US Pat. No. 10,138,735

TURBINE AIRFOIL INTERNAL CORE PROFILE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An airfoil for a turbine blade, the airfoil comprising:a pressure side wall having a normalized pressure side wall thickness;
a suction side wall having a normalized suction side wall thickness, the suction side wall connected to the pressure side wall at a leading edge and a trailing edge, the leading edge having a normalized leading edge thickness and the trailing edge having a normalized trailing edge thickness; and
an internal cavity defined by the pressure side wall and the suction side wall;
wherein the airfoil defines a span extending between zero percent of the span at an airfoil root and one hundred percent of span at an airfoil tip, the normalized pressure side wall thickness is a value of the pressure side wall thickness at a given span divided by a value of the pressure side wall thickness at fifty percent of the span, the normalized suction side wall thickness is a value of the suction side wall thickness at a given span divided by a value of the suction side wall thickness at fifty percent of the span, the normalized leading edge thickness is a value of the leading edge thickness at a given span divided by a value of the leading edge thickness at fifty percent of the span, and the normalized trailing edge thickness is a value of the trailing edge thickness at a given span divided by a value of the trailing edge thickness at fifty percent of the span;
wherein the normalized pressure side wall thickness suction side wall is between 0.194 and 0.214 at zero percent of the span, between 0.107 and 0.127 at fifty percent of the span, and between 0.080 and 0.100 at one hundred percent of the span;
wherein the normalized suction side wall thickness is between 0.202 and 0.222 at zero percent of the span, between 0.102 and 0.122 at fifty percent of the span, and between 0.089 and 0.109 at one hundred percent of the span;
wherein the normalized leading edge thickness is between 0.212 and 0.232 at zero percent of the span, between 0.108 and 0.128 at fifty percent of the span, and between 0.086 and 0.106 at one hundred percent of the span; and
wherein the normalized trailing edge thickness is between 0.856 and 0.876 at zero percent of the span, between 0.900 and 1.100 at fifty percent of the span, and between 0.998 and 1.018 at one hundred percent of the span.

US Pat. No. 10,138,733

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A TURBINE ROTOR

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A process for producing a turbine rotor (1), which has, as joining partners, a turbine wheel (2) made of TiAl and a shaft (3) produced from steel, with the following process steps:providing the turbine wheel (2);
providing a solder;
providing the shaft (3);
determining a TiAl soldering temperature window having a lower end at which the solder will melt and an upper temperature which is the maximum process temperature of TiAl;
determining a steel soldering temperature window having a lower end at which the solder will melt and an upper temperature which is the maximum process temperature of steel;
contacting the turbine wheel (2) to the shaft (3) with said solder between turbine wheel (2) and shaft (3); and
moving an electron beam (5) alternately over the TiAl turbine wheel (2) and the steel shaft (3) to raise the temperature of the TiAl turbine wheel (2) at the solder to within the TiAl soldering temperature window and simultaneously raise the temperature of the steel shaft (3) at the solder to within the steel soldering temperature window, wherein the joining partners (2, 3) are turned at the same time during said soldering.

US Pat. No. 10,138,732

BLADE SHIELD REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method comprising:milling a nose of a first shield of a blade to leave at least one strip of the first shield coupled to a blade body;
subsequent to the milling, applying a cryogenic technique to the blade to weaken a bond between the first shield and the blade body;
subsequent to the applying of the cryogenic technique, removing the at least one strip of the first shield from the blade body;
coupling a second shield to the blade body subsequent to the removal of the at least one strip from the blade body;
applying a heat blanket to the second shield; and
bonding the second shield to the blade body subsequent to the applying of the heat blanket.

US Pat. No. 10,138,731

FIXED DISPLACEMENT TURBINE ENGINE

1. An engine comprising:a compression portion comprising a male compression screw rotor rotatably engaged with a female compression screw rotor, the male compression screw rotor comprising a plurality of helically-extending lobes and the female compression screw rotor comprising a plurality of helically-arranged flutes, the flutes of the female compression screw rotor receiving the lobes of the male compression screw rotor;
a combustion portion comprising a male combustion screw rotor rotatably engaged with a female combustion screw rotor, the male combustion screw rotor comprising a plurality of helically-extending lobes and the female combustion screw rotor comprising a plurality of helically-arranged flutes, the flutes of the female combustion screw rotor receiving the lobes of the male combustion screw rotor, the male compression screw rotor sharing a longitudinal axis with the male combustion screw rotor and the female compression screw rotor sharing a longitudinal axis with the female combustion screw rotor;
a combustion plate disposed between the compression portion and the combustion portion, the combustion plate comprising a solid plate and an orifice extending through the plate, the solid plate configured to block gas flow between the compression portion and the combustion portion and the orifice configured to permit gas flow from the compression portion to the combustion portion;
a combustion valve affixed to the male combustion screw rotor adjacent to the combustion plate, the combustion valve comprising a thin plate with a plurality of petals, each petal associated with and covering a corresponding lobe of the plurality of helically-extending lobes of the male combustion screw rotor, each petal extending beyond the corresponding lobe of the plurality of helically extending lobes of the male combustion screw rotor, adjacent ones of the plurality of petals of the combustion valve separated from one another by a combustion valve recession, the combustion valve recession at least partially overlapping the orifice of the combustion plate in a longitudinal direction at some point while the male combustion screw rotor is rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,138,729

DRIVE ASSEMBLY WITH PRESSURE FORCE AGGREGATING PISTON ARRANGEMENT FOR HYDRAULIC MOTOR SPEED/TORQUE SELECTOR

1. A drive assembly, comprising:a housing;
a drive motor at least in part contained in the housing and having a rotor rotating an output shaft;
a selector mechanism at least in part contained in the housing and movable into one of a plurality of orientations corresponding to one of a plurality of drive motor settings; and
an actuator at least in part contained in the housing and arranged to move the selector mechanism into one of the plurality of orientations, the actuator including:
a first piston disposed in the housing for movement by hydraulic pressure; and
a second piston disposed in the housing for movement by hydraulic pressure, the second piston being arranged in contact with the first piston and configured to aggregate and transfer forces from hydraulic movement of the first piston and the second piston to move the selector mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,138,726

DOWNHOLE COMMUNICATIONS USING SELECTABLE FREQUENCY BANDS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system that is usable to improve wireless communications transmitted through a wellbore in a subterranean formation, the system comprising:a first transceiver that is positionable external to a casing string in the wellbore for wirelessly transmitting data via a signal within a frequency band, wherein the first transceiver comprises:
a processing device; and
a memory device that includes instructions executable by the processing device for causing the processing device to:
receive one or more sensor signals from one or more sensors;
determine a fluid property of a fluid in the wellbore based on the one or more sensor signals;
determine a property of a subterranean formation based on the one or more sensor signals;
select the frequency band based on the fluid property and the property of the subterranean formation by consulting a lookup table in which a plurality of fluid properties and a plurality of subterranean formation properties are mapped to a plurality of frequency bands; and
a second transceiver that is positionable externally the casing string and operable to receive the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,138,720

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORATING AND FRAGMENTING SEDIMENTS USING BLASTING MATERIAL

ENERGY TECHNOLOGY GROUP, ...

1. A method for treating a hydrocarbon bearing formation bounded by at least one nonbearing formation comprising the steps of:inserting a tubular into a wellbore formed in the hydrocarbon bearing formation, the tubular defining proximal and distal ends and further having a sidewall defining inner and outer surfaces and a tubular bore, where an annulus is defined between the outer surface of the sidewall and the inner surface of the wellbore;
disposing a detonation means in the annulus through at least a portion of the hydrocarbon bearing formation;
pumping a first explosive fluid including a first explosive through the tubular bore into a selected portion of the annulus;
pressurizing the tubular bore using a drilling fluid;
inserting an isolation material in the annulus between an entrance of the wellbore and the first explosive fluid; and
detonating the first explosive fluid with the detonation means.

US Pat. No. 10,138,718

PERFORATION CRACK DESIGNATOR

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. At least one crack designator for a perforating gun, wherein the gun comprises a longitudinal direction, a lateral direction, and at least one scallop, wherein the at least one crack designator has a lesser stiffness than surrounding material of the gun and wherein the at least one crack designator defines a crack track that encourages crack growth in the gun in the longitudinal direction, the crack track redirecting crack growth in the gun from the lateral direction to the longitudinal direction of the gun.

US Pat. No. 10,138,716

MODULAR NOZZLE INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE WITH AUTONOMY AND FLOW BIAS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

17. A method for controlling a flow of fluid downhole, the method comprising:receiving the fluid using a removable fluid nozzle in fluid communication with a production tubular disposed in a borehole penetrating an earth formation, the removable fluid nozzle being configured for bi-directional flow, wherein a pressure drop of fluid flow in one direction is greater than the pressure drop of fluid flow in the other direction; and
flowing the fluid in at least one flow path between the earth formation and the removable fluid nozzle at one end and between the removable fluid nozzle and a basepipe in fluid communication with the production tubular at another end in order to control the flow of the fluid;
wherein the removable fluid nozzle is disposed in a nozzle sleeve that is disposed in an annulus formed by a nozzle housing surrounding at least a portion of the basepipe.

US Pat. No. 10,138,714

SUBSEA NOISE MITIGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A method of exploiting an offshore oil and gas reservoir, comprising:installing a drilling structure in a body of water;
drilling a well from the drilling structure;
deploying a plurality of buoyant, flexible structures adjacent to the well, wherein the buoyant, flexible structures are flat hoses that are deployed in an uninflated rolled up condition adjacent the seafloor; and
inflating the plurality of buoyant, flexible structures with a gas into an upright position after being deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,708

REMOTELY OPERATED PRODUCTION VALVE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A remotely operated valve for use with a subterranean well, the valve comprising:a port which provides for fluid communication between an exterior and an interior of the valve;
a closure member which selectively permits and prevents fluid flow through the port, the closure member permits flow through the port in response to a decrease in a pressure differential from the interior to the exterior of the valve; and
a locking device which prevents displacement of the closure member, the locking device being releasable in response to mechanical force applied to the locking device,
wherein the closure member is released for displacement relative to the port in response to, following release of the locking device, an increase in the pressure differential prior to the decrease in the pressure differential.

US Pat. No. 10,138,707

METHOD FOR REMEDIATING A SCREEN-OUT DURING WELL COMPLETION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of completing a well that remediates occurrence of a hydraulic fracturing screen-out condition, comprising:forming a wellbore, the wellbore comprising a bore extending into a subsurface formation;
lining at least a lower portion of the wellbore with a string of production casing;
placing a first valve along the production casing in a closed position, the valve creating a removable barrier to fluid flow within the bore;
perforating the production casing along a first zone of interest within the subsurface formation, the first zone of interest residing at or above the valve;
injecting a slurry into the wellbore perforation at a first injection pressure that is below a screen-out pressure, the slurry comprising a fracturing proppant;
continuing injecting the slurry into the wellbore perforation at the first injection pressure and until the first injection pressure increases to a second injection pressure that is greater than the screen-out pressure, wherein the second injection pressure is sufficient to move the valve from the closed position to the open position and expose ports along the production casing to the subsurface formation at or below the valve; and
further pumping the slurry through the exposed ports, thereby remediating the screen-out condition.

US Pat. No. 10,138,705

FLOW RESTRICTION DEVICE FOR WELL BORE

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A flow restriction device for restricting flow through a conduit, the flow restriction device comprising:a deformable insert having a wall section having an inner surface and an outer surface and defining a throughbore, the wall section having properties that are conducive to deformation, the deformable insert being adapted, in use, to be located in or adjacent to an insert support;
at least one pressure generating material portion adapted in use, to generate a deformation force in response to an activation signal, the deformation force adapted to induce a first deformation on the deformable insert wall section when applied to the deformation insert outer surface to reduce a throughbore cross sectional area; and
at least one trigger adapted to generate the activation signal;
wherein, in use, when the flow restriction device is exposed to an internal throughbore pressure, a force generated on the deformable insert inner surface by the internal throughbore pressure is substantially resisted by the deformable insert in combination with the insert support such that deformation of the deformable insert by the internal throughbore pressure is limited, wherein the flow restriction device comprises a deformation mechanism adapted to facilitate a second deformable insert deformation, and wherein the second deformable insert deformation is a bypass.

US Pat. No. 10,138,704

STRADDLE PACKER SYSTEM

16. A method of operating a straddle packer system, comprising:lowering the system into a wellbore;
actuating an anchor of the system into engagement with the wellbore;
energizing an upper seal member and a lower seal member of the system to isolate a section of the wellbore;
equalizing pressure across the upper seal member by applying a tension force to actuate an upper equalizing valve of the system, wherein the upper equalizing valve has an upper outer housing, an upper inner mandrel, and a biasing member disposed between the upper outer housing and the upper inner mandrel, wherein the upper outer housing is movable against a bias force of the biasing member and relative to the upper seal member and the upper inner mandrel to equalize pressure across the upper seal member, wherein the upper seal member does not move when the upper equalizing valve is actuated by the tension force; and
equalizing pressure across the lower seal member by applying the tension force to actuate a lower equalizing valve of the system, wherein the lower seal member does not move when the lower equalizing valve is actuated by the tension force.

US Pat. No. 10,138,701

SWAB-RESISTANT DOWNHOLE TOOLS COMPRISING SEALING ELEMENTS COMPOSED OF SHAPE MEMORY POLYMERS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A swab-resistant downhole tool comprising a body and a sealing element,wherein at least a portion of the sealing element is composed of a shape memory polymer, the shape memory polymer having a glass transition temperature (“Tg”), and exhibiting a resilient characteristic above the Tg and a rigid characteristic below the Tg,
wherein the Tg is in the range of about 50° C. to about 150° C., and
wherein the shape memory polymer has a rigid characteristic modulus over about 1 gigapascal and a resilient characteristic modulus between about 1 megapascal and about 20 megapascal.

US Pat. No. 10,138,700

DUAL RUBBER CARTRIDGE

18. A method of installing a first stripper rubber and a second stripper rubber to an inner barrel of a rotating head assembly to rotate the stripper rubbers with the inner barrel, the inner barrel having an upper portion and a lower portion, the method comprising:attaching the first stripper rubber to a housing wherein at least a portion of the first stripper rubber is within the housing;
attaching the second stripper rubber to the housing wherein said second stripper rubber extends at least partially outside of the housing; and
securing the housing to the lower portion of the inner barrel at a radially outward surface of the inner barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,697

MINERAL EXTRACTION SYSTEM HAVING MULTI-BARRIER LOCK SCREW

Cameron International Cor...

25. A method of testing a wellhead assembly, comprising:applying external pressure to a port of a lock screw to apply pressure to a testing region to test an integrity of at least one component of the wellhead assembly, wherein the lock screw comprises:
a body extending through a first component of the wellhead assembly crosswise to a central axis of the first component, wherein the lock screw has a tip portion fixed to the body, and the tip portion selectively engages a recess in a second component disposed inside of the first component of the wellhead assembly to block movement of the second component relative to the first component; and
a passage extending axially through the body between the port and the testing region, wherein the passage terminates at a distance away from the tip portion such that the tip portion is closed to the passage, wherein the tip portion is fixed to the body as a one-piece structure.

US Pat. No. 10,138,695

DOWNHOLE FLUID FLOW DIVERTING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A flow-diverter assembly positionable in a wellbore, comprising:a housing having a circumferential sidewall, the circumferential sidewall defining an internal flow passage, the sidewall including a discharge port fluidly coupling the internal flow passage to a fluid flow path outside of the housing;
a valve piston located in the housing, said valve piston including a valve body in fluid communication with the internal flow passage, and said valve piston being movable axially along a longitudinal axis of the housing in response to pressure variations in the internal flow passage of the housing between an open position, where a vent of the valve body is fluidly coupled to the discharge port, and a closed position, where the vent of the valve body is substantially sealed from the discharge port;
a barrel cam rotatably mounted inside the housing, the barrel cam defining a circumferentially-arranged track path including axially-spaced first and second path locations corresponding to the open and closed positions of the valve piston;
a cam follower coupling the valve piston to the track path such that rotation of the cam displaces the valve piston between at least the open and closed positions of the valve piston; and
a locking piston located within the housing and configured to prevent movement of the valve piston when the pressure within the internal flow passage of the housing is above a predetermined threshold, such that at an index pressure within the housing the valve piston actuates the valve piston and not the locking piston.

US Pat. No. 10,138,690

APPARATUS FOR GRIPPING A TUBULAR ON A DRILLING RIG

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

11. A method of connecting a gripping apparatus to a top drive, comprising:coupling a connection of the gripping apparatus to the top drive to rotationally fix the gripping apparatus relative to the top drive, wherein the gripping apparatus includes one or more gripping members for gripping the tubular; and
coupling a lock to the connection and the top drive to prevent the apparatus and the top drive from rotating independently of one another, wherein the lock comprises:
two or more link elements configured to surround the connection, and
one or more gripping dies on an inside surface of each link element, the one or more gripping dies configured to engage the apparatus and the top drive.

US Pat. No. 10,138,689

TOOL AND METHOD FOR USE IN SUPPORTING A SUCKER ROD STRING IN AN OIL OR GAS WELL

1904296 ALBERTA LTD., Ca...

1. A method for supporting a sucker rod string and associated downhole pumping equipment on a tubing string inlet or an upper extension thereof, during preparation of a wellhead for suspension of an oil or gas well, the method comprising:a) lifting and supporting the sucker rod string and partially disassembling the wellhead to expose an uphole end of the sucker rod assembly;
b) engaging a support tool to a portion of the uphole end of the sucker rod assembly, the support tool having:
i) a lower narrow portion dimensioned to fit within the interior cavity of the tubing string inlet or an upper extension thereof, the lower narrow portion comprising a lower threaded end for attachment to a first rod coupler;
ii) an upper wide diameter portion defining a substantially horizontal landing surface dimensioned to rest upon the top edge of the tubing string inlet or the upper extension thereof and an upper threaded end extending above the wide diameter portion, the upper threaded end provided for attachment of a second rod coupler;
iii) one or more longitudinal slots extending through the lower narrow portion and the upper wide diameter portion to allow passage of fluid or gas through the tool when the tool is supported on the top edge of the tubing string inlet or the upper extension thereof; and
iv) an upper spacer segment between the wide diameter portion and the upper threaded end, and a lower spacer segment between the narrow diameter portion and the lower threaded end, the upper and lower spacer segments each having opposed flat wrench-landing surfaces to facilitate connection and removal of the tool from the first and second sucker rod couplers; and
c) lowering the sucker rod string into the tubing string inlet or the upper extension thereof, until the lower narrow portion enters the tubing string inlet or the upper extension thereof, and the landing surface of the support tool rests upon the top edge of the tubing string inlet or the top edge of the upper extension thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,688

WIRELESS DOWNHOLE TOOL POSITIONING CONTROL

1. A method of restraining the descent rate of a well tool within a well pipe comprising the steps of:securing said tool to an end of a stem tube having a hollow bore;
providing an arched cage around a perimeter of said stem tube;
securing first and second ends of said arched cage to said stem tube;
confining said stem tube to the approximate center of a well pipe by an arched cage surrounding a perimeter of said stem tube; and
providing a flexible material cone within said cage having an apex portion secured to said stem tube in an up-hole direction from an open base of said cone,
wherein a stem tube wall around said hollow bore is penetrated by apertures on opposite axial sides of said cone apex.

US Pat. No. 10,138,686

DOWNHOLE SELF-ISOLATING WELLBORE DRILLING SYSTEMS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A wellbore drilling system comprising:a cutting grinder tool attached to a drill string uphole relative to a drill bit attached to a downhole end of the drill string, the cutting grinder tool to receive and pulverize formation cuttings resulting from drilling a formation using the drill bit; and
an isolation tool attached to the drill string uphole relative to the cutting grinder tool, the isolation tool to control flow of a mixture of the pulverized formation cuttings mixed with a drilling mud through the drill string based on a change in a pressure of the mixture caused by a presence, in the mixture, of hydrocarbons released from the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,685

DRILLING SYSTEM WITH TEETH DRIVEN IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS

1. A drilling system comprising:a drill bit, the drill bit defining a longitudinal axis between a distal end and a proximal end, the drill bit configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis and to cut material at the distal end, the drill bit comprising:
a plurality of chain assemblies, each of the plurality of chain assemblies comprising:
a chain made up of a plurality of cutters, each cutter having teeth positioned in rows extending radially around the cutter, the teeth configured to rotate axially as the teeth engage a material for cutting;
a proximal cog with a first set of gear teeth configured to drive the chain; and
a distal cog configured with a second set of gear teeth configured to engage the chain, the drill bit configured to cut material with each chain at each distal cog;
wherein the plurality of chain assemblies comprises at least a first chain assembly and a second chain assembly, the proximal cog of the first chain assembly configured to drive the first chain assembly in a direction opposite of the proximal cog of the second chain assembly; and
wherein in a moment of time, the teeth on longitudinally adjacent cutters of the first chain assembly rotate in opposite directions when they engage a material for cutting.

US Pat. No. 10,138,667

SPRING AND/OR DAMPING ELEMENT

HAHN GASFEDERN GMBH, Aic...

1. A damper element for damping a translational movement of a component and for causing the component to stop at a stop position, the damper element comprising a housing, a carrier displaceably supported in the housing for movement in a translational direction, and a damper part for damping the translational movement, wherein the damper part has a first end connected to the housing and a second end pivotably connected to the carrier, wherein the carrier is pivotable about a pivot axis perpendicular to the translation direction between a first position and a second position, wherein the damper element further includes at least one leaf spring connected to bias the carrier toward the first position, and wherein the carrier includes at least one actuating pin configured to deform the at least one spring when the carrier pivots from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,663

LOCKING DEVICE FOR A TONER CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE LOCKING DEVICE

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A locking device comprising:a locking cover that is opened and closed when a toner container for receiving toner to be replenished to a development device for developing a toner image is attached to and detached from an image forming apparatus body;
an engagement part that is engaged with the locking cover when the locking cover is in a closed state;
a tension member that pulls the engagement part from a prescribed direction, thereby allowing the engagement part to be engaged with the locking cover;
a movement part that moves the engagement part in an opposite direction of the prescribed direction, thereby releasing an engagement state between the engagement part and the locking cover; and
a mounting member that is mountable at the image forming apparatus body at two postures, and limits movement of the movement part to the opposite direction so as to maintain the engagement state when the mounting member is mounted at one posture while permitting the movement of the movement part in the opposite direction so as to allow the engagement state to be releasable when the mounting member is mounted at a remaining one posture.

US Pat. No. 10,138,661

INGRESS AND EGRESS AID THROUGH CHECK STRAP LATCH

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body;
a door rotatably supported by said vehicle body and rotatable relative to the vehicle body along a path between an open state and a closed state;
an interior door handle operatively associated with an interior of the door and actuable to unlatch the door to an unlatched state permitting the door to rotate from the closed state toward the open state;
a check strap extending between said vehicle body and said door and operable to restrict rotation of said door relative to the vehicle body;
a locking mechanism operable between a locked state, engaging said check strap to restrict rotation of said door relative to said vehicle body when said door is rotated between said closed state and said open state, and an unlocked state, disengaged from said check strap to permit rotation of said door relative to said vehicle body;
an assist handle moveable between a non-actuated state and a deployed state, said locking mechanism movable from said unlocked state to said locked state upon movement of said assist handle from said non-actuated state to said deployed state; and
wherein said assist handle is moveable from said non-actuated state to said deployed state to move said locking mechanism from said unlocked state to said locked state at any position of the door along the path the door travels between the closed state and the open state.

US Pat. No. 10,138,655

KEY COVER

David Frank Borenstein, ...

1. A cover for a key, comprising:a first wall, wherein the first wall defines a first cavity extending partially from an exterior surface of the first wall to an opposite interior surface of the first wall;
a metallic plate embedded in the first wall and positioned at least partially within the first cavity;
a first magnet inserted in the first cavity and fixedly attached to the metallic plate;
a second wall opposite to the first wall; and
an outer wall extending between the first wall and the second wall, the outer wall defining a pair of slots extending therethrough, the slots being positioned opposite to each other on the outer wall, wherein the slots are sized to interlock with lateral bow tips of an SC1 key and wherein the slots are rectangular slits,
wherein the first wall, the second wall, and the outer wall define a closed chamber for receiving a bow of the key and an opening to the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,138,640

ADJUSTABLE CONCRETE FORM

1. A method for use of an adjustable form unit comprising:assembling an adjustable form unit; the adjustable form unit including at least:
at least two elongated form parts which are structurally configured for being attachable lengthwise relative to each other in multiple infinitesimal length adjustable dispositions relative to each other within the maximum length of the two elongated forms and/or at multiple angle dispositions; with one or multiple anchor points; in one or both of infinitely or infinitesimally adjustable lengths relative to each other along the lengths thereof;
the structural configuration including at least:
a first one of the at least one of the at least two elongated form parts having a single elongated slot disposed therein defined lengthwise relative thereto and another one of the at least two elongated form parts having one or more bolt holes disposed therein to provide for connection of the at least two elongated form parts together; and,
one or more of: a connection device, bolt or screw for holding the at least two elongated form parts in operative disposition relative to each other;
wherein the single elongated slot disposed in the first elongated form part and the plurality of bolt holes disposed in the second of the elongated form parts and the one or more of connection devices, bolts and screws coact to provide for connection of the parts together in one or both of infinitely or infinitesimally adjustable lengths relative to each other along and anywhere in the entire length of the single elongated slot; the one or more of the connection devices, bolts and screws are configured to be disposed simultaneously inserted in and through both the single elongated slot and the one or more bolt holes to effectuate the connection of the at least two elongated form parts to each other; and
the two or more elongated parts being adapted to be connected in an alternative angular disposition relative to each other, and in anchored position relative to a substrate, support structure, floor or wall;
disposing the adjustable form unit in the creation of an overall structure form for the creation of the ultimate structure;
creating the ultimate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,138,638

DECK COVERING SYSTEM

1. A deck covering system comprising:a deck covering configured to cover an existing building deck, the deck covering being substantially continuous across a surface, wherein the deck covering comprises a base layer, and a plurality of elongate panels on a top of the base layer, each of the plurality of elongate panels spaced apart from the other of the plurality of elongate panels forming a spacing between each of the plurality of elongate panels; and
a drainage channel insert connected to at least two edges of the base layer, the drainage channel insert allowing fluid drainage away from the deck covering, and connected to the at least two edges of the base layer such that the spacing between each elongate panel is in communication with the drainage channel;
a coping, the coping being an elongate panel connected to the drainage channel insert on an opposite side to the drainage channel insert and base layer connection, and the coping configured to connect to the building deck about a perimeter of the building deck, the coping having a downwardly extending portion configured to fit over an edge of the building deck.

US Pat. No. 10,138,633

SELF-ADHERING UNDERLAYMENT SHEETS TO FORM WATERPROOFING JOINTS, RELATED BUILDING ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS

Gardner-Gibson, Inc., Ta...

1. A building underlayment sheet comprising: an underlayment lamina having a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface includes an interior portion and a selvage portion that extends from the interior portion of the bottom surface to a terminal distal edge of the sheet, wherein the interior portion of the bottom surface bears a self adhesive layer, and the selvage portion of the bottom surface bears a bonding composition that is capable of bonding to a top surface of a second underlayment lamina to form a full lap joint.

US Pat. No. 10,138,630

CONCRETE SHEARWALL AND ASSEMBLIES THEREOF, AND RELATED METHODS

1. A shearwall assembly comprising:a floor;
a first concrete column and a second concrete column extending upwardly from the floor with a first column face of the first column facing a second column face of the second column, a first protrusion and second protrusion extending from the first column face and the second column face, respectively, and;
a first column capital and a second column capital arranged at upper ends of the first and second columns, respectively;
a pair of horizontal slab panels positioned between the first and second precast concrete columns, each of the pair of horizontal slab panels extending in a length direction between first and second panel ends and in a height direction between upper and lower panel edges,
the first and second panel ends of each of the pair of horizontal slab panels extending toward the first and second column faces, respectively, and abutting opposite sides of the first and second protrusions,
end gaps being defined between adjacent ones of the first and second column faces and the first and second panel ends, and lower edge gaps being defined between the lower edges and the floor,
the upper edges extending up to the first and second column capitals, and each of the pair of horizontal slab panels having roughened inner faces; and
poured concrete at a volume formed between the pair of horizontal slab panels and the first and second precast concrete columns and filling the end gaps and lower edge gaps;
wherein a respective horizontal reinforcement extends from the first and second protrusions; and
wherein a plurality of trusses extend from the roughened inner faces of the pair of horizontal slab panels such that the horizontal reinforcements extending from the first and second protrusions are fitted between the respective trusses within the volume embedded in the poured concrete.

US Pat. No. 10,138,629

FACADE ASSEMBLY, BUILDING STRUCTURE, AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING THE FACADE ASSEMBLY

HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A facade assembly for a building, comprising:at least one facade element, configured to be fastened to a wall or an inter-story ceiling of the building,
at least one fire-protection element, configured to be mounted between the facade element and the wall or the inter-story ceiling, and
a protective layer which covers the fire. protection element at least partly,
wherein the fire-protection element comprises an insulating layer and at least one self-supporting angle profile with two flanges disposed at an angle relative to one another,
wherein one of the flanges of the angle profile is fastened to the facade element and the other flange of the angle profile bears on the insulating layer, and
wherein the protective layer comprises an elastic material.

US Pat. No. 10,138,625

WATER RUNOFF TREATMENT APPARATUS

1. A water runoff treatment apparatus, comprising:(a) a membrane comprising one or of more layers defining a thickness of said membrane, a first exterior surface of said membrane positioned in contact with a surface of an upper layer of a soil structure, and an aperture formed through a thickness of said membrane, said aperture aligned with a vertical well provided in the soil structure;
(b) an elongated member mounted vertically, during use of said apparatus, through said aperture in said membrane and positioned within the vertical well, said elongated member comprising:
i. a hollow interior,
ii. a first open end positioned above an opposite second exterior surface of said membrane,
iii. a second open end positioned within an interior soil layer of said soil structure and sized and shaped to expel treated water runoff therefrom, and
iv. at least one opening formed through a wall thickness of said elongated member in a portion thereof extending above said opposite second exterior surface of said membrane and in an open communication with said hollow interior;
(c) a filtration member comprising:
i. a center bore sized and shaped for mounting said filtration member on an exterior surface of said elongated member for a linear reciprocal movement due to levels of the water runoff accumulating above said opposite second exterior surface of said membrane or the surface of the upper layer of the soil structure,
ii. a first hollow chamber including intake openings formed through a wall thickness of said filtration member in said first hollow chamber,
iii. a second hollow chamber in fluid communication with said first hollow chamber said second hollow chamber including, discharge openings in said second hollow chamber in fluid communication with said at least one opening in said elongated member during said linear reciprocal movement,
iv. an air chamber provided below said second hollow chamber during use of said apparatus,
v. an adjustable buoyancy counter weight disposed on an exterior surface of said filtration member below said air chamber,
vi. a filtering medium positioned in said second hollow chamber configured and operable to at least separate contaminant(s) from the water runoff received through said intake openings prior to discharging the filtered water runoff through said discharged openings into said hollow interior of said elongated member, and
vii. said filtration member being sized and shaped to cover said at least one opening formed through a wall thickness of said elongated member during said linear reciprocal movement;
(d) a trash rack comprising a bottom wall positioned in a contact with said opposite surface of said membrane, a peripheral side wall upstanding on said bottom wall and openings formed through a thickness of said peripheral side wall; and
(e) a barrier positioned adjacent and/or on said peripheral side wall of said trash rack, said barrier configured to reduce flow of the water and/or absorb a portion of the contaminant(s) prior to the water entering said filtration member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,059

INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAIN BUILDING

1. A multi-storey warehouse comprising:a warehouse building,
a plurality of floor levels within the warehouse building,
an inclined ramp arrangement connecting the floor levels with a ground level, the ramp arrangement being adapted to be used by a ramp vehicle,
at least one automated storage and retrieval system within the warehouse building, the automated storage and retrieval system comprising two adjacent rows of multi-storey pallet racks which are separated by an aisle, the pallet racks and the aisle essentially being arranged along a straight line, wherein a first end of the automated storage and retrieval system is provided adjacent to a side of the floor levels, and
at least one handling device, the handling device being located in the area of the aisle; the handling device comprising a floor rail supporting a lower cart, a top rail above the multi-storey pallet racks supporting an upper cart, and an aisle vehicle;
the aisle vehicle comprising:
the lower cart,
the upper cart,
an upper platform rotatably connected to the upper cart, the upper platform configured to rotate about a vertical axis,
a lower platform rotatably connected to the lower cart, the lower platform configured to rotate about the vertical axis,
at least one vertical beam extending between the upper cart and the lower cart, and
a pallet load pick/place unit;
wherein the handling device serves the multi-storey pallet racks.

US Pat. No. 10,138,056

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SECURING BAGS WITHIN A CONTAINER

1. A securing device for securing trash bags entirely within a trash receptacle comprising:a belt member for securing a trash bag within the trash receptacle and configured to conform to an inner wall of the trash receptacle at a top of the trash receptacle and to clamp a top portion of the trash bag between the belt member and the inner wall of the trash receptacle without the top portion of the trash bag extending over the top of the trash receptacle;
at least one resilient member coupled to the belt member at a first end of the at least one resilient member and operably configured to couple to the inner wall of the trash receptacle, below the belt member, at a second end of the at least one resilient member, the at least one resilient member biasing the belt member against the inner wall of the trash receptacle to clamp the trash bag, without any other external forces, against the inner wall between the belt member and the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,055

CHUTE SYSTEM FOR WASTE AND OTHER MATERIALS

1. A chute system for a building, the chute system including:an inlet, through which an item is received;
a chute, coupled to the inlet;
a door located between the inlet and the chute to seal the inlet;
a venturi vent in the chute on an outer side of the door; and
an outlet hood, coupled to the chute, configured to fit over an opening of a receptacle into which the item is to be received, the outlet hood provided with an outlet opening in communication with the chute and a multi-fit bristle sealing surface on an underside of the hood configured to form a bristle seal with an opening of a receptacle into which the item is to be received, the multi-fit sealing surface configured to enable a seal to be formed with different receptacles having different sized or shaped openings, the bristle seal spacing an underside of the outlet hood from the opening of the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,053

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LINING PROCESS TANKS

21. A method of providing a tank liner that includes a shell and a plurality of sheets defining an internal volume usable for storage of materials, the method comprising infusing extrusion weld material within a first gap defined by and/or adjacent at least one wall of the shell and within a second gap along an interface between a pair of adjacent sheets of the plurality of sheets, whereby the pair of adjacent sheets are joined by the extrusion weld material infused within the second gap.

US Pat. No. 10,138,051

GLOVE AND HAND PRODUCT CADDY ASSEMBLY

1. A glove and product holding assembly comprising:a housing having a bottom wall and a perimeter wall being attached to and extending upwardly therefrom;
a pair of posts, each of said posts being attached to and extending upwardly from said housing, each of said posts having a bottom end and a top end; and
a pair of glove engagement members, each of said top ends having one of said glove engagement members attached thereto, each of said glove engagement members including five protruding members, each of said protruding members being configured to be extended into one of a plurality of finger sleeves; and
a pair of receivers being attached to said housing, each of said receivers extending outwardly from an exterior side of said perimeter wall wherein said pair of receivers is positioned outside of said housing, each of said bottom ends being threadably coupled to one of said receivers wherein said pair of posts are positioned to extend upwardly outside of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,049

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS HAVING FLEXIBLE VALVES

7. A non-durable flexible stand-up container comprising:at least one product volume made from one or more layers of a flexible material and containing a fluent product;
a nonstructural panel, made from one or more layers of a flexible material, defined by a plurality of expanded structural support volumes, and overlaying the product volume;
at least one flexible valve having a flow path for dispensing the fluent product from the product volume, wherein:
the flow path is formed between a first, relatively flat flexible material overlapping a second, relatively flat flexible material;
the flexible valve is closed when a pressure inside of the product volume is below a critical pressure;
the flexible valve automatically opens when a squeeze force applied to the nonstructural panel causes the pressure inside of the product volume to exceed the critical pressure;
wherein the flexible valve further comprises tension-inducing elements;
wherein at least one of the tension-inducing elements is an expandable volume;
wherein the tension-inducing elements comprise a first expandable volume and a second expandable volume opposed from one another and defining the flow path therebetween;
wherein at least one of the expandable volumes is located adjacent to at least one of the expanded structural support volumes; and
wherein at least one of the tension-inducing elements is in fluid communication with one or more of the expanded structural support volumes.

US Pat. No. 10,138,045

ENCASEMENT PROTECTIVE APPARATUS

1. An encasement protective apparatus for an article, said apparatus comprising:(a) a flexible surrounding sidewall that is substantially fluid tight about a longitudinal axis, wherein said surrounding sidewall has a substantially fluid tight first end portion and an opposing substantially fluid tight second end portion wherein said longitudinal axis spanning therebetween, said surrounding sidewall also having a substantially fluid tight first margin portion and an opposing substantially fluid tight second margin portion, wherein said first and second margin portions are substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis, said surrounding sidewall also having an outer surface portion that is adjacent to an external environment and an inner surface portion that defines a primary interior formed by said surrounding sidewall, said first and second end portions, and said first and second margins, said primary interior forms a rectangular prism being omnidirectionally equally symmetric in dimension parallel to said longitudinal axis, wherein said outer surface portion is attached at said first and second end portions forming a pocket that the article is disposed within, wherein said first and second margin portions at said outer surface portion are removably engagable to one another and define a first aperture opening, thereby said pocket defining a secondary interior, further a second aperture is disposed therethrough said surrounding sidewall allowing fluid communication from said primary interior into the external environment, wherein said primary interior can have a portion of a fluid evacuated therethrough said second aperture into the external environment; and
(b) a plurality of compressible particulate items loosely disposed within said primary interior, wherein operationally when said primary interior has a portion of the fluid evacuated therethrough said second aperture, said apparatus is in an evacuated state being defined as when said compressible particulate items are substantially in contact with one another and also substantially immovable relative to one another, this results in said surrounding sidewall becoming rigidified to provide a rigid shell that partially encompasses the article to protect the article, further said compressible particulate items are relatively movable and loose to one another being defined as an un-evacuated state when said primary interior is un-evacuated therethrough said second aperture thereby placing said apparatus into said un-evacuated state allowing said surrounding sidewall to be pliable, facilitating the article to be taken from the pocket or disposed within the pocket therethrough said first aperture, further operationally said primary interior that forms said rectangular prism being omnidirectionally equally symmetric in dimension parallel to said longitudinal axis results in a symmetrical shrinkage of said flexible surrounding sidewall in going from said un-evacuated state to said evacuated state due to said compressible particulate items being dispersed symmetrically within said primary interior.

US Pat. No. 10,138,044

AIRTIGHT SHEATH FOR PACKING A BOTTLE

10. An airtight sheath for packing a bottle, the airtight sheath made of at least two outer films heat-sealed together and comprising:a first buffering unit comprising a plurality of first air columns, and two distal heat-sealing sides being heat-sealed to terminate two opposite sides of the first buffering unit;
a second buffering unit comprising a plurality of second air columns, two opposite sides of the second buffering unit being heat-sealed with the two distal heat-sealing sides of the first buffering unit;
a bottom unit comprising a plurality of bottom air columns connected with ends of the plurality of first air columns and second air columns, the bottom unit and the first and second buffering units cooperatively forming a packing space for packing the bottle therein, each of the bottom air columns having at least a sealing node being heat-sealed, the sealing nodes being arranged in alignment with each other, two recessed sealing lines respectively formed at and bending inwardly from opposite end portions of the bottom unit and connecting the distal heat-sealing sides, the sealing nodes and the recessed sealing lines cooperatively enabling the bottom air columns to bend toward the packing space when being inflated; and
a cover extending from one end of the first buffering unit opposite to the bottom unit and disposed within the packing space, the cover and the first buffering unit cooperatively forming an insertion slot communicating with the packing space for buckling and enveloping a neck portion of the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,039

TWIST-TIE DISPENSER REFILL

Twist-Ease, Inc., Crysta...

1. A base for a twist-tie dispenser refill, the base comprising:a base portion and a rear portion, the base portion being generally U-shaped and forming an opening configured to receive a twist-tie cluster and the rear portion extending from the generally U-shaped base portion;
at least one mounting member protruding from the rear portion, the at least one mounting member configured for mounting the base to a fixture, wherein the at least one mounting member defines a hook configuration with a stop portion and a vertical retention portion, the at least one mounting member configured to receive a mounting structure of the fixture in the form of a rod.

US Pat. No. 10,138,034

SINGULAR CAP COMPOUND VENTED NURSING AND RELATED BOTTLE

1. A double vented container for use for holding a liquid, and for dispensing of the same, said container having a body portion, a neck portion, the neck portion having integral threads, a collar provided for the container, and having internal threads capable of engagement with the neck portion of said container, said container having a spout extending upwardly from the collar for use for dispensing of any liquid contained therein, a double vent operatively associated and assembled with the collar, said collar having an upper surface, a vent port provided therethrough, and an integral vent tube extending from the interior of the collar, and into the said container, and communicating with the vent port, said vent tube having a passage therethrough and in communication with the vent port of said collar, a separate reservoir, said reservoir having an integral reservoir tube extending downwardly therefrom, the upper surface of the reservoir is a separable cap, which may be secured onto or removed from the upper edge of the reservoir, during assembly and prepared for sealed reception of the vent tube therethrough, said separable cap having said aperture provided therethrough and provided for pressure fitting and sealing of said vent tube therethrough during assembly for usage, when the reservoir and separable cap are pressure fitted and sealed onto the vent tube, such that when the container holding a liquid is inverted, liquid may be dispensed from its spout, while atmospheric air may be double vented through the vent tube and said reservoir and reservoir tube into the interior of the container to prevent the generation of any vacuum therein during dispensing of its contained liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,137,677

CELLULOSE FILM PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVE SUBSTRATES FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE PRINTING

POLYMERIC CONVERTING LLC,...

1. A method of printing a single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film having a top surface and a bottom surface in a high temperature printer:said method comprising:
(a) coating said bottom surface of said single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film with a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive and coating said top surface of said single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film with a functional top coating while controlling the moisture content of the single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film at between 4.5 and 6.5 wt % water, based on the weight of the single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film;
(b) laminating a lay flat liner onto said layer of pressure sensitive adhesive to form a laminated single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film; and
(c) passing said laminated single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film through a laser printer to affix printed indicia to said laminated single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film.

US Pat. No. 10,137,674

ELASTOMERIC LAMINATE WITH ACTIVATION THICKNESS

1. A method for forming an elastomeric laminate comprising the steps of:providing a first coverstock material;
SELF'ing the first coverstock material to create a pre-SELFed coverstock layer having a primary activation pattern comprising SELF-specific land areas and deformed areas;
providing an elastomeric layer; and
joining the elastomeric layer at zero strain to the pre-SELFed layer in a relaxed state wherein the deformed areas exist, such that the elastomeric layer and pre-SELFed coverstock layer are joined at one or more bonding sites.

US Pat. No. 10,137,672

LAMINATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A lamination device comprising:a jig configured to accommodate a window having a curved surface;
a transfer member configured to allow a film to be attached to the window to be spaced from the jig;
a roller unit configured to press a surface of the transfer member to which the film is not attached and attaching the film to the window;
a driver connected to the roller unit and configured to move the roller unit along the curved surface of the window by rotating with respect to a fixed rotational center; and
a pressing unit connected to the driver and the roller unit and configured to press the roller unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,665

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LAMINATE, AND LAMINATE

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

1. A laminate comprising a flat film and a support film, wherein:the flat film has a thickness of 1000 nm or less, and does not have through-pores with an opening diameter of 1 nm or more;
the support film is a porous film having a surface roughness of 100 nm or less;
a plurality of openings in the main surface of the support film have an average diameter below 1000 nm; and
the main surface of the support film has an opening ratio of 40 area % or less.

US Pat. No. 10,137,664

COMPOSITE MATERIAL STRUCTURE, AIRCRAFT WING AND AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE PROVIDED WITH SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE MATERIAL STRUCTURE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A composite material structure, comprising a fiber-reinforced plastic composite material extending in one direction, wherein the one direction is 0°, and having a plurality of holes defined at intervals in a row in the one direction, that is subjected to a tensile load or a compressive load in the one direction, wherein:a peripheral region around the holes includes a first area obtained by bending a composite material reinforced using continuous fibers made even in a longitudinal direction so that a center line of a width of the composite material weaves between adjacent holes and zigzags in the one direction;
a tensile rigidity and/or compressive rigidity in the one direction of the peripheral region is lower than a tensile rigidity and/or compressive rigidity in the one direction of another region that surrounds the peripheral region;
the first area includes at least two parallel parts, wherein a first parallel part is positioned on a side and in contact with a hole of the plurality and is connected to a second parallel part on a side and in contact with an adjacent hole of the plurality by a slanted part disposed between the hole and the adjacent hole, such that first parallel part on the side of the hole and the second parallel part on the side of the adjacent hole are on opposite sides; and
wherein the parallel part comprises the continuous fibers oriented in a 0° direction, is parallel to a first diameter of its corresponding hole, and includes an extension line of a second diameter of its corresponding hole that is oriented in a ±90° direction, wherein a portion of the parallel part has a length equal to or greater than the first diameter of its corresponding hole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,661

MICRORELIEF STRUCTURAL BODY, DECORATIVE SHEET, DECORATIVE RESIN MOLDED BODY, METHOD FOR PRODUCING MICRORELIEF STRUCTURAL BODY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING DECORATIVE RESIN MOLDED BODY

Mitsubishi Chemical Corpo...

1. A structural body comprising a base material, and a microrelief structural layer having a microrelief structure,the microrelief structural layer being laminated on the base material as a surface layer of the structural body, and
the microrelief structural layer having at least one physical property selected from the group consisting of the following (A) and (B):
(A) the elastic modulus at 25° C. is 50 MPa or more, and the elastic modulus at 80° C. is 30 MPa or less; and
(B) the tensile elongation at break at 80° C. is from 20% to 100%,wherein:the microrelief structural layer contains a cured product obtained by curing a curable composition,
the curable composition includes at least one monomer selected from the group consisting of a monomer having one radical-polymerizable double bond (X), a monomer having two radical-polymerizable double bonds (Y), and a monomer having three or more radical-polymerizable double bonds (Z), in an amount of from 70 parts by mass to 100 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the curable components in the curable composition,
the mass average molecular weight of the monomer having two radical-polymerizable double bonds (Y) is from 600 to 8000, and
the value obtained by dividing the mass average molecular weight of the monomer having three or more radical-polymerizable double bonds (Z) by the number of groups having polymerizable double bonds is from 300 to 1000.

US Pat. No. 10,137,656

CARTON FEEDER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY FEEDING A PLURALITY OF CARTONS TO A CONVEYOR TRACK USING A PLURALITY OF PICK-UP HEADS

Norden Machinery AB, Kal...

1. A carton feeding system for feeding a plurality of cartons to a conveyor track, comprising:a plurality of feeding devices, where each feeding device comprises:
a pick-up head with a plurality of vacuum cups each having a front, the front of the plurality of vacuum cups defining a holding plane, the pick-up head being moveable between:
a pick-up position (P1) in which the holding plane of the pick-up head is positioned parallel to a folded carton blank that is to be picked up, and
an insertion position (P2) in which the carton blank is oriented for insertion into the conveyor track, and
an erecting finger having a bearing surface and pivotally suspended at the pick-up head, wherein the erecting finger is pivotal with respect to the holding plane of the pick-up head between:
a first position in which the bearing surface of the erecting finger is substantially parallel to the holding plane when the pick-up head is in the pick-up position (P1) such that the erecting finger supports the folded carton blank received on the holding plane of the pick-up head, and
a second position in which the bearing surface is transverse to the holding plane of the pick-up head when the pick-up head is in the insertion position (P2) to engage the carton blank and at least partially open the carton blank and align the erecting finger with the conveyor for insertion of the carton into the conveyor, wherein the pick-up head and the erecting finger are released from the carton blank at the insertion position (P2) when the carton is inserted into the conveyor;
wherein at least two of feeding devices of the plurality of feeding devices are operable in parallel to insert and release at least two cartons simultaneously at respective ones of the insertion positions (P2) located along the conveyor track.

US Pat. No. 10,137,652

METHOD OF HOSE CONSTRUCTION

7. A method of hose construction comprising:providing a hose former having a surface;
providing a sacrificial layer on the surface of the hose former;
constructing a hose on the sacrificial layer;
forcing pressurized fluid between the sacrificial layer and the hose former to separate the hose former from the sacrificial layer;
removing the hose former from the sacrificial layer; and
separating the sacrificial layer from the hose, wherein the step of separating the sacrificial layer from the hose comprises collapsing the sacrificial layer under atmospheric pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,651

HEATING SYSTEM FOR COMPOSITE REWORK OF AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus that comprises:a frame;
an attachment system configured such that in operation, the attachment system attaches the frame to a surface of a composite structure;
a laser unit directly connected to the frame, such that the laser unit comprises a number of laser beams directed to; a first mirror, a second mirror, and a scanning lens, mounted within the frame, such that the laser unit comprises a laser source within the laser unit;
a vacuum bag that comprises a transparency for the number of laser beams with a vacuum applied to the vacuum bag;
a controller that comprises a rework module specially programmed to:
receive rework information and data, for each portion, of a composite patch, that comprises at least: a depth and a number of plies in layers of a composite material removed to form a scarf in the composite structure, boundary conditions of the scarf, an optical absorption factor of a resin in a composite patch for the scarf, the transparency of the vacuum bag, a pressure within the vacuum bag,
identify a heating cycle and a cooling cycle for each portion;
generate commands, based upon a simulation that comprises at least one of: a finite analysis and an analytical analysis of the rework information and the data, to select, for each portion, a wavelength and an intensity required for each laser beam, in the number of laser beams, for a period of time needed to respectively raise each portion to a desired temperature range; and
transmit the wavelength and the intensity required for each laser beam to pass through the vacuum bag with a vacuum applied to the vacuum bag and cause the desired temperature range in each portion, within the vacuum bag, for each step needed to cure the composite patch on the composite structure, such that the number of laser beams respectively heat each portion of the composite patch to the desired temperature range; and
an image sensor configured to confirm: an amount of curing of each portion of the composite patch, and a compliance of the laser beam with the commands, the controller configured to receive data from the image sensor and adjust commands based upon the data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,648

MATERIAL PLACEMENT SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for placing material for a composite part, the method comprising:positioning a roller relative to a material delivery structure in which the roller is associated with an end of the material delivery structure;
moving the material delivery structure relative to a mold;
moving a plurality of lengths of material towards the roller; and
placing the plurality of lengths of material on the mold with the roller;
wherein the roller has an axis of rotation configured to move over a curved path between a first position and a second position relative to the material delivery structure; wherein the material delivery structure has a first guide on a first side of the material delivery structure in which the first guide is configured to guide a first number of lengths of material in the plurality of lengths of material to the roller and a second guide on a second side of the material delivery structure in which the second guide is configured to guide a second number of lengths of material in the plurality of lengths of material to the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,647

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL FIBER FABRICS AND COMPONENT PREFORMS MADE OF FIBRES IN TWO STEPS

COMPOSITENCE GMBH, Leonb...

1. A method for manufacturing a three-dimensional fiber fabric or a three-dimensional component preform, comprising:forming an overall convex body by sequentially laying sets of fibers on an overall convex surface of a workpiece carrier such that the sets of fibers extend from a first edge region of the overall convex surface to a second edge region of the overall convex surface,
subsequently clamping the first and second edge regions of the overall convex body on the surface of the workpiece carrier by clamping each of the first and second edge regions between a clamping device and the workpiece carrier, and
subsequently reshaping a to-be-reshaped region, which lies between the first and second edge regions of the overall convex body, into a reshaped region having at least one concave section by using a re-molding tool having a movable part that presses the to-be-reshaped region to form the reshaped region,
wherein the reshaped region has a surface area that is greater than the surface area of the to-be-reshaped region and/or
at least the segment of a fiber that forms the reshaped region of the body has a length that is greater than the length of the segment of the same fiber that forms the to-be-reshaped region of the overall convex body and/or
in a cross-sectional view, the path of a surface of the to-be-reshaped region is represented by a first line, and in the cross-sectional view, the path of the same surface of the reshaped region is represented by a second line, the first line being shorter than the second line.

US Pat. No. 10,137,646

PREPARING A POLYGON MESH FOR PRINTING

Whispering Gibbon Limited...

1. A computer-implemented method of preparing a polygon mesh for printing by a process of additive manufacturing, comprising the steps of:receiving a model of an object to be printed in the form of a polygon mesh;
converting the polygon mesh into a signed distance field comprising voxels identified as interior or exterior to the object, including the steps of creating a plurality of layered depth images of the model, and writing to the distance field using said layered depth images,
said conversion including resolving degeneracies in the model so that the signed distance field defines an outer surface that is an orientable manifold, in that pixels in said layered depth images that have inconsistencies are not written to the distance field, and pixels are considered inconsistent if a polygon of one orientation does not have a corresponding polygon of an opposing orientation; and
converting the signed distance field to a format that facilitates additive manufacturing of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,137,643

MODEL-BASED PROCESS SIMULATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a sensitivity model that comprises a plurality of sensitivity values and/or functions, each sensitivity value and/or function specifies a prediction, for a different lithographic apparatus setting for one lithographic apparatus, of an amount of a difference in an imaging result attributable to an amount of a difference in the lithographic apparatus setting;
generating, by a hardware computer, a simulated substrate contour using one or more of the sensitivity values and/or functions of the sensitivity model; and
storing in a non-transitory computer-readable medium and/or providing to a lithographic apparatus, data and/or instructions based on the simulated substrate contour,
where the data and/or instructions, or a derivative thereof, are configured to guide design, control and/or modification of an aspect of a physical process of manufacturing devices and/or an aspect of a physical object or apparatus for use in the process of manufacturing devices.

US Pat. No. 10,137,641

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

GUANGZHOU LITE-ON MOBILE ...

1. A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional object, comprising:providing a carrier which has a predetermined surface, the predetermined surface including a first surface, a second surface, and a third surface; and
driving a discharging head to move on a work track and conduct a three-dimensional spread corresponding to the first surface, the second surface, and the third surface, wherein the predetermined surface and the work track have an identical spacing therebetween;
wherein the discharging head moves relative to the first surface using a first movement speed and conducts the three-dimensional spread, the discharging head moves relative to the second surface using a second movement speed and conducts the three-dimensional spread, the discharging head moves relative to the third surface using a third movement speed and conducts the three-dimensional spread, the first movement speed is identical to the third movement speed, and the second movement speed is different from the first and third movement speeds.

US Pat. No. 10,137,639

METHOD OF FABRICATING AN ULTRASONICALLY WELDED MAT UNIT

1. A method comprising:forming a first layer of a floor mat unit from non-vinyl nontoxic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material;
forming a second layer of the floor mat unit from the non-vinyl nontoxic TPE material;
curing, at least partially, the first and second layers;
adjoining the first layer in direct contact with the second layer at a plurality of intersecting welding contact points; and
welding the first and second layers together without any material to bond the first and second layers together other than the non-vinyl nontoxic TPE material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,615

METHOD FOR FORMING MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT UPHOSLTERY

1. A method of forming a cover element for upholstery of an element of a motor vehicle seat, comprising at least one layer of foam and a cap comprising at least a covering material, wherein the forming of the cover element comprises the steps of:placing said cap against a matrix defining the visible shape of the cover element, with the covering material on a side of the matrix;
maintaining the cap pressed against the matrix by suction;
placing said at least one layer of foam against a back of said covering material; and
applying a forming punch defining a rear surface of the cover element;
wherein a foam thickness of the at least one layer of foam is obtained by spraying foam on a substrate supported by a suction plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,614

SHEET MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A sheet manufacturing apparatus configured to manufacture a sheet by heating and pressurizing a material containing a fiber and an additive agent, the apparatus comprising:a supplying opening configured to supply an additive agent in air;
a first tank configured to communicate with the supplying opening and store the additive agent, the first tank including
a first photoelectric detector configured to detect an absence of the additive agent in the first tank,
a second photoelectric detector configured to detect that an amount of the additive agent in the first tank reaches an upper limit, and
a third photoelectric detector disposed between the first photoelectric detector and the second photoelectric detector in a vertical direction and configured to detect the amount of the additive agent in the first tank and; and
a second tank configured to communicate with the first tank and store the additive agent, the second tank being detachably attached to the sheet manufacturing apparatus, the second tank including a screw feeder configured to transport the additive agent from the second tank to the first tank, the screw feeder being configured to commence to transport the additive agent from the second tank to the first tank in response to the third photoelectric detector detecting the amount of the additive agent in the first tank,
the second tank including an opening through which the second tank is configured to communicate with the first tank and including a valve slidable relative to the opening of the second tank between an opening position at which the valve opens the opening of the second tank and a closing position at which the valve closes the opening of the second tank.

US Pat. No. 10,137,613

APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING THIN-WALLED BODIES OF REVOLUTION

1. An apparatus for manufacturing thin-walled bodies of revolution comprises a heatable expander which is mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis, and a feeder for supplying mouldable material, said feeder being mounted above the expander so as to be movable therealong, wherein a lower part of the feeder is heatable, the expander is hollow with a reflective internal surface, and a heater of the expander is in the form of a laser, the radiation of which is transported into the expander.

US Pat. No. 10,137,611

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED ARTICLE USING FOOD WASTE

1. A method for manufacturing a molded article using food waste, comprising:(s1) a step wherein food waste is collected;
(s2) a step wherein with respect to 1 g of the food waste, 0.01 to 0.5 g of deodorizing agent, 0.01 to 0.5 g of sterilizing agent and 0.01 to 0.5 g of natural antiseptic are added to form a first mixture;
(s3) a step wherein the first mixture is dried using a drier of above 15° C. and a heating film;
(s4) a step wherein the particles of the food waste are sorted out to remove impurities;
(s5) a step wherein the sorted particles of step s4 are crushed into sizes of 0.01 mm to 1 mm to form a crushed powder;
(s6) a first mixing step wherein a binding agent containing a food additive is mixed and pasted with the crushed powder to form a second mixture;
(s7) a second mixing step wherein purified water and an aromatic agent are mixed and pasted with the second mixture manufactured in the first mixing step to form a third mixture;
(s8) a step wherein the third mixture is poured into a mold and is compressed and molded, thus manufacturing the molded article;
(s9) a drying step wherein the molded article which was manufactured in such a way that it had been compressed and molded is dried;
(s10) a polishing step wherein the molded article is polished using a polishing agent;
(s11) a step wherein at least one small cube is manufactured and is marked with a number and is colored, wherein the surface of each small cube is marked with a number or is colored so as to engage or attach each cube, which is manufactured through the polishing step in the step s10; and
(s12) a step wherein an expandable large cube is manufactured, wherein the expandable large cube is manufactured in such a way to attach the at least one small cube, which is manufactured in the step s11 and is colored and marked with a number, to each side of another small cube which is manufactured in the step s11 and is colored and marked with a number.

US Pat. No. 10,137,610

POST-MOLD COOLING METHOD AND APPARATUS WITH CYCLONE COOLING EFFECT

YUDO VALUEPRO LAB CANADA ...

1. A method for post-molding cooling a molded article, the method comprising:providing cooling fluid at an open end of the molded article;
helically directing the cooling fluid in the molded article such that at least a portion of a concave interior surface of the molded article acts as a curved surface relative to a direction of flow of the cooling fluid to create turbulent flow of the cooling fluid against the concave interior surface of the molded article along a length of the concave interior surface from the open end of the molded article toward a closed end of the molded article; and
venting cooling fluid out of the open end of the molded article.

US Pat. No. 10,137,608

FILM-STRETCHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING FILM

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A method of producing a film having a porous structure, the film being configured to be used as separator for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery, the method comprising:a film stretching step of stretching a film by use of a film-stretching apparatus which includes a stretching furnace having (i) an entrance through which the film is transferred into the stretching furnace and (ii) an exit through which the film is transferred out of the stretching furnace; and
a transfer step of holding, on the outside of the stretching furnace, both sides of the film with use of chucks and transferring the film into the stretching furnace through the entrance,
wherein, in the film stretching step, an airflow in the entrance is controlled so as to be directed toward an outside of the stretching furnace, the airflow containing a plasticizing agent volatilized from the film,
wherein, in the transfer step, while the chucks are moving outside of the stretching furnace, a temperature of the chucks is kept at not lower than 90° C. and not higher than 150° C.,
wherein the stretching furnace is divided, along a direction in which the film is transferred, into a plurality of air amount control zones, one of the plurality of air amount control zones being a zone connected to the entrance,
wherein the method further comprises independently controlling an amount of air in each of the plurality of air amount control zones,
wherein the plurality of air amount control zones include at least a pre-heating chamber and a stretching chamber,
wherein each of the pre-heating chamber and the stretching chamber supplies and discharges air, and
wherein a pressure in at least the zone connected to the entrance is controlled so as to be a positive pressure, and wherein the produced film has the porous structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,605

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AFFIXING REFERENCE DOTS WITH RESPECT TO MODELING IMPRESSION MATERIALS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An optical data acquisition system for capturing non-line of sight features within a workpiece comprising:a light projector for projecting a plurality of reference dots on a workpiece with non-line of sight features;
a digital camera at a first location to capture the size and orientation of the reference dots;
a digital camera at a second location to capture the size and orientation of the reference dots;
a control subsystem configured to merge images taken by the cameras for triangulation and generation of a three-dimensional relationship and location of the dots;
a turntable for placing the workpiece with non-line of sight features,
an additively manufactured holder configured to be at least partially received within the non-line of sight feature of the workpiece,
wherein the holder comprises:
a handle portion;
an anchor portion opposite the handle portion; and
a float portion to at least partially support the handle portion with respect to the surface of a liquid modeling impression material within the non-line of sight feature of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,137,604

MOLD FOR CREATING NEGATIVE DRAFT SURFACES IN MOLDED ITEMS AND METHOD OF MOLDING

1. A method for molding a bathtub including at least one negative draft angle encroachment within said bathtub, said method comprising the steps of:(a) substantially covering the molding surfaces of a one-piece bathtub mold with a material to be molded while said material to be molded is in substantially fluid form, wherein said mold comprises a sump, walls extending beyond said sump, and at least one encroachment, wherein said sump comprises a sump front wall and a sump hack wall, and wherein said mold forms said sump front wall to reflect a negative draft angle of approximately 10 degrees and forms said sump back wall to reflect a negative draft angle of a magnitude not greater than the magnitude of the draft angle of said sump front wall, said encroachment comprises at least one of one or more shelves and one or more seats, and wherein at least one said encroachment reflects a draft angle that is negative with respect to a direction of pull parallel to the plane defined by said rear wall;
(b) allowing said material to harden to substantially solid form such that at least a portion of said material is molded into a bathtub; and
(c) removing said material from said mold by one or more of:
a) pulling;
(b) tilting; or
(c) liftingwithout breaking said mold or said material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,603

VACUUM CARRIER MODULE, METHOD OF USING AND PROCESS OF MAKING THE SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method of using a vacuum carrier module, the method comprising:planarizing a gel film by flowing an alignment material through a hole in a substrate to contact a first surface of the gel film, wherein the gel film is adhered to an edge region of the substrate;
positioning at least one chip on a second surface of the gel film opposite the first surface;
encasing the at least one chip in a molding material; and
after encasing the at least one chip, applying a vacuum to the first surface of the gel film.

US Pat. No. 10,137,602

FABRICATING A ROBOTICS SKIN SYSTEM USING A MOLD CORE OR TOOL DEFINING AN INVERSE OF AN EXTERIOR SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A method for fabricating an artificial skin system, comprising:from data storage, accessing a digital three dimensional (3D) model of an object, wherein the digital 3D model defines a topography of an exterior surface of the object;
processing the digital 3D model to generate a 3D model of a core, wherein the processing comprises defining an exterior surface of the core with a topography that is an inverse copy of the topography of the exterior surface of the object;
fabricating the core based on the 3D model of the core, whereby the core has an exterior surface corresponding to the exterior surface of the core in the 3D model;
coating the exterior surface of the fabricated core with skin-forming material in liquid form; and
after the skin-forming material has hardened, removing the hardened skin-forming material from the fabricated core including turning the hardened skin-forming material inside out to orient portions of the hardened skin-forming material abutting the exterior surface of the fabricated core to face outward to provide an exterior surface of an artificial skin free of seam lines.

US Pat. No. 10,137,600

TWIN-SCREW EXTRUDING KNEADER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRODE MIXTURE USING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A twin-screw extruding kneader which conveys and kneads predetermined materials to produce a paste, comprising:a hollow housing;
two rotational shafts arranged parallel to each other at a predetermined interval inside the housing; and
a plurality of paddles arranged around each of the rotational shafts, which knead the materials supplied to the inside of the housing, wherein
a stiffly kneading zone for kneading the materials with a solid content higher than a final solid content, and a diluting zone for diluting the materials having passed through the stiffly kneading zone to adjust the solid content of the materials to the final solid content are provided inside the housing, and
a paddle length L1, a clearance C1, a paddle length L2 and a clearance C2 are set to satisfy conditional expression (1):
(L1/C1)/(L2/C2)?1.4  (1),
wherein, in the conditional expression (1):
the paddle length L1 is a sum of thicknesses of all the paddles arranged in the stiffly kneading zone,
out of the plurality of paddles arranged around the rotational shaft, the clearance C1 is a smallest gap width between an outer circumferential surface of the paddle arranged in the stiffly kneading zone and an inner circumferential surface of the housing,
the paddle length L2 is a sum of thicknesses of all the paddles arranged in the diluting zone, and
out of the plurality of paddles arranged around the rotational shaft, the clearance C2 is a smallest gap width between the outer circumferential surface of the paddle arranged in the diluting zone and the inner circumferential surface of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,598

FORMLINER AND METHOD OF USE

1. Formliners comprising at least two formliners configured to form a corner in curable material when the at least two formliners are assembled together, the formliners comprising:a first formliner comprising:
a cell comprising a recessed portion, wherein at least a part of the recessed portion is configured contact the curable material;
a boundary side extending along at least a part of the cell of the first formliner, the boundary side connected to the cell at a predetermined angle relative to the recessed portion of the cell of the first formliner, the predetermined angle corresponding to a desired angle of the corner when forming the corner in the curable material; and
a rib extending along at least a part of the cell of the first formliner toward the boundary side, the rib of the first formliner comprising an exterior surface forming an exterior cross-sectional profile, wherein at least a portion of the exterior surface is configured to contact the curable material; and
a second formliner comprising:
a cell comprising a recessed portion; and
a rib extending along at least a part of the cell of the second formliner, the rib of the second formliner comprising an opening having a cross-sectional profile corresponding to the exterior cross-sectional profile of the rib of the first formliner when the second formliner is positioned at the predetermined angle relative to the first formliner,
wherein the first formliner is configured to be assembled with the second formliner at the predetermined angle to form the corner in the curable material with the desired angle by mating the opening of the rib of the second formliner with exterior surface of the rib of the first formliner with the boundary side of the first formliner contacting the recessed portion of the cell of the second formliner along the predetermined angle relative to the recessed portion of the cell of the first formliner to minimize visible seams in the curable material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,593

MITER BOX

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A miter box comprising front and rear opposing surfaces, two opposing lateral surfaces, and an upper surface, wherein one lateral surface includes in a first direction, a through opening having a closed contour and a shape adapted to the cross-section of an element to be cut, the miter box further comprising a slot defining a cut line entirely crossing the opening,characterized in that a rear surface of the miter box comprises a first slot opening and a protruding rib, approximately vertical, for aiding positioning of the box for angle cuts, wherein the slot follows a plane forming a non-perpendicular angle with the first direction, and wherein the protruding rib is arranged offset from the first slot opening and in a middle of a projection of the slot on the rear surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,589

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR REDUCING PARTS OF TIRES TO PIECES AT THE END OF LIFE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A machine for cutting a part of a tire down into pieces, comprising:a frame;
a tire support for supporting said part of the tire;
a supplying device for supplying said part of the tire, said supplying device being configured to feed said part to a cutting station;
a cutting device, disposed at said cutting station, for cutting said part so as to cut the part down into pieces, the cutting device comprising a first blade and a second blade, at least one of said first and second blades being pivotable in a hinged manner with respect to the other of said first and second blades at a fulcrum and defining a cutting plane, said first blade and second blade being shaped such that the cutting of said part of the tire starts at a distal end part of the blades with respect to the fulcrum;
wherein at least one of the first and second blades has a concave shape and cooperates with the other of the first and second blades to keep said part of the tire to be cut inside of the blades; and
wherein the supplying device includes a movable unit which can pivot about a vertical axis in a hinged manner between a first position for supplying a cap of the tire to the cutting station and a second position for supplying a sidewall of the tire to the cutting station;
wherein the movable unit includes rotatable drive members that rotate about a central axis thereof and that feed said part to the cutting device, wherein in the first position the central axis of the drive members is substantially parallel to a vertical plane of movement of said cutting plane and in the second position the central axis of the drive members is in an inclined position with respect to the vertical plane of movement of said cutting plane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,588

UTILITY CUTTER

1. A utility cutter, comprising:a handle that comprises a gripping surface;
one or more blades configured to extend from the handle, the blade comprising a cutting portion which includes one or more cutting edges and a non-cutting portion including a thickness; and
a guide including a guide length in a direction substantially parallel with the non-cutting portion of the one or more blades and a guide width in a direction substantially transverse the guide length; the guide attached directly and fixedly to the blade independent of engaging contact between the guide and the handle, the guide positioned in an attaching position on the one or more blades to expose at least a portion of the cutting portion and cover at least a portion of the non-cutting portion, the guide comprising a contoured surface that comprises at least one pointed edge to pierce through a corrugated material, the guide further comprising a first ramped side and a second ramped side, the first and second ramped sides directly adjacent the at least one pointed edge, the ramped sides transition to a widening of the guide, and the guide width at the attaching portion is greater than the thickness of the non-cutting portion of the blade; and,
the utility cutter further comprising a cut-away region ahead of the one or more cutting edges of the blade configured to accept a bunched portion of a workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,137,586

DUAL STROKE RAZOR SYSTEM

1. A razor comprising:a one-piece base body comprising:
a first outwardly extending lateral part having opposite first and second surfaces;
a second outwardly extending lateral part opposite the first lateral part, the second lateral part having opposite first and second surfaces;
a projection part extending outwardly from and in between the first and second lateral parts, the projection part having a first projection part surface, a second projection part surface opposite the first projection part surface, and an end;
the first projection part surface and the first surface of the first lateral part together defining a first semi-circular finger receiving surface;
the second projection part surface and the first surface of the second lateral part together defining a second semi-circular finger receiving surface;
a grip part having a first flat surface and a second flat surface, the grip part extending outwardly opposite the projection part so that a portion of the first flat surface is coincident with a portion of the second surface of the first lateral part and a portion of the second flat surface is coincident with a portion of the second surface of the second lateral part; and
a head with an operation face on the end of the projection part so that the operational face faces away from the first and second lateral parts and the grip part, the operational face including at least one first blade located closer to the first semi-circular finger receiving surface than to the second semi-circular finger receiving surface, at least one second blade located closer to the second semi-circular finger receiving surface than to the first semi-circular finger receiving surface, and a sliding surface between the at least one first blade and the at least one second blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,583

RAZOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

IRVING BARBER COMPANY LLC...

1. A razor device for supporting a razor blade, comprising:a blade support member having a recess formed therein;
a handle member coupled with the blade support member and rotatable relative to the blade support member;
and a cover member coupleable with the blade support member;
wherein:
the razor blade is removably supportable between the blade support member and the cover member;
the recess is sized such that, when the cover member is operably coupled with the blade support member, a perimeter edge of the cover member is either substantially aligned with a perimeter of the recess or within the perimeter of the recess; and
the cover member is coupleable adjacent to the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,137,565

ERGONOMIC HANDLE AND STRUCTURES OPERABLE IN CONJUNCTION THEREWITH

1. A handle, comprising:a grip having a top end, a bottom end, a first side, a second side opposite said first side, a third side, and a fourth, combining to form an entire outer surface of the grip, wherein said first, second, third, and fourth sides extend between said top end and said bottom end;
wherein the first side comprises a convex curvature, originating from the top end and extending across a horizontal midpoint of the grip, the convex curvature transitioning to a concave curvature prior to a vertical midpoint of the grip, the concave curvature then transitioning to a second convex curvature that extends across the horizontal midpoint of the grip at the bottom end; and
wherein said horizontal midpoint comprises a center line between said first side and said second side and said vertical midpoint comprises a center line between said top end and said bottom end;
wherein said horizontal midpoint center line is orthogonal to said vertical midpoint center line; and
wherein at least one of said third or fourth side comprises an indented region having a length along a plane between the top end and the bottom end of the grip and having a width of the indented region along a plane between the first side and the second side of the grip, and wherein the horizontal midpoint center line runs along the length of the indented region and substantially through a center of the width of the indented region in at least one of the third and fourth side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,564

HANDLE FOR A TOOL OR LIKE IMPLEMENT

THE MAZZTECH GROUP, LLC, ...

1. A tool, comprising:a handle having an interior cavity therein;
a cylindrical grip disposed on the handle at a middle position and mechanically coupled to a rod, wherein the cylindrical grip moves laterally on the handle;
the rod being disposed within the interior cavity of the handle, wherein the rod is movable with respect to the interior cavity of the handle by movements of the cylindrical grip translated into movements of the rod to deploy and retract a first end of the rod with respect to an end of the handle that is fixed to a tool element;
the rod comprising a substantially uniform rod having a element disposed thereon and located proximate to a second end of the rod; and
a spring positioned about the rod and secured in place by the element, the spring extending between the element and the second end of the rod;
the tool element being attached to the end of the handle in a fixed position, wherein the tool element is not attached to the cylindrical grip or the rod;
wherein the tool is configured to deploy the rod by moving the cylindrical grip along the handle and towards the tool element, compressing the spring against the element;
whereby the first end of the rod extends beyond the end of the tool element to allow the rod be pushed into the earth to secure the tool in an upright position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,563

JEWELERS' INTERCHANGEABLE TOOL HEAD SET

1. A tool comprising:a handle and a plurality of interchangeable tool heads;
wherein the tool is adapted for use in making jewelry;
wherein the plurality of interchangeable tool heads comprises a collection of individual tool heads;
wherein each individual tool head is optionally mounted on the handle;
wherein the handle further comprises a spring loaded connector;
wherein the spring loaded connector attaches in a removable manner a first individual tool head selected from the plurality of interchangeable tool heads to the handle;
wherein the handle comprises of a first lever, a second lever, a pivot, a plurality of docking ports, a retaining space, and a retaining structure;
wherein the first lever is further defined with a first working end;
wherein the second lever is further defined with a second working end;
wherein each of the plurality of docking ports is a right cylindrical cavity;
wherein each of the plurality of docking ports is further formed with a first opening and a bottom;
wherein the plurality of docking ports further comprises a first docking port and a second docking port;
wherein the first docking port is formed in the first working end;
wherein the second docking port is formed in the second working end;
wherein a lever selected from the group consisting of the first lever and the second lever further comprises the spring loaded connector;
wherein the spring loaded connector further comprises a retaining space and a retaining structure;
wherein the retaining space further comprises a second opening;
wherein the retaining space opens into the docking port of the lever associated with the spring loaded connector using a third opening;
wherein the retaining structure is positioned in the retaining space;
wherein the retaining structure further comprises a release button, a cantilever, and a locking tab;
wherein the release button is further formed with a spring channel;
wherein the release button is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the release button is a cylindrical structure that is designed to fit into the second opening such that the first end of the release button will project beyond the lever associated with the spring loaded connector;
wherein the cantilever is a shaft that projects away from the second end of the release button at an angle perpendicular to the center axis of the release button;
wherein the cantilever is further defined with a second free end;
wherein the locking tab projects perpendicularly away from the second free end of the cantilever;
wherein the locking tab is positioned such that the locking tab projects into the docking port of the lever associated with the spring loaded connector;
wherein a spring channel is a cavity that is sized to receive a spring;
wherein the spring is inserted in the spring cavity;
wherein the spring is a helical compression spring.

US Pat. No. 10,137,559

PLIERS

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A pliers comprising:a first member including a first head and a first handle having a recessed area with a non-circular cross-sectional shape and an exposed end portion adjacent the recessed area, the recessed area bounded by a forward lip and a rear lip, the forward lip having a cross-sectional area not greater than a cross-sectional area of a portion of the first handle adjacent the forward lip and opposite the recessed area;
a first grip positioned on the recessed area of the first handle;
a second member pivotally coupled to the first member, the second member including a second head and a second handle having a recessed area with a non-circular cross-sectional shape and an exposed end portion adjacent the recessed area, the recessed area bounded by a forward lip and a rear lip, the forward lip having a cross-sectional area not greater than a cross-sectional area of a portion of the second handle adjacent the forward lip and opposite the recessed area; and
a second grip positioned on the recessed area of the second handle,
wherein the end portions of the first and second handles are made of metal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,552

POLISHING APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A polishing method comprising:rotating a substrate;
supporting a first surface of the substrate by directing a jet of liquid to the first surface of the substrate; and
polishing a second surface of the substrate with a polishing tool, the second surface being an opposite side of the substrate from the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,533

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL APPARATUS FOR TESTING AND ETCHING SUBSTRATE AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method for manufacturing an organic light-emitting apparatus, the method comprising:injecting a substrate through a chamber body of a multi-functional apparatus for testing and etching the substrate, the chamber body having an entrance in one of its sides and an exit in another one of its sides, wherein the injecting of the substrate into the chamber body is through the entrance of the chamber body;
transferring the injected substrate in a direction from the entrance to the exit utilizing a transfer unit disposed inside of the chamber body;
etching a part of the substrate disposed on the transfer unit utilizing a laser etching unit disposed above the transfer unit;
testing the substrate disposed on the transfer unit utilizing a testing unit; and
ejecting the substrate from the chamber body through the exit of the chamber body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,530

LASER WELD METHOD AND WELD STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A laser welding method comprising:forming a melted section in which plural metallic workpieces within a weld region are melted by projecting a first laser beam onto said weld region with parts of the workpieces being set as the weld region when the workpieces are welded; and
projecting a second laser beam while the melted section is being solidified or after a solidified section in which the melted section is solidified is formed such that the second laser beam circles around a center of the melted section or the solidified section from an irradiation start position deviated from said center toward said center or such that the second laser beam is focused to the center of the melted section or the solidified section from an irradiation start region that includes the center and a periphery thereof,
wherein
the melted section including the center is progressed to solidify, or the solidified section is re-melted and a re-melted section is progressed to solidify while projecting the second laser beam; and
a solidification rate of at least the center of the melted section or the re-melted section is lowered by the projection of the second laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,523

RESISTANCE WELDING METHOD AND CONDUCTOR UNIT

Yazaki Corporation, Toky...

1. A resistance welding method of welding two objects together comprising the steps of:clamping the two objects between a pair of electrodes; and
applying a welding current between the pair of the electrodes on a condition that the two objects are pressed to bring the two objects toward each other,
heating a contacting surface between the two objects,
wherein one of the two objects includes a core member and a plated layer, which coats the core member and has a melting point lower than that of a coating layer that is a metal constituting an outer surface of the core member,
wherein the two objects are clamped between the pair of the electrodes and the contacting surface is allowed to generate heat to melt the plated layer, and to weld the coating layer of said one of the two objects and a base member of another of the two objects together,
wherein the core member includes a core wire and the coating layer, which coats the core wire, the core wire having a round shape in section and being made of a material having a melting point higher than that of the coating layer and also being made of a material having mechanical strength higher than that of the coating layer, and
wherein the coating layer is made of a metal which forms no intermetallic compound between the metal constituting the coating layer and the base member when the coating layer and a the base member are welded or the coating layer is made by a method in which the intermetallic compound is not produced when the coating layer joins the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,517

NICKEL-BASED BRAZING FOIL AND PROCESS FOR BRAZING

1. An amorphous, ductile Ni-based brazing foil having a composition consisting essentially ofNirestCraBbPcSidCeXfYg
wherein a, b, c, d, e, f, and g are numbers such that 16 atomic percent?a?30 atomic percent; 0.5 atomic percent?b?14 atomic percent; 2 atomic percent?c?20 atomic percent; 0 atomic percent?d?14 atomic percent; 0 atomic percent?e?5 atomic percent; 0 atomic percentb>c/15; wherein 10 atomic percent?b+c+d?25 atomic percent, wherein X is one or more of the elements Mo, Nb, Ta, W and Cu; and wherein Y is one or both of the elements Fe and Co,
and wherein the foil varies in thickness from a mean thickness of the foil in a variation of less than 25% over a length of 200 m, the foil has a width B of 0.5 mm?B?300 mm, and the brazing foil is at least 50% amorphous.

US Pat. No. 10,137,502

NEAR NET SHAPE COMBUSTION DRIVEN COMPACTION PROCESS AND REFRACTORY COMPOSITE MATERIAL FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS

Utron Kinetics, LLC, Man...

1. A process of producing refractory near net shape rhenium composite components with a combustion driven compaction process, comprising:providing a chamber,
providing a cavity,
providing rhenium containing powder and hafnium powder, wherein the rhenium containing powder have a mesh size between ?200 and ?635,
providing a male die adjacent the cavity,
providing a piston in contact with the male die,
providing a gas supply,
filling the chamber with a mixture of compressed natural gas and air, moving the piston and moving the male die into the cavity, and closing the gas supply,
combusting the gas, causing the pressure in the chamber to rise and exert force on the piston,
compressing the powder mixture into a refractory near net shape rhenium containing component,
wherein the refractory near net shape rhenium composite component contains less than 50 wt % rhenium and 1-5 wt % hafnium.

US Pat. No. 10,137,495

MACHINE FOR FORMING METAL BARS

IKOI S.P.A., Cassola (VI...

1. A method for forming a precious metal ingot having specified dimensions and weight from solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes, the specified dimensions of said precious metal ingot includes a dimensionally specified ingot upper limit, said method employing a machine including an ingot mold and a cover for closing said ingot mold, said ingot mold having an interior comprising a first lower volume configured to the specified dimensions of the precious metal ingot, a second upper volume configured to facilitate depositing into said ingot mold of an amount of said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes to form said precious metal ingot, and an upper end comprising an upper abutting edge of said ingot mold, said cover comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion including a rim adapted to engage the upper abutting edge of said ingot mold to close and hermetically seal said ingot mold when said precious metal ingot has been formed in said ingot mold first lower volume, said lower portion configured to project into the interior of said ingot mold so as to rest on said amount of solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf ov various sizes deposited in said ingot mold to form said precious metal ingot, said cover lower portion having a dimension such that on engagement of said cover upper portion rim with the ingot mold upper abutting edge, the cover lower portion delineates an upper limit to the ingot mold first lower volume corresponding to the precious metal ingot dimensionally specified upper limit, said method comprising the steps of:a) depositing into said ingot mold through said second upper volume thereof said amount of solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes to form said precious metal ingot;
b) positioning said ingot mold cover for closing said ingot mold such that the cover lower portion projects into the interior of said ingot mold so as to rest on said amount of precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes deposited in said ingot mold, and the cover upper portion rim remains raised with respect to the upper abutting edge of said ingot mold;
c) compacting said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes deposited in said ingot mold by compressing the same during a melting step by the resting of said ingot mold cover on said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf; and
d) progressively lowering said ingot mold cover during the compacting and compressing of said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf during said melting step until the cover upper portion rim engages the upper abutting edge of said ingot mold closing and hermetically sealing said ingot mold whereby, because of said cover lower portion dimension, the cover lower portion delineates the ingot mold first lower volume upper limit corresponding to the dimensionally specified upper limit of said precious metal ingot.

US Pat. No. 10,137,278

CANNULA STABILIZATION DEVICE

1. A cannula stabilization device comprising:a bearing platform;
a tubing holder located on a first end of the bearing platform;
a tubing holder located on a second end of the bearing platform opposite the first end, wherein each tubing holder is configured to secure and route continuous tubing, and wherein the tubing is configured to intersect the bearing platform only at each tubing holder;
a rotational joint fixedly attached to the bearing platform on a bottom side of the bearing platform; and
a helmet releasably attachable to the rotational joint;
wherein the helmet and the bearing platform are independently rotatable around a common rotational axis when the helmet is attached to the rotational joint.

US Pat. No. 10,137,274

PATIENT INTERFACES

1. A patient interface comprising:a mask assembly configured to be coupled with an elbow assembly for delivering a pressurized gas to a patient;
the elbow assembly comprising:
a first leg configured to connect to a source of the pressurized gas at a first end of the elbow assembly; and
a second leg configured to swivelably connect to the mask assembly, the second leg comprising:
a second end of the elbow assembly configured to insertably interface with the mask assembly;
an outer conduit and an inner conduit fixed within the outer conduit, a first tubular section of the outer conduit disposed radially outward of a second tubular section of the inner conduit, the inner conduit and the outer conduit extending towards the second end of the elbow assembly from a front wall of the outer conduit, a distal end of the outer conduit disposed beyond a distal portion of the second tubular section of the inner conduit in an axial direction such that the distal portion of the second tubular section is disposed within a straight section of the second leg;
a first flow path defined between the inner conduit and the outer conduit, the first flow path accommodating a first flow of gases in a first direction;
a second flow path defined within the inner conduit, the second flow path accommodating a second flow of gases in a second direction, the first direction being directly opposite the second direction in at least a portion of the second leg; and
a diffuser comprising a plurality of exhaust vents in the front wall of the outer conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,273

PATIENT INTERFACES

1. A patient interface for use as part of a system for delivering a supply of gases to a patient comprising:a hollow body configured to be disposed on the patient's face in use and configured to deliver gases to the patient, said hollow body comprising an aperture extending from an inside of the hollow body to an outside of said hollow body; and
an elbow connector comprising a first end configured to be connected to a gas supply conduit, a second end configured to be swivelably connected to said aperture of said hollow body, and an exhaust port positioned between said first end and said second end, said exhaust port comprising a plurality of outlet vent holes extending through an outer wall of the elbow connector, and at least one wall at least partially defining an exhaust passage and extending from said exhaust port toward said second end, and said at least one wall being interposed between said exhaust passage and a delivery passage extending from said first end of said elbow connector to said second end of said elbow connector such that incoming gases are separated from said exhaust passage by said at least one wall, wherein said wall forms an enclosed perimeter such that a space within the wall is separated from a space that completely surrounds the wall, and wherein the wall extends in a direction aligned with the second end of the elbow connector;
wherein said at least one wall is rigid and fixed in position inside said elbow connector.

US Pat. No. 10,137,269

CUSHION-TO-FRAME COMPONENT FOR AN INTERFACING STRUCTURE

RESMED LIMITED, Bella Vi...

1. An interfacing structure for a mask system, comprising:a cushion component adapted to contact the patient's face in use; and
a cushion-to-frame component provided to the cushion component, the cushion-to-frame component structured to secure the cushion component to a mask frame of the mask system,
the cushion-to-frame component including a cushion side adapted to interface with the cushion component and a frame side adapted to interface with the mask frame,
wherein the cushion side includes a platform including an inner flange and an outer flange provided to opposing ends of the platform and an engagement surface between the inner flange and the outer flange to engage the cushion component, and
wherein the engagement surface is non-linear along its width and includes incline portions, decline portions, and flat portions along its width.

US Pat. No. 10,137,268

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SECURING A BREATHING GAS DELIVERY HOSE

CPAP Miracle LLC, Beachw...

1. A device comprising:a substantially rigid, elongated contiguous, tubular support member comprised of a tube wall having a first distal end, a second distal end, and a centralized living hinge biasing portion, integrated in the tube wall and comprised of a series of spaced apart slits in the tube wall, the living hinge, configured to bias arcuate movement between the first distal end and the second distal end, and wherein
the living hinge has an axial length smaller than axial lengths of the first and second distal ends,
a bias of the living hinge is configured to be adjustable while maintaining a fixed distance between the first and second distal ends, and
the bias of the living hinge corresponds to a position of an outer tube disposed circumferentially along a surface of the tube so as to be slide-able relative to the biasing portion;
a generally planar, rigid base configured to receive an associated pillow on an upper surface thereof so as to secure the first distal end so that the support member extends from a surface of the base to hold the first distal end in a generally vertical position relative to the second distal end when a radial force is applied to the second distal end during flexure of the living hinge;
a mount comprised of first and second coaxial, biased C-clips secured to the second distal end, the mount configured to snap fit an associated tube thereto with substantially unrestricted fluid flow therethrough; and
a mount support, formed from a cutaway portion of the tube wall, extending radially outwardly from the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,137,265

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIRELESS FEEDBACK DURING VENTILATION

ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION,...

1. A system for providing feedback on delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the system comprising:a manual patient ventilation unit defining an airflow path, the unit arranged so that when the unit is applied to a patient, the airflow path is in fluid communication with the patients airway, the patient ventilation unit comprising:
a ventilation bag configured to enable manual ventilation of the patient by a rescuer;
at least one first sensor in the airflow path positioned to sense the presence of ventilation airflow and measure a gas flow rate in the airflow path; and
at least one second sensor in the airflow path positioned to sense gas pressure in the airflow path;
at least one chest compression sensor configured to detect and measure compression information based on chest compressions applied to the patient; and
a feedback unit separate from the manual patient ventilation unit comprising a processor arranged to:
wirelessly receive data generated by the at least one first sensor and the at least one second sensor;
determine one or more ventilation quality parameters based at least in part on a gas flow volume calculated based on the sensed gas flow rate and gas pressures;
receive compression data generated by the at least one chest compression sensor;
determine one or more chest compression parameters based at least in part on the measured compression information; and
provide both ventilation feedback and chest compression feedback to a rescuer, the ventilation feedback comprising the one or more ventilation quality parameters and instructions for performing ventilations based upon a comparison of the ventilation quality parameters with a ventilation protocol comprising ranges of predetermined acceptable values for administering ventilations to the patient and the chest compression feedback comprising the one or more chest compression parameters and instructions for performing chest compressions based upon a comparison of the chest compression parameters with a chest compression protocol comprising ranges of predetermined acceptable values for administering chest compressions to the patient,
wherein the ventilation quality parameters comprise one or more of tidal volume, minute volume, end-inspiratory pressure, and maximum ventilation pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,263

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AN AIRWAY DEVICE SUCH AS AN ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE

Indian Ocean Medical Inc....

1. A method of detecting a leak of fluid from an inflatable airway device in a closed volume pressure system, the method comprising:periodically receiving a pressure value for the inflatable airway device from a pressure sensor in a pressure control and monitoring apparatus in the closed volume pressure system;
in a processor of the pressure control and monitoring apparatus, comparing the received pressure value with a setpoint value to determine a difference between the received pressure value and the setpoint value;
calculating in the processor if the difference is within a predefined tolerance band of the setpoint value;
calculating in the processor a rate of change of volume as a number of steps of a stepper motor in the closed volume pressure system required to correct the difference between the received pressure value and the setpoint value;
if the received pressure value is higher than the predefined tolerance band, setting the number of steps of the stepper motor as negative, if the received pressure value is lower than the predefined tolerance band, setting the number of steps of the stepper motor as positive, and driving the stepper motor the number of steps required to correct the difference between the received pressure value and the setpoint value;
calculating in the processor a statistical average of the rate of change of volume calculated using the received pressure value and a predetermined number of previously received pressure values to indicate whether significant changes have been necessary over a preceding time interval to increase pressure to the setpoint value;
determining if the statistical average is greater or lower than a threshold value, wherein the threshold value is a minimum average value that is indicative of an ineffective operation of pressure regulation in response to pressure reduction arising during normal usage of a patient and the minimum average value represents an average value for a breathing cycle, including inflation, deflation, and static steps, over a predetermined number of seconds; and
if the statistical average is greater than the threshold value, activating an alarm in the pressure control and monitoring apparatus to indicate a leak of fluid from the airway device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,262

SYNCHRONIZING MECHANICAL IN-EXSUFFLATION AND DIAPHRAGMATIC PACING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for synchronizing machine-induced inexsufflation with a diaphragmatic pacing of a subject, the system comprising;a pressure generator configured to generate a pressurized flow of breathable gas for delivery to an airway of the subject;
one or more sensors configured to generate one or more output signals conveying information related to one or both of
i) one or more gas parameters of a flow of breathable gas being breathed by the subject and/or
ii) one or more respiratory parameters of the subject; and
one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules, the computer program modules comprising:
a configuration module configured to obtain one or more configurable operational settings of the diaphragmatic pacing of the subject;
a detection module configured to detect onsets of inhalations of the subject such that, for a first respiratory cycle, the detection module detects an onset of a first inhalation of the subject based on the one or more output signals, wherein the first inhalation is included in the first respiratory cycle;
a target module configured to determine a target parameter for machine-induced inexsufflation during respiratory cycles such that, responsive to detection of the onset of the first inhalation, the target module determines the target parameter for machine-induced inexsufflation during a second respiratory cycle such that the machine-induced inexsufflation occurs in synchrony with the diaphragmatic pacing of the subject, wherein the second respiratory cycle is subsequent to the first respiratory cycle, and wherein the target parameter corresponds to an onset of inhalation during the second respiratory cycle or an onset of exhalation during the second respiratory cycle; and
a control module configured to control the pressure generator to inexsufflate the subject such that during the second respiratory cycle the control module controls the pressure generator to inexsufflate the subject in accordance with the target parameter for machine-induced inexsufflation, wherein:
inexsufflating the subject comprises controlling the pressure generator to generate a pressure cycle providing a positive pressure during a first time period, a negative pressure during a second time period, and a pause in pressure generation during a third time period, wherein the third time period occurs subsequent to the second time period and the second time period occurs subsequent to the first time period; and
at least two of the first, second, or third time periods are adjusted based on the target parameter in one or more subsequent pressure cycles to enhance synchronization of the machine-induced inexsufflation with the diaphragmatic pacing over multiple pressure or respiratory cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,137,255

AUTOINJECTOR

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An autoinjector comprising:a case having a rib;
a needle shroud telescopically coupled to the case and movable between a first extended position, a retracted position and a locked second extended position;
a carrier slidably arranged in the case and adapted to hold a medicament container, the carrier movable from a first axial position to a second axial position relative to the case;
a collar rotatably and slidably disposed in the case, the collar coupled to the needle shroud and the carrier; and
a control spring biasing the collar in a distal direction relative to the case,
wherein the collar is adapted to abut the rib when the needle shroud is in the first extended position and the carrier is in the first axial position, and the collar is adapted to disengage the rib when the needle shroud is in the retracted position and the carrier is in the second axial position,
wherein the collar includes a shroud boss adapted to engage a shroud slot in the needle shroud, a carrier boss adapted to engage a carrier slot in the carrier, and a case boss adapted to engage the rib in the case,
wherein the collar is adapted to couple a force of the control spring to one of the carrier, the needle shroud and the case based on axial and rotational positions of the needle shroud, the carrier, and the rib in the case relative to the collar.

US Pat. No. 10,137,254

TELESCOPIC DRIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

1. A drug delivery device, comprising:a compartment adapted to receive and hold a drug-filled cartridge having an axially moveable piston,
a support structure,
a drive tube comprising an inner thread,
a motor assembly having a distal portion and a proximal portion, the distal portion comprising a rotatable drive shaft and being adapted to be received inside the drive tube,
a drive member comprising an outer thread, and
a controller for controlling the motor assembly,wherein:the drive member outer thread is in threaded engagement with the drive tube inner thread,
the motor assembly is arranged non-rotational relative to the support structure,
the drive tube is arranged axially displaceable but non-rotational relative to the motor assembly and is adapted to engage and axially move, directly or indirectly, the piston of a loaded cartridge to thereby expel drug from the cartridge,
the motor assembly proximal portion is connected to the support structure via a first flexible joint, and
the drive shaft is connected to the drive member via a second flexible joint,whereby rotation of the drive shaft results in axial, non-rotational displacement of the drive tube relative to the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,252

PEN-SHAPED TORSION SPRING DRIVEN INJECTION DEVICE

1. A pen-shaped torsion spring driven injection device for apportioning set dose of a liquid drug comprising:A housing having a window,
A piston rod having an external thread,
A rotatable piston rod guide engaging and driving the piston rod during dose expelling,
A torsion spring for rotating the piston rod guide,
A rotatable scale drum having a thread engaging the external thread of the piston rod and carrying a plurality of indicia viewable through the window of the housing,
A rotatable dose setting member cooperating with the scale drum such that rotation of the dose setting member during dose setting is transformed to a rotation of the scale drum, and whereinthe piston rod is held inrotatable during dose setting whereby the scale drum rotates helically on the external thread of the piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,137,250

SYRINGE AND PREFILLED SYRINGE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A syringe comprising:a cylindrically-shaped gasket comprising a closed distal end, an open proximal end, and an inner cavity portion extending distally from a proximal side;
a barrel comprising a distal opening portion and configured to slidably contain the gasket; and
a plunger comprising a head portion configured to be contained in the inner cavity portion of the gasket,
wherein the head portion comprises:
a shaft portion, and
a helical rib located at an outer surface of the shaft portion, the helical rib comprising a starting end on a distal side and a terminal end on a proximal side,
wherein the gasket comprises, on an inner surface of the inner cavity portion, a helical crest portion forming a helical valley portion configured to threadedly engage with the helical rib of the plunger, and a plunger-retaining annular rib positioned distally from the helical crest portion, wherein the inner cavity portion further comprises an accommodation portion positioned distally from the plunger-retaining annular rib, the accommodation portion configured to contain a part of the head portion of the plunger at which the helical rib is formed, and wherein the plunger-retaining annular rib further comprises a rib absent portion configured to guide, to the accommodation portion, the helical rib reaching the plunger-retaining annular rib as threaded engagement is advanced between the plunger and the gasket,
wherein the plunger comprises, at the terminal end of the helical rib, an entrance-restricting terminal end portion configured to restrict the entrance of the helical rib into the rib absent portion after the part of the plunger at which the helical rib is formed is contained in the accommodation portion of the gasket,
wherein the helical rib includes a proximal surface extending outward from the shaft portion, a distal surface extending outward from the shaft portion, and an outer surface extending between the proximal surface to the distal surface, and
wherein the entrance-restricting terminal end portion comprises a terminal end surface that extends (i) between the proximal surface of the helical rib and the distal surface of the helical rib, and (ii) between the shaft portion and the outer surface of the helical rib.

US Pat. No. 10,137,249

PRIMING CONFIGURATION FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE AND DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE COMPRISING A PRIMING CONFIGURATION

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. A priming configuration for a medical device, the priming configuration comprising:a piston rod configured to operate the device; and
a movable element comprising an inclined surface being arranged to engage the piston rod, wherein the inclined surface is arranged to be movable in a transverse direction with respect to the piston rod by a user of the medical device, wherein the inclined surface slides along the piston rod during a movement of the inclined surface in the transverse direction, and wherein the movement of the inclined surface in the transverse direction from one end of the inclined surface to an opposite end of the inclined surface causes the engagement of the inclined surface and the piston rod to advance the piston rod in a further direction different from the transverse direction thereby providing a priming of the medical device before use.

US Pat. No. 10,137,247

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF THERAPEUTIC AGENTS TO MUCOUS OR SEROUS MEMBRANE

1. A method, comprising:receiving from a sensor at least one body signal from a patient;
detecting a condition of said patient based on said body signal, said detecting a condition being detected by a therapy device; and
administering a therapy with said therapy device to at least one of a mucous membrane or a serous membrane of said patient, in response to said detecting; wherein said body signal is a signal indicative of a concentration of a therapeutic medication in a body fluid; said condition is said concentration of said therapeutic medication being above a second concentration; and said therapy comprises at least one of reducing a dose of said therapeutic medication, reducing a rate of delivery of said therapeutic medication, or delaying a delivery of said therapeutic medication.

US Pat. No. 10,137,245

CENTRAL SITE PHOTOPLETHYSMOGRAPHY, MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION, AND SAFETY

University of Florida Res...

1. A system for monitoring and control for safe administration, reduction or cessation of administration of at least one of medication to a subject, comprising:(a) at least one photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor adapted to secure to a central source site of the subject;
(b) an infusion pump for delivering the at least one medication to the subject, wherein the infusion pump comprises an infusion controller for increasing or decreasing flow of medication to the subject; and
(c) an infusion pump agnostic safety device that is adapted to be deployed onto tubing adapted to deliver the at least one medication from the infusion pump to the subject, wherein the safety device comprises an occlusion apparatus and an occlusion controller, wherein the occlusion controller receives signals from the PPG sensor, calculates at least one respiratory parameter based on the signals from the PPG sensor, and if the at least one respiratory parameter is determined by the occlusion controller to be adverse, the occlusion controller directs the occlusion apparatus to partially or completely occlude the tubing
wherein the infusion pump agnostic safety device only occludes the tubing in the event the occlusion controller determines that an adverse event has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,137,242

FLUID DISPENSING DEVICE WITH A FLOW DETECTOR

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A portable therapeutic fluid delivery device for delivering a therapeutic fluid into a body of a patient, the fluid delivery device comprising:a first part comprising,
a driving mechanism,
a flow detector comprising at least one heating element and at least two temperature sensors, and
a processor;
a second part comprising,
a reservoir,
an exit port, and
a delivery tube communicating between the reservoir and the exit port;
wherein the first part and the second part are designed such that upon pairing of the first part with the second part, the at least one heating element and the at least two temperature sensors touch the delivery tube, and wherein the processor, upon activation of the at least one heating element, determines a flow condition of the therapeutic fluid inside the delivery tube based on signals provided by the at least two temperature sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,137,237

NEEDLE ARRANGEMENT

1. A needle arrangement for an injection device comprising:a needle cannula having a lumen and mounted such that a distal part having a distal tip extend in a distal direction,
a telescopically movable shield slidable between a first extended position and a second retracted position and wherein the telescopically movable shield distally carries a cleaning chamber containing a cleaning solvent for cleaning at least the tip of the needle cannula between subsequent injections and which cleaning chamber at least distally is provided with a pierceable distal septum, wherein the telescopically movable shield in the first extended position is extended to at least cover the distal tip of the needle cannula and in the second retracted position is retracted to at least expose the tip of the needle cannula,
a telescopically movable tube for guiding the needle cannula, the telescopically movable tube having a tube lumen and a distal end wherein the needle cannula is guided inside the tube lumen, and which tube lumen is movable relatively to the needle cannula, and wherein the distal end of the telescopically movable tube at least partly penetrates the distal septum when the telescopically movable shield is moved from the first extended position to the second retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,228

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEALING AN INCISIONAL WOUND

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

17. A system to treat an incisional wound having incisional walls, the system comprising:a scaffold fluidly coupled to a conduit to receive reduced pressure from a reduce pressure source, and configured to be positioned within the incisional wound adjacent the incisional walls, the scaffold being formed from an elongated porous material; and
an internal manifold having a primary flow channel extending within the scaffold and configured to be fluidly coupled to the conduit, wherein the primary flow channel is formed by an alignment of interconnected pores of the scaffold.

US Pat. No. 10,137,226

MEDICAL DRAINAGE DEVICES WITH CARBON-BASED STRUCTURES FOR INHIBITING GROWTH OF FIBROBLASTS

Mobius Therapeutics, LLC,...

1. A composition for use in manufacturing an implantable medical device, having a body with an opening therethrough defining a fluid path for passage of body fluids therethrough, the composition comprising:a carbon scaffold consisting essentially fibers combined with a biocompatible polymer; and
a layer of carbon nanotubes grown on the carbon fibers providing a resulting structure and configured to be provided at least on inner walls defining the body of the implantable medical device, the resulting structure forming a carbon fuzzy veil;
wherein: the carbon fuzzy veil resulting from the carbon nanotubes grown on the carbon scaffold is fibroblast-inhibiting relative to a carbon scaffold alone.

US Pat. No. 10,137,219

COHERENT BLOOD COAGULATION STRUCTURE OF WATER-INSOLUBLE CHITOSAN AND WATER-DISPERSIBLE STARCH COATING

1. An absorbent layer comprising a non-woven fabric layer of water-insoluble chitosan fibers having a continuous coating of water-absorbent starch on at least one face of the fabric layer, wherein the starch has been modified to include hydrophilic groups into or onto molecular chains of the starch.

US Pat. No. 10,137,179

COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF PREPARATION OF PROTEASE MICROPARTICULATE SLOW RELEASE PREPARATION

HYALO TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, ...

1. A composition, comprising a plurality of biodegradable polymer microparticies comprising a protease enzyme therein, the biodegradable polymer and the protease enzyme forming a controlled release matrix for extended release of the enzyme; wherein (a) the protease is selected from the group consisting of collagenase, papain, elastase and mixtures thereof; (b) the plurality of the biodegradable polymer microparticies is a mixture of biodegradable polymer microparticles containing different proteases; (c) a first portion of the plurality of the biodegradable polymer microparticles contains collagenase, and (d) a second portion of the plurality of the biodegradable polymer microparticles contains papain or elastase.

US Pat. No. 10,137,138

SULFONYLUREA DERIVATIVES OF OLEANOLIC ACID

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A sulfonylurea derivative of oleanolic acid, comprising a compound having the formula:where R is selected from the group consisting H and CH3, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,137,134

MOLYBDENUM COMPOUNDS FOR USE IN THE TREATMENT OF CYANIDE POISONING

1. A compound according to the following formula:
Wherein
X is S or a bond; and
R1, R2, and R3 independently or together are one or more of the ligands selected from: a mono- or disaccharide having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, a mono- or di-carboxylic acid having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, which may be substituted with O, S, CH3S— or N, a thiocarboxylic acid having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, a primary, secondary or tertiary amide having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, wherein the side chains attached to the nitrogen is an alkyl having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, threonine, serine, glutamate, malate, oxalate, mercapto succinate, cyanide thiocyanate, thiosulfate, or sulfite; and wherein R3 may be an electron pair.

US Pat. No. 10,137,116

BENZIMIDAZOLE SULFIDE DERIVATIVES FOR THE TREATMENT OR PREVENTION OF TUBERCULOSIS

1. A method of treating tuberculosis in a subject comprising administering to a subject in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of a benzimidazole sulfide derivative of general formula (I):wherein R is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-heteroalkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, aryl, C1-C6-alkyl aryl, heteroaryl, C1-C6-alkyl heteroaryl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkenyl aryl, C2-C6-alkenyl heteroaryl, C3-C8-cycloalkyl, C1-C6-alkyl cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, C1-C6-alkyl heterocycloalkyl, carboxy, C1-C6-alkyl carboxy, acyl, C1-C6-alkyl acyl, acyloxy, C1-C6-alkyl acyloxy, alkoxy, C1-C6-alkoxy, C1-C6-heteroalkoxy, C1-C6-haloalkoxy, C1-C6-alkoxycarbonyl, halogen, sulfanyl, and C1-C6-alkylsulfanyl, a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and/or a mixture thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,137,103

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF FATTY ACID METABOLISM DISORDERS

1. A method for treating a fatty acid oxidation disorder in a subject, said method comprising administering at least one S-nitrosylating agent to said subject,wherein said S-nitrosylating agent is a mononitrated-diheptanoin.

US Pat. No. 10,137,059

NURSING BOTTLE WITH INTEGRATED COLLAR AND NIPPLE FLANGE VENTING STRUCTURE

3. A single vented container for use for holding a liquid, and for dispensing of the same, said container consisting of a body portion, a neck portion, the neck portion having integral threads, a collar provided for the container, and having internal threads capable of engagement with the neck portion of said container, a nipple provided upon the upper neck portion of the bottle, said nipple having an upstanding dispensing portion, and an integral flange extending radially from the bottom of the nipple, said flange having a vertical aperture extending therethrough, communicating with the interior of the bottle, and said flange having an upper surface, and a flange passage provided upon the upper surface of the flange nipple, communicating with the flange vertical aperture, and extending radially to the perimeter edge of the nipple flange, and communicating with the space between the threads securing the collar to the neck of the bottle, said nipple flange having a lower surface, an integral sleeve provided upon the lower surface of the nipple flange, and said sleeve being in alignment with the vertical aperture through said flange, a vent tube securing with the integral sleeve upon the lower surface of said nipple flange, and said vent tube provided for securing with said integral sleeve for holding the vent tube into position when applied for venting with the single vented container during usage, wherein said container comprises a nursing bottle, and wherein said nipple is a nursing bottle nipple.

US Pat. No. 10,137,056

DEVICE FOR SEXUAL STIMULATION

1. A device for sexual stimulation of a human body, said device comprising a phallus-shaped stimulation body having a thickness and/or a length that is variable in regions, wherein the stimulation body comprises a length adjustment element that is movable to lengthen and shorten the stimulation body in an axial direction in relation to a main body of the stimulation body, and has a hollow cylinder that is mounted on and displaceable on the main body, wherein the stimulation body is provided with permanent magnets to vary the length of the stimulation body, the permanent magnets being arrangeable in a starting position, in which the permanent magnets mutually attract, and in a lengthening position, in which the permanent magnets mutually repel, and the length adjustment element is movable on the main body by movement of the permanent magnets between the starting position and the lengthening position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,055

PORTABLE FITNESS ROLLER

1. A portable fitness roller comprising:an outer contact skin having an outer compressible surface configured for use as a fitness roller, wherein the outer contact skin includes a series of rigid axial stiffeners running parallel to a central roller axis and extending a length of the outer contact skin, adjacent axial stiffeners being joined together via joints parallel to the central roller axis so that the axial stiffeners and outer contact skin can be formed into a tubular expanded shape defining a cylindrical volume and the axial stiffeners may be released from the tubular expanded shape so as to convert to a collapsed shape, the fitness roller in the expanded shape having sufficient strength to support the weight of a person rolling thereon without collapse; and
a plurality of stiffening elements disposed within the outer contact skin so as to contact and radially support the outer contact skin in the tubular expanded shape and that are movable relative to each other to permit the outer contact skin to assume the collapsed shape by manually displacing two of the plurality of stiffening elements located at each longitudinal end of the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,054

MASSAGE DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH INTERCHANGEABLE MASSAGE HEADS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Massage device (1) including:a body (2) which contains a drive mechanism (3),
at least one type of massage head (4, 5, 6, 7 and 8) which includes massage elements,
a transmission mechanism which allows the massage elements to be activated by the drive mechanism,
an installation mechanism (9) which is configured for the installation and removal of the at least one type of massage head with the body, characterized in that the device includes recognition means (146) of the type of massage head installed on the body and control mechanisms (161) for controlling said massage device based on the recognition of the type of massage head, wherein the massage device comprises a reduction gear installed on an output of a motor,
wherein the installation mechanism comprises a snapping mechanism comprising a blockage system with a notch and a release latch,
wherein the recognition means comprises: (i) mechanical sensors installed on the at least one type of massage head and the body, and are configured to transfer information to the control mechanisms based on the type of massage head installed on the body; or (ii) magnetic sensors installed on the at least one type of massage head and the body, and are configured to transfer information to the control mechanisms based on the type of massage head installed on the body, and
wherein the mechanical or magnetic sensors are formed in grooves of the body that receive protuberances of the at least one type of massage head such that the protuberances trigger the mechanical or magnetic sensors and are recognized based on binary code programmed into a command box.

US Pat. No. 10,137,039

ABSORBENT CORES HAVING CHANNEL-FORMING AREAS AND C-WRAP SEALS

1. A absorbent core extending in a transversal direction and a longitudinal direction, the absorbent core having a front edge, a back edge and two longitudinally extending side edges, the absorbent core comprising:(a) a core wrap comprising a first substrate and a second substrate wherein each substrate comprises an inner surface and an outer surface;
(b) an absorbent material comprising a periphery defining an absorbent material deposition area, between the first substrate and the second substrate, the absorbent material deposition area encompassing one or more areas substantially free of absorbent material; and
(c) an auxiliary glue applied directly to the inner surface of the first substrate and defining an auxiliary glue application area;
wherein the auxiliary glue at least partially bonds the inner surface of the first substrate to the inner surface of the second substrate through the one or more areas substantially free of absorbent material, so that when the absorbent material swells, the core wrap forms channels in the areas substantially free of absorbent material that have a width from 2 mm to 20 mm;
wherein the auxiliary glue application area is smaller than the absorbent material deposition area and the first substrate and/or the second substrate comprises at least one outwardly extending flap which is folded around at least one of the front, back, or any of the side edges of the core, and the at least one flap is bonded to the external surface of the other substrate to form a C-wrap seal along the at least one edge of the absorbent core; and
wherein the channels do not extend to any edge of the absorbent material deposition area.

US Pat. No. 10,137,036

UNDERWATER MASK

TABATA CO., LTD., Tokyo ...

1. An underwater mask having an up-down direction and a lateral direction, comprising: a mask body having opposing sides and which comprises a lens frame having a lens on a front; a skirt extending rearward from the lens frame; and a strap configured to be coupled to at least one of the opposing sides of the mask body through a buckle, the strap having a plurality of engaging teeth, the buckle comprising: a base; a strap adjuster body; a handling member; and a stopper, the base comprising: a second coupling portion configured to be coupled to a first coupling portion on the at least one of the opposing sides turnably in the lateral direction; a fitting hole; and a spring comprising a locking hook, the strap adjuster body comprising: a plurality of engaging teeth opposite the spring configured to sequentially engage with the locking hook; a fitting shaft configured to be fitted into the fitting hole turnably by a predetermined angle in a circumferential direction of the fitting shaft; a guide shaft configured to be wound by the strap; a slide guide groove extending in the up-down direction; and a pair of guide openings opposite to each other in the up-down direction, the handling member comprising: an approximately V-shaped spring; a slider configured to slide along the slide guide groove; a pair of sliding portions near the slider; and a finger pad outside each sliding portion of the pair of sliding-portions, the finger pads configured to be exposed from the guide openings of the strap adjuster body, the stopper comprising: a pawl configured to sequentially engage with the engaging teeth of the strap; and a sliding contact tapered protrusion near the pawl, the sliding contact tapered protrusion slidably disposed between the pair of sliding portions, wherein the stopper is configured to be held by the strap adjuster body swingably toward a direction opposite to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,032

SLUSH GENERATION

42 TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, C...

1. An apparatus for generating, at a target ice/liquid ratio with a corresponding target temperature, a slush comprising a frozen and non-frozen liquid, the apparatus comprising:a flow path that recirculates the frozen and non-frozen liquid therethrough; and
a heat exchanger, forming part of the flow path, comprising a coolant conduit extending longitudinally through the heat exchanger and a freeze conduit extending longitudinally through the heat exchanger, wherein the coolant conduit and the freeze conduit share a contiguous boundary along their longitudinal length through the heat exchanger such that thermal energy is transferred between the freeze conduit and the coolant conduit to partially freeze the non-frozen liquid in the conduit loop to generate the slush at the target ice/liquid ratio;
wherein the freeze conduit is devoid of an ice scraper and the coolant conduit is configured for flow therethrough of coolant at a temperature below the target temperature, the apparatus being configured to vary the rate of coolant flow through the coolant conduit between a first rate and a second rate that is lower than the first rate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,028

EYEWEAR SYSTEM FOR SECURING LENS ON A USER'S NOSE AND DILATING USER'S NOSE

1. A device for coupling at least one eyewear lens to at least one nasal applique attachable to a user's nose which results in dilation of a nasal passageway, the device comprising:a base engageable with the at least one eyewear lens;
an adjustment shaft coupled to the base and extending longitudinally along a rotation axis, the adjustment shaft being rotatable relative to the base about the rotation axis;
a first pivot unit coupled to the base and pivotable relative to the base about a first pivot axis in response to rotation of the adjustment shaft about the rotation axis; and
a second pivot unit coupled to the base and pivotable relative to the base about a second pivot axis in response to rotation of the adjustment shaft about the rotation axis;
the first pivot unit and the second pivot unit being interactable with at least one nasal applique to magnetically couple the first pivot unit and the second pivot unit to the at least one nasal applique, the magnetic coupling between the first pivot unit and the second pivot unit and the at least one nasal applique imparting a dilating force on the user's nose to dilate the nasal passageway when the at least one nasal applique is attached to the user's nose.

US Pat. No. 10,137,027

NASAL APPLIQUE AND RELATED APPLICATOR FOR APPLYING APPLIQUE TO A NOSE OF A WEARER

1. An applicator for placing a pair of nasal appliques on opposing lateral regions of a nose of a user, the applicator comprising:a base;
a nose rest coupled to the base and adapted to rest adjacent the nose of the user;
a pair of stop members coupled to the base and arranged in generally opposed relation to each other; and
a pair of placement members coupled to the base, each placement member including an arm coupled to the base and a pad coupled to the arm, each placement member being engageable with a respective one of the pair of nasal appliques, each placement member being selectively transitional between a first position and a second position, when each placement member is in its first position, the placement member is positioned adjacent the respective one of the pair of stop members and when each placement member is in its second position, the placement member is moved away from the respective one of the pair of stop members for placing the respective one of the pair of nasal appliques on the nose of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,137,025

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ELECTRIC STIMULATION OF MUSCLES INVOLVED IN HUMAN PHYSIOLOGICAL GAIT PATTERN AND BRACE TO SUPPORT AN ANATOMICAL JOINT WITH SUCH DEVICE

EVOMOTION GMBH, Luenebur...

5. A device for electrical stimulation of muscles involved in the physiological gait of a human, comprising: an element for electrical muscle stimulation; a sensor to detect information relevant to the muscle stimulation, wherein the sensor comprises a single gyroscope constructed to detect information including an angular speed ? and a swing direction in an extension direction and flexion direction of an anatomical lower leg of the human; an evaluation unit including a microprocessor to evaluate the information detected by the gyroscope and to determine a defined switching time for the muscle stimulation on the basis of the angular speed ? and the swing direction, and to transmit the determined switching time; and a control and regulation unit to trigger muscle stimulation by said element in response to receipt of the determined switching time.

US Pat. No. 10,137,019

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT, RING PROSTHESIS, STENT AND STENTED VALVE

DAIDALOS SOLUTIONS B.V., ...

1. A stent, comprising:a tubular element with an open grid structure which is radially expandable from a compressed condition to an expanded condition, and which has a proximal and distal end; and
a ring structure provided around the tubular element,
wherein the tubular element and ring structure are interconnected,
wherein the ring structure is a variable-diameter ring structure with distal and proximal flange feet,
wherein the ring structure has an axial direction and a radial direction disposed transverse to the axial direction,
wherein the ring structure is constructed from a series of elongated closed loops lying next to one another which, in each case, at the midpoint of the longitudinal sides of the loops, are attached laterally to one another via a junction to form the ring structure, in such a way that a) an imaginary center line through all junctions forms a closed ring and divides each loop into a distal flange foot of said distal flange feet and a proximal flange foot of said proximal flange feet, and b) the ring structure is expandable,
wherein the distal and proximal flange feet each have a fixed end arranged at the imaginary center line and a free end pointing away from the imaginary center line,
wherein the distal and proximal flange feet have a radial position, in which the free ends of the flange feet point in the radial direction,
wherein the distal and proximal flange feet have an extended position, in which the distal and proximal flange feet extend in the axial direction,
wherein the distal flange feet and the proximal flange feet lie in a longitudinal direction of the tubular element when the tubular element is in the compressed condition and the distal and proximal flange feet are in the extended position,
wherein the distal and proximal flange feet, when in the extended position, are under a pre-tension, which, upon release, bends the distal and proximal flange feet from the extended position to the radial position,
wherein, in the extended position, the free ends of the distal flange feet point in the distal direction whilst the free ends of the proximal flange feet point in the proximal direction such that, after the distal and proximal flange feet have bent from the extended position to the radial position, the distal and proximal flange feet interact to clamp surrounding tissue between the distal and proximal flange feet, and
wherein the distal flange feet, at the fixed ends of the distal flange feet, have a concave-curved part including a hollow side facing toward the proximal flange feet, and in the hollow side of the concave-curved part, a filling is provided that is configured to increase a clamping force with which the distal and proximal flange feet clamp the tissue in situ when the distal and proximal flange feet are in the radial position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,018

ENDOVASCULAR ROUTER DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A router device for repairing a tubular vessel of a patient, where the tubular vessel is joined to at least one branch vessel, the router device comprising:a) a single wall and skeleton-free tubular graft having a proximal end and a distal end and at least one unobstructed fenestration formed therein before deployment in the patient, said fenestration adapted to receive and affix a stent, and a malleable annulus formed in a side of said tubular graft wherein the inner diameter of the annulus defines the fenestration and where the annulus inner diameter when deformed has a portion adjacent to the stent with a greater width than the outer diameter of the annulus and said fenestration sized and positioned to generally align with the branch vessel;
b) said distal end of the tubular graft having a diameter less than a diameter of the proximal end, and said single wall of the tubular graft including a tapered portion between the proximal and distal ends, wherein said fenestration is positioned within the tapered portion;
c) a cylindrical element including an outer surface that is adapted to be juxtaposed circumferentially to an interior surface of the tubular vessel so as to releasably affix the proximal end of the tubular graft to an interior surface of the tubular vessel so that the tubular graft may be repositioned within the tubular vessel of the patient; and
d) said distal end of the tubular graft configured so as to be suspended within an aneurysm formed in the tubular vessel when the proximal end of the tubular graft is affixed to the interior surface of the tubular vessel by the cylindrical element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,010

COORDINATING OPERATION OF MULTIPLE LOWER LIMB DEVICES

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, N...

1. A method for operating an autonomous powered leg prosthesis for a lower limb of a body having at least one powered joint, at least one sensor for collecting real-time sensor information for the autonomous powered leg prosthesis, and a communications device, the method comprising:generating, via a first control system of the autonomous leg prosthesis, first control data for the communications device to establish a communications link with a second leg prosthesis associated with another lower limb of the body contralateral to the lower limb and having a second control system operating independently of the first control system;
receiving, at the first control system over the communications link, remote data for the second leg prosthesis, the remote data comprising state information for a second finite state model used by the second control system for operating the second leg prosthesis;
generating, via the first control system, second control data for transitioning the autonomous leg prosthesis from a current state in a first finite state model for operating the autonomous powered leg prosthesis to a different state in the first finite state model,
wherein the different state is selected based on the real-time sensor information and the remote data, wherein at least one state in the first finite state model is configured for causing the at least one powered joint to deliver net power, wherein the second control data further comprises instructions to transition the autonomous leg prosthesis to the at least one state only if the state data in the remote data indicates that the second leg prosthesis is in a weight bearing state.

US Pat. No. 10,137,007

GEARED CAM EXPANDABLE INTERBODY IMPLANT AND METHOD OF IMPLANTING SAME

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. An expandable spinal implant comprising:a proximal end and a distal end defining a mid-longitudinal axis therebetween the expandable spinal implant being configured for insertion into a patient's disc space between an upper vertebral body and a lower vertebral body, and the expandable spinal implant being expandable between a collapsed position, a fully expanded position, and at least one partially expanded position between the collapsed position and the fully expanded position;
an upper endplate, the upper endplate including a proximal end, a distal end, an outer surface, at least one side surface, and an inner surface, a portion of the inner surface including an upper rack portion, the upper rack portion including at least one downwardly-projecting tooth intermediate the proximal end and the distal end of the upper endplate, and at least one distal-most downwardly-projecting tooth proximate the distal end of the upper endplate;
a lower endplate, the lower endplate including a proximal end, a distal end, an outer surface, at least one side surface, and an inner surface, a portion of the inner surface including a lower rack portion, the lower rack portion including at least one upwardly-projecting tooth intermediate the proximal end and the distal end of the lower endplate, and at least one distal-most upwardly-projecting tooth proximate the distal end of the lower endplate, the proximal end of the lower endplate being pivotally connected to the proximal end of the upper endplate;
a chassis portion mounted within the implant between the upper endplate and the lower endplate, the chassis portion having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end having an opening defined therein, at least one depression defined therein proximate the opening, a first set of inner threads defined in the opening, and a second set of inner threads defined intermediate the proximal end and the distal end of the chassis portion;
a yoke movably mounted with respect to the chassis portion, the yoke having a proximal end and a distal end, and being defined by first and second substantially parallel spaced apart walls, each of the first and second spaced apart walls having a proximal end and a distal end;
a rotating portion rotatably mounted within the chassis portion, the rotating portion having an outer surface, a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end having an opening defined therein, the distal end being positioned proximate the distal end of the yoke, and threads defined on at least a portion of the outer surface, the threads being engageable with the second set of inner threads in the chassis portion;
at least one first spur gear rotatably mounted to at least one of the distal ends of at least one of the first and second spaced apart walls of the yoke, the at least one first spur gear having at least one projecting first spur gear tooth configured to movably engage with the downwardly-depending teeth on the upper rack portion;
at least one second spur gear rotatably mounted to at least one of the distal ends of at least one of the first and second spaced apart walls of the yoke, the at least one second spur gear having at least one projecting second spur gear tooth configured to engage with the upwardly-projecting teeth on the lower rack portion; and
at least one spike pivotally attached to at least one of the first and second spaced apart walls of the yoke;
wherein the rotating portion is further configured to translate rotational motion thereof to linear motion of the yoke, the yoke translating the linear motion to rotational motion of at least the at least one first spur gear, thereby rotating the at least one first spur gear with respect to the yoke;
wherein the rotation of the at least one first spur gear with respect to the yoke defines a first linear walking motion of the at least one projecting first spur gear tooth along the downwardly-depending upper rack gear teeth toward the distal end of the implant, thereby pivoting the upper endplate to the at least one partially expanded position; and
wherein the linear motion of the yoke is translated to pivotal motion of the at least one spike from a collapsed position, to a fully deployed position transverse to the mid-longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,137,006

GEARED CAM EXPANDABLE INTERBODY IMPLANT AND METHOD OF IMPLANTING SAME

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. An expandable spinal implant comprising:a proximal end and a distal end defining a mid-longitudinal axis therebetween, the expandable spinal implant being configured for insertion into a patient's disc space between an upper vertebral body and a lower vertebral body, and the expandable spinal implant being expandable between a collapsed position, a fully expanded position, and at least one partially expanded position between the collapsed position and the fully expanded position;
an upper endplate, the upper endplate including a proximal end, a distal end, an outer surface, at least one side surface, and an inner surface, a portion of the inner surface including an upper rack portion, the upper rack portion including at least one downwardly-projecting tooth intermediate the proximal end and the distal end of the upper endplate, and at least one distal-most downwardly-projecting tooth proximate the distal end of the upper endplate;
a lower endplate, the lower endplate including a proximal end, a distal end, an outer surface, at least one side surface, and an inner surface, a portion of the inner surface including a lower rack portion, the lower rack portion including at least one upwardly-projecting tooth intermediate the proximal end and the distal end of the lower endplate, and at least one distal-most upwardly-projecting tooth proximate the distal end of the lower endplate, the proximal end of the lower endplate being pivotally connected to the proximal end of the upper endplate;
a chassis portion mounted within the implant between the upper endplate and the lower endplate, the chassis portion having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end having an opening defined therein, at least one depression defined therein proximate the opening, a first set of inner threads defined in the opening, and a second set of inner threads defined intermediate the proximal end and the distal end of the chassis portion;
a yoke movably mounted with respect to the chassis portion, the yoke having a proximal end and a distal end, and being defined by first and second substantially parallel spaced apart walls, each of the first and second spaced apart walls having a proximal end and a distal end;
a rotating portion rotatably mounted within the chassis portion, the rotating portion having an outer surface, a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end having an opening defined therein, the distal end being positioned proximate the distal end of the yoke, and threads defined on at least a portion of the outer surface, the threads being engageable with the second set of inner threads in the chassis portion;
at least one first spur gear rotatably mounted to at least one of the distal ends of at least one of the first and second spaced apart walls of the yoke, the at least one first spur gear having at least one projecting first spur gear tooth configured to movably engage with the downwardly-depending teeth on the upper rack portion; and
at least one second spur gear rotatably mounted to at least one of the distal ends of at least one of the first and second spaced apart walls of the yoke, the at least one second spur gear having at least one projecting second spur gear tooth configured to engage with the upwardly-projecting teeth on the lower rack portion;
wherein the rotating portion is further configured to translate rotational motion thereof to linear motion of the yoke, the yoke translating the linear motion to rotational motion of at least the at least one first spur gear, thereby rotating the at least one first spur gear with respect to the yoke; and
wherein the rotation of the at least one first spur gear with respect to the yoke defines a first linear walking motion of the at least one projecting first spur gear tooth along the downwardly-depending upper rack gear teeth toward the distal end of the implant, thereby pivoting the upper endplate to the at least one partially expanded position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,000

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PLACEMENT INTO IATROGENICALLY CREATED SKELETAL VOIDS

1. A method of placing an implant into an iatrogenically created skeletal void within an individual vertebral body, the method comprising:creating a void by removing at least a portion of the individual vertebral body while leaving superior and inferior endplates functionally intact, the void extending through the individual vertebral body from an anterior wall through a posterior wall; and
placing the implant within the void between the superior endplate and the inferior endplate of the individual vertebra such that the implant does not engage with adjacent vertebra thereby permitting the endplates to perform their function.

US Pat. No. 10,136,994

COMPOSITE INTERBODY DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED MANUFACTURING METHOD

SB Technologies, LLC, Pa...

1. A composite interbody device, comprising:a plastic core having a superior surface and an inferior surface;
a superior endplate and an inferior endplate, each of the superior and inferior endplates including:
(a) a bone interface side for interfacing with bone and having a plurality of pores permitting bone growth therein, and
(b) a core interface side, opposite the bone interface side, having a plurality of voids that accommodate material of the plastic core to couple the endplate to a respective one of the superior and inferior surfaces, the voids being non-porously isolated from the pores to prevent the material of the plastic core from entering the pores.

US Pat. No. 10,136,984

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MESH AUGMENTATION AND PREVENTION OF INCISIONAL HERNIA

THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVE...

1. A method for affixing mesh to a fascial incision to reinforce and augment hernia fascia closures, comprising:aligning a mesh strip over the fascial incision using an applicator, the mesh strip being integrated with one or more uni-directional fasteners, each fastener including at least one anchoring mechanism adapted for affixation to anterior abdominal wall fascia and a mating interface, the applicator comprising a first tension arm and a second tension arm adapted to interface with the mating interfaces of the fasteners to maintain a vertical tension of the mesh strip and a handle coupled with the first and second tension arms adapted to spread the first and second tension arms;
controlling a first horizontal tension of the mesh strip when the mesh strip is placed on the fascial incision by using the handle to spread the first tension arm a first distance from the second tension arm, the first distance corresponding to the first horizontal tension of the mesh strip, wherein the first horizontal tension corresponds to a predetermined amount of horizontal tension applied to the mesh strip by the applicator without application of external force;
affixing the mesh strip under the vertical tension and the first horizontal tension to the anterior abdominal wall fascia by applying a force to the fasteners to thereby achieve tissue penetration of the at least one anchoring mechanism of the one or more fasteners; and incrementally tensioning the mesh strip placed on the fascial incision to reinforce the fascial incision by using the handle to spread the first tension arm from the second tension arm by a second distance that is greater than the first distance, wherein an incremental horizontal tension corresponds to the second distance, the incremental horizontal tension being greater than the first horizontal tension.

US Pat. No. 10,136,980

IMPLANTS AND PROCEDURES FOR SUPPORTING ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES FOR TREATING CONDITIONS SUCH AS PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE

Caldera Medical, Inc., A...

1. A method for supporting an anatomical structure comprising:(a) making an entry point in a body of a patient;
(b) engaging a first anchor with a delivery system and inserting the first anchor through the entry point and into a target tissue of the body;
(c) retracting the delivery system from the first anchor and out from the entry point;
(d) reengaging the delivery system with the first anchor by passing a suture extending from the first anchor and out the entry point through a slot in the delivery system and advancing the delivery system towards the first anchor until the first anchor is received by the delivery system;
(e) adjusting a position of the first anchor in the target tissue with the delivery system and retracting the delivery system from the first anchor and out from the entry point after said adjusting;
(f) positioning a support member between the first anchor and a second anchor secured within said body;
(g) locking said support member in position relative to the first and second anchors by passing a mesh portion of the support member through an aperture of one of the first and second anchors and engaging said mesh portion of said support member with projections extending from an interior of the aperture by releasing a tension of a suture loop that passes through said aperture; and
(h) closing said entry point.

US Pat. No. 10,136,979

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FLOW OF INTESTINAL CONTENTS IN A PATIENT'S INTESTINES

1. An intestinal dysfunction treatment apparatus comprising:an implantable constriction device configured to gently constrict at least one wall portion of a tissue wall of a patient's intestines to restrict a flow of intestinal contents in an intestinal passageway of the intestine's,
a stimulation device configured to stimulate the at least one wall portion of the tissue wall, and
a control device configured to be operable to control the stimulation device to stimulate the at least one wall portion, as the constriction device constricts the at least one wall portion, to cause contraction of the at least one wall portion to further restrict the flow of intestinal contents, wherein the control device is configured to control the constriction device to adjust the constriction of the at least one wall portion, and the control device is configured to control the constriction and stimulation devices independently of each other,
wherein the control device is configured to calibrate the constriction of the at least one wall portion by stimulating the at least one wall portion while adjusting, the constriction of the at least one wall portion until a desired restriction of the flow of intestinal contents in the intestinal passageway is obtained.

US Pat. No. 10,136,978

DOSING APPARATUS

Imaginus Limited, (NZ)

1. A dosing apparatus for dispensing therapeutic and/or preventative product into an orifice of an animal, comprising:a plurality of interlocking cartridges arranged in a stack, each cartridge containing at least one product, and each cartridge including:
a body with a cavity holding at least one product to be dosed,
a nozzle which is in communication with the cavity and which is configured for channelling the product to an orifice of an animal, the nozzle being disposed on the top of the body whereby product is dispensed upwardly from the dosing apparatus to the orifice of the animal,
at least one piston configured to push product from the cavity, and
a recess which is adapted to receive and provide a cover for the nozzle of an identical or similar cartridge; and
a dispenser for holding the cartridges and for dispensing product from each cartridge, one after the other, the dispenser including:
a magazine adapted to receive the stack of cartridges, and
a plunger arranged to drive the piston (s) of one of the cartridges;
wherein the nozzle comprises a cannula without a needle;
wherein the nozzle comprises a tubular section sized to fit within the teat orifice of a dairy cow for mastitis prevention and treatment; and
wherein the nozzle is disposed at an angle relative to the body of 70°-90°.

US Pat. No. 10,136,976

TOOTHBRUSH VIBRATOR

M-SYSTEM CO., LTD., Osak...

1. A toothbrush vibrator comprising:a vibration applicator having a case that allows a toothbrush to pass therethrough and holds the toothbrush and applying vibration to the toothbrush, the case being hollow pillar-shaped body; and
a grip detachably connected to the vibration applicator and gripped by a user,
wherein the grip has a case that is a hollow pillar-shaped body and is capable of housing a portion of a handle of the toothbrush that protrudes from the vibration applicator toward the grip,
the vibration applicator includes a first magnet provided at a grip-side end portion of the vibration applicator,
the grip includes a second magnet provided at a vibration applicator-side end portion of the grip, and
the vibration applicator and the grip are detachably connected by force of the first magnet and the second magnet attracting each other.

US Pat. No. 10,136,971

POSITIONING JIG AND IMPROVED METHODS TO DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE DENTAL IMPLANTS

1. A method of preparing an artificial prosthesis having two or more adjacent teeth which comprises:(a) preparing an artificial tooth arrangement (ATA) with two or more adjacent teeth in a mold on a positioning jig comprising a member with (i) three or more parallel bores in the member and (ii) one or more means for attaching the member to a dental articulator;
(b) placing at least three rigid struts in the parallel bores of the positioning jig;
(c) using at least one of the rigid struts to align a drill;
(d) drilling an aligned hole into each of the teeth in the mold;
(e) placing a rod in each of the aligned holes of the teeth to form a series of aligned rods;
(f) using the teeth and the aligned rods to prepare a dental mockup;
(g) copying the dental mockup to prepare a dental bridge; and
(h) affixing the teeth using the aligned holes to the dental bridge so as to prepare the artificial prosthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,136,966

ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE

Dentbend BVBA, Liederker...

1. An orthodontic appliance comprising:a plurality of brackets, each bracket having a base for connection to a surface of a tooth within a row of teeth; and
a body configured to be coupled to each of said brackets, the body being provided with a plurality of connection elements arranged on the body, each connection element being configured to cooperate with a respective one of the plurality of brackets to form a connection between the body and the respective bracket,
wherein each connection element comprises a slot,
wherein each bracket comprises a locking element and a stem protruding from the base to connect the locking element to the base, the locking element being configured to be inserted into the slot of a respective connection element, the locking element being substantially disc-shaped and elongated in a primary axis of the respective tooth and having a larger diameter than the stem,
wherein the locking elements of the plurality of brackets and the slots of the plurality of connection elements define locking means for removably connecting the body to the plurality of brackets via the plurality of connection elements,
wherein the slot of each connection element is configured to fit around the locking element of the respective bracket, the slot comprising mating surfaces configured to form a mating engagement with the locking element of the respective bracket and at least one guiding surface configured to guide a top surface of the locking element into the slot, said at least one guiding surface running inward starting at a lower edge of the slot, the slot being a latching slot comprising a tip or protruding section at an interface between said at least one guiding surface and said mating surfaces,
wherein each connection element further comprises a first aperture through which the locking element of the respective bracket can be inserted into the slot and a second aperture configured to slide over the stem of the respective bracket,
wherein the stems of the plurality of brackets are configured so that a distance between the body and the row of teeth is sufficient for insertion and removal of the body and for cleaning of the brackets,
wherein the stem of each of the plurality of brackets is arranged on the base outside of a center of the base and a central axis of the stem is shifted with respect to a central axis of the base such that the stem is configured to define a position of the body that is shifted along the primary axis of the respective tooth with respect to a plane extending perpendicular to the primary axis of the respective tooth and through a center of the row of teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,136,953

COMPUTER ASSISTED SURGERY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CUTTING TISSUE

1. A computer assisted surgery apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a surgical instrument having an intervention member to cut tissue of a body part of a patient;
a control unit arranged to automatically control position and orientation of the intervention member of the surgical instrument in relation to the body part of the patient with regard to a predefined osteotomic line on the body part of the patient; and
a tracking device arranged to track a position and orientation of the body part of the patient,
wherein the surgical instrument comprises an optical monitoring system being fixedly mounted in relation to the intervention member of the surgical instrument, the optical monitoring system being arranged to continuously detect positions of marks applied to the body part of the patient, and
wherein the control unit is arranged to adjust position or orientation, or position and orientation of the intervention member of the surgical instrument when a predefined deviation of the positions of the marks is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,136,950

PATIENT-MATCHED SURGICAL COMPONENT AND METHODS OF USE

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A method of performing a surgical procedure aided by a surgical navigation system, comprising:generating a representative model of an anatomical feature from an image of a patient's anatomy;
using the model to make a virtual surgical component;
installing the virtual surgical component on the representative model of the anatomical feature by mating the surface of the component with the anatomical feature in the predefined spatial relationship;
tracking movement of the anatomical feature with a tracking system when a physical surgical component corresponding to the virtual surgical component is moved within a measurement field of the tracking system;
tracking movement of a surgical cutting instrument with the tracking system;
displaying the representative model and the surgical cutting instrument on a display of the surgical navigation system; and
guiding the surgical cutting instrument on the display to verify a cutting plane of the surgical cutting instrument relative to the anatomical feature.

US Pat. No. 10,136,942

ELECTROSURGICAL SYSTEM

COSMAN INSTRUMENTS, LLC, ...

1. A system for tissue ablation including an electrosurgical generator, a cannula and an electrode, the cannula including an elongated shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the cannula shaft including an electrically-conductive active tip distal to an electrically-insulated cannula shaft portion, the cannula shaft including a lumen extending from a proximal opening at the proximal end of the shaft to an exit opening within a distal portion including the distal end of the cannula shaft, the cannula including a cannula hub at the proximal end of the shaft of the cannula, the electrode including an electrode shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the electrode shaft including an electrically-conductive active tip distal to an electrically-insulated electrode shaft portion, the electrode including an electrode hub at the proximal end of the shaft of the electrode, the electrode conducting a first electrical potential from the electrosurgical generator to the electrode active tip, wherein the electrode and the cannula are configured to be assembled by inserting the electrode shaft into the cannula lumen through the proximal opening such that engagement of the electrode hub with the cannula hub conducts a second electrical potential from the electrosurgical generator to the cannula active tip via the electrode, the electrode active tip and the electrically-insulated electrode shaft portion extend out of cannula lumen through the exit opening, the electrode active tip is electrically insulated from the cannula active tip within the assembly of the electrode and the cannula, and the assembly of the electrode and the cannula is configured to conduct electrical current through bodily tissue between the cannula active tip and the electrode active tip.

US Pat. No. 10,136,940

APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING AN ELECTROSURGICAL PROCEDURE

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A forceps, comprising:a housing;
at least one shaft extending from the housing, the at least one shaft defining a longitudinalaxis;an end effector assembly operatively connected to a distal end of the at least one shaft having first and second jaw members, at least one of the first and second jaw members pivotable relative to the other from an open position wherein the first and second jaw members are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another, to a clamping position wherein the first and second jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween under a sealing pressure;
a pivot pin providing an axis of pivot for the pivotable jaw member; and
a monolithic jaw insert operably disposed within at least one of the first and second jaw members, the jaw insert defining an opening configured to securely house the pivot pin, the jaw insert including a moveable member configured to engage a cam pin and configured to provide a camming force to the cam pin and a portion of the sealing pressure to the jaw members when the first and second jaw members are in the clamping position.

US Pat. No. 10,136,932

SPINAL PLATE AND DISTRACTION/COMPRESSION PIN SYSTEM

Camber Spine Technologies...

1. A cervical fixation plate and distraction pin system comprisingtwo or more distraction pins, and
a cervical fixation plate comprising
two or more boreholes for insertion of screws to position and secure the plate on the vertebral surfaces, and
two or more slots for placement of the two or more distraction pins,
wherein one of the slots is located at the inferior end of the plate and another of the slots is located at the superior end of the plate,
wherein each of the slots comprises two parallel straight side walls, and each of the slots is elongated along a longitudinal axis extending along a centerline of the plate, and wherein at least a portion of each of the side walls is ridged and contains a plurality of teeth, wherein the teeth are configured to mate with and secure the plate to a respective one of the pins and are configured to create and maintain compression across a disc space prior to and during securing of the plate on the vertebral surfaces,
wherein two of the boreholes are aligned along an axis substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis, the two boreholes disposed laterally with respect to each of the slots, and
wherein each pin comprises a threaded bone entry end and a ridged portion configured to retain the pin in the respective one of the two or more slots to secure the plate to the vertebral surfaces before attaching the screws, and wherein each pin is configured for removal from the respective one of the two or more slots.

US Pat. No. 10,136,930

FLEXIBLE FASTENING DEVICE FOR INDUSTRIAL USE

1. A flexible fastening device to secure two components having curved or misaligned entry paths adjacent one another, said flexible fastening device being a rigid material and having:a body, said body having a length and a diameter, said length to diameter aspect ratio being at least 2, and multiple segments,
one of said multiple segments being a leading segment,
at least one of said multiple segments being a hollow segment;
at least two sinuous slots along at least a portion of said hollow segment to form at least one flexible segment, a first of said at least two sinuous slots extending along a first portion of said hollow segment and a second of said at least two sinuous slots extending along a second portion of said hollow segment,
one of said multiple segments being a trailing segment having a receiving area to receive a rotational force device.

US Pat. No. 10,136,928

ROD LINK REDUCER

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A rod link reducer assembly comprising:a manipulator rod having a first end, a second end, and an elongate body extending along a body axis between the first end and the second end;
a post extending outwardly from the rod; and
a rod manipulating joint comprising:
an elongate joint rod extending along a joint rod axis;
a first coupling clamp disposed along the joint rod, the first coupling clamp releasably connectable to the post;
a second coupling clamp disposed along the joint rod adjacent to and rotatable about the joint rod relative to the first coupling clamp, the second coupling clamp releasably connectable to a second post; and
a first biasing member adapted to bias the second clamp against the first clamp,
at least two screw assemblies, a construct adapted to extend between the at least two screw assemblies,
wherein the second end of the manipulator rod comprises a tip, the tip comprising a receiver adapted to releasably secure the construct therein and a receiver axis extending orthogonally to the body axis,
wherein the receiver further comprises a securing member to releasably secure the construct to the receiver, the securing member extending at an angle oblique to the receiver axis, and
wherein the securing member comprises a set screw engaged with a threaded passage and a retainer pin located in the passage to prevent removal of the set screw from the passage.

US Pat. No. 10,136,923

POLYAXIAL BONE FIXATION ELEMENT

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. An assembly configured to couple a spinal rod to a vertebra, the assembly comprising:a body that is elongate along a first longitudinal axis, the body including an upper end that defines an upper opening, a lower end that defines a lower opening, a bore that extends between the upper opening and the lower opening along the longitudinal axis, the bore defining a rod-receiving channel configured to receive the spinal rod, the rod-receiving channel disposed along a channel axis that is oriented substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the bore at least partially defined by a first curved surface that forms a first spherical undercut having a first body diameter, and the bore at least partially defined by a second curved surface that forms a second spherical undercut having a second body diameter that is larger than the first body diameter, the first curved surface positioned closer to the lower opening with respect to a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis than the second curved surface is to the lower opening with respect to the direction, the body further including a collet retention feature positioned at a fixed location between the upper opening and the second curved surface such that the collet retention feature is configured to inhibit movement of a collet that is between the collet retention feature and the lower opening from passing through the upper opening, the collet retention feature defining a retention opening having a third body diameter, and the lower opening defining a fourth body diameter; and
a bone anchor that is elongate along a second longitudinal axis, the bone anchor including a head portion, a shaft portion, and a neck portion positioned between the head portion and the shaft portion, the head portion defining a first screw diameter measured perpendicular to the second longitudinal axis, the shaft portion defining a second screw diameter measured perpendicular to the second longitudinal axis, and the neck portion defining a third screw diameter perpendicular to the second longitudinal axis,
wherein the third screw diameter is less than both the first screw diameter and the second screw diameter, the first screw diameter is less than both the first body diameter and the second body diameter, and the third body diameter is greater than the fourth body diameter and less than the second body diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,136,922

BONE ANCHORING DEVICE AND TOOL COOPERATING WITH SUCH A BONE ANCHORING DEVICE

1. A bone anchoring device comprising:a bone anchoring element;
a receiving part for coupling a rod to the bone anchoring element, the receiving part comprising:
a rod receiving portion with a first end, a second end, and a U-shaped recess for receiving the rod, the recess extending from the first end in a direction of the second end and defining two free legs; and
a second portion at the second end of the rod receiving portion that is connectable to the bone anchoring element, wherein when the bone anchoring element is connected to the second portion of the receiving part, the bone anchoring element and the receiving part are pivotable relative to one another; and
a locking ring configured to be arranged around the second portion of the receiving part, the locking ring comprising a first end, a second end, and an outer surface extending between the first and second ends;
wherein when the bone anchoring element is connected to the second portion of the receiving part and the locking ring is around the second portion, the locking ring can assume a locking position where a compressive force is exerted on the bone anchoring element to lock an angular position of the bone anchoring element relative to the receiving part; and
wherein an engagement structure comprising a projection or a groove is provided on the outer surface of the locking ring, and wherein a portion of the engagement structure forms an abutting surface positioned away from end faces at the first and second ends of the locking ring that is configured to be pushed by a tool to move the locking ring away from the first end of the rod receiving portion towards the locking position, the abutting surface having at least a section that extends axially when viewed in a circumferential direction around the locking ring.

US Pat. No. 10,136,920

ADJUSTABLE CALCANEAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM

1. A treatment method for treating injuries to a patient's calcaneus performing a first surgical procedure wherein a calcaneal pin aperture is created laterally through a patient's calcaneus;inserting a calcaneal pin transversely through the patient's calcaneus;
providing an adjustable calcaneal restraint apparatus, the adjustable calcaneal restraint apparatus comprising:
a rigid framework with a first end configured to be affixed to a lower leg of the patient, and a second end configured for support transverse to the patient's heel;
an adjustment member operably connected to a first end and a second end of the calcaneal pin by a cable, the adjustment member being movably mounted to the second end of the rigid framework such that it can be set in transverse positions across the second end of the rigid framework; and
wherein movement of the adjustment member relative to the second end of the rigid framework changes the calcaneus pin angle;
securing the adjustable calcaneal restraint apparatus to the patient;
adjusting the adjustable calcaneal restraint apparatus to manipulate the patient's calcaneus or pieces of the patient's calcaneus;
imparting a biasing force on the cable between the adjustment member and the calcaneal pin;
waiting an amount of time for the patient's calcaneal and surrounding tissue to be in a desirable condition to perform a second surgical procedure; and
performing the second surgical procedure on the patient's calcaneus to fix the calcaneus or pieces of the calcaneus in a desired location while the adjustable calcaneal restraint apparatus is fixed to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,136,915

ULTRASOUND NEEDLE GUIDE APPARATUS

LOVING HEART MEDICAL TECH...

1. An ultrasound needle guide apparatus to aid guidance of a puncturing needle to locate blood vessel positions of a living body and perform puncturing operation, comprising:an ultrasound detection device including a probe head which is configured to contact with the living body to detect the blood vessel positions via ultrasonic waves, a grip shell connected to the probe head, a first hinge portion located on the grip shell, and an image process unit located in the grip shell and electrically connected to the probe head;
a display element which is rotatably connected to the grip shell and includes a second hinge portion hinged on the first hinge portion and a display screen electrically connected to the image process unit through the first hinge portion and the second hinge portion to get ultrasonic signals from the probe head and display the blood vessel positions of the living body; and
a needle positioning aid element fastened to the ultrasound detection device and located beside the probe head, including a body fixed on the ultrasound detection device and a positioning aid support portion located at one side of the body remote from the ultrasound detection device to aid positioning of the puncturing needle;
wherein the body includes a curved section and two clamp sections at two ends of the curved section, the two clamp sections is corresponding with the curved section to clamp the grip shell from two sides of the grip shell, the grip shell includes two guide trough respectively corresponding to the two clamp sections that has an axis perpendicular to the probe head.

US Pat. No. 10,136,897

EXPANDABLE VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICES HAVING SHAPE MEMORY AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A vaso-occlusive device comprising an elongated device portion and one or more expandable components which comprise a shape memory material and which expand laterally outward from the elongated device portion upon being subjected to an increase in temperature from below a thermal transition temperature of the shape memory material to above the thermal transition temperature of the shape memory material.

US Pat. No. 10,136,891

NATURALLY DERIVED BIOABSORBABLE POLYMER GEL ADHESIVE FOR RELEASABLY ATTACHING A STAPLE BUTTRESS TO A SURGICAL STAPLER

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

11. A surgical stapler end effector, the end effector comprising:(a) a staple cartridge, wherein the staple cartridge comprises a deck;
(b) an anvil, wherein the anvil is movable from an open position toward the staple cartridge to reach a closed position, wherein the anvil includes an underside;
(c) a buttress assembly, wherein the buttress assembly comprises:
(i) a buttress body, and
(ii) an adhesive material, wherein the adhesive material is configured to removably secure the buttress body to the deck of the staple cartridge or the underside of the anvil; and
(d) a retainer, wherein the retainer is configured to releasably hold the buttress body and wherein the retainer includes an injection port that is configured to receive a syringe needle to thereby permit injection of the adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,136,889

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING A SEGMENTED CIRCUIT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A powered surgical instrument, comprising:a housing;
a shaft extending from said housing;
an end effector extending from said shaft, wherein said end effector is configured to perform at least one end effector function;
a power source;
a segmented circuit configured to control said powered surgical instrument, wherein said segmented circuit comprises:
a processor segment; and
a motor segment comprising a motor;
a voltage converter configured to supply a first voltage from said power source to said processor segment and a second voltage from said power source to said motor segment, wherein said first voltage and said second voltage are different;
a current sensor configured to measure current within said motor segment; and
a boost converter configured to increase said first voltage to said processor segment when said current exceeds a predetermined value in said motor segment.

US Pat. No. 10,136,883

METHOD OF ANCHORING A SUTURE

VentureMD Innovations, LL...

1. A method of repairing soft tissue adjacent a shoulder joint comprising:producing a bone tunnel into a bone, the bone tunnel having at least first and second openings at an exterior surface of the bone;
securing a first suture portion and a second suture portion to soft tissue;
positioning the first suture portion so that the first suture portion extends from the soft tissue to the first opening, then through the first opening, and then through the bone tunnel;
positioning the second suture portion so that the second suture portion extends, outside of the bone tunnel, from the soft tissue;
passing the first suture portion through a first transverse anchor passage in an anchor, the anchor comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the first transverse anchor passage extending transversely into the anchor at the distal end and a second transverse anchor passage extending transversely into the anchor at the proximal end;
passing the second suture portion through the second transverse anchor passage in the anchor;
inserting the anchor into the bone tunnel through the second opening; and
advancing a locking member in sliding translation along a path inside the anchor to compress the first and second suture portions between the locking member and the anchor to secure the first and second suture portions relative to the bone tunnel and the anchor, the first and second suture portions being positioned within the bone tunnel when the first and second suture portions are secured with the locking member, such that the first transverse anchor passage through the distal end substantially aligns with the first opening of the bone tunnel when the first suture portion is secured.

US Pat. No. 10,136,881

LAPAROSCOPIC RETRACTOR DEVICES

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A laparoscopic retractor device comprising:a handle;
an elongate shaft with a proximal end portion that is attached to the handle, the shaft extending from the handle and terminating at a distal free end portion, the shaft defining a first lumen;
an elongate shaft linkage disposed within the first lumen, the shaft linkage having a proximal end and a distal end;
a first actuator located at the handle and coupled to the proximal end of the shaft linkage;
an expandable portion including: (i) a distal end portion coupled to the distal free end portion of the shaft and (ii) a proximal end portion coupled to the distal end of the shaft linkage, wherein moving the actuator causes the expandable portion to move radially outward from the shaft or radially inward toward the shaft; and
a sheath with a lumen therethrough, at least a portion of the shaft being disposed within the lumen, the sheath being slidable distally and proximally along the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,136,879

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NON-CONTACT ELECTRONIC ARTICULATION SENSING

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:a handle portion;
a body portion extending distally from the handle portion and defining a first longitudinal axis;
an articulation tool assembly defining a second longitudinal axis and having a proximal end, the articulation tool assembly disposed at a distal end of the body portion and being movable from a first position in which the second longitudinal axis is substantially aligned with the first longitudinal axis to at least a second position in which the second longitudinal axis is disposed at an angle with respect to the first longitudinal axis;
an articulation mechanism configured to articulate the articulation tool assembly, the articulation mechanism including:
an articulation link mechanically engaged to the articulation tool assembly; and
an articulation knob mechanically engaged to the articulation link, wherein rotational motion of the articulation knob is translated into articulation movement of the articulation tool assembly through the articulation link; and
an articulation sensor assembly including:
a photo sensor disposed in spaced relation to the articulation link and configured to detect light reflected from the articulation link, the photo sensor configured to transmit a sensor signal; and
a microcontroller configured to determine an articulation angle of the articulation tool assembly based on the sensor signal.

US Pat. No. 10,136,877

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus, comprising:processing circuitry configured to
generate three-dimensional image data based on reflected-wave data received by an ultrasound probe,
generate a two-dimensional tomographic image using the three-dimensional image data,
set a value of an image quality adjusting parameter used for generating a virtual endoscopic image so that a position of an internal wall of a lumen in the three-dimensional image data matches a corresponding position of the internal wall of the lumen in the two-dimensional tomographic image or so that a distance between two points on opposing sides of the internal wall of the lumen in the three-dimensional image data is equal to a corresponding distance between two points set in the two-dimensional tomographic image;
generate the virtual endoscopic image by projecting an inside of the lumen from a predetermined viewpoint and using the value of the set image quality adjusting parameter; and
cause a predetermined display to display the virtual endoscopic image.

US Pat. No. 10,136,875

ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus that decides a type of a tumor contained in a specimen, the apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that forms an ultrasonic image corresponding to an echo signal received from the specimen after administration of a contrast medium;
a feature value calculating unit that classifies each of a plurality of pixel regions contained in a tumor region including the tumor in the ultrasonic image into a low-luminance region, or a high-luminance region having higher luminance than the luminance of the low-luminance region, and calculates, based on a difference between a variance at a position of the low-luminance region and a variance at a position of the high-luminance region, a ring level indicating a degree of a ring shape of an image of the tumor region, the ring shape in which a luminance value of a central portion is lower than a luminance value of a peripheral portion surrounding the central portion; and
a type deciding unit that decides the type of the tumor based on the ring level.

US Pat. No. 10,136,873

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A radiographic image processing device comprising:at least one hardware processor configured to implement:
a frequency decomposition unit for performing frequency decomposition for a first radiographic image which is captured by irradiating a subject with radiation and acquiring a plurality of band images indicating a plurality of frequency components of the first radiographic image;
a scattered radiation removal unit for calculating a scattered radiation component that is caused by the subject and is included in a second radiographic image of the subject which has a linear relationship with an amount of radiation, using the second radiographic image, and removing the scattered radiation component from the second radiographic image to acquire a scattered-radiation-removed radiographic image;
a conversion function determination unit for determining a conversion function for converting at least one of the band images according to the scattered radiation component included in the second radiographic image;
a conversion unit for converting the at least one band image, using the conversion function, and generating a converted band image; and
a reconstruction unit for reconstructing the scattered-radiation-removed radiographic image and the converted band image to acquire a processed radiographic image,
wherein the first radiographic image has a pixel value that has a linear relationship with a logarithmic amount of radiation, and
wherein the second radiographic image is obtained by performing inverse logarithmic conversion for the first radiographic image.

US Pat. No. 10,136,872

DETERMINATION OF AN X-RAY IMAGE DATA RECORD OF A MOVING TARGET LOCATION

1. A method for determining an x-ray image data record of a target location of a patient subjected to a movement using an x-ray device, the method comprising:recording a plurality of component images of the target location using an image exposure time;
registering the plurality of component images with one another;
determining one or more quality values related to the movement of the target for each component image of the plurality of component images, the one or more quality values including at least a motion speed calculated as a comparison between a spread function of at least two or more of the plurality of component images and a reference spread function of the x-ray device;
selecting as a function of the one or more quality values a contribution of one or more basic images of the plurality of component images; and
combining the one or more component images into the x-ray image data record as a function of the selected contribution of the one or more component images.

US Pat. No. 10,136,867

RADIOLOGICAL IMAGING SYSTEM WITH IMPROVED INTERNAL MOVEMENT

IMAGINALIS SRL, Sesto Fi...

1. A radiological imaging system, comprising:a bed;
a load-bearing structure connected to the bed and configured to support the bed; and
a gantry connected to the load-bearing structure, the gantry defining a main axis of expansion, the gantry having a source configured to emit radiation, a detector with a sensitive surface configured to detect the radiation, an internal inner guide configured to rotate the detector around the main axis of expansion defining an inner sliding trajectory, and an internal outer guide configured to rotate the source around the main axis of expansion defining an outer sliding trajectory, wherein the distance from the source to the main axis of expansion is greater than the distance from the detector to the main axis of expansion, and the gantry including a casing housing the source, the detector, the internal inner guide, and the internal outer guide,
wherein the casing includes a fixed arched module, a first mobile arched module, and a second mobile arched module.

US Pat. No. 10,136,866

RADIATION IRRADIATION DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A radiation irradiation device comprising:a radiation generation unit that generates radiation;
an arm part having one end to which the radiation generation unit is attached;
a support member having one end to which the other end of the arm part is connected so as to be rotationally movable;
a body part to which the other end of the support member is connected; and
a leg part on which the body part is placed,
wherein in a case where a side toward which the arm part extends from the body part during use of the device is defined as a front side, the leg part includes a first caster which is provided on the front side of a bottom surface of the leg part and to which a rotating shaft of a wheel is revolvably supported and a second caster which is provided on a rear side of the bottom surface of the leg part and to which a rotating shaft of a wheel is revolvably supported, and
wherein a diameter of the wheel of the second caster is greater than a diameter of the wheel of the first caster, and a gravity center position of the entire device is closer to the second caster side than a center between the first caster and the second caster in a state where the arm part is rotationally moved until the radiation generation unit is located at a vertically lowermost position.

US Pat. No. 10,136,864

X-RAY COLLIMATOR SIZE AND POSITION ADJUSTMENT BASED ON PRE-SHOT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An X-ray apparatus for image acquisition, comprising:an X-ray source configured to generate X-ray radiation for image acquisition of an object;
a collimator comprising at least one moveable shutter, the collimator being configured to collimate the X-ray radiation into a radiation cone, said radiation cone irradiating the object at a region of interest when acquiring an image;
a portable radiation detector configured to register the X-ray radiation after passage through the object; and
a field-of-view corrector configured to receive, in a pre-shot imaging phase, a scout image (SI) acquired by the portable radiation detector with a tentative setting of the collimator, the pre-shot imaging phase causing a low dosage radiation cone to impinge on the portable radiation detector, the low dosage radiation cone having in an image plane of the portable radiation detector a first cross section being smaller than a surface area of the portable radiation detector,
the field-of-view corrector being further configured to use said scout image to establish field-of-view correction information for a subsequent imaging phase, the field of view correction information including collimation correction information for determining a corrected setting of the collimator,
wherein, in the subsequent imaging phase, the corrected setting of the collimator results in a high dosage radiation cone impinging on the portable radiation detector, the high dosage radiation cone providing a higher dosage of radiation than the low dosage radiation cone, and the high dosage radiation cone having, in the image plane of the portable radiation detector, a second cross section that is larger than the first cross section and the high dosage radiation cone i) being essentially coextensive with the surface area of the portable radiation detector or ii) being a symmetric enlargement of the first cross section and extending in its entirety within the surface area of the portable radiation detector.

US Pat. No. 10,136,859

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OUTPATIENT MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASE

1. An outpatient ambulatory patient worn apparatus for managing chronic lung disease comprising:a plurality of sensors configured to be worn by a patient and to measure a plurality of physiological data, said plurality of sensors including at least one oximeter, a respiratory rate sensor, and at least one activity or motion sensor, at least said oximeter, said at least one oximeter, said respiratory rate sensor, and said at least one activity or motion sensor continuously operative to measure said plurality of physiological data in an outpatient setting during activities of daily living comprising rest, exertion, and sleep;
a central monitoring unit (CMU) communicatively coupled to said plurality of sensors and to an interface device, said CMU comprising a computer, and said CMU to be worn by the patient in said outpatient setting during activities of daily living, said CMU programmed to record concurrently a set of time stamped primary data comprising measurement data from each of said plurality of sensors to a non-volatile memory at a predetermined interval for one or more epochs of time, and to categorize at an acquisition rate or some multiple of the acquisition rate each recorded measurement of each of said plurality of sensors stored in said set of time stamped primary data by a predominate activity type to generate a set of activity type stamped data, said predominate activity type selected from a plurality of activity types including rest, exertion, and sleep; and
a generate report process running on said CMU to provide at least one or more reports in real time including at least an indication or determination of whether a chronic lung disease treatment is needed by the patient based on said set of activity type stamped data.

US Pat. No. 10,136,853

CONTACTLESS SLEEP DISORDER SCREENING SYSTEM

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system configured to monitor a sleep session of a patient without making physical contact with the patient, the system comprising:a sound sensor configured to generate output signals that convey information related to sound originating from the patient in a sleeping environment;
a movement sensor comprising:
a light source configured to project a structured light pattern onto the patient which deforms when the patient moves; and
a detector configured to receive light reflected from the patient, the detector configured to generate output signals that convey information related to changes in the structured light pattern projected onto the patient caused by movement of the patient; and
one or more hardware processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
receive and store data relating to the sound originating from the patient based on the information conveyed by the output signals from the sound sensor,
determine movement of the patient based on (1) a distance between the light source and the detector, and (2) a change in angle of reflected light from the structured light pattern received from an individual moving point on the patient, wherein images derived from the information related to changes in the structured light pattern are construed wherein an indication of motion vectors is provided, wherein the motion vectors indicate a direction and an amplitude of the movement of the patient, wherein the motion vectors facilitate segmentation of one or more body parts, and wherein information related to a mouth movement is determined based on the segmentation of the one or more body parts, and
determine a sleep disorder diagnosis based on the sound originating from the patient and the movement of the patient, wherein the one or more hardware processors are configured to determine parasomnia Bruxism based on the determined mouth movement.

US Pat. No. 10,136,851

INTEGRATED DEVICE TO MEASURE VARIATIONS IN NEUROMUSCULAR CONTROL WHEN TRACING DEFINED TARGET PATTERNS AND A SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE INTEGRATED DEVICE

1. A device for measuring variations in neuromuscular control of a user, comprising:an integrated device, including:
a computing device configured to be held by the user;
a pointing device attached to, or integrated with the computing device, the pointing device including an end portion;
the computing device configured to detect three-dimensional movement data of the integrated device relative to a particular pattern predefined in the computing device while the user is tracing the pattern;
wherein the pointing device is configured for the end portion to be pointed at said pattern at a predefined distance from said pattern to trace said pattern, without the end portion physically touching the pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,136,848

DEVICE AND SYSTEM OF BLOOD COLLECTION, AND METHOD THEREOF

Winnoz Technology, Inc., ...

1. A device for collecting a blood sample, comprising:a collection unit comprising:
a top window;
a top surface;
a channel communicated with the top window;
at least one capillary tube having a top end adjacent to the top window;
wherein a distance between the top end of the at least one capillary tube and the top surface of the collection unit is in a range of 1.0 mm to 5.0 mm, such that the top end of the at least one capillary tube is used to contact with a blood drop from a puncture to continuously draw the blood flowing inside or along the at least one capillary tube into a storage unit by disrupting a surface tension of the blood drop, and
a vacuum connector communicated with the channel, extended outwardly from the collection unit, and connected to a pressure control unit to remove air from the channel and create an alternating negative pressure in the channel; and
the storage unit disposed under the collection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,136,847

MITIGATING SINGLE POINT FAILURE OF DEVICES IN AN ANALYTE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHODS THEREOF

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method for mitigating single point failure of at least one device in an analyte monitoring system, comprising:providing a request, from a first device to a second device, that a functionality check of one or more components of a third device be performed, wherein the functionality check includes communicating, from the third device to the second device, data related to results of the functionality check;
receiving, at the first device, the data related to the results of the functionality check from the second device;
determining, by the first device, that the one or more components of the third device is not functioning in accordance with at least one predetermined criterion; and
providing, to the second device, a request from the first device that an alarm function be initiated to alert a user that the one or more components of the third device is not functioning in accordance with the at least one predetermined criterion.

US Pat. No. 10,136,845

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS ASSOCIATED WITH ANALYTE MONITORING DEVICES AND DEVICES INCORPORATING THE SAME

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....

1. An apparatus for receiving analyte data from an in vivo analyte sensing device, comprising:a housing;
a display mounted on the housing;
an input component;
a test strip port;
a processor mounted in the housing; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
navigate from a current user interface screen on the display to a home screen in response to a press of the input component by a user unless a test strip is in the test strip port and a test strip result has not yet been computed;
cause display of the home screen, wherein the home screen includes an indication of the time remaining until the in vivo analyte sensing device expires; and
cause display of received analyte information,
wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to render inactive the press of the input component by the user to navigate from the current user interface screen on the display to the home screen if the test strip is in the test strip port and the test strip result has not yet been computed.

US Pat. No. 10,136,842

FOOTWEAR APPARATUS WITH TECHNIQUE FEEDBACK

1. A footwear apparatus comprising:a sensor in the footwear apparatus positioned to monitor an activity technique of a user when the footwear apparatus is joined with a foot of the user, and
a feedback generator arranged to produce a haptic communication to the user in response to detecting a pattern in the activity technique, the haptic communication arranged to cause at least some discomfort to the user, wherein the pattern includes a pronation element.

US Pat. No. 10,136,833

IMPLANTABLE RADIO-FREQUENCY SENSOR

ZOLL MEDICAL ISRAEL, LTD....

1. A diagnostic apparatus, comprising:a sealed case, comprising a biocompatible material and configured for implantation within a body;
a first antenna and a second antenna, each antenna configured to:
be implanted in the body in proximity to a target tissue,
generate and transmit radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic waves through the target tissue to the other antenna, and
output a signal in response to RF waves received from the other antenna; and
processing circuitry, which is contained within the case and is configured to receive and process the signal from each antenna so as to derive and output an indication of a characteristic of the target tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,136,830

NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS USING SPATIOTEMPORAL PARCELLATION

Elminda Ltd., Herzliya (...

1. A method of analyzing neurophysiological data recorded from a brain of a subject, the method comprising:recording the neurophysiological data by a plurality of measuring devices respectively placed at a plurality of different locations on the scalp of the subject,
operating a data processor for:
identifying activity-related features in the data;
parceling the data according to said activity-related features to define a plurality of capsules, each representing a spatiotemporal activity region in the brain and corresponding to an extremum of the data and a spatiotemporal neighborhood defined as a spatial region in which said extremum is located and a time-interval during which said extremum occurs, wherein a size of said neighborhood is determined based on a property of said extremum;
storing said capsules in a memory;
comparing at least some of said defined capsules to at least one reference capsule;
estimating a brain function of the subject based on said comparison and;
generating on a display an output indicative of said brain function.

US Pat. No. 10,136,829

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY PROPERTIES FOR CLASSIFYING ARRHYTHMIA SOURCES

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A method for determining electrophysiology properties of tissue, the method comprising:acquiring electrical signal data from a plurality of electrodes of one or more catheters;
determining at least one electrode clique from the plurality of adjacent electrodes, wherein the at least one electrode clique comprises at least three adjacent electrodes;
computing local conduction velocity vectors for the at least one electrode clique;
determining at least one catheter orientation independent indicator from which to classify an arrhythmia source based on one or more of an angular dependence parameter associated with a flow field of the local velocity conduction vectors, an eccentricity parameter reflecting the uniformity of local conduction velocity, and divergence and curl-like sums or closed path integral parameters associated with the local conduction velocity vectors; and
displaying a rhythm classification responsive to catheter movement thereby facilitating identification of types and causes of arrhythmia disorders.

US Pat. No. 10,136,826

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTINGUISHING A CARDIAC EVENT FROM NOISE IN AN ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG) SIGNAL

ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION,...

1. A wearable defibrillator comprising:at least one therapy pad for rendering treatment to a patient wearing the wearable defibrillator;
at least one sensing electrode for obtaining an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal from the patient;
a processing unit comprising at least one processor operatively coupled to the at least one therapy pad and the at least one sensing electrode; and
at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising program instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the processing unit to:
obtain the ECG signal;
determine a transformed ECG signal based on the ECG signal;
extract at least one value representing at least one feature of the transformed ECG signal;
provide the at least one value to determine a score associated with the ECG signal, thereby providing an ECG-derived score;
compare the ECG-derived score to a predetermined threshold score determined by machine learning; and
provide an indication of a cardiac event based on the comparison of the ECG-derived score with the predetermined threshold score,
wherein the transformed ECG signal comprises a power spectral density (PSD) of the ECG signal, the PSD being determined by calculating a fast Fourier transform (FFT) of the ECG signal, and
wherein at least four features of the PSD are extracted and provided to the machine learning.

US Pat. No. 10,136,825

LONG-TERM IMPLANTABLE SILICON CARBIDE NEURAL INTERFACE DEVICE USING THE ELECTRICAL FIELD EFFECT

University of South Flori...

1. An implantable neural interface device, the device comprising:a control unit;
at least one substantially planar neural probe coupled to the control unit, each of the at least one substantially planar neural probes comprising;
at least one neural tissue stimulation device comprising at least one electrolyte insulator semiconductor capacitor (EISCap) having a cubic silicon carbide (3C—SiC) base and a biocompatible and chemically resistant gate insulator, wherein neural tissue in contact with the electrolyte insulator semiconductor capacitor (EISCap) forms a gate conductor to generate an electric field to stimulate the neural tissue at least partially surrounding the at least one substantially planar neural probe; and
at least one neural tissue stimulation receiving device comprising at least one field effect transistor having a cubic silicon carbide (3C—SiC) base, wherein neural tissue in contact with the at least one field effect transistor forms a gate conductor and wherein the at least one neural tissue stimulation receiving device receives ionic changes generated by the neural tissue resulting from the electric field stimulation by the at least one neural tissue stimulation device.

US Pat. No. 10,136,824

ARTERIAL SPIN LABELING (ASL) WITH MAGNETIC RESONANCE FINGERPRINTING (MRF)

Case Western Reserve Univ...

1. A method for performing arterial spin labeling (ASL) with magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MRF), comprising:selecting an ASL-MRF pulse sequence to apply to an object, where the ASL-MRF pulse sequence includes a labeling pulse and a control pulse;
controlling a magnetic resonance (MR) apparatus to apply the ASL-MRF pulse sequence to the object;
acquiring a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signal evolution from the object, where the NMR signal evolution depends, at least in part, on a property of the arterial spins in the object;
selecting an entry in an MRF dictionary associated with the NMR signal evolution, and
simultaneously quantifying two or more properties of the arterial spins in the object based, at least in part, on the entry.

US Pat. No. 10,136,822

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NON-INVASIVELY DETECTING BLOOD VOLUME IMBALANCES IN A MAMMALIAN SUBJECT

Zynex Monitoring Solution...

1. An apparatus for noninvasively detecting blood volume changes in a mammalian subject, the apparatus comprising: a number of noninvasive sensors, communicable with the subject to obtain baseline and real time (current) physiologic value measurements from the subject; and at least one integrated circuit, operably connected with the sensors and configured to i) compute a real time (current) blood volume index from the physiologic value measurements wherein the blood volume index is derived from at least three physiological parameters selected from the group including heart rate, electrical body impedance, skin temperature, peripheral blood flow and skin humidity and wherein measurements of electrical body impedance, skin temperature, peripheral blood flow and skin humidity are taken at one or more extremities of the subject, and wherein the parameters are monitored by obtaining real time (current) value measurements for the parameters which are inputted into an algorithm which computes the real time (current) blood volume index based upon the differences between the baseline and real time (current) value measurements and wherein the algorithm includes coefficients for accurately weighting each parameter in the real time blood volume index, and wherein said algorithm for computing the real time (current) blood volume index=(100*(1?(((BINormalized?BIBaseline)/BIBaseline)*BICoefficient)?(((HRRealtime?HRBaseline)/HRBaseline*HRCoefficient)+(((PBFRealtime?PBFBaseline)/PBFBaseline*PBFCoefficient)?(((GSRRealtime?GSRBaseline)/GSRBaseline*GSRCoefficient)+(((STempRealtime?STempBaseline)/STempBaseline*STempCoefficient))) wherein BINormalized is peripheral bioimpedance normalized by removing known physiological drift, BICoefficient=0.725, HRCoefficient=0.145, PBFCoefficient=0.043, GSRCoefficient=0.014, and StempCoefficient=0.072, and ii) display the real time (current) blood volume index on a display of the apparatus, wherein the display is initially set to display a starting value blood volume index of 100 which indicates 100% of the subject's normal total blood volume, and wherein the displayed real time (current) blood volume index is capable of indicating a blood volume change in the subject as low as 10% of the subject's total blood volume.

US Pat. No. 10,136,821

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for generating a photoacoustic image based on an acoustic wave caused by irradiation of light on an object, comprising:a determination unit configured to determine a propagation velocity of the acoustic wave; and
an image generation unit configured to generate the photoacoustic image based on the propagation velocity and a signal obtained by detecting the acoustic wave;
wherein the determination unit is configured to
set, based on an ultrasonic image obtained by transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic wave, a target position, and
determine, based on the signal corresponding to the target position, the propagation velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,136,814

AUTOMATIC PATHWAY AND WAYPOINT GENERATION AND NAVIGATION METHOD

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of providing a pathway from a starting point to a target location within a patient, comprising:selecting a target location within a patient;
using a processor to execute instructions stored on a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium to cause the processor to determine a pathway from a starting point to the target location by beginning at the target location and following back to the starting point, wherein determining the pathway includes assigning at least one waypoint along the pathway;
positioning a locatable guide at the starting point; and
advancing the locatable guide from the starting point to the target location following the determined pathway,
wherein determining the pathway further includes:
calculating an airway diameter along a path, as a candidate for the pathway, from the target to the starting point;
detecting a decrease in the airway diameter along the path; and
aborting the path if the decrease in the airway diameter is detected.