US Pat. No. 10,478,903

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING METAL PLATE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for manufacturing a metal plate, wherein the metal plate includes a machining subject surface in at least one of a front surface and a rear surface of the metal plate in a thickness-wise direction, the machining subject surface is machined in a state in which the metal plate is held by a chuck in the thickness-wise direction, and the metal plate includes a first holding portion designed to be held by the chuck in the thickness-wise direction and a second holding portion located at a position separated from the first holding portion and designed to be held by the chuck in the thickness-wise direction, the method comprising:performing reference surface machining that machines a surface of the second holding portion that is to be held by the chuck into a predetermined shape in a state in which the first holding portion is held by the chuck;
after performing the reference surface machining, releasing the first holding portion from the chuck and holding the second holding portion with the chuck; and
machining the machining subject surface of the metal plate in a state in which the second holding portion is held by the chuck.

US Pat. No. 10,478,897

SHEET METAL SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS JOINING INCREMENTAL FORMING AND DIRECT METAL DEPOSITION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A sheet metal system having incremental forming and direct metal deposition, including: a retractable and extendable incremental forming tool supported together with a direct metal deposition tool by a tool holding head;a plate;
a groove created in the plate, in a first stage to a first groove depth;
the direct metal deposition tool temporarily positioned within the groove;
a material deposited by the direct metal deposition tool onto a surface within the groove creating a rib defining a first height rib extending through the first groove depth, the rib directly connected for an entire length of the first height rib to a vertical wall defined by the groove, the first height rib oriented transverse to the vertical wall;
the groove when modified in a second stage has a second groove depth greater than the first groove depth; and
an additional amount of the material deposited onto the first height rib after the second stage creates a second height rib extending through the second groove depth.

US Pat. No. 10,478,894

CARBON AS AN AIDE FOR DUCTILE NANOCELLULAR FOAM

United Technologies Corpo...

10. A method of fabricating an article, the method comprising:providing a dispersion of nanowires in a first carrier fluid;
combining the dispersion with a solution including at least one alloy element in a second carrier fluid;
removing the first carrier fluid and the second carrier fluid to provide an arrangement of dry, loose nanowires including the at least one alloy element;
prior to the bonding, forming the dry, loose nanowires into a geometry of an end-use article
depositing the arrangement of nanowires into a mold;
compressing said arrangement of nanowires in said mold to consolidate said nanowires;
placing said assembly into a furnace; and
after the compression step, bonding in a furnace in the presence of carbon, the arrangement of nanowires together into a unitary cellular structure, introducing the carbon by a gas containing carbon into the furnace, wherein said bonding is done in an environment having the gas containing carbon that reacts with the nanowires to alter the composition of the nanowires and the surfaces of the nanowires that are in contact with each other to permanently bond together at nodes, such that cores of the nanowires remain solid and support the unitary cellular structure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,888

METHOD OF FASTENING A RIVET ELEMENT AND CORRESPONDING FASTENING SYSTEM THEREFOR

1. A method of fastening a rivet element (10) to a workpiece (12) which has a preshaped hole (26) provided for a reception of a rivet section (32) of the rivet element (10) and which is made planar at least in a region around the preshaped hole (26),wherein, prior to the fastening process, the workpiece (12) is positioned at a well-defined spacing (D) from a contact surface (18) of a die (14) by means of at least one movably and/or elastically configured spacer (16) of the die (14) for a reshaping of the rivet section (32), so that a gap (30) is formed between a wall (28) of the hole (26) and a punch (24) of the die (14), which is provided for the reshaping of the rivet section (32), the workpiece (12) only being moved toward the contact surface (18) after the start of the reshaping of the rivet section (32), and wherein the rivet section (32) is introduced into the gap (30) in a course of the fastening process and is reshaped by the punch (24) in order to engage behind the workpiece (12) in the region of the hole (26), wherein the spacer (16) is moved from a first position into a second position during the fastening process, the spacer (16) being substantially fully displaced into an inner region of the die (14) in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,882

CONDUIT MARKING DEVICE

1. A conduit marking device comprising:a measuring handle for a conduit bender, and
an integral measuring scale;
wherein the measuring handle comprises a hollow metal tube;
wherein the measuring handle comprises one or more slots located longitudinally along a side of the measuring handle;
wherein the integral measuring scale comprises a set of markings oriented longitudinally on the side of the measuring handle;
wherein the markings comprising the integral measuring scale are predictably spaced and serve as reference points for a linear measurement;
wherein the integral measuring scale is adjacent to the one or more slots;
wherein the measuring handle comprises a measuring handle threaded end to facilitate coupling of the measuring handle to a conduit bending head;
wherein the measuring handle threaded end is a male thread;
wherein the measuring handle couples to the conduit bending head by screwing the measuring handle threaded end into a handle attachment point on the conduit bending head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,879

EXTRUSION PRESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Manchester Copper Product...

1. An extrusion press system comprising:a mandrel bar having a first end and a second end, the first end for receiving a billet having a hole therethrough and the second end coupled to a mandrel bar tip;
a plurality of cooling elements configured to be clamped to the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of cooling elements having a respective port through which cooling fluid is delivered into an interior of the mandrel bar for cooling the mandrel bar tip, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of cooling elements are clamped to the mandrel bar;
a plurality of gripping elements configured to grip the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of gripping elements comprising moveable grips for securing in place and preventing rotation of the mandrel bar, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of gripping elements are gripping the mandrel bar; and
a rotating extrusion die configured to receive the billet from a centering insert having a frictional surface that frictionally engages the billet to prevent the billet from rotating prior to entry of the billet into the rotating extrusion die;
wherein the mandrel bar tip is positioned within the rotating die.

US Pat. No. 10,478,877

DIE FOR DRAWING METAL WIRE ROD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A metal wire rod drawing die with a die hole formed therein for inserting a metal wire rod, the die being characterized in that the die hole comprises an approach section tapered in a direction in which the metal wire rod is inserted and a bearing section having a constant inner diameter located at a subsequent stage to the approach section; and where Ra1 represents a surface roughness of an inner surface of the die hole from the bearing section to the approach section corresponding to an area reduction rate of 30% in an axial direction of the die hole, Ra2 represents a surface roughness of the inner surface of the die hole from the bearing section to the approach section corresponding to the area reduction rate of 30% in a direction orthogonal to the axial direction of the die hole, and Ra3 represents a surface roughness of an inner surface of the bearing section of the die hole in the axial direction of the die hole, the Ra1, the Ra2, and the Ra3 satisfy a relationship represented by the following formula:0. 14 ?m>Ra2>Ra1>Ra3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,872

METHOD AND STATION FOR TREATMENT OF A TRANSPORT CONTAINER MADE OF PLASTIC MATERIAL FOR THE ATMOSPHERIC STORAGE AND CONVEYANCE OF SUBSTRATES

PFEIFFER VACUUM, Annecy ...

1. A method for treatment of a plastic transport box for conveyance and atmospheric storage of substrates including walls bounding a volume intended for storage of substrates, the method comprising:at least one plasma treatment, selected to remove contaminating molecules from at least one interior wall of the transport box via chemical action or mechanical action, the at least one plasma treatment comprising applying a plasma of a treatment gas at a gas pressure lower than 10,000 pascals,
wherein, in the at least one plasma treatment, at least the interior wall of the transport box is heated to a temperature in a range from above 50° C. to less than 100° C.; and
a non-plasma treatment in which at least the interior wall of the transport box is subjected to combined action of a gas pressure lower than 10,000 pascals and heating to a temperature above 50° C.

US Pat. No. 10,478,865

FIBROUS STRUCTURES COMPRISING REGIONS HAVING DIFFERENT SOLID ADDITIVE LEVELS

1. A fibrous structure comprising a plurality of filaments and a plurality of solid additives, the fibrous structure further comprising:(a) a continuous network region, wherein the solid additives are present in the continuous network region at a first average weight % as measured according to the TGA Test Method; and
(b) a plurality of discrete zones, wherein the solid additives are present in one or more of the discrete zones at a second average weight % different from the first average weight % as measured according to the TGA Test Method.

US Pat. No. 10,478,862

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SORTING

Key Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A sorting apparatus comprising:a source of individual products to be sorted;
a conveyor for moving the individual products along a given path of travel, and into an inspection station;
a plurality of selectively energizable illuminators located in different, spaced, angular orientations relative to the inspection station, and which, when energized, individually emit electromagnetic radiation which is directed towards, and reflected from, transmitted by or absorbed by the respective products passing through the inspection station;
a plurality of selectively operable electromagnetic radiation detection devices which are located in different, spaced, angular orientations relative to the inspection station, and which, when selectively rendered operable, captures the electromagnetic radiation reflected from or transmitted by the individual products passing through the inspection station, and forms an interrogation signal of the electromagnetic radiation which is captured, and wherein the respective electromagnetic radiation detection devices each form an interrogation signal;
a controller coupled in controlling relation relative to each of the plurality of illuminators and electromagnetic radiation detection devices, and wherein the interrogation signal of each of the electromagnetic radiation detection device is delivered to the controller, and wherein the controller selectively energizes individual illuminators, and electromagnetic radiation detection devices in a predetermined sequence so as generate multiple interrogation signals which are received by the controller, and which are combined into a multiple aspect image, in real-time, and which has a multiple of characteristics and gradients of the measured characteristics, and wherein the multiple aspect image which is formed allows the controller to identify individual products in the inspection station having a predetermined feature; and
a product ejector coupled to the controller and which, when actuated by the controller, removes individual products from the inspection station having features identified by the controller from the multiple aspect image.

US Pat. No. 10,478,860

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE FLEXIBLE CLASSIFICATION OF POLYCRYSTALLINE SILICON FRAGMENTS

WACKER CHEMIE AG, Munich...

16. A method for the flexible classification of crushed polysilicon comprising:first classifying the crushed polysilicon with a mechanical screening system comprising at least one screen having fine holes, removing fine polysilicon fragments through the holes, and leaving a residual polysilicon component on the mechanical screening system; and
classifying the residual polysilicon component from the mechanical screening system into a plurality of fractions of different fragment sizes by an optoelectronic sorting system.

US Pat. No. 10,478,858

PIEZOELECTRIC ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER AND PROCESS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A piezoelectric micromechanical ultrasonic transducer (PMUT) comprising:a multilayer stack disposed on a substrate and including:
an anchor structure disposed over the substrate;
a piezoelectric layer stack disposed over the anchor structure
an acoustic coupling medium disposed above the piezoelectric layer stack; and
a mechanical layer disposed proximate to the piezoelectric layer stack; wherein:
the piezoelectric layer stack is disposed over a cavity;
the mechanical layer seals the cavity and, together with the piezoelectric layer stack, is supported by the anchor structure and forms a membrane over the cavity, the membrane being configured to undergo one or both of flexural motion and vibration when the PMUT receives or transmits ultrasonic signals; and
the PMUT is configured to receive or transmit ultrasonic signals through the coupling medium.

US Pat. No. 10,478,855

LINEAR VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A linear vibration motor, comprising:a base having accommodating space;
a vibrating unit; and
an elastic member fixing and suspending the vibrating unit in the accommodating space;
wherein the vibrating unit comprises a first side wall and a second side wall oppositely arranged along a direction intersecting with a vibrating direction of the vibrating unit, the elastic member comprises a first elastic member and a second elastic member spaced from each other and arranged by stacking,
wherein the first elastic member comprises a first fixing arm fixed on the first side wall, two first elastic arms respectively bending and extending from two ends of the first fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two first connecting arms respectively bending and extending from ends of the two first elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit, the two first connecting arms are respectively fixed at a side of the base close to the second side wall;
the second elastic member comprises a second fixing arm fixed on the second side wall and located between the second side wall and the first connecting arm, two second elastic arms respectively bending and extending from two ends of the second fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two second connecting arms respectively bending and extending from ends of the two second elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit, wherein the two connecting arms are respectively fixed at a side of the base close to the first side wall, and the first fixing arm is located between the first side wall and the second connecting arm;
the linear vibration motor further comprises:
a first stopper, and
at least two second stoppers,
wherein the first stopper is fixed at a side of the first fixing arm far away from the vibrating unit and/or a side of the second fixing arm far away from the vibrating unit;
at least two second stoppers are respectively fixed on the first connecting arm and/or the second connecting arm adjacent to the first stopper, and are located at two opposite sides of the first stopper in a direction intersecting with the vibrating direction of the vibrating unit;
for the first stopper and the second stopper located at the same side of the vibrating unit, the first stopper and the second stopper are spaced from each other and an orthographic projection of the first stopper along the vibrating direction at least partially falls into the second stopper, a distance between the first stopper and the adjacent second stopper is not larger than the an effective elastic displacement of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,849

NOZZLE AUTO-CLEANING DEVICE AND NOZZLE AUTO-CLEANING METHOD

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A nozzle auto-cleaning device, comprising a base and a cleaning piece feeding unit disposed on the base,the base having a bearing surface on which the cleaning piece feeding unit is disposed,
the cleaning piece feeding unit being configured to transport a cleaning piece installed inside the nozzle auto-cleaning device along a first direction intersected with the bearing surface so that a first portion of the cleaning piece is protruded in a direction away from the bearing surface and inserted into a nozzle,
the base being configured to move along at least one direction of the first direction, a second direction, and a third direction, the second direction and the third direction being intersected in a plane of the bearing surface, so as to drive the first portion of the cleaning piece to move inside the nozzle, wherein
the cleaning piece feeding unit comprises at least two clamping parts which are sequentially arrange along the first direction, each of the at least two clamping parts is configured to be switched between a clamping, state and a releasing state, and
the at least two clamping parts comprise at least one movable clamping part which is configured to be movable along the first direction so that the cleaning piece is transported in a direction away from the bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,845

REMOTELY ACTIVATED DISPENSER

Delaware Capital Formatio...

1. An apparatus for dispensing chemical solutions, comprising:a dispenser, comprising:
a shut-off valve having a closed position and an opened position,
a linkage including at least one rigid link having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is operatively coupled to the shut-off valve; and
at least one rocker arm rotatable about a pivot axis, wherein the second end of the at least one rigid link is coupled to the at least one rocker arm;
a nozzle assembly including an actuator; and
a flexible link including a first end coupled to the actuator of the nozzle assembly and a second end operatively coupled to the at least one rocker arm,
wherein manipulation of the actuator operates to rotate the at least one rocker arm via the flexible link and move the first rigid link to shift the shut-off valve between the closed and opened positions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,837

METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A SHOWERHEAD

WATER PIK, INC., Fort Co...

1. A method of assembling a showerhead comprising:connecting together two or more flow directing plates to create an engine for the showerhead;
placing the engine within a spray head a number of degrees out of phase from an operational orientation;
rotating the engine the number of degrees into the operational orientation; and
connecting the engine to the spray head by a fastener received through a back wall of an outer housing of the spray head, wherein connecting the engine to the spray head further comprises:
aligning a keyed washer with a corresponding keyed protrusion on the engine; and
inserting the fastener through the keyed washer and the back wall of the spray head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,835

NOZZLE FOR WET GAS SCRUBBER

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A nozzle comprising,a ceramic nozzle assembly comprising an inlet at one end of a cylindrical portion, an outlet at one end of a conical portion, wherein the cylindrical portion transitioning to the conical portion at an end of the cylindrical portion distal from the inlet, wherein the conical portion transitioning to the cylindrical portion at an end of the conical portion distal from the outlet; and
a ceramic vane assembly within the cylindrical portion, wherein the vane assembly comprising a central vane support located substantially concentrically within the cylindrical portion, and a plurality of angled vanes extending from the central vane support to an inner wall of the cylindrical portion,
wherein the ceramic nozzle assembly and the ceramic vane assembly are manufactured such that the two assemblies comprise a single piece of ceramic,
wherein the central vane support is rounded at ends proximate to the inlet and the outlet and perpendicular to a fluid flow through the nozzle;
wherein the cylindrical portion has an axial dimension of L1 and the conical portion has an axial dimension of L2, wherein the ratio of L1:L2 is 1 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,831

BIOLUMINESCENT TORNADO MAKER SYSTEM

20. A bioluminescent tornado maker, comprising:a transparent vessel;
a liquid disposed within the transparent vessel, wherein the liquid comprises salt water and bioluminescent organisms;
an impeller in contact with the liquid such that a rotation of the impeller causes a flow of the liquid;
wherein the flow of the liquid creates a disturbance that causes the bioluminescent organisms to emit a visible light; and
an air pump coupled to the transparent vessel, wherein the air pump creates air bubbles in the liquid;
wherein the flow of the liquid is a rotational flow;
wherein the flow of the liquid creates a visible vortex within the transparent vessel;
a base sealingly coupled to the transparent vessel, wherein the impeller is mounted in the base;
an electric motor mounted within the base, the electric motor coupled to the impeller such that the electric motor rotates the impeller when energized;
wherein the visible vortex comprises the air bubbles created by the air pump;
wherein the air pump is mounted within the base.

US Pat. No. 10,478,823

GYRATORY CRUSHER HYDRAULIC PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A method of controlling the hydraulic pressure in a gyratory crusher hydraulic system, the hydraulic system including a pressure relief valve having a hydraulic fluid vestibule fluidly connected to a hydraulic fluid space of a gyratory crusher, a logic element for dumping hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic fluid space and which includes a plunger having a first plunger surface fluidly connected to the hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic fluid vestibule, and a second plunger surface arranged opposite the first plunger surface, and at least one first control pipe which fluidly connects the second plunger surface to the hydraulic fluid vestibule, the method comprising:restricting the flow of hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic fluid vestibule to the second plunger surface to make the time (TC) it takes for the logic element to switch from an open position to a closed position exceed the time (TF) it takes for a closed side setting position of the gyratory crusher to make one full round.

US Pat. No. 10,478,820

REAGENT WELL HAVING A RETENTION FEATURE FOR RETAINING A LYOPHILIZED REAGENT

Gen-Probe Incorporated, ...

1. An article for performing a reaction comprising:a reagent well including a side wall, a bottom wall, and an open upper end defined by a top surface;
a lyophilized reagent disposed within the reagent well; and
a retention feature that is not integral with the reagent well, the retention feature comprising a fingered collar fixed to the side wall at or proximal to the open upper end and comprising one or more flexible fingers extending into the well, wherein each of the one of more fingers extends toward an axial center of the well, wherein the retention feature is inserted into the open upper end of the well and fixed to the side wall above the lyophilized reagent, wherein the retention feature defines an opening that is smaller than the diameter of the lyophilized reagent, such that the retention feature retains the lyophilized reagent within the reagent well, and wherein the opening is sized to permit an end of a pipette tip to be inserted into the well.

US Pat. No. 10,478,816

FLUIDICS SYSTEM FOR SEQUENTIAL DELIVERY OF REAGENTS

Life Technologies Corpora...

1. A fluidics circuit comprising:a plurality of fluid inlets;
a waste port;
a fluid outlet;
a node in fluid communication with the fluid outlet;
a wash fluid inlet in fluid communication between the fluid outlet and the node;
a reference electrode in electrical communication with the wash fluid inlet; and
a plurality of fluid passages, each fluid passage of the plurality of fluid passages including a junction in unique fluid communication with a fluid inlet of the plurality of fluid inlets, each fluid passage of the plurality of fluid passages providing a distinct fluid pathway between the node and the waste port.

US Pat. No. 10,478,814

CAESIUM SELECTIVE RESIN

LANXESS Deutschland GmbH,...

1. An ion exchanger comprising:polymers having functional groups of formula (I)

wherein:
represents a polystyrene copolymer scaffold; and
R1 and R2 are identical or different and independently of one another represent methyl and/or ethyl, and
where a degree of substitution as indicated by a ratio of unsubstituted to alkylated amino groups is 1.1 to 1.6, and
at least one cobalthexacyanoferrate complex.

US Pat. No. 10,478,813

CATALYTIC MATERIAL FOR CATALYTIC ACTIVATION OF PERSULFATE AND TARGETED DEGRADATION OF TYPICAL POLLUTANT IN PAPERMAKING WASTEWATER AND SYNTHESIS METHOD AND USE THEREOF

SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF...

1. A method of preparing a catalyst for degrading phthalates in water, the method comprising:dissolving phthalates in acetonitrile in a reactor;
sequentially adding metal organic framework MIL-88A and methacrylic acid into the reactor and stirring for a first period of time;
adding tetraethyl orthosilicate and acetic acid into the reactor;
sealing the reactor;
heating the reactor at 60-80° C. for a second period of time to form a catalyst containing the phthalates by using the phthalates as template molecules;
removing the phthalates from the obtained catalyst by extracting to obtain a porous catalyst MIL-88A@MIP; and
drying the porous catalyst MIL-88A@MIP.

US Pat. No. 10,478,807

CATALYTIC EFFECTS OF OXYGEN CARRIER BASED CHEMICAL-LOOPING REFORMING OF CH4 WITH CO2

1. A method of carbon dioxide sequestration, comprising the steps of:introducing a gaseous feed mixture comprising carbon dioxide (CO2) into a reactor; and
performing carbon dioxide sequestration according to reaction R1, reaction R2, and reaction R3:
MO+CH4?M+2H2+CO  (R1)
MO+CO2?MO+CO  (R2)
CH4+CO2?2H2+2CO  (R3)
wherein said M is a metal,
wherein said MO is a metal oxide, and
wherein reaction R1 and reaction R2 further comprise a rare earth oxide catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,478,790

STIRRER PRODUCING INTERMITTENT JET FLOW

M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD., ...

9. A stirrer comprising:a supporting tube;
a hollow housing supported by the supporting tube, the hollow housing including a sucking chamber and a sucking port, wherein the hollow housing is configured to suck a fluid to be processed into the sucking chamber via the sucking port then to introduce it to a stirring chamber via a comparting wall;
a rotating rotor provided with a plurality of blades and accommodated in the stirring chamber; and
a screen arranged around the rotor, wherein the screen is tapered towards a central axis of the supporting tube and is arranged around the rotor;
wherein:
the rotor and the screen are provided within the hollow housing,
each blade includes an edge portion at an outermost circumferential surface thereof,
the screen comprises a plurality of slits in a circumferential direction thereof and a screen member located between the slits that are located in a neighborhood to each other,
the edge portion of each blade and each slit have a matching region where they are in the same position and overlapped with each other in a longitudinal direction of the respective slit,
the rotor is rotated and the screen is rotated in an opposite direction to the rotor thereby ejecting a fluid to be processed in the stirring chamber from inside the screen to outside thereof through the slits as an intermittent jet flow, and
the stirrer satisfies following condition 1 and condition 2:
(Condition 1)in the matching region, a relationship among a width (b) of the edge portion of each blade in a rotational direction, a width (s) of the respective slit in a circumferential direction, and a width (t) of the screen member in a circumferential direction is shown by b?2s+t, and(Condition 2)in the matching region, a relationship between the width (b) of the edge portion of each blade in a rotational direction and a maximum inner diameter (c) of the screen is shown by b?0.1c.

US Pat. No. 10,478,788

APPARATUS OF CONTROLLING THE BUBBLE SIZE AND CONTENTS OF BUBBLE, AND THAT METHOD

Korea Atomic Energy Resea...

1. A device for adjusting a number and size of air bubbles comprising:a gas mixing part in which a liquid and a gas are mixed with each other to form an air bubble mixture;
an air bubble fining part coupled to a lower end of the gas mixing part, including a plurality of first protrusions formed on an inner surface thereof so that the air bubble mixture introduced from the gas mixing part collides therewith, and including an air bubble crushing bar at a center thereof in an axial direction;
an expanded pipe part formed on a lower end of the air bubble fining part and directly connected to the lower end of the air bubble fining part, and dispersing and discharging the air bubble mixture;
a liquid introduction part controlling a flow rate and a flow speed of the liquid into the gas mixing part;
a gas introduction part controlling a flow rate and a flow speed of the gas introduced into the gas mixing part; and
a storage tank in which the air bubble mixture discharged from the expanded pipe part is stored and a measurement sensor measuring the number and size of air bubbles contained in the stored air bubble mixture is provided,
wherein the expanded pipe part has a tapered shape in which an inner channel is widened from an upper portion thereof directly connected to the lower end of the air bubble fining part toward a lower portion thereof through which the air bubble mixture is discharged;
wherein a lower portion of the gas mixing part connected to the air bubble fining part is provided with an acceleration part, and the acceleration part has a tapered shape in which a width of an inner channel is decreased from an upper portion thereof toward a lower portion thereof; and
wherein the storage tank is directly connected to the lower portion of the expanded pipe part.

US Pat. No. 10,478,787

SALT BRINE PRODUCTION SYSTEM

DUO LIFT MANUFACTURING CO...

1. A salt brine production system, comprising:a hopper, having an open upper end, an open lower end, a front wall, a back wall, a first end wall and a second end wall;
said front wall, said back wall, said first end wall and said second end wall having inner and outer surfaces;
said hopper being configured to receive salt therein;
a receiving tank having an open upper end;
said receiving tank being positioned below said open lower end of said hopper;
said open lower end of said hopper being in open communication with said open upper end of said receiving tank;
at least one spray device mounted in said hopper which is configured to spray water onto the salt in said hopper;
a solids screen, having upper and lower surfaces, positioned between said open lower end of said hopper and said open upper end of said receiving tank;
a vertically disposed overflow tube having an open upper end and an open lower end;
said overflow tube being positioned in said hopper and being secured thereto;
said open lower end of said overflow tube being in fluid communication with said solids screen;
said upper end of said overflow tube being spaced below said open upper end of said hopper;
a screen mounted on said open upper end of said overflow tube; and
said overflow tube being configured to permit the downward flow of salt brine therethrough to said solids screen and said receiving tank when the level of salt brine in said hopper reaches said screen.

US Pat. No. 10,478,783

SEPARATION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A separation membrane structure configured for selective permeation of nitrogen from a mixed gas that contains at least methane and nitrogen, the separation membrane structure comprising:a porous support,
a separation membrane formed on the porous support, and having an average pore diameter of greater than or equal to 0.32 nm and less than or equal to 0.44 nm,
wherein the separation membrane includes a first material and a second material selected from at least one of (i) a metal cation or (ii) a metal complex, both of which adsorb a greater amount of nitrogen as compared to an amount of methane, the second material being disposed or exposed in a pore or on a surface of the first material, and
wherein the metal cation added to the separation membrane is at least one element selected from Sr, Mg, Li, Ba, Ca, Cu, and Fe.

US Pat. No. 10,478,781

SHAPES FOR TANGENTIAL FLOW SEPARATION SINGLE-CHANNEL TUBULAR ELEMENTS INCORPORATING TURBULENCE PROMOTERS, AND METHOD OF FABRICATION

TECHNOLOGIES AVANCEES ET ...

1. A tangential flow separator element for separating a fluid medium for treatment into a filtrate and a retentate, said separator element comprising a monolithic rigid porous support of rectilinear structure with a single channel having a wall that is continuously covered by a separation layer, said channel being formed therein for passing a flow of the fluid medium for treatment between an inlet and an outlet for the retentate, in order to recover a filtrate from the peripheral surface of the support, the outside surface of the support presenting a profile that is constant,wherein the monolithic rigid porous support defines obstacles to the flow of the fluid for filtering, which obstacles extend from the inside wall of said channel, are identical in material and porous texture to the support, and present continuity of material and of porous texture with the support,
wherein said obstacles generate variations in the flow section of the channel, and
wherein the variations in the flow section of the channel result from a variation in at least one of the following criteria along a longitudinal axis of the channel: an area of a right section of the channel, a shape of the right section of the channel, and a dimension of the right section of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,778

COMPOSITE MEMBRANES WITH IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AND/OR DURABILITY AND METHODS OF USE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An asymmetric composite membrane for selectively pervaporating alcohol from an alcohol and gasoline feed mixture, the asymmetric composite membrane comprising:a porous substrate comprising opposite first and second major surfaces, and a plurality of pores; and
a pore-filling polymer disposed in at least some of the pores so as to form a layer having a thickness within the porous substrate, with the amount of the pore-filling polymer at, or adjacent to, the first major surface being greater than the amount of the pore-filling polymer at, or adjacent to, the second major surface;
wherein the pore-filling polymer is more permeable to alcohol than gasoline;
wherein the asymmetric composite membrane further comprises
a liquid ionic compound selected from 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium tetrafluoroborate (Emim-BF4), 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium trifluoromethane sulfonate (Emim-TFSA), 3-methyl-N-butyl-pyridinium tetrafluoroborate, 3-methyl-N-butyl-pyridinium trifluoromethanesulfonate, N-butyl-pyridinium tetrafluoroborate, 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, 1-butyl-3-ethylimidazolium chloride, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide, 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-hexylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-decylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-dodecylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl -3-hexadecylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-octadecylimidazolium chloride, 1-ethylpyridinium bromide, 1-ethylpyridinium chloride, 1-butylpyridinium chloride, and 1-benzylpyridinium bromide, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate, 1-butylpyridinium bromide 1-butylpyridinium iodide, 1-butylpyridinium nitrate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, 1 -octyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoroacetate, and 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium bis(trifluormethylsulfonyl)imide (Bmim-Tf2N).

US Pat. No. 10,478,775

METAL CAPTURE IN A FLUE GAS USING SORBENT INJECTION

1. A method for reducing the amount and/or concentration of one or more gas phase selenium compounds, one or more gas phase arsenic compounds and/or one or more gas phase lead compounds in a combustion flue gas stream and/or in one or more pieces of emission control technology in communication with the flue gas stream, the method comprising the steps of:(I) supplying one or more gypsum sorbent compounds to one or more injection points in the combustion flue gas stream and/or one or more pieces of emission control technology combustion flue gas stream and/or in one or more pieces of emission control technology in communication with the flue gas stream;
(II) injecting the one or more gypsum sorbent compounds into the combustion flue gas stream and/or the one or more pieces of emission control technology in communication with the flue gas stream via the one or more injection points; and
(III) reducing the amount and/or concentration in the combustion flue gas stream of the one or more gas phase selenium compounds, the one or more gas phase arsenic compounds and/or the one or more gas phase lead compounds by capturing, sequestering, binding and/or reacting the one or more gas phase selenium compounds, the one or more gas phase arsenic compounds and/or tine one or more gas phase lead compounds on or with the one or more gypsum sorbent compounds,
wherein the one or more pieces of emission control technology in communication with the flue gas stream comprise at least one particulate control device or at least one air heater and wherein Step (III) is achieved by supplying and injecting the one or more gypsum sorbent compounds in Step (II) to at least one injection point upstream of either the at least one particulate control device or the least one air heater.

US Pat. No. 10,478,769

DEPOLLUTION PRODUCT FOR TRAPPING VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, PARTICULARLY FORMALDEHYDE, AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

INOVAME, Molsheim (FR)

1. Product adsorbing VOC compounds comprising acetoacetamide, product characterised in thatit comprises active carbon granules, each granule having a surface, pores, channels, and a cavernous body, wherein the granules are coated with acetoacetamide crystallised on the surface of the granules leaving free the pores of the channels of the cavernous body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,768

LOAD FOLLOWING SINGLE BED REVERSING BLOWER ADSORPTION AIR SEPARATION SYSTEM

Pacific Consolidated Indu...

14. An air separation system with load sensing and load following, comprising in combination:an air inlet upstream from a reversing blower and an O2 storage downstream from an adsorption bed, said adsorption bed downstream from said reversing blower;
a pressure sensor downstream from said reversing blower sensing a first pressure magnitude at a first location downstream from said reversing blower;
a controller coupled to said first pressure sensor and altering a flow rate through the reversing blower responsive to the first pressure;
said controller having a set point, said controller increasing a flow rate through said reversing blower when the first pressure is below the set point, and decreasing a flow rate through said reversing blower when the first pressure is above the set point; and
a second pressure sensor at a second location downstream from said first pressure sensor, said second pressure sensor coupled to a controller of O2 supply from said O2 storage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,764

DEVICE AND ARRANGEMENT HAVING A FILTERING ELEMENT FOR SEPARATING OIL FROM THE CRANKCASE EMISSIONS OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Sogefi Filtration, Guyan...

1. A filtering element arrangement for a device for purifying emissions from a crankcase of an internal combustion engine, the arrangement comprising:a filtering element which has an annular filtering medium that extends longitudinally around a central axis between a first axial face and a second axial face, the filtering medium having an internal face defining an inner space;
a rotor element configured for rotating the filtering element, engaged in the inner space against a plurality of contact surfaces of the filtering element in an assembled state between the rotor element and the filtering element;
wherein the rotor element has a one-piece sleeve which extends longitudinally around the central axis in the assembled state and has an external face on which are formed N notches each defined between two longitudinal edges, the sleeve being suitable for insertion into the inner space;
and wherein the filtering element comprises a first flange covering the first axial face, the first flange comprising an anchoring part which extends longitudinally into the inner space around the sleeve, towards a second flange of the filtering element, first contact surfaces among said plurality of contact surfaces being spaced apart and formed by the anchoring part that provides N engagement means projecting radially inwardly for engaging the N notches in a fitted manner, N being an integer greater than or equal to two, the second flange comprising at least one retaining member engaged with the anchoring part and making it possible to render the first flange and the second flange integral in rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,761

FILTER DEVICE

1. A filter device, comprising:a filter housing having a filter head and a filter bowl and having a longitudinal axis;
a filter element inside said filter housing and separating an unfiltrate chamber from a filtrate chamber inside said filter housing; and
first and second floating bearings solely supporting said filter element in said filter housing and having first and second sealing rings, respectively, said first sealing ring being between a connection point of said filter element with said filter head and sealing said connection point, said second sealing ring being between and in direct sealing contact with said filter head and said filter bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,478,759

FILTER ELEMENT

RT-FILTERTECHNIK GMBH, F...

1. A filter element, comprising:a tubular and pleated filter medium having a central longitudinal axis;
first filter pleats having a first pleat height;
second filter pleats having a second pleat height less than said first pleat height, said first and second filter pleats being arranged in an alternating sequence providing a greater effective filtering surface than if said pleated filter medium had filter pleats having a uniform pleat height of said first pleat height, providing a corresponding flow-through of a fluid to be filtered resulting in an overall lower surface load to said filter medium and providing a lower flow-through velocity of fluid during filtration, thereby resulting in a reduced static charge of said filter medium during filter element operation; and
planar sections of said filter pleats each extending in a plane containing an entire length of said central longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,756

LIQUID FUEL CONDITIONING TRAILER

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A modularized system for conditioning liquid fuel, comprising:a mobile trailer;
a liquid fuel conditioning skid disposed on and secured to the mobile trailer;
a pre-filter sub-skid disposed on and secured to the liquid fuel conditioning skid, wherein the pre-filter sub-skid comprises a pre-filter configured to remove impurities from a processed liquid fuel prior to providing the processed liquid fuel to a last chance filter; and
a last chance filter sub-skid disposed on and secured to the liquid fuel conditioning skid, wherein the last chance filter sub-skid is separate from the pre-filter sub-skid, and wherein the last chance filter sub-skid comprises a last chance filter configured to remove second impurities from the processed liquid fuel received from the pre-filter sub-skid prior to providing the processed liquid fuel to a gas turbine engine of a power plant;
wherein the pre-filter sub-skid and the last chance filter sub-skid are coupled together via a first set of piping enabling flow of the processed liquid fuel between the pre-filter sub-skid and the last chance filter sub-skid, and wherein the last chance filter sub-skid and the pre-filter sub-skid are separate from the liquid fuel conditioning skid.

US Pat. No. 10,478,755

SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING HOMOGENEOUS POLYMER-SLUDGE COMPOSITION TO DEWATERING EQUIPMENT

1. A system for providing a homogeneous polymer-sludge composition to dewatering equipment, said system comprising:an inlet unit having a first input member for receiving sludge, a second input member for receiving polymer, a central channel that is configured to perform a first mixing procedure, and an output member; and
a boundary layer viscous drag disc pump having an input that is in direct communication with the output member of the inlet unit, said pump being configured to pull a solution from the output member, to perform a second mixing procedure on the solution, and to supply a homogeneous polymer-sludge composition to a piece of dewatering equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,478,754

SYSTEMS AND METHODS COMPRISING SMART SAMPLE CATCHER FOR DRILLING OPERATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A sample catch system for cleaning a drilling fluid in a drilling operation, the sample catch system comprising:a first line comprising a first entrance valve configured to allow the drilling fluid to flow into the first line, a first chemical sensor configured to measure a first amount of hydrogen sulfide of the drilling fluid in the first line, and a first sample catch valve configured to allow the drilling fluid to flow out of the first line;
a second line comprising a second entrance valve configured to allow the drilling fluid to flow into the second line, a second chemical sensor configured to measure a second amount of hydrogen sulfide of the drilling fluid in the second line, and a second sample catch valve configured to allow the drilling fluid to flow out of the second line;
a sample catch pump operatively connected to the first sample catch valve and the second sample catch valve via a sample catch line, the sample catch pump configured to pump the drilling fluid from the first line, the second line and remove unwanted material from the drilling fluid; and
a controller operatively connected to the first entrance valve, the first chemical sensor, the first sample catch valve, the second entrance valve, the second chemical sensor, the second sample catch valve, and the sample catch pump, wherein the controller is configured to:
determine the first amount of hydrogen sulfide is above a predetermined threshold value;
at least partially open the second entrance valve to divert drilling fluid intake from the first line to the second line; and
close the first entrance valve to stop the drilling fluid from entering the first line.

US Pat. No. 10,478,752

CHEMICAL LIQUID TANK

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A chemical liquid tank, comprising:a container to store chemical liquid;
a sensor to measure a height of a liquid surface of the chemical liquid stored in the container based on a time after irradiating the chemical liquid stored in the container with an ultrasonic wave and before sensing a reflected wave reflected from the liquid surface of the chemical liquid; and
a gas jetting port including a plurality of nozzles to jet a gas from the plurality of nozzles toward a part of the liquid surface, the part of the liquid surface comprising an irradiation position of the ultrasonic wave in the container; and
a guide member provided inside an outer wall surface of the container and to guide bubbles generated in the container,
wherein the sensor measures the height of the liquid surface when the bubbles generated in the container are removed from the irradiation position of the liquid surface by jetting the gas toward the part of the liquid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,751

ONSHORE LITHIUM-RECOVERING APPARATUS FOR LITHIUM ION ADSORPTION AND DESORPTION PROCESS AND LITHIUM-RECOVERING METHOD USING THE SAME

Korea Institute of Geosci...

1. An onshore lithium-recovering apparatus for a lithium ion adsorption and desorption process comprising;a composite unit disposed on land, supplied with lithium-containing water in which lithium is dissolved to adsorb the lithium dissolved in the lithium-containing water, and which desorbs the lithium again to discharge a lithium extract liquid;
a washing unit disposed at one side of the composite unit, provided with a supply pipe to supply fresh water to the composite unit and to wash the composite unit;
a desorbing liquid unit disposed at one side of the washing unit and which stores desorbing liquid or transfers the desorbing liquid through the supply pipe to supply the desorbing liquid to the composite unit; and
an extract liquid unit disposed at one side of the composite unit and which receives and stores the lithium extract liquid generated by passing the desorbing liquid supplied from the desorbing liquid unit through the composite unit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,743

AUDIO-LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM

GEMMY INDUSTRIES CORPORAT...

1. An audio-lighting control system, comprising:a first device, comprising
an audio module, the audio module generating audio data, wherein the audio module plays music according to the audio data;
a first processor unit, electrically connected to the audio module, wherein the first processor unit generates a lighting control signal; and
a first wireless module, electrically connected to the first processor unit, wherein the first wireless module receives the lighting control signal from the first processor unit;
a wireless transmission device, wirelessly connected to the first wireless module of the first device, and receiving the lighting control signal from the first wireless module;
a second device, comprising
a second wireless module, wirelessly connected to the wireless transmission device, wherein the second wireless module receives the lighting control signal from the wireless transmission device; and
a lighting module, electrically connected to the second wireless module and receiving the lighting control signal, wherein the lighting module displays lighting effects according to the lighting control signal; wherein
the wireless transmission device is wirelessly connected to the first wireless module and the second wireless module through 2.4 GHz wireless communication;
a main control device, comprising
a second processor unit, wherein the second processor unit generates a function control signal; and
a third wireless module, electrically connected to the second processor unit, wherein the third wireless module receives the function control signal from the second processor unit; and
a router, wirelessly connected to the third wireless module; wherein
the wireless transmission device comprises
a first communication interface, wirelessly connected to the first wireless module of the first device and the second wireless module of the second device; and
a second communication interface, electrically connected to the first communication interface, and wirelessly connected to the router; wherein
the second communication interface of the wireless transmission device receives the function control signal of the main control device through the connection of the router, and the first communication interface receives the function control signal and sends the function control signal to the first wireless module of the first device; and wherein
when the first device receives the function control signal, the first processor unit controls the audio module to play the music according to the function control signal, or generates the lighting control signal according to the function control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,478,741

CHAIN BLOCK TOY FACILITATING CONNECTION AND PREVENTING ABRASION BY BEING ELASTICALLY OPERATED VIA LEFT AND RIGHT ROLLING

IRINGO CO., LTD, Icheon ...

1. A chain block toy for facilitating connection and preventing abrasion by being elastically operated via left and right rolling, the chain block toy comprising a plurality of assembly blocks that are interconnectable, each of the plurality of blocks comprising:a male coupling part; and
a female coupling part including:
a pair of vertical supports that are arranged vertically,
a partition formed between the vertical supports, the partition including:
first and second ends,
a first open groove formed at the first end of the partition and extending toward the second end of the partition,
a second open groove formed at the second end of the partition and extending toward the first end of the partition, and
a plurality of coupling spaces defined by the partition and the vertical supports,
wherein, when the male coupling part is coupled to or decoupled from a female coupling part of another assembly block, or when the male coupling part is rotated in a coupled state, the partition is rolled left and right such that,
the first open groove is widened at the first end and the second open groove is narrowed at the second end, which facilitates the coupling or decoupling of the male coupling part from the female coupling part of the other assembly block, and
the female coupling part prevents the male coupling part from being abraded by reducing friction when the male coupling part is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,478,739

MODEL AIRPLANE ENGINE STARTING STICK

1. A model airplane engine starting stick for manually rotating a propeller attached to the model airplane engine, the propeller having propeller blades extending outwardly from a propeller hub and with the blades having blade edges, comprising:a handle having a handgrip by which the starting stick can be held and manipulated;
a roller mounted to the handle to freely rotate with respect to the handle and to be positioned against a blade edge of the propeller when the propeller is stationary before the model airplane engine is started; and
a roller surface of a material which will grip the blade edge of the propeller when against the blade edge of the propeller and will cause the roller to roll along the blade edge without sliding over the blade edge as the starting stick is moved with respect to the blade edge;
whereby the starting stick can be held and manipulated by a user with the roller against the blade edge to rotate the propeller and start the model aircraft engine without damaging the blade edge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,737

ZIP TRACK AND SYSTEM

ROPES COURSES, INC., All...

1. A track system for a challenge course comprising:a puck track traversing the challenge course;
the puck track having a puck support and a puck-track opening;
the puck track integrally attached to a zip track;
the zip track has a first end connected to a first structure and a second end connected to a second structure;
the zip track also has a wheel support and a zip track opening;
a body moveably disposed within the puck track and the zip track;
the body has a puck and at least one rotating member, the at least one rotating member being disposed on the body downwardly from the puck;
wherein the body extends from the puck to attach to a lanyard, the lanyard can be attached to a safety harness worn by a user;
wherein the body extends through the puck-track opening, and the puck is moveably disposed above the puck support, when the body is displaced along the puck track;
wherein the body extends through the zip track opening, and the at least one rotating member is rollably disposed above the wheel support, when the body is displaced along the zip track.

US Pat. No. 10,478,736

CHILD'S SWING SEAT WITH COVER

Shade Swing, LLC, Dallas...

1. A child's swing seat, comprising:a bottom support;
a back support; the back support integral with the bottom support;
a solid and rigid removable cover; the removable cover removably connected to the back support where the removable cover further comprises at least one oblong plug; and the back support further comprises a receptacle for engaging the at least one oblong plug; and, where the removable cover further comprises first and second pegs, and the back support further comprises first and second holes for engaging the first and second pegs, respectively; and, where the first and second pegs and the first and second holes are located on either side of the oblong plug and the receptacle for engaging the oblong plug, respectively; and,
a moveable child restraint; the moveable child restraint further comprising a hinge; the hinge connecting the moveable child restraint to the bottom support.

US Pat. No. 10,478,732

ARBITRATING AN OUTCOME OF A MULTIPLAYER GAME SESSION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An arbitration system comprising:one or more processing units; and
a computer-readable medium having encoded thereon computer-executable instructions to configure the one or more processing units to:
determine that a third-party gaming system hosting a multiplayer game session is not certified for determining an outcome of the multiplayer game session;
in response to determining that the third-party gaming system is not certified for determining the outcome of the multiplayer game session, receive, as a set of results data, a plurality of instances of results data from a corresponding plurality of computing devices, wherein an individual instance of results data provides an indication of an outcome for an individual identity of a plurality of identities participating in the multiplayer game session;
associate a title of the multiplayer game session with a category of multiplayer games;
determine that a total number of indications for an identity is greater than or equal to a threshold number of indications, wherein the threshold number of indications is determined based at least in part on (i) a total number of the plurality of identities participating in the multiplayer game session and (ii) the category of multiplayer games; and
in response to determining that the total number of indications is greater than or equal to the threshold number of indications,
determine that the set of results data is valid, and
store, in association with the identity and based at least in part on the valid set of results data, data indicating that the identity is an arbitrated winner of the multiplayer game session.

US Pat. No. 10,478,731

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STORING USER DATA

Tencent Technology (Shenz...

1. A method for storing user data performed by a game server, comprising:receiving a login request of a terminal, wherein the login request comprises a designated user identification of the terminal and a first game scene identification, and the first game scene identification is configured to indicate a first game scene to be entered by the terminal;
generating an interactive data identification and a first game data identification based on the designated user identification and the first game scene identification, wherein the interactive data identification is configured to indicate interactive user data, and the first game data identification is configured to indicate first game user data corresponding to the first game scene;
generating the interactive user data based on an interactive operation executed by the terminal, and storing the interactive data identification and the interactive user data correspondingly; and
generating the first game user data based on a game operation executed by the terminal in the first game scene, and storing the first game data identification and the first game user data correspondingly,
wherein:
the interactive operation indicates an operation of the terminal interacting with other users, and
the game operation indicates an operation of the terminal operating a game role, and the game role is generated by the game server for the terminal in a game scene.

US Pat. No. 10,478,727

ANGLING EVENT DETECTING AND REPORTING APPARATUS

Angler Labs Inc., Pittsb...

1. An angling event detecting and reporting apparatus comprising:a first angling event sensor adapted to be mounted to a reel of a fishing rod, the first angling event sensor adapted to generate data indicative of a parameter of the reel of the fishing rod when the reel is in use, wherein the data indicative of the parameter of the reel comprises at least one of reel speed, number of revolutions of the reel, reel-in time, or a retrieve distance;
a second angling event sensor adapted to be mounted to the fishing rod, the second angling event sensor adapted to generate data indicative of a parameter of the fishing rod while the fishing rod is in use;
at least one processor in communication with the first and second angling event sensors, the at least one processor having a set of instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to identify angling events based on the data indicative of the parameter of the fishing rod while the fishing rod is in use,
wherein one of the angling events comprises at least one of fish on a line or a fish strike,
wherein the at least one processor is in communication with a mobile device running an application that receives the identified angling events from the processor and allows a user to input additional data related to the angling event, and
wherein the additional data related to the angling event input into the mobile device by the user comprises a fish landed, a lure used, a bait used, or a type of equipment used, and
wherein the application causes the mobile device to display the identified angling events and the data indicative of the parameter of the reel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,722

SERVER AND PROGRAM

CYGAMES, INC., Tokyo (JP...

1. A server that individually communicates with a plurality of terminals that execute a game by accepting an operation performed individually by a plurality of players, manages a plurality of kinds of ranking criteria in which at least one of the plurality of players participates as a participant, and calculates ranking of the participant for each of the plurality of kinds of ranking criteria, the server comprising:a processor coupled to a memory, the processor setting, among the plurality of players, a player who is to be a subject of processing as a subject player,
wherein the processor determines a play style of the subject player automatically using a plurality of play logs from one or more games, and
wherein the processor calculates, as predicted ranks, ranks with respect to at least some of the plurality of kinds of ranking criteria for the case where the subject player participates in the individual ranking criteria based on the play style of the subject player, and
wherein the processor determines, as recommended ranking criteria, ranking criteria recommended to the subject player on the basis of the predicted ranks; and
a display that presents the recommended ranking criteria to the terminal of the subject player,
wherein the processor obtains a selection of a predetermined ranking criterion from the subject player in response to presenting the recommended ranking criteria on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,478,717

AUGMENTED REALITY AND PHYSICAL GAMES

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light engine;
a light guide configured to receive light from the light engine, the light guide being at least partially transparent such that at least a portion of physical surroundings of the apparatus are viewable through the light guide; and
one or more modules implemented at least partially in hardware, the one or more modules being configured to detect a presence of a physical game in the physical surroundings, compute an augmentation based at least partially on one or more available moves for a physical game piece in a current state of play of the physical game, and cause the light engine to output the augmentation for display by the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,478,713

JUMPING TOY

1. A jumping toy comprisinga puppet, a plurality of springs, and a counter;
wherein the counter and the plurality of springs attach to the puppet;
wherein the jumping toy is configured for use with a supporting surface;
wherein the jumping toy presses against the supporting surface such that the plurality of springs are deformed;
wherein each of the plurality of springs returns to its relaxed position such that the jumping toy “jumps” to an elevation above the supporting surface;
wherein the counter is a mechanical device;
wherein the counter counts the number of times the jumping toy jumps;
wherein the counter attaches to a spring selected from the plurality of springs such that the elevation of the jumping toy by the selected spring advances the counter.

US Pat. No. 10,478,712

DISPOSABLE SEALING PIECE HAVING GAME UNIT

John Lin, Hsinchu County...

1. A disposable sealing piece used to cover and seal an opening of a disposable container, characterized in that:the disposable sealing piece is formed by a sealing film or an upper cover, the sealing film is made of one of the following: a metal film, a paper film, and a plastic film, around a perimeter of the upper cover is disposed a ring of fastening cover rim, and the upper cover is made of metal or plastic, and
a print layer is disposed on a surface of the disposable sealing piece, and at least a game unit is disposed on the print layer, to act in cooperation with a playing tool to perform selection of games;
wherein
patterns of the game unit on the print layer is formed by two modes respectively, in a first mode, a pattern of the game unit of the print layer is printed directly on the sealing film, in a second mode, the pattern of the game unit of the print layer is first printed on a sticker, then the sticker is glued onto the surface of the sealing film;
on the print layer is provided with a marking region, that is printed a text description unit, corresponding to that of the game unit;
the game unit includes a print pattern of one of the following sequences: a real life reality sequence including a real scene game in a park, strolling through a street, car and drink, outdoor activities, a regimen and health care sequence including light exercise, office micro exercise, dynamic warm-up, static warm-up, target exercise, health exercise, a human interaction sequence including love-to-eat, eating game, a yoga and dance sequence including yoga, ballet, break dance, street dance, pedal dance, folk dance, a child cherish sequence including hand shadow game, string magic trick, one-foot push, grabbing sandbag, a Kungfu boxing sequence including Tai-Chi boxing, and mantis boxing, a divination healing sequence including do-you-love-me, can we make a couple, forecast of fortune, exorcist, and a child wisdom enhancement sequence including strolling through the zoo, eating fast food, global land mark, poker, dice, and numeral games; and
the playing tool includes one of the following: chopsticks, a tooth pick, a fork, a spoon, a petite knife, a petite knife and fork, a fruit fork used frequently in our daily life; and a dart, an arrow, a sword, and a knife of specially made tools;
wherein the sealing film is formed by one of a plurality of continuous sealing films, on the respective sealing films various different games are played, such that the sealing films are matched and applied to the various different games respectively appearing at random on the opening of the disposable container.

US Pat. No. 10,478,711

POINTS AND BID CARD GAME

1. A game, comprising:a game hub having:
a draw tray and a discard tray for point cards; and
four game boards surrounding the game hub, wherein each of the four game boards includes a points spent tracker comprising a grid of a plurality of numbers representing points spent, a tournament win tracker comprising a plurality of numbers representing a number of tournament wins, a net points tracker comprising a grid of a plurality of numbers representing accumulated net points and an indicator card tray for indicator cards;
four sets of score markers for placing on the game board, wherein each set of score markers includes a first score marker placed and moved on the points spent tracker, a second score marker placed and moved on the tournament wins tracker and a third score marker placed and moved on the net points tracker, wherein each of the four sets of score markers has a predetermined color that is different than the other sets of score markers;
sixteen indicator cards for placing in the indicator card tray, the sixteen indicator cards divided into four sets of four indicator cards, wherein each of the four sets of the four indicator cards has a determined color that is different than the other sets of four indicator cards and wherein each indicator card includes a first major surface and wherein each of the four sets of four indicator cards includes a first indicator card with an identifying value one (1) on the first major surface, a second indicator card with the identifying value two (2) on the first major surface, a third indicator card with the identifying value three (3) on the first major surface and a fourth indicator card with the identifying value four (4) and the term “FOURBID™” on the first major surface; and
fifty-one point cards for placing in the draw tray and the discard tray of the game hub, the fifty-one points cards divided into eight classification sets and a wild card set, wherein each point card includes a first major surface and each set of the eight classification sets of point cards includes six point cards and wherein each of the point cards in the eight classification sets has on its first major surface comprising a combination of:
a classification set name;
a point value indicator;
a symbol having a shape and color representing the classification set;
an image representing the classification set name; and
a common name for the image;
where the combination on the first major surface is different for each of the point cards in the eight classification sets, and wherein the wild card set includes three point cards each having a number zero on the first major surface, where the wild cards are bordered with one of each shape and color symbols found in each of the eight classification sets.

US Pat. No. 10,478,709

TERRESTRIAL WAKEBOARD

TOMMY BOARD, INC., Hunti...

1. An oversized wheeled board, comprising:a deck having a length of between about 48-60 inches and a maximum width of between about 15-20 inches, the deck being formed of at least nine total layers of flexible material including a soft layer made of a foam or urethane and multiple layers of fiber glass adhered together, wherein none of the layers are bamboo or plyboard;
a pair of trucks having wheels;
a riser plate made of an elastomer positioned above each truck between the truck and the deck; and
a plurality of fasteners securing the trucks and riser plates to a lower surface of the deck, the fasteners each passing through one of the riser plates, wherein the fasteners extend downward through holes in the deck, risers and a mounting plate of each truck and are secured below the mounting plate with nuts, and wherein the deck has recesses formed in a top surface sized to receive reinforcing plates having a thickness that is equal to or less than a depth of the recesses so as to remain flush with or below the top surface of the deck, and the fasteners each passing through one of the reinforcing plates.

US Pat. No. 10,478,708

COORDINATING MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEMODYNAMICS

Pulson, Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A method for synchronizing a rhythmic musculoskeletal activity cycle (“MSKC”) of a user exercising on an exercise apparatus with a rhythmic cardiac cycle (“CC”) of the user, the method comprising:a first loop figured to repetitively:
detect a first signal feature representative of a CC timing of the user using a first detector, the first signal feature repeating at a heart rate of the user,
detect a second signal feature representative of an MSKC timing of the user using a second detector, the second signal feature repeating at a cadence of the user,
determine an actual timing relationship between the CC timing or first signal feature and the MSKC timing or second signal feature using a controller integrated into or coupled to the exercise apparatus,
determine a difference value between the actual timing relationship and a target timing relationship using the controller,
compute a relative timing correction value, and
adjust operations of the exercise apparatus as a function of the relative timing correction value and in response to a signal from the controller, wherein the operations of the exercise apparatus are adjusted to alter the MSKC timing of the user such that the magnitude of the difference value is reduced, and wherein adjusting the operations comprises adjusting a plurality of settings; and
a second loop configured to repetitively:
compute an actual heart rate of the user based on the CC timing or the first signal feature,
determine a second difference value between the actual heart rate and a target heart rate of the user,
compute a heart rate correction value, and
adjust operations of the exercise apparatus as a function of the heart rate correction value and in response to a second signal from the controller, wherein the operations of the exercise apparatus are adjusted to alter the actual heart rate of the user such that the magnitude of the second difference value is reduced, and wherein adjusting the operations comprises adjusting the plurality of settings,
wherein a response time of the second loop is configured to be greater than the first loop such that a likelihood of interference between the first loop and the second loop is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,478,706

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRECISE DETERMINATION OF A POSITION OF A TARGET ON A SURFACE

TOPCON POSITIONING SYSTEM...

1. An apparatus for determining, in real-time, a location of a target on a golf green, the golf green having a plurality of fixed referenced points located proximally thereabout, the apparatus comprising:a registration control for registering particular ones of the plurality of fixed reference points, the registration control comprising a camera for capturing an image, in real-time, of certain ones of the particular ones of the plurality of fixed reference points;
an instrument for measuring a plurality of distances, each distance of the plurality of distances being between the target and the certain ones of the fixed reference points registered by the registration control; and
a processor, for executing computer program instructions stored in a memory, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
determining the location of the target, in real-time, based on the plurality of distances, wherein the determining the location of the target further comprises:
receiving coordinates of the certain ones of the fixed reference points registered of the plurality of fixed reference points, and surface elevation information associated with the target, the surface elevation information generated from a contour map of the golf green having a plurality of contours, one or more of the contours representing one or more lines of constant elevation, and a plurality of directional lines that are defined from a topography of the golf green, and the contour map generated from a digital elevation model (DEM) representing a continuous topographical surface taken from a discrete set of three-dimensional (3D) points;
calculating, using at least two of the measured distances, an initial estimation of the location of the target; and
calculating, using the initial estimation of the location of the target and the surface elevation information, the location of the target by iteratively interpolating a surface elevation of the golf green at the location of the target by interpolating the contours of the golf green until reaching a pre-defined tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,478,703

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, WEARABLE APPARATUS, CONTENT REPRODUCTION DEVICE, CONTENT REPRODUCTION SYSTEM, AND CONTENT REPRODUCTION METHOD

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An information processing method comprising:causing an information acquisition section to perform a process of acquiring user information including body motion information of a user;
causing a processing section to perform a process of determining a swimming stroke of the user on the basis of the user information, and obtaining evaluation index information which is stroke information when the user swims in each swimming stroke, wherein the stroke information is based on a result of a main component analysis that is performed by:
analyzing a scattering direction of a distribution with respect to three-axis accelerations for a past n seconds;
obtaining a new coordinate system formed of first to third main component axes obtained through analyzing the scattering direction;
converting values of the three-axis accelerations measured in a sensor coordinate system into values in the new coordinate system; and
obtaining first to third main components which are accelerations in respective axes of the new coordinate system; and
causing an output section to output information in which the evaluation index information in each swimming stroke is correlated with each swimming stroke.

US Pat. No. 10,478,702

EXERCISE APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR STATIONARY USERS

1. An exercise and therapy apparatus comprising: a linearly movable frame having at least two parallel vertical posts, each of said at least two parallel vertical posts having an upper aspect and a lower aspect;a plurality of fixed wheels attached to said linearly movable frame for exercise movement in a straight line;
at least one elastic resistance member mechanically attached horizontally to respective lower aspects of both of the said at least two parallel vertical posts, said at least one elastic resistance member urging movement of said exercise and therapy apparatus along said straight line when stretched by a stationary user during exercise, wherein the linearly movable frame is configured to engage said stationary user relatively within a portion of the linearly movable frame and thereby permitting forward and reverse linear, reaching and retrieving motions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,701

GOLF BALL STOPPING DEVICE FOR SIMULATING A PUTTING GREEN HOLE

1. A device for stopping a ball, comprising:an upper plate;
a series of bristles on the underside of the plate;
a post receiving unit affixed to the plate;
at least one bracket on the underside of the plate to secure the post receiving unit to the plate;
a base, wherein the base is positioned about a surface, and;
a post having a top portion which connects to the post receiving unit and a bottom portion which connects to the base, wherein the height of the plate relative to the base is adjustable;
wherein the plate may be set to a height relative to the surface such that a ball rolling underneath the plate will contact the bristles and be stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,478,699

FULL SCALE PRACTICE AND TRAINING SYSTEM, METHOD AND SOFTWARE MEDIUM UTILIZING PROGRAMMABLE CHASSIS DRIVEN DRONES AND TACKLING DUMMIES IN SINGULAR AND MULTIPLE VARIANTS SUCH AS USE BY POSITIONAL PLAYERS IN SOLE AND TEAM-BASED SPORTS AS WELL AS OTHER NON-AT

1. A management system for providing full scale training of a plurality of physical participants engaged in a team event, comprising:a plurality of self-propelling drones positioned at various locations upon a practice surface;
a plurality of sensors either adapted to being worn by the physical participants or being located upon the practice surface;
a control platform incorporating a first processor in communication with the sensors for tracking movement of each of the physical players and drones;
a grid of lighting elements incorporated into the practice surface;
the first processor and an associated database of said control platform communicating with said grid and operable to outputting a series of time elapsed commands, a sub-plurality of said lighting elements illuminating to represent an initial position of the drones;
additional sub-pluralities of lighting elements being progressively illuminated in a time elapsed fashion to replicate movement of any of the participant or drone;
a second processor incorporated into each of the drones, each of the second processors being in operative communication with the control platform, the second processors receiving sensor updated information as a stream of instructions for operating a powered drive chassis incorporated into each drone for traversing the drone upon the practice surface during a training iteration; and
said control platform coordinating streams of instructions to the second processors for moving the drones in a synchronized and choreographed progression between start and end points so that the drones emulate a team of players opposing the physical players.

US Pat. No. 10,478,698

INTERACTIVE COGNITIVE-MULTISENSORY INTERFACE APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ASSESSING, PROFILING, TRAINING, AND/OR IMPROVING PERFORMANCE OF ATHLETES AND OTHER POPULATIONS

APEXK INC., Laval, QC (C...

1. A method of assessing a cerebral disruptive incident comprising:obtaining a baseline cognitive performance profile at a first point in time prior to said disruptive incident;
storing said baseline cognitive performance profile;
obtaining a secondary cognitive performance profile following said disruptive incident; and
comparing said baseline cognitive performance profile with said second cognitive performance profile to determine a measure of cognitive impairment due to said disruptive incident, wherein said obtaining said baseline cognitive performance profile and said obtaining said secondary cognitive performance profile comprise:
establishing with a patient a sensory semantic language for relating a plurality of symbols, wherein each symbol has a meaning that is unknown to the patient prior to said establishment of said sensory semantic language, to a plurality of affirmative actions requiring that the patient do something, wherein each action of said plurality of affirmative actions is associated, based on said sensory semantic language, with a symbol of said plurality of symbols, said sensory semantic language being new to said patient prior to said establishment;
instructing said patient to perform a cognitive exercise, wherein, during said exercise, said patient is provided in a central field of view of said patient a selected one of said plurality of symbols;
driving a transducer for generating a luminous output for providing at least one peripheral visual stimulus located in a peripheral vision region of the patient, said luminous output generated a period after said providing said selected one of said plurality of symbols;
detecting a responsive affirmative action performed by said patient after said generating said luminous output; and
determining if said responsive affirmative action is accurate based on said selected one of said plurality of symbols provided in said central field of view of said patient and said established sensory semantic language.

US Pat. No. 10,478,694

TENNIS NET ANCHORING DEVICE AND METHOD OF ANCHORING A TENNIS NET

FAST-DRY CORPORATION, Po...

1. An anchoring device comprising:a unitary body of a rigid material including:
a middle portion being defined by an upper end and a bottom end opposing the upper end of the middle portion;
two net-retention members, each net-retention member extending downwardly from the upper end of the middle portion to define an arcuate net-support surface facing in a direction toward the bottom end of the middle portion, both net-retention members terminating at respective free net ends, both net-retention members flanking the middle portion; and
two ground-retention members extending downwardly from the bottom end of the middle portion, each ground-retention member having an arcuate portion with a ground-retention surface facing in a direction toward the net-support surfaces of the net-retention members, both ground-retention members terminating at respective free ground ends, both ground-retention members being disposed in off-set configurations with respect to the middle portion, the unitary body, spanning from the free ground ends of the two ground-retention members to the free net ends, having no moving parts.

US Pat. No. 10,478,693

HEADCOVERS HAVING A PULL STRAP AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A headcover comprising:a headcover body comprising:
a belly panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and a top panel that collectively define an interior portion configured to receive a club head of a golf club;
a detachable pull strap defining a pull strap body forming a plurality of leg portions; and
a plurality of fasteners, each of the plurality of fasteners including an attaching unit configured to be engaged to a closure unit when securing the detachable pull strap to the headcover body, wherein the attaching unit is located on the pull strap and the closure unit is located on the headcover body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,692

GOLF CLUB PROTECTOR

1. A system for receiving at least one golf club, the system comprising:a carrier including a first surface and a second surface disposed on an opposite side of the carrier than the first surface, the carrier selectively movable between a constricted state wrapped around the at least one golf club and a relaxed state;
at least one sleeve depending from one of the first surface and the second surface and including a first opening disposed at a first end of the at least one sleeve and operable to receive a head of the at least one golf club, the at least one sleeve surrounded by the carrier when the carrier is in the constricted state, and the at least one sleeve including a second opening disposed at a second end of the at least one sleeve, the second opening being smaller than the first opening and the second end being disposed at an opposite end of the at least one sleeve than the first end; and
a fastener supported by the carrier and operable to selectively maintain the carrier in the constricted state.

US Pat. No. 10,478,687

GOLF CLUB HEAD OR OTHER BALL STRIKING DEVICE HAVING FACE DEFORMATION LIMITING MEMBER

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face having a ball striking surface adapted to impact a golf ball and an inner surface opposite the ball striking surface;
a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face,
wherein the face and the body define an interior cavity and an inner surface of the body surrounding the interior cavity; and
a plurality of deformation limiting members located behind the face, each having a fixed end connected to the inner surface of the body,
wherein each fixed end of each of the plurality of deformation limiting members is spaced a rearward distance from a peripheral edge of the face, and
wherein each of the plurality of deformation limiting members has a free end spaced a second rearward distance from the inner surface of the face,
wherein a gap is formed between each of the deformation limiting members and the inner surface of the face, and
wherein the first rearward distance is greater than the second rearward distance such that the gap is greater at the fixed ends than at the free ends for each of the plurality of deformation limiting members,
wherein each of the deformation limiting members comprises a flange extending from the fixed end at the inner surface of the body toward the inner surface of the face and extending inward into the interior cavity,
wherein the face and each of the plurality of deformation limiting members are adapted such that an impact of the golf ball on the ball striking surface causes deformation of the face toward the plurality of deformation limiting members, and
wherein when the deformation of the face is sufficient to cause the inner surface of the face to engage the free ends of the plurality of deformation limiting members,
wherein the plurality of deformation limiting members exert a force on the face to resist further deformation of the face;
wherein the flange forms an inner edge at the free end,
wherein the inner edge forms an elliptical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,478,686

GOLF BAG

BarSix, LLC, Highlands R...

1. A container, wherein the container comprises:a frame, wherein:
the frame comprises:
a first member;
a second member; and
a plurality of diagonal members;
each of the plurality of diagonal members diagonally couple the first member with the second member; and
a removable cover, wherein:
the removable cover comprises:
a central portion;
a first coupling mechanism; and
a second coupling mechanism;
the first coupling mechanism is coupled with at least a portion of a top of the central portion;
the second coupling mechanism is coupled with at least a portion of a bottom of the central portion;
the first coupling mechanism is reversibly coupled with the second member; and
the second coupling mechanism is reversibly coupled with the first member;
wherein:
the second coupling mechanism comprises a first fastener and a second fastener;
the first member defines a ledge, the first member having a smaller diameter below the ledge than above the ledge; and
the second coupling mechanism being reversibly coupled with the first member comprises the first fastener coupled with the second fastener below the ledge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,684

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a hollow body portion having a toe portion with a toe portion edge, a heel portion with a heel portion edge and a hosel portion, a top portion with a top portion edge, a sole portion with a sole portion edge, a front portion, and a back portion with a back wall portion;
a face portion coupled to the body portion enclosing the front portion to create a first interior cavity;
a hosel transition portion between the first interior cavity and the hosel portion;
a second interior cavity extending into the hosel transition portion and connected to the first interior cavity, the second interior cavity extending from a location at or proximate to the top edge portion of the top portion to a location at or proximate to the sole edge portion of the sole portion, and the second interior cavity extending from the face portion toward the hosel portion;
a channel on the back wall portion, the channel including at least one groove extending from the toe portion edge toward the heel portion edge, the channel defining an indented portion of the back wall portion;
a first set of ports including at least one port above the channel, a distance between the at least one port of the first set of ports and the toe portion edge being substantially less than a distance between the at least one port of the first set of ports and the hosel portion; and
a second set of ports including at least one port below the channel, a distance between the at least one port of the second set of ports and the toe portion edge being substantially less than a distance between the at least one port of the second set of ports and the hosel portion,
wherein at least one port of the first set of ports or the second set of ports is connected to the first interior cavity to provide a connected port,
wherein the first interior cavity and the second interior cavity are at least partially filled with a polymer material from the connected port,
wherein a width of the at least one groove decreases from the toe portion edge toward the heel portion edge, and
wherein a distance between the at least one groove and a horizontal midplane of the body portion increases from the toe portion edge toward the heel portion edge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,683

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING A SUPPORT TO LIMIT FACEPLATE DEFORMATION

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body including:
a face plate having a strike surface and an opposing interior surface,
wherein a distance between the strike surface and the opposing interior surface of the face plate defines a thickness of the face plate;
a rear end; and
a sole connecting the face plate with the rear end,
wherein the face plate, the rear end, and the sole partially define a cavity; and
an insert positioned within the cavity, the insert comprising a front portion configured to face the opposing interior surface of the face plate, the front portion having an insert surface facing the opposing interior surface of the face plate, wherein:
a first insert surface of the front portion comprises a first arm adjacent to a heel end of the insert, a second arm adjacent to a toe end of the insert, and a cross member extending from the heel end of the insert to the toe end of the insert;
wherein the first and second arms transition into the cross member to generally define a U shape of the first surface;
wherein at least a second surface of the front portion of the insert surface is spaced apart from the opposing interior surface of the face plate defining a distance between the insert surface and the opposing interior surface of the face plate; and
the distance between the second surface of the front portion and the opposing interior surface of the face plate ranges from 0.005-0.125 inch.

US Pat. No. 10,478,678

CELLULOID-FREE, SUBSTANTIALLY SPHERICAL HOLLOW BODY AND FABRICATION THEREOF

WEENER PLASTIK GMBH, Wee...

1. A table tennis ball with a diameter of from 37 mm to 45 mm, and a weight of from 2.5 g to 3.5 g, comprising a shell and an internal cavity, said shell having a wall thickness of from 0.2 mm to 1.3 mm, wherein a material of the shell is free of celluloid and comprises at least one first polymer, wherein the first polymer is acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS) and at least a second organic polymer, wherein the second organic polymer is a homopolymer of a polycarbonate, and wherein a concentration ratio of the ABS to the polycarbonate is between 0.65-0.75 to between 0.25-0.35.

US Pat. No. 10,478,676

BALL FOR BALL GAME AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A ball for a ball game, the ball being a spherical body and comprising:a spherical core inside the spherical body, the spherical core being a sphere having a center of the spherical body as a center,
a spherical cover layer covering the spherical core, the spherical cover layer being a sphere having a center of the spherical body as a center,
first and second regions formed on a spherical surface of the spherical core or on a spherical surface of the spherical cover layer;
the first regions are formed of a first material, the first material being an electrically conductive material and having a radio wave reflectance, the first regions each having a diameter of not less than 2 mm and not more than 15 mm, and
the second regions are formed of a second material in areas other than where the first regions are formed, the second material being an electrically non-conductive material and having a radio wave reflectance lower than the radio wave reflectance of the first material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,673

ELECTRIC CONTROLLERS FOR SWIMMING GOGGLES

1. An electronic device comprising:a motion sensor;
an electric sound speaker;
an integrated circuit;
a water-proof package that encloses said motion sensor and said integrated circuit; and
means to attach said water-proof package to the head strap of a swimming goggle;wherein said integrated circuit is able to analyze the motions of the swimmer wearing the swimming goggle with said electronic device attached while the swimmer is swimming in water, and said integrated circuit is able to control the outputs of said electric sound speaker, and the integrated circuit uses the outputs of the motion sensor to estimate the number of Calories burned by the swimmer wearing the swimming goggle with the attached electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,478,672

WALKABLE WATER SHOE WITH INCORPORATED SWIM FIN APPENDAGE

David Martin Reyes, Rock...

1. A water shoe having an elevated swim fin appendage wherein the elevated swim fin appendage does not obstruct a wearer throughout a normal walking motion; comprising: A shoe portion having a neoprene, nylon, polyester or rubber material upper attached to a traction sole; An elevated swim fin appendage attached to said shoe portion, said elevated swim fin appendage having a neoprene, nylon, polyester or rubber material upper boot or sock and a lower traction sole surface; wherein a front edge of said elevated swim fin appendage protrudes forwardly beyond a front of said shoe portion a distance “L”, said distance “L” not obstructing a wearer from engaging in the normal walking motion; Said lower traction sole surface of said elevated swim fin measuring a distance “H” above a flat ground surface, said distance “H” not obstructing a wearer from engaging in the normal walking motion; Said elevated swim fin appendage including left and right side surface areas extending laterally beyond a footprint of said shoe portion, said side surface areas terminating approximately midway along said shoe portion; wherein said distance “L” ranges between 2?-8? and said distance “H” ranges between 1.25?-2.5?.

US Pat. No. 10,478,670

STATIONARY EXERCISE EQUIPMENT FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, MORE PARTICULAR AN EXERCISE BIKE

PROTOKON Gyarto, Fejleszt...

1. A stationary exercise equipment for physical training, comprising:a frame with a movement unit that is configured to be moved by an exerciser or is itself driven and interacts with the exerciser,
one or more sensors, assigned to the movement unit or configured to be assigned to the exerciser, for capturing measured values,
a computer apparatus for establishing one or more items of measurement-value-related information, a first display apparatus directed rearward at the exerciser for displaying one or more items of information, and
a second display apparatus mounted on the frame on a front side of the stationary exercise equipment and directed frontward for outputting at least one item of information to a different person other than the exerciser in front of the stationary exercise equipment,
wherein an identical color-coded information indicating a current training zone of the exerciser is displayed on the first display apparatus and the second display apparatus simultaneously so that the current training zone is displayed to the exerciser and to the different person, wherein the current training zone is one of a plurality of training zones, each of the training zones corresponding to a different percentage interval of the maximum heart rate of the exerciser or a different percentage interval of power in relation to an index value, and each of the plurality of training zones is assigned a respective zone-specific color as the color-coded information.

US Pat. No. 10,478,667

INFINITELY ADJUSTABLE TRAINING MASK WITH AN AIR FILTER AND A DRINKING DEVICE

Bo Tao, Chino, CA (US)

1. A training mask comprising:an air impermeable mask body defining a mask interior space and perimeter seal, wherein said perimeter seal and said interior space are configured to enclose a wearer's nose and mouth;
at least one adjustable inhalation resistance assembly extending through said mask body, said at least one adjustable inhalation resistance assembly comprising a first stationary internal component and a second external rotating dial parallelly and co-radially stacked on top of said first stationary internal component such that turning said second external rotating dial adjust sizes of corresponding overlapping inhalation adjustment apertures formed by said first stationary internal component and second external rotating dial to control inhalation resistance of ambient air through said overlapping inhalation adjustment apertures into said mask interior space in response to inhalation by the wearer;
an air exhalation channel subassembly comprising:
air permitting exhalation apertures located at a center of a top planar portion of said first stationary internal component;
an air exhalation channel located at a center of a top planar portion of said second external rotating dial; and
a flexible one-way check valve for regulating a discharge of exhaled air of the wearer; and
an integrally-disposed replaceable particulate air filter incorporated into said first stationary internal component for filtering inhaled air that passes through said mask body;
wherein the replaceable particulate air filter comprises a cylindrical mounting frame adapted to closely fit inside and extend through an internal chamber of said first stationary internal component and an air filter element adapted to be positioned in said cylindrical mounting frame and cover an entire area defined by an inner diameter and perimeter of the internal chamber of said first stationary internal component to ensure that only filtered clean air passes through said mask body during, inhalation by a wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,478,666

TREADMILL

Drax Inc., Gyeonggi-do (...

1. A treadmill comprising:a first frame and a second frame that are disposed in parallel with each other; and
a plurality of slats that extend perpendicularly to a disposition direction of the first frame and the second frame, are disposed between the first frame and the second frame, and are installed to move with respect to the first frame and the second frame,
wherein at least some of the plurality of slats comprise a support plate, which comprises a base portion providing a first plane for supporting a user and a strength reinforcing portion that extends from the base portion,
wherein the strength reinforcing portion is a convex shape and has a cavity formed therein.

US Pat. No. 10,478,663

EXERCISE MACHINE REVERSIBLE RESISTANCE SYSTEM

Lagree Technologies, Inc....

1. An exercise machine, comprising:a frame having a first end, a second end, and a first rail;
a carriage adapted to support an exerciser slidably positioned upon the first rail of the frame, wherein the carriage is slidable along a longitudinal axis of the frame between the first end and the second end of the frame;
an elongated member movably positioned upon the frame, wherein the elongated member has a first run and a second run, wherein when the first run moves in a first direction the second run moves in a second direction that is substantially opposite of the first direction, and wherein when the first run moves in the second direction the second run moves in the first direction;
a resistance device connected to the elongated member, wherein the resistance device applies a resistance force to the elongated member and the carriage in the second direction relative to the first run and wherein the resistance device applies the resistance force to the elongated member and the carriage in the first direction relative to the second run; and
a clutch connected to the carriage, wherein the clutch includes an engagement portion having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is adapted to selectively engage the first run and the second end is opposite of the first end and adapted to selectively engage the second run of the elongated member, such that the carriage is configured to provide the resistance force to the exerciser in the second direction when the clutch is engaged to the first run, and the carriage is configured to provide the resistance force to the exerciser in the first direction when the clutch is engaged to the second run.

US Pat. No. 10,478,662

STRETCHING APPARATUS

1. A stretching apparatus for use during a stretching exercise, the stretching apparatus comprising:a strap configured to attach to a limb of a user;
a ratchet device for controlling tension in the strap, the strap extending through the ratchet device, the ratchet device being positionable between a ratcheting position and a release position, wherein the ratcheting position prevents movement of the strap in a first direction and allows movement of the strap in a second direction, and wherein the release position allows movement of the strap in the first direction;
a remote trigger connected to the ratchet device to move the ratchet device between the ratcheting position and the release position; and
a flexible line connecting the remote trigger to the ratchet device, wherein the remote trigger is configured to be held by the user during the stretching exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,478,659

DYNAMICALLY VARIABLE RADIUS CAM FOR WEIGHT LIFTING APPARATUS

9. A weight training apparatus comprising:a disk configured to rotate about an axis;
a lift bar coupled to the disk and configured to rotate about the axis;
a cable guide coupled to the disk and defining a path for a cable and a radial tangent distance between the cable and the axis, wherein a first end of the cable is configured to couple to a weight stack and a second end is configured to attach to the cable guide;
one or more actuators coupling the disk to the cable guide and configured to move the cable guide relative to the disk to change the radial tangent distance;
a sensor configured to output a signal indicative of an angular position of the disk about the axis; and
a controller programmed to operate the one or more actuators to cause the one or more actuators to move the cable guide based on the signal to change the radial tangent distance thereby changing a resistance force at the lift bar during rotation of the disk about the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,658

SPORTS DUMBBELL

1. A sports dumbbell comprising:a grip portion (2) running along a grip axis (L1);
a support portion (3) including a support axis (L2), wherein the support axis (L2) is spaced from the grip portion (2) and runs parallel to the grip axis (L1);
wherein along the support axis (L2) the support portion (3) has mutually opposing first and second ends and at least one of the first and second ends of the support portion (3) is connected to the grip portion (2), wherein a distance (d2) between the grip axis (L1) and the support axis (L2) is at least 11 cm, wherein an outer shape of the sports dumbbell is fixed and substantially U-shaped, and wherein the sports dumbbell has a center of gravity (S) located inside the support portion (3) such that the sports dumbbell can be used in a manner that no torque is provoked in a user's wrist or arm; and
an end of a length-adjustable strap (8) provided on each of a first and a second end of the grip portion, the length-adjustable strap configured to be held behind a heel of the user when a foot tip of the user is extended through a passage opening (7) formed between the grip portion (2) and the support portion (3) wherein the first and second ends of the grip portion (2) are mutually opposing along the grip axis (L1), the first end of the grip portion (2) is connected to the first end of the support portion (3) by a first connecting portion (4), and the second end of the grip portion (2) has no direct connection to the second end of the support portion (3).

US Pat. No. 10,478,655

JUMP ROPE DEVICE WITH REMOVABLY-CONNECTED CABLE

CROSSROPE, LLC, Raleigh,...

1. A jump rope device, comprising:a handle comprising a handle grip and a first connecting member; and
a cable comprising a second connecting member;
wherein the first and second connecting members are configured to removably connect the cable to the handle;
wherein one of the first and second connecting members comprises a male connecting member and a second one of the first and second connecting members comprises a female connecting member;
wherein the male connecting member comprises a head comprising first and second locking projections;
wherein the female connecting member defines an opening configured to receive at least a portion of the male connecting member into an internal cavity of the female connecting member, wherein the female connecting member comprises first and second locking arms, said first and second locking arms being biased into a first position, said first and second locking arms being configured to move from said first position into a second position when said male locking member is inserted into said opening, wherein said male connecting member and said female connecting member are configured such that rotation of said male connecting member relative to said female connecting member following said insertion moves said first and second locking projections out of contact with said first and second locking arms and into respective first and second apertures defined in said female connecting member, said movement of said locking projections into said apertures allowing said locking arms to be biased from said second position back into said first position and creating a secure connection between said male and female connecting members.

US Pat. No. 10,478,653

FOLDABLE DIVING PLATFORM FOR WAKEBOARD TOWER

1. A foldable diving platform for a wakeboard tower, said platform comprising:a base section including a horizontal surface;
a first pair of mounting brackets aligned perpendicular to said horizontal surface;
a second pair of mounting brackets aligned at an acute angle towards said first pair of mounting brackets;
said first and second pairs of mounting brackets each including apertures at ends thereof for attachment to wakeboard tower tubing;
a foldable section including a planar surface;
a pair of hinge mechanisms connecting said base section to said foldable section enabling movement of said foldable section between a stored position wherein said horizontal surface is adjacent and parallel to said planar surface and a deployed position wherein said horizontal surface is collinear and coplanar with said planar surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,650

FLEXIBLE ASSEMBLY FOR SPRINKLERS

Victaulic Company, Easto...

1. An assembly for connecting a sprinkler to a branch line of a fire suppression system, said assembly comprising:a flexible conduit having a first end connectable to said branch line, and a second end connectable to said sprinkler, said conduit providing fluid communication between said branch line and said sprinkler;
a first adapter positioned between said sprinkler and said second end of said conduit for effecting attachment of said sprinkler to said conduit, said first adapter having a bore providing fluid communication between said sprinkler and said conduit, said first adapter having a first adapter portion attachable to said sprinkler and a second adapter portion attached to said second end of said conduit, said first and second adapter portions being rotatable relatively to one another;
a bracket having an opening receiving said first adapter portion and a locking unit movably mounted on said bracket, said locking unit engaging and retaining said first adapter portion within said opening;
a cross beam received by said bracket for securing said bracket in relation to said branch line; and
said second adapter portion comprises a tube attached to said second end of said conduit, said tube being received within said bore of said adapter in said first adapter portion;
a ring seal is positioned between an outer surface of said tube and an inner surface of said bore in said first adapter portion for effecting a fluid-tight connection between said first and second adapter portions;
a split ring is positioned between said outer surface of said tube and said inner surface of said bore in said first adapter portion, said split ring having an inner portion sized to fit within an outwardly facing circumferential groove positioned in said outer surface of said tube, said split ring further having an outer portion sized to fit within an inwardly facing circumferential groove positioned in said inner surface of said bore in said first adapter portion, said split ring preventing relative axial movement between said first and second adapter portions but permitting relative rotation between said first and second adapter portions about a longitudinal axis concentric with said bore.

US Pat. No. 10,478,649

SEALANT HAVING FIREWORTHY PROPERTIES FOR USE WITH AIRCRAFT PARTS

THE PATENT WELL LLC, For...

1. A sealant comprising a body and a skeleton encapsulated by the body:the body comprising a cured, tacky, soft, deformable, non-adhesive gel, the gel body having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a perimeter, wherein the upper and lower surfaces of the gel body, in an uncompressed state, define a body thickness; and
the skeleton comprising multiple openings for encapsulation by the gel body, the skeleton having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a perimeter;
the sealant in an uncompressed state dimensioned to fit in a first opening between a wall and an aircraft component surface and deformable when under compression to fit in a second opening, smaller than the first opening;
wherein the sealant has toxicity limits of less than about: 150 PPM HCN, 1000 PPM CO, 100 PPM NO/NO2, 100 PPM SO2, 100 PPM HF, and 150 PPM HCl under AITM 3-0005, Issue 2; and
wherein the sealant passes 12 second vertical burn test according to 14 CFR, Part 25—Subpart D, § 25.853(a) compartment interiors.

US Pat. No. 10,478,648

FIRE SUPPRESSION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FLAMMABLE LIQUID STORAGE TANK RIM SEAL GAP AREA

1. A fire suppressant system for retarding the spread of a fire of a stored flammable liquid in an annular space between a floating roof and a wall of a storage tank surrounding the floating roof comprising:the floating roof set off from the wall of the storage tank by a self-centering seal extending over the surface of the stored flammable liquid in the annular space between the floating roof and said wall of the storage tank, said floating roof having a rim circumscribing the floating roof and a top surface;
a plurality of containers mounted within the annular space at predetermined locations along the rim of the floating roof above the flammable liquid for holding a plurality of fire suppressant bodies, each of said plurality of containers responsive to an increase in temperature caused by combustion of the flammable liquid by rupturing or disintegrating and releasing the plurality of fire suppressant bodies to the liquid surface below;
said fire suppressant bodies dropping to the flammable liquid surface create an oxygen barrier over the flammable liquid along said liquid surface for suppressing any fire within the annular space.

US Pat. No. 10,478,647

STOVETOP FIRE SUPPRESSOR WITH SHUTTLE ACTUATOR AND METHOD

Williams RDM, Inc, Fort ...

1. An automatic stovetop fire suppressor device with a shuttle actuator, the device comprising:a can comprising a top wall and a cylindrical sidewall;
a plastic bottom lid secured to a bottom of the can and forming a closed container with the can;
a fire suppressing agent housed in the closed container; and
a shuttle actuator secured beneath an outer side of the plastic bottom lid,
the shuttle actuator comprising:
a shuttle charge cavity;
a quantity of an explosive used in a single discharge housed in the shuttle charge cavity; and
a fuse connected to the single discharge and extending to an exterior of the plastic bottom lid;
a center shaft extending from the top wall of the can through the plastic bottom lid; and
a bottom head on the center shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,478,646

FALL ARREST DEVICE

YOKE INDUSTRIAL CORP., T...

1. A fall arrest device, comprising:a bracket which has a first side panel and second side panel facing each other, wherein a stopper is disposed on said first side panel;
a rotating member rotatably mounted between said first side panel and said second side panel of said bracket;
a safety belt which is wound around said rotating member and is located between said first side panel and said second side panel, wherein the safety belt is pulled to drive said rotating member to rotate;
a brake wheel engaged with said rotating member;
a brake block pivotally mounted to said brake wheel, wherein said brake block has a stop portion; said stop portion of said brake block is forced by a centrifugal force generated during a rotation of said brake wheel to pivot from a restoring position to an extended position where said brake block abuts against said stopper to restrict a rotation of said rotating member; and
a restoring spring which is connected between said brake block and said brake wheel, and is adapted to urge said brake block to move toward said restoring position;
wherein said brake wheel has a surface, and said surface is recessed to form a groove; when said brake block is in said restoring position, said restoring spring is located in an orthographic projection area of said groove.

US Pat. No. 10,478,644

FIREFIGHTER HOOD WITH PROTECTIVE FLAP

LION GROUP, INC., Dayton...

1. A firefighter hood comprising:a hood body configured to fit around a head of a wearer, wherein the hood body includes a face opening configured to be aligned with a face of the wearer when the hood is worn, and wherein said hood body is made of a flame resistant material and has a thermal protective performance rating of at least about twenty; and
a flap coupled to the hood body, wherein the flap is movable between an extended position wherein said flap covers only part of said opening in front view, and a retracted position wherein said flap does not cover any of said opening in front view or covers less of said opening in front view compared to when said flap is in said extended position, wherein said flap is configured to be retained in said extended position in a cantilever arrangement, wherein at least part of the flap is positioned radially outwardly of said hood body, and wherein said flap has a height extending parallel to a height of said opening that is less than said height of said opening when said flap is in said extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,643

HAIR DYEING COMPOSITION

KAO GERMANY GMBH, Darmst...

1. A ready to use aqueous composition for coloring hair comprising one or more direct dyes selected from the compounds
and one or more reducing agents selected from the group consisting of thioglycolic acid and its salts, thiolactic acid and its salts, dihydrolipoate, thioglycerol, mercapropropionic acid and its salts, cysteine and its salts, N substituted cysteins, cystamines, thioethanol, sulfite salts, bisulfite salts, and metabisulfite salts.

US Pat. No. 10,478,642

PARTICLE BEAM TREATMENT APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A particle beam treatment apparatus comprising:a rotating gantry configured to axially rotate in a state Where a bed fixed to a stationary system is disposed inside the rotating gantry and an irradiation port of a beam is fixed to a body of the rotating gantry;
a tunnel structure configured to have at least a horizontal floor surface and have an internal space in which at least a part of the bed is accommodated;
a rotation supporter configured to cause the tunnel structure to be stationary in the stationary system independently of axis rotation of the rotating gantry by rotationally displacing the tunnel structure with respect to an inner side surface of the rotating gantry;
a moving floor configured to be formed by bendably joining a plurality of plates to each other in an annular shape such that the internal space is continuous from the tunnel structure, and rotate together with the rotating gantry in a state where the irradiation port penetrates the moving floor;
wherein one end of the moving floor is engaged with a first rail, which is supported by the stationary system and includes a closed track substantially matching in vertical cross-sectional shape with the tunnel structure; and
another end of the moving floor is engaged with a second rail fixed to the tunnel structure, the second rail is disposed to face the first rail such that the irradiation port is interposed between the first rail and the second rail.

US Pat. No. 10,478,641

RADIOTHERAPY DEVICE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A radiotherapy device control apparatus comprising:a therapy plan execution unit that instructs execution of instruction information based on a therapy plan which is defined in advance;
an irradiation operation controller that controls an operation of a device provided on a radiotherapy device, based on an irradiation condition included in the instruction information;
an irradiation possibility judging unit that judges whether or not irradiation is possible based on a detection result of an irradiation target detector that detects a motion of an irradiation target;
an irradiation controller that controls execution and interruption of irradiation of a therapeutic radiation based on a result of the judgment; and
an irradiation recorder that records an interruption history of irradiation by the judgment of the irradiation possibility judging unit, wherein
the irradiation operation controller executes the operation of the device based on the instruction information to a last operation regardless of presence or absence of an interruption of the irradiation during execution of the instruction information.

US Pat. No. 10,478,640

FIELD STERILIZER AND VASCULAR CONNECTOR KIT

CorMedix Inc., Bedminste...

1. A field sterilizer and vascular connector kit comprising:a UV sterilizer comprising (i) a UV light source and a power source, wherein the UV light source and the power source are configured so as to provide a UV dosage to the skin of a patient which is sufficient to effectively disinfect the skin of the patient without burning the skin of the patient, and (ii) a housing defining a reflective chamber, wherein the UV light source is disposed in the reflective chamber; and
a vascular connector releasably mounted to the UV sterilizer, wherein the vascular connector contains a supply of an antimicrobial, and wherein the vascular connector is releasably mounted within the reflective chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,639

IN VIVO VISUALIZATION AND CONTROL OF PATHOLIGICAL CHANGES IN NEURAL CIRCUITS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method for measuring and modifying nervous system function, the method comprising:identifying a target cell population in a nervous system of a living organism, the living organism having a particular disease;
modifying a function of the target cell population by causing cells of the target cell population within the diseased living organism to express a plurality of microbial light-responsive trans-membrane conductance regulators from genetic constructs comprising a transcriptional promoter specific to the target cell population;
after modifying the function of the target cell population in the diseased organism, delivering targeted light to the target cell population in the diseased organism;
modifying a function of the target cell population in one or more additional living organisms by causing cells of the target cell population within the one or more additional living organisms to express the plurality of microbial light-responsive trans-membrane conductance regulators from genetic constructs comprising a transcriptional promoter specific to the target cell population, wherein the one or more additional living organisms do not have the particular disease;
after modifying the function of the target cell population in the one or more additional living organisms, delivering targeted light to the target cell population in the one or more additional living organism;
at a computing system having memory and one or more processors coupled to the memory:
measuring responses of the nervous system of the diseased organism to the targeted light using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), wherein measuring comprises:
acquiring fMRI image frames;
reconstructing the fMRI image frames using a graphics processor (GPU); and
motion correcting the reconstructed fMRI image frames using parallel processing operations of the GPU;
mapping for the diseased organism neural circuit activity locations and timings based on the measured responses of the nervous system;
obtaining neural mapping information from the one or more additional living organisms based on responses of the nervous systems of the one or more additional living organisms to the targeted light;
comparing the mapped neural circuit activity locations and timings with the obtained neural mapping information; and
profiling the particular disease based on the comparison of the identified neural circuit activity and locations with the obtained neural mapping information; and
determining based on the profile one or more therapeutics that combat the particular disease.

US Pat. No. 10,478,630

ANALYZE OPTION BUTTON FOR AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) WITH DUAL ECG ANALYSIS ALGORITHMS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method for truncating CPR output instructions from a defibrillator in favor of controlling an electrotherapy output from the defibrillator during the application of CPR, comprising the steps of:providing a defibrillator having an ECG signal input, a user interface including an input button and a visual display, a shock delivery circuit, and a first ECG analysis algorithm that is operable to determine a shockable cardiac rhythm from the ECG signal in the presence of a CPR-related signal noise artifact from the input;
analyzing the ECG signal with the first ECG analysis algorithm during a first period;
sensing an activation of the input button during the analyzing step; and
if activation of the input button is sensed, setting an operating state of the defibrillator to one that is responsive to both of the sensed activation of the input button and the analyzed ECG signal.

US Pat. No. 10,478,629

LEADLESS CARDIAC PACEMAKER FOR GENERATING CARDIAC PRESSURE VOLUME LOOP

CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.,...

1. A leadless cardiac pacemaker (LCP) configured to sense cardiac activity and to pace a patient's heart, the LCP comprising:a housing;
a first electrode secured relative to the housing and exposed to the environment outside of the housing;
a second electrode secured relative to the housing and exposed to the environment outside of the housing, the second electrode is spaced from the first electrode;
a pressure sensor secured relative to the housing and is coupled to the environment outside of the housing; and
circuitry in the housing in communication with the first electrode, the second electrode, and the pressure sensor, the circuitry configured to determine, at a first time during a cardiac cycle, a first impedance between the first electrode and the second electrode and also a corresponding first pressure via the pressure sensor, resulting in a first impedance-pressure data pair.

US Pat. No. 10,478,627

IMPLANTABLE LEADLESS PACEMAKER WITH ATRIAL-VENTRICULAR SYNCHRONIZED PACING

1. An implantable leadless pacemaker (iLP) for a human or animal heart, the iLP comprising:a housing;
at least two electrode poles for picking up electrical potentials and/or delivering electrical stimulation;
a stimulation control unit in connection with the electrode poles;
a sensing unit in connection with at least one electrode pole; and
a signal processing and signal evaluation unit in connection with the sensing unit;
wherein the iLP is configured to be anchored within a ventricle,
wherein the sensing unit is configured to sense electrical potentials via the at least two electrode poles,
wherein the sensing unit is configured to sense a first signal associated with an activity of the ventricle, the first signal comprising a QRS-complex,
wherein the stimulation control unit is configured to deliver electrical stimulation in the ventricle via the at least two electrode poles,
wherein the sensing unit is configured to sense a second signal,
wherein the sensing unit comprises an impedance sensor which is configured to acquire impedance signals representing cardiac activity,
wherein the second signal is an impedance signal representing contraction of an atrium,
wherein the sensing unit is configured to sense the QRS-complex, wherein upon sensing the QRS-complex, the signal processing and signal evaluation unit is configured to begin a timer in which no atrial activity should be detected, and wherein at the end of the timer, the signal processing and signal evaluation unit is configured to enter a detection phase in which the contraction of the atrium is expected.

US Pat. No. 10,478,626

MOVEMENT DISORDER THERAPY SYSTEM, DEVICES AND METHODS, AND INTELLIGENT METHODS OF TUNING

Great Lakes NeuroTechnolo...

14. A movement disorder therapy system comprising:a movement disorder diagnostic device comprising at least one physiological or movement sensor adapted to be worn, attached or held at different locations on the surface of the subject's body and having a signal related to a subject's motion, the movement disorder diagnostic device adapted to provide therapy to a subject with a deep brain stimulation (DBS) device operable with adjustable DBS parameters, and to measure movement data based at least in part on the signal of the at least one sensor while the subject performs at least one movement disorder test, the movement disorder diagnostic device further comprising at least one electronic component adapted to collect and transmit the measured movement data;
a processor comprising a quantification algorithm and a determination algorithm, the processor adapted to, at least in part, extract at least one kinematic feature from the measured movement data, the quantification algorithm adapted to receive data corresponding to the subject's measured motor symptoms and the at least one extracted kinematic feature and to quantify motor symptoms of the subject based thereon, and the determination algorithm adapted to provide a second level of DBS parameters based on a mode of therapy or treatment corresponding to the subject's needs based at least in part on the quantified motor symptoms; and
a tuning output adapted to interface with the subject's DBS device to provide the second level of DBS parameters for the subject's DBS device to alter the subject's symptomatic movement and to be automatically entered into the subject's DBS device such that the subject's DBS device operates under the second level of DBS parameters,
wherein the quantification algorithm includes and artificial neural network, a Bayesian network, and/or a genetic algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,625

PERCEPTION CALIBRATION OF NEURAL TISSUE USING FIELD TROLL

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable medium including instructions, which when executed by a machine cause the machine to:implement a trolling routine to troll a modulation field, using an arrangement of electrodes on at least one lead, through positions within a volume of a targeted tissue including a plurality of neural tissue positions; and
perform a marking procedure multiple times during the trolling routine as the modulation field is trolled through the plurality of neural tissue positions, the marking procedure being performed when the modulation field is at each of the plurality of neural tissue positions, the marking procedure to identify when the modulation field provides patient-perceived modulation, the marking procedure including:
receive a marking signal that indicates that a modulation intensity of the modulation field achieved the patient-perceived stimulation; and
store modulation field parameter data that affects the modulation intensity of the modulation field in response to receiving the marking signal.

US Pat. No. 10,478,619

IMPLANTABLE LEAD AFFIXATION STRUCTURE FOR NERVE STIMULATION TO ALLEVIATE BLADDER DYSFUNCTION AND OTHER INDICATION

AXONICS MODULATION TECHNO...

1. A method of forming a neurostimulation lead anchor for anchoring an implanted neurostimulation lead at a target tissue location in a body of a patient, the method comprising:laser cutting a helical pattern into a single tubular section of a material, the helical pattern corresponding to a neurostimulation lead anchor with a helical body having a plurality of tines in a constrained configuration;
supporting the plurality of tines of the single tubular section in an outwardly protruding position corresponding to a deployed configuration of the neurostimulation lead anchor; and
heat setting the single tubular section while the plurality of tines are supported, thereby setting the material while the neurostimulation lead anchor is in the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,478,617

THIN-FILM ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY WITH SOFT OVERMOLD

VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC,...

1. A thin-film electrode assembly comprising:an overmold comprising a first polymer;
a supporting structure formed within a portion of the overmold, wherein the supporting structure comprises a second polymer, different from the first polymer;
a wire formed within a portion of the supporting structure;
an electrode formed on a top surface of the supporting structure and in electrical contact with the wire,
wherein the electrode comprises a top surface that is raised above a top surface of the overmold by a predetermined distance;
another supporting structure formed within another portion of the overmold;
another wire formed within a portion of the another supporting structure; and
another electrode formed on a top surface of the another supporting structure and in electrical contact with the another wire,
wherein the another electrode comprises a top surface that is raised above the top surface of the overmold by the predetermined distance, and
wherein the supporting structure and the electrode are isolated from the another supporting structure and the another electrode by a region of the overmold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,614

TOOLS AND METHODS FOR REMOVING ANCHORS FROM MEDICAL LEADS

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method of removing an anchor from an implantable medical lead, comprising:opening a lead passageway within a guide portion of an anchor removal tool along a longitudinal dimension of the lead passageway;
introducing the lead into the opening of the lead passageway along the longitudinal dimension;
closing the lead passageway within the guide portion of the anchor removal tool once the lead has been introduced into the lead passageway, the guide portion having a protrusion that is present within the lead passageway upon closing the lead passageway; and
sliding the anchor removal tool along the lead with the lead passing through the guide portion such that a blade of the anchor removal tool cuts through the anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,613

TEMPORARY IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION LEAD

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A temporary implantable medical device lead comprising:a connector configured to connect the lead to an external control module;
a helically coiled conductor having a proximal end mechanically and electrically connected to the connector, the conductor including a plurality of filars mechanically and electrically connected to the connector; and
a first mechanical element comprising a metal tube having a plurality of longitudinally spaced grooves formed along an exterior of the tube,
wherein the plurality of longitudinally spaced grooves receive at least some of the plurality of filars, the at least some of the plurality of filars electrically connected to the first mechanical element such that the first mechanical element is configured as an electrode to deliver electrical stimulation to portions or systems of a body from the external control module.

US Pat. No. 10,478,612

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND TREATING A MEDICAL CONDITION VIA POSTERIOR TIBIAL NERVE STIMULATION

Avent, Inc., Alpharetta,...

1. A method for non-invasively monitoring a medical condition in a subject, the method comprising:positioning a first electrode adjacent to a surface of non-glabrous skin, wherein the non-glabrous skin is located at a first ankle of the subject proximate a first medial malleolus, wherein the first electrode is a cathode;
positioning a second electrode adjacent to a surface of glabrous skin, wherein in the second electrode is an anode spaced apart a predetermined distance from the first electrode;
transcutaneously delivering a first electrical nerve stimulation to a target nerve via the first electrode and the second electrode;
determining a baseline current or a baseline voltage for the subject, wherein the baseline current is the current at which a sensory response or a motor response is elicited in the subject as a result of the first electrical nerve stimulation, and wherein the baseline voltage is the voltage at which a sensory response or a motor response is elicited in the subject;
transcutaneously delivering a second electrical nerve stimulation to the target nerve via the first electrode and the second electrode;
determining a threshold current or a threshold voltage for the subject, wherein the threshold current is the current at which a sensory response or a motor response is elicited in the subject as a result of the second electrical nerve stimulation, and wherein the threshold voltage is the voltage at which a sensory response or a motor response is elicited in the subject; and
comparing the threshold current to the baseline current or the threshold voltage to the baseline voltage, wherein the medical condition is improved if the threshold current is lower than the baseline current or the threshold voltage is lower than the baseline voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,607

CONNECTOR FOR TRANSFERRING FLUID AND METHOD OF USE

CareFusion 303, Inc., Sa...

1. A connector for transferring fluid, the connector comprising:a housing comprising a base having a first port, and a cap having a second port, the base and cap defining an channel that extends between the second and first port; and
a valve element comprising a body and a head, the body having a wall with an inner surface defining an internal chamber and comprising a first notch, the head coupled to the body and having a second notch, and a longitudinal axis between the body and head, wherein the valve element is positioned within the channel with the head within the second port.

US Pat. No. 10,478,604

HEMOSTATIC CONNECTOR

GOODMAN CO., LTD., Nagoy...

1. A hemostatic connector comprising:an insertion hole configured such that an introduction member that is introduced into a human body is inserted through the insertion hole;
a hemostatic member configured to block a gap between a peripheral surface of the insertion hole and the introduction member;
a connector main body part in which the hemostatic member is provided, the connector main body part configuring a first passage that is a portion of the insertion hole;
a coupling pipe part configured to be coupled to a hub of a sheath introducer, the coupling pipe part configuring a second passage that is a portion of the insertion hole different to the first passage; and
a housing cylindrical part internally housing the hub coupled to the coupling pipe part,
wherein:
the coupling pipe part is configured to be inserted into an internal hole of the hub from a base end side of the hub, the coupling pipe part being configured to be coupled to the hub in a state in which the coupling pipe part penetrates a hemostatic valve provided in the internal hole when the coupling pipe part is inserted into the internal hole,
the connector main body part and the coupling pipe part are configured to be inseparable,
a branch pipe passage is formed in the housing cylindrical part such that a branch pipe part that protrudes from an outer peripheral surface of the hub is caused to be passed through the branch pipe passage when coupling the coupling pipe part to the hub,
a portion of the branch pipe passage is an engagement passage part that extends in a peripheral direction of the housing cylindrical part, the engagement passage part being configured to engage with the branch pipe part by the branch pipe part of the hub coupled to the coupling pipe part being inserted into the engagement passage part,
an urging member is provided in an interior of the housing cylindrical part, the urging member urging the hub toward a leading end side in a state in which the branch pipe part is engaged with the engagement passage part, the leading end side being an opposite side of the base end side,
a facing member is provided in the interior of the housing cylindrical part, the facing member facing a base end surface of the hub housed in the housing cylindrical part,
the facing member includes a hole configured such that the coupling pipe part is inserted through the hole, the facing member being configured to move along the coupling pipe part inserted through the hole,
the urging member is provided on the base end side of the facing member, the urging member urging the hub to the leading end side via the facing member,
the facing member includes an elastic seal part configuring at least a part of the hole,
an inner peripheral surface of a portion of the hole configured by the elastic seal part is in close contact with an outer peripheral surface of the coupling pipe part inserted through the hole,
the facing member includes a facing plate part that is provided facing the base end surface of the hub, and the elastic seal part that is plate-shaped and is provided on the base end surface side of the facing plate part, and
the elastic seal part is disposed in a state of being pressed against the facing plate part due to an urging force of the urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,602

ANTISEPTIC SWAB WITH ACTIVATION BUTTON

iMed Technology, Inc., D...

1. A liquid dispensing device comprising:an elongated member defining a handle having a hollow interior, the hollow interior defining a fluid reservoir having an opening at a lower end of the elongated member;
a base member affixed to the lower end of the elongated member and having a bottom surface;
a frangible cover secured over the bottom surface and forming a seal across the opening of the fluid reservoir;
a swab head comprising an absorbent sponge-like member and a button element, the sponge-like member having opposing outer and inner sides wherein the inner side is affixed to the base member; and
the button element defining a longitudinal axis, the button element including a foot portion at a first longitudinal end of the button element adjacent to the outer side of the sponge-like member and a penetration end at an opposing second longitudinal end of the button element.

US Pat. No. 10,478,600

SEGMENTAL CRIMPER HAVING INDIVIDUALLY HEATED CRIMPER SEGMENTS AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

MACHINE SOLUTIONS, INC., ...

1. A segmental crimper comprising:at least three crimper segments arranged circumferentially about a crimper axis, the crimper axis defining axial and radial directions, the crimper segments being movable relative to each other in a manner such that the crimper segments collectively define a variable size, circular bounded aperture that is aligned with the crimper axis, each of the crimper segments comprising a radio frequency heating element including a coil of electrically conductive wire; and
an actuator being operatively connected to the crimper segments in a manner such that movement of the actuator causes all of the crimper segments to simultaneously move relative to each other and alters the size of the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,592

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO INCREASE RIGIDITY AND SNAG-RESISTANCE OF CATHETER TIP

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A peripheral catheter, comprising:a catheter body comprising an outer surface, a proximal end, a distal end, and an inner surface forming a lumen, wherein the distal end comprises a catheter tip opening, wherein the lumen extends between the proximal end and the catheter tip opening;
a recess formed in the outer surface of the catheter body, wherein the recess comprises two opposing sidewalls and a planar surface separating the two opposing sidewalls; and
a plurality of holes positioned in the planar surface such that the planar surface surrounds each of the plurality of holes, wherein the plurality of holes are formed through the catheter body and in fluid communication with the lumen,
an inner surface forming a hole of the plurality of holes, wherein
the inner surface extends from the planar surface to the lumen, wherein a distal portion of the inner surface is disposed opposite a proximal portion of the inner surface, wherein the distal portion of the inner surface and the proximal portion of the inner surface are oriented at a same angle oblique to the inner surface of the catheter body, wherein the distal portion of the inner surface is parallel to the proximal portion of the inner surface and spaced apart from the proximal portion of the inner surface by the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,478,587

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PREPARING TISSUE, PARTICULARLY ADIPOSE TISSUE

LIPOGEMS INTERNATIONAL S....

1. A method of treating injuries or diseases in a patient comprising:extracting lipoaspirate from donor areas of a first patient;
treating said lipoaspirate with a size reducing means for reducing the size of cell magroagglomerates of the lipoaspirate to averagely equal smaller cell agglomerates, wherein said size reducing means consist of at least one series of parallel or intersecting sheets or cutting wires, to form at least one size reducing net, through which the lipoaspirate is passed; and
injecting the treated material into a second patient,
wherein the step of injecting the treated material into the second patient is carried out by introducing a needle or cannula, and wherein the step of introducing is performed several times to create a 3D net of tunnels in subcutaneous or muscular tissue, with very small amounts of cell material being introduced therein.

US Pat. No. 10,478,584

COMPENSATING FOR DISRUPTIONS IN BREATHING GAS FLOW MEASUREMENT

Mallinckrodt Hospital Pro...

1. A therapeutic gas delivery apparatus for use with a ventilator, the apparatus comprising:a therapeutic gas injector module configured to be placed in fluid communication with a breathing circuit affiliated with the ventilator, the therapeutic gas injector module including a breathing gas flow inlet, a therapeutic gas flow inlet, and a combined breathing gas and therapeutic gas flow outlet for providing a combined flow of breathing gas and therapeutic gas to a patient, in need thereof;
a first flow sensor configured to sense breathing gas flow rate data; and
a controller configured to control the delivery flow rate of the therapeutic gas based on a first mode, and upon detection of a disruption of the sensed breathing gas flow rate data, configured to control delivery flow of the therapeutic gas based on the historical breathing gas flow rate data previously sensed by the first flow sensor and stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,478,581

HEADGEAR FOR A RESPIRATORY MASK AND A METHOD FOR DONNING A RESPIRATORY MASK

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A respiratory mask for delivering breathable gas to a patient for treatment of sleep disordered breathing, the respiratory mask comprising:an airway interfacing portion constructed and arranged to engage a patient's face for delivery of the breathable gas to a patient's nose and/or mouth;
a positioning and stabilising structure constructed and arranged to provide a force to hold the airway interfacing portion in an interfacing location on the patient's face,
the positioning and stabilising structure comprising a pair of rigidizers, each of the pair of rigidizers having a front end portion adjacent the airway interfacing portion,
the front end portion including a first end structured to connect to the airway interfacing portion and a second end, the first end extending anteriorly of the second end such that the first end is spaced and separated from the second end; and
a cover provided to each of the pair of rigidizers and structured to at least partially encapsulate a respective one of the pair of rigidizers,
the cover including a slot arranged to allow the first end of the front end portion of the respective one of the pair of rigidizers to extend therethrough towards the airway interfacing portion, and the cover further including a pocket to receive the second end of the front end portion of the respective one of the pair of rigidizers,
wherein the cover includes a face contacting side arranged on one side of the respective one of the pair of rigidizers and a non-face contacting side arranged on an opposite side of the respective one of the pair of rigidizers,
the face contacting side having a face contacting surface adapted to contact the patient's face and the non-face contacting side having an outwardly facing surface adapted to face away from the patient's face,
wherein each of the face contacting side and the non-face contacting side comprises lateral edges, and
wherein each of the lateral edges of the face contacting side is directly and fixedly attached to a respective one of the lateral edges of the non-face contacting side to provide a direct and fixed connection that fixes the face contacting and non-face contacting sides in an operative position and thereby securely encloses the respective one of the pair of rigidizers between the face contacting and non-face contacting sides.

US Pat. No. 10,478,568

LOW RADIAL PROFILE NEEDLE SAFETY DEVICE

WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVI...

1. A needle safety device for an injection device having a generally cylindrical barrel with a distal end from which a cannula extends, the needle safety device comprising:an outer tube within which the barrel is slideably receivable, the outer tube having a distal end, a proximal end spaced from the distal end of the outer tube and a longitudinal axis;
a collar positioned within the outer tube, moveable relative thereto and attachable to the distal end of the barrel;
a force member positioned within the outer tube biasing the outer tube in a distal direction;
a track formed in an inner surface of the outer tube; and
a pin extending radially outwardly from the collar slidingly engaging the track,
wherein the track comprises:
a first track segment extending from a staging position to a pre-injection position,
wherein the proximal end of the outer tube is in a position relative to the distal end of the barrel allowing the barrel to be inspected when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the pin is releaseably retained in the staging position by a first catch in the outer tube, and
wherein the cannula extends a first length beyond the distal end of the outer tube when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the pin is releaseably retained in the pre-injection position by a second catch in the outer tube;
a second track segment contiguous with the first track segment and extending from the pre-injection position to a full-insertion position,
wherein the cannula extends a second length greater than the first length from the distal end of the outer tube when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the pin is in the full-insertion position; and
a third track segment contiguous with the second track segment and extending from the full-insertion position to a locked position in which the pin is immovably retainable, a portion of the third track segment spaced from and parallel to a portion of the first track segment,
wherein the cannula is entirely within the outer tube when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the pin is immovably retained in the locked position by a third catch in the outer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,478,562

DRIVE MECHANISM OF A DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. A drive mechanism of a drug delivery device for setting and dispensing of a dose of a medicament, the drive mechanism comprising:a housing;
a piston rod to operably engage with a piston of a cartridge for displacing the piston in a distal direction;
a dose indicating member with dose size indicating numbers or symbols thereon, wherein the dose indicating member is connected to a spring element and is rotatable in a dose incrementing direction against an action of the spring element for setting of the dose, and wherein the dose indicating member is rotatable in a dose decrementing direction under an action of the spring element for dispensing of the dose, the dose decrementing direction being opposite to the dose incrementing direction; and
a drive wheel operably engaged with the piston rod for displacing the piston rod in the distal direction for dose dispensing,
wherein the dose indicating member is engageable with the drive wheel during dose dispensing to transfer a driving force to the drive wheel when driven by the relaxing spring element in a dose decrementing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,560

PREFILLED SYRINGE INJECTOR

Antares Pharma, Inc., Ew...

1. An injector, comprising:a prefilled syringe comprising:
a container portion defining a chamber containing a medicament,
a needle disposed at a distal end of the chamber, the needle having an injection tip configured for piercing an insertion location, and defining a fluid pathway in fluid communication with the chamber, and
a plunger movable within the chamber,
a housing that houses the prefilled syringe;
a syringe support supportively mounting the prefilled syringe to the housing; and
an energy source configured for biasing the plunger with a force selected to produce an injecting pressure in the medicament in the chamber during the injection of the medicament to inject the medicament from the chamber through the needle to an injection site,
wherein a penetration depth and injecting pressure are sufficient to substantially prevent backflow of the injected medicament, and
wherein the prefilled syringe is associated with the housing in a fixed position before and during activation of the energy source for firing of the injector.

US Pat. No. 10,478,559

PREFILLED SYRINGE WITH BREAKAWAY FORCE FEATURE

Antares Pharma, Inc., Ew...

1. An injection device, comprising:a prefilled syringe comprising:
a container portion defining a fluid chamber containing a medicament;
a needle configured to deliver the medicament from the fluid chamber into an injection site;
a plunger movable within the fluid chamber;
a housing that houses the prefilled syringe and is configured to allow insertion of the needle at an injection location, the housing comprising:
a retractable guard that is movable between a protecting position in which the needle is disposed within the retractable guard and an injecting position in which a tip of the needle is exposed for insertion into the injection site;
a biasing element configured to bias the retractable guard toward the protecting position, and
a locking element having at least one abutment arm, the abutment arm having at least one tapered portion and an engagement portion axially adjacent to the at least one tapered portion, the engagement portion configured to resist the movement of the retractable guard when the retractable guard is moved from the protecting position toward the injecting position; and
an energy source configured to bias the plunger with a force selected to produce an injecting pressure on the medicament in the fluid chamber to inject the medicament from the fluid chamber through the needle to the injection site,
wherein a breakaway force is configured to be applied to the retractable guard to overcome the resistance to movement of the retractable guard caused by the engagement portion of the abutment arm,
wherein the breakaway force is equal to or greater than a trigger force, wherein the trigger force causes injection of the medicament.

US Pat. No. 10,478,558

MEDICAL FLUID INJECTOR

BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC, Wh...

1. A system for delivering a fluid to a targeted tissue, the system comprising:a pump configured to contain a volume of fluid at a pressure, wherein the pressure of the fluid is in a range of about 10 psi to about 2000 psi prior to distribution of the fluid to the targeted tissue;
a processor;
an intracorporeal sensing system in operable communication with the processor; and
a non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium in communication with the processor, wherein the non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium contains one or more programming instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to:
direct the pump to distribute the fluid to the targeted tissue at an initial velocity;
receive one or more signals from the intracorporeal sensing system, wherein the one or more signals correspond to one or more sensed feedback parameters at the targeted tissue, wherein the one or more sensed feedback parameters comprise one or more of a pressure in a receiving vessel, a pressure in the targeted tissue, an image property, a tissue stretch property, a tissue conductivity, a tissue ultrasound property, a flow rate in the targeted tissue, a fluid cell count, a fluid particle count, and a density of a measurable tracer;
determine whether the one or more sensed feedback parameters are within an acceptable range;
if the one or more sensed feedback parameters are not within the acceptable range, determine an adjusted velocity; and
direct the pump to distribute the fluid at the adjusted velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,554

MONITORING THE OPERATING HEALTH OF A FORCE SENSOR IN A FLUID INFUSION DEVICE

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., ...

1. A device for delivering fluid to a user, the device comprising:a housing;
a drive motor assembly in the housing to regulate delivery of fluid by actuating a piston of a fluid reservoir;
a force sensor associated with the drive motor assembly to generate output levels in response to force imparted thereto; and
an electronics module coupled to the force sensor to process the output levels to determine if the fluid reservoir is seated within the housing and the electronics module:
determines a baseline actuation force imparted to the force sensor during a priming operation;
determines a measured actuation force imparted to the force sensor during a fluid delivery operation;
compares the measured actuation force to a force threshold and the baseline actuation force; and
initiates corrective action if the measured actuation force is less than a difference between the baseline actuation force and the force threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,552

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A drug delivery device for injecting medicament, the drug delivery device comprising:a body;
a reservoir movably disposed in the body for accommodating a medicament, the reservoir extending along a longitudinal axis;
a needle, the needle having a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a lumen extending proximally from the distal end, the lumen being connectable with the reservoir, wherein, at least a portion of the lumen extends proximally from the distal end along a reference axis that is not parallel with the longitudinal axis;
a first spring adapted to move the reservoir from a first reservoir position to a second reservoir position in the body to establish communication with the needle;
a second spring;
a needle driver adapted to displace the needle from a first state to a second state, the needle being disposed at an end of the needle driver; and
a needle actuator displaced within the body relative to the driver by the second spring, wherein during its displacement, the needle actuator interacts with the needle driver to cause the needle displacement from the first state to the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,478,550

DEVICE WITH A LAVET-TYPE MOTOR

PHARMASENS AG, Biel-Benk...

1. A device for ambulatory wearing by a patient, comprising:a pump for delivery of injection fluid including a pump system with a fluid reservoirs; and
a Lavet-type stepper motor to drive the pump system, the stepper motor including a rotor with a magnet made of high energy density magnetic material which is a magnetic alloy including a rare earth element,
wherein when the stepper motor successfully performs a step, there is an induced current of opposite polarity with respect to applied voltage pulse, and when the stepper motor does not successfully perform the step, there is an induced current that is of a same polarity with respect to the applied voltage pulse,
wherein a maximum speed of the stepper motor is restricted by a design of the stepper motor,
wherein a maximum torque of the stepper motor is restricted by a design of the stepper motor,
wherein the injection fluid includes therapeutic proteins like insulin or antibodies.

US Pat. No. 10,478,549

INTRAVENOUS LINE CONNECTION SUPPORT DEVICE

1. An intravenous line connection support device comprising:a base;
a support flange coupled to and extending perpendicularly from said base, said support flange being rigid;
a connection post coupled to and extending from said base away from said support flange, said connection post being perpendicular to said support flange;
a slit extending into said connection post defining a pair of spaced arms, opposite faces of said spaced arms include concavely arcuate portions defining a receiver within said slit configured for receiving a connection port of an intravenous line therein whereby the connection port of the intravenous line is oriented parallel to and spaced from the support flange; and
a fastener having a head and a shaft, said shaft extending through said arms and across said slit, said shaft engaging said arms such that movement of said shaft selectively urges said arms together and apart wherein said fastener is configured for securing the connection port within said receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,478,547

IRRIGATION ASSEMBLY

PREVA, LLC., Weston, FL ...

1. An assembly structured for concurrent irrigation and drainage of a nasal cavity, said assembly comprising:a housing including an interior chamber comprising a first chamber section and a second chamber section, said first chamber section structured to contain irrigating fluid therein,
a single applicator connected to said housing and comprising a first passage and a second passage disposed therein; said single applicator dimensioned and configured to be inserted in the nasal cavity through a single, common nostril,
said first passage and said second passage concurrently disposable in fluid communication with the nasal cavity through the single, common nostril;
said first passage at least partially defining a flow path of irrigating fluid from said first chamber section into the nasal cavity; said second passage at least partially defining a path of travel of a drained waste fluid from the nasal cavity into said second chamber section,
an activating assembly comprising at least a drive member structured to force the irrigating fluid from said first chamber section through said flow path, when said single applicator is in the single, common nostril,
said drive member movably disposed in segregating, fluid sealing relation between said first and second chamber sections;
said movement of said drive member into driving relation to the irrigating fluid comprising a concurrent reduction of said first chamber section and expansion of said second chamber section and a concurrent negative pressure being formed in said second chamber section and said path of travel; and
said concurrent negative pressure resulting in aspiration of the drained waste fluid, via said path of travel, from the nasal cavity concurrent to delivery of the irrigating fluid, via said flow path, to the nasal cavity, when said single applicator is disposed in the nasal cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,545

PARALLEL MODULES FOR IN-LINE RECHARGING OF SORBENTS USING ALTERNATE DUTY CYCLES

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method of recharging a sorbent, comprising the steps of:connecting at least a first module and a second module in parallel with one or more connectors;
fluidly connecting at least one connector to at least one wash line, wherein the at least one wash line is fluidly connected to a recharger;
fluidly connecting at least one connector to at least one bypass line, wherein the at least one bypass line diverts flow from the connector to bypass at least one module;
connecting one or more valves to the connectors at junctions between the modules, the at least one bypass line and/or the at least one wash line; and
selectively opening and closing the valves to direct fluid flow from the recharger through the at least one of the first module and second module to recharge a sorbent in the first module or second module.

US Pat. No. 10,478,543

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREASING CONVECTIVE CLEARANCE OF UNDESIRED PARTICLES IN A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

The Charles Stark Draper ...

1. A system, comprising:one or more First Channels each defined by a first layer of material and extending in a first direction from a respective first inlet to a respective first outlet;
at least one Second Channel complementary to one or more of the First Channels defined by a second layer of material, the at least one Second Channel extending parallel to the first direction from a second inlet to a second outlet;
a first interchannel flow barrier separating the one or more First Channels from the at least one Second Channel;
at least one Third Channel, defined by a third layer of material, complementary to one or more of the First Channels, the at least one Third Channel extending parallel to the first direction from a third inlet to a third outlet;
a first structural support within the at least one Third Channel configured to limit deformation of a second interchannel flow barrier, wherein the first structural support has a length that is less than a length of the at least one Third Channel and the second interchannel flow barrier separates the one or more First Channels from the at least one Third Channel;
a blood introduction device;
a filtrate introduction device; and
a control system coupled with the blood introduction device and the filtrate introduction device, the control system comprising:
at least one fluid pressure sensor configured to measure fluid pressure characteristics in the one or more First Channels;
at least one fluid flow sensor configured to measure fluid flow characteristics in the one or more First Channels; and
a processor in communication with the blood introduction device, the filtrate introduction device, the at least one fluid pressure sensor, and the at least one fluid flow sensor;
wherein the control system is configured to control an amount of convective clearance of blood flowed through the one or more First Channels by:
controlling the blood introduction device to flow blood through the one or more First Channels,
increasing a rate at which infusate is introduced into the at least one Second Channel responsive to a measurement received from the at least one fluid pressure sensor or the at least one fluid flow sensor, to cause a net infusion of fluid from the at least one Second Channel into the one or more First Channels and to cause a net outflow of fluid from the one or more First Channels into the at least one Third Channel in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the first layer of material defining the one or more First Channels.

US Pat. No. 10,478,536

THERAPY APPARATUS WITH INTEGRATED FLUID CONDUCTORS AND NOISE ATTENUATION

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. An apparatus for providing negative-pressure therapy, the apparatus comprising:a first housing;
a second housing configured to be coupled to the first housing;
a panel having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface facing the first housing, the panel coupled to the second housing;
a first fluid channel integrated into the outer surface of the panel;
a second fluid channel integrated into the outer surface of the panel;
a first channel port integrated into the panel and fluidly coupled to the first fluid channel;
a second channel port integrated into the panel and fluidly coupled to the second fluid channel;
a pump disposed between the first housing and the second housing, the pump comprising a negative-pressure port fluidly coupled to the first channel port and a positive-pressure port fluidly coupled to the second channel port;
a canister port coupled to the panel and fluidly coupled to the first fluid channel upstream of the negative-pressure port;
an expansion chamber coupled to the panel and fluidly coupled to the second fluid channel downstream of the positive-pressure port; and
an adhesive label coupled to the panel over the first fluid channel and the second fluid channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,532

VACUUM CONTROL METHOD FOR SURGICAL HAND PIECE

Alcon Research, Ltd., Fo...

1. A surgical hand piece comprising:a hand piece body;
a probe operatively coupled to the hand piece body;
an aspiration passage defined through the probe and hand piece body;
an aspiration pump integrated within the hand piece body, the aspiration pump operable to generate an aspirated flow along the aspiration passage; and
a check valve disposed within the hand piece body between the aspiration passage and a vacuum line that couples the check valve to a vacuum source, the check valve comprising:
a moveable element; and
a sealing surface formed by a rim of the vacuum line, the check valve in an open condition when the moveable element is separated from the sealing surface and in a closed condition when the moveable element contacts the sealing surface to form a seal,
wherein the check valve is adapted to open when a pressure within the aspiration passage falls below a selected level of pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,530

THIN STRUT STENT FROM BIOABSORBABLE POLYMER WITH HIGH FATIGUE AND RADIAL STRENGTH AND METHOD TO MANUFACTURE THEREOF

MERIL LIFE SCIENCES PVT. ...

1. A process for preparation of a biodegradable polymer stent made of PLLA (poly-L-Lactide) with a strut thickness of less than 130 ?m, comprising:(a) Deforming an extruded PLLA tube axially at a temperature of 70° C. to 80° C. by applying an axial force until a desired stretch is achieved;
(b) radially expanding the tube at a temperature of 70° C. to 80° C. by pressurizing the tube with inert gas in three stages, including sequentially:
i. pressurizing at a pressure of 250-280 psi in a first stage,
ii. pressurizing at a pressure of 375-410 psi in a second stage, and
iii. pressurizing at a pressure of 500-530 psi in a third stage;
(c) heating the tube to a temperature between 100° C. and 110° C. after radial expansion under pressure for up to 2 min, and then cooling the tube to 20° C. in 20-30 sec to get a finished deformed tube;
(d) Cutting a scaffold structure pattern on the deformed tube by laser machining to obtain a stent;
(e) Annealing the laser machined stent and depositing radio opaque markers on the stent;
(f) Cleaning the annealed stent with radio opaque markers using a solvent to remove irregularities and to achieve a smooth surface;
(g) optionally coating the cleaned stent with a formulation of an antiproliferative drug and a carrier polymer by spray coating;
(h) Crimping the cleaned stent on a balloon of a pre-sterilized delivery catheter in a clean environment to form a crimped stent system; and
(i) Sterilizing the crimped stent system by an e-beam method with an e-beam dose less than 20 kGy.

US Pat. No. 10,478,521

ANTIBACTERIAL SHEET MATERIAL THAT CAN BE USED AS A WOUND DRESSING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

aap Implantate AG, Berli...

1. A method comprising:providing porcine skin;
administering an alkaline and oxidative treatment to said porcine skin comprising dipping said porcine skin alternately in hydrogen peroxide and sodium hydroxide;
acidifying the alkaline and oxidatively treated porcine skin with an acid selected from the group consisting of: phosphoric acid, hydrochloric acid, and acetic acid;
mechanically comminuting the acidified porcine skin until a collagen-containing suspension is produced, said suspension having a solids content from 0.5 to 5%;
adjusting said collagen-containing suspension to a neutral to slightly alkaline pH from 6.5 to 8.5 by adding a phosphate buffer;
separately producing an elemental-metal containing suspension that is stabilized with a stabilizing agent, wherein the elemental metal particles include silver particles and have an average particle size between 10 nm and 10 ?m;
adding the elemental-metal-containing suspension to the pH-adjusted collagen-containing suspension while promoting dispersion using a dispersion promoting means selected from the group consisting of: an ultrasonic bath, and rotor-stator mill, in order to produce a collagen and elemental metal containing suspension;
drying the collagen-and-elemental-metal-containing suspension until a translucent sheet material is produced, wherein the drying of the liquid collagen-containing starting material is performed at a temperature above 20° C. under vacuum; and
sterilizing the dried sheet material using ethylene oxide such that additional cross-links are produced in the sheet material,
wherein the elemental metal particles are incorporated into the sheet material both at the near-surface regions and in the middle of the sheet material, wherein the sheet material has a thickness between 0.1 and 1 mm, a closed porosity of less than 50%, an elemental metal particle content from 10 to 100,000 ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,517

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PURGING UNWANTED SUBSTANCES FROM AIR

FIPAK Research And Develo...

1. A method for purging unwanted substances from air, the method comprising:providing apparatus comprising:
a fumehood comprising a protective enclosure for safely handling hazardous substances, and an exhaust vent for venting exhaust air from the protective enclosure of the fumehood; and
an air treatment device for purging unwanted substances from the exhaust air of the fumehood, the air treatment device comprising:
a non-thermal plasma reactor stage comprising an air inlet for receiving the air to be treated in the non-thermal plasma reactor stage, a plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units for dividing the air to be treated into a plurality of chambers and simultaneously treating the air in each of the plurality of chambers, and an air outlet for exhausting the treated air from the non-thermal plasma reactor stage;
wherein each of the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units comprises a dielectric barrier discharge construction, wherein the dielectric barrier discharge construction comprises a first electrode and a second electrode, with the first electrode of one of the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units being separated by a dielectric plate from the second electrode of the same one of the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units, and further wherein the air within one of the non-thermal plasma reactor units is separated from the air within another of the non-thermal plasma reactor units;
wherein the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units are assembled together in parallel so as to form a collective cross-section equal in size to the air inlet of the non-thermal plasma reactor stage and equal in size to the air outlet of the non-thermal plasma reactor stage, and further wherein the air entering the air inlet is divided between the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units; and
a catalyst stage, wherein the catalyst stage is formed separately from the non-thermal plasma reactor stage and located downstream from the non-thermal plasma reactor stage; and
operating the fumehood, wherein operating the fumehood comprises:
passing the exhaust air of the fumehood through the non-thermal plasma reactor stage of the air treatment device, wherein the air is passed through the air inlet, divided between the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units and passed out the air outlet, with the divided air simultaneously passing through the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units so as to provide treated exhaust air; and
passing the treated exhaust air through the catalyst stage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,506

FUCOIDAN NANOGELS AND METHODS OF THEIR USE AND MANUFACTURE

Memorial Sloan Kettering ...

1. A polymeric nanoparticle with affinity to P-selectin, the nanoparticle comprising a non-covalent assembly ofa sulfated polymer species comprising free hydroxyl moieties and free sulfate moieties capable of targeting P-selectin, the sulfated polymer species comprising one or more of a sulfated polysaccharide, a protein, or a fucoidan;
a hydrophobic drug; and
a dye comprising a fluorophore;whereinthe nanoparticle has an intensity-weighted average diameter as determined by dynamic light scattering of about 20 nm and about 200 nm; and
the non-covalent assembly is a self-assembly of the sulfated polymer species around the hydrophobic drug.

US Pat. No. 10,478,494

FGFR/PD-1 COMBINATION THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF CANCER

ASTEX THERAPEUTICS LTD, ...

1. A method of treating cancer in a patient comprising:administering to the patient a pharmaceutically effective amount of an antibody that blocks the interaction between PD-1 and PD-L1;
monitoring the efficacy of the antibody; and
if the antibody is not efficacious,
evaluating a biological sample from the patient for a presence of one or more FGFR variants, wherein the one or more FGFR variants comprise an FGFR fusion gene, and wherein the FGFR fusion gene is FGFR2:AFF3; FGFR2:BICC1; FGFR2:CASP7; FGFR2:CCDC6; FGFR2:OFD1; FGFR3:BAIAP2L1; FGFR3:TACC3-Intron; FGFR3:TACC3V1; FGFR3:TACC3V3; or a combination thereof; and
administering to the patient a pharmaceutically effective amount of an FGFR inhibitor if the one or more FGFR variants are present in the sample, wherein the FGFR inhibitor is the compound of formula (I):

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,445

BORONIC ACID DERIVATIVES OF RESVERATROL FOR ACTIVATING DEACETYLASE ENZYMES

Georgetown University, W...

1. A method comprising administering a composition to a subject, wherein the composition comprises a compound, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, prodrug, clathrate, tautomer or solvate thereof, wherein the compound has the structure:
wherein
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9 and R10 are independently hydrogen, hydroxyl, —B(OH)2, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, halo, alkoxy, amino, alkylamino, dialkylamino, cyano, nitro, formyl, carboxyl, alkoxycarbonyl, alkoxydialkylamino, aminocarbonyl, alkylaminocarbonyl, dialkylamino carbonyl, haloalkyl, haloalkloxy, haloalkylamino, or di(haloalkyl)amino;
R8 and R9 are optionally cyclized to form cycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl or heterocyclyl, optionally substituted with —B(OH)2, mild Lewis acid, strong acid, weak acid, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, halo, alkoxy, amino, alkylamino, dialkylamino, cyano, nitro, formyl, carboxyl, alkoxycarbonyl, alkoxydialkylamino, aminocarbonyl, alkylaminocarbonyl, dialkylamino carbonyl, haloalkyl, haloalkloxy, haloalkylamino, di(haloalkyl)amino or sugars;
L is
or L is absent when R8 and R9 are cyclized;wherein at least one of R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, and R10 is or includes —B(OH)2, and at least one of R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, and R10 is or includes alkoxy, alkoxydialkylamino or hydroxyl,
wherein the compound is a deacetylase activator, wherein the subject is in need of treatment of a disease or condition, wherein the disease or condition is associated with expression of a deacetylase enzyme, and wherein cells of the subject express mutant p53, under-express SIRT1, have low SIRT1 activity, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,435

USE OF CRAC CHANNEL INHIBITORS FOR THE TREATMENT OF STROKE AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

CALCIMEDICA, INC., La Jo...

1. A method for treating stroke or traumatic brain injury in an individual in need thereof comprising administering to the individual a therapeutically effective amount of a compound having the structure of Formula (II):wherein:R?1 is

L2 is —NH—C(?O)—, or —C(?O)NH—;
X is CR3 or N;
Y is independently selected from CR9 or N;
R2 is C1-C6alkyl, C3-C8cycloalkyl, C1-C6heteroalkyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, C2-C8heterocycloalkyl, C1-C4alkyleneC2-C8heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, fused aryl or fused heteroaryl; wherein C1-C6alkyl, C3-C8cycloalkyl, C1-C6heteroalkyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, C2-C8heterocycloalkyl, C1-C4alkyleneC2-C8heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, fused aryl or fused heteroaryl is optionally substituted with at least one R3;
R3 is independently selected from H, F, D, Cl, Br, I, —CN, —NO2, —OH, —CF3, —OCF3, —OR5, C1-C6alkyl, C3-C8cycloalkyl, C1-C6heteroalkyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, C2-C5heterocycloalkyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted O-aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl,
n is an integer selected from 0-2;
R9 is independently selected from H, D, halogen, C1-C6alkyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, —OR5, —OCF3, C1-C6 carbonylalkyl, or —CF3; or two R9 attached to the same carbon atom form an oxetane ring;
R10 is selected from halogen, C1-C6alkyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, —OR5, —OCF3, C1-C6 carbonylalkyl, or —CF3;
R5 is independently selected from H, C1-C6alkyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, C3-C8cycloalkyl, phenyl, and benzyl;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,433

UNIT DOSE OF AN ARYL SULFONAMIDE THAT IS EFFECTIVE FOR TREATING EYE DISEASE AND AVERTING POTENTIAL VISION LOSS

Unity Biotechnology, Inc....

17. A unit dose containing an effective amount of a compound having the following formula, or a pharmaceutically effective salt thereof;
wherein the unit dose is formulated as a pharmaceutical composition in an excipient in a volume suitable for intraocular administration into an eye of a subject in need thereof;
wherein the amount of the compound in the unit dose renders the unit dose effective for treating an ophthalmic disease or disorder in the eye that is not a cancer.

US Pat. No. 10,478,421

SORTILIN BINDING COMPOUNDS, FORMULATIONS, AND USES THEREOF

University of Florida, T...

1. A method comprising:administering an amount of a compound according to Formula 2A

or a pharmaceutical formulation thereof and an amount of compound 541

or a pharmaceutical formulation thereof to a subject.

US Pat. No. 10,478,409

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS

Kalvista Pharmaceuticals ...

1. A process for preparing an aqueous pharmaceutical suspension composition suitable for parenteral administration in a mammalian patient, the aqueous pharmaceutical suspension comprising a compound of formula I having an aqueous solubility of less than 1 mg/mL:wherein:R1 is H, alkyl, —COalkyl, —COaryl, —COheteroaryl, —CO2alkyl, —(CH2)aOH, —(CH2)bCOOR10, —(CH2)cCONH2, —SO2alkyl, or —SO2aryl;
R2 is H or alkyl;
R3 is H, alkyl, —(CH2)daryl, —(CH2)eheteroaryl, —(CH2)fcycloalkyl, —(CH2)gheterocycloalkyl, —CH(cycloalkyl)2, or —CH(heterocycloalkyl)2;
R4 and R6 are independently H or alkyl;
R5 is H, alkyl, alkoxy, or OH;
or R4 and R5, together with the atoms to which they are attached, form a 5- or 6-membered azacycloalkyl structure;
R7 and R8 are independently H, alkyl, alkoxy, CN, or halo;
R9 is aryl or heteroaryl;
R10 is H or alkyl;
a, b, c, d, e, f and g are, independently, 1, 2 or 3;
*1 and *2 denote chiral centres;
alkyl is a linear saturated hydrocarbon having up to 10 carbon atoms (C1-C10) or a branched saturated hydrocarbon of between 3 and 10 carbon atoms (C3-C10); wherein the alkyl is optionally substituted with 1 or 2 substituents that are, independently, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C1-C6)alkoxy, OH, CN, CF3, COOR11, fluoro, or NR11R12;
cycloalkyl is a mono- or bi-cyclic saturated hydrocarbon of between 3 and 10 carbon atoms; wherein the cycloalkyl is optionally fused to an aryl group;
heterocycloalkyl is a C-linked or N-linked 3 to 10 membered saturated, mono- or bi-cyclic ring, wherein said heterocycloalkyl ring comprises 1, 2 or 3 heteroatoms that are, independently, N, NR11, or O;
alkoxy is a linear O-linked hydrocarbon of between 1 and 6 carbon atoms (C1-C6) or a branched O-linked hydrocarbon of between 3 and 6 carbon atoms (C3-C6); wherein the alkoxy is optionally substituted with 1 or 2 substituents that are, independently, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, OH, CN, CF3, COOR11, fluoro, or NR11R12;
aryl is phenyl, biphenyl or naphthyl; wherein the aryl is optionally substituted with up to 5 substituents that are, independently, alkyl, alkoxy, OH, halo, CN, COOR11, CF3, or NR11R12;
heteroaryl is a 5, 6, 9 or 10 membered mono- or bi-cyclic aromatic ring containing 1, 2 or 3 ring members that are, independently, N, NR11, S and O; wherein the heteroaryl is optionally substituted with 1, 2 or 3 substituents that are, independently, alkyl, alkoxy, OH, halo, CN, COOR11, CF3, or NR11R12;
R11 and R12 are H or alkyl;
or a tautomer, stereoisomer, pharmaceutically acceptable salt, or solvate thereof;
the process comprising suspending particles of the active ingredient that is a compound of formula I, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, in an aqueous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,478,403

INTRAOPERATIVE TOPICALLY-APPLIED NON-IMPLANTABLE RAPID RELEASE PATCH

Privo Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A device for rapid delivery of a therapeutic agent to a surgical cavity, the device comprising:a porous, mucoadhesive, freeze-dried polymeric matrix having first and second opposed surfaces, the matrix formed by a composition comprising chitosan, and a particle adhesion inhibitor, comprising hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC);
a plurality of particles, having an average diameter between 500 nm and 2000 nm, embedded within the matrix so as to be directly surrounded by, and in contact with, the matrix, the particles containing the therapeutic agent and having a coating around the therapeutic agent, the coating comprising chitosan so as to provide controlled release of the therapeutic agent from the particles through the first opposed surface of the matrix; and
one or more additives selected from the group consisting of a hydration promoter, a particle aggregation inhibitor, and combinations thereof,
wherein:
the first surface of the matrix is configured to be applied to the surgical cavity;
the device is configured to provide release of the particles through the first surface;
the device is sterilized;
the device provides release of approximately 20% to 100% of the therapeutic agent within 20 minutes of application to the surgical cavity, and
the particle adhesion inhibitor, and, when present, the hydration promoter, and the particle aggregation inhibitor are compounds mutually distinct from one another and present in amounts sufficient to achieve the controlled release of the particles without preventing formation of the freeze-dried matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,478,400

IMMEDIATE-RELEASE TABLETS CONTAINING COMBIMETINIB AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

Genentech, Inc., South S...

1. A process for preparing a pharmaceutical dosage unit tablet core, the process comprising:(1) blending a particulate pharmaceutical active drug, an intragranular filler, an intragranular disintegrant and an intragranular lubricant to form a pre-blend, wherein the particulate pharmaceutical drug active has a particle size D[v, 0.5] of from about 25 ?m to about 65 ?m, from about 25 ?m to about 50 ?m, or from about 30 ?m to about 40 ?m;
(2) compacting the pre-blend by application of a compaction force of from about 1 kN/cm to about 8 kN/cm, from about 2 kN/cm to about 5 kN/cm, or from about 2 kN/cm to about 4 kN/cm;
(3) milling and screening the compacted pre-blend to form granules; and
(4) tableting the granules by application of a tableting compression force of from about 5 kN to about 20 kN, from about 14 kN to about 19 kN, from about 14 kN to about 18 kN, or from about 8 kN to about 13 kN to form the pharmaceutical dosage unit tablet core, wherein the particulate pharmaceutical active drug is cobimetinib hemifumarate polymorph Form A.

US Pat. No. 10,478,382

MEDICAL CONNECTING DEVICE

Carmel Pharma AB, Gothen...

1. A bottle connector for use in a medical fluid transfer arrangement, said bottle connector having an axial direction and a radial direction and comprising:a first generally cylindrical part having a first end a second end, said first generally cylindrical part comprising a hollow piercing member comprising an inner channel, said hollow piercing member defining a length and extending in said axial direction from an interior portion of said first generally cylindrical part beyond said second end of said first generally cylindrical part; and
a second generally cylindrical part having a first end and a second end, said second generally cylindrical part comprising a bottle coupling member, for coupling said bottle connector to a medical bottle,
wherein said first and second generally cylindrical parts are connected and concentrically arranged with respect to each other, such that when said second part is coupled to said medical bottle said piercing member is aligned in an axial direction of said medical bottle with a sealing member of said medical bottle, and the generally cylindrical second part is releasably locked to the first generally cylindrical part and transitionable between a transport configuration and a fluid transfer configuration,
wherein when said bottle connector is in the transport configuration, said bottle connector defines a length between said first end of said first generally cylindrical part and said second end of said second generally cylindrical part, wherein said length is greater than said length of said hollow piercing member so that the hollow piercing member protrudes past the second end of the first generally cylindrical part and so that the second generally cylindrical part completely shields said hollow piercing member, and when said bottle connector is in the fluid transfer configuration, at least a portion of said hollow piercing member extends beyond said second end of said first generally cylindrical part, and wherein the first and second generally cylindrical parts are configured to telescope with respect to each other when transitioning from the transport configuration to the transfer configuration other without rotation between them, wherein the second generally cylindrical part is configured to move from an unlocked configuration corresponding to the first and second generally cylindrical parts not being locked together, to the transport configuration, and wherein, when the second generally cylindrical part moves from the unlocked configuration to the transport configuration, the second generally cylindrical part moves along a longitudinal axis without rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,375

PULMONARY EXPANSION THERAPY DEVICES

Peter Antros, Bourbonnai...

1. A medical device comprising:an inflow tube;
an outflow tube;
a shell that houses a negative pressure lumen operatively coupled to the outflow tube and a positive pressure chamber operatively coupled to the inflow tube, wherein the shell is generally contoured to the triangular shape of a single human lung within a chest wall;
a membrane operatively coupled to the negative pressure lumen; and
a handle connected to the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,478,370

ACTUATED GLOVE ORTHOSIS AND RELATED METHODS

Rehabilitation Institute ...

1. An orthosis, comprising:a. a finger actuation system for a finger of a person's hand, comprising:
i. a digit having an opening to receive the finger;
ii. a cable guide connected to the digit and comprising at least one joint hyperextension mechanical stop;
iii. an actuator for applying tension on a plurality of cables;
iv. the plurality of cables inserted through the cable guide and coupled to the actuator;
v. a control system for controlling the operation of the actuator and measuring the amount of tension needed to fully extend the digit when the user is in a relaxed state;
vi. wherein the control system actuates the actuator to create a tension on the plurality of cables, which causes the cable guide to extend, in order to extend the finger;
vii. wherein in one mode of the control system, the actuator is actuated to apply a constant extension force on the plurality of cables as the finger extends from a fully flexed position to a fully extended position, the constant extension force determined by the measured tension when the user is in the relaxed state; and
vii. wherein the control system further allows voluntary finger flexion when the user exerts a voluntary flexion force that exceeds the applied extension force.

US Pat. No. 10,478,367

RECLINABLE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE CHAIR

Ergo-Flex Technologies, L...

1. A reclinable therapeutic massage chair for use in exercising and strengthening the muscles in the back, redeveloping the muscles in the back, restoring motion to joints and alleviating soreness and stiffness in the joints and muscles of the back comprising:a floor support assembly,
a chair support frame pivotably attached to the floor support assembly,
a linear actuator extending between the floor support assembly and the chair support frame for moving the chair support frame from an inclined position to a horizontal position,
an upper back support mounted on the chair support frame and
a lower body support member having a lower back support surface, a thigh support surface and a lower leg support surface, said lower body support member being mounted for both reciprocal and oscillating movement in a same plane on the chair support frame,
the thigh support surface forming an obtuse angle with the lower back support surface and the lower leg surface is at an angle with respect to the thigh support surface, wherein the lower back support surface is located in the same plane as the upper back support, the thigh support surface and the lower leg support surface form an angle having an apex, with the apex adapted to be positioned behind a user's knee whereby when the chair is in the horizontal position, the user's thighs will be inclined upwardly toward the apex and the user's lower leg will extend downwardly from the apex.

US Pat. No. 10,478,360

PERSON LIFTING DEVICES WITH ACCESSORY DETECTION FEATURES AND METHODS FOR OPERATING THE SAME

1. A method for operating a person lifting device, the method comprising:detecting, with a first coupling detector, an identification of a first accessory coupling attached to a first lifting hook of a sling bar of the person lifting device;
determining, automatically with an electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the first coupling detector, a type of the first accessory coupling based on the identification of the first accessory coupling, wherein the type of the first accessory coupling is based on a predetermined attachment configuration for attaching the first accessory coupling to the sling bar;
detecting, with the first coupling detector, an identification of a second accessory coupling attached to the first lifting hook of the sling bar of the person lifting device;
determining, automatically with the electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the first coupling detector, a type of the second accessory coupling based on the identification of the second accessory coupling, wherein the type of the second accessory coupling is based on a predetermined attachment configuration for attaching the second accessory coupling to the sling bar;
comparing, with the electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the first coupling detector, the type of the first accessory coupling and the type of the second accessory coupling; and
communicating, automatically with the electronic control unit, a warning signal indicating that an accessory is improperly attached to the sling bar when the type of the first accessory coupling and the type of the second accessory coupling are different.

US Pat. No. 10,478,359

PERSON SUPPORT APPARATUSES WITH ACCELERATION DETECTION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A person support apparatus comprising:a support surface adapted to support a cushioning structure and a person thereon, the support surface including a first section and a second section, the first section being pivotable between a raised orientation and a lowered orientation;
a litter adapted to support the support surface;
a first accelerometer positioned below the first section and coupled to the litter such that the first accelerometer does not change orientation when the first section pivots; and
a controller in communication with the first accelerometer, the controller adapted to process signals from the first accelerometer to detect a presence or absence of the person on the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,358

PHYSICALLY DISABLED PATIENT SUPPORT UNIT

1. A support unit for a physically disabled patient support unit comprising: a functional underwear device comprising pallets configured to be fixed to the patient after centering the anus of the patient over the device after separating the buttocks to both sides, the pallets configured to support both calves of the patient and are configured to move independently; a silicone shell casing on the device, an upper portion end part of the silicone shell casing configured to contact an area around the anus when an inclined waste pump supported by a rail mechanism located on a lower portion of the support device is lifted, the inclined waste pump being mounted inside the functional underwear device and configured to provide fluidity to wastes and ensure the descent of the wastes into a waste storage positioned below a seat portion of the support unit; an electromechanical motor which rotates a borer inside the inclined waste pump; an electromagnetic coil boated inside the rail mechanism configured to ensure a flow of the waste into the inclined waste pump in a controlled manner by rapidly controlling an opening of a slide, the slide being configured to be pulled open by the electromagnetic coil mechanism when activated by a warning of motion sensors when the motion sensors detect waste of the patient, the slide, when closed, being configured to provides a hygienic environment by closing off relationship between the patient and the waste storage; a urine removal apparatus attached to a chassis of the device and configured to be located between the legs of the patient, the urine removal apparatus containing a motion sensor and a urine area ejector, the urine area ejector configured to enable a washing and cleaning of the urine removal apparatus with a hygienic material, a tapered duct with an upper portion mounted inside the functional underwear device beneath the silicone shell casing and whose lower portion is fixed to a top cover of the slide with a ring, two sides of the tapered duct being configured with motion sensor channels, the ring being provided with a plurality of holes with different inclinations according to an inner wall of the tapered duct, the plurality of holes being configured to allow a flow of water and air from a water-air inlet opening; a moving step connected to the chassis of the support unit that is configured to be used as a step by the patient; a pipe mounted inside the moving step and configured to transfer the waste from the waste pump to a waste transfer station.

US Pat. No. 10,478,349

BODY FLUID SENSOR PAD

1. A bed pad with a body fluid sensor comprising:a first absorbent layer;
a second absorbent layer;
wherein the first absorbent layer further comprises a first conductive thread having a first length and a first metal attachment means on a first end of said first conductive thread;
wherein the second absorbent layer further comprises a second conductive thread having a second length and a second metal attachment means on a first end of said second conductive thread;
wherein the first conductive thread and the second conductive thread are disposed on the first and second layers respectively such that said first and second conductive threads do not contact each other thereby forming an open circuit;
wherein the first and second metal attachment means provide a conductive platform configured to allow power to be supplied to the open circuit through the attachment means;
wherein the first and second conductive threads form an open circuit under dry conditions, and wherein said open circuit is completed in the presence of a moisture insult causing an alarm signal indicating the presence of said insult.

US Pat. No. 10,478,346

METHODS OF HANDLING ADHESIVE LAMINATE PATCHES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of handling adhesive laminate patches, the method comprising:providing a first article comprising a plurality of disconnected adhesive laminate patches adhered to a first web, wherein each patch is aligned over and adhered to a tab in the first web, such that a leading edge of each tab is located adjacent a leading edge of each patch;
providing a first supporting structure and a second supporting structure positioned adjacent the first supporting structure, wherein the second supporting structure and the first supporting structure are separated by a gap;
leading a second web over the second supporting structure, wherein the second web has a release surface, and wherein the second web is oriented such that the release surface of the second web faces the first supporting structure;
passing the first article over the first supporting structure to cause a leading portion of a first tab and a leading portion of a first patch aligned over the first tab to lift off of the first web together in such a way that the leading portion of the first patch is supported by the first tab and extends across the gap between the first supporting structure and the second supporting structure;
adhering the leading portion of the first patch to the second web on the second supporting structure; and
advancing the second web on the second supporting structure to transfer the first patch from the first web to the second web to form a second article comprising a plurality of patches aligned over tabs on the second web, wherein the patches are spaced apart longitudinally on the second web.

US Pat. No. 10,478,345

REDUCED-PRESSURE, LINEAR-WOUND TREATMENT SYSTEMS

KCI, Licensing Inc., San...

1. A closing dressing bolster for placing over a linear wound on a patient, the closing dressing bolster comprising:a top wall;
a bottom wall coupled to the top wall in a spaced relationship and forming a compartment between the top wall and the bottom wall, the bottom wall having a center portion, a first lateral portion, and a second lateral portion;
a plurality of beads positioned within the compartment;
a first closing member formed on the first lateral portion; and
a second closing member formed on the second lateral portion;
wherein the first closing member has a surface formed with an oblique angle to a center plane between the first closing member and the second closing member;
wherein the second closing member has a surface formed with an oblique angle to the center plane.

US Pat. No. 10,478,341

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLASMA-MEDIATED MODIFICATION OF TISSUE

OPTIMEDICA CORPORATION, ...

1. A method for cataract surgery on an eye of a patient, comprising:scanning a first focus position of a first pulsed laser beam at a first pulse energy in a first scanning pattern to photodisrupt a tissue structure of a lens of the eye with a plurality of pulses of the first laser beam to form a cut within the lens, the cut defining a two-dimensional cut surface formed by the scanned first focus positions of the first pulsed laser beam, the two-dimensional cut surface extending in a depth direction of the lens and being short of reaching an edge of the lens and further being short of reaching a posterior surface of the lens, and being configured to divide the lens into two or more segments which are attached to each other in regions adjacent the edge of the lens; and
thereafter, completely separating the two or more segments of the lens from each other by scanning a second focus position of a second pulsed laser beam having a second pulse energy higher than the first pulse energy in a second scanning pattern, wherein the scanned second focus positions of the second pulsed laser beam are disposed on the two-dimensional cut surface which have been formed by the scanned first focus positions of the first laser beam, wherein at least some of the scanned second focus positions are located deeper than some of the scanned first focus positions and shallower than some other scanned first focus positions, wherein a plurality of pulses of the second laser beam further photodisrupt the tissue structure of the lens along the two-dimensional cut surface formed by the scanned first focus positions of the first laser beam to drive the segments apart from each other,
wherein the completely separating step comprises:
scanning the second focus position of the second pulsed laser beam in a portion of the second scanning pattern;
using an imaging system or an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system, monitoring bubble creation and tissue displacement resulting from the scanning of the second focus position of the second pulsed laser beam in the portion of the second scanning pattern;
based on the monitored bubble creation and tissue displacement, determining whether a predefined level of tissue separation of the lens has occurred; and
if the predefined level of tissue separation of the lens has not occurred, scanning the second focus position of the second pulsed laser beam in another portion of the second scanning pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,478,338

OPHTHALMOSURGICAL SYSTEM

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. An ophthalmosurgical system comprising:a console for accommodating an irrigation fluid vessel containing irrigation fluid;
a cassette insertable into said console and being configured for directing the irrigation fluid to a surgical instrument for an eye to be treated;
an irrigation fluid flow path from said irrigation fluid vessel to said cassette and to said surgical instrument;
a first fluid pump including: a first pump chamber having a first volume; a first drive chamber having a second volume; and,
a first elastic partition element separating said first drive chamber from said first pump chamber;
said first pump chamber communicating with said irrigation flow path so as to receive irrigation fluid therefrom;
a first drive fluid supply for supplying a first drive fluid to said first drive chamber on the basis of a predetermined pressure with which an elastic deformation of said first elastic partition element is achieved causing a reduction of said first volume and simultaneously an increase in said second volume;
a second fluid pump arranged parallel to said first fluid pump;
said second fluid pump including: a second pump chamber having a third volume; a second drive chamber having a fourth volume; and, a second elastic partition element separating said second drive chamber from said second pump chamber;
said second pump chamber communicating with said irrigation flow path so as to receive irrigation fluid therefrom;
a second drive fluid supply for supplying a second drive fluid to said second drive chamber on the basis of a predetermined pressure with which an elastic deformation of said second elastic partition element is achieved causing a reduction of said third volume and simultaneously an increase of said fourth volume;
said first volume or said third volume having a magnitude lying in a range of 1 to 25 cm3;
said first elastic partition element having an edge and being fixedly mounted with said edge thereof in said first fluid pump;
said second elastic partition element having an edge and being fixedly mounted with said edge thereof in said second fluid pump; and,
wherein said irrigation fluid is supplied from said first and second pump chambers simultaneously and at a first pressure (pIRR1) to said irrigation fluid flow path in a direction toward said surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,478,337

MULTIPLE FREQUENCY PHACOEMULSIFICATION NEEDLE DRIVER

1. A system for operating a phacoemulsification handpiece at multiple operating frequencies, comprising:a first sine wave signal source configured to deliver a first sinusoidal signal at a first frequency;
a second sine wave signal source configured to deliver a second sinusoidal signal at a second frequency differing from the first frequency; and
a multi-tap transformer configured to receive the first sinusoidal signal at a first input tap and the second sinusoidal signal at a second input tap;
wherein an output tap of the multi-tap transformer connects to the phacoemulsification handpiece and drives the phacoemulsification handpiece at the first frequency, the second frequency, or a combination of the first frequency and the second frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,478,336

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSVERSE PHACOEMULSIFICATION

1. A handpiece for phacoemulsification, comprising:a needle, wherein the needle has a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end of the needle vibrates in at least a transverse direction and a longitudinal direction when power is applied to the handpiece; and
a horn, wherein the horn has a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end of the horn engages the proximal end of the needle and one or more piezoelectric rings are coupled with the proximal end of the horn, wherein the proximal end of the horn has one or more notches distributed around an outer surface of the horn that move a center of mass of the horn offset from a central longitudinal axis of the horn;
wherein the power applied has a single effective operating frequency to vibrate the needle in the transverse and longitudinal directions;
wherein the one or more notches are configured to create a transverse node on a frequency spectrum and enable the distal end of the needle to vibrate in the transverse and longitudinal directions when the power is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,478,335

INTRAOCULAR DELIVERY DEVICES AND METHODS THEREFOR

OcuJect, LLC, Newport Be...

1. A method of loading a drug into a drug reservoir, comprising:providing a drug vial comprising a stopper and the drug within a vial cavity;
providing a drug reservoir injector comprising a distal port and the drug reservoir;
loading the drug reservoir with the drug from the vial through a needle assembly; removing the needle assembly from the drug reservoir system; and
connecting the drug reservoir injector with an injector attachment comprising:
a needle hub comprising a tubular body and comprising an input port on its proximal end for removable connection to the injector, and a distal stop surface;
a needle comprising a proximal portion and a distal portion, the proximal portion of the needle housed within the tubular body of the needle hub, and the distal end of the needle extending distally beyond the needle hub;
a rigid slidable shield comprising a distal opening, a proximal opening, and an uninterrupted sidewall between the distal opening and the proximal opening configured to protect the sterility of the needle and operatively coupled to the needle hub and having a fixed axial dimension, the slidable shield configured for axial movement along the needle hub between the input port and the distal stop surface and configured such that the needle is completely circumscribed by the shield and the distal portion of the needle hub when the shield is in a first, distal position with respect to the needle hub, and the distal portion of the needle extends distally beyond the shield when the shield is in a second, proximal position with respect to the needle hub,
a patient contact surface, the patient contact surface comprising a perimeter and located at a distal end of the slidable shield; and
a lever attached to the needle hub, the lever configured to prevent axial movement of the slidable shield and to maintain the shield in the first, distal position with respect to the needle hub by a locking shoulder at a distal end of the lever contacting a proximal end wall of the slidable shield thereby preventing proximal movement of the shield away from the first, distal position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,333

OCULAR IONTOPHORESIS DEVICE

OPIA TECHNOLOGIES, (FR)

1. An ocular iontophoresis device for delivering at least one active substance to an eyeball, comprising:a reservoir configured for receiving the at least one active substance,
a wall defining a tubular-shaped body arranged along a longitudinal axis, delimitating laterally the reservoir and comprising a circular distal end configured for being positioned on an ocular surface of the eyeball and surrounding a cornea and a part of a sclera of the eyeball,
a first electrode configured to be positioned in front of the part of the sclera which is surrounded by the wall when the wall is in place on said ocular surface, said first electrode being configured for delivering a first current density to the at least one active substance of the reservoir, the ocular iontophoresis device being characterized in that it further comprises:
a second electrode configured to be positioned in front of the cornea when the wall is in place on said ocular surface, said second electrode being configured for delivering a second current density to the at least one active substance of the reservoir,
at least one controller for independently controlling said first electrode and said second electrode, and in that:
the second electrode defines a disk-shaped second surface that is arranged over a central part of the reservoir, the first electrode defining an annular-shaped first surface that is arranged over a peripheral part of the reservoir,
said first electrode and said second electrode arranged concentrically to each other, so that the first electrode and the second electrode are respectively positioned in front of part of the sclera and in front of the cornea, when the ocular iontophoresis device is positioned on said ocular surface,
wherein the reservoir comprises a separating wall defining a first chamber and a second chamber arranged concentrically to each other, the first chamber receiving the first electrode and the second chamber receiving the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,331

SYSTEM, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING NERVE STIMULATION TO A PATIENT WITH PHYSICIAN OVERSIGHT

Scion NeuroStim, LLC, Ra...

1. A vestibular stimulation device comprising:an earpiece;
a thermoelectric device (TED) thermally coupled to said earpiece; and
a controller operatively connected to said TED, said controller comprising:
a prescription comprising a set of instructions for delivering one or more thermal waveforms to the vestibular system and/or the nervous system of a patient; and
a control module configured to activate said TED to deliver the prescribed thermal waveform(s), wherein the prescribed thermal waveform(s) are configured to treat Parkinson's disease in a subject in need of treatment thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,328

OSTOMY POUCH REPLACEMENT DEVICE

1. An ostomy adhesive skin barrier replacement system comprising:a wafer including adhesive on a first side thereof, and a wafer ring on a second side thereof, wherein said wafer ring includes an inner perimeter having a first diameter;
a collar stand member, said collar stand member having a first end and a second end and defining a longitudinal tubular opening between said first end and said second end for telescopically receiving a tubular object therethrough, wherein said first end of said collar stand member is circular in shape, and said outer perimeter of said first end has a second diameter that is smaller than said first diameter, so that said first end of said collar stand member fits within an inner portion of said wafer ring for applying pressure to said wafer within said wafer ring in order to adhere said wafer to skin surrounding a stoma; and
wherein said collar stand may be placed in an upright manner on a flat horizontal surface so that said tubular opening, between said first end and said second end, is in a generally vertical orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,326

DEVICES AND METHODS FACILITATING SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY PROCEDURES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of performing a sleeve gastrectomy in the stomach, comprising:inserting a tubular guide through the esophagus and into the stomach;
extending an engaging member outwardly from the tubular guide against the greater curvature of the stomach;
illuminating at least a portion of the engaging member;
retracting the engaging member; and
resecting the stomach using a surgical stapler, forming a sleeve shaped portion of the stomach, and removing a remainder of the stomach.

US Pat. No. 10,478,324

HANDLE FOR MEDICAL DEVICE DEPLOYMENT

1. A delivery system for endoluminal delivery of an expandable device, said delivery system comprisinga catheter having a proximal end and an opposite distal end, the distal end configured to support the expandable device;
a primary sheath having a delivery position in which the primary sheath constrains the expandable device toward a collapsed configuration suitable for endoluminal delivery;
a handle having a first actuator that is rotatable and non-translatable wherein rotation of the first actuator causes axial displacement of the primary sheath along the catheter from the delivery position, the handle having a second actuator for operating one or more functions of the handle, wherein the second actuator is initially hidden to prevent use by a user and then revealed as a result of the axial displacement of the primary sheath along the catheter from the delivery position so as to allow subsequent actuation of the second actuator by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,478,322

RETRACTOR DEVICE FOR TRANSFORMING A RETRIEVAL DEVICE FROM A DEPLOYED POSITION TO A DELIVERY POSITION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A kit for retrieving material from a body of a subject, the kit comprising:a retrieval device including an elongated shaft and a retrieval assembly coupled to a distal zone of the elongated shaft, wherein—
the retrieval assembly includes a capture structure and a cover,
the cover has a first portion coupled to the distal zone of the elongated shaft and a free second portion, and
the cover has a first position in which the second portion extends proximally from the first portion, a second position in which the second portion extends distally from the first portion, and the cover surrounds at least a portion of the capture structure in the second position; and
a retractor having a tubular structure that defines a channel configured to slidably receive the retrieval device, wherein the tubular structure has a length no greater than twice a length of the capture structure measured along a longitudinal axis, and wherein the retractor is configured to extend distally beyond the capture structure to facilitate moving the cover from the second position after deployment to the first position for redeployment.

US Pat. No. 10,478,320

MODULAR ENDO-AORTIC DEVICE FOR ENDOVASCULAR AORTIC REPAIR OF DISSECTIONS AND BEING CONFIGURED FOR ADAPTABILITY OF ORGANS OF VARIOUS ANATOMICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Aortic Innovations, LLC, ...

1. A kit comprising:a stent device for placement in the aorta arch of a patient, wherein a diameter of the stent device may be modified by translation of an end of the stent device to thereby alter a length thereof causing modification of the diameter of the stent device,
wherein the stent device comprises:
a distal stent portion that is permeable,
wherein the distal stent portion is a wireframe assembly that defines a circumferential periphery that spans but does not extend into the brachiocephalic artery, left common carotid artery, and left subclavian artery when placed within the aortic arch of a patient; and
a proximal portion that is impermeable and having a constraining member for constraining a diameter thereof,
wherein the proximal portion engages the distal stent portion at respective ends thereof such that the proximal portion is spaced-apart from the distant stent portion; and
a deployment apparatus comprising a sheath for housing the stent device and having a guide rod passing through a center therethrough for deploying the stent device at an operational site,
wherein the sheath constrains the distal portion of the stent device in a compressed state,
wherein the constraining member constrains the proximal portion of the stent device in a compressed state after removal of the sheath until release of the constraining member, and
wherein the guide rod carries the stent device and is removable through a center of the stent device when the stent device is in an expanded state and positioned within the aortic arch of the patient upon removal of the sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,478,313

SPINAL FUSION IMPLANT AND RELATED METHODS

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A spinal fusion implant for insertion between first and second vertebral bodies, each vertebral body having a cancellous bone interior bounded by a cortical bone exterior wall, each vertebral body having a curved anterior portion and a posterior portion curved to a lesser extent than the anterior portion, said posterior portion adjacent to a spinal canal, said spinal fusion implant comprising:a first vertebral body engagement side and a second vertebral body engagement side opposing said first vertebral body engagement side, an anterior side and a posterior side opposing said anterior side, a first end portion and a second end portion, a longitudinal axis extending through said first end portion and said second end portion, a central aperture situated between the first end portion and the second end portion and extending through the first vertebral body engagement side and the second vertebral body engagement side, a transverse plane extending from the anterior side to the posterior side at a right angle to the longitudinal axis and passing through a proximal-most point of the central aperture, said second end portion further including an engagement recess that extends distally toward the central aperture from a proximal end of the implant to a position short of the transverse plane and separates the second end portion into a top portion and a bottom portion, the top portion having at least one top aperture extending therethrough and configured to temporarily receive a complementary engagement feature on an insertion tool, and the bottom portion having at least one bottom aperture extending therethrough and configured to temporarily receive a complementary engagement feature on an insertion tool, wherein said top portion includes a top exterior surface forming part of the first vertebral body engagement side and a top interior surface, said bottom portion includes a bottom exterior surface forming part of the second vertebral body engagement side and a bottom interior surface, the at least one top aperture opening through said top exterior surf ace and said top interior surface, and the at least one bottom aperture opening through said bottom exterior surface and said bottom interior surface, wherein said at least one top aperture comprises a top center aperture and a plurality of smaller top radial apertures arranged around the top center aperture and said at least one bottom aperture comprises a bottom center aperture and a plurality of smaller bottom radial apertures arranged around the bottom center aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,310

VERTEBRAL IMPLANT, DEVICE FOR VERTEBRAL ATTACHMENT OF THE IMPLANT AND INSTRUMENTATION FOR IMPLANTATION THEREOF

LDR Medical, S.A.S., Sai...

1. A spinal segment replacement implant having a vertical axis and comprising:a first body having a spinal segment face configured compatibly with a first surface of a spinal segment;
a second body;
a third body having a spinal segment face configured compatibly with a second surface of a spinal segment;
a second body contact face disposed on the first body;
a second body contact face disposed on the third body;
a first body contact face disposed on the second body and configured to fit compatibly with the second body contact face disposed on the first body;
a third body contact face disposed on the second body and configured to fit compatibly with the second body contact face disposed on the third body;
a first abutment oriented obliquely to the sliding axis and disposed on one of the first body or the second body, and a first lock disposed with the other of the first body or the second body, the first lock comprising a first abutment engagement portion and an elastic portion articulating the first abutment engagement portion between an open position configured to permit sliding assembly of the first body with the second body along the sliding axis and a closed position configured to retain the first body in assembly with the second body;
a second abutment oriented obliquely to the sliding axis and disposed on one of the second body or the third body, and a second lock disposed with the other of the second body or the third body, the second lock comprising a second abutment engagement portion and an elastic portion articulating the second abutment engagement portion between an open position configured to permit sliding assembly of the second body with the third body along the sliding axis and a closed position configured to retain the second body in assembly with the third body;
interfitting retainers disposed along the first body contact face and the second body contact face disposed on the first body and configured for sliding assembly of the first body with the second body along a sliding axis oblique to the vertical axis and extending from a trailing end of the sliding axis to an insertion end of the sliding axis, and interfitting retainers disposed along the third body contact face and the second body contact face disposed on the third body and configured for sliding assembly of the second body with the third body along the sliding axis, the interfitting retainers comprising mating abutment faces configured to limit sliding of the second body along the sliding axis in the direction of the insertion end of the sliding axis;
an anchor comprising a penetration end configured for penetration of the first surface of a spinal segment, a driving end configured for impacting the anchor into the first surface of a spinal segment, a longitudinal axis extending between the penetration end and the driving end, and an anchor abutment disposed between the penetration end and the driving end and oriented angularly to the longitudinal axis;
an access surface on the first body at the trailing end of the sliding axis;
a passage extending from the access surface to the spinal segment face disposed on the first body, the passage defining an insertion access for the anchor; and
an anchor lock comprising
an anchor abutment engagement portion disposable along the passage and orientable angularly to the insertion axis, the anchor abutment engagement portion configured to operatively mate with the anchor abutment, and
a flexible portion having a resting position defining a first anchor abutment engagement portion position in which the anchor abutment engagement portion is extendable into the passage and engagable with the anchor abutment, and a second anchor abutment engagement portion position in which the anchor abutment engagement portion is retracted from the passage to permit passage of the anchor through the passage past the lock.

US Pat. No. 10,478,277

BIOABSORBABLE MESH FOR SURGICAL IMPLANTS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An implantable mesh comprising:a plurality of absorbable fibers;
a plurality of non-absorbable fibers, the plurality of absorbable fibers being aligned in a first direction and the plurality of non-absorbable fibers i-s being aligned in a second direction, the second direction being substantially perpendicular to the first direction, to form openings between the plurality of absorbable fibers and the plurality of non-absorbable fibers,
the plurality of absorbable fibers being interwoven or knitted with the plurality of non-absorbable fibers to form a mesh structure,
the plurality of absorbable fibers being configured to degrade after implantation into a human subject; and
an absorbable polymer, the absorbable polymer being located at least some of the openings.

US Pat. No. 10,478,276

PELLET DELIVERY MECHANISM

World Wildlife Fund, Inc....

1. A pellet delivery apparatus, comprising:a loading assembly configured for arranging a plurality of pellets into one or more loading queues; and
a projector assembly coupled to the loading assembly, the projector assembly configured for receiving one or more pellets from the one or more loading queues;
wherein the projector assembly is further configured for periodically ejecting at least one pellet at a time in accordance with a predetermined pellet distribution plan.

US Pat. No. 10,478,274

POWERED TOOTHBRUSH HEAD HAVING COMBINATION OSCILLATING MOTION TUFT BLOCK

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A method for oscillating a first movable tuft block of a powered toothbrush in a brushing action, the method comprising:(a) providing a powered toothbrush having a head portion comprising a vertical axis and including a rotatable drive shaft driven by a motor, the head portion including a first movable tuft block operably coupled to the drive shaft and movable in an oscillation cycle through a bottom vertical position and a top vertical position;
(b) placing the first movable tuft block in the bottom vertical position with the first movable tuft block in an upright orientation wherein a top surface of the tuft block faces upwards;
(c) rotating the drive shaft;
(d) pivoting the first movable tuft block outwards away from the vertical axis in a first lateral direction and into a first tilted orientation wherein the top surface of the first movable tuft block faces outwards away from the vertical axis;
(e) vertically raising the first movable tuft block towards the top vertical position while at least partially maintaining the first tilted orientation;
(f) pivoting the first movable tuft block inwards back toward the vertical axis and into the top vertical position wherein the first movable tuft block resumes an upright orientation;
(g) pivoting the first movable tuft block outwards away from the vertical axis in a second lateral direction and into a second tilted orientation wherein the top surface of the first movable tuft block faces outwards away from the vertical axis;
(h) vertically lowering the first movable tuft block towards the bottom vertical position while at least partially maintaining the second tilted orientation; and
(i) pivoting the first movable tuft block inwards in the first lateral direction back towards the vertical axis and into the bottom vertical position wherein the first movable tuft block resumes an upright orientation, thereby completing one oscillation cycle of the first movable tuft block.

US Pat. No. 10,478,269

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY MOVING OBJECT IN SIMULATION SYSTEM AND SIMULATION SYSTEM USING THE SAME

DIRCO CO., LTD., Suwon-s...

1. A method for automatically moving an object in a simulation system, comprising:moving a first object of a plurality of objects using a user input unit from a first position to a second position in a first direction in accordance with a predetermined dental arch path, the plurality of objects being obtained from a dental arch image of a subject by a control unit and being three-dimensional (3D) objects;
measuring a vector distance between the first object and a second object which is adjacent to the first object based on an expected movement of the first object by a control unit;
based on the vector distance, automatically vector-moving the second object that is adjacent to the first object, in the simulation system, by a predetermined distance in the first direction along the predetermined dental arch path until the vector distance between the first object and the second object is in a preset vector distance range by the control unit, thereby resulting in automatic alignment of the plurality of objects with one another on the predetermined dental arch path,
automatically moving a third object which is an object adjacent to the second object so that the third object is in the preset vector distance range from the second object by the control unit according to the automatic movement of the second object,
extracting intersection points at which the plurality of 3D objects and a reference surface having a plane equation intersect with each other by the control unit,
converting the 3D objects into two-dimensional (2D) objects using the intersection points by the control unit, and
setting a 2D path which is determined using center points of the 2D objects to the present path by the control unit,
wherein the predetermined distance is smaller than the vector distance and
wherein the automatic vector-moving of the second object includes, based on the vector distance, determining whether the first object and the second object either overlap with or spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,478,268

ELECTRIC MOTOR AND DENTAL DEVICE

NAKANISHI INC., Tochigi ...

1. A brushless electric motor comprising:a stator that includes a stator core and a plurality of coils, the plurality of coils being disposed at an inner circumference side of the stator core;
a rotor that includes a shaft, the rotor being rotated around the shaft with respect to the stator;
a medium pathway through which a medium passes, the medium being used for actualizing a function of an application object of the electric motor; and
a holder member that holds the plurality of coils,
wherein the plurality of coils are adjacent to each other in a rotation direction of the rotor so as not to lap mutually,
wherein the medium pathway is disposed between the adjacent coils,
wherein the holder member includes:
a cylinder portion, the plurality of coils being disposed on an outer circumference of the cylinder portion, and
a flange that is formed integrally as a single unit with the cylinder portion to project from the cylinder portion in a radially outward direction, and
a plurality of convex portions that are arranged to protrude from the outer circumference of the cylinder portion, wherein each of the plurality of coils is configured to be fitted to one of the plurality of convex portions, and
wherein the medium pathway penetrates the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,478,267

ORAL IRRIGATOR

TOOTHSHOWER LLC, College...

1. An oral irrigator comprising:a) a water delivery system for connecting a source of high pressure water to an inlet of a
pick;
b) a mouth rinse delivery system for connecting a reservoir of mouth rinse to said inlet of said pick;
c) a handle comprising:
i) a blocking valve comprising:
1) a blocking valve inlet;
2) a blocking valve outlet;
3) a body comprising an internal channel connecting said blocking valve inlet to said blocking valve outlet; and
4) a spring loaded valve button wherein:
a) said spring loaded valve button is biased to a normally open position; and
b) said spring loaded valve button will close off said internal channel when urged closed; and
ii) a hand pump comprising:
1) a spring loaded piston at least in part defining a fluid chamber within the hand pump and movable to vary a volume of the fluid chamber, wherein said spring loaded piston is biased to a normally expanded configuration;
2) a pump button attached to said spring loaded piston such that said spring loaded piston will be compressed when pressure is placed on said pump button;
3) an inlet check valve fluidly connected to said fluid chamber and configured to allow fluid flow into said fluid chamber; and
4) an outlet check valve fluidly connected to said fluid chamber and configured to allow fluid flow out of said fluid chamber;whereinsaid hand pump is mounted adjacent to said blocking valve such that said valve button will be urged closed when pressure is put on said pump button thus shutting off said source of high pressure water to said pick and allowing said mouth rinse to be pumped into said pick from said reservoir using said hand pump.

US Pat. No. 10,478,265

CRANIAL FIXATION DEVICE

Integra LifeSciences Corp...

1. A cranial fixation device comprising:a cap comprising:
a central body having a mating connector with a threaded portion projecting from a distal end of the central body;
a pair of wings extending radially out from the central body; and
a first opening extending from a proximal end of the central body to the distal end of the central body and through the threaded portion of the mating connector, a base comprising:
a threaded central opening corresponding to the threaded portion of the mating connector, the threaded central opening being positioned on a proximal end of the base;
a distal threaded portion configured to engage with an opening in a skull;
a pair of wings extending radially out from the threaded central opening; and
a second opening extending through the threaded central opening and the distal threaded portion; and
a compression grommet configured to be placed into the threaded central opening of the base, the compression grommet having a third opening extending from a proximal end of the compression grommet to a distal end of the compression grommet, the first opening, the second opening and the third opening being aligned when the cap mates with the base and forms an instrument lumen configured to accept a portion of an instrument cable,
the threaded portion of the cap being configured to mate with the threaded central opening of the base, and
at least one wing of the pair of wings of the cap having a projection protruding in a direction towards the base, and each wing of the pair of wings of the base having a seat,
wherein, when the instrument cable extends through the instrument lumen, the projection from at least one wing of the pair of wings of the cap and at least one of the seats in the pair of wings of the base are configured to create a torque stop when a predetermined compression of the compression grommet is applied by tightening the cap on the base, and
when the predetermined compression of the compression grommet is applied, the compression grommet compresses against the instrument cable fixing the instrument cable in place at a determined depth.

US Pat. No. 10,478,252

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PATIENT-SPECIFIC MODELING OF BLOOD FLOW

HeartFlow, Inc., Redwood...

1. A computer-implemented method for enabling the assessment of one or more blood vessels of a patient, based on calculated values of a blood flow characteristic, the method comprising:receiving patient-specific imaging data of a geometry of a plurality of blood vessels interconnected to form a vessel tree of the patient;
determining, using a processor, a three-dimensional geometrical model of the plurality of blood vessels interconnected to form the vessel tree of the patient, based on the received patient-specific imaging data, the three-dimensional geometrical model comprising a model, in three dimensions, of a geometry of the plurality of blood vessels;
determining, using the processor, a patient-specific model of blood flow through the plurality of blood vessels interconnected to form the vessel tree of the patient, based on the received patient-specific imaging data, the patient-specific model of blood flow comprising a model of the flow of blood through the plurality of blood vessels;
determining a first value of the blood flow characteristic within the plurality of blood vessels of the patient based on the three-dimensional geometrical model or the patient-specific model of blood flow through the plurality of blood vessels of the patient;
upon receiving a selection, from a user input received from a user or health care provider, of a blood vessel of the plurality of blood vessels interconnected to form the vessel tree, enabling a modification of one or both of the patient-specific model of blood flow and a geometry of the three-dimensional geometrical model to simulate an occlusion that prevents blood flow through the blood vessel of the plurality of blood vessels interconnected to form the vessel tree;
modifying the patient-specific model of blood flow to prevent blood flow through the blood vessel of the plurality of blood vessels to simulate occlusion of the blood vessel of the plurality of blood vessels interconnected to form the vessel tree;
predicting a change in blood flow, based on the occlusion, in vessels of the vessel tree different from the blood vessel having the occlusion, based on the modified patient-specific model of blood flow and/or the modified three-dimensional geometrical model;
determining a second value of the blood flow characteristic within the plurality of blood vessels of the patient based on the modified three-dimensional geometrical model reflecting the occlusion, and/or the modified patient-specific model of blood flow reflecting the occlusion;
predicting an effect on the patient of the occlusion based on the second value of the blood flow characteristic; and
outputting one or more of the first or second values of the blood flow characteristic, the modified three-dimensional geometrical model, the modified patient-specific model of blood flow, or the predicted effects, to an electronic storage medium or display.

US Pat. No. 10,478,250

ELECTROSURGICAL RETURN ELECTRODE AND RFID SYSTEM

Megadyne Medical Products...

1. An electrosurgical return electrode comprising:a conductive element configured to conduct electrical current, the conductive element having opposing first and second major surfaces and including an aperture array configured to allow passage of a magnetic, electric, or electromagnetic interrogation signal from an associated transponder detection unit through the conductive element, and
a patient contact pad positioned adjacent the first major surface of the conductive element and configured to be disposed between the conductive element and a patient when the patient is at least partially positioned upon the patient contact pad;
wherein the electrosurgical return electrode is configured to be at least partly positionable upon the transponder detection unit with the second major surface facing the transponder detection unit, and
wherein the aperture array is configured to be adjustable between an open configuration and a closed configuration to thereby adjust the magnetic, electric, or electromagnetic transparency of the electrosurgical return electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,242

BONE CEMENT MIXING CARTRIDGE AND METHOD OF USE

Encore Medical, L.P., Au...

1. A container for bone cement, the container comprising:a first member defining a first chamber operable to contain a first ingredient;
a port connected to the first chamber, the port configured for dispensing bone cement from the first chamber, and the port further configured for coupling the first chamber to a vacuum source;
a second member comprising
a second chamber operable to contain a second ingredient, the second member defining the second chamber;
a sealing member sealing the second chamber,
an extension member extending through a central aperture to the first chamber, the extension member including a passage defined therein, the passage at least partially defining the second chamber,
a mixing device coupled to the extension member and disposed within the first chamber, the mixing device movably disposed within the first chamber; and
an opening device positioned within the first chamber and operable for selectively opening the sealing member allowing the second ingredient to enter the first chamber, the mixing device being movable within the first chamber to promote mixing of the first ingredient and the second ingredient to prepare the bone cement.

US Pat. No. 10,478,240

DEVICE FOR PERFORMING A SURGICAL PROCEDURE AND METHODS OF USE

1. A method comprising:providing a device comprising an expandable first tubing portion, an expandable second tubing portion, a transition portion, and a substantially rigid outer member, the first tubing portion and the second tubing portion being joined by the transition portion, the first tubing portion extending through a first passage extending through the substantially rigid outer member, and the second tubing portion extending outwardly from the substantially rigid outer member;
creating an access path to a bone;
inserting the device into the access path to position at least a first inflatable lobe portion and a second inflatable lobe portion of the second tubing portion within the bone;
passing an inflation medium through a second passage formed by an inner surface of the first tubing portion, through a third passage formed by an inner surface of the transition portion, and into a chamber formed by an inner surface of the second tubing portion, the inner surfaces of the first tubing portion, the transition portion, and the second tubing portion being continuous with one another;
preventing the first tubing portion from expanding via contact of an outer surface of the first tubing portion with an inner surface of the substantially rigid outer member;
inflating the first inflatable lobe portion and the second inflatable lobe portion of the second tubing portion from uninflated positions to inflated positions with the inflation medium by expanding the first inflatable lobe portion and the second inflatable lobe portion; and
compressing a portion of the bone and create a cavity via inflation of the first inflatable lobe portion and the second inflatable lobe portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,238

ACTIVE COMPRESSION DEVICES, METHODS OF ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF USE

ActivOrtho, Inc., Plymou...

1. A bone fixation device comprising:a first member comprising a proximal end of the device;
a second member comprising a distal end of the device;
at least one deformable member positioned between the first member and the second member configured to lengthen the device upon compression;
wherein the first member comprises an opening extending from a second end towards a first end along at least a portion of the first member that defines an interior surface in the first member;
wherein the interior surface comprises at least one channel extending along at least a portion of a length of the first member;
wherein the second member comprises an exterior surface having a shaft region near a first end of the second member, wherein the shaft region comprises:
at least one depression near the first end of the second member; and
at least one channel extending from the first end of the second member towards a second end of the second member;
the bone fixation device further comprising a ring member shaped to engage the first member and the second member;
wherein the interior surface of the first member further comprises:
a groove proximate the second end of the first member; and
wherein the at least one channel extends from the groove;
wherein the ring member comprises
a body portion having an exterior surface removably coupled to the groove; and
at least one protrusion extending away from an interior surface of the body portion of the ring member, the at least one protrusion shaped to engage the at least one channel of the shaft region of the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,237

ORTHOPEDIC BONE PLATE SYSTEM

OsteoCertus, LLC, Pembro...

1. A bone plate for repair of a bone, consisting of:a planar metal plate consisting of a first side, an opposite second side, and a plurality of nodes and intervening bridges extending in a linear arrangement,
the plurality of nodes having a longitudinal channel at each of the first and second sides of the plate, rails extending longitudinally along the longitudinal channels at each of the first and second sides of the plate, a countersunk screw hole countersunk between and relative to the rails at each of the first and second sides of the plate, and bilaterally extending wings that laterally taper in thickness, and
the bridges having a reduced area moment of inertia relative to the nodes such that the bridges have an increased propensity to bending relative to the nodes when a force is applied thereto,
wherein the first and second sides of the plate have a same structure such that each of the first and second sides are configured to be positioned against and in contact with the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,478,236

METAL ALLOY MONO AND POLY-FILAMENT WIRE REINFORCED CARBON FIBER PLATING SYSTEM

Elemental Orthopedics LLC...

1. A device for use in skeletal fixation, comprising: an orthopedic plate comprising at least one metal alloy mono-filament and/or poly-filament wire infrastructure between at least two sheets consisting of carbon fiber, resin, and hardener, wherein said wire infrastructure is positioned to provide reinforcement and increase internal rigidity of said plate while retaining radiolucent regions of said plate.