US Pat. No. 10,710,500

ASSISTED TRAILER ALIGNMENT SYSTEM

Robotzone, LLC, Winfield...

1. A vehicle alignment system, the system comprising:a sensor positioned near a device configured to support the full weight of the vehicle; and
a processor that determines, based on data received from the sensor, whether a vehicle while outside of the a device is headed on a trajectory to be in substantially balanced left-right alignment when the vehicle has entered the device and its front wheels are positioned between two side portions of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,710,498

CUSTOMIZABLE, VISUAL IDENTIFIERS FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICE VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:receiving, from a user, a request for a vehicle for transportation;
generating, in response to the request, at least one unique identifier associated with the user;
automatically transmitting the unique identifier to the vehicle; and
automatically displaying the unique identifier on an illuminated display visible from an exterior of the vehicle,
wherein generating at least one unique identifier comprises receiving at least one color selected by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,710,491

OUTDOOR KITCHEN

GRAND DESIGN RV, LLC, Mi...

1. A recreational vehicle comprising:a body including an interior living area and an exterior storage area; and
a kitchen assembly at least partially positioned within the exterior storage area, the kitchen assembly including:
a frame coupled to the exterior storage area,
a drawer slideable with respect to the frame and the body,
a sink assembly positioned on the drawer and including a sink cabinet, a countertop coupled to the sink cabinet to create an interior region, a sink bowl coupled to the countertop, and a drain coupled to the sink bowl,
a first gray water tank in fluid communication with the drain and positioned within the interior region of the sink cabinet, and
a pump positioned within the first gray water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,710,489

LIFT GATE AND MOUNTING CORRECTION SYSTEM

MAXON INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A system for correcting a mounting system for mounting a lift gate on a structure, the lift gate having a lift platform supported between a pair of spaced support columns, the correction system comprising:a first mounting member configured for attachment onto the structure;
a first lift gate support column configured for attachment onto the first mounting member;
a first correction mechanism configured to couple with a first support block, the first support block located within the first lift gate support column, the first correction mechanism extending from within the first lift gate support column and through the first support block and an opening in a wall of the first lift gate support column to the first mounting member;
wherein the first correction mechanism creates a force between the first lift gate support column and the first mounting member when engaged, resulting in a first corrective gap forming between the first lift gate support column and the first mounting member; and
wherein the resulting corrective gap orients the first lift gate support column to be substantially parallel with a plane parallel to a rear of the structure such that the lift gate platform can be operated.

US Pat. No. 10,710,481

FORMING OF A COVER ELEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT OR THE INTERIOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A method of manufacturing a cover element for a motor vehicle, comprising the steps of:placing, in a mold, a stack formed at least of a covering material made of textile, of leather, of skin, or of a synthetic material, and of a foam layer at the rear surface of the covering material, the foam layer including reinforcing elements, wherein the covering material is held by suction at least until the mold is closed; and
carrying out a forming to define the shape of the cover element.

US Pat. No. 10,710,468

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A vehicle power supply device comprising:a first conductive path electrically connected to a conductive path on an input side that serves as a power pathway from a first power supply;
a second conductive path that is electrically connected to the conductive path on the input side and branches off as a path different from the first conductive path, and is electrically connected to a conductive path on an output side;
a third conductive path that is electrically connected to the second conductive path and the conductive path on the output side;
a first voltage converter that performs at least a charging operation for stepping up or stepping down the voltage applied to the first conductive path and applying an output voltage to a conductive path on a second power supply side connected to the second power supply;
a second voltage converter that performs at least a charging operation for stepping up or stepping down a voltage applied to the third conductive path and applying an output voltage to the conductive path on the second power supply side, and a discharging operation for stepping up or stepping down a voltage applied to the conductive path on the second power supply side and applying an output voltage to the third conductive path; and
a control unit that performs at least a quick charging control which causes the first voltage converter to perform the charging operation and causes the second voltage converter to perform the charging operation, and a charging/discharging control which causes the first voltage converter to perform the charging operation and causes the second voltage converter to perform the discharging operation.

US Pat. No. 10,710,464

ELECTRICAL DIFFERENTIAL MOTOR ASSEMBLY WITH TORQUE VECTORING

1. A motor vehicle drive train assembly comprising:an axial flux induction motor including a stator, a first rotor and a second rotor, the stator, the first rotor and the second rotor being concentric with a motor center axis, the stator being axially between the first rotor and the second rotor and including a first axial side facing the first rotor and a second axial side opposite the first axial side facing the second rotor, the first rotor being axially spaced from the first axial side of the stator by a first air gap, the second rotor being axially spaced from the second axial side of the stator by a second air gap, the axial flux induction motor being configured such that the first rotor is rotatable about the motor center axis by the stator at a first rotational speed to drive a first drive shaft non-rotatably connected to the first rotor while the second rotor is rotatable about the motor center axis by the stator at a second rotational speed that is greater than the first rotational speed to drive a second drive shaft non-rotatably connected to the second rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,710,451

TANK CLOSURE

1. A closure component for a tank of a motor vehicle for closing a filler neck gas- and fluid-tight, the closure component comprising: a closure fastened to a flap, the flap being fastened to a vehicle body of the motor vehicle such that the flap and the closure are movable into an open position or a closed position, the closure including a seal, which causes the closure to close against the filler neck, wherein a size or shape of the seal is electromechanically or pneumatically adjustable with the aid of an actuator, such that the seal is adjusted between an open state in which the closure is movable from the closed position to the open position and a closed state in which the closure is inhibited from moving from the closed position to the open position, and wherein a retaining ring is disposed on an inner wall of the filler neck, such that the retaining ring projects into an interior of the filler neck, wherein the closure is inserted through the retaining ring when the closure is moved from the open position to the closed position, such that the retaining ring surrounds at least a portion of the closure when the closure is in the closed position, and wherein the retaining ring blocks the closure from moving from the closed position to the open position when the seal is in the closed state and wherein the closure is freely movable from the closed position to the open position when the seal is in the open state.

US Pat. No. 10,710,449

HYBRID DRIVETRAIN

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A geartrain for a powertrain system, wherein the geartrain is disposed to transfer mechanical power between an internal combustion engine, an electric machine and a driveline, the geartrain comprising:a flywheel, a torque converter, an off-axis mechanical connection, a disconnect clutch, and a transmission gearbox;
wherein:
the off-axis mechanical connection is disposed within a housing of the geartrain and includes a first element rotatably coupled to a second element;
the torque converter includes a pump, a turbine and a pump hub,
the flywheel is coupled to a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine and coupled to the pump of the torque converter,
the transmission gearbox includes an input member,
the pump hub is coupled to the first element of the off-axis mechanical connection,
the second element of the off-axis mechanical connection is coupled to a rotor of the electric machine,
the turbine of the torque converter is coupled to the input member of the transmission gearbox,
the disconnect clutch is arranged to couple the pump of the torque converter and the pump hub, and
the flywheel is coupled to the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine and is coupled to the pump of the torque converter via activation of the disconnect clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,710,446

ENGINE STARTING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An engine starting system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine; and
an automatic transmission that is connected to an output side of the engine,
wherein the automatic transmission comprises
an input member to which a torque is delivered from the engine,
an output member that delivers the torque to drive wheels,
a planetary gear set that is adapted to perform a differential action among rotary elements including: a carrier that supports a pinion gear in a rotatable and revolvable manner; a first gear that is engaged with the pinion gear; and a second gear that has a different pitch diameter from that of the first gear and that is also engaged with the pinion gear, and
at least one engagement device in which a torque transmitting capacity is changed in accordance with an engagement force applied thereto, and which is engaged and disengaged to change a torque transmission route between the input member and the output member,
the automatic transmission is brought into a neutral stage in which a torque transmission between the input member and the output member is interrupted by disengaging the engagement device,
a first rotary element as one of the rotary elements serves as a free rotary element that is rotated by the torque delivered thereto without being subjected to a reaction torque during propulsion in the neutral stage,
a second rotary element as another one of the rotary elements serves as an input rotary element to which the torque is delivered from the input member during propulsion in the neutral stage,
a third rotary element as still another one of the rotary elements serves as a control rotary element whose rotational speed is changed by increasing a torque transmitting capacity of any of the disengaged engagement devices during propulsion in the neutral stage,
the engine starting system comprises a controller that controls the engine and the engagement device,
the controller is configured to
determine a satisfaction of a condition to crank the engine during propulsion in the neutral stage, and
apply the torque to the input rotary element connected to the engine in a cranking direction using an inertial force of the free rotary element as a reaction force, by increasing a torque transmitting capacity of a first engagement device connected to the control rotary element to reduce the rotational speed of the control rotary element in a condition where the control rotary element is rotated in an opposite direction to the cranking direction and the input rotary element is stopped, upon satisfaction of the condition to crank the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,710,444

HYBRID DRIVE FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A hybrid drive for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine which has a crankshaft;
an electric motor;
a characteristic converter;
a multi-gear ratio vehicle transmission; and
a further electric motor connected between the characteristic converter and the vehicle transmission, wherein:
the electric motor is coupled to the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine by way of an automatically shifting transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,710,434

LAMINATED GLASS

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A laminated glass comprising:a first glass plate;
a second glass plate;
an intermediate film located between the first glass plate and the second glass plate, and configured to be bonded to the first glass plate and the second glass plate; and
at least one high reflection surface between a surface of the first glass plate on an outer side of the laminated glass anda surface of the second glass plate on an outer side of the laminated glass,wherein the surfaces of the first glass plate and the second glass plate are high reflection surfaces,
wherein each of the high reflection surfaces has optical reflectance of 1% or more with respect to an incident angle of a visible light from a light source, and
wherein a portion arranged between adjacent high reflection surfaces of the high reflection surfaces has a wedge angle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,431

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A METAL HYDRIDE AIR CONDITIONER AND A METHOD THEREOF

THERMAX LIMITED, Maharas...

1. A control system (500) for a metal hydride air conditioner, said system comprising:a plurality of sensors (504) configured to periodically sense temperature of an exhaust gas at an outlet of each of a plurality of reactors of said hydride air conditioner and generate a current outlet temperature value at each of pre-defined time intervals for each of said reactors;
a memory (506) configured to store a pre-set outlet temperature value for each of said reactors and a pre-set half cycle time value for each of said reactors;
a time counter (508), configured to increase a current time count value at each of the pre-defined time intervals immediately after switching on of said metal hydride air conditioner; and
a controller (502) cooperating with said plurality of sensors (504), said memory (506), and said time counter (508), and configured to:
a read said pre-set outlet temperature value and said pre-set half cycle time value from said memory,
iteratively receive said current outlet temperature value, and said current time count value, and
control at least one actuator (514 or 516) associated with each of said reactors based on said current outlet temperature value, said pre-set outlet temperature value, said pre-set half cycle time value, and said current time count value to alter said current outlet temperature for each of said reactors, as required.

US Pat. No. 10,710,424

HVAC UNIT PLACEMENT CONFIGURATION FOR A VEHICLE

BYTON LIMITED, Hong Kong...

1. A vehicle, the vehicle comprising:a front compartment at a front end of the vehicle;
a cabin compartment to house a user;
a dashboard situated within the cabin compartment, the dashboard includes an instrumentation display for the user;
a vehicle body containing a dashwall separating the front compartment from the cabin compartment; and
a heat ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) unit situated in the front compartment separated from the cabin compartment by the dashwall, wherein the HVAC unit provides heat, ventilation, and air conditioning to the user in the cabin compartment, wherein the HVAC is separated from the dashboard by the dashwall.

US Pat. No. 10,710,417

CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR CONTROLLING THE PRESSURE OF A TIRE WHEEL

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A control circuit for controlling a pressure of a tire wheel comprising a rim, an inner tube that encloses a first volume, a tire fixed to the rim that encloses the inner tube and a second volume external to the inner tube, the control circuit comprising:a controlled pressure line, connectable to a compressor;
a first line, connectable to the controlled pressure line and connected to the first volume for introducing air inside the first volume;
a second line, connectable to the controlled pressure line and connected to the second volume for introducing air inside the second volume;
a first spool valve, which is a three way-two positions valve, having a first position in which the controlled pressure line is connected to the first line, and a second position, in which the controlled pressure line is connected to the second line, wherein the first spool valve is configured to switch from the first position to the second position if a pressure in the first volume exceeds a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,385

PRINTER

SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a platen roller;
a printing head configured to be movable to a printing head closed position opposing the platen roller and a printing head open position separated from the platen roller, and configured to print on a print medium cooperating with the platen roller at the printing head closed position; and
a damper interlocked with the printing head, and configured to be movable to a damper closed position abutting the print medium and a damper open position separated from the print medium, wherein
the damper is configured to reach the damper closed position from the damper open position subsequent to the printing head reaching the printing head closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,368

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head having an ejection opening surface on which a plurality of ejection units, each provided with an ejection opening for ejecting ink, are arrayed in a first direction;
a wiping unit configured to wipe the ejection opening surface by moving toward a second direction crossing the first direction, the wiping unit having a plurality of wiping members which are arrayed in the first direction; and
a moving unit configured to move the wiping unit in the second direction,
wherein a longitudinal direction of each of the wiping members is inclined with respect to a downstream edge of the ejection opening surface and is substantially in parallel with an upstream edge of at least one of the ejection units,
wherein the ejection units of the plurality of the ejection units are arrayed to have a first overlapping area where, as viewed in the second direction, edges of adjacent ejection units overlap each other, and
wherein the wiping members of the plurality of wiping members are arrayed to have a second overlapping area where, as viewed in the second direction, edges of adjacent wiping members overlap each other, the second overlapping area including the first overlapping area therein.

US Pat. No. 10,710,367

PRINTHEAD HAVING TWO ADHESIVES

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printhead assembly comprising:an oxygen-sensitive component;
a first plate and a second plate;
an effective amount of a first adhesive component on a first surface portion of the first plate and a first surface portion of the second plate for adhesively bonding the first and second plates together; and
an effective amount of a second adhesive component on the first surface portion of the first plate and the first surface portion of the second plate, spaced an offset distance from the first adhesive component for enabling the oxygen-sensitive component to be contained by the first adhesive component,
wherein the second adhesive component possesses an oxygen-migration rate that is less than an oxygen-migration rate for the first adhesive component.

US Pat. No. 10,710,356

APPARATUS FOR POINT OF SERVICE MANUFACTURE OF CUSTOM CRANIAL REMODELING DEVICES

CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. Apparatus to provide point of service manufacture of a custom cranial remodeling device for correction of cranial deformity of a subject's head, said apparatus comprising:image capture apparatus disposed at a physical location to capture a three-dimensional image of said subject's head and to generate a three-dimensional digital data file of a head;
a three-dimensional digital data file representative of said subject's head generated by said image capture apparatus;
an additive manufacture device located at said physical location;
a processor,
a non-transitory computer readable medium comprising computer executable instructions stored thereon executed by said processor to operate on said three-dimensional digital data file to produce a device file comprising a shape for said custom cranial remodeling device to correct said cranial deformity and computer executable instructions stored thereon executed by said processor to automatically calculate contour lines for said custom cranial remodeling device, said device file comprising said contour lines;
a subject device file for said subject's head, said subject device file comprising a shape for said custom cranial remodeling device comprising said contour lines;
said subject device file generated by said processor executing said computer executable instructions to operate on said three-dimensional digital data file, said subject device file comprising said shape for said custom cranial remodeling device to correct said cranial deformity for said subject, said subject device file provided to said additive manufacture device; and
said additive manufacture device comprising apparatus to receive and utilize said subject device file to manufacture said custom cranial remodeling device at said physical location, said custom cranial remodeling device comprising said contour lines.

US Pat. No. 10,710,354

DATA DRIVEN FRAMEWORK FOR OPTIMIZING ARTIFICIAL ORGAN PRINTING AND SCAFFOLD SELECTION FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for generating a personalized scaffold for an individual, the method comprising:acquiring images of an anatomy of interest corresponding to an intended scaffold location;
acquiring test results related to the anatomy of interest;
generating one or more functional specifications based on the images and test results;
selecting one or more scaffold parameters based on the one or more functional specifications;
generating one or more printer parameters using a mapping between the one or more functional specifications and printer parameters corresponding to a three-dimensional printer;
using the three-dimensional printer to generate a final scaffold using the one or more scaffold parameters and the one or more printer parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,710,344

WELDABLE, FULLY ADHERED WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE SYSTEM FOR BLINDSIDE WATERPROOFING APPLICATIONS

CARLISLE CONSTRUCTION MAT...

1. A membrane system, comprising:a thermoplastic polymer membrane;
a waterproof, puncture resistant reinforcing scrim disposed within the thermoplastic polymer membrane, the waterproof and non-wicking, puncture resistant reinforcing scrim having a uniform construction across the thermoplastic polymer membrane to the edges of the thermoplastic polymer membrane; and
a layer of adhesive applied to a center portion of the thermoplastic polymer membrane but not applied to the edges of the thermoplastic polymer membrane such that the edges of the thermoplastic polymer membrane can be thermally welded to an adjacent thermoplastic polymer membrane without fasteners passing through the waterproof and non-wicking, puncture resistant reinforcing scrim.

US Pat. No. 10,710,329

HEAT PROTECTION PRODUCT

Zipper-Technik GmbH, Neu...

1. A heat protection product comprisinga felt layer comprising polysulfonamide fibers having a felt layer first side and a felt layer second side; and
a textile layer comprising inorganic fibers having a first side connected to the felt layer second side, and an opposite second side, wherein
said textile layer is bonded to a metal layer on at least the second side that is not in contact with the felt layer,
the felt layer first side is an outer layer of the heat protection product, and wherein
the felt layer first side defines a cold side (Tu) and an opposite outer side of the product defines a hot side (To),
the product exhibits 25% or less of the loss of insulating properties of a comparative product with layers of felt and textile respectively having the same or greater thickness as the respective felt layer and textile layer of the heat protection product but with the polysulfonamide fibers replaced with non-polysulfonamide fibers when exposed to the same temperature between 200° C. and 300° C. on the hot side (To) for the same duration, and
the reduction in insulation is measured by a change in the difference between a measured surface temperature at the hot side (To) and a measured surface temperature at the cold side (Tu).

US Pat. No. 10,710,327

METHODS FOR MAKING COMPOSITE PARTS FROM STACKED PARTIALLY CURED SUBLAMINATE UNITS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a composite article, comprising:(a) applying adhesive on surfaces of a plurality of sublaminate units, each sublaminate unit comprising a multiplicity of plies, each ply comprising fibers impregnated with resin which has been initially cured to an initial cure stage of 30% to 50% of full cure;
(b) arranging the plurality of sublaminate units in a stack;
(c) pressing the stack of sublaminate units against a surface of a forming tool;
(d) heating the stack of sublaminate units to an intermediate temperature above a glass transition temperature of the resin for a time interval sufficient to intermediately cure the resin to an intermediate cure stage of 50% to 70% of full cure while the stack is in contact with the surface of the forming tool to form a composite laminate having a contour defined by the surface of the forming tool; and
(e) finally curing the resin in the composite laminate at a final temperature higher than the intermediate temperature to a final cure stage,
wherein steps (c) and (d) are performed concurrently during a time interval,
further comprising drilling an index hole in each sublaminate unit of the plurality of sublaminate units prior to step (a), wherein step (b) comprises passing a pin through the index hole in each sublaminate unit of the plurality of sublaminate units.

US Pat. No. 10,710,320

CONTROLLING APPLICATION OF FORCES TO DIFFERENT PORTIONS OF OBJECT SURFACE USING FLEXIBLE WALL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of controlling application of forces to a first portion and a second portion of a surface of an object, the method comprising:sealing a flexible wall against a back support, the object disposed in a sealed space between the flexible wall and the back support, wherein a contact member is disposed inside the sealed space and is supported by a positioning device, operable to move the contact member relative to the flexible wall;
applying a first force to the first portion of the surface using the flexible wall; andapplying a second force to the second portion of the surface using the flexible wall.

US Pat. No. 10,710,315

METHOD THAT FORMS PATTERN ON FABRIC MEMBER AND FIXES PATTERN ON TRIM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system that attaches a fabric member to a trim while forming a pattern in the fabric member, the system comprising:a first mold having a predetermined location where a trim having trim grooves can be placed;
a compression jig configured to be disposed on a fabric member having a predetermined shape, wherein the compression jig includes pattern protrusions to form a pattern in the fabric member and fixing protrusions to fix the fabric member to the trim, the first mold and the compression jig being arranged so that the fabric member can be placed on the trim at the predetermined location; and
a second mold having injection blades that protrude at predetermined locations of a molding side of the second mold and are configured to partially press the fabric member to fix the fabric member to the trim by inserting the fabric member into the trim.

US Pat. No. 10,710,313

NEAR-FIELD MICROWAVE HEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A microwave heating system comprising:a variable-frequency microwave source characterized by a center frequency and a usable bandwidth about said center frequency;
a waveguide with an input side connected to said source and an output side terminating in a launch structure, said launch structure comprising a rectangular horn having a first and a second lateral dimension, with at least one of said first and second lateral dimensions being larger than the wavelength of the microwave energy at the frequency being applied;
a compliant, microwave-attenuating structure around the periphery of said launch structure to sealably engage the surface of a workpiece, said workpiece having at least one polymer component to be cured; and,
a means for pressing said workpiece against said microwave-attenuating structure so that substantially all of said polymer component to be cured lies within one wavelength of said launch structure at the frequency being applied, and said compliant microwave-attenuatinq structure is compressed against said workpiece sufficiently to effectively attenuate microwave leakage.

US Pat. No. 10,710,311

SERVO-DRIVEN ULTRASONIC WELDING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WELDING TO A THIN PART WITHOUT READ-THROUGH

Dukane IAS, LLC, St. Cha...

1. An ultrasonic welding method for joining a first thermoplastic part and a second thermoplastic part without causing visible read-through on an exposed surface of the second part, comprising:arranging the first part on an inner surface of the second part, the inner surface being opposite the exposed surface, the first part having an interface portion contacting the inner surface;
causing a horn of an ultrasonic welding stack to be pressed against the first part by applying ultrasonic energy oscillating at a frequency in a range of 45-70 kHz through the horn, to thereby join the first part and the second part together, the horn having at least one protruding distal portion configured to penetrate through the first part as the ultrasonic energy is imparted through the horn, the at least one protruding distal portion having a length longer than a thickness of the first part, wherein a collapse distance of a weld formed at the interface portion is less than the thickness of the first part, to avoid read-through effects on the exposed surface of the second part.

US Pat. No. 10,710,307

TEMPERATURE CONTROL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus, comprising:a platform;
a dispenser to dispense successive layers of feed material on the platform;
a heat source above the platform, the heat source configured to deliver energy to a first region of a topmost layer of the successive layers of feed material to pre-heat and/or heat-treat the first region;
an energy source to emit a beam of energy to impinge a second region of the topmost layer, the second region smaller than the first region;
a sensor system to measure temperatures of the topmost layer of feed material in at least a region outside a melt pool and to measure a dimension of the melt pool; and
a controller configured to
operate the heat source to heat the topmost layer of feed material based on the measured temperatures, and
operate the energy source to cause the beam to fuse feed material in the topmost layer by generating the melt pool from feed material in the second region and positioning the beam to impinge the topmost layer in a first area having a generally planar top surface such that the melt pool extends into the topmost layer and has an upper surface coplanar with a surrounding second area of the top surface of the topmost layer with beam intensity based on the measured dimension and the measured temperatures of the region outside the melt pool.

US Pat. No. 10,710,306

SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES

Delavan Inc., West Des M...

1. A method of separating an additively manufactured article from a support structure, the method comprising:heating an interface layer coupling an article constructed by layer wise addition of layers on the interface layer; and
cooling the interface layer such that the interface layer fractures, wherein cooling the interface layer includes cooling the interface layer to a temperature that is below a ductile-to brittle transition temperature of a material forming the interface layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,305

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL FABRICATION

Carbon, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. A method of forming a three-dimensional object, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a carrier and a rigid stationary build plate, said build plate comprising a fixed semipermeable member, said semipermeable member comprising a build surface and a feed surface separate from said build surface, with said build surface and said carrier defining a build region therebetween, and with said feed surface in fluid contact with a polymerization inhibitor;
(b) filing said build region with a polymerizable liquid, said polymerizable liquid contacting said build segment,
(c) irradiating said build region through said build plate to produce a solid polymerized region in said build region, with a liquid film release layer comprised of said polymerizable liquid formed between said solid polymerized region and said build surface, the polymerization of which liquid film is inhibited by said polymerization inhibitor; and
(d) advancing said carrier with said polymerized region adhered thereto and said build plate away from one another solely in the Z (vertical) direction to create a subsequent build region between said polymerized region and said top zone, wherein:
said filling step is carried out by forcing said polymerizable liquid into said build region under pressure, and
said advancing step or steps is/are carried out at a cumulative rate of at least 0.1 to 1000 microns per second; and/or
said pressure is sufficient to increase the rate of said advancing step(s) at least 2 times as compared to the maximum rate of repetition of said advancing steps in the absence of said pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,301

MATERIAL SETS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A material set, comprising:a powder bed material, comprising composite particles including glass beads coated with polyamide-12 polymer, wherein the composite particles have an average particle size from 20 ?m to 200 ?m, wherein the polyamide-12 polymer includes greater than 80 meq/g carboxylic end groups and less than 40 meq/g amino end groups; and
a fusing agent comprising an energy absorber capable of absorbing electromagnetic radiation to produce heat.

US Pat. No. 10,710,297

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTER AND OPERATING METHOD FOR THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A three-dimensional printer comprising:a plurality of print heads installed to be movable horizontally and inject color photocurable chemical inks, respectively;
a stage on which the color photocurable chemical inks injected from the plurality of print heads are stacked, wherein the plurality of print heads each comprise a head chip injecting a respective color photocurable chemical ink; and
a light source moveable with respect to the stage, and
wherein the head chip comprises:
an ink chamber to contain the respective color photocurable chemical ink,
a heater inside the head chip to apply heat to the respective color photocurable chemical ink in the ink chamber to generate a bubble inside the ink chamber, and
a nozzle to infect the respective color chemical ink responsive to an increase in an internal pressure of the ink chamber occurring when the bubble is generated inside the ink chamber while the heater applies heat to the respective color chemical ink,
wherein the light source horizontally moves together with the plurality of print heads along the stage to irradiate light to the respective color photocurable chemical ink injected from the nozzle and stacked on the stage,
the plurality of print heads and the light source are installed to be movable horizontally in a first direction, and
the stage is installed to be movable horizontally in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and the stage is installed to be movable upward and downward.

US Pat. No. 10,710,293

COMPOSITE ARTICLE ASSEMBLY SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A composite article assembly method, the composite article assembly method comprising the steps of:axially aligning web-based first and second thermoformed workpieces within an assembly station along an assembly alignment axis;
directing the first and second workpieces toward one another within the assembly station along the assembly alignment axis; and
assembling the first and second workpieces along the assembly alignment axis within the assembly station thereby forming a composite article.

US Pat. No. 10,710,291

FRONT PLATE FOR ONBOARD LCD DEVICE

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

1. A front panel for on-board liquid crystal displays, having a layer containing a high hardness resin composition (B) on at least one side of a layer containing a resin (A) comprising a polycarbonate resin (a1), and further having a hard coat layer having irregularities on the layer containing a high hardness resin composition (B), wherein the front panel satisfies the following conditions (i) to (iv):(i) the thickness of the layer containing a high hardness resin composition (B) is 10 to 250 ?m, and the total thickness of the layer containing a resin (A) comprising a polycarbonate resin (a1) and the layer containing a high hardness resin composition (B) is 100 to 3,000 ?m;
(ii) the high hardness resin composition (B) consists of any one of the following resin compositions (B1) to (B3):
Resin composition (B1)
A copolymer resin comprising a (meth)acrylic acid ester constituent unit (a) represented by the following general formula (1), and an aliphatic vinyl constituent unit (b) represented by the following general formula (2), wherein the total ratio of the methacrylic acid ester constituent unit (a) and the aliphatic vinyl constituent unit (b) is 90 to 100 mol % of all constituent units of the copolymer resin, and the ratio of the (meth)acrylic acid ester constituent unit (a) is 65 to 80 mol % of all constituent units of the copolymer resin:

 wherein R1 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R2 is an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms

 wherein R3 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R4 is a cyclohexyl group optionally having a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
Resin composition (B2)
A resin composition comprising 55 to 10% by mass of a resin (C) containing a vinyl monomer, and 45 to 90% by mass of a styrene-unsaturated dicarboxylic acid copolymer (D), wherein the styrene-unsaturated dicarboxylic acid copolymer (D) comprises 50 to 80% by mass of a styrene monomer unit (d1), 10 to 30% by mass of an unsaturated dicarboxylic anhydride monomer unit (d2), and 5 to 30% by mass of a vinyl monomer unit (d3); and
Resin composition (B3)
A resin composition comprising 95 to 45% by mass of a polycarbonate resin (E) and 5 to 55% by mass of a (meth)acrylate copolymer (F), wherein the (meth)acrylate copolymer (F) comprises an aromatic (meth)acrylate unit (f1) and a methacrylic acid ester monomer unit (f2) at a mass ratio (f1/f2) of 10 to 50/40 to 90, the weight average molecular weight of the polycarbonate resin (E) is 37,000 to 71,000, and the weight average molecular weight of the (meth)acrylate copolymer (F) is 5,000 to 30,000;
(iii) the retardation of the front panel is 3,000 nm or more; and
(iv) the standard deviation of the second derivative of the irregular shape of the hard coat layer having irregularities is 0.1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,710,289

CASING COMPONENT, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A CASING COMPONENT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A manufacturing method, comprising:forming a metal layer on a base film by vacuum vapor depositioning under a specific temperature condition and a specific pressure condition so that the metal layer comprising a metal material has a frost-column shape,
wherein the frost-column shape of the metal layer corresponds to a restriction structure that suppresses stretchability of the metal layer;
forming a plurality of fine cracks in the metal layer by biaxially stretching the base film;
forming a decorating film including the metal layer;
forming a transfer film by adhering a carrier film to the decorating film; and
forming a molding part so that the decorating film is transferred from the transfer film to a molding resin by one of an in-mold molding method or a hot stamping method.

US Pat. No. 10,710,284

EXPANSION DEVICE AND MOLDING SYSTEM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An expansion device, comprising:an irradiation unit configured to irradiate a thermally expandable sheet placed on a placing unit with light;
a conveyance unit configured to reciprocably convey the irradiation unit between a first position and a second position;
an exhaust fan fixed to a housing and configured to discharge air from the housing; and
an air supply fan which is movable with the irradiation unit and configured to supply outside air into the housing,
wherein the exhaust fan is provided at a position where air can be discharged from an area of the second position when the irradiation unit is returned from the first position to the second position after being moved from the second position toward the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,283

MEMBRANE SURFACE HYDROPHOBICITY THROUGH ELECTRO-HYDRODYNAMIC FILM PATTERNING

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A roll-to-roll system for forming a hydrophobic polymer membrane surface, comprising:a heated carrier belt;
a repository of polymer material arranged to deposit the polymer material onto the carrier to create a heated polymer, wherein the polymer material contains polyelectrolytes;
an electrode belt positioned opposite the carrier belt;
an electric field generator positioned to generate an electric field between the carrier belt and the electrode belt and to infuse a pattern into the heated polymer to form a patterned polymer film;
a first solvent bath to rinse the patterned polymer film; and
a second solvent bath to set the pattern in the patterned polymer film.

US Pat. No. 10,710,280

METHODS OF FORMING SEALS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a seal about at least a portion of an object, using a form, comprising a non-metallic solidified material, at least one through lateral opening, a distal axial opening, a proximal axial opening, and a lateral wall, between the distal axial opening and the proximal axial opening, configured such that at least a portion of the at least one through lateral opening is spiral-shaped, the method comprising:placing the form about the at least a portion of the object;
flowing a viscous substance into the form and about the at least a portion of the object; and
removing the form from the object by unwinding or unraveling the form to form the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,710,274

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A THERMOPLASTIC MOULDING COMPOUND

INEOS STYROLUTION GROUP G...

1. A process for producing a thermoplastic molding composition by an extruder, comprising:at least one feed zone,
at least one mixing section,
at least one venting section, and
at least one discharge zone,
wherein:
a water-containing first component of the thermoplastic molding composition and a second component of the thermoplastic molding composition are introduced in the at least one feed zone,
the thermoplastic molding composition is mixed and water present is evaporated in the at least one mixing section,
water vapor is removed from the thermoplastic molding composition in the at least one venting section, and
the thermoplastic molding composition is discharged in the at least one discharge zone, and
wherein:
at least one mixing barrel section of the mixing section is maintained at a temperature which is the same as or lower than the temperature of the thermoplastic molding composition within the mixing section,
a first mixing barrel section and/or a second mixing barrel section is/are operated adiabatically, and
at least one barrel section of the venting section is heated by temperature-control equipment in a manner such that the temperature of the at least one barrel section of the venting section is higher than the temperature of at least one mixing barrel section, and/or
at least one barrel section of the discharge zone is heated by temperature-control equipment in a manner such that the temperature of the at least one barrel section of the discharge zone is higher than the temperature of at least one mixing barrel section.

US Pat. No. 10,710,258

PORTABLE SHAVING APPARATUS

1. A portable shaving apparatus comprising:a central component comprising a shaving device;
a first removable, external component designed to attach to a portion of said central component; and
a second removable, external component designed to attach to a portion of said central component and when in a closed position, said apparatus is designed to look like a cosmetic container.

US Pat. No. 10,710,251

ROBOT LINEAR OBJECT HANDLING STRUCTURE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A linear object handling structure of a robot, comprising:a rotational drum supported above a base in a rotatable manner about a vertical axis line, and a plurality of operation shafts supported by the rotational drum, the base having a plate disposed on one side thereof, wherein:
a ring gear included in a hypoid gear set is fixed below the rotational drum;
a first linear object group including cables for driving the operation shafts and a second linear object group for a peripheral device supported by any one of the operation shafts are wired so as to be separately movable from each other inside a space obtained inside the ring gear, the second linear object group being collectively covered by a flexible conduit pipe, and,
the second linear object group penetrates through a second linear object group through-hole provided on the base to extend out of the base, wherein the first linear object group further comprises a connector fixed to the plate and has a relay connection via the connector, and wherein the second linear object group does not include a connector fixed to the plate and does not have a relay connection inside the space and the base.

US Pat. No. 10,710,243

CONTROL AND REGULATION OF ACTUATORS OF A ROBOT BY TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION AMBIENT CONTACTS

1. A method for the control and regulation of actuators of a robot, taking environmental contacts into consideration, wherein the robot comprises at least two parts, which are connected by way of an articulated joint drivable by an actuator, comprising the following steps:by way of a sensor system, ascertaining and storing a time-dependent one-dimensional or multidimensional variable G(t) which can be used to describe an action, as a function of time, of one or more external contact forces Fext and/or of one or more external moments Mext on the at least two parts;
providing a condition B for the variable G(t);
provided that the condition B is not satisfied by G(t) at a time to, a feature vector MM (G(t)) is ascertained for the variable G(t) in a time interval T=[ta, te], where ta=start of the time interval, te=end of the time interval, t0?T and to a median or mean value of G(t) in the time interval T;
a minimum and a maximum of G(t) in the time interval T;
a deviation of G(t) from the median or from the mean value in the time interval T;
a signal width of G(t) in the time interval T;
a frequency spectrum of G(t) in the time interval T; and
one or more characteristic frequencies of the frequency spectrum,
classifying the feature vector MM(G(t)) based on predefined categories, which each indicate a contact type between one of the at least two parts or the articulated joint and an object in a surrounding environment, which are each imparted by corresponding external contact forces Fext and/or external contact moments Mext, to generate a classification result KE; and
open-loop and/or closed-loop control of the actuator for times t>t0 as a function of the classification result KE.

US Pat. No. 10,710,235

TIERED TIP OUT ASSEMBLY FOR ROUND SHANK DRILL BITS

JORE CORPORATION, Ronan,...

1. A round shank tool holder assembly, comprising:a storage case;
a first tip out tool holder configured to removably receive at least a first round shank tool therein, the first tip out tool holder pivotally secured within the storage case and moveable about a first pivot axis between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein the first round shank tool remains visible in both the stowed and deployed positions;
a second tip out tool holder configured to removably receive at least a second round shank tool therein, the second tip out tool holder pivotally secured within the storage case and moveable about a second pivot axis between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein the second round shank tool remains visible in both the stowed and deployed positions;
a first tool retention member configured to substantially prevent axial movement of the first round shank tool when the first tip out tool holder is in the stowed position;
a second tool retention member configured to substantially prevent axial movement of the second round shank tool when the second tip out tool holder is in the stowed position; and
wherein the first tool retention member is defined at least in part by a first portion of the second tip out tool holder; and
an interference assembly configured to substantially prevent the second tip out tool holder from being moved toward the deployed position with the first tip out tool holder in the stowed position, wherein the interference assembly is defined by a portion of the second tip out tool holder that is configured to engage a portion of the first tip out tool holder when the second tip out tool holder is moved toward the deployed position with the first tip out tool holder in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,230

HAND-HELD POWER TOOL WITH DETACHABLE CLAMPED CONNECTION

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

8. A hand-held power tool comprising:a tool socket;
a drive for driving the tool socket, the drive having an exciter and a guide tube, the exciter moving in the guide tube;
a housing, the drive being arranged in the housing; and
at least one detachable clamped connection connecting the guide tube to the housing, the clamped connection having a cylindrical pocket in the guide tube, a bushing made of plastic and inserted into the cylindrical pocket, and a screw screwed into the bushing.

US Pat. No. 10,710,228

STRIKING TOOL WITH ATTACHED STRIKING SURFACE

Estwing Manufacturing Com...

1. A hammer, comprising:a handle;
a head comprising a neck, the neck having a tapered receiving surface and an end face; and
a cap comprising a tapered mounting surface, the mounting surface surrounding and engaging the receiving surface to permanently affix the cap to the neck, wherein a first circumference of engagement at a first end of a length of engagement between the mounting surface and the receiving surface is greater than a second circumference of engagement at a second end of the length of engagement, the first end being farther from the end face of the neck than the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,710,214

POLISHING OR GRINDING PAD WITH MULTILAYER REINFORCEMENT

Husqvarna AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A polishing or grinding pad assembly comprising:(a) a flexible and rotatable pad;
(b) a polymeric ring attached to the pad and having a central opening exposing the flexible and rotatable pad;
(c) a metallic ring attached to the polymeric ring and having an inner hole exposing the flexible and rotatable pad; and
(d) abrasive tools contacting against a bottom surface of the metallic ring,
wherein the metallic ring includes an outer periphery having recesses radially arranged thereon between each of the abrasive tools, and
wherein the recesses are arcuate scallops which expose bottom surface portions of the polymeric ring.

US Pat. No. 10,710,208

POLISHING METHOD AND POLISHING APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

3. A polishing method for polishing a substrate by pressing the substrate against a polishing pad on a polishing table, comprising:a first step of defining a plurality of concentric annular areas in a radial direction of the polishing pad, selecting the area to adjust the surface temperature from the defined plural areas, adjusting the surface temperature of the selected area to a predetermined temperature, calculating, for each of radial positions on the substrate, an amount of heat that the substrate receives from the polishing pad by contact with the temperature-adjusted polishing pad, calculating, for each of the radial positions on the substrate, an integrated value of the amount of heat during rotation of the substrate from the calculated amount of heat, thereby obtaining a profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat in the radial direction of the substrate, and preparing and accumulating, for each area to adjust the surface temperature, the profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat;
a second step of obtaining a temperature profile in the radial direction of the surface of the polishing pad when the substrate is polished under such polishing conditions as to achieve a target polishing profile in a state where the surface temperature of the polishing pad is not adjusted, and calculating, for each of radial positions on the substrate, an integrated value of the amount of heat during rotation of the substrate from the temperature profile, thereby obtaining a profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat in the radial direction of the substrate;
a third step of selecting a profile which is equal or similar to a profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat, obtained by normalizing the profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat obtained in the second step, from profiles of the integrated value of the amount of heat, obtained by normalizing the profiles of the integrated value of the amount of heat accumulated in the first step; and
a fourth step of determining an area where the surface temperature of the polishing pad is adjusted based on the profile selected in the third step, and polishing the substrate by pressing the substrate against the polishing pad while adjusting the surface temperature of the determined area of the polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,710,204

NOZZLE CONTROLLER OF MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A nozzle controller of a machine tool comprising: a tool which is gripped in a spindle of the machine tool;a nozzle in which an angle and/or a position thereof with respect to the tool can be changed and which emits a fluid to the tool;
a nozzle drive unit which drives the angle and/or the position of the nozzle;
a contact acquisition unit which acquires contact between the tool and a work; and
a control unit which controls the nozzle drive unit,
wherein the control unit stores, as a surface coordinate of the work, a coordinate in the direction of the spindle when the contact acquisition unit detects the contact, and further determines that the tool is raised or lowered when the stroke of the feed axis in the direction of the spindle is increased or decreased after the detection of the contact by the contact acquisition unit and a stroke in a direction orthogonal to the direction of the spindle is not produced, and
the nozzle drive unit drives the nozzle such that an emitting port of the nozzle is directed to the surface coordinate when the control unit determines that the tool is raised or lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,710,195

COOPERATIVE CONTROL METHOD

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

1. A cooperative control method for a controller including: a main controller configured to control a main control target; a first sub-controller configured to control a first sub-control target which can be controlled when a condition for executing a main operation by the main control target is met; and a second sub-controller configured to control a second sub-control target which can be controlled after the main operation is completed, the cooperative control method comprising:sending a preparation completion signal from each of the first sub-controller and the second sub-controller to the main controller when preparation for control is completed,
controlling the main control target using the main controller when the main controller receives the preparation completion signal from each of the first sub-controller and the second sub-controller, and sending a first control execution signal from the main controller to the first sub-controller when the condition for executing the main operation by the main control target is met and, after the main operation is completed, sending a second control execution signal from the main controller to the second sub-controller,
controlling the first sub-control target using the first sub-controller when the first sub-controller receives the first control execution signal, and
controlling the second sub-control target using the second sub-controller when the second sub-controller receives the second control execution signal.

US Pat. No. 10,710,192

METHOD FOR ADHERING A FIRST STRUCTURE AND A SECOND STRUCTURE

1. A method of bonding a first structure with a second structure, the method comprising:a) providing the first structure successively comprising:
a first substrate,
a first layer made from a first material based on tungsten, and
a first oxide based on tungsten with 1-4 oxygen atoms,
b) providing the second structure successively comprising:
a second substrate,
a second layer made from a second material based on silicon, and
a second oxide based on tungsten with 1-4 oxygen atoms, the second oxide being in direct contact with the second layer,wherein step b) comprises directly depositing the second oxide on the second layer,c) bonding the first structure with the second structure by direct adhesion between the first oxide and the second oxide, and
d) activating diffusion of the oxygen atoms of the first and second oxides to the second layer so as to form the oxide of the second material in all or part of the thickness of the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,189

TIP-RETENTION DEVICE FOR USE WITH A WELDING SYSTEM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

13. A device for use with a welding torch, comprising:an annular sidewall surrounding a hollow interior;
a tip-retention wall attached to the sidewall, wherein the tip-retention wall includes a bore configured to fit a contact tip and a locking taper configured to interface with a forward-facing taper of the contact tip so as to retain the contact tip within the bore; and
a channel in fluid communication with the hollow interior, wherein the channel is configured to provide a passage for gas to flow around the tip-retention wall, the tip-retention wall being configured to direct the gas radially away from the contact tip.

US Pat. No. 10,710,188

UNIVERSAL WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL FOR WELDING APPARATUS IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding-type system comprising:a controller configured to regulate welding operations for at least one welder;
a wireless communication system configured to communicate over a wireless medium and provide an operational parameter to the controller based on the communication, wherein the controller is configured to regulate the at least one welder based on the operational parameter;
a pairing apparatus coupled to the wireless communication system and configured to:
identify a terminal device capable of wirelessly communicating with the wireless communication system;
identify a status of the terminal device through wireless communication with the terminal device, via the wireless communication system; and
initiate a transfer of data to the terminal device in response to the status indicating a need for an update or upgrade, wherein the data allows the terminal device to provide the operational parameter to the controller via wireless communication with the wireless communication system.

US Pat. No. 10,710,184

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OF A ROTOR

Atlas Copco Airpower, N.V...

1. A method for manufacturing a screw rotor for a compressor, a blower, a vacuum pump, or an expander, the method comprising the following operations:clamping a workpiece into a grinding machine to perform a grinding operation, the workpiece having been partially processed so that before being clamped into the grinding machine, along an axis of the workpiece, the workpiece has a general cross-sectional shape of a rotor;
performing one or more cylindrical grinding operations including cylindrical grinding with one or more cylindrical grinding disks including a first cylindrical grinding disk and a second cylindrical grinding disk, wherein one or more sections of the workpiece are ground to respective one or more diameters to form one or more rotor shaft sections;
performing one or more profile grinding operations, wherein, in said one or more profile grinding operations, with one or more profile grinding disks including a coarse profile grinding disk and a fine profile grinding disk, a section of the workpiece is profiled to form a rotor body of the screw rotor;wherein during the manufacture of the screw rotor in the grinding machine, the workpiece is not unclamped and both the cylindrical grinding operations and the profile grinding operations are executed with the same grinding machine,wherein performing the one or more cylindrical grinding operations includes a first cylindrical grinding operation that includes cylindrically grinding with the first cylindrical grinding disk a first section on at least a first end of the workpiece to obtain a cylindrical clamping surface that is centred with respect to a centre line of the workpiece along the axis of the workpiece,wherein performing the one or more cylindrical grinding operations further includes a second cylindrical grinding operation that includes cylindrically grinding with the first or second cylindrical grinding disks a second section on at least a second end of the workpiece, the second end of the workpiece being opposite from the first end of the workpiece, to obtain a cylindrical support surface that is centred with respect to the centre line of the workpiece along the axis of the workpiece, andwherein performing the one or more profile grinding operations includesclamping the workpiece at the first end at the cylindrical clamping surface to provide rotational support to the workpiece during the profile grinding by controlling rotation of the workpiece during the profile grinding operations to form the rotor body of the screw rotor,wherein performing the one or more profile grinding operations includes a first coarse profile grinding operation using the coarse profile grinding disk to obtain on the workpiece a coarsely ground rotor body having a coarsely finished spiral toothing,wherein, after said first coarse profile grinding operation, said method further comprises performing a third cylindrical grinding operation that includes grinding said one or more rotor shaft sections or grinding an end face of the rotor body,wherein after said third cylindrical grinding operation is performed, the one or more profile grinding operations includes a second profile grinding operation that includes finely grinding the profile of the rotor body using the fine profile grinding disk during a fine profile grinding operation to obtain on the workpiece a finely ground rotor body having a finely finished spiral toothing, andwherein said providing rotational support to the workpiece during said one or more profile grinding operations includes driving the workpiece around the axis of the workpiece by a clamp clamped at said cylindrical clamping surface during said first profile grinding operation and during said second profile grinding operation.

US Pat. No. 10,710,169

COATED CUTTING TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A coated cutting tool comprising a substrate and a coating layer formed on a surface of the substrate,the coating layer comprising a first laminate structure and a second laminate structure, wherein:
the first laminate structure has a laminate structure in which compound layers of two kinds, each having a different composition, are laminated in an alternating manner;
one compound layer of the compound layers of two kinds in the first laminate structure has a composition represented by formula (1) below:
(AlaM1-a)N  (1)M denotes an element of at least one kind selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo, W and Si, a denotes an atomic ratio of the Al element based on a total of the Al element and a metal element denoted by M, and a satisfies 0.58?a?0.80;the other compound layer of the compound layers of two kinds in the first laminate structure has a composition represented by formula (2) below:
(AlbM1-b)N  (2)wherein M denotes an element of at least one kind selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo, W and Si, b denotes an atomic ratio of the Al element based on a total of the Al element and a metal element denoted by M, and b satisfies 0.57?b?0.79;wherein M in formula (1) and M in formula (2) are the same element;
the first laminate structure satisfies a condition represented by formula (A) below:
0<1Rx?Ry1<5  (A)wherein Rx denotes a ratio (unit:atom %) of a metal element of one kind relative to all the metal elements in the one compound layer, and Ry denotes a ratio (unit:atom %) of the metal element of one kind relative to all the metal elements in the other compound layer which is adjacent to the one compound layer, and the metal element of one kind denotes an element having the largest absolute value of a difference between a ratio relative to all the metal elements in the one compound layer and a ratio relative to all the metal elements in the other compound layer;the second laminate structure has a laminate structure in which a first compound layer and a second compound layer are laminated in an alternating manner;
the first compound layer comprises at least one kind selected from the group consisting of an oxide and an oxynitride of an element having a composition represented by formula (3) below:
(Al1-cCrc)  (3)wherein c denotes an atomic ratio of the Cr element based on a total of the Al element and the Cr element, and c satisfies 0?c?0.60;the second compound layer has a composition represented by formula (4) below:
(Al1-dLd)N  (4)wherein L denotes an element of at least one kind selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo, W and Si, d denotes an atomic ratio of an element denoted by L based on a total of the Al element and the metal element denoted by L, and d satisfies 0?d?0.55;an average thickness of each of the one compound layer and the other compound layer which constitute the first laminate structure is from 1 nm or more to 300 nm or less;
an average thickness of each of the first compound layer and the second compound layer which constitute the second laminate structure is from 50 nm or more to 500 nm or less; and
a thickness of the coating layer in its entirety is from 1.5 ?m or more to 15.0 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,710,168

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL IN WHICH HARD COATING LAYER EXHIBITS EXCELLENT CHIPPING RESISTANCE

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising: a tool body composed of any one of a tungsten carbide-based cemented carbide, a titanium carbonitride-based cermet and a cubic boron nitride-based ultra-high pressure sintered material; and a hard coating layer provided on a surface of the tool body,wherein (a) the hard coating layer includes at least a layer of a complex nitride or a complex carbonitride of Ti and Al having an average thickness of 1-20 ?m, and in a case where the layer of the complex nitride or the complex carbonitride is expressed by a composition formula: (Ti1-xAlx)(CyNi1-y), xavg and yavg satisfy 0.60?xavg?0.95 and 0?yavg?0.005, respectively, where xavg is an average content ratio of Al in a total amount of Ti and Al in an atomic ratio, and yavg is an average content ratio of C in a total amount of C and N in an atomic ratio,
(b) the layer of the complex nitride or the complex carbonitride includes at least crystal grains of a complex nitride or a complex carbonitride of Ti and Al having a NaCl type face-centered cubic structure, and
(c) when a polished surface of the layer of the complex nitride or the complex carbonitride is analyzed from a direction perpendicular to the surface using an electron beam backward scattering diffraction device to obtain an average inner-grain misorientation of each of the crystal grains having the NaCl type face-centered cubic structure, as well as a frequency distribution of the average inner-grain misorientation and an area ratio occupied by the crystal grains having the average inner-grain misorientaion of 1 degree or more, the area ratio is 50% or more in the layer of the complex nitride or the complex carbonitride, and a peak exists in a range of: 0 degree or more and less than 1 degree; or 1 degree or more and less than 2 degrees, of the average inner-grain misorientation in the frequency distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,710,161

TURBINE DISK FABRICATION WITH IN SITU MATERIAL PROPERTY VARIATION

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A method of fabricating a functionally graded turbine engine component comprising:depositing layers of powder onto a base;
solidifying and fusing each layer with a first directed energy beam to define a component; and
varying a process parameter between deposited layers to define different material properties within the component, further comprising varying the energy level from the first directed energy beam to vary a density of a solidified layer of powder.

US Pat. No. 10,710,159

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING WITH REAL-TIME AND IN-SITU ADJUSTMENT OF GROWTH PARAMETERS

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus for building an object, comprising:a powder dispenser;
an irradiation source;
a platform on which the object is built in a powder bed;
a recoater providing layers of powder over the platform; and
a controller configured to measure a real-time temperature of a portion of the object after irradiation and prior to solidification of the portion, as the object is built,
wherein the controller is configured to calculate a real-time part size based on the real-time temperature measurement; and
wherein the controller is configured to adjust a dimension of a geometry of the object in a subsequent build layer based on the real-time temperature measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,710,156

PROCESS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF PARTS BY MELTING OR SINTERING PARTICLES OF POWDER(S) USING A HIGH-ENERGY BEAM WITH POWDERS ADAPTED TO THE TARGETED PROCESS/MATERIAL PAIR

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of fabricating a part out of a material with discontinuous reinforcement, the method comprising:melting or sintering powder particles of the material with discontinuous reinforcement via a high-energy beam,
wherein
the material is a metallic, intermetallic, ceramic, ceramic matrix composite, or a metal matrix composite material,
the powder particles have substantially identical mean composition, a sphericity of from 0.8 to 1.0, a form factor of from 1 to ?2, and a grain size distribution narrowed around a mean diameter value d50% in such a manner that:
(d90%?d50%)/d50%?0.66,
(d50%?d10%)/d50%?0.33, and
(d90%?d10%)/d50%?1.00,
the composition of the powder particles comprises an additional chemical element in a quantity of more than 0 and less than 0.5 wt % and suitable for modifying the material's microstructure,
and
the additional chemical element facilitates wetting of the reinforcement by a liquid, which is formed by melting a portion of the powder particles via the high-energy beam.

US Pat. No. 10,710,154

CASTING CORE REMOVAL THROUGH THERMAL CYCLING

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,150

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FOUNDRY CORE AND FOUNDRY CORE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,148

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

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,132

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

THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,130

METHOD FOR PRODUCING H-SHAPED STEEL

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,128

HYDROGEN SULFIDE ABSORBING ALTERNATIVE LANDFILL COVER MATERIAL

1. A method for producing an odor absorbing product for use as a reformulated alternative cover material for landfills using recycled material comprising the steps of:(a) receiving construction and demolition debris in a first area;
b) receiving clean fill in a second area;
(c) receiving sized rubber material in a third area;
(d) positive sorting at least one of masonry products, concrete, bricks, cinder block, rocks, and asphalt from the construction and demolition debris from the first area;
(e) positive sorting a remaining portion of the construction and demolition debris from step (d) to remove recyclable materials including at least one of cardboard, wood, fiber, ferrous metal and non-ferrous metal;
(f) negative sorting a remainder of the construction and demolition debris from step (e) to remove materials other than wood, roofing material, and insulating board to form a first feed stock component;
(g) grinding the first feed stock component to a desired particle size of up to approximately six inches to form a first feed stock;
(h) mixing the at least one of the masonry products, concrete, bricks, cinder block, rocks and asphalt with the clean fill from the second area to form a second feed stock component;
(i) grinding the second feed stock component to a desired particle size of up to approximately six inches to form a second feed stock;
(j) blending the first and second feed stocks in a proportion of approximately 2:1 to approximately 5:1 by weight to form an alternative cover material for landfills using recycled material to produce an alternative cover material; and
(k) blending a feed of sized rubber material into the alternative cover material in a proportion of greater than zero and less than approximately 50 percent by volume to form a permeable, hydrogen sulfide absorbing alternative cover material.

US Pat. No. 10,710,120

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SORTING PARTICLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,111

CONTINUOUS TOW FIBER COATING REACTOR

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,110

OUTLET FITTING FOR FLUID-CARRYING CONDUIT

Lindsay Corporation, Oma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,107

FILLING APPARATUS FOR HERMETICALLY SEALED BOTTLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,105

DISPOSABLE CLEANING-FREE PAINT POT

Zhejiang Rongpeng Air Too...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,063

TRANSPARENT PHOTOCATALYST COATING AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Nitto Denko Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,054

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

BASF SE, (DE)

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,050

POWDER, METHOD OF PRODUCING POWDER, AND ADSORPTION APPARATUS

HOYA CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,047

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

Stamicarbon B.V., Sittar...


the balance being Fe and unavoidable impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,710,042

DEVICE FOR EFFICIENT MIXING OF LAMINAR, LOW-VELOCITY FLUIDS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,710,023

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION CATALYST

CATALER CORPORATION, Shi...

1. An exhaust gas purification catalyst, comprising:a catalyst layer comprising palladium (Pd), rhodium (Rh), and alumina, the alumina supports an alkaline-earth metal sulfate selected from barium sulfate and strontium sulfate, wherein
when measuring characteristic X-ray intensities of the palladium, rhodium, and alkaline-earth metal with an electron beam micro-analyzer using 350 points as measurement points obtained by equally dividing the catalyst layer into 351 parts in a thickness direction on a virtual straight line that runs through the catalyst layer in the thickness direction,
correlation coefficients ?Pd,AE and ?Rh,AE, which are represented by Formula (1) below, are in a range of +0.75 to +1.00 and ?1.00 to +0.25, respectively,

where M is Pd or Rh,
AE is the alkaline-earth metal, and
CM,AE, ?M, and ?AE are represented by Formulae (2) to (4) below;

where i is a natural number from 1 to 350,
IM,i is the characteristic X-ray intensity of M at an i-th measurement point,
IM,av is an arithmetic mean value of the characteristic X-ray intensity of M represented by Formula (5) below,
IAE,i is the characteristic X-ray intensity of the alkaline-earth metal at an i-th measurement point, and
IAE,av is an arithmetic mean value of the characteristic X-ray intensity of the alkaline-earth metal represented by Formula (6) below;

wherein when M is Pd, the above Formulas (1), (2), (3), and (5) are calculated using the characteristic X-ray intensity of palladium, and
when M is Rh, the above Formulas (1), (2), (3), and (5) are calculated using the characteristic X-ray intensity of rhodium.

US Pat. No. 10,710,007

FILTRATION CONTAINER ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS

Grayl Inc., Seattle, WA ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,994

AUTOMOBILE MODEL

GATEWAY AUTOART LIMITED, ...

1. A car model comprising:a body formed of a resin;
a reinforcing member which is formed of a metal and is to be fixed to the body; and
a chassis to be fixed to the reinforcing member,
wherein the body has at least one door which is openably attached thereto with a hinge such that the at least one door can be opened and closed, and a side sill that protrudes below a bottom of the at least one door,
the reinforcing member has a frame portion comprising a side surface that is disposed transverse to a planar surface of the chassis when the chassis is fixed to the reinforcing member, and wherein the side sill of the body abuts the side surface of the frame portion when the reinforcing member is fixed to the body such that, with the reinforcing member fixed to the body, the side surface of the frame portion of the reinforcing member inhibits flexing of the side sill when the at least one door is open and closed and, with the reinforcing member fixed to the body, the side surface of the frame portion extends from a first area on a first side of the at least one door to a second area on a second side of the at least one door, the side surface having a recess in an area in which the at least one door opens and closes wherein a width of the side surface in the recess area is reduced as compared with a width of the side surface in the first and second areas.

US Pat. No. 10,709,991

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COOPERATIVE APPLICATION CONTROL

Nvidia Corporation, Sant...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,957

LOOSENING-RESISTANT BLADE MOUNTING BRACKET FOR ICE SKATES

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,945

GOLF-SWING MONITORING SYSTEM

Shot Scope Technologies L...

1. A system for automatically gathering information on a performance of a sports action involving an object being hit or struck, the system comprising:one or more tags configured to be coupled on a piece of sports equipment, wherein the one or more tags comprise at least one Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, and
a wearable device comprising:
a strap,
one or more swing sensors and at least one object contact sensor, the one or more swing sensors and the at least one object contact sensor being provided on the at least one wearable device, the at least one object contact sensor being configured to detect a contact with the object, the wearable device being configured to activate the at least one object contact sensor due to or responsive to detected swing motion readings from the one or more swing sensors, and
a tag reader provided in and extending along or around the strap, wherein the tag reader comprises an antenna, the antenna being formed as part of a flexible printed circuit board (PCB), and the tag reader having a range of detection of at least 9 cm, wherein the antenna extends longitudinally along the strap such that when a user wears the at least one wearable device and holds the piece of sports equipment, the antenna is located at an underside of a wrist of the user to communicate with the one or more tags spaced apart from the antenna, the tag reader comprising a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or Near Field Communication (NFC) tag reader,
wherein the antenna is comprised in or around a strap of the wearable device,
the strap is adjustable to vary an adjustment position, circumference, configuration or length of the strap,
the system comprises a strap sensor that is configured to determine the adjustment position, circumference, configuration or length of the strap or data indicative thereof and the system is configured to adjust at least one operating parameter of, or compensation for, the antenna based on the determined adjustment position, circumference, configuration or size of the strap or the data indicative thereof, and
the system comprises a plurality of antenna matching circuits or systems, and/or an adjustable matching circuit or system, wherein the system is configured to adjust at least one operating parameter of, or compensation for, the antenna by selecting and/or varying one or more of the matching circuits or systems based on the determined adjustment position, circumference, configuration or length of the strap or data indicative thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,709,941

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,939

GOLF BALL RETRIEVER

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,938

GOLF BALLS HAVING DUAL-LAYERED CORES WITH METAL-CONTAINING CENTERS AND DUAL-LAYERED COVERS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having a multi-layered core, comprising:i) an inner core comprising a metal material, the inner core having a diameter in the range of about 0.100 to about 1.100 inches, and a specific gravity (SGinner core), and an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core), the Hinner core surface being greater than the Hinner core to provide a positive hardness gradient;
ii) an outer core layer comprising a thermoset material, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core and having a thickness in the range of about 0.200 to about 1.200 inches, a specific gravity (SGouter core), and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC) and a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of OC), the Houter surface of OC being greater than the Hmidpoint of OC to provide a positive hardness gradient; the inner core and outer core forming a core subassembly, wherein the Hinner core is in the range of about 65 to about 90 Shore C and the Houter surface of OC is in the range of about 65 to about 96 Shore C to provide positive hardness gradient across the core assembly; and
iii) an inner cover disposed about the multi-layered core, the inner cover comprising a thermoplastic material and metal material and having a specific gravity (SGinner core), in the range of about 2.60 to about 14.00, the SGinner core and SGinner core being substantially equal; and
iv) an outer cover disposed about the inner cover.

US Pat. No. 10,709,928

ABDOMINAL/BACK MUSCLE EXERCISE DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,927

MULTI-POSITION HORIZONTAL ELLIPTICAL CYCLE FITNESS EQUIPMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,923

APPARATUS FOR MOTOR REHABILITATION OF UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,909

NOZZLE FOR RETRACTABLE FALL ARREST

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES, LLC,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,906

COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS FOR ATTACHING TOOLS TO ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An ultrasonic surgical instrument, comprising:an ultrasonic transducer;
an ultrasonic end effector comprising a proximal end formed of a first material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion; and
a waveguide configured to transmit ultrasonic energy generated by the ultrasonic transducer to the ultrasonic end effector, wherein the waveguide includes an attachment portion formed of a second material having a second coefficient of thermal expansion that is greater than the first coefficient of thermal expansion, the attachment portion configured to be selectively expandable into an acoustically coupled retaining engagement with the ultrasonic end effector by expanding faster than the proximal end of the ultrasonic end effector when heat is applied to establish an interference fit therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,709,901

IMPLANTABLE FASTENERS, APPLICATORS, AND METHODS FOR BRACHYTHERAPY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,898

LIGHT IRRADIATING DEVICE AND PHOTOTHERAPY MACHINE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,887

DEVICES FOR DELIVERING NON-INVASIVE NEUROMODULATION TO A PATIENT

Helius Medical, Inc, New...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,877

MEDICAL BALLOON WITH REINFORCING MEMBER

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,871

CATHETER HAVING A STEERABLE TIP

Strategic Polymer Science...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,858

SEALING MECHANISM FOR ANAESTHETIC AIRWAY DEVICES

AIRWAY MEDICAL LIMITED, ...

26. A multipurpose oropharyngeal airway device adapted for insertion into a mouth of a patient, said airway device comprising:(a) an elongate, tubular airway body of substantially elliptical or substantially circular cross-section, the tubular airway body having:
a substantially straight section, and a proximal end which is adapted to function as an integral bite block;
a curved distal section that is configured to substantially conform to the curvature of a part of the patient's pharynx between the soft palate and an upper edge of the epiglottis, the curved distal section having a distal tip with a tear-drop shaped downwardly offset rim that aids placement of the airway device into the mouth of the patient and spreads pressure across a back of a tongue; and
a central channel for passage of oxygen and anaesthetic gasses and for accepting an intubation device and for accepting an endoscopic device;
(b) a substantially oval-shaped detachable intraoral self retaining and self sealing plate for dynamically sealing the mouth from inside the mouth having a central aperture for receiving the tubular airway body; and
(c) a connector for facilitating attachment of breathing or anaesthesia equipment thereto, wherein the connector is attached to the proximal end of the tubular airway body and has a groove on its external surface, wherein the groove forms a circular channel for accepting the detachable intraoral plate;
wherein the plate which is essentially flat with a reinforced rim around the perimeter resists deformation with a second rim surrounding the central aperture,
wherein the plate is a one piece construction of polyvinyl chloride, polyurethane, silicone or some other elastomeric material possessing properties of elasticity, resilience and flexibility, so that the plate is self retaining and self sealing, which elasticity allows the plate to be fitted and retained in position on airway devices and allows the plate to be compressed between thumb and forefinger for placement inside the cheeks of the patient, and when released by the thumb and forefinger to be compressed by the cheeks and forced to follow a curved contour of the inside of the cheeks and dynamically seal the mouth from the inside and a sealing effect is enhanced during positive pressure ventilation by a gas pressure pushing the plate against the inside of the mouth;
wherein between the reinforced rim around the perimeter of the plate and the second rim surrounding the central aperture, the plate is soft and flexible, wherein the plate is configured to seal the mouth opening by adhering to a soft moist and smooth inner mucosa of the cheeks and lips;
wherein the plate does not seal a large opening between the upper and lower jaws but rather seals the mouth of the patient due to the width of the vestibule of the mouth being much greater than the width of the mouth opening and allowing for the width of the plate to be much greater than the maximum width of the mouth opening, whereby the corners of the mouth retain the multipurpose airway device and are sealed and no gas leaks from the corners of the mouth, whereby the multipurpose oropharyngeal airway body is self retaining, self sealing and hands free.

US Pat. No. 10,709,857

MANUAL VENTILATION METHOD AND SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of controlling fresh gas flow during manual ventilation by a clinician, the method comprising:measuring patient airway pressure (Paw) of a patient throughout a compression and release cycle of a breathing bag by the clinician, wherein the Paw is measured with a pressure sensor in a breathing circuit ventilating the patient;
determining a measured minimum Paw during a release stroke of the compression and release cycle;
determining a difference between the measured minimum Paw and a desired minimum Paw;
calculating a fresh gas flow rate of fresh gas into the breathing circuit based on the Paw and the difference between the measured minimum Paw and the desired minimum Paw; and
controlling a gas supply system to supply fresh gas at the fresh gas flow rate for at least a portion of the compression and release cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,709,855

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED ASSISTED VENTILATION

CoLabs Medical, Inc., Mo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,848

SEGMENTED SAFETY COVER FOR NEEDLE DELIVERY

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,844

INJECTOR SAFETY DEVICE

Antares Pharma, Inc., Ew...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,839

PRECISION VARIABLE FLOW RATE INFUSION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Repro-Med Systems, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,828

SHEATH DEVICE FOR INSERTING A CATHETER

ECP ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCH...

1. A sheath device for inserting a catheter into a patient's body, comprising:a first sheath having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end of the first sheath configured to be arranged in the patient's body during use and the proximal end of the first sheath configured to be arranged outside the patient's body, the first sheath comprising a tubular section connected to a sheath housing, the sheath housing disposed at a proximal end of the tubular section configured as a receiving channel, and wherein the sheath housing is displaceable relative to the tubular section along a longitudinal axis;
a second sheath configured as a lumen for receiving a medical device and configured to be positioned proximal of the proximal end of the first sheath, wherein a distal end of the second sheath is positioned inside a proximal end of the sheath housing; and
a clamping element on the receiving channel configured to clamp the second sheath in position relative to the first sheath prior to moving the medical device from the second sheath into the receiving channel;
wherein the tubular section is configured to allow for a transfer of the medical device from the second sheath into the tubular section when the tubular section is displaced relative to the sheath housing such that the sheath housing extends proximally beyond the proximal end of the tubular section.

US Pat. No. 10,709,825

WOUND EXUDATE MONITOR ACCESSORY

ConvaTec Technologies Inc...

1. A stand-alone system for assessing wound exudate from a wound of a patient, said system comprising:a sensor or detector for detecting one or more physiological values of the wound exudate from the wound of the patient;
a processor for comparing the one or more detected physiological values to one or more predetermined physiological values to obtain a comparison result in real time, and for providing an electronic signal based on the comparison result, in which the electronic signal corresponds to guidelines for treating the wound;
a compartment for receiving wound exudate from the wound of the patient;
an exit tube, wherein the compartment is connected to the exit tube;
a valve positioned relative to the exit tube to control removal of wound exudate from the compartment via the exit tube when the wound exudate reaches a set level in the compartment;
a reservoir for receiving the removed wound exudate from the exit tube; and
a transmitter to output the electronic signal for reception by a negative pressure wound therapy device which controls a flow of the wound exudate from the wound of the patient;
wherein the sensor or detector is positioned on an exterior of the exit tube.

US Pat. No. 10,709,824

ACCESSORY PART

Serres Oy, Kauhajoki as....

1. An accessory part to be used in connection with cleaning a suction bag emptying device, the accessory part comprisinga lid for closing a container in the emptying device; and
a capsule with a cavity formed in the lid for holding a liquid agent to be used for cleaning the emptying device, wherein the cavity is closed by a plug extending to an inside of the cavity, and a gap is disposed between a bottom of the cavity and an end of the plug for throttling liquid flow during cleaning, wherein the bottom of the cavity includes radially extending ridges, and wherein the plug is adapted to displace the liquid agent from a mid-area of the cavity and move the liquid agent against a side wall of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,709,823

SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR COLLECTING LIQUIDS

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,805

WALL MOUNTABLE ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,800

RADIO-OPAQUE WRITING INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS OF USE

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,756

TREATING SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

Olive Therapeutics, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,719

SUBSTITUTED BICYCLIC COMPOUNDS

Bristol-Myers Squibb Comp...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,703

2,4-PYRIMIDINEDIAMINE COMPOUNDS AND THEIR USES

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, In...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,699

PYRIDONE DERIVATIVE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,696

THERAPEUTIC AGENTS FOR TREATING DISEASES ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC INFLAMMATION AND SCREENING METHOD

King Faisal University, ...

1. A method of treating multiple sclerosis, comprising:administering to a subject in need thereof an effective amount of an Arid5a inhibitor, wherein the Arid5a inhibitor comprises a compound having the formula
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein the Arid5a inhibitor interacts with a target domain of Arid5a.

US Pat. No. 10,709,691

PHARMACEUTICAL DOSAGE FORMS

RECORDATI AG, Baar (CH)

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,662

MUCOADHESIVE BUCCAL FILM HAVING A DUAL RELEASE CARRIER SYSTEM

King Abdulaziz University...

1. A method of improving permeation of a statin across mucosal tissue, comprising providing to a subject in need thereof a mucoadhesive buccal film comprising a crosslinked polyacrylic acid polymer, wherein the film is loaded witha statin-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin inclusion complex; and
a statin-loaded mixed micelle composition,wherein the ratio of the mixed micelle composition to the inclusion complex is from 2:0.5 to 2:1.5.

US Pat. No. 10,709,637

VENOUS BAG CLAMPING MECHANISM

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,633

EXOSKELETON SUPPORT MECHANISM FOR A MEDICAL EXOSKELETON

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A coupling device, configurable to couple a walker to a torso orthosis, which is configurable to couple to an upper body of a person, said coupling device comprising:an orthosis coupling member, configurable to be coupled to said torso orthosis;
a walker coupling member, configurable to be coupled to said walker; and
a mechanism, comprising a first end and a second end and coupled to the orthosis coupling member from the first end and to the walker coupling member from the second end,
wherein said mechanism is configured to constrain said orthosis coupling member to move and rotate relative to the walker coupling member in a free plane and to allow said torso orthosis and said upper body of the person to move and rotate laterally, and
wherein when said torso orthosis is worn by the person and said coupling mechanism is coupled to both said walker and said torso orthosis, and when said person is walking in a forward direction, said mechanism forces said walker coupling member and said orthosis coupling member to move along said forward direction together, and allows said orthosis coupling member to move and rotate laterally in said free plane for weight shifting during walking.

US Pat. No. 10,709,624

COMMUNICATION METHODS FOR PATIENT HANDLING DEVICES

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,623

DOUBLE ROLLER COMPACT PROFILE ACTUATION SYSTEM FOR AN ADJUSTABLE BED

ergomotion, inc., Goleta...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,620

TOUCH FASTENER FEMALE MATERIAL, TOUCH FASTENER, AND ABSORBENT ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,605

EYE MONITORING AND PRESSURIZATION SYSTEMS

John Berdahl, Sioux Fall...

1. A system to treat a patient eye comprising:a goggle, sized and shaped to fit over the patient eye, configured to define a cavity between the goggle and the patient eye;
a cavity pressure sensor, configured to sense an indication of cavity pressure in the cavity; and
a control circuit configured to receive the indication of cavity pressure and at least one of an indication of intraocular pressure (IOP) level in the patient eye or an indication of cerebrospinal fluid pressure (CSFP) level in the patient,
wherein the control circuit is configured to adjust a pressure source to generate non-ambient pressure in the cavity based at least in part on one of the received indications of IOP level or CSFP level to adjust the indication of IOP level in the patient eye toward a target IOP level.

US Pat. No. 10,709,600

STRETCH MARK REMOVAL DEVICE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,594

UNDERGARMENT FOR USE WITH HIP SPICA CAST

BSN medical, Inc., Charl...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,586

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

Endovention, Inc., San F...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,582

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

Joint Innovation Technolo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,579

BONE GRAFT DISPENSING DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,578

SURGICAL BIOLOGICS DELIVERY SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

INTEGRITY IMPLANTS INC., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,568

INTERVERTEBRAL BODY SPACER ASSEMBLY AND KIT

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,560

NATURALLY DESIGNED MITRAL PROSTHESIS

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,558

DEVICE AND METHODS FOR SELF-CENTERING A GUIDE CATHETER

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A device for centering a medical instrument in a conduit within a patient, the device comprising:a flared body comprised of two or more polymeric portions, wherein the two or more polymeric portions are moveable with respect to each other such that the flared body is diametrically expandable and collapsible, wherein the two or more polymeric portions define a central lumen having an open proximal end and an open distal end, wherein the distal end has a diameter that is larger than a diameter of the proximal end, and wherein the two or more polymeric portions are attached to each other to further define two or more side apertures that are nearer to the proximal end than to the distal end, and wherein the side apertures define open fluid flow paths that are not occluded by the polymeric portions.

US Pat. No. 10,709,551

ACCOMMODATING INTRAOCULAR LENS ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,549

HYDROPHILIC AIOL WITH BONDING

Shifamed Holdings, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,544

NON-CYLINDRICAL VARIABLE PITCH MESH TOP STENT

Cook Medical Technologies...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,536

MEDICAL DEVICE FOR TREATMENT OF URINARY INCONTINENCE IN FEMALES

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,534

SYSTEM OF A DENTAL BLANK AND AN ASSOCIATED SHADE GUIDE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,531

AUTOMATIC DENTAL FLOSSER

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,523

THIN FILM TANTALUM COATING FOR MEDICAL IMPLANTS

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,513

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

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,508

TRACKED POWERED DRILL ASSEMBLY

Medtronics PS Medical, In...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,499

CATHETER AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED ABLATION

Sirona Medical Technologi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,492

EFFECTIVE PARASITIC CAPACITANCE MINIMIZATION FOR MICRO ABLATION ELECTRODE

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,490

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

MEDTRONIC ARDIAN LUXEMBOU...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,481

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POSTERIOR DYNAMIC STABILIZATION OF THE SPINE

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. An interspinous spacer device, comprising:a port;
an expandable body comprising
a pair of superior apexes configured to be driven from a first delivery configuration toward a first deployed configuration by an instrument that is detachably coupled to the port spaced apart from the superior apexes, wherein the superior apexes in the first delivery configuration are substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the interspinous spacer device;
a recessed superior central section extending between the superior apexes and configured to gradually move toward a subject's superior spinous process based on operation of the instrument coupled to the port of the interspinous spacer device while the superior spinous process is located between the superior apexes;
a pair of inferior apexes movable from a second delivery configuration toward a second deployed configuration by the instrument detachably coupled to the port, wherein the inferior apexes in the second delivery configuration are substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the interspinous spacer device; and
a recessed inferior central section extending between the inferior apexes and configured to gradually move toward a subject's inferior spinous process based on operation of the instrument coupled to the port of the interspinous spacer device while the inferior spinous process is located between the inferior apexes.

US Pat. No. 10,709,473

TROCAR OBTURATOR WITH DETACHABLE ROTARY TISSUE FASTENER

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,472

DEBRIDER WITH MULTIPLE FLUSHING ORIFICES

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,470

FEATURES TO COUPLE ACOUSTIC DRIVETRAIN COMPONENTS IN ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,468

MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,465

RETRIEVAL BASKET AND RELATED METHODS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,464

RETRIEVAL OF MATERIAL FROM VESSEL LUMENS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,460

CENTERING GUIDE SYSTEM FOR ARTHROPLASTY

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,458

SURGICAL TOOLS AND METHOD FOR KINEMATIC ALIGNMENT

Stefano Bini, Piedmont, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,453

IN VIVO INDWELLING MEMBER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,451

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ANASTOMOSIS

CARPONOVUM AB, Lund (SE)...

1. A device for anastomosis of a tubular structure, said device comprising:members of a generally hollow open configuration that include a first member and a second member, wherein the first and second member each comprises a rigid part and an elastic part wherein the first member is operable to retain a first severed end of a tubular between the rigid and elastic part, and the second member is operable to retain a second severed end of the tubular between the rigid and elastic part; and
a connection member structured and operable to connect the first member to the second member such that anastomosis will occur between the first and second severed ends of the tubular structure, wherein the rigid part of the first member comprises at least two holes arranged around a periphery of the rigid part of the first member, each hole engageable with a first end of a catheter such that the first end of the catheter is opening into a cavity formed between the rigid parts when the first member is connected to the second member and a second end of the catheter passes through a tubular structure and exits through a rectum of a patient when the tubular structure is connected to the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,448

LINEAR CUTTER STAPLER

GRENA USA LLC, Wilmingto...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,445

LOADING UNIT INCLUDING SHIPPING ASSEMBLY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,443

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SUTURE PLACEMENT

Durastat LLC, Wayne, PA ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,433

LARGE BORE VASCULAR CLOSURE SYSTEM

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,431

LAPAROSCOPIC DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,429

BIOPSY DEVICE HANDLE

Argon Medical Devices Inc...

1. A biopsy device handle comprising:an elongated housing, the length of the housing defining a longitudinal axis;
a carriage disposed within the housing and having a flexible abutment;
a catch overlapping at least a portion of the abutment in a longitudinal direction;
a first trigger disposed in the housing and movable longitudinally within the housing and contacting a portion of the flexible abutment wherein longitudinal movement of the first trigger causes a first contact force to be applied to the abutment;
a second trigger disposed in the housing and movable transversely within the housing and contacting a portion of the flexible abutment wherein transverse movement of the second trigger causes a second contact force to be applied to the abutment;
wherein the abutment is configured to flex away from the catch when forced by either the first or second contact force, such that the catch does not overlap a portion of the abutment.

US Pat. No. 10,709,428

NON-INVASIVE SKIN COLLECTION SYSTEM

DERMTECH, INC., La Jolla...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,424

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

HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY INN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,411

CALIBRATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,401

RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM, RADIOGRAPHY METHOD, RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM, AND BODY THICKNESS ESTIMATION APPARATUS

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A radiography system comprising:a radiography apparatus including two radiation detectors in which a plurality of pixels, each of which includes a conversion element that generates a larger amount of charge as it is irradiated with a larger amount of radiation, are two-dimensionally arranged and which are arranged in a direction in which the radiation is emitted; and
a controller including a processor and a memory coupled to the processor,
wherein the processor is configured to estimate a body thickness of a subject on the basis of a ratio of pixel values in a region, which corresponds to a soft tissue of the subject and is a corresponding region of radiographic images generated by the two radiation detectors irradiated with radiations having different energy levels, and pre-stored correspondence relationship information in which the ratio and the body thickness are associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,709,400

HEMODYNAMIC AND MORPHOLOGICAL PREDICTORS OF VASCULAR GRAFT FAILURE

The Board of Trustees of ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,399

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

SHENZHEN KEYA MEDICAL TEC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,392

SENSOR FAULT DETECTION USING ANALYTE SENSOR DATA PATTERN COMPARISON

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,376

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

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,375

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

Inspired Life Medical, In...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,370

BIOLOGICAL FLUID SEPARATION DEVICE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A blood separation device comprising:a housing defining a first chamber having a first chamber inlet and a first chamber outlet wherein the first chamber outlet is placed a lateral distance from the first chamber inlet, wherein the first chamber has a height of about 65 to about 95 ?m,
a second chamber having a second chamber outlet, and including a separation member disposed between the first chamber and the second chamber thereby dividing the housing into the first and second chambers and defining a tangential flow path from the first chamber inlet to the first chamber outlet, wherein the first chamber is adapted to receive a blood sample through the first chamber inlet; and a single vacuum source actuator for a single vacuum source,
wherein the single vacuum source is applied adjacent the separation member by a first line to the first chamber outlet and draws the blood sample into the first chamber and along the tangential flow path defined by the separation member and wherein the single vacuum source is the only vacuum source in the blood separation device, wherein the separation member is adapted to allow a plasma portion of the blood sample to pass through the separation member into the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,709,353

DETECTING A RESPIRATORY ABNORMALITY USING A CONVOLUTION, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

Sonavi Labs, Inc., Balti...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,347

HEART GRAPHIC DISPLAY SYSTEM

VEKTOR MEDICAL, INC., Ca...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,337

PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,336

PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,332

TRANSCUTANEOUS ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A system for measuring an analyte concentration in a host, the system comprising:a sensor system comprising:
a first component comprising a sensor configured to measure a signal indicative of an analyte concentration in the host, and a second component comprising sensor electronics configured to operably connect to the sensor, wherein the sensor electronics comprise:
one or more memories configured to store data indicative of analyte concentrations derived at least in part from measurements from the sensor;
a radio frequency module configured to wireles sly transmit at least some of the data indicative of analyte concentrations to a receiver that comprises a display configured to display one or more estimated analyte concentration values, wherein the radio frequency module is configured to transmit at least some of the data indicative of analyte concentrations to the receiver in response to the receiver interrogating the sensor electronics;
wherein the first component is unconnected to the second component during a first state, wherein during a second state the first component is configured to be connected to the second component by the host to form an assembly before the assembly is affixed to the host for sensor insertion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,330

AMBULATORY MEDICAL TELEMETRY DEVICE HAVING AN AUDIO INDICATOR

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,315

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR ENDOSCOPIC CONNECTION

Hoya Corporation, Tokyo ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,313

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT INSPECTION SYSTEM

NCI, Inc., Minneapolis, ...

1. A surgical instrument lumen inspection system for use at a cleaning station, the inspection system comprising:a waterproof housing carrying an image processor and carrying a display screen, wherein the image processor is electronically connected to display screen, the housing including an imaging port electronically connected to the image processor; and
a waterproof borescope assembly including a borescope, an image sensor carried by the borescope, and a connector assembly including an imaging plug configured to selectively connect to the imaging port;
wherein the borescope assembly is configured to be repeatedly low-temperature, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilized without damaging any components of the borescope assembly;
and further wherein when the connector assembly is connected to the imaging port, signals generated by the image sensor are delivered to the image processor.

US Pat. No. 10,709,312

TRANSITIONAL REGION HAVING CUTS AND A SKIVE FOR AN IMAGING CATHETER

PHILIPS IMAGE GUIDED THER...

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