US Pat. No. 10,213,118

BLOOD PRESSURE MEASURING APPARATUS

WELCH ALLYN, INC., Skane...

1. A cuff configured to be wrapped about a limb of a patient for conducting blood pressure measurements, the cuff comprising:an inflatable chamber;
an external surface; and
a first adapter connected to the inflatable chamber, the first adapter including:
a main body having an opening providing direct fluid communication between the external surface and the inflatable chamber, wherein the opening is defined by an inner diameter of the main body, the inner diameter of the main body being configured to form a friction-fit with an outer diameter of a second adapter releasably attachable to the first adapter, wherein
the main body further includes a ridge extending radially away from the opening, the ridge being configured such that a distalmost portion of the second adapter is disposed radially inward of the ridge when the inner diameter of the main body forms the friction-fit with the outer diameter of the second adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,213,117

BLOOD PRESSURE ESTIMATION BASED ON PULSE WAVE VELOCITY

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A device capable of estimating blood pressure comprising:two or more sensors capable of performing measurements along an artery of a subject; and
at least one processing unit coupled with the two or more sensors and capable of:
accessing one or more parameters including a stress-strain parameter based on a hydrostatic pressure calibration;
determining a pulse transit time (PTT) of a pulse propagating in the artery based on the measurements performed by the two or more sensors, the PTT being a time during which the pulse propagates from a first physical location to a second physical location;
determining a pulse wave velocity (PWV) based on the PTT; and
determining a blood pressure in the artery based on the PWV and the stress-strain parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,213,116

METHODS FOR MEASURING BLOOD PRESSURE

SunTech Medical, Inc., M...

1. A method of estimating a central systolic blood pressure (cSBP) of a human subject comprising:obtaining a peripheral blood pressure waveform of a pulse of a human subject and at least two peripheral blood pressure measurements over at least one cardiac cycle of the human subject from a blood pressure cuff placed about an arm of the human subject about a brachial artery when pressure in the blood pressure cuff is inflated to a sub-systolic pressure;
applying a transfer function to the obtained peripheral blood pressure waveform to provide an estimate of a central blood pressure waveform of the subject;
calibrating the obtained peripheral blood pressure waveform using the at least two peripheral blood pressure measurements, wherein the at least two peripheral blood pressure measurements comprise at least two of peripheral systolic blood pressure (pSBP), peripheral diastolic blood pressure (pDBP) and peripheral mean arterial pressure (pMAP); and
electronically estimating the cSBP of the human subject using the calibrated peripheral blood pressure waveform and the estimate of the central blood pressure waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,213,115

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETECT ISCHEMIA WITH A PRESSURE SENSOR

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An implantable medical device comprising:an implantable pressure sensor providing a signal indicative of a patient's blood pressure;
a data processing module coupled to the pressure sensor,
the data processing module configured to determine a blood pressure rate of change based on the blood pressure signal;
the data processing module configured to identify at least one of impaired relaxation and impaired contractility based on a maximum value of the blood pressure rate of change and to detect ischemia in response thereto; and
a therapy module comprising a pacing electrode coupled to the data processing module and configured to deliver therapy to the patient responsive to the identification of one of impaired relaxation and impaired contractility.

US Pat. No. 10,213,114

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BREATHING RATE MEASUREMENTS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for monitoring respiration of a subject, the device comprising:an oscillator configured to produce energy at a predetermined frequency;
a transducer arranged to be worn on an upper portion of an arm of the subject and directed towards a chest of the subject, the transducer configured to:
receive the produced energy from the oscillator;
radiate energy towards the chest of the subject at the predetermined frequency;
receive the energy reflected by the chest of the subject; and
generate a signal indicative of a frequency of the received energy, the reflected energy undergoing a Doppler frequency shift based on motion of the chest; and
an analyzer operatively coupled to the transducer, the analyzer being configured to:
process the signal generated by the transducer; and
determine a respiration rate of the subject in dependence on the Doppler frequency shifts in the reflected energy received by the transducer;
wherein the oscillator and the analyzer are spaced from the transducer and the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,213,113

PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE USING LIGHT EMITTING DIODES

OMNI MEDSCI, INC., Ann A...

1. A wearable device, comprising:a measurement device to measure a physiological parameter adapted to be placed on a wrist or an ear of a user, comprising at least a first light emitting diode and a second light emitting diode, the first light emitting diode configured to generate a first output optical beam, the first output optical beam having an initial light intensity and at least one near-infrared wavelength between 700 nanometers and 2500 nanometers, the second light emitting diode configured to generate a second output optical beam, the second output optical beam having an initial light intensity and at least one near-infrared wavelength between 700 nanometers and 2500 nanometers;
the measurement device further comprising a receiver, the receiver having a first detector and a second detector, the first and second detectors being spatially separated, the first detector configured to receive at least a first reflected portion of the first output optical beam, the second detector configured to receive at least a first reflected portion of the second output optical beam;
one or more analog to digital converters coupled to the spatially separated detectors and configured to generate a first detector signal representing at least in part the first reflected portion of the first output optical beam and to generate a second detector signal representing at least in part the first reflected portion of the second output optical beam, and wherein the receiver is configured to generate an output signal at least in part by comparing the first detector signal and the second detector signal;
the measurement device configured to improve signal-to-noise ratio of the output signal by increasing light intensity relative to the initial light intensity of at least the first light emitting diode;
wherein the measurement of the physiological parameter is at least in part a non-invasive measurement on blood; and
wherein the measurement device is configured to modulate at least the first light emitting diode at a modulation frequency, and wherein the receiver is configured to synchronize to the modulation frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,213,112

SYSTEM FOR RECONSTRUCTING SURFACE MOTION IN AN OPTICAL ELASTOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Tiro Medical Limited, Ch...

1. A method for analyzing surface motion of body tissue of a subject with an optical elastography system, which comprises:vibrating a body tissue region of a subject;
capturing a set of images at a plurality of time-steps of a surface of the vibrating body tissue region;
developing a 3D surface model of the tissue region from the set of images captured at the plurality of time-steps;
estimating the surface motion of the vibrating body tissue region between time-step images;
estimating a 3D surface motion of the vibrating body tissue region by combining the 3D surface model with the estimated tissue surface motion between time-step images; and
analyzing the 3D surface motion to identify abnormalities in the motion of the vibrating body tissue region.

US Pat. No. 10,213,111

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTICAL MEASUREMENTS UNDER AMBIENT LIGHT CONDITIONS

BC Cancer, Part of the Pr...

1. A spectroscopy system, the system comprising:a spectroscopy probe;
a light source producing an illumination light to illuminate a subject under examination and to produce returning radiation;
a detector coupled to capture the returned radiation and measure a spectrum of the returned radiation;
a display in communication with the detector to display the measured spectrum;
an ambient light illumination source comprising one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs) to generate ambient light in a surrounding area where a spectral measurement is taken; and
a control system in communication with the light source and the display, the control system being configured to receive an input signal from the light source when the light source is on and to produce an output signal to turn off the display during the spectral measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,213,110

ANALYSIS OF OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHY (OCT) IMAGES

Case Western Reserve Univ...

1. A method comprising:storing three-dimensional image data comprising a sequential series of image frames acquired intravascularly via an optical coherence tomography (OCT) apparatus;
analyzing the image data to compute a probability estimate of stent presence at support positions appearing in an A-line using a Bayesian network;
identifying stent strut locations in three-dimensional space based on the computed probability estimate of stent presence;
generating a two-dimensional en face image based on the stored image data;
segmenting the en face image to determine strut locations by using a graph search algorithm; and
using the strut locations from the en face image to reinforce the computed probability estimate of stent presence.

US Pat. No. 10,213,109

PROBE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A probe comprising:a cylindrical housing in which an ultrasonic wave transmitting and receiving unit to transmit and receive an ultrasonic wave, the ultrasonic wave transmitting and receiving unit including an oscillator, and a light transmitting and receiving unit to transmit and receive light are arranged, the light transmitting and receiving unit including an optical element, the optical element being a ball lens;
at least two signal wires each having respective ends, the two signal wires being arranged in the cylindrical housing and extending to outside of the cylindrical housing toward a proximal side of the probe in an axial direction, and wherein the two signal wires are parallel to each other in the cylindrical housing so as to cause a distance between the two signal wires to be smaller than a width of the ball lens of the optical element;
the probe configured to transfer a signal to an operation control apparatus of an imaging apparatus for diagnosis, the operation control apparatus configured to generate an ultrasonic wave tomographic image and a light tomographic image based on the signal obtained by transmitting and receiving the ultrasonic wave and the light in a state where the cylindrical housing rotates to move inside a body lumen in the axial direction;
an opening portion for the ultrasonic wave transmitting and receiving unit and the light transmitting and receiving unit to transmit and receive the ultrasonic wave and the light provided on an upper side of a cylindrical surface of the cylindrical housing;
wherein the ultrasonic wave transmitting and receiving unit is arranged on a distal side of the cylindrical housing in the axial direction and the light transmitting and receiving unit is arranged on a proximal side of the cylindrical housing in the axial direction;
the ultrasonic wave transmitting and receiving unit and the light transmitting and receiving unit being fixed to the cylindrical housing in a state where a base of the ultrasonic wave transmitting and receiving unit and a base portion of the ball lens of the light transmitting and receiving unit are embedded in an adhesive agent; and
wherein the two signal wires connected to the oscillator of the ultrasonic wave transmitting and receiving unit and extending to the outside of the housing are embedded in the adhesive agent.

US Pat. No. 10,213,108

ARM MOUNTABLE PORTABLE PATIENT MONITOR

MASIMO CORPORATION, Irvi...

1. An arm mountable portable patient monitoring device configured to receive physiological information from a plurality of sensors attached to a patient at at least two different measurement sites via wired connections for on-patient monitoring of parameter measurements and wireless transmission of parameter measurements to separate monitoring devices, the portable patient monitoring device comprising:a housing configured to be secured to an arm of a patient under measurement;
a strap mountable to a back side of the housing and configured to secure the housing to the arm of the patient;
a display positioned on a front side of the housing, the display configured to show at least one status indicator of the portable patient monitoring device and one or more parameter measurements;
a first sensor port positioned on a first side of the housing, the first side of the housing configured to face toward a hand of the arm of the patient when the housing is secured to the arm of the patient, the first sensor port configured to electrically receive a signal from a pulse oximetry sensor via a wired connection from the pulse oximetry sensor to the first sensor port, the wired connection configured to extend from the first sensor port along a path substantially perpendicular to the first side of the housing;
a second sensor port positioned on the housing and configured to receive a signal from a second sensor arrangement via a wired connection;
a third sensor port positioned on the housing configured to receive a signal from a third sensor arrangement via a wired connection;
one or more signal processing arrangements configured to:
receive the signal from the pulse oximetry sensor; and
cause to be displayed, on the display, at least measurements of oxygen saturation and pulse rate derived from the signal; and
a transmitter configured to:
wirelessly transmit information indicative of the measurements of oxygen saturation and pulse rate to a separate monitoring device configured to receive the information indicative of the measurements of oxygen saturation and pulse rate.

US Pat. No. 10,213,107

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR IMPLANTATION OF INTRAOCULAR PRESSURE SENSORS

Injectsense, Inc., Emery...

1. A method for implanting an intraocular pressure (IOP) sensor device in an eye of a patient, said method comprising:positioning an IOP sensor of the IOP sensor device within a vitreous body of the eye by injecting the IOP sensor into the vitreous body to measure the IOP of a vitreous humour, wherein the IOP sensor device resides in a support structure, wherein the IOP sensor is injected by a fluid-filled syringe;
anchoring the IOP sensor within the vitreous body of the eye with one or more anchoring members of the support structure, the one or more anchoring members being integral parts of the support structure; and
releasing the IOP sensor from the fluid-filled syringe by pushing the IOP sensor through a distal tip thereof by displacing a fluid within the syringe, wherein displacing the fluid from the syringe comprises retracting the distal tip from the syringe so as to stabilize a position of the IOP sensor within the vitreous body during release from the syringe.

US Pat. No. 10,213,106

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EYE TRACKING DURING RETINAL IMAGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an ophthalmic apparatus to produce images of an area of an eye, wherein the apparatus scans the area with light, divides return light from the area into a first portion of light and a second portion of light, receives the first potion of the return light and the second portion of the return light with a first detection unit and a second detection unit respectively, generates a first image of the area based on the received first portion of the return light, and generates a second image of the area based on the received second portion of the return light, the method comprising:receiving the first image and the second image;
comparing the first image and the second image;
selecting the first image or the second image based on a result of the comparing step as a position detection image; and
estimating a change in position of the area based on the selected position detection image.

US Pat. No. 10,213,105

EYE-TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR

AdHawk Microsystems, Kit...

1. A system for estimating the corneal vector of the cornea of an eye, the system comprising:a first source that provides a first optical signal;
a first scanner that scans the first optical signal within a scan region on the surface of the eye, the scan region including the cornea;
a first detector that is a discrete detector that provides a first electrical signal that is based only on the intensity of light of the first optical signal reflected from the scan region to the first detector, wherein the light reflected from the scan region does not form an image of a portion of the eye on the first detector, and wherein the first electrical signal excludes spatially correlated image information; and
a detection circuit that determines at least one maximum in the first electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,213,104

EYE POSITION REGISTERING AND TRACKING

Alcon Pharmaceuticals, Lt...

1. A method for registering or tracking an eye, the method comprising:recording an initial image of a patient's eye in a reference position;
obtaining a landmark in the initial image, wherein the landmark corresponds to image data of the initial image that represents blood vessels or parts thereof;
based on the landmark, selecting a region of interest as part of the initial image which is to be used for eye tracking or registration;
performing a displacement measurement for the region of interest to obtain a displacement between the initial image and a momentary image of the patient's eye, wherein performing the displacement measurement comprises:
recording the momentary image of the patient's eye;
calculating a change of eye position between the initial image and the momentary image; and
outputting a signal representing the change of eye position;
wherein:
recording the momentary image comprises recording a first image containing the iris and the pupil of the eye at a first wavelength of light and recording a second image containing scleral blood vessels at a different second wavelength of light; and
calculating the change of eye position comprises calculating a displacement of the scleral blood vessels between the initial image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,213,103

TOPOGRAPHY MODULE FOR OPHTHALMOLOGICAL DEVICES WITH A DISTANCE-INDEPENDENT KERATOMETER AND METHOD FOR THE USE THEREOF

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. A topography module for ophthalmological devices that have a distance-independent keratometry measurement device having a detection beam path including including elements for distance independent keratometry measurement, elements for illumination and detection, as well as elements for control and evaluation, wherein:the topography module generates a luminous pattern, and
the topography module is disposed, in a stationary or moveable manner, in a beam path between the ophthalmological device and the eye,
wherein the topography module transmits a keratometry beam, and
includes devices that facilitate placement of the topography module at a definite position in the beam path between the ophthalmological device and the eye,
wherein an existing control unit of the ophthalmological device is adapted for controlling the topography module appropriately for generating light patterns,
wherein an existing evaluation unit is suitable for evaluating the reflected images of an eye recorded and transmitted by the detection unit in both a keratometric as well as topographic manner; and
wherein the topography module is transparent, and for generation of the light pattern necessary for topography measurements, has local light decoupling inhomogeneities in a volume thereof or structures on its surface, or an opto-electronic coating.

US Pat. No. 10,213,102

PRESBYOPIA CORRECTION THROUGH NEGATIVE SPHERICAL ABERRATION

AMO Manufacturing USA, LL...

1. A system for manufacturing an intraocular lens that extends a range of viewing distances without degrading a patient's vision, the system comprising:a sensor that measures a plurality of refractive Zernike coefficients corresponding to aberrations of an eye, wherein the eye includes a pupil, a cornea and a retina;
a communication interface that is communicatively coupled to a lens producing assembly; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the sensor and the communication interface, wherein the processor:
receives, from the sensor, the plurality of refractive Zernike coefficients,
defines a prescription of the intraocular lens by combining the plurality of refractive Zernike coefficients with at least one high-order spherical aberration Zernike coefficient, wherein the prescription results in an eye that forms an image of a point source disposed at a viewing distance from the eye at a plane between the cornea and the retina, and the image has a central area with a central intensity surrounded by a peripheral area with a peripheral intensity, the central intensity being higher than the peripheral intensity, and
controls the lens producing assembly to manufacture the intraocular lens according to the prescription, wherein a surgical implantation of the intraocular lens in the eye results in an altered eye that has a presbyopia-mitigating quantity of high-order negative spherical aberration.

US Pat. No. 10,213,101

INTRAOPERATIVE IMAGING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS

Adventus Technologies, In...

1. An intraocular imaging method comprising:receiving image data representing image information of an ocular system from a plurality of images having a corresponding plurality of depth ranges about respective zero-delay locations, wherein the plurality of depth ranges and respective zero-delay locations are such that there is substantially no overlap between any of said imaging depths; and
generating a composite image from the plurality of images; wherein generating a composite image comprises forming from the image data a single image;wherein the method is exclusive of a cropping step.

US Pat. No. 10,213,100

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING PROGRAM

NIDEK CO., LTD., Gamagor...

1. An optical coherence tomography apparatus comprising:an OCT optical system configured to detect an OCT signal based on measurement light scanned on a plurality of scan positions of a subject including a blood vessel network by a scanning unit and reference light corresponding to the measurement light;
a processor; and
a memory storing a computer program, when executed by the processor, causing the optical coherence tomography apparatus to execute:
a signal processing instruction of processing a plurality of OCT signals which are temporally different from each other with respect to a same position on the subject and generating a motion contrast image which images distribution of a moving object in a depth direction for each of the scan positions based on the plurality of OCT signals; and
a detecting instruction of analyzing a profile in the depth direction of the motion contrast image generated by the signal processing unit and detecting a change resulting from a blood vessel of the blood vessel network to detect the blood vessel network included in the subject,
wherein the detecting instruction causes the optical coherence tomography apparatus to detect a change resulting from the blood vessels at different positions in the depth direction to detect a plurality of the blood vessel networks, and separate the blood vessel networks into each of the blood vessel networks in the depth direction based on detection results, and
wherein the change comprises at least one of a local minimum or a local maximum of a spatial frequency spectrum of the OCT signals.

US Pat. No. 10,213,099

METHOD FOR PRODUCING OCT IMAGES AND OTHER IMAGES OF AN EYE INCLUDING REDUCING THE INTENSITY OF REFLECTED LIGHT

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. A method for producing OCT images and other images of an eye, comprising:in preparation for intraocular lens implant surgery recording the OCT images and the other images of the eye simultaneously to create OCT image recordings and other image recordings captured while the eye is in a similar position;
recording the other images of anatomical structures of the eye or relating to biometric, keratometric or topographic measurements of the anatomical structures;
measuring an intensity of the other image recordings; and
lowering an intensity of reflected light reflected from the eye generated during the OCT image recordings at least by a factor of 2, as compared to the measured intensity of the other image recordings by adjustment of an illumination source or adjustment of image capture optical elements.

US Pat. No. 10,213,098

LASER CONFIGURED OTOSCOPE

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skane...

1. An otoscopic instrument comprising:a handle having a retained white light source;
an instrument head attached to the top of the handle, the instrument head having a distal end and an opposing proximal end through which extends a viewing axis of the instrument, and in which a speculum tip is releasably attachable to the distal end;
a module housing having a distal end that is releasably attached to the proximal end of the instrument head, the module housing comprising:
an interior retaining a laser light source,
at least one optical element that directs emitted light from the laser light source toward a target of interest through the distal end of the instrument head, and a viewing optic disposed at a proximal end of the module housing; wherein reflected laser light from the target of interest is directed toward the proximal end of the instrument head along the viewing axis and further directed toward the viewing optic, which is aligned with the viewing axis, and in which the laser light source and the at least one optical element are aligned along an illumination axis that is transverse to the viewing axis of the instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,213,097

ENDOSCOPE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An endoscope comprising:an insert section including a distal end portion, a bending portion, and a hard part, the bending portion being intermediate the distal end portion and the hard part;
a low power imaging unit provided at the distal end portion of the insert section; and
an imaging signal converter provided inside the insert section at the hard part, the imaging signal converter, which in operation, converts an imaging signal output from the imaging unit.

US Pat. No. 10,213,096

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a silicon layer including a light receiving surface on which light received by a light receiving portion is incident, and an opposed surface on which a plurality of connection terminals are disposed;
a rewiring layer disposed on the light receiving surface of the silicon layer, the rewiring layer including a plurality of conductor layers each including conductors electrically connected to the light receiving portion, and a plurality of insulating layers each including a low-permittivity insulating body having a permittivity that is lower than a permittivity of silicon oxide; and
a transparent member bonded so as to cover the rewiring layer,
an etched area formed by etching the opposed surface side, the etched area extending to the rewiring layer, and being provided in a part of the silicon layer,
the image pickup apparatus including wirings electrically connected to the conductors in the rewiring layer, the conductors being exposed at a bottom face of the etched area, the bottom face being an insulating layer of the plurality of insulating layers in the rewiring layer, the wirings being provided so as to respectively extend to the connection terminals on the opposed surface via a wall surface of the etched area, wherein:
the wirings do not cover at least a part of the insulating layer of the plurality of insulating layers at the bottom face of the etched area, the at least part of the insulating layer being exposed at the bottom face of the etched area;
the etched area is covered by a second protection film including a metal material, via a first protection film including an insulating material; and
the etched area is one of a cutout portion at an end portion of the silicon layer or a through hole extending through the silicon layer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,095

PERCUTANEOUS PUNCTURE AND DILATION VISIBLE IRRIGATION-SUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

The First Affiliated Hosp...

1. A visible percutaneous puncture and dilation irrigation-suction system comprising:a main tube having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end configured for insertion of an endoscope therethrough;
a sheath tube having a proximal end and a distal end, the sheath tube comprises an inner sheath and an outer sheath, a proximal end of the sheath tube is attached to the distal end of the main tube such that the inner sheath and main tube form a contiguous channel configured for insertion of the endoscope therethrough;
an irrigation port connected to the sheath tube, the irrigation port configured to allow fluid to be pumped from the irrigation port into a space between the inner sheath and outer sheath and exit through a fluid outlet opening at a distal end of the outer sheath into a surgical area;
a suction tube connected to the main tube configured to aspirate substances from the surgical area through the contiguous channel; the suction tube is connected to a negative pressure valve and a negative pressure control hole is formed in the suction tube;
the main tube and the inner sheath are coaxial, the main tube is connected to the sheath tube via a sheath body, and the irrigation port is arranged at a junction between the main tube and the sheath tube;
the sheath body comprises a sheath main body connected to the main tube and a sheath base sleeved on the outer sheath, a guiding conical surface is provided at a joint part between the sheath base and the main tube, the main tube is mounted to the guiding conical surface, and the sheath main body and the sheath base are fixed by a lock nut.

US Pat. No. 10,213,094

SLACK CORRECTION MECHANISM, MANIPULATOR, AND MANIPULATOR SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A slack correction mechanism comprising:a distal-end pulley that is rotatable with respect to a given axis;
a distal-end wire wound around the distal-end pulley;
a first supporting part including:
a first base,
a first friction portion which extends out from the first base and around which one end of the distal-end wire is looped, and
a first biasing portion that biases the distal-end wire in a pulling direction on the one end of the distal-end wire with respect to the first friction portion, the first supporting part being adapted to support the one end of the distal-end wire;
a second supporting part including:
a second base,
a second friction portion which extends out from the second base and around which the an other end of the distal-end wire is looped, and
a second biasing portion that biases the distal-end wire in a pulling direction on the other end of the distal-end wire with respect to the second friction portion, the second supporting part being adapted to support the other end of the distal-end wire;
an interlocking part activated such that when one of the first supporting part and the second supporting part moves in a pulling direction of the distal-end wire, the other moves in a delivery direction of the distal-end wire;
an actuator for driving the interlocking part; and
an operating unit that is operated by an operator to drive the actuator;
wherein the interlocking part includes:
an interlocking pulley having a movable axis, and
an interlocking wire wound around the interlocking pulley, one end of the interlocking wire being fixed to the first base and an other end of the interlocking wire being fixed to the second base.

US Pat. No. 10,213,093

FOCUS CONTROL DEVICE, ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FOCUS CONTROL DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A focus control device comprising:a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to implement:
a region setting process that sets a plurality of regions to a captured image that has been captured by an image sensor, each of the plurality of regions including a plurality of pixels;
an object distance information calculation process that calculates distance information about a distance to an object that is captured within each of the plurality of regions; and
a focus control process based on the distance information,
wherein the processor implements the focus control process that performs a classification process that classifies the plurality of regions into a plurality of groups based on the distance information,
wherein, when it has been determined based on area information about each of the plurality of groups that an area of a largest area group, which is a group from among the plurality of groups that has a largest area, is equal to or larger than a given threshold value, the processor implements the focus control process that brings the largest area group into focus based on the area information about each of the plurality of groups.

US Pat. No. 10,213,092

SHEATH ASSEMBLY, MANIPULATOR, AND MANIPULATOR SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A sheath assembly comprising:at least three tubular members through which linear members can be inserted;
a first holder configured to hold one end side of the tubular members;
a second holder configured to hold the other end side of the tubular members; and
an intermediate holder configured to hold the tubular members between a starting position of a unit period portion and an intermediate position and between a terminating position and the intermediate position;
wherein:
the first holder and the second holder hold the at least three tubular members such that sections of the tubular members orthogonal to an axial direction thereof are linearly aligned,
the at least three tubular members include a unit period portion having a given length such that the sections are repeatedly aligned in the same arrangement,
the intermediate holder includes a rectangular linear holder portion for holding the sections of the tubular members in such a way as to align them linearly, and a circular, annular holder portion for holding the sections of the tubular members in such a way as to align them annularly,
in the starting and terminating positions of the unit period portion, the sections are aligned linearly in the same first arrangement, and
in the intermediate position between the starting and terminating positions of the unit period portion, the sections are aligned linearly in a second arrangement opposite to that in the starting and terminating positions.

US Pat. No. 10,213,090

STICKY CLEANER FOR REMOVING ORGANIC DIRT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA NITOMS, ...

1. A sticky cleaner used for removing organic dirt stuck on a surface of an article,the sticky cleaner comprising a dirt-collecting member that collects the organic dirt as it makes contact with the surface of the article,
the dirt-collecting member comprising a pressure-sensitive adhesive at a part where it makes contact with the surface of the article, and
the pressure-sensitive adhesive comprising, as its base polymer, an acrylic block copolymer having a hard segment (A) and a soft segment (B) in one molecule,
wherein the part that makes contact with the surface exhibits an adhesive strength of 1 N/25 mm or less, and
the soft segment (B) is an acrylate block comprising an alkyl acrylate having 6 to 12 carbon atoms in its alkyl group, as the primary monomer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,089

WASHING AGENT DISPENSER FOR A WASHING MACHINE, IN PARTICULAR A DISHWASHER

ELBI INTERNATIONAL S.P.A....

1. A washing agent dispenser for a dishwasher, comprisinga casing defining at least a receptacle adapted to receive an amount of washing agent,
a cover displaceable relative to the casing between an opening position and a closing position in which it opens and closes said receptacle, respectively; the cover carrying a gasket made of an elastic material, adapted to sealingly close said receptacle in said closing position of the cover; and
a retaining mechanism including:
a retaining member movably mounted in the casing, and
a hooking member movably mounted in the cover and adapted to cooperate with the retaining member such that when the cover closes the receptacle the hooking member is kept, by an associated resilient member carried by the cover, in a condition of engagement with the retaining member, maintaining the cover in the closing position;
said hooking member being disengageable from the retaining member either manually or by means of an actuator associated with said retaining member;
wherein the resilient member associated with the hooking member carried by the cover comprises an appendage integrally formed with and extending from said elastic sealing gasket, said appendage of the gasket being interposed between the cover and said hooking member.

US Pat. No. 10,213,088

DISH TREATING APPLIANCE WITH WINDOW INSERT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A window insert for a door comprising:opposing outer and inner panes;
a spacer disposed between and spacing the panes;
a first seal forming a seal between the panes;
a frame having an outer frame element and an inner frame element sandwiching the panes;
a waterproof welded joint extending about the periphery of the frame elements; and
a second seal between the inner frame element and the inner pane;
wherein at least one of the inner and outer frame elements encapsulates at least one of the panes such that the at least one of the inner and outer frame elements overlies an inner surface and an outer surface of the at least one of the panes.

US Pat. No. 10,213,087

POT AND PAN WASHING MACHINE

Unified Brands, Inc., Ja...

1. A method of connecting a first sink portion to a second sink portion to form a single unit, the first sink portion having a generally flat side to be generally adjacent to a generally flat side of the second sink portion, said method comprising the steps of:providing an edge of the generally flat side of the first sink portion;
forming a lip in an edge of the generally flat side of the second sink portion, the lip of the second sink portion being configured to be positioned over the edge of the first sink portion; and
moving at least one of the first and second sink portions such that the first and second sink portions are brought together in close engagement with one another until the lip of the second sink portion is positioned over the edge of the first sink portion, thereby causing the lip of the second sink portion to support the second sink portion with respect to the first sink portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,086

DISHWASHER WITH MULTI-FEED WASHING SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub defining a washing chamber adapted to receive and cleanse soiled kitchenware;
a door mounted to the tub for selectively sealing the washing chamber during washing operations;
a pump assembly for recirculating washing fluid within the washing chamber during washing operations;
a rack mounted for movement between a retracted, dishwasher operational position and an extended, kitchenware access position;
a first spray arm mounted to the rack for movement with the rack between the retracted and extended positions and configured to direct washing fluid during a washing operation upon kitchenware placed on the rack;
a second spray arm mounted to the rack for movement with the rack between the retracted and extended positions and configured to direct washing fluid upon kitchenware placed on the rack during a washing operation; and
a fluid distribution system including:
a first tube for directing washing fluid from the pump assembly to the first spray arm;
a second tube for directing washing fluid from the pump assembly to the second spray arm; and
a manifold is configured wherein the washing fluid directed to the first and second spray arms flows from the first and second tubes and then through the manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,213,085

DISHWASHER FOR TREATING DISHES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A pump and filter assembly, comprising:an impeller,
a housing defining an interior and exterior and where the housing includes an end plate defining an end of the housing and the end plate further defining a channel that extends inwardly towards the interior, and an inlet opening provided within the end plate; and
a filter having an upstream surface and a downstream surface, the filter located within the interior such that liquid being pumped through the pump and filter assembly passes through the filter from the upstream surface to the downstream surface to effect a filtering of the liquid; and
a heater having a heating element and where at least a portion of the heating element is received exteriorly of the housing and within the channel such that the heating element is located on the end of the housing adjacent the inlet opening of the housing and the heater encircles at least a portion of the inlet opening of the housing and where the heater is configured to heat liquid that has passed through the inlet opening of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,084

MOBILE APPARATUS, CHASSIS OF MOBILE APPARATUS, AND ANGLE CHANGE METHOD FOR CHASSIS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A chassis for a mobile apparatus, comprising:a chassis body, comprising a first body and a second body, wherein the first body comprises a bottom surface and a support surface arranged opposite to each other, and the second body comprises a bottom surface and a support surface arranged opposite to each other;
an angle change device, respectively connected with the first body and the second body and disposed between the first body and the second body in an arrangement direction of the first body and the second body, wherein the angle change device is configured to change an angle between the bottom surface of the first body and the bottom surface of the second body; and
a moving device, configured to move the chassis body;
wherein the angle change device comprises:
a central part disposed between the first body and the second body and respectively connected with the first body and the second body, wherein the central part comprises a first central part engaging piece which is on a side, facing the first body, of the central part;
a first body engaging piece which is connected with the first body and is in a transmission connection with the first central part engaging piece; and
a first angle change motor, configured to drive one of the first central, part engaging piece and the first body engaging piece to rotate, so that the first body rotates around the central part, and hence the angle between the bottom surface of the first body and the bottom surface of the second body changes.

US Pat. No. 10,213,083

URBAN OR INDUSTRIAL VACUUM CLEANER

LANGE CHRISTIAN SA, Ande...

1. A urban or industrial vacuum cleaner (1) on a chassis (50) and self-propelled by at least one driving motor, comprising a guiding element in the form of a handlebar (70) with at least a shaft (740), a hand grip (730) and means or elements (710) for attachment to the chassis (50) of the vacuum cleaner (1), said attachment means or elements (710) enabling, by the transmission of the movement applied to the hand grip (730), to steer said vacuum cleaner (1), characterized in that the shaft (740) comprises a telescoping zone with a sliding part (745) able to move (slide) between a first extended position and a second retracted position, with a return spring (780) and at least one switch (770) for detecting the position of the sliding part (745), said switch (770) being able to cause the driving motor of the urban vacuum cleaner to switch off or reverse if the sliding part (745) is in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,082

ROBOT CLEANER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A robot cleaner comprising:a housing;
a light source configured to emit light toward an obstacle in front of the robot cleaner;
a camera including a lens;
a reflector configured to reflect the light emitted by the light source, reflected by the obstacle, and incident on a front of the housing toward a first region of the lens; and
a guide member configured to guide light incident on a top of the housing toward a second region of the lens different from the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,213,081

AUTONOMOUS SURFACE CLEANING ROBOT FOR WET AND DRY CLEANING

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A robot comprising:a differential drive system along a lateral axis of the robot;
a supply volume that stores cleaning liquid;
at least one spray nozzle that applies the cleaning liquid to a surface;
a pump assembly that moves the cleaning liquid from the supply volume to the at least one spray nozzle;
a bumper comprising:
a first sensor on a first portion of the bumper, the first sensor being configured to generate a first signal; and
a second sensor on a second portion of the bumper, the second sensor being configured to generate a second signal; and
a controller configured to:
operate the differential drive system to maintain contact between the bumper and a wall surface, in response to receiving the first signal, the second signal, or both the first signal and the second signal, while advancing the robot over the surface in a forward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,080

AUTONOMOUS TRAVELING BODY DEVICE

1. An autonomous traveling body device comprising;a station device installed on a traveling surface; and
an autonomous traveling body including; a main casing; a driving wheel for enabling the main casing to travel on the traveling surface; an object sensor provided in the main casing and serving for detecting presence or absence of an object within a specified distance; a station device sensor for detecting the station device; and a control unit for controlling operation of the driving wheel based on detection by the object sensor and the station device sensor to thereby make the main casing autonomously travel, wherein
the control unit has a first traveling mode for controlling the operation of the driving wheel so that the main casing is made to travel straight and, upon detection of an object by the object sensor, the main casing is changed in traveling direction and made to travel straight, and a second traveling mode for controlling the operation of the driving wheel so that the main casing travels in a curved shape along an object detected by the object sensor, and wherein the control unit is changed over to the second traveling mode when the station device is not found by the station device sensor during traveling within a region by the first traveling mode, and the control unit is changed over to the first traveling mode when it is decided a specified number of times or more that the main casing has moved to a different region by the second traveling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,213,079

ELECTRIC VACUUM CLEANER

1. An electric vacuum cleaner comprising:an electric blower including an electrically-driven part and a fan to be rotated by the electrically-driven part; and
a separating part that separates dust sucked by the electric blower, wherein
the separating part includes:
a first centrifugally separating part that centrifugally separates dust sucked by the electric blower; and
a plurality of second centrifugally separating parts that communicate with the downstream side of the first centrifugally separating part, and are disposed at positions opposite to each other across the electrically-driven part and the fan of the electric blower, and centrifugally separate dust smaller than dust to be separated by the first centrifugally separating part.

US Pat. No. 10,213,078

VACUUM CLEANER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A nozzle assembly for a vacuum cleaner comprising:a driving member including a first driving shaft and a second driving shaft in both sides thereof;
a first drum of which one end is coupled to the first driving shaft;
a second drum of which one end is coupled to the second driving shaft;
a front housing which receives the driving member and the first drum and the second drum and has a suction port configured to suck air in a bottom surface thereof; and
side housings which close both opened side portions of the front housing,
wherein first and second installation surfaces are spaced from the side housings at a predetermined interval.

US Pat. No. 10,213,077

CLEANER HEAD

DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED,...

1. A cleaner head comprising:a main body having an agitator chamber;
an axle that extends into the chamber;
a bearing assembly mounted on the axle, the bearing assembly configured to move along the axle in an axial direction between a first position and a second position and comprising a mount having a ramped surface;
a biasing member comprising a spring, the biasing member biasing the bearing assembly towards the first position; and
an agitator that is configured to rotate relative to the axle, the agitator comprising a ramped surface at one end and mounted on the bearing assembly such that the ramped surface of the agitator mates with the ramped surface of the mount, the agitator pushing the bearing assembly against the biasing member towards the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,076

PARTICLE COLLECTING APPARATUS AND PARTICLE COLLECTING METHOD

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A particle collecting apparatus comprising:a case having one end configured to define a space that is opened at the one end;
an ultrasonic generator configured to irradiate ultrasonic waves generated from a front end surface thereof towards a target object via an opening defined by the one end of the case, and separate particles from the target object;
a gas supplying unit including a supplying pipe configured to be connected to the space in order to supply gas to the space;
a suction unit including a suction pipe configured to be connected to the space in order to collect the particles separated from the target object along with the gas supplied from the gas supplying unit; and
a seal member having elasticity, and provided at the one end so as to surround the opening,
wherein the case includes
a first portion providing the one end of the case, and
a second portion fixed at a rear side of the first portion and configured to accommodate the ultrasonic generator therein, a rear end of the second portion being closed by a cover which is attachable to and detachable from the second portion,
the supplying pipe has one end that defines a gas injection hole connected to the space and formed in the first portion of the case so as to be extended in an inclined direction with respect to the opening or a plane in parallel with the opening,
the suction pipe has one end that defines a suction hole connected to the space and formed in the first portion of the case so as to be extended in an inclined direction with respect to the opening or a plane in parallel with the opening, and
the suction hole is provided in axial symmetry with the gas injection hole with respect to an axial line of the case, and
wherein the particle collecting apparatus further includes a moving mechanism rotatably attached to the cover, penetrating the cover to screw into the ultrasonic generator, and configured to move the ultrasonic generator along the axial line of the case in order to control a distance between the front end surface of the ultrasonic generator and the target object.

US Pat. No. 10,213,075

VACUUM CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a cleaner body that includes a suction motor;
wheels that are configured to move the cleaner body;
a driving motor that is configured to drive the wheels;
a suction unit that is configured to communicate with the cleaner body;
a connector coupled to the suction unit, the connector being rotatably connected to the cleaner body;
a connecting hose that connects the suction unit to the connector, the connecting hose being configured to communicate with the suction unit and with the connector;
a sensor that is disposed on the connector and configured to sense a movement of the connector based on rotating together with the connector;
an elastic member that is configured to provide an elastic force to the connector toward an initial position of the connector; and
a controller that is configured to control the driving motor based on movement information of the connector sensed by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,074

BATTERY REMOVAL FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Techtronic Industries Co....

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a nozzle;
an upright portion pivotally connected to the nozzle; and
a hand vacuum including a suction source and a power source, the hand vacuum being removably attached to the upright portion,
wherein the power source is removable from the hand vacuum while the hand vacuum remains coupled to the upright portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,072

METHOD OF FORMING A TOILET CADDY ASSEMBLY

1. A method comprising:providing a holder configured to receive a wand;
providing a storage container with a first set of cleaning pads and a second set of cleaning pads;
storing the first set of cleaning pads in a tray and storing the second set of cleaning pads in a sleeve in the container; and
arranging the first set of cleaning pads in an upper portion of the storage container above the second set of cleaning pads such that the wand can receive one of the first set of cleaning pads or one of the second set of cleaning pads without a user directly touching the first set of cleaning pads or the second set of cleaning pads.

US Pat. No. 10,213,071

FOLDABLE CHAIR FRAME ADAPTED FOR BEDPAN

Guomin Tao, Shenzhen (CN...

1. A foldable chair frame adapted for a bedpan, comprising:a fixed base;
a seat plate, a center of which forms a defecation hole;
a support assembly, two ends of which are hinged to the fixed base and the seat plate, respectively, the support assembly comprising a front support assembly and a rear support assembly;
a driving device provided for driving the support assembly to rotate and/or provided for driving the seat plate to move up and down, the driving device being connected to the front support assembly or the rear support assembly, or being connected between the fixed base and one of the seat plate, the front support assembly and the rear support assembly;
wherein the fixed base, the seat plate, the front support assembly and the rear support assembly are all attached together to form a foldable space structure; the foldable space structure is folded when the support assembly is rotated to a horizontal position; the foldable space structure is unfolded and the seat plate is parallel to the fixed base when the support assembly is rotated to a preset angle; and the foldable chair frame further comprises a first fixing assembly provided for enabling the foldable space structure to remains in an unfolded state;
wherein the driving device comprises a driving wheel for supporting the support assembly, a transmission shaft connected to the fixed base and a fixing rod for installing the driving wheel; an inner end of the fixing rod is fixed to the transmission shaft; the fixed base is provided with a mounting hole, which is provided between the front support assembly and the rear support assembly for installing the transmission shaft; the driving wheel is rotatably connected to an external end of the fixing rod; and the support assembly is driven by the driving wheel to be rotated to a vertical position when the transmission shaft rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,213,070

CARRIAGE ASSEMBLY FOR SEQUENTIAL PAPER PRODUCTS DISPENSERS

SOLARIS PAPER, INC., Alp...

1. A dispenser for sequentially dispensing a plurality of paper product rolls, comprising:a housing having a first track and a first catch;
a carriage assembly comprising (i) a frame, (ii) a first pair of spindle retainers that define a first axis, (iii) a first protrusion configured to releasably engage the first track, and (iv) a wire frame guide; and
a wire frame assembly disposed in the wire frame guide and rotatably coupled with the frame such that the wire frame assembly rotates about a second axis;
wherein the wire frame guide comprises first and second noncontiguous slots within a wall of the frame wherein the first and second slots have a first set of points between which defines a first distance and a second set of points between which defines a second distance, wherein the first distance is different than the second distance;
wherein the first axis and the second axis are substantially non-perpendicular such that the wire frame assembly rests on an outmost winding of a paper product roll; and
wherein the wire frame assembly and the wire frame guide are configured such that (i) the wire frame assembly is biased to rotate towards the first pair of spindle retainers that define the first axis and (ii) a first end of the wire frame assembly retracts axially inward from the frame to disengage the first catch when the wire frame assembly is rotated towards the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,067

DISPENSER

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. A dispenser comprising:a dispenser body having an interior cavity, the dispenser body further comprising a dispensing surface having an aperture that communicates with the interior cavity;
a loading door attached to the dispenser body and permitting communication with the interior cavity;
a lid attached to the dispenser body, the lid being moveable between a closed position and a range of open positions, the lid permitting access to the aperture of the dispensing surface when in an open position and engaging the dispenser surface when in the closed position to thereby create a substantially gas impermeable seal; and
a mounting surface disposed within the interior cavity and proximal the aperture of the dispensing surface, the mounting surface comprising a mounting interface, the mounting interface permitting substantially gas impermeable mounting of a cartridge while permitting access to the cartridge from the exterior of the dispensing body through the aperture of the dispensing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,213,066

CORELESS ROLL OF ABSORBENT SHEET AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

ESSITY OPERATIONS FRANCE,...

1. A coreless roll of an absorbent sheet product, comprising:a spirally wound continuous web of absorbent material having a first end and a second end, the web of absorbent material being wound such as to define an axial hollow passageway centrally positioned relative to the coreless roll and extending from one edge to another edge of the coreless roll and such that the first end is located on the outer side of the roll and the second end is located at the axial hollow passageway; and
a coating composition on the continuous web of absorbent material, the composition being free of saccharide and comprising a polymer having:
(i) a glass transition temperature lower than 20° C.; and
(ii) a melting point greater than 20° C.

US Pat. No. 10,213,065

DUAL MOTOR DEVICE

Chirp Products, LLC, Ple...

1. An apparatus including a body and a moving portion, the apparatus comprising:a planetary gear system including a sun gear, a ring gear, and planetary gears;
a first motor in the body coupled to the sun gear to drive movement of the sun gear in the planetary gear system to control rotation;
a second motor in the body coupled to the ring gear to drive movement of the ring gear in the planetary gear system to control vibration; and
wherein the sun gear and the ring gear drive the planetary gears, and the planetary gears combine the rotation from the first motor and the vibration from the second motor; and
a carrier coupled to the planetary gears and the moving portion, the carrier to move the moving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,064

SKIN CLEANSER

1. A skin cleanser comprising:a skin cleanser body having a substantially flat base configured to stand unaided on a substantially flat surface and configured to be held in a hand of a user, the skin cleanser body having an upper portion and a lower portion, the skin cleanser body having a cross-sectional shape that is longer in a first direction substantially parallel to the base than in a second direction substantially parallel to the base, the skin cleanser body comprising:
a silicone exterior covering substantially all of an exterior of the skin cleanser body;
a first side of the silicone exterior including:
a first textured surface area of thicker touch-points positioned at the upper portion of the skin cleanser body, the first textured surface area integrally forming part of the silicone exterior, and
a second textured surface area of thinner touch-points positioned at the upper portion of the skin cleanser body, wherein the thicker and thinner touch-points are within a range of about 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters (mm) in diameter, the second textured surface area integrally forming part of the silicone exterior, and
a second side of the silicone exterior including:
a third textured surface area of touch-points or raised, smooth ridges positioned on the skin cleanser body, the third textured surface area integrally forming part of the silicone exterior, and
a first oscillating motor located within the skin cleanser body, the first oscillating motor configured to produce pulsations of the first and second textured surface areas; and
at least one control located on the lower portion of the skin cleanser body and operable through the silicone exterior, the at least one control configured to operate the first oscillating motor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,063

LOW COST RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) DISPENSING SYSTEMS

GOJO Industries, Inc., A...

1. A method of determining a need for service of a refill cartridge that contains product to be dispensed comprising:providing a dispenser that includes a first communication device;
operatively installing a refill cartridge that has a second communication device associated therewith into the dispenser, the second communication device maintaining a count value identifying a number of dispense cycles that the refill cartridge has available;
communicating the count value from the second communication device to the first communication device;
actuating the dispenser to complete a dispense cycle, whereby the product is dispensed from the refill cartridge;
updating the count value; and
indicating that the refill cartridge requires service based on the updated count value.

US Pat. No. 10,213,062

PUMP FOR DISPENSING FLUIDS

1. A pump for dispensing a fluid product from a product container, the pump comprising:a unitary pump body defining an axis A and comprising a pump chamber, a pump inlet and a pump outlet, the pump chamber being collapsible over an axially directed pumping stroke from an initial condition to a collapsed condition and being biased to return to its initial condition in a return stroke;
an inlet valve for allowing one way passage of fluid through the pump inlet and into the pump chamber;
an outlet valve for allowing one way passage of fluid from the pump chamber through the pump outlet; and
an axially compressible spring located inside the pump chamber and arranged to at least partially support the pump body during its collapse, the spring comprising a first end portion that engages within the pump inlet, a second end portion that engages within the pump outlet and a spring body therebetween, the spring body comprising a plurality of axially-aligned, leaf-spring sections, each of which can be compressed in the axial direction from an initial open condition to a compressed condition and is biased to subsequently expand to its open condition, whereby axial compression of the spring generates a restoring force, at least partially biasing the pump chamber to its initial condition.

US Pat. No. 10,213,061

DISPENSER WITH COMPLETE DISPENSING AND CLOSURE

1. A dispenser, comprising:a dispensing pathway passing through a head and stem which rotate together;
a housing having a top portal through which said stem passes into an interior space of said housing;
a lateral portal cutting into a lateral side of said stem at a bottom end thereof;
a blocking flange extending inward from said housing wherein:
at a first position of said head and stem, said blocking flange blocks said lateral portal;
at a second position of said head and stem which is axially rotated with respect to said first position, said lateral portal is open to said interior space of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,060

SHOWER TRACK GUIDE SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A bypass shower track guide system for a shower enclosure including a first shower door and a second shower door, the system comprising:a first track between the first shower door and a base;
a second track between the second shower door and the base;
a stand disposed between the base and the first track or between the base and the second track, the stand being sandwiched between the base and a bottom of the first track or a bottom of the second track;
a first guide coupled to the first shower door at an underside of the first shower door, the first guide permitting the first shower door to move along the first track; and
a second guide coupled to the second shower door at an underside of the second shower door, the second guide permitting the second shower door to move along the second track;
wherein the stand elevates at least one of the first track or the second track above the base to permit water to flow underneath the first track or the second track.

US Pat. No. 10,213,059

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A SHOWER DOOR SEALING ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

13. A method of assembling a shower door sealing assembly, the method comprising:inserting a single bumper into a channel formed within an exterior surface of a frame;
bending the frame having the single bumper inserted into the channel into a U-shape to fabricate a door frame having two vertical sides and a horizontal side that extends between the vertical sides; and
installing the door frame within a showering enclosure in an orientation in which the two vertical sides of the door frame are parallel to a wall of the showering enclosure and the horizontal side is parallel to a floor of the showering enclosure; wherein:
the channel extends along at least one vertical side and the horizontal side of the door frame such that the single bumper is coupled to the door frame via a friction fit between the channel and the single bumper along the at least one vertical side and the horizontal side of the door frame; and
the single bumper and the channel cover at least one corner of the door frame formed between the at least one vertical side and the horizontal side.

US Pat. No. 10,213,058

INTEGRATED EMERGENCY WASH AND SHOWER SYSTEM

Magarl, LLC, Naples, FL ...

1. An emergency water washing system, comprising:at least one spray assembly having an inlet, said spray assembly having an outlet upwardly directable;
a showerhead assembly located above said spray assembly and having an inlet, said showerhead assembly having an outlet directed generally downward;
a mixing valve assembly including a thermostatically controlled cartridge valve within a body, the body having a hot water inlet, a cold water inlet, and at least two tempered water outlets, said body including a first internal pocket adapted and configured to accept therein said thermostatic cartridge valve and water from said inlets and a second internal pocket adapted and configured to provide tempered water to said outlets, said cartridge valve being in fluid communication with the hot water inlet and cold water inlet and operating to mix the hot water and cold water and provide tempered water to said tempered water outlets;
wherein one of said tempered water outlets provides tempered water to the inlet of said spray assembly, and the other of said tempered water outlets provides tempered water to the inlet of said showerhead assembly, said other tempered water outlet being horizontally oriented and the portion of the body surrounding the second internal pocket provides cantilevered structural support to said showerhead assembly and provides fluid communication to said spray assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,213,057

BATHING VESSEL HAVING WALL REINFORCEMENT PANEL

DELTA FAUCET COMPANY, In...

1. A bathing vessel comprising:a base and at least one wall extending vertically from the base, the wall comprising a multi-layer structure that includes a layer of acrylic material on a first layer of polyurethane material, a layer of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) material between the layer of acrylic material and the first layer of polyurethane material, and a second layer of polyurethane material between the layer of ABS material and the first layer of polyurethane material; and
a wood-containing composite panel chemically bonded to at least one of the first layer of polyurethane material or the second layer of polyurethane material, wherein the wood-containing composite panel is encapsulated on all sides within the multi-layer structure.

US Pat. No. 10,213,056

BATHROOM SUPPORT SYSTEM

1. A stability assistance device comprising:a telescopic structure, a plurality of supports, and an alarm system;
wherein the plurality of supports and the alarm system attach to the telescopic structure;
wherein the stability assistance device is configured for use in a bathing structure;
wherein the stability assistance device is removably installed in the bathing structure;
wherein the telescopic structure adjusts the size of the stability assistance device to match the size of the bathing structure;
wherein the plurality of supports stabilize the stability assistance device;
wherein the plurality of supports provide anchor points for stabilization;
wherein the alarm system is a safety device that sends messages to an appropriate authority;
wherein the telescopic structure is a stanchion;
wherein the span of the length of the telescopic structure in the superior-inferior direction is adjustable;
wherein the span of the length of the telescopic structure is selected such that the telescopic structure wedges into the space between the supporting surface and the ceiling of the bathing structure;
wherein each of the plurality of supports is a prism-shaped strut;
wherein each of the plurality of supports performs a function selected from the group consisting of: A) providing lateral support to the telescopic structure; and, B) providing anchor points for stabilization;
wherein each of the plurality of supports rotates such that the center axis of each of the plurality of supports will align with the center axis of the telescopic structure;
wherein each of the plurality of supports can be locked into a fixed position;
wherein the plurality of supports further comprises a plurality of legs, a plurality of handles, and a superior support.

US Pat. No. 10,213,055

THIN CHOPPING AND SLICING BOARD THAT FACILITATES EASY TRANSFER OF PREPARED INGREDIENTS

1. An apparatus comprising:a flat surface for cutting, crushing and other preparation of foods; said flat surface being a square or rectangular surface; said surface including folding lines on a first side being adjacent to each other and spaced apart extending in an angularly outward to a second side being more spaced apart than said spacing of said first side forming a trapezoid in a middle portion of said flat surface;
a second and third side portions each being a reverse trapezoid on each side of said trapezoid with a larger side of said reverse second and third trapezoid being on said first side of said flat surface and a smaller side of said reverse second and third trapezoid being on said second side of said flat surface; and handles apertures being in said second and third side portions of said reverse trapezoids wherein said apparatus forms openings for distribution of said food from either a small opening found at said first side and a larger opening found at said second side.

US Pat. No. 10,213,054

AUTOMATED FOOD STORAGE, PREPARATION, AND DISPENSING DEVICE

1. A device for the storage, preparation and dispensing of food materials, comprising:a housing;
a plurality of food compartment units contained within the housing, wherein each of the plurality of food compartment units stores a food material;
a plurality of utensil compartment units contained within the housing, wherein each of the plurality of utensil compartment units stores a utensil;
a dispensing unit adapted to dispense food materials from the plurality of food compartment units; onto the utensil;
a refrigerating unit coupled with the plurality of food compartment units;
a cooking unit for cooking of the food material;
a packaging unit for packaging the cooked food material;
a food collection unit, wherein a user collects the cooked and packed food material;
a memory unit for information storage;
a processor coupled to the memory unit for processing commands by a user;
a touch screen display for displaying and inputting information, commands or instructions by the user; and
wherein the device is configured to receive information, commands or instructions over a communication network.

US Pat. No. 10,213,053

WHISK MIXING SYSTEMS WITHIN A CONTAINER

ADIP MANAGEMENT, LLC, Dr...

1. A mixing system comprising:a container comprising:
a bottle portion comprising an interior; and
a cap portion comprising a drinking aperture usable to directly imbibe ingredients from the container;
a container engagement component comprising one or more container engagement surfaces; and
a mixing component coupled to the container engagement component, the mixing component comprising:
a shaft extending along an axis; and
a plurality of rotatable mixing members arranged along the shaft;
wherein:
the one or more container engagement surfaces are positioned to engage the interior to keep the mixing component in place relative to the container;
each of the rotatable mixing members comprises a plurality of rotatable mixing surfaces; and
the rotatable mixing members are coupled to the shaft such that the rotatable mixing members are rotatable about the axis with the shaft stationary and non-rotating, with the mixing component disposed within the container to cause the rotatable mixing surfaces to contact the ingredients in a manner that promotes mixture of the ingredients together;
each of the rotatable mixing members comprises:
a rotatable inner rim that engages the shaft in a manner that permits the rotatable inner rim to rotate about the shaft; and
a plurality of rotatable vanes extending outward from the rotatable inner rim, each rotatable vane of the plurality of rotatable vanes comprising a first rotatable mixing surface of the plurality of rotatable mixing surfaces, wherein the first rotatable mixing surface is oriented nonparallel and nonperpendicular to the axis such that motion of the ingredients along the axis induces rotation of each rotatable mixing member about the axis;
the mixing component further comprises a plurality of stationary mixing members, each of which is fixedly secured to the shaft; and
at least one of the rotatable mixing members is positioned between and adjacent to two of the stationary mixing members; and
each of the stationary mixing members comprises:
a stationary inner rim fixedly secured to the shaft; and
a plurality of stationary vanes extending outward from the stationary inner rim, each stationary vane of the plurality of stationary vanes comprising a first stationary mixing surface oriented nonparallel and nonperpendicular to the axis such that the first stationary mixing surface cooperates with the plurality of rotatable mixing surfaces to contact the ingredients in a manner that promotes mixture of the ingredients together.

US Pat. No. 10,213,052

MODULAR FOOD HOLDING SYSTEM

PRINCE CASTLE LLC, Carol...

1. A modular food holding system communicatively connected to a central controller, comprising:a master base configured to communicatively connect each of one or more food holding chambers to the central controller and further configured to connect to one or more expansion bases;
a first food holding chamber directly connected to the master base; and
a second food holding chamber connected to the master base through either (i) the first food holding chamber or (ii) an expansion base connected to the master base;
wherein the master base, the first food holding chamber, and the second food holding chamber are separate and discrete structures removably connected within the modular food holding system;
wherein the master base is configured to establish a communication connection between the central controller and the first and second food holding chambers, and
wherein the first and second food holding chambers receive control commands from the central controller.

US Pat. No. 10,213,051

OVAL-SHAPED GRILL WITH HINGED LID

Traeger Pellet Grills, LL...

1. A grilling device, comprising:an oven section having an outer wall including opposing side walls, each side wall having a curved upper portion with a peak, and having a substantially vertical lower portion;
a lid movably connected to each of the opposing side walls of the outer wall, the moveable connection allowing actuation of the lid to provide access to the oven section of the grilling device; and
two hinge elements attached respectively to each end of the lid and to the respective opposing side walls of the outer wall, each hinge element being affixed to the opposing side walls below the peak of the curved upper portion and above the substantially vertical lower portion, and further being affixed to a rearward portion of a side edge of the lid, such that actuation of the lid follows a specified arc.

US Pat. No. 10,213,050

GRILLING APPLIANCE WITH AUTOMATED PLATEN LEVELING AND GAP CALIBRATION SYSTEM

Taylor Commercial Foodser...

1. A method of calibrating a grill comprising:performing a first calibration run including:
monitoring a current of a leveling mechanism as a first grilling surface moves into contact with a second, opposite grilling surface to determine a first location of the first grilling surface;
monitoring the current of a leveling mechanism as the first grilling surface moves out of contact with a second, opposite grilling surface to determine a second location of the first grilling surface; and
storing a first calibration setting including the first location and the second location in a control.

US Pat. No. 10,213,049

ROTISSERIE ADAPTER APPARATUS FOR USE WITH A COOKING DEVICE

KAMADO CONCEPTS, LLC, In...

1. A rotisserie adapter apparatus for use with a cooking device, the rotisserie adapter apparatus comprising:an annular cylindrical base comprising:
an inner wall about a central opening, the inner wall having a substantially consistent depth about the annular cylindrical base;
a top surface of the annular cylindrical base abutting the inner wall;
an outer wall abutting the top surface, the outer wall having a depth ranging from a first depth at a front of the annular cylindrical base comparable to the depth of the inner wall to a near zero depth at a back of the annular cylindrical base; and
a bottom surface of the annular cylindrical base connected between a bottom of the outer wall and an outer surface of the inner wall,
wherein a plane of the top surface and a plane of the bottom surface are converging;
at least two notches formed in the inner wall, wherein the central opening is positioned between the at least two notches, and wherein at least one of the two notches extends through the top surface of the annular cylindrical base;
a plurality of protrusions extending inwardly from the inner wall;
a device supported by the protrusions; wherein the device supported by the protrusions further comprises a diffuser system hung beneath the rod, the diffuser further comprising:
a first substantially planar diffuser plate having a plurality of openings therein;
a second substantially planar diffuser plate having a plurality of openings therein, wherein the second diffuser plate is positioned parallel to the first diffuser plate;
a bearing device connected to both the first and second diffuser plates at a middle portion of each of the first and second diffuser plates, wherein the first and second diffuser plates are independently rotatable about the bearing device; and
a spacer positioned between the first and second diffuser plates.

US Pat. No. 10,213,048

HEAT-RETAINING TRAY

Moru Co., Ltd., (KR) Jej...

1. A heat-retaining tray comprising:an upper plate having a plurality of protrusions formed such that food is laid on the upper surface of the plurality of protrusions;
a side wall integrally formed vertically on the periphery of the upper plate;
a temperature increase unit for raising a temperature of the upper plate; and
a lower plate and a second side wall integrally formed vertically on the periphery of the lower plate below the upper plate and the side wall,
wherein the temperature increase unit comprises at least one of a support means and an electricity supply means which comprises a heat wire,
the support means comprises a seating platform on which the second side wall is seated and in which a through-hole is formed and a plurality of support legs which are connected to a lower portion of the seating platform,
a heat diffusion plate is provided below the upper plate at a position corresponding to the through-hole, and
the heat diffusion plate is spaced apart from and connected to a lower portion of the upper plate by a spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,047

COFFEE PREPARATION SYSTEM

Seva Coffee Corporation, ...

1. A coffee preparation machine comprising:a. a pod, the pod being single-serve and insertable into the coffee preparation machine, the pod including;
i. a container portion containing a plurality of coffee beans,
ii. a seal, the seal being operably configured to retain the plurality of coffee beans inside the container portion, prior to insertion of the pod into the coffee preparation machine, wherein the seal is selectively removable after insertion of the pod into the coffee preparation machine;
iii. a filter of the pod;
b. a roasting system, the roasting system being operably configured to roast each of the plurality of coffee beans;
c. a grinding system, the grinding system being operably configured to grind each of the plurality of coffee beans into coffee grounds; and
d. a brewing system operably configured to brew the coffee grounds, wherein the brewing system, the roasting system, and the grinding system are housed within a single self-contained unit of the coffee preparation machine.

US Pat. No. 10,213,046

COOKING APPARATUS, INFORMATION DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, COOKING TOOL, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:a communication interface that communicates with a display via a network, the display being physically separately provided from the cooking apparatus and configured to display an image indicating a cooking process comprising a recipe, the image being read from a memory included in the display;
a heater that performs a heating operation on a cooking tool based on the recipe;
a user interface that accepts a user operation; and
a processor that controls one of the communication interface and the heater, in response to the user operation,
wherein, when the communication interface receives a request, sent from the display to the cooking appliance, for linking the display to the cooking appliance through the network, the processor transmits, to the display, a response indicating acceptance of the request, to establish a link between the cooking apparatus and the display through the network via the communication interface,
when the user interface accepts the user operation and the link between the cooking apparatus and the display is established through the network via the communication interface, the processor causes the communication interface to transmit instruction, to the display, to cause the display to switch an image being displayed on the display from a first image to a second image, and does not cause the heater to control heating applied on the cooking tool,
when the user interface accepts the user operation and the link between the cooking apparatus and the display is not established through the network, the processor causes the heater to control heating applied on the cooking tool, and does not cause the display to switch an image being displayed on the display,
wherein the first image indicates a first cooking process comprising the recipe,
wherein the second image indicates a second cooking process, comprising the recipe, to be performed just after the first cooking process, or to be performed just before the first cooking process, and
wherein the first cooking process and the second cooking process are performed on the cooking appliance.

US Pat. No. 10,213,045

COOKING VESSEL

1. A cooking vessel which includes a vessel part (10) for accommodating and cooking food ingredients and a handle part (20) mounted on the vessel part (10), the cooking vessel comprising:a heat transfer structure (100) which is mounted on an outer face of the bottom of the vessel part (10) and includes a plurality of flame diffusion passages (200) radially formed to diffuse flames from a center of the vessel part (10) to an edge of the vessel part (10),
wherein the heat transfer structure (100) comprises:
first flame diffusion inducing blocks (110) which are formed to extend from the outer rim of a predetermined area (R) of the center of the bottom of the vessel part (10), where flames are directly transferred to the bottom of the vessel part, to the outer rim of the edge of the bottom of the vessel part (10) and which are radially mounted on the bottom of the vessel part (10), so as to form one of the plurality of flame diffusion passages (200) between two neighboring first flame diffusion inducing blocks (110); and
third flame diffusion inducing blocks (130) which are formed to extend from a point, which is spaced apart from an outer rim of the predetermined area (R) where the flames are directly transferred to the bottom of the vessel part (10), to a point, which is spaced apart from the outer rim of the edge of the bottom of the vessel part (10) at a predetermined distance, and are mounted alternately between two neighboring first flame diffusion inducing blocks (110), so as to form two of the plurality of flame diffusion passages (200) between each of the first flame diffusion inducing blocks (110) and two neighboring third flame diffusion inducing blocks (130),
wherein a first even branching of each of the flame diffusion passages is obtained between the two first flame diffusion inducing blocks (110), and
wherein a second even branching of each of the two flame diffusion passages at the first even branching is obtained on both sides of one of the neighboring third flame diffusion inducing blocks (130).

US Pat. No. 10,213,044

JUICE EXTRACTOR

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A juice extractor comprising:a food processing chamber including a food inlet, a juice outlet and a pulp outlet, wherein the food processing chamber comprises:
a food entry section including the food inlet; and
a food compression section extending between the food entry section and the pulp outlet;
a spindle extending through the food processing chamber for transporting food from the food entry section through the food compression section, said spindle comprising a body and a helical member extending from said body by a height (H) of no more than 10 mm, said helical member including a helical cutting portion in the food entry section, wherein the height (H) is great enough so that the food is not forced into the food inlet as the food is transported through the food compression section; and
a motor including a gear box coupled to said spindle and adapted to rotate the spindle at a rotation speed of at least 250 rotations per minute during operation of the juice extractor, wherein said helical cutting portion comprises an angled or curved cutting blade with a cutting edge angled or pointing towards the food compression section.

US Pat. No. 10,213,043

CORN CREAMER

1. A corn creamer, comprising:a creamer base;
a rotatable sleeve drive shaft carried by the creamer base;
a creamer sleeve drivingly connected to a motor for rotation by the rotatable sleeve drive shaft, the creamer sleeve having a sleeve wall and a sleeve interior formed by the sleeve wall; and
at least one creamer blade assembly including:
at least one blade shaft carried by the sleeve wall of the creamer sleeve, the at least one blade shaft having a blade shaft axis; and
at least one creamer blade carried by the at least one blade shaft in the sleeve interior, the at least one creamer blade having a cutting plane perpendicular to the blade shaft axis of the at least one blade shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,213,042

TREE STAND

Polygroup Macau Limited (...

1. A Christmas tree stand comprising:a body having:
a first concentric cylinder rotatably coupled with a second concentric cylinder, each of the first concentric cylinder and the second concentric cylinder comprising a hole; and
an adapter positioned proximate an end of the body;
one or more legs coupled to the first concentric cylinder;
one or more legs coupled to the second concentric cylinder; and
a spring-loaded locking mechanism configured to engage the holes of the first and second concentric cylinders and secure the position of the first concentric cylinder relative to the position of the second concentric cylinder, the spring-loaded locking mechanism including a spring and a detent having a base portion and a protruding portion,
wherein, when the spring-loaded locking mechanism is in a locked configuration, the spring pushes the detent outward from a central axis of the first and second concentric cylinders such that the protruding portion extends at least partially through the holes of the first and second concentric cylinders and the base portion abuts an inner wall of the first concentric cylinder or the second concentric cylinder,
wherein, when the spring-loaded locking mechanism is in an unlocked configuration, the spring is compressed such that the base portion does not abut an inner wall of the first concentric cylinder or the second concentric cylinder and the protruding portion is located substantially within the inner wall of the first concentric cylinder and the second concentric cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,213,041

MODULAR HOLIDAY TREE DEVICE

1. A convertible furniture combination comprising:a base, a stanchion, and an electric fixture;
wherein the base attaches to the stanchion;
wherein the electric fixture attaches to the stanchion;
wherein the convertible furniture combination is a convertible item of furniture for domestic use;
wherein the function of the convertible furniture combination is a kit that includes a lamp configuration, an apparel rack configuration, a display rack configuration, and a holiday tree configuration;
wherein the stanchion comprises a plurality of pipes;
wherein each of the plurality of pipes further comprises a tube and a ferrule;
wherein each of the plurality of pipes is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the ferrule is attached to the first end of the tube;
wherein the stanchion is formed by interconnecting each of the plurality of pipes in a tent pole configuration;
wherein the second end of each pipe selected in the plurality of pipes has formed in it a first radial hole;
wherein the ferrule of each pipe selected in the plurality of pipes has formed in it a second radial hole;
wherein the first radial hole and the second radial hole are located such that when the ferrule of a second pipe selected from the plurality of pipes is inserted into the second end of a first pipe selected from the plurality of pipes the first radial hole of the first selected pipe and the second radial hole of the second selected pipe will align;
wherein the stanchion further comprises a plurality of collar sets;
wherein the plurality of collar sets further comprises a collection of individual collar sets;
wherein each individual collar set contained within the plurality of collar sets is customized to support a function of the convertible furniture combination;
wherein any collar selected from any collar set contained within the plurality of collar sets further comprises a first arm and a second arm;
wherein the first arm is formed with a first hole that allows the first arm to be attached to the first radial hole;
wherein the second arm is formed with a second hole that allows the second arm to be attached to the second radial hole;
wherein the attachment of the first arm of the selected collar and the second arm of the selected collar to the stanchion attaches the selected collar to the stanchion;
wherein the base comprises a floor disk, a plurality of struts, and a center post;
wherein the floor disk is a disk shaped structure that rests on a supporting surface;
wherein the floor disk attaches to the center post using the plurality of struts;
wherein the center post is a cylindrical pipe;
wherein the center post is positioned relative to the floor disk such that the center axis of the center post passes through the center of the floor disk;
wherein the span of the inner diameter of the center post is the same of the span of the inner diameter of the second end of any pipe selected from the plurality of pipes such that the ferrule can be inserted into the center post;
wherein a third radial hole is formed in the end of the center post that is distal from the supporting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,213,040

FOLDABLE LIGHTED TREE ASSEMBLY

1. A foldable lighted tree assembly, comprising:an assembly frame including a plurality of assembly frame legs having a first pair of opposing assembly frame legs disposed in a first plane and a second pair of opposing assembly frame legs disposed in a second plane perpendicular to the first plane and each of the plurality of assembly frame legs having a first leg end and a second leg end, the assembly frame legs of the first pair of opposing assembly frame legs and the assembly frame legs of the second pair of assembly frame legs converging at the second leg end;
the plurality of assembly frame legs selectively deployable between an extended, functional configuration wherein the assembly frame is generally pyramid-shaped and a folded, non-functional transport and storage configuration wherein the plurality of assembly frame legs are generally parallel and adjacent to each other;
at least one pair of frame stabilizing members releasably connecting each of the first pair of opposing assembly frame legs and the second pair of opposing assembly frame legs, each of the at least one pair of frame stabilizing members having a pivot end pivotally carried by a first one of the first pair of opposing assembly frame legs and the second pair of opposing assembly frame legs and a release end releasably connected to a second one of the first pair of opposing assembly frame legs and the second pair of opposing assembly frame legs;
a release bolt releasably attaching the release end to the second one of the first pair of opposing assembly frame legs and the second pair of opposing assembly frame legs;
at least one bolt storage opening in at least one of the plurality of assembly frame legs; and
at least one light string having a plurality of lights supported by the assembly frame.

US Pat. No. 10,213,039

FOLDABLE UPRIGHT TREE SKIRT

Dyno Seasonal Solutions L...

1. A foldable tree skirt device comprising:a cover including a first set of pole loop connectors and a second set of pole loop connectors and multiple pockets;
at least one attachment device in communication with the cover for attaching a first end of the cover with a second end of the cover;
multiple rigid panels inserted into and enclosed within the multiple pockets;
at least one first pole that is threaded through the first set of pole loop connectors, wherein a first end of the at least one first pole is connected to a second end of the at least one first pole by at least one first pole connector;
at least one second pole that is threaded through the second set of pole loop connectors, wherein a first end of the at least one second pole is connected to a second end of the at least one second pole by at least one second pole connector; and
wherein the multiple pockets, the at least one first pole, and the at least one second pole are located on an inside of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,213,038

LOGISTICS RACK AND APPLICATION METHOD THEREOF

1. A logistics rack, comprising a cabinet frame (1); wherein the cabinet frame (1) is divided into a plurality of storage areas (2); a plurality of first encoded cards (3) are provided on the top of the cabinet frame (1); a hanging member (6) is connected with the bottom of each of the plurality of first encoded cards (3), and a parcel fixing device (5) is connected to the bottom of the hanging member (6).

US Pat. No. 10,213,037

CABINET DOOR HANGING RECIPE HOLDER

Robert W. Madsen, Seattl...

1. A cabinet door hanging recipe holder comprising;an adjustable hanging clip having a slot,
a telescoping tube having a fist end and a second end, a set screw connected to the first end, said set screw being received in the slot, and movable along the slot,
a spring clip attached to the second end of the telescoping tube,
wherein the adjustable hanging clip is configured to attach to the top edge of a cabinet door, and the spring clip is configured to receive and display a recipe.

US Pat. No. 10,213,036

ADAPTIVE HAND TO MOUTH MOVEMENT DETECTION DEVICE

Brigham Young University,...

1. A hand to mouth bite counting device, comprising:a sensing device included in a housing, the sensing device continuously collecting data corresponding to a sensed movement of at least some portion of an arm of a user;
a processor operably coupled to the sensing device to determine whether data collected by the sensing device throughout the sensed movement corresponds to a bite of food taken by the user; and
an interface device operably coupled to the processor, the interface device providing for communication between the user and the processor,
wherein a set of attributes are derived from the data collected by the sensing device, the set of attributes defining the sensed movement from an initial point at which the sensed movement is initially sensed to a terminal point at which the sensed movement has terminated, the set of attributes including at least one of a spectral entropy characteristic of the sensed movement, a signal energy characteristic of the sensed movement, or a mean acceleration of the sensed movement.

US Pat. No. 10,213,035

DIRTY SILVERWARE RETRIEVING DEVICE FOR EATING ESTABLISHMENTS

1. A dirty silverware retrieving device for eating establishments, comprising:A) a container assembly comprising a front wall, first and second sidewalls, a rear wall, a bottom edge, and a bottom wall, said container assembly holds dirty silverware, said front wall comprising a top edge, first and second side ends and a bottom edge, said first and second sidewalls comprising first and second lateral top edges, and first and second bottom ends respectively, said first and second lateral top edges having a downward curvature, and said rear wall being concavely shaped; and
B) a tension arm that extends from said container assembly a predetermined distance towards said bottom edge, said tension arm is parallel to said rear wall, said tension arm comprises an exterior face and an interior face, said tension arm further comprises first and second side edges and a distal end edge, said tension arm has a belt holder defining a channel at said interior face, said belt holder extends from said first side edge to said second side edge, whereby said container assembly is configured to temporarily house dirty silverware.

US Pat. No. 10,213,034

VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR A DRINKING CUP AND A DRINKING CUP HAVING A VALVE ASSEMBLY

Handi-Craft Company, St....

1. A lid assembly for a leak resistant drinking cup, the lid assembly comprising:a closure member including a socket in fluid communication with a liquid passageway, the socket having a wall with a cutout therein,
a valve assembly including a plug adapted for insertion into the socket of the closure member to form a seal between the socket and the plug, the plug having a base, a side wall, and an interior chamber cooperatively defined by the base and the side wall,
the seal formed between the plug and socket being selectively moveable from a sealed configuration wherein the plug inhibits fluid communication between the cutout in the socket and the liquid passageway to an unsealed configuration by vacuum pressure being applied to the interior chamber of the plug above a threshold value, wherein application of vacuum pressure above the threshold value causes a portion of the side wall of the plug to flex away from the socket to allow fluid to pass along and contact an exterior surface of the side wall, thereby opening fluid communication between the cutout in the socket and the liquid passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,213,033

LID OF A CONTAINER

1. A lid for a container, said lid comprising:a lid panel having an upper side and an underside and defining a pour opening extending there through from the upper side to the underside,
a planar seal element covering the entire underside of the lid panel except for said pour opening, and
a closure member attached to the underside of the lid panel and movable toward and away from the underside of the lid panel to close and open the pour opening, said closure member having a generally flat upper surface and an endless seal ridge which extends away from the upper surface for projecting into the planar seal element a distance of 0.1 to 1 mm to close and seal the pour opening when the closure member is moved against the planar seal element.

US Pat. No. 10,213,032

SOUND GENERATING BEVERAGE CONTAINER

1. A beverage vessel, comprising:a vessel body comprising:
a vessel interior;
a vessel body wall having a vessel body wall exterior side and a vessel body wall interior side;
an opening disposed within a vessel body first end in environmental communication with said vessel interior;
a bottom at a vessel body second end opposite said opening, having a bottom exterior side and a bottom interior side; and,
a first interstitial space between said vessel body wall exterior side and said vessel body wall interior side and between said bottom exterior side and said bottom interior side;
a liner comprising:
a liner interior;
a liner wall having a liner wall exterior side and a liner wall interior side; and,
a liner bottom having a liner bottom exterior side and a liner bottom interior side;
wherein said liner is capable of being removably placed within said vessel interior;
wherein when said liner is placed within said vessel interior said liner bottom exterior side is adjacent said vessel bottom interior side thereby defining a second interstitial space; and,
wherein said liner is configured to retain a beverage therein;
a handle having a handle first end secured to said vessel body exterior wall adjacent said opening and a handle second end;
a power source residing within an interior void of said handle;
an audio source residing within said second interstitial space;
an illumination means disposed about said vessel body exterior wall for illuminating a general vicinity of said beverage vessel; and,
a switch, providing electrical communication between said power source, said audio source, and said illuminating means.

US Pat. No. 10,213,031

PILLOW DISPLAY STAND AND ASSEMBLY

Sourcing Network Internat...

1. A display device comprising:a round base having a slanted top surface to form a bottom shelf, said base having a front base portion, a rear base portion, a left side base portion, and a right side base portion;
an elongated discrete left side extending uniformly upward from said round base, said elongated left side having a transverse cross-section that is curved to substantially conform to a shape of the round base and extend from the left side base portion to the rear base portion;
an elongated discrete right side separate from said left side and extending uniformly upward from said round base, said elongated right side having a transverse cross-section that is curved to substantially conform to the shape of the round base and extend from the right side base portion to the rear base portion; and
a round intermediate shelf coupled to the elongated left side and coupled to the elongated right side, said round intermediate shelf having a slanted top surface;
wherein the elongated left side and the elongated right side form a partial enclosure about the round intermediate shelf and the bottom shelf that extends about the left base portion, rear base portion, and right base portion, whereby the elongated left side and the elongated right side are configured to retain products stored on the bottom shelf and the round intermediate shelf.

US Pat. No. 10,213,030

BABY SUPPORT

S2S INNOVATIONS INC., To...

1. An apparatus for supporting a baby against a torso of a supporting person, the apparatus comprising:an elongated soft body configured to extend around at least a portion of the torso of the supporting person, where the entire length and width of the elongated soft body is made of a stretch fabric configured to define an expandable pocket between a portion of the stretch fabric and the torso of the supporting person, where the expandable pocket is configured to, in an expanded state, contour the back torso of the baby and secure the baby by:
stretching in at least four directions; and
generating an elastic force to pull the baby towards the torso of the supporting person such that a plane of the elastic force extends along the entire length and width of the elongated soft body; and
an adjustable fastener, also made of a stretch fabric, configured to reversibly affix a first end of the elongated soft body to a second end of the elongated soft body, where, when in use, the elongated soft body pulls the baby to the supporting person by the generated elastic force.

US Pat. No. 10,213,029

SLEEP FABRIC LAYER WITH INDIVIDUALLY POCKETED COILS

Hickory Springs Manufactu...

1. An apparatus to provide cushioning for a surface, comprising:a core layer, wherein the core layer comprises at least one layer of foam; and
an outer support layer, the outer support layer substantially encasing the core layer, wherein the outer support layer comprises:
a first comfort fabric having an outer surface and an interior surface opposite the outer surface,
a second backing fabric having an interior surface facing the interior surface of the first comfort fabric and a core surface facing and abutting the core layer,
a plurality of couplings between the first comfort fabric and the backing fabric such that the interior surfaces abut at the couplings forming a plurality of pockets defined by the first comfort fabric, the second backing fabric, and the plurality of couplings; and
a plurality of microcoils wherein each microcoil is contained within a pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,213,028

BEACH COMPLETE

1. A rectangular inflatable bed unit containing a mattress having a pair of opposed ends and a top surface, a base supporting the mattress and having a bottom surface, a pillow located at one end of the mattress and on the top surface of the mattress, a side tray having a bottom surface substantially coplanar with the bottom surface of the base, a parasol secured to and extending below the bottom surface of the side tray and a long rectangular cubby having a bottom surface substantially coplanar with the respective bottom surfaces of the base and the side tray.

US Pat. No. 10,213,027

FOLDABLE BED

1. A foldable bed comprising:a first frame having a first board put thereon, at least one first connector connected to a front end of the first frame and having a first pin hole and a first aperture which is located below the first pin hole, and
a second frame having a second board put thereon, at least one second connector connected to a rear end of the second frame, the at least one second connector having a second pin hole and a second aperture which is located below the first pin hole, a pivot extending through the first and second apertures to pivotably connect the first frame to the second frame, when the first and second frames are extended, a pin extending through the first and second pin holes.

US Pat. No. 10,213,026

PULTRUDED ADJUSTABLE BED FRAME

1. A frame for a bed, comprising:a pair of side rails, each end of each side rail comprising a side-rail aperture;
a pair of end rails, each end of each end rail comprising an end-rail aperture;
a plurality of legs, each leg comprising a first-leg aperture and a second-leg aperture, the first-leg aperture and second-leg aperture located on adjoining sides of the leg; and
a plurality of connection sleeves, each one of the plurality of connection sleeves comprising:
a first side comprising a first-side aperture,
a second side comprising a second-side aperture, the second side adjoining the first side to form a right angle,
a third side comprising a third-side aperture, the third side spaced from the first side such that a first elongated slot is formed between the first side and the third side, and
a fourth side comprising a fourth-side aperture, the fourth side adjoining the third side to form a right angle, the fourth side spaced from the second side such that a second elongated slot is formed between the second side and the fourth side,
wherein the right angle formed by the first and second sides faces towards the right angle formed by the third and fourth sides,
wherein the first, second, third, and fourth sides are coupled together,
wherein the first elongated slot is sized to receive an end of one of the side rails such that the side rail aperture thereof is alignable with the first-side aperture, the fourth-side aperture, and the first-leg aperture of one of the legs, and
wherein the second elongated slot is sized to receive an end of one of the end rails such that the end rail aperture thereof is alignable with the second-side aperture, the third-side aperture, and the second-leg aperture of the one of the legs.

US Pat. No. 10,213,025

COLLAPSIBLE LOVEMAKING APPARATUS

1. A collapsible lovemaking apparatus for the disabled, comprising:an elongated housing having a floor, a top platform, an open end, a closed end, opposing sidewalls and a hollow interior;
a pedestal chair assembly having:
an elongate chair platform;
a pedestal chair mounted on the platform, wherein the pedestal chair comprises:
i) a pedestal chair seat and a chair back pivotally attached to the chair seat, the chair back being pivotal between an upright position extending 90° upward from the chair seat for supporting a user's back and a downward position 180° opposite the upward position; and
ii) the chair back being configured to define a housing end wall closing the open end of the housing when said pedestal chair is slid into the hollow interior of said housing for storage and transport;
telescoping tubes including a pair of fixed tubes fixed onto the floor inside the hollow interior of the housing and a pair of sliding tubes telescoping into the fixed tubes, the sliding tubes being dimensioned and configured to be slidable outside the open end of the housing, the chair platform being mounted on the sliding tubes and adapted to slide into and out of the housing; and
pedestal wheels mounted below one of the ends of the chair platform so that the pedestal chair is slidable out of the open end of the housing for use and into the interior of the housing for storage and transport; wherein the pedestal chair is height adjustable from a positon below the housing top platform to a position above the housing top platform;
a trolley assembly mounted on the top platform of the housing, the trolley including a carriage and a trolley platform mounted on the carriage, wherein the trolley assembly further comprises a U-shaped track formed by parallel, elongated C-shaped rails mounted on the top platform, the carriage having wheels mounted in the track for rotation in the track; and
a chair seat and a reclining chair back mounted on the trolley platform, the chair seat facing the pedestal chair when the pedestal chair is extended outside the housing for use, the trolley platform on the housing and the elongated pedestal chair platform below the housing both being slidable towards and away from each other to aid in lovemaking, the reclining chair back and the pedestal chair being collapsible onto and into the housing, respectively, for storage and transport.

US Pat. No. 10,213,024

OFFICE, WORK AND LEISURE CHAIR AND RETROFIT KIT FOR A CHAIR OR A SEAT SURFACE FOR CAUSING SUBLIMINAL MOVEMENTS OF THE PERSON SITTING THEREON

iii solutions GmbH, Baar...

1. An office, work and leisure chair for causing subliminal movements of a person sitting thereon with a cruciform base and freely articulated rollers, a gas-spring support and resting thereon an interface panel as a support panel and mounted thereon a base panel bearing a seat cover with a seat surface and back rest, wherein the seat cover is borne in such a way to have wobble capacity as the seat cover rests via a cover panel on a plurality of spring elements, which are displaceable radially, obliquely in relation to the radial direction or helically from the centre of the base panel to a periphery of the base panel, said spring elements being mechanically, hydraulically, pneumatically or electrically displaceable in position outwards or inwards, so that a wobble distance of the seat cover and an attenuation of wobble movement are variable.

US Pat. No. 10,213,023

FOLDING ROCKING CHAIR

ZHEJIANG HENGFENG TOP LEI...

1. A collapsible rocking chair adapted and configured to adjust between an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration, the chair comprising:a pair of front cross members including first and second front cross members, the first and second front cross members being pivotally coupled to each other in a crossed manner, the first and second front cross members each having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a pair of rear cross members including first and second rear cross members, the first and second rear cross members being pivotally coupled to each other in a crossed manner, the first and second rear cross members each having a first end and second end opposite the first end;
a pair of rear seat support members including a left and right rear seat support member, each of the left and right rear seat support member having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the left rear seat support member pivotally and slideably coupled to the first end of the first rear cross member, the right rear seat support member pivotally and slideably coupled to the first end of the second rear cross member;
a pair of roll tubes including left and right roll tubes, the left and right roll tubes each having a first end and second end opposite the first end;
a left side member having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end pivotally and slideably coupled to the left rear seat support member, the second end pivotally coupled to the first end of the left roll tube, the left side member having a bend at an obtuse angle;
a right side member having a first end and second end opposite the first end, the first end pivotally and slideably coupled to the right rear seat support member, the second end pivotally coupled to the first end of the right roll tube, the right side member having a bend at an obtuse angle;
a left front seat support member having a first end and second end opposite the first end, the first end of the left front seat support member pivotally coupled to the first end of the first front cross member, the second end of the left front seat support member engageable with the second end of the left roll tube, the left front seat support member pivotally coupled to the second end of the left rear seat support member between the first and second ends of the left front seat support member;
a right front seat support member having a first end and second end opposite the first end, the first end of the right front seat support member pivotally coupled to the first end of the second front cross member, the second end of the right front seat support member engageable with the second end of the right roll tube, the right front seat support member pivotally coupled to the second end of the right rear seat support member between the first and second ends of the right front seat support member; and
a right and left guiding member each having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end of the left guiding member pivotally coupled to the second end of the left front seat support member, the second end of the left guiding member pivotally coupled to the left roll tube between the first and second ends of the left roll tube, the first end of the right guiding member pivotally coupled to the second end of the of the right front seat support member, the second end of the right guiding member pivotally coupled to the right roll tube between the first and second ends of the right roll tube.

US Pat. No. 10,213,022

RECREATIONAL ROTATING CHAIR

1. A rotating chair apparatus, comprising:an upper chair section;
a lower chair section, comprising:
a plurality of legs: and
a support base removabley attached to a lower end of each of the plurality of legs,
the support base comprises a single layer of pliable material;
wherein the support base forms a planar surface that extends between opposing legs when the rotating chair is in use; and
a turntable having an upper plate coupled to upper chair section and a lower plate coupled to lower chair section,
wherein the upper plate and lower plate are rotatably coupled such that their coupling allows the upper chair section to rotate with respect to the lower chair section.

US Pat. No. 10,213,021

MOBILE CHAIR

1. A mobile chair comprising:a base;
a plurality of rollers coupled to and extending from a lower face of said base;
a brake coupled to said base, said brake being selectively couplable to at least one said roller, said brake comprising
a first rod rotationally coupled to said lower face of said base, said first rod extending between an adjacent pair of said rollers, said first rod being selectively couplable to each of said adjacent pair of said rollers,
a pedal coupled to and extending from said first rod such that an outer edge of said pedal protrudes from said perimeter of said base, said pedal being positioned equally distant from each of said adjacent pair of said rollers, and
wherein said pedal is positioned on said first rod such that said pedal is configured for reversible depression by the operator such that said first rod selectively couples to said adjacent pair of said rollers such that locomotion of said base is prevented;
a lift coupled to and extending from an upper face of said base;
a seat coupled to said lift distal from said base;
a backrest pivotally coupled to and extending from a rear of said seat; and
wherein said rollers are positioned on said base such that said base is configured for locomotion across a surface, wherein said brake is positioned on said base such that said brake is configured for an operator to selectively couple said brake to said at least one said roller such that locomotion of said base is prevented, wherein said seat is positioned on said lift such that said lift is configured for the operator to selectively vertically position said seat relative to said base, wherein said backrest is positioned on said seat such that said backrest is configured for the operator to selectively angularly position said backrest relative to said seat.

US Pat. No. 10,213,020

MODULAR ASSEMBLY FOR HIGH LEG ROW SEATING

8. A seating unit having a back end and a front end, comprising:a frame defined by a pair of spaced apart first and second chassis plates, coupled together in spaced relation, each chassis plate having a front end and a rear end;
a pair of mechanisms operable to move between a closed position and at least a reclined position, with one mechanism coupled to each chassis plate, each mechanism comprising;
a first roller track fixedly coupled to one of the first or second chassis plates, and oriented proximate the front end of the chassis plate at an angle that slopes on an incline from the rear end of the chassis plate to the front end of the chassis plate;
a second roller track fixedly coupled to the same one of the first or second chassis plates, spaced from the first roller track and oriented proximate the rear end of the chassis plate at an angle that slopes on a decline from the rear end of the chassis plate to the front end of the chassis plate; and
a seat mounting plate moveably coupled to, and constrained by, a linkage coupling the seat mounting plate to the first roller track and the second roller track,
wherein the seat mounting plate is moveable from a generally horizontal orientation in the closed position, to an inclined orientation in the reclined position, with the incline from back end of the seating unit to the front end of the seating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,213,019

CHAIR ARM ASSEMBLY

Steelcase Inc., Grand Ra...

1. A chair assembly, comprising:a back support arrangement that includes forwardly-facing surface configured to support a user;
a seat support arrangement that includes an upwardly-facing surface configured to support a user; and
a four-bar arrangement that includes a rearward end and a forward end that is adjustable between a raised position and a lowered position; and
an arm rest assembly adapted to support the arm of a seated user thereon and supported on the forward end of the four-bar arrangement;
wherein the rearward end of the four-bar arrangement is pivotably supported from an arm support structure for pivotable movement about a substantially vertical pivot axis such that the forward end of the four-bar arrangement is moveable between a first position and second position located laterally outward from the first position, and wherein the substantially vertical pivot axis is located forwardly of a rearmost edge of the upwardly-facing surface of the seat support arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,213,018

CORNER SHELF INSTALLATION TOOL

William Joseph Karins, Sr...

1. A shower corner shelf installation tool comprising:(a) a first and second arm that are pivotally connected to one other and are configured to support a shower corner shelf thereon when the shower corner shelf installation tool is in use, the first and second arms each have an upper sidewall connected to a lower sidewall by an outer sidewall positioned there between;
(b) spaced apart anchor members protruding away from the outer side wall of each arm that are configured to grip a shower corner to temporarily affix the shower corner shelf installation tool thereto while in use;
(c) spaced apart leveling members extending above the first and second arm that are independently configured to selectively adjust the shower corner shelf during installation; and
(d) a tensioning member configured to extend between the first and second arm and to apply force to the first and second arms and anchor members while the shower corner shelf installation tool is in use to temporarily affix the shower corner shelf installation tool to the shower corner.

US Pat. No. 10,213,017

SLIDE RAIL ASSEMBLY

KING SLIDE WORKS CO., LTD...

1. A slide rail assembly, comprising:a first rail comprising a releasing feature;
a second rail movable relative to the first rail;
a third rail movable relative to the second rail, the third rail comprising a first wall, a second wall and a side wall connected between the first wall and the second wall, at least one of the first wall and the second wall of the third rail being arranged with a cut-out portion defining a groove, the groove being concaved from a surface of the at least one of the first wall and the second wall of the third rail; and
an engaging member pivoted to the second rail;
wherein the engaging member is configured to engage with the third rail to allow the second rail and the third rail to be synchronously moved relative to the first rail along a first direction, and the releasing feature is configured to disengage the engaging member from the third rail when the second rail is synchronously moved with the third rail relative to the first rail to a predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,015

PNEUMATIC ASSIST ADJUSTABLE TABLE

1. A table assembly, comprising:a table top including an underside and defining a front approach side and rear user side;
a top structure attached to the table top and including first and second hollow support cylinders arranged parallel to each other, and a top support bar extending between and perpendicular to the first and second support cylinders, the first and second support cylinders extending in a vertical direction downwardly away from the table top;
a tilt assembly affixed to the underside of the table top and to the top support bar, the tilt assembly configured and operable to pivot about a pivot axis that extends parallel to the top support bar to pivot the table top relative to the top support bar;
a base structure including first and second hollow legs arranged parallel to each other, the first and second legs extending in the vertical direction and configured to receive at least a portion of a corresponding one of the first and second support cylinders;
first and second movement mechanisms disposed within a support cylinder of a corresponding one of the first and second support cylinders and within a corresponding one of the first and second legs; and
a control mechanism operably connected to the first and second movement mechanisms configured and operable to directly and simultaneously control each movement mechanism so as to raise and lower the first and second support cylinders relative to the first and second legs.

US Pat. No. 10,213,014

TRANSFER STATION FOR TRANSFERRING BRISTLE FILAMENTS

Zahoransky AG, Todtnau (...

1. A transfer station (1) for transferring bristle filaments which are infeedable to the transfer station in bristle bundles (3), said bristle bundles (3) gathering the bristle filaments as a bundle via at least one band (4), to a magazine (2), the bristle filaments being stored in said magazine (2), the transfer station (1) comprising at least two pairs (8, 9) of gripper fingers (10, 11; 12, 13) which are spaced apart from one another in a longitudinal direction of the bundle, the gripper fingers (10, 11; 12, 13) of the gripper finger pairs (8, 9) for gripping and transferring a bristle bundle (3) are configured to be movable in relation to one another in such a manner that a spacing of said gripper fingers (10, 11; 12, 13) is reduced, the bristle bundle (3) to be gripped during transfer is gripped by all of the gripper fingers (10, 11; 12, 13) of the gripper finger pairs (8, 9), and the gripper finger pairs (8, 9) here grip the bristle bundle (3) in such a manner that the at least one band (4) of the bristle bundle (3) is disposed between adjacent gripper finger pairs (8, 9).

US Pat. No. 10,213,013

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a handle and a head connected to the handle, the head having a first side and a second side opposite the first side;
a soft tissue cleaner positioned on the second side of the head, the soft tissue cleaner comprising a plurality of protrusions that extend from the second side of the head; and
wherein the plurality of protrusions of the soft tissue cleaner at least partially define an optical machine-readable representation of data; and
wherein the plurality of protrusions of the soft tissue cleaner that at least partially define the optical machine-readable representation of data are formed as a series of parallel lines with a plurality of spaces therebetween, the plurality of spaces having two or more different widths.

US Pat. No. 10,213,011

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a handle and a head having a front surface and an opposing rear surface, the head comprising a support structure and a monolithic cleaning unit, the monolithic cleaning unit comprising:
a base portion coupled to the support structure and forming a portion of the front surface of the head; and
a plurality of bristles extending from the base portion and protruding from the front surface of the head;
wherein at least one of the plurality of bristles comprises:
a cylindrical body extending along a longitudinal axis from a proximal end that is adjacent the base portion of the monolithic cleaning unit to a distal end, the cylindrical body tapering from the proximal end to the distal end; and
at least one rib extending from an outer surface of the cylindrical body, a height of the rib measured from the outer surface of the cylindrical body to a terminal edge of the rib increasing with distance from the proximal end of the cylindrical body towards the distal end of the cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 10,213,010

ELECTRONIC DEVICE ROTATION ATTACHMENT

Creative Law Enforcement ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a base; and
a loop attached to the base;
wherein the loop has a length, and the loop is joined to the base at a first position at approximately 6.25 per cent of the length from a first end and further joined to the base at a second position approximately 18.75 per cent of the length from the first end;
wherein the loop comprises an unbound section of approximately 68.75 per cent of the length and the loop is further joined to the base at a third position proximate the first end;
wherein the base comprises an adhesive on a side opposite the loop.

US Pat. No. 10,213,009

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN AIR FILLED STRUCTURE

NEMO Equipment, Inc., Do...

1. A method of assembling an air-filled structure, said method comprising the acts of:providing a first, generally planar exterior member, said first, generally planar exterior member having a top surface and a bottom surface and a first side and a second side, said first, generally planar exterior member composed of a heat weldable material;
providing a second, generally planar exterior member, said second, generally planar exterior member having a top surface and a bottom surface and a first side and a second side, said second, generally planar exterior member composed of a heat weldable material;
providing a first, generally planar interior layer, said first, generally planar interior layer disposed proximate said bottom surface of said first, generally planar exterior member, said first, generally planar interior layer including a plurality of openings extending through said first, generally planar interior layer and arranged in a predetermined pattern and position in said first generally planar interior layer;
providing a second, generally planar interior layer, said second, generally planar interior layer disposed proximate said top surface of said second, generally planar exterior member, said second, generally planar interior layer including a plurality of openings extending through said second, generally planar interior layer and arranged in a predetermined pattern and position in said second generally planar interior layer;
providing a plurality of internal connecting members, each of said plurality of internal connecting members including a first external member attachment region and a second external member attachment region; and
attaching said first and second generally planar exterior members to said first and second external member attachment regions respectively on said plurality of internal connecting members, wherein said first generally planar exterior member is attached to said first external member attachment region of said plurality of internal connecting members in a plurality of attachment locations utilizing a heat attachment method, each of said plurality of attachment locations provided through one of said plurality of openings in said first generally planar interior layer, and wherein said second generally planar exterior member is attached to said second external member attachment region of said plurality of internal connecting members in a plurality of attachment locations utilizing a heat attachment method, each of said plurality of attachment locations provided through one of said plurality of openings in said second generally planar interior layer,
wherein the first and second generally planar interior layers are not welded or otherwise attached but are pinned in place by virtue of the attachment of the first and second generally planar exterior members to said plurality of internal connecting members.

US Pat. No. 10,213,008

BALLISTIC BACKPACK

1. A ballistic backpack comprising:a pouch having a back panel defining a compartment having a pouch lower edge;
shoulder straps connected to the pouch;
a closure flap connected to the compartment and having a flap lower edge connected to the pouch at the pouch lower edge;
the closure flap being movable between a closed position in which the closure flap extends up from the pouch lower edge and encloses the pouch, and a deployed position in which the closure flap depends downward from the pouch lower edge;
a first ballistic panel connected to the back panel and having a first panel edge proximate the lower pouch edge;
a second ballistic panel connected to the closure flap and having a second panel edge proximate the lower flap edge; and
the flap lower edge being at a level above the pouch lower edge, such that when the closure flap is in the deployed position, the first and second ballistic panels overlap.

US Pat. No. 10,213,007

METHOD FOR DELIVERING COSMETIC ADVICE

1. A cosmetic method comprising:a) acquiring a color from a region of the body of an individual, by using a device having a color camera, memory and a processor; and
b) delivering automatically by the device, using the color acquired in a) by the color camera and knowledge of tanning pathways stored in the memory or to be downloaded into the device,
at least one data representative of skin phototype of the individual,
at least one indication concerning at least one skin color obtainable by the individual via a pigmentation or depigmentation process, and
an indication concerning one or more products and/or combinations of products intended to temporarily modify skin color, to be applied to obtain a skin color that is the same as one of the at least one skin color obtainable by the individual via the pigmentation or depigmentation process,
wherein the color acquisition is carried out by placing a color reference chart in the field of the camera, the color reference chart comprising a window through which the color acquisition is carried out, the chart further comprising an identifier or a hyperlink or a barcode allowing the device to recognize the chart.

US Pat. No. 10,213,006

EYELASH GRASPER DEVICE FOR REMOVING MASCARA FROM THE EYELASHES AND METHOD OF USING

1. A method of removing mascara from mascara-coated eyelashes using an actuated eyelash grasper, the eyelash grasper before actuation having:a main body portion comprising a first and a second elongated arm member joined at a stationary distal end, each first and second elongated arm member having an inner smooth side and an outer smooth side and extending from the said stationery distal end along longitudinal lines to a proximal junction point in a variable relative position to provide a v-shaped variable space separating said first and second elongated arm members from each other wherein the said v-shaped variable space extends from the said stationery distal end to the said proximal junction point, with at least one of said first and second elongated arm members further comprising an optional strip of compressible, slip resistant material on said smooth outer side between said stationery distal end of said main body portion and said junction point;
a first wing portion permanently affixed at its distal end to said first elongated arm member's said proximal junction point and ending in a blunt end at its proximal end and a parallel second wing portion affixed at its distal end to said second elongated arm member's said proximal junction point and ending in a blunt and at its proximal end, each said first and second wing portion extending upwardly and outwardly from said affixed proximal junction point so as to form an obtuse angle with its said permanently affixed elongated arm member and wherein the said first and second wing portions extending from said junction points are parallel to each other and separated by a variable eyelash-grasping space;
a domed stopper disk comprising a flat side permanently affixed to the said inner smooth side of any one of the said elongated first or second arm members and a dome oppositely positioned from the said flat side and extending into the said v-shaped variable space separating said first and said second elongated arm members from each other, and
a plurality of replaceable disposable absorbent sleeves substantially oval in shape comprising a top layer and a bottom layer with curved upper and lower edges, an internal cavity; a alit; and a rounded end opposite to said slit, and further comprising compressed cotton, polyester, or other absorbent material, and optionally, an impregnated mascara dissolving agent;
the method comprising:
a. assembling actuated eyelash grasper for use in removing mascara from eyelashes preferably pre-coated with mascara dissolving or softening agent by grasping said first elongated member while slidingly inserting said blunt end of said first wing portion through said slit and through said internal cavity of said disposable absorbent sleeve until said blunt end of said first wing portion is in substantial contact with said rounded end of said disposable absorbent sleeve; and grasping said second elongated member while slidingly inserting said blunt end of said second wing portion through said slit and through said internal cavity of said disposable absorbent sleeve until said blunt end of said second wing portion is in substantial contact with said rounded end of said disposable sleeve;
b. grasping said smooth outer sides of said first and second elongated arm members of said actuated eyelash grasper with the thumb and index finger positioned in any one of said concave indentations or against said compressible slip resistant material;
c. horizontally positioning eyelashes preferably previously coated with mascara dissolving or softening agent between said variable eyelash-grasping space separating said first wing portion of said actuated eyelash grasper from said second wing portion of said actuated eyelash grasper such that said rounded ends of said disposable absorbent sleeve, are pointed towards the bridge of the user's nose;
d. gently squeezing first and second elongated arms members together so as to cause said said first wing portion and said second wing portion to simultaneously move towards said horizontally-positioned eyelash until said actuated eyelash grasper's said first disposable absorbent sleeve comes into contact with top of said mascara-coated eyelashes and said second disposable absorbent sleeve comes into contact with bottom side of mascara-coated eyelashes;
e. maintaining contact between said mascara-coated eyelashes and said first and said second disposable sleeves a sufficient amount of time to provide for the transfer of said dissolved or softened mascara to said first and second disposable absorbent sleeves while being prevented from exerting eye-lash damaging pressure on said eyelashes by said domed stopper disk;
f. reversing said gentle squeezing action on said first and elongated arms to eliminate contact between said first and said second disposable absorbent sleeves and said eyelashes;
g. manually removing and discarding said first and second disposable absorbent sleeves from said first and second wing portions; and
h. repeating steps a through g until mascara has been removed from the user's eyelashes to the user's satisfaction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,005

CONTAINER WITH IMPROVED OPENING SYSTEM

BRIVAPLAST S.r.L., Milan...

1. Container for liquid or paste products of the type generically consisting of a tank (1) and of a closing capsule (2), a stem (3) being associated with suitable retaining means with said capsule, said stem (3) supporting an applicator, between said capsule (2) and said stem (3) a spring (13) being arranged, said tank (1) consisting of a cylindrical body, at the top of which a neck (4) is provided, apt to allow the insertion of the stem (3) and the tightening of the capsule (2) to said tank (1), on the external periphery of said neck (4) shaped relief guiding and retaining members (7) for peg members internally projecting from said capsule (2) being provided, wherein on said capsule there is provided a fastening portion (2d) with a cylindrical coupling ring (12) containing a rotating ring (10) carrying said peg members, apt to engage with said shaped relief guiding members provided on said neck (4).

US Pat. No. 10,213,004

NAIL SHAPE ACQUIRING DEVICE, DRAWING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING NAIL SHAPE ACQUIRING DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING NAIL SHAPE ACQUIRING DEVICE

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A nail shape acquiring device comprising:a processor configured to:
acquire a plurality of index values each representing a degree of a curve of a curved shape of a nail of a respective one of a plurality of objects based on at least one image in which the plurality of objects are imaged, the plurality of objects being a plurality of fingers including at least one pair of a same type fingers on a right hand and a left hand of one user or a plurality of toes including at least one pair of a same type toes on a right foot and a left foot of one user;
compare an absolute value of a difference between the index values for the nails of the same type fingers on the right hand and left hand or the same type toes on the right foot and left foot with a threshold value;
determine that it is necessary to reacquire at least one of the index values between which the difference exists in a case where the absolute value of the difference is larger than the threshold value; and
determine that it is not necessary to reacquire at least one of the index values between which the difference exists, and use at least one of the index values from the difference calculation as a value representing the degree of the curve of the curved shape of the nail corresponding to said at least one of the index values, in a case where the absolute value of the difference is equal to or smaller than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,213,003

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NAIL CARE

1. A nail care system designed for use in a manicure or pedicure process, comprising:an assembly of disposable tools, lotions, and oils required for a manicure or pedicure process; and
a packaging system comprising disposable individual sections and a cover for each disposable individual section, wherein:
the disposable individual sections are linked together in a chronological order of the disposable tools, lotions, and oils necessary to complete a manicure or a pedicure,
each disposable individual section is adapted to hold therein one of a single chronologically ordered disposable tool, lotion, and oil of the assembly, further wherein each disposable individual section is adapted to receive its cover such that the cover seals the single chronologically ordered disposable tool, lotion, and oil of the assembly within the disposable individual section and prevents release of the single chronologically ordered disposable tool, lotion, and oil of the assembly from the disposable individual section, and
the disposable individual sections are separable from the packaging system and unsealable through removal of its cover thereby providing access to a particular disposable tool, lotion, and oil sealed therein when the particular disposable tool, lotion, and oil is required in accordance with the chronological ordering of the disposable tools, lotions, and oils for the manicure or pedicure process, further wherein the particular disposable tool, lotion, and oil and the disposable individual section are disposed after use of the particular disposable tool, lotion, and oil sealed.

US Pat. No. 10,213,002

CAPSULE-TYPE HEATER DEVICE

SPS CO., LTD, Cheonan-si...

1. A capsule-type heater device comprising:a first case including a first body having a hollow shape and thus provided with a first heat exchange space formed therein so as to pass a thermal medium including air therethrough, and a first coupling part provided at a center of an inside of the first body and integrated with an inner circumferential surface of the first body by a plurality of first connection parts, first heater mounting grooves being respectively formed in the first connection parts;
a second case including a second body having a hollow shape and thus provided with a second heat exchange space formed therein so as to pass the thermal medium including air therethrough, and a second coupling part provided at a center of an inside of the second body and integrated with an inner circumferential surface of the second body by a plurality of second connection parts, second heater mounting grooves being respectively formed in the second connection parts, the second case having a symmetrical structure with the first case; and
a heater including a heating part molded to have the same shape as the first and second cases and mounted in the first and second heater mounting grooves, and power connection ends provided at both ends of the heating part, the heater being installed within the first and second cases coupled so that the first and second cases are opposite each other in a configuration that the heating part is mounted in the first and second heater mounting grooves,
wherein, as the thermal medium including air passes through the first and second heat exchange spaces in a configuration that the heater is installed between the first and second cases, the thermal medium contacts the heater and the cases heated by the heater and thus executes heat exchange.

US Pat. No. 10,213,001

ATTACHMENT FOR A HAND HELD APPLIANCE

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. An attachment for a hand held appliance, the attachment comprising an outer wall with a first part that is generally conical in shape forming a conical outer surface of the attachment, and a fluid inlet into the outer wall, wherein the fluid inlet is formed from a discontinuity in the conical outer surface of the attachment, the outer wall is formed from a first part of a first wall and a sleeve, the first part of the first wall extends radially outwardly from a second part of the first wall, the sleeve extends around the second part of the first wall, and the discontinuity in the conical outer surface is formed by a gap between the radially extending first part of the first wall and an end of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,213,000

HAIR STYLING APPLIANCE

Jemella Limited, Leeds (...

1. A hair styling appliance for dual supply voltage operation comprising:a body having at least one arm bearing a hair styling heater, wherein said hair styling heater comprises a heater plate and a first heater electrode and a second heater electrode operatively coupled to a common portion of the heater plate for heating the common portion of the heater plate, wherein the first heater electrode comprises a first patterned conductor track that provides a first current path adjacent and connected to said portion of the heater plate and the second heater electrode comprises a second patterned conductor track that provides a second different current path adjacent and connected to said portion of the heater plate and wherein the first patterned conductor track has a lower resistance than the second patterned conductor track;
a first power input connectable to a battery power source; and
a second power input connectable to a mains powered source;
wherein said hair styling appliance is useable for styling when coupled to said mains powered source and when coupled to said battery power source;
wherein said first power input is coupled to said first heater electrode so that current from said battery power source flows along said first current path provide by the first patterned conductor track of said first heater electrode and not along said second different current path provided by the second patterned conductor track of said second heater electrode;
wherein said second power input is coupled to said second heater electrode so that current from said mains powered source flows along said second different current path provided by the second patterned conductor track of said second heater electrode and not along said first current path provided by the first patterned conductor track of said first heater electrode; and
wherein said hair styling heater is configured to simultaneously heat said portion of the heatable plate with said first heater electrode and said second heater electrode by causing the current from said battery power source to flow along said first current path of said first heater electrode at the same time as causing current from said mains powered source to flow along said second different current path of said second heater electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,212,999

LUGGAGE APPARATUS

1. A wheeled, cabin-sized suitcase, the wheeled, cabin-sized suitcase comprising:a suitcase body comprising:
a moveable portion comprising:
a first moveable portion section comprising a first moveable portion section first surface; and
a second moveable portion section comprising a second moveable portion section first surface and a second moveable portion section second surface;
wherein the first moveable portion section is pivotably connected to the second moveable portion section via a hinge between the first moveable portion section first surface and the second moveable portion section first surface; and
a fixed portion comprising a fixed portion first surface;
wherein the moveable portion is pivotably connected to the fixed portion via a hinge between the second moveable portion section second surface and the fixed portion first surface;
wherein the moveable portion is movable with respect to the fixed portion between a deployed position and a stowed position;
wherein in the stowed position, the first moveable portion section first surface rests against the second moveable portion section first surface, the second moveable portion section second surface rests against the fixed portion first surface, and the first moveable portion section first surface, the second moveable portion section first surface and the second moveable portion section second surface are substantially contained within the apparatus body; and
wherein in the deployed position, the fixed portion first surface and the second moveable portion section second surface are aligned substantially in parallel to define an extended seat for supporting a child's bottom and the first moveable portion section first surface and the second moveable portion section first surface are aligned substantially in parallel to define a leg rest.

US Pat. No. 10,212,998

EDUCATIONAL SAVING SYSTEM

1. A method of educating a child about the importance of saving money, comprising:issuing an individual toy bank to a child, said toy bank including:
a base, said base having a first opening and a second opening defined by said base, said first and second openings positioned at front edge of the base;
plugs for retention within said first and second openings, said plugs being able to be removed by said child;
a first partition located in the base, said first partition running between opposing side edges of the base;
a second partition located in the base, said second partition beginning at the front edge of the base and terminating at said first partition;
an access port positioned at the rear edge of the base;
an interchangeable top portion having a third and a fourth partition therein, said third partition running between opposing side edges of said top portion and said fourth partition beginning at a front edge of said top portion and terminating at said third partition; wherein when said top portion is removably fixed to said base the first partition and the third partition are brought into communication and the second and fourth partitions are brought into communication creating first, second, and third chambers within said toy bank;
a first slot in said top portion positioned to drop currency into said first chamber;
a second slot in said top portion positioned to drop currency into said second chamber;
a third slot in said top portion positioned to drop currency into said third chamber;
an access panel retained within said access port in said base;
a lock located in said access panel, said lock preventing access to the third chamber;
maintaining a key for said lock at an issuing financial institution;
providing educational material to the child to encourage saving, wherein said educational material includes a fictional representation of the toy bank;
monitoring the saving progress of the child; and
awarding the child based on predetermined thresholds of saving, wherein awards include stickers or additional interchangeable top portions.

US Pat. No. 10,212,997

COLLAPSIBLE UMBRELLA WITH AUTOMATIC CLOSING STRUCTURE

1. A collapsible umbrella with automatic closing structure, comprising:an extended rod including an outer tube, an intermediate tube, an inner tube, and a first spring,
wherein the outer tube includes an engaging hole on a periphery near a top thereof, a first groove section axially arranged along an outer periphery of the outer tube and a first slot hole arranged at near bottom of the first groove section;
the intermediate tube is engaged in an inner periphery of the outer tube and includes a second groove section axially arranged along an outer periphery thereof corresponding to the first groove section, a first through hole arranged near a top of the second groove section corresponding to the first slot hole, a second slot hole arranged near a bottom of the second groove section, a third groove section arranged axially along the outer periphery of the intermediate tube and parallel with the second groove section, and a first positioning joint disposed within the intermediate tube at a top thereof and including a first axial through-hole and a first clip arranged on a periphery wall thereof, said first clip including a resilient section protruding out the first through hole and the second groove section without extending over the periphery of the intermediate tube and engaging the first slot hole of the outer tube for fixing a position when the intermediate tube is retracted within the outer tube;
the inner tube includes a fourth groove section arranged along an outer periphery thereof corresponding to the second groove section, a second through hole arranged near a top of the fourth groove section corresponding to the second slot hole, a fifth groove section axially arranged along the outer periphery of the inner tube corresponding to the third groove section, a sixth groove section axially arranged along the outer periphery of the inner tube, and a second positioning joint disposed within the inner tube at a top thereof, said second positioning joint including a second axial through-hole and a second clip arranged on a periphery wall thereof, said second clip including a resilient section protruding out the second through hole and the fourth groove section without extending over the periphery of the inner tube and engaging the second slot hole of the intermediate tube for fixing a position when the inner tube is retracted within the intermediate tube and the outer tube;
the first spring has a top end passing through the first axial through-hole to fixedly engage in the outer tube and a bottom end passing through the second axial through-hole to fixedly engage in the inner tube;
a handle engaged a bottom end of the inner tube by a fixing section, said fixing section including a lower fastening element;
a top cap mounted on a top end of the outer tube and including an upper fastening element, said upper fastening element further having a seventh groove section arranged along an outer periphery of a lower part of the upper fastening element corresponding to the first groove section of the outer tube for the upper fastening element to be mounted and fixed thereon;
a runner engaged on the outer peripheral of the outer tube and including a button, a latch arranged at a bottom end of the button for fixing a position of the button when the runner is pushed toward the top cap, and an axial protrusion arranged axially along an inner periphery of the runner for pressing the resilient section of the first clip inwardly to be released from the first slot hole, thereby retracting the intermediate tube back into the outer tube, and then pressing the resilient section of the second clip inwardly by the intermediate tube to be released from the second slot hole, thereby retracting the inner tube into the intermediate tube when the runner slides downwards along the outer tube; and
an upper part including a plurality of radially arranged ribs and a piece of covering fabric, each rib having a first engaging end, a second engaging end and a second spring, said first engaging ends engaging the top cap and said second engaging ends engaging the runner;
whereby the collapsible umbrella is opened by having the handle held by one hand and the runner pushed by another hand for sliding toward the top cap to displace the plurality of ribs for stretching the second springs, displace the outer tube away from the handle and stretch the first spring in the extendable rod until the latch engages in the engaging hole for positioning the runner at a position near a top end of the outer tube, the resilient section of the first clip engaging in the first slot hole for the intermediate tube to stretch out from the outer tube, and the resilient section of the second clip engaging in the second slot hole for the inner tube to stretch out from the intermediate tube, thereby the extendable rod is fully extended, the covering fabric is unfolded, and the collapsible umbrella is opened; and
the collapsible umbrella is closed by having one hand holding the runner and pressing the button on the runner to release the engaging status of the latch from the engaging hole, retract the second springs, and fold back the covering fabric, then a bottom end of the outer tube displacing toward the runner until the resilient section of the first clip being released from the first slot hole by the axial protrusion of the runner and the intermediate tube being retracted back inside the outer tube by the first spring to fully retract the extendable rod and close the collapsible umbrella.

US Pat. No. 10,212,996

ASYMMETRICAL UMBRELLA

1. An asymmetrical umbrella comprising:a handle;
a single frame member attached at its first and second ends to the handle and also attached to the handle at a third position along the frame member between the ends of the frame member such that the frame member passes through the handle at the third position;
a sleeve collecting two portions of the frame member together at a position opposite a periphery of the umbrella from the handle; and
a canopy attached to the frame member, wherein
the first end of the frame member is attached to the handle and terminates at the handle and the second end of the frame member attaches to the handle and extends beyond the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,212,995

DECORATIVE PIECE PRODUCED BY SETTING

1. A decorative piece comprising:a support that is at least a part of a timepiece component and that is made of a brittle material, and in which at least one hollow is arranged into a surface of the support,
wherein the at least one hollow is filled with a first material so that at least one side flank of the at least one hollow frictionally contacts the first material, and the first material forms a substrate in which at least one housing is arranged,
the at least one housing configured so that at least one aesthetic element is housable therein,
the substrate further including a gripper elastically deforming to retain the at least one aesthetic element in the at least one housing, the gripper further including at least one setting element, and
a surface of the substrate that faces outwardly from an opening of the at least one hollow is parallel to the surface of the support into which the at least one hollow is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,212,994

SMART WATCH BAND

1. A band, comprising:a display;
at least one replaceable module; and
a protrusion connected to an end of the band, wherein the protrusion includes a skin side having an electrically conductive surface that contacts a user's skin when worn on a user, and a watch side that receives a detachable watch.

US Pat. No. 10,212,993

CLOSURE DEVICE

Fidlock GmbH, Hannover (...

1. A closure device for releasably connecting two parts with each other, comprisinga first closure member having a rigid first locking portion,
a second closure member which is attachable to the first closure member and in a closed position is held on the first closure member, the second closure member having a rigid second locking portion, wherein the second locking portion can be brought into engagement with the first locking portion in an engagement direction and in the closed position engages the first locking portion in a positive locking manner,
wherein the first closure member comprises a first magnetic member and the second closure member comprises a second magnetic member, the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member being constituted to magnetically attract each other when the second closure member is attached to the first closure member for closing the closure device,
wherein a force application element is pivotably attached to the second locking portion at a force application location, the force application element being constituted to introduce a force into the second closure member,
wherein the first closure member further comprises a base and a locking element rigidly attached to the base and carrying the first locking portion, wherein the second closure member further comprises a locking part carrying the second locking portion and having a front face which, in the closed position, faces the locking element of the first closure member, and
wherein, in the closed position, when viewed in a direction opposite the engagement direction, the force application location on the second closure member is located between the front face and a center of the first magnetic member of the first closure member.

US Pat. No. 10,212,992

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for slide fasteners, comprising:a slider body that includes an upper blade; a lower blade; a coupling post; and a pull tab attachment post wherein the coupling post couples the upper blade and the lower blade at a front end portion of the slider body, and the pull tab attachment post extends from a base end portion thereof coupled to the upper blade to a free end portion thereof towards the front end portion as a cantilever; and
a closure part that comprises a closure portion for closing a gap between the free end portion of the pull tab attachment post and the upper blade,
wherein the closure part comprises an upper engaging portion provided at an upper section of the closure part and engaged with the free end portion of the pull tab attachment post; and a leg portion provided at a lower section of the closure portion, and
wherein the leg portion comprises a rod portion extending from the closure portion along the coupling post; and a lower engaging portion coupled to the rod portion and engaged with the lower blade.

US Pat. No. 10,212,991

FASTENER CHAIN ELEMENT AND FASTENER CHAIN

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener chain including an element, the element comprising a body portion fixed on a core portion of a tape extending in a length direction and a width direction, the core portion extending in the length direction on one side edge portion of the tape; a neck portion protruding from the body portion to extend away from the tape in the width direction; a pair of shoulder portions protruding from a front surface and a rear surface of the neck portion in the length direction when considered from an upper side of the element; an engaging head portion protruding from the neck portion to extend away from the tape in the width direction; and a pair of groove portions formed in the engaging head portion, each of the groove portions extending in the length direction when considered from the upper side of the element,wherein as viewed in the width direction, the element has at least one of a protruding direction of the pair of shoulder portions inclined with respect to a reference direction and an extending direction of the pair of groove portions inclined with respect to the reference direction, wherein the reference direction is an extending direction of the core portion on which the body portion is fixed such that the fastener chain forms a curved shape when closed.

US Pat. No. 10,212,990

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHOE MANUFACTURING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for the manufacture of a plurality of shoes, the method comprising:producing a plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers relative to a plurality of three-dimensionally shaped mounting devices, the plurality of three-dimensionally shaped mounting devices comprising at least one mounting device having a three-dimensional shape that corresponds to a first shoe model shape for a first shoe model and at least one other mounting device having a three-dimensional shape that corresponds to a second shoe model shape for a second shoe model, each respective pre-shaped shoe upper being produced by constructing a material on a corresponding one of the mounting devices, wherein at least one shoe upper of the plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers has a three-dimensional pre-shape that corresponds to the first shoe model shape and at least one other shoe upper of the plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers has a three-dimensional pre-shape that corresponds to the second shoe model shape,
processing the plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers to produce the plurality of shoes, wherein at least one shoe of the plurality of shoes is the first shoe model and at least one other shoe of the plurality of shoes is the second shoe model,
wherein the processing comprises an individually controllable succession of processing steps that proceed in an automated manner.

US Pat. No. 10,212,989

SHOE HAVING UPPER AND SOLE

ASICS CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A shoe having an upper and a sole, the shoe comprising:a flexible member forming a part of the upper and adapted to cover a medial side surface of a foot; and
first and second reinforcement portions being less stretchable than the flexible member and attached to a surface of the flexible member, wherein:
the first reinforcement portion continuously or intermittently extends, in a band-shaped form or a linear-shaped form, upward from a boundary of the upper with respect to the sole;
the second reinforcement portion is placed posterior to the first reinforcement portion and continuously or intermittently extends, in a band-shaped form or a linear-shaped form, upward from the boundary of the upper with respect to the sole;
the flexible member has a reinforced area arranged between the first and the second reinforcement portions, an outermost surface of the reinforced area being the outermost surface of the flexible member between the first and the second reinforcement portions, the reinforced area being reinforced by the first and the second reinforcement portions;
the reinforced area is defined by (i) a first envelope line along a posterior edge of the first reinforcement portion and (ii) a second envelope line along an anterior edge of the second reinforcement portion;
the reinforced area extends along a virtual first center line, which divides the reinforced area into (i) a first portion whose anterior edge is defined by the first envelope line and (ii) a second portion whose posterior edge is defined by the second envelope line;
the reinforced area includes an upper end portion, a lower end portion, and an intermediate portion between the upper end portion and the lower end portion;
a width of the reinforced area in a direction perpendicular to a direction along which the first center line extends is at maximum in the intermediate portion, the width of the reinforced area gradually decreasing toward the upper end portion from the intermediate portion, and the width of the reinforced area gradually decreasing toward the lower end portion from the intermediate portion; and
the upper end portion of the reinforced area is placed anterior to the lower end portion of the reinforced area,
wherein: respective upper ends of the first and the second reinforcement portions are continuous with an engagement portion configured to receive a shoelace, and respective lower ends of the first and the second reinforcement portions are continuous with an upper surface of the sole;
the first envelope line along the posterior edge of the first reinforcement portion includes a first bend point at which the first envelope line bends, the first bend point located above the boundary and below an upper edge of the upper;
the second envelope line along the anterior edge of the second reinforcement portion includes a second bend point at which the second envelope line bends, the second bend point located above the boundary and below the upper edge of the upper;
an interior angle formed between the first reinforcement portion and the second reinforcement portion, measured by the upper end of the first reinforcement portion and the upper end of the second reinforcement portion, is an acute angle;
an interior angle formed between the first reinforcement portion and the second reinforcement portion, measured by the lower end of the first reinforcement portion and the lower end of the second reinforcement portion, is an acute angle;
an interior angle formed by the first reinforcement portion at the first bend point is an obtuse angle; and
an interior angle formed by the second reinforcement portion at the second bend point is an obtuse angle.

US Pat. No. 10,212,988

ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR AND SOLE STRUCTURES FOR ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear including an upper-facing surface and a ground-facing surface opposite the upper-facing surface, comprising:a heel-supporting region including a recessed central area surrounded by a first plurality of rings defined in the ground-facing surface;
a forefoot-supporting region including a recessed central area surrounded by a second plurality of rings defined in the ground-facing surface,
wherein each of the first plurality of rings and the second plurality of rings includes: a first ring that surrounds the recessed central area and a second ring that surrounds the first ring, and wherein the heel-supporting region and the forefoot-supporting region constitute parts of a single midsole element made from a polymeric foam material; and
an outsole component partially covering the single midsole element, wherein the outsole component includes a first opening through which at least some of the first plurality of rings are exposed and a second opening through which at least some of the second plurality of rings are exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,212,987

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ANATOMICAL SUPPORT SYSTEM

APPLIED BIOKINETICS LLC, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a system of anatomical pre-cut supports, the method comprising:acquiring a sheet of material including:
a support layer comprised of a single layer of woven fabric and having a thickness of less than 15 mils,
an adhesive layer on said support layer for adhesive attachment of said support layer to an outer skin surface of a user, and
a removable cover layer on said adhesive layer;
cutting into the support layer of the sheet of material a plurality of elongated pre-cut supports each having substantially straight sides and rounded corners and all of substantially a same size and shape, such that each of a plurality of sheet portions continuously connected at ends thereof includes a single one of the plurality of pre-cut supports, each of the plurality of pre-cut supports is at least substantially disconnected from a remainder of the support layer, and each of the plurality of pre-cut supports remains attached to a continuous portion of the removable cover layer; and
forming a roll of the plurality of sheet portions;
wherein:
said support layer is formed of a woven micro-fiber fabric;
all of the plurality of pre-cut supports have a uniform thickness; and
said support layer has a tensile strength of greater than 20 lb/in-width.

US Pat. No. 10,212,986

SYSTEM, APPAREL, AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING PERFORMANCE OF WORKOUT ROUTINES

ARRIS Enterprises LLC, S...

1. A system for automatically identifying performance of workout routines, comprising:a set of sensors each being wearable at one or more specified locations on a body of an exerciser during a performance of a plurality of exercises, each one of the set of sensors configured to measure a parameter of one or more aspects of the performance during said performance, the parameter selected from a group consisting of motion, acceleration, position relative to one or more others of said set of sensors, and applied force, and each one of the set of sensors configured to communicate parameters measured; and
a device configured to receive a set of parameters measured over a period of time by the set of sensors and configured to access stored pattern information corresponding to a plurality of predetermined exercise activities and a plurality of predetermined workout routines;
the device further configured, based on the stored pattern information and the set of parameters measured over at least a portion of the period of time, to identify one or more performed exercise activities performed by the exerciser during the period of time; and
the device further configured, based on the stored pattern information and the performed exercise activities, to identify a performed workout routine performed by the exerciser during the period of time; and
wherein the set of sensors includes at least one sensor disposed on footwear adapted to be worn on a foot of the exerciser, said at least one sensor disposed on footwear including a sensor adapted to be positioned in an outward-facing position for detecting bearing of weight associated with a prone position of the exerciser during the performance of a push-up, on a front of the footwear corresponding to front of toes of the exerciser.

US Pat. No. 10,212,985

CAP AND SWEATBAND HAVING COOLING AND SWEAT WICKING FEATURES

HEADMOST INTERNATIONAL, I...

1. An expansible cap comprising:a crown portion having a front and a back and a peripheral edge portion; an internal sweatband having first and second abutting ends circumscribing the interior of said expansible cap;
wherein the sweatband includes a base layer having a longitudinal length and an upper longitudinal edge and a lower longitudinal edge with a cross-sectional width, therebetween, the base layer defining an inner surface for contacting a user's skin and an outer surface at an opposing side of the inner surface;
a plurality of longitudinal bands having widths of fibrous material, attached to the base layer, each of the longitudinal bands including a plurality of yarn strands arranged consecutively along the cross-sectional width of the sweatband;
wherein the plurality of longitudinal bands are disposed between the upper longitudinal edge of the base layer and the lower longitudinal edge of the base layer, adjacent longitudinal bands being separated by a uniform gap width;
wherein the yarn strands of at least one of the plurality of longitudinal bands is composed of wicking fibers; and
wherein the yarn strands of at least one of the plurality of longitudinal bands is composed of fibers containing coffee residue;
wherein the yarn strands of each of the longitudinal bands is disposed on the base layer to project beyond the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,212,984

HEADWEAR

YUPOONG, INC., Seoul (KR...

1. A headwear, comprising:a crown;
a visor including a visor core forming a shape of the visor, a visor top covering an upper side of the visor core, and a visor bottom covering a lower side of the visor core;
a sweat band coupled along an inner lower edge of the crown and including a stretchable sweat absorbing portion adapted to absorb sweat and a stretchable sweat storing portion adapted to store the sweat absorbed by the sweat absorbing portion; and
a sweat evaporation-blocking portion covering an outer surface of the sweat storing portion, the sweat evaporation-blocking portion adapted to prevent the sweat stored in the sweat storing portion from permeating through the crown,
wherein:
the sweat absorbing portion is made of polyester and polypropylene, the polyester being treated with a moisture-absorbent softener containing surfactant,
the sweat storing portion comprises a plurality of warp yarns and a weft yarn, the plurality of warp yarns are arranged in a first direction, and the weft yarn is arranged in a zigzag manner in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction of the plurality of the warp yarns, each of the plurality of the warp yarns being made of polyester and polyurethane and the weft yarn being made of polypropylene mono filament, the polyester of the plurality of the warp yarns being treated with the moisture-absorbent softener containing surfactant,
the sweat evaporation-blocking portion is formed of one of stretchable woven fabric, knit, band, non-woven fabric, and sheet and coated with a polyurethane film so as to be waterproofed,
the visor bottom is extended to contact a lower portion of the sweat absorbing portion to form a sweat evaporating portion, the sweat evaporating portion being made of polyester treated with the moisture-absorbent softener containing surfactant,
a moisture pathway from the sweat storing portion to the visor is formed by a lower portion of the sweat storing portion, the lower portion of the sweat absorbing portion, and the sweat evaporating portion,
the sweat absorbing portion surrounds the sweat storing portion and an end portion of the sweat evaporation-blocking portion, and forms an opening through which a part of the sweat evaporation-blocking portion is exposed toward the crown, and
the sweat evaporation-blocking portion is interposed between the crown and the sweat storing portion to direct the sweat to the lower portion of the sweat storing portion and guide the sweat along the moisture pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,212,983

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CUSTOMIZED HELMET LAYERS

Brainguard Technologies, ...

1. A method comprising:capturing a 3D image of a head corresponding to the head of a particular user;
rendering a digital 3D headform based on the captured 3D image;
modeling the digital 3D headform to remove or flatten hair on the digital 3D headform;
forming a shell layer including a first geometry such that the shape of an inner surface of the shell layer corresponds to the shape of a corresponding portion of the digital 3D headform; and
forming a lining layer including a substantially uniform thickness, wherein the lining layer comprises a second geometry corresponding to the digital 3D headform and the inner surface of the shell layer such that:
an inner surface of the lining layer conforms to the shape of the corresponding portion of the digital 3D headform, and
an outer surface of the lining layer conforms to the shape of a corresponding portion of the inner surface of the shell layer.

US Pat. No. 10,212,982

HELMET

SHOEI CO., LTD., Tokyo (...

1. A helmet having a front, a rear, a left side, and a right side including left and right chin guard support mechanisms provided on a main cap body at the left side and the right side of the helmet, and a chin guard provided at least partially at the front of the helmet and whose regions including left and right ends and vicinities thereof are pivotally attached to said left and right chin guard support mechanisms, respectively,each of said left and right chin guard support mechanisms including a first fixed side member fixed to said main cap body, and a first moving-side member fixed to said chin guard,
wherein each of said left and right chin guard support mechanisms further includes a second fixed-side member fixed to said first fixed-side member,
a convex annular followed surface is provided on said second fixed-side member,
said convex annular followed surface comprises a followed surface main body portion having a substantially circular shape, and first and second convex followed surface portions protruding outward from said followed surface main body portion to face each other,
a concave annular following surface capable of pivoting forward and backward while following said convex annular followed surface is provided on said first moving-side member,
said concave annular following surface comprises a first concave following surface portion arranged to fit on, engage with, or contact said first convex followed surface portion and having a protrusion substantially corresponding to said first convex followed portion; a second concave following surface portion arranged to contact said second convex followed surface portion and configured to be substantially longer in the circumferential direction than said second convex followed surface portion; and a following surface portion having a bent shape which protrudes towards the followed surface main body portion of the convex annular followed surface of said second fixed-side member, and arranged between said first and second concave following surface portions such that it can be in contact with said followed surface main body portion having a substantially circular shape,
wherein the first concave following surface portion, the second concave following surface portion, and the following surface portion having the bent shape are continuously connected such that they form a portion of a closed loop,
wherein said chin guard is configured to rise while moving forward with respect to said main cap body by moving said concave annular following surface forward while following each of said followed surface main body portion having a substantially circular shape and said first and second convex followed surface portions of said convex annular followed surface as the chin guard pivots from a lowermost position towards an uppermost position within a pivot-range of the chin guard, and
wherein the concave annular following surface is an indentation which is formed directly in the chin guard and the convex annular followed surface is a single piece inside the indentation so that the convex annular followed surface is capable of performing a first movement of pivoting laterally in a forward or backward direction with respect to the convex annular followed surface and the main cap body while simultaneously performing a second movement of rotating in an upward or downward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,212,981

HELMET

1. A helmet comprising:an ovaloid-shaped helmet shell,
an outer liner layer fitted inside the helmet shell; and
an inner liner layer positioned against the outer liner layer;
the outer liner layer having a concave curved internal surface;
the inner liner layer having a convex curved external surface;
the outer and inner liner layers each including a front wall section, a back wall section, and two lateral side wall sections, in which the lateral side wall sections of the outer liner layer are truncated compared with the inner liner layer and compared with the front and back wall sections of the outer liner layer;
wherein a lower edge of each lateral side wall section of the outer liner layer includes a curve extending towards an apex of the helmet, wherein the outer liner layer has a total height, wherein a peak of the curve of each lower edge is located within a top half of the total height, wherein a midpoint of the curve of each lower edge is located within the top half of the total height, and wherein two endpoints of the curve of each lower edge are located within a bottom half of the total height;
said surfaces of the inner and outer liner layers being spherical where said surfaces of the inner and outer liner layers overlap for allowing rotational sliding movement of the inner liner layer against the outer liner layer; and
a rotation-limiting mechanism connecting the inner and outer liner layers together, the rotation-limiting mechanism being provided for limiting rotation between the inner and outer liner layers.

US Pat. No. 10,212,980

MECHANICAL-WAVES DISPERSING PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR APPARATUS

1. A mechanical-waves dispersing protective headgear apparatus, comprising:a pressurizable and ventable outer balloon shell enclosing a plurality of inner layers, and an inner hard shell;
the pressurizable and ventable outer balloon shell, provided as an airtight shell reversibly pressurizable by a gas, which is configured to be reversibly and depressibly deformable by an impact of a blunt trauma at an angle to a planar surface of said pressurizable and ventable outer balloon shell, which is configured to release the gas upon said impact of said blunt trauma, which comprises a dome configured in a substantially hemispherical bowl shape conforming to a human head and a ballooned rim adjoining a circumferential margin of the dome, which provides a pressurizable space that encloses a plurality of the inner layers concentrically stacked up, which has a pressurized-gas intake valve and a plurality of pressure-triggerable gas release valves on a lower surface of a circumference of the ballooned rim, which has a pressure sensor device disposed on an outer surface of the ballooned rim having an alarm function for a gas pressure above or below an expected range of the gas pressure inside said pressurizable and ventable outer balloon shell and which slidably encases the inner hard shell; and
the inner hard shell, provided in a single-piece dome configuration, which comprises at least three tight-bonded layers with an outer layer and an inner layer made of an impact resistant polymer and a mid layer made of a plurality of non-polymeric porous materials, which is undeformable upon the impact of the blunt trauma, which covers an area of the human head, which is configured to prevent fracture of a skull upon the impact of the blunt trauma to the skull and which is configured to reduce transmission of mechanical waves of the impact across said inner hard shell.

US Pat. No. 10,212,979

HELMET WITH SLIDING FACILITATOR ARRANGED AT ENERGY ABSORBING LAYER

MIPS AB, Stockholm (SE)

1. A helmet, comprising:an energy absorbing layer;
a cap of textile or net provided for mounting on a wearer's head; and
a sliding facilitator, wherein the sliding facilitator is fixed to the cap or the cap is adapted to act as the sliding facilitator, wherein the sliding facilitator is configured to allow sliding between the energy absorbing layer and the cap during an impact.

US Pat. No. 10,212,978

HITCH FOR CYCLING SKIRT AND METHOD OF USING SAME

1. A garment set comprising a skirt and a hitch, wherein the skirt further comprises a waistband, a hemline, and a fastening means affixed to the waistband, wherein the hitch is capable of being removably fastened to the waistband of the skirt, the hitch having a width of 0.4 to 15 centimeters, a length of 15 to 56 centimeters, and a depth of 0.02 to 0.4 centimeters, wherein the hitch comprises coacting fastening means affixed within 7 centimeters of each end of the length, the coacting fastening means securing the hitch in a loop when fastened to one another, and the coacting fastening means removably fastening the hitch to the fastening means affixed to the waistband, wherein the loop secured by fastening the coacting fastening means to one another circumscribes the entire length of the skirt in a vertical manner.

US Pat. No. 10,212,977

FASTENER FOR BRA, AND A BRA HAVING SUCH FASTENER

DELTA GALIL INDUSTRIES LT...

1. A bra comprising:two cups located at a front-side of the bra;
a fastener located at a back-side of the bra,
wherein the back-side of the bra has a first region and a second region,
wherein the fastener enables (A) attachment of the first region to the second region, and (B) detachment of the first region from the second region;
wherein the fastener comprises: (I) a male member located in the first region of the back-side of the bra, and (II) a female member located in said second region of the back-side of the bra;
wherein the male member comprises a single hook;
wherein the female member comprises a set of multiple spaced-apart bridges, each bridge protruding outwardly and generally-perpendicularly relative to said second region of the back-side of the bra; wherein each bridge is generally perpendicular to the longest dimension of the back-side of the bra;
wherein each bridge covers at least 51 percent of a north-to-south width of the second region of the back-side of the bra;
wherein an engaging tip of said single hook of the male member covers at least 51 percent of the north-to-south width of the first region of the back-side of the bra;
wherein an edge of the first region and an edge of the second region, which are generally parallel to each other, are held together via said single hook which engages with one of said bridges; and wherein said fastener does not include two or more hooks that engage with two or more respective eyes;
wherein the single hook of the male member is a generally mushroom-shaped hook member, comprising:
a mushroom base portion having a first average width;
a mushroom neck portion having a second average width;
a mushroom top portion having a third average width;
wherein the mushroom neck portion is located between the mushroom base portion and the mushroom top portion;
wherein the second average width of the mushroom neck portion, is smaller than the first average width of the mushroom base portion;
wherein the second average width of the mushroom neck portion, is smaller than the third average width of the mushroom top portion;
wherein the third average width of the mushroom top portion, is smaller than the first average width of the mushroom base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,212,976

GRIPPING AID

1. A gripping aid comprising:a shaped support positioned on a human hand to substantially span a location from a first portion of a first digit of the human hand to a second portion of a second digit of the human hand, the shaped support having at least one fulcrum point substantially spanning a length on an outer surface of the gripping aid facing away from the human hand and toward a handle held by the human hand, the fulcrum point provides a location for rotation for the handle as it is manipulated by the human hand.

US Pat. No. 10,212,975

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF MARKING A GLOVE

1. A method of marking a glove, comprising:providing a glove having first and second markings;
inserting the glove into a receiving cavity of a housing, the receiving cavity defined by a front face and a rear face of the housing joined at respective side edges;
aligning the first and second markings on the glove with an alignment indicator on the front face of the housing when the glove is in the receiving cavity;
marking the glove through a first marking aperture disposed through the front face of the housing with a writing instrument;
wherein the front face of the housing and the rear face of the housing are one or more planar sheets of material, which are flexible from an initial rest position to an open position for receiving the glove in the receiving cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,212,974

GARMENT FOR PROTECTING THE HUMAN BODY

1. A protective garment for a human body comprising:a waist belt adapted to releasably secure about the waist, wherein said waist belt includes a front side and a back side;
a first hip pad and an opposing second hip pad depending from said waist belt, wherein each said first hip pad and said second hip pad has a first end adjacent said waist belt and an opposing second end spaced away therefrom, and wherein each of said first hip pad and said second hip pad includes one or more padding;
said first hip pad includes a first thigh strap adjacent said second end of said first hip pad and adapted to releasably secure above the right knee;
said second hip pad includes a second thigh strap adjacent said second end of said second hip pad and adapted to releasably secure above the left knee;
a torso strap including a first back strap, a second back strap, and a front strap, wherein said front strap includes a first end and a second end, wherein said first back strap and said second back strap extend upwardly from said back side of said waist belt and converge together at said first end of said front strap to define a slot adapted to receive the neck, and wherein said second end of said front strap releasably secures to said front side of said waist belt, and wherein each of said first back strap and said second back strap includes one or more padding; and
a tailbone pad having one or more padding depending downwardly from a back side of said waist belt between said first and said second hip pad.

US Pat. No. 10,212,973

QUICK ADJUST CORD LOCK

9. A cord lock comprising:a base portion, including:
a base outer protrusion, and
a base inner protrusion;
a cap portion configured to mate with the base portion, including:
a cap outer protrusion;
wherein the base inner protrusion has a plurality of holes configured to receive a first cord;
wherein when the base portion is mated with the cap portion, a first pressure is applied to the first cord between the cap outer protrusion and the base outer protrusion; and
wherein the cap portion engages with the base portion and the cap outer protrusion fits concentrically around the base inner protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,212,972

PUMPING/NURSING BRA

Simple Wishes LLC, Sacra...

1. A garment comprising:an inner panel including a first covering configured to cover a first breast of a wearer and a second covering configured to cover a second breast of the wearer, at least one of the first covering or the second covering including a first layer of material, a portion of which overlaps a portion of a second layer of material, the first layer of material and the second layer of material being fastened together with stitching at a first location spaced at a distance from an outer edge of each of the first layer of material and the second layer of material and with stitching at a second location spaced at a distance from an outer edge of each of the first layer material and the second layer of material such that the portion of the first layer of material that overlaps the portion of the second layer of material defines an opening between the stitching, the stitching at the first location being at an opposite side of the opening from the stitching at the second location, the stitching keeping the overlapping portions of the first layer of material and the second layer of material fastened together such that the overlapping portions of the first layer of material and the second layer of material fit around a portion of a breast pump when the portion of a breast pump is disposed within the opening to keep the breast pump in place during milk extraction; and
an exterior front panel including a first panel of material that at least partially overlaps the first covering and a second of panel of material that at least partially overlaps the second covering, the first panel of material and the second panel of material each being operative to be moved to expose the first covering and the second covering, respectively, of the inner panel.

US Pat. No. 10,212,971

ELECTRONIC VAPORIZING DEVICE WITH POWER CONTROL FOR PROVISIONING OF POWER TO AN AUXILIARY ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LunaTech, LLC, Encino, C...

1. An electronic vaporizing device comprising:a processor operable for controlling the electronic vaporizing device;
at least one container configured to store a vaporizable material;
a vaporizing component operatively coupled to the processor and controlled in part by the processor, wherein the vaporizing component is in fluid communication with the at least one container for receiving at least a portion of the vaporizable material therefrom, wherein the vaporizing component is operable to vaporize the vaporizable material received therein;
at least one vapor outlet coupled to the vaporizing component and configured to receive vapor generated by the vaporizing component, the at least one vapor outlet operable to expel the generated vapor from the vaporizing device;
at least one power source operatively coupled to the vaporizing component, wherein the at least one power source is operable to generate a supply of power for at least the operation of the vaporizing component;
at least one power output port operatively coupled to the at least one power source and configured to connect to at least one auxiliary electronic device, wherein the at least one power output port is operable to provide at least a portion of the supply of power generated by the at least one power source to the at least one auxiliary electronic device; and
a power output control component operatively coupled to the processor and controlled in part by the processor, wherein the power output control component is operatively coupled to the at least one power source and operable to regulate generated supply of power provided to the vaporizing component and at least one auxiliary electronic device connected to the power outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,212,970

VAPORIZER ADAPTER FOR A ROLLED ARTICLE

1. A vaporizer adapter comprising:a rolled article housing element comprising
a receiving end configured to receive a rolled article comprising a plant composition, wherein a vaporization of the plant composition releases an inhalable active ingredient;
a containing portion configured to at least partially contain inhalable active ingredients vaporized from the rolled article; and
a releasing end, wherein the inhalable active ingredients are released; and
a heating mechanism extending into the rolled article housing element, wherein the heating mechanism is configured to vaporize the plant composition
a power source;
a controller in logical communication with the power source and the heating mechanism, wherein the controller transmits operational commands to the heating mechanism;
a trigger mechanism in logical communication with the controller, wherein the trigger mechanism is configured to receive user control inputs;
a sensor configured to sense a predefined parameter, wherein the sensor is in logical communication with one or more the trigger mechanism, controller, or power source.

US Pat. No. 10,212,969

METHOD AND MACHINE FOR MAKING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE CARTRIDGES

G.D S.p.A., Bologna (IT)...

1. A method for making a cartridge for an electronic cigarette, the cartridge comprising a casing housing a retaining and containing component for retaining and containing a flavoring substance and an electric module, at least partly positioned inside the casing, the electric module comprising one or more electronic elements for heating the retaining and containing component;the method comprising:
making the cartridge along a dedicated production line;
the making the cartridge further comprising:
making the casing by assembling one or more components along a first stretch of the dedicated production line; and
making the electric module by assembling the one or more electronic elements along a second stretch of the dedicated production line;
the making the casing and making the electric module being synchronized and independent relative to one another; and
once the making the casing and making the electric module are complete, assembling the casing with the electric module along a shared third stretch of the dedicated production line.

US Pat. No. 10,212,968

SMOKING ARTICLE WITH A VALVE

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A smoking article, comprising:a combustible heat source having opposed front and rear faces;
one or more airflow channels extending from the front face to the rear face of the combustible heat source;
an aerosol-forming substrate disposed downstream of the rear face of the combustible heat source; and
a thermostatic bimetal valve located between the rear face of the combustible heat source and the aerosol-forming substrate,
wherein the thermostatic bimetal valve is arranged to deform from a first position, in which the valve substantially prevents or inhibits fluid communication between the one or more airflow channels and the aerosol-forming substrate, to a second position, in which the one or more airflow channels and the aerosol-forming substrate are in fluid communication, when the thermostatic bimetal valve is heated to above a threshold temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,212,967

LOW IGNITION PROPENSITY CIGARETTE PAPER AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A low ignition propensity wrapper of a smoking article, comprising:a base web; and
at least one transverse banded region comprising a first zone including dots of add-on material, a second zone including dots of the add-on material, and a third zone including the add-on material, the second zone having about 25% to about 75% less add-on material than the first zone, the dots in the second zone spaced from adjacent dots in the second zone by a distance greater than a distance between adjacent dots in the first zone, wherein the second zone is located between the first zone and the third zone, and
the add-on material includes starch.

US Pat. No. 10,212,966

SMOKING ARTICLE AND METHOD

Blunt Wrap U.S.A., Inc., ...

1. A smokable article, comprising:(a) a sheet of material that provides a shell having first and second ends, and a cavity that enables containment of smokable filler material, the sheet being comprised of smokable material;
(b) a plug of material that at least partially closes the first end of the shell;
(c) a removable form casing at least partly inserted in the cavity to reinforce the cavity, the sheet of material being wrapped around the form casing:
(d) a sale package that contains the sheet, the form casing and the plug, wherein the form casing occupies at least a part of the cavity; and
(e) wherein while in the sale package, the cavity being unfilled with smokable filler material from the second end of the shell to the plug.

US Pat. No. 10,212,964

ADDITIVE ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES, ...

1. A cartridge for an electronic vaping device (EVD), the cartridge comprising:a vaporizer assembly configured to form a generated vapor; and
an additive assembly in fluid communication with the vaporizer assembly, the additive assembly including
an adsorbent material including adsorbed carbon dioxide, the adsorbent material configured to release the carbon dioxide into the generated vapor based on at least a portion of the generated vapor adsorbing on the adsorbent material, the adsorbent material further configured to generate heat based on the portion of the generated vapor adsorbing on the adsorbent material, and
a flavor material including a flavorant, the flavor material configured to release the flavorant into the generated vapor based at least in part on absorbing the heat generated by the adsorbent material.

US Pat. No. 10,212,963

FOAMING DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

Rancilio Group S.P.A., V...

1. A device for foaming a liquid comprising a mixing unit, said mixing unit comprising:a first element having an inner surface,
a second element having an outer surface,
a gap having a determined width between the inner surface of the first element and the outer surface of the second element,
means for changing and setting the width of the gap on the basis of a characteristic of a liquid to be foamed, and
a first opening and a second opening connected through the gap,
wherein at least one of said first element or second element is rotatable about an axis of rotation with respect to the other one,
wherein said inner surface and said outer surface are symmetric with respect to a common axis of symmetry, coincident with said axis of rotation, and have, perpendicularly to the axis of symmetry, circular sections,
wherein the circular sections have diameters which increase in a direction along said axis of symmetry, and
wherein said means for changing and setting the width of the gap includes at least one of said first element or second element being moveable in a direction along said axis of symmetry.

US Pat. No. 10,212,962

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING A PINEAPPLE

Dutch Food Technology B.V...

1. Device for processing a pineapple comprising a carrier for carrying the pineapple to be processed, a first processing unit for removing the outer ends from the pineapple carried by the carrier, and a second processing unit comprising a pusher and a knife with two concentric blades, characterized in that the carrier comprises a clamping unit, wherein by use of the pusher, the pineapple without its outer ends is substantially vertically pushed out of the clamping unit through the knife for simultaneously coring and peeling the pineapple, and a container below the knife for collecting the pineapple flesh,wherein the container is displaceable along at least a part of a substantially circular path.

US Pat. No. 10,212,958

METHOD FOR PRODUCING STABILIZED WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR

Intercontinental Great Br...

1. A method for producing stabilized flour, the method comprising:tempering whole grains having bran, germ, and endosperm with an aqueous solution of a lipase inhibitor to inhibit lipase in the bran and germ to form treated whole grains; and
milling the treated whole grains to obtain a stabilized whole grain flour having a pH of 4.4 to 5.8 and comprising about 0.1 moles to about 5.0 moles of inhibitor per 100 lbs of stabilized whole grain flour, and having a free fatty acid content of less than about 4200 ppm when stored at 100° F. for 30 days,
wherein the lipase inhibitor comprises an acidic component, the acidic component comprising at least one acid selected from the group consisting of organic acids and inorganic acids, the concentration of the lipase inhibitor during tempering is from about 0.8 molar to about 7 molar, and the amount of the inhibitor during tempering is from about 0.1 moles to about 5.0 moles of inhibitor per 100 lbs of whole grains, and
wherein the lipase inhibitor is absorbed by the whole grains during tempering and is retained in the stabilized whole grain flour after milling.

US Pat. No. 10,212,957

METHOD FOR PREPARING OIL-DISPERSIBLE CAROTENOID PREPARATION

ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, Han...

1. A method for preparing an oil-dispersible carotenoid preparation, comprising:mixing 100 parts by weight of carotenoid microcapsule, 100-400 parts by weight of vegetable oil and 0.1-1 part by weight of antioxidant B, and grinding the mixture in a colloid mill in a nitrogen atmosphere at 10-30° C. to obtain a uniform oil-dispersible carotenoid preparation containing carotenoid particles;
wherein an average particle size of the carotenoid is 0.1-1 ?m;
wherein the 100 parts by weight of carotenoid microcapsule contains 10.5-35.8 parts by weight carotenoid, 0.1-1 part by weight of antioxidant A and the remaining is a water-soluble colloid;
the antioxidant A is vitamin C, vitamin C sodium, iso-vitamin C or iso-vitamin C sodium;
the antioxidant B is tocopherol, ethoxyquin, BHT or TBHQ; and
wherein a water-soluble colloid protective layer surrounds an outer surface of each of the carotenoid particles.

US Pat. No. 10,212,953

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED PROCESSES

NITECH SOLUTIONS LIMITED,...

1. A continuously controlled crystallisation process applied to an at least partially fluid media according to a predetermined regime, comprising:forming a continuous flow system for fluid media from a plurality of cylindrical tubes operatively connected to permit fluid communication therethrough, each cylindrical tube providing a discrete process zone, the cylindrical tubes being configured to follow a succession of return paths in one plane and being arranged and operatively connected to form at least one continuous fluid flow path having an inlet and an outlet;
providing in each cylindrical tube a plurality of orificed plates that extend radially inwards towards the center of the cylindrical tubes;
providing temperature regulating means for effecting independent temperature control over the discrete process zones, the temperature regulating means including a shell that surrounds the cylindrical tubes forming the continuous fluid flow path, a source of a single temperature controlled fluid, a manifold that supplies the temperature controlled fluid, a plurality of branches that extend from the manifold, wherein each branch supplies the temperature controlled fluid to a portion of the shell surrounding each of the discrete process zones, and a plurality of valves, each valve being provided on a branch that extends from the manifold to a portion of the shell surrounding each of the discrete process zones;
introducing fluid media to the flow system;
imparting oscillatory motion to the fluid media to initiate and maintain uniform mixing and efficient dispersion thereof;
controlling the temperature of at least one of the discrete process zones by controlling the flow rate of the temperature controlled fluid through a section of the shell corresponding to the at least one discrete process zone; and
selectively precipitating a crystalline solid.

US Pat. No. 10,212,951

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRUSSING SLAUGHTERED BIRDS

1. A system for trussing slaughtered birds, comprising:a conveyer provided with at least one bird holder for transporting a bird to at least one working position along the transport path of the conveyer;
a bird trussing station located at said working position, including a trussing module defining a working zone and a mechanical arrangement for bringing the bird within the working zone in predetermined position and orientation relative thereto to allow for operation of the trussing module according to a trussing pattern by which a trussing element catches and maintains the bird in a trussed condition; and
a controller operatively connected to the conveyer and the bird trussing station.

US Pat. No. 10,212,949

INSECT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. An Insect Production Superstructure System (IPSS), the IPSS includes:(a) an insect feeding chamber having an interior and having insects present therein;
(b) a temperature sensor configured to measure the temperature within the interior of the insect feeding chamber;
(c) an air supply fan equipped with an air supply fan motor, the air supply fan provides an air supply to an air heater;
(d) the air heater is configured to accept the air supply from the air supply fan and produce a heated air supply to heat the interior of the insect feeding chamber, wherein the air supply is heated by the air heater which is operatively connected to an energy source selected from the group consisting of electricity, natural gas, combustion, solar, and steam;
(e) a filter configured to accept a particulate and gas mixture from the interior of the insect feeding chamber, the filter separates particulates from the particulate and gas mixture and outputs a particulate-depleted gas stream, the particulate-depleted gas stream has a reduced amount of particulates relative to the particulate and gas mixture;
(f) an evacuation fan configured to evacuate at least a portion of the particulate-depleted gas stream from the filter, the evacuation fan is equipped with a motor; and
(g) a refrigerant configured to be transferred from a compressor to a condenser, from the condenser to an evaporator, and from the evaporator to the compressor, the compressor is in fluid communication with the condenser, the condenser is in fluid communication with the evaporator, the evaporator is in fluid communication with the compressor, the evaporator is configured to evaporate the refrigerant to absorb heat from the interior of the insect feeding chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,212,948

MACHINE FOR PRODUCING “CARTELLATE”

CARTELLATA S.R.L.S., Gin...

1. A machine (100) for “cartellate” production comprising:a support structure (1),
a motorized conveyor belt (3) for transport of dough strips, on which a dough guide means (8) operate,
conveyor means (5),
motorized pinching means (6),
shaping means (7),
cutting means (9),
movable rolling means (10),and wherein said pinching means (6) are configured to operate, by rotating around its central axis, clamping the dough strips;and wherein said pinching means (6) cooperate with said conveyor means (5) and with said shaping means (7) to achieve dough strips forming;and wherein said cutting means (9) are steadily attached to one of said pinching means (6).

US Pat. No. 10,212,947

CAKE MOLDING PROCESS AND APPARATUS

Cake Effects, LLC, Lake ...

1. A method for preparing a finished cake product, comprising:a) inserting a cake core having a top surface and a base surface into a finishing mold through an opening of the finishing mold so that a void is created between the top surface of the cake core and the finishing mold;
b) after a), sealing the opening of the finishing mold;
c) after b), applying a liquid finishing compound to the void between the top surface of the cake core and the finishing mold so that the finishing mold defines a contour of a top surface of the finished cake product;
d) after c), hardening the liquid finishing compound; and
e) removing the finishing mold from the cake core and finishing compound.

US Pat. No. 10,212,938

PANEL ASSEMBLY WITH INTERSTITIAL COPPER

Modular Services Comopany...

1. A panel assembly having an outer surface, the panel assembly adapted for installation on a structure in a space so that the outer surface of the panel assembly is exposed to human contact, wherein the structure comprises an outer surface at least partially circumscribed by an edge, and wherein the panel assembly comprises:at least one panel, wherein each of the at least one panel comprises an outer surface circumscribed by a peripheral edge, and wherein when the panel assembly is configured so that, when the panel assembly is installed, at least a portion of the peripheral edge of the at least one panel and at least a portion of the edge of the structure are arranged in edge-to-edge formation forming an interstitial space therebetween that at least partly defines an open crevice in the outer surface of the panel assembly when the panel assembly is installed;
a deposit of antibacterial material disposable around the peripheral edge of the at least one panel, and wherein the antibacterial material comprises an amount of copper sufficient to render the open crevice bactericidal when the panel assembly is installed; and
wherein the at least one panel and the deposit of antibacterial material are configured so that, when the panel assembly is installed and the deposit of antibacterial material is disposed around the peripheral edge of the at least one panel, the outer surface of the structure and the outer surface of the panel assembly beyond the open crevice are free of the antibacterial material.

US Pat. No. 10,212,936

MOLECULES HAVING PESTICIDAL UTILITY, AND INTERMEDIATES, COMPOSITIONS, AND PROCESSES, RELATED THERETO

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A molecule having the following formulawherein:(A) R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R9, and R10 are each independently selected from the group consisting of H, F, Cl, Br, I, CN, NO2, OH, (C1-C4)alkyl, (C2-C4)alkenyl, (C1-C4)haloalkyl, (C1-C4)alkoxy, (C1-C4)haloalkoxy, and (C3-C6)cycloalkyl,
wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, haloalkyl, alkoxy, haloalkoxy, and cycloalkyl, are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of F, Cl, Br, I, CN, NO2, OH, (C1-C4)alkyl, (C2-C4)alkenyl, (C1-C4)haloalkyl, (C1-C4)alkoxy, (C1-C4)haloalkoxy, and (C3-C6)cycloalkyl
(B) R8 is H;
(C) L is selected from the group consisting of
(1) a bond connecting nitrogen to carbon in the ring, and
(2) a (C1-C4)alkyl wherein said alkyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of F, Cl, CN, OH, and oxo;
(D) R11 and R12 are each independently selected from the group consisting of H, (C1-C4)alkyl, (C2-C4)alkenyl, (C2-C4)alkenyloxy, (C2-C4)alkynyl, (C2-C4)alkynyloxy, (C1-C4)haloalkyl, (C1-C4)alkoxy, (C1-C4)haloalkoxy, (C3-C6)cycloalkyl, (C3-C6)cycloalkoxy, (C3-C6)cycloalkenyl, (C3-C6)cycloalkenyloxy, ((C1-C4)alkyl)((C3-C6)cycloalkyl), C(O)((C1-C4)alkyl), ((C1-C4)alkyl)C(O)((C1-C4)alkyl), and ((C1-C4)alkyl)C(O)O((C1-C4)alkyl),
wherein each alkyl, alkenyl, alkenyloxy, alkynyl, alkynyloxy, haloalkyl, alkoxy, haloalkoxy, cycloalkyl, cycloalkoxy, cycloalkenyl, and cycloalkenyloxy, are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of F, Cl, Br, I, CN, NO2, OH, and oxo;
(E) R13 is heterocyclyl, wherein said heterocyclyl is selected from the group consisting of dihydrofuranyl, furanyl, indazolyl, indolyl, imidazolyl, isoindolyl, isothiazolyl, isoxazolyl, oxadiazolyl, oxazolyl, pyrazolinyl, pyrazolyl, pyrrolyl, tetrazolyl, thiazolyl, thienyl, triazinyl, and triazolyl,
wherein each heterocyclyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of oxo, (C1-C8)alkyl, C(O)O(C1-C4)alkyl, phenyl, and pyridyl,
wherein each phenyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents R, independently selected from the group consisting of F, Cl, Br, I, (C1-C4)alkyl, (C1-C4)alkoxy, and (C1-C4)haloalkoxy; and
(F) Q is selected from the group consisting of O and S; andagriculturally acceptable acid addition salts, salt derivatives, solvates, ester derivatives, crystal polymorphs, isotopes, resolved stereoisomers, and tautomers, of the molecules of Formula One.

US Pat. No. 10,212,932

ANTIMICROBIAL PHOTOREACTIVE COMPOSITION COMPRISING ORGANIC AND INORGANIC MULTIJUNCTION COMPOSITE

eXion Labs Inc., West De...

1. An antimicrobial photoreactive film comprising:(a) a photocatalytic multijunction composite blend comprising two or more photocatalytic multijunctions that are not coupled to one another, and
optionally at least one additive selected from a noble metal, a conjugated polymer, a dye molecule, and a combination thereof,
wherein at least one of the photocatalytic multijunctions comprises a photocatalytic heterojunction that is primarily carbon based and is selected from graphitic carbon nitride, acidified carbon nitride (ACN), graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, a conjugated polymer, and a combination thereof, and
(b) at least one polymer selected from (b1) and (b2), wherein
(b1) is a substrate-coupling polymer selected from a branched polyethylenimine-based polymer having carboxylic acid groups, a linear polyethylenimine-based polymer having carboxylic acid groups, a polyethylenimine-based polymer, a cationic block copolymer, a polymer having one or more acyl groups and/or carboxylic acid groups, a salt of any of the foregoing, and a combination thereof, and
(b2) is at least one cationic polymer selected from a polydiallyldialkylamine-based polymer, an acryloxyalkyltrialkylamine-based polymer, a vinylphenalkyltrialkylamine-based polymer, an acrylamidoalkyltrialkylamine-based polymer, a polyethylenimine-based polymer, and combinations thereof,whereinthe photocatalytic multijunction composite blend is photoreactive at a wavelength from 350 nm and higher and 900 nm and lower,
the at least one substrate-coupling polymer and/or the at least one cationic polymer forms a film, and
the photocatalytic multijunction composite blend is embedded in a film formed by the at least one substrate-coupling polymer and/or the at least one cationic polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,212,931

CONTROLLED RELEASE COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USING

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A treated laminate comprising a first substrate, a cyclodextrin composition coated on at least a portion of a surface of the first substrate, and a second substrate disposed over the coated cyclodextrin composition in contact with the cyclodextrin composition,the cyclodextrin composition comprising: a cyclodextrin inclusion complex comprising a cyclodextrin compound and an olefinic inhibitor; and a carrier comprising petrolatum or a petrolatum-like material and having a melting transition onset between about 23° C. and 40° C. and solubility in water of less than 1 wt % at 25° C.,
wherein the first substrate is different from the second substrate, and the second substrate is solidified after contacting the cyclodextrin composition.

US Pat. No. 10,212,929

REMOTE CONTROLLED BATTERY POWERED DUCK DECOY

8. A remote controlled decoy comprising:a hollow shell having a shape and appearance, when viewed above a waterline of a water surface, of a waterfowl;
a hull affixed to an underside of the hollow shell such that the hull rides below the waterline when the shell is placed on the water surface and the hollow shell and hull form a contiguous hollow interior;
an electric motor affixed to a shaft passing from inside the hollow interior to a propeller outside the hollow interior and situated rearward of the hull and below the hollow shell;
a servo inside the hollow interior and affixed via a control rod to a steering rudder situated rearward of the hull and below the hollow shell;
a battery pack inside the hollow interior and coupled to the electric motor and servo to provide power;
a transceiver configured to receive radio control signals and activate the electric motor and servo for providing movement and steering of the decoy;
a pusher grille mounted to the shell and having a grate section extending downwardly into the water surface;
wherein the pusher grille has a neck loop extending rearwardly to encircle a neck portion of the shell, and a pair of side braces extending rearwardly and downwardly astride the shell toward the hull.

US Pat. No. 10,212,928

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ATTRACTING RATS

SCOTTS CANADA LTD., Toro...

1. An acoustic signal for attracting rats comprising a playback recording or synthetic generation of multi-frequency vocalizations of rats or mice, wherein the acoustic signal has a modulated duration and intensity and comprises a first frequency component and a second frequency component different from the first frequency component.

US Pat. No. 10,212,927

TRI-DIRECTIONAL BREAK-AWAY BOOM ASSEMBLY

AGCO Corporation, Duluth...

1. A break-away apparatus in combination with a boom arm, the boom arm comprising a main boom portion and a boom tip, the apparatus being positioned at a joint between the main boom portion and the boom tip, the apparatus allowing the boom tip to assume a neutral position and to pivot to a forward position and to a rearward position and to an upward position with respect to the main boom portion, the apparatus comprising:a first plate disposed at the joint, the first plate being attached to the main boom portion;
a second plate disposed at the joint, the second plate being attached to the boom tip;
a breakaway hinge assembly positioned between the first plate and the second plate, the breakaway hinge assembly comprising:
an upper joint comprising a first ball joint, the upper joint connected to both the main boom portion and the boom tip;
a first hinge comprising a first hinge pin connected to the first plate, the first hinge being pivotable about a first hinge axis defined between the first ball joint and the first hinge pin;
a second hinge comprising a second hinge pin connected to the second plate, the second hinge being pivotable about a second hinge axis defined between the first ball joint and the second hinge pin;
a hinge connecting bar connecting the first hinge pin and the second hinge pin;
wherein the first and second plates are in a first position with respect to each other when the boom tip assumes the neutral position, and wherein the first and second plates are movable with respect to each other about the first hinge axis, the second hinge axis, and a pivot point defined by the first ball joint;
a first spring that generates a holding force to provide a break away threshold, wherein the first and second plates are movable with respect to each other when the threshold is exceeded, and wherein the first spring assists a return of the first and second plates to the first position after the first and second plates move from the first position;
a mid-joint attached to the first plate, the mid-joint comprising a second ball joint, wherein the second ball joint is connected to the first spring with an elongated rod, wherein horizontal and vertical movement of the elongated rod is accommodated at the mid joint by the second ball joint;
a first hinge seat attached to the second plate and shaped to receive a portion of the hinge connecting bar proximate the first hinge pin;
a second hinge seat attached to the first plate and shaped to receive a portion of the hinge connecting bar proximate the second hinge pin, wherein a force coming from a front of the boom arm causes the first hinge seat to release from the hinge connecting bar such that the boom tip pivots with respect to the main boom portion about the second hinge axis, and wherein a force coming from a rear of the boom arm causes said second hinge seat to release from the hinge connecting bar such that the boom tip pivots with respect to the main boom portion about the first hinge axis, and wherein a force coming from below the boom arm causes both the first and second hinge seats to release from the hinge connecting bar such that the boom tip pivots about the first ball joint causing an upward break of the boom tip; and
a lever pivotally mounted to said boom tip with a first pin connection and connecting the elongated rod to the first spring, wherein a first end of the first spring is pivotally mounted to the boom tip and a second end of the first spring is pivotally mounted to the lever at a second pin connection to move with the lever, wherein the lever has a triangular configuration with the first pin connection, the second pin connection and a third pin connection, with each of the three pin connections being pivotally mounted relative to the lever, wherein one end of the elongated rod connects to the third pin connection to connect the first spring to the lever.

US Pat. No. 10,212,926

ROTATING TACKLE BOX

1. A tackle box, comprising:a housing having a housing interior volume and a housing inner surface;
a lid connected to said housing, said lid having a lid interior volume and a lid inner surface, wherein said lid can be opened to provide access to the housing interior volume and closed to prevent access to the housing interior volume;
said housing inner surface and said lid inner surface forming a plurality of cavities therebetween, each cavity of said plurality of cavities comprising a curved portion of said housing inner surface defining a portion of said housing interior volume and a curved portion of said lid inner surface defining a portion of said lid interior volume, and wherein each of said cavities is separated from another of said cavities by a planar portion of said housing inner surface and a planar portion of said lid inner surface which face each other and extend between the cavities when the lid is closed;
a plurality of spindles, one spindle of said plurality of spindles being located in a respective cavity of said cavities, and each spindle of said plurality of spindles having an elongated length; and
at least two partitions attached to each of said spindles, each partition of said at least two partitions so attached to extend along said length of a respective spindle of said plurality of spindles and extending from said respective spindle to said housing inner surface or to said lid inner surface when said lid is closed so as to subdivide said respective cavity of said plurality of cavities in which said respective spindle of said plurality of spindles is located into a plurality of storage compartments physically separated by said partitions;
wherein each spindle of said plurality of spindles is configured to rotate circularly within said respective cavity of said plurality of cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,212,925

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR THREADING FISHING HOOKS

1. A fish hook threading apparatus comprising:a body having a top side, a bottom side, an intermediate portion between the top and bottom sides, and proximal and distal ends which define a longitudinal axis therebetween, said body responding to compressive forces communicated to said body facilitating an enhanced alignment and holding of a fish hook, the body further comprising:
a slotted clip molded sector at the bottom side of the body and comprising an attachment means of the threading apparatus for attaching the threading apparatus on a cylindrical mounting member, said slotted clip molded sector comprising a pair of clamping jaws which define an attachment cavity and an attachment slot therebetween;
a line threading molded sector at the top side of the body opposite the slotted line clip molded sector, the line threading molded sector comprising:
a pair of extended members on opposing sides of the line threading molded sector;
a chamfered surface extending from a first end thereof at the proximal end of the body toward the distal end of the body and terminating at a second end thereof located between the proximal and distal ends of the body, the chamfered surface extending along the pair of members at an angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the body;
a frustoconical cavity defined between the pair of members, the frustoconical cavity extending from a first end thereof at the chamfered surface to a second end thereof between the proximal and distal ends of the body, the first end of the frustoconical cavity having a first opening which has a larger diameter than a second opening at the second end of the frustoconical cavity;
a hook eyelet alignment and positioning curb located at the second end of the frustoconical cavity and extending toward the distal end of the body, the hook eyelet alignment and positioning curb aligned with the second opening of the frustoconical cavity, the hook eyelet alignment and positioning curb comprising:
a curb inner face facing toward the distal end of the body and away from the second opening of the frustoconical cavity;
a curb outer face extending from the curb inner face toward the distal end;
a curb opening for aligning with an eyelet of the fishing hook to thread the line through the eyelet, the curb opening defined by the curb inner face and the curb outer face, the curb opening being in communication with the second opening of the frustoconical cavity;
a curb slot providing an escapement for the line out of the hook eyelet alignment and positioning curb after threading, the curb slot located between the curb opening and the top side of the body;
wherein when the eyelet of the fishing hook is flush against and aligned and positioned at the curb inner face, a threading path for a line through the eyelet is formed;
a first line escapement slot extending in generally parallel relation to the longitudinal axis of the body between the curb slot and the top side of the body;
at least one pair of elongated hook shank holding ribs providing a means for holding the fish hook in place at a shank of the fish hook as the eyelet of the fish hook is flush and aligned and positioned at the curb inner face, each of the elongated hook shank holding ribs of the at least one pair of elongated hook shank holding ribs extending from a respective extended member of the pair of extended members, the at least one pair of elongated hook shank holding ribs located between the first line escapement slot and the top side of the body; and
a second line escapement slot for allowing lifting of the line out of the fish hook threading apparatus, said second line escapement slot extending in generally parallel relation to the longitudinal axis of the body between the at least one pair of elongated hook shank holding ribs and the top side of the body, said second line escapement slot communicating with an exterior of the fish hook threading apparatus;
wherein after the line has been threaded through the eyelet, the line and the fishing hook can be moved outside of the threading apparatus from the frustoconical cavity and curb opening by passing the line through the curb slot, then the first line escapement slot, then past the at least one pair of elongated hook shank holding ribs, and finally through the second line escapement slot to the exterior of the fish hook threading apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,212,924

TOPSIDE TROLLING REEL

1. An apparatus configured for use in angling comprisinga trolling reel and a spinning rod adapter;
wherein the spinning rod adapter is a structure that physically attaches the trolling reel to a spin casting reel rod;
wherein the spin casting reel rod is further defined with a reel seat;
wherein the trolling reel is further defined with a cage, a spool, a tensioner, a hand crank, and a trolling reel foot;
wherein the cage is further defined with a third end, a fourth end, and a plurality of cage bars;
wherein the spinning rod adapter attaches the cage of the trolling reel to the reel seat of the spin casting reel rod;
wherein the spinning rod adapter is designed such that the operational orientation of the trolling reel relative to the angler is unchanged from the normal operational orientation when the spinning rod adapter is used to attach the trolling reel to the spin casting reel rod;
wherein the spinning rod adapter comprises a spinning reel foot, a stave, and a pedestal;
wherein the stave connects the spinning reel foot to the pedestal;
wherein the stave is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the spinning reel foot is the structure of the spinning rod adapter that physically attaches the spinning rod adapter to the reel seat of the spin casting reel rod;
wherein the pedestal is a structure that is used to anchor the spinning rod adapter to the trolling reel;
wherein the pedestal further comprises a plurality of self-tapping screws and a plurality of screw holes;
wherein the plurality of self-tapping screws are inserted and the plurality of screw holes attach the spinning rod adapter to the trolling reel;
wherein the plurality of self-tapping screws is a collection of self-tapping screws that screw the pedestal into a cage bar selected from the plurality of cage bars of the cage.

US Pat. No. 10,212,922

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, INDIVIDUAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND INDIVIDUAL SEARCH SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A management apparatus, comprising:a control unit that extracts, on the basis of first information that is generated by a sensor device worn by an individual and is related to a living body of the individual, a specific individual satisfying a predetermined condition, and generates, on the basis of position information related to a position of the specific individual, search information for causing a mobile object to move to the position of the specific individual.

US Pat. No. 10,212,921

BIRD FEEDER WITH IMAGE CAPTURING

1. A bird feeder comprising:a) an enclosure for receiving bird feed comprising:
i) an opening for receiving bird feed;
ii) access ports configured along a bottom of said enclosure;
b) a perch coupled to the enclosure by an arm extension;
wherein the perch is configured under the access ports of the enclosure by an offset height;
wherein the perch is configured for a bird, having a suitable size to fit within the offset height, to rest on the perch and feed from the access ports above the perch;
wherein the perch is adjustable in offset height;
whereby the offset height can be adjusted to accommodate a bird of a suitable size to fit within the offset height and feed from the access ports while resting on the perch; and
wherein the perch is adjustably coupled to the arm extension by a perch attachment feature and wherein the perch can be adjusted in offset height along the arm extension.

US Pat. No. 10,212,920

PET WASTE COLLECTOR AND DISPOSAL DEVICE

1. A pet waste collector and disposal device comprising:a pole comprising telescoping sections that do not rotate relative to each other when extended, wherein the pole is adjustable in length to accommodate a dog owner's height, and the height of the dog;
a container housing connected to the pole with a connector comprising a lockable hinged bracket that enables angular adjustment of the container housing relative to the pole to facilitate proper angular positioning beneath the dog; and
a disposable container carried in the container housing, the disposable container having a lip that rests on a periphery of the container housing, wherein the disposable container may be positioned beneath a dog to capture waste in the disposable container before the waste reaches the ground, and the disposable container may then be closed and disposed of, wherein the disposable container is a clamshell with a lid that can be closed and sealed air tight to prevent waste odors from escaping prior to disposal of the container, and wherein the disposable container is rigid or semi-rigid so as not to deform or collapse on any waste carried within.

US Pat. No. 10,212,919

SILICONE CHEW TOY

Funzone, Inc., Los Angel...

1. A silicone chew toy comprising:a base layer, made from a solid silicone material of a first color, comprising a first side and a second side, a thickness of at least 8 millimeters between the first and second sides, a minimum width of at least 38 millimeters, and a minimum length of at least 38 millimeters; and
a first layer, made from a liquid silicone material of a second color, formed and vulcanized on the first side of the base layer, the first layer having a thickness of at least 0.5 millimeters, wherein the first color is different from the second color,
wherein the silicone chew toy comprising the base and first layers can withstand at least 100 pounds of bite pressure for at least 10 seconds without breakage.

US Pat. No. 10,212,918

PET URINE PAD CONVENIENT TO TAKE AS WELL AS PRODUCTION METHOD AND PROCESSING EQUIPMENT THEREOF

Jiangsu Zhongheng Pet Art...

1. A processing equipment of a pet urine pad convenient to carry, comprising:a pet urine pad processing main machine frame;
a conveying device arranged on the pet urine pad processing main machine frame; and
a buffer device frame arranged at a rear end of the pet urine pad processing main machine frame,
wherein a buffer device is arranged on the buffer device frame,
wherein a folding device frame is arranged at a rear end of the buffer device frame,
wherein a transverse traction device is arranged on one side of a front end of the folding device frame,
wherein a vertical traction device is arranged in a middle of an upper end of the folding device frame,
wherein a point-breaking device is arranged on the folding device frame at a lower end of the vertical traction device,
wherein a folding device is arranged on the folding device frame at a lower end of the point-breaking device, and
wherein a structure of the folding device comprises two folding rollers symmetrically arranged on the folding device frame through rotating shafts, respectively, wherein the two folding rollers are identical in structure and matched with each other, a folding notch is configured in one side of each folding roller, a blade is arranged on the other side of the corresponding folding roller, a rotating arm is rotatably arranged on each folding roller through a revolving shaft and equipped with a limiting pillar, barrier pillars matched with the corresponding limiting pillars to each other are arranged on the folding device frame, a folding hook is connected to one end of each rotating arm, a hook part of each folding hook is arranged in the corresponding folding notch, and the other end of the corresponding rotating arm is arranged on the corresponding folding roller through a spring.

US Pat. No. 10,212,917

CAT ATTRACTANT

Kent Pet Group, Inc., Mu...

1. An animal litter comprising discrete plural particles of a sorbent material and a cat attractant, the cat attractant being present in an amount of 1 to 5% by weight of said animal litter and comprising a mixture of alfalfa meal and an acidic plant fiber, the alfalfa meal being present in an amount of at least 60% by weight relative to the weight of the acidic plant fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,212,916

LIGHTWEIGHT CLUMPING ANIMAL LITTER AND METHODS THEREOF

The Clorox Company, Oakl...

1. A method of making composite particles having a cellulosic material component and a sodium bentonite component comprising:providing flat-shaped cellulosic particles having a mean particle size ranging from 0.2-3 mm;
providing powdered sodium bentonite particles having a mean particle size less than 0.25 mm, wherein the ratio of cellulosic material to sodium bentonite is in the range of 1:4 to 4:1;
using a high shear agglomeration process to mix the cellulosic particles and the sodium bentonite particles to form composite particles having a mean particle size in the range of 0.4-4 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,212,915

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY FLUSHING PET URINE FROM A LITTER BOX

1. An automatic urine flushing pet litter box system, comprising:an upper litter tray with a perforated bottom configured to drain discharged urine;
a lower liquid holding tank nested below the upper litter tray configured to hold holding water such that holding water and discharged urine are collected in the lower liquid holding tank, the lower liquid holding tank further including a plurality of chargers and a plurality of sensors to detect multiple liquid levels in the holding tank,
a drainpipe coupled to the lower liquid holding tank and configured to drain the holding water and the discharged urine into a drain;
a first valve coupled to the drainpipe configured to vacuum the holding water and the discharged urine from the lower liquid holding tank in response to at least one of the detected water levels;
a water intake pipe coupled to the lower liquid holding tank; and
a second valve coupled to the water intake pipe configured to deliver water to the lower liquid holding tank in response to at least one of the detected water levels;
wherein the plurality of chargers and plurality of sensors further comprise,
a first charger and first sensor each disposed at the bottom of the liquid holding tank with the first charger disposed at a position lower than the first sensor in relation to the height of the liquid holding tank,
a second charger and second sensor each positioned at the same height in relation to the height of the liquid holding tank above each of the first sensor and the first charger, the second charger and the second sensor configured to control the first valve to drain liquid from the liquid holding tank when the liquid level reaches a maximum level in the liquid holding tank,
a third charger and third sensor each positioned at the same height in relation to the height of the liquid holding tank above each of the second sensor and the second charger, the third charger and the third sensor configured to prevent an overflow of liquid from the liquid holding tank by preventing the second valve delivering water to the liquid holding tank, and
a fourth sensor positioned above the first charger and the first sensor and below the second charger and the second sensor in relation to the height of the liquid holding tank, the fourth sensor configured to provide a maximum water level for the liquid holding tank, the first sensor and the fourth sensor configured to control the second valve to fill the liquid holding tank with water.