US Pat. No. 10,112,789

CONTACT INTERFACE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A contact interface, comprising:a first contact member including a first contact surface with a first material subsurface and a second material subsurface, the first contact member including longitudinally spaced proximal and distal first surface ends,
the second material subsurface protruding transversely above the first material subsurface at a portion of the first contact surface spaced longitudinally apart from the proximal and distal first surface ends; and
a second contact member including a second contact surface to slide in contact with the first contact surface;
wherein the first material subsurface comprises a first material, the second material subsurface comprises a second material, and the second material has a lower hardness than the first material, and further wherein the second contact member comprises a tip of a pivotally mounted swing arm, the swing arm rotating to slide the second contact surface along the first contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,788

SWEEP AUGER APPARATUS

Mid-Columbia Producers, ...

1. A sweep auger apparatus, comprising:an attachment plate having a first side and a second side, the first side having attachment features to removably attach the attachment plate to mobile equipment;
a first rotatable shaft secured to the second side of the attachment plate, a central axis of the first rotatable shaft extending in a first direction;
a first motor connected to the first rotatable shaft to cause the first rotatable shaft to rotate;
an auger support member connected to the first rotatable shaft so as to rotate with a rotation of the first rotatable shaft;
a second rotatable shaft secured to the auger support member, a central axis of the second rotatable shaft extending in a second direction that is transverse to the first direction; and
a second motor connected to the second rotatable shaft to cause the second rotatable shaft to rotate, thereby rotating an auger.

US Pat. No. 10,112,770

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING A FLOATING ROOF DISPOSED IN A STORAGE TANK

Delta P Technology Intern...

1. A cribbing system, comprising:a first vertical riser;
a second vertical riser;
a first horizontal base span;
a first horizontal cap span;
a first base member having a first vertical base receptacle and a first horizontal base receptacle, wherein the first vertical base receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first vertical riser and the first horizontal base receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first horizontal base span;
a second base member having a second vertical base receptacle and a second horizontal base receptacle, wherein the second vertical base receptacle is configured to selectively receive the second vertical riser and the second horizontal base receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first horizontal base span;
a first cap member having a first vertical cap receptacle and a first horizontal cap receptacle, wherein the first vertical cap receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first vertical riser and the first horizontal cap receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first horizontal cap span;
a second cap member having a second vertical cap receptacle and a second horizontal cap receptacle, wherein the second vertical cap receptacle is configured to selectively receive the second vertical riser and the second horizontal cap receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first horizontal cap span; and
a grounding strap having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the grounding strap is coupled to one or more of the first vertical riser, second vertical riser, first horizontal base span, first horizontal cap span, first base member, second base member, first cap member, and second cap member, and wherein the first vertical riser, second vertical riser, first horizontal base span, first horizontal cap span, first base member, second base member, first cap member, and second cap member are electrically conductive.

US Pat. No. 10,112,749

CLOSURE ASSEMBLY FOR A CONTAINER

Conopco, Inc., Englewood...

1. A closure assembly for a container to be mounted on a container body comprising(a) a container head;
(b) a disc shaped cap; and
(c) a closure strip juxtaposed between said container head and said disc shaped cap;
the container head having upwardly extending walls and a top surface comprising a curved depressed portion comprising an outlet port in fluid communication with said container body; said top surface provided with a pair of parallel tracks and a pair of parallel recesses;
the disc shaped cap provided at its bottom surface with two pairs of parallel railings and a centrally aligned monorail; the first pair of parallel railings slidably engagable with said pair of parallel tracks; the second pair of parallel railings provided with rectangular cutouts; and the centrally aligned monorail is configured to have an arcuate profile;
the closure strip comprising on its upper surface with a longitudinal recess slidably engagable with said arcuate monorail; the closure strip comprising on its lower surface a distal section with a pair of legs slidably engagable with said pair of parallel recesses and at the proximal section with a plug capable of closing the outlet port; the closure strip provided on its side edges with a pair of ears capable of sliding from one end of said rectangular cutouts to the other;
such that when the disc shaped cap is slid over the top surface of the container head from an open position, the arcuate profile of the monorail causes the closure strip to horizontally slide as well as vertically pivot downward to position the plug to close the outlet port and is capable of reversing its path in the opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,606

SCALABLE SENSOR FUSION AND AUTONOMOUS X-BY-WIRE CONTROL

International Business Ma...

1. An autonomous system comprising:a plurality of processing nodes distributed and coupled to one another;
a plurality of sensors coupled to the processing nodes; and
a plurality of actuators including at least one power control actuator, at least one brake actuator, and at least one steering actuator, the plurality of actuators configured to directly control the autonomous system driven by and coupled to the plurality of processing nodes for throttle-by-wire, brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire control;
wherein each processing node of the plurality of processing nodes is configured to:
partition and map processing tasks between the plurality of processing nodes;
merge and reduce results of individual processing tasks into an actionable table that specifies objectives comprising control values resulting from sensor fusion processing, the objectives are used to directly control the plurality of actuators for the autonomous system; and
transfer a workload from one or more processing nodes determined to have a fault to one or more active processing nodes, wherein a reconfiguration of processing nodes is achieved within a bounded time.

US Pat. No. 10,112,585

VEHICLE CLEANLINESS DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:positioning a vehicle proximate an image capture station;
receiving a plurality of images from the image capture station, wherein the plurality of images include different views of the vehicle's exterior surfaces;
analyzing, by a vehicle cleanliness detection system, the plurality of images to determine a cleanliness of the vehicle's exterior surfaces; and
determining, based on analyzing the cleanliness of the vehicle's exterior surfaces, whether the vehicle exterior needs to be cleaned.

US Pat. No. 10,112,563

TAPERED CRUSH CAN

1. A crush can for a vehicle underbody comprising:a first end and a second end;
one or more flanges extending from the second end, the one or more flanges each having a turn and a flat portion, the flat portion being orthogonal to the first side wall and the second side wall;
a top wall and a bottom wall, the top wall and the bottom wall tapering from the second end towards the first end; and
a first side wall and a second side wall, the top wall, the bottom wall, the first side wall and the second side wall each having a flat surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,547

ADJUSTABLE ANCHOR ON A LOAD CARRIER FOR A BICYCLE THROUGH-AXLE

Thule Sweden AB, Hillers...

1. An anchor configured to releasably secure an axle that is installed in a wheelless front fork of a bicycle to a load carrier, the anchor comprising:an anchor body comprising an axle receiving space configured to receive the axle therein;
a wedge transitionable between a receiving configuration in which the axle receiving space is expanded for insertably receiving the axle therein and a securing configuration in which the wedge is configured to abuttingly engage with the axle received within the axle receiving space;
a rotatable actuator coupled to the wedge that transitions the wedge between the receiving and securing configurations, and
a rod extending from the rotatable actuator in a direction towards the wedge and configured to move the wedge into engagement with the axle,
wherein the rod linearly translates in a direction substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the load carrier, and
wherein the rotatable actuator comprises an adjuster located substantially within the anchor body and coupled to the rod and configured to adjust the position of the wedge.

US Pat. No. 10,112,536

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING CAMERA SENSORS ON A VEHICLE

1. A camera system on an articulated vehicle, the camera system comprising:an electronic control unit;
a base camera, including a base sensor, on a first portion of the articulated vehicle, the base sensor communicating with the electronic control unit; and
a remote camera, including a remote sensor, on a second portion of the articulated vehicle, the remote sensor communicating with the electronic control unit, the base sensor being initially uncoupled from the remote sensor, the first portion of the articulated vehicle being initially unassociated from the second portion of the articulated vehicle, and the electronic control unit coupling the remote sensor with the base sensor and configured to associate the first portion of the articulated vehicle with the second portion of the articulated vehicle based on comparisons of signals received from the base sensor and the remote sensor representing respective measurements of dynamic longitudinal accelerations of the first portion of the articulated vehicle and the second portion of the articulated vehicle over a time period, the comparisons representing sums of absolute values of differences of the respective dynamic longitudinal accelerations of the first portion and the second portion at predetermined time intervals over the period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,112,488

ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE

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

1. An electrically powered vehicle comprising:a regenerative braking force generator that generates regenerative braking force in a vehicle to decelerate the vehicle;
a battery that stores electrical power regenerated with the regenerative braking force;
a frictional braking force generator that generates frictional braking force to decelerate the vehicle; and
a controller that controls the generation of the regenerative braking force and the generation of the frictional braking force, thereby controlling a total breaking force applied to the vehicle according to a deceleration force demand from a driver, wherein
the controller is configured,
to restrict the generation of the frictional braking force, and
to restrict the generation of the regenerative braking force according to a state of the battery, and
the controller is further configured,
to set a first regeneration limit threshold value to control the regenerative braking force to be the first regeneration limit threshold value or less when the controller restricts the generation of the regenerative braking force, and
to set a second regeneration limit threshold value to control the regenerative braking force to be the second regeneration limit threshold value or less when the controller does not restrict the generation of the regenerative braking force, the second regeneration limit threshold value being greater than the first regeneration limit threshold value, and
in a state in which the controller controls the regenerative braking force to be the first regeneration limit threshold value or less, but it does not restrict the generation of the frictional braking force, the controller causes the frictional braking force to be generated based on a difference between the first regeneration limit threshold value and the deceleration/acceleration force demand from the driver such that the total breaking force generated meets the deceleration/acceleration force demand, and
in cases in which the controller controls the regenerative braking force to be the first regeneration limit threshold value or less and restricts the generation of the frictional braking force, the regenerative braking force generator generates the regenerative braking force which is the first regeneration limit threshold value or less such that the regenerative braking force is restricted to be the first regeneration limit threshold value or less, but still generated when the frictional braking force is being restricted.

US Pat. No. 10,112,462

VEHICLE VISOR EXTENSION SYSTEM

1. A vehicle visor accessory device for selectively extending shading capabilities of a visor having an inboard end and an outboard end, the visor having a perimeter with an upper edge section and a lower edge section, the accessory device comprising:a sleeve structure configured to removably mount on at least a portion of the visor, the sleeve structure being elongated with an upper end for positioning toward the upper edge section of the visor and a lower end for positioning toward the lower edge section of the visor, the sleeve structure having a first opening located at a first side edge of the sleeve structure through which a portion of the visor is slidable, the sleeve structure having an upper end edge and a lower end boundary, a notch being formed in the sleeve structure, the notch being located at the upper end and extending into the upper end edge and the first side edge, a portion of the sleeve structure adjacent to the notch forming an outer tab; and
an extension structure integrated with and extending from the lower end boundary of the sleeve structure to a lower edge of the extension structure;
wherein the sleeve structure has a substantially hollow interior between the first and second faces of the device to slidably receive at least a portion of the visor and the extension structure has a solid interior between the first and second faces of the device to extend light blocking coverage of the visor;
wherein the extension structure extends from the first side edge to the second side edge of the sleeve structure such that the accessory device has a substantially uniform width between the notch of the sleeve structure and the lower edge of the extension structure.

US Pat. No. 10,112,451

ANTI-THEFT TRAILER HAVING A REMOVABLE TONGUE

1. A trailer attachment device including a tongue corresponding to a matching coupler comprising:a tongue for connection to a trailer, said tongue including a tongue connection surface for selectively connecting to a coupler, wherein a first set of multiple protrusions and indentations, including at least one protrusion and one indentation, is present on said tongue connection surface, wherein at least two of said protrusions and indentations on said tongue connection surface are of varying widths;
a coupler for selective connection to a vehicle, said coupler including a coupler connection surface for selectively connecting to said tongue connection surface, wherein a second set of multiple protrusions and indentations is present on said coupler connection surface; and,
wherein said first set of protrusions and indentations inversely correspond with said second set of protrusions and indentations to allow said coupler connection to be secured to said tongue connection when said tongue connection surface and coupler connection surface are aligned.

US Pat. No. 10,112,446

RUN-FLAT TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A run-flat tire comprising:a pair of bead cores;
a carcass that straddles between the pair of bead cores and that has end portion sides anchored to the bead cores;
a bead filler that extends along an outer face of the carcass from the bead core toward a tire radial direction outer side; and
run-flat side reinforcing rubber that is provided at a tire side portion, that extends in the tire radial direction along an inner face of the carcass, that decreases in thickness on progression toward a bead core side and toward a tread portion side, that has an end portion at the bead core side that overlaps with the bead filler with the carcass sandwiched between the end portion and the bead filler, and that has an elongation at break of 130% or above, wherein
a thickness of the run-flat side reinforcing rubber at a midpoint between an end portion at the tire radial direction outer side of the bead filler running along the carcass, and the end portion at the bead core side of the run-flat side reinforcing rubber, is 40% to 80% of a maximum thickness of the run-flat side reinforcing rubber, wherein
the run-flat tire has an aspect ratio of 55% or above, and wherein
the radially outer end portion of the bead filler is further to the tire radial direction outer side than the widest position of the tire.

US Pat. No. 10,112,433

OPTICALLY VARIABLE TACTILE SECURITY FEATURE

ENTRUST DATACARD CORPORAT...

1. A security document, comprising:a substrate including a laser reactive material;
a first laser marked area of the substrate that is visible to the naked eye and appears generally black to the naked eye;
a second marked area of the substrate that is visible to the naked eye and appears generally black to the naked eye;
an overlapping area in which a region of the first laser marked area and a region of the second laser marked area overlap, wherein the overlapping area is tactile;
a non-overlapping area in which a region of the first laser marked area and a region of the second laser marked area do not overlap, wherein the non-overlapping area is non-tactile,
wherein when viewed at a first viewing angle, the non-overlapping area reflects light and visually appears to be a first shade of color, and at a second viewing angle different from the first viewing angle, the non-overlapping area reflects light and visually appears to be a second shade of color that is different from the first shade of color.

US Pat. No. 10,112,349

PLACEMENT OF PREPREG TOWS IN HIGH ANGLE TRANSITION REGIONS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of placing a prepreg tow on a substrate having a bend with a curvature extending over a transition region in the substrate, wherein the bend subtends a first angle defined between a first imaginary line having a first endpoint at a first side of the transition region and a second imaginary line having a second endpoint at a second side of the transition region, wherein a vertex of the first imaginary line and the second imaginary line is located at a point on a reference axis that is perpendicular to an apex of the bend, and wherein the point corresponds to about mid-way along a distance extending along the transition region between the first endpoint and the second endpoint, the method comprising:laying the prepreg tow with at least a first section of the prepreg tow and a second section of the prepreg tow within the transition region, wherein the first section extends along a first portion of the transition region and has a first degree of curvature that is less than the first angle, and wherein the second section extends along a second portion of the transition region and has a second degree of curvature that is less than the first angle;
programming a numeric controller; and
using the numeric controller to control an advanced fiber placement machine, wherein laying the prepreg tow is performed by the advanced fiber placement machine.

US Pat. No. 10,112,306

AUTO-REDIRECTING ROBOT AND THE METHOD THEREOF

1. An auto-redirecting robot, comprising:a main body;
a control module, wherein said control module is disposed in the main body;
a plurality of driving modules, wherein the plurality of driving modules are disposed in the sides of the main body, characterized in that the control module directs the plurality of driving modules, so that the plurality of driving modules guide the main body to move alongside an obstacle;
a plurality of signal transmitters, wherein the plurality of signal transmitters are disposed in the sides of the main body, characterized in that the plurality of signal transmitters keep sending out signals to the obstacle as the main body is moving alongside said obstacle;
a plurality of signal receivers, wherein the plurality of signal receivers are disposed in the sides of the main body, characterized in that the plurality of signal receivers receive bounced-back signals from the obstacle; and
two sensors, wherein the two sensors are disposed in two-sides of the main body respectively, characterized in that as the main body touches the obstacle and one of the sensors is activated, the control module redirects the plurality of driving modules for moving said main body away from the obstacle;
wherein the control module generates a signal characteristic change based on the bounced-back signals received by the plurality of signal receivers,
and characterized in that the control module generates a signal standard value based on said signal characteristic change and determines a keep-away distance based on the signal standard value,
and characterized in that the control module controls the plurality of driving modules for keeping said keep-away distance between the main body and said obstacle while the main body moves alongside the obstacle, so that the main body needs not to touch the obstacle repeatedly; and
wherein if properties of said obstacle change or the bounced-back signals are inconsistent with the signal standard value, the control module directs the plurality of driving modules for moving the main body towards the obstacle until one of the two sensors is activated by the obstacle, then the control module directs the plurality of driving modules for moving the main body away from the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,218

CHAMBER CLEANING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A chamber cleaning apparatus for cleaning a chamber, the chamber cleaning apparatus comprising a controller for providing control signals, a supplying device, and a cleaning rail positioned in the chamber;the supplying device connected to a starting end of the cleaning rail through a conveyance entrance, and a finishing end of the cleaning rail through a conveyance outlet;
the supplying device having a first working position and a second working position, the first working position corresponding to the conveyance entrance, and the second working position corresponding to the conveyance outlet;
the supplying device comprising at least two scrolls, and a cleaning cloth partly on the cleaning rail, the at least two scrolls including a scroll at the first working position and a scroll at the second working position, the scroll at the first working position connected to one end of the cleaning cloth for conveying the cleaning cloth from the conveyance entrance to the cleaning rail, and the scroll at the second working position connected to the other end of the cleaning cloth for collecting the cleaning cloth passing through the conveyance outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,112,207

MIST GENERATING APPARATUS

1. A mist generating apparatus for suppressing foreign material from becoming airborne prior to an application of a surface coating or treatment to a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a frame assembly;
an extension assembly comprising at least one guide rod, the extension assembly being movably coupled to the frame assembly and selectively positioned between a retracted position and an extended position;
a manifold coupled to the guide rod of the extension assembly, the manifold being in fluid communication with a volatile liquid;
a spray nozzle in fluid communication with the manifold, the spray nozzle being configured for directing a mist of the volatile liquid to a portion of the substrate for suppressing foreign material.

US Pat. No. 10,112,134

FLUID FILTRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Baldwin Filters, Inc., K...

15. A filter apparatus, having a filter inlet and a filter outlet, the filter apparatus comprising:a housing;
a bypass filter including a bypass filter media having a bypass filter efficiency for removing particles of a given size;
a full flow filter including a full flow filter media having a full flow filter efficiency for removing particles of the given size, with the full flow efficiency being higher than the bypass efficiency; and
a flow balancing element;
the bypass filter and full flow filter each having a respective fluid inlet connected to one another in a parallel circuit relationship by the housing;
the bypass filter and full flow filter each also having a respective fluid outlet connected to the flow balancing element;
the flow balancing element having a full flow inlet, a bypass inlet and an outlet interconnected within the flow balancing element in fluid communication with one another, the full flow inlet of the flow balancing element is without a sealing structure for a mounting adapter, the full flow inlet of the flow balancing element being connected in fluid communication in a series fluid circuit relationship with the outlet of the full flow filter, the bypass inlet of the flow balancing element being connected in fluid communication in a series fluid circuit relationship with the outlet of the bypass filter for guiding the portion of the fluid passing through the full flow filter from said full flow inlet of the flow balancing element to said outlet of the flow balancing element and combining it with the portion of flow passing through the bypass filter and restricted by the bypass inlet of the flow balancing element, and the outlet of the flow balancing element being connected in fluid communication in a series flow relationship with the filter outlet of the filter apparatus; and
at the operating temperature, the portion of fluid filtered by the full flow filter that is exiting the flow balancing element will be larger than the portion of the fluid filtered by the bypass filter that is exiting the flow balancing element, and at a predetermined temperature below the operating temperature the portion of fluid filtered by the bypass filter that is exiting the flow balancing element will be larger than the portion of fluid filtered by the full flow filter that is exiting the flow balancing element.

US Pat. No. 10,112,075

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PROVIDING A PERSONALIZED EXERCISE PROGRAM RECOMMENDATION

LOGITECH EUROPE, S.A., L...

1. A system for providing an exercise program recommendation, the system comprising:a wearable device, comprising:
a biosensor that detects biometric information;
a motion sensor that detects activity and generates activity information; and
a processor operatively coupled to the biosensor and the motion sensor, the processor configured to process electronic signals generated by the biosensor and the motion sensor and generate one or more of biometric data and activity data therefrom; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium operatively coupled to the processor and storing instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to:
generate two or more exercise program recommendations for an anticipated future exercise session, the two or more exercise recommendations are ranked based on one or more of a time interval, a reference activity type, and an exertion measure, the exercise program recommendations comprising one or more reference activity types and a time interval,
wherein the exercise program recommendation is based on a recommendation regarding the amount of exertion to be performed within an activity and a stored activity archive, the activity archive comprising one or more of an exertion load, an exertion index, and a response profile associated with one or more previously performed exercise sessions, and
wherein the exertion recommendation is based on biometrics information received from the biosensor and the detected activity.

US Pat. No. 10,112,057

NON-OCULAR PHOTO-BIOLOGICAL STIMULATION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system comprising:a first light source configured to provide non-ocular photo-biological stimulation to a user via a first light emission;
a second, artificial light source configured to provide ocular stimulation to the user via a second light emission illuminating the user's environment, the second light emission being configured to invoke a lighting atmosphere capable of being perceived by an eye of the user;
a controller configured to control the second light emission independently of the first light emission, and to control the first light emission in dependence on the control of the second light emission, wherein the controller is configured to control the first light emission to have a blue color or white color in response to detecting that the second light emission has a yellow color bias;
wherein the controller is configured to receive a user preference, and wherein the controller is configured to control the first light emission in dependence on the user preference in response to the controller detecting that the second light emission is different from the user preference, so as to counteract an effect on the user different from the user preference by the ocular stimulation provided by the second light emission.

US Pat. No. 10,112,027

APPARATUS FOR SUPPLYING RESPIRATORY GAS AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

1. An apparatus configured to deliver a flow of breathable gas at a continuously positive pressure with respect to ambient air pressure to an entrance of a patient's airways including at least an entrance of the patient's nares throughout the patient's respiratory cycle while the patient is sleeping to ameliorate sleep disordered breathing, the apparatus comprising:a blower configured to positively pressurize the breathable gas to a predetermined level;
a humidifier configured to humidify the breathable gas; and
a controller configured to (1) distinguish between the patient's expiratory breathing phase and the patient's inspiratory breathing phase based on at least one breathable gas control parameter evaluated during the patient's expiratory breathing phase and the patient's inspiratory breathing phase and (2) regulate humidity of the breathable gas as a function of at least one measured inspiratory value of the at least one breathable gas control parameter, the at least one measured inspiratory value corresponding to the patient's inspiratory breathing phase,
wherein the controller is configured to disregard measured expiratory values associated with the at least one breathable gas control parameter when regulating the humidity of the breathable gas, the measured expiratory values corresponding to the patient's expiratory breathing phase.

US Pat. No. 10,112,016

DRIVE MECHANISM OF A DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE COMPRISING AN ACCESSORY DRIVE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A drive mechanism of a drug delivery device for setting and dispensing of a dose of a medicament, the drive mechanism comprisingan elongated housing extending in an axial direction,
a piston rod to operably engage with a piston of a cartridge containing the medicament,
a dosing arrangement manually and axially displaceable relative to the housing for setting and dispensing of the dose, and comprising a dose dispensing member at a proximal end,
an accessory drive operably engaged with the piston rod to support a manually operated distally directed dose dispensing displacement of the dosing arrangement,
wherein the accessory drive is electrically driven, and
wherein the accessory drive is further coupled with a switch to selectively activate and/or deactivate the accessory drive, and wherein the switch is operably engaged with the dose dispensing member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,007

NEEDLE DEVICE HAVING SLIDEABLE MEMBER PROVIDING ENHANCED SAFETY

1. A medical device having a use position and a non-use position, comprising:a housing having first and second housing portions and first and second locking members, the first and second housing portions each having respective first and second ends, and the second housing portion having a first position in the use position and a second position in the non-use position, wherein the second housing portion includes pivotably coupled first and second pieces such that the first and second pieces are generally planar in the use position and pivot to the non-use position;
a longitudinal member having first and second ends and first and second locking members, the longitudinal member extending from the housing in the use position and captured by the housing in the non-use position, wherein pressure on the first end of the longitudinal member toward the housing causes the first and second pieces of the second housing portion to pivot away from the longitudinal member to the non-use position, and wherein the housing locking members mechanically communicate with the longitudinal member locking members such that upon substantially complete insertion of the longitudinal member into the housing in the non-use position, the housing locking members substantially align and interlock with the longitudinal member locking members to substantially secure the longitudinal member to the housing; and
a needle extending from the device in the use position and not extending from the device in the non-use position, wherein the needle is captured by the housing in the non-use position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,890

9-AMINOMETHYL MINOCYCLINE COMPOUNDS AND USES THEREOF

Paratek Pharmaceuticals, ...

1. A method of treating a human subject in need of treatment for a bacterial skin or skin structure infection, comprising orally administering to said subject an effective amount of 9-[(2,2-dimethyl-propyl amino)-methyl]-minocycline or a salt thereof, such that said subject is treated, wherein said 9-[(2,2-dimethyl-propyl amino)-methyl]-minocycline is administered orally at a dose of about 450 mg per day for two consecutive days, then at a dose of about 300 mg per day for 5 or more days.

US Pat. No. 10,111,812

MEDICINE FEEDING UNIT AND MEDICINE FEEDING APPARATUS

Takazono Technology Incor...

1. A medicine feeding unit configured to feed solid medicines, the unit comprising:a medicine feeder comprising a medicine container configured to contain the medicines and a driven shaft provided rotatably to the medicine container, the medicine feeder being configured to feed the medicines from the medicine container by the driven shaft being rotationally driven; and
a support comprising a rotary drive source and a driving shaft that is connected coaxially with the driven shaft and that is rotationally driven by the rotary drive source, the support being configured to guide the medicine feeder so as to slide in a direction intersecting an axial direction of the driving shaft, and being configured to detachably support the medicine feeder, wherein
the driven shaft comprises a driven shaft body and a driven engagement member that is movable in an axial direction relative to the driven shaft body,
the driving shaft comprises a driving shaft body and a driving engagement member that is fixed to the driving shaft body and that is engaged with the driven engagement member,
the medicine feeding unit further comprises a retraction mechanism configured to retract the driven engagement member in the axial direction so as not to interfere with the driving engagement member, when the medicine feeder is guided to slide with respect to the support,
the driven engagement member is biased in an approaching direction approaching the driving engagement member,
the retraction mechanism retracts the driven engagement member in a separating direction opposite to the approaching direction against a biasing force in the approaching direction, and
the retraction mechanism comprises: an operation unit that is provided in the medicine feeder and that is configured to be operated by an operator; and a pressing part that is provided in the medicine feeder and that is configured to press the driven engagement member in the separating direction by the operation unit being operated.

US Pat. No. 10,111,692

DRILL GUIDE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A drill guide system, comprising:a bone plate including a plurality of bone screw openings sized to receive bone screws;
a guide block including at least two drill guide passages extending therethrough, the guide block selectively and removably engaged with the bone plate wherein the drill guide passages are substantially aligned with corresponding ones of the bone screw openings in the bone plate, each of the drill guide passages having a conically-shaped inner guide surface;
a fixed angle drill guide including a distal portion selectively positioned within a selected one of the drill guide passages in the guide block and having a conically-shaped outer guide surface matingly engaged with the conically-shaped inner guide surface of a selected drill guide passage to maintain orientation of the fixed angle drill guide at a predetermined fixed angular orientation relative to the guide block and the bone plate; and
a variable angle drill guide including a distal portion selectively positioned within a selected one of the drill guide passages in the guide block and having an outer guide surface sized smaller than the conically-shaped inner guide surface of a selected drill guide passage to permit orientation of the variable angle drill guide at a variable angular orientation relative to the guide block and the bone plate.

US Pat. No. 10,111,689

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING CONDITIONS AND DISEASES OF THE SPINE

IlluminOss Medical, Inc.,...

13. A system for treatment of an intervertebral disc comprising:a balloon catheter having an elongated shaft with a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis therebetween, the balloon catheter comprising:
at least one inner balloon positioned inside an outer balloon, the balloons located at the distal end of the balloon catheter; and
an optical fiber having a core surrounded by a cladding material, the optical fiber comprising:
a nonlinear light-emitting portion configured to emit light energy along the length of the nonlinear light-emitting portion;
a linear elongated portion for guiding light towards the nonlinear light-emitting portion;
wherein, the optical fiber has a relaxed condition in which the nonlinear light-emitting portion of the optical fiber assumes a curved conformation, in which the nonlinear light-emitting portion of the optical fiber forms at least one loop around the at least one inner balloon, and has a stretched condition in which the nonlinear light-emitting portion of the optical fiber has a linear conformation in which the nonlinear light-emitting portion of the optical fiber can be advanced through an inner lumen of the elongated shaft of the balloon catheter;
a light-sensitive fluid; and
a light source.

US Pat. No. 10,111,659

SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A staple cartridge assembly comprising:a staple cartridge defining staple retaining pockets;
a surgical buttress releasably secured to an upper surface of the staple cartridge, the surgical buttress being preloaded onto the staple cartridge; and
a distal anchor and a proximal anchor each securing the surgical buttress to the upper surface of the staple cartridge, the upper surface of the staple cartridge having a proximal pair of recesses formed therein for engaging the proximal anchor and a distal pair of recesses formed therein for engaging the distal anchor, wherein at least one recess of the distal pair of recesses is formed in a longitudinally-extending lateral side surface of the staple cartridge and constricting so as to frictionally engage an end portion of the distal anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,111,639

MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC METHOD

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. A medical image diagnostic apparatus, comprising:an X-ray tube configured to radiate an X-ray;
a rotor configured to hold the X-ray tube and rotate together with the X-ray tube at least two predetermined, constant rotational speeds, including a first rotation speed used for scanning an object and a second, non-zero rotation speed lower than the first rotation speed; and
processing circuitry configured to
acquire information on a waiting time until a time of exposure by the X-ray tube, and
control a rotation speed of the rotor during the waiting time in accordance with the acquired information on the waiting time.

US Pat. No. 10,111,598

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FOCAL SOURCE IDENTIFICATION

University Health Network...

1. A method of identifying one or more focal source locations of electrophysiological activity for a heart using intracardiac electrograms of the heart, the method comprising:receiving, by a processor, a first electrical signal set obtained from a first location of the heart, the electrical signal set comprising electrophysiological signals acquired at the first location of the heart, wherein the electrical signal set comprises a unipolar electrogram and a bipolar electrogram;
determining, by the processor, that the first electrical signal set is periodic;
identifying, by the processor, a periodicity cycle length of the first electrical signal set when the first electrical signal set is periodic;
automatically identifying, by the processor, a plurality of peaks in the bipolar electrogram of the first electrical signal set that are associated with the identified periodicity cycle length;
for a given peak in the identified plurality of peaks, analyzing a peak morphology by:
automatically identifying, by the processor, a unipolar electrogram portion in the unipolar electrogram corresponding to the given peak; and
analyzing the identified unipolar electrogram portion to identify the peak morphology of the given peak;
identifying, by the processor, the first location in the heart as a first focal source location of the one or more focal source locations when the identified periodicity cycle length and the identified plurality of peaks have focal source characteristics, wherein the focal source characteristics comprise at least a threshold percentage of peak morphologies in the first electrical signal set associated with the identified plurality of peaks having a QS morphology;
determining, by the processor, an anatomic location of the first focal source location within the heart using anatomic mapping data from an electroanatomic mapping system;
generating, by the processor, a 3D image of the heart that includes a tag identifying the anatomic location of the first focal source location within the 3D image using the electroanatomic mapping system; and
displaying the 3D image of the heart including the tag to guide ablation of the first focal source location in the heart that corresponds to the tag shown in the 3D image.

US Pat. No. 10,111,572

PET HAIR REMOVAL APPARATUS

1. A pet hair removal apparatus, comprising:a fluid reservoir assembly; and
a hair-removal pad support assembly;
and wherein:
the fluid reservoir assembly and the hair-removal pad support assembly are configured to be selectively connected to, and removable from, one another;
the fluid reservoir assembly includes a hollow fluid reservoir body defining a fluid reservoir;
the fluid reservoir body includes a fluid reservoir body upper portion formed to allow a user to grip and hold the fluid reservoir body;
the fluid reservoir body further includes a fluid reservoir body lower portion which is contiguous with the fluid reservoir body upper portion, and which includes at least one fluid outlet opening formed in a bottom of the fluid reservoir body lower portion;
the fluid reservoir assembly further includes at least one unidirectional fluid outlet valve mounted proximate the at least one fluid outlet opening, and which allows fluid contained within the fluid reservoir body to exit the fluid reservoir via the at least one fluid outlet opening in the fluid reservoir body lower portion;
the fluid reservoir body further includes a pump device which allows a user to pressurize the fluid reservoir;
the hair-removal pad support assembly includes a pad support body, a pad support base, and an outer pad, and wherein:
the pad support body includes a lower perimeter lip;
the pad support base includes an outer flange and a pad support base platform;
the outer pad is defined by an outside edge area;
the lower perimeter lip of the pad support body is oriented inward of the outer flange of the pad support base; and
the pad support body and the pad support base are joined together with the outside edge area of the outer pad being disposed between, and captured between, the lower perimeter lip of the pad support body and the pad support base platform.

US Pat. No. 10,111,564

UPWARD AND RADIAL FLOOR CLEANING APPARATUS

1. A vacuum cleaning apparatus, comprising:a head;
a suction element to facilitate suction cleaning of a ground surface via the head;
a handle for holding; and
an upward and outward cleaning element about the head of the apparatus, the upward and outward cleaning element comprising:
an upward central portion for upward cleaning;
a left outward portion that extends left further than a left side of the head; and
a right outward portion that extends right further than a right side of the head,
wherein at least the central portion or a whole of the upward and outward cleaning element is removably attachable.

US Pat. No. 10,111,496

DRIVE MECHANISM FOR AUTOMATED FOOTWEAR PLATFORM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A footwear apparatus comprising:an upper portion including a lace cable for tightening the footwear apparatus;
a lower portion coupled to the upper portion and including a cavity to receive a middle portion of the lace cable; and
a lacing engine positionable within the cavity to engage the lace cable, the lacing engine comprising:
a housing including a superior surface, an inferior surface, and an enclosed volume between the superior surface and the inferior surface;
a lace spool including an axis of rotation perpendicular to the superior surface of the lace spool and at least partially disposed within a recess in the superior surface of the lacing engine, the lace spool further including a lace channel bisecting a superior portion of the lace spool to receive the middle portion of the lace cable and route the lace cable onto a spool recess portion of the lace spool upon rotation of the lace spool; and
a drive mechanism comprising:
a gear motor;
a gear box coupled to a motor shaft extending from the gear motor, the gear box including a drive shaft extending axially in a direction opposite the gear motor;
a worm drive coupled to the drive shaft to control rotation of the worm drive in response to gear motor activation, wherein the worm drive is slidably keyed to the drive shaft to transfer axial loads away from the gear box and motor; and
a worm gear to translate rotation of the worm drive transversely to rotation of the lace spool to tighten or loosen the lace cable.

US Pat. No. 10,111,383

HAND PUSHED LAWN MOWER

Chervon (HK) Limited, Wa...

6. A hand pushed lawn mower, comprising:a main body including a receptacle;
a power box removably received within the receptacle of the main body, the power box including at least one battery pack and a power unit, the power unit comprising a motor and a circuit board; and
a fan that rotates about a rotating axis,
wherein the power unit further comprises a power unit housing, the power unit housing comprising:
a battery chamber for containing the at least one battery pack;
a containing chamber for containing the motor and the circuit board, the containing chamber at least partially defined by an inner wall, an outer wall, and a bottom wall, the inner wall of the containing chamber defining a wall of the battery chamber and facing the at least one battery pack;
the outer wall comprising an air inlet opened downwardly for allowing an air flow to flow into the containing chamber; and
the bottom wall comprising an air outlet for allowing the air flow to flow out of the containing chamber,
wherein the circuit board is disposed above the air inlet of the containing chamber to prevent water from entering into the containing chamber from the air inlet, and
wherein the motor is disposed between the air inlet and the air outlet, and the air flow which passes through the air inlet and the air outlet flows through the motor.
US Pat. No. 10,113,140

FRESHENING COMPOSITIONS AND DEVICES COMPRISING SAME

1. An air freshening composition, said composition comprising, based on total composition weight:a) a sum total of from about 0.0001% to about 15% of two or more malodor reduction materials selected from the group consisting of oxydibenzene, 2-isopropy 1-5-methylphenol, (Z)-non-6-en-1-ol, or combinations thereof; and
b) optionally, from about 0.01% to about 90 of at least one solvent;
c) optionally, an adjunct ingredient,
wherein the composition does not comprise water.
US Pat. No. 10,113,156

STABILIZED REVERSE TRANSCRIPTASE FUSION PROTEINS

BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNI...

1. A stabilized reverse transcriptase fusion protein comprising a thermostable group-II intron-derived reverse transcriptase connected at its N-terminus by a linker peptide to the C-terminus of a stabilizer protein including 50 or more amino acids, wherein the fusion protein exhibits increased solubility and stability in solution.
US Pat. No. 10,111,897

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING CANCER WITH JAK2 ACTIVITY

DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham,...

1. A method of sensitizing a subject to a JAK2 inhibitor wherein the subject has developed resistance to a JAK2 inhibitor-based therapy and has at least one phosphorylated BAD- and/or activated BCL-XL protein, comprisingselecting a subject having developed a myeloproliferative neoplasm resistant to a JAK2 inhibitor-based therapy and has at least one phosphorylated BAD- or activated BCL-XL protein, and
administering to the selected subject a therapeutically effective amount of a BCL-XL protein inhibitor in combination with the JAK2 inhibitor, whereby the subject is sensitized to the JAK2 inhibitor.
US Pat. No. 10,111,923

COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING CYCLOCARYA PALIURUS EXTRACT AND PREPARATION METHOD AND USES THEREOF

INFINITUS (CHINA) COMPANY...

1. A method for preparing an herbal extract composition comprising an extract of Cyclocarya paliurus, Puerariae lobatae Radix and Polygonati odorati Rhizoma, wherein the method comprises:i) providing a mixture of Cyclocarya paliurus leaves, Puerariae lobatae Radix and Polygonati odorati Rhizoma, wherein said mixture comprises about 30-40% (w) Cyclocarya paliurus leaves, about 30-40% (w) Puerariae Radix and about 20-30% (w) Polygonati odorati Rhizoma;
ii) extracting said mixture with water to obtain an aqueous extract;
iii) concentrating the aqueous extract to obtain a concentrated mixture;
iv) obtaining a liquid portion of said concentrated mixture; and
v) drying said liquid portion to produce an herbal extract composition.
US Pat. No. 10,111,456

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR IDENTIFYING NBB1 MUTATIONS

22nd Century Limited, LLC...

1. A primer or probe pair capable of amplifying or detecting a nucleic acid molecule as set forth in SEQ ID NO: 3.
US Pat. No. 10,112,061

COSMETIC COMPOSITION FOR HAIR AND SCALP

KAO GERMANY GMBH, Darmst...

12. A two-part composition for conditioning hair and/or scalp, the two-part composition comprising:a substantially non-aqueous first part composition consisting of water soluble salt and UV filters present at a concentration of 0.01% to 2%, based on the total composition of the first part composition; and
an aqueous second part composition comprising at least one hair conditioning compound comprising at least one oily substance selected from the group consisting of silicone oils, natural oils and synthetic oils present at a concentration of 0.2% to 30% based on the total composition of the second part composition,
wherein the at least water soluble salt is present at a concentration of between 70% to 100%, based on the total composition of the first part composition, and the water soluble salt is selected from the group consisting of sodium acetate trihydrate, calcium chloride hexahydrate, and sodium carbonate decahydrate.