US Pat. No. 10,213,805

WIDE PATTERN NOZZLE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A device for applying a plurality of threads of a fluid to a moving web-like substrate, having a plurality of outlet openings for the threads of fluid, wherein each outlet opening is disposed between a pair of flow openings, through which a flow fluid flows in order to achieve thread oscillation, characterized in that the outlet openings and the flow openings are disposed along a common curve,wherein each outlet opening and each flow opening are bound by a plurality of fingers, each finger having a free end,
wherein the free end of each finger is disposed on the common curve, and
wherein a cross section of the flow openings increases toward the edge.

US Pat. No. 10,213,804

FLUID APPLICATION DEVICE HAVING A MODULAR CONTACT NOZZLE WITH A FLUIDIC OSCILLATOR

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A fluid application device for applying a fluid to a strand of material in a contact-type application in a non-linear manner, the device comprising:an applicator head; and
a nozzle assembly fluidically coupled to the applicator head, the nozzle assembly comprising:
a first conduit configured to receive a first fluid from the applicator head;
an application conduit including a first branch and a second branch fluidically connected with the first conduit and configured to receive the first fluid from the first conduit;
an orifice downstream from and fluidically connected to the application conduit, the orifice configured to receive the first fluid from the first branch and the second branch and discharge the first fluid for application onto a strand of material; and
a guide slot extending from the orifice, the guide slot configured to receive the strand of material,
wherein the first branch and the second branch extend in converging directions relative to one another in a direction toward the orifice such that discharge of the first fluid from the first branch and the second branch causes the first fluid to fluctuate during application onto the strand of material.

US Pat. No. 10,213,803

DESTRATIFICATION AEROSOL GENERATOR

1. A destratification aerosol generator for use in an enclosure, comprising:at least one ultrasonic transducer;
at least one transducer chamber;
at least one outlet tube, said at least one ultrasonic transducer is disposed in said at least one transducer chamber, said at least one outlet tube is disposed adjacent said at least one transducer chamber, said at least one outlet tube communicates with said at least one transducer chamber, wherein said at least one ultrasonic transducer generating an aerosol; and
at least one air blowing device forcing air through said at least one outlet tube directly into the enclosure, air from said at least one air blowing device moving the aerosol out of said at least one transducer chamber and outward through said at least one outlet tube; and
at least one second air blowing device blowing air downward directly toward a floor of the enclosure, wherein air from said at least one second air blowing device is forced upward by contact with the floor of the enclosure, the aerosol in the enclosure is carried with upward moving air, said at least one second air blowing device is operated during a period of time when said at least one air blowing device is operated.

US Pat. No. 10,213,802

PRESSURE REGULATOR IN A ROTATIONALLY DRIVEN SPRINKLER NOZZLE HOUSING ASSEMBLY

1. A sprinkler assembly comprising:a riser in fluid communication with a water supply including a flow path for water provided to the sprinkler assembly from the water supply;
a nozzle assembly rotatably mounted on the riser and in fluid communication with the riser, the nozzle assembly including:
a center flow passage in fluid communication with the flow path of the riser;
a nozzle mounted in the nozzle assembly and in fluid communication with the center flow passage, the nozzle configured to direct water out of the nozzle assembly; and
a pressure regulator provided in the nozzle assembly and configured to maintain a desired pressure at an inlet area of the nozzle; and
a throttling valve provided in the nozzle assembly and operably connected to the pressure regulator to selectively reduce flow to the nozzle when pressure at an inlet of the nozzle exceeds a reference pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,213,799

MULTI-USE PORTABLE HAND-HELD SPRAYER

1. A multi-use portable hand-held sprayer comprising:(a) a housing having an upper portion and a lower portion with side walls, including an interior portion having rail slots configured to accept rails running along said side walls, an open bottom portion with an open slot located in said bottom portion and a nozzle extension tube receiver opening including a nozzle tube connection ratchet in said upper portion, and further including a nozzle release switch;
(b) a frame including frame rails integral to said frame configured to slide into said rail slots located on said interior portion of said housing, having a motor assembly mounted thereon, including a pump assembly mounted on said frame wherein said pump includes a fluid source tube attached thereto, a battery compartment housing a battery, fluid flow tubes extending from said pump to a fluid flow control valve and to said nozzle extension tube, and an on/off switch; and
(c) an external removeable replaceable nozzle extension tube having an upper portion having a threaded nozzle accepting section and a lower portion having an extension tube insertion section which engages with said nozzle extension tube receiver opening located on said housing, further including an extension tube insertion slot, wherein an external removeable replaceable nozzle is attached to said extension tube upper portion;
wherein said frame is inserted into the open bottom of housing and said external removeable replaceable extension tube lower portion insertion section is attached to said external removeable replaceable nozzle extension tube receiver opening, whereby when fluid is available from said fluid source tube, the on/off switch is turned on to activate the motor powered by the battery which actuates the pump causing fluid to flow through said fluid flow tubes and said fluid flow control valve, through said nozzle extension tube, out through said nozzle and further wherein said external removeable replaceable nozzle extension tube and said external removeable replaceable nozzle is configured to be readily removed and replaced.

US Pat. No. 10,213,796

FLUID DISCHARGING SYSTEM

1. A fluid discharging system comprising a pump and a discharge spray head comprising at least one nozzle, through which the fluid to be discharged emerges, the pump comprising a stator and a rotor that is mounted in a chamber of the stator and is rotatable with respect to the stator around a rotation axis and is axially displaceable along the axis, wherein the axial displacement of the rotor in a first axial direction is configured so that it brings about a pump filling function in which a fluid is drawn through an inlet into the stator chamber, and in an opposite, a second axial direction is configured so that it brings about a discharge function in which the fluid in the chamber is expelled from an outlet of the pump, wherein the outlet of the pump is arranged in the rotor and the discharge spray head is connected fluidically to the outlet of the pump and is arranged at or adjacently to an axial outlet end of the rotor, wherein the discharge spray head is configured so that it discharges the fluid at least in part in a radial direction surrounding the rotation axis, wherein the fluid comprises at least one surfactant, wherein the rotor comprises a first and a second axial extension of different diameters that are mounted in corresponding first and second chamber segments of the stator chamber, and first and second seals that are mounted in the stator housing and sealingly surround the first and the second axial rotor extension, wherein the rotor extensions comprise fluid delivery conduits that, in combination with the respective sealing rings, serve as valves that open and close a connection respectively between the inlet of the pump and the chamber segments, and between the chamber segments and the outlet of the pump, as a function of the angular displacement of the pump rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,795

FLUID DISPENSING APPARATUS AND METHODS UTILIZING A RESILIENT NOZZLE

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. A nozzle for a fluid dispensing apparatus configured to dispense fluid, the fluid dispensing apparatus including a valve stem having a valve tip and being moveable in upstream and downstream directions, the nozzle comprising:a nozzle body including a fluid chamber terminating in a discharge outlet configured to discharge fluid from the fluid chamber when the valve stem moves in the downstream direction;
an annular valve seat located at the nozzle body upstream from the discharge outlet and configured to contact the valve tip when the valve stem moves in the downstream direction; and
a resilient annular portion that extends from the nozzle body in the upstream direction so as to define a portion of the fluid chamber, the resilient annular portion being adjacent to the annular valve seat,
the resilient annular portion being positioned to deflect radially outwards and form a sealing engagement with the valve tip before the valve tip contacts the valve seat, as the valve stem moves in the downstream direction,
wherein the fluid is discharged from the fluid chamber by separating from the discharge outlet when the valve stem contacts the annular valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,213,793

CYCLONIC SEPARATION APPARATUS

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A cyclonic separation apparatus comprising:an outer wall;
an inner wall; and
a cyclonic chamber defined between the outer wall and inner wall,
wherein the outer wall and the inner wall each comprise a curved section and a flat section, and the inner wall and the outer wall are concentrically arranged such that during use a fluid moving around the cyclonic chamber flows between a curved passage and a flat passage of the cyclonic chamber, and
wherein the cyclonic separation apparatus comprises a fluid inlet, the fluid inlet being positioned on the flat section of the inner wall such that fluid admitted into the cyclonic chamber flows through the curved passage before flowing through the flat passage.

US Pat. No. 10,213,790

METHOD FOR PROCESSING ASH FROM WASTE INCINERATION PLANTS BY MEANS OF WET CLASSIFICATION

1. A method for processing ash from waste incineration plants by wet classification comprising:mixing ash with liquid in a mixing hopper;
screening a coarse fraction from the ash;
feeding the ash as a feed flow to a first classifying stage which comprises an upflow classifier and an upstream hydrocyclone installation;
separating the feed flow in the first classifying stage into a good fraction free of harmful substances and a residual fraction contaminated with harmful substances;
drawing off the residual fraction as a suspension on an upper side of a fluidized bed contained in the upflow classifier;
drawing off the good fraction on an underside of the fluidized bed;
dewatering the good fraction by means of a screening device;
feeding a pass-through fraction of the dewatered good fraction in the screening device back into the upstream hydrocyclone installation;
separating, in the upstream hydrocyclone installation, at least one material flow containing substantially only particles which are smaller than a separation particle size of the screening process as a cyclone overflow; and
separating the cyclone overflow in a second classifying stage into a fine particle mineral fraction with a grain spectrum between 20 ?m and 250 ?m and a fine particle residue contaminated with harmful substances, wherein the fine particle residue has a grain size upper limit between 20 ?m and 50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,213,788

METHOD FOR PROCESSING WHOLE HEMP STALKS TO FORM DRY HEMP PRODUCT COMPRISING CANNABINOID OIL

1. A method for processing hemp to form a dry hemp product including cannabinoid oil, comprising:cutting hemp plants, which are growing in a field, between about 85 days and about 120 days after seeding of the hemp plants, such that the hemp plants include at least one of leaves and flower buds but are free of seed;
drying the hemp plants to a prescribed moisture content of about 5% to about 15%, by leaving the hemp plants in the field to air dry;
and, in a processing facility, to which the hemp plants are transported after drying:
shaking the hemp plants to shear said at least one of the leaves and the flower buds from stalks of the hemp plants so as to form separated stalks and said at least one of the leaves and the flower buds which are not deformed;
and screening the separated stalks and said at least one of the leaves and the flower buds so as to be separated from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,213,784

INERTION FUNNEL

1. An inertion funnel comprising:a hollow ring having an outer wall and an inner wall, the inner wall having a top end and a bottom end, the top end having a larger diameter than the bottom end and the wall sloping from the top end to the bottom end to create an inner opening, the bottom end forming a downward opening structured to allow a flow of gas around a circumference of the hollow ring and through the downward opening;
a connection point having a cylindrical wall with a first end and a second end, the first end of the cylindrical wall having an opening on the outer wall and the second end of the cylindrical wall having an opening structured to receive a hose input, the connection point structured to allow introduction of gas through the hose input into a cavity formed between the inner wall and the outer wall; and
a plurality of output apertures to the cavity formed between the inner wall and the outer wall and distributed around the inner wall of the hollow ring, the output apertures structured to direct the flow of gas from the inner wall of the hollow ring to a vessel below the downward opening of the inertion funnel.

US Pat. No. 10,213,782

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES

The Board of Trustees of ...

7. A method for manipulating droplets in a microfluidics system, the method comprising:delivering a plurality of aqueous droplets and a first fluid along a main fluid flow path of a main microchannel, wherein one or more of the aqueous droplets has a first volume;
delivering a second fluid along a side flow path defined by intersecting first and second microchannels, the first and second microchannels forming an angle therebetween and intersecting with one another at an opening in the main microchannel; and
altering the first volume of the one or more aqueous droplets as respective aqueous droplets move along the main fluid flow path and pass the opening in the main microchannel, wherein after passing the opening, the one or more aqueous droplets continue along the main fluid flow path in the first fluid and have a second volume that is less than or greater than the first volume.

US Pat. No. 10,213,780

MULTIVALENCE SEMICONDUCTOR PHOTOCATALYTIC MATERIALS

Nitto Denko Corporation, ...

1. A heterogeneous material comprising:a p-type semiconductor comprising a first metal oxide compound and a second metal oxide compound, wherein the first metal oxide compound and the second metal oxide compound have different oxidation states of the same metal, and wherein the p-type semiconductor has a p-type valence band;
a first n-type semiconductor having an n-type valence band which is deeper than the p-type valence band, wherein the first n-type semiconductor is in ionic charge communication with the p-type semiconductor, and wherein the n-type semiconductor comprises 90 to 99.999 wt % of the heterogeneous material.

US Pat. No. 10,213,779

PHOTOCATALYTIC FILTER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR REACTIVATING THE SAME

SEOUL VIOSYS CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photocatalytic filter, the method including:dispersing a photocatalytic material;
coating a support with the dispersed photocatalytic material;
drying the coated support; and
sintering the dried support to provide a catalyst portion of the photocatalytic filter;
wherein the catalyst portion has a height between 8 to 10 mm,
wherein the photocatalytic filter includes cells formed in the catalyst portion and provides an air flow path in a direction facing UV LED for photocatalytic activation,
wherein a frame between the cells has a thickness of 0.3 to 1.2 mm, and each of the cells has a width of 2 to 4 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,213,778

CATALYTIC CONVERTER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING EXHAUST EMISSION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An improved catalytic converter comprising:a housing; and
two catalyst substrates disposed inside the housing;
wherein the catalyst substrates are separated inside the housing,
wherein the catalyst substrates have a different radius and a different volume,
wherein the two catalyst substrates comprise a first catalyst substrate adjacent to an inlet side of the housing and a second catalyst substrate adjacent to an outlet side of the housing,
wherein one of the two catalyst substrates has two zones having different amounts of catalyst,
wherein the first catalyst substrate comprises a first zone located on a first side of the first catalyst substrate and a second zone located on a second side of the first catalyst substrate,
wherein the first zone and the second zones are comprised of catalysts having different noble metal contents, and
wherein the first zone has a higher noble metal content than the second zone, and the second zone has a higher noble metal content than the second catalyst substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,213,777

METAL COMPLEX AND SUPPORTED METAL COMPLEX HAVING DISILOXANE AS LIGAND, METHOD FOR PRODUCTION THEREFOR, AND SUPPORTED METAL CATALYST PREPARED BY USING THE SAME

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A metal complex represented by the following Formula (1):wherein M represents palladium or platinum; L represents a ligand selected from an olefin compound and a phosphine compound; n represents an integer of 1 to 2 showing the number of the ligand; and each of R1 to R4 independently represents an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,213,776

STA-20, A NOVEL MOLECULAR SIEVE FRAMEWORK TYPE, METHODS OF PREPARATION AND USE

Johnson Matthey Public Li...


US Pat. No. 10,213,775

PASSIVE NOX ADSORBER

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. An exhaust system for a lean burn engine comprising a NOx absorber catalyst for treating an exhaust gas from a lean burn engine and an emissions control device, the NOx absorber catalyst comprising:a first region comprising an oxygen storage material effective for protecting the molecular sieve catalyst by preventing the molecular sieve catalyst from becoming deactivated to NOx storage when exposed to rich exhaust gas conditions, and wherein the first region does not comprise platinum; and
a second region comprising a molecular sieve catalyst comprising a noble metal and a molecular sieve, wherein the molecular sieve contains the noble metal, and wherein the noble metal comprises palladium; and
a substrate having an inlet end and an outlet end;
wherein the second region is disposed at the outlet end of the substrate and the first region is disposed upstream of the second region at the inlet end of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,213,771

SCM-11 MOLECULAR SIEVE, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME AND USE THEREOF

SHANGHAI RESEARCH INSTITU...

17. A process for producing an SCM-11 molecular sieve, comprising:a step of contacting, under multiple step crystallization conditions, a first oxide source,
a second oxide source, an organic template, a fluorine source, and water, to obtain a molecular sieve, and optionally,
a step of calcining the obtained molecular sieve,
wherein the first oxide source is a silicon source, the second oxide source is a combination of the germanium source and the aluminum source,
wherein the multiple step crystallization conditions comprise crystallizating at 80-110 degrees Celsius for 8 hours to 2 days, and then at 120-160 degrees Celsius for 1-10 days, and
wherein the organic template is selected from a compound represented by the following formula (A), a quaternary ammonium salt thereof, and a quaternary ammonium hydroxide thereof,

wherein R1 and R2 are identical to or different from each other, each independently representing a C1-2 alkyl, and
a molar ratio of the first oxide source (as the first oxide), the second oxide source (as the second oxide), the organic template, the fluorine source (as F), and water is 1:(0.001-?):(0.1-1.0):(0.1-1.0):(4-40).

US Pat. No. 10,213,770

PROMOTED IRON CATALYSTS SUPPORTED ON CARBON NANOTUBES FOR FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS

University of Saskatchewa...

1. A catalyst for use in the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reaction comprising the formula (I):Cu—K—Mo—Fe  (I)
wherein
Cu is present in an amount of about 0.1 wt % to about 0.75 wt %;
K is present in an amount of about 0.1 wt % to about 1.5 wt %;
Mo is present in an amount of about 0.1 wt % to about 3 wt %; and
Fe is present in an amount of about 10 wt % to about 40 wt %; and
the remainder consisting essentially of a catalyst support, wherein the catalyst support is multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) having a surface area of at least about 220 m2/g; and
the Cu, K, Mo and Fe are deposited on the support by impregnation using an incipient wetness impregnation method wherein the order of deposition is (1) Fe and Cu, (2) K, and (3) Mo, with a drying step in between each deposition, and at least about 80% of the iron particles are located inside the carbon nanotubes
wherein the catalyst provides an activity of about 2.0 to about 5.6 mg hydrocarbons (HC/gFe/h, a CO conversion of greater than about 94% and a C5+ selectivity in the range of about 61 to about 76% in a Fischer-Tropsch reaction performed at a temperature in the range of about 270-285° C., a pressure in the range of about 2.2 to about 2.7 MPa, a H2/CO ratio of about 1 to about 2 and a gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) of about 3900 to about 7800 h?1.

US Pat. No. 10,213,767

CATALYST FOR PURIFYING THE EXHAUST GASES OF DIESEL ENGINES

1. Catalyst that comprises a carrier body with a length L, which extends between a first end face ‘a’ and a second end face ‘b’, anddifferently composed, catalytically-active material zones A, B, and C arranged on the carrier body, wherein
material zone A contains platinum or platinum and palladium with a weight ratio Pt:Pd of ?1 and, starting from end face ‘a’ or starting from end face ‘b’, extends along 70 to 100% of the length L, and
material zone B contains palladium or platinum and palladium and, starting from end face ‘b’, extends along a portion of the length L, and
material zone C contains SCR-active material and, starting from end face ‘a’, extends along a portion of the length L,
wherein material zone C is arranged above material zone A.

US Pat. No. 10,213,766

METHODS OF PREPARING A CATALYST

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A method comprising:a) drying a support material comprising silica at temperature in the range of from about 150° C. to about 220° C. to form a dried support;
b) contacting the dried support with methanol to form a slurried support, wherein the methanol is dry methanol;
c) subsequent to b), cooling the slurried support to a temperature of less than about 60° C. to form a cooled slurried support;
d) subsequent to c), contacting the cooled slurried support with a titanium alkoxide to form a titanated support;
e) subsequent to d), adding water to the titanated support, in an amount ranging from about 0.1 to about 10 moles of water per mole of titanium, to produce hydrated titanated support; and
f) thermally treating the hydrated titanated support by heating to a temperature of equal to or greater than about 150° C. for a time period of from about 5 hours to about 30 hours to remove the methanol and water and yield a dried titanated support.

US Pat. No. 10,213,758

POLYMER AND DISPERSION

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A polymer consisting of a structure of Formula 1 or Formula 2:
wherein R1 is a C2-18 alkylene group or a C6-18 arylene group,
R2 is a C1-18 alkyl group, and
R3 is a functional group of Formula 3:

each of X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, and X6, being the same or different, is H or methyl;
each of p, q, and r, being the same or different, is an integer of 1 to 60;
R4 is —C2H4—, —C3H6—,
each of m and n, being the same or different, is an integer of 0 to 50, andm+n?0.

US Pat. No. 10,213,756

MAGNETIC DISC COUPLER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A blending appliance, comprising:a housing having a support base with a jar receiving area disposed above the support base;
a blender jar having a base portion and a receptacle portion;
an upper magnetic coupler disposed in the base portion of the blender jar;
a lower magnetic coupler disposed in the support base of the housing, wherein the upper and lower magnetic couplers are coupled to one another by a magnetic coupling when the blender jar is received in the jar receiving area, and further wherein rotation of the lower magnetic coupler rotates the upper magnetic coupler as magnetically coupled thereto; and
a mechanical brake mechanism configured to stop rotation of the upper magnetic coupler when the blender jar is removed from the jar receiving area by imparting frictional contact on the upper magnetic coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,213,755

WELLSITE MIXER SENSING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING SAME

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method of mixing a wellsite fluid, the method comprising:selectively passing components of the wellsite fluid into a tank at a wellsite;
disposing a mixer in the mixing tank, the mixer comprising a shaft, a paddle, and a mixer sensing assembly, the mixer sensing assembly having a fluid interface and a mixing sensor;
forming a mixture by moving the components about the tank with the mixer such that the fluid interface of the mixer sensing assembly is in the path of the fluid and the mixer is movable thereby;
determining fluid parameters of the wellsite fluid by measuring a strain on the mixer with the mixer sensor; and
adjusting an amount of at least one of the components based on the measured strain.

US Pat. No. 10,213,749

SEPARATION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A separation membrane structure comprising;a porous support including through-holes which connect a first end surface and a second end surface,
a first glass seal configured to cover the first end surface, and
a separation membrane formed on an inner surface of the through-holes,
the first glass seal having a first seal body part and a first extension part, the first seal body part disposed on the first end surface, the first extension part connected to the first seal body part and disposed on the inner surface of the through-holes,
the separation membrane having a first connection part, at least a part of the first connection part disposed on the first extension part of the first glass seal, and
a first thickness of the first connection part being less than or equal to 10 microns, greater than a center thickness at a longitudinal center of the separation membrane, and less than or equal to 3.2 times the center thickness at the longitudinal center of the separation membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,213,746

SELECTIVE INTERFACIAL MITIGATION OF GRAPHENE DEFECTS

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A method comprising:disposing a first reactant on a first side of a two-dimensional material including defects;
disposing a second reactant on a second side of the two-dimensional material such that the first reactant and second reactant undergo a polymerization reaction and form polymer regions filling the defects; and
after the polymerization reaction forms the polymer regions, adhering the polymer regions to a support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,213,744

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WATER TREATMENT

Evoqua Water Technologies...

1. A water treatment system for producing water for irrigation, the system comprising:an electrodialysis apparatus including one or more monovalent ion selective membranes and having an inlet fluidly connectable to a source of water to be treated having a concentration of dissolved salts of between 500 mg/L and 5,000 mg/L, a diluate outlet, and a concentrate outlet;
a nanofiltration apparatus positioned downstream of the electrodialysis apparatus and having an inlet fluidly connectable to the diluate outlet of the electrodialysis apparatus, a permeate outlet, and a retentate outlet;
an irrigation distribution system fluidly connectable to the retentate outlet of the nanofiltration apparatus and with the diluate outlet of the electrodialysis apparatus;
a diverting system including a valve configured to vary an amount of diluate from the electrodialysis apparatus directed to the irrigation distribution system and an amount of diluate from the electrodialysis apparatus directed to the nanofiltration apparatus; and
a second diverting system including a second valve and configured to vary an amount of permeate from the nanofiltration apparatus directed to the electrodialysis apparatus as concentrate makeup through a conduit providing direct fluidic communication between the second valve and an inlet of a concentrating compartment of the electrodialysis apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,213,742

MICRO FLOW FILTRATION SYSTEM AND FLOW FILTRATION METHOD

Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., ...

1. A micro flow filtration system, wherein the system (100) comprises a fluid circuitry (3) and first reservoir (1) outside of the circuitry (3) suitable for containing a fluid, the fluid circuitry (3) comprising:a tangential flow filtration module (10) (TFF-module) having a feed inlet (18), a retentate outlet (19), a permeate outlet (20) and a semipermeable membrane (21) capable of separating the fluid sample into a retentate stream and a permeate stream upon passage of the fluid sample into the tangential flow filtration module (10) through the feed inlet,
a second reservoir (2) integrated into the fluid circuitry (3) having a reservoir inlet (11) and reservoir outlet (12) both in connection to the circuitry (3),
a pump (5) for creating and driving a fluid flow of the fluid sample through the fluid circuitry (3) and the tangential flow filtration module (10),
a plurality of conduits (14) forming the fluid circuitry, through which a fluid stream of the fluid sample is conducted, together with the second reservoir (2), the TFF-module (10) and the pump (5);whereinthe volume of the outside first reservoir (1) is significantly larger than the volume of the second reservoir (2);
the first reservoir (1) outside of the circuitry (3) is connected to the circuitry (3) via connection conduit (31) wherein the connection conduit (31) only allows that the fluid flows unidirectionally out of the first reservoir (1) into the circuitry (3), wherein the connection conduit (31) comprises a back-pressure valve so that fluid is prevented from flowing back from the circuitry (3) into the first reservoir (1);
the concentration of the fluid in the first reservoir (1) is constant; and
the micro flow filtration system has a concentration factor of at least 100.

US Pat. No. 10,213,741

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION CATALYST FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. An exhaust gas purification catalyst for an internal combustion engine, the exhaust gas purification catalyst being disposed in an exhaust gas passage of the engine and comprising:a substrate;
a catalyst layer formed on a surface of the substrate; and
a catalyst component supported on the catalyst layer,
wherein the catalyst layer comprises:
a first catalyst layer exposed to an exhaust gas flow; and
a second catalyst layer formed between the first catalyst layer and the substrate,
wherein a second catalyst upstream layer formed on an upstream side of the second catalyst layer with respect to the exhaust gas flow includes at least one precious metal of palladium and platinum, as well as an oxygen storage material as the catalyst component,
wherein a first catalyst downstream layer formed on a downstream side of the first catalyst layer with respect to the exhaust gas flow includes the at least one precious metal of the palladium and the platinum, as well as the oxygen storage material as the catalyst component,
wherein an amount of the oxygen storage material in the first catalyst downstream layer is larger than an amount of the oxygen storage material in the second catalyst upstream layer,
wherein a density of the at least one precious metal of the palladium and the platinum supported on the second catalyst upstream layer is higher than a density of the at least one precious metal of the palladium and the platinum supported on the first catalyst downstream layer, and
wherein the exhaust gas purification catalyst further comprising a connecting portion that connects a second catalyst downstream layer formed on a downstream side of the second catalyst layer and a first catalyst upstream layer formed on an upstream side of the first catalyst layer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,739

DUST REMOVAL AND DESULFURIZATION OF FCC EXHAUST GAS

Jiangnan Environmental Pr...

1. An apparatus for using ammonia to treat fluid catalytic cracking tail-gas, the apparatus comprising:a flow-through heat-exchanger in thermal communication with a flow that includes the tail-gas, the heat exchanger including a liquid coolant that is materially isolated from the flow;
downstream, along the flow, from the heat-exchanger, a dust-removal vessel that includes a washing-liquid spray layer configured to spray washing liquid against the flow to remove dust from the flow;
downstream from the dust-removal vessel, a sulfur dioxide absorption vessel that supports a liquid circuit configured to:
provide an ammonia-bearing liquid to a sprayer that is directed against the flow; and
recirculate the liquid, after passing through the sprayer, to the sprayer; and
a denitrification system configured to remove nitrogen oxides from the flow, the denitrification system disposed upstream along the flow, from the heat exchanger, and upstream from the dust-removal vessel;
the dust-removal vessel further comprising, transverse to the flow:
a demister,
first sprayers in a first washing-liquid spray layer; and,
below the first layer, second sprayers in a second washing-liquid spray layer;
wherein the sprayers are configured to direct washing-liquid against the flow.

US Pat. No. 10,213,738

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INCREASING THE SERVICE LIFE AND/OR CATALYTIC ACTIVITY OF AN SCR CATALYST AND CONTROL OF MULTIPLE EMISSIONS

1. A method for controlling the selenium speciation in a flue gas generated from the combustion of at least one biomass-based fuel and/or in a gas phase of at least one piece of emission control equipment where a flue gas stream in the at least one piece of emission control equipment is generated from the combustion of at least one biomass-based fuel, the method comprising the steps of:(a) providing at least one biomass-based fuel to a furnace, or boiler;
(b) subjecting the at least one biomass-based fuel to a staged combustion process, wherein the staged combustion process produces gaseous selenium and/or gaseous selenium compounds;
(c) providing at least one metal-bearing compound to a combustion zone or flue gas stream of the furnace, or boiler, prior to entry of the flue gas into an SCR at a point that is both prior to entry of the flue gas into an SCR as well as after a point that where the majority of one or more selenium and/or selenium compounds are converted and/or oxidized into selenium (VI) ions; and
(d) permitting the at least one metal-bearing compound to react with any selenium and/or selenium compounds present in the combustion zone, flue gas, and/or the gas phase of at least one piece of emission control equipment,
wherein the at least one metal-bearing compound is provided in an amount that permits the control of the selenium speciation in one or more of the combustion zone, flue gas, and/or one or more gas phases present in the at least one piece of emission control equipment thereby resulting in a reduction in the amount, or concentration, of selenium (VI) ions emitted from, or contained in the combustion zone, the flue gas and/or from any one or more gas phases present in the at least one piece of emission control equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,213,736

METHOD FOR SEPARATING CARBON DIOXIDE AND APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING CARBON DIOXIDE

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A carbon dioxide separation method comprising the steps of:feeding a mixed gas that contains at least carbon dioxide and water vapor to a carbon dioxide separation membrane that contains a hydrophilic resin and a carbon dioxide carrier;
separating, from the mixed gas, a permeation gas that contains the carbon dioxide by use of the carbon dioxide separation membrane;
adjusting temperature of gas which contacts the carbon dioxide separation membrane so that a temperature difference between the mixed gas fed to the carbon dioxide separation membrane and the permeation gas which has permeated the carbon dioxide separation membrane is not lower than 0° C. and not higher than 20° C.; and
adjusting pressure of the permeation gas which has permeated the carbon dioxide separation membrane,
the pressure of the permeation gas which has permeated the carbon dioxide separation membrane and water vapor partial pressure in the mixed gas fed to the carbon dioxide separation membrane satisfying the following formula (1):
2.5 kPaA<(pressure of permeation gas)<(water vapor partial pressure in mixed gas)   (1).

US Pat. No. 10,213,732

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF A FLUE GAS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for treatment of a flue gas, the method comprising:feeding the flue gas and a lean solvent to an absorber;
reacting the flue gas with the lean solvent within the absorber to generate a clean flue gas and a rich solvent;
feeding the clean flue gas from the absorber and water from a source, to a wash tower to separate a stripped portion of the lean solvent from the clean flue gas to generate a washed clean flue gas and a mixture of the water and the stripped portion of the lean solvent; and
treating at least a portion of the mixture of the water and the stripped portion of the lean solvent by:
separating a water phase portion from a solvent phase portion of at least the portion of the mixture of the water and the stripped portion of the lean solvent via a decanter within a separation system; and
feeding the water phase portion from the decanter to a distillation device within the separation system via a bypass path; and separating at least a portion of the water from the water phase portion via the distillation device to generate a solvent portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,730

PROCESS FOR ACID GAS TREATMENT AND POWER GENERATION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system, comprising:an acid gas treatment unit operable to treat an acid gas stream comprising hydrogen sulfide, the acid gas treatment unit comprising:
a fuel reactor operable to receive the acid gas stream and calcium oxide, the fuel reactor further operable to react the hydrogen sulfide with the calcium oxide to produce calcium sulfide and a first gas stream comprising water vapor and carbon dioxide;
an oxidizer reactor operable to receive the calcium sulfide and a first air stream, the oxidizer reactor further operable to produce calcium sulfate and an oxygen-lean second air stream, the oxygen-lean air stream comprising no more than 15% by weight oxygen: and
a calciner reactor operable to receive the oxygen-lean second air stream and calcium carbonate, the calciner reactor further operable to produce the calcium oxide and a second gas stream, the second gas stream comprising carbon dioxide.

US Pat. No. 10,213,729

HYDROCARBON GAS DECARBONATION METHOD

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method of decarbonating a hydrocarbon gas by washing with an absorbent solution, wherein the following stages are carried out:a) contacting the gas with the absorbent solution so as to obtain a CO2-depleted gas and a CO2-laden absorbent solution,
b?) expanding the CO2-laden absorbent solution to obtain a gas containing a major part of light hydrocarbons co-absorbed by the absorbent solution,
b) heating and expanding the expanded CO2-laden absorbent solution from step b?) at a predetermined pressure and temperature so as to release a hydrocarbon-containing gaseous fraction and to obtain a hydrocarbon-depleted absorbent solution, the temperature and the pressure providing the gaseous fraction comprising at least 50% of the hydrocarbons contained in the CO2-laden absorbent solution and at most 35% of the CO2 contained in the CO2-laden absorbent solution,
c) thermally regenerating the hydrocarbon-depleted absorbent solution by stripping or distillation so as to release a CO2-rich gaseous effluent and to obtain a regenerated absorbent solution.

US Pat. No. 10,213,728

METHOD FOR SEPARATING CARBON DIOXIDE FROM A GAS FLOW, IN PARTICULAR FROM A FLUE GAS FLOW, AND SEPARATING DEVICE FOR SEPARATING CARBON DIOXIDE FROM A GAS FLOW, IN PARTICULAR FROM A FLUE GAS FLOW

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

9. A separating device for separating off carbon dioxide from a gas stream, comprisingan absorber for separating off carbon dioxide from the gas stream by a scrubbing medium, and
a desorber that is flow-coupled to the absorber for liberating carbon dioxide that is absorbed in the scrubbing medium,
a cooling device flow-connected to the desorber to form a condensate,
a purification device, comprising a reverse osmosis plant, wherein the purification device is flow-connected to the cooling device,
wherein the purification device is equipped and constructed to remove degradation products from the condensate formed in the cooling device by reverse osmosis, and
a recirculation line and a feed line, wherein the reverse osmosis purification device for recirculating purified condensate is flow-coupled via the recirculation line to the feed line of the desorber.

US Pat. No. 10,213,724

FLUID FILTER APPARATUS HAVING FILTER MEDIA WOUND ABOUT A WINDING FRAME

Baldwin Filters, Inc., K...

1. A filter element defining a longitudinal axis and first and second axial ends of the filter element, the filter element comprising:a winding frame defining a frame axis, extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the filter element, and first and second oppositely facing axial ends of the winding frame disposed at opposite ends of the winding frame along the frame axis;
the winding frame having a length, width and thickness thereof, with the length extending substantially along the frame axis between the first and second axial ends of the winding frame, the width extending substantially orthogonally to the frame axis, and the thickness extending substantially orthogonally to both the frame axis and the width of the winding frame;
a length of fluted filter media wound about the winding frame with the flutes of the fluted filter media oriented substantially longitudinally to the frame axis, to thereby provide for filtration of a flow of fluid passing substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis through the filter element;
wherein the winding frame has a substantially smooth, non-corrugated outer peripheral surface and is a rigid structure formed of elongated segments, joined so as to surround non-circular empty spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,213,723

FILTER ELEMENT HAVING A FILTER BELLOWS

1. A filter element for fluids, comprising:a filter bellows made of a sheet of filter medium, the filter medium sheet folded in into zig-zag pleats, each pleat having:
a first pleat fold edge arranged on a prefiltration surface of the filter bellows; and
an opposite second pleat fold edge arranged on an opposite post filtration surface of the filter bellows;
each pleat having:
a first pleat end edge extending from the first pleat fold edge on the prefiltration surface, to the opposite second pleat fold edge arranged on the post filtration surface;
a second pleat end edge extending from the first pleat fold edge on the prefiltration surface, to the opposite second pleat fold edge arranged on the post filtration surface, the first and second pleat end edges arranged at opposites ends of the pleat fold edges of the pleat;
wherein the first pleat end edges of the pleats form a first end surface extending from the prefiltration surface to the opposite post filtration surface of the filter bellows on the first pleat end edges;
wherein the second pleat end edges of the pleats form an opposing second end surface of the filter bellows, extending from the prefiltration surface to the opposite post filtration surface of the filter bellows on the second pleat end edges;
wherein a first group of side-by-side pleats have the first pleat end edges extending obliquely to the first fold edge or to the second fold edge such that, the first group of side-by-side pleats have the first pleat end edge on the first end surface of the filter bellows that has a different length relative to a length of the second pleat end edge on the second end surface of the filter bellows;
wherein the pleat end edges of adjacent pleats are directly sealed onto each other by at least one trace of a sealant in the form of a support glue bead between the pleat end edges of adjacent pleats;
wherein the first group of side-by-side pleats at the first end surface of the filter bellows has first pleat end edges running oblique to the second pleat end edges of the first group of side-by-side pleats such that the first end surface twists or deflects along it length from end to end, such that the prefiltation surface at the second portion of pleats has a different pleat fold edge length than a pleat fold edge length of same respective pleats at the post filtration surface of the filter bellows.

US Pat. No. 10,213,721

AIR FILTER ARRANGEMENT

1. An air filter arrangement comprising:an open rectangular frame comprised of four frame sides joined together and defining a frame opening;
an air filter element comprised of a pleated sheet of porous material said pleats together making up said air filter element able to be expanded by pulling said pleats apart to respective end of said frame to fill said frame opening;
a magnetic element attached to each pleat at an end of said air filter element magnetically attracted to a respective one of said pair of opposite frame sides to hold said air filter element in an expanded state drawn across said frame opening;
a filter element lattice restraint held within said frame opening on one side of said expanded air filter element and secured therein;
a slot defined on one side of each of said frame four sides receiving perimeter edges of said lattice restraint with said air filter element spaced outside said slot to minimize contact therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,213,719

CAM LOCK SYSTEM FOR RECIPROCATING AIR COMPRESSOR INLET FILTER

Westinghouse Air Brake Te...

6. A method of retaining an air filter element within an air intake filter housing, the method comprising:providing an annular filter housing for enclosing the air filter element;
providing a filter end cap sized to close an open end of the filter housing, the filter end cap comprising an opening therein so as to allow a mechanical element disposed within an interior of the filter housing to extend therethrough;
inserting the air filter element into the filter housing;
enclosing the open end of the filter housing with the filter end cap;
connecting a cam lock device to the mechanical element, wherein the cam lock device comprises:
a clevis rod having a first end and a second end, the clevis rod connected on the second end thereof to the mechanical element bolt disposed within the interior of the filter housing;
a cam lever; and
a filter clamp coupled to the cam lever and having a cam surface thereon, the filter clamp pivotally connected to the first end of the clevis rod such that rotation of the cam lever and filter clamp in a first direction provides a clamping force to secure the filter end cap upon the open end of the filter housing;
wherein the filter clamp comprises two flat surfaces, a first flat surface of the two flat surfaces corresponding to an open condition of the cam lock device when the cam lever and filter clamp are rotated in the first direction, and a second flat surface of the two flat surfaces corresponding to a closed condition of the cam lock device when the cam lever and filter clamp are rotated in a second direction;
a spring carrier disposed at the second end of the clevis rod;
a spring disposed on the clevis rod and restrained between the spring carrier and a washer disposed on the clevis rod; and
wherein the cam surface engages the washer and pivotal movement of the cam handle and filter clamp causes compression of the spring via the washer to apply clamping force to the filter end cap to removably secure the filter end cap on the open end of the filter housing and to secure the air filter element within the enclosed filter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,712

LIQUID FILTER ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A liquid filter assembly defining an axial direction, a radial direction, and a circumferential direction about the axial direction, the liquid filter assembly comprising:a filter medium extending along the axial direction between a first end and a second end, the filter medium defining an interior passage to receive liquid passed through the filter medium;
a housing disposed about the filter medium from a closed end to an inlet end, the closed end being positioned proximate the first end of the filter medium, the inlet end being positioned proximate the second end of the filter medium, the housing defining a liquid inlet at the inlet end;
a manifold including a first protrusion extending toward the filter medium along the axial direction, the first protrusion defining a liquid outlet in fluid communication with the interior passage;
a first end cap disposed radially inward from the housing at the first end, the first end cap being in engagement with the filter medium and the filter housing;
a second end cap disposed radially inward from the housing at the second end, the second end cap being in sealed engagement with the filter medium and the manifold, the second end cap defining a passage extending along the axial direction from the interior passage to the liquid outlet; and
a first interlocking ring fixed to the housing to engage a second interlocking ring fixed to the manifold, each of the first interlocking ring and the second interlocking ring including a locking finger, each locking finger including a base extending along the axial direction and a platform extending from the base along the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,708

FORMULATIONS OF HOMOPOLYMERS BASED ON ALKYL ACRYLATES USED AS ANTIFOAMING AGENTS IN HEAVY AND SUPER-HEAVY CRUDE OILS

INSTITUTO MEXICANO DEL PE...

1. A process for inhibiting or reducing foam formation comprising the step of feeding crude oil containing natural gas or volatile compounds and having a density of 10 to 40° API to a gas-liquid separation apparatus at a temperature of 50 to 120° , and adding an antifoaming agent formulation in an amount of 100 to 1500 ppm to reduce foam formation by at least 20% by volume relative to the crude oil without the antifoaming agent, said antifoaming agent formulation consisting of an alkyl acrylate homopolymer of formula (1) having a molecular weight of 1,000 to 180,000 Daltons dispersed in an organic solvent and substantially in the absence of water
where:
R1 and R2 are independent radicals where
R1 is selected from the group consisting of H (hydrogen) and CH3 (methyl);
R2 is selected from the group consisting of CH3 (methyl), C2H5 (ethyl), C4H9 (n-butyl, isobutyl),
C6H13 (n-hexyl, iso-hexyl), C8H17 (2-ethyl-hexyl) C8H17 (n-octyl), C10H21 (n-decyl, iso-decyl),
C12H25 (n-dodecyl), C18H37 (n-octadecyl), C8H9O (2-phenoxyethyl), C3H7O (2-methoxyethyl), and C5H11O2 (2-(2-methoxyethoxy)-ethyl); and
x is an integer number from 2 to 900.

US Pat. No. 10,213,706

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR PURIFICATION OF ACRYLIC ACID

Sulzer Chemtech AG, Wint...

1. An apparatus (10) for the purification of a crude acrylic acid composition containing maleic anhydride as an impurity being configured for carrying out a melt crystallization process comprising the steps of:(a) carrying out at least one dynamic melt crystallization stage (14, 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d) with the crude acrylic acid composition to prepare a first purified acrylic acid composition and a first residue containing at least 3.5% by weight maleic anhydride,
(b) adding a solvent (26) which is capable of dissolving maleic anhydride to the first residue in an amount that the weight ratio of the solvent to the maleic anhydride is 0.3 or more to prepare a ratio-adjusted residue, and
(c) carrying out at least one further dynamic melt crystallization stage and/or at least one static melt crystallization stage (18, 18a, 18b) with the ratio-adjusted residue to prepare a second purified acrylic acid composition and a second residue,
wherein the apparatus (10) comprises:
a first melt crystallization section (12) for (a) carrying out at least one dynamic melt crystallization stage (14, 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d) with the crude acrylic acid composition to prepare a first purified acrylic acid composition and a first residue, wherein the first melt crystallization section (12) has an inlet for the crude acrylic acid composition, an outlet for the first purified acrylic acid composition and an outlet for the first residue, wherein the outlet for the first purified acrylic acid composition and the outlet for the first residue may be the same,
means (26) for (b) adding a solvent to the first residue and for adjusting a predetermined weight ratio of the solvent to the first residue to prepare a ratio-adjusted residue and
a second melt crystallization section (16) for (c) carrying out at least one further dynamic melt crystallization stage or at least one static melt crystallization stage (18, 18a, 18b) with the first residue to prepare a second purified acrylic acid composition and a second residue, wherein the second melt crystallization section (16) has an inlet being arranged downstream of the means (26) for introducing the solvent to the first residue and the inlet being in fluid communication with the outlet for the first purified acrylic acid composition.

US Pat. No. 10,213,703

VIEWING INSTRUMENT FOR A TOY GUN

1. A viewing instrument for a toy, comprising:an optical module having a first light pathway for conveying visible light reflected from an object to an eye of a user viewing the object;
a thermal radiation detecting module having a thermal radiation detector adapted to detect thermal radiation emitted from the object being viewed to thereby generate one or more signals;
an aiming module having at least one visible light-emitting member electrically connected with the thermal radiation detecting module for receiving the one or more generated signals;
wherein the at least one visible light-emitting member of the aiming module is adapted to emit light of at least a first color in response to a first generated signal of the one or more generated signals, and to emit light of at least a second color in response to a second generated signal of the one or more generated signals, the emitted light of at least the first or the second color is arranged to pass through a mark-carrying filter provided in front of the at least one visible light-emitting member, such that a visible mark having a shape corresponds to the mark carried by the filter and comprising the respective color is projected along the first light pathway to the eye of the user to indicate information based on the detected thermal radiation of the object being viewed.

US Pat. No. 10,213,702

TOY RACETRACK WITH MOVEABLE LOOP PORTION

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A toy racetrack comprising:a toy vehicle launch section;
a support tower positioned a distance away from said toy vehicle launch section;
a loop track section pivotably mounted to said support tower for movement between a first position in which the loop track section does not engage the toy vehicle launch section and a second position in which the loop track section forms a continuous track portion at an exit end of said toy vehicle launch section; and
a target flag pivotably mounted to said support tower, said target flag having a first position in which said target flag is in alignment with the exit end of said toy vehicle launch section when said loop track section is in said first loop track section position,
wherein said target flag is mechanically linked to said loop track section, wherein movement of said target flag away from said first target flag position causes movement of said loop track section towards said second loop track section position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,701

PASSENGER RESTRAINT FOR UPRIGHT, STRADDLE-TYPE SEATING IN AN AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE VEHICLE

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A vehicle for use in an amusement park ride with upright, straddle-type passenger seating, comprising:a vehicle body with a base and a center pedestal portion extending upward from an upper surface of the base;
a seat assembly including a seat pan mounted on the center pedestal portion between a front end and a rear end of the vehicle body, wherein a passenger seated on the seat pan straddles the center pedestal portion with a left leg on a left side of the center pedestal portion and a right leg on a right side of the center pedestal portion; and
a passenger restraint system comprising a lap bar assembly and a lap bar pivotal mount element pivotally supporting the lap bar assembly within the vehicle body to pivot about a rotation axis passing through the vehicle body between the seat pan and the front end of the vehicle body,
wherein the lap bar assembly comprises a lap bar, a left side leg shield coupled to the lap bar pivotal mount element at a first end and to the lap bar at a second end, and a right side leg shield coupled to the lap bar pivotal mount element at a first end and to the lap bar at a second end, and
wherein the lap bar, the left side leg shield, and the right side leg shield rotate about the rotation axis as a unitary member.

US Pat. No. 10,213,700

EMERGENCY-EGRESS, ZIP-LINE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method of operating a zip line, the method comprising:providing a track line suspended between an upper location and a lower location corresponding thereto;
providing a support separate from yet proximate the track line, proximate the upper tower;
providing a first trolley having weight and comprising a roller operably connected to run along the track line;
providing a second trolley similarly configured and connected between the first trolley and the upper tower;
unloading the weight of the first and second trolleys from the track line, while remaining operably connected thereto, by the support vertically supporting the first and second trolleys;
suspending a first rider from the first trolley and a second rider from the second trolley;
releasing sequentially the first trolley and the second trolley from the support to engage (load) separately, and then descend simultaneously along, the track line toward the lower tower.

US Pat. No. 10,213,696

ADAPTATION OF GAMING APPLICATIONS TO PARTICIPANTS

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first device comprising a processor and a memory, a selection associated with a gaming application, the selection requesting interaction, via a voice channel, between the first device and a second device, the first device associated with a first participant of the gaming application, and the second device associated with a second participant of the gaming application;
retrieving, by the first device, a profile associated with the first participant, wherein the profile comprises information of the first participant determined by a background check associated with the first participant of the gaming application;
determining, by the first device, from the profile, that the first participant is associated with criminal activity; and
in response to determining that the first participant is associated with criminal activity, disabling, by the first device, an ability of the first device to establish the voice channel between the first device and the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,694

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND METHOD

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium including computer program instructions, which when executed by an information processing system comprising one or more physical processors, cause the information processing system to:store a plurality of game media in association with information corresponding to each of the plurality of game media, the information including at least a first parameter having a first value when the game media is in a first state and a second value when the game media is in a second state;
receive a user instruction to combine at least a first game medium with a second game medium;
change the first value of the second game medium of the first state by a first amount after combining the first game medium and second game medium and change the second value of the second game medium of the second state by a second amount, which is different from the first amount, after combining the first game medium and the second game medium; and
execute a game according to the first value when the second game medium is used in the game in the first state and according to the second value when the second game medium is used in the game in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,213,692

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TOY RECOGNITION

1. A system for recognizing real-world toy objects from one or more images, the system comprising a model creation system and a recognition system:wherein the model creation system comprises one or more processors and a training database and wherein the training database is configured to store annotated digital images, each annotated digital image depicting a real-world toy object and being annotated with an object identifier identifying the depicted real-world toy object;
wherein the model creation system is configured to:
train a convolutional classification model based on at least a subset of the annotated digital images to predict a matching object identifier when the convolutional classification model is presented with a digital image of a real-world toy object, wherein the recognition system comprises an image capturing device and one or more processors and wherein the recognition system is configured to:
capture at least one image of a real-world toy object;
use the trained convolutional classification model to predict a matching object identifier from the captured image;
obtain, based on the predicted object identifier, stored information including connectivity information indicative of how the real-world toy object can be detachably connected to toy construction elements of a toy construction system; and
insert a virtual toy object corresponding to the recognized physical toy object into a virtual world as a virtual construction element attached to a virtual construction model.

US Pat. No. 10,213,690

DETERMINING REAL-WORLD EFFECTS FROM GAMES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method, comprising:performing, by one or more computing devices:
receiving, from a user device, user input to modify a game object;
modifying the game object in response to the user input according to an object model that specifies characteristics of a physical object;
generating performance data corresponding to the modified game object responsive to game play using the modified game object; and
providing the performance data to at least the user device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,688

SOCIAL AND PROCEDURAL EFFECTS FOR COMPUTER-GENERATED ENVIRONMENTS

WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMEN...

1. A method comprising:providing, by a processor, a data signal configured for an output device, wherein the data signal encodes a first game for play in a simulated three-dimensional (3D) environment by a first user;
controlling a characteristic parameter of a 3D object or character included in the simulated 3D environment based on an event in a second game played by a second user not in synchrony with the first game, wherein the second game is independent of the first game prior to the event, and the event includes an interaction between an avatar of the second user and at least one of a non-player character or avatar operated in the second game.

US Pat. No. 10,213,687

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM IS STORED

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium having stored thereon a program for causing a terminal having a processor to execute steps comprising:transmitting, using the processor, terminal information representing a type of the terminal to a server,
acquiring program identification information from a user for identifying a program selected by a user utilizing a touch screen of the terminal;
transmitting, using the processor, the program identification information to the server,
receiving, from the server, image information,
wherein the received image information comprises a superimposed image formed by superimposing a plurality of operating images at fixed positions over a program image according to received arrangement information, and
wherein the received image information is determined based upon the transmitted terminal information and transmitted program identification information; and
displaying the image information on a display screen of the terminal, and
providing input to the program using the plurality of operating images,
wherein each operating image is a graphic symbol, and touch operations performed on the graphic symbols are converted into input signals from a game controller originally used to control the program.

US Pat. No. 10,213,685

SEPARABLE URL GAMING SYSTEM

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A system for enabling an original network to leverage resources of a supplementary network while substantially maintaining an architecture of the original network, comprising:an initial network having an original architecture, wherein the initial network has original functionality resources, the initial network comprising an initial network server and one or more initial network processors; and
an auxiliary network connecting to the original architecture of the initial network and in operative association with the initial network, and wherein the auxiliary network comprises (i) an auxiliary network server including enhanced functionality resources and (ii) a locator server for assigning directions to each of the enhanced functionality resources;
wherein the initial network leverages the enhanced functionality resources of the auxiliary network.

US Pat. No. 10,213,683

GAME CONTROLLER CALIBRATION AND GAME SYSTEM USING GAME CONTROLLER

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A game system comprising:a main body apparatus; and
a game controller,
the game controller including:
an analog stick,
a memory configured to store correction parameter information including a first manufacturing process correction parameter value determined in a manufacturing process in connection with the analog stick, a first user correction parameter value determined in accordance with an operation by a user onto the analog stick in connection with the analog stick, and a first model adjustment value corresponding to a model of the game controller in connection with the analog stick, and
a first control circuit configured to transmit the correction parameter information stored in the memory to the main body apparatus,
the main body apparatus including a second control circuit, wherein
the second control circuit is configured to:
select any of the first manufacturing process correction parameter value and the first user correction parameter value included in the transmitted correction parameter information as a first correction parameter value, and
perform game processing based on the first correction parameter value, the first model adjustment value, and input data from the analog stick.

US Pat. No. 10,213,682

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UNIQUELY IDENTIFYING PHYSICAL TRADING CARDS AND INCORPORATING TRADING CARD GAME ITEMS IN A VIDEO GAME

ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, IN...

1. A method of facilitating a printing of trading cards for use with a video game, the method being implemented in a computer system having one or more physical processors programmed with computer program instructions which, when executed by the one or more physical processors, cause the computer system to perform the method, the method comprising:obtaining, by the computer system, information related to a first portion of a first trading card that is unique to the first trading card and information related to a second portion of the first trading card that is common to a set of trading cards;
obtaining, by the computer system, information related to a first portion of a second trading card that is unique to the second trading card, wherein the second trading card further comprises a second portion that is common to the set of trading cards, and corresponds to the second portion of the first trading card;
providing, by the computer system, the information related to the first portion of the first trading card to a printing system;
providing, by the computer system, the information related to the second portion of the first trading card to the printing system;
providing, by the computer system, an indication to the printing system that the information related to the second portion of the first trading card is to be used to print a corresponding second portion of the second trading card;
providing, by the computer system, the information related to the first portion of the second trading card to the printing system;
wherein the first trading card is printed based on the information related to the first portion of the first trading card and the information related to the second portion of the first trading card; and
wherein the second trading card is printed based on the information related to the first portion of the second trading card, the information related to the second portion of the first trading card, and the indication that the information related to the second portion of the first trading card is to be used to print a corresponding second portion of the second trading card.

US Pat. No. 10,213,681

COUNTING AND SCORING DEVICE

1. A counting and scoring device comprising:a housing having an interior and an exterior, a horizontal base, substantially vertical front and rear walls, and a substantially flat upper surface, said walls being coextensive with said base and with the upper surface, and a central vertical partition dividing the interior of the housing into a right and a left chamber, said partition having an upper opening and a lower opening in vertical alignment along a median of said partition;
lateral extensions projecting from each side of the front and rear walls defining a viewing window with the upper surface on each side of the housing;
a right wheel rotatably and vertically mounted within the right chamber and a left wheel rotatably and vertically mounted within the left chamber, said right wheel and said left wheel having a plurality of flat outer surfaces on which to exhibit indicia;
said right wheel and said left wheel further comprising:
a segmented raised rim about an outer edge to form a turning surface, an inward facing wall having a plurality of depressions, said depressions being substantially in the shape of a segment of a sphere, arranged in a circle and oriented so that there is one depression corresponding to each flat outer surface of the wheel, an outward facing hub portion, and a central opening through the inward facing wall in communication with the outward facing hub portion;
the central opening in the outward facing hub portion of said right wheel being dimensioned to accept a threaded bolt such that the right wheel can rotate thereon;
the central opening in the outward facing hub portion of said left wheel being dimensioned to accept a hexagonal nut such that the hexagonal nut cannot rotate therewithin;
said threaded bolt being dimensioned to extend through the right wheel, the lower opening in the central partition, and the left wheel to cooperate with the hexagonal nut;
a compression spring and two ball bearings dimensioned to be contained within the upper opening in the partition, one ball bearing situated on each side of the compression spring, such that the compression spring urges the ball bearings outward on each side of the partition to cooperate with the depressions in the inward facing walls of the wheels; and
a chamber within a lower portion of the housing;whereby when the threaded bolt is extended through the hub portion of the right wheel, the central opening in the inward facing wall of the right wheel, the lower opening in the partition, the central opening in the inward facing wall of the left wheel and the hub portion of the left wheel to cooperate with the hexagonal nut the right wheel and the left wheel are rotatably and vertically maintained in spaced relation to the partition and the ball bearings are disposed within the depressions in the inward facing walls of the wheels so that when the wheels are rotated the ball bearings are moved from one depression to the next, a clicking sound is heard, and the corresponding indicia is centered in the viewing window.

US Pat. No. 10,213,679

SIMULATED INDIRECT FIRE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An indirect fire simulation system, the system comprising:a plurality of communication devices, each communication device associated with a separate player, wherein each communication device includes a location services device for determining some location indicia of the communication device and a mechanism for communicating the location indicia to a network, the location indicia providing a location of the communication device;
a game server communicating with the network for relaying the location indicia of each communication device to the plurality of communication devices;
wherein each communication device includes a mechanism for determining a directional orientation of the communication device when creating a targeting solution of a simulated indirect fire weapon;
wherein a shooting communication device targeting the targeted player having a targeted communication device receives location indicia of the targeted communication device;
wherein the shooting communication device aims and fires the simulated indirect fire weapon without having a direct line of sight between the communication device and a targeted player;
wherein each communication device includes a display providing a location of a targeted communication device;
wherein the targeting solution is obtained by aligning an aiming vector over the targeted communication device shown on the display; and
a processor for determining if a simulated indirect targeting of another player by a simulated indirect fire weapon is a hit or miss based on the location indicia of a shooting communication device, the location indicia of the targeted communication device of the targeted player received from the game server, and the directional orientation of the shooting communication device;
the processor determining a hit or miss of the targeting of another player and providing immediate feedback of a hit or miss to a shooting player of the shooting communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,678

DETACHABLE TRACKED UNIT FOR POWERING SNOWBOARDS

1. An apparatus for powering a snowboard comprising:at least one power unit housed in a central box, each at least one power unit comprising at least one power transmission link;
a front bottom plate and a separate rear bottom plate disposed along an axis of the longitudinal length of a snowboard, wherein the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate each comprise a plurality of holes, wherein at least one of the plurality of holes in each of the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate matches at least one attachment hole in a snowboard for boot attachment fixtures, wherein further each of the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate are sandwiched between a bottom of one boot attachment fixture and a top surface of the snowboard when the boot attachment fixures are fastened via conventional methods to the snowboard;
an intermediate plate disposed in a position on top of the front bottom plate and the rear botttom plate, wherein the intermediate plate is slidingly coupled to each of the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate in a direction substantially parallel to said axis; and
at least one tracked unit disposed on a side of the snowboard, each tracked unit comprising a power connector driving a power shaft, wherein the power connector is linked to at least one power transmission link,
wherein each at least one power unit provides power to the power shaft of each at least one tracked unit via at least one power transmission link and power connector to propel the snowboard,
wherein the central box comprises a main body slidingly coupled to the intermediate plate in a direction substantially transverse to said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,677

MOUTHGUARD WITH FLAVORED RESIN EMBEDDED WITHIN THE MOUTHGUARD

1. A mouthguard comprising:a. a right exterior sidewall and a right interior sidewall on opposite sides of a right supporting base, a middle exterior wall and a middle interior wall having a middle supporting base between the middle exterior wall and the middle interior wall, and a left exterior sidewall and a left interior sidewall on either side of a left supporting base;
b. an extension portion incorporated into the middle exterior wall, the extension portion having a front surface, the extension portion having three spaced apart breathing openings, each respective breathing opening extending from the front surface of the extension portion to the middle interior wall;
c. three right spaced apart breathing openings, one right breathing opening located at the middle exterior wall and to the right of the extension portion and extending from the middle exterior wall to the middle interior wall, one right breathing opening located at the right exterior sidewall and extending from the right exterior sidewall to the right interior sidewall, and one right breathing opening at the intersection of the middle exterior wall and right exterior sidewall and extending from the middle exterior wall and right exterior sidewall to the middle interior wall and right interior sidewall;
d. three left spaced apart breathing openings, one left breathing opening located at the middle exterior wall and to the left of the extension portion and extending from the middle exterior wall to the middle interior wall, one left breathing opening located at the left exterior sidewall and extending from the left exterior sidewall to the left interior sidewall, and one left breathing opening at the intersection of the middle exterior wall and left exterior sidewall and extending from the middle exterior wall and left exterior sidewall to the middle interior wall and left interior sidewall; and
e. a flavored resin embedded within the right supporting base, the middle supporting base and the left supporting base.

US Pat. No. 10,213,675

GOLF SWING TRAINING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

1. A golf swing training aid comprising:a shaft with grip at one end thereof;
a weight formed inside the non-grip end of said shaft to weight said non-grip end beyond the weight provided by the shaft;
a base with flexible tail that extends out a distance from said base;
wherein the non-tail end of said base is releasable attached to the non-grip end of said shaft in a manner such that, when the said training aid is swung to the top of a backswing, the base with flexible tail drapes over the non-grip end of said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,213,674

CONVERTIBLE GOLF ALIGNMENT AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. A golf device comprising:an elongated portion;
a sub elongated portion recessed in the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion includes a hollow portion and has a length and a width, wherein the length is longer than the width;
a hinge securing a first end of the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form a 90 degree angle at the hinge proximate an end of the elongated portion; and
an arch portion slideably engageable in a lengthwise direction of the length of the sub elongated portion inside the sub elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes a first slideable portion slideably engageable on a first track inside the elongated portion and a second slideable portion slideably engageable on a second track inside the sub elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes an arch slide slideably engageable on a track inside the sub elongated portion, and wherein a second end of the sub elongated portion includes a stop, wherein the arch portion, when the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form the 90 degree angle at the hinge and when a slideable end of the arch portion reaches the second end of the sub elongated portion, creates a radius with a length from the hinge to the arch portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,673

CONVERTIBLE GOLF ALIGNMENT AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. A golf device comprising:an elongated portion;
a sub elongated portion recessed in the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion includes a hollow portion and has a length and a width, wherein the length is longer than the width;
a hinge securing a first end of the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form a 90 degree angle at the hinge between two ends of the elongated portion; and
an arch portion slideably engageable in a lengthwise direction of the length of the sub elongated portion inside the sub elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes an arch slide slideably engageable on a track inside the sub elongated portion, and wherein a second end of the sub elongated portion includes a stop, wherein the arch portion, when the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form the 90 degree angle at the hinge and when a slideable end of the arch portion reaches the second end of the sub elongated portion, creates a radius with a length from the hinge to the arch portion wherein the arch portion is made from a flexible material such that the arch portion, and wherein at least a portion of the arch portion is immovably secured to a first end of the elongated portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,672

COMPUTERIZED TRAINING PUNCHING BAG

1. An electronic punching bag comprising:(a) an elongate bag formed of resilient material;
(b) a microprocessor disposed in an interior of the electronic punching bag or at a periphery of the electronic punching bag; and
(c) a display screen extending around more than half of the periphery of the electronic punching bag and configured to receive signals from the microprocessor, the signals causing the display screen to display visual signals, the display screen forming an exterior face of the electronic punching bag.

US Pat. No. 10,213,671

IPROGRAMMABLE ELECTRONIC SPORTS TARGET SYSTEM

1. A programmable electronic sports target system, comprising:a goal having a net secured thereto;
one or more target devices mounted to a back surface of the net;
each of the one or more target devices being constructed of an inflatable material forming a cavity with an enclosure flap folded over the cavity;
each of the one or more target devices having a programmable module disposed within the cavity and covered by the enclosure flap for controlling and operating the one or more target devices;
a remote control system containing a computer and a database connected to each programmable module to receive target sensor data from the programmable module of each of the one or more target devices for analyzing the data and for transmitting operational control data to the programmable module for operational control of the one or more target devices having the programmable module disposed therein; and
target application software downloaded to a user's mobile communications device to receive target sensor data from the one or more target devices and to transmit operational control data to the one or more target devices.

US Pat. No. 10,213,670

SPORT GOAL TRAINING APPARATUS

1. A training apparatus, comprising:a panel that forms an obstruction proximate an entrance plane of a goal frame, the panel defines one or more aperture that permit an object to through the entrance plane of the goal;
a rotary assembly coupled to the panel, the rotary assembly having an axis of rotation and at least one arm that rotates about the axis of rotation; and
one or more door in operable communication with the at least one arm, the one or more door located proximate a respective aperture of the one or more apertures and is moveable between a closed position to prevent passage of the object through the respective aperture and an open position to permit passage of the object through the respective aperture;
wherein the panel is a first panel and a second panel coupled together, and the one or more aperture is a first plurality of apertures formed on the first panel, and a second plurality of apertures formed in the second panel and corresponding to the first plurality of apertures which permit passes of an object therethrough, wherein the one or more door is disposed between the first panel and the second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,213,668

GOLF CLUB SHAFT

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club shaft comprising a plurality of fiber reinforced layers, a tip end and a butt end,a shaft length is defined as Ls, a distance between the butt end of the shaft and a center of gravity of the shaft is defined as Lg, and a ratio of the distance Lg to the shaft length Ls is defined as a ratio of the center of gravity of the shaft, the ratio of the center of gravity of the shaft is equal to or less than 47%,
the shaft length Ls is equal to or less than 991 mm,
a forward flex is defined as F1 (mm) and a backward flex is defined as F2 (mm), a flex point ratio C1 of the shaft calculated by the following formula (1) is equal to or less than 39%:
C1=[F2/(F1+F2)]×100  (1),
wherein the fiber reinforced layers include a tip partial layer,
the tip partial layer includes a high-elastic tip-partial layer having a fiber elastic modulus of equal to or greater than 33 (t/mm2), and
the high-elastic tip-partial layer is a straight layer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,665

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH ADJUSTABLE WEIGHT

Cobra Golf Incorporated, ...

1. A golf club head comprising:a ball-striking face at a front portion of the club head;
a crown and a sole extending back from the ball striking face, the crown meeting the sole at a heel side, a toe side, and an aft portion of the club head, wherein the ball-striking face, the crown, and the sole define a hollow interior volume of the club head;
a hosel extending up from the heel side of the front portion of the club head;
a first disc port through the club head; and
a first disc seated in, and enclosing, the port;
wherein the first disc has a post and a slot on opposed surfaces, the post being complementary to the slot so that the first disc may be stacked with a second disc having a second slot shaped similarly to the slot; and
wherein the first disc comprises: a main, disc-shaped body with the slot on one surface and the post on a second surface opposed to the surface; a threaded surface about the disc-shaped body; and a flange extending outwards radially past the threaded surface, wherein the flange provides a stopping point when the first disc is screwed into the first port.

US Pat. No. 10,213,664

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A hybrid-type golf club head comprising:a face having a front surface and an inner surface;
a crown;
a sole comprising an elongated groove; and
an interior cavity,
wherein each of the face and the sole is composed of a metal alloy material,
wherein the sole has a thickness of 0.030 to 0.50 inch,
wherein the groove comprises a groove opening disposed proximate to the face and extending approximately parallel with the face in a toe-to-heel direction, at least one negative draft wall, and a depth that varies as the groove extends from a heel side to a toe side,
wherein the groove opening comprises a toe-side portion having a first front-to-back width, a heel-side portion having a second front-to-back width, a central portion having a third front-to-back width connecting the toe-side portion to the heel-side portion, and an axis that is angled with respect to a ground plane,
wherein the first and second front-to-back widths are greater than the third front-to-back width,
wherein the groove opening is spaced 0.100 inch to 1.00 inch away from the front surface of the face,
wherein the groove has a wall thickness of between 0.010 inch and 0.200 inch, and
wherein the groove increases a ball speed of a golf ball upon impact with the face.

US Pat. No. 10,213,663

CG HEIGHT ADJUSTABILITY BY CONFORMAL WEIGHTING

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a base structure comprising a striking face and a skeletal support structure extending away from the striking face;
a crown composed of a lightweight material; and
a sole composed of the lightweight material,
wherein the skeletal support structure comprises at least one shallow weight port,
wherein at least one of the crown and the sole comprises a protrusion extending from an internal surface,
wherein the protrusion at least partially fills the at least one shallow weight port, further comprising at least one conformal weight made from metal and is able to be moved to another port, and wherein the at least one conformal weight is secured within the at least one shallow weight port by the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,662

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING STIFFENING MEMBERS AND VARIABLE FACE THICKNESS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a striking face section, a sole section extending from a lower edge of the striking face section, a return section extending from an upper edge of the striking face section, an upper opening, and an aft end opposite the striking face section, the return section disposed between the striking face section and the upper opening;
a crown section affixed to the body to close the upper opening and define a hollow body interior; and
a stiffening member disposed within the hollow body interior and extending from the return section to the sole section, the stiffening member comprising an upper end connected to the return section and a lower end connected to the sole section,
wherein the striking face section comprises an interior surface facing the hollow interior, a geometric center, a face boundary, a central thickness region having a first thickness, a first intermediate thickness region having a second thickness, and a second intermediate thickness region having a third thickness,
wherein the face boundary comprises the upper and lower edges of the striking face section,
wherein the first thickness is greater than the second thickness and less than the third thickness,
wherein the first thickness ranges from 0.100 inch to 0.150 inch,
wherein the second thickness ranges from 0.020 inch to 0.100 inch,
wherein the third thickness ranges from 0.130 inch to 0.170 inch,
wherein no portion of the stiffening member is spaced further than 0.500 inch from the interior surface along a vertical plane extending perpendicular to the striking face section, and
wherein no portion of the stiffening member makes contact with the striking face section during impact with a golf ball.

US Pat. No. 10,213,661

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH TUBES CONNECTING CROWN TO ELONGATED PROTRUSION

Callaway Golf Company, C...

20. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a sole section, a crown section, a hollow interior, a front section having an opening in communication with the hollow interior, and an elongated protrusion extending from a heel side of the body to a toe side of the body within the hollow interior, the elongated protrusion extending upward from the sole section towards the front section;
a face component positioned over the opening, the face component comprising a striking plate portion and a return portion extending substantially perpendicular to the striking plate portion; and
a plurality of tubes,
wherein the elongated protrusion comprises a base section and an extension section,
wherein the extension section extends above an internal surface of the sole section and toward the striking plate portion without making contact with the striking plate portion,
wherein each of the plurality of tubes is disposed within the hollow interior and extends from the crown section to connect with the extension section of the elongated protrusion,
wherein the elongated protrusion comprises at least 20% of an overall mass of the body,
wherein the golf club head has a volume ranging from 100 cubic centimeters to 300 cubic centimeters, a mass ranging from 135 grams to 200 grams, and a characteristic time of no more than 257 microseconds,
wherein the face component is welded to the body,
wherein the plurality of tubes ranges from two tubes to eight tubes,
wherein each of the plurality of tubes is positioned rearward from an interior surface of the striking plate portion a distance ranging from 2 millimeters to 11 millimeters, and
wherein the striking plate portion comprises a variable thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,213,660

GOLF CLUB WITH AERODYNAMIC FEATURES ON CLUB FACE

Cobra Golf Incorporated, ...

1. A golf club head comprising:a ball-striking face comprising a milled surface;
a crown extending back from the face when the club head is at address;
a sole extending back from the face to meet the crown;
a hosel extending upwards from a heel side of the club head; and
a plurality of aerodynamic features disposed on the face, each aerodynamic feature defining an indentation or protrusion relative to an adjacent portion of the face, having a relief measurable along an axis orthogonal to the face, and having an arc shape when viewed from an axis orthogonal to the face, all of the plurality of arc-shaped aerodynamic features on the entire face are positioned concentrically about a center point of the face, wherein when the golf club head is swung, the plurality of aerodynamic features disrupt air flow over the club head away from the center point, thereby reducing drag.

US Pat. No. 10,213,659

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a hollow body portion having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion with a crown portion, and a bottom portion, the crown portion having an opening,
a cover portion configured to couple to the crown portion to cover the opening, the cover portion including a plurality of layer portions comprising a first layer portion including a first material, a second layer portion including a second material, and a third layer portion disposed between the first layer portion and the second layer portion and including a third material,
wherein the first material and the second material are more rigid than the third material and
wherein the third material includes an elastic polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,213,658

RACKET CROSS-STRING WEAVING ASSISTANT

1. A collection of parallel hollow longitudinal guides, each having a longitudinal opening on one side, with cross-string guides woven around the hollow longitudinal guides to facilitate the placement and pulling of cross-strings through the main strings during the racket stringing process wherein one or both ends of each cross-string guide contains a loop which is used for connecting the racket string to the cross-string guide while pulling the racket string through the main strings.

US Pat. No. 10,213,656

GOLF BALLS HAVING MULTI-LAYERED CORE WITH THERMOPLASTIC OUTER LAYER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising:a multi-layered core including i) an inner core comprising a metal material, the inner core having a diameter in the range of about 0.100 to about 1.100 inches, a specific gravity (SGinner), and an outer surface hardness (Hcenter surface) and a center hardness (Hcenter material), the Hcenter surface being the same or less than the Hcenter material to provide a zero or negative hardness gradient;
ii) an intermediate core layer comprising a thermoset material, the intermediate layer being disposed about the inner core and having a thickness in the range of about 0.050 to about 0.400 inches, and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of IC) and an inner surface hardness (Hinner surface of IC), the Houter surface of IC being greater than the Hinner surface of IC to provide a positive hardness gradient; and
iii) an outer core layer comprising a thermoplastic material, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core and having a thickness in the range of about 0.200 to about 0.750 inches, a specific gravity (SGouter), and an outer surface hardness ((Houter surface of OC) of 40 to 85 Shore C and an inner surface hardness (Hinner surface of OC) of 42 to 87Shore C, the Houter surface of OC being the same or less than the Hinner surface of OC to provide a zero or negative hardness gradient, wherein the SGinner is greater than the SGouter, and the volume of the outer core layer is greater than the volume of each of the inner core and intermediate core layers; and
a cover having at least one layer disposed about the multi-layered core.

US Pat. No. 10,213,655

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf ball comprising a spherical core, at least one inner cover covering the spherical core and an outermost cover covering the inner cover, whereinthe golf ball has a rebound equivalence energy ratio (R40) ranging from 65.50% to 99.0% at a deformation amount of 7%, and a rebound equivalence energy ratio (R50) ranging from 20.0% to 70.0% at a deformation amount of 19%, in a compression test, with a measurement temperature of ?70° C. and a compression speed of 30 mm/min, applying a load to the golf ball along a radial direction of the golf ball,
the inner cover is formed from a first resin composition having a bending stiffness in a range from 500 kgf/cm2 to 6000 kgf/cm2, and
the outermost cover is formed from a second resin composition having a slab hardness in a range from 10 to 45 in Shore D hardness, andwherein(i) the spherical core is formed from a rubber composition that contains (a) a base rubber, (b) a co-crosslinking agent, and (c) a crosslinking initiator,
(b) the co-crosslinking agent containing
(b11) a powder of an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof having a mode particle size of larger than 10 ?m but at most 50 ?m, a volume ratio (V6-300) of a particles having a particle size in a range from 6 ?m to 300 ?m of 60% or more, and a volume ratio (V0-200) of a particles having a particle size of 200 ?m or less of 75% or more, or
(b12) a powder of an ?,(?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof having a mode particle size of larger than 10 ?m but at most 50 ?m and a specific surface area ranging from 0.1 m2/g, to 1.5 m2/g, and
the formed spherical core includes particles originating from (b11) the powder of an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof or (b12) the powder of an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof; or
(ii) the spherical core is formed from a rubber composition that contains (a) a base rubber, (b) a co-crosslinking agent, and (c) a crosslinking initiator, and the formed spherical core additionally includes a crosslinked rubber powder having a hardness ranging from 15 to 65 in Shore C hardness and a volume average particle size ranging from 200 ?m to 800 ?m; or
(iii) the first resin composition contains an ionomer resin and an organically modified layered silicate in an amount ranging from 20 parts by mass to 60 parts by mass with respect to 100 parts by mass of the ionomer resin.

US Pat. No. 10,213,654

GOLF BALLS HAVING MULTI-LAYERED FOAM CORES WITH STRUCTURAL INSERTS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising a core assembly and a cover, the core assembly comprising:i) an inner core comprising a foam composition having a geometric center and outer surface, the inner core having a specific gravity (SGinner core) and an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core center being greater than the Hinner core surface to provide a negative or zero hardness gradient across the inner core; and
ii) a non-continuous outer core layer, the outer core layer having a specific gravity (SGouter core) and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC), wherein the SGinner core>SGouter core and the Hinner core center is in the range of about 13 to about 55 Shore C and the Houter surface of OC is in the range of about 68 to about 94 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,213,653

DOT GEOMETRY FOR A GOLF BALL SURFACE

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core;
a cover layer disposed over the core, the cover layer having a thickness ranging from 0.010 inch to 0.100 inch, the cover layer having a plurality of multi-faceted polygons defined by a plurality of lattice members, each of the plurality of multi-faceted polygons having a protrusion extending upward from a center of each multi-faceted polygon, wherein the protrusion represents an increase in a ball radius greater than 0.0005 inch from a minimum ball radius, wherein the minimum ball radius is a lowest surface point of each multi-faceted polygon of the plurality of multi-faceted polygons;
wherein the each of the plurality of multi-faceted polygons is either a hexagon or a pentagon;
wherein each of the plurality of lattice members has an apex;
wherein the golf ball has a diameter of at least 1.68 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,213,652

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of an equal number of first domains and second domains, and wherein:the first domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the dimple pattern within the first domain is different from the dimple pattern within the second domain;
a majority of the dimples are spherical dimples having a circular plan shape and a cross-sectional profile defined by a spherical function;
each spherical dimple has an edge angle of from 13° to 19°;
the dimples cover greater than 70% of the outer surface of the golf ball; and
the number of dimples on the outer surface of the golf ball is greater than 140 and less than 260.

US Pat. No. 10,213,651

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of eight first domains and six second domains, and wherein:the first domain is defined by three irregular segments and the dimples arranged therein are positioned in a pattern having three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain is defined by four irregular segments and the dimples arranged therein are positioned in a pattern having four-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the second domain consists of perimeter dimples and interior dimples, wherein the perimeter dimples of the second domain are positioned adjacent to the four irregular segments defining the second domain and include dimples having at least two different diameters, and wherein all of the perimeter dimples of the second domain satisfy a diameter relationship such that:
if xdimple 1>xdimple 2
then ddimple 1 where dimple 1 and dimple 2 are any two perimeter dimples of the second domain positioned adjacent to a common irregular segment, d is the dimple diameter, and x is the distance from the center of the dimple to the midpoint of a reference line connecting the endpoints of the common irregular segment.

US Pat. No. 10,213,650

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein none of the dimples overlap, and wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of twenty first domains and twelve second domains, and wherein:the first domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain has five-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the second domain comprises a maximum diameter dimple and a minimum diameter dimple, the maximum diameter and the minimum diameter being different;
the number of different dimple diameters on the outer surface, D, is related to the total number of dimples on the outer surface, N, such that
if N<252, then D?4;
if N=252, then D?3;
if 252 if N?362, then D?6;
the plurality of dimples consists of a plurality of perimeter dimples and a plurality of interior dimples, wherein each of the plurality of perimeter dimples is located directly adjacent to a border segment of the first domain or a border segment of the second domain, and wherein each of the plurality of perimeter dimples has at least two nearest neighbor dimples that are located in a domain other than the domain of that perimeter dimple; and
at least one perimeter dimple in each domain is a same diameter dimple with respect to at least one of its nearest neighbor dimples located in a different domain.

US Pat. No. 10,213,647

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS IN A TEAM SPORTS ENVIRONMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:receiving first data from a first transducer;
comparing, at a processor, the first data to a template, wherein at least a first parameter of the template identifies a particular resonance frequency; and
determining whether a first user is in possession of an object based on the comparison of the first data to the template to the one or more parameters of the template.

US Pat. No. 10,213,646

SYSTEM FOR LOCATING A GOLF BALL

1. A system for locating a ball including a conventional smartphone including an integrated navigation system having a display and configured to communicate with a global positioning system (GPS) and indicate its position on the display, the ball having an assigned identification, the system further comprising:an outer casing defining the ball, a core inside the outer casing, an electronic device integrated into the core, and an energy source integrated into the core and which supplies power to the electronic device, the electronic device including at least one receiver that receives signals, microelectronics for evaluating and forwarding the signals received by the at least one receiver, and a communications unit that transmits signals;
a radio device configured for short-range wireless communication with the electronic device in the ball to enable reception, via the radio device, of signals transmitted by the communications unit of the electronic device in the ball directly from the communications unit of the electronic device in the ball, the microelectronics in the electronic device and the radio device being wirelessly coupled to one another to enable the radio device to switch the electronic device on and off automatically by generating a radio signal; and
the smartphone further including:
a microprocessor that recognizes and evaluates the signals received by the radio device to derive location data about the ball, the display displaying actual location of the ball based on the location data derived by the microprocessor; and
a retrievable software program loaded in the smartphone and that when retrieved by the microprocessor, provides the location data about the ball visually and/or audibly to enable tracking and analysis of location and distances of the ball, and
wherein the smartphone recognizes the identification assigned to the ball and provides the location data about only the ball having the recognized identification.

US Pat. No. 10,213,642

TERRAIN BELT FOR USE WITH A TREADMILL

1. A terrain belt for use with a treadmill, the terrain belt comprising:a treadmill belt;
a plurality of terrain-simulating protrusions adhered to the treadmill belt and arranged and configured in a seemingly random order to create a sensation of a rocky terrain when walked or run upon by a user, wherein each of the plurality of terrain-simulating protrusions comprises a glass bead covered by a silicone compound; and
one or more layers of the silicone compound covering the treadmill belt and the plurality of terrain-simulating protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,213,641

EXERCISE MACHINE HANDLE SYSTEM

Lagree Technologies, Inc....

1. An exercise machine, comprising:a frame having at least one track, a first end and a second end opposite the first end, wherein the frame includes a central longitudinal axis and wherein the frame has a longitudinal axis;
a carriage movably connected to the at least one track, the carriage including a first end and a second end opposite of the first end;
wherein the carriage is adapted to be movable along a portion of the longitudinal axis;
at least one spring connected to the carriage, wherein the at least one spring provides a resistance force to the carriage;
a first platform connected to or near the first end of the frame, wherein the first platform has an upper surface;
a first stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the first platform, wherein the first stationary handle extends upwardly from near a first side of the first platform, wherein the first stationary handle comprises a loop structure;
a second stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the first platform, wherein the second stationary handle extends upwardly from near a second side of the first platform, wherein the second stationary handle comprises a loop structure;
wherein the first stationary handle extends between a first end of the first platform and a second end of the first platform, wherein the second stationary handle extends between the first end of the first platform and the second end of the first platform;
a second platform connected to or near the second end of the frame, wherein the second platform has an upper surface;
a third stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the second platform, wherein the third stationary handle extends upwardly from near a first side of the second platform, wherein the third stationary handle comprises a loop structure; and
a fourth stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the second platform, wherein the second stationary handle extends upwardly from near a second side of the second platform, wherein the fourth stationary handle comprises a loop structure;
wherein the upper surfaces of the carriage, the first platform and the second platform are all on a common plane.

US Pat. No. 10,213,639

ADAPTIVE RESISTANCE EXERTING EXERCISE APPARATUS

Cybex International, Inc....

1. An exercise apparatus comprising:a weight stack comprised of one or more individual bodies of weight,
a flexible elongated cable having a downstream portion that is connected to a manifold that is connected to both a user selectable number of the one or more individual bodies of weight and to a second resistance device, the one or more individual bodies of weight exerting a first resistance and the second resistance device exerting a second resistance,
a manually movable actuating device interconnected to a proximal end of the flexible elongated cable, the manually movable actuating device being manually movable by the user to exert an exercise speed, velocity, force, energy or power through the flexible elongated cable to the downstream portion of the flexible elongated cable and the manifold, the manifold pulling via the flexible elongated cable directly against a weight of the one or more individual bodies of weight and against the second resistance device,
wherein the second resistance exerted by the second resistance device increasing non-linearly with an increase in the exercise speed, velocity, force, energy or power exerted on the manually movable actuating device by the user,
wherein the second force resistance device comprises a wheel having a drivably rotatable axle interconnected to one or more blades that forcibly engage against air on rotation of the drivably rotatable axle, the wheel being interconnected to the downstream portion of the flexible elongated cable in an arrangement wherein the drivably rotatable axle of the wheel is rotatably driven by the exercise speed, velocity, force, energy or power exerted by the user on the manually movable actuating device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,638

EXERCISE DEVICE

1. An exercise device for a person exercising on a support surface, comprising:a rigid elongated cylindrical bar having two opposing ends;
a weight having a cylindrical aperture therethrough sized to allow traversing of the rigid elongated cylindrical bar therethrough; and
at least two weight stops adapted for fixing with the rigid elongated cylindrical bar;
whereby with the rigid elongated cylindrical bar traversing the cylindrical aperture of the weight and the at least two weight stops fixed to the rigid elongated cylindrical bar on opposing sides of the weight, the person exercises by moving the rigid elongate cylindrical bar to unimpededly slide the weight between the at least two weight stops where the weight is configured to directly contact each of the at least two weight stops during use of the exercise device, wherein
each of the at least two weight stops are adjustable along the length of the rigid elongated cylindrical bar on both sides of the weight.

US Pat. No. 10,213,637

WEARABLE AND DETACHABLE EXERCISE ACCESSORY

1. A hand-held exercise device comprising:an elongate body comprising at least three strands of one or more elastic materials, wherein the at least three strands are braided together, and wherein the one or more elastic materials has a spring constant in Hooke's Law of between 5 N/m to 15 N/m; and
a first end and a second end;
a first grip on the first end and a second grip on the second end, both of the first and second ends comprising the same materials as the elongate body, wherein a length between a centroid of the first grip to a centroid of the second grip as measured along a longitudinal axis of the elongate body without any measurable elongation of the hand-held exercise device is one of five inches to ten inches or eleven inches to twenty-one inches;
a first free end on the first end and a second free end on the second end comprising the same materials as the elongate body; and
a latching mechanism comprising a first magnet and a second magnet, wherein
the first magnet is configured to be detachably connected to the second magnet,
the first magnet is secured to the first free end on the first end and is secured at a first distance that is at least half an inch from the first grip at a point where the first free end connects to the first grip,
the second magnet is secured to the second free end on the second end and is secured at a second distance that is at least half an inch from the second grip at a point where the second free end connects to the second grip,
the first and second magnet comprise a smaller physical volume than the first and the second grips such that the first and second magnets are not obstructing a human user from holding the first and the second grips in the human user's hand or the first grip in one hand and the second grip against at least one flat surface,
a length between the first magnet and the second magnet, as measured along the longitudinal axis of the elongate body without any measurable elongation of the hand-held exercise device, is one of six inches to eleven inches or twelve inches to twenty-two inches, and the first and second magnets are further configured so that the human user is capable of engaging and disengaging the first and second magnets by applying a force with only one hand,
wherein the hand-held exercise device has a Young's modulus of between 3.5×104 N/m2 to 1.4×105 N/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,213,634

FIRE BARRIER BLANKET

1. A fire resistant system comprisinga flexible blanket sized to be deployable on or over an edifice having a top and a side, or a part of the edifice thereof;
wherein the blanket is flame retardant and heat resistant;
wherein the blanket consists of a plurality of aromatic polyamide (aramid) fibers knitted or woven into a fabric;
wherein the blanket fabric has a plurality of vent openings of small size to freely pass air from one side of the blanket fabric to the other;
wherein the plurality of vent openings have a cross dimensions between 1/64 inch and 1/16 inch;
wherein the plurality of vent openings are uniformly distributed over the blanket at between 50 and 150 openings per square inch of the blanket fabric; and
wherein the blanket has an edge configured to be pulled for deploying the blanket on or over the edifice.

US Pat. No. 10,213,633

STORED ENERGY FOR FAILSAFE VALVE

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An actuator for a vent or valve comprising:a motor that controls the operation of the vent, where the vent has an open position and a closed position and is biased toward the closed position; and
a switching regulator coupled to a power supply with an input voltage and the motor where the switching regulator provides a first constant voltage to the motor when the vent changes from the closed position to the open position and a second constant voltage that maintains the vent in an open position and the first constant voltage is greater than then the second constant voltage,
where the changing of the first constant voltage to the second constant voltage is in response to a timer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,631

LINEMAN HARNESS ADAPTER SYSTEM

1. A lineman safety harness adapter system, the system comprising a first harness adapter, and a harness having a belt, a back ring associated with the belt, a left ring connected to a left side of the belt, and a right ring connected to a right side of the belt, the first harness adapter having a first strap having a first top end, a first bottom end, and a first harness loop at the first bottom end, the first harness loop being configured to receive a first locking element, a second strap having a second top end, a second bottom end, and a second harness loop at the second bottom end, the second harness loop being configured to receive a second locking element, a third strap having a third top end, a third bottom end, and a back loop at the third bottom end, the back loop being configured to receive a third locking element; wherein the first strap, the second strap, and the third strap join at the first top end, the second top end, and the third top end into a single first top loop configured to receive a fourth locking element, wherein the first strap extends through the back ring and the first harness loop connects to the left ring; wherein the second strap extends through the back ring and the second harness loop connects to the right ring; and wherein the back loop is attached to the back ring.

US Pat. No. 10,213,630

METHOD FOR THE CONTROL OF THE BREATHING GAS SUPPLY

1. A device for emergency oxygen supply in an air vehicle, comprising:a gas storage device including at least one of (i) an oxygen storage device, (ii) a breathing gas storage device, or (iii) an oxygen generator;
a pressure-conduit which receives at least one of oxygen or breathing gas from the gas storage device and which provides the at least one of the oxygen or breathing gas to one or more breathing masks;
an on/off valve with which the pressure conduit can be opened or blocked; and
control and regulation electronics configured to:
receive a cabin pressure value from a pressure sensor;
determine a maximum mass flow based on the cabin pressure value;
determine a minimum mass flow based on the cabin pressure value;
receive an actual mass flow from a mass flow meter;
compare the actual mass flow to the maximum mass flow and the minimum mass flow;
responsive to the actual mass flow exceeding the maximum mass flow, cause the on/off valve to block the pressure conduit; and
responsive to the actual mass flow falling below the minimum mass flow, cause the on/off valve to open the pressure conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,213,629

END OF SERVICE LIFE INDICATOR FOR A RESPIRATOR

Honeywell International I...

1. A device, comprising:a cartridge containing a filter material;
an insert extending through at least a portion of the filter material having a first path with a first opening located on a side of the insert configured to provide a sample of air that is representative of a saturation of the filter material and a second path with a second opening configured to provide a filtered sample of the air throughout a service life of the cartridge, wherein the first path and the second path extend longitudinally along the insert;
a sensor for sensing a saturation level of filter material; and
a controller that compares a saturation level of a sample of air that is representative of the saturation of the filter material and the filtered sample of the air to determine signal drift is associated with the sensor, wherein the filtered sample of air is used to compensate for the signal drift associated with the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,626

TREATMENT DELIVERY CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

1. An apparatus for treating a tumor of a patient using positively charged particles, comprising:a positively charged particle tomography imaging system; and
a treatment delivery control system configured to control a plurality of sub-systems of a cancer therapy system, said plurality of sub-systems comprising:
an accelerator system;
an extraction system;
a beam transport line configured to transport the positively charged particles;
an irradiation nozzle; and
a gantry,
wherein a charged particle beam path sequentially passes through: at least part of an injector system, said accelerator system, said extraction system, said beam transport line, said irradiation nozzle, and at least part of said gantry,
wherein said tomography imaging system uses all of said accelerator system, said extraction system, said beam transport line, said irradiation nozzle; and said gantry, said tomography imaging system used to generate a proton tomography image of the tumor for use in subsequent treatment of the tumor using said cancer therapy system.

US Pat. No. 10,213,624

GUIDED CHARGED PARTICLE IMAGING/TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A method for imaging a tumor of a patient and treating the tumor with positively charged particles, comprising the steps of:transporting the positively charged particles from a synchrotron, along a beam transport line, and through an exit nozzle system to a treatment beam path;
imaging the tumor using an imaging system, said step of imaging the tumor further comprising the steps of:
rotating a rotatable ring around a longitudinal axis of the patient;
rotating said imaging system around the patient using rotation of said rotatable ring; and
translating, through relative motion of the patient and said imaging system mounted to said rotatable ring, said imaging system past the tumor; and
controlling the treatment beam path using image data from said imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,213,623

MONITORING A PATIENT'S POSITION USING A PLANNING IMAGE AND SUBSEQUENT THERMAL IMAGING

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A computer-implemented method for treatment of a patient by at least one of radiotherapy or radiosurgery, the method comprising executing, on at least one processor of at least one computer, steps of:acquiring, by the at least one processor, planning image data describing a digital planning image of an anatomical body part of a body of the patient;
acquiring, by the at least one processor, planning image alignment data describing a relative position between the anatomical body part and a predetermined reference position at the point in time when the planning image data was generated;
acquiring, by the at least one processor, thermal reference image data describing a thermal reference image of the anatomical body part;
acquiring, by the at least one processor, thermal imaging device reference position data describing a relative position between a thermal imaging device used for taking the thermal reference image and the predetermined reference position;
determining, by the at least one processor and based on the planning image data and the planning image alignment data and the thermal reference image data and the thermal imaging device reference position data, image projection data describing a projection of the image representation of at least the anatomical body part described by the planning image data onto the image representation of the anatomical body part described by the thermal reference image data;
determining treatment control data describing a command for controlling a treatment device usable for at least one of radiotherapy or radiosurgery based on the image projection data.

US Pat. No. 10,213,622

REAL-TIME QUANTIFICATION OF SKIN BURNS IN EXTERNAL BEAM RADIATION THERAPY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for monitoring radiation therapy, comprising:an imaging device configured to scan an area of interest for tissue undergoing radiation therapy to collect one or more images of the tissue; and
an interpretation module configured to receive the one or more images of the tissue to determine a burn status, including a measurement of a burn of the tissue, and provide adjustments for a radiation treatment plan in accordance with the burn status.

US Pat. No. 10,213,621

TRAJECTORY OPTIMIZATION IN RADIOTHERAPY USING SECTIONING

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for radiation therapy treatment using a radiation delivery device, the method comprising:providing a patient model, dosimetric constraints, delivery motion constraints, and delivery coordinate space of the radiation delivery device, wherein the delivery coordinate space is represented as a mesh with vertices connected by edges, where the vertices correspond to directions of a beam eye view (BEV) of the radiation delivery device, where each BEV has corresponding area elements resulting from beam collimation;
constructing BEV region connectivity manifolds from the patient model, the dosimetric constraints, the delivery coordinate space, and existing beam trajectories, wherein each of the BEV region connectivity manifolds represents connections between contiguous 2D target regions, wherein each of the 2D target regions is defined at each of the vertices of the delivery coordinate space;
selecting beam trajectories based on region connectedness information in the BEV region connectivity manifolds, the dosimetric constraints, the delivery motion constraints, and the existing beam trajectories; and
delivering radiation using the radiation delivery device in accordance with the selected beam trajectories.

US Pat. No. 10,213,618

LIGHT THERAPY PLATFORM COMBINATION MASK

1. A phototherapy device comprising:a wearable therapeutic lamp platform including a plurality of radiant lamps configured to emit radiant energy at three or more wavelengths, and a reflective wall including a plurality of radiant energy communication areas aligned with the radiant lamps and disposed to communicate the radiant energy through all or part of the plurality of radiant energy communication areas to a first user treatment area and a second user treatment area associated with a user's facial region, the plurality of radiant lamps completely recessed from an external reflective surface of the reflective wall which is directed towards the first and second user treatment areas, and the plurality of radiant lamps further disposed to provide a first radiant therapy treatment session emitting radiant energy at a first set of two or more wavelengths to the first user treatment area, and a second treatment session emitting radiant energy at a second set of two or more wavelengths distinct from the first set of two or more wavelengths, and the reflective wall further formed to disperse the radiant energy reflected from the first user treatment area and second user treatment area back to the first user treatment area and second user treatment area; and
a frame adapted to support the therapeutic lamp platform on the user and adapted to position the therapeutic lamp platform on the user, the frame positioning the reflective wall towards the first and second user treatment areas and spacing the reflective wall from the first and second user treatment areas, the reflective wall covering a complete nose of the user and the reflective wall spaced from the complete nose of the user to provide ventilation and clearance between the reflective wall and the complete nose of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,213,615

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MICROMAGNETIC STIMULATION OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A system comprising:a probe comprising:
a fixture configured to conform to an exposed portion of a patient's central nervous system without penetrating the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system; and
a plurality of microcoils arranged on the fixture, each having a geometric shape to focus a magnetic field to a depth within the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system to activate conduction in one or more neurons at the depth within the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system,
wherein the plurality of microcoils are configured to generate a time-varying magnetic field to activate conduction in the one or more neurons at the depth within the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system via electromagnetic induction in response to an applied current, and
a mounting apparatus to attach the probe to a stereotactic device attached to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,612

VISUAL AND AURAL USER INTERFACE FOR AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR

1. An automatic defibrillator comprising:a storage capacitor adapted to be charged;
a discharge circuit;
an aural output device communicably coupled to a processor;
at least one electrode communicably coupled to the processor;
a visual output device communicably coupled to the processor;
an input device communicably coupled to the processor;
wherein the processor is configured to execute instructions that cause the defibrillator to be configured to:
monitor ECG signals through the at least one electrode;
analyze the ECG signals through the processor to detect a shockable heart rhythm;
responsive to detecting a shockable heart rhythm, cause at least one of the aural and visual output devices to deliver information that includes a prompt to deliver a response through the input device to prevent the initiation of an emergency protocol; and
responsive to an expiry of a predetermined period of time to deliver the response, autonomously initiate the emergency protocol including: causing the discharge circuit to discharge the charged storage capacitor through the electrodes, delivering a defibrillation pulse to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,610

COMMUNICATIONS IN A MEDICAL DEVICE SYSTEM WITH LINK QUALITY ASSESSMENT

CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.,...

1. A method of performing a diagnostic test in an implantable medical device system comprising:generating a first conducted signal from a first medical device intended for receipt by a second medical device comprising an output pattern for a selected period;
receiving the conducted signal by the second medical device and calculating a first communication metric of the first conducted signal as received;
wherein the selected period exceeds an expected or detected length of a recurring biological cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,213,609

MOBILE APPLICATIONS AND METHODS FOR CONVEYING PERFORMANCE INFORMATION OF A CARDIAC PACEMAKER

1. A system, comprising:a pulse monitor;
a pacemaker;
an internal device separate from the pacemaker;
a processing system including a processor coupled to the pulse monitor and the pacemaker; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations, the operations comprising:
monitoring, by the pacemaker, performance of the internal device to obtain monitored information;
determining, by the pacemaker, a reporting requirement based on the monitored information;
responsive to the reporting requirement:
generating, by the pacemaker, a modulation signal based on the monitored information;
initiating, by the pacemaker, a timer to stimulate a heart muscle of a patient according to an interval to cause a first adjustment of a heartbeat associated with the heart muscle;
modifying, by the pacemaker, the interval by adding or subtracting a subinterval to generate a modified interval, wherein the subinterval is representative of a binary digit according to the modulation signal; and
stimulating, by the pacemaker, the heart muscle according to the modified interval to cause a second adjustment of the heartbeat, wherein the pulse monitor detects a pulse based on the second adjustment of the heartbeat and according to the modulation signal;
forwarding, from the pulse monitor to a mobile device, the pulse comprising a binary digit, based on detection by the pulse monitor of the second adjustment to the heartbeat, wherein the mobile device comprises decoding logic adapted to decode information, to obtain decoded information based on the binary digit; and
receiving the decoded information obtained by way of the mobile device,
wherein the internal device communicates with the pacemaker via a wired connection, and wherein a signal provided by the internal device to the pacemaker via the wired connection represents a measurement regarding a measurable aspect of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,608

NEUROSTIMULATION SYSTEM WITH FLEXIBLE PATTERNING AND WAVEFORMS

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A method for programming a neurostimulator to provide a neurostimulation therapy, comprising:customizing a pulse pattern for the neurostimulation therapy on a pulse-by-pulse basis in response to user input; and
generating information for the neurostimulator, the neurostimulator configured to use the information to generate electrical stimulation energy in accordance with the customized pulse pattern for the neurostimulation therapy.

US Pat. No. 10,213,607

USER INTERFACE WITH VIEW FINDER FOR LOCALIZING ANATOMICAL REGION

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. An external control device for use with a medical component implanted within a patient, comprising:a user interface configured to display a view of a graphical representation of an anatomical region of the patient and a medical component in the context of the graphical representation of the anatomical region of the patient;
the user interface further configured to receive a first user input to pan the view to display a different portion for the graphical representation and a second user input to change a size of the view; and
control circuitry configured to, in response to the first user input, display the different portion for the graphical representation, the control circuitry further configured to, in response to the second user input, automatically change a size of the view.

US Pat. No. 10,213,606

MODULATE PACING RATE TO INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF EFFECTIVE VENTRICULAR CAPTURE DURING ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An apparatus for determining whether a ventricular pacing stimulus is capturing a paced ventricle during atrial fibrillation, comprising:processing means for determining whether a patient is experiencing atrial fibrillation;
delivering means for delivering the ventricular pacing stimulus in response to determining the patient is in atrial fibrillation;
sensing means for sensing a signal in response to the ventricular pacing stimulus;
processing means for determining whether the ventricular pacing stimulus is effectively capturing the paced ventricle;
modifying means for modifying a pacing rate during atrial fibrillation in response to the determination of effective capture; and
increasing a percentage of effective ventricular capture during atrial fibrillation responsive to modifying the pacing rate during atrial fibrillation.

US Pat. No. 10,213,605

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham,...

1. A method of optimizing temporal pulse patterns for stimulation delivery to a subject, the method comprising:generating a first generation temporal pulse pattern;
delivering stimulation according to the first generation temporal pulse pattern to a subject;
measuring efficacy, efficiency and side-effect parameters affected by the delivered stimulation;
determining a fitness of the first generation temporal pulse pattern using the measured efficacy, efficiency and side-effect parameters;
generating a second generation temporal pulse pattern using the first generation temporal pulse pattern according to the determined fitness of the first generation temporal pulse pattern; and
delivering stimulation according to the second generation temporal pulse pattern to the subject,
wherein generating the second generation temporal pulse pattern comprises using a genetic algorithm that uses an output of a computational model including representations of dorsal horn wide-dynamic range (WDR) neurons responsible for transmitting nociceptive information and dorsal column nuclei (DCN) neurons associated with side-effect paresthesias.

US Pat. No. 10,213,604

CONTROLLING ELECTRICAL STIMULATION BASED ON EVOKED COMPOUND MUSCLE ACTION POTENTIAL

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:applying, via one or more electrodes, stimulation therapy to a patient according to a set of stimulation therapy parameters;
detecting, using at least one electrode of the one or more electrodes used for applying the stimulation therapy to the patient, a signal including an evoked compound muscle action potential (eCMAP) in response to the application of the stimulation therapy;
detecting, using a posture state module, a posture state of the patient; and
adjusting, by a processor, one or more stimulation therapy parameters of the set of stimulation therapy parameters based on the detected signal and the detected posture state.

US Pat. No. 10,213,601

NON-INVASIVE VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION DEVICES AND METHODS TO TREAT OR AVERT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Electrocore, Inc., Baski...

1. A device for at least one of treating atrial fibrillation or averting an imminent episode of atrial fibrillation in a patient, the device comprising:a housing having an electrically permeable contact surface for contacting an outer skin surface of the patient; and
an energy source within the housing configured to generate an electric field sufficient to transmit an electrical impulse through the outer skin surface of the patient to a vagus nerve at a target region within the patient;
wherein the electrical impulse comprises bursts of pulses with each of the bursts having a frequency of about 3 Hz to about 100 Hz, each of the bursts comprising a plurality of pulses, and each of the pulses having a duration of about 50 microseconds to about 1000 microseconds, and wherein the electrical impulse is sufficient to modulate the vagus nerve such that the vagus nerve transmits an action potential sufficient to at least one of treat the atrial fibrillation or avert the imminent episode of atrial fibrillation.

US Pat. No. 10,213,600

HYBRID METHOD FOR MODULATING UPPER AIRWAY FUNCTION IN A SUBJECT

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...

8. A controller device comprising:a memory storing computer-executable instructions; and
a processor to execute the computer-executable instructions to at least:
set a first timing parameter of a first therapy signal, wherein the first therapy signal is delivered to a nerve innervating an extrinsic laryngeal muscle of a subject to promote anteriosuperior motion of a hyolaryngeal complex;
set a second timing parameter of a second therapy signal, wherein the second therapy signal is delivered to a recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) of the subject to promote vocal fold closure;
receive an input related to at least one of a physiological parameter detected by a sensor and a volitional input; and
adjust the first timing parameter of the first therapy signal and the second timing parameter of the second therapy signal to promote swallowing based on synergistic anteriosuperior motion of the hyolaryngeal complex and the vocal fold closure to prevent or mitigate aspiration in the subject during a swallow cycle based on the input.

US Pat. No. 10,213,599

WIRELESS TISSUE STIMULATION DEVICES

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A wirelessly powered muscular stimulation device comprising:a substrate;
at least one antenna disposed on the substrate and configured to receive an electromagnetic signal and to generate an electrical current from the electromagnetic signal;
a circuit disposed on the substrate, the circuit comprising a capacitor, an inductor, and a controller; and
at least one electrode operable to deliver the electrical current to a muscle in contact with a top surface of the device and/or a bottom surface of the device,wherein the device has a thickness of less than 5 mm,wherein the device does not comprise a battery,wherein the device is configured to directly generate stimulation pulses from the received electromagnetic signal, andwherein the substrate is foldable and the foldable substrate can be rolled upon itself and subsequently unrolled without breaking.

US Pat. No. 10,213,596

SKULL-MOUNTED OPTICAL IMPLANT

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A medical device, comprising:a housing configured to mount to a patient's skull, wherein the housing comprises:
a light source contained within the housing, and
a light pipe fitting comprising a first window wherein the light pipe fitting is configured to accept a light pipe and a light pipe ferule,
a light pipe ferule configured to hold a light pipe and comprising a second window and configured to hold a light pipe, and
a light pipe, wherein
the medical device is configured so that when the light pipe ferule and the light pipe are accepted within the light pipe fitting, the first and second windows provide a light path from the light source to the light pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,213,595

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR IHIBITING TISSUE GROWTH FROM RESTRICTING A STRAIN RELIEF LOOP OF AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL LEAD

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method of inhibiting tissue growth from restricting a strain relief loop of an implantable medical lead, comprising:providing a lead body of the lead with a tissue growth inhibitor;
positioning the lead body of the implantable medical lead to produce a strain relief loop such that the tissue growth inhibitor is present at the loop; and
coupling an object directly to the strain relief loop of the lead such that the object is present within the strain relief loop and obstructs an area within the loop while allowing the strain relief loop to provide strain relief.

US Pat. No. 10,213,594

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR, IN PARTICULAR FOR A CUTANEOUS DEVICE

1. An electrical connector for a device configured to be fixed on the skin of a user, comprising:a base secured to the device; and
a plug configured to be secured to an electrical conductor, wherein the plug comprises a first connection means and the base comprises a plurality of second connection means, each of the plurality of second connection means being individually configured for cooperating with the first connection means of the plug to ensure a connection between the base and the plug, the plug and the base including magnetic means on the plug and corresponding magnetic means on the base, the plurality of second connection means of the base including a plurality of holes and the first connection means of the plug including a protuberance, the magnetic means exerting attractive magnetic forces causing an insertion of the protuberance of the plug in one of the holes of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,213,591

PLUG-IN CONNECTOR FOR MEDICAL TUBES

1. A medical system comprising:a medical tube plug-in connector comprising an elastic section, a first plug-in part and a second plug-in part, wherein the second plug-in part extends around the first plug-in part in a plugged-together state, wherein the second plug-in part has at least one forwardly protruding snap-in element, which has at a front end at least one inwardly protruding projection, which is provided for engaging a complementary recess in an outer surface of the first plug-in part in order to hold the second plug-in part fixed in an axial direction on the first plug-in part due to the projection meshing with the recess, each of the first plug-in part and the second plug-in part having a central passage opening, one of the first plug-in part and the second plug-in part having a surface defining an open end area radially expanding as a function of axial position towards an outlet opening in a connection area and the other of the first plug-in part and the second plug-in part being connected to the elastic section with the elastic section arranged in an interior thereof, said open end area being in communication with one end of said central passage of said one plug-in part, the elastic section protruding into the connection area, so that an outer and axially facing front end surface of the elastic section is pressed into contact with the surface defining the expanded end area of the opposite one of the first plug-in part and the second plug-in part when the projection of the at least one snap-in element maintains the second plug-in part meshed with the first plug-in part, so that the axially facing front end surface of the elastic section exerts a sealing function due to a pressure of the elastic section on the surface defining the expanding end area;
a sphygmomanometer cuff for detecting the blood pressure;
a medical tube connected to said sphygmomanometer cuff, said central passage and said open end area of said one plug-in part being in communication with a passage of said medical tube;
a monitor for analysis and display of the blood pressure of a test subject, said sphygmomanometer cuff being connected to said monitor by said medical tube and said medical tube plug-in connector.

US Pat. No. 10,213,585

ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT HYDROCEPHALUS VALVE LOCATION DEVICE

1. An adjustable height tool for locating a readable and settable valve, the locator comprising:a wall having a first perimeter;
a platform disposed within the first perimeter;
a valve cut-out disposed within the platform and receiving a portion of the valve;
a movable foot disposed below the platform; and
a displacement element configured to move the foot at least one of toward or away from the platform, upon movement of the displacement element, and controlling the amount of the valve received in the valve cut-out.

US Pat. No. 10,213,584

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GUIDING A CATHETER

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A method for guiding a catheter within a patient's body, the method comprising:inserting a distal end of a first wire into a first body lumen;
advancing the distal end of the first wire through the first body lumen toward an intersection of the first body lumen with second and third body lumens;
directing the distal end of the first wire into the second body lumen;
inserting a distal end of the catheter into the first body lumen;
associating the first wire with the catheter to create an associated first wire;
advancing the distal end of the catheter, guided by the associated first wire, through the first body lumen toward the intersection of the first body lumen with the second and third body lumens;
inserting a distal end of a second wire into a lumen of the catheter;
advancing the distal end of the second wire through the catheter toward the intersection of the first body lumen with the second and third body lumens;
directing the distal end of the catheter into the third body lumen, including
directing the distal end of the catheter into the second body lumen by advancing the distal end of the catheter, guided by the associated first wire, into the second body lumen,
providing an aperture substantially laterally through a sidewall of the catheter proximally adjacent to the distal end of the catheter,
at least partially withdrawing the first wire from the catheter, and
redirecting the distal end of the catheter from the second body lumen to the third body lumen with the aperture opening toward the second body lumen;
selectively advancing the distal end of the first wire through the catheter and out through the aperture into the second body lumen;
with the first wire extending through the aperture into the second body lumen, directing, with the catheter, the distal end of the second wire into the third body lumen via
directing the distal end of the second wire through the catheter and out the distal end of the catheter;
directing, with the catheter, the distal end of the second wire into the third body lumen and the distal end of the catheter into the second body lumen via
at least partially withdrawing the first wire from the catheter;
directing the distal end of the catheter into the second body lumen,
with the distal end of the catheter maintained in the second body lumen and the aperture opening toward the third body lumen, advancing the first wire through the distal end of the catheter and into the second body lumen, and advancing the second wire through at least a portion of the lumen of the catheter toward the distal end of the catheter, and
directing the distal end of the second wire out of the lumen of the catheter through the aperture into the third body lumen; and
directing, with the catheter, the distal end of the second wire and the catheter into the third body lumen and the distal end of the first wire into the second body lumen via
at least partially withdrawing the first and second wires from the catheter,
advancing the distal end of the catheter into the third body lumen with the aperture opening toward the second body lumen,
directing the distal end of the first wire through the aperture and into the second body lumen, and
directing the distal end of the second wire through the distal end of the catheter into the third body lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,213,581

DIRECTIONAL SUBINTIMAL ACCESS FOR CHEMICAL AGENT DELIVERY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A delivery member configured to deliver a chemical agent to tissue, the delivery member comprising:a body including a plurality of discrete, separable sections comprising:
a first section comprising:
a first housing having a first opening formed therein and defining a first internal cavity; and
a first penetrating member extending from the first housing; and
a second section comprising:
a second housing having a second opening formed therein and defining a second internal cavity; and
a second penetrating member extending from the second housing,
wherein each of the first and second penetrating members comprises a tip configured to facilitate passage of the delivery member through the tissue, and wherein the first penetrating member extends through the second opening and into the second internal cavity of the second housing; and
the chemical agent, wherein the chemical agent is coated onto a surface of at least one section of the plurality of discrete, separable sections or incorporated within a material of the at least one section, such that the chemical agent is absorbable by tissue in contact with the at least one section.

US Pat. No. 10,213,578

CATHETER ASSEMBLY

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A catheter assembly comprising:an outer catheter comprised of a tubular outer catheter body, the outer catheter body possessing a distal end portion terminating at a distal-most end of the outer catheter body, the distal end portion of the outer catheter body possessing an outer circumferential surface;
a shaft comprised of a shaft body insertable into the outer catheter body;
the shaft including an accommodation unit extending in a proximal direction from the shaft body in axial overlying and spaced apart relation to an outer circumferential surface of a portion of the shaft body so that a gap exists between the accommodation unit and the portion of the shaft body defining an accommodation space that is configured to receive the distal end portion of the outer catheter body; and
the distal end portion of the outer catheter body being separable from the accommodation unit by relatively moving the shaft body in a distal end direction with respect to the outer catheter body from a state of being accommodated in the accommodation unit so that the outer diameter of the distal end portion of the outer catheter body expands upon being separated from the accommodation unit;
wherein the distal end portion of the outer catheter body possesses a thickness in a radial direction thicker than the thickness of a portion of the outer catheter body proximal of the distal end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,576

VALVE WITH INTERNAL MEMBER

1. A valve configured for use in positive airway pressure therapy, the valve comprising:a body comprising:
a first end configured to be in fluid communication with a mask for providing positive airway pressure therapy;
a second end configured to be in fluid communication with a gases conduit; and
an interior surface defining a passageway extending between the first end and the second end;
one or more ports through the body configured to provide fluid communication between the passageway and the environment; and
at least one internal member retained on the interior surface of the body at two or more discontinuous attachment positions on the internal member,
wherein the at least one internal member is configured to be in a closed configuration in which the internal member occludes the one or more ports such that substantially all gas from the gases conduit flows through the passageway to be delivered to the mask when a gas pressure in the valve is above a threshold pressure,
wherein the at least one internal member is configured to be in an open configuration in which the internal member allows gas from the gases conduit to pass from the passageway to the environment through the one or more ports when the gas pressure in the valve is at or below the threshold pressure;
wherein the at least one internal member forms a curved surface between each of the two or more discontinuous attachment points when in the open configuration; and
wherein flow through the passageway is permitted when the internal member is in the open configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,213,575

VALVE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A valve comprising:a housing;
a plurality of ports (A-E) disposed in the housing, said plurality of ports (A-E) comprising a first pair of ports (A, B) which are adjacent to one another and a second pair of ports (C, D) which are adjacent to one another;
a movable valve element disposed within the housing, the valve element having a stem to which a first valve member and a second valve member are affixed;
a first seal portion connected to the housing, the first seal portion being connected to the housing between the first pair of ports;
a second seal portion connected to the housing, the second seal portion being connected to the housing between the second pair of ports;
wherein a first distance between the first valve member and the second valve member is different from a second distance between the first seal portion and the second seal portion, wherein the first distance and the second distance are measured in a direction of movement of the valve element;
wherein at least one of the first seal portion, the second seal portion, the first valve member, and the second valve member is deformable so as to counteract the difference between the first distance the second distance and allowing both (i) the first seal portion to be brought into a sealed configuration with the first valve member and, at the same time, (ii) the second seal portion to be brought into a sealed configuration with the second valve member, in order to seal the first pair of ports from one another and to seal the second pair of ports from one another at the same time.

US Pat. No. 10,213,574

INHALER DEVICE FOR INHALABLE LIQUIDS

1. An inhaler device for the storage and delivery of an inhalable liquid to a patient, said inhaler device comprising a puck-shaped body wherein the puck-shaped body comprises:(1) a receptacle comprising a passive evaporation support material pre-loaded with the inhalable liquid;
(2) a receptacle lid;
(3) at least one air inlet opening; and
(4) at least one vapour inhalation opening;wherein the at least one air inlet and at least one vapour inhalation openings are in a closed position when the receptacle lid is closed for storing the inhalable liquid and further wherein as the inhalable liquid forms a vapour upon storage, the puck-shaped body forms a vapour chamber such that the stored vapour is available for direct administration to a patient when the receptacle lid is opened to provide an air/vapour pathway through the vapour chamber via the at least one air inlet and at least one vapour inhalation openings.

US Pat. No. 10,213,573

HUMIDIFIERS FOR RESPIRATORY APPARATUS

ResMed Limited, Bella Vi...

37. A tub for a humidifier configured to humidify pressurized respiratory gas, the tub comprising:an inner reservoir configured to hold a supply of water and comprising a nozzle configured to discharge the water;
a tub base with an air inlet, the tub base being configured to receive the inner reservoir in a way that forms a cavity between the tub base and the inner reservoir, the cavity being positioned to receive the water discharged through the nozzle;
a valve configured to control a flow of the water through the nozzle; and
a barrier positioned around the nozzle to form a chamber within the cavity, the barrier being configured to limit a water level outside the barrier,
wherein the air inlet of the tub base is configured to open into a portion of the cavity that is outside the chamber, and
wherein an opening in the barrier is located to prevent water in the cavity from reaching the air inlet for all tub orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,213,571

COMPONENT FOR MEDICAL CIRCUIT

1. A medical tube comprising:a tube wall comprising a first end and a second end and defining a passageway that provides fluid communication between the first end and the second end;
one or more first preformed components;
one or more second preformed components; and
a cuff having a unitary construction and over-moulded about the one or more first preformed components, the one or more second preformed components, and at least a portion of the tube wall such that a first portion of the cuff forms a permanent connection with the at least a portion of the tube wall at a first over-moulded joint and a second portion of the cuff forms a permanent connection with the one or more first preformed components at a second over-moulded joint,
wherein the one or more first preformed components define a longitudinal axis, wherein the one or more first preformed components are spaced apart from the at least a portion of the tube wall along the longitudinal axis to form a gap therebetween, wherein the cuff extends across the gap and connects the one or more first preformed components and the tube wall, and wherein the one or more second preformed components are located longitudinally between and spaced from the one or more first preformed components and the at least a portion of the tube wall, the one or more second preformed components being seated within and separate from the cuff, the cuff forming a pneumatic seal about the tube wall, the one or more first preformed components and the one or more second preformed components;
wherein the one or more first preformed components are in fluid communication with the passageway and configured for fluid connection with one or more second components of a breathing circuit, and the one or more second preformed components are receivable of one or more auxiliary medical tube appliances.

US Pat. No. 10,213,569

BREATHING MASK WITH A SEALING LIP DEVICE

1. A mask to administer breathable gas to a user, the mask comprising:a body structure having a connection opening to connect to a line device to deliver the breathable gas;
a sealing lip device configured to seal against the user's face, the sealing lip device joined to the body structure, and the sealing lip device having an upper bridge portion configured to cross the bridge of the user's nose in use, a pair of side portions configured to be positioned along corresponding side surfaces of the user's nose in use, and a lower bridge portion configured to cross the user's upper lip or chin region in use; and
a pair of elongated gel cushions, each of the pair of elongated gel cushions positioned in a corresponding one of the pair of side portions.

US Pat. No. 10,213,567

EASILY REMOVABLE INTUBATING LMA

1. An airway assembly comprising: a flexible airway tube having a proximal aperture and a distal aperture; said distal aperture coupled with a bowl of a mask having a proximal end and a distal end; a rim of said mask forming a cuff, said cuff surrounding an orifice of said bowl; wherein said bowl and cuff adapted to conform to a patient's supraglottic structures; a proximal end of said cuff being adjacent from said distal aperture and said distal end being a point on said cuff furthest away from said distal aperture; wherein a point where said distal aperture coupled with said bowl of said mask is located is substantially closer to said proximal end of said mask; said flexible airway tube having a hollow channel beginning from said proximal aperture and terminating at said distal aperture, wherein said distal aperture opening into said orifice, said hollow channel being a conduit for an endotracheal tube and scoping tools threaded through said hollow channel into said orifice; a fissure line disposed on a bottom side of said flexible airway tube originating from said proximal aperture until said proximal end; said fissure line of said flexible airway tube continuing in a substantially straight line over said proximal end of said cuff; said fissure line held closed with an elastic membrane; and wherein said elastic membrane capable of sustaining a degree of expansion before splitting along said fissure line; a flap having a right and left ends and a proximal edge and a distal edge; wherein said fissure line passes beneath said flap in between said right end and said left end; wherein said distal edge disposed adjacent to a base of said cuff facing said orifice and said proximal edge reaching a rim of said cuff; and wherein said right end or said left end of said flap permanently attaching to a surface of said cuff and wherein an unattached end of said flap loosely covering said fissure line.

US Pat. No. 10,213,564

BIOMEDICAL AURAL DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. An inner ear treatment delivery device, comprising:a cylindrical pressurized vessel containing a substance;
a control valve within the pressurized vessel;
a flexible seal within the pressurized vessel;
a nozzle directly attached to an outer surface of a first end of the pressurized vessel and in fluid communication with the control valve, wherein the control valve is used to fill the pressurized vessel with the substance and deliver the substance to a patient's inner ear through the nozzle;
a microprocessor adapted to operate the control valve; and
a power source providing energy to the delivery device;
wherein the microprocessor and the power source are coupled externally to a second opposite end of the pressurized vessel; and
wherein the device has a length such that an entirety of the length of the device is capable of being non-invasively insertable and removable from a patient's ear canal without piercing the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,563

DRIVE MECHANISM FOR AN INJECTION DEVICE

1. An injection device for self-administration of settable doses of a liquid drug comprising:a housing grippable by a user,
a dose setting element by which the size of the dose is set,
a needle cannula having a distal tip for penetrating the skin of the user during injection,
a needle shield which is telescopically movable in a proximal direction from a first position to a second position and in a distal direction from the second position back to the first position by a resilient element, and wherein the needle shield in the first position is extended distally to cover at least the distal tip of the needle cannula and in the second position is retracted proximally to expose the distal tip of the needle cannula,
a rotatable scale sleeve indicating the size of the set dose which scale sleeve is helically guided relatively to the housing, the scale sleeve being helically moved away from an initial “zero” position during dose setting and helically returned to the same initial “zero” position during dose injection,
wherein a stopping structure interconnects the needle shield and the scale sleeve, which stopping structure engages the scale sleeve when the scale sleeve is in the “zero” position such that the needle shield is prevented from being moved in the proximal direction from the first position and into the second position but is allowed to be moved in the distal direction from the second position and into the first position, and
wherein the needle shield carries the stopping structure such that the needle shield and the stopping structure move together at least in the axially direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,560

INJECTION DEVICE

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. An injection device comprisinga housing;
a dose setting member being movable in a first direction relative to the housing to set a desired dose to be dispensed during dose setting and being operable in a second direction relative to the housing to cancel a set dose during dose cancelling;
a piston rod being adapted to engage a piston to eject the set dose from a cartridge during dose dispensing;
a feedback mechanism comprising a first part and a second part, the first part being adapted to rotate within the housing and relative to the housing during the dose setting, and the first part and the second part being rotatable relative to one another during the dose dispensing and adapted to generate a non-visual signal to a user only at an end of the dose dispensing; and
a third part movable between a dose setting position or a dose cancelling position and a dose dispensing position relative to the feedback mechanism, the third part being configured to contact the feedback mechanism in the dose setting position and the dose dispensing position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,559

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE WITH BRAKE MECHANISM

1. A drug delivery device comprising or being adapted to receive a cartridge, the cartridge comprising a cylindrical body portion, an axially displaceable piston, and a distal outlet portion, the drug delivery device comprising:a housing,
an expelling assembly adapted to axially move the piston of a cartridge to thereby expel a dose of drug, comprising:
a drive spring which in an energized state is adapted to drive the expelling assembly,
a rotating component adapted to rotate relative to an axis of rotation during expelling of a dose of drug,
a user actuated release structure for releasing the drive spring to thereby expel a dose of drug,the device further comprising a brake element being moveable in a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation, the brake element being adapted to engage the rotating component such that during rotation thereof the brake element is moved back and forth by the rotating component, whereby the brake element provides a braking action on the rotating component,wherein the brake element(s) is/are arranged non-rotational relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,557

MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

13. A method of controlling a medicament delivery device for the administration of one or more drug agents, wherein the device has (i) a priming mode for discharging air or a residual medicament from the device and (ii) a drug delivery mode for administering delivery of a dose of the medicament, wherein the device has a plurality of states including one or more first states and one or more second states, wherein the device has a user interface having a priming button for activating the priming mode and a dose-delivery button for activating the drug delivery mode, the method comprising:determining whether the device is in at least one of the one or more first states;
responsive to determining that the device is in at least one of the one or more first states, enabling the priming mode via the priming button of the user interface and disabling the drug delivery mode via the drug-delivery button of the user interface during the at least one of the one or more first states, wherein enabling the priming mode and disabling the drug-delivery mode sets the device in a mandatory priming mode, and wherein during the mandatory priming mode the dose of the medicament cannot be delivered;
determining whether the device is in at least one of the one or more second states; and
responsive to determining that the device is in at least one of the one or more second states, enabling the priming mode via the priming button of the user interface and enabling the drug delivery mode via the drug-delivery button of the user interface during the at least one of the one or more second states.

US Pat. No. 10,213,555

SYRINGE HAVING A MECHANICALLY OPERATED MECHANISM FOR INJECTING PRECISE VOLUMES OF A SOLUTION

1. A syringe, comprising:a barrel having an inner surface;
a plunger having an elongated body, a proximal end, and a distal end, the distal end being disposed within the barrel, wherein the distal end forms a fluid-impermeable seal with the inner surface of the barrel;
an ejection mechanism in a mechanical communication with the plunger, the ejection mechanism having an actuator, the actuator having a first non-depressed position and a second depressed position, whereby responsive to displacement of the actuator from the first non-depressed position to the second depressed position, the distal end of the plunger moves by a predetermined distance within the barrel;
wherein the plunger is configured to translate linearly within the barrel responsive to a force being applied onto the proximal end of the plunger, thereby enabling manual operation of the syringe while the actuator remains in the first non-depressed position or the second depressed position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,554

ACCESSORY DEVICE WITH MOUNTING SAFETY FEATURE

1. An assembly comprising a drug delivery device and a logging module adapted to create a log of expelled dose amounts of drug, the logging module being adapted to be mounted on the drug delivery device from a fully un-mounted to a fully mounted position along a path, the drug delivery device comprising:a drug reservoir or structure for receiving a drug reservoir,
dose setting structure, and
drug expelling structure for expelling a set dose,the logging module comprising electronic circuitry comprising:sensor structure adapted to capture a property value related to a dose amount of drug expelled from a reservoir by the expelling structure during an expelling event,
processor structure adapted to determine dose amounts based on captured property values,
a switch operatable between an off- and an on-state when the logging module is mounted on the drug delivery device, the switch being in the on-state when the logging module is mounted within a first distance from the fully mounted position, and in the off-state when the logging module is mounted outside the first distance from the fully mounted position, andthe assembly comprising:a snap lock comprising co-operating mating structures arranged on the logging module respectively the drug delivery device, the snap lock being operatable from an initial state through an expanded state to a snap-in state when the logging module is mounted on the drug delivery device, the snap lock being in the snap-in state when the logging module is mounted within a second distance from the fully mounted position,wherein:the second distance is shorter than the first distance to ensure that the switch will be in the on-state before the snap lock is in the snap-in state, and
the electronic circuitry with the switch in the on-state is adapted to detect an error condition corresponding to a state in which the logging module is not in a mounted position with the snap lock in the snap-in state.

US Pat. No. 10,213,553

LEVER AND GEAR FORCE MULTIPLIER MEDICATION DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR HIGH PRESSURE INJECTION SYSTEM

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A method of delivering high pressure medication injections, the method comprising:storing a medicament in a cartridge;
connecting a lever assembly to a rack, said rack being curved when said cartridge is substantially full of medicament;
rotating a lever arm in said lever assembly;
rotating a dose setting wheel to set a medicament dose;
moving said lever arm from a first position to a second position when said dose setting wheel is rotated to set the medicament dose;
rotating said dose setting wheel in a direction opposite to that in which the medicament dose was set, wherein the rotating of said dose setting wheel in the direction opposite to that in which the medicament dose was set moves said lever arm to correct the medicament dose;
engaging said dose setting wheel to a lever tab of said lever assembly;
moving said rack along a curvilinear path to move a stopper through said cartridge upon rotation of said lever arm;
expelling said medicament dose from said cartridge via movement of said stopper; and
injecting said medicament dose through a needle that communicates with said cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,213,552

RESETTABLE DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A resettable drug delivery device for dispensing one or more doses of a drug, comprising:a housing having a longitudinal axis,
a piston rod having a start position relative to the housing and being resettable to the start position after dispense of the one or more doses, wherein, during resetting the piston rod, the piston rod is moved backwards in a proximal direction to the start position relative to the housing,
a drive member for driving the piston rod in a dispense operation of the drug delivery device in a distal direction of the drug delivery device and
a dose member for actuating the drive member, wherein the dose member comprises a dose button accessible to the user and fixed to the dose member or forming an integral part of the dose member,
wherein the drug delivery device is configured such that at least at one point in time during resetting the piston rod, the dose member is in a pulled-out position relative to the housing,
wherein the dose member is in the pulled-out position relative to the housing already before resetting the piston rod or is moved towards the pulled-out position relative to the housing during resetting the piston rod,
wherein the dose member is constrained to an axial movement along the longitudinal axis and operable such that for setting one dose the dose button is either pulled or pushed by the user and for dispensing one dose the dose button is pushed by the user, and
wherein the drug delivery device is a fixed-dose drug delivery device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,551

ALGORITHM FOR REMOVAL OF NOISE DURING ADMINISTRATION OF FLUID TO A PATIENT

Board of Regents, the Uni...

1. A medical fluid monitor system, comprising:a hanger configured to suspend a container of a fluid to be intravenously administered to a patient;
a force transducer coupled to the hanger and configured to generate a signal that is proportional to a weight of the fluid in the container;
a display configured to present one or more fluid administration parameters indicative of the fluid intravenously administered to a patient; and
a controller configured to execute logic to iteratively:
receive a value corresponding to the signal;
update each of a plurality of candidate solutions based on the received value, wherein each candidate solution is a representation, comprised of one or more line segments, of a set of values corresponding to the signal at previous times;
generate one or more additional candidate solutions to be included in the plurality of candidate solutions;
determine a cost of each of the plurality of candidate solutions;
eliminate candidate solutions having a cost that exceeds a cost threshold;
compute one or more fluid administration parameters based on a first candidate solution, wherein the first candidate solution is selected based on its cost; and
present the one or more fluid administration parameters via the display.

US Pat. No. 10,213,550

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING CLINICAL PROCEDURES USING REGIONAL BLOOD OXYGEN SATURATION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

17. A physiological monitoring system comprising:a signal input configured for receiving clinical information for a subject that indicates that the subject is undergoing a clinical procedure that affects a circulatory system of the subject; and
one or more processors configured for:
monitoring regional blood oxygen saturation (rSO2) in a region of the subject that is affected by the clinical procedure;
detecting one or more changes in the rSO2 in the region of the subject;
determining status information associated with the subject that indicates an increased risk of a physiological event caused by the clinical procedure when (a) the one or more changes in the rSO2 in the region of the subject exceeds a threshold and (b) the clinical information indicates that the subject is undergoing the clinical procedure; and
triggering an action based on the status information.

US Pat. No. 10,213,546

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING A BENEFICIAL AGENT TO A USER

ABBVIE INC., North Chica...

1. A device for delivering a beneficial agent, comprising:a pump including a pump housing containing a pump assembly having a fluid drive component, the pump housing having a receiving region disposed proximate the fluid drive component, the pump housing comprising a rear closure portion including a membrane disposed between the receiving region and the fluid drive component; and
a cassette including a cassette housing comprising a cassette body region defining a fluid reservoir chamber therein and a delivery tube assembly extending from the fluid reservoir chamber, the cassette further including a cassette base region having a boundary configured to be received by the receiving region;
wherein the delivery tube assembly comprises a peristaltic tube that engages an occlusion sensor proximate the rear closure portion when the cassette base region boundary is received by the receiving region, and the membrane includes an occlusion sensor protrusion configured to cover a portion of the occlusion sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,543

BLOOD PURIFICATION COLUMN

Toray Industries, Inc., ...

1. A blood purification column comprising an adsorbent and a casing whose two ends are open ends, wherein the adsorbent is housed inside the casing, and wherein one of two casing ends is a blood inflow-side end portion and the other of the two casing ends is a blood outflow-side end portion, and wherein a mesh filter is disposed at the blood inflow-side end portion and/or the blood outflow-side end portion of the casing, and wherein the mesh filter satisfies (1)-(6):(1) an opening rate thereof is greater than or equal to 21% and less than or equal to 66%;
(2) an equivalent diameter of an aperture thereof is greater than or equal to 10 ?m and less than or equal to 400 ?m;
(3) a ratio of the equivalent diameter of the aperture thereof to an average circle equivalent diameter of void spaces of the adsorbent is greater than or equal to 56% and less than or equal to 220%;
(4) the absorbent is in a hollow yarn and/or a solid yarn form;
(5) the adsorbent is disposed parallel to a column lengthwise direction; and
(6) a surface area of a portion open in a perpendicular direction relative to a lengthwise direction in the column is B1 and a total surface area of a portion open in a parallel direction relative to the lengthwise direction in the column is B2, wherein B1/B2 ?1.

US Pat. No. 10,213,540

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MACHINE ERROR DETECTION BY COMBINING MULTIPLE SENSOR INPUTS

NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC., L...

1. A system associated with a medical treatment device for detecting a condition of a patient, the system comprising:an input device including at least one of a camera adapted to gather video/image data and a microphone; and
a medical treatment device with a controller/classifier and at least one flow controller, a pump, and/or an alarm output; and
the controller/classifier having at least one of a video-image processor and an audio processor adapted to at least one of:
recognize a face and a body in said video/image data and further to recognize changes in skin color, facial expression, or body position and further to output state data indicating the recognized changes or the recognized body position; and
recognize speech and to classify predefined normal and irregular sound patterns and further to output state data corresponding to the recognizing of the speech, wherein
the controller/classifier is connected to apply the state data to the at least one flow controller, pump, and/or alarm output;
the controller/classifier is further adapted to control the at least one flow controller, pump, and/or alarm output responsively to the state data, and
wherein the state data includes data indicating a leak of blood from a patient access.

US Pat. No. 10,213,538

IMPLANTED DEVICE WITH WIRELESS ENERGY TRANSFER AND EXTERNAL ALIGNMENT FEATURE

HeartWare, Inc., Miami L...

1. A wireless energy transfer system comprising:an implant device including a housing and an energy receiving element disposed in the housing; and
an external charger including an energy transmitting element and a mating member, the mating member defining a protrusion extending therefrom, the external charger and the housing defining a common axis extending therethrough when the external charger is received by the housing,
wherein the implant device is configured to be mounted within a body of an animal,
wherein the housing comprises a feature having a plurality of sidewalls defining an indentation therebetween, the feature being configured to extend from within the body of the animal to outside the body of the animal through an opening in a skin of the animal and the indentation being configured to physically receive and mechanically align with the protrusion extending from the corresponding mating member of the external charger, and
wherein the energy receiving element is configured to be disposed in a parallel orientation along the common axis with the energy transmitting element, and the energy receiving element being configured to receive energy wirelessly from the energy transmitting element when the external charger is physically-mated with the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,537

VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES AND INTEGRATED SENSORS THEREOF

HeartWare, Inc., Miami L...

1. A ventricular assist device for intraventricular placement inside a heart of a mammalian subject comprising:a pump including a housing having an inlet end, an inlet at the inlet end, and an outlet, the pump further including a moveable element disposed in the pump housing for pumping blood from the inlet to the outlet;
a base member;
a spacer member connected to the pump housing and the base member, the base member being positioned a distance from the inlet end of the pump housing to define a gap therebetween; and
one or more sensor elements mounted to at least one from the group consisting of the base member and the housing, the one or more sensor elements being configured to measure one or more blood parameters prevailing within the gap during operation of the pump, the one or more sensor elements include an ultrasonic transducer mounted on at least one from the group consisting of the pump housing and the base element, the other one from the group consisting of the pump housing and the base element has a reflective surface disposed across the gap from the ultrasonic transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,535

BREAST PUMP

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A breast pump comprising:a suction unit adapted to be mounted on a breast;
a suction pump absorbing a fluid from a breast side of the suction unit that is adapted to contact the breast;
a detecting unit detecting a temporal change in a sucked state of the breast by the suction unit; and
a controller performing a processing based on the temporal change in the sucked state detected by the detecting unit,
wherein the detecting unit detects the sucked state of the breast by the suction unit based on a suction pressure of the suction pump,
wherein the suction pump includes a piezoelectric element operated by an application of a driving voltage, and
wherein the detecting unit detects an impedance state of the piezoelectric element and detects the suction pressure of the suction pump based on the detected impedance state of the piezoelectric element.

US Pat. No. 10,213,524

COATING COMPRISING STRONTIUM FOR BODY IMPLANTS

1. A coating for an implant comprising:a layer comprising strontium oxide and titanium oxide, wherein the Sr-content of said coating is between 5 and 25 at. % and the thickness of said coating is between 200 nm and 3000 nm, and said coating comprises exposed pores wherein at least 50% of said pores have diameters between 0.1 and 50 nm, thereby stimulating osseo-integration and healing in the vicinity of the implant, wherein the layer is configured to release strontium to support osseo-integration.

US Pat. No. 10,213,520

SURGICAL ADJUNCTS HAVING MEDICANTS CONTROLLABLY RELEASABLE THEREFROM

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities, each staple cavity having a surgical staple disposed therein;
a biocompatible adjunct material releasably retained on the cartridge body and configured to be delivered to tissue by deployment of the staples in the cartridge body, the adjunct material being at least partially formed of a biocompatible polymeric material; and
an effective amount of at least first and second medicants disposed within and releasable from the adjunct material, the first medicant having a first size and the second medicant having a second size larger than the first size, wherein the polymeric material of the adjunct material is responsive to at least one environmental condition upon delivery of the adjunct material to tissue such that the at least one environmental condition to which the adjunct material is subjected affects an elution profile of the at least first and second medicants such that the first and second medicants are configured to respond differently to the at least one environmental condition relative to each other,
wherein the at least one environmental condition includes strain, and the biocompatible adjunct material incudes mesh having a pore size that is configured to increase as the mesh experiences strain, the first and second medicants are disposed within the mesh, the mesh is configured to release the first medicant as the pore size reaches the first size, and the mesh is configured to release the second medicant as the pore size reaches the second size.

US Pat. No. 10,213,519

FRAGRANCE DISPENSER FOR AIR FILTER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An assembly comprising a framed air filter and at least one fragrance dispenser mounted in proximity thereto, the assembly comprising;a framed air filter with a perimeter frame, an upstream face with an airstream-receiving area and a downstream face,
and,
a fragrance dispenser comprising:
a base comprising at least one receptacle with a major closed end and a major open end;
a porous diffuser layer occlusively overlying the major open end of the at least one receptacle;
and,
a fragrance source provided within at least a portion of the receptacle and that comprises at least one volatilizable fragrance,
wherein the fragrance dispenser is positioned so that the at least one receptacle is proximate the airstream-receiving area of the upstream face of the air filter, with the major closed end of the receptacle facing at least generally upstream and with the major open end of the receptacle facing at least generally downstream toward the upstream face of the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,213,517

SYSTEM FOR FLUID STERILIZATION

1. A system for fluid sterilization, comprising:an inlet for operative connection to a fluid source to provide fluid along a flow path for sterilization by the system;
a heating section in fluid communication with the inlet along the flow path, the heating section heats pressurized fluid therein above prescribed thresholds for temperature, pressure, and dwell time to achieve a desired level of sterilization;
a heat exchanger having a first path disposed in fluid communication between the inlet and the heating section along the flow path to preheat fluid prior to entering the heating section and having a second path positioned between the heating section and a system outlet along the flow path to cool outflow of the heating section prior to exiting the outlet, wherein the first path and the second path of the heat exchanger are configured to pass heat energy therebetween; and
a plurality of valves disposed along the flow path, including a first valve positioned downstream of the inlet and upstream of the first path of the heat exchanger, a second valve positioned downstream of the first path of the heat exchanger and upstream of the heating section, and a third valve disposed along the flow path configured for proportional control of fluid flow therethrough;
a plurality of sensors disposed along the flow path, including (a) a temperature sensor positioned on the flow path downstream of the heating section and upstream of the second path of the heat exchanger, and (b) a pressure sensor; and
a digital controller in operative communication with the plurality of sensors to receive measurements therefrom and in operative control of at least the third valve to control flow through the system to ensure prescribed pressure and temperature profiles across prescribed ranges for pressure and temperature to achieve the desired level of sterilization without need of maintaining a fixed temperature or a fixed pressure within any portion of the system, including the heating section.

US Pat. No. 10,213,516

LABELLED CARBOXYLIC ACIDS AND THEIR USES IN MOLECULAR IMAGING

1. A composition comprising a tracer, wherein the tracer is a radionuclide-labelled 2,2-di-C1-4-alkylpropanoic acid, 2,2-di-C1-4-alkylbutanoic acid, 2,2-di-C1-4-alkylpentanoic acid, or the corresponding carboxylate, wherein the radionuclide-labelled carboxylic acid is a compound of formula (I):
Wherein
Q is a suitable radionuclide;
CL is selected from [11C]carbon, [12C]carbon, or [13C]carbon;
n is 1, 2, or 3;
R1 and R2 are independently C1-4-alkyl; and
R3 and R4 are independently H or F.

US Pat. No. 10,213,476

COMPSTATIN ANALOGS WITH IMPROVED POTENCY AND PHARMACOKINETIC PROPERTIES

The Trustees of the Unive...

1. A method of producing one or more selected modified compstatin analogs, comprising:(a) providing a compstatin analog comprising a peptide having a sequence of SEQ ID NO:6, which is:Xaa1-Cys-Val-Xaa2-Gln-Xaa3-Xaa4-Gly-Xaa5-His-Xaa6-Cys-Xaa7 (SEQ ID NO:6), in which Gly between Xaa4 and Xaa5 is N-methylated to constrain the backbone conformation;wherein:Xaa1 is Ile or Gly;Xaa2 is Trp or an analog of Trp, wherein the analog of Trp has increased hydrophobic character as compared with Trp;Xaa3 is Asp or Asn;Xaa4 is Trp or an analog of Trp comprising a chemical modification to its indole ring wherein the chemical modification increases the hydrogen bond potential of the indole ring;Xaa5 is His, Ala, Phe or Trp;Xaa6 is Arg or Orn; andXaa7 is Thr, Ile, Leu, Nle, N-methyl Thr or N-methyl Ile, wherein a carboxy terminal —OH of any of the Thr, Ile, Leu, Nle, N-methyl Thr or N-methyl Ile optionally is replaced by —NH2, and the peptide is cyclic via a Cys-Cys or thioether bond;(b) modifying a plurality of the compstatin analogs by adding an N-terminal component to each analog that interacts with C3, C3b or C3c in a shallow groove formed by macroglobulin domain 4 of the C3 ?-chain;
(c) testing the modified compstatin analogs for interaction between the added N-terminal components thereof and a lysine residue in C3, C3b or C3c at position 386 of a C3c sequence comprising SEQ ID NO:5, or equivalent residue thereof on an equivalent sequence of C3, C3b or C3c; and
(d) selecting the modified compstatin analogs having N-terminal components that interact with the lysine residue in C3, C3b or C3c at position 386 of a C3c sequence comprising SEQ ID NO:5, or equivalent residue thereof on an equivalent sequence of C3, C3b or C3c; thereby producing the one or more selected modified compstatin analogs.

US Pat. No. 10,213,471

METHOD FOR MAKING A PAIN RELIEVER OIL

1. A method for producing a pain reliever oil, comprising:creating a pepper marinade from a composition of peppers containing capsaicin in cold pressed olive oil stored in a dark room for 9 to 12 months;
creating a dried flower marinade from a composition of dried flowers in cold pressed olive oil in sunlight, wherein the container is transparent or translucent;
creating a spice marinade from a composition of spices in olive oil stored in sunlight;
creating a mixture of carrier oils;
creating a mixture of essential oils;
recovering the oil extract of each of the pepper marinade, the dried flower marinade, and the spice marinade;
combining the recovered oil extracts, the mixture of carrier oils and the mixture of essential oils to create an intermediate composition;
wherein the intermediate composition comprises 4-8% pepper oil extract, 14-26% dried flower oil extract, 2-4% spice oil extract, 13-25% carrier oils, 33-65% essential oils and 2-4% magnesium oil;
covering and placing the receptacle in the dark for a period of approximately 24 hours to create the pain reliever oil; and
pouring the pain reliever oil into a bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,213,465

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REPAIRING DAMAGED TISSUE USING NUCLEATED PLASMA PARTICLES (NUC-P2S) AND MESODERMAL STEM CELLS (MESOSCS)

1. A system for treating damaged tissue in a subject with optimally isolated adult derived MesoSCs and Nuc-P2s the system comprising:a first apparatus effective for attaching to a first target area in the subject;
a first composition contained in said first apparatus, wherein said first apparatus is selected from the group comprising, an intravenous drip, injecting device, topical applicator and nebulizer;
a second apparatus effective for attaching to a second target area in the subject;
a second composition contained in said second apparatus wherein said second apparatus is an intravenous drip;
wherein said first composition is effective for treating damaged tissue in said first target area and consists essentially of primary treating stem cells and sterile saline, and wherein said second composition consists essentially of secondary treating stem cells, sterile saline and sodium heparin;
wherein said second composition is effective for preventing the body from diverting primary treating stem cells from said first target area.

US Pat. No. 10,213,461

COMBINED AUTOLOGOUS BIOLOGIC AND COLD THERAPY TREATMENT OF SKIN INJURIES

Arthrex, Inc, Naples, FL...

1. A method, comprising:harvesting a blood sample from a patient;
separating an autologous blood component from the blood sample;
injecting an individual dose of the autologous blood component into each of a plurality of compartments of a tray assembly, wherein the tray assembly includes a tray body that establishes the plurality of compartments, a rack removably connected to the tray body, and a plurality of handles removably connected to the rack, wherein one handle of the plurality of handles extends into each of the plurality of compartments;
positioning the tray assembly within a freezer to freeze the individual doses of the autologous blood component;
removing a first dose of the individual doses from the tray assembly, wherein removing the first dose of the individual doses includes removing a first handle of the plurality of handles from the rack; and
applying the first dose to a skin injury in frozen form,
wherein applying the first dose to the skin injury initially provides cold therapy to the skin injury, and as the first dose melts, the autologous blood component is distributed over the skin injury to promote healing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,452

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING STEVIOSIDES

FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DE...

1. A steviol glycoside-derivative of the general structure Iwherein one of R1 and R2 is a polyethylene glycol unit polyethylene glycol unit —(CH2—CH2—O)n—CH2—CH2—OH with n being an integer from 0 to 500, and one of R1 and R2 is H, a linear or branched C1 to C6 alkyl group, a polyethylene glycol unit —(CH2—CH2—O—)n—CH2—CH2—OH with n being an integer from 0 to 500, or one or more glucose, xylose or rhamnose units.

US Pat. No. 10,213,451

METHODS AND COMPOUNDS FOR MODULATING THE SECRETION OR EXPRESSION OF ADHESION PROTEINS OR ANGIOPOIETINS OF CELLS

1. A compound for modulating the secretion or expression of adhesion proteins or angiopoietins of cells, for inhibiting the metastasis of cancer cell in a subject, wherein the compound is selected from the following:a) A compound haying structure (ACH-Z4):

e) A compound having structure (ACH-Y7):

f) A compound having structure (ACH-Y0):

h) A compound having structure (ACH-X):

i) A compound having structure (ACH-Mb5):

j) A compound having structure (ACH-Mb12):

US Pat. No. 10,213,433

SOLID DISPERSIONS CONTAINING AN APOPTOSIS-INDUCING AGENT

AbbVie Inc., North Chica...

1. A process for preparing a solid dispersion, comprising:(a) dissolving in a suitable solvent (i) an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) comprising a compound of Formula I

where:
R0 is halo;
R1 and R2 are H or are independently methyl or methoxy;
R3 and R4 are independently methyl or methoxy if R1 and R2 are H, or are H if R1 and R2 are independently methyl or methoxy;
Al and A2 are each independently CH or N;
R5 is C1-4 alkyl or haloalkyl, C1-4 alkylsulfonyl or haloalkylsulfonyl, halo, nitro or cyano;
X is —O— or —NH—;
Y is —(CH2)n—where n is 0, 1, 2 or 3; and
R6 is an unsubstituted or substituted 3- to 7-membered carbocyclic or heterocyclic, or is NR7R8;
wherein, if R6 is NR7R8, R7 and R8 are each independently H or R9—(CH2)m— groups, no more than one of R7 and R8 is H, each R9 is independently a 3- to 7-membered carbocyclic or heterocyclic ring, optionally substituted with no more than two Z1 groups as defined below, and each m is independently 0 or 1; and
wherein, if R6 is a substituted carbocyclic or heterocyclic ring, substituents thereon are no more than two Z1 groups and/or no more than one Z2 group, Z1 groups being independently selected from the group consisting of (a) C1-4 alkyl, C2-4 alkenyl, C1-4 alkoxy, C1-4 alkylthio, C1-4 alkylamino, C1-4 alkylsulfonyl, C1-4 alkylsulfonylamino, C1-4 alkylcarbonyl C1-4 alkylcarbonylamino and C1-4 alkylcarboxy, each optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of halo, hydroxy, C1-4 alkoxy, amino, C1-4 alkylamino, di-(C1-4 alkyl)amino and cyano, (b) halo, (e) hydroxy, (f) amino and (g) oxo groups, and Z2 being (i) a further 3- to 6-membered carbocyclic or heterocyclic ring, optionally substituted with no more than two Z1 groups as defined above, or (ii) NR7R8 where R7 and R8 are as defined above;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, (ii) at least one pharmaceutically acceptable water-soluble polymeric carrier and (iii) at least one pharmaceutically acceptable surfactant; and
(b) removing the solvent to provide a solid matrix comprising the at least one pharmaceutically acceptable water-soluble polymeric carrier and the at least one pharmaceutically acceptable surfactant and having the compound or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof dispersed in an essentially non-crystalline form therein.

US Pat. No. 10,213,430

NUCLEOTIDE ANALOGS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A compound of Formula (I)
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;
wherein
B1 is

Z1 and Z2 are oxygen;
R1 is —(CHR4)a—O—C1-24alkyl;
R2 is aryl(C1-4alkyl)—;
R3 is selected from C1-6alkyl and C3-6cycloalkyl;
R4 is hydrogen; and
a is selected from 1, 2, 3, or 4.

US Pat. No. 10,213,429

IMIDAZO-PYRAZINYL DERIVATIVES USEFUL AS SOLUBLE GUANYLATE CYCLASE ACTIVATORS

1. A compound having structural Formula I:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof wherein:
C* is indicates a potential chiral carbon atom;
R1 is
(1) hydrogen
(2) (C1-6)alkyl,
(3) halo(C1-6)alkyl,
(4) (C1-6)alkyl-O—,
(5) halo(C1-6)alkyl-O—,
(6) (C3-7)cycloalkyl-(C1-3)alkyl-O—,
(7) —(C1-3)alkyl-(C3-7)cycloalkyl, or
(8) —(C1-3)alkyl-phenyl, wherein phenyl is unsubstituted or substituted by 1 to 3 halo;
R2 is
(1) (C1-3)alkyl, or
(2) (C3-7)cycloalkyl;
R3 is
(1) phenyl unsubstituted or substituted by 1 to 3 R7, or
(2) five- or six-membered heteroaryl containing 1, 2, or 3 heteroatoms independently selected from N, O and S, wherein heteroaryl is unsubstituted or substituted by 1 to 3 R7
(3) —C(O)NH—(C3-6)cycloalkyl,
(4) (C1-6)alkyl, or
(5) —CO2-(C1-6)alkyl;
R4 is
(1) hydrogen,
(2) (C1-6)alkyl,
(3) halo(C1-6)alkyl,
(4) (C1-6)alkoxy,
(5) halo(C1-3)alkoxy,
(6) (C3-7)cycloalkyl, or
(7) cyano;
R5 is
(1) hydrogen,
(2) (C1-6)alkyl,
(3) halo(C1-6)alkyl,
(4) halo,
(5) amino,
(6) (C1-3)alkyl-aryl,
(7) (C1-3)alkyl-(C3-6)cycloalkyl, or
(8) cyano;
R6 is
(1) hydrogen,
(2) hydroxy,
(3) (C1-6)alkyl,
(4) (C1-6)alkoxy,
(5) (C1-3)alkyl-O—(C1-3)alkoxy-
(6) (C3-6)cycloalkyl,
(7) cyano,
(8) phenyl, or
(9) —C(O)NH2; and
each R7 is independently
(1) (C1-3)alkoxy,
(2) halo(C1-3)alkoxy,
(3) halo,
(4) —CO2-(C1-6)alkyl, or
(5) C(O)NH2.

US Pat. No. 10,213,420

COMBINATION THERAPY FOR TREATMENT OF HBV INFECTIONS

NOVIRA THERAPEUTICS, INC....

1. A method of treating an HBV infection in a subject in need thereof, comprising administering to the subject a capsid assembly inhibitor and interferon, wherein the capsid assembly inhibitor is a compound of Formula IVc:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;
wherein
X is halo;
G1 is hydrogen or halo;
G2 is H, C1-C4 alkyl, or halo; and
G4 is H, halo, C1-C4 alkyl, or OH.

US Pat. No. 10,213,417

FATTY ACIDS AS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AGENTS

1. A method of treating an inflammatory condition comprising administering to the subject in need thereof a formulation comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a compound having the formula:
wherein:
R1 is a heterocyclyl;
is an optional double bond;
W is —OH, —C(O)H, —C(O), —C(O)Rp, —COOH, —COORp, —Cl, —Br, —I, —CF3, —CN, —SO3, —SO2Rp, —SO3H, —NH3+, —NH2Rp+, —NRpRqRt, —NO2, ?O, ?NRp, ?CF2, or —CHF;
each V is, independently —CH or —C—, wherein:
V is —CH— when W is —OH, —H, —C(O)H, —C(O), —C(O)Rp, —COOH, —COORp, —Cl, —Br, —I, —F, —CF3, —CN, —SO3, —SO2Rp, —SO3H, —NH3+, —NH2Rp+, —NRpRqRt or —NO2; or
V is —C— when W is ?O, ?NRp, ?CF2 or ?CHF;
Rp and Rq are each, independently, H, (C1-C8) alkyl, aryl, or (C1-C8) haloalkyl;
Rt is (C1-C8) alkyl, aryl, or (C1-C8) haloalkyl;
Rb and Rb? are each independently, —H, —OH, —C(O)H, —C(O), —C(O)Rp, —COOH, —COORp, —Cl, —Br, —I, —F, —CF3, —CHF2, —CH2F, —CN, —SO3, —SO2Rp, SO3H, —NH3+, —NH2Rp+, —NRpRqRt or —NO2, wherein:
Rb and Rb? are not simultaneously non-hydrogen groups;
a is an integer between 5 and 15 inclusive, c is an integer from 1 and 15 inclusive, and f is an integer between 5 and 15 inclusive; and
a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,213,407

COMPOUNDS AND METHODS FOR INHIBITING PRODUCTION OF TRIMETHYLAMINE

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A method of inhibiting the conversion of choline or carnitine to trimethylamine (TMA) by a bacterium comprising: contacting the bacterium with a compound as set forth in Formula (I):
wherein
Y+ is selected from a quaternary nitrogen; X? is an anion; n is selected from 1, 2 or 3; R2 and R3 are independently selected from C1-4 alkyl or bound together forming an aliphatic, aromatic or heterocyclic ring system;
R4 is selected from C1-4 alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, alkoxy carbonyl, alkoxy dicarbonyl, acrylic, alkoxy, alkoxy alkyl, aryloxy alkyl, alkyl carboxylate as part of a betaine, inner salt, or Zwitterion form, halo alkyl, hydroxy alkyl, nitrile, or propargyl;
R6 is selected from C1-4 alkyl, alkoxy, hydroxy, alkoxy alkyl, hydroxy alkyl, or epoxy; and
including any acceptable salts or solvates thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,213,406

?- AND ?-TRUXILLIC ACID DERIVATIVES AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS THEREOF

THE RESEARCH FOUNDATION F...

1. A method of inhibiting the activity of a Fatty Acid Binding Protein (FABP) comprising contacting the FABP with a compound having the structure:
wherein
one of R1 or R2 is —C(?O)R13, —C(?O)OR13, —C(?O)NR13R14, -alkyl-OC(?O)OR13, -alkyl-OC(?O)R13, -alkyl-OR13, -alkyl-NR13R14, -alkyl-NHC(?O)R13, -alkyl-NHC(?O)OR13, -alkyl-NHC(?O)NR13R14, -alkyl-NHC(?S)NR13R14, or -alkyl-NHC(?NR13)NR13R14,
wherein R13 and R14 are each, independently, H, CF3, C1-10 alkyl, C2-10 alkenyl, C2-10 alkynyl, heteroalkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, heterocyclyl or combine to form a cycloalkyl or heterocyclyl; and
the other of R1 or R2 is —C(?O)OR13, wherein R13 is H;
R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R11 and R12 are each independently, H, halogen, —NO2, —CN, —NHR15, —NR15R16, —SR15, —SO2R15, —OR15, —CO2R15, CF3, -alkyl-NHR15, -alkyl-NHR15R16, -alkyl-OR15, C1-10 alkyl, C2-10 alkenyl, C2-10 alkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl,
wherein R15 and R16 are each, independently, H, CF3, C1-10 alkyl, C2-10 alkenyl, C2-10 alkynyl, heteroalkyl, cycloheteroalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl,
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,213,395

TOXIC ALDEHYDE RELATED DISEASES AND TREATMENT

Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc...

1. A method of treating uveitis, comprising:administering to a subject with uveitis a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of formula (I):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein,X is CH; Z is N; and Y is C with the —NH2 attached;
p is 0, 1, 2, or 3;
each RB is independently a halogen, hydroxyl, carbamoyl, amino, or aryl;
RA is
andeach Qa is independently a C1-C6 straight chain alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,213,365

DOSE INDICATION DEVICE

1. A dose indicator device for attachment to a container cap on a container, comprising:a. a base disk having a first upper surface and a second lower surface where in the first upper surface includes a center mount axle extending from center of the first upper surface of the base disk, wherein the center mount axle includes a shaft and a head and wherein a circumference of the head is larger than a circumference of the shaft, wherein the first upper surface supports an overlay plate with a center-spaced opening placed over the base disk such that the opening is placed over the center mount axle, wherein the overlay plate displays dose indicia for indicating time and the second lower surface of the base disk contains an adhesive, magnet base, or hook-and-loop fastener material which allows the base disk to be attached to a surface;
b. a reminder dial rotatably positioned at the center of the base disk by means of the center mount axle and extending outwardly toward the dose indicia for indicating time; and
c. a second pointer directly attached to the base disk for designating a second date/time of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,213,361

MUSCLE FIBER EXCITATION SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING BLOOD CLOT AND MUSCULAR-SKELETAL DECLINE

1. A muscle fiber excitation system (WES) for use in stimulating circulation to ameliorate formation of a blood clot and to prevent muscular-skeletal decline in a patient, the system comprising:a) an enclosure comprising a base and two pillar blocks, wherein the pillar blocks each comprise a first and a second channel, the first and the second channel comprising bearings, the pillar blocks being parallel to each other such that the first channel on the first pillar block is aligned with the first channel on the second parallel pillar block and the second channel on the first pillar block is aligned with the second channel on the second parallel pillar block;
b) a first and a second shaft, each shaft affixed with two cams, wherein the first shaft is mounted in the first channels of the first and second pillar block and the second shaft is mounted in the second channels of the first and second pillar block, the first and second shafts being rotatably mounted off the enclosure base in the bearings in the channels of the pillar blocks;
c) a direct current motor mounted within the enclosure, the direct current motor being operably linked to a power source, and being configured to drive at least one timing belt, wherein the at least one timing belt is coupled to the first and the second shaft such that operation of the direct current motor drives the timing belt and thereby rotates the first and the second shafts;
d) four plungers, each plunger being positioned at a corner of the enclosure; and
e) a telescoping platform configured to be mounted on the enclosure, the telescoping platform having a patient contact surface, a cam contact surface, and four telescoping plunger channels, each channel being configured to receive one of the four plungers, wherein the cam contact surface comprises one or more cam contact areas aligned with one or more of the cams within the enclosure;
wherein operation of the direct current motor rotates the shafts and each cam affixed thereto, causing rotation of the cams and subsequent contacting of the respective cam contact areas of the telescoping platform,
wherein each of the two cams affixed to each shaft is unique and comprises peaks of varying heights and ascend gradients, and troughs of varying depths and descend gradients,
wherein each cam is assembled to be out of phase with the other cams, and
wherein the system is configured to execute multiple displacements of equal magnitude in each of a vertical, a medial-lateral, and an anterior-posterior direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,355

THERAPEUTIC PILLOW

1. An adjustable pillow comprising:a foam body having a top surface, an opposing bottom surface, a rear edge and an opposing front edge and lateral sides, wherein the foam body is defined by a first region that includes the front edge, a second region adjacent the first region and a third region adjacent the second region and defining the rear edge, wherein the first region has a convex shape, the second region has a concave shape and the third region has a convex shape, the pillow having a maximum thickness in the first region and a minimum thickness in the second region, the first region having a first section that extends to the front edge and has a positive slope and an adjacent second section that has a negative slope and extends to the second region, wherein the front edge has a height greater than the rear edge; and
a plurality of ribs extending longitudinally between the lateral sides and being located exclusively within the first section of the first region which has positive slope; and one or more foam inserts or foam pads for altering the thickness of the pillow.

US Pat. No. 10,213,353

BED STEP STOOL AND METHOD OF USE

1. A bed step stool for assisting a user into and out of bed including opposite sides, a head, and a foot, comprising:a first support to be disposed closer to the head of the bed;
a second support to be disposed closer to the foot of the bed;
a step assembly supported between the first support and the second support, the step assembly to enable the user to step thereon for assisting the user into and out of the bed,
wherein the first support and the second support define an unobstructed pathway for entry and exit with respect to the bed and the bed step stool that is perpendicular with respect to the sides of the bed whereby the user goes between the first support and the second support to step onto the step assembly and off the step assembly without any obstruction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,349

PATIENT INCONTINENCE AND LIFTING PAD

1. A patient incontinence and lifting pad comprises:a bed pad;
a first securing strap;
a second securing strap;
an absorbent incontinence pad insert;
the bed pad comprises a base surface, a cover surface, an outer edge, an inner edge, and a slot;
the base surface and the cover surface being opposite surfaces of the bed pad;
the first securing strap being connected onto the base surface, adjacent to the outer edge;
the second securing strap being connected onto the base surface, opposite to the first securing strap;
the slot traversing through the bed pad from the cover surface to the base surface;
the slot being delineated by the inner edge;
the absorbent incontinence pad insert being positioned within the slot;
the absorbent incontinence pad insert being peripherally mounted to the cover surface; and
the bed pad, the first securing strap, the second securing strap, and the absorbent incontinence pad insert are composed of superabsorbent polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,347

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH AN APERTURED MULTI-LAYERED TOPSHEET

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1. An absorbent article that extends in a plane defined by a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction, wherein the article comprises:a liquid permeable multi-layered topsheet having a length in the longitudinal direction, a width in the transverse direction, a longitudinal centerline, and a transverse centerline, wherein the multi-layered topsheet defines a body-facing surface of the absorbent article, the multi-layered topsheet comprising at least a first topsheet layer disposed above a second topsheet layer, wherein the first topsheet layer defines a first opening having a first perimeter, wherein the first topsheet layer and the second topsheet layer are joined by a seal, and further wherein the multi-layered topsheet extends in the longitudinal direction to define a distal end and an opposing proximal end of the absorbent article and in the transverse direction to define a first edge and an opposing second edge of the absorbent article;
a liquid impermeable baffle, wherein the baffle defines a garment-facing surface of the absorbent article;
a first sub-topsheet layer positioned between the second topsheet layer and the baffle, wherein the first sub-topsheet layer defines a second opening having a second perimeter, wherein the first perimeter surrounds the second perimeter; and
a second sub-topsheet layer positioned between the first sub-topsheet layer and the baffle, wherein the second sub-topsheet layer has a shape that includes a first bulge facing the first edge in the transverse direction and a second bulge facing the second edge in the transverse direction, wherein the first bulge and the second bulge are visible from the body-facing surface of the absorbent article, and further wherein the second sub-topsheet layer defines a third opening having a third perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,213,342

OPHTHALMIC KNIFE AND METHODS OF USE

1. An ophthalmic knife, comprising:a shaft;
a first platform extending radially from a first radial side of the shaft; and
a second platform extending radially from a second radial side of the shaft, opposite the first radial side;
wherein each of the first and second platforms comprises:
a ramp that increases from a first thickness at a distal side of the ramp to a second thickness, greater than the first thickness and at a proximal side of the ramp; and
first and second blades that (i) are separated by a gap and (ii) extend from the proximal side of the ramp to the shaft; and
wherein the shaft, the first platform, and the second platform define a single flat and continuous bottom surface that is opposite each of the first and second blades.

US Pat. No. 10,213,341

LASER PROBE WITH A REPLACEABLE OPTIC FIBER

1. A device comprising:a machine adapter having a machine adapter distal end and a machine adapter proximal
end, the machine adapter configured to interface with an ophthalmic laser to perform a laser
photocoagulation procedure;
a machine adapter inner bore of the machine adapter;
a machine interface of the machine adapter, the machine interface disposed between the
machine adapter distal end and the machine adapter inner bore;
a handle adapter having a handle adapter distal end and a handle adapter proximal end;
an actuation handle having a plurality of actuation arms and a plurality of extension mechanisms;
a replaceable optic fiber;
a pair of connectors of the replaceable optic fiber;
a housing tube having a housing tube distal end and a housing tube proximal end wherein the optic fiber distal end is adjacent to the housing tube distal end;
a first connector of the pair of connectors having a first connector distal end, a first connector proximal end, a first temporary fixation channel, a first interface, a first connector inner bore, a first connector guide cone, and a first optic fiber housing wherein a portion of the first connector is disposed within the handle adapter;
a second connector of the pair of connectors having a second connector distal end, a second connector proximal end, a second temporary fixation channel, a second interface, a second connector inner bore, a second connector guide cone, and a second optic fiber housing wherein a portion of the second connector is disposed within the machine adapter wherein the second connector is identical to the first connector; and
an optic fiber of the replaceable optic fiber having an optic fiber distal end, an optic fiber proximal end, a core, a cladding, and a polyimide buffer wherein the optic fiber is disposed within the first connector and the second connector wherein the optic fiber distal end extends a distal extension distance from the first connector distal end and the optic fiber proximal end extends a proximal extension distance from the second connector distal end wherein the distal extension distance is equal to the proximal extension distance and wherein the optic fiber is fixed in the first connector and wherein the optic fiber is fixed in the second connector and wherein a portion of the replaceable optic fiber is disposed in the machine adapter wherein the optic fiber proximal end is adjacent to the machine adapter distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,213,338

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING CUTS OR PERFORATIONS ON AN EYE

1. A device for producing cuts or perforations on a human or animal eye at the anterior or posterior opening of the eye lens (capsulatomy, rhexis), the device comprising a cutting element that can be inserted into an associated interior of an associated eye and a drive device which is arranged outside of the associated eye in order to cause movement, in articular oscillatory vibrations or rotation of the cutting element inside the associated interior of the associated eye, the drive device having a field generator for generating a magnetic or electromagnetic excitation field and the cutting element can be excited, in particular driven, by way of the field generated by the field generator, the cutting element is formed as a continuous cutting ring.

US Pat. No. 10,213,333

METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMMUNE CELLS

1. A method for regulating immune cells comprising:applying a stimulus to a specific area to be stimulated at a body surface by a stimulus applying apparatus so as to bring an increase rate of a blood flow to 60% or more, preferably, 100% or more,
wherein the blood flow is measured by a laser Doppler tissue blood flow meter attached to a central part of an inner side of a wrist joint,
wherein the increase rate of blood flow by thermal therapy enables a regulatory T cell to regulate and balance the immune cells and regulating and balancing these T cell groups finely is essential to maintain the immune system of human beings, and
wherein the specific area is at least one area selected from the group consisting of os metatarsale primam 1 and 2 interosseous, os metatarsale primam 2 and 3 interosseous, and part that intersects the perpendicular line of the medial malleolus on an extension line of the medial margin on os metatarsale primam 1 and 2 in foot sole of right and left.

US Pat. No. 10,213,332

SUPRAPUBIC REGION COMPRESSION ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

1. A suprapubic region compression assembly for compressing a suprapubic region of a user, the assembly comprising:a compression plate having opposite inner and outer surfaces and opposite left and right side edge margins, the compression plate defining a notch positioned between the left and right side edge margins, the notch configured to receive a penis of the user, the compression plate comprising a lower portion including the notch and an upper portion, the lower portion having the notch being curved or angled inward toward the inner surface relative to the upper portion to compress the suprapubic region of the user; and
a belt configured to urge the compression plate toward the user such that the compression plate engages the suprapubic region of the user to apply pressure to the suprapubic region thereby increasing a measurable, visible, or usable length of the penis.