US Pat. No. 11,026,567

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE CARDIAC SURGERY FOR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

AtriCure, Inc., Mason, O...

1. A method of occluding a left atrial appendage of a heart of a patient, comprising:introducing an applier into the patient via a first incision, the applier having an elongate shaft defining a proximal end and a distal end and an applier device coupled with the elongate shaft at or near the distal end, the applier device carrying an atrial segregation device separable from the applier device, the applier device having a first elongate applier member with a first applier distal end and a second elongate applier member with a second applier distal end, and the atrial segregation device having a first elongate segregation member and a second elongate segregation member, where the first elongate applier member is parallel to a middle portion of the first elongate segregation member and the second elongate applier member is parallel to a middle portion of the second elongate segregation member, wherein the first and second applier distal ends terminate along outer lateral sides of the first and second elongate segregation members and a distal portion of the applier device co-terminates with a distal portion of the atrial segregation device;
visualizing a portion of the heart by introducing a visualization device into the patient via a second incision, where the second incision is one of a subxiphoid incision, a subcostal incision, and a thoracotomy;
introducing an ablation device through a lumen of the visualization device, the ablation device configured to ablate tissue;
segregating the left atrial appendage by applying the atrial segregation device to the left atrial appendage of the heart with the applier device such that the left atrial appendage is positioned between the first and second elongate applier members and between the first and second elongate segregation members; and
actuating the applier device to move the first and second elongate applier members to compress the first and second elongate segregation members such that the first and second elongate segregation members compress the left atrial appendage without severing the appendage.

US Pat. No. 11,026,566

MULTI CAMERA ENDOSCOPE ASSEMBLY HAVING MULTIPLE WORKING CHANNELS

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A fluid channeling component for use with a medical device, the fluid channeling component having a length and a height, and comprising:a base positioned at a proximal end of the fluid channeling component,
a first fraction extending along the length of the fluid channeling component from the base to a distal portion of the fluid channeling component and including a housing that has encased therein a first working channel extending along the length of said fluid channeling component,
a second fraction extending along the length of the fluid channeling component from the base to the distal portion of the fluid channeling component and including a housing that has encased therein a second working channel extending along the length of the fluid channel component, wherein the second fraction opposes the first fraction, and the second fraction does not contact the first fraction, and
a void between the first fraction and the second fraction;
wherein the first fraction is a first cylindrical segment, the second fraction is a second cylindrical segment, and the void extends between a first planar surface of the first fraction and a second planar surface of the second fraction, wherein the first planar surface faces the second planar surface;
wherein the void is configured to receive an electrical assembly such that the electrical assembly is positioned between the first fraction and the second fraction; and
wherein the electrical assembly includes one or more cameras and an integrated circuit board.

US Pat. No. 11,026,565

IMAGE SENSOR FOR ENDOSCOPIC USE

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. An endoscopic device comprising:an endoscope including a lumen, the lumen including an image sensor disposed in a distal end of the lumen, the image sensor comprising:
a first substrate including a pixel array disposed on a top of the first substrate, a first substrate read bus communicating with at least one pixel on the pixel array;
a plurality of interconnects;
a second substrate including supporting circuitry for the pixel array and a second substrate read bus, the second substrate being in electrical communication with the first substrate by the plurality of interconnects;
wherein at least one interconnect of the plurality of interconnects connects the first substrate read bus to the second substrate read bus, thereby providing electrical communication between the at least one pixel and the supporting circuitry.

US Pat. No. 11,026,564

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING TREATMENT OF TISSUE VIA IMPROVED DELIVERY OF ENERGY BASED AND NON-ENERGY BASED MODALITIES

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A surgical system comprising:a first elongate device and a second elongate device, each of the first elongate device and the second elongate device having a steerable distal portion and a proximal portion, wherein the second elongate device is disposed at least partially within the first elongate device and is configured to extend and retract relative to the first elongate device;
a position system comprising a sensor configured to sense a position of at least one of the first elongate device and the second elongate device; and
a controller configured to:
receive user input,
receive sensed position information from the positioning system,
receive information identifying a location within a body, and
control movement of at least one of the first elongate device and the second elongate device along a pathway to reach the location in the body based on the user input and the received sensed position information, and
maintain a portion of the at least one of the first elongate device and the second elongate device at the location.

US Pat. No. 11,026,563

ENDOSCOPE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING ENDOSCOPE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope comprising:an insertion unit that has a longitudinal axis;
an insertion member that is disposed so as to be inserted into the insertion unit along the longitudinal axis of the insertion unit, wherein the insertion member is one of a light guide member, a tube member, or an image guide member;
a tip portion body that is provided close to a tip of the insertion unit and has a central axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the insertion unit;
a disc-shaped pressing member that is in contact with a base end side of the tip portion body;
a protrusion portion that is provided on a tip portion of the insertion member and protrudes outward from an outer periphery of the tip portion of the insertion member in a radial direction;
at least one mounting hole which is provided in the tip portion body and in which the tip portion of the insertion member is inserted and mounted and a first groove portion having a shape corresponding to the protrusion portion is formed and is disposed at a first circumferential position in a circumferential direction around an axial direction of the insertion member; and
an insertion hole which is provided in the disc-shaped pressing member, into which the tip portion of the insertion member is inserted, and in which a second groove portion having a shape corresponding to the protrusion portion is formed and is disposed at a second circumferential position different from the first circumferential position in the circumferential direction around the axial direction of the insertion member,
wherein the first groove portion and the second groove portion are disposed at different locations along the longitudinal axis of the insertion unit.

US Pat. No. 11,026,562

ENDOSCOPE

1. An endoscope comprising:an elongate shaft,
a housing that is arranged in the endoscope and is fluid-tight,
an image sensor that is arranged within the fluid-tight housing,
pressure a sensor for capturing a physical measurement variable, said pressure sensor being arranged in the shaft,
the pressure sensor being situated outside of the fluid-tight housing, and
a signal line that extends from the pressure sensor to a coupling point at the fluid-tight housing,
wherein the coupling point connects the signal line to an interior of the fluid-tight housing and the signal line is connected to an evaluation unit that is arranged in the interior.

US Pat. No. 11,026,561

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY REPOSITIONING A VIEWABLE AREA WITHIN AN ENDOSCOPE VIDEO VIEW

VERB SURGICAL INC., Sant...

1. A computer-implemented method for displaying video images of a surgical video captured at a first resolution on a screen of a surgical system having a second resolution lower than the first resolution, the method comprising:for each video image captured at the first resolution, selecting a first portion of the video image having the same resolution as the second resolution of the screen, wherein selecting the first portion of the video image includes keeping the first portion of the video image substantially centered on a tool-tip of a surgical tool displayed in the video image;
displaying the first portion of the video image on the screen without changing the resolution of the first portion of the video image;
while displaying the first portion of the video image, monitoring a second portion of the video image not being displayed on the screen for a set of predetermined events, wherein the second portion of the video image is not visible to the user; and
when a predetermined event in the set of predetermined events is detected in the second portion of the video image, generating an alert to notify the user that an off-screen event has been detected,
wherein when the off-screen event is detected, immediately changing the view on the screen from the first portion of the video image to the full video image of the surgical video displayed at a reduced resolution to make both the first portion of the video image and the detected off-screen event visible to the user on the screen.

US Pat. No. 11,026,560

MEDICAL DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLU...

1. A medical display control apparatus comprising:processing circuitry configured to
control a display of a medical captured image for a right eye and a medical captured image for a left eye captured by an imaging device that images an observation target on a display screen at a depth position of the medical captured image for the right eye and the medical captured image for the left eye;
before receiving a region deciding operation that decides a region pointed out by a pointer object, control a display of the pointer object on the display screen at a depth position in front of the depth position of the medical captured image for the right eye and the medical captured image for the left eye;
move the pointer object in accordance with a move operation that moves the pointer object, while keeping the depth position of the pointer object to be in front of the depth position of the medical captured image for the right eye and the medical captured image for the left eye;
set at least one of a shape and a size of the pointer object in accordance with a region setting operation that sets the at least one of the shape and the size of the pointer object, while keeping the depth position of the pointer object to be in front of the depth position of the medical captured image for the right eye and the medical captured image for the left eye; and
in response to receiving the region deciding operation, cause the pointer object to be displayed in correspondence with the depth position of the medical captured image for the right eye and the medical captured image for the left eye at a location designated by the move operation and with the at least one of the shape and the size of the pointer object designated by the region setting operation, and cause the depth position of the pointer object to correspond with the depth position of the medical captured image for the right eye and the medical captured image for the left eye.

US Pat. No. 11,026,559

DISHWASHER WITH IMAGE-BASED FLUID CONDITION SENSING

MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD., G...

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a wash tub including a sump;
an imaging device positioned above the sump and configured to capture images of the sump;
an illumination source disposed in the sump and directed at the imaging device; and
a controller coupled to the imaging device and the illumination source and configured to sense a turbidity of a fluid disposed in the sump by:
controlling the illumination source to emit light;
controlling the imaging device to capture one or more images of the sump while light is emitted by the illumination source; and
determining a value representative of the turbidity of the fluid disposed in the sump based upon a sensed light intensity for the illumination source in the captured one or more images.

US Pat. No. 11,026,558

HOME APPLIANCE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A home appliance comprising:a main body having a cavity;
a door rotatably coupled to a front side of the main body to open and close the cavity;
a holder moveably mounted to the door and having an accommodation groove with an open upper surface;
a decorative plate;
a fixer coupled to the decorative plate and being insertable in a downward direction into the open upper surface of the accommodation groove to be accommodated in the accommodation groove, to thereby mount the decorative plate to the holder so that the decorative plate is disposed on a front surface of the door; and
a wire connected to the holder and the main body so that, with the decorative plate mounted to the holder, rotation of the door varies tension of the wire, which thereby moves the holder, which thereby moves the decorative plate.

US Pat. No. 11,026,557

PUMP AND DISHWASHER COMPRISING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A pump comprising:a housing configured to receive washing water;
an impeller that is located inside the housing and that is configured to rotate with respect to the housing, the impeller being configured to cause flow of washing water; and
a heater that is coupled to a lower side of the housing, that is configured to heat washing water in the housing, and that is configured to generate steam from washing water in the housing,
wherein the housing comprises:
a pump lower portion configured to receive washing water based on rotation of the impeller,
a pump upper portion configured to, based on rotation of the impeller, discharge washing water and steam from the housing, the pump upper portion defining an upper chamber that accommodates the impeller, and
a partition wall that divides the housing into the pump lower portion and the pump upper portion, and
wherein the pump upper portion comprises:
a washing water outflow pipe disposed above the partition wall and configured to discharge washing water in a first direction, and
a steam discharge pipe disposed above the partition wall and configured to discharge steam in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 11,026,556

DISHWASHER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub defining a washing space;
a sump provided to collect wash water injected into the tub;
a supply pump provided to supply the wash water stored in the sump to the tub; and
a filter provided in the sump and comprising:
a first body having a plurality of first holes formed along a lateral circumferential surface; and
a second body arranged in a radially inner side of the first body and having a plurality of second holes formed along a lateral circumferential surface,
wherein the second body comprises an external wall portion in which the second holes are formed, and an internal wall portion positioned in a radially inner side of the external wall portion and extending vertically,
wherein the internal wall portion extends downward below a lower end of the external wall portion, and
wherein a plurality of ribs protrude radially outward from a lateral circumferential surface of the internal wall portion.

US Pat. No. 11,026,555

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A WASH ARM ARRANGEMENT

ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKT...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a washing chamber;
a door comprising a detergent dispenser; and
a wash arm arrangement comprising:
a rotatable first wash arm arranged within said washing chamber, and
a second wash arm which rotatably attached to said rotatable first wash arm, said second wash arm comprising a spray nozzle arranged to expel washing liquid in a direction relative to said second wash arm, wherein said second wash arm is arranged to bring said spray nozzle along a circular path with a radius in a plane defined by said second wash arm during a rotation cycle of said second wash arm, wherein said direction has a first angle in said plane relative to said radius and a second angle relative to said plane, and wherein said spray nozzle is configured to be directed in said direction towards said detergent dispenser during at least a portion of said rotation cycle to cause said washing liquid to intersect with said detergent dispenser.

US Pat. No. 11,026,554

CONVENIENT SPOT REMOVER FOR DIRTY CARPET SPOTS

1. A leg-driven carpet spot cleaning system, comprising:a cleaning footwear device dimensioned and adapted to be worn on a foot of a human user;
the cleaning footwear device comprising an underside defined by a sole interfacing a heel so that a front face of the heel extends downward of the sole;
a base connected to the sole and reinforced by the front face of the heel;
a plurality of bristles extending from the base; and
a spray nozzle connected outside a periphery of the underside,
whereby the human user can selectively target one or more spots along the carpet for cleaning or removing said one or more spots.

US Pat. No. 11,026,553

CURVED MOP AND RELATED METHOD

CONTEC INC., Spartanburg...

1. A mop tool comprising: a polymer mop head, the mop head including a substantially centrally located attachment element projecting away from an upper surface of the mop head, the attachment element being adapted to operatively connect to an elongated handle structure, the mop head further including a lower face having a concave arched profile such that the lower surface defines an arch having an apex disposed at a position in underlying opposing relation the attachment element, a plurality of hooking elements projecting away from the lower face, the hooking elements being disposed in attachment zones adapted to engage a surface of a disposable cleaning element in hook and loop connection, the lower face further including zones free from hooking elements including hook-free end zones defining substantially smooth surfaces, the hooking elements having a length not greater than 25% of the height of the arch at the apex, wherein the mop head is flexibly resilient such that the arch will fully deflect to a flat condition upon application of a vertical force of 0.5 pounds force or greater through the handle structure during mopping use and the arch will thereafter recover upon removing the force applied through the handle structure.

US Pat. No. 11,026,552

CONSUMER SCRUBBING ARTICLE WITH STAIN RELEASE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A scrubbing article comprising:a substrate defining opposing, first and second major surfaces;
a stain release coating, which includes a stain release agent, applied to the substrate and present over at least the first major surface; and
a texture layer formed over the stain release coating opposite the substrate.

US Pat. No. 11,026,551

SUSPENSION SYSTEM, METHODS, AND APPLICATIONS

Maidbot, Inc., Austin, T...

1. An independent suspension system for a robot vacuum cleaner, comprising:a. a hinge component attached to an L-shaped bracket having a horizontal flange portion and a vertical flange portion;
b. wherein the vertical flange portion is attached to a wheel assembly of the robot vacuum cleaner;
c. a spring coupled to the horizontal flange portion;
d. a pin attached to and extending from the vertical flange portion;
e. a holding component within a wheel well of the robot vacuum cleaner; and
f. wherein the holding component is movable between an engaged configuration with the pin and a disengaged configuration with the pin.

US Pat. No. 11,026,550

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS, CYCLONIC AIR TREATMENT MEMBER AND SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A vacuum cleaner or extractor comprising:(a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
(b) an air treatment member having an air treatment chamber positioned in the air flow path, the air treatment chamber comprising an air treatment chamber air inlet, an air treatment chamber air outlet, an openable first end, a longitudinally spaced apart second end having the air treatment chamber air outlet and a longitudinally extending sidewall, wherein the air treatment chamber air outlet comprises a longitudinally extending porous member having a longitudinally extending porous sidewall;
(c) a suction motor positioned in the air flow path upstream of the clean air outlet;
(d) a moveable member positioned in the air treatment chamber, the moveable member comprising at least one of the porous member and a cleaning member positioned in the air treatment chamber between the sidewall of the air treatment chamber and the porous sidewall; and,
(e) a driving assembly comprising a handle and a driving linkage wherein the driving assembly is reconfigurable between a stored position in which the moveable member is in a storage position and an operable position in which the moveable member is translatable through at least a portion of the chamber, wherein when the driving assembly is in the operable position, the driving linkage consisting of a single longitudinally extending driving member which is connected to the moveable member, whereby, when the driving assembly is in the operable position, the driving assembly is operable to longitudinally translate the moveable member through at least a portion of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,026,549

CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a main body;
a suction unit that is connected to the main body and extends along a longitudinal axis;
a handle that extends from the main body in a direction crossing the longitudinal axis of the suction unit; and
a battery configured to be coupled to and detached from the main body,
wherein the main body includes:
a battery housing that defines a recessed space from a bottom of the main body and is configured to receive the battery at the recessed space,
a main body terminal disposed at a bottom portion of the main body and configured to charge the battery, the main body terminal being disposed between the battery housing and the suction unit, and
a protrusion portion that protrudes from the bottom portion of the main body relative to the main body terminal, the protrusion portion extending along at least a portion of a periphery of the main body terminal, and
wherein, based on the main body being placed on a surface, the battery and the protrusion portion are configured to contact the surface, and the main body terminal is configured to be spaced apart from the surface.

US Pat. No. 11,026,548

VACUUM CLEANER AND VACUUM CLEANER SYSTEM

Aktiebolaget Electrolux

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising;a housing comprising a motor fan unit configured to generate an airflow, a housing air outlet and a housing air inlet;
a profile arrangement comprising a first profile end configured to attach to a nozzle, a profile handle end configured to attach to a handle and a profile extending between the first profile end and the profile handle end; and
an airflow channel extending from the first profile end to the housing air outlet via the housing air inlet, configured to convey an airflow from the first profile end to the housing air outlet;
wherein:
the profile arrangement comprises a first profile part and a second profile part, the second profile part is arranged to at least partly enclose the first profile part and the first profile part is slidable into the second profile part for adjustment of a length of the profile from the first profile end to the profile handle end;
the housing is moveably attached to the profile arrangement, such that the housing is moveable along at least a part of the length of the profile arrangement;
the airflow channel comprises a flexible hose having a first end in the first profile end and a second end operatively connected to the housing air inlet; and
the flexible hose at least partly is enclosed within the profile arrangement, and the second end is operatively connected to the housing air inlet via an elongated opening through the profile arrangement.

US Pat. No. 11,026,547

CHILD TOILET SEAT ASSEMBLY

Bemis Manufacturing Compa...

20. A child toilet seat assembly comprising:a base member configured to be coupled to an adult toilet seat assembly having an adult toilet seat and a lid pivotably coupled to a hinge post; and
a child toilet seat coupled to the base member via a hinge joint, the hinge joint enables the child toilet seat to pivot about a pivot axis between an operating position and a storage position, the hinge joint also enables the child toilet seat to move along a translational axis between a locked state inhibiting movement of the child toilet seat relative to the base member and an unlocked state allowing movement of the child toilet seat relative to the base member;
wherein the hinge joint includes a protrusion formed on one of the base member and the child toilet seat, wherein the hinge joint also includes a recess formed in the other one of the base member and the child toilet seat, and wherein the protrusion is received within the recess enabling the child toilet seat to pivot about the pivot axis and to move along the translational axis;
wherein one of the protrusion and the recess includes a tab, wherein the other one of the protrusion and the recess includes a notch, wherein the tab is received within the notch when the child toilet seat is in the locked state, and wherein the tab is spaced from the notch when the child toilet seat is in the unlocked state.

US Pat. No. 11,026,546

SHOWER APPARATUS AND METHOD

9. An apparatus for bracing a shower curtain away from a user in a shower, the shower having a shower curtain rod, comprising:(a) a hanger clip configured for removable connection with the shower curtain rod;
(b) a base rod with a first end and a second end wherein the first end is connected with said hanger clip;
(c) a base plate assembly connected to said second end of said base rod;
(d) an arm movably connected with said base plate assembly, wherein said arm is moveable from an undeployed position to a deployed position wherein said deployed position is approximately perpendicular to said base rod; and
(e) wherein said base plate assembly further comprises a base plate clip containing a plurality of first receptacles therein for receiving said base rod comprising a plurality of first arm segments, and a second receptacle disposed on an end of said plurality of first receptacles, a rotation clip having a plurality of second receptacles therein for receiving a plurality of second arm segments and a circular disk thereon, wherein said circular disk is insertable into and removable from said second receptacle, wherein said second arm segments are moveable from an undeployed position to a deployed position wherein said deployed position is approximately perpendicular to said base rod.

US Pat. No. 11,026,545

CUTTING BOARD

1. A customized cutting board, comprising:a cutting surface;
a gripping stop on a lateral portion of said cutting surface, having a stop upper surface raised above the cutting board cutting surface to engage a food item to be cut, and a preset angled guide cutting portion to guide a user's free hand knife usage; and
a recessed, downward sloping trough built in to said cutting surface to receive cut food items to be measured using a pre-marked scale formed in the cutting board trough; and
further including a removable gate member associated with said trough to be selectively positioned to block said food items from leaving said trough as they are positioned and accrued in said trough to a desired measurement amount, and selectively repositioned to allow collected and measured said food items to be removed from said trough; and
a mouth formed in a lower end of said trough, and a pair of slots for selectively receiving said gate member, whereby collected said food items may be removed through said trough mouth whenever said gate member is removed from said pair of slots.

US Pat. No. 11,026,544

VACUUM BLENDER

1. A vacuum blender comprising:a driving body, in which a motor is mounted on an interior thereof;
an accommodation member detachably coupled to an upper portion of the driving body and having a first chamber part configured to accommodate foods in an interior thereof;
a cutter blade disposed in the first chamber part and connected to the motor to blend the foods accommodated in the first chamber part;
a cover member detachably coupled to the driving body while covering an outside of the accommodation member;
a second chamber part formed along a circumference of the accommodation part between the outside of the accommodation member and an interior of the cover member;
a first check valve mounted on the accommodation member and configured to selectively communicate the first chamber part and the interior of the cover member;
a vacuum pump mounted on the driving body and communicated with the first chamber part;
a suction hole formed at an upper portion of the driving body between the accommodation member and the cover member and configured to communicate the second chamber part and the vacuum pump; and
a communication valve mounted on the driving body and configured to open and close a passage between the second chamber part and the vacuum pump,
wherein a state of the first check valve is maintained by closing the communication of the first chamber part and the second chamber part in a state in which an external force is not applied, and
wherein when the vacuum pump is operated, the air in an interior of the second chamber part is discharged to an outside through the suction hole and the vacuum pump, the first check valve is opened by a vacuum pressure, and the second chamber part and the first chamber part are vacuumed while the air in an interior of the first chamber part is discharged to the outside through the suction hole and the vacuum pump via the first check valve and the second chamber part,
wherein if the second chamber part and the first chamber part are vacuumed to a preset state, the communication valve closes the passage between the vacuum pump and the second chamber part,
wherein if exterior air is introduced into the second chamber part by opening the communication valve that closes the passage between the second chamber part and the vacuum pump, vacuum of the second chamber part is released, and the first check valve closes the communication of the first chamber part and the second chamber part by the vacuum pressure of the first chamber part to maintain a vacuum state of the first chamber part as the exterior air is introduced into the second chamber part.

US Pat. No. 11,026,543

PELLET-FIRED COOKING APPARATUS

ONWARD MULTI-CORP. INC., ...

1. A cooking apparatus, comprising:a body defining an interior cooking chamber for cooking food;
a pellet supply portion coupled to the body and including a hopper for storing fuel;
a combustion chamber for burning the fuel and heating the cooking chamber;
a feeding mechanism for supplying fuel from the hopper to the combustion chamber;
a removable collection receptacle located below the combustion chamber, wherein the combustion chamber has a plurality of holes in a bottom of the combustion chamber leading to the removable collection receptacle located below the combustion chamber; and
an ash-shaker located between the collection receptacle and the combustion chamber, the ash-shaker including an external actuator that controls one or more moving elements located in the combustion chamber, wherein movement of the moving elements encourages unburned debris in the combustion chamber to fall into the receptacle, after which the collection receptacle can be removed and the unburned debris discarded, and
wherein the one or more moving elements including a plate with a plurality of holes in the plate such that the external actuator can be moved to move the plate to allow the plurality of holes in the plate to cooperate with the plurality of holes in the bottom of the combustion chamber such that the unburned debris falls out of the combustion chamber and into the collection receptacle, and
wherein the plate is a circular plate, and the external actuator is movable to rotate the plate to allow the plurality of holes in the plate to cooperate with the plurality of holes in the bottom of the combustion chamber such that the unburned debris falls out of the combustion chamber and into the collection receptacle; and
wherein at least one of the combustion chamber and hopper have drain holes for selectively removing the fuel therefrom.

US Pat. No. 11,026,542

DEVICE FOR CONVERSION OF A KAMADO COOKER TO A PIZZA OVEN

Align Machine Works, Ath...

1. A kamado-style cooker pizza oven conversion device, the device comprising:a substantially vertical surface comprising an upper edge and a lower edge and defining an outer diameter and an inner diameter, wherein the upper edge defines a first plane that intersects a second plane defined by the lower edge;
a thermal energy and smoke distribution structure residing within the inner diameter of the substantially vertical surface and further defining an innermost diameter;
a plurality of pizza stone support tabs extending from the thermal energy and smoke distribution structure into a space defined by the innermost diameter;
an open doorway in the substantially vertical surface;
a heat shield feature extending over the open doorway; and
an oven landing defining a lower surface of the open doorway, the oven landing residing within the inner diameter;
wherein when the lower edge is seated in a body portion of a kamado-style cooker and a lid portion of the kamado-style cooker is seated on the upper edge, the body portion, lid portion and substantially vertical surface define an enclosed cooking space such that a food item may be inserted into the enclosed cooking space through the open doorway.

US Pat. No. 11,026,541

DISPOSABLE HEAT TRANSFER DEVICE AND SYSTEM INTEGRATING SUCH A DEVICE

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A system comprising a machine for heating a fluid or fluid foam on demand, the system further comprising a pack comprising a fluid product in an inner volume of the pack, the pack comprising a disposable lid or cap,wherein a heat transfer device is disposed within the disposable lid or cap for heating the fluid or fluid foam on demand, the heat transfer device comprising a first path defining a first plane through which steam circulates, the heat transfer device further comprising a second path defining a second plane through which the fluid or fluid foam circulates, the second plane is parallel to the first plane, the heat transfer device comprising at least one layer made of a thermally conductive material that is sandwiched in between the first path and the second path, the second path being in contact with the at least one layer in such a way that when the at least one layer is heated, the at least one layer transmits heat to the fluid or fluid foam as the fluid or fluid foam circulates through the second path, such that the at least one layer is heated by a change of phase of the steam into liquid when the steam is circulating through the first path,
the machine comprising a connection configured for receiving the pack, and a heating unit comprises a steam generator disposed within the machine that is configure for transmitting and dispensing steam to the disposable lid or cap such that the steam is circulating through the first path, and a foaming driving unit comprises a motor disposed within the machine that is configured to rotate a rotatable part of a pumping and foaming device in the disposable lid or cap such that the fluid or fluid foam is circulating through the second path.

US Pat. No. 11,026,540

SYSTEM WITH DRINKS PREPARATION MACHINE, A METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ITS ACTIVATION

QBO COFFEE GMBH, Wallise...

1. A method for operation of a drinks preparation machine, for producing a total product from a plurality of part-products, the plurality of part-products comprising a first part-product, a second part-product, and a third part-product, the method comprising:detecting a user input for specifying a plurality of quantity shares comprising a first quantity share, a second quantity share, and a third quantity share, wherein a graphic representation of each of the plurality of quantity shares is represented, with a plurality of share displays, each of the share displays being associated with one of the plurality of quantity shares, wherein for each of the plurality of share displays, a size of the respective share display represents the associated quantity share, and the size of at least one of the plurality of share displays and thus of the associated quantity share is adjusted according to the user input;
producing the total product as a combination of part-products of the plurality of part-products, comprising the first part-product, the second part-product, and the third part-product, wherein a quantity of the first part-product corresponds to the first quantity share, a quantity of the second part-product corresponds to the second quantity share, and a quantity of the third part-product corresponds to the third quantity share;wherein the second part-product is milk, and the third part-product is milk froth, and the second quantity share corresponding to a quantity of the milk is limited by a minimum value which is a function of the third quantity share, the third quantity share corresponds to a quantity of the milk froth.

US Pat. No. 11,026,539

SIGNAL AND DETECTION SYSTEM FOR PAIRING PRODUCTS

Smart Wave Technologies, ...

1. A method of monitoring the status of a replaceable cartridge within a dispenser, the method comprising the steps of:a) from a standby mode, monitoring if the replaceable cartridge is operatively connected to the dispenser;
b) if the replaceable cartridge is detected as operatively connected to the dispenser, determining if the replaceable cartridge has at least one authorized code;
c) if the replaceable cartridge has at least one authorized code, enabling activation of the dispenser;
d) if the replaceable cartridge does not have the at least one authorized code, modifying dispenser activation;
e) monitoring if the replaceable cartridge has been removed from the dispenser;
f) detecting if the replaceable cartridge has been removed from the dispenser, and if the replaceable cartridge has been removed from the dispenser, determining if the at least one authorized code is present within the dispenser; and
g) if the at least one authorized code is determined to be present in step f), modifying dispenser activation.

US Pat. No. 11,026,538

DRINKS PREPARATION MACHINE, A SYSTEM WITH A DRINKS PREPARATION MACHINE, METHOD FOR ITS ACTIVATION

QBO COFFEE GMBH, Wallise...

1. A method for the operation of a drinks preparation machine, for producing a total product amid the use of a portion package, and according to a preparation prescript, comprising the steps of:detecting a portion code of the portion package by way of a portion recognition unit;
determining first preparation parameters of the preparation prescript, which are assigned to the portion code, and determining second preparation parameters of the preparation prescript, wherein at least one of the first and the second preparation parameters includes at least one adaptable preparation parameter, and at least one of the first and the second preparation parameters are not adaptable;
detecting a user input of a user, and adapting the at least one adaptable preparation parameter according to the user input to generate at least one adapted preparation parameter;
preparing the total product according to the preparation prescript including the at least one adapted preparation parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,026,537

FRICTION ACTIVATED GROUND COFFEE DOSING DISPENSER

1. A friction activated ground coffee dispenser comprising:a ground coffee reservoir having a tapered base and an opening positioned on a bottom end defined therein;
a dispensing base coupled about the opening on the bottom end of the ground coffee reservoir, the dispensing base having a receiving opening in direct communication with the opening on the bottom end of the ground coffee reservoir, a dispensing opening, and a dispenser cavity having a central longitudinal axis;
a dispenser rotationally coupled about the central longitudinal axis within the dispenser cavity of the dispensing base, the dispenser having agitating members extending from an outer surface of the dispenser partially or directly exposed within the opening on the bottom end of the ground coffee reservoir, the dispenser further having a dispenser reservoir wherein an opening of the dispenser reservoir is aligned with the receiving opening in a first state to allow ground coffee into the reservoir and the opening of the dispenser reservoir is aligned with the dispensing opening in a second state to allow ground coffee in the reservoir to dispense out of the ground coffee dispenser; and
the dispenser, when rotated, is configured to create frictional forces on ground coffee within the ground coffee reservoir upon a rotation of the dispenser and contact between the external surface of the dispenser and agitating members and the ground coffee adjacent the opening on the bottom end of the ground coffee reservoir defined by a transition between the first state and the second state.

US Pat. No. 11,026,536

SELF-CONTAINED ELECTRONIC BOILING AND STRAINING SYSTEM

Innovo Concepts, LLC, De...

8. A pasta cooking system comprising:a vessel including a bottom and an upstanding side wall forming an interior region of the vessel and an opening opposite the bottom of the vessel, the vessel further including:
a heating element;
a valve located in a resealable opening within the bottom of the vessel, the valve selectively controlling outflow of fluid from the interior region of the vessel, wherein the valve is configured to move along a first plane between an open state and a closed state;
a valve control button extending from a side of the vessel, wherein the valve control is configured to move along a second plane transverse to the first plane:
a sieve having a rounded shape positioned about the valve and resealable opening atop the bottom and within the interior region of the vessel such that fluid flowing from the interior region through the valve flows through the sieve;
a lid selectively sealing the opening opposite the bottom of the vessel;
a base selectively coupled to the vessel and selectively causing the heating element to heat the interior region of the vessel, wherein the base includes an electronic control that adjusts an amount of power provided to the heating element; and
a handle including a trigger that selectively secures and releases the vessel to the base and an additional release control whose operation in cooperation with the trigger is required to selectively release the vessel from the base.

US Pat. No. 11,026,535

OVEN WITH MACHINE LEARNING BASED ALGORITHM SELECTION STRATEGY

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An oven comprising:a cooking chamber configured to receive a food product;
an electromagnetic (EM) heating system configured to provide EM energy into the cooking chamber using solid state electronic components; and
control electronics configured to control the EM heating system,
wherein the control electronics are configured to enable user selection of a cooking program associated with cooking the food product,
wherein the control electronics are configured to select a first algorithm to direct application of the EM energy to the food product,
wherein the control electronics are configured to interrupt the first algorithm to perform a learning process interrupting the cooking process and to receive feedback on execution of the learning process during execution of the cooking program according to the first algorithm,
wherein, responsive to detecting a trigger event during the learning process, the control electronics are configured to select a second algorithm that is different from the first algorithm to direct application of the EM energy to the food product during execution of the cooking program,
wherein the first algorithm defines a first power level and a first combination of frequency and phase for application of the EM energy into the cooking chamber, and the second algorithm defines a second power level and a second combination of frequency and phase for application of the EM energy into the cooking chamber, and
wherein the learning process comprises applying, during a period of the interrupting of the cooking process, a plurality of frequencies and detecting an efficiency measure relative to absorption of the frequencies into the food product, and the feedback comprises a value indicative of absorption of the frequencies associated with the learning process into the food product.

US Pat. No. 11,026,534

HANGING MOUNTING DEVICE

1. A mounting device comprising:a first portion;
a second portion, wherein at least one of the first or second portion generates a magnetic field, such that the first and second portions are attracted to one another to support a hanging located there between; and
a j-shaped hook, wherein a first end of the j-shaped hook is fixedly attached to the first portion, wherein the j-shaped hook is configured to attach the first portion to a support structure including a rod, wherein a second end of the j-shaped hook is configured to hook onto the rod such that the first portion and the second portion are substantially vertically oriented.

US Pat. No. 11,026,533

PACKAGE RECEPTACLE ASSEMBLY INTEGRATED INTO AN EXTERIOR FEATURE OF A HOME

1. A package receptacle assembly, comprising:an exterior porch column extending from a porch of a home to a roof of the home; and
a compartment having a cavity positioned within the exterior porch column, wherein the compartment is configured to receive a package.

US Pat. No. 11,026,532

METHOD FOR OPERATING A TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED DELIVERY BOX

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method of pre-conditioning a temperature controlled delivery appliance, the temperature controlled delivery appliance comprising a storage container and a climate control system, the method comprising:obtaining a first target temperature;
operating the climate control system to maintain the storage container at the first target temperature defining a preconditioning temperature;
receiving a delivery notification;
obtaining a second target temperature;
operating the climate control system to regulate the storage container to the second target temperature defining a storage temperature for a delivered item; and
wherein the first target temperature is about halfway between an ambient temperature and the second target temperature, or wherein the first target temperature is determined as a function of a regulation capacity of the climate control system, the second target temperature, and an estimated delivery delay time.

US Pat. No. 11,026,531

SECURE PACKAGE DELIVERY ASSEMBLY

1. A secure package delivery assembly comprising:a first bracket configured for selectively coupling to one of an upper end and a lower end of an entry door of a structure such that a first plate of the first bracket is positioned in substantial abutment to an exterior face of the entry door;
a box coupled to the first plate of the first bracket;
an aperture positioned in a top of the box wherein the aperture is configured for inserting a package into the box;
a lid hingedly coupled to the top of the box such that the lid is positioned for selectively closing the aperture;
a retention assembly coupled to and positioned in the box proximate to the top wherein the retention assembly is configured for deterring extraction of the package through the aperture;
an opening positioned in a horizontal face of the box such that the opening is positioned for retrieving the package from the box;
a panel hingedly coupled to the horizontal face, the panel being selectively couplable to the box such that the panel is positioned for selectively securely closing the opening;
a bolt hole positioned in the box proximate to a lower corner of the box; and
an eyebolt selectively threadedly insertable into the bolt hole such that the eyebolt is coupled to the box wherein the eyebolt is configured for locking an item to the box.

US Pat. No. 11,026,530

MODULAR COFFEE AND TEA PREPARATION TRAY

THE CLEAN COUNTER COMPANY...

1. A beverage preparation apparatus comprising:a main tray comprising:
a first compartment defined by a first set of a plurality of chamfered walls, wherein the first compartment is configured to provide a first containment area for allowing a user to store a utensil component therein;
a second compartment defined by a second set of a plurality of chamfered walls, wherein the second compartment is configured to provide a second containment area for allowing the user to store a first beverage component therein;
a third compartment defined by a third set of a plurality of chamfered walls, wherein the third compartment is configured to provide a third containment area for allowing the user to store a second beverage component therein;
a first sidewall defined by a first curved element;
a second sidewall defined by a second curved element;
a handle element;
a first side tray for receiving a first beverage container, wherein the first side tray is configured to removably connect to the first sidewall of the main tray; and
a second side tray for receiving a second beverage container, wherein the second side tray is configured to removably connect to the second sidewall of the main tray.

US Pat. No. 11,026,529

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR A MOVABLE ASSEMBLY

Turquoise Harbor, LLC, C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first member;
a second member that is removably attachable to the first member;
a first magnetic member attached to the first member;
a second magnetic member attached to the second member; and
at least one attachment portion disposed on the second member;
wherein when the first member is removably attached to the second member, a surface of the first member bears against a first surface of the second member;
wherein the at least one attachment portion is disposed on a second surface of the second member;
wherein the first surface and the second surface are disposed on opposite sides of the second member;
wherein a center portion of the surface of the first member, at which the first magnetic member is disposed, slides across the first surface of the second member and aligns with a center portion of the first surface of the second member, at which the second magnetic member is disposed, based on a magnetic attraction between the first and second magnetic members when the first member is removably attached to the second member; and
wherein the second member includes rubberized material forming a cavity that completely surrounds the second magnetic member, the rubberized material forming a flexible portion that extends beyond a perimeter of the second magnetic member.

US Pat. No. 11,026,528

3D DISPOSABLE SERVING UTENSILS CREATED BY FOLDING AND BENDING 2D BENDABLE MATERIALS AND BOXES INCORPORATING DISPOSABLE SERVING UTENSILS

Brett I Goldberg, Burlin...

1. A disposable serving utensil apparatus comprised of bendable material that can be incised, scored and folded and that can be created out of boxes, containers or a blank of bendable material, said apparatus comprising:a short end (54);
a center handle through cut (22) that extends from the short end to a right handle through cut (25);
one longer end (56) that is approximately parallel to the one short end;
one center perforated crease fold (21) that extends from the longer end to said right handle through cut (25);
a right side and a left side that
extend from the one short end to the one longer end;
are approximately mirror images of each other along both the center handle through cut (22) and the center perforated crease fold (21);
a right folding handle flap (23), that extends from the short end to a right handle through cut;
a left folding handle flap (24), that extends from the short end to a left handle through cut;
said right folding handle flap (23) and said left folding handle flap (24) being oriented in a face-to-face relationship;
said right handle through cut (25) that extends orthogonally from the junction of the center perforated crease fold (21) and the center handle through cut to approximately half the distance to the right side;
said left handle through cut (26) that extends orthogonally from the left side approximately half the distance to the junction of the center perforated crease fold and the center handle through cut;
a right handle angling cut (27) that
has one end that is proximally closer to both the center perforated crease fold and to the short end;
has one end that is proximally closer to both the right side and to the longer end;
that is capable of receiving the portion of the short end that is part of the right folding handle flap (23);
a left handle angling cut (28) that
has one end that is proximally closer to both the center perforated crease fold and to the short end;
has one end that is proximally closer to both the left side and to the longer end;
is capable of receiving the portion of the short end that is part of the left folding handle flap (24);
a right perforated crease fold (29) that extends
from the right handle angling cut to approximately the junction of the right side with the longer end; and
a left perforated crease fold (30) that extends from the left handle angling cut to
approximately the junction of the left side with the longer end.

US Pat. No. 11,026,527

COLLAPSIBLE CUP

1. A collapsible container of a flexible material comprising:a flexible body including (1) a plurality of tiers including a top tier, a middle tier and a bottom tier, the bottom tier having a closed bottom and (2) a plurality of living hinges including a first living hinge between the top tier and the middle tier and a second living hinge between the middle tier and the bottom tier; and
a rigid plate at least partially embedded in the closed bottom that makes an otherwise flexible closed bottom rigid.

US Pat. No. 11,026,526

ADJUSTABLE BOWL RECEPTACLE

1. An adjustable bowl receptacle comprising:a planar base;
a plurality of annular segments forming an adjustable sidewall extending upwardly from the planar base;
a top segment in operable connection with the plurality of annular segments defining an open upper end and an interface;
the interface comprising a plurality of flanges disposed around a perimeter of the top segment configured to receive a bowl therein;
wherein each annular segment of the plurality of annular segments and the top segment comprises a locking mechanism;
wherein the locking mechanism is a ball detent.

US Pat. No. 11,026,525

ADJUSTABLE VERTICAL CAN STORAGE AND DISPENSER RACK

1. An apparatus configured to hold and dispense generally cylindrical items comprising:A) a storage region comprising:
I) a plurality of back members,
II) a first substantially solid side member generally perpendicular to said plurality of back members,
III) a second substantially solid side member generally parallel to the first substantially solid side member configured to be attachable multiple distances from the first substantially solid side member, and
IV) a plurality of front members configured to be attached to at least one of said first substantially solid side member and said second substantially solid side member; and
V) said plurality of front members configured to be attached to at least one of said first substantially solid side member and said second substantially solid side member are further configured to be attached a plurality of distances from said plurality of back members of said storage region
B) a dispensing region at least partially below said storage region comprising:
I) a substantially solid back member,
II) a substantially solid bottom member,
III) a substantially solid front stop member configured to prevent generally cylindrical items in the dispensing region from moving further than a defined distance from said substantially solid back member of said dispensing region,
IV) said substantially solid back member of said dispensing region is angled wherein an edge of said substantially solid back of said dispensing region adjacent said substantially solid bottom of said dispensing region is not in a plane defined by said substantially solid back member of said storage region; and
C) a bottom of said storage region and a top of said dispensing region are configured to permit items to pass down out of said storage region into said dispensing region.

US Pat. No. 11,026,524

ACCESSORY SHELF RAIL SYSTEM

PLASTICS PLUS, INC., Cum...

1. A shelf system comprising:a retail shelf, the retail shelf comprising a generally planar top surface having a rear facing portion and a front facing portion, the generally planar top surface comprising a series of spaced apertures; andan accessory shelf rail system removably secured to the front facing portion of the retail shelf with at least one step-shaped securing bracket, the accessory shelf rail system comprising a generally planar top portion having a top side and an opposed lower side, a lip extending below the lower side of the top portion and defining, together with the lower side of the top portion, a lip channel that is between the lip and the lower side of the top portion and is parallel to the top portion;the at least one step-shaped securing bracket comprising a planar upper channel member that is constructed and arranged to fit into and slidably engage in the lip channel in a plane parallel to the top portion, the step-shaped securing bracket configured to removably attach to the retail shelf with a plurality of separate spaced prongs that are constructed and arranged to fit into separate spaced apertures of the generally planar top surface of the retail shelf, to place the upper channel member above the top side of the top surface of the retail shelf.

US Pat. No. 11,026,523

TEMPERATURE MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM

Unified Brands, Inc., Ja...

1. A temperature monitoring system comprising:a first sensor for sensing a first temperature value associated with a first monitored item;
a database for storing information associated with a first temperature range;
a processor in data communication with said database and said first sensor, said processor being configured to compare said first temperature value with said first temperature range,
wherein the system is configured to perform a first function if the first temperature value is outside of the first temperature range, and
wherein the first function comprises initiating at least one of a stirring process, a heating process, a cooling process, a notification process, or an inhibiting process; and
a first bin, wherein the inhibiting process comprises moving said first bin from a first configuration to a second configuration, thereby moving the first item from an accessible configuration to an inaccessible configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,026,522

PLAYYARD

Regalo International, LLC...

1. A playyard comprising:a) a frame, the frame being endless, the frame having upper junctions, intermediate junctions, and lower junctions, the frame being a scissoring frame;
b) a flexible pen, the flexible pen engaged to the frame, the flexible pen disposed inwardly of the frame, the flexible pen including a sidewall, a floor and an open top;
c) the sidewall of the flexible pen having a set of extensions, each of said extensions being paired with and engaged to one of the upper junctions;
d) the frame and flexible pen being foldable up from an open configuration into a closed configuration for storage with the flexible pen disposed inwardly of the frame;
e) the frame and flexible pen being foldable out from said closed configuration to said open configuration with the flexible pen disposed inwardly of the frame; and
f) a set of flexible straps, each of the flexible straps having a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, and an intermediate sliding portion disposed between the proximal end portion and distal end portion, the proximal end portion being engaged to the flexible pen, the distal end portion being engaged to the floor, each of the intermediate sliding portions of the flexible straps slidingly engaging the frame adjacent to a respective lower junction when the frame and flexible pen are being folded up from said open configuration to the closed configuration, each of the intermediate sliding portions of the flexible straps slidingly engaging the frame adjacent to a respective lower junction when the frame and flexible pen are being folded out from the closed configuration to the open configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,026,521

CHILD CARRIER

THE ERGO BABY CARRIER INC...

1. A child carrier comprising:a main body including a torso support portion and a hammock portion coupled to the torso support portion;
a thigh support strap extending to a side of the main body, the thigh support strap having an inward end portion proximate to the main body and an outward end portion adapted to be coupled to the torso support portion in multiple locations, the hammock portion and the thigh support strap adapted to form a seat to support a child in an ergonomic spread-squat position when the thigh support strap is coupled to the torso support portion; and
one or more shoulder straps, each shoulder strap having a first end adapted to be coupled to the main body and a second end adapted to be coupled to the main body.

US Pat. No. 11,026,520

CHILD CARRIER

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A child carrier comprising:a carrying harness; and
a child supporting part connected with the carrying harness, the child supporting part including a torso support portion and a neck support portion connected with each other, and a head cover deployable outward for use and stowable inside a storage pocket provided in the torso support portion;
wherein the neck support portion is foldable over the torsion support portion for adjusting the neck support portion between a plurality of vertical positions relative to the torso support portion, the storage pocket being covered by the neck support portion when the neck support portion is folded to a first vertical position over the torsion support portion and exposed for access to the storage pocket when the neck support portion is folded to a second vertical position over the torso support portion that is higher than the first vertical position.

US Pat. No. 11,026,519

CHILD CARRIER

Wonderland Switzerland AG...

1. A child carrier comprising:a carrying harness including a waist strap and two shoulder straps; and
a child supporting part connected with the carrying harness, the child supporting part including a torso support portion and a neck support portion detachably connected with each other via a fastener, wherein the fastener is engaged to connect the neck support portion with the torso support portion and disengaged to remove the neck support portion from the torso support portion;
wherein each of the two shoulder straps has a fixed end fixedly connected with the waist strap, and a distal end operable to detachably fasten to the waist strap or the torso support portion, the torso support portion further being operable to detachably fasten to each of the two shoulder straps at an intermediate position between the fixed end and the distal end thereof.

US Pat. No. 11,026,518

MATTRESS CARRIER

1. A selectively removable mattress cover, comprising:a covering material having an opening;
a closure device for selectively closing the opening in the covering material;
a strap securably extendable over ends of the mattress cover when the cover and a mattress received within the cover are in a folded position; and
at least one handle attached to the covering material for carrying a mattress received within the cover, wherein the at least one handle defines a loop that extends within a boundary defined by a top or bottom side of the cover, in the folded position, to which the at least one handle is attached, and wherein the strap extends along a longitudinal axis of the mattress cover and
the at least one handle extends along an axis normal to the longitudinal axis of the strap and wherein the strap extends between the mattress cover and the loop of the at least one handle.

US Pat. No. 11,026,517

MATTRESS ASSEMBLY WITH A MATTRESS TOPPER THAT INCLUDES POCKETED COIL SPRINGS AND METHODS OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Sealy Technology, LLC, T...

1. A mattress assembly, comprising:a mattress core having a bottom surface and a top surface opposite the bottom surface; and
a mattress topper positioned adjacent and connected to the top surface of the mattress core, the mattress topper including:
a plurality of coil springs,
an upper fabric layer extending above the plurality of coil springs,
a lower fabric layer extending below the plurality of coil springs and connected to the upper fabric layer around each coil spring by a plurality of overlapping welds such that the upper fabric layer and the lower fabric layer collectively form a fabric pocket encasing each coil spring,
a padded layer positioned atop and connected to the upper fabric layer, wherein the padded layer is comprised of a visco-elastic foam, a fibrous material, or both a visco-elastic foam and a fibrous material,
a textile layer on a top surface of said padded layer,
a backing layer disposed along a bottom surface of said lower fabric layer,
wherein said upper fabric layer is connected to the lower fabric layer by said plurality of overlapping welds, said backing layer is connected to said lower fabric layer by said plurality of overlapping welds, said padded layer is connected to said upper fabric layer by the plurality of overlapping welds, and the textile layer is connected to the padded layer by said plurality of overlapping welds.

US Pat. No. 11,026,516

ADJUSTABLE BED APPARATUS AND METHODS INCORPORATING A RAIL SYSTEM

ASCION, LLC, Bloomfield ...

1. An adjustable bed comprising:(a) a stationary bed frame comprising (i) a stationary subframe comprising a lateral subframe member extending between sides of the adjustable bed, and (ii) a longitudinal support member mounted to the subframe for supporting a mattress support surface;
(b) a mattress support surface supported by the stationary bed frame and comprising (i) a first deck support section, and (ii) a second deck support section pivotally attached to the first deck support section;
(c) a first mounting element having (i) a first end mounted to the longitudinal support member and (ii) a second end extending outwardly from the stationary bed frame and positioned at a location at or below the subframe, wherein the first end of the first mounting element extends downwardly from the longitudinal support member and the second end of the first mounting element extends outwardly from the stationary bed frame;
(d) a first longitudinal rail mounted to the second end of the first mounting element, the first longitudinal rail extending along an external longitudinal side of the subframe;
(e) a second mounting element having (i) a first end mounted to the lateral subframe member and (ii) a second end extending outwardly from the lateral subframe member; and
(f) a second lateral rail mounted to the second end of the second mounting element, the second lateral rail extending along an external lateral side of the subframe;
wherein the subframe does not include a longitudinal subframe member extending between head and foot ends of the adjustable bed.

US Pat. No. 11,026,515

BEAM SEATING SYSTEM

Series International, LLC...

1. A method of providing a beam mounting system for auditoriums comprising:providing a beam which is elongated along a length between two ends;
securing the beam to a first support such that a rear face of the beam faces the first support and the beam protrudes outwards with respect to the first support wherein a distance between the rear face and the first support is less than 50% a maximum amount which the beam protrudes with respect to the rear face;
mounting a plurality of support items to the beam from a side other than the two ends of the beam such that a connector of each support item hangs from beam to allow the support item to slide along the length but be retained in a direction transverse the length such that the connector is slidable without interference other than from other support items and corresponding connectors also hung from the beam;
tightening the connector of each support item such that the connector clamps the beam such that the support item is no longer slidable along the length.

US Pat. No. 11,026,514

ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR A CHAIR WITH ROCKING MECHANISM

BRADO S.P.A., Frazione B...

1. An adjustment device for a chair, said adjustment device comprising:a rocking mechanism composed of a first plate, which is fixed to a central gas-operated post for the height adjustment of a seat;
a second plate that is articulated to said first plate, about a first axis that is transverse to said first plate and so that said second plate can rock, said second plate being fixed to a seat or being integral with a seat;
means that interact with said second plate and that are adapted to contrast the rocking of a backrest;
a first cable that is slideably associated with said first plate;
a lever that is adapted to be activated by said first cable and that is articulated internally to said first plate at a second axis, wherein the second axis is different from said first axis, and that is adapted to activate the height adjustment of said seat;
a second cable being further slideably associated with said first plate; and
a mechanism that is adapted to be activated by said second cable and that allows or prevents the rocking of said second plate.

US Pat. No. 11,026,513

CUSHION

MelloBe LLC, San Antonio...

1. A portable seating cushion comprising:a foam element having a gradually inclined first surface and a substantially planar second surface, the first and second surfaces defining therebetween a volume of gradually changing thickness, wherein a back portion of the foam element is thicker than a front portion of the foam element and the first surface gradually inclines from the front portion to the back portion;
a dispersion bag enclosing dispersion elements within an interior cavity of the dispersion bag, the dispersion elements providing greater resistance to compressive forces than the foam element;
an exterior enclosure enclosing the dispersion bag and the foam element within the interior cavity of the exterior enclosure, the exterior enclosure having a sitting surface and a bottom surface, wherein the dispersion bag is placed above the foam element when the sitting surface of the exterior enclosure is above the bottom surface, and wherein the combination of the foam element and the dispersion bag impart a gradually inclined sitting surface; and
wherein a back portion of the dispersion bag is positioned over the foam element, and a front portion of the dispersion bag is adjacent to the bottom surface of the exterior enclosure so that the dispersion bag partially conforms to the foam element.

US Pat. No. 11,026,512

METHOD FOR SELLING MOTION-ACTUATED SEATS IN MOVIE THEATERS

D-BOX TECHNOLOGIES INC.

14. A method for operating seats in a first screening room of a movie theater, the seats being actuatable to provide movement in synchronization with video images of a sporting event being projected in the first screening room, comprising the steps of:operating a control interface centrally controlling a plurality of the actuated seats individually;
centrally receiving access data confirming that access is sold for a portion of said seats;
selectively actuating said portion of the seats from said access data with centrally-sent motion signals while said sporting event is projected in the first screening room, the centrally-sent motion signals causing only said actuated portion of said seats to be individually actuated by electrically-operated linear actuators connected directly to the actuated seats to provide movement in synchronization with the video images of the sporting event;
selectively non-actuating a remainder of said seats with said centrally-sent motion signals while said motion picture is projected based on said centrally received access data; and
centrally receiving management signals from any individual one of the actuated seats on the control interface to confirm actuation of said portion of said seats, the management signals including fault information data issued by the individual one of the actuated seat.

US Pat. No. 11,026,511

FURNITURE LEG CAP ASSEMBLY

1. A furniture leg cap assembly being configured to be attached to the bottom of a furniture leg for inhibiting deterioration of the furniture leg, said assembly comprising:a plate having a plurality of fold lines being integrated therein to define a plurality of wings each extending away from a central portion of said plate, said central portion being positionable against a bottom end of a furniture leg, each of said wings being folded along said fold lines such that each of said wings extends upwardly along respective sides of the furniture leg, said plate being comprised of a resilient material wherein said plate is configured to inhibit deterioration of the furniture leg resulting from sliding on a surface, each of said wings having fasteners extended therethrough for attaching said plate to the furniture leg, said plurality of wings including a first wing, a second wing and a rear wing, each of said first wing and said second wing extending laterally away from said central portion in opposite directions from each other, said first wing having a pair of first apertures extending therethrough, said first apertures being spaced apart from each other and being distributed between said central portion and an end of said first wing, said second wing having a slot extending therethrough, said slot being elongated to extend substantially between said central portion and an end of said second wing distal to the central portion.

US Pat. No. 11,026,510

SHELVING ASSEMBLY HAVING AN ADJUSTABLE BRIDGE SHELF

Seville Classics Inc., T...

1. A closet organizer assembly, comprising:a first tower unit and a second tower unit, each tower unit having a plurality of shelves separated by vertical posts, each tower unit having a plurality of top vertical posts, and wherein the plurality of shelves in each tower unit includes a connecting shelf removably connected to the plurality of top vertical posts, each connecting shelf having at least one border wall having a plurality of border wall openings;
a bridge shelf having a left end, a right end, and a central shelf section and having a front border frame and a rear border frame, each border frame defining a plurality of border frame openings; and
a first connector assembly that removably connects the left end of the bridge shelf to the connecting shelf of the first tower unit, and a second connector assembly that removably connects the right end of the bridge shelf to the connecting shelf of the second tower unit, with each connector assembly having at least one rod that extends through an aligned pair of one border wall opening and one border frame opening.

US Pat. No. 11,026,509

SHELVING SYSTEM

Peak Innovations Inc., R...

1. A shelving system comprising:four corner columns comprising a plurality of slots arranged substantially vertically;
a plurality of substantially horizontal support beams, each of the support beams extending between two of the four corner columns, wherein each support beam is paired with a corresponding second support beam to form pairs of support beams and wherein each support beam comprises:
an outer face;
an upper horizontal face extending from the outer face;
an inward face extending from the upper horizontal face;
a shelf support ledge extending from the inward face, the shelf support ledge comprising one or more slot openings; and
a lower horizontal face extending from the outer face, the lower horizontal face comprising one or more beam openings;
a plurality of beam braces, each of the beam braces extending between the support beams of one of the pairs of support beams and comprising:
a first end portion comprising:
a substantially planar first face; and
tabs extending from opposing ends of the first face, the tabs sized to fit into the slot openings;
a second end portion comprising a substantially planar second face with brace openings proximate to opposing ends of the second face, the brace openings aligning with the beam openings; and
a middle portion between the first end portion and the second end portion comprising first and second edges, wherein the first end portion and the second end portion extend away from the first and second edges, respectively, in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 11,026,508

CUSTOMIZABLE DESK ORGANIZER

Equiper, LLC, Bradenton,...

1. A modular desktop organizer comprising:a base having a top surface;
a first set of magnets disposed within the base, each magnet of the first set of magnets residing within a. first plane, wherein two magnets within the first set of magnets are separated from one another by a first predefined distance and positioned proximal to the top surface of the base;
a first receptacle having a first bottom surface having a first geometric shape configured to mate with the top surface of the base, the first receptacle comprising:
a first portion residing parallel to the first plane when the first receptacle is positioned adjacent to the base,
a second portion extending away from a portion of the first portion toward a terminal end of the second portion, wherein a first angle is formed between the first portion and the second portion,
a third portion extending away from the first portion and the second portion toward a terminal end of the third portion, wherein a second angle is formed between the first portion and the third portion, wherein the first angle is less than the second angle, and
a retention mechanism disposed at the terminal end of the third portion, the retention mechanism configured to prevent an object disposed on a ledge formed at least partially by the third portion, the second portion, and the retention mechanism from unintentionally being disposed away from the first receptacle;
a plurality of sockets disposed within the first receptacle, wherein two sockets of the plurality of sockets are separated from one another by a second predefined distance, the second predefined distance being substantially equal to the first predefined distance; and
a second set of magnets disposed within the first receptacle and positioned within a second plane, wherein each magnet of the second set of magnets resides within one of the plurality of sockets, such that when the first bottom surface of the first receptacle is placed onto the top surface of the base, at least two magnets of the first set of magnets of the base are magnetically coupled to at least two magnets of the second set of magnets of the first receptacle, thereby securing the first receptacle to the base, whereby the second plane is parallel to the first plane when the first receptacle is magnetically secured to the base.

US Pat. No. 11,026,507

CABINET

ROBERN, INC.

1. A cabinet comprising:a housing comprising a cavity having a front opening;
a door coupled to the housing and alterable between: (1) an open state whereby the front opening of the cavity is exposed to provide access to the cavity; and (2) a closed state whereby the door closes the front opening of the cavity;
a storage device coupled to the housing, the storage device comprising a first storage member that is fixed relative to the housing, a second storage member that is movable relative to the first storage member, and a hinge coupled to the first and second storage members for moving the second storage member relative to the first storage member and the housing between: (1) a first position whereby the first and second storage members of the storage device are located within the cavity of the housing; and (2) a second position whereby the first storage member is located within the cavity of the housing and the second storage member is located outside of the cavity of the housing; and
wherein the door is able to be altered into the closed state when the second storage member is in either of the first or second positions.

US Pat. No. 11,026,506

MODULAR COLLABORATIVE DESK SYSTEM

Academia Furniture Indust...

1. A collaborative desk configured to be usable alone and in a plurality of combinations with other collaborative desks, said collaborative desk comprising:a top surface bound by six edges, each edge of the six edges defining a reference line, said reference line being an imaginary line drawn along said edge, the six edges comprising:
edge A defining a first reference line;
edge B defining a second reference line that is within 5 degrees of perpendicular to the first reference line;
edge C defining a third reference line that is within 5 degrees of perpendicular to the first reference line;
edge D defining a fourth reference line that forms an obtuse interior angle with the second reference line;
edge E defining a fifth reference line that forms a reflex interior angle with the third reference line; and
edge F defining a sixth reference line that forms an obtuse interior angle with the fifth reference line and an interior angle within 10 degrees of perpendicular with the fourth reference line;wherein:the collaborative desk is configured to be used by a user facing edge C, and edges A, B, and C encompass a primary portion of the top surface, and edges D, E, and F encompass an extension flange portion of the top surface, said extension flange providing additional workspace adjacent to the primary portion; and
one of the combinations with other collaborative desks comprises a formation of four collaborative desks, wherein:
edge A of each of the four collaborative desks is positioned proximal to and at least partially flush with edge B of an adjacent one of the four collaborative desks;
the first reference line of each of the four collaborative desks is substantially collinear with the second reference line of an adjacent one of the four collaborative desks to form a conjoined reference line; and
the formation forms four conjoined reference lines, two pairs of which are collinear with each other and the two pairs of collinear conjoined reference lines are substantially perpendicular with each other.

US Pat. No. 11,026,505

FOLDING TABLE

NEW-TEC INTEGRATION (XIAM...

1. A table comprising:a bottom plate having a bottom plate channel and an outer wall;
a bottom plate lip joined to the outer wall;
a top plate having a top plate lip overlying and parallel to the bottom plate lip, the top plate lip joined to the top plate via a joggle having an angle section extending downward at an acute angle from the top plate to the top plate lip;
a frame having a lower end in the bottom plate channel and an upper end in contact with the top plate;
a ductile edge piece having a first arm joined to a second arm via a radius, the ductile edge piece clamping the top plate lip and the bottom plate lip together, the ductile edge piece extending substantially entirely around a perimeter of the top plate; and
the bottom plate having a pattern of projections, a top surface of substantially each projection in contact with a lower surface of the top plate.

US Pat. No. 11,026,504

BLOW-MOLDED RIB STRUCTURE

Dongguan Shichang Metals ...

1. A blow-molded tabletop comprising:a bottom surface; and
a blow-molded stiffening rib structure formed integrally with and extending outward from the bottom surface, the stiffening rib structure comprising:
a first end portion;
a second end portion disposed opposite the first end portion;
a first tall portion disposed adjacent the first end portion, the first tall portion having a first tall portion height and a first tall portion width;
a first sloped portion disposed between the first end portion and the first tall portion, the first sloped portion having a height that gradually slopes from adjacent the bottom surface to the first tall portion height;
a second tall portion disposed adjacent the second end portion, the second tall portion having a second tall portion height and a second tall portion width;
a second sloped portion disposed between the second tall portion and the second end portion, the second sloped portion having a height that gradually slopes from adjacent the bottom surface to the second tall portion height;
a third tall portion disposed between the first tall portion and the second tall portion, the third tall portion having a third tall portion height and a third tall portion width;
a first short portion disposed between the first tall portion and the third tall portion, the first short portion having a first short portion height and a first short portion width, wherein the first short portion height is less than the first and third tall portion heights, and the first short portion width is greater than the first and third tall portion widths;
a third sloped portion disposed between the first tall portion and the first short portion, the third sloped portion having a height that gradually slopes from the first tall portion height to the first short portion height;
a fourth sloped portion disposed between the third tall portion and the first short portion, the fourth sloped portion having a height that gradually slopes from the third tall portion height to the first short portion height;
a second short portion disposed between the second tall portion and the third tall portion, the second short portion having a second short portion height and a second short portion width, wherein the second short portion height is less than the second and third tall portion heights, and the second short portion width is greater than the second first and third tall portion widths;
a fifth sloped portion disposed between the second tall portion and the second short portion, the fifth sloped portion having a height that gradually slopes from the second tall portion height to the second short portion height; and
a sixth sloped portion disposed between the third tall portion and the second short portion, the sixth sloped portion having a height that gradually slopes from the third tall portion height to the second short portion height.

US Pat. No. 11,026,503

COLLAPSIBLE TABLE AND DESK ASSEMBLY FOR CONVERTING A STANDARD DESK INTO A STAND-UP DESK

1. A collapsible table assembly comprising:a top panel;
a first side panel selectively engaged with a bottom facing surface of the top panel;
a second side panel selectively engaged with the bottom facing surface 16 of the top panel;
a front panel pivotably connected with the top panel, the first side panel, and the second side panel;
a latch carried by the front panel and configured for engaging with a corresponding latch carried on the top panel when the top panel is pivotably rotated towards the front panel in a stowing position,
wherein the first side panel and second side panel are pivotable towards the front panel,
wherein, in operation, the assembly is moved from an assembled position to the stowed position when the first side panel and second side panel are pivoted towards the front panel, the top panel is pivoted until the corresponding latch on the top panel and front panel are engaged, thereby securing the first side panel and the second side panel between the top panel and the front panel,
wherein each of the first side panel and the second side panel defines a cutout at a bottom edge thereof, the bottom edge positioned opposite to a top edge that selectively engages with the bottom facing surface of the top panel, the cutout providing clearance for the latch carried on the front panel,
wherein the front panel defines a recess at a portion about where the front panel engages the top panel when in the assembled position, the recess providing a surface for gripping of the assembled table assembly,
wherein the top panel defines a respective recess that is continuous with the recess of the front panel when in the assembled position.

US Pat. No. 11,026,502

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE LEASH AND ASSOCIATED USE THEREOF

1. A combined portable electronic leash and mobile phone case for preventing damage to an existing mobile phone if accidentally dropped, said combined portable electronic leash and mobile phone case comprising:a mobile phone case configured to be attached to an existing mobile phone;
a leash detachably connected to said mobile phone case, said leash comprises a housing including
a centrally registered rotational axis,
a spool having a plurality of spokes fixedly attached thereto,
a primary spring member anchored to said spokes and wound along a circumferential inner surface of said spool,
a central bracket and a secondary spring located therein,
a flexible cable having a proximal end anchored to said central bracket and wrapped about a circumferential outer surface of said spool,
a fastener attached to a distal end of said flexible cable and detachably connected to said mobile phone case, and
a mechanism for transmitting an alert signal when said flexible cable is extracted beyond a maximum threshold distance outwardly away from said housing;
wherein said alert signal transmitting mechanism is coupled to said housing and said flexible cable wherein said alert signal transmitting mechanism comprises: a controller; a transducer communicatively coupled to said controller; a stationary sensor statically affixed to an interior surface of said housing; and a plurality of dynamic sensors statically affixed to a longitudinal length of said flexible cable; wherein said stationary sensor generates and transmits an initiate alert signal to said controller when said flexible cable is extracted beyond said maximum threshold distance; wherein said stationary sensor generates and transmits a terminate alert signal to said controller when said flexible cable is retracted within said maximum threshold distance; wherein said controller, upon receipt of said initiate alert signal and said terminate alert signal, respectively instructs said transducer to initiate and terminate emission of an alarm signal.

US Pat. No. 11,026,501

BACKPACK WITH RAPID-DEPLOY FRONT BALLISTIC CARRIER

ACE LINK INDUSTRIAL, INC....

1. A backpack comprising:a first compartment;
a second compartment having a front wall at a front side, a back wall at a back side, and an open top;
right and left shoulder harnesses; and
a deployable ballistic carrier having a) a body, b) a handle, and c) right and left shoulder straps attached to one of the walls of the second compartment inside the second compartment;
wherein the deployable ballistic carrier is configured to be removably secured in the second compartment by a retention system such that the handle is exposed through the open top;
wherein the retention system comprises:
a ripcord having a proximal end and a distal end, and a pull tab at the proximal end;
a channel along a length of one of the right and left shoulder harnesses having an entry point at a lower portion and an exit point at an upper portion, configured to allow the distal end of the cord to enter at the entry point, pass therethrough, and exit at the exit point, and to allow an additional length of the cord to then pass therethrough until the pull tab abuts up against the entry point and remains outside of the channel;
an opening in the front wall of the second compartment adjacent the exit point of the channel and configured to allow the distal end of the cord to pass therethrough after passing through the exit point of the channel;
a plurality of sealing eyelets positioned adjacent the open top of the second compartment configured to receive the distal end of the cord in alternating series after passing through the opening in the front wall of the second compartment, comprising a first sealing eyelet positioned at the front side of the second compartment, and a second sealing eyelet positioned at the back side of the second compartment; and
an anchor eyelet positioned in the second compartment at a side of the backpack opposite the channel, and configured to receive and removably anchor the distal end of the cord after passing through the sealing eyelets in alternating series; and
wherein the retention system is configured such that when the distal end of the cord is threaded along a path from the entry point of the channel, through the channel, through the exit point of the channel, through the opening in the front wall, through the plurality of sealing eyelets in alternating series, and into the anchor eyelet, the cord removably secures the deployable ballistic carrier in the second compartment by partially obstructing the open top, the pull tab rests adjacent the entry point of the channel on the corresponding shoulder harness, and the pull tab is configured such that pulling the pull tab causes the distal end of the cord to disengage from the anchor eyelet and traverse back through the sealing eyelets such that the open top becomes unobstructed.

US Pat. No. 11,026,500

REFLECTIVE INSULATION SYSTEM FOR HAMMOCKS

1. A reversible hammock and insulation system comprising:a hammock bed having a top surface and a bottom surface, the top and bottom surfaces forming a perimeter of the hammock bed;
a second sheet member having an upper surface and a lower surface, the second sheet member being permanently secured to the hammock bed along the entire perimeter of the hammock bed to create a dead air space;
the perimeter being secured in a manner to substantially minimize the infiltration of the surrounding atmosphere into the dead air space and to substantially minimize the exfiltration of air from the dead air space to the surrounding atmosphere;
the bottom surface of the hammock bed and the upper surface of the second sheet member each comprising a low-emissivity, thermally reflective surface;
the hammock bed and second sheet member collectively being selectively operable between a first configuration and a second configuration;
the first configuration being defined as the second sheet member extending downwards from the hammock bed such that the bottom surface of the hammock bed and the upper surface of the second sheet member surround the dead air space when a user is lying on the top surface of the hammock bed, and wherein transmission through the dead air space of a quantity of radiant heat energy given off by the user is delayed due to the low-emissivity, thermally reflective surfaces surrounding the dead air space; and
the second configuration being defined as the second sheet member resting atop the hammock bed when the user is lying on the lower surface of the second sheet member.

US Pat. No. 11,026,499

CONFIGURABLE MULTIPURPOSE HAMMOCK

Multimok, LLC, Spanish F...

1. A multipurpose hammock, comprising:a base of interconnected webbing forming a support structure, wherein the support structure defines open space between the interconnected webbing of the base, wherein at least corners of the base are formed through one of a plurality of rings for connecting the support structure to two or more fixed objects for securing the multipurpose hammock in place, wherein an outer edge of the base includes a plurality of bops within the webbing, and wherein the plurality of loops are spaced around the outer edge of the base at each of a plurality of ends of the interconnected webbing of the base; and
a hammock body removably attached to the base, wherein the hammock body includes one or more connectors proximate a longitudinal edge of the hammock body and one or more liners, and wherein the one or more connectors secure at least the longitudinal edges of the hammock body to the base.

US Pat. No. 11,026,498

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CODING CAPS FOR DIFFERENT BOTTLE SIZES

ULTRAFAB, INC., Farmingt...

1. A system for coding caps for different bottle sizes comprising:a plurality of caps having visual coding for use with different sizes of bottles at least in accordance with a height of the bottles, and each of said plurality of caps comprises a tube mounted to, or through, the cap to extend a selected length which enables one end of the tube to reach or extend along an interior surface of a closed bottom end of any of the bottles of said height to which the cap is coded for use therewith when engaging the cap, wherein said tube of at least one of said plurality of caps is flexible, and said selected length of the tube is determined in accordance with the height of any of the bottles to which the cap is coded for use therewith, said one end of the tube of said at least one of said plurality of caps bends to extend along a portion of the interior surface of the closed bottom end of any of the bottles of said height to which the cap is coded for use therewith when engaging the cap, and said one end of said tube of said at least one of said plurality of caps terminates in a non-square tip that avoids closure of said end of the tube by abutment with any of the bottles of said height to which the cap is coded for use therewith when engaging the cap.

US Pat. No. 11,026,497

COMPACT MIRROR

simplehuman, LLC, Torran...

1. A mirror system comprising:a protective portion;
a mirror assembly configured to be at least partially received by or in contact with the protective portion in a first stage and completely separable from the protective portion in a second stage, the mirror assembly comprising:
a housing portion;
a mirror coupled with the housing portion;
a light source;
a light conveying channel; and
an actuator configured to activate or deactivate the light source when in the second stage there is relative movement between at least a portion of the mirror assembly and at least a portion of the protective portion.

US Pat. No. 11,026,496

MASCARA COMB

AMG CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A mascara comb for applying mascara liquid to user's eyelashes and combing the eyelashes, comprisinga comb portion having an upper surface formed as a convex-shaped curved surface having a first curvature radius, a first curvature edge and a second curvature edge, and a lower surface having a second curvature radius smaller than the first curvature radius of the upper surface, a third curvature edge and a fourth curvature edge, the first curvature edge contacting the third curvature edge and the second curvature edge contacting the fourth curvature edge; wherein
on the upper surface a plurality of protrusion elements are disposed so as to form multiple rhombus structures;
when a deviation distance from the upper surface is given as a height, a cross-section of each of the protrusion elements in a direction orthogonal to the height direction forms a circle;
each of the rhombus structures is configured so as to form a rhombus with a diagonal line in an axial direction of the comb portion longer than a diagonal line in an orthogonal direction orthogonal thereto, and a linear gap extending in the orthogonal direction, for applying the mascara liquid to the eyelashes while combing the eyelashes;
further, the rhombus structures are a velocity adjustment portion functioning as a velocity adjustment mechanism for making the velocity with which mascara liquid flows in the axial direction slower than the velocity with which the mascara liquid flows in the orthogonal direction; and
in the upper surface, the inside of the rhombus structures is a holding portion having a function of holding the mascara liquid;
a plurality of the protrusion elements include a primary protrusion element and a secondary protrusion element having a cross-sectional diameter larger than the cross-sectional diameter of the primary protrusion element;
the primary protrusion element and the secondary protrusion element are disposed on the upper surface such that a region in which a plurality of the primary protrusion elements are disposed is sandwiched by a secondary protrusion element row configured by disposing the secondary protrusion elements; and
a region sandwiched by the secondary protrusion element row is a velocity decreasing portion having a function of reducing the velocity with which the mascara flows in the axial direction; and
the diameter reduction rate of the cross-sectional diameter of the secondary protrusion elements is defined as smaller than the diameter reduction rate of the cross-sectional diameter of the primary protrusion elements.

US Pat. No. 11,026,495

COSMETICS RETRIEVAL DEVICE AND APPLICATOR

1. A device for retrieving and applying product from within a container, the device comprising:a flexible shaft having a proximal and distal end;
a deformable rod having a proximal and distal end, the deformable rod positioned within a flexible portion of the flexible shaft; and
a tip coupled to the distal end of the rod by a living hinge;
wherein pressure applied between the proximal and distal end of the flexible shaft deforms the deformable rod and bends the living hinge which rotates the tip from a first position to a second position.

US Pat. No. 11,026,494

LIPSTICK VESSEL

SAMHWA CO., LTD., Uiwang...

1. A lipstick vessel, comprising:a cylindrical upper cover including an upper part and a lower part, wherein the upper part is closed and the lower part is opened;
a shoulder including an upper part and a lower part, wherein the upper and lower parts of the shoulder are opened, and the shoulder is inserted into a lower opening of the cylindrical upper cover
a lower cover including an upper part and a lower part, wherein the upper part of the lower cover is opened and the lower part of the lower cover is closed, and an upper opening portion of the lower cover is inserted into a lower outer circumference of a circumferential protrusion protruding outward at a center of the shoulder;
a rotating body of a cylindrical member, which is inserted into the lower cover to rotate integrally with the lower cover;
a lipstick holding member for holding a lipstick at an upper part thereof, which is inserted into a center of the rotating body to be lifted and lowered while rotating integrally with respect to the rotating body;
a guide member, of which an upper and a lower parts are opened and an outer circumference is tapered, which is provided between the rotating body and the lipstick holding member to guide so that the lipstick holding member moves vertically when it is lifted and lowered; and
a lipstick receiving member of a cylindrical member, an upper and a lower parts of which are opened and fixed to the tapered outer circumference of the guide member so that an upper opening thereof is tapered to protect the lipstick inside the lipstick receiving member.

US Pat. No. 11,026,493

ECO-FRIENDLY BRUSH

Sung Ho Park, Gyeonggi-d...

1. An eco-friendly brush comprising:a handle made of biodegradable resin;
a neck part made of the biodegradable resin, and having a rear end part of the neck part detachably coupled to a front end part of the handle;
a brush fixing ring made of the biodegradable resin, and having a rear end part of the brush fixing ring detachably coupled to a front end part of the neck part; and
a head part inserted into the rear end part of the brush fixing ring and fixed in the brush fixing ring, and having a bristle bundle integrally implanted on a front surface of the head part, wherein the head part in which the bristle bundle is integrally implanted is inserted from a rear to a front of the brush fixing ring through a guide sleeve, and on an inner circumferential surface.

US Pat. No. 11,026,492

DRYER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A dryer, comprising:a hollow casing having a front opening and a rear opening:
a fan located within the casing to produce a flow of air;
a heater located within the casing to heat the flow of air;
a rear cover connected to a rear edge of the casing to cover a rear of the casing; and
a display located at the rear of the casing and within a portion of the rear opening,
wherein the display is spaced apart from a rear edge of the casing to thereby provide an air introduction area between the display and the rear edge of the casing, and
wherein the rear cover comprises:
a cylindrical rear cover side wall, of which a front and a rear are open; and
a rear cover plate covering the front of the rear cover side wall and being convex toward a front of the casing.

US Pat. No. 11,026,491

HAIR DRYER

Leshow Electronic Technol...

1. A hair dryer, comprising:a housing provided with an air intake and an air outlet, and wherein the air intake and the air outlet are communicated via an air passage;
a fan installed in the air passage for discharging air from the air intake to the air outlet; and
a water particle generator installed in the housing for providing water particles in a direction towards the air outlet,
wherein an installing cavity for installing the water particle generator is provided in the housing, the installing cavity has a cold air passage connected to the air intake and a particle outlet for releasing the water particles, and when the hair dryer is in operation, cold air flowing through the cold air passage that carries the water particles generated by the water particle generator is blown out of the particle outlet,
wherein the water particle generator further comprises a condensing rod, a refrigeration unit, a discharge electrode group and a high voltage power supply, wherein the high voltage power supply applies a high voltage to the discharge electrode group to make the discharge electrode group to generate a high voltage corona, and the discharge electrode group applies the high voltage corona to the condensing rod so as to form atomized water particles by condensed water attached to the condensing rod under an excitation of the high voltage corona, and
wherein the water particle generator further comprises an insulated bracket, and the discharge electrode group further comprises a first electrode and a second electrode, wherein the first electrode and the second electrode cooperate with each other, and are located on opposite sides of the condensing rod, the first electrode and the second electrode respectively comprise a connecting locking piece and a discharge tip, and the connecting locking piece is disposed on the insulated bracket and the insulated bracket is disposed on an insulated partition for insulating connecting locking pieces of the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 11,026,490

ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A STYLING TOOL AND A COLLECTING DEVICE

1. Assembly comprising:a straightening iron to be moved along a lock of hair to which water in a liquid form and/or a cosmetic composition in a liquid or foam form has been applied, the straightening iron comprising:
a bottom jaw and an upper jaw connected together by a hinge, the bottom jaw and the upper jaw being able to move relative to one another between a moved-together configuration for treating the hair and a spaced-apart configuration for inserting the hair to be treated between said jaws, and
at least one heating plate disposed on one of the bottom and upper jaws and intended to come into contact with the hair while the bottom and upper jaws are in the moved-together configuration, and
a collecting device coupled to the bottom jaw so as to collect a liquid or foam runoff generated during the movement of the straightening iron over the hair on account of the presence of water and/or said composition on the hair, the collecting device comprising:
a reservoir for picking up the runoff, the reservoir comprising an opening for collecting the liquid or foam runoff in the reservoir, the reservoir being closed except for the opening that collects the liquid or foam runoff in the reservoir,
a fastening system to couple the collecting device in a removable manner to the bottom jaw, and
a grating disposed on the reservoir in the opening,the reservoir extending along the straightening iron, on a lateral side of the bottom jaw that is downstream of the heating plate with regard to a direction of movement of the straightening iron over the lock of hair, and laterally relative to the bottom and upper jaws.

US Pat. No. 11,026,489

ANTI-THEFT DEVICE

1. A system, comprising:a wallet including an opening disposed along a length of the wallet; and
a device to engage with the wallet along a fold of the wallet, the device further comprising:
a first tube having a first diameter;
a second tube having a second diameter, wherein the second diameter is less than the first diameter;
a spring disposed between the first tube and the second tube such that the first tube is coupled to the second tube by the spring;
a first lip disposed on an upper surface of the first tube;
a second lip disposed on an upper surface of the second tube; and
a plurality of tines disposed at a first end of the first tube and at a first end of the second tube.

US Pat. No. 11,026,488

MOTORIZED LUGGAGE

Modobag, Inc., Chicago, ...

1. Motorized luggage comprising:a frame enclosed in part by an outer shell, the frame defining an internal storage compartment, the internal storage compartment accessible through the outer shell, wherein the frame includes a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface, a rear surface, and first and second side surfaces, and wherein the top surface includes a seat;
a front wheel positioned along the bottom surface and adjacent to the front surface of the frame, wherein the front wheel is connected to a first axle, wherein the first axle is connected to a steering shaft, wherein the position of the steering shaft controls an orientation of the front wheel;
a retractable handlebar received by the steering shaft, wherein the retractable handlebar moves between a stored configuration and a driving configuration, wherein in the stored configuration the handlebar is retracted and adjacent to a first edge formed by the top surface and the front surface of the frame, wherein in the driving configuration, the handlebar is extended above the top surface of the frame;
first and second rear wheels connected by a second axle, wherein the second axle is operatively coupled to the frame;
an electric motor mounted on the frame, wherein the electric motor drives the first and second rear wheels; and
a retractable pull handle adjacent to a second edge formed by the top surface and the rear surface of the frame opposite of the first edge adjacent to the handlebar, wherein the pull handle is movable between a retracted configuration and an extended configuration, and wherein the pull handle engages at least two wheels when the pull handle is being used to pull the motorized luggage.

US Pat. No. 11,026,487

SEPARABLE QUAD CANE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF NESTING AND PACKAGING THE SAME

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. A package for a selectively separable quad cane assembly,the package comprising:
a box, comprising:
a front face;
a rear face;
a first side face;
a second side face;
a upper face; and
a lower face;
wherein:
the front face defines an aperture that is centrally located along a height of the front face, and offset from a medial line defined by the front face;
the upper face defines a two-sided aperture at a corner of the upper face; and
the lower face defines a peninsular aperture that is centrally located along an edge of the lower face; and
a separable quad cane assembly at least partially enclosed by the box.

US Pat. No. 11,026,486

POLE HANDLE

LEKISPORT AG, Baar (CH)

1. A pole handle for walking poles, trekking poles, alpine ski poles, cross country ski poles or Nordic Walking poles, with a length-adjustable hand strap, comprising:a handle body with a head section and a grip section,
wherein the hand strap is fastened with a device for blocking and adjusting the length of the hand strap on the handle body for use,
wherein the handle body comprises an opening with a radial first section and an axial second section, and
wherein the hand strap comprises a first end, and enters into the opening of the handle body with a middle strap section, experiences a deflection around a deflection element and exits the opening towards the bottom as a free second end,
wherein in the opening a blocking element is arranged, which, when the hand strap is directed downwards, blocks a lower strap section which exits from the opening towards the lower, free, second end,
wherein the blocking element is mounted in an insertion element, which is arranged with an upper head section in the opening of the handle body,
wherein the middle strap section which enters the handle body is guided around a pin, which is arranged essentially horizontally in the opening of the head section of the handle body and is mounted in the lateral wall of the insertion element in corresponding openings,
wherein said middle strap section is guided out of the opening of the handle body towards the bottom as a second, free lower end,
wherein the blocking element comprises a deflection section which is encompassed with an encompassing angle of at least 120 degrees on the outside by the middle strap section, and
wherein the blocking element comprises a straight section which adjoins the deflection section, said straight section having an end which is directed away from the pin and which comprises a downwards angled region.

US Pat. No. 11,026,485

WRIST-WORN DEVICE CLASP

ARM IP Limited, Cambridg...

1. A wrist-worn device clasp having a first side and a second side, configured to secure a strap, the wrist-worn device clasp comprising:a mechanical interlocking mechanism comprising a first mechanical part on said first side and a second mechanical part on said second side, said first mechanical part being configured to interlock with said second mechanical part by motion in a first plane to resist motion perpendicular to said first plane and inhibit a first securing part and a second securing part being separated by tension along said strap substantially perpendicular to said first plane when said first mechanical part and second mechanical part are engaged with each other; and
a securing mechanism comprising said first securing part on said first side and said second securing part on said second side, wherein said first securing part comprises a first magnet located within a first central region of said first mechanical part, wherein said first central region is substantially parallel to said first plane and wherein said second securing part comprises a second magnet located within a second central region of said second mechanical part, wherein said second central region is substantially parallel to said first plane, and
wherein said first magnet and said second magnet are configured, when magnetically engaged with each other by motion perpendicular to said first plane, to inhibit separation of said first mechanical part and said second mechanical part by motion parallel to said first plane.

US Pat. No. 11,026,484

ATTACHMENT SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A housing for a watch, the housing comprising:a channel configured to slideably receive a watch band and having:
a first portion having a first width; and
a second portion having a second width that is larger than the first width and forming an undercut;
a recess open to the channel, the recess adapted to receive at least a portion of a locking mechanism of the watch band when the locking mechanism is aligned with the recess;
an opening;
a ledge between the recess and the opening, the ledge defining a ledge width across opposing sides of the ledge; and
a release mechanism comprising:
a button portion at least partially within the opening and defining a button portion width greater than the ledge width;
a plunger at least partially within the recess and defining a plunger width greater than the ledge width; and
a spring between the button portion and the ledge and biasing the button portion to be flush with an outer surface of the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,026,483

STRETCH FASTENER

Randall Alley, Westlake ...

1. A fastener comprising:a first connector having a first end and a second end;
a second connector having a first end and a second end;
wherein the first end of the first connector engages and disengages with the first end of the second connector;
an elastomeric member attached to and extending between the first end of the first connector and the first end of the second connector to provide a force that holds the first connector and second connector together and limits a separation distance between the first end of the first connector and first end of the second connector; and
a first strap end attached to the second end of the first connector; and
a second strap end attached to the second end of the second connector.

US Pat. No. 11,026,482

PRODUCT AND PROCESS FOR CUSTOM-FIT SHOE

Unis Brands, LLC

1. A process of making a customized shoe, comprising the steps of:capturing, using a computer, foot measurements of a user, said foot measurements including, solely, a widest part and a longest part of a left foot and right foot of said user, thereby receiving input builds;
re-sizing said input builds;
producing a three-dimensional model using said input builds;
printing parts of said customized shoe using said three-dimensional model; and,
assembling said parts into said customized shoe.

US Pat. No. 11,026,481

FOOT PRESENCE SIGNAL PROCESSING USING VELOCITY

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:receiving a time-varying sensor signal from a sensor that is coupled to an article of footwear, wherein the sensor is configured to generate an electric field in the footwear and sense information about a change in the electric field in response to a change in proximity of a foot to the sensor; and
using a processor circuit:
identifying a velocity characteristic of the foot relative to the sensor using the time-varying sensor signal; and
based on the velocity characteristic as identified, at least one of:
initiating data collection about the footwear or about the proximity of the foot to the sensor using the same or different sensor coupled to the footwear, and
updating an automated function of the footwear.

US Pat. No. 11,026,480

SHOE HAVING MULTIPLE ELASTIC TONGUE-SECURING STRAPS COMBINED INTO A SINGLE COMPONENT

Dynasty Footwear, Ltd., ...

1. A shoe comprising:(a) a sole;
(b) an upper, extending above the sole, that includes a front section, a left side, a right side, a rear section, and a tongue that originates from the front section and extends rearwardly between the left side and the right side;
(c) a plurality of left elastic straps, each having a first end that is securely attached to a left side of the tongue and a second end that is securely attached to the left side of the upper; and
(d) a plurality of right elastic straps, each having a first end that is securely attached to a right side of the tongue and a second end that is securely attached to the right side of the upper,
wherein said left elastic straps are joined together into a first component with a first type of material that is different in kind than a material from which said left elastic straps are made, and said right elastic straps are joined together into a second component with a second type of material that is different in kind than a material from which said right elastic straps are made, and
wherein a section of the first type of material exists between each adjacent pair of the plurality of left elastic straps, and a section of the second type of material exists between each adjacent pair of the plurality of right elastic straps.

US Pat. No. 11,026,479

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND/OR METHODS FOR MANAGING SHOES

1. A shoelace tightening system, comprising:a tightener, the tightener inset in a body of a shoe;
a hinge, the hinge coupled to the tightener;
an appendage, the appendage coupled to the tightener via the hinge, the appendage constructed to move in and out of the body of the shoe such that the appendage is inset in the body of the shoe, secured into place, and does not protrude from the body of the shoe when a user is not loosening or tightening a pair of shoelaces, wherein the appendage can protrude from the shoe when the appendage is not secured into place so that the user can use the appendage to:
engage the tightener which engages with each of the pair of shoelaces; and
responsive to an action of the user, cause each of the pair of shoelaces to be loosened and tightened.

US Pat. No. 11,026,478

UPPER FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING A TIE STRUCTURE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:a textile portion, the textile portion forming a throat area of an upper;
a base portion, the base portion being secured to, or formed integrally with, a sole structure, wherein the base portion extends from the sole structure towards the throat area; and
a tie structure, the tie structure extending from a toe area of the article of footwear towards a heel area of the upper, wherein the tie structure extends through an opening of the textile portion and an opening of the base portion to secure the tie structure with respect to the base portion, and
a grommet coupled to a loop formed by the tie structure, wherein the grommet includes a first aperture for receiving the tie structure and a second aperture for receiving a fastening element of the article of footwear.

US Pat. No. 11,026,477

SHOES WITH KNIT UPPER PORTION

ALLBIRDS, INC., San Fran...

1. A shoe, comprising:a sole defining a tread surface and a top surface opposite the tread surface;
an upper portion attached to the top surface of the sole and comprising:
a perimeter extending around the upper portion where the upper portion meets the sole;
a reinforcement region having a first thickness and defining at least a portion of the perimeter; and
a flex region at least partially surrounded by the reinforcement region and having a second thickness less than the first thickness; wherein:
the upper portion is formed from a continuous textile comprising eucalyptus fiber; and
the continuous textile comprises:
an outer layer defining an exterior surface of the upper portion in the reinforcement region and the flex region; and
an inner layer defining an interior surface of the upper portion in the reinforcement region and the flex region.

US Pat. No. 11,026,476

AIRBAG FOR ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A bladder for an article of footwear, the bladder comprising:a chamber comprising:
an arcuate segment extending from a first transition to a second transition;
a first plurality of elongate segments extending in a first direction from the first transition to a first terminal end and including (i) a first heel segment extending from the first transition to a third transition, (ii) a first mid-foot segment extending from the third transition to a fourth transition, and (iii) a first forefoot segment extending from the fourth transition to the first terminal end; and
a second plurality of elongate segments spaced apart from the first plurality of elongate segments and extending in the first direction from the second transition to a second terminal end and including (i) a second heel segment extending from the second transition to a fifth transition, (ii) a second mid-foot segment extending from the fifth transition to a sixth transition, and (iii) a second forefoot segment extending from the sixth transition to the second terminal end; and
a web area having a first portion including a first barrier layer joined to a second barrier layer continuously and uninterrupted (i) from a first side connected to and extending along an entire length of the first heel segment to a second side connected to and extending along an entire length of the second heel segment and (ii) from a first end connected to and extending along an entire length of the arcuate segment to a second end forming a terminal edge that extends continuously from the third transition to the fifth transition.

US Pat. No. 11,026,475

FLEXIBLE FLUID-FILLED CHAMBER WITH TENSILE MEMBER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of making an article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the method comprising:forming a chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid by:
assembling a stacked arrangement of chamber components including:
a first chamber barrier layer;
a second chamber barrier layer; and
a tensile member extending between the first chamber barrier layer and the second chamber barrier layer, the tensile member including a first tensile member layer, a second tensile member layer, and a plurality of tethers connecting the first tensile member layer to the second tensile member layer, wherein the second tensile member layer includes a first section and a second section separate from the first section;
bonding the first chamber barrier layer to the second chamber barrier layer to form peripheral portions of the chamber and to define an interior void between the first chamber barrier layer and the second chamber barrier layer; and
extending a portion of the second chamber barrier layer toward the first tensile member layer between the first section of the second tensile member layer and the second section of the second tensile member layer, pressing the portion of the second chamber barrier layer against the first tensile member layer; and
joining the portion of the second chamber barrier layer to the first tensile member layer between the first section of the second tensile member layer and the second section of the second tensile member layer;
bonding the first tensile member layer to the first chamber barrier layer;
bonding the second tensile member layer to the second chamber barrier layer;
inflating the chamber with a pressurized fluid;
incorporating the chamber into the sole structure; and
attaching the sole structure to the upper.

US Pat. No. 11,026,474

BALLET POINTE SHOE

DREW LAYNE, LLC, Lantana...

1. A ballet pointe shoe, comprising:a toebox;
a platform at a front end of the toebox;
a shank;
an upper;
a heel; and
a single continuous sole comprising:
a front end closest to the toebox,
a back end closest to the heel, and
a waist defined as a narrowest part of the single continuous sole, wherein the waist is positioned on the single continuous sole at more than 65 percent of a length of the single continuous sole from the front end of the single continuous sole to the back end of the single continuous sole such that a ratio of (i) a distance from the waist to the front end of the single continuous sole to (ii) a distance from the front end of the single continuous sole to the back end of the single continuous sole is more than 65 percent, and wherein a ratio of (i) a distance from the waist to the back end of the single continuous sole to (ii) a distance from the waist to the front end of the single continuous sole is at least 42 percent.

US Pat. No. 11,026,473

FOOT SUPPORT ARTICLE

Under Armour, Inc., Balt...

1. A cleated article of footwear comprising:a sole including a cleat;
an upper coupled to the sole to form a foot cavity configured to receive a foot of a person wearing the cleated article of footwear, wherein the upper defines an outer surface, an inner surface, a forefoot region, a midfoot region oriented rearward of the forefoot region, a tongue slot, an ankle region oriented rearward of the forefoot region, a lateral side and a medial side;
a plurality of side-by-side tensioning straps positioned inside the foot cavity and movably coupled to the upper, the tensioning straps being present within the midfoot region of the upper, each of the tensioning straps including a first end attached to a lower lateral side inside the foot cavity and engaging the inner surface of the upper, a second end positioned outside the foot cavity on the medial side of the upper and engaging the outer surface of the upper, and a middle portion extending between the first end and the second end and across the tongue slot;
a plurality of side-by-side elongated channels positioned on the inner surface on the lateral side of the upper, each of the elongated channels designed and dimensioned such that said each elongated channel respectively encloses one of the tensioning straps with a width of each tensioning strap retained within a width of one of the elongated channels and extending from a first open end to a second open end of said elongated channel; and
an adjustment tab in contact with the second end of each of the tensioning straps and disposed rearward of the midfoot region on the outer surface of the upper, the adjustment tab being moveable relative to the outer surface of the upper and operable to manipulate tension applied to the foot by the tensioning straps.

US Pat. No. 11,026,472

DYNAMIC LACING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:an upper having a heel portion, an instep portion, and a forefoot portion, the upper including an ankle opening between the heel portion and the instep portion;
a first cable movable in a tightening direction to move the upper into a tightened state and movable in a loosening direction to move the upper into a loosened state;
a tightening grip disposed at an outer surface of the upper adjacent to an anterior end of the ankle opening and operable to be moved away from the upper in a first direction to move the first cable in the tightening direction;
a cable lock operable in a locked state to restrict movement of the first cable in the loosening direction and operable in an unlocked state to permit movement of the first cable in the loosening direction; and
a release grip operable to be moved away from the upper in a second direction to move the cable lock from the locked state to the unlocked state, the release grip being connected to the cable lock by a release cable separate from the tightening grip and the first cable; and
a sole structure attached to the upper, the sole structure including a midsole and an outsole, the midsole including a cavity, the cable lock being disposed within the cavity.

US Pat. No. 11,026,471

FOOTWEAR ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY

DECKERS OUTDOOR CORPORATI...

1. An article of footwear comprising:an upper including a strap assembly, said strap assembly including a plurality of upper straps;
a plurality of removable connecting members configured to interconnect a plurality of said upper straps, at least one of said plurality of said upper straps being connected to two of said plurality of removable connecting members;
a sole including a top surface, a bottom surface, a peripheral side surface extending between said top surface and said bottom surface and a plurality of through-holes;
a plurality of outsole connectors removably connected to said sole, said plurality of outsole connectors each including at least one side surface and a bottom surface, and one of said upper straps being attached to one of said outsole connectors;
a plurality of securing straps, said securing straps attached to said outsole connectors and at least one of said securing straps being attached directly to one of said plurality of removable connecting members, wherein said plurality of removable connecting members are removable from said plurality of upper straps and said at least one of said securing straps, and
wherein each of said securing straps of said outsole connectors and said one of said upper straps are inserted through a corresponding one of said through-holes until said at least one side surface of each outsole connector is positioned on said peripheral side surface of said sole and said bottom surface of each outsole connector is substantially flush with the bottom surface of said sole to secure the strap assembly to said sole.

US Pat. No. 11,026,470

FLIP FLOP ACCESSORY DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A flip flop accessory comprising:a) two anchoring screws, each comprised of a screw head and a screw shaft;
b) a flip flop sole, and two anchoring points located in the flip flop sole, said sole having top, bottom, inside, and outside portions, said anchoring points each comprising a hole into which a respective anchoring screw can be detachably fastened to the sole;
c) the first anchoring point being located on the inside portion of the sole and the second anchoring point being located on the outside portion of the sole;
d) a cord configured to extend from the first anchoring screw, wrap around a person's ankle and foot, and extend to the second anchoring screw;
e) the cord having two knotted ends, each knotted end formed into a respective loop that is secured with a respective first sliding bead; and
f) the anchoring screws being inserted through the respective loops of the cord, and the first sliding beads securing the respective loops around the screws.

US Pat. No. 11,026,469

FOOTWEAR HAVING SENSOR SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An insert configured for use in an article of footwear, comprising:an insert member adapted to be placed in contact with a sole structure of the article of footwear, the insert member being formed of a flexible polymer material;
a plurality of force sensors connected to the insert member, the force sensors being adapted to sense a force exerted on the insert member;
a plurality of sensor leads extending away from the force sensors; and
a port comprising:
a housing connected to the insert member, the housing comprising a chamber adapted to removably receive an electronic module therein, wherein the chamber is defined by a circular side wall to form the chamber in a cylindrical shape, wherein the housing has an elongated groove in the side wall that is configured to receive a projection of the electronic module, such that rotation of the electronic module moves the projection within the groove to lock or unlock the electronic module within the housing; and
an interface having a plurality of electrical contacts exposed within the chamber, wherein the interface is configured to form an electrical connection with the electronic module such that the electrical contacts are configured to engage complementary electrical contacts on the electronic module, wherein the sensor leads extend from the force sensors to the interface and are electrically connected to the electrical contacts, such that the engagement of the electrical contacts and the complementary electrical contacts is configured to place the electronic module in communication with the sensor leads and the force sensors when the electronic module is received within the chamber, to thereby permit the electronic module to receive force data from the force sensors, and wherein the port is configured such that rotation of the electronic module within the housing is configured to bring the electrical contacts of the interface into contact with the complementary electrical contacts of the electronic module by engagement of the projection with the groove.

US Pat. No. 11,026,468

MANDIBLE GUARD

Galvion Ltd., Portsmouth...

1. A helmet assembly comprising:a helmet;
a mandible guard having a mouth covering portion;
a first attachment arm arranged to removably secure a first side of the mandible guard to the helmet, the first attachment arm being removably attachable to the helmet, the first attachment arm extending from a first helmet connection region to a first mandible guard connection region; and
a second attachment arm arranged to removably secure a second side of the mandible guard to the helmet, the second attachment arm being removably attachable to the helmet, the second attachment arm extending from a second helmet connection region to a second mandible guard connection region;
wherein, when the mandible guard is secured to the helmet with the first and second attachment arms:
the mouth covering portion maintains a protection position in which the mouth covering portion is aligned with a midline of the helmet; and
movement of the mandible guard in a direction from a front of the helmet to a back of the helmet is prevented by the first and second attachment arms;
wherein, when the second attachment arm is detached from the helmet and the first attachment arm remains secured to the helmet, the mandible guard is movable out of the protection position;
wherein the mandible guard is connected to the first attachment arm via a hinge connector having a first axis of rotation about which the mandible guard rotates relative to the first attachment arm; and
wherein the hinge connector includes a second axis of rotation about which the mandible guard rotates relative to the first attachment arm.

US Pat. No. 11,026,467

IN-MOLDED HELMET CHINBAR

Fox Head, Inc., Irvine, ...

1. A helmet, comprising:a shell having an exterior surface and an interior surface, the shell further comprising:
a shell bottom edge defining a first portion of a continuous bottom edge surrounding a neck opening through which a head of a wearer of the helmet passes;
a padding disposed along the interior surface of the shell, the padding defining a first engagement surface positioned at a first lateral side of the padding and a second engagement surface positioned at an opposing second lateral side of the padding; and
a chinbar defining an individual, unitary component of the helmet, the chinbar comprising:
a cage configured to extend around a chin of a wearer of the helmet, the cage comprising a first end defining a third engagement surface and a second end defining a fourth engagement surface, the cage further comprising:
a central portion comprising a central aperture aligned along a central axis of the chinbar;
a right portion comprising a right aperture, the right aperture extending from a first portion of the cage proximate to the central aperture to a second portion of the cage proximate to the first end of the cage;
a left portion comprising a left aperture, the left aperture extending from a third portion of the cage proximate to the central aperture to a fourth portion of the cage proximate to the second end of the cage; and
a chinbar bottom edge defining a second portion of the continuous bottom edge, wherein the shell bottom edge and the chinbar bottom edge together form the continuous bottom edge; and
a first flange extending from the first end of the cage, the first flange comprising a plurality of first flange apertures configured to allow the padding to flow therethrough; and
a second flange extending from the second end of the cage, the second flange comprising a plurality of second flange apertures configured to allow the padding to flow therethrough;
wherein the third engagement surface of the chinbar interfaces with the first engagement surface of the padding and the fourth engagement surface of the chinbar interfaces with the second engagement surface of the padding; and
wherein the first flange of the chinbar is embedded within the first lateral side of the padding and the second flange of the chinbar is embedded within the opposing second lateral side of the padding.

US Pat. No. 11,026,466

SPORTS HELMET WITH CUSTOM-FIT LINER

SCHUTT SPORTS IP, LLC, L...

1. A sports helmet comprising:a shell;
a helmet liner disposed within the shell, the helmet liner comprising:
a base liner comprising a top sheet of polymer material having a plurality of base cells formed therein and a bottom sheet of polymer material sealed to the top sheet to seal the base cells, each base cell enclosing a base pad of foam material;
a plurality of fit pods removably attached to a surface of the base liner, each fit pod comprising a top sheet of polymer material having a fit cell formed therein, a bottom sheet sealed to the top sheet to seal the fit cell, the fit cell enclosing a fit pad of foam material having a thickness and a density and a cross-section;
wherein each of the plurality of fit pods is selected from a set of various fit pods of different types to customize the helmet to fit the head of the wearer;
wherein a plurality of pre-determined attachment sites is defined on the base layer, the attachment sites tessellating all or part of the bottom sheet of the base liner; and
wherein the fit pods are interchangeable such that each fit pod is attachable at any of the attachment sites.

US Pat. No. 11,026,465

HELMET COMPRISING AN OCCIPITAL ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

BAUER HOCKEY, LLC, Exete...

1. A sports helmet, the helmet comprising:a shell comprising a rear portion for facing at least partially a back region and an occipital region of a wearer's head;
an elongated slot in the rear portion of the shell, the elongated slot defining an opening in the rear portion of the shell between an inner surface of the rear portion of the shell and an outer surface of the rear portion of the shell;
an occipital padded portion disposed at least partially within the rear portion of the shell for facing the occipital region of the wearer's head;
an actuator engaging the occipital padded portion through the elongated slot in the rear portion of the shell, the actuator having an external portion that is accessible to the wearer from outside the helmet when the helmet is worn, the external portion of the actuator being movable along the elongated slot, wherein, in use, the external portion of the actuator is movable to different positions along the elongated slot to vary a pressure applied by the occipital padded portion upon the occipital region of the wearer's head.

US Pat. No. 11,026,464

STRAP RETAINER FOR ATTACHING A CHINSTRAP TO A SAFETY HELMET

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A strap retainer for attaching a chinstrap to a safety helmet, the strap retainer comprising a clip that has a base from which a first and a second retention leg protrude, the first retention leg having a first free end and the second retention leg having a second free end, a first latch protrudes from the first retention leg adjacent the first free end and a second latch protrudes from the second retention leg adjacent the second free end, wherein the first and second retention leg are arranged in a mirrored relationship with each other about a mirror axis such that the first and second latch protrude away from each other, the first and second retention leg provide movability of the first and second latch between an engage position and a retracted position, the first latch and the second latch each being resiliently biased toward the engage position, wherein the strap retainer further having a slider that is displaceable between a lock setting and a release setting, wherein the lock setting causes a movement of the first latch and the second latch toward the retracted position to be impeded, and wherein the release setting causes the impeding to be suspended, wherein the first latch forms a first retention surface and the second latch forms a second retention surface, and wherein the first and second retention surface are parallel to each other and face in a direction toward the base.

US Pat. No. 11,026,463

HAT BRIM TECHNOLOGY

Cover 22 LLC, Shreveport...

1. A hat brim clip, comprising:an upper brim clip portion configured adjacent to an upper brim portion;
a lower brim clip portion configured adjacent to a lower brim portion;
said upper brim clip portion and said lower brim clip portion secured in position in relation to one another by a plurality of lock prongs.

US Pat. No. 11,026,462

VIRTUAL STOREFRONT WITH GARMENT PREVIEWS

1. A method comprising:providing a garment previewing tool that allows previewing on a computer screen of a selected garment base customized by a user with a finishing pattern, wherein the garment previewing tool comprises
providing an option for the user to select the garment base and upon the user's selection,
showing a first garment preview image on the computer screen comprising a base image for the selected garment base,
providing an option for the user to select a surface pattern from a menu of surface patterns, wherein each surface pattern is associated with a laser input file to be used by a laser to produce that surface pattern onto a surface of a garment, and
after a surface pattern is selected, allowing the user to modify a sizing or position of the surface pattern relative to the base image;
for a plurality of garments created using the garment previewing tool, receiving a first selected garment from the user;
receiving from the user a request to populate a virtual storefront template with the first selected garment, wherein the virtual storefront comprises a first virtual surface;
for the plurality of garments created using the garment previewing tool, receiving a second selected garment from the user, wherein the second selected garment is associated with a second virtual surface, different than the first virtual surface;
populating, based on a first virtual surface type associated with the first virtual surface, the virtual storefront template to associate the first selected garment with the first virtual surface, wherein the first virtual surface comprises at least one of a tabletop, shelving, or clothing rack, and
the first virtual surface type is associated with a first scheme to present the first selected garment including whether the first selected garment should be hung, flat, on a mannequin, folded, or stacked;
presenting the populated virtual storefront template to the user; and
allowing the user to navigate the populated virtual storefront, wherein in response to the user's navigation input, updating the populated virtual storefront template.

US Pat. No. 11,026,461

SUBSTITUTING AN EXISTING COLLECTION IN AN APPAREL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. A method comprising:providing a garment previewing tool that allows previewing on a computer screen of a garment base customized by a user with a finishing pattern, wherein the garment previewing tool includes:
providing an option for the user to select the garment base and upon a user's selection, showing a first garment preview image on the computer screen comprising a jeans base image for the selected garment base,
providing an option for the user to select a wear pattern from a menu of wear patterns, and
after the wear pattern is selected, allowing the user to select the wear pattern and modify a sizing or position of the wear pattern relative to the jeans base image;
in response to a selection from the user to modify the sizing or positioning of the wear pattern relative to the jeans base image, creating a garment preview image comprising the jeans base image and selected wear pattern, with modified sizing or modified positioning, or a combination, and the garment preview image is generated by a method comprising
generating an adjusted base image from the jeans base image without the selected wear pattern,
generating a pattern mask based on a laser input file associated with the selected wear pattern,
for a pixel at a pixel location of the garment preview image, obtaining a first contribution by combining a first value associated with a pixel of the pattern mask at a pattern mask pixel location that corresponds to the pixel location of the garment preview image and a value of a pixel of the jeans base image at a base image pixel location that corresponds to the pixel location of the garment preview image,
for the pixel at the pixel location of the garment preview image, obtaining a second contribution by combining a second value associated with the pixel of the pattern mask at the pattern mask pixel location that corresponds to the pixel location of the garment preview image and a value of a pixel of the adjusted base image at an adjusted base image pixel location that corresponds to the pixel location of the garment preview image,
combining the first contribution and second contribution to obtain a combined value for the pixel at the pixel location of the garment preview image, and
displaying the pixel of the garment preview image as a color on the computer screen, wherein the color of the pixel corresponds to the combined value;
receiving an existing webpage, wherein the existing webpage comprises a plurality of existing customer imagery of garments;
identifying, from a plurality of garments created using the garment previewing tool, at least one similar garment from the plurality of garments to each garment of the plurality of existing customer imagery of garments; and
replacing in the existing webpage, for each garment of the plurality of existing imagery of garments, with a similar garment of the plurality of garments.

US Pat. No. 11,026,460

HAIR FILLER DEVICE

1. A supplemental hair attachment device, comprising:a rectangular backing, the backing comprising a base and a top flap, each of the base and the top flap being formed from mesh material and connected by an intermediate flexible portion, each of the top flap and the base having a first side and a second side, the backing configured to fold along the intermediate flexible portion such that the first side of the top flap extends at least partially over the first side of the base;
a plurality of hair strands coupled to and extending from the second side of the top flap and the second side of the base, each of the plurality of hair strands coupled to the mesh material by a knot connection; and
a plurality of clips comprising a first clip and a second clip, each of the clips coupled to the first side of the base, each clip comprising a fixed comb component and a locking bar configured to lock against the comb component, wherein the first and second clips are disposed in opposing corners of the rectangular backing and wherein the first clip is angled toward the second clip and the second clip is angled toward the first clip.

US Pat. No. 11,026,459

WIG-MANAGEMENT TEMPLATE-SHIELD SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method for wig making and subsequent wig handling, comprising:(i) providing a wig-management template-shield, comprising:
(a) a heat-shrinkable hood made from a see-through flexible shrinkable barrier sheet material having properties of bidirectional shrinkage at an approximate 2:1 ratio upon application of heated air, of inverted sack form having a closed, rounded top portion and an open bottom end with a nominal front edge, having seamless construction, and having dimensions adapted to fit over a large person's head covering the head and neck to the person's shoulders, adapted to be placed over the head of a person to be fitted for a wig and subsequently shrunken by application of heated air to smoothly conform to the shape of the said person's head, its shape and hair profile, adapted to allow subsequent visual locating and marking of a hairline of the person to be fitted for the wig, and adapted for subsequent placement on a wig block for use as a template and as a protective shield;
(b) a hood slit at the front edge of the open bottom end of said heat-shrinkable hood adapted to prevent constriction of the open bottom end upon shrinkage, and to provide the start of a subsequent larger torn separation along said heat-shrinkable hood; and
(c) a plurality of hood holes arrayed upon said heat-shrinkable hood above said hood slit, adapted to provide passage of air for the person to be fitted for the wig while retaining enough structure to support shrinkage of said heat-shrinkable hood;
(ii) placing said heat-shrinkable hood upon the head of the person to be fitted for the wig in such a way as to allow breathing through said hood holes;
(iii) shrinking said heat-shrinkable hood to conform to the head's shape and hair profile of the person to be fitted for the wig, by application of heated air;
(iv) locating the hairline of the person to be fitted for the wig visually through the see-through flexible sheet barrier material of said heat-shrinkable hood;
(v) marking the hairline of the person to be fitted for the wig upon said heat-shrinkable hood;
(vi) tearing said heat-shrinkable hood along said hood slit and said hood holes;
(vii) removing said heat-shrinkable hood from the head of the person who is to be fitted for the wig;
(viii) placing said heat-shrinkable hood, having been shrunken and marked, upon the wig block; and
(ix) using said wig-management template-shield as the template for wig making and as the protective shield for the wig block used in the wig making;
(x) using said wig-management template-shield as the template for wig styling and as the protective shield for the wig block used in the wig styling;
(xi) using said wig-management template-shield as the protective shield for the wig block used in subsequent wig cleaning, re-styling, and handling.

US Pat. No. 11,026,458

BLOW-MOLDED LOG ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRIC FIREPLACES

TWIN-STAR INTERNATIONAL, ...

1. An electronic fireplace and a manufactured log assembly comprising:an electric fireplace logset assembly comprising:
an artificial ember bed; and
a blow-molded log assembly comprising a thermo-mold polymer combination material comprising a combination of two or more thermo-mold polymers and at least one pigment, to provide a charred appearance of the manufactured log assembly, wherein the blow-molded log assembly comprises a radial wall having a generally homogenous wall-thickness, wherein the radial wall comprises a continuous exterior surface comprising an upper exterior surface free from apertures and operatively represents a plurality of stacked logs, wherein the manufactured log assembly is operatively and entirely or partially attached to the artificial ember bed, and wherein the radial wall is free of sharp edges.

US Pat. No. 11,026,457

CONCEALED POCKET SYSTEM

1. A pullover sweatshirt (10) consisting of a torso-covering garment surface (15), a hood, two sleeves, two sleeve cuffs, a waistband, a torso portion, and a concealed pocket assembly (200) disposed on said torso-covering garment surface (15), wherein the concealed pocket assembly (200) consists of:a) a concealed pocket (205) constructed from a rectangular-shaped cloth, wherein a concealed pocket bottom edge (220), a concealed pocket first side edge (230), and a concealed pocket second side edge (240) of the concealed pocket (205) are permanently attached to the torso-covering garment surface (15) via a first stitching (250);
b) a hand pouch (300) constructed from a cloth having six sides including two curved side, wherein a hand pouch bottom edge (320) of the hand pouch (300) overlaps the concealed pocket bottom edge (220) such that the concealed pocket bottom edge (220) is sandwiched between the hand pouch bottom edge (320) and the torso-covering garment surface (15),
wherein the hand pouch bottom edge (320), a portion of a hand pouch first side edge (330) of the hand pouch (300), and a portion of a hand pouch second side edge (340) of the hand pouch (300) are permanently attached to the torso-covering garment surface (15) via a second stitching (350),
wherein a remaining unattached portion of the hand pouch first side edge (330) forms a first hand slot (510) and a remaining unattached portion of the hand pouch second side edge (340) forms a second hand slot (520); and
c) a first zipper (400) consisting of a first zipper end (401), a second zipper end (402), a first zipper side (410), a first row of zipper teeth (415) disposed on the first zipper side (410), a second zipper side (420), a second row of zipper teeth (425) disposed on the second zipper side (420), and a zipper slider (430);
wherein the first zipper end (401) is disposed at an intersection (231) of a concealed pocket top edge (210) and the concealed pocket first side edge (230),
wherein the second zipper end (402) is disposed at an intersection (241) of a concealed pocket top edge (210) and the concealed pocket second side edge (240),
wherein the zipper slider is configured to interlock the first row of zipper teeth (415) with the second row of zipper teeth (425) and to separate the interlocked first and second rows of zipper teeth (415, 425),
wherein the first zipper side (410), a concealed pocket top edge (210) of the concealed pocket (205), and a hand pouch top edge (310) of the hand pouch (300) are permanently attached to each other via a third stitching (450) such that the concealed pocket top edge (210) is sandwiched between the hand pouch top edge (310) and the first zipper side (410),
wherein the second zipper side (420) is permanently attached to the torso-covering garment surface (15) via a fourth stitching (460) such that the first zipper (400) is sandwiched between the concealed pocket (205) and the torso-covering garment surface (15);
wherein the concealed pocket top edge (210) is aligned with the hand pouch top edge (310), wherein the hand pouch top edge (310) is at least equal in length to the concealed pocket top edge (210), wherein the hand pouch bottom edge (320) is longer than the concealed pocket bottom edge (220), wherein the concealed pocket first and second side edges (230, 240) are at most equal in length to the hand pouch first and second side edges (330, 340),
wherein the concealed pocket (205) is disposed between the torso-covering garment surface (15) and the hand pouch (400) such that the concealed pocket (205) is hidden within the hand pouch (400) and concealed from view,
wherein an interior pouch compartment (360) of the hand pouch (300) is only accessible through the first hand slot (510) and the second hand slot (520), and
wherein the first zipper (400) is disposed between the concealed pocket (205) and the torso-covering garment surface (15).

US Pat. No. 11,026,456

ONE-PIECE LOOPED SCARF

1. A clothing garment comprising a headband portion and a scarf portion,wherein the headband portion is made out of a first loop that comprises a headband tube formed by sewing an elongated top side and an elongated bottom side together to form the headband tube having two ends that are connected together;
wherein the scarf portion is made out of a second loop that comprises a scarf tube formed by sewing an elongated top side and an elongated bottom side to form the scarf tube having two ends that are connected together; and
wherein the headband portion first loop is connected with the scarf portion second loop at a connection point.

US Pat. No. 11,026,455

ARTICLE OF CLOTHING INCORPORATING AT LEAST ONE CONDUCTIVE WIRE AND ASSOCIATED PRODUCTION METHOD

Sarl SP, Voiron (FR)

1. An article of clothing comprising at least one conductive wire suitable for transmitting an electrical current; characterized in that said article of clothing has at least one flat seam incorporating:at least two substantially parallel edging wires; and
at least one connecting wire laid flat and in a serpentine manner between said edging wires; said connecting wire having bends alternatively connected to said edging wires; said connecting wire corresponding to said at least one metal wire; and—at least one other connecting wire extending in a discrete plane from said connecting wire laid flat.

US Pat. No. 11,026,454

FLOATING DARTS FOR SHAPEWEAR

Spanx, Inc., Atlanta, GA...

1. A shapewear garment configured to compress the abdominals of a wearer, the shapewear garment comprising:an abdominal region comprising a knit fabric, wherein the knit fabric comprises from 20% to 60% elastane,
one or more darts extending at least partially across the abdominal region;
wherein the dart comprises a seam joining two edges of the knit fabric or a seam securing a fold in the knit fabric,
wherein the one or more darts narrow the abdominal region,
wherein the one or more darts linearly extend out at a diagonal in a proximal to distal direction relative to a vertical centerline of the garment,
wherein the garment comprises a left leg portion and a right leg portion and wherein the garment comprises one knit fabric, at least a portion of the left leg portion and at least a portion of the right leg portion includes a first type of knit stitch and at least another portion of the left leg portion and the right leg portion comprises a second type of knit stitch, wherein the first type of knit stitch and the second type of knit stitch are different.

US Pat. No. 11,026,453

FLAVOR ASPIRATOR

JAPAN TOBACCO INC., Toky...

1. A flavor aspirator comprising:a housing including a mouthpiece end and a distal end, the housing extending from the mouthpiece end to the distal end; and
a weight-concentrated part including a first part provided in a vicinity of the mouthpiece end and a second part provided in a vicinity of the distal end, and that has a weight accounting for at least approximately half of the total weight, the weight being a sum of a weight of the first part and a weight of the second part,
wherein a value of (a length from the mouthpiece end to the center of gravity)/(a total length defined by a length from the mouthpiece end to the distal end) is in a range of 0.20 to 0.45, and
wherein the flavor aspirator has a rod shape or a cylindrical shape.

US Pat. No. 11,026,452

SYSTEM FOR EXTRUDING AND HEATING VAPORIZABLE MATERIAL CONCENTRATES

Banana Bros, LLC, Culver...

1. A vaporizer, comprising:a body;
a concentrate chamber provided within the body and comprising a chamber aperture;
a heating element positioned proximate the chamber aperture and configured to heat material pushed through the concentrate chamber, the heating element having a disk shape comprising apertures and formed of a temperature resistant material coated with a material capable of converting electrical energy into heat;
a concentrate pusher configured to push material through the concentrate chamber toward the heating element; and
a power source configured to apply power to the heating element.

US Pat. No. 11,026,451

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE FLUID PUMP

1. An electronic cigarette comprising:a tank configured and arranged to contain eCig juice;
an atomizer including a heating element, and configured and arranged to vaporize eCig juice into an airflow; and
an oscillating diaphragm pump including a diaphragm and a permanent magnet, the oscillating diaphragm pump is positioned in fluid communication with the tank and the atomizer, and configured and arranged to draw eCig juice from the tank and deposit the eCig juice on to the heating element;
wherein the oscillating diaphragm pump further includes an inlet valve and an outlet valve, the inlet valve in fluid communication with an inlet of the diaphragm, and the outlet valve in fluid communication with an outlet of the diaphragm, the inlet and outlet valves configured and arranged to prevent reverse flow of the eCig juice through the oscillating diaphragm pump;
wherein the oscillating diaphragm pump further includes an upper housing and a lower housing, the upper housing containing the outlet valve and the lower housing containing the inlet valve, and at least one of the upper and lower housing including a support member circumferentially extending around at least a portion of one or both of the inlet and outlet valves, the support member configured and arranged to stiffen one or both of the inlet and outlet valves and reduce back flow.

US Pat. No. 11,026,450

DOSING CONTROL FOR AN ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICE

Fontem Holdings 4 B.V., ...

1. A method for controlling dosage in an electronic smoking device, the method comprising:sensing an airflow through a flow path in a body;
releasing a liquid from a compartment into the airflow;
receiving the liquid and the airflow at a vaporizer;
activating the vaporizer to generate vaporized liquid; and
controlling airflow through the body with a sensor to limit dosage.

US Pat. No. 11,026,449

SACHET OF AEROSOL-FORMING SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME, AND AEROSOL-GENERATING DEVICE FOR USE WITH SACHET

Philip Morris Products S....

1. An electrically operated aerosol-generating device, comprising:a power supply;
electronic control circuitry;
a cavity configured to receive a sachet of aerosol-forming substrate, the sachet comprising:
an aerosol-forming substrate disposed within the sachet, and
an electrical heater element comprising first and second electrically conductive portions,
wherein the electrical heater element is disposed within the sachet and is in direct contact with the aerosol-forming substrate;
a sachet retainer configured to retain the sachet in the cavity;
at least one piercing element configured to pierce the sachet of aerosol-forming substrate when the sachet is received in the cavity; and
electrical contacts disposed adjacent the cavity and being configured to allow the first and the second electrically conductive portions of the electrical heater element to be electrically connected to the power supply,
wherein the sachet retainer is further configured to maintain electrical contact between the electrical heater element and the electrical contacts.

US Pat. No. 11,026,448

ELECTRONIC VAPOR PROVISION SYSTEM USING THE HEATER AS AN ANTENNA FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS

NICOVENTURES TRADING LIMI...

1. An electronic vapor provision system comprising:an electrical heater for vaporizing a liquid to form an aerosol for inhalation by a user of the electronic vapor provision system; and
a communications interface for providing wireless communications using one or more communication protocols,
wherein the communications interface is configured to use the heater as an antenna for the wireless communications using the one or more communication protocols, and wherein the communications interface is configured to exchange data between the electronic vapor provision system and one or more external systems using the one or more communication protocols,
wherein the communications interface is provided in a first portion of the electronic vapor provision system, and wherein the heater is provided in a second portion of the electronic vapor provision system, and
wherein the first portion of the electronic vapor provision system has a metallic housing and the second portion of the electronic vapor provision system has a non-metallic housing.

US Pat. No. 11,026,447

VARIABLE-CAPACITY STORE

1. A variable-capacity store for articles (2), in particular substantially cylindrical articles of the tobacco processing industry; the store (1) comprises a conveying assembly (3) to convey the articles (2) from an input station (4) to an output station (5) along a path (P) with a variable length;the conveying assembly (3) comprises a first conveyor (6), which has at least one winding and is designed to feed the articles (2) from the input station (4) along a first segment (S1) of the path (P); at least one second conveyor (7), which has at least one winding and is designed to feed the articles (2) to the output station (5) along a second segment (S2) of the path (P); and at least one transfer conveyor (8), which is designed to convey the articles (2) from the first conveyor (6) to the second conveyor (7) along an intermediate segment (IS) of the path (P) and has an input (9), which is arranged in the area of the first segment (S1) so as to receive the articles (2) from the first conveyor (6), and an output (10), which is arranged in the area of the second segment (S2) so as to feed the articles (2) to the second conveyor (7); the first segment (S1) extends from the input station (4) to the input (9); the second segment (S2) extends from the output (10) to the output station (5);
the transfer conveyor (8) has at least one first feeding device (11), which is designed to at least partially accompany the articles (2), moving along the intermediate segment (IS); said input (9) and said output (10) are movable along the first and the second conveyor (6, 7), respectively; the store (1) comprising a moving assembly (12) to move the transfer conveyor (8) so as to move said input (9) and said output (10) along the first and the second conveyor (6, 7), respectively, and change the length of the intermediate segment (IS) and of the first and the second segment (S1, S2).

US Pat. No. 11,026,446

HIGH INTEGRITY ENCAPSULATION PRODUCT

1. A particulate extrusion encapsulation product, comprising: (A) an encapsulate, encapsulated in (B) a glassy matrix comprising at least one modified starch, and at least one low molecular weight carbohydrate, wherein the glassy matrix additionally contains about 0.5% to about 10% by weight of at least one insoluble fiber selected from the group consisting of apple fiber, corn fiber, sugarcane fiber, oat fiber, wood fiber, rice fiber, and mixtures thereof, wherein the average size of the fibers is about 20 to about 300 microns, and wherein at least 80% of the particles in the particulate product are unbroken after at least two weeks storage of sealed samples at ambient temperature, based on total number of particles in the particulate product, resulting in improved structural integrity of the product as compared to said product which does not contain the at least one insoluble fiber.

US Pat. No. 11,026,445

BEAN ROASTING APPARATUS

JIYONSON CO., LTD., Taip...

15. A bean roasting apparatus for beans, comprising:a stirring barrel body, comprising an opening;
a receiving structure, disposed on a side of the stirring barrel body, and comprising a bean-through opening and an observation opening, wherein the bean-through opening is connected to the opening; and
an image capturing assembly, disposed on a side of the receiving structure, and comprising at least one image capturing device, wherein the observation opening is disposed within a capturing scope of the at least one image capturing device, and the at least one image capturing device is configured to capture an image inside the receiving structure through the observation opening directly;
wherein the receiving structure further comprises an inclined or curved surface towards the stirring barrel body and connected to the bean-through opening, so that some of the beans can be continuously and temporarily received in the receiving structure through the opening of the stirring barrel body and the bean-through opening, and then slide downward and return back into the stirring barrel body through the bean-through opening and the opening of the stirring barrel body while the beans are roasting.

US Pat. No. 11,026,444

COMPOSITION COMPRISING HUMAN MILK OLIGOSACCHARIDES (HMO) FOR USE IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF SHORT TERM MEMORY AND OTHER COGNITIVE BENEFITS

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A method to improve, enhance or promote declarative memory, short term memory and/or working memory in an infant or young mammal, the method comprising administering a nutritional composition comprising a combination of a human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) and a bovine milk oligosaccharide (BMO) to the infant or young mammal, wherein the HMO comprises 2?-fucosyllactose (2?FL) and lacto-N-neotetraose (LNnT); and the BMO comprises 3?-sialyllactose (3?-SL), 6?-sialyllactose (6?-SL) and a galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS).

US Pat. No. 11,026,443

USE OF SEDOHEPTULOSE AS A NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT

C7 SUGAR GMBH, Vienna (A...

1. A method comprising:obtaining sedoheptulose; and
administering said sedoheptulose to a subject, wherein the sedoheptulose is comprised in a nutritional supplement,
wherein the nutritional supplement comprises a ratio of C6-carbohydrates to C7-carbohydrates in % w/w:% w/w, % w/v:% w/v, or as molar ratio that is below 3000:1.

US Pat. No. 11,026,442

ANIMAL FEED

RED RIVER COMMODITIES, IN...

1. An animal feed product comprising:a container defining a cavity;
a feed mixture disposed in the cavity, the feed mixture comprising:
a plurality of animal feed particles comprising a plurality of seeds; and
seed butter coating each of the plurality of animal feed particles, wherein the seed butter is no more than 20% of the feed mixture by weight; and
a removable cover coupled to the container over the cavity, wherein the removable cover and the container encase the feed mixture.

US Pat. No. 11,026,440

TEMPERATURE TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SOLIDIFYING PORTIONS OF FLUID

JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES AB...

1. A temperature treatment apparatus for solidifying portions of fluid, the apparatus comprising:an endless product conveyor belt comprising a plurality of moulds built into the conveyor belt made of elastic material which defines unitary mould structures having a closed bottom, each of the plurality of moulds defining a cavity having an open upper end and each of the plurality of moulds being arranged to convey a portion of fluid during solidifying of the same,
first impingement jets in a first temperature treatment zone applying non-cryogenic impinging fluid to the moulds in a first temperature treatment effect,
second impingement jets in a second temperature treatment zone applying non-cryogenic impinging fluid to the moulds in a second temperature treatment effect,
wherein the first impingement jets are arranged upstream the second impingement jets with regard to a direction of movement of the portions of fluid during use of the apparatus,
wherein the treatment effect of the first temperature treatment zone is lower than the treatment effect of the second temperature treatment zone;
wherein the first temperature treatment zone is arranged to solidify a crust on the portions of fluid at least on a surface of the fluid closest to the open end of the moulds when the moulds comprising portions of fluid are conveyed through the first temperature treatment zone, and
wherein the second temperature treatment zone is arranged to further solidify the portions of fluid such that at least partly solidified portions are formed when the moulds comprising portions of fluid are conveyed through the second temperature treatment zone.

US Pat. No. 11,026,439

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SPRAY DRYING INSECTS

ASPIRE FOOD GROUP LTD, T...

1. A method for generating insect-based flour comprising:generating a slurry from insects classified as Gryllidae by spraying the insects with water for a period of time greater than one hour, prior to reducing a size of suspended particles of the slurry;
mixing the slurry by an impeller of a mixer set to a first rate of approximately 1140 RPMs or greater for a first period of time at a temperature of approximately 140° F. in the mixer;
after the first period of time has elapsed, mixing the slurry by the impeller at a second rate of approximately 1800 RPMs or greater for a second period of time at a temperature of approximately 140° F. in the mixer;
processing the slurry by a first shear device at a first rotational speed of between 35 HZ and 60 HZ;
reheating the slurry to 140° F.;
processing the slurry by the first shear device at a second rotational speed of between 50 HZ and 80 HZ to reduce the size of the suspended particles of the slurry to less than 100 microns; and
dispensing, by a rotary atomizer, the slurry into a drying chamber to generate dried particles.

US Pat. No. 11,026,437

GAS SUPPLY DEVICE, INTERIOR AIR ADJUSTMENT DEVICE, AND CONTAINER REFRIGERATION DEVICE

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A gas supply device comprising:a gas passage through which gas is supplied to a target space;
a filter provided at an inlet of the gas passage; and
an air pump provided on the gas passage; and
a controller,
wherein the target space is an interior space of a container used for maritime transport, or an interior space of a warehouse in a coastal area,
the gas passage is a passage through which outdoor air is supplied to the target space, and
the controller is programmed to cause air blown from a condenser to be used to heat the gas flowing into the filter in response to determining that an amount of salt adhering to the filter is equal to or higher than a reference salt amount.

US Pat. No. 11,026,436

PRODUCTION LINE AND METHOD FOR IN-LINE PROCESSING OF FOOD PRODUCTS

MAREL TOWNSEND FURTHER PR...

1. A production line for in-line processing of extruded food products, comprising a food transport path that successively leads through:A) a brine unit for feeding a brine solution to a collagen, alginate and/or hybrid coating of the extruded food products and subsequently a liquid smoke unit for feeding a liquid smoke to the brined food products, or
A2) a combined brine/liquid smoke unit for applying both brine and liquid smoke to the food products, in order to stabilize the collagen, alginate and/or hybrid coating; and subsequently
B) a transit oven for drying and heating the brined and smoke treated food products;
wherein the transport path leads from the brine unit to the liquid smoke or through the combined brine/liquid smoke unit, without passing through a drying unit or an oven; and
wherein preceding the brine unit or the combined brine/liquid smoke unit, the production line comprises a co-extrusion unit for extruding food products with the collagen, alginate and/or hybrid coating; and
wherein the brine unit and the liquid smoke unit, or the combined brine/liquid smoke unit, are provided with a climate controlled cabinet.

US Pat. No. 11,026,435

TEXTURED NON-POROUS BARRIER TRANSFER CASING

Viscofan S.A., Navarra (...

1. A functional additive transferring (co)extruded thermoplastic food casing comprising:a water vapor barrier and/or oxygen barrier effect,
wherein an inside surface of said thermoplastic food casing has a textured surface which forms a three-dimensional pattern of higher and lower retaining capacity for a functional additive,
wherein said thermoplastic food casing having a textured surface is either a monolayer casing or a multilayer casing, for which the inside surface is the textured surface and comprises as a main component at least one thermoplastic copolymer material selected from the group consisting of (co)polyamides, (co)polyolefins, (co)polyester and vinylidenchloride (co)polymers,
wherein said (co)extruded thermoplastic food casing does not comprise a net and/or a material forming a net or any other three dimensional structure on its outside surface,
wherein the average thickness of the thermoplastic food casing in the areas having a higher retaining capacity is in a range of from 1 to 100 ?m, and
wherein the average thickness of the thermoplastic food casing in the areas having a lower retaining capacity is in a range of from 191 to 2000 ?m, provided that the thickness difference between the average thickness in said areas having higher retaining capacity and the average thickness in said areas having a lower retaining capacity is in a range of from 160 to 1950 ?m and that a ratio of the average thickness of the thermoplastic food casing in the areas having a higher retaining capacity and the average thickness of the thermoplastic food casing in the areas having a lower retaining capacity is in a range of from 0.002 to 0.25.

US Pat. No. 11,026,434

POWER OPERATED TRIMMING TOOL

Bettcher Industries, Inc....

1. A power operated trimming tool comprising:an elongated handle assembly including a throughbore extending along a longitudinal axis of the handle assembly, the handle assembly including handle including a handle body and a handle extension extending distally from the handle body, the handle extension having an inner surface defining a portion of the handle assembly throughbore and the inner surface of the handle extension including a bearing seating region, the bearing seating region defining a part of the handle assembly throughbore that is distal to the handle body;
a drive gear supported for rotation about a drive gear axis of rotation by a shaft support assembly;
the shaft support assembly including first and second bearing support assemblies disposed in the bearing seating region of the handle extension, the first and second bearing support assemblies of the shaft support assembly supporting the drive gear for rotation about the drive gear axis of rotation;
a head assembly affixed to the handle extension of the handle assembly, the head assembly including a frame body and a rotating element;
the rotating element supported for rotation about an axis of rotation, the drive gear operatively coupled to the rotating element to rotate the rotating element about the axis of rotation of the rotating element; and
the frame body including an interface portion and a support portion extending from the interface portion, the interface portion coupled to a distal end portion of the handle extension to couple the head assembly to the handle assembly, the support portion supporting the rotating element.

US Pat. No. 11,026,433

3D-PRINTER SYSTEM WITH OBJECT DETECTION SENSORS

BeeHex, LLC, Columbus, O...

1. A three-dimensional (3D) printer system, the system comprising:an extruder;
a housing configured to house the extruder;
a 3D-printer base including a print bed, the print bed configured to receive material extruded from the extruder; and
a sensor configured to detect measurements of an object on the print bed;
a processor; and
non-transitory, computer-readable medium having stored thereon logic, the logic being executable by the processor to perform operations including:
receiving data from the sensor pertaining to the detected measurements,
determining dimensions of the object based on the data, and
generating printing instructions in accordance with the dimensions of the object.

US Pat. No. 11,026,432

AUTOMATED BREAD-MAKING SYSTEM

Wilkinson Research and De...

1. An automated system for the continuous production of baked product, comprising:a priming assembly comprising:
a first dry ingredients priming unit comprising:
a vertically-oriented hopper having a conical sidewall, a hopper inlet for receiving a first dry ingredient, a hopper outlet for discharging the first dry ingredient, and a central longitudinal axis; and
a screw positioned within an interior region of the hopper, wherein the screw extends along the central longitudinal axis of the hopper and is configured to rotate about its own central longitudinal axis; and
a second dry ingredients priming unit configured to receive and hold a second dry ingredient, the second dry ingredients priming unit comprising a vertically-oriented vessel having an opening at its top end and an outlet at its bottom end configured to discharge the second dry ingredient from the vessel; and
a wet ingredients priming unit including a liquid reservoir and an outlet for discharging a metered amount of wet ingredients from the reservoir;
a mixing chamber fluidly coupled to the priming assembly and configured to separately receive the first and second dry ingredients from the first and second dry ingredients priming units and the wet ingredients from the wet ingredients priming unit and mix the wet ingredients and the first and second dry ingredients to form a lump of dough, wherein the lump of dough is sized to form an individual baked product;
a forming assembly configured to receive the lump of dough from the mixing chamber and mold the lump of dough into a predetermined shape, wherein the forming assembly comprises:
a conveyor belt with a top portion and a bottom portion,
a forming belt with a top portion and a bottom portion, wherein the forming belt is positioned above the conveyor belt such that at least a portion of the forming belt is aligned with at least a portion of the conveyor belt,
a conveyor belt support positioned between the top portion and the bottom portion of the conveyor belt, wherein the conveyor belt support is configured to limit flexing of the conveyor belt as the lump of dough moves along the conveyor belt,
a forming belt support positioned between the top portion and the bottom portion of the forming belt, wherein the forming belt support limits flexing of the forming belt as the lump of dough moves along the forming belt, and
an oven configured to receive the shaped lump of dough from the forming assembly and apply heat to transform the shaped lump of dough into a baked product; and
a controller coupled to the priming assembly and having memory and processing circuitry, wherein the controller is configured, for each individual baked product, to:
adjust the timing and/or amount of the first dry ingredient delivered from the first dry ingredients priming unit to the mixing chamber; and
adjust the timing and/or amount of the second ingredient delivered from the second dry ingredients priming unit to the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,026,431

STUFFING AND MOLDING MECHANISM OF DOUGH FOOD PRODUCT PROCESSING MACHINE

ANKO FOOD MACHINE CO., LT...

1. A stuffing and molding mechanism of a dough food product processing machine, at least comprising:a stationary structure, which comprises two side boards arranged opposite to each other, the two side boards being formed with two shaft holes and two elongate shaft holes opposite to each other;
a first mold roller, which comprises a transmission shaft penetrating through a molding cutter, the transmission shaft having an end section to which a toothed wheel assembly is mounted, the first mold roller being arranged to have the transmission shaft extending through and supported on the shaft holes of the two side boards so as to support the molding cutter between the two side boards;
a second mold roller, which comprises a transmission shaft penetrating through a molding cutter, the transmission shaft having an end section to which a toothed wheel assembly is mounted, the second mold roller being arranged to have the transmission shaft extending through and supported on the elongate shaft holes of the two side boards so as to support the molding cutter between the two side boards, wherein the first mold roller and the second mold roller are arranged such that the molding cutters are in mating engagement with each other and the toothed wheel assemblies are coupled to a power mechanism to be rotatable synchronously; and
at least one demolding rotary disc, which comprises a disc body that is formed with a shaft hole in a central portion thereof so that the at least one demolding rotary disc is fit, through the shaft hole, to one end of the molding cutter of one of the mold rollers, the disc body having a side surface that is adjacent to the molding cutter and is formed with at least one demolding protrusion raised therefrom, wherein a tubular dough skin that is filled with a stuffing material, upon entry into a space between the two molding cutters, is subjected to pressing and cutting and sealing to form a dumpling, which is demolded by having a side of the dumpling contacted and pulled out by the at least one demolding protrusion that is provided on the at least one demolding rotary disc.

US Pat. No. 11,026,430

COOKING UTENSIL WITH CHANNEL GROOVES

Dimitrije Stojanovski, S...

1. A device comprising a cooking utensil, the device comprising:the cooking utensil comprising a sheet metal tray comprising:
a substantially uniform thickness;
a repeating pattern of depressed groove channels, each groove channel comprising in section raised channel sides and a depressed channel center, the repeating pattern comprising:
a raised channel side of each of the depressed groove channels connecting with at least one raised channel side of a neighboring one of the depressed groove channels; and
a plurality of parallel straight depressed groove channels; and
curved end channels connecting ends of the parallel straight depressed groove channels; andwherein the depressed channel center is configured to hold a bread product to be baked; andwherein the raised channel sides are configured to keep the bread product in each of the depressed groove channels from contacting the bread product in neighboring depressed groove channels.

US Pat. No. 11,026,429

ANTIMICROBIAL STRAW

WilMarc Holdings, LLC, F...

1. A method of making a polymeric tubular conduit, comprising:forming a polymeric tubular conduit wall having an outer tubular layer coaxially overlaying an inner tubular layer which defines a continuous tubular passage along a polymeric tubular conduit length of said polymeric tubular conduit;
wherein said outer tubular layer comprises an amount of antimicrobial agent; and
wherein said amount of antimicrobial agent is characterized by at least one of the following:
(i) wherein said amount of antimicrobial agent is not greater than about 3% by weight of said inner tubular layer;
(ii) wherein said antimicrobial agent has a median particle size distribution which is not less than about 0.5 micrometers; and
(iii) wherein said antimicrobial agent comprises silver-containing zeolites; andwherein an amount of silver ions in said silver-containing zeolites is in a range of between about 0.5% to about 20% by weight of said silver-containing zeolites.

US Pat. No. 11,026,427

MICROBIOCIDAL OXADIAZOLE DERIVATIVES

SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS A...

1. A compound of formula (I):
wherein
A1 represents N or CR1, wherein R1 is hydrogen, halogen, methyl, ethyl, difluoromethyl, trifluoromethyl, methoxy, ethoxy or difluoromethoxy;
A2 represents N or CR2, wherein R2 is hydrogen, halogen, methyl, ethyl, difluoromethyl, trifluoromethyl, methoxy, ethoxy or difluoromethoxy;
A3 represents N or CR3, wherein R3 is hydrogen or fluoro;
A4 represents N or CR4, wherein R4 is hydrogen or fluoro; and
wherein no more than two of A1 to A4 are N;
L1 represents —C(O)—;
R5 represents cyano, cyanoC1-6alkyl, C1-3alkoxyC1-4alkyl, C1-2fluoroalkoxyC1-4alkyl, C3-6alkenyl, C3-6alkynyl, C3-8cycloalkyl or C3-8cycloalkylC1-2alkyl wherein the cycloalkyl moiety is optionally partially unsaturated, phenyl, phenylC1-2alkyl, heteroaryl bonded to L1 through a carbon atom or heteroarylC1-2alkyl, wherein the heteroaryl moiety is a 5- or 6-membered monocyclic aromatic ring which comprises 1, 2, 3 or 4 heteroatoms individually selected from N, O and S, heterocyclyl bonded to L1 through a carbon atom or heterocyclylC1-2alkyl, wherein the heterocyclyl moiety is a 4- to 6-membered non-aromatic ring which comprises 1, 2 or 3 heteroatoms individually selected from N, O and S, and wherein C3-8cycloalkyl, phenyl, heteroaryl and heterocyclyl are optionally substituted by 1, 2 or 3 substituents, which may be the same or different, selected from R7, and wherein when R5 represents C3-8cycloalkyl, C3-8cycloalkylC1-2alkyl, heterocyclyl or heterocyclylC1-2alkyl, the C3-8cycloalkyl or heterocyclyl moiety is optionally substituted by 1 or 2 oxo groups;
R7 represents cyano, halogen, hydroxy, C1-4alkyl, C1-2haloalkyl, C1-4alkoxy, C1-2haloalkoxy, C1-4alkylcarbonyl, C1-4alkoxycarbonyl, aminocarbonyl, C1-4alkylaminocarbonyl or diC1-4alkylaminocarbonyl;
or
a salt or an N-oxide thereof.

US Pat. No. 11,026,426

OXADIAZOLE AND PHENOL DERIVATIVES AS ANTIBACTERIAL AND/OR HERBICIDAL AGENTS

Northern Illinois Researc...

1. A method to inhibit bacteria, the method comprising contacting the bacteria with a compound of the formula IwhereinX is NH or S;
Y is CH or N;
Z is selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkylene, C2-C6 alkenylene, and C3-C6 cycloalkylene, or Z is absent; and
R is selected from the group consisting of halogen, —OH, —NO2, C2-C6 alkenyl, —O(C1-C6 alkyl), and —O(C6-C10 aryl), wherein each hydrogen atom in C2-C6 alkenyl, and —O(C1-C6 alkyl) is independently optionally substituted by halogen, —OH, or —NO2, and wherein each hydrogen atom in —O(C6-C10 aryl) is optionally substituted by —OH.

US Pat. No. 11,026,425

ACTIVE SUBSTANCE COMBINATIONS THAT HAVE NEMATICIDAL, INSECTICIDAL, AND FUNGICIDAL PROPERTIES AND ARE BASED ON TRIFLUOROBUTENYL COMPOUNDS

ADAMA MAKHTESHIM LTD., B...

1. A synergistic combination comprising:(a) one or more active compounds of the formula (I)

in which
X represents halogen and
n represents 0, 1 or 2,
and
(b) one or more active compounds from group (b3):
(b3) climbazole, clotrimazole, imazalil, oxpoconazole, triflumizole, azaconazole, bromuconazole, cyproconazole, diclobutrazol, diniconazole, diniconazole-M, epoxiconazole, etaconazole, fenbuconazole, fluquinconazole, flusilazole, furconazole, furconazole-cis, hexaconazole, imibenconazole, metconazole, myclobutanil, penconazole, propiconazole, quinconazole, simeconazole, tetraconazole, triadimefon, uniconazole and uniconazole-P.

US Pat. No. 11,026,421

EFFICIENT STABILIZER IN CONTROLLING SELF ACCELERATED DECOMPOSITION TEMPERATURE OF PEROXYCARBOXYLIC ACID COMPOSITIONS WITH MINERAL ACIDS

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A stabilized homogenous equilibrium peracid composition comprising:a peroxycarboxylic acid mixture comprising a C1-C4 peroxycarboxylic acid and a C5-C22 peroxycarboxylic acid;
a carboxylic acid mixture comprising a C1-C4 carboxylic acid and a C5-C22 carboxylic acid;
hydrogen peroxide;
about 12.5 wt. % to about 50 wt. % of a sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, and/or methane sulfonic acid;
a peroxycarboxylic acid stabilizing agent, wherein the stabilizing agent comprises a picolinic acid, or a compound having the following Formula (IA):

wherein R is OH or —NR1aR1b, wherein R1a and R1b are independently hydrogen or (C1-C6)alkyl; wherein R2 is OH or NR2aR2b, wherein R2a and R2b are independently hydrogen or (C1-C6)alkyl; wherein each R3 is independently (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl or (C2-C6)alkynyl; and n is a number from zero to 3; or a salt thereof,
or a compound having the following Formula (IB):

wherein R1 is OH or —NR1aR1b wherein R1a and R1b are independently hydrogen or (C1-C6)alkyl; wherein R2 is OH or NR2aR2b, wherein R2a and R2b are independently hydrogen or (C1-C6)alkyl; wherein each R3 is independently (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl or (C2-C6)alkynyl; and n is a number from zero to 3; or a salt thereof; and
at least one additional agent comprising an anionic surfactant, a hydrotrope, a defoaming agent, a solvent, a fluorescent active agent or a combination thereof,
wherein said composition has a use solution pH below about 4, and wherein the composition has a self-accelerating decomposition temperature (SADT) of at least about 45° C.

US Pat. No. 11,026,419

SILVER- AND COPPER-CHELATING IONIC LIQUIDS, POLYMERS, AND GELS, AND USES THEREOF

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method of antimicrobial treatment, comprising:providing a sample comprising a plurality of microorganisms;
adding to the sample an ionic liquid mixture comprising an ionic liquid complex comprising an ionic liquid chelated to a metal cation;
thereby killing or inhibiting the growth of at least a portion of the plurality of microorganisms in the sample,
wherein the ionic liquid comprises a cation and an anion; and
the cation is represented by the following structural formula I:
wherein, independently for each occurrence:R1 is —(C(R)2)n—;
n is 2, or 3;
R2 is —(C(R?)2)m—R?;
m is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10; and
R is H, F, C1-C3 alkyl, or C1-C3 fluoroalkyl;
R? is H, F, C1-C8 alkyl, or C1-C8 fluoroalkyl; and
R? is H, F, C1-C3 alkyl, C1-C3 fluoroalkyl, C1-C3 alkyloxy, C1-C3 fluoroalkyloxy, C6-C10 aryl, C2-C8 alkenyl or C2-C8 fluoroalkenyl; wherein each instance of C6-C10 aryl is optionally substituted with one, two, three, four or five substituents independently selected from the group consisting of F, C1-C3 alkyl, C1-C3 fluoroalkyl, C1-C3 alkyloxy, and C1-C3 fluoroalkyloxy, or
the cation is represented by the following structural formula II:
wherein, independently for each occurrence:R1 is —(C(R)2)n—;
n is 2, or 3;
R2 is —(C(R?)2)m—R?;
m is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10; and
R is H, F, C1-C3 alkyl, or C1-C3 fluoroalkyl;
R? is H, F, C1-C8 alkyl, or C1-C8 fluoroalkyl; and
R? is H, F, C1-C3 alkyl, C1-C3 fluoroalkyl, C1-C3 alkyloxy, C1-C3 fluoroalkyloxy, C6-C10 aryl, C2-C8 alkenyl or C2-C8 fluoroalkenyl; wherein each instance of C6-C10 aryl is optionally substituted with one, two, three, four or five substituents independently selected from the group consisting of F C1-C3 alkyl, C1-C3 fluoroalkyl, C1-C3 alkyloxy, and C1-C3 fluoroalkyloxy.

US Pat. No. 11,026,418

SURFACE DISINFECTANT WITH RESIDUAL BIOCIDAL PROPERTY

MICROBAN PRODUCTS COMPANY...

1. A disinfectant formulation imparting a residual biocidal property, the disinfectant formulation comprising:0.2 weight % to 3 weight % of an oxazoline homopolymer having a structure of:

wherein
R1 is hydroxyl,
R2 is hydroxyl,
R3 is alkyl and
n is in a range of 10 to 1,000,000;
0.2 weight % to 4 weight % of a quaternary ammonium compound having a structure of:

wherein
R1 is methyl;
R2 is C8-C12 alkyl, or benzyl;
R3 is methyl;
R4 is C8-C16 alkyl;
X?, an anion, is Cl;
and a carrier.

US Pat. No. 11,026,417

TREE MOUNTABLE GEAR HOLDING ASSEMBLY

10. A hunting gear holding assembly configured to be placed around a tree to support articles on the tree, said assembly comprising:a strap being elongated and having a first end, a second end, a first side, a second side, an upper edge and a lower edge, said first and second ends defining free ends;
a plurality of article loops being positioned on said first side and being configured to engage articles to be suspended on said strap, said article loops forming a continuous line of loops covering at least 75% of said first side;
a slide buckle being mounted on said strap adjacent to said second end; and
a hook being attached to said slide buckle, said hook being removably extendable through one of said article loops to form a closed loop with said elongated strap, said slide buckle being movable toward said terminal loop on said strap to shorten a circumference of said closed loop, a free section of strap being defined from said first end to said article loop engaged with said hook.

US Pat. No. 11,026,416

TURKEY CALL HOLDER

1. A turkey call holder, comprising:a receptacle having an open top adapted to receive a pot call there through wherein at least a portion of the pot call resides within said receptacle;
a pair of clamping shoes disposed in opposition to one another within said receptacle;
at least one elastic member for elastically biasing said clamping shoes towards one another wherein said clamping shoes are adapted to engage opposing sides of a portion of the pot call residing within said receptacle; and
a flexible strap coupled to said receptacle and adapted to secure said receptacle to a limb of a user.

US Pat. No. 11,026,415

ROBOTIC AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Crinklaw Farm Services, I...

1. A robotic agriculture system, comprising:autonomous delivery vehicles, configured to autonomously traverse respective at least partially obscured predefined non-overlapping paths within respective predefined areas, wherein each of the autonomous delivery vehicles further comprises:
hydraulic motors attached to a vehicle chassis, wherein the hydraulic motors motivate the autonomous delivery vehicle,
a main hydraulic pump attached to the vehicle chassis and fluidly coupled to provide a driving force to the hydraulic motors, causing the autonomous delivery vehicle to go forwards or backwards,
a hydraulic actuator mechanically coupled to front wheels of the autonomous delivery vehicle,
an auxiliary hydraulic pump attached to the vehicle chassis and fluidly coupled to the hydraulic actuator to provide a steering force, causing the autonomous delivery vehicle to turn right or left,
a motive engine coupled to the main and auxiliary hydraulic pumps, wherein the hydraulic pumps are caused to operate, and
a vehicle control unit coupled to an autonomous delivery vehicle (ADV) forward-looking LiDAR sensor and to an ADV GPS sensor, the vehicle control unit generating a vehicle command based on the ADV forward-looking LiDAR sensor sensing the at least partially obscured predefined path and the ADV GPS sensor sensing the predefined area containing the at least partially obscured predefined path, the vehicle command including at least one of a steering command, a propulsion command, a throttle control command, a clutch command, a parking brake command, a spray command, or a pressure control command, and the autonomous delivery vehicle responding to at least one vehicle command
wherein selected autonomous delivery vehicles further comprise:
a dispersal fan, attached to the vehicle chassis rear; a sprayer system, including:
a reservoir for holding a premixed solution,
a solution pump coupled to the reservoir, and
spray nozzles coupled to the solution pump,
wherein the solution pump is caused to deliver the premixed solution from the reservoir to the spray nozzles, wherein the dispersal fan is caused to create a forced air stream ejected from the autonomous delivery vehicle, and wherein the nozzles cause the premixed solution to be ejected into the forced air stream.

US Pat. No. 11,026,414

AGRICULTURAL APPLICATOR AND SYSTEM

WGF LLC, Kirkland, IL (U...

1. A variable width agricultural applicator attachable to a boom to apply a liquid to a crop in rows, the variable width agricultural applicator sprayer comprising:a drop tube;
a splitter downstream of the drop tube, an inlet of the splitter fluidly connected to the drop tube; the splitter defining a sealed area within the splitter fluidly connecting the inlet of the splitter and splitter outlets;
a pair of flexible delivery tubes downstream of the splitter, the pair of flexible delivery tubes fluidly connected to the splitter outlets;
wherein each one of the pair of flexible delivery tubes is thermoformed plastic and has a predetermined bend;
wherein a first width is defined between the predetermined bend of each one of the pair of flexible delivery tubes;
wherein a flexibility of each of the pair of flexible delivery tubes is such that the first width is configured to decrease during use between the crop in rows having a row width less than the first width;
wherein the drop tube upstream of the splitter comprises a first hose portion, a second stainless steel portion, and a second hose portion, wherein a distal end of the stainless steel portion is bent to form a bent distal end;
wherein a drop pivot mount assembly connects the drop tube to the boom;
wherein the drop pivot mount assembly includes a drop mount sleeve connected to a first coupler;
wherein the drop mount sleeve defines a sleeve longitudinal axis and the first coupler defines a first coupler longitudinal axis, the sleeve longitudinal axis being proximately normal to the first coupler longitudinal axis;
wherein a breakaway spring surrounds the first hose portion along at least a portion of its length.

US Pat. No. 11,026,413

THERAPEUTIC HORSESHOE AND METHOD OF USE

1. A therapeutic horseshoe, comprising:a main body of unitary construction of nondeformable material, the main body comprising:
opposed upper and lower surfaces, wherein
the upper surface is configured to engage a bottom of a hoof of a horse;
the lower surface is flat from a heel end thereof to a breakover point between a center portion thereof and a toe end thereof, the toe end being disposed opposite the heel end; and
the lower surface is curved convexly from an inner edge to an opposed outer edge;
wherein the contour of the upper surface is rounded along the inner edge, the toe end, and the outer edge, corresponding to a shape of the hoof.

US Pat. No. 11,026,412

FISHING BUCKET

1. A fishing bucket for transporting and holding fishing gear comprising:a bucket having a circular base, sidewall, inner surface and outer surface;
a handle having a first end and a second end each extending from opposing outer surfaces of said sidewall of the bucket;
a first tubular-shaped fishing rod holder attached to the outer surface of the sidewall of the bucket in a fixed upright position using a first bracket to hold the first fishing rod holder in an off-set position wherein a top end of the first tubular-shaped fishing rod holder is spaced away from the outer surface and sidewall of the bucket to prevent the first fishing rod holder from interfering with movement of the handle in relation to the bucket; and
said first tubular-shaped fishing rod holder being parallel to the sidewall of the bucket;
said first bracket having an arm extending perpendicularly between said side wall of the bucket and said first tubular-shaped fishing rod holder;
said top end of the first tubular-shaped fishing rod holder, arm of said first bracket, and sidewall create a first U-shaped space within which the handle may still fully pivot in relation to the sidewall of the bucket;
a second tubular-shaped fishing rod holder attached to the outer surface of the sidewall of the bucket in a fixed upright position using a second bracket to hold the second fishing rod holder in an off-set position wherein a top end of the second tubular-shaped fishing rod holder is spaced away from the outer surface and sidewall of the bucket to prevent the second fishing rod holder from interfering with movement of the handle in relation to the bucket; and
said second tubular-shaped fishing rod holder being parallel to the sidewall of the bucket;
said second bracket having an arm extending perpendicularly between said side wall of the bucket and said second tubular-shaped fishing rod holder;
said top end of the second tubular-shaped fishing rod holder, arm of said second bracket, and sidewall create a first U-shaped space within which the handle may still fully pivot in relation to the sidewall of the bucket.

US Pat. No. 11,026,411

SHAPE SHIFTING FISHING LURE

1. A device having a planar shape and being capable of planar deflection when pulled through water, the device comprising:a planar member having a circular shape, front and back sides, a center, and a peripheral edge;
a spiral shaped cut that begins at the peripheral edge and follows a circumference of the circular shape a set distance from the peripheral edge and which extends inwardly along a length thereof toward the center of the planar member and terminating at a first hole located interiorly of the planar member with respect to the peripheral edge, wherein the cut forms;
an elongation of the planar shape occurs while being pulled through the water in use; and
a second hole offset and spaced from the first hole which is large enough to allow a fishing line or wire to pass therethrough, the second hole being larger in size than the first hole, and the first and second holes being offset from the center of the planar member allowing the device to rotate.

US Pat. No. 11,026,410

ENERGY-DRIVEN IN-SITU PLANKTON COLLECTING DEVICE

DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECH...

1. A new energy-driven in-situ plankton collecting device, comprising a solar photovoltaic cell and wind power generation system, a buoyancy support system, a power supply and control system, a plankton suction and collection system, and an anchoring system, wherein the solar photovoltaic cell and wind power generation system is arranged above the buoyancy support system and provides power supply for the battery of the power supply and control system by using solar energy and wind power; the buoyancy support system is composed of floating balls and connecting pieces and provides buoyancy support for the whole device, and the buoyancy support system is connected with the anchoring system to keep the device vertically floating in the designated area of the water body with the center of gravity below the water surface and to ensure that the height of the solar photovoltaic cell and wind power generation system above the water surface is more than 1.2 times the maximum wave height of the water area; and the power supply and control system is connected with the plankton suction and collection system, and the plankton suction and collection system is fixed on the buoyancy support system, arranged below the water surface and above the anchoring system and composed of a plankton suction axial-flow pump and a collecting cod end which are connected by elastic buckles;the plankton suction axial-flow pump is driven by a variable frequency motor and is provided with steady power supply by the battery; and caliber of inlet end of the plankton suction axial-flow pump gradually becomes smaller along the water flow suction direction and the inlet end always faces the direction of the natural water flow; the collecting cod end has a bag shape with a small mouth and a large belly, the mouth is a rigid ring that cannot be deformed, and the structures of both sides of the collecting cod end are the same for double-sided use; an annular groove is arranged on the periphery of the outlet end of the plankton suction axial-flow pump, radial elastic buckles with outward elasticity direction are uniformly arranged on the outer side of the groove, and gripping or loosening the circle of elastic buckles can reduce or restore the diameter of the annular groove on the outlet end of the axial-flow pump for installing or removing the collecting cod end; the annular groove on the outlet end of the axial-flow pump can be closely sheathed and connected with the rigid ring mouth of the collecting cod end;
a flow rate sensor and an alarm device are arranged in the plankton suction axial-flow pump; the initial suction water flow rate of the axial-flow pump is set to be more than 1.2 times the maximum average escape movement speed of plankton to be collected; and when the suction water flow rate of the axial-flow pump drops below the maximum average escape movement speed of plankton to be collected, the alarm device gives an alarm reminder to replace the collecting cod end.

US Pat. No. 11,026,406

MOBILE ROBOT, IN PARTICULAR AN EDUCATION ROBOT, FOR POULTRY FARM AND REARING FACILITY IMPLEMENTING ONE OR MORE ROBOTS

TIBOT, Cesson-Sevigne (F...

16. A mobile teaching robot for a poultry farm comprising at least one egg-laying area, said robot comprising:wheels for moving the robot on a floor of the farm,
at least one sound source and at least one light source arranged to encourage mobility of poultry birds to force poultry birds present on the floor towards the at least one egg-laying area,
a microprocessor for controlling said at least one sound source and at least one light source, said microprocessor being configured to activate successively different sequences of said at least one sound source and at least one light source to prevent a phenomenon of habituation of said poultry birds near the robot, and
a rake arranged to level and ventilate the floor.

US Pat. No. 11,026,405

CONTAINER BASE, CONTAINER SEGMENT, CONTAINER COVER AND CONTAINER ASSEMBLY FOR HOLDING LIVE POULTRY AND METHOD FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING SUCH A CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

MAREL STORK POULTRY PROCE...

1. A container segment for holding live poultry, the container segment comprising:a bottom wall and four side walls protruding from the bottom wall, the four side walls including a first side wall and three uniform solid constructed side walls;
wherein the container segment is provided with a door,
wherein the door is formed by a section of the first side wall and a door section of the bottom wall, the bottom wall including the door section of the bottom wall and a remaining section of the bottom wall that is the rest of the bottom wall, the section of the first side wall being rigidly connected to the door section of the bottom wall at a fixed angle relative to the door section of the bottom wall,
wherein the door is movably connected with the rest of the container segment such that the door is displaceable between
a first position wherein the door fits the rest of the container segment in a closed position, and
a second position wherein the door provides an opening in the first side wall and the bottom wall for the passage of poultry,
wherein the container segment comprises coupling parts on a top and a bottom thereof respectively such that the container segment is couplable by stacking with another similar container segment having corresponding coupling parts.

US Pat. No. 11,026,404

PET IDENTIFICATION TAG WITH AN INTEGRATED RELEASABLE COUPLING

1. A pet identification tag that is adapted to be releasably coupled directly to a pet collar attachment loop, comprising:a tag body; and
an attachment ring partially permanently anchored in the tag body such that the attachment ring is not removeable from the tag body, the attachment ring having two ring endpoints external to the tag body and that partially overlap one another along lengths thereof to form a fully enclosed coupling area immediately adjacent to the tag body, where the ring endpoints are configured to be spread apart laterally to accommodate insertion of the pet collar attachment loop between them and along their overlapping lengths to either couple or decouple the pet collar attachment loop.

US Pat. No. 11,026,403

FLAVOR PLATE FOR PET FOOD BOWL

1. A pet entertainment device, comprising:a thin flat plate configured to sit inside a pet food bowl;
a surface coating on the thin flat plate having a flavor element pleasing to a pet; and
a plurality of particles in the surface coating configured to stimulate a pet's tongue.

US Pat. No. 11,026,402

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING ANIMALS AND ALERTING ANIMAL OWNERS OF LOST ANIMALS

BOERINGER INGELHEIM ANIMA...

1. A computer-implemented method for tracking a companion animal and alerting an owner of the companion animal when the companion animal is lost, the method comprising:a server generating a web page associated with a near-field-communication (NFC) portion of an electronic tag, the electronic tag being coupled to the companion animal;
the server generating a geo-fence associated with the electronic tag;
the server monitoring the geo-fence to determine if the electronic tag has exited the geo-fence;
the server sending a message to the web page if the electronic tag has exited the geo-fence;
the server sending an alert to a portable computing device if the electronic tag has exited the geo-fence;
the server sending a command to the electronic tag to change from a first rate to a second rate for a device identifier reporting rate;
the server sending a command to the electronic tag to report its present battery level status to a communications network;
receiving a request from the communications network for an increased frequency of reporting of the location for the electronic tag; and
the server sending a command to the electronic tag to change the second rate to a third rate for sending the device identifier to the communications network.

US Pat. No. 11,026,401

TOOL FOR MARKING LIVESTOCK

Cotran Corporation, Port...

1. A tool for marking livestock comprising:a provided elongate cylindrical volume of pigment; and
a semi-rigid tube having an inside diameter equal to the outside diameter of the cylindrical volume of pigment, and
said semi-rigid tube having a vertical split; and
a cylindrical form having an outside diameter equal to the outside diameter of the cylindrical volume of pigment; and
said cylindrical form coaxial and engaged end-to-end with said cylindrical volume of pigment; wherein
the semi-rigid tube is a sheath for the cylindrical volume of pigment and is opened at the split and removed as the cylindrical volume of pigment is eroded, and the cylindrical form provides a handle for grasping a portion of the eroded cylindrical volume of pigment.

US Pat. No. 11,026,400

WATER WHEEL PET FOUNTAIN

1. A pet fountain, comprising:a basin adapted to hold water;
a collector having an outlet disposed above at least a portion of the basin;
a water wheel rotatably mounted with respect to the basin; the water wheel configured to move water from the basin to the collector such that water flows out of the outlet and falls into the basin; the pet fountain defining a flow of water accessible to pets for drinking;
the water wheel including a plurality of buckets adapted to collect water from the basin when the water wheel positions the bucket in the basin;
wherein the water wheel defines means for leveling the water level in each bucket such that the buckets deliver constant volumes of water to the collector when different levels of water are in the basin;
the water wheel defining an air bubble hole in each bucket adapted to release trapped air bubbles to reduce pet fountain operation noise; and
a motor that rotates the water wheel.

US Pat. No. 11,026,399

AUTOMATED ANIMAL FEEDING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Game Country Inc., Alban...

1. An animal feeding system comprising:a container for receiving feed therein;
a sensor;
a controller;
a communications module coupled with the controller and configured for both short-range and long-range communication with at least one user interface and the at least one sensor;
a dispenser for dispensing feed; and
a gate connected with a motor, the gate for controlling the flow of food from the container to the dispenser, the gate controlled by a motor;
wherein the controller is configured to automatically regulate feeding times according to the location of the animal feeding system and the corresponding sunrise and sunset times of the location.

US Pat. No. 11,026,398

PET FOOD AND WATER BOWL APPARATUS

1. A pet food and water bowl apparatus, comprising:a first bowl and a second bowl stacked in a vertical relationship, wherein the second bowl is positioned over a portion of the first bowl on a column that extends upward from a basin of the first bowl, and wherein the column is surrounded by the basin of the first bowl;
the first bowl having an uncovered portion that extends horizontally beyond a vertical projection of the second bowl, the first bowl further having a covered portion under the second bowl in which the column is mounted; and
the second bowl having a basin, and further having a partial cover which extends around approximately half of the basin of the second bowl and which further extends upward over a covered portion of the basin of the second bowl, and wherein the partial cover has a front rim that defines a vertical opening between the covered portion of the basin and an uncovered portion of the basin of the second bowl, and wherein the front rim extends upward from a rim of the second bowl at a first side of the second bowl, and from the rim of the second bowl at a second side of the second bowl to a top of the partial cover.

US Pat. No. 11,026,397

CAT LITTER PRODUCT

1. A litter comprising:45% to 80% by weight of sodium bentonite, wherein the sodium bentonite comprises at least 47% of an external surface area of the litter, and
20% to 55% by weight of a non-clumping filler material,
wherein the litter has a bulk density less than about 58 lb/ft3, wherein the litter when exposed to a wetting agent forms at least one clump, and wherein each at least one clump is mechanically separable from unwetted litter for disposal.

US Pat. No. 11,026,396

CATCH DRAWER LITTER BOX

1. A catch drawer litter box, comprising:a container including an upper end, a lower end, a front end, and a rear end;
a cavity within the container, wherein the cavity is divided between a recovery region and a litter region;
an opening on the front end of the container, wherein the opening leads to the recovery region of the cavity;
a transfer opening within the container connecting between the recovery region and the litter region;
a pair of guide members connected to a floor of the recovery region of the cavity within the container;
a debris container removably connected to the container within the recovery region of the cavity, wherein the debris container includes a pair of slots for engaging with the pair of guide members, wherein the pair of guide members are adapted to guide the debris container as the debris container is inserted into or removed from the cavity; and
a flange within the recovery region of the cavity for removably securing the debris container within the recovery region of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 11,026,395

MILKING APPARATUS

Avon Polymer Products Lim...

1. A milking apparatus comprising:a liner made from a resiliently deformable material, the liner extending along a longitudinal direction; and
a rigid support shell, wherein the liner is mounted on the rigid support shell,
wherein the liner comprises:
an outer hood configured to lie over an outer surface of the rigid support shell;
an inner barrel configured to be disposed within the rigid support shell and to define an internal volume of the liner, the inner barrel extending in the longitudinal direction away from an opening at a first end of the liner, through which opening an animal teat is insertable into the internal volume,
wherein the outer hood has a longitudinal length commensurate with a longitudinal length of the inner barrel, and
wherein the inner barrel is connected to the outer hood at a plurality of longitudinally extending connection regions on an inner surface of the outer hood.

US Pat. No. 11,026,380

VERTICAL ASSEMBLY FOR GROWING PLANTS

FREIGHT FARMS, INC., Bos...

1. A device for growing plants comprising a panel assembly comprising:a support panel having a front face and a back face;
a back panel fastened to the support panel along bond lines that form a nutrient flow channel supported on the back face of the support panel extending from an inlet at an upper region to an outlet at a lower region of the support panel, the support panel and the back panel being impermeable to retain a liquid nutrient solution within the nutrient flow channel;
a front panel fastened to the front face of the support panel along bond lines that form a plurality of grow pockets, the plurality of grow pockets in vertical alignment with the nutrient flow channel, the front panel including a plant access opening therethrough to an interior of each grow pocket; and
a plurality of fluid apertures in the support panel, each fluid aperture disposed at a lower region of an associated one of the plurality of grow pockets for fluid communication between the interior of each grow pocket and an interior of the nutrient flow channel.

US Pat. No. 11,026,379

HYDROPONIC CULTIVATION SYSTEM COMPRISING SEEDBEDS AND A TRANSPORT MECHANISM

TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDING...

5. A hydroponic cultivation system, comprising:a plurality of seedbeds configured to receive seedlings of a plant being transplanted to the seedbeds, wherein each seedbed of the plurality of seedbeds has a length, measured in a vertical direction, that is greater than a width, measured in a horizontal direction perpendicular to the vertical direction;
a hanging part that hangs each seedbed of the plurality of seedbeds while seedbeds of the plurality of seedbeds are arranged in the horizontal direction from a first side of the hydroponic cultivation system configured for planting the seedlings in the seedbeds to a second side of the hydroponic cultivation system configured for harvesting the seedlings from the seedbeds, wherein the plurality of seedbeds is initially arranged on the hanging part such that initial spacings are respectively present in the horizontal direction between adjacent seedbeds of the plurality of seedbeds; and
a transport mechanism that transports the plurality of seedbeds in the horizontal direction, from the first side of the hydroponic cultivation system to the second side of the hydroponic cultivation system, while widening the respective initial spacings either continuously or in a discrete manner,
wherein the transport mechanism includes one screw formed to have a pitch that is increased in a discrete manner toward the horizontal direction, the screw including grooves, and upper ends of the seedbeds of the plurality of seedbeds being configured to engage with the grooves,
wherein the screw includes a plurality of screw members each having a predetermined length and connection members each connecting two screw members,
wherein connection holes are formed at both end portions of the screw members in a rotation axis direction of the screw,
wherein the connection members each engage with the corresponding connection holes of the plurality of screw members, and
wherein the transport mechanism includes:
a screw supporting part that rotatably supports an end portion of the screw; and
a biasing member that is provided between the screw supporting part and the screw, and biases the screw members in the rotation axis direction.

US Pat. No. 11,026,378

VERTICAL HYDROPONIC PLANT PRODUCTION APPARATUS

University of Wyoming, L...

1. A vertical hydroponic plant production apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a hollow grow tube having a front face, a back face, an open first end, and an open second end and wherein said hollow grow tube has an internal width;
wherein each grow tube has a length between the first end and the open second end and the front face has a width, and wherein the length of each grow tube is larger than the width of the front face;
a slot formed in the front face of the grow tube, wherein said slot is formed continuously along the entire length of said front face of each grow tube from the first end to the second end or continuously to a point approximately four (4?) inches to approximately six (6?) inches from the first end of each grow tube, the slot having a width 1/32nd to 31/32nd the width of the front face; and
a media material having a thickness substantially half the internal width of the grow tube, wherein the media material is two equal lengths so that the thickness of both halves of said media material are approximately equal to the internal width of the grow tube;
wherein said grow tube is adapted to receive said media material, and wherein said media material is supported by the faces of the grow tube; and
wherein the grow tube is positionable in a vertical position or semi vertical position allowing inclined, multi-angled crop production and multi-storied conveyor style crop production;
wherein said grow tube is configured to allow plants to be inserted into the media material and grown through said slot; and
wherein the grow tube has a shape selected from the group consisting of substantially square, rectangular, round, oval, octagon, pentagon and triangular.

US Pat. No. 11,026,377

WICK WATERING POT COVER SYSTEM

1. A wick watering system for potted plants comprising:an outer container with a side surface and a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface has a central protrusion extending into an interior space of the outer container;
an inner container placed into the interior space of the outer container, the inner container having a side surface and a bottom surface, wherein the side surface of the inner container does not contain any holes, and wherein the bottom surface of the inner container has a central indentation, wherein the central indentation is configured and disposed to rest on the central protrusion of the outer container, and wherein the inner container has a plurality of holes formed within the central indentation in its bottom surface;
wherein a hole is formed at a tip of the central protrusion of the outer container; and
a wicking element inserted between the outer container and the inner container and wherein the wicking element is in communication with the plurality of holes formed within the central indentation.

US Pat. No. 11,026,376

CUSTOMIZED LAND SURFACE MODELING IN A SOIL-CROP SYSTEM USING SATELLITE DATA TO DETECT IRRIGATION AND PRECIPITATION EVENTS FOR DECISION SUPPORT IN PRECISION AGRICULTURE

DTN, LLC, Omaha, NE (US)...

1. A method, comprising:ingesting, as input data, weather and climatological information that includes at least one of historical field-level weather data and extended-range weather forecast data, crop-specific information relative to a particular field, soil profile data, and remotely-sensed imagery data providing thermal images of the particular field;
modeling the input data in a plurality of data processing modules within a computing environment in which the plurality of data processing modules are executed in conjunction with at least one specifically-configured processor, the data processing modules configured to assess a state of moisture content of a soil-crop system in the particular field over time, by
1) diagnosing and predicting expected weather conditions at or near the particular field from the weather and climatological information, 2) aggregating the ingested input data in a land surface model customized to simulate crop water usage over time, soil moisture depletion at multiple depths within the soil-crop system over time, and soil-water characteristics at the multiple depths relative to one or more crop growth stages over a crop growing season in the particular field, the soil-water characteristics including a depth profile of water extraction by the crop at the one or more growth stages, and an impact of prior irrigation activity on the state of moisture content, 3) analyzing the thermal images to resolve inconsistencies in spatial and thermal resolutions to diagnose soil-crop moisture data for the particular field, by applying one or more disaggregation functions to identify moisture fluxes at a specific spatial element between the images, and one or more fusion functions to identify moisture fluxes at a specific temporal element within the images, the specific spatial element and the specific temporal element enabling an estimate of historical irrigation and other precipitation events for the particular field from the soil-crop moisture data, the one or more disaggregation functions operating to normalize soil-crop moisture data represented in different spatial resolutions of the images to identify an occurrence of the prior irrigation activity in the particular field, and not a neighboring field represented within a spatially-similar coarse pixel resolution of the images, and the one or more fusion functions operating to normalize soil-crop moisture data within images taken at different times to identify which specific day the prior irrigation activity occurred that is within a time span relative to data from overpasses for the particular field, 4) adjusting one or more simulation parameters in the land surface model based on identified differences between the simulations, and the estimate of historical irrigation and other precipitation events for the particular field from the soil-crop moisture data, and 5) estimating moisture content in the soil-crop system at any point in the crop growing season in one or more additional simulations; and
developing an irrigation schedule from a root zone moisture profile representing the state of moisture content of the soil-crop system in the particular field over the crop growing season from the simulated crop water usage, soil moisture depletion and the soil-water characteristics, for delivering an application of water for the particular field, wherein a user applies water to the particular field based on the irrigation schedule or an automated application of water is controlled based on the irrigation schedule.

US Pat. No. 11,026,375

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RAIN CLOUD INITIATION

1. A system configured to produce a man-made cloud and deliver the man-made cloud into the troposphere at an altitude targeted for downwind delivery of precipitation from the man-made cloud, the system being operable in conjunction with an airborne vessel, the system comprising:a water-delivery subsystem configured to deliver water from a water source to a fanning subsystem, wherein the water source is disposed at or near ground level;
the fanning subsystem including an intake and an output,
wherein the intake is configured to take in either
(i) oxygen and hydrogen, wherein the oxygen and hydrogen are ignited to produce aerosol, or to take in one or more of:
(ii) air,
(iii) the delivered water, wherein the delivered water is or has been combined with the air to produce aerosol, and/or
(iv) the aerosol produced from the delivered water,
wherein the output is configured to output either
(i) the aerosol produced from either the oxygen and the hydrogen or from the delivered water, or to output, responsive to taking in (ii), (iii), and/or (iv),
(ii) the air, wherein the air is or has been combined with the delivered water to produce the aerosol, and/or
(iii) the aerosol produced from the delivered water,
and wherein the fanning subsystem is further configured to transport the aerosol from the fanning subsystem into an air tube;
the air tube having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is arranged at or near the fanning subsystem, wherein the air tube is configured to transport the aerosol from the first end through the air tube to the second end, wherein the second end is disposed into the troposphere by coupling the second end to the airborne vessel while the airborne vessel is flying in the troposphere,
wherein the air tube is at least 400 feet long from the first end to the second end,
wherein the air tube includes multiple exhaust vents disposed between the first end and the second end, wherein individual ones of the multiple exhaust vents are configured to exhaust a portion of the aerosol from the air tube into atmosphere, wherein the exhausted portion increases as pressure within the air tube at the individual ones of the multiple exhaust vents increases and such that the exhausted portion decreases as the pressure within the air tube at the individual ones of the multiple exhaust vents decreases,
wherein the aerosol exits the air tube at the second end such that the man-made cloud is produced by the aerosol upon exiting the air tube at the altitude targeted for the downwind delivery of the precipitation from the man-made cloud.

US Pat. No. 11,026,374

LANDSCAPING SUPPORT COMPONENT

Kyle Guerrini, Foxboroug...

1. A landscaping support component, comprising:(i) a substantially planar base comprising a horizontal surface and comprising one or more perforations, wherein the substantially planar base is configured to retain infill material, has a width of 1.0-8.0 ft from a left edge to a right edge, and has a length of 1.0-4.0 ft from a front edge to a rear edge;
(ii) a front wall comprising a vertical surface with upper and lower edges, wherein the lower edge of the vertical surface is connected along an entire length of the front edge of the substantially planar base, the front wall and the substantially planar base are connected solely at the lower edge of the vertical surface, the vertical surface extends substantially perpendicularly upwards from the substantially planar base, and the front wall has a height of 0.4-1.0 ft; and
(iii) first and second opposing side walls that are substantially perpendicular to the substantially planar base, wherein the first and second side walls have upper and lower edges and front and rear edges, respectively, wherein:
an entire length of the lower edge of the first side wall is connected to the left edge of the substantially planar base and the front edge of the first side wall is connected along an entire length of a left edge of the front wall; and
an entire length of the lower edge of the second side wall is connected to the right edge of the substantially planar base and the front edge of the second side wall is connected along an entire length of a right edge of the front wall; and
wherein the landscaping support component is configured for installation at the intersection of a walkway and a step.

US Pat. No. 11,026,373

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESSURIZING AN ASSEMBLY LINE GROW POD

Grow Solutions Tech LLC, ...

8. A system for pressurizing an assembly line grow pod system, comprising:an enclosure comprising:
dual walls including an outer wall and an inner wall;
a first sealed area arranged between the outer wall and the inner wall,
a second sealed area arranged in an interior space surrounded by the inner wall;
an air pressure controller for controlling a first air pressure in the first sealed area, and a second air pressure in the second sealed area, wherein the air pressure controller controls the first air pressure of the first sealed area higher than a pressure of an exterior area to the enclosure by a predetermined amount; and
a master controller for controlling the operation of the air pressure controller by sending an instruction to increase or decrease the first air pressure in the first sealed area, the second air pressure in the second sealed area, or both, wherein the master controller and the air pressure controller are arranged in the interior space surrounded by the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 11,026,372

PLANT GROWTH SYSTEM

1. A system for controlling plant growth conditions in hydroponic growing systems, the system for controlling plant growth conditions comprising:at least one wireless detector;
central detector data processing means; and
an irrigation device;
the or each detector being arranged to measure a property or properties indicative of a temperature, a water content, and a nutrient content, of a hydroponic plant growth substrate;
the or each detector being further arranged to transmit a detector identifier and the measured property or properties over a communications link to the central detector data processing means;
the central detector data processing means being arranged to:
hold in a memory predefined irrigation data defining a relationship between:
plural values for one or more of temperature, pH level, water content and/or nutrient content of the substrate; and plural desired irrigation output values;
process the measured properties received from each detector to determine calculated properties of the substrate; and
provide an output indicative of a desired irrigation input for the growth substrate in dependence on nutrient content of the substrate, the desired irrigation input, being in the form of an irrigation cycle defining lengths of on and off periods of irrigation for an irrigation cycle and a length of time over which the irrigation cycle should be applied, based upon calculated properties received from the detector or detectors and the predefined irrigation data, the output indicative of a desired irrigation input for the growth substrate being provided to control the level quantity of water provided to the growth substrate in dependence on nutrient content of the substrate; and
the irrigation device is arranged to provide water and nutrients directly to a top of the growth substrate based on the output indicative of the desired irrigation input for the growth substrate and the at least wireless detector is disposed on a side of the growth substrate.

US Pat. No. 11,026,371

AGRICULTURAL BALER WITH BALE FORMATION CONTROL BASED ON POWER REQUIREMENTS AND USAGE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An agricultural baler, comprising:a chassis;
a power take-off (PTO) coupler carried by the chassis and configured for connecting to a power source;
a bale forming chamber carried by the chassis and comprising an apron assembly comprising at least one chain and a drive roll coupled to the at least one chain and the coupler;
an apron tensioning system comprising an actuator and coupled to the at least one chain and configured to control a baling pressure exerted on a bale forming in the bale forming chamber;
and
a controller operatively coupled to the apron tensioning system, the controller being configured to:
set a completed bale size of the fully formed bale defining when the fully formed bale is completed released;
receive a PTO power consumption signal or an available power signal;
determine a maximum available power based on the received signal;
compare the maximum available power to a threshold power; and
output a control signal to the apron tensioning system to decrease the baling pressure without changing the completed bale size when the maximum available power is at a predetermined power value, relative to the threshold power, wherein the predetermined power value is less than the threshold power.

US Pat. No. 11,026,370

HYDRAULIC BALE TRAILER

1. A bale trailer comprising:a ramp system capable of loading and hauling a skid loader;
a frame, where the frame is elongate and has a long axis; and
an axle caddy, where the frame is connected to the axle caddy such that the frame is capable of tilting on its long axis;the ramp system comprising:a ramp portion located rearward of the axle caddy, where the ramp portion comprises a ramp frame, having a long axis, aligned with and pivotally attached to the frame such that:
the frame and the ramp frame align along their long axes when the ramp frame is in an upright position;
the ramp frame is capable of tilting on its long axis when the frame tilts on its long axis when the ramp frame is in the upright position; and
the ramp frame is capable of pivoting to a downward-angled position such that the ramp frame forms a ramp from a surface upon which the bale trailer rests to the frame; and
a fender portion located above the axle caddy.

US Pat. No. 11,026,369

MULTIPURPOSE LEAF CROP HARVESTING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD

GREEN GOLD DEVELOPMENT, L...

1. A method for harvesting a leaf crop and processing a harvested leaf crop comprising the steps of:a) harvesting a leaf crop field having leaf crop leaves and leaf crop stems therein by stripping said leaf crop leaves from said leaf crop sterns generating a leaf crop leaf fraction, macerating said leaf crop leaf fraction, sizing said leaf crop leaf fraction and elevating said leaf crop leaf fraction onto a transport vehicle using a multipurpose leaf crop harvesting apparatus wherein said multipurpose leaf crop harvesting apparatus enables said stripping operation, said macerating operation, said sizing operation and the removal of the stripped, macerated and sized leaf crop leaf fraction from the crop field upon harvest of the leaf crop and further wherein all stripping, macerating and sizing operations are performed in one pass through said leaf crop field; and
b) immediately transporting only said leaf crop leaf fraction elevated onto a transport vehicle directly to a processing plant; and
c) immediately densifying only said leaf crop leaf fraction into a dried hay upon arrival at said processing plant, thereby generating a densified leaf crop leaf fraction for further processing;
wherein the transporting and densifying processing steps are taken expeditiously after said one pass through said leaf crop field and removal of said leaf crop leaf fraction.