US Pat. No. 10,710,154

CASTING CORE REMOVAL THROUGH THERMAL CYCLING

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

15. A method of removing a silica-based ceramic core, the method comprising:disposing a casting within a vessel, wherein the silica-based ceramic core is within and surrounded by the casting;
increasing a temperature within the vessel from a first temperature to a second temperature to increase a temperature of the silica-based ceramic core for a first heating iteration;
decreasing the temperature within the vessel from the second temperature to the first temperature to decrease the temperature of the silica-based ceramic core for a first cooling iteration;
increasing the temperature within the vessel from the first temperature to the second temperature to increase the temperature of the silica-based ceramic core for a second heating iteration;
decreasing the temperature within the vessel from the second temperature to the first temperature to decrease the temperature of the silica-based ceramic core for a second cooling iteration; and
after the second cooling iteration, chemically dissolving the silica based ceramic core from within the casting.

US Pat. No. 10,710,153

METHOD FOR FILLING WITH METALLIC SODIUM

NITTAN VALVE CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for filling a hollow area of a hollow engine valve with metallic sodium, the method comprising:injecting melted metallic sodium into a cylinder having a larger diameter than an inner diameter of the hollow area of the engine valve under a directional solidification condition, at a speed faster than a speed at which a droplet solidifies, and in a form in which no discontinuity occurs;
forming a solidified metallic sodium rod having a substantially uniform structure in the cylinder;
inserting metallic sodium into the hollow area of the engine valve through a nozzle shaped die while keeping the uniform structure of the metallic sodium rod;
cutting the inserted metallic sodium; and
sealing the engine valve.

US Pat. No. 10,710,150

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FOUNDRY CORE AND FOUNDRY CORE

Nemak, S.A.B. de C.V., G...

1. A method for producing a foundry core for casting a cast part, wherein the foundry core consists of a mould material comprising a binder, a mould sand, and optionally added additives, comprising the following production steps:a) moulding the foundry core by introducing the mould material into a foundry core mould;
b) hardening the mould material;
c) removing the foundry core from the foundry core mould;
d) heating the foundry core to a deformation temperature;
e) plastically deforming the heated foundry core by applying a deformation force to the foundry core; and
f) subsequently cooling the foundry core,
wherein the plastic deformation of the heated foundry core is conducted at the deformation temperature and changes a shape of the foundry core and the foundry core retains the change in shape created by the plastic deformation after the subsequent cooling.

US Pat. No. 10,710,148

METHODS OF FORMING FORGED FIXED-CUTTER EARTH-BORING DRILL BIT BODIES

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method of forming a fixed-cutter earth-boring drill bit, comprising:forging a plurality of drill bit intermediate structures, each of the drill bit intermediate structures comprising a crown portion and a shank portion in an integral, unitary body of a steel material, the crown portion including blades, junk slots between the blades, and hard-facing grooves along leading edges of the blades without machining at least the shank portion, at least the shank portion comprising a central fluid conduit without machining, each of the drill bit intermediate structures being substantially identical in drill bit design;
retrieving a forged steel drill bit intermediate structure from the plurality of drill bit intermediate structures;
forming threads on the shank portion of the retrieved, forged steel drill bit intermediate structure to form a connection region for connecting the shank portion to an adjacent sub, a drill collar, or a drill pipe in accordance with a customized design for the fixed-cutter drill bit;
forming cutter pockets along the blades of the retrieved, forged steel drill bit intermediate structure in accordance with the customized design for the fixed-cutter drill bit;
forming nozzle holes to provide fluid communication between the junk slots and the central fluid conduit of the retrieved, forged steel drill bit intermediate structure in accordance with the customized design for the fixed-cutter drill bit;
depositing a hard-facing material within the hard-facing grooves of the retrieved, forged steel drill bit intermediate structure; and
positioning cutters within the cutter pockets of the retrieved, forged steel drill bit intermediate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,144

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING REINFORCEMENTS

MBK Maschinebau GmbH, Ki...

1. A device for producing a reinforcement comprising an expansion device which has a single expansion slide, wherein the expansion slide is configured for modifying a radial position of an actuating element for a longitudinal wire of the reinforcement by way of a transmission mechanism of the expansion device,wherein the expansion device has a mold slide, wherein an actuator drive is provided for moving the mold slide, and wherein the actuator drive for a linear movement of the mold slide in relation to the expansion slide is supported on the expansion slide.

US Pat. No. 10,710,136

PRESS-FORMING APPARATUS AND PRESS-FORMING METHOD

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A press-forming apparatus comprising a die and a punch, said apparatus being configured for manufacturing a press-formed article from a workpiece sheet by moving at least one of the die and the punch so as to be close to each other in a press-forming direction, the press-formed article having a top portion, a first sidewall portion, and a second sidewall portion, the first sidewall portion and the second sidewall portion being connected to ridge portions formed on both edges of the top portion, wherein the die comprises:a die slide;
a first divisional die arranged at the die slide so as to be adjacent to a first side face of the punch in a state where the die and the punch are the closest to each other;
a second divisional die arranged at the die slide so as to be adjacent to a second side face of the punch in a state where the die and the punch are the closest to each other, the second side face being an opposite side face of the first side face;
a second divisional die driving unit configured to move the second divisional die in the press-forming direction so as to separate the second divisional die from the die slide;
a die pad arranged between the first divisional die and the second divisional die;
a die pad driving unit, including a pressing mechanism or an electrical motor, configured to move the die pad in the press-forming direction;
an insert block having a base end portion configured to be inserted between the die slide and the second divisional die in a state where the die slide and the second divisional die are separated from each other; and
an insert block driving unit, including a pressing mechanism or an electrical motor configured to move the insert block in a direction perpendicular to the press-forming direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,132

MANUFACTURE OF SEMI-FINISHED PRODUCTS AND STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS WITH LOCALLY DIFFERENT MATERIAL THICKNESSES

THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE...

1. A method for producing a semifinished product with locally different material thicknesses, the method comprising:preparing a multilayer, metal material composite, wherein the multilayer, metal material composite has a plurality of layers with different ductilities; and
rolling the multilayer, metal material composite by way of a method for flexible rolling through a rolling gap formed between two rollers, wherein the rolling gap is configured such that regions with different material thicknesses are formed in the multilayer, metal material composite.

US Pat. No. 10,710,130

METHOD FOR PRODUCING H-SHAPED STEEL

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for producing H-shaped steel,the method comprising:
a rough rolling step of shaping a material to be rolled in one or a plurality of passes, the material to be rolled being a slab material having a width and a thickness, where a ratio of the width to the thickness is equal to or more than 6.0 and equal to or less than 7.7, the shaping of the material to be rolled performed by a rolling mill having a plurality of calibers engraved thereon to shape the material to be rolled, a number of the plurality of calibers being four or more, the plurality of calibers having a first caliber and a second caliber, each including a projection that splits vertically the material to be rolled in a width direction, the projection formed in the first caliber having a height of 100 mm or more, and the projections formed in the first caliber and the second caliber having a tip angle of 40° or less, respectively;
an intermediate rolling step of reverse rolling the material after the rough rolling step to obtain an intermediate material; and
a finish rolling step of shaping the intermediate material to the H-shaped steel.

US Pat. No. 10,710,127

HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING LANCE DRIVE SAFETY APPARATUS

STONEAGE, INC., Durango,...

1. A flexible cleaning lance safety apparatus comprising:a support structure adapted to be placed on a support surface and located above an opening into an object to be cleaned;
a flexible lance drive fastened to the support structure for driving a flexible lance directing a high pressure fluid to and into the object to be cleaned;
an air operated dump valve connected to the high pressure fluid; and
one or more sensors between the support structure and the support surface connected to an air pressure supply connected to the air operated dump valve, wherein the one or more sensors are each configured to sense a predetermined force applied between the support structure and the support surface wherein when the predetermined force is sensed, the high pressure fluid in the flexible lance is diverted from the object to be cleaned via actuation of the air operated dump valve.

US Pat. No. 10,710,124

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING BEVERAGE DISPENSERS

1. Apparatus for cleaning a plurality of soda guns, comprising:a plurality of holsters, each for supporting a respective one of said soda guns, the holsters having a longitudinally extending body including a top aperture configured to receive a dispensing head of the respective soda gun, a bottom aperture at a gravitational bottom of the holster, and a side aperture through a longitudinal sidewall of the holster between the top aperture and the bottom aperture;
a fluid conduit for receiving fluid that is pressurized from a source, splitting the fluid into multiple subconduits, and directing the fluid from each of the subconduits into a respective one of said holsters;
a valve for sequentially shutting off and turning on said fluid conduit;
sprayers in each of said holsters, each of the sprayers coupled to a respective one of said subconduits via the side aperture in the longitudinal sidewall, each of the sprayers directs said fluid received from said respective one of said subconduits as sprayed fluid towards a respective top aperture in each of said holsters adapted to receive the dispensing head of said respective soda guns;
said bottom aperture defining an outlet to drain the sprayed fluid from the holster, wherein said sprayed fluid communicates between the respective sprayer and said bottom aperture only within the holsters so said fluid conduit cannot receive said sprayed fluid after said sprayed fluid exits said sprayers and drains out said respective holster via the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,710,120

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SORTING PARTICLES

1. A particle sorting system, comprising:a duct configured to convey particles in a stream comprising an inlet, a first outlet and a second outlet;
a sensor for sensing a predetermined characteristic of a particle flowing in the duct;
a first chamber having a movable wall fluidically couplable to the duct;
a second chamber having a movable wall fluidically couplable to the duct, the second chamber opposing the first chamber on an opposite side of the duct; and
an actuator operatively coupled to at least one of the first chamber or the second chamber,
wherein movement of the movable wall in the first chamber or the second chamber causes the first chamber or the second chamber to transiently discharge an amount of fluid into the duct such that the transient discharge of fluid pressure does not halt or disrupt flow volume through the first outlet or the second outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,710,111

CONTINUOUS TOW FIBER COATING REACTOR

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

13. A system for continuously coating fiber tows, said system comprising:a reactor comprising an outer tubular member, an inner support member spaced from said outer tubular member, a reactant flowing through a space defined by said outer tubular member and said inner support member, and at least one flow promotor located on an outer surface of said inner support member for directing said reactant towards an inner surface of said outer tubular member; and
a plurality of take-off spools and take-up spools for causing a plurality of tow fibers to travel through said reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,710,110

OUTLET FITTING FOR FLUID-CARRYING CONDUIT

Lindsay Corporation, Oma...

1. An outlet fitting for a conduit opening of a pressurized fluid-carrying cylindrical conduit including an outer wall having an outer surface annularly circular and longitudinally straight near the conduit opening, the outlet fitting comprising:a coupler comprising:
an aft section configured to be inserted into the conduit opening, the aft section having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a distal end, a portion of the inner surface decreasing in diameter away from the distal end;
a forward section extending from the aft section and having an inner surface and an outer surface, the forward section being configured to connect a fluid emitter to the coupler,
the inner surfaces of the aft section and forward section forming a fluid passageway extending through the coupler; and
a radially extending flange bisecting the aft and forward sections, the flange including a conduit-facing surface having no curvature in a first direction and a constant curvature in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction such that an entirety of the conduit-facing surface is configured to abut the outer surface of the conduit near the conduit opening; and
a plug configured to be at least partially positioned in the aft section of the coupler, the plug having an aft end and a forward end, the plug comprising:
a frusto-conical shaped outer surface widening in diameter towards the aft end; and
a central aperture extending through the plug from the aft end to the forward end for allowing fluid to pass therethrough,
the plug being configured to be drawn into the aft section of the coupler so as to radially expand the aft section such that at least a portion of the outer surface of the aft section secures the coupler in the conduit opening and creates a seal between the coupler and the conduit, wherein the outer surface of the aft section includes a radially extending lip configured to positively secure the coupler in the conduit opening when the aft section is radially expanded, the coupler including the radially extending lip being monolithic.

US Pat. No. 10,710,109

SPRAY NOZZLE DEVICE FOR DELIVERING A RESTORATIVE COATING THROUGH A HOLE IN A CASE OF A TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. An atomizing spray nozzle device comprising:an outer housing;
plural inlets disposed at a first end of the outer housing along a center axis of the outer housing, the inlets configured to receive a fluid and a ceramic material used to form a uniform restorative thermal barrier coating on a target object, wherein the outer housing includes:
an atomizing zone housing portion of the outer housing that is fluidly coupled with the inlets and disposed along the center axis of the outer housing, the atomizing zone housing configured to receive the fluid and the ceramic material from the inlets, the atomizing zone housing shaped to mix the fluid and the ceramic material into two-phase droplets having fluid that evaporates during flight from the atomizing spray nozzle device to the target object;
a plenum housing portion of the outer housing that is fluidly coupled with the atomizing housing portion along the center axis of the device, the plenum housing portion including an interior plenum that is elongated along the center axis of the device, the interior plenum configured to receive the two-phase droplets from the atomizing zone; and
delivery nozzles fluidly coupled with the interior plenum, the delivery nozzles provide outlets of the outer housing from which the two-phase droplets are directed toward one or more surfaces of the target object to form the uniform restorative thermal barrier coating on the target object using the ceramic material, wherein all of the delivery nozzles are linearly aligned next to each other along a line that is parallel to the center axis on a common side of the outer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,710,107

FILLING APPARATUS FOR HERMETICALLY SEALED BOTTLES

1. Filling apparatus (110, 210) for a hermetically sealed bottle (200), the apparatus comprising:a dual bottle adapter (210), at least indirectly connected to the bottle (200), for an input of liquid from a storage container (100) provided with a dual container adapter (110) and at least partially filled with liquid, wherein between a liquid exit port (111) of the dual container adapter (110) and a liquid entry port (211) of the dual bottle adapter (210) is provided a sealed-off liquid communication connection, and between a gas entry port (112) of the dual container adapter (110) and a gas exit port (212) of the dual bottle adapter (210) is provided a sealed-off gas communication connection; and
a pump (130) to pump liquid out of the storage container (100) into the bottle (200), wherein the pump (130) is configured as a hollow cylinder (133) provided, in the region of a closed lower end face (131), with a nonreturn valve (132), in the open upper end face (134) of which is inserted a piston (140) connected to a piston rod (141), which piston is reciprocatingly mounted in the hollow cylinder (133), wherein a bore (142) directed through the piston (140) and the piston rod (141) forms a liquid communication connection from the inside of the container (100) to the container adapter (110), and a gas communication connection configured as a hose (143) leads from the container adapter (110) into the inside of the container (100).

US Pat. No. 10,710,105

DISPOSABLE CLEANING-FREE PAINT POT

Zhejiang Rongpeng Air Too...

1. A disposable cleaning-free paint pot comprising:a pot body and a pot lid covering an opening of the pot body, the pot lid including a pot lid connector and a feed hole disposed in the pot lid connector;
wherein the pot body is made of disposable transparent aviation material; the pot lid connector includes an adapter or a pot plug sleeved thereon; the adapter having positioning blocks symmetrically disposed in an inner wall thereof and an external thread disposed at one end thereof; the pot lid connector includes positioning slots engaging with the positioning blocks and an annular groove disposed on an outer wall thereof; the adapter includes mobile holes disposed symmetrically on both sides thereof, a press plate hinged to the mobile hole, and a clamping cam connected to the press plate; the clamping cam partially passes through the mobile hole into the adapter and corresponds to the annular groove; the pot lid connector includes an annular recess disposed outside thereof;
wherein the pot plug seals the feed hole and includes a ring sealed tube disposed in an inner wall of an upper end thereof and engaging with the feed hole, the ring sealed tube is obverse truncated cone shape; a retaining ring disposed therein, surrounding the ring sealed tube, and having a movable space between the retaining ring and the inner wall of the pot plug; a plurality of buffer slots distributed uniformly in circumference of the retaining ring; a plurality of elastic strips formed uniformly on circumference of the retaining groove; a plurality of hooks disposed in a bottom inner wall of the elastic strip and engaging with the annular groove; a plurality of guide blocks disposed in an inner wall of the retaining ring and distributed uniformly in circumference, the plurality of guide blocks forming an inner circle diameter d1 which is smaller than an inner diameter d2 formed by the plurality of hooks; and a resilient groove disposed in the bottom inner wall of the elastic strip, which is disposed above the plurality of hooks.

US Pat. No. 10,710,074

METHOD FOR LASER SEPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF PARTICLES AND MOLECULAR SPECIES

The Government of the Uni...

1. A method of separating particles in a microfluidic channel, the method comprising:providing a device comprising a central microfluidic channel operably connected to a first inlet and a second inlet and a first outlet and a second outlet, and a source of laser light focused by an optic into the central microfluidic channel;
flowing particles and molecular species together in a first liquid through the first inlet while flowing a second liquid through the second inlet so as to pinch the flow from the first inlet; and
applying an electric field to one or more regions of the central microfluidic channel and an optical force from the source of laser light to separate the particles from the molecular species such that the molecular species tend to exit the first outlet and the particles tend to exit the second outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,710,065

POLYMERIC MATERIALS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL CELLS AND ION SEPARATION PROCESSES

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A modified polymer of intrinsic microporosity comprising a polymer of intrinsic microporosity having a plurality of repeat units, wherein at least one of the repeat units includes one or more negative charges; andwherein at least one of the repeat units includes one or more charged moieties selected from the group consisting of:
where subscript m and subscript o are independently integers selected from 1 to 8.

US Pat. No. 10,710,063

TRANSPARENT PHOTOCATALYST COATING AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Nitto Denko Corporation, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a coated article comprising:forming a thin layer of a photocatalytic composition by sputtering at least one photocatalytic source and at least one non-photocatalytic source onto a substrate target in a sputtering gas atmosphere, wherein the thin layer comprises a continuous first layer formed from the at least one photocatalytic source and a second layer formed from the at least one non-photocatalytic source, wherein the at least one photocatalytic source comprises at least one tin source, and the at least one non-photocatalytic source comprises at least one metal source, and wherein the second layer is formed immediately on top of the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,061

ION PAIR CATALYSIS OF TUNGSTATE AND MOLYBDATE

Nanyang Technological Uni...

1. A complex of formula (I), comprising an organic cation (A) and an inorganic anion (B):
wherein: each R1 independently represents C1-3 alkyl-aryl or C1-3 alkyl-Heta, which aryl or Heta groups are unsubstituted or are substituted by from one to five R3 substituents;
each R2 independently represents aryl, which group is unsubstituted or substituted by from one to five R4 substituents;
Heta represents a 4- to 14-membered heterocyclic group containing one or more heteroatoms selected from O, S and N, which heterocyclic group comprises one, two or three rings;
each R3 and R4 independently represents halo, branched or unbranched C1-6 alkyl, branched or unbranched C2-6 alkenyl, branched or unbranched C2-6 alkynyl; C3-6 cycloalkyl, aryl or OR5;
R5 represents H, branched or unbranched C1-6 alkyl, branched or unbranched C2-6 alkenyl, branched or unbranched C2-6 alkynyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl or aryl,
wherein alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, and aryl, when present in R3, R4, and R5, are optionally substituted by one or more halogen atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,710,054

MULTI-ZONED CATALYST SYSTEM FOR OXIDATION OF O-XYLENE AND/OR NAPHTHALENE TO PHTHALIC ANHYDRIDE

BASF SE, (DE)

1. A catalyst system for oxidation of o-xylene and/or naphthalene to phthalic anhydride comprising at least four catalyst zones arranged in succession in a reaction tube and filled with catalysts of different chemical composition wherein the catalytically active material of the catalyst is applied to an inert catalyst carrier and comprises antimony, vanadium and titanium dioxide and the active material of the catalyst in the last catalyst zone towards the reactor outlet has an antimony content (calculated as antimony trioxide) between 0.9 to 1.8 wt. %.

US Pat. No. 10,710,050

POWDER, METHOD OF PRODUCING POWDER, AND ADSORPTION APPARATUS

HOYA CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method of producing sintered powder including sintered secondary particles mainly formed of hydroxyapatite, the method comprising:mixing a first liquid containing a calcium source to be a raw material of the hydroxyapatite with a second liquid containing a phosphoric source to be the raw material of the hydroxyapatite to obtain a mixture;
reacting the calcium source with the phosphoric source with stirring of the mixture to obtain a slurry containing primary particles of the hydroxyapatite and aggregates thereof;
physically crushing the aggregates contained in the slurry to disperse the crushed aggregates in the slurry;
granulating the primary particles and the crushed aggregates by spraying and drying the slurry to obtain secondary particles; and
sintering the secondary particles at a sintering temperature to obtain the sintered powder,
wherein the physically crushing of the aggregates is performed by a wet-type jet mill method in which the slurry is sprayed under a high pressure to obtain droplets of the slurry and the droplets are crashed to each other, and
wherein a compressive particle strength of the sintered secondary particles is obtained by the wet-type jet milling and sintering is over 7.0 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,710,047

CORROSION RESISTANT DUPLEX STEEL ALLOY, OBJECTS MADE THEREOF, AND METHOD OF MAKING THE ALLOY

Stamicarbon B.V., Sittar...


the balance being Fe and unavoidable impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,710,042

DEVICE FOR EFFICIENT MIXING OF LAMINAR, LOW-VELOCITY FLUIDS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A gas delivery system, comprising:a first conduit having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first conduit is attached to a first gas source;
a second conduit having a first end and a second end, wherein:
the first end of the second conduit is attached to a second gas source;
the second conduit has a length;
the second conduit is positioned entirely within an interior of the first conduit over at least a portion of the length; and
the second conduit is free from physical contact with the first conduit over the portion of the length of the second conduit; and
a gas delivery port, comprising:
the second end of the first conduit; and
the second end of the second conduit, wherein the gas delivery port is configured to deliver a first gas within the first gas source through the first conduit into a reactor chamber and a second gas within the second gas source through the second conduit to the reactor chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,710,007

FILTRATION CONTAINER ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS

Grayl Inc., Seattle, WA ...

1. A filtration container assembly, the assembly comprising:(a) an outer container having a first open end and a second closed end and defining an inner cavity; and
(b) a plunging assembly having a first end and a second end configured to be received within the outer container inner cavity, wherein the plunging assembly includes an inner sleeve having a first end and a second end and an outer wall defining an inner bore, wherein the outer wall is continuous from the first end to the second end, and a filtration assembly having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the filtration assembly is mechanically coupled to the inner sleeve at the second end of the inner sleeve, and wherein the second end of the filtration assembly is outside the inner bore of the inner sleeve, the plunging assembly including a device for releasing pressure from the inner cavity of the outer container, the device for releasing pressure including a floating seal movable between first and second surfaces of the plunging assembly, the floating seal having a floating portion attached to a non-floating portion by a flexible coupling portion, wherein the floating portion is an o-ring seal, wherein the non-floating portion is coupled to the plunging assembly by nesting in an annular groove of the plunging assembly, and wherein the plunging assembly is configured to filter a liquid in the outer container as the liquid moves from the inner cavity of the outer container through the filtration assembly to the inner bore of the inner sleeve of the plunging assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,710,006

PIEZOELECTRIC TRANSDUCER FOR GENERATION OF AN ACOUSTIC STANDING WAVE

FloDesign Sonics, Inc., ...

1. A transducer assembly, comprising:a housing with an open interior and an exterior and an opening between the interior and the exterior;
a polymeric film covering the opening in the housing;
a piezoelectric material attached to the polymeric film; and
electrodes connected to the piezoelectric material.

US Pat. No. 10,709,995

STEERABLE TOY CAR APPARATUS

1. A steerable toy car apparatus comprising:a body, the body having a body front side, a body back side, a body top side, a body bottom side, a body left side, and a body right side, the body bottom side having a front cutout channel and a back cutout channel extending from the body left side through the body right side towards the body top side;
a front crossmember and a back crossmember coupled to the body, the front crossmember and the back crossmember being pivotably coupled within the front cutout channel and the back cutout channel, respectively;
a front left wheel and a front right wheel coupled to the front crossmember, each of the front left wheel and the front right wheel having a front steering bracket pivotably coupled to the front crossmember and a front wheel pod coupled to the front steering bracket, the front wheel pod having a front tire rotatably coupled within a front wheel well;
a front left connection cable coupled between the body left side and the front wheel pod of the front left wheel behind the front steering bracket;
a front right connection cable coupled between the body right side and the front wheel pod of the front right wheel behind the front steering bracket;
a back left wheel and a back right wheel coupled to the back crossmember, each of the back left wheel and the back right wheel having a back steering bracket pivotably coupled to the back crossmember and a back wheel pod coupled to the back steering bracket, the back wheel pod having a back tire rotatably coupled within a back wheel well;
a back left connection cable coupled between the body left side and the back wheel pod of the back left wheel in front of the back steering bracket; and
a back right connection cable coupled between the body right side and the back wheel pod of the back right wheel in front of the back steering bracket;
wherein pivoting the body turns each of the front left wheel, the front right wheel, the back left wheel, and the back right wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,709,991

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COOPERATIVE APPLICATION CONTROL

Nvidia Corporation, Sant...

1. A system for cooperative application control, comprising:a cloud application engine, embodied in at least one server of said system, for executing application code configured to allow interaction with an application, generate a video stream corresponding to a particular user and accept a response stream from said particular user to allow said particular user to interact with said application; and
a cooperative interaction engine associated with said cloud application engine, embodied in said at least one server of said system, for communication therewith and configured to multicast said video stream from said cloud application engine to said particular user and at least one other user, combine separate response streams from said particular user and said at least one other user into a joint response stream, wherein said joint response stream is a sequence of responses said particular user and said at least one other user provides from one or more input devices, and provide said joint response stream to said cloud application engine which handles said joint response stream as a response stream from a single user.

US Pat. No. 10,709,980

WEB EXPLORER FOR GAMING PLATFORM INTERFACE

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method, comprising:sending, over a network to a client device, game title icons for inclusion in a gaming platform interface rendered to a display device, the game title icons identifying video games that are accessible through the gaming platform interface using the client device;
receiving, over the network from the client device, user selection data indicating selection of a game title icon, and, responsive to the user selection data indicating selection of the game title icon, presenting through the client device options to play a video game corresponding to the game title icon or explore Internet content related to the corresponding video game;
responsive to receiving user selection data indicating selection of the option to explore the Internet content, generating a search query based on the identified video game, transmitting the search query over the network to a search engine, and receiving results of the search query over the network from the search engine, the results identifying Internet content items related to the video game;
generating preview images of at least some of the Internet content items;
further responsive to receiving the user selection data indicating selection of the option to explore the Internet content, sending the preview images to the client device for rendering in association with the identified video game via the gaming platform interface, wherein the preview images are rendered as selectable preview icons, wherein selection of a rendered preview icon provides navigation to a corresponding Internet content item via the gaming platform interface, and wherein rendering the preview icons in association with the identified video game includes moving the game title icon to a center position of a grid configuration and arranging the preview icons in the grid configuration surrounding the game title icon of the identified video game, and wherein the rendering of the preview icons occurs without leaving a context of the gaming platform interface;
predicting a selection of one of the preview icons, and generating a second search query based on the internet content item corresponding to the predicted one of the preview icons, and storing results of the second search query to a cache.

US Pat. No. 10,709,977

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY ALTERING AN IN-GAME EXPERIENCE BASED ON A USER'S CONNECTION TO THE GAME

Kabam, Inc., San Francis...

1. A system for dynamically altering an in-game experience for an online game, wherein the altering is based on signal strength of one or more network connections, the system comprising:one or more processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:execute a game instance of a game space for the online game, and to use the game instance of the game space to generate state information that is transmitted over a network to client devices associated with users, wherein transmission of the state information facilitates presentation of views of the game space to the users, and to implement the game instance of the game space to facilitate interaction of the one or more users with the game space and/or each other by performing operations in the game space in response to commands received over the network from the client devices associated with the users,wherein the online game has a set of modes of gameplay in which individual ones of the modes of gameplay include different types of operations performable in the game instance in response to the commands from the users, and wherein the users comprise a first user associated with a first device;receive information regarding the signal strength of a connection of the first device to the network;
determine one or more of the modes of gameplay to be made available to the first user from the set of modes of gameplay based on the signal strength; and
alter availability of the one or more of the modes of gameplay responsive to the signal strength being below a threshold signal strength.

US Pat. No. 10,709,961

POWER-DRIVEN SHOE DEVICE

Nimbus Robotics, Inc., P...

1. Power shoe devices, each of which comprises a shoe sole (1), characterized in that a plurality of rotating wheels (2) are disposed below the shoe sole (1), and a motor (3) is further disposed at the lower part of the shoe sole (1); and the output end of the motor (3) is connected with a transmission device which is in driving connection with the rotating wheels (2); rotating wheel racks (6) for mounting the rotating wheels (2) are disposed on two sides of the lower side surface of the shoe sole (1); and the transmission device comprises a driving wheel (4) and multi-stage speed reduction structures which are disposed on the rotating wheel racks (6) along the lengthwise direction of the shoe sole (1).

US Pat. No. 10,709,957

LOOSENING-RESISTANT BLADE MOUNTING BRACKET FOR ICE SKATES

1. A loosening-resistant blade mounting bracket, comprising:a platform;
a slot formed in the platform with less than a 7 mm width, the slot configured to receive a first fastener therethrough for attaching the platform to the bottom of a boot;
at least one riser on the platform;
at least one opening formed in the at least one riser, the at least one opening configured to receive a second fastener therethrough for attaching the riser to a blade; and
a set screw on the at least one riser, the set screw tightening through the at least one riser and against a mounting hump on the blade to reduce movement between the at least one riser and the mounting hump.

US Pat. No. 10,709,949

GOLF SWING TRAINING DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A method for preventing hyperextension of an arm comprising:providing a rigid one-piece elongate member, having an upper portion, a lower portion, and an elbow-engaging portion intermediate the upper and lower portions,
the elbow-engaging portion having a bend of 15° to 21°,
means for affixing the lower portion of the elongate member to a forearm of a person,
said means comprising:
a first pair of slots through which a first strap passes,
a second pair of slots through which a second strap passes;
affixing the lower portion of the elongate member to the forearm of the person by securing the first strap through the first pair of slots lust above the person's wrist and securing the second strap through the second pair of slots just below the person's elbow so that:
the lower portion is flush with the forearm of the person,
the elbow-engaging portion of the elongate member is coincident with and abutting the back of the elbow of the person, and
the upper portion of the elongate member is not fixed to the upper arm of the person;
swinging the arm in a manner consistent with a golf swing such that the upper portion of the elongate member hits the upper arm and stops further straightening of the arm;
such that the ridgis member prevents hyperextension of the arm of the person.

US Pat. No. 10,709,941

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body having a face, a sole portion, a crown portion and a skirt portion joining the face, sole portion and crown portion;
a hollow golf club interior within the body;
an outermost exterior surface provided opposite the hollow golf club interior;
a plurality of depressions provided on a first portion of the outermost exterior surface of the body;
wherein the plurality of depressions are formed in the outermost exterior surface and have a depth of about 0.5 mm to about 2 mm, have a width of about 6 mm to about 20 mm and have a minimum landing surface spacing of about 0.5 mm to about 7 mm between depressions on the outermost exterior surface, wherein the depressions are oriented aligned in rows perpendicular to the face.

US Pat. No. 10,709,939

GOLF BALL RETRIEVER

1. A golf ball retriever for releasably capturing a golf ball, comprising:a telescoping handle;
a golf ball retrieving head that comprises a rigid frame, wherein the rigid frame consists of an elongated head that has a head length, a sinistral sides, a dextral side, a front, a back, a top, a bottom, and an extension connected to the telescoping handle;
wherein the rigid frame includes:
a front sinistral frame member and a front dextral frame member extending from the bottom to the top of the retrieving head, a front frame separation distance measured between the front sinistral frame member and the front dextral frame member, wherein the front frame separation distance is (a) greater than a golf ball diameter over a portion of the head length thereby defining an opening portion enabling the golf ball to enter the rigid frame, and (b) less than a golf ball diameter over a portion of the head length thereby defining a pocket portion in which the golf ball cannot exit the rigid frame;
a rear sinistral frame member and a rear dextral frame member extending from the bottom to the top of the retrieving head, a rear frame separation distance measured between the rear sinistral frame member and the rear dextral frame member, wherein the rear frame separation distance is less than the golf ball diameter throughout the head length;
a top sinistral frame member located at the top of the retrieving head and connecting the front sinistral frame member and the rear sinistral frame member, and a top dextral frame member located at the top of the retrieving head and connecting the front dextral frame member and the rear dextral frame member, wherein the top sinistral frame member and the top dextral frame member prevent the golf ball from exiting the top of the retrieving head;
a sinistral frame separation distance between the front sinistral frame member and the rear sinistral frame member, wherein the sinistral frame separation distance is less than the golf ball diameter throughout the head length; and
a dextral frame separation distance between the front dextral frame member and the rear dextral frame member, wherein the dextral frame separation distance is less than the golf ball diameter throughout the head length.

US Pat. No. 10,709,932

EXERCISE APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An exercise apparatus for performing hip strengthening exercises comprising:(a) a chassis having a front portion and a rear portion;
(b) a cross-member movably coupled to the chassis and configured to engage the hips of a user, wherein the cross-member is configured to act against a resistance force during hip thrusts by a user;
(c) a foot platform provided towards the rear portion of the chassis;
(d) at least one resistance member coupled to the chassis and configured to be actuated by movement of the cross-member; and
(e) a variable transmission comprising at least one slider bearing disposed within at least one pair of slots defined in cooperative first and second large gears, the variable transmission configured to adjust an input force required to actuate the resistance member, wherein the variable transmission is adjustable across a range of adjustment ratios by selecting a radial position of the at least one slider bearing disposed within the at least one pair of slots defined in cooperative first and second large gears.

US Pat. No. 10,709,928

ABDOMINAL/BACK MUSCLE EXERCISE DEVICE

1. A stand-up abdominal/back muscle exercise device, comprising:an ankle block configured to hold ankles of the operator where in an exercise position, the ankle block having a vertical portion extending from the base and upwardly from a surface supporting the ankle block, a horizontal portion attached to and extending outwardly from the vertical portion, and at least one first receiving portion attached to the horizontal portion and configured to receive a front of the ankles of the operator where in the exercise position;
a knee block configured to receive knees of the operator where in the exercise position, the knee block disposed adjacent to and horizontally spaced apart from the ankle block, the knee block having an upright post with a bottom portion and a top portion, the bottom portion extending upwardly from the surface supporting the knee block, and the top portion angled inwardly toward the ankle block, the knee block further including at least one second receiving portion attached to the top portion of the upright post and configured to receive a rear of the knees of the operator where the operator is in the exercise position; and
an angled upper leg rest configured to hold and position a weight of the operator at a mid-thigh contact area of the operator where in the exercise position, the angled upper leg rest attached to the knee block,
wherein a section of the vertical portion of the ankle block is selectively vertically movable relative to the surface, and a section of the horizontal portion of the ankle block is selectively horizontally movable relative to the vertical portion and the knee block, and a section of the bottom portion of the knee block is selectively vertically movable relative to the surface, and
wherein the stand-up abdominal/back muscle exercise device does not have a bench or a seat for buttocks of the operator and the buttocks of the operator are unsupported by the stand-up abdominal/back muscle exercise device where the operator is in the exercise position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,927

MULTI-POSITION HORIZONTAL ELLIPTICAL CYCLE FITNESS EQUIPMENT

1. An exercise apparatus for a person to exercise on a support surface, comprising:two side frames each including a base member and a front member projecting upward from a front side of the base member, each side frame aligned and mutually fixed together at a rear cross member, a forward cross member, and a top cross member;
a crank mechanism having two cranks and fixed with the rear cross member; and
two foot members each having a foot base member with a foot pad on a top side thereof, and a foot front member projecting upward from a front side of the foot base member, each foot member pivotally fixed at a top side of the foot front member with the top cross member and pivotally fixed at a rear side of the foot base member with one of the cranks of the crank mechanism;
wherein each member of the side frames and the foot members is formed with a perforated square metal tube material having a plurality of longitudinally-aligned equally-spaced apertures formed along each side thereof;
whereby when a person rests a foot in each of the foot pads of one of the foot members, the person can perform elliptical exercises by raising and lowering his feet, holding onto the top cross member for support as desired.

US Pat. No. 10,709,924

SQUAT BAR FOR FITNESS MACHINE

FLEXLINE FITNESS, INC., ...

2. An exercise system, comprising:a) a frame, wherein the frame comprises a first vertical frame and a second vertical frame, each vertical frame having a top end and a bottom end;
b) a pulley system operatively coupled to the frame, the pulley system comprising:
i) a plurality of pulley wheels,
ii) a drive mechanism operatively coupled to the plurality of pulley wheels, and
iii) an exercise bar operatively coupled to the drive mechanism;
c) a resistance machine operatively coupled to the exercise bar via the drive mechanism, the resistance machine having a resistive force configured to counter a pulling force on the drive mechanism by a user moving the exercise bar; and
d) a controller operatively connected to the resistance machine to adjust the resistive force, wherein the exercise bar comprises a plurality of gas input actuators and a plurality of gas release actuators to accommodate accessibility to the plurality of gas input actuators and the plurality of gas release actuators when the user uses a wide grip or a narrow grip on the exercise bar, wherein the exercise bar comprises a first adjustment button operatively connected to the controller to adjust the resistive force, and a second adjustment button operatively connected to the controller to adjust the resistive force, wherein the first adjustment button is a first gas input actuator of the plurality of gas input actuators and the second adjustment button is a first gas release actuator of the plurality of gas release actuators, wherein the controller is operatively connected to the first gas input actuator and the first gas release actuator, wherein actuation of the first gas input actuator causes the controller to increase the resistive force, wherein actuation of the first gas release actuator causes the controller to decrease the resistive force, wherein the exercise bar has a first section and a second section opposite the first section, wherein the first section has the first adjustment button and the second section has the second adjustment button, and wherein the first section and the second section are removably attached to each other at a connection joint.

US Pat. No. 10,709,923

APPARATUS FOR MOTOR REHABILITATION OF UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS

1. An apparatus for motor rehabilitation of upper and lower limbs, the apparatus comprising:a robotic arm having a proximal robotic arm end and terminating in a distal robotic arm end, the robotic arm including a larger rod, having a length between about 1 cm and about 100 cm, and a smaller rod, having a length between about 5 cm and about 50 cm;
an adapter connected to the distal robotic arm end, and configured for connection to a distal end of the upper or lower limb;
a gear system operatively coupled to the proximal robotic arm end, the gear system including two opposing gears, a spider gear, and a connection element;
two motors operatively coupled to the gear system, each of the two motors configured to directly drive one of the two opposing gears and both of the two opposing gears configured to drive the spider gear;
at least one driver in electrical communication with the motors;
virtual or augmented reality software;
a management and control system in communication with the at least one driver and the virtual or augmented reality software;
a display in communication with the virtual or augmented reality software;
wherein, the apparatus is configured to move the robotic arm in three-dimensional space with curvilinear trajectories; and,
wherein, when only the distal end of the upper or lower limb is connected to the apparatus, the limb is suspended in space.

US Pat. No. 10,709,916

INTEGRATED PANEL FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM

1. An integrated fire suppression system comprising:a cabinet including a plurality of defined and isolated compartments;
a first walled compartment receiving and mounting a plurality of fire suppression control systems including at least one of electrical components and controls for a water solenoid, high pressure tank nozzle, and an emitter nozzle;
a second walled compartment having fluid storage and high pressure components and providing isolation of fluid between the first and second walled compartments;
a third walled compartment disposed within the cabinet further including a solenoid and actuator of the fire suppression control systems disposed within the third walled compartment, the third walled compartment providing environmental isolation with respect to the first and second walled compartments;
at least one opening between the first walled compartment and the second walled compartment;
the at least one opening further including a sealing mechanism to provide isolation between the first and second walled compartments; and
a high pressure tank disposed in both the first and second walled compartments and a portion of the tank including a nozzle extending through the at least one opening into the second walled compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,709,909

NOZZLE FOR RETRACTABLE FALL ARREST

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES, LLC,...

1. A nozzle for a retractable fall arrest device, said nozzle defining a passage, said passage configured to have a cable of the retractable fall arrest device supporting a user passing through said nozzle, said passage extends through the nozzle between a top surface and a bottom surface of the nozzle and defines a passage axis; said passage having an elongate entrance and an elongate exit; said passage defining a constricted portion, a horizontal cross-section of said constricted portion extending substantially perpendicular to said passage axis, said constricted portion having opposed end sections and a middle section; said end sections of said constricted portion defining a width greater than a width of the middle section of said constricted portion; wherein the width of the middle section of said constricted portion is less than a width of at least one of said entrance and exit to said passage; and wherein a perimeter of said passage defines a plane which intersects said passage axis at an angle greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,709,901

IMPLANTABLE FASTENERS, APPLICATORS, AND METHODS FOR BRACHYTHERAPY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A fastener applicator comprising: a body portion including a handle assembly;a cartridge assembly supported within the body portion, the cartridge assembly including implantable fasteners, at least one implantable fastener having:
a body including a backspan having a tissue facing surface;
a tissue penetrating portion extending from the body, the tissue penetrating portion including:
a first leg having first and second portions and a first connecting portion interconnecting the first and second portions, the first portion extending from a first end portion of the backspan and coupled to the second portion extending towards the backspan; and
a second leg having third and fourth portions and a second connecting portion interconnecting the third and fourth portions, the third portion extending from a second end portion of the backspan and coupled to the fourth portion, the first and third portions of the respective first and second legs extending away from the backspan at an angle such that the first and third portions of the respective first and second legs overlap one another, the backspan being spaced apart from the first and second connecting portions of the respective first and second legs in an unformed condition, and the backspan and the first and third portions of the respective first and second legs being parallel to each other in a formed condition; and
a capsule affixed to the tissue facing surface of the body, the capsule including radioactive material;
a drive assembly supported within the body portion and operatively coupled to the cartridge assembly to engage the implantable fasteners; and
an actuation assembly supported within the handle assembly and operatively coupled to the drive assembly to fire a distal-most implantable fastener upon actuation of the actuation assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,709,898

LIGHT IRRADIATING DEVICE AND PHOTOTHERAPY MACHINE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light irradiating device comprisinga group of LED light sources that has at least one LED light source two-dimensionally arranged on a flexible substrate, wherein
light output by the group of LED light sources includes
first wavelength region light whose light-emission intensity peak is in a wavelength range of 380 nm or more and 430 nm or less, and
second wavelength region light whose light-emission intensity peak is in a wavelength range of more than 430 nm and 635 nm or less,
the at least one LED light source includes
a first LED element that outputs the first wavelength region light, and
a wavelength conversion member that absorbs the first wavelength region light output from the first LED element and outputs the second wavelength region light,
at least one layer of a spacer is provided on a light-output-side surface of the flexible substrate in which the first LED element is two-dimensionally arranged,
of the at least one layer of the spacer, at least one layer of a spacer is a spacer that contains the wavelength conversion member, and
a total value of thicknesses of constituents provided from the first LED element to an affected part is 0.5 times or more an average value of pitches between first LED elements.

US Pat. No. 10,709,887

DEVICES FOR DELIVERING NON-INVASIVE NEUROMODULATION TO A PATIENT

Helius Medical, Inc, New...

1. A method of placing a mouthpiece in a patient's mouth prior to engaging in a non-invasive neuromodulation therapy session, the method comprising:providing a mouthpiece to the patient, the mouthpiece comprising:
an elongated housing having an anterior region and a posterior region, and a non-planar exterior top surface;
a positioning pad having an anterior and a posterior region, the positioning pad attached to the top surface of the elongated housing; and
a first locator traversing a width of a transition region connecting a plateau of the anterior region of the elongated housing to a plateau of the posterior region of the elongated housing, the first locator integral with the top surface of the elongated housing;
placing the mouthpiece in the patient's mouth; and
manually adjusting the mouthpiece until the first locator is in contact with the patient's oral cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,709,884

DEVICE FOR DELIVERY OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS MEDICATION

SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, IN...

1. A device for delivery of a rheumatoid arthritis drug across a dermal barrier, the device comprising:a microneedle and a plurality of first nanostructures located on a surface of the microneedle and projecting outward from the surface of the microneedle, wherein the nanostructures on the surface of the microneedle are fabricated in a pattern that comprises a fractal and/or fractal-like geometry; and
a rheumatoid arthritis drug in fluid communication with the microneedle.

US Pat. No. 10,709,883

BANDAGE WITH MICRONEEDLES FOR ANTIMICROBIAL DELIVERY AND FLUID ABSORPTION FROM A WOUND

1. A bandage comprising:a film layer having a top surface and a bottom surface;
an adhesive applied to the bottom surface; and
an absorbent layer connected to the bottom surface,
a plurality of microneedles disposed within the absorbent layer, each microneedle of said plurality of microneedles having an end that extends through the absorbent layer and is configured to penetrate a wound when the bandage is applied over the wound;
an antimicrobial agent in communication with a fraction of a total quantity of said plurality of microneedles, so that upon application of the bandage to the wound, the antimicrobial agent is transported though said fraction of the total quantity of said plurality of microneedles to the wound,
wherein the remainder of the total quantity of said plurality of microneedles not in communication with the antimicrobial agent are configured to transport fluid from the wound to the absorbent layer.

US Pat. No. 10,709,879

CEREBROSPINAL-FLUID SHUNT VALVE SYSTEM

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A cerebral shunt used to treat an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in a brain of a patient, comprising:a catheter adapted for implantation within the brain of the patient with a proximal portion within the brain opposite a distal portion diverting CSF out of the brain to another region of the patient;
a pressure sensor adapted for implantation within the brain of the patient and to produce a signal representing an intracranial pressure;
a valve connected to the catheter to conduct excess CSF to drain out of the brain through the catheter in an open position and to prevent the excess CSF from passing out of the brain through the catheter in a closed position; and
a valve driver control circuit communicating with the pressure sensor and the valve and operating to receive the signal representing the intracranial pressure and to control the valve to switch the valve between the open position and closed position in a cycle for successive cycles according to the signal representing the intracranial pressure and providing a measure of intracranial pressure so that the valve is opened at a first time when the measure of intracranial pressure is above a threshold value and the valve is closed at a second time following the first time while the measure of intracranial pressure still remains above the threshold value and to repeat an opening and closing of the valve while the measure of intracranial pressure remains above the threshold value;
wherein the valve comprises a piezo bender actuator receiving electrical signals from the valve controller to be electrically actuated to reposition the piezo bender actuator to open or close the valve; and
wherein the piezo bender actuator is a cantilever repositionable to change a position of a collar extending around a tube having an orifice in series with the catheter to block the orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,709,877

MEDICAL BALLOON WITH REINFORCING MEMBER

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A catheter assembly, comprising:a catheter shaft;
a balloon attached to the catheter shaft, the balloon including a body and a proximal waist portion, the proximal waist portion having a proximal end;
a fiber braid including one or more individual filaments disposed along the balloon, the fiber braid having a proximal end aligned with the proximal end of the waist portion; and
a polymer sleeve disposed on the catheter shaft, wherein the polymer sleeve abuts the proximal end of the balloon waist and the proximal end of the braid such that an outer diameter of the catheter assembly remains substantially constant along the proximal waist portion of the balloon and an entirety of the polymer sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,709,871

CATHETER HAVING A STEERABLE TIP

Strategic Polymer Science...

1. A catheter assembly comprising:an elongated catheter shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and an intermediate region between the distal end and the proximal end;
a control circuit coupled to a power source at the proximal end of the elongated catheter shaft, wherein the control circuit is configured to control one or more electrical control signals from the power source; and
a steerable tip coupled to the distal end of the elongated catheter shaft, the steerable tip having one or more electromechanical polymer (EMP) actuators embedded therein, the one or more EMP actuators configured to cause the steerable tip to deform in response to the one or more electrical control signals, wherein at least one of the one or more EMP actuators acts as both an actuator and a sensor that detects environment conditions surrounding the steerable tip and provides sensor signals to the control circuit indicative of the environment conditions, wherein the control circuit adjusts the one or more electrical control signals in response to the sensor signals, and wherein the power source is configured to provide the one or more electrical control signals to one or more of the EMP actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,709,855

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED ASSISTED VENTILATION

CoLabs Medical, Inc., Mo...

1. A method of artificially ventilating an individual, the method comprising:inserting a working end of a ventilation device within a respiratory opening of the individual and positioning the working end of the ventilation device within a body passageway of the individual, where the working end includes a first opening fluidly coupled to a first lumen and a second opening fluidly coupled to a second lumen, where the second opening is located along the ventilation device proximal to the first opening, the ventilation device also having a pressure sensor configured to detect pressure changes within the body passageway where the ventilation device is configured for an automatic delivery of a bolus of air into an airway of the individual at a pre-determined rate;
drawing suction through the first opening to induce collapse of the body passageway and maintaining the suction for a period of time;
delaying delivery of the bolus of air when the sensor detects a pressure change in the air within the body passageway, where the pressure change within the body passageway results from a chest compression; and
delivering the bolus of air through the first lumen upon failure to detect collapse of the body passageway and delivering the bolus of air through the second lumen while maintaining the suction upon detecting collapse of the body passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,709,852

DELIVERY DEVICE AND KIT, AND METHOD OF USE

Trudell Medical Internati...

1. A delivery device comprising:a substance dispenser;
a mask in fluid communication with said substance dispenser, said mask comprising a mounting portion comprising a hard plastic coupled to a sealing portion comprising a soft polymer, said sealing portion comprising a bottom flexible edge portion, and a pair of flexible side portions, said side portions extending upwardly from said bottom portion and connecting at an apex, wherein said mounting portion comprises a hinged arm, said arm moveable from an open position to a closed position, and further comprising a valve, said, valve moveable from a first position to a second position as said arm is moved from said open position to said closed position, wherein said valve covers an opening in said mounting portion when moved to said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,848

SEGMENTED SAFETY COVER FOR NEEDLE DELIVERY

1. A segmented safety cover comprising: a) a proximal segment combined with a needle hub; b) a needle cannula that extends from the proximal needle hub to a distal sharpened end; c) a distal end cap with a hollow bore through which the needle cannula passes; d) a centrally mounted toggle locking mechanism, separating the proximal needle hub from the distal end cap, hingedly connected to both and maintaining the segmented safety cover in a position where it completely covers a needle tip on a needle; e) wherein the toggle locking mechanism is resistively bias-assisted and comprises a proximal cover segment and a distal cover segment which overlay the needle cannula and is linked together through a central hinge; f) said proximal cover segment and said distal cover segment of said toggle locking mechanism being configured with abutting faces that contact each other above said central hinge when the segmented safety cover is in a safety mode; g) wherein the proximal cover segment is connected to the hub via a proximal hinge and the distal cover segment is connected to the end cap via a distal hinge; and h) wherein the proximal hinge, abutting faces and distal hinge are in line and the central hinge is below the abutting faces in the safety mode so that a force exerted on the distal end cap is translated onto the abutting faces above the central hinge thereby maintaining the device in a secured state wherein the segmented safety cover is in a position where it completely covers the needle tip, while maintaining the distal end cap's position covering the needle tip extending through the needle cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,709,844

INJECTOR SAFETY DEVICE

Antares Pharma, Inc., Ew...

1. An injector, comprising:a housing;
a container portion disposed within the housing, defining a fluid chamber containing a medicament, and including a plunger moveably disposed therein and defining a portion of the fluid chamber;
a firing mechanism including a ram;
a latch moveably disposed within the housing and configured to engage a portion of the ram;
a trigger moveably disposed within the housing between a ready position wherein the latch is held in engagement with the portion of the ram and a firing position wherein the latch is released, permitting movement of the ram;
a safety member that is positionable relative to the housing so as to restrict movement of the trigger into the firing position; and
a guard moveable with respect to the housing from a protecting position to an actuating position, wherein movement of the guard to the actuating position moves the trigger into the firing position, wherein the safety member prevents movement of the guard into the actuating position,
wherein the housing includes an opening formed therein, and wherein the safety member includes a blocking member having an end disposed within the housing so as to abut a portion of the trigger, the blocking member extending through the opening of the housing and attaching to a body portion of the safety member that is disposed outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,709,839

PRECISION VARIABLE FLOW RATE INFUSION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Repro-Med Systems, Inc., ...

1. A precision variable flow rate infusion system for delivering a liquid driven by a constant pressure pump from a reservoir having an initial outflow rate to a known and adjustable flow rate less than the initial outflow rate for infusion to a patient, the liquid having a maximum dosage flow rate, comprising:a first flexible flow rate tubing having a known length from a proximal end to a distal end and a pre-defined flow rate generally established by a consistent internal diameter along the length to create a known flow rate for the liquid passing therethrough, the known flow rate not exceeding the maximum dosage flow rate for the liquid; and
an adjustable flow rate controller having an inlet and an outlet, at least one internal fluid pathway there between and a fluid pathway modifier structured and arranged to modify the at least one internal fluid pathway from the inlet to the outlet from a closed pathway to a maximum flow pathway with a plurality of different flow rate pathways there between providing from a maximum adjuster flow rate to a zero flow rate, a flow rate scale visually indicating variable flow rates from the maximum dosage flow rate to the zero flow rate, the adjustable flow rate controller inlet coupled to the first flexible flow rate tubing to receive the liquid at the known flow rate established by the first flexible flow rate tubing;
wherein the pre-defined flow rate and the maximum adjuster flow rate cooperatively combining to be equal to or less than the maximum dosage flow rate for the liquid from the reservoir;
wherein the combination of the pre-defined flow rate and the maximum adjuster flow rate determine a maximum delivery flow rate of liquid from the reservoir through the system, and the adjustable flow rate controller permitting precision flow rate control from an off flow rate to about the maximum delivery flow rate permitted by the combination of the pre-defined flow rate and the maximum adjuster flow;
wherein the variable flow rate infusion system is pre-calibrated with sterile gas correlated to an intended liquid to provide the flow rate scale tuned for each assembly of the first flexible flow rate tubing and the adjustable flow rate controller.

US Pat. No. 10,709,830

REDUCED ROTATIONAL MASS MOTOR ASSEMBLY FOR CATHETER PUMP

TC1 LLC, Pleasanton, CA ...

1. A catheter pump system comprising:an impeller;
a catheter body;
a drive shaft disposed inside the catheter body and coupled with the impeller at a distal portion of the drive shaft, the drive shaft configured such that rotation of the drive shaft causes the impeller to rotate; and
a motor assembly comprising:
a chamber, at least a portion of the chamber in fluid communication with the catheter body, wherein a portion of the drive shaft is disposed in the at least a portion of the chamber;
a rotor disposed in the at least a portion of the chamber;
a stator assembly disposed about the drive shaft and configured to cause the drive shaft to rotate, wherein the catheter body extends from the motor assembly towards the impeller, the motor assembly disposed at a proximal portion of the catheter body; and
a longitudinal rotor lumen disposed through the rotor such that the longitudinal rotor lumen extends on the proximal and distal sides of the rotor, wherein during operation of the catheter pump system, fluid flows through the longitudinal rotor lumen, through the rotor, and through the catheter body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,823

SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR COLLECTING LIQUIDS

10. A device for collecting liquid, the device comprising:a main container defining a main collecting chamber;
a suction pump port connected to said main container and in fluid communication with said main collecting chamber for establishing a vacuum in said main collecting chamber;
a liquid inlet opening connected to said main container and in fluid communication with said main collecting chamber for drawing liquid into the main collecting chamber through said liquid inlet opening based on the vacuum in said main collecting chamber;
a main duct section connected to said main container, wherein said main duct section is in fluid communication with said main collecting chamber at a location along a liquid fill path of said main collecting chamber;
a water-soluble closing component operatively connected to said main duct section and closing said main duct section such that one portion of main duct section is separated by said water-soluble closing component from the main collecting chamber until said water-soluble closing component is dissolved by contact with liquid, whereby upon liquid filling said main collecting chamber to said location along the liquid fill path, said water-soluble closing component comes into contact with liquid and dissolves such that said one portion of main duct section is not separated from the main collecting chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,709,805

WALL MOUNTABLE ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER

1. A wall mountable essential oil diffuser, the wall mountable essential oil diffuser comprising:a housing;
a wall dock, wherein the wall dock is configured to:
attach to a surface; and
releasably receive at least a portion of the housing;
an aperture, wherein the aperture is configured to receive an essential oil container;
means for vaporizing the essential oil in the container, wherein the means for vaporizing the essential oil in the container is configured to increase the vaporization rate of essential oil within the essential oil container;
an outlet, wherein the outlet is configured to receive the vaporized essential oil and allow the vaporized essential oil to exit the housing;
a switch, wherein the switch is configured to allow a user to turn on and off the means for vaporizing the essential oil in the container;
a power supply, wherein the power supply is configured to provide power to at least the means for vaporizing the essential oil in the container; and
a power button, wherein the power button is configured to control whether the power supply is sending power to at least the means for vaporizing the essential oil.

US Pat. No. 10,709,800

RADIO-OPAQUE WRITING INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS OF USE

1. A composition for use in marking a surface in connection with an imaging-assisted medical procedure, comprising:a first radio-opaque component comprising a first radio-opaque material dissolved in a solvent; and
a second radio-opaque component comprising a second radio-opaque material dispersed throughout a carrier,
the first radio-opaque material and the second radio-opaque material comprising different radio-opaque materials with different radio-opaque characteristics.

US Pat. No. 10,709,756

TREATING SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

Olive Therapeutics, LLC, ...

1. A method comprising: administering to a woman suffering from sexual dysfunction intranasal oxytocin and sublingual buspirone, so that the subject receives combination therapy with both.

US Pat. No. 10,709,722

FAP-ACTIVATED THERAPEUTIC AGENTS, AND USES RELATED THERETO

BACH BIOSCIENCES, LLC, C...

1. A pharmaceutical preparation for intravenous administration, comprising a buffering solution having dissolved therein a prodrug represented by Formula I, or a lyophilized preparation of the prodrug for forming an intravenous solution:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
R1 represents (C1-C10)alkyl, (C1-C10)alkoxy, (C1-C10)alkyl-C(O)(C1-C10)alkyl, (C3-C8)cycloalkyl, (C3-C8)cycloalkyl(C1-C10)alkyl, aryl, aryl(C1-C10)alkyl, heteroaryl, or heteroaryl(C1-C10)alkyl, wherein any R1 is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of halo, hydroxy, carboxylate, cyano, amino, nitro, and —SH;
or
represents an N-terminally blocked alpha amino acid residue, wherein X is O;R2 represents H or a (C1-C6)alkyl;
R3 represents a (C1-C6)alkyl;
R4 is absent or represents a (C1-C6)alkyl, —OH, —NH2, or halogen;
X represents O or S;
L represents a bond,
or
represents a self-immolative linker; andCyt? represents a radical of an anthracycline or derivative thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,709,719

SUBSTITUTED BICYCLIC COMPOUNDS

Bristol-Myers Squibb Comp...

1. A compound of Formula (II):
or a salt thereof, wherein:
R1 is —OH or —OP(O)(OH)2;
X1, X2, and X3 are:
(i) X1 is O, X2 is CH2, and X3 is CH2;
(ii) X1 is CH2, X2 is O, and X3 is CH2;
(iii) X1 is CH2, X2 is CH2, and X3 is O; or
(iv) X1 is O, X2 is CH2, and X3 is O;
R2a is —(CH2)3-6CH3, —(CH2)1-4CH?CRxRx, (CH2)1-4CH?CRx(CH2CH3), —CH?CH(CH2)1-3C(Rx)3, —CH?CH(CH2)1-3OCH3, —(CH2)1-3CH?CHCH?CRxRx, —CH?CH(CH2)1-3CH?CRxRx, —CH?CHRz, —(CH2)1-3Rz, —(CH2)1-3O(CH2)0-3Rz, —(CH2)1-3S(CH2)0-3Rz, —CH2S(O)Rz, —CH2S(O)2Rz, —O(CH2)1-2Rz, —O(CH2)1-2O(CH2)0-2Rz, —OC(O)Rz, —(CH2)1-4O(CH2)0-9C(Rx)3, —(CH2)1-4O(CH2)0-9CF3, —(CH2)1-4CRxRxO(CH2)0-4C(Rx)3, —(CH2)1-3O(CH2)1-4CH?CRx(CH2)0-3CH3, —(CH2)1-3O(CH2)1-4CH?CRxRx, —(CH2)1-3O(CH2)1-4C(OH)RxRx, —(CH2)1-3O(CH2)1-4O(CH2)0-3CH3, —(CH2)1-3S(CH2)0-4C(Rx)3, —(CH2)0-3O(CH2)1-4S(CH2)0-3C(Rx)3, —(CH2)1-3S(CH2)1-4Si(CH3)3, —(CH2)1-3S(O)(CH2)0-4C(Rx)3, —(CH2)1-3S(O)2(CH2)0-4C(Rx)3, —(CH2)1-5NRxRx, —O(CH2)1-7C(Rx)3, —O(CH2)1-4O(CH2)0-4C(Rx)3, —O(CH2)1-4CH?CRx(CH2)0-3CH3, —O(CH2)1-4O(CH2)0-3C(Rx)3, —O(CH2)1-4O(CH2)1-3CH?CRxRx, —O(CH2)1-4O(CH2)1-3C?CRx, —C(O)(CH2)0-4C(Rx)3, —OC(O)(CH2)0-4C(Rx)3, —OC(O)CRxRx(CH2)0-4C(Rx)3, —OC(O)NRx(CH2)0-5C(Rx)3, —NRxC(O)NRx(CH2)0-5C(Rx)3, —C(CH3)?N—O(CH2)0-5C(Rx)3, —C(CH3)?N—O(CH2)1-2(phenyl), —C(CH3)?N—O(CH2)1-2(fluorophenyl), —C(CH3)?N—O(CH2)1-2(methoxyphenyl), phenyl, or pyridinyl;
each Rx is independently H or —CH3; and
Rz is phenyl, imidazolyl, pyrazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyrazinyl, quinolinyl, thiophenyl, thiazolyl, oxetanyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl, adamantanyl, or tetrahydropyranyl, each substituted with zero to 4 substituents independently selected from F, Cl, I, C1-4 alkyl, —O(C1-3 alkyl), —CF3, —OCF3, —(CH2)1-6OCH3, —CH2NRxRx, —C(O)NRxRx, —C(O)NRx(C1-4 alkyl), and —CH2C(O)NRxRx.

US Pat. No. 10,709,703

2,4-PYRIMIDINEDIAMINE COMPOUNDS AND THEIR USES

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, In...

1. A compound according to Formula (I)or a salt thereof, wherein:one of R2 and R4 is a phenyl monosubstituted with (C1-C10) alkyl, —ORa optionally substituted with one Rb group, —O—C(O)ORa, —O—(CH2)m—C(O)ORa, —C(O)ORa, —O—(CH2)m—NRcRc, —O—C(O)NRcRc, —O—(CH2)m—C(O)NRcRc, —O—C(NH)NRcRc, —O—(CH2)m—C(NH)NRcRc or —NH—(CH2)m—NRcRc;
the other of R2 and R4 is a phenyl monosubstituted or disubstituted with R8;
R2 and R4 are different;
R5 is fluoro, —CN, or (C1-C6) alkyl optionally substituted with one or more halogen;
each R8 is independently selected from the group consisting of Rb, Ra substituted with one or more of the same or different Ra or Rb and —ORa substituted with one or more of the same or different Ra or Rb;
each Ra is independently selected from the group consisting of H, (C1-C6) alkyl and (C3-C8) cycloalkyl;
each Rb is independently selected from the group consisting of ?O, —ORd, —OCF3, —SRd, —NRcRc, halogen, —CF3, —CN, —NO2, —N3, —S(O)Rd, —S(O)2Rd, —S(O)2ORd, —S(O)NRcRc, —S(O)2NRcRc, —OS(O)Rd, —OS(O)2Rd, —OS(O)2ORd, —OS(O)2NRcRc, —C(O)Rd, —C(O)ORd, —C(O)NRcRc, —C(NH)NRcRc, —C(NRa)NRcRc, —C(NOH)Ra, —C(NOH)NRcRc, —OC(O)Rd, —OC(O)ORd and —OC(O)NRcRc;
each Rc is independently Ra or, alternatively, two Rc are taken together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded to form a 5 to 8-membered cycloheteroalkyl or heteroaryl;
each Rd is independently Ra; and
each m is independently an integer from 1 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,709,699

PYRIDONE DERIVATIVE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine ...

1. An oral solid pharmaceutical composition, comprising 2-((2-fluoro-4-iodophenyl)amino)-1-methyl-4-((6-methylpyridin-3-yl)oxy)-6-oxo-1,6-dihydropyridine-3-carboxamide or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, wherein the pharmaceutical composition has a content of 0.01-10% by weight of 2-((2-fluoro-4-iodophenyl)amino)-1-methyl-4-((6-methylpyridin-3-yl)oxy)-6-oxo-1,6-dihydropyridine-3-carboxamide or the pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, relative to a weight of the pharmaceutical composition, the hydroxypropyl methylcellulose is present in an amount of 1.5-3% by weight, relative to the weight of the pharmaceutical composition, and the pharmaceutical composition has a dissolution rate in 30 minutes greater than or equal to 85%, according to the dissolution test carried out using pH 6.8 phosphate buffer.

US Pat. No. 10,709,691

PHARMACEUTICAL DOSAGE FORMS

RECORDATI AG, Baar (CH)

1. A method of treating Cushing's disease or Cushing's syndrome with a pharmaceutical dosage form for oral administration comprising: (a) a drug substance 4-[(5R)-6,7-dihydro-5H-pyrrolo[1,2-c]imidazol-5-yl]3-fluorobenzonitrile as defined by formula (1)
or any pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and (b) 70% to 95% by weight of microcrystalline cellulose based on the total weight of said pharmaceutical dosage form.

US Pat. No. 10,709,681

BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE CANNABIDIOL ANALOGS

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI...

1. A biologically active cannabidiol analog of the formula Iwherein one of R1 or R2 is H and the other is an amino acid ester amide or both R1 and R2 are an amino acid ester amide; or one of R1 or R2 is the amino acid ester amide and the other R1 or R2 is the ester residue of a dicarboxylic acid or dicarboxylic acid halide; wherein the amino acid ester amide comprises an amino acid linked to one or both of the hydroxyl groups of cannabidiol through an ester linkage and a dicarboxylic acid or dicarboxylic acid halide to the amino group of the amino acid in an amide linkage, wherein the amino acid is one of Alanine, Arginine, Asparagine, Aspartic Acid, Cysteine, Glutamine, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Tyrosine and Valine, and a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,709,637

VENOUS BAG CLAMPING MECHANISM

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

1. A soft shell venous reservoir for use in an extracorporeal circulation system of the type including:a blood reservoir;
the blood reservoir comprising at least a first layer of flexible material and a second layer, the first and second layers sealed together to define a bag compartment capable of receiving fluid, the bag compartment having openings defining a single inlet port, an exit port, and an air vent;
a flexible tube coupled to the single inlet port and in fluid communication with the single inlet port;
a clamp situated at the flexible tube, such that a healthcare worker can engage the clamp to control the fluid flow rate through the flexible tube and the single inlet port;
a rigid back plate containing securements to couple the blood reservoir, the single inlet port, and the flexible tube to the rigid back plate, the rigid back plate comprising an empty area configured for positioning the clamp at the flexible tube; and
a fluid line connector configured to combine multiple inlet fluid lines in fluid communication with the single inlet port, the flexible tube being located in between the fluid line connector and the single inlet port,
wherein the clamp is configured to be movable to positions upstream and downstream from the fluid line connector, such that the healthcare worker can engage the clamp to restrict blood flow into the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,709,626

APPARATUS FOR SECURING A PATIENT IN THE TRENDELENBURG POSITION DURING SURGERY

1. An apparatus for positioning a patient in a gravity dependent surgical position on a surgical table, the apparatus comprising:a base having a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface having a strip of pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) and one or more foam strips disposed along the periphery of the bottom surface disposed thereon for inhibiting movement of the bottom surface relative to the table when the table is placed in the gravity dependent surgical position;
a high friction coefficient foam pad supported above the base;
a reinforcing layer disposed between the high friction coefficient foam pad and the base;
a plurality of handles configured and arranged such that each handle is attached to one at the base, the high friction coefficient foam pad and the reinforcing layer;
wherein the base, high friction coefficient foam pad, and reinforcing layer are connected provide a reinforced pad assembly that is configured to prevent bunching when lifting or repositioning the patient during surgical table positioning changes required during surgery, the reinforced pad assembly configured for movement in multiple directions during surgery;
wherein the pressure sensitive adhesive and the one or more foam strips on the bottom surface of the base releases contact with the surgical table easier than pressure sensitive adhesive alone when the patient is lifted via the handles to allow minimal lifting by a user to reduce overall load as compared to use of draw sheets and by hand, and then the base reattaches to the surgical table winch keeps the apparatus in place during gravity dependent surgical table positions used during surgery;
wherein the base, high friction coefficient foam pad, reinforcing layer and plurality of handles are connected to form a unitary disposable combination.

US Pat. No. 10,709,624

COMMUNICATION METHODS FOR PATIENT HANDLING DEVICES

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A person support apparatus comprising:a frame;
a support surface supported on the frame and adapted to support a person, the support surface including a back section and a seat section;
a first module adapted to perform a first function associated with the person support apparatus;
a second module adapted to perform a second function associated with the person support apparatus;
a first communication network defining a first path from the first module to the second module, the first communication network adapted to transport data between the first and second modules over the first path using a first communication protocol, the first path residing entirely on the person support apparatus; and
a second communication network defining a second path from the first module to the second module, the second communication network adapted to transport data between the first and second modules over the second path using a second communication protocol, the second communication protocol being different from the first communication protocol, and the second path residing entirely on the person support apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,709,623

DOUBLE ROLLER COMPACT PROFILE ACTUATION SYSTEM FOR AN ADJUSTABLE BED

ergomotion, inc., Goleta...

1. An articulating bed comprising:a support frame with a head end rail, a foot end rail and having side frame rails;
an upper body support frame rotatably connected to a first cross member in the frame;
an elevating assembly for the upper body support frame having
two angled arms attached to the first cross member with hinges;
a first pair of wheels attached to the angled arms at a vertex;
a second pair of wheels attached at an end of the arms distal from the hinges;
a first actuator attached from the head end rail to a cross brace extending between the angled arms, said elevating assembly having a first range of motion elevating the upper body support frame in which the first pair of wheels are in contact with longitudinal tracks in the upper body support and a second range of motion elevating the upper body support frame in which the second pair of wheels are in contact with the longitudinal tracks, continuing rotation elevating the upper body support frame about the hinges.

US Pat. No. 10,709,620

TOUCH FASTENER FEMALE MATERIAL, TOUCH FASTENER, AND ABSORBENT ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A touch fastener female material comprising a knitted fabric;the knitted fabric including back yarns, middle yarns, and front yarns;
at least 50% of the back yarns being finished yarns; and
the back yarns being arranged in accordance with a 0-0/N-N (where N is an odd number) knit structure,
wherein the middle yarns form seams and laps alternately;
each of the back yarns is alternately connected to two of the middle yarns at each end part on the 0-0 side and the N-N side; and
wherein the back yarn is connected to the seam of one of the two middle yarns at one end part on the 0-0 side or the N-N side and is connected to the lap of the other of the two middle yarns at the other end part on the 0-0 side or the N-N side, wherein the back yarns have an alternating arrangement of one or a plurality of S-twisted yarns and one or a plurality of Z-twisted yarns in a wale direction.

US Pat. No. 10,709,615

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A FASTENING SYSTEM WITH REDUCED WASTE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of manufacturing an absorbent article with a fastening system with reduced waste, the absorbent article comprising an absorbent assembly comprising an outer cover, a bodyside liner, and an absorbent body disposed between the outer cover and the bodyside liner, the method comprising:cutting a first web of ear tab material to provide a first discrete ear tab, the first discrete ear tab being cut in such a manner that the first discrete ear tab is registered;
cutting a second web of ear tab material to provide a second discrete ear tab, the second discrete ear tab being cut in such a manner that the second discrete ear tab is registered;
coupling the first discrete ear tab to a web of ear panel material at a first longitudinal location proximate a first edge of the ear panel material;
coupling the second discrete ear tab to the web of ear panel material at a second longitudinal location proximate a second edge of the ear panel material, wherein the first longitudinal location is different from the second longitudinal location;
cutting the web of ear panel material to provide a first ear panel and a second ear panel, wherein the first discrete ear tab is coupled to the first ear panel to form a first ear and the second discrete ear tab is coupled to the second ear panel to form a second ear;
coupling the first ear and the second ear to the absorbent assembly to form at least a portion of the fastening system for the absorbent article,
wherein a majority of the first ear tab is disposed above a latitudinal axis of the first ear, the latitudinal axis of the first ear being determined when the first ear is coupled to the absorbent article, and
wherein a majority of the second ear tab is disposed below a latitudinal axis of the second ear, the latitudinal axis of the second ear being determined when the second ear is coupled to the absorbent article.

US Pat. No. 10,709,613

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR CAST

1. A protective cover for a cast, splint or brace having ends and a length, the cover comprising:a tube shaped cover having at least two openings, the tube shaped cover having a length being longer than the length of the cast, splint or brace over which it is to be inserted, and
an extension of additional material (Q) extending from the tube shaped cover proximate each of the at least two openings of the tube shaped cover, characterized in that each said extension of additional material (Q) flares outwardly with respect to the opening of the tube shaped cover from which it extends and can be tucked into the corresponding end of the cast, splint or brace to cover the corresponding end of the cast, splint or brace.

US Pat. No. 10,709,607

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR TREATMENT OF MYOPIA

Ojai Retinal Technology, ...

11. A process for preventing or treating myopia, comprising the steps of:providing a pulsed light beam source having light beam parameters including wavelength or frequency, duty cycle and pulse train duration, the light beam parameters selected so as to achieve a therapeutic or prophylactic effect while not damaging eye tissue;
determining that an eye is at a risk of having myopia, including the step of determining genetic inheritance and/or environmental myopia factors comprising prolonged reading or electronic screen viewing, or that the eye has myopia; and
applying the pulsed light beam to retinal tissue, including at least a portion of the fovea, of the eye determined to have myopia or a risk of having myopia to stimulate heat shock protein activation in the eye tissue;
wherein the pulsed light beam has a wavelength between 530 nm to 1300 nm, a duty cycle of less than 10%, and a pulse train duration between 0.1 and 0.6 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,709,603

DUAL LUMEN SURGICAL HAND-PIECE WITH ULTRASONIC KNIFE

SURGICAL DESIGN CORPORATI...

1. A surgical hand piece comprising:a solid knife connected to a source of ultrasonic energy, said knife being a blade that tapers to form a sharp forward cutting edge;
a housing for the ultrasonic energy source;
at least one rigid irrigation tube fastened by a tube holder to the exterior of the housing near the proximal end of the irrigation tube and said irrigation tube extends to a distal end thereof along and adjacent the solid knife; and
at least one rigid aspiration tube fastened by a tube holder to the exterior of the housing near the proximal end of the aspiration tube and said aspiration tube extends to a distal end thereof along and adjacent the solid knife.

US Pat. No. 10,709,602

DEVICE FOR THE APPLICATION OF ELECTRICAL STIMULATION IN COMBINATION WITH MANUAL THERAPY

1. A hand held manual physical therapy device comprising:a. a handle with a shaft and an electrical connection jack;
b. the shaft protrudes from the handle and has a distal end;
c. removable applicator tip probes comprised of electrically and thermally conductive material removeably attachable to and detachable from the distal end of the shaft, said applicator tip probes are electrically connected to the electrical connection jack in the handle; and wherein the handle is cylindrical with a finger grip protruding perpendicular from the center of the cylindrical handle and wherein the shaft protrudes from the finger grip.

US Pat. No. 10,709,600

STRETCH MARK REMOVAL DEVICE

THE CENTRE, P.C., Mishaw...

1. A stretch mark removal device comprising:a first portion including a plurality of light emitting devices positioned on a surface of the first portion;
a heating unit extending along the surface of the first portion between the plurality of light emitting elements such that the heating element surrounds each of the plurality of light emitting devices;
a thermally conducting plate configured to conduct heat from the heating unit,
a thermally conducting fluid between the thermally conductive plate and a skin surface of a user; and
a handle rotatively coupled to the first portion such that the first portion rotates towards the handle and around a central axis of the handle;
a control unit electrically coupled to the heating unit and each light emitting device that is configured to provide control signals to each light emitting device to adjust the power supplied to the light emitting devices to control the wavelength of the light generated from each light emitting device based on a signal sent to the control unit from a light sensor positioned adjacent to at least one light emitting device such that the light emitting elements generate light at a total wavelength of 633 nm, and to provide control signals to the heating unit to adjust the amount of heat generated by the heating unit based on a signal sent to the control unit from a temperature sensor on the surface of the thermally conducting plate,
wherein
the thermally conducting fluid evenly distributes heat across the skin surface of the users and
a front surface of the thermally conductive plate is parallel with the front surface of the plurality of light emitting devices.

US Pat. No. 10,709,594

UNDERGARMENT FOR USE WITH HIP SPICA CAST

BSN medical, Inc., Charl...

1. A water and air permeable undergarment for a hip spica cast, comprising:(a) at least one layer of a 3D spacer synthetic padding material formed into a fabric of monofilament yarns and fabricated into an anatomically correct undergarment structure for being positioned around a torso of a patient and adapted to reside directly against skin of the patient;
(b) the undergarment including a torso portion having a top opening for being positioned on the torso of the patient and having first and second leg portions terminating in respective leg openings adapted to reside between hips and knees of the patient; and
(c) first and second overlaid padding layers defining an anterior side of the undergarment and third and fourth overlaid padding layers defining a posterior side of the undergarment.

US Pat. No. 10,709,586

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALLOWING INFLATION OF INFLATABLE ELEMENTS WITHIN MEDICAL DEVICES

Endovention, Inc., San F...

1. A method of deploying a medical device in a subject's tubular structure comprising:a. advancing a catheter through a subject's tubular structure to a target location, the catheter having a tip coupled to a shaft of a hollow T-shaped junction of a rigid polymeric material and the T-shaped junction having a crossbar coupled to an inflatable member where a first end of the inflatable member is coupled to a first end of the crossbar and where a second end of the inflatable member is coupled to a second end of the crossbar; and
b. inflating the inflatable member from an uninflated first state to an inflated second state with an inflation medium, and where the inflatable member and the T-shaped junction together form a toroid when the inflatable member is in the inflated second state.

US Pat. No. 10,709,582

SECUREMENT DEVICE FOR AN ORTHOPEDIC PROSTHESIS, THERMAL TREATMENT DEVICE FOR AN ORTHOPEDIC PROSTHESIS, AND METHODS OF USE

Joint Innovation Technolo...

1. A thermal treatment device which, during operation, imparts reversible thermal expansion to a part of, or to a component of a modular orthopedic prosthesis which comprises:an enclosure;
an electromagnetic unit having a primary electromagnetic coil and a secondary electromagnetic coil connected to a heating element which, which when the electromagnetic unit is operating, said heating element heats a part or component of the modular orthopedic prosthesis present within the enclosure to an elevated temperature and imparts thermal expansion to the part or component.

US Pat. No. 10,709,581

THERMALLY SECURING MORSE TAPER

Joint Innovation Technolo...

1. An orthopedic device assembly including a part configured to removably hold a heated articular ball of an orthopedic prosthesis, the ball having a tapered cavity extending into the interior thereof configured for the receipt of a correspondingly configured male part of a further part of the orthopedic device, the part comprising:an upper metallic handle shaft,
a lower cylindrical impactor body having a round bottom and which includes a spring loaded retaining lever having a claw adapted to hold the heated articular ball within the cylinder and which retains the ball within the said body until the spring is compressed and the claw disengages the said ball, the said body screwed to said handle shaft configured to removably hold the heated articular ball having a temperature of at least 280° C., the heated articular ball having a female component, and wherein the impactor body comprises a rigid, thermally insulating material or a deformable thermally insulating material which contacts the heated articular ball, and
a protective circular thermal skirt adapted to keep surrounding tissues away from the heated articular ball when held within the circular thermal skirt.

US Pat. No. 10,709,579

BONE GRAFT DISPENSING DEVICE

1. A bone graft dispensing device comprising:a cylinder including a funnel at a proximal end and a dispensing tip at a distal end, wherein the cylinder has a central axis of the bone graft dispensing device;
a cap positioned within the funnel of the cylinder;
a removable sleeve positioned within the cylinder, wherein the removable sleeve includes a hollow interior for receiving liquids, wherein the removable sleeve includes a sleeve handle, wherein when the removable sleeve is positioned within the cylinder, the sleeve handle extends out of the funnel; and
a plunger positioned within an interior of the cylinder, wherein the plunger is positioned within an opening in the cap, wherein the plunger is movable along a central axis within the interior of the cylinder along the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,709,578

SURGICAL BIOLOGICS DELIVERY SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

INTEGRITY IMPLANTS INC., ...

1. A biologics delivery system, comprising:a cannula having a proximal portion, a proximal end, a distal portion, a distal end, and an engagement feature to engage a spinal implant; the proximal portion having a proximal lumen with a first inner diameter, and the distal portion having a distal lumen with a second inner diameter; wherein, the cannula is adapted for receiving a load cartridge in the proximal lumen of the cannula, the load cartridge having a proximal portion, a first removal component, an elongated shaft, and a lumen; and,
a cartridge tamp having an elongated shaft and a second removal component;
wherein,
the proximal lumen of the cannula opens into the distal lumen of the cannula, and the lumen of the load cartridge opens into the distal lumen of the cannula;
the proximal lumen of the cannula is adapted to receive the elongated shaft of the load cartridge, and the distal lumen of the cannula is adapted to receive the elongated shaft of the load cartridge;
the proximal portion of the load cartridge is adapted to receive the elongated shaft of the cartridge tamp; and,
the second removal component of the cartridge tamp is adapted to (i) releasably connect with the first removal component and (ii) capture the load cartridge from the cannula when removing the cartridge tamp from the system.

US Pat. No. 10,709,568

INTERVERTEBRAL BODY SPACER ASSEMBLY AND KIT

1. An intervertebral spacer kit, comprising:a plurality of candidate intervertebral spacers, each of the plurality of candidate intervertebral spacers releasably connectable to at least one other of the plurality of candidate intervertebral spacers, and wherein at least one of the plurality of candidate intervertebral spacers has different dimensions than others of the plurality of candidate intervertebral spacers; wherein each intervertebral spacer comprises a first end having a nose portion and an opposing second end having a tail portion, the nose portion sized and shaped to complementarily fit into the tail portion of an adjacent intervertebral spacer; and wherein each intervertebral spacer of the plurality of intervertebral spacers comprises a respective cannula extending through the intervertebral spacer, the cannula of each intervertebral spacer sized and shaped to receive a wire that extends through the cannula of each of the plurality of intervertebral spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,709,565

DIRECTIONAL LOCKING REVERSE SHOULDER PROSTHESES AND SYSTEMS

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A prosthesis system for a joint, comprising:a tray having a circumferential lip forming a recess, the circumferential lip including a lateral groove disposed in an inner surface of a lateral circumferential portion of the circumferential lip and a medial groove disposed in an inner surface of a medial circumferential portion of the circumferential lip, the medial circumferential portion further including a medial tab extending from an upper surface thereof and defining a first shape, and the lateral circumferential portion further including a lateral tab extending from an upper surface thereof and defining a second shape different than the first shape; and
a liner coupleable with the tray with an asymmetrical locking portion, the asymmetrical locking portion comprising a lateral toe configured to engage the lateral groove in the tray and a plurality of medial fingers that are resiliently deformable to engage the medial groove of the tray to lock the liner onto the tray, the lateral toe positioned generally diametrically opposite the plurality of medial fingers, the liner defining at least three medial female receptacles, each of the medial female receptacles formed as a recess in an outer edge of the liner having the first shape such that each of the medial female receptacles is mateable with the medial tab of the tray, and the liner proximate the lateral toe defining at least three lateral female receptacles, each of the lateral female receptacles formed as a recess in an opposing outer edge of the liner having the second shape such that each of the lateral female receptacles is mateable with the lateral tab of the tray;
wherein each of the medial female receptacles corresponds to a unique angular rotational position between the liner and the tray;
wherein the liner and the tray are engageable in a lateral-to-medial direction so that the plurality of medial fingers resiliently deform to engage the medial groove subsequent to engagement of the lateral toe within the lateral groove; and
wherein the lateral toe remains substantially undeformed during and subsequent to engagement within the lateral groove.

US Pat. No. 10,709,560

NATURALLY DESIGNED MITRAL PROSTHESIS

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SI...

1. A mitral valve prosthesis, comprising:an asymmetrical, flexible ring, the ring dimensioned to mimic a native mitral annulus of a patient;
two leaflets suspended from the flexible ring and configured to coapt with each other;
at least two sets of cords, each set of cords attached to a leaflet on a first end and merging into a bundle on a second end; and
two caps configured to attach to papillary muscles of the patient, each bundle of cords merging into one of the two caps, such that each bundle of cords is connected to the papillary muscles of the patient via one of the two caps,
the flexible ring, leaflets, cords and caps creating an orifice through which blood flows in one direction
wherein dimensions of the flexible ring, leaflets, cords and caps match imaged dimensions of 3D imaging of a native mitral valve of a heart of the patient;
and further wherein at least one of said flexible ring, leaflets, cords and caps are fabricated from autologous pericardium of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,709,556

TRANSCATHETER PROSTHESIS WITH SEALING COMPONENT, AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING AND DEPLOYMENT THEREOF

Medtronic Vascular, Inc.,...

8. A transcatheter prosthesis having a radially compressed configuration for delivery within a vasculature and a radially expanded configuration for deployment within a native anatomy, the prosthesis comprising:a frame having a radially compressed configuration for delivery within a vasculature and a radially expanded configuration for deployment within a native anatomy;
a fixation member extending outwardly from an outer surface of the frame; and
an elongate member encircling at least a portion of the frame,
wherein a cross-section of the elongate member has an expanded outer diameter in a radially expanded state and a contracted outer diameter in a radially contracted state, the contracted outer diameter of the cross-section of the elongate member being less than the expanded outer diameter of the cross-section of the elongate member,
wherein the elongate member is slidably disposed within the fixation member, and
wherein the elongate member in the radially expanded state provides a seal between the prosthesis and the native anatomy when the prosthesis is in the radially expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,709,551

ACCOMMODATING INTRAOCULAR LENS ASSEMBLY

1. A method of modifying a capsular bag of an eye comprising:initiating a continuous meandering incision in the capsular bag at a starting point; and
completing the continuous meandering incision, after said initiating, from the starting point and over a tortuous path to an end point; and
retaining, after said completing, at least one flap in the capsular bag, an edge of the at least one flap defined by the continuous meandering incision.

US Pat. No. 10,709,549

HYDROPHILIC AIOL WITH BONDING

Shifamed Holdings, LLC, ...

1. An accommodating intraocular lens, comprising:an annular lens support having an outer edge defining an outer periphery of the accommodating intraocular lens and surrounding an optical axis of the accommodating intraocular lens;
a non-deflectable lens coupled to the annular lens support;
a deflectable lens coupled to the annular lens support and spaced apart from the non-deflectable lens; and
a fluid filled chamber between the non-deflectable lens and the deflectable lens, wherein the chamber is an enclosed volume within the accommodating intraocular lens;
wherein the annular lens support has an anterior-most portion and a posterior-most portion;
wherein the entire non-deflectable lens is positioned between the anterior-most portion and the posterior-most portion of the annular lens support when the annular lens support is in an uncompressed configuration; and
wherein the non-deflectable lens is configured to displace along the optical axis and the deflectable lens is configured to change in curvature about the optical axis when compressive force is applied to the annular lens support.

US Pat. No. 10,709,544

NON-CYLINDRICAL VARIABLE PITCH MESH TOP STENT

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A stent, comprising:a plurality of intersecting elongated members arranged to form a plurality of cells, at least some of the plurality of cells forming a tube with a lumen running therethrough, wherein the tube comprises first and second sections, the first section having a substantially constant first diameter, the second section having a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter, the tube comprising a transition section between the first and second sections, the transition section having a concave curvature extending proximally from the first section toward the second section and a convex curvature extending proximally from the concave curvature to the second section, wherein the second section has a first tier of elongate cells of the plurality of elongate cells having a first shape and rounded proximal apices and a second tier of elongate cells of the plurality of cells having a second shape different from the first shape,
wherein the first section has multiple tiers of diamond shaped cells of the plurality of cells, the multiple tiers each having a length less than each of the first and second tiers of elongate cells,
wherein the first section exhibits a greater force of radial expansion than the second section, and
wherein the rounded proximal apices of the first tier extend inwardly toward a center of the stent.

US Pat. No. 10,709,543

NON-CYLINDRICAL MESH TOP STENT WITH TWISTED SECTIONS

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A stent, comprising:a plurality of intersecting elongated members arranged to form a plurality of cells, the plurality of cells defining an elongated tube with a lumen running therethrough, wherein the elongated tube comprises first, second, and third sections, the first section having a substantially constant first diameter and the third section having a substantially constant second diameter that is larger than the substantially constant first diameter of the first section, wherein the diameter of the second section transitions from the first diameter to the second diameter, wherein the diameter of the second section transitions from the first diameter to the second diameter via a concave curvature extending proximally from the first section and a convex curvature extending proximally from the concave curvature to the third section,
wherein a proximal end of the third section of the stent comprises a plurality of rounded ends formed by the plurality of intersecting elongated members,
wherein each of the plurality of cells within the first section have a pitch that is tighter than each of the plurality of cells within the second and third sections, and
wherein in the second section, the plurality of intersecting elongated members comprises a plurality of pairs of elongated members, wherein each pair of elongated members comprises two adjacent elongated members that define a side of two adjacent cells and are twisted axially around each other to form a twist between each of two adjacent elongated members.

US Pat. No. 10,709,536

MEDICAL DEVICE FOR TREATMENT OF URINARY INCONTINENCE IN FEMALES

1. A method for rehabilitation of a female subject suffering from urinary incontinence, the method comprising:(a) providing a device that comprises:
an inflatable distal portion,
an inflatable proximal portion, and
at least one deformation controlling mechanism disposed between said distal portion and said proximal portion, said at least one deformation controlling mechanism configured, in response to deflation of said distal portion, to inflate said proximal portion;
(b) positioning said device inside the vagina of the female subject, such that said distal portion is located in a subvesical region of the vagina, and said proximal portion is located in a suburethral portion of the vagina;
(c) deflating said distal portion, responsive to the female subject contracting her pelvic muscles and applying pressure on said distal portion;
(d) inflating said proximal portion responsive to the deflation of said distal portion, such that said proximal portion applies pressure on the vaginal wall of the female subject, and the vaginal wall applies pressure to the urethra of the female subject;
(e) inflating said distal portion, responsive to the female subject relaxing said pelvic muscles and ceasing to apply pressure on said distal portion;
(f) deflating said proximal portion responsive to the inflation of said distal portion, such that said proximal portion ceases to apply pressure on the vaginal wall of the female subject, and the vaginal wall ceases to apply pressure to the urethra of the female subject; and
(f) repeating steps (c)-(f) multiple times, to strengthen said pelvic muscles and lessen or eliminate the urinary incontinence of the female subject.

US Pat. No. 10,709,534

SYSTEM OF A DENTAL BLANK AND AN ASSOCIATED SHADE GUIDE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of making a dental restoration, the method comprising:providing a dental blank exhibiting a non-uniform color shading in at least one dimension;
providing a physical shade guide that is associated to the dental blank, the physical shade guide comprising a plurality of physical shade specimens each exhibiting a specimen surface, wherein each specimen surface has a three-dimensional shape and a particular non-uniform color shading defined by a respective virtual three-dimensional target surface of a correlating shape and non-uniform color shading within the dental blank, and wherein each of the respective virtual three-dimensional target surfaces has a shape corresponding to the corresponding specimen surface;
storing, by a computing device, information associating each of the plurality of physical shade specimens with respective positions and orientations of virtual three-dimensional target surfaces;
matching one physical shade specimen of the physical shade guide with a tooth of a patient and thereby determine a selected physical shade specimen;
determining, by a computing device and based on the selected physical shade specimen and the stored information, a correlating position and orientation within the dental blank of the respective virtual three-dimensional target surface associated with the selected physical shade specimen, wherein determining the correlating position and orientation within the dental blank comprises automatically combining the target surface and a surface of a virtual dental restoration so that the target surface and the surface of the virtual dental restoration intersect at an intersection; and
machining the dental restoration, or a precursor thereof, at the correlating position and orientation from the dental blank based on the intersection of the target surface and the surface of the virtual dental restoration.

US Pat. No. 10,709,532

ATRAUMATIC HIGH-VOLUME DENTAL EVACUATION TIP

1. A high volume dental evacuation tip comprising:a proximal end and a distal end wherein an elongated body extends between said proximal end and said distal end along a longitudinal axis;
said elongated body comprising an outer surface and a hollow interior;
said proximal end is configured for connection to a suction device;
said elongated body member including a plurality of functional apertures located along an entire length of said elongated body member, said apertures covered by vent shells; and
a forward facing end of said distal end of the elongated body member further comprising a silicone wedges nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,709,531

AUTOMATIC DENTAL FLOSSER

9. A dental flosser comprising:a housing;
a bifurcated member forming a pair of flossing tines for supporting a dental floss span to floss teeth, said bifurcated member forming a distal portion of said housing;
a rotatably supported floss supply spool connected to a proximal portion of said housing for replacing used floss with clean floss;
an elongate floss guide extending between said floss supply spool and said bifurcated member and along said housing for guiding floss on route from said spool to said tines;
a hole formed in said housing, said hole extending transversely with respect to said floss guide;
a slidably supported cutting blade positioned in said hole and extending transversely of said floss guide;
a finger rest attached to said cutting blade; and
a spring positioned within said hole and operatively coupled to said cutting blade to urge said cutting blade toward a first position wherein pressing said finger rest causes said cutting blade to slide within said hole toward a second position thereby cutting floss in said floss guide.

US Pat. No. 10,709,527

METHOD FOR MANIPULATING A DENTAL VIRTUAL MODEL, METHOD FOR CREATING PHYSICAL ENTITIES BASED ON A DENTAL VIRTUAL MODEL THUS MANIPULATED, AND DENTAL MODELS THUS CREATED

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method for scanning obstructed intraoral structures of a patient, the method comprising:providing a hand-held intraoral scanner, wherein the hand-held intraoral scanner is configured to focus light onto an intraoral structure;
scanning, using the hand-held intraoral scanner, the intraoral structure of the patient to generate first 3D data of a surface of the intraoral structure of the patient;
generating a 3D virtual model of the intraoral structure of the patient based on the first 3D data;
determining a missing portion of the 3D virtual model that are missing a portion of the intraoral structure of the patient;
generating second 3D data representing the intraoral structure of the missing portion of the 3D virtual model;
combining the second 3D data with the 3D virtual model such that the 3D virtual model includes a representation of the intraoral structure in place of the missing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,526

DENTAL IMPLANT

DENFLEX CO., LTD, Seoul ...

1. A dental implant comprising:a fixture implanted in an alveolar bone to provide an artificial tooth root; and
an abutment comprising elastic legs respectively comprising a top portion coupled to a prosthesis and a bottom portion elastically coupled to an axial hole of the fixture,
wherein the elastic legs include an elastic fastening leg acting to couple the abutment to the fixture using elastic bending in an axial direction and restoring force, and
an elastic non-fastening support leg that does not directly participate in coupling of the abutment to the fixture, wherein the elastic non-fastening support leg has an inclined surface provided on a lower outer surface thereof to be inclined downward, and wherein the fixture has a corresponding inclined surface provided on the inner surface of the axial hole, corresponding to the inclined surface of the elastic non-fastening support leg, such that vertical occlusal force applied to the abutment is effectively absorbed,
wherein a first fastening portion is provided on an inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture, the first fastening portion comprising a fastening recess depressed outward, in a predetermined location on the inner surface of the axial hole, and a first corresponding fastening portion is provided on an outer circumferential surface of the elastic fastening leg to be complementarily coupled to the first fastening portion provided on the inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture, and has a fastening protrusion,
wherein the inclined surface of the elastic non-fastening support leg and the corresponding inclined surface on the inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture provide a mutually-coupled structure while being in contact with each other, such that, when occlusal force is applied to the abutment, the inclined surface of the elastic non-fastening support leg of the abutment absorbs the occlusal force while slightly sliding along the corresponding inclined surface on the inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture,
wherein the first fastening portion comprises at least one first fastening portion provided in a circumferential direction of the inner surface of the axial hole of the fixture so as not to provide an annular shape along the entire circumference, such that the abutment is coupled to the fixture at a predetermined angle when the abutment is pushed into the fixture and the first corresponding fastening portion of the abutment is releasable from the first fastening portion when the abutment is rotated in the circumferential direction by a predetermined level of torque or higher applied thereto, and
wherein, in a position in which the abutment is fitted into the fixture by complementary fastening between the first fastening portion and the first corresponding fastening portion, when a torque applied to the abutment is lower than a predetermined level, a function of preventing the abutment from rotating with respect to the fixture is performed, and when the torque applied to the abutment is equal to or higher than the predetermined level, the elastic fastening leg of the abutment is elastically bent in an inner diameter direction, and the abutment rotates in the circumferential direction, allowing the fastening protrusion of the first corresponding fastening portion to be released from the fastening recess of the first fastening portion, so that the fixture and the abutment are decoupled from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,709,523

THIN FILM TANTALUM COATING FOR MEDICAL IMPLANTS

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A method for depositing a biocompatible material onto an implantable metallic substrate, the method comprising the steps of:providing the implantable metallic substrate within a reaction chamber; and
chemical vapor depositing the biocompatible material onto the implantable metallic substrate at a temperature of between 800° C. and 900° C. so as to form an angulated textured biocompatible coating on the implantable metallic substrate;
wherein the metallic substrate is a titanium alloy and the titanium alloy retains an alpha-beta microstructure that existed in the titanium alloy before the angulated textured biocompatible coating was formed on the implantable metallic substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,709,521

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO ACCOUNT FOR TRANSPONDER TAGGED OBJECTS USED DURING CLINICAL PROCEDURES, EMPLOYING A SHIELDED RECEPTACLE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system to track items in a clinical environment, the system comprising:a number of antennas, the antennas positioned and oriented in the clinical environment to provide coverage of at least a portion of the clinical environment;
at least one interrogator, the at least one interrogator communicatively coupled to the antennas and operable to cause the at least one antenna to emit at least one of radio or microwave frequency energy interrogation signals and to detect response signals from any exposed wireless communications transponders in the clinical environment;
at least one shielded receptacle in the clinical environment, the at least one shielded receptacle having an interior and at least one shield that shields the interior of the shielded receptacle and any wireless communications transponders in the interior from at least one of radio or microwave frequency energy emitted by the antennas, at least one the at least one shielded receptacle is in a closed configuration;
a plurality of tagged clinical procedure items, each of the tagged items clinical procedure items having a respective wireless communications transponder physically coupled thereto; and
at least one piece of packaging, the at least one piece of packaging having an interior and at least one shield that shields the interior of the packaging and any wireless communications transponders in the interior of the packaging from at least one of radio or microwave frequency energy emitted by the antennas while the at least one piece of packaging is sealed, wherein the at least one piece of packaging releasably retains a number of the tagged clinical procedure items prior to use of the tagged clinical procedure items,
wherein the tagged clinical procedure items are disposable pieces of gauze and at least one of the at least one piece of packaging contains at least two sterile tagged disposable pieces of gauze prior to opening of the respective piece of packaging and the at least one of the at least one piece of packaging is hermetically sealed prior to opening of the respective piece of packaging.

US Pat. No. 10,709,517

END EFFECTOR

Multi Scopic Instruments,...

1. An end effector comprising:an outer sleeve defining a central longitudinal axis;
first and second jaws;
a jaw pivot, mounted in each of the jaws, rotatably coupling the jaws and defining a jaw axis about which rotation of the jaws achieves opening and closing of the jaws, wherein (i) the jaw axis defines a jaw plane perpendicular thereto in which the jaws move relative to one another and (ii) the coupled jaws form a jaw assembly;
a split yoke assembly, generally aligned with the longitudinal axis, having first and second yoke segments, each yoke segment having a distal end and a proximal end, the yoke segments being mounted, about a scissors pivot, for scissors-movement with respect to one another;
a set of first and second rotatable jaw mounts, each jaw mount having proximal and distal ends, the distal end of each rotatable jaw mount being pivotally mounted, via a corresponding jaw mount pivot, to a corresponding one of the first and second jaws, and, the proximal ends of the first and second rotatable jaw mounts being pivotally mounted, via first and second yoke pivots, respectively, to the distal ends of the corresponding first and second yoke segments, wherein the jaw mount pivots define axes of rotation that are parallel to the jaw axis, to support opening and closing of the jaws in the jaw plane, and the first and second yoke pivots define first and second yoke pivot axes respectively and collectively configure rotation of the jaw assembly relative to the longitudinal axis so that, in a straight-ahead position of the jaw assembly about the jaw mount pivots, the jaw plane is aligned with the longitudinal axis, and in an angled position of the jaw assembly about the jaw mount pivots, the jaw plane is at an angle to the longitudinal axis;
first and second cables coupled at a distal end thereof to the set of rotatable jaw mounts and at a proximal end thereof to a jaw-positioning assembly configured to move the position of the jaw assembly between the straight-ahead position and the angled position;
a pushrod having proximal and distal ends, the pushrod being mounted in the outer sleeve for axial motion along the longitudinal axis between a forward position in a direction toward the jaw assembly and a rearward position in a direction away from the jaw assembly;
a linkage system, coupled (a) to the first and second yoke segments near the proximal ends thereof and (b) to the distal end of the pushrod, the linkage system configured to move the proximal ends of the yoke segments towards each other, and therefore the distal ends of the yoke segments away from each other, so as to cause the jaws to move into an open position, when the pushrod is in a first one of the forward and rearward positions, and to move the proximal ends of the yoke segments away from each other, and therefore the distal ends of the yoke segments toward each other, so as to cause the jaws to move into a closed position, when the pushrod is in a second one of the forward and rearward positions.

US Pat. No. 10,709,516

CURVED CANNULA SURGICAL SYSTEM CONTROL

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A robotic system comprising:a master device;
a slave manipulator configured to support an instrument, the instrument comprising:
an instrument shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, and
an end effector coupled to the distal end,
wherein the instrument shaft is configured to be inserted into an inserted position through a port so as to provide the end effector with access to a site; and
a control system operably coupled to the master device and to the slave manipulator, wherein:
in response to input at the master device, the control system controls the slave manipulator to move the instrument based on modeling the end effector as being positioned along a line coincident with a longitudinal axis of the distal end of the instrument shaft, wherein the line does not intersect the port when the instrument shaft is in the inserted position through the port.

US Pat. No. 10,709,513

CONTROL OF THE RATE OF ACTUATION OF TOOL MECHANISM BASED ON INHERENT PARAMETERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A robotic surgical system, comprising:a robotic arm having a proximal end configured to be coupled to a support and having a driver at a distal end thereof, the driver including one or more motors;
a tool assembly operatively coupled to the robotic arm, the tool assembly comprising a shaft having a longitudinal axis that is operatively coupled to the driver to enable selective rotation of the shaft;
an end effector pivotally coupled to a distal end of the shaft, the end effector being operatively coupled to the driver and being configured to selectively pivot relative to the shaft, the end effector having an operational window area within a region circumscribed by a portion of the end effector as the shaft rotates about the longitudinal axis; and
a control system configured to monitor the operational window area to control a velocity of movement of the robotic arm such that the velocity of movement of the robotic arm is controlled as a function of at least one of a rotational speed of the shaft and the operational window area.

US Pat. No. 10,709,508

TRACKED POWERED DRILL ASSEMBLY

Medtronics PS Medical, In...

1. A trackable powered drill assembly, comprising:a powered drill motor housing having an exterior surface extending from a first end to a second end;
a collet assembly having a powered drill motor housing connection configured to fixedly engage the second end of the powered drill motor housing, wherein the powered drill motor housing connection allows a connection between the powered drill motor housing and the collet assembly;
an attachment member extending from a first attachment end to a second attachment end and having an internal surface forming a bore within the attachment member, wherein the collet assembly is configured to be at least partially received within the bore to at least in part form a first locking assembly;
a second locking assembly configured to limit rotational movement of the attachment member relative to the collet assembly;
a tracking device fixed to the exterior surface of the powered drill motor housing and configured to allow navigation of the trackable powered drill assembly; and
wherein the second locking assembly includes a locking seat configured to axially receive an axially extending locking member;
wherein upon engagement of the axially extending locking member into the locking seat, movement of the attachment member relative to the collet assembly is substantially limited.

US Pat. No. 10,709,505

BODILY SUBSTANCE DETECTION BY EVALUATING PHOTOLUMINESCENT RESPONSE TO EXCITATION RADIATION

Boston Scientific Corpora...

1. A method, comprising:delivering excitation radiation in a pulsed manner having a wavelength in the visible spectrum of light to a treatment site, wherein a duration of each pulse of the excitation radiation is between 100 picoseconds and 100 milliseconds;
receiving radiation from the treatment site in response to the excitation radiation;
discriminating a target from a remainder of the treatment site based on the received radiation;
damaging the target via an ablation energy having a wavelength of about 1600 nm to 2500 nm; and
continuing delivery of the excitation radiation during the damaging step.

US Pat. No. 10,709,503

PROTECTIVE SLEEVE FOR A DERMATOLOGICAL TREATMENT DEVICE

1. A protective sleeve able to protect a dermatological treatment device comprising a laser head able to fire a laser beam during its use against any soiling, the sleeve comprising:a) a rigid shell configured so as to be able to be placed on the laser head and comprising:
a window able to be arranged across from the laser beam,
a contact wall, arranged around the window, able to come into contact around a target zone,
means for attachment to the device positioned less than 10 mm, preferably less than 5 mm, from the contact wall, in the form of at least one protuberance, able to be housed in a complementary cavity of the device, said protuberance making it possible to perform reversible clipping on the device by cooperating with its cavity ensuring fastening of the rigid shell on the device and the removal of the sleeve after its use; and
b) a flexible skirt secured to the rigid shell and configured so as to form, with the rigid shell, an enclosure surrounding the device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,499

CATHETER AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED ABLATION

Sirona Medical Technologi...

1. A method of ablating biological tissue, comprising:positioning a first portion of an electrode body extending distally from a distal end of a housing such that the first portion is substantially covered by the biological tissue, a second portion of the electrode body remaining inside the housing, and at least part of the distal end of the housing being in permanent fluid-sealed relation with an outer surface of the electrode body upon longitudinal movement of the electrode body relative to the distal end of the housing; and
actuating the electrode body to ablate the biological tissue adjacent to the first portion of the electrode body while a coolant flows through the housing and contacts the first and second portions of the electrode body to cool the electrode body, the coolant flushing the surface of the first portion of the electrode body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,492

EFFECTIVE PARASITIC CAPACITANCE MINIMIZATION FOR MICRO ABLATION ELECTRODE

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a flexible catheter adapted for insertion into a heart of a living subject and having a distal segment;
an ablation electrode disposed at the distal segment to be brought into contact with a target tissue in the heart; the ablation electrode having an external surface, and a cavity formed in the external surface;
a microelectrode configured to fit into the cavity;
a conductive wire lead connecting the microelectrode to receiving circuitry; and
an electrical shield surrounding the conductive wire lead, the electric shield being electrically connected directly to an ablation electrode lead wire via a wire and configured to equalize potentials between the ablation electrode and the microelectrode to minimize capacitance leakage current flow.

US Pat. No. 10,709,490

CATHETER ASSEMBLIES COMPRISING A DIRECT HEATING ELEMENT FOR RENAL NEUROMODULATION AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

MEDTRONIC ARDIAN LUXEMBOU...

1. A catheter apparatus, comprising:an elongated tubular shaft having a proximal portion and a distal portion;
a therapeutic assembly at the distal portion of the elongated tubular shaft and configured to be located at a target location within a renal artery of a patient, the therapeutic assembly comprising:
a control member having a tubular structure and a lumen therethrough and having a pre-formed helical shape;
a direct heating element having one or more heating wires carried by and wrapped around the control member;
a flexible tube having a lumen disposed between the control member and the direct heating element; and
an occlusion element at the distal portion of the elongated tubular shaft in which the control member and the direct heating element are positioned.

US Pat. No. 10,709,486

BONE SCREW

1. A bolt with an external thread and a cylindrical bolt shank of allogeneic, cortical bone material for surgically operative osteosynthesis, wherein the external thread is a symmetrical angular or symmetrical trapezoidal thread with the flank of a thread turn facing the screw-in direction having the same angle as its remote flank, which has at least one thread turn per millimeter, and the bone material is formed by osteons (5) and is permeated by Haversian canals (6), characterized in that thread flanks (9a, 9b), which delimit a thread groove, of the symmetrical angular or trapezoidal thread converge into each other via a thread root portion (8), whose length, in an axial section of the bolt, lies in the range of 0.02 mm to 0.6 mm, and wherein the thread root portion (8) is formed by a circular arc with a thread root radius of 0.01 mm to 0.20 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,709,480

ADJUSTABLE SCREW-CLAMP ORTHOPEDIC APPARATUS

DYNAMIC SPINE, LLC, Maht...

1. A screw-clamp apparatus comprising:a first clamp component comprising a first attachment end and at least one hook on a first hook end;
a second clamp component comprising a second attachment end and at least one hook on a second hook end,
wherein the first attachment end and the second attachment end are configured to attach the first clamp component and the second clamp component together, wherein the first clamp component and the second clamp component are pivotable relative to each other when the first clamp component and the second clamp component are attached together;
a screw hole located in one of the first clamp component and the second clamp component;
a screw configured to be inserted through the screw hole and to be inserted into bone;
a first spacer-receiver located on one of the first clamp component and the second clamp component, wherein the first spacer-receiver is configured to secure a spacer; and
wherein a longitudinal length of the screw-clamp apparatus is adjustable such that a distance between the first clamp component and the second clamp component is adjustable,
wherein the second attachment end includes two clamp arms that are configured to receive at least a portion of the first attachment end therebetween,
wherein the screw hole is located in the first attachment end of the first clamp component such that at least a portion of the screw is positioned between the two clamp arms when the first clamp component and the second clamp component are attached together.

US Pat. No. 10,709,476

INTRODUCER SHEATH HAVING A MULTI-LAYER HUB

Abiomed, Inc., Danvers, ...

1. An introducer assembly comprising:an elongate sheath sized for insertion into a blood vessel of a patient, the sheath having a longitudinal axis, wherein the elongate sheath consists of a first material;
a hub coupled to a proximal portion of the sheath, the hub comprising:
a first hub portion having a first notch, the first hub portion partially encompassing the proximal portion of the elongate sheath;
a second hub portion partially encompassing the first hub portion, the second hub portion comprising:
two wings; and
an opening disposed above the first notch; and
wherein the first hub portion consists of the first material and the second hub portion comprises a second material, the first material differing from the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,709,474

EXPANDABLE ACCESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

P Tech, LLC, Effingham, ...

1. An expandable access system comprising:an expandable access device defining an access passage, the expandable access device configured to have a contracted configuration and an expanded configuration, and the expandable access device configured to be passed through at least one of an existing orifice and an incision; and
one of a sleeve and a retaining band, at least a portion of the one of a sleeve and a retaining band bonded to at least a portion of the expandable access device and configured to resist radial expansion of the expandable access device, wherein the one of a sleeve and a retaining band is at least one of deformable, flexible, bendable, and expandable,
wherein the expandable access device is configured to radially expand from the contracted configuration toward the expanded configuration in at least one of the existing orifice and incision when the at least a portion of the one of the sleeve and the retaining band is released.

US Pat. No. 10,709,473

TROCAR OBTURATOR WITH DETACHABLE ROTARY TISSUE FASTENER

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:(a) a shaft extending longitudinally and having a distal end portion; and
(b) a tissue fastener releasably attached to the distal end portion of the shaft, wherein the shaft is operable to rotatably drive the tissue fastener about a longitudinal axis of the shaft, wherein the tissue fastener includes:
(i) a base releasably attached to the distal end portion of the shaft,
(ii) a first arm extending laterally and longitudinally from the base, wherein the first arm extends longitudinally from the base in a first direction, wherein the first arm is configured to be received within a first tissue portion,
(iii) a second arm extending laterally and longitudinally from the base, wherein the second arm extends longitudinally from the base in the first direction, wherein the second arm is configured to be received within a second tissue portion, wherein the first and second arms are configured to respectively draw the first tissue portion against the second tissue portion in response to rotation of the shaft about the longitudinal axis, and
(iv) a plurality of barbs extending from the first and second arms, wherein the barbs are configured to anchor the first and second arms respectively within the first and second tissue portions,
wherein the first direction along the longitudinal axis is a proximal direction; wherein the distal end portion of the shaft is configured to release the tissue fastener thereby securing the first tissue portion against the second tissue portion with the tissue fastener anchored therein.

US Pat. No. 10,709,472

DEBRIDER WITH MULTIPLE FLUSHING ORIFICES

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A surgical apparatus, comprising:(a) a debriding device, which is fitted at a distal end of the surgical apparatus and is configured to debride tissue from a debriding site in a patient body;
(b) a hollow tube, configured to evacuate the debrided tissue away from the debriding site, wherein the hollow tube includes an inner surface; and
(c) an irrigation assembly, configured to apply irrigation fluid, via one or more orifices, to the debrided tissue being evacuated, the irrigation assembly comprising an elongate member, wherein an outer surface of the elongate member is fixably coupled to the inner surface of the hollow tube to prevent relative movement between the elongate member and the hollow tube, wherein the one or more orifices are formed in the elongate member,
wherein the one or more orifices comprise multiple orifices that are distributed along the elongate member, wherein the multiple orifices comprise at least first and second orifices, wherein the first orifice is configured to apply the irrigation fluid at a first irrigation angle, wherein the second orifice is configured to apply the irrigation fluid at a second irrigation angle that is different from the first irrigation angle, wherein the second irrigation angle is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the hollow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,709,470

FEATURES TO COUPLE ACOUSTIC DRIVETRAIN COMPONENTS IN ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An ultrasonic surgical instrument comprising:(a) a body;
(b) an ultrasonic transducer rotatably supported within the body and having a threaded distal end;
(c) a shaft extending distally from the body;
(d) a waveguide extending distally through the shaft and having a threaded proximal end configured to threadedly engage the threaded distal end of the ultrasonic transducer to define a threaded coupling therebetween;
(e) an end effector arranged at a distal end of the shaft and including an ultrasonic blade coupled to the waveguide, wherein the ultrasonic transducer is configured to drive the waveguide and the ultrasonic blade with ultrasonic energy; and
(f) an integrated torque wrench mechanism arranged within the body, wherein the integrated torque wrench mechanism comprises:
(i) a first torque wrench member rotationally coupled with a proximal end of the ultrasonic transducer, and
(ii) a second torque wrench member arranged proximally of the first torque wrench member, wherein the second torque wrench member is translatable proximally and distally relative to the body,
wherein the second torque wrench member is configured to selectively couple with the first torque wrench member such that the first and second torque wrench members frictionally engage one another to facilitate application of a predetermined maximum torque to the threaded coupling between the waveguide and the ultrasonic transducer,
wherein the first and second torque wrench members are configured to automatically decouple from one another upon application of the predetermined maximum torque to the threaded coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,709,469

MODULAR BATTERY POWERED HANDHELD SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH ENERGY CONSERVATION TECHNIQUES

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method of conserving energy in a surgical instrument, the surgical instrument comprising a segmented circuit comprising a plurality of independently operated circuit segments, a voltage control circuit, an energy source, a memory device, and a processor coupled to the memory device, wherein the processor is configured to control a state of a circuit segment of the plurality of circuit segments, wherein the state can be an energized state or a deenergized state, the method comprising:transmitting an energizing signal from the processor to the voltage control circuit;
receiving the energizing signal by the voltage control circuit to cause the voltage control circuit to apply a voltage to a circuit segment of the plurality of circuit segments;
applying the voltage to the circuit segment by the voltage control circuit to cause the circuit segment to transition from the deenergized state to the energized state in accordance with an energization sequence that is different from a deenergization sequence; and
deenergizing, by the voltage control circuit, the circuit segment from the energized state to the deenergized state in accordance with the deenergization sequence;
wherein the deenergization sequence comprises:
transmitting a deenergizing signal from the processor to the voltage control circuit;
receiving the deenergizing signal by the voltage control circuit to cause the voltage control circuit to remove the voltage from the circuit segment; and
removing the voltage applied to the circuit segment, by the voltage control circuit, to cause the circuit segment to transition from the energized state to the deenergized state in accordance with the deenergization sequence that is different from the energization sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,709,468

MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument, comprising:an end effector, comprising:
an elongate channel;
an anvil;
a cartridge comprising a longitudinal slot;
fasteners removably stored in said cartridge;
a sled; and
a cutting member configured to be received in said longitudinal slot, wherein said cutting member is configured to move through said cartridge during a fastener firing stroke, and wherein said cutting member comprises a laterally extending member configured to couple said anvil and said elongate channel during said fastener firing stroke;
an elongate shaft, wherein said end effector extends from said elongate shaft; and
a handle, wherein said elongate shaft extends from said handle, and wherein said handle comprises:
a motor configured to output a rotary motion;
an adaptive control system configured to control the rate of said rotary motion;
a switch for energizing said motor; and
a power source configured to supply a first power to said motor and a second power to said motor, wherein said first power and said second power are different, wherein said first power is proportionate to a first force experienced by said end effector, wherein said second power is proportionate to a second force experienced by said end effector, and wherein said first force is different than said second force.

US Pat. No. 10,709,465

RETRIEVAL BASKET AND RELATED METHODS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:a sheath;
an elongate member at least partially surrounded by the sheath;
an end effector at a distal end of the elongate member and movable between an open position and a closed position; and
a handle, the handle including:
an actuator member coupled to the sheath;
an adjustment member; and
a biasing member between the actuator member and the adjustment member;
wherein the adjustment member includes a protrusion that is received in a slot of the handle, wherein the protrusion is movable within at least one tab of the slot to lock the adjustment member in a selected position, and wherein the adjustment member is slidable to different positions in the slot to selectively adjust the force of the biasing member on the actuator member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,464

RETRIEVAL OF MATERIAL FROM VESSEL LUMENS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A clot retrieving device, comprising:an elongated shaft having a distal region;
a capture structure having a proximal portion coupled to the distal region of the elongated shaft and a distal portion having a distal terminus; and
a cover having a first portion coupled to the distal region of the elongated shaft and a second portion extending from the first portion, the cover having a first configuration in which the second portion of the cover extends proximally from the first portion, and the cover having a second configuration in which the capture structure is at least partially ensheathed within the first portion of the cover and the second portion of the cover extends distally from the first portion, and in the second configuration the second portion has (a) a first region distal to a distal terminus of the capture structure, the first region tapering radially inwardly in a distal direction, and (b) a second region extending distally and radially outwardly from the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,709,460

CENTERING GUIDE SYSTEM FOR ARTHROPLASTY

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

1. A guide system for resecting a bone surface in a desired location comprising:a surface trial having at least one hole, the surface trial positionable on the bone surface;
a centering guide post having a first location on its length with an outer cross sectional dimension that varies between a maximum and a minimum as a function of a force applied to an outer surface of the centering guide post from outside of the centering guide post, the centering guide post including a slit that separates the centering guide post into first and second segments that are insertable into the at least one hole of the surface trial so that the centering guide post is releasably engageable to the surface trial,
wherein the outer cross sectional dimension at the first location varies according to a position of the centering guide post within the at least one hole of the surface trial,
wherein the outer cross sectional dimension at the first location decreases with an increase in the force applied to the outer surface of the centering guide post,
wherein the slit has a width dimension extending between the first segment and the second segment measured absent the force applied to the outer surface, the width dimension varying between a first end of the slit remote from free ends of the first and second segments and a second end of the slit at the free end of at least one of the first and second segments, the width dimension being a first width at a second location between the first end of the slit and the second end of the slit and a second width at the second end of the slit, the first width being less than the second width,
wherein the slit has a first lateral dimension from the second end of the slit to a third location between the second end of the slit and the second location and a second lateral dimension at a fourth location between the third location and the first end of the slit, the second lateral dimension being greater than the first lateral dimension, the first and second lateral dimensions being measured in a direction orthogonal to both the width dimension and the length of the centering guide post; and
a centering guide handle attachable to the centering guide post,
wherein when the centering guide post is releasably engaged to the surface trial, the centering guide handle is adapted to position the surface trial on the bone surface and the centering guide post is adapted to allow visualization of a position of the surface trial on the bone surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,459

ANTI-DUROTOMY KERRISON RONGEUR

1. A rongeur for cutting bone or other tissue comprising:a body comprising a first shaft terminating in a footplate and a second shaft comprising a cutting edge, wherein the first shaft and the second shaft are capable of reciprocating motion relative to one another such that the cutting edge and the footplate are moveable from a maximally-separated open position to a closed position; and
a flange extending outwardly from one of said footplate and said second shaft, wherein the flange comprises a curved outer profile such as to define a hood.

US Pat. No. 10,709,458

SURGICAL TOOLS AND METHOD FOR KINEMATIC ALIGNMENT

Stefano Bini, Piedmont, ...

1. A method for cutting a tibia comprising:providing a femur block positioner coupled to an alignment arm and a shim coupled to the alignment arm, wherein the shim has a concave surface;
placing the concave surface of the shim on a distal end of a femur;
securely attaching the femur block positioner to the femur while the concave surface of the shim is on the distal end of the femur;
attaching a cutting block to the femur block positioner, the cutting block having a femur blade slot that is aligned with a cutting plane of the femur;
cutting the femur using the femur blade slot to align a cutting tool;
applying a tension force between the femur and a tibia;
attaching to the femur block positioner a tibia cutting guide tool having a tibia blade slot; and
cutting the tibia while the femur and the tibia are in tension.

US Pat. No. 10,709,453

IN VIVO INDWELLING MEMBER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing an in vivo indwelling member having a secondary coil in which a secondary shape is given to a linear primary coil with a primary shape given to a linear material, the method comprising:a first three-dimensional spatial body formation step of forming a first three-dimensional spatial body, which defines a first polygonal cylindrical shape, by aligning in a loop a plurality of segments, each of the segments being formed by winding the primary coil at least once, so that said plurality of segments of the first three-dimensional spatial body are arranged to define the first polygonal cylindrical shape, wherein
the plurality of segments of said first polygonal cylindrical shape consist of four circular loops surrounding a central axis of said first polygonal cylindrical shape and each of said four circular loops comprising a loop opening, wherein the circular loops and the loop openings define sides of the first polygonal cylindrical shape, and the four circular loops are aligned to form said first polygonal cylindrical shape defining openings at a distal end and a proximal end on the central axis;
a second three-dimensional spatial body formation step of forming a second three-dimensional spatial body, which defines a second polygonal cylindrical shape, by aligning in a loop a plurality of segments, each of the segments being formed by winding the primary coil at least once, so that said plurality of segments of the second three-dimensional spatial body are arranged to define the second polygonal cylindrical shape, after the formation of the first three-dimensional spatial body, wherein
the plurality of segments of said second polygonal cylindrical shape consist of four circular loops surrounding a central axis of said second polygonal cylindrical shape and each of said four circular loops comprising a loop opening, wherein the circular loops and the loop openings define sides of the second polygonal cylindrical shape, and the four circular loops are aligned to form said second polygonal cylindrical shape defining openings at a distal end and a proximal end on the central axis; and
an inside arrangement step of placing one of the first and second three-dimensional spatial bodies inside the other of the first and second three-dimensional spatial bodies through said opening at the distal end or the proximal end, after the first and second three-dimensional spatial body formation steps, such that i) the central axes of the adjacent three-dimensional spatial bodies are in a positional relationship of crossing or of a skew position, or ii) the central axes are concentric or parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,709,448

LINEAR CUTTER STAPLER

GRENA USA LLC, Wilmingto...

1. In a linear cutter stapler for surgical procedures, the linear cutter stapler comprising a pair of pivotally joined jaws, one jaw carrying a cartridge loaded with two parallel rows of surgical staples separated by a cartridge channel and the other jaw comprising an anvil having two parallel rows of staple clenching depressions separated by an anvil channel and a post projecting from the anvil toward the cartridge, the improvement comprising a smooth rounded crown formed at the end of the post, the post having a longitudinal axis and the smooth rounded crown comprising a cylindrical section having an longitudinal axis transverse to the longitudinal axis of the post, whereby tissue adjacent an operative site will not be cut, abraded, injured or subject to trauma otherwise caused by contact with the end of the post while the jaws are being closed.

US Pat. No. 10,709,445

LOADING UNIT INCLUDING SHIPPING ASSEMBLY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A shipping assembly for a surgical loading unit of a surgical stapler, the shipping assembly comprising:a shipping member including a base portion, an inner annular extension extending from the base portion, and an outer annular extension extending from the base portion;
an introducer member selectively secured to the base portion of the shipping member, the introducer member defining a throughbore configured to receive a retrieval member; and
a locking member slidably disposed within the inner annular extension and being movable between a proximal position wherein the shipping member is secured to a surgical loading unit and a distal position wherein the shipping member is separable from the surgical loading unit.

US Pat. No. 10,709,443

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SUTURE PLACEMENT

Durastat LLC, Wayne, PA ...

1. A suturing device comprising:a needle having first end, which is pointed, and a second end, the needle having a curved distal section and a straighter proximal section, which is straight or has a radius of curvature greater than the curved distal section;
a suture connected with the needle;
an elongate body including a proximal end portion and a distal end portion;
an actuator including a mechanism operable to move the needle with respect to the elongate body;
a curved needle holder extending away from the distal end portion or provided as part of the distal end portion of the elongate body, the curved needle holder including an inner surface defining a curved needle passage for holding the needle and a distal opening through which the needle exits the curved needle holder when moving from a retracted position toward a released condition; and
wherein the needle frictionally engages the inner surface in a least three different locations along the needle when the needle is in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,433

LARGE BORE VASCULAR CLOSURE SYSTEM

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A vascular closure system for sealing an opening in a blood vessel, comprising:an introducer sheath configured to extend through the opening in the blood vessel the introducer sheath having a lumen extending through the introducer sheath;
wherein partial withdrawal of the introducer sheath from the opening is configured to evert tissue of the blood vessel at the opening in the blood vessel;
a shaping sheath slidably disposed over the introducer sheath, the shaping sheath having a split distal portion configured to engage the everted tissue; and
a dilator configured to be slidably received within the lumen of the introducer sheath,
wherein the dilator includes an enlargeable portion proximate a tapered distal end of the dilator, and
wherein the introducer sheath includes an enlargeable portion proximate a distal end of the introducer sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,709,431

LAPAROSCOPIC DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS

1. A laparoscopic device, comprising:an elongate shaft defining a central axis;
an end effector coupled to a distal end of the elongate shaft;
a rounded housing coupled to a proximal end of the elongate shaft, having a center point positioned along the central axis of the elongate shaft, and being pivotable to bend the end effector with respect to the central axis of the elongate shaft;
first and second cables extending from the end effector to the rounded housing respectively along a first side of the laparoscopic device and along a second side of the laparoscopic device disposed opposite the first side,
wherein the elongate shaft, the end effector, the rounded housing, and the first and second cables together form a shaft assembly for which the rounded housing is rotatable in fixed relation to the elongate shaft, the first and second cables, and the end effector; and
a handle comprising a trigger assembly and a grip body configured to support a hand for grasping the laparoscopic device, the grip body comprising first and second gripping members respectively positioned along the first and second sides of the laparoscopic device, and the grip body being adjustable between:
an expanded configuration in which the first and second gripping members are coupled to each other and spaced apart from the rounded housing to permit rotation of the rounded housing for rotating the shaft assembly with respect to the central axis of the elongate shaft and to permit pivoting of the rounded housing for bending the end effector with respect to the central axis of the elongate shaft, and
a compressed configuration in which the first and second gripping members compress the rounded housing to lock the rounded housing in a fixed position with respect to the grip body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,428

NON-INVASIVE SKIN COLLECTION SYSTEM

DERMTECH, INC., La Jolla...

1. A tri-fold skin sample collector, comprising:a peelable release panel comprising 2 to 12 adhesive tapes, wherein each of the adhesive tapes are configured for application to a skin surface; and
a placement area panel comprising a removable liner and 2 to 12 regions, wherein each of the 2 to 12 regions is designated for the placement of a used adhesive tape,
wherein each of the adhesive tapes comprises an adhesive matrix,
wherein the adhesive matrix is configured to adhere to an effective amount of a skin sample,
wherein the effective amount of the skin sample comprises from about 50 microgram to about 1 gram of cellular material.

US Pat. No. 10,709,427

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECONFIGURING AN ULTRASOUND DEVICE

General Electric Company,...

1. An acousto-electrical probe testing apparatus comprising:a connection interface to connect to a plurality of acousto-electrical probes of different probe types having different numbers of transducer leads, the connection interface to be configured to accommodate a selected acousto-electrical probe based on connection type information identified for a probe type associated with the selected acousto-electrical probe; and
a processor to identify the probe type of a first acousto-electrical probe when the first acousto-electrical probe is coupled to the connection interface based on a selected operational mode and an interrogation of connectors in the connection interface to determine a number of leads coupled to the connection interface, the selected operational mode including at least one of a ground scan mode, a probe scan mode, or a capacitance scan mode, the processor to:
trigger a test of the first acousto-electrical probe based on the probe type and the selected operational mode, the test including generation of a control signal to be applied to the leads of the first acousto-electrical probe coupled to the connection interface; and
process a plurality of responses to the control signal from the leads of the first acousto-electrical probe to determine when a lead is at least one of broken or detached from the first acousto-electrical probe.

US Pat. No. 10,709,424

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CUFF-LESS BLOOD PRESSURE (BP) MEASUREMENT OF A SUBJECT

HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY INN...

1. A system for cuff-less calibration free measurement of blood pressure (BP) of a subject, the system comprising:a probe comprising:
a first sensor;
a second sensor spaced at a distance from said first sensor; and
a third sensor;
an ultrasound transducer connected with said first sensor and said second sensor, wherein the ultrasound transducer is placed at a center of the third sensor in said probe and in between said first sensor and said second sensor; and
a controller unit connected to said probe;
wherein said first sensor and second sensor are configured to measure a local pulse wave velocity (PWV) of an arterial wall of said subject;
wherein said ultrasound transducer configured to measure a change in a change in an arterial dimensions over a cardiac cycle of said arterial wall of said subject, wherein said arterial dimensions include an arterial distension and an end-diastolic diameter; and
wherein said third sensor is configured to provide a feedback to said controller unit to measure BP of said subject and wherein said controller unit is configured to measure the blood pressure (BP) waveform at the artery measurement site of said subject based on said local PWV and said change in arterial dimensions in each heart beat.

US Pat. No. 10,709,416

OBSTETRICAL IMAGING AT THE POINT OF CARE FOR UNTRAINED OR MINIMALLY TRAINED OPERATORS

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A medical ultrasound machine comprising:an ultrasound transducer assembly including:
a transducer bar adapted to be supported by a hand of a human, wherein the transducer bar includes a set of independently excitable transducer elements extending along a lateral axis of the transducer bar and the set of independently excitable transducer elements are exposed for ultrasonic transmission and reception; and
an ultrasound processor assembly including:
(1) transducer interface circuitry communicating with the set of independently excitable transducer elements for acquisition of slices of ultrasound echo data to complete a volume set of ultrasound echo signals;
(2) a display; and
(3) an electronic processor receiving the slices of ultrasound echo data to complete the volume set of ultrasound echo signals and executing a stored program to identify within the completed volume set of ultrasound echo signals indications of conditions selected from the group of:
(i) placenta over cervix;
(ii) fetus in non-head down presentation;
(iii) multiple gestation;
(iv) gestational age; and
(v) fetal size;
and to output at least one of the conditions on the display;
wherein the electronic processor further outputs on the display at least one of a shading and/or a trajectory guiding movement of the ultrasound transducer assembly to obtain the volume set of ultrasound echo signals; and
wherein the shading and/or trajectory guiding movement of the ultrasound transducer assembly is based on concurrent analysis of previously received slices of ultrasound data from preceding ultrasound transducer assembly positions by the electronic processor to assemble a partial volume of ultrasound data from the previously received slices and analyze the partial volume to determine slices of ultrasound data still needed to complete the volume set of ultrasound echo signals.

US Pat. No. 10,709,413

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANALYSIS OF THE UPPER AIRWAY AND A RESPIRATORY PRESSURE SUPPORT SYSTEM

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for analysis of an upper airway of a user, comprising:a passageway for communicating a flow of gas to and from the upper airway;
an acoustic sensor arrangement positioned at first and second locations within the passageway, wherein the second location is located along a length of the passageway different from the first location, wherein the acoustic sensor arrangement is configured to detect acoustic signals at the first and second locations, and further for use in distinguishing between signal components with different relative time shift between the first and second locations;
a processor adapted to derive a parameter from a relation between the acoustic signals detected at the first and second locations, wherein the parameter varies in dependence on a presence of an upper airway obstruction and enables a detection of (i) the presence and (ii) a location of the upper airway obstruction within the upper airway,
wherein the processor is adapted to process sound signals which comprise only ambient noise received from noise sources external to the analysis system, and noise generated by the user and is adapted to distinguish between inhalation and exhalation in response to a quantified change in the parameter during inhalation and exhalation based on the acoustic signals detected at the first and second locations.

US Pat. No. 10,709,411

CALIBRATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. A calibration device for three-dimensional imaging equipment comprising:a first bead group comprising first beads arranged in a first pattern; and
a second bead group comprising second beads arranged in a second pattern different from the first pattern,
wherein the first and second bead groups have different cross ratios or different segment ratios from each other, the first beads are arranged in a line, and the second beads are arranged in a line.

US Pat. No. 10,709,404

RADIOGRAPHY SUPPORT DEVICE, RADIATION DETECTION DEVICE, RADIOGRAPHY APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHY SUPPORT METHOD, AND RADIOGRAPHY SUPPORT PROGRAM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A radiography support device that supports imaging of an object with a radiation detection panel in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged and which detects radiation emitted from a radiation source, the device comprising:a first reading control unit that reads first pixel signals from at least some of the plurality of pixels in a state in which the radiation is not emitted from the radiation source and a state in which the object is placed on the radiation detection panel;
a first arithmetic unit that calculates a position of the object with respect to the radiation detection panel based on the first pixel signals; and
a notification processing unit that performs a notification process in a case in which the position of the object is out of a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,709,402

RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM, RADIOGRAPHY METHOD, RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM, AND DERIVATION APPARATUS

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A radiography system comprising:a radiography apparatus including two radiation detectors in which a plurality of pixels, each of which includes a conversion element that generates a larger amount of charge as it is irradiated with a larger amount of radiation, are two-dimensionally arranged and which are arranged in a direction in which the radiation is emitted; and
a controller including a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, wherein the processor is configured to:
correct a ratio of pixel values in a region, which corresponds to a soft tissue of a subject and is a corresponding region of radiographic images generated by the two radiation detectors irradiated with radiations having different energy levels, on the basis of correction data corresponding to a body thickness, and
derive at least one of bone density or bone mineral content of the subject on the basis of a difference between a ratio of pixel values in a region, which corresponds to a bone tissue of the subject and is a corresponding region of the radiographic images, and the ratio of the pixel values that has been corrected.

US Pat. No. 10,709,400

HEMODYNAMIC AND MORPHOLOGICAL PREDICTORS OF VASCULAR GRAFT FAILURE

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method of non-invasively predicting post-surgery vascular graft failure, comprising:(a) obtaining Computer Tomography Angiography (CTA) images of a patient post-surgery, wherein the surgery included a vascular graft, and wherein the images comprise at least the vascular graft of the patient; and
(b) deriving from the obtained CTA images a personalized three-dimensional computer model of the patient, wherein the personalized three-dimensional computer model comprising at least the vascular graft, wherein the personalized three-dimensional computer model comprises a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model coupled with a closed-loop Lumped Parameter Network (LPN);
(c) calculating one or more vascular graft predictors from the personalized three-dimensional computer model, wherein the one or more vascular graft predictors are indicative of the post-surgery vascular graft failure or vascular stenosis; and
(d) outputting the one or more vascular graft predictors.

US Pat. No. 10,709,399

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PERFORMING THREE-DIMENSIONAL BLOOD VESSEL RECONSTRUCTION USING ANGIOGRAPHIC IMAGES

SHENZHEN KEYA MEDICAL TEC...

1. A computer-implemented method for performing three-dimensional blood vessel reconstruction using angiographic images of a patient, wherein the computer-implemented method comprises:acquiring a first two-dimensional image of a blood vessel in a first projection direction and a three-dimensional model of the blood vessel;
determining, by a processor, a simulated optical path length within the blood vessel at a position thereof in the first projection direction based on the three-dimensional model of the blood vessel; and
adjusting, by the processor, reconstruction parameters of the three-dimensional model of the blood vessel, based on the simulated optical path length within the blood vessel at the position in the first projection direction, intensity value at the corresponding position of the blood vessel in the first two-dimensional image, and a relationship between the intensity value and an optical path length at the corresponding position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,397

MOBILE X-RAY APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A mobile X-ray apparatus comprising:an X-ray radiation device;
a controller configured to control the X-ray radiation device;
a power supply configured to:
supply operating power to the X-ray radiation device and the controller via a lithium ion battery; and
control an overcurrent that occurs during an X-ray emission by the X-ray radiation device;
a charger configured to charge the lithium ion battery; and
a main body configured to house the controller, the power supply, and the charger,
wherein each of the controller, the power supply, and the charger is embodied as a physically separate module,
wherein the power supply is encased in a metal case,
wherein the power supply includes a master BMS circuit configured to operate a protection circuit against the overcurrent, based on a state of the lithium ion battery, and
wherein the master BMS circuit is arranged parallel to a first surface of the metal case of the power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,709,392

SENSOR FAULT DETECTION USING ANALYTE SENSOR DATA PATTERN COMPARISON

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:computing a magnitude of a vector extending from a baseline analyte data point to an evaluation analyte data point;
computing a component of the magnitude of the vector between the baseline analyte data point and the evaluation analyte data point that is parallel to a hypoglycemic risk contour line;
determining whether the component of the magnitude of the vector is greater than a first threshold value; and
displaying, based on the determination, an analyte sensor fault indication on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,709,379

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR ACCURATELY CLASSIFYING CARDIAC ACTIVITY

CAMERON HEALTH, INC., St...

1. An implantable medical device (IMD) comprising a plurality of electrodes coupled to operational circuitry configured to perform cardiac signal analysis, the IMD including a canister having the operational circuitry and at least one electrode associated therewith, the operational circuitry being configured to:detect at least first, second and third detected events by comparison of a cardiac signal from the plurality of electrodes to a threshold defined by a detection profile and declaring a detected event having a signal waveform when the threshold is crossed, wherein the first detected event occurs later in time than the second detected event, and the second detected event occurs later in time than the third detected event;
compare the first detected event to the second detected event to yield a first comparison score;
compare the first detected event to the third detected event to yield a second comparison score; and
analyze at least the first and second comparison scores to determine if one of the first, second and third detected events is likely due to overdetection.

US Pat. No. 10,709,376

SYSTEM FOR SUPPORTING AN ELDERLY, FRAIL AND/OR DISEASED PERSON

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for supporting an elderly, frail and/or diseased person, wherein the system comprises:a detection unit including
(i) a brain activity sensor configured to detect a brain activity signal relating to brain activity of the person and
(ii) a motion detection unit configured to detect a motion signal relating to a motion of one or more body parts of the person;
an analysis unit configured to
determine, based on the detected brain activity signal and the detected motion signal, an activity level of the person which is indicative of how many different motoric and cognitive tasks the person is performing simultaneously, and
determine, based on the detected brain activity signal and the detected motion signal, whether the person is walking; and
a feedback unit configured to provide a feedback to the person the person is walking and the activity level of the person exceeds a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,709,375

DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TESTING FOR DEGENERATIVE DISORDERS OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

Inspired Life Medical, In...

1. An inhaler device for presenting an aroma to one nostril of a test subject who inhales and may exhale during the aroma presentation, the device comprising:a lower inhalation body defining:
an aroma storage compartment,
at least one inhalation port in fluid communication with the ambient atmosphere;
an aroma source disposed within the aroma storage compartment;
an upper cover connected with the lower inhalation body and comprising a tip operatively connected with an upper housing, the tip having a nasal aperture therethrough, wherein the tip and upper housing define a check ball compartment therein, and wherein the check ball compartment is immediately adjacent and contiguous with the aroma storage compartment;
an aperture connecting the check ball compartment in fluid communication with the aroma source compartment; and
a check ball disposed within the check ball compartment, wherein the check ball is configured to engage a check ball seat defined within the check ball compartment and cover the aperture connecting the check ball compartment and the aroma source compartment when the test subject exhales and to disengage from the check ball seat when the test subject inhales.

US Pat. No. 10,709,374

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASSESSMENT OF A MUSCULOSKELETAL PROFILE OF A TARGET INDIVIDUAL

Physimax Technologies Ltd...

1. A system for indirectly estimating a value indicative of muscle strength ratio between a first target muscle and a second target muscle of a target individual based on an analysis of a plurality of digital images, comprising:a non-transitory memory having stored thereon a code for execution by at least one hardware processor of a computing device, the code comprising:
code for receiving, from at least one sensor, a video including a plurality of images and associated plurality of body part locations of a target individual corresponding to the plurality of images, wherein the video depicts the target individual performing a physical movement test comprising a first defined movement and a second defined movement;
code for identifying at least one first image of the plurality of imaged depicting the target individual performing the first defined movement, and obtaining a first set of body part locations associated with the at least one first image;
code for identifying at least one second image of the plurality of imaged depicting the target individual performing the second defined movement, and obtaining a second set of body part locations associated with the at least one second image;
code for computing a first image-metric according to the first set of body part locations associated with the at least one first image, and computing a second image-metric according to the second set of body part locations associated with the at least one second image;
code for computing a single image-parameter as a function of the first image-metric and the second image-metric; and
code for converting the single image-parameter to an estimate of a measured-parameter indicative of a muscle strength measurement ratio between a first target muscle obtained by a dynamometer to a second target muscle obtained by the dynamometer, according to correlation code that correlates between values of the single image-parameter and measured-parameters obtained based on the dynamometer performing empirical measurements of application of an exerted force of the first and second target muscles by each of a plurality of other subjects.

US Pat. No. 10,709,357

DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING INTRAVASCULAR PRESSURE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An apparatus for assessing the severity of stenosis in a blood vessel, comprising:an elongate body including a proximal portion and a distal portion, the body defining a lumen extending through at least the distal portion, the lumen sized and shaped to allow the passage of a guidewire therethrough;
a centering assembly disposed at the distal portion of the elongate body, the centering assembly being actuatable to selectively center the elongate body in the vessel;
a pressure sensor disposed adjacent the centering assembly, the pressure sensor being configured to detect fluid pressure in the vessel; and
a processing system configured to:
receive the measured pressure at a location within the vessel, from the pressure sensor;
receive, from at least one of a sensor coupled to the elongate body or an x-ray imaging device configured to image the centering assembly, data representing a degree of expansion of the centering assembly;
receive data representing the size of the distal portion;
in response to receiving the data representing the degree of expansion of the centering assembly, calculate an offset correlation based on the data representing the size of the distal portion and based on the data representing the degree of expansion of the centering assembly; and
calculate a fractional flow reserve (FFR) for the vessel as an index of stenosis severity taking into account the offset correlation and the measured fluid pressure from the pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,709,353

DETECTING A RESPIRATORY ABNORMALITY USING A CONVOLUTION, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

Sonavi Labs, Inc., Balti...

1. A computer-implemented method for detection of a respiratory abnormality comprising:receiving, from a microphone, an auditory signal;
generating an auditory spectrogram based on the auditory signal;
performing a spatial convolution procedure on the auditory spectrogram to generate one or more convolution values, wherein the convolution values represent a compressed version of a matrix portion of the auditory spectrogram, and wherein the spatial convolution procedure is trained to generate one or more features for detecting the respiratory abnormality;
applying one or more weights to the convolution values, wherein the weights are trained for detection of the respiratory abnormality;
generating a classification value based on applying the weights to the convolution values, wherein the classification value indicates whether the auditory signal includes the respiratory abnormality; and
transmitting the classification value to a display device for outputting the classification value.

US Pat. No. 10,709,347

HEART GRAPHIC DISPLAY SYSTEM

VEKTOR MEDICAL, INC., Ca...

1. A method performed by one or more computing systems for presenting information to assist evaluation of an electromagnetic (“EM”) source of a body, the method comprising:accessing indications of a plurality of cycles within EM measurements of an EM field of the EM source;
for pairs of cycles of the plurality of the cycles, calculating a similarity score for the pair of cycles, each pair of cycles including a first cycle of the pair and a second cycle of the pair, the similarity score for the pair of cycles indicating similarity between the first cycle of the pair and the second cycle of the pair;
generating a graphic that provides a non-textual indication of the similarity scores for the pairs of cycles; and
outputting the graphic to an output device
wherein the EM measurements are generated based on a computational model that models EM activations of the EM source.

US Pat. No. 10,709,341

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR PULMONARY ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION (PAH) ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT

ST. JUDE MEDICAL LUXEMBOU...

1. A method of evaluating progress of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in a subject, or an outcome in the subject having PAH, comprising:administering a pharmaceutical agent to the subject;
implanting a wireless pressure sensor in a pulmonary artery of the subject;
obtaining a pulmonary artery pressure waveform over a cardiac cycle from the wireless pressure sensor;
determining one or more pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) values experienced within the pulmonary artery from the pulmonary artery pressure waveform;
estimating cardiac output (CO) using one or more of the PAP values experienced within the pulmonary artery over the cardiac cycle;
comparing one or more of the PAP values and one or more of the CO estimates to standard PAP and CO values respectively, wherein the standard CO value is based on one or more previously estimated CO values from the subject;
using the comparisons of PAP and CO to monitor a PAH progression or outcome in the subject; and
changing at least one of the pharmaceutical agent, dosage or dosing regimen based on the comparison of the PAP and CO.

US Pat. No. 10,709,337

PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A photoacoustic measurement apparatus, comprising:a receiving circuit that receives a detection signal of a photoacoustic wave, which is generated in a subject due to emission of measurement light to the subject, in each of at least an avascularized condition in which the subject is avascularized and a non-avascularized condition in which the subject is not avascularized;
a processor configured to
generate a photoacoustic image for each of the avascularized condition and the non-avascularized condition based on the detection signal of the photoacoustic wave; and
generate blood flow information based on a signal value of each of the photoacoustic images in a region of interest set in the photoacoustic images,
wherein the processor is configured to calculate a total value or an average value of the signal value in the region of interest for each time point or time frame, the each time point or the time frame corresponding to one of the photoacoustic images, and
wherein the processor further generates, as the blood flow information, a score value based on a difference between the total value or the average value of the signal value in the region of interest in the avascularized condition and the total value or the average value of the signal value in the region of interest in the non-avascularized condition.

US Pat. No. 10,709,336

PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A photoacoustic image generation apparatus comprising:an acoustic wave detector that includes a plurality of detector elements arranged in a line, and detects, after light has been output to a subject to be examined, photoacoustic wave induced in the subject by the output light to produce photoacoustic signal;
an AD convertor that samples the photoacoustic signal to produce photoacoustic data;
a dummy data adder that adds dummy data that corresponds to at least one virtual detector element to the photoacoustic data, the at least one virtual detector element being arranged outside the plurality of the detector elements in a direction of arrangement of the detector elements along with the line of the detector elements by a channel pitch that is the same as a channel pitch of the detector elements, such that pieces of the photoacoustic data and pieces of the dummy data are arranged in accordance with the positions of the detector elements and the positions of the at least one of the virtual detector element respectively, and the photoacoustic data to which the dummy data have been added is two-dimensional data, wherein the dummy data is added to each of both sides of a real data area; and
an image generator that generates a two-dimensional photoacoustic image by reconstructing the photoacoustic data to which the dummy data have been added by using a two-dimensional Fourier transform method,
the image generator generates a two dimensional photoacoustic image in which a dummy data area corresponding to the at least one virtual detector element is formed outside of an actual data area corresponding to the plurality of detector elements, and wherein the reconstruction by using the Fourier transform method includes performing two-dimensional Fourier transform on the photoacoustic data to which the dummy data have been added and performing two-dimensional inverse Fourier transform on the photoacoustic data on which the two-dimensional Fourier transform has been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,709,331

AUTOMATIC TRANSFER AND IDENTIFICATION OF MONITORED DATA WITH HIERARCHICAL KEY MANAGEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method for measuring health related parameters of least two patients, comprising:sending, by a patient identification device, an identification for each of the at least two patients to a measurement device;
receiving and reading a valid identification for at least one of the at least two patients and measuring, with the measurement device, a health related parameter of the at least one of the at least two patients having a valid identification;
communicating the health related parameter measurement results of the patient having a valid identification from the measurement device to the patient identification device carried by the patient via body-coupled communication;
communicating the measurement results separately and concurrently with a patient identification code from the identification device to a gateway device via body-coupled communication;
associating, via the gateway device, the health related parameter measurements with the separately and concurrently received patient identification code as the health related parameter measurements and patient identification code are received at the gateway device, the association between the measurement results and the patient identification code by the gateway device being a first electronic association between the measurement results and the patient identification code;
receiving and reading an invalid identification for the other patient of the at least two patients and measuring, with the measurement device, a health related parameter of the other patient of the at two patients having an invalid identification; and
displaying the measurement results for the other patient having an invalid identification locally on the measurement device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,330

AMBULATORY MEDICAL TELEMETRY DEVICE HAVING AN AUDIO INDICATOR

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An ambulatory medical telemetry device, comprising:at least one sensor configured for detecting at least one physiological parameter of a patient;
a housing securable to the patient;
a circuit located in said housing and configured for receiving and processing a signal representative of the physiological parameter from the at least one sensor to generate recordable physiological data;
at least one processor located in said housing and connected to the circuit, said at least one processor programmed to perform a self-test of an overall operation and each of a plurality of operational states of the ambulatory medical telemetry device, the plurality of operational states including at least three operational states; and
an audible indicator located in said housing and operationally coupled to said circuit and said at least one processor to generate an audio signal indicating at least one operational state of the device including a successful completion of the self-test indicating the operational state is operating correctly for each of the plurality of operational states of the ambulatory medical telemetry device;
wherein said audible indicator is configured to generate a plurality of different tones for indicating each of the overall operation and each operational state of the ambulatory medical telemetry device, each different tone corresponding to a different operational state of the device, the plurality of different tones further including a tone indicating the successful completion of the self-test for each of the plurality of operational states of the ambulatory medial telemetry device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,317

CLAMP ASSEMBLY FOR DISPOSABLE ENDOSCOPIC SHEATHS

PRAESIDIODYNE, LLC, Indi...

1. A system comprising:a sheath comprising an elongated body having a first transverse cross-sectional area, the sheath comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the sheath being configured to receive an instrument at the proximal end;
a clamp assembly coupled to the sheath, the clamp assembly comprising a first member coupled to a second member, wherein the first and second members may be placed in a clamping configuration and an open configuration, wherein in the clamping configuration the first member and the second member are configured to collapse a lumen defined by the elongated body of the sheath at a location between the first and second members, and in the open configuration the lumen is not collapsed between the first and second members; and
a protective cover configured to receive the sheath, the protective cover comprising an elongated body having a second transverse cross-sectional area greater than the first transverse cross-sectional area of the sheath, the protective cover further comprising a receiver,
wherein the receiver is configured to mate with the clamp assembly when the sheath is inserted into the protective cover,
wherein the receiver is configured to cause the clamp assembly to maintain the open configuration when the clamp assembly is mated with the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,709,315

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR ENDOSCOPIC CONNECTION

Hoya Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus for connecting a device to an endoscope, the apparatus comprising:a multi-tined connector configured to engage with a port of an endoscope having a non-circular flange, the multi-tined connector comprising:
a body portion having a lumen axially extending therethrough and an outer locking interface; and
a plurality of tines connected to the body portion, the tines having outer tapered surfaces, being radially deflectable, and operating between an engaged position and a disengaged position,
wherein in the engaged position, the tines engage with the port;
a locking sleeve operating between a locked position and an unlocked position, the locking sleeve comprising:
an inner engagement surface; and
an inner locking interface configured to engage with the outer locking interface;
wherein in the locked position, the locking sleeve holds the tines in the engaged position, and in the unlocked position, the locking sleeve leaves the tines in the disengaged position; and
an anti-rotational key integral to or received within the lumen of the body portion of the multi-tined connector.

US Pat. No. 10,709,312

TRANSITIONAL REGION HAVING CUTS AND A SKIVE FOR AN IMAGING CATHETER

PHILIPS IMAGE GUIDED THER...

1. An intraluminal device, comprising:a flexible elongate member configured to be positioned within anatomy of a patient, the flexible elongate member comprising a proximal portion and a distal portion, the proximal portion comprising a relatively higher stiffness and the distal portion comprising a relatively lower stiffness;
a transition region disposed between the proximal portion and the distal portion, the transition region comprising a graduated stiffness transitioning from the stiffness of the proximal portion to the stiffness of the distal portion, the transition region comprising:
a hypotube comprising:
a lumen; and
a skive at a distal portion of the hypotube, the skive comprising a tapered portion that is relatively more stiff at a proximal region and less stiff at a distal region; and
a cable extending from the proximal portion of the flexible elongate member over the skive to a functional element, wherein the cable is disposed within the lumen of the hypotube; and
a polymer jacket extending over at least a portion of the hypotube and the skive, wherein the polymer jacket comprises an inner surface surrounding a lumen, and wherein the tapered portion of the skive and a portion of the cable are positioned within the lumen of the polymer jacket such that the tapered portion of the skive and the cable are fixed in place relative to one another by the inner surface of the polymer jacket and an inner surface of the tapered portion of the skive.

US Pat. No. 10,709,311

VIDEO LARYNGOSCOPE WITH MONITOR STABILIZATION

Montane Medical Corporati...

1. A laryngoscope device comprising:a handle which is elongate in a longitudinal direction between opposing first and second ends so as to be arranged to be gripped in a hand of an operator;
a laryngoscope blade supported on the first end of the handle so as to extend outwardly from the handle transversely to the longitudinal direction of the handle;
a camera supported on laryngoscope blade so as to be arranged to capture video images;
a display monitor for displaying the video images captured by the camera;
at least one pivot assembly comprising:
a pivot coupling the display monitor to the second end of the handle for pivotal movement about a respective axis of the pivot; and
a motor for controlling angular position of the display monitor relative to the handle about the axis of the pivot;
a controller having the target orientation stored thereon, the target orientation defining a selected orientation of the display monitor relative to a reference target;
a sensor device arranged to detect movement of the display monitor away from a target orientation relative to the reference target; and
the controller being adapted to operate the motor of said at least one pivot assembly to return the display monitor to the target orientation relative to the reference target responsive to detection by the sensor device that the display monitor has been displaced away from the target orientation resulting from a movement of the handle relative to the reference target away from a previous position of the handle relative to the reference target.

US Pat. No. 10,709,309

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A DRYING UNIT

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a wash container for cleaning dishes, glasses, flatware or similar items to be washed during a program sequence including a drying phase or another process phase, said wash container having a loading opening closable by a door;
an air inlet opening for inflow of a volume flow of air, the air inlet opening being disposed in a member that projects into an inner chamber of the wash container from a base of the wash container so as to communicate with the wash container;
a blower positioned upstream of the air inlet opening for providing a flow of air to the air inlet opening;
an activatable closing element positioned downstream of the blower and being positioned in the member immediately below the air inlet opening so as to communicate with the air inlet opening for varying the volume flow of air and/or the speed of air; and
a controller configured to store a sequence program to control a variation of the volume flow of air and/or the speed of air,
wherein the controller is configured to control both the blower and the activatable closing element in order to vary said volume flow of air entering the wash container through the air inlet opening, such that said volume flow of air entering the wash container through the air inlet opening fluctuates a plurality of times over the drying phase or the other process phase.

US Pat. No. 10,709,307

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

RUG DOCTOR, LLC, Plano, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a handle, comprising:
a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a grip portion between the first end of the handle and the second end of the handle; and
a grip guard, separated from the grip portion, and connecting the first end of the handle with the second end of the handle,
wherein
the first end of the handle includes a handle fluid input, a first handle electrical contact, and a first handle air passage,
the second end of the handle includes a handle fluid output communicatively coupled with the handle fluid input, a second handle electrical contact communicatively coupled with the first handle electrical contact, and a second handle air passage communicatively coupled with the first handle air passage,
the second handle air passage is communicatively coupled with the first handle air passage through the grip portion,
the handle fluid output is communicatively coupled with the handle fluid input by way of the grip guard, and
the first handle electrical contact is communicatively coupled with the second handle electrical contact by way of the grip guard; and
a shaft comprising a shaft fluid input, a shaft fluid output communicatively coupled with the shaft fluid input, a first shaft electrical contact, a second shaft electrical contact communicatively coupled with the first shaft electrical contact, a first shaft air passage, a second shaft air passage communicatively coupled with the first shaft air passage, and a first shaft coupling comprising the shaft fluid input, the first shaft electrical contact and the first shaft air passage,
wherein the first shaft coupling is configured to mate with the second end of the handle to connect the shaft fluid input with the handle fluid output, connect the first shaft electrical contact with the second handle electrical contact, and connect the first shaft air passage with the second handle air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,709,306

CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a rotary plate;
a cloth that is attached to a bottom of the rotary plate and that is configured to receive water;
a rotation driver connected to an upper portion of the rotary plate and that is configured to rotate the rotary plate about an axis that is perpendicular to the rotary plate;
a container that stores water;
a water supplier that receives water from a lower portion of the container, that is configured to provide water to the cloth, and that includes:
a main pipe that is connected to the container and that is configured to guide water from the container to a center of the rotary plate; and
a first dispersion pipe that is connected to the main pipe, that is configured to disperse water guided by the main pipe in a diameter direction of the rotary plate, and that defines a plurality of dispersion holes; and
a pump that is configured to move water through the water supplier,
wherein the rotary plate defines a plurality of supply holes that are configured to supply water to the cloth and defines a space that is configured to receive the first dispersion pipe, and
wherein the plurality of supply holes are configured to communicate with the space.

US Pat. No. 10,709,302

SANITARY WIPE APPARATUS FOR USE ON A BEVERAGE CAN

1. A combination of a beverage dispenser apparatus and an improved sanitary wipe apparatus, comprising:a beverage dispenser apparatus including:
a bottom wall;
a top wall; and
at least one side wall including:
an aperture therethrough;
wherein said at least one side wall is connected between said bottom wall and said top wall;
wherein said bottom wall, said top wall, and said at least one side wall form an interior volume adapted to store beverage containers therein; and
a door member;
wherein said door member is pivotally connected to said at least one side wall and adapted to removably cover said aperture of said at least one side wall; and
an improved sanitary wipe apparatus comprising:
a dispenser box including:
a bottom wall;
a top wall including:
an aperture therethrough; and
at least one side wall;
wherein said at least one side wall is connected between said bottom wall and said top wall;
wherein said bottom wall, said top wall, and said at least one side wall form an interior volume; and
a plurality of sanitary wipe members, each comprising:
a main body;
wherein said main body is formed from a fabric material;
an anti-microbial agent;
wherein said end anti-microbial agent is impregnated within said fabric material, and is adapted to kill and remove anti -microbial agents from a top drinking surface of a beverage can;
wherein said plurality of sanitary wipe members are adapted to be stored within said dispenser box and removed one-by-one for use by a person to remove anti-microbial agents from said top drinking surface of said beverage can before drinking therefrom;
wherein one of said bottom wall and said at least one side wall of said dispenser box includes an attachment member adapted to removably attach said dispenser box to a front surface of said door of said beverage dispenser apparatus, such that said plurality of sanitary wipe members are accessible for use when a person removes a beverage can from said beverage dispenser apparatus to drink therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,709,298

FAILSAFE WATER SAVING SHOWER HEAD APPARATUS AND METHOD

Huei Meng Chang, Milpita...

16. A method of saving water in a shower enclosure system, the method comprising:sensing a bather and a bather's position in a flow zone within the shower enclosure to one of a restrictive flow zone and a full flow zone, a relative location of the zones is adjustable by the bather;
restricting a water flow reaching a shower head in the shower enclosure via a normally open electromagnetically activated fluid valve (NOEFV) configured to operate based on a position of a bather detected by the sensor; and
continuously diverting a portion of the restricted water flow around the NOEFV via a diversion channel configured to be continuously open to reduce a water pressure at the NOEFV whether the NOEFV is closed or open,
wherein the continuously diverted portion of the restricted water flow, from an inlet to an outlet, is defined in a valve body 180 degrees opposite a diaphragm closure of the NOEFV.

US Pat. No. 10,709,288

SELF-CLEANING COFFEE MACHINE

SIMONELLI GROUP S.P.A., ...

1. A coffee machine comprising:a body;
a dispensing unit to dispense hot water,
a conduit connected to the dispensing unit to supply water from the dispensing unit;
a supply and heating device connected to the dispensing unit to supply hot water to the dispensing unit;
a filter holder intended to contain ground coffee; said filter holder being disposed outside the body under the conduit; said filter holder comprising a nozzle in lower position;
fast coupling/uncoupling means to couple the filter holder under the conduit;
a user interface;
a control unit connected to the supply and heating device and to the user interface;
characterized in that it comprises:
a presence sensor to detect the presence of the filter holder under the conduit; said presence sensor being connected to said control unit;
a switch connected to the control unit, to the supply and heating device and to the dispensing unit to enable the passage of electrical current towards the supply and heating device and towards the dispensing unit when the presence sensor detects the uncoupling of the filter holder from the fast coupling/uncoupling means;
said control unit comprising a timer that is connected to the switch to manage the opening/closing of the switch.

US Pat. No. 10,709,287

BEVERAGE-PRODUCING MACHINE WITH SINGLE SLIDE ACTUATOR FOR LOCKING HOPPER AND OPENING INGREDIENT APERTURE THEREIN

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A beverage-producing machine, comprising:a housing;
an actuating member in the housing, wherein the actuating member comprises at least one tooth, and wherein the at least one tooth is constrained to a slider;
a beverage producing unit in said housing; and
a container for at least one beverage ingredient,
wherein the container is configured to be locked to the housing and unlocked therefrom,
wherein the container comprises a bottom aperture for dispensing the at least one beverage ingredient contained therein and a shutter for selectively closing and opening the bottom aperture, and
wherein the actuating member is configured to act upon the shutter by engaging the at least one tooth with the shutter and configured to simultaneously move the slider which changes the position of the at least one tooth from a first position to a second position for selectively opening and closing the bottom aperture of the container while respectively locking the container to the housing and unlocking the container from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,709,285

DOUBLE-WALLED FILTER FOR COFFEE MACHINE WITH IMPROVED DISPENSING

1. A filter for a coffee machine comprising a cup-shaped body for containing coffee powder, comprising at least a bottom wall comprising an opening; a filtering wall placed in the cup-shaped body upstream of the opening and removably associated with the cup-shaped body; and a seal placed between one edge of the filtering wall and the cup-shaped body, characterised in that said seal is on said bottom wall and comprises a dispensing hole for dispensing a beverage at said opening, andwherein said seal further comprises a coupling member housed in the opening to reversibly fix said seal to said cup-shaped body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,280

FOOD PROCESSING DEVICE

1. A food processing device, comprising:a bowl (1) with a lid (2), the lid is provided with a food feed tube;
a spiral cutting means provided at a top of the bowl (1) such that as food enters the bowl via the food feed tube, the spiral cutting means cuts the food into continuous ribbons or strips; and
characterized in that the spiral cutting means comprises a spiral cutter disc base (4) having a disc-set (5) with a plurality of different types of spiral cutting discs (51, 52, 53), each of which can be separately aligned with the food feed tube to cut the food into a single shape type from among different shaped continuous ribbons or different shaped continuous strips, each spiral cutting disc cuts a single shape type different from every other spiral cutting disc.

US Pat. No. 10,709,275

THEFT-RESISTANT WALL MOUNT MAILBOX

1. A wall mount mailbox, comprising:a housing having a front side and a back side;
a mail delivery door positioned along the front side of the housing;
an inner panel comprising a solid and substantially flat surface and configured to be affixed on one side to a bottom of the mail delivery door at an angle;
a safety arm comprising a substantially flat surface affixed at an angle on an other side of the substantially flat surface of the inner panel and configured to contact only the inner panel in both open and closed positions of the mail delivery door; and
a mail retrieval door located along the front side of the housing and below the rotatable mail deposit.

US Pat. No. 10,709,273

UTENSIL APPARATUS

1. A utensil apparatus, comprising:a body including an aperture configured to receive a utensil;
a first end portion extending from the body; and
a second end portion extending from the body;
wherein the aperture is configured to receive at least a portion of said utensil such that said utensil extends through the aperture; the body is substantially planar;
the first end portion is configured to engage the second end portion to connect the body to a hand of a user;
the body includes a first portion, a second portion, and a second aperture; and the second portion is disposed at least partially in the second aperture; and
the second portion is configured to rotate within the second aperture to hold said utensil in a plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,709,269

MULTI-ANGULAR RECONFIGURABLE HANGING APPARATUS

Comsero Inc., Denver, CO...

1. A hanging system comprising:a first element configured to be coupled to an object, the first element having a thickness and a regular octagonal shape featuring eight sides; wherein, the first element includes a front first element wall, a rear first element wall, and a bevel on each of its eight sides, wherein the bevel extends at an angle from the front first element wall to the rear first element wall; and
a second element mounted to a surface and including a cutout complementary to the octagonal shape, the second element comprising a front second element wall and a rear second element wall, wherein the cutout defines a complementary bevel edge extending at an angle from the rear second element wall to the front second element wall, wherein:
the first element seats in the cutout on the bevel edge to be coupled to the surface at different orientations and in the different orientations a first edge of the first element faces in different directions relative to the second element; and
when the first element is seated in the cutout on the bevel edge, the front first element wall and the front second element wall are flush with one another and contact the object and the rear first element wall and the rear second element wall are flush with one another and contact the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,268

SLIDING COLLAPSABLE SHOE TREE

1. A shoe tree collapsible for easy storage, the shoe tree comprising:an elongated structural trunk comprising a plurality of nested section members including a first nested section member, a second nested section member, and a third nested section member between a distal end and a proximal end, the plurality of nested section members coupled together to form the elongated structural trunk for supporting shoe weight from shoes stored on the shoe tree when in a standing mode;
the plurality of nested section members coupled in a telescoping configuration such that a first diameter of the first nested section member is smaller than a second diameter of the second nested section member, and the second diameter is smaller than a third diameter of the third nested section member, wherein one end of the first nested section member fits within one end of the second nested section member, and another end of the second nested section member fits within one end of the third nested section member; and
each of the nested section members coupled to a plurality of structural branches in a nested formation, and each structural branch including a base, a living hinge, and an arm, wherein corresponding bases of corresponding structural branches are secured to each nested section member respectively and span away from the elongated structural trunk, wherein the corresponding bases of each nested section member have successively larger spans, wherein each arm rotates to allow the shoe tree to be collapsed from the standing mode to a storage mode, and wherein, in the standing mode, at least one of the arms is configured to hold a shoe container for storing a corresponding pair of shoes and, in the storage mode, each arm is substantially parallel with the elongated structural trunk.

US Pat. No. 10,709,266

REFRIGERATOR DISPLAY CASE

Margaret Platt Borgen, D...

1. A cooling display case comprising:a. an enclosure having an interior openable space;
b. said interior openable space comprising a first internal perimeter and a plurality of internal surfaces;
c. removable, replaceable chilled floor component comprising: a floor perimeter, a planar configuration, cooling means, a cooling surface, and a noncooling side; wherein said cooling means are positioned within the removable, replaceable chilled floor component between said cooling surface and the surface opposite said cooling surface of the chilled floor component; wherein said chilled floor component is positioned substantially in the interior openable space; wherein substantially all of the chilled floor component perimeter is in removable contact with the internal perimeter of the interior openable space thereby forming a moisture barrier between the cooling surface and the surface opposite the cooling surface; and wherein the cooling surface of said chilled floor component forms a floor of the interior openable space and said noncooling side of the chilled floor component serves as a lowermost outside surface of the display case.

US Pat. No. 10,709,262

CHILD CARRYING SYSTEM

Lalabu LLC, Statham, GA ...

1. A dual-wrap garment configured to be worn by a person for carrying a child, the dual-wrap garment comprising:a primary wrap having a first end and a second end with a back segment disposed between the first end and the second end, the primary wrap configured to encircle the person such that when the back segment is positioned adjacent to a back side of the person, the first end and the second end wrap around a torso of the person and secure at a front side of the person;
a plurality of stays, each stay extending substantially vertically between a top edge and a bottom edge of the back segment and comprising a semi-rigid material configured to provide flexible support to the back segment;
a secondary wrap configured to encircle the person over the primary wrap and secure at the front side of the person, the secondary wrap comprising:
a first compression strap having a first compression strap fixed end coupled to the primary wrap and an opposite first compression strap adjustment end, and
a second compression strap having a second compression strap fixed end coupled to the primary wrap and an opposite second compression strap adjustment end; and
a plurality of releasable attachments secured to the primary wrap and configured to engage a plurality of child support releasable attachments coupled to a child support.

US Pat. No. 10,709,260

CONNECTING ROD FOLDING MECHANISM AND COT HAVING SAME

SHANGHAI DAAFU BABY CARRI...

1. A connecting rod folding mechanism, comprising:an upper surrounding joint connecting rod folding mechanism, comprising a joint base and a pulling cord; an upper surrounding tube is connected at circular holes on both sides of the joint base;
an corner connecting rod folding mechanism, comprising a corner base, an upper connecting rod, a lower connecting rod and a pull-cord rod; the lower connecting rod is connected with the corner base through a pivot; the upper surrounding tube is connected with the corner base through the pivot; the corner base is fixed to a vertical column; one end of the upper connecting rod is connected with the upper surrounding tube; the other end of the upper connecting rod is movably connected with one end of the lower connecting rod; and the other end of the lower connecting rod is connected with a pulling mechanism; the lower connecting rod penetrates through the pull-cord rod; one end of the pull-cord rod is connected with the corner base through a pivot; the other end of the pull-cord rod is connected with one end of the pulling cord; and the other end of the pulling cord is connected to the upper surrounding joint connecting rod folding mechanism; and
a base connecting rod folding mechanism, connected with the vertical column and the pulling mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,709,258

ARRANGEMENTS WITH RESTING UNITS WITH ADJUSTABLE LYING AND SITTING SURFACES AS WELL AS METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RESTING UNITS

1. An arrangement, comprising:a resting unit for at least one person, comprising
at least one lying and/or sitting surface,
at least one actuator configured to act on the lying and/or sitting surface, to preset a height and/or firmness profile for a given person,
at least one input unit configured to receive an input value which corresponds to a specified standard size of an article of clothing of the given person in a clothing size system, and
a control unit which comprises
a storage unit which contains data records for a plurality of standard sizes in the clothing size system, and
a processing unit which reads out from the storage unit a given data record associated with the input value that corresponds to the clothing size of the given person, derives a control signal from the given data record, and outputs the control signal to the at least one actuator to control the actuator to autonomously preset the height and/or firmness profile, which is adapted to physical body parameters of the given person represented by the specified standard clothing size, for the lying and/or sitting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,257

MULTI-FUNCTION MATTRESS WITH MAGLEV SUSPENSION AND ELASTIC CUSHION MODULE

Kang Yao, Delray Beach, ...

1. A multi-function mattress, comprising:a. a mattress frame;
b. a continuous stretched net forming both the top and bottom surfaces;
c. a plurality of suspension modules mounted in the head, middle and foot section;
d. a plurality of elastic cushion modules;
e. a steel track inside the mattress frame;
f. a shaft of the net mounted near the edge of the mattress frame;
g. a roller to turn the shaft of the net;
h. a motorized roller installed near the head module area,
wherein the suspension modules are mounted under the stretched net and the elastic cushion modules are positioned inside the net.

US Pat. No. 10,709,250

HEATED COVER FOR AN ARTICLE OF FURNITURE

1. A heated cover for use with an article of furniture, said heated cover comprising:a back portion of said cover, said back portion comprising a first plurality of heating pads physically spaced a distance apart and electrically coupled together to provide heat to said back portion by converting electrical energy to thermal energy, said back portion comprising a first plurality of outer edges bordering said back portion;
a seat portion of said cover, said seat portion comprising a second plurality of heating pads physically spaced a distance apart and electrically coupled together to provide heat to said seat portion by converting electrical energy to thermal energy, said first plurality of heating pads electrically coupled to said second plurality of heating pads, wherein said back portion and said seat portion are fabricated from a conductive material, wherein said back portion and said seat portion are entirely flexible and do not comprise a structural frame, said seat portion comprising a second plurality of outer edges bordering said seat portion, wherein the back portion and seat portion are configured to be draped over a chair, wherein said back portion and said seat portion are continuous between respective first and second pluralities of outer edges such that said back portion and said seat portion do not include openings;
a pouch of said cover, said pouch comprising a plurality of pouch edges, said pouch coupled to one of said plurality of outer edges of said seat portion along only a single one of said plurality of pouch edges such that said pouch extends outwardly from said seat portion;
a rechargeable electrical storage device coupled to said plurality of heating pads, said rechargeable electrical storage device configured to selectively provide electrical energy to said plurality of heating pads, wherein said rechargeable electrical storage device is removably contained within said pouch, said pouch being suspended from said seat portion such that said rechargeable electrical storage device is suspended from said seat portion when said rechargeable electrical storage device is contained within said pouch such that said pouch does not support a user seated on the article of furniture when said heated cover is coupled to the article of furniture; and
a control panel coupled to said rechargeable electrical storage device and to said plurality of heating pads, wherein said control panel comprises a temperature control configured to regulate an amount of heat generated by said plurality of heating pads, wherein said control panel further comprises a charge indicator to provide a visual indication of an amount of charge remaining in said rechargeable electrical storage device.