US Pat. No. 10,166,033

IMPLANTS FOR BONE FIXATION OR FUSION

SI-Bone Inc., Santa Clar...

1. A method of implanting a curved implant across a joint or fracture between a first bone segment and a second bone segment, the method comprising:forming a curved insertion path from the first bone segment, across the joint or fracture between the first bone segment and the second bone segment, and to the second bone segment, wherein the curved insertion path has a predetermined radius of curvature along its length;
inserting a curved guidewire along the curved insertion path;
disposing a drill bit over the curved guidewire;
drilling a curved bore along the curved guidewire;
disposing a broach over the curved guidewire;
shaping the curved bore with the broach to form the insertion path; and
inserting a curved implant having a matching radius of curvature into the curved insertion path and into the first bone segment, across the joint or fracture, and into the second bone segment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,032

MODULAR HUMERAL HEAD RESURFACING SYSTEM

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. An implant for use in shoulder arthroplasty comprising:a separate head member having an articulating surface, a lower surface opposite the articulating surface, and a post extending in a first direction from the lower surface; and
a separate base member having a fixation peg extending along a longitudinal axis of the separate base member, the separate base member including three fins substantially evenly spaced about the longitudinal axis of the separate base member, and a recess configured to receive the post of the separate head member to couple the separate head member to the separate base member,
wherein each of the three fins taper from a top portion of the fixation peg towards a point and forms a portion of a top surface of the separate base member,
wherein, when implanted, the separate head member and the separate base member are configured to define a narrow gap formed by a portion of the lower surface of the separate head and a portion of resected bone and the top surface of the separate base member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,031

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREPARING AN IMPLANTATION SITE

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A system to broach an anatomy, the system comprising:a first member including a first length extending between a first end and a second end;
a cutting portion formed along at least a portion of the first length of the first member;
a first connection portion including a second length extending from the second end of the first member to a terminal end, the first connection portion further including a first attachment portion and a second attachment portion, wherein the first attachment portion includes a first threaded portion; and
an extension member that includes a third length extending between a third end of the extension member and a fourth end of the extension member, wherein the extension member includes a third attachment portion and a second threaded portion;
wherein the first threaded portion is configured to engage the second threaded portion in a mating direction;
wherein the first threaded portion is configured to disengage the second threaded portion in the mating direction, such that the first threaded portion is positioned within the extension member beyond the second threaded portion;
wherein the second attachment portion is configured to engage the third attachment portion of the extension member to drive the extension member directly into a bone of the anatomy.

US Pat. No. 10,166,030

SURGICAL TOOL SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE TOOL TIP INTERFACES

Modular Surgical, Inc., ...

1. A tool tip carrier system comprising:a tool carrier including a plurality of tool carrier segments at least some of which are connected with articulating joints, wherein each tool carrier segment is configured to cradle a removable surgical tool tip; and
a tool carrier manipulator including (i) a handle and (ii) an attachment shaft, wherein the handle is adjustably connected to be selectively positioned along a length of the attachment shaft;
wherein the attachment shaft has a tissue-penetration tip which is configured to pass through tissue from an external location to a location in a body cavity and wherein a distal end of the attachment shaft is configured to be detachably secured to the tool carrier within the body cavity while the handle is attached to the shaft at the external location.

US Pat. No. 10,166,029

JIG FOR DETERMINING A PATIENT-ADAPTED IMPLANT SIZE OF THE FEMORAL IMPLANT OF A KNEE ENDOPROSTHESIS

1. A jig for determining a patient-adapted implant size of a femoral implant of a knee endoprosthesis, wherein the jig comprises:a main body;
a probe part displaceable relative to the main body along a measuring direction, wherein the probe part includes:
a probe arm with a probe tip adapted to contact on an anterior reference point (RP) of a distal end of a patient's femur;
two contact pieces adapted to contact on and reference on respectively a medial posterior and a lateral posterior condyle of the distal end of the patient's femur; and
at least one scale and an associated indicator adapted to indicate a location of the probe part in the measuring direction relative to at least one of the contact pieces for a specification of a suitable implant size; wherein the contact pieces are movable relative to the main body in such a way that a distance of the probe tip to the contact pieces which is projected on the measuring direction is settable for the contact pieces in such a way that the distance is different with respect to the two contact pieces, and in that each contact piece is provided with its own scale and an associated indicator for indicating the location of the probe part in the measuring direction relative to the respective contact piece and for the resulting specification of the suitable implant size.

US Pat. No. 10,166,028

HEMOSTATIC CLIPPING DEVICES AND METHODS

Boston Scientfic Scimed, ...

11. A method for treating tissue, comprising:inserting a clip to a target area within a living body adjacent a target tissue, the clip including a capsule extending from a proximal end to a distal end and having an opening formed in the proximal end and first and second arms movably received in the capsule for movement between a closed configuration in which the first and second arms are drawn toward one another and an expanded configuration in which the first and second arms extend distally from the capsule and are separated from one another to receive target tissue therebetween;
inserting the clip to a target site within a living body;
moving a control member coupled to the clip distally to move the clip from the closed configuration to the expanded configuration, wherein the control member is coupled to the clip via a separable clevis including two members that engage a cross pin of the clip;
positioning the clip so that target tissue to be clipped is positioned between distal ends of the first and second legs; and
moving the control member proximally to draw the first and second arms to the closed configuration to grip the target tissue;
exerting additional proximally directed force on the control member to separate the members of the clevis from the cross-pin separating the clip from the control member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,027

APPARATUS FOR APPLYING SURGICAL CLIPS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An apparatus for applying surgical clips comprising:a clip stack; and
a body portion housing the clip stack, the body portion including:
a clip follower slidably supported therein, wherein the clip follower is positioned proximally of the clip stack and biased to engage the clip stack, the clip follower defining a tab extending from a lateral side of the clip follower;
a separator plate fixedly supported therein, wherein the separator plate defines a first projection; and
a lockout having a lockout engagement member, the lockout being selectively movable:
from a first position, wherein the lockout engagement member contacts the first projection of the separator plate to limit distal movement of the lockout;
to a second position, wherein the tab of the clip follower selectively engages the lockout engagement member of the lockout such that the lockout engagement member clears the first projection of the separator plate to enable distal movement of the lockout.

US Pat. No. 10,166,026

STAPLE CARTRIDGE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING FEATURES FOR CONTROLLING THE ROTATION OF STAPLES WHEN BEING EJECTED THEREFROM

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for stapling tissue, comprising:a cartridge body comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of staple cavities, wherein each said staple cavity comprises:
a top opening;
a proximal wall; and
a distal wall;
a firing member; and
a plurality of staples positioned in said staple cavities, wherein each said staple comprises:
a base;
a proximal leg extending from said base;
a distal leg extending from said base; and
a center of mass defined in said base, wherein said distal wall provides a distal reaction force to said staple above said center of mass and said proximal wall provides a proximal reaction force to said staple below said center of mass wherein said staple is lifted toward said top opening by said firing member,
wherein said firing member is configured to eject said staples from said staple cavities, and wherein said firing member is configured to contact a foot of any staple that is misoriented within its staple cavity prior to ejecting the misoriented staple from its staple cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,166,025

SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE WITH LOCKOUT SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING ACTUATION IN THE ABSENCE OF AN INSTALLED STAPLE CARTRIDGE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising:a staple cartridge assembly configured to be attached to said surgical stapling instrument;
staples removably stored within said staple cartridge assembly;
a first jaw;
a second jaw moveable relative to said first jaw, wherein said second jaw is moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position; and
a lock system configured to permit said second jaw to move to said unlocked position when said staple cartridge assembly is attached to said surgical stapling instrument, and wherein said lock system is further configured to lock said second jaw in said locked position when said staple cartridge assembly is not attached to said surgical stapling instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,166,023

METHOD OF APPLYING A BUTTRESS TO A SURGICAL STAPLER END EFFECTOR

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method of securing a buttress to an end effector, wherein the end effector comprises an upper jaw member and a lower jaw member, the method comprising:(a) positioning a platform of a buttress applier cartridge between the upper and lower jaw members while the upper and lower jaw members are in an open configuration such that the buttress applier cartridge is removably positioned between the jaw members, wherein the platform has a buttress disposed thereon during the act of positioning the platform between the upper and lower jaw members, wherein the buttress applier cartridge has at least one retainer member retaining the buttress on the platform during the act of positioning the platform between the upper and lower jaw members;
(b) driving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members toward the platform to thereby engage the buttress with the end effector, wherein the buttress applier cartridge further comprises a resilient member that drives the at least one retainer away from the buttress to thereby release the buttress in response to the act of driving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members toward the platform;
(c) driving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members away from the platform to thereby pull the buttress off of the platform; and
(d) removing the platform from between the upper and lower jaw members, wherein the buttress remains secured to the end effector after removing the platform from between the upper and lower jaw members.

US Pat. No. 10,166,020

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR ACCESSING AND RETRACTING A CAPSULE OF A JOINT

Pivot Medical, Inc., Sun...

1. A method of retracting a capsule of a joint, the method comprising:forming a cut in the capsule of the joint so as to create a first flap of the capsule and a second flap of the capsule;
providing a first length of suture having a first end and a second end;
providing a second length of suture having a first end and a second end;
passing the first end of the first length of suture from the outside of the joint, through the first flap of the capsule of the joint and into the inside of the joint, and moving the first end of the first length of suture out of the joint alongside the cut in the capsule;
passing the first end of the second length of suture from the outside of the joint, through the second flap of the capsule of the joint and into the inside of the joint, and moving the first end of the second length of suture out of the joint alongside the cut in the capsule;
pulling the first and second ends of the first and second lengths of suture so as to retract the first and second flaps of the capsule of the joint;
performing an arthroscopic procedure in the joint while the capsule is retracted; and
using at least one of the first length of suture and the second length of suture to close the capsule of the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,166,019

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SURGICAL AND INTERVENTIONAL PLANNING, SUPPORT, POST-OPERATIVE FOLLOW-UP, AND, FUNCTIONAL RECOVERY TRACKING

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A medical method, comprising:receiving data regarding tissue retraction in a performance of a virtual surgical procedure on a model of a patient;
gathering tissue retraction data during performance of a surgical procedure on the patient indicative of an amount of pressure being placed on at least one of tissue and nerves as a result of retraction of a tissue using a retractor, the gathering including gathering data from at least one sensor coupled to the retractor;
in real time with the performance of the surgical procedure, comparing the data received regarding tissue retraction in the performance of the virtual surgical procedure and the tissue retraction data gathered during the performance of the surgical procedure to determine if the tissue retraction data gathered during the performance of the surgical procedure has an intolerable variance from the data received regarding tissue retraction in the performance of the virtual surgical procedure;
in response to determining that the tissue retraction data gathered during the performance of the surgical procedure has an intolerable variance from the data received regarding tissue retraction in the performance of the virtual surgical procedure, generating, using a processor of a computer system, an alert during the performance of the surgical procedure;
using the processor of the computer system, determining during the performance of the surgical procedure whether the amount of pressure reaches a predetermined amount of pressure, the processor being operatively coupled to the at least one sensor; and
in response to determining that the amount of pressure reaches the predetermined amount of pressure, the processor causing automatic engagement of a mechanical mechanism operatively coupled to the retractor and thereby preventing the amount of pressure from exceeding the predetermined amount of pressure;
wherein the predetermined amount of pressure is based on data gathered regarding a plurality of surgical procedures previously performed on other patients.

US Pat. No. 10,166,017

MEDICAL DEVICES HAVING A RELEASABLE TUBULAR MEMBER AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

3. A medical device for the treatment of a bodily passage, said medical device comprising:an elongate member having a proximal portion and a shaft extending distally from the proximal portion, the proximal portion having a first outside diameter, the shaft having a first proximal end attached to the proximal portion, a tapered first distal end, and a length extending from the first proximal end to the first distal end, the shaft having a second outside diameter that is less than the first outside diameter;
an intermediate member releasably disposed on the shaft and having a second proximal end, a second distal end, an intermediate member body, and a third outside diameter that is greater than the first outside diameter of the proximal portion, the intermediate member body defining a first intermediate member opening, a second intermediate member opening, an intermediate member lumen, a first surface, a second surface, a frustoconical protuberance, and a support post, the first intermediate member opening defined on the second proximal end, the second intermediate member opening defined on the second distal end, the intermediate member lumen extending from the first intermediate member opening to the second intermediate member opening, the intermediate member lumen having an inside diameter that is less than the first outside diameter of the proximal portion, the first surface disposed on the second proximal end and opposably facing the second surface, the frustoconical protuberance extending distally from the second surface and tapering from the second surface toward the second distal end, the support post extending distally from the frustoconical protuberance to a support post end; and
a tubular member releasably disposed on the shaft distal to the intermediate member, the tubular member separable from the intermediate member and having a third proximal end, a tapered third distal end, a length extending from the third proximal end to the third distal end, a frustoconical proximal portion that tapers from the third proximal end toward the third distal end, and a tubular member body defining a first tubular member opening on the third proximal end, a second tubular member opening on the third distal end, a tubular member lumen extending from the first tubular member opening to the second tubular member opening, and a passageway extending through the frustoconical proximal portion and providing access to the tubular member lumen, the tubular member lumen having a frustoconical proximal portion that tapers from the third proximal end toward the third distal end, the length of the tubular member being less than the length of the shaft;
wherein the third distal end of the tubular member is disposed proximal to the first distal end of the elongate member;
wherein the frustoconical protuberance is disposed within the frustoconical proximal portion of the tubular member lumen; and
wherein the support post is disposed within the passageway defined by the tubular member body.

US Pat. No. 10,166,016

MEDICAL RETRACTOR

Yusuke Shimizu, Okinawa ...

1. A medical retractor comprising:a grip portion; and
a resin functional portion made of a transparent resin and extending from the grip portion, wherein
the resin functional portion has: a trunk portion which has a proximal end thereof connected to the grip portion; and a hook-shaped portion extending in a hook shape from a distal end of the trunk portion,
the resin functional portion is configured to allow the viewing of an affected part which opposedly faces a back surface of the resin functional portion from a front surface side in a see-through manner,
the resin functional portion is configured such that at least one of the back surface and the front surface has a convex lens shape, and
the resin functional portion has a projection extending to the hook-shaped portion along the front surface of the resin functional portion, and the projection formed on the hook-shaped portion is formed with a larger width and a smaller projecting height compared to the projection formed in the trunk portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,015

IMPLANTABLE SCAFFOLD AND METHOD

LAPIQ, INC, Los Altos, C...

1. A biodegradable implantable device for maintaining the alignment of the edges of a trocar defect, the device constructed to allow completion of insertion after the trocar has been removed, the trocar defect having a defect diameter, the tissue and associated layers around the trocar defect having a thickness, a posterior wall, and an interior wall, the device comprising:a first biodegradable base having a first base diameter substantially equal to the defect diameter, the first biodegradable base having:
a first surface, the first surface capable of substantially contacting the posterior wall of the trocar defect,
a first threaded hole substantially through the center extending inward from the first surface but not all the way through the first biodegradable base, and
a second threaded hole extending inward from the first threaded hole but not all the way through the first biodegradable base;
a second biodegradable base having a second base diameter, the second biodegradable base further comprising:
a first surface with a protruding ring along its outer edge, where the inner diameter of the protruding ring is greater than the first base diameter, such that the first surface of the first biodegradable base fits inside the inner walls of the protruding ring of the second biodegradable base with sufficient gap to allow reliable engagement of the interior wall of the tissue and associated layers with the device;
a second surface with a plurality of radial strips, which create a set of radial slots of such depth and width to enable an external tool to allow engagement with a configuration of mating protrusions, the radial strips in the second biodegradable base are connected to an inner ring with a diameter of the second threaded hole of the first biodegradable base, and
an unthreaded hole substantially through the center of the first surface and the second surface, the diameter of the hole substantially equal to the diameter of the second threaded hole in the first biodegradable base, configured to allow a device with the diameter and threading to mate with the second threaded hole in the first biodegradable base to pass through unobstructed; and
a biodegradable connector for connecting the first surface of the first biodegradable base with the first surface of the second biodegradable base, the biodegradable connector defined to compress the first biodegradable base against the second biodegradable base using an external force,
wherein the length of the connector is sufficient to connect to the first biodegradable base and second biodegradable base while allowing enough space to maintain a predefined gap substantially equal to the thickness between the first surface of the biodegradable base and the first surface of the second biodegradable base, and
the biodegradable connector having an unthreaded hole substantially through the middle of the same size and alignment as the unthreaded hole in the second biodegradable base, allowing a device with the diameter and threading to mate with the second threaded hole in the first biodegradable base to pass through unobstructed,
wherein the biodegradable connector threads into the first threaded hole of the first biodegradable base, and
the diameter of the first threaded hole of the first biodegradable base is greater than the diameter of the second threaded hole of the first biodegradable base.

US Pat. No. 10,166,012

HOLDING DEVICE FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LU...

1. A holding device for a surgical instrument, comprising:a holding arm,
an instrument support carried by the holding arm, a distal end of the instrument support being mounted with the surgical instrument, and
a drive unit for operating the surgical instrument, the drive unit being connected with the instrument support, wherein the drive unit is connected with the holding arm via a holding element such that the drive unit is movable from a driving position to an exchanging position, wherein the drive unit, in the driving position, is capable of operating the surgical instrument and, in the exchanging position, is incapable of operating the surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,166,010

SURGICAL DEVICE FOR THE COLLECTION OF SOFT TISSUE

Devicor Medical Products,...

1. A biopsy device, comprising:(a) a body;
(b) a needle extending distally from the body;
(c) a cutter movable relative to the needle configured to sever tissue;
(d) a control unit connected to the body;
(e) a display connected to the control unit, wherein the display includes one or more icons, wherein each icon is representative of at least one operational mode of a plurality of operational modes of the biopsy device, wherein each operational mode of the plurality of operational modes includes a predetermined sequence that is performed by the control unit: and
(f) at least one user input operable to control at least one operational mode of the biopsy device, wherein the at least one user input is operable to perform a secondary function of setting the control unit for particular steps during the operation of the biopsy device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,009

MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES

THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA ...

1. A biological filter system, comprising:a filter membrane, the filter membrane having a top surface and a bottom surface; and
a border, the border having:
an upwardly extending sidewall circumscribing the filter membrane, the sidewall including a groove formed in the sidewall; wherein the border is composed of wax or machinable wax; and
a cover having a central portion and a flange circumscribing the central portion, the flange including a downwardly extending sidewall and a lip portion configured to matingly engage the groove;
wherein the filter membrane and border are each formed from material that is sliceable into sections suitable for mounting on a slide for microscopic analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,166,008

RECTAL CLEANING DEVICE

1. A cleaning glove device comprising:an outer glove comprising a glove component and a wipe component,
wherein said glove component of said outer glove has a plurality of finger compartments for separately receiving each finger and a thumb of a user,
wherein at least one of said plurality of finger compartments has a corresponding portion of said wipe component of said outer glove secured or attached to at least a palmar finger surface of said finger compartment, and
wherein said wipe component of said outer glove may be of a wet variety or dry variety; and
at least one inner glove,
wherein each of said at least one inner glove is positioned inside said outer glove,
wherein each of said at least one inner glove comprises a glove component and a wipe component,
wherein said glove component of each of said at least one inner glove has a plurality of finger compartments for separately receiving each finger and a thumb of the user,
wherein at least one of said plurality of finger compartments has a corresponding portion of said wipe component of each of said at least one inner glove secured or attached to at least a palmar finger surface of said finger compartment, and
wherein said wipe component of each of said at least one inner glove is a dry variety.

US Pat. No. 10,166,007

PASSIVE DATA TRANSMISSION

1. A sensing apparatus comprising:a sensor that generates an output signal that depends on a sensed parameter,
a control circuit that generates a driving signal based on the output signal generated by the sensor, such that variations in the value of the output signal generated by the sensor result in corresponding variations in the driving signal, and
a transducer having an ultrasound reflecting surface that moves in response to the driving signal applied by the control circuit, wherein variations in the applied driving signal cause corresponding variations in the velocity of the surface of the transducer,
wherein the transducer's response to the applied driving signal and the control circuit's response to the output signal generated by the sensor are repeatable such that the value of the output signal venerated by the sensor can be determined by measuring the variations in the velocity of the surface of the transducer using externally applied Doppler ultrasound to detect a frequency shift.

US Pat. No. 10,166,006

ULTRASOUND SYSTEM WITH DYNAMICALLY AUTOMATED DOPPLER FLOW SETTINGS AS A SAMPLE VOLUME IS MOVED

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system for producing a spectral Doppler image of flow for an anatomical location selected from a colorflow Doppler image, the system comprising:an ultrasonic transducer array probe operable to transmit beams and receives echo signals from a region of a subject where flow is present;
a beamformer operable to control directions in which beams are transmitted by the probe;
a Doppler processor responsive to the echo signals and configured to determine Doppler signals to produce the colorflow Doppler image and the spectral Doppler image;
a display operable to concurrently display the colorflow Doppler image and spectral Doppler image;
a user control which is adapted to be manipulated by a user to indicate the anatomical location where spectral Doppler measurements are taken in a blood vessel shown in a color box that represents a boundary of the colorflow Doppler image; and
a color box position and steering angle processor configured to use Doppler signals from the indicated anatomical location to automatically position the color box based on a flow-weighted center of mass for the blood vessel shown in the color box and automatically change a color box steering angle based on a flow vector at the indicated anatomical location,
wherein the color box steering angle is represented by a shape of the color box and an angle of the beams transmitted by the probe with respect to the flow vector at the indicated anatomical location;
wherein the color box position and steering angle processor is configured to automatically:
calculate the flow-weighted center of mass for the blood vessel shown in the color box by analyzing spatial dimensions of the flow in the blood vessel and finding a center of the flow; and
calculate the flow vector at the indicated anatomical location.

US Pat. No. 10,166,004

ULTRASOUND CONTRAST IMAGING METHOD AND APPARATUS

SHENZHEN MINDRAY BIO-MEDI...

1. An ultrasonic contrast imaging method comprising:an initial step for acquiring N frames of contrast image, wherein N is the total number of frames gathered within an imaging period;
projection imaging step for projecting the N frames of contrast image to obtain projection result image of the N frames of contrast image, wherein an nth group of original contrast image less than the N frames of contrast image is projected in a projection template to obtain a projection result image of an nth frame of original contrast image, wherein the projection template is one frame of the nth group of original contrast image, and n is a positive integer greater than or equal to 1 and less than N, wherein the nth group of original contrast images is projected within a projection period of an adjustable projection period for projecting the N frames of contrast image and comprises a plurality of frames of original contrast images including the nth original contrast image, and wherein the projection period is a value less than the imaging period of gathering the N total number of frames that is set from the adjustable projection period for projecting the N frames of contrast image once the value is designated from the adjustable projection period; and
a display and/or storage step for displaying or storing the projection result image of the N frames of original contrast image.

US Pat. No. 10,166,000

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A ceiling mounted X-ray device that generates radiographic images, the device comprising:a capturing device to generate X-rays and to radiate the X-rays toward a subject to capture an image of the subject, the capturing device including an X-ray irradiator to generate and radiate the X-rays towards the subject;
a pair of guide rails arranged at a predetermined angle in which a first guide rail is slidable and a second guide rail is configured to be mounted to a ceiling;
a carriage having the capturing device disposed thereon and being moveable along the second guide rail;
a first drive device arranged to move the first slidable guide rail of the pair of guide rails;
a second drive device arranged to rotate the X-ray irradiator about an axis orthogonal to the ceiling and proceeding through the carriage;
a controller communicatively coupled to the ceiling x-ray device to control an X-ray position and an X-ray irradiation direction of the capturing device;
a manipulation device detachably mounted to the capturing device to allow an input of commands to control the capturing device; and
a wireless interface to control the capturing device when the manipulation device is detached from the capturing device,
wherein the manipulation device includes a first wired connection unit, a first wireless connection unit and a battery unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,999

RADIOLOGICAL-IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiological-image acquisition device that acquires a two-dimensional image according to a dose of radiation that has been radiated to a subject, the radiological-image acquisition device comprising:a plurality of pixels disposed two-dimensionally;
a capacitive element in each of the plurality of pixels, the capacitive element, when the radiation is incident on each of the plurality of pixels, accumulating electric charge corresponding to the dose for each of the pixels in at least two sequential frames; and
a read control unit that, with respect to at least one of the plurality of pixels, does not perform initialization of the at least one pixel but reads, from the pixel, a first output and a second output which correspond to the accumulated electric charge in each of a first frame and a second frame that constitute the at least two sequential frames, wherein
an initialization cycle in which each of the plurality of pixels is subjected to the initialization is defined as a time length of a plurality of frames, and
the read control unit performs the initialization of each of the plurality of pixels within the initialization cycle so that all the plurality of pixels are subjected to the initialization before the initialization cycle ends, the initialization of the each of the plurality of pixels being performed such that a pixel(s) of the plurality of pixels, which is/are subjected to the initialization, is/are different from frame to frame in the plurality of frames.

US Pat. No. 10,165,998

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING AN ANGLE BETWEEN TWO PARTS OF A BONE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method of determining an angle between two parts of a bone of a patient that are twisted relative to one another about an axis of a bone shaft of the bone, the method comprising:establishing a position of a first orientation feature assigned to a first part of the bone using an x-ray imaging method;
establishing a position of a second orientation feature assigned to a second part of the bone using the x-ray imaging method;
providing an indication element being an elongate construction element having a defined longitudinal axis;
for establishing the position of at least one of the first and second orientation features, positioning the indication element outside of the patient's body relative to the at least one of the first and second orientation features, wherein the indication element is visible in an x-ray image to be taken, and moving the indication element relative to the bone for positioning the indication element based on a plurality of recordings obtained by the x-ray imaging method; and
determining the angle between the first and second parts of the bone from the positions of the first and second orientation features.

US Pat. No. 10,165,997

SYSTEM FOR ACQUIRING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF ARTERIES AND VEINS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A system comprising:an interface coupled to a processor configured to:
receive a plurality of first two-dimensional projection images of a patient volume, each of the first two-dimensional projection images having been acquired at one of a plurality of first respective projection angles during presence of, and following an injection of, at least a portion of a first contrast medium in arteries within the patient volume; and
receive a plurality of respective second two-dimensional projection images of the patient volume, each of the second two-dimensional projection images having been acquired at one of a plurality of second respective projection angles during presence of, and with no additional injection of, at least a portion of the first contrast medium in veins within the patient volume, each of the plurality of second respective projection angles within system tolerances of being identical to a respective one of the plurality of first projection angles;
the processor configured to:
for each of the plurality of first respective projection angles, generate a composite two-dimensional image based on one of the first two-dimensional projection images acquired at one of the plurality of first respective projection angles and one of the second two-dimensional projection images acquired at one of the plurality of second respective projection angles that is within system tolerances of being identical to the one of the plurality of first respective projection angles;
the processor configured to generate the composite two-dimensional image by generating a weighted sum value for each pixel of the composite two-dimensional image based on corresponding values of the pixel in the identified respective one of the first two-dimensional projection images and the identified respective one of the second two-dimensional projection images;
generate a three-dimensional image based on the generated composite two-dimensional images; and
a display configured to display at least one of the three-dimensional image and a two-dimensional slice of the three-dimensional image.

US Pat. No. 10,165,996

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DUAL-ENERGY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

1. An imaging system comprising:a computed tomography (CT) acquisition unit comprising an X-ray source and a CT detector configured to collect CT imaging data of an object to be imaged, the X-ray source and the CT detector configured to be rotated about the object to be imaged and to collect a series of projections of the object as the X-ray source and the CT detector rotate about the object to be imaged, the X-ray source configured to be switched between a high voltage and a low voltage during collection of the series of projections; and
a processing unit comprising at least one processor operably coupled to the CT acquisition unit, the processing unit configured to:
determine a voltage delivery configuration for the X-ray source based on at least one of a patient size, a clinical task, or scan parameters, the voltage delivery configuration comprising a voltage threshold, wherein all portions of acquired data from the series of projections acquired above the voltage threshold are grouped as high energy data and all portions of the acquired data from the series of projections acquired below the voltage threshold are grouped as low energy data;
implement the voltage delivery configuration on the CT acquisition unit; and
control the CT acquisition unit to perform an imaging scan using the determined voltage delivery configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,165,995

PHOTON COUNTING COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY USING A COMBINATION OF CONTRAST AGENTS FOR SIMULTANEOUS VISUALIZATION OF ANATOMY AND A PLURALITY OF MATERIALS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for performing Photon Counting Computed Tomography (PCCT) using a combination of contrast agents, the method comprising:configuring a PCCT device with a plurality of threshold values corresponding to a plurality of contrast agents, the plurality of contrast agents comprising:
at least two long-lived contrast agents designed to remain in an anatomical subject for at least 12 hours following injection into the anatomical subject, and
one or more short-lived contrast agents designed to washout of the anatomical subject within 10 minutes following injection into the anatomical subject;
using the PCCT device to perform an imaging scan on the anatomical subject in the presence of the plurality of contrast agents to acquire image data;
processing the imaging data into a plurality of datasets based on the plurality of threshold values, the plurality of datasets comprising at least one dataset for each of the plurality of contrast agents.

US Pat. No. 10,165,994

HANDHELD X-RAY DEVICE BY COLD CATHODE

Energy Resources Internat...

1. A handheld X ray device comprising:a camera-like X ray generator body having a zoom ring-like object at a front side of said X ray generator body as an exit of X rays;
inside said camera-like X ray generator body, having a glass ball-tube and only one voltage boosting circuit encapsulated by an insulating gel and wrapped by a lead shell except for an X ray window, wherein said voltage boosting circuit is provided to output a predetermined high voltage to an anode electrode pin, and a ground terminal connected to a cold cathode pin, said anode electrode pin and said cold cathode pin are extended out from the glass ball-tube, and said glass ball-tube is a cold cathode type X-ray generator with a tungsten filament at a periphery of a cold cathode; and
an oscillator circuit, a battery, and a control circuit, said battery providing electrical power of said handheld X ray device, and said oscillator circuit and said voltage boosting circuit boosting a voltage up to 40 kV˜70 kV from a voltage of said battery under control by said control circuit; and
a user interface connected to said control circuit installed at a rear surface of said X ray generator body so that an operator can set or change a default value according to conditions of a patient, and said user interface having a security button to prevent said handheld X ray device from being actuated unsafely;
wherein said zoom ring-like object has an incline angle of about 15-60° downward based on a top plane of said camera-like X ray generator body and a collimator section atop a surface of said zoom ring-like object provided for performing alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,165,993

X-RAY IMAGIN DEVICE WITH DISTRIBUTED X-RAY SOURCE

VATECH Co., Ltd., Gyeong...

1. An X-ray radiography device, the device comprising:an X-ray source including a plurality of X-ray emitting elements arranged in an at least 2×2 pixel matrix and respectively emitting X-rays to a target; and
an X-ray detector detecting the X-rays transmitted through the target
wherein one of the X-ray source and the X-ray detector has a curved surface surrounding the target,
wherein the X-ray detector includes a plurality of X-ray detecting elements arranged in an at least 2×2 pixel matrix on a planar surface or a curved surface to be mapped one-to-one or one-to-many to the X-ray emitting elements, and respectively to detect each of the X-rays transmitted through the target,
wherein the plurality of X-ray emitting elements and the plurality of X-ray detecting elements are arranged on separate planar surfaces or on separate curved surfaces, and
wherein the X-ray radiography device comprise a flexible bending part connecting the separate planar surfaces or the separate curved surfaces to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,992

X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

Carestream Health, Inc., ...

1. An x-ray tube head comprising:a plurality of cold cathode radiation sources for emitting x-rays when energized by an electric current; and
an enabling circuit configured to selectively enable and disable any of a first subset of the cold cathode radiation sources to be switchably connected to a source of the electric current, and to selectively enable and disable any of a second redundant subset of the radiation sources to be switchably connected to the source of electric current;
a detection circuit configured to detect whether any of the enabled radiation sources in the first subset is inoperable; and
a switch circuit for switchably connecting selected ones of the enabled radiation sources in the second subset to the source of electric current.

US Pat. No. 10,165,990

INTRAORAL X-RAY DETECTOR

Rayence Co., Ltd., Gyeon...

1. An intraoral X-ray detector comprising:a sensor configured to detect X-rays within a mouth;
a sensor unit configured to have the sensor;
a hinge unit including a connecting terminal as a hinge shaft configured to electrically connect to the sensor; and,
a cable connecting unit configured to be connected to an external cable and rotatably attached to the hinge unit,
wherein the hinge unit further includes a pair of hinges protruded facing each other in a direction of a major axis or a minor axis on one side of the sensor unit and a pair of hinge shafts protruded in a direction of facing each other from the pair of hinges, and the cable connecting unit includes a pair of connecting parts in which the pair of hinge shafts is inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,165,989

TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF RECONSTRUCTING CROSS-SECTIONAL IMAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A tomography apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
obtain first image data at a first point and second image data at a second point using tomography, the tomography being performed by irradiating an X-ray to an object;
perform noise reduction based on at least one from among the first image data and the second image data, and to obtain a first reference image corresponding to the first image data and a second reference image corresponding to the second image data using a result of the performed noise reduction; and
reconstruct a target image representing the object based on the first reference image and the second reference image,
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to perform the noise reduction by adjusting a size of a voxel inside a first image obtained from the first image data and a size of a voxel inside a second image obtained from the second image data.

US Pat. No. 10,165,987

METHOD FOR DISPLAYING MEDICAL IMAGES

1. A method for displaying at least two medical images, each medical image highlighting at least one feature, said method comprising the steps of:a) obtaining at least one 2D medical image of whole or part of the liver of a subject;
b) identifying on the medical image of step a) at least two features;
c) generating masks showing the features of step b), each mask highlighting at least one feature identified in step b), wherein said masks are selected from total fibrosis mask, porto-septal fibrosis mask, perisinusoidal fibrosis mask, portal fibrosis mask, stellar fibrosis mask, bridging fibrosis mask, simple septa mask, biopsy edge mask, biopsy specimen surface mask, Arantius furrow perimeter mask, Arantius furrow surface mask, liver perimeter mask, liver surface mask, spleen perimeter mask, spleen surface mask, liver segment I perimeter mask, liver segment IV perimeter mask, liver segment IV surface mask, liver and spleen surfaces mask and liver and spleen perimeters mask;
d) generating a set of at least two medical images, each medical image highlighting at least one feature identified in step b), by superimposing at least one mask of step c) on the medical image of step a); and
displaying the set of at least two medical images of step d), one after the other;
wherein an automated algorithm is used in step b) for identifying the features of step b) and for generating the masks of step c).

US Pat. No. 10,165,985

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF EXTRACTION OF THE HEART VALVE SIGNALS

AVENTUSOFT LLC, Boca Rat...

1. A system for measuring cardiac time intervals, comprising:a non-invasive sensor unit for capturing electrical signals and composite vibration objects; and
a processor for separating a plurality of individual heart vibration events from the composite vibration objects by using at least one among bin-wise clustering and permutation alignment, or non-negative matrix factorization, or deep belief networks; and
wherein the processor is further configured for identifying the individual valve events from the plurality of individual heart vibration events with respect to an electrocardiogram signal for presenting the individual valve events superimposed with a synchronized electrocardiogram signal.

US Pat. No. 10,165,983

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR DETERMINING A LIKELY PRESENCE OF A GENETIC DISORDER

FDNA INC., Tortola (VG)

1. An electronic system for determining from a series of pixels in an image of external cranio-facial soft tissue whether a subject is likely to be affected by a medical condition, the system comprising:at least one memory for storing computer-executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the stored instructions to:
receive first electronic information reflective of first values corresponding to pixels of the cranio-facial external soft tissue image of the subject, wherein the first values correspond to relationships between at least one group of pixels in the cranio-facial soft tissue image of the subject;
analyze the first sets of values in the first electronic information for one or more dysmorphologies present in the cranio-facial external soft tissue image of the subject;
identify a first dysmorphology and a medical feature;
determine whether a first association exists between the first dysmorphology and the medical condition, and whether a second association exists between the medical feature and the medical condition;
determine a first strength of the first dysmorphology as a predictor of the medical condition based on a commonality of the first dysmorphology with a general population of individuals who do not have the medical condition, and a second strength of the medical feature as a predictor of the medical condition based on a commonality of the medical feature amongst the general population of individuals who do not have the medical condition; and
calculate a likelihood that the subject is affected by the medical condition by weighting the first dysmorphology as a function of the first strength of the first dysmorphology, and by weighting the first dysmorphology and the medical feature as a function of the second strength of the first dysmorphology and the medical feature.

US Pat. No. 10,165,982

PHONE FOR USE IN HEALTH MONITORING

SANANDCO LIMITED, Bingha...

1. A phone comprising:a phone body defining a handle and an earpiece;
a pulse oximeter oxygen saturation sensor positioned in a concave recess at least partially on a left side of the handle;
a first electrocardiogram electrode positioned on the handle;
a second electrocardiogram electrode positioned on the earpiece; and
means for transmitting electrocardiography measurements obtained using the first and second electrocardiogram electrodes and photo plethysmography measurements obtained using the pulse oximeter oxygen saturation sensor for use in determining one or more of the pulse transmit time and blood pressure of a user based on the electrocardiography and photo plethysmography measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,165,981

SURGICAL NAVIGATION METHOD

STRYKER EUROPEAN HOLDINGS...

1. A method of tracking a surgical tool with respect to a patient, the method comprising the steps:attaching a camera to a face of the patient in a fixed position such that a field of view of the camera points away from the patient; and
tracking a position of the surgical tool in relation to the patient using pictures taken by the camera and a computerized navigation system.

US Pat. No. 10,165,980

TOILET WITH A HEALTH MONITORING TORSO BELT

1. A toilet, comprisinga user toilet seat, the user toilet seat comprising one or more sensors;
a torso belt;
a torso belt tensioner;
one or more sensors attached to the torso belt, the torso belt configured to extend across a torso of a user while the user is sitting on the toilet;
wherein the one or more sensors comprise a motion sensor or strain sensor configured to detect and transmit signals indicative of a user bearing down;
wherein the one or more sensors comprise removable electrodes configured to obtain electrocardiogram measurements indicative of the user bearing down;
wherein the torso belt tensioner is configured to compress the torso belt against the torso of the user while the user is on the toilet seat with sufficient force to allow the one or more sensors to measure the user of the toilet.

US Pat. No. 10,165,979

HELMET HAVING A CUMULATIVE CONCUSSION INDICATOR

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for monitoring a user of a helmet for cumulative concussions, the method comprising:monitoring one or more sensors in the helmet;
receiving, by a processor in the helmet, an output from the one or more sensors corresponding to an impact experienced by the helmet;
determining, by the processor in the helmet, whether the impact is a severe impact by comparing the output of the one or more sensors with one or more thresholds that are based on a medical history of the user;
based on a determination that the impact experienced by the helmet is a severe impact, transmitting, by the helmet to a separate processing system, an alert that the user of the helmet may have suffered a traumatic brain injury;
calculating, by the processor in the helmet, a cumulative concussion score by summing the output of the one or more sensors corresponding to impacts that are determined to be non-severe;
periodically transmitting the cumulative concussion by the helmet to the separate processing system;
displaying an indication of the cumulative concussion score via an indicator on the helmet;
displaying, on the separate processing system, a virtual world display of a game including an avatar representing the user of the helmet in which a movement of the avatar becomes slower as the cumulative concussion score of the user increases.

US Pat. No. 10,165,978

METHOD FOR MEASURING HUMAN BODY INFORMATION, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of operating an electronic device, the method comprising:displaying a guide image which is updated based on a previously acquired human body image;
acquiring, by a camera, a human body image corresponding to the guide image;
in response to acquiring the human body image corresponding to the guide image, measuring information regarding the human body by supplying a current to a plurality of electrodes of the electronic device; and
outputting the information regarding the human body,
wherein outputting the information regarding the human body comprises:
mapping and storing the human body image and the information regarding the human body, and
in response to identifying a request for outputting the information regarding the human body, outputting the stored human body image and the stored information regarding the human body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,977

SLEEP STAGE DETECTION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:detecting, by a processor, a REM sleep stage of a patient; and
controlling, by the processor, a therapy module of a medical device to deliver a therapy to the patient in response to detecting the REM sleep stage of the patient, wherein the therapy is configured to treat a movement disorder of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,165,976

SYSTEM FOR IMAGING LESIONS ALIGNING TISSUE SURFACES

Orlucent, Inc., Los Gato...

1. A method of imaging a cavity/tissue surface on a live patient comprising:applying topically a biotag to an area of interest, wherein the area of interest comprises a lesion suspected to be cancerous and its macroenvironment on the cavity/tissue surface;
placing one or more fluorescent fiducials on the live patient's surface proximal to the area of interest;
placing a handheld integrated imaging device comprising: an internal image sensor, internal autofocus control logic, internal embedded processor with memory for stored instructions and one or more of: (i) a lens that is optionally a macro-lens, or (ii) a lens mount adapted to accept a lens; such that a field of view of the integrated imaging device includes the area of interest and fiducials;
activating a user control on the integrated imaging device to initiate an imaging sequence, where the imaging sequence comprises:
illuminating the area of interest by an excitation light source that overlaps the excitation optical band of the biotag;
autofocusing by the autofocus control logic within the integrated imaging device on the field of view; and
taking an exposure by the integrated imaging device to create a first image of the field of view;
wherein the biotag comprises a first fluorescing dye conjugated with one or more cancer sensitive biological entities selected from protein, RNA, DNA.

US Pat. No. 10,165,974

PREGNANCY MONITORING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system for monitoring a pregnant subject, the system comprising:multiple sensors positionable on or near one or more of an abdominal portion of the pregnant subject or a non-abdominal portion of the pregnant subject and configured to generate one or more signals related to at least an external source load received by the pregnant subject, the multiple sensors collectively defining an array of sensors; and
a controller including control electrical circuitry operably coupled to the multiple sensors and configured to receive the one or more signals therefrom, the control electrical circuitry configured to:
at least partially based on a comparison of at least one of a timing or a strength of the one or more signals received from the multiple sensors, determine one or more of:
a direction or a location of the external source load; or
a direction or a location of an internal source load received by the pregnant subject; and
generate an output related to the one or more of the direction or the location of the external source load, or the direction or the location of the internal source load.

US Pat. No. 10,165,973

PREGNANCY MONITORING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system for monitoring a pregnant subject, the system comprising:one or more sensors configured to generate one or more signals related to:
at least an external source load received by the pregnant subject;
an internal source load received by the pregnant subject; and
motion of the pregnant subject; and
a controller including memory and control electrical circuitry operably coupled to the one or more sensors and configured to receive the one or more signals therefrom, the control electrical circuitry configured to:
distinguish motion of the pregnant subject from the external source load based at least partially on the one or more signals received from the one or more sensors and to generate an output related to one or more of the external source load or the motion of the pregnant subject;
determine an impact event when the external source load exceeds a threshold load;
based at least partially on the one or more signals related to the internal source load received by the pregnant subject, generate information related to one or more of a position of a fetus in the pregnant subject, a motion of the fetus, or an orientation of the fetus;
correlate the motion of the pregnant subject with the motion of the fetus in the pregnant subject; and
compare data that is related to one or more of the motion of the fetus or the motion of the pregnant subject, and which is stored before the impact event, to data that is related to one or more of the motion of the fetus or the motion of the pregnant subject, and which is stored after the impact event.

US Pat. No. 10,165,972

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING NIR FLUORESCENCE AT SENTINEL LYMPH NODE

INTHESMART CO., LTD., Se...

9. A method for detecting near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence at a sentinel lymph node (SLN), the method comprising:irradiating white light and NIR near-infrared (NIR) excitation light onto an object;
collecting white reflection light reflected off the object when the white light is irradiated onto the object and near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence reflected off the object when the near-infrared (NIR) excitation light is irradiated onto the object;
performing image processing so that the white reflection light is expressed by a first color which is composed of red (R), green (G), blue (B) and the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence is expressed by a second color; and
generating a composite image by combining the white reflection light having the first color and the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence having the second color,
wherein if the second color is same with the first color, an image processing is performed so that a grayscale of at least one of the first color and the second color is adjusted or a timing pulse of a near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence image signal is adjusted so that the second color is discontinuously implemented.

US Pat. No. 10,165,971

DRIVER STATE DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A driver state determination apparatus comprising:a far-infrared camera that takes facial images of a driver of a vehicle, the facial images being far-infrared images indicating a temperature distribution on a facial surface of the driver;
a state determination section that determines an abnormal state of the driver based on the far-infrared images sequentially taken by the far-infrared camera during a predetermined period;
a blink detection section that detects a blink state of the driver from temperature variation information on an eye portion of the driver in the far-infrared images;
a glasses detection section that detects glasses of the driver from the far-infrared images; and
a near-infrared camera that takes near-infrared images of the face of the driver,
wherein:
the blink detection section detects a blink cycle as the blink state;
when the glasses detection section detects the glasses, the blink detection section detects an eye opening degree of the driver from the near-infrared images and detects the blink cycle from a variation in the detected eye opening degree;
the blink detection section detects an eye opening degree of the driver by using positional information on the glasses detected by the glasses detection section; and
the state determination section determines an abnormal state of the driver based on a variation in the blink cycle detected by the blink detection section.

US Pat. No. 10,165,969

POSITIONING A MEDICAL DEVICE BASED ON OXYGEN SATURATION MEASUREMENTS

BRAEMAR MANUFACTURING, LL...

1. A method for measuring oxygen saturation of a user, the method comprises:receiving, by a computerized device, first and second detection signals and electrocardiograph signals;
wherein the first detection signals result from an illumination by infrared pulses of a sternal angle of a user, and being detected by an oxygen saturation sensor included in a device that is removably attached to a user;
wherein the second detection signals result from an illumination by visible light pulses detected by the oxygen saturation sensor, of the sternal angle of a user;
wherein the electrocardiograph signals are detected by an electrocardiography sensor that is included in the device;
generating a first waveform template by analyzing the second detection signals to normalize the second detection signals and identify cardiac cycle duration characteristics of the second detection signals that are substantially consistent within the second detection signals;
calculating an indication of the oxygen saturation characteristic of the user in response to the first and second detection signals;
detecting cardiac cycle durations that are based upon the first and second detection signals;
detecting electrocardiography based cardiac cycle durations; and
evaluating a quality of the indication of the oxygen saturation characteristic of the user by comparing the first waveform template to the electrocardiography based cardiac cycle durations.

US Pat. No. 10,165,968

BLOOD GLUCOSE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND BLOOD GLUCOSE MEASUREMENT METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A blood glucose measurement apparatus comprising:a glucose detection unit configured to detect a glucose concentration in a body fluid of a user based on a glucose concentration measurement interval; and
a wearable device configured to be worn by the user and wirelessly connected to the glucose detection unit, wherein the wearable device comprises:
a control unit configured to:
determine a first blood glucose level of the user based on a first glucose concentration detected by the glucose detection unit at a first measurement interval and transmitted to the wearable device by the glucose detection unit,
change the glucose concentration measurement interval from the first measurement interval to a second measurement interval according to an occurrence of an event and information about the event, wherein the event comprises a determination of an action of the user and the information comprises predetermined information according to a performance and duration of the action,
transmit the second measurement interval to the external glucose detection unit, and
determine a second blood glucose level of the user based on a second glucose concentration detected by the glucose detection unit at the second measurement interval transmitted to the wearable device by the glucose detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,966

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING RESISTANCE AND WORK OF BREATHING FOR VENTILATOR-DEPENDENT PATIENTS

University of Florida Res...

1. A method comprising:(a) non-invasively measuring pressure and flow data from a breathing circuit of an intubated patient;
(b) using the pressure and flow data from step (a), determining endotracheal pressure without an end-inspiratory pause and an end-expiratory pause; and
(c) using the endotracheal pressure determined from step (b), calculating estimated real-time airway resistance (RAW), endotracheal tube resistance (RETT), and total resistance (RTOT) values, wherein the estimated RAW value is calculated based on the estimated RETT and RTOT values, and wherein the pressure and flow data include pressure measured at a wye-piece of the breathing circuit, pressure measured at a distal end of an endotracheal tube, and airway flow within the breathing circuit, wherein the RETT value is calculated based on a difference in tracheal airway pressure and pressure measured at the wye-piece, and dividing the difference by flow rate;
determining whether the estimated RAW value or the estimated RETT value is outside a predetermined RAW range or RETT range, respectively; and
determining based upon the determination of whether the estimated RAW value or the estimated RETT value is outside the predetermined RAW range or the predetermined RETT range, respectively i) whether to administer bronchodilator therapy, ii) whether the endotracheal tube is obstructed, iii) whether to titrate bronchodilator treatment, (iv) how to titrate bronchodilator treatment, v) whether to titrate ventilatory support, or vi) how to titrate ventilator support.

US Pat. No. 10,165,965

NONINVASIVE METHOD FOR MEASURING LACTIC ACID AND DETECTION OF ANAEROBIC EXERCISE FOR EVALUATING FITNESS

Roy Pinchot, Silver Spri...

1. A method for determining when a subject is experiencing anaerobic exercise during an exercise session and for modifying a subsequent exercise session, the method comprising:a. administering to the subject a bicarbonate salt comprising a carbon-13 isotope prior to the exercise session;
b. monitoring expired air from the subject during the exercise session;
c. measuring a ratio of carbon dioxide comprising the carbon-13 isotope (13CO2) to carbon dioxide comprising a carbon-12 isotope (12CO2) in the monitored expired air at a plurality of time instants, to obtain a plurality of ratio measurements over a period of the exercise session;
d. recording the plurality of ratio measurements; and
e. determining an inflection point in the 13CO2 to 12CO2 ratio measurements, wherein an increase in the 13CO2 to 12CO2 ratio after the inflection point indicates that the subject is experiencing anaerobic exercise during the exercise session; and
f. modifying a subsequent exercise session, relative to the exercise session, based on the indication of anaerobic exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,165,963

HYBRID ELECTROMAGNETIC-ACOUSTIC DISTAL TARGETING SYSTEM

Stryker European Holdings...

1. A surgical targeting system of an intramedullary nail, comprising:an extracorporeally arranged external transmitting unit;
a plurality of first transponder units coupled with and arrayed along a longitudinal axis of the intramedullary nail, each of the plurality of first transponder units being adapted to be actuated by the external transmitting unit and each having an outer periphery;
a hole extends into the intramedullary nail in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the intramedullary nail, the hole being situated fully between the outer periphery of each of the plurality of first transponder units such that the hole is offset relative to each of the plurality of first transponder units along the longitudinal axis;
a first transmission section between the external transmitting unit and each of the plurality of first transponder units via which the plurality of first transponder units are actuated; and
a second transmission section through the intramedullary nail between the plurality of first transponder units and a second transponder unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,962

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR INTRAVASCULAR PLACEMENT OF A CATHETER

C. R. Bard, Inc., Murray...

1. A catheter placement system for placing a catheter in a vasculature of a patient, comprising:an ultrasound probe that ultrasonically images an internal portion of the patient in an ultrasound mode prior to introduction of the catheter into the vasculature;
a magnetic assembly included with the catheter and designed to produce a magnetic field;
an electrocardiogram (ECG) tip confirmation component configured to obtain an intravascular ECG signal indicative of proximity of a distal tip of the catheter to a sino-atrial node of a heart of the patient, the ECG tip confirmation component including an ECG sensor assembly operably coupled to the catheter to measure an intravascular ECG signal;
a tip location sensor positionable on the patient, the tip location sensor configured to detect the magnetic field of the magnetic assembly when the catheter is disposed within the vasculature of the patient, the magnetic field providing magnetic field information for locating the magnetic assembly relative to the tip location sensor;
at least one console configured to receive the magnetic field information and the intravascular ECG signal; and
a display configured to simultaneously display
a graphical representation of the magnetic assembly based on the magnetic field information; and
in an ECG tip confirmation mode, successive ECG waveforms based on the data obtained using the ECG tip confirmation component, wherein the successive ECG waveforms change in relation to the proximity of the distal tip of the catheter to the sino-atrial node.

US Pat. No. 10,165,961

ADJUSTABLE HEAD COIL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of anatomy including a head, the system comprising:a base member removably mountable to an MRI table, the base member configured to support at least one of an upper body and a head;
a plurality of support members movably fixed to the base member and configured to translate laterally across a width of the MRI table across a surface of the base member, the support members releasably securable to the base member in a plurality of positions along the surface of the base member;
a posterior reception unit fixed in position to the base member, the posterior reception unit configured for abutment with a posterior portion of a human head and comprising at least one radio frequency (RF) receive coil disposed within the posterior reception unit; and
a plurality of articulable reception units movable with respect to the posterior reception unit from an open position to a plurality of closed positions, the articulable reception units mounted physically separately and independently from each other to corresponding support members of the plurality of support members movably fixed to the base member, wherein the open position corresponds to a position wherein a head may be inserted or removed between the articulable reception units, and the plurality of closed positions correspond to a respective plurality of positions wherein the articulable reception units are proximate to a corresponding respective plurality of differently sized heads, each articulable reception unit comprising at least one radio frequency (RF) receive coil disposed within a body, the body configured for abutment with a portion of a head, wherein the plurality of articulable reception units are releasably secured in the plurality of closed positions by at least one of the plurality of support members.

US Pat. No. 10,165,960

MAGNETIC RESONANCE 2D NAVIGATOR TECHNIQUE

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for producing respiration-corrected magnetic resonance (MR) images of an examination volume, containing the heart, of a patient exhibiting respiratory movement, said method comprising:with a computer, operating an MR apparatus so as to execute a computer-controlled continuous recording of MR signals from the examination volume during a plurality of cardiac cycles of the heart, wherein each cardiac cycle comprises a plurality of time segments;
with said computer, operating said MR apparatus so as to execute said computer-controlled continuous recording of MR signals by recording one 2D navigator data record in each cardiac cycle during a time segment of each respective cardiac cycle, by exciting nuclear spins in the examination volume so as to produce raw MR data and entering the raw MR data into k-space along a Cartesian trajectory in order to form each 2D navigator data record with a spatial resolution in two of three spatial directions of the examination volume, and by also recording a plurality of 3D image data records in each cardiac cycle during respective time segments of a respective cardiac cycle other than the time segment in which said 2D navigator data record was recorded, by acquiring further raw MR data and entering said further raw MR data into k-space along a Cartesian trajectory in order to form each of said plurality of 3D image data records with a spatial resolution in all three spatial directions of the examination volume;
in said computer, determining said respiratory movement from said 2D navigator data records respectively recorded in said plurality of cardiac cycles;
in said computer, reconstructing MR images of the examination volume from the respective 3D image data records respectively recorded in said plurality of cardiac cycles; and
in said computer, using said determined respiratory movement, either before or after reconstruction of said MR images, in order to compensate effects of said respiratory movement in said MR images, thereby producing respiration-corrected MR images, and making the respiration-corrected MR images available from the computer in electronic form, as at least one data file.

US Pat. No. 10,165,959

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA WITH AN AWAKE PATIENT

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An apparatus for use in determining whether a tremor in a patient's neck, tongue and/or throat muscles has a frequency in at least one predetermined frequency range that is indicative of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in the patient, the apparatus comprising:a first sensing module, the first sensing module configured to measure a first parameter indicative of the tremor in the patient's neck, tongue and/or throat muscles while the patient is awake, the first parameter not being airflow through the patient's airway, the first sensing module generating one or more electrical signals based on the measured first parameter while the patient is awake, wherein the first sensing module comprises a velocity sensor configured to measure velocity of a surface of the tongue, and wherein the first parameter comprises the velocity of the surface of the tongue caused by the tremor;
a processor operatively coupled to the first sensing module, the processor being configured to:
receive the one or more electrical signals for a plurality of breathing cycles of the patient,
select a subset of the plurality of breathing cycles that best fit a mean breathing cycle for the patient, wherein selecting the subset includes filtering the plurality of breaths based on a minimum length of the breathing cycles and selecting the breathing cycles having the minimum length,
perform an analysis of the one or more electrical signals from the subset, and
based on the analysis determine whether the tremor has a frequency in the at least one predetermined frequency range that is indicative of OSA, the at least one predetermined frequency range being associated with and characteristic of an increased compensatory muscular activation of the upper airway of the patient during wakefulness.

US Pat. No. 10,165,956

COMPARTMENT SYNDROME MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method for monitoring pressure within a muscle fascia compartment of a patient, comprising:inserting a fluid-filled bulb through the patient's skin into an interior of the muscle fascia compartment of the patient,
wherein the fluid-filled bulb is fluidly coupled by a fluid-filled tube extending through the patient's skin to a pressure sensor, and wherein the pressure sensor is coupled to a skin patch removably attached to the patient's skin by an adhesive;
measuring pressure data within the muscle fascia compartment by the pressure sensor; and
receiving and storing the measured muscle fascia compartment pressure data from the pressure sensor by a radio-frequency identification (RFD device coupled to the pressure sensor and the skin patch.

US Pat. No. 10,165,955

OBTAINING CARDIOVASCULAR PARAMETERS USING ARTERIOLES RELATED TRANSIENT TIME

Reuven Gladshtein, Netan...

1. A method for estimation of inner diameter of arterioles in measured body part, the method comprising:obtaining a first pressure wave signal from a first tissue volume beneath the surface of a part of a subject's body, containing blood vessels; wherein contribution in the first signal from artery-like blood vessels predominates over contribution from arteriole-like blood vessels;
obtaining a second pressure wave signal from a second tissue volume beneath the surface of the part of the subject's body, containing blood vessels; wherein contribution in the second signal from arteriole-like blood vessels predominates over contribution from artery-like blood vessels;
obtaining at least one concurrent heart rate value;
finding time delay values between the first signal and the second signal; and using said at least one value of the time delay values and said at least one heart rate value to calculate an equivalent inner diameter of said arterioles.

US Pat. No. 10,165,951

SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING AND DETERMINING A PULSE ARRIVAL TIME (PAT) VALUE

1. A method for measuring and determining a single pulse arrival time (PAT) value at a given location of a user, wherein the PAT value is the time for a pulse to arrive at said location following a contraction of the heart of the user, using a sensor device comprising a photoplethysmographic (PPG) multichannel sensor formed from a plurality of PPG sensor channels and being adapted to measure a set of PPG signals, each PPG signal being measured by one of the PPG sensor channels when the multichannel PPG sensor is in contact with the user; comprising:measuring noninvasively said set of PPG signals;
extracting a plurality of features from each of the measured PPG signals;
selecting a subset from the set of PPG signals based on the extracted features; and
processing the selected subset of PPG signals to noninvasively determine the PAT value,
wherein said selecting the subset of PPG signals comprises:
projecting the plurality of features extracted from each of the measured PPG signal into a set of points in a N-dimensional feature space where N corresponds to the number of extracted features for each PPG signal;
clustering the set of points according to a distance criterion; and
selecting points being located at a representative cluster, the selected points corresponding to the subset of PPG signals.

US Pat. No. 10,165,948

ULTRASONIC PROBE AND INSPECTION APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE ULTRASONIC PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ultrasonic probe comprising:a transducer array having a plurality of acoustic transducers each of which has a receiving surface configured to transduce an ultrasonic wave into an electric signal; and
a light diffusion member optically connected to a light source so as to diffuse light emitted from the light source into an inspection subject,
wherein said light diffusion member is laid over said transducer array so as to have a propagating surface acoustically connected to the receiving surface and a light irradiating surface in opposition to said propagating surface, and wherein said light irradiating surface is located closer to the inspection subject than said receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 10,165,945

COGNITIVELY INTEGRATED INDICATING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A method, in a data processing system, for interactively indicating information associated with a patient on a hospital garment, the method comprising:identifying a set of questions utilizing a set of information received from a plurality of sources within a medical facility;
analyzing the set of information for a set of key elements;
utilizing the set of key elements to identify one or more questions from a search question database;
submitting the one or more questions to a request processing pipeline implemented by a healthcare cognitive system;
responsive to receiving a response from the request processing pipeline, identifying one or more communications to be sent to one or more hospital garments associated with the patient and/or medical staff; and
sending the one or more communications to the one or more hospital garments to cause the one or more hospital garments to change a visual cue.

US Pat. No. 10,165,944

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic imaging apparatus comprising:a wavelength division member configured to cause wavelength division into an optical path for observation of a subject's eye and an optical path for an OCT optical system;
an illumination optical system provided in the optical path for observation of the subject's eye and configured to illuminate the subject's eye;
a sensor for observation of the subject's eye provided in the optical path for observation of the subject's eye and configured to detect returning light from the subject's eye illuminated by the illumination optical system;
a scanning unit provided in the optical path for the OCT optical system and configured to scan measurement light on the subject's eye;
an OCT sensor provided in the optical path for the OCT optical system and configured to detect interference light generated from reference light and returning light from the subject's eye illuminated by the measurement light;
a display control unit configured to display, on a displaying unit, (a) a first surface image that is a moving image showing a surface of the subject's eye and that is obtained using a signal output from the sensor for observation, (b) a first tomographic image that is a moving image showing a tomography of the subject's eye and that is obtained using a signal output from the OCT sensor, and (c) a first line showing an acquisition position of the first tomographic image on the first surface image;
a control unit configured to control the scanning unit to scan the measurement light on a position in the subject's eye corresponding to a position of the first line changed in the first surface image in accordance with an operation performed by a user;
a display magnification control unit configured to control, according to an operation of an operator for one of the first surface image and the first tomographic image, a display magnification of the one of the first surface image and the first tomographic image in conjunction with controlling a display magnification of the other,
wherein the display control unit displays, on the displaying unit, (a) a second surface image that is a moving image showing a surface of the subject's eye and that is obtained using the signal output from the sensor for observation and the controlled display magnification, (b) a second tomographic image that is a moving image showing a tomography of the subject's eye and that is obtained using the signal output from the OCT sensor and the controlled display magnification, and (c) a second line showing an acquisition position of the second tomographic image on the second surface image,
wherein the control unit controls the scanning unit to scan measurement light on a position in the subject's eye corresponding to a position of the second line changed in the second surface image in accordance with an operation performed by a user, andwherein one of the position of the first line and the position of the second line is changed in conjunction with change of the other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,943

OPHTHALMIC METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NONINVASIVE DIAGNOSIS AND QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF CATARACT DEVELOPMENT

1. A method for noninvasive diagnosis and quantitative assessment of cataract development, the method comprising:providing a cataract testing device;
calibrating the cataract testing device, wherein calibrating the cataract testing device comprises:
providing a cataract absorption light (CAL) source at a first preset intensity (CALI);
providing a reference light (RL) source at a second preset intensity RLI greater than the first preset intensity;
observing RLI and CALI simultaneously via a cataract free lens; and
decreasing RLI in predetermined calibration steps (CS) to substantially equal CALI.

US Pat. No. 10,165,942

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus, comprising:a light source;
an optical splitter configured to split a light emitted from the light source into a measuring light and a reference light;
a scanning unit configured to scan a fundus of an eye to be inspected with the measuring light;
an optical system configured to irradiate the fundus with the measuring light through the scanning unit;
a detector configured to receive an interference light between (1) a return light of the measuring light from the fundus and (2) the reference light; and
a calculation processing portion configured to process an output signal from the detector, to thereby acquire a tomographic image of the fundus,
wherein the optical system comprises a focus lens configured to focus the measuring light on the fundus, and
wherein the optical tomographic imaging apparatus further comprises a unit configured to compensate, when an optical member for changing a field angle is inserted between the scanning unit and the fundus in order to change the field angle of an acquiring area of the tomographic image of the fundus, a change in a focus position of the focus lens with respect to the fundus, in association with the inserting.

US Pat. No. 10,165,940

VISION-BASED DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

11. A method for correcting a user behavior comprising the steps of:determining where, in the view of the user, the user is looking;
obtaining a scoring value based on what the user looks at;
compelling a user change in gaze behavior by automatically limiting in real time the clarity of at least part of what the user sees to a degree that is responsive to a said scoring value associated with unhealthy behavior; wherein
by making it more difficult for the user to see when looking at a location associated with unhealthy behavior, the user is compelled to modify behavior and, responsive to the user looking at a location associated with healthy behavior, lost clarity is automatically restored.

US Pat. No. 10,165,939

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an ophthalmologic apparatus that acquires a plurality of images by photographing a plurality of different regions of an eye at different times to generate one image by using the acquired plurality of images, the plurality of different regions being set in a region to be photographed of the eye, the method comprising:determining a image group conformity from the plurality of images of the plurality of different regions;
determining, based on the determined image group conformity, at least one image missing region; and
controlling an ophthalmologic apparatus in such a way as to re-photograph the determined at least one image missing region.

US Pat. No. 10,165,936

ENDOSCOPE REPROCESSOR AND FAULT DETECTION METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope reprocessor comprising:a fluid supply section configured to supply a fluid;
a fluid supply conduit configured to communicate with the fluid supply section and include an opening open to an atmosphere;
a first valve disposed in the fluid supply conduit;
a second valve disposed closer to the opening side than the first valve of the fluid supply conduit in a direction of fluid flow from the fluid supply section to the opening via the first valve and the second valve;
a processing tank in which an endoscope is disposed;
a first connector provided in the processing tank;
a second connector provided in the processing tank;
a first conduit connected between the first valve and the fluid supply section in the fluid supply conduit and connected to the first connector;
a second conduit connected between the first valve and the second valve in the fluid supply conduit and connected to the second connector; and
a pressure sensor disposed in the fluid supply section, between the first valve and the fluid supply section in the fluid supply conduit, or in the first conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,935

MEASURING HEAD OF AN ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE AND PROCESS FOR INSPECTING AND MEASURING AN OBJECT

1. A measuring head of an endoscopic device comprising:an optical projection unit including a light source for illuminating an object to be examined with light, and
an optical measurement unit including a light sensor for recording the light reflected or diffused from the object to be examined,
wherein the optical measurement unit has an aperture diaphragm including a variable aperture;
an aperture setting unit selectively changing the variable aperture between:
a first size of the variable aperture providing a lower resolution for inspecting the object;
a second size of the variable aperture larger than the first size providing a higher resolution for measuring the object;
the optical projection unit including a pattern forming element for projecting a pattern onto the object; the pattern being imagable when the variable aperture changed to the second size providing the higher resolution for measuring the object and non-imagable when the variable aperture changed to the first size providing the lower resolution for inspecting the object.

US Pat. No. 10,165,934

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS WITH ADDITION OF IMAGE SIGNALS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope apparatus, comprising:an image pickup sensor having a first pixel having a sensitivity in a predetermined wavelength band, and a second pixel having a sensitivity in a wavelength band including a part of the predetermined wavelength band;
a light source configured to generate a light for irradiating a subject, the light being narrow band light, return light of the light applied to the subject having an intensity peak in the predetermined wavelength band to which the second pixel has a sensitivity; and
an addition circuit configured to generate an addition signal obtained by adding a first image pickup signal obtained by receiving a return light from the subject at a time of the subject being irradiated in the first pixel, and a second image pickup signal obtained by receiving a return light from the subject in the second pixel,
wherein the light source further generates a first light, the first light being a light having an intensity which reaches a peak in the part of the predetermined wavelength band to which the second pixel has a sensitivity, and the first light source further generates a second light having an intensity which reaches a peak in the predetermined wavelength band at a timing different from the first light,
the endoscope apparatus further comprising an image generation circuit configured to generate an image in which the addition signal and a third image pickup signal are respectively assigned to different colors, the third image pickup signal being obtained by receiving a return light of the subject at a time of the second light being irradiated in the first pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,165,933

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE AND OVERTUBE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscopic surgical device comprising:an endoscope that is configured to observe an inside of a body cavity;
a treatment tool that is configured to inspect or treat an affected part within the body cavity; and
an overtube that is configured to guide the endoscope and the treatment tool into the body cavity,
wherein the overtube includes
an overtube body that is configured to pass through a body wall and is configured to be inserted into the body cavity,
an endoscope insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the endoscope to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a treatment tool insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the treatment tool to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
an interlocking member which is configured to be movable forward and backward inside the overtube body, has an endoscope-coupled part to be coupled to the endoscope inserted through the endoscope insertion passage and a treatment tool-coupled part to be coupled to the treatment tool inserted through the treatment tool insertion passage, and has a dead zone where the forward and backward movement of either one of the endoscope and the treatment tool does not interlock with the movement of the other, and a sensing zone where the forward and backward movement of either one of the endoscope and the treatment tool interlocks with the movement of the other, and
a side surface opening that is formed to pass through a side wall of the overtube body, allows an inner cavity of the overtube body and the inside of the body cavity to communicate with each other when the overtube body is inserted into the body cavity, and sends a fluid into the body cavity through the inner cavity of the overtube body, and
wherein the side surface opening is configured to be openable and closable by the forward and backward movement of the interlocking member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,932

INSERTION DEVICE AND ROTATING TUBULAR MEMBER

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An insertion device comprising:an insertion section which extends along a longitudinal axis with the longitudinal axis being an axial center;
a rotating tubular member which is disposed to cover an outer peripheral of the insertion section;
a driving unit which is configured to be driven to rotate the rotating tubular member relative to the insertion section in one of directions around the longitudinal axis;
a base member which is integrally formed in a part of the insertion section, and which defines a driving unit placement cavity to dispose the driving unit, the driving unit placement cavity being opened to an outside of the insertion section, an opening of the driving unit placement cavity being formed on an outer peripheral surface of the base member;
a support member which is disposed between the base member and the rotating tubular member, the support member being configured to abut on an outer peripheral portion of the base member and an inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member, a dimension of the support member in a direction along the longitudinal axis being smaller than a dimension of each of the base member and the rotating tubular member in the direction along the longitudinal axis, a space being formed between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member and in a region adjacent to the support member in the direction along the longitudinal axis, the driving unit being engaged with the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member in the space so that a rotation driving force is transmittable from the driving unit to the rotating tubular member, the support member being fixed to the base member, a cross-sectional shape of the support member perpendicular to the longitudinal axis being a C-shape, the support member extending along the directions around the longitudinal axis, the C-shaped support member extending in an entire region other than the opening of the driving unit placement cavity in the directions around the longitudinal axis, the support member being configured to support the rotating tubular member so that a rotation axis of the rotating tubular member is aligned with the longitudinal axis of the insertion section when the rotating tubular member rotates, and thereby being configured to hold the rotating tubular member at a position where the rotation driving force is transmittable from the driving unit to the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member;
a distal side ring member which is provided in the space between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member and in a region apart from the support member toward a distal direction, and which is a separated body from the support member, the distal side ring member being configured to maintain liquid-tightness between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member in a part to a distal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity in the space, and thereby being configured to prevent liquid inflow from the distal direction side into the driving unit placement cavity; and
a proximal side ring member which is provided in the space between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member and in a region apart from the support member toward a proximal direction, and which is a separated body from the support member, the distal side ring member being configured to maintain liquid-tightness between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member in a part to a proximal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity in the space, and thereby being configured to prevent liquid inflow from the proximal direction side into the driving unit placement cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,165,931

ENDOSCOPE BENDING SECTION CONTROL MECHANISM

1. An endoscope comprising:a housing having a main housing part and a cover part joined to the main housing part along a periphery thereof, the periphery defining a periphery surface, a plane of symmetry bisecting the main housing part and the cover part along a longitudinal axis of the housing perpendicularly to the periphery surface, the cover part including a curved area, a slot provided in the curved area parallel to the plane of symmetry, and spaced apart support elements extending from an internal surface of the cover part, and the main housing part including spaced apart opposite support elements extending from an internal surface thereof, the opposite support elements forming openings with corresponding support elements when the main housing part is coupled to the cover part;
an insertion portion extending from the housing;
a bending portion extending from the insertion portion;
control wires operable to control bending of the bending portion;
a control mechanism connected to the control wires, the control mechanism including an axle traversing the openings and defining a pivot axis perpendicular to the plane of symmetry, a lever member connected to the axle and traversing the slot, and a user control member external of the housing and connected to the lever member, the support elements and the axle located within the housing, and the user control member displaceable about the pivot axis between a forward position and a backward position to rotate the lever member and control movement of the control wires; and
a curved shielding portion formed to fit the curved area and affixed to the control mechanism, the shielding portion displaceable with the user control member and covering the slot when the user control member is in the forward position and also when the user control member is in the backward position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,928

SYSTEMS, INSTRUMENTS, AND METHODS FOR FOUR DIMENSIONAL SOFT TISSUE NAVIGATION

1. An endoscope system comprising:an endoscope having a distal tip, a port, a working channel extending between the distal tip and the port, an electromagnetic sensor positioned within the distal tip;
a guidewire extending from the port to the distal tip and through the working channel;
a first proximal offset device coupled to the guidewire proximate to the port;
a second distal offset device coupled to the guidewire proximate to the first proximal offset device;
both the first proximal offset device and the second distal offset device sized to limit extension of the guidewire in said working channel, the first proximal offset device and the second distal offset device separated by a perforated connection.

US Pat. No. 10,165,926

DISHWASHER HAVING AT LEAST ONE ILLUMINATION ELEMENT

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a washing chamber exposed to liquid during washing operation and enclosed by a plurality of walls of a washing container and by an internal wall of a door, at least one of the walls having at least one aperture; and
at least one illumination element configured to cover or close the at least one aperture, said at least one illumination element comprising at least one planar lighting element and at least one transparent, translucent or reflective planar element associated to the at least one planar lighting element,
wherein the at least one transparent, translucent or reflective planar element comprises a planar front panel, which is made of a transparent or translucent material and covers the at least one aperture, said planar front panel being mounted to the at least one wall and having a first side which faces and is exposed to the washing chamber and a second side which faces away from the washing chamber, said at least one planar lighting element being located on the second side, and
wherein the at least one wall has a recess that is indented inward from an outside of the at least one wall towards the washing chamber and that forms a fixing flange, and the at least one illumination element is mounted on an outer side of the fixing flange which faces away from the washing chamber, such that at least a portion of a thickness of the at least one illumination element is accommodated by the recess and such that the at least one illumination element covers from behind the at least one aperture in the at least one wall.

US Pat. No. 10,165,925

METHOD OF SEPARATING CHEMISTRIES IN A DOOR-TYPE DISHMACHINE

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. A dishmachine comprising:an enclosure defining a wash chamber having wash arms mounted therein;
a first tank for housing a first composition;
a first pump operatively coupled with the first tank and in fluid communication with the wash arms;
a second tank for housing a second composition;
a second pump operatively coupled with the second tank and in fluid communication with the wash arms;
a deflector system comprising:
a deflector selectively movable between a first position and a second position wherein the first position provides a flow path between the wash chamber and the first tank and the second position provides a flow path between the wash chamber and the second tank, wherein the deflector is driven by a float;
a gutter plate positioned above the deflector and having a central opening and at least two walls on opposite sides of the central opening each forming a recess; and
a strainer removeably positioned over the central opening of the gutter plate.

US Pat. No. 10,165,923

FLOOR SQUEEGEE

PRO PAINT GEAR INC., Bri...

1. A squeegee, comprising:an elongate frame section, an elongate handle connected to said elongate frame section such that said elongate frame section is generally perpendicular to said elongate handle, said elongate frame section including a preset number of internally threaded blind locator holes each having a raised boss;
an elongate flexible squeegee blade section including a first elongate section and a preset number of locator holes each extending therethrough to receive a corresponding raised boss of said elongate frame section, said elongate flexible squeegee blade section including a second elongate section protruding from and being integrally formed with said first elongate section and inclined at an angle with respect to said first elongate section in a range from greater than 0° to less than 90°;
an elongate clamp section having a preset number of locator holes each extending therethrough to receive, a corresponding raised boss of said elongate frame section and further comprising a raised lip disposed around each of said preset number of locator holes and a preset number of threaded fasteners, each of said preset number of threaded fasteners being threaded to be threadably received in an associated internally threaded blind locator hole and each threaded fastener including a flange section configured to contact said raised lip;
wherein threaded sections of each of said threaded fasteners are sealed internally in an associated internally threaded blind locator hole and are not exposed when the squeegee is assembled; and
wherein when assembled said second elongate section contacts a floor or other surface when in operation.

US Pat. No. 10,165,921

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A handle assembly for a vacuum cleaner, the handle assembly comprising:a handle attached to a duct assembly, wherein the duct assembly comprises a first duct and a second duct, the first duct pivots relative to the second duct about a pivot axis of a pivot joint that is external to the first and second ducts such that the pivot axis does not extend through the first and second ducts, the first duct and the second duct each comprise an arcuate section that arcs about the pivot axis, and pivoting the first duct relative to the second duct causes the arcuate section of one of the ducts to move in and out of the arcuate section of the other of the ducts.

US Pat. No. 10,165,920

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A handle assembly for a vacuum cleaner comprising a handle, a duct, a valve assembly, and a cover, wherein:the handle is attached to the duct;
the duct has an inlet at one end, an outlet at an opposite end, and a bleed aperture located between the inlet and the outlet;
the valve assembly comprises a valve and an actuator;
the valve is moveable between a closed position and an open position, the valve closes the bleed aperture when in the closed position and opens the bleed aperture when in the open position;
the actuator moves the valve from the closed position to the open position when actuated;
the cover surrounds the duct and encloses the bleed aperture and the valve such that an upper part of the cover overlies the bleed aperture and the valve, and one or more holes are formed in a lower part of the cover;
suction at the outlet causes a primary airflow to be drawn into the duct via the inlet; and
when the valve is in the open position, suction at the outlet causes a secondary airflow to be drawn in through the holes, through a space between the duct and the cover in a circumferential direction around the duct, and into the duct via the bleed aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,165,918

VACUUM ATTACHMENT

1. A cleaning implement capable of attachment to a vacuum hose attachment, comprising:an implement body, comprising:
a forward surface;
a pair of side surfaces having proximal ends extending perpendicularly from opposing edges of said forward surface and parallel to each other;
a rear surface, extending perpendicularly from distal ends of said pair of side surfaces and not parallel with said forward surface;
an upper opening;
a lower opening; and,
an interior in fluid communication with said upper opening and said lower opening;
a coupling capable of removable attachment to said vacuum hose attachment to provide fluid communication with said interior;
a first brush disposed between said pair of side surfaces adjacent said upper opening;
a second brush disposed between said pair of side surfaces adjacent said first brush and adjacent said upper opening;
wherein said first brush and said second brush are configured to project from said upper opening; and,
a baffle structure, affixed to said implement body within said interior and subjacent to said first brush and said second brush; wherein said baffle structure comprises a plurality of apertures aligned along a centerline of said baffle structure and directs air flow and entrained debris towards said coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,165,911

ELECTRIC WINDOW CLEANING DEVICE

1. An electric window cleaning device, comprising:an operating portion including a pedestal, a plurality of magnets and a plurality of balls, wherein the pedestal includes a handle and a bottom surface formed opposite to the handle, the magnets are disposed on the pedestal, the balls partially protrude from the bottom surface of the pedestal and are free to roll along the pedestal, the operating portion further including a connecting member which includes a spherical body and a connecting portion, the pedestal including a spherical cavity and a cover removably fixed to the pedestal, the spherical body being disposed in the spherical cavity and rollably locked in the spherical cavity by the cover, and the connecting portion being formed on an outer surface of the spherical body, inserted through the cover, and provided for connecting a rod; and
a wiping portion including a base, a plurality of magnets, a plurality of balls and a power mechanism, wherein the base includes a bottom surface, the magnets are disposed in the base, the balls partially protrude from the bottom surface of the base and are free to roll along the base, the power mechanism is supported on the base, and includes an output shaft for outputting rotational kinetic energy and a rotary disc rotated by the output shaft, a duster is fixed to an outer surface of the rotary disc;
wherein the operating portion and the wiping portion are magnetically attracted to each other across a glass of a window by magnetic forces of the magnets and are attracted to an inner surface and an outer surface of the glass, respectively, when the power mechanism is turned on, the output shaft rotates the rotary disc and the duster to clean the outer surface of the glass, as a user moves the operating portion which is attracted to the inner surface of the glass, the wiping portion will move simultaneously along the outer surface of the glass to perform a cleaning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,165,909

MULTI-LINER ASSEMBLY FOR A BODY LIQUID RECEPTACLE AND A BODY LIQUID RECEPTACLE INCLUDING SAME

HY-INDUSTRIE INC., Drumm...

20. A body liquid receptacle assembly comprising a body liquid receptacle having a body with a cavity defined therein, and a multi-liner assembly removably engaged with the body liquid receptacle; the multi-liner assembly comprising a rigid support having a receptacle-facing surface and a top surface and being removably engageable with the body liquid receptacle; and a plurality of lining units superimposed on one another and engaged with the body liquid receptacle to line the cavity, each of the plurality of lining units comprising an impermeable layer having a top side with an absorbent material superimposed thereon, the rigid support being located under a bottommost one of the lining units and supporting the lining units, wherein each one of the lining units comprises a free edge delimiting an open mouth with the free edge extending along the receptacle-facing surface of the rigid support, inbetween the rigid support and the body of the body liquid receptacle, with a section of the at least one lining unit lining the top surface to maintain the lining units in an open configuration, wherein a topmost one of the plurality of lining units is exposed and is individually removable from the multi-liner assembly to leave a subsequent one of the plurality of lining units exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,165,906

APPARATUS FOR DISSOLVING A FRAGRANCE CARRIER

REMARKABLY WELL, INC, At...

1. An apparatus for dissolving a fragrance carrier, the apparatus comprising a mount bracket, a water-holding reservoir and a fragrance carrier holder, the water-holding reservoir being supported by the mount bracket, the fragrance carrier holder being provided in association with the water-holding reservoir such that (a) water in the water-holding reservoir can contact and dissolve a fragrance carrier located on the fragrance carrier holder, the fragrance carrier holder being located inside the water-holding reservoir, or (b) water can flow from the water-holding reservoir to contact and dissolve a fragrance carrier located on the fragrance carrier holder, the apparatus being configured and adapted so that it is attachable to a vertical wall of a shower stall by adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,165,905

SHOWER BASE

Sander and Sons, Inc., L...

1. A curbless shower base, comprising:a subbase structure having a sloped floor and a zero entry;
at least one side wall to mount flush with drywall during an installation, wherein a tile or other wall covering is installed flush over the at least one side wall to a floor of the subbase structure;
a drainage channel in the subbase structure, the drainage channel extending substantially from a first side of the subbase structure to an opposite second side of the subbase structure, the drainage channel sloped from the first side of the subbase structure to a drain outlet in the drainage channel, and the drainage channel sloped from the second side of the subbase structure to the drain outlet in the drainage channel;
a drain assembly having a drain outlet to connect with plumbing during the installation; and
a protective structure of the drain assembly, the protective structure at least partially surrounding the drain outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,165,903

CAULKLESS SEAL

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A seal for a bathing enclosure, comprising:a first structure having a first flange extending from an upper end thereof;
a second structure having a second flange extending from a lower end thereof and a channel, the channel comprising:
a first side surface extending upward from an end of the second flange;
a second side surface opposing the first side surface, extending upward from the second flange; and
an upper surface opposing the second flange, extending between the first side surface and the second side surface;
wherein the second flange defines a slot between the first side surface and the second side surface; and
wherein the second flange is configured to interface with the first flange.

US Pat. No. 10,165,902

DECORATIVE REFLECTIVE STOPPER COVER

1. A device for displaying an image upon a stopper in a sink, said device comprising:a top surface and an opposite bottom surface, said top surface being spaced apart and mutually parallel to said bottom surface, said top surface having a perimeter;
an outer edge extending along the perimeter of said top surface and being generally perpendicular to said top surface and said bottom surface;
said device having a disc shape, a diameter, and a thickness perpendicular to the diameter, and said outer edge being round;
said top surface being smooth and transparent and displaying a image thereon;
said bottom surface adapted to join a supporting surface in a releasable manner;
said device having a construction of a plurality of layers;
said plurality of layers including said outer edge;
wherein said device is water resistant and said top surface is smooth;
said plurality of layers being capable of immersion in water for a lengthy time; and,
said top surface having an inherent high gloss.

US Pat. No. 10,165,901

TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER APPARATUS

1. A child toothbrush holder apparatus, comprising:a toothbrush including a handle portion and a head portion at a distal end, wherein the toothbrush includes bristles at the distal end;
a handle including a gripping portion and a cavity configured to hold the toothbrush wherein the handle portion of the toothbrush is disposed within the cavity from a first end of the handle through an opening in a second end of the handle, wherein the handle includes a secured configuration and an unsecured configuration, wherein:
in the secured configuration, the toothbrush is secured within the handle with a support feature; and
in the unsecured configuration, the toothbrush is removable from the handle;
a stopper coupled to the handle, wherein the stopper is located at a distance from the distal end of the toothbrush;
an adapter extending from the stopper and including an opening to the cavity, the adapter having a convex shape extending from the stopper, wherein the toothbrush is located within the opening, wherein the convex shape extends from a first end to a second end of the adapter, wherein the adapter is tapered at a first angle between the second end of the adapter and a center area of the adapter and at a second angle between the center area and the first end of the adapter, and wherein the adapter has a size and shape to inhibit insertion of the toothbrush into a mouth of a person further than the adapter; and
a first support feature extending substantially across a diameter of the cavity of the handle, the first support configured to hold the toothbrush within the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,165,900

MULTI-PURPOSE KITCHEN UTENSIL

1. A utensil for preparing and serving foodstuffs, the utensil consisting entirely of a unitary member of sheet stainless steel, formed with a web portion having a substantially rectangular shape, said web portion having a first edge with two opposite ends, a second edge parallel to and spaced from said first edge and also with two opposite ends, and opposite side edges each extending from one of said opposite ends of said first edge to one of said opposite ends of said second edge, a rectangular portion extending in a first direction from said first edge of the web portion, said rectangular portion being elongated in said first direction and having substantially planar opposite faces, a tapered portion extending from said second edge of the web portion in a second direction opposite said first direction, said tapered portion being elongated in said second direction but having a length in said second direction less than the length of said rectangular portion in said first direction, said tapered portion having opposite faces in planes parallel to the planar opposite faces of said rectangular portion, said rectangular portion and said tapered portion being offset from each other in a direction perpendicular to said planar opposite faces of the elongated rectangular portion and connected to each other by said web portion, wherein:said rectangular portion has two substantially parallel side edges extending in said first direction and meeting respective opposite ends of said first edge of the web portion, and an end edge remote from said web portion and extending from one of said substantially parallel side edges to the other in a direction substantially perpendicular to said side edges of the elongated rectangular portion;
said tapered portion has two opposite side edges extending respectively from said opposite ends of said second edge of the web portion, to an end edge remote from, and shorter than, said second edge of the web portion.

US Pat. No. 10,165,899

IMMERSION BLENDER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A mixing appliance assembly comprising:a housing including a motor and a shaft operably coupled with the motor and extending outwardly from the housing;
a top handle operably coupled with a top end of the housing and including a pulse button and a continuous run switch;
a side port disposed in the housing, the side port configured to receive a port connecting member and having an interlocking feature comprising:
an interlock switch disposed inside the side port; and
a switch engagement member configured to engage the interlock switch such that the continuous run switch can be depressed;
a bowl clamp engageable with the side port and configured to removably secure the housing to a bowl, the bowl clamp including the switch engagement member; and
a side handle engageable with the side port and configured to be removably coupled with the housing and aid a user in handling said mixing appliance assembly, the side handle being free of the switch engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,898

COFFEE BEAN CONVEYANCE DEVICE

ACAIA CORPORATION, Cuper...

1. A coffee bean conveyance device, comprising:a conveying unit internally defining a conveyance passage having a first central axis, and having a bean inlet and a bean outlet provided at two diagonally opposite ends of the conveyance passage, the conveying unit extending along the first central axis;
a coffee bean holding unit being communicably assembled to the bean inlet and internally defining a storage space for holding an amount of coffee beans therein, so that the coffee beans held in the storage space can move from the storage space into the conveyance passage via the bean inlet; and
a driving mechanism including a coil spring eccentrically disposed in the conveyance passage, the coil spring having a second central axis, which is in parallel with and spaced from the first central axis, the coil spring extending along the second central axis, and being connected at an end closer to the bean inlet to a driving source, which serves to drive the coil spring to rotate about the second central axis in the conveyance passage, the coil spring while being rotated by the driving source being able to move the coffee beans in the conveyance passage toward the bean outlet, the coil spring being made of an elastic material, the second central axis being below the first central axis so that the coil spring is close to a bottom of the conveyance passage.

US Pat. No. 10,165,897

FOOD STUFF DISPENSING MACHINE AND DEHYDRATED FOODSTUFF CONTAINER

Mega Consultants, LLC, B...

1. A foodstuff machine for hydrating, extruding and cooking foodstuff from a container, the container having a continuous sidewall with first and second ends forming a storage area and a piston complementarily positioned within the sidewall proximate the first end and being slidable with respect to the sidewall, the container including dehydrated foodstuff located in the storage area, the foodstuff machine comprising:a machine housing having an access opening for receiving a container having dehydrated foodstuff therein;
a hydrating and positioning system movable from a loading position when the container is in the access opening to a hydrating position with the container second end above the first end and then to a transfer position wherein the first end is positioned above the second end;
a liquid dispenser positioned above the container when the container is in the hydrating position;
a transfer arm having an operative end for receiving the container and being movable from a first position that supports the container in the transfer position to an extrusion position wherein the container is located over a cooking station; and
a piston rod operatively associated with the piston in the container and movable to force the piston toward the second end of the container to force hydrated foodstuff through a die to form uncooked strips which drop into the cooking station.

US Pat. No. 10,165,896

METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING FOODSTUFF

SensAbility Pty Ltd, Ade...

1. A method for processing foodstuff, using an apparatus for processing foodstuffs, the apparatus comprising a heating source for processing the foodstuff and a controller, the controller being arranged to control at least two heating elements of the heating source individually the apparatus further comprising a plurality of receiving portions for receiving the foodstuffs, the method comprising:providing the foodstuff having a first surface area and a second surface area;
providing information that is indicative of a chromatic property of the first surface area of the foodstuff;
processing the foodstuff using the heating source so as to effect a change of the chromatic property of the first and second surface areas of the foodstuff; and
using the controller to control the change of the chromatic property of the second surface area of the foodstuff using the provided information and predetermined calibration data, wherein using the controller includes determining whether a condition exists by detecting that foodstuff is provided in a receiving portion and detecting that no foodstuff is provided in an adjacent receiving portion such that:
when the condition exists, the controller controls the heating source to change of the chromatic property of the second surface area of the foodstuff using the provided information and the calibration data, and
when the condition does not exist, the controller controls the heating source to change of the chromatic property of both the first and second surface areas using the provided information.

US Pat. No. 10,165,895

DISPOSABLE INSERT OVEN GRATE SYSTEM

1. A disposable insert oven grate system (10) comprising:a disposable grill (14) having a central region in a horizontal plane, the central region having an upper surface facing upwardly and a lower surface facing downwardly, the central region having a periphery in a rectangular configuration, the periphery having a front edge (16) and a rear edge (18) and a left edge (20) and a right edge (22), the central region having a length of 8 to 9 inches and a width of 10.5 inches to 11.5 inches
a front wall (26) with a front hinge (28) coupled to the front edge, a rear wall (30) with a rear hinge (32) coupled to the rear edge, a left wall (34) with a left hinge (36) coupled to the left edge, a right wall (40) with a right hinge (42) coupled to the right edge, each wall pivotable between an upper position coplanar with the central region for storage and transportation, each wall pivotable to a lower position coplanar with the central region for supporting food to be cooked, each wall extending downwardly for from 1.0 to 1.5 inches;
a plurality of slots (46) formed in the central region, each slot being rectangular and extending between a location adjacent to the left edge and the right edge, each slot being formed of a longitudinal slit and latitudinal end slits to form downwardly extending supports (48) for strengthening purposes, each wall extending downwardly from 1.0 to 1.5 inches, each support extending downwardly for from 0.3 to 0.5 inches, the disposable grill being fabricated of aluminum foil having a thickness of from 0.0030 inches to 0.0065 inches;
a pan (52), the pan being disposable, the pan having an imperforate bottom in a rectangular configuration, the bottom having a front edge and a rear edge separated by a length of 11¾ inches, plus or minus 5 percent, the bottom having side edges, the side edges separated by a width of 8 inches, plus or minus 5 percent, the pan having imperforate sides, each side being in a trapezoidal configuration, each side extending upwardly from the front edge and rear edge and side edges of the bottom thereby forming an angle of between 10 degrees and 20 degrees with respect to the bottom, the sides having lower ends, the lower ends being integrally formed with the bottom, the sides having free upper ends forming an upper opening, the pan forming a chamber between the bottom and the upper opening and within the sides, the chamber having a height of 1.5 to 2.0 inches between the bottom and the upper opening, the pan being fabricated of aluminum foil having a thickness of from 0.0030 inches to 0.0065 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,165,894

AUTOMATED COOKER

1. A cooking system comprising:a wok for receiving food, the wok being placed on top of a base unit housing a heating element for heating up the wok;
a lid substantially covering the wok, at least a portion of the lid being able to rotate relative to the wok;
a shaft secured to the rotating portion of the lid;
a stirrer pivotally mounted to the shaft;
a controller housed in the base unit controlling the heating element and rotations of the shaft and the lid, the rotation of the shaft causing a part of the stirrer to sweep from an edge of the wok to approximately a center of the wok in a low path and return to an edge of the wok in a high path, in the low path the part of the stirrer approximately touching a surface of the wok, in the high path the part of the stirrer being high above and not touching the surface of the wok; and
a first computing device residing outside of the base unit and signally coupled to the controller, the first computing device storing a computer program upon execution instructing the first computing device to send operating commands to the controller, the operating commands controlling the heating element and the rotations of the shaft and the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,165,893

COOKWARE ITEM WITH SPOON RECEIVING RECESS

1. A cookware set, comprising:a plurality of cookware containers each having a given weight and having a base and a surrounding vertically upstanding sidewall which extends vertically upward from an outer periphery of the base to define an initially open interior space and a top opening of the container, the sidewall having an outer wall surface and an inner wall surface;
a clasp handle permanently affixed to and extending outwardly from the outer wall surface of the container adjacent the top opening thereof which is configured to be held by a user while supporting the weight of the container;
a utensil support handle permanently affixed to the container outer wall surface and arranged generally opposite the clasp handle, the utensil support handle having a spoon-shaped support member incorporated therein which is configured to receive and support a cooking utensil while also serving as a companion handle to the clasp handle when being held by the user while supporting the weight of the container while lifting the container;
wherein the spoon-shaved support member has a length, a solid upper support surface which runs the length of the support member, and an opposite lower surface, the length of the spoon-shaped support member being arranged in a lateral direction with respect to the sidewall of the container, rather than at a right angle thereto, the upper surface of the spoon-shaved support member having a utensil receiving recess formed therein, the utensil receiving recess itself defining a flat, planar region with surrounding peripheral sidewalls running generally perpendicular thereto and which enclose the flat planar region in a spoon shaved outline and provide a solid recessed plane at a given depth with respect to the peripheral sidewalls;
wherein the solid recessed plane of the utensil receiving recess is located in a horizontal plane which is below the too opening of the container;
wherein the utensil support handle includes an arcuate-shaved member having oppositely arranged attachment points which loin the utensil support handle to the container sidewall, and wherein the spoon-shaped support member is incorporated at an outer circumferential location on the arcuate shaped member, in a horizontal plane below the top opening of the container, and spaced apart from the container sidewall to define a finger receiving opening with respect to the container sidewalls, approximately mid way between the two handle attachment points;
wherein the cookware container set includes various items in the cookware set all having the utensil support handle permanently affixed thereto; and
wherein the cookware set includes at least a saucepan and a skillet as a part of the cookware set, each of which has a given sidewall depth, and wherein the spoon-shaped support member for the skillet which is provided as a part of the cookware set is spaced apart a greater relative distance from the outer sidewall thereof than the spoon shaped support member for the saucepan which is provided as a part of the cookware set, the spacing being designed to facilitate a user's grasping the cookware container while supporting the weight of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,165,892

POWDER DOSING SYSTEM

5. A portable storage and dispensing apparatus, comprising:a sidewall defining a cannister, said cannister having a first end and having a central portion adjacent a second end of said cannister;
said central portion of said cannister having a first side opposite a second side;
an interior cavity located at said first end of said cannister;
an outlet located at said second end of said cannister;
a dispensing housing rotationally positioned within said central portion of said cannister;
said dispensing housing having a measuring chamber therein;
said measuring chamber having an inlet aperture on one end thereof;
said measuring chamber having an exit opening on a second end, opposite said inlet aperture;
said dispensing housing having a first position wherein said inlet aperture is in a communication with said internal cavity;
said dispensing housing having a second position wherein said inlet aperture is blocked from said communication with said interior cavity;
said dispensing housing in said second position locating said exit opening in a communication with said outlet at said second end of said cannister;
a trigger for moving said dispensing housing from said first position to said second position;
said trigger biased to a projecting position extending from said second side of said central portion of said cannister, said trigger actuable to a depressed position;
a plurality of depressions depending into said trigger; said depressions being adapted for respective individual contacts with respective individual fingers of said hand of said user during a said one-handed grip of said cannister;
said trigger having an axle slot therein extending between a first end and a second end;
an axle extending from said dispensing housing, said axle in a translating engagement within said axle slot;
said trigger having a second slot;
a second member extending from said dispensing housing slidably engaged in said second slot;
actuation of said trigger to said depressed position translating said axle slot along said axle and concurrently imparting a translation to said second member within said second slot whereby said translation of said second member rotates said dispensing housing;
said central portion of said cannister defining a gripping area of said cannister adapted for a one-handed grip of one hand of a user with said first side of said central portion forming a contact area adapted for contact of a palm of said hand and said trigger adapted for actuation by contact of fingers of said hand of said user during said one-handed grip; and
wherein a volume of powder from said interior cavity fills said measuring chamber with said dispensing housing in said first position, and said volume of powder is dispensed from said measuring chamber through said exit opening with said dispensing housing in said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,891

BEVERAGE PREPARATION ASSEMBLY

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. Process for the preparation of a beverage with a beverage preparation assembly comprising a container for storing a water soluble beverage powder, the container comprising a tank and a powder outlet, a dissolution chamber for preparing a beverage from the water soluble beverage powder and a diluent, the dissolution chamber comprising at last one diluent inlet and a beverage outlet, a chute for guiding the water soluble beverage powder from the powder outlet of the container to the dissolution chamber, an air outlet configured for evacuating air from the dissolution chamber, the powder outlet is connected to the chute by a conduit; wherein, the powder outlet, the conduit, the chute and the dissolution chamber are connected together through airtight connections, and the assembly comprises an air inlet, the air inlet being positioned above the chute only wherein the following steps are implemented:dispensing a dose of beverage powder from the powder outlet of the container and delivered to the dissolution chamber through the chute;
delivering a dose of diluent in the dissolution chamber and mixing with the dose of powder to produce a beverage;
the produced beverage is delivered through the chamber outlet (32); and
during at least the delivering of the dose of diluent and the mixing step air is sucked from the air outlet so that an unidirectional flow of air is created from the air inlet down to the bottom of the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,165,890

FILTRATION UNIT FOR USE IN MACHINE FOR PREPARING READY-TO-DRINK NUTRITIONAL LIQUIDS

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A filtration unit for use in a nutritional liquid preparation machine using a container for preparing a beverage, the filtration unit comprising:a removable, disposable filter; and
a re-usable protective casing encompassing the filter, said protective casing comprising:
an outlet wall with at least one liquid outlet for delivering filtered liquid to the container in the container holder, wherein the at least one liquid outlet comprises a perforating member protruding from the outlet wall, and wherein the perforating member comprises a hollow needle and provides a liquid inlet through a sealing membrane of the container for allowing filtered liquid to be fed in the container; and
an inlet wall with at least one liquid inlet, wherein the inlet wall of the protective casing further comprises a gas inlet for receiving a gas injector of the beverage machine, and wherein the gas inlet is axially offset relative to the liquid inlet and in fluid communication with the liquid outlet;
wherein the protective casing is formed by a first cover forming the inlet wall and a second cover forming the outlet wall, the first cover and the second cover being at least partially detachable from one another to enable different removable filters to be placed in a dedicated compartment of the protective casing;
wherein the filter is arranged in a removable manner in the protective casing; and
wherein the filtration unit is adapted to engage a container holder intended to be inserted in the nutritional liquid preparation machine.

US Pat. No. 10,165,888

HEATING AND COOKING SYSTEM

1. A heating and cooking system, comprising:a combustion chamber bounded by top and bottom surfaces, an air intake, and an air exhaust, the combustion chamber configured to contain an amount of natural fuel; and
a vertical chimney in fluid communication with the air exhaust of the combustion chamber, wherein:
the top surface bounding the combustion chamber is configured to transfer heat to a first cooking surface;
the bottom surface bounding the combustion chamber is configured to transfer heat to a second cooking surface; and
the vertical chimney is configured to transfer heat to a third cooking surface, wherein the combustion chamber is physically isolated from the first and the second cooking surfaces via a sealed configuration that prevents a flow of fluids and a flow of solids between the combustion chamber and both of the first and the second cooking surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,165,886

BUTTON MANIPULATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A button manipulation device for directly controlling a button comprising:a rod base portion;
a head portion;
a flexible body portion;
the rod base portion comprising a first end, a latch and a first concave surface;
the latch and the first concave surface each being formed at the first end;
the latch being extended from the first concave surface;
the head portion comprising a second end, a lip protrusion and a second concave surface;
the lip protrusion and the second concave surface each being formed at the second end;
the lip protrusion being extended from the second concave surface;
the latch and the lip protrusion being oppositely located to each other;
the first concave surface and the second concave surface being oppositely located to each other;
the flexible body portion being connected in between the rod base portion and the head portion;
the flexible body portion comprising an interior surface;
the interior surface being connected in between the first concave surface and the second concave surface;
the latch and the lip protrusion each being cantilevered over the interior surface;
the latch comprising a latch edge;
the lip protrusion comprising a lip protrusion edge;
the latch edge and the lip protrusion edge each being tapered towards the interior surface;
the latch, the lip protrusion, the first concave surface, the second concave surface and the interior surface form a docking port;
the docking port being configured to receive a button;
the latch and the lip protrusion being configured to hold the button; and
the button being inserted and countersunk within the docking port and held by the latch edge and the lip protrusion edge in response to the docking port receiving the button.

US Pat. No. 10,165,885

STACKABLE TRAY WITH COMPARTMENT

1. A tray apparatus comprising:a lap tray having a flat portion and a raised perimeter edge, wherein the flat portion defines a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the flat portion further defines an aperture;
a tray compartment operably engaged with the lap tray, the tray compartment having a sidewall and a bottom wall, the sidewall and the bottom wall defining, in part, an interior space accessible via the aperture; and
a lid operably engaged with the tray compartment, the lid configured to enclose the interior space of the tray compartment,
wherein the tray compartment further includes a plurality of tray compartment fold lines, the tray compartment configured to fold along the tray compartment fold lines to form the sidewall and the bottom wall of the tray compartment, wherein the lap tray further includes a plurality of lap tray fold lines, the lap tray configured to fold along the lap tray fold lines to form the flat portion and the raised perimeter edge of the lap tray, wherein the lap tray and the tray compartment are configured to transform from a stored configuration to an operating configuration, the lap tray and the tray compartment configured as flat planar surfaces when disposed in the stored configuration, wherein the lap tray and tray compartment of a first tray apparatus are configured to operably engage a lap tray and a tray compartment of a second tray apparatus while disposed in the operating configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,165,884

SERVING CONTAINER AND RING ELEMENT SYSTEM

1. A serving container and ring element system, comprising:a serving dish, wherein said serving dish includes one or more upwardly extending walls, wherein at least a portion of a serving dish lip extends outwardly from an upper edge of said one or more upwardly extending walls, and wherein at least two serving dish handles extend outwardly from said continuous serving dish lip on opposing sides of said serving dish; and
a ring element, wherein said ring element includes a ring element lip having a shape that substantially corresponds to said shape of said serving dish lip, wherein portions of said ring element lip are formed to be positionable around at least a portion of said serving dish lip to provide at least partial frictional engagement between portions of said ring element lip and at least a portion of said serving dish lip, wherein at least two ring element handle portions extend outwardly from said ring element lip, wherein each ring element handle portion has a shape that substantially corresponds to said shape of said serving dish handles, wherein each ring element handle portion includes a handle skirt portion extending downwardly from said handle portion, wherein each handle skirt portion is formed so as to be positionable around at least a portion of a serving dish handle and provide at least partial frictional engagement of said handle skirt portion with at least a portion of said serving dish handle, and wherein when said handle skirt portions are in frictional engagement with at least a portion of each of said serving dish handles, at least a portion of said ring element is secured around and over at least a portion of said serving dish lip, but wherein said ring element does not entirely cover said serving dish.

US Pat. No. 10,165,883

CAN HOLDER SYSTEM

1. A can holder system comprising:a stamped sheet including;
a first-section including;
a first-tab;
and
a second-tab;
a second-section including;
a third-tab;
and
a fourth-tab;
an arcuate-member;
and
a plurality of folding joints;wherein said first-section comprises said first-tab and said second-tab at a top-end and said arcuate-member is positioned at a bottom-end of said first-sectionwherein said second-section extends from said arcuate member;wherein said first-tab and said second-tab are configured to fold in relation to each other creating a u-shaped member;wherein said arcuate-member is configured to partially encircle a container during use;wherein said fourth-tab extends from said third-tab at 45 degrees when folded at one of said plurality of folding joints connecting said fourth-tab and said third-tab;andwherein said stamped sheet is configured to fold at said plurality of folding joints for supporting said container in a substantially upright position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,882

DRINKING STRAW AND CLOSURE ASSEMBLY

1. A drinking straw assembly for use with a beverage container, the drinking straw assembly comprising:a length of a hollow cylindrical straw body having a central longitudinal axis and defined by a cylindrical straw wall extending between upper and lower straw ends, the straw wall having an interior surface and an exterior surface, the exterior surface defining a straw body exterior diameter;
a length of a hollow sleeve body defined by a sleeve wall extending between upper and lower sleeve ends, the sleeve wall having a cylindrical interior surface and an exterior surface, the cylindrical sleeve wall interior surface defining a sleeve interior diameter, the sleeve interior diameter slightly nominally greater than the straw body exterior diameter such that the hollow cylindrical sleeve body can be slidably received over the upper straw end and frictionally maintained in place about an upper portion of said straw body length; and
a decorative article fixedly attached to the exterior surface of the length of the hollow cylindrical sleeve body; and
a plurality of faux jewels and/or faux beads disposed 360 degrees around the exterior surface of the hollow sleeve body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,881

SELF LEVELING SPOON

1. A spoon, comprising:a handle portion and a utensil portion rotatably coupled to the handle portion;
the handle portion comprising:
an elongated rod having a top end and a bottom end, wherein the elongated rod is rotatably coupled to the utensil portion at the top end, to allow a rotation perpendicular to the handle portion; and
a sleeve rotatably enclosing the elongated rod, to allow a rotation parallel to the handle portion;
the utensil portion comprising: a bowl for transferring content; and
the spoon further comprising:
a weight for balancing the bowl, the weight external to the bowl attached on one side of the bowl;
a balancing interface;
a counter weight external to the bowl on an opposite side of the bowl extending from near the bottom end or any other position along the elongated rod or of the utensil portion, the counter weight being separate from the weight,
wherein the bowl is balanced to remain level in two orthogonal directions thus preventing spilling the content of the bowl during use of the spoon,
and
wherein the balancing interface is connected on one side to the weight and on a second side to a body having two shoulders, and wherein the balancing interface positions the weight in a plane offset from a plane of the elongated rod.

US Pat. No. 10,165,880

TUMBLER HAVING PELTIER DEVICE

1. A tumbler comprising:a container having a channel formed in a center portion in a longitudinal direction and a circular drink storing part enclosing the channel and storing drink therein;
a Peltier device of a hollow cylinder disposed to be brought into contact with an inner wall of the channel of the container and transferring heat from the drink stored in the drink storing part;
a blowing unit installed to a lower portion of the container to supply an air to the channel;
a control unit installed to a side of the container to control the blowing unit; and
a temperature display unit installed to a side of the container to display a temperature of the drink stored in the drink storing part,
wherein the container includes a container body provided with an opening on an upper portion, with the circular drink storing part being formed in the container body, and a lid configured to close the opening of the container body and provided with an outlet which communicates with the channel of the container body, through which the air supplied to the inside of the channel by the blowing unit is discharged to an outside, and
the blowing unit includes a blower fan rotatably installed to the channel at the lower portion of the container to supply the air in the channel, and a battery installed to the lower portion of the container to supply a power to the blower fan, with a center portion communicating with the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,165,879

DRINK CONTAINERS

CamelBak Products, LLC, ...

1. A drink container, comprising:a liquid container having a neck with an opening and having an internal compartment sized to hold a volume of potable drink liquid; and
a cap assembly removably coupled to the liquid container, the cap assembly comprising:
a base removably coupled to the neck of the liquid container and including a through-passage;
a first catch structure coupled to the base;
a mouthpiece assembly extending through the through-passage of the base and defining a liquid passage through which drink liquid from the liquid container may selectively flow, and further defining an inlet through which drink liquid in the internal compartment may enter the liquid passage and an outlet through which drink liquid from the internal compartment of the liquid container is selectively dispensed; wherein the mouthpiece assembly is configured to be selectively configured between a dispensing configuration, in which the liquid passage permits drink liquid to flow from the internal compartment at least into the liquid passage, and a stowed configuration, in which drink liquid is restricted from being dispensed from the liquid container through the liquid passage; wherein the mouthpiece assembly is biased to the dispensing configuration; and wherein the mouthpiece assembly comprises:
a tube portion that defines at least a portion of the liquid passage for drink liquid to flow from the internal compartment to the outlet of the mouthpiece assembly; wherein the tube portion includes a crimping region constructed of a resiliently deformable material and adapted to prevent the flow of drink liquid through the liquid passage when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration; wherein the crimping region includes opposing walls that are in contact with each other to seal the liquid passage within the crimping region when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration;
a rigid collar member that is pivotally coupled to a portion of the cap assembly and through which the tube portion at least partially extends; and
a second catch structure adapted to be selectively engaged with the first catch structure to retain the mouthpiece assembly in the stowed configuration; and
a user release mechanism adapted to automatically disengage the first and second catch structures upon actuation of the user release mechanism and thereby release the mouthpiece assembly to move via its bias from the stowed configuration to the dispensing configuration;
wherein the cap assembly defines a stowing region sized to receive at least a portion of the mouthpiece assembly when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration; wherein the user release mechanism includes a sliding member with a user engagement pad; wherein the user release mechanism is biased to urge the sliding member away from a position where the sliding member disengages the first and second catch structures; and wherein the sliding member is configured to slide relative to the base of the cap assembly to selectively disengage the first and the second catch structures.

US Pat. No. 10,165,876

FLORAL DISPLAY BOX

1. An improved floral display box to arrange a plurality of flowers therewithin to provide aesthetically pleasing flower arrangements, comprising:a cylindrical-shaped, hollow vase for arranging the plurality of flowers having an open circular top, a closed bottom, and a side wall, a void region defined by the closed bottom and the side wall whereby the vase is adapted to house the plurality of flowers and accompanying water and nutrients;
a circular flat lid removably disposed over the open circular top of the vase, a void region defined by the closed bottom, the sidewall and the circular flat lid ; and
the circular flat lid having a plurality of openings each having a diameter of between about 0.1 and 2 cm disposed therethrough to hold each flower of the plurality of flowers in place within the vase, a centerline through the plurality of openings being disposed at an angle of about 20 degrees to about 45 degrees with respect to a centerline from a centrally placed opening in the lid to the center of the closed bottom of the vase to a centerline through outermost openings in the circular flat lid to the center of the closed bottom of the vase whereby stems of the plurality of flowers placed through the plurality of openings extend along the centerline extending through the openings to the center of the closed bottom so that the sterns extend at an angle of about 20 degrees to about 45 degrees to the centerline through the centrally placed opening in the circular flat lid to the center of the bottom surface of the vase.

US Pat. No. 10,165,875

PICTURE HANGING MARKING TOOL

1. A mounting hole transfer device comprising:a support member; and
one or more marker housings slidably positioned on the support member, wherein the one or more marker housings are capable of being lockably positioned at any point along the support member and comprise an opening to transfer an indicia onto a surface, and at least one horizontal level on at least one of the support member or the one or more marker housings to leveling the mounting hole transfer device.

US Pat. No. 10,165,873

SECURITY DEVICE FOR FUNCTIONAL DISPLAY AND SECURITY OF HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Scorpion Security Product...

1. A security device for a mobile device, comprising:a body having a first body extension, a second body extension, and an upper surface, the body comprising a first guide track comprising a slot extending through the first body extension and a second guide track comprising a slot extending through the second body extension, the first guide track positioned opposite the second guide track;
a first sliding arm coupled to the first body extension through the slot of the first guide track, the first sliding arm having a distal end, wherein the distal end of the first sliding arm has a first retention member extending substantially horizontally from the distal end of the first sliding arm above a plane of the upper surface of the body;
a second sliding arm coupled to the second body extension through the slot of the second guide track, opposite the first sliding arm, the second sliding arm having a distal end, wherein the distal end of the second sliding arm has a second retention member extending substantially horizontally from the distal end of the second sliding arm above the plane of the upper surface of the body; and
a leveling plate configured to receive the mobile device, wherein the leveling plate is coupled to a component of the security device using one or more leveling screws to allow the leveling plate to move along a Z-axis relative to the upper surface of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,870

DISPLAY CASE DOOR ASSEMBLY WITH VACUUM PANEL

Anthony, Inc., Sylmar, C...

1. A display case door assembly for a temperature-controlled storage device, the display case door assembly comprising:a frame defining an opening into the temperature-controlled storage device; and
a transparent unit coupled to the frame, the transparent unit comprising:
a first vacuum pane,
a second vacuum pane,
an evacuated gap between the first and second vacuum panes, the evacuated gap having a predetermined thickness within which a vacuum is drawn, thereby providing a thermal insulation effect for the transparent unit,
a plurality of spacers disposed within the evacuated gap and configured to maintain the predetermined thickness of the evacuated gap with the vacuum drawn therein,
an additional glass pane laminated to one of the first vacuum pane or the second vacuum pane, the additional glass pane being made of tempered glass, and
a handle attached to a front surface of the additional glass pane without penetrating the additional glass pane, the handle arranged to extend away from the temperature-controlled storage device,
wherein at least one of the first vacuum pane and the second vacuum pane is made of non-tempered glass.

US Pat. No. 10,165,867

POCKETED SPRING ASSEMBLY COMPRISING PERIMETER STRINGS OF SPRINGS HAVING RECTANGULAR CONVOLUTIONS

1. A bedding or seating product comprising:a pocketed spring assembly comprising an interior pocketed spring core comprising a plurality of interior strings of springs joined to each other, each of the interior strings of springs comprising a plurality of interconnected pockets, each of the pockets containing at least one coil spring encased in fabric; the pocketed spring assembly further comprising four perimeter strings of springs, each perimeter string of springs being linear and being secured to the interior pocketed spring core and comprising a plurality of interconnected perimeter fabric pockets, each of the perimeter fabric pockets containing at least one perimeter spring having rectangular convolutions, each perimeter fabric pocket comprising four substantially planar side surfaces, wherein one of the substantially planar side surfaces is substantially parallel to and directly contacts one of the substantially planar side surfaces of one of the adjacent perimeter pockets;
cushioning materials on at least one side of the pocketed spring assembly; and
a covering encasing the pocketed spring assembly and cushioning materials.

US Pat. No. 10,165,865

COMPRESSIBLE FOAM FOUNDATION FOR MATTRESS SUPPORT

1. A foundation for a mattress, comprising:a foam block comprised of a top side, a bottom side, a head side, a foot side, a pair of side edges, a lateral width, and a foundation length, wherein the head side and the foot side are separated by the foundation length, wherein the pair of side edges are separated by the lateral width, wherein the foam block has a compressed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the top side and the bottom side are separated by a first thickness in the compressed configuration and a second thickness in the expanded configuration, and wherein the second thickness is greater than the first thickness;
a cover enveloping the foam block;
a vacuum-seal plastic membrane encasing the foam block and the cover when the foam block is in the compressed configuration forming a packaged foundation assembly, wherein the packaged foundation assembly has an opened arrangement and a folded arrangement, wherein the foam block has a planar form in the opened arrangement, and wherein the head side and the foot side of the foam block overlap a center section of the foam block in the folded arrangement;
a plurality of crosswise supports, wherein each one of the crosswise supports has a longitudinal dimension approximately equal to the lateral width of the foam block, wherein each one of the crosswise supports has a thickness and a width less than the first thickness of the foam block in the compressed configuration; and
a shipping container having an interior space, wherein the packaged foundation assembly in the folded arrangement fits in the interior space of the shipping container with the crosswise supports.

US Pat. No. 10,165,864

CHAIR ARMREST DEVICE

1. A chair armrest device comprising:a main frame including an upper end having a first coupling portion and a lower end having a second coupling portion;
an outer sleeve including a third coupling portion and an insertion portion, wherein the third coupling portion is coupled to the first coupling portion, wherein the insertion portion includes an insertion groove extending in a vertical direction, wherein a positioning portion is disposed in the insertion groove and extends in the vertical direction, wherein the positioning portion includes a plurality of positioning grooves spaced from each other in the vertical direction, and wherein the insertion portion further includes a passage located at a side of the positioning portion and extending in the vertical direction;
a cover mounted above the outer sleeve, wherein the cover includes a top wall and a peripheral wall extending downward along a periphery of the top wall, wherein the top wall includes a through-hole aligned with the insertion groove of the outer sleeve, wherein the outer cover further includes a stopper for blocking the opening of the passage of the outer sleeve;
an inner sleeve including a shank at a lower end thereof, wherein the shank is received in the insertion portion of the outer sleeve, wherein a fourth coupling portion is disposed on top of the shank, wherein the shank includes an annular wall and a bottom wall, wherein the shank further includes a first compartment in a central portion thereof, wherein the annular wall of the shank includes a slot, wherein the fourth coupling portion includes a second compartment;
a control device including a coupling board, an actuating rod, a button, and an elastic element, wherein the coupling board is fixed in the second compartment, wherein the actuating rod extends in the vertical direction and is pivotably received in the first compartment of the inner sleeve, wherein the actuating rod includes a rectilinear rod portion having a lower portion and an upper portion, wherein a positioning peg is formed on the lower portion of the rectilinear rod portion and extends through the slot of the shank of the inner sleeve for releasably engaging with one of the plurality of positioning grooves, wherein a guiding peg is formed on the upper portion of the rectilinear rod portion, wherein the button includes a pivotal hole pivotably connected to the coupling board, wherein the button includes a guiding portion and a pressing portion, wherein the guiding portion includes an inclined guiding groove through which the guiding peg extends, and wherein the elastic element provides the button with operational elasticity; and
a pad mounted above the fourth coupling portion of the inner sleeve,
wherein when the pressing portion is not pressed, the positioning member is received in one of the plurality of positioning grooves,
wherein when the pressing portion is pressed, the guiding portion actuates the actuating rod to pivot, and the positioning peg is moved into the passage of the outer sleeve, permitting adjustment of a height of the pad.

US Pat. No. 10,165,863

THORACIC REGION COMFORT SEATING SYSTEM

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

1. A seat comprising:a seatback;
a seat bottom;
a support structure positioned along the seatback spaced above the seat bottom to support at least a portion of a thoracic region of a use's spine:
a center portion extending in an upright direction and adapted to be positioned align adjacent the user's spine along the thoracic region, the center portion formed of a first foam material having a first hardness;
and a pair of side portions each disposed adjacent to and connected with the center portion, the side portions formed of a second foam material having a second hardness,
wherein the pair of side portions and the center portion to define a smooth forward support surface adjacent the thoracic region of a user's spine,
the first hardness is greater than the second hardness so that the center portion provides support to at least a portion of the thoracic region of the user's spine.

US Pat. No. 10,165,862

SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-FORM SEAT SURFACE

1. A piece of seating furniture comprising:a frame in a shape of a saddle and including a front portion, a first side portion, a second side portion, a rear portion, and a cross portion interconnecting the first and second side portions;
a suspension material interconnected to the front portion, first side portion, second side portion, and rear portion of the frame;
wherein the front portion, first side portion, second side portion, and rear portion together define a continuous outer periphery of the frame;
wherein at least a portion of the suspension material is spaced from a support surface of the cross portion of the frame; and
a carrier to which the suspension material is connected, the carrier fitting around an entire outer periphery of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,165,860

COSMETIC DOOR PANEL SUSPENSION AND ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM FOR A BUILT-IN APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cosmetic panel suspension system for an appliance, the cosmetic panel suspension system comprising:an outer door panel having a perimetrical flange;
a plurality of side adjusters attached to the perimetrical flange, wherein each side adjuster includes a worm gear disposed in a meshing engagement with a rack gear, wherein the worm gear is linearly fixed and rotationally operable within a cage, and wherein the rack gear is rotationally fixed and linearly operable within the cage such that rotational operation of the worm gear laterally translates the rack gear relative to the cage, wherein the cage includes first and second cage members that are rotationally operable relative to one another between an open assembly position and a closed operation position, the first and second cage members being rotationally operable about the worm gear, wherein the worm gear slidably operates the rack gear in the closed operating position;
at least one adjustment bracket having a plurality of positioning apertures in slidable engagement with a portion of the perimetrical flange, wherein the plurality of side adjusters extends through respective positioning apertures defined within the at least one adjustment bracket, and wherein adjustment of at least one side adjuster of the plurality of side adjusters slides the at least one adjustment bracket relative to the perimetrical flange; and
a cosmetic panel attached to the at least one adjustment bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,165,859

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE WITH A DRAWER SLIDE SYNCHRONIZER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction and a transverse direction that are mutually perpendicular, the refrigerator appliance comprising:a cabinet extending between a top portion and a bottom portion along the vertical direction, the cabinet also extending between a first side portion and a second side portion along the lateral direction, the cabinet further extending between a front portion and a back portion along the transverse direction, the cabinet defining a chilled chamber;
a chilled chamber drawer assembly comprising
a storage bin;
a chilled chamber door;
a pair of drawer slides mounted to the cabinet at a bottom portion of the chilled chamber of the cabinet, the drawer slides of the pair of drawer slides coupling the chilled chamber door to the cabinet such that the chilled chamber door is translatable relative to the cabinet on the pair of drawer slides along the transverse direction;
a pair of flanges, each flange of the pair of flanges mounted to a respective one of the pair of drawer slides such that the pair of flanges are fixed relative to the chilled chamber door, the pair of flanges extending under the storage bin such that the storage bin rests on the pair of flanges;
a drawer slide synchronizer coupling the drawer slides of the pair of drawer slides together, the drawer slide synchronizer comprising
a first cable extending between a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion of the first cable mounted at the first side portion of the cabinet and the back portion of the cabinet, the second end portion of the first cable mounted at the second side portion of the cabinet and the front portion of the cabinet, the first cable comprising a pair of cable segments and a connector between the cable segments of the pair of cable segments of the first cable, the cable segments of the pair at cable segments of the first cable coupled to each other between the drawer slides of the pair of drawer slides, the connector comprising a block and a hook, the block mounted to one of the pair of cable segments of the first cable, the hook mounted to the other of the pair of cable segments of the first cable, the block comprising a plurality of heads, each head of the plurality of heads positionable on the hook, a tension in the first cable adjustable by changing a respective head engaged with the hook;
a second cable extending between a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion of the second cable mounted at the second side portion of the cabinet and the back portion of the cabinet, the second end portion of the second cable mounted at the first side portion of the cabinet and the front portion of the cabinet;
a first bearing mounted to a first one of the pair of drawer slides such that the first bearing is fixed relative to the chilled chamber door, the first and second cables contacting the first bearing;
a second bearing mounted to a second one of the pair of drawer slides such that the second bearing is fixed relative to the chilled chamber door, the first and second cables contacting the second bearing; and
a closure assist assembly having a damper and a pin, the damper mounted to one of the pair of drawer slides or to the cabinet, the pin mounted to the other of the one of the pair of drawer slides or to the cabinet, the pin engageable by the damper when the door translates from an open position towards a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,856

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE

1. A household appliance, comprisinga loading level;
a receiving area for receiving the loading level;
a guide rail assembly configured to guide the loading level when the loading level is selectively displaced into or out of the receiving area along the guide rail assembly;
a retractor secured to the guide rail assembly and configured to automatically displace the loading level into the receiving area; and
an activator arm configured to engage in a form-fit manner in an engagement section of the retractor,
wherein the guide rail assembly comprises a fixed guide rail, which is fixed to the receiving area, and at least one movable guide rail, which is fixed to the loading level, said retractor configured to automatically displace the at least one movable guide rail along the fixed guide rail,
wherein the retractor includes a plate-shaped fastening section which is directly fixed to the at least one movable guide rail,
wherein the plate-shaped fastening section includes at least one snap hook which engages in a form-fit manner into at least one corresponding cut-out of the at least one movable guide rail,
wherein the activator arm is fixed to the fixed guide rail of the guide rail assembly, and
wherein the activator arm has a contact section that rests on a top side of the fixed guide rail, and a triangular extension plate with a securing section configured to engage the fixed guide rail and a pin-type activator section located on a tip of the triangular extension plate.

US Pat. No. 10,165,854

MODULAR CABINET ASSEMBLY

Seville Classics, Inc., ...

1. A modular cabinet assembly, comprising:a first sub-cabinet and a second sub-cabinet, each sub-cabinet comprising:
a back board having at least two separate back board pieces that are pivotably connected to each other;
a left side board pivotably connected to one of the at least two back board pieces; and
a right side board pivotably connected to another of the at least two back board pieces;
at least one shelf board having opposite ends removably connected to the left side board and the right side board of either the first sub-cabinet or the second sub-cabinet;
a first end board connected to either an upper end of the first sub-cabinet or a lower end of the second sub-cabinet; and
a first connector that removably connects the left side boards of the first and second sub-cabinets, and a second connector that removably connects the right side boards of the first and second sub-cabinets;
wherein each left side board and each right side board has an upper end and a lower end, and a connecting board provided at each upper end and each lower end of each left and right side board, further including a first connecting mechanism provided at each connecting board, and a second connecting mechanism provided adjacent an edge of the first end board, wherein the first connecting mechanism is a clamping hole that has a varying cross-section with a larger end and a smaller end, and the second connecting mechanism is a clamp having an elastic clamping portion, with the clamp adapted to be coupled to a corresponding clamping hole.

US Pat. No. 10,165,853

FOLDABLE TABLE ATTACHED TO THE CEILING

1. A foldable table configured for being stored on a ceiling comprising:a table top having a plurality of first openings;
a plurality of foldable legs, each attached to the table top;
a plurality of cables each having a first end and a second end, where each first end is attached to one of the plurality of legs, and each cable passes through one of the plurality of first openings;
a plurality of hinges, each one of which connecting one of the plurality of foldable legs to the table top;
a plurality of springs, each one connected to one of the plurality of hinges; and
a ceiling unit attached to the ceiling and having a plurality of second openings through each one of which one of the plurality of cables passes, wherein the ceiling unit is configured to act as a housing for:
a control unit connected to a plurality of rotatable gears and configured to rotate at least one of the plurality of rotatable gears; and
a plurality of pulleys around each one of which one of the plurality of cables passes; wherein the second end of each one of the plurality of cables is attached to one of the rotatable gears such that when each of the gears begin rotating in one direction, the cable attached to the rotating gear begins wrapping around the rotating gear.

US Pat. No. 10,165,852

TEETH CLEANING IMPLEMENT

1. A teeth cleaning implement, comprising:a hollow, frangible body, having an outer surface and an interior;
a plurality of bristle bundles attached to said outer surface and extending outwardly therefrom;
a plurality of pores disposed about said body, capable of providing fluid communication between an environment and said interior;
a port located on said outer surface, capable of providing fluid communication with said interior; and,
a plug removably insertable into said port;
wherein said interior is capable of receiving an amount of a substance therein.

US Pat. No. 10,165,851

ACCESSORY HOLDER

1. A device for attachment to a belt for holding an accessory, comprising:a) a holder formed as a single piece having a base;
b) said base having a front surface and a back surface;
c) said base having a pair of spaced apart belt receiving slots;
d) said front surface of said base having a right side and a left side;
e) said left side of said base having a first retaining portion extending perpendicularly to said front surface and said first retaining portion having a first sidewall extending therefrom parallel to and spaced from said front surface and forming a first recess;
f) said right side of said base having a second retaining portion extending perpendicularly to said front surface and said second retaining portion having a second sidewall extending therefrom parallel to and spaced from said front surface and forming a second recess;
g) a resilient release member formed as part of said base; and,
h) wherein said release member is formed by two arcuate spaced apart slots extending from a top edge of said base and said release member includes a catch and said release member is located below said top edge of said base and said catch extends outwardly from said front surface for engaging an accessory so that the accessory is retained in said holder by said first retaining portion and said second retaining portion and said catch.

US Pat. No. 10,165,850

RELEASABLY-ENGAGEABLE STRAP LOOP

REALWEAR, INCORPORATED, ...

1. A releasably-engageable strap loop comprising:a unitary body having a gate member and a hooked-frame member, the gate member including a first elbow end joining a second elbow end of the hooked-frame member,
wherein the gate member further includes a first engaging end opposite the first elbow end, the first engaging end having an outwardly-facing flange and at least one notched portion that together present a set of leg members and a corresponding set of outwardly-facing feet members,
wherein the hooked-frame member further includes a second engaging end extending from a bended portion of the hooked-frame member opposite the second elbow end, the second engaging end having at least one inwardly-facing flange and the bended portion having at least one inwardly-facing saddle member,
wherein the at least one inwardly-facing saddle member is configured to complement the set of leg members and the inwardly-facing flange is configured to complement the corresponding set of outwardly-facing feet members when the strap loop is in an engaged state.

US Pat. No. 10,165,849

COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER WITH STRAW

1. A container comprising:a container wall defining a volume;
a first opening into said volume defining a first passageway;
a cap configured to seal the first opening;
a second opening into said volume defining a second passageway;
wherein said first and second openings are laterally adjacent to each other;
wherein said first and second passageways are separate from each other;
an interlocking ridge and groove fastener configured to seal said second opening; and
a straw defining a passageway into said volume, said straw further comprising an attachment to the container wall;
wherein the ridge and groove of the ridge and groove fastener are parallel along their entire length with at least one plane.

US Pat. No. 10,165,848

SLIP BELT CARRYING APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for suspending a plurality of articles from a user having a torso comprising:a belt securable around a mid torso of the user;
an elongate flexible inner strap suspended beneath said belt and extending completely around a lower torso of said user and oriented around said lower torso of said user along a plane perpendicular to an axis through said torso;
an outer rotary flexible member suspended from and rotatable about said elongate flexible inner strap, said outer rotary flexible member extending at least partially around said torso of the user and being operable to attach a plurality of objects thereto; and
a plurality of rigid inner clip segments secured to said elongate flexible inner strap wherein said outer rotary flexible member is supported on said plurality of rigid inner clip segments wherein each of said rigid inner clip segments includes a pair of coplanar vertically spaced apart outer walls extending parallel to said elongate flexible inner strap and extending away from each other to free distal ends at opposite ends thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,165,847

EXOSKELETON SYSTEM FOR LOAD CARRYING

THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTR...

1. A passive exoskeleton system comprising:a load carriage arrangement configured to carry an applied load, and
at least one push/pull Bowden cable configured to transfer at least a first part of the applied load to the ground bypassing a musculoskeletal system of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,165,846

BACKPACKS WITH COOPERATIVELY ADJUSTED HIP BELTS AND COMPRESSION STRAPS

CamelBak Products, LLC, ...

1. A backpack, comprising:a pack body that includes at least one storage compartment;
at least one shoulder strap operatively coupled to the pack body and configured to at least partially support the backpack upon a user's shoulders when the user wears the backpack; and
a belt assembly configured to extend around the user's waist when the user wears the backpack;
wherein the pack body includes:
a back panel configured to lie adjacent to the user's back when the user wears the backpack; and
an exterior panel that faces away from the back panel and is at least partially separated from the back panel by a storage compartment of the at least one storage compartment;
wherein the belt assembly includes:
at least one compression strap segment configured to selectively adjust a pack volume of the pack body;
at least one hip belt segment configured to at least partially support the backpack upon the user's hips when the user wears the backpack;
at least one adjustment strap interconnecting a corresponding compression strap segment and a corresponding hip belt segment; and
a releasable fastener configured to selectively secure the belt assembly around the user's waist when the user wears the backpack;
wherein each compression strap segment includes a compression strap segment pack end that is coupled to the pack body and a compression strap segment adjustment end that is coupled to a corresponding adjustment strap;
wherein each hip belt segment includes a hip belt segment pack end that is coupled to the pack body at a location proximal the back panel relative to a corresponding compression strap segment pack end and a hip belt segment adjustment end that is coupled to a corresponding adjustment strap;
wherein each compression strap segment adjustment end is coupled to the corresponding hip belt segment adjustment end only via the corresponding adjustment strap;
wherein the backpack includes a belt assembly waist loop with a belt assembly waist perimeter, wherein the belt assembly waist loop is partially defined by each hip belt segment and a portion of each adjustment strap that extends between the corresponding hip belt segment and the releasable fastener,
wherein each adjustment strap is configured to selectively adjust each of the pack volume and the belt assembly waist perimeter, and
wherein the belt assembly is configured such that, responsive to the user applying a tension force to the adjustment strap, each of the pack volume and the belt assembly waist perimeter decreases by a respective degree that depends upon a ratio of the force required to decrease the pack volume to the force required to decrease the belt assembly waist perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,165,844

DIFFUSER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A diffuser for attachment to an airflow outlet end of a hair dryer, the diffuser comprising:a plastics baffle comprising an air inlet end, an air outlet end and an outwardly tapering wall extending between the air inlet end and the air outlet end, and which defines a diffusing air chamber, the air outlet end comprising a plurality of circumferentially spaced weld ribs upstanding therefrom; and
a plastics grille comprising a plurality of air outlets and an annular shelf to which the weld ribs of the baffle are ultrasonically welded.

US Pat. No. 10,165,843

HAND HELD APPLIANCE

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A hair care appliance comprising: a body having a first end and a second end that is opposite the first end, a handle comprising a wall that extends in a longitudinal direction of the handle, a fluid flow path flowing from a fluid inlet into the handle to a fluid outlet from the second end of the body, and a baffle, wherein the fluid flow path is non-linear, the baffle directs flow within the non-linear fluid flow path between the handle and the body, and the baffle extends in the longitudinal direction from an end of the wall forming a partial continuation of the wall to at least partially block fluid in the fluid flow path from flowing toward the first end of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,842

REUSABLE MULTI-BOWL DEVICE FOR USE IN HAIR COLORATION

1. A reusable multi-bowl device for use in mixing hair colorants, said device comprising:a base having a periphery and a central cavity;
a plurality of lateral tabs arranged around said periphery, said tabs having an erasable surface;
a timer mechanism located within said central cavity;
a marker ring mounted upon said base for rotation around said central cavity; and
a plurality of bowls arranged between said central cavity and said periphery.

US Pat. No. 10,165,841

FOOTWEAR CARRYING SYSTEM

SWings Products, LLC, Po...

1. A footwear carrying system comprising:a first carrier having a first attachment point near a first end of the carrier, a second attachment point near a second end of the carrier opposite the first end, a third attachment point along a first side of the carrier;
a second carrier, separate from the first carrier, having a first attachment point near a first end of the carrier, a second attachment point near a second end of the carrier opposite the first end, and a third attachment point along a first side of the carrier;
a first strap adapted to connect the first and second attachment points of the first carrier; and
a second strap adapted to connect the first and second attachment points of the second carrier;
wherein the third attachment points of the first and second carriers are adapted to provide a flexible connection between the first and second carriers;
wherein the flexible connection enables the first and second carriers to move independently of each other;
wherein each of the carriers has an opening at the first end for inserting a shoe into the carrier, and a cover arranged to cover the opening;
wherein each of the carriers is wider at the first end and tapered to the second end which is smaller so as to conform to a toe of the shoe;
wherein each of the carriers has a second side opposite the first side, the second side being substantially wider than the first side to accommodate a sole of the shoe; and
wherein the soles of two shoes inserted into the carriers face outward away from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,840

LOCKING FASTENER SYSTEM

1. A fastener system, comprising:a key having an elongated body with an insertion end with a magnetic prong, and an opposing outer end; and
a housing having an upper end and a lower end, and said upper end having a slot for insertion of said key, the slot having an unlocking location with a magnet for engaging with the prong and a locking location;
the slot having a width that varies from a first width at the unlocking location and a second width at the locking location, the first width at the unlocking location dimensioned to accommodate insertion of the key, and the second width at the locking location dimensioned to secure the key following rotation of the key from the unlocking location towards the locking location;
the slot having a center point with a recess having a diameter to fit to the prong of the key, the recess having a depth for insertion of said prong at the center point to allow the key to rotate from the unlocking location towards the locking location while the prong is in the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,165,836

METHOD OF FORMING A MARKING ON AN ARTICLE, AND AN ARTICLE HAVING A MARK THEREON

Master Dynamic Limited, ...

1. A mold for imparting a marking including a requisite optical element having two and a half dimensions (2.5D) to the outer surface of an article formed from a ductile material, said mold comprising:a marking surface for imparting the mark to an outer surface of the article by way of localized plastic deformation of the material from which the article is formed upon the mold and the article being urged against each other, said marking surface including a micro-structure formed by an arrangement of a plurality of micro meter sized recessed or protruded entities;
said entities being arranged in a predetermined arrangement in relation to each other and said entities being arranged as a micro-structure having two and a half dimensions (2.5D), wherein said entities are arranged in an inverse arrangement in respect of the requisite optical element to be formed on the surface of an article, and said entities are arranged so as to provide one or more recesses extending in a direction of from said marking surface into the mold;
wherein said one more recesses are sized and shaped such that upon the mold being urged against the article, the optical element is imparted to the article upon deformation of the ductile material so as to conform with the surfaces of the plurality of micro meter sized recessed or protruded entities;
wherein the recesses do not have any laterally extending undercuts such that the material which is urged into the recesses and which forms a shape defined by the geometry of the recesses is not damaged when the mold is removed from the article following formation of the marking; and
wherein ductile material is plastically deformed and urged into said one or more recesses and conforms with the recesses, wherein deformation and flow of the ductile material into the recesses reduces lateral stresses imparted to the mold adjacent the recesses, and ductile urged into the recesses forms a portion of the material from deformation of the ductile material being imparted to the entities optical element having two and a half dimensions (2.5D).

US Pat. No. 10,165,835

BRAZED JOINT FOR ATTACHMENT OF GEMSTONES TO EACH OTHER AND/OR A METALLIC MOUNT

1. A gemstone setting comprising:a gemstone;
at least two mounting surfaces; and
at least two braze joints, the at least two braze joints being formed from a reactive metallic alloy, the at least two braze joints adhering the gemstone to the at least two mounting surfaces, the at least two braze joints being substantially concealed from a direct line of sight from a top portion of the gemstone by preventing excessive alloy from getting outside a desired braze area.

US Pat. No. 10,165,834

SWITCHABLE BUCKLE JEWELRY LOCK CATCH

1. A switchable buckle jewelry lock catch, comprising a lock catch body, a buckle sleeve and a buckle; wherein one end of the buckle sleeve is provided with a buckle sleeve matching surface; the other end of the buckle sleeve is provided with a buckle inlet; an internal wall of the buckle sleeve is provided with lock pins; an external surface of the buckle is provided with clamping grooves; a spring chamber is provided inside the buckle; a spring is provided in the spring chamber; a thimble of the spring is provided at one end of the buckle; a connecting mechanism of a jewelry chain is provided at the other end of the buckle; the clamping grooves are U-shaped clamping grooves; each of the U-shaped clamping grooves is of a groove structure; the U-shaped clamping grooves are symmetrically distributed at two sides of the buckle; a straight-line distance between groove bottoms of the two U-shaped clamping grooves is less than a straight-line distance between the lock pins; and a width of the U-shaped clamping groove matches a diameter of each of the lock pins.

US Pat. No. 10,165,833

MECHANICAL FASTENER, FASTENING SYSTEM, AND DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A mechanical fastener comprising:a thermoplastic backing; and
multiple, upstanding fastening elements that have a post with a proximal end attached to the thermoplastic backing and a distal end comprising a cap larger in area than a cross-sectional area of the post,
wherein the multiple, upstanding fastening elements have a height of at least 40 micrometers and up to 300 micrometers, and wherein a basis weight of the mechanical fastener is in a range from 25 grams per square meter to 75 grams per square meter.

US Pat. No. 10,165,831

SHOELACE

San Dai Enterprise Co., L...

1. An improved shoelace comprising an elastic inner core and a woven string covering the elastic inner layer; the woven string having a plurality of narrow sections and wide sections evenly disposed on two ends of the elastic inner core; each narrow section wrapping the elastic inner core, each wide section being longer than each narrow section and separated from the elastic inner core; wherein when the elastic inner core is not pulled the wide sections overlap and fold onto the elastic inner core, and when the elastic inner core is pulled, the wide sections are stretched straight.

US Pat. No. 10,165,830

SHOE UPPER

ASICS CORPORATION, (JP)

1. An upper of a shoe configured to cover at least a portion of a foot, the upper comprising:a medial side portion configured to cover a medial side surface of the foot;
a lateral side portion configured to cover a lateral side surface of the foot;
a plurality of panels provided in the medial side portion and/or the lateral side portion, configured to be separated from one another in a longitudinal direction of the foot, and configured to cover at least a portion of a side surface of the foot,
a fastening member configured to pull the panels toward a central portion between a medial side and a lateral side of the foot;
a plurality of string-shaped non-elongatable string portions extending in the longitudinal direction, the string portions placed between a pair of the plurality of panels that are adjacent to each other in the longitudinal direction;
a mesh member formed by a woven fabric or a knit fabric, having elongate slit-shaped through holes arranged in a plurality of columns and a plurality of rows; and
at least one panel member layered on the mesh member,
wherein each of the string portions is formed by a body part of the mesh member between two of the plurality of through holes that are configured to be spaced apart from, and adjacent to, each other in a circumferential direction of the foot.

US Pat. No. 10,165,822

INSULATED FOOTWEAR ARTICLES

1. A footwear article comprising an upper region, a toe region comprising a toe top region and toe bottom region, and a foot bottom region, wherein said footwear articlehas a footwear thermal resistance Rf of said upper region of 0.18 m2° C./W or less;
a low bulk insulation with a thermal conductivity of 30 mW/m° C. or less in said toe top region; and
has a footwear thermal resistance ratio of said toe region to said foot bottom region of 0.80 or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,165,821

SOLE FOR A SHOE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A RUNNING SHOE

1. Sole for a shoe, in particular for a running shoe, the sole comprising:a polyurethane injected midsole extending continuously from a heel area to a forefoot area;
a longitudinally extending shank, the shank having a lower surface: and
an outsole having an outer surface;
said shank extending from the forefoot of the sole through an arch area to the heel area and having an opening in its heel area for receiving polyurethane of the midsole;
wherein the lower surface of the shank in the heel area is offset to be closer to the outer surface of the outsole in a vertical direction than the lower surface of the shank in the arch area; and
the sole further comprising a comfort element having a higher elasticity than the polyurethane of the midsole;
wherein the comfort element is placed in a cavity above said opening of the shank, and is bonded to the polyurethane of the midsole.

US Pat. No. 10,165,820

VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR CONTROLLING FLOW DIRECTION OF FLUID BASED ON ROTATION ANGLE

1. A valve assembly, comprising:a rotating shaft having an internal passage formed therein and being rotatable;
the rotating shaft having a first and a second connecting portions connected to both sides of the internal passage for receiving fluid from the internal passage and sending fluid to the internal passage from outside; and
a check ball enclosed in the internal passage and adapted to control the direction of fluid flow;
wherein a first and a second check ball seating portions onto which the check ball is seated are formed on both inner sides of the internal passage; and
wherein when the internal passage is inclined by a rotation of the rotating shaft, the check ball contacts closely to a lower positioned one of the check ball seating portions due to a gravitational force, and permits a fluid flow in only one direction from the internal passage to one of the first and second connecting portions which is at a higher position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,818

PROTECTIVE HELMET

1. A protective helmet, comprising:an outer shell including at least one aperture;
an elastomeric diaphragm connected to an inner surface of the outer shell and covering the at least one aperture;
an inner shell slidingly connected to the outer shell; and,
at least one expandable bladder positioned between the outer shell and the inner shell and operatively arranged to displace the elastomeric diaphragm in the at least one aperture of the outer shell.

US Pat. No. 10,165,817

BATTERY PACK AND HELMET MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT

Revision Military S.a.r.l...

1. A helmet system comprising: a helmet; a battery pack having at least one battery;an attachment arrangement to removably attach the battery pack to the helmet, the attachment arrangement including a first engaging member on the battery pack, the first engaging member being coupleable to a second engaging member on the helmet;
a first electrical contact located on the battery pack, the first electrical contact configured to deliver power from the battery pack to a first device via an electrical contact on the helmet when the first device is attached to the helmet, wherein the first electrical contact delivers power from the battery pack to the first device only when the battery pack is attached to the helmet via the attachment arrangement, and wherein the first electrical contact cannot deliver power from the battery pack to the first device when the battery pack is completely removed from the helmet and the first engaging member on the battery pack is not coupled to the second engaging member on the helmet;
a mounting arrangement on the battery pack to removably mount a second device to the battery pack, the mounting arrangement including a third engaging member on the battery pack, the third engaging member being coupleable to a fourth engaging member on the second device, wherein the second device is physically supported by the battery pack when mounted to the battery pack via the mounting arrangement; and
a second electrical contact located on the battery pack and spaced from the first electrical contact, the second electrical contact configured to deliver power from the battery pack to the second device by an electrical contact on the second device when the second device is mounted to the battery pack, wherein the second electrical contact can deliver electrical power from the battery pack to the second device without the battery pack being electrically connected to the first device, wherein the first device and the second device are simultaneously operable when the battery pack is attached to the helmet via the attachment arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,165,814

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING GARMENTS AND RELATED ARTICLES

1. A system for selectively connecting articles of clothing, the system comprising:a glove having a first end and a second end;
a sleeve having a first end and a second end;
the second end of the glove comprising a first connection member, and the first end of the sleeve comprising a second connection member;
wherein said first connection member comprises an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion comprising at least one magnet of a first polarity, and said lower portion comprising at least one magnet of a second polarity, said second polarity comprising an opposite polarity to said first polarity;
wherein said second connection member comprises an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion comprising at least one magnet of a first polarity, and the lower portion comprising at least one magnet of a second polarity, the second polarity comprising an opposite polarity to the first polarity;
wherein the at least one magnet of the upper portion of the first connection member is attracted to the at least one magnet of the upper portion of the second connection member, and the at least one magnet of the lower portion of the first connection member is repelled by the at least one magnet of the upper portion of the second connection member;
wherein the first connection member and the second connection member are adapted to communicate with one another and wherein the second connection member is sized to be at least partially received within a portion of the first connection member to selectively connect the glove and the sleeve; and
wherein a magnetic attraction between the magnets is operable to maintain the glove in communication with the sleeve until a user applies a removal force to at least one of the glove and the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,165,813

SLEEVE GUSSET FOR AN APPAREL ITEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A bi-fold gusset system comprising:a first interior layer that has a first edge and a second edge opposite the first edge, the first interior layer having a first width at an upper portion of the first interior layer as measured between the first edge and the second edge; and
a second exterior layer that has a third edge and a fourth edge opposite the third edge, the second exterior layer having a second width at an upper portion of the second exterior layer as measured between the third edge and the fourth edge, the second exterior layer having a third width at a lower portion of the second exterior layer as measured between the third edge and the fourth edge, wherein the second width of the second exterior layer is greater than the first width of the first interior layer, and wherein the second width of the second exterior layer is greater than the third width of the second exterior layer, and further wherein at least a portion of the second edge of the first interior layer is coupled to at least a portion of the fourth edge of the second exterior layer to form a bi-fold pleat;
wherein at least a portion of the fourth edge of the second exterior layer is configured to be coupled to a sleeve opening of an exterior shell layer of an apparel item, at least a portion of the first edge of the first interior layer is configured to be coupled to a sleeve opening of an inner liner layer of the apparel item, and at least a portion of the second edge of the first interior layer is configured to be coupled to a sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,165,812

ILLUMINATING UNDERGARMENT AND METHOD OF USE

1. A method of passing light through light permissive material of an outer garment, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining an undergarment comprising at least one illuminating device attachment element;
locating at least one illuminating assembly upon said undergarment by securing said at least one illuminating assembly to said at least one illuminating device attachment element, each of said at least one illuminating assembly comprising at least one illuminating element;
placing said undergarment onto a wearer's body;
illuminating at least a portion of said at least one illuminating element of said at least one illuminating assembly;
placing said outer garment over said undergarment, wherein said one or more illuminating elements of said at least one illuminating element are directed towards an interior surface of said light permissive material of said outer garment in registration with said light permissive material of said outer garment; and
passing light emitted from one or more illuminating elements of said at least one illuminating element through said light permissive material of said outer garment, wherein said transmitted light is visible through said light permissive material of said outer garment.

US Pat. No. 10,165,811

INTERCHANGEABLE FABRIC ACCESSORY AND METHOD OF USE

The Cozmix Inc., Toronto...

1. An interchangeable accessory comprising:an attachment section to capture a fabric when attaching the accessory to the fabric, without piercing the fabric, the attachment section comprising an outer peripheral ring and an inner peripheral ring;
said outer peripheral ring and said inner peripheral ring connectable by an interference fit between an outer surface of the inner peripheral ring and an inner surface of the outer peripheral ring via a plurality of circumferentially spaced ridges, the plurality of circumferentially spaced ridges permitting the interference fit when the fabric is captured between the outer and inner peripheral rings, the plurality of circumferentially spaced ridges also permitting the interference fit between the outer and inner peripheral rings without the fabric being present, and the plurality of circumferentially spaced ridges forming a plurality of gaps between the outer and inner peripheral rings to accommodate the fabric when present; and
an interchangeable section removably attached to said inner peripheral ring, the interchangeable section comprising:
a plug having an outside peripheral edge and an inside peripheral edge which edges together form a cylindrical extension from a circular surface of said plug, said inside peripheral edge is configured to snap-fit onto a plurality of circumferentially spaced inner ridges formed on said inner peripheral ring; and
a cap including an inner circumferential tab having an inner periphery dimensioned smaller than said outer peripheral edge of said plug such that said cap is connectable to said plug in a removable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,165,809

UPPER BODY GARMENT TO ACCOMMODATE MEDIAL EQUIPMENT DURING PROLONGED OR FREQUENT TREATMENTS

1. A garment for an upper body of a patient to accommodate medical equipment, the garment comprising:a body with a first sleeve, a second sleeve and a lower hem, the first sleeve comprising a first cuff and a first armpit, and the second sleeve comprising a second cuff and a second armpit;
a first access seam spanning only a portion of the first sleeve on an underside from the first cuff to the first arm pit and spanning only a portion of the body from the first arm pit to the lower hem, the first access seam secured intermittently along the first sleeve and body to allow access to the upper body of the patient for manipulation of medical equipment; and
a second access seam spanning only a portion of a top side of the second sleeve from the second cuff to a neckline, wherein the portion comprises more than half of the top side of the second sleeve, wherein the first and second cuffs are permanently tethered to prevent said first and second access seams spanning through said cuffs, the second access seam secured intermittently the second sleeve to allow access to the upper body of the patient for manipulation of medical equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,165,808

SUPREMELY ADJUSTABLE FACIAL MASK

1. An adjustable facial garment comprising a body comprising a tubular shape extending from front-to-back and upper-to-lower portions with respect to the front to the back of a user's head and from the upper to the lower portion of a user's head; a crown band, wherein the crown band is created by a cutout region in the top upper section of the body; a nose band, wherein the nose band is rectangular band; wherein the nose band comprises two ends, and wherein each end is attached to the rearward side of the body; and wherein the nose band is configured for covering the user's nose while leaving the user's mouth uncovered; and a philtrum band; wherein the philtrum band comprises two ends and wherein each end is attached on the front side of the body; and wherein the philtrum band is configured for covering the user's philtrum while leaving the user's mouth uncovered.

US Pat. No. 10,165,807

LOW PROFILE BODY PROTECTION DEVICE

2. A protective hat, comprising:a fabric covering having an interior surface and an exterior surface; and
at least one thin force absorbing member coupled to the interior surface or coupled between the interior surface and the exterior surface of the fabric covering,
wherein the at least one thin force absorbing member has a plurality of openings,
wherein the at least one thin force absorbing member has a thickness of approximately 1 to 5 millimeters, and
wherein the at least one thin force absorbing material comprises polyurethane foam.

US Pat. No. 10,165,806

SYSTEMS FOR ACTIVE COUPLING OF AIRBAGS

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. An airbag deployment system, comprising:a torso protection assembly; and
an airbag assembly coupled to the torso protection assembly, the airbag assembly including:
an airbag;
an inflation device configured to inflate the airbag from a deflated configuration to an inflated configuration; and
an airbag coupling device provided on the airbag, the airbag coupling device positioned to couple with a helmet coupling device provided on a helmet following inflation of the airbag from the deflated configuration into the inflated configuration such that the airbag resists relative movement between the helmet and the torso protection assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,165,805

BOTTOM GARMENT WITH BUTTOCK LIFTING FEATURE

Delta Global Sourcing Lim...

1. A bottom garment with buttock lifting feature which comprisesa seat area and a waist area;
two back pockets provided symmetrically at an outer side of the seat area respectively;
each of the back pockets has an outer lateral edge, an inner lateral edge opposite the outer lateral edge, and a bottom edge connecting a lower end of the outer lateral edge and a lower end of the inner lateral edge; and
a tape attached to an inner side of the seat area corresponding to each of the back pockets, such that the tape extends downwardly from the waist area within a boundary defined by stitches of the outer lateral edge of the back pocket to the lower end of the outer lateral edge, then extends laterally from the lower end of the outer lateral edge within a boundary defined by stitches of the bottom edge to the lower end of the inner lateral edge, and finally extends upwardly from the lower end of the inner lateral edge within a boundary defined by stitches of the inner lateral edge to the waist area;
the waist area is in form of a contour waistband made of a plurality of waistband members sewn together;
the plurality of waistband members comprises an outside left front waistband, an outside right front waistband, an inside right front waistband, an inside left front waistband, an outside back waistband and an inside back waistband; the inside back waistband is made of an elastic fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,165,802

INFANT POSITIONING AND SWADDLING WRAP

Clouse Design, LLC, Sche...

1. An infant positioning and swaddling device comprising:a slip cover base comprising woven fabric forming a first pocket for removably configuring over a head end of a baby mattress and covering a selected portion of said baby mattress, said slip cover having a top surface and an edge configure for stretching across a width of said top surface of said slip cover,
a top swaddle comprising woven fabric and stretching across the width said top surface of said slip cover, said swaddle being rectangular and having a long top edge, a long bottom edge, and two short lateral edges, said bottom long edge of said swaddle being placed directly over said edge of said top surface of said slip cover, said swaddle having a first patch of hook and loop material on a top surface at one end, said first patch of hook and loop material stretching along one of said two short lateral edges of said swaddle, said swaddle having patches of hook and loop material fixedly connected on the underside of said top bar at an opposite end of said top panel on the underside of said swaddle; and
an I-shaped harness panel comprising woven fabric having a top bar, a bottom bar and a middle bar perpendicular to and connecting said top bar and said bottom bar at a respective centers of said top and bottom bars, said I-shaped harness panel situated with said top bar over a center of said swaddle so that a bottom edge of said top bar is also directly over a bottom edge of said swaddle, said slip cover, said swaddle and said I-shaped panel fixedly connected to one another at the center of said top bar over a selected area, two free ends of said top bar having patches of hook and loop material fixedly connected on the underside of said top bar, two free ends of said bottom bar having patches of hook and loop material fixedly connected on a top surface of said bottom bar.

US Pat. No. 10,165,798

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRIC HEATING WIRE ELEMENT

HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY...

1. A method for manufacturing an electric heating wire element, wherein the electric heating wire element comprises a liquid guiding rope and the electric heating wire winded around the liquid guiding rope, and the method comprises:delivering the electric heating wire towards a first predetermined position, wherein the electric heating wire comprises at least two heating sections for atomizing tobacco liquid and at least one connection section for connecting a power source of an electronic cigarette, and the at least two heating sections are spaced apart and are connected via the at least one connection section;
connecting an electronic wire with a first preset length to the electric heating wire in a delivering path, wherein the electronic wire with the first preset length is connected to the at least one connection section of the electric heating wire;
clamping the electronic wire with the first preset length connected to a free end of the electric heating wire when the electric heating wire reaches the predetermined position; and
rotating the electronic wire with the first preset length connected to the free end of the electric heating wire and the liquid guiding rope that is pre-clamped, together, and moving the electronic wire and the liquid guiding rope in an axial direction of the liquid guiding rope to wind the electric heating wire around the liquid guiding rope.

US Pat. No. 10,165,796

HOOKAH SYSTEM

1. A hookah system for a smoking product, comprising:a head assembly including
a cavity member having a cavity base with a cavity dome extending upwardly from the cavity base and a shaft extending downwardly from the cavity base and defining a passage about a central axis, a cavity sidewall extending upwardly from the cavity base and having a curved portion including a cavity interlock with a round surface configured to be positioned in at least a corresponding round surface of a corresponding member, the curved portion being configured to facilitate airflow between the cavity member and the corresponding member, and a cavity shelf extending outwardly from the cavity sidewall;
a bowl having a bowl base and a bowl sidewall extending from the bowl base, the bowl base having an aperture configured to engage the shaft; and
a ring configured to be positioned between the cavity member and the bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,165,793

SMOKING PRODUCT ROLLING AND FORMING DEVICES

1. A packing tool, comprising:an elongate body having a longitudinal axis, a first tamping end and a second tamping end opposite the first tamping end; and
a handle attached to, or formed with, the elongate body, the handle is disposed between the first and second tamping ends, and the handle extends outward from the elongate body;
wherein the elongate body includes a single row of troughs proximate the first tamping end configured to distribute material of a smoking product, wherein the troughs have a larger dimension transverse to the longitudinal axis of the elongate body than their dimension along the longitudinal axis of the elongate body;
wherein the first tamping end has a first width sized to fit within a filter end of a smoking product, and the second tamping end has a second width sized to fit within an ignition end of a smoking product, the second width is larger than the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,165,792

HUNGER MINIMIZED JUICE FASTING SYSTEM

1. A method for hunger minimized fasting, comprising:preparing a person's body for 3 to 5 days prior to entering a fasting phase by consuming only fruits in the morning and mid-day, then switching over to consuming raw vegetables in the evening and prior to bedtime;
preparing solid free clear nutritional fruit juice and solid free clear nutritional vegetable soup, comprising:
i. preparing the solid free clear nutritional fruit juices by passing fruit juice through a mesh cloth or sieve to filter out solid residues;
ii. preparing the solid free clear nutritional vegetable soup, comprising:
a. slicing vegetables;
b. cooking the sliced vegetables in water without added salt by simmering for a period of 30 minutes at about 80° C. to 95° C.; and
c. filtering the nutritional vegetable soup to filter out and discarded the solid materials, wherein the filtered nutritional vegetable soup retains enzymes therein;
fasting for a duration of less than 90 days, after preparing the person's body and preparing the solid free clear nutritional fruit juice and solid free clear nutritional vegetable soup, wherein the fasting comprises:
i. consuming 8 to 12 ounces of the filtered clear nutritional vegetable soup in combination with solid free liquefied vitamin and mineral supplements on a daily basis, to enabling production of glucose and numerous enzymes for glycolysis, the process of anaerobic conversion blood glucose to pyruvic acid and two molecules of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) per glucose molecule in the extramitochondrial portion of the cell; and
ii. consuming 8 to 12 ounces of filtered clear solid free fruit juices every 2 to 4 hours on a daily basis throughout waking hours to maintaining a steady blood glucose level of 5 to 10 mM (90-180 mg/dL) and a brain satiety range preventing the onset of hunger sensing mechanism present in the brain hypothalamus and brain stem preventing or minimizing the hunger sensation of the fasting person;
iii. wherein the consuming of the filtered clear nutritional vegetable soup in combination with solid free liquefied vitamin and mineral supplements, and the filtered clear solid free fruit juices provides: 800 to 1200 calories on a daily basis, representing a daily deficit of 600 to 1400 calories from a person diet before starting this method, to force the release of stored fats by hormone sensitive lipase to extramitochondrial portion of the cell, where glycolysis generated ATP is present and reacts with reacting with coenzyme A to produce a fatty acyl-CoA ester plus adenosine monophosphate (AMP), precursor to ATP, entering the inner barrier of the mitochondria with the help of carnitine to form acylcarnitine during beta oxidation to produce acyl-CoA ester that undergoes the TCA cycle within the mitochondria, producing many molecules of ATP, the essential constituent for all cell operations, whereby the generation of ATP by glycolysis in combination with beta oxidation of fats within the mitochondria enables the fasting person to exercise and function normally without weakness frequently observed in a fasting person;
wherein solid material is not consumed during the fasting; and
wherein the absence of solid material during fasting reduces hunger pangs from gut sensors of K-cells and L-cells in the digestive organs;
using enemas or suppositories on a daily basis to facilitate evacuation of intestines with minimal solid residue; and
stopping the fasting after the selected period ranging from 10 days to 90 days; consuming fruits in the morning and mid-day, then switching over to consuming raw vegetables in the evening and prior to bedtime by adding additional insoluble fibers such as whole flax seeds, chia seeds or bran flakes throughout the day, to adjust the digestive system for accepting solids for 3 to 5 days after fasting has stopped;
whereby the fasting person loses 0.5 to 1 pound of body weight each day during fasting with ability to exercise without feeling weak with minimal loss of muscle mass.

US Pat. No. 10,165,783

POULTRY CARCASS PROCESSING METHOD

Baader Linco, Inc., Kana...

1. A method of harvesting tissue from a bird carcass, comprising:cutting connective tissue between a leg bone and the bird carcass, wherein muscle tissue connecting the leg bone and the back remain intact; and
separating the leg bone from the carcass wherein leg muscle tissue remains connected to back muscle tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,165,779

SUBSTITUTED PYRAZOLYLPYRAZOLE DERIVATIVE AND USE OF SAME AS HERBICIDE

KYOYU AGRI CO., LTD., Ka...

1. A compound represented by the following formula (I):wherein,R1 represents a chlorine atom or bromine atom,
R2 represents a cyano group or nitro group,
R3 and R4 may be the same or different and represent C1-C6 alkyl groups which may be optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, C3-C6 alkenyl groups which may be optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, or C3-C6 alkynyl groups which may be optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms,
a represents 3 to 5, and
X represents an oxygen atom or sulfur atom.

US Pat. No. 10,165,777

SUBSTITUTED PYRAZOLYLPYRAZOLE DERIVATIVE AND USE OF SAME AS HERBICIDE

KYOYU AGRI CO., LTD., Ka...

1. A compound represented by the following formula (I)
wherein,
R1 represents a chlorine atom or bromine atom,
R2 represents a cyano group or nitro group,
R3 and R4 may be the same or different and represent C1-C6 alkyl groups, C3-C6 cycloalkyl groups, C3-C6 alkenyl groups, C3-C6 alkynyl groups, C1-C6 alkoxy groups, halogen atoms, hydrogen atoms or Cy, wherein each group other than Cy may be optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, and R3 and R4 may form a four- to seven-membered cyclic hydrocarbon together with carbon atoms bound thereto,
Cy represents an optionally substituted phenyl group or optionally substituted five- to six-membered heterocyclic group, wherein the substituents are selected from the group consisting of one or more halogen atoms, hydroxyl groups, nitro groups, cyano groups, C1-C4 alkyl groups which may be substituted with one or more halogen atoms, and C1-C4 alkoxy groups which may be substituted with one or more halogen atoms, and
a represents 3 to 5.

US Pat. No. 10,165,776

SUBSTITUTED PYRAZOLYLPYRAZOLE DERIVATIVE AND USE OF SAME AS HERBICIDE

KYOYU AGRI CO., LTD., Ka...

1. A compound represented by the following formula (I):wherein,R1 represents a chlorine atom or bromine atom,
R2 represents a cyano group or nitro group,
R3 represents a halogen atom, hydroxyl group, cyano group, nitro group, C1-C4 alkyl group which may be optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, or C1-C4 alkoxy group which may be optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms,
a represents 3 to 5,
b represents 1 to 3, and
c represents 1 to 5, and each R3 may be mutually the same or different when c is 2 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,165,775

PESTICIDAL COMPOSITIONS AND PROCESSES RELATED THERETO

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A composition comprising a seed and a molecule according to
wherein
(a) A is

(b) R1 is H;
(c) R2 is H;
(d) R3 is H;
(e) R4 is CH3 or Cl;
(f) R5 is H;
(g) R6 is R11;
(h) R7 is O;
(i) R8 is (unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl)-S(O)n-(unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl);
(k) n is 0, 1, or 2;
(l) X is CRn1 where Rn1 is H or F; and
(p) R11 is CH2C?CH.

US Pat. No. 10,165,771

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR ATTRACTING AND/OR REPELLING ANIMALS

SOUTHERN FLYWAY OUTFITTER...

3. An apparatus for deploying a raft of decoys, said apparatus comprising:a platform made of a mesh material adapted to maintain a generally planar form when deployed in a body of water;
a plurality of loops attached to the platform on a first side thereof, said loops being configured to provide attachment points for attaching decoys to the platform;
a plurality of reinforcements attached to the platform at one or more of said attachment points;
a plurality of fasteners, each fastener including a first end configured to engage one of said loops and a second end configured to engage one of said decoys to attach the decoy to the platform;
two or more longitudinally spaced handles disposed along a centerline of the platform on a second side thereof, wherein one of the two or more longitudinally spaced handles is disposed on a first end or a second end of the platform, and one of the two or more longitudinally spaced handles is disposed along a transverse centerline of the platform
a plurality of grommets located along a perimeter of said platform for attaching one or more anchors to the platform;
a stiffening rod extending along the transverse centerline of the platform; and
wherein the plurality of fasteners each further comprise a swivel disposed between the first and second ends of each fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,165,770

ADAPTABLE HUNTING BLIND AND METHOD OF USE

Blind Disguise Outdoors, ...

1. An adaptable hunting blind assembly comprising:an annular ring formed from a plurality of connected segments;
a camouflage portion extending downwardly from the annular ring;
a strap of sufficient length to wrap around a tree trunk, wherein the strap is configured to connect to the annular ring;
a plurality of connected hollow pole sections, comprised of a proximal pole section and at least one distal pole section, wherein the proximal pole section has a diameter greater than a diameter of the at least one distal pole section, wherein the plurality of connected hollow pole sections are adjustably connected to form a pole assembly;
a first securing device and a second securing device, said first securing device positioned substantially perpendicular to a vertical axis of the pole assembly and rotatably connected to the proximal pole section; and the second securing device connected to the at least one distal pole section of the pole assembly, wherein the first securing device connects to a tree-stand and the second securing device connects to the annular ring.

US Pat. No. 10,165,769

ANIMAL BAIT STATION

1. An animal bait station body, comprising:(a) at least a first feeding conduit, having a first sidewall, said first sidewall extending about a first communication corridor, said first feeding conduit having a first top and a first bottom, and a first open end;
(b) a food reserve conduit, having a second sidewall, extending in a direction upward from a feeding location proximate said first feeding conduit and about a second communication corridor, said food reserve conduit having a second end remote from the feeding location;
said feeding location being defined by a feeding chamber structure, said feeding chamber structure having a third sidewall, said first and second communication corridors extending in common through said first feeding conduit, said food reserve conduit, and through said feeding chamber structure, along a communication path such that any bait material in said food reserve conduit can move, along said communication path, from an initial location in said food reserve conduit, to the feeding location; and
(c) at a first longitudinal location, a first hole through one of said first sidewall of said first feeding conduit or said third sidewall of said feeding chamber structure, between the feeding location and the first open end, the first hole extending, from outside said animal bait station body, through the one of said first sidewall or said third sidewall and into the communication path, and
(d) a second hole across the communication path from the first hole, and at the first longitudinal location, the second hole extending through said respective one of said first sidewall or said third sidewall to ambient environment outside said animal bait station body,
further comprising a blocking member extending through the first hole, and in a downward direction across the communication path, and through the second hole.

US Pat. No. 10,165,768

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR THE STORAGE AND DISPLAY OF FISHING LURES

Darryl Montoya, Aurora, ...

1. An apparatus for the storage of fishing lures through an eyelet of a lure comprising:a peg, having a constant cross-sectional profile elongated along a longitudinal axis of the peg from a proximal end of the peg to a distal end of the peg;
a proximal portion of the peg comprising a textured surface;
a wire having a proximal end and a distal end, with the proximal end of the wire transecting the peg, and the distal end of the wire directed upwards;
the wire having a proximal portion within the peg and a distal cantilevered portion extending from the peg;
wherein the cantilevered portion retains the lure when the eyelet of the lure is disposed over the wire; and
a mounting surface;
the mounting surface comprising a plurality of apertures; and
the apertures having a cross-sectional profile that matches a cross-section of the peg creating an interference fit,
wherein the textured surface of the peg is retained within an aperture of the plurality of apertures, and
wherein the cantilevered portion further comprises a diameter increasing element.

US Pat. No. 10,165,767

MOTOR DRIVEN FISHING REEL

1. A motor driven fishing reel comprising:a main body having opposing sides;
a fishing line spool rotatably mounted to said main body via a spool axle;
a motorized drive assembly affixed to said main body;
said motorized drive assembly including an electric motor having an output shaft configured for powered rotation of said spool;
a clutch mechanically directly connected to said output shaft and to said spool to transfer power to said spool thereby causing powered rotation thereof;
an electrical control system to allow for user variation of the speed of said motor thereby allowing for user regulation of spool winding speed; and
means for wireless remote controlled actuation thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,165,766

HORIZONTALLY BALANCED SYMMETRICAL FISHING LURE

1. A horizontally balanced fishing lure useful for vertical jigging fishing technique comprising:a lure body symmetrically shaped along the longitudinal axis, having a symmetrically shaped front and rear end, an upper and lower surface, and an aperture positioned substantially centrally on said longitudinal axis,
a jig hook comprising a shank having an eye end and a barbed end attached to said lure body longitudinal axis by said shank, such that said eye end, configured as a fishing line connector, extends up through said aperture to said lure body upper surface, and said barbed end extends past said lure body rear end, and a channel extending rearward from said body aperture on a lower surface of said lure, to receive and secure the shank to the lure said aperture position defining the balance point of said lure such that said lure hangs horizontally from a fishing line configured to be attached to said jig hook eye end and to rest in a horizontal position in the water.

US Pat. No. 10,165,765

SPEARGUN

7. A speargun, comprisinga barrel,
a handle unit comprising a handle and a finger trigger located in front of the handle,
the handle unit being releasably connected to the barrel, and
a trigger unit for releasing a spear through activation of the finger trigger,wherein fixation means are provided for fixing the handle unit in different positions along a length of said barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,165,764

HOOP NET

1. A bait net comprising:a. two semicircular tubular rods, each having a hollow first end and a second end with a pin-like insert attached thereto, and the two semicircular rods are connected together at each end to form a ring by means of the pin-like insert of the second end is inserted into the hollow first end for a secure fit at two points of connection; and
b. a net made of mesh which at its top portion has the same diameter as the ring formed by the two semicircular tubular rods, and at its bottom portion extends into a conical shaped enclosed receptacle, forming a hoop; and
c. the net is attached to the ring formed by the two semicircular tubular rods by means of: being interwoven about the circumference of the ring; and having two U shaped cords, with one about each point of connection of the ring; and each U shaped cord is fastened to the ring by a fastening means and is held in place about each point of connection by wax string that is wrapped around the tubular rod and creates a barrier to the movement of the U shaped cords and the net; and
d. four stabilizing cords, each separately attached to the ring by a fastening means and positioned equidistant from each other about the ring, and which cords converge at the center of the ring and net assembly; and
e. a draw cord that is attached to the four stabilizing cords at their point of convergence by a fastening means.

US Pat. No. 10,165,762

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED CONTAINERS

Kenneth D. Hughes, Alpha...

1. A device for maintaining living organisms in a temperature controlled environment comprising:one or more aquarium or terrarium containers for housing said living organisms, wherein said aquarium or terrarium container consists of glass, plastics, or a combination thereof; and
a container support structure, comprising a hole or cut-out in a top surface of the container support structure above which each aquarium or terrarium container is separably attached such that each aquarium or terrarium can be separated from the container support structure, and below which a flat planar integrated temperature control element is mounted in intimate contact with the container support structure, wherein the flat planar integrated temperature control element is pressure fit into a section of the container support structure below the hole or cut-out in the top surface of the container support structure;
wherein said temperature control element has less than 35 watts of power and is not in direct contact with said one or more aquarium or terrarium containers; and
wherein said temperature control element is separated from the bottom of said one or more aquarium or terrarium containers by a volume of air contained within the container support structure that transfers heat between said temperature control element and said one or more aquarium or terrarium containers.

US Pat. No. 10,165,761

MULTILEVEL CAGE FOR TRANSPORTING AND STUNNING LIVE POULTRY

Bright Coop, Inc., Nacog...

1. A method of transporting poultry birds from a place where they are grown to a place where they are slaughtered and dressed for consumption, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing a first door covering a first opening of a cage compartment, wherein the first door is spring-biased toward a closed position across the first opening of the cage;
b) placing plural poultry birds into a second opening of a cage compartment;
c) securely closing a second door over the second opening;
d) transporting the cage compartment to another location; and
e) tilting the cage in the direction of the first opening to a predetermined angle at which the poultry birds will slide toward the first opening of the cage compartment and the weight of the poultry birds will push the spring-biased first door beyond a bias point and into an open position wherein the spring biases the first door toward an open position, allowing the poultry birds to exit the cage compartment through the first opening.

US Pat. No. 10,165,760

DOG HARNESS

1. A dog harness comprising,an open ended prosternum flexible loop having first and second terminal ends,
an open ended sternum flexible loop having first and second terminal ends where the first end of the sternum loop is angularly affixed to the first end of the prosternum loop forming a first apex and the second end of the sternum loop is angularly affixed to the second end of the prosternum loop forming a second apex,
first and second elongated web members each having distal and proximal ends, where the proximal ends are affixed to the first and second apexes respectively and the distal ends each form a closed loop,
a sliplock buckle carried by the web member in each closed loop to adjust the length of the respective loop, and
a buckle selectively interconnecting the first and second web members at points between the sliplock buckles and the respective apexes.

US Pat. No. 10,165,759

VP TRAINER

1. A hand held vp trainer for training and exercising dogs of all ages and sizes by an owner or trainer, comprising:(a) a flexible yet robust, telescopic pole having lower, middle, and upper telescopic sections for extending or collapsing the pole, the pole having a grip handle attached to the base of the pole along with a rounded off base segment of the pole;
(b) a clip attached to the pole near the other end farthest away from the handle, where a tether from a training and exercising object can be attached;
(c) two locking mechanisms, where in each comprises a spring and two ball bearings for locking the lower, middle, and upper telescopic sections in place when expanded;
(d) a track inside the lower and middle telescopic pole sections, and a notch on the bottom of the middle and upper telescopic pole sections, for guidance when expanding or collapsing the pole;
(e) a stopper inside the lower and middle telescopic pole sections, to make sure that the telescopic pole will not extend beyond a certain limit;
(f) magnetized notches on the bottom of the middle and upper telescopic pole sections, and magnetized bottom tracks inside of the lower and middle telescopic pole sections, so when the telescopic pole is collapsed it will stay collapsed and not extend on its own, unless extended by the owner or trainer; and
(g) a plurality of training and exercising objects attractive to the dog and suitable for the training needed; and
(h) a tether which connects the plurality of training and exercising objects to the telescopic pole.

US Pat. No. 10,165,757

SCARFING TYPE SCRATCHING PAD

1. A scarfing type scratching pad, comprises:a base board, the base board having a first surface and a second surface which is opposite to the first surface, and the base board also having a first side, a second side, a third side, and a fourth side, wherein, of the base board, these sides extend from the first surface to the second surface of the base board, wherein, of the base board, the first side faces to the second side and the third side faces to the fourth side, in which, of the base board, the first side, the second side, the third side and the fourth side all having a plurality of salients;
a plurality of side boards, the plurality of side boards having a first surface and a second surface which is opposite to the first surface, and the plurality of side boards also includes a first side, a second side, a third side, and a fourth side, wherein these side boards extend from the first surface to the second surface of the plurality of side boards, wherein, of the plurality of side boards, the first side faces to the second side and the third side faces to the fourth side, in which the third side of the plurality of side boards extends from the second side to the fourth side, in which the first side of the plurality of side boards having a plurality of salients going through from the first surface and the second surface of the plurality of side boards, in which the second side and the fourth side of the plurality of side boards both having a plurality of salients; and
a plurality of top boards, each the plurality of top boards includes a first surface and a second surface which is opposite to the first surface, and the top board also has a first side, a second side, a third side, and a fourth side, wherein these sides extend from the first surface and the second surface of the plurality of top boards, wherein, of the plurality of top boards, the first side faces to the second side and the third side faces to the fourth side, in which the first side, the second side and the third side of the plurality of top boards all having a plurality of recess holes going through from the first surface and the second surface of the plurality of top boards;
wherein, the plurality of salients of the first side of the base board and the second side of the base board sequentially go through the plurality of recess holes of the first side of the side board, the plurality of salients the second side of the side board and the fourth side of the side board sequentially go through the plurality of recess holes of the plurality of second side of the top board and the first side of the top board, and the plurality of salients of the third side of the base board and the fourth side of the base board sequentially go through the plurality of recess holes of the third side of the top board and a three-dimensional shape can be formed.