US Pat. No. 10,986,962

FIRETABLE, ACCESSORIES AND METHOD OF COOKING THEREON

Firetainment, Inc., Orla...

1. A fire table adapted to be used for cooking as well as for heat and aesthetics comprising:a base defining a storage space therein;
a top mounted to and covering at least a portion of the base, the top having an upper surface and an opening therein and in communication with the storage space within the base;
a pan disposed within the opening in the top, the pan having at least a portion thereof over the upper surface of the top and configured to hold a burner; and
a removable cooking mount, the removable cooking mount configured to be disposed within the pan, the removable cooking mount having four sides, each of the four sides having at least one opening therein to allow air to pass from outside the removable cooking mount to fuel a fire within the pan, and openings in a top side and bottom side for access to the fire for cooking elements placed on the top side of the removable cooking mount.

US Pat. No. 10,986,961

COLLAPSIBLE SUPPORT STAND

Yehs Innovations Inc., G...

1. A collapsible support stand, comprising:a first support section including:
a first side frame; and
a plurality of first bars positioned in spaced relation to each other and extending perpendicularly from the first side frame;
a second support section including:
a second side frame parallel to the first side frame;
a first centre frame parallel to the second side frame, the first centre frame defining a plurality of holes that are sized and positioned to slidably receive the plurality of first bars therethrough, wherein axial movement of the plurality of first bars through the plurality of holes moves the first support section between an extended position and a retracted position relative to the second support section; and
a plurality of second bars positioned in spaced relation to each other and extending between the second side frame and the first centre frame;
a pair of first foldable legs pivotably connected at opposed ends of the first side frame; and
a pair of second foldable legs pivotably connected at opposed ends of the second side frame,wherein each of the first side frame, the second side frame, and the first centre frame comprises a frame link assembly including a plurality of frame links connected in series, each frame link being pivotably connected to at least one adjoining frame link wherein a pair of corresponding frame links of the first side frame and the second side frame is pivotable to be oriented perpendicular to their respective adjoining frame links when the support stand is collapsed to a compact form, andwherein the first foldable legs and the second foldable legs are pivotably connected to and overlap with the first side frame and the second side frame, respectively, when the support stand is collapsed to the compact form.

US Pat. No. 10,986,960

GRILL WITH BATTERY POWER SYSTEM AND MEASUREMENT

Traeger Pellet Grills, LL...

1. A portable grilling device, comprising:at least one primary direct-current power source removably connected to the portable grilling device via at least one clip;
a secondary direct-current power source that supplies power to the portable grilling device when the at least one primary direct-current power source is removed; and
a user feedback system configured to calculate a remaining time left before the at least one primary direct-current power source runs out of power and relay the remaining time left to a user,
wherein the portable grilling device is configured to electrically connect to a stationary electrical outlet to power the portable grill device, and
wherein electrical connections between the at least one primary direct-current power source and the at least one clip reverse polarities to charge the at least one primary direct-current power source when the portable grilling device is powered by the stationary electrical outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,986,959

HOT-AIR COOKER

SEB S.A.

1. A hot-air cooker comprising:a housing comprising an internal ventilation conduit provided with an air inlet and air outlet;
an outer container, installed inside the housing;
an upper cover, installed above the outer container; the outer container and the upper cover constituting a cavity, the air inlet and outlet of the internal ventilation conduit communicating with the cavity;
an inner container, located inside the cavity;
a fan, installed inside the ventilation conduit;
a resistor, installed inside the internal ventilation conduit and adjacent to the fan;
a rotary mixer installed in a bottom of the inner container;
a motor installed at the bottom of the outer container, and whose output shaft drives the rotary mixer, and
a heating plate located inside the cavity and crossed by the output shaft of the motor, the inner container placed on the heating plate, wherein the hot-air cooker is configured to heat foods by the heating plate and the resistor, at the same time and independently.

US Pat. No. 10,986,957

AUTOMATIC COOKING MACHINE

SHENZHEN FANLAI TECHNOLOG...

1. An automatic cooking machine, comprising a base, a cooking pot mounted on the base and configured to load a food material, a pot lid hinged to the base and covering the cooking pot, a cylindrical stirring chamber enclosed by the cooking pot and the pot lid, a stirring mechanism rotatably mounted in the stirring chamber and configured to stir the food material, a food material box configured to hold the food material, and a film tearing assembly mounted on the pot lid, wherein the cooking pot is provided with a dish chamber configured to store the food material; the stirring mechanism comprises a control arm rotatably connected to the pot lid, a connecting arm rotatably connected to the pot lid, and a stirring blade disposed between the control arm and the connecting arm; the control arm and the connecting arm have a same rotating axis; the stirring mechanism rotates around the rotating axis in the stirring chamber; the food material box comprises a box body movably connected to the pot lid and configured to place the food material as well as a sealing film disposed at a position between the box body and the pot lid and configured to seal the box body; a hanging port is formed on the sealing film; a feeding port configured to feed the food material is formed on the pot lid; a feeding assembly is mounted at the feeding port; the film tearing assembly comprises a film tearing rotating shaft as well as a power device configured to drive the film tearing rotating shaft to rotate; and a hook configured to hook the hanging port to rotate and tear the sealing film and drive the box body to move toward the direction of the feeding port is disposed on the film tearing rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,986,954

AUTOMATIC COOKING APPARATUS

1. An automatic cooking apparatus, comprising:a main housing having a receiving cavity;
a drinking water supply unit which comprises a drinking water tank supported in said receiving cavity, said drinking water tank having a drinking water cavity for storing a predetermined amount of water, and first water dispensing outlet, said water in said drinking water cavity being arranged to be selectively dispensed out of said drinking water cavity through said first water dispensing outlet;
a cooking apparatus, which comprises:
a food storage tank supported in said receiving cavity, said food storage tank comprising a food valve and having a food storage cavity for storing a predetermined amount of food items, and a food dispensing outlet, said food items being arranged to be dispensed out of said food storage cavity through said food dispensing outlet;
a first food output member and a second food output member both of which connected to said food valve;
a grinding arrangement supported in said main housing and is connected to said second food output member in such a manner that said food items passing through said food valve is selectively guided to enter one of said grinding arrangement and said first food output member;
a cooking unit, which comprises:
a pot provided in said receiving cavity at a position correspond to said food dispensing outlet and said first water dispensing outlet, in such a manner that said water and said food contained in said drinking water tank and said food storage tank are capable of being dispensed to said pot through said food dispensing outlet and said first water dispensing outlet; and
a heater which is provided in said receiving cavity, and is thermally communicated with said pot;
a filter arrangement which comprises a grinder outlet valve, a mixer-filtering unit, a first connecting tube connecting between said grinder outlet valve and said mixer-filtering unit, a second connecting tube connecting between said mixer-filtering unit to said pot, and a water supplying tube connecting between said drinking water valve and said mixer-filtering unit; and
a controller electrically connected to said drinking water supply unit and said cooking apparatus, and operates said automatic cooking apparatus on at least a cooking mode in which said water and said food items in said drinking water tank and said food storage tank are controllably dispensed to said pot through said first water dispensing outlet and said food dispensing outlet respectively, said pot being arranged to be heated up by said heater for cooking said food items and said water in said pot.

US Pat. No. 10,986,952

HAND OPERATED FRUIT SQUEEZER

Gerardo Obregon Salorio, ...

1. A hand operated fruit squeezer, comprising:a first squeezer member, the first squeezer member having a hand grip portion, a pivot portion, and a substantially rounded receptacle portion having a bottom with a plurality of apertures;
a second squeezer member, the second squeezer member having a hand grip portion, a pivot portion, and a substantially rounded head portion with a pair of presses that fittingly correspond downward into the receptacle portion of the first squeezer member wherein the pair of presses are spaced apart and define a channel there between; and
a blade assembly pivotally arranged between the first squeezer member and the second squeezer member to hold a fruit in a position suitable for cutting, and squeezing, the blade assembly having an outer edge corresponding to the shape of the receptacle portion of the first squeezer member, the head portion of the second squeezer member, a cutting blade centrally arranged within the outer edge in an end to end relation, and a pivot portion;
wherein the first squeezer member, the second squeezer member, and the blade assembly are pivotally coupled using a pivot means that engages into the pivot portions of the first squeezer member, the second squeezer member, and the blade assembly to make the hand operated fruit squeezer operational for cutting and squeezing the fruit.

US Pat. No. 10,986,951

DELIVERY RETRIEVAL STATION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A delivery retrieval station comprising:a delivery base comprising a receiving platform and a conditioning assembly in thermal communication with the receiving platform, the conditioning assembly being disposed within a mechanical compartment beneath the receiving platform;
a destination container selectively mounted to the delivery base, the destination container comprising a base wall and sidewall defining a storage chamber above the mechanical compartment, the base wall being selectively supported on the receiving platform in a delivered position; and
a station lock in mechanical communication between the delivery base and the destination container, the container lock selectively joining the delivery base to the destination container in the delivered position,
wherein the mechanical compartment defines an air exhaust passage extending through the mechanical compartment to an ambient environment in fluid isolation with the storage chamber to release heat to the ambient environment.

US Pat. No. 10,986,949

STEAMER STAND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A steamer stand, comprising:a telescoping vertical shaft extending from a first end to a second end;
a foldable tripod stand removably attached to the first end and adjustably attached to the telescoping vertical shaft;
a first locking member secured to the foldable tripod stand and configured to removably secure the foldable tripod stand to the first end of the telescoping vertical shaft;
a telescoping horizontal rod removably attached to the telescoping vertical shaft, the telescoping horizontal rod having:
a first section having a first knob; and
a second section having a second knob;
a second locking member secured to the telescoping horizontal rod and configured to removably secure the telescoping horizontal rod to the telescoping vertical shaft;
a hanger removably attached to the second end of the telescoping vertical shaft;
a third locking member secured to the hanger and configured to removably secure the hanger to the telescoping vertical shaft; and
a vertical extension secured to the telescoping vertical shaft;
wherein the telescoping horizontal rod is positioned between the telescoping vertical shaft and foldable tripod stand.

US Pat. No. 10,986,948

COLLAPSIBLE SERVING TRAY COVERING SYSTEM

1. A collapsible serving tray covering system, comprising:an elongated bracket having two perpendicular protrusions which run parallel with each other creating a substantially rectangular three-sided enclosure;
a continuous channel extending along an entire interior of each of the elongated bracket and perpendicular protrusions wherein the channel is oriented towards a center of the enclosure;
wherein the channel is adapted to secure a serving tray there within;
a covering assembly disposed on an upper surface of the elongated bracket and the pair of protrusions;
wherein the covering assembly comprises a plurality of ribs pivotally connected to the upper surface of the perpendicular protrusions of the elongated bracket;
a fabric material is attached to each of the plurality of ribs at regular intervals such that a semi-cylindrical interior volume is defined when the covering assembly moves radially around the pivotal connections along the perpendicular protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,986,947

BEVERAGE UTENSIL WITH IDENTIFICATION COMPONENT

S2 Products Inc., West I...

1. A beverage utensil comprising:a receptacle component, wherein said receptacle component comprises a front portion and a back portion, wherein said receptacle component is in the shape of a head of a spork;
an identification component, wherein said identification component comprises a front portion and a back portion; and
a handle extending between said receptacle component and said identification component, wherein said handle contains a front side and a back side,
wherein said receptacle component is located at a distal end of said handle and said identification component is located at an opposite distal end of said handle,
wherein said handle is bent at an angle opposite said front portion of said receptacle component forming a bend in said handle configured for resting said beverage utensil on a top side wall edge of a beverage container, and wherein said identification component is located on an opposite side of said bend in said handle from said receptacle component, and
wherein said angle forming said bend in said handle between said receptacle component and said identification component is not greater than 90° and not less than 5°.

US Pat. No. 10,986,946

ONE TIME USE BOTTLE

Quicky Sippy LLC, York, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a container comprising a liquid and container screw threads on an end of the container;
a disk covering a mouth of the container, the disk comprising passages, the disk being removable from the mouth of the container; and
a removable liner covering the disk and the passages, the removable liner configured to peel off the disk; and
a cap covering the disk,
wherein the disk is made out of foam, and the passages comprise slits, and the passages and disk are configured such that the passages operate as a flapper valve such that when a sucking force is applied through the cap a portion of the disk lifts allowing the liquid to pass, and the slits and disk are also configured such that when the sucking force stops the portion of the disk returns to its original position.

US Pat. No. 10,986,945

SPRUNG PILLOW

1. A pillow, comprising:an outer fabric pillow shell case defining an inner pillow filling cavity for receiving filling material, and
an internal member inside the inner pillow filling cavity and attached to opposed ends of the outer fabric pillow shell case, the internal member being configured to limit lateral expansion of the outer fabric pillow shell case when the pillow is compressed in use;
wherein the internal member comprises an internal divider operative to divide the inner pillow filling cavity into two internal filling cavities, the two internal filling cavities comprising a top cavity and a bottom cavity;
wherein the internal divider comprises an open framework comprising one or more apertures; and
wherein the open framework is formed by a pair of X-shaped members.

US Pat. No. 10,986,944

PLANT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

C.I. Toyota Tsusho de Col...

1. A plant transportation system, comprising:a vase, the vase including a mouth, a throat and a reservoir; and
a sealant receptacle housed in the throat, the sealant receptacle including a semi-open-topped, closed-sided and semi-closed-bottomed hollow construction, including a cover extending across the throat, and a sealant tray extending across the throat behind the cover, the cover defining one or more cover apertures configured to allow stems therethrough, and inhibit semi-liquid sealant in the sealant receptacle from escaping therethrough around occupant stems, and the sealant tray defining a sealant tray aperture configured to allow stems therethrough, and inhibit semi-liquid sealant in the sealant receptacle from escaping therethrough around occupant stems.

US Pat. No. 10,986,942

CONFIGURABLE STORAGE SYSTEM

1. A storage system comprising:a support bar having an interior surface defining a cavity, wherein a slot connects the cavity to an exterior environment of the support bar; and
a fixture including:
a shaft having a first end and a second end, the second end opposite the first end relative to a longitudinal axis of the shaft;
a stabilizer comprising an inverted square-based pyramid coupled to the first end of the shaft such that opposing planar surfaces of the inverted square-based pyramid rest against and contact corresponding planar surfaces of the interior surface of the support bar under gravity when the stabilizer is disposed within the cavity, wherein the contact of the stabilizer's planar surfaces with the planar surfaces of the interior surface resists rotation of the fixture around the longitudinal axis while allowing the fixture to slide along at least a portion of the slot;
an attachment portion coupled to the second end of the shaft and configured to support an object in the exterior environment; and
an adjustable retainer coupled to the shaft and configured to move along the shaft from a first position to a second position, wherein in the first position, the retainer resists vertical movement of the fixture, thereby resisting rotation of the fixture, and wherein in the second position, the retainer allows vertical movement of the fixture, thereby allowing rotation of the fixture.

US Pat. No. 10,986,941

INTERCHANGEABLE FASTENER SYSTEM

1. An interchangeable fastener system for use in combination with a perforated board having a plurality of openings thereon, the interchangeable fastener system comprising:a main fastener including a base having a rear surface and a front surface;
a plurality of protrusions extending from the rear surface of the base, and each of the plurality of protrusions being sized and configured for engaged passage through a corresponding one of the plurality of openings on the perforated board for supporting the main fastener on the perforated board;
each of the plurality of protrusions being located on a corresponding perimeter zone of the base, wherein each of the perimeter zones defines a tab;
a plurality of slots formed on the base for facilitating selectively breaking off the corresponding tab;
the base surrounding a channel defined by an inner surface extending between open ends at the rear and front surfaces of the base, the inner surface including opposing ramp surfaces to facilitate tightening of an attachment member, a mechanical stop adjacent each ramp surface to prevent over rotation of the attachment member, and a latching protrusion sized and configured for preventing inadvertent removal of the attachment member, and wherein the latching protrusion may be selectively depressed to permit removal of the attachment member;
the attachment member including an elongate member having opposing ends, wherein the elongate member is sized and configured for selective passage through the channel from the front surface through the rear surface and wherein the attachment member may be selectively rotated so that opposing ends of the elongate member are each in engaged abutment against a corresponding one of the opposing ramp surfaces and mechanical stops; and
a cylindrical bore formed on the base, the cylindrical bore being sized and configured for centering the attachment member within the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,986,939

PRODUCT PUSHER ASSEMBLY

Fasteners for Retail, Inc...

1. A product pusher assembly comprising:a front rail having a first wall and a second wall defining a channel, the first wall including a first surface facing the channel, the second wall including a second surface spaced from the first surface and facing away from the channel;
a base member having a third surface configured to engage the first surface, the base member defining a slot; and
a pusher including a lower portion having a fourth surface configured to engage the second surface, wherein the slot is configured to slidably-receive an elongate member of the lower portion.

US Pat. No. 10,986,938

CHAIR WITH COPPER INFUSED MESH

VIA, INC., Sparks, NV (U...

1. A chair comprising:(A) a frame; and
(B) a support material that is supported by the frame and that provides a support for an occupant of the chair; wherein the support material comprises a mesh having a plurality of interwoven strands, wherein the plurality of interwoven strands comprise one or more interwoven strands that include a copper infusion.

US Pat. No. 10,986,937

STRUCTURE OF INFLATABLE BED

Evermax Eco Industry Ltd....

1. An improved structure of an inflatable bed, comprising:an inflatable mattress, which includes an upper surface, a lower surface, and a lateral side structure, the lateral side structure having upper and lower edges respectively connected to edges of the upper surface and the lower surface, the inflatable mattress is thereby formed with an air charging space, the lateral side structure being provided on one side thereof with a first charging valve in communication with the air charging space, the air charging space being provided with a drop-stitching construction fabric arranged in an interior thereof, the drop-stitching construction fabric having an upper end and a lower end respectively connected to the upper surface and the lower surface; and
an inflatable frame, which includes at least one inflatable tubular body and an outer layer cloth wrapped around the inflatable tubular body, wherein the at least one inflatable tubular body includes an annular tube and a second charging valve in communication with an interior of the inflatable tubular body, the inflatable frame being arranged on a bottom of the inflatable mattress to be in contact with the lower surface thereof, the inflatable frame being provided with a plurality of elastic braided bands on a surface thereof that is in contact with the lower surface;
wherein the inflatable mattress and the inflatable frame are combinable with and fixed to each other by at least one first coupling unit, the at least one first coupling unit including a first coupling element mounted to the lateral side structure of the inflatable mattress and a first counterpart coupling element mounted to a lateral side of the inflatable frame, the first coupling element being removably coupleable to the first counterpart coupling element through releasable engagement therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,986,936

TIERED VOID CELLS

SKYDEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A cushioning system comprising: an array of tiered void cells, wherein each tiered void cell includes: a base portion; a plunger portion, the plunger portion to collapse into the base portion under compression of the cushioning system; and a living hinge elastically connecting an inner perimeter of the base portion to an outer perimeter of the plunger portion, the living hinge to stretch to effect the collapse of the plunger portion into the base portion under compression of the cushioning system; wherein the living hinge forms a channel between the base portion and the plunger portion.

US Pat. No. 10,986,935

NON-LINEAR SPRINGS AND MATTRESSES INCLUDING THE SAME

Sealy Technology, LLC, T...

1. A mattress comprising:a plurality of pocketed springs arranged in a matrix and defining a first support surface and a second support surface opposite the first support surface, with each of the plurality of pocketed springs including (a) a compression spring having an upper end convolution and a lower end convolution opposite the upper end convolution, and a plurality of helical intermediate convolutions between the upper end convolution and the lower end convolution, (b) a flexible enclosure including a fabric top wall positioned adjacent to the upper end convolution of the compression spring, a fabric bottom wall positioned adjacent to the lower end convolution of the compression spring, and a side wall that extends continuously from the fabric top wall to the fabric bottom wall, and (c) a tension member connected to the flexible enclosure, said tension member acting opposite to the compression spring and being connected to the fabric top wall and the fabric bottom wall;
an upper body supporting layer positioned adjacent to the first support surface;
a lower foundation layer positioned adjacent to the second support surface; and
a side panel extending between the upper body supporting layer and the lower foundation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,986,934

MULTI-ZONE TEMPERATURE MODULATION SYSTEM FOR BED OR BLANKET

KRYO, INC., Mooresville,...

1. A system for temperature-conditioning a surface comprising:a surface layer;
at least two conduit circuits for directing a fluid through at least two independent temperature zones, wherein the at least two conduit circuits are positioned beneath the surface layer;
a control unit to selectively heat or cool the fluid;
wherein the at least two conduit circuits include a first conduit circuit and a second conduit circuit;
wherein the at least two independent temperature zones include a first independent temperature zone and a second independent temperature zone, wherein the first independent temperature zone includes the first conduit circuit, and wherein the second independent temperature zone includes the second conduit circuit;
wherein the control unit includes at least one pump for directing the fluid through the at least two conduit circuits;
wherein the control unit includes a reservoir provided with at least one device operable to provide heating and cooling for the reservoir;
wherein the control unit is operable to simultaneously control the flow of the fluid to the at least two independent temperature zones;
wherein the control unit functions to provide a setting of the first independent temperature zone and a setting of the second independent temperature zone via control of the flow of the fluid; and
wherein the at least one pump includes a first inlet, a second inlet, a first outlet, and a second outlet, and wherein a first end of the first conduit circuit is connected to the first outlet of the at least one pump, a second end of the first conduit circuit is connected to the first inlet of the at least one pump, a first end of the second conduit circuit is connected to the second outlet of the at least one pump, and a second end of the second conduit circuit is connected to the second inlet of the at least one pump.

US Pat. No. 10,986,933

ARTICLE COMPRISING A TEMPERATURE-CONDITIONED SURFACE, THERMOELECTRIC CONTROL UNIT, AND METHOD FOR TEMPERATURE-CONDITIONING THE SURFACE OF AN ARTICLE

KRYO, INC., Mooresville,...

1. An article for temperature-conditioning a surface comprising:a first layer having a plurality of openings, wherein the first layer has an exterior surface and an interior surface;
a second layer having a corresponding plurality of openings, wherein the second layer has an exterior surface and an interior surface, and wherein the second layer is permanently affixed to the first layer along a periphery of the article and a periphery of each of the plurality of openings;
at least one interior chamber defined between the interior surface of the first layer and the interior surface of the second layer;
at least one flexible fluid supply line for delivering a fluid to the at least one interior chamber;
at least one flexible fluid return line for removing the fluid from the at least one interior chamber; and
at least one thermoelectric control unit attached to the at least one flexible fluid supply line and the at least one flexible fluid return line, wherein the at least one thermoelectric control unit is operable to selectively cool or heat the fluid;
wherein the at least one interior chamber is constructed and configured to retain the fluid without leaking;
wherein the interior surface of the first layer and the interior surface of the second layer are comprised of at least one layer of a waterproof material;
wherein the at least one thermoelectric control unit is in real-time or near-real-time two-way communication with at least one remote device;
wherein the at least one remote device comprises a mobile application, and wherein a graphical user interface (GUI) on the mobile application includes a smart alarm, wherein the smart alarm causes a temperature of the article to be increased based on a user's location in a sleep cycle;
wherein the user's location in the sleep cycle is determined by active data collection of the user's vital signs;
wherein the at least one flexible fluid supply line and the at least one flexible fluid return line are contained in a flexible hose; and
wherein a mattress pad hose elbow is concentric around the flexible hose, wherein the mattress pad hose elbow secures the flexible hose to a side of a mattress, and wherein the mattress pad hose elbow is operable to slide along the flexible hose.

US Pat. No. 10,986,932

ADJUSTABLE BED SYSTEM WITH FOLDABLE CONNECTION MECHANISM

NISCO CO., LTD, Jiangsu ...

1. An adjustable bed system, comprising:a base frame structure having a first frame and a second frame;
a back lifting assembly comprising a back lifting bracket pivotally connected to the first frame, and at least one back lifting actuator pivotally connected between the back lifting bracket and the first frame for operably driving the back lifting bracket to pivotally move in an upward rotating direction or a downward rotating direction relative to the first frame;
a leg lifting assembly comprising a leg lifting bracket pivotally connected to the second frame structure, and at least one leg lifting actuator pivotally connected between the leg lifting bracket and the second frame for operably driving the leg lifting bracket to pivotally move in an upward rotating direction or a downward rotating direction relative to the second frame; and
a foldable connection mechanism connecting the first frame and the second frame such that the first frame and the second frame are pivotally foldable relative to one another at the foldable connection mechanism,
wherein each of the first and second frames comprises:
a pair of side rails and being transversely spaced and longitudinally extended and being parallel to each other, each side rail and having a first end and an opposite, second end; and
an upper rail and a lower rail being longitudinally spaced and transversely extended, two ends of the upper rail being rigidly connected to the first ends of the pair of side rails and, and two ends of lower rail being rigidly connected to the second ends of the pair of side rails and, such that the upper rail and the lower rail and the pair of side rails are co-planar in a rectangle form,
wherein the foldable connection mechanism comprises at least one connecting bracket comprising:
a top portion, and a first side portion and a second side portion vertically extended from two opposite sides of the top portion so as to define a notched receptacle between the top portion, the first side portion and the second side portion, wherein the first side portion has two through holes spatial-apart formed therein; and
a tab transversely extended from the second side so that the tab is parallel to the top portion, wherein the tab has a middle portion, a first flange and a second flange extended oppositely from two sides of the middle portion so that the first flange and the second flange are co-planar, and the middle potion is positioned between the first/second flange and the top portion of the connecting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,986,931

ELECTRIC ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR SOFA HEADREST AND SOFA SUPPORT DEVICE

DONGGUAN WEIHONG SMART HO...

1. An electric adjustment device for sofa headrest, comprising a first fixing member, a second fixing member, and a drive device having an output end that linearly reciprocates,wherein one end of the second fixing member is pivotally connected to the first fixing member, the drive device is pivotally connected to the first fixing member and arranged flush with the first fixing member, a sliding direction of the output end is perpendicular to a pivotal axis about which the second fixing member is pivotable to the first fixing member, the output end is hinged with a connecting member, the connecting member is fixed at one end of the second fixing member to which the first fixing member is pivotally connected, and the other end of the second fixing member is extended downward relatively to the first fixing member and the drive device to form a fixed end for fixing to a backrest support frame.

US Pat. No. 10,986,929

FOLDABLE BACKREST

SUNBOARD LTD., Bi-Tan Ah...

1. A foldable backrest, comprising:a backrest plate, operatively configured to be leaned upon by a back of a user;
a support plate pivotally connected to said backrest plate by a pivotal connection and operatively configured to be placed upon a support surface upon which a user desires to sit or lay down on;
a rigid wedge configured to form a desired angle between said backrest plate and said support plate when said rigid wedge is interposed between central regions of a rear side of said backrest plate and a top side of said support plate and as permitted by said pivotal connection defined between said backrest plate and said support plate, and which is movable along said central regions of both said backrest plate and said support plate to different positions between said backrest plate and said support plate so as to effectively permit different desirable angles to be formed between said backrest plate and said support plate as a result of said pivotal connection defined between said backrest plate and said support plate; and
first wedge-stopping structure defined upon said backrest plate, and second wedge-stopping structure defined upon said support plate, for fixing said movable rigid wedge at different positions upon both said backrest plate and said support plate such that said rigid wedge will effectively form said desired angles between said backrest plate and said support plate while providing support to the back of the user while the user sits or lies upon the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,986,928

STEP STOOLS AND STORAGE, STEP SUPPORTS HAVING OPEN, FORWARDLY-FACING STORAGE CUBBIES

1. A storage, step support comprising storage spaces for storing articles other than portions of the step support, comprising:a first step comprising a first tread, a first base and a plurality of first supports supporting said first tread above and in spaced relation to said first base;
said first tread, said first base and said first supports defining at least one first level storage space, said at least one first level storage space comprising an open, forwardly facing access;
a second step comprising a second tread, a second base and a plurality of second supports supporting said second tread above and in spaced relation to said second base;
said second tread, said second base and said second supports defining at least one second level storage space, said at least one second level storage space comprising an open, forwardly facing access; and
said first step is movably connected to said second step for movement from a storage position where at least a substantial portion of said first tread is positioned below said second base so that said first tread is not accessible to use as a step to a step position where a portion of said first tread is positioned forwardly of said second base and is accessible for use as a step.

US Pat. No. 10,986,927

VIDEO-CASTER CHAIR

Cloud9 Esports, Inc., Sa...

1. A chair comprising:a chairback region positioned along a front-facing over-the-shoulder cap portion or front-facing wing portion of a chairback and above a lumbar region of the chairback; and
a fastening material on an exterior of the chair over a cushion and covering the chairback region, the fastening material including at least a portion of a fastener to which a patch is to be removably affixed at a variable position and orientation, the fastening material having an area larger than an area of the patch.

US Pat. No. 10,986,926

LOAD SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR CHAIR, LOAD SUPPORT BODY FOR CHAIR, AND CHAIR

OKAMURA CORPORATION, Yok...

1. A chair comprising:a support body disposed on a floor surface; and
a seat body and a backrest supported on the support body,
wherein the seat body includes a load support structure for a chair,
the load support structure for the chair includes:
a tensile material on which a load support surface configured to receive a load of a seated person is formed;
a pair of support sections to which the tensile material is attached, and which is elastically deformable in response to a force acting from the tensile material;
a pair of first reinforcing sections which extends along an extending direction of the pair of support sections and is disposed to be spaced apart from the pair of support sections in a surface perpendicular direction perpendicular to the load support surface, the pair of first reinforcing sections being located on an opposite side to the load support surface across the pair of support sections; and
a connecting body which connects each of both end portions of the pair of support sections with a corresponding end portion of both end portions of the pair of first reinforcing sections,
each of the pair of support sections is disposed outside a corresponding first reinforcing section of the pair of first reinforcing sections in a view of the surface perpendicular direction, and
the pair of support sections extends in a direction in which the seated person extends on the load support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,986,925

SEAT ASSEMBLY

Comfort Concepts, LLC, N...

1. A seat assembly, comprising:a seat having a substantially horizontal hip/thigh support and a back support extending angularly from the hip/thigh support, with at least one corner region defined between the hip/thigh support and the back support; and
a seating pad assembly removably positioned on the seat and having a cushion, the cushion having a top end disposed at an area of the back support of the seat spaced from the hip/thigh support when the seating pad assembly is positioned on the seat, and a bottom end disposed at an area of the hip/thigh support of the seat spaced from the back support when the seating pad assembly is positioned on the seat, the cushion extending continuously between the top and bottom ends, and the seating pad assembly further having at least one cover including a dimensionally stable covering material extending continuously from the top end to the bottom end of the cushion and covering and closely encapsulating the cushion from the top end to the bottom end, the dimensionally stable covering material being non-stretchable at least in a direction from the top end to the bottom end of the cushion, and anchoring means for resisting sliding of the seating pad assembly when placed on the seat, wherein the cushion deforms resiliently in response to forces exerted at least in a pelvic area and an upper back area of a person sitting on the seat, and wherein the dimensionally stable non-stretchable covering material conforms to and supports a lumbar region of the back by cradling the person sitting on the seat at a position above the at least one corner region defined between the hip/thigh support and the back support.

US Pat. No. 10,986,924

CHAIR AND SEAT SUPPORT MECHANISM

KOKUYO CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A chair comprising: a leg erected on a floor surface;a seat arranged above the leg;
a rotation support mechanism configured to rotatably support the seat in a horizontal direction relative to the leg; and
a support mechanism interposed between the leg and the seat, the support mechanism being configured to operatively support the seat by relative operation between a guide surface and a follower, and the support mechanism including the guide surface formed along a predetermined trajectory along which the seat is operated in a front-rear direction and a right-left direction, and the follower configured to perform a sliding operation following the guide surface,
the support mechanism comprises; a seat inclining function configured to downwardly incline a tip side towards an operation direction of the seat when the seat operates from a predetermined reference position, and further comprises: a return-force generation mechanism configured to generate, in accordance with an amount of movement, a return force in a direction of returning the seat to the reference position when the seat operates in a movement direction from the reference position,
wherein the guide surface is integrally formed, and the support mechanism has a plurality of the followers that can operate in the front-rear direction and the right-left direction along the guide surface so that the support mechanism and the rotation support mechanism are configured integrally.

US Pat. No. 10,986,923

MOTORIZED ZERO GRAVITY CHAIR

1. A tilting mechanism for a chair, comprising:a first sub-frame rigidly connected to a seat of the chair and in contact with the ground at a rear of the chair, and also connected to a back and a footrest of the chair;
a second sub-frame in contact with the ground at a front of the chair and pivotally connected to the first sub-frame;
a motor to pivotally rotate the first sub-frame and the second sub-frame with respect to each other, wherein pivotal rotation of the first sub-frame and the second sub-frame with respect to each other effects a tilting of the back, seat and footrest of the chair and puts the chair in a zero gravity position;
wherein the back, seat, and footrest are mounted to the first sub-frame with the seat essentially in parallel with the first sub-frame and so that the seat and the first sub-frame move in unison to achieve a tilting position.

US Pat. No. 10,986,921

CABINET

FORM ORANGE PRODUKTENTWIC...

1. A cabinet having a cabinet body (1) that has walls (2, 20) the open side of which cabinet can be covered with at least one covering hinged to the cabinet body (1), the cabinet body having inner walls (3), each of which, with associated side walls (2), forms one vertically extending gap (S) that receives a fitting (4) for the covering and that can be covered by a front facing (5, 5?, 5?), wherein the front facing (5, 5?, 5?) covers the gap (S) in the open position of the at least one covering characterized in thata guide device (7, 7?, 7?) with a stop (17) is provided that can be guided movably along a housing that is located between the side wall (2) and the associated inner wall (3); said stop (17) limiting the movement horizontally of the guide device in order to prevent the front facing (5, 5?, 5?) from being moved too far outward past the face end of the cabinet body (1);
wherein the front facing (5, 5?, 5?) is connected to the guide device and cooperates with the guide device (7, 7?, 7?), by which the positions of the front facing (5, 5?, 5?) are adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,986,920

APPARATUS FOR ATTACHING AN INCLINATION-MONITORING DEVICE TO A TABLE

TCT NANOTEC CO., LTD., T...

1. A table assembly comprising:a tiltable board, configured to be pivotally connected to a table, and comprising an upper face, a lower face and a bore;
an inclination-monitor device comprising:
an electronic module comprising:
a sensor for detecting the inclination of the tiltable board relative to the table and accordingly sending a signal; and
a display for receiving the signal and accordingly showing the inclination of the tiltable board relative to the table;
a power supply comprising:
a holder comprising a recess;
a battery located in the recess and electrically connected to the electronic module; and
a cover engaged with the holder to keep the battery in the recess; and
an attaching apparatus comprising:
a shell located in the bore and formed with a chamber for receiving the inclination-monitoring device;
an upper frame extending on the shell, contacting the upper face of the tiltable table, and comprising a window in communication with the chamber so that the display showing the inclination of the tiltable board is exposed by the window; and
a lower frame for covering the holder and a portion of the lower face of the tiltable board around the bore, wherein the lower frame comprises an opening in communication with the recess to allow smooth movement of the battery into and from the recess via the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,986,919

DESK STABILIZER BAR

CKnapp Sales, Inc., Good...

1. An adjustable stabilizer bar to restrict motion in furniture, the furniture having a first furniture element and a second furniture element, the first furniture element spaced apart from the second furniture element, the adjustable stabilizer bar comprising:a first segment having a first end and a second end;
a second segment having a first end and a second end, the first end of the second segment to at least partially overlap the second end of the first segment;
an attachment mechanism extending through the first end of the first segment and through the second end of the second segment to adjustably lock the at least partially overlapped position of the second segment with respect to the first segment;
a first clamping portion at the first end of the first segment to removably affix the first segment to the first furniture element; and
a second clamping portion at the second end of the second segment to removably affix the second segment to the second furniture element,
wherein at least one of the first clamping portion or the second clamping portion is formed by attaching a U-shaped piece to at least one of the first end of the first segment or the second end of the second segment to interact with at least one bolt and a plate.

US Pat. No. 10,986,918

LIFTING TABLE

1. A lifting table, comprising:a tabletop plate(1), a table-supporting frame connected with the tabletop plate(1), a base (2), an X-shaped supporting leg for connecting the table-supporting frame and the base (2), and a power driving device controlling the open-and-close of the X-shaped supporting leg to achieve the lifting of the tabletop plate(1), wherein
the power driving device is connected to the table-supporting frame, and the power output end of the power driving device is connected with the X-shaped supporting leg;
wherein the lifting table further comprises an inclined connecting rod mechanism which applies an oblique force to the X-shaped supporting leg; one end of the inclined connecting rod mechanism is connected to the X-shaped supporting leg, and the other end of the inclined connecting rod mechanism is connected to the power driving device;
wherein the inclined connecting rod mechanism comprises a long connecting rod (5) and a short connecting rod (4); one end of the long connecting rod (5) is hinged to the power output end of the power driving device and the other end of the long connecting rod (5) is hinged to one end of the short connecting rod (4) respectively; the other end of the short connecting rod (4) are in fixed connection with the X-shaped supporting leg; and an included angle is always formed between the long connecting rod (5) and the power output direction of the power driving device.

US Pat. No. 10,986,917

MULTIFUNCTIONAL DENTAL APPLIANCE AND TOOTHBRUSH CLEANER

SDC U.S. SmilePay SPV, N...

1. A cleaning device comprising:a body including a cavity, the cavity configured to receive a liquid, the cavity sized to contain a first dental appliance and a first portion of a second dental appliance, wherein the first dental appliance is an arch-shaped dental appliance configured to be worn by a user to reposition at least one or more teeth of the user;
a cover coupled to the body and configured to selectively move between an open position and a closed position, the cover including two holes, each hole having an outer boundary defined by the cover and a portion of the body, wherein each hole is shaped to retain the second dental appliance such that the first portion of the second dental appliance is positioned within the cavity and a second portion of the second dental appliance is positioned in an area external to the cavity and the cover;
a germicidal lamp coupled to the cover and moveable therewith, the germicidal lamp configured to provide a sanitizing light to the first dental appliance and the first portion of the second dental appliance positioned within the cavity; and
a vibration mechanism configured to vibrate the body and the dental appliances.

US Pat. No. 10,986,916

POWER HAIRBRUSH WITH IMPROVED SEBUM-REMOVING BRUSHHEAD

1. A brushhead, comprising:a brushhead structure removably fittable to a drive shaft of a handle for a hairbrush;
a plurality of lines or rows of spaced-apart filament tufts forming a portion of the brushhead structure, extending radially of the brushhead structure toward a peripheral edge of the brushhead structure; and
a plurality of lines or rows of spaced-apart looped structures extending radially of the brushhead structure toward a peripheral edge of the brushhead structure, wherein each line or row of filament tufts is bounded by lines or rows of looped structures, or wherein each row of looped structures is bounded by lines or rows of filaments tufts.

US Pat. No. 10,986,915

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PAINT BRUSH ACCESSORY

BRUSHMASTERS LLC, Glenda...

1. An accessory for a paint brush, the paint brush having a handle with an axis, a ferrule mounted to the handle, bristles extending from a heel of the ferrule, the bristles comprise a belly and a toe that is distal to the belly, and the accessory comprising:a sleeve configured to be slidably mounted to the paint brush in an axial direction surrounding the ferrule, the sleeve comprising a continuous body that is hollow in the axial direction, the hollow is configured to receive and conform to a shape of the ferrule, frictionally engage the ferrule, and be slidably repositionable on the ferrule along the axial direction, and a distal end of the hollow is configured to engage the belly of the bristles to conform an outer shape of the belly of the bristles to a desired uniform pattern;
wherein the sleeve has outer sidewalls that are substantially parallel to each other; and
wherein the sleeve has outer faces that taper down in thickness from a proximal end of the sleeve toward a distal end of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,986,914

ELECTRIC UTILITY BRUSH HAVING A FLEXIBLE DRIVE SHAFT

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer ...

1. An electric toothbrush comprising a head having a tufted surface, wherein the head can be displaced into at least two orientations for rotation; a drive shaft to impart rotational drive to the head, wherein the drive shaft comprises a flexible portion to facilitate the displacement between the at least two rotation orientations further comprising an actuator operable to displace the head between the at least two rotation orientations via longitudinal displacement of the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,986,913

STETHOSCOPE HOLDER

1. An improved stethoscope holder for receiving a stethoscope, the stethoscope holder comprising:a pocket holder;
a rectangular strap having a proximate and distal end, said proximate end releasably secured to said pocket holder and spaced from said distal end along an axis of symmetry;
said distal end having a fastener positioned along the axis of symmetry on an outer surface;
a receiver configured for receiving said fastener therethrough and presented by said proximate end of said rectangular strap, said receiver being in rotational alignment with said fastener; and
a conical pocket formed by inward rotation of said distal end wherein said outer surface is rotated about said axis of symmetry for extending said fastener through said receiver to said pocket holder, said inward rotational corresponding to said rotational alignment between said receiver and said fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,986,912

MODULAR ATTACHMENT MATRIX

Sentry Solutions Products...

1. A modular attachment matrix, comprising:a portion of carrier material; and
a matrix layer, wherein said matrix layer comprises a plurality of spaced apart, substantially octagonally shaped matrix apertures, wherein each of said matrix apertures is formed through said matrix layer and is defined by one or more continuous edges, wherein proximate centers of adjacent matrix apertures are offset by approximately ±90° or by approximately ±45°, and wherein said matrix apertures are arranged in a repeating sequence of equally spaced rows and equally spaced columns, and wherein said matrix layer is at least partially attached or coupled to at least a portion of said carrier material.

US Pat. No. 10,986,911

BACKPACK CARRIER

BLUE BOX TOY FACTORY LIMI...

1. A backpack carrier wearable by a user and suitable for use as a backpack and for optionally carrying an infant, the backpack carrier comprising:a backpack component comprising:
a pair of shoulder straps extensible over the shoulders of the wearer;
a plurality of storage areas;
a prescribed carrier storage compartment; and
a lumbar belt back which normally resides within the carrier storage compartment and is secured therein in a manner as allows the lumbar belt back to be selectively extensible therefrom, the lumbar belt back defining a sleeve;
a carrier component stored within the carrier storage compartment and selectively removable therefrom, the carrier component comprising:
carrier body at least partially defining a seat portion and outfitted with attachment modalities operative to facilitate the releasable attachment thereof to prescribed, corresponding attachment points on the shoulder straps;
a pair of conversion flaps attached to and protruding from the carrier body in opposed relation to each other;
a lumbar belt front attached to the carrier body; and
a lumbar belt strap attached to the lumbar belt front and extensible through the sleeve of the lumbar belt back;
the conversion flaps being selectively positionable in a narrow configuration wherein they are releasably attached to each other in overlapping relation to a portion of the carrier body, and a wide configuration wherein they are releasably attached to prescribed portions of the lumbar belt front.

US Pat. No. 10,986,909

APPARATUS FOR HAIR CURLING

1. An apparatus for hair curling, the apparatus comprising:a base band comprising an inner surface and an outer surface;
a plurality of curl-forming elements that are formed from a first material having a substantially hollow tube structure, with a hollow center; wherein the hollow center is filled with a second material that is different than the first material;
a plurality of connecting elements configured to connect the plurality of curl forming elements to the base band thereby creating closed loops between the base band and the plurality of curl-forming elements, the plurality of curl-forming elements each comprising an elongated body having a first end and a second end, wherein a first connecting element and a second connecting element are disposed at the first end and the second end respectively, wherein each of the first connecting element and the second connecting element are configured to connect the outer surface of the base band; wherein the plurality of curl-forming element follows a contour of the outer surface of the base band; and
wherein the plurality of curl-forming element is configured to form an outer layer with respect to the outer surface of the base band, wherein the base band forms an inner layer with respect to the plurality of curl-forming element, wherein a closed loop is provided between the outer and inner layers, wherein the closed loop is bounded by the connecting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,986,908

CASE FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

1. An auxiliary case attachable to a main case for housing an electronic device, the auxiliary case comprising:meta-grooves having different structures and formed symmetrically, asymmetrically, periodically, or non-periodically, at a position facing at least one antenna included in the electronic device when the auxiliary case is attached to the main case, or
meta-patches attached symmetrically, asymmetrically, periodically, or non-periodically, at a position facing the at least one antenna included in the electronic device when the auxiliary case is attached to the main case,
wherein the meta-grooves are formed on the auxiliary case, or the meta-patches are attached to a position corresponding to the meta-grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,986,907

SECUREMENT APPARATUS FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

DACA DESIGN LLC, Garden ...

9. A securement apparatus for a portable electronic device comprising:a body including an elastomeric panel;
a plurality of elastomeric bands coupled to the panel, the plurality of bands defining at least three openings wherein each opening is adapted to receive therein a corner of the portable electronic device;
the body having a node being coupled to an upper portion of the panel, at least two of the plurality of bands each having a first end and a second end, the first ends of the at least two of the plurality of bands being coupled to the node and the at least two of the plurality of bands extending outwardly from the node and downwardly toward the panel, the second ends of the at least two of the plurality of bands being connected to the panel, and the entire portion of the at least two of the plurality of bands between the first and second ends and the panel lie in a same plane;
an attachment element coupled to the node and extending above the at least two of the plurality of bands; and
a flexible cord including a proximal end coupled to the attachment element, the cord including a distal end secured to an attachment device for removably securing the securement apparatus to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,986,906

HEATED EQUIPMENT BAG

KULKEA, LLC, Westwood, M...

1. A heated equipment bag comprising:a housing comprising a first panel and a second panel disposed to provide a first compartment to receive a first piece of footwear between the first panel and the second panel, the housing further comprising a third panel and a fourth panel disposed to provide a second compartment to receive a second piece of footwear between the third panel and the fourth panel, the first compartment being separate from the second compartment;
a first heater disposed in the first compartment and configured to produce heat; and
a second heater disposed in the second compartment and configured to produce heat;
wherein the first heater is disposed along at least first portions of the first panel and the second panel of the housing providing the first compartment to conductively transfer heat to a left side and a right side of the first piece of footwear;
wherein the second heater is disposed along at least second portions of the third panel and the fourth panel of the housing providing the second compartment to conductively transfer heat to a left side and a right side of the second piece of footwear; and
wherein the housing is configured to bias the first portions of the first panel and the second panel against the first piece of footwear in response to receiving the first piece of footwear and to bias the second portions of the third panel and the fourth panel against the second piece of footwear in response to receiving the second piece of footwear.

US Pat. No. 10,986,905

UMBRELLA CASE

1. An umbrella case comprisinga collection structure, a storage structure, a superior structure, a connecting ring, and a lid structure;
wherein the umbrella case is configured for use with an umbrella;
wherein the umbrella case is a container that is sized to receive the umbrella;
wherein the umbrella case is a fluid impermeable structure;
wherein the umbrella case stores the umbrella in a first segregated space such that any water adhering to the umbrella drains off of the umbrella into a second segregated space such that the water is separated from the umbrella;
wherein the collection structure removably attaches to the storage structure;
wherein the superior structure removably attaches to the storage structure;
wherein the connecting ring removably attaches the lid structure to the superior structure;
wherein the umbrella is further defined with a canopy;
wherein the collection structure has a capped tube structure;
wherein the collection structure contains the water that drains from the umbrella;
wherein the storage structure contains the canopy of the umbrella;
wherein the superior structure is a hollow semi-spherical structure;
wherein the superior structure contains a handle of the umbrella.

US Pat. No. 10,986,904

HANDS FREE UMBRELLA APPARATUS

1. A system for an umbrella holder, comprising:a. a vest assembly including a vest having shoulder straps, said vest further including a back portion having a substantially rectangular shape, wherein said shoulder straps extend from each corner of a top end of said back portion, wherein said shoulder straps are adapted to extend vertically along the chest and stomach of a user, wherein said vest further includes a waist portion extending from sides of a bottom end of said back portion and configured to extend along the waist of a user, said waist portion including slots on said waist portion, said vest including a center opening and two side openings;
b. a holder assembly including a sleeve being a uniform cylindrical tube, wherein said tube receives an umbrella in an open configuration therein, wherein said sleeve is mounted to a center portion of said back portion of said vest, wherein a bottom end of said sleeve remains flush with a bottom end of said back portion, wherein said sleeve extends beyond said top end of said back portion, wherein an upper end of said sleeve includes loop members having elastic cords attached thereon, wherein said elastic cords are mounted in a vertical position along said upper end of said sleeve, wherein said elastic cords are detached from said loop members and attached to spokes of said umbrella in said open configuration; and
c. a shield assembly including a shield adapted to be attached to said umbrella, wherein said shield is made of a flexible transparent material, wherein said shield includes an inner side and an outer side, wherein said inner side includes an attachment member lined on a top periphery that is received by said umbrella, wherein said shield further includes a support strip which supports a plurality of compartments which are adapted to receive articles, wherein said shield is adapted to extend from a periphery of said umbrella up to a chest area of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,986,903

WALKING STICK

1. A walking stick comprising a tube body, a first telescopic tube, a second telescopic tube, and a third telescopic tube,wherein the tube body is a hollow tube, and at least a positioning hole is formed thereon, and a top end and a bottom end of the tube body respectively connect to a handle and a locating sleeve; a first locating protrude formed on an inner wall of the locating sleeve comprises a sloped first guiding surface at a bottom portion of the first locating protrude;
wherein the first telescopic tube is upwardly inserted into the tube body, and a wall of the first telescopic tube comprises a first locating hole, and a separate wall comprises a first through hole, and the first through hole is located at a position corresponding to the positioning hole of the tube body; a first tube stopper, which is coupled at a top end of the first telescopic tube, has a first connecting slot at a lateral side thereof, and the first connecting slot is configured to receive a first locating piece through a first elastic member; a first positioning portion formed at a front end of the first locating piece is configured to protrude from the first through hole; a first sleeve is disposed on a bottom end of the first telescopic tube, and a second locating protrude is formed on an inner surface of the first sleeve, and a sloped second guiding surface is formed at a bottom portion of the second locating protrude;
wherein the second telescopic tube is upwardly inserted into the first telescopic tube, and a wall of the second telescopic tube comprises a second locating hole, and a separate wall comprises a second through hole, and the second through hole is located at a position corresponding to the first locating hole; a second tube stopper, which is coupled at a top end of the second telescopic tube, has a second connecting slot at a lateral side thereof, and the second connecting slot is configured to receive a second locating piece through a second elastic member; a second positioning portion formed at a front end of the second locating piece is adapted to protrude from the second through hole; a second sleeve is disposed on a bottom end of the second telescopic tube; and
wherein the third telescopic tube is upwardly inserted into the second telescopic tube, and a wall of the third telescopic tube comprises a third through hole which is located at a position corresponding to the second locating hole; a third tube stopper, which is coupled at a top end of the third telescopic tube, has a third connecting slot at a lateral side thereof, and the third connecting slot is configured to receive a third locating piece through a third elastic member; a third positioning portion formed at a front end of the third locating piece is adapted to protrude from the third through hole, and a supporting base is disposed on a bottom end of the third telescopic tube,
wherein the first telescopic tube, the second telescopic tube, and the third telescopic tube respectively have a first bolt hole, a second bolt hole, and a third bolt hole, and the first tube stopper, the second tube stopper, and the third tube stopper respectively have a first locating slot, a second locating slot, and a third locating slot located at positions corresponding to the first bolt hole, the second bolt hole, and the third bolt hole; a first bolt, a second bolt, and a third bolt are configured to be respectively inserted through the first bolt hole, the second bolt hole, the third bolt hole, into the first locating slot, the second locating slot, and the third locating slot respectively, thereby positioning the first tube stopper, the second tube stopper, and the third tube stopper.

US Pat. No. 10,986,902

TIMEPIECE OR PIECE OF JEWELLERY

1. A timepiece or piece of jewelry comprising:a structure which includes at least one set of horns, and at least a first slender bar, which is fixed or removable with respect to first points of attachment to a first set of horns,
the first slender bar is arranged to removably receive a snap-hook fixed to a first end of a first strand of said timepiece or piece of jewelry,
said snap-hook comprising, a hook including a curved beak portion arranged to enclose said first slender bar on part of its circumference, and a retaining latch which is elastic or elastically fixed to said hook and is configured to close an eyelet opening of the snap-hook, and arranged to allow insertion of said first slender bar into said eyelet opening of said snap-hook by pressure in a plane substantially perpendicular to an axis of said first slender bar, and to prevent removal thereof from said snap-hook without user manipulation,
wherein said first slender bar includes, at a distance from each of said first points of attachment to said structure, a notch having two sides arranged to limit lateral travel of said curved beak portion, and to limit angular travel of said snap-hook with respect to said first slender bar, in order to prevent any contact between said snap-hook and said first set of horns to which said first slender bar is fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,986,901

SNAP BUTTON

YKK Corporation

1. A snap button comprising a snap button body and a cap connected to the snap button body with a cloth interposed between them,wherein the snap button body comprises a base; a pin to be swaged, which protrudes from an inner surface of the base, the inner surface being placed to face the cloth; and
an engaging portion provided on an outer surface opposite to the inner surface of the base,
wherein the engaging portion is one of a male engaging portion and a female engaging portion,
wherein the male engaging portion includes an enlarged diameter portion and the female engaging portion includes a reduced diameter portion,
wherein the one of the male engaging portion and the female engaging portion of the snap button body is configured to engage with and disengage from one of a female engaging portion and a male engaging portion of a second snap button body of a second snap button, the second snap button body being one of a second male snap button body comprising the male engaging portion of the second snap button body and a second female snap button body comprising the female engaging portion of the second snap button body, the male engaging portion of the second snap button body including an enlarged diameter portion and the female engaging portion of the second snap button body including a reduced diameter portion,
wherein the cap comprises a cap body including a cap base; and a metal eyelet attached to an inner surface of the cap base, the inner surface being placed to face the cloth, and
wherein the eyelet comprises a cylindrical portion receiving the pin, the cylindrical portion defining a side wall defining an inner peripheral surface and an outer peripheral surface, the cloth being pierced by the pin, and the pin being swaged within the cylindrical portion and on the inner surface of the cap base.

US Pat. No. 10,986,900

HAND FIXATION BAND

Cheng Uei Precision Indus...

1. A hand fixation band assembled to a rocker, comprising:a fastening band having a main portion, and a connecting portion protruded outward from a middle of one end of the main portion, a bottom surface of the connecting portion being defined as a contact surface;
a sliding arm connected with the fastening band, a top surface of one end of the sliding arm disposed under a free end of the connecting portion being recessed downward to form an accommodating groove, several portions of a top surface of a bottom wall of the accommodating groove protruding upward to form a plurality of buckling blocks, the other end of the sliding arm opening at least one external fastening hole for being connected with the rocker, the fastening band being rotatable with respect to the sliding arm, rotatable angles of the fastening band with respect to the sliding arm being any angles in an approximately horizontal direction; and
a damping element disposed in the accommodating groove and contacting with the contact surface, several portions of a bottom surface of the damping element being recessed upward to form a plurality of buckling holes corresponding to the plurality of the buckling blocks, the plurality of the buckling blocks being buckled in the plurality of the buckling holes, the damping element being blocked by a periphery of the one end of the sliding arm,
wherein when the connecting portion of the fastening band is rotated with respect to the sliding arm, and one of the rotatable angles of the fastening band with respect to the sliding arm is 360 degrees in the approximately horizontal direction, the damping element is without being deformed and exposed beyond outer surfaces of the connecting portion of the fastening band and the sliding arm on account of a friction force pressing and pushing the damping element.

US Pat. No. 10,986,899

HAND FIXATION BAND

Cheng Uei Precision Indus...

1. A hand fixation band assembled to a rocker, comprising:a fastening band having a main portion, and a connecting portion protruded outward from a middle of one end of the main portion, a bottom surface of the connecting portion being defined as a contact surface;
a sliding arm connected with the fastening band, a top surface of one end of the sliding arm disposed under a free end of the connecting portion being recessed downward to form an accommodating groove, a top of a peripheral wall of the accommodating groove being inclined outward from bottom to top to form a first inclined surface, the other end of the sliding arm opening at least one external fastening hole used for being connected with the rocker, the fastening band being rotatable with respect to the sliding arm, rotation angles of the fastening band with respect to the sliding arm being any angles in an approximately horizontal direction; and
a damping element disposed in the accommodating groove, and a top surface of the damping element contacting with the contact surface, a periphery of a bottom surface of the damping element being inclined outward from bottom to top to form a second inclined surface corresponding to and matched with the first inclined surface, the first inclined surface contacting with the second inclined surface, the second inclined surface abutting against the first inclined surface, a bottom wall of the accommodating groove and a bottom of the peripheral wall of the accommodating groove being located under a middle of the bottom surface of the damping element, the middle of the bottom surface of the damping element being spaced from a top surface of the bottom wall of the accommodating groove to form a buffering space between the middle of the bottom surface of the damping element and the top surface of the bottom wall of the accommodating groove,
wherein when the fastening band is rotated with respect to the sliding arm, the buffering space makes the middle of the bottom surface of the damping element be without contacting the top surface of the bottom wall of the accommodating groove to reduce a resistance force among the damping element, the sliding arm and the fastening band.

US Pat. No. 10,986,898

INDUCTION HEATING APPARATUSES AND PROCESSES FOR FOOTWEAR MANUFACTURING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An apparatus for making an article of footwear, the apparatus comprising:a last having a first outer surface shaped to resemble an outer surface of a human foot and including a first portion terminating at a first edge and a second portion terminating at a second edge spaced apart from the first edge by a first groove in a heel region of the last; and
a first susceptor material that is thermally reactive to an electromagnetic field and is received within the first groove in the heel region of the last, the first susceptor material including a second outer surface extending from a third edge that is flush with and spaced apart from the first edge by a first gap to a fourth edge that is flush with and spaced apart from the second edge by a second gap.

US Pat. No. 10,986,897

ADHESIVE FOOTWEAR AND DEVICES

Kenneth B. Trauner, San ...

1. A method for securing an adhesive footwear to a foot comprising:providing footwear having a protective layer, an elastic layer attached on an upper surface of the protective layer;
providing an arch support which is adapted to be attached an arch area of the foot;
securing the protective layer of the adhesive footwear to a sole area of the foot between a heel and a metatarsal head of the foot with an adhesive after the arch support is secured to the foot;
bending the footwear wherein a lower surface of the protective layer is a convex surface and the upper surface of the elastic layer is a concave surface wherein the footwear apparatus creates a dynamic suspension that is adapted to apply a compression force to the foot; and
straightening the footwear wherein a lower surface of the protective layer and the upper surface of the elastic layer are planar surfaces wherein the footwear apparatus is adapted to apply a tension force to the foot.

US Pat. No. 10,986,896

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH RIBBED OUTSOLE AND NOTCHED MIDSOLE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for an article of footwear, the sole comprising:an outsole comprising longitudinal ribs arranged on a top surface of the outsole, wherein each of the longitudinal ribs comprises a top surface that is curved; and
a midsole disposed above the outsole and defining notches in a bottom surface of the midsole,
wherein the longitudinal ribs are disposed in the notches;
wherein the sole comprises a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a rearfoot region, and wherein the longitudinal ribs are disposed in a forefoot region of the sole and no longitudinal ribs are disposed rearward of the forefoot region.

US Pat. No. 10,986,895

COMPRESSIBLE SOLE FOR COMPRESSIBLE FOOTWEAR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING COMPRESSIBLE FOOTWEAR

Nir Daniel, Tel Aviv (IL...

1. A compressible footwear comprising:a compressible sole comprising a plurality of compressible cells made of a pliant material and consisting essentially of sidewalls that form top openings and bottom openings;
wherein said plurality of said compressible cells span over at least a majority of said compressible sole and are configured to undergo a compression while substantially maintaining a constant thickness of said compressible sole;
wherein said plurality of said compressible cells of said compressible sole are configured for reversibly assuming:
a compressed configuration, and
an uncompressed configuration;
wherein in said compressed configuration said plurality of said compressible cells of said compressible sole are effectively collapsed along at least one axis selected from the group consisting of: a longitudinal axis across a horizontal plane of said compressible sole and a lateral axis, across said horizontal plane of said compressible sole;
wherein said compression comprising maintaining essentially constant height of said compressible sole along a vertical plane is essentially maintained;
wherein said compression comprising maintaining an essentially planar shape of said compressible sole along a vertical axis perpendicular to across said horizontal plane of said compressible sole is essentially maintained;
wherein said plurality of said compressible cells are not stabilized and wherein compressibility of said plurality of said compressible cells is maintained, thereby preserving ability of said plurality of said compressible cells reversibly assuming said compressed and uncompressed configurations, and
a plurality of interfaces on a top surface of said compressible sole, configured for engagement of said compressible sole with a compressible upper part of said footwear;
at least one connecting element configured for mechanically coupling said compressible sole to said compressible upper part;
said compressible upper part that is mechanically couplable to said at least one connecting element of said compressible sole;
wherein said compressible upper part is foldable, configured to sustain said reversibly assuming said compressed configuration and uncompressed configuration by said plurality of said compressible cells while collapsing across said horizontal plane of said compressible sole and substantially maintaining said thickness of said compressible sole end-maintaining along a vertical plane and maintaining a planar shape of said compressible sole along;
wherein said compressible sole in said compressed configuration assumes a compact size, configured for portability of said compressible footwear;
wherein said uncompressed configuration is a default configuration of said compressible sole and wherein said compressible is spontaneously driven to assume said default configuration, due to intrinsic bias of said plurality of cells;
wherein said compressible sole in said compressed configuration assuming a size substantially smaller than a size of said compressible sole in said uncompressed configuration;
wherein said size of said compressible sole in said compressed configuration is smaller by at least seventy percent (70%) than said size of said compressible sole in said uncompressed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,986,894

AUXETIC STRUCTURES AND FOOTWEAR WITH SOLES HAVING AUXETIC STRUCTURES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear, the sole structure comprising:a midsole structure formed from an ethylene-vinyl acetate or polyurethane foam and an outsole structure at least partially formed from a rubber, the outsole structure including an outsole layer and an outer covering disposed over the outsole layer, the outer covering including a ground-contacting surface disposed on one side of the outer covering;
wherein the sole structure has a longitudinal direction extending along a length of the article of footwear and a lateral direction extending along a width of the article of footwear;
wherein the longitudinal direction is tangential to the ground-contacting surface of the outer covering and the lateral direction is orthogonal to the longitudinal direction, wherein the lateral direction is also tangential to the ground-contacting surface of the outer covering;
a plurality of apertures extending through a thickness of the midsole structure and outsole layer, the plurality of apertures being arranged in geometric patterns to form an auxetic structure;
wherein the auxetic structure is such that tensioning the sole structure in one of the longitudinal direction and the lateral direction causes the outsole structure to expand in both the longitudinal direction and the lateral direction; and
wherein the outer covering extends across and into each of the plurality of apertures in both of the midsole and the outsole to prevent water or debris from entering the apertures, and wherein the outer covering is in contact with a wall of each aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,986,893

FOOTWEAR SOLE STRUCTURE WITH COMPRESSION GROOVES AND NONLINEAR BENDING STIFFNESS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear comprising:a unitary sole plate has a forefoot portion with a foot-facing surface and a ground-facing surface;
wherein the unitary sole plate has at least one groove extending at least partially transversely in the foot-facing surface;
wherein the at least one groove is open when the sole structure is dorsiflexed in a first portion of a flexion range, and closed when the sole structure is dorsiflexed in a second portion of the flexion range that includes flex angles greater than in the first portion of the flexion range; and
a resilient material disposed in the at least one groove such that the resilient material is compressed between adjacent walls of the unitary sole plate in the at least one groove as the sole structure is dorsiflexed, a bending stiffness of the sole structure in the first portion of the flexion range thereby being at least partially determined by a compressive stiffness of the resilient material;
wherein the unitary sole plate has a base portion extending under the at least one groove, between the at least one groove and the ground-facing surface, and spaced apart from the foot-facing surface by the at least one groove; and
tensile force at the base portion increases when the at least one groove is closed and the unitary sole plate compresses across the at least one groove.

US Pat. No. 10,986,892

COMPOSITE PLATE FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A plate for an article of footwear, comprising:a stitched article including:
a substrate having a first region and a second region; and
a first strand portion formed from a first bundle of fibers,
wherein (i) the first bundle of fibers is attached to the substrate in the first region and in the second region via a series of stitches formed with a first thread, (ii) the first bundle of fibers forms a first layer on the substrate, and (iii) the stitched article has a first concentration of the stitches in the first region along a first length of the first strand portion and a second concentration of the stitches different than the first concentration in the second region along a second length of the first strand portion; and
a resin composition, wherein the resin composition consolidates fibers of at least the first bundle of fibers of the first strand portion.

US Pat. No. 10,986,891

SHOE HAVING CUSHION WITHIN HEEL MEMBER

COLE HAAN LLC, Greenland...

4. A shoe comprising:a sole; and
an upper secured to the sole;
the sole extending longitudinally from a sole heel end to a sole toe end and extending transversely from a sole lateral edge to a sole medial edge, the sole including a heel region, a midfoot region, a ball region and a toe region, the heel region extending longitudinally from the sole heel end to the midfoot region, the midfoot region extending longitudinally from the heel region to the ball region and having a lateral midfoot region and a medial midfoot region, the lateral midfoot region extending transversely from the lateral edge to the medial midfoot region, the medial midfoot region extending transversely from the medial edge to the lateral midfoot region, the ball region of the sole extending longitudinally from the midfoot region to the toe region, and the toe region extending longitudinally from the ball region to the sole toe end, the sole having an outsole and a chassis, the outsole having a heel portion, a midfoot portion, a ball portion, and a toe portion, the heel portion extending from the sole heel end toward the midfoot region and from the sole medial edge to the sole lateral edge, the midfoot portion extending from the heel portion to the ball portion and being only in the lateral midfoot region, the medial midfoot region being devoid of the midfoot portion of the outsole such that the chassis is visible as viewed in a bottom plan view, the ball portion of the outsole extending from the midfoot portion toward the sole toe end and from the sole medial edge to the sole lateral edge, the toe portion of the outsole extending from the ball portion to the sole toe end and from the sole medial edge to the sole lateral edge, the chassis coupled to the outsole and coupled to the upper,
wherein the outsole further comprises a bottom surface, a plurality of longitudinal sipes, and a plurality of transverse sipes, each sipe of the plurality of longitudinal sipes extending away from the sole heel end and toward the sole toe end, each sipe of the plurality of transverse sipes extending away from the sole lateral edge and toward the sole medial edge, each sipe of the plurality of longitudinal sipes extending upward from the bottom surface, each sipe of the plurality of transverse sipes extending upward from the bottom surface, each longitudinal sipe being an undulating curve with peaks and troughs, each transverse sipe being an undulating curve with peaks and troughs, each peak of each longitudinal sipe being closer to the sole medial edge than an adjacent inflection point of the same longitudinal sipe to the sole medial edge, each trough of each longitudinal sipe being closer to the sole lateral edge than an adjacent inflection point of the same longitudinal sipe to the sole lateral edge; and
wherein the outsole includes a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses having a perimeter, a ridge, and a center, the ridge extending along the perimeter, the center being depressed relative to the ridge, and wherein each recess is bounded by two longitudinal sipes and two transverse sipes.

US Pat. No. 10,986,890

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING AN ELEVATED PLATE SOLE STRUCTURE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear including an upper, the sole structure comprising:an upper plate formed from a non-foamed polymer material and having a first surface opposing the upper and a second surface formed on an opposite side of the upper plate than the first surface;
a first leg extending from the second surface in a direction away from the upper, the first leg including a curved profile defining an exposed first concave surface extending continuously from the upper plate to a first distal end and an exposed first convex surface extending continuously from the upper plate to the first distal end and being disposed on an opposite side of the first leg than the first concave surface; and
a second leg extending from the second surface in a direction away from the upper, the second leg including a curved profile defining an exposed second concave surface extending continuously from the upper plate to a second distal end and an exposed second convex surface extending continuously from the upper plate to the second distal end and being disposed on an opposite side of the second leg than the second concave surface, the second concave surface facing and spaced apart from the first concave surface along a longitudinal direction of the upper plate, and the first distal end and the second distal end extending toward each other.

US Pat. No. 10,986,889

SPORTS SHOE WITH STUDS

1. A sports shoe comprising:an instep;
a rigid outer sole, said rigid outer sole having an external surface and presenting:
a front portion comprising a first plurality of studs extending from the external surface, the external surface of the rigid outer sole defining an outer surface of the sports shoe at said front portion;
a central portion; and
a rear portion at a heel of the sports shoe,
a second plurality of studs, and
a thickened portion presenting a flat outer surface on which said second plurality of studs is located, said thickened portion raising the external surface of the rigid outer sole at said rear portion with relation to the external surface of the rigid outer sole at said front portion, said thickened portion being formed by a removable riser that is removably positioned on the external surface of the rigid outer sole at said rear portion,
wherein said removable riser includes a flat upper face to be positioned in contact with and against the external surface of the rigid outer sole, a flat lower face defining said flat outer surface and a beveled portion extending from said flat lower face to said flat upper face to connect the flat lower face to the flat upper face at said central portion of the sport shoe, said beveled portion and said flat lower face forming at least part of an external surface of the removable riser,
wherein said central portion has a convex and inwardly curved outer profile from the external surface of the sports shoe extending along a longitudinal direction of the sports shoe, the convex and inwardly curved outer profile being formed by a curved surface extending between the front portion and the rear portion and the beveled portion of the removable riser forming a part of said curved surface,
wherein said central portion comprises a curved inner profile within the instep that is configured to follow a shape of a longitudinal arch of a foot placed into the sports shoe, and
wherein said second plurality of studs are removable studs screwed into both said removable riser and said rear portion of the rigid outer sole.

US Pat. No. 10,986,888

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH DYNAMIC SUPPORT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A dynamic support system for an article of footwear comprising:at least one sensor located in the article of footwear and coupled to a motor of the article of footwear, the article of footwear further including a sole and an upper;
at least one sensor located in an article configured to be worn by a wearer of the article of footwear, wherein the article configured to be worn by the wearer of the article of footwear is different than the article of footwear;
a microprocessor in the article of footwear in communication with the at least one sensor located in the article of footwear and with the at least one sensor located in the article configured to be worn by the wearer of the article of footwear;
wherein the microprocessor receives a first input from the sensor located in the article of footwear and a second input from the sensor located in the article worn by the wearer of the article of footwear over a personal-area network and responds to at least one of the first input and the second input by determining whether to activate the motor to compress a fabric portion of the article of footwear;
wherein the sensor located in the article of footwear is one of a pressure sensor located in the sole and a tension sensor located in the upper; and
wherein the sensor located in the article configured to be worn by the wearer of the article of footwear is a motion sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,986,887

DETACHABLE ILLUMINATING COSTUME ACCESSORY

Rubies II, LLC, Westbury...

1. A detachable illuminating accessory for use in a face mask or costume, the detachable illuminating accessory comprising:a top housing; and
a base housing including a reversible attachment element for selective securing the same to said face mask or costume, said base housing mating with said top housing to define a container for one or more lighting elements and one or more power elements;
said detachable illuminating accessory further comprising a selective switching mechanism for providing and removing electrical connection between said one or more lighting elements and said one or more power elements,
wherein said selective switching mechanism comprises said top housing being screw threaded to said base housing to reversibly contact the top housing with the base housing at a point sufficient to permit connection between the one or more lighting elements and the one or more power elements and activation of the one or more lighting elements, and a spring configured to connect the one or more lighting elements and the one or more power elements.

US Pat. No. 10,986,886

STRETCH BELT WITH POCKETS

Amphipod, Inc., Seattle,...

1. A belt, comprising:a front panel joined to an opposing rear panel to form the belt having a first end and an opposing second end and a top and an opposing bottom, with an interior space between the front panel and the rear panel, each of the first end and the second end being free of buckles or clasps, the belt being positionable about the waist of a user and the first end and second end being sufficiently flexible such that the first end and second end may be tied together to affix the belt about the waist of the user;
each of the front and rear panels being formed from a breathable fabric;
the belt defining a central axis extending from the first end to the second end, and a median axis perpendicular to the central axis and being positioned at a midpoint between the first end and the second end;
a central pocket being formed between the front panel and the rear panel, the central pocket overlying the median axis and having an opening selectively encloseable by a closure, the central pocket being formed by a first central side pocket stitch line joining the front panel to the rear panel and a second central side pocket stitch line joining the front panel to the rear panel;
the front panel having a first front belt flap integrally formed with the front panel;
the rear panel having a first rear belt flap integrally formed with the rear panel;
the first front belt flap being joined to the first rear belt flap, each of the first front belt flap and the first rear belt flap being folded into the interior space to define a first side pocket which extends toward the central axis;
wherein the front panel further comprises a second front belt flap integrally formed with the front panel, the rear panel comprises a second rear belt flap integrally formed with the rear panel, the second front belt flap being joined to the second rear belt flap, each of the second front belt flap and the second rear belt flap being folded into the interior space to define a second side pocket which extends toward the central axis, and wherein the first side pocket is positioned between the central pocket and the first end, and the second side pocket is positioned between the central pocket and the second end, the second side pocket having an opening at the top of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,986,885

HAND WARMING POCKET

1. A hand warmer, comprising:an open end;
a closed end;
a generally cylindrical interior chamber disposed between said open end and said closed end, said interior chamber formed from insulation surrounded by an outer covering which is attached to said open end and to said closed end;
a flexible collar extending from a perimeter edge of said open end, said collar having a free end;
a looped panel attached to the outside of said outer covering;
a first belt loop attached across said panel and a second belt loop attached across said panel;
wherein said first belt loop is located above said second belt loop when said open end is above said closed end;
wherein said first belt loop and said second belt loop are configured to receive a belt when the hand warmer is horizontally supported; and
a flap attached on one side to said panel, said flap including a pair of snaps in alignment with a pair of receivers that are attached to said panel, wherein said pair of snaps and said receivers can hold said flap closed to help retain said hand warmer in position when on the belt;
wherein said interior chamber is accessed through said open end.

US Pat. No. 10,986,884

PROTECTIVE SPORTS GUARD

WM. T. BURNETT IP, LLC, ...

1. A protective sports guard, comprising:a lower component comprising a hard shell outer layer attached atop a flexible padding layer;
an upper component comprising a hard shell outer layer attached atop a flexible padding layer;
a central component attached to and straddling said lower component and said upper component and comprising a hard shell outer layer; and
an elongate first strap fixedly attached at one end to the flexible padding layer of said lower component, releasably and variably attached at another end to itself, and configured to wrap around said lower component in excess of one full revolution for enveloping and compressing a human body part for a compression fit.

US Pat. No. 10,986,883

LOW DRAG GARMENT

Endura Limited

1. A low drag garment comprising:an article of sports clothing for use in a sport, wherein the garment is a shirt, trousers, leggings, shorts, bibshorts, or a bodysuit;
said garment made from a fabric comprising an outer surface including a textured region that extends outwardly from the outer surface in a portion of the garment that is adapted to be exposed to aerodynamic drag;
said textured region comprising a plurality of texture formations that are applied to the outer surface and that extend outwardly away from the outer surface, said plurality of texture formations comprising:
a first texture formation zone having a first plurality of said texture formations that each have a first texture height above said outer surface, wherein said first texture height is not more than 200 ?m;
a second texture formation zone having a second plurality of said texture formations that each have a second texture height above said outer surface, wherein said second texture height is greater than said first texture height; and
a third texture formation zone having a third plurality of said texture formations that each have a third texture height above said outer surface, wherein said third texture height is greater than said second texture height and wherein said third texture height is greater than 200 ?m;
wherein the first texture formation zone is located at an inner front region of the garment, said third texture formation zone is located at an outer front region of the garment, and the second texture formation zone is located between said first texture formation zone and said third texture formation zone.

US Pat. No. 10,986,882

UNIWRAP GARMENT FROM A SINGLE SEAMLESS PIECE OF MATERIAL

1. A garment, comprising:a single seamless piece of material comprising:
a first panel;
a second panel divided from the first panel by a first cut and a second cut; and
an opening in the second panel;
a first attachment mechanism coupled to a first corner of the second panel;
a second attachment mechanism coupled to a second corner of the second panel;
a first strap, extending from a second edge of the first panel; and
a second strap, extending from a third edge of the first panel, located opposite the second edge of the first panel,
wherein the first and second attachment mechanisms are located to connect a first edge of the second panel to a second edge of the second panel, located opposite the first edge of the second panel, so as to create seamless sleeves for a wearer,
wherein the first strap and the second strap are located to tie together and wrap the first panel around a body of a wearer,
wherein the first strap and the second strap are formed from the single seamless piece of material,
wherein, the first cut and the second cut are located so as to form the second panel into a shoulder covering and the first panel into a torso covering when worn, and
wherein the single seamless piece of material further comprises a slot in the first panel for allowing the first strap and the second strap to pass through to an inside of the garment when the garment is worn, wherein the slot is located beneath and vertically aligned with a point at which the first cut meets a portion of the single seamless piece of material joining the first panel to the second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,986,880

MASTECTOMY BRA

THE MARENA GROUP, LLC, L...

1. A brassiere garment suitable for use post-mastectomy surgery, comprising:a vest portion having a first cup and a second cup;
a front closure;
an elastic support band coupled to a bottom portion of the vest portion;
at least one elastic strip coupled to the support band, the at least one elastic strip configured to provide a plurality of attachment areas around the support band;
at least one retention member removably attachable to the attachment areas of the at least one elastic strip and configured to support a drainage tube relative to the support band; and,
an attachment portion of a pouch removably attachable to the attachment areas of the at least one elastic strip, the pouch configured to support a drainage bulb relative to the support band,
wherein a plurality of tack stitches are formed across the at least one elastic strip and define the plurality of attachment areas, the plurality of tack stitches separate adjacent attachment areas of the plurality of attachment areas, the at least one retention member is configured to be removed from one of the attachment areas and attached to another of the attachment areas at the selection of a user, the attachment portion of the pouch is configured to be removed from one of the attachment areas and attached to another of the attachment areas at the selection of a user, and the plurality of tack stitches are configured to block movement of the at least one retention member along the at least one elastic strip from one of the attachment areas to another of the attachment areas.

US Pat. No. 10,986,879

HANDS-FREE ADJUSTABLE BIB FOR SECURING A CONTAINER

1. A hands-free adjustable bib for securing a container comprises:a bib;
a support plate;
a pair of hand shaped holders;
a container adjustment assembly;
the container adjustment assembly comprises a flexible arm and a rotatable cap;
the pair of hand shaped holders being adjacently connected to the rotatable cap;
the flexible arm being adjustably mounted to the rotatable cap, opposite of the pair of hand shaped holders;
the flexible arm being adjustably mounted to the support plate, opposite of the rotatable cap;
the support plate being connected to a chest portion of the bib;
the pair of hand shaped holders being extended towards a neck loop of the bib;
the pair of hand shaped holders comprises a first holder body and a second holder body;
the first holder body and the second holder body each comprise a palm shaped section, a plurality of teething fingers, a thumb shaped section, and a pacifier section;
the plurality of teething fingers and the thumb shaped section being connected to the palm shaped section; and
the pacifier section being terminally attached to the thumb shaped section.

US Pat. No. 10,986,878

COMPOSITE WATERPROOF BREATHABLE SOCK WITH TWO-WAY EXTENSIBLE PROPERTIES

Shanghai Uniwise Internat...

1. A composite waterproof breathable sock with two-way extensible properties comprising a toe part at a first end, an opening at a second end, an outer layer, an inner layer, and an intermediate waterproof and breathable film, wherein both the outer layer and the inner layer are knitted by deploying twisted elastic yarns consistently into all knitting courses of a main body of each of the inner layer and the outer layer, said twisted elastic yarns being knitted with yarns of the main body of each of the inner layer and the outer layer, the outer layer knitted in tighter courses than the inner layer and comprising a cuff band adjacent to the second end and defining the opening, the cuff band surrounding a water seal and extending a length from the second end toward the first end, the water seal extending the length of the cuff band, the inner layer and the intermediate waterproof and breathable film both abutting and extending from an end of the water seal opposite said opening and toward the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,986,877

LOWER TORSO GARMENT WITH SUPPORT ELEMENT

HBI Branded Apparel Enter...

1. A lower torso garment comprising:a body portion;
a left leg portion comprising a first leg opening at a lower longitudinal end of the left leg portion, and a right leg portion comprising a second leg opening at a lower longitudinal end of the right leg portion;
a front pouch disposed about a front region of the body portion;
a gusset positioned at a bottom of the body portion between the two leg portions of the body portion, the gusset connected to the front pouch with a bottom horizontal seam at a bottom of the front pouch; and
a support sling connected to the front pouch, the support sling comprising:
a left fabric panel comprising a first laterally outside edge extending along a left side periphery of the front pouch and comprising a first inner edge connected to and extending from the bottom horizontal seam toward a top of the front pouch; and
a right fabric panel comprising a second laterally outside edge extending along a right side periphery of the front pouch and comprising a second inner edge connected to and extending from the bottom horizontal seam toward the top of the front pouch;
wherein a first portion of the left fabric panel overlaps a first portion of the right fabric panel at an overlap area, the overlap area positioned adjacent to the bottom horizontal seam at the bottom of the front pouch and the bottom horizontal seam is entirely above the first leg opening and the second leg opening.

US Pat. No. 10,986,876

CHARGER ASSEMBLY AND CHARGING SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. A charger assembly configured to charge an electronic vaping device, the charger assembly comprising:a housing defining a port corresponding to a shape of the electronic vaping device, the port configured to receive a tip end of the electronic vaping device, the port including,
a magnetic contact positioned at a bottom of the port to form a first direct connection with the tip end of the electronic vaping device, the first direct connection being a magnetic connection between the magnetic contact and the tip end of the electronic vaping device,
a first pogo pin positioned at the bottom of the port to form a second direct connection with the tip end of the electronic vaping device, the second direct connection being an electrical connection,
a second pogo pin positioned at the bottom of the port, the magnetic contact, the first pogo pin and the second pogo pin being separated by a bottom wall of the port, and
a microprocessor electrically connected to the first pogo pin and the second pogo pin.

US Pat. No. 10,986,875

VAPORIZER DEVICE HEATER CONTROL

JUUL Labs, Inc., San Fra...

1. A system comprising:a current source circuit;
a system power input;
load switching circuitry coupling the current source circuit and the system power input to a first output to a vaporizer heating element; and
control logic configured to adjust, based at least on a current sensed at the first output and a voltage across the vaporizer heating element, an operation of the load switching circuitry to adjust a temperature of the vaporizer heating element,
wherein the current source circuit, the system power input, the load switching circuitry, and the control logic form at least a portion of an integrated circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,986,874

NON-COMBUSTIBLE SMOKING SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND ELEMENTS THEREOF

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A non-combustible smoking system, comprising:a cartridge having a first end and a second end, the cartridge including
a pre-vapor formulation reservoir element configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation material, and
a pre-vapor formulation heating element coupled to the pre-vapor formulation reservoir element, the pre-vapor formulation heating element configured to heat at least a portion of the pre-vapor formulation material to generate a vapor, and to provide the vapor to a first channel through the cartridge; and
a tobacco containing section having a third end and a fourth end, the tobacco containing section including
a tobacco housing configured to contain tobacco, and to provide an aroma to a second channel through the tobacco containing section, and
a tobacco heating element configured to heat at least a portion of the tobacco to generate the aroma;
wherein
the cartridge and the tobacco containing section are configured to be alternately arranged in series with one another in a first configuration and a second configuration,
in the first configuration, the first end of the cartridge is connected to the fourth end of the tobacco containing section,
in the second configuration, the second end of the cartridge is connected to the third end of the tobacco containing section, and
in the first configuration and the second configuration, the first channel is in fluid communication with the second channel.

US Pat. No. 10,986,873

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

Changzhou Patent Electron...

1. An electronic cigarette comprising a first surface, a second surface, a third surface, a fourth surface, a fifth surface, and a sixth surface,wherein the first surface and the second surface are parallel to each other, the third surface and the fourth surface are parallel to each other, the fifth surface and the sixth surface are parallel to each other, two opposite sides of the third surface are respectively connected to the first surface and the sixth surface, one side of the sixth surface away from the third surface is connected to the second surface, two opposite sides of the fifth surface are respectively connected to the first surface and the fourth surface; one side of the fourth surface away from the fifth surface is connected to the second surface;
wherein an angle between the first surface and the third surface and an angle between the first surface and the fifth surface, an angle between the second surface and the fourth surface and an angle between the second surface and the sixth surface are obtuse angles; an angle between the third surface and the sixth surface and angle between the fourth surface and the fifth surface are both acute angles,
wherein the electronic cigarette further comprises a window section disposed on one or both of the first surface and the second surface, the window portion is hexagon in shape and has a first side, a second side, a third side, a fourth side, a first vertical side, and a second vertical side, wherein the first vertical side and the second vertical side are parallel to each other and are disposed along an axial direction of the electronic cigarette, the first side and the second side are located at the upper ends of the first vertical side and the second vertical side, the third side and the fourth side are located at a lower end of the first vertical side and the second vertical side, two ends of the first side are respectively connected to the first vertical side and the second side, one end of the second side away from the first side is connected to the second vertical side, the opposite ends of the third side are respectively connected to the first vertical side and the fourth side, one end of the fourth side away from the third side is connected with the second vertical side, the first side and the fourth side are parallel to each other, the second side and the third side are parallel to each other; the first side, the second side, the third side, and the fourth side are equal in length, the first vertical side and the second vertical side are equal in length, and a length of the first vertical side or the second vertical side is longer than a length of any one of the first side, the second side, the third side, and the fourth side,
wherein the electronic cigarette further comprises a reservoir chamber configured for storing cigarette liquid, a window portion, and a storage portion visible through the window portion, the window portion is exposed through the window section,
wherein the electronic cigarette further comprises a cartomizer and a power supply device electrically connected to the cartomizer, the first surface, the second surface, the third surface, the fourth surface, the fifth surface, and the sixth surface respectively comprises a first segment and a second segment, and
wherein the window portion comprises a first window notch and a second window notch, the first window notch is defined on the first segment of the first surface or the first segment of the second surface, the second window notch corresponding the first window notch is defined in the second segment of the first surface or the second segment of the second surface, the first window notch and the second window notch are defined in the same surface.

US Pat. No. 10,986,872

VAPORIZER AND VAPORIZER CARTRIDGES

1. A vaporizer system for heating material within disposable cartridge comprising:a disposable cartridge (202);
a case (200) having a cartridge interface (203) configured as a part of a heater chamber (96) and configured to receive a disposable cartridge comprising;
a convection heater manifold (41) with an inlet (211) and an outlet (97B);
a heating element (40) within the manifold;
an on/off switch;
a battery;
a temperature sensor (34) in said manifold;
a controller in signal communication with the heating element, battery, temperature sensor and the on/off switch;
a communication light in signal communication with the controller configured to one of changes color, light up, and flash when the temperature in the manifold is at selected exposure temperatures (SET);
whereby the on/off switch is configured to turn on power to the heater; andwherein the controller is configured to control the flow of power to the heating element; and,wherein the controller keeps the heat in the manifold generally at the SET for one of a fixed time and until the on/off switch is switched to off.

US Pat. No. 10,986,871

ELECTRONIC VAPORIZER AND SEALED CAPSULE

1. An electronic vaporization device, comprising:a mouthpiece configured to facilitate delivery of a vapor;
a sealed capsule product containing vaping contents the sealed capsule being seal completely surround the vaping contents;
a heating chamber coupled to the mouthpiece, wherein the heating chamber has defined dimensions that are configured to correspond to a size of the sealed capsule product such that the sealed capsule product fits entirely within an interior of the heating chamber;
a heating element configured to vaporize at least a portion of the vaping contents when the sealed capsule is fit within the heating chamber to thereby produce vapor in the heating chamber; and
a power source that supplies power to the heating element,
wherein the heating chamber is configured to receive the sealed capsule product in response to an opening operation,
wherein the sealed capsule product is sealed to completely surround the vaping contents before the sealed capsule product is fit within the interior of the heating chamber, and
wherein the heating element is configured to punclure a housing of the sealed capsule product in response to a closing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,986,870

HANDHELD AEROSOL-GENERATING DEVICE AND CARTRIDGE FOR USE WITH SUCH A DEVICE

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A handheld aerosol-generating device comprising an elongate tubular component having an axial length and accommodating an electric power source, and a mouthpiece portion having at least one air inlet and an outlet communicating with one another, which mouthpiece is detachably connected with the elongate tubular component, wherein the electric power source is of an annular configuration extending at least about a major part of the axial length of the tubular component, and encloses an elongate receptacle which is open towards the mouthpiece portion, for accommodation of a cartridge comprising a supply of aerosol-forming substrate and an electrically operated vaporizer, wherein the elongate tubular component is open on a front end opposite a longitudinal end facing towards the mouthpiece to allow the insertion of the cartridge from the front end.

US Pat. No. 10,986,869

INDUCTIVE HEATING DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR AEROSOL GENERATION

Philip Morris Products S....

1. Inductive heating device for aerosol-generation, the device comprising:a device housing comprising a cavity having an internal surface configured to receive at least a portion of an aerosol-forming insert, the aerosol-forming insert comprising an aerosol-forming substrate and a susceptor, the device housing further comprising a pin extending into the cavity;
an induction coil arranged along the pin, wherein the induction coil is arranged within the pin and is not in contact with the cavity;
an internal power source connected to the induction coil
a control unit operably connected to the internal power source;
wherein at least a portion of the pin and the induction coil are arranged to be circumferentially surrounded by the aerosol-forming insert when the aerosol-forming insert is accommodated in the cavity; and
wherein the internal power source is configured to provide a high frequency current to the induction coil to generate electromagnetic fields for inductively heating the susceptor of the aerosol-forming insert.

US Pat. No. 10,986,868

ELECTRONIC ATOMIZING DEVICE WITH A LIQUID GUIDING EFFECT AND ATOMIZER

Shenzhen Smoore Technolog...

1. An electronic atomizing device, comprising:a body defining a liquid storage chamber and an inhalation channel; and
an atomizing element comprising a porous body and a heat generating structure, the porous body comprising a liquid absorbing surface, an atomizing surface, and a side surface connecting the liquid absorbing surface and the atomizing surface, the liquid absorbing surface being configured to absorb liquid from the liquid storage chamber, the heat generating structure being located on the atomizing surface, the porous body forming an airflow channel that is in communication with the inhalation channel, and at least one segment of the airflow channel extending from the side surface towards an interior of the porous body;
wherein the at least one segment of the airflow channel is located between the atomizing surface and the liquid absorbing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,986,867

VAPORIZATION DEVICE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Juul Labs, Inc., San Fra...

1. A cartridge comprising:a storage compartment configured to hold a vaporizable material, the storage compartment having a longitudinal dimension extending from a proximal end of the cartridge to a distal end of the cartridge, the cartridge having a first transverse dimension that is perpendicular to the longitudinal dimension, the cartridge having a second transverse dimension that is perpendicular to the longitudinal dimension and perpendicular to the first transverse dimension, the first transverse dimension being longer than the second transverse dimension;
a mouthpiece at the proximal end of the storage compartment;
a first contact surface extending in the first transverse dimension, the first contact surface proximate to the distal end, the first contact surface exposed outside of the storage compartment and accessible from the distal end;
a second contact surface extending in the first transverse dimension, the second contact surface exposed proximate to the distal end, the second contact surface exposed outside of the storage compartment and accessible from the distal end, the first contact surface and the second contact surface disposed in a same plane proximate the distal end of the storage compartment;
a heater proximate to the distal end, the heater comprising:
a first plate contact extending in the longitudinal dimension away from the distal end, the first plate contact electrically connected to the first contact surface;
a second plate contact extending in the longitudinal dimension away from the distal end, the second plate contact electrically connected to the second contact surface;
a wick disposed between the first plate contact and the second plate contact, two opposed ends of the wick being disposed within the storage compartment and configured to contact the vaporizable material; and
a resistive heating element configured to heat the vaporizable material, the resistive heating element in contact with the first plate contact, the second plate contact, and the wick, wherein the first plate contact and the second plate contact are disposed to provide a heat shield configured to protect the cartridge from heat produced by the resistive heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,986,866

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE LIQUID SUPPLY DEVICE AND METHOD

CHINA TOBACCO YUNNAN INDU...

1. An electronic cigarette liquid supply device, comprising:a piezoelectric substrate,
an insulating film,
a first interdigital transducer,
a second interdigital transducer,
a liquid storage chamber,
a flow channel, and
a liquid outlet;
wherein
the insulating film covers the piezoelectric substrate;
a liquid inlet is provided on the liquid storage chamber; a first end of the flow channel is hermetically connected to the liquid storage chamber, and a second end of the flow channel is the liquid outlet;
the first interdigital transducer and the second interdigital transducer are attached to a surface of the piezoelectric substrate and located between the piezoelectric substrate and the insulating film; the liquid storage chamber, the flow channel and the liquid outlet are provided outside and above the insulating film; and
the first interdigital transducer is located beside the liquid storage chamber along a direction opposite to a flow direction in the flow channel and the first interdigital transducer is not in contact with the liquid storage chamber; the second interdigital transducer is located below the flow channel between the liquid storage chamber and the liquid outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,986,865

SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE SYSTEM

CHINA TOBACCO YUNNAN INDU...

1. A surface acoustic wave electronic cigarette system comprising: a piezoelectric substrate, a liquid guiding cavity, an atomization cavity, and a power feeder port, wherein the liquid guiding cavity and the atomization cavity are provided on an upper surface of the piezoelectric substrate; an isolation board is provided between the liquid guiding cavity and the atomization cavity; the power feeder port is provided on an outer side surface of the piezoelectric substrate; the liquid guiding cavity comprises a first interdigital transducer, a liquid storage tank, and a micro-flow channel, wherein the first interdigital transducer is provided on a first side of the liquid storage tank and the micro-flow channel is provided on a second side of the liquid storage tank, the liquid storage tank is connected to the micro-flow channel, and a top of the liquid storage tank is provided with a liquid injection inlet; a T-shaped fiber paper is inserted into the micro-flow channel through a liquid outlet, a second interdigital transducer and a third interdigital transducer are provided at a bottom of the atomization cavity; the second interdigital transducer is provided on a first side of the T-shaped fiber paper and the third interdigital transducer is provided on a second side of the T-shaped fiber paper and are not in contact with the T-shaped fiber paper; an air inlet and a drip tip are respectively provided at a side and the top of the atomization cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,986,864

CHILLED WATER PIPE AND A RETROFIT APPARATUS FOR CHILLING A WATER PIPE

1. A water pipe comprising:an inner heat sink positioned within a water chamber of said water pipe;
an outer heat sink positioned outside said water chamber of said water pipe;
a thermoelectric cooler (TEC) having a heat absorbing side connected to said inner heat sink and a heat rejecting side connected to said outer heat sink;
an electric power source for supplying power to said TEC;
a thermometer positioned inside said water chamber; and
a controller configured to adjust power supply from said electric power source to said TEC.

US Pat. No. 10,986,862

CIGARILLO AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

JT International S.A.

1. A smoking article, comprising:a tobacco rod element comprising tobacco cut filler and a binder layer which holds the tobacco cut filler within the rod element; and
an outer wrapper of natural tobacco leaf which encompasses or envelops the tobacco rod element;
wherein the natural tobacco leaf of the outer wrapper comprises a pattern having a series of raised or depressed elongate linear portions imprinted therein extending transverse to a longitudinal axis of the smoking article, and
wherein the pattern extends substantially over an entire surface of the natural tobacco leaf.

US Pat. No. 10,986,861

TUBE FILLING DEVICE AND METHOD

JT International S.A.

1. A method for producing a smoking article by transferring a portion of smokable material from a casing into a smokable tube using a tube filling device, the method comprising:arranging a casing containing a portion of smokable material in longitudinal alignment with a smokable tube adjacent an open end of the smokable tube, the casing comprising an adaptor arranged to be engaged by a clamp of the tube filling device, the tube filling device including a portion driving member arranged in longitudinal alignment with the cased portion of smokable material portion and the smokable tube,
using the portion driving member to insert the casing and the portion of smokable material into the smokable tube to drive a distal end of the portion of smokable material and a distal end of the casing to a closed end of the smokable tube;
at least partially withdrawing the casing from the smokable tube by engagement of the clamp with the adaptor such that the clamp can displace the casing in a longitudinal manner, while holding the portion of smokable material in the smokable tube with the portion driving member; and
removing the casing from the smokable tube by further displacing the casing away from the smokable tube with the clamp engaged with the adaptor.

US Pat. No. 10,986,860

SMOKING ARTICLE WITH MANUALLY RELEASABLE ODORANT

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

1. An article comprising:a filter;
a tipping paper circumscribing at least a portion of the filter;
a first band on at least a portion of a wrapper, the first band including,
a first layer of a first material over the tipping paper, and
a first plurality of microcapsules between the tipping paper and the first layer of material; and
a second band on a second portion of the wrapper, the second band including,
a second layer of a second material, and
a second plurality of microcapsules between the tipping paper and the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,986,858

PLANT TRIMMING MACHINE

Keirton Inc.

1. A plant-trimming apparatus, comprising:(a) two spaced-apart end plates;
(b) a rotatable tumbler comprising a perforated cylindrical wall;
(c) a rotatable reel comprising a reel shaft and a reel blade;
(d) two bearing blocks, each detachably connected to a respective end plate, rotatably supporting a respective end of the reel;
(e) a motor arranged to drive the reel and the tumbler;
(f) a bed bar assembly comprising a bed bar and a bed knife, the bed knife being in operative engagement with the reel blade for cutting of plant material from the tumbler; and
(g) a locking mechanism operable to secure the bearing blocks and the bed bar assembly to the end plates, wherein the locking mechanism comprises two cam lever mechanisms, each having a cam member disposed in a cam-receiving aperture of a respective end plate, a cam lever operable to rotate the respective cam member, and a pin member disposed between the respective end plate and bearing block.

US Pat. No. 10,986,856

HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN ANIMAL USE OF MICROBIAL ANAPLEROTIC OIL

Heliae Development, LLC, ...

1. A food additive comprising microalgal anaplerotic oil comprising saturated tridecanoic (C13:0), pentadecanoic (C15:0), and heptadecanoic (C17:0) odd-chain fatty acids (OCFA), the microalgal anaplerotic oil derived from a thraustochytrid strain cultured aerobically with added propionate and a continuous supply of oxygen resulting in levels of saturated tridecanoic (C13:0), pentadecanoic (C15:0), and heptadecanoic (C17:0) OCFA in a microalgal mass of the thraustochytrid strain, wherein:at least five percent of the microalgal anaplerotic oil from the thraustochytrid strain's total fatty acid (TFA) content is saturated tridecanoic (C13:0), pentadecanoic (C15:0), and heptadecanoic (C17:0) OCFA; and
at least one percent cell dry weight (CDW) of the microalgal mass from the thraustochytrid strain is saturated tridecanoic (C13:0), pentadecanoic (C15:0), and heptadecanoic (C17:0) OCFA.

US Pat. No. 10,986,855

POPCORN POPPING AND DISPENSING APPARATUS

1. A popcorn popper comprising:a popcorn popping chamber;
a heater to apply heat to the popcorn popping chamber;
a popcorn pod fitting into the popcorn popper, the popcorn pod including a single kernel compartment having popcorn kernels;
a container for receiving popped popcorn from the popcorn popping chamber, the container being removable from the popcorn popper with the popped popcorn therein; and
a popcorn kernel release means for releasing popcorn kernels from out of the single kernel compartment of the popcorn pod into the popcorn popping chamber, wherein the popcorn popper requires removal of the popcorn pod and insertion of a second popcorn pod into the popcorn popper before popping a further batch of popcorn kernels.

US Pat. No. 10,986,854

MODULAR INSTALLATION FOR PROCESSING BULK GRAIN PRODUCTS WITH ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION

1. A device for processing bulk grain products with ultraviolet radiation comprising successively arranged modules, each module comprising:a housing that is rectangular in plan view, wherein inside the housing a plurality of lamps of ultraviolet radiation are installed horizontally at equal distance from each other with a possibility of adjusting the mutual position, and are equipped with a protective polytetrafluoroethylene coating that is transparent for ultraviolet radiation, the polytetrafluoroethylene coating adjacent to a lamp glass of each of the plurality of lamps and with each lamp having a protective shield above the lamp;
an ultraviolet intensity sensor aimed at one of the plurality of lamps; and
a device for cleaning the plurality of lamps from contamination,
wherein the modules are mounted on racks such that a distance between modules is adjustable, and
wherein the racks are fixed on a frame equipped with a vibrating mechanism, and
wherein the device for cleaning the lamps includes a pneumatic fitting installed on the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,986,853

RETRACTING FOOD PROCESSING DEVICE IN A FOOD PROCESSING MACHINE

PROVISUR TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. A food processing system comprising:a driving pulley;
a driven pulley;
a motor to rotate the driving pulley;
a belt connected with the driving pulley and the driven pulley, the driving pulley to rotate the belt, the belt to rotate the driven pulley; and
an actuator connected with the driven pulley, the actuator to move the driven pulley relative to the belt between an extended position and a retracted position;
wherein the driving pulley comprises a driving pulley belt pocket, the driving pulley belt pocket comprising first, second, and third driving pulley belt pocket surfaces, the second and third driving pulley belt pocket surfaces opposed to one another and extending in a traverse orientation from separate ends of the first driving pulley belt pocket surface, the belt disposed on the first driving pulley belt pocket surface between the second and third driving pulley belt pocket surfaces, a width of the first driving pulley belt pocket surface sized larger than a width of the belt to allow relative movement between the belt and the first driving pulley belt pocket surface when the driven pulley moves between the extended and retracted positions;
wherein the driven pulley comprises a driven pulley belt pocket, the driven pulley belt pocket comprising first, second, and third driven pulley belt pocket surfaces, the second and third driven pulley belt pocket surfaces opposed to one another and extending in a traverse orientation from separate ends of the first driven pulley belt pocket surface, the belt disposed on the first driven pulley belt pocket surface between the second and third driven pulley belt pocket surfaces, a width of the first driven pulley belt pocket surface sized larger than a width of the belt to allow relative movement between the belt and the first driven pulley belt pocket surface when the driven pulley moves between the extended and retracted positions;
wherein the belt is configured to walk back and forth relative to and along the width of the first driving pulley belt pocket surface and relative to and along the width of the first driven pulley belt pocket surface when the driven pulley is moved back and forth between the extended and retracted positions;
wherein the actuator comprises at least one arm directly connected to a main housing, a spindle housing fixedly attached to the main housing, a spindle rotatably disposed within and relative to the spindle housing, the driven pulley fixedly attached to the spindle, the at least one arm configured to move the main housing, the spindle housing, and the spindle relative to the belt when the driven pulley moves between the extended and retracted positions.

US Pat. No. 10,986,852

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF MAKING COLD PROCESSED JUICE BEVERAGES

SOL-TI, INC., Dover, DE ...

1. A method of making and bottling a juice containing beverage in a sealed container without heat-based or pressure-based pasteurization, the method comprising:sterilizing at least one glass container;
exposing a liquid to UV-C light such that at least a 5 log reduction in microbes is achieved, the liquid comprising at least 10% by volume of cold-pressed, unaltered juice, wherein the liquid comprises a first amount of phenolic acids before exposure to UV-C light and a second amount of phenolic acids after exposure to UV-C light;
depositing at least a portion of the liquid in the at least one container; and
sealing the container;
wherein the depositing and sealing are completed under aseptic conditions and performed in a pressurized HEPA air filtered environment,
wherein the liquid is at a temperature of 50° F. or less during the entire method,
wherein the liquid in the sealed container has a shelf-life of at least 35 days when stored at or below 41° F.,
wherein the second amount of phenolic acid is at least about 90% of the first amount of phenolic acid,
wherein the liquid comprises cold-pressed, unaltered lemon juice,
wherein the liquid is exposed to UV-C light through 6 columns connected in series,
wherein the liquid is exposed to UV-C light at an average flow rate of about 60-122 gallons/hour, and
wherein the liquid is exposed to UV-C light at an exposure level of about 12-15 mJ/cm2 per column.

US Pat. No. 10,986,846

INDEXING DEVICE

1. A transfer arrangement for transferring sausage-shaped products, to a rod-like element, provided in a loading position of a hanging line, each of the sausage-shaped products contain a flowable filling material in a tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing provided with a suspension element, through which the sausage-shaped products can be suspended on the rod-like element, the transfer arrangement comprises:an infeed device having an infeed conveyor and a guide bar along which the suspension elements of the sausage-shaped products are guided in an infeed direction to the rod-like element;
a transport device which is arranged above the rod-like element and the guide bar and which has a conveyor device with transportation elements for transporting the sausage-shaped products along the guide bar towards the rod-like element, and a drive device for driving the conveyor device;
an indexing device for supporting the guide bar, wherein the indexing device includes at least two pairs of indexing pins configured to be reversibly moved pairwise and alternately into an engagement position for engaging with the guide bar for supporting the guide bar and into a release position for disengaging with the guide bar for allowing the passage of a suspension element of a sausage-shaped product to be suspended on the rod-like element in the loading position, wherein the indexing pins of each pair of indexing pins are arranged on opposite sides of the guide bar and at least substantially opposite to each other; and
a transmission arrangement for driving and controlling the movement of the indexing pins, wherein the transmission assembly is driven by the transport device.

US Pat. No. 10,986,844

MACHINES AND METHODS FOR MAKING FLATBREADS

SIMPLECIOUS, LLC, Alphar...

1. A machine for preparing flatbread comprising:a hopper comprising a mixing chamber configured for bulk addition of raw materials for preparation of a plurality of flatbread pieces, the raw materials comprising at least flour, water and oil, and where each of the raw materials are not each engageably stored with the machine prior to addition of the raw materials to the hopper;
a mixing assembly in operational communication with the hopper, the mixing assembly configured to blend the raw materials in the mixing chamber, wherein the raw materials are mixed for a time period suitable to allow the raw materials to be mixed into a flatbread dough mixture;
a hopper lid configured to cover the mixing chamber of the hopper, the hopper lid including openings configured to allow a portion of the raw materials to be added to the mixing chamber during blending by the mixing assembly;
a dough piecing assembly in operational communication with the mixing assembly, the dough piecing assembly configured to generate a dough piece from the flatbread dough mixture, the dough piecing assembly comprising a cutting device that cuts an extruded portion of the flatbread dough mixture to produce the dough piece;
a dough pressing assembly in operational communication with the dough piecing assembly, the dough pressing assembly comprising a pressing platen configured to apply suitable pressure to the dough piece to form a pressed flatbread dough piece on a dough contacting surface of a lower platen located below the pressing platen, the dough contacting surface comprising a substantially non-stick surface;
a cooking zone in operational communication with the dough pressing assembly, where the lower platen is configured to transfer the pressed flatbread dough piece to the cooking zone on the dough contacting surface, the cooking zone comprising a heating element located below the lower platen opposite the dough contacting surface, the heating element configured to maintain a cooking temperature while the pressed flatbread dough piece is located in the cooking zone; and
a flatbread election station configured to remove a cooked flatbread from the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,986,843

COMBINATION DRAIN SYSTEM FOR MULTIZONE OVEN

Alto-Shaam, Inc., Menomo...

1. A multi-cavity oven comprising:a housing defining an interior volume subdivided by horizontally extending thermal and humidity barriers into multiple cooking cavities including a lowermost cooking cavity, an intermediate cooking cavity, and an upper cooking cavity, each cooking cavity supporting different cooking temperatures and humidities, the interior volume surrounded by insulated outer walls and at least one door that may open and close to provide access to the interior volume;
a steam generator system introducing steam into selective cooking cavities of the multiple cooking cavities according to an electric signal;
a set of fans circulating the steam independently through each of the cooking cavities in isolation from the other cooking cavities;
an air outlet extending from each of the cooking cavities to conduct the steam out of each cooking cavity to ambient air; and
a drain port of each of the cooking cavities to conduct liquid received at a bottom of each of the cooking cavities out of the cooking cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,986,838

HERBICIDES

SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS A...

1. A compound of Formula (I-i)
or a salt thereof, wherein:
R1 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, cyano, fluoro, chloro, methoxy-, difluoromethoxy, and trifluoromethyl;
R2 is selected from the group consisting of halogen, cyano, nitro, C1-C6alkyl, C1-C6haloalkyl, C2-C6alkenyl, C2-C6alkynyl, C3-C6cycloalkyl, —C(O)OC1-C6alkyl, —S(O)p(C1-C6alkyl), C1-C6alkoxy, C1-C6haloalkoxy and phenyl;
R3 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C6alkyl, C2-C6alkenyl, C2-C6alkynyl, C2-C6haloalkenyl, C1-C6alkoxyC1-C3alkyl-, C1-C6haloalkyl- and —(CRaRb)qR5;
Ra is hydrogen or C1-C2 alkyl;
Rb is hydrogen or C1-C2 alkyl;
R4 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C6alkyl, C2-C6alkenyl, C2-C6alkynyl, C2-C6haloalkenyl, C1-C6alkoxyC1-C3alkyl-, C1-C6haloalkyl- and —(CRaRb)qR5;
R5 is —C(O)OC1-C6alkyl, —C3-C10cycloalkyl, -aryl and -heteroaryl wherein said aryl and heteroaryl are optionally substituted by 1 to 3 independent R8;
or R3 and R4 together with the nitrogen to which they are attached, form a saturated or partially unsaturated 4-6 membered ring system optionally containing 1 or 2 further heteroatoms independently selected from S, O and N, wherein said ring is optionally substituted by 1 to 3 R8;
R6 and R7 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and C1-C6alkyl;
each R8 is independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, C1-C6 alkyl and C1-C6alkoxy-, C1-C6 haloalkyl, C1-C6 haloalkoxy-, cyano and S(O)p(C1-C6alkyl);
n is 0 or 1;
p is 0, 1, or 2;
and
q is 0, 1, or 2;
with the proviso that:
(a) R3 and R4 are not both H, when R2 is methyl, n is 0, and R1 is methoxy, H, fluoro, or cyano; and
(b) the compound of formula (Ia) is not (i) 2-chloro-6-(3-pyridyl)pyridine-3-amine, (ii) 2-fluoro-6-(3-pyridyl)pyridine-3-amine, (iii) 2-(difluoromethyl)-6-(3- pyridyl)pyridin-3-amine, or (iv) tert-butyl-N-[2-methyl- 6-(3-pyridyl)-3- pyridyl]-carbamate.

US Pat. No. 10,986,837

LACTAM SOLUBILITY

Conopco, Inc., Englewood...

1. A composition comprising a solution comprising a lactam, at least 0.1% wt. rhamnolipid, and water, whereinthe lactam is a lactam of Formula Ia or Formula IIa:

wherein R is H, halogen, or C1-4alkyl wherein the ratio of lactam to rhamnolipid is from 1:0.5 to 1:20.

US Pat. No. 10,986,833

HULL AND KEEL FOR A BUOYANT HUNTING DECOY

Flambeau, Inc., Baraboo,...

1. A waterfowl decoy, comprising:an upper portion configured to appear as a waterfowl and a lower portion that extends from the upper portion, wherein the decoy defines a mid-plane M separating a front side of the decoy and a rear side of the decoy, wherein the lower portion comprises a bottom wall that is convexly curved from a front end to a rear end of the decoy and convexly curved from a left side to a right side, the decoy defining a longitudinal axis along a centerline that extends longitudinally from the front end to the rear end of the decoy, wherein a first weight is disposed within the lower portion on a left side of the longitudinal axis and on the rear side of the decoy, and a second weight is disposed within the lower portion on a right side of the longitudinal axis and on the rear side of the decoy;
a first keel that extends from the lower portion, the first keel defining a first surface that extends from the lower portion and slopes downwardly; and
a second keel that extends from the lower portion, the second keel defining a second surface that extends from the lower portion and slopes downwardly,
wherein the first keel further defines a third surface that extends from the lower portion, slopes downwardly, and is opposite the first surface, and the second keel further defines a fourth surface that extends from the lower portion, slopes downwardly, and is opposite the second surface,
wherein the first keel is spaced from the second keel,
wherein the first keel defines a first recess that is configured to receive the first weight, and
wherein the first keel includes a first aperture and the second keel includes a second aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,986,832

ANIMAL-PROOF HOODED BARRIER, RELATED ENCLOSURE SYSTEMS AND METHOD OF MAINTAINING AN ANIMAL-PROOF DOMAIN

Vanquish Fencing Inc., M...

1. A substantially animal-proof barrier comprising:two supports that are laterally spaced apart to define a substantially vertical plane therebetween;
fencing material that is attached to each of the supports and spans the defined substantially vertical plane to form a simple barrier that has a top edge, a bottom edge, a front surface and a back surface, wherein the simple barrier divides a domain into a first area and a second area, and wherein a top rail is attached to the back surface of the simple barrier along the top edge;
a hood having a first section with an upper end and a lower end, and a second section having an upper end and a lower end, wherein the upper end of the second section is connected to and extends from the lower end of the first section at an angle of about 90 degrees;
wherein the upper end of the first section is connected to the top rail or the top edge of the simple barrier and forms an angle with the front surface of the simple barrier of about 10 degrees to about 80 degrees, and the second section extends in a direction towards the front surface of the simple barrier such that the lower end of the second section contacts the front surface of the simple barrier, and
a hood corner assembly configured to be positioned at a corner formed by the simple barrier so as to connect a first hood on a first side of the corner and a second hood on a second side of the corner, wherein the hood corner assembly comprises an upper corner section, a lower corner section, and a pair of brackets, and
each of the pair of brackets comprises a first panel having a triangular configuration, a first flange extending from an upper end of the first panel, and a second flange extending from a lower end of the first panel in an opposite direction as the first flange, and wherein the second flange is connected to a second section of the hood such that the first panel of the bracket is in a substantially vertical orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,986,831

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING THE RISKS OF BIRD STRIKE

2. A system for reducing bird strikes against a man-made structure comprising at least one sound-producing device configured to introduce an auditory warning cue into a warning zone and at least one visual warning cue;said auditory warning cue comprising a sound waveform defined by
(i) a peak frequency of between 6 kHz and 18 kHz, and
(ii) an intensity at a location within the warning zone of at least 70 decibels,
said visual warning cue defined by a clear line of sight from a bird within said warning zone to said man-made structure;
wherein said auditory warning cue comprises at least two of said sound waveforms emitted by said sound-producing system within a time period of one second when said bird is within said warning zone,
wherein said warning zone comprises a region larger than ten cubic meters and extends no further than 100 meters from said man-made structure,
wherein said auditory warning cue comprises at least three of said sound waveforms emitted by said sound-producing system within a time period of one second when said bird is within said warning zone, and
wherein the elapsed time between the start of the first sound waveform and the start of the second sound waveform of said at least three of said sound waveforms is different from the elapsed time between the start of the second sound waveform and the start of the third sound waveform of said at least three of said sound waveforms.

US Pat. No. 10,986,830

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPELLING INSECTS

1. A system for repelling insects from a beverage dispenser, the system comprising:the beverage dispenser, wherein the beverage dispenser includes a plurality of beverage module spouts;
a mister device configured to be operatively coupled to a potable-water source and configured to generate a potable-water mist at the beverage dispenser, wherein the mister device includes a plurality of mist nozzles, wherein each respective one of the plurality of mist nozzles is coupled to a respective water conduit that provides water to the respective mist nozzle, and wherein each respective water conduit passes to a side of a corresponding one of the plurality of beverage module spouts; and
a sensor operatively coupled to the mister device and configured to produce a sense signal when a human user of the beverage dispenser is detected by the sensor, wherein the mister device is configured to stop generation of the potable-water mist based at least in part on the sense signal such that the human user can use the beverage dispenser without being exposed to the potable-water mist.

US Pat. No. 10,986,829

ANNULAR SUSTAINED RELEASE PREPARATION AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A method for producing an annular sustained release preparation comprising at least the steps of:placing, between two guides which are disposed on a sealing table, are perpendicular to the sealing table and are parallel to each other with a fixed distance, respective pressure-welding planned portions of at least two polymer materials for tube (which will hereinafter be referred to as “tube-tube materials”) aligned in a longitudinal direction or respective pressure-welding planned portions of at least one polymer material for tube and at least one polymer material for rod (which will hereinafter be referred to as “tube-rod materials) aligned in a longitudinal direction, at least one of the tube-tube materials or at least one of the tube-rod materials containing a sex pheromone liquid therein;
welding the tube-tube materials or tube-rod materials between the guides while applying a pressure with a sealing pressure block from a direction parallel to the guides; and
cutting the resulting product at the pressure-welded portions to obtain an annular sustained release preparation comprising at least two polymer tubes having both ends sealed and integrated by pressure-welding or at least one polymer tube and at least one polymer rod having both ends sealed and integrated by pressure-welding wherein an annular space can be formed by pulling the tubes or the tube and the rod apart from each other at a center portion therebetween, the center portion not having been pressure-welded;
wherein the fixed distance is a length calculated from diameters of the tube-tube materials or the tube-rod materials so that an angle formed between a line connecting respective centers of the diameters of the materials to be welded and the pressure application direction is from 30 to 45°.

US Pat. No. 10,986,828

LED LAMP FOR INSECT TRAP

Gardner Manufacturing Com...

1. An insect attractive lamp comprising:a) a translucent sleeve made of an ultraviolet light transmissive material and having a surface coated with fluorinated ethylene propylene, said translucent sleeve having opposing ends;
b) a pair of connectors adapted to cap the opposing ends of the sleeve, each connector having a pair of contact pins,
c) a circuit positioned within the translucent sleeve that is (i) electrically coupled to each of the contact pins, (ii) adapted to convert alternating current to direct current and regulate voltage, and (iii) comprises a controller, and (iv) a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) controlled by the controller, said plurality of LEDs adapted to primarily emit light having a wavelength in the range of 315 to 400 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 10,986,827

METHODS FOR DEPLOYING BIOSENTINELS TO AGRICULTURAL FIELDS AND MONITORING BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC STRESSES IN CROPS REMOTELY

InnerPlant, Inc., San Fr...

1. A method comprising:accessing a first feed of images recorded at a first frequency by a fixed sensor facing a first set of sentinel plants in an agricultural field;
accessing a second image of a second set of sentinel plants in the agricultural field, the second image recorded by a mobile sensor during a first time period;
interpreting a first pressure of a stressor in the first set of sentinel plants during the first time period based on a first set of features extracted from a first image, in the first feed of images, captured during the first time period;
interpreting a second pressure of the stressor in the second set of sentinel plants during the first time period based on a second set of features extracted from the second image;
deriving a pressure model associating pressure of the stressor at the first set of sentinel plants and pressure of the stressor at the second set of sentinel plants based on the first pressure and the second pressure;
interpreting a third pressure of the stressor in the first set of sentinel plants during a second time period based on a third set of features extracted from a third image, in the first feed of images, captured during the second time period;
predicting a fourth pressure of the stressor in the second set of sentinel plants during the second time period based on the third pressure and the model; and
in response to the fourth pressure in the second set of sentinel plants exceeding a threshold pressure, generating a prompt to address the stressor in plants proximal the second set of sentinel plants in the agricultural field.

US Pat. No. 10,986,826

CONTAINER FOR STORING SPINNERBAIT FISHING LURE

Mafia Outdoors, LLC, Rus...

1. A storage container for a fishing lure, the storage container comprising:a. a back wall and a front wall;
b. a first side wall connecting the back wall and the front wall;
c. a second side wall connecting the back wall and the front wall;
d. a bottom surface connected to the back wall, the front wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall to form a storage compartment;
e. a lid attached to the back wall;
f. a rod extending from the first side wall to the second side wall; and
g. a storage bag comprising an internal compartment for storing a fishing lure, wherein the rod extends through a hole in a bottom portion of the internal compartment of the storage bag and the storage bag is slidable on the rod from the first side wall to the second side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,986,825

CASTING EVALUATION DEVICE AND CASTING EVALUATION PROGRAM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A casting evaluation device, comprising:a frequency derivator configured to derive a frequency of sound or vibration based on an output of a sensor that detects the vibration or the sound that accompanies the release of a fishing line from a spool of a fishing reel; and
a casting evaluator configured to evaluate prescribed evaluation items related to casting based on the frequency derived by the frequency derivator.

US Pat. No. 10,986,824

ILLUMINATIVE FISHING POLE

1. A fishing pole, comprising:a) a pole having a bottom handle and a middle portion, wherein said bottom handle and said middle portion each includes a metal casing housing at least one light source and at least one power source therein, wherein said at least one light source is a light emitting diode emitting a green light adapted to avoid attracting bugs, wherein said at least one light source is surrounded by a rubber or elastic material adapted to prevent electrical vibration along a length of said pole, wherein said pole is made of a transparent material, said bottom handle including a power on and off button located at a bottommost end of said bottom handle configured to actuate said at least one power source, wherein said at least one power source is a portable power source, a spinning reel engaged to a side of said pole;
b) a top tip located at a topmost end of said pole, wherein said top tip is a right-angle tip which is made of a transparent material; and
c) a transparent fiber optic cable mounted along said length of said pole, wherein said transparent fiber optic material extends from the metal casing of said middle portion to said top tip, wherein said transparent fiber optic cable is in contact with said at least one light source of the middle portion, wherein said top tip and said transparent fiber optic cable are each illuminated when said at least one power source of said middle portion is actuated, wherein said pole further includes a flexible foam sleeve to couple said transparent fiber optic cable to said pole, said flexible foam sleeve located between said top tip and said handle.

US Pat. No. 10,986,823

SELF DISPENSING BAIT HOLDER

BAITANATOR, INC., Lamesa...

1. A fishing bait holder, the holder comprising:a spring release for holding a plurality of pieces of bait on a rod, wherein the rod has a first end coupled to an interior of the holder and a second end culminating in a hook, and a spring encircling the rod and deploying new bait to the hook each time a bait on the hook is removed; wherein the holder protects the plurality of pieces of bait.

US Pat. No. 10,986,819

APPARATUS FOR DISINFESTATION OF BEEHIVES AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

TOBE INFLUENCE INNOVATION...

1. An apparatus for disinfestation of beehives, comprising:a housing comprising:
a solid carrier comprising a fumigant;
a receiving area for receiving the; and
an automatic supply system adapted to extract a predetermined portion of the solid carrier from the receiving area to an evaporation area accessible to an inner space of a beehive; and
an ignitor, located at the evaporation area, for igniting and burning by a combustion procedure the predetermined portion of the solid carrier,
wherein the automatic supply system comprises:
a delivery mechanism that is configured to extract the predetermined portion of the solid carrier comprising a predetermined amount of fumigant from the receiving area; and
a controller configured to control the automatic supply system to extract the portion of the solid carrier according to a treatment protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,986,817

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING HEALTH IN ANIMAL POPULATIONS

INTERVET INC., Madison, ...

1. A system for monitoring one or more characteristics in an animal population, comprising:a concentrator communicatively couplable to a plurality of animal tag assemblies, each animal tag assembly configured for being disposed on an animal of the animal population, each of the animal tag assemblies including one or more sensors configured to measure one or more animal characteristics of the animal of the animal population, wherein the concentrator is configured to acquire the one or more animal characteristics from the plurality of animal tag assemblies; and
a remote server communicatively coupled to the concentrator, wherein the remote server includes one or more processors configured to execute a set of program instructions stored in memory and configured to cause the remote server to:
train a machine learning classifier based on data from the plurality of animal tag assemblies associated with one or more animals having a known health state;
receive data from the plurality of animal tag assemblies, the data indicative of two or more animal characteristics of one or more animals of the animal population;
assign one or more health states to one or more animals of the animal population with the machine learning classifier based on at least the data received from the plurality of animal tag assemblies, wherein the one or more health states comprise at least one of a healthy state, a sick state, a diseased state, or an injured state; and
report the determined health state to one or more user devices.

US Pat. No. 10,986,816

LIVESTOCK LOCATION SYSTEM

SCR ENGINEERS LTD., Neta...

1. A system for locating the position of one or more animals within a predetermined region of space, said system comprising:at least one identification means configured to transmit at least one identification signal associated with at least one of the animals;
at least one locating means configured to generate at least one location signal associated with at least one of the animals; and
a data processing system in communication with said at least one identification means and said at least one location means, configured to analyze said signals, said analyzed signals comprising the position within said predetermined region of space of at least one of the animals as a function of time; and,
an indicator mechanism comprising indicators placed on at least some of the animals, the indicator mechanism configured to notify a user that intervention is needed for at, least one of the animals;
wherein said at least one locating means comprises at least one ultra-wide-band UWB transmitter and at least one UWB receiver, wherein said at least one UWB transmitter is configured to be located inside the region of space and the at least one UWB receiver is configured to be located outside of said region, or vice versa.

US Pat. No. 10,986,815

DOG GROOMING CLAMP

1. A dog grooming clamp, comprising:a base member comprising a first end and a second end with an upper surface, wherein a first arm extends from the first end of the upper surface and a second arm extends from the second end of the upper surface;
a channel extending through the base member, the channel comprising a first section that abuts and is axially aligned with a second section, the first section having a first uniform diameter that is larger than a second uniform diameter of the second section, the first section having a planar interior surface that surrounds an interior opening of the second section;
a third arm extending perpendicular from the first arm, positioned opposite and parallel to the base member;
an aperture with a threaded rod disposed therein, the aperture disposed on the third arm and comprising a threaded interior surface adapted to be securely engaged with the threaded rod;
a passageway with a pin disposed therein, the pin operably connected to an actuatable handle that causes the pin to move between an open and closed position to selectively and frictionally engage with a received rope within the second section of the channel to control coupling therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,986,814

SPINNABLE PET TOY

1. A pet toy made of a single molded material, comprisinga. a central hub, the central hub including a central hub central axis,
b. an elongated first pet toy arm projecting radially outwardly from the central hub, the elongated first pet toy arm having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the first pet toy arm proximal end is in communication with the central hub,
c. an elongated second pet toy arm projecting radially outwardly from the central hub, the elongated second pet toy arm having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the second pet toy arm proximal end is in communication with the central hub,
d. an elongated third pet toy arm projecting radially outwardly from the central hub, wherein the angle formed by the first pet toy arm and the second pet toy arm is substantially equal to the angle formed by the second pet toy arm and third pet toy arm, and the angle formed by the first pet toy arm and the third pet toy arm is substantially equal to the angle formed by the first pet toy arm and the second pet toy arm, the elongated third pet toy arm having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the third pet toy arm proximal end is in communication with the central hub,
e. an elongated first pet toy arm end in communication with the elongated first pet toy arm distal end, the elongated first pet toy arm end having a first pet toy arm end central axis, wherein the first pet toy arm end central axis is perpendicular to elongated first pet toy arm,
f. an elongated second pet toy arm end in communication with the elongated second pet toy arm distal end, the elongated second pet toy arm end having a second pet toy arm end central axis, wherein the second pet toy arm end central axis is perpendicular to elongated second pet toy arm, and
g. an elongated third pet toy arm end in communication with the elongated third pet toy arm distal end, the elongated third pet toy arm end having a third pet toy arm end central axis, wherein the third pet toy arm end central axis is perpendicular to elongated third pet toy arm.

US Pat. No. 10,986,812

PAD-N-PAW

1. A training and communicating device for a domestic animals comprising:a paw shaped device comprising a pad having sensors embedded therein wherein the paw shaped device is configured to detect when the domestic animal touches the paw shaped device, determine whether the paw of the domestic animal that touches the paw shaped device matches a pre-registered paw, and send a wireless signal to communicate with a person only if the paw of the domestic animal that touches the paw shaped device matches the pre-registered paw;
a monitor configureed to signal a person and display an image of the domestic animal that touches the paw shaped device when a wireless signal is received from the paw shaped device; and
a mobile application configured to be installed on a smartphone and activate a notification on the smartphone when a wireless signal is received from the paw shaped device.

US Pat. No. 10,986,811

WATER DISPENSER APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING FRESH WATER TO ANIMALS

1. An animal water dispenser apparatus comprising:a container having an interior defined by wall and a bottom, said container having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet positioned below the outlet and adjacent the bottom of said container;
a tubular member connected to the inlet, the tubular member having a plurality of openings, the plurality of openings opening to the interior of the container; and
a water hose connected to the inlet, said water hose adapted to pass fresh water into said tubular member and outwardly of the plurality of openings of said tubular member and into the interior of said container, the outlet is adapted to allow water from the interior of said container to be released outwardly of said container.

US Pat. No. 10,986,810

FEED BIN MONITORING SYSTEM

The GSI Group LLC, Assum...

1. A bin monitoring system useable with an elevated feed bin having a plurality of tower legs that support the feed bin above a mounting pad so that each of the plurality of tower legs is connected to the mounting pad through the bin monitoring system, the bin monitoring system comprising:a load cell;
a support plate supporting the load cell and configured to be secured to a mounting pad;
a threaded bolt;
an inner leg mount configured to be attached to a tower leg, the inner leg mount having a leg-facing side and an upper portion, the upper portion having a bolt aperture formed therein; and
an outer bracket mounted on the load cell, the outer bracket having an upper portion and a bottom portion, the upper portion having a bolt aperture formed therein, the bottom portion having downward extending flanges, wherein the outer bracket receives the inner leg mount such that the bolt aperture of the outer bracket aligns with the bolt aperture of the inner leg mount, and the two apertures receive the threaded bolt for securing the inner leg mount to the outer bracket and wherein rotation of the threaded bolt in a first direction moves the upper portion of the inner leg mount toward the upper portion of the outer bracket and rotation of the threaded bolt in a second direction moves the upper portion of the inner leg mount away from the upper portion of the outer bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,986,809

APPARATUS FOR PREPARING FEED FOR ANIMALS

SEB S.A.

1. An apparatus for preparing feed for animals, which comprises:a first container for storing at least one liquid;
a second container for storing at least one dehydrated feed, the second container disposed adjacent to the first container and having an opening defined at a bottom of the second container;
a mixing chamber,
a first dosing system configured to dose and transfer a first predetermined amount of said at least one liquid to the mixing chamber;
a second dosing system configured to dose and transfer a second predetermined amount of said at least one dehydrated feed to the mixing chamber, the second dosing system disposed underneath the second container in communication with the opening;
a mixer, arranged at least temporarily in the mixing chamber for stirring and mixing said at least one liquid with said at least one dehydrated feed during a mixing phase, so as to form a feed ration in paste form, and
a dispenser, arranged to dispense the feed ration in paste form from the mixing chamber into a container during a dispensing phase,
wherein the mixing chamber is disposed below the second dosing system, and
wherein the dispenser is disposed below the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,986,808

DEVICE FOR LOADING ELEVATED WILDLIFE FEEDER

1. A filler system for filling an elevated wildlife feeder with wildlife feed, the filler system comprising:a base;
a base junction coupled to the base, the base junction having a first input port, a second input port, and an output port;
a hopper coupled to the first input port of the base junction;
a blower coupled to the second input port of the base junction;
a feed pipe having an upper end and a lower end, the lower end being coupled to the output port of the base junction; and
a diffuser coupled to the upper end of the feed pipe, the diffuser comprising:
an input segment having a plurality of apertures selectively spaced about at least a portion of the input segment, the apertures being selectively sized, shaped, and positioned to allow air to flow therethrough, but to prevent the wildlife feed from flowing therethrough;
an output segment having a plurality of apertures selectively spaced about at least a portion of the output segment, the apertures being selectively sized, shaped, and positioned to allow air to flow therethrough, but to prevent the wildlife feed from flowing therethrough;
a top portion; and
a screen member coupled to the top portion.

US Pat. No. 10,986,807

MOLD HAVING MEASUREMENT MARKS

1. A flexible silicone mold for molding a moldable material, the flexible silicone mold comprising:a first cavity for receiving the moldable material, wherein the first cavity includes:
a first exterior surface;
a first pair of side walls;
a first pair of end walls connected to the first pair of side walls; and
a first bottom surface connected to the first pair of end walls and the first pair of side walls, wherein the first bottom surface includes:
a plurality of first measurement marking indentations, wherein each of the plurality of first measurement marking indentations extend across at least a portion of the first bottom surface in a direction orthogonal to the first pair of side walls, and wherein each first measurement marking indentation is configured to cause a visible marking on the moldable material of the first measurement marking indentation indicating a measurement delineation for the moldable material directly on the moldable material itself; and
a plurality of first text stamps corresponding to at least one of the plurality of first measurement marking indentations, wherein the plurality of first text stamps are configured to cause visible markings on the moldable material of the plurality of first text stamps directly on the moldable material itself, wherein one of the plurality of first text stamps indicates a first measurement value associated with the at least one of the plurality of first measurement marking indentations and another one of the plurality of first text stamps indicates a second measurement value associated with the at least one of the plurality of first measurement marking indentations;
a second cavity, for receiving the moldable material, connected to the first cavity by an interior connection surface, wherein the second cavity includes:
a second exterior surface;
a second pair of side walls;
a second pair of end walls connected to the second pair of side walls; and
a second bottom surface connected to the second pair of end walls and the second pair of side walls, wherein the second bottom surface includes:
a plurality of second measurement marking indentations, wherein each of the plurality of second measurement marking indentations extend across at least a portion of the second bottom surface in a direction orthogonal to the second pair of side walls, and wherein each second measurement marking indentation is configured to cause a visible marking on the moldable material of the second measurement marking indentation indicating a measurement delineation for the moldable material directly on the moldable material itself; and
at least one second text stamp corresponding to at least one of the plurality of second measurement marking indentations, wherein the at least one second text stamp is configured to cause a visible marking on the moldable material of the at least one second text stamp directly on the moldable material itself, wherein the at least one second text stamp indicates a measurement value associated with the at least one of the plurality of first measurement marking indentations; and
at least one cavity-to-cavity support attached to the first exterior surface, the second exterior surface, and an underside of the interior connection surface to provide additional support for the first cavity and the second cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,986,806

MILKING INSTALLATION, MILKING EQUIPMENT AND TEAT CUP LINER, AND ASSOCIATED OPERATING METHOD

1. A milking installation comprising at least one milking cluster with four teat cups, wherein each teat cup comprises a cup housing and, accommodated in the cup housing, a teat cup liner with a top region and a suction region, wherein a connection for a milk tube is arranged at the cup bottom or at an end of the suction region of the teat cup liner, and a connection for a pulsator line is arranged on a wall or bottom portion of the cup housing, and a mouth portion of a sterile air pressure line is arranged in the top region of the teat cup liner, through which pressure line sterile air is introduced at a volumetric flow rate greater than a fluid aspiration volumetric flow rate at the milk tube, such that a sterile air blanket is established in the top region of the teat cup liner, wherein at least one central sterile air pressure line with at least one sterile air filter installation is included, by which each sterile air pressure line of the milking cluster is centrally supplied with sterile air, such that the sterile air volumetric flow rate is established in each sterile air pressure line which is higher than the fluid aspiration volumetric flow rate in each milk tube, whereby the sterile air blanket is established in each teat cup.

US Pat. No. 10,986,792

ROTOMOLDED VERTICAL FARMING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Just Greens, LLC, Newark...

1. A growing system, comprising:a. a first growing unit for supporting plant growth, the first growing unit defining an outer perimeter that defines a hollow space and an interior region, wherein nutrient fluids are transported to the interior region by way of the hollow space;
b. a second growing unit for supporting plant growth, the second growing unit adapted to stack relative to the first growing unit; and
c. one or more electric lights that are removably mounted relative to the first growing unit and positioned for emitting light within the interior region of the first growing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,986,791

HYDROPONIC TOWER COMPATIBLE PLANT PLUG HOLDER

MJNN LLC, South San Fran...

1. A hydroponic tower comprising:a cavity defined by a front tower surface and an inside rear surface opposite the front tower surface, wherein the front tower surface includes a cut-out; and
a plant plug holder inserted into the cut-out, the plant plug holder comprising:
an edge member, said edge member encircling a plant plug holder opening, said plant plug holder opening configured to receive a plant plug, wherein a back surface of said edge member is proximate to the front tower surface;
a base member extending rearward from said back surface of said edge member, said base member extending into the cavity such that a rearmost edge of said base member is substantially adjacent to the inside rear surface of the cavity wherein when a plant plug is fully inserted into the plant plug holder the plant plug contacts the inside rear surface of the cavity;
a rear shroud extending rearward from said back surface of said edge member, said rear shroud extending into said cavity, said rear shroud comprising:
a top member;
a first side member; and
a second side member; and
a front shroud, said front shroud extending out and away from a front surface of said edge member, wherein said front shroud encircles said plant plug holder opening.

US Pat. No. 10,986,790

SYSTEM FOR INFUSING A GAS OR LIQUIDS INTO THE ROOTS OF A PLANT

1. A device adapted for a diffusion of a gas into a non-hydroponic and non-aeroponic grow medium adjacent to a root mass of a plant, said device consisting of a geometric shape, said geometric shape comprising of a wall portion and a cavity portion having, an inlet port, an outlet port and said wall portion having a plurality of holes penetrating said wall portion for diffusing said gas from said cavity portion to said grow medium and said inlet port connected to at least one tube which is connected to a source of said gas and said gas is in communication with said grow medium by way of said holes, to said cavity and said at least one tube for diffusing the said gas to said grow medium and said device is located a distance from the root mass of the plant so that the grow medium is capable of absorbing said gas and said distance providing an accumulation buffer for said gas and said cavity having a sponge portion located within said cavity portion and said sponge portion containing a beneficial agent.

US Pat. No. 10,986,789

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSOR-ASSISTED INDOOR GARDENING

Alarm.com Incorporated, ...

24. A method comprising:obtaining, by a monitoring system, first data describing a respective current value of an attribute for each property zone of a plurality of property zones from one or more monitoring system components installed at a property;
obtaining, by the monitoring system, second data describing a respective value of a plant attribute for each of a plurality of plant types;
determining, by the monitoring system and based on (i) the obtained first data describing the respective current value of the attribute for each property zone and (ii) the obtained second data describing the respective values of a plant attribute for each of the plurality of plant types, whether each property zone provides a suitable environment for growing a particular plant type of the plurality of plant types; and
based on determining whether each property zone provides a suitable environment for growing the particular plant type:
generating a message, for transmission to a user device, that recommends placement of the particular plant type in at least one property zone.

US Pat. No. 10,986,788

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING TEMPERATURE CONTROL IN A GROW POD

GROW SOLUTIONS TECH LLC, ...

1. A control system comprising:a shell including an enclosed area;
one or more carts moving on a track within the enclosed area;
an air supplier within the enclosed area;
an imaging sensor configured to capture an image of a plant in the one or more carts;
one or more vents connected to the air supplier and configured to output air within the enclosed area; and
a controller comprising:
one or more processors;
one or more memory modules; and
machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the controller to:
identify the plant on the one or more carts;
determine a humidity recipe for the identified plant;
control the air output from the one or more vents based on the humidity recipe for the identified plant;
receive an image of the plant the in one or more carts captured by the imaging sensor; and
update the humidity recipe for the plant based on the captured image of the plant.

US Pat. No. 10,986,787

HYDROPONIC TOWER COMPATIBLE PLANT PLUG HOLDER

MJNN LLC, South San Fran...

1. A hydroponic system, comprising:a hydroponic tower, said hydroponic tower comprising:
a tower face plate, said tower face plate comprising at least one cut-out, and
a central cavity defined by a front tower surface and an inside rear surface opposite the front surface;
a plant plug holding unit configured to be inserted into said cut-out of said tower face plate, said plant plug holding unit comprising:
an edge member, said edge member encircling said plant plug holding unit, wherein a front surface of said edge member is proximate to a rear tower surface of said tower face plate when said plant plug holding unit is fully inserted into said cut-out of the tower face plate; and
at least one plant plug holder integrated into said plant plug holding unit, each plant plug holder of said at least one plant plug holder comprising:
a plant plug holder opening, said plant plug holder opening configured to receive a plant plug;
a base member extending rearward from a back surface of said edge member, said base member extending into the central cavity of said hydroponic tower such that a rearmost edge of the base member is substantially adjacent to the inside rear surface of the tower, said base member configured to support said plant plug within said plant plug holder;
a top shroud member extending rearward from said back surface of said edge member a portion of the distance between the rear tower surface and the inside rear surface, said top shroud member extending into said central cavity of said hydroponic tower, said top shroud member configured to limit plant plug erosion; and
a pair of side members member extending rearward from said back surface of said edge member, said pair of side members extending into said central cavity of said hydroponic tower, said pair of side members configured to maintain the position of said plant plug within said plant plug holder.

US Pat. No. 10,986,786

MOVABLE PLANT RACK DRAINAGE SYSTEM

1. A drainage system for connecting a rack drain on a laterally slidable mobile plant rack to a stationary building drain, wherein the mobile plant rack extends between top, bottom, front, rear, first side and second sides defining an interior rack space and the rack drain includes a discharge end, and wherein the mobile plant rack is operable to slide between a first position wherein the stationary building drain is proximate thereto and a second position wherein the stationary building drain is distal thereto, the drainage system comprising:at least one horizontal support proximate to the bottom of the mobile plant rack;
a flexible conduit fluidically connected to the discharge end of the rack drain, extending arcuately between a receiving end fixed within the interior rack space and a discharge end fixed outside of the interior rack space, wherein said discharge end is fluidically connected to the stationary building drain;
wherein said receiving end of said flexible conduit is raised above said discharge end; and
wherein said flexible conduit is supported by said at least one horizontal support to maintain a generally down slope grade between said receiving end and said discharge end of said flexible conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,986,785

CONTINUOUS ROUND BALER AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A crop harvesting system, comprising:a first bale chamber and a second bale chamber operably coupled by a conveyor system;
wherein the first bale chamber is positioned at a front of the baler and the second bale chamber is positioned at a rear of the baler, wherein each of the first and second bale chambers comprise a first sidewall and a second sidewall, an entry point at the front of the first and second bale chambers, an outlet at a rear of the first and second bale chambers, and at least one floor roller positioned at a bottom of each of the bale chambers transverse to the first and second sidewalls;
wherein the conveyor system is positioned between the first and second bale chambers;
wherein the first bale chamber comprises a variable shape, defined by a first serpentine system comprising at least one belt in operable contact with at least one movable roller to facilitate movement of a bale in the first bale chamber, and out of the first bale chamber and into the second bale chamber; and
wherein the second bale chamber comprises a plurality of stationary rollers,
wherein the second chamber further comprises a gate roller in contact with the at least one belt, wherein in a first operable condition, the gate roller is positioned in a lower position closing the entry point at the front of the second bale chamber, and wherein in a second operable condition, the gate roller is positioned in an upper position exposing the entry point at the front of the second bale chamber; and
wherein the first serpentine system comprises a bale carrier positioned forward of the gate roller, wherein in the first operable condition, the bale carrier is positioned in a lower position closing the outlet at the rear of the first bale chamber, and wherein in the second operable condition, the bale carrier is positioned in an upper position exposing the outlet at the rear of the first bale chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,986,784

KNOTTER SYSTEM FOR A BALER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A knotter system for a baler for performing a knotter cycle comprising a first knot forming cycle and a second knot forming cycle, the knotter system comprising:a needle configured for delivering a needle twine;
a tucker arm configured for delivering a tucker twine;
a twine receiver configured for holding the needle twine and the tucker twine;
a billhook assembly comprising a billhook with a lower lip and an upper lip mounted pivotally with respect to the lower lip along a pivotal axis, the billhook being mounted rotatably around a rotation axis and being arranged for receiving the needle twine and the tucker twine;
a cutting arm configured for cutting twines;
a twine finger configured for guiding at least the needle twine;
a driver configured:
to make the billhook perform at least a first full rotation around the rotation axis during the first knot forming cycle and a second full rotation around the rotation axis during the second knot forming cycle;
to move the cutting arm a first time from a rest position to an extended position and back during the first knot forming cycle and a second time during the second knot forming cycle; and
to move the twine finger at least a first time during the first knot forming cycle and a second time during the second knot forming cycle,
wherein the billhook, cutting arm, and twine finger are configured such that, at an end of the second knot forming cycle, a bale movement of a bale which is being formed by the baler exerts a pulling force on the twines which removes the twines from the billhook,
wherein the cutting arm is configured for sweeping a formed knot from the billhook during the first knot forming cycle and only partly during the second knot forming cycle, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,986,783

HAY FLUFFER WITH REMOVABLE TINES

1. A hay fluffer comprising:a frame that is configured to be pulled by a vehicle;
a drive assembly supported by the frame for propelling the hay fluffer;
the drive assembly comprising:
a rotating shaft powered by a chain, a drive gear, and the rotation of at least one wheel of the hay fluffer;
a plurality of cogs attached to the rotating shaft, each cog of the plurality of cogs containing three recesses equidistantly spaced around a circumference of each cog;
a plurality of tine sets, each tine set of the plurality of tine sets containing an acute bend matching at least one of the three recesses of each of the plurality of cogs;
wherein a tine set of each of the plurality of tine sets is secured in a recess of the three recesses of a cog of the plurality cogs by a single, removable fastener; and
wherein each tine set of the plurality of tine sets is one continuous rod, bent to an acute angle of between 45 degrees to 75 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,986,782

STAND-ON LAWN CARE VEHICLE WITH ADJUSTABLE HYDRAULIC PUMP

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A riding lawn care vehicle comprising:a frame to which at least a pair of drive wheels are operably coupled;
an engine operably coupled to the frame via an engine platform, the engine being disposed substantially between the drive wheels to selectively provide drive power to the drive wheels via respective hydraulic pumps;
a steering assembly comprising control levers operably coupled to respective ones of the drive wheels via the respective hydraulic pumps, the steering assembly enabling steering of the riding lawn care vehicle based on drive speed control of the drive wheels responsive to positioning of the control levers;
a support platform operably coupled to the frame at a rear portion of the riding lawn care vehicle to support a standing operator;
a front platform operably coupled to the frame forward of the engine platform, the front platform supporting the hydraulic pumps; and
a bypass assembly configured to enable the hydraulic pumps to be simultaneously engaged or disengaged from a single location at the riding lawn care vehicle via operation of a single actuator,
wherein the single actuator comprises a universal bypass lever that slides along a surface of the front platform,
wherein the universal bypass lever is configured to be moved inward to engage the hydraulic pumps and moved outward to disengage the hydraulic pumps, and
wherein movement of the universal bypass lever causes movement of a local bypass lever of each of the hydraulic pumps to move in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,986,781

AUGER ATTACHMENT SETS FOR HEADERS OF WORK MACHINES

1. A machine comprising:a chassis; and
a header coupled to the chassis and positioned to remove crop material from the ground, wherein the header includes an auger structured to interact with crop material passed through the header in use of the machine, wherein the auger has a drum configured for rotation about a drum axis and at least one auger attachment set coupled to the drum, wherein the at least one auger attachment set includes paddles that extend outwardly away from the drum over a first distance and are structured to interact with crop material passed through the header to at least partially facilitate a uniform flow of crop material through the auger in use of the machine, wherein the at least one auger attachment set includes flighting that extends outwardly away from the drum over a second distance and is structured to interact with crop material passed through the header to facilitate, in cooperation with the paddles, the uniform flow of crop material through the auger in use of the machine, wherein the second distance is equal to, or greater than, the first distance, wherein the flighting contacts the paddles coupled to the drum, wherein the paddles coupled to the drum include a first pair of paddles arranged in close proximity to one another and a second pair of paddles arranged in close proximity to one another, and wherein the first and second pairs of paddles are circumferentially spaced from one another about the drum axis.

US Pat. No. 10,986,780

COTTON CLEANER SAW DRUM WITH BUFFER RING

1. A cotton cleaner for cleaning cotton harvested by a cotton stripper, the cotton cleaner comprising:grid bars,
a saw drum comprising saw teeth, the saw drum positioned in proximity to the grid bars and rotatable about an axis of rotation of the saw drum for the saw teeth to remove cotton from harvested cotton plant material that passes between the saw drum and the grid bars, and
a buffer ring supported by and disposed around the saw drum such that an outer diameter of the buffer ring is greater than an outer diameter of the saw teeth for contact of a grid bar of the grid bars with the buffer ring upon deflection of that grid bar toward the saw drum.

US Pat. No. 10,986,779

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE BILLET CHOPPER

EHS MANUFACTURING PTY LTD...

1. An apparatus for chopping agricultural produce into billet lengths of between 70-350 mm in length, the apparatus comprising:at least two rotatable chopper drums to which at least one of a plurality of radially exposed cutting blades is mounted that interacts with at least one other cutting blade of the plurality of radially exposed cutting blades to cut the produce into billets, a first cutting blade of the at least one of the plurality of cutting blades mounted in a corresponding first recess of a plurality of recesses in a first rotatable chopper drum of the at least two rotatable chopper drums and fixed securely in place in the first recess by a first clamp of at least one clamps, the first clamp applying a substantially radially aligned inwardly directed force to secure the first cutting blade in the first recess without fasteners intersecting the first blade, and the first clamp correspondingly shaped relative to the first recess to progressively tighten the first blade in the first recess substantially radially inwardly relative to a rotational axis of the first chopper drum,wherein the first chopper drum comprises:a plurality of ridges that extend along the length of the first chopper drum;
a higher side wall providing support for the first cutting blade at a rear face of the first cutting blade; and
an opposed lower side wall supporting the first clamp, the higher side wall being higher than the lower side wall relative to a base of the first recess;
the first cutting blade has a main body and an innermost portion of the main body that is the first cutting blade's radially innermost portion in the base;
the first clamp has a rear wall that is adapted to support a front face of the first cutting blade; and
the higher side wall is adapted to support the rear face radially outwardly further from the innermost portion than the rear wall is adapted to support the first cutting blade.

US Pat. No. 10,986,778

WEED SEED DEVITALIZER CONTROL

1. A harvester comprising:a weed seed devitalizer;
a sensor supported by the harvester within an interior of the harvester, wherein the sensor is configured to output data indicating forthcoming weed seeds; and
a controller configured to:
receive the data from the sensor indicating forthcoming weed seeds; and
output control signals controlling the weed seed devitalizer based on the data.

US Pat. No. 10,986,777

VENTED SIDE MEMBER FOR AN AGRICULTURAL VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An agricultural vehicle, comprising:a chassis;
at least one rotor supported by the chassis and configured for threshing a crop material, the at least one rotor defining a rotor axis;
at least one exterior side member supported by the chassis and including at least one outlet;
an air conduit located underneath the at least one rotor and configured for providing an airstream directed to the at least one exterior side member such that the airstream forces a material other than grain out through the at least one outlet; and
a plurality of guide plates adjacent to the rotor and configured for guiding the material other than grain concentrically around the rotor axis,
wherein the air conduit extends along the rotor axis underneath at least a portion of the at least one rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,986,776

FLOW RATE CONTROL FOR A COMBINE HARVESTER UNLOADING SYSTEM

AGCO Corporation, Duluth...

1. A grain unloading system for a combine harvester comprising:a grain bin comprising a frame, the frame comprising a floor with a trough disposed therein;
an unloading auger disposed at least partially within the trough;
an auger cover that at least partially covers the auger, the auger cover comprising a hat for a top portion of the auger cover and a pair of gates movable between the hat and locations on the floor that are proximal to the trough;
a gate adjustment structure coupled to the pair of gates to move the pair of gates relative to the auger, wherein the gate adjustment structure comprises:
a rotatable shaft;
a first crank rigidly affixed to the rotatable shaft;
a second crank rigidly affixed to the rotatable shaft;
a first link assembly coupled between the first crank and one gate of the pair gates;
a second link assembly coupled between the second crank and an other gate of the pair of gates, wherein the first and second link assemblies comprise respective first and second links that straddle the auger cover and are each pivotably secured to its respective gate of the pair of gates; and,
a control system coupled to the gate adjustment structure and configured to control the gate adjustment structure, wherein when the control system causes the gate adjustment structure to move the pair of gates to a maximum closed position, a gap remains between the floor and a bottom edge of each of the pair of gates.

US Pat. No. 10,986,775

GROUND WORKING SYSTEM WITH AN ENDLESS BOUNDARY WIRE

1. A ground working system comprising:at least one self-driving ground working device having a drive, a control unit and a battery for supplying energy to said at least one self-driving ground working device;
a boundary wire enclosing an operating region (A);
said at least one self-driving ground working device being configured to travel along a traveling path (W) determined by said control unit in said operating region (A);
at least one first base station electrically connected to said boundary wire at a first location thereon and configured to generate a signal on said boundary wire;
said boundary wire signal being configured to induce a reception signal in said at least one self-driving ground working device;
said at least one self-driving ground working device being configured to process said reception signal;
a further base station electrically connected to said boundary wire at a second location thereon spaced from said first location;
said further base station being configured as a repeater which receives said boundary wire signal transmitted by said at least one first base station on said boundary wire, processes said boundary wire signal and passes on said boundary wire signal;
wherein said at least one first base station and said further base station each have a transmission/reception unit corresponding with a reception unit and a transmission unit;
wherein one of said at least one first base station and said further base station operates as a master;
wherein another one of said at least one first base station and said further base station operates as a slave;
wherein said boundary wire is laid as a wire loop which is interrupted once for the electrical connection of the one of said at least one first base station as the master and a further time for the electrical connection to said further base station as the slave; and,
wherein at least one of said at least one first base station and said further base station are configured as a charging station for the battery of said at least one self-driving ground working device.

US Pat. No. 10,986,774

ADJUSTABLE FERTILIZER APPLICATION IMPLEMENT

AG FOCUS LLC, Lexington,...

1. An agricultural implement for applying fertilizer comprising:a main frame for connecting said agricultural implement to agricultural equipment for traveling in a direction of travel, said main frame having a centerline;
a swing arm pivotally connected to said main frame, said swing arm having a free end;
an adjustable actuator interconnecting said swing arm to said main frame to control the movement of said swing arm with respect to said main frame;
a pair of discs mounted to said free end of said swing arm for rotation with respect to said swing arm; said pair of discs are offset mounted with respect to one another in a direction parallel with respect to said centerline and are angled outwardly with respect to said direction of travel of said agricultural implement; said pair of discs having a concave face; said pair of discs forming grooves for the receipt of fertilizer;
fertilizer tubes mounted adjacent said pair of discs, said fertilizer tubes terminating behind said pair of discs with respect to said direction of travel, said fertilizer tubes being adapted for depositing fertilizer in the grooves formed by said pair of discs;
a furrow closer attached to said main frame to close the groove opened by said pair of discs;
whereby said pair of discs are concave and angled outwardly to squeeze the soil together to create a groove with a wall, said pair of discs being offset to facilitate residue flow and prevent pinch points.

US Pat. No. 10,986,773

LOOK-AHEAD FUNCTIONALITY TUNING FOR INDEPENDENT SECTIONS

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. An agricultural product delivery system comprising a controller, wherein the controller comprises a non-transitory computer readable medium configured to store instructions, and a processor configured to execute the instructions, wherein the instructions comprise instructions to:determine a first time-to-target of a first metering section of an agricultural implement in a field;
determine a second time-to-target of a second metering section of the agricultural implement in the field;
control a first motor coupled to the first metering section to an ON state when the first time-to-target is less than or equal to a first delivery delay of the first metering section; and
control a second motor coupled to the second metering section to the ON state when the second time-to-target is less than or equal to a second delivery delay of the second metering section.

US Pat. No. 10,986,772

WORKING ELEMENT OF AN AGRICULTURAL MACHINE HAVING A SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING THE DOWN-PRESSURE

KUHN S.A., Saverne (FR)

1. A working element of an agricultural machine, comprising:a tool;
a deformable connecting structure to be mounted on a substantially horizontal beam of the machine to connect the tool to the machine, the connecting structure comprising:
at least one upper arm;
at least one lower arm; and
a down-pressure adjusting system having a movable mechanism and a reference member fixed to the at least one upper arm,
the movable mechanism comprising a lever and a resilient member pivotally attached to the at least one lower arm, the lever being mounted rotatably relative to the resilient member about a first axis, the movable mechanism allowing:
an engaged state in which the movable mechanism is held against the reference member, and wherein the movable mechanism can assume at least one working position in which the adjusting system applies a down-pressure to the tool of the working element; and
an adjusting state in which the movable mechanism is movable relative to the reference member about a lower axis,
wherein the movable mechanism comprises a second axis different from the first axis,
wherein the movable mechanism allows an intermediate state in which the lever is rotatable about the second axis, and
wherein, in the intermediate state, when the first axis is on a first side of a plane passing through the lower axis and through said second axis, the resilient member stresses the lever toward the reference member.

US Pat. No. 10,986,771

MANUAL GRANULE SPREADER

JANG AUTOMATION CO., LTD....

1. A manual granule spreader comprising:a main body (10) including a single wheel (101a) and a handle bar (103a) so as to be driven by manpower and a wheel frame (101) having the single wheel (101a) provided on a lower end part thereof;
a hopper (20) having a plurality of discharge chutes (201) provided on a lower part thereof, granules loaded in the hopper being discharged through the plurality of discharge chutes (201);
a spreading module (30) provided on the lower part of the hopper (20) and on an upper part of the main body (10), the spreading module including a spreading roller (303) rotatably provided therein so as to spread the granules discharged from the hopper (20) via first spreading means (304) positioned in opposite directions under the spreading module;
a power transmission means (40) provided on one side of the wheel frame, the power transmission means transmitting a rotational force of the single wheel (101a) to the spreading roller (303) and allowing the spreading roller (303) to spread the granules while the spreading roller is rotating,
wherein the power transmission means (40) comprises:
a drive sprocket (401) provided on an end portion of a rotation shaft of the single wheel (101a);
a following sprocket (402) directly connected to the one side of the wheel frame so as to be vertically spaced apart from the drive sprocket (401) at a predetermined distance;
a roller chain (403) connecting the drive sprocket (401) and the following sprocket (402) therebetween; and
a driving wire (404), which is flexible, connecting a rotation shaft of the following sprocket (402) to a rotation shaft of the spreading roller (303) and being configured to transmit a rotational force of the following sprocket (402) to the spreading roller (303) so that the following sprocket and the spreading roller rotate to have the same rotation number, wherein the driving wire is configured to transmit the rotational force to the spreading roller (303) though the hopper (20) moves vertically.

US Pat. No. 10,986,770

COATING FLOWABLE CONTACT-TOLERANT GRANULES, INCLUDING SEEDS

1. An apparatus for coating flowable contact-tolerant granules, comprising:a hopper to receive said granules having a bottom orifice;
an application chamber having a separator positioned below said orifice and converging lower walls, whereby granules flowing from said hopper into said application chamber and over said separator are separated into flowing subflows of granules;
at least one applicator positioned in said application chamber to apply a coating material onto said flowing subflows of granules and to partially coat said granules in said subflows, wherein said converging lower walls recombine said flowing subflows of granules into said flow of granules;
a wheel having a rigid central portion rotating at a wheel rotation rate around a substantially vertical axis of rotation, said wheel having peripheral apertures larger than said granules, said central portion being positioned a drop height below said converging lower walls of said application chamber, whereby when said granules fall onto said rigid central portion of said rotating wheel from said drop height, said granules bounce and contact other granules, whereby said coating material is spread on said granules by gentle granule-to-granule contact and by contact with any of said coating material on said wheel and said granules are impelled by centrifugal force to said peripheral apertures and fall through said peripheral apertures with wheel momentum;
a funnel having funnel walls, a wide end, and a narrow end, said wide end being positioned under said wheel and being wide enough to receive granules falling through said peripheral apertures, said funnel having a funnel rotation rate, whereby when said granules fall through said peripheral apertures with wheel momentum and contact said funnel walls rotating at said funnel rotation rate and fall down said funnel walls towards said narrow end, said granules tumble against each other, and coating material is further spread on said granules by gentle granule-to-granule contact and by contact with any of said coating material on said funnel walls;
an enclosed auger tilted at an inclined angle, having a top end and a bottom end, open at both top and bottom ends, with said bottom end positioned to receive granules falling through said narrow end of said funnel, whereby when said auger rotates, granules are pushed upwardly, whereby said granules roll over each other and said coating material is further spread on said granules by gentle granule-to-granule contact and by contact with any of said coating material in said auger, until said granules are discharged out the top end.

US Pat. No. 10,986,768

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT APPLICATION IN OVERLAP AREAS

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A method of applying an agricultural product to an agricultural field with an agricultural product delivery arrangement, the agricultural product delivery arrangement having a product dispensing unit and a control system for controlling a rate of product flow through the product dispensing unit, the method comprising:determining a first portion of the agricultural field wherein agricultural product will be delivered at least twice to the agricultural field and designating the first portion of the agricultural field as an overlap area;
determining a second portion of the agricultural field outside of the overlap area;
dispensing a predetermined first product amount on both the overlap area and the second portion of the field in a first pass of the product dispensing unit over the field; and
dispensing a second product amount on the overlap area of the agricultural field in a subsequent pass of the product dispensing unit over the field, the second product amount being less than the predetermined first product amount dispensed on the overlap area and second portion of the field in the first pass of the product dispensing unit over the field.

US Pat. No. 10,986,767

USING SMART-PHONES AND OTHER HAND-HELD MOBILE DEVICES IN PRECISION AGRICULTURE

AGJUNCTION LLC, Scottsda...

1. An apparatus including a programmable autosteering assembly and a portable computing device, wherein the programmable autosteering assembly includes a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver, an actuator assembly arranged to attach to a steering wheel of a vehicle, and a steering control module coupled to the GNSS receiver and the actuator assembly, the steering control module to generate steering commands based on positioning information from the GNSS receiver, the steering commands arranged to actuate the steering wheel to autosteer the vehicle, wherein the GNSS receiver, the actuator assembly, and the steering control module include control software, respectively, that is individually updatable using control software distributed by a remote server, the apparatus comprising:a control system configured to:
monitor an online queue associated with the remote server for the presence of updated control software content;
in the case of the presence of updated control software content in the online queue, provide data based thereon in an offline queue, wherein the portable computing device includes a storage for the offline queue;
waiting for a time period in which a wired communication interface of the portable computing device is attached to a wired interface of the vehicle or a wireless communication interface of the vehicle is in range of a wireless communication interface of the portable computing device; and
in the time period, transferring contents of the offline queue to the vehicle, wherein the control system includes a processor in the programmable autosteering assembly to distribute update(s) included in the contents to one or more of the GNSS receiver, the actuator assembly, and the steering control module.

US Pat. No. 10,986,766

SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS FOR MONITORING AND ADJUSTING ACTUAL SEED DEPTHS DURING A PLANTING OPERATION BASED ON SOIL MOISTURE CONTENT

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method for adjusting a seed depth associated with depositing a seed within a furrow in soil within a field during a planting operation of an agricultural implement, the method comprising:determining, by a computing device, a target seed depth based on a moisture content of the soil within the field;
sensing, by sensors operatively connected to the computing device, a seed depth parameter indicative of a seed depth of the seed within the furrow relative to a ground surface of the field, wherein sensing the seed depth parameter comprises sensing within the furrow in a first seed location where seed is deposited from a seed tube and sensing the seed depth parameter in a second seed location where seed previously deposited in the furrow is positioned next to a closing location within the furrow;
comparing, by the computing device, the seed depth parameter of seed deposited in the first location with the seed depth parameter of seed in the second location; determining an average seed depth parameter from a computation of the seed depth parameter in the first location and the seed depth parameter in the second location;
comparing, by the computing device, the average seed depth parameter to a target seed depth parameter that describes the target seed depth; and
initiating, by the computing device, a control action configured to adjust the seed depth parameter towards the target seed depth parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,986,765

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR QUANTIFYING SOIL ROUGHNESS

Topcon Positioning System...

1. A method for determining a soil roughness measure comprising:transmitting, by a transducer, an ultrasonic signal towards a soil surface;
receiving, by the transducer, 1) a first echo signal as a direct reflection of the ultrasonic signal from a first point on the soil surface, and 2) a second echo signal as a direct reflection of the ultrasonic signal from a second point on the soil surface, wherein the first echo signal is a first received echo signal of the ultrasonic signal within a time window and the second echo signal is a last received echo signal of the ultrasonic signal within the time window;
calculating a first distance between the transducer and the first point on the soil surface based on the first echo signal;
calculating a second distance between the transducer and the second point on the soil surface based on the second echo signal; and
determining a soil roughness measure of the soil surface based on a difference between the first distance and the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,986,764

FRONT LIFTING DEVICE FOR AN AGRICULTURAL MACHINE AND ASSOCIATED CONTROL METHOD

1. A device for hitching and lifting a tool, capable of being mounted to an agricultural machine, comprising:a chassis (1) to be attached to the agricultural machine;
an arm (2) hinged to the chassis and including, at an end of thereof, a hitching means (8) for hitching the tool;
an actuator (4) comprised of a cylinder and rod, a first one of said cylinder and rod connected to the chassis, and a second one of said cylinder and rod connected to the arm, said actuator configured so as to ensure that a movement of the arm is such that an extent of an actuator stroke enables the end of the arm, provided with the hitching means, to successively sweep across a minimum bottom first position, a maximum top second position, and a retracted third position in which the arm is folded against the chassis;
supply means (9, 10, 10a, 10b) for supplying the actuator;
detecting means (C) for detecting a position of the end of the arm, said detecting means configured to deactivate the supply means when the end of the arm has reached the maximum top second position; and
a by-pass control (R), comprised of a switch with a stable position and an unstable position, wherein said switch when in the unstable position deactivates the detecting means so that the supply means causes the actuator to advance the end of the arm to the retracted third position.

US Pat. No. 10,986,763

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE SERVICE LIFE OF AN AGRICULTURAL PLANTER

1. A method for providing pivoting support to an agricultural planter, with a reduction in wear-induced free motion, comprising the steps of:providing a tractor;
providing an agricultural planter;
providing a first support arm, configured to be coupled to the tractor;
the first support arm configured with a first support arm pivot location orifice, having an inside first support arm pivot location orifice diameter;
providing a pivoting support arm, configured to be coupled to portions of the agricultural planter;
the pivoting support arm configured with a pivoting support arm pivot location orifice and a pivoting support arm peg receiving orifice;
providing a rotation-limited intermediate member;
the rotation-limited intermediate member configured with a rotation-limited intermediate member panel portion with protruding therefrom a rotation-limited intermediate member collar portion, with an outside collar diameter and an inside rotation-limited intermediate member pivot location orifice diameter; and, a rotation-limited intermediate member peg portion;
the outside collar diameter being larger than the first support arm pivot location orifice by an amount greater than or equal to a difference between inside rotation-limited intermediate member pivot location orifice diameter the inside first support arm pivot location orifice diameter;
inserting the rotation-limited intermediate member collar portion into the pivoting support arm pivot location orifice such that the rotation-limited intermediate member peg portion is aligned with and received into the pivoting support arm peg receiving orifice;
inserting a connecting threaded member through the first support arm pivot location orifice, through the pivoting support arm pivot location orifice, the rotation-limited intermediate member pivot location orifice;
tightening a hex-headed bushing over the connecting threaded member; and
tightening a terminal nut over the connecting threaded member.

US Pat. No. 10,986,762

BEACH UMBRELLA HOLE DIGGING DEVICE

1. An umbrella hole plunger adapted for excavating uniform holes in a sand surface, said umbrella hole plunger consisting:a. an open distal portion adapted to penetrate said sand surface;
b. an elongated body extending from said open distal portion;
c. a closed proximate portion opposite said distal portion and offset about forty-five degrees from a vertical centerline of said elongated body, and
d. an elbow aligned between said elongated body and said closed proximate portion, wherein said elbow includes an inner curved face adapted to substantially contact sand in an operating position and an outer curved face, and wherein said umbrella hole plunger evacuates sand consisting of a uniform plug of sand.
US Pat. No. 10,987,662

DESILICATED ZSM-5 CATALYSTS FOR XYLENE ISOMERIZATION

Ineos US Chemicals Compan...

1. A method of making a xylene isomerization catalyst comprising the steps of:(i) contacting a ZSM-5 zeolite starting material having a silica to alumina molar ratio of about 20 to about 50, in the form of a powder having a mesopore surface area in the range of about 50 m2/gram to about 200 m2/gram in a reactor with a base at a temperature of about 20° C. to about 100° C. for a caustic treatment period of about 1 minute to about 10 hours to provide an intermediate zeolite material, wherein the ZSM-5 zeolite is present in the base in an amount of about 1 weight % to about 20 weight %, wherein the base is selected from the group consisting of:
NaOH, LiOH, KOH, RbOH, CsOH, Mg(OH)2, Ca(OH)2, NH4OH, Li2O, Na2O, K2O, Rb2O, Cs2O, MgO, and CaO; or
alkali metal alkoxides having the formula R?OM wherein R? is selected from the group consisting of methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl, butyl, pentyl, and phenyl, and M is selected from the group consisting of Li, Na, and K; or
alkyl ammonium hydroxides having the formula R?NH3OH, R?2NH2OH, R?3NHOH, R?4NOH, wherein R? is selected from the group consisting of methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl, and butyl; or
any combination thereof;
and wherein the base is added to the reactor incrementally or continuously during the caustic treatment period;
(ii) recovering the intermediate ZSM-5 zeolite material of step (i);
(iii) contacting the intermediate zeolite material with an acid at a temperature of about 20° C. to about 100° C. for an acid treatment period of about 1 minute to about 10 hours to provide an acid treated ZSM-5 zeolite product;
(iv) recovering the acid treated ZSM-5 zeolite material; and
(v) calcining the acid treated ZSM-5 zeolite material at a temperature in the range of about 300° C. to about 700° C. for a period of time in the range of about 0.2 hours to about 6 hours to provide a desilicated ZSM-5 zeolite product having a silica to alumina molar ratio of about 20 to about 150 and having a mesopore surface area greater than the mesopore surface area of the zeolite starting material and in the range of about 100 m2/gram to about 400 m2/gram.
US Pat. No. 10,988,432

PROCESS FOR THE CO-PRODUCTION OF ACETIC ACID AND ACETIC ANHYDRIDE

Ineos Acetyls UK Limited,...

1. A continuous process for the co-production of acetic acid and acetic anhydride which comprises the steps of:(a) contacting in a reaction zone carbon monoxide with a liquid reaction composition comprising methyl acetate or a mixture of dimethyl ether and methyl acetate, a Group VIII metal catalyst, methyl iodide, acetic acid, acetic anhydride, water in a concentration of 0.1 wt % or less;
(b) withdrawing liquid reaction composition from the reaction zone and introducing at least a portion of the withdrawn liquid reaction composition into a flash separation zone; and
(c) removing from the flash separation zone a vapour fraction comprising acetic anhydride, acetic acid and methyl iodide and a liquid fraction comprising acetic anhydride, and Group VIII metal catalyst;
wherein the liquid reaction composition introduced into the flash separation zone comprises at least one metal salt selected from salts of Group IA and Group IIA metals and the molar ratio of acetic acid to acetic anhydride in the vapour fraction removed from the flash separation zone is maintained in the range 1.2 to 3:1; and
wherein the process further comprises conducting at least a portion of the acetic acid of the vapour fraction to an esterification process in which the acetic acid is esterified with methanol to form methyl acetate, and conducting at least a portion of the methyl acetate so formed to the reaction zone for reaction in step (a).
US Pat. No. 10,988,688

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING QUANTUM DOT

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A quantum dot manufacturing method comprising:(a) dispersing, in a solvent, nano-seed particles whose crystal planes are exposed; and
(b) growing flat-plate-shaped first nitride semiconductor layers epitaxially on the exposed crystal planes of the nano-seed particles in the solvent, the first nitride semiconductor layers being made of Inx(AlmGan)1-xN (0.15?x?1.0, m+n=1.0).
US Pat. No. 10,989,712

DIAGNOSIS OF A NEUROAUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

EUROIMMUN MEDIZINISCHE LA...

1. A method, comprising:contacting a patient sample to a peptide comprising
(i) diacylglycerol lipase alpha (DAGLA) according to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 4,
(ii) the amino acid sequence according to SEQ ID NO: 26 or SEQ ID NO: 28, or
(iii) a variant of DAGLA having at least 95% identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 4, wherein the variations occur in the amino acid sequence according to SEQ ID NO: 23, SEQ ID NO: 24, SEQ ID NO: 25, or SEQ ID NO: 27,
wherein the peptide comprising DAGLA, the amino acid sequence according to SEQ ID NO: 26 or SEQ ID NO: 28, or the variant of DAGLA is immobilized on a solid support, and
detecting, in a sample from the patient, an autoantibody binding to DAGLA, the amino acid sequence according to SEQ ID NO: 26 or SEQ ID NO: 28, or the variant of DAGLA.
US Pat. No. 10,987,664

PROCESS FOR PREPARING A STRUCTURALLY SELECTIVE OLIGOMERIZATION CATALYST OF PROLONGED STABILITY BY PRECIPITATION

Evonik Operations GmbH, ...

1. A process for preparing a nickel aluminosilicate catalyst having a silicon/aluminium ratio of 8 to 100 and a nickel content of 0.5% to 15% by weight, wherein the process comprises:a. preparing a precipitate suspension by dissolving at least two templates A and B, at least one aluminium source, at least one nickel source and at least one silicon source in a water-based solvent, wherein the individual components are to be selected such that the prepared suspension has a pH of more than 8.5;
b. adjusting the pH by addition of an inorganic acid to a pH in the range from 7.5 to 12;
c. precipitating the catalyst composition out of the precipitate suspension from step b in a pressure-tight vessel at a temperature of 100 to 180° C.;
d. removing the catalyst composition precipitated in step c, to obtain a precipitated catalyst composition;
e. drying and calcining the precipitated catalyst composition, to obtain a calcined catalyst composition;
f. admixing the calcined catalyst composition with a solution containing ammonium ions;
g. drying and calcining the catalyst composition that has been admixed with the solution in step f, to obtain said nickel aluminosilicate catalyst having a silicon/aluminium ratio of 8 to 100 and a nickel content of 0.5% to 15% by weight.
US Pat. No. 10,989,713

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EXTENDING DYNAMIC RANGE IN ASSAYS FOR THE DETECTION OF MOLECULES OR PARTICLES

Quanterix Corporation, B...

1. A system for determining a measure of the concentration of analyte molecules or particles in a fluid sample, comprising:at least one detector configured to address locations of an assay substrate, able to produce at least one signal indicative of the presence or absence of an analyte molecule or particle at each location addressed and having an intensity varying with the number of analyte molecules or particles at each location; and
at least one signal processor configured to determine from the at least one signal a measure indicative of the number or percentage of said locations containing at least one analyte molecule or particle, and further configured to, based upon the measure indicative of the number or percentage, either determine a measure of the concentration of analyte molecules or particles in the fluid sample based at least in part on the measure indicative of the number or percentage of locations containing at least one analyte molecule or particle, or determine a measure of the concentration of analyte molecules or particles in the fluid sample based at least in part on an intensity level of the at least one signal indicative of the presence of a plurality of analyte molecules or particles.
US Pat. No. 10,987,409

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED ENCAPSULATION OF FUNCTIONAL PROTEINS IN POLYMERIC VESICLES

POSEIDA THERAPEUTICS, INC...

1. A method of preparing a suspension of a polymersome-encapsulated functional protein, comprising:a) thermally blending a quantity of a block copolymer with a quantity of a low molecular weight polyethylene glycol (PEG) for at least 30 minutes, wherein the thermal blending is performed at 90-100° C., wherein the low molecular weight PEG has a molecular weight no greater than that of PEG500;
b) mixing and cooling a resulting PEG/polymer formulation to room temperature;
c) adding an aliquot of a solution of the functional protein to a sample containing the PEG/polymer formulation, wherein a ratio of the added aliquot to the PEG/polymer formulation is between 0.5:1 and 1.5:1 by volume;
d) subsequently performing at least three additional dilution steps such that polymersomes that are generated are progressively saturated with the functional protein, wherein each additional dilution step comprises:
adding to the sample an additional amount of the solution of the functional protein;
mixing a resulting dispersion of the functional protein in the PEG/polymer formulation; and
sonicating the resulting dispersion for at least 30 minutes; and
e) removing surface-associated protein from polymersomes in the suspension of the polymersome-encapsulated functional protein, after the at least three dilution steps using proteolysis, wherein using proteolysis comprises:
treating the PEG/polymer/protein sample with a 0.4 wt % pronase solution for at least 18 hours at room temperature; and
allowing dialysis of the mixed PEG/polymer/protein sample at 4° C. for at least twelve hours.
US Pat. No. 10,987,665

BIFUNCTIONAL ABSORPTIVE MATERIAL CAPABLE OF ABSORBING BOTH CATIONS AND ANIONS IN AQUEOUS PHASE

FUZHOU UNIVERSITY, Fuzho...

1. A bifunctional adsorptive material capable of adsorbing both cations and anions in aqueous phase, obtainable by a process comprising the steps of:synthesizing aluminum-ion doped SBA-15 molecular sieves (Al-SBA-15) by using P123 triblock copolymers, tetraethoxysilane, and aluminum isopropoxide as raw materials to obtain multiple cationic active adsorption sites;
grafting large sterically hindered organic groups onto the surface of Al-SBA-15 to obtain multiple anionic active adsorption sites.
US Pat. No. 10,987,410

ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE FORMULATIONS

Synthetic Biologics, Inc....

1. A modified-release formulation comprising a bovine intestinal alkaline phosphatase (bIAP), and being in the form of a tablet, comprising:1-10% by weight bovine intestinal alkaline phosphatase (bIAP),
80-95% by weight polymer, wherein the polymer is hypromellose acetate succinate (HPMCAS),
1-10% by weight buffer,
0.01-0.1% by weight zinc,
0.1-1% by weight magnesium stearate,
1-10% by weight protein stabilizer,
and wherein the formulation is compressible releases the bIAP in the intestines, and is coated with a poly(methacrylic acid, methylmethacrylate polymer.
US Pat. No. 10,988,436

CRYSTALLINE FORM OF TRIETHYLENETETRAMINE TETRAHYDROCHLORIDE AND ITS PHARMACEUTICAL USE

Orphalan S.A., Paris (FR...

1. A crystalline form of triethylenetetramine tetrahydrochloride Form B having at least one of the following characteristics:(i) an XRPD pattern having at least two peaks selected from the peaks at 22.9, 25.4, 25.8, 26.6, 34.6 and 35.3±0.1°2?; and
(ii) a Raman spectrum having at least two peaks selected from the peaks at a Raman shift of 943, 1173, 1527 and 1612±5 cm?1;
wherein the crystalline form contains no more than 10 wt % of triethylenetetramine tetrahydrochloride Form A having an XRPD pattern having peaks at 25.2 and 35.7±0.1°2?; and
XRPD pattern peaks are as measured using a wavelength of 1.5418 ?.
US Pat. No. 10,989,716

BIOMARKERS FOR THE DETECTION OF ACUTE REJECTION IN HEART TRANSPLANTATION

The University of British...

1. A method of determining the acute cellular rejection status of a heart transplant in a subject using a biomarker panel comprising nucleic acid markers, the method comprising the steps of:a. determining the nucleic acid expression profile of the nucleic acid markers in a biological sample from the subject, wherein the biomarker panel comprises nucleic acid markers CD177, CPA3, HEBP1, ORM1, VNN1, CNTNAP3, AKAP12, CTSE, and IFIT2, and the housekeeping genes ACTB, B2M, and OAZ1,
b. comparing a concentration of the nucleic acid markers to a control value, wherein the control value is a concentration of the corresponding nucleic acid markers in a biological sample from a healthy control subject,
c. determining whether the concentration of the nucleic acid markers in the biological sample from the subject is increased or decreased relative to the control value, and
selecting a subject who has a higher concentration of the nucleic acid markers relative to the control value, categorizing the subject as having acute cellular rejection status and performing a biopsy on the subject.
US Pat. No. 10,987,412

REAGENTS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING, ENRICHING, AND/OR EXPANDING ANTIGEN-SPECIFIC T CELLS

The John Hopkins Universi...

1. A method for preparing a cell population comprising antigen-specific cytotoxic T-cells, comprising:providing a peripheral blood sample comprising naïve T-cells from a patient in need of adoptive T cell therapy, the patient having a hematological malignancy, or a donor;
depleting CD4+ cells from the sample, and then contacting said sample with a population of nanoparticles which are paramagnetic and comprise on their surfaces:
MHC Class I-peptide antigen-presenting complexes selected from one of an HLA-A-, HLA-B-, HLA-C-, and HLA-E-peptide antigen presenting complex, wherein from about 3 to about 10 different peptide antigens are presented by the antigen-presenting complexes, and
lymphocyte costimulatory ligands, wherein the lymphocyte co-stimulatory ligand is an antibody or antigen-binding fragment thereof that specifically binds to CD28, wherein the paramagnetic nanoparticles are from about 10 to about 500 nm in diameter,
activating naïve T cells specific for the peptide antigens by placing a magnetic field in proximity to the paramagnetic nanoparticles effective to facilitate T cell receptor clustering, and separating cells associated with the paramagnetic nanoparticles from cells not associated with the paramagnetic nanoparticles, and
recovering cells associated with the paramagnetic nanoparticles, and expanding the activated cells in culture in the presence of cytokines for 1 to 3 weeks to prepare a cell population comprising at least 10% T-cells specific for said peptide antigens, the antigen-specific T cell population having at least 108 cytotoxic T cells specific for said peptide antigens.
US Pat. No. 10,988,693

MICA COATED WITH METAL OXIDE AS A FLAME RETARDANT

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A thermoplastic molding composition comprising:a) from 30 to 90% by weight of at least one thermoplastic polymer as component A, wherein component A is at least one polyamide and/or polyester,
b) from 0.5 to 10% by weight of at least one mica coated with a metal oxide as component B, wherein the metal oxide coated on the at least one mica increases fire resistance of the thermoplastic molding composition as a flame retardant is present in an amount from 5 to 80% by weight relative to the mica and comprises (i) at least one of ZnO and V2O5, and (ii) not more than 20% by weight, based on the total amount of mica in the coating, of further metal oxides other than ZnO or V2O5,
c) from 2 to 25% by weight of at least one flame retardant different from component B as component C,
d) from 0 to 35% by weight of at least one functional polymer different from component A as component D,
e) from 1 to 60% by weight of glass fibers as component E, and
f) from 0 to 10% by weight of further auxiliaries as component F,
wherein:
the total amount of the components A to E is 100% by weight.
US Pat. No. 10,989,717

OXIDATIVE STRESS BIOMARKERS TESTING IN ANIMALS

HEMOPET, Garden Grove, C...

1. A method for diagnosing and treating oxidative stress (OS) in a dog comprising the steps of screening a saliva sample of a dog to detect a level of at least an isoprostane OS biomarker; detecting the presence of the isoprostane biomarker based on a quantitative level of the isoprostane OS biomarker, and diagnosing OS in the dog based on an increased quantitative level of the OS isoprostane biomarker, and treating a diagnosed level above 1.75 ng/ml of the isoprostane OS biomarker with nutritional supplements for about six months to lower the level below 1.75 ng/ml.
US Pat. No. 10,987,413

MHC-INDEPENDENT TUMOR-ASSOCIATED ANTIGENS

BioNTech RNA Pharmaceutic...

1. A binding agent that is a T cell receptor, comprising (i) a) T cell receptor alpha chain, or a binding fragment thereof, comprising SEQ ID NO 9, 10 and 11; and b) a T cell receptor beta chain, or a binding fragment thereof, comprising SEQ ID NO: 12, 13 and 14; (ii) a) a T cell receptor alpha chain, or a binding fragment thereof, comprising SEQ ID NO: 15, 16 and 17; and b) a T cell receptor beta chain, or a binding fragment thereof, comprising SEQ ID NO: 18, 19 and 20, or (iii) a) a T cell receptor alpha chain, or a binding fragment thereof, comprising SEQ ID NO: 21, 22, and 23; and b) a T cell receptor beta chain, or a binding fragment thereof, comprising SEQ ID NO: 24, 25 and 26.
US Pat. No. 10,987,669

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF TUMOUR CELLS AND CIRCULATING TUMOUR CELLS

MEDCOM TECH, S.A., Madri...

1. An in vitro method for the detection of a circulating tumour cell (CTC) and/or a tumour cell (TC) in a liquid sample from a subject, and treatment of the subject, comprising the steps of:a) optionally, culturing the liquid sample in a cell culture medium;
b) incubating the cells contained in the liquid sample or the cells obtained in step a) with a solution supplemented with a fluorophore-labelled metabolic indicator and saturated with oxygen, and during an appropriate time to allow the CTCs/TCs to accumulate the fluorophore-labelled metabolic indicator;
c) removing the excess of the fluorophore-labelled metabolic indicator not accumulated in cells;
d) measuring the fluorescence of the fluorophore-stained cells,
wherein the detection of a fluorophore-stained cell having a fluorescence intensity superior to a control cell indicates the presence of a CTC/TC in the liquid sample, and
e) treating the subject from whom the CTC/TC has been detected in the liquid sample, with a treatment comprising at least one selected from the group consisting of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.
US Pat. No. 10,988,694

FLAME RETARDANT RESIN COMPOSITION, AND FORMED PART AND WIRING MATERIAL EACH USING THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A flame retardant resin composition comprising from 30 to 300 parts by mass of a boehmite and an aluminum hydroxide as a total with respect to 100 parts by mass of a resin,wherein a content ratio of the boehmite and the aluminum hydroxide [content of boehmite:content of aluminum hydroxide] is from 80:20 to 50:50, and
wherein a particle size (D50) of the boehmite is from 0.5 to 2.5 ?m.
US Pat. No. 10,987,414

ADHESIN TIP MULTIEPITOPE FUSION ANTIGEN PLATFORM AND VACCINES AND THEIR USE IN THE TREATMENT OF ENTEROTOXIGENIC DIARRHEA

Kansas State University R...

1. A multiepitope fusion antigen selected from the group consisting of;(a) a multiepitope fusion antigen comprising a CfaE backbone having 3 or more different epitopes therein, selected from the group consisting of CFA/I, CS1, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, CS7, CS12, CS14, CS17, CS19, CS21, EtpA, and EaeH;
(b) a multiepitope fusion antigen comprising a CS14 backbone having 3 or more different epitopes therein, selected from the group consisting of CFA/I, CS1, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, CS7, CS12, CS14, CS17, CS19, CS21, EtpA, and EaeH;
(c) a major subunit CFA multiepitope fusion antigen comprising a CS21 backbone having 3 or more different epitopes therein, selected from the group consisting of CS7, CS12, CS14, CS17, CS19, CS21, EtpA, and EaeH; and
(d) any combination of (a), (b), or (c) thereof
wherein each of said epitopes and/or backbones are from adhesin tips, adhesive subunits or major structural subunits of Escherichia coli.
US Pat. No. 10,989,719

METHODS FOR TREATING SPINOCEREBELLAR ATAXIA TYPE I USING RPA1

National University Corpo...

1. A method for treating a spinocerebellar ataxia, comprising administering to a subject in need thereof, an effective amount of an agent comprising as an active ingredient, a Replication protein AI (RPA1) or a nucleic acid encoding the protein; wherein said spinocerebellar ataxia is spinocerebellar ataxia type 1, and a dysfunction of DNA damage repair is involved in the onset of said spinocerebellar ataxia type I, and wherein said RPA1 comprises the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2; or comprises an amino acid sequence having at least 95% identity to the entirety of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2.
US Pat. No. 10,987,415

PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF PURIFIED RECOMBINANT CHOLERA TOXIN B (RCTB) AND FORMULATION THEREON

MSD WELLCOME TRUST HILLEM...

1. A novel process for producing purified recombinant cholera toxin B (rCTB) from Vibrio cholerae and formulating the purified rCtB to obtain a novel vaccine formulation, said process comprising the steps offermentating an rCTB producing Vibrio cholerae strain to obtain a fermented culture;
heat inactivating the fermented culture to obtain a harvest of partially purified rCTB;
purifying said harvest to obtain purified rCTB; and
formulating the purified rCTB to produce the novel vaccine formulation,wherein said fermented culture is subjected to a step of heat inactivating at a temperature range of 65° C.±5° C. for 30±15 mins, followed by centrifugation to pellet out inactivated cells and denatured contaminating proteins; wherein the post centrifugation supernatant contains more than 70% pure rCTB, and wherein this partially purified rCTB is further purified by precipitation and tangential flow filtration to yield more than 90-95% pure rCTB.