US Pat. No. 10,918,237

SYSTEM FOR THE PREPARATION OF BEVERAGES WITH THE USE OF CAPSULES

LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A., Tu...

1. System for the preparation of a beverage comprising an infusion assembly (1) and a capsule (C),the capsule (C) comprising
a cup-shaped body (20) of a material impermeable to liquids, with a bottom wall (20a, 20f), which is tearable for introducing into the capsule (C) a flow of a pressurized fluid, with a side wall (20b) defining an opening (20c) around which a flange (20d) protruding transversely towards the outside extends, and with a cover (21), which is tearable for the outflow of the beverage, the cover (21) being connected in a liquid-tight manner with said flange (20d), and
a quantity of a substance (22) for the preparation of the beverage contained in said cup-shaped body (20);
the infusion assembly (1) comprising
a capsule-holder (2) and a cooperating body (3), at least one of which is movable with respect to the other between an open configuration for positioning the capsule (C) between the capsule-holder (2) and the cooperating body (3), and a closed configuration for preparing the beverage through the capsule (C) positioned and clamped in a liquid-tight manner between the capsule-holder (2) and the cooperating body (3);
wherein in the capsule-holder (2) there is defined a recess (4) for receiving the capsule (C) with said bottom wall (20a, 20f) facing to the inside of the capsule-holder (2) and wherein there is defined a first piercing element (8) provided with at least one piercing point (9) adapted to penetrate through said bottom wall (20a) of said capsule (C); the capsule-holder (2) being provided with supply means (7) for supplying a flow of a fluid to be introduced into said capsule (C) through the passage torn in said bottom wall (20a) of the capsule (C) by said at least one point (9);
wherein in the cooperating body (3) there is defined a dispensing conduit (13) for the beverage and a second piercing element (14) is provided, having at least one point (16) adapted to penetrate through the cover (21) of the capsule (C) and to allow the outflow of the beverage from the capsule (C) towards said dispensing conduit (13);
wherein in the capsule-holder (2) there are provided fluid communication means (8c; 8d; 11) which put into communication a region upstream with a region downstream of the first piercing member (8) in the operational path of said flow of fluid, such that during the preparation of a beverage the pressurized fluid introduced into said recess (4) of the capsule-holder (2) exerts on the first piercing member (8) a resulting force lower than a predetermined value towards the capsule (C), and in particular a resulting force which is null, said first piercing member (8) being mounted in the recess (4) of the capsule-holder (2) such as to be movable under the action of an associated resilient means (10) tending to displace it towards the cooperating body (3); and
wherein the bottom wall (20a, 20f) of the cup-shaped body (20) of the capsule (C) has a central portion of reduced thickness, surrounded by a relatively thicker annular peripheral portion (20f), and the side wall (20b) of the cup-shaped body (20) of the capsule (C) has a thickness greater than that of said central portion of the bottom wall (20a, 20f) of the cup-shaped body (20) of the capsule (C), and
wherein said recess (4) of the capsule-holder (2) has a shape such that when the capsule (C) is clamped between the capsule-holder (2) and the associated cooperating body (3), an annular interspace is defined between the lateral wall (20b) of the cup-shaped body (20) of said capsule (C) and a wall (4b) of said recess (4) of the capsule-holder (2).

US Pat. No. 10,918,236

CAPSULE FOR PRODUCING A LIQUID FOOD ITEM, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CAPSULE FOR PRODUCING A LIQUID FOOD ITEM, USE OF A CAPSULE FOR PRODUCING A LIQUID FOOD ITEM, SYSTEM MADE UP OF A CAPSULE AND A DEVICE, AND DEVICE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A LIQUID FOOD ITEM

1. A capsule for producing a liquid food item, having a capsule body and two chambers defined by a fluid-impermeable divider in the capsule for accommodating two substances, wherein one chamber contains a guide sleeve arranged inside the chamber and a perforation element guided by the guide sleeve for perforating the capsule body from within the inside of the one chamber, and an other chamber contains a press element arranged on the divider in the acting direction of the perforation element such that a force applied to the press element flows to the perforation element.

US Pat. No. 10,918,235

COOKING SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A cooking system comprising:a user equipment; and
a plurality of cooking apparatuses,
wherein the user equipment comprises:
a user interface configured to receive an input of a food model comprising at least one of a shape, an ingredient, or a color of a food in accordance with a touch input of a user,
a first transceiver configured to transmit information on the food model to the plurality of cooking apparatuses, and
a first processor configured to transmit the food model to the plurality of cooking apparatuses via the first transceiver, and
wherein each of the plurality of cooking apparatuses comprises:
a second transceiver configured to receive information on the food model from the user equipment,
a food shaping device configured to discharge food ingredients,
a food heating device configured to heat the food shaped by using the food shaping device, and
a second processor configured to control the food shaping device to shape the food in accordance with the food model received via the second transceiver.

US Pat. No. 10,918,234

DRESSING AID

1. A method of donning a lower extremity garment comprising the steps of:a) providing a dressing aid comprising:
i) a main arm having a proximal end and a distal end;
ii) at least two proximal arms extending from the main arm proximal end, each of the at least two proximal arms having a distal end attached to the main arm proximal end and a proximal end attached to a proximal clip;
iii) at least two distal arms extending from the main arm distal end, each of the at least two distal arms having a proximal end attached to the main arm distal end and a distal end attached to a distal clip,
wherein the main arm, the at least two proximal arms and the at least two distal arms are bendable, rigid and not elastic;
b) providing a lower extremity garment;
c) attaching the proximal clips to the lower extremity garment; and
d) grasping the main arm, positioning the lower extremity garment at a foot of a user and moving the lower extremity over the foot of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,918,233

DEVICE FOR WEARING SOCKS, AND METHOD OF USING SUCH DEVICE

Reuven Boaron, Etz Efrai...

1. A device for donning socks, comprising:a substantially horizontal base;
an elongated U-shaped, semi-cylindrical caddy on which a sock positioned inside out is fittable and into an interior of which a foot is insertable; and
a tilt unit coupled to said caddy and pivotally connected to a head portion of said base, wherein the tilt unit comprises a dual-axis gimbaling mechanism;
wherein the semi-cylindrical caddy comprises two elongated slider channels, that enable a handle assembly of the device to slide back-and-forth within said elongated slider channels;
wherein the device further comprises a hook member to anchor the device to an anchoring item which is external to the device and is separate from the device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,232

FOOD UTENSIL HAVING A RELEASABLE DECORATIVE ATTACHMENT

1. An assembly comprising:a food utensil defining a utility portion and a substantially elongated handle having substantially longitudinally opposed handle proximal and distal ends, the utility portion extending from the handle at the handle distal end, the handle defining substantially opposed handle first and second surfaces and a pair of handle lateral edges therebetween; and
a decorative attachment removably attached to the food utensil, the decorative attachment including a decorative element provided at the handle first surface and a pair of laterally opposed handle engaging prongs having each a respective handle engaging prong free end portion provided on the handle second surface;
wherein the handle defines a pair of laterally opposed handle recesses formed in the handle second surface, each handle recess receiving thereinto a respective one of the handle engaging prong free end portion, the handle recesses and handle engaging prong free end portions being complementarily shaped to maintain the decorative element secured at a predetermined location along the handle; and
wherein the handle recesses differ from being rotated images of each other and the handle engaging prong free end portions differ from being rotated images of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,918,231

TEMPERATURE REGULATING BEVERAGE CONTAINER LID

1. A temperature regulating beverage container lid, comprising:a lid comprising a top surface, at least one annular sidewall disposed perpendicular to the top surface, and an internal wall defining a drinking chamber and a ventilation chamber;
a perimeter of the sidewall of the lid configured to secure over a brim of a beverage container;
the drinking chamber further comprising a floor thereby defining a drinking chamber interior volume;
a drinking spout extending upwardly from the top surface of the lid;
a tubular member disposed within drinking chamber interior volume, wherein the tubular member is in fluid communication with the drinking spout and with a floor aperture;
a material disposed within the drinking chamber interior volume;
wherein the material is a gel;
the material surrounding the tubular member;
a ventilation aperture in the top surface of the lid disposed above the ventilation chamber, wherein the ventilation aperture is in fluid communication with the ventilation chamber; and
the ventilation chamber sized to receive the drinking spout of an identical temperature regulating beverage container lid.

US Pat. No. 10,918,230

CONSTRUCTION FOR PILLOW COVER

Finaryrre LLC, Marmora, ...

1. A cover for a shaped article, such as a pillow, cushion or other article, the cover comprising:a first cover portion, the first cover portion having a cover body and a defined peripheral edge;
a second cover portion, the second cover portion having a cover body similarly formed as the first cover portion and have a similarly defined peripheral edge;
a first fastener portion attached to the peripheral edge of the first cover portion; and
a second fastener portion attached to the peripheral edge of the second cover portion, the first and second fastener portions adapted to releasably join to one another to secure the peripheral edges of the first and second cover portions to one another and to create an interior pocket for storage of the shaped article;
the first and second cover portions having at least one open gusset located along the peripheral edge of the respective cover portions, the at least one gusset formed by
a first fold transverse to the peripheral edge of the cover portion, the first fold forming a pointed edge, and
a second fold positioned perpendicular to the peripheral edge, the second fold formed by overlapping the pointed edge along to the periphery of the cover portions, with the pointed edge and adjacent overlapped portion secured to the peripheral edge,
wherein the open gusset is formed at the second fold relatively inwardly of the peripheral edge.

US Pat. No. 10,918,229

TRAVEL PILLOW CASE SYSTEM

1. A pillow case system comprising:a curvilinear envelope with a first cavity, wherein the first cavity is configured to receive a neck pillow when the pillow case system is in an open configuration, and wherein the first cavity is configured to receive a storage portion that is compressed;
a draw string around a first opening of the first cavity of the curvilinear envelope, wherein the draw string tightens the first opening of first cavity from an open position to a closed position;
a cord lock, wherein the cord lock secures the draw string in the open position or the closed position; and
the storage portion comprising a second cavity, wherein the storage portion is attached to the curvilinear envelope at the first opening such that the first opening is an opening corresponding to both the curvilinear envelope and the storage portion, wherein the storage portion is configured to receive the entire curvilinear envelope into the second cavity when the pillow case system is in a stowed configuration, and wherein the draw string is configured to tighten the opening of the second cavity from the open position to the closed position after the curvilinear envelope is inserted into the second cavity; and
a loop in the middle of the curvilinear envelope such that the weight of the pillow case system is equally distributed when the pillow case system is securely clipped onto another item while the pillow case system is in the open configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,918,228

SCREEN FRAME AND LASER PROJECTION DISPLAY DEVICE

Hisense Laser Display Co....

1. A screen frame, comprising: a plurality of side frames that are connected end to end, wherein a joint of each two adjacent side frames of the plurality of side frames is provided with at least two connectors, and the each two adjacent side frames are provided with receiving grooves at the joint of the each two adjacent side frames, wherein the receiving grooves are corresponding to the at least two connectors, and the at least two connectors have inserting portions that are extendable into the receiving grooves, at least one inserting portion of the inserting portions is provided with a telescopic engaging member, and a side wall of a receiving groove which is corresponding to an inserting portion having the engaging member is provided with a receiving hole corresponding to the engaging member;the engaging member is configured to extend into the receiving hole for positioning; and
the inserting portions are connected to side walls of the receiving grooves by fasteners;
wherein the engaging member is fixed to a side wall of the inserting portion on which the engaging member is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,918,227

UNIVERSAL ACCESSORY MOUNT AND ASSOCIATED MOUNTING SYSTEMS

Source Communications, LL...

1. A universal mount, comprising:a base including a support mount the support mount including:
a plurality of tabs having lips that interface with an upper edge of the base,
at least one guide that interfaces with a lower edge of the base,
a stop clip that interfaces with a stop protrusion to limit rotation of the base with respect to the support mount, and
a cover that covers support mounting components within the base;
a mount extension integral to and extending from the base; and,
a mounting plate rotatably coupled to the mount extension.

US Pat. No. 10,918,226

DISPLAY TIER MERCHANDISE HOLDER

American Greetings Corpor...

1. A display tier merchandise holder comprising:a single wire-formed element having a base connected to a stem, the stem connected to a hook element;
a cross bar attached and perpendicular to the stem;
wherein the stem creates an acute angle with respect to the base and the hook creates an obtuse angle with respect to the stem;
wherein the display tier merchandise holder is operative to be inserted into a card tier with the stem located adjacent to a front sham of the card tier and the cross bar in direct contact with the front sham of the card tier.

US Pat. No. 10,918,225

REFRIGERATED MERCHANDISING STORAGE UNIT WITH DISPLACEABLE LIDS

1. A refrigerated merchandising storage unit for display and sale of foodstuff comprisinga storage compartment having a rectangular top opening, the storage unit further comprises a cover including a plurality of lids for being arranged displaceably for opening the storage unit so that access can be provided to the compartment, the cover is provided with a rail system with two or more mounted rails arranged between two opposite sides of the opening, each rail comprises a number of elongated and U-shaped tracks for receiving an edge of one of the plurality of lids, each of which lids includes a first surface and a second surface;
wherein each of the plurality of lids is arranged to be mounted between a first and a second of said mounted rails adjacent to one another, wherein the first rail comprises a first track and the second rail comprises a second track, wherein the rails are arranged such that a first lid of the plurality of lids can be mounted by displacing an edge of the first lid inside the first track until an opposite edge of the first lid can by swung into position substantially in a plane of the first lid and adjacent to the second track of the adjacent second rail, whereby said opposite edge of the first lid can be inserted inside the second track and the first lid thereby can be displaceably mounted between the two adjacent rails, and
wherein the storage unit further comprises a retainer arrangement provided near a selected one of said first track or said second track and said lid for retaining the lid in that selected first track or second track, wherein the retainer arrangement comprises a latch fixed to the first lid and a protrusion fixed to that selected first track or second track, the latch and the protrusion being arranged such that when lateral extraction forces are applied to the first lid in a direction away from the track with the protrusion, the latch and the protrusion are forced into abutment producing a holding force so that a separation of the first lid and that selected first track or second track is prevented, wherein either the protrusion or the latch is made of a resilient flexible material such that the edge of the first lid can be inserted into that selected first track or second track, by bending either
the latch towards the second surface of the first lid or
the protrusion towards a side of the selected track on which the protrusion is fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,918,224

QUICK RELEASE SENSOR FOR MERCHANDISE DISPLAY

InVue Security Products I...

1. A merchandise display security system for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise, the merchandise display security system comprising:a merchandise bracket configured to be secured to the article of merchandise; and
a sensor configured to releasably engage the merchandise bracket and to detect unauthorized removal of the merchandise bracket or the sensor from the article of merchandise,
wherein the sensor is configured to be releasably engaged with the merchandise bracket such that the sensor is entirely removable from the merchandise bracket while the merchandise bracket remains secured to the article of merchandise,
wherein the sensor and the merchandise bracket each comprises one or more engagement members for aligning and engaging the sensor and the merchandise bracket with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,918,223

CONVERTIBLE INFANT SUPPORT APPARATUS

1. A convertible infant support apparatus comprising:a base having a front surface and a rear surface opposite the front surface, the front surface of the base having a perimeter portion, an intermediate portion, and a central portion, the perimeter portion surrounding the intermediate portion and the intermediate portion surrounding the central portion;
a first bumper assembly detachably coupled to the base along the perimeter portion of the front surface of the base, the first bumper assembly defining a first closed geometric shape;
a second bumper assembly detachably coupled to the base along the intermediate portion of the front surface of the base, the second bumper assembly defining a second closed geometric shape;
wherein the first bumper assembly surrounds the second bumper assembly and the second bumper assembly surrounds the central portion of the front surface of the base; and
wherein the first and second bumper assemblies are alterable between: (1) a first state in which the first and second bumper assemblies are coupled to the base to define a first infant nesting region having a first area; (2) a second state in which the first bumper assembly is coupled to the base and the second bumper assembly is not coupled to the base to define a second infant nesting region having a second area, wherein the second area is greater area than the first area; and (3) a third state in which an entirety of the first bumper assembly is coupled to the base and a portion of the second bumper assembly is coupled to the base to define a third infant nesting region having a third area, wherein the third area is greater than the first area and less than the second area.

US Pat. No. 10,918,222

SENSORIMOTOR DISCS FOR INFANTS AND BABIES

1. A disc to be used safely by newborns and children with developmental delays for facilitating gravity center shifting and for providing sensorimotor stimulation to infants and babies while lying in a prone or supine position without being held by another person, with minimal active movement of head or extremities, wherein the disc gently shifts as the infant's or baby's eyes or head move in response to the infant's or baby's own movements, such that the infant or baby experiences weight shifting in a gravity-assisted manner without assistance by another person, and wherein the disc comprises:a supporting non-slippery flat plastic surface with a threaded indentation on top of the disc to hold the infant or baby;
a threaded, dimpled, flattened, elongated hemispherical base section of inflatable rings located on bottom of the disc and supporting the disc, wherein the base section is adjustable closer or further from the supporting plastic surface;
a lip section that minimizes lateral movement off of surface, wherein the lip section is on the disc's top side and arises above the flat plastic surface;
a vibration mechanism with a damping module;
a ridge section located below the base section and holding the disc in place; wherein the ridge section comprises multiple corrugated rings and foam or cushion or pillow between the rings for shock absorbent or damping effect; wherein the disc has an overall diameter between 26 to 30 inches and an overall height between ? to 2 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,918,221

ADJUSTABLE SEATING DEVICE BASED ON A SEQUENCE OF BIOMETRIC MEASUREMENTS

Mumarba LLC, Austin, TX ...

1. An adjustable seating device, comprising:one or more adjustable surfaces; and
a memory, wherein the adjustable seating device is configured to:
for each of one or more respective human subjects:
transition between a sequence of configurations of the one or more adjustable surfaces while the human subject is seated in the adjustable seating device, wherein biometric measurements of the human subject are obtained by a biometric measurement device during said transitioning, wherein the biometric measurements comprise electromyographic measurements of a plurality of muscles of the human subject; and
receive a respective custom configuration of the one or more adjustable surfaces corresponding to the human subject, wherein the custom configuration is a particular configuration in the sequence of configurations during which biometric measurements of the human subject correspond to a muscle-relaxed state; and
store the one or more custom configurations in the memory,
wherein the adjustable seating device is further configured to transition the one or more adjustable surfaces according to the one or more custom configurations in response to user input.

US Pat. No. 10,918,220

SLING CHAIR

Agio International Co., L...

1. A sling chair comprising:a frame having a first side rail having an interior side and a second side rail having an interior side, the first and second side rails each generally parallel to one another, and each side rail having a J-channel along a length of the rail, wherein the first side rail J-channel has a neck and a laterally offset foot disposed at a lower portion of the neck, the foot being laterally offset inward toward the first interior side;
a fabric panel having first and second edges, the first and second edges generally parallel to one another;
a first rod coupled to the first edge and inserted into the neck of the first side rail J-channel; and
a first locking strip inserted into the first side rail J-channel and configured to lock the first rod and the first edge into the first side rail J-channel;
wherein the foot has a foot area having a shape conforming to a shape of the rod so that the foot area is configured to receive the first rod from the neck of the J-channel;
wherein the shape of the foot area is partially defined by a ledge of a top of the side rail, the ledge having a top that is substantially flat and generally parallel to a base of the first side rail, the ledge having a variable thickness and further having a lip, the lip extending vertically below an uppermost point of an underside surface of the ledge;
wherein when the sling chair is in use, the fabric panel is in contact with an inner surface of the foot area, the ledge, and the locking strip.

US Pat. No. 10,918,219

REARRANGEABLE MATTRESS

Ahhfactor LLC, Milwaukee...

1. A mattress assembly, comprising:a tub including vertically extending rails and a base, and defining
an interior cavity bound by the rails and the base,
a rail height, and
a cavity height,
wherein a ratio of the rail height to the cavity height is between 1.4 and 1.8;
a plurality of non-laminated and rearrangeable foam layers positioned within the interior cavity to provide both support and comfort levels within the mattress assembly; and
a cover system that includes
a fire retardant inner liner surrounding the tub and zipped to an inner cover to compress the plurality of foam layers within the interior cavity, and
an outer liner surrounding the inner liner and zipped to a fire retardant quilted top cover wherein the fire retardant quilted top cover is not directly coupled to the inner liner.

US Pat. No. 10,918,218

UNDER BED GUN HOLSTER HOLDER

1. A gun holster holder for securing a gun holster beneath a bed frame, the gun holster holder comprising:a top portion configured to attach to a bed frame;
a vertical section emerging downward from the top portion and extending beneath the bed frame;
a horizontal section emerging perpendicular to the vertical section and extending to beneath the bed frame;
a U-shaped section emerging from the horizontal section; and,
a gun holster attachment section emerging from the U-shaped section, the gun holster attachment section configured to secure a gun holster;
wherein the gun holster holder is configured to position a gun holster laterally such that a gun placed in the gun holster is underneath the bed frame and is recessed from an edge of the bed frame.

US Pat. No. 10,918,217

PILLOW SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. A pillow support assembly configured for positioning under a pillow to support a neck and head of a user of the assembly, the assembly comprising:a panel having a top side, a bottom side, and a perimeter edge, the perimeter edge including a first edge, a second edge, a third edge and a fourth edge, the first and second edges being positioned opposite of each other, the panel including a first portion including the first edge and a second portion including second edge, the panel having a length dimension from the first edge to the second edge, the first portion extending from the first edge a distance equal to between 30% and 70% of the length dimension;
the top side of the second portion being formable into a concave shape from the first portion to the second edge, the second portion being pivotable over the first portion when the second portion is in the concave shape;
a securing member releasably securing the second portion in an arced condition extending over the first portion;
wherein the bottom side of the second portion is configured to support a pillow when the second portion is in the arced condition;
wherein the securing member includes a first mating member and a second mating member releasably engageable with each other, the first mating member being positioned on the first portion and the second mating member being positioned on the second portion;
wherein the second mating member comprises a catch attached to the second edge, the first mating member comprising a notch for receiving the second mating member; and
wherein the first mating member comprises a plurality of notches, the plurality of notches being spaced from each other along a line extending from the first edge to the second edge, the first mating member including at least three of the notches positioned in a row extending away from the first edge.

US Pat. No. 10,918,216

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RAISING A BED OFF THE FLOOR

Atkinson Ergonomic Soluti...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a plurality of base plates positioned on a surface;
a bed frame including a plurality of rails structured to receive a at least one of a box spring and a mattress thereon; and
a lifting assembly coupled to each of the plurality of base plates and the bed frame, the lifting assembly comprising:
a plurality of lifting members, each of the plurality of lifting members having a lifting member first end and a lifting member second end, the lifting member first end pivotally coupled to at least one of the plurality of base plates at a first location of a corresponding base plate and the lifting member second end pivotally coupled to at least one of the plurality of rails of the bed frame at a second location of a corresponding rail;
a pair of cross-members coupled to and positioned diagonally to opposing lifting members of the plurality of lifting members, a first end of each of the pair of lifting members coupled to a first lifting member of the plurality of lifting members, a second end of each of the pair of cross-members coupled to a second lifting member that is opposite the first lifting member, the pair of cross-members coupled to each other and oriented diagonally relative to each other, a length of each of the plurality of cross-members being adjustable so as to adjust a spacing between the plurality of rails of the bed frame to correspond to a width of the mattress positioned on the plurality of rails, and
a securing mechanism selectively securing at least a portion of the plurality of lifting members in a fixed position,
wherein the lifting assembly is movable between a first configuration, in which the lifting member second end of each of the plurality of lifting members is positioned proximate to the plurality of base plates such that the plurality of rails of the bed frame, and thereby the bed positioned thereon, is positioned proximate to the surface, and a second configuration, in which the lifting member second end of the plurality of lifting members is positioned distal from the plurality of base plates so that the plurality of rails and, thereby the bed is raised off the surface,
wherein as the lifting assembly moves from the first configuration to the second configuration, the lifting member first end of each of the plurality of lifting members remains at its corresponding first location on the corresponding base plate, and the lifting member second end of each of the plurality of lifting members remains at its corresponding second location on the corresponding rail such that the lifting member second end of each lifting member articulates about the corresponding lifting member first end, the articulation causing the plurality of rails, and thereby the bed frame, to be displaced vertically as well as horizontally relative to the plurality of base plates.

US Pat. No. 10,918,215

PORTABLE, COLLAPSIBLE FOOTSTOOL

1. A portable, collapsible footstool consisting of a table,the table supported by collapsible legs fixedly attached to an underside of the table;
a footrest attached to a topside of the table, wherein a heel portion of the footrest is rotatably attached to the topside of the table;
wherein a toe portion of the footrest is removably attached to the table by a height adjustable fastener;
a drawer integrated into the table,
wherein the table has a top surrounded by a raised edge that encloses the entire table top, and
wherein the table top has an inner raised edge that encloses an area occupied by the footrest when the footrest is fully lowered onto the table top.

US Pat. No. 10,918,214

MULTIFUNCTIONAL FOLDING CHAIR APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

OME Gear Co., Mt. Pleasa...

1. A multifunctional chair apparatus comprising:a first frame assembly comprising a first pair of parallel frame members and a first horizontal frame member extending between the first pair of parallel frame members;
a second frame assembly comprising a second pair of parallel frame members and a second horizontal frame member extending between the second pair of parallel frame members;
a hinge assembly being configured to rotatably engage from a closed position to an open position, the first pair of parallel frame members being coupled to a first end of the hinge assembly and the second pair of parallel frame members being coupled to a second end of the hinge assembly, the first frame assembly and the second frame assembly being rotatably coupled along an axis to define a first orientation and a second orientation, wherein the first orientation defines the first frame assembly as a chair seat and the second frame assembly as a chair back, and the second orientation defines the first frame assembly as the chair back and the second frame assembly as the chair seat;
a first support rotatably coupled to the first frame assembly, configured to hold the first frame assembly spaced apart from the ground in the first orientation and a second support rotatably coupled to the second frame assembly, configured to hold the second frame assembly spaced apart from the ground in the second orientation; and,
a support assembly comprising a first elongated arm and a second elongated arm and a pair of stabilizers, wherein a first stabilizer in the pair of stabilizers is coupled to a distal end of the first elongated arm and a second stabilizer in the pair of stabilizers is coupled to a distal end of the second elongated arm, the first elongated arm and the second elongated arm being coupled to the first frame assembly and extending from the first pair of parallel frame members such that the support assembly is configured to provide load support to the first frame assembly in the first orientation and provide load support to the second frame assembly in the second orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,918,213

ERGONOMIC WORK STATION CHAIR

Dynamic Disc Designs Corp...

1. A ventral support for use in an ergonomic work station chair, the ventral support comprising an extendible, flexible Y axis member and a support unit, the support unit pivotally attached to the extendible, flexible Y axis member, wherein the support unit is heart-shaped and includes a rear, a face, and a top therebetween, the face including a right lobe and a left lobe, a clavicles support, which has a right side and a left side, is raised, is proximate the top and is horizontally disposed, and a central ridge, which extends vertically downward from the clavicles support, wherein the right lobe, the right side and the central ridge define a right concavity in the face and the left lobe, the left side and the central ridge define a left concavity in the face.

US Pat. No. 10,918,212

HEATING CHAIR USING CARBON FIBER HEATING ELEMENT HAVING MULTI-LAYERED THERMAL LAYER

UNION CITY CO., LTD., Je...

1. A heating chair using a carbon fiber heating element having a multi-layered thermal layer, the heating chair comprising:a chair which is installed at a bus station or a railway station or in a park and has a mounting groove of a predetermined depth on an upper surface of a seat;
a thermal pad which is mounted on the mounting groove of the seat;
the carbon fiber heating element which is installed on an upper surface of the thermal pad and generates heat when supplied with power;
a heating plate which is installed on an upper side of the carbon fiber heating element and heated by the carbon fiber heating element;
a conductive cover plate which covers an upper side of the heating plate in a floating structure to form a thermal air layer between the heating plate and the conductive cover plate;
a finishing silicon which closes edges of the mounting groove of the seat to seal the thermal air layer; and
one or more inner conductive cover plates which are installed in the thermal air layer between the heating plate and the conductive cover plate to cover the upper side of the heating plate and to horizontally divide the thermal air layer into multiple layers,
wherein through holes are further formed at regular intervals in each of the one or more inner conductive cover plates to vertically pass through each of the one or more inner conductive cover plates provided between the multiple layers of the thermal air layer, and
the through holes provide air circulation between the multiple layers of the thermal air layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,211

CHAIR AND SEAT SUPPORT MECHANISM

KOKUYO CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A chair comprising: a leg erected on a floor surface;a seat arranged in a predetermined reference position above the leg; and
a support mechanism interposed between the leg and the seat, wherein
the support mechanism is arranged below the seat, and is configured to movably support the seat along a predetermined trajectory, the support mechanism comprises:
an omnidirectional connection unit configured to operably connect the seat to the leg such that the seat moves from the predetermined reference position in a moving direction including the front-rear direction and the left-right direction with respect to the leg; and
a seat inclining function configured to downwardly incline a tip side towards the movement direction of the seat; and
a return-force generation mechanism configured to generate, by elevating a center of gravity of the seat in accordance with the operation of the seat from the predetermined reference position, in accordance with an amount of movement, a return force in a direction of returning the seat to the predetermined reference position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,210

COMPARTMENT DIVIDER ASSEMBLY

1. A compartment divider assembly, comprising:a first divider; and
at least two twist couplers, comprising at least a first twist coupler and a second twist coupler;
wherein said first twist coupler comprises a first support coupler and a first twist prong, and said second twist coupler comprises a second support coupler and second twist prong;
wherein said first divider comprises at least one dovetail groove traversing along a longitudinal axis;
wherein said first twist prong and said second twist prong have a height that is greater than a width such that when said first and second twist couplers are rotated to a substantially horizontal position, said first twist prong and said second twist prong are configured to pass into said at least one dovetail groove of said first divider and then said first twist coupler and said second twist coupler are configured to be rotated to a substantially vertical position, such that said first twist prong and said second twist prong engage with said at least one dovetail groove of said first divider, such that said first twist prong and second twist prong are prevented from being pulled out of said at least one dovetail groove when in said substantially vertical position;
wherein said first twist coupler and second twist coupler are configured to be positioned in parallel along said dovetail groove of said first divider such that a gap is created, wherein said gap is configured to engage with an end of a second divider; wherein when said gap receives said end of said second divider, said second divider is positioned substantially perpendicular to said first divider.

US Pat. No. 10,918,209

SLIDE RAIL ASSEMBLY

King Slide Works Co., Ltd...

1. A slide rail assembly, comprising:a first rail, wherein a first end part and a second end part of the first rail are configured to be fixedly mounted to a first post and a second post through a first bracket and a second bracket respectively;
a second rail movable relative to the first rail;
a blocking member arranged on one of the first rail and the second rail;
a working member arranged on the other one of the first rail and the second rail; and
an operating member operatively movable between a first predetermined position and a second predetermined position, wherein the operating member is movably mounted to the first rail without moving with the second rail;
wherein when the second rail is moved relative to the first rail from a retracted position to an extension position along an opening direction, the working member and the blocking member are configured to block each other in order to prevent the second rail from being moved from the extension position toward the retracted position along a retracting direction;
wherein when the operating member is operated to move from the first predetermined position to the second predetermined position, the operating member is configured to contact one of the working member and the blocking member, in order to keep the working member and the blocking member in a state without blocking each other, and the operating member is configured to stay at the second predetermined position without automatically returning to the first predetermined position when the operating member is no longer operated.

US Pat. No. 10,918,208

COMPACT STORAGE RACK SYSTEM

INTERMETRO INDUSTRIES COR...

1. A compact storage rack system comprising:a track assembly comprising a first base;
a movable shelving assembly positionable between a retracted position and an extended position and including a plurality of vertically extending and parallel posts comprising a plurality of first posts and a plurality of second posts, a first set of wheels transitionally connected to the track assembly and associated with the plurality of first posts, and a second set of wheels not transitionally connected to the track assembly and associated with the plurality of second posts,
wherein the first set of wheels comprises a plurality of first wheels wherein each first wheel is rotationally fixed relative to a vertical axis of a corresponding first post, and the second set of wheels comprising a plurality of second wheels wherein each of the plurality of second wheels is not rotationally fixed relative to a vertical axis of a corresponding second post;
wherein the first set of wheels is constrained to transition along the track assembly between the retracted position and the extended position;
wherein the second set of wheels is not constrained by the track assembly between the retracted position and the extended position; and
a wheel keeper disposed at one end of the first base and configured to receive at least one second wheel of the second set of wheels when the first set of wheels is in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,207

LOCKER SEAT ASSEMBLY

1. A locker, comprising:a pair of upstanding side walls;
a seat assembly disposed between the side walls, the seat assembly comprising:
a generally horizontal seat bench, the seat bench being hinged to provide rotation about a generally horizontal axis; and
a multi-piece seatback comprising:
a lower seatback having an upper edge and being connected to and movable about a hinge between an open position and a closed position; and
an upper seatback having a lower edge and being connected to and movable about a hinge between an open position and a closed position;
wherein the lower edge of the upper seatback and the upper edge of the lower seatback are adjacent to each other when the upper seatback and the lower seatback are in the closed positions;
at least one storage compartment at least partially covered by the seat bench; and
at least one stop support strut, connected to the upper seatback, that holds the upper seatback in the open position when a user places the upper seatback in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,206

SPACEMAKER FOR AN UNDER-SINK DISPOSAL

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A spacemaker, comprising:a sheath defining an interior volume, the interior volume of the sheath sized such that an under-sink disposal is receivable within the interior volume of the sheath;
a plurality of mounting flanges mounted to the sheath at a top portion of the sheath, the plurality of mounting flanges configured for engaging a mounting flange of the under-sink disposal; and
a shelf mounted to the sheath at a bottom portion of the sheath,
wherein the sheath at least partially extends circumferentially around the under-sink disposal when the under-sink disposal is received within the interior volume of the sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,918,205

ADJUSTABLE SHELVING WITH TELESCOPING SUPPORTS

Steward Kwan, Astoria, N...

1. A system for storage of items, comprising:at least two panels stacked on top of each other, at least one of the at least two panels is an angled panel in a sloped disposition; a plurality of telescopic legs extending vertically between each adjacent pair of panels from said at least two panels to space each adjacent pair of panels apart a vertical distance, wherein each vertical distance is adjustable; and
hollow connectors disposed at corners of each panel, wherein the connectors extend upwardly from a top surface of each panel respectively, wherein each connector and the top surfaces of each panel define cavities which receive bottom portions of corresponding telescopic legs so that the bottom portions of the corresponding telescopic legs abut the top surfaces of each panel respectively;
wherein the connectors are flexible so that angles of the connectors are adjustable to receive corresponding telescopic legs in a vertical upright manner on a corresponding angled panel.

US Pat. No. 10,918,204

ART WORKSTATION

1. A workstation comprising:a desk assembly forming a box-like storage cavity comprising: a first side frame, a second side frame, rear side frame, and a top portion having at least one working surface;
a plurality of grouped art containers arranged within the storage cavity at a first level, each container having a width, depth and a height configured to be independently slidably removable from the storage cavity; and
a plurality of grouped art trays arranged within the storage cavity at a second level positioned above the plurality of grouped art containers, each tray having a width, depth and a height configured to be independently slidably removable from the storage cavity; and
a plurality of foldable chairs arranged within the storage cavity at a middle level between the first level storing the art containers and the second level storing the art trays;
wherein the height of each of the grouped art trays is less than the height of each of the plurality of grouped art containers, and the depth of the plurality of grouped art containers is less than the depth of the plurality of grouped art trays.

US Pat. No. 10,918,203

PEDESTAL LEG ASSEMBLY

ITC Incorporated, Hollan...

1. A powered pedestal leg assembly comprising:a pedestal leg having a top end, and a bottom end and a sidewall extending therebetween;
a floor base having a connection portion to receive the bottom end;
an electrical contact assembly connected to an underside of the floor base, the electrical contact assembly including a plug configured to protrude through an opening in a bottom surface of the connection portion;
an electrical contact on the bottom end of the pedestal leg, wherein the electrical contact is positioned to engage the plug when the pedestal leg is inserted into the connection portion; and
wherein the electrical contact assembly is configured to receive input power to provide power to the pedestal leg.

US Pat. No. 10,918,202

LIFTING TABLE

1. A lifting table, comprising:a table board having two lateral members disposed at a bottom thereof;
two legs connected to the two lateral members of the table board respectively, each having a leg base at a bottom thereof, a hollow outer column disposed on the leg base, a hollow inner column movably inserted into the hollow outer column and connected to the table board at a top side thereof, a first guiding seat connected to a bottom of the hollow inner column and having a first guiding wheel at an outer edge thereof for contacting an inner wall of the hollow outer column, and a second guiding seat disposed at a top of the hollow outer column and having a second guiding wheel at an inner edge thereof for contacting an outer wall of the hollow inner column; and
a height adjusting apparatus having a gas spring inserted into the hollow inner column of each of the two legs and a control portion disposed on a top of the gas spring, wherein a bottom of the gas spring is connected to a bottom of the hollow outer column and a top of the gas spring is connected to a top of the hollow inner column.

US Pat. No. 10,918,201

BRUSH CLEANING DEVICE USING UV LIGHT TO DRY, SANITIZE, AND DISINFECT COSMETIC BRUSHES

1. A dryer, sanitizer, and disinfecting device for make-up brushes, the device comprising:an outer housing having an upper surface defining a plurality of openings therein, the plurality of openings being arranged in a linear array;
an inner housing disposed within the outer housing, the inner housing including a retainer projecting from an inner surface thereof, wherein the retainer includes a plurality of recesses corresponding to the plurality of openings defined in the upper surface of the outer housing, wherein the plurality of recesses and the plurality of openings are in registration with one another;
a door secured to at least one of the outer housing or the inner housing, wherein the door is configured to selectively open the device to provide access to a cleaning chamber defined by at least one of the outer housing or the inner housing, wherein the door is at least partially transparent;
a sterilizing component supported within at least one of the outer housing or the inner housing, wherein the sterilizing component effects the cleaning chamber, wherein the sterilizing component includes a UV light bulb; and
an electronic circuit connected to the sterilizing component for selective activation of the sterilizing component.

US Pat. No. 10,918,200

TOOTHBRUSH WITH BUILT-IN STAND

3D HOLDING COMPANY, LLC, ...

9. A toothbrush comprising:bristles extended from one end of the toothbrush;
a handle extended from another end of the toothbrush opposite the one end; and
an attachment hole arranged between the bristles and handle and configured to receive a support leg to be attached therein;
the support leg attached to the attachment hole such that the support leg is configured to rotate about the attachment hole and away from an axial direction from the bristles to the handle,
wherein the support leg comprises:
a groove; and
an end;
wherein the groove is configured to attach to a rim of a cup in a state in which the support leg is extended from the axial direction, and in a case in which the groove is attached to the rim of the cup, a surface of the handle lies flatly against a side of the cup while the groove and the surface maintain the bristles in an upright position away from the cup.

US Pat. No. 10,918,199

SUBMERGED NET CLEANER

1. An apparatus for cleaning nets underwater comprising a cleaning head formed from a plurality of propellers mounted to a hub that is rotated by a motor, said propellers having a perimeter rim for receipt of cleaning knuckles, each said knuckle having a length with a forward slope facing a direction of rotation and leading from a proximate end attached to said perimeter rim to a peak extending outwardly from said perimeter rim to a rearward slope facing away from the direction of rotation and leading from said peak to a distal end attached to said perimeter rim, wherein rotation of said propeller provides thrust for positioning said cleaning head against a net positioned underwater whereby said knuckles are constructed and arranged to remove fouling from the net causing the net to ride up the forward slope of each knuckle and upon the net traversing the knuckle peak the net returns to position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,198

APPARATUS WITH STRUCTURED STEM FOR COSMETIC APPLICATION

1. An apparatus for applying cosmetic solutions, comprising:a holder, including a cap, a stem, and a brush; and
a bottle configured to hold a solution, wherein
the brush is disposed at a first end of the stem and a second end of the stem is attached to the cap;
the stem includes an absorbing structure configured to absorb the solution, the absorbing structure including an outer wall surrounding a core configured to hold bristles of the brush, the outer wall including a plurality of pores formed into the outer wall, each pore of the plurality of pores passing through the outer wall, the plurality of pores configured to absorb the solution and transport the solution through the outer wall; and
the brush is configured to wick the solution from the plurality of pores of the absorbing structure of the stem.

US Pat. No. 10,918,197

CLEANING DEVICE

Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Sof...

1. A cleaning device, comprising a bristle bundle and a handle, wherein:the handle has a tubular structure and comprises a straight part and a bent part, and the bent part is located at an end of the straight part; and
the bristle bundle is detachably placed in the tubular structure of the handle, and one end of the bristle bundle extends out of the bent part, wherein weak areas are arranged on the bristle bundle at a predetermined length, a bristle section is formed between adjacent weak areas, and a diameter of the weak areas is smaller than a diameter of the bristle section in a non-weak area, wherein a periphery of the bristle bundle is covered with an outer thin film, wherein a plurality of holes are arranged in positions, corresponding to the weak areas, on the outer thin film, wherein a plurality of spherical limiting protrusions are arranged on an outer wall of the outer thin film.

US Pat. No. 10,918,196

MUDPAN BELT CLIP ASSEMBLY

Shark Toolers, Morris Pl...

1. A belt clip—mudpan combination device comprising:a mudpan further comprising an attached belt clip acceptance mechanism that further comprises a belt clip acceptance loop, a stabilizing plate, and a quick release mechanism; and
a belt clip further comprising a stabilizing surface, a clip bonding plate, a rigid, substantially immoveable chamfered clip insertion tip, angled inward towards a user, a mudpan bottom support, an angled support, and a mechanism for attaching the belt clip to a belt or other clothes of an intended wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,195

UTILITY BELT ASSEMBLY

1. A utility strap assembly for use in association with an article of clothing, comprising:a strap member, wherein the strap member includes a first end, a second end, an inner surface, an outer surface, an upper end, a lower end, a top, and a bottom;
a first bracket, wherein the first bracket is positioned on the inner surface of the strap member;
a second bracket, wherein the second bracket is positioned on the inner surface of the strap member;
wherein the first bracket and the second bracket are spaced apart from one another to define a first inwardly facing and non-enclosed track therebetween;
a securement member, wherein the securement member contacts at least one of the top and the bottom of the strap member, and wherein the securement member releasably associates the utility strap assembly with the article of clothing; and
an accessory member, wherein the accessory member includes a guide member slidably positioned at least one of on and within the first inwardly facing and non-enclosed track.

US Pat. No. 10,918,194

SINGLE PIECE HAMMOCK STRAP WITH INTEGRAL WOVEN EYELETS

Kammok Holdings, LLC, Au...

1. A hammock strap, comprising:an elongated portion having a first strap and a second strap, the elongated portion including a loop,
wherein the first strap and the second strap are woven together as a single strap at the loop and are divided into the first strap and the second strap at a division point by dividing fibers comprising the first strap from fibers comprising the second strap from each other to form the first strap and the second strap from the single strap,
wherein the hammock strap further includes a connector that attaches to the first strap and the second strap and the first strap, the second strap, and the connector are comprised of a flat webbing having a plurality of woven fibers, and
wherein the hammock strap includes a first end and a second end which are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,918,193

TOOL HOLDER SYSTEM

1. A tool holder system for carrying a tool on a person, said tool holder system comprising:a harness comprising a plurality of body straps;
a guide rail strap provided with a guide and an at least one guide locking strap secured to a front end of said plurality of body straps of said harness; and
a sheath for supporting the tool wherein said sheath corresponds to said guide with a post secured to said sheath for maneuvering said sheath linearly in relation to said guide on said guide rail strap.

US Pat. No. 10,918,192

SUPPORT DEVICE FOR A MANNEQUIN COMPONENT AND A MANNEQUIN ASSEMBLY

1. A support device for use with a mannequin component, the support device comprising:an outer shaft having a first end and a second end;
an inner shaft adjustably coupled to the outer shaft, wherein the inner shaft extends from the first end of the outer shaft;
a mounting rod pivotally attached to the inner shaft and removably coupled to the mannequin component, wherein the mounting rod includes a plurality of attachment nubs spaced apart from each other along a length of the mounting rod, and wherein the plurality of attachment nubs are further angularly spaced apart from each other with respect to a central axis of the mounting rod; and
a release button disposed on the mounting rod, wherein the release button, upon actuation, is configured to move each of the plurality of attachment nubs from an extended position to a retracted position to allow the mannequin component to be movable relative to the mounting rod,
a swivel grip configured to rotate the outer shaft, wherein the swivel grip extends from the first end of the outer shaft;
a pedal configured to adjust a height of the outer shaft relative to a supporting surface; and
a hook configured to removably secure one or more weighted members to the outer shaft, wherein the hook extends from the second end of the outer shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,918,191

RECEPTACLE FOR MIXING DIFFERENT KINDS OF MATERIALS

1. A receptacle for mixing materials, comprising:an outer receptacle (10) for holding cosmetic contents;
a shoulder member (20) of a cylindrical member with upper and lower portions opened, which is screw-coupled to an upper opening portion (11) of the outer receptacle (10);
a pump coupling member (50) of a disk-shaped member coupled to an inner circumference of the shoulder member (20), which couples a first pump set (30) and a second pump set (40) side by side;
an inner receptacle (60) of a cylindrical member, an upper flange (61) of which is placed between a lower surface of the pump coupling member (50) and an upper surface of the upper opening portion (11) of the outer receptacle (10), which is partitioned into a first and a second space portions (62, 63) into which a first and a second pump sets (30, 40) are inserted from an upper part, respectively, in which a lower part of the first space portion (62) is opened and the lower part of the second space portion (63) is closed;
a button member (70) of a cylindrical member, of which the upper part inserted into the upper opening portion of the shoulder member (20) is closed and the lower part thereof is opened, which is coupled to discharge the cosmetic contents to the outside by pressing to operate the first and the second pump sets (30, 40) while receiving the first and the second pump sets (30, 40) in the lower part;
a cover member (80) coupled to an upper outer circumference of the shoulder member (20) to cover the button member at the upper part of the button member (70); and
an internal piston (90) for the inner receptacle (60) which is a member inserted into the lower part of the inner receptacle (60), and lifts up the cosmetic contents in the inner receptacle (60) to be completely exhausted when the pump is pumped by the first and second pump sets (30, 40),
wherein a cylinder member (43) in a cylindrical shape is inserted into the inner circumference of a second pump housing (41) of the second pump set (40) so that pumping amounts of the cosmetic contents in the outer receptacle (10) pumped by the first pump set (30) and the pumping amounts of the cosmetic contents in the inner receptacle (60) are different.

US Pat. No. 10,918,190

ROSE QUARTZ AND/OR JADE MULTI-ROLLER APPLICATOR AND CONTAINER APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for use on the skin of a user comprising:a container portion;
wherein said container portion is opaque;
a head, said head removably affixed to said container portion;
a cavity, said cavity disposed within said container portion;
roller beads, said roller beads centrally disposed on said head;
wherein said roller beads are made of one gemstone;
wherein said at least one gemstone is a gemstone selected from the following group: quartz and jade;
wherein said roller beads are in communication with said cavity;
wherein said cavity contains a liquid skin care serum; and
wherein said roller beads are a crystal.

US Pat. No. 10,918,189

REFILL CONTAINER USING DOUBLE INJECTION

AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION,...

1. A refill container using double injection molding, the refill container comprising:a refill container (10) containing cosmetics;
a refill container holder (20) coupled to an upper portion of the refill container (10); and
a refill container lid (50) connected to the refill container holder (20) to be opened and closed,
wherein a packing part (30) of an elastic material is formed to an inside of the refill container holder (20) through double-injection molding or insert molding on a portion where an upper end of the refill container (10) is coupled,
wherein a control protrusion coupling groove (26) is formed on a portion of one side of the refill container holder (20), the portion being lower than the refill container lid (50), and
wherein the control protrusion coupling groove (26) forms a wall to control an injection flow of an injected synthetic resin when the packing part (30) is formed during molding of a control protrusion (33) in the control protrusion coupling groove (26),
wherein the packing part (30) is formed on an inside thereof with an inserting groove (31) into which an upper portion of the refill container (10) is inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,918,188

COSMETIC PRODUCT COMPRISING SCREEN MESH AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION,...

1. A cosmetic comprising:a screen net comprising one or more material selected from a group consisting of polyurethane, polyester, polyether, and acryl; and
an absorber adjacent to the screen net,
wherein a liquid content is supported on the absorber,
wherein a vertical elongation of the screen net is equal to or less than 1 cm when a force of 400 g·f to 1 kg·f is applied vertically to a unit area (1 cm2) of the screen net, and
the liquid content is ejected to an applicator through the screen net.

US Pat. No. 10,918,187

COSMETIC CASE

ZEN DESIGN SOLUTIONS LIMI...

1. A cosmetic case comprising:a cover and a base assembly, wherein the base assembly includes a cosmetic pan and a mesh screen including anti-microbial properties;
wherein a cosmetic stored in the cosmetic pan can be dispensed through the mesh screen by application of pressure on the mesh screen;
wherein the mesh screen comprises a silver coated knitted fabric; and
wherein the silver coated knitted fabric comprises a mixture of polyamide yarn and a polyurethane yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,918,186

SELF CLEANING BRUSH WITH HAIR COLLECTION

1. A grooming apparatus comprising:a handle for gripping and guiding the grooming apparatus;
a row of comb bristles comprised of a plurality of comb bristles oriented vertically with lateral spaces between the bristles, each comb bristle having a top and bottom;
a head member affixed to the handle and the row of comb bristles, the row of comb bristles being laterally oriented perpendicular to the handle and vertically protruding downward from the head member;
an ejector which travels vertically from the top of the comb bristles to the bottom of the comb bristles and between the lateral spaces between the comb bristles to remove any hair captured within the comb bristles;
a hair collector comprising a hollow three-dimensional shape, open in the front, with side walls, a rear wall, and a bottom wall, connected to the head member with a hinged connection whereby the hair collector can be rotated from a position where the bottom wall does not contact the bottom of the comb bristles to a position where the hair collector does contact the bottom of the comb bristles to capture hair ejected from the comb bristles inside the hollow hair collector and rotatably positioned away from the bottom of the plurality of comb bristles so that captured hair can be disposed of;
an actuator located on the handle for initiating travel of the ejector from the top of the comb bristles to the bottom of the comb bristles.

US Pat. No. 10,918,185

HAIR STYLING DEVICE

1. A hair styling device comprising:a housing, configured to fit comfortably in a user's hand and to be removably attached to a comb, wherein the comb has a plurality of hair comb teeth, the housing having a front face and a back face and an electronic display configured to display a current angle of orientation;
an electronic-based alignment system that determines the current angle of orientation of the housing;
a user-actuated operational control, configured to select a selected angle; the selected angle being the current angle of orientation determined by the electronic-based alignment system while the operational control is actuated;
a direction-indicating element configured to provide the user with feedback to guide in positioning the housing back to the selected angle;
a measurement tool for measuring a length of hair passing through the hair comb teeth; and
an electronic screen for displaying the length of hair.

US Pat. No. 10,918,184

SMART NOZZLE FOR HAIR DRYER

Tech 4 Hair, LLC, Hallan...

1. A nozzle for a hair dryer, comprising:a power supply, a microcontroller, a proximity detection circuit, and an alarm;
wherein the power supply powers the microcontroller and the proximity detection circuit;
wherein the microcontroller controls the proximity detection circuit;
wherein the proximity detection circuit comprises an IR transmitter, an IR receiver, and at least one photo-diode;
wherein the transmitter emits outwardly an infrared signal that when intercepted by the object deflects back to the receiver;
wherein a photo-diode generates a voltage differential in response to the infrared signal, which voltage differential corresponds to a distance between the nozzle and the object;
wherein the predetermined distance is adjustable; and
wherein the proximity detection circuit triggers the alarm when an object is detected at or within a predetermined distance from the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,918,183

HAIR COLOR CARTRIDGE AND COMPOSITIONS FOR USE IN THE HAIR COLOR CARTRIDGE

1. A hair coloring device comprising:a hair coloring cartridge comprising:
(a) one or more hair coloring base compositions comprising:
one or more oxidative dye precursors;
one or more alkalizing agents;
one or more reducing agents;
optionally, one or more cationic conditioning polymers;
one or more surfactants;
one or more water-soluble solvents; and
water;
wherein the one or more hair coloring base compositions are free of block-copolymer (polycondensate) surfactants of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide; and
(b) one or more developer compositions comprising:
one or more oxidizing agents;
one or more surfactants;
water;
wherein the hair color cartridge comprises one or more chambers or packets containing one or more hair coloring base compositions and one or more chambers or packets containing one or more developer compositions; and
wherein each hair coloring base composition and each developer composition are separately contained until use;
one or more pumps;
a mixing assembly;
a control assembly operable to control the one or more pumps to dispense one or more hair coloring base compositions and one or more developer compositions from their respective chambers or packets to the mixing assembly, the mixing assembly operable to combine the one or more coloring base compositions with one or more developer compositions to form an active hair coloring composition.

US Pat. No. 10,918,182

HAIR ROLLER

Bukli Haircare, Silver S...

1. A system for curling hair, the system comprising:a supporting roller having a surface extending along an axis of the supporting roller;
a tubular sleeve having a length in a longest dimension of the sleeve and two open ends to completely surround a tress of hair inserted into the sleeve through at least one of the open ends,
wherein the supporting roller is flexible and porous and the sleeve is flexible and includes a plurality of apertures such that the entire system for curling hair deforms to a shape of a wearer's head when slept on and returns to an original shape when uncompressed while allowing air, liquids, and water vapor to pass through the entire system for curling hair so as to allow drying of the wearer's hair,
wherein the sleeve is configured to removably secure to the surface of the supporting roller when the length of the sleeve is wound about the axis of the supporting roller such that the sleeve and the tress inside the sleeve are held in a helical shape about the supporting roller, wherein the surface of the supporting roller is covered with hooks on all sides configured to grip the sleeve upon contact.

US Pat. No. 10,918,181

CELL PHONE CASE

1. A case for a communication device, comprising:a weapon;
deployment structure configured to activate the weapon;
a front portion comprising an opening to access a screen of the communication device, said front portion having a peripheral frame around said opening and at least one opening to accommodate a speaker in the communication device;
a back portion including a portion configured to receive said weapon and said deployment structure, wherein
said case is configured to securely hold said communication device within said case.

US Pat. No. 10,918,180

CARRYING CASE

1. A luggage item comprising:a container, a lid, a watertight seal, an interior lantern, a side access door, and a plurality of locking latches;
wherein the container and lid form a containment space in the luggage item;
wherein the interior lantern illuminates the containment space of the luggage item;
wherein the lid provides access to the containment space of the luggage item;
wherein the side access door provides access to the containment space of the luggage item;
wherein the plurality of locking latches secures the lid to the container when the lid is in a closed position;
wherein the watertight seal forms a seal between the container and the lid;
wherein the luggage item is handheld;
wherein the lid further comprises a first hinge;
wherein the first hinge is a piano hinge;
wherein the first hinge attaches the lid to the container such that the lid rotates relative to the container;
wherein the side access door comprises an aperture and a closure;
wherein the aperture is an opening formed in the container;
wherein the closure is a barricade structure;
wherein the closure is a fluid impermeable structure;
wherein the closure comprises a second hinge, a barrier, and a clasp;
wherein the second hinge attaches the barrier to the container such that the barrier rotates relative to the container;
wherein the barrier is a plate structure;
wherein the clasp secures the barrier over the aperture;
wherein the watertight seal comprises a first gasket;
wherein the barrier further comprises a second gasket;
wherein the second gasket is an elastomeric material attached to the barrier;
wherein the second gasket lines the perimeter of the interior surface of the barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,918,179

CASE FOR A MOBILE DEVICE

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A case for a mobile device, comprising:a first panel and a second panel; and
a hinge extending along an edge of each of the first and second panels and connecting the second panel to the first panel, the hinge comprising:
a hollow portion configured to receive an aerosol-generating device, and
a hinge power connector configured to deliver electrical energy to a corresponding power connector on the aerosol-generating device when the
aerosol-generating device is connected to the hinge power connector;
wherein at least one of the first and second panels comprises a case supply of electrical energy configured to deliver electrical energy to the corresponding aerosol-generating device power connector on the aerosol-generating device when the aerosol-generating device is connected to the hinge power connector, and
a cradle on one of the first and second panels and being configured to retain the mobile device within the case.

US Pat. No. 10,918,178

ADAPTABLE HANDBAG SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. An adaptable handbag system comprising:a first bag having:
a body forming a cavity configured to carry items therein, the body forming an opening and a peripheral edge around the opening;
a first looped attachment having a first hole and secured to the peripheral edge;
a second looped attachment secured having a second hole and secured to the peripheral edge and positioned at a distance relative to the first looped attachment;
a ring having:
a first member;
a second member;
a pivot joint attached to the first member and the second member, the pivot joint is configured to allow the first member to pivot relative to the second member;
a latch configured to secure the first member to the second member;
wherein the ring extends through the first hole and the second hole of respective first looped attachment and second looped attachment;
a second bag having:
a first hinged looped attachment; and
a second hinged looped attachment;
wherein the first hinged looped attachment and the second hinged looped attachment slidingly engaged to the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,918,177

ERGONOMIC OR USER-FRIENDLY DUAL WALKING CANE

1. A walking cane system comprising a pair of canes adapted to be used separately or releasably associated for use in one hand, the cane system comprising, an anterior cane and a posterior cane each with an elongated shaft having upper and lower ends with a middle part therebetween and a handle at the upper end of each shaft, an upper coupling constructed to align the canes with one another and enable the canes to move axially relative to one another, the coupling being located at or above the middle part of the cane system, a guide on one of the canes comprising a pair of spaced apart guide members extending from one cane shaft toward the other cane shaft and when the cane system is assembled, the guide receives the other cane shaft between the spaced apart guide members during use when at least a part of the other cane shaft is placed in the guide between the members whereby a guide member is on either side thereof such that the anterior and posterior canes are held by the guide members when brought toward one another to approach or achieve an aligned relationship, the canes being constructed and arranged for being disengaged by manually moving the anterior cane handle upwardly and away from the posterior cane handle so that the upper coupling is disengaged and the shaft of the other cane is free to move out of the guide such that the anterior and posterior canes are thereby separated while in substantial horizontal alignment with one another whereby one of the canes can then be held in each hand of the user in position ready to be used, thereby providing a user-friendly walking cane system.

US Pat. No. 10,918,176

MAGNETIC BACKING FOR COLLECTOR PIN

1. A magnetic backing for collector pins comprisinga truncated pyramid structure and a magnet;
wherein the magnet attaches to the truncated pyramid structure;
wherein the magnetic backing for collector pins is a mounting structure;
wherein the magnetic backing for collector pins is a magnetic structure;
wherein the magnetic backing for collector pins magnetically attaches to a target surface;
wherein the target surface is formed from a material that comprises a magnetic material;
wherein the magnetic backing for collector pins is configured for use with a collector pin;
wherein the truncated pyramid structure comprises a shell and a cork filling;
wherein the shell contains the cork filling;
wherein a collector pin comprises a display plate and an attachment pin;
wherein the attachment pin attaches to the display plate;
wherein the display plate is disk-shaped;
wherein the attachment pin is a sharpened shaft that attaches the display plate to the target surface;
wherein the collector pin attaches to the magnetic backing for collector pins such that the collector pin is displayed from the target surface when the magnetic backing for collector pins attaches to the target surface;
wherein the truncated pyramid structure is a mechanical structure;
wherein the truncated pyramid structure has a truncated pyramid shape;
wherein the attachment pin of the collector pin inserts into the truncated pyramid structure such that the collector pin attaches to the truncated pyramid structure;
wherein the shell is a rigid structure;
wherein the shell is a hollow structure;
wherein the shell has a truncated pyramid shape;
wherein the shell comprises a truncated apex, a base, and one or more lateral faces;
wherein the truncated apex is a surface formed by a truncating plane that truncates the apex of a core pyramid that forms the truncated pyramid shape of the shell;
wherein the base is the rigid structure that forms the base of the truncated pyramid shape of the shell;
wherein the one or more lateral faces form the lateral faces of the truncated pyramid shape that forms the shell;
wherein the truncated apex is perpendicular to a center axis of the truncated pyramid shape that forms the truncated pyramid structure;
wherein the truncated apex is a solid surface;
wherein the base is an open surface;
wherein the one or more lateral faces are solid surfaces;
wherein the cork filling, is a semi-rigid material that fills a negative space formed by a hollow interior of the shell;
wherein the cork filling is accessible from an exterior of the shell through the base of the truncated pyramid shape of the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,918,175

DIAMOND WITH TEN HEARTS AND TEN ARROWS

Shenzhen Perfect Love Dia...

1. A diamond that provides views comprising a ten hearts and ten arrows optical effect,wherein when viewed from a table facet of the diamond from a crown of the diamond toward a pavilion of the diamond, a plurality of arrows optical effect consisting of ten arrows is visible, and when viewed from directly opposite the table facet of the diamond from the pavilion to the crown, a plurality of hearts optical effect consisting of ten hearts is visible;
wherein an external surface of the diamond comprises eighty-one facets, said facets consisting of:
the table facet; and
ten main crown facets and ten main pavilion facets, where each main crown facet is a hexagon that is symmetrical in a circumferential direction;
a crown star facet is disposed at each junction of two adjacent main crown facets with the table facet, in a manner providing ten crown star facets, where each crown star facet is a trapezoid that is symmetrical in the circumferential direction;
a crown small facet is disposed at each junction of two adjacent main crown facets with the crown star facet, in a manner providing ten crown small facets, where each crown small facet is a pentagon that is symmetrical in the circumferential direction;
a small sector is disposed at each junction of the main crown facet with the crown small facet, in a manner providing twenty small sectors; and
two main pavilion facet auxiliary surfaces are disposed at each junction of two adjacent main pavilion facets, in a manner providing twenty auxiliary surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,918,174

CONNECTION STRUCTURE CONNECTING WATCHBAND TO WATCHCASE AND WATCH USING THE SAME

SHENZHEN FENDA SMART TECH...

1. A connection structure connecting a watchband comprising a watchband body to a watchcase comprising a watchcase body, the connection structure comprising:a latching member attached to a first end of the watchband body; and
an elastic piece attached to the watchcase body and located in a locking slot of the watchcase body;
wherein when the latching member is inserted into the locking slot, the latching member is engaged with the elastic piece to thereby engage the watchband body with the watchcase body;
wherein a catching member is disposed at the first end of the watchband, and the latching member is partially embedded in the catching member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,173

ONE-PIECE BAR FOR ATTACHING A BRACELET TO A WATCH

The Swatch Group Research...

1. A one-piece bar for attaching a bracelet to a watch, the bar extending in a longitudinal direction and comprising:two pivots and a body connecting the two pivots, each pivot being configured to be introduced into a corresponding housing of a respective horn of a watch case, the body comprising a plurality of elements connected to one another, each element having a hollowed portion, in order to give the bar longitudinal elasticity to allow elastic deformation thereof in the longitudinal direction,
wherein each element comprises a peripheral frame having substantially the shape of a closed ‘M’ such that the peripheral frame surrounds the hollowed portion to have an ‘H’ shape with first and second legs extending in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction and a third leg extending in the longitudinal direction to connect the first and second legs.

US Pat. No. 10,918,172

SLIDER INSERTION APPARATUS AND METHODS

Reynolds Presto Products ...

1. An apparatus for operably mounting a slider onto a recloseable plastic zipper closure, the apparatus comprising:(a) a rotor having an outer periphery and at least one slider-engaging shoulder extending from the outer periphery; the outer periphery having a slot therealong sized to accommodate a zipper closure therein;
(i) a pair of opposing walls being on opposite sides of the rotor; and
(ii) an insertion pocket being defined by the outer periphery of the rotor and the opposing walls, the insertion pocket being sized to hold a slider;
(b) an insertion wedge adjacent to a portion of the outer periphery of the rotor; the insertion wedge having a leading edge and trailing edge and increasing in thickness from the leading edge to the trailing edge; the insertion wedge sized to slidably accommodate a slider for mounting onto a zipper closure; and
(c) a zipper guide member adjacent to the outer periphery of the rotor and adjacent to the trailing edge of the insertion wedge constructed and arranged to guide and hold a zipper closure while a slider is mounted thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,918,171

COPPER ALLOY FASTENER ELEMENT AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation

1. A method for producing a copper alloy fastener element, the method comprising:producing a deformed wire having a substantially Y-shaped cross section by sequentially carrying out the steps of:
heating and melting a copper-zinc alloy having an apparent zinc content of 34 to 38% by mass and then continuously casting in one direction to obtain a wire having a P phase at a ratio of 10% or less and a dendrite structure; drawing the obtained wire;
subjecting the drawn wire to annealing under heating conditions where a diffusion distance of copper is from 0.5 to 3.0 nm; and
subjecting the annealed wire to cold rolling; and then forming the resulting deformed wire.

US Pat. No. 10,918,170

MOLDED SURFACE FASTENER

YKK Corporation

1. A molded surface fastener made of synthetic resin in which a plurality of male engaging elements are standing on an upper surface of a flat plate-shaped base portion and each engaging element has a stem portion standing on the base portion and an engaging head portion bulging from an upper end of the stem portion toward an outside and formed integrally on the stem portion, wherein:the engaging head portion has a top end surface of head portion, a back surface of head portion, and a curved outer peripheral side surface, wherein the back surface of head portion extends from a boundary between the stem portion and the engaging head portion towards the outside and is opposite the top end surface of head portion, and the curved outer peripheral side surface is disposed from an outer periphery of the top end surface of head portion to the back surface of head portion,
in at least a part of the engaging elements, at least one pawl portion having a pawl width dimension narrower than a width dimension at the boundary between the stem portion and the engaging head portion is protruded on an outer peripheral edge part of the engaging head portion,
the at least one pawl portion protrudes from a part of the curved outer peripheral side surface of the engaging head portion toward the outside, and
the at least one pawl portion has a back surface of pawl formed at a different angle than the back surface of head portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,169

LOCKING POSITION ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A locking slide clip, comprising:a C-shaped body including a first leg, an upper portion connected to the first leg, and a second leg connected to the upper portion, the first leg and the second leg extending toward one another, the C-shaped body defining an opening and an open-ended slot in communication with the opening; and
a door pivotably engaged with the C-shaped body opposite the open-ended slot and comprising a protrusion,
wherein the upper portion comprises a first wall, a second wall, a third wall, and a fourth wall, wherein the second wall is connected and generally perpendicular to the first wall, the third wall is connected and generally perpendicular to the second wall and the fourth wall, and the fourth wall is opposite the second wall;
wherein the first and second legs extend below the upper portion;
wherein the second wall is connected to the first leg;
wherein the fourth wall is connected to the second leg; and
wherein the first and second legs extend toward one another.

US Pat. No. 10,918,168

ELECTRONIC SEATBELT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seatbelt buckle, comprising:a housing having an opening;
an attracting member that generates a magnetic field;
an attractable element spaced and separate from the attracting member, the magnetic field generated by the attracting member being directed toward the attractable element;
an actuator that comprises an actuator plate coupled to a pushbutton; and
a base plate adapted to retain a seatbelt clip within the housing, wherein the attracting member, the attractable element, the actuator, and the base plate are carried by the housing;
wherein the seatbelt clip is released:
when the attracting member is electronically actuated and generates the magnetic field that attracts the attractable element, or
when the pushbutton is displaced inwardly with respect to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,918,167

FRICTION STOP STRAP ADJUSTOR

BELL SPORTS, INC., Scott...

1. A strap adjustor, comprising:a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface;
an upper surface that extends between the top surface and the bottom surface and a lower surface opposite the upper surface;
a front surface extending between the top surface and the bottom surface and between the upper surface and the lower surface and a back surface opposite the front surface, the back surface extending between the top surface and the bottom surface and between the upper surface and the lower surface;
a first through opening, between the front surface and the back surface, that extends completely through the strap adjustor;
a second through opening, between the front surface and the back surface, that extends completely through the strap adjustor;
a bar separating the first through opening from the second through opening, the bar extending from the top surface to the bottom surface and from the front surface to the back surface;
a first end opening contained within the upper surface, the first end opening extending from the upper surface to the first through opening; and
a second end opening contained within the upper surface adjacent to but separate from the first end opening, the second end opening extending from the upper surface to the first through opening.

US Pat. No. 10,918,166

INDUCTOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. An inductor comprising:a body including:
a support member including a through hole,
a coil including a plurality of coil patterns disposed on the support member and connected to each other to have an overall spiral shape, each of the plurality of coil patterns including a first plating layer and a second plating layer stacked on the first plating layer,
a first insulating wall being at least partial contact with an innermost coil pattern among the plurality of coil patterns,
a second insulating wall being at least partial contact with an outermost coil pattern among the plurality of coil patterns, and
an insulating film filling spaces between the plurality of coil patterns, covering upper surfaces of the first and second insulating walls and enclosing at least a portion of surfaces of the first and second insulating walls that do not contact with the innermost coil pattern or the outermost coil pattern among surfaces of the first and second insulating walls; and
first and second external electrodes disposed on an external surface of the body and connected to the coil.

US Pat. No. 10,918,165

FASTENING DEVICE AND LACE ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREOF

1. A fastening device, which is for fastening and loosening a lace, the fastening device composed of a case, a spool, a knob and a locking unit, wherein:the case comprises a mounted portion;
the spool is disposed at the case, and a lace is wound around the spool;
the knob comprises an engaged portion for engaging with the mounted portion, such that the knob is coupled to the case, wherein the knob has an inner wall and the engaged portion is disposed at the inner wall, and the engaged portion is engaged with the mounted portion to couple the knob to the case; and
the locking unit is coupled to the knob and is driven by the knob;
rotating the knob relative to the case allows the locking unit to be driven to switch from a first position to a second position, the locking unit is coupled to the spool to prohibit the spool from rotating toward a loosening direction when the locking unit is at the first position, and the spool is allowed to be rotated toward the loosening direction when the locking unit is at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,164

LACING SYSTEM WITH GUIDE ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method, comprising:forming an upper having a varying height forming a contour;
attaching an assembly of guide elements to the upper, each guide element of the assembly of guide elements having a different length corresponding to a height of the upper along the contour of the upper; and
routing each of a plurality of segments joined together with a joining element to form a single tensile element through an associated guide element of the assembly of guide elements, wherein the segments of the single tensile element are configured to move concurrently through the associated guide element when tension is applied to the joining element of the single tensile element, and wherein a rigidity of the guide elements is greater than a rigidity of the segments of the single tensile element.

US Pat. No. 10,918,163

ONE PIECE FOOTWEAR

1. A pattern for cutting flexible sheet material for forming an article of footwear upper, said pattern comprising:a main bottom portion having a front toe area, a rear heel area and opposed sides, said main bottom portion being in the general shape of a foot sole;
a single front toe strap portion having an elongated shape; and
and a single pair of heel-strap flaps extending outward from opposite sides of the main bottom portion near the rear heel area, both members of the single pair of heel-strap flaps comprise rear portions that are substantially parallel to one another and to a centerline of the main body portion and have free rear ends and rear inner edges between ends of the heel-strap flaps and an end of the main bottom portion, both members of the single pair of heel-strap flaps further having outward curving forward portions having free front ends, wherein joining the free rear ends of the single pair heel-strap flaps together and joining the rear inner edges of the single pair of heel-strap flaps to the main bottom portion produces an enclosed, imperforated heel portion and joining the free front ends of the single pair of heel-strap flaps together produces an ankle strap having a central axis that extends outwardly from a bottom center of the enclosed heel portion,
wherein the main body portion and the single pair of heel-strap flaps comprise a single, continuous, imperforated piece of flexible sheet material and portions of the heel strap flaps which are used to form sides of the enclosed heel portion are continuous with the main bottom portion and imperforated.

US Pat. No. 10,918,162

ARTICLE WITH AT LEAST TWO LAYERS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An upper for an article of footwear, the upper comprising:a first knit layer;
a second knit layer;
a third layer located between the first knit layer and the second knit layer, the third layer including a first meltable material with a melting point of 150° C. or less, wherein the first knit layer and the second knit layer are secured via the material of the third layer;
a first zone, wherein the first knit layer, the second knit layer, and the third layer are coextensive in the first zone; and
a second zone, wherein the first knit layer, the second knit layer, and the third layer are coextensive in the second zone, and wherein less of the material of the third layer, by mass per unit surface area, is located in the second zone than in the first zone,
wherein the first zone has a first stretch resistance, wherein the second zone has a second stretch resistance, and wherein the first stretch resistance is greater than the second stretch resistance,
the upper further comprising a support member located between the first knit layer and the second knit layer, the support member configured to limit the stretch resistance at least in a third zone, and
wherein the support member includes a second meltable material with a melting point different than the material of the third layer, and wherein the support member is secured to at least one of the first knit layer and the second knit layer via the second meltable material.

US Pat. No. 10,918,160

HINGED FOOTWEAR SOLE STRUCTURE FOR FOOT ENTRY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear comprising:a unitary midsole having a first portion and a second portion rearward of the first portion;
wherein a bottom surface of the unitary midsole defines a groove extending from a medial side of the unitary midsole to a lateral side of the unitary midsole, and a top surface of the unitary midsole defines a slit disposed over the groove and extending from the medial side to the lateral side;
wherein the unitary midsole forms a living hinge at the groove and the slit, with the living hinge connecting the first portion to the second portion so that the first portion and the second portion are selectively pivotable relative to one another at the living hinge between a first orientation and a second orientation; wherein the groove is wider in the first orientation than in the second orientation, and the slit is wider in the second orientation than in the first orientation;
wherein the slit includes:
a main portion extending downward from the top surface of the unitary midsole toward the groove and having a distal end spaced above the groove;
a front branch extending from the distal end of the main portion into the first portion and terminating above the bottom surface; and
a rear branch extending from the distal end of the main portion into the second portion and terminating above the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,918,159

FOOTWEAR DEVICE

1. A footwear device comprising:a resilient member having at least a portion that is resilient and first and second ends, the first end having a portion connectable relative to a user's foot with a connecting arrangement and the second end having a portion connectable relative to the user's leg above the ankle joint with a securement arrangement, the resilient member having at least a lower portion extendable in a generally upwardly direction from the back of at least one of the user's foot and ankle, the resilient member capable of resiliently and rotatably biasing the user's foot about the ankle joint, an adjustment arrangement associated with the resilient member is capable of loosening and tightening the resilient member to adjust tension, at least an upper portion of the resilient member being redirected in a transverse direction relative to the at least a lower portion of the resilient member by a redirecting feature to extend transversely at the securement arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,918,158

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH ENLARGED THROAT OPENING AND SELECTIVE VENTILATION

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:a sole structure;
an upper coupled to the sole structure and at least partially defining an internal volume operative to receive a foot of a wearer, the upper including:
an throat opening that is in communication with the internal volume;
a forwardly extending flap section that defines a portion of the throat opening, wherein the flap section is operative to fold laterally across an instep portion of the upper to reduce a size of the throat opening from a first, enlarged state to a second, narrowed state;
a plurality of perforations extending through a portion of the upper on a first side of the flap section; and
wherein folding the flap section laterally in a first direction covers the plurality of perforations; and wherein folding the flap section laterally in a second direction exposes the plurality of perforations to provide ventilation to the interior volume.

US Pat. No. 10,918,157

ADJUSTABLE FASTENING SYSTEM FOR STRAPS

Maku Inc., Holyoke, MA (...

1. A fastening system, comprising:at least first and second straps;
a cylindrical sleeve defining a channel for receiving the first and second straps, the cylindrical sleeve comprising:
a base having a first end and a second end opposite the first end; and
a sheath extending about the base, wherein the first and second straps extend through the sheath and the first strap is fixed to the base; and
a plurality of braking members forming part of the cylindrical sleeve and extending at least partially about the first and second straps,
wherein the second strap extends and slides through the channel while the cylindrical sleeve is manually braced, and
wherein the plurality of braking members resist movement of the second strap relative to the cylindrical sleeve when the cylindrical sleeve is not manually braced.

US Pat. No. 10,918,156

PRESSURE DETECTION SENSOR AND PRESSURE DETECTION INSOLE INCLUDING SAME

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A pressure detecting sensor comprising:an elastic layer comprising a hole; and
an electrode layer comprising a plurality of electrodes which are arranged to be spaced apart on the elastic layer, the plurality of electrodes include a first electrode and a second electrode,
wherein the elastic layer comprises a variable member disposed in the hole, the variable member having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface of the variable member facing the first electrode, a space is provided between the first electrode and the first surface of the variable member, and a thickness of the variable member is a distance between the first surface and the second surface,
wherein the plurality of electrodes are electrically connected by an external pressure,
wherein the first electrode covers a part of the hole,
wherein the variable member comprises a conductive compound, and wherein based on pressure applied to a sensing area of the pressure sensing sensor, the thickness of the variable member between the first surface and the second surface is to decrease, and a resistance of the variable member is to change based on a change of the thickness of the variable member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,155

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING A KNITTED COMPONENT WITH AN INTEGRAL KNIT ANKLE CUFF

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper including a knitted component, the knitted component including:a foot region extending through a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region of the article of footwear, the foot region including an instep area that extends between a medial side and a lateral side of the upper; and
an ankle region forming a portion of the upper that extends above the foot region, the ankle region including an ankle cuff that defines a throat opening to a void within the upper that is configured to receive a foot;
wherein the ankle cuff is formed of unitary knit construction with at least the instep area of the foot region and a portion of the foot region disposed on the medial side and lateral side in the heel region;
wherein the ankle cuff comprises a first knit layer and a second knit layer, wherein the first knit layer forms an exterior surface of the ankle cuff;
wherein the ankle cuff further comprises at least one malleolus zone disposed on at least one of the medial side and the lateral side of the upper, the at least one malleolus zone including a plurality of voids formed in the first knit layer of the ankle cuff, wherein the plurality of voids expose the second knit layer;
wherein each of the plurality of voids comprise a geometric shape and wherein the plurality of voids are arranged in a cluster formation surrounding a center point of the at least one malleolus zone, and
wherein the at least one malleolus zone comprises a first stretch resistance and wherein a remainder of the ankle cuff outside of the at least one malleolus zone comprises a second stretch resistance and wherein the second stretch resistance is greater than the first stretch resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,918,154

ARTICLE WITH TENSIONING SYSTEM INCLUDING TENSION BALANCING MEMBER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear including a tensioning device, the article of footwear comprising:an upper defining an interior void for receiving insertion of a toot of a user, a sole structure coupled with the upper, the sole structure having a top surface facing toward the upper and an opposing bottom surface facing away from the upper;
a cavity disposed within the sole structure; a tensioning device disposed within the cavity; and
a plurality of tension members extending from the tensioning device, engaging a portion of the upper, and operable in a tightened state to move the upper from a relaxed state to a constricted state reducing a volume of the interior void, the tensioning device operable in a locked state to maintain the plurality of tension members in the tightened state;
wherein the plurality of tension members extend to an exterior surface of the upper through a single aperture formed in a side surface of the upper and then spread out in a radial direction from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,918,153

HELMET WITH AIRFLOW VENTILATION THROUGH AN EARPAD

BELL SPORTS, INC., Scott...

1. A helmet, comprising:a protective shell comprising an outer surface at an exterior of the helmet and an inner surface opposite the outer surface;
a layer of energy management material coupled to the inner surface of the protective shell to form a cavity for receiving a head of a user; and
an earpad coupled to the inner surface of the protective shell that comprises an inner surface that further defines a space for an ear of a user, the earpad further comprising:
a leading edge at a front of the helmet, the leading edge extending between the outer surface of the protective shell and the inner surface of the earpad,
an air intake opening formed at the leading edge of the earpad,
an air exhaust opening formed at a trailing edge of the earpad, and
an airflow channel formed at least in part by the earpad and the inner surface of the protective shell, and extending between the air intake opening and the air exhaust opening.

US Pat. No. 10,918,152

LIGHT-EMITTING BEACON

9609385 CANADA INC.

1. A light-emitting beacon comprising:a beacon body comprising a translucent or transparent elongate carapace and a base wherein said carapace is generally dome like and said carapace and base together define a hollow space therebetween;
a power source comprising a battery positioned within said hollow space adjacent said base; and
a printed circuit board assembly arranged within said hollow space adjacent said carapace and comprising a plurality of printed circuit boards arranged about said battery and at a relative angle to one another other, each of said plurality of circuit boards comprising at least one LED arranged thereon to emit light in a direction normal to a respective circuit board surface and such that a first LED on a first of said printed circuit boards emits light at said relative angle to light emitted from a second LED on a second of said printed circuit boards and out of said carapace and such that when emitting said first LED is visible from a first lateral side of said carapace and said second LED is visible from a second lateral side of said carapace.

US Pat. No. 10,918,151

COLLABORATION IN AN APPAREL DESIGN SYSTEM

1. A method comprising:providing a garment previewing tool that allows previewing on a computer screen of a selected garment base customized by a user with a selected wear pattern to be formed by a laser using a laser input file;
granting access to a first scene via a first session of the garment previewing tool on a first device, wherein the first scene includes the selected garment base;
granting access to the first scene via a second session of the garment previewing tool on a second device;
receiving from the first device the selected wear pattern to apply to the selected garment base;
in response to the receiving the selected wear pattern, updating the first scene to include the selected garment base and the selected wear pattern;
in response to the updating the first scene, identifying the second session at the second device as being associated with the first scene;
in response to the identifying the second session, transmitting information identifying the selected wear pattern and the selected garment base;
receiving from the first device a modification of a sizing of the selected wear pattern relative to the selected garment base or a position of the selected wear pattern relative to the selected garment base;
before transmitting information identifying the modification of the selected wear pattern, comparing a first timestamp of the modification of the selected wear pattern from the first device with a second timestamp of another modification of the selected wear pattern from a third device;
if the first timestamp is after the second timestamp, determining to transfer the modification of the selected wear pattern from the first device;
in response to the receiving the modification of the selected wear pattern, updating the first scene to reflect the modification of the selected wear pattern;
in response to the updating the first scene to reflect the modification of the selected wear pattern, identifying the second session at the second device as being associated with the first scene;
in response to the identifying the second session, transmitting information about the modification of the selected wear pattern;
causing a computer screen of the second device to display a preview image comprising the selected garment base and selected wear pattern, with modified sizing or modified positioning, or a combination;
providing a target garment corresponding to the garment base selected by the user; and
based on a laser input file associated with the selected wear pattern with modified sizing or modified positioning, or a combination, using a laser to create the selected wear pattern on an outer surface of the target garment.

US Pat. No. 10,918,150

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CUSTOMIZED GARMENT AND OUTFIT DESIGN GENERATION

Bodygram, Inc., Las Vega...

1. A method for generating a customized garment design, comprising:retrieving a user signal about a user;
identifying a user style comprising at least a preferred garment category for the user by analyzing the user signal;
retrieving a group of features for the preferred garment category, wherein each of the features is associated with at least one style variable;
for each of the style variables, identifying at least one preferred style value based on the user signal;
generating one or more candidate garment feature sets by selecting one or more combinations of preferred style values for each style variable; and
generating the customized garment design by selecting a garment feature set from the one or more candidate garment feature sets.

US Pat. No. 10,918,149

ARTICLE OF APPAREL

UNDER ARMOUR, INC., Balt...

1. A method of forming a shirt from a textile material, comprising:marking a surface of a circularly formed textile structure with a boundary line that defines approximately half of a shirt pattern, wherein the shirt pattern comprises a lower portion defining a tubular torso portion and an upper portion with two subportions that define a yoke portion;
removing portions of the textile structure disposed exteriorly of the boundary line; and
once the portions are removed from the textile structure, forming a shirt from the textile structure with a single interior seam that extends from one sleeve end to a second sleeve end through only a back of the shirt, the single interior seam coupling each of the two subportions to the lower portion in a manner that provides a vertical opening in the back of the shirt and forms sleeves from the yoke portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,148

SLEEVE CONSTRUCTION FOR A GARMENT

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A garment having a sleeve construction, the garment comprising:a torso covering portion defining at least a first sleeve opening, and a second sleeve opening;
a first sleeve extending from the first sleeve opening, the first sleeve divided into an anterior half and a posterior half; and
a second sleeve extending from the second sleeve opening, the second sleeve divided into an anterior half and a posterior half, the first sleeve and the second sleeve each having a proximal end and a distal end defining a length therebetween, wherein:
the first sleeve consists of a first single pocket opening in communication with a first single pocket space, and a first single pocket terminating end, the first single pocket opening and the first single pocket terminating end each positioned on the anterior half of the first sleeve at a location superior to a midway point between the proximal end and the distal end of the first sleeve, the first single pocket space extending in a lateral direction with respect to the first single pocket opening, and
the second sleeve consists of a second single pocket opening in communication with a second single pocket space, and a second single pocket terminating end, the second single pocket opening positioned on the anterior half of the second sleeve, and the second single pocket terminating end positioned on the posterior half of the second sleeve at a location superior to a midway point between the proximal end and the distal end of the second sleeve, the second single pocket space extending in a lateral direction with respect to the second single pocket opening.

US Pat. No. 10,918,147

LINING SYSTEM FOR ARTICLES OF CLOTHING

First Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A lining system for articles of clothing, comprising:an article of clothing comprising left and right outer panels adapted to be worn by a human wearer;
each outer panel having an inner surface;
for each outer panel, a generally coextensive lining panel attached thereto so as to define a spaced apart relationship therebetween;
a left front detachable fastener configured to define a left front opening communicating with a left front spaced apart relationship;
a right front detachable fastener configured to define a right front opening communicating with a right front spaced apart relationship; and
a back outer panel adapted to be worn by a human wearer; and further comprising a back detachable fastener configured to define a back opening communicating with a back spaced apart relationship,
wherein each detachable fastener is movable between a closed configuration, closing off respective opening, and an open configuration providing access to the inner surface, and
wherein a length of each of the left front detachable fastener and the right front detachable fastener is longer than a length of the back detachable fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,918,146

TOUCH PROTECTOR

NO-KNOB, LLC, West Bloom...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first base portion having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, a first length extending in a first direction from a first end of the first base portion to a second end of the first base portion opposite the first end of the first base portion, and a first width extending in a second direction different from the first direction, the first width extending from a first side of the first base portion to a second side of the first base portion opposite the first side of the first base portion;
a second base portion having a third surface and a fourth surface opposite the third surface, a second length extending in the first direction from a first end of the second base portion to a second end of the second base portion opposite the first end of the second base portion, and a second width extending in the second direction, the second width extending from a first side of the second base portion to a second side of the second base portion opposite the first side of the second base portion;
a first backing member on a side of the second surface of the first base portion, the first backing member and the first base portion being configured to have a first space between the first backing member and the first base portion;
a second backing member on a side of the fourth surface of the second base portion, the second backing member and the second base portion being configured to have a second space between the second backing member and the second base portion;
a bridge portion coupling the first base portion and the second base portion; and
a tether coupled with the bridge portion,
wherein
the first length is equal to the second length,
the first width is equal to the second width, and
an interior sidewall of the first backing member is separated from an exterior of the first backing member by a distance greater than a first backing member thickness of a majority of the first backing member, and
a second backing member thickness of the second backing member is less than the distance by which the interior sidewall of the first backing member is separated from the exterior of the first backing member such that the first space is smaller than the second space.

US Pat. No. 10,918,145

DOUBLE GLOVES

DG TAB, LLC, Richmond He...

1. A glove assembly including:an inner elastomeric glove with an inner cuff and a plurality of inner fingers;
an outer elastomeric glove with an outer cuff and a plurality of outer fingers, wherein said inner cuff and said plurality of inner fingers are concentrically disposed within the respective said outer cuff and said plurality of outer fingers; and
a single, graspable attachment member, said single, graspable attachment member comprising a first outer tab portion attached to said outer cuff, a second inner tab portion attached to said inner cuff, and a perforated portion disposed therebetween, said first outer tab portion being attached to said second inner tab portion only at said perforated portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,144

PATIENT GARMENT

DIGNITY GIVING SUITS (DGS...

1. A garment for health care use, the garment comprising:at least three panels including
at least one rear panel adapted for extending across a wearer's back; and
at least two front panels, wherein a first of the at least two front panels is adapted for extending across a wearer's body from the wearer's left hand side to the wearer's right hip region and a second of the at least two front panels is adapted for extending across the body from the wearer's right hand side to the wearer's left hip region;
a plurality of detachable seams, positioned along peripheral regions of each of the at least one rear panel and the at least two front panels detachably connecting the at least two front panels to the at least one rear panel, the plurality of detachable seams including a right underarm seam and a left underarm seam; wherein,
the right underarm seam detachably connects a right hand underarm region of the second of the at least two front panels to a right hand underarm region of the at least one rear panel, and the left underarm seam detachably connects a left hand underarm region of the first of the at least two front panels to a corresponding left hand underarm region of the at least one rear panel, and
each of the at least two front panels is permanently connected to the at least one rear panel at an under-arm position above the right underarm seam and the left underarm seam;
at least a portion of one of the at least two front panels overlaps another of the at least two front panels; and
the at least one rear panel and the at least two front panels each comprise a plurality of flaps and regions adapted to be folded over when in use to expose different areas of the wearer's body.

US Pat. No. 10,918,143

PROTECTIVE FOAM MASK

Global Archery, Inc., As...

1. A protective foam face mask, comprising:an upper frontal portion structured to extend across the forehead of a user;
a lower frontal portion structured to extend across the jaw of the user, wherein an ocular cavity is defined between the upper frontal portion and the lower frontal portion;
two opposing side portions which extend rearwardly from opposing sides of the ocular cavity, wherein the upper frontal portion and the lower frontal portion are coupled with the two opposing side portions at a location rearward of the ocular cavity;
wherein the upper frontal portion, the lower frontal portion, and the two opposing side portions are integrally formed of a foam, wherein the foam of the upper frontal portion is structured to provide impact protection to the forehead of the user, and wherein the foam of the two opposing side portions is structured to cover, and provide impact protection to, ears of the user;
a mesh portion defining a mesh eye shield, wherein the mesh eye shield extends across the ocular cavity, wherein an outer perimeter of the mesh eye shield is retained to the upper frontal portion and the lower frontal portion through encasement in the foam of the upper frontal portion and the lower frontal portion, and wherein the mesh portion further extends rearwardly with the two opposing side portions, and wherein the upper frontal portion, the lower frontal portion, the two opposing side portions, and the mesh portion form a unitary face mask structure; and
a strap attachment point located in at least one of the two opposing side portions, wherein the strap attachment point is structured such that a portion of a retention strap extends through the foam and mesh portion in the at least one of the two opposing side portions, and wherein the mesh portion firmly retains the retention strap to the unitary face mask structure.

US Pat. No. 10,918,142

SURGICAL AND INDUSTRIAL FACE MASK

1. A facial mask comprising:mask material having a shape, wherein the mask material includes sides to form the shape;
a foam sealer of open cell foam attached to a perimeter of the mask material, wherein the foam sealer is die cut to fit the mask material, the foam sealer comprising a pair of horizontal foam sealers and a pair of vertical foam sealers;
stitches to attach the foam sealer to the mask material; and ties extending from two vertical sides of the sides of the mask material;
a wire embedded in the foam sealer, wherein the wire is bent into a shape matching the foam sealer;
a vent located between each end of the pair of horizontal foam sealers and each end of the pair of vertical foam sealers; and a cover overlapping the foam sealer; wherein the foam sealer consists of reticulated polyurethane foam having a fungicidal or bactericidal additive.

US Pat. No. 10,918,141

DRAG-REDUCING EXERCISE EQUIPMENT

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A garment comprising:a first zone located on an arm portion of the garment, the first zone having a first applied surface texture, the first applied surface texture comprising a first plurality of three-dimensional (3-D) nodules each extending outwardly from a surface of the garment;
a second zone located on a torso portion of the garment, the second zone having no applied surface texture, wherein:
the first applied surface texture begins at a shoulder region of the arm portion of the garment, and wherein the first applied surface texture smoothly and continuously transitions from a minimum amount of surface roughness at the shoulder region of the garment, to a maximum amount of surface roughness at a distal end of the arm portion of the garment; and
a hem affixed to the distal end of the arm portion of the garment and extending to a distal edge of the arm portion of the garment, wherein the hem is printed with silicone, and wherein the distal edge forms a sleeve opening of the arm portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,140

GARMENT FOR USE WITH SEAT RESTRAINTS AND METHOD OF USE THEREFOR

1. An apparatus for use with a seat assembly having a lower seat portion, a seatback portion, and a plurality of harness straps mounted with respect to the lower seat portion and the seatback portion, the apparatus comprising:a garment having an inner surface, an outer surface, and defining a plurality of slots that extend from the inner surface to the outer surface, said slots being sufficiently sized and positioned such that a respective one of the harness straps is insertable through a respective one of the slots when the garment is on the seating assembly;
wherein the garment has a first edge and a second edge;
wherein the garment is configurable such that the inner surface defines an enclosed space having a first opening between the first and second edges;
wherein the garment is movable from an open configuration, in which the first and second edges are separated, to a closed configuration, in which the first and second edges are adjacent one another;
wherein the garment includes a first fastening system configured to selectively retain the garment in its closed configuration;
wherein said plurality of harness straps includes first and second shoulder straps and a pommel strap; and
wherein said plurality of slots includes a first slot positioned to receive said shoulder straps and a second slot positioned to receive said pommel strap when the garment is placed on the seat assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,918,139

UNDERGARMENT CLIP

1. A protective clip for an undergarment, the undergarment having a fabric sleeve surrounding at least in part a support rod, the support rod having a first end segment positioned within an end portion of the fabric sleeve, said first end segment terminating proximate an edge of the undergarment, the protective clip comprising:a. a first blade, the first blade being generally flat and having an outer surface with an inner surface opposite the outer surface, the first blade further having an upper edge and a lower edge generally opposite the upper edge;
b. a second blade, the second blade being generally flat and having an outer surface with an inner surface opposite the outer surface, the second blade having an upper edge and a lower edge generally opposite the upper edge;
c. a spine joining the upper edge of the first blade to the upper edge of the second blade such that the inner surface of the first blade faces and is generally parallel to the inner surface of the second blade; and
d. a track positioned at least in part on the inner surface of the first blade, said track extending from a position proximate the lower edge of said first blade inner surface toward said spine, said track being shaped and sized to receive at least in part the first end segment of the support rod, said track being configured so as not to penetrate the first blade outer surface;
the protective clip being sized and shaped to enable the first and second blades to mount at least in part over the edge of the undergarment proximate the first end segment of the support rod to securely attach the protective clip to the undergarment when the first end segment of the support rod is positioned in the track.

US Pat. No. 10,918,138

WEARABLE BABY BLANKET WITH INSULATED INTERCHANGEABLE UPPER AND LOWER POCKETS FOR A CUSTOMIZED FIT AND UTILITY THAT EASILY CONVERTS INTO A TRADITIONAL BLANKET

1. A wearable blanket comprising:a body;
a first pocket snapped to a rear surface of the body only along vertical edges of the first pocket;
a second pocket snapped to the rear surface of the body along vertical edges of the second pocket;
wherein the first pocket and the second pocket are snapped to the rear surface of the body with a snapping system, wherein the snapping system comprises a plurality of snaps placed vertically along each side of the body mating with a plurality of snaps on the vertical edges of the first pocket and the second pocket, the plurality of snaps along each side of the body and the plurality of snaps on the vertical edges of the first pocket and the second pocket being positioned at pre-determined positions to adjust the positioning of the first pocket and the second pocket;
a first liner received in the first pocket, wherein the first liner is formed of a warming fabric;
a second liner received in the second pocket, wherein the second liner is formed of a warming fabric;
wherein the wearable blanket is configured to receive legs of a user behind the rear surface of the body of the wearable blanket and between an inner surface of the first pocket and the rear surface of the body so that the rear surface of the body of the blanket and the inner surface of the first pocket are in contact with the user's legs for securing the wearable blanket to the legs of the user and a lower portion of the body covers the user's feet and wherein the first pocket is snapped with the snapping system to removably position the first pocket below the buttocks of the user so that the wearable blanket is configured to prevent the user from sitting on the wearable blanket with the buttocks of the user and the second pocket is configured to be positioned adjacent a chest of the user when the legs of the user are received between the rear surface of the body and the inner surface of the first pocket;
wherein the first pocket further comprises a zipper, the zipper being moved to open and close the first pocket;
wherein the first liner is removably coupled to an interior face of the first pocket;
wherein a first liner snap is coupled to the first liner and a first pocket snap is coupled to the first pocket, the first liner snap being removably coupled to the first pocket snap;
wherein the second pocket further comprises a zipper, the zipper being moved to open and close the second pocket;
wherein in the second liner is removably coupled to an interior face of the second pocket; and
wherein a second liner snap is coupled to the second liner and a second pocket snap is coupled to the second pocket, the second liner snap being removably coupled to the second pocket snap.

US Pat. No. 10,918,137

ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICE

Fontem Holdings 1 B.V., ...

1. An electronic smoking device, comprising:a housing;
a receiving unit operable to receive a solid smoking material suited for aerosol generation;
a primary heating element arranged adjacent to the receiving unit and adapted to liquefy the solid smoking material to provide a liquefied smoking material, wherein the primary heating element is further adapted to atomize the liquefied smoking material;
a secondary heating element adapted to pre-heat the solid smoking material within the receiving unit; and
a positioning element for forcing the solid smoking material in the receiving unit towards the primary heating element,
wherein the receiving unit, the primary heating element, and the positioning element are arranged within the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,918,136

AEROSOL-GENERATING DEVICE WITH ELECTRODES FOR MEASURING AN ELECTRICAL LOAD

Philip Morris Products S....

1. An aerosol-generating device, comprising:a power supply;
at least one heater;
a cavity configured to receive an aerosol-generating article;
a first electrode and a second electrode spaced apart from the first electrode such that at least a portion of the aerosol-generating article is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode when the aerosol-generating article is received within the cavity; and
a controller configured to control a supply of power from the power supply to the at least one heater for heating the aerosol-generating article when the aerosol-generating article is received within the cavity,
wherein the controller is further configured to measure an electrical load between the first electrode and the second electrode when the aerosol-generating article is received within the cavity, and
wherein the controller is further configured to terminate the supply of power from the power supply to the at least one heater when the measured electrical load exceeds a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,918,135

HEAT DIFFUSER FOR AN AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. An aerosol-generating article comprising:a heat diffuser including a non-combustible porous body configured to absorb heat from an electric heating element, the porous body being thermally conductive such that air drawn through the porous body is heated by the heat absorbed by the porous body, the heat diffuser being configured to be removably coupled to an aerosol-generating device, the heat diffuser being located at a distal end of the aerosol-generating article, the distal end being upstream from an outlet end of the aerosol-generating article; and
an aerosol-forming substrate downstream of the heat diffuser,
the heat diffuser being configured to heat the aerosol-forming substrate to form an aerosol.

US Pat. No. 10,918,134

POWER SUPPLY FOR AN AEROSOL DELIVERY DEVICE

RAI Strategic Holdings, I...

1. A control body coupleable with a cartridge to form an aerosol delivery device, the cartridge being equipped with a heating element and containing an aerosol precursor composition, the control body being coupleable with the cartridge to form the aerosol delivery device in which the heating element is configured to activate and vaporize components of the aerosol precursor composition, the control body comprising:a power source connected to an electrical load that includes the heating element when the control body is coupled with the cartridge, the power source comprising:
a supercapacitor configured to provide power to the electrical load, wherein the supercapacitor is a hybrid capacitor;
a DC-to-DC; converter connected to the supercapacitor, between the supercapacitor and electrical load; and
a snubber circuit connected in parallel with the supercapacitor and thereby forming a parallel combination, the DC-to-DC converter being connected in series with the parallel combination of the snubber circuit and supercapacitor; and
a microprocessor configured to operate in an active mode in which the control body is coupled with the cartridge, the microprocessor in the active mode being configured to direct power from the supercapacitor to the heating element to activate and vaporize components of the aerosol precursor composition.

US Pat. No. 10,918,133

GAS COMBUSTION HEATING SMOKING ARTICLE

1. A gas heating smoking article with a puff mouth piece, comprising a smoking article housing, a combustion device attached to the housing, a plurality of aerosol generation consumable items, wherein the combustion device comprises a premix chamber made of wave shaped dual metal sheet configured to extend and press to close an air flow valve after heating, wherein a propane or a butane premixed with air is used before a combustion, wherein a heat generated from the combustion is used to bake the plurality of aerosol generation consumable items.

US Pat. No. 10,918,132

LOW EMISSIONS ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICE AND EMISSIONS FILTERING DEVICE

Philter Labs, Inc., San ...

1. A filter cartridge assembly for filtering emissions, the filter cartridge assembly comprising:a mouthpiece into which emissions can be exhaled into the filter cartridge assembly;
a porous filter in communication with the mouthpiece such that substantially all emissions that are exhaled into the filter cartridge assembly pass through the porous filter; and
an outlet check valve that permits emissions to be exhaled into the filter cartridge assembly and substantially prohibits emissions from being inhaled out of the filter cartridge assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,918,131

DRY CHAMBER LASER VAPORIZER

LUMENARY, INC., Petaluma...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a power source;
a laser source electrically coupled to the power source and configured to emit light, the light propagating along an optical path during operation of the laser source;
a lens disposed within the optical path;
a reaction chamber disposed within the optical path and having an opening defined therein; and
a motor electrically coupled to the power source and mechanically coupled to the reaction chamber, the motor, during operation, moving the reaction chamber along a rotational path,
the lens configured to receive, during operation, emitted light from the laser source, and output a modified light having an energy profile that is substantially spatially uniform,
the laser source and the lens configured such that, during operation, the modified light traverses at least a portion of the opening of the reaction chamber and vaporizes a vaporization substance disposed within the reaction chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,918,130

HAND HELD WATER FILTER

1. A water filter for inhaling a combustible or vaporized product, the water filter comprising:a vessel body having an outer wall formed from a vessel material and that defines an external surface of the water filter and an internal cavity configured to retain a liquid, the vessel body configured to be held in the hand while inhaling the combustible or vaporized product;
a mouthpiece integrally formed with the vessel body from the vessel material and extending from an upper portion of the vessel body, the mouthpiece defining an opening through the outer wall;
a receptacle integrally formed with the vessel body from the vessel material and defining a conical internal surface that is configured to receive an article for producing the combustible or vaporized product; and
a downtube extending into the internal cavity from the receptacle and integrally coupled to an inner surface of the outer wall, the downtube defining multiple openings that are proximate the inner surface of the outer wall and that are configured to direct combusted or vaporized material from the combustible or vaporized product into the retained liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,918,129

FILTER SEGMENT INCLUDING A SUBSTRATE LOADED WITH A SMOKE-MODIFYING AGENT

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

1. A filter for use in a tobacco article, the filter comprising:at least one plug of filter material, the filter material including cellulose acetate;
at least one filter segment adjacent to the at least one plug of filter material, the filter segment including a plurality of granules;
a hollow tube adjacent to one of the at least one plug of filter material and the at least one filter segment;
a substrate loaded with a menthol solution, the substrate extending through at least a portion of the filter, the substrate having an air permeability ranging from about 7,500 Coresta units to about 24,000 Coresta units and a grammage ranging from 25 g/m2 to 80 g/m2, the substrate being formed of a twisted portion of a filter plug wrap having a diameter of 1.3 mm and a menthol load of about 7.8 mg.

US Pat. No. 10,918,128

TUBE FOR A SMOKING ARTICLE

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A tube for temporary affixment to a mouthpiece of a smoking article, the tube having a length of between about 37 mm and about 60 mm, the tube comprising:an open upstream end;
an open downstream end;
an outer surface; and
an inner surface defining a lumen for receiving the mouthpiece of the smoking article, the lumen extending from the open upstream end to the open downstream end,
wherein the tube further comprises
a first ventilation zone for providing ventilation into the lumen of the tube, the first ventilation zone comprising a first line of perforation holes extending from the outer surface to the inner surface and circumscribing the tube at a location between 10 mm and 15 mm from the open downstream end of the tube, and
a second ventilation zone for providing ventilation into the lumen of the tube, the second ventilation zone comprising a first line of perforation holes circumscribing the tube at a location between 10 mm and 15 mm from the open upstream end of the tube,
wherein the first line of perforation holes of the first ventilation zone is configured to provide a different level of ventilation than the first line of perforation holes of the second ventilation zone such that a different level of ventilation may be obtained depending on the orientation the tube is slid over a smoking article,
wherein flavourant is provided on the inner surface of the tube, the outer surface of the tube, or both, the flavorant being configured to be released in response to movement of the tube over or around the mouthpiece of the smoking article, and
wherein the tube is configured to slide over the entire length of a smoking article.

US Pat. No. 10,918,127

VAPORIZABLE TOBACCO WAX COMPOSITIONS AND CONTAINER THEREOF

BOND STREET MANUFACTURING...

1. A cartridge, suitable for vaporizing a tobacco wax composition, comprising a chamber in which a tobacco wax composition may be provided, a primary heating element configured to vaporize the tobacco wax composition, and a secondary heating element configured to heat the tobacco wax composition to a temperature above 35° C. to increase flowability of the tobacco wax composition, wherein areas of the chamber configured to be in contact with the tobacco wax composition are comprised of a material with a surface energy of less than 20 Dynes/cm, whereby heating of the tobacco wax composition by the secondary heater in combination with the areas of the chamber in contact with the tobacco wax composition being comprised of the material with a surface energy of less than 20 Dynes/cm decreases adherence of the tobacco wax composition to the chamber and increases utilization of the tobacco wax composition as compared to a cartridge not having a secondary heating element configured to heat the tobacco wax composition to a temperature above 35° C. to increase flowability of the tobacco wax composition and not having areas of the chamber configured to be in contact with the tobacco wax composition comprised of a material with a surface energy of less than 20 Dynes/cm, wherein the areas of the chamber in contact with the tobacco wax composition are comprised of PTFE or FEP.

US Pat. No. 10,918,126

ISOTOPICALLY MODIFIED COMPOUNDS AND THEIR USE AS FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

Retrotope, Inc., Los Alt...

1. A medicament composition, comprising an effective amount of an isotopically modified compound, wherein the isotopically modified compound reduces oxidative damage of a bodily constituent in a patient after the isotopically modified compound is administered and incorporated into the bodily constituent, wherein the isotopically modified compound is a nucleic acid, lipid, or amino acid, and wherein the lipid is a fatty acid or fatty acid ester isotopically modified at least at one or more bis-allylic positions.

US Pat. No. 10,918,125

METHODS FOR FORMULATING DIETARY FOODSTUFFS

Commonwealth Scientific a...

1. An apparatus for producing a foodstuff enriched with plant extracts containing one or more plant metabolites, the apparatus including:(a) a controller having a user interface for receiving a target absorption time for the foodstuff being produced;
(b) a plurality of storage chambers, each containing a plant extract and having an outflow opening operable by the controller to release a quantity of the plant extract for mixing;
(c) a blending chamber configured to receive the plant extracts released from the storage chambers and having a mixer operable by the controller to mix the received plant extracts; and
(d) a processing unit for processing the mixed plant extracts into a format suitable for consumption or packaging as a foodstuff;
wherein the controller is in operative communication with a database containing physicochemical data for the plant metabolites and with a memory storing a mathematical model, which uses the physicochemical data to determine a time or time period (Tmax) at which at least one of the plant metabolites in one or more of the plant extracts reaches a maximum concentration in plasma, the physicochemical data including molecular mass (M) and at least one of liphophilicity (log P) and Polar Surface Area (PSA), wherein the controller is configured to:
(i) calculate Tmax by applying the physicochemical data to the stored mathematical model, wherein the stored mathematical model utilizes at least M and at least one of log P and PSA to calculate Tmax;
(ii) identify the plant metabolites for which the calculated Tmax corresponds with the target absorption time for the foodstuff; and
(iii) generate an optimised formulation for the foodstuff comprising quantities of the plant extracts that contain the identified plant metabolites in proportions required to satisfy the target absorption time.

US Pat. No. 10,918,124

EXTRACTION, PURIFICATION, AND PROCESSING OF PHYTOGLYCOGEN

PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATIO...

1. A method for extracting soluble phytoglycogen from kernels or fractions of kernels of a maize mutant surgary-1 (su-1) comprises: (1) contacting the kernels or fractions of kernels with water; (2) separating and removing solids from the combination of kernels or fractions of kernels and water to generate a water extract containing soluble phytoglycogen; (3) subjecting the water extract containing soluble phytoglycogen to tangential flow ultrafiltration to reduce saccharide impurities having molecular weight of 300,000 Daltons (Da) or less; and (4) collecting aqueous retentate fraction of ultrafiltration that comprises at least 90% purity (dry weight base) of soluble phytoglycogen components of molecular weight above 300,000 Da.

US Pat. No. 10,918,123

RECONSTRUCTED BACON PRODUCT

SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC., ...

1. A reconstructed bacon product comprising meat sourced exclusively from pork bellies, the product comprising a cohesive mass of compressed layers of pork belly fat trimmings and pork belly lean trimmings of whole muscle segments, wherein neither the pork belly fat trimmings nor the pork belly lean trimmings are subjected to any kind of reduction process to reduce the size after trimming and prior to forming the cohesive mass.

US Pat. No. 10,918,117

EXTRUDED PROTEIN PRODUCT AND METHODS OF MAKING

General Mills, Inc., Min...

1. A method of making a frozen or refrigerated food product, comprising combining a first food component with at least a second food component to produce the frozen or refrigerated food product, wherein the first food component comprises extruded pieces having:a. a protein content of from about 10% to about 65% by weight, wherein the protein content forms protein granules surrounded by a matrix comprising a protein matrix disruptive ingredient, the protein granules having:
i. an average size greater than 75 ?m, and
ii. a protein matrix that is non-fibrous;
b. a moisture content of from about 25% to about 55% by weight, and
c. an oil content of from about 1% to about 15% by weight, the oil being substantially uniformly distributed throughout the extruded pieces;wherein the extruded pieces are made by a method, the method comprising:1) processing, under extrusion conditions, a composition having a protein content of from about 10% to about 65% by weight, a moisture content of from about 25% to about 55% by weight and an oil content of from about 1% to about 15% by weight, the extrusion conditions comprising specific mechanical energy (SME) of from about 10 WH/kg to about 50 Wh/kg, a die temperature of about 200° F. to about 350° F., and a die pressure of from about 150 pounds per square inch (PSI) to about 1000 PSI, and
2) forming the extruded pieces from the composition using an extruder die that exposes the composition to turbulence prior to exiting the extruder die.

US Pat. No. 10,918,116

COMBINATION CONFECTIONERY PRODUCT ASSEMBLY

1. A confectionery dispensing product for a solid food product and a flowable fluid food product, comprising:a solid food product enclosure with an opening, said enclosure including a base and an orthogonally disposed side wall projecting from the base a select distance from the base to form a chamber for receiving a solid food product of complementary dimensions;
an enclosure cap for the enclosure incorporating a solid food product retainer, said enclosure cap being correspondingly dimensioned to the enclosure opening so as to be releasably securable to the enclosure;
a compressible fluid dispensing container of a select height, select width, and a select depth, said container defining a compressible body with an open-ended neck projecting from the body, said first open-ended neck including a first member of a cooperating releasable securing element,
a container cap with a first cover segment dimensionally conforming to and matable with a second neck segment, an integrated fluid dispensing nozzle projecting axially from and forming a continuous fluid passage with said second neck segment, said first cover segment including a projecting nozzle plug and being dimensioned to cover and obstruct fluid flow from said nozzle when said first cover segment is mated with said second neck segment to cover the nozzle and the second neck segment, the second neck segment including a second member of a cooperating securing element where said second neck segment is secured to said open-ended neck upon engagement of said first and second members of said cooperating releasable securing element, and released upon disengagement of said first and second members;
a cantilevered supporting platform projecting from the solid food product enclosure dimensionally corresponding to the select width and depth of the compressible fluid dispensing container to receive and support said container thereon; and
an engaging projection being releasably engageable with said second neck segment.

US Pat. No. 10,918,112

DOUGH PREPARATION APPARATUS AND METHODS

DUKE MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A dough preparation apparatus comprising:a cabinet defining a dough preparation chamber;
recirculation ducting for recirculating air from the dough preparation chamber back to the dough preparation chamber;
a fan configured to move air in the recirculation ducting from the dough preparation chamber back to the dough preparation chamber;
a heating element outside the recirculation ducting configured to heat air in the recirculation ducting while the air is in the recirculation ducting, the heating element being positioned to heat a first portion of the recirculation ducting;
a cooling element outside the recirculation ducting configured to cool air in the recirculation ducting while the air is in the recirculation ducting, the cooling element being positioned to cool a second portion of the recirculation ducting positioned higher than the first portion; and
a dough preparation controller configured to operate the fan and said at least one of the heating element or cooling element for preparing dough in the dough preparation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,918,110

ANTIMICROBIAL PHASE-SEPARATING GLASS AND GLASS CERAMIC ARTICLES AND LAMINATES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A glass article, comprising:SiO2;
a bulk concentration of copper between about 13.0 mol. % and about 20.0 mol. %;
an interconnected matrix;
a second phase distributed throughout the interconnected matrix having a copper concentration less than about 0.5 mol. %; and
a copper phase distributed within the interconnected matrix, wherein the copper phase comprises a plurality of copper structures having a largest cross-sectional dimension between about 0.1 microns and about 10 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,918,107

ENCAPSULATED LACTAMS

Conopco, Inc., Englewood...

1. A polymer encapsulated lactam comprisinga lactam of Formula Ia or Formula IIa:

wherein R is H, halogen, or C1-4alkyl, and the lactam is dissolved in a carrier oil comprising heptan-2-one; and
the polymer is selected from a poly urea polymer, a melamine-formaldehyde copolymer, a urea formaldehyde copolymer and mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,918,106

METHODS FOR HYDRAULIC ENHANCEMENT OF CROPS

Sound Agriculture Company...

1. A method for treating a cultivated plant, comprising contacting the cultivated plant, a seed thereof, or a surrounding soil thereof with a compound of Formula (I):
or a salt thereof or a solvate thereof,
wherein:
each E is independently O, S, or —NR7;
R1, R4, and each R7 are each independently H, amino, halo, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted arylalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroarylalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, or substituted or unsubstituted heterocycloalkyl;
R2 and R3 are each independently H, amino, halo, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted arylalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroarylalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, or substituted or unsubstituted heterocycloalkyl; or R2 and R3 together form a bond, or form a substituted or unsubstituted aryl, and
wherein R6 has a structure of:
whereinindicates a single bond.

US Pat. No. 10,918,103

ANTITOXIC FIBERS

I3 Biomedical Inc., Queb...

1. An antitoxic fiber, the antitoxic fiber comprising a fiber formed of a polymeric or nonpolymeric material, and impregnated material impregnated into the fiber, the antitoxic fiber being characterized by a humidity measure of less than about 10%, wherein the impregnated material is at least 1.0% by weight of the antitoxic fiber based on dried fiber weight and includes at least one active antitoxin, wherein one of the at least one active antitoxin is triiodide, and additional chemical components, andwherein the additional chemical components include ethoxylated coconut fatty acids in an amount of 90% or more of the additional chemical components, phosphate ester formed from an ethoxylated fatty alcohol in an amount of about 5% of the additional chemical components, and triethanolamine in an amount between 2-3% of the additional chemical components, wherein the at least one active antitoxin, including the triiodide, impregnated with the additional chemical components is stabilized in the antitoxic fiber, the antitoxic fiber being efficacious on contact, and maintaining efficacy with negligible toxicity in use.

US Pat. No. 10,918,102

DEVICES AND METHODS TO IMPROVE AND ASSESS VIABILITY OF HUMAN LIVERS

The General Hospital Corp...

1. An organ perfusion system operating at room temperature, the system comprisingan organ preservation container configured to encase an organ removed from a subject and store a perfusion fluid, whereby the organ is at least partially immersed in the perfusion fluid;
a fluidic circuit system having a first end connected to the perfusion fluid stored in the organ preservation container and a second end connected to the organ, the fluidic circuit system configured to draw the perfusion fluid through the first end and perfuse the organ with the perfusion fluid, and wherein the organ perfusion system does not comprise a temperature controller,
wherein the fluidic circuit system comprises one or more components,
wherein at least one of the one or more components is at least partially immersed in the perfusion fluid,
wherein the organ comprises a first blood vessel and a second blood vessel, and the fluidic circuit system comprises: (a) a first fluidic circuit connected to the first blood vessel and configured to flow a first perfusion fluid through the first blood vessel; and (b) a second fluidic circuit connected to the second blood vessel and configured to flow a second perfusion fluid through the second blood vessel, and
wherein the first fluidic circuit and the second fluidic circuit share a common fluidic pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,918,101

WATERFOWL CAPTURING ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM

1. A waterfowl capturing assembly configured to be mounted on a watercraft to retrieve waterfowl floating on a body of water, the assembly comprising:a bracket being removably attachable to a watercraft, wherein the bracket includes
a base having a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge, and
a first arm and a second arm, each of the first and second arms having a first end and a second end, the first ends each being attached to the base such that the first and second arms extend rearward from the base, the first arm being positioned adjacent to the first lateral edge and the second arm being positioned adjacent to the second lateral edge, the first and second arms being positionable on opposite sides of the watercraft and gripping the watercraft;
a frame being attached to the bracket and extending forwardly therefrom, the frame including a receiving space having a receiving opening directed forward of the base; and
a panel being positioned on the frame, the panel forming a scoop extending across the receiving space and being configured to capture the waterfowl on the body of water.

US Pat. No. 10,918,100

RABBIT AND SQUIRREL CALL DEVICE

Innovative Sportsmen, LLC...

1. A portable electronic animal call device comprising:a housing forming an internal chamber, the housing having a plurality of sound openings;
a memory for storing an animal sound emulation therein, the animal sound emulation comprising a person sucking air over his or her lips to emulate a small animal in distress;
a plurality of inputs for receiving a user's commands to control the device, the inputs comprising:
a power input configured to turn on and off the portable electronic animal call device;
at least one volume button for changing a volume of the animal sound emulation of the portable electronic call device;
a speaker for outputting the animal sound emulation, the speaker being positioned in the internal chamber near the sound openings;
a power source for powering the device;
a controller for receiving the user's commands via the plurality of inputs, the controller being configured to:
set the volume at a zero volume level and begin playing the animal sound emulation stored in the memory when the power input turns the portable electronic animal call device on; and
stop playing the animal sound emulation when the power input turns the portable electronic animal call device off so that the speaker stops outputting the animal sound emulation.

US Pat. No. 10,918,099

COMPOSITION FOR DETECTION AND TREATMENT OF BED BUGS

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. An insect trap comprising:(a) a vertical two-dimensional surface comprising:
at least a first edge,
a first area having a continuous and irregular shape, and
a second area substantially surrounding but not overlapping with the first area,
wherein the first area comprises a plurality of sections and each section comprises at least one irregularly-shaped section having at least one straight edge and at least one sharp corner and a greatest width,
wherein the sections are interconnected through a plurality of bridges, wherein each of the plurality of bridges has a bridge width substantially narrower than the greatest width of each of the at least one irregularly-shaped section, and wherein the first area has a rough surface texture;
(b) at least one adhesive area defining a plane perpendicular to the two-dimensional surface, the at least one adhesive area being positioned beneath the first area of the two-dimensional surface
(c) a composition comprising an amine selected from the group consisting of methyl diethanolamine, monoethanolamine, diethanolamine, triethanolamine, trimethylamine, isopropylamine, trimethanolamine, bicine, histamine, and mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,918,098

TACKLE BUDDY

John Wydner, Danville, A...

1. A fishing accessory organizer comprising:a container body;
the container body comprising a top frame and a bottom frame;
the top frame being perimetrically connected to the bottom frame;
a plurality of organization cavities being formed into the container body through the top frame;
a seat pole hole traversing through the container body from the top frame to the bottom frame;
the seat pole hole traversing completely through the container body by traversing completely through the top frame and the bottom frame;
the bottom frame tapering away from the top frame;
the plurality of organization cavities comprising a plurality of bait box cavities, a drink holder cavity and a rod holder cavity;
the plurality of bait box cavities, the drink holder cavity and the rod holder cavity being radially distributed about the seat pole hole;
the drink holder cavity being oriented normal to the top frame; and
the plurality of bait box cavities and the rod holder cavity being angled in relation to the top frame via the plurality of bait box cavities and the rod holder cavity each being sloped inwards and towards a center of the container body.

US Pat. No. 10,918,097

FISHING BOBBER JUNIOR

1. A fishing bobber which comprises:a. a hollow tubular casing having opposing first and second ends with a water inlet perforation intermediate said ends;
b. said first end having an opening smaller than the inside dimension of said hollow tube;
c. said second end having a co-operative opening for telescopically engaging with one end of a plug element;
d. a plug with a central opening extending from one end to the other, telescopically engaged with the second end of said tubular casing;
e. a straw extending through the central opening in said plug, and held in position inside said plug, said central opening in said straw communicating with the hollow of said casing;
f. a visibility element over the outside of the distal end of said straw;
g. a weighted material, freely moveable within, but captively held in the hollow of said casing between the first end of said casing and the second plugged end of said casing;
h. communicating fishing line passageways through said casing, straw, plug and tube for a fishing line to pass therethrough;
i. said passageway allowing fishing line to slide freely through it when said straw and tube are substantially horizontal but preventing freedom of movement by non-magnetic forces when said tube and straw are in a substantially non-horizontal position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,096

CENTRIFUGAL BRAKING SYSTEM FOR BAITCAST FISHING REELS

12. A reel comprising:a spool assembly mounted on a spool shaft;
a brake assembly slidably mounted on the spool shaft;
a brake shoe and a speed adjust shoe slidably retained in the brake assembly;
a brake ring proximate to the brake assembly;
a conical surface proximate to the brake assembly;
wherein the brake shoe extends radially from the brake assembly when the brake assembly is rotated;
a holder proximate a palm side of the spool shaft, said holder having a central portion defining a central orifice for receiving said spool shaft, said holder having a radial portion extending outwardly from said central portion, said holder having an annular lip surrounding an outside of said radial portion;
a speed adjust spring having a first end in contact with said radial portion of the holder and having a second end in contact with the brake assembly, the speed adjust spring for biasing the brake assembly away from the brake ring and towards the spool assembly;
wherein the speed adjust shoe is sized so that the speed adjust shoe applies a centrifugal force against the conical surface when the brake assembly is rotated, thereby causing the brake assembly to move towards the brake ring, and wherein the speed adjust shoe provides a lesser centrifugal force against the conical surface at relatively lower rotational speeds thereby causing the speed adjust spring to push the brake assembly away from the brake ring.

US Pat. No. 10,918,095

GENETICALLY MODIFIED MICE EXPRESSING HUMANIZED CD47

Beijing Biocytogen Co., L...

1. A genetically modified mouse whose genome comprises a nucleic acid sequence encoding a chimeric CD47 protein comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 or 80, operably linked to a promoter of the mouse CD47 gene, wherein the mouse functionally expresses the chimeric CD47.

US Pat. No. 10,918,094

FLOATING FISH FARMING PLANT AND ASSEMBLY OF PLANTS

SEAFARMING SYSTEMS AS, S...

1. A floating fish farming plant, comprising:a closed or semi-closed cage supported by a buoyant body which is configured to float in a body of water; and
a lifting column arranged between the buoyant body and the cage and configured to move the cage between a position at a level of, or below, the buoyant body and in which at least a portion of the cage is above the buoyant body, wherein the cage further comprises an upper section, a middle section, and a lower section, and wherein:
at least the upper section of the cage is impermeable and rigid;
the cage comprises active circulation of water pumped from deeper down in the body of water; and
at least a portion of the lower section is arranged to alter its shape under the influence of external forces to accommodate for wave motions and water currents, and enhance the dynamic stability of the floating fish farming plant.

US Pat. No. 10,918,092

ROTATABLE LOCKING COVER FOR A HANGING BIRD FEEDER

1. A bird feeder comprising:a seed tube having an upper end and a lower end, said lower end having feed openings therein;
a top ring sitting on said upper end, said top ring having:
a top ring upper portion comprising first and second slots formed therein;
a top ring side wall extending downwardly from said top ring upper portion, the top ring side wall comprising at least one recess formed therein; and,
a top ring lower portion, said top ring lower portion extending downwardly to engage with said upper end of said seed tube;
a cover removably secured to said top ring, said cover having:
first and second apertures formed in the cover; and,
a cover side wall having a plurality of protrusions formed on an inner surface thereof; and,
a hanger having first and second end sections, each of said first and second end sections having an enlarged arrangement located thereat, each of said first and second end sections passing through a respective one of said first and second slots;
wherein the at least one recess of the top ring side wall is arranged to receive one of said plurality of protrusions to lock said cover with said top ring.

US Pat. No. 10,918,091

LONG RANGE LOW POWER LIVESTOCK MONITORING

SIECK RANCH, INC., Marte...

1. A long range livestock monitor for communicating breeding periods of an animal asset, the monitor comprising:a flexible tail mount housing for securing about the animal asset's tail head near the asset's hindquarters,
a mount detector arranged within the tail mount housing, the mount detector configured to sense physical effect of asset mounting and to responsively generate a mount indicator signal, and
a communications control system in communication with the mount detector, the communications control system including a processor for receiving the mount indicator signal from the mount detector and determining mounting activity based on the mount indicator signal, and a transmitter for communicating a mounting signal indicating mounting responsive to determination of mounting activity, the communications control system comprising a flexible control board within the flexible tail mount housing and arranged to extend by flexing across the tail head of the asset with conforming curvature.

US Pat. No. 10,918,090

LEASH WITH INLINE ARTICLE DISPENSER

Woof Pet, Inc., Dover, D...

14. An apparatus in the form of an article dispenser comprising:a first end;
a second end;
a rigid housing that is disposed between the first end and the second end, that defines an internal volume for storing articles, wherein a majority of tensile load borne from the first end to the second end through the housing is transferred along a portion of the housing that is disposed around the internal volume and that continues along a majority of a length of the housing,
wherein the housing defines slots within the internal volume, each of the slots defining a channel that slidably receives an end of a spindle and further defining a portion that retains the end of the spindle; and
a hatch that communicates with the internal volume, and is affixed to the housing via a hinge, wherein while the hatch is in an open position, the internal volume is exposed for receiving the spindle, and while the hatch is in a closed position, portions of the hatch obstruct access from the portions of the slots to the channels of the slots, thereby preventing sliding of the ends of the spindle,
wherein in response to the article dispenser bearing a threshold amount of tension, a centroid of the article dispenser aligns within a threshold distance of being collinear with a force that generates the tension,
wherein the threshold distance is one quarter of a dimension selected from the group consisting of a width of the article dispenser and a height of the article dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,918,089

ANIMAL GROOMING STATION WITH SAFETY RELEASE

1. A pet grooming station comprising:a grooming table or tub adapted to support an animal to be groomed;
a tether point affixed to or adjacent to said grooming table or tub;
an electrically actuated separable coupler mechanically coupled between said tether point and a lead to a collar or a noose;
at least one pressure sensitive mat on or adjacent to said grooming table or tub, said at least one pressure sensitive mat adapted to sense a presence of a person or the animal on said at least one pressure sensitive mat;
an electronics controller operatively coupled to both of said electrically actuated separable coupler and by a connection to said at least one pressure sensitive mat; and
wherein said electrically actuated separable coupler as controlled by said electronics controller, is in a coupled state when the at least one pressure sensitive mat senses the presence of the person or the animal on the at least one pressure sensitive mat, or when the at least one pressure sensitive mat senses that the person or the animal is not or no longer on at least one of the at least one pressure sensitive mat the electronics controller causes the electrically actuated separable coupler to separate.

US Pat. No. 10,918,088

DOG DIAPER

1. A diaper for mounting on a dog, the diaper comprising:a) a waistband;
b) a plurality of connector straps, comprising:
first and second top straps, such that a top opening between the first and second top straps is configured to provide space for a tail of the dog; and
first and second bottom straps, such that a bottom opening between the first and second bottom straps is configured to provide space for an external urethral opening of the dog; and
c) a collection bag, comprising an aperture and an interior;
such that the aperture provides access to the interior;
such that the connector straps are connected between the waistband and the collection bag, such that upper ends of the connector straps are connected to the waistband and lower ends of the connector straps are connected to the collection bag;
whereby the waistband is configured to be positioned around the waist of the dog, such that the aperture of the collection bag is positioned around a rectal exit of the dog, whereby fecal matter is deposited in the interior of the collection bag when the dog defecates;
wherein an upper part of the collection bag further comprises:
a drawstring, which is mounted around a first circumference of the collection bag;
such that pulling on the drawstring closes the collection bag, whereby the collection bag is closed by pulling on the drawstring after fecal matter has been deposited in the collection bag;
wherein the upper part of the collection bag further comprises a perforation around a second circumference of the collection bag;
wherein the perforation is positioned above the drawstring;
such that pulling on the collection bag releases a lower part of the collection bag by tearing the lower part of the collection bag off at the perforation.

US Pat. No. 10,918,087

INTELLIGENT ANIMAL CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

1. A method comprising:activating an animal device attached to an animal;
detecting the animal being physically positioned outside of a first predetermined containment area with the animal device;
detecting a medical condition in the animal with at least one biometric sensor of the animal device; and
executing a containment strategy with a controller of the animal device, the containment strategy comprising activating a speaker of the animal device and conducting at least one medical remedy with the animal device to remediate the detected medical condition.

US Pat. No. 10,918,086

CLIMBING APPARATUS FOR PET TRAINING AND FITNESS

Eco Sports Group, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for exercising or training pets, comprising:a rectangular-shaped platform having a first end, a second end, and a plurality of corners;
a first post, a second post, a third post, and a fourth post having top ends coupled to a respective one of the plurality of corners of the rectangular-shaped platform that raise the rectangular-shaped platform from a ground surface;
a first ramp coupled to the first end of the rectangular-shaped platform;
a second ramp coupled to the second end of the rectangular-shaped platform opposite that of the first end, wherein the first ramp and the second ramp have a same or similar angle of incline;
a first platform foot coupled to bottom ends of the first post and the second post;
a second platform foot coupled to bottom ends of the third post and the fourth post;
a first ramp foot coupled to a bottom end of the first ramp that raises the bottom end of the first ramp from the ground surface; and
a second ramp foot coupled to a bottom end of the second ramp that raises the bottom end of the second ramp from the ground surface, wherein the first ramp foot is wider than the first ramp and the second ramp foot is wider than the second ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,918,085

CANINE POWER WAKE TRAINING AID AND METHODS OF USING SAME

1. A canine power wake training aid, comprising: a canister having a first end and a second end; a fan operatively attached to the first end of the canister; a battery operatively attached to the canister for providing electrical power to the fan; an end cap operatively attached to the second end of the canister; a plurality of bases operatively connected to the canister for providing a sturdy base for attaching the canine power wake training aid to a surface; a hazardous, illicit substance located within the canister; and a battery system power cord having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the battery system power cord is operatively attached to the fan and the second end of the battery system power cord is operatively connected to the battery; and wherein the canine power wake training aid is further comprised of a hose adapter operatively connected to the end cap; and a flexible hose operatively attached to the hose adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,918,084

CHEMICAL APPLICATOR FOR A PET DOOR

1. A liquid chemical applicator for a pet door, the pet door movable between an at rest position without any external force acting on the pet door, and a use position, where a pet provides a force against the pet door, the applicator comprising:a substantially wedge shaped body having a planar front and rear, sides therebetween and a base and wherein the sides are substantially triangular such that the planar front and rear converge at a top edge and are spaced apart at a lower opposite end thereof by the planar base so as to define a liquid chemical reservoir therebetween; and
an adhesion means on a rear of the chemical applicator for adhering the chemical applicator
to the pet door orientated with the top edge at the top thereof such that the applicator presents a ramped transition to the surface of the pet door above the chemical applicator when the applicator is applied to the pet door, wherein;
the front comprises a lengthwise slit having a planar wick therethrough and therealong, the wick extending through the slit so as to define an interior portion for being soaked by the liquid chemical within the reservoir and an exterior chemical application portion, wherein, in use, as the pet brushes past the pet door the chemical application portion rubs across the hide of the pet applying the liquid chemical thereon; and
when the liquid chemical is filled to a level adjacent a fill port of the liquid chemical reservoir, the slit is located above a surface level of the liquid chemical when the pet door is in the at rest position and the applicator is applied to the pet door.

US Pat. No. 10,918,083

FLUID OUTPUTTING HAND DEVICE

1. A fluid outputting hand device, comprising:a front portion, for going in front of a user's hand; and
a fluid output point, for outputting fluid;
wherein the hand device is configured for:
pressure-activated outputting, so that fluid can be outputted onto a target, by applying pressure to the target; and
selectable distance outputting of fluid, so that fluid can be outputted at a target, from a distance.

US Pat. No. 10,918,082

EQUINE GROOMING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USE OF SUCH A DEVICE FOR KEEPING A HORSE MANE'S BRAID IN A ROLLED UP OR FOLDED KNOT

HES-tec B.V., Drunen (NL...

1. An equine grooming device for keeping a horse mane's braid in a rolled up or folded knot, comprising:at least one pin for piercing at least a part of the knot in a stitching direction; and
a limiter connected to the at least one pin, wherein the limiter comprises a stop configured for engagement of a first side of the knot in order to limit the movement of the device in the stitching direction;
wherein the at least one pin comprises:
a first substantially elongated part configured to be received in the knot, and
a second part for securing the device with respect to the knot by forming a securing element, wherein the securing element is formed by deforming at least a portion of the second part of the pin relative to the first substantially elongated part of the pin such that the securing element is configured to prevent movement of the at least one pin in a direction reverse to the stitching direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,081

ANIMAL EAR TAG HAVING A SPIKE

SMARTBOW GMBH, Weibern (...

1. An animal ear tag, comprising a spike and two outer parts that come to rest on opposite sides of the animal's ear, wherein the spike has a plurality of spike parts, which are a front part, middle parts and a rear part, and which are made of a relatively hard material and arranged one behind the other in the longitudinal direction of the spike, and a sheath made of an elastically softer material and extending, in the longitudinal direction of the spike, along the spike parts, connecting the same, wherein the spike parts are stacked on one another, and in that the sheath encases a plurality of the stacked spike parts, on the lateral surface of a stack that is formed by said spike parts, wherein the sheath does not adhere to the middle parts of the spike.

US Pat. No. 10,918,080

LIQUID DISPENSER HAVING STERILIZER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A liquid dispenser, comprising:a container configured to store liquid and having an upper rim defining an upper opening;
a base to support the container;
a pump having an inlet to suction liquid stored in the container and an outlet to discharge liquid;
a lid configured to close the upper opening of the container, the lid having a hole through which liquid discharged from the pump flows;
a light that emits ultraviolet radiation toward the liquid of the container, the light being provided at a bottom of the container; and
a light housing formed in the bottom of the container to guide light emitted by the light to liquid in the container, wherein an inner surface of the light housing that surrounds the light is coated with a reflective material.

US Pat. No. 10,918,079

PET BOWL LIFT APPARATUS

1. A pet bowl lift apparatus supportable upon a ground surface for selectively elevating at least one pet food bowl from a ground level to an elevated level, the pet food bowl lift apparatus comprising:a tray configured to selectively retain said at least one pet food bowl, the tray including:
an upper, horizontally-oriented platform having a first perimeter and at least one opening sized and shaped to seat said at least one pet food bowl therein, such that a peripheral flange of said at least one pet food bowl is supported upon a top surface of said tray upper platform and a main body of said at least one pet food bowl depends downwardly through said at least one opening;
a lower, horizontally-oriented platform having a second perimeter, matching the first perimeter of said upper platform, spaced-apart from said upper platform and having a first part of a tray alignment system integrated into a bottom surface thereof, the lower platform having an opening provided therethrough; and
a vertically-oriented perimeter wall adjoining the matching first and second perimeters of the respective upper and lower tray platforms, the upper platform, the lower platform and the perimeter wall, together, defining a tray interior cavity;
a lift mechanism supported upon said ground surface, the lift mechanism including:
a horizontally-oriented lower base plate;
a horizontally-oriented upper plate configured for detachably supporting said tray upon and above said lift mechanism in a manner preventing said tray from horizontal, sliding movement with respect to said upper plate, said horizontally-oriented upper plate being non-pivotable from said horizontal orientation when said pet bowl lift apparatus is in a fully-assembled, operational state; and
a scissor lift assembly interposed between, and adjoining, said lower base plate and said upper plate, said scissor lift assembly incorporating a lift control mechanism for enabling selective adjustment of an elevation of said horizontally-oriented upper plate between said ground level, when the lift mechanism is in a collapsed state, and an elevated level when the lift mechanism is in a non-collapsed, extended state, said horizontally-oriented upper plate maintained in said horizontal orientation in both said collapsed and extended states; and
an outer, accordion-style pleated casing releasably-attached at an upper end thereof to the perimeter wall of said tray, and attached at a lower end thereof to the lower base plate of said lift mechanism, the outer casing surrounding and concealing said lift mechanism while said scissor lift assembly is in either one of said collapsed and extended states.

US Pat. No. 10,918,078

ELECTRONIC MONITOR FOR EXPERIMENTAL ANIMALS

Recursion Pharmaceuticals...

1. An electronic monitor for monitoring one or more experimental animals in a cage in a rack when the electronic monitor is coupled to the cage in a predefined coupling position, the cage comprising one or more walls that enclose a living space for containing the one or more experimental animals, the walls forming a substantially sterile barrier that separates the living space from an environment external to the cage to substantially prevent external contamination of the living space when the electronic monitor is coupled to the cage, the cage having an air inlet and an air outlet, at least one of the walls of the cage comprising a signal-interface section, the electronic monitor comprising:a housing adapted to be mechanically coupled to the cage to support an entirety of the cage, the housing being adapted to be in a predefined position relative to the cage when the electronic monitor is coupled to the cage and adapted to be mechanically supported by the rack, the housing having a first air channel to connect an air supply conduit of the rack to the air inlet of the cage and a second air channel to connect an air exhaust conduit of the rack to the air outlet of the cage;
an electromagnetic detector coupled to the housing at a predefined position, the predefined position remaining outside of the living space and having a line-of-sight through the signal-interface section and into the living space of the cage when the electronic monitor is coupled to the cage, the electromagnetic detector being adapted to detect electromagnetic radiation that is transmitted through the signal-interface section;
a user interface to receive an input from a human supervisor; and
a controller to (1) receive a signal from the electromagnetic detector that relates to the detected electromagnetic radiation, (2) receive the input from the user interface, and (3) process one or more of the received signal and the human input to determine a status of the one or more experimental animals or the living space.

US Pat. No. 10,918,033

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROPAGATING PLANTS

RoBoTec PTC GmbH, Bremen...

1. A method for propagating plants (13), comprising:the plants (13) to be propagated are firstly automatically grasped by a first gripper (20) and separated;
cutting lines on the plant (13), hanging on the first gripper (20), are determined by a cutting line image recognition unit (26);
the individual plants (13), hanging on the first gripper (20), are systematically cut into a plurality of clones (14) along the cutting lines, wherein the plant (13) is automatically cut along the cutting lines by a blade, a laser beam (25), a waterjet, or a plasma jet into the clones (14) of the plant (13); and
the individual clones (14) are automatically transported away by a second gripper (28) for further processing.

US Pat. No. 10,918,032

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SUBSTANTIALLY ISOLATING PLANT TISSUES

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for preparing plant embryo tissue suitable for tissue culture and/or genetic transformation comprising(a) a container for holding plant seed tissue comprising a plurality of plant embryos in an aqueous environment, wherein the container comprises plant embryo tissue; and
(b) at least a first nozzle for delivering to the aqueous environment an agent that selectively attaches to the embryos, wherein the nozzle produces gas bubbles with an average diameter of from about 100 microns to about 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,918,031

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING GROWTH OF A PLANT IN AN ASSEMBLY LINE GROW POD

Grow Solutions Tech LLC, ...

1. A system for measuring growth of a plant in an assembly line grow pod, comprising:a plurality of carts moving along a rail and carrying plants and seeds;
a group of sensors arranged in or around an assembly line grow pod and comprising at least a weight sensor, a proximity sensor and a camera;
a master controller communicatively coupled to the group of sensors and comprising a processor and a memory for storing a master recipe, a plurality of threshold growth index values associated with plants, and a predetermined program, wherein the master recipe comprises a set of instructions that dictate a dosage supply customized to growth of plants, seeds, or both, and the predetermined program, upon execution by the processor, causes the system to perform operations comprising:
receiving information indicative of growth state of a selected plant from the group of sensors;
identifying the selected plant;
retrieving a threshold growth index value associated with the selected plant;
comparing the information indicative of growth state of the selected plant with the threshold growth index value;
determining that the growth state of the selected plant is normal, overgrowth, or undergrowth; and
upon determination that the growth state of the selected plant is overgrowth, or undergrowth, modifying the master recipe accordingly.

US Pat. No. 10,918,030

DECODER SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IRRIGATION CONTROL

Hunter Industries, Inc., ...

1. An irrigation controller implemented to power and selectively energize a plurality of solenoid-actuated valves connected to corresponding decoders along a two-wire communication network using data encoded power waveforms, each decoder serially addressable over the two-wire communication network and configured to energize its corresponding solenoid-actuated valves, the irrigation controller comprising:a user input device configured to accept user input from a user and to output information responsive to the user input;
a processor in communication with the user input device and configured to generate a control signal responsive to the information, the control signal having a first state and a second state;
a transformer configured to receive an input power signal and provide an AC power signal, wherein the AC power signal is approximately sinusoidal; and
a bridge circuit communicating with the transformer to receive the AC power signal and the processor to receive the control signal and configured to output the data encoded power waveforms to control the plurality of solenoid-actuated valves, the bridge circuit comprising a plurality of solid-state relays, at least one of the plurality of solid-state relays enabled when the control signal is in the first state to pass the AC power signal approximately in-phase, and at least one of others of the plurality of solid-state relays enabled when the control signal is in the second state to shift a phase of the AC power signal by approximately 180 degrees, the bridge circuit outputting the approximately in-phase AC power signal on the two-wire communication network when the control signal is in the first state and outputting the phase-shifted AC power signal on the two-wire communication network when the control signal is in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,918,029

SURGE VALVE ASSEMBLY

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A surge irrigation system comprising:a main inlet pipe configured to be coupled to a source of pressurized water;
a first pipe arm extending and branching off from the main inlet pipe and configured to extend toward a first irrigation zone in a field;
a second pipe arm extending and branching off from the main inlet pipe and configured to extend toward a second irrigation zone in the field;
a first independently controlled valve configured to control water flow rate through the first pipe arm; and
a second independently controlled valve configured to control water flow rate through the second pipe arm;
a controller coupled to both the first independently controlled valve and the second independently controlled valve and configured to control both the first independently controlled vale and the second independently controlled valve;
wherein the first and second independently controlled valves are configured to be opened and closed independently of one another, and wherein the controller is configured to open at least one of the first independently controlled valve and the second independently controlled valve to a partially open state during a cutback mode.

US Pat. No. 10,918,028

IRRIGATION AND FERTILIZER DEVICE

Faris Alassadi, Ann Arbo...

1. A plant irrigation device comprised of; a flexible container adapted to store fluid, the flexible container having a top and a bottom; a stake that extends through the top and the bottom of the flexible container, the stake having an upper end extending above the top of the flexible container and a lower end extending below the bottom of the flexible container, the stake being hollow from the upper end to a side-discharging stake hole located inside the flexible container, the upper end of the stake being open to form an inlet flow receiver for receiving a supply of irrigating fluid, wherein irrigating fluid flowing through the stake in a downstream direction enters the flexible container through the stake hole, the lower end of the stake is configured to be inserted near a plant to be irrigated; the top of the flexible container is sealed to the stake adjacent the upper end thereof; the bottom of the flexible container is sealed to the stake adjacent the lower end thereof; an outlet irrigation tube is connected to the stake below the bottom of the container; a float valve is housed within the stake between the inlet flow receiver and the stake hole, wherein the float valve comprises a ball configured to float upon a surface of the fluid within the stake toward and away from the inlet flow receiver, the ball being configured to allow fluid to flow therepast through the stake when separated from the inlet flow receiver, the ball including an elongated ball guide adapted to enter the inlet flow receiver as the ball floats toward the inlet flow receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,918,027

CLIMBING PALM TREE TRIMMER

1. A climbing palm tree trimmer comprising:a housing ring, a cutting ring, a plurality of drive units, a trimmer control box, and a power cord;
wherein the climbing palm tree trimmer ascends and descends a tree trunk of a palm tree in order to trim the top of the palm tree;
wherein a plurality of blades project upwards from the cutting ring;
wherein the plurality of blades and the cutting ring rotate with respect to the housing in order to be configured to cut trimmings from the palm tree;
wherein the cutting ring separates such that the cutting ring is placed around the tree trunk and reassembled;
wherein the housing ring likewise separates such that the housing ring is placed around the tree trunk and reassembled;
wherein the plurality of drive units move the climbing palm tree trimmer up or down the tree trunk;
wherein up and down movements and activation of the cutting ring are controlled from the ground using the trimmer control box;
wherein the housing ring comprises a first housing ring half, a second housing ring half, a cutting motor, a blade track, a first housing ring joint, and a second housing ring joint;
wherein the housing ring is an annular frame of the climbing palm tree trimmer;
wherein the housing ring surrounds the tree trunk of the palm tree in a horizontal orientation;
wherein the plurality of drive units are coupled to an outer wall of the housing ring equally spaced around the outer wall;
wherein the cutting ring rotates within the housing ring;
wherein the cutting motor is coupled to the housing ring such that a pinion gear on the cutting motor meshes with a ring gear on the cutting ring via a gear aperture on the housing ring;
wherein the first housing ring half and the second housing ring half each comprise one half of the housing ring;
wherein the plurality of drive units is further defined with a first drive unit, a second drive unit, and a third drive unit;
wherein the first drive unit, the second drive unit, and the cutting motor are contained within the first housing ring half;
wherein the third drive unit is contained within the second housing ring half;
wherein the blade track is a groove around an inner wall of the housing ring;
wherein a track height of the blade track is larger than a cutting ring height of the cutting ring such that the cutting ring fits within the blade track;
wherein the circumference of the blade track is larger than the circumference of the cutting ring such that the cutting ring is free to rotate while confined by the blade track.

US Pat. No. 10,918,026

OPTIMIZED STUMP HARVESTER

National Attachments Inco...

1. A stump harvester for attachment to a distal end of an excavator arm, comprising:a front jaw assembly pivotally coupled with a back jaw assembly, the front and the back jaw assemblies configured to move between an open position in which the front and the back jaw assemblies are hinged apart and a closed position in which the front and the back jaw assemblies are hinged together, wherein:
the back jaw assembly comprises:
a knife arm having a front side facing the front jaw assembly, a back side facing opposite the front jaw assembly, a proximal end disposed adjacent to the excavator arm, and a distal end offset from the excavator arm;
a cutting blade disposed along the front side of the knife arm, the cutting blade terminating in a sharpened cutting edge; and
a back positive stop disposed adjacent the cutting blade at the distal end of the knife arm;
the front jaw assembly comprises:
a grubbing arm having a back side facing the back jaw assembly, a front side facing opposite the back jaw assembly, a proximal end disposed adjacent to the excavator arm, and a distal end offset from the excavator arm;
a dual anvil extending from the grubbing arm toward the back jaw assembly, the dual anvil comprising a first anvil wall separated from a second anvil wall by an anvil channel, the dual anvil having a planar face and a base portion in opposition to one another, the planar face of the dual anvil containing the anvil channel, and the base portion of the dual anvil supported along the grubbing arm over a length corresponding to the anvil channel; and
a front positive stop protruding from the front side of the grubbing arm;
a centerline plane bisects the cutting edge and the anvil channel; and
the front and the back positive stops meet at the closed position in which the cutting edge is sheathed within the anvil channel.

US Pat. No. 10,918,025

METHOD FOR ASSISTING DURING FELLING OF A TREE, AND SYSTEM FOR ASSISTING DURING FELLING OF A TREE

1. A method for assisting during felling of a tree, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing, using a provision device, a property of the tree and/or a property of an environment of the tree;
b) obtaining, using a determination device, felling information related to an ideal felling direction of the tree based on the provided property;
c) outputting, using an output device, the obtained felling information;
d) using the provision device, identifying at least a part of a course of a cut in the tree for felling the tree during execution thereof and/or identifying a position and/or an orientation of a cutting apparatus executing the cut during execution thereof,
e) using the determination device, comparing the identified part of the course to an obtained part of an ideal course of a cut to be executed in the tree for felling the tree in the ideal felling direction and/or comparing the identified position and/or the identified orientation of the cutting apparatus to an obtained ideal position and/or an obtained ideal orientation of the cutting apparatus for executing the cut to be executed; and
f) obtaining, using the determination device, and outputting, using the output device, cutting information for executing the cut based on the comparison during step d).

US Pat. No. 10,918,023

PLANT HUSBANDRY SYSTEM AND MULCH BARRIER

1. A mulch barrier surrounding and protecting the base of a plant, said mulch barrier comprising:a rigid or semi-rigid external housing, said external housing having at least one bore to allow the passage of water through said housing, said housing completely surrounding the plant;
a base connected to said rigid or semi-rigid external housing, said base supporting said external housing;
at least one spacer, said at least one spacer connected on one end to said external housing and on the other end to a tree, the spacer is adjustable and is configured to control the distance between the external housing and the tree; and
a ramp member, said ramp member arranged on the exterior of the external housing and comprising at least one spike,
wherein said ramp member is connected on one end of said external housing and on the other end of said base, and
wherein said ramp member holds groundcover, mulch or other material in place, thereby protecting the base of the plant.

US Pat. No. 10,918,022

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED PLANT TRAINING

Trella Technologies LLC, ...

1. An automated plant training system, the system comprising:an apex opening comprising a light opening;
a grow channel enclosure surrounding at least a portion of an interior of the grow channel enclosure other than a portion comprising the light opening of the apex opening;
a controller adapted to receive at least one of: (i) a predetermined growth control signal, and (ii) a sensed growth control signal produced based on a sensed presence of a plant growing in the interior of the grow channel enclosure; and
a drive mechanism adapted to produce horizontal relative motion between the apex opening and a stationary base of the plant in a direction of a predetermined growth path under control of at least one of: (i) the predetermined growth control signal, and (ii) the sensed growth control signal;
the controller being further adapted to cause the drive mechanism to produce the horizontal relative motion between the apex opening and the base of the plant such that (i) light is transmitted through the light opening to an apex of the plant as the plant grows, and such that (ii) the direction of growth of the plant is controlled based on the horizontal relative motion between the apex opening and the base of the plant.

US Pat. No. 10,918,021

PLANT LIGHT SUPPLEMENT LAMP AND LAMP GROUP AND LIGHT CONFIGURATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR

Dongguan City CLED Optoel...

1. A plant light supplement lamp, comprising:a mounting main body, comprising a mounting main beam and an LED driver control box, wherein the LED driver control box is disposed on the mounting main beam and is provided with at least one LED driver and a plurality of interfaces;
two dimming assemblies, which is disposed in the LED driver control box and correspondingly electrically connected to the LED driver; and
a plurality of LED lamp tubes, which are correspondingly connected to the interfaces;
wherein the two dimming assemblies are divided into a first dimming assembly and a second dimming assembly, and the first dimming assembly and the second dimming assembly share and are controllably connected to one dimming controller, wherein the first dimming assembly comprises two dimming power supplies, and the second dimming assembly comprises one dimming power supply, with the two dimming power supplies of the first dimming assembly being controllably connected to two parts of all the LED lamp tubes, respectively, and the dimming power supply of the second dimming assembly is controllably connected to the entire LED lamp tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,918,020

BALER AND ACCUMULATOR CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A baling system comprising:a baler configured to execute a baling cycle to form a bale of crop material, the baler including a gate configured to move between a closed position and an open position;
an accumulator coupled to the baler and having a frame defining a receiving area configured to receive the bale from the baler when the gate is in the open position, the frame further defining a first accumulation area laterally offset from the receiving area to a first side of the baler and configured to support the bale, and a second accumulation area laterally offset from the receiving area to a second side of the baler and configured to support the bale, wherein the receiving area, the first accumulation area, and the second accumulation area are located on a respective first surface, second surface, and third surface of the accumulator, and wherein the first surface is located in between the second and third surfaces of the accumulator;
a hydraulic circuit having a first configuration and a second configuration; and
an actuator operatively coupled with the hydraulic circuit, the actuator configured to selectively direct the bale from the receiving area toward the first accumulation area when the hydraulic circuit is disposed in the first configuration and toward the second accumulation area when the hydraulic circuit is disposed in the second configuration;
wherein a hydraulic valve is moved during the baling cycle to alternate the hydraulic circuit between the first configuration and the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,918,019

SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING THE CONVEYOR BELT TENSION FORCE WITHIN AN AGRICULTURAL HARVESTER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A system for adjusting conveyor belt tension within an agricultural harvester, the system comprising:a conveyor comprising:
a first roller,
a second roller spaced apart from the first roller, and
a conveyor belt configured to engage the first and second rollers; and
a tensioner assembly including an input member, an output shaft, and a ratcheting mechanism, the output shaft arranged along a longitudinal axis, the input member configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis to translate the output shaft along the longitudinal axis to selectively adjust a position of the first roller relative to the second roller to adjust a tension force exerted on the conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,918,018

FRUIT COLLECTOR, RETAINING BRACKET AND COLLECTING CONTAINER

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A retaining bracket for a fruit collector, the retaining bracket being arranged to pivotably retain a fruit collecting container, and comprising a hub which is arranged to pivotably retain a stub axle section of the collecting container projecting from an axial end of the collecting container,wherein the hub comprises an inner, central hole configured and sized to enable fruits collected in the collecting container to pass through, and arranged to communicate via a container opening at the stub axle section with a container inner volume once the collecting container is coupled to the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,918,017

DRAPER CANVAS SEAL

MacDon Industries LTD, W...

1. A crop header arranged for cutting and transporting a standing crop comprising:a draper assembly arranged such that cut crop falls onto the draper assembly for transportation relative to the header;
the draper assembly including a draper guide roller and a continuous loop of belt material wrapped defining an upper run of the belt material on top of the roller and a lower run of the belt material below the roller, wherein the belt material includes a generally horizontal upper edge portion of the upper run of the belt material;
a generally horizontal top support wall of the header adjacent to and spaced from the upper edge portion of the belt material;
and a sealing member attached to the top support wall for spanning and sealing between the upper edge portion and the top support wall; and
wherein the sealing member comprises a strip of a flexible material which extends from a first edge portion of the strip overlying the top support wall to a second edge portion of the strip which lies over and in contact with the upper edge portion of the upper run, a bracket extending between a front edge and an opposite rear edge facing the upper edge portion of the belt material, the rear edge engaging and clamping the first edge portion of the strip against the top support wall, and a fastener extending through and securing the bracket to the top support wall;
wherein the strip, when free from loading forces, contains a distortion from a flat form so that a plane defined by the second edge portion is distorted from a plane defined by the first edge portion in a direction toward the upper edge portion of the upper run forming an angle (A) between the plane of the second edge portion and the plane of the first edge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,016

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GRADING AGRICULTURAL COMMODITY

1. A system for grading an agricultural commodity based on standards of grading, the system comprising:a grain apparatus for receiving a sample of the agricultural commodity;
a moisture sensor for capturing a moisture reading of the sample of agricultural commodity;
a conveyor belt driven by a motor, wherein the conveyor belt receives the sample from the grain apparatus in a uniform manner such that no two articles of the agricultural commodity overlap each other;
a camera adapted to take a plurality of images of the agricultural commodity moving through the conveyor belt;
a communication device adapted for transmitting the moisture reading received from the moisture sensor and the plurality of images captured by the camera to a processor adapted to process the data received, wherein the processor comprises:
a communication module adapted to receive and transmit data to other devices;
an analysis module adapted to analyze the moisture reading received from the communication module and the plurality of images received from the camera, to obtain physical property data and ascertain a presence of other material in the sample of the agricultural commodity; and
a comparison module, to compare the physical property data received from the analysis module with standards and provide grading data of the agricultural commodity to be displayed on a user interface;
wherein said system is configured as an integrated system or has several components at different places, and said processor is further integrated with a software application on a computing device, including a smartphone or computer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,015

AUTOMATIC LINE FEED FOR TRIMMER

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A trimmer head of a trimmer, the trimmer head comprising:a housing comprising an upper housing and a lower housing, the upper housing configured to be coupled to a lower housing;
an inner body arranged within the upper housing and the lower housing and configured to rotate via a drive shaft of the trimmer;
a torsion spring coupled to the housing and disposed axially relative to an axis of rotation of the drive shaft; and
a trimmer line spool arranged within the upper housing and the lower housing and comprising trimmer line spooled around the trimmer line spool,
wherein, in response to a cutting operation of the trimmer head, the housing, the inner body, and the trimmer line spool are rotatably coupled, and
wherein in response to a user of the trimmer initiating a feed of the trimmer line, a spring bias of the torsion spring applied to the housing is overcome due to a centrifugal force to disengage an interaction with a stop disposed on the trimmer line spool and rotate the trimmer line spool independently of the housing to release the trimmer line spooled around the trimmer line spool.

US Pat. No. 10,918,014

FERTILIZATION PRECISION CONTROL METHOD FOR WATER AND FERTILIZER INTEGRATED EQUIPMENT AND CONTROL SYSTEM THEREOF

1. A fertilization precision control method for a water and fertilizer integrated apparatus, comprising the following steps:S1: establishing a fertilization precision control model of the water and fertilizer integrated apparatus; and
S2: obtaining an optimal solution of the fertilization precision control model by adopting estimation of distribution algorithms for the water and fertilizer integrated apparatus, thereby improving control precision of water and fertilizer integration of the water and fertilizer integrated apparatus, wherein a specific implementation mode of the step S1 is as follows:
step S11: monitoring fertilizer solution concentration values and corresponding time values of a fertilizer of the water and fertilizer integrated apparatus by a structure and concentration monitoring sensor, and collecting fertilizer solution concentration values and corresponding time values of the fertilizer thereof in a fertilizer mixing bucket in real time;
step S12: generating a fertilizer solution concentration varying curve by fitting the collected fertilizer solution concentration values and the corresponding time values thereof into with a least square method; and
step S13: establishing a fertilization precision control model of the water and fertilizer integrated apparatus according to the fertilizer solution concentration varying curve:

wherein ft(x) is the fertilizer solution concentration varying curve of the water and fertilizer integrated apparatus, Ut-td(x) is a varying curve when the fertilizer solution concentration is increased, Lt-td(x) is a varying curve when the fertilizer solution concentration is decreased, x is a fertilizer solution concentration, t is a time sequence number, td is delay time of the structure and concentration monitoring sensor, Rt is a random concentration fluctuation value, S represents whether a fertilization channel of the water and fertilizer integrated apparatus is opened or not, “S=1” represents that the fertilization channel of the water and fertilizer integrated apparatus is opened, “S=0” represents that the fertilization channel of the water and fertilizer integrated apparatus is closed, and Set represents a set fertilizer solution concentration value to be achieved, wherein a specific implementation mode of the step S2 is as follows:
step S21: determining a solution of the fertilization precision control model to be X=[x1, x2, x3, . . . , xn], wherein X is a set which is composed of N individuals, xn is an opening or closing state of a fertilizer absorption channel at nth second and the set parameters of the estimation of distribution algorithms are as follows: a scale of population is N, a total generation number of population evolution is m and a number of searching times for local search of each generation of the population is a; setting b=0; and generating N individuals in a random manner to form an initial population P(b) under a condition that a non-negativity constraint of variables is met;
step S22: calculating a fitness value of each individual in the population P(b) by combining the fertilization precision control model, and sampling by adopting a Gauss distribution algorithm to generate a set which is composed of N individuals;
step S23: performing mutation operations on values of the individuals in the set, and generating a population P(b) of a next generation composed of N individuals, and setting b=b+1, q=0;
step S24: performing local search on each of the individuals in the population P(b), and generating a population P(b) of a third generation composed of N individuals, and setting q=q+1;
step S25: returning to the S24 if q is less than a, otherwise entering step S26; and
step S26: returning to the S22 if b is less than m, otherwise outputting an optimal individual, as an optimal solution, in the population P(b) of the third generation; and
controlling opening or closing of the fertilizer absorption channel according to the optimal solution, thereby controlling a fertilizer concentration in the fertilizer mixing bucket and enhancing a precision control of the fertilization concentration in the water and fertilizer integrated equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,918,013

AIR BOOM SPREADER FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT

Salford Group Inc., Salf...

1. A self-propelled air boom spreader comprising:a frame;
a boom arm extendible transversely to a direction of travel of the self-propelled air boom spreader;
a container mounted on the frame, the container having a first hopper situated at a front of the container and a second hopper situated at a rear of the container, the first and second hoppers for containing one or more products to be delivered to an environment around the self-propelled air boom spreader;
a product distribution system in product communication with the first and second hoppers for receiving the product from the first and second hoppers;
an endless conveyor situated between the first hopper and the product distribution system, the endless conveyor conveying product from the first hopper to the product distribution system;
a metering assembly situated between the second hopper and the product distribution system, the metering assembly capable of conveying product from the second hopper to the product distribution system;
an intermediate metering chamber between the second hopper and the endless conveyor, the intermediate metering chamber capable of conveying product from the second hopper to the endless conveyor;
an air system in product communication with the product distribution system for receiving the product from the product distribution system, the air system comprising
an air line mounted on the boom arm, the air line connecting the product distribution system to a product outlet situated on the boom arm to permit passage of the product from the product distribution system to the environment through the product outlet, and
a fan assembly comprising a fan and a hydraulic motor for operating the fan, the fan in fluid communication with the air line to create air flow in the air line to transport the product from the product distribution system to the product outlet; and,
a noise-reducing fan assembly compartment situated within the container between the first hopper and the second hopper, the fan assembly mounted in the noise-reducing fan assembly compartment within the container, at least a portion of the endless conveyor capable of conveying product longitudinally in the container under the noise-reducing fan assembly compartment, and metering assembly capable of conveying product vertically in the container rearward of the noise-reducing fan assembly compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,918,012

PLANTER ROW UNIT FURROW DEPTH SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A row unit for a seeding machine, the row unit comprising:a frame;
a furrow opener coupled to the frame; and
a sensor assembly having a sensor configured to directly detect wear of the furrow opener.

US Pat. No. 10,918,011

MOTOR-DRIVEN SINGLE-SEED-EJECTION SOWING DEVICE AND A SOWING METHOD

SHANDONG ACADEMY OF AGRIC...

1. A motor-driven single-seed-ejection sowing device and a sowing method, comprising:a housing, wherein the housing comprises a seed inlet and a seed outlet, and a power compartment and a seed compartment are set inside the housing;
a seed metering roller, wherein the seed metering roller is rotatably fixed on the housing and is located in the seed compartment; and seed grooves have spaces for accommodating a single seed, and the seed grooves are set on a surface of the seed metering roller;
a seed brush, set on a wall of the seed compartment; a seed metering mechanism, wherein the seed metering mechanism is located inside the power compartment, and the seed metering mechanism comprises a spring, a striking tube, a piston and a piston tub; two ends of the spring are respectively set on a Hall sensor and the piston tube; the piston is connected to the piston tube; the piston and the piston tube are set inside the striking tube and the piston and the piston tube are movable along an axial direction of the striking tube; the striking tube is connected to a wall of the power compartment by an elastic member; and
a power mechanism, wherein the power mechanism is set inside the power compartment, and the power mechanism comprises a control unit and a drive unit; the control unit comprises a motor, a drive panel, the Hall sensor and a magnet; the magnet is provided in the striking tube; the Hall sensor is connected to the drive panel, and installed within a scope of an effective magnetic field when the piston tube moves to a limiting position; the drive panel drives the motor in accordance with a signal from the Hall sensor; the motor drives the seed metering roller and the seed metering mechanism by the drive unit;
the power compartment and the seed compartment are both connected to the seed outlet; and central axes of the striking tube and the piston tube are coaxial with the central axis of the seed outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,918,010

AIR CART AUTOMATIC FAN CONTROL

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A system for distributing particulate material to an agricultural field, comprising:a meter module configured to dispense particulate material to a product distribution line;
an air source configured to entrain the particulate material in an air flow for transferring the particulate material through the product distribution line;
first and second pressure sensors arranged at first and second locations of the product distribution line, respectively, the first pressure sensor positioned at a first location proximal to the meter module and the second pressure sensor positioned at a second location distal to the meter module, wherein the first location is proximal to the meter module and the second location is distal to the meter module, wherein each pressure sensor is configured to indicate a pressure at a location in the product distribution line;
a data structure for holding a plurality of air flow settings for the air source, each air flow setting comprising a velocity for an air flow corresponding to at least one particulate material and a rate for dispensing the particulate material;
a controller in communication with the air source, the first and second pressure sensor, and the data structure, the controller executing a program stored in a non-transient medium to configure an operating velocity for the air flow via:
control of the air source via the controller to produce an air flow at an initial velocity, wherein the initial velocity is a maximum velocity producible by the air source;
repeatedly determine a pressure gradient in the product distribution line by calculating a difference between first and second pressures indicated by the first and second pressure sensors, respectively, and controlling the air source to lower the velocity of the air flow from the initial velocity, until a minimum velocity for the air flow causing a minimum pressure gradient sufficient to maintain entrained particulate material is determined,
configure the operating velocity for the air flow to be greater than the minimum velocity by a predetermined margin, and
communicate the operating velocity via the controller to the data structure for retention of the air flow setting for the air source, the air flow setting corresponding to the particulate material in the product distribution line and the rate for dispensing the particulate material in the product distribution line.

US Pat. No. 10,918,009

ROTATABLE APPARATUS FOR METERING AND TREATING AGRICULTURAL GRANULES

Bayer Cropscience Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for metering and treating agricultural granules, the apparatus comprising:a conveyance device having an inlet;
a treatment chamber comprising a housing fixedly coupled to the conveyance device adjacent the inlet of the conveyance device, the treatment chamber configured to apply treatment to agricultural granules; and
a metering device configured to receive agricultural granules at an intake end and eject the agricultural granules at an outlet end, the inlet end of the metering device is laterally offset from the outlet end, wherein the outlet end of the metering device is rotatably coupled on an upper mounting surface of the housing of the treatment chamber such that the agricultural granules ejected from the outlet end pass through the treatment chamber for application of the treatment therein and thence into the inlet of the conveyance device;
wherein the metering device rotates with respect to the treatment chamber between at least a first position for positioning under an agricultural granule source and a second position adjacent the conveyance device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,008

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A PRESCRIPTION MAP FOR AN AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT BASED ON SOIL COMPACTION

CNH Industrial America LL...

11. A system for performing agricultural operations, the system comprising:an agricultural implement including a frame and a plurality of ground-engaging tools supported relative to the frame;
at least one controller for controlling an operation of the agricultural implement during the performance of an agricultural operation, the at least one controller comprising at least one processor and associated memory, the memory storing instructions that, when implemented by the at least one processor, configure the at least one controller to:
access data associated with one or more soil compaction parameters indicative of soil compaction within the field;
determine one or more soil compaction levels for the field based on the one or more soil compaction parameters;
determine an estimated yield loss at a plurality of different locations across the field based on the one or more soil compaction levels;
generate a prescription map for the field based on the estimated yield loss across the field, the prescription map prescribing at least one tillage parameter for a plurality of ground-engaging tools of the agricultural implement at the plurality of different locations across the field; and
actively adjust the at least one tillage parameter for the plurality of ground-engaging tools of the agricultural implement based on the prescription map as the agricultural implement is traversed across the field during the performance of the agricultural operation to reduce an actual yield loss of the field.

US Pat. No. 10,918,007

WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ROW PLANTING SYSTEMS

1. A wireless control system for use with a planter row unit to provide adjustable depth control of a set of row cleaner assemblies, the control system comprising:a. a controller adapted to communicate via a communications link with a user-operated processor-based device having operating thereon a control application compatible with the controller;
b. a source of compressed air adapted to output a pneumatic main supply;
c. an electro-pneumatic regulator having an electrical input adapted to receive an electrical control signal originating from the controller, a pneumatic input in communication with the pneumatic main supply, and a pneumatic output adapted to provide a first pneumatic control supply at a first supply pressure;
d. an air bag adapted to provide a variable force responsive to the first supply pressure on a row cleaner device, the air bag being fixed at one end relative to a frame portion of a planter row unit; and
e. a biasing means adapted to bias the row cleaner device in a direction opposite to the air bag variable force;
wherein the air bag device and the biasing means are mechanically connected to the row cleaner device by a set of linkages configured to move in an essentially vertical orientation relative to the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,918,006

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING MATERIAL ACCUMULATION RELATIVE TO GROUND-ENGAGING TOOLS OF A TILLAGE IMPLEMENT

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A method for reducing material accumulation relative to a plurality of ground-engaging tools of a tillage implement, the method comprising:receiving, with a computing device, measurement signals from at least one accumulation sensor mounted to the tillage implement during a tillage operation, the measurement signals comprising a three-dimensional (3D) representation of an environment containing material accumulation relative to one or more of the ground-engaging tools of the tillage implement, the material accumulation comprising an accumulation of field materials relative to the one or more of the ground-engaging tools;
estimating, with the computing device, an amount of material accumulation relative to the plurality of ground-engaging tools based on the 3D representation;
comparing, with the computing device, the amount of material accumulation relative to the plurality of ground-engaging tools to first and second predetermined accumulation thresholds, the first predetermined accumulation threshold differing from the second predetermined accumulation threshold such that the first and second predetermined accumulation thresholds are indicative of respective first and second degrees of material accumulation relative to the plurality of ground-engaging tools, the second degree of material accumulation corresponding to a greater amount of material accumulation relative to the first degree of material accumulation; and
controlling, with the computing device, an operation of at least one component of the tillage implement to sequentially execute first and second control actions for reducing the amount of the material accumulation relative to the plurality of ground-engaging tools, with such control of the at least one component comprising:
executing the first control action when the amount of material accumulation relative to the plurality of ground-engaging tools reaches or passes the first predetermined accumulation threshold;
determining that the amount of material accumulation relative to the plurality of ground-engaging tools has reached or passed the second predetermined accumulation threshold following execution of the first control action; and
subsequently executing the second control action to reduce the amount of material accumulation relative to the plurality of ground-engaging tools,
wherein the first control action differs from the second control action.

US Pat. No. 10,918,005

IMPLEMENT WEIGHT TRANSFER MONITORING AND WING CONTROL

1. An implement, comprising:a frame;
a ground working tool coupled to the frame;
a hydraulic system;
a ground engaging mechanism pivotally coupled to the frame wherein the hydraulic system is coupled to both the frame and the ground engaging mechanism;
a load identifying sensor configured to identify a load value acting on the ground engaging mechanism;
a controller configured to communicate with the load identifying sensor; and
a user interface configured to communicate with the controller, the user interface configured to accept a desired tool depth of the ground working tool;
wherein, the controller is configured to alter the ground engaging mechanism using the hydraulic system to position the ground working tool at the desired tool depth;
wherein, the controller is configured to initiate a response when the load value is not within a load threshold and the working tool is positioned at the desired tool depth relative to the frame;
wherein, the load identifying sensor comprises a pressure sensor that is configured to identify a pressure of the hydraulic system to determine the load value.

US Pat. No. 10,918,004

HYDRAULIC IMPLEMENT FLUID RECOVERY

1. An implement comprising:a mechanical coupling component configured to removably couple the implement to a support machine;
a hydraulic fluid supply line configured to receive a supply flow of hydraulic fluid under pressure from a hydraulic system associated with the support machine;
a hydraulically-powered component configured to be actuated, using the hydraulic fluid; and
a hydraulic fluid recovery system comprising:
a hydraulic fluid return line comprising an implement connector configured to connect to a corresponding support machine connector on the support machine, the hydraulic fluid return line configured to:
fluidically couple to the hydraulic system associated with the support machine; and
provide a return flow of hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic system; and
a hydraulic fluid reservoir configured to:
when the hydraulic fluid return line is decoupled from the hydraulic system associated with the support machine,
receive a portion of the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic fluid return line when a fluid pressure in the hydraulic fluid return line increases to a first pressure threshold, wherein
the implement connector comprises a flow control mechanism configured to allow fluid flow through the implement connector when the fluid pressure reaches, a second pressure threshold, and
the first pressure threshold is less than the second pressure threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,918,003

TURF AERATORS AND ASSEMBLIES FOR SAME

1. A turf aerator, comprising:a frame;
a tine crank having a clearing end with threads;
a plurality of tines coupled to the tine crank;
a coupling for fastening the tine crank clearing end to the frame, the coupling comprising:
a collar area for receiving the tine crank clearing end;
an anchor plate for selectively fastening to the frame; and
an opening sized for accessing the threads of the tine crank clearing end; and
an actuator threaded complementary to the threads of the tine crank clearing end for selectively moving the coupling from an extended position relative to the tine crank to a retracted position relative to the tine crank.