US Pat. No. 10,335,729

STRUCTURAL SUPPORT FOR AIR FILTER

AMERICAN AIR FILTER COMPA...

1. A filter apparatus comprising:a filter media having a plurality of pleats, said plurality of pleats having a plurality of pleat tips each defined by a pair of sloping side surfaces along a front face and a rear face of said filter media;
an outer peripheral frame receiving said filter media;
one or more elongated first support strips on said front face of said filter media and transversely orientated to said plurality of pleats;
one or more elongated second support strips on said rear face of said filter media and transversely orientated to said plurality of pleats, at least one of said second support strips includes an elongated center flap and opposing first and second folding lateral flaps, wherein said first folding lateral flap extends from said center flap along a first folding edge and said second folding lateral flap extends from said center flap along a second folding edge, wherein at least a portion of each one of said first folding lateral flap, said second folding lateral flap, and said center flap is substantially planar when in an overlapping engagement with each other; and
at least one of said first support strips on said front face at least partially overlaps at least one of said second support strips on said rear face.

US Pat. No. 10,335,728

FILTER MEDIUM FOR AIR FILTER, FILTER PACK, AND AIR FILTER UNIT

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A filter medium for an air filter, comprising:a main collection layer, having:
a filing rate of 5% to 15%;
a thickness of 0.35 mm to 0.70 mm; and
a peak at less than 1.0 ?m, and a peak at 1.0 ?m or greater in a fiber diameter distribution,
the main collection layer, including:
fibers having a small fiber diameter of less than 1.0 ?m, with an average fiber diameter of 0.1 ?m to less than 0.8 ?m; and
fibers having a large fiber diameter of 1.0 ?m or greater, with an average fiber diameter of 1.2 ?m to less than 3.0 ?m,
with a volume ratio of the fibers having the small fiber diameter to the fibers having the large fiber diameter, that is, the fibers having the small fiber diameter: the fibers having the large fiber diameter, being from 30:70 to 80:20, and
the filter medium for an air filter having a tensile elongation of 10% or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,335,727

HONEYCOMB FILTER

IBIDEN CO., LTD., Ogaki-...

1. A honeycomb filter comprising:a honeycomb fired body including porous cell partition walls defining a plurality of cells that serve as channels of exhaust gas, exhaust gas introduction cells each having an open end at an exhaust gas inlet side and a plugged end at an exhaust gas outlet side, exhaust gas emission cells each having an open end at the exhaust gas outlet side and a plugged end at the exhaust gas inlet side, and an outer wall on a periphery thereof, wherein
a cross-sectional shape of each exhaust gas introduction cell in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof is entirely uniform from an end at the exhaust gas inlet side to an end at the exhaust gas outlet side excluding a plugged portion,
a cross-sectional shape of each exhaust gas emission cell in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof is entirely uniform from an end at the exhaust gas inlet side to an end at the exhaust gas outlet side excluding a plugged portion,
the exhaust gas emission cells, except for cells adjacent to the outer wall, are each adjacently surrounded fully by the exhaust gas introduction cells across the porous cell partition walls,
cells adjacent to the outer wall include the exhaust gas introduction cells and the exhaust gas emission cells,
a substantial ratio of number of the exhaust gas introduction cells to number of the exhaust gas emission cells (exhaust gas introduction cells:exhaust gas emission cells) is 4:1,
all the exhaust gas introduction cells, except for cells adjacent to the outer wall, have same cross-sectional area in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof, a cross-sectional area of each exhaust gas introduction cell being smaller than that of each exhaust gas emission cell in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof,
the outer wall has corners, and each of the exhaust gas introduction cells adjacent to the outer wall and each of the exhaust gas emission cells adjacent to the outer wall have a side in contact with the outer wall in a cross section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the cells, the side being straight and parallel to a side defining an outer periphery of the outer wall, the thickness of the outer wall excluding the corners is uniform, and
the area of each exhaust gas introduction cell adjacent to the outer wall is 130 to 200% of the area of each exhaust gas introduction cell other than the exhaust gas introduction cells adjacent to the outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,726

GAS PURIFICATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A gas purification device that is detachably mounted over a discharge port of an image forming apparatus body, the discharge port discharges gas from the inside of the image forming apparatus body, the gas purification device comprising:a removing member that removes powder contained in the gas and has a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being disposed to face the discharge port, wherein the gas discharged from the discharge port enters the first surface and is discharged from the second surface;
a casing that has an inner surface, the inner surface being disposed to face the second surface with a gap therebetween, wherein the gas discharged from the second surface passes through the gap and strikes the inner surface; and
an outflow port that flows out the gas from the gas purification device and is disposed at a different position from the inner surface,
wherein the length of the casing in a discharging direction in which the gas is discharged from the discharge port is shorter than in an intersecting direction against the discharging direction in which the removing member and the outflow port are adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,335,725

TOOL-LESS FILTRATION ASSEMBLY

AMERICAIR CORPORATION, M...

1. A tool-less air filtration system comprising:a main housing having
(a) an air pulling section with a first set of walls,
the first set of walls have a first exterior surface and a first interior surface, the first interior surface defines a fan cavity, and both the first exterior surface and the first interior surface define an air outlet aperture at the main housing's distal end and a section aperture and
(b) an air filter section having a second set of walls,
the second set of walls have a second exterior surface and a second interior surface,
the second set of walls (a) extend from the exterior surface of the first set of walls that define the section aperture and (b) define an interconnection surface at the main housing's proximal end;
the interconnection surface has a first tongue section, a first latch section, and a second latch section;
the interconnection surface and the first interior surface at and near the main housing's proximal end has polygonic shape having 10 to 30 sides;
the second interior surface defines a first portion of a filter cavity;
a bulkhead positioned on the exterior surface of the first set of walls that define the section aperture; a first gasket is positioned between the bulkhead and the first set of walls that define the section aperture, the bulkhead has a filtered air aperture,
a filter connection wall protrudes from the bulkhead into the filter cavity, encircles the section aperture, and has threads on the filter connection wall's exterior surface;
the threaded protrusion is capable to receive a threaded, distal end of a HEPA air filter;
a filter access panel having
a third set of walls that define an air inlet aperture at the proximal end of the tool-less air filtration system, a second portion of the filter cavity, and a friction connection surface;
the friction connection surface has a contact wall, a friction wall protruding from the contact wall toward the first portion of a filter cavity, and a gasket positioned at or near the juncture between the contact wall and the friction wall;
the contact wall releasably contacts the interconnection surface and the friction wall releasably friction fits to the first interior surface at and near the main housing's proximal end;
a first saddle and a second saddle, each saddle has a backstop section and a compression section, the backstop section is positioned to contact the HEPA air filter's proximal end when the HEPA air filter is properly positioned in the filter cavity and the compression section is positioned to apply a compression contact to the HEPA air filter when the HEPA air filter is properly positioned in the filter cavity in order to inhibit the HEPA air filter from becoming displaced during operation or movement;
a first tool-less extendable latch securely attached to the exterior surface of the first latch section, a first hook securely attached to the third set of walls' exterior surface, a second tool-less extendable latch securely attached to the exterior surface of the second latch section, a second hook securely attached to the third set of walls' exterior surface wherein the first extendable latch can releasably attach to the first hook and the second extendable latch can releasably attach to the second hook when the main housing and the filter access panel are to be connected to form the tool-less air filtration system that forces air entering the air inlet aperture to proceed through the HEPA filter prior to being exiting the air outlet aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,335,724

FILTER AND BARRIER

ERTEC ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTE...

1. A barrier material which comprises(i) an elongate load-bearing apertured sheet material and
(ii) an elongate apertured sheet filter material which is attached to the load-bearing apertured sheet material,the load-bearing apertured sheet material comprising(A) a first set of melt-extruded polymeric strands which are (i) parallel to each other and (ii) spaced apart from each other with a distance between adjacent strands of 0.1 to 0.5 inch, and
(B) a second set of melt-extruded polymeric strands which are (i) parallel to each other, (ii) spaced apart from each other with a distance between adjacent strands of 0.1 to 0.5 inch, and (iii) at an angle to the first strands;
the first and second sets of polymeric strands (a) being bonded to each other at crossover sections at which the polymeric strands are bonded together, and (b) forming open apertures which have a first aperture size, measured by the procedure of ASTM D-4751, andthe filter material(1) comprising(A) a first set of melt-extruded polymeric strands which are (i) parallel to each other and (ii) spaced apart from each other, and
(B) a second set of melt-extruded polymeric strands which are (i) parallel to each other, (ii) spaced apart from each other, and (iii) at an angle of 50-80° to the first strands;
the first and second sets of polymeric strands (a) being bonded to each other at crossover sections at which the polymeric strands are bonded together, and (b) forming open apertures which have a second aperture size, measured by the procedure of ASTM D-4751, the second aperture size being less than 500? (0.500 mm) and the first aperture size being at least 4 times the second aperture size,(2) having a percentage open area (measured by COE 02215-86) of at least 25%, and(3) having a length which can be changed elastically by at least 0.03%.

US Pat. No. 10,335,723

FILTER DEVICE

1. A filter device, comprising:a filter housing having an element seat therein with a pipe socket;
a filter element exchangeably disposed in said filter housing and having filter material and an end cap on one end of said filter material, said end cap having a cap rim surrounding said filter material; and
a connection adapter on said end cap attaching said filter element in an operating position to said element seat in said filter housing, forming a fluid impermeable connection between said filter element and said filter housing and enabling a rotationally and positionally fixed mounting of said filter element and a formation of the fluid-impermeable connection with element seats of different designs in said filter housing, said connection adapter having an outer ring body with a pattern of ring design irregularities deviating from a circular cylinder on an outside surface of said outer ring body, said ring design irregularities on said outer ring body being matched to and engageable with a complementary pattern of seat design irregularities deviating from a circular cylinder on an inside surface of said pipe socket of said element seat of one of the different designs of said element seats in said filter housing, alignment of said ring and seat design irregularities placing said filter element in the operating position in said filter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,722

FILTER GROUP

UFI FILTERS S.P.A., Port...

1. A filter cartridge (30) comprising:a substantially tubular filter wall (33) having a central axis and
a support plate (32) fixed to an end of the filter wall (33),
wherein the support plate (32) comprises
a hooking tooth (34) rising from a surface of the support plate (32) opposite the filter wall (30), wherein the hooking tooth (34) comprises:
a stalk (340), rising from the support plate (32) and elastically flexible in a radial direction, having a lower end branching from the support plate (32) and a free upper end; and
a hooking head (341) extending from the free upper end of the stalk (340) in a radial direction toward the central axis and defining a profiled surface (3410,3411) substantially perpendicular to the central axis of the filter wall (33) and having at least two radially inner corners (3412,3413;) proximal to the central axis, which exhibit different distances from the central axis of the filter wall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,721

FILTER ELEMENT FOR A FILTER DEVICE

1. A filter, comprising:a filter element received in a filter housing and having an axially extending receiving part on said filter element;
said axially extending receiving part having first and second guiding tracks extending on respective axially extending inner and outer surfaces of said receiving part;
the inner surface comprising a cylindrical surface having an annular groove for receiving a sealing ring; and the outer surface including a threaded surface;
wherein said filter element is capable of being received in the filter housing in either a first or second mode of construction by engaging with a housing socket; whereby in the first mode of construction the axially extending receiving part forms a sealing connection between an outer surface of the housing socket and the inner surface of the receiving part; and whereby in the second mode of construction the axially extending receiving part forms a sealing connection between an inner surface of the housing socket and the outer surface of the receiving part.

US Pat. No. 10,335,720

OPTIMIZATION OF VACUUM SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR DRYING DRILL CUTTINGS

FP Marangoni Inc., Calga...

1. A method of retro-fitting a shaker to include an air vacuum system, the air vacuum system for improving the separation of drilling fluid and drill cuttings on the shaker, the method comprising the steps of:a. installing a vacuum frame and manifold over screen support rails of a shaker;
b. installing a screen on the vacuum frame and manifold such that the vacuum frame and manifold mates with the underside of the screen; and
c. securing each of the support rails, vacuum screen and manifold and screen together for enabling a vacuum pressure to be applied to the underside of the screen;
wherein the shaker has at least two pairs of support rails and the vacuum frame and manifold is installed on a downstream pair of support rails, leaving at least one upstream pair of support rails without a vacuum frame and manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,335,719

THREE-PART END CAP AND FILTER ELEMENT INCLUDING SAME

Baldwin Filters, Inc., K...

23. A filter arrangement comprising:an end cap comprising:
a first annular component;
a second annular component secured to the first component, the first and second annular components defining a radially directed flow path therebetween;
an outer seal defining a radially outward directed sealing surface and a secondary sealing surface;
an outer seal carrier defined in part by the first annular component and in part by the second annular component, the outer seal carrier axially securing the outer seal therein and configured to expose the radially outward directed sealing surface of the outer seal, the outer seal carrier defining a first sealing surface, the secondary sealing surface of the outer seal sealingly contacting the first sealing surface of the outer seal carrier;
filter media secured to an inner side of the second annular component;
a housing having an annular sidewall defining an open end and a central cavity, the sidewall defining a third sealing surface that is radially inwardly directed, the radially outward directed sealing surface sealingly contacting the third sealing surface, the filter media being positioned within the central cavity of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,718

FILTER INSERT FOR A FLUID, IN PARTICULAR TRANSMISSION OIL

1. A filter insert for a filter for filtering a fluid, comprising:an inflow surface; and
an outflow surface, and having a main throughflow direction (X) and an outflow direction (Y);
a filter body including:
a filter medium with pleats that has been folded into a pleated bellows, edges of folds in the pleated bellows forming
inflow pleat edges on an inflow side of the pleated bellows; and
outflow pleat edges on an outflow side of the pleated bellows;
wherein the filter medium of the pleated bellows has a first lateral end face surface and an opposite second lateral end face surface, wherein the pleat edges extend across the filter bellows from the first lateral end face surface to the opposite second lateral end face surface;
wherein the pleat edges of the pleated bellows are arranged perpendicular to the main throughflow direction (X);
wherein a first number of the outflow pleat edges on a post-filtration side of the filter body form the outflow surface;
wherein a second number of the inflow pleat edges on a pre-filtration side of the filter body form the inflow surface;
wherein the pleated bellows has
a first seal arranged on the first lateral end face surface, preventing the fluid from overflowing from the pre-filtration side to the post-filtration side of the filter body; and
a second seal arranged on the second lateral end face surface, preventing the fluid from overflowing from the pre-filtration side to the post-filtration side of the filter body;
wherein the pleats at the outflow side of the filter bellows form V-shaped notches which extend from the inflow pleat edges to the outflow pleat edges
wherein at least one of the V-shaped notches of the pleats at the outflow side of the filter bellows is open laterally at the first lateral end face surface, and thus opens up an outflow channel and/or inflow channel;
wherein the first seal is a plastic frame that is mounted on the first lateral end face surface, the first lateral end face surface of the filter medium of the pleated bellows is covered by and embedded into the plastic frame;
wherein the at least one V-shaped notch of the pleats opens laterally through the plastic frame such that the outflow channel and/or inflow channel in the at least one of the V-shaped notch opens laterally through the plastic frame.

US Pat. No. 10,335,717

CARAFE FILTER WITH AIR LOCK PREVENTION FEATURE

KX Technologies LLC, Wes...

1. A filter housing for gravity-fed applications including:a top cap having at least a first aperture for fluid ingress;
a filter media having a hollow center;
a filter media top end cap having apertures for allowing fluid ingress to said filter media;
a filter media housing body attached to said filter media top end cap;
a bottom end cap attached to said housing body;
at least a second aperture through a side of said housing body, said bottom cap, or both, for fluid egress;
a surface tension disrupter extending from said top cap to at least within a top portion of said filter media hollow center, such that said surface tension disrupter within said top portion of said filter media hollow center, pierces a resulting air pocket formed by fluid flow through said filter media.

US Pat. No. 10,335,716

FILTER ELEMENT AND FILTER UNIT

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A unit comprising a plurality of filter elements consecutively arranged along a longitudinal axis, each of the plurality of filter elements comprising: a carrier element, which is permeable to fluid, including a support surface having a surface area increasing contour; and a filter medium, deposited onto the support surface of the carrier element, forming a filter layer adapted to the surface area increasing contour, wherein the carrier element includes a first and second outer surface portions, the outer surface portions facing away from each other on a non-filtrate side of the filter element and constituting the support surface such that both outer surface facing portions include the surface area increasing contour, wherein any adjacent pair of filter elements face each other with one of their outer surface portions, wherein the surface area increasing contour of each of the carrier elements includes convex and concave surface portions, and wherein the convex and concave surface portions of any adjacent pair of filter elements mesh with each other such that the convex surface portions are arranged partially within the concave surface portions in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,335,715

WATER SKIMMING DEVICE AND METHOD

SW Feesaver, LLC, Greenv...

1. A skimmer for removing water from a sediment basin to a water removal system, said sediment basin having a depth, said skimmer comprising:a float portion;
a first pipe having a longitudinal axis, said first pipe being attached to and held by said float portion with said longitudinal axis in a horizontal position and at a distance below the surface of water in a sediment basin, said pipe having an orifice formed therein to admit said water from below said surface, said first pipe having a first end and an opposing second end;
a guard attached to said float portion and said first pipe, said guard fixedly positioning said float portion with respect to said first pipe and said orifice so that said orifice of said first pipe is located below said surface of said water, said guard having a continuous, vertically-extending side wall having a bottom edge defining a water flow path opening located below said orifice, said guard and said float portion surrounding said orifice upwardly from said bottom edge to thereby define a flow path into said orifice from the sediment basin to be only through said flow path opening, upwardly to said orifice, then downwardly though said orifice into said first pipe;
a second pipe having a first end and a second end;
an upper flexible coupling on said first end of said second pipe, said flexible coupling connected to said second end of said first pipe; and
a lower flexible coupling on said second end of said second pipe, said second flexible coupling being attachable to a water removal system; wherein said first pipe is attached to said float portion so that said orifice of said first pipe remains below said surface and the longitudinal axis remains below said surface by said distance, and said water flows through said orifice into said first pipe and then through said second pipe to said water removal system regardless of the elevation of said surface of water in said sediment basin.

US Pat. No. 10,335,714

LIQUID RECOVERY FILTER

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A liquid recovery filter comprising:a filter shell having an upper end, a lower end opposite the upper end, and a cylindrical outer wall extending between the upper end and the lower end, the shell defining an internal volume;
a filter element disposed within the filter shell, whereby a gap formed between the shell and the filter element defines an upstream section of the internal volume, the filter element having an inlet side and an outlet core, the inlet side of the filter element communicating fluidly with the upstream section;
an inlet passage extending substantially radially from a first point on the filter shell cylindrical outer wall, the inlet passage communicating fluidly with the upstream section;
an outlet passage extending substantially radially from a second point on the filter shell cylindrical outer wall, wherein the second point is located on a side of the cylindrical outer wall opposite the location of the first point,
the outlet passage communicating fluidly with the outlet core of the filter element;
a downstream vent passage port/purge port disposed through the filter shell, the downstream vent passage port/purge port communicating fluidly with the outlet core of the filter element; and,
an inline gas filter disposed in the downstream vent passage port/purge port, wherein the inline gas filter permits the sterile introduction of a gas into the downstream section through the vent passage port/purge port to purge processed liquids retained in the downstream section after filtering of the processed liquids by the filter element.

US Pat. No. 10,335,713

EXTRACTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Precision Extraction Corp...

1. A closed-loop extraction apparatus for extracting constituent components from a plant material by exposing them to a solvent, the closed-loop extractor apparatus comprising:a solvent tank for receiving and collecting the solvent;
a material tank for receiving the plant material and for receiving a liquid solvent from the solvent tank and exposing the plant material to the solvent for extracting constituent components from the plant material;
a collection tank for receiving the solvent from the material tank including the extracted constituent components; and
a cooled, inline lipid coagulation apparatus coupled between the material tank and the collection tank.

US Pat. No. 10,335,712

METHOD USING PRESSURE GRADIENT PROFILING IN AN EXTRACTION COLUMN

1. A method of extracting a compound from a raw material using an extraction column comprising:directing a flow of pressurized solvent into a base of the extraction column;
utilizing the flow of pressurized solvent to create a pressure gradient applied to the raw materials packed within the extraction column;
compressing the raw materials via hydraulic compression from the pressurized solvent; and
obtaining an extracted effluent from the compressed raw materials that flows out of the extraction column;
wherein the extraction column is sealed off by a removable pressure cap, the removable pressure cap configured to cover the extraction column when utilizing the flow of pressurized solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,335,711

SYSTEM INCLUDING A DIRECT CONTACT DESUBLIMATING HEAT EXCHANGER FOR REDUCING FOULING

Sustainable Energy Soluti...

1. A method of decreasing fouling in a process using a desublimating heat exchanger, comprising:providing a first desublimating heat exchanger comprising a main chamber;
separating a liquid outgoing stream of the desublimating heat exchanger into at least two parallel liquid streams comprising a first parallel liquid stream and a second parallel liquid stream;
processing the first parallel liquid stream via a first unit operation and processing the second parallel liquid stream via a second unit operation;
providing a mixing chamber of a second desublimating heat exchanger;
injecting the first parallel liquid stream into the mixing chamber at an opening of a first injection conduit positioned at a lower section of the mixing chamber;
injecting the second parallel liquid stream into the mixing chamber at an opening of a second injection conduit positioned at an upper section of the mixing chamber; and,
mixing the first parallel liquid stream with the second parallel liquid so that the first parallel liquid stream and the second parallel liquid stream have a substantially uniform temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,335,709

APPARATUS FOR DEWATERING FLUIDS

1. An apparatus for dewatering fluids, comprising:a dewatering chamber through which a fluid can flow for at least partial dewatering therein and having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet;
a fluid reservoir;
a supply line connected in fluid communication with said fluid inlet of said dewatering chamber and said fluid reservoir to supply the fluid to be dewatered to said dewatering chamber, said supply line including a shared line;
a discharge line connected in fluid communication with said fluid outlet of said dewatering chamber and said fluid reservoir for at least partially dewatered fluid, said discharge line also including said shared line, said shared line being selectively connected in fluid communication to said supply line and said discharge line;
a fluid pump in said shared line;
a control valve selectively connecting said shared line to said fluid reservoir in a first setting thereof or to said dewatering chamber in a second setting thereof;
a flow divider at an end of said shared line opposite said control valve, said flow divider having constantly open first and second conduits dividing fluid flow from said fluid pump into a first substream conveyed to said fluid inlet and a second substream conveyed to said fluid reservoir, said flow divider dividing the fluid flow from said fluid pump into the first and second substreams at a fixed and defined ratio of substreams independently of a degree of contamination of the fluid flow in every active operating state of the apparatus;
a fluid heater in said supply line in fluid communication with and between said flow divider and said dewatering chamber; and
a fluid filter in said discharge line in fluid communication with and downstream of said fluid pump.

US Pat. No. 10,335,708

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO GENERATE STEAM BY MIXING A FEED WATER STREAM WITH A HEATING MEDIUM

Cameron Solutions, Inc., ...

1. A method to generate steam from a feed water stream, the method comprising:routing the feed water stream into a liquid pool zone of a vessel, the liquid pool zone including a heating medium, the heating medium being less volatile than the feed water stream and maintained at an operating temperature determined by vaporization requirements;
pre-mixing the feed water stream and the heating medium outside of the liquid pool zone of the vessel;
vaporizing at least a portion of the feed water stream due to contact with the heating medium in the liquid pool zone;
removing a vaporized portion of the feed water stream from a vapor separation zone of the vessel as steam; and
removing solids from the liquid pool zone of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,707

MODULAR DEMOUNTABLE SAFETY PANELS, COMPATIBLE WITH APPLICATION ON CONCRETE BASES OR METAL BARRIERS AT MOTOR RACING CIRCUITS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE ASSEMBLY PROCESS

LEADERTECH, UNIPESSOAL, L...

1. A demountable modular safety panel for installation on concrete bases at motor racing circuits, the demountable modular safety panel comprising:a tubular metal shaft (11), vertically aligned with ends of a fencing panel (3), the fencing panel (3) fastened to the tubular metal shaft (11) by a plurality of rectangular retaining brackets (9) and a plurality of metal connectors (12);
a top section (3-a) framed by a square tubular profile (3-b), the top section (3-a) having an insertion portion (10) configured to mount the top section (3-a) to the fencing panel (3) at a 45° angle relative to the fencing panel (3); and
wherein the demountable modular safety panel comprises two “I” section metal supports (15) configured to engage two “U” section channel guides (14) at either end of each concrete base (13) such that each “I” section metal support does not protrude from either end of the concrete base the tubular metal shaft is also received inside the “U” section channel guides along with the “I” shaped section, and an “L” section metal bracket (17) configured to affix the fencing panel (3) of the top section (3-a) to the concrete base (13).

US Pat. No. 10,335,706

COMBINED LIFTING BARN FENCING EQUIPMENT

Zhejiang Dafeng Industry ...

1. A combined lifting barn fencing equipment, comprising:a barn (1) movably mounted in a first annular groove in the periphery of a stage,
a lifting mechanism (4) that drives the barn (1) to lift up and down,
a fence (2) movably mounted in a second annular groove (11) of the barn (1), and
a hoisting mechanism that drives the fence (2) to lift up and down,
wherein the lifting mechanism is mounted at the bottom of the first annular groove, the hoisting mechanism (3) is mounted at the top of a gate above the stage, the barn (1) is mounted to a bedplate (6); the barn (1) descends to the first annular groove or rises to above of the stage driven by the lifting mechanism (4), when the barn (1) descends to the first annular groove, the upper surface of the bedplate (6) is flush with a stage surface; when not connected with the hoisting mechanism (3) for lifting, the fence (2) is retained inside the second annular groove (11), when connected with the hoisting mechanism (3) for lifting, the fence (2) is hoisted to the above of the stage.

US Pat. No. 10,335,705

VENUE TRAYS AND METHOD FOR MOVING VENUE TRAYS

Tait Towers Manufacturing...

9. An arrangement comprising:a first venue tray, the first venue tray having a close range event portion at which a live actor can make a presentation and/or a display can be shown and a home row seating section;
a second venue tray, the second venue tray having a downrange seating section;
a first periphery event portion at which a live actor can make a presentation and/or a display can be shown; and
a second periphery event portion at which a live actor can make a presentation and/or a display can be shown, the first venue tray and the second venue tray being displaceable relative to one another to a position in which audience members located on the first venue tray view a presentation or a display at the close range event portion of the first venue tray along a different sight line than audience members located on the second venue tray, the first venue tray and the second venue tray being positionable relative to one another such that audience members located on the first venue tray view a presentation or a display at the first periphery portion along the same sight line as audience members located on the second venue tray, and the first venue tray and the second venue tray being displaceable as a single unit to a location at which audience members located on the first venue tray view a presentation or a display at the second periphery event portion along the same sight line as audience members located on the second venue tray.

US Pat. No. 10,335,704

ARTICLE AND PACKAGING FOR GENERATING BUBBLES

Ogosport LLC, Brooklyn, ...

1. An article for soap bubble generation, comprising:an article having at least two flexible and planar films of liquid-resistant material sealed on at least one common edge and forming a pocket between said films; and
a distal planar web provided integrally with said article and extending distally from said sealed common edge, said distal web adapted to be dipped in bubble solution and having at least one hole adapted to form soap bubbles when said web is dipped in bubble solution and air is moved through said at least one hole,
wherein said web is formed by co-planar fusion of said at least two films at respective distal ends of said at least two films.

US Pat. No. 10,335,703

RING COMBINATION TOY

LI HSEN PLASTICS CO., LTD...

1. A ring combination toy, comprising:a plurality of assembling bodies, each being a ring structure and having a plurality of first connecting portions; and
a plurality of assembling pieces, each having two connecting structures and a bent portion, and the connecting structures being coupled to one another through the bent portion to form the assembling pieces, and each of the connecting structures having a second connecting portion corresponding to the respective first connecting portion;
wherein when the second connecting portions of any one of the assembling pieces are engaged with the first connecting portions of any two of the assembling bodies respectively, the assembling bodies and the assembling pieces are spliced together and provided for a user to combine,
wherein the first connecting portions are disposed with an interval apart from each other, and a limit portion is formed and protruded from the interval between the first connecting portions,
wherein the ring combination toy further comprises a spherical stack piece disposed at a circular hollow position for stacking the assembling bodies with each other at a hollow ring position between any two of the assembling bodies when playing the toy.

US Pat. No. 10,335,702

CIRCUIT BUILDING SYSTEM

Brixo Smart Toys Ltd., R...

1. A circuit building system, comprising:a plurality of electrically conductive and detachably and mechanically interconnectable blocks that extend between a low voltage power source and one or more electrically active members and that are selectively interconnected in such a way to build a closable electric block-defined circuit through which current is flowable to activate said one or more electrically active members and by which a triggerable action is generatable without need of an independent data line in addition to the power source,
wherein a first block of said plurality of electrically conductive blocks is an electrically switchable block that comprises:
first and second electrically conductive terminal members by which said activating current, in response to said triggerable action, is selectively flowable to an adjacent block of the plurality of blocks in abutting and electricity conducting relation therewith;
wherein the switchable block comprises an operating mechanism responsive to the triggerable action for permitting flow of the activating current between the first and second terminal members;
wherein the operating mechanism comprises:
an integrated circuit configured with logic circuits that are operable in both a dormant state and an active state, the activating current being transmitted by the operating mechanism between the first and second terminal members at a magnitude that is sufficient to activate the one or more electrically active members when the logic circuits are set to the active state; and
wherein leakage current is continuously flowable through the block-defined circuit, when the logic circuits are set to the dormant state, at a magnitude that is less than what is needed to activate the one or more electrically active members but sufficiently high to enable performance of the triggerable action when a triggering command is received by the logic circuits.

US Pat. No. 10,335,701

MODEL RAILCAR FOR CLEANING MODEL TRAIN TRACK

KOREA BASS CO., LTD., Se...

1. A model railcar for cleaning a model train track, which is a model railcar for cleaning a model train track while being driven along the model train track by a motor which is driven by electricity supplied through rails of the model train track and train wheels, the model railcar comprising:a fan arranged toward the model train track;
a dust collecting chamber configured to accommodate foreign substances suctioned by the fan; and
a cleaning block having a cleaning pad attached to a surface of the model train track, which faces the rails, wherein a cleaning member is removably attached to the cleaning pad and surrounds an upper surface and lower surface of the cleaning pad, wherein a first cleaning member is removably attached to the cleaning pad to polish the rails and a second cleaning member is removably attached to wash the rails,
wherein:
the fan is driven by another motor and suctions the foreign substances on the model train track;
the suctioned foreign substances are moved to the dust collecting chamber through a path connected to the dust collecting chamber;
the cleaning block including a solution container positioned on an upper portion thereof and a cleaning pad attachment part positioned on a lower portion thereof, and is detachable from a lower portion of the model railcar;
a through hole is formed between the solution container and the cleaning pad attachment part so that a solution in the solution container is transferred to the cleaning pad;
the cleaning pad is detachable from the cleaning block and formed of an elastic material; and
a lower end surface of the cleaning pad is positioned lower than upper surfaces of the rails of the model train track, is elastically pressed, and comes into contact with the rails.

US Pat. No. 10,335,700

TUBE RACER TRACK SYSTEM

DONGGUAN SILVERLIT TOYS C...

20. A closed loop toy track and a motorized toy vehicle for moving within the closed loop toy track, comprising:a plurality of elongated tube sections which are connectable to form an endless closed loop track, each of the tube sections having a first end part and a second end part which are configured to axially connect with a complimentary one of the first or second end parts of adjacent tube sections by means of respective interlocking structures provided on the first and second end parts of each tube section such that the tube sections are rotatable relative each other about a longitudinal axis running through each tube section and the relative rotation permits the track to form a three dimensional layout, wherein each of the tube sections is open adjacent the first and second end parts and throughout the tube sections to form an unobstructed straight axial pathway, the tube sections are each formed by two separate and distinct half tubes with elongated edges configured such that the half tubes are releasably connected along the elongated edges;
wherein at least one of the plurality of elongated tube sections is further configured to include an integral branch tube section attached to the elongated tube section between the first and second end parts and having a third end part adjacent the second end part to form a Y-shaped tube section with a first pathway and a second pathway, the first pathway being the unobstructed straight axial pathway and the second pathway being a non-straight pathway formed by the branch tube section, the branch tube section includes a first curved portion forming a juncture with the first pathway and a second straight portion parallel to the first pathway, wherein the juncture is configured to permit a smooth diversion of the motorized vehicle between the first pathway and the second pathway as the motorized toy vehicle moves along the endless closed loop track and wherein the Y-shaped tube section is configured to form multiple closed loop paths within the endless closed loop track; and
wherein the motorized toy vehicle is shaped to be longer in length than in height or width and is configured to be propelled without obstruction through the endless closed loop track formed by the plurality of tube sections with a front of the motorized vehicle leading a rear of the motorized vehicle by both a motor in the motorized vehicle and a frictional engaging interaction between the motorized vehicle and an inner wall of the plurality of tube sections due to a biasing action of a spring in the motorized vehicle that urges the motorized toy vehicle against the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,699

CAR TYPE MODEL

GATEWAY AUTOART LIMITED, ...

1. A car type model comprising(a) a body formed by a resin to which left and right doors are hingedly attached for opening and closing;
(b) a reinforcing member which is formed of a metal and is detachably attachable to an inside of the body; and
(c) a chassis that is detachably attachable to the reinforcing member;
wherein the body comprises left and right bottom portions disposed under the left and right doors, each of the left and right bottom portions comprising an elongate side surface;
wherein the reinforcing member comprises left and right frame portions with each comprising an elongate side surface;
wherein the respective elongate side surfaces of the left and right bottom portions of the body abut the elongate side surfaces of the left and right frame portions with the reinforcing member detachably attached to the body;
wherein the respective side surfaces of the elongate left and right frame portions collectively comprise a first set of screw holes and the elongate left and right bottom portions of the body collectively comprise a second set of screw holes, wherein the first set of screw holes and the second set of screw holes align with each other when the reinforcing member is detachably attached to the body, and wherein the respective first and second sets of screw holes are configured and arranged such that, with a plurality of screws screwed through the aligned screw holes in the respective side surfaces of the left and right body portions and the left and right frame portions, the left and right bottom portions are inhibited from flexing when the left and right doors are opened and closed.

US Pat. No. 10,335,698

TUMBLING TOY SYSTEM AND ITS ASSOCIATED METHOD OF OPERATION

KMA Concepts Limited, No...

1. A tumbling toy system, comprising:a guide track having two sides and a bottom that extend between two opposite ends, wherein said two sides are a first distance apart at a first elevation above said bottom;
a tumble pin resting in said guide track that is free to tumble within said guide track, said tumble pin having a first length between a first end and an opposite second end, and a midplane between said first end and said second end, wherein said first end and said second end of said tumble pin cyclically contact said bottom of said guide track as said tumble pin tumbles within said guide track;
wherein said tumble pin tapers from a maximum diameter at said midplane to a minimum diameter at both said first end and said second end, and wherein said maximum diameter is larger than said first distance between said two sides, therein causing said tumble pin to cyclically contact said two sides and become temporarily suspended between said two sides as said tumble pin tumbles within said guide track.

US Pat. No. 10,335,697

COMBINATION TOY PROJECTOR AND NIGHTLIGHT

SKIP HOP, INC., New York...

10. A toy projector comprising:a housing comprising a screen having a plurality of apertures of different shapes;
a light source enclosed within the housing, the light source adapted to project light from the housing through the apertures in the screen; and
a sheet composed of a translucent material and having a pattern formed thereon, the sheet sealed to the housing along an entire perimeter of the sheet except for its top side thereby forming a reversible pocket affixed to the housing and open at its top, the pocket having a first configuration in which the sheet is disposed over a rear surface of the housing opposite from the screen, such that the light projected from the housing through the apertures in the screen projects the different shapes onto a wall or a ceiling, the pocket having a second configuration in which the sheet is disposed over the screen and the light projected from the housing through the apertures in the screen is diffused through the sheet such that an area of the sheet is illuminated with the pattern of the sheet and the different shapes visible on the sheet while the different shapes are obstructed from being projected onto the wall or the ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,335,696

DRIFT RACER

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A ride assembly, comprising:a passenger vehicle comprising front wheels, rear wheels, a motor, and a steering wheel;
wherein the front and rear wheels are disposed on a surface;
wherein the motor is configured to provide power to the front wheels to propel the passenger vehicle; and
wherein the steering wheel is configured to adjust a position of the rear wheels and enable the passenger vehicle to drift;
a track forming a trough in the surface; and
a bogie hingedly coupled to the passenger vehicle to enable the passenger vehicle to drift, wherein the bogie is disposed in the trough, and wherein the bogie is configured to direct movement of the passenger vehicle along the track.

US Pat. No. 10,335,695

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCORPORATING PNEUMATIC ROBOTIC SYSTEMS INTO STRUCTURES

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A system, comprising:a virtual reality system configured to present one or more virtual objects via an electronic display;
one or more inflatable objects that correspond to the one or more virtual objects, wherein one or more shapes of the one or more inflatable objects matches one or more shapes of the one or more virtual objects; and
a processor configured to cause at least one of the one or more inflatable objects to inflate based on feedback from the virtual reality system.

US Pat. No. 10,335,694

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FASTENING OF INFLATABLE RIDE SURFACES

Whitewater West Industrie...

1. A system for connecting surfaces, comprising:a first surface portion having an extrusion with a first mating surface disposed beneath a plane extending along a top surface of the first surface portion;
a second surface portion having a receptacle with a second mating surface disposed beneath the plane extending along the top surface of the first surface portion, the receptacle configured to receive at least a portion of the extrusion, the first mating surface and the second mating surface configured to mate together, defining a gap therebetween, when the extrusion is at least partially received by the receptacle for connecting the first surface portion with the second surface portion; and
a flap configured to extend over the gap above the plane, and over at least a part of the first surface portion or the second surface portion, when the first mating surface is mated with the second mating surface, such that the flap is urged to lay against the first and second portions during operation when presented with a flow of water.

US Pat. No. 10,335,693

UNIVERSAL CONTROLLER HOLSTER

Integr8ted Minds Inc., M...

1. A universal controller holster comprising:a first element comprising:
two collars;
an arm connecting the two collars;
a spine extending from the center of arm; and
an angled tooth disposed at the end of the spine distal from the arm; and
a second element comprising:
a mount, the mount comprising a plurality of detents substantially to one end of the mount, each detent having an opening on the side of the mount proximal to the spine that is smaller in size than the angled tooth;
an angled support arm extending from the end of the mount distal from the detents;
a lip extending at an angle from the angled support arm;
a pass-through conduit disposed on the top of the angled support arm; and
a clip extending from the mount,wherein the angled tooth of the first element releasably mates with one of the detents of the mount to attach the spine to the mount,wherein the lip extends downward from the angled support arm toward the first element.

US Pat. No. 10,335,692

GAME HISTORY RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECORDING AND INTERACTING WITH GAME HISTORY

Aten International Co., L...

1. A game history interaction method, comprising:(a) providing a game history recording device coupled to a game console and a game host;
(b) the game history recording device receiving, from a storage device or a network, game operation information, which includes a plurality of pieces of input information forming a time sequence;
(c) the game history recording device receiving a start up command from the game console and informs the game host to start a game;
(d) the game history recording device reading the game operation information from the storage device or the network, and sending the plurality of pieces of input information to the game host, without sending any further information from the game console to the game host;
(e) the game host outputting a video signal corresponding to the game operation information to a display device; and
(f) the display device displaying the video signal outputted by the game host.

US Pat. No. 10,335,691

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AUDIO AND VIDEO CHANNELS FOR VIDEO GAME PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A system for managing chat sessions for a video game, comprising: a video game execution engine on a computing device configured to:execute the video game, in response to selection of the video game for game play received from a player;
responsively generate audio and video data of the video game based on input provided by the player;
receive a request from a first spectator to join in game play of the video game, the first spectator responsively added as a new player of the video game, wherein control of the game play of the video game is transferred from the player to the new player;
update the audio and video data of the video game to include input from the new player;
transmit the audio and video data updated with input from the new player for the video game to client devices of the player, the new player and client devices of spectators that request to view the game play of the video game; and
a chat subsystem configured to establish chat sessions for the video game, wherein the chat subsystem establishes a plurality of chat channels in response to the selection of the video game for game play by the player including,
a player channel over which the new player participates in chat with the player using a peer-to-peer communication, wherein the player channel is associated with the new player and the client device of the new player through a new player node;
a spectator channel over which the spectators and the new player participate in chat using peer-to-peer communication, the spectator channel is associated with specific ones of the spectators and the client devices of the specific ones of the spectators through a corresponding spectator node, and the new player is associated with the spectator channel through the new player node of the new player,
wherein the plurality of chat channels including the player channel and the spectator channel are managed concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,335,690

AUTOMATIC VIDEO GAME HIGHLIGHT REEL

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A video game recording system, comprising:memory configured to store a highlight criterion for a video game to mark a highlight event in the video game;
a processing core having at least one processor configured to:
execute a gaming platform to play the video game in a video game session,
identify a video game event in the video game session that matches the highlight criterion, wherein identifying the video game event comprises:
recording a biometric input entered into the video game session for a player interacting with the video game during the video game session, wherein said biometric input for the player is provided using a video camera, biometric sensor or gesture recognition device utilized by the player for the video game session,
identifying a biometric characteristic of the player interacting with the video game during the video game session interaction to determine a player excitement level, and
comparing the player excitement level to an event threshold to determine that the highlight criterion is satisfied, and
trigger an application programming interface to mark the video game event as a highlight event for inclusion in a highlight reel presenting highlight events from the video game session; and
an output device configured to present the video game session to a player.

US Pat. No. 10,335,689

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, GAME CONTROL METHOD, SERVER DEVICE, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer readable recording medium having stored thereon instructions to be executed on a computer, the instructions causing the computer to perform steps of:deploying a plurality of units on a field displayed on a display, the plurality of units being movable in the field;
varying an attack strength of a first unit among the plurality of units so that the attack strength of the first unit, in response to the first unit and a second unit among the plurality of units satisfying a first positional relationship by a movement of at least one of the first unit and the second unit, is decreased to be lower than the attack strength of the first unit when the first unit and the second unit do not satisfy the first positional relationship, wherein the attack strength is an attack strength for attacking a stronghold on the field and attacking a third unit, the first unit and the third unit not belonging to an identical group; and
attacking the stronghold by the first unit and the second unit, wherein
the first positional relationship is satisfied by the movement causing the second unit to be located within a first range of the first unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,688

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL FEATURES FOR HOSTED SESSIONS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer-implemented method for managing a game application having administrative controls provided to a first user, wherein the first user has administrative controls over a plurality of users, the method comprising:receiving, from a second user, an access request comprising credentials for overriding the administrative controls;
verifying the credentials for overriding the administrative controls;
in response to verifying the credentials for overriding the administrative controls, granting permissions to the second user to override the administrative controls of the first user while the first user maintains administrative control over the plurality of users, wherein overriding the administrative controls allows the second user to reject parameter changes issued by the first user;
communicating game data defining activity of a game session to a companion application that is associated with the second user;
receiving commands for modifying attributes of the game data from the companion application; and
modifying the attributes of the game data in response to receiving the commands.

US Pat. No. 10,335,687

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING VIRTUAL OBJECTS IN A COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT

9LOGIC TECHNOLOGIES, Red...

1. A gaming system comprising:an input device;
a display device;
a processor; and
a memory device storing instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor, in conjunction with the input device and the display device, to:
initiate and execute a game that includes at least a first portion of the game and an uber hunt of the game;
generate user navigating locations associated with real-time locations;
dynamically generate virtual objects;
hide the virtual objects at the user navigating locations associated with the real-time locations;
generate virtual game objects;
enable a user to collect, using the virtual game objects, the hidden virtual objects;
offer a plurality of virtual rewards to the user based on the collection of the virtual game objects;
initiate and execute the uber hunt in response to the selection of a displayed icon;
generate and display a plurality of interactive queries using the plurality of virtual rewards for participating in the uber hunt;
generate and display clues for solving the plurality of interactive queries based on the virtual rewards;
enable the user to solve the plurality of interactive queries;
generate an uber virtual object searching game object;
generate an uber virtual object located within the user navigating locations associated with the real-time locations;
enable the user to use the uber virtual object searching game object to search for and collect the uber virtual object located within the user navigating locations associated with the real-time locations;
in response to the user collecting the uber virtual object, provide a higher level reward;
generate and display a leader board that provides distances covered by the user, coins collected by the user, and prizes collected by the user;
multiply the virtual objects on the user navigating virtual locations;
lock the virtual objects on the user navigating virtual locations;
print user initials on the virtual objects, wherein other users are enabled to view the user initials;
prevent the user on the user navigating virtual locations from seeing objections;
apply a crystal balls applying object on the user navigating virtual locations to enable the user to see any virtual objects with a radius of the user navigating virtual locations of a current position of the user;
apply a parrot object configured to fetch at least one of the virtual objects which is distant from the user, and bring the fetched at least one virtual object to a location of the user;
generate virtual hoardings;
publish advertisements on the virtual hoardings at the user navigating virtual locations; and
increase values of the virtual objects and the uber virtual object based on the published advertisements.

US Pat. No. 10,335,686

PROGRAM, CONTROL METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

GREE, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium upon which a computer program product is embodied, comprising code executable by a computer arranged to operate a computer game, the computer having at least a processor and a storage unit, to cause the computer to carry out the following steps:a storing step, comprising storing, in the storage unit, a first parameter associated with a first game content arranged in virtual space, and a second parameter associated with a second game content arranged in the virtual space, the first parameter corresponding to a degree of adjustment attribute of the first game content, the second parameter corresponding to a mutable attribute of the second game content;
a starting step, comprising, with the processor, starting a match between the first game content and the second game content;
a first changing step, comprising, with the processor, automatically changing a third parameter, the third parameter corresponding to a positional relationship between the first game content and the second game content in the virtual space to be closer to a first target value at a certain time change rate;
an increasing step, comprising, with the processor, increasing a fourth parameter when a first task is achieved, the fourth parameter comprising a counter of a number of consecutive achievements of the first task;
a second changing step, comprising, with the processor, changing the second parameter associated with the second game content, by an amount determined based on the values of the third parameter, the first parameter, and the fourth parameter; and
a determining step, comprising determining, with the processor, that a user wins the match when the second parameter becomes a second target value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,685

STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN GAME PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND GAME PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having stored therein a game program executed by a computer included in an information processing apparatus for performing game processing in which a first group including a first object and a second object operated by a user competes with a second group including a third object and a fourth object, the game program causing the computer to execute:arranging, in a virtual three-dimensional space, the first object, the second object, the third object, the fourth object, a first connection object connecting the first object and the second object, and a second connection object connecting the third object and the fourth object;
controlling actions of the first object and the second object, with restriction being imposed on movements of the first object and the second object based on the first connection object, and controlling actions of the third object and the fourth object, with restriction being imposed on movements of the third object and the fourth object based on the second connection object;
controlling a virtual camera arranged in the virtual three-dimensional space such that at least one of the third object and the fourth object is included in a field-of-view range of the virtual camera;
generating a virtual space image acquired based on the virtual camera; and
causing a display to display the virtual space image.

US Pat. No. 10,335,684

GAME SYSTEM, GAME PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN GAME PROGRAM, AND GAME APPARATUS

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system comprising:a touch screen;
a processing system having at least a processor and a memory that is configured to store computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the game system to:
automatically move an operation target object that is an operation target of a player in a predetermined direction within a virtual space;
display, on the touch screen, a game screen that scrolls so as to follow movement of the operation target object;
perform predetermined movement control on the operation target object on the basis of a touch input from the player on the touch screen;
when the operation target object is located within a first determination region set for a non-operation target object, which is an object different from the operation target object, so as to be located at a position overlapping the non-operation target object, perform first collision determination processing that includes determining that the operation target object has collided with the non-operation target object, changing a display form of the non-operation target object to a first display form, and performing first movement control on the operation target object;
when a touch input is performed in a state where the operation target object is located within a second determination region set for the non-operation target object so as to be wider in the predetermined direction and a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction than the first determination region, perform second collision determination processing that includes determining that the operation target object has collided with the non-operation target object, changing the display form of the non-operation target object to the first display form, and performing second movement control, which is different from the first movement control, on the operation target object; and
when the operation target object is located within a third determination region set for the non-operation target object so as to be located at a side in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction with respect to a position of the first determination region and at a position adjacent to the first determination region, perform third collision determination processing that includes performing third movement control, which is different from the first movement control and the second movement control, on the operation target object such that the operation target object avoids a collision with the non-operation target object, wherein
when a touch input is performed while the third movement control is performed, the third collision determination processing further includes changing the display form of the non-operation target object to the first display form without performing the process by the first collision determination processing and the process by the second collision determination processing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,683

COMPUTER CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM AND COMPUTER

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A server connected to a first terminal used by a first player and a second terminal used by a second player different from the first player, the server comprising:circuitry configured to:
receive first information from the first terminal, the first information identifying the second player;
receive second information from the second terminal, the second terminal executing a game, the second information being associated with the second player and the second information indicating types and positions of at least one of a set of game contents arranged within at least a part of a game space associated with the second player; and
transmit third information to the first terminal based on the received first information, the third information being associated with the second player, the third information being related to the second information, and the third information being used for reproducing the types and the positions of the at least one of the set of game contents arranged within the at least a part of the game space in the first terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,682

COMPUTER CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM AND COMPUTER

GREE, INC., Minato-ku (J...

1. A method performed by a user terminal used by a first player, the method comprising:transmitting first information to a server from the user terminal, the first information identifying a second player which is different from the first player and being designated by the first player, the server receiving second information from another user terminal executing a game, the second information being associated with the second player and the second information indicating types and positions of at least one of a set of game contents arranged within at least a part of a game space; and
receiving, at the user terminal, third information from the server based on the first information, the third information being associated with the second player, the third information being related to the second information, and the third information being used for reproducing the types and the positions of the at least one of the set of game contents arranged within the at least a part of the game space in the user terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,681

CONTROLLING A USER INTERFACE OF A COMPUTER DEVICE

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A computer implemented method of controlling a user interface of a computer device responsive to user engagement with displayed player objects on the user interface, the method comprising the following steps implemented by computer executable code executed by one or more hardware processors on the computer device;displaying on the user interface a game area having a plurality of game objects in a static player graph;
providing on the user interface a player object configured for targeting and shooting of said game objects in response to user input, the player object configured to respond to user input to selectively perform one of (i) travel along a player selected trajectory to target one of the plurality of game objects in the static player graph, and (ii) be selected to contribute directly to an objective and be deselected from targeting the game objects in the static player graph; and
detecting fulfilment of the objective to trigger a boost action.

US Pat. No. 10,335,680

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN INTERACTIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE GAME

Rovi Guides, Inc., San J...

1. A method for providing an interactive media guidance game, the method comprising:retrieving, from a first content provider, a first viewing history identifying a first plurality of media assets requested by a user from the first content provider;
retrieving, from a second content provider, a second viewing history identifying a second plurality of media assets requested by the user from the second content provider;
generating for display within an electronic media guidance application a plurality of tiles arranged in a grid, wherein each tile in a first column of the grid is associated with a respective media asset of the first plurality of media assets, and wherein each tile in a second column of the grid is associated with a respective media asset of the second plurality of media assets;
receiving a user input to modify the displayed plurality of tiles;
in response to receiving the user input:
selecting, using a selection algorithm, a first media asset from the first plurality of media assets and a second media asset from the second plurality of media assets;
generating for display a first tile associated with the first media asset in the first column of the grid and a second tile associated with the second media asset in the second column of the grid;
retrieving first metadata associated with the first media asset and second metadata associated with the second media asset;
retrieving a first plurality of fields from the first metadata and a second plurality of fields from the second metadata;
comparing, for each field in the first plurality of fields, a field type with a field type of each field in the second plurality fields;
determining, based on the comparing, for each field in the first plurality of fields a corresponding field in the second plurality of fields;
comparing data in each of the first plurality of fields with data in the corresponding field in the second plurality of fields;
determining, based on comparing the data in each of the first plurality of fields with the data in the corresponding field in the second plurality of fields, whether one or more fields in the second plurality of fields match a corresponding field in the first plurality of fields;
determining based on an amount of fields in the second plurality of fields that match a corresponding field in the first plurality of fields, whether the first media asset matches the second media asset;
in response to determining that the first media asset matches the second media asset, generating for display an indication that the first media asset matches the second media asset; and
in response to determining that the first media asset does not match the second media asset, generating for display an indication that the first media asset does not match the second media asset.

US Pat. No. 10,335,679

VIDEO PROCESSING DEVICE, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A video processing device comprising:a log acquisition section adapted to acquire a log of events that took place in a game,
wherein a moving image of the game is continuously recorded using a ring buffer having a predetermined storage capacity, and
wherein the events are selected from a list of predefined events for the game;
a video acquisition section adapted to acquire from the ring buffer, a video showing playing details of the game; and
an identification section adapted to identify a portion, in the video, showing the game playing details at times of occurrence of the events in the log; and
a memory to store the video in association with the events in the log.

US Pat. No. 10,335,678

GAME PROGRAM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

DENA CO., LTD., Tokyo (J...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium having machine-executable instructions with which a computer having a storage and a hardware processor, for providing a service, said machine-executable instructions comprising:a screen generation process that generates a game screen having disposed thereon multiple selectable objects that a player is allowed to select;
an acceptance process that accepts selection operation input on said selectable objects at the moment when a pointing location initially arrives at the location of a selectable object disposed on the game screen while the movement of said pointing location on the game screen is maintained by the player's operations, and said acceptance process accepts the selection operation input in a sequential manner, starting with the selectable object at which the pointing location arrives the earliest;
a special effect generation process that generates special effects in the course of a game driven by the player's operations based on at least one of the moment when the pointing location initially arrives at the location of the selectable object, or the order in which the selection operation input on the selectable objects is accepted;
a counting process that starts counting standby time associated with each of the selectable objects in the order of acceptance of the selection operation input, and
an action control process that establishes control over the actions of controlled objects associated with each of the selectable objects upon the elapse of the respective standby time, and
the special effect generation process
determines whether nor not a time difference between an earlier action of a controlled object associated with a certain selectable object and a later action of a controlled object associated with another selectable object is within a predetermined period of time and
generates special effects in the course of a game driven by the player's operations if it is determined to be within the predetermined period of time;
wherein the screen generation process generates a game screen including a control area where the multiple selectable objects are disposed, and
the acceptance process accepts the selection operation input on said selectable objects at the moment when the pointing location initially arrives at the location of a selectable object disposed in the control area, regardless of whether or not the pointing location has been located outside the control area, while the movement of the pointing location on the game screen is maintained by the player's operations.

US Pat. No. 10,335,677

AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM WITH AGENT DEVICE FOR VIEWING PERSISTENT CONTENT AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

Matthew Daniel Fuchs, Lo...

1. A method of operation for an augmented reality system comprising:configuring an agent device to detect a current location using a position sensor and a current orientation using an orientation sensor, the current location is a current real-world location;
detecting an entry point between a first frame of reference and a second frame of reference, the entry point within a detection threshold of the current location;
accessing the second frame of reference from the first frame of reference by entering the entry point;
detecting a system object in the second frame of reference;
retrieving a content associated with the system object;
calculating a persistence of the system object based on a current time less than a persistence extent;
calculating a visibility of the system object for the agent device having a role matching a visibility access right; and
presenting real world imagery with an overlay of content associated with the system object to a viewing unit of the agent device based on the persistence and the visibility.

US Pat. No. 10,335,676

GAME SYSTEM, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM WITH EXECUTABLE GAME PROGRAM STORED THEREON, WHICH CAN PROVIDE VIBRATION TO USER

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system comprising:a first vibration portion arranged for one hand of a user and a second vibration portion arranged for the other hand of the user;
an operation portion which accepts input from the user; and
one or more processors operative to:
provide a first screen representation in which an object moving in a virtual space turns left in accordance with a first operation input from the user via the operation portion, and provide a second screen representation in which the object moving in the virtual space turns right in accordance with a second operation input from the user via the operation portion, and
vibrate the first vibration portion more strongly than the second vibration portion when providing the first screen representation in which the object turns left, and vibrate the second vibration portion more strongly than the first vibration portion when providing the second screen representation in which the object turns right.

US Pat. No. 10,335,675

GAME CONTROLLER

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A game controller comprising:a holding portion configured to be held by a user;
a first button placed on an upper surface of a main body of the game controller and configured to allow the user to operate the first button with a finger of the user while holding the holding portion, the first button having a lower portion and an upper portion that is configured to be contacted by the user's finger, and
a second button placed on the upper surface of the main body and configured to allow the user to operate the second button with the same finger of the user that operates the first button, the second button being located closer to a front surface of the main body than the first button, wherein
the upper portion of the first button includes a protruding portion that protrudes outward from the lower portion in a direction from the front surface to a back surface of the game controller and in a direction from a center of the game controller to a side surface of the game controller, the protruding portion warps upward in the direction from the front surface to the back surface, and an end portion of the first button in the direction of the side surface has a sloped portion, the sloped portion including a portion sloping at a first sloping angle and a portion sloping at a second sloping angle greater than the first sloping angle, the portion sloping at the first sloping angle and the portion sloping at the second sloping angle are within an outer perimeter of the upper portion when the first button is viewed towards the upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,674

VIDEO GAME CONTROLLER

Performance Designed Prod...

1. A video game controller, comprising:a controller body;
a processor housed in the controller body;
a plurality of control inputs comprising a directional pad, a pair of thumbsticks and a plurality of buttons, each of the plurality of control inputs operable to control one or more operations of a video game, the processor configured to convert one or more operations of the plurality of control inputs into electrical signals and to communicate such signals to a video game console via a cable;
an audio jack configured to receive an audio connector for a headset, the audio jack configured to communicate with the processor; and
a switch in communication with the audio jack and with the processor, the switch configured to detect when the audio connector is coupled to the audio jack and to communicate a detection signal of said connection to the controller,
wherein the processor operable to automatically communicate data to the video game console indicating the controller is audio enabled following receipt of the detection signal from the switch indicating the connection between the audio connector for the headset and the audio jack, the processor further configured to automatically route audio from the video game console to the headset at a default volume level upon receiving the detection signal from the switch indicating the connection between the audio connector for the headset and the audio jack, the processor configured to automatically adjust a volume level of the audio communicated from the console to the default volume level prior to communicating the audio to the headset.

US Pat. No. 10,335,673

ELECTRONIC GAMING DIE

BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNI...

1. An electronic gaming die comprising:an enclosure having N sides where N is equal to or greater than 4;
a flexible substrate that folds into N sides and fits into an interior of the enclosure, wherein each side has an inner face, an outer face and is assigned an integer from 1 to N;
a number of light emitting diodes disposed on the outer face of each side of the flexible substrate, wherein the number of light emitting diodes equals the integer assigned to the side of the flexible substrate;
a sensor disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate;
a processor disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate and communicably coupled to the sensor and the one or more light emitting diodes; and
a battery disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate and electrically connected to the one or more light emitting diodes, the sensor and the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,672

GAME KIT AND ASSEMBLY

1. A game kit, comprising:a generally rectangular box portion defining a recess, wherein the box portion further comprises a case portion and a cover portion hingedly connected thereto;
a generally flat support member hingedly connected to the case portion;
a lockable armature assembly operationally connected to the generally flat support member and to the case portion;
a first pipe operationally connected to the cover portion;
a pair of ancillary pipes connected to the cover portion, wherein each respective ancillary pipe is positioned opposite the first pipe from the other respective ancillary pipe and wherein each ancillary pipe is equidistant from the first pipe; and
a plurality of bean bags;
wherein the cover portion is pivotably connected to the case portion and pivotable between a closed position parallel to and engaging the case portion and an open position parallel to and extending away from the case portion;
wherein with the case portion placed on a generally flat surface, pivoting the first cover portion away from the case portion and into a generally vertical orientation and pivoting the support member away from the case portion and locking the armature assembly deploys the first and ancillary pipes in a generally vertical orientation for receiving tossed bags.

US Pat. No. 10,335,671

CHILD PROTECTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING ACCESSORY

1. A child protective entertainment and dining accessory, comprising:a base tray selectively attachable to and detachable from a dining table and configured to support at least one of food and drink for a child;
a food compartment disposed on a portion of the base tray, such that the food compartment is recessed from a top surface of the base tray;
a child cup holder disposed on a portion of the base tray to store a cup therein;
a rail onto which to secure one or more toys such that the rail is supported by the base tray, the rail disposed above the food compartment, the rail comprising:
a lateral portion in parallel with the base tray to support the one or more toys, such that the lateral portion has a length substantially the same as a length of the food compartment, such that the lateral portion prevents the one or more toys from contact with the food compartment,
a first vertical portion perpendicularly disposed on a first end of the lateral portion to elevate at least a portion of the lateral portion above the base tray, such that the first vertical portion is removably connected to at least a portion of the top surface of the base tray, such that a height of the first vertical portion is at least less than half of a length of the lateral portion, such that the first vertical portion is disposed near at least a portion of a first edge of the food compartment between the food compartment and the child cup holder, and
a second vertical portion perpendicularly disposed on a second end of the lateral portion to elevate at least a portion of the lateral portion above the base tray, such that the second vertical portion is removably connected to at least a portion of the top surface of the base tray, such that a height of the second vertical portion is equivalent to the height of the first vertical portion, such that the second vertical portion is disposed at a greater distance from a second edge of the food compartment with respect to the first vertical portion; and
a flexible edge extension removably connected to at least a portion of an edge portion of the base tray to extend along and from an edge portion of a peripheral edge of the base tray.

US Pat. No. 10,335,670

CARD SHOE APPARATUS AND TABLE GAME SYSTEM

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. A table game system for detecting special arrangements of shuffled playing cards having:a shuffle card set made up of a predetermined number of decks which have been shuffled;
a computer; and
a card shoe apparatus, which is communicably connected to the computer, for storing the shuffled playing cards and manually dealing the cards housed in the card shoe apparatus one by one onto a game table, the card shoe apparatus that stores rules of a card game, the card shoe apparatus having:
a card housing unit for housing the shuffled playing cards;
an opening for drawing out the cards from the card housing unit one by one;
a card reading unit that reads information from the card being drawn from the card housing unit;
a restriction unit for preventing any cards from moving in a slot; and
a motion sensor for detecting movement of any cards travelling through the slot,
wherein the computer restricts any cards from fraudulently moving in the slot by activating the restriction unit based on a detection result by the motion sensor,
the computer detects whether or not there is any special arrangement of the shuffled playing cards based on the information of the cards read by the card reading unit,
the special arrangement comprises at least one of the following cases:
(1) rank of a card read by the card reading unit is larger or smaller by one than a preceding card read by the card reading unit for the predetermined number of cards;
(2) the same rank continues for the predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit;
(3) the same suit continues for the predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit; and
(4) the same sequence is repeated for the predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,669

SELF-BALANCING BOARD WITH PRIMARY WHEEL AND DISTAL AUXILIARY WHEEL

Koofy Innovation Limited,...

1. A self-balancing board, comprising:a primary wheel assembly, comprising:
a primary wheel; and
a motor driving the primary wheel;
a platform secured to the primary wheel assembly and having a foot deck;
at least one sensor sensing the orientation of the platform;
a controller receiving data from the at least one sensor and controlling the motor in response to the received data; and
a first auxiliary wheel assembly coupled to the platform distal the primary wheel assembly, the first auxiliary wheel assembly including a first auxiliary wheel that is elevated from contacting a flat surface upon which the primary wheel rests when the foot deck is parallel to the flat surface, and being engaged with the flat surface upon which the primary wheel rests when the foot deck is tilted by a selected angle, so as to cooperate with the primary wheel to support the self-balancing board on the flat surface without triggering braking by the controller on the primary wheel,
wherein the first auxiliary wheel overlaps at least a portion of the primary wheel in a lateral direction and extends laterally across a longitudinal centerline of the primary wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,668

ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC VEHICLE

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a carrier for supporting a user;
a free-wheel unit disposed at one end of the carrier;
a foot-wheel unit disposed at the other end of the carrier;
a driving unit disposed at one of the free-wheel unit and the foot-wheel unit, and for providing a power to the electric vehicle;
a first angle-detecting unit disposed at one of the free-wheel unit and the carrier, the first angle-detecting unit for detecting a swinging status between the free-wheel unit and the carrier so as to provide a swinging signal;
a micro processing unit signally connected to the driving unit and the first angle-detecting unit; and
a voice prompting unit disposed at the carrier and electrically connected to the micro processing unit;
wherein when the swinging signal achieves a predetermined condition which is determined by the micro processing unit, the driving unit is turned on.

US Pat. No. 10,335,667

REMOVABLE ASSEMBLY FOR A SKATEBOARD

DRYSURF, S.L., Gipuzkoa ...

1. A removable assembly for converting a skateboard formed by a board, a front wheel unit and a rear wheel unit, into a surfskate, the removable assembly comprising:a base piece (1) configured for the fixing thereof to the board (40) of the skateboard;
an upper piece (7) configured for the fixing thereof in a removable manner to the front wheel unit (36), and
a torsion spring (6) arranged between the base piece (1) and the upper piece (7); where the base piece (1) is coupled to the upper piece (7) such that they can rotate with respect to each other; and where the torsion spring (6) exerts a force aimed at causing both pieces (1,7) to regain a neutral position corresponding to a rectilinear displacement of the skateboard and where when the removable assembly is attached to the board and the front wheel unit attached to the upper piece (7), a first distance between the board (40) and the front wheel unit is increased as compared to when the front wheel unit is attached directly to the board (40), wherein
a second distance between the front wheel unit and the rear wheel unit of the skateboard is unchanged when the removable assembly is disposed between the board and the front wheel unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,666

INLINE SKATE HAVING ADJUSTABLE SHOCK ABSORBER

Dongguan Hongmei Sports E...

1. An inline skate, comprising:a skate boot;
a front wheel mount secured to a front portion of a bottom of the skate boot;
a front wheel rotatably secured to the front wheel mount;
a rear wheel mount secured to a rear portion of the bottom of the skate boot;
a rear wheel rotatably secured to the rear wheel mount;
a shock absorber disposed between the front wheel mount and the rear wheel mount;
a protective member disposed on the shock absorber; and
a brake block attached to a rear end of the skate boot with both the rear wheel mount and the rear wheel disposed below;
wherein the shock absorber comprises two sets of a positioning member secured to the bottom of the skate boot; a threaded adjustment member disposed through either the rear wheel mount or the front wheel mount; a biasing member; a first bifurcation element disposed through the biasing member, the first bifurcation element having one end secured to an end of the threaded adjustment member and the other two ends secured to the other end of the biasing member; and a second bifurcation element disposed through the biasing member, the second bifurcation element having one end secured to the positioning member and the other two ends secured to one end of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,335,665

SPLITBOARD LATCHING DEVICE

1. A device for latching a first splitboard ski and a second splitboard ski, a first fastener assembly secured to the first splitboard ski and a second fastener assembly secured to the second splitboard ski, and a lengthwise common edge between the first splitboard ski and the second splitboard ski, comprising:a latching device including an aperture, a first side, and a slot;
the aperture is centered about a rotational axis of the latching device and is rotationally coupled to the first splitboard ski;
the first side is distanced away from the aperture;
the first side includes a first side portion bridging over an opening of the slot;
the slot is distanced away from the aperture and extends through the first side below the first side portion;
the slot includes an outside edge with two or more detents; and
the two or more detents each successively engage the second fastener assembly progressively closer to the rotational axis and away from the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,335,664

GOLF UTILITY DEVICE WITH BALL ALIGNMENT TOOL, DIVOT REPAIR TOOL AND RANGEFINDER

1. A golf utility apparatus comprising first and second rotational members configured to rotate at a fixed distance from each other,wherein:a. the first rotational member comprises a ball alignment tool for assisting a golfer to align a putt;b. the second rotational member has at least one golf tool removably coupled therewith, wherein said at least one golf tool is selected from among a group of golf tools consisting of a divot repair tool, a range finder, a spike wrench, a ball marker, a golf tee, a fidget/focus device, and combinations thereof; andc. a third rotational member with at least one golf tool removably coupled therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,335,663

3-IN-1 GOLF CUP

Joseph L. DeMilio, Littl...

1. The invention claimed is a practice putting cup comprising: two larger faces, that both act as the top of the device that receives the putted golf ball or the bottom that rests on the ground by flipping the device over, enabling the practicing golfer to hit putts onto the device that break or go straight with the effect that the different sides will provide for ball movement in opposite directions relative to a hole that each face has in it; two smaller faces that act as the side or rear of the device depending upon which large face the device is resting upon; one circular face surrounding the hole in the device; eight edges, four of which border both the two smaller and two larger faces, two circular edges that border the hole in the large faces, one edge, the shortest, that borders only the two smaller faces and represents the device's apex when resting upon either of the two larger faces, and one edge, the front and longest, that borders only both large faces that can be positioned at different angles or perpendicular relative to the practicing golfer, is flush with the surface it is resting upon, and is the entry point for receiving the putted golf ball onto the device; four angular points, or vertices; the hole larger than 1.68 inches in diameter, formed, or cut all the way through the entire device in both large faces and generally located in a position far enough away from one smaller face to leave space for a golf ball to move right to left left to right, or go straight upon entering the device on its way toward the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,335,662

EXERCISE BALANCE AND FLEXIBILITY METHOD

1. A method for an exerciser to perform different balancing squat exercise, comprising the following steps:a. selecting a swing elevation and balance kit that includes a main clip designed to attach to the front edge of a brim on a visor or hat at a location aligned with the exerciser's front midline axis, a length adjustable string attached at one end to said main clip, and a weight attached at an end of said string opposite said end attached to said main clip;
b. attaching said main clip to said brim so that the string is aligned with said exerciser's front midline axis;
c. selecting a balancing squat exercise to perform from a standing position that requires the exerciser to keep said weight aligned with said midline axis all times;
d. adjusting the length of the string so that said weight is elevated above ground and supported by said brim on the visor or hat when standing and remains elevated above the ground and when performing said balancing squat exercise;
e. performing said balancing squat exercise and simultaneously keeping said weight aligned over said midline axis at all times; and
f. repeating step (e) repeatedly.

US Pat. No. 10,335,661

BREASTSTROKE LEG STRENGTH TRAINING DEVICE

SHANDONG NORMAL UNIVERSIT...

1. A breaststroke leg strength training device, comprising a lower panel,and a prostrate platform that is connected with the lower panel through an elastic band and is located below one side of the lower panel;
a slit consistent with a breaststroke leg movement trajectory is formed in the lower panel, and an elastic band attachment column is respectively arranged at positions on both sides of the slit and on the lower panel;
two foot pedal middle shafts configured to move back and forth in the slit are arranged in the slit of the lower panel and extend to the lower side of the lower panel; and
the elastic band is connected with the elastic band attachment columns through a fixed beam fixed to the prostrate platform and the two foot pedal middle shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,335,660

BALL RETURN DEVICE

1. A device for returning a thrown ball, comprising:a rim that is shaped and dimensioned to receive a ball;
an elastic reflector having a first open end and an opposite second end, wherein said first end is connected to said rim and defines an opening; wherein said elastic reflector is downwardly tapered from said first end to form a vertex at said second end; and wherein said reflector has an axis passing through the vertex of the reflector and the centroid of the opening of the reflector; and
a frame; and wherein
said rim and said vertex are connected to said frame;
a tension cord that connects the vertex of the reflector to the frame;
wherein the tension cord is connected at a first point on the tension cord to the vertex of the reflector and connected at a second point on the tension cord to the frame; and
wherein the reflector and the tension cord are under tension;
a tension cord fastener configured to connect the tension cord at a desired point along the tension cord to at least one of the frame and the vertex of the reflector;
wherein the tension cord is configured such that changing the point along the tension cord at which the tension cord is connected to at least one of the frame and the vertex of the reflector varies the degree of tension in the tension cord and varies the distance between the first end of the reflector and the second end of the reflector; and
wherein the tension cord fastener comprises a collar slidably mounted on the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,335,659

GOLF CLUB HEAD, METHOD FOR MEASURING PERFORMANCE OF THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head comprising:a top portion;
a sole portion opposite the top portion; and
a striking face configured to impact a golf ball, the striking face comprising a face center and a variable thickness distribution such that the club head exhibits an Expected COR value of not less than 0.810, the Expected COR value being determined based on the following relationship:

wherein:
(a) a virtual rectangular evaluation region is superimposed onto the striking face, the virtual rectangular evaluation region comprising a first pair of horizontal sides having a length of 45 mm, a second pair of vertical sides having a length of 25 mm, and a geometric center that coincides with the face center;
(b) the virtual rectangular evaluation region is divided into 5 rows (m) having an equal height of 5 mm and is divided into 9 columns (n) having an equal width of 5 mm, thereby forming a matrix of bins having coordinates i and j;
(c) cij corresponds to an average COR value associated with bin i, j;
(d) pij corresponds to a bin-specific impact probability value in accordance with the following:
and(e) the golf club head exhibits a characteristic time no greater than 257 microseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,335,658

BASEBALL BAT CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A control apparatus for securing to a handle, the control apparatus comprising:a sleeve body that extends along an axis from a first end to a second end and is configured to removably attach to the handle, the sleeve body having:
an inner cavity for receiving the handle;
at least one protrusion extending away from the sleeve body from a proximal end at the sleeve body to a distal end that defines a distal tip;
wherein the distal tip extends past the first end and is at least level with the second end of the sleeve body along the axis;
wherein the sleeve body is elastic, thereby allowing flexibility for securing the sleeve body to the handle;
wherein the sleeve body alters a grip associated with the handle via the at least one protrusion; and
wherein the at least one protrusion provide leverage associated with the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,335,657

GOLF CLUB

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club comprising:a head;
a shaft; and
a grip, wherein
a forward club flex is greater than or equal to 140 mm,
a grip weight Wg is less than or equal to 30 g, and
when a weight of the head is denoted by Wh, and a weight of the club is denoted by Wc, Wh/Wc is greater than or equal to 0.72.

US Pat. No. 10,335,656

GOLF BAG WITH CLUB SPACING FEATURES

1. A golf bag configured to eliminate contact between golf club heads, comprising:a body including an elongated octagonal shape in a top view, a flat top surface in parallel with a flat bottom surface, and four pairs of opposing flat sides, each pair of opposing flat sides being in parallel to define an interior octagonal space;
a plurality of club openings formed through the top surface and spaced apart from each other by a distance greater than a length of a golf club head such that when golf club shafts are inserted into a respective one of the club openings the golf club heads of the shafts are disposed outside the golf bag and cannot contact a shaft of an adjacent golf club while the shafts rotate within the respective club opening; and
a plurality of bases disposed one above another and extending horizontally from one side of the interior of the bag to the other and from a front side to a rear side, each of the bases having a predetermined number and sequence of holes disposed therethrough such that adjacent golf clubs extending through aligned base holes and respective club openings are maintained at different heights such that adjacent golf club heads cannot contact each other during rotation within the holes.

US Pat. No. 10,335,655

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a golf club head body including a ball striking face, a top, a bottom, a heel edge, and a toe edge, wherein the ball striking face is constructed at least in part from a first material having a first hardness, and wherein the ball striking face further includes: (a) a first elongated channel extending from a top-to-bottom center line of the ball striking face toward the heel edge and from the top-to-bottom center line toward the toe edge (b) a second elongated channel separated from the first elongated channel at the ball striking face by a first portion of the first material, wherein the second elongated channel extends from the top-to-bottom center line of the ball striking face toward the heel edge and from the top-to-bottom center line toward the toe edge and (c) a first groove defining a first recess in the first portion of the first material between the first elongated channel and the second elongated channel, and wherein, at the top-to-bottom center line, a first edge of the first groove constitutes the first material and a second edge of the first groove opposite the first edge of the first groove constitutes a first fill material, wherein the first groove is adjacent the second channel and the second channel extends deeper into the club head, measured in a direction perpendicular to the ball striking face, than the first groove;
a first fill material partially filling the first elongated channel, wherein the first fill material has a different hardness than the first material of the ball striking face, wherein a first portion of the first fill material extends flush to the ball striking face and a second portion of the first fill material defines a second groove, and wherein a first edge of the second groove constitutes the first fill material and a second edge of the second groove opposite the first edge of the second groove constitutes the first fill material; and
the second fill material partially filling the second elongated channel, wherein the second fill material has a different hardness than the first material of the ball striking face, wherein a first portion of the second fill material extends flush to the ball striking face and a second portion of the second fill material defines a third groove, and wherein a first edge of the third groove constitutes the second fill material and a second edge of the third groove opposite the first edge of the third groove constitutes the second fill material, and wherein the first fill material is separate and independent from the second fill material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,654

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS HAVING A CONFIGURED SHAPE

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a wood type golf club head body including a ball striking face portion at a front side thereof, a rear side opposite the front side, a crown portion, and a sole portion;
the golf club head body comprising an imaginary XY coordinate axis,
wherein a Y-axis is defined in a front-to-rear direction perpendicular to a front tangent and a rear tangent through a geometric center of the golf club head, and
wherein an X-axis is defined in a heel-to-toe direction perpendicular to the Y-axis through the geometric center of the golf club head,
the golf club head body including:
a maximum breadth that extends from a forwardmost point of the ball striking face portion to a rearwardmost point of the rear side;
a maximum depth that extends from a topmost point of the crown portion to a bottommost point of the sole portion;
a first portion of the golf club head body that extends from the crown portion to the sole portion and includes a first depth of the golf club head body;
a second portion of the golf club head body that extends from the crown portion to the sole portion and includes a second depth that is less than the first depth;
wherein the sole portion of the golf club head body is configured so that it includes:
a sloped boundary portion that separates a sole region of the first portion from a sole region of the second portion, wherein the sloped boundary portion has a height of at least 2 mm and extends from the sole region of the first portion to the sole region of the second portion, thereby defining a transition in depth between the first portion and the second portion of the golf club head body;
further wherein the sloped boundary portion extends so as to define a rear heel quadrant of the golf club head body,
wherein the rear heel quadrant of the body is heelward of the Y-axis and rearward of the X-axis; and
wherein the first portion of the golf club head body is the rear quadrant of the golf club head body,
further wherein the first portion and second portion are configured so that a center of gravity of the golf club head body is positioned nearer to the rear heel quadrant than the toe edge or the front side,
wherein at least 26% of the mass of the golf club head body is in the first portion of the golf club head body.

US Pat. No. 10,335,653

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING GOLF CLUB HEADS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A method comprising the steps of:providing an electrical resistance welder comprising a pair of electrodes;
placing between the pair of electrodes a golf club head comprising a first piece composed of a metal material and a second piece composed of a metal material, wherein the first piece is at least partially disconnected from the second piece;
applying power to a plurality of regions of the golf club head so that at least one weld bead forms between the first and second pieces;
removing the golf club head from the electrical resistance welder; and
finishing the golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,335,652

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An iron-type golf club head comprising:a striking wall having a strike face and a rear surface opposite the strike face;
a perimeter-weighting element located about the periphery of the rear surface and forming a rear cavity;
a resilient insert comprising a recess, the resilient insert being located within the rear cavity and abutting the perimeter-weighting element and the rear surface of the striking wall; and
a constraining member comprising a rigid metallic material and having a retaining portion that is disposed at least partially in the recess of the resilient insert such that a portion of the resilient insert is in a compressed state.

US Pat. No. 10,335,651

IRON-TYPE GOLF CLUB HEADS WITH A DUAL-DENSITY INSERT

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. An iron-type golf club head comprising:a top surface adjacent and above a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball, wherein the top surface defines an upper portion of the iron-type golf club head, a sole adjacent the ball striking surface and opposite the top surface, a heel side near a hosel, and a toe side opposite the hosel, the top surface having a width within a range of 6 mm and 8 mm and the sole having a width within a range of 8 mm and 16 mm; and
a rear surface opposite the ball striking surface having an upper blade portion, a blade interface portion, and a lower muscle portion,
wherein the upper blade portion is adjacent to the top surface and extends across the rear surface from the heel side of the rear surface to the toe side of the rear surface and further extends downward from the top surface to the blade interface portion,
wherein the blade interface portion extends across the rear surface from the heel side of the rear surface to the toe side of the rear surface and is a smooth arcuate surface extending between and in direct contact with both the upper blade portion and the lower muscle portion,
wherein the lower muscle portion extends across the rear surface from the heel side of the rear surface to the toe side of the rear surface and the lower muscle portion extends upward from the sole to the blade interface portion, and wherein the lower muscle portion has a thickness greater than the upper blade portion, wherein the upper blade portion has a substantially constant thickness;
a recess provided in the rear surface;
wherein the recess comprises a constant depth;
wherein the recess comprises a recess floor that is substantially planar;
wherein the recess comprises a perimeter wall;
wherein the perimeter wall comprises a perimeter wall height;
wherein the perimeter wall height is substantially constant; and
an insert received within the recess;
wherein the insert consists of at least two metallic materials;
wherein the insert is affixed within the recess by means of welding or brazing;
wherein at least a portion of the recess extends behind a location of a center of gravity of the iron-type golf club head,
wherein the insert has a first portion having a first density and a second portion having a second density which is less than the first density,
wherein the first portion and the second portion are located adjacent and contiguous to each other, and further wherein the second portion of the insert has a majority of its volume located on the heel side of the rear surface, and
wherein the first portion of the insert is located entirely within the lower muscle portion and the second portion is located within the upper blade portion, the blade interface portion, and the lower muscle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,650

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH ADJUSTABLE CENTER OF GRAVITY

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a hosel, a striking face, a heel side, a toe side, a rear side, and a sole;
a rail comprising a stem and a ledge extending approximately perpendicular to, and away from, the stem; and
a slidable weight assembly comprising a weight body and a rotatable portion,
wherein the weight body comprises an upper portion, a base portion extending from and perpendicular to the upper portion, and at least one nub extending from and approximately perpendicular to the base portion,
wherein the rotatable portion comprises a body and a protrusion extending from a lower end of the body,
wherein the protrusion extends only partially around the body,
wherein the upper portion comprises an opening sized to receive an upper end of the body,
wherein the upper end of the body is permanently trapped within the opening,
wherein the stem extends from, and is approximately perpendicular to, the sole,
wherein the ledge is spaced from the floor, and
wherein rotating the rotatable portion causes at least a portion of the curved protrusion to slide under the ledge and reversibly fixes the slidable weight assembly to the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,335,649

GOLF CLUB

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. A golf club comprising:a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
a grip attached to the shaft proximal end; and
a golf club head attached to the shaft distal end producing a club length of at least 41 inches and no more than 45 inches, the golf club head having:
(i) a face positioned at a front portion of the golf club head where the golf club head impacts a golf ball, wherein the face has a loft of at least 12 degrees and no more than 27 degrees, and wherein the face includes an engineered impact point and a top edge height, and the face has a center face progression of less than 0.525 inches;
(ii) a sole positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head;
(iii) a crown positioned at a top portion of the golf club head;
(iv) wherein an outer shell defines a head volume of less than 250 cubic centimeters, and wherein the golf club head has a rear portion opposite the face and a front-to-back dimension from a furthest forward point on the face to the furthest rearward point at the rear portion of the golf club head;
(v) a bore having a center that defines a shaft axis which intersects with a horizontal ground plane to define an origin point, wherein the bore is located at a heel side of the golf club head and receives the shaft distal end for attachment to the golf club head, and wherein a toe side of the golf club head is located opposite of the heel side;
(vi) a blade length measured horizontally from the origin point toward the toe side of the golf club head a distance that is generally parallel to the face and the ground plane to the most distant point on the golf club head in this direction, wherein the blade length includes a heel blade length section measured in the same direction as the blade length from the origin point to the engineered impact point;
(vii) a club head mass of less than 230 grams;
(viii) a center of gravity located:
(a) vertically toward the top portion of the golf club head from the origin point a distance Ycg, wherein the Ycg distance is less than 0.65?;
(b) horizontally from the origin point toward the toe side of the golf club head a distance Xcg that is generally parallel to the face and the ground plane; and
(c) a distance Zcg from the origin toward the rear portion in a direction generally orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure Ycg and generally orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure Xcg;
(ix) a first moment of inertia (MOIy) about a vertical axis through the CG of at least 2000 g*cm2;
(x) a second moment of inertia (MOIfc) about a vertical axis through the origin of at least 4250 g*cm2;
(xi) a ratio of the first moment of inertia (MOIy) to the club head mass is at least 14; and
(xii) a ratio of the second moment of inertia (MOIfc) to the club length is at least 95.

US Pat. No. 10,335,648

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH HEEL-SIDE WEIGHT PLUG

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a face portion, a sole portion, a crown portion, a heel side, a toe side, and a heel-side opening extending into the sole portion;
a hosel comprising a hosel bore and an internal hosel flange extending into and at least partially encircling the hosel bore;
a shaft sleeve comprising a shaft sleeve tip end with an internally threaded opening;
a first weight plug comprising a wall, a base end, a plug flange opposite the base end, a side opening extending into the wall proximate the plug flange, and a through-opening extending from the base end to the side opening;
a screw comprising a head portion, a midsection, and a threaded tip portion sized to engage the threads of the internally threaded opening in the shaft tip end; and
a washer disposed between the head portion of the screw and the plug flange,
wherein the heel-side opening communicates with the hosel bore,
wherein the first weight plug is sized to fit within the heel-side opening, and
wherein, when the first weight plug is disposed within the heel-side opening and the shaft sleeve is disposed within the hosel bore, the screw connects the weight plug to the shaft sleeve so that the internal hosel flange is sandwiched between the plug flange and the shaft tip end.

US Pat. No. 10,335,647

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING STRESS-REDUCING FEATURES

Callaway Golf Company, C...

10. A method comprising:preparing a wax of a golf club head body, the wax of the golf club head body comprising a striking face section, a sole section extending from a lower edge of the striking face section, and a return section extending from an upper edge of the striking face section, the striking face section, sole section, and return section defining a hollow body interior, the return section comprising a receiving pocket, and the sole section comprising a through-hole;
preparing a wax of a solid rod comprising an upper end and a lower end;
inserting the solid rod into the through-hole and seating the upper end in the receiving pocket so that the solid rod is located within 1 inch of a rear surface of the striking face section measured along a vertical plane extending through a face center perpendicular to the striking face section;
bonding the solid rod to the body with an adhesive material to form a combined wax mold; and
casting a golf club head from the combined wax mold,
wherein the through-hole is aligned with the receiving pocket,
wherein the solid rod has a variable diameter,
wherein each of the upper end and lower end of the solid rod has a diameter of 0.140 to 0.170 inch,
wherein a midpoint of the solid rod has a diameter of 0.100 to 0.125 inch, and
wherein no portion of the solid rod makes contact with the striking face section.

US Pat. No. 10,335,646

GOLF CLUB FACE PLATES WITH INTERNAL CELL LATTICES

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a faceplate having:
an inner skin;
an outer skin;
a first region; and
a second region;
wherein:
the first region comprises one or more cell lattices, wherein a cell lattice comprises a plurality of walls defining a plurality of cells bounded between the inner skin and the outer skin;
the second region comprises one or more cell lattices; and
a density of the plurality of cells decreases towards a target strike region of the faceplate.

US Pat. No. 10,335,645

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body portion having a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a bottom portion, a rear portion, and a front portion;
a face portion having a thickness of less than or equal to 0.075 inch (1.905 millimeters);
a first interior cavity portion;
a second interior cavity portion separate from the first interior cavity portion; and
a port on the body portion connected to the first interior cavity portion, the port configured to receive a polymer material,
wherein the first interior cavity portion extends to the face portion and the second interior cavity portion extends to the rear portion,
wherein the first interior cavity portion is at least partially filled with the polymer material, and
wherein the polymer material is coupled to the face portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,644

REINFORCED FACES OF CLUB HEADS AND RELATED METHODS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A club head comprising:a front face,
the front face comprising a front surface and a back surface opposite the front surface; andone or more reinforcing structures;wherein:
the one or more reinforcing structures are coupled with the front face at the back surface;
the one or more reinforcing structures consist of a solidified welding material; and
the one or more reinforcing structures are devoid of an adjoining structure other than the back surface of the front face;
the front face comprises a front face material;
the solidified welding material comprises a filler material; and
the one or more reinforcing structures are coupled symmetrically about a center of the back surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,643

AUTOMATIC GOLF BALL WASHER

Arnstone Products, Inc., ...

1. An automatic golf ball washer comprising:a top lid and a bottom basin capable of being substantially closed when brought together, the top lid openable with respect to the basin by pivoting of the lid from the basin;
a plurality of paddles arranged in the basin defining two spaces to receive two golf balls into the two spaces, the two spaces separated by at least one paddle of the plurality of paddles, the paddles mounted for rotation within the basin about a center axis of rotation;
a motor housed below the basin connected to the paddles to spin the plurality of paddles about the center axis of rotation to revolve the golf balls around the center axis of rotation;
the basin configured to hold a quantity of cleaning fluid;
wherein the paddles comprise solid surfaces for pushing the golf balls to revolve within the basin.

US Pat. No. 10,335,642

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf ball comprising a core, an inner cover positioned outside the core, a main cover positioned outside the inner cover, and an outer cover positioned outside the main cover, with a large number of dimples formed on a surface of the outer cover, whereina TH value X at a central point of the core, a TH value S at a surface of the core, a TH value M of the main cover, a TH value I of the inner cover, a TH value O of the outer cover, and an average Q are defined by the following formulas (1) to (6) from a radius Rc (mm) of the core, a Shore C hardness Hc at the central point of the core, a Shore C hardness Hs at the surface of the core, a thickness Tm (mm) of the main cover, a Shore C hardness Hm of the main cover, a thickness Ti (mm) of the inner cover, a Shore C hardness Hi of the inner cover, a thickness To (mm) of the outer cover, and a Shore C hardness Ho of the outer cover,
X=Hc×Rc×0.05  (1)
S=Hs×Rc×0.05  (2)
M=Hm×Tm  (3)
I=Hi×Ti  (4)
O=Ho×To  (5)
Q=(I+O)/2  (6), and
the TH value X, the TH value S, the TH value M, the TH value I, the TH value O, and the average Q satisfy the following formulas (7) to (10),
15?M?S?100  (7)
0.25 ?10?I?O?30  (9)
Q/X?0.8  (10).

US Pat. No. 10,335,641

GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A golf ball comprising a core and a cover of one or more layer encasing the core, wherein, letting HU-A and HU-B be respectively the Martens hardnesses measured at positions 100 ?m and 200 ?m inward from a surface of an outermost layer of the cover and toward a center of the core, and letting HU-C be the Martens hardness measured at a position 100 ?m from an inner side of the outermost cover layer and toward the surface, HU-A or HU-B is harder than HU-C, wherein the value of HU-A is from 14.8 to 53.4 N/mm2 and the value of HU-B is from 13.6 to 45.2 N/mm2.

US Pat. No. 10,335,640

GOLF BALL DIMPLE SURFACE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having a plurality of recessed dimples on the surface thereof, wherein at least one of the dimples has a chord depth of from 0.001 inches to 0.030 inches and a dimple surface defined by a Bessel function with a membrane fixed at the boundary, wherein the Bessel function is of the mth order wherein m=2 and n=1.

US Pat. No. 10,335,639

THREADED TREE STEP TOOL

1. An installation tool for a threaded tree step having a lever portion and a platform portion, the tool being operable by a user using only one hand when installing the tree step into a tree trunk, the tool comprising:a main body having a handle for the user to grip the tool;
the main body having an interior cylindrical cavity for inserting the platform portion of the tree step, wherein the lever portion of the tree step is perpendicular to the tool;
the main body having a beveled interior cavity for holding an off-axis portion of the platform portion of the tree step, wherein a surface of the beveled interior cavity pressing against the off-axis portion keeps the platform portion of the tree step from sliding out of the tool; and
the main body having a slot-and-lock system comprising two slots for inserting the platform portion of the tree step through the slots and securing the lever portion of the tree step against one of the slots using a groove cut into the main body, wherein the lever portion of the tree step is parallel to the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,335,638

TURNING PLATE FOR MEASURING THE PUSHING-OFF FORCES OF SWIMMERS

Kistler Holding AG, Wint...

1. A turning plate for measuring push-off forces of swimmers during turning in a swimming pool defined in part by a pool wall that is disposed generally normal to a pool edge, comprising:a stiff plate,
at least four force sensors for detecting the push-off forces applied by swimmers to the stiff plate,
a stiff, rectangular frame on which the plate is mounted on in at least four locations under pretension with a respective clamping screw and a respective force sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,637

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AND INTERPRETING REPETITIVE MOTIONS

Focus Ventures, Inc., Sa...

1. A computer based method for interpreting repetitive movements performed by a user of a motion tracking device as part of updating a physical therapy treatment, the method comprising:receiving motion data from the motion tracking device, the motion data representing motions performed by the user of the motion tracking device associated with a repetitive movement associated with the physical therapy treatment;
determining, by the computer, based on the motion data and the repetitive movement, a form with which the user performs the repetitive movement having the steps of:
identifying, by the computer, repetitive features in one or more signals of the motion data;
comparing, by the computer, the repetitive features with correct movement data associated with the repetitive movement; and
determining, by the computer, based on the comparison, the form with which the user is performing the repetitive movement including the steps of:
identifying, by the computer, repetitive features in one or more signals of the motion data;
comparing, by the computer, the repetitive features with correct movement data associated with the repetitive movement; and
determining, by the computer, based on the comparison, the form with which the user is performing the repetitive movement;
generating, by the computer, based on the determined form with which the user performs the repetitive motion, feedback, the feedback representing the form with which the user is performing the repetitive movement;
receiving an updated physical therapy treatment based upon the determined form.

US Pat. No. 10,335,636

SYSTEM FOR MONITORING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Polar Electro Oy, Kempel...

1. A system that monitors user activity, the system comprising:a wrist device comprising a curved body and an electronic circuitry supported by the body, the electronic circuitry comprising a first set of light emitting diodes arranged in a matrix form and forming a display unit, at least one motion sensor configured to measure physical motion caused by a user to the wrist device, a heart activity sensor based on optical heart activity sensing, and at least one processor configured to acquire motion measurement data from the at least one motion sensor, to process the motion measurement data into a motion activity metric, and to cause the display unit to display the motion activity metric, wherein the at least one processor is further configured to acquire heart activity measurement data from the heart activity sensor, to process the heart activity measurement data into a heart activity metric, and to cause the display unit to display the heart activity metric,
and wherein the at least one processor is further configured to estimate a sleep index, the sleep index characterizing a user's sleep quality and sleep time by using an activity sensor comprising at least one of said heart activity sensor and said at least one motion sensor; and
wherein the processor of the wrist device is further configured to determine an energy expenditure target, to determine at least one training intensity as a momentary training intensity from at least one of the motion measurement data and the heart activity measurement data, to compute from the momentary training intensity and a difference between the energy expenditure target and the energy expenditure accumulation value, at least one time duration needed to exercise with the determined momentary training intensity to reach the energy expenditure target, and to cause the first set of light emitting diodes to display the determined at least one time duration in connection with an indicator of a corresponding training intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,335,635

HEAD AND NECK EXERCISE METHODS

Berendo Scientific, LLC, ...

1. A method for performing head and neck exercises, the method comprising:positioning a member defining an open proximal portion of a head and neck exercise apparatus to a mouth of a user, the head and neck exercise apparatus including a valve mechanism fluidly disposed within the member between the open proximal portion and a distal portion, the distal portion including a membrane or chromogenic material that defines a feedback mechanism, and the feedback mechanism being operatively arranged with the member and configured to respond when an absolute pressure within the open proximal portion is greater in magnitude than a threshold absolute pressure; and
generating, by the user, with the head and neck exercise apparatus, for a predetermined number of repetitions or duration of time, the absolute pressure within the open proximal portion such that there is a response in the feedback mechanism to train muscles associated with creating the absolute pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,335,634

ROLLER EXERCISE DEVICE

Samir Hanna Safar, San D...

1. A roller exercise device, capable of being placed on a flat support surface, comprising:a pair of roller support members, designated as a left roller support member and a right roller support member,
each roller support member having a semi-cylindrical configuration and a flat side surface, such that the flat side surface is placed on the support surface;
a cylindrical core roller member configured to support at least a portion of a user's body above the support surface during an exercise activity,
wherein the cylindrical core roller member is centrally and parallelly positioned in between the left roller support member and the right roller support member;
a bottom rest unit, said bottom rest unit further comprising:
a cushion member, a cushion base member, a plurality of carriage wheels, a plurality of carriage track members, a plurality of bottom rest support members, a position locking means wherein the position locking means comprises a mechanical fastener to secure the bottom rest supports with carriage track members;
a head rest unit configured with a central depression,
a core roller support member, configured as cylindrical elongated member, having a first end and a second end,
wherein the core roller support member is coaxially positioned and connected to the head rest unit at the first end, and the cylindrical core roller member at the second end, such that cylindrical core roller member is coaxially rotatable around the core roller support member;
a base support assembly, said base support assembly further comprising a plurality of structural support members,
wherein each structural support member has at least one flat surface configured to rest on the support surface and said plurality of structural support members are positioned below and non-removably attached to the left roller support member, the right roller support member, the cylindrical core roller member, the bottom rest unit and the head rest unit at predetermined locations.

US Pat. No. 10,335,633

DETACHABLE SPEED DETERMINING DEVICE CAPABLE OF COMPUTING ACCURATE SPEED INFORMATION OF A BICYCLE AND FIXING A BIKE COMPONENT OF THE BICYCLE

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

1. A detachable speed determining device, comprising:an optical detecting module adapted to determine axial rotational displacement of a bike component by detecting a movement of a pattern on the bike component;
an energy generating module adapted to generate energy;
an energy storage module sealed inside a housing of the detachable speed determining device in a water-resistance manner and electrically connected with the optical detecting module and the energy generating module, the optical detecting module being powered by the energy storage module, and the energy storage module being charged by the energy generating module;
a bolted joint connected with the optical detecting module and the bolted joint detachably passing through a rotation axle of the bike component; and a quick releasing handle foldably disposed on the bolted joint and including the energy generating module and the energy storage module.

US Pat. No. 10,335,632

TREADMILL INCLUDING A DECK LOCKING MECHANISM

Nautilus, Inc., Vancouve...

1. A treadmill comprising:a frame;
a deck assembly including a front end portion pivotally connected to the frame, the deck assembly positionable in an operating position and a storage position;
a first tube connected to one of the frame or the deck assembly, the first tube defining an aperture and a slot spaced apart from each other along a length of the first tube, wherein the slot extends lengthwise along the length of the first tube;
a second tube connected to the other of the frame or the deck assembly and slidably connected to the first tube; and
a lock mechanism operative to lock the deck assembly in the operating position and the storage position, the lock mechanism comprising:
a pin operatively connected to the second tube and engageable with the aperture and the slot of the first tube; wherein:
engagement of the pin with the aperture locks the deck assembly in the storage position; and
engagement of the pin with the slot locks the deck assembly in the operating position while allowing incline adjustment of the front end portion of the deck assembly relative to the frame during operation of the treadmill, wherein the slot is dimensioned to receive at least a portion of the pin and allow the pin to slide within the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,335,631

EXERCISE APPARATUS

Cybex International, Inc....

1. An exercise apparatus comprising:a foot support suspended from above by a suspension assembly on a frame, the foot support being adapted to support a user in an upright position with the user's foot disposed on the foot support,
the foot support being movable by the user on the frame back and forth between a rearwardmost downward position and a forwardmost upward position through any one of a plurality of different arc segments of a master arcuate path,
each said different arc segment being defined by movement of the foot support between a corresponding different forwardmost upward position and different rearwardmost downward position,
a resistance assembly interconnected to the foot support, the resistance assembly being adapted to exert a resistance to movement of the foot support by the user,the foot support being interconnected to an arm having a handle manually graspable by the user that can be pushed or pulled by the user such that pushing or pulling on the handle by the user reduces or increases power or energy required by the user to move the foot support,an arc segment selection device interconnected to the foot support, the arc segment selection device being manually actuatable by the user to enable the user to select one of the plurality of different arc segments by exerting a selected amount or degree of manual force on the arc segment selection device,
one or more detectors adapted to detect one or more of force, energy or power exerted by the user over time on the foot support or to detect distance or velocity of travel of the foot support or of the resistance assembly, the one or more detectors sending signals that are indicative of one or more of the detected force, energy, power, time, distance or velocity to a processor,
the processor receiving and processing the signals from the one or more detectors to generate a visual display output of one or more of said force, energy, power, time, distance, velocity or other result calculable from said signals for display,
a user interface including a display of the visual display output in a location on the apparatus that is readily observable by the user,
the user interface including an interval button interconnected to the processor that is manually actuatable by the user to input and send a signal to the processor that is indicative of a preselected interval of exercise time and rest time,
wherein the processor includes control instructions that instruct the processor to send signals to the display to repeat the preselected interval of exercise time and rest time a preselected number of times.

US Pat. No. 10,335,630

EXERCISE ACCESSORY

Scott Buniak, Clifton Pa...

1. An exercise accessory comprising: (a) a moisture absorbent or moisture wicking fabric having opposing ends; and (b) a reinforcing strap arrayed along a length of the fabric and coupled to the fabric with stitching; wherein the moisture absorbent or moisture wicking fabric is configured to envelop at least a portion of the reinforcing strap, and wherein the reinforcing strap defines one or more loops configured to be operably coupled to an exerciser via an attachment accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,335,629

EXERCISE APPARATUS AND METHODS

1. An exercise device, comprising:a rigid spherical structure having a hand-opening in the surface, a cavity in the approximate center of the spherical structure, and a passageway coupling the hand-opening and the cavity, wherein the hand-opening is relatively small and sized to accommodate insertion of a hand and forearm to permit only limited movement thereof during exercises, wherein the passageway increases in size toward the cavity, and wherein the cavity is relatively larger and sized to more freely accommodate the hand; and
a rigid handle laterally positioned in the cavity and affixed in the approximate center of the spherical structure.

US Pat. No. 10,335,628

ROLLING DUMBELLS

1. An exercise device comprising:a threaded rod, a first nut, and a second nut;
wherein the threaded rod, the first nut, and the second nut attaches a first wheel and a second wheel to a grip;
wherein the first wheel comprises a first weighted wheel, a first ball bearing, and a first threaded center;
wherein the second wheel comprises a second weighted wheel, a second ball bearing, and a second threaded center;
wherein the first threaded center is further defined with a first interior screw thread, a first center axis, and a first inner diameter;
wherein the second threaded center is further defined with a second interior screw thread, a second center axis, and a second inner diameter;
wherein the grip is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the first wheel and the second wheel are identical;
wherein the first weighted wheel is a disk shaped structure;
wherein the first ball bearing is coaxially installed in the first weighted wheel such that the center axes of the first ball bearing and the first weighted wheel are aligned;
wherein the first threaded center is a cylindrically shaped negative space that is formed in a coaxial manner through the first ball bearing;
wherein the first interior screw thread is an interior screw thread that is formed on the interior surface of the first threaded center;
wherein the second weighted wheel is a disk shaped structure;
wherein the second ball bearing is coaxially installed in the second weighted wheel such that the center axes of the second ball bearing and the second weighted wheel are aligned;
wherein the second threaded center is a cylindrically shaped negative space that is formed in a coaxial manner through the second ball bearing;
wherein the second interior screw thread is an interior screw thread that is formed on the interior surface of the second threaded center;
wherein the threaded rod forms a plurality of threaded connections with the first nut, the first threaded center, the third axial aperture of the grip, the second threaded center, and the second nut;
wherein the threaded rod is a cylindrical structure upon which the first wheel, the second wheel, and the grip are attached;
wherein the threaded rod comprises a cylindrical shaft, a first exterior screw thread, a first outer diameter, and a seventh center axis;
wherein the cylindrical shaft is a rod;
wherein the first exterior screw thread is an exterior screw thread that is formed on the exterior face of the cylindrical shaft;
wherein the first outer diameter refers to the outer diameter of the cylindrical shaft;
wherein the seventh center axis refers to the center axis of the cylindrical shaft;
wherein the span of the first inner diameter of the first threaded center is greater than the span of the first outer diameter of the threaded rod such that the threaded rod is inserted into the first threaded center;
wherein the span of the second inner diameter of the second threaded center is greater than the span of the first outer diameter of the threaded rod such that the threaded rod is inserted into the second threaded center;
wherein the first interior screw thread is sized to match the first exterior screw thread of the threaded rod such that the threaded rod is screwed through the first interior screw thread;
wherein the second interior screw thread is sized to match the first exterior screw thread of the threaded rod such that the threaded rod is screwed through the second interior screw thread;
wherein the grip is a cylindrical object;
wherein the grip further comprises a third axial aperture;
wherein the third axial aperture is a cylindrically shaped negative space that is formed in a coaxial manner through the grip from the first end to the second end;
wherein the third axial aperture comprises a third interior screw thread, a third center axis, and a third inner diameter;
wherein the third center axis of the third axial aperture is aligned with the center axis of the grip;
wherein the third interior screw thread is an interior screw thread that is formed on the interior surface of the third axial aperture;
wherein the third center axis is the center axis of the third axial aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,335,627

METHODS OF RESISTANCE TRAINING TO ARM AND LEG MOVEMENTS WHILE RUNNING

1. A method for resistance training to arm and leg movement, comprising:a. connecting a horizontally oriented raised weight base to a moveable sled in a spaced apart relationship for supporting a plurality of removable weights mounted to the horizontally oriented raised weight base, the horizontally oriented raised weight base configured to align and support a plurality of removable weights on the horizontally oriented raised weight base; the moveable sled comprising:
(i) a front;
(ii) a back opposite the front;
(iii) a first base side connected between the front and back; and
(iv) a second base side connected between the front and back opposite the first base side;
b. mounting a agility box mounted over the moveable sled;
c. threading a first flexible and extendable one piece stretch cord through a plurality of aligned first upper rollers mounted on the agility box and through a first remote roller mounted to the moveable sled spaced apart from the agility box and connecting the first flexible and extendable one piece stretch cord to a first lockable pulley system bracket mounted to the agility box;
d. securing a static non-extending stretch cord between the moveable sled and a subject, wherein the static non-extending stretch cord is secured to at least one of: a waist and an upper torso of the subject;
e. pulling on the first flexible and extendable one piece stretch cord connected to the moveable sled by the subject to receive a first load of resistance causing a physiological change to a first targeted part of the subject and simultaneously receiving a second load of resistance to a second targeted part of the subject while pulling the moveable sled with the static non-extendable stretch cord.

US Pat. No. 10,335,626

EXERCISE MACHINE WITH PANCAKE MOTOR

Tonal Systems, Inc., San...

1. An exercise machine comprising:a pancake motor, wherein the pancake motor is in an out-runner configuration;
a torque controller coupled to the pancake motor;
a spool coupled to the pancake motor, and a cable wound about the spool;
an arm to position the cable, wherein the arm comprises: 1) an arm slider to translate the arm and guide the cable along a rail associated with the arm, 2) a vertical pivot locking mechanism to position and keep the arm in a fixed vertical pivoted position, and 3) a horizontal pivot mechanism for the rail;
an actuator coupled to the cable at an end of the arm;
a high resolution encoder coupled to the pancake motor wherein the high resolution encoder determines motor position of the pancake motor; and
a second encoder with resolution lower than a high resolution encoder, wherein the second encoder determines position of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,335,624

FIRE EXTINGUISHING COMPOSITIONS AND METHOD

Tyco Fire Products LP, L...

1. A firefighting foam preservative composition, comprising:a suspension system comprising water and at least one suspension agent, which comprises glycol, glycol ether, polyethylene glycol, or a mixture of two or more thereof;
a first polysaccharide that is soluble in the suspension system, wherein the firefighting foam preservative composition includes 0.1 to 1.0 wt. % of the first polysaccharide;
a second polysaccharide that is insoluble in the suspension system but soluble in water alone, wherein the firefighting foam preservative composition includes 3 to 12 wt. % of the second polysaccharide;
wherein the foam preservative composition has a viscosity of 1000 cPs to 6000 cPs; and
wherein the ratio of water to suspension agent is at least 2:8.

US Pat. No. 10,335,622

SPRINKLER HEAD WITH SMA SPRING

1. A sprinkler head for use in a structure for the delivery of a liquid, said sprinkler head comprising:a housing defining an inlet passage;
a sleeve with a first portion positioned in said housing, wherein said first portion has a valve face that seals said inlet passage to close a liquid flow path;
a cap assembled to said housing;
a spray assembly assembled to a second portion of said sleeve;
a return spring positioned between said cap and said first portion, wherein said return spring applies a force between said cap and said first portion to seal said inlet passage to close the liquid flow path;
an SMA spring positioned between said cap and said spray assembly; and
wherein said sleeve is movable relative to said housing to open said liquid flow path due to activation of said SMA spring, wherein said SMA spring applies a force to said sleeve to move said sleeve to open said inlet passage to open said liquid flow path when said SMA spring is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,335,621

FLEXIBLE DRY SPRINKLERS

The Reliable Automatic Sp...

1. A flexible dry sprinkler comprising:(A) a flexible tube having an inlet end and an outlet end;
(B) an inlet attached to the inlet end of the flexible tube, the inlet having an inlet orifice;
(C) an inlet seal assembly configured to seal the inlet orifice;
(D) an inlet release unit provided in the inlet and configured to release the inlet seal assembly, the inlet release unit including a frangible member configured to support the inlet seal assembly in the inlet orifice;
(E) an outlet attached to the outlet end of the flexible tube, the outlet having an outlet orifice;
(F) an outlet seal assembly having:
(a) a thermally responsive element configured to fail when ambient temperature reaches a predetermined temperature; and
(b) an outlet seal that is supported by the thermally responsive element in the outlet orifice, and that seals the outlet orifice until the thermally responsive element fails; and
(G) a flexible linkage (a) having an inlet end and an outlet end, (b) extending between the inlet and the outlet through the flexible tube such that bending of the flexible tube causes bending of the flexible linkage, (c) translating, when the outlet seal is released, a predetermined distance from (i) a first position, in which the flexible linkage is supported by the outlet seal assembly, to (ii) a second position along an outlet direction from the inlet towards the outlet, and (d) operating, upon translating the predetermined distance, the inlet release unit by breaking the frangible member to release the inlet seal assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,335,620

METHODS OF MAKING MANUFACTURED HOUSING COMPONENTS AND MANUFACTURED HOMES

ScotBilt Homes, Inc., Wa...

11. A method making a manufactured housing component for a manufactured home, said method comprising:forming a preassembled fire prevention pipe structure having an overall pipe structure length, an overall pipe structure width, and an overall pipe structure height, the overall pipe structure length being at least 50% of an overall home length of the manufactured home, wherein said forming step comprises:
assembling multiple pipe segments on a first frame structure so as to form the preassembled fire prevention pipe structure, the first frame structure having a first frame structure length and a first frame structure width, the first frame structure length being equal to or greater than the overall pipe structure length, and the first frame structure width being equal to or greater than the overall pipe structure width; and
after said forming step, positioning the preassembled fire prevention pipe structure into the manufactured home, as a single piece, so as to provide a fire prevention pipe structure for the manufactured home; and
after said positioning step, assembling a roof of the manufactured home over the preassembled fire prevention pipe structure.

US Pat. No. 10,335,619

FIREFIGHTER MULTIFUNCTION LADDER AND ESCAPE BELT

Fire Innovations LLC, Pe...

1. A multifunction escape and ladder belt, comprising:a front buckle having a first buckle member and a second buckle member, coupling apparatus to connect said first member to said second member, each of said first and second members having a slot through which a fabric side strap may be passed;
left and right adjustment buckles, each configured with rigid bars defining front, middle, and rear adjustment slots through which strap fabric portions may be passed;
left and right side straps, said left side strap connected at a first end to said first buckle member and having a second end threaded through said middle adjustment slot of said left adjustment buckle, then through said front adjustment slot of said left adjustment buckle, and said right side strap connected at a first end to said second buckle member and having a second end threaded through said middle adjustment slot of said right adjustment buckle, then through said front adjustment slot of said right adjustment buckle; and
a rear strap having an outward facing continuous back portion, a first end threaded through said rear slot of said left adjustment buckle and extending to a medial portion of said rear strap, a second end threaded through said rear slot of said right adjustment buckle and extending to said medial portion of said rear strap so as to put said first end and said second end in an overlapping configuration, and first and second energy-release double-loop portions, one of each formed in said rear strap proximate each of said left and right adjustment buckles forming a double-looped overlapping portion secured by stitching;
wherein said stitching forms a stitched strap connection having a predetermined minimum breaking strength.

US Pat. No. 10,335,618

BREATHING APPARATUS WITH ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT EMITTING DIODE

1. A breathing apparatus, comprising:a facemask portion sized to cover a lower portion of a wearer's face, the facemask portion comprising:
a flow chamber comprising:
a conduit, comprising:
a first opening disposed near a first end of the flow chamber;
a second opening disposed near a second end of the flow chamber; and
at least two internal walls that form a serpentine passage disposed between the first opening and the second opening, the serpentine passage including at least a first section in communication with the first opening, a second section connected by a first U-shaped bend with the first section, and a third section connected by a second U-shaped bend with the second section;
at least one light emitting diode configured to emit light having a peak wavelength in the ultraviolet range disposed in one of the first, the second, and the third sections of the conduit, wherein;
the at least one light emitting diode is disposed off center relative to a centerline of the one of the first, the second, and the third sections; and
the centerline is parallel to one of the two internal walls.

US Pat. No. 10,335,617

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

1. A respiratory protection hood, comprising: a flexible bag adapted and configured to be slipped over a head of a user; and a reservoir of pressurized oxygen comprising an outlet orifice opening into an internal volume of the flexible bag, the outlet orifice being closed off by a removable or contrived-rupture stopper, wherein:the pressurized-oxygen reservoir comprises, upstream of the orifice, a passage for the pressurized gas and a valve needle able to move in a determined direction of travel in said passage;
the valve needle is subjected to two opposing forces in the direction of travel that are respectively generated, on one hand, by the pressure of the gas in the reservoir, and on the other hand, by a return member;
the valve needle has a cross section of determined profile that varies in the direction of travel in order to alter a degree of closure of the passage according to its position relative to the passage so as to regulate the flow rate of gas allowed to escape via the passage to the orifice as a function of time and as a function of the pressure of gas in the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,335,616

ASCENDER

KENTECH SYSTEMS LIMITED, ...

1. An ascender comprising:a pulley having a circular shape and capable of removably winding a rope thereon;
an input shaft capable of removably connecting an output shaft of a rotary electric tool thereto;
a support member having a fixed plate integrally connected with a front side support part, the support member supporting the pulley and the input shaft to be rotatable and including an open part which enables the rope to be wound on the pulley;
a transmission mechanism interposed between the input shaft and the pulley so as to transmit a rotational force of the input shaft to the pulley;
a rope guide provided on the support member so as to guide the rope wound on the pulley at an entrance passage and an exit passage of the rope;
a cam pivotally supported on the support member so as to be movable toward and away from the pulley, the cam being configured to move toward the pulley to bite into the rope wound on the pulley to thereby prevent a movement of the ascender with respect to the rope when the ascender is going to move in a descending direction, and to move away from the pulley to allow the movement of the ascender with respect to the rope when the ascender is going to move in an ascending direction;
an energizing member that energizes the cam in a direction to move toward the pulley;
an operating member for an action to move the cam away from the pulley; and
a closing member that is movable for opening and closing the open part, the closing member being pivotally supported on a support shaft mounted on the support member, the support shaft including a carabiner hanging hole,
wherein the pulley is capable of being rotated more than a full revolution.

US Pat. No. 10,335,614

DEVICES AND TECHNIQUES FOR CUTTING AND COAGULATING TISSUE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument, the method comprising:generating by a generator at least one electrical signal;
monitoring the at least one electrical signal against a first set of logic conditions;
triggering a first response of the generator when the first set of logic conditions is met;
determining from the at least one electrical signal a parameter associated with the surgical instrument,
wherein the determined parameter is indicative of a temperature change of the end effector; and
monitoring impedance of a transducer of the ultrasonic drive system in a dwells region during pulsed activation.

US Pat. No. 10,335,613

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR COMMISSIONING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE DATA VALIDATION OF RADIATION THERAPY SYSTEMS

VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS IN...

1. A method for determining commissioning data of a first radiation therapy device, comprising:obtaining, at a commissioning device, a first data set from the first radiation therapy device undergoing a commissioning process, the first data set including irradiation beam data from the first radiation therapy device and corresponding system parameters;
receiving, at the commissioning device, data from a plurality of already commissioned radiation therapy devices, said data being data obtained during respective commissioning of the plurality of radiation therapy devices, and including irradiation beam data from the plurality of radiation therapy devices and corresponding system parameters;
compiling the data received from the plurality of radiation therapy devices so as to allow for a direct comparison between the compiled data and the first data set;
performing an analysis of the first data set obtained from the first radiation therapy device with respect to predetermined limits and the compiled data;
generating a notification signal based on a result of the analysis;
determining an entity appropriate to receive the notification signal; and
communicating the notification signal to the appropriate entity for further processing,
wherein when the result of the analysis is that the first data set does not violate the predetermined limits and that a deviation from the compiled data is less than a predetermined threshold, the first data set is saved as the commissioning data for the first radiation therapy device and/or the first data set is sent to a dose calculation device for further processing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,612

PARTICLE BEAM TREATMENT SYSTEM, PARTICLE BEAM TREATMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A particle beam treatment system comprising:one or more hardware processors configured to function as:
a first calculator configured to calculate a respiratory movement signal indicative of an amount of displacement of an affected area attributed to respiration of a test subject, from a plurality of captured images in which a movement of the affected area is captured;
a second calculator configured to calculate a signal related to respiration of the test subject from a respiration detection output of a respiration sensor;
a model generator configured to generate a respiratory movement model obtained by synchronizing the respiratory movement signal with the signal related to respiration of the test subject and performing modeling;
an estimator configured to compare a measured signal related to respiration with the respiratory movement model, estimate a respiration phase of the measured signal related to respiration, and estimate the amount of displacement of the affected area corresponding to the estimated respiration phase;
a target value generator configured to generate a target value, which is used for performing movement control on a platform on which the test subject is lying down, on the basis of the estimated amount of displacement of the affected area;
a target value corrector configured to correct the target value in such a way that a control delay with respect to a position of the platform is absorbed;
an irradiation controller configured to control a particle beam treatment device to irradiate, with particle beams, the affected area of the test subject who is lying down on the platform which is subjected to movement control according to the target value that is corrected; and
a phase marker displaying unit configured to display, on a display, a phase marker indicative of a position of the affected area in accordance with the respiratory movement model and a signal waveform of the measured signal related to respiration.

US Pat. No. 10,335,611

GANTRY IMAGE GUIDED RADIOTHERAPY SYSTEM AND RELATED TREATMENT DELIVERY METHODS

ACCURAY INCORPORATED, Su...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a pre-acquired image data set of a target acquired in a reference frame generally independent of a reference frame of an image guided radiation treatment (IGRT) apparatus;
during a patient setup interval, positioning the target into an initial treatment position relative to the IGRT apparatus, the initial treatment position being along an axis of rotation of a rotatable gantry structure of the IGRT apparatus;
rotating the rotatable gantry structure through a range of gantry angles;
subsequent to the patient setup interval, operating a first x-ray cone beam imaging source and a first imaging detector to acquire a first population of x-ray cone beam projection images of the target for a respective first population of gantry angles and acquisition times;
processing the first population of x-ray cone beam projection images to compute therefrom a time sequence of sliding-window tomographic image volumes characterized in that each subsequent member of the time sequence is computed using at least one same x-ray cone beam projection image as used in computing at least one previous member of the time sequence, wherein the sliding-window tomographic image volume comprises a tomosynthesis reconstructed image volume; and
operating the IGRT apparatus to deliver treatment radiation to the target based at least in part on a comparison between at least one of the time sequence of sliding-window tomographic image volumes and the pre-acquired image data set.

US Pat. No. 10,335,610

CATHETER APPARATUS, BRACHYTHERAPY SYSTEM AND METHOD USING THE SAME

BRAXX BIOTECH CO., LTD, ...

1. A catheter apparatus, comprising:a tubular member; and
four or more fluid-flow pipe members, each having a proximal end and a distal end, and each being disposed around a periphery of the tubular member along an axial direction thereof;
wherein each of the four or more fluid-flow pipe members is provided with an independent positioning member at the distal end thereof; and wherein four or more positioning members are provided;
an outer tube member is provided outside the tubular member and the fluid-flow pipe members, and the outer tube member forms a sealed blind end at the distal ends; and
the four or more fluid-flow pipe members pierce through the outer tube member from an inner wall surface of the outer tube member to an outer wall surface thereof at different locations of the outer tube member so as to couple with respective positioning members.

US Pat. No. 10,335,609

MULTITUBE ESOPHAGEAL BRACHYTHERAPY CATHETER

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A system for delivery of radiation to a target portion of a native tissue, the system comprising:a catheter comprising a catheter body having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a longitudinally oriented lumen therebetween;
an expansion device disposed about at least a portion of the catheter body and having an expanded configuration and a non-expanded configuration;
an anchor balloon disposed about the catheter body distal to the expansion device and having an inflated configuration and a deflated configuration, the anchor balloon having a curved outer surface in an inflated configuration;
a plurality of tubes disposed about at least a portion of the expansion device and disposed only part-way along the longitudinal length of the anchor balloon along the curved outer surface, each of the plurality of tubes being configured to selectively guide exposure of a radiation source to the target portion of the native tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,335,607

IMPLANTABLE OPTICAL STIMULATION LEAD AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMO...

1. An optical stimulation lead, comprising:a lead body comprising a distal end, a distal portion, and a proximal portion; and
an optical assembly attached to the distal end of the lead body and comprising
a light emitter,
a feedthrough assembly comprising at least one ceramic block, at least one feedthrough pin extending through the at least one ceramic block and electrically coupled to the light emitter, and a metal housing attached to the at least one ceramic block,
a metal tube attached to the feedthrough assembly and disposed around the light emitter, and
an emitter cover disposed over the light emitter and coupled to the metal tube.

US Pat. No. 10,335,606

USE OF TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION TO MODULATE PERMEABILITY OF THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER

BRAINSWAY, LTD., Jerusal...

1. A method for modulating permeability of a blood brain barrier, the method comprising:providing a system for transcranial magnetic stimulation;
placing said system on a scalp; and
providing a series of magnetic pulses to a brain via the system, said providing done in a range of at least 0.2 Hz stimulation frequency, greater than 120% of resting motor threshold stimulation amplitude, and at least 100 stimulation pulses, wherein said series of magnetic pulses is configured to temporarily increase permeability of the blood brain barrier, wherein the temporary increase is for a period of at least 1 minute.

US Pat. No. 10,335,605

IMPEDANCE SPECTROSCOPY FOR DEFIBRILLATOR APPLICATIONS

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...

1. A defibrillation system for treating cardiac arrhythmia, comprising:a defibrillator having at least two electrodes and a charge storage device for administering electrotherapy, wherein the charge storage device is configured to administer the electrotherapy to a patient through the at least two electrodes and is configured to be located external to the patient;
a memory associated with the defibrillator and configured to store instructions for operation of the defibrillator; and
a processor associated with the defibrillator and configured to execute the instructions to perform operations comprising:
providing an alternating electrical signal to a patient through the at least two electrodes,
estimating a transthoracic impedance of the patient from the alternating electrical signal sampled immediately prior to charging the charge storage device;
charging the charge storage device to a target voltage level based on the transthoracic impedance,
selecting a schedule for applying resistance values for controlling a discharge of the charge storage device, and
executing the schedule for applying resistance values during the discharge of the charge storage device to control a shape of a waveform of the alternating electrical signal during application of electrotherapy to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,604

APPARATUS FOR MONITORING A CARDIAC RHYTHM DURING CPR

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An automated external defibrillator (AED) for use during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) comprising:an input of an ECG signal;
a user interface having at least one of an aural instruction output and a visual display;
an ECG analyzer in communication with the input and operable to determine a shockable cardiac rhythm in the presence of CPR-related signal noise artifact from the input;
a memory for storing instructions related to a CPR rescue protocol that includes a period for providing CPR compressions; and
a processor in communication with the ECG analyzer and the user interface, the processor operable to issue instructions via the user interface responsive to the determined shockable cardiac rhythm,
wherein the ECG analyzer is operable to determine the shockable cardiac rhythm in the presence of CPR-related signal noise artifact from the input with a sensitivity of greater than about 70% and a specificity of greater than about 95%,
wherein the input comprises a stream of digitized ECG signal data, and further wherein the ECG analyzer segments the ECG signal data corresponding to a predetermined time segment,
wherein the ECG analyzer further comprises a set of fixed-frequency band pass filters which operate to filter the CPR-related signal noise artifact from the ECG signal data,
wherein the ECG analyzer further comprises an algorithm which determines the shockable cardiac rhythm from both a measure of a filtered ECG signal data centered on one frequency at about 25 Hz and of a second filtered ECG signal data centered on a second frequency of about 35 Hz, and
wherein the ECG analyzer further determines that the cardiac rhythm is shockable if both the filtered ECG signal data and the second filtered ECG signal data are below respective predetermined thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,335,603

MEDICAL DEVICES INCLUDING FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT BODIES WITH EXPOSED PORTIONS OF CIRCUIT TRACES ATTACHED TO ELECTRICAL CONTACTS OF COMPONENTS

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

8. A medical device, comprising:a housing;
a first circuit within the housing that generates stimulation pulses;
an electrical component within the housing and spaced from the first circuit, the electrical component having an electrical contact; and
a flexible circuit body within the housing and having at least one conductive circuit trace with an insulative body having a first external surface and a second external surface on an opposite side from the first external surface and with the first and second external surfaces covering the at least one conductive circuit trace, the at least one conductive circuit trace having a longitudinal axis and having a first portion that extends along the longitudinal axis and that is exposed from the insulative body in proximity to a first end of the insulative body by spanning a first window present in the first external surface and the second external surface of the insulative body and having a second portion that is exposed from the insulative body in proximity to a second end of the insulative body by spanning a second window present in the first external surface and the second external surface of the insulative body, with at least one of the first and second portions being attached to the electrical contact of the electrical component by a resistive weld to create an electrical connection between the first or second portion of the circuit trace and the electrical contact of the electrical component, and the circuit trace being electrically coupled to the first circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,602

HOLDER FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A medical device system, comprising:an implantable medical device (IMD) comprising a receptacle configured to connect with a connecting pin of an electrode lead cable, wherein, when the connecting pin of the electrode lead cable is inserted into the receptacle, lead connectors within the IMD contact mating conductors of the connecting pin, and
a holder comprising a compartment configured to hold the IMD, the holder further comprising an opening configured to allow the connecting pin to access the receptacle only when the IMD is contained within the holder in a keyed orientation;
wherein the IMD further comprises a housing comprising a conductive material and configured to operate as an electrode, and
wherein the holder comprises a window configured to provide contact between the housing and tissue of the patient when the holder and the IMD are implanted in the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,601

USER INTERFACE FOR CUSTOM PATTERNED ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A neurostimulation system, comprising:a stimulation device configured to deliver neurostimulation pulses and to control the delivery of the neurostimulation pulses using a plurality of stimulation parameters;
a programming device configured to transmit the plurality of stimulation parameters to the stimulation device, the programming device including a programming control circuit configured to generate the plurality of stimulation parameters according to scheduled one or more neurostimulation programs each specifying a pattern of the neurostimulation pulses; and
a user interface coupled to the programming control circuit and including a display screen, a user input device, and a neurostimulation program circuit coupled to the display screen and the user input device, the neurostimulation program circuit configured to display a program creation area including a pulse train (PT) construction area and a train grouping (TG) construction area on the display screen, to create building blocks of the one or more neurostimulation programs including constructing PTs by temporally arranging one or more pulse blocks (PBs) in the PT construction area using the user input device and constructing TGs by temporally arranging one or more PTs selected from the constructed PTs in the TG construction area using the user input device, wherein constructing the TGs further includes receiving an order and a number of repetitions of the one or more PBs in each PT of the one or more PTs in the TG construction area using the user input device, to display a program scheduling area on the display screen, to schedule the one or more neurostimulation programs by temporally arranging one or more TGs selected from the constructed TGs for each program of the one or more neurostimulation programs and specifying one or more delivery times for the each program in the program scheduling area using the user input device, and to transmit the scheduled one or more neurostimulation programs to the programming device, the one or more PBs each including a plurality of pulses of the neurostimulation pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,335,600

CARDIAC DEVICE FOR TREATING BRUGADA SYNDROME

NEWSTIM, INC., La Lucila...

1. A cardiac device for treating Brugada syndrome, comprising:a cardiac pacing device comprising a pulse generator and a pair of pacing electrodes electrically coupled to the pulse generator via an endocardial lead and positioned in one of a region near the His bundle and a para-Hisian region of a patient's heart, the pulse generator configured to deliver at least two single-phased superimposed waveforms of opposite polarity through the pair of pacing electrodes relative to a reference electrode and substantially coincident to propagation of an activation wave front proceeding from the atrioventricular node of the patient's heart; and
a diagnostic module operatively coupled to the pulse generator and configured to sense via at least one sensing electrode physiology indicative of a presence of Brugada syndrome in the patient, the diagnostic module further configured to control the pulse generator in delivering the at least two single-phased superimposed waveforms in response to the presence of Brugada syndrome, wherein the physiology indicative of a presence of Brugada syndrome comprises an electrocardiogram that exhibits an ST segment elevation in the anterior precordial (V1, V2, V3) leads with QRS complexes exhibiting an image of right bundle branch block in the right precordial leads and an elevation at the J point.

US Pat. No. 10,335,599

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROGRAMMING CHARGE RECOVERY IN NEUROSTIMULATION WAVEFORM

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A method for neurostimulation, comprising:determining a stimulation waveform representing a pattern of neurostimulation pulses each including a charge injection phase;
generating charge recovery parameters based on a charge recovery scheme and one or more predetermined values of each parameter of one or more of the charge recovery parameters;
adjusting the determined stimulation waveform by automatically inserting charge recovery phases into the determined stimulation waveform to recover charges injected during the charge injection phases using the charge recovery parameters; and
programming a stimulation device for delivering the neurostimulation pulses according to the adjusted stimulation waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,335,598

ELECTRICAL STIMULATION DEVICE HAVING REMOTE ACCESS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An electrical stimulation device configured to perform a stimulation therapy on a patient, the device comprising:an interface configured to exchange information with a user of the device, the interface including a card reader, the card reader configured to read a code from a key card issued to the patient;
a controller configured to access, over a network, a stimulation program stored remotely on a server, the device being communicatively coupled to the server via the network, the controller configured to enable remote execution of the stimulation program in response to the code being validated, the controller configured to execute the stimulation program based on a subscription including at least an authorization code, the controller being configured to determine whether the subscription is active;
at least one electrode lead including one or more electrodes, the one or more electrodes configured to stimulate a tibial nerve;
a stimulation circuit configured to generate electrical stimulation pulses and deliver the electrical stimulation pulses to the one or more electrodes in response to the remote execution of the stimulation program; and
a communication circuit configured to communicate with the server over the network, the communication circuit configured to transmit, over the network, therapy data about the stimulation therapy to the server for storage thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,335,597

SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR SYSTEM

Cirtec Medical Corp., Br...

1. A method of providing electrical pulse therapy to patient via an implantable spinal cord stimulation device, comprising the steps of:providing an implantable pulse generator with a microcontroller and an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), wherein the ASIC comprises a digital circuit and an analog circuit;
receiving one or more commands sent by an external remote at a transceiver within the implantable pulse generator and transmitting the one or more commands to the microcontroller;
receiving, by the ASIC data representing the one more commands;
performing, by the digital circuit of the ASIC, signal processing in accordance with the one or more commands to generate one or more corresponding signals for the electrical pulse therapy, wherein the corresponding signals include timing information for the electrical pulse therapy; and
delivering the one or more signals for the electrical pulse therapy to an epidural space of a patient as directed by the analog circuit of the ASIC.

US Pat. No. 10,335,596

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NEUROMODULATION TREATMENTS OF PAIN AND OTHER CONDITIONS

Nalu Medical, Inc., Carl...

1. An apparatus for delivering stimulation energy to tissue, comprising:an implantable device comprising an implantable energy storage element and at least one implantable antenna, the implantable device configured to deliver stimulation energy to tissue;
an external device comprising an external antenna, the external device configured to transmit power and data to the implantable device via a wireless link;
wherein the apparatus is configured to assess quality of the wireless link by assessing rate of charging of the implantable energy storage element,
wherein the apparatus is configured to perform the assessment of the quality of the wireless link periodically,
wherein the apparatus is further configured to increase power level of transmissions during the performance of the assessment, and
wherein the apparatus is further configured to reduce the power level of the external device transmissions until a discharge rate of the implantable energy storage element is faster than the charge rate of the energy storage element.

US Pat. No. 10,335,595

DYNAMIC CONTROL OF TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION THERAPY USING CONTINUOUS SLEEP DETECTION

Neurometrix, Inc., Walth...

1. Apparatus for providing transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy to a user, said apparatus comprising:a housing;
an application unit for providing mechanical coupling between said housing and the user's body;
a stimulation unit for electrically stimulating at least one nerve of the user;
a sensing unit for (i) sensing the body movement and body orientation of the user to determine whether the user is in an “out-of-bed” state or a “rest-in-bed” state, and (ii) analyzing sleep characteristics of the user during said “rest-in-bed” state; and
a feedback unit for at least one of (i) providing the user with feedback in response to said analysis of said sleep characteristics of the user, and (ii) modifying the electrical stimulation provided to the user by said stimulation unit in response to said analysis of said sleep characteristics of the user;
wherein said sleep characteristics comprise a likelihood measure of the sleep quality of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,335,594

DESENSITIZING DEVICE

GIMER MEDICAL CO., LTD., ...

1. A desensitizing device, comprising an electrical stimulation member; wherein the electrical stimulation member comprises:a controller for producing a stimulating signal, wherein the stimulating signal is a pulse signal having a frequency between 200 KHz and 800 KHz and its pulse repetition frequency is between 0 and 1 KHz;
at least two electrodes configured to be attached to a user's wrist and electrically connected to the controller to receive the stimulating signal from the controller and to apply the stimulating signal to a subcutaneous nerve via the skin, wherein the stimulating signal makes the at least two electrodes generate an electric field at least partially covering the subcutaneous nerve such that when the simulating signal is applied, the subcutaneous nerve is temporarily desensitized; and
a support member having an outer circumference, an inner circumference, a through channel surrounded by the inner circumference, and an accommodation space with a first opening on the outer circumference and at least two second openings on the inner circumference.

US Pat. No. 10,335,593

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MONITORING NON-INVASIVE VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION

Electrocore, Inc., Baski...

1. A method for treating a medical condition of a patient, the method comprising:contacting an outer skin surface of the patient with a contact surface of a housing;
generating an electrical impulse within the housing;
transmitting, as the contact surface contacts the outer skin surface, the electrical impulse from the housing, non-invasively, through the outer skin surface, to a nerve at a target region within the patient such that the electrical impulse modulates the nerve;
measuring a physiological response of the patient, wherein the physiological response is directly associated with modulation of the nerve based on the transmitting; and
detecting, based on the physiological response, whether the electrical impulse was transmitted to the nerve.

US Pat. No. 10,335,592

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING HEMODYNAMIC PERFORMANCE THROUGH ASYMPTOMATIC DIAPHRAGM STIMULATION

VisCardia, Inc., Beavert...

1. A method of improving hemodynamic performance of a heart, the method comprising:sensing a plurality of cardiac events directly from a diaphragm;
for each of the sensed cardiac events, determining whether the sensed cardiac event represents a valid cardiac event or a non-valid cardiac event;
establishing a diaphragmatic stimulation delay period based on a plurality of sensed cardiac events that are determined to be valid; and
delivering asymptomatic electrical stimulation therapy directly to the diaphragm based on the established diaphragmatic stimulation delay period.

US Pat. No. 10,335,591

AUDITORY SIGNAL PROCESSING

COCHLEAR LIMITED, Macqua...

1. A method, comprising:dividing an acoustic signal into first and second stimulation frames, wherein the first and second stimulation frames each include a stimulus period during which stimuli are delivered to electrodes of an auditory prosthesis and a wait period during which no stimuli are delivered to the electrodes of the auditory prosthesis;
determining a length for one or more of the wait periods of the first and second stimulation frames based on at least one feature of the acoustic signal; and
sequentially applying the first and second stimulation frames to the electrodes of the auditory prosthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,590

MRI COMPATIBLE LEADS FOR A DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION SYSTEM

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A lead for an implanted medical device in which the lead is adapted for electrical communication with an electrical signal source and has a distal tip with an electrode, the lead comprising:a wire adapted to be placed in electrical communication with the electrode, the wire including (i) a core comprising a polymeric material, (ii) a continuous metallic layer surrounding and contacting an outer surface of the core, the continuous metallic layer extending along the core a first length and having a layer thickness, and (iii) an outer metallic layer disposed on the continuous metallic layer, the outer metallic layer extending axially along the first length and having a first section and a second section, the first section defined by a first thickness greater than the layer thickness, the first section extending continuously and axially along the continuous metallic layer toward the second section, the second section having a second thickness greater than the first thickness and extending continuously and axially away from the first section, the first section having a first resistance and the second section having a second resistance different than the first resistance,
wherein the lead is substantially transparent to radio frequency waves in clinically-applicable magnetic resonance environments to reduce radio frequency absorption and avoid substantial heating effects.

US Pat. No. 10,335,589

METHOD FOR POSITIONING TERMINAL END OF PACEMAKER LEAD, WHICH HAS PASSED THROUGH CORONARY SINUS, IN INTERVENTRICULAR SEPTUM

TAU-PNU MEDICAL CO., LTD....

15. A method of positioning a tip of a pacemaker lead, which has passed through a coronary sinus, into an interventricular septum, in order to effectively transmit electrical stimulus, the method comprising:a step of inserting an intervention wire through a superior vena cava and a coronary sinus to pass through the interventricular septum and then guiding the intervention wire to an inferior vena cava; and
a step of positioning the tip of the lead into the interventricular septum by inserting the pacemaker lead along the intervention wire.

US Pat. No. 10,335,588

UNWRAPPED 2D VIEW OF A STIMULATION LEAD WITH COMPLEX ELECTRODE ARRAY GEOMETRY

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A lead comprising:a lead housing defining a longitudinal axis and a circumference;
a ring stimulation electrode disposed at a first axial position along the longitudinal axis of the lead housing; and
a plurality of stimulation electrodes disposed at respective different positions around the circumference of the lead housing, wherein the plurality of stimulation electrodes comprises at least three stimulation electrodes, and wherein the plurality of stimulation electrodes is disposed at a second axial position proximal from a distal end of the lead housing and different than the first axial position along the longitudinal axis of the lead housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,587

WEARABLE BAND FOR LOW-FREQUENCY THERAPY

1. A low-frequency therapy wearing band 20 allowing a low-frequency therapy device 10 including a control box 11 constituted of a case, a power supply 12, a controller 13, a low-frequency wave output unit 14, and a control switch 15 to be connected thereto to provide a low-frequency stimulus to a body part of a wearer to enable physical therapy, the wearing band 20 comprising outer yarn 21 shaped as a cylinder by continuously knitting fiber yarn loops and knitted with fiber yarn, inner yarn 22 knitted with covering yarn, and pile yarn 23 formed of a conductive fiber, knitted at inner surfaces of the inner yarn 22, and applying a low-frequency stimulus while tightly contacting a skin, wherein a cable 16 of the low-frequency therapy device 10 is connected to electrode terminals 24 protruding from a surface to transmit a negative low-frequency current and a positive low-frequency current to the pile yarn 23, and wherein a stainless fiber 30 is knitted on an outside of the outer yarn 21 to prevent static electricity that occurs due to a contact to the wearing band 20.

US Pat. No. 10,335,586

IRREVERSIBLY CLOSABLE FLOW CONTROL CLAMP

Fenwal, Inc., Lake Zuric...

1. A flow control clamp for association with a tubing segment, the clamp comprising:a) a one-piece, integrally-formed body having a first leg and a second leg, each with a first end and a second end, the first end of the first leg and the first end of the second leg being interconnected, the first and second legs being movable from a first spaced-apart position to a second irreversibly-closed position;
b) a first aperture in the body located at the interconnection of the first ends of the first and second legs and a second aperture located in the second end of one of the first and second legs, the apertures being configured to permit the clamp to be received on the tubing segment, with the tubing segment passing through the apertures;
c) the first leg including a first inwardly-projecting contacting member and the second leg including a second inwardly-projecting contacting member opposed thereto, the first and second contacting members being configured to occlude the tubing segment when the first and second legs are in the closed position; and
d) the second end of each of the first and second legs including an engagement member, the engagement members cooperating to maintain the first and second legs in the closed position when the engagement members are brought into contact upon moving the first and second legs to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,585

PATIENT FLUID LINE ACCESS VALVE ANTIMICROBIAL CAP/CLEANER

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A cap device for reducing risk of contamination of a patient fluid line access valve, the cap device comprising:a housing forming:
a first inner cavity which contains a first material storing an antimicrobial agent, the first inner cavity comprising a first opening through which an access portion of the patient fluid access valve may be inserted to contact the antimicrobial agent, and
a second inner cavity which contains a second material storing a cleaning solution, the second inner cavity having a second opening through which the access portion of the patient fluid access valve may be inserted to contact the cleaning solution; and
a wall interposed between the first and second inner cavities, said wall comprising:
a first surface opposite said first opening to said first inner cavity, and
a second surface opposite to said second opening to said second inner cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,335,584

PATIENT FLUID LINE ACCESS VALVE ANTIMICROBIAL CAP/CLEANER

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A device for maintaining a patient fluid line access valve having an access portion with a distalmost end face that includes a septum and external threads on the access portion proximate the distalmost end face, the device comprising:a housing having an inner cavity, wherein an opening to the inner cavity is configured for receiving the access portion of the patient fluid tine access valve;
a material impregnated with a liquid antimicrobial agent prior to receiving the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve, wherein the material is disposed in the inner cavity;
threading protruding inwardly into the inner cavity from an inner wall of the housing near the opening, the threading configured to engage the external threads of the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve as the housing is placed over the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve to contact the material with the distalmost end face of the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve, and configured to disinfect the distalmost end face and at least a portion of the external threads of the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve with the liquid antimicrobial agent from the material,
wherein the threading receives the external threads of the access portion of the access valve thereby causing the distalmost end face to advance into the inner cavity such that the septum contacts the material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,583

CONDUIT CONNECTOR FOR A PATIENT BREATHING DEVICE

1. A connector assembly for a gas delivery conduit of a respiratory system, the respiratory system configured for providing respiratory gases to a patient, the connector assembly comprising:a first connector, the first connector comprising one or more locking tabs formed on an inner surface thereof, the one or more locking tabs protruding radially inward from the interior surface, the first connector coupled with a first conduit configured to transport respiratory gases from a flow generator or to a patient interface; and
a second connector, the second connector comprising:
a first aperture,
a second aperture, and
one or more locking fingers, the locking fingers configured to releasably attach with the one or more locking tabs of the first connector to removably couple the first connector and the second connector, the one or more locking fingers protruding longitudinally from the first aperture of the second connector, the second connector coupled with a second conduit configured to transport respiratory gases.

US Pat. No. 10,335,582

ALCOHOL PREP APPLICATOR

1. An improved applicator for application of an alcohol solution prior to medical procedures comprising:an applicator body comprising a top portion connected to a central portion, the central portion connected to a squeezable bladder, and the squeezable bladder connected to a bottom portion, the central portion and the squeezable bladder each defining a separate hollow internal chamber;
the hollow internal chamber of the central portion integral to the applicator body is designed to hold at least one cartridge having a plurality of swabs, each swab having a top portion for application of an alcohol solution;
the hollow internal chamber of the squeezable bladder integral to the applicator body is designed for holding alcohol solution and for holding at least one of the plurality of swabs, and the bladder capable of being squeezed to allow for an alcohol solution to fill an interior of the bladder and to release the solution from the bladder;
a spring-loaded hinge lever extending from the internal chamber of the central portion of the applicator body and extending outwards from the top portion of the applicator body for loading and ejecting individual swabs from the cartridge;
a hinge door positioned on the central portion of the applicator body, the hinge door being provided to load and remove the cartridge of swabs in the internal chamber of the central portion;
wherein the spring-loaded hinge lever is used to advance at least one swab from the cartridge held in the central portion through the bladder and then through an opening of the bottom portion of the applicator body for the application of alcohol solution to a patient's skin, such that only the top portion of the swab touches a patient's skin, causing the applicator to have minimal contact with a patient's skin;
wherein the internal chamber of the squeezable bladder can be partially or wholly filled with alcohol solution by squeezing the bladder, the squeezing of the bladder allowing a user to adjust the flow of alcohol solution on the patient's skin;
wherein the bladder is squeezed to release alcohol solution through the bottom portion of the applicator body, which is absorbed by the at least one swab protruding from the opening of the bottom portion of the applicator body; and
whereby the improved applicator allows for the application of an alcohol solution to a patient's skin with minimal contact, and allows the user to control and adjust the flow of alcohol solution to be applied to a patient's skin.

US Pat. No. 10,335,581

MEDICAL BALLOON INCLUDING PLEATS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A balloon for a balloon catheter comprising:a proximal cone section having proximal and distal ends, a length extending between the proximal and distal ends, an exterior surface having a generally conical shape, an interior surface, a wall thickness between the exterior and interior surfaces, and a circumference tapering proximally toward the proximal end of the proximal cone section;
a distal cone section having proximal and distal ends, a length extending between the proximal and distal ends, an exterior surface having a generally conical shape, an interior surface, a wall thickness between the exterior and interior surfaces, and a circumference tapering distally toward the distal end of the distal cone section; and
a balloon body section extending between and interconnecting the distal end of the proximal cone section and the proximal end of the distal cone section, the proximal and distal cone sections and the balloon body section defining an interior chamber configured to receive fluid to expand the balloon from a non-expanded state to an expanded state,
wherein one of the proximal and distal cone sections comprises grooves spaced apart around the circumference of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections, each groove having a length extending lengthwise of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections, a depth extending inward from the exterior surface of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections, and a width extending circumferentially of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections,
wherein the width of at least a portion of each groove tapers toward the balloon body section, and
wherein said one of the proximal and distal cone sections includes a plurality of ribs extending inward from the interior surface of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections at locations of the grooves on the exterior surface of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections such that each of the plurality of ribs extends at the respective location of each groove.

US Pat. No. 10,335,580

GUIDEWIRE WITH VARYING PROPERTIES

Abbott Cardiovascular Sys...

1. A method of making a medical guidewire core element comprising:providing a wire of nickel titanium alloy with superelastic properties having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein a first length separates the proximal end from the distal end;
applying cold work to the wire through a rotary swaging machine in a sequence that comprises:
swaging the wire over a second length that includes the distal end by using a die set having a first diameter wherein the second length is less than the first length;
swaging the wire over a third length that includes the distal end by using a die set having a second diameter, the third length being less than the second length, and the second diameter being less than the first diameter; and
applying a reducing process to the wire, following swaging the wire over the second length and the third length, whereby the wire is reduced to have a constant diameter over the first length wherein the reducing process includes applying centerless grinding.

US Pat. No. 10,335,579

INTRAVENOUS CATHETER APPARATUS

POLY MEDICURE LIMITED, F...

1. An intravenous catheter apparatus comprising:a catheter tube;
a catheter hub having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end is joined to the catheter tube and the proximal end defines a housing;
a needle extending through the catheter hub and the catheter tube and defining an axial direction, wherein the needle has opposite proximal and distal ends, the distal end forming a needle tip;
a needle hub attached to the proximal end of the needle;
a needle guard slidably arranged on the needle, wherein the needle guard is movably retained in the housing of the catheter hub, when the needle extends through the catheter hub and the catheter tube, wherein the needle guard is removable from the catheter hub once the needle tip is received in the needle guard upon withdrawal of the needle from the catheter tube, wherein the housing defines a chamber at one end thereof ensuring that a first and second arm of the needle guard do not engage or interact with an inner surface of the chamber prior and during venipuncture of a patient, wherein the catheter hub is made of two separate parts comprising a first part and a second part, wherein the first and second parts form the chamber, wherein the inner surface of the chamber is parallel to the axial direction and defined only by the second part, wherein the first part comprises a chamfered surface abutting the inner surface of the chamber, which chamfered surface is inclined towards the inside of the housing in a proximal direction of the catheter hub, and wherein the chamfered surface has a smaller inside diameter at its innermost end than a distance between outermost points of the arms in their deflected state inside the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,335,578

CATHETER ASSEMBLY

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A catheter assembly comprising:a hollow catheter;
a catheter hub to which the catheter is fixed;
an inner needle including a needle tip, the inner needle being detachably disposed inside of the catheter;
a needle hub to which the inner needle is fixed;
a catheter operation member configured to move the catheter relative to the inner needle; and
a support member disposed at the needle hub,
wherein the support member includes a support main body portion that is movable relative to the needle hub between (i) a first position at which the support main body portion contacts and supports the catheter, and (ii) a second position that is a different position from the first position, at which the support main body portion does not contact the catheter,
wherein the support member is rotatably attached to the needle hub, and
wherein the support member includes an axial rod portion rotatably attached to the needle hub, and the support main body portion projects in a direction orthogonal to an axial direction of the axial rod portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,577

AUGMENTED DELIVERY CATHETER AND METHOD

Nfinium Vascular Technolo...

1. A catheter apparatus for placement within a blood vessel to at least partially occlude the blood vessel, the catheter apparatus comprising:an outer sheath having a distal end;
an inner sheath having a distal end, the inner sheath being axially translatable and fitting within the outer sheath; and
an expansile anchor mechanism deployable between collapsed and expanded configurations by axially translating the inner and other sheaths relative to one another,
wherein the expansile anchor mechanism comprises a distal end coupled to the distal end of the outer sheath and a proximal end coupled to the distal end of the inner sheath,
wherein the expansile anchor mechanism comprises a fluid permeable tubular mesh braid and an impermeable elastomeric membrane covering at least a portion of the tubular mesh braid to at least partially obstruct blood flow in the blood vessel when the expansile anchor mechanism is in the expanded configuration within the blood vessel, and
wherein the impermeable elastomeric membrane allows antegrade blood flow beyond a distal tip of the distal end of the outer sheath while limiting the blood flow to cause pressure in the blood vessel distal to the distal tip to be less than pressure in the blood vessel proximal to the distal tip when the expansile anchor mechanism is in the expanded configuration within the blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,576

ANCHOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

INTERRAD Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method for securing a catheter relative to a skin penetration point, comprising:inserting a catheter through a skin penetration point;
adjusting a first anchor and a second anchor of an anchor instrument from a first configuration to a deployed configuration, the first and second anchors being coupled to an external retainer device of the anchor instrument and being configured to extend distally away from a distal end of the external retainer device, wherein a first subcutaneous flexible tine of the first anchor and a second subcutaneous flexible tine of the second anchor are deployed in a subcutaneous region adjacent to an underside of a skin layer to secure the external retainer device relative to the skin penetration point;
inserting the first and second anchors of an anchor instrument through the skin penetration point while the catheter is occupying the skin penetration point;
connecting a removable cap member to the external retainer device; and
releasably engaging the external retainer device to an external portion of the catheter while the catheter is occupying the skin penetration point and while the first and second anchors extend distally away from the distal end of the external retainer device.

US Pat. No. 10,335,575

MEDICAL ELONGATED BODY

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical elongated body, the medical elongated body comprising:a tubular body, which extends in an axial center direction, at least a part of the tubular body having a spiral slit, the tubular body including sites in which spiral inclination angles of the spiral slit in an extending direction of a spiral of the spiral slit with respect to a cross-section orthogonal to the axial center direction are different from each other, and a stepped portion in which a spiral inclination angle of the spiral slit changes with respect to the spiral inclination angle on one opposed surface side of a pair of opposed surfaces constituting the spiral slit, and an abutting portion on which the stepped portion abuts when the tubular body is twisted in a direction in which the spiral of the slit is released on the other opposed surface side of the opposed surfaces; and
a length of the stepped portion in the axial center direction is longer in a site having a first spiral inclination angle with respect to the cross-section orthogonal to the axial center direction than in a site having a second spiral inclination angle with respect to the cross-section orthogonal to the axial center direction, and wherein the first spiral inclination angle is greater than the second spiral inclination angle.

US Pat. No. 10,335,574

ACCELEROMETER-BASED CONTACT SENSING ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A method comprising:providing a catheter having a proximal portion and a flexible distal portion, the proximal portion being stiff relative to the flexible distal portion;
providing an electrode coupled to the flexible distal portion, and an accelerometer coupled to the electrode; and
monitoring an output of the accelerometer to recognize when the electrode comes into contact with a tissue surface of an endocardial wall of a heart of the patient, and detecting when the electrode contacts the tissue surface by recognizing, using said accelerometer output, when the electrode motion corresponds to a motion of the tissue surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,573

INTRAPERITONEAL CHEMOTHERAPY MEDICAL DEVICES, KITS, AND METHODS

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A catheter, comprising:an elongate member having an elongate member proximal end, an elongate member distal end, and an elongate member main body extending between the elongate member proximal end and the elongate member distal end, the elongate member main body defining an elongate member circumferential wall, first, second, and third openings on the elongate member proximal end, a first heating lumen extending from the first opening toward the elongate member distal end, a second heating lumen extending from the second opening toward the elongate member distal end, and a treatment lumen extending from the third opening toward the elongate member distal end; and
a distal cap disposed on the distal end of the elongate member, the distal cap defining a terminating surface that terminates the treatment lumen and a return lumen extending and providing fluid communication between the first heating lumen and the second heating lumen;
wherein the treatment lumen comprises a blind passage and the elongate member circumferential wall defines a plurality of passageways providing fluid communication between the treatment lumen and an environment external to said catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,335,572

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMPUTER ASSISTED OPERATION

1. A monitoring system, comprising:a projector aimed at a retina, the projector providing three dimensional images with different depth view points;
a camera to capture vision and transmit the vision to the projector to sweep the retina with images associated with the vision;
a mobile device coupled to the projector;
sensors coupled to a body to detect pain based on biometric and physical conditions, the sensor having a wireless transceiver adapted to communicate with the mobile device; and
a software module to display information from the mobile device and the camera using the projector to provide sexual stimulation with explicit augmented or virtual reality views of sex organ body part of an adult entertainer during pain episodes to distract a patient from feeling the pain.

US Pat. No. 10,335,571

BREATHABLE GAS INLET CONTROL DEVICE FOR RESPIRATORY TREATMENT APPARATUS

ResMed Paris SAS, (FR)

1. A respiratory treatment apparatus configured to provide a flow of breathable gas to a patient in successive respiratory cycles, each cycle including an inspiration phase and an expiration phase, comprising:a gas inlet having a variable aperture that is adjustable between a range of positions from a closed position and to fully open;
a gas outlet; and
a flow generator adapted to provide a supply of pressurized breathable gas from the gas inlet and to the gas outlet, the gas inlet conducting the supply of pressurized breathable gas to the flow generator; and
a controller to control the pressure generated by the flow generator,
wherein the variable aperture is configured to, during the inspiration phase of each respiratory cycle, vary proportionally in opening size as a function of an induced level of flow of breathable gas provided adjacent to the gas outlet, said induced level of flow generated by the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,570

METHOD OF SEPARATING AND DISTRIBUTING OXYGEN

3B MEDICAL INC., Winter ...

1. A delivery system for oxygen separated from ambient air comprising:a separator comprising:
at least one separation column, the at least one separation column containing an inlet at a first end and an outlet at a second end;
a last in/first out (LIFO) buffer column having a single inlet at a first end and having an adsorbent with a high capacity for nitrogen adsorption; wherein the LIFO buffer column is configured to receive through the single inlet a first stream of high purity oxygen from the outlet of the at least one separation column, reorder the single stream, and feed a reordered stream of high purity oxygen through the single inlet and to the at least one separation column;
a vacuum pump;
a valve system that connects the vacuum pump with the at least one separation column;
wherein the vacuum pump is connected to the valve system to remove gas from the at least one separation column by enabling a flow path from the at least one separation column to a pump inlet of the vacuum pump, and to transfer a gas into the at least one separation column by enabling a different flow path from a pump outlet to the at least one separation column;
a nose cannula;
wherein the oxygen separator separates oxygen from air in discrete pulses and supplies oxygen through a check valve to the nose cannula directly from the at least one separation column in response to inhalation by a person through the nose cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,335,569

OXYGEN FACE MASK AND COMPONENT SYSTEM

Monitor Mask Inc., Seatt...

11. A face mask to cover a user's nose and at least partially cover a user's mouth and configured to deliver oxygen to a user, the face mask comprising:a wall;
a port in the wall;
an engagement portion around the port; and
a first mask connector configured to connect to the port, the first mask connector having:
a first end configured to connect to a mating connector and to be external to the mask;
an external flange distal to the first end and configured to appose an outer surface of the wall of the mask;
a non-circular neck region distal to the external flange and configured to appose the engagement portion to prevent rotation of the first mask connector relative to the face mask;
a second end distal to the neck region; and
a first longitudinal channel continuous from the first end to the second end;
an internal flange distal to the neck region and configured to appose a portion of an inside of the wall and to minimize outward longitudinal movement of the first mask connector relative to the rest of the mask, the internal flange having a non-circular cross-sectional shape and an outer footprint that is smaller than an outer footprint of the port.

US Pat. No. 10,335,568

NECK STRAP, CROWN STRAP ASSEMBLY AND HEADGEAR FOR A BREATHING MASK

ResMed Limited, Bella Vi...

1. Neck strap for a headgear, comprising:a one-piece main body adapted to engage a patient's neck, the main body including:
first and second lower connection portions adapted to connect to respective first and second lower mask connection straps, and
first and second upper connection portions adapted to connect to respective first and second lateral crown straps,
wherein the main body comprises two opposing major side edges and two opposing minor side edges that interconnect the opposing major side edges,
wherein the first upper connection portion and the first lower connection portion are located along a first of the two opposing minor side edges, and wherein the second upper connection portion and the second lower connection portion are located along a second of the two opposing minor side edges, and
wherein, in a flat state of the main body, each of the opposing major side edges comprises a curved portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,567

NITRIC OXIDE UPPER AIRWAY DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD

12th Man Technologies, In...

1. A nasal delivery system for delivering nitric oxide-containing gas to an upper respiratory tract of a subject, comprising:a source of nitric oxide-containing gas;
a nasal interface adapted to provide fluid communication between the source of nitric oxide-containing gas and the nostrils of the subject;
a flow-control valve for controlling the flow of the nitric oxide-containing gas from the source to the subject;
a flow sensor positioned near the oral cavity of the subject; and
a control unit in communication with the flow-control valve and the flow sensor;
wherein the control unit is configured to allow delivery of nitric oxide-containing gas to the upper respiratory tract while the soft palate of the subject is open during exhalation of air.

US Pat. No. 10,335,566

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING VENTILATION

ADVANCED COOLING THERAPY,...

1. A system for providing ventilation assistance or control, the system comprising:(a) at least one processor;
(b) at least one operator interface configured to provide input to the processor;
(c) at least one input device; and
(d) at least one memory device that stores a plurality of instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
(i) receive, via the at least one operator interface, a first setting for a ventilator parameter and a target pressure for an esophageal pressure of a patient;
(ii) deliver, via at least one conduit, a first volume of gas to the patient in accordance with the first setting;
(iii) receive, via the at least one input device, a measured value for the esophageal pressure;
(iv) determine whether the measured value satisfies the target pressure;
(v) deliver, via the at least one conduit, a second volume of gas to the patient in accordance with a randomized setting in response to determining that the measured value satisfies the target pressure, the randomized setting determined based on a random value that is applied to the first setting of the ventilator parameter;
(vi) deliver, via the at least one conduit, the second volume of gas to the patient in accordance with a corrected setting in response to determining that the measured value does not satisfy the target pressure, the corrected setting determined based on a correction factor that is applied to the first setting of the ventilator parameter; and
(v) adjust the correction factor based upon a magnitude of difference between the measured value and the target pressure of the esophageal pressure of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,565

MEASURING RESPIRATORY MECHANICS PARAMETERS OF VENTILATED PATIENTS

1. A system for measuring respiratory resistance of a subject breathing with use of a ventilator comprising:an airflow perturbation device comprising:
a sealed housing having an airflow path, a first port at one end of the path, and a second port at an opposite end of the path, each configured to couple to a ventilator hose, wherein the housing is sealed against the atmosphere;
a perturbation mechanism positioned within the airflow path between the first and second ports, wherein the perturbation mechanism includes an element disposed in the airflow path and an actuator coupled to the element to control the element to intermittently create an obstruction to airflow and periodically alter airflow resistance between the first port and the second port;
a pneumotachometer comprising a flow sensor, a first pressure tap disposed proximate the first port and a second pressure tap disposed proximate the second port to measure airflow between the first port and the second port;
a pressure sensor to measure a difference in air pressure between the first port and the second port, wherein the pressure sensor is coupled to the first pressure tap to access pressure at a position between a mouth of the subject and the perturbation mechanism, and to the second pressure tap to access pressure at a position between the perturbation mechanism and the ventilator; and
a computing system comprising at least one processor configured to:
receive data from the flow sensor and pressure sensor; and
determine an airflow resistance based on the received data.

US Pat. No. 10,335,564

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXSUFFLATION PRESSURE DURING IN-EXSUFFLATION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

6. A method to reduce airway collapse in a subject during in-exsufflation therapy the method comprising:generating, with a pressure generator, a pressurized flow of breathable gas for delivery to an airway of the subject;
generating, with one or more sensors, output signals conveying information related to one or more parameters of the pressurized flow of breathable gas;
controlling, with one or more processors, the pressure generator based on an in-exsufflation therapy regime and the output signals to apply the pressurized flow of breathable gas, the in-exsufflation therapy regime including an exsufflation pressure of the pressurized flow of breathable gas during exhalation of the subject;
determining, with the one or more processors, based on a percentage of an actual inhalation tidal volume of the subject during a first respiratory cycle, a target exhalation tidal volume for exhalation of the subject during a second respiratory cycle, the percentage being less than 100%;
monitoring, with the one or more processors, based on the output signals, an actual exhalation tidal volume of the subject during the second respiratory cycle;
detecting, with the one or more processors, based on the monitoring, an airway collapse of the subject, the detection of the airway collapse being based on a comparison of the actual exhalation tidal volume and the target exhalation tidal volume during the second respiratory cycle; and
responsive to the detection of the airway collapse, adjusting, with the one or more processors, the control of the pressure generator by adjusting the exsufflation pressure in the in-exsufflation therapy regime.

US Pat. No. 10,335,563

ACTUATOR FOR AN INHALER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An inhaler for delivery of a medicament, the inhaler comprising an actuator and a canister, said canister comprising propellant and medicament, the actuator comprisinga body, a stem post and fixing means for fixing the stem post in the body, wherein
the body comprises a delivery passage for delivery of a medicament and a canister opening for insertion of a canister having a metering valve with a valve stem,
the stem post comprises a stem socket for receiving the valve stem of a canister and comprises an orifice for discharging a medicament to the delivery passage, and wherein
the stem post is adapted and the body is adapted so that the stem post and body cooperate to define a transition chamber when the stem post is fixed in the body, wherein the transition chamber is situated between the stem socket and the orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,335,562

METERED DOSE DISPENSERS WITH POROUS BODY

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A pressurized metered dose inhaler for dispensing an aerosol formulation comprising particles of a medicament suspended in liquefied propellant, the inhaler comprising an aerosol container equipped with a metered dose valve having entrances into the valve, where a formulation chamber is defined in part by internal walls of the container, the formulation chamber configured to contain multiple doses of the aerosol formulation, and wherein the inhaler further comprises a porous, fluid permeable, particulate semi-permeable body, the porous body comprising a material, and the material having a nominal pore size from about 125 micrometers to about 2000 micrometers, the porous body located within the formulation chamber adjacent to the metered dose valve; and wherein the porous body is configured and positioned relative to the valve such that the aerosol formulation must pass through a porous body region defined by the porous body en route into the valve when the metered dose inhaler is operated in an upright position, and a sampling region defined between the porous body, portion of the valve, and a portion of an internal wall of the container, so that, in use, aerosol formulation will be sampled from said sampling region into an internal chamber of the valve, wherein the porous body region has a volume at least equal to or greater than the volume of a metering chamber of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,335,561

VALVE

1. A valve for an inhalation device comprising an interior volume that is delimited at least partially by a valve wall, a permanent opening as well as a valve functional area, whereby the valve functional area is configured to be at least almost closed below an opening pressure difference and to be open above the opening pressure difference such that above the opening pressure difference, a fluid can flow through the permanent opening into the interior volume and out of the valve functional area,wherein
the valve comprises an inversion protector that is configured to impede or prevent inversion of the valve wall,
the inversion protector comprises a reinforcing region of the valve wall,
the valve functional area is configured to have a slit below the opening pressure difference,
the reinforcing region is elongated and extends from an end of the slit or from a vicinity of the end of the slit along a shortest path or almost along the shortest path in a direction of the permanent opening, and
the valve wall is invertible, in the absence of the reinforcing region, when a surrounding pressure exceeds a pressure in the interior volume of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,335,560

SINGLE HIGH DOSE DRY-POWDER INHALER AND METHOD

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A dry-powder inhaler comprising:a housing comprising at least one air inlet to a first air passage and a second air passage extending from the first air passage and terminating in a mouthpiece; the housing thereby providing a continuous air passage through the at least one air inlet, the first and second air passages, and the mouthpiece;
a rigid, fixed, powdered-medicament reservoir comprising a base, the reservoir being associated with the first air passage, and together with the first air passage forming a powder chamber;
wherein air passing through the powder chamber travels substantially parallel to an upper surface of the reservoir and substantially parallel to powdered medicament positioned on the base in the reservoir, the upper surface of the reservoir having a surface area, and the reservoir having a volume, the surface area being at least 1 cm2, and the surface area to volume ratio being at least 1 cm?1 and not more than 10 cm?1;
wherein the dry-powder inhaler has a single respirable-dose delivery capability of at least 5 mg of the powdered medicament; and
wherein the dry-powder inhaler has a plurality of entrainment-modulating structures in contact with the powdered medicament in the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,335,559

COMBINED LARYNO-TRACHEAL ANESTHETIC AND STYLET DEVICE

1. A medication delivery device, the device comprising:a malleable conduit comprising an upstream end and a downstream end configured to deliver medication, wherein the conduit is reversibly deformable into a shape that facilitates intubation;
a dispenser comprising:
a housing comprising a reservoir, a first end and a second end, the first end of the housing attached to a syringe containing a medication, the syringe further comprising a plunger and a barrel for transferring the medication from the syringe to the reservoir; and
a releasing mechanism for releasing the medication from the reservoir;
a pressurizing mechanism for keeping the medication pressurized within the reservoir; and
a connector that provides fluid communication between the syringe and the upstream end of the conduit through the second end of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,558

METHODS OF TREATMENT

PARION SCIENCES, INC., D...

1. An apparatus comprising:an entrainment chamber including a gas inlet and a first aerosol outlet, the gas inlet configured to fluidically couple a gas source to the entrainment chamber to produce an entrained aerosol flow at the first aerosol outlet;
a nozzle in fluidic communication with the first aerosol outlet of the entrainment chamber, the nozzle configured to alter the velocity of the entrained aerosol flow; and
a particle selection chamber defining a fluid pathway, the particle selection chamber including a second aerosol outlet and configured to produce an outlet aerosol flow at the second aerosol outlet, the particle selection chamber further configured to receive the entrained aerosol flow from the nozzle and into the fluid pathway, at least a portion of the fluid pathway including a tortuous path configured to remove aerosol particles in the entrained aerosol flow below a predetermined diameter such that a volumetric median diameter (VMD) of the outlet aerosol flow is less than a VMD of the entrained aerosol flow.

US Pat. No. 10,335,557

METHOD FOR MAKING PATCH-SIZED FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEMS

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A method for making a delivery device for delivering an infusion medium to a user, the method comprising:providing a first housing portion adapted to be secured to a user;
providing a second housing portion configured to be selectively engaged with and disengaged from the first housing portion to allow disposal of the first housing portion without disposing of the second housing portion;
supporting a reservoir on the first housing portion, the reservoir having an interior for containing a fluidic medium;
supporting a pumping chamber on the first housing portion, for containing the fluidic medium for expanding an expandable structure, wherein the expandable structure comprises a bellows structure;
coupling a conduit in fluid flow communication with the pumping chamber and an interior volume of the expandable structure; and
operatively coupling a drive device for selectively conveying the fluidic medium through the conduit, from the pumping chamber to the interior volume of the expandable structure, to selectively expand the expandable structure, when the first housing portion and the second housing portion are engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,335,556

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR LOW-VOLUME MEDICAMENT DELIVERY

Genentech, Inc., South S...

1. A fitting for a fluid dispenser, the fitting having a longitudinal axis and comprising:a detent that is configured to limit longitudinal insertion of the dispenser into the fitting by contacting a terminal surface of the dispenser, a top of the detent defining a first tangent plane;
a seal that is configured to be deformed by the surface, into a sealing contact against the surface, the contact defining a second tangent plane substantially coplanar with the first plane when the surface abuts the detent, the first plane maintaining a fixed orientation relative to the top throughout deformation of the seal; and
a body that is configured to:
receive the surface; and
support the detent and the seal;wherein;the seal is seated in the body in a recess having a bottom; and
the body includes an interior proximal-facing facet that is disposed;
more proximal than is the bottom; and
more distal than is the top.

US Pat. No. 10,335,555

SINGLE-USE PNEUMATIC SAFETY SYRINGE PROVIDING GAS-DRIVEN NEEDLE RETRACTION

L.O.M. Laboratories Inc.,...

1. A method of using a retractable-needle syringe having a plunger slidably engaged within a barrel of the syringe and a needle initially fixed at a distal end of the syringe, the method comprising the steps of:inserting a downstream tip of the needle into a source of medicament to be injected into a patient;
applying an upstream force to the plunger to withdraw medicament through the needle from the source of medicament into the medicament chamber to load the medicament into the medicament chamber;
inserting the tip of the needle into the patient;
injecting the medicament into the patient through the needle by applying a downstream injection force to the plunger;
after the medicament has been substantially injected into the patient, applying a downstream post-injection force to the plunger to:
couple a needle port seal provided within a retraction lumen of the plunger with a needle header that holds the needle in its in initial fixed position; and
force a gas cell into contact with a perforator to rupture the gas cell, thereby releasing compressed gas that forces the needle port seal, the needle header and the needle upstream into the retraction lumen; and
allowing air in the lumen to be released through a vent hole as the needle port seal, the needle header and the needle are forced upstream into the retraction lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,335,554

NEEDLE COVER

Sta-Med, LLC, Irvine, CA...

1. A single-use protective cover, comprising:a housing generally surrounding a needle and configured to connect to a syringe, the needle comprising a central longitudinal axis;
a sleeve configured to move in a first stage with respect to the housing between an extended position and a retracted position substantially without impediment, the sleeve comprising a needle aperture and a needle channel extending axially along the sleeve and configured to receive the needle such that a distal tip of the needle is covered by the sleeve in the extended position and is exposed in the retracted position;
a biasing member configured to bias the sleeve toward the extended position; and
a locking member comprising a central longitudinal axis that is radially offset from the central longitudinal axis of the needle when the sleeve is in the retracted and extended positions;
wherein a distal end of the sleeve is substantially flush with a distal end of the housing when the sleeve is in the retracted position; and
wherein the locking member engages, with an engagement, the sleeve in a second stage as the sleeve moves from the retracted position to the extended position, wherein the engagement between the locking member and the sleeve occurs distal to a proximal-most end of the sleeve and comprises resiliently deflecting the locking member with the sleeve, and wherein the engagement obstructs the sleeve from moving to the retracted position to thereby inhibit reuse of the protective cover.

US Pat. No. 10,335,553

CAP ASSEMBLY FOR A MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE

SHL MEDICAL AG, Zug (CH)...

1. A cap assembly for a medicament delivery device, the cap assembly comprising:a cap body arranged to be connected to the medicament delivery device for protecting and for removing a medicament delivery member shield, which cap body has an inner cap structure defining a channel extending along a central axis of the cap body, where the channel has an open end; and
a gripping member configured to be received in the channel with a friction fit and to receive a medicament delivery member shield, where the gripping member has a first axial position relative to the inner cap structure and a second axial position relative to the inner cap structure;
wherein the gripping member has a proximal end and a distal end, a first leg, a second leg, and a transverse portion extending distally from the proximal end and between the first leg and the second leg to define a cavity comprising a support structure,
wherein each of the first leg and the second leg having a respective proximal portion extending distally from the transverse portion and extending parallel to each other and having distal portions with proximal ends extending distally from the proximal portions,
wherein when the gripping member is in the first axial position, the proximal ends of the distal portions are bent radially outward from the central axis extending away from each other to define a mouth that has a larger opening than the open end of the channel and large enough to receive a medicament delivery member shield between the distal portions,
wherein when the gripping member is moved to the second axial position, the proximal ends of the distal portions are bent radially inward closing the mouth around medicament delivery member shield such that the mouth opening is smaller than the open end of the channel,
wherein movement of the gripping member from the first axial position to the second axial position is caused by proximal axial movement of the medicament delivery member shield and by contact of the medicament delivery member shield with the support structure within the cavity, and
wherein each distal portion being provided with a medicament delivery member shield gripper configured to engage with the medicament delivery member shield when the gripping member is moved from the first axial position to the second axial position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,552

PIERCING MEANS PROTECTIVE DEVICE FOR A SYRINGE

Gerresheimer Regensburg G...

1. A piercing means protective device for a syringe comprising a syringe body and a piercing means arranged at the distal end of the syringe body, comprising a dimensionally stable sleeve element, which extends along an axial direction and at least partially encloses an inner element extending along an axial direction, wherein the inner element consists of a resilient material and at least partially encloses the piercing means,wherein a connection element connected to the sleeve element in an interlocking fit connection has at least one projection extending in an axial direction, which projection is received at least in portions in a recess of the inner element, so that a connection exists with a force fit and/or an interlocking fit between the sleeve element and the inner element, wherein the projection is arranged centrally on the connection element with respect to a central axis of the sleeve element,
wherein the inner element has a distal end and a flange element at the distal end extending in a radial direction, where said flange element is received in a receiving means of the sleeve element, wherein the receiving means is arranged on the distal end of the sleeve element and has a first wall which extends in an axial direction starting from the distal most end of the sleeve element, and a second wall which extends substantially in a radial direction and wherein the first wall is arranged at a distance in a radial direction to a portion of the sleeve element.

US Pat. No. 10,335,551

NEEDLE ASSEMBLY AND DRUG INJECTION DEVICE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A needle assembly configured to be connected to a drug container that includes a drug ejection portion having a male tapered shape with an outer diameter that becomes smaller toward a distal end, the needle assembly comprising:a needle tube that includes, at a distal end, a needle tip configured to puncture skin;
a fitting portion having a fitting opening in which the drug ejection portion of the drug container is insertable, the fitting portion having a female tapered shape;
an intermediate portion located distal of the fitting portion;
a retaining portion that retains the needle tube; and
an elastic member comprising:
a main body portion located in the intermediate portion, wherein an outer diameter of the main body portion before insertion in the intermediate portion is larger than an inner diameter of an inner wall surface of the intermediate portion, such that the main body portion is contacted by the inner wall surface and retained in the intermediate portion in a liquid-tight manner,
a contact portion that contacts the needle tube such that a proximal portion of the needle tube protrudes from the contact portion toward the fitting opening, and
a deformation portion that extends from the contact portion toward the fitting opening and is configured to deform when the drug ejection portion of the drug container comes into contact with the elastic member,
wherein a length of the deformation portion is in a range of 35% or more and 50% or less with respect to a length of the elastic member, and
wherein a length of a portion of the needle tube that protrudes from the close contact portion toward the fitting portion is in a range of 45% or more and 245% or less with respect to the length of the deformation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,550

PHARMACEUTICAL INJECTION DEVICE

PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION,...

1. A pharmaceutical injection device, comprising:a main body case;
a cartridge holder that has a holding space that is provided in an interior of the main body case so that the cartridge holder is openable and closeable with respect to a side face of the main body case, the cartridge holder being capable of holding a pharmaceutical cartridge, and the cartridge holder having a holder latching component for maintaining a closed state;
a latching receiver configured to latch or release the holder latching component according to whether the cartridge holder is closed or open;
a driver configured to automatically release a latching of the latching receiver and the holder latching component by driving the latching receiver upon receiving power; and
a manipulation component for manually releasing the latching of the latching receiver and the holder latching component by moving the latching receiver upon being subjected to external pressure,
wherein:
a part of the manipulation component consists of a protrusion that sticks out further than a remainder of the manipulation component;
the latching receiver is configured to be manually moved by application of the external pressure to the protrusion so as to release the latching between the latching receiver and the holder latching component;
the protrusion is provided to an opening inside the main body case;
a power supply holding space for holding a removable power supply is provided in the interior of the main body case; and
the opening inside the main body case is provided to the power supply holding space.