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. 10,165,877

STACKABLE CONTAINER SYSTEM

Runway Blue, LLC, Alpine...

1. A stackable container system comprising:a beverage container comprising:
a beverage container body;
a beverage container lid connecting portion disposed at least proximate an upper portion of the beverage container body, the beverage container lid connecting portion comprising a threaded connecting portion disposed on an outer surface of the upper portion of the beverage container body;
an annular flange extending downwardly from a lower portion of the beverage container body; and
a smaller container lid connecting portion disposed on an interior wall of the annular flange, the smaller container lid connecting portion comprising a male portion of a bayonet mount including an inwardly extending flange from the annular flange and an engaging portion;
a beverage container lid selectively connected to the beverage container lid connecting portion of the beverage container, the beverage container lid comprising an opening and a closure, the closure sized and configured to selectively close the opening in the lid, the beverage container lid including a threaded connecting portion disposed on an inner surface of an annular wall;
at least one smaller container sized and configured to be selectively connected to the beverage container, each smaller container comprising:
a smaller container body; and
a threaded connecting portion disposed at least proximate an upper portion of the smaller container body, the threaded connecting portion disposed on an outer surface of the upper portion of the smaller container body; and
at least one smaller container lid sized and configured to be selectively connected to the threaded connecting portion of the smaller container and the smaller container lid connecting portion of the beverage container, each smaller container lid comprising:
a first connecting structure on a first side of the smaller container lid, the first connecting structure comprising a threaded connecting portion on an inner surface of a downwardly extending flange that is selectively connected to the threaded connecting portion of the smaller container;
a second connecting structure on a second side of the smaller container lid, the second connecting structure comprising a female portion of a bayonet mount, the female portion of the bayonet mount comprising:
an upwardly extending portion having a perimeter located horizontally inward of a perimeter of the downwardly extending flange of the first connecting structure on the first side of the smaller container lid;
at least one outwardly extending flange disposed on an outer wall of the upwardly extending portion, an upper surface of the outwardly extending flange generally aligned with an upper surface of the upwardly extending portion of the second connecting structure; and
an upwardly extending receiving portion disposed in a lower portion of the outwardly extending flange, the upwardly extending receiving portion sized and configured to receive the engaging portion of the smaller container lid connecting portion when the smaller container lid is connected to the smaller container lid connecting portion of the beverage container; and
a central portion disposed between and separating the first connecting structure and the second connecting structure of the smaller container lid, the first connecting structure and the second connecting structure comprising different types of connecting structures;
wherein the outwardly extending flange of the second connecting structure of the smaller container lid at least partially abuts the inwardly extending flange of the smaller container lid connecting portion of the beverage container when the smaller container lid is connected to the beverage container;
wherein the second connecting structure of the smaller container lid is at least partially disposed in the smaller container lid connecting portion of the beverage container when the smaller container lid is connected to the beverage container; and
wherein the threaded connecting portion of the smaller container is at least partially disposed in the first connecting structure of the smaller container lid when the smaller container is connected to the smaller container lid.

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. 10,165,874

BAGGING STATION BAGGING CLIP

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A shopping bag bagging station comprising:a bag holder comprising a bag holder hook; and
a bagging clip coupled to the bag holder hook, wherein the bagging clip comprises:
a plate;
a first slot and a second slot in the plate; and
a center support defined by the first and the second slot, wherein each of the first and the second slot form an opening on an edge of the plate, and wherein the first slot and the second slot couple the plate to the bag holder hook.

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. 10,165,872

PANEL ASSEMBLY, PANEL SYSTEM INCLUDING THE PANEL ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD THEREOF

THINKTERIOR STUDIO PTE. L...

1. A panel assembly configured to be hangable on a hanging horizontal beam mounted to a structural support and usable with at least one peg to display an object, the panel assembly comprising:a first panel having a front side and a back side, and a plurality of spaced first through holes extending between the front side and the back side; and
a first back support having a first side and a second side opposite the first side thereof, and secured to the first panel, with the first side of the first back support confronting the back side of the first panel,
wherein the first back support includes, on the first side thereof, a plurality of first blind holes that each align with one of the plurality of spaced first through holes,
wherein the first back support is configured to engage and hang from the hanging horizontal beam,
wherein each of the plurality of spaced first through holes is dimensioned to permit one of the at least one peg to pass therethrough,
wherein each of the plurality of first blind holes is dimensioned to receive one of the at least one peg inserted through one of the plurality of spaced first through holes, and
wherein the first back support comprises:
a plurality of first vertical beams each having a first side disposed confronting the back side of the first panel and a second side opposite the first side thereof, the plurality of first vertical beams being horizontally spaced from each other; and
a first horizontal beam having a first side disposed confronting the back side of the first panel and a second side opposite the first side thereof,
wherein each of the plurality of first vertical beams has, on the first side thereof, a first slot sized to receive the first horizontal beam and allow the first side of the first horizontal beam and the first sides of the plurality of first vertical beams to contact the back side of the first panel, and
wherein each of the plurality of first vertical beams has a plurality of vertically spaced first blind holes opening from the first side thereof, the plurality of first blind holes in the first back support comprising the plurality of vertically spaced first blind holes in the plurality of first vertical beams.

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. 10,165,866

BENCH

Furniture of America, Inc...

1. A furniture assembly, comprising:a bed frame having a headboard; and
a bench which comprises:
a base frame which comprises a seat frame and a leg frame downwardly extended from said seat frame; and
a back frame upwardly extended from said seat frame, wherein a shape of said back frame matches with a shape of said headboard of said bed frame, wherein said back frame comprises a back supporting panel upwardly extended from said seat frame, a back cushion overlapped on said back supporting panel, and a back enclosing layer that wraps said back cushion at said back supporting panel, wherein said seat frame comprises a seat supporting panel, a seat cushion overlapped on said seat supporting panel, and a top enclosing layer that wraps said seat cushion on said seat supporting panel, wherein a bottom edge of said back supporting panel of said back frame is upwardly and perpendicularly coupled with a rear edge of said seat supporting panel of said seat frame, wherein said back frame further comprises a coupling panel extended from said bottom edge of said back supporting panel to couple at a bottom of said seat frame.

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. 10,165,861

CHAIR ASSEMBLY WITH UPHOLSTERY COVERING

Steelcase Inc., Grand Ra...

1. A seating unit component assembly, comprising:a support component adapted to support a portion of a seated user, the support component including a first surface adapted to abut a seated user, a second surface opposite the first surface, a first end surface, a second end surface opposite the first end surface, and a pair of side surfaces extending between the first and second end surfaces; and
a cover having a plurality of sides that cooperate to form an interior space that receives the support component therein, the cover comprising:a first portion comprising a substantially flexible, elastically resilient material covering at least a portion of at least one of the side surfaces of the support component;a second portion comprising a significantly flexible material having a flexibility that is greater than the flexibility of the first portion and covering at least a portion of the first surface and at least a portion of the first end surface of the support component; anda third portion comprising a substantially rigid overlay, wherein the third portion is less flexible than the first portion, and wherein the third portion covers at least a portion of the second surface and at least a portion of the side surfaces of the support component.

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. 10,165,857

ROLLER UNIT HAVING INTEGRATED FASTENING PORTION

SEGOS CO., LTD., Incheon...

1. A roller unit comprising:a supporting shaft comprising:
a first flange formed on the fastening portion;
a second flange formed on the first flange and having an outer diameter larger than an outer diameter of the first flange;
a fastening portion formed in a downward direction below the first flange; and
a supporting portion formed on the second flange in an upward direction opposite to the fastening portion;
a rotating body rotatably coupled to the supporting shaft and having a fixing groove recessed in the upward direction and a hollow portion in a center of the rotating body through which the supporting portion is inserted; and
a washer on which the rolling body and the second flange seat, the washer having an insertion protrusion protruding in the upward direction and fitted in the fixing groove to be coupled with the rolling body, thereby preventing separation of the supporting shaft and the rotating body by retaining the supporting shaft and the rotating body.

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. 10,165,855

STORAGE RACK

Seville Classics, Inc., ...

1. A method of deploying a rack assembly, comprising:providing a rack comprising:
(i) a frame having a left support, and a right support
(ii) a plurality of shelves, each shelf having:
an enclosing frame member that has two opposing first sides connected by two opposing second sides, with each second side having an interior defined by a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to the first surface, wherein each second side has a planar top surface and a planar bottom surface, and wherein the second surface, the planar top surface and the planar bottom surface are formed in one piece;
at least one slot provided on each of the first surfaces of the second sides, each slot defining an opening located entirely between the planar top surface and the planar bottom surface of the corresponding second side; and
a plurality of separate elongated slats, each slat having a length that is greater than its width, each slat having a plurality of outer surfaces that encircle a cross-section so that the cross-section of each slat is retained inside a slot of the at least one slot, each slat having opposing ends that are positioned at opposing slots at the second sides in a manner such that each end of each slat is retained inside the interior of a corresponding second side, with the second surface completely covering the interior so that the ends of the slats are not visible from outside the second surface; wherein the plurality of outer surfaces of each slat includes two parallel vertical outer surfaces;
connecting one second side of a shelf to the left support; and
connecting the other second side of the shelf to the right support.

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. 10,165,845

TOOL PACK SYSTEM WITH REMOVABLE TOOL PANELS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A backpack system adapted for carrying hand tools comprising:a backpack having a front, a back, a first side, a second side, a top portion, and a bottom portion, the backpack comprising:
a base having a bottom panel on the bottom portion of the backpack, a front base, a rear base, and a sidewall extending along at least part of a perimeter of the bottom panel and extending upward from the bottom panel;
a first shell portion secured to the rear base and defining a back panel configured to abut an user's back;
a second shell portion secured to the front base and aligned with and opposing the first shell portion;
a releasable closure connected between the first shell portion and the second portion, wherein the backpack is operable between an open position and a closed position and in the closed position defines and encloses a main storage compartment;
a pair of shoulder straps each attached to and extending between the base and the top portion of the backpack;
a rigid floor spaced vertically above the bottom panel and having a front floor margin connected along the front base and extending upward to a rear floor margin connected to and extending across the back panel;
at least one tool panel with one or more tool receivers each constructed to retain a hand tool, the at least one tool panel having a tool panel side portion and a tool panel lower end portion, wherein the at least one tool panel is sized to be disposed within the main storage compartment;
a panel-retaining structure with a first retaining portion on the tool panel lower end portion and a second retaining portion secured to the rigid floor, wherein the first retaining portion and the second retaining portion releasably interlock to retain the at least one tool panel in the main storage compartment; and
a tether extending between a first end portion and a second end portion with closed-loop connector, wherein the first end portion is secured to the base and the tether is secured to and extends upward along the back panel of the first shell and exits from a tether opening on one of the pair of shoulder straps.

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. 10,165,839

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Otter Products, LLC, For...

1. A protective cover for use with a portable electronic device, the protective cover comprising:a stretchable cushion layer configured to wrap around at least a portion of a rigid housing for the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is installed in the stretchable cushion layer, the stretchable cushion layer configured to cover at least sides and a back of the housing for the installed portable electronic device, the stretchable cushion layer having elasticity such that it tightly fits the housing to protect the installed portable electronic device;
a first opening in the stretchable cushion layer that aligns with a microphone of the installed portable electronic device, the first opening for allowing sound transmission from outside the protective cover to the microphone of the installed portable electronic device;
a second opening in the stretchable cushion layer for accessing one or more interactive control features of the installed portable electronic device; and
a third opening in the stretchable cushion layer that aligns with a speaker of the installed portable electronic device, the third opening for allowing sound transmission from the speaker of the installed portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,165,838

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR A MOBILE DISPLAY DEVICE

Logitech Europe S.A., Lu...

1. A protective cover for a mobile display device comprising:a housing including:
an outer portion having a generally rectangular frame structure configured to, when the protective cover is coupled to a mobile display device, provide a protective shell along an edge perimeter surrounding a display of the mobile display device; and
an inner portion coupled to the outer portion and constructed of a deformable material,
wherein the inner portion includes a successive pattern of protrusions separated by a distance that forms a gap between each of the protrusions, wherein each protrusion is configured to collapse into and fill the gap in response to the protective cover receiving an impact force on a corresponding location of the outer portion, and
a backplane coupled to a backside of the housing and is configured to provide a protective shell along a back side of the mobile display device.

US Pat. No. 10,165,837

RECONFIGURABLE STORAGE DEVICE

ACCO BRANDS CORPORATION, ...

1. A storage device comprising:a body having an inner compartment and a carrying handle, wherein said body has first and second outer portions and a middle portion positioned therebetween;
a strap attachable to said body in a first configuration wherein said strap is coupled to said body at or adjacent to said first and second outer portions and extends therebetween and is not coupled to said middle portion such that said strap is wearable over a shoulder of a user in a manner of a courier-type bag, and a second configuration wherein said strap is coupled to said body at or adjacent to said first and second outer portions and releasably slidably attached to handle to thereby define a pair of loops, each loop being shaped and configured to receive an arm of a user therethrough such that said storage device is wearable on a back of the user in the manner of a backpack; and
a securing device configured to releasably attach said strap to said handle, wherein said securing device includes a strap securing device that is slidably coupled to said strap such that the strap securing device can slide along a majority of the length of the strap and a handle securing device that is slidably coupled to said handle, wherein said strap securing device and said handle securing device are releasably attachable together, wherein strap securing device includes a closed, non-openable loop slidably receiving the strap therethrough and further includes a separate, selectively openable hook or clasp that does not slidably receive the strap therethrough.

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. 10,165,816

ADORNING APPARATUS AND HEADWEAR USING THE SAME

YUPOONG, INC., Seoul (KR...

1. A headwear and adorning apparatus assembly, comprising:a size controller having a male size control portion having a base end affixed to the headwear and a female size control portion having a base end affixed to the headwear, the male size control portion having a distal end, the female size control portion having a distal end, the distal ends affixing to one another, the distal ends defining an overlapping portion for selectively adjusting a head size of the headwear;
an adorning apparatus having an adorning portion and a support portion to support the adorning portion, the adorning apparatus being attachable to and detachable from the size controller,
wherein:
the size controller spans across an opening portion defined by the headwear,
the male size control portion has a coupling protrusion and the female size portion has a coupling hole,
the adorning portion has a front surface and a back surface, the front surface being three-dimensionally adorned and the back surface being flat,
the support portion extends away in a vertical direction from the adorning portion for a distance that is equal to a width of the size controller, the support portion being interposed between the male size control portion and the female size control portion and disposed within the overlapping portion,
the support portion is rectangular and is thinner than the adorning portion,
the support portion has a detachable coupling portion for detachably being coupled to the male size control portion,
a recess portion is formed in the size controller, and extended in a head circumferential direction corresponding to a thickness and a width of the support portion to receive the support portion,
the recess portion is located within a space defined by the opening portion, and
a height of the coupling protrusion is greater than a sum of a thickness of the size controller and the thickness of the support portion.

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. 10,165,804

BRA AND GARMENT WITH BRA PORTION

Cupid Foundations, Inc., ...

1. A garment comprising:a cup portion comprising two cups;
a body portion including a body fabric, the body portion shaped to define the cup portion or to attach to the cup portion;
a band formed with the body portion below the cup portion, the band being made of a material that stretches from an original shape when subject to tension;
two arcuate resilient wires, each resilient wire positioned on the garment proximate a contour of a respective cup in the cup portion, wherein each resilient wire includes a first portion encompassing an apex of the arcuate resilient wire, the first portion only attached to the band and forming an anchor region; and
a central control region located on the body portion between the two arcuate resilient wires having a material property such that when the garment is subject to tension, wherein the band stretches less at the anchor region than areas of the band outside of the anchor region when the band is subject to tension.

US Pat. No. 10,165,803

TEXTILE LINGERIE ARTICLE WITH IMPROVED HOLD

Hanes Operations Europe S...

1. A skin-contacting garment comprising:at least one holding element capable of holding the skin-contacting garment when it is worn, which holding element is constituted by a textile material provided on its inner surface intended to come in contact with the skin with a discontinuous coating of elastomeric material capable of preventing the slipping of this skin-contacting garment,
wherein the discontinuous coating of elastomeric material comprises a uniform pattern of protrusions of elastomeric material in the form of grains of rice having a distribution of omnidirectional orientation in a reference system of the inner surface of the holding element, where each respective protrusion comprises a longitudinal axis along a length of the respective protrusion and comprises a lateral axis along a width of the respective protrusion perpendicular to the length of the respective protrusion, the longitudinal axis defining a major axis of the respective protrusion, and the length of the protrusion being greater than the width of the protrusion,
wherein the distribution of relative orientation between adjacent protrusions is such that each protrusion has an orientation of its respective longitudinal axis that is different from and nonparallel to the longitudinal axis of each directly adjacent protrusion, which protrusions comprise dimensions and a distribution such that the density of the protrusions per surface unit of the holding element is at least 10 protrusions per square centimeter.

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. 10,165,801

ELASTIC KNITTED MALE UNDERGARMENT

Hanes Operations Europe S...

1. A men's under-garment configured for a lower part of the body of a wearer, the under-garment comprising: a rear side and a front side including an upper belt part and a lower crotch part, the front side including a central part disposed vertically in a middle of the front side and intended to accommodate the genitals of the wearer, the central part including a relatively wide lower part for the crotch part, a relatively narrow upper part for the belt part, and side edges;elongated, elastic, reinforcing elements comprising elastic material and having an elongate structure attached substantially continuously to the front side and over the central part to reinforce support of the genitals;
wherein the elongated reinforcing elements are provided in a plurality of zones of the front side, the elongated elements forming at least one network of parallel lines in each zone of the plurality of zones, the plurality of zones comprising:
a) a support zone located at a bottom of the central part, the elongated elements having a roughly cradle-like shape in the support zone,
b) a control zone located at a top of the central part, the elongated elements having a roughly inverted-cradle-like shape in the control zone, wherein the elongated elements form two symmetrical networks which cross each other in the support zone and in the control zone, and
c) a reinforcement zone located on either lateral side of the central part, the elongated elements having a slanting direction in the reinforcement zone, wherein the elongated elements at the side edges of the central part are bound to the upper belt part of the front side to pull the support zone toward the top and the lateral sides of the undergarment, the elongated reinforcing elements in the reinforcement zone being heat-sealed to the front side of the under-garment.

US Pat. No. 10,165,799

AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM WITH SELF-ACTIVATED ELECTRIC HEATER

Altria Client Services LL...

1. An electronic vaping device comprising:a liquid storage portion configured to store a liquid vapor-forming substrate;
an electric heater including at least one heating element, the at least one heating element configured to heat the liquid vapor-forming substrate; and
electronic circuitry configured to
self-activate the electric heater for a first time interval during a period of inactivity of the electric heater between consecutive applications of negative pressure to a mouth-end of the electronic vaping device, and
determine depletion of the liquid vapor-forming substrate based on a relationship between a power applied to the at least one heating element during the first time interval and a resulting temperature change of the at least one heating element during the first time interval.

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. 10,165,789

ACEROLA POWDER FOR USE AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR ASCORBIC ACID IN THE AGRI-FOOD FIELD

Diana Naturals, Antrain ...

1. A powder consisting of:0.5% to 8% by weight of water, relative to the total weight of the powder; and
a dry material consisting of:
88% to 95% by weight of dried acerola fruit juice, relative to the total weight of the dry material; and
5% to 12% by weight of a hydroxide or carbonate of magnesium, calcium, zinc, sodium or potassium, relative to the total weight of the dry material,
wherein the dried acerola fruit juice provides the powder with a vitamin C content of 30% to 40% by weight relative to the total weight of the powder.

US Pat. No. 10,165,786

PASTRY BAG, AUXILIARY MEMBER, DECORATION FORMING TOY AND DECORATION FORMING TOY SET

EPOCH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A pastry bag comprising:a container configured to contain a creamy substance;
a connecting section at least partially disposed inside the container and extending outside of the container;
a nozzle connected to the container by the connecting section, the nozzle including an opening through which the creamy substance passes out of the container; and
an auxiliary member at least partially disposed inside of one or both of the connecting section and the nozzle, the auxiliary member comprising:
a fixing portion that holds the auxiliary member to the nozzle;
a positioning portion to be brought into contact with a creation surface on which a decoration is to be created, the positioning portion extending through the opening of the nozzle;
at least one connecting rod connecting the positioning portion and the fixing portion;
at least one front rib formed between a part of the positioning portion on a front side of the connecting rod and a front surface of the connecting rod, the at least one front rib extending from the at least one connecting rod towards the opening of the nozzle; and
at least one rear rib connecting a part of the positioning portion on a rear side of the connecting rod and a rear surface of the connecting rod, the at least one rear rib extending from the at least one connecting rod away from the opening of the nozzle,
wherein the fixing portion is sandwiched between the nozzle and the connecting section.

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. 10,165,782

DEVICE FOR OPTICALLY IDENTIFYING THE SEX OF A SLAUGHTER PIG

CSB-System AG, Geilenkir...

1. A device for optically identifying the sex of a slaughtered slaughter pig, comprising:a depth camera having a depth camera capture region for capturing a genital region of the slaughter pig and spatial coordinates of pixels, the spatial coordinates being provided in transmittable form;
a tubular rail on which the slaughter pig is suspended accommodated with the hind legs thereof on the tubular rail with the hind legs arranged on the tubular rail and spaced apart longitudinally along movement axis of the tubular rail;
a positioning device supporting said depth camera and for positioning said depth camera in relation to the genital region of the slaughter pig, said positioning device arranging the depth camera orthogonally to said tubular rail; and
an analysis unit connected to said depth camera, said analysis unit capturing the spatial coordinates provided by said depth camera and ascertaining a phenotypic sex of the slaughter pig on the basis of the spatial coordinates, the phenotypic sex being a differentiation into male uncastrated, male castrated, male having entirely or partially internal testicles, and female.

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.

US Pat. No. 10,165,756

WIRELESS LOCATION ASSISTED ZONE GUIDANCE SYSTEM INCORPORATING A RAPID COLLAR MOUNT AND NON-NECROTIC STIMULATION

GPSIP, Inc., Oshkosh, WI...

1. A collar-mounted GPS and stimulation unit incorporating a rapid collar mount and non-necrotic stimulation, comprising:a body having a first major surface, a second major surface spaced from said first major surface, a superior lateral edge adjoining said first and second major surfaces, an inferior lateral edge distal and inferior to said superior lateral edge, a first longitudinal end, and a second longitudinal end distal to said first longitudinal end;
a plurality of stimulation electrodes within an exposed electrode plane substantially parallel with and immediately adjacent to said body second major surface;
a GPS sensor and associated electronics contained within said body, wherein said associated electronics further comprises a capacitive detector coupled to said plurality of stimulation electrodes, said capacitive detector configured to detect a capacitance of fur adjacent to said plurality of stimulation electrodes when said body is properly secured to a dog and configured to turn on said GPS sensor responsive to said fur capacitance detection;
a first quick-mount retention clip extending from said superior lateral edge adjacent to said first longitudinal end to a first clip termination and defining a first gap between said first clip termination and said first longitudinal end, said first gap configured to receive and retain a first collar portion between said first quick-mount retention clip and said first longitudinal end;
a second quick-mount retention clip extending from said inferior lateral edge adjacent to said first longitudinal end to a second clip termination and defining a second gap between said second clip termination and said first longitudinal end, said second gap configured to receive and retain a second collar portion between said second quick-mount retention clip and said first longitudinal end;
said first and second clip terminations spaced from each other by a distance less than a distance between said first and second quick mount retention clips adjacent to said first longitudinal end and thereby configured to operatively entrap a collar therebetween;
a third quick-mount retention clip extending from said superior lateral edge adjacent to said second longitudinal end to a third clip termination and defining a third gap between said third clip termination and said second longitudinal end, said third gap configured to receive and retain a third collar portion between said third quick-mount retention clip and said second longitudinal end; and
a fourth quick-mount retention clip extending from said inferior lateral edge adjacent to said second longitudinal end to a fourth clip termination and defining a fourth gap between said fourth clip termination and said second longitudinal end, said fourth gap configured to receive and retain a fourth collar portion between said fourth quick-mount retention clip and said second longitudinal end;
said third and fourth clip terminations spaced from each other by a distance less than a distance between said third and fourth quick mount retention clips adjacent to said second longitudinal end and thereby configured to operatively entrap said collar therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,165,755

WIRELESS LOCATION ASSISTED ZONE GUIDANCE SYSTEM REGION LOOKUP

GPSIP, Inc., Oshkosh, WI...

1. A wireless location assisted zone guidance system comprising:a housing;
an electrical power source contained within said housing;
at least one animal stimulation apparatus coupled with said housing and electrically powered by said electrical power source;
a wireless location determination apparatus contained within said housing, powered by said electrical power source, and adapted to operatively generate electrical latitude and longitude information representative of a current position of said housing;
an electrical processor coupled to said wireless location determination apparatus and configured to receive said electrical latitude and longitude information therefrom;
memory electrically accessible by said electrical processor;
an electrically powered human interface adapted to convert electrical signal input to human-comprehendible output and adapted to receive electrical signals representative of human input;
a data table stored in said electrically accessible memory uniquely locating at least two geographically separated assisted guidance regions;
said electrical processor configured to operatively compare said received electrical latitude and longitude information to said data table to generate a first represented current position within said data table and to generate a second represented current position that is subsequent to said first represented current position and further configured to vary an output of said at least one animal stimulation apparatus responsive to said second represented current position relative to said first one of said at least two assisted guidance regions when said first represented current position of said housing is within said first one of said at least two assisted guidance regions, and configured to generate and convey a query to said human interface when said first represented position is outside of each one of said at least two assisted guidance regions.

US Pat. No. 10,165,754

ANIMAL BATHING ASSEMBLY

1. An animal bathing assembly comprising:a housing being configured to have an animal placed therein;
a washing unit being coupled to said housing wherein said washing unit is configured to dispense a fluid onto the animal when the animal is positioned within said housing;
a plurality of scrubbing units, each of said scrubbing units being coupled to said housing wherein each of said scrubbing units is configured to scrub the animal when the animal is positioned within said housing;
a drying unit being coupled to said housing wherein said drying unit is configured to urge air onto the animal thereby facilitating the animal to be dried;
a control being coupled to said housing wherein said control is configured to be manipulated, said control being electrically coupled to said washing unit, said scrubbing unit and said drying unit such that said control controls operational parameters of said washing unit, said scrubbing unit and said drying unit;
each of said scrubbing units comprises a track having an upper end, a lower end and an outer wall extending between said upper end and said lower end, said track being substantially hollow, said outer wall having a front side and a back side, said front side of said track having a gear opening extending into an interior of said track, said gear opening extending between said upper end and said lower end;
said housing has an inner surface;
said gear opening has a lateral bounding edge, said lateral bounding edge comprising a plurality of teeth, said teeth being spaced apart from each other and being distributed along said lateral bounding edge, said back side of said track being coupled to said inner surface of said housing such that said track is vertically oriented;
a disk having a front surface and a back surface, said disk being substantially hollow, said front surface having a slot extending into an interior of said disk, said slot being continuous such that said slot forms a closed ring;
a motor being positioned within said interior of said track, said motor rotating in a first direction and a second direction; and
a first shaft being rotatably coupled to and extending away from said motor such that said motor rotates said first shaft when said motor is turned on, said first shaft extending outwardly from said gear opening and through said back surface of said disk, said first shaft having a distal end with respect to said motor, said distal end of said first shaft being positioned within said interior of said disk.

US Pat. No. 10,165,753

PET WATER FOUNTAIN

1. A pet water fountain comprising:a bucket configured to hold water;
a pump detachably mounted on a bottom of the bucket;
a cover body detachably mounted on a top of the bucket and covering the bucket, wherein the cover body has a lap edge corresponding to the shape of the top of the bucket and residing on the top of the bucket, and a first recess is formed in the center of the cover body, with a first hollow pipe which extends through to an inner space of the bucket being located in the center of the first recess, and a plurality of through holes being formed around the first hollow pipe, the cover body further has a first step surrounding a top of the first recess;
a filter contained in the first recess of the cover body surrounding the first hollow pipe;
a water platform mounted on the cover body, wherein the water platform has a second hollow pipe extending downwards through the first hollow pipe to connect a pump outlet of the pump, and the water platform has an inner flange surrounding the second hollow pipe and an outer flange, the inner flange being higher than the outer flange, and the water platform further has an outer sidewall extending downwards to be supported on the first step of the cover body, at least one gap being configured on a bottom of the outer sidewall to allow water overflowed from the outer flange of the water platform to flow through the at least one gap into the first recess and then flow back into the bucket after being filtered by the filter;
a flower nozzle mounted on the water platform, wherein the flower nozzle has a plurality of spouts along its periphery and has a third hollow pipe extending downwards from the center of the flower nozzle to be inserted into the second hollow pipe of the water platform, and the flower nozzle further has a top cover covering a top of the third hollow pipe, wherein water in the bucket is pumped upwards from the pump outlet into the second hollow pipe of the water platform and then into the third hollow pipe of the flower nozzle and then flows out from the spouts.

US Pat. No. 10,165,750

LETTUCE VARIETY 41-200 RZ

RIJK ZWAAN ZAADTEELT EN Z...

1. A lettuce plant designated 41-200 RZ, representative seed of which having been deposited under NCIMB Accession No. 42342.

US Pat. No. 10,165,742

CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM

1. A center pivot irrigation system having a center pivot, said system being for watering crops growing upon agricultural ground, said ground having a ground surface, said system comprising:(a) a plurality of towers which are rollable upon tower wheels, the plurality of towers being arranged in a series along a radial axis extending from the center pivot, each tower of the plurality of towers having a circumferential leg and a counter-circumferential leg, each tower wheel having a rotation axis substantially parallel to the radial axis;
(b) a plurality of circumferential pivot arms, each arm of the plurality of circumferential pivot arms having a distal end, each arm of the plurality of circumferential pivot arms having a proximal end which is pivotally attached to one of the circumferential legs;
(c) a plurality of counter-circumferential pivot arms, each arm of the plurality of counter-circumferential pivot arms having a distal end, each arm of the plurality of counter-circumferential pivot arms having a proximal end which is pivotally attached to one of the counter-circumferential legs;
(d) a plurality of circumferential linear motion actuators, each actuator of the plurality of circumferential linear motion actuators extending between one of the circumferential pivot arms and one of the circumferential legs, said each actuator being adapted for alternatively upwardly retracting and downwardly extending the one of the circumferential pivot arms;
(e) a plurality of counter-circumferential linear motion actuators, each actuator of the plurality of counter-circumferential linear motion actuators extending between one of the counter-circumferential pivot arms and one of the counter-circumferential legs, said each actuator being adapted for alternatively upwardly retracting and downwardly extending the one of the counter-circumferential pivot arms;
(f) a plurality of circumferential ground contact assemblies, each assembly of the plurality of circumferential ground contact assemblies being fixedly attached to the distal end of one of the circumferential pivot arms, said each assembly being adapted for, upon a downward extension of the one of the circumferential pivot arms, downwardly biasing against the ground surface; and
(g) a plurality of counter-circumferential ground contact assemblies, each assembly of the plurality of counter-circumferential ground contact assemblies being fixedly attached to the distal end of one of the counter-circumferential pivot arms, said each assembly being adapted for, upon a downward extension of the one of the counter-circumferential pivot arms, downwardly biasing against the ground surface, wherein each circumferential ground contact assembly comprises a circumferential ground contact member, wherein each counter-circumferential ground contact assembly comprises a counter-circumferential ground contact member, wherein each circumferential ground contact member comprises a circumferential ground contact wheel, wherein each counter-circumferential ground contact member comprises a counter-circumferential wheel, wherein each circumferential ground contact wheel has a rotation axis substantially parallel to the radial axis, and wherein each counter-circumferential ground contact wheel has a rotation axis substantially parallel with the radial axis.

US Pat. No. 10,165,741

IRRIGATION SYSTEM WITH STEADY STATE SPEEDS OF MOVEMENT

Irrovation LLC, Omaha, N...

1. An irrigation system having a movement direction over a ground surface of a field, the irrigation system comprising:a plurality of spans, each having a longitudinal axis, said plurality of spans being connected at a flexible juncture and having a state of alignment of the respective longitudinal axes of the plurality of spans;
an intermediate tower structure between the plurality of spans configured to support the plurality of spans above the ground surface;
a variable-speed drive assembly of the intermediate tower structure having a wheel configured to contact the ground surface below the irrigation system and a span motor configured to drive the wheel so as to propel the intermediate tower structure over the ground surface;
an alignment detector of the variable-speed drive assembly having a first switch and a second switch configured to detect and output the state of alignment of the respective longitudinal axes of the plurality of spans indicating: (a) a lagging state of misalignment; (b) a leading state of misalignment; or (c) a state of alignment that is neither lagging nor leading;
the alignment detector having:
the first switch with a first arm, a first normally closed switch contact, a first normally opened switch contact, and a first common switch contact;
the second switch with a second arm, a second normally closed switch contact, a second normally opened switch contact, and a second common switch contact;
wherein the first and second arms detect and output the state of alignment of the respective longitudinal axes of the plurality of spans; and
a variable-speed drive controller of the variable-speed drive assembly controlling the speed of the intermediate tower structure over the ground surface, said variable-speed drive controller monitoring and processing the output of the alignment detector and, based on the state of alignment detected by the alignment detector, increasing the speed of the span motor in the lagging state of misalignment, decreasing the speed of the span motor in the leading state of misalignment, or maintaining the current speed of the span motor in the state of alignment that is neither lagging nor leading; to thereby maintain substantial straight alignment of the respective longitudinal axes of the plurality of spans.

US Pat. No. 10,165,740

TREE SAP COLLECTING DEVICE

ERATUBE INC., Saint-Hyac...

1. A tree sap collecting device, comprising:a main conduit extending between a first end insertable into a tree and a second end, the main conduit being hollow along at least some of a length thereof and defining an inner chamber extending from the first end toward the second end to receive sap; and
a hollow drainage conduit connected to the main conduit and extending away therefrom, the drainage conduit being in fluid communication with the inner chamber of the main conduit to receive sap therefrom, the drainage conduit having an outer surface and at least one protuberance extending outwardly from the outer surface, the at least one protuberance occupying a circumferential extent on the outer surface being less than a circumference of the outer surface, the outer surface being free of protrusions except for the at least one protuberance, the at least one protuberance engaging a collection tube upon the collection tube being mounted to the outer surface, the at least one protuberance locally radially deforming the collection tube upon the collection tube being mounted to the outer surface, a remainder of the collection tube remaining non-deformed so as to form deformed sections and non-deformed sections of the collection tube, an arrangement of the deformed sections and the non-deformed sections configured to reduce rotation of the collection tube about the outer surface of the drainage conduit to thereby better secure the collection tube to the drainage conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,739

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUTTING A ROOT BALL

356864 Alberta LTD., Air...

1. An apparatus for forming a root ball comprising:(a) a frame that is operatively couplable to a support vehicle;
(b) at least one arm that is connected to the frame comprising:
(i) a first tower that is supported by the at least one arm;
(ii) a first cutting-member that is supported by the first tower and movable between a retracted position and an extended position along a substantially linear-path;
(iii) a second tower that is supported by the at least one arm; and
(iv) a second cutting-member that is supported by the second tower and moveable between a retracted position and an extended position along an arcuate path, wherein in operation the second cutting-member moves along the arcuate path to cut a lower wall of a root ball;wherein the first cutting-member and the second cutting-member are movable from their retracted to extended positions independently of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,736

AUTONOMOUS MOBILE PLATFORM AND VARIABLE RATE IRRIGATION METHOD FOR PREVENTING FROST DAMAGE

International Business Ma...

1. A method for dispensing water for crops to protect plant life from frost damage, comprising:traversing a field with a self-propelled rover, the rover including a tower coupled to a base and extending over the base and a plurality of sensors set on the tower and the base, the tower and base configured to sense weather conditions around the rover concurrently at different elevations relative to the base and at different locations in the field;
measuring the weather conditions at the different elevations and at the different locations in the field using the plurality of sensors on the rover;
evaluating local measurement data to determine an amount and manner for disbursement of water under the weather conditions for the different elevations and at the different locations in the field; and
delivering the water until goal conditions are met.

US Pat. No. 10,165,735

DYNAMIC PLANT LIGHTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Full Spectrum Industries ...

1. A dynamically engaged cannabis plant stimulation lighting system comprising:at least one light emitting diode capable of providing at least four emission spectra to cannabis plants, said emission spectra comprising:
at least one ultra violet wavelength between about 420 and about 425 nm;
at least one blue wavelength at about 460 nm;
at least one red wavelength at about 660 nm; and
at least one infrared wavelength between about 720 nm and about 740 nm;
wherein said at least one light emitting diode is capable of providing a color temperature between about 3500K and about 5000K to said cannabis plants;
wherein said at least one light emitting diode is capable of providing a color rendering index between about 70 and about 100 to said cannabis plants; and
a variable output intensity control capable of varying each of said four emission spectra output intensity; and
an event time for each of said emission spectra, wherein said event time for said infrared wavelength between about 720 and about 740 nm is about 15 minutes at the beginning and at the end of a light cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,165,733

URN AND PLANTER COMBINATION

1. A container that holds both of ashes resulting from cremation of a decedent and a living plant or bonsai tree comprising:a first compartment for containing the living plant with soil;
at least one additional compartment in which at least a portion of the ashes of the decedent and soil co-mingle; and
a plurality of openings communicating between said first compartment and said at least one additional compartment and providing a pathway for plant roots to migrate between the first and the at least one additional compartment;
wherein at least some of the ashes from the decedent are incorporated into the living plant.

US Pat. No. 10,165,732

AERIAL FLUID APPLICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR ORCHARDS, VINEYARDS AND THE LIKE

1. A device for delivering a gas to an individual plant, comprising: an elongated, straight, vertical base adapted to be placed on a ground a predetermined distance from the individual plant and upwind from the individual plant, an emitter assembly adjustably disposed on the base, a gas supply conduit communicatively connected to the emitter assembly and adapted to be connected to a gas supply, and a vertically disposed wind foil, the wind foil having an upwind first face and a downwind second face, the emitter assembly being disposed on the second face of the wind foil towards the individual plant, whereby in use, as emitted from the emitter assembly away from the second face of the wind foil forms a gas envelope proximate at least a portion of the individual plant, and whereby the wind foil shields the gas envelope from wind so that it remains proximate at least a portion of the individual plant.

US Pat. No. 10,165,731

MECHANICAL DISCHARGER COMBINED WITH AN EXTRACTOR DEVICE FOR BULK PRODUCT STORED IN SILO-BAGS

1. An apparatus for a mechanical product discharger combined with an extractor device for a product stored in a silo bag with one end longitudinally opened, the product discharger is a continuous conveyor structure with a lower loading part substantially horizontally and transversely positioned within the silo bag, and an upper loading part inclined with respect to the ground with a top discharge end in the cargo box of a loading vehicle, said apparatus comprises:an upper winding tube;
a lower winding tube positioned below said upper winding tube so that a separation space is provided between both winding tubes; and
a tension element coupled to said lower winding tube to maintain said separation space and prevent contact between both winding tubes, said lower winding tube being configured to support, secure and draw a lower part of a silo bag and said upper winding tube being configured to support, secure and draw an upper part of said silo bag so that said lower part and said upper part are synchronously wound over said lower winding tube and said upper winding tube, respectively, when said upper and lower winding tubes are rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,165,730

METHOD OF OPERATING AN AGRICULTURAL BALER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method of operating an agricultural baler, comprising the steps of:measuring with a sensor at least one physical input parameter associated with a compression profile of crop material in a bale chamber of the baler, wherein a plunger is configured for reciprocation within the bale chamber for compressing the crop material;
analyzing the compression profile of the crop material with a controller, dependent upon the measured at least one physical input parameter; and
adjusting at least one physical output parameter of the baler using a controller which affects the compression profile of the crop material in the bale chamber;
wherein analyzing the compression profile comprises:
performing a compression analysis and a relaxation analysis of the crop material within the bale chamber during bale formation.

US Pat. No. 10,165,729

SHAKER HEAD AND RELATED METHODS

1. A shaker mechanism for use in a tree shaker having a mobile frame and means for engaging a tree, comprising:a. two bilaterally positioned eccentric weights symmetrically positioned with respect to a central axis of a shaker head on a same plane of rotation, wherein said bilaterally positioned eccentric weights are operable to rotate at the same angular velocity during operation, and centers of mass of said two laterally positioned eccentric weights are in phase in a first instance and a second instance during each 360° rotation of the two laterally positioned eccentric weights, said centers of mass of said two bilaterally positioned eccentric weights being in phase in said first instance in alignment along a line that is perpendicular to the central axis of the shaker head such that said centers of mass are at their closest point to a first lateral side of said shaker head, and said centers of mass of said two bilaterally positioned eccentric weights being in phase in said second instance along said line that is perpendicular to the central axis of the shaker head such that said centers of mass are at their closest point to a second lateral side of said shaker head;
b. at least one central sprocket wheel located on said central axis of said shaker head;
c. a motor for driving the rotation of said bilaterally positioned eccentric weights; and
d. at least one drive chain or belt operable to engage with sprockets on rotational shafts of said bilaterally positioned eccentric weights.

US Pat. No. 10,165,727

TRIMMER HEAD

TECOMEC S.R.L., Reggio E...

1. A trimmer head comprising:a casing designed to be coupled to a driveshaft for rotating about a main axis, the casing comprising an upper shell and a lower shell, the lower shell comprising a second toothing that protrudes upwardly and a track that is oriented radially with respect to the main axis;
an upper disk secured to the upper shell;
a lower disk comprising a first toothing that protrudes downwardly;
at least one spool of cutting wire between the lower disk and the upper disk;
a spring disposed between the upper shell and the upper disk; and
a mass disposed between the lower shell and the lower disk configured to move in a radial direction within the track with respect to the main axis
wherein in an engagement position, the spring urges the upper disk and the lower disk towards the lower shell, such that the first toothing and the second toothing are engaged and the upper disk and lower disk rotate with the lower shell,
wherein in a free position, the mass moves in the track radially away from the main axis to push the lower disk away from the lower shell and disengage the first toothing and the second toothing such that the upper disk and lower disk rotate with respect to the lower shell,
wherein the lower disk and the upper disk are independent of one another and are within the lower shell.

US Pat. No. 10,165,726

AGRICULTURAL HEADER WITH MULTIPLE KNIFE DRIVES

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An agricultural vehicle, comprising:a chassis; and
a header carried by said chassis, said header including:
at least three header frame sections, said at least three header frame sections comprising a center section, a first wing section adjacent a first lateral end of said center section, and a second wing section adjacent a second lateral end of said center section which is opposite said first lateral end;
at least three knife assemblies; and
at least three knife drives, each of said at least three knife drives being drivingly coupled to at least one of said at least three knife assemblies;
wherein said center section carries at least one of the at least three knife assemblies, and carries at least one of said at least three knife drives at a point between the first and the second lateral ends;
wherein said first wing section carries at least one of the at least three knife assemblies, and carries one of said at least three knife drives adjacent an end opposite said first lateral end of said center section; and
wherein said second wing section carries at least one of the at least three knife assemblies, and carries one of said at least three knife drives adjacent an end opposite said second lateral end of said center section.

US Pat. No. 10,165,725

CONTROLLING GROUND ENGAGING ELEMENTS BASED ON IMAGES

1. A mobile machine comprising:map generator logic configured to receive a first data set and a second data set, wherein the first and second data sets comprise indications of a soil parameter of a worksite, wherein the soil parameter comprises soil temperature, and wherein the first data set is captured at an earlier time than the second data set and, based on the first and second data sets, generate a soil temperature map of the worksite;
a controllable subsystem;
a controller configured to generate a control signal based on both a position of the agricultural machine within the worksite and the generated soil temperature map; and
a control system configured to control the controllable subsystem based on the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,165,724

POTATO SEED PLANTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PLANTING POTATO SEED USING THE APPARATUS

Crary Industries, Inc., ...

1. A potato seed planting apparatus comprising:a frame configured to be advanced over a subjacent field to which potato seed is to be planted;
at least one container on the frame for a supply of potato seed; and
a plurality of laterally spaced planting units on the frame,
each of the planting units configured to cause individual potato seeds from the at least one container to be individually handled and so that only single potato seeds are discharged to the subjacent field at controlled time intervals as the potato seed planting apparatus is advanced in a travel path,
first and second of the planting units configured so that the discharge time intervals for potato seeds from the first planting unit are different than the discharge time intervals for potato seeds from the second planting unit with the potato seed planting apparatus advanced at a first speed in the travel path.

US Pat. No. 10,165,723

SEED TREATMENT APPARATUS

Bayer CropScience LP, Re...

1. A method of treating seeds with a seed treatment apparatus having a control processor, the method comprising:(a) depositing a plurality of seeds through a seed inlet in the seed treatment apparatus into a seed meter, wherein the seed meter comprises a rotatable seed wheel having an outer surface and a plurality of slots, thereby depositing into each slot a preset metered volume of the plurality of seeds;
(b) controlling the seed meter by the control processor to provide a volumetric flow rate of seeds passing therethrough;
(c) sensing the seed in the inlet above the seed meter and sending data to the control processor for determining when the seed meter will run out of seed for metering;
(d) discharging the seeds from the seed meter at the volumetric flow rate through a seed treatment region of a seed treatment applicator;
(e) individually pumping from at least one of a plurality of treatment tank units treatment fluid into the seed treatment applicator, each one of said plurality of treatment tank units comprising a pump and controlling each one of said pumps by the control processor thereby regulating a volumetric flow rate and thereby coating the seeds passing through the seed treatment region at least one of a plurality of a predetermined range of ratios of the volumetric flow rate of treatment fluid to the volumetric flow rate of the seed, with the treatment fluid from the plurality of treatment tank units; and
(f) discharging a plurality of treated seeds from the seed treatment applicator;
wherein when one of the flow rate of the treatment fluid pumped to the seed treatment applicator and the volumetric flow rate of seeds changes during the seed treatment, the other is automatically changed by the control processor thereby maintaining a predetermined ratio of the volumetric flow rate of treatment fluid to the seed volumetric flow rate,wherein after the seeds are treated by the rotatable seed wheel, the seeds are discharged into a tumbling drum for additional coating of the seeds by seed to seed contact and wherein the rotatable seed wheel is positioned between the treatment application portion and a seed discharge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,165,722

SCOUTING SYSTEMS

1. An agricultural scouting system comprising:a ground vehicle having a perception sensor, a motion sensor and a computer, wherein the ground vehicle is autonomous;
wherein the computer receives motion information from the motion sensor as the ground vehicle moves;
wherein the computer having instructions to ascertain from the perception sensor a position of the ground vehicle in a coordinate system of the ground vehicle, forming an occupancy grid based on a strength associated with cells of the occupancy grid; and the computer to transform the coordinate system to a second coordinate system;
wherein the second coordinate system includes a global motion of the ground vehicle and surrounding objects to generate candidate crop lanes, and wherein generating the candidate crop lanes includes identifying and classifying one or more non-crop plant in-lier objects arranged within the candidate crop lanes; a row model, wherein the candidate crop lanes are compared to the row model; and a vehicle path that the ground vehicle drives, wherein the vehicle path is based on a best scorer among the candidate crop lanes; and
wherein the computer is configured to generate an output signal received by an external vehicle to cause the external vehicle to perform a task when the one or more non-crop plant in-lier objects are identified within the candidate crop lanes.

US Pat. No. 10,165,721

DISC HOLDER AND SCRAPER CONSTRUCTION FOR DISC HARROWS

BIANCHI S.R.L., Piadena ...

1. A disc holder and scraper construction (1) for disc harrows, characterized in that said disc holder and scraper construction (1) comprises a disc element (2) affixed to a rotary hub (3), supported by a disc holder spring (4) to which is affixed a flexible disc scraper arm (8), made of spring steel, at a hot molded recess (10) on said disc scraper arm (8) made of spring steel, where said recess (10) engages said disc holder spring (4) at a point adjacent to a point of attachment of said rotary hub (3) to said disc holder spring (4), wherein said hot molded recess (10) prevents said flexible disc scraper arm (8) made of spring steel from being laterally offset and; wherein said disc holder spring (4) is in turn affixed to a framework (5) of a disc harrow, said disc holder spring (4) and said disc scraper arm (8)made of spring steel, being mounted on a convex side of said disc element (2), said disc holder and scraper construction (1) being adapted to remove soil adhering to said disc element (2) by a scraper assembly (7) affixed to said flexible disc scraper arm (8) made of spring steel so that said scraper assembly (7) will move when said flexible scraper arm (8) made of spring steel moves.
US Pat. No. 10,166,604

COMPOSITION OF PARTICULATE MATERIALS AND PROCESS FOR OBTAINING SELF-LUBRICATING SINTERED PRODUCTS

Whirlpool, S.A., Sao Pau...

1. A metallurgical composition of particulate materials, for forming conformed and sintered self-lubricating composite products, comprising:a main particulate metallic material, in the form of a main chemical element, wherein the main particulate metallic material is iron, and at least one particulate hardening element, which form a structural matrix in the composite product to be sintered wherein the particulate hardening element has the function of hardening the structural matrix;
a non-metallic particulate solid lubricant, at least partially soluble in the structural matrix, wherein the particulate solid lubricant is a mixture consisting of graphite and hexagonal boron nitride;
an alloy component, with the function of stabilizing the iron alpha phase and of preventing the solubilization of the particulate solid lubricant in the iron; and
at least one particulate alloy element capable of forming, during a sintering of a conformed metallurgical composition, a liquid phase between the main particulate metallic material which forms the structural matrix and the particulate solid lubricant, agglomerating the latter in discrete particles;
wherein the particulate solid lubricant represents a volumetric percentage lower than or equal to 15% of the volume of the composite material to be formed and the particulate hardening element, the particulate alloy element and the alloy component are silicon, at contents from 2% to 5% by weight of the metallurgical composition; and wherein said composition being conformed by compaction and characterized in that the main particulate metallic material of iron presents an average particle size lying between about 10 ?m and about 90 ?m, the hardening element with the function of hardening the structural matrix, and the particulate alloy element with the function of forming the liquid phase and agglomerating the particulate solid lubricant, during the sintering of the metallurgical composition conformed by compaction, presenting an average particle size smaller than about 45 ?m.
US Pat. No. 10,167,375

RUBBER COMPOSITION, CROSSLINKED RUBBER COMPOSITION, AND TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A rubber composition comprising carbon black, wherein62.5×24M4DBP+hydrogen amount of carbon black?8337.5  (1)
24M4DBP?0.25×CTAB?62.5  (2)
Dst+0.75×?D50?152.5  (3)
0.885??D50/Dst?1.030  (4)
where 24M4DBP indicates a compressed-sample DBP absorption number (cm3/100 g), CTAB indicates a CTAB adsorption specific surface area (m2/g), Dst indicates a highest frequency value (nm) on a Stokes' diameter distribution curve, ?D50 indicates a full width at half maximum (nm) of the distribution curve with respect to Dst, and the hydrogen amount of carbon black is in units of mass ppm.
US Pat. No. 10,167,378

PROCESSING DEVICE AND PROCESSING METHOD OF FIBER CONTAINING RESIN

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A processing method of a fiber containing resin, comprising:placing a fiber containing resin in a dry distillation-carbonization chamber, wherein the fiber containing resin contains fibers and a matrix resin;
sealing the dry distillation-carbonization chamber to shut air off;
heating the fiber containing resin in the absence of oxygen to thermally decompose and carbonize the matrix resin in the fiber containing resin to obtain a bundle of fibers;
immersing the resulting bundle of fibers in a solvent held in a container; and
stirring the resulting bundle of fibers to disentangle the fibers.
US Pat. No. 10,167,379

HYBRID FIBER LAYUP AND FIBER-REINFORCED POLYMERIC COMPOSITES PRODUCED THEREFROM

Cornerstone Research Grou...

9. The method of claim 1 wherein the dry fiber strips, the impregnated fiber strips, or both comprise one or more components selected from the group consisting of carbon fiber, glass fiber, aramid fiber, boron fiber, basalt fiber, ceramic fiber, quartz fiber, alumina fiber, and polymer fiber.
US Pat. No. 10,167,380

COMPOSITE MATERIAL

FiberSpec LLC, Two River...

1. A composite material, comprising:a plurality of beads, each bead having a diameter of at least 0.05 mm;
a plurality of fibers, each fiber having a length and a width; and
a resin binder;
wherein, the length of each fiber is greater than the width of each fiber; and
wherein the width of each fiber is less than the diameter of each bead.
US Pat. No. 10,167,124

SHAVE CREAM POD

PACIFIC SHAVING COMPANY, ...

1. A shaving cream formulation comprising:one or more surfactants, present in the amount of over fifty (50) percent by weight, based on a total weight of the formulation, wherein at least one of the one or more surfactants is selected from the group consisting of triethanolamine myristate and triethanolamine stearate, and is present in an amount of over fifteen (15) percent by weight based on a total weight of the formulation;
one or more emulsifying agents, present in the amount of from about five (5) to about forty (40) percent by weight, based on the total weight of the formulation; and
water,wherein water is present in an amount of from about one (1) weight percent to about fifteen (15) weight percent, based on the total weight of the formulation.
US Pat. No. 10,167,381

LIGHTWEIGHT WALL REPAIR COMPOUNDS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A wall repair compound, comprising,from about 20 percent to about 80 percent by weight aqueous latex binder emulsion that comprises an acrylic binder with a glass transition temperature from about 15° C. to about 35° C.;
from about 20 percent to about 70 percent by weight of an inorganic filler system that comprises substantially spherical synthetic particles that are glass bubbles; and,
reinforcing fibers.
US Pat. No. 10,167,383

PROCESS TO FORM ETHYLENE/ALPHA-OLEFIN INTERPOLYMERS

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A process to form a “first composition comprising a first ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer and a second ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer,”said process comprising polymerizing via solution polymerization a first mixture comprising ethylene, an ?-olefin, and optionally a polyene, in a continuous stirred tank reactor to form a first ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer, and
transferring at least some of the first ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer to a loop reactor, and polymerizing via solution polymerization, therein, a second mixture comprising ethylene, an alpha-olefin, and optionally a polyene, in the presence of the first ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer, to form the “first composition comprising the first ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer and the second ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer”,
wherein the ratio of “the solution viscosity of the first ethylene/?-olefin interpolymer, in the stirred tank reactor, at the stirred tank reactor temperature” to “the solution viscosity of the first composition, in the loop reactor, at the loop reactor temperature” is greater than, or equal to, 3.0.
US Pat. No. 10,167,384

COMPOSITION COMPRISING HETEROPHASIC PROPYLENE COPOLYMER

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A composition comprising:(A) a heterophasic propylene copolymer,
(B) talc and
(C) a functionalized polypropylene grafted with an acid or acid anhydride functional group, wherein the heterophasic propylene copolymer consists of
(a) a propylene-based matrix, wherein the propylene-based matrix consists of a propylene homopolymer and/or a propylene-?-olefin copolymer consisting of at least 70 wt % of propylene and at most 30 wt % of ?-olefin, based on the total weight of the propylene-based matrix and
wherein the propylene-based matrix is present in an amount of 90 to 95 wt % based on the total heterophasic propylene copolymer and
(b) a dispersed ethylene-?-olefin copolymer, wherein the dispersed ethylene-?-olefin copolymer is present in an amount of 10 to 5 wt % based on the total heterophasic propylene copolymer and
wherein the sum of the total amount of propylene-based matrix and total amount of the dispersed ethylene-?-olefin copolymer in the heterophasic propylene copolymer is 100 wt %,
wherein the heterophasic propylene copolymer has an MFI of 0.1-0.5 dg/min as determined according to ISO1133 at 230° C. and 2.16 kg and
wherein the amount of the talc in the composition is 0.025-10 wt % of the total composition and the amount of the functionalized polypropylene is 0.005-2.5 wt % of the total composition.
US Pat. No. 10,167,385

ACRYLIC PROCESSING AID, METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME AND POLYVINYLCHLORIDE RESIN COMPOSITION COMPRISING THE SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. An acrylic processing aid having a core-shell structure:wherein both the core and shell comprise a polymer prepared by copolymerizing a methyl methacrylate monomer and an alkyl acrylate monomer having 1 to 18 carbon atoms,
wherein the core comprises the polymer having a weight-average molecular weight ranging from 10,000,000 to 18,000,000 g/mol.
US Pat. No. 10,167,389

POLYPHENYLENE ETHER RESIN COMPOSITION

GRAND TEK ADVANCE MATERIA...

1. A polyphenylene ether resin composition, comprising:100 parts by weight of polyphenylene ether resin;
25 to 40 parts by weight of copolymer; and
0.01 to 0.02 parts by weight of initiator,
wherein the copolymer is
(A) copolymer polymerized of (a) mono-functional monomer, (b1) bi-functional monomer, and (c) tri-functional monomer through radical polymerization;
(B) copolymer polymerized of (a) mono-functional monomer and (b2) bi-functional monomer through radical polymerization, or
(C) a combination thereof;
wherein (a) mono-functional monomer comprises styrene, ?-methyl styrene, 4-methyl styrene, or a combination thereof;
(b1) bi-functional monomer comprises bisphenol A dimethacrylate, divinylbenzene, 1,3-diisopropenylbenzene, or a combination thereof;
(b2) bi-functional monomer comprises a combination of (b21) diallyl phthalate and (b22) bisphenol A dimethacrylate, divinylbenzene, 1,3-diisopropenyl benzene, or a combination thereof; and
(c) tri-functional monomer comprises 1,3,5-triallylisocyanurate, triallylcyanurate, or a combination thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,170,212

METAL-CONTAINING COMPOUNDS

FARADION LIMITED, Sheffi...

1. A solid state process for preparing a metal-containing compound comprising the formula:AaMb(XcYd)eZf
wherein:
A is an alkali metal selected from one or more of sodium and potassium;
M comprises one or more metals selected from the group consisting of titanium, vanadium, niobium, tantalum, hafnium, chromium, molybdenum, tungsten, manganese, iron, osmium, cobalt, nickel, palladium, platinum, copper, silver, gold, zinc, cadmium, aluminium, scandium, yttrium, zirconium, technetium, rhenium, ruthenium, rhodium, iridium, mercury, gallium, indium, tin, lead, bismuth, magnesium, calcium, beryllium, strontium barium, boron, silicon, germanium, arsenic, antimony and tellurium;
(XcYd) is at least one first anion and is a moiety selected from one or more of PO4 and/or P2O7; and
Z is at least one second anion
wherein a>0; b>0; c>0; d>0; e>0 and f?0;
wherein a, b, c, d, e and f are chosen to maintain electroneutrality;
comprising the steps:
a) forming a mixture of starting materials in their solid form, comprising i) one or more M metal-containing precursor compounds, ii) one or more A metal-containing and hypophosphite-containing materials;
b) heating the mixture of starting materials from 150° C. to 1200° C. in the absence of an oxidizing atmosphere to form the metal-containing compound; and
c) recovering the metal-containing compound.
US Pat. No. 10,167,393

POLY(VINYL ACETATE) DISPERSION, AND A PAINT FORMULATION COMPRISING THEREOF

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A polymer dispersion comprising by dry weight based on total dry weight of the polymer particles, a) from 60% to 95% a vinyl acetate monomer, b) from 0.2% to 2.5% a phosphorus-containing allylic monomer; and c) from 0.2% to 2.5% an itaconic acid monomer; wherein the total amount of monomers b) and c) is from 0.5% to 2.5% by dry weight based on total dry weight of the polymer particles, and the dry weight ratio of monomer b) to monomers b) and c) is from 0.2 to 0.6,wherein the phosphorus-containing allylic monomer is a monomer of formula (I) [CH2?CH—CH2—R2—O-]xP(?O)(OM)3-x,
wherein R2 is a linking divalent group, x is an average number of from 1 to 2, and M is a hydrogen atom or a cationic counter-ion.
US Pat. No. 10,170,213

SILVER POWDER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Dowa Electronics Material...

4. A silver powder, the surface of which is coated with a fatty acid, wherein an aliphatic amine is formed on the outermost of the silver powder, and wherein an aliphatic amide is formed between the fatty acid and the aliphatic amine.
US Pat. No. 10,167,399

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:a pigment;
resin particles;
a water-soluble organic solvent; and
water,
wherein a solid content, containing at least the pigment, of a first liquid, as prepared by (i) diluting the ink 500-fold with water on a mass basis, and (ii) adding CaCl2 so as to bring a concentration of the CaCl2 in the first liquid to 1.5 mM, has a rate of aggregation at 25° C. of 1.5 nm/second or less,
wherein a solid content, containing at least the pigment, of a second liquid, as prepared, after the ink has been stored at 60° C. for 2 weeks, by (i) diluting the ink 500-fold with water on a mass basis, and (ii) adding CaCl2 so as to bring a concentration of the CaCl2 in the second liquid to 5 mM, has a rate of aggregation at 25° C. of 2.0 nm/second or more,
wherein the resin particles are acrylic resin particles or polyurethane resin particles, and
wherein the acrylic resin constituting the acrylic resin particles is a homopolymer or copolymer of one or more (meth)acrylic monomers.
US Pat. No. 10,166,120

ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE AND POLYMER COMPOSITIONS FOR MAKING SAME

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A polymer composition comprising:a polyoxymethylene polymer, the polyoxymethylene polymer having a melt volume flow rate of less than 15 cm3/10 min when tested at 190° C. under a load of 2.16 kg, the polyoxymethylene polymer being present in the polymer composition in an amount of at least 70% by weight; and
a copolyamide and a dicyandiamide blended with the polyoxymethylene polymer, the copolyamide and the dicyandiamide being present in the composition at a weight ratio of greater than 2:1.
US Pat. No. 10,170,735

BATTERY PACK

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A battery pack, comprising:a plurality of batteries arranged in columns and rows;
a first holder to accommodate upper parts of the plurality of batteries, the first holder including consecutively arranged external concave surfaces and external convex surfaces and a first pin on the external concave surfaces of the first holder, the external concave surfaces of the first holder being between lateral sides of adjacent batteries of the plurality of batteries; and
a second holder to accommodate lower parts of the plurality of batteries, the second holder including consecutively arranged external concave surfaces and external convex surfaces, the external concave surfaces of the second holder being between the lateral sides of the adjacent batteries of the plurality of batteries, wherein
the first pin of the first holder protrudes toward the second holder to connect to the external concave surfaces of the second holder, and is interlocked with the external concave surfaces of the second holder.
US Pat. No. 10,167,406

WHITE PIGMENT DISPERSIONS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A white pigment dispersion, comprising:an aqueous liquid vehicle; and
from 5 wt % to 70 wt % of a white metal oxide pigment dispersed by two co-dispersants, wherein the metal oxide pigment has an average particulate size from 100 nm to 1 ?m, and wherein the co-dispersants include both i) a short-chain anionic dispersant having a weight average molecular weight ranging from 1,000 Mw to 30,000 Mw, and ii) a non-ionic or predominantly non-ionic dispersant.
US Pat. No. 10,167,407

AQUEOUS POLYMER DISPERSION FOR PAPER WITH A COPOLYMER OF VINYL ACETATE AND AN ACRYLATE MONOMER PREPARED IN THE PRESENCE OF A STARCH DERIVATIVE

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for preparing an aqueous dispersion comprising a polymer P, the process comprising:emulsifying a mixture comprising monomers in an aqueous medium, and
polymerizing the monomers in the presence of a free-radical initiator and a starch derivative,
wherein the mixture consists of:
vinyl acetate, as a monomer (a),
at least one acrylate monomer, which is at least one selected from the group consisting of a C1-C10 alkyl acrylate and a C1-C10 alkyl methacrylate, as a monomer (b),
at least one ?,?-ethylenically unsaturated C3-C6 carboxylic acid, as a monomer (c),
at least one monomer selected from the group consisting of glycidyl methacrylate, glycidyl acrylate, allyl methacrylate and allyl acrylate, as a monomer (d),
optionally at least one ethylenically unsaturated sulfonic acid, as a monomer (e), and
optionally at least one ethylenically unsaturated other monomer, which is
different from the monomers (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e), as a monomer (f), and wherein
the content of the vinyl acetate monomer (a) is from 70 to 94.7 parts by weight of the monomers,
the content of the at least one acrylate monomer (b) is from 5 to 25 parts by weight of the monomers,
the content of the at least one ?,?-ethylenically unsaturated C3-C6 carboxylic acid monomer (c) is from 0.1 to 10 parts by weight of the monomers,
the content of the at least one monomer (d) selected from the group consisting of glycidyl methacrylate, glycidyl acrylate, allyl methacrylate and allyl acrylate is from 0.1 to 10 parts by weight of the monomers,
the optional content of the at least one ethylenically unsaturated sulfonic acid monomer (e) is from 0.1 to 5 parts by weight of the monomers,
the optional content of the at least one other ethylenically unsaturated monomer (f) is from 0.1 to 15 parts by weight of the monomers, and
the sum total of the parts by weight of the monomers (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) is 100.
US Pat. No. 10,167,408

AQUEOUS COMPOSITION WITH IMPROVED ELONGATION AT BREAK

DSM IP ASSETS B.V., Heer...

1. An aqueous polymer composition comprising(i) 5 to 30 wt. % of polyurethane obtained by the reaction of:
(a)
(1) 9 to 31 wt. % of at least one polyisocyanate;
(2) 0 to 8 wt. % of at least one isocyanate-reactive compound with a weight average molecular weight in the range of from 50 to 500 g/mol, containing ionic or potentially ionic water-dispersing groups;
(3) 0 to 91 wt. % of at least one isocyanate-reactive compound with a weight average molecular weight in the range of from 501 to 5000 g/mol containing ionic or potentially ionic water-dispersing groups;
(4) 0 to 91 wt. % of at least one isocyanate-reactive compound with a weight average molecular weight in the range of from 501 to 5000 g/mol not comprised by (3);
where (3) and (4) add up to 57 to 91 wt. %;
(5) 0 to 10 wt. % of at least one isocyanate-reactive compound with a weight average molecular weight in the range of from 50 to 500 g/mol not comprised by (2);
where (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) add up to 100%; and
(b) at least one chain-extending compound;
where the acid value of the resulting polyurethane (i) is between 3 to 40 mg KOH/g;
(ii) 70 to 95 wt. % of vinyl polymer comprising
(c) 20 to 90 wt. % of vinyl polymer with Tg<20° C.;
(d) 10 to 80 wt. % of vinyl polymer with Tg?20° C.;
wherein (c) and (d) add up to 100%;
where at least one of (c) and (d) contains acid functional groups with an acid value in the range of from 15 to 240 mg KOH/g; and
wherein (i) and (ii) add up to 100%.
US Pat. No. 10,167,413

ICE-PHOBIC COATING FORMULATIONS AND USES THEREOF

Ames Rubber Corporation, ...

15. A ice-phobic coating formulation comprising:an elastomer comprising silicone;
filler particles comprising silica nanoparticles, wherein the silica nanoparticles are present at a weight percent in the formulation ranging from 1 wt % to 5 wt %; and
a cryoprotectant comprising one or more of trehalose, dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), wherein the cryoprotectant is present at a weight percent in the formulation ranging from 1 wt % to 3 wt %,
wherein the ice-phobic coating formulation is adapted to form an ice-phobic coating having an ice adhesion failure stress ranging from 1 kPa to 20 kPa,
wherein the formulation is a solventless curable coating formulation.
US Pat. No. 10,167,416

HIGH PERFORMANCE WATER-BASED ADHESION COMPOSITIONS AND APPLICATIONS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An adhesion composition comprising:(a) a first polymer, having a number average molecular weight greater than about 50,000 Daltons but not greater than about 100,000 Daltons, and chosen from acrylic polymers comprising a majority component of either 2-ethylhexylacrylate or butyl acrylate copolymerized with a minority component of either methyl methacrylate, vinyl acetate, or styrene;
(b) a second polymer different than said first polymer, having a number average molecular weight less than about 20,000 Daltons, and consisting of ethylene-acrylic acid copolymers in combination with an oxidized polyethylene polymer;
(c) surfactant in an amount of about 0.05% to about 0.5%; and
(d) water, where the amount of said water, said first polymer and said second polymer is sufficient to provide the composition with a solids content of greater than about 30% based on the total weight of components (a)-(d) in the adhesion composition and where said first polymer and said second polymer comprise solid particles having a D50 particle size of from about 10 nanometers (nm) to about 2000 nm.
US Pat. No. 10,170,749

ALKALI METAL BATTERY HAVING AN INTEGRAL 3D GRAPHENE-CARBON-METAL HYBRID FOAM-BASED ELECTRODE

Nanotek Instruments, Inc....

1. An alkali metal battery having an anode, a cathode, an electrolyte in ionic contact with said anode and said cathode, and an optional porous separator electronically separating said anode and said cathode, wherein said anode comprises an integral 3D graphene-carbon-metal hybrid foam comprised of multiple pores, pore walls, and a lithium-attracting metal or sodium-attracting metal residing in said pores or deposited on said pore walls; wherein said lithium-attracting metal is selected from the group consisting of Au, Ag, Mg, Zn, Ti, Na, K, Al, Fe, Mn, Co, Ni, Sn, V, Cr, and an alloy thereof for a lithium metal battery, or said sodium-attracting metal is selected from the group consisting of Au, Ag, Mg, Zn, Ti, Li, K, Al, Fe, Mn, Co, Ni, Sn, V, Cr, and an alloy thereof for a sodium metal battery, and is in an amount of 0.1% to 90% of the total hybrid foam weight, and said pore walls comprise single-layer or few-layer graphene sheets chemically bonded by a carbon material having a carbon material-to-graphene weight ratio from 1/200 to 1/2, wherein said few-layer graphene sheets have 2-10 layers of stacked graphene planes having an inter-plane spacing d002 from 0.3354 nm to 0.40 nm as measured by X-ray diffraction and said single-layer or few-layer graphene sheets comprise a pristine graphene material having essentially zero % of non-carbon elements, or a non-pristine graphene material having 0.001% to 25% by weight of non-carbon elements wherein said non-pristine graphene is selected from graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, graphene fluoride, graphene chloride, graphene bromide, graphene iodide, hydrogenated graphene, nitrogenated graphene, doped graphene, chemically functionalized graphene, or a combination thereof; wherein said integral 3D graphene-carbon-metal hybrid foam is pre-loaded with lithium or sodium before said battery is made, or said anode further comprises a lithium source or a sodium source.
US Pat. No. 10,166,137

HIGH BARRIER ELASTOMER FECAL CATHETER OR OSTOMY POUCH

CONVATEC TECHNOLOGIES INC...

1. A fecal catheter comprising an odor barrier material comprising:i) a thermoplastic elastomer selected from the group consisting of a styrenic block copolymer, a thermoplastic vulcanizate, or a polyolefin elastomer;
ii) an odor barrier modifier selected from polyisobutene, polybutene, or an organoclay; and
iii) at least 0.1% antiblocking agent selected from the group consisting of essentially inorganic fillers, including silica, talc, clay, and mica; and
wherein the antiblocking agent imparts an interior rough surface having an arithmetic mean surface roughness (Ra) not less than 0.1 ?m, wherein the fecal catheter is non-blocking upon folding and packaging.
US Pat. No. 10,167,418

HOT MELT SILICONE AND CURABLE HOT MELT COMPOSITION

Dow Corning Co., Ltd., T...

1. A curable hot melt composition comprising: (I) a hot melt silicone; (II) an organopolysiloxane which has at least two silicon atom-bonded hydrogen atoms in a molecule and in which an amount of silicon atom-bonded hydrogen atom is 0.5 mass % or greater, in an amount such that an amount of the silicon atom-bonded hydrogen atom in component (II) is from 0.5 to 2.0 mol per 1 mol of alkenyl group in component (I); and (III) a hydrosilylation reaction catalyst,wherein component (I) is non-flowable at 25° C. and has a melt viscosity at 100° C. of 5,000 Pa·s or less, and is formed by subjecting (A) an alkenyl group-containing organopolysiloxane in which 10 mol % or greater of all of silicon atom-bonded organic groups is a phenyl group, and (B) an organopolysiloxane having at least two silicon atom-bonded hydrogen atoms in a molecule, in an amount such that an amount of the silicon atom-bonded hydrogen atoms in component (B) is from 0.2 to 0.7 mol per 1 mol of alkenyl group in component (A), to hydrosilylation reaction in the presence of (C) a hydrosilylation reaction catalyst, in an amount that is sufficient to promote the hydrosilylation reaction of components (A) and (B).
US Pat. No. 10,170,752

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AMORPHOUS CARBON PARTICLE, AMORPHOUS CARBON PARTICLES, NEGATIVE ELECTRODE MATERIAL FOR LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERIES, AND LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY

JFE CHEMICAL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for producing amorphous carbon particles, the method comprising:(a) (i) obtaining a first crosslinked product by first mixing mesophase particles with an amorphous carbon precursor and then subjecting the mixture to a crosslinking treatment including an air blowing reaction performed in a liquid phase reaction at a temperature in a range of 280 to 420° C., or (ii) obtaining a second crosslinked product by first crosslinking the amorphous carbon precursor and then mixing the mesophase particles with the crosslinked precursor; and
(b) subjecting the first or second crosslinked product to an infusibilization treatment performed in a solid phase using an oxidizing gas to form an infusibilized product having an oxygen content in a range of 3 to 20 mass % and then firing the infusibilization product to produce amorphous carbon particles, such that the mesophase particles are within the amorphous carbon particles,
wherein crushing is performed at least one of before and after the infusibilization treatment.
US Pat. No. 10,166,395

INHIBITION OF INFLAMMATORY CYTOKINE PRODUCTION BY CHOLINERGIC AGONISTS AND VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION

The Feinstein Institute f...

1. A method for treating inflammation by inhibiting an inflammatory cytokine cascade in a patient, wherein the method comprises:evoking a sustained inhibition of the patient's inflammatory cytokine cascade by electrically stimulating the patient's vagus nerve for a first duration, followed by a second duration during which the patient's vagus nerve is not electrically stimulated, wherein the second duration is at least three times longer than the first duration,
wherein at the end of the second duration the levels of inflammatory cytokines are inhibited by at least 20% over the untreated state, and wherein the patient's heart rate remains stable for 10 minutes after the vagus nerve is electrically stimulated.
US Pat. No. 10,170,754

SILICON MONOXIDE COMPOSITE NEGATIVE ELECTRODE MATERIAL USED FOR LITHIUM ION BATTERY, THE PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF AND A LITHIUM ION BATTERY

Shenzhen BTR New Energy M...

1. A silicon monoxide composite negative electrode material, which comprises, from inside to outside, a silicon monoxide substrate, a carbon material coating layer on the surface of the substrate, a crystalline nano-silicon material uniformly deposited on the carbon material coating layer and a nanoscale conductive material coating layer on the surface of the silicon monoxide substrate/carbon material coating layer/crystalline nano-silicon material, wherein the crystalline nano-silicon material is mono-dispersed nano-silicon particles with an average particle size of 1.0-1000.0 nm.
US Pat. No. 10,167,424

COLOR-TUNABLE UP-CONVERSION NANOPHOSPHOR

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. An up-conversion nanophosphor comprising:a core comprising a Yb3+-doped fluoride-based nanoparticle represented by LiY1-x-yLyF4:Yb3+x, where, x and y are real numbers, and 0?x?1, 0?y?1, and 0?x+y?1, and L is any one selected from Y, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Lu, and a combination thereof;a first shell comprising a fluoride-based crystalline compound that is co-doped with at least one selected from Yb3+ and Tm3+, the fluoride-based crystalline compound surrounding at least a portion of the core, and represented by LiGd1-p-q-rMrF4:Yb3+p,Tm3+q, where, p, q and r are real numbers, and 0
US Pat. No. 10,170,757

NEGATIVE ELECTRODE MATERIAL FOR LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY, NEGATIVE ELECTRODE, AND LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A negative electrode material for use in a lithium ion secondary battery, comprising silicon-containing particles which are capable of intercalating and deintercalating lithium ions and are characterized by having a volume base particle size distribution, as measured with a laser diffraction-type particle size analyzer, whereinD50 is from 0.5 to 10 ?m,
D90 is from 5 to 15 ?m,
(modal diameter—D50)/D50=0.15 to 0.50 and
(D90—modal diameter)/D90=0.05 to 0.20, wherein
D50 is the cumulative 50% diameter, and
D90 is the cumulative 90% diameter.
US Pat. No. 10,170,760

LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY

SK Innovation CO., LTD., ...

1. A secondary battery comprising:A cathode active material in which at least one of metals forming the cathode active material has a concentration gradient in an entire region from a central portion up to a surface portion;
a conductive material mixture in which carbon nanotube is mixed with carbon black; and wherein the carbon black and the carbon nanotube are mixed at a mixing ratio of 10:1 to 6:4,
wherein the cathode active material is represented by Chemical Formula 1 below, and in Chemical Formula 1, at least one of M1, M2, and M3 has a continuous concentration gradient from the central portion up to the surface portion:
LixM1aM2hM3cOv  Chemical Formula 1
wherein in Chemical Formula 1,
M1 is Ni, M2 is Mn, and M3 is Co, and
0 wherein any one of M1, M2, and M3 has a predetermined concentration from the central portion up to the surface portion, and another one has a concentration gradient region in which a concentration is increased from the central portion up to the surface portion, and the other one has a concentration gradient region in which a concentration is decreased from the central portion up to the surface portion,
wherein the central portion of the particle means a portion within a radius of 0.1 to 0.2 ?m from the center of the active material particle, and the surface portion of the particle means a portion within a radius of 0.1 to 0.2 ?m from the outermost of the particle.
US Pat. No. 10,168,453

POLARIZING PLATE PROTECTIVE FILM, POLARIZING PLATE, IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING POLARIZING PLATE PROTECTIVE FILM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A polarizing plate protective film comprising a substrate and a hard coat layer,wherein the hard coat layer is a layer formed by curing a photocurable composition containing a polyfunctional (meth)acrylate compound and an acid anhydride,
wherein a content of the acid anhydride in the photocurable composition is 8-20% by mass based on a total solid content of the photocurable composition,
wherein a content of the polyfunctional (meth)acrylate compound in the photocurable composition is 40-88.44% by mass based on the total solid content of the photocurable composition, and
wherein the acid anhydride is contained in the hard coat layer.
US Pat. No. 10,170,763

LITHIUM METAL OXIDE PARTICLES COATED WITH A MIXTURE OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE CORE MATERIAL AND ONE OR MORE METAL OXIDES

Umicore, Brussels (BE)

1. A lithium metal oxide powder for use as a cathode material in a rechargeable battery, comprising a core material and a surface layer,the core material comprising a layered crystal structure comprising the elements Li, a metal M and oxygen, wherein the Li content is stoichiometrically controlled, the metal M has the formula M=Co1-aM?a, with 0?a?0.05, and M? is either one or more metals selected from the group consisting of Al, Ga and B; and
the surface layer having a thickness of at least 50 nm and comprising a mixture of the elements of the core material, Li, M, and oxygen, and inorganic N-based oxides, wherein N is one or more metals selected from the group consisting of Mg, Ti, Fe, Cu, Ca, Ba, Y, Sn, Sb, Na, Zn, Zr and Si, and wherein the concentration in N metals decreases with increasing distance from the surface to the core on a gradient, and wherein the concentration of N metals in the core is not zero.
US Pat. No. 10,170,764

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ULTRA SMALL PARTICLE, POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL OF SECOND BATTERY USING THE METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ULTRA SMALL PARTICLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND SECONDARY BATTERY USING THE POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MA

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A method for manufacturing a particle comprising:forming a material film over a substrate;
forming a first protrusion in the material film;
manufacturing a template including a second hole using the material film including the first protrusion; and
filling the second hole in the template with a gel comprising a first material and a second material, whereby a particle is formed in the second hole;
separating the particle from the template by heating,
wherein a diameter of the particle is greater than or equal to 10 nm and less than or equal to 50 nm.
US Pat. No. 10,167,435

LIQUID COMPOSITIONS FOR MARKING LIQUID HYDROCARBON MOTOR FUELS AND OTHER FUELS, MOTOR FUELS AND OTHER FUELS CONTAINING THEM AND PROCESS FOR DETECTING THE MARKERS

Total Marketing Services,...

1. A process for the qualitative detection of at least one marker in a motor fuel or other liquid hydrocarbon fuel comprising:(a) the at least one marker, chosen from the following aliphatic or cycloaliphatic compounds:
tricyclodecenyl isobutyrate (3a,4,5,6,7,7a-hexahydro-4,7-methano-1 h-inden-5 (or 6) -yl) (CAS 67634-20-2);
tricyclodecenyl propionate (CAS 17511-60-3);
cis-3- hexenyl acetate (CAS 3681-71-8);
ethyl linalool (CAS 10339-55-6);
prenyl acetate (CAS 1191-16-8);
ethyl myristate (CAS 124-06-1);
para-tert-butylcyclohexyl acetate (CAS 32210-23-4);
tricyclodecenyl acetate (4,7-methano-1h-inden-6-ol, 3a,4,5,6,7,7a-hexahydro-) (CAS 5413-60-5);
ethyl caprate(CAS 110-38-3),
the at least one marker having a concentration of from 1 ppm to 20 ppm with regard to the motor fuel or other liquid hydrocarbon fuel;
(b) a solvent or a mixture of solvents; and
(c) one or more functional additives for motor fuels and/or other liquid hydrocarbon fuels, chosen from the detergents, dispersants, combustion improvers, anti-foaming agents, conductivity improvers, anti-corrosion additives, lubricity additives, anti-wear agents and/or friction modifiers, chelating agents and/or sequestrating agents of metals, demulsifiers, low temperature behaviour additives, metal passivators, acidity neutralizers, markers different from the markers; the process comprising the following steps:
analyzing a sample of the motor fuel or other liquid fuel containing the at least one marker by an analytic method; and
then detecting the at least one marker.
US Pat. No. 10,167,440

MARINE ENGINE LUBRICATION

INFINEUM INTERNATIONAL LI...

1. A trunk piston marine engine lubricating oil composition of TBN in the range of 20 to 60 mg KOH/g for a medium-speed compression-ignited marine engine which comprises or is made by blending(A) an oil-soluble metal dithiophosphoric acid salt additive component, in a minor amount, which component consists essentially of zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate where the alkyl group is a C6 primary alkyl group; and
(B) an oil-soluble overbased metal detergent additive component, in a minor amount; with
(C) an oil of lubricating viscosity in a major amount.
US Pat. No. 10,167,442

COMPOSITION FOR CLEANING DISARTICULATED SKELETONS

1. A method of cleaning a disarticulated skeleton, comprising the steps of:placing bones from the skeleton in a tank;
filling the tank with a mixture of water, ammonia and hydrogen peroxide;
soaking the bones in the tank filled with the mixture;
continuously pumping ozone through the mixture in the tank while soaking the bones;
removing the bones from the tank; and
rinsing the bones.
US Pat. No. 10,167,446

METHOD FOR INHIBITING CANCER CELLS AND TREATING DISEASES COMPRISING ADMINISTERING A FORMULA COMPOSITION OF ANTRODIA CINNAMOMEA

CHENG-LIN AGRICULTURAL BI...

1. A method for inhibiting cancer cells and treating hepatitis B, diabetes, high blood pressure and intestinal tract diseases by administering a formula composition of a culture medium for cultivating Antrodia cinnamomea to a patient in need thereof wherein the formula composition comprises:growth basal ingredients including hydroxyhopanone and agarwood powders, wherein the growth basal ingredients are further selected from the group consisting of roots, stems, leaves, fruits, flowers of agarwood, and combinations thereof; and
cultivating basal ingredients, with a percentage of the growth basal ingredients being less than 10% of the formula composition of the culture medium, and with mycelia of Antrodia cinnamomea metabolizing hydroxyhopanone precursors of the agarwood powders during a growth procedure of the mycelia of Antrodia cinnamomea, such that the mycelia of Antrodia cinnamomeahave an increased percentage of triterpenoids after fermentation,
wherein the cultivating basal ingredients are selected from the group consisting of wheat, soybean, and combinations thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,167,448

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION FOR TREATING CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES, CONTAINING STEM CELL-DERIVED EXOSOME AS ACTIVE INGREDIENT

Samsung Life Public Welfa...

1. A method for treating a cerebrovascular disease, comprising:administering to a subject having the cerebrovascular disease an effective amount of exosome derived from a stem cell,
wherein the cerebrovascular disease is intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), and
wherein the stem cell is a mesenchymal stem cell.
US Pat. No. 10,167,193

FERROELECTRIC AGGLOMERATES AND METHODS AND USES RELATED THERETO

Vanderbilt University, N...

1. An agglomerate comprising:(a) a particle having a body, wherein the body comprises antimony and a first atom;
(b) a matrix comprising a halogen and a second atom; and
(c) a surface ligand bound to the particle,
wherein the particle is at least partially embedded in the matrix,
wherein the first atom and the second atom are independently selected from Cd, Se, Pb, S, Fe, O, Au, Ag, Te, In, Sn, Eu, Ti, and Ba; and
wherein the agglomerate is ferroelectric.
US Pat. No. 10,167,450

HUMAN PANCREATIC BETA CELL LINES FOR DIAGNOSTIC OF DIABETES

SARL ENDOCELLS, Paris (F...

1. A method of preparing a homogenous human beta cell population that is not contaminated by non-beta cells and comprises human beta cells or human beta cell tumors, wherein said human beta cells or human beta cell tumors express insulin and PDX-1, form insulinomas and restore normoglycemia in diabetic SCID mice after transplantation, said method comprising the steps of:a) transducing or co-transducing immature human pancreases with
i) a first lentiviral vector expressing SV40 LargeT antigen gene under the control of an insulin promoter and a second lentiviral vector expressing hTert gene under the control of the insulin promoter, or
ii) a lentiviral vector expressing both SV40 LargeT antigen and hTert genes, wherein expression of both SV40 LargeT antigen and hTert genes are under the control of the insulin promoter,
thereby producing transduced immature human pancreas cells,
b) introducing the transduced immature human pancreas cells obtained in step a) into a kidney capsule of a first severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mouse,
wherein the introduced transduced immature human pancreas cells develop into insulinoma-like structures comprising insulin-producing beta cells in the SCID mouse,
c) micro-dissecting the insulinoma-like structures obtained in step b), dissociating cells thereof, and optionally transducing said dissociated cells with a lentiviral vector expressing an antibiotic resistance gene under the control of the insulin promoter,
d) sub-transplanting the cells obtained in step c) into a kidney capsule of a second SCID mouse,
e) allowing the sub-transplanted cells in step d) to develop and regenerate insulinoma-like structures, wherein said newly developed insulinoma-like structures are enriched in insulin-producing beta cells,
f) micro-dissecting insulinoma-like structures obtained in step e), dissociating and collecting the cells thereof,
g) optionally, sub-transplanting the cells obtained in step f) into a kidney capsule of a third SCID mouse, allowing further enrichment and amplification of insulin producing beta cells,
and optionally repeating steps e), f), and g) until insulin-producing beta cells are produced,
wherein the sub-transplanting step d), and optionally of step g) lead to a homogenous human beta cell population not contaminated by non-beta cells, and wherein the human beta cells express insulin and PDX-1, form insulinomas and restore normoglycemia in diabetic SCID mice after transplantation.
US Pat. No. 10,167,452

VIRAL PURIFICATION METHODS

Oncolytics Biotech Inc., ...

1. A method of producing reovirus from a culture of cells, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a culture of cells which has been infected by the reovirus in culture;
(b) extracting the reovirus from the culture of cells by adding a detergent to the culture of cells and incubating for a period of time to result in a cell lysate;
(c) separating cell debris from the reovirus in the cell lysate; and
(d) collecting the reovirus,provided that after infection by the reovirus and before extraction of the reovirus, the cells are not pelleted or resuspended.
US Pat. No. 10,167,453

SACCHARIDE OXIDASE, AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR SAME AND USE OF SAME

AMANO ENZYME INC., Nagoy...

1. A polynucleotide selected from the group consisting of:(a) a polynucleotide comprising the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO: 9; and
(b) a polynucleotide comprising a nucleotide sequence having 90% or more sequence identity with the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO: 9 and encoding a protein having saccharide oxidase activity, and wherein the polynucleotide is a cDNA.
US Pat. No. 10,166,173

POLYURETHANE MICROPARTICLES COATED WITH A ZINC SALT AND METHODS FOR THE PREPARATION THEREOF

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A composition comprising polyurethane microparticles coated with zinc salt particles, wherein the ratio of zinc salt to polyurethane is in a range of from 1:99 to 3:7, and the polyurethane microparticles have an average particle size of less than 100 microns, wherein the zinc salt comprises zinc pyrithione having an average particle size of less than 2 microns.
US Pat. No. 10,166,174

WET WIPES FOR PERSONAL CARE

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A wet wipe comprising:a porous sheet comprising a coherent web of fibers;
a cleaning composition contained within said porous sheet, said cleaning composition contained within said porous sheet in an amount between 50% and 600% based upon the dry weight of said porous sheet;
said cleaning composition comprising, based upon the weight of the cleaning composition, (i) greater than 92.0% water, (ii) between 4% and 0.05% surfactant, and (iii) between about 3.0% and about 0.05% water insoluble polysaccharide particles and wherein said particles reside on the surface of the fibers of said porous sheet.
US Pat. No. 10,167,455

RECOMBINANT POLYMERASES FOR IMPROVED SINGLE MOLECULE SEQUENCING

Pacific Biosciences of Ca...

1. A composition comprising a recombinant DNA polymerase, which recombinant polymerase comprises an amino acid sequence that is at least 80% identical to SEQ ID NO: 1 or SEQ ID NO: 2, which recombinant polymerase comprises an amino acid substitution at position E420, wherein identification of positions is relative to SEQ ID NO: 1, and which recombinant polymerase exhibits polymerase activity.
US Pat. No. 10,167,199

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING HIGHLY PURE SILICON, HIGHLY PURE SILICON OBTAINED BY THIS METHOD, AND SILICON RAW MATERIAL FOR MANUFACTURING HIGHLY PURE SILICON

Silicio Ferrosolar S.L., ...

1. A method for producing high purity silicon characterised in that it is a method of high purity silicon production that produces high purity silicon by unidirectional solidification of raw material molten silicon in a molding vessel, and uses as said raw material molten silicon that has a carbon concentration of 100˜1000 ppmw, and a germanium concentration of 50-1000 ppmw wherein a heat extraction process drives said unidirectional solidification forward, a preservation process is provided to preserve the molten state of the molten silicon in the molding vessel and by this preservation process, a silicon carbide contact layer of 20 ?m thickness or more is formed on the surface of the inner wall of the molding vessel.
US Pat. No. 10,167,456

BIFUNCTIONAL LIPASE MUTANT AND METHODS OF USING SAME

JIANGNAN UNIVERSITY, Wux...

1. A method of processing flour products with a lipase mutant,wherein the lipase mutant comprises:
an amino acid sequence with substitutions selected from the group consisting of P298T, P298T/H317P, P298T/H317P/V326S, P298T/T218S/S234F, P298T/H317P/P168L/A129S, and P298T/S234F/K161R/V326S, wherein the substitutions are relative to a parent amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1;
wherein the lipase mutant maintains a triglyceride and lecithin hydrolysis activity and thermostability; and
wherein the method comprises:
expressing the lipase mutant from a culture of a recombinant yeast strain comprising an expression vector for the lipase mutant;
preparing a purified form of the lipase mutant from the culture; and
adding the purified form of the lipase mutant to a flour and water mix to obtain flour products.
US Pat. No. 10,167,457

NUCLEOBASE EDITORS AND USES THEREOF

President and Fellows of ...

1. A fusion protein comprising:(i) a Cas9 domain, wherein the Cas9 domain when in conjunction with a bound guide RNA (gRNA) specifically binds to a target nucleic acid sequence;
(ii) a cytidine deaminase domain, wherein the cytidine deaminase domain deaminates a cytosine base in a single-stranded portion of the target nucleic acid sequence when in conjunction with the Cas9 domain and the gRNA; and
(iii) an uracil glycosylase inhibitor (UGI) domain, wherein the UGI domain inhibits a uracil-DNA glycosylase.
US Pat. No. 10,166,177

SILK PROTEIN FRAGMENT COMPOSITIONS AND ARTICLES MANUFACTURED THEREFROM

Silk Therapeutics, Inc., ...

1. A gel comprising a silk protein fragment composition comprising:pure silk fibroin-based protein fragments substantially devoid of sericin and comprising:
an average weight average molecular weight ranging from about 17 kDa to about 38 kDa; and
a polydispersity of between about 1.5 and about 3.0; and
water,
wherein the composition prior to gelation is a solution which does not spontaneously or gradually gelate and does not visibly change in color or turbidity when in the solution for at least 10 days,
wherein the gel includes between 0 ppm and 500 ppm of inorganic residuals, and
wherein the gel includes between 0 ppm and 500 ppm of organic residuals.
US Pat. No. 10,167,201

HIGH MESO-SURFACE AREA, LOW SI/AL RATIO PENTASIL ZEOLITE

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...


US Pat. No. 10,167,458

ALPHA-AMYLASE VARIANTS

1. An isolated variant of a parent alpha-amylase, comprising at least two substitutions at positions corresponding to positions 206 and 476 of the polypeptide of SEQ ID NO: 1, wherein the variant has at least 90%, but less than 100% sequence identity with the polypeptide of any of SEQ ID NOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 or 12, and wherein the variant has alpha-amylase activity.
US Pat. No. 10,166,178

DEPILATORY WAX COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR OBTAINING SAME AND USE THEREOF

GRUPO DRV PHYTOLAB, S.L.,...

1. A depilatory composition consisting of:60% to 70% by weight with respect to the total weight of the composition of synthetic resins selected from the group consisting of petroleum resin and colophony resin;
1% to 15% by weight with respect to the total weight of the composition of a carrier;
0.01% to 15% by weight with respect to the total weight of the composition of a hydrophilic cosmetic active agent,
wherein the carrier introduces the active agent into the depilatory composition, and wherein the carrier is obtained by reaction of liquid jojoba wax, mimosa wax and sunflower wax with polyglycerol-3 esters.
US Pat. No. 10,167,459

MODIFIED BETA-FRUCTOFURANOSIDASE FOR FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDE PRODUCTION

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A modified polypeptide having fructofuranosidase activity, wherein the modified polypeptide comprises an amino acid sequence which is at least 90% identical to SEQ ID NO: 3 and which has at least one amino acid substitution including substitution of the alanine (A) at amino acid position 159 of SEQ ID NO: 3.
US Pat. No. 10,167,203

PREPARATION OF SUSPENSIONS

THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSL...

1. A method for preparing a suspension of LDH particles comprising the steps of:a) preparing LDH precipitates by coprecipitation to form a mixture of LDH precipitates and solution, wherein the LDH precipitates and the solution formed in step (a) are left in contact with each other for a period not exceeding 30 minutes;
b) separating the LDH precipitates from the solution;
c) washing the LDH precipitates to remove residual ions;
d) mixing the LDH precipitates with water; and
e) subjecting the mixture of LDH particles and water from step (d) to a hydrothermal treatment step by heating to a temperature of from greater than 80° C. to 150° C. for a period of about 1 hour to about 144 hours to form a dispersed suspension of non-aggregated LDH particles in water, wherein said LDH particles in suspension comprise platelets having a maximum particle dimension of up to 400 nm.
US Pat. No. 10,167,460

VARIANT ENZYMES

DANISCO US INC, , CA (US)...

1. A variant of a parent glycosyl hydrolase 61 (GH61) enzyme, wherein said variant has cellulase augmenting activity, and has at least 90% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO:3, wherein said variant comprises at least one amino acid substitution that is at position I4, wherein the position of each amino acid substitution corresponds to SEQ ID NO:3.
US Pat. No. 10,166,180

TREATMENT OF KERATINIZED TISSUES

1. A method for treating a keratinized tissue condition in a subject in need of treatment thereof, comprising:conducting one or more treatment cycles on the keratinized tissue in the subject in need of treatment thereof, each treatment cycle comprising:
contacting the keratinized tissue with an acid-activated gas-generating composition, the acid-activated gas-generating composition consisting of:
a gas generating agent; and
one or more of: water, aloe vera extract, panthenol, a sugar, a nonionic surfactant, a preservative, a water soluble alkali metal halide salt, a water soluble alkali earth metal salt, an ionic surfactant, a sugar, or sea trace elements;
contacting the keratinized tissue with an acid composition, the acid composition consisting of:
an acid; and
one or more of: water, aloe vera extract, panthenol, a sugar, a nonionic surfactant, a preservative, a water soluble alkali metal halide salt, a water soluble alkali earth metal salt, an ionic surfactant, a sugar, or sea trace elements; and
allowing the acid composition and the acid-activated gas-generating composition to react effective to generate a gas at the keratinized tissue,
the one or more treatment cycles being effective to at least partly ameliorate the keratinized tissue condition in the subject, the keratinized tissue condition selected from the group consisting of: acneiform eruptions, autoinflammatory syndromes, chronic blistering, conditions of the skin appendages, dermatitis, drug or agent eruptions, infection-related, papulosquamous hyperkeratosis, palmoplantar keratodermas, pruritis, psoriasis, conditions resulting from physical factors, or ionizing radiation-induced conditions.
US Pat. No. 10,167,461

POLYPEPTIDES HAVING CELLULOLYTIC ENHANCING ACTIVITY AND POLYNUCLEOTIDES ENCODING SAME

Novozymes, Inc., Davis, ...

4. A transgenic plant, plant part or plant cell transformed with the nucleic acid construct of claim 1 comprising a polynucleotide encoding the GH61 polypeptide having cellulolytic enhancing activity.
US Pat. No. 10,166,181

SLOW RELEASE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION MADE OF MICROGRANULES

1. A pharmaceutical composition of microgranules comprising 22.5 mg triptorelin in the form of triptorelin pamoate, wherein the pharmaceutical composition comprises: a) a first formulation of microgranules comprising approximately 20% (w/w) of triptorelin pamoate mixed with approximately 80% (w/w) PLGA, wherein the PLGA in the first formulation contains approximately 85% lactide and 15% glycolide; and b) a second formulation of microgranules comprising approximately 12% (w/w) triptorelin pamoate mixed with approximately 88% (w/w) poly(D,L lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), wherein the PLGA in the second formulation contains approximately 75% lactide and 25% glycolide, wherein the triptorelin is released from the pharmaceutical composition in an immediate amount within hours following injection and then constantly released over a period of at least 168 days.
US Pat. No. 10,166,182

INACTIVATED WHOLE VIRION VACCINE-CONTAINING MICRONEEDLE ARRAY PREPARATION AND METHOD FOR ADMINISTERING THE SAME

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A microneedle array comprising:a needle portion containing an inactivated whole virion influenza vaccine; and
a sheet portion,
wherein 90% by mass or more of the inactivated whole virion influenza vaccine with respect to the total mass of the vaccine is contained in a region that accounts for not more than 60% of the height of the needle portion from a tip of the needle portion; and
the height of the needle portion is equal to or greater than 50 ?m and equal to or less than 2,000 ?m, and
wherein the needle portion contains a water-soluble polymer, and the water-soluble polymer contains at least hydroxyethyl starch.