US Pat. No. 11,110,400

POROUS POLYELECTROLYTE COMPLEX FILMS AND FOAMS AND RELATED METHODS

Northwestern University, ...


1. A method for making a porous polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) film having a predetermined porosity, the method comprising:coating the surface of a substrate with a polyelectrolyte (PE) coacervate mixture, the PE coacervate mixture comprising a cationic polymer, an anionic polymer, water, and a salt, the PE coacervate mixture having a salt concentration;
exposing the coating to an aqueous medium having another salt concentration, for a time to remove sufficient salt from the coating to induce solidification of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) in the form of a PEC film having pores distributed throughout, wherein the pores have an average diameter in the range of from about 300 nm to about 3 ?m,
wherein a difference ?C-M between the salt concentration of the PE coacervate mixture and the salt concentration of the aqueous medium is selected to achieve a predetermined porosity for the porous PEC film.

US Pat. No. 11,110,399

PROCESS FOR THE PURIFICATION OF BIOMASS HYDROLYSATE

Clariant International Lt...


1. Process for the purification of biomass hydrolysate comprising the stepsa) Providing a biomass hydrolysate, wherein the hydrolysate is prepared by adding at least one hydrolase enzyme to the biomass;
b) Adjusting the temperature of the biomass hydrolysate to a temperature selected from the range of from 50 to 95° C.;
c) Addition of at least one acid to the biomass hydrolysate;
d) Solid-liquid separation of the biomass hydrolysate-acid mixture to obtain a solid phase and a liquid phase;
e) Deionization of the liquid phase of the biomass hydrolysate-acid mixture after separation according to step d).

US Pat. No. 11,110,398

METHOD FOR ENHANCING FILTRATION YIELDS IN TANGENTIAL FLOW FILTRATION SYSTEM

Cytiva Sweden AB, Uppsal...


1. A process for enhanced recovery of a biological fluid from an activated crossflow filtration system, the process comprising:a. inducing an internalized pressurized countercurrent flow throughout the activated crossflow filtration system by activating an internal pump fluidically coupled to a sterile air source at a first end of the activated crossflow filtration system to cause said biological fluid to flow in a flow direction from the sterile air source toward a drain valve and opposite to a crossflow direction,
b. recovering said biological fluid at the drain valve fluidically coupled at a second end opposite the first end of the activated crossflow filtration system,wherein the crossflow direction is along a fluid loop from a biofluid source container to a crossflow filtration filter and back to the biofluid source container,
wherein the activating of the internal pump causes sterile air from the sterile air source to be introduced into the fluid loop between the biofluid source container and the crossflow filtration filter, and
wherein said inducing of the internalized pressurized countercurrent flow comprises supplying sterile air from the sterile air source passively.


US Pat. No. 11,110,397

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR WATER PRIMING MICROPOROUS-CARBON WATER FILTERS USING NEGATIVE PRESSURE

Pure Berkey, LLC, Golden...


1. An apparatus for priming a water filter, the apparatus comprising:a first water filter that includes an unfiltered-water inlet and a filtered-water exit port;
a first removable exit-port water-infiltration barrier fitted to seal the exit port of the first water filter;
a first bag-puncture-facilitation device, wherein the first bag-puncture-facilitation device includes a first hollow elongated generally cylindrical structure that has an elongated opening in at least a portion of a long side and at least one open end in fluid communication with the elongated opening; and
a vacuum-sealed polymeric bag, wherein the first water filter, the first water-infiltration barrier fitted to seal the output port of the first water filter, and the bag-puncture-facilitation device are contained within the vacuum-sealed bag, and wherein the vacuum-sealed bag has a gas pressure inside of no more than about 33 kPa above absolute zero pressure.

US Pat. No. 11,110,396

CATALYST FOR PURIFICATION OF EXHAUST GAS FROM INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING METHOD USING THE CATALYST

UMICORE SHOKUBAI JAPAN CO...


1. An exhaust gas purifying catalyst having two or more catalyst layers on a three-dimensional structure, wherein the two or more catalyst layers comprisea lower layer comprising a palladium-supporting cerium-aluminum composite oxide, wherein palladium is supported on a cerium-aluminum composite oxide containing cerium at from 3 to 60% by mass in terms of cerium oxide, and
an upper layer comprising a rhodium-supporting inorganic oxide, wherein rhodium is supported on the inorganic oxide, and the inorganic oxide is not a combination of cerium and aluminum,
cerium in the cerium-aluminum composite oxide is uniformly dispersed in the cerium-aluminum composite oxide,
a part of palladium supported is aluminum-cerium-palladium composite in X-ray diffraction measurement by CuK? ray after the exhaust gas purifying catalyst is exposed to a high temperature of 1000° C. or higher, and
the aluminum-cerium-palladium composite is AlxCeyPdz, wherein x=9 to 1, y=5 to 1, and z=7 to 1.

US Pat. No. 11,110,395

CLEANING DEVICE

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...


1. A cleaning device comprising:a housing having a first end defining an inlet, an opposing second end defining an outlet, and a door, the housing defining an internal cavity, the housing having:a first portion defining a first chamber of the internal cavity, the first chamber connected to the inlet, and the first portion having a first width;
a second portion defining a second chamber of the internal cavity, the second chamber connected to the outlet, and the second portion having a second width greater than the first width; and
an intermediate portion extending between the first portion and the second portion, the intermediate portion defining an intermediate chamber, and the intermediate portion having at least one of a linear profile or a non-linear profile;

an air driver positioned within the first chamber;
an ozone generator positioned within the intermediate portion; and
a catalyst positioned within the second chamber;
wherein the cleaning device is operable in a first mode where the door is closed such that air is cycled into the inlet, through the housing and the catalyst, and out of the outlet; and
wherein the cleaning device is operable in a second mode where ozone generated by the ozone generator is emitted from the housing upstream of the catalyst and into an external environment such that the ozone bypasses the catalyst.

US Pat. No. 11,110,394

NOZZLE LANCE, COMBUSTION PLANT AND METHOD FOR EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT

RS RITTEL GMBH, Gladbeck...


1. A method for exhaust gas treatment in a combustion plant, wherein a fluid mixture of an added fluid and an active fluid with an active substance, is injected by means of pressurized gas through multiple nozzles or nozzle lances into a common exhaust gas chamber of the combustion plant, wherein a temperature is measured in the exhaust gas chamber and a quantity or concentration of the active substance in the atomized fluid or fluid mixture is adjusted or controlled dependent on the measured temperature, wherein the quantity or concentration of the active substance is increased as the temperature rises in a first temperature range, and the quantity or concentration of the active substance is kept substantially constant as the temperature rises in a second temperature range.

US Pat. No. 11,110,392

APPARATUS FOR TREATING EXHAUST GAS IN A PROCESSING SYSTEM

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...


6. A system, comprising:a process chamber;
a foreline to flow an exhaust gas from the process chamber;
a plasma source coupled in-line with the foreline;
a reagent delivery system to inject a reagent into the foreline;
a gas panel to supply a flow of a cleaning gas to the foreline; and
a controller configured to:
inject the reagent into the foreline;
form a plasma in the plasma source from the exhaust gas and the reagent; and
inject the cleaning gas into the foreline, wherein the cleaning gas and the reagent are different gases.

US Pat. No. 11,110,391

SYSTEM FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY REMOVING NITROGEN OXIDES (NOX) AND SULFUR OXIDES (SOX) FROM EXHAUST GAS


1. A system for simultaneously removing nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides from exhaust gas, the system comprising:an absorption tank for storing an absorption solution containing an organic catalyst, the absorption tank communicating with an oxygen supply pipe for supplying oxygen-containing gas to the absorption tank;
an absorption tower, extending upward from the absorption tank, through which the exhaust gas flows from an exhaust gas inlet duct to an exhaust gas outlet;
a first injection unit to inject the absorption solution into the absorption tower;
a second injection unit to inject an oxidizing agent solution into at least one of the inlet duct and the absorption tower; and
an oxidizing agent supply unit for supplying the oxidizing agent solution to the second injection unit.

US Pat. No. 11,110,390

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING STERILIZATION EXHAUST GAS CONTAINING ETHYLENE OXIDE

Chio Kang Medical, Inc., ...


1. A system for treating ethylene oxide-containing sterilization exhaust gas, comprising a reaction column, wherein the reaction column comprises:a column body further comprising:an inner cavity configured to contain a liquid substrate;
a bottom portion, the bottom portion further comprising a gas inlet pipe and a liquid outlet pipe, wherein the gas inlet pipe is configured to inject the ethylene oxide-containing sterilization exhaust gas into the inner cavity and the liquid outlet pipe is configured to discharge the liquid substrate from the inner cavity; and
a top portion further comprising a gas outlet pipe, wherein the gas outlet pipe includes a gas inlet that is above a liquid level of the liquid substrate; and

at least one gas distributor disposed in the inner cavity of the column body, wherein the at least one gas distributor is disposed above a gas outlet of the gas inlet pipe, wherein the at least one gas distributor is configured to disperse the ethylene oxide-containing sterilization exhaust gas injected from the gas inlet pipe into the inner cavity, wherein the at least one gas distributor comprises a first gas distributor, the first gas distributor being a curved plate, wherein the curved plate includes a plurality of first air holes disposed in an annular arrangement, and the gas inlet pipe is in pneumatic communication with the gas outlet pipe through the plurality of first air holes, and wherein the size of air hole of the plurality of first air holes gradually increases moving in a direction from the center to the edge of the curved plate, wherein the at least one gas distributor further comprises a second gas distributor, wherein the second gas distributor is a flat plate with an edge connected to a side wall of the inner cavity and located above the curved plate, wherein the flat plate further comprises a plurality of second air holes disposed in an annular arrangement, wherein second air holes have a uniform hole pitch from the center to an intermediate region between the center and the edge of the flat plate, while second air holes gradually increase in hole pitch moving in a direction from the intermediate region to the edge of the flat plate.

US Pat. No. 11,110,389

LIGHT GAS SEPARATION FROM HYDROCARBONS FOR VARIABLE COMPOSITION FEED STREAMS

BRECOR HOLDINGS LLC, Wil...


1. A system comprising:an absorber in which a multi-component feed gas stream is contacted with a lean solvent to produce a light overhead stream and a rich solvent bottoms stream;
a first flash vessel at a first constant pressure which receives the rich solvent bottoms stream to produce a vapor and a remaining rich solvent;
a flow control which controls a split of the vapor from the first flash vessel between a bottoms stage of the absorber and a produced hydrocarbon product stream;
a second flash vessel at a second constant pressure which receives the remaining rich solvent from the first flash vessel and produces a second vapor and a second remaining rich solvent;
one or more second flow controls which control a split of the vapor from the second flash vessel between the bottoms stage of the absorber and the produced hydrocarbon product stream; and
a recycle stream from the second flash vessel or one or more downstream flash vessels from the second flash vessel to the absorber.

US Pat. No. 11,110,388

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR SWING ADSORPTION PROCESSES RELATED THERETO

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...


1. A system for removing contaminants from a gaseous feed stream, the system comprising:a swing adsorption system configured to receive a facility feed stream which is a dry gas stream and to pass at least a first portion of the facility feed stream through a first plurality of swing adsorption bed units, wherein each of the first plurality of swing adsorption bed units are configured to perform a first swing adsorption process to remove water from the each of the first plurality of swing adsorption bed units during a purge step and form a first purge product stream having a higher concentration of water relative to the concentration of water from the facility feed stream;
a solvent based gas treating system in fluid communication with the swing adsorption system and configured to separate one or more contaminants from the first purge product stream to form a wet hydrocarbon rich stream and a wet acid gas stream and to pass the wet hydrocarbon rich stream from the solvent based gas treating system to the swing adsorption system; and
wherein the swing adsorption system is configured to adsorb the water from the wet hydrocarbon rich stream in the first plurality of swing adsorption bed units to form a first product stream.

US Pat. No. 11,110,387

LOW NOISE, CEILING MOUNTED INDOOR AIR SCRUBBER

ENVERID SYSTEMS, INC., W...


1. An indoor air cleaning apparatus for removing at least a portion of at least one type of gas from an indoor area of a building, the apparatus comprising:a cabinet including a substantially square or rectangular cross section having a height H, a width W, and a length L, the cabinet also including at least one inlet, a first outlet, and a second outlet, wherein the cabinet is configured for deployment from an elevated position within an indoor area of a building;
a plurality of dampers for managing airflow through at least one or more of the apparatus, the first outlet and the second outlet;
at least one sorbent bank comprising a plurality of cartridges, wherein each cartridge:comprises a rigid frame, at least a first and a second permeable surface, and one or more sorbent materials contained within the frame, and
is configured to receive an airflow through the first permeable surface, over and/or through the one or more sorbent materials, and expel the airflow through the second surface;

a fan assembly comprising a panel including at least one panel opening, at least one housing including at least one housing inlet and at least one housing outlet, at least one motor and a plurality of parallel, forward curved cylindrical impellers, wherein:the panel is configured to substantially cover a cross section of the cabinet perpendicular to an airflow direction of the fan assembly,
the plurality of parallel, forward curved cylindrical impellers are arranged on a common impeller axis oriented in a direction parallel to the panel,
the fan motor is located between two impellers,
the at least one housing is attached to the panel such that the at least one housing outlet substantially corresponds to the at least one panel opening so as to allow an airflow exiting the plurality of impellers to flow therethrough; and
the panel opening is configured to direct airflow from the at least one housing toward at least the sorbent bank;

a heating element configured to be in one of at least two modes: an active mode whereby an airflow passing over the heating element is heated, and an inactive mode whereby an airflow passing over the heating element is not heated; and
a controller configured to operate in at least two modes: an adsorption mode and a regeneration mode, and configured to control at least the plurality of dampers, the fan assembly and the heating element, wherein:in the adsorption mode, the plurality of impellers draw an indoor airflow from the indoor area, the indoor airflow entering the inlet of the cabinet then the inlet of the housing, whereby the indoor airflow is optionally directed over the heating element in inactive mode and into the sorbent bank such that at least a portion of at least one type of gas contained in the airflow is captured by the sorbent, the indoor airflow then exiting the cabinet via the first outlet of the cabinet,
in the regeneration mode, the plurality of impeller draw an indoor airflow from the indoor area, the indoor airflow entering the inlet of the cabinet then the inlet of the housing, whereby the indoor airflow is directed over the heating element in active mode and thereafter the heated indoor airflow is directed to flow over the sorbent such that at least a portion of the at least one type of gas captured by the sorbent during the adsorption mode is released therefrom, then out the second outlet of the cabinet, and
the controller controls the plurality of dampers, the fan assembly and the heating element based upon at least one of a schedule and a concentration level of the at least one type of gas in the indoor airflow.


US Pat. No. 11,110,386

AIR PURIFICATION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...


1. An air purification device for a vehicle, comprising:a sorption device provided with a sorbent that sorbs moisture and carbon dioxide in air at a purification temperature and releases the sorbed moisture and carbon dioxide at a first regeneration temperature higher than the purification temperature;
an air intake duct having one end formed with at least a suction opening for sucking air in a vehicle cabin and another end connected to an inlet of the sorption device;
a three-way valve having an input port connected to an outlet of the sorption device;
an air supply duct having one end connected to a first output port of the three-way valve and another end formed with a blowing opening for blowing air into the vehicle cabin;
an exhaust duct having one end connected to a second output port of the three-way valve and another end formed with an exhaust opening for discharging air to outside of the vehicle cabin;
a blower for sending air from the air intake duct into the sorption device;
a heater for selectively heating air sent into the sorption device; and
a controller configured to control the three-way valve, the blower, and the heater to thereby selectively execute a purification mode in which air in the vehicle cabin is sent into the sorption device at the purification temperature, and purified air from which moisture and carbon dioxide have been removed by the sorbent is blown into the vehicle cabin, and a first regeneration mode in which air heated to the first regeneration temperature is sent into the sorption device and exhaust air containing moisture and carbon dioxide released from the sorbent is discharged to the outside of the vehicle cabin.

US Pat. No. 11,110,385

FLUIDIC DEVICES AND METHODS USING THEM

PerkinElmer Health Scienc...


1. A laminated microfluidic device comprising:an internal microchannel formed from laminating individual layers of the laminated microfluidic device to each other,
the laminated microfluidic device further comprising:a first port,
a second port,
a third port, and
a fourth port each fluidically coupled to the internal microchannel,
wherein each of the first port, the second port, the third port and the fourth port permits fluid flow into and out of the internal microchannel of the laminated microfluidic device,
wherein the laminated microfluidic device is configured to permit flow of sample into the laminated microfluidic device through the first port,
wherein the laminated microfluidic device is configured to fluidically couple to an external pressure source through the second port to provide pressure within the internal microchannel of the laminated microfluidic device, and
wherein the laminated microfluidic device is configured to permit the flow of the sample to a first component fluidically coupled to the third port and to a second component fluidically coupled to the fourth port depending on the pressure within the internal microchannel of the laminated microfluidic device.


US Pat. No. 11,110,384

CHEMICAL CATALYSIS MODULE

HBOS ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINE...


1. A chemical catalysis module, comprising adsorption cubes for adsorbing a chemical gas, wherein the chemical catalysis module further comprises a frame structure for accommodating the adsorption cubes; the frame structure comprises two semi-cells, wherein the two semi-cells are oppositely arranged; each of the two semi-cells is uniformly provided with a plurality of cavity structures; each of the plurality of cavity structures is embedded with the adsorption cubes inside; whereinthe adsorption cubes are embedded in the each of the plurality of cavity structures in a single manner or an array manner;
one half of the adsorption cubes are embedded in the plurality of cavity structures of a first one of the two semi-cells of the frame structure, and the other half of the adsorption cubes are embedded in the plurality of cavity structures of a second one of the two semi-cells of the frame structure.

US Pat. No. 11,110,383

GAS ABATEMENT APPARATUS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...


1. A muffler assembly apparatus, comprising:a first muffler defining a first volume therein, the first muffler having a first port formed in a first end and a second port formed in a second end opposite the first port;
a second muffler defining a second volume therein, the second muffler having a third port formed in a third end and a fourth port formed in the second muffler opposite the third port;
a third muffler defining a third volume therein, the third muffler having a fifth port formed therein and a sixth port formed therein opposite the fifth port;
a fourth muffler defining a fourth volume therein, the fourth muffler having a seventh port formed therein and an eighth port formed through a fourth end opposite the seventh port;
a first conduit extending between the seventh port and the fifth port;
a second conduit extending between the fourth port and the sixth port;
an exhaust conduit;
a pump coupled to the exhaust conduit;
a third conduit extending from the first muffler to the exhaust conduit; and
a fourth conduit extending from the pump to the fourth muffler.

US Pat. No. 11,110,382

FILTER CARTRIDGES; AIR CLEANER ASSEMBLIES; HOUSINGS; FEATURES; COMPONENTS; AND, METHODS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...


1. An air cleaner assembly comprising:(a) a main filter cartridge;
(b) a housing including an air flow inlet and an air flow outlet; the housing comprising a housing body and an access cover;(i) the housing body having an open service access end; an air flow outlet; a main filter cartridge sealing shelf recessed from the service access end; and, the housing body is sized to receive the main filter cartridge; and,
(ii) the access cover including an inner projection with a perimeter rim projecting into the housing body to a location surrounded by the housing body; and,(A) the perimeter rim extending over an axial distance of at least 50 mm;
(B) the inner perimeter rim including a side air flow aperture arrangement therethrough; and,
(C) the inner projection having an outer surface with a plurality of spaced, axially extending, projection ribs thereon; and


wherein the main filter cartridge is removably positioned within the housing body.

US Pat. No. 11,110,381

VENT FILTER AND RADIO REMOTE UNIT

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...


1. A vent filter, comprising:a first member comprising a first body having a ventilation path extending through the first body, an inner wall protruding from an end of the first body and constituting a ventilation hole which is communicated with the ventilation path, and an outer wall protruding from the end of the first body and constituting a gap between the inner wall and the outer wall; and
a second member comprising a second body and at least one enclosure wall protruding out from the second body, wherein at least one of the at least one enclosure wall is located outside the outer wall and surrounding the outer wall;
wherein both the inner wall and the outer wall have at least one first groove at an end facing away the first body and each of the at least one enclosure wall has at least one second groove at an end facing away the second body.

US Pat. No. 11,110,380

FAN ASSEMBLY

Dyson Technology Limited,...


1. A fan assembly comprising:a fan body comprising a first air inlet and a second air inlet, the first air inlet and the second air inlet being provided on opposing halves of the fan body;
a motor-driven impeller contained within the fan body and arranged to generate an airflow;
a nozzle mounted on and supported by the fan body, the nozzle being arranged to receive the airflow from the fan body and to emit the airflow from the fan assembly;
a first filter assembly mounted on the fan body over the first air inlet, the first filter assembly comprising a first filter frame supporting one or more filter media; and
a second filter assembly mounted on the fan body over the second air inlet, the second filter assembly comprising a second filter frame supporting one or more filter media;
wherein the fan body comprises a first retention assembly that is configured to releasably engage both the first filter frame adjacent to a first edge of the first filter frame and the second filter frame adjacent to a first edge of the second filter frame, and a second retention assembly that is configured to releasably engage both the first filter frame adjacent to a second edge of the first filter frame and the second filter frame adjacent to a second edge of the second filter frame; and
wherein each of the first retention assembly and the second retention assembly comprise a release mechanism that is arranged to cause the respective retention assembly to simultaneously release the first filter frame and the second filter frame from the retention assembly when operated by a user.

US Pat. No. 11,110,379

DEVICE FOR SEPARATING AN AIR/OIL MIXTURE

SAFRAN TRANSMISSION SYSTE...


1. A device for separating a flow from an air/oil mixture comprising a flow inlet, an oil receiving chamber, an air circulation duct, at least one filter element rotatably coupled to a rotating drive shaft with a longitudinal axis, the separation device being designed in such a way that the flow from the above-mentioned flow inlet opens into the chamber and is driven through the rotating filter element, so that the oil contained in the flow is centrifuged radially outside the filter element and fed into the oil receiving chamber, the filtered flow opening into the air flow line, characterized in that the rotating drive shaft is coupled to a turbine capable of being driven in rotation by at least part of the filtered flow, the turbine comprising an air outlet which opens out.

US Pat. No. 11,110,378

SENSING SYSTEM FOR DETECTING MACHINE FLUID DEGRADATION

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...


1. A filter for a machine fluid, comprising:a housing having an inlet and an outlet;
a filter medium disposed in the housing;
a tag disposed in the housing of the filter, the tag having electrical contacts and being configured to transmit a wireless signal when the electrical contacts are in electrical communication; and
a dissolvable element between the electrical contacts of the tag and obstructing physical contact between the electrical contacts and the electrical communication between the electrical contacts, the dissolvable element being configured to at least partially dissolve when an acid content of the machine fluid reaches a level indicative of the degradation of the machine fluid, the dissolution of the dissolvable element initiating the electrical communication between the electrical contacts and the transmission of the wireless signal by the tag by allowing the electrical contacts to come into physical contact or by allowing the machine fluid to flow between the electrical contacts, the wireless signal transmitted by the tag indicating the degradation of the machine fluid.

US Pat. No. 11,110,377

BUOYANCY APPARATUS AND KIT

PRAIRIE FILTER FLOAT LTD....


1. A buoyancy apparatus comprising:a hollow housing integrally formed with a buoyant board and for maintaining the board near a surface of a liquid when placed in the liquid;
a filter;
a connector at a first end of the hollow housing for attaching an attachment of the filter; and
at least one orifice at a second end of the hollow housing receiving and securing a hose end of the filter.

US Pat. No. 11,110,376

GRAVITY FLUID FILTRATION SYSTEM


1. A gravity filtration system, comprising:a) a frame designed to rest upon a substantially flat surface;
b) an upper fluid reservoir and a lower fluid reservoir mated together in substantial vertical alignment supported by said frame; and
c) a valve connected to an unfiltered fluid source, wherein said valve is actuatable to supply unfiltered fluid to said upper reservoir.

US Pat. No. 11,110,375

MICROSTRUCTURE SEPARATION FILTERS

Imagine TF, LLC, Los Gat...


1. A filter device, comprising:a microstructure filter comprising cross channels that filter a fluid flowing from inlet channels to outlet channels, the cross channels comprising microstructure filter features formed by etching away a portion of sacrificial layers, the microstructure filter features including a coating interacting with chemical particles present in the fluid to attract the chemical particles to the coating as the fluid flows through the filter device;
the coating of the microstructure filter features comprising nanostructures that increase a surface area of the microstructure filter features, the nanostructures including nanoscale three-dimensional elements coated throughout a plurality of surfaces of the microstructure filter features.

US Pat. No. 11,110,374

CONTINUOUS COUNTERCURRENT SPIRAL CHROMATOGRAPHY

CHROMATAN INC., Lower Gw...


1. A continuous countercurrent spiral chromatography module, comprising:a first input port for receiving an input solution;
a first mixer for mixing the input solution with a recycled solution from a second input port to produce a first mixed output;
a stage I separator for concentrating the first mixed output to produce a stage I solid fraction, wherein a stage I liquid fraction exits the stage I separator via a first output port;
a second mixer for mixing the stage I solid fraction from the stage I separator and an optional buffer solution from a third input port to produce a second mixed output;
a stage II separator for concentrating the second mixed output to produce a stage II solid fraction which exits the module from the stage II separator via a second output port, wherein a stage II liquid fraction exits the module from the stage II separator via a third output port; and
at least one pump,
wherein the recycled solution from the third output port flows countercurrent to the input solution into the second input port, and
wherein at least one of the stage I separator and the stage II separator is a spiral separator, the spiral separator including:at least one inlet;
a curvilinear channel arranged and disposed to generate at least one Dean vortex;
at least one liquid fraction outlet; and
at least one solid fraction outlet.


US Pat. No. 11,110,373

INSTALLATION FOR TREATING BIOLOGICAL LIQUID

EMD Millipore Corporation...


1. An installation for treating biological liquid by chromatography, generally extending in a longitudinal direction and comprising:at least one supply valve (20b) for supplying biological liquid to treat, configured to be connected to at least one biological liquid supply container (130);
at least one supply pump (30) disposed downstream of said at least one supply valve and connected to the latter;
a plurality of instrument members disposed downstream of said at least one supply pump, including at least one distribution valve (81a-c, 82a-c, 83a-c) and at least one device (78a-c, 85a-c, 86a-c) for measuring a physico-chemical parameter of the biological liquid, and which are connected to said at least one supply pump;
at least one chromatography column (99a-c) disposed downstream of said plurality of instrument members and directly associated with and connected to at least some of them, and configured to be supplied with biological liquid by said at least one supply pump; and
a plurality of single-use pipes configured to be connected to said at least one supply valve, to said at least one supply pump, to said plurality of instrument members and to said at least one chromatography column, so as to form at least one supply line (200) for supplying biological liquid to treat of a treatment circuit of said installation;
characterized in that said instrument members associated with said at least one chromatography column are each mounted on at least one dedicated control and actuation platform (80a-c), which extends in a vertical direction relative to the longitudinal direction of extension of said installation, and are disposed above each other on said dedicated control and actuation platform; and
characterized in that said distribution valves (81a-c, 82a-c, 83a-c) are each provided with a valve body and a valve head which extends from said body and which is provided to receive at least portions of pipes of said supply line, and said at least one control and actuation platform (80a-c) comprises a support block (84a-c) which extends vertically, in which are housed said valve bodies and from which said valve heads project laterally, as well as a support plate (89a-c) fastened to said support block and having an arm (191a-c) which projects from said support block and on which is mounted said at least one measuring device (78a-c, 85a-c, 86a-c).

US Pat. No. 11,110,371

PROTEIN CRYSTALLIZATION METHOD AND CRYSTALLIZATION DEVICE

CHIYODA CORPORATION, Kan...


1. A protein crystallization method comprising:filling a transparent sealed container with a solution of protein, a part of the transparent sealed container being formed of a semipermeable membrane with a molecular weight cut-off that inhibits passage of the protein while allowing passage of a precipitant; and
continuously supplying a precipitant solution to the semipermeable membrane while changing concentration and/or pH of the precipitant in the precipitant solution, and circulating the precipitant solution at the same time, to change the concentration and/or pH of the precipitant infiltrating from the semipermeable membrane into the sealed container, and to crystallize the protein with the precipitant that infiltrates from the semipermeable membrane into the sealed container.

US Pat. No. 11,110,370

DIRTY WATER DISTILLATION AND SALT HARVESTING SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS

XDI Holdings, LLC, Bedfo...


1. A system for harvesting salt, and inorganic material, and generating distilled water from at least one of a produced water and salt water, comprising:a direct steam generator (DSG) configured to generate saturated steam and combustion exhaust constituents from the at least one of the produced water and salt water;
a separation system configured to separate the salt from at least one of the saturated steam and combustion exhaust constituents in brine form or solid form; and
an expansion turbine configured to recover energy from the steam and combustion exhaust constituents, wherein the expansion turbine is configured to provide energy for an electrical generator, wherein electricity produced by the electrical generator powers at least one of an oxidant compressor and a blower, and wherein the electricity to power the at least one of the oxidant compressor and the blower is supplemented by a Brayton cycle generator fueled by casing head gas.

US Pat. No. 11,110,369

AIR BUBBLE FORMING APPARATUS

HOLD ENTERPRISE CO., LTD....


1. An air bubble forming apparatus, comprising:an apparatus body being a hollow member, said apparatus body comprising a shell, a hollow cavity, and a bubble forming member, said bubble forming member comprising an air outlet, a bubble fluid dipping portion and a plurality of bubble apertures, said bubble apertures being arranged around said air outlet; and
an aerodynamic device mounted in said apparatus body, said aerodynamic device comprising an elastic diaphragm and an operating member, said operating member being connected to said elastic diaphragm, said elastic diaphragm covering an end of said apparatus body opposite said bubble forming member, said operating member being operable to elastically deform said elastic diaphragm, so that air in said hollow cavity is pushed to flow out through said air outlet and said bubble apertures;
wherein an air buffer is disposed between said shell and said bubble forming member, said air buffer comprising a plurality of spacers, and a plurality of air guide holes, said air guide holes being respectively formed between two adjacent said spacers.

US Pat. No. 11,110,368

STRUCTURAL ELEMENT


1. A structural element having a main body constructed of a single foldable blank, the blank being divided, along a first axis, at least into successive mutually foldable segments, namely four adjacent segments, designated side wall segments, and two end segments, each designated end flap, the main body being shaped as a rectangular cuboid and comprising:four side walls, formed from said side wall segments, and
a partition, formed from said two end flaps, abutting each other;
wherein said partition is disposed within said cuboid, diagonally to said side walls and extending between mutually opposite edges of the cuboid;
wherein each end flap includes at least one notch and the blank further includes at least one side flap, foldable so that each notch in the end flaps, forming the partition, may embrace one or two corresponding side flaps;
wherein said at least one side flap is a pair of side flaps, formed on one side of the blank so that when folded and embraced by a corresponding notch, a part of a first side flap in the pair may abut part of the second side flap; and
wherein another part of said first side flap and another part of said second side flap, when folded, jointly form a complete end wall of the main body.

US Pat. No. 11,110,367

BLOCK SYSTEM

KEJSER, LLC, Mesa, AZ (U...


1. A block, comprising:a base comprising a first block side, wherein the first block side comprises a first side plane defining a first base surface, the first base surface being a distally innermost surface on the first block side;
a middle connective protrusion coupled to the base and extending distally outwardly and substantially perpendicularly from the base and the first side plane, wherein the middle connective protrusion is adjacent to the first base surface and comprises a middle center pillar coupled to the base extending distally outward from the base and the first side plane for a middle center pillar length, a middle base portion coupled to the middle center pillar and the base and extending axially and substantially perpendicularly from the middle center pillar in a first direction for a middle base portion length, wherein the middle base portion comprises a middle base portion width being a distance the middle base portion extends distally outward from the base and the first side plane, and a middle overhang portion coupled to the middle center pillar extending axially and substantially perpendicularly from the middle center pillar in a second direction opposite the first direction for a middle overhang portion length such that there is a middle overhang space between the first side plane and the middle overhang portion, wherein the middle overhang portion comprises a middle overhang portion width being a distal distance of the middle overhang portion spanning from the middle overhang space to a middle protrusion top surface of the middle connective protrusion,
a lateral connective protrusion coupled to the first block side and extending distally outwardly from the first block side and the first side plane, wherein the lateral connective protrusion is disposed axially along the first block side in the first direction from the middle connective protrusion such that there is a second base surface having a second base surface length spanning between the lateral connective protrusion and a middle base portion end surface of the middle base portion, the lateral connective protrusion comprising a lateral center pillar extending distally and perpendicular to the first base surface and a lateral overhang portion protruding axially and perpendicularly from the lateral center pillar in the second direction; and
a lateral base portion coupled to the lateral connective protrusion and extending distally outwardly from a second side plane, the second side plane defined by a second block side, the second block side being orthogonal to the first block side, wherein the lateral base portion extends away from the lateral center pillar in a direction 180 degrees from the second direction,
wherein the middle overhang space comprises a middle overhang space width, which is a distal distance between the first side plane and the middle overhang portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,366

COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING A PHYSICAL TOY CONSTRUCTION SET BY MULTIPLE USERS

PLAY PROPERTIES ENTERTAIN...


1. A computerized central system comprising a processor configured to execute a set of rules, comprising:receiving media files from multiple computerized devices operated by a plurality of users operating a toy construction set, the toy constructions set is a physical object that comprises building blocks designed for building a structure that is a physical structure, said media files represent a building process of said structure, wherein at least one user of the plurality of users is assigned to build a first part of the structure and a second user of the plurality of users is assigned to build a second part of the structure;
analyzing the media files on the building process of said structure;
generating a feedback on the building process of said structure according to the media files received from the devices operated by the plurality of users;
transmitting the feedback to the multiple electronic devices of the plurality of users building the structure;
identifying construction properties of the plurality of users, the construction properties of the plurality of users represents the building process of the plurality of users, wherein the construction properties of the plurality of users comprise a height of a built structure that is built by the plurality of users; and
facilitating collaboration activities between users among said plurality of users having similar construction properties, wherein the collaborative activities comprise transmitting, by the computerized central system, at least a portion of the media files to one or more of the electronic devices.

US Pat. No. 11,110,365

PORTABLE AND MODULAR WATER AMUSEMENT SYSTEM WITH EASY AND INTUITIVE SETUP AND STORAGE

Avaden, LLC., Boca Raton...


1. A water play structure, the water play structure comprising:a frame base including:a water inlet connection for connection to a water supply line;
a water reservoir, covered by and mounted to the frame base, for holding a volume of water in the water reservoir and having a first reservoir port selectively coupled by a user controllable flow valve to the water inlet connection toselectively receive, with the user controllable flow valve open, water flow from the water supply line and through the water inlet connection to fill the water reservoir, and then with the user controllable flow valve closed holding the volume of water in the water reservoir, or
selectively drain, with the water inlet connection disconnected from the water supply line and the user controllable flow valve open, water flow out from the water reservoir through the water inlet connection;

a lower manifold, in the frame base, having a plurality of lower manifold ports including:a first lower manifold port coupled to the water inlet connection to receive water that flows from the water supply line and through the water inlet connection into the lower manifold; and
at least a second lower manifold port and a third lower manifold port, the second lower manifold port coupled to at least one water play station to supply water that flows out of the lower manifold through the second lower manifold port to the at least one water play station; and


a telescoping hollow frame column supported in a vertical orientation and stabilized by the frame base, the telescoping hollow frame column including a water line having a first end coupled to the third lower manifold port and having a second end coupled through the telescoping hollow frame column to a second water play station mounted on a rigid portion of the water play structure that is supported by the telescoping hollow frame column, to distribute water flowing from the second lower manifold port, through the telescoping hollow frame column, to the second water play station.

US Pat. No. 11,110,364

MOTORIZED AQUATIC TOY WITH ARTICULATED TAIL

Buzzbrained LLC, Paradis...


1. An aquatic apparatus, comprising: a buoyant body having a front and a rear; at least one thrust generator on the body to drive the body through water and to cause the body to yaw about a vertical axis; an articulated tail without thrust depending from the body, the articulated tail having a longitudinal axis and including at least five tail segments, each tail segment having a shaped leading edge and a shaped trailing edge, a hollow interior, upper and lower aft hinge points, and upper and lower forward hinge points extending forward of the leading edge to couple to a respective upper and lower aft hinge point of an adjacent tail segment and providing a gap between each respective tail segment to permit water to flow through the hollow interior of the at least five tail segments and maintain directional stability, and each tail segment further including mechanical stops that cause lateral articulated movement of the at least five tail segments relative to one another and to the body in response to yawing of the body to display coordinated, sequential lateral oscillation of the articulated tail in a life-like pattern of movement in response to yawing of the body; and a buoyancy chamber formed in a fourth tail segment of the at least five tail segments depending from the body with a fore tail segment being attached to the body.

US Pat. No. 11,110,363

INTRAVENOUS POLE ACCESSORY

Puffaluffs, Inc., Albany...


1. An intravenous pole accessory, comprising:a stuffed doll that covers a majority portion of an intravenous pole upon placement on the intravenous pole;
a first adjustable attachment strap coupled to a top portion of the stuffed doll configured and arranged for retaining the stuffed doll in a vertical position when the first adjustable attachment strap is attached to a top portion of the intravenous pole; and
a hole in a mid-section of the stuffed doll configured to allow access to monitor and operate an electronic medical device attached to the intravenous pole when the first adjustable attachment strap is attached to the top portion of the intravenous pole.

US Pat. No. 11,110,362

SPINNING TOP LAUNCHING DEVICE

TOMY COMPANY, LTD., Toky...


1. A spinning top launching device for spinning a spinning top on a floor, comprising:a rotation driving mechanism including an operation unit and a rotation shaft, the operation unit including an operation component;
first and second holders being configured on first and second ends of the rotation shaft respectively, the top being arranged to be attached to one of the first and second holders;
a cap to cover one of the first and second holders;
a first locking mechanism being configured to block rotating the first and second holders by locking the operation component or by locking the first and second holders when the cap is not mounted on one of the first and second holders, and being configured to unlock rotating the first and second holders by being engaged with the cap when the cap is mounted on one of the first and second holders; and
a second locking mechanism being configured to block rotating the first and second holders by locking the operation component or by locking the first and second holders when the cap is mounted on one of the first and second holders and when the cap is arranged to face downwardly to a lower side opposite to the upper side,
the second locking mechanism includes a seesaw body being configured to rotate on a plane parallel to the rotation shaft,
the seesaw body includes an arm having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, and a fulcrum between the first and second end,
the seesaw body is configured to set a rotational moment around a shaft of the arm with the first end larger than the second end opposite to the first end so as to be rotated by a gravity, and is configured to perform locking and unlocking by the second end,
the arm is configured to lock the operation component at the second end or lock the first and second holders at the second end by restricting a rotation of the seesaw body, and unlock the operation component or unlock the first and second holders by releasing the rotation restriction of the seesaw body.

US Pat. No. 11,110,361

CUSTOM FEEDBACK DEVICE

LAUGHABLE TOYS, LLC, Sno...


1. A custom feedback device comprising:a first shell having a first inner surface disposed opposite a first outer surface, the first inner surface including at least one of a ridge or a groove;
a first shell opening defined in the first shell and extending through the first shell;
a first plurality of protrusions extending from the first inner surface, the first plurality of protrusions including a first coupler;
a first plurality of receivers defined in the first inner surface;
a second shell having a second inner surface disposed opposite a second outer surface;
a second shell opening defined in the second shell and extending through the second shell;
a second plurality of protrusions extending from the second inner surface, each of the second plurality of protrusions including a second coupler;
a second plurality of receivers defined in the second inner surface, the first shell releasably engageable to the second shell to form a shell housing based upon a connection between the first plurality of protrusions with the second plurality of receivers and the second plurality of protrusions with the first plurality of receivers, with the first coupler of each of the first plurality of protrusions being releasably engageable to a respective second receiver of the second plurality of receivers and the second coupler of each of the second plurality of protrusions being releasably engageable to a respective first receiver of the first plurality of receivers, the connection:forming a receiving area oriented around a side of the shell housing and defined between the first shell and the second shell; and
aligning the first shell opening and the second shell opening to form an opening of space extending through a central axis of the shell housing; and

a customized portion of a plurality of customized portions adapted to be housed at the receiving area based on a feature that mates with the at least one of the ridge or the groove of the first shell based on the feature having a shape complementary to the at least one of the ridge or the groove, wherein:the customized portion is retained in the receiving area when the first shell and the second shell are engaged, and
the customized portion is interchangeable with a second customized portion when the first shell and the second shell are disengaged, the first shell and the second shell being configured to disengage using a force that overcomes the connection.


US Pat. No. 11,110,360

MOBILE TERMINAL WITH CALL FUNCTION OR TEXTING FUNCTION, OR A FUNCTION AS A GAME TERMINAL, AND GAME PROGRAM AND GAME METHOD EXECUTED BY MOBILE TERMINAL


3. The method of claim 1, wherein display of application-related images in an updating manner associated with different application processes is disabled/re-enabled at different values of the speed of the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 11,110,359

FANTASY SPORTS SYSTEM


1. A computer-implemented method of scoring in a fantasy sports league comprising the steps of:providing a system server in communication with a sports data server and a weather data server via a communications network;
receiving, in the system server, a sports data source from the sports data server, wherein the sports data source includes real time statistics derived from one or more real life competitions;
receiving, in the system server, real time weather data from the weather data server, wherein the weather data is related to weather conditions specific to each respective one of the one or more real life competitions;
storing, in the system server, a score enhancing modifier, wherein the score enhancing modifier instructs the system server how to modify one or more scores based on the weather data;
receiving, in the system server, a fantasy lineup roster including a plurality of players, each player participating in one of the one or more real life competitions, each player assigned to a playing position;
assigning, by the system server, the one or more scores to each of the plurality of players based on the statistics derived from the one or more real life competitions, wherein the assigned scores are segmented in a manner consistent with a plurality of segments within the one or more real life competitions;
modifying, by the system server, the assigned score of a player in real time by the score enhancing modifier based on the weather data specific to the one of the one or more real life competitions relevant to the statistics upon which that player's assigned score is based; and
calculating, by the system server, a fantasy lineup score by aggregating the assigned, modified scores of each of the players assigned to a playing position.

US Pat. No. 11,110,358

STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...


1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having stored therein an information processing program to be executed by a computer of an information processing apparatus including an input device and a display providing a graphical user interface coupled to the computer, the information processing apparatus configured to define a virtual space including a battle field of a battle game in response to inputs from the input device and to display the battle field on the display,the information processing program causing the computer to execute operations comprising:
setting a plurality of player's groups each including at least one player's unit;
placing a player's unit included in a first player's group and an enemy unit on the battle field in the virtual space, the first player's group being among the plurality of player's groups;
executing the battle game where at least one of battle units including the player's unit and the enemy unit are moved on the battle field, and the player's unit and the enemy unit are caused to battle against each other in accordance with a positional relationship on the battle field; and
using a computer-implemented counter to count a number of elapsed turns or in-game time in the battle game, wherein
if the number of elapsed turns or the in-game time counted by the computer-implemented counter satisfies an update condition determined in advance in the battle game, a replacement process including a process of erasing all player's units placed on the battle field while maintaining a position of the enemy unit on the battle field, and a process of placing a player's unit included in a second player's group among the plurality of player's groups on the battle field, and
the player's unit and the enemy unit after the replacement process are caused to battle against each other in accordance with the positional relationship on the battle field.

US Pat. No. 11,110,357

VIDEO GAME PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND VIDEO GAME PROCESSING SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE E...


1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium including a video game processing program product configured to cause a server to control functions of a video game in response to an operation of a user,wherein the functions include:
an event participation managing function configured to receive participation in an event from at least one of users in the video game to constitute and manage a party, the at least one of the users being allowed to participate in the event via a player character;
an initial level setting function configured to set a level of the player character in the event to a predetermined initial level, the player character in the event being set to the predetermined initial level regardless of the level of the player character outside the event, and the initial level setting function being configured to cause the event to start after the level of the player character in the event is set to the predetermined initial level; and
a level-up determining function configured to manage a predetermined condition to raise the level of the player character in the event after being set to the predetermined initial level, the level-up determining function being configured to determine whether the player character satisfies the predetermined condition or not,
wherein a job of the player character while the user of the player character participates in the event corresponds with a job of the player character outside of the event,
wherein the functions further include:
a point giving function configured to give a point for raising a level outside of the event to the player character, which participates in the event, and
wherein the level of the player character out of the event does not reach an upper limit when the predetermined condition is satisfied, and the predetermined condition is to clear the event.

US Pat. No. 11,110,356

RHYTHM GAME PROGRAM AND GAME SYSTEM

SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD., T...


1. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing a rhythm game program for causing a computer to execute functions of controlling a progress of a rhythm game, the functions comprising:playing a music;
displaying a game image including an image of a game space including a trigger object on a display;
evaluating an operation input of an operation unit, based on a timing of the operation input for the trigger object and an operation timing associated with data used for playing the music;
moving at least one of the trigger object and an operation position such that a distance between the trigger object and the operation position decreases, based on the operation timing corresponding to the trigger object;
causing an auxiliary character to appear in the game space when an appearance condition is satisfied; and
causing the auxiliary character to execute an auxiliary operation to assist a user in a progress of a game.

US Pat. No. 11,110,355

VIDEOGAME PERIPHERAL SECURITY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Activision Publishing, In...


1. A system for providing a music videogame, the system comprising:a peripheral coupled to a videogame console, the peripheral comprising one or more protected inputs, one or more unprotected inputs, and a countdown timer;
videogame software executing on the videogame console, the videogame console comprising one or more physical processors programmed with one or more computer program instructions which, when executed, programs the console to transmit an unlocking message to the peripheral;
wherein the peripheral's one or more protected inputs are disabled until the peripheral receives the unlocking message sent by the console and are enabled in response to receiving the unlocking message;
wherein the protected inputs are combinations of inputs of the peripheral;
wherein the one or more unprotected inputs are not disabled; and
wherein the unlocking message comprises a countdown value to be programmed into the countdown timer of the peripheral.

US Pat. No. 11,110,354

METHOD FOR PROVIDING BATTLE ROYALE GAME USING SUPPLY BOX AND SERVER USING SAME

WONDER PEOPLE CO. LTD., ...


1. A method for providing a battle royale game in which supply boxes are provided, wherein the battle royale game is a game in which a plurality of game players compete for survival in a game map, a first state of the battle royale game being a state in which the game players log into the battle royale game but do not play the battle royale game and a second state of the battle royale game being a state in which the game players play the battle royale game, the method comprising:providing, by a game server when the battle royale is in the first state, a specific player of the plurality of game players with an option to select an in-box item and to provide metadata of a designated position within a game map;
performing, by the game server, the first process when the game server receives a selection from the specific user, the selection indicating at least one first in-box item among (1) one or more personal items owned by the specific player and (2) one or more shared items; or
performing, by the game server when the game server does not receive the selection from the specific user, a second process of selecting the first in-box item with a first algorithm;
generating, by the game server in response to selection of the first in-box item, a specific supply box that corresponds to the specific player, the specific supply box including the first in-box item;
when the first process is performed and the metadata is received from the specific user:determining, by the game server according to the metadata, that the specific supply box is to be provided within a specific distance on the game map from the designated position, wherein a plurality of coordinates are within the specific distance from the designated position, and probabilities of the specific supply box to be provided at each coordinate of the plurality of coordinates are determined based on a distance between each coordinate and the designated position; and
providing, by the game server in response to the specific player entering the game map, the specific supply box at one coordinate of the plurality of coordinates according to the probabilities of the plurality of coordinates;

when either (i) the first process is performed and the metadata is not received from the specific user, or (ii) the second process is performed:determining, by the game server, a specific location on the game map; and
providing, by the game server in response to the specific player entering the game map, the specific supply box at the specific location; and

allowing the specific player to use the specific supply box during the second state of the battle royale game.

US Pat. No. 11,110,353

DISTRIBUTED TRAINING FOR MACHINE LEARNING OF AI CONTROLLED VIRTUAL ENTITIES ON VIDEO GAME CLIENTS

Electronic Arts Inc., Re...


1. A computer implemented method for managing updates of rule sets of non-player characters comprising:monitoring gameplay of a game application during runtime of the game application, wherein the game application comprises game data, the game data comprising (i) a plurality of rule sets for defining actions to be performed by one or more non-player characters of the game application during a first during the runtime of the game application, and (ii) a plurality of data collection rules defining types of game state data to collect and when to collect game state data during the runtime of the game application;
obtaining a first exploratory rule set defining one or more first actions to be performed by the one or more non-player characters, the first exploratory rule set being different than at least one of the plurality of rule sets;
identifying, during the monitoring, an occurrence of a first triggering game state during the runtime of the game application, the identifying being based on defined game conditions within the game application;
responsive to the identifying of the occurrence of the first triggering game state, applying the first exploratory rule set during the runtime of the game application causing the one or more non-player characters to perform the one or more first actions;
collecting, based on the plurality of data collection rules, first game state data during a first runtime state of the game application in which the exploratory rule set has been applied to the one or more non-player characters, the first game state data indicating gameplay behaviors of a player-controlled character in response to the application of the first exploratory rule set during the first runtime state;
generating feedback based on the first game state data, the feedback resulting from an evaluation of the application of the first exploratory rule set during the first runtime state; and
updating the plurality of rule sets in response to the first game state data and the feedback.

US Pat. No. 11,110,352

OBJECT MOVING METHOD AND APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...


1. A method of moving an object in an application, the method comprising:generating pre-cached connectivity information, which includes connectivity information between any two immediately adjacent grids of a plurality of three-dimensional grids, the plurality of three-dimensional grids being obtained by dividing a three-dimensional map and each of the plurality of three-dimensional grids being used to indicate a three-dimensional space, the pre-cached connectivity information being generated for each grid of the plurality of three-dimensional grids by calculating collision information in advance;
obtaining, by at least one processor, an operation instruction for moving a target object from a first grid to a second grid among the plurality of three-dimensional grids;
obtaining from the pre-cached connectivity information, by the at least one processor, pre-cached target connectivity information indicating whether every two adjacent target grids in a target moving path from the first grid to the second grid are connected, wherein the target moving path comprises at least three grids;
determining, by the at least one processor, that the first grid and the second grid are connected based on the pre-cached target connectivity information indicating that all of two immediately adjacent target grids, of the at least three grids of the target moving path, are connected; and
moving, by the at least one processor, the target object from the first grid to the second grid in the three-dimensional map based on determining that the first grid and the second grid are connected.

US Pat. No. 11,110,351

INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIA, GAME DEVICES AND SERVERS

BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMEN...


1. A non-transitory computer-readable information storage medium that stores a program for executing a game in which a player character plays against an opponent character using an object from among a plurality of objects disposed in a game space, the program causing a game system to function as:a selector that sets the object as a designated object in a selected state from among the plurality of objects disposed in the game space,
a period controller that controls a waiting time period from a specific timing to an execution of a predetermined operation with respect to the designated object in the selected state;
a display controller that displays a predetermined gauge that indicates the waiting time period and a time elapsed from the specific timing; and
an operation controller that performs the predetermined operation with respect to the designated object in the selected state when the waiting time period has elapsed from the specific timing,
wherein the period controller controls the waiting time period based on (i) a capability value or a level of the player character, and (ii) at least one of a virtual weight of the designated object in the selected state and a type of the designated object in the selected state.

US Pat. No. 11,110,350

MULTIPLAYER TELEPORTATION AND SUMMONING

INTUITIVE RESEARCH AND TE...


1. A method of moving multiplayer actors in virtual reality, comprising:identifying, by a first user using a user input device, a desired location in a virtual space for summoning a client;
testing the desired location for suitability for summoning;
identifying and storing a list of clients for possible summoning to the desired location;
selecting one or more clients to summon to the desired location; and
moving the selected clients to the desired location by calculating the offset in an x direction and a y direction from an original camera position and an original actor position, and compensating the desired location by the offset.

US Pat. No. 11,110,349

DYNAMIC CLIENT BUFFERING AND USAGE OF RECEIVED VIDEO FRAMES FOR CLOUD GAMING

Sony Interactive Entertai...


1. A method, comprising:setting, at a server, a server VSYNC signal to a server VSYNC frequency defining a plurality of frame periods, the server VSYNC signal corresponding to generation of a plurality of video frames at the server during the plurality of frame periods;
setting, at a client, a client VSYNC signal to a client VSYNC frequency;
sending a plurality of compressed video frames based on the plurality of video frames from the server to the client over a network using the server VSYNC signal;
decoding and displaying, at the client, the plurality of compressed video frames; and
as the client receives the plurality of compressed video frames, analyzing timing of one or more client operations to set an amount of frame buffering used by the client.

US Pat. No. 11,110,348

MEMORY MANAGEMENT IN GAMING RENDERING

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...


1. A method of rendering image frames for online gaming sessions, comprising:executing on one or more CPUs a plurality of online gaming sessions in parallel for a gaming title;
rendering by one or more GPUs a plurality of image frames for each of a plurality of online gaming sessions using a first sequence of compiled shaders;
identifying a performance criterion for the plurality of online gaming sessions associated with the gaming title;
collecting real-time usage statistics characterizing execution of each of the online gaming sessions; and
based on the real-time usage statistics, modifying a first shader in the first sequence of compiled shaders to improve performance of the first sequence of compiled shaders with respect to the performance criterion for the plurality of online gaming sessions, thereby creating a modified first sequence of compiled shaders;
establishing a shader hash table that associates each of a plurality of performance criteria with a respective sequence of compiled shaders, including associating the performance criterion and the first sequence of compiled shaders in the shader hash table; and
storing the shader hash table in a shader cache of a memory.

US Pat. No. 11,110,347

GAME SERVER SWITCHING METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...


1. A game server switching method, applied to a game server switching system, the game server switching system comprising a load balancer, a network-layer access subsystem, a network-layer proxy subsystem, a game logic subsystem, and a role login management server,a communication connection being established between the load balancer and a game client, the load balancer being connected to the network-layer access subsystem, the network-layer access subsystem being connected to the network-layer proxy subsystem, the network-layer proxy subsystem being connected to the game logic subsystem, the game logic subsystem being connected to the role login management server, and the game logic subsystem comprising a first game server and a second game server, the first game server communicating with the game client by using the network-layer proxy subsystem, the network-layer access subsystem, and the load balancer; and
the method comprising:
determining, by the first game server based on a game data obtaining request from the game client, that the first game server does not store game data requested by the game data obtaining request, and sending a route switching request message to the network-layer access subsystem by using the network-layer proxy subsystem;
establishing, by the network-layer access subsystem, a communication connection between the network-layer access subsystem and the second game server based on the route switching request message;
sending, by the first game server, a write-back request to the role login management server;
sending, by the role login management server in response to receiving the write-back request, user role data to the second game server based on the write-back request; and
sending, by the second game server in response to obtaining the user role data from the role login management server, the game data to the game client by using the network-layer proxy subsystem, the network-layer access subsystem, and the load balancer.

US Pat. No. 11,110,346

GAME PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD OF PROCESSING GAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR PROCESSING GAME

Gree, Inc., Tokyo (JP)


1. A game processing system for processing a game that provides interactions between a player of the game and a virtual character, the system having one or more computer processors and a storage that stores (i) action data for specifying one or more actions of the virtual character and (ii) suspension condition data comprising a suspension condition, wherein the game includes a VR mode in which the game progresses in accordance with detection information obtained by a head mounted display attached to a head of the player, wherein the head mounted display includes an information processing device, and the one or more computer processors configured to:determine an action of the player performed toward the virtual character based on the detection information obtained by the head mounted display attached to the head of the player;
cause the virtual character to interact with the player based on the action of the player;
determine whether the suspension condition is satisfied based on the suspension condition data and the action of the player performed toward the virtual character; and
suspend execution of the VR mode responsive to determining that the suspension condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 11,110,345

CONTROLLER FOR A GAMES CONSOLE

Ironburg Inventions Limit...


1. A hand held controller for a games console or other computing device comprising:an outer case configured to be held in a user's hands during operation, the outer case including a front surface and a top end adjacent the front surface;
a plurality of controls located on the front surface and electrically coupled to circuitry contained within the outer case, the plurality of controls configured to be operated by the user's thumbs, wherein a first of the plurality of controls comprises a thumb stick with a lower portion disposed internal to the outer case and an upper portion that extends through a case aperture provided in the outer case, the upper portion of the thumb stick configured to move within the case aperture;
a removable buffer mounted within the case aperture, wherein the buffer is configured to accommodate the upper portion of the thumb stick disposed external to the outer case, and wherein the upper portion of the thumb stick control contacts the buffer when the thumb stick control is moved to a travel limit within the case aperture; and
a mechanical fastening system to removeably couple the buffer with the front surface of the outer case, wherein the mechanical fastening comprises a first fastening part included in the buffer configured to affix to a second fastening part included in the front surface.

US Pat. No. 11,110,344

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROLLER DEVICE AND ACCESSORY

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...


1. A game controller configured for removable attachment to a main unit of a game device, the game controller comprising:a slider configured for slidably engaging a groove of the main unit; and
a first button for a processing operation of the main unit and/or a light, wherein the first button and/or the light is disposed on a surface of the slider that faces the main unit when the slider slidably engages the groove of the main unit.

US Pat. No. 11,110,342

PUZZLE ASSEMBLY SYSTEM AND METHOD


1. A puzzle assembly system, the system comprising:a puzzle assembly tool havinga handle;
an illuminator;
a powerer; and
a planar body constructed of a unitary sheet of semi-rigid plastic having magnifying properties, the planar body comprisinga rectangular front-face;
a rectangular rear-face;
a thickness separating the front-face from the rear-face;
an interface able to affix to the handle; and
a periphery;


wherein said puzzle assembly tool comprises said handle, said illuminator, and said planar body in functional combination, said illuminator integral with said handle and powered by said powerer during use, said illuminator configured to illuminate puzzle pieces for assembly, said planar body defined by said rectangular front-face, said rectangular rear-face integrally joined via said thickness and surrounded by said periphery, said planar body configured to magnify said puzzle pieces during use and said puzzle pieces able to be manipulated via said planar body of said magnifier during puzzle-assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,110,341

MULTI-PURPOSE BOARD GAME EMPLOYING A GAME BOARD AND GAME PIECES WITH WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY TO COMMUNICATE TO THE INTERNET


1. An electronic game comprising:a first game board having first game board locations;
first game pieces for placement on the first game board locations;
first photo sensors associated with the first game board locations and first light sources associated with the first photo sensors, wherein the first photo sensors and the first light sources are positioned opposite one another at the first game board locations;
a first processor communicatively connected to the first photo sensors, wherein the first processor and the first photo sensors are configured to detect when any of the first game pieces are placed on the first game board locations by sensing a first reduction in light from the first light sources incident on the first photo sensors, wherein the first processor is configured to determine a first game board state;
first indicators located at the first game board locations and communicatively connected to the first processor;
a first wireless device configured to receive the first game board state and to wirelessly transmit the first game board state;
a second game board, remote from the first game board, having second game board locations;
second game pieces for placement on the second game board locations;
second photo sensors associated with the second game board locations and second light sources associated with the second photo sensors, wherein the first photo sensors and the first light sources are positioned opposite one another at the first game board locations;
a second processor communicatively connected to the second photo sensors, wherein the second processor and the second photo sensors are configured to detect when any of the second game pieces are placed on the second game board locations by sensing a second reduction in light from the second light sources incident on the second photo sensors, wherein the second processor is configured to determine a second game board state;
second indicators located at the second game board locations and communicatively connected to the second processor;
a second wireless device configured to receive the second game board state and to wirelessly transmit the second game board state;
a game server configured to receive the first game board state from the first wireless device and to transmit the first game board state to the second wireless device;
wherein the game server is configured to receive the second game board state from the second wireless device and to transmit the second game board state to the first wireless device;
the first processor being configured to indicate the second game board state on the first game board via the first indicators and the second processor being configured to indicate the first game board state on the second game board via the second indicators; and
the first processor and the second processor each being configured to indicate via the first indicators and the second indicators when any of the first game pieces or the second game pieces is placed in an incorrect location according to a set of game rules,
wherein the electronic game is configured to process an updated state after communication is reestablished after an offline period.

US Pat. No. 11,110,340

MODULAR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE


1. A modular assembly for gaming, comprising:at least two modules connected by at least one coupler;
the at least two modules each including,a first side,
the first side is opposite a second side,
the first side and the second side are connected by at least three edge sides,
the first side including a top surface,
the second side including at least one coupler pocket,
the at least one coupler pocket of the second side includes a tapered coupler fit by a narrowing of the at least one coupler pocket from the second side towards the first side,
the at least three edge sides include a coupler notch, and
the coupler notch is adjoining the tapered coupler fit of the second side;

the at least two modules are oriented to have at least one of their at least three edge sides adjacent to another module edge side, such that the coupler pockets of the adjacent modules lined up to receive the coupler;
the at least one coupler includes,a top side, a space saving side, two substantially oblong-shaped coupler heads,
the two substantially oblong-shaped coupler heads are oppositely arranged from each other and connected by one coupler neck, and
the at least one coupler makes a tapered coupler fit between the coupler pocket of the at least two adjacent modules by the space saving side of the at least one coupler being compressed first into the narrowing of at least one coupler pocket from the second side toward the first side of the adjacent modules.


US Pat. No. 11,110,339

SPORTS EQUIPMENT


1. A piece of sports equipment that has a device for attaching an object or a person to the sports equipment, which device has a strap that is secured at its first end to the body of the sports equipment, which strap has a second end that is releasably secured to the body by means of a release mechanism, which release mechanism has a fastening part and an engagement part, which can be releasably connected to one another, wherein one of the two parts is fastened to the body, and the other of the two parts is fastened to the end of the strap, wherein the engagement part has an engagement element that interacts in a form fitting manner with a bail element of the fastening part, wherein the bail element can be pivoted on the fastening part about a pivot axle between an open position that releases the engagement element and an engaged position that engages with the engagement element, wherein the engaged position of the bail element can be secured in place by a securing element, wherein the securing element as well as the bail element are secured to the fastening part, wherein one of the two elements is secured to the fastening part via a spring mechanism, such that the distance between the pivot axle of the bail element and the securing element changes when a tensile load is applied to the bail element, wherein the securing element is in a securing position on the bail element such that it releases the bail element when a defined release force exerted on the bail element has been exceeded.

US Pat. No. 11,110,338

SKI BINDING WITH HEELLESS TELEMARK COUPLING


1. A ski binding system, comprising:a. a toe coupling that retains a ski boot to a ski near the toe of said ski boot and also allows rotational motion of said ski boot in a plane perpendicular to the base of said ski for climbing or touring purposes, and
b. a telemark tension assembly that is fixed to the surface of the ski having an adjustable restraint that is flexible and can conform to the shape of said ski boot, that can be disengaged from said ski boot such that said toe coupling still retains said ski boot, and that extends over the toe box portion of said ski boot on or near the ski boot bellows connected to a rotational tensioner to apply resistance to the rotational motion of said ski boot through said adjustable restraint around the toe box portion of said ski boot substantially above the metatarsal joints of the skier where said rotational tensioner contains a device selected from the group consisting of springs and elastic materials,whereby said ski boot is allowed rotational movement with resistance needed for descending in the telemark style when said adjustable restraint is tightened and said ski boot is allowed free rotational movement for ascent when said adjustable restraint is loosened or disengaged.


US Pat. No. 11,110,337

PROCESSOR-CONTROLLED SNOW SPORT BOOT BINDING

Stop River Development LL...


1. Apparatus for use in releasably retaining a boot plate to a ski, the boot plate comprising a material attracted by a magnetic field, the apparatus comprising:a binding plate attachable to the ski, the binding plate including a surface to receive the boot plate and an electromagnet to receive electrical power and provide a magnetic force in response thereto to attract the boot plate to the surface of the binding plate,
wherein the binding plate comprises a toe plate and a heel plate spaced apart from the toe plate, wherein the toe plate includes the electromagnet and wherein the heel plates includes an electromagnet to receive electrical power and provide a negating magnetic force in response thereto to release the boot plate from the surface of the binding plate.

US Pat. No. 11,110,336

REFLECTIVE VIDEO DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR INTERACTIVE TRAINING AND DEMONSTRATION AND METHODS OF USING SAME

Curiouser Products Inc., ...


1. An interactive exercise system, comprising:a communications interface to receive video imagery of an exercise instructor performing an exercise;
a display, operably coupled to the communications interface, to show the video imagery of the exercise instructor performing the exercise and to show information about a second user; and
a mirror, disposed in front of the display, to reflect an image of a first user opposite the display, the mirror having (a) a partially reflecting section overlaid over an area of the display to transmit the video imagery of the exercise instructor performing the exercise to the first user opposite the display and to partially reflect any portion of the image of the first user that overlaps with the partially reflecting section, and (b) a fully reflecting section outside the area of the display to fully reflect any portion of the image of the first user that overlaps with the fully reflecting section, the video imagery of the exercise instructor performing the exercise appearing superimposed on a portion of the image of the first user reflected by the mirror.

US Pat. No. 11,110,335

DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR TARGETED LAUNCHING OF SPORTS PROJECTILE

MONARC INC., Dallas, TX ...


15. A sports projectile delivery system, comprising:a launcher;
a user interface comprising one or more input devices configured to receive:an indication of a target location for a sports projectile to be launched by the launcher, the target location being relative to at least one of the launcher or a sports field associated with the launcher; and
an indication that a player is ready for a drill; and

a controller comprising a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising processor-executable instructions to cause the processor to:
determine an adjustable delay amount to be implemented between the indication that the player is ready for the drill and operation of the launcher; and
determine, based on the adjustable delay amount, a firing time for the launcher for delivery of the sports projectile to the target location.

US Pat. No. 11,110,334

GOLF TRAINING AID APPARATUS AND METHOD


1. A golf training aid that monitors a golfer swinging a golf club such that the head of the golf club impacts a location near the golf ball, comprising:one or more first sensors disposed under a first region of a sensor mat;
one or more second sensors disposed a predetermined distance from the one or more first sensors under a second region of the sensor mat;
one or more third sensors disposed the predetermined distance from the one or more second sensors under a third region of the sensor mat;
a timer circuit coupling each of the first, second, and third sensors to a respective first indicator, second indicator, and third indicator, the timer circuit triggering, over a predetermined amount of time, one or more of the first indicator upon the one or more first sensors detecting an impact in the first region on the golf mat, the second indicator upon the one or more second sensors detecting an impact in the second region on the sensor mat, and the third indicator upon the one or more third sensors detecting an impact in the third region on the golf mat;
a wearable device adapted to attached to a near a hip area of the golfer and monitor rotation of the golfer's hip area during the swing and wirelessly transmit an indication of the rotation of the golfer hip during impact with the golf ball;
the wearable device comprising:
at least one accelerometer adapted to measure rotation of hips of the golfer at impact of the golf ball;
a base device coupled to the wearable device, adapted to receive the wireless transmission from the wearable device indicating the rotation of the golfer's hip at the time of impact, calculate the proper indicator of the rotation indictor device and activate it and
a handedness switch that switches the first and third impact indicators between indicating an ideal impact detection and a fat shot impact detection, and it causes the golfer's hip rotation to change polarity.

US Pat. No. 11,110,333

GAME OF TOSS


1. A scoring system for a game of toss comprising:a first receptacle having at least one first receptacle sidewall, the at least one first receptacle sidewall defining a first receptacle cavity;
a second receptacle having at least one second receptacle sidewall, the at least one second receptacle sidewall defining a second receptacle cavity, the second receptacle being configured to be disposed within the first receptacle cavity, wherein a position of the second receptacle relative to the first receptacle is adjustable, and wherein:the second receptacle is coupled to the first receptacle using a shaft;
at least a portion the shaft extends into the second receptacle cavity through an opening in the second receptacle sidewall; and
at least a portion of the shaft is threaded; and

a plurality of threaded couplings, each threaded coupling threadably engaging the shaft on opposing sides of the opening.

US Pat. No. 11,110,332

FOOTBALL GOALPOST ROTATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

ABT, INC., Troutman, NC ...


1. A goalpost rotation apparatus comprising:a sleeve anchored to the ground;
a football goalpost comprising:a post having first and second ends, the first end of the post being rotatably received within the sleeve, the post defining a longitudinal axis;
a crossbar having first and second ends, the crossbar being mounted to the second end of the post; and
first and second uprights, the first upright mounted to the first end of the crossbar and the second upright mounted to the second end of the crossbar;

a first engaging device configured to be coupled to the sleeve, the first engaging device comprises at least one positioning member structured such that, when the first engaging device is coupled to the sleeve, the at least one positioning member extends outward from the sleeve generally perpendicular to the sleeve;
a rotation collar comprising:an opening structured to receive the first end of the post;
a second engaging device structured to releasably engage the first engaging device, wherein the second engaging device comprises at least one groove structured to receive the at least one positioning member; and

wherein the rotation collar is structured to move along a longitudinal axis of the post between a first position in which the at least one positioning member is positioned within the at least one groove and a second position in which the at least one positioning member is positioned outside the at least one groove, and wherein in the first position the post is fixed relative to the sleeve and in the second position the post is rotatable relative to the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 11,110,331

PUTTER COMPRISING SWIVELLING HANDLE AND PIVOTAL CLUB HEAD


1. A putter for hitting a golf ball across a support surface comprising:an upright shaft extending from a lower end to an upper end along a shaft axis, the shaft having intermediate the upper and lower ends a backside and a front side spaced forwardly from the backside;
a head supported at the lower end of the shaft and having a front face arranged generally at the front side of the shaft for engaging the golf ball in a forward swinging movement, the front face defining a hitting plane which is substantially parallel to the shaft axis;
a handle supported at the upper end of the shaft and defining a handle axis oriented transversely to the shaft axis and substantially parallel to the hitting plane for gripping by a first hand of a user in a putting stance of the user so as to orient the hitting plane substantially perpendicularly to the user positioned in the putting stance;
an upper portion of the shaft intermediate the handle and the head adapted for gripping by a second hand of the user;
wherein the handle is arranged for swiveling movement relative to the upper portion of the shaft along a predetermined angular path about the handle axis so that the handle gripped by the first hand of the user can be maintained at a substantially fixed location to define a fulcrum of the forward swinging movement while the shaft is displaced by the second hand in the forward swinging movement along the predetermined angular path for hitting the golf ball in a prescribed direction defined by the predetermined angular path;
wherein the head is pivotally connected to the shaft at a head pivot defining a pivot axis oriented transversely to the shaft axis and substantially parallel to the hitting plane and disposed rearwardly of the front face of the head, the front face of the head being movable in pivotal movement relative to the shaft about the pivot axis between a starting position in which the hitting plane is substantially parallel to the shaft axis and an oblique ending position in which the hitting plane is oriented so as to form an acute angle with the shaft axis such that the hitting plane can remain substantially normal to the support surface after initial contact with the golf ball during the forward swinging movement;
wherein the head is operatively coupled to the handle, so that the pivotal movement of the head is responsive to the swiveling movement of the handle, by a control assembly including:a link operatively coupled between the handle and the head at a location thereon rearward of the pivot axis and arranged in a manner so that the swiveling movement of the handle acts to displace the link to move the front face of the head from the starting position to the oblique ending position, and
a resilient tensionable member operatively coupled between the head and the upright shaft and arranged to be tensioned when the front face of the head is in the oblique ending position so as to bias the front face back to the starting position.


US Pat. No. 11,110,330

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...


1. A golf club head that, when oriented in a reference position, comprises:a striking face having a face center, a leading edge, and a virtual striking face plane generally parallel to the striking face;
a sole portion having a sole width D8 that is between 14 mm and 20 mm;
a top portion;
a rear portion;
a loft L no less than 40°;
a virtual vertical plane perpendicular to the striking face plane and passing through the face center;
a club head center of gravity spaced from the virtual vertical plane in a heel-to-toe direction by a distance D1 that is no greater than 6.0 mm; and
a hosel comprising a virtual hosel axis and an internal bore configured to receive a golf club shaft, the internal bore including a peripheral side wall and a shaft abutment surface configured to abut a tip end of the golf club shaft, the hosel further comprising an auxiliary recess (i) extending sole-ward from the abutment surface of the internal bore and (ii) tapering in width in a sole-ward direction,
wherein the club head comprises a blade-type golf club head comprising an upper blade portion having a substantially uniform thickness and a lower muscle portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,329

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH GROOVES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...


9. A golf club head comprising:a golf club head having a strike face with channels;
a first preform located entirely within a first one of the channels and substantially planar with the strike face;
a second preform located entirely within a second one of the channels and substantially planar with the strike face;
a shaft coupled to the golf club head,
wherein:
each of the first and second ones of the channels comprises a single groove;
the first preform forms a first part of the single groove in the first one of the channels;
the second preform forms a first part of the single groove in the second one of the channels;
a first edge of the strike face is located adjacent to the first one of the channels;
a second edge of the strike face is located adjacent to the second one of the channels;
a radius of each exterior edge of the single groove of the first one of the channels is partially formed by the strike face and is also partially formed by the first preform;
the second edge of the strike face forms a second part of the single groove in the second one of the channels;
a radius of each exterior edge of the single groove of the second one of the channels is partially formed by the strike face and is also partially formed by the second preform;
the first one of the channels comprises a first cross section across a width of the first one of the channels;
the single groove of the first one of the channels comprises a second cross section across a width of the single groove of the first one of the channels;
the second one of the channels comprises the first cross section across a width of the second one of the channels;
the single groove of the second one of the channels comprises the second cross section across a width of the single groove of the second one of the channels;
the first cross section comprises a first cross-sectional area;
the second cross section comprises a second cross-sectional area; and
the second cross-sectional area is substantially proportional to the first cross-sectional area the strike face comprises a first material;
the first perform and the second preform comprise a second material;
wherein the first material is different than the second material.

US Pat. No. 11,110,328

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC,...


1. A golf club head comprising:a body portion comprising a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, and a bottom portion, the front portion comprising:a front pocket formed in the front portion, the front pocket defined by a perimeter surface and an interior surface, the interior surface of the front pocket defining a surface of an interior wall, the interior wall including a first interior wall portion and a second interior wall portion, the first and second interior wall portions extending diagonally across the front pocket and intersecting with one another;
a plurality of openings in the interior wall, the plurality of openings including a first opening, a second opening, a third opening, and a fourth opening; and
a face portion positioned in the front pocket, the face portion having a front surface, a rear surface, and a protrusion on the rear surface,
wherein at least a portion of the rear surface of the face portion contacts the interior surface of the front pocket, and
wherein a perimeter surface of the face portion is joined to the perimeter surface of the front pocket.


US Pat. No. 11,110,327

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Sumitomo Rubber Industrie...


1. A golf club head comprising:a head body having a face portion, a crown portion and a sole portion: and
a cover member attached to the head body and having a specific gravity smaller than the head body,
wherein the head body has:
an internal space surrounded by the face portion, the crown portion and the sole portion, and includes:
an opening formed in at least one of the crown portion and the sole portion and in communication with the internal space, and
a bridge portion having a traverse portion that traverses at least the opening and extending along an inner wall surface of the head body,
the opening is closed by the cover member from an outer side of the head body,
the bridge portion includes a joining surface that contacts the cover member, and
a height of the bridge portion from the inner wall surface of the head body changes in a direction in which the bridge portion extends;
wherein the bridge portion extends in a toe-heel direction to a vicinity of a toe-side edge portion of the sole portion, and
the height of the bridge portion becomes lower proceeding toward the toe-side edge portion of the sole portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,326

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...


1. A golf club head comprising a hollow portion, whereinthe golf club head further comprises a first member including an opening, and a second member attached to the first member and covering the opening,
the first member includes a first rib projected toward the hollow portion from an inner surface of the first member,
the second member includes a second rib projected toward the hollow portion from an inner surface of the second member,
the first rib is engaged with the second rib to form a composite rib,
an entirety of the second rib is located apart from an outer edge of the inner surface of the second member, and
the composite rib extends across the opening to thereby traverse and divide the opening into two portions.

US Pat. No. 11,110,325

MIXED MATERIAL GOLF CLUB HEAD

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...


1. A golf club head comprising:a rear body including a crown member and a sole member;
a front body coupled to the rear body to define a substantially hollow structure, the front body including a strike face and a surrounding frame that extends rearward from a perimeter of the strike face, wherein the front body comprises:
a fabric reinforced thermoplastic composite layer and a filled thermoplastic layer each extending across the entire strike face,
wherein the fabric reinforced thermoplastic composite layer and the filled thermoplastic layer each comprise a common thermoplastic resin component; and
wherein the fabric reinforced thermoplastic composite layer and the filled thermoplastic layer are directly bonded to each other without an intermediate adhesive;
wherein the sole member comprises:
a sole structural layer formed from a filled thermoplastic material, the sole structural layer including a plurality of apertures extending through a thickness of the sole structural layer; and
a sole resilient layer bonded to an external surface of the sole structural layer such that the sole resilient layer extends across each of the plurality of apertures, wherein the sole resilient layer is formed from a fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite material;
wherein the sole structural layer and the sole resilient layer each comprise a common thermoplastic resin component, and wherein the sole structural layer is directly bonded to the sole resilient layer without an intermediate adhesive.

US Pat. No. 11,110,324

BALL, IN PARTICULAR A SOCCER BALL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BALL

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...


1. A ball comprising:a shell with a plurality of panels on an outside of the shell,
wherein the plurality of panels are arranged in such a way that there is a gap between two adjacent panels, the two adjacent panels each having a lateral edge, an outer surface, and a chamfered transition surface extending from the lateral edge to the outer surface, and
wherein the gap is at least partly filled with a filling material such that a top surface of the filling material is above a height of the lateral edges of the two adjacent panels and below a total height of the two adjacent panels, and the filling material covers a first portion of each of the chamfered transition surfaces, wherein a second portion of each of the chamfered transition surfaces is uncovered.

US Pat. No. 11,110,323

PRACTICE BALL

GORDON SPORTS LLC, Fairf...


1. A practice ball comprising:an outer casing comprising at least one axis of rotational symmetry;
a means for introducing air into the outer casing to inflate the outer casing; and
at least one hardened rubber, silicone, plastic or PVC weight at one or more predetermined locations on the outer casing, wherein the at least one hardened weight is hardened rubber, silicone, plastic or PVC prior to being positioned at the one or more predetermined locations,
wherein the predetermined locations are configured such that the weight is located off-axis with respect to the at least one axis of rotational symmetry of the outer casing, and wherein the at least one weight located at the one or more predetermined locations causes the practice ball in use to move in an eccentric fashion,
the practice ball comprising a plurality of the hardened weights positioned such that the weights are symmetric about the at least one axis of rotational symmetry, and wherein the weights are simultaneously not symmetrically disposed about a second axis of the practice ball,
whereby the ball is able to be used for a practice skill in a sport.

US Pat. No. 11,110,322

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...


1. A golf ball comprising a golf ball body and a paint film formed on a surface of the golf ball body, whereinthe paint film is composed of at least one layer, and an outermost paint film layer located at the outermost layer of the golf ball contains, as a base resin, a polyurethane obtained by a reaction between (A) a polyisocyanate composition and (B) a polyol composition,
(A) the polyisocyanate composition contains an adduct-modified product of hexamethylene diisocyanate as a polyisocyanate component and the polyisocyanate component contains the adduct-modified product of hexamethylene diisocyanate in an amount of from 30 mass % to 100 mass %,
the adduct-modified product of hexamethylene diisocyanate is a product obtained by a reaction between hexamethylene diisocyanate and a polyhydric alcohol,
(B) the polyol composition contains a urethane polyol as a polyol component, and
the outermost paint film layer has a dynamic friction coefficient of from 0.83 to 1.2 measured with a dynamic friction tester under following conditions:

moving speed: 2 mm/s
load: 1.96 N
measuring item: dynamic friction average value in a moving distance of from 2 mm to 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 11,110,321

GOLF BALL DIMPLES HAVING CIRCUMSCRIBED PRISMATOIDS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...


1. A golf ball having recessed dimples on the surface thereof, wherein at least one dimple consists of:an upper dimple portion defined by a circular perimeter located at the chord plane, and an upper dimple sidewall, wherein the cross-sectional profile shape of the upper dimple sidewall is defined by a spherical function;
a lower dimple portion defined by a depression having the shape of a portion of a prismatoid, wherein the prismatoid is formed by connecting each of the vertices of a polygonal base to an apex to form a pyramid consisting of the polygonal base and a plurality of triangular faces joined along a plurality of side edges, wherein the surface shape of the lower dimple portion includes at least a portion of each of the triangular faces; and
a spherical cap connected to the lower dimple portion at a perimeter boundary;
wherein a flat transitional surface connects the upper dimple portion and the lower dimple portion, and.

US Pat. No. 11,110,320

SWIMMING CAPS

Leslie Theresa Bono, Lit...


1. A swim cap consisting of a synthetic rubber dome comprising a front portion, a top portion, a lower peripheral edge, and a rear portion between the lower peripheral edge and the top portion, the lower peripheral edge when the dome is worn having an opening into an interior head space disposed within and enclosed by the dome, a center of the rear portion having a single hole through and completely surrounded b the synthetic rubber, the hole communicating the interior head space with the outside, the hole is provided with an elasticized band around a circumference of the hole and positioned in the rear portion between the lower peripheral edge and the top portion and configured to, when the cap is worn, allow passing and exiting of within the interior head space through the hole and permit the hair to egress out of the dome and form a ponytail that hangs outside of the swim cap to thereby in use alleviate at least some cranial pressure the swim cap would otherwise apply.

US Pat. No. 11,110,319

PLANK EXERCISE ASSISTANCE APPARATUS


1. A system for a plank exercise assistance apparatus, comprising:a. a body having a frustoconical shape including a base, said base extending circumferentially about a bottom edge of the body, said base having a bottom surface, said body having a front side and a rear side;
b. slidable coasters mounted under said bottom surface of said base, wherein the slidable coasters are hemispheres with a flat portion mounted to the bottom surface, said hemispheres being smooth to reduce friction when traveling across a surface;
c. a receptacle in a center of said body, said receptacle including a cavity that extends from an interior edge of an open top portion to an interior central U-shaped portion with respect to the body, the interior central U-shaped portion adapted to receive both feet of a user;
d. a front side opening of said front side adapted to be of a size larger than both feet of the user so as to allow said both feet of the user to pass through and be entirely housed within said receptacle with an exception of a heel of the user;
e. a heel stopper extending vertically from said rear side adapted to prevent the heel of the user passing beyond said heel stopper, wherein said heel stopper creates a convex extension of a top edge of the rear side; and
f. a leg support protruding laterally from the front side, wherein the leg support is located entirely between the heel stopper and the base, the leg support extending away from said base towards said user, said leg support adapted to cradle a shin of the user, said base extending further than the leg support.

US Pat. No. 11,110,318

LINKAGE MECHANISM WITH ELLIPTICAL MOTION TRAJECTORY

HEALTHSTREAM TAIWAN INC.,...


1. A linkage mechanism with an elliptical motion trajectory, comprising:a main body having two guiding tracks with a changeable lifting angle;
a flywheel assembly installed on a front side of the main body and having two cranks;
two handles pivotally attached onto the front side of the main body corresponding to each other;
two driving linkage assemblies with each one of the driving linkage assemblies having a guiding rod, a first linkage rod pivotally attached between one end of each one of the guiding rods and each one of the cranks, a guiding wheel installed on another end of each one of the guiding rods and rollably arranged on each one of the guiding tracks; and
two pedals with each one of the pedals having a front end pivotally attached onto each one of the cranks; each one of the pedals having a stepping portion installed on each one of the guiding rods at a location adjacent to each one of the guiding wheels; a second linkage rod pivotally attached between each one of the pedals and a bottom end of each one of the handles; each one of the pedals configured to move together with each one of the guiding rods and along each one of the guiding tracks, and configured to drive the flywheel assembly and each one of the handles to move forward and backward.

US Pat. No. 11,110,317

EXERCISE MACHINE ENHANCEMENTS

Tonal Systems, Inc., San...


1. An exercise machine, comprising:a tension generating device;
a translatable arm mount coupled to the tension generating device;
an arm coupled to the translatable arm mount;
a cable coupled to the tension generating device via the arm; and
a track for the translatable arm mount to slide along one dimension of translation, wherein the arm is rotatable horizontally, wherein a plurality of teeth are located around at least an arc of a circumference of a member of the arm in a top view of the arm, wherein the member of the arm is a top member of the arm or a bottom member of the arm, wherein first teeth of a device locking member prevent the arm from rotating horizontally by interacting with second teeth of the plurality of teeth when the first teeth of the device locking member are coupled with the second teeth of the plurality of teeth, and wherein the arm is free to rotate horizontally when the device locking member is in a pulled back position from the member of the arm.

US Pat. No. 11,110,316

ASSEMBLY FOR WEIGHTLIFTING RACKS

Coulter Ventures, LLC., ...


1. A bracket assembly for use in association with a rack, the bracket assembly comprising:a back plate with an outer side and an inner side opposite the outer side, the back plate including a pin opening extending through the back plate from the outer side to the inner side;
a clasp member extending from the back plate and having an extending portion extending rearwardly from the back plate and an encasing portion extending laterally from the extending portion, wherein the extending portion and the encasing portion of the clasp member and the inner side of the back plate define a channel configured to receive a beam of the rack;
a pin seated in the pin opening, the pin having a shank and a head that is enlarged with respect to the shank, the head of the pin being positioned at the outer side of the back plate and the shank extending from the head through the pin opening and into the channel, such that the shank of the pin is configured to engage the beam of the rack within the channel, the head being welded to the outer side of the back plate; and
an extension member defining a support surface configured to support an object, the extension member comprising a pair of substantially J-shaped plates extending outwardly away from an outer side of the back plate and a cover nested with the substantially J-shaped plates such that the cover forms the entire support surface and is substantially flush with side surfaces of the substantially J-shaped plates.

US Pat. No. 11,110,315

KNOCK DOWN SELECTORIZED DUMBBELL HAVING FASTENER AND TOOL FREE ASSEMBLY OF NESTED WEIGHTS

PowerBlock Holdings, Inc....


1. A method of providing a selectorized dumbbell in custom made lengths:(a) providing a selectorized dumbbell which comprises:(i) a plurality of nested exercise weights, each weight in the plurality of weights comprising left and right weight plates which are spaced apart from one another but which are joined to one another to form a single weight by at least one interconnecting member extending between and being attached to the weight plates, the weight plates and the at least one interconnecting member of each weight being separate and distinct from the weight plates and the at least one interconnecting member of the other weights, and each weight having a releasable connection between each of the left and right weight plates and opposite ends of the at least one interconnecting member for attaching the left and right weight plates to the at least one interconnecting member to permit the weights to be disassembled into a plurality of weight plates and interconnecting members that are capable of being disconnected from one another;
(ii) a handle comprising a hand grip releasably connecting left and right handle ends to permit the handle to be disassembled into disconnected handle ends and hand grip;
(iii) a selector that is adjustable on the handle to couple different numbers of exercise weights to the handle to vary the exercise mass provided by the dumbbell; and

(b) providing dumbbells of different lengths having weight plates and handle ends that are common to each dumbbell but also having hand grip lengths, selector widths and sets of interconnecting members that are unique to each dumbbell according to the length of each dumbbell.

US Pat. No. 11,110,314

EXERCISE BAR

Pvolve, LLC, New York, N...


1. An exercise device comprising:a first exercise bar comprising:a first tube extending from a first end to a second end and defining a first cavity;
a first weight configured to be selectively received within the first cavity; and
a first slow loading mechanism coupled to the first tube proximate the second end and configured to contact the first weight when the first weight is received by the first cavity to provide a friction force to the first weight to slow the loading of the first weight into the first cavity, the first slow loading mechanism comprising:a body defining a slow loading cavity, the body having a first groove including a plurality of apertures; and
a ring coupled to the body such that the ring is at least partially located within the first groove, the ring including a plurality of grip members, each grip member received by at least one aperture of the plurality of apertures and extending at least partially into the slow loading cavity to contact the first weight when the first weight is received by the first cavity.



US Pat. No. 11,110,313

BOX RACK WITH FUNCTIONAL TRAINING DEVICES

Recreation Supply, Inc., ...


1. An exercise machine comprising:a box rack comprising vertically extending members and one or more horizontally extending members forming a cage configured to surround a user performing barbell-based free weight exercises comprising squats and bench press;
one or more resistance devices located at a first side of said box rack;
one or more functional training devices, each comprising a carriage slideably secured to one of the vertically extending members located at a second side of said box rack, which opposes said first side, in a height adjustable fashion and a cable pull device attached to said carriage; and
one or more cables connecting each of the one or more resistance devices to one of the one or more functional training devices so as to provide physical resistance to a user performing three-dimensional resistance-based exercise movements with any of said one or more functional training devices;
one or more pulleys, each mounted to said cage, wherein each of said one or more pulley are positioned to route each of said one or more cables outside of said cage and along at least one of said vertically extending members and said one or more horizontally extending members to permit user performance of said barbell-based free weight exercises comprising squats and bench press within said cage.

US Pat. No. 11,110,311

ANTIFREEZE FORMULATION AND SPRINKLER SYSTEMS COMPRISING IMPROVED ANTIFREEZES

Tyco Fire Products LP, L...


1. An antifreeze to be deployed in a wet sprinkler system, wherein the antifreeze is produced from ingredients which comprisewater having a conductivity of no more than 500 ?Siemens/cm2 (?S/cm2) at a temperature of 68 to 79° F. (20 to 26° C.);
glycerol; and
at least 0.1 wt. % of one or more organic acid salts, each salt having one or more carboxylic acid groups, wherein glycerol is present in a volume percentage of 35% to 48%; and
wherein the antifreeze has a conductivity of no more than 2500 ?S/cm2 at a temperature of 68 to 79° F. (20 to 26° C.); and the antifreeze contains no more than 1.5 wt. % of the one or more organic acid salts.

US Pat. No. 11,110,310

PILOT CONTROLLED REFILL TANKS FOR FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFT

Whaling Fire Line Equipme...


1. A system for filling a firefighting aircraft with water without ground personnel, comprising:at least one water refill tank having an opening in an upper portion thereof, an inlet pipe, and an interior space in fluid communication with the inlet pipe, wherein:the inlet pipe is configured to be coupleable with a water source; and
the water tank is configured to receive an end portion of a water refill hose into the interior space of the water refill tank from the firefighting aircraft hovering above or near the water refill tank so that the firefighting aircraft can withdraw water from the water refill tank to use for extinguishing fires;

a remote controlled valve assembly in fluid communication with the inlet pipe and configured to selectively control a flow of water from the water source into the interior space of the water refill tank, the remote controlled valve assembly comprising;a supply valve configured to move between at least a closed state and an open state;
a controller electronically coupled with the supply valve;
a receiver electronically coupled with the controller; and
a power supply configured to provide a supply of power to at least one of the supply valve, the controller, and the receiver;
wherein:the receiver is configured to receive a communication produced by a transmitter within the firefighting aircraft and to provide an output communication to the controller; and
the controller is configured to cause the supply valve to at least move from the closed state to the open state substantially automatically upon receipt of the output communication from the receiver, thereby permitting a flow of water from the water source into the interior space of the water refill tank without the need for a ground support personnel.



US Pat. No. 11,110,309

FIRE-EXTINGUISHING APPARATUS


1. A fire-extinguishing apparatus comprising:only one solid plate member comprising a convex front surface configured to be exposed to fire and a concave rear surface, wherein the plate member comprises non-flammable material, wherein the plate member has a circular cross-section, wherein a heat insulation material is included between the convex front surface and the concave rear surface;
a handle member comprising a first end and a second end, the handle member configured to push the plate member over the fire; and
a joint connecting the first end of the handle member to the concave rear surface.

US Pat. No. 11,110,308

FIREPROOF HOLE PLUG ASSEMBLY

Valmont Industries, Inc.,...


1. An improved fireproof hole plug assembly for protecting a pole which includes a pole wall and an access point for accessing the interior of the pole, wherein the fireproof hole plug assembly comprises:a main body, wherein the main body comprises an inner surface and an outer surface; wherein the main body has a first circumference;
a plurality of legs, wherein each of the plurality of legs comprises a leg main body, a retaining surface and a leg head; wherein the leg head is offset from the main axis of the leg main body; and
an intumescent gasket, wherein the intumescent gasket has a second circumference;
wherein the intumescent gasket comprises a plurality of leg slits configured and positioned to receive each of the plurality of legs.

US Pat. No. 11,110,307

GAS TANK STORAGE BAG


1. A gas tank storage bag, comprising:a cylindrical main body to store at least one item therein;
a back support pad disposed on at least a portion of the cylindrical main body to prevent at least a portion of the cylindrical main body from collapsing in response to movement thereto;
a shoulder strap assembly, comprising:a first shoulder strap, comprising:a first section disposed on at least a portion of the back support pad to extend away from the back support pad with respect to a first direction, such that the first section is angularly disposed at a first plane different from a plane of a top edge of the cylindrical main body, and
a second section disposed on at least a portion of the back support pad to extend away from the back support pad with respect to a second direction, such that the second section is angularly disposed at a second plane different from the first plane and the plane of the top edge of the cylindrical main body, and

a second shoulder strap, comprising:another first section disposed on at least a portion of the back support pad a first distance away from the first section to extend away from the back support pad with respect to a third direction opposite with respect to the second direction, such that the another first section is angularly disposed at a third plane different from the first plane, the second plane, and the plane of the top edge of the cylindrical main body, and
another second section disposed on at least a portion of the back support pad a second distance away from the second section to extend away from the back support pad with respect to a fourth direction opposite with respect to the first direction, such that the another second section is angularly disposed at a fourth plane different from the first plane, the second plane, the third plane, and the plane of the top edge of the cylindrical main body; and


a waist strap assembly disposed on at least a portion of a bottom portion of the cylindrical main body to connect around a waist of the user.

US Pat. No. 11,110,306

PORTABLE DEVICE FOR HEATING THE AIR THAT ENTERS THE NOSE OF A USER


1. A portable device for heating air that enters a nose of a user, wherein the portable device is formed by an energy system and a support system;where said energy system comprises in turn an external source of energy, an electronic control board, an electrical resistance, a heat sink, a temperature sensor and a temperature control knob, the heat sink having a plurality of vertical grooves and a continuous annular lining around the heat sink as a thermal insulator, the plurality of vertical grooves extending from a lower face of the heat sink to an upper face of the heat sink, the plurality of vertical grooves allowing air to enter through the lower face and to come out through the upper face, wherein the electrical resistance and the temperature sensor are both housed inside the heat sink such that heat produced by the electrical resistance is transferrable to air within the grooves of the heat sink, which is inhalable through the nose of the user when coming out through the upper face of the heat sink;
and wherein said support system comprises a plurality of couplings and a hose that connect the elements of the energy system together and at the same time allow the portable device to be fixed to the user.

US Pat. No. 11,110,305

UAV—OR PERSONAL FLYING DEVICE-DELIVERED DEPLOYABLE DESCENT DEVICE


1. A method comprising:controlling an aerial vehicle having a body and a plurality of vertical lifters configured to provide lift to the body to deliver a first end of a deployable descent device to a feature at an elevated location while supporting the first end of the deployable descent device outboard of the vertical lifters;
causing the aerial vehicle to anchor the first end of the deployable descent device to the feature at the elevated location while the first end of the deployable descent device is supported by the aerial vehicle; and
causing the aerial vehicle to release the first end of the deployable descent device after the first end of the deployable descent device is anchored to the feature.

US Pat. No. 11,110,304

INTEGRATED EMERGENCY EGRESS EQUIPMENT

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...


1. An emergency egress system of a vehicle, comprising:a rope compartment, wherein the rope compartment is located overhead and on a vertical plane along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle, within reach of all seated occupants of the vehicle, and wherein the rope compartment comprises one or more light sources;
a rope, wherein at least a portion of the rope is stored within the rope compartment and is securely tethered to a portion of a structure of the vehicle, wherein the rope comprises a fluorescent material, wherein the one or more light sources of the rope compartment charge the fluorescent material of the rope, and wherein the rope further comprises a weight attached to an end of the rope not securely tethered to the portion of the structure of the vehicle to aid in throwing the weighted end out of the vehicle; and
a rope compartment cover to secure the rope in the rope compartment.

US Pat. No. 11,110,303

HAPTEN-ENHANCED CHEMOIMMUNOTHERAPY BY ULTRA-MINIMUM INCISION PERSONALIZED INTRATUMORAL CHEMOIMMUNOTHERAPY


1. A method for treating neoplasm in a mammal, comprising multiple treatments, wherein each treatment comprises intratumorally administering to the neoplasm an effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition comprising:a redox agent;
a hapten; and
at least two chemotherapeutic agents,
wherein a different hapten is used in each treatment, and
wherein a first treatment uses 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) as a first hapten, a second treatment uses Benzylpenicillin as a second hapten, a third treatment uses Procainamide Hydrochloride as a third hapten, and a fourth treatment uses Hydralazine Hydrochloride as a fourth hapten.

US Pat. No. 11,110,302

MULTI-ROBOTIC ARM APPARATUS FOR INTRAOPERATIVE RADIOTHERAPY

Cancer Hospital, Chinese ...


1. A multi-robotic arm apparatus for intraoperative radiotherapy comprising:a chassis;
a main robotic arm mounted on the chassis for moving a radiation head installed at an end of the main robotic arm;
a first robotic arm mounted on the chassis having a first robotic arm end gripper for gripping an imaging device or a treatment applicator; and
a second robotic arm mounted on the chassis having a second robotic arm end gripper for gripping a positioning applicator,
wherein the positioning applicator is positioned to align to a to-be-irradiated area in an operative field in a positioning simulation stage so as to determine a position of the positioning applicator, and the treatment applicator is placed into the positioning applicator in a radiotherapy stage.

US Pat. No. 11,110,301

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING AN ALIGNMENT DEVICE

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...


1. A medical system, comprising:a medical device including a radiation source configured to emit radiation beams;
an alignment device including one or more lasers configured to emit laser beams; and
at least one processor configured to cause the system to:determine a difference between a first coordinate system related to a phantom including at least one marker and a second coordinate system of the medical device based on at least one feature of the at least one marker in one or more projection images of the phantom, wherein the difference between the first coordinate system and the second coordinate system includes a difference indicating one or more deflection angles of at least one axis of the second coordinate system relative to at least one corresponding axis of the first coordinate system;
adjust the first coordinate system to overlap with the second coordinate system based on the difference between the first coordinate system and the second coordinate system; and
generate a signal for adjusting the alignment device to make the laser beams emitted by the one or more lasers intersect at a radiation isocenter of the radiation beams emitted by the radiation source based on one or more surface indicators of the phantom.


US Pat. No. 11,110,300

RADIATION THERAPY SYSTEM USING A DIGITAL TOMOSYNTHESIS PROCESS FOR NEAR REAL-TIME LOCALIZATION

VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, I...


1. A radiation treatment system comprising:a gantry that is rotatably coupled to a drive stand and is configured to rotate about a bore of the radiation treatment system;
a treatment-delivering X-ray source mounted on the gantry and configured to direct treatment X-rays to a target volume of a patient disposed in the bore;
an imaging X-ray source mounted on the gantry;
an X-ray imager mounted on the gantry; and
a processor configured to:
cause the gantry to perform a rotation continuously in a first direction through a first treatment arc that includes a first treatment delivery position and a second treatment delivery position;
while causing the gantry to rotate through the first treatment arc in the first direction from the first treatment delivery position to the second treatment delivery position, cause the imaging X-ray source to direct X-rays through the target volume and toward the X-ray imager;
receive a set of X-ray projection images from the X-ray imager in response to the X-rays being directed toward the X-ray imager, wherein the set of X-ray projection images are generated via a digital tomosynthesis process;
determine a current location of the target volume based on the set of X-ray projection images;
in response to a determination that the current location of the target volume is less than a threshold distance from a planned treatment location, while causing the gantry to continue to rotate to the second treatment delivery position:initiate delivery of a treatment beam of the treatment-delivering X-ray source to the target volume; and
continue to cause the gantry to rotate in the first direction from the second treatment delivery position to a third treatment delivery position; and

based on the set of X-ray projection images, monitor the patient for a loss of breath hold.

US Pat. No. 11,110,299

PROTON-ARC BEAM DELIVERY SYSTEM

Paul Scherrer Institut, ...


1. A particle beam therapy system with a configuration of magnetic fields for delivering a particle beam for particle radiation therapy to a target volume in a patient from different treatment angles, the system comprising: a) a particle beam directed towards an active static magnetic field region, a direction of the particle beam incoming into said magnetic field region being substantially perpendicular to a direction of a magnetic field in said magnetic field region; b) said active static magnetic field region having a plurality of magnets and/or coils disposed to generate a cylindrically shaped magnetic field system filled with magnetic fields that are oriented substantially in an axial direction of said cylindrically shaped magnetic field system, said magnetic field region including an outer radial guiding field region and an inner radial bending field region; c) said plurality of magnets and/or coils being distinguished into: c1) an arc scan magnet system located at an outer edge of said cylindrically shaped magnetic field system; said arc scan magnet system effecting a radial displacement and angle to the particle beam, determining a location where the particle beam enters the guiding field region; c2) a first number of coils, optionally embedded in an iron enclosure, for generating a static magnetic guiding field for the incoming particle beam that has been initially deflected by said arc scan magnet system, the magnetic guiding field being predominantly effective in said outer radial guiding field region of said cylindrically shaped magnetic field system and enclosing said inner radial bending field region; c3) a second number of coils, optionally embedded in an iron enclosure, for generating a static magnetic bending field for the particle beam exiting said magnetic guiding field region, the magnetic bending field being predominantly effective in said inner radial bending field region of said cylindrically shaped magnetic field system; d) a central region encompassing a treatment table for the patient, said central region being surrounded by said inner radial region of said cylindrically shaped magnetic field system; and e) a treatment control system configured to control said plurality of magnets and/or coils in order to bring the particle beam into the desired treatment angles according to a treatment plan determining dose information to be deposited by the particle beam in the target volume of the patient.

US Pat. No. 11,110,298

INTENSITY MODULATED PROTON THERAPY (IMPT) PLAN OPTIMIZATION BASED AT LEAST ON INTERNAL ORGAN ANTICIPATED MOVEMENT AND/OR EXPECTED DEFORMATION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...


1. A method, comprising:generating a nominal dose distribution based on an image and clinical goals;
generating a setup error dose distribution based on range and setup uncertainties;
warping the image based on a parameter of an internal organ to produce a warped image;
generating a dose distribution for the parameter of the internal organ with the warped image;
optimizing a planned dose distribution of an intensity modulated proton therapy plan by minimizing a total objective value including the nominal dose distribution, the setup error dose distribution, and the dose distribution for the internal organ;
generating a final dose distribution for the intensity modulated proton therapy plan based on beam parameters of the optimized planned dose distribution; and
controlling a proton therapy apparatus to deliver proton therapy based on the intensity modulated proton therapy plan with the optimized planned dose distribution.

US Pat. No. 11,110,297

INTERNAL BODY CAVITY THERAPEUTIC APPLICATOR ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING ...


1. An apparatus for providing at least one treatment to at least one tissue, comprising:a first inflation configuration configured to expand a first portion at a distal end of the apparatus;
a second inflation configuration configured to expand a second portion; and
at least one lumen extending from a proximal end of the apparatus to the distal end, and having an opening at the proximal end, wherein the at least one lumen is located between and separate from the first inflation configuration and the second inflation configuration;
wherein the first inflation configuration is configured to position the at least one lumen at a particular position with respect to the at least one tissue based on an expansion of the first portion, and wherein the second inflation configuration is configured to position the at least one lumen at the particular position with respect to the at least one tissue based on an expansion of the second portion,
wherein at least one of the first inflation configuration or the second inflation configuration is filled with at least one of sterile water or air, and
wherein the apparatus is configured to be guided into a tubular structure using at least one of at least an endoscope, a cable or a wire.

US Pat. No. 11,110,296

BACTERICIDAL METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS

PULSETHERA, INC., Chestn...


1. A method of disinfecting an inanimate surface contaminated with a catalase-positive microbe, said method comprising the steps of: applying pulsed visible light to the inanimate surface at a wavelength of 405 nm to 420 nm and a dose of about 5 J/cm2 or greater, wherein the catalase is inactivated, and subsequently contacting the inanimate surface with a composition comprising a diluted peroxide solution, thereby disinfecting the inanimate surface.

US Pat. No. 11,110,295

WEARABLE LIGHT STIMULATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Kemeny Healthcare Inc., ...


1. A light stimulation method comprising:positioning a wearable structure carrying light emitters proximate to testes of a patient, where the wearable structure carrying light emitters emits at least one selected wavelength between 400 nm and 850 nm;
actuating the light emitters in a duty cycle consisting of an ON and OFF sequence wherein ON intervals total at least 5 minutes in at least a 30 minute period; and
providing an irradiance in the range of 20 mW/cm2 to 200 mW/cm2 to the patient's testes where such irradiance enhances testosterone levels in the patient.

US Pat. No. 11,110,294

COOLING SYSTEM FOR TISSUE TREATMENT SYSTEM WITH BOTH TISSUE AND LIGHT SOURCE COOLING

Candela Corporation, Mar...


21. A method of cooling a tissue treatment system, the system including a base unit having a power source and a reservoir for containing a cooling fluid, an applicator connected with the base unit via a cable with the applicator including a light source powered by the power source and constructed and arranged to generate light energy, and a tissue cooling element disposed adjacent to the light source for directing the light energy to biological tissue, with a portion of the tissue cooling element being configured to contact the biological tissue, the method comprising the steps of:providing first fluid passage structure from the reservoir and extending to be associated with the tissue cooling element,
delivering the cooling fluid at a first temperature through the first passage structure to chill the tissue cooling element and thus cool the biological tissue, such that the cooling fluid is heated to a second temperature upon heat exchange with the biological tissue,
providing second fluid passage structure from the tissue cooling element to the reservoir to return the cooling fluid to the reservoir, the second fluid passage structure being associated with the light source, and
prior to returning the cooling fluid to the reservoir, directing the cooling fluid at the second temperature through the second passage structure to the light source to cool the light source,
wherein the first and second fluid passage structures define a single cooling fluid circulation loop to cool both the tissue cooling element and the light source in series, and
wherein a portion of each of the first and second fluid passage structure is disposed in the cable.

US Pat. No. 11,110,293

PHOTOTHERAPY SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF PHOTOTHERAPY


1. A phototherapy system comprising:a therapeutic light source configured to emit phototherapeutic light towards a subject;
a placebo light source configured to emit placebo light towards the subject, the placebo light source including a first placebo light source configured to emit first placebo light and a second placebo light source configured to emit second placebo light; and
a controller operatively coupled to the therapeutic light source and the placebo light source, the controller including instructions that, when executed by the controller, cause the phototherapy system to perform operations including:emitting the phototherapeutic light from the therapeutic light source as a plurality of phototherapeutic light pulses; and
emitting the placebo light from the placebo light source as a plurality of placebo light pulses in a wavelength range that is a metameric match of the phototherapeutic light and at an intensity configured to be visually perceived by the user as the phototherapeutic light,

wherein the phototherapy system is configured to emit light, including the phototherapeutic light and the placebo light, that is configured to be visually perceived by the subject as continuous light,
wherein one or more of the plurality of placebo light pulses are interspersed between phototherapeutic light pulses of the plurality of phototherapeutic light pulses,
wherein emitting the placebo light from the placebo light source includes:emitting the first placebo light in a first wavelength range; and
emitting the second placebo light in a second wavelength range different from the first wavelength range, and

wherein a combination of the first placebo light and the second placebo light provides the metameric match between the phototherapeutic light and the placebo light.

US Pat. No. 11,110,292

BALANCED CONE EXCITATION FOR CONTROLLING REFRACTIVE ERROR AND OCULAR GROWTH TO INHIBIT DEVELOPMENT OF MYOPIA

New England College of Op...


1. An apparatus comprising:a computer;
a light source that produces a therapeutic light in response to control signals from the computer; and
a spectroradiometer that measures spectral characteristics of components of the therapeutic light and provides an indication of radiance of the spectral characteristics of the components of the therapeutic light to the computer;

wherein the computer generates the control signals based on the radiance and spectral characteristics of the therapeutic light such that the therapeutic light comprises components of different wavelengths in a predetermined ratio of radiance calculated to create a balanced L-cone to S-cone excitation profile that slows ocular growth thereby mitigating development of myopia, and wherein the predetermined ratio of component radiances of the therapeutic light is calculated to create an L-cone to S-cone excitation ratio in a range between 0.74 and 1.38.

US Pat. No. 11,110,291

ORAL TREATMENT DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

Colgate-Palmolive Company...


1. An oral treatment device comprising:a control circuit that comprises, in operable coupling, a power source, a first compressible electrical contact having a first electrical charge, and a second compressible electrical contact having a second electrical charge that is opposite the first electrical charge;
an intraoral mouthpiece comprising:a lamp comprising a lamp longitudinal axis and a flexible sheet body having first and second electrical contacts located on the lamp longitudinal axis, the lamp longitudinal axis extending from a first lamp side edge of the flexible sheet body to a second lamp side edge of the flexible sheet body, the lamp configured to generate and emit electromagnetic radiation from a front surface of the lamp;
wherein the lamp is mounted within the oral treatment device so that the first and second electrical contacts of the lamp are aligned and pressed into contact with the first and second compressible electrical contacts of the control circuit, respectively; and
wherein a transverse plane contains the lamp longitudinal axis and the transverse plane intersects both of the first and second electrical contacts of the lamp and both of the first and second compressible electrical contacts.


US Pat. No. 11,110,290

IMPLANTABLE DEVICE WITH OPTICAL LEAD

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...


1. An implantable active medical device system comprising:an active medical device;
a lead extending between a proximal portion electrically coupled to the active medical device and a distal end portion configured to emit light, the distal end portion comprising:a solid state light source disposed within a light transmissive ring element, the light transmissive ring element forming an exterior segment of the distal end portion, the light transmissive ring element defining at least a portion of a hermetic cavity; and

an optically coupling fluid that fills open space in the hermetic cavity wherein the optically coupling fluid substantially matches the index of refraction of the light transmissive ring element.

US Pat. No. 11,110,289

MICRO COILS SUITABLE FOR MAGNETIC NEURAL STIMULATION

Palo Alto Research Center...


1. An implantable magnetic neurostimulation probe, comprising:at least one substrate;
at least one electrical conductor disposed on the at least one substrate and arranged in at least one planar loop, the at least one electrical conductor configured to produce an electric field sufficient to activate neurons;
at least one planar magnetic core comprising a magnetic material disposed on the at least one substrate and within the at least one planar loop; and
a biocompatible coating disposed over the at least one substrate, the at least one electrical conductor, and the at least one planar magnetic core, wherein:
the at least one electrical conductor is arranged such that the at least one planar loop comprises multiple sections within the at least one planar loop; and
the at least one planar magnetic core comprises multiple magnetic cores, each magnetic core disposed within a respective one of the multiple sections.

US Pat. No. 11,110,288

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONFIGURING A WEARABLE MEDICAL MONITORING AND/OR TREATMENT DEVICE

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...


1. A system configured to update remote medical devices, the system comprising:a memory storing device update information specifying one or more patient settings of an ambulatory medical treatment device configured to be worn by a patient and to provide a treatment protocol to the patient if the patient experiences a cardiac arrhythmia event treatable by one or more therapy shocks to be delivered to the patient during provision of the treatment protocol,
wherein the one or more patient settings comprise rate threshold information for identifying the cardiac arrhythmia event and energy setting information for the one or more therapy shocks to be delivered to the patient during provision of the treatment protocol if the patient experiences the cardiac arrhythmia event, the treatment protocol comprising applying the one or more therapy shocks to the patient if the patient experiences the cardiac arrhythmia event;
a network interface; and
at least one processor coupled to the memory and the network interface and configured toreceive a configuration change request to update the one or more patient settings of the ambulatory medical treatment device, the one or more patient settings defining at least a portion of the treatment protocol to be provided to the patient when the patient experiences the cardiac arrhythmia event,
receive an authorization request comprising authorization credentials for authorizing one or more updates to the one or more patient settings of the ambulatory medical treatment device,
verify the authorization credentials in the authorization request,
establish a secure communication channel with the ambulatory medical treatment device via the network interface in response to verification of the authorization credentials,
receive an authentication request comprising an identifier of an update session,
generate a configuration update request comprisingone or more updates to the one or more patient settings of the ambulatory medical treatment device, thereby defining an updated treatment protocol to be provided to the patient by the ambulatory medical treatment device if the patient experiences the cardiac arrhythmia event treatable by the one or more therapy shocks, and
the identifier of the update session,

encode the configuration update request to generate an encoded configuration update request,
transmit the encoded configuration update request to the ambulatory medical treatment device via the secure communication channel, and
receive an acknowledgement code from the ambulatory medical treatment device, the acknowledgement code comprising an indication that the ambulatory medical treatment device successfully applied the one or more updates to the one or more patient settings of the ambulatory medical treatment device so that the ambulatory medical treatment device operates according to the one or more updates to the one or more patient settings of the ambulatory medical treatment device to provide the updated treatment protocol to the patient if the patient experiences the cardiac arrhythmia event treatable by the one or more therapy shocks.


US Pat. No. 11,110,287

NEURAL STIMULATION DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC INFLAMMATION

SetPoint Medical Corporat...


1. A leadless, implantable microstimulator device, the device comprising:a hermetically sealed capsule body;
an electrode saddle on a first side of the capsule body, wherein the electrode saddle comprises a first concave region comprising a first electrode and a second concave region comprising a second electrode;
a resonator within the sealed capsule body configured to resonate at a predetermined frequency range;
a battery within the sealed capsule body; and
an electronic assembly within the sealed capsule body;
wherein the electronic assembly comprises a microcontroller configured to control the application of electrical energy to a nerve held against the electrode saddle by applying energy between the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 11,110,286

DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE


1. A system comprising:a delivery tool; and
an implantable medical device, the implantable medical device having a distal end and an opposing proximal end with a fastener provided for interaction with a coupling element of the delivery tool,
wherein the delivery tool comprises an outer sheath and an inner sheath, wherein the inner sheath is configured to be retractable into a lumen of the outer sheath, wherein a distal portion of the inner sheath is configured to provide regions which are reversibly collapsible and non-collapsible in diameter, wherein a non-collapsible region is arranged at the distal end of the inner sheath, and wherein an outer diameter of the non-collapsible region is greater than an inner diameter of the outer sheath such that the non-collapsible region remains outside of the outer sheath with the inner sheath in a retracted position and the collapsible region collapsed within the lumen of the outer sheath, and wherein the distal end of the inner sheath is configured to receive the implantable medical device.

US Pat. No. 11,110,285

ELECTRICAL FEEDTHROUGH WITH A SINTERED ELECTRICAL CONNECTION


1. An apparatus comprising a first frame, a further frame, a first element, a second element and a third element;wherein
a) the first frame frames the further frame;
b) the further framei) frames the first element, and
ii) electrically insulates the first element and the first frame from each other;

c) the first element is electrically conductive;
d) the second element is electrically conductive;
e) the third elementi) provides an electrically conductive connection between the first element and the second element, and
ii) has a porosity in the range of 0.13 to 0.2;
iii) comprises Ag in an amount in the range of 10 to 100 wt. % based on the weight of the third element; and
iv) has a layer thickness in the range of 0.2 to 0.6 mm.


US Pat. No. 11,110,284

MEDICAL DEVICE LEAD CONNECTION ASSEMBLY WITH GUIDE HUB

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...


1. A medical device lead connection assembly comprising: an end connector element comprising a connector element body and a plurality of fixed connection element tabs, each of the plurality of fixed connection element tabs extending from the connector element body to a tab distal end; a lead body comprising a plurality of lead filars extending through the lead body, each of the plurality of lead filars is coupled to a corresponding fixed connection element tab of the plurality of fixed connection element tabs; a tubular guide hub extending from a hub proximal end to a hub distal end, the tubular guide hub comprising a plurality of guide elements circumferentially disposed about an outer surface of the guide hub and spaced apart from the hub proximal end, the hub distal end disposed within the lead body and the circumference of the hub proximal end received within the end connector element, and selected guide elements of the plurality of guide elements contact selected lead filars of the plurality of lead filars.

US Pat. No. 11,110,283

NEUROSTIMULATION LEADS FOR TRIAL NERVE STIMULATION AND METHODS OF USE

AXONICS, INC., Irvine, C...


1. A neurostimulation lead comprising:at least one coiled conductor extending from a proximal portion of the neurostimulation lead to a distal electrode on a distal portion of the neurostimulation lead;
a proximal contact connector electrically coupled with a proximal portion of the at least one coiled conductor and configured for electrically connecting the lead to a pulse generator or an intermediary cable,
wherein the proximal contact connector includes a distal retention flange and a reduced profile coupling portion proximal of the distal retention flange,
wherein one or more coils of the at least one coiled conductor are positioned along the coupling portion and fixedly attached thereto,
wherein at least a portion of the one or more coils engage a proximal facing surface of the retention flange so as to resist tension within the coiled lead and maintain integrity of electrical connection between the coiled conductor and the proximal contact connector,
wherein the retention flange includes a distal facing ramped surface extending at least partly about the circumference of the proximal contact connector to facilitate assembly of the coiled conductor with the proximal contact connector,
wherein the retention flange includes an open notch portion having a reduced radius as compared to a remainder of the flange so as to allow the coiled conductor to be screwed onto the coupling portion past the flange.

US Pat. No. 11,110,282

IMPLANTABLE ELECTRICAL STIMULATOR WITH DEFLECTING TIP LEAD

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...


1. An implantable medical device comprising:a housing, including a channel disposed therein;
a neurostimulator associated with the housing;
a lead coupled to the housing, the lead including an electrode and one or more conductors coupling the electrode to the neurostimulator;
an actuator coupled to the channel of the housing, the actuator configured to cause at least a portion of the lead to deflect; and
a pull-wire connected to a distal portion of the lead and connected to the actuator, wherein the actuator is configured such that movement of the actuator in a first direction increases tension on the pull-wire to cause the deflection of at least the distal portion of the lead.

US Pat. No. 11,110,281

SECURE TRANSDERMAL COMMUNICATION WITH IMPLANTED DEVICE

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...


1. A method of communication between an implanted medical device (IMD) implanted in a patient and an external reader, comprising:bringing a portion of a patient's body into contact with a device-body contact surface of an external reader, wherein an IMD is implanted in the patient;
the reader transmitting a first transdermal carrier wave from the contact surface into the patient's body, wherein the first carrier wave comprises a request for communication with the IMD;
upon detection of the first carrier wave, the IMD transmitting a second transdermal carrier wave comprising a request for an access key from the reader, wherein the second transdermal carrier wave includes or is related to an IMD value stored in a memory location of the IMD;
upon detection of the second transdermal carrier wave, the reader transmitting a third transdermal carrier wave comprising the access key back to the IMD, wherein the access key is based on the IMD value present in the memory location of the IMD;
the IMD examining the access key for validity; and
if the access key is valid, the IMD transmitting one of the group of:information by radio frequency (RF) in an RF communication mode, and
a fourth transdermal carrier wave comprising data from the IMD.


US Pat. No. 11,110,280

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTING STIMULATION PARAMETERS BY TARGETING AND STEERING

Boston Scientific Neuromo...


1. A system for identifying a set of stimulation parameters, the system comprising:a computer processor configured and arranged to perform the following actions:providing a model of a lead comprising a plurality of electrodes, wherein the plurality of electrodes comprises a plurality of segmented electrodes forming at least one set of segmented electrodes, wherein each set of segmented electrodes comprises two or more of the segmented electrodes disposed around a circumference of the lead at a same longitudinal position along the lead;
receiving a selection of a target point external to the model of the lead;
projecting a straight line from the target point onto a surface of the model of the lead to identify a virtual electrode on the model of the lead; and
selecting a set of stimulation parameters for at least one of the electrodes to approximate an electrical field generated from the virtual electrode.


US Pat. No. 11,110,279

SIGNAL TRANSMISSION OPTIMIZATION FOR TISSUE CONDUCTION COMMUNICATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...


1. A device comprising:a housing; and
a tissue conduction communication (TCC) transmitter enclosed by the housing and configured to transmit one or more TCC signals of a TCC communication session via a transmitting electrode vector; and
a controller configured to control the TCC transmitter to:generate a carrier signal having alternating polarity pulses and a carrier frequency cycle length, wherein each carrier frequency cycle length includes a pair of alternating polarity pulses comprising a first polarity pulse for a first half of the carrier frequency cycle length and a second polarity pulse opposite the first polarity pulse for a second half of the carrier frequency cycle length, each of the first polarity pulse and the second polarity pulse having a net charge of one-half of a full cycle charge of the carrier signal during a full carrier frequency cycle length,
transmit a starting pulse of a first one of the TCC signals having a net charge that is a fraction of the full cycle charge, the fraction being less than one-half,
transmit a plurality of the alternating polarity pulses of the carrier signal of the first TCC signal consecutively following the starting pulse as a continuous signal, each one of the plurality of alternating polarity pulses having a net charge of one-half of the full cycle charge, and
modulate the first one of the TCC signals by modulating the alternating polarity pulses of the carrier signal.


US Pat. No. 11,110,278

TOOLS AND ASSEMBLIES THEREOF FOR IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICES

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...


1. A catheter comprising:a handle assembly including a control member;
an inner assembly comprising:an elongate body terminating in a distal member, wherein the distal member is configured to engage an implantable medical device (IMD); and
a pull wire extending through the elongate body along a longitudinal axis from the control member to an anchor adjacent to the distal member; and

an outer assembly comprising an elongate deployment tube extending over the elongate body of the inner assembly along the longitudinal axis from the handle assembly to a distal opening, wherein the deployment tube comprises:an enlarged distal-most portion defining the distal opening and configured to contain the IMD; and
an articulating segment proximal to the enlarged distal-most portion, wherein the articulating segment comprises a composite sidewall configured to, when the pull wire is actuated by the control member, cause the articulating segment to bend in two different directions, and wherein the composite sidewall comprises:a first portion extending along the longitudinal axis, wherein the first portion extends 360 degrees around the inner assembly, and wherein the first portion comprises a first material having a first durometer; and
a second portion extending along the longitudinal axis and coaxially adjacent to the first portion, wherein the second portion extends around a circumferential portion of the first portion, wherein the second portion comprises a second material having a second durometer, and wherein the second durometer is greater than the first durometer.



US Pat. No. 11,110,277

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PERFORMING COMPUTER ASSISTED STIMULATION PROGRAMMING (CASP) WITH A NON-ZERO STARTING VALUE CUSTOMIZED TO A PATIENT

CIRTEC MEDICAL CORP., Br...


1. A method, comprising:applying an electrical stimulation to a patient via a lead having one or more electrodes located thereon;
increasing a stimulation parameter of the electrical stimulation, wherein the stimulation parameter includes stimulation amplitude, stimulation pulse width, or stimulation frequency;
monitoring a variation of an evoked action potential while the stimulation parameter is being increased from a previous value to a current value;
determining, based on the monitoring, an amount of increase between each evoked action potential corresponding to the current value of the stimulation parameter and a previous evoked action potential corresponding to the previous value of the stimulation parameter;
determining, based on the amount of increase, whether a threshold of the evoked action potential has been reached; and
in response to a determination that the threshold of the evoked action potential has been reached, recording a first value of the stimulation parameter that resulted in the threshold of the evoked action potential being reached.

US Pat. No. 11,110,276

DEVICES AND METHODS TO USE POWER SPECTRUM OR SIGNAL ASSOCIATION FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

Boston Scientific Neuromo...


1. A method of adjusting stimulation parameters of an electrical stimulation system including a control module implanted in a patient, the method comprising:obtaining a biosignal of the patient;
analyzing the biosignal to determine whether the biosignal is indicative of pain; and
altering at least one stimulation parameter of the electrical stimulation system in response to the biosignal when the biosignal is indicative of pain.

US Pat. No. 11,110,274

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING INFLAMMATION

LEONHARDT VENTURES LLC, ...


1. A device that determines a subject's level of inflammation following organ and/or tissue injury in the subject and then, in response to said determination, is programmed to provide at least one bioelectric signal to tissue of the subject so as to regulate expression of selected protein(s) by the tissue, so as to balance inflammation in the subject for organ and/or tissue healing and recovery in the subject, wherein the device comprises:sensor(s) for determining the subject's level of inflammation;
a microprocessor that, based upon the subject's level of inflammation, is programmed to provide at least one bioelectric signal in order to balance inflammation in the subject; and
electrode(s) for applying bioelectric signal(s) to tissue of the subject,

wherein the applied bioelectric signal(s) influence expression of protein(s) in the tissue of the subject to which a bioelectric signal or signals is applied.

US Pat. No. 11,110,273

ELECTRICAL STIMULATION DEVICE

Y-BRAIN INC., Daejeon (K...


1. An electrical stimulation device configured to be worn on a human head, the electrical stimulation device comprising:a frame having an inner surface and an outer surface opposite to the inner surface, and configured to be worn on the human head;
an a plurality of electrode structures installed on the inner surface of the frame, and configured to apply an electrical stimulation to a brain of the human head, wherein each electrode structure of the plurality of electrode structures comprises an electrode part formed of a conductive member and a cover unit formed of an insulating member surrounding at least a part of the electrode part, and one end of the electrode structure is connected to the inner surface of the frame;
a plurality of patches coupled with the plurality of the electrode structures, wherein each patch of the plurality of patches is attached to the other end of corresponding electrode structure so as to be detachable from the corresponding electrode structure; and
an operation unit installed on the inner surface of the frame, and configured to control an operation of the electrical stimulation device, wherein a marker is formed on the upper or lower surface of the frame.

US Pat. No. 11,110,272

APPARATUS FOR STIMULATING HAIR GROWTH AND/OR PREVENTING HAIR LOSS

PILOGICS L.P., Haifa (IL...


1. A device for simultaneous stimulation of a scalp and direct ion-deposition into skin thereof, the device comprising:a. a wheel-array comprising a plurality of wheels that each have a thickness of at most 0.2 mm, the wheels of the wheel-array being parallel to each other and spaced apart from each other, at a spacing of at least 1 mm and at most 5 mm, along a common axis;
b. an array of stimulating elements disposed along a respective circumference of each wheel of the wheel-array, each stimulating element comprising or being coated by a metal, each stimulating element being adapted to pierce said skin of said scalp no deeper than a thickness of a dermis; and
c. an electrical power source, said stimulating elements coupled to the electrical power source, wherein the wheels of said wheel-array are adapted to roll over said scalp to drive said piercing by said stimulating elements such that:i. upon piercing contact between the stimulating elements and the skin and simultaneously therewith, the electrical power source causes the stimulating elements that are in said piercing contact with the skin to release ions of the metal directly into the skin of the scalp; and
ii. the directly-released ions are supplied by the metal of the stimulating element or of the coating thereof so as to consume the stimulating element or the coating thereof.


US Pat. No. 11,110,271

METHOD FOR IMPLANTING A STIMULATOR WITH A FOIL-LIKE ELECTRODE PORTION

Salvia BioElectronics B.V...


1. A method for implanting an implantable stimulator under nerve tissue of a subject, the implantable stimulator comprising:a substrate, comprising a first surface and a second surface, wherein a thickness of the substrate is defined by the first and second surfaces; and
at least two electrodes, located along a conformable first portion of the substrate, the thickness of the substrate along the conformable first portion being equal to or less than 0.5 millimeters;
the method comprising:
identifying a target location for stimulation which in transverse cross-section comprises an outer skin layer, nerve tissue to be stimulated, and an inner aponeurosis layer;
forming one or more incisions proximate the target location;
introducing the conformable first portion in the skin layers at the target location, whereby the at least two electrodes are disposed (a) under the nerve tissue to be stimulated and (b) above or in the inner aponeurosis layer.

US Pat. No. 11,110,270

BRAIN NEUROSTIMULATOR ELECTRODE FITTING

Closed Loop Medical Pty L...


1. A method of fitting a brain neurostimulator electrode array, the method comprising:positioning at least a first electrode in a desired target structure in a first ipsilateral cerebral hemisphere;
positioning at least a second electrode in a corresponding target structure in a second contralateral cerebral hemisphere;
applying an ipsilateral electrical stimuli from the first electrode to the desired target structure in the first ipsilateral cerebral hemisphere;
recording evoked compound action potentials observed in the second contralateral cerebral hemisphere at the second electrode in response to the electrical stimuli;
processing evoked compound action potentials observed at the second electrode so as to determine at least one of a presence, an amplitude, a morphology, and a latency of the evoked compound action potentials observed at the second electrode; and
assessing the fitting of at least one of the first electrode and second electrode by reference to the recorded evoked compound action potential.

US Pat. No. 11,110,269

ELECTROSTIMULATION RELATED DEVICES AND METHODS

FEMEDA LTD., Cramlington...


1. An electro stimulation device for delivering a target pulsed output current to muscle in contact with the device, which device comprises:a) a device body capable of being completely insertable into and removable from a vagina or anus,
b) at least two electrodes for delivery of pulsed electro-stimulation current to muscle, c) at least one source of power,
d) at least one control unit configured to:generate a required output voltage to achieve a target output current,
measure return path voltage through the muscle from an initial decay period of an electro-stimulation pulse of a duration in the range of 100 to 350 ?s at a single point between 20 to 40 ?s after the start of the electro-stimulation pulse, and
adjust the output voltage required to achieve a target output current for subsequent electro-stimulation based on the point measurement of the return path voltage.


US Pat. No. 11,110,268

DEVICE FOR TRANSCRANIAL BRAIN STIMULATION


1. An apparatus for transcranial brain stimulation comprising:an acoustic detection device for detecting acoustic signals as analog sound signals;
an electrode arrangement comprising a plurality of electrodes which can be arranged in an operating configuration on a skull of a human being or animal, wherein in the operating configuration during energization of the electrodes a current flow is generated through at least one auditory cortex of a cerebral cortex in the skull; and
a signal conversion device configured to:
i) convert a respective analog sound signal into a first digital signal, the course of which corresponds to the respective analog sound signal, and to determine a second digital signal from the first digital signal by extracting an envelope from the first digital signal and shifting the envelope by a predetermined amount of time greater than zero into the future or leaving it unshifted; and
ii) convert the second digital signal into a current, the course of which corresponds to the second digital signal, and to energize the electrode arrangement in the operating configuration with this current.

US Pat. No. 11,110,267

ELECTRICAL TREATMENT APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD...


1. An electrical treatment apparatus comprising:an electrode to be brought in contact with a surface of skin of a body part;
a voltage regulator to regulate a voltage applied to the electrode to provide electrical stimulation to the body part; and
a control circuit to control, while the control circuit is performing a treatment mode in which the voltage regulator is controlled to apply a voltage at a first voltage value corresponding to the treatment mode to the electrode, the voltage regulator to switch a value of the voltage applied to the electrode from the first voltage value to a larger second voltage value at which high intensity of electrical stimulation not used in the treatment mode is discernible and to thereafter switch the value of the voltage from the second voltage value to the first voltage value.

US Pat. No. 11,110,266

TRANSCATHETER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REGULATING FLOW OF FLUID BETWEEN TWO ANATOMICAL COMPARTMENTS

NUHEARI AS, Bergen (NO)


1. A transcatheter system comprising:a first device which is an intracorporeal connector for fluid communication between two anatomical compartments through at least one anatomical wall, wherein said connector is adapted to receive a flow regulating device, wherein said connector comprises a neck for fluid passage from one anatomical compartment to another anatomical compartment; and
a second device which is an intracorporeal flow regulating device for regulating the flow of fluid between said two anatomical compartments through said at least one anatomical wall wherein the flow regulating device comprises a pump, wherein the pump comprises a single pump housing, and wherein the single pump housing comprises a rotatable shaft supporting at least one blade located within the single pump housing, and
complementary screwing means for detachably securing the intracorporeal flow regulating device to the intracorporeal connector, the screwing means located on an inner surface of the neck of the intracorporeal connector and an outer surface of an intermediate portion of the intracorporeal flow regulating device such that the intracorporeal flow regulating device is configured to be coupled to the intracorporeal connector when the intracorporeal flow regulating device and the intracorporeal connector are disposed across said at least one anatomical wall.

US Pat. No. 11,110,265

UPDATING A VAD SYSTEM WITHOUT STOPPING THE PUMP

HeartWare, Inc., Miami L...


1. A remote controller updating system for an implantable blood pump comprising:an implantable blood pump;
an implantable controller coupled to the implantable blood pump;
a pump driveline including a data network connection in communication with the implantable controller;
a pump connector coupled to and extending along a portion of the pump driveline;
a remote controller couplable to the pump connector, the data network connection of the pump driveline having a bi-directional communication pathway between the implantable controller and the remote controller; and
a system update assembly including a system update connector couplable to the pump connector and a power source coupled to the system update connector, the power source being configured to supply power to the implantable blood pump when the remote controller is in an update mode.

US Pat. No. 11,110,264

INTRAVASCULAR PUMP WITH EXPANDABLE DISTAL REGION

Cardiovascular Systems, I...


1. A blood pump having a housing, inlet apertures, outlet apertures and further comprising:an impeller assembly comprising at least a rotatable rotor within the housing;
a collapsible and expandable region disposed distal of the impeller assembly;
a non-expandable region proximal of the collapsible and expandable region, wherein the collapsible and expandable region comprises a distal portion of the housing comprising the inlet apertures deformed to invert proximally within itself to achieve an inverted collapsed configuration and adapted to translate through a delivery catheter, and wherein the distal portion of the housing is adapted to passively evert to achieve an expanded configuration when the distal portion of the housing comprising the inlet apertures is translated distally out of the delivery catheter and into a target location within a patient's body.

US Pat. No. 11,110,263

MAGNETIC FIXATION APPARATUS FOR PERCUTANEOUS CATHETER

ABIOMED, INC., Danvers, ...


1. A catheter apparatus comprising:a catheter;
a heart pump coupled to a distal end portion of the catheter;
a first magnet coupled to an exterior surface of the catheter;
a second magnet configured to be coupled to a patient's skin;
a third magnet coupled to a distal tip of the heart pump; and
a fourth magnet configured to be coupled to the patient's skin at a position different from that of the second magnet;
wherein the second magnet exerts a magnetic force on the first magnet, and the fourth magnet exerts a magnetic force on the third magnet such that the heart pump is stabilized relative to the second and fourth magnets when the catheter and the first and third magnets are positioned inside the patient's body,
wherein the first, second, third and fourth magnets are spaced sufficiently far away from each other such that their magnetic fields do not interfere with each other and with operation of the heart pump, and
wherein the distal tip of the heart pump is coupled to a flexible atraumatic extension.

US Pat. No. 11,110,262

PERCUTANEOUS SHEATHS FOR USE WITH PERCUTANEOUS VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES

SYNECOR, LLC, Durham, NC...


1. A percutaneous access sheath comprising:an elongate tubular sheath having a sheath lumen and proximal and distal openings fluidly coupled to the sheath lumen;
a seal having a seal lumen; and
at least one compression member advanceable against a wall of the seal to push a portion of the wall into the lumen to move the seal lumen to a sealing position, wherein the at least one compression member includes a plurality of fingers pivotable to push at least partially opposed portions of the wall into the seal lumen; and an actuator moveable to simultaneously pivot the plurality of fingers to move the seal lumen to the sealing position.

US Pat. No. 11,110,261

INFUSION TUBE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURE


1. A connector for connecting an infusion tube to an infusion device, the connector comprising:a connector body extending from a distal end to a proximal end of the connector body,
wherein the connector body comprisesan end wall comprising an inner surface and an outer surface;
a first vent opening, wherein the first vent opening goes through the inner surface and the outer surface of the end wall;
a membrane covering the first vent opening at the inner surface of the end wall; and
a first protrusion located at the inner surface of the end wall, wherein the first protrusion extends from the inner surface of the end wall toward the distal end of the connector body, and wherein a curve that completely surrounds the first vent opening is defined by only the first protrusion;

a cavity partially surrounded by the connector body, wherein the cavity is formed in part by a region of the end wall, the region comprising the first vent opening; and
a fluid path traversing through the end wall, thereby allowing fluid communication between the infusion tube and the cavity, wherein the fluid path is arranged outside of the curve and defined by a needle that lies on a center axis of the connector,

wherein the first vent opening is adjacent to the first protrusion, wherein the membrane is air-permeable, wherein the membrane is welded to the inner surface of the end wall along a first welding seam at the first protrusion, wherein the membrane extends outside of the curve to the needle, wherein the inner surface has an annular portion that encircles the fluid path and defines a radially-outermost periphery of the inner surface relative to the center axis of the connector, wherein the first protrusion is located radially inward of the annular portion relative to the center axis such that the first protrusion is located radially inward of, and does not define, the radially-outermost periphery of the inner surface, and wherein the annular portion of the inner surface is flat along the radially-outermost periphery of the inner surface all the way around the center axis of the connector.

US Pat. No. 11,110,260

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR APPLYING MEDIA TO SKIN

Hermes Innovations, LLC, ...


1. A method for treating hair loss in a targeted tissue of a subject, the method comprising:applying a treatment media configured to aid in hair growth to targeted tissue of the subject;
contacting the targeted tissue with an applicator; and
drawing a negative pressure in the applicator while moving the applicator when in contact with the targeted tissue to transiently apply the negative pressure in a subsurface tissue to enhance penetration of the treatment media into the targeted tissue.

US Pat. No. 11,110,259

MICROPROJECTION APPLICATORS AND METHODS OF USE

Corium, Inc., Grand Rapi...


1. An applicator, comprising:(a) a planar plate member with an upper surface and a lower surface, the plate member having at least one opening;
(b) a planar flexure element in contact with the upper surface of the plate member, the flexure element:(i) having a gap capable of moving between first and second positions, and
(ii) being positioned to align the gap with the opening in the plate member;

(c) a plunger slidably disposed within the aligned gap and opening, the plunger having a shaft with a distal end on which at least one microstructure can be retained and a proximal end dimensioned such that the proximal end is retained by the gap in its first position and passes through the gap in its second position;
(d) an energy-storing element positioned between the lower surface of the plate member and the distal end of the plunger; and
(e) an actuating member having an external surface and a polyhedral-shaped member, the polyhedral-shaped member dimensioned to move the gap between its first and second positions when the external surface of the actuating member is contacted with sufficient force to effect release of the energy-storing element.

US Pat. No. 11,110,257

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVE APPLICATION OF TOPICAL COMPOSITION USING DYNAMIC THRESHOLD VALUES


1. A method for selectively applying a composition to a treatment surface, comprising:(i) analyzing, by a processing arrangement, image data corresponding to an imaged area of the treatment surface to determine an artifact magnitude of a location within the imaged area of the treatment surface;
(ii) comparing, by the processing arrangement, the artifact magnitude of the location to a predetermined threshold value, wherein the predetermined threshold value is dynamically or periodically adjusted based on a deposition rate of an applicator arrangement;
(iii) applying, by the applicator arrangement, a fixed amount of the composition to the location only when the artifact magnitude of the location exceeds the predetermined threshold value, wherein the fixed amount of the composition is selected to reduce the artifact magnitude by a predetermined coverage level, and wherein the predetermined threshold value is selected to exceed the predetermined coverage level;
(iv) repeating steps (i) through (iii) for a subsequent area of the treatment surface until a predetermined condition has been met;
(v) adjusting the predetermined threshold value to a second value lower than the previous predetermined threshold value based on the deposition rate; and
(vi) repeating steps (i) through (iii) for a further area of the treatment surface using the adjusted lower predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 11,110,256

KIT FOR TREATMENT OF SINUSITIS

SINOPSYS SURGICAL, INC., ...


1. A kit for treatment of sinusitis through an implant device for implantation in a human to provide a fluid connection between a location in a lacrimal apparatus to a paranasal sinus through a fistula formed between the lacrimal apparatus and the paranasal sinus to provide direct medical access through the implant device from the lacrimal apparatus to the paranasal sinus, the kit comprising:a first surgical tool having a first working member configured to form an initial fistula;
an implant device for implantation to fluidly connect a lacrimal apparatus to a paranasal sinus, the implant device comprising:a proximal end at a first longitudinal end of the implant device;
a distal end at a second longitudinal end of the implant device that is longitudinally opposite the first longitudinal end;
a conduit extending from adjacent the proximal end to adjacent the distal end;
a first internal passage extending between the proximal end and the distal end and through the conduit, the first internal passage having a first end open at the proximal end and a second end open at the distal end; and
a length of the implant device longitudinally along the implant device between the proximal end and the distal end in a range of from 8 millimeters to 50 millimeters; and
wherein the conduit is constructed of polymeric material having a durometer (Shore A) in a range of from 50 to 100, and the implant device is configured to be implanted to fluidly connect the lacrimal apparatus to the paranasal sinus through the first internal passage of the implant device with the proximal end of the implant device disposed in the lacrimal apparatus with the first end of the first internal passage open to the lacrimal apparatus, the distal end disposed in the paranasal sinus with the second end of the first internal passage open to the paranasal sinus and the conduit disposed through an implantation fistula between the lacrimal apparatus and the paranasal sinus;

a carrier for carrying and positioning the implant device for implantation during an implantation procedure, the carrier comprising:a second working member with a distal tip, the second working member being adapted to be disposed through the implantation fistula with the distal tip located in the paranasal sinus;
a hand-manipulable handle connected to the second working member; and
a second internal passage extending through the handle and the second working member to accommodate passage therethrough of a guide wire to guide the first surgical tool along the guide wire to the implantation fistula during an implantation procedure;

wherein:
the implant device is mountable on the carrier in a mounting position between the handle and the distal tip with the second working member disposed through the first internal passage and with the proximal end of the implant device disposed toward the handle and the distal end of the implant device disposed toward the distal tip of the second working member; and
the carrier is disengageable from the implant device for implant placement of the implant device disposed through the implantation fistula.

US Pat. No. 11,110,255

MEDICAL DEVICE WITH SUPPORT MEMBER

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...


1. A catheter comprising:a tubular elongate shaft having a distal region and a lumen extending therethrough;
a coil surrounding an outer surface of the distal region of the tubular elongate shaft, wherein the coil is formed from one or more filars forming a plurality of windings;
wherein the coil has a first filar region and a second filar region, the first filar region extending to a proximal end of the coil, and the second filar region extending to a distal end of the coil;
wherein each filar of the one or more filars has a first cross-sectional diameter along the first filar region and a second cross-sectional diameter along the second filar region, the second cross-sectional diameter being less than the first cross-sectional diameter;
wherein each filar of the one or more filars has a cross-sectional area having a first centroid at a first position along the first filar region and a cross-sectional area having a second centroid at a second position along the second filar region, the second centroid being positioned closer to a central longitudinal axis of the tubular elongate shaft than the first centroid;
wherein the coil has a closed pitch in the first filar region in which there is no space between adjacent windings of the plurality of windings, and the coil has an open pitch in the second filar region in which there is spacing between adjacent windings of the plurality of windings;
and wherein the spacing between adjacent windings of the plurality of windings increases in a distal direction along the second filar region;
wherein a first longitudinal distance between centroids of adjacent windings of the plurality of windings in the first filar region is equal to a second longitudinal distance between centroids of adjacent windings of the plurality of windings in the second filar reqion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,254

CATHETER ASSEMBLY

TERUMO KABUSHTKT KAISHA, ...


20. A method comprising:providing an assembly comprising:an inner needle comprising a needle tip at a distal end,
an inner needle hub fixed to a proximal portion of the inner needle,
a catheter in which the inner needle is positioned,
a catheter hub fixed to a proximal portion of the catheter,
a catheter operation member configured to move the catheter relative to the inner needle, and
a support member;

puncturing a blood vessel of a patient with the inner needle and the catheter in which the inner needle is positioned, while the support member is in a first state in which the support member supports the catheter;
advancing the catheter operation member relative to the needle hub such that the catheter advances in the blood vessel to a position at which a portion of the catheter is located distal of the inner needle, such that a part of the support member is caused to deform relative to the needle hub as the support member changes from the first state to a second state in which the support member does not support the catheter, and such that the catheter hub detaches from the needle hub; and
retracting the inner needle hub and the inner needle relative to the catheter hub and the catheter, while maintaining the catheter in the blood vessel, such that the inner needle is pulled out from and entirely removed from the catheter,
wherein in a plane orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the assembly and intersecting the support member, a space inside the inner needle hub is occupied by a larger portion of the support member while the support member is in the first state than while the support member is in the second state.

US Pat. No. 11,110,253

CATHETER ASSEMBLY

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. A catheter assembly comprising:a catheter;
a catheter hub connected to the catheter;
an inner needle removably disposed in the catheter;
a needle hub connected to the inner needle; and
a deflection suppressing member that suppresses deflection of the inner needle by supporting the inner needle via the catheter at a location distal of the catheter hub,
wherein the deflection suppressing member is supported so as to be movable relative to the needle hub and the catheter in an axial direction,
wherein the deflection suppressing member includes, at a distal end thereof, a support portion that contacts the catheter and that is movable relative to the catheter while maintaining contact with the catheter, and
wherein the catheter assembly is configured such that at least the needle hub and the catheter are advanceable together relative to the deflection suppressing member.

US Pat. No. 11,110,252

DEVICE FOR PROTECTING AND HOLDING IN POSITION A PROBE THAT IS INTENDED TO BE PLACED INSIDE THE BODY OF A PATIENT IN COMMUNICATION WITH THE OUTSIDE

MMG, Les Aires (FR) UNIV...


1. A device for maintaining a probe placing the inside of a patient's body in communication with the outside, characterized in that it comprises, arranged along a longitudinal axis of the device:at a distal end, a bearing means of the device configured to contact the patient's body that extend radially, including an axial opening for a passage of said probe and including a first radial opening communicating with said axial opening,
at a proximal end, a guide means for said probe including a second radial opening,
a longitudinal separating means for said bearing means and said guide means,
wherein said separating means comprising a separating part assuming the form of an elongated plate that is longitudinally rectilinear and extends longitudinally from the bearing means to the guide means, said separating part having a curved cross-section, said curved cross-section extending partially around the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 11,110,251

MULTI-DIRECTION STEERABLE HANDLES FOR STEERING CATHETERS

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...


1. A steerable catheter assembly, comprising:a catheter with a first pull wire and a second pull wire that flex the catheter;
a control handle coupled to the catheter;
a first follower connected to the first pull wire;
a second follower connected to the second pull wire;
a dual threaded nut disposed in the control handle and coupled to the first and second followers;
wherein the first follower is configured to engage a first set of threads of the dual threaded nut and the second follower is configured to engage a second set of threads of the dual threaded nut such that rotation of the dual threaded nut moves the first and second followers in opposite directions; and
wherein axial movement of the dual threaded nut moves the first and second followers in the same direction.

US Pat. No. 11,110,250

CATHETER WITH CATHETER HUB

Phenox Ltd., Galway (IE)...


1. A catheter comprising an elongate tubular body (2) having a proximal end (3), a distal end (4), and an inner lumen (5) extending through the elongate tubular body (2), wherein the elongate tubular body (2) comprises a proximal section (6) and a distal section (7), wherein at least the proximal section (6) comprises an innermost layer (10), an outermost layer (12) and an intermediate layer (11) disposed between the innermost layer (10) and an outermost layer (12), wherein the proximal end (3) is connected with a catheter hub (8) being an adapter of greater radial outside dimension than the elongate tubular body (2), wherein the catheter hub (8) has an inner lumen (9) of larger inside diameter than the elongate tubular body (2), characterized in that:the innermost layer (10) of the proximal section (6) extends into the catheter hub (8) and flares from the proximal section (6) to the catheter hub (8); and
the intermediate layer comprises a metal helix or metal meshwork, and the intermediate layer does not extend into the catheter hub.

US Pat. No. 11,110,249

ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, ASSISTANCE METHOD, ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. An assistance system for assisting a doctor by proposing a shape of a catheter to be used for a surgery of a patient, the system comprising:a schedule information acquisition unit that acquires disease information on the surgery and a blood vessel information relating to a shape of a portion capable of applying a backup force to the catheter by coming into contact with the catheter in a blood vessel of the patient;
a past information acquisition unit that acquires a shape of a catheter used for a past similar surgery having disease information coinciding with that of the surgery and having blood vessel information similar to that of the surgery; and
a proposal unit that corrects the shape of the catheter used for the past similar surgery, based on a comparison result obtained by comparing the blood vessel information on the surgery with the blood vessel information on the past similar surgery, and that proposes the catheter having the corrected shape, as the catheter to be used for the surgery.

US Pat. No. 11,110,248

MEDICAL DEVICE RELEASE SYSTEM

Boston Scientific Scimed,...


1. A medical device system, comprising:an elongate shaft having a lumen extending from a proximal end of the elongate shaft to a distal end of the elongate shaft;
a release wire disposed within the lumen of the elongate shaft, wherein the release wire is configured to releasably attach a medical device to the distal end of the elongate shaft; and
a securement member fixedly attached to the proximal end of the elongate shaft and to a proximal end of the release wire;
wherein a proximal portion of the securement member is configured to disengage from a distal portion of the securement member;
wherein the proximal portion of the securement member is disengaged from the distal portion of the securement member by bending or pulling the proximal portion of the securement member relative to the distal portion of the securement member,
wherein the securement member is sized to be received within the proximal end of the elongate shaft and is free from an external handle that moves the proximal portion of the securement member relative to the distal portion of the securement member.

US Pat. No. 11,110,247

DEMAND GAS FLOW VALVE APPARATUS

Sedation Systems, LLC, S...


1. A breathing circuit system for delivering gas to a user through a face mask, the breathing circuit system comprising:an inspiration lumen having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the inspiration lumen being directly or indirectly coupled to the face mask;
a demand valve having a proximal end in fluid communication with the distal end of the inspiration lumen and a distal end in fluid communication with a supply of fresh gas;
the demand valve including a closed position and an open position, the closed position being a default position in the absence of negative pressure in the inspiration lumen, such that the gas from the source of fresh gas cannot enter the inspiration lumen through the demand valve, and the open position occurring in the presence of negative pressure in the inspiration lumen, such that fresh gas from the source of fresh gas can enter the inspiration lumen through the demand valve;
a flowmeter fluidically coupled between the supply of fresh gas and the demand valve, wherein the flowmeter includes a control panel configured to control the delivery of gas out of the flowmeter;
a gas reservoir fluidically coupled between the flowmeter and the demand valve, wherein the gas reservoir is configured to receive fresh gas leaving the flowmeter when the demand valve is in the closed position;
a pressure sensor configured to determine if a pressure in the gas reservoir exceeds a predetermined threshold of pressure to prevent over-inflation of the gas reservoir;
a conductor electrically coupled to the pressure sensor and to the control panel of the flowmeter, the conductor configured to receive an over-inflation signal from the pressure sensor when the pressure sensor determines that the pressure in the gas reservoir exceeds the predetermined threshold of pressure and transmit a signal to the control panel to reduce the delivery of gas from the flowmeter;
wherein the over-inflation signal prevents the pressure in the gas reservoir from exceeding the predetermined threshold when the demand valve is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 11,110,246

BREATHING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS


1. A gases modification unit for use as part of a breathing assistance system configured to provide heated humidified gases through a conduit to a user at a positive pressure for therapeutic purposes, comprising:an outer casing having an inlet vent or inlet port configured to admit gases into said outer casing in use, and an outlet port adapted for connection to said conduit in use, said outlet port configured to convey gases into said conduit, said inlet port and said outlet port connected by a gases path within said outer casing;
electronic circuitry enclosed within said outer casing, said electronic circuitry adapted to provide at least one control signal configured to modify at least one property of gases passing along the gases path; and
a conduit connection display which is adapted to indicate to a user that said conduit is correctly connected to said outlet port,
wherein said gases modification unit is configured to establish that said conduit is correctly connected to said outlet port by receiving at least one signal indicative of air flow through said gases path and air pressure within said gases path, and confirming at least one stored value correlates with (i) the air flow through said gases path and (ii) the air pressure within said gases path.

US Pat. No. 11,110,245

BREATHING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS


1. A nasal cannula assembly comprising:a face mount portion comprising a pair of tubular nasal prongs; and
a gases manifold portion that is attached to a tubing,
wherein the gases manifold portion has a substantially circular inlet on a first end,
wherein the gases manifold portion curves from the inlet on the first end around to an elongated outlet at a second end, and
wherein the face mount portion has a recess for receiving the elongated outlet of the gases manifold portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,244

ERGONOMIC AND ADJUSTABLE RESPIRATORY MASK ASSEMBLY WITH ELBOW ASSEMBLY

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...


1. A patient interface configured to treat sleep disordered breathing of a patient, the patient interface comprising:a frame having a central bore configured to connect to an elbow;
a cushion supported on the frame and defining a breathing chamber configured to receive the pressurized gas;
a headgear assembly configured to support the frame and the cushion on the patient's face, the headgear assembly comprising a pair of Y-shaped front straps and a pair of Y-shaped rigidizers attached to a respective one of the pair of Y-shaped front straps,
wherein each Y-shaped rigidizer is connected to the frame and adds rigidity to the respective one of the pair of Y-shaped front straps,
wherein each Y-shaped front strap and each Y-shaped rigidizer has a respective top end extending away from an intersection of the Y and is configured to extend along the patient's temple region, in use, and
wherein each Y-shaped front strap and each Y-shaped rigidizer has a respective rear end extending downwardly from the intersection of the Y and is configured to extend adjacent the patient's ear, in use.

US Pat. No. 11,110,243

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING GASES TO A USER


1. A connector assembly comprising:a tubing flange comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the tubing flange configured to connect to an end of a tube at the proximal end of the tubing flange, the tubing flange comprises a head portion at the distal end of the tubing flange and a tapering neck portion extending from the head portion to the proximal end, the tubing flange defining a gas passageway through the head portion and the tapering neck portion;
an inner sleeve comprising a distal portion and a proximal portion, the proximal portion of the inner sleeve comprises a plurality of slots, wherein each of the plurality of slots extends distally from a proximal end of the inner sleeve, the inner sleeve comprising a receptacle sized and configured to receive the head portion of the tubing flange, the receptacle comprising a shoulder configured to abut the distal end of the tubing flange, wherein when assembled, an inner wall of the receptacle provides an interference fit with an outer surface of the head portion;
an outer sleeve mechanically secured to the inner sleeve such that the outer sleeve and inner sleeve are locked together,
wherein the inner sleeve and the outer sleeve form a mechanically mating retention system configured to lock onto the tube.

US Pat. No. 11,110,242

PATIENT INTERFACE


1. A nasal interface comprising:an elongate body configured to extend across at least a portion of a face of a patient;
a first nasal prong and a second nasal prong extending from the elongate body and configured to be positioned in at least one nare of the patient and to direct a flow of a gas into the at least one nare of the patient;
a plurality of lumens,wherein a first portion of the elongate body is disposed about a first end of a first lumen of the plurality of lumens,
wherein a second portion of the elongate body is disposed about a first end of a second lumen of the plurality of lumens, and
wherein the first end of the first lumen is in fluid communication with the first nasal prong and a second end of the first lumen is configured to be coupled to a gases supply source, wherein the first end of the first lumen is received by a first end of the elongate body and the first end of the second lumen is received by a second end of the elongate body, wherein the second end of the elongate body is positioned opposite from the first end of the elongate body, wherein the plurality of lumens are separate structures from the elongate body; and

one or more hinging regions positioned between the first end of the elongate body and the second end of the elongate body, wherein the one or more hinging regions comprise a first bend positioned between the first nasal prong and the first end of the elongate body that is closer to the first nasal prong than the second nasal prong and a second bend positioned between the second nasal prong and the second end of the elongate body that is closer to the second nasal prong than the first nasal prong, wherein the first bend and the second bend are configured to bend when a force is applied to the nasal interface by facial movements and to stabilize a position of the first and second nasal prongs in order to abate displacement of at least one of the first and second nasal prongs out of the at least one nare of the patient.

US Pat. No. 11,110,241

FABRIC CUSHION MEMBER

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...


1. A cushion member for a patient interface device, the cushion member comprising:a sealing portion comprising a flap portion including a first layer and a second layer mechanically bonded to the first layer, the first layer being structured to engage a face of a patient and being made of a fabric material, the second layer being made of a material selected from the group consisting of a monomer, a polymer, and a mixture of a monomer and a polymer; and
a base portion bonded to the second layer, the base portion being structured to be coupled to a gas delivery conduit, wherein the flap portion has an outer edge and an inner edge, wherein the base portion comprises a bonding layer chemically bonded to a first side of the second layer to form a lap-joint, wherein a second side of the second layer at the lap-joint is mechanically bonded to the first layer such that the second layer is disposed between the first layer and the bonding layer at the lap-joint, and wherein the bonding layer is disposed between the outer edge and the inner edge,
wherein the flap portion further has a nose bridge portion, a pair of opposing nasal transition portions each extending from the nose bridge portion, and a body portion connecting the nasal transition portions to one another, wherein the bonding layer extends inwardly from the outer edge of the nose bridge portion a first distance, and wherein the bonding layer extends inwardly from the outer edge of the body portion a second distance greater than the first distance such that the lap-joint has a first length proximate the nose bridge portion and a second length proximate the body portion with the second length being greater than the first length.

US Pat. No. 11,110,240

ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE WITH TUBE COATING

Medtronic Xomed, Inc., J...


1. An apparatus for monitoring EMG signals of a patient's laryngeal muscles, comprising:an endotracheal tube having an exterior surface;
a tube coating applied to the exterior surface via spraying of a homogeneous solution onto the endotracheal tube or immersion of the endotracheal tube in the homogeneous solution; and
a conductive electrode formed on the tube coating that has been applied to the exterior surface, the conductive electrode configured to receive the EMG signals from the laryngeal muscles.

US Pat. No. 11,110,239

COUGH DETECTION IN A RESPIRATORY SUPPORT SYSTEM

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...


1. A cough detection system comprising:a pressure generator configured to generate a pressurized flow of breathable gas for delivery to the airway of a subject;
one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to one or more parameters of the pressurized flow of breathable gas; and
one or more processors configured to execute computer program components, the computer program components comprising:a gas parameter component configured to determine the one or more parameters of the pressurized flow of breathable gas based at least in part on the output signals of the sensors, wherein the one or more parameters include a pressure signal, and
a cough detection component configured to determine a respiratory event based at least in part on a fluctuation in the pressure signal including a plurality of local maximum peak pressure values and a plurality of local minimum valley pressure values, wherein at least one adjacent pair of peaks is separated by a time interval that is no greater than a peak pressure interval threshold, and wherein a peak-to-valley amplitude of an adjacent peak and valley pair is no less than a pressure fluctuation amplitude threshold.


US Pat. No. 11,110,238

RESUSCITATOR DEVICE

Safeguard Medical Hodco, ...


1. A resuscitator for providing positive pressure ventilation to patients, the resuscitator comprising:an upper plate;
a lower plate hingedly coupled to the upper plate;
a bellows disposed between the upper plate and the lower plate;
at least one biasing member configured to cause relative movement between the upper plate and the lower plate;
a valve assembly comprising an inlet valve and an outlet valve;
wherein the valve assembly is in fluid communication with an interior chamber defined by the upper plate, the lower plate and the bellows; and
a regulator that is operably associated with the valve assembly, wherein the regulator is operable to adjust an inflation rate of the bellows.

US Pat. No. 11,110,237

THERAPEUTIC DEVICE FOR RESPIRATORY PASSAGES


1. A therapeutic device for respiratory passages for the treatment of respiratory problems, comprising:at least one pipe section which has at least one passage duct through which air can be inhaled or exhaled
at least one elastic hose with its first free end arranged on one free end on one of the pipe sections and which can vibrate during inhalation or exhalation in one flow direction because of the throughflow,
characterised in that, the circumference of the first free end of the hose is smaller than or equal to the circumference of the passage duct of the free end of the pipe section, that the width of one of the long sides of the first free end of the hose is larger than the width or diameter of the passage duct, that areas of the hose can be inserted into the passage duct by compressing the long side and that the hose is held in the passage duct by a preload force after having been inserted.

US Pat. No. 11,110,236

RESPIRATION SYSTEM AND RESPIRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Loewenstein Medical Techn...


1. A method for operating at least one respiration apparatus with at least one processor device to control a plurality of apparatus functions comprising at least one apparatus software program and at least one apparatus configuration with setting parameters, wherein a validity of the apparatus software and a validity of the apparatus configuration are characterized in each case by at least one version and wherein the at least one version of the apparatus software and the at least one version of the apparatus configuration are compared with one another in order to detect a version conflict between the apparatus software and the apparatus configuration, and wherein, if an invalid version of the apparatus configuration and a valid version of the apparatus software are present, the setting parameters of the apparatus configuration are read and sorted into at least a first group with setting parameters that are unaffected by the version conflict and at least a second group with setting parameters that are affected by the version conflict, and wherein the setting parameters of the first group are retained.

US Pat. No. 11,110,235

MEDICATION DISPENSER

Jabil Circuit (Shanghai) ...


1. A medication dispenser comprising:a base seat;
a circuitry unit; and
a notched wheel rotatable within the base seat,
wherein the base seat including a mouthpiece, the base seat defining a flow path therein that is in communication with the mouthpiece, the circuitry unit being disposed on the base seat, and including a first circuit board and a pressure sensor that is disposed on a bottom surface of the first circuit board and that is located in the flow path, said pressure sensor being for detecting pressure difference in the flow path, the notched wheel being formed with a plurality of equidistantly and angularly spaced-apart notches, each of the notches being adapted for receiving one of capsules of a conveying strip, and
wherein when the notched wheel is rotated to a position such that one of said notches is in communication with the flow path, the one of the notches being located downstream of the pressure sensor, and a dose of medication in a corresponding one of the capsules of the conveying strip being accessible via the mouthpiece,
wherein said medication dispenser further comprises an outer casing, said circuitry unit further including a battery, a first switch that is disposed on said first circuit board, and a second switch that is disposed on said first circuit board, said outer casing being movable relative to said base seat between a closed position where said outer casing covers said mouthpiece, and an open position where said outer casing uncovers said mouthpiece, and
wherein when said outer casing is at the closed position, said first switch is actuated such that electric power is prevented from being supplied from said battery to said first circuit board, and when said outer casing is at the open position, said second switch is actuated such that electric power is supplied from said battery to said first circuit board.

US Pat. No. 11,110,234

MEDICINAL INHALER REFILL ASSEMBLIES COMPRISING A LOCKOUT MECHANISM

Kindeva Drug Delivery L.P...


1. A refill assembly for use in a medicinal inhaler and configured to be removably coupled to a reusable assembly of the medicinal inhaler, the refill assembly comprising:a patient port;
an adapter configured to cause a dose of medicament to be released, the adapter movable between a first position in which a dose of medicament is not released and a second position in which the dose of medicament is released; and
a lockout member rotatable between (i) a first position in which the adapter is not movable from its first position to its second position, and (ii) a second position in which the adapter is movable from its first position to its second position;
wherein the lockout member is in its first position when the refill assembly is not coupled to the reusable assembly and is in its second position when the refill assembly is coupled to the reusable assembly; and
wherein the adapter is configured to receive at least a portion of a canister, the canister comprising a medicament and a dose release valve, the adapter movable between the first position in which the dose release valve is not actuated to release a dose of medicament and the second position in which the dose release valve is actuated to release a dose of medicament.

US Pat. No. 11,110,233

SINGLE-DOSE POWDER INHALATOR AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

Perlen Packaging AG, Per...


1. A single-dose powder inhaler comprising:an inhaler housing comprised of a housing part (1), in which a medicament chamber (11) having a dose of a pulverulent medicament is formed, and further comprised of a flat, planar covering element (2) without depressions and projections, wherein the inhaler housing has an outlet opening (13?) and an outlet duct (13) which extends from the medicament chamber (11) to the outlet opening (13?), wherein
the housing part (1) has a flat, planar face facing the flat, planar covering element (2), wherein the flat, planar covering element (2) and the flat, planar face are joined to each other to form the inhaler housing, wherein
the outlet duct (13) is a depression formed in the housing part (1) relative to a plane of the flat, planar face and extending away from the flat, planar covering element (2) and the medicament chamber (11) consists of a depression exclusively formed in the housing part (1) relative to the plane of the flat planar face and extending away from the flat, planar covering element (2),
and wherein the housing part (1) comprisesan air inlet opening (12?) on a side of the medicament chamber (11) remote from the outlet opening (13?), and
an inlet duct (12), formed as a depression in the housing part (1) relative to the plane of the flat, planar face and extending away from the flat, planar covering element (2), wherein the inlet duct (12) extends from the air inlet opening (12?) toward the medicament chamber (11), wherein the outlet duct (13), the medicament chamber (11), and the inlet duct (12) define an axis, wherein air-guiding, turbulence-inducing and/or deflecting structures (15, 16, 17) are formed in the air inlet duct (12), in the medicament chamber (11) and in the outlet duct (13), and

the inlet duct (12) narrows from the air inlet opening (12?) toward the medicament chamber (11) in two directions perpendicular to said axis and the outlet duct (13) widens from the medicament chamber (11) in the direction of the outlet opening (13?) in two directions perpendicular to said axis;
wherein a closure tab (30) closes off the medicament chamber (11) relative to a space in the housing part (1), wherein the space is arranged between the medicament chamber (11) and the flat, planar covering element (2) and connects the air inlet duct (12) and the outlet duct (13) to each other.

US Pat. No. 11,110,232

NEBULIZATION GENERATING APPARATUS

MicroBase Technology Corp...


1. An aerosol generating apparatus comprising:a liquid container including a perforated membrane through which a liquid can pass through;
an adaptor configured to be detachably engaged with the liquid container; and
a driving element including a piezoelectric element coupled to a substrate, wherein the adaptor is formed to operatively receive the driving element therein such that the driving element is aligned with the adaptor, and the substrate includes an aperture that positionally corresponds to the perforated membrane when the liquid container and the adaptor are engaged,
wherein the aperture is aligned with a longitudinal center of the substrate,
wherein the adaptor is configured to contact at least two predetermined locations on a periphery of the substrate, and includes at least two spaced-apart jacks for directly contacting the predetermined location on the periphery of the substrate,
wherein each of the at least two jacks comprises a first surface that extends along a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the adaptor such that the predetermined location on the periphery of the substrate sits on and is in contact with the first surface,
wherein the substrate includes an upper surface facing the perforated membrane and an opposite lower surface, the lower surface being in direct contact with the first surface of the at least two jacks at the predetermined location on the periphery of the substrate and the substrate is maintained at a predetermined distance away from an inner surface of the adaptor when the substrate sits on the at least two jacks, and
wherein the adaptor and the driving element are operatively positioned relative to the liquid container such that the liquid flows in a first direction from the liquid container to the adaptor for aerosolization, and through the substrate.

US Pat. No. 11,110,231

SAFETY AND FILLING SYSTEM FOR RETRACTABLE NEEDLES SYRINGES


1. A safety and filling system for retractable needle syringes, characterized by the presence of a barrel (101) provided, in its internal apical part, with a small tooth (102) and two notched fins (104 and 105) as well as a plunger (106) on whose external surface there is the presence of grooved guides in the shape of a “U” (107) and a double rack system (108 and 103) while inside it is equipped with a cavity (117) which, in the upper part it has a perforated head (111) on which a valve (112) is positioned and inside which a mechanical system is installed consisting of an interlocking housing (109) for a needle (114), a spring (116) and an accordion cannula (113).

US Pat. No. 11,110,230

NEEDLE SHIELD REMOVER

SHL MEDICAL AG, Zug (CH)...


1. A needle shield remover for a medicament delivery device, the needle shield remover comprising:a generally tubular body having a longitudinal extension and a proximal end;
a number of grip elements arranged at a distal area of the body, the grip elements extending radially inwards from a circumference of the body;
at least one longitudinally extending cut-out at said distal area of said body adjacent and between the grip elements; and
a large cut-out that extends in a distal direction about halfway along the longitudinal extension of the body,
wherein the grip elements are adapted to engage an outer surface of a needle shield when the needle shield remover is pushed onto the needle shield,
wherein the at least one longitudinally extending cut-out adjacent the grip elements enables a generally radial outwardly bias of the grip elements during a pushing action that facilitates mounting of the needle shield remover on the needle shield, and wherein the proximal end is arranged with a connector for engagement with a grip part of a protective cap of the medicament delivery device.

US Pat. No. 11,110,229

CAP FOR MEDICAL INJECTOR

Becton Dickinson France S...


1. A medical injector comprising:a housing;
a needle extending from the housing, the needle having a sharpened end;
a first cap covering the sharpened end of the needle; and
a second cap covering at least a part of the first cap, the second cap comprising:a cap body having a distal end, a proximal end, and an interior wall;
a plurality of ribs, wherein each rib comprises a rib distal end and a rib proximal end, wherein each rib extends longitudinally along the interior wall and inwardly from the interior wall between the rib distal end and the rib proximal end, and wherein each rib comprises a tapered surface at the rib proximal end thereof for aiding the second cap in receiving the first cap;
a first viewing window defined through a sidewall of the second cap for visually viewing engagement of the second cap with the first cap, wherein the first viewing window extends through the sidewall at a location between the rib distal end and the rib proximal end;
a second viewing window defined through the sidewall of the second cap, wherein the second viewing window extends through the sidewall at a location between the rib distal end and the distal end of the cap body;
a first wing flange extending from the distal end of the cap body in a first direction; and
a second wing flange extending from the distal end of the cap body in a second direction different from the first direction,

wherein the plurality of ribs of the second cap are engaged with the first cap such that removal of the second cap via a distally-directed force simultaneously removes the first cap from the sharpened end of the needle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,228

COMPONENT FOR AN INJECTION DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...


1. A component for an injection device comprising:a unitary compressible body moulded from rubber, wherein the unitary compressible body:has formed therein a cavity for shielding a needle, the cavity having an opening at a first end of the component and extending axially within the component;
has formed thereon a grip arrangement comprising one or more shape features that permit gripping by a user of the component so as to facilitate the application of force by the user along a longitudinal axis of the component; and
has a proximal end configured to be partly insertable into a body of an injection device,

wherein an outer surface of the compressible body has a step profile at a location between the proximal end of the compressible body and an adjacent part of the compressible body, wherein a distal end of the compressible body is configured to be inserted into the injection device and the adjacent part of the compressible body is configured to remain outside of the injection device, wherein the proximal end of the compressible body has a smaller diameter than the adjacent part of the compressible body,
wherein an outer diameter of the proximal end of the compressible body is greater than an internal diameter of the injection device into which the compressible body is insertable when the compressible body is in an uncompressed state.

US Pat. No. 11,110,227

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INJECTING FLUIDS

Cheryl Muise Steve A. Cop...


1. An injecting device comprising:a housing having a first end and a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween; wherein an interior surface of said housing bounds and defines an interior cavity;
a dose setting member positioned within the interior cavity and being rotatable in one of a first direction and a second direction about the longitudinal axis;
a plunger extending through a bore of the dose setting member; said plunger extending one of along the longitudinal axis and parallel to the longitudinal axis;
a barrel extending outwardly from the first end of the housing and defining a barrel bore that is adapted to hold a volume of liquid therein; wherein a tip of the plunger is received with the barrel bore; wherein rotation of the dose setting member in the second direction causes the plunger to move axially within the barrel bore; and
wherein the dose setting member remains in a substantially constant axial position within the interior cavity of the housing during rotation of the dose setting member in each of the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 11,110,226

SYRINGE

NOVARTIS AG, Basel (CH)


1. A packaged, small volume, terminally sterilized syringe, comprising a small volume, terminally sterilized syringe including:a body, a stopper, and a plunger,wherein the body comprises an outlet at an outlet end and the stopper is arranged within the body such that a front surface of the stopper and the body define a variable volume chamber from which a fluid can be expelled though the outlet,
wherein the plunger comprises a plunger contact surface at a first end and a rod extending between the plunger contact surface and a rear portion, the plunger contact surface is arranged to contact the stopper but does not couple thereto, such that the plunger can be used to force the stopper towards the outlet end of the body, thereby reducing the volume of the variable volume chamber, but does not to move the stopper away from the outlet end, whereby the syringe is suitable for ophthalmic injection,
wherein the stopper comprises at least a front circumferential rib and a rear circumferential rib which are separated in a direction along the longitudinal axis of the body to define a sterility zone having a length of at least 3 mm,
wherein the rod includes at least one rod shoulder directed away from the outlet end and the syringe includes a backstop arranged at a rear portion of the body, the backstop including a backstop shoulder directed towards the outlet end to cooperate with and contact the rod shoulder to limit movement of the plunger away from the outlet end to a distance less than the length of the sterility zone, wherein when the plunger contact surface is in contact with the stopper the backstop shoulder and rod shoulder are not in contact with one another,
wherein the syringe is dimensioned to have a nominal maximum fill volume of between 0.25 ml and 0.75 ml and the variable volume chamber is filled with 40 mg/ml solution of aflibercept, and the dosage volume is 0.05 ml,

a sealed package, wherein the small volume, terminally sterilized syringe is enclosed within the sealed package.

US Pat. No. 11,110,225

INJECTOR AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

AMGEN INC., Thousand Oak...


1. An injector comprising:a container including a closed proximal end, a distal end, and a wall having an interior surface and defining a bore;
a seal assembly comprising a first stopper moveable along the bore in a proximal direction toward the closed proximal end of the container to deliver a drug into a patient's body, the interior surface of the wall of the container, the closed proximal end of the container, and an interior surface of the seal assembly defining a closed sterile reservoir filled with the drug;
a fluid delivery system comprising a container needle having a point disposed at least partially through the first stopper in a storage state, and disposed through the interior surface of the seal assembly into the sterile reservoir in a delivery state; and
an actuator that is adapted to move the container needle from the storage state to the delivery state,
wherein the first stopper has a peripheral surface extending from a first end of the first stopper to a second end of the first stopper, the peripheral surface of the first stopper being adjacent to the interior surface of the wall of the container with nothing in between the peripheral surface of the first stopper and the interior surface of the wall of the container.

US Pat. No. 11,110,224

PATCH INJECTOR WITH SLIDABLE JOINT


1. A method of injection, comprising:rotating a needle connected to a fluid reservoir relative to a surface configured for attachment to skin about a first joint;
concurrently moving the needle along a translational degree of freedom of each of the first joint and a second joint; and
inserting at least a portion of the needle across a surface of skin;
wherein the concurrently rotating and translating the needle converts a curvilinear travel path of the needle into at least a portion of the needle crossing the surface within less than 5 degrees deviated from a straight line.

US Pat. No. 11,110,223

SUPPLEMENTARY DEVICE FOR A MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE

SHL MEDICAL AG, Zug (CH)...


1. A supplementary device configured to be mounted to a medicament delivery device, wherein the supplementary device comprises:a casing,
a button configured to be received by the casing and configured to actuate a trigger of the medicament delivery device, wherein the button is configured to be displaceable from an initial retracted position to an extended position relative to the casing, and
a button locking member comprises a radial flexible arm that is configured to directly engage with and lock the button in the retracted position of the button to prevent displacement of the button from the retracted position to the extended position when the supplementary device is not mounted to the medicament delivery device,
wherein the mounting of the supplementary device to the medicament delivery device disengages the flexible arm from the button such that the button is unlocked and released from the retracted position to allow displacement of the button to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 11,110,222

FLUID INTERFACE DEVICE FOR DELIVERING FLUID TO AND/OR WITHDRAWING FLUID FROM A PATIENT

SeraIP AG


1. A fluid interface device for delivering fluid to and/or withdrawing fluid from a patient, the device comprising:a peripheral base element;
a fluid transmission element sealingly connected to the peripheral base element and forming a central portion of the device, the fluid transmission element comprising a front platelet with a primary face and a secondary face opposed thereto, the primary face being in contact with a patient's body fluid region when the device is implanted in the patient, the fluid transmission element further comprising a counterplate sealingly stacked against the secondary face of the front platelet and forming a buffer volume therebetween; the front platelet comprising at least one array of microchannels defining a fluid passage between the buffer volume and the primary face, each of the microchannels having an opening (Di) of 0.2 to 10 ?m;
the fluid transmission element having at least one fluid port for fluid delivery to and/or fluid withdrawal from the buffer volume, wherein
(i) the opening (Di) of the microchannels is 0.6 to 2 ?m and wherein the primary face is provided with guard elements protruding with respect to a plane defined by microchannel exits in the primary face, the guard elements being formed in such manner as to define at least one transversal limitation (Dtr) over each microchannel exit, the transversal limitation being larger than the microchannel opening (Di) and being in a range of 2 to 4 ?m; or
(ii) the counterplate is substantially planar and wherein the buffer volume is enclosed within a peripheral protrusion zone of the secondary face of the front platelet; or
(iii) the fluid interface device further comprises a spacer element, the spacer element having a first spacer face that is adhesively connected to an external face of the counterplate, the spacer element comprising traversing channels connecting the first spacer face and a second spacer face, each traversing channel being arranged to form a passage between one of the fluid ports and a corresponding channel opening at the second spacer face; or
(iv) the fluid transmission element and the base element are sealingly connected to each other via a ridge structure surrounding the fluid transmission element, the ridge structure being made of a biocompatible thermoplastic formed around the fluid transmission element by injection molding; or
(v) the fluid interface device is configured as an elongated body having a proximal end, a distal end and a lateral surface therebetween, the front platelet of the fluid transmission element being disposed to form part of the lateral surface, wherein:a) the elongated body is provided with a longitudinal passage extending from the distal end to the proximal end,
b) the front platelet and the counterplate are made of Si and/or Si3N4,
c) the buffer volume comprises a single compartment being in connection with the microchannel array and two of the at least one fluid port,
d) the buffer volume comprises at least two separate compartments, each compartment being in connection with the at least one microchannel array and two of the at least one fluid port,
e) the elongated body comprises for each fluid port of the at least one fluid port, a fluid passage leading to a channel opening at the proximal end of the elongated body, or
f) the device comprises combinations thereof of a-e; or

(vi) the peripheral base element is configured as a wall section of a tubular segment suitable for containing a patient's body fluid, wherein:a) the fluid transmission element and the base element are sealingly connected to each other by means of a ridge structure surrounding the fluid transmission element, the ridge structure being made of a biocompatible thermoplastic formed around the fluid transmission element by injection molding, and wherein the peripheral base element is integrally formed on the tubular segment which is also made of the biocompatible thermoplastic, or
b) the tubular segment is provided at both ends thereof with means for connecting to a patient's systemic circuit
c) the device comprises a combination thereof of a and b; or

(vii) the device comprises combinations thereof of (i)-(vi).

US Pat. No. 11,110,221

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING ADMINISTRATION OF INSULIN TO A USER


16. A method of managing administration of insulin to a user, the method comprising:providing a system for continuously monitoring the user's glucose level comprising:a glucose monitor for continuously monitoring and determining the user's glucose level;
a user interface device operating a user interface application for displaying representations of user intake items;
a database storing a catalog of input items for display on the user interface application and information with a pre-established relationship between each of a plurality of the intake items and a parameter that is related thereto and usable to determine an appropriate change in insulin delivery based upon consumption by the user of each of the plurality of intake items;
an infusion pump configured to effect a controlled delivery of insulin from a source to the user; and
a programmed processing system operatively associated with the glucose monitor, the user interface device, the database and the infusion pump and programmed with a baseline insulin delivery program for the user based upon continuously determined glucose levels;

the programmed processing system being programmed to automatically make a calculation of insulin to be delivered to the user according to the baseline insulin delivery program or make the calculation of insulin to be delivered to the user according to a modified baseline insulin delivery program generated in response to user input data; and
the programmed processing system being programmed to allow the user to provide an input using the user interface application to selectively identify representations of any of the plurality of intake items as an incident of which the related parameters are communicated from the database for processing by the processing system to modify the baseline delivery program and communicate an input to the infusion pump correlated to the modified baseline insulin delivery program to effect insulin delivery in a manner consistent with the modified baseline insulin delivery program,
whereby as an incident of the user inputting an identification of one or more of the intake items using the user interface application, the system is programmed to automatically effect delivery of insulin to the user according to the modified baseline delivery program, instead of the baseline insulin delivery program, determined by the user's consumption of the one or more of the plurality of intake items based upon the pre-established relationship in the database of the inputted identification of the one or more of the intake items and the parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,110,220

OPERABLE IMPLANT


1. An operable implant adapted to be implanted in the body of a patient, the operable implant comprising an operation device and a body engaging portion, the operation device comprises an electrical motor comprising a static part comprising a plurality of coils and a movable part comprising a plurality of magnets, such that sequential energizing of said coils magnetically propels the magnets and this propels the movable part, wherein the operable implant further comprises a gear system adapted to receive mechanical work having a first force and velocity as input, from the movable part of the electrical motor, and output mechanical work having a if force and velocity, wherein the gear system comprises:an operable element connected to the movable part and configured to be propelled by the movable part,
a first gear having the shape of a hollow cylinder, comprising a first number of teeth, on an outside thereof, and
a second gear having the shape of a hollow cylinder, comprising a greater number of teeth than the first gear, on an inside surface thereof, wherein the operable element is adapted to deflect the first gear, and to maintain the first gear deflected such that the teeth of the first gear are interengaged with the teeth of the second gear in at least two angularly spaced positions interspaced by positions at which the teeth are not interengaged, and wherein the operation of the operable element advances the at least two angularly spaced positions and thereby causes relative rotation between the first gear and the second gear.