US Pat. No. 10,335,010

DISH WASHER COMPRISING AN AUXILIARY ARM WITH STOPPERS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub with a space configured to accommodate objects to be washed;
a sump that is mounted to a lower part of the tub and that is configured to store wash water;
a spray arm comprising:
a main arm accommodated in the tub and configured to spray wash water received from the sump, and
an auxiliary arm rotatably mounted to the main arm and configured to spray wash water to the objects; and
a power transfer assembly configured to operate the auxiliary arm using a rotary force of the main arm, the power transfer assembly configured to have a predetermined elastic force with respect to the auxiliary arm wherein the auxiliary am is elastically deformable within a predetermined angle range in a horizontal direction, the range formed between stoppers at both sides of the auxiliary arm.

US Pat. No. 10,335,009

DISHWASHER WITH PERMANENT STORAGE COMPARTMENT

1. A dishwasher comprising:a washing chamber including a washing chamber door which totally seals an opening into said washing chamber;
a storage chamber separated from said washing chamber by a waterproof barrier and including a storage chamber door which totally seals an opening into said storage chamber;
a rack configured to support dishes; and
a means for conveying said rack between said washing chamber and said storage chamber through said waterproof barrier;
wherein when said washing chamber door is open, said rack can be accessed by a user through said opening into said washing chamber if said rack is in said washing chamber; and
wherein said washing chamber is configured to wash and dry dishes in said rack when said rack is within said washing chamber;
wherein, after said dishes have been washed and dried in said washing chamber, said waterproof barrier is automatically opened and said means automatically moves said rack through said waterproof barrier and into said storage chamber; and
wherein when said storage chamber door is open, said rack can be accessed by said user through said opening into said storage chamber if said rack is in said storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,335,008

WATER CONSERVING CLEANING SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus for use with a water source for cleaning utensils, comprising:(a) a primary vessel defining an open top dipping aperture above a soaking level, the primary vessel further comprising a drain having a recirculation outlet in a sidewall or extending over the top and into said vessel, and a recirculation inlet extending over the top or near the bottom and into said vessel at said soaking level, a drainage opening above said soaking level;
(b) a secondary vessel insertable within said primary vessel essentially holding utensils within the primary vessel;
(c) a water source flow path merging into a recirculation water flow path connecting a water source inlet with said outlet, said flow path further comprising a water pump, a turbidity sensor sensing the turbidity of water exiting said outlet, and a valve controlling the flow of the water source, said apparatus further comprising:
(d) a means for sensing the water level within the vessel at the soaking level and signaling said controller; and
(e) a controller controlling the opening and closing of said water source valve, and controlling the starting and stopping of the pump; and
(f) a nozzle flow path and a nozzle valve controlled by said controller; and
(g) wherein activation of said controller signals said water source valve to open and water to flow into said vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,007

BUCKET

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A bucket having a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction, the bucket comprising:a first extension in the longitudinal direction;
a second extension in the transverse direction, the first extension being greater than the second extension;
two longitudinal sides;
a front transverse side;
a rear transverse side; and
at least one substantially bow-shaped handle,
wherein the at least one handle extends in the longitudinal direction and is pivotable in the transverse direction, and
wherein a spout of the bucket comprises a self-contained through-hole and is arranged in the front transverse side.

US Pat. No. 10,335,006

CONTAINER WITH TRAPEZOID-SHAPED LONGITUDINAL SIDE AND RELATED METHODS

1. A container comprising:a body portion having a partially curved open end, an opposing closed end, and a flared longitudinal side extending laterally between said open and closed ends, the flared longitudinal side defining a scoop portion adjacent the partially curved open end, the scoop portion having opposing first and second acute angle-shaped ends, and a side defining a scoop edge, the opposing first and second acute angle-shaped ends each defining an opposed recess extending inwardly;
said partially curved open end comprising a handle portion extending laterally therefrom and being opposite to said flared longitudinal side; and
a handle coupled to said partially curved open end and extending over and across an entirety of said partially curved open end.

US Pat. No. 10,335,004

ROBOT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING DOCKING STATION POSE INCLUDING MOBILE ROBOTS AND METHODS USING SAME

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A mobile robot system comprising:a docking station comprising:
at least two pose-defining fiducial markers, the at least two pose-defining fiducial markers having a predetermined spatial relationship with respect to one another and/or to a reference point on the docking station;
an evacuation receptacle on the docking station;
a mobile robot including:
a chassis,
a motorized drive for moving the mobile robot to a docked position,
a pose sensor assembly configured to output a signal in response to the at least two pose-defining fiducial markers in a pose sensor field of view; and
a controller configured to analyze the signal from the pose sensor assembly to determine a docking station pose that is based on a stored spatial relationship of the pose-defining fiducial markers and the signal from the pose sensor assembly, to path plan a docking trajectory comprising a pre-planned path from the robot to the dock, based on a current robot position on the map of the surface and the docking station pose and to provide instructions to the motorized drive to move the mobile robot along the docking trajectory and into a docking lane aligned with the evacuation receptacle of the docking station.

US Pat. No. 10,335,003

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN AUTONOMOUS CLEANING APPARATUS

ADVANCED DIGITAL BROADCAS...

1. Method for an autonomous cleaning apparatus, the method comprising the steps of:scanning (401) a vicinity of an autonomous cleaning apparatus by means of at least one sensor;the method being characterized in that it further comprises the steps of:detecting an unreachable area (402), being unreachable by the autonomous cleaning apparatus;
detecting a door (403) in proximity to the unreachable area (107);
determining a thickness of the detected door (403);
detecting (404) that the unreachable area is unreachable due to the positioning of the door wing;
automatically moving (405) the door wing, by the autonomous cleaning apparatus, in order to obtain access to and clean the unreachable area.

US Pat. No. 10,335,002

HAND-HELD VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. A hand-held vacuum cleaner, comprising:a dust cup comprising a first cyclone, a cyclone assembly, and a filtration member, wherein
the first cyclone has an air intake channel having a first air intake and a first air vent, the cyclone assembly comprises a plurality of second cyclones arranged in parallel along a circumferential direction of the first cyclone, a guiding channel is defined between two of the plurality of the second cyclones, the guiding channel is in communication with the first air vent and an airflow is guided to an outer circumference of the cyclone assembly along a tangent line to a circumferential wall of the second cyclone adjacent to the guiding channel, each second cyclone has an air inducing notch to allow the airflow to enter the second cyclone in a tangent direction, each second cyclone is provided with an air guiding pipe, the air guiding pipe is spaced apart from an inner circumferential wall of the second cyclone, the air guiding pipe has an air guiding inlet and an air guiding outlet, the air guiding inlet is in communication with the air inducing notch,
the filtration member is disposed along the outer circumference of the cyclone assembly, the airflow in the outer circumference of the cyclone assembly tangentially enters the second cyclone through the filtration member and the air inducing notch; and
a housing having a first end provided with an air inlet and an air blowing vent wherein the dust cup is disposed within the housing and connected to the air inlet the air blowing vent is disposed adjacent to the air inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,335,001

DUST COLLECTION BOX AND ROBOT VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. A dust collection box, comprising:a box body comprising a dust extraction port at a bottom of the box body, wherein a top of the box body defines an opening in communication with the dust extraction port;
a lower lid comprising a first lateral portion and a second lateral portion opposite to each other, the first lateral portion being rotatably connected with the box body to enable the lower lid to open or close the dust extraction port, the second lateral portion being snap-fitted with the box body through a first snap structure;
an upper lid detachably arranged to the top of the box body and covering the opening; and
a button arranged on a side surface of the dust collection box, wherein the button is configured be depressible such that when the button is pushed, the lower lid rotates downward along the first lateral portion to expose the dust extraction port; and, wherein
when the lower lid closes, the dust extraction port is enclosed by the lower lid.

US Pat. No. 10,335,000

APPARATUS FOR THE DISPENSING OF WIPES AND HYGIENE PRODUCTS

1. A dispenser for dispensing wipes and hygiene products comprising:a rectangular container having a bottom, a top, and upstanding sides defining an enclosed space with one open side; and
hanging means disposed on the dispenser and adapted for suspending the dispenser from at least one of an existing bathroom tissue holder's spindle roll or holder's bar used for mounting a conventional bathroom tissue roll;
wherein the hanging means includes a nipple on the outside of at least one of the upstanding sides of the dispenser;
openings on the upstanding sides of the dispenser for means to secure lugs;
detachable square side containers having lugs and an attached lid; and
three semicircular arms which mutually overlap and together form an aperture, suitable for suspending the dispenser from at least one of the conventional bathroom tissue holder's spindle roll or bar used for mounting a bathroom tissue roll.

US Pat. No. 10,334,999

TISSUE DISPENSING ASSEMBLY

1. A tissue dispensing assembly comprising:a first shell defining an interior space, said first shell comprising fabric, said first shell being configured for resembling an animal, said first shell being configured for resembling a bear;
a second shell defining an internal space, said second shell having an upper end, said upper end being open, said second shell being cylindrically shaped;
a first hole positioned in a top of said first shell;
a second hole positioned in a bottom of said first shell;
a panel coupled to and extending between a perimeter of said first hole and a circumference of said second hole defining a chamber in said interior space, said panel being resilient such that said chamber is positioned for expanding for inserting said second shell through said second hole into said chamber, wherein said second hole is positioned in said first shell such that said second hole is positioned for inserting said second shell into said chamber positioning said upper end of said second shell adjacent to said first hole, said panel comprising fabric, said panel comprising plastic;
a plurality of tissues, said plurality of tissues being rolled such that said plurality of tissues is configured for positioning in said internal space, wherein said plurality of tissues is positioned in said second shell such that a terminal sheet of said plurality of tissues is configured for positioning through said first hole such that said terminal sheet is configured for grasping in a hand of a user for extracting said terminal sheet from said internal space concurrent with positioning of an adjacent sheet through said first hole;
stuffing positioned in and substantially occupying said interior space between said panel and said first shell, said stuffing being resilient, said stuffing comprising polyester fill;
a first retainer coupled to said perimeter of said first hole, said first retainer being resilient, wherein said first retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said first retainer is positioned for substantially closing said first hole such that said first shell is in frictional contact with said adjacent sheet for promoting separation of said terminal sheet from said plurality of tissues, said first retainer comprising elastic;
a second retainer coupled to said circumference of said second hole, said second retainer being resilient, wherein said second retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said second retainer is positioned for expanding for inserting said second shell into and withdrawing said second shell from said chamber and for contracting for substantially closing said second hole, said panel being coupled to and extending between said first retainer and said second retainer, said second retainer comprising elastic;
a lid configured for selectively coupling to said top of said first shell for covering said first hole and said terminal sheet, said lid being top hat shaped;
a plurality of first couplers coupled to said top of said first shell proximate to said first hole;
a plurality of second couplers coupled to said lid, said second couplers being complementary to said first couplers, wherein said second couplers are positioned on said lid such that each said second coupler is positioned for selectively coupling to a respective said first coupler for coupling said lid to said first shell for covering said first hole and said terminal sheet, each said second coupler and said respective said first coupler comprising a hook and loop fastener, said plurality of first couplers comprising two said first couplers opposingly positioned and proximate to said perimeter of said first hole;
a disk positioned in said interior space and coupled to said top of said first shell, said disk comprising stiffened fabric such that said disk is semi-rigid, said disk comprising stiffened felt;
an orifice centrally positioned through said disk, said orifice being complementary to and aligned with said first hole, wherein said disk is positioned on said first shell such that said disk is positioned for preventing said first shell from being depressed proximate to said first hole; and
wherein said second retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said second retainer is positioned for expanding for inserting said second shell through said second hole into said chamber and for contracting for substantially closing said second hole, wherein said plurality of tissues is positioned in said second shell such that said terminal sheet of said plurality of tissues is configured for positioning through said first hole such that said terminal sheet is configured for grasping in the hand of the user for extracting said terminal sheet from said internal space concurrent with positioning of said adjacent sheet through said first hole, wherein said first retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said first retainer is positioned for substantially closing said first hole such that said first shell is in frictional contact with said adjacent sheet for promoting separation of said terminal sheet from said plurality of tissues, wherein said second couplers are positioned on said lid such that each said second coupler is positioned for selectively coupling to said respective said first coupler for coupling said lid to said first shell for covering said first hole and said terminal sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,334,998

FLEXIBLE CONTAINER AND REUSABLE CLOSURE ELEMENT

1. An assembly for providing a choice of closing systems, said assembly comprising:(a) at least one flexible container which comprises:
(i) a pouch formed from a flexible sheet material, said pouch having one or more walls that define and enclose an interior space;
(ii) a dispensing opening in at least one of the walls of said pouch, through which the interior space is accessible, said dispensing opening being delimited by a border;
(iii) a sealing area substantially surrounding said dispensing opening, the sealing area including a non-permanent adhesive material;
(iv) a releasable flexible sealing member for sealing said dispensing opening, the releasable flexible sealing member covering the dispensing opening and being releasably attached to the sealing area by the non-permanent adhesive material;
(v) a plurality of separable sheets present in said interior space;
(b) a rigid closure element comprising:
(i) a base having a top surface and a bottom surface, an outer rim and an inner rim;
(ii) a dispensing aperture defined by the inner rim of the base; and
(iii) a lid for sealing the dispensing aperture;
wherein the sealing area, the releasable flexible sealing member and the base of the closure element are configured such that the releasable flexible sealing member covers the sealing area prior to removal of the releasable flexible sealing member from the container; removal of the releasable flexible sealing member from the container exposes the sealing area and the non-permanent adhesive material thereof, and the base of the closure element may be adhered to the container via the non-permanent adhesive, to substantially cover the sealing area upon appropriate superimposition thereover, following removal of the releasable flexible sealing member from the container;
wherein the sealing area is delimited by an outer perimeter line and an inner perimeter line, wherein the outer perimeter line is spaced from the outer rim of the base by a distance of between 0 and 10 mm when the closure element is superimposed on the sealing area;
wherein the closure element comprises an outer perimeter line;
wherein the outer perimeter line of the sealing area forms generally the same shape as the outer perimeter line of the closure element;
wherein the inner perimeter line of the sealing area is spaced from the inner rim of the base by a distance of between 0 and 10 mm when the closure element is superimposed on the sealing area;
wherein the non-permanent adhesive material is uniformly applied in the sealing area;
wherein the inner perimeter line of the sealing area is spaced from the border of the dispensing opening by a distance of between 0.4 mm and 4 mm;
wherein the releasable flexible sealing member is part of the flexible sheet material forming said pouch; and
wherein the non-permanent adhesive material is a colored adhesive material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,997

TOILET PAPER DISPENSER

HANDY TISSUE, LLC, Liber...

1. A toilet paper dispenser which is rotatable for storage behind the toilet seat when not in use, the dispenser comprising:a) a proximal horizontal segment for mounting to a toilet bowl fixture via a mounting bolt of a toilet seat, the proximal horizontal segment including a bolt hole for receiving the mounting bolt, the bolt hole comprising:
i) an upper ledge;
ii) a lower ledge;
iii) an upper transverse wall;
iv) a lower transverse wall;
v) an upper straight wall; and
vi) a lower straight wall, wherein the upper transverse wall and the lower transverse wall form a transverse cylinder centered about an axis A of the bolt hole, wherein the upper straight wall and the lower straight wall do not engage the screw threads of the mounting bolt and form a straight cylinder centered about an axis B of the bolt hole when the mounting bolt is aligned with axis B, wherein each ledge engages the screw threads of the mounting bolt when the mounting bolt is aligned with axis B, and wherein the bolt hole allows the dispenser to be installed and secured in place on the mounting bolt without the need of a retaining nut;
b) a descending segment; and
c) a distal horizontal segment for receiving a roll of toilet paper, wherein the proximal horizontal segment, the descending segment, and the distal horizontal segment are made of a single piece construction.

US Pat. No. 10,334,996

PAPER DISPENSER AND RELATED METHODS

1. An apparatus for dispensing paper product from a roll of paper, comprising:an encasement configured to enclose the roll of paper, said encasement having a base at a longitudinal end thereof for supporting the roll of paper therein, said base including a base opening for the paper to be inserted there through, an inner surface configured to contact the roll of paper, and an opposite outer surface; and
a dispensing portion adjacent said outer surface of said base and releasably coupled to said encasement, coupling between said dispensing portion and said encasement being free of fasteners, wherein:
said dispensing portion includes a rotatable dispensing element having a dispensing orifice for dispensing paper from within the encasement to the exterior, and
said dispensing portion has a housing first opening adjacent and in flow communication with said base opening and in flow communication with said dispensing orifice for receiving the paper there through.

US Pat. No. 10,334,995

DECORATIVE COVER FOR A PAPER TOWEL ROLL AND HOLDER

1. A domestic article comprising:a cylinder, a top cap, and a slot;
wherein the cylinder attaches to the top cap;
wherein the top cap is a disk that encloses the superior base of the cylinder;
wherein the slot is an aperture formed in the vertical face of cylinder;
wherein the cylinder is defined with a vertical face, a superior base, and an inferior base;
wherein the domestic article is configured for use with a paper towel roll;
wherein the paper towel is further defined with a free end;
wherein the domestic article is configured for use with a paper towel holder;
wherein a paper towel roll is placed within the cylinder;
wherein a free end of the paper towel roll is threaded through the slot;
wherein the cylinder is a hollow cylindrical structure;
wherein the cylinder is an invertible structure;
wherein the cylinder comprises a first composite textile;
wherein the first composite textile is a textile structure that forms the vertical face of the cylinder;
wherein the cylinder is further defined with a vertical face, a superior base, and an inferior base;
wherein the vertical face is the face of the cylinder;
wherein the superior base is the base of the cylinder that is in the superior position;
wherein the inferior base is the base of the cylinder that is distal from the superior base.

US Pat. No. 10,334,994

BODY SCRUBBER HOLDING APPARATUS

Reach Your Clean, LLC, P...

1. A holder apparatus comprising:a proximal end opposite a distal end, with a handle disposed at the proximal end and a holder portion disposed at the distal end, with a body portion disposed between the proximal and distal ends, the body portion coupled to each of the handle and the holder portion;
the body portion being flexible, such that the body portion is capable of bending when experiencing a strain force, and return to its original orientation when no longer experiencing the strain force;
the holder portion including a frame having:
a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side wall connecting the top surface with the bottom surface, the top surface, bottom surface, and side wall defining a holding aperture;
a lip disposed on the bottom surface and extending radially from the side wall of the frame, such that the bottom surface includes a diameter less than a diameter of the top surface;
a plurality of retention pins disposed on the lip and extending transversely therefrom toward the holding aperture, the frame adapted to receive and retain a cleaning implement thereto, with the plurality of retention pins adapted to be at least partially secured within the cleaning implement.

US Pat. No. 10,334,993

SHOWER STALL FLOOR AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION

1. A method for fabricating and installing a shower pan to an existing drain at a shower stall location comprising the steps of:measuring said shower stall location to determine shower stall edge dimensions;
locating an existing drain in relation to said shower stall edge dimensions to determine a drain periphery;
forming a shower pan mold in accordance with said shower stall edge dimensions and said drain periphery;
providing and then placing a plurality of tiles within said shower pan mold to form a shower pan surface;
providing and then pouring a resin/filler into said shower pan mold over said plurality of tiles;
curing said resin/filler;
removing said cured resin/filler and said plurality of tiles from said shower pan mold such that said shower pan surface is uppermost;
placing said shower pan surface with said cured resin/filler, into said shower stall location such that said drain periphery is aligned with said existing drain;
fixing said drain periphery to said existing drain; and,
plumbing said existing drain to said shower pan surface.

US Pat. No. 10,334,992

ROTARY UNIT FOR SELECTIVELY ADDING ADDITIVES TO WATER IN A CONVENTIONAL BATHTUB AUTOMATICALLY

1. A rotary unit for selectively adding additives to water in a bathtub automatically without a bather having to touch the additives or leave the bathtub to get the additives, comprising:a) a plurality of pressurized canisters; and
b) a controller;
wherein said plurality of pressurized canisters are configured in a circular configuration;
wherein said plurality of pressurized canisters are for disposing directly adjacent to, and communicatable with, the bathtub;
wherein each pressurized canister is for containing a different one of the additives; and
wherein the controller is in communication with said plurality of pressurized canisters, and as such, said controller is utilized for choosing one of the additives to add to the water in the bathtub automatically.

US Pat. No. 10,334,991

COMBINATION CUTTING AND STRAINING APPARATUS

1. A combination cutting and straining apparatus, comprising:a cutting board having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite said top surface and having a planar configuration, said cutting board having first and second side edges;
wherein said bottom surface of said cutting board defines first and second grooves that are proximate and extending parallel to said first and second side edges, respectively;
a strainer basket having a bottom wall that is impermeable and a plurality of walls extending upwardly from peripheral edges of said bottom wall, respectively, for defining an interior straining area, each wall of said plurality of walls being permeable and defining a plurality of holes operable for water to pass through;
wherein said plurality of walls includes first and second side walls having first and second upper edges, respectively, that are selectively received in said first and second grooves, respectively, and operable for slidable movement of said cutting board atop said strainer basket.

US Pat. No. 10,334,990

CUTTING BOARD WITH REMOVABLE DRIP PAN SYSTEM

1. A system, comprising:a cutting board that includes:
a top surface, a bottom surface, a front edge, a back edge, and a pair of opposing sides, one or more channels disposed along the top surface, wherein a bottom surface of the one or more channels is positioned below the top surface of the cutting board,
at least one aperture that extends from the top surface to the bottom surface, and
a pair of guides that are disposed along the bottom surface of the cutting board at a location adjacent to the pair of opposing sides;
a ledge that is positioned on the bottom surface of the cutting board and extending along an entirety of the back edge between the pair of opposing sides;
a spacer that is secured along a central portion of the ledge; and
a waterproof drip pan having a bottom surface, a raised outer wall, and a pair of edges, wherein the pair of guides are configured to engage the pair of edges to position the drip pan beneath the bottom surface of the cutting board and each of the at least one aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,334,989

DEVICE FOR CHOPPING, TURNING, AND SERVING GROUND MEAT

1. A device for separating and maintaining separation of ground meat while the meat is being cooked on a heated cooking surface, the device comprising: an elongated handle having first and second ends defining a length dimension and a length of the handle, with the length configured to reduce likelihood of grease from the heated cooking surface from splattering onto the hand of a user holding the handle; a spatula head attached to or extending from the second end of the handle, the spatula head having opposing top and bottom major surfaces bounded by a peripheral edge having first and second edge regions that are generally parallel to the length dimension of the handle and that are spaced apart to define a width of the spatula head in a dimension transverse to the length dimension; a fin blade extending upward from a portion of the top major surface of the spatula head that is intermediate the first and second edge regions; and wherein the fin blade has a height measured from the top major surface that is less than the width of the spatula head and the bottom major surface is configured to enable sliding a portion of the spatula head between the heated cooking surface and cooked or cooking ground meat, thereby enabling lifting, serving, or turning over a portion of the ground meat being cooked.

US Pat. No. 10,334,988

FOOD PORTIONING SYSTEM

The Nutrition Group, Inc....

1. A food portioning system comprising:(a) a support comprising a plurality of rails defining an opening configured to receive a container; and
(b) a bracket coupled with the support, wherein the bracket comprises a pair of rods extending upwardly from the support and a scrape bar positioned above the opening, wherein the pair of rods couple the scrape bar with the support, wherein the pair of rods are coupled with the support such that the position of the plurality of rails of the support are fixed relative to each other, wherein the scrape bar is configured to portion food within a serving implement;
wherein the pair of rods comprises a first pair of openings aligned through a first lateral axis between the pair of rods and a second pair of openings aligned through a second lateral axis between the pair of rods, wherein the first lateral axis is positioned above the second lateral axis, and
wherein the scrape bar is selectively insertable within the first pair of openings and the second pair of openings such that a height of the scrape bar is adjustable relative to the support.

US Pat. No. 10,334,986

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MAKING NUT BUTTER AND NUT MILK

ETERNAL EAST (HK) LTD., ...

1. A device for producing nut butter and/or nut milk from nuts, comprising:a base having a motor configured to drive a shaft;
an outer container positioned above the base;
a mixing container positioned within the outer container, the mixing container comprising inner sidewalls, a bottom surface, and at least one screen arranged in the inner sidewalls, the inner sidewalls being substantially vertical, the at least one screen having a plurality of holes sized just large enough to allow nut milk to freely pass through;
a cutting device positioned within the mixing container and mounted on the shaft, the cutting device configured to be driven by the motor during operation, the cutting device comprising a central hub and at least two blades, the at least two blades vertically offset and each having a blade tip, each blade tip positioned a radial distance from the inner sidewalls of the mixing container; and
one or more mixing arms arranged within the mixing container, the one or more mixing arms configured to scrape the inner sidewalls of the mixing container;
wherein the radial distance between the inner sidewalls and each blade tip is between approximately 2.29 and 2.79 mm (0.09 and 0.11 inches);
wherein a bottom blade of the at least two blades is spaced approximately 1.02 to 1.78 mm (0.04 to 0.07 inches) from the bottom surface of the mixing container;
wherein the plurality of holes of the at least one screen are approximately 100 mesh.

US Pat. No. 10,334,985

DISPOSABLE GRILL CLEANING DEVICE

Qloud Products LLC, Orla...

1. A grill cleaning device, comprising:a main body that is constructed from a grease absorbing material and includes a top surface having an outer perimeter, a bottom surface, and a plurality of side walls extending upward along an entirety of the outer perimeter;
a handle that extends upward from a center of the top surface of the main body, said handle being positioned equidistantly between the plurality of side walls;
a first plurality of elongated channels that are disposed along the bottom surface in a first direction; and
a second plurality of elongated channels that are disposed along the bottom surface in a second direction that is not parallel to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,334,984

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MAKING BREAD

iYukti LLC, Broadlands, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a cooking assembly including a first platen and a second platen, the first platen having a first flattening mass and a first heating surface movably coupled to the first flattening mass, the second platen having a second flattening mass and a second heating surface, the first heating surface between the first platen and the second heating surface, the second platen coupled to the first platen such that the first heating surface and the second heating surface define a platen volume within which an ingredient mixture can be disposed; and
an actuator assembly configured to move at least one of the first platen or the second platen to reduce the platen volume to place the cooking assembly in a flattening configuration, the first heating surface and the second heating surface each configured to contact the ingredient mixture when the cooking assembly is in the flattening configuration, the first heating surface in contact with the first flattening mass and the second heating surface in contact with the second flattening mass when the cooking assembly is in the flattening configuration, the actuator assembly configured to rotate at least one of the first platen or the second platen to transition the cooking assembly between a first orientation and a second orientation, the first heating surface below the second heating surface when the cooking assembly is in the first orientation, the second heating surface below the first heating surface when the cooking assembly is in the second orientation,
the actuator assembly configured to move at least one of the first platen or the second platen to increase the platen volume to place the cooking assembly in a cooking configuration when the cooking assembly is in the first orientation, the first heating surface contacting the ingredient mixture to apply heat to the ingredient mixture when the cooking assembly is in the cooking configuration, the first heating surface being spaced apart from the first flattening mass when the cooking assembly is in the cooking configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,334,983

SPIRAL OVEN APPARATUS AND METHOD OF COOKING

Unitherm Food Systems, LL...

1. A method of providing a uniform flow rate and temperature of cooking medium between an upper and a lower end of a cooking chamber of a spiral oven containing a spiral conveyor and a uniform cooking rate across an entire width of the spiral conveyor when cooking food by vertically oriented impingement of the cooking medium on the food being conveyed on the spiral conveyor within the cooking chamber of the spiral oven, the method comprising:discharging, from a first plurality of spaced-apart discharge openings located along a first lateral conduit that extends into a first vertical gap defined by two adjacent flutes of the spiral conveyor and extends between a first inner and a first outer edge of the spiral conveyor, a first cooking medium, one discharge opening of the first plurality of discharge openings being located at the first inner edge and another discharge opening of the first plurality being located at the first outer edge;
discharging, from a second plurality of spaced-apart discharge openings located along a second lateral conduit that extends into a second vertical gap defined by another two adjacent flutes of the spiral conveyor and extends between a second inner and a second outer edge of the spiral conveyor, a second cooking medium, one discharge opening of the second plurality of discharge openings being located at the second inner edge and another discharge opening of the second plurality being located at the second outer edge,
wherein the second lateral conduit is independent of the first lateral conduit and is at a vertical elevation toward a lower end of the cooking chamber and different rotational position than the first lateral conduit relative to a central axis of rotation of the spiral conveyor, the first lateral conduit being at a vertical elevation toward an upper end of the cooking chamber;
wherein a size, horizontal spacing, or size and horizontal spacing of the first plurality of discharge openings along the first lateral conduit differ from a size, horizontal spacing, or size and horizontal spacing of the second plurality of discharge openings along the second lateral conduit, the size of the second plurality of discharge openings being larger than the size of the first plurality of discharge openings, the horizontal spacing of the second plurality of discharge openings being smaller than the horizontal spacing of the first plurality of discharge openings.

US Pat. No. 10,334,982

BEVERAGE BREWER FOR VARIABLE SIZED DISPENSERS

FOOD EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGI...

1. In a beverage brewer assembly having a housing, a brewed beverage container, a source of hot water for mixing with a beverage ingredient, the improvement being a brewer control system, comprising:a brew basket for holding beverage ingredient while being mixed with hot brew water, said brew basket having
an open top,
a generally central axis, and
a bottom with an offset drain hole that is radially, outwardly spaced from the generally central axis for passing the hot beverage concentrate to the container;
means for mounting the brew basket to the housing in at least two different angular positions in which the drain hole is respectively located in at least two different radial positions outwardly spaced from the generally central axis to pass freshly brewed beverage to the beverage container when in two different positions, respectively;
means for sensing in which one of the at least two different angular positions is the brew basket; and
means responsive to the brew basket position sensing to automatically enable at least one preselected function associated with the one position sensed.

US Pat. No. 10,334,981

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PREPARING BEVERAGES

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A beverage preparation device comprising:a module for dividing raw material(s) of the beverage into said several ingredients;
a plurality of storage chambers for storing several ingredients, respectively, each of said several ingredients having a different taste property;
a user interface for receiving data representing a user's preferred taste;
a taste management unit comprising:
a memory for storing a reference table which describes the taste property of each ingredient, and
a processor for determining the dosage of each ingredient to be used according to said reference table and the user's preferred taste;
a generator for generating a beverage from at least one of said several ingredients according to said determined dosage; and
wherein at least one of:
said module for dividing raw material(s) comprises a cutter for cutting a single raw material into said several ingredients, and
said module for dividing raw material(s) comprises at least one taste sensor by means of which the raw material(s) of the beverage are accurately divided into said several different ingredients.

US Pat. No. 10,334,980

MOBILE BEVERAGE DISPENSING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A BEVERAGE

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A mobile beverage dispensing machine, comprising:a liquid tank having an insulated tank body for receiving and storing a liquid used for preparing a beverage;
a beverage preparation unit for preparing a beverage using the liquid and dispensing the prepared beverage;
a fluid circuit for delivering the liquid from the tank to the beverage preparation unit, wherein the fluid circuit comprises:
a first fluid path fluidly connecting the tank with the beverage preparation unit;
a second fluid path fluidly connecting the tank with ambient air at a certain overpressure above atmospheric pressure in the tank;
an air pump; and
at least one control unit configured for actuating the air pump to fill air inside the tank; and
wherein the first fluid path and the second fluid path are connected with a third fluid path;
heating means for heating the liquid in the tank;
at least one main power supply connector connectable to an external power source and at least one mobile power source;
at least one control unit configured to:
control and operate at least part of the heating means by external power to heat up the liquid in the tank when the machine is supplied in electrical power by the main power supply connector connected to an external power source; and
control and operate at least part of the heating means by power of the mobile power source to keep heating liquid in the tank when the machine is no longer supplied in electrical power from the at least one main power supply connector; and
a first control valve activated by the control unit to fluidly connect the air pump to a first portion of the first fluid path.

US Pat. No. 10,334,979

EASY ASSEMBLY CENTRIFUGAL JUICER

SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC., M...

1. A centrifugal juicer, comprising:a top section having a juice spout and a pulp spout, wherein the top section defines an opening for a cavity of the top section, the opening proximate to a bottom of the top section, wherein the top section includes a first mating surface and a second mating surface that are each positioned within the cavity, wherein the second mating surface is positioned below the first mating surface such that the second mating surface is closer to the opening than the first mating surface;
a strainer section having a strainer and a projection, the projection structured to mate with the first mating surface to couple the strainer section to the top section; and
a motor housing structured to house a motor, wherein the second mating surface engages with the motor housing to couple the top section to the motor housing.

US Pat. No. 10,334,978

CUTTING TOOL WITH CURVED BLADE

1. A cutting tool, comprising:a handle having a first end and a second end, said handle is generally cylindrical with a grip disposed along one surface to improve the grasp upon the cutting tool, the grip is comprised of a series of depressions, with intermittent rises, into which fingers are disposed to that improved grasp;
a blade projecting outward from said handle second end, said blade having an inner face and an outer face, a proximate end and a distal end, a first edge and a second edge, and an arcuate cross-section, a proximal end of the handle is provided with a hemispherical butt to obviate any discomfort associated with clutching the cutting tool, especially when thrusting the distal edge of the blade; and
a guard located on said handle second end adjacent to said blade, wherein said second edge further comprises a series of serrations which extend from said guard to said distal end, an outside diameter of the handle is larger than the width of the blade in order to provide the guard at the distal end of the handle, the guard is flared to a larger diameter than the remainder of the handle in order to prevent slippage of a hand toward the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,334,976

COMMUNION TRAY HAVING CORNER CUP DISPOSAL OPENINGS

14. A liquid distribution communion tray assembly comprising:a tray bottom having a floor and an upwardly-extending perimetric wall and a perimetric edge atop the perimetric wall; and
a generally rectangular tray cover that covers the perimetric edge, said tray cover having a plurality of cup-retaining apertures for receiving a plurality of liquid filled miniature drinking cups, said cup-retaining apertures sized so that a miniature drinking cup cannot pass through any one of them, an empty cup disposal opening at each corner of the tray cover through which empty drinking cups can be dropped into a cup-disposal space defined by inner surfaces of the tray bottom and a lower surface of the tray cover.

US Pat. No. 10,334,975

RACK SYSTEM FOR STORAGE AND ACCESS OF RE-SEALABLE BAGS

1. A device for hanging a storage bag having a re-sealable mechanical seal, the device comprising:a) a clip having a generally elongate shape further comprising:
1) a first clip arm having a first end and a second end; and,
2) a second clip arm having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first clip arm and the first end of the second arm are flexibly connected via a living hinge configured for an open position and a closed position, wherein proximate the second end of either the first clip arm or the second clip arm, a clip arm ridge is positioned and wherein a storage bag having a re-sealable mechanical seal is positioned between the first and second clip arms, with the clip arms positioned proximate to and under the mechanical re-sealable seal in the open position and the storage bag then enclosed by the clip in the closed position;
b) a rack further comprising:
1) a center portion having a body with a first end and a second end with an exterior defined by a pair of opposing parallel walls, a lower interior of the center portion defined by a pair of parallel inner opposing rails therein and an upper interior of the center portion open;
2) a pair of retainer portions, each of the retainer portions having a body with a first end, a second end and a top surface, the first end formed as a wall with an inner opening therein, the wall connected to the center portion first end and forming the center portion's first end, the top surface connected to the wall and extending from the first end to the second end of the retainer portion wherein a pair of legs define an opening with a rail interiorly positioned at an end of the legs, the pair of legs defining a pair of outer opposing rails aligned with the inner opposing rails of the center portion, the opening between the pair of legs aligning with the open center portion wherein one retainer portion of the pair of retainer portions is positioned at each end of the center portion, and wherein at least one locking rail gap is positioned in at least one of either the outer opposing rails of the first or second retainer portions or the inner opposing rails of the center portion of the rack, the at least one locking rail gap configured to engage with the at least clip arm ridge; and,
c) wherein the storage bag engaged in the clip in the closed position is positioned for slideable entry into the rack for storage and slideable exit for use, via the first retainer portion outer opposing rails, the opposing rails of the center portion and the second retainer outer opposing rails during use of the rack with the storage bag.

US Pat. No. 10,334,974

PERIMETER TRACK TOY

1. A moveable component for a track system, comprising:a carrier; and
a pair of rollers coupled to one another by the carrier, wherein the rollers each include at least one rolling surface configured to engage opposing sides of a track, wherein the carrier has at least one flat surface, at least one curved surface, and at least one slotted surface for carrying an object.

US Pat. No. 10,334,973

ADJUSTABLE AND MOUNTABLE GALLERY DEVICE

ABK INNOVATIONS LLC, Gal...

1. A gallery apparatus, comprising:a pair of main supports extending in a first direction with respect to a surface, each main support having a main support cord terminated by first and second main support terminal ends that respectively couple to surface attachments associated with the surface so as to mount the pair of main supports to the surface; and
at least one item support extending in a second direction with respect to the surface and between the pair of main supports, the at least one item support having opposed ends respectively having item support terminal ends for coupling the at least one item support to the pair of main supports,
wherein the second direction is transverse to the first direction,
wherein the at least one item support is configured to provide an attachment point to support an item for display, and
wherein each item support terminal end of the at least one item support comprises:
a cord stop having an aperture;
a button having an opening and coupled to a spring, wherein compression of the spring via application of a force on the button aligns the aperture and the opening so as to enable the main support cord of one of the pair of main supports to pass through;
a neck portion defining a channel configured to receive a terminal end of an item support cord forming the item support; and
a sleeve configured to slide over the neck portion and secure the terminal end of the item support cord within the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,334,972

MODULAR POSTER PRINT STRETCH FRAME

1. A modular poster print stretch frame, comprising:a plurality of side sections;
a plurality of corner sections;
a plurality of connectors; and
a plurality of retaining structures disposed on the plurality of side sections,
wherein the plurality of side sections and the plurality of corner sections form a closed loop, and the plurality of side sections and the plurality of corner sections are connected via the plurality of connectors, and
wherein a fabric sheet is retained by the plurality of retaining structures; and
wherein the plurality of retaining structures comprise in part a plurality of lips disposed on the plurality of side sections, each lip being disposed apart from other retaining structures in the plurality of retaining structures and along an edge of the side section, wherein each lip is configured to be taller than the other retaining structures and wherein the fabric sheet is retained by stretching around the plurality of lips to couple to the other retaining structures.

US Pat. No. 10,334,971

ULTRAVIOLET SHADOW BOX

FINESSE DIAMOND CORP., N...

1. A box for displaying items, at least one of which is an ultraviolet-reactive item, the box being sized for insertion into a showcase, and the box comprising:a box structure for containing the items to be displayed, the structure including at least one shadowing surface, and at least one open or glazed surface;
lighting wired with the box structure and obscured by the at least one shadowing surface, the lighting including:
at least one compact ultraviolet LED assembly mounted on the extrusion, within which is disposed an LED circuit and a 365 nm ultraviolet LED diode disposed on the LED circuit, and
a controller for controlling the lighting; and
means for directing the position or orientation of the lighting so that the ultraviolet LED stimulates visible fluorescence in the ultraviolet-reactive item, while areas in the box are subject to ambient or showcase white light penetrating into the box structure through the at least one open or glazed surface; and areas in the box are subject to shadowing from the at least one shadowing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,334,970

ADAPTIVE MERCHANDISING PLATFORM (AMP) MOUNTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INSTALLING THEREOF

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. A mounting system, comprising:at least one first crossbar with a first end cavity and a second end cavity;
a first support bracket insertable into the first end cavity of the first crossbar, the first support bracket including a first engaging structure;
a second support bracket insertable into the second end cavity of the first crossbar, the second support bracket including a second engaging structure, the first and second engaging structures configured to attach to respective first and second columns of a consumer product display;
more than one vertical upright connectable to the at least one first crossbar, the more than one vertical upright including a third engaging structure; and
at least one second crossbar, the at least one second crossbar connectable to the more than one vertical upright using a fourth engaging structure, each of the more than one vertical uprights including a first end and a second end that is respectively connectable to the at least one first crossbar and the at least one second crossbar, and
wherein each of the support brackets includes,
a major body with a first surface and a second surface,
a horizontal shaft extending from the first surface of the major body, the horizontal shaft being insertable into the respective first and second end cavities of the first crossbar,
the respective first and second engaging structures extending from the major body,
the major body of each of the support brackets having a triangular shape, the first and second engaging structures extending from the second surface of the major body, the first and second surfaces of the major body being opposing surfaces, the first and second engaging structures respectively including a first plurality of teeth and a second plurality of teeth, the first plurality of teeth having an identical configuration as compared to the second plurality of teeth, each of the first and second plurality of teeth including a series of top teeth, each of the top teeth having a vertical projection on a distal end of a horizontal projection, and
wherein a distance between points-of-contact of each of the first and second engaging structures is about equal, the distance being one of about 0.72 inches, 0.86 inches, 0.92 inches, 1.0 inches and 1.25 inches, the points-of-contact of each of the first and second engaging structures being lower surfaces of the first and second engaging structures that would directly contact bottom surfaces of front slots of the respective first and second columns of the consumer product display once the mounting system is connected to the consumer product display.

US Pat. No. 10,334,969

MODULAR DISPLAY

Art Guild, Inc., West De...

1. A modular display unit comprising:at least two structural supports;
at least one separator that is positioned between and connected to the at least two structural supports; and
at least two product holders, each product holder has a forward wall, a rear wall, and a plurality of product holding slots;
the plurality of product holding slots are supported on a bulbous base that extends between the forward wall and the rear wall, and supports a dependent side wall; and,
the base and dependent side wall of the at least two product holders cooperate to define respective receiving areas that each receive a portion of a respective one of the at least two structural supports,
whereby a product is displayed in a product holding location defined by opposed slots in the at least two product holders.

US Pat. No. 10,334,968

BRACKET ASSEMBLIES FOR SIGNAGE SYSTEMS AND MERCHANDISING DISPLAY SYSTEMS

T.M. Shea Products, Inc.,...

1. A bracket assembly for suspending a merchandising display panel, the bracket assembly comprising:a generally L-shaped bracket having a first arm and a second arm, the first arm defining a planar base element;
first and second securing elements including first and second suction cups, respectively, and first and second attachment portions, respectively, the first and second attachment portions passing through first and second holes, respectively, of the planar base element; and
a planar mounting element defined by the second arm and carried by the base element, the planar mounting element engaging a planar merchandising display panel, the planar merchandising display panel perpendicular to the mounting element,
wherein the first and second attachment portions extend parallel to the planar merchandising display panel, and
wherein the planar merchandising display panel is flush against the second arm.

US Pat. No. 10,334,967

MERCHANDISER AND METHODS RELATING TO SAME

Retail Space Solutions LL...

1. A product display merchandiser comprising:a support member;
an intermediate member movably attached to the support member, the intermediate member being movable between at least a retracted position and an extended position; and
a product support slidably attached to the intermediate member and movable between at least a retracted display position and an extended stocking position;
wherein the intermediate member has a front portion, a rear portion and a longitudinal axis extending between the front portion and the rear portion, and the product support is slidable along the longitudinal axis or an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis so that the product support extends out relative to the front portion of the intermediate member beyond a generally vertical plane containing the front portion of the intermediate member when the product support is in the extended stocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,334,966

INTERLOCKING PANELS, MODULES WITH INTERLOCKING PANELS, AND A MODULAR DISPLAY CASE WITH INTERLOCKING MODULES WITH INTERLOCKING PANELS

1. A method for removably connecting interlocking panels together, comprising:providing a first panel member having a ball key tab, the ball key tab including a ball key retaining aperture defined in the ball key tab;
inserting a ball key in the ball key retaining aperture;
providing a second panel member including a generally rectangular ball key tab connecting port for removably receiving the ball key tab and the ball key; and
removably interconnecting the first panel and the second panel by inserting the ball key tab and the ball key into the generally rectangular ball key tab connecting port.

US Pat. No. 10,334,965

MONITORING DEVICE, MONITORING SYSTEM, AND MONITORING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A monitoring device comprising:a processor that:
sets an area of a part of a display shelf to be monitored as a fixed area, based on a captured image of the display shelf in a store, the fixed area being an area whose image is not to be changed over time;
stores the fixed area in the monitoring device;
determines a similarity between an image of the stored fixed area and an image at the same position as the fixed area in a captured image of the store;
detects that a position of the display shelf is changed in the captured image of the store, when it is determined that there is no similarity between the image of the fixed area and the image at the same position as the fixed area in the capture image of the store; and
notifies a user that the display shelf to be monitored is not detected, when it is detected that the position of the display shelf is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,334,964

HOLDER ASSEMBLY

INVENTORY SYSTEMS GMBH, ...

1. A holder assembly for hanging goods to be displayed at a point of sale, comprising:at least one elongated holding member at which goods are to be hanged and to be arranged in a row of goods one behind the other so that the hanging goods may be slid along the at least one elongated holding member to a removal position at an end of the at least one elongated holding member where a good may be removed from the at least one elongated holding member; and
a carrier to which the at least one elongated holding member is mounted and at which an electronic detection element is provided,
wherein the at least one elongated holding member is displaceable between a first position and a second position with a motion component in the vertical direction,
wherein the at least one elongated holding member is configured to be displaced from the first position to the second position in order to allow a removal of at least one foremost good of a row of hanging goods arranged at the at least one elongated holding member from the at least one elongated holding member so that the at least one elongated holding member is displaced from the first position to the second position every time one good is removed from the at least one elongated holding member, and
wherein the electronic detection element is configured to detect a displacement of the at least one elongated holding member from the first position to the second position for emitting at least one signal every time one good is removed from the at least one elongated holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,963

HUMAN CARRYING OR TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

1. An improved method for carrying a person utilizing a carrying device comprising the steps of:obtaining a carrying device comprising;
a first and second material unit that are joined together only about a first side via an adhesion material wherein said adhesion material can disjoin allowing materials to pass between said first and second materials;
two straps disposed on said first material opposite said adhesion material; and
two straps disposed on said second material opposite said adhesion material;
placing a person on said first and second material units; and
lifting said person by pulling on said two straps disposed on said first material opposite said adhesion material; and two straps disposed on said second material opposite said adhesion material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,962

WEARABLE PORTABLE BABY CHANGING TABLE

1. A portable diaper changing apparatus, comprising:a rectangular platform assembly having a first end opposite a second end and two sides;
one respective hinge from a group of four corner hinges located in each of four corners of said platform assembly, each said hinge having a first hinge component rotationally engaged to a second hinge component;
a first primary member having opposing ends thereon, one each of said opposing ends thereof in a respective connection to a respective said first hinge component of each of two opposing said hinges located at said corners at said first end of said platform, and a second primary member having opposing ends thereof, one each of said opposing ends of said second primary member connected to a respective said first hinge component located at said second end of said platform assembly;
secondary hinges positioned in opposing positions substantially centered on both of said two sides of said platform assembly, each secondary hinge having a first hinge component rotationally engaged to a second hinge component;
four secondary members a first of said two sided formed by a first pair of said four secondary members connected at respective first ends thereof to a respective said first hinge component of a said secondary hinge, and connected at respective second ends thereof with a respective said second hinge component of a said hinge located at a said corner located at said first end of said platform, and, a second of said two sides formed by a second pair of said four secondary members connected at respective first ends thereof to a respective said second hinge component of a respective secondary hinge and connected at respective second ends thereof to a respective second hinge component of a said hinge located at a respective corner at said second end of said platform assembly;
a flexible fabric bed engaged on a first side of said platform assembly;
said platform assembly having a deployed position with all of said first and second primary members and said four secondary members positioned in the same plane and holding said fabric bed taught wherein a top surface of said fabric bed is adapted for positioning of an infant thereon and said platform is adapted for hanging support on a user with said first primary member in a contact against said user; and
said corner hinges and said secondary hinges rotatable to position said platform assembly to a collapsed position with all of said first and second primary members and said four secondary members adjacent and running substantially parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,334,960

DROP-IN OCCUPANCY DETECTION COMPONENT FOR FURNITURE

1. An occupancy detection system comprising:a frame;
a control component associated with an automated furniture item, the automated furniture item including a cavity corresponding to the frame, the control component comprising a receiving component and a determining component; and
a detection array component adapted to be coupled to the automated furniture item, the detection array component comprising:
(1) one or more sinuous wires coupled to the frame, and
(2) one or more bridging components coupled to the one or more sinuous wires along the frame and the control component, wherein the one or more bridging components are configured to generate a capacitive array associated with the one or more sinuous wires, said capacitive array configured to monitor a change in capacitance with respect to the detection array component.

US Pat. No. 10,334,959

AIR MATTRESS HAVING INFLATING AND DEFLATING FUNCTIONS

PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD., ...

1. A control method for an air mattress having inflating and deflating functions, the air mattress comprising:a plurality of air cells, the air cells being arranged in parallel in a bed longitudinal direction;
a pump configured to perform air supply and air discharge for each of the air cells; and,
control circuit configured to control air pressure inside the air cells by the pump,whereinthe control method comprising the steps of:setting an output of the pump at a first output equal to or lower than a maximum output when the pump inflates the air cells from a state in which the air cells are pressureless to a normal use state; and
setting a maximum power of the pump when the air cells are selectively and alternately inflated and deflated at a second output lower than the first output.

US Pat. No. 10,334,958

GLUELESS POCKETED SPRING ASSEMBLY WITH IMPROVED AIRFLOW

1. A bedding or seating product comprising:a pocketed spring assembly comprising first and second sheets of fabric and rows of springs between the first and second sheets of fabric, the first and second sheets of fabric being joined by longitudinal seams to separate adjacent rows of springs into strands, longitudinal seams separating each row of springs from an adjacent row of springs, a plurality of pockets formed along each strand of springs by aligned first and second linear separating seams, each of the first linear separating seams joining said first sheet to itself and extending downwardly from an ear between adjacent pockets and terminating at a first end, each of the second linear separating seams joining the second sheet to itself and extending upwardly from an ear between adjacent pockets and terminating at a second end and at least one spring positioned in each said pocket, a distance between the first and second ends of aligned first and second separating seams defining a height of a gap having a diamond-shaped configuration allowing air to flow through pockets, the gap having a width between longitudinal seams on opposite sides of a strand;
cushioning materials; and
a covering encasing said pocketed spring assembly and cushioning materials.

US Pat. No. 10,334,956

ONE-PIECE MATTRESS SUSPENSION DEVICE

TOURNADRE SA STANDARD GUM...

1. A one-piece suspension device for interposing between a mattress and a support structure, the device comprising:a platform defining a bearing plane for the mattress;
a fastener point for fastening to the support structure; and
a resilient section that is more resilient than the platform in a direction perpendicular to the bearing plane, being interposed between the platform and the fastener point in the direction perpendicular to the bearing plane in order to absorb compression forces, and including an angled element having a first arm and a second arm, a first elastic hinge at a first end of the first arm, and a second elastic hinge connecting a second end of the first arm to the second arm and forming a bend in such a manner that the first arm presents an angle relative to said bearing plane that is more pronounced than that presented by the second arm, the second elastic hinge being more flexible than the first elastic hinge; and
the one-piece suspension device being shaped in such a manner that any axis perpendicular to said bearing plane and passing through the one-piece suspension device intersects the one-piece suspension device along a single intersection segment.

US Pat. No. 10,334,955

MODULAR MATTRESS FOUNDATION HAVING GENERALLY LADDER-SHAPED SECTIONS

1. A modular mattress foundation comprising: two sides, each side comprising a swaged side section and a standard side section, each of the standard side sections comprising upper and lower generally L-shaped tubes each having open ends and a plurality of spacers extending between the generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes; each of the swaged side sections comprising generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes and a plurality of spacers extending between the generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes of the swaged side section, one end of each of the generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes of the swaged side section being swaged and being retained inside one of the open ends of one of the generally L-shaped tubes of one of the standard side sections; a head end section; a foot end section, each of the end sections comprising a straight upper tube, a straight lower tube and a plurality of spacers, each end of each of the straight upper and lower tubes being swaged, the swaged ends of each of the straight upper and lower tubes fitting inside the open ends of the generally L-shaped tubes of one of the side sections; a middle ladder comprising two middle sections joined together, each of the middle sections comprising a straight upper tube, a straight lower tube and a plurality of spacers, at least one of the straight upper and lower tubes of each middle section having openings extending through the tube; decking members extending through the openings in the middle sections, each of the decking members having end portions located inside the upper generally L-shaped tubes of the side sections.

US Pat. No. 10,334,954

COLLAPSIBLE AND FOLDABLE PORTABLE BENCH

12. Seating means including at least first and second seats for seating first and second individuals, said first and second seats being coupled together side-by-side to enable said first and second seats to be rotated relative to one another, whereby said seating means is movable between an axially extended configuration where said first and second seats are aligned in a straight line and a curved configuration where said first and second seats are aligned along an arc of a circle, said first and second seats being joined to one another by a flexible web by which to permit said seating means to be moved between said axially extended and curved configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,334,953

FURNITURE, LOAD SUPPORT MEMBER FOR CHAIR, AND CHAIR

OKAMURA CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A load support member for a chair which is included in a chair, comprising:a frame member which is a strength member which includes a pair of rod members which is separated from each other in a width direction of the chair and is disposed to be approximately parallel to each other; and
an exterior material which includes a front extension material disposed on a load receiving surface side of the chair and a rear extension material disposed on a side opposite to the load receiving surface which are joined to each other on one end edge in a length direction of the rod member and both end edges in the width direction, the exterior material being formed in a bag shape having an opening portion continuous in the width direction on the other end edge side in the length direction and covering the frame member through the opening portion from one end side in the length direction of the frame member,
wherein a support portion is provided on each of inner surfaces facing each other of the pair of rod members, and
wherein an interior material having a repulsive force with respect to a load in a surface perpendicular direction is bridged between the pair of rod members by being supported by the support portion, the interior material being disposed between the front extension material and the rear extension material,
wherein a spacer surface material is disposed between the front extension material and the interior material, and
wherein a repulsive force of the spacer surface material with respect to the load in the surface perpendicular direction is relatively smaller than the repulsive force of the interior material with respect to the load in the surface perpendicular direction.

US Pat. No. 10,334,952

NO-TOOLS CHAIR HAVING DETACHABLE HEIGHT AND TILT CONTROL PADDLES

LF Products, LLC, Wilmin...

1. A chair comprising a seat to support the weight of a user, a base to bold the seat above the ground, a pair of arms located at opposite sides of the seat, a user actuated controller that is operable by the user of said chair to cause the position of the seat to be adjusted relative to the base, said user actuated controller being removably attached to one of the pair of arms of said chair, wherein the one of said pair of arms of said chair to which said user actuated controller is removably attached has a controller cavity formed therein, said user actuated controller being removably received within said controller cavity, and an arm cover detachably connected to the one of the pair of arms of said chair in which said controller cavity is formed, said arm cover Iying over said controller cavity and covering said user actuated controller removably received therewithin.

US Pat. No. 10,334,951

ADJUSTABLE FURNITURE

DEWERTOKIN GMBH, Kirchle...

1. An article of adjustable furniture, comprising:a floor standing base section;
an adjustable seat section;
an adjustable backrest section;
a headrest section;
a single actuator for moving said backrest and headrest sections;
wherein:
the seat section is movably mounted with respect to the base section;
the backrest being movably mounted with respect to the seat section; and
the headrest is movably mounted with respect to the backrest section, said single actuator effecting co-ordinated and independent movement of the adjustable backrest and headrest sections relative to one another for selectively altering the configuration of said article of furniture.

US Pat. No. 10,334,949

SYSTEM FOR FIXATION OF SHELF ACCESSORIES TO A SHELF

HL Display AB, Nacka Str...

1. System for fixation of shelf accessories to a shelf, the system comprising;an elongate front fixation device (120, 220, 320, 420,) having a longitudinal direction and being arranged to be fixed to a shelf (10), at or adjacent and in parallel with a front edge (11) of said shelf, said front fixation device comprising at least one channel wall (123, 223, 323, 423) defining a longitudinally extending, open engagement channel (124, 224, 324, 424), and
at least one shelf accessory (140, 240, 340, 440, 640) arranged to be supported on an upper surface of the shelf and comprising an engagement member (150, 250, 350, 450, 650) arranged to be brought into engagement with said channel wall, for fixation of the shelf accessory to the front fixation device and the shelf, whereinthe shelf accessory comprises a resilient member (158, 258, 358, 458, 441a, 600) arranged to press the engagement member into an engaged position at which the engagement member is in engagement with the channel wall and to allow the engagement member to be brought to a disengaged position at which the engagement member is disengaged from the channel wall by deformation of the resilient member, the resilient member is arranged to contact the front fixation device both in the engaged position and in the disengaged position of the engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,948

ELECTRIC SHELF

Loctek Inc., Livermore, ...

16. An electric shelf, comprising:at least one column to be installed on a wall;
a slidable component arranged on the column to slide along the column vertically;
at least one layer of shelf board component connected to the slidable component to move simultaneously with the slidable component; and
a linear driving device connected to the slidable component and the colunm to actuate the slidable component to move relative to the column;
wherein the column is an interior tube fixed to the wall, and the slidable component is an exterior tube mounted outside the interior tube;
wherein each shelf board component comprises a frame and a board body, a frame connector is arranged between the frame and the exterior tube, the frame connector encircles the exterior tube near a central section of the frame connector, and the two ends of the frame connector are fixed to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,334,947

SINK SHELF

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sink shelf assembly comprising:a first shelf member configured to mount underneath a sink and comprising a front surface, a back surface, two side surfaces interconnecting the front and back surfaces, and a recess extending inwardly from the back surface between the two side surfaces; and
a second shelf member removably received in the recess of the first shelf member in a coupled position and removed from the recess in a decoupled position to allow routing of plumbing through the recess without obstruction from the first shelf member;
wherein the second shelf member includes two side surfaces that are detachably coupled to two inner side surfaces of the first shelf member in the coupled position, and wherein the two inner side surfaces define at least part of the recess;
wherein the second shelf member includes a back surface that is flush with the back surface of the first shelf member in the coupled position, and wherein the recess is located substantially centrally between the two side surfaces of the first shelf member;
wherein an outer perimeter of the second shelf member has a shape that complements a shape of the recess of the first shelf member;
wherein the outer perimeter of the second shelf member has a bullet shape having a rounded front surface extending from the two side surfaces of the second shelf member, which are parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,334,946

MOVABLE CABINETS

CABINETICS INNOVATIONS LT...

1. A Highly Hung Vertically Moveable Cabinet (HHVMC), comprising:a cabinet having a bottom and a top essentially parallel thereto;
an electrical motion system including:
a first bracket configured for attachment to a ceiling,
a second bracket configured for attachment to said ceiling independently of said first bracket and
an electric tubular motor for wrapping a curtain attached between the cabinet and said first bracket; said electrical motion system configured to move the cabinet to a predetermined distance of at least 500 mm in a first direction and in a second opposite direction, both first direction and second direction being essentially normal to the bottom and top;
a retractable belt configured to remain attached between the cabinet and said second bracket independently from said tubular motor; said retractable belt passively extending and retracting as said cabinet is lowered and raised respectively;
a brake attached to said retractable belt to stop said extending in response to a sudden increased movement; and
switches coupled to the electrical motion system, to allow selection of movement in the first or second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,334,945

MODULAR RACK FOR PHYTOCHEMICAL EXTRACTION SYSTEM

1. A modular rack, comprising:a first leg having a vertical member attached to a horizontal member;
a second leg having a vertical member attached to a horizontal member; and
a variable width frame comprising one or more frame modules, wherein each frame module is rectilinear in shape, wherein each frame module has a left side and a right side, wherein each frame module is W1 units of distance wide, wherein each side of each frame module is attachable to a side of another one of the frame modules or to a top end of the vertical member of one of the first leg or second leg,
such that the variable width frame is configurable to provide the modular rack with a width of N units of distance by combining the first leg, second leg, and M frame modules, wherein N=M*W1, wherein M is the total number of frame modules in the modular rack, and
wherein each of the frame modules includes an upper mounting device and a lower mounting device that are each configured to removably attach an extraction column to the frame module, wherein each mounting device comprises a hole in the frame module, wherein the extraction column includes a flat plate member having a hole that is configured to be aligned with the frame hole and that is configured to receive a bolt that passes through the member hole and the frame hole, thereby removably coupling the extraction column to the frame module.

US Pat. No. 10,334,944

SHELVING SYSTEMS

1. A shelving system comprising:a frame;
a cross member coupled to the frame;
a guide member coupled to the cross member such that the guide member is movable relative to the cross member; and
a container including a rail coupled to the guide member, the rail including a first locking element and a second locking element that is connected to the first locking element and engages the guide member, the container including a handle comprising a third locking element that engages the first locking element, a portion of the third locking element being fixed to the first locking element, the handle comprising a first portion and a second portion that movably engages the first portion,
wherein moving the second portion relative to the first portion rotates the third locking element to move the locking elements such that the second locking element is spaced apart from the guide member and the container is movable relative to the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,943

TABLE WITH RETRACTABLE POWER CABLES

1. A table for concealing one or more power adapters, each power adapter having a power cord, the table comprising:a frame;
a table top supported by the frame;
a plurality of chambers at least partially concealed by the table top, each chamber being separated from adjacent chambers by side walls;
at least one power outlet disposed within each chamber for receiving at least one of the one or more power adapters; and
at least one strain relief mechanism disposed within each chamber, each strain relief mechanism being configured to prevent a corresponding power cord from being dislodged from the power outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,334,942

SOAP DISPENSING BRUSH

1. A soap dispensing brush, comprising:a handle having a first end, a second end, and an interior volume configured to store liquid cleaner therein;
an end cap removably secured to the second end of the handle;
wherein the end cap comprises at least one exterior air vent in fluid communication with at least one interior opening disposed on the end cap;
wherein at least one flap is hingedly affixed to the end cap, the flap configured to selectively move between a closed position and an open position when the end cap is depressed, wherein the flap covers the interior opening when in the closed position;
a brush head disposed on the first end of the handle, the brush head comprising a first side and a second side, the first side having a plurality of bristles thereon;
a plurality of apertures disposed on the first side of the brush;
a push rod having a first end in contact with the end cap and a second end in contact with a valve;
wherein the valve is configured to open when the end cap is depressed;
and whereby opening of the valve dispenses liquid from the plurality of apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,334,940

COMPOSITE HEAD TOOTHBRUSH HAVING SAFETY FEATURES

Loops LLC, Ferndale, WA ...

1. A toothbrush having a composite head, the composite head comprising:a rigid polymer inner core having a plurality of bristle holes for retention and holding a plurality of toothbrush bristles, the rigid inner core made from a 1st material;
a pliable flexible material completely surrounding the rigid inner core on a left and a right side in bottom plan view underside aspect, the pliable flexible material being made from a 2nd material; and
a bond at an interface between the rigid inner core and the pliable flexible material surrounding the rigid polymer inner core, wherein further the rigid polymer inner core is molded to the pliable flexible material thereby forming the composite head having the bond.

US Pat. No. 10,334,939

APPARATUS FOR SECURING MOBILE DEVICES TO A BELT

1. An apparatus for securing mobile devices to a belt comprising:a receiver coupled to a belt, wherein the receiver comprises a stud of a one-way fastener coupled to the belt with a post;
a clip removably couplable to the receiver, wherein the clip comprises a socket of the one-way fastener coupled to a rear side of a flexible member, wherein the flexible member comprises a grip section on one side of said socket and a lanyard section on an opposing side of the socket, wherein the grip section is configured for a user to grip and pull to disengage the clip from the receiver; and
a lanyard with a first end coupled to said clip through a lanyard hole in said lanyard section, wherein a second end of the lanyard is coupled to a mobile device with a nut, wherein the lanyard comprises a paracord and the nut is generated by a process comprising:
weaving one end of the paracord through one or more holes in the mobile device to create a first side of the paracord and a second side of the paracord;
adjusting the first and second sides of the paracord such that the second side is shorter than the first side;
taking the first side of the paracord and folding it up to be approximately perpendicular to the second side to begin a loop around the second side;
wounding up in a bottom to top direction the first side of the paracord into one or more loops around the second side of the paracord to create a stack; and
weaving the first side back through the stack and pulling to tighten thereby creating the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,334,938

PERSONAL ITEM MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

THE BIG O, LLC, Dallas, ...

1. A personal management apparatus, comprising:a wearable band having a non-adjustable, fixed circumference that defines a first outer diameter; and
a clasp coupled to the wearable band, the clasp defining a second outer diameter that is less than the first outer diameter and being adapted to couple a personal item to the wearable band;
wherein the wearable band comprises:
an inner core formed from a rigid or non-flexible material, the inner core being ring-shaped; and
a cover surrounding the inner core, the cover defining an outer surface;
wherein a portion of the inner core of the wearable band is radially sandwiched between radially-spaced first and second portions of the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band;
wherein the first portion of the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band defines the first outer diameter;
wherein the second portion of the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band is generally circular in shape, and is sized so that the wearable band is adapted to be worn around a user's wrist and/or bicep;
wherein the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band extends continuously and uninterruptedly along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety;
wherein the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band is generally donut-shaped and defines a radially-extending cross-section, the radially-extending cross-section generally defining a circular shape that is constant and the same at any point along the fixed circumference of the wearable band and throughout the outer surface's continuous and uninterrupted extension along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety;
wherein the circular shape, which is generally defined by the radially-extending cross-section defined by the outer surface of the cover of the wearable band, is coplanar with the any point along the fixed circumference of the wearable band, and extends radially outward from the second portion of the outer surface of the cover to the first portion of the outer surface of the cover at the any point along the fixed circumference of the wearable band, the circular shape being radially bounded by the second portion of the outer surface of the cover and the first portion of the outer surface of the cover;
wherein the clasp comprises:
a clasp body forming an arcuate shape that defines the second outer diameter; and
a gate movable between a closed position and an open position, the gate having a first end pivotably coupled to one end of the clasp body and an opposing second end that moves relative to another end of the clasp body;
wherein, when the gate of the clasp is in the closed position, the opposing second end of the gate is locked to the another end of the clasp body;
wherein, when the gate of the clasp is in the open position, the opposing second end of the gate extends towards the clasp body;
wherein the gate of the clasp is spring loaded so that:
the gate of the clasp is biased into the closed position; and
the gate of the clasp is configured to be moved from the closed position to the open position in response to an application of a force against the gate;
wherein, when the gate is in the open position and the application of the force against the gate is released, the gate of the clasp self locks by moving from the open position to the closed position in which the opposing second end of the gate is locked to the another end of the clasp body;
wherein the opposing second end of the gate and the another end of the clasp body are configured so that an audible click is heard when the gate obtains the closed position in which the opposing second end of the gate is locked to the another end of the clasp body;
wherein a first inner region is defined by the cover of the wearable band;
wherein the first inner region is generally circular in shape;
wherein the clasp extends through the first inner region so that the wearable band extends around a portion of the clasp;
wherein a second inner region is at least partially defined by the clasp body of the clasp;
wherein the wearable band extends through the second inner region so that the clasp extends around a portion of the wearable band when the gate of the clasp is in the closed position;
wherein the extension of the clasp through the first inner region, and the extension of the wearable band through the second inner region, couples the clasp to the wearable band;
wherein the extension of the clasp through the first inner region, the extension of the wearable band through the second inner region, and the continuous and uninterrupted extension of the outer surface along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety, permits movement of the clasp relative to the wearable band and along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety, while the clasp remains coupled to the wearable band;
and
wherein at least the rigidity of the rigid or non-flexible material from which the inner core of the wearable band is formed is such that, when the personal item is coupled to the wearable band by the clasp and the personal item applies a gravity-induced load against the wearable band:
the first outer diameter of the wearable band remains generally constant;
the circular shape of the first inner region is generally maintained; and
since the first outer diameter of the wearable band remains generally constant and the circular shape of the first inner region is generally maintained, the clasp continues to be permitted to move relative to the wearable band and along the fixed circumference of the wearable band in its entirety, while the clasp remains coupled to the wearable band and the personal item is coupled to the clasp.

US Pat. No. 10,334,937

LID ASSEMBLY WITH RING TO CONTROL FLOW

THERMOS L.L.C., Schaumbu...

1. A lid assembly for a beverage container configured to achieve an open position to permit a user to drink liquid therethrough and achieve a closed position that generally limits the liquid passage therethrough, the lid assembly comprising:a spout having a mouth portion and a lower circular end positioned generally opposite the mouth portion, wherein the mouth portion is configured to receive the user's lips, and the spout having a threaded engagement section;
a base member having a bottom surface, a base side wall, and flanges, wherein the bottom surface, the base side wall, and the flanges define openings that permit passage of liquid when the lid assembly is in the open position and wherein the lower circular end of the spout meets with the bottom surface to block the passage of liquid through the openings when the lid assembly is in the closed position, and the base member has a threaded engagement section to receive the threaded engagement section of the spout, and the base member configured to engage to a beverage container;
an outer ring removably engaged to the spout, the outer ring configured to permit the user to maneuver the spout and the base member relative to each other to achieve the open position and the closed position, such that the user does not have to directly touch the spout to achieve the open position or the closed position, which decreases contamination of the mouth portion of the spout; and,
the spout includes an internal cylindrical surface and an external cylindrical surface, the external cylindrical surface includes a groove configured to hold a seal and position the seal generally against an internal surface of the base side wall when the spout moves to transition between the open position and the closed position, thereby minimizing the liquid that can pass between the base member and the spout.

US Pat. No. 10,334,936

CHECKPOINT-FRIENDLY BACKPACK

TUMI, INC., Edison, NJ (...

1. A backpack for allowing a computer to be stored therein when scanned at an inspection station without having to remove the computer therefrom, the backpack comprising:a dedicated compartment for storing the computer, the dedicated compartment comprising a single closeable pocket formed by a first interior wall, a first exterior wall, a first bottom wall, and at least one first sidewall coupling the first interior wall and the first exterior wall to provide first side walls of the dedicated compartment except for the first bottom wall, and including a first fastener for enclosing the computer within the dedicated compartment;
a non-dedicated compartment comprising at least one pocket or pouch formed by a second interior wall, a second exterior wall, a second bottom wall and at least one second sidewall coupling the second interior wall and the second exterior wall to provide second side walls of the non-dedicated compartment except for the second bottom wall, and including a second fastener for enclosing the non-dedicated compartment;
wherein a common edge between a respective portion of the first bottom wall of the dedicated compartment and the second bottom wall of the non-dedicated compartment form a living hinge, the backpack configured with a third fastener to provide movement between a screening mode in which the first interior wall of the dedicated compartment is separated from the second interior wall of the non-dedicated compartment and is connected by the living hinge, and a non-screening mode in which the first interior wall is adjacent the second interior wall and the first fastener and an exterior portion of the first sidewall is disposed partially within an interior portion of the second sidewall along substantially the entire length of the first sidewall and second sidewall; and
the third fastener facilitating fastening between the dedicated compartment and the non-dedicated compartment while in the non-screening mode, and facilitating separation between the dedicated compartment and the non-dedicated compartment while in the screening mode,
wherein the first fastener is a zipper.

US Pat. No. 10,334,935

ONE-TOUCH COMPACT CASE HAVING REFILLABLE STRUCTURE

CTK CO. LTD., Seongnam-s...

1. A one-touch compact case having a refillable structure that includes a lower body and an upper cover unit having a cover and a lid inside the cover, the lower body and the upper cover unit being divided into halves and combined up and down, and in which predetermined sides of the lower body and the upper cover unit are combined by a pin and other sides are locked and unlocked by a locking unit so that the upper cover unit is opened and closed from a top of the lower body,wherein the upper cover unit is combined with or separated for refilling from the lower body, through the pin inserted into pin holes formed through ribs at predetermined sides of the cover and the lid and put into or out of a pin groove open downward at a rib at a side of the lower body, and the lower body receives and packs a cosmetic,
wherein a top of a storage space is hermetically closed by a cut plate having a circular cut line and a ring for cutting on a top and a bottom of the storage space is open and hermetically closed through a bottom plate that is hermetically bonded after the cosmetic is received in the storage space so that the cut plate is pulled with the ring for use in a single motion.

US Pat. No. 10,334,934

LIQUID COSMETIC CONTAINER

TOKIWA CORPORATION, Gifu...

1. A liquid cosmetic container comprising:a container main body that includes a housing portion that receives a liquid cosmetic material therein;
a leading tube having a tubular shape, and a main body that has a longitudinal axis that extends substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the container main body, the leading tube being positioned on a tip end side of the container main body, the leading tube having a tube hole communicating with the housing portion;
an intermediate core disposed in the container main body and in the leading tube, the intermediate core conveying the liquid cosmetic material; and
a tubular cover having an outer circumference substantially the same as an outer circumference of the housing portion, wherein:
a rear end of the intermediate core is positioned inside the housing portion, a tip of the intermediate core projecting from a tip opening provided at a tip of the leading tube, the tip of the intermediate core comprising a liquid cosmetic material applying portion,
the leading tube has an inclination portion at a frontmost tip end, the inclination portion being inclined with respect to an axial center of the container main body,
the intermediate core inclines following a tube hole on a frontmost end of the inclination portion,
an axial center of the tube hole on the inclination portion extends in a direction identical to an inclination direction that an axial center of the inclination portion inclines with respect to the axial center of the container main body and further inclines with respect to the axial center of the inclination portion, and the inclination portion is contained within the tubular cover.

US Pat. No. 10,334,933

APPLICATOR AND CAPSULE FOR SUCH APPLICATOR

InDerm, (FR)

1. A method for applying product and light to a surface for non-medical treatment of said surface, wherein a capsule comprising a reservoir containing a product is releasably coupled to a housing comprising at least a light source and a control unit, wherein the capsule comprises a movable element such as a ball onto which product from the reservoir can be fed for dispensing it to a surface by the ball, wherein light is transmitted from the light source through the capsule to the surface prior to, during and/or after dispensing said product onto said surface, whereafter the capsule is removed from the housing and replaced by another capsule.

US Pat. No. 10,334,932

LIGHTENING COSMETIC CONTAINER

HUANIYA INTERNATIONAL CO....

1. A lightening cosmetic container, including:a main body, including a case, a cover and an attachment member, the cover having an inner surface including at least one recession disposed thereon, the attachment member being attached to the inner surface by an adhesive material and covering at least part of the at least one recession within which the adhesive material comes;
a lightening device, disposed on the main body, including at least one light source, a magnetic switch which is electrically connected with the at least one light source, and a magnetic member disposed corresponding to the magnetic switch; wherein the cover is openable relative to the case to change magnetic state of the magnetic switch and switch the magnetic switch on.

US Pat. No. 10,334,931

PUFF-EMBEDDED COSMETIC POWDER CONTAINER

CTK CO. LTD., Seongnam-s...

1. A puff-embedded cosmetic powder container, comprising:a main body having a space to hold cosmetic powder therein;
a shoulder cap including a coupling portion through which the shoulder cap is coupled to an upper end of the main body, and a net which is secured by a coupling ring to a powder discharge hole defined in a bottom portion thereof;
a puff receiving cap including on a first side thereof a hinge unit to open or close the puff receiving cap relative to the shoulder cap, a receiving portion receiving a puff therein, and an annular packing provided on a lower portion of the bottom portion to block the powder discharge hole; and
an upper cap coupled to the main body in a threaded fastening method to open or close the main body, and pressurizing the puff receiving cap when the upper cap is coupled to the main body in the threaded fastening method, thus allowing the annular packing provided on a lower portion of the puff receiving cap to forcibly seal the powder discharge hole of the shoulder cap,
wherein a sealing step is formed on an inner circumference in the space of the main body, and a sealing wing is formed on an outer circumference of a sidewall of the shoulder cap to correspond to the sealing step, so that the sealing wing is elastically and airtightly coupled to the sealing step when the shoulder cap is coupled to the main body, and a rotary portion included in the hinge unit of the puff receiving cap has a movable space in which a second end of a pin is movable up and down, a first end of the pin being press-fitted into a pin fixing portion of the shoulder cap, so that, when the upper cap is manipulated to be closed, the puff receiving cap is pressed down via the movable space, thus sealing the powder discharge hole of the shoulder cap.

US Pat. No. 10,334,930

NAIL SANITIZER TOOL

Freshnails Sanitizer, Inc...

1. A nail cleaning and sanitizing tool comprising:a) a main body housing a wadding section to store alcohol;
b) a nail penetrating device connected to and in fluid communication with the main body, the nail penetrating device further comprising:
i. a digger comprised of a body having a proximal portion, a tapered distal portion and a protrusion extending from a first side of the body adjacent the tapered distal portion, the protrusion forming a triangle pyramid shape having one face thereof a concave cavity bound along a periphery by first and second retaining walls, where the first and second retaining walls form edges between the one face and another two faces of the triangular pyramid shape and converge at an apex of the triangular pyramid to form a nub, wherein a continuous distal edge of the digger is formed by a distal-most edge of the tapered portion, a distal-most edge of the protrusion and the nub, where the nub is adjacent and continuous with the distal-most edge of the protrusion and disposed opposite the tapered portion, and,
ii a nib, the nib having a first side and a second side joined at one end by a wall, where the first and second sides converge and terminate at a curved peripheral edge opposite the wall, and wherein the nib is in fluid communication with the wadding section and the wall of the nib is directly coupled to a second side of the body of the digger opposite the first side,
c) wherein the curved peripheral edge provides optimal contact to sanitize an under the nail region, and,
d) wherein the concave cavity and the first and second retaining walls terminating in the nub remove and collect debris from the under the nail region.

US Pat. No. 10,334,929

HAIR PRODUCT APPLICATION DEVICE

The Pro-Motion Group, LLC...

1. A hair product application device consisting of:a glove comprising a plurality of digit portions; and
a blister pack disposed on at least one digit portion from among the plurality of digit portions, the blister pack consisting of:
a pocket containing a hair product composition, the pocket located on at least a portion of an exterior surface of the at least one digit portion of the glove; and
a rupturable membrane at least partially forming the pocket and configured to release at least a portion of the hair product composition when ruptured in response to a pressure differential between an internal pressure exerted on the rupturable membrane and an external pressure exerted on the rupturable membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,334,928

CONTAINER FOR MOBILE DEVICE

Zgonic Pty Ltd., Victori...

1. A container comprising: a housing including a chamber with a side opening formed in said housing and defined by a base wall and an upper wall, and said housing including a cover panel extended from said upper wall and foldable relative to said upper wall and movable toward said upper wall, said housing including a flap extended from said base wall and foldable relative to said base wall for covering the side opening of said chamber of said housing selectively, and said housing including a depression formed in said upper wall, a lock device attached to said cover panel, a lock member attached to said flap for selectively engaging with said lock device of said cover panel and for coupling said cover panel and said flap together, a mobile device selectively receiveable and engageable into said chamber of said housing through the side opening, a base plate engaged in said base wall of said housing, a support device foldably attached to said base plate with a hinge device, and said support device being foldable relative to said base plate and said housing, and a display attached to said support device and movable relative to said upper wall between an upwardly working position and a downwardly folded storing position, and said display being selectively receivable and engageable in said depression which is formed in said upper wall of said housing when said cover panel is folded toward said upper wall.

US Pat. No. 10,334,927

LUGGAGE SYSTEM EMPLOYING A TELESCOPICALLY-EXTENDABLE HANDLE AND BATTERY POWER SUPPLY ASSEMBLY EQUIPPED WITH A SEMI-AUTOMATIC BATTERY POWER MODULE EJECTION MECHANISM

JRSK, Inc., New York, NY...

1. A luggage system comprising:front and rear housing portions hinged together to provide a housing assembly provided with a set of spinner wheels; and
a telescopically-extendable handle and rechargeable power supply assembly mounted within the rear housing portion and having a pair of spaced-apart guide tubes mounted in the rear housing portion, and supporting a pair of telescopically-extendable rods joined to a handle structure, for pulling the luggage system on the set of the spinner wheels;
wherein the telescopically-extendable handle and rechargeable power supply assembly includes
(i) a base housing component mounted in an aperture formed in the rear housing portion, and having a top surface with a power port access opening;
(ii) a battery module casing mounted to and beneath the base housing component, and disposed substantially in the same plane as and between the pair of spaced-apart guide tubes; and
(iii) a semi-automatic battery power module ejection mechanism comprising a spring-biased platform mounted at the bottom of the battery module casing, for ejecting a battery power module from the battery module casing when the finger of a user presses down on the battery power module while retained in the battery module casing so that the battery power module automatically pops up above the surface of the power port access opening, for manual removal of the battery power module from the battery module casing, wherein the spring-biased platform has multiple configurable states including:
a first lockable state where the spring-biased platform is located at a first position in the battery module casing and supports the battery power module in the battery module casing at a first depth within the battery power module where the top of the battery power module resides at or below the surface of the power port access openings; and
a second lockable state where the spring-biased platform is located at a second position in a second depth within the battery power module where the top of the battery power module resides above the surface of the power port access opening so as to allow the battery power module to be manually removed and withdrawn from the battery module casing using the fingers of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,334,926

LUGGAGE CONSTRUCTION

it Luggage Limited, Harl...

1. An article of soft luggage comprising:an internal shape-defining framework;
a soft outer cover; and
a handle having two limbs and a cross piece provided between the two limbs, wherein the internal shape-defining framework comprises:
a plurality of elongate members interconnected to define a shape that is substantially parallelepiped which generally defines a shape of the article of soft luggage, the parallelepiped shape comprising a plurality of corners, each corner defined by the intersection of three faces of the parallelepiped shape; and
wherein two of the plurality of elongate members that are provided at corners of the parallelepiped shape of the internal shape defining framework are elongate tubular members which each substantially define a full length of the shape of the article of soft luggage and which are arranged in parallel are each configured to receive a respective limb of the handle so that the handle is moveable in an axial direction between a retracted configuration, in which the limbs are nested within the respective two elongate tubular members, and an extended configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,334,925

NECKTIE BRIEFCASE

1. A necktie briefcase comprising:top and bottom enclosures defining a storage compartment;support rods mounted within the storage compartment near and parallel to a first longitudinal side in each of the top and bottom enclosures;a restraining strap removably attached within the storage compartment near and parallel to a second longitudinal side in each of the top and bottom enclosures;a pair of retainer arms mounted on opposite adjacent sides of each of top and bottom enclosures, each retainer arm mounted with a spring loaded mount that biases the retainer arm closed against the interior surfaces and allowing the retainer arms to swing outward from within the storage compartment; and
a plurality of neckties configured to be hung on each of the support rods and positioned behind the restraining strap and retainer arms such that the neckties are secured against an interior wall in each of the top and bottom enclosures.

US Pat. No. 10,334,924

PROTECTIVE CASING FOR ELECTRONIC PRODUCT

SHENZHEN ILLUSDESIGN CREA...

1. A protective casing for electronic product, comprising:a flexible body; and
a support assembly coupled to the flexible body and comprising:
a fixing plate;
a support arm;
a pivot assembly disposed between the fixing plate and the support arm, wherein one end of the support arm is pivotally jointed to the fixing plate using the pivot assembly, and wherein another end of the support arm is pivotable around the pivot assembly in order to be opened or closed relative to the fixing plate; and
a mounting zone disposed along a short side direction of the flexible body and configured to mount the fixing plate,
wherein two openings are symmetrically arranged in the mounting zone,
wherein a connecting plate is disposed between the two openings,
wherein one end of the fixing plate penetrates through one of the two openings from a front side of the flexible body and is snap-fitted to the flexible body,
wherein the other end of the fixing plate penetrates through the other one of the two openings from the front side of the flexible body and is snap-fitted to the flexible body, and
wherein the connecting plate abuts against the fixing plate.

US Pat. No. 10,334,923

CARRIER APPARATUS FOR GARMENTS

FirstLight Projects Londo...

1. A carrier apparatus for supporting a garment, the apparatus comprising a hanger having first and second arm elements that project radially outwardly from a central hanging axis and which are connected by a hinged coupling which allows the first and second arm elements to be folded around said central axis or axes parallel to said central hanging axis to thereby substantially overlie one another, and a garment storage bag to which the hanger is couplable, wherein the garment storage bag is configured to fold at least first and second axes, the first and second axes being substantially normal to one another, and wherein the central axis of the hanger coincides with one of said first and second fold axes of the garment storage bag,wherein the garment storage bag has one or more fastenings that couple to fastenings provided to said hanger such that the central axis of the hanger coincides with one of said first and second fold axes of the garment storage bag.

US Pat. No. 10,334,922

POCKETED ARTICLE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Amer Sports Canada Inc., ...

1. A pocketed article comprising:a first primary panel;
a liner panel having a first face bonded to the first primary panel and a second face opposite the first face of the liner panel;
a secondary panel having a first face facing the second face of the liner panel and a second face opposite the first face of the secondary panel, wherein outer portions of the liner panel are folded about edges of the secondary panel and wherein the outer portions are bonded to the second face of the secondary panel; and
a second primary panel joined to the first primary panel.

US Pat. No. 10,334,921

SHADING SYSTEM INCLUDING VOICE RECOGNITION OR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENT CAPABILITIES

1. An intelligent umbrella system, comprising:one or more shading elements;
a support assembly, coupled to the one or more shading elements, to provide support for the one or more shading elements;
a base assembly, coupled to the support assembly, to provide contact with a surface;
one or more microphones to capture spoken or audio commands;
one or more processors;
one or more memory modules;
one or more wireless communication transceivers;
wherein computer-readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules are executable by the one or more processors to:
convert the captured audio commands into audio files; and
perform voice recognition on the converted audio files to generate instructions or commands based, at least in part, on the converted audio files; and
one or more environmental sensors, wherein the audio command requests sensor measurements from the one or more environmental sensors, and the computer-readable instructions are executable by the one or more processors to generate and communicate the instructions or commands to the one or more environmental sensors to capture sensor measurements and receive the captured sensor measurements from the one or more environmental sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,334,920

UMBRELLA HOLDER AND STABILIZATION SYSTEM

1. An umbrella holder and stabilization system for hands-free holding of an umbrella of a type having a pole, a canopy, shaft, and a crook handle, said umbrella holder and stabilization system, comprising:a housing having a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall that, collectively, define an interior space, said housing having a top wall spanning between upper edges of said plurality of side walls and defining an opening operable for receiving the crook handle of the umbrella into the interior space;
a neck strap member having a first end and a second end opposite said first end and a neck strap fastener coupling said first end to said second end so that said neck strap member is a loop;
at least one clamp slidably coupled to said neck strap member having a configuration that is slidable along an extent of said neck strap member and is operable to releasably capture the pole of the umbrella;
wherein said housing includes a fastener operably coupled to said neck strap for coupling said housing to said neck strap member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,919

BRAZED JOINT FOR ATTACHMENT OF GEMSTONES TO EACH OTHER AND/OR A METALLIC MOUNT

Forever Mount, LLC., Tuc...

1. A gemstone arrangement comprising:a first non-grooved gemstone having a first mounting surface;
a second non-grooved gemstone having a second mounting surface: and
at least one braze joint, the at least one braze joint being formed from a reactive metallic alloy, the braze joint adhering the first mounting surface to the second mounting surface, the braze joint being substantially concealed from a direct line of sight from a top portion of the gemstone preventing excessive alloy from getting outside a desired braze area.

US Pat. No. 10,334,918

CUSTOMISABLE JEWELLERY

1. A customisable item of jewellery comprising a plurality of adornments each of which incorporate a head and a pin; a grid with a plurality of openings defining a plurality of distinct closely contiguous adornment locations, and attachment means suitable for releasably retaining a pin of an adornment in each selected one of said plurality of openings; whereby once a plurality of adornments are attached to said attachment means, a cluster of releasable adornments is formed, wherein said attachment means comprises a layer of resilient material which is provided beneath said grid and which spans a plurality of said openings and said pin has a barb, whereby said layer of resilient material is positioned to receive said barb; the barb and pin being retained within the resilient material by frictional contact between the pin and the resilient material when the barb and the pin are inserted into the resilient material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,917

PENDANT ADAPTER FOR INTERLOCKING BUILDING TOY

1. A multi-functional pendant includinga plurality of interlocking toy pieces and an interchangeable adaptor for converting said plurality of interlocking toy pieces into said multi-functional pendant,
each said interlocking toy piece comprises at least one protruding stud on one side and at least one depression notch on a different side of said interlocking toy piece, said at least one protruding stud of each one of said interlocking toy pieces is removably engageable, by an interference fit, with said at least one depression notch on any other of said interlocking toy pieces; and,
said interchangeable adaptor comprises at least one fastener shaped to fit into a space defined around said at least one protruding stud, said at least one fastener is made of a piece of material sufficiently thinner than a thickness of said at least one protruding stud for enabling said at least one fastener to be firmly clamped between at least two of said interlocking toy pieces when the at least one protruding stud has been engaged, by an interference fit, with said at least one depression notch; and, wherein said interchangeable adaptor further comprises at least one aperture for connecting the multi-functional pendant to a variety of accessories.

US Pat. No. 10,334,916

SUB-ASSEMBLY OF EXTERNAL PARTS FOR TIMEPIECE OR WATCH OR PIECE OF JEWELLERY

1. A sub-assembly of external watch parts, comprising:a first component comprising edges which project from an inner face of a first skirt and first undercuts in the inner face that are positioned axially above each of the edges, and
a second component comprising wings which project radially outward from a second skirt and second undercuts,
wherein said first component and said second component are provided to occupy a first dismantled position for insertion in which said first component and said second component have, one relative to the other, a first angular orientation or to occupy a second assembled and locked position in which said first component and said second component have, one relative to the other, a second angular orientation different from said first angular orientation and are retained axially by a bayonet fit between at least two said edges and at least two said wings,
wherein at least said first component or said second component comprises, at least in part in the thickness of said first skirt or respectively second skirt, at least one elastically deformable zone comprising a lug which is provided to cooperate, by indexing in a relative position between said first component and second component, with a limit stop for angular indexation and locking, which the other of said first component and second component comprises, and
wherein, in said first dismantled position for insertion, said first component and said second component have, one relative to the other, a first angular orientation, and are retained at a distance, one from the other, by repulsion means, which comprise magnetic repulsion means and/or at least one elastic element and/or at least one sealing joint, and, in said second assembled and locked position, said first component and said second component are retained axially counter to the resistant force exerted by said repulsion means.

US Pat. No. 10,334,915

ATTACHMENT LINK

The Swatch Group Research...

1. An attachment link for a watch band arranged to attach the band to a watch case between horns, wherein the attachment link is U-shaped with two arms extending out from a base, wherein a first end of the attachment link is fixed to a watch band strand between the two arms and a second end of the attachment link is formed by the bottom face of the base and is arranged to be against the case, wherein the attachment link is positioned between the horns against the case and held with a bar,wherein the attachment link comprises means for blocking pivoting in order to firmly hold the attachment link between the horns and against the case, the blocking means comprising at least one of:
a first blocking element mounted on the bottom face of the base of the attachment link and projecting outward from the bottom face towards the case, and
a second blocking element mounted on an outside face of each of the two arms of the attachment link and projecting outward from the outside face towards the horns.

US Pat. No. 10,334,914

TWIST LOCK

TEDDER INDUSTRIES, LLC, ...

1. A locking mechanism, comprising:a first male portion, comprising a post having a central axis aligned in a direction of a height of the post, the height of the post including a distance from a base of the post to a first end of the post, and including a slot recessed into an exterior surface of a side of the post, parallel to the central axis, the slot originates at the first end of the post opposite the base of the post and extends along the exterior surface of the side of the post and adjoins a locking groove recessed into the exterior surface of the side of the post, perpendicular to the slot and extending along the exterior surface of the side of the post a length equal to a fraction of a perimeter of the post; and
a second female portion, comprising a ring arranged to fit over the first end of the post, and including a locking fin protruding from an interior surface of a side of the ring, the locking fin arranged to extend into the slot when the ring is placed over the first end of the post and to extend into the locking groove when the ring is positioned on the post a preset distance above the base of the post and rotated in a first rotational direction with respect to the post.

US Pat. No. 10,334,913

ADJUSTABLE ZIPPER PULL ASSEMBLY

1. An adjustable zipper pull assembly comprising:a cord;
a plurality of protrusions extending from the cord; and
a slidable member disposed on the cord and slidable relative to the cord, the slidable member having a first aperture that receives a first region of the cord, and a second aperture that receives a second region of the cord such that the cord defines a closed loop;
wherein at least one of the slidable member and the protrusions are flexible such that one of the slidable member and the protrusions deflects relative to the other of the slidable member and the protrusions to enable the slidable member to slide over the protrusions while sliding relative to the cord and adjusting a size of the loop about a top portion of a zipper slider.

US Pat. No. 10,334,912

MULTIFUNCTION KEY FOB

1. A multifunction key fob, comprising:a housing defining an opening through which a key is deployed;
a moveable key tray contained within said housing and comprising a plurality of key slots;
a tray motor mounted in said housing and operably connected to said moveable tray; and
a plurality of key selector buttons on a surface of said housing, said key selector buttons corresponding to each of said key slots, wherein selecting one of said key selector buttons causes the key in the corresponding slot to be deployed, through said opening, to a useable position.

US Pat. No. 10,334,911

BUCKLE

Lindnerhof-Taktik GmbH, ...

1. A buckle for releasable load coupling of two elements comprising:a first buckle component and a second buckle component configured for releasable engagement at a coupled position;
said first buckle component having a first connection area for connecting said first buckle component to a first element of said two elements, and a first coupling area including a first hook profile extending a width direction;
said second buckle component having a second connection area for connecting said second buckle component to a second element of said two elements, and a second coupling area including a second hook profile extending in said width direction;
a locking element for releasably locking said first buckle component to said second buckle component when said first buckle component and said second buckle component are at said coupled position,
wherein said first hook profile and said second hook profile are complementary and interengage at said coupled position to couple said first buckle component to said second buckle component in a form-fit manner; and
wherein the locking engagement of said locking element in said coupled position is adapted to be released by pulling an operating element connected to said locking element.

US Pat. No. 10,334,910

SHOE HAVING ELASTIC TONGUE-SECURING STRAPS

Dynasty Footwear, Ltd., ...

1. A shoe comprising:(a) a sole;
(b) an upper, extending above the sole, that includes a front section, a first side section, a second side section, a rear section, and a tongue that originates from the front section and extends toward the rear section; and
(c) an elastic strap that at least one of (i) extends over and across the tongue, (ii) is attached to the tongue, or (iii) extends from a side edge of the tongue,
wherein the tongue extends between and partially underneath the first side section and the second side section,
wherein the first side section includes an opening, and
wherein the elastic strap includes a first portion, having a proximal end attached to the tongue, that extends along an interior surface of the first side section, a second portion, extending from the first portion, that passes through the opening, and a third portion, extending from the second portion, that runs along an outside surface of the first side section.

US Pat. No. 10,334,909

ELASTIC SHOELACE WITH A RING

1. An elastic shoelace comprising:a knot (3) located at one end of the elastic shoelace;
a circular eye (2) located opposite the knot at an other end of the elastic shoelace;
a ring (5) that is received by and located on the eye (2); and
a tag (6) provided on the ring;
wherein the elastic shoelace is inserted with the eye (2) through a set of holes (B) in a lower section of a shoe (A) upwards and once the elastic shoelace is secured in the set of holes (B) in the shoe (A), the knot (3) is fixed behind a first bottom hole (B) of the shoe (A) and the ring (5) is hooked onto an adequate threaded pin (4) arranged on the shoe (A).

US Pat. No. 10,334,908

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH DECOUPLED UPPER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:a longitudinal direction extending along a major axis of the article of footwear and a lateral direction extending along a minor axis of the article of footwear;
an upper and a sole structure;
a connecting member comprising a first sheet of material forming an upper layer and a second sheet of material forming a lower layer, the upper layer being attached to the lower layer at a central attachment portion that extends longitudinally along the connecting member;
the upper layer being attached to the upper and the lower layer being attached to the sole structure;
the connecting member including a lateral decoupled portion extending laterally from the central attachment portion to a lateral side of the connecting member and including a first free portion of the upper layer and a first free portion of the lower layer;
an opening disposed between the first free portion of the upper layer and the first free portion of the lower layer, wherein the opening is also disposed between the upper and the sole structure;
a covering portion positioned adjacent an exterior surface of the upper, wherein the covering portion has a first end portion disposed adjacent to an upper periphery of the sole structure and a second end portion positioned adjacent a lacing edge of the exterior surface of the upper;
wherein the covering portion is configured to cover the opening between the first free portion of the upper layer and the first free portion of the lower layer, and wherein the covering portion is configured to cover a portion of the exterior surface of the upper;
wherein the lower layer of the connecting member and a portion of the covering portion separate the upper from the sole structure, and wherein the lower layer of the connecting member extends from a medial edge of the sole structure to a lateral edge of the sole structure; and
wherein the first end portion of the covering portion is attached between the lower layer of the connecting member and the sole structure.

US Pat. No. 10,334,907

BIO HEEL PAD, BIO HEEL PAD SHOE AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING SAME

BioFoot Pad, Incorporated...

1. A shoe having a bio foot pad for insertion into the shoe, comprising:a shoe counter having a bio foot pad, wherein the bio foot pad includes a plurality of circumferential elastic fibers uniformly located in an arcuate orientation throughout a viscoelastic material such that each fiber includes first and second fiber termination ends, wherein all of the first fiber termination ends are connected together and all of the second fiber termination ends are connected together at separate locations outside of the viscoelastic material for fixation to the shoe counter;
wherein the circumferential elastic fibers react to biphasic properties of the viscoelastic material such that the biphasic properties include a non-elastic phase and an elastic phase; and
wherein the circumferential elastic fibers are configured to, under a compression of the viscoelastic material due to an interaction of a heel area of a user of the shoe with the viscoelastic material that generates the elastic phase, develop a plurality of hoop stresses that allow axial forces exerted against the heel area of the user of the shoe to be evenly distributed along the heel area of the user of the shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,334,906

INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC FOOTWEAR AND CONTROL LOGIC FOR AUTOMATED INFRASTRUCTURE-BASED PEDESTRIAN TRACKING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method for automating a collaborative operation between an intelligent electronic shoe (IES) and an intelligent transportation management (ITM) system, the IES including an upper for attaching to a foot of a user and a sole structure attached to the upper for supporting thereon the foot of the user, the method comprising:transmitting, via a transmitter-detector module communicatively connected to a traffic system controller of the ITM system, a prompt signal to a detection tag attached to the sole structure and/or upper of the IES;
receiving, via the transmitter-detector module, a response signal emitted by the detection tag responsive to receiving the prompt signal;
determining, via the traffic system controller based on the response signal, a user location of the user;
receiving, via the traffic system controller from a footwear controller attached to the sole structure and/or upper, sensor data indicative of a speed and a heading of the IES;
determining, via the traffic system controller, a first operating state of a traffic signal proximate the user location and communicatively connected to the traffic system controller;
determining, via the traffic system controller based on the received sensor data, an expected incursion time that the IES will breach a traffic lane regulated by the traffic signal;
determining, via the traffic system controller, an estimated phase change time between a current time and a preprogrammed phase change time at which the traffic signal is scheduled to switch from the first operating state to the second operating state;
determining, via the traffic system controller, if the expected incursion time is less than the estimated phase change time; and
transmitting, via the traffic system controller to the traffic signal responsive to a determination that the expected incursion time is less than the estimated phase change time, a command signal to switch from the first operating state to a second operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,334,905

HEEL-SUSPENDING PROTECTIVE BOOT

Walgreen Health Solutions...

1. A protective boot for use by a person lying in a supine position and supporting a lower leg, heel, and foot thereof, the boot comprising:a body formed of a flexible and compressible foam material, the body having a proximal leg portion, a distal forefoot portion contiguous with and projecting from the leg portion in a transverse direction thereto, a continuous cavity defined by and within the leg and forefoot portions and being complementary in size and shape to support the lower leg of the person while supporting the foot of the person in an upright position, an anterior opening defined in the leg and forefoot portions to permit the foot and lower leg to pass therethrough into the cavity within the leg and forefoot portions, oppositely-disposed lateral regions defined by the leg portion and separated by the anterior opening, oppositely-disposed lateral regions defined by the forefoot portion and separated by the anterior opening, an interior surface defined by the leg and forefoot portions within the cavity, an exterior surface defined by the leg and forefoot portions, and a continuous rim separating the interior and exterior surfaces;
a cushion within the cavity within the lower leg portion for supporting the lower leg of the person and suspending the heel of the person within the cavity;
a first low-friction material defining the exterior surface at the leg and forefoot portions;
a trim being a second low friction fabric at the continuous rim separating the interior and exterior surfaces, the second low-friction fabric trim being a different material than the first low-friction material defining the exterior surface of the body and being sewn onto the body so as to form the continuous rim in its entirety by compressing and narrowing the foam material of the body along the entire perimeter of the anterior opening;
first means for adjustably closing the anterior opening in the leg portion with the lateral regions of the leg portion; and
second means for adjustably closing a portion of the anterior opening in the forefoot portion with the lateral regions of the forefoot portion by drawing the lateral regions of the forefoot portion inward and toward the medial and lateral sides of the foot of the person within the forefoot portion without applying pressure to the dorsum of the foot.

US Pat. No. 10,334,904

SPORTS HELMET WITH ROTATIONAL IMPACT PROTECTION

BAUER HOCKEY, LLC, Blain...

1. A hockey or lacrosse helmet for protecting the head of a player, the hockey or lacrosse helmet comprising:(a) a rigid outer shell defining an external surface of the helmet, the rigid outer shell comprising a plurality of shell members movable relative to one another to adjust the fit of the helmet on the player's head;
(b) an inner padding configured to conform to the head of the player, the inner padding being configured to decrease a radial acceleration of the head of the player as a result of a radial impact acting against the outer shell, said inner padding comprising a plurality of inner pad members, the inner pad members being associated with respective ones of the shell members so that when the shell members move relative to one another a corresponding movement is imparted to the associated inner pad members;
(c) a rotational impact cushioning arrangement comprising at least one thin and flexible piece of damping material configured to reduce a rotational acceleration of the head of the player as a result of a rotational impact acting against the outer shell, the thin and flexible piece of damping material having a main surface and a thickness, the main surface having an extent that is greater than the thickness, the thin and flexible piece of damping material residing at a location which is adjacent the head of the player when the helmet is worn and the main surface being oriented towards the head of the player when the helmet is worn, the location of the thin and flexible piece of damping material being such that displacement of the shell members relative to one another produces a movement of the thin and flexible piece of damping material relative to at least one of the inner pad members, wherein the thin and flexible piece of damping material is configured such that a rotational impact on the outer shell induces a lateral distortion of the thin and flexible piece of damping material in a direction along the main surface thereof; and
(d) an adjustment mechanism operable by the player and configured to allow the shell members to move relative to one another to perform an adjustment of the fit of the helmet on the player's head.

US Pat. No. 10,334,903

RETRACTABLE DISPLAYS FOR HELMETS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A helmet comprising:an outer shell;
a heads-up information system comprising a display, the heads-up information system movable from a storage position within the outer shell to a use position in which the display of the heads-up information system is visible by the user, when the helmet is worn by the user; and
an attachment assembly coupled to the outer shell and the heads-up information system and operable to move the heads-up information system between the storage position and the use position;
wherein, the axis of movement from the use position to the storage position is something other than an axis normal to the plane of the user's vision.

US Pat. No. 10,334,902

ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

Revision Military S.a.r.L...

1. An attachment system for mounting an accessory to a wearable article, the attachment system comprising:an attachment plate securable to an attachment base on a wearable article;
a first engaging element on the attachment plate, the first engaging element constructed and arranged to engage a second engaging element on the attachment base;
a flexible member extending in a direction from a first side of the attachment plate toward a second side of the attachment plate opposite the first side; and
a third engaging element coupled to the flexible member, the third engaging element constructed and arranged to engage a fourth engaging element on the attachment base;
first and second grips positioned on opposite sides of the flexible member, the flexible member and the first and second grips configured such that movement of the grips toward one another deforms the flexible member, wherein:
when the first engaging element is engaged with the second engaging element on the attachment base, the third engaging element is movable between an unlocked position in which the third engaging element is not engaged with the fourth engaging element on the attachment base, and a locked position in which the third engaging element is engaged with the fourth engaging element to secure the attachment body to the attachment base, and
the third engaging element is movable between the locked and unlocked positions via deformation of the flexible member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,901

EMERGENCY HAIR WEAVE KIT

Anita Lucille Brooks, Oa...

1. A hair weaving kit comprising:a hair cap having a top side and a bottom side;
a plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair with at least one first snap attached to an end of each of the plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair; and
a plurality of mating second snaps for mating with the first snaps;
wherein there are no snaps attached to the hair cap; and
wherein the mating second snaps and the first snaps are configured to attach the plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair to the hair cap by placing the plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair on the top side of the hair cap, placing the mating second snaps on the bottom side of the hair cap, and locking the mating second snaps to the first snaps with the hair cap sandwiched in between such that the plurality of pieces of precut lengths of hair are attached to the hair cap.

US Pat. No. 10,334,900

MAGNETIC CLOSURES

The North Face Apparel Co...

10. A releasable closure for connecting a first part to a second part along a predetermined length thereof, comprising:a. a first element coupled to the first part and encapsulating a smart fluid and extending along the predetermined length;
b. a compatible element coupled to the second part and extending along the predetermined length;
c. a switch for selectively inducing an electromagnetic field in the smart fluid thereby changing the state of the fluid and causing the first element to couple to the compatible element uniformly along the predetermined length; andwherein the smart fluid is any fluid whose magnetism changes in the presence of a magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,334,899

WEARABLE ADAPTIVE ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER FABRIC

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An adaptive fabric apparatus comprising:an adaptive garment capable of changing a size of fabric micro holes to modify a textile density, the adaptive garment including wearable electroactive fibers that contract to increase the size of fabric micro holes in response to an applied voltage; and
an adaptive fiber interface to adjust the textile density of the adaptive garment in response to an event-based trigger by modifying a voltage level applied to at least a portion of the wearable electroactive fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,334,898

RADIO FREQUENCY SHIELDED CLOTHING

19. Clothing for shielding a person from radio frequency energy relating to an electronic device comprising:a garment adapted to be worn by the person;
said garment including at least one pocket having an inner panel and an outer panel, said pocket sized to hold the electronic device; and
said inner panel of the pocket including a shield material, the shield material shielding a person from radio frequency energy relating to an electronic device, the shield material including a shield edge, where the shield material is folded partially around the pocket to move the shield edge away from the person.

US Pat. No. 10,334,897

QUICK-DRYING, TACKY POLYMER FILM COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USE

University of Maryland, C...

1. A solution comprising:About 0.5% to about 1.5% by weight of a chitosan, in which about 2% to about 15% of available functional groups of the chitosan are covalently attached to hydrophobic moieties, about 8% to about 13% by weight of glycerol; about 1.5% by weight of acetic or lactic acid, about 60% to about 70% by weight of an alcohol, and about 18% to about 22% by weight of water.

US Pat. No. 10,334,896

CONVERTIBLE GARMENT

Peak Theory, Inc., Palo ...

1. A convertible garment comprising:a main body portion and a hood portion attached to the main body portion, the hood portion including inner and outer opposing surfaces and an interior volume formed therebetween, each of the inner and outer surfaces having opposing garment and ornamental plush toy sides, wherein the interior volume is accessible via an opening disposed on the inner surface of the hood portion; and
wherein the main body portion and hood portion are convertible between a garment configuration and a plush toy configuration, the ornamental plush toy sides of the inner and outer surfaces configured to face towards each other and form interior walls of the interior volume in the garment configuration, and the ornamental plush toy sides being invertible out of the opening such that they face away from each other in the plush toy configuration with the interior volume inverted therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,334,895

MEDICAL GOWN WITH EASY TIE STRAP

1. A medical gown to be worn by a person comprising:a front portion,
opposite first and second side portions,
a back portion having opposite left and right edges defining a vertical opening therebetween;
the side portions residing between the front and back portions;
each portion having top and bottom edges;
the front and back portions being joined to define a neck opening and opposite shoulder portions;
a first strap having a first end fixed to the back portion adjacent one of the left and right edges and a free second end;
a releasable fastener to temporarily hold a segment of the first strap to one of the shoulder portions, with the free second end hanging downwardly along the front portion; and
a second strap having a first end fixed to one of the side portions or to the front portion;
whereby the free second end of the first straps is held by the person and pulled to release the first strap from the one shoulder portion and pulled to close the opening in the back portion without reaching behind the person's back.

US Pat. No. 10,334,894

SEALING ARRANGEMENT FOR GARMENTS

SI TECH AB, Brastad (SE)...

1. A sealing arrangement for garments to sealingly connect an annular layer and a wearable layer to said sealing arrangement, said sealing arrangement comprises a sealing device and a reinforcement clip,said sealing device comprising an annular sealing body and an annular base, said annular base comprising:
an inner annular wall portion,
an outer annular wall portion extending circumferentially around said inner annular wall portion,
a recess at least partly defined by said inner and outer annular wall portions, and
an annular sealing surface for circumferentially and sealingly connecting said annular layer to said annular base;
said annular sealing body being adapted to be locked into said recess to circumferentially and sealingly connect said wearable layer between said annular base and said annular sealing body;
said reinforcement clip comprising a sealing device locking portion arranged at a first end portion of said reinforcement clip, a counter acting portion arranged at a second end portion of said reinforcement clip, and a connecting portion connecting said sealing device locking portion and said counter acting portion;
wherein said sealing device locking portion is arranged to be locked to at least one of said inner annular wall portion and said outer annular wall portion of said sealing device and said counter acting portion is configured to, in use, counter act a relative movement of the outer and inner annular wall portions whereby the risk of said annular sealing body to be released from said recess is reduced,
wherein said counter acting portion comprises a base sub portion connected to said connecting portion, and a main protruding portion extending from said base sub portion at least partly in the same direction as said connecting portion, thereby forming a main reinforcement clip recess defined by at least a part of said connecting portion, at least a part of said base sub portion and at least a part of said main protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,334,893

ATHLETIC BAND WITH REMOVABLE MODULE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A device configured to be worn by a user comprising:a housing configured to be worn along an appendage of a user, the housing including:
a sensor, such that upon proper placement of the housing on the appendage of the user, the sensor is aligned at a first orientation that is directly on or over the appendage of the user;
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium that comprises computer-executable instructions, that when executed by the processor perform at least:
receiving first sensor data from the sensor at a first time period in which the sensor is located at a first location of a plurality of locations
calculating, using the first sensor data, a first value of a physiological parameter for the user;
instructing the user to perform a specific activity configured to trigger a known tension within a specific muscle within the appendage at the first location;
receiving second sensor data from the sensor during the specific activity;
calculate, using the second sensor data, a second value of the physiological parameter for the user; and
comparing the first value for the physiological parameter to the second value for the physiological parameter,
wherein if the first value for the physiological parameter is within a threshold range of the second value for the physiological parameter, communicate a notification to the user that a calibration is complete and the device is positioned correctly on the appendage of the user, and
wherein if the first value for the physiological parameter is outside of a threshold range of the second value for the physiological parameter, instruct the user to reposition the device on the appendage to a second location within the plurality of locations.

US Pat. No. 10,334,892

CHEST WALL ADAPTER DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

Hubbard Innovations, Inc....

1. A chest wall adapter apparatus for supporting a user's breasts, the apparatus having left and right sections and comprises:a horizontally extending and upwardly angled shelf configured to extend along and follow a contour along at least an underside of the breasts of the user;
a vertically extending adapter wall, having an inner face and an outer face, a top of the vertically extending adapter wall is integrally formed with the shelf and defines a curved edge corresponding to an inframammary fold of the breasts of the user, the inner face is configured to lie against the user's chest wall beneath the breasts of the user, and
an inwardly extending convex portion located midway of the left and right sections which is configured to lie against the chest wall of the user between the breasts.

US Pat. No. 10,334,891

BRASSIERE WITH A CONCEALING ELEMENT

1. A brassiere comprising:cups, each cup having at least one frame,
straps, each strap connecting to a cup at an apex,
a bottom band, and
elements configured to cover a wearer's breast tip region, wherein the elements are respectively arranged on a cup's inner side that faces a wearer's body, and the elements only partly cover the cups' inner side facing the wearer's body, and the elements are connected to the brassiere in at least three positions, at least one of the positions being the apex, and the remaining positions including one or more frames of the cup, the strap, or the bottom band.

US Pat. No. 10,334,890

BRA AND/OR BRA PAD FOR PROVIDING THE APPEARANCE OF SYMMETRY TO ASYMMETRICAL BREASTS

1. A breast apparatus comprising:a first breast cup comprising (i) a first inner surface having a concave shape and (ii) a first outer surface having a convex shape, wherein said first inner surface and said first outer surface are both molded by compressing a single solid piece of flexible material; and
a second breast cup comprising (i) a second inner surface having said concave shape and (ii) a second outer surface having said convex shape, wherein (a) said second inner surface and said second outer surface are both molded by compressing a single solid piece of flexible material, (b) said concave shape is selected from a number of standard breast cup sizes, (c) said convex shape is selected from a number of available breast cup sizes, (d) first breast cup and said second breast cup are each removably inserted into an interior of a breast covering garment, (e) said first breast cup and said second breast cup each include an adherent, (f) said adherent of said first breast cup is configured to removably attach said first breast cup to said interior of said breast covering garment via a first slot and (g) said adherent of said second breast cup is configured to removably attach and said second breast cup to said interior of said breast covering garment via a second slot.

US Pat. No. 10,334,889

ATHLETIC WEAR NURSING BRA

Just Bloomed, LLC, Media...

1. A nursing top for woman comprising:an inner layer and an outer layer,
the outer layer comprising shoulder straps,
the inner layer comprising a built in bra,
bra straps that connect the bra to the outer layer of the top, wherein an attachment mechanism is configured to hold and release the bra straps, wherein the bra straps are separate from the shoulder straps, wherein another mechanism is configured to adjust and release the shoulder straps,
an inner lining on the bra, the inner lining configured to be non-chafing and absorbent, and
a supporting elastic band encircling a bottom edge of the bra.

US Pat. No. 10,334,888

ELECTRONIC VAPORIZING DEVICE FOR VAPORIZING WATER-BASED COMPOSITIONS

LunaTech, LLC, Encino, C...

1. A personal vaporizer comprising:a device processor operable for controlling the personal vaporizer, wherein the device processor is operable to generate an activation command to initiate a vaporization process;
at least one container configured to store a water-based vaporizable liquid composition;
an ultrasonic vaporizing component operatively coupled to the device processor and controlled in part by the device processor, wherein the ultrasonic vaporizing component is in fluid communication with the at least one container for receiving at least a portion of the selected amount of the vaporizable liquid composition from the at least one container, wherein the ultrasonic vaporizing component comprises an ultrasonic vibration element operable to produce ultrasonic vibrations to vaporize at least a portion of the vaporizable liquid composition received therein;
a vapor outlet coupled to the ultrasonic vaporizing component and configured to receive a vapor generated by the ultrasonic vaporizing component, the vapor outlet operable to expel the generated vapor from the ultrasonic vaporizing component;
an input/output device operatively coupled to the device processor; wherein the input/output device is configured to receive a plurality of data for transmission to the device processor, wherein the input/output device is configured to transmit a plurality of data generated by the device processor; and
a power source operatively coupled to the ultrasonic vaporizing component, wherein the at least one power source is operable to generate a supply of power for operation of the ultrasonic vaporizing component;
wherein the device processor is further operable to,
receive a plurality of device activation parameters for controlling activation of the vaporization process;
generate at least one device activation control signal in accordance with at least a portion of the plurality of device activation parameters; and
transmit the at least one device activation control signal to the ultrasonic vaporizing component to initiate the vaporization process in accordance the at least one device activation control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,334,887

ATOMIZER AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING G...

1. An atomizer comprising:a storage member; and
a cigarette holder;
wherein an inductive chamber and an airflow passage are separately defined in the storage member, an air suction port is defined on the cigarette holder, the cigarette holder is movably sleeved on an end of the storage member, the cigarette holder can alternate between a locked state and an unlocked state with respect to the storage member by moving the cigarette holder; when the cigarette holder is in the locked state, at least one of the inductive chamber and the airflow passage is closed by the cigarette holder; when the cigarette holder is in the unlocked state, the air suction port communicates with both of the inductive chamber and the airflow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,334,886

ATOMIZER AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE THEREOF

Changzhou Patent Electron...

1. An atomizer, comprising: a smoke channel, an atomizer head and a collecting container, wherein an end of the smoke channel is in fluid communication with the atomizer head, the collecting container is detachably provided in the smoke channel, and the collecting container comprises a collecting cavity and an air outlet in fluid communication with two ends of the smoke channel; the collecting cavity has a closed end near the atomizer head and an open end away from the atomizer head, and the open end of the collecting cavity is in fluid communication with a channel wall of the smoke channel located above the open end of the collecting cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,334,885

FEATURE SYNCHRONIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC VAPOR PROVISION SYSTEMS

Nicoventures Holdings Lim...

15. A first vaping system, comprising:a first electronic vapor provision system;
a first memory comprising a group identification (ID) associated with a synchronization group;
a first mobile communication device arranged to detect a signal from a remote second vaping system comprising a second electronic vapor provision system, the signal comprising a token associated with the group ID at a trusted server indicating that the second vaping system is a member of the synchronization group; and
a processor arranged to modify a setting associated with an illuminated portion of the first electronic vapor provision system to a setting common to members of the synchronization group upon the first mobile communication device transmitting the received group ID and the received token to the trusted server and receiving from the trusted server an indication that the received token is validly associated with the group ID at the trusted server.

US Pat. No. 10,334,884

AEROSOL GUIDING DEVICE AND AEROSOL GENERATING SYSTEM COMPRISING SAID AEROSOL GUIDING DEVICE

JT International S.A., (...

1. An aerosol generating system, the system comprising:aerosol generating means;
aerosol delivery means; and
an aerosol guiding device,
wherein the aerosol guiding device comprises a chamber having an air inlet, an air outlet, an upstream portion that tapers inwardly from the air inlet, and a downstream portion that tapers inwardly from the air outlet, the aerosol delivery means being configured such that aerosol is introduced from the aerosol generating means into the chamber in use, and
wherein an airflow route is defined from the air inlet to the air outlet, and the relative dimensions of the air inlet and the air outlet are selected to provide pressure control means for controlling the pressure differential between the air inlet and the air outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,334,883

CARTRIDGE FOR AN AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM AND AN AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM COMPRISING A CARTRIDGE

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A cartridge for an aerosol-generating system, the cartridge comprising:an elongate first compartment having a length L1 and a maximum transverse cross-sectional area A1, the first compartment having a first air inlet and a first air outlet and containing a nicotine source comprising a first carrier material loaded with from 1 milligram to 50 milligrams of nicotine; and
an elongate second compartment having a length L2 and a maximum transverse cross-sectional area A2, the second compartment having a second air inlet and a second air outlet and containing an acid source,
wherein the first compartment and the second compartment are arranged in parallel within the cartridge, and
wherein a ratio (L1)2:A1 is at least 12:1, and a ratio (L2)2:A2 is at least 12:1.

US Pat. No. 10,334,882

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

1. An electronic cigarette, comprising:a base part; and
a cartridge configured to be assembled to the base part;
wherein said base part includes a battery and at least one heating element connected to the battery;
wherein said cartridge includes:
a substance chamber configured for containing therein a substance to be smoked, said substance chamber comprising a substance outlet;
a vaporization chamber in communication with the substance outlet for receiving said substance therein; and
at least one heat transfer unit configured, at least when the cartridge is assembled to the base part, for being heated by the at least one heating element of the base part and for heating the substance being provided via said substance outlet for its vaporization in the vaporization chamber; and
wherein, when the cartridge is assembled to the base part, the at least one heating element is separated from the vaporization chamber by the heat transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 10,334,881

ELECTRONIC VAPORIZER

FUMA INTERNATIONAL, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a power source,
wherein the power source includes a battery,
wherein the power source includes an electrically conductive portion; and
a cartridge having a housing that comprises an interior,
wherein the housing includes a first end and a second end that is opposite the first end, wherein the housing includes a first aperture on the first end and a second aperture on the second end,
wherein the housing includes an airflow passageway that extends centrally and axially with respect to the housing intermediate of the first aperture on the first end of the housing and the second aperture on the second end of the housing,
wherein the airflow passageway is configured to allow an airflow through the cartridge from the first aperture to the second aperture of the housing,
wherein the first end of the housing includes an electrically conductive portion that is adapted to mechanically and electrically couple to the electrically conductive portion of the power source,
wherein the housing includes a solution holding medium adapted to hold a solution in the interior of the housing,
wherein the housing includes a heating element located in the interior of the housing, wherein the heating element extends transversely across the airflow passageway, wherein the airflow through the passageway passes on both transverse sides of the element,
wherein the solution holding medium surrounds the airflow passageway and the heating element in the interior of the housing and intermediate of the first end and the second end,
wherein the heating element is electrically configured to vaporize at least a portion of the solution to be contained in the solution holding medium for oral provision to an individual in an airflow from the second aperture responsive to electrical power received from the battery through the electrically conductive portions of the cartridge and the power source.

US Pat. No. 10,334,880

AEROSOL DELIVERY DEVICE INCLUDING CONNECTOR COMPRISING EXTENSION AND RECEPTACLE

RAI Strategic Holdings, I...

1. An aerosol delivery device, comprising:a control body including an electrical power source and a first connector portion; and
a cartridge comprising:
a reservoir configured to contain an aerosol precursor composition;
an atomizer comprising a heating element configured to heat the aerosol precursor composition received from the reservoir to produce an aerosol; and
a second connector portion,
the first connector portion and the second connector portion being configured to releasably engage each other,
the first connector portion comprising an extension electrically coupled to the electrical power source and the second connector portion comprising a receptacle configured to receive the extension, the receptacle comprising flexible heating terminals electrically coupled to the heating element of the atomizer and configured to form a mechanical connection with the extension by mechanically engaging a detent formed on the extension, the extension comprising a plurality of contact sections positioned along a longitudinal length thereof, the contact sections being electrically insulated from one another by at least one spacer and being configured to form an electrical connection with the receptacle, the receptacle being configured to receive electrical power from the extension.

US Pat. No. 10,334,879

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR METERING AND VAPORIZING A FLUID

FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD, ...

1. A vaporization device, comprising:a fluid supply containing a vaporizable fluid;
a bubble pump having an inlet in flow communication with the fluid supply for receiving the vaporizable fluid therefrom, a fluid flow path, flow sequencing heaters located within the fluid flow path, and an outlet, wherein the bubble pump is operative to pump the vaporizable fluid from the fluid supply to the outlet of the bubble pump; and
a planar fluid vaporization heater made of a thin film resistor material, the vaporization heater being separate from the bubble pump located adjacent to the outlet of the bubble pump, wherein the fluid supply and the bubble pump are incorporated onto a printed circuit board, the fluid vaporization heater having a heated fluid contact surface to receive the vaporizable fluid from the outlet of the bubble pump and to heat and thereby vaporize the received fluid into the atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,334,878

HANDHELD VAPORIZING DEVICE

NURYAN HOLDINGS LIMITED, ...

1. A handheld electronic vaporizing device, comprising:a body defining a first cavity;
a mouthpiece connected to said body, said mouthpiece defining a second cavity;
an electroconductive textile heating element;
a deformable reservoir;
a power element;
a power connect element;
a capacitive touch sensor element;
a light element;
a first opening and a first valve located on a wall of said body to provide for a flow of air directly into said first cavity, wherein said first valve is normally closed and is opened by said flow, wherein said flow includes only air as said flow passes into said first cavity, and wherein said first opening includes a first opening area and said flow upon passing through said first opening and said first valve directly into said first cavity has a first velocity;
a second opening and a second valve connecting said first cavity and said second cavity, wherein said second valve is normally closed and is opened by said flow, wherein said flow passes from said first cavity through said second opening and said second valve and into said second cavity, wherein said flow causes said first valve and said second valve to be open at the same time, and wherein said second opening includes a second opening area greater than said first opening area and said flow after passing through said second opening has a second velocity, said first velocity being greater than said second velocity; and
a third opening disposed through a wall of said mouthpiece, wherein said electroconductive textile heating element, said reservoir, said power element and said power connect element are disposed inside said first cavity, and wherein said first velocity of said flow contributes to mixing said flow with a vapor in a space adjacent to said electroconductive textile heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,334,877

ATOMIZING HEAD ASSEMBLY

Joyetech (Changzhou) Elec...

1. An atomizer head assembly, comprising:an outer tube;
an inner tube disposed inside the outer tube, having air channels for air to pass through;
a liquid storage chamber formed between an outer surface of the inner tube and an inner surface of the outer tube;
one or more through holes formed on a lateral side of the outer tube, communicating with the liquid storage chamber;
an atomizing chamber formed inside the inner tube;
one or more first openings formed on a lateral side of the inner tube, communicating with the liquid storage chamber;
a liquid guide element disposed inside the atomizing chamber; and
a holder disposed inside the inner tube, the holder including a plurality of through holes vertically pierced through a wall of the holder such that a plurality of wires of a heating element penetrating through the through holes connects the heating element with a conductive member and a connecting seat, respectively, the connecting seat being provided under the outer tube and supporting the outer tube, wherein the connecting seat has a seat neck protruding upwardly from a top surface of the connecting seat, wherein the seat neck comprises two arc-shaped portions spaced part from each other, and the seat neck is configured to have an outer diameter substantially same as an inner diameter of the inner tube such that the inner tube is press fit onto the seat neck to be fixed to the connecting seat;
wherein the holder comprises one or more second openings formed on a lateral side of the holder, and wherein the one or more second openings have shapes, sizes, and locations on the holder corresponding to shapes, sizes, and locations of the one or more first openings formed on the inner tube; and
wherein the liquid guide element is mounted in the one or more first openings of the inner tube and is also mounted in the one or more second openings of the holder such that ends of the liquid guide element are in fluid communication with the liquid storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,334,876

SYSTEM COMPRISING A SIMULATED CIGARETTE DEVICE AND A REFILL UNIT

KIND CONSUMER LIMITED, L...

1. A simulated smoking device comprising:a simulated cigarette; and
a refill device containing refill gas for the simulated cigarette and having a first recess for selectively retaining the simulated cigarette in a first position when the simulated cigarette is not in use and not being refilled, and a second recess for receiving the simulated cigarette in a second position different from the first position to refill the simulated cigarette with the refill gas, the refill device further comprising a dose counter to register, and display to a user, a number of times that the simulated cigarette is refilled.

US Pat. No. 10,334,874

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE FROM TOBACCO AND RELATED TOBACCO PRODUCT

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co...

1. A dissolving grade pulp derived from tobacco, the dissolving grade pulp characterized by a brightness of at least about 83%, an alpha-cellulose concentration of at least about 88% by weight, a beta and a gamma cellulose content, and a degree of polymerization of about 100 to about 750, wherein the dissolving grade pulp is characterized by a kappa number between about 20 and about 30.

US Pat. No. 10,334,873

BREAKABLE CAPSULES AND METHODS OF FORMING THEREOF

Altria Client Services LL...

7. A breakable capsule useful in a smoking article or a smokeless tobacco product, the breakable capsule comprising:an outer shell formed of a cross-linked agar matrix including at least one filler; and
an inner core surrounded by the outer shell which comprises a liquid or gel based composition of a flavorant and/or non-flavorant;wherein the cross-linked agar matrix is reinforced with carboxymethyl cellulose dispersed throughout the agar matrix so as to fill empty spaces in the agar matrix and inhibit the composition from passing through the empty spaces of the agar matrix, wherein the at least one filler includes locust bean gum and at least one additional filler wherein the ratio of agar to locust bean gum to carboxymethyl cellulose to the at least one additional filler in an aqueous shell forming solution used to form the outer shell is about 1-2 to about 0.05-0.5 to about 0.05-0.5 to about 3.2-7.

US Pat. No. 10,334,871

SYSTEM, DISPOSABLE CARTRIDGE, AND METHOD FOR THE PREPARATION OF A LIQUID PRODUCT

Apiqe Holdings, LLC, Tor...

1. System for the preparation of a liquid food product, which system comprises:a) a disposable cartridge filled with a single serve portion of a liquid ingredient to be combined with a base liquid for the preparation of a liquid product, the disposable cartridge comprising:
a cartridge body with a bottom and a top, the body delimiting a reservoir that is filled with a single serve portion of a liquid ingredient,
wherein the cartridge body has an aperture in communication with said reservoir, which aperture is hermetically sealed by a sealing film, said sealing film having a portion that covers said reservoir,
wherein cartridge body is provided with one or more dispensing passages arranged to dispense the liquid ingredient from the reservoir,
b) a dispensing apparatus, the apparatus comprising:
a holder adapted to accommodate and retain the disposable cartridge at a dispensing location in the apparatus,
a pressurized gas source,
wherein the apparatus is adapted to bring said pressurized gas source in direct communication with the reservoir of the disposable cartridge so as to allow said liquid ingredient therein to be pressurized by said gas thereby assisting the dispensing thereof from the reservoir via said one or more dispensing passages,
wherein the system is adapted to create one or more openings in said portion of the sealing film that covers the reservoir, and
wherein the dispensing apparatus further comprises a pressurization dome member having a peripheral gas seal, which is adapted to sealingly engage the disposable cartridge around a location where said one or more openings are created in said sealing film to allow entry of said pressurized gas into the reservoir,
and in that the pressurized gas source is connected to said dome member and is adapted to feed pressurized gas beneath said dome member within the contour of the peripheral gas seal sealingly engaging the disposable cartridge, so as to allow said liquid ingredient in said reservoir to be pressurized by said gas via the one or more openings in said sealing film, thereby assisting the dispensing of the liquid ingredient from the reservoir via said one or more dispensing passages.

US Pat. No. 10,334,868

SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A SINGLE SERVING OF A FROZEN CONFECTION

Sigma Phase, Corp., Lexi...

1. A method for providing a single serving of a frozen confection, the method comprising:inserting a pod containing one or more ingredients and a mixing paddle into a recess of a machine for providing the single serving of the frozen confection;
contacting a side wall of the pod against a side wall of the recess;
connecting a motor of the machine to a stem of the mixing paddle, the stem extending through an end wall of the pod;
rotating the mixing paddle inside the pod in a first direction while cooling the recess to form the frozen confection from the one or more ingredients; and
rotating the mixing paddle inside the pod in a second direction opposite the first direction to dispense the frozen confection from the pod into an edible cone or a collecting container while the pod is in the recess of the machine without the frozen confection coming into contact with another object exterior to the pod.

US Pat. No. 10,334,867

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A COMESTIBLE

INTERCONTINENTAL GREAT BR...

1. A method of manufacturing a comestible, the method comprising:providing at least one manufacturing instrument configured to contact the comestible;
atomizing a releasing agent and expelling said releasing agent from an expelling device, wherein application of pressure to said releasing agent is unnecessary to achieve said atomizing;
applying said spray of said releasing agent to either a surface of said at least one manufacturing instrument configured to contact the comestible, or to a surface of the comestible; and
controlling a shape of said spray of releasing agent applied to said surface of said at least one manufacturing instrument configured to contact the comestible or to said surface of the comestible by adjusting at least one of a position and angle of an air jet relative to an atomizing surface of said expelling device.

US Pat. No. 10,334,866

HANDHELD ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR UNIFORM DECORATION OF THE SIDEWALL FOR FOODSTUFF

1. An assembly for uniform decoration of sidewall for baked foodstuff, the assembly comprising:a spray gun comprising:
a housing defined by a rear end, a middle portion forming an upper inlet, and a front end terminating at an outlet;
a conduit coaxially and longitudinally disposed through the housing from the rear end to the front end, the conduit in communication with the upper inlet of the housing;
a container comprising an end wall and a continuous sidewall extending from the end wall and terminating at an opening, the end wall and the continuous sidewall defined by a cavity, the container configured to join with the middle portion of the housing such that the opening of the container is in communication with the upper inlet of the housing;
a regulation valve operational to variably open and close the communication between the opening of the container and the upper inlet of the housing;
a fan disposed at the rear end of the housing, the fan configured to generate air flow through the conduit from the rear end to the outlet at the front end of the housing;
at least one switch operatively connected to the fan, or the regulation valve, or both, the at least one switch configured to control the rate of the fan, or the position of the regulation valve, or both the rate and the position;
a plurality of dispensing tips detachably attachable to the outlet at the front end of the housing, the plurality of dispensing tips configured to create different shapes or discharge patterns for the plurality of decorative granular members;
the container configured to supply edible decorative granular members; and
at least one shield, the at least one shield operational with the spray gun, the at least one shield configured to selectively position in front of the outlet of the spray gun.

US Pat. No. 10,334,865

BROWN BUTTER AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION THEREOF

1. A method for the continuous production of a brown butter product, comprising:heating a starting composition comprised of butter containing a starting moisture content in a first environment to cause a portion of the moisture to vaporize, thereby forming a moisture vapor and a concentrating butter composition, the concentrating butter composition having a reduced moisture content relative to the starting moisture content;
continuously transferring the concentrating butter composition and the moisture vapor to a second environment and removing the moisture vapor from the second environment to form a concentrated butter composition such that a moisture variation within the concentrated butter composition ranges up to about 3 percent before exiting the second environment; and
continuously transferring the concentrated butter composition to a third environment and heating the concentrated butter composition to cause a Maillard reaction in the concentrated butter composition to thereby form the brown butter product,
wherein the brown butter product is formed continuously in the third environment, and
wherein the brown butter product includes a moisture content of about 1 to about 6 percent.

US Pat. No. 10,334,864

GRAIN MANAGEMENT BASED ON GROWING CHARACTERISTICS

IntelliFarms, LLC, Archi...

1. A system comprising:one or more processors; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions stored therein, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
receiving data associated with a grain mass;
receiving at least one growing characteristic of grain in the grain mass, the growing characteristic being representative of a characteristic of the grain at or prior to a time of harvest of the grain;
determining a desired grain conditioning operation for the grain mass based at least on the data associated with the grain mass and the at least one growing characteristic; and
sending a signal representative of the desired grain conditioning operation to control grain conditioning equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,334,861

APPARATUS FOR FILLING TUBULAR CASES AND RELATED METHOD

1. A filling apparatus for filling gathered tubular cases with a pasty material such as sausage meat, comprising:a filling tube on to which a gathered tubular case can be pushed;
a moveable receiving portion which accommodates a first end of the filling tube and which is adapted to move the filling tube into a charging position in which the case can be put on to the filling tube and into a filling position in which the case can be filled;
a pushing-on device which is moveable axially relative to a filling tube longitudinal axis for pushing the case on to the filling tube in the charging position;
an axially moveable entrainment ring arranged on the filling tube; and
a sensing device for ascertaining a position of at least one of the entrainment ring and the pushing-on device.

US Pat. No. 10,334,860

DOUGH STRETCHER

Somerset Industries, Inc....

1. A dough stretcher comprising:(a) a drive shaft mounted to rotate on a vertical system axis;
(b) a mechanism for rotating the drive shaft at a speed in the range of between 40 RPM and 100 RPM;
(c) a lower platen shaft having a bottom end, a top end, and an axis, the bottom end attached to the drive shaft and extending upwardly such that the lower platen shaft axis is at a tilt angle from the system axis in the range of from 1° to 4°;
(d) a lower platen with a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface rotatably attached to the top end of the lower platen shaft such that the lower platen top surface rotates perpendicularly about the lower platen shaft axis; and
(e) an upper platen with a flat bottom surface and a center, the upper platen mounted above the lower platen to reciprocate vertically with the upper platen center on a system axis.

US Pat. No. 10,334,852

PYRIDO-1,3-OXAZINE-2,4-DIONE COMPOUNDS WITH FUNGICIDAL ACTIVITY

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A compound of Formula I,
wherein:
R1 is hydrogen or C1-C5 alkyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6;
R2 is hydrogen, C1-C5 alkyl or cycloalkyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6;
R3 is alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, or heteroaryl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6;
R4 is hydrogen, halo, hydroxyl, alkyl, or alkoxy;
R5 is alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, alkoxy, aryloxy, heteroaryloxy, thioalkyl, thioaryl, or heterothioaryl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6;
R6 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkenyl, alkynyl, alkoxy, cyano or heterocyclyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R7;
R7 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkenyl, alkoxy, or heterocyclyl; and
R8 is hydrogen or C1-C5 alkyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6.

US Pat. No. 10,334,851

HERBICIDAL ISOXAZOLO[5,4-B]PYRIDINES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A mixture comprising a herbicidally active amount of a compound of formula (I)
or of the agriculturally useful salt thereof as herbicides, where in formula I, the variables are as defined below:
R1 is hydrogen, halogen, C1-C6-alkyl, or C1-C6-haloalkyl;
R2 is hydrogen, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C1-C6-hydroxyalkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, or C2-C6-alkynyl;
R3 is hydrogen, halogen, hydroxy, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C1-C6-hydroxyalkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl, C1-C4-alkyl-C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkenyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkenyl, phenyl-C1-C6-alkyl, heterocyclyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-haloalkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C2-C6-haloalkynyl, C1-C6-alkoxy, C1-C6-haloalkoxy, C1-C6-alkylthio, C1-C6-haloalkylthio, amino, C1-C6-alkylamino, N,N-di-(C1-C6)-alkylamino, heterocyclyl, or phenyl; wherein heterocyclyl is a 5- or 6-membered saturated, partially unsaturated or aromatic monocyclic ring, which contains 1, 2, 3, or 4 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of O, N and S as ring members; and wherein the heterocyclyl and phenyl moieties of R3 can be unsubstituted or substituted with one or more radicals selected from halogen, hydroxy, nitro, cyano, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-haloalkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy-C1-C4-alkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-haloalkoxy, C1-C4-alkoxycarbonyl, C1-C4-alkylthio, C1-C4-alkylsulfinyl, C1-C4-alkylsulfonyl, amino, C1-C4-alkylamino, N,N-di-(C1-C4)-alkylamino, heterocyclyl, and phenyl;
X is OR4, SR5; or NR6R7;
R4, R5 is hydrogen, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C1-C6-hydroxyalkyl, C1-C6-cyanoalkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C2-C6-alkenyloxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C2-C6-haloalkenyloxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkoxycarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkyl-aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, N,N-di-(C1-C6-alkyl)-aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, [N—(C3-C6-cycloalkyl-C1-C6-alkyl), N—(C1-C6-alkyl)]-aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-haloalkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl-C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C2-C6-haloalkynyl, heterocyclyl, phenyl, heterocyclylcarbonyl, phenylcarbonyl, heterocyclylcarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, phenylcarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, heterocyclyl-C1-C6-alkyl, or phenyl-C1-C6-alkyl; wherein heterocyclyl is a 5- or 6-membered saturated, partially unsaturated or aromatic monocyclic ring, which contains 1, 2, 3, or 4 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of O, N and S as ring members; and wherein the phenyl and heterocyclyl moieties of R4 and R5 can be unsubstituted or substituted with one or more radicals selected from halogen, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-haloalkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-haloalkoxy, C1-C4-alkoxycarbonyl, heterocyclyl, and phenyl;
R6, R7 is hydrogen, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C1-C6-alkoxy, phenyl-C1-C6-alkoxy, phenyl, phenyl substituted with halogen, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl, or SO2R8;
R8 is C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl, or phenyl; wherein the phenyl moiety of R8 can be unsubstituted or substituted with one or more radicals selected from halogen, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-haloalkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-haloalkoxy, C1-C4-alkoxycarbonyl, heterocyclyl, and phenyl; wherein heterocyclyl is a 5- or 6-membered saturated, partially unsaturated or aromatic monocyclic ring, which contains 1, 2, 3, or 4 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of O, N and S as ring members;
or an agriculturally useful salt thereof,
and at least one herbicidal or growth-regulating active ingredient selected from the group consisting of 1,2,4-thiadiazoles, 1,3,4-thiadiazoles, amides, aminophosphoric acid, aminotriazoles, anilides, (het)aryloxyalkanoic acids, benzoic acid, benzothiadiazinones, 2-aroyl-1,3-cyclohexanediones, 2-hetaroyl-1,3-cyclohexanediones, hetaryl aryl ketones, benzylisoxazolidinones, carbamates, quinolinecarboxylic acid, chloroacetanilides, cyclohexenone oxime ethers, diazines, dichloropropionic acid, dihydrobenzofurans, dihydrofuran-3-ones, dinitroanilines, dinitrophenols, diphenyl ethers, dipyridyls, halocarboxylic acids, ureas, 3-phenyluracils, imidazoles, imidazolinones, N-phenyl-3,4,5,6-tetrahydrophthalimides, oxadiazoles, oxiranes, phenols, aryloxy- and hetaryloxyphenoxypropionic esters, phenylacetic acid, 2-5 phenylpropionic acid, pyrazoles, phenylpyrazoles, pyridazines, pyridinecarboxylic acid, pyrimidyl ethers, sulfonamides, sulfonylureas, triazines, triazinones, triazolinones, triazolecarboxamides, uracils, phenyl pyrazolines, isoxazolines.

US Pat. No. 10,334,849

SALTS OF CARBOXYLIC ACID HERBICIDES

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A herbicide salt comprising an anion of an auxin herbicide and a cation of a compound selected from the group consisting of:(a) Formula I:
wherein R1 is substituted or unsubstituted C1-C20 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C1-C20 alkanol, substituted or unsubstituted C5-C20 cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C3-C20 heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl, and R2 and R3 are independently hydrogen or substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl;(b) Formula II:
wherein R4 and R5 are independently hydrogen or substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl, provided that when R5 is hydrogen or an unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl, then R4 is not an aminoalkyl or when R4 is hydrogen or an unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl, then R5 is not an aminoalkyl;(c) Formula III:
wherein R6 is hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted C1-C20 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C1-C20 alkanol, substituted or unsubstituted C5-C20 cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C3-C20 heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, substituted or unsubstituted alkylaryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl and R7 is hydrogen, oxo, or unsubstituted or substituted hydrocarbyl, provided that when R6 is an unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl, then R7 is not an aminoalkyl or when R7 is hydrogen or an unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl, then R6 is not an aminoalkyl;(d) Formula IV:
wherein n is from 1 to about 20, from 1 to about 10, from about 3 to about 10, or from about 3 to about 6 and R8 and R9 are independently any substituent as defined for R7;(e) Formula V:

wherein X is O, NR10 or S and R10 is hydrogen or C1-6 alkyl; and tautomers and mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,334,847

ANTIFUNGAL COMPOSITION

THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

1. An antifungal composition comprising an antifungal agent and a compound of formula I:—wherein R1 is CHO or CN;R2 is a hydroxyl group;
R3 is a branched alkylene with 4 to 12 C atoms;
R4 is a hydroxyl group;
R5 is a halogen group; and
R6 is a methyl group;
wherein the antifungal agent is Azoxystrobin, and the compound of formula I can synergize with the Azoxystrobin to treat a fungal infection.

US Pat. No. 10,334,845

OLFACTORY LIGANDS

UNIVERSITY COELLEGE CARDI...

1. A (S)-germacrene D analogue of general formula (I):
wherein
R1 is H, methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, iso-propyl or cyclopropyl;
R2 is methyl;
R3 is methyl;
R4 is H, methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, iso-propyl or cyclopropyl;
R5 is H, methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, iso-propyl or cyclopropyl.

US Pat. No. 10,334,840

BIRD ANTI-COLLISION WINDOW FILM

ARTSCAPE INC., Portland,...

1. A bird anti-collision film, comprising:a polymeric film having a first side configured to attach to a window;
a discontinuous textured layer forming a raised surface on a second side of the polymeric film and exposing a portion of the polymeric film, the textured layer configured to disrupt reflections of habitat from the window; and
a fluorescent dye mixed into only the textured layer that absorbs a first light wavelength range substantially detectable by birds and substantially undetectable by humans and fluoresces at a second light wavelength range substantially detectable by birds and only partially detectable by humans,
wherein the textured layer forms spaced apart raised rounded line patterns in a cross-hatched textured pattern on the polymeric film configured to absorb the first light wavelength range and radiate out the second light wavelength range from a substantially flat front surface and rounded side and back surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,334,839

REMOVABLE CATCH BASIN FILTER INSERT AND LIFTING APPARATUS

FROG CREEK PARTNERS, LLC

1. A system for filtering pollutants, the system comprising:an adapter conforming to and capable of being fixed in an opening leading to a cavity in a catch basin for receiving stormwater; and
a removable catch basin filter insert capable of being suspended by the adapter and inserted into the catch basin, wherein the removable catch basin filter insert includes:
a frame body having one or more frame elements, interconnected to provide mutual mechanical support and provide a space sized to receive the stormwater containing pollutants;
a lifting frame secured to and above the frame body and provided with one or more lifting points sized and positioned to be capable of removing the frame body from the catch basin;
a cover attached to the frame body by a first hinge, wherein the first hinge is configured to pivot the cover to be in an open position or a closed position; and
a trap door attached to a bottom end of the frame body by a second hinge capable of pivoting the trap door to be in an open position or a closed position, and
wherein the frame body forms a filter basket sufficiently porous to be capable of draining out the stormwater while capturing therein certain ones of the pollutants from the stormwater.

US Pat. No. 10,334,838

DEADFALL TRAP APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A deadfall trap apparatus for capturing an animal for survival, comprising:a body portion;
the body portion comprising a channel having first and second spaced apart walls connected by a web;
a trigger pivot point aperture, the trigger point aperture extending through both walls of the body portion;
a load support pivot point aperture extending through both walls of the body portion;
a pivoting trigger release;
the pivoting trigger release further comprising a trigger pivot point pin pivotably carried in the trigger pivot point aperture on the spaced apart walls of the body portion;
a releasable trigger element in contact with the pivoting trigger release when the deadfall trap apparatus is “set” and the releasable trigger element not in contact with the pivoting trigger release when the deadfall trap is “tripped”;
a pivotable load support having a length from one end of the pivotable load support to a second end of the pivotable load support, the pivotable load support having a load support pivot point aperture and a load support pivot point pin carried in the load support pivot point aperture;
the pivotable load support pivot point pin pivotably carried in the pivotable load support pivot point apertures formed in the spaced apart walls of the body portion of the deadfall trap apparatus; and
a linkage rod connecting the releasable trigger element to a linkage attachment point at one end of the pivotable load support.

US Pat. No. 10,334,837

APPLICATOR FOR PESTICIDES WITH TRIGGER AND CARTRIDGE

Bayer CropScience LP, Re...

1. An applicator comprisinga housing having a first end and a second end disposed along a longitudinal axis of the housing;
a pump enclosed by said housing;
a handle extending from said housing;
a cartridge having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the cartridge comprises a product in the form of a liquid or gel;
a cartridge receiving port proximate said first end of said housing;
wherein the proximal end of said cartridge is releasably attached to said cartridge receiving port along the longitudinal axis of the housing;
an outlet formed at said second end of said housing; and,
a trigger assembly housed in said handle and operatively attached to said pump,
wherein said trigger assembly moves said pump toward said cartridge receiving port further comprising a movable piston proximate said distal end of said cartridge, said movable piston arranged within a cavity within said cartridge, and a cap including an air vent fixedly attached to said distal end of said cartridge; wherein said movable piston pushes said liquid or gel product within said cartridge toward said cartridge receiving port when said liquid or gel product is pumped from said cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,334,836

INSECT TRAP AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Willert Home Products, In...

1. An insect trap comprising:a flexible bag having a first edge and a second edge that are connected together at a seam; and
a nozzle secured between the edges adjacent the seam, wherein the nozzle comprises a tube defining a passageway for insects into the bag and a fin providing a transition for the edges extending over the tube from the seam.

US Pat. No. 10,334,834

FISHING TOOL ASSEMBLY

1. An assembly, comprising:a lower lever having a first end and a second end;
the first end of the lower lever has a slot configured to receive a fishing line;
the first end of the lower lever has an aperture which extends through a surface of the lower lever toward the slot; and
an upper lever having a first end and a second end;
the first end of the upper lever has a tooth integrally formed thereon, the tooth of the upper lever extending in a direction of the lower lever;
wherein the upper lever is configured to rotate around an axis of a hinge which connects the upper lever to the lower lever;
wherein the tooth of the upper lever is configured to pass through the aperture of the lower lever, when the second end of the upper lever is rotated in a downward direction toward the second end of the lower lever, to compress a fishing sinker from an open position to a closed position around the fishing line.

US Pat. No. 10,334,833

SPINNING REEL

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. A spinning reel that forwardly releases a fishing line, the spinning reel comprising:a reel unit;
a handle including a handle shaft and a handle arm, the handle shaft rotatably supported by the reel unit at a first position, the handle arm mounted to the handle shaft and unitarily rotatable with the handle shaft, the handle arm extending in a radial direction from a rotational axis of the handle shaft;
a drive shaft including a first end and a second end located opposite to the first end, the drive shaft rotatably supported by the reel unit at a second position different from the first position;
a joint structure joining the handle shaft and the drive shaft such that the handle shaft is unitarily rotatable with the drive shaft; and
a rotation transmission mechanism including a drive gear and a pinion gear, the drive gear mounted to the drive shaft and unitarily rotatable with the drive shaft, the pinion gear disposed in a back-and-forth direction so as to be skew to the drive shaft, the pinion gear being meshed with the drive gear, wherein
the joint structure includes
a recess on one of the handle shaft and the drive shaft, and
a protrusion on the other of the handle shaft and the drive shaft, the protrusion engaged with the recess and unitarily rotatable with the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,334,832

BOWFISHING REEL

Joshua Noble, Las Vegas,...

1. A bowfishing reel, comprising:a housing comprising a generally cylindrical first portion having an aperture disposed about a center top portion of the cylindrical first portion, wherein the housing comprises a generally cylindrical second portion disposed about a bottom of the first portion and wherein the second portion of the housing has an outer perimeter that is less than an outer perimeter of the first portion of the housing and wherein a bottom of the second portion is substantially planar;
a crank arm disposed about a side of the housing, said crank arm comprising a mount that is disposed perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the housing;
a handle disposed about the bottom of the second portion, said handle comprising a post disposed coaxial with a center of the aperture and further comprising a grip coupled to a distal end of the post and disposed perpendicular to the post, wherein the grip comprises a front and a back, the front having a radius of curvature equivalent to a radius of curvature of the back; and
wherein the crank arm is mounted on a first side of the housing, the reel further comprising a fastener disposed on a second side of the housing and coaxially with the mount of the crank arm.

US Pat. No. 10,334,831

FISHING NET AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Drifter Marine, Inc., Pe...

1. A fishing net comprising:a hoop formed of a section of tubing bent to a loop-like configuration, the hoop defining a net opening;
an elongate handle secured to the hoop at a proximal portion of the hoop; and
a net bag supported on the hoop;
wherein the hoop is hollow and is formed with a cross-sectional profile that varies in shape along at least a portion of the length of the section of tubing.

US Pat. No. 10,334,830

ROBOTICS SYSTEM FOR CULTURING AND CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTS ON CAENORHABDITIS ELEGANS

1. A robotic system for culturing and conducting experiments on a targeted organism comprising a nutating tower having:i. a nutating support assembly comprising a motor, a nutating support member, a top nutating ball slot, and a bottom nutating ball slot;
ii. a base nutating assembly comprising a base cylinder, a base nutating plate, a base belt, and a base nutating ball;
iii. a top nutating assembly comprising a top cylinder, a top nutating plate, a top belt and a top nutating ball;
iv. a well plate storage unit comprising four rods, rod spheres, rod spacers, and well plate shelves wherein (a) the rod spheres and the rob spacers are threaded in an alternate and repeated fashion onto each of the four rods; (b) each of the well plate shelves includes rod sphere features that sit on corresponding rod spheres; and (c) each of the well plate shelves is designed to store at least one well plate;
v. the motor drives the nutating support member and the bottom cylinder via the base belt;
vi. the nutating support member when driven by the motor drives the top cylinder via the top belt;
vii. the base nutating plate is connected to the base cylinder and the base nutating ball is positioned within the base nutating ball slot causing the base nutating plate to nutate in a first direction when the base cylinder is driven by the motor via the base belt;
viii. the top nutating plate is connected to the top cylinder and the top nutating ball is position within the top nutating ball slot causing the top nutating plate to nutate in the first direction when the top cylinder is driven by the nutating support member via the top belt;
ix. the nutating supporting member facilitates synchronization of nutation of the top nutating plate and the bottom nutating plate by transferring angular position of the motor from the bottom nutating plate to the top nutating plate; and
x. the top nutating plate and the bottom nutating plate cause the four rods to move in a fashion that transfer the nutating motion to all of the well plate shelves.

US Pat. No. 10,334,828

CO-LOCATION OF A HEAT SOURCE COOLING SUBSYSTEM AND AQUACULTURE

DeepWater Desal LLC, Mos...

1. A system comprising:(a) a heat source comprising a water cooling subsystem configured to receive cool water from an ocean or sea and output warm water; and
(b) an aquaculture center co-located with the heat source and comprising:
a water temperature control subsystem configured to receive the output warm water;
a tank holding aquatic organisms and water; and
a water discharge for discharging water from the aquaculture center,
wherein the aquaculture center is located on land.

US Pat. No. 10,334,827

AQUARIUM WITH NIGHT LIGHT

PetSmart Home Office, Inc...

1. An aquarium apparatus comprising: a base including a central portion, one or more lighting elements disposed in the central portion, and a raised ridge disposed on at least a segment of a periphery of the central portion; a bowl including a body portion, a bottom portion connected to the body portion, and a neck portion at a top of the bowl defining a first opening at the top of the bowl, wherein the bowl is configured to retain liquid therein, wherein the bottom portion is dimensioned to fit within the raised ridge when the bowl is placed on top of the base; a lid dimensioned to fit over the first opening at the top of the bowl, wherein the lid comprises a planar surface with a central aperture defining an inner edge portion, wherein a horizontal ledge section is connected to the inner edge portion, wherein the horizontal ledge section is connected to a downwardly extending portion that surrounds the central aperture; and a hollow member removably or fixedly attached to the downwardly extending portion, wherein the hollow member extends into the bowl substantially towards the bottom of the bowl and aligns over the one or more lighting elements, and wherein the hollow member is dimensioned to receive light emitted by the one or more lighting elements when the lid is placed on top of the bowl, wherein the light emitted by the one or more lighting elements passes through the hollow member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,826

THUMB SUPPORTED ANIMAL TRAINING LEASH

1. A method of using a thumb supported leash, the method comprising:coupling a clasp of the thumb supported leash to a collar or a harness of an animal, the thumb supported leash comprising:
a thumb tab grip having a first end and a second end, the thumb tab grip is formed of a single piece of material that is folded over and coupled together to form a single aperture located at the first end between the pieces of material and the coupled portion forming the second end of the thumb tab grip;
a lead portion having a first end and a second end; and
a clasp, wherein:
the aperture located at the first end of the thumb tab grip includes a size to receive one thumb there through;
the second end of the thumb tab grip is coupled to the first end of the lead portion; and
the second end of the lead portion is coupled to the clasp;
receiving a thumb of a hand through the single aperture of a thumb tab grip of the thumb supported leash;
extending a second end formed of the coupled portions of material of the thumb tab grip across a palm of the hand; and
securing the thumb tab grip in response to grasping the second end of the thumb tab grip between the remaining fingers and the palm of the hand, wherein all material forming the thumb tab grip is around a thumb or between the remaining fingers and the palm of the hand.

US Pat. No. 10,334,825

HARNESS FOR PETS

FERPLAST S.P.A., Castelg...

1. A harness for pets, comprising a first front element designed to be fitted on a chest area of a pet, a second rear element designed to be fitted on an abdominal area of the pet, and a third element connecting the first and second elements and being designed to be fitted on a hack of the pet, wherein the first front element and the second rear element respectively comprise a pair of shaped elongated strips, namely a front strip and a rear strip, and wherein each end of the front strip is connected to a corresponding end of the rear strip via a coupling that allows these strips to move with respect to each other, adapting anatomically to a body of the pet and thereby forming a harness suitable for pets of different sizes, wherein the third element is constituted by a connecting tape or cord provided with a fastener that can be opened to allow the harness to be fitted on the body of the pet, and wherein the fastener consists of a ratchet and rack device.

US Pat. No. 10,334,824

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL RECONFIGURABLE PET ENRICHMENT SYSTEM

1. A pet enrichment system, comprising:a base layer comprising an upper surface that is made substantially of a reshapable, pliable first material;
a top layer, comprising:
at least three openings;
an upper surface that is made substantially of a reshapable, pliable second material, wherein the first material does not attach to the first material when the first material comes into contact with the first material, the first material does not attach to the second material when the first material comes into contact with the second material, and the second material does not attach to the second material when the second material comes into contact with the second material, such that the upper surface of the top layer and the upper surface of the base layer do not attach to the upper surface of the top layer nor to the upper surface of the base layer; and
a lower surface that is made substantially of a third material that does not attach to the first material when the third material comes into contact with the first material, that does not attach to the second material when the third material comes into contact with the second material, and that does not attach to the third material when the third material comes into contact with the third material, such that the lower surface of the top layer does not attach to the upper surface of the top layer, to the upper surface of the base layer, nor to the lower surface of the top layer; and
a plurality of semi-permanent hook tape fasteners affixed on the lower surface of the top layer,
wherein the fasteners attach to the first material when the fasteners come into contact with the first material at any location on the first material and to the second material when the fasteners come into contact with the second material at any location on the second material, and do not attach to the third material when the fasteners come into contact with the third material, such that the top layer only attaches at any location on the upper surface of the top layer and the upper surface of the base layer via the plurality of semi-permanent fasteners affixed on the lower surface of the top layer,
wherein some of the plurality of fasteners are distributed on the lower surface of the top layer around substantially a perimeter of the top layer, some of the plurality fasteners are affixed on the lower surface of the top layer substantially in each corner of the top layer, and at least one of the plurality fasteners is affixed on the lower surface of the top layer between two or more of the at least three openings,
wherein the top layer is configured to hold a three-dimensional shape, capable of forming a self-standing internal cavity with space suitable for containing a domestic cat or substantially similar sized animal in the case that at least some of the plurality of fasteners are attached to the first material of the base layer or to the second material of the top layer, and
wherein the plurality of fasteners are configured to release the first material of the base layer in response to a force pulling the fasteners away from the first material and to release the second material of the top layer in response to a force pulling the fasteners away from the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,823

FUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION LEXIGRAM DEVICE AND TRAINING METHOD FOR ANIMAL AND HUMAN

1. A method of training a non-verbal animal to initiate communication and express choices to humans through operant conditioning processes including reinforcement, shaping a preliminary response, teaching discriminated associations, and training discriminative responses, said method comprising:providing a lexigram device comprising an assembly having a plurality of buttons in a fixed array, wherein each button is independently programmable to initiate a signal detectable by humans;
wherein said assembly comprises a casing comprising said buttons and a removable cover, wherein the cover can be placed over the plurality of buttons to protect the device when the device is not in use;
allowing the animal to approach the device;
engaging the animal and repeatedly prompting the animal to apply pressure to one of the plurality of buttons and providing a positive reinforcement corresponding to the particular button the animal has applied pressure to;
repeating the step of engaging the animal until the animal applies pressure to the button without prompting, so that the animal becomes conditioned to applying pressure to certain buttons to receive a corresponding positive reinforcement associated with that button;
providing the animal with access to the device so that the animal is able to operate the device autonomously or when prompted by the human.

US Pat. No. 10,334,822

BEHAVIORAL TRAINING AID

1. A behavioral training aid system comprising:(I) a behavioral training and comprising:
a. a body;
b. a tract including:
i. a tract locking mechanism that secures the tract to an outer surface of the body; and
ii. a tract insert removably attached to the tract locking mechanism, wherein the tract insert is configured to receive a receptacle so that the receptacle is elongated and forms a depository within the body;
c. one or more legs extending from the body; and
d. one or more base supports extending from a distal end of the one or more legs; and
(II) a push rod comprising a head mounted to a distal end of a shaft configured to elongate the receptacle, wherein the head of the shaft is inserted into the receptacle and pushed to elongate the receptacle until an end of the receptacle is secured by a receptacle securing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,334,821

RAINCOAT FOR DOGS

1. A raincoat (100) for dogs (200), comprising:a body portion (10) that substantially covers and extends from a rump (210) to a head (220) of a dog (200), wherein the body portion (10) is waterproof and the body portion (10) comprises a front edge (11), first and second front side edges (12 and 13), first and second side edges (14 and 15) and a rear edge (16);
a visor (20) fixedly attached to the front edge (11) of the body portion (10);
first and second pliable metal wires (31 and 32) that are parallel to each other and attached to the body portion (10) along a spinal line (230) of the dog (200), wherein the first and second pliable metal wires (31 and 32) substantially extend continuously from the front edge (11) of the body portion (10) to the rear edge (14) of the body portion (10); and
a fastening means (50) for fastening and securing the raincoat (100) to the dog (200).

US Pat. No. 10,334,820

METHOD FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION ON AN ANIMAL AND FOR LOCATING AN ANIMAL

1. A method for locating an animal on which a display apparatus is arranged, and/or for displaying information on the animal, wherein information which is to be displayed is activatable and/or adjustable in and/or on the display apparatus (2), wherein a specific display is assigned to an animal in order to identify animals for selection, wherein a pushbutton key on the display apparatus (2) is used for acknowledgement by a user, and wherein a counterweight (8) is assigned to the display apparatus (2).

US Pat. No. 10,334,819

STORAGE BAG WITH JOINED CENTER PORTION

1. A flexible storage bag comprising:a front wall having a front top edge, a front bottom edge, a front left edge and a front right edge, the front wall comprising a flexible sheet material;
a back wall having a back top edge, a back bottom edge, a back left edge and a back right edge, the back wall comprising the flexible sheet material; and
a dispensing orifice;
wherein (i) the back wall is one or both of adhesively or thermally bonded to the front wall along at least two respective edges of the front and back walls, and (ii) the dispensing orifice is attached to one or both of the front and back walls permitting ingress and egress of a liquid into and out of the storage bag;
wherein portions of the front wall that are one or both of adhesively or thermally bonded to the back wall that do not include edges of the walls consist of a joined center portion proximate a center of the front wall and the back wall.

US Pat. No. 10,334,818

ROTARY LIVESTOCK FEEDER WITH GRAVITY FLOW FEED OPENINGS

Osborne Industries, Inc.,...

1. A feeder for dispensing feed to livestock, comprising:a trough;
a hopper mounted above said trough, said hopper including a bottom, a central feed discharge hole through said bottom, and at least one gravity flow feed opening through said bottom;
a deflector mounted in said hopper above said hopper bottom and vertically spaced from said hopper bottom, said deflector covering said central feed discharge hole to restrict gravity flow of feed from said hopper through said central feed discharge hole, said gravity flow feed opening being located outwardly of said deflector so that said deflector does not obstruct or restrict gravity flow of feed through said gravity flow feed opening;
a sweep member mounted for rotation about a vertical axis, said sweep member being located between said deflector and said hopper bottom for sweeping feed to said central feed discharge hole to discharge therethrough into said trough, said sweep member being operably coupled with a feed wheel disposed below said hopper in said trough so that animal-induced rotation of said feed wheel in said trough causes rotation of said sweep member in said hopper for sweeping feed to said central feed discharge hole for discharge into said trough;
a closure system associated with said gravity flow feed opening, said closure system having at least one door arranged to selectively cover said gravity flow feed opening, said closure system having a stationary open condition in which said door does not cover or obstruct said gravity flow feed opening to thereby allow unobstructed gravity feed flow through said opening into said trough, and a closed condition in which said door covers said gravity flow feed opening to obstruct gravity feed flow through said opening; and
an activator mechanism associated with said feed wheel that is arranged to cause said door of said closure system to change from said open condition to said closed condition upon rotation of said feed wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,334,817

ANIMAL BED HAVING DUAL INDEPENDENT SUPPORT CHAMBERS

Advanced Comfort Technolo...

1. A bed for at least one animal comprising:a first chamber provided between a first belt and a second belt and configured to receive liquid, and a second chamber provided between the first belt and the second belt and configured to receive liquid, wherein the first and second chambers are fluidly isolated from one another and are each configured to support and/or float a pressure point of livestock.

US Pat. No. 10,334,816

DUAL-PURPOSE CONTAINER AND DIVERSION DEVICE FOR ANIMALS AND A METHOD FOR ITS MANUFACTURE

1. A dual-purpose container and diversion device for animals, the dual-purpose device comprising:a base having a perimeter, a lower surface and an upper surface, the base having a first tensile strength;
a perimeter wall including a plurality of sides of the dual-purpose container, the perimeter wall having a lower edge, an interior surface, and an exterior surface, wherein:
the perimeter wall has a second tensile strength;
the lower edge is attached to the perimeter of the base;
the lower surface of the base and the exterior surface of the perimeter wall combine to define an outer surface of the dual-purpose device;
the upper surface of the base and the interior surface of the perimeter wall combine to form an inner surface of the dual-purpose device; and
the inner surface and the outer surface combine to form an overall surface of the dual-purpose device;
at least a first linear fault region in the overall surface, wherein the at least a first linear fault region defines a first non-intersecting open curve on the overall surface, wherein:
the at least a first linear fault region has a third tensile strength;
the third tensile strength is less than each of the first tensile strength and the second tensile strength; and
the at least a first linear fault region defines a border of at least a first planar section of the overall surface;
at least a second linear fault region in the overall surface, wherein the at least a second linear fault region defines a second non-intersecting open curve on the overall surface, wherein:
the at least a second linear fault region has a fourth tensile strength;
the fourth tensile strength is less than the first tensile strength and the second tensile strength; and
the at least a second linear fault region defines a border of a second planar section of the overall surface;
wherein the dual-purpose device is convertible from a first configuration to a second configuration, and wherein:
the dual-purpose device is transformed to the second configuration by:
fracture of the at least a first linear fault region to transform the first planar section into a first flap;
fracture of the at least a second linear fault region to transform the second planar section into a second flap;
rotation of the first flap and the second flap into an interior compartment of the container; and
joining the first flap and the second flap to form a structural wall within the interior compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,334,815

ANIMAL ENCLOSURE

Edmonds Outdoors, LLC, B...

1. A portable animal enclosure apparatus, comprising:a kennel body having a front side, a back side, a top side and a bottom side;
a door positioned on the front side of the kennel body;
a first wheel disposed on the kennel body positioned to rotate about a fixed first wheel axis, the first wheel having a first wheel radius, the first wheel protruding from the bottom side of the kennel body a first wheel bottom distance, and protruding from the back side a first wheel back distance;
a second wheel disposed on the kennel body positioned to rotate about a fixed second wheel axis co-axially aligned with the first wheel axis, the second wheel having a second wheel radius, the second wheel protruding from the bottom side of the kennel body a second wheel bottom distance, and protruding from the back side a second wheel back distance;
a first foot, a second foot, a third foot and a fourth foot each attached to the kennel body, each of the first, second third and fourth feet protruding from the bottom side of the kennel body a foot bottom distance;
wherein the foot bottom distance is greater than the first wheel bottom distance and the second wheel bottom distance,
wherein each of the first foot, second foot, third foot and fourth foot is dimensioned to elevate the bottom side of the kennel body a distance equal to the foot bottom distance above a reference planar flat resting surface on which the apparatus may rest,
wherein the first and second wheels are positioned a first clearance height above the flat resting surface when the kennel body is level such that the first, second, third and fourth feet engage the flat resting surface but the first and second wheels do not engage the flat resting surface, and
wherein the first and second wheels advance downwardly toward and engage the flat resting surface when the front side of the kennel body is tilted upwardly at an angle relative to the flat resting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,334,796

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF CULTIVATION

MJ Brain Bank, LLC, Denv...

1. A method of cultivating cannabis hydroponically, the method comprising:placing a first cannabis plant of a plurality of cannabis plants in a first tray of a plurality of trays;
placing a second cannabis plant of the plurality of cannabis plants in a second tray of the plurality of trays, wherein:
the first tray is disposed on a first shelf of a first rack system,
the second tray is disposed on a second shelf of the first rack system,
the first shelf is at a first height,
the second shelf is at a second height, and
the first height is different from the second height;
flowing a first nutrient mixture from a first nutrient reservoir to the plurality of cannabis plants;
returning a portion of the first nutrient mixture to the first nutrient reservoir after flowing the first nutrient mixture to the plurality of cannabis plants;
exposing the plurality of cannabis plants to a first artificial light source having a first limited spectrum;
growing on the first rack system each cannabis plant of the plurality of cannabis plants without producing flowers;
transporting the plurality of trays from the first rack system to a second rack system;
flowing a second nutrient mixture from a second nutrient reservoir to the plurality of cannabis plants;
exposing the plurality of cannabis plants to a second artificial light source having a second limited spectrum, wherein the first limited spectrum comprises a different wavelength range than the second limited spectrum; and
growing flowers on each cannabis plant of the plurality of cannabis plants on the second rack system.

US Pat. No. 10,334,795

UTILIZATION OF IRRIGATION WATER SAVER

1. A method of reducing the amount of water used in irrigation of a tree/plant comprising:placing an irrigation water saving device under a source of irrigation water into the ground near and in proximity to said tree/plant, wherein the device is made of mixed biomass of raw material components, in at least one of a round shape and a square shape with a dimension selected from the group consisting of 4 cm, 6 cm, and 8 cm in diameter, according to an agricultural season and is manufactured by crushing and mixing at a calculated rate, drying and then pressing the biomass into a cylinder shape that is hollow inside, said placing comprising placing the device at:
a depth for a large tree up to 100 cm, a depth for a medium tree up to 50 cm, and a depth for a plant other than a large or a medium tree up to 25 cm;
a length/size for a large tree of 25 cm or longer, a length/size for a medium tree up to 25 cm, and a length/size for a plant other than a large or medium tree up to 10 cm;
a number for a large tree of 2 to 4 devices or more, a number for a medium tree of 1 to 2 devices, and a number for a plant other than a large or medium tree to a minimum of 1 device;
wherein the method of reducing the amount of water used in irrigation wherein said device has a water absorbing ability up to 300%, which is greater than a water absorbing ability of sandy soil, such that when the device fully absorbs the water, the water then will permeate to said tree/plant through the sandy soil when a daily ration of irrigation stops and the sandy soil surrounding the device starts to get dry.

US Pat. No. 10,334,794

IRRIGATION IMPLEMENT

Millbrook Capital Managem...

1. A method of irrigating crops, comprising:attaching an irrigation tube to a singular tubular member consisting of:
a first end; and
a second end opposite the first end along a longitudinal axis of the member, the second end includes a heated pinched seal,
the member further defining a circular first opening disposed entirely along a longitudinal-oriented portion of a sidewall toward the second end,
wherein the first end defines a second opening having the same inner diameter as the inner diameter of the member extending between the first opening and the first end along the longitudinal axis;
the attachment causing the first opening to be sealed by the irrigation tube; and
providing water from the irrigation tube via the first opening to the member such that water free-flows from the second end to the first end into the ground to irrigate roots of the crops.

US Pat. No. 10,334,792

COMPOSITE PLANT CAGE WITH LOCKING CLIPS

ALF Operating Partners, L...

1. A plant cage, comprising:at least one vertical support rod;
at least one horizontal support rod;
a locking clip configured to attach said at least one horizontal support rod to said at least one vertical support rod, wherein said locking clip comprises a main body with first and second clamps at opposite ends of said main body in orthogonal relationship to each other, said first and second clamps each comprising a pair of tabs extending outwardly from said main body, said tabs movable between a deflected position and a released position, wherein each of said tabs comprises an aperture formed therethrough, and wherein said apertures on said pair of tabs are aligned concentrically when said tabs are in said deflected position and are not aligned concentrically when said tabs are in said released position.

US Pat. No. 10,334,791

CONTAINER SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PLANT GROWTH

Michael Newton, Laguna N...

1. A container system configured to control the growth of a plant, the container system comprising:a bottom section configured to accommodate and control the growth of a root part of the plant;
a middle section configured to accommodate and guide the growth of a stem part of the plant, wherein the middle section comprises a spiral part having a plurality of removable wall pieces that are bonded together to form a hollow spiral tunnel that is configured to guide the growth of the stem part along a spiral route in a spiral shape, and wherein the removable wall pieces shield the stem part of the plant from a light source; and
a top section configured to guide the growth of a vegetative part, a reproductive part or both of the plant.

US Pat. No. 10,334,789

PLANT ILLUMINATION DEVICE

VALOYA OY, Helsinki (FI)...

1. A lighting system, comprising:a housing defining a dark cavity with zero sunlight therein; and
at least one horticultural lighting fixture comprising
a) a first emission source comprising at least one light emitting diode (LED) and/or quantum dot emitting main spectral characteristics in the photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) (400-700 nm) area, the main spectral characteristics comprising at least two spectral peaks with non-zero emission intensity, and
b) a second emission source comprising at least one light emitting diode (LED) and/or quantum dot emitting at least one side spectral characteristics selected from first spectral characteristics in the 700-800 nm area, and second spectral characteristics in the 300-400 nm area, the at least one side spectral characteristics comprising at least one spectral peak with non-zero emission intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,334,787

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE OUTLET FLAP OF A BALER AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A device for controlling an outlet flap of a baler in at least one manual and one automatic mode, comprising:an outlet flap drive;
a first and a second pressure line via which the outlet flap drive is selectively charged with pressure;
a first pressure measuring means operatively connected to the first pressure line and a second pressure measuring means operatively connected to the second pressure line, the first and second pressure measuring means configured to determine a pressure in each respective pressure line; and
a distributor valve connected to the first and second pressure lines downstream of the first and second pressure measuring means;
wherein, the distributor valve comprises at least a first pass-through position, a second pass-through position, and a shut-off position;
wherein, in the at least one automatic mode, the distributor valve is disposed in a predetermined position dependent on a pressure difference between the pressures in the first and second pressure lines.

US Pat. No. 10,334,786

BALE ACCUMULATOR AND BALE ACCUMULATION METHODS

1. A bale accumulator for grouping rectangular bales for group baling, comprising:a depositor mounted adjacent to a platform for sequentially depositing bale sets onto the platform, each bale set when deposited onto the platform being a pair of rectangular bales positioned upright and side-by-side in a packing orientation with their corresponding long sides being axially juxtaposed;
a packer apparatus mounted adjacent to the platform for packing one bale set at a time from the platform into a bundler trailing the platform each time a bale set is deposited onto the platform from the depositor;
the depositor comprising:
an inlet;
an outlet adjacent to the platform;
a first bale-receiving area and a second bale-receiving area on either side of a divider between the inlet and the outlet, a first entrance to the first bale-receiving area, and a second entrance to the second bale-receiving area;
a gate mounted to the divider for movement between a first position and a second position, the gate including a first diverting arm, a second diverting arm, and a trigger arm;
the first diverting arm extends into the first bale-receiving area, the second diverting arm closes the first entrance to the first bale-receiving area from the inlet leaving the second entrance to the second bale-receiving area open to the inlet for enabling a rectangular bale to drop into the second bale-receiving area through the second entrance from the inlet, and the trigger arm extends into the second bale-receiving area in a path of rectangular bales through the second bale-receiving area, when the gate is in its first position;
the second diverting arm extends into the second bale-receiving area, the first diverting arm closes the second entrance to the second bale-receiving area from inlet leaving the first entrance to the first bale-receiving area open to the inlet for enabling a rectangular bale to drop into the first bale-receiving area through the first entrance from the inlet, and the trigger arm extends into the first bale-receiving area in a path of rectangular bales through the first bale-receiving area, when the gate is in its second position;
each time a rectangular bale passes through the second bale-receiving area when the gate is in the first position it strikes the trigger arm in the second bale-receiving area rotating the gate from the first position to the second position in response moving the trigger arm out of the path of rectangular bales through the second bale-receiving area for enabling the rectangular bale to drop onto the platform through the outlet from the second bale-receiving area; and
each time a rectangular bale passes through the first bale-receiving area when the gate is in the second position it strikes the trigger arm in the first bale-receiving area rotating the gate from the second position to the first position in response moving the trigger arm out of the path of rectangular bales through the first bale-receiving area enabling the rectangular bale to drop onto the platform through the outlet from the first bale-receiving area.