, a central thickness region having a first thickness, a first intermediate thickness region having a second thickness, and a second intermediate thickness region having a third thickness,
wherein the face boundary comprises the upper and lower edges of the striking face section,
wherein the first thickness is greater than the second thickness and less than the third thickness,
wherein the first thickness ranges from 0.100 inch to 0.150 inch,
wherein the second thickness ranges from 0.020 inch to 0.100 inch,
wherein the third thickness ranges from 0.130 inch to 0.170 inch,
wherein no portion of the stiffening member is spaced further than 0.500 inch from the interior surface along a vertical plane extending perpendicular to the striking face section, and
wherein no portion of the stiffening member makes contact with the striking face section during impact with a golf ball.

US Pat. No. 10,213,661

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH TUBES CONNECTING CROWN TO ELONGATED PROTRUSION

Callaway Golf Company, C...

20. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a sole section, a crown section, a hollow interior, a front section having an opening in communication with the hollow interior, and an elongated protrusion extending from a heel side of the body to a toe side of the body within the hollow interior, the elongated protrusion extending upward from the sole section towards the front section;
a face component positioned over the opening, the face component comprising a striking plate portion and a return portion extending substantially perpendicular to the striking plate portion; and
a plurality of tubes,
wherein the elongated protrusion comprises a base section and an extension section,
wherein the extension section extends above an internal surface of the sole section and toward the striking plate portion without making contact with the striking plate portion,
wherein each of the plurality of tubes is disposed within the hollow interior and extends from the crown section to connect with the extension section of the elongated protrusion,
wherein the elongated protrusion comprises at least 20% of an overall mass of the body,
wherein the golf club head has a volume ranging from 100 cubic centimeters to 300 cubic centimeters, a mass ranging from 135 grams to 200 grams, and a characteristic time of no more than 257 microseconds,
wherein the face component is welded to the body,
wherein the plurality of tubes ranges from two tubes to eight tubes,
wherein each of the plurality of tubes is positioned rearward from an interior surface of the striking plate portion a distance ranging from 2 millimeters to 11 millimeters, and
wherein the striking plate portion comprises a variable thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,213,660

GOLF CLUB WITH AERODYNAMIC FEATURES ON CLUB FACE

Cobra Golf Incorporated, ...

1. A golf club head comprising:a ball-striking face comprising a milled surface;
a crown extending back from the face when the club head is at address;
a sole extending back from the face to meet the crown;
a hosel extending upwards from a heel side of the club head; and
a plurality of aerodynamic features disposed on the face, each aerodynamic feature defining an indentation or protrusion relative to an adjacent portion of the face, having a relief measurable along an axis orthogonal to the face, and having an arc shape when viewed from an axis orthogonal to the face, all of the plurality of arc-shaped aerodynamic features on the entire face are positioned concentrically about a center point of the face, wherein when the golf club head is swung, the plurality of aerodynamic features disrupt air flow over the club head away from the center point, thereby reducing drag.

US Pat. No. 10,213,659

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a hollow body portion having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion with a crown portion, and a bottom portion, the crown portion having an opening,
a cover portion configured to couple to the crown portion to cover the opening, the cover portion including a plurality of layer portions comprising a first layer portion including a first material, a second layer portion including a second material, and a third layer portion disposed between the first layer portion and the second layer portion and including a third material,
wherein the first material and the second material are more rigid than the third material and
wherein the third material includes an elastic polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,213,658

RACKET CROSS-STRING WEAVING ASSISTANT

1. A collection of parallel hollow longitudinal guides, each having a longitudinal opening on one side, with cross-string guides woven around the hollow longitudinal guides to facilitate the placement and pulling of cross-strings through the main strings during the racket stringing process wherein one or both ends of each cross-string guide contains a loop which is used for connecting the racket string to the cross-string guide while pulling the racket string through the main strings.

US Pat. No. 10,213,657

GOLF BALL RETRIEVER

Dynamic Brands, LLC, Ric...

1. A golf ball retriever, comprising:a handle;
a ball grabbing head, wherein the ball grabbing head comprises a body and the body has a width, an inner surface of the body and a plurality of inwardly protruding fingers on the inner surface, wherein the plurality of inwardly protruding fingers each has an innermost portion, the plurality of innermost portions defining a circular opening having a diameter dimensioned for receiving and retaining a golf ball between the innermost portion of each of the inwardly protruding fingers by frictional contact, wherein the inwardly protruding fingers extend inwardly toward a center of the circular opening and are within the width of the body; and
a rubber liner on the plurality of inwardly protruding fingers of the ball grabbing head.

US Pat. No. 10,213,656

GOLF BALLS HAVING MULTI-LAYERED CORE WITH THERMOPLASTIC OUTER LAYER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising:a multi-layered core including i) an inner core comprising a metal material, the inner core having a diameter in the range of about 0.100 to about 1.100 inches, a specific gravity (SGinner), and an outer surface hardness (Hcenter surface) and a center hardness (Hcenter material), the Hcenter surface being the same or less than the Hcenter material to provide a zero or negative hardness gradient;
ii) an intermediate core layer comprising a thermoset material, the intermediate layer being disposed about the inner core and having a thickness in the range of about 0.050 to about 0.400 inches, and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of IC) and an inner surface hardness (Hinner surface of IC), the Houter surface of IC being greater than the Hinner surface of IC to provide a positive hardness gradient; and
iii) an outer core layer comprising a thermoplastic material, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core and having a thickness in the range of about 0.200 to about 0.750 inches, a specific gravity (SGouter), and an outer surface hardness ((Houter surface of OC) of 40 to 85 Shore C and an inner surface hardness (Hinner surface of OC) of 42 to 87Shore C, the Houter surface of OC being the same or less than the Hinner surface of OC to provide a zero or negative hardness gradient, wherein the SGinner is greater than the SGouter, and the volume of the outer core layer is greater than the volume of each of the inner core and intermediate core layers; and
a cover having at least one layer disposed about the multi-layered core.

US Pat. No. 10,213,655

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf ball comprising a spherical core, at least one inner cover covering the spherical core and an outermost cover covering the inner cover, whereinthe golf ball has a rebound equivalence energy ratio (R40) ranging from 65.50% to 99.0% at a deformation amount of 7%, and a rebound equivalence energy ratio (R50) ranging from 20.0% to 70.0% at a deformation amount of 19%, in a compression test, with a measurement temperature of ?70° C. and a compression speed of 30 mm/min, applying a load to the golf ball along a radial direction of the golf ball,
the inner cover is formed from a first resin composition having a bending stiffness in a range from 500 kgf/cm2 to 6000 kgf/cm2, and
the outermost cover is formed from a second resin composition having a slab hardness in a range from 10 to 45 in Shore D hardness, andwherein(i) the spherical core is formed from a rubber composition that contains (a) a base rubber, (b) a co-crosslinking agent, and (c) a crosslinking initiator,
(b) the co-crosslinking agent containing
(b11) a powder of an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof having a mode particle size of larger than 10 ?m but at most 50 ?m, a volume ratio (V6-300) of a particles having a particle size in a range from 6 ?m to 300 ?m of 60% or more, and a volume ratio (V0-200) of a particles having a particle size of 200 ?m or less of 75% or more, or
(b12) a powder of an ?,(?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof having a mode particle size of larger than 10 ?m but at most 50 ?m and a specific surface area ranging from 0.1 m2/g, to 1.5 m2/g, and
the formed spherical core includes particles originating from (b11) the powder of an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof or (b12) the powder of an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof; or
(ii) the spherical core is formed from a rubber composition that contains (a) a base rubber, (b) a co-crosslinking agent, and (c) a crosslinking initiator, and the formed spherical core additionally includes a crosslinked rubber powder having a hardness ranging from 15 to 65 in Shore C hardness and a volume average particle size ranging from 200 ?m to 800 ?m; or
(iii) the first resin composition contains an ionomer resin and an organically modified layered silicate in an amount ranging from 20 parts by mass to 60 parts by mass with respect to 100 parts by mass of the ionomer resin.

US Pat. No. 10,213,654

GOLF BALLS HAVING MULTI-LAYERED FOAM CORES WITH STRUCTURAL INSERTS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising a core assembly and a cover, the core assembly comprising:i) an inner core comprising a foam composition having a geometric center and outer surface, the inner core having a specific gravity (SGinner core) and an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core center being greater than the Hinner core surface to provide a negative or zero hardness gradient across the inner core; and
ii) a non-continuous outer core layer, the outer core layer having a specific gravity (SGouter core) and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC), wherein the SGinner core>SGouter core and the Hinner core center is in the range of about 13 to about 55 Shore C and the Houter surface of OC is in the range of about 68 to about 94 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,213,653

DOT GEOMETRY FOR A GOLF BALL SURFACE

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core;
a cover layer disposed over the core, the cover layer having a thickness ranging from 0.010 inch to 0.100 inch, the cover layer having a plurality of multi-faceted polygons defined by a plurality of lattice members, each of the plurality of multi-faceted polygons having a protrusion extending upward from a center of each multi-faceted polygon, wherein the protrusion represents an increase in a ball radius greater than 0.0005 inch from a minimum ball radius, wherein the minimum ball radius is a lowest surface point of each multi-faceted polygon of the plurality of multi-faceted polygons;
wherein the each of the plurality of multi-faceted polygons is either a hexagon or a pentagon;
wherein each of the plurality of lattice members has an apex;
wherein the golf ball has a diameter of at least 1.68 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,213,652

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of an equal number of first domains and second domains, and wherein:the first domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the dimple pattern within the first domain is different from the dimple pattern within the second domain;
a majority of the dimples are spherical dimples having a circular plan shape and a cross-sectional profile defined by a spherical function;
each spherical dimple has an edge angle of from 13° to 19°;
the dimples cover greater than 70% of the outer surface of the golf ball; and
the number of dimples on the outer surface of the golf ball is greater than 140 and less than 260.

US Pat. No. 10,213,651

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of eight first domains and six second domains, and wherein:the first domain is defined by three irregular segments and the dimples arranged therein are positioned in a pattern having three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain is defined by four irregular segments and the dimples arranged therein are positioned in a pattern having four-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the second domain consists of perimeter dimples and interior dimples, wherein the perimeter dimples of the second domain are positioned adjacent to the four irregular segments defining the second domain and include dimples having at least two different diameters, and wherein all of the perimeter dimples of the second domain satisfy a diameter relationship such that:
if xdimple 1>xdimple 2
then ddimple 1 where dimple 1 and dimple 2 are any two perimeter dimples of the second domain positioned adjacent to a common irregular segment, d is the dimple diameter, and x is the distance from the center of the dimple to the midpoint of a reference line connecting the endpoints of the common irregular segment.

US Pat. No. 10,213,650

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein none of the dimples overlap, and wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of twenty first domains and twelve second domains, and wherein:the first domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain has five-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the second domain comprises a maximum diameter dimple and a minimum diameter dimple, the maximum diameter and the minimum diameter being different;
the number of different dimple diameters on the outer surface, D, is related to the total number of dimples on the outer surface, N, such that
if N<252, then D?4;
if N=252, then D?3;
if 252 if N?362, then D?6;
the plurality of dimples consists of a plurality of perimeter dimples and a plurality of interior dimples, wherein each of the plurality of perimeter dimples is located directly adjacent to a border segment of the first domain or a border segment of the second domain, and wherein each of the plurality of perimeter dimples has at least two nearest neighbor dimples that are located in a domain other than the domain of that perimeter dimple; and
at least one perimeter dimple in each domain is a same diameter dimple with respect to at least one of its nearest neighbor dimples located in a different domain.

US Pat. No. 10,213,649

CLIMBING ROPE PROTECTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Peak Performance Leadersh...

1. A device for protecting a climbing rope comprising:a flexible sheath comprising a first edge, a second edge generally opposing the first edge, a first end, a second end generally opposing the first end, and a handle positioned proximate the first end;
a sheath connector assembly attached at the second end of the flexible sheath, the sheath connector assembly comprising at least one strap and a ring, the strap being securely attached to the sheath so as to form a loop that passes through the ring; and
a primary rope connector assembly attached to the sheath connector assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,213,648

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING POWER OUTPUT OF EXERCISE

Raver Development, Inc., ...

1. A portable exercise tracking system for measuring the power output of a plurality of motions by a user, said system comprising:a wireless central mass unit worn by said user, wherein said central mass unit comprises a first 3-axis accelerometer, a first 3-axis gyroscope, a first 3-axis magnetometer, a first computational unit, a first memory, and a first radio circuit, said central mass unit being adapted to:
receive a plurality of mass data comprising a first mass data;
in response to detecting a first motion associated with said plurality of motions by said user, measure a first plurality of motion data associated with said first motion wherein said first plurality of motion data comprises a first acceleration data; a first rotational rate data; and a first magnetic field data;
calculate a first power output data as a function of said first plurality of motion data and said first mass data; and
transmit said first power output data.

US Pat. No. 10,213,647

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS IN A TEAM SPORTS ENVIRONMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:receiving first data from a first transducer;
comparing, at a processor, the first data to a template, wherein at least a first parameter of the template identifies a particular resonance frequency; and
determining whether a first user is in possession of an object based on the comparison of the first data to the template to the one or more parameters of the template.

US Pat. No. 10,213,646

SYSTEM FOR LOCATING A GOLF BALL

1. A system for locating a ball including a conventional smartphone including an integrated navigation system having a display and configured to communicate with a global positioning system (GPS) and indicate its position on the display, the ball having an assigned identification, the system further comprising:an outer casing defining the ball, a core inside the outer casing, an electronic device integrated into the core, and an energy source integrated into the core and which supplies power to the electronic device, the electronic device including at least one receiver that receives signals, microelectronics for evaluating and forwarding the signals received by the at least one receiver, and a communications unit that transmits signals;
a radio device configured for short-range wireless communication with the electronic device in the ball to enable reception, via the radio device, of signals transmitted by the communications unit of the electronic device in the ball directly from the communications unit of the electronic device in the ball, the microelectronics in the electronic device and the radio device being wirelessly coupled to one another to enable the radio device to switch the electronic device on and off automatically by generating a radio signal; and
the smartphone further including:
a microprocessor that recognizes and evaluates the signals received by the radio device to derive location data about the ball, the display displaying actual location of the ball based on the location data derived by the microprocessor; and
a retrievable software program loaded in the smartphone and that when retrieved by the microprocessor, provides the location data about the ball visually and/or audibly to enable tracking and analysis of location and distances of the ball, and
wherein the smartphone recognizes the identification assigned to the ball and provides the location data about only the ball having the recognized identification.

US Pat. No. 10,213,645

MOTION ATTRIBUTES RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND METHODS

SWINGBYTE, INC., Chicago...

1. A motion attribute recognition system comprising:a pre-processing component configured to receive a data stream including motion data and to output action exemplars comprising:
an orientation matrix conversion process configured to transform raw motion data into a quaternion suitable to measure the distance between two rotations by comparing the quaternion of a one rotation with the quaternion of the other rotation;
a spatial alignment process configured to align the starting plane of the motion data; and
a temporal segmentation process configured to locate the actual segment of the motion data within the data stream;
a non-parametric classification recognition component in communication with the pre-processing component comprising:
a database of stored action exemplars searchable to and configured to output motion attributes from a query comprising the motion data;
a database search engine configured to search the database of action exemplars for comparison with a received action exemplar from the pre-processing component; and
a non-parametric classification recognition process configured to receive action exemplars from the pre-processing component and the database search engine and to output attributes of the action exemplar received from the pre-processing component; and
a parametric classification recognition component in communication with the pre-processing component comprising:
one or more support vector machines wherein each support vector machine is configured to find one of the presence and absence of an attribute in an action exemplar received from the pre-processing component; and
a parametric classification recognition process configured to receive an action exemplar from the pre-processing component and to query the one or more support vector machines for the presence of an attribute in the action exemplar and to output one of the presence and absence of an attribute in the action exemplar;
a display; and
an user interface in communication with the database and the display and configured to receive the motion data, to query the database with the motion data, to receive attributes from the database in response to the query, and to output attribute information on the display in order to present a virtual coach.

US Pat. No. 10,213,644

ELLIPTICAL TRAINER

OMA METAL INDUSTRIAL CO.,...

1. An elliptical trainer, comprising:a frame having a first end and a second end;
a rocker-rod mechanism hingedly connected to the first end of the frame;
a pedal mechanism hingedly connected to the second end of the frame through a transmission mechanism;
an adjustment mechanism comprising an adjustment table, one end of the adjustment table being rotatably connected to the frame, the pedal mechanism being slidably connected to the adjustment table, the adjustment mechanism adjusting a position of the pedal mechanism relative to the frame;
a link, two ends of which are connected to the rocker-rod mechanism and the pedal mechanism respectively so that the rocker-rod mechanism is linked with the pedal mechanism;
wherein the transmission mechanism comprises a turntable and a flywheel respectively rotatably connected to the second end of the frame, a rotation shaft of the flywheel is connected to the turntable through a belt; and
a resistance adjustment mechanism, provided on the flywheel, configured to change a rotation resistance of the flywheel;
the resistance adjustment mechanism comprises a clip board sleeved on the rotation shaft of the flywheel and rotatably connected to the rotation shaft, a tension pulley is provided on the clip board, the tension pulley adjusting the tension of the belt to change the resistance to the rotation of the flywheel.

US Pat. No. 10,213,643

ADJUSTMENT BRACKET STRUCTURE FOR FRONT UPRIGHT OF EXERCISE BICYCLE

XIAMEN DMASTER HEALTH TEC...

1. An adjustment bracket structure for a front upright of an exercise bicycle, comprising a bicycle frame and the front upright, whereina supporting component which extends towards the front upright is fixed to the bicycle frame,
the lower end of the front upright is pivoted to the supporting component through a rotary shaft, a bracket component capable of being clamped on the supporting component is arranged on the front upright,
a plurality of bracket parts matched with the bracket component are arranged on the supporting component in the swinging direction of the front upright,
the bracket parts are a plurality of positioning tooth grooves formed in the supporting component in the swinging direction of the front upright,
the bracket component is a U-shaped component,
two side pieces of the U-shaped component are positioned on the two sides of the front upright through rotating points respectively,
the lower ends of the two side pieces or the lower end of one side piece are/is clamped in the positioning tooth grooves, and
a handle is arranged on the outer side of a middle piece of the U-shaped component.

US Pat. No. 10,213,642

TERRAIN BELT FOR USE WITH A TREADMILL

1. A terrain belt for use with a treadmill, the terrain belt comprising:a treadmill belt;
a plurality of terrain-simulating protrusions adhered to the treadmill belt and arranged and configured in a seemingly random order to create a sensation of a rocky terrain when walked or run upon by a user, wherein each of the plurality of terrain-simulating protrusions comprises a glass bead covered by a silicone compound; and
one or more layers of the silicone compound covering the treadmill belt and the plurality of terrain-simulating protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,213,641

EXERCISE MACHINE HANDLE SYSTEM

Lagree Technologies, Inc....

1. An exercise machine, comprising:a frame having at least one track, a first end and a second end opposite the first end, wherein the frame includes a central longitudinal axis and wherein the frame has a longitudinal axis;
a carriage movably connected to the at least one track, the carriage including a first end and a second end opposite of the first end;
wherein the carriage is adapted to be movable along a portion of the longitudinal axis;
at least one spring connected to the carriage, wherein the at least one spring provides a resistance force to the carriage;
a first platform connected to or near the first end of the frame, wherein the first platform has an upper surface;
a first stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the first platform, wherein the first stationary handle extends upwardly from near a first side of the first platform, wherein the first stationary handle comprises a loop structure;
a second stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the first platform, wherein the second stationary handle extends upwardly from near a second side of the first platform, wherein the second stationary handle comprises a loop structure;
wherein the first stationary handle extends between a first end of the first platform and a second end of the first platform, wherein the second stationary handle extends between the first end of the first platform and the second end of the first platform;
a second platform connected to or near the second end of the frame, wherein the second platform has an upper surface;
a third stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the second platform, wherein the third stationary handle extends upwardly from near a first side of the second platform, wherein the third stationary handle comprises a loop structure; and
a fourth stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the second platform, wherein the second stationary handle extends upwardly from near a second side of the second platform, wherein the fourth stationary handle comprises a loop structure;
wherein the upper surfaces of the carriage, the first platform and the second platform are all on a common plane.

US Pat. No. 10,213,640

ANATOMICAL YOGA HAND GRIP AND TRAINER FOR RELIEVING WRIST STRAIN

Chris St. Jeor, Salt Lak...

1. A yoga training device for relieving wrist strain, the yoga training device comprising:a distal leg for engaging a ground surface;
a proximal leg for engaging a ground surface; and
an ergonomic handgrip extending between the distal leg and the proximal leg, the ergonomic handgrip having a distal end disposed a first height above a ground surface, a proximal end disposed a second height above the ground surface, a bulbous portion, and a narrow, annular distal neck recessed and configured to support the index finger and thumb of a user, wherein the bulbous portion extends generally horizontally and laterally to one lateral side of the yoga training device when the distal and proximal legs are positioned on a ground surface such that the bulbous portion is configured to support the palm of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,213,639

ADAPTIVE RESISTANCE EXERTING EXERCISE APPARATUS

Cybex International, Inc....

1. An exercise apparatus comprising:a weight stack comprised of one or more individual bodies of weight,
a flexible elongated cable having a downstream portion that is connected to a manifold that is connected to both a user selectable number of the one or more individual bodies of weight and to a second resistance device, the one or more individual bodies of weight exerting a first resistance and the second resistance device exerting a second resistance,
a manually movable actuating device interconnected to a proximal end of the flexible elongated cable, the manually movable actuating device being manually movable by the user to exert an exercise speed, velocity, force, energy or power through the flexible elongated cable to the downstream portion of the flexible elongated cable and the manifold, the manifold pulling via the flexible elongated cable directly against a weight of the one or more individual bodies of weight and against the second resistance device,
wherein the second resistance exerted by the second resistance device increasing non-linearly with an increase in the exercise speed, velocity, force, energy or power exerted on the manually movable actuating device by the user,
wherein the second force resistance device comprises a wheel having a drivably rotatable axle interconnected to one or more blades that forcibly engage against air on rotation of the drivably rotatable axle, the wheel being interconnected to the downstream portion of the flexible elongated cable in an arrangement wherein the drivably rotatable axle of the wheel is rotatably driven by the exercise speed, velocity, force, energy or power exerted by the user on the manually movable actuating device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,638

EXERCISE DEVICE

1. An exercise device for a person exercising on a support surface, comprising:a rigid elongated cylindrical bar having two opposing ends;
a weight having a cylindrical aperture therethrough sized to allow traversing of the rigid elongated cylindrical bar therethrough; and
at least two weight stops adapted for fixing with the rigid elongated cylindrical bar;
whereby with the rigid elongated cylindrical bar traversing the cylindrical aperture of the weight and the at least two weight stops fixed to the rigid elongated cylindrical bar on opposing sides of the weight, the person exercises by moving the rigid elongate cylindrical bar to unimpededly slide the weight between the at least two weight stops where the weight is configured to directly contact each of the at least two weight stops during use of the exercise device, wherein
each of the at least two weight stops are adjustable along the length of the rigid elongated cylindrical bar on both sides of the weight.

US Pat. No. 10,213,637

WEARABLE AND DETACHABLE EXERCISE ACCESSORY

1. A hand-held exercise device comprising:an elongate body comprising at least three strands of one or more elastic materials, wherein the at least three strands are braided together, and wherein the one or more elastic materials has a spring constant in Hooke's Law of between 5 N/m to 15 N/m; and
a first end and a second end;
a first grip on the first end and a second grip on the second end, both of the first and second ends comprising the same materials as the elongate body, wherein a length between a centroid of the first grip to a centroid of the second grip as measured along a longitudinal axis of the elongate body without any measurable elongation of the hand-held exercise device is one of five inches to ten inches or eleven inches to twenty-one inches;
a first free end on the first end and a second free end on the second end comprising the same materials as the elongate body; and
a latching mechanism comprising a first magnet and a second magnet, wherein
the first magnet is configured to be detachably connected to the second magnet,
the first magnet is secured to the first free end on the first end and is secured at a first distance that is at least half an inch from the first grip at a point where the first free end connects to the first grip,
the second magnet is secured to the second free end on the second end and is secured at a second distance that is at least half an inch from the second grip at a point where the second free end connects to the second grip,
the first and second magnet comprise a smaller physical volume than the first and the second grips such that the first and second magnets are not obstructing a human user from holding the first and the second grips in the human user's hand or the first grip in one hand and the second grip against at least one flat surface,
a length between the first magnet and the second magnet, as measured along the longitudinal axis of the elongate body without any measurable elongation of the hand-held exercise device, is one of six inches to eleven inches or twelve inches to twenty-two inches, and the first and second magnets are further configured so that the human user is capable of engaging and disengaging the first and second magnets by applying a force with only one hand,
wherein the hand-held exercise device has a Young's modulus of between 3.5×104 N/m2 to 1.4×105 N/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,213,634

FIRE BARRIER BLANKET

1. A fire resistant system comprisinga flexible blanket sized to be deployable on or over an edifice having a top and a side, or a part of the edifice thereof;
wherein the blanket is flame retardant and heat resistant;
wherein the blanket consists of a plurality of aromatic polyamide (aramid) fibers knitted or woven into a fabric;
wherein the blanket fabric has a plurality of vent openings of small size to freely pass air from one side of the blanket fabric to the other;
wherein the plurality of vent openings have a cross dimensions between 1/64 inch and 1/16 inch;
wherein the plurality of vent openings are uniformly distributed over the blanket at between 50 and 150 openings per square inch of the blanket fabric; and
wherein the blanket has an edge configured to be pulled for deploying the blanket on or over the edifice.

US Pat. No. 10,213,633

STORED ENERGY FOR FAILSAFE VALVE

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An actuator for a vent or valve comprising:a motor that controls the operation of the vent, where the vent has an open position and a closed position and is biased toward the closed position; and
a switching regulator coupled to a power supply with an input voltage and the motor where the switching regulator provides a first constant voltage to the motor when the vent changes from the closed position to the open position and a second constant voltage that maintains the vent in an open position and the first constant voltage is greater than then the second constant voltage,
where the changing of the first constant voltage to the second constant voltage is in response to a timer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,632

SAFETY ANCHOR

QBM DISTRIBUTORS LIMITED,...

1. A safety anchor, comprising:a base, being fixable to a roof structure;
an absorber, being comprised of a first end portion, a second end portion, and a central portion between said first end portion and said second end portion;
a housing having a primary axis and containing said absorber within said housing; and
an absorber fixing means on an opposed side of said base to said housing so as to secure said absorber to said base,
wherein said first end portion attaches to said base,
wherein said second end portion attaches to said housing,
wherein said central portion is comprised of a helix with an absorber axis, said absorber axis being at an oblique angle to said primary axis, and
wherein said first end portion of said absorber extends through an opening in said base along said primary axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,631

LINEMAN HARNESS ADAPTER SYSTEM

1. A lineman safety harness adapter system, the system comprising a first harness adapter, and a harness having a belt, a back ring associated with the belt, a left ring connected to a left side of the belt, and a right ring connected to a right side of the belt, the first harness adapter having a first strap having a first top end, a first bottom end, and a first harness loop at the first bottom end, the first harness loop being configured to receive a first locking element, a second strap having a second top end, a second bottom end, and a second harness loop at the second bottom end, the second harness loop being configured to receive a second locking element, a third strap having a third top end, a third bottom end, and a back loop at the third bottom end, the back loop being configured to receive a third locking element; wherein the first strap, the second strap, and the third strap join at the first top end, the second top end, and the third top end into a single first top loop configured to receive a fourth locking element, wherein the first strap extends through the back ring and the first harness loop connects to the left ring; wherein the second strap extends through the back ring and the second harness loop connects to the right ring; and wherein the back loop is attached to the back ring.

US Pat. No. 10,213,630

METHOD FOR THE CONTROL OF THE BREATHING GAS SUPPLY

1. A device for emergency oxygen supply in an air vehicle, comprising:a gas storage device including at least one of (i) an oxygen storage device, (ii) a breathing gas storage device, or (iii) an oxygen generator;
a pressure-conduit which receives at least one of oxygen or breathing gas from the gas storage device and which provides the at least one of the oxygen or breathing gas to one or more breathing masks;
an on/off valve with which the pressure conduit can be opened or blocked; and
control and regulation electronics configured to:
receive a cabin pressure value from a pressure sensor;
determine a maximum mass flow based on the cabin pressure value;
determine a minimum mass flow based on the cabin pressure value;
receive an actual mass flow from a mass flow meter;
compare the actual mass flow to the maximum mass flow and the minimum mass flow;
responsive to the actual mass flow exceeding the maximum mass flow, cause the on/off valve to block the pressure conduit; and
responsive to the actual mass flow falling below the minimum mass flow, cause the on/off valve to open the pressure conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,213,629

END OF SERVICE LIFE INDICATOR FOR A RESPIRATOR

Honeywell International I...

1. A device, comprising:a cartridge containing a filter material;
an insert extending through at least a portion of the filter material having a first path with a first opening located on a side of the insert configured to provide a sample of air that is representative of a saturation of the filter material and a second path with a second opening configured to provide a filtered sample of the air throughout a service life of the cartridge, wherein the first path and the second path extend longitudinally along the insert;
a sensor for sensing a saturation level of filter material; and
a controller that compares a saturation level of a sample of air that is representative of the saturation of the filter material and the filtered sample of the air to determine signal drift is associated with the sensor, wherein the filtered sample of air is used to compensate for the signal drift associated with the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,628

BELAY BRAKING SYSTEM

The United States of Amer...

1. A user-controllable braking system, the braking system consisting of:a descent tether connectable to a support and configurable for descending a user;
a rigid body configured to be connectable between the descent tether and the user for enabling control of the descent by the user;
a single pulley positioned on the rigid body, the descent tether positionable around the pulley;
a first brake member yieldably positioned on the rigid body adjacent a first side of the pulley;
a second brake member yieldably positioned on the rigid body adjacent a second side of the pulley;
a first bias member operatively associated with the first brake member to bias the first brake member away from the pulley;
a second bias member operatively associated with the second brake member to bias the second brake member away from the pulley;
a first lever pivotally connected to the rigid body and operable to bear against the first brake member to controllably overcome the first bias member and controllably bear the first brake member against a first portion of the descent tether;
a second lever pivotally connected to the rigid body and operable to bear against the second brake member to controllably overcome the second bias member and controllably bear the second brake member against a second portion of the descent tether; and
a line couples to the first lever and the second lever,
wherein operation of the first and second levers by the user enables the user to controllably bear the first and second brake members against the first and second portions of the descent tether positioned around the pulley to provide a braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,213,626

TREATMENT DELIVERY CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

1. An apparatus for treating a tumor of a patient using positively charged particles, comprising:a positively charged particle tomography imaging system; and
a treatment delivery control system configured to control a plurality of sub-systems of a cancer therapy system, said plurality of sub-systems comprising:
an accelerator system;
an extraction system;
a beam transport line configured to transport the positively charged particles;
an irradiation nozzle; and
a gantry,
wherein a charged particle beam path sequentially passes through: at least part of an injector system, said accelerator system, said extraction system, said beam transport line, said irradiation nozzle, and at least part of said gantry,
wherein said tomography imaging system uses all of said accelerator system, said extraction system, said beam transport line, said irradiation nozzle; and said gantry, said tomography imaging system used to generate a proton tomography image of the tumor for use in subsequent treatment of the tumor using said cancer therapy system.

US Pat. No. 10,213,625

PROTON IRRADIATION USING SPOT SCANNING

Varian Medical Systems Pa...

1. A method for irradiating a target comprising the steps of:generating a proton beam using a cyclotron, said proton beam being comprised of a set of protons;
providing a first information to an energy selection system, said first information comprising a depth of said target;
selecting an energy level for said set of protons using said energy selection system based on said first information;
routing said proton beam from said cyclotron through a beam transfer line to a scanning system, said scanning system comprises a magnet structure and an ionization chamber;
providing a second information to said scanning system, said second information comprising a pair of transversal coordinates and target dose;
guiding said proton beam using said magnet structure to a location on said target determined by said second information, said magnet structure comprises a bidirectional magnet with two pairs of coils one for x direction and one for y direction; and
irradiating said target with said proton beam,
wherein said magnet structure comprises a magnet power supply powering said magnet structure, said magnet power supply being controlled based on an energy of said proton beam and a beam position at a target of said proton beam.

US Pat. No. 10,213,624

GUIDED CHARGED PARTICLE IMAGING/TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A method for imaging a tumor of a patient and treating the tumor with positively charged particles, comprising the steps of:transporting the positively charged particles from a synchrotron, along a beam transport line, and through an exit nozzle system to a treatment beam path;
imaging the tumor using an imaging system, said step of imaging the tumor further comprising the steps of:
rotating a rotatable ring around a longitudinal axis of the patient;
rotating said imaging system around the patient using rotation of said rotatable ring; and
translating, through relative motion of the patient and said imaging system mounted to said rotatable ring, said imaging system past the tumor; and
controlling the treatment beam path using image data from said imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,213,623

MONITORING A PATIENT'S POSITION USING A PLANNING IMAGE AND SUBSEQUENT THERMAL IMAGING

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A computer-implemented method for treatment of a patient by at least one of radiotherapy or radiosurgery, the method comprising executing, on at least one processor of at least one computer, steps of:acquiring, by the at least one processor, planning image data describing a digital planning image of an anatomical body part of a body of the patient;
acquiring, by the at least one processor, planning image alignment data describing a relative position between the anatomical body part and a predetermined reference position at the point in time when the planning image data was generated;
acquiring, by the at least one processor, thermal reference image data describing a thermal reference image of the anatomical body part;
acquiring, by the at least one processor, thermal imaging device reference position data describing a relative position between a thermal imaging device used for taking the thermal reference image and the predetermined reference position;
determining, by the at least one processor and based on the planning image data and the planning image alignment data and the thermal reference image data and the thermal imaging device reference position data, image projection data describing a projection of the image representation of at least the anatomical body part described by the planning image data onto the image representation of the anatomical body part described by the thermal reference image data;
determining treatment control data describing a command for controlling a treatment device usable for at least one of radiotherapy or radiosurgery based on the image projection data.

US Pat. No. 10,213,622

REAL-TIME QUANTIFICATION OF SKIN BURNS IN EXTERNAL BEAM RADIATION THERAPY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for monitoring radiation therapy, comprising:an imaging device configured to scan an area of interest for tissue undergoing radiation therapy to collect one or more images of the tissue; and
an interpretation module configured to receive the one or more images of the tissue to determine a burn status, including a measurement of a burn of the tissue, and provide adjustments for a radiation treatment plan in accordance with the burn status.

US Pat. No. 10,213,621

TRAJECTORY OPTIMIZATION IN RADIOTHERAPY USING SECTIONING

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for radiation therapy treatment using a radiation delivery device, the method comprising:providing a patient model, dosimetric constraints, delivery motion constraints, and delivery coordinate space of the radiation delivery device, wherein the delivery coordinate space is represented as a mesh with vertices connected by edges, where the vertices correspond to directions of a beam eye view (BEV) of the radiation delivery device, where each BEV has corresponding area elements resulting from beam collimation;
constructing BEV region connectivity manifolds from the patient model, the dosimetric constraints, the delivery coordinate space, and existing beam trajectories, wherein each of the BEV region connectivity manifolds represents connections between contiguous 2D target regions, wherein each of the 2D target regions is defined at each of the vertices of the delivery coordinate space;
selecting beam trajectories based on region connectedness information in the BEV region connectivity manifolds, the dosimetric constraints, the delivery motion constraints, and the existing beam trajectories; and
delivering radiation using the radiation delivery device in accordance with the selected beam trajectories.

US Pat. No. 10,213,619

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING CIRCADIAN INPUT

Progressive Lighting and ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing; and
a light system configured to emit polychromatic light from the housing, the emitted polychromatic light comprising an output spectrum having a spectral region with a wavelength between 435-488 nanometers (nm); and
the light system being further configured to attenuate the entire area of the spectral region between 435-488 nm more than any other region of the output spectrum, for regulating melatonin production in a human exposed to the emitted polychromatic light.

US Pat. No. 10,213,618

LIGHT THERAPY PLATFORM COMBINATION MASK

1. A phototherapy device comprising:a wearable therapeutic lamp platform including a plurality of radiant lamps configured to emit radiant energy at three or more wavelengths, and a reflective wall including a plurality of radiant energy communication areas aligned with the radiant lamps and disposed to communicate the radiant energy through all or part of the plurality of radiant energy communication areas to a first user treatment area and a second user treatment area associated with a user's facial region, the plurality of radiant lamps completely recessed from an external reflective surface of the reflective wall which is directed towards the first and second user treatment areas, and the plurality of radiant lamps further disposed to provide a first radiant therapy treatment session emitting radiant energy at a first set of two or more wavelengths to the first user treatment area, and a second treatment session emitting radiant energy at a second set of two or more wavelengths distinct from the first set of two or more wavelengths, and the reflective wall further formed to disperse the radiant energy reflected from the first user treatment area and second user treatment area back to the first user treatment area and second user treatment area; and
a frame adapted to support the therapeutic lamp platform on the user and adapted to position the therapeutic lamp platform on the user, the frame positioning the reflective wall towards the first and second user treatment areas and spacing the reflective wall from the first and second user treatment areas, the reflective wall covering a complete nose of the user and the reflective wall spaced from the complete nose of the user to provide ventilation and clearance between the reflective wall and the complete nose of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,213,617

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTOGENETIC THERAPY

Circuit Therapeutics, Inc...

1. A method for preventing hypertension, comprising:a. implanting an optical applicator and coupling it to at least one tissue structure such that it can deliver photons to at least one branch of the renal nerve plexus that has been genetically modified to have light sensitive protein;
b. implanting an implantable light source and intercoupled implantable power supply and coupling each to at least one tissue structure, the implantable light source being configured to deliver photons as an input to the optical applicator when the implantable light source is drawing power from the implantable power supply; and
c. implanting an implantable controller and coupling it to at least one tissue structure, the implantable controller configured to cause the implantable light source to chronically direct enough illumination to the light sensitive protein through the implantable light source and implantable optical applicator to at least partially inhibit action potential transmission within the at least one branch of the renal nerve plexus.

US Pat. No. 10,213,616

LIGHT THERAPY DEVICE

Sun LifeLight, Inc., Bev...

1. A light therapy device, comprising:a first set of one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs) providing blue spectrum wavelength light;
a second set of one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs) providing cyan spectrum wavelength light, wherein the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs are configured to stimulate intrinsically photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cell (ipRGC) receptors;
a casing to house circuitry to illuminate the first and second set of LEDs;
a mount utilized to secure the light therapy device in an area of or directly to a consumer device;
a processor of the light therapy device to receive, over a computer network and from an application executing on a computing device, one or more user commands indicating
at least one of a selected blue wavelength the light therapy device should output the blue spectrum wavelength light during operation and a selected cyan wavelength the light therapy device should output the cyan spectrum wavelength light during operation,
an intensity of the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs during operation,
a dosage delivery indicating at least a time the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of the one or more LEDs are to be illuminated during operation, and
an automatic shutoff indicating at least one of a selected time the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs should be off and a maximum amount of time the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs should be operational,
wherein the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs are operational according to the dosage delivery and the automatic shutoff is overridden when the time period indicated by the dosage delivery conflicts with the automatic shutoff, and
the processor configured to illuminate the first set of one or more LEDs that provide the blue spectrum wavelength light and the second set of one or more LEDs that provide the cyan spectrum wavelength light based on the one or more user commands received from the application executing on the computing device over the computer network.

US Pat. No. 10,213,615

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MICROMAGNETIC STIMULATION OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A system comprising:a probe comprising:
a fixture configured to conform to an exposed portion of a patient's central nervous system without penetrating the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system; and
a plurality of microcoils arranged on the fixture, each having a geometric shape to focus a magnetic field to a depth within the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system to activate conduction in one or more neurons at the depth within the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system,
wherein the plurality of microcoils are configured to generate a time-varying magnetic field to activate conduction in the one or more neurons at the depth within the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system via electromagnetic induction in response to an applied current, and
a mounting apparatus to attach the probe to a stereotactic device attached to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,614

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLD PLASMA THERAPY

U.S. Patent Innovations, ...

1. A device for the treatment of target tissue comprising:a housing comprising:
a main body having a first port for admitting an elongated electrode and a second port for admitting a gas;
a neck extending from a distal end of said main body, said neck being narrower than said main body and having within it a channel having an exit away from said main body; and
a discharge area within said main body between said neck and said second port;
an elongated electrode extending through said first port and having a proximal end outside of said main body and a distal end in said discharge area within said main body;
a ring electrode outside said neck surrounding said channel;
wherein said elongated electrode and said ring electrode are configured to connect to a secondary high-voltage resonant transformer; and
wherein said elongated wire and said ring electrode are configured to excite a gas flowing into said housing through said second port, through said housing, and out said exit into a cold plasma state by RF electrical energy.

US Pat. No. 10,213,613

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING DIAGNOSTIC PULSES IN CONNECTION WITH DEFIBRILLATION THERAPY

PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC., Re...

1. A method of treating a patient, comprising:outputting a diagnostic stimulus signal to elicit a physiologic response from the patient, wherein the physiologic response comprises at least one of mechanical cardiac response, electrical cardiac response in the absence of mechanical cardiac response, or absence of both mechanical cardiac response and electrical cardiac response;
detecting the elicited physiologic response;
selecting one of a plurality of resuscitation protocols based upon the detected physiologic response, wherein at least one of the plurality of resuscitation protocols includes application of a defibrillation therapy, the selection based at least in part on a likely patient response to the defibrillation therapy; and
initiating the selected resuscitation protocol,
wherein, if the physiologic response is one of electrical cardiac response in the absence of mechanical cardiac response, initiating the selected resuscitation protocol includes initiating a protocol recommending drug therapy and outputting a recommendation to administer cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with the drug therapy.

US Pat. No. 10,213,612

VISUAL AND AURAL USER INTERFACE FOR AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR

1. An automatic defibrillator comprising:a storage capacitor adapted to be charged;
a discharge circuit;
an aural output device communicably coupled to a processor;
at least one electrode communicably coupled to the processor;
a visual output device communicably coupled to the processor;
an input device communicably coupled to the processor;
wherein the processor is configured to execute instructions that cause the defibrillator to be configured to:
monitor ECG signals through the at least one electrode;
analyze the ECG signals through the processor to detect a shockable heart rhythm;
responsive to detecting a shockable heart rhythm, cause at least one of the aural and visual output devices to deliver information that includes a prompt to deliver a response through the input device to prevent the initiation of an emergency protocol; and
responsive to an expiry of a predetermined period of time to deliver the response, autonomously initiate the emergency protocol including: causing the discharge circuit to discharge the charged storage capacitor through the electrodes, delivering a defibrillation pulse to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,611

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FEEDTHROUGH

Osong medical innovation ...

1. A method of manufacturing a feedthrough comprising:mounting a ceramic structure on a mounting groove of a lower jig, the ceramic structure having a plurality of grooves formed uniformly;
inserting a platinum/iridium pin formed of platinum and iridium into the grooves of the ceramic structure;
disposing a titanium flange on the ceramic structure, to form a feedthrough structure having the ceramic structure, the platinum/iridium pin and the titanium flange;
disposing the feedthrough structure on a groove of an upper jig and pressing the feedthrough structure, so that the upper jig is combined with the mounting groove of the lower jig and moves toward a diffusion chamber, for diffusion welding the ceramic structure of the feedthrough structure, the platinum/iridium pin and the titanium flange with each other;
decreasing a temperature of the diffusion chamber for cooling the feedthrough structure welded with each other;
disposing the ceramic structure of the feedthrough structure to face a laser machining device;
irradiating a laser to the ceramic structure into which the platinum/iridium pin is inserted, to form a hole in the ceramic structure; and
moving a melted platinum/iridium pin toward an upper side of the ceramic structure through the hole of the ceramic structure, so that the platinum/iridium pin is partially exposed through the upper side of the ceramic structure.

US Pat. No. 10,213,610

COMMUNICATIONS IN A MEDICAL DEVICE SYSTEM WITH LINK QUALITY ASSESSMENT

CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.,...

1. A method of performing a diagnostic test in an implantable medical device system comprising:generating a first conducted signal from a first medical device intended for receipt by a second medical device comprising an output pattern for a selected period;
receiving the conducted signal by the second medical device and calculating a first communication metric of the first conducted signal as received;
wherein the selected period exceeds an expected or detected length of a recurring biological cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,213,609

MOBILE APPLICATIONS AND METHODS FOR CONVEYING PERFORMANCE INFORMATION OF A CARDIAC PACEMAKER

1. A system, comprising:a pulse monitor;
a pacemaker;
an internal device separate from the pacemaker;
a processing system including a processor coupled to the pulse monitor and the pacemaker; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations, the operations comprising:
monitoring, by the pacemaker, performance of the internal device to obtain monitored information;
determining, by the pacemaker, a reporting requirement based on the monitored information;
responsive to the reporting requirement:
generating, by the pacemaker, a modulation signal based on the monitored information;
initiating, by the pacemaker, a timer to stimulate a heart muscle of a patient according to an interval to cause a first adjustment of a heartbeat associated with the heart muscle;
modifying, by the pacemaker, the interval by adding or subtracting a subinterval to generate a modified interval, wherein the subinterval is representative of a binary digit according to the modulation signal; and
stimulating, by the pacemaker, the heart muscle according to the modified interval to cause a second adjustment of the heartbeat, wherein the pulse monitor detects a pulse based on the second adjustment of the heartbeat and according to the modulation signal;
forwarding, from the pulse monitor to a mobile device, the pulse comprising a binary digit, based on detection by the pulse monitor of the second adjustment to the heartbeat, wherein the mobile device comprises decoding logic adapted to decode information, to obtain decoded information based on the binary digit; and
receiving the decoded information obtained by way of the mobile device,
wherein the internal device communicates with the pacemaker via a wired connection, and wherein a signal provided by the internal device to the pacemaker via the wired connection represents a measurement regarding a measurable aspect of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,608

NEUROSTIMULATION SYSTEM WITH FLEXIBLE PATTERNING AND WAVEFORMS

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A method for programming a neurostimulator to provide a neurostimulation therapy, comprising:customizing a pulse pattern for the neurostimulation therapy on a pulse-by-pulse basis in response to user input; and
generating information for the neurostimulator, the neurostimulator configured to use the information to generate electrical stimulation energy in accordance with the customized pulse pattern for the neurostimulation therapy.

US Pat. No. 10,213,607

USER INTERFACE WITH VIEW FINDER FOR LOCALIZING ANATOMICAL REGION

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. An external control device for use with a medical component implanted within a patient, comprising:a user interface configured to display a view of a graphical representation of an anatomical region of the patient and a medical component in the context of the graphical representation of the anatomical region of the patient;
the user interface further configured to receive a first user input to pan the view to display a different portion for the graphical representation and a second user input to change a size of the view; and
control circuitry configured to, in response to the first user input, display the different portion for the graphical representation, the control circuitry further configured to, in response to the second user input, automatically change a size of the view.

US Pat. No. 10,213,606

MODULATE PACING RATE TO INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF EFFECTIVE VENTRICULAR CAPTURE DURING ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An apparatus for determining whether a ventricular pacing stimulus is capturing a paced ventricle during atrial fibrillation, comprising:processing means for determining whether a patient is experiencing atrial fibrillation;
delivering means for delivering the ventricular pacing stimulus in response to determining the patient is in atrial fibrillation;
sensing means for sensing a signal in response to the ventricular pacing stimulus;
processing means for determining whether the ventricular pacing stimulus is effectively capturing the paced ventricle;
modifying means for modifying a pacing rate during atrial fibrillation in response to the determination of effective capture; and
increasing a percentage of effective ventricular capture during atrial fibrillation responsive to modifying the pacing rate during atrial fibrillation.

US Pat. No. 10,213,605

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham,...

1. A method of optimizing temporal pulse patterns for stimulation delivery to a subject, the method comprising:generating a first generation temporal pulse pattern;
delivering stimulation according to the first generation temporal pulse pattern to a subject;
measuring efficacy, efficiency and side-effect parameters affected by the delivered stimulation;
determining a fitness of the first generation temporal pulse pattern using the measured efficacy, efficiency and side-effect parameters;
generating a second generation temporal pulse pattern using the first generation temporal pulse pattern according to the determined fitness of the first generation temporal pulse pattern; and
delivering stimulation according to the second generation temporal pulse pattern to the subject,
wherein generating the second generation temporal pulse pattern comprises using a genetic algorithm that uses an output of a computational model including representations of dorsal horn wide-dynamic range (WDR) neurons responsible for transmitting nociceptive information and dorsal column nuclei (DCN) neurons associated with side-effect paresthesias.

US Pat. No. 10,213,604

CONTROLLING ELECTRICAL STIMULATION BASED ON EVOKED COMPOUND MUSCLE ACTION POTENTIAL

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:applying, via one or more electrodes, stimulation therapy to a patient according to a set of stimulation therapy parameters;
detecting, using at least one electrode of the one or more electrodes used for applying the stimulation therapy to the patient, a signal including an evoked compound muscle action potential (eCMAP) in response to the application of the stimulation therapy;
detecting, using a posture state module, a posture state of the patient; and
adjusting, by a processor, one or more stimulation therapy parameters of the set of stimulation therapy parameters based on the detected signal and the detected posture state.

US Pat. No. 10,213,603

ARBITRARY WAVEFORM GENERATOR AND NEURAL STIMULATION APPLICATION WITH SCALABLE WAVEFORM FEATURE AND CHARGE BALANCING

NUVECTRA CORPORATION, Pl...

1. A medical waveform generator, comprising:a waveform generator configured to generate an output waveform comprised of any of a plurality of differently shaped waveforms;
a time scaling circuit configured to time scale, by a factor of k, the generator output waveform, wherein k is an integer;
a current divider configured to scale, by a factor of 1/k, an amplitude of the time scaled generator output waveform for outputting an amplitude scaled output waveform; and
an amplifier configured to amplify the amplitude scaled output waveform for outputting a stimulation waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,213,602

TREATMENT OF HEADACHES BY ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Theranica Bio-Electronics...

1. A method, comprising:coupling a plurality of electrodes to skin of a lateral surface of an upper arm of a subject; and
using a computer processor, in response to the subject experiencing a headache, without using any element that is implanted in the subject, and without using any element that penetrates skin of the subject, treating the headache, by transcutaneously stimulating the subject, by applying an electrical current to the skin, via the electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,213,601

NON-INVASIVE VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION DEVICES AND METHODS TO TREAT OR AVERT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Electrocore, Inc., Baski...

1. A device for at least one of treating atrial fibrillation or averting an imminent episode of atrial fibrillation in a patient, the device comprising:a housing having an electrically permeable contact surface for contacting an outer skin surface of the patient; and
an energy source within the housing configured to generate an electric field sufficient to transmit an electrical impulse through the outer skin surface of the patient to a vagus nerve at a target region within the patient;
wherein the electrical impulse comprises bursts of pulses with each of the bursts having a frequency of about 3 Hz to about 100 Hz, each of the bursts comprising a plurality of pulses, and each of the pulses having a duration of about 50 microseconds to about 1000 microseconds, and wherein the electrical impulse is sufficient to modulate the vagus nerve such that the vagus nerve transmits an action potential sufficient to at least one of treat the atrial fibrillation or avert the imminent episode of atrial fibrillation.

US Pat. No. 10,213,600

HYBRID METHOD FOR MODULATING UPPER AIRWAY FUNCTION IN A SUBJECT

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...

8. A controller device comprising:a memory storing computer-executable instructions; and
a processor to execute the computer-executable instructions to at least:
set a first timing parameter of a first therapy signal, wherein the first therapy signal is delivered to a nerve innervating an extrinsic laryngeal muscle of a subject to promote anteriosuperior motion of a hyolaryngeal complex;
set a second timing parameter of a second therapy signal, wherein the second therapy signal is delivered to a recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) of the subject to promote vocal fold closure;
receive an input related to at least one of a physiological parameter detected by a sensor and a volitional input; and
adjust the first timing parameter of the first therapy signal and the second timing parameter of the second therapy signal to promote swallowing based on synergistic anteriosuperior motion of the hyolaryngeal complex and the vocal fold closure to prevent or mitigate aspiration in the subject during a swallow cycle based on the input.

US Pat. No. 10,213,599

WIRELESS TISSUE STIMULATION DEVICES

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A wirelessly powered muscular stimulation device comprising:a substrate;
at least one antenna disposed on the substrate and configured to receive an electromagnetic signal and to generate an electrical current from the electromagnetic signal;
a circuit disposed on the substrate, the circuit comprising a capacitor, an inductor, and a controller; and
at least one electrode operable to deliver the electrical current to a muscle in contact with a top surface of the device and/or a bottom surface of the device,wherein the device has a thickness of less than 5 mm,wherein the device does not comprise a battery,wherein the device is configured to directly generate stimulation pulses from the received electromagnetic signal, andwherein the substrate is foldable and the foldable substrate can be rolled upon itself and subsequently unrolled without breaking.

US Pat. No. 10,213,598

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING OR ALTERING ORAL BACTERIA AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Bioelectrics LLC, Clevel...

1. A method of manufacturing a mouthpiece, the method steps comprising:providing a first mold having a top portion and a bottom portion, the top portion and the bottom portion defining a first mold cavity, and a fill port in fluid communication with the first mold cavity;
arranging a first wire, a second wire, a third wire, and a fourth wire within the first mold cavity;
injecting an electrically non-conductive material through the fill port into the first mold cavity to form a partially formed mouthpiece;
providing a second mold having a plurality of second mold cavities, and a plurality of fill ports in fluid communication with the plurality of second mold cavities;
placing the partially formed mouthpiece into the second mold;
injecting an electrically conductive material into the plurality of second mold cavities and into electrical contact with the wires; and
removing the mouthpiece from the second mold.

US Pat. No. 10,213,597

ELECTRODE LEAD THAT AVOIDS ELECTRODE ARRAY MIGRATION FROM THE COCHLEA

MED-EL Elektromedizinisch...

1. A cochlear implant electrode arrangement comprising:an electrode lead configured to carry cochlear stimulation signals from a signal processor through an oval shaped posterior tympanotomy in a facial recess of a patient;
an electrode array having stimulation contacts on a surface of the electrode array, the stimulation contacts configured to deliver the stimulation signals from the electrode lead to adjacent neural tissue of a cochlea of the patient; and
a retraction limiter having a central opening that surrounds at least a portion of an outer surface of the electrode lead, the retraction limiter having a projection length and a height and having opposing projection arms and a pair of securing ends, the securing ends configured to be moved closer to one another in order to make the central opening smaller, each projection arm having a distal end, wherein the projection length is defined between the distal ends of the projection arms and the height is less than the projection length, and the projection length is configured to be
less than a long diameter of the posterior tympanotomy and
greater than a short diameter of the posterior tympanotomy, and the height is configured to be less than the short diameter of the posterior tympanotomy,
wherein the retraction limiter is configured:
i. to slide over the electrode lead to a proximal end of the electrode array with the projection arms at a first position,
ii. to rotate relative to the electrode lead in order to align the projection arms in a second position approximately 90 degrees from the first position, and
iii. to be secured to the electrode lead when the securing ends are moved closer to one another in order to prevent further movement of the retraction limiter relative to the electrode lead.

US Pat. No. 10,213,596

SKULL-MOUNTED OPTICAL IMPLANT

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A medical device, comprising:a housing configured to mount to a patient's skull, wherein the housing comprises:
a light source contained within the housing, and
a light pipe fitting comprising a first window wherein the light pipe fitting is configured to accept a light pipe and a light pipe ferule,
a light pipe ferule configured to hold a light pipe and comprising a second window and configured to hold a light pipe, and
a light pipe, wherein
the medical device is configured so that when the light pipe ferule and the light pipe are accepted within the light pipe fitting, the first and second windows provide a light path from the light source to the light pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,213,595

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR IHIBITING TISSUE GROWTH FROM RESTRICTING A STRAIN RELIEF LOOP OF AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL LEAD

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method of inhibiting tissue growth from restricting a strain relief loop of an implantable medical lead, comprising:providing a lead body of the lead with a tissue growth inhibitor;
positioning the lead body of the implantable medical lead to produce a strain relief loop such that the tissue growth inhibitor is present at the loop; and
coupling an object directly to the strain relief loop of the lead such that the object is present within the strain relief loop and obstructs an area within the loop while allowing the strain relief loop to provide strain relief.

US Pat. No. 10,213,594

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR, IN PARTICULAR FOR A CUTANEOUS DEVICE

1. An electrical connector for a device configured to be fixed on the skin of a user, comprising:a base secured to the device; and
a plug configured to be secured to an electrical conductor, wherein the plug comprises a first connection means and the base comprises a plurality of second connection means, each of the plurality of second connection means being individually configured for cooperating with the first connection means of the plug to ensure a connection between the base and the plug, the plug and the base including magnetic means on the plug and corresponding magnetic means on the base, the plurality of second connection means of the base including a plurality of holes and the first connection means of the plug including a protuberance, the magnetic means exerting attractive magnetic forces causing an insertion of the protuberance of the plug in one of the holes of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,213,593

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NONINVASIVE INHIBITION OF DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS

StimMed LLC, Buffalo, NY...

1. A wearable device for positioning at least two electrodes adjacent the sole of a wearer's foot, comprising:a substantially I-shaped flexible support comprising:
a bottom portion configured to extend along a least a portion of the bottom of the foot, posteriorly from an arch;
an ankle portion of the support configured to extend upwardly along the back of the wearer's foot from the heel, wherein the ankle portion comprises a lateral edge and a medial edge, the lateral and medial edges of the ankle portion both being configured to be positioned along a posterior side of the wearer's leg;
a heel portion configured to extend around the heel, the heel portion joining the bottom portion to the ankle portion;
a foot strap carried by the support, the foot strap comprising two wings extending laterally from the bottom portion and being configured to attach to one another to secure the bottom portion to the bottom of the foot;
an ankle strap carried by the support, the ankle strap comprising two wings extending laterally from the lateral and medial edges of the ankle portion and being configured to extend from the posterior side of the wearer's leg entirely around a lower circumference of the wearer's leg to attach to one another so as to secure the ankle portion to the wearer's leg, wherein the substantially I shaped flexible support has a length extending from the foot strap to the ankle strap configured to position the ankle strap around a lower portion of the wearer's leg above the ankle; and
a posterior electrode and an anterior electrode carried by the bottom portion, the anterior electrode being positioned anteriorly to the posterior electrode;
wherein the bottom portion and the ankle portion are configured to lie flat adjacent one another such that the wearer may step onto the flexible support to position the wearer's foot over the posterior electrode and the anterior electrode, the heel portion configured to flex so that the ankle portion may extend upwardly from the bottom portion, and
wherein the two wings of the foot strap are configured to lie flat adjacent the bottom portion and the two wings of the ankle strap configured to lie flat adjacent the ankle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,592

ASEPTIC COUPLING DEVICES

Colder Products Company, ...

1. A method of using an aseptic coupling device, the method comprising:removing, from a front face of the aseptic coupling device, a membrane,
wherein prior to the removing: (i) a first portion of the membrane was attached directly to the front face completely around an opening defined by the front face to thereby cover the opening, (ii) a fold in the membrane separated the first portion of the membrane from a second portion of the membrane, and (iii) a low friction member defining an aperture was positioned between the first and second portions of the membrane, and wherein the second portion of the membrane covered the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,213,591

PLUG-IN CONNECTOR FOR MEDICAL TUBES

1. A medical system comprising:a medical tube plug-in connector comprising an elastic section, a first plug-in part and a second plug-in part, wherein the second plug-in part extends around the first plug-in part in a plugged-together state, wherein the second plug-in part has at least one forwardly protruding snap-in element, which has at a front end at least one inwardly protruding projection, which is provided for engaging a complementary recess in an outer surface of the first plug-in part in order to hold the second plug-in part fixed in an axial direction on the first plug-in part due to the projection meshing with the recess, each of the first plug-in part and the second plug-in part having a central passage opening, one of the first plug-in part and the second plug-in part having a surface defining an open end area radially expanding as a function of axial position towards an outlet opening in a connection area and the other of the first plug-in part and the second plug-in part being connected to the elastic section with the elastic section arranged in an interior thereof, said open end area being in communication with one end of said central passage of said one plug-in part, the elastic section protruding into the connection area, so that an outer and axially facing front end surface of the elastic section is pressed into contact with the surface defining the expanded end area of the opposite one of the first plug-in part and the second plug-in part when the projection of the at least one snap-in element maintains the second plug-in part meshed with the first plug-in part, so that the axially facing front end surface of the elastic section exerts a sealing function due to a pressure of the elastic section on the surface defining the expanding end area;
a sphygmomanometer cuff for detecting the blood pressure;
a medical tube connected to said sphygmomanometer cuff, said central passage and said open end area of said one plug-in part being in communication with a passage of said medical tube;
a monitor for analysis and display of the blood pressure of a test subject, said sphygmomanometer cuff being connected to said monitor by said medical tube and said medical tube plug-in connector.

US Pat. No. 10,213,590

VASCULAR ACCESS SYSTEM WITH CONNECTOR

Merit Medical Systems, In...

1. A method for coupling tubular segments of a fluid conduit in a cardiovascular system, the method comprising:providing a connector having an outer surface defining a first outer perimeter and an inner surface defining a lumen and a connecting device positioned between a proximal and distal end of the connector, the connecting device having a disengaged configuration and a plurality of engaged configurations for securing tubular segments of different thicknesses;
engaging an end of a fluid conduit with the connector such that the lumen of the connector is in fluid communication with the lumen of the fluid conduit; and
actuating the connecting device from the disengaged configuration to one of the engaged configurations such that the fluid conduit is compressed by the connecting device,
wherein the actuating comprises moving two jaw members past each other to cause at least one tooth on a first jaw to engage with at least one tooth on a second jaw, and
wherein the moving comprises deflecting at least one of the two jaw members in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,213,589

CARRIER ASSEMBLY WITH CAPS FOR MEDICAL CONNECTORS

Merit Medical Systems, In...

1. An assembly mounting medical connector caps for use, the assembly comprising:a carrier shaped as a sheet of material, the carrier having an array of holes; and
a plurality of medical connector caps, each cap of the plurality of medical connector caps having an openable end configured to cover a medical connector and a closed graspable end, wherein each cap of the plurality of medical connector caps is inserted into a hole of the array of holes, such that each cap of the plurality of medical connector caps is retained in the hole of the array of holes and portions of each cap of the plurality of medical connector caps extend from an upper side and an underside of the carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,213,588

TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY OF HIGH VISCOSITY BIOACTIVE AGENTS

SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, IN...

1. A device for delivery of a bioactive agent across a dermal barrier, the device comprising:a microneedle and a plurality of nanostructures and microstructures fabricated on a surface of the microneedle, the nanostructures and microstructures being arranged in a predetermined pattern, wherein at least a portion of the microstructures have a cross-sectional dimension of greater than about 500 nanometers and less than about 10 micrometers and a height of from about 20 nanometers to about 1 micrometer, and wherein at least a portion of the nanostructures have a cross-sectional dimension of less than about 500 nanometers and greater than about 5 nanometers and an aspect ratio of from about 0.2 to about 5, wherein the microneedle further contains a channel; and
a reservoir that is in fluid communication with the channel of the microneedle and that contains a composition having a viscosity of greater than about 5 centipoise and comprising a bioactive agent.

US Pat. No. 10,213,587

DISPENSING APPLICATOR FOR FLUIDS

BIOMED PACKAGING SYSTEMS,...

1. A dispensing applicator comprising a frangible applicator tip, said applicator comprising:an elongated tubular body including a fluid source region, a fracture member region, and a tongue element, said tongue element extending outwardly from said fracture member region from a first end of the elongated tubular body;
an applicator head including an inner cavity for receiving at least said tongue element;
a frangible region defined as a region at the juncture of said fracture member region and said tongue element, fracture of said frangible region allowing partial fluid release from said fracture member region to said applicator head; and
a cap assembly including a cap secured to a second end of the elongated body, the second end generally opposing the first end,
wherein the tongue element and the fracture member region each includes at least one projecting engagement member that is configured to engage an inner surface of said applicator head.

US Pat. No. 10,213,586

DRUG DELIVERY METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Chrono Therapeutics Inc.,...

1. A method for delivering a bioactive agent to a user, the method comprising:connecting a reusable part of a delivery system to a disposable part of the delivery system;
during the connecting step, compressing a first spring extending from an agent reservoir of the disposable part to pressurize the bioactive agent within the agent reservoir;
actuating a valve driver in the reusable part to move a valve in the disposable part to a first position to transfer the bioactive agent from the agent reservoir to a bolus chamber;
actuating the valve driver to move the valve to a second position to transfer the bioactive agent from the bolus chamber to an agent outlet; and
compressing a second spring extending from the bolus chamber to pressurize the bioactive agent within the bolus chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,213,585

ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT HYDROCEPHALUS VALVE LOCATION DEVICE

1. An adjustable height tool for locating a readable and settable valve, the locator comprising:a wall having a first perimeter;
a platform disposed within the first perimeter;
a valve cut-out disposed within the platform and receiving a portion of the valve;
a movable foot disposed below the platform; and
a displacement element configured to move the foot at least one of toward or away from the platform, upon movement of the displacement element, and controlling the amount of the valve received in the valve cut-out.

US Pat. No. 10,213,584

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GUIDING A CATHETER

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A method for guiding a catheter within a patient's body, the method comprising:inserting a distal end of a first wire into a first body lumen;
advancing the distal end of the first wire through the first body lumen toward an intersection of the first body lumen with second and third body lumens;
directing the distal end of the first wire into the second body lumen;
inserting a distal end of the catheter into the first body lumen;
associating the first wire with the catheter to create an associated first wire;
advancing the distal end of the catheter, guided by the associated first wire, through the first body lumen toward the intersection of the first body lumen with the second and third body lumens;
inserting a distal end of a second wire into a lumen of the catheter;
advancing the distal end of the second wire through the catheter toward the intersection of the first body lumen with the second and third body lumens;
directing the distal end of the catheter into the third body lumen, including
directing the distal end of the catheter into the second body lumen by advancing the distal end of the catheter, guided by the associated first wire, into the second body lumen,
providing an aperture substantially laterally through a sidewall of the catheter proximally adjacent to the distal end of the catheter,
at least partially withdrawing the first wire from the catheter, and
redirecting the distal end of the catheter from the second body lumen to the third body lumen with the aperture opening toward the second body lumen;
selectively advancing the distal end of the first wire through the catheter and out through the aperture into the second body lumen;
with the first wire extending through the aperture into the second body lumen, directing, with the catheter, the distal end of the second wire into the third body lumen via
directing the distal end of the second wire through the catheter and out the distal end of the catheter;
directing, with the catheter, the distal end of the second wire into the third body lumen and the distal end of the catheter into the second body lumen via
at least partially withdrawing the first wire from the catheter;
directing the distal end of the catheter into the second body lumen,
with the distal end of the catheter maintained in the second body lumen and the aperture opening toward the third body lumen, advancing the first wire through the distal end of the catheter and into the second body lumen, and advancing the second wire through at least a portion of the lumen of the catheter toward the distal end of the catheter, and
directing the distal end of the second wire out of the lumen of the catheter through the aperture into the third body lumen; and
directing, with the catheter, the distal end of the second wire and the catheter into the third body lumen and the distal end of the first wire into the second body lumen via
at least partially withdrawing the first and second wires from the catheter,
advancing the distal end of the catheter into the third body lumen with the aperture opening toward the second body lumen,
directing the distal end of the first wire through the aperture and into the second body lumen, and
directing the distal end of the second wire through the distal end of the catheter into the third body lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,213,583

BALLOON CATHETER WITH TRANSIENT RADIOPAQUE MARKING

CLEARSTREAM TECHNOLOGIES ...

1. A kit for treating a treatment area in the vasculature, comprising:a first catheter adapted for positioning at the treatment area, said first catheter including a first balloon having a transient radiopaque material corresponding to the treatment area;
and
a second catheter adapted for positioning at the treatment area, said second catheter having a treatment that substantially matches the transient radiopaque material while on the first balloon, so that the length or position of the treatment corresponds to the length or position of the treatment area.

US Pat. No. 10,213,582

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TREATMENT OF ACUTE ISCHEMIC STROKE

Route 92 Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method of performing a medical procedure at a treatment site in a cerebral vessel of a patient, the method comprising:assembling a coaxial system of devices, the assembled coaxial system of devices comprising:
a catheter having a catheter lumen and a distal end; and
a tapered inner member extending through the catheter lumen, wherein a distal end of the tapered inner member extends distal to the distal end of the catheter, the tapered inner member having a lumen; and
advancing the assembled coaxial system of devices together through the internal carotid artery from a transfemoral access site of the patient;
further advancing the assembled coaxial system of devices together after the distal end of the catheter is distal to a petrous portion of the internal carotid artery.

US Pat. No. 10,213,581

DIRECTIONAL SUBINTIMAL ACCESS FOR CHEMICAL AGENT DELIVERY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A delivery member configured to deliver a chemical agent to tissue, the delivery member comprising:a body including a plurality of discrete, separable sections comprising:
a first section comprising:
a first housing having a first opening formed therein and defining a first internal cavity; and
a first penetrating member extending from the first housing; and
a second section comprising:
a second housing having a second opening formed therein and defining a second internal cavity; and
a second penetrating member extending from the second housing,
wherein each of the first and second penetrating members comprises a tip configured to facilitate passage of the delivery member through the tissue, and wherein the first penetrating member extends through the second opening and into the second internal cavity of the second housing; and
the chemical agent, wherein the chemical agent is coated onto a surface of at least one section of the plurality of discrete, separable sections or incorporated within a material of the at least one section, such that the chemical agent is absorbable by tissue in contact with the at least one section.

US Pat. No. 10,213,580

CURVED CATHETER

MAGENTA MEDICAL LTD, Kad...

1. A method comprising:inserting a catheter into a body of a subject via an artery of a groin of the subject, and
advancing the catheter distally such that:
a distal end of the catheter is disposed inside a renal artery of the subject, and
respective stabilizing portions of the catheter stabilize the catheter by being in contact with inner walls of, respectively, an iliac artery of the subject, and an aorta of the subject; and
subsequently, deploying a medical device inside the renal artery by retracting the distal end of the catheter, such that the distal end of the catheter is in a retracted state, in which the respective stabilizing portions of the catheter still stabilize the catheter by being in contact with the inner walls of, respectively, the subject's iliac artery and the subject's aorta.

US Pat. No. 10,213,578

CATHETER ASSEMBLY

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A catheter assembly comprising:an outer catheter comprised of a tubular outer catheter body, the outer catheter body possessing a distal end portion terminating at a distal-most end of the outer catheter body, the distal end portion of the outer catheter body possessing an outer circumferential surface;
a shaft comprised of a shaft body insertable into the outer catheter body;
the shaft including an accommodation unit extending in a proximal direction from the shaft body in axial overlying and spaced apart relation to an outer circumferential surface of a portion of the shaft body so that a gap exists between the accommodation unit and the portion of the shaft body defining an accommodation space that is configured to receive the distal end portion of the outer catheter body; and
the distal end portion of the outer catheter body being separable from the accommodation unit by relatively moving the shaft body in a distal end direction with respect to the outer catheter body from a state of being accommodated in the accommodation unit so that the outer diameter of the distal end portion of the outer catheter body expands upon being separated from the accommodation unit;
wherein the distal end portion of the outer catheter body possesses a thickness in a radial direction thicker than the thickness of a portion of the outer catheter body proximal of the distal end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,577

METHODS FOR ENHANCING EXPOSURE THERAPY USING PAIRING WITH VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION

MICROTRANSPONDER, INC., ...

1. A post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) therapy method comprising:providing, to a patient, an exposure event which is sensory-recreative of a traumatic event that contributed to the PTSD; and
electrically stimulating the patient's vagus nerve during the exposure event.

US Pat. No. 10,213,576

VALVE WITH INTERNAL MEMBER

1. A valve configured for use in positive airway pressure therapy, the valve comprising:a body comprising:
a first end configured to be in fluid communication with a mask for providing positive airway pressure therapy;
a second end configured to be in fluid communication with a gases conduit; and
an interior surface defining a passageway extending between the first end and the second end;
one or more ports through the body configured to provide fluid communication between the passageway and the environment; and
at least one internal member retained on the interior surface of the body at two or more discontinuous attachment positions on the internal member,
wherein the at least one internal member is configured to be in a closed configuration in which the internal member occludes the one or more ports such that substantially all gas from the gases conduit flows through the passageway to be delivered to the mask when a gas pressure in the valve is above a threshold pressure,
wherein the at least one internal member is configured to be in an open configuration in which the internal member allows gas from the gases conduit to pass from the passageway to the environment through the one or more ports when the gas pressure in the valve is at or below the threshold pressure;
wherein the at least one internal member forms a curved surface between each of the two or more discontinuous attachment points when in the open configuration; and
wherein flow through the passageway is permitted when the internal member is in the open configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,213,575

VALVE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A valve comprising:a housing;
a plurality of ports (A-E) disposed in the housing, said plurality of ports (A-E) comprising a first pair of ports (A, B) which are adjacent to one another and a second pair of ports (C, D) which are adjacent to one another;
a movable valve element disposed within the housing, the valve element having a stem to which a first valve member and a second valve member are affixed;
a first seal portion connected to the housing, the first seal portion being connected to the housing between the first pair of ports;
a second seal portion connected to the housing, the second seal portion being connected to the housing between the second pair of ports;
wherein a first distance between the first valve member and the second valve member is different from a second distance between the first seal portion and the second seal portion, wherein the first distance and the second distance are measured in a direction of movement of the valve element;
wherein at least one of the first seal portion, the second seal portion, the first valve member, and the second valve member is deformable so as to counteract the difference between the first distance the second distance and allowing both (i) the first seal portion to be brought into a sealed configuration with the first valve member and, at the same time, (ii) the second seal portion to be brought into a sealed configuration with the second valve member, in order to seal the first pair of ports from one another and to seal the second pair of ports from one another at the same time.

US Pat. No. 10,213,574

INHALER DEVICE FOR INHALABLE LIQUIDS

1. An inhaler device for the storage and delivery of an inhalable liquid to a patient, said inhaler device comprising a puck-shaped body wherein the puck-shaped body comprises:(1) a receptacle comprising a passive evaporation support material pre-loaded with the inhalable liquid;
(2) a receptacle lid;
(3) at least one air inlet opening; and
(4) at least one vapour inhalation opening;wherein the at least one air inlet and at least one vapour inhalation openings are in a closed position when the receptacle lid is closed for storing the inhalable liquid and further wherein as the inhalable liquid forms a vapour upon storage, the puck-shaped body forms a vapour chamber such that the stored vapour is available for direct administration to a patient when the receptacle lid is opened to provide an air/vapour pathway through the vapour chamber via the at least one air inlet and at least one vapour inhalation openings.

US Pat. No. 10,213,573

HUMIDIFIERS FOR RESPIRATORY APPARATUS

ResMed Limited, Bella Vi...

37. A tub for a humidifier configured to humidify pressurized respiratory gas, the tub comprising:an inner reservoir configured to hold a supply of water and comprising a nozzle configured to discharge the water;
a tub base with an air inlet, the tub base being configured to receive the inner reservoir in a way that forms a cavity between the tub base and the inner reservoir, the cavity being positioned to receive the water discharged through the nozzle;
a valve configured to control a flow of the water through the nozzle; and
a barrier positioned around the nozzle to form a chamber within the cavity, the barrier being configured to limit a water level outside the barrier,
wherein the air inlet of the tub base is configured to open into a portion of the cavity that is outside the chamber, and
wherein an opening in the barrier is located to prevent water in the cavity from reaching the air inlet for all tub orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,213,572

NITROGEN DIOXIDE STORAGE CASSETTE

VERO BIOTECH LLC, Atlant...

1. A cassette for conversion of nitrogen dioxide to nitric oxide comprising:a sealed housing,
a first cartridge capable of converting nitrogen dioxide gas to nitric oxide within the sealed housing,
the first cartridge comprising an inlet, a diverter, a body, an outlet, and a first porous solid matrix including a reducing agent,
the first porous solid matrix being positioned within the first cartridge such that there is a space between the body of the first cartridge and the first porous solid matrix, wherein the first porous solid matrix includes an open passage parallel to the length of the body of the first cartridge,
a second cartridge capable of converting nitrogen dioxide gas to nitric oxide, wherein an outlet of the first cartridge and an inlet of the second cartridge is connected,
the second cartridge comprising an inlet, a diverter, a body, an outlet, and a second porous solid matrix including a reducing agent,
the second porous solid matrix being positioned within the second cartridge such that there is a space between the body of the second cartridge and the second porous solid matrix wherein the second porous solid matrix includes an open passage parallel to the length of the body of the second cartridge; and
an inerting chamber including a mixture including a nitrogen dioxide inerting material, wherein the inerting chamber connects the first cartridge and the second cartridge and is within the sealed housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,571

COMPONENT FOR MEDICAL CIRCUIT

1. A medical tube comprising:a tube wall comprising a first end and a second end and defining a passageway that provides fluid communication between the first end and the second end;
one or more first preformed components;
one or more second preformed components; and
a cuff having a unitary construction and over-moulded about the one or more first preformed components, the one or more second preformed components, and at least a portion of the tube wall such that a first portion of the cuff forms a permanent connection with the at least a portion of the tube wall at a first over-moulded joint and a second portion of the cuff forms a permanent connection with the one or more first preformed components at a second over-moulded joint,
wherein the one or more first preformed components define a longitudinal axis, wherein the one or more first preformed components are spaced apart from the at least a portion of the tube wall along the longitudinal axis to form a gap therebetween, wherein the cuff extends across the gap and connects the one or more first preformed components and the tube wall, and wherein the one or more second preformed components are located longitudinally between and spaced from the one or more first preformed components and the at least a portion of the tube wall, the one or more second preformed components being seated within and separate from the cuff, the cuff forming a pneumatic seal about the tube wall, the one or more first preformed components and the one or more second preformed components;
wherein the one or more first preformed components are in fluid communication with the passageway and configured for fluid connection with one or more second components of a breathing circuit, and the one or more second preformed components are receivable of one or more auxiliary medical tube appliances.

US Pat. No. 10,213,570

PATIENT INTERFACE DEVICE WITH AUTO-ADJUSTING CUSHION

KOININKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V....

1. A method of adjusting a patient interface device structured to deliver a flow of breathing gas to an airway of a patient, comprising:(a) donning the patient interface device, wherein the patient interface device includes:
a frame member comprising a generally annular central member defining a central orifice, a first main arm extending from a first side of the central member, and a second main arm extending from a second side of the central member, the frame member being a unitary structure and defining a first orifice and a second orifice; and
a cushion having a main body, a sealing portion coupled to the main body, an end opposite the sealing portion, and a first post extending from a first side of the main body and a second post extending from a second side of the main body, wherein the end is structured to receive the flow of breathing gas and is received through the central orifice, wherein the first post is rotateably received within the first orifice and the second post is rotateably received within the second orifice in a manner that permits the cushion to rotate relative to the frame member; and
(b) causing the cushion to rotate relative to the frame member when the sealing portion is engaged with the face of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,569

BREATHING MASK WITH A SEALING LIP DEVICE

1. A mask to administer breathable gas to a user, the mask comprising:a body structure having a connection opening to connect to a line device to deliver the breathable gas;
a sealing lip device configured to seal against the user's face, the sealing lip device joined to the body structure, and the sealing lip device having an upper bridge portion configured to cross the bridge of the user's nose in use, a pair of side portions configured to be positioned along corresponding side surfaces of the user's nose in use, and a lower bridge portion configured to cross the user's upper lip or chin region in use; and
a pair of elongated gel cushions, each of the pair of elongated gel cushions positioned in a corresponding one of the pair of side portions.

US Pat. No. 10,213,568

NASOPHARYNGEAL CANNULA FOR SIDE-STREAM CAPNOGRAPHY

Deltamedics, Gouvieux (F...

1. A nasopharyngeal cannula comprising a body formed by a tubular portion that is curved, and by a collar, the cannula comprising a main conduit forming a fluid passage between the collar and the tubular portion of the body, and two auxiliary conduits which are formed in the body and extend from the collar into the main conduit, characterized in that each auxiliary conduit opens into the collar at an input/output orifice oriented radially with respect to an axis of the main conduit so as to be oriented laterally on each side of a patient's nostril.

US Pat. No. 10,213,567

EASILY REMOVABLE INTUBATING LMA

1. An airway assembly comprising: a flexible airway tube having a proximal aperture and a distal aperture; said distal aperture coupled with a bowl of a mask having a proximal end and a distal end; a rim of said mask forming a cuff, said cuff surrounding an orifice of said bowl; wherein said bowl and cuff adapted to conform to a patient's supraglottic structures; a proximal end of said cuff being adjacent from said distal aperture and said distal end being a point on said cuff furthest away from said distal aperture; wherein a point where said distal aperture coupled with said bowl of said mask is located is substantially closer to said proximal end of said mask; said flexible airway tube having a hollow channel beginning from said proximal aperture and terminating at said distal aperture, wherein said distal aperture opening into said orifice, said hollow channel being a conduit for an endotracheal tube and scoping tools threaded through said hollow channel into said orifice; a fissure line disposed on a bottom side of said flexible airway tube originating from said proximal aperture until said proximal end; said fissure line of said flexible airway tube continuing in a substantially straight line over said proximal end of said cuff; said fissure line held closed with an elastic membrane; and wherein said elastic membrane capable of sustaining a degree of expansion before splitting along said fissure line; a flap having a right and left ends and a proximal edge and a distal edge; wherein said fissure line passes beneath said flap in between said right end and said left end; wherein said distal edge disposed adjacent to a base of said cuff facing said orifice and said proximal edge reaching a rim of said cuff; and wherein said right end or said left end of said flap permanently attaching to a surface of said cuff and wherein an unattached end of said flap loosely covering said fissure line.

US Pat. No. 10,213,566

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING RESPIRATORY THERAPY WITH VARYING FLOW RATES

VAPOTHERM, INC., Exeter,...

1. A system for providing respiratory therapy to a patient comprising:a source of breathing gas;
a patient interface comprising an inlet port configured to receive a flow of breathing gas from the source of breathing gas and an outlet port configured to deliver the flow of breathing gas to the patient; and
a flow control device in communication with the flow of breathing gas, the flow control device configured to automatically change a rate of the flow of breathing gas,
wherein the flow control device is configured to periodically vary the rate of the flow of breathing gas between a high flow rate and a low flow rate at a frequency slower than a frequency of breathing of the patient without being caused to do so by the patient, wherein the high flow rate is higher than the low flow rate, and wherein the flow control device maintains the high flow rate and the low flow rate for predetermined periods of time prior to automatically changing the rate of the flow of breathing gas.

US Pat. No. 10,213,565

RESPIRATORY PHYSIOTHERAPY DEVICE

HOUWELING POTTER PTY LTD ...

1. A portable standalone device to treat a patient using positive expiratory pressure therapy, said device comprising:a container adapted to hold a liquid;
an air inlet adapted to allow entry of air into the container; and
an air outlet adapted to allow air to vent from the container;
wherein the air inlet comprises a fixed conduit that has an outlet within the container adapted to discharge exhaled air;
wherein the container comprises a cap and a body and the container cap and body are sealed together by a rotatable collar and the collar has an aperture adapted to align with the air outlet on the container to allow air to vent from the container when in use;
wherein the conduit outlet is in a fixed position that does not change based on a level of the liquid within the container and the fixed position is adapted to be below the level of the liquid when the device is in use by the patient;
wherein the level of the liquid within the container determines a level of positive expiratory pressure experienced by the patient when exhaling into the air inlet; and
wherein the positive expiratory pressure is changed by changing the level of the liquid in the container with the introduction of additional liquid to the container or removal of a volume of the liquid from the container while the conduit outlet remains in a fixed position irrespective of the liquid level.

US Pat. No. 10,213,564

BIOMEDICAL AURAL DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. An inner ear treatment delivery device, comprising:a cylindrical pressurized vessel containing a substance;
a control valve within the pressurized vessel;
a flexible seal within the pressurized vessel;
a nozzle directly attached to an outer surface of a first end of the pressurized vessel and in fluid communication with the control valve, wherein the control valve is used to fill the pressurized vessel with the substance and deliver the substance to a patient's inner ear through the nozzle;
a microprocessor adapted to operate the control valve; and
a power source providing energy to the delivery device;
wherein the microprocessor and the power source are coupled externally to a second opposite end of the pressurized vessel; and
wherein the device has a length such that an entirety of the length of the device is capable of being non-invasively insertable and removable from a patient's ear canal without piercing the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,563

DRIVE MECHANISM FOR AN INJECTION DEVICE

1. An injection device for self-administration of settable doses of a liquid drug comprising:a housing grippable by a user,
a dose setting element by which the size of the dose is set,
a needle cannula having a distal tip for penetrating the skin of the user during injection,
a needle shield which is telescopically movable in a proximal direction from a first position to a second position and in a distal direction from the second position back to the first position by a resilient element, and wherein the needle shield in the first position is extended distally to cover at least the distal tip of the needle cannula and in the second position is retracted proximally to expose the distal tip of the needle cannula,
a rotatable scale sleeve indicating the size of the set dose which scale sleeve is helically guided relatively to the housing, the scale sleeve being helically moved away from an initial “zero” position during dose setting and helically returned to the same initial “zero” position during dose injection,
wherein a stopping structure interconnects the needle shield and the scale sleeve, which stopping structure engages the scale sleeve when the scale sleeve is in the “zero” position such that the needle shield is prevented from being moved in the proximal direction from the first position and into the second position but is allowed to be moved in the distal direction from the second position and into the first position, and
wherein the needle shield carries the stopping structure such that the needle shield and the stopping structure move together at least in the axially direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,562

VACCINATION SYRINGE

UNL Holdings LLC, New Yo...

1. A replaceable needle assembly for a retractable syringe comprising a plunger and a barrel that comprises a mounting member, the replaceable needle assembly comprising:a needle mount that is removably mountable to the mounting member of the barrel;
a retractable needle including a cannula and a needle body that is removably mountable to the needle mount, the needle body being engageable by the plunger to facilitate retraction of the retractable needle from the needle mount; and
a needle retainer that releasably engages the needle body of the retractable needle to prevent inadvertent retraction of the retractable needle, the retractable needle extending both proximally and distally from the needle mount and needle retainer prior to retraction;
wherein the needle retainer permits retraction of the retractable needle solely in response to a retraction force applied by the plunger when engaged with the needle body.

US Pat. No. 10,213,561

MEDICAL NEEDLE COVER ARRANGEMENT

TIP-TOP.COM LTD, (GB)

1. A medical needle cover arrangement comprising:a syringe having a syringe barrel provided with a needle hub at a forward end thereof;
a medical needle having a sharp tip mounted on the needle hub to project forwardly therefrom;
a needle shield in the form of a sleeve having a diameter greater than a diameter of the syringe barrel, wherein the sleeve is slideably coupled to the syringe, and the needle shield is configured to transition between an initial shielding position and a non-shielding position, a forward end of the needle shield having an opening and a lip reducing an inside diameter of the needle shield; and
a soft needle cover overlying the needle, the soft needle cover including:
a forward portion extending beyond the needle shield and a rearward portion disposed within the needle shield such that the soft needle cover extends throughout the opening;
a step engaging the lip; and
a formation engaging the needle hub to effect a substantially airtight seal therebetween, wherein inter-engagement of the step with the lip and the formation with the needle hub subjects at least a portion of the soft needle cover to a compressive force along a longitudinal axis of the medical needle;wherein:the soft needle cover is resilient such that it is compressible radially to allow the step to pass through the opening and permit removal of the cover from the shield with the shield remaining coupled to the syringe.

US Pat. No. 10,213,560

INJECTION DEVICE

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. An injection device comprisinga housing;
a dose setting member being movable in a first direction relative to the housing to set a desired dose to be dispensed during dose setting and being operable in a second direction relative to the housing to cancel a set dose during dose cancelling;
a piston rod being adapted to engage a piston to eject the set dose from a cartridge during dose dispensing;
a feedback mechanism comprising a first part and a second part, the first part being adapted to rotate within the housing and relative to the housing during the dose setting, and the first part and the second part being rotatable relative to one another during the dose dispensing and adapted to generate a non-visual signal to a user only at an end of the dose dispensing; and
a third part movable between a dose setting position or a dose cancelling position and a dose dispensing position relative to the feedback mechanism, the third part being configured to contact the feedback mechanism in the dose setting position and the dose dispensing position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,559

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE WITH BRAKE MECHANISM

1. A drug delivery device comprising or being adapted to receive a cartridge, the cartridge comprising a cylindrical body portion, an axially displaceable piston, and a distal outlet portion, the drug delivery device comprising:a housing,
an expelling assembly adapted to axially move the piston of a cartridge to thereby expel a dose of drug, comprising:
a drive spring which in an energized state is adapted to drive the expelling assembly,
a rotating component adapted to rotate relative to an axis of rotation during expelling of a dose of drug,
a user actuated release structure for releasing the drive spring to thereby expel a dose of drug,the device further comprising a brake element being moveable in a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation, the brake element being adapted to engage the rotating component such that during rotation thereof the brake element is moved back and forth by the rotating component, whereby the brake element provides a braking action on the rotating component,wherein the brake element(s) is/are arranged non-rotational relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,558

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals ...

1. A syringe device, comprising:an outer housing defining a longitudinal axis;
a barrel disposed in the outer housing;
a stopper; and
a plunger with two or more grooves disposed in two or more different axial positions in an outer surface of the plunger;
wherein the stopper is attached to the outer housing and configured to rotate to the different axial positions when in a resting position of the stopper and is moved radially inwardly relative to the longitudinal axis to a locking position of the stopper to engage with a selected one of the two or more grooves for fixing a distance that the plunger is able to move within the syringe device; and
wherein the fixed distance that the plunger is able to move within the syringe is based at least in part on a length of the selected groove, the length of the selected groove corresponding to a predetermined amount of depression of the plunger relative to the outer housing for a predetermined dosage.

US Pat. No. 10,213,557

MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

13. A method of controlling a medicament delivery device for the administration of one or more drug agents, wherein the device has (i) a priming mode for discharging air or a residual medicament from the device and (ii) a drug delivery mode for administering delivery of a dose of the medicament, wherein the device has a plurality of states including one or more first states and one or more second states, wherein the device has a user interface having a priming button for activating the priming mode and a dose-delivery button for activating the drug delivery mode, the method comprising:determining whether the device is in at least one of the one or more first states;
responsive to determining that the device is in at least one of the one or more first states, enabling the priming mode via the priming button of the user interface and disabling the drug delivery mode via the drug-delivery button of the user interface during the at least one of the one or more first states, wherein enabling the priming mode and disabling the drug-delivery mode sets the device in a mandatory priming mode, and wherein during the mandatory priming mode the dose of the medicament cannot be delivered;
determining whether the device is in at least one of the one or more second states; and
responsive to determining that the device is in at least one of the one or more second states, enabling the priming mode via the priming button of the user interface and enabling the drug delivery mode via the drug-delivery button of the user interface during the at least one of the one or more second states.

US Pat. No. 10,213,556

ACCURATE DOSE CONTROL MECHANISMS AND DRUG DELIVERY SYRINGES

UNL Holdings LLC, New Yo...

1. A dose control mechanism for a syringe comprising:a housing having a longitudinally extending channel having an interior surface;
an adapter including a channel having a fine pitch thread,
a plunger having an exterior surface and an axially extending channel, the axially extending channel including a first key aspect;
a screw having a screw exterior surface, a proximal end of the screw disposed at least partially within the axially extending channel of the plunger, the screw exterior surface including a second key aspect along a proximal portion of the screw exterior surface, at least a portion of the second key aspect disposed within the axially extending channel of the plunger and engaging the first key aspect for sliding movement such that rotational movement of the plunger causes rotational movement of the screw, a distal portion of the screw exterior surface including a fine pitch thread at least partially disposed within and interfacing with the fine pitch thread of the adapter; and
an engaging screw thread arrangement including at least one thread segment and a variable pitch thread, at least a portion of the longitudinally extending channel of the housing including one of the variable pitch thread and the at least one thread segment, the plunger including the other of the variable pitch thread and the at least one thread segment, the plunger residing at least partially within the housing with the at least one thread segment engaged with the variable pitch thread.

US Pat. No. 10,213,555

SYRINGE HAVING A MECHANICALLY OPERATED MECHANISM FOR INJECTING PRECISE VOLUMES OF A SOLUTION

1. A syringe, comprising:a barrel having an inner surface;
a plunger having an elongated body, a proximal end, and a distal end, the distal end being disposed within the barrel, wherein the distal end forms a fluid-impermeable seal with the inner surface of the barrel;
an ejection mechanism in a mechanical communication with the plunger, the ejection mechanism having an actuator, the actuator having a first non-depressed position and a second depressed position, whereby responsive to displacement of the actuator from the first non-depressed position to the second depressed position, the distal end of the plunger moves by a predetermined distance within the barrel;
wherein the plunger is configured to translate linearly within the barrel responsive to a force being applied onto the proximal end of the plunger, thereby enabling manual operation of the syringe while the actuator remains in the first non-depressed position or the second depressed position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,554

ACCESSORY DEVICE WITH MOUNTING SAFETY FEATURE

1. An assembly comprising a drug delivery device and a logging module adapted to create a log of expelled dose amounts of drug, the logging module being adapted to be mounted on the drug delivery device from a fully un-mounted to a fully mounted position along a path, the drug delivery device comprising:a drug reservoir or structure for receiving a drug reservoir,
dose setting structure, and
drug expelling structure for expelling a set dose,the logging module comprising electronic circuitry comprising:sensor structure adapted to capture a property value related to a dose amount of drug expelled from a reservoir by the expelling structure during an expelling event,
processor structure adapted to determine dose amounts based on captured property values,
a switch operatable between an off- and an on-state when the logging module is mounted on the drug delivery device, the switch being in the on-state when the logging module is mounted within a first distance from the fully mounted position, and in the off-state when the logging module is mounted outside the first distance from the fully mounted position, andthe assembly comprising:a snap lock comprising co-operating mating structures arranged on the logging module respectively the drug delivery device, the snap lock being operatable from an initial state through an expanded state to a snap-in state when the logging module is mounted on the drug delivery device, the snap lock being in the snap-in state when the logging module is mounted within a second distance from the fully mounted position,wherein:the second distance is shorter than the first distance to ensure that the switch will be in the on-state before the snap lock is in the snap-in state, and
the electronic circuitry with the switch in the on-state is adapted to detect an error condition corresponding to a state in which the logging module is not in a mounted position with the snap lock in the snap-in state.

US Pat. No. 10,213,553

LEVER AND GEAR FORCE MULTIPLIER MEDICATION DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR HIGH PRESSURE INJECTION SYSTEM

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A method of delivering high pressure medication injections, the method comprising:storing a medicament in a cartridge;
connecting a lever assembly to a rack, said rack being curved when said cartridge is substantially full of medicament;
rotating a lever arm in said lever assembly;
rotating a dose setting wheel to set a medicament dose;
moving said lever arm from a first position to a second position when said dose setting wheel is rotated to set the medicament dose;
rotating said dose setting wheel in a direction opposite to that in which the medicament dose was set, wherein the rotating of said dose setting wheel in the direction opposite to that in which the medicament dose was set moves said lever arm to correct the medicament dose;
engaging said dose setting wheel to a lever tab of said lever assembly;
moving said rack along a curvilinear path to move a stopper through said cartridge upon rotation of said lever arm;
expelling said medicament dose from said cartridge via movement of said stopper; and
injecting said medicament dose through a needle that communicates with said cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,213,552

RESETTABLE DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A resettable drug delivery device for dispensing one or more doses of a drug, comprising:a housing having a longitudinal axis,
a piston rod having a start position relative to the housing and being resettable to the start position after dispense of the one or more doses, wherein, during resetting the piston rod, the piston rod is moved backwards in a proximal direction to the start position relative to the housing,
a drive member for driving the piston rod in a dispense operation of the drug delivery device in a distal direction of the drug delivery device and
a dose member for actuating the drive member, wherein the dose member comprises a dose button accessible to the user and fixed to the dose member or forming an integral part of the dose member,
wherein the drug delivery device is configured such that at least at one point in time during resetting the piston rod, the dose member is in a pulled-out position relative to the housing,
wherein the dose member is in the pulled-out position relative to the housing already before resetting the piston rod or is moved towards the pulled-out position relative to the housing during resetting the piston rod,
wherein the dose member is constrained to an axial movement along the longitudinal axis and operable such that for setting one dose the dose button is either pulled or pushed by the user and for dispensing one dose the dose button is pushed by the user, and
wherein the drug delivery device is a fixed-dose drug delivery device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,551

ALGORITHM FOR REMOVAL OF NOISE DURING ADMINISTRATION OF FLUID TO A PATIENT

Board of Regents, the Uni...

1. A medical fluid monitor system, comprising:a hanger configured to suspend a container of a fluid to be intravenously administered to a patient;
a force transducer coupled to the hanger and configured to generate a signal that is proportional to a weight of the fluid in the container;
a display configured to present one or more fluid administration parameters indicative of the fluid intravenously administered to a patient; and
a controller configured to execute logic to iteratively:
receive a value corresponding to the signal;
update each of a plurality of candidate solutions based on the received value, wherein each candidate solution is a representation, comprised of one or more line segments, of a set of values corresponding to the signal at previous times;
generate one or more additional candidate solutions to be included in the plurality of candidate solutions;
determine a cost of each of the plurality of candidate solutions;
eliminate candidate solutions having a cost that exceeds a cost threshold;
compute one or more fluid administration parameters based on a first candidate solution, wherein the first candidate solution is selected based on its cost; and
present the one or more fluid administration parameters via the display.

US Pat. No. 10,213,550

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING CLINICAL PROCEDURES USING REGIONAL BLOOD OXYGEN SATURATION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

17. A physiological monitoring system comprising:a signal input configured for receiving clinical information for a subject that indicates that the subject is undergoing a clinical procedure that affects a circulatory system of the subject; and
one or more processors configured for:
monitoring regional blood oxygen saturation (rSO2) in a region of the subject that is affected by the clinical procedure;
detecting one or more changes in the rSO2 in the region of the subject;
determining status information associated with the subject that indicates an increased risk of a physiological event caused by the clinical procedure when (a) the one or more changes in the rSO2 in the region of the subject exceeds a threshold and (b) the clinical information indicates that the subject is undergoing the clinical procedure; and
triggering an action based on the status information.

US Pat. No. 10,213,549

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE AND METHODS THEREFOR

PICOLIFE TECHNOLOGIES, LL...

1. A drug delivery device, comprising:a delivery pump system, said delivery pump system comprising a plurality of electromagnetic coils, a controller electrically coupled to said plurality of electromagnetic coils, and a power source;
a cartridge system, said cartridge system comprising:
a first reservoir and a second reservoir, said first reservoir and said second reservoir each having a substantially symmetrical body with a top end, and an opening formed in said top end;
a first inlet/outlet member securely engaged to said first reservoir, said first inlet/outlet member having a fluid receiving opening, a fluid discharge opening, and a fluid outlet component, said fluid receiving opening in fluid communication with said first reservoir and said fluid outlet component in fluid communication with said fluid discharge opening;
a second inlet/outlet member securely engaged to said second reservoir, said second inlet/outlet member having a fluid receiving opening, a fluid discharge opening, and a fluid outlet component, said fluid receiving opening in fluid communication with said second reservoir, and said fluid outlet component in fluid communication with said fluid discharge opening;
a first pump body insert having a fluid receiving opening, a fluid discharge opening, a plurality of inlet channels, and a plurality of outlet channels, said fluid receiving opening in fluid communication with said plurality of inlet channels, said plurality of inlet channels in fluid communication with said plurality of outlet channels, and said plurality of outlet channels in fluid communication with said fluid discharge opening;
a second pump body insert having a fluid receiving opening, a fluid discharge opening, a plurality of inlet channels, and a plurality of outlet channels, said fluid receiving opening in fluid communication with said plurality of inlet channels, said plurality of inlet channels in fluid communication with said plurality of outlet channels, and said plurality of outlet channels in fluid communication with said fluid discharge opening;
a pump membrane, said pump membrane being between said first pump body insert and said second pump body insert; and
a plurality of magnets, said plurality of magnets having a distal end, a proximal end and a cylindrical body connecting said distal and proximal ends, and said proximal end being in contact with said pump membrane and said distal end being housed within one of said first and second pump body inserts;
wherein said plurality of magnets and said plurality of electromagnetic coils are axially aligned,
wherein said fluid receiving opening of said first pump body insert is in fluid communication with said fluid receiving opening of said first inlet/outlet member, and said fluid discharge opening of said first pump body insert is in fluid communication with said fluid discharge opening of said first inlet/outlet member, and
wherein said fluid receiving opening of said second pump body insert is in fluid communication with said fluid receiving opening of said second inlet/outlet member, and said fluid discharge opening of said second pump body insert is in fluid communication with said fluid discharge opening of said second inlet/outlet member.

US Pat. No. 10,213,548

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF FLOW DUE TO NEEDLE DISLODGEMENT

Hemotek Medical Incorpora...

1. An apparatus for automatic termination of flow for fluid delivery, the apparatus comprising:a housing configured for coupling a fluid delivery tube to a needle configured for subcutaneous delivery of fluid within a tissue of a patient;
a spring-loaded activation mechanism coupled to the housing;
wherein the spring-loaded activation mechanism comprises a first orientation corresponding to a condition where the housing is disposed substantially adjacent to the tissue and the needle is lodged within the tissue;
wherein the spring-loaded activation mechanism comprises a second orientation corresponding to a condition where the housing is disposed away from the tissue or the needle is dislodged from the tissue;
a flow termination mechanism coupled to the spring-loaded activation mechanism;
wherein the flow termination mechanism comprises an open configuration allowing flow from the fluid delivery tube to the needle when the spring-loaded activation mechanism is in the first orientation;
wherein the flow termination mechanism comprises a closed configuration substantially terminating flow from the fluid delivery tube to the needle when the spring-loaded activation mechanism is in the second orientation;
wherein the spring-loaded activation mechanism comprises a contact member configured to be disposed adjacent the patient's skin when the spring-loaded activation mechanism is in the first orientation;
wherein the contact member articulates with respect to the housing to the second orientation; and
wherein the flow termination mechanism comprises a pinch valve that substantially terminates flow from the fluid delivery tube to the needle when the spring-loaded activation mechanism is in the second orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,213,546

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING A BENEFICIAL AGENT TO A USER

ABBVIE INC., North Chica...

1. A device for delivering a beneficial agent, comprising:a pump including a pump housing containing a pump assembly having a fluid drive component, the pump housing having a receiving region disposed proximate the fluid drive component, the pump housing comprising a rear closure portion including a membrane disposed between the receiving region and the fluid drive component; and
a cassette including a cassette housing comprising a cassette body region defining a fluid reservoir chamber therein and a delivery tube assembly extending from the fluid reservoir chamber, the cassette further including a cassette base region having a boundary configured to be received by the receiving region;
wherein the delivery tube assembly comprises a peristaltic tube that engages an occlusion sensor proximate the rear closure portion when the cassette base region boundary is received by the receiving region, and the membrane includes an occlusion sensor protrusion configured to cover a portion of the occlusion sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,545

BODY-WALL-CONTACT-TYPE WATER TANK AND IN-CAVITY FLUID PERFUSION SYSTEM

NIKKISO COMPANY, LTD., T...

1. A body-wall-contact-type water tank comprising:a water tank main part that includes a bottom-most surface, the bottom-most surface of the water tank main part being configured to be in contact with an outer surface of a patient's body wall for retaining a liquid that is fed into a body cavity of the patient;
a through hole formed in the bottom-most surface of the water tank main part, the through hole being configured to direct the liquid retained in the water tank main part into the patient's body cavity via an incision that is made on the patient's body wall, and
a flange section outwardly extended from an outer circumferential edge of the bottom-most surface of the water tank main part, an entirety of the flange section being disposed outside the water tank main part,
wherein the flange section is formed of a flexible material that is capable of following the outer surface of the patient's body wall, and the flange section is configured to be brought into close contact with the outer surface of the patient's body wall to provide a liquid-tight connection between the water tank main part and the patient's body wall to prevent the leakage of liquid between the patient's body wall and the water tank main part.

US Pat. No. 10,213,543

BLOOD PURIFICATION COLUMN

Toray Industries, Inc., ...

1. A blood purification column comprising an adsorbent and a casing whose two ends are open ends, wherein the adsorbent is housed inside the casing, and wherein one of two casing ends is a blood inflow-side end portion and the other of the two casing ends is a blood outflow-side end portion, and wherein a mesh filter is disposed at the blood inflow-side end portion and/or the blood outflow-side end portion of the casing, and wherein the mesh filter satisfies (1)-(6):(1) an opening rate thereof is greater than or equal to 21% and less than or equal to 66%;
(2) an equivalent diameter of an aperture thereof is greater than or equal to 10 ?m and less than or equal to 400 ?m;
(3) a ratio of the equivalent diameter of the aperture thereof to an average circle equivalent diameter of void spaces of the adsorbent is greater than or equal to 56% and less than or equal to 220%;
(4) the absorbent is in a hollow yarn and/or a solid yarn form;
(5) the adsorbent is disposed parallel to a column lengthwise direction; and
(6) a surface area of a portion open in a perpendicular direction relative to a lengthwise direction in the column is B1 and a total surface area of a portion open in a parallel direction relative to the lengthwise direction in the column is B2, wherein B1/B2 ?1.

US Pat. No. 10,213,542

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FLOW STAGNATION CONTROL

Asia Pacific Medical Tech...

1. A method comprising:coupling an extracorporeal circuit to a portion of a body of a patient, the extracorporeal circuit comprising:
a flow port to return blood from the extracorporeal circuit to a vasculature at a region of the body;
an injector member coupled to the flow port, the injector member comprising a distal tip and a shaft having a lumen;
a controlled partitioning flow system, the system comprising:
at least a first pressure sensor disposed proximate to the distal tip;
at least a second pressure sensor disposed on an outer surface of the shaft of the injector member; and
an injection flow rate source coupled to the injection member to control a flow of fluid injected at the distal tip of the injector member;
controlling the flow of fluid injected at the distal tip of the injector member, using the injection flow rate source, to a predetermined flow rate pattern over a time interval T;
recording measurements of pressure using the first pressure sensor and second pressure sensor over the time interval T; and
computing at least one of a proximal exterior conductance or a distal exterior conductance at the distal tip of the injector member using data indicative of the measurements of pressure, and the predetermined flow rate pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,213,541

DUAL CHAMBER BLOOD RESERVOIR

Sorin Group Italia S.r.l....

1. A dual chamber blood reservoir comprising:a housing including a lower surface and an upper opening;
a cover spanning the upper opening;
a first vent port extending through the cover;
a second vent port extending through the cover;
a venous port extending through the cover;
a purgers port extending through the cover;
a purgers funnel having an upper portion, a lower portion and an intervening central portion, the upper portion of the purgers funnel in fluid communication with the purgers port;
a defoamer disposed within the housing such that the purgers funnel extends through the defoamer and at least part of the lower portion of the purgers funnel extends below the defoamer; and
a venous tube in fluid communication with the venous port and extending within the purgers funnel to a position near the lower surface of the housing, wherein the lower portion of the purgers funnel is configured to extend alongside a portion of the venous tube, the lower portion of the purgers funnel having an inner diameter that is greater than an outer diameter of the venous tube such that blood exiting the purgers funnel slides down an exterior surface of the venous tube.

US Pat. No. 10,213,540

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MACHINE ERROR DETECTION BY COMBINING MULTIPLE SENSOR INPUTS

NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC., L...

1. A system associated with a medical treatment device for detecting a condition of a patient, the system comprising:an input device including at least one of a camera adapted to gather video/image data and a microphone; and
a medical treatment device with a controller/classifier and at least one flow controller, a pump, and/or an alarm output; and
the controller/classifier having at least one of a video-image processor and an audio processor adapted to at least one of:
recognize a face and a body in said video/image data and further to recognize changes in skin color, facial expression, or body position and further to output state data indicating the recognized changes or the recognized body position; and
recognize speech and to classify predefined normal and irregular sound patterns and further to output state data corresponding to the recognizing of the speech, wherein
the controller/classifier is connected to apply the state data to the at least one flow controller, pump, and/or alarm output;
the controller/classifier is further adapted to control the at least one flow controller, pump, and/or alarm output responsively to the state data, and
wherein the state data includes data indicating a leak of blood from a patient access.

US Pat. No. 10,213,539

EXTRACORPOREAL BLOOD CIRCUIT WITH NON-INVASIVE PRESSURE SENSOR

Gambro Lundia AB, Lund (...

1. An apparatus configured to remove one or more substances from blood, wherein the apparatus comprises:a primary filter comprising a first semipermeable membrane separating a blood compartment from a dialysate loading compartment;
a blood circuit having a blood line connected to the blood compartment of the primary filter;
a non-invasive pressure sensor configured to directly contact any exposed longitudinal portion of an exterior surface of a circular tube forming the blood line, the non-invasive pressure sensor further configured to sense pressure in the blood line, wherein the non-invasive pressure sensor includes an outer wall forming a groove leading to a sensing portion in direct contact with the exterior surface of the blood line and does not contact liquid in the blood line, the groove narrower than the sensing portion to compress the blood line upon insertion through the groove such that the blood line when uncompressed is held within the sensing portion after the insertion; and
a control unit operably connected to the non-invasive pressure sensor and to control elements of the blood circuit, wherein the control unit is configured to:
monitor a blood circuit pressure value using the non-invasive pressure sensor and operate the control elements of the blood circuit based on the monitored blood circuit pressure value, wherein operating the control elements comprises deactivating the blood pump when the monitored blood circuit pressure indicates that the blood line is not engaged with the non-invasive pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,538

IMPLANTED DEVICE WITH WIRELESS ENERGY TRANSFER AND EXTERNAL ALIGNMENT FEATURE

HeartWare, Inc., Miami L...

1. A wireless energy transfer system comprising:an implant device including a housing and an energy receiving element disposed in the housing; and
an external charger including an energy transmitting element and a mating member, the mating member defining a protrusion extending therefrom, the external charger and the housing defining a common axis extending therethrough when the external charger is received by the housing,
wherein the implant device is configured to be mounted within a body of an animal,
wherein the housing comprises a feature having a plurality of sidewalls defining an indentation therebetween, the feature being configured to extend from within the body of the animal to outside the body of the animal through an opening in a skin of the animal and the indentation being configured to physically receive and mechanically align with the protrusion extending from the corresponding mating member of the external charger, and
wherein the energy receiving element is configured to be disposed in a parallel orientation along the common axis with the energy transmitting element, and the energy receiving element being configured to receive energy wirelessly from the energy transmitting element when the external charger is physically-mated with the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,537

VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES AND INTEGRATED SENSORS THEREOF

HeartWare, Inc., Miami L...

1. A ventricular assist device for intraventricular placement inside a heart of a mammalian subject comprising:a pump including a housing having an inlet end, an inlet at the inlet end, and an outlet, the pump further including a moveable element disposed in the pump housing for pumping blood from the inlet to the outlet;
a base member;
a spacer member connected to the pump housing and the base member, the base member being positioned a distance from the inlet end of the pump housing to define a gap therebetween; and
one or more sensor elements mounted to at least one from the group consisting of the base member and the housing, the one or more sensor elements being configured to measure one or more blood parameters prevailing within the gap during operation of the pump, the one or more sensor elements include an ultrasonic transducer mounted on at least one from the group consisting of the pump housing and the base element, the other one from the group consisting of the pump housing and the base element has a reflective surface disposed across the gap from the ultrasonic transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,536

IMPLANTABLE CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF COMMUNICATING AN ELEMENT TO AN IMPLANTABLE DEVICE

CircuLite, Inc., Teaneck...

1. An apparatus for implantation within a patient, comprising;an implantable device configured for being positioned and operating at least subcutaneously within the patient;
a cable configured for communicating an element from a source to the implantable device within the patient; and
an implantable connector assembly for communicating the element from the cable to the implantable device, comprising:
a plug connected to and surrounding at least a portion of the cable, the plug including a plunger body;
a receptacle operatively connected to the implantable device, the receptacle including a sleeve and a stopper, the sleeve defining an opening sized for receiving the plunger body, the stopper resiliently mounted within the sleeve and extended in a first configuration toward the opening to cover and fluidly seal the opening for inhibiting contamination from entering within the sleeve when the plunger body is withdrawn from the sleeve; and
a pair of communication structures positioned respectively on the plunger body and the sleeve, one of the pair of communication structures operatively connecting to the cable for receiving the element from the cable and the other of the pair of communication structures operatively connecting to the implantable device for directing the element to the implantable device, inserting the plunger body into the sleeve displaces the stopper toward a compressed second configuration away from the opening and removably couples the pair of communication structures for communication of the element therebetween; and
the plug includes a groove, and the receptacle includes a holding member, the groove configured to removably receive the holding member, the holding member overcomes a bias imparted on the plunger in the compressed second configuration to retain the plug within receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,213,535

BREAST PUMP

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A breast pump comprising:a suction unit adapted to be mounted on a breast;
a suction pump absorbing a fluid from a breast side of the suction unit that is adapted to contact the breast;
a detecting unit detecting a temporal change in a sucked state of the breast by the suction unit; and
a controller performing a processing based on the temporal change in the sucked state detected by the detecting unit,
wherein the detecting unit detects the sucked state of the breast by the suction unit based on a suction pressure of the suction pump,
wherein the suction pump includes a piezoelectric element operated by an application of a driving voltage, and
wherein the detecting unit detects an impedance state of the piezoelectric element and detects the suction pressure of the suction pump based on the detected impedance state of the piezoelectric element.

US Pat. No. 10,213,534

BLOOD PROCESSING FILTER AND BLOOD PROCESSING FILTER MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASAHI KASEI MEDICAL CO., ...

1. A blood processing filter for removing undesirable components from liquid containing a blood component or blood, the filter comprising:a sheet-shaped filter element; and
a container that includes an inlet-side container element and an outlet-side container element that are disposed to clamp the filter element, and has an internal space separated by the filter element into an inlet space and an outlet space,
wherein the filter element includes a filtering surface on a side of the inlet space, a filtering surface on a side of the outlet space, and an end surface along peripheries of the pair of filtering surfaces, and
the inlet-side container element and the outlet-side container element are provided with a gripper, and the gripper clamps and compresses an outer edge portion of the pair of filtering surfaces, and is caused to adhere to the end surface with melt resin,
at the gripper, the filter element is not melted, and
the same material as that of the container is adopted for the melt resin.

US Pat. No. 10,213,533

MEDICAL TOOLS WITH ASPIRATION TIPS SUITABLE FOR CATARACT SURGERIES AND RELATED METHODS

Keith A. Walter, Lewisvi...

1. An aspiration tool for use in combination with a surgical system for cataracts after a phacoemulsification and/or laser disintegration procedure, comprising:a tip having an open leading end that defines an aspiration port, the open leading end located at a distal most end of the tip, the tip sized and configured for removing cortical and/or nuclear lens fragments, tissue and/or fibers; and
a translatable door in communication with the aspiration port configured to extend and retract about the aspiration port, wherein, in an extended position, the door travels forward to occlude the aspiration port,
wherein the door has a door aspiration port extending therethrough, the door aspiration port having a size that is smaller than the aspiration port defined by the open leading end,
wherein the door is flat across the aspiration port defined by the open leading end to completely close the aspiration port defined by the open leading end, and wherein the door aspiration port resides over the aspiration port defined by the open leading end when the door is in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,532

PORTABLE HAND PUMP FOR EVACUATION OF FLUIDS

The Henry M. Jackson Foun...

1. A manually operable pump for removing fluids from a body cavity of a subject, the pump comprising:a fluid-tight pump body having a first end and a second end with a compressible center portion disposed between the first end and second end;
an inflow connector attached to the first end, the inflow connector adaptable for connection to an inflow conduit;
an inflow one-way valve disposed between the inflow connector and the pump body, the inflow one-way valve adapted to permit flow of fluid from the inflow conduit through the inflow connector and into the pump body but restricting backflow of fluid from the pump body into the inflow connector and inflow conduit; and
wherein the inflow one-way valve allows fluid passage through the inflow valve when the pump is so positioned such that all power for fluid flow is provided by gravity alone.

US Pat. No. 10,213,524

COATING COMPRISING STRONTIUM FOR BODY IMPLANTS

1. A coating for an implant comprising:a layer comprising strontium oxide and titanium oxide, wherein the Sr-content of said coating is between 5 and 25 at. % and the thickness of said coating is between 200 nm and 3000 nm, and said coating comprises exposed pores wherein at least 50% of said pores have diameters between 0.1 and 50 nm, thereby stimulating osseo-integration and healing in the vicinity of the implant, wherein the layer is configured to release strontium to support osseo-integration.

US Pat. No. 10,213,523

MECHANOCHEMICAL COLLAGEN ASSEMBLY

Northeastern University, ...

1. A method of organizing prefibrillar solution into an organized array of fibrils comprising:providing a collagen and/or elastin solution, wherein the collagen and/or elastin are prefibrils; and
creating a fluid flow through the prefibrillar solution by converging flow produced by hyperbolic contraction of the solution that produces a controlled extensional strain and shear strain to the collagen and/or elastin prefibrils,
wherein the extensional and shear strain are sufficient to induce the prefibrils to assemble into an organized array of fibrils.

US Pat. No. 10,213,520

SURGICAL ADJUNCTS HAVING MEDICANTS CONTROLLABLY RELEASABLE THEREFROM

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities, each staple cavity having a surgical staple disposed therein;
a biocompatible adjunct material releasably retained on the cartridge body and configured to be delivered to tissue by deployment of the staples in the cartridge body, the adjunct material being at least partially formed of a biocompatible polymeric material; and
an effective amount of at least first and second medicants disposed within and releasable from the adjunct material, the first medicant having a first size and the second medicant having a second size larger than the first size, wherein the polymeric material of the adjunct material is responsive to at least one environmental condition upon delivery of the adjunct material to tissue such that the at least one environmental condition to which the adjunct material is subjected affects an elution profile of the at least first and second medicants such that the first and second medicants are configured to respond differently to the at least one environmental condition relative to each other,
wherein the at least one environmental condition includes strain, and the biocompatible adjunct material incudes mesh having a pore size that is configured to increase as the mesh experiences strain, the first and second medicants are disposed within the mesh, the mesh is configured to release the first medicant as the pore size reaches the first size, and the mesh is configured to release the second medicant as the pore size reaches the second size.

US Pat. No. 10,213,519

FRAGRANCE DISPENSER FOR AIR FILTER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An assembly comprising a framed air filter and at least one fragrance dispenser mounted in proximity thereto, the assembly comprising;a framed air filter with a perimeter frame, an upstream face with an airstream-receiving area and a downstream face,
and,
a fragrance dispenser comprising:
a base comprising at least one receptacle with a major closed end and a major open end;
a porous diffuser layer occlusively overlying the major open end of the at least one receptacle;
and,
a fragrance source provided within at least a portion of the receptacle and that comprises at least one volatilizable fragrance,
wherein the fragrance dispenser is positioned so that the at least one receptacle is proximate the airstream-receiving area of the upstream face of the air filter, with the major closed end of the receptacle facing at least generally upstream and with the major open end of the receptacle facing at least generally downstream toward the upstream face of the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,213,518

LIGHT ILLUMINATING APPARATUS

HOYA CANDEO OPTRONICS COR...

1. A light illuminating apparatus that irradiates a target object with light, the target object being moveable relative to the light illuminating apparatus along a first direction, the light illuminating apparatus comprising:a light source which irradiates the target object with the light in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and has a plurality of solid-state devices placed on a plane defined by the first direction and a third direction perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction;
a non-elliptical mirror module, comprising:
a first reflecting part having at least one first reflecting surface placed at a downstream side in the second direction below the target object when viewed from the first direction, wherein the first reflecting part reflects a portion of the light from the light source incident on the first reflecting surface onto the target object; and
a second reflecting part having a pair of second reflecting surfaces standing erect from the light source toward the first reflecting surface, wherein the second reflecting part guides the light from the light source into the first reflecting surface; and
a pair of inner reflecting mirrors between a light source and a panel to guide the light in the second direction,
wherein the panel is positioned between the pair of inner reflecting mirrors and the mirror module,
wherein the mirror module is mounted on a first side of the panel and the pair of inner reflecting mirrors is mounted to a second side of the panel opposite the first side, and
wherein the panel includes a window to allow light to pass from the light source to the mirror module.

US Pat. No. 10,213,517

SYSTEM FOR FLUID STERILIZATION

1. A system for fluid sterilization, comprising:an inlet for operative connection to a fluid source to provide fluid along a flow path for sterilization by the system;
a heating section in fluid communication with the inlet along the flow path, the heating section heats pressurized fluid therein above prescribed thresholds for temperature, pressure, and dwell time to achieve a desired level of sterilization;
a heat exchanger having a first path disposed in fluid communication between the inlet and the heating section along the flow path to preheat fluid prior to entering the heating section and having a second path positioned between the heating section and a system outlet along the flow path to cool outflow of the heating section prior to exiting the outlet, wherein the first path and the second path of the heat exchanger are configured to pass heat energy therebetween; and
a plurality of valves disposed along the flow path, including a first valve positioned downstream of the inlet and upstream of the first path of the heat exchanger, a second valve positioned downstream of the first path of the heat exchanger and upstream of the heating section, and a third valve disposed along the flow path configured for proportional control of fluid flow therethrough;
a plurality of sensors disposed along the flow path, including (a) a temperature sensor positioned on the flow path downstream of the heating section and upstream of the second path of the heat exchanger, and (b) a pressure sensor; and
a digital controller in operative communication with the plurality of sensors to receive measurements therefrom and in operative control of at least the third valve to control flow through the system to ensure prescribed pressure and temperature profiles across prescribed ranges for pressure and temperature to achieve the desired level of sterilization without need of maintaining a fixed temperature or a fixed pressure within any portion of the system, including the heating section.

US Pat. No. 10,213,516

LABELLED CARBOXYLIC ACIDS AND THEIR USES IN MOLECULAR IMAGING

1. A composition comprising a tracer, wherein the tracer is a radionuclide-labelled 2,2-di-C1-4-alkylpropanoic acid, 2,2-di-C1-4-alkylbutanoic acid, 2,2-di-C1-4-alkylpentanoic acid, or the corresponding carboxylate, wherein the radionuclide-labelled carboxylic acid is a compound of formula (I):
Wherein
Q is a suitable radionuclide;
CL is selected from [11C]carbon, [12C]carbon, or [13C]carbon;
n is 1, 2, or 3;
R1 and R2 are independently C1-4-alkyl; and
R3 and R4 are independently H or F.

US Pat. No. 10,213,510

LONG-ACTING POLYMERIC DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Heron Therapeutics, Inc.,...

1. A semi-solid composition, comprising: a biodegradable polyorthoester, 1 wt % to 10 wt % bupivacaine, and 0.01 wt % to 1 wt % meloxicam, wherein the polyorthoester is represented by Formula I:
where:
R* is a C1-4 alkyl,
n is an integer ranging from 5 to 400, and
A is a diol, where A is R1 and/or R3, where the fraction of A units that are of formula R1 is between 0 and 25 mole percent, where
when A is R3, R3 is
where x is 2; andwhen A is R1, R1 is
R5 is H, and R6 isthe sum of p and q is, on average, 2 and s is 2,where the resulting component of the polyorthoester comprises the subunit

US Pat. No. 10,213,506

TARGETING IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR AMYLOIDOSIS

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE R...

1. A method of targeting an amyloid deposit for clearance, comprising: contacting an amyloid deposit of a first amyloid type with an amyloid-reactive fusion peptide, wherein the amyloid-reactive fusion peptide comprises an amino acid that is at least 95% identical to any one of the amino acid sequences set forth as SEQ ID NOS: 1-17 and an epitope; and, contacting the amyloid-reactive fusion peptide with an antibody or functional fragment thereof, wherein the antibody or functional fragment thereof is immunoreactive to a second amyloid type that is different than the first amyloid type and wherein the epitope of the amyloid-reactive fusion peptide directs the antibody or functional fragment thereof to the first amyloid type, thereby targeting the first amyloid deposit for clearance.