US Pat. No. 10,188,847

MEDICAL DEVICE

HI-LEX CORPORATION, (JP)...

1. A medical device comprising:a feeding member comprising a tubular body portion being capable of containing a therapeutic substance to be fed into a body cavity and a tubular connecting portion provided at one end of the body portion and having a male luer tapered portion and an opening provided at a distal end of the male luer tapered portion to feed the therapeutic substance contained in the body portion;
a connected member having a flow channel through which the therapeutic substance fed from the feeding member passes and provided with a hub having an inner tapered connecting portion including a female luer tapered portion; and
a joint member connected to the tubular connecting portion of the feeding member and the hub of the connected member and having a communication channel for communicating the tubular connecting portion of the feeding member with the flow channel of the connected member,
wherein the joint member comprises an inner tapered portion for connecting to the male luer tapered portion, an outer tapered portion for connecting to the female luer tapered portion, and an opening at a side of the connected member for feeding the therapeutic substance from the feeding member to the connected member,
the tubular connecting portion has an end face being vertical to an axial direction of the tubular connecting portion at a free end of the tubular connecting portion,
the joint member has an abutting face connecting an end portion of the inner tapered portion at a connected member side to an end portion of an inner surface of the communication channel at a feeding member side,
the end face of the tubular connecting portion is in surface contact with the abutting face so that both the end face and abutting face are in surface contact throughout each face when the tubular connecting portion is pressed into the joint member along the inner tapered portion, and the inner surface of the communication channel and an inner surface of the tubular connecting portion have substantially the same diameter at a connecting place,
the outer tapered portion of the point member terminates at a tip end, the tip end including the opening at the side of the connected member, an outer most edge of the tip end forms an inner end portion of the opening of the joint member and is disposed so that the outer most edge of the tip end and the inner end portion of the opening are seated against an inner tapered surface of the female luer tapered portion of the inner tapered connecting portion so as to form a stepless interface between the inner end portion of the opening of the joint member and an end of the inner tapered connecting portion, and
when the joint member is connected to the hub, the tip end is located at a position apart from the end of the inner tapered connecting portion on the flow channel side toward the feeding member side.

US Pat. No. 10,188,837

CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION CATHETER AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Regents of the University...

1. A cardiopulmonary resuscitation catheter system for use in a patient in need thereof, the system comprising:a. a multi-lumen resuscitation catheter comprising:
i. an elongate catheter shaft defining a first elongate, substantially tubular primary lumen having proximal and distal ends and comprising at least one opening at the distal end;
ii. at least one elongate substantially tubular supplemental lumen configured to be disposed within the primary lumen; and
iii. at least one balloon in operational communication with the at least one elongate substantially tubular supplemental lumen so as to be inflated by way of the supplemental lumen; and
b. a control unit comprising an inflation/deflation operations unit and an air pump in hermetic communication with the at least one balloon; and
c. a pressure sensor in operational communication with the control unit, wherein:
i. the elongate catheter shaft is configured to be disposed within the vena cava of the patient,
ii. the control unit and air pump are configured to inflate the at least one balloon to a specified pressure,
iii. the system is configured to permit isolation of a portion of the vascular system of the patient,
iv. the pressure sensor is configured to measure pressure in the aorta or inferior vena cava, and
v. the inflation and deflation of at least one of the first balloon or the second balloon can be controlled by the inflation/deflation operations unit in response to measured pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,188,835

IV STABILIZING DEVICE

1. An IV stabilizing device comprising:a cuff having a substantially rectangular-shaped body having a front surface, a rear surface, a top edge, a bottom edge, a right side edge and a left side edge;
at least one fastening means located on the cuff to fasten the right side edge of the body of the cuff to the left side edge of the body of the cuff;
a window located centrally on the body of the cuff to provide access to an insertion site of an IV;
a flap cover for covering said window and the insertion site for protection thereof;
said body of the cuff having a top layer and a bottom layer;
a securing aperture located on the top layer of the body of the cuff directly adjacent to an edge of the window;
a layer opening located on the edge of the window which is directly adjacent to the securing aperture; and
said securing aperture providing access through between the top layer and the bottom layer so that an IV may pass through the securing aperture located on the top layer, then between the top layer and the bottom layer, and exit the layer opening.

US Pat. No. 10,188,822

GAS DELIVERY DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR USE IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Mallinckrodt Hospital Pro...

1. A nitric oxide delivery system for providing inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) to a patient situated in an MRI suite, the nitric oxide delivery system comprising:a patient connector;
a source of nitric oxide gas;
a length of an iNO delivery tube;
a source of breathing gas;
a monitoring control circuit;
a delivery control circuit;
a signal processor including a corrective signal processing algorithm comprising determining an inverse of the distortion transfer function produced by the length of iNO delivery tube; determining a ventilator flow profile of individual breaths performed on a continuing basis during ventilation; convolving the inverse of a distortion transfer function with a predicted breath flow profile; and verifying a consistent ventilator flow profile; and
an injector module fluidly connected to the source of nitric oxide, the source of breathing gas and the delivery control circuit; said injector module being located outside an iso-gauss safety line.

US Pat. No. 10,188,821

OXYGEN CONCENTRATION DEVICE

Teijin Pharma Limited, T...

1. An oxygen concentration device which generates oxygen-enriched gas, comprising: adsorbent cylinders packed with an adsorbent which preferentially adsorbs nitrogen rather than oxygen; a compressor which supplies compressed air to the adsorbent cylinders; a flow path switching valve for switching between a flow path between the compressor and the adsorbent cylinders and a flow path between the adsorbent cylinders and an exhaust pipe for discharging desorbed gas to outside of the system in order to repeat at a fixed timing an adsorption step in which compressed air is supplied to the adsorption cylinders and nitrogen in the compressed air is adsorbed to generate unadsorbed oxygen, a desorption step in which the adsorption cylinders are purged under reduced pressure to desorb the nitrogen and regenerate the adsorbent, and a pressure equalization step in which an adsorbent cylinder after completion of the adsorption step and an adsorption cylinder after completion of the desorption step are connected to each other to equalize pressure of the two cylinders; and a pressure equalization valve provided on a pressure equalization path which connects between the adsorbent cylinders, wherein a pressure control member having a difference in pressure loss due to the direction of gas flow is provided at at least one end side of the pressure equalization valve so that pressure loss of gas which flows through the pressure equalization path in one direction becomes nearly equal to that of the gas which flows therethrough in the opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 10,188,819

MOTION STABILIZER SYSTEM FOR RESPIRATORY INTERFACE DEVICE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A respiratory interface device comprising:a patient interface device including a body, the patient interface device body including an outer side;
a support assembly including a frame body, the frame body defining an opening, wherein, when the patient interface assembly is in use, the frame body opening is generally disposed in front of a user's nose;
the patient interface device body outer side disposed adjacent the frame body opening; and
an elastic coupling assembly including a number of elastic bands, each elastic band including a first end and a second end, wherein each elastic band first end is coupled to the frame body adjacent the frame body opening, wherein each elastic band second end is coupled to the patient interface device body outer side, and wherein the patient interface device body is floatably coupled to the frame body.

US Pat. No. 10,188,813

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION IN EMERGENCIES

1. A device for artificial respiration of a person in a medical emergency situation, comprisinga respiratory mask which can be placed on the nose and mouth section of the person,
a mouthpiece, through which respiratory air can be supplied by an aider,
a flow tube disposed between the respiratory mask and the mouthpiece, which flow tube forms a continuous flow channel from the mouthpiece to the respiratory mask,
at least one flow sensor disposed in the flow channel of the flow tube, wherein the at least one flow sensor can determine a mass or volumetric flow of a gas flowing through the flow channel,
a processor designed to generate a characteristic penetration depth signal from the mass or volumetric flow registered by the at least one flow sensor for air flowing out of the nose and/or mouth of the person and through the flow channel during a cardiac massage as a result of a compression of the person's thorax down to a penetration depth,
an output device configured to emit the characteristic penetration depth signal, and
a push-on part configured to be connected detachably to the flow tube such that the push-on part encompasses the flow tube at least in part when connected to the flow tube, the processor and the output device being arranged in the push-on part;
wherein the push-on part is configured to be selectively attached to the flow tube and configured to be selectively fastened to an arm of the aider during cardiac massage; and
wherein the mass or volumetric flow is determined when the push-on part is selectively attached to the flow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,188,810

INHALER

VECTURA DELIVERY DEVICES ...

1. An inhaler comprising a housing defining a chamber to receive a strip having a plurality of blisters each containing a dose of medicament for inhalation by a user, a cap, an actuating member which has a gear element having teeth, and a blister strip indexing wheel rotatably mounted in the chamber to sequentially move each blister into a blister opening position, wherein the cap and the actuating member are combined into a single component and wherein the blister strip indexing wheel and the cap are coupled by a drive gear that cooperates with the gear element to effect rotation of the blister strip indexing wheel in response to rotation of the cap, said drive gear and gear element being disposed on an outside of the housing remote from the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,799

AUTOINJECTOR

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. An autoinjector comprising a body that is adapted to receive a reservoir (S), said reservoir (S) containing fluid and including a piston (P) and a needle (A), said autoinjector further comprising an actuator sleeve that includes a contact end for coming into contact with a user's body, said actuator sleeve extending inside said body at least in part, and being movable relative to said body between projecting positions in which said actuator sleeve projects out from said body at least in part, and an actuated position in which said actuator sleeve is moved axially into said body, said actuator sleeve being in a first projecting position before actuation of the autoinjector, and in a second projecting position after actuation of the autoinjector; and wherein:said actuator sleeve, in said second projecting position, extends axially further out from said body than in said first projecting position, said actuator sleeve including an annular zone that, in said first projecting position, is arranged inside said body and that, in said second projecting position, is arranged outside said body, said annular zone including a visual indicator for indicating to the user that the autoinjector has been actuated;
and, axially adjacent to said annular zone, said actuator sleeve includes an outwardly-projecting radial shoulder, said shoulder projecting radially outwards relative to said visual indicator, thereby protecting said visual indicator against any contact with an inside surface of the body while the actuator sleeve is moving in said body, a bottom end of the actuator sleeve, that comes into contact with a zone in which injection takes place, comprising an outwardly-projecting radial shoulder that projects radially outwards relative to said visual indicator and that is distinct from the outwardly-projecting radial shoulder that is axially adjacent to said annular zone.

US Pat. No. 10,188,794

CLOSED LOOP CONTROL AND SIGNAL ATTENUATION DETECTION

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

1. A method, comprising:monitoring a plurality of parameters associated with a closed loop control operation including continuously monitoring a physiological condition and automatic administration of a medication;
detecting a signal level associated with the monitored physiological condition deviating from a predetermined threshold level;
retrieving a medication level administered associated with a time period of the detected signal level;
applying the retrieved medication level to the detected signal level based on a predefined predictive model to generate a predictive signal; and
comparing the detected signal level to the predictive signal to determine whether a condition associated with the detected signal level is present.

US Pat. No. 10,188,792

AUTOMATED PRESSURE LIMIT SETTING METHOD AND APPARATUS

CareFusion 303, Inc., Sa...

1. A fluid pump, comprising:a pressure sensor for sensing fluid pressure during an infusion of a fluid;
a display;
a memory; and
a processor coupled with the memory and the display, the memory storing program code that, when executed by the processor causes the processor to:
receive an identity of an infusion tubing connector or an infusion vascular access device used for the infusion of the fluid;
receive values of one or more infusion parameters;
calculate, based on the received identity and the received infusion parameter values, an occlusion pressure threshold for the infusion of the fluid;
receive, during the infusion, a fluid pressure signal from the pressure sensor; and
provide an indication responsive to whether a value of the received fluid pressure signal contravenes the occlusion pressure threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,188,787

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLUID DELIVERY

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A fill adapter system for an infusion pump assembly comprising:a reusable fill adapter base configured to releasably engage a reservoir assembly of the infusion pump assembly, the base comprising:
a volume control mechanism comprising a turn dial to adjust an available fill volume of a reservoir of the infusion pump assembly; and
a pump mechanism configured to pump air into a fluid vial; and
a vial adapter assembly comprising:
at least two vial fingers having a spring force attached to the interior of the housing and a bent portion and configured to maintain the position of the fluid vial wherein the fluid vial overcomes the spring force, wherein when the vial adapter is attached to the fluid vial, the bent portion and the top portion of the fluid vial are not in contact and a predetermined length of separation distance is maintained between the bent portion and a top portion of the fluid vial comprising a fluid vial septum;
a first needle configured to penetrate the fluid vial septum for fluidly coupling the pump mechanism to the fluid vial;
a second needle having a first end configured to penetrate the fluid vial septum and a second end configured to penetrate a reservoir septum of the infusion pump assembly to allow transfer of fluid from the fluid vial to the reservoir of the infusion pump assembly in response to air being pumped into the fluid vial; and
a needle carriage adapted to carry the first needle and the second needle, wherein the needle carriage slidably attached to the interior of the vial adapter assembly, wherein the needle carriage adapted to slide from a vial end of the vial adapter to a receptacle end of the vial adapter,
wherein when the fluid vial is removed from the vial adapter, the fluid vial first moves the predetermined length of separation distance and the bent portion catches the top portion of the fluid vial, and wherein a tip of a needle is removed from the fluid in the fluid vial and is located inside the fluid vial septum, whereby the fluid in the fluid vial will not continue to flow when the vial adapter is being removed from the fluid vial.

US Pat. No. 10,188,785

VAGINAL CLEANSING DEVICE

1. A lavage device comprising:a handle, a dressing, and a sterile container;
wherein the lavage device is adapted for use in personal hygiene;
wherein the lavage device is adapted for use with a body cavity;
wherein the dressing is a sterile absorbent dressing that is contained within the sterile container;
wherein the dressing is removed from the sterile container using the handle;
wherein the lavage device separates by distance the non-sterile handle from the sterile surface of the dressing;
wherein the handle comprises a grip and a plug;
wherein the grip is a ring;
wherein the plug is a cylindrical shaft that projects away from the grip;
wherein the plug is further defined with an outer diameter;
wherein the dressing comprises a textile and a port;
wherein the textile is elastic;
wherein the port is a cylindrically shaped cavity that is formed along the center axis of the textile;
wherein the port is further defined with a diameter;
wherein the span of the diameter of the port is less than the span of the outer diameter of the plug when the textile is in a relaxed state;
wherein the plug inserts into the port;
wherein the textile expands when the plug is inserted into the port such that when the textile returns to its relaxed shape a force is applied by the textile to the plug;
wherein the dressing is disposable;
wherein the sterile container comprises a capped tube and a sealing film;
wherein the sealing film attaches to the capped tube
wherein the capped tube is a gas and fluid impermeable structure;
wherein the capped tube is further defined with an open end;
wherein the capped tube is sterilized;
wherein the textile is inserted into the capped tube;
wherein the textile compresses when inserted into the capped tube;
wherein the open end of the capped tube is sealed with the sealing film;
wherein the sealing film is a plastic sheeting;
wherein the plug of the handle is pressed through the sealing film and directly into the port of the textile.

US Pat. No. 10,188,784

APPARATUS WITH RIGID MEMBER FOR SENSING FLUID PRESSURE

FENWAL, INC., Lake Zuric...

1. A blood processing system, comprising:a first housing configured to be reused for multiple blood processing operations for different donors;
a second housing configured for a single blood processing operation, the second housing insertable to and removable from the first housing, the second housing comprising a conduit configured to house blood and a pressure sensing portion having a rigid member disposed thereon, the rigid member configured to move in response to a change in pressure of the blood; and
a sensor system coupled to the first housing and configured to be reused for multiple blood processing operations, the sensor system comprising a second member and a sensor, the second member removeably coupled to the rigid member, the sensor configured to detect across an air gap movement of the second member and to generate a signal indicative of the movement.

US Pat. No. 10,188,782

BLOOD PROCESSING FILTER AND BLOOD PROCESSING METHOD

ASAHI KASEI MEDICAL CO., ...

21. A blood processing method using a blood processing filter, the filter comprising:a sheet-shaped filter element;
an inlet-side flexible container and an outlet-side flexible container that sandwich the filter element;
an inlet port that is provided at the inlet-side flexible container and receives unprocessed blood; and
an outlet port that is provided at the outlet-side flexible container and discharges the blood processed by the filter element, the filter further comprising:
a flow path securing sheet disposed between the filter element and the outlet-side flexible container;
a belt-shaped first seal portion that seals at least the filter element and the flow path securing sheet, and is provided so as to be apart from the outlet-side flexible container; and
an annular second seal portion that seals at least the inlet-side flexible container and the outlet-side flexible container, and is provided so as to surround the filter element and the flow path securing sheet,
wherein the first seal portion includes a pair of lateral portions disposed opposite to each other with the outlet port interposed therebetween, and a communication portion connected to the pair of lateral portions, the communication portion includes a lower side portion and an upper side portion, the flow path securing sheet includes ribs consisting of only a pair of ribs that are disposed between the pair of lateral portions and opposite to each other with the outlet port interposed therebetween, a slit disposed between the pair of ribs to communicate with a concave portion formed of the communication portion, and diffusing openings that are disposed outside of the pair of ribs and continuously open from the ribs to the lateral portions and communicate with the concave portion formed of the lateral portions, and continuously open from the lower side portion to the upper side portion, and the width of each of the diffusing openings is 20 to 30 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,188,781

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HEAT EXCHANGER AND HEAT EXCHANGER

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a heat exchanger having a hollow fiber membrane layer and comprised of a plurality of hollow fiber membrane conduits each of which has a hollow portion allowing a heat medium to pass therethrough, the method comprising the steps of:providing a cylindrical body for supporting the fiber membrane layer, wherein the cylindrical body has an outer surface defining a longitudinal axis and first and second longitudinal ends;
winding a continuous base cord of hollow fiber membrane onto the cylindrical body along a generally helical trajectory around the longitudinal axis with a plurality of continuous round trips from the first end to the second end and turning back at each respective end, wherein each round trip completes a number of circumferential revolutions N, wherein N is greater than or equal to one, wherein N is less than two, wherein an inclination angle of the hollow fiber membrane between turning-back portions ranges from 40° to 70°, and wherein each turning-back portion is folded at an acute angle;
continuously fixing in place each respective turning-back portion at the first end and the second end during the winding of the base cord;
cutting longitudinal end portions from the fiber membrane layer, thereby removing the turning-back portions to introduce open ends for the hollow fiber membrane conduits;
wherein the winding step satisfies an expression Traverse [mm/rotation]×N=traverse oscillation width×2±(outer diameter of hollow fiber membrane+gap between hollow fiber membranes adjacent to each other)×total number of hollow fiber membranes (where N satisfies 1?N<2).

US Pat. No. 10,188,780

BLOOD OXYGENATOR

University of Maryland, B...

14. A method for oxygenating blood through a blood oxygenator, comprising:receiving a stream of blood through an inlet and directing said stream into a spiral volute defining an internal cavity, said internal cavity decreasing in width from a first end of said spiral volute to a second end of said spiral volute, and being configured to uniformly distribute blood to an outer surface of an oxygenator fiber bundle;
wherein the blood moves from said spiral volute through the oxygenator fiber bundle and into a central lumen and is oxygenated as it moves through the oxygenator fiber bundle and into the central lumen; and
discharging the blood through a blood outlet connected to said central lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,188,779

IMPLANTABLE PUMP SYSTEM HAVING AN UNDULATING MEMBRANE WITH IMPROVED HYDRAULIC PERFORMANCE

CorWave SA, Clichy (FR)

1. An implantable blood pump system comprising:a housing having an inlet and an outlet and configured to be implanted at a patient's heart;
a membrane disposed within the housing;
a skirt disposed within the housing and coupled to the membrane, the skirt sized and shaped to extend toward the inlet and to curve toward the outlet; and
an actuator disposed within the housing, the actuator configured to cause the membrane to reciprocate and deform in a wave-like manner,
wherein during operation blood enters the inlet, flows toward the skirt which guides the blood towards the membrane, and is propelled across the membrane to the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,188,769

BIOCOMPATIBLE SUBSTRATE FOR FACILITATING INTERCONNECTIONS BETWEEN STEM CELLS AND TARGET TISSUES AND METHODS FOR IMPLANTING SAME

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CA...

1. A method for treating retinal degenerative disease comprising:providing a substrate seeded with cells suitable for implantation into an ocular tissue of a patient, wherein the substrate comprises:
a parylene layer with an apical surface for growth of a population of cells, wherein the parylene layer has a thickness between 0.1 microns and 6 microns;
a plurality of supporting protrusions each extending 1 micron or greater from a basal surface of the parylene layer to a terminating free end of the supporting protrusion;
implanting the substrate into the ocular tissue of the patient; and
positioning the substrate so that the substrate is parallel with an outer nuclear layer of photoreceptors in an eye of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,188,761

GARMENT SANITIZER

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

15. A method of sanitizing a garment using a garment sanitizing device comprising a housing, a chamber within the housing to receive one or more garments to be sanitized, the chamber comprising a bottom wall, a top wall, and opposite first and second sides each extending from the bottom wall to the top wall, the housing containing a fan and one or more heating elements, the at least one heating element being disposed proximate the first side of the chamber and an air inlet disposed at the second side of the chamber, the method comprising,placing garments within the chamber,
directly heating the garments within the chamber from the first side of the chamber by radiation from the at least one heating element, and
additionally heating the garments using heated air by activating the fan to convey air via the at least one heating element to heat the air and to convey the heated air through the chamber from the air inlet in the second side of the chamber via air flow passages around an outside of the chamber to converge at a front of the housing towards a front of the chamber to pass through the second side of the chamber to heat the garments.

US Pat. No. 10,188,718

VACCINES AGAINST STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE SEROTYPE 4

1. A saccharide of general formula (I)V*—[Ux+3—Ux+2—Ux+1—Ux]n-V—O-L-NH2  (I)
wherein
x is an integer selected from 1, 2, 3 and 4;
n is an integer selected from 1, 2 and 3;

—V— represents a bond, —Ux+3—, —Ux+3—Ux+2— or —Ux+3—Ux+2—Ux+1—;
V*— represents H—, H—Ux, H—Ux+1—Ux—, H—Ux+2—Ux+1—Ux; and
L represents a linker;
or a diastereoisomer or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,188,665

OCULAR THERAPY USING GLUCOCORTICOID DERIVATIVES SELECTIVELY PENETRATING POSTERIOR SEGMENT TISSUES

Allergan, Inc., Irvine, ...

1. An ophthalmic composition comprising: a therapeutically effective amount of a Glucocorticoid Derivative (GD) comprising an acyl group linked to C17, C21, or combination thereof via an ester linkage, and a viscosity-inducing component.

US Pat. No. 10,188,646

BILE ACID RECYCLING INHIBITORS AND SATIOGENS FOR TREATMENT OF DIABETES, OBESITY, AND INFLAMMATORY GASTROINTESTINAL CONDITIONS

SATIOGEN PHARMACEUTICALS,...

1. A method of treating or preventing obesity by increasing the concentration of bile acid in the distal gastrointestinal tract of a non-diabetic individual, comprising orally administering for local delivery to the distal ileum, the colon, or the rectum of the individual, a therapeutically effective amount of an Apical Sodium-dependent Bile Transporter Inhibitor (ASBTI), and wherein the ASBTI is formulated to be less than 10% systemically absorbed, wherein said ASBTI compound is selected fromand potassium((2R,3R,4S,5R,6R)-4-benzyloxy-6-{3-[3-((3S,4R,5R)-3-butyl-7-dimethylamino-3-ethyl-4-hydroxy-1,1-dioxo-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-benzo[b]thiepin-5-yl)-phenyl]-ureido}-3,5-dihydroxy-tetrahydropyran-2-ylmethyl)sulphate ethanolate hydrate, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,188,641

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT

SARCODE BIOSCIENCE INC., ...

1. A method of treating dry eye disease in a subject in need thereof comprising administering to the subject an effective amount of a lymphocyte function associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) antagonist or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester thereof, wherein the LFA-1 antagonist is

US Pat. No. 10,188,581

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO EVACUATE ONE OR MORE DRESSINGS USING TWO OR MORE VACUUM PUMPS

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

12. A negative-pressure source, comprising:a first pump;
a second pump;
a first valve having an inlet fluidly coupled to an outlet of the first pump;
a second valve having an inlet fluidly coupled to an outlet of the second pump;
a cross-over valve having a first port fluidly coupled the outlet of the first pump and the inlet of the first valve, and a second port fluidly coupled to the outlet of the second pump and the inlet of the second valve; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the first pump, the second pump, the first valve, the second valve, and the cross-over valve for operation of the first pump, the second pump, the first valve, the second valve, and the cross-over valve.

US Pat. No. 10,188,577

ELASTIC FORCE GENERATING DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An elastic force generating device comprising:an elastic structure which is comprising of a multilayer construction formed by alternately stacking a plurality of elastic members, each elastic member of the plurality of elastic members incorporates one or more hermetically sealed air chambers, with each hermetically sealed air chamber of the one or more hermetically sealed air chambers having a volume that decreases by compression, and a plurality of partition plates having higher stiffness than that of the elastic members, the elastic structure has through holes extending in a stacking direction and a total length in the stacking direction that is greater than a minimum width of each of the elastic members in a direction orthogonal to the stacking direction;
a flexible lengthy member inserted in a particular through hole of the through holes of the elastic structure; and
a tension imparting mechanism which is a mechanism adapted to variably impart a tension to the flexible lengthy member, the tension imparting mechanism is adapted to transmit a force between the flexible lengthy member and the elastic structure such that, at a time of imparting a tension to the flexible lengthy member, a force for compressing the elastic structure in the stacking direction increases as the tension increases.

US Pat. No. 10,188,576

PIN COVER FOR AN INVERSION TABLE

1. A pin cover for an inversion table comprising:an inversion table;
said inversion table having a fixed frame that is axially connected to a rotating frame;
a pin cover that covers an interface between said fixed frame and said rotating frame;
said pin cover having an inner housing and an outer housing;
said pin cover further includes a slot between said inner housing and said outer housing whereby a portion of said rotating frame rotates on an axis through said pin cover;
said outer housing having at least one pin opening whereby a repositionable pin is inserted to stop rotation of said rotating frame, and
both said inner housing and said outer housing are fixed from rotating in relationship to said fixed frame.

US Pat. No. 10,188,571

ADAPTER FOR CONNECTING AT LEAST ONE ACCESSORY DEVICE TO AN OPERATING TABLE

1. An operating table adapter, comprising: a table mount configured to removably attach the adapter to an operating table; and an accessory mount configured to attach a surgery extension device to the adapter; wherein the adapter includes a free-standing, X-ray transparent member; wherein the X-ray transparent member includes a first part comprising a lower surface configured to directly contact an upper support surface of the operating table, and a second part configured to extend beyond the upper support surface in a longitudinal direction of the upper support surface when the adapter is mounted to the operating table via the table mount; wherein the second part of the X-ray transparent member comprises a support surface extension configured to support a patient when the adapter is attached to the operating table; and the table mount comprising: a guide rod, the guide rod being elongated and extending downward with respect to the X-ray transparent member when the adapter is attached to the operating table; and an abutment element, the abutment element being movable vertically along the guide rod towards and away from the X-ray transparent member, and being lockable along the guide rod; wherein when the operating table adapter is positioned on said operating table, the abutment element is movable along the guide rod and lockable against a bottom surface of the operating table, to thereby grasp the operating table between the first part of the X-ray transparent member and the abutment element.

US Pat. No. 10,188,569

PATIENT SUPPORT USABLE WITH BARIATRIC PATIENTS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A patient support apparatus for supporting a patient, said patient support apparatus comprising:a patient support deck;
a frame supporting said patient support deck;
a pair of wheels coupled to said frame with a width between said wheels being adjustable;
an actuator operatively coupled to said wheels such that operation of said actuator adjusts said width between said wheels; and
a control system configured to determine a condition of at least one of the patient support apparatus and the patient and to control adjustment of said width between said wheels based on said condition.

US Pat. No. 10,188,567

HOSPITAL CHAIR BEDS WITH EXTENDABLE/RETRACTABLE FOOT SECTIONS

1. A hospital bed, comprising:a base comprising opposite end portions;
a lifting mechanism secured to the base between the end portions; and
a patient support surface pivotally secured to the lifting mechanism, wherein the patient support surface comprises a back section, a seat section, and a foot section configured to articulate relative to each other, and wherein the patient support surface is configured to translate from a bed configuration to a chair configuration;
wherein the foot section comprises first, second, third, fourth, and fifth panels operably connected together that are configured to move relative to each other in substantially parallel overlapping planes between an extended configuration when the patient support surface is in a bed configuration and a retracted configuration when the patient support surface is in a chair configuration, wherein the first, third and fifth panels move relative to each other in a first plane, and wherein the second and fourth panels move relative to each other in a second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,188,565

TRANSPORT CHAIRS

The UAB Research Foundati...

1. A wheelchair comprising:a seat assembly comprising a seat having a front edge and a rear edge;
a footrest assembly comprising an upright member having an upper end and a lower end, and a foot plate extending from said upright member near the lower end thereof;
said seat assembly and said footrest assembly pivotally coupled to one another near said front edge and said upper end, defining a single pivot axis therebetween,
said seat assembly and footrest configured to maintain a uniform spatial relationship while pivoting rotationally about said single pivot axis from a first seated position in which said footplate is elevated above a floor to a second seated position at which said foot plate contacts the floor, whereupon said seat assembly is configured to decouple from said footrest assembly and continue pivoting to an inclined position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,551

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING AN OCULAR IMPLANT TO THE SUPRACHOROIDAL SPACE WITHIN AN EYE

GLAUKOS CORPORATION, San...

1. An ocular implant delivery system, comprising:a generally elongated outer housing;
an elongated insertion needle partially disposed in and extending outwardly from the outer housing, the insertion needle having a lumen;
a pusher tube assembly comprising an implant pusher tube and a pusher tube collar fixedly attached to a proximal portion of the implant pusher tube, a distal portion of the implant pusher tube extending through the lumen of the insertion needle;
a trocar assembly comprising a trocar and a trocar collar fixedly attached to a proximal portion of the trocar, a distal portion of the trocar passing through a lumen of the implant pusher tube;
an implant supported on the distal portion of the trocar, wherein a distal tip of the trocar extends distally beyond a distal-most end of the implant when the implant is supported on the distal portion of the trocar; and
a trocar trigger mechanically coupled to the trocar assembly such that a first actuation of the trocar trigger causes the trocar assembly to move the pusher tube assembly distally relative to the insertion needle to a distal locked position, wherein the implant is exposed from the insertion needle for implantation in a suprachoroidal space of an eye when the pusher tube assembly is at the distal locked position, the trocar trigger being further configured such that a second actuation of the trocar trigger causes the distal tip of the trocar to move proximal to the distal-most end of the implant, thereby releasing the implant from being supported on the distal portion of the trocar.

US Pat. No. 10,188,525

SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A spinal implant comprising:a substantially cylindrical member; and
an implant body extending between an anterior surface and a posterior surface, and including a first vertebral engaging surface and a second vertebral engaging surface,
the implant body further including an inner surface that defines a portion of a first cavity and a portion of a second cavity spaced from the first cavity,
the first cavity being oriented to implant a fastener oblique relative to a bilateral axis of a subject body and the second cavity being oriented to implant a fastener in substantial alignment with the bilateral axis,
wherein the inner surface further defines a transverse bore, the member being disposed entirely within the transverse bore, and
wherein the member includes a threaded surface defining a portion of the first cavity and a threaded surface defining a portion of the second cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,499

ARTIFICIAL VASCULAR GRAFT

1. An artificial vascular graft (1) comprising:a primary scaffold structure (2) encompassing an inner space (8) of the artificial vascular graft (1), said primary scaffold structure (2) having
a. an inner surface (21) facing towards said inner space (8) and
b. an outer surface (20) facing away from said inner space (8); and
a coating (3) on said inner surface (21) and on said outer surface (20)
characterized in that:
a plurality of grooves (4) is comprised in said coating (3) of said inner surface (21), wherein the grooves extend in a longitudinal direction of said coating (3) and
said primary scaffold structure (2) and said coating (3) on said inner surface (21) and on said outer surface (20) are designed in such a way that progenitor cells can migrate through an outer surface of said coating (3), said primary scaffold structure (2) and said inner surface of said coating (3) to said inner space (8); and
the primary scaffold structure (2) comprises a shape memory alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,188,496

VENA CAVA FILTER FORMED FROM A SHEET

C. R. BARD, INC., Murray...

1. A blood filter for use in a patient's blood vessel having a vessel wall surrounding a vessel lumen, comprising:a) a longitudinally extending filter body including a proximal section extending a first fixed distance from a proximal terminal end of the longitudinal filter body to a first intermediate endpoint, said proximal section having a first cross-sectional area;
b) a distal section having a distal terminal end and a second cross-sectional area;
c) a joining section positioned between the proximal and distal sections and having a third cross-sectional area less than both the first and second cross-sectional areas;
d) said joining section spaced away from each of said terminal ends and extending a fixed second distance;
e) a first hub on said joining section that is slidable a fixed distance along a length of said joining section and in between said proximal and distal sections while in use in the blood vessel;
f) a plurality of appendages, each attached to said hub at an inner appendage end portion, each appendage having an outer appendage end portion providing unattached distal-most ends extending radially outward of said hub;
g) wherein said appendages are bendable in both a proximal and distal direction, thus enabling insertion of said filter body with hub and appendages using either a jugular access site or a femoral access site; and
h) wherein said filter body, said hub and said appendages are configured to occupy a vessel of a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,188,494

METHODS OF USING DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR THE PLACEMENT OF SURGICAL IMPLANTS

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

5. A method of inserting an implant into tissue comprising:providing an implant including an end and an insertion aid connected with said end of said implant;
providing an insertion device including a handle, an actuator, an elongated shaft, and a cutting element adjacent a distal end of said elongated shaft that is coupled with said actuator, wherein said elongated shaft includes an outer wall having an opening and said cutting element is disposed within said elongated shaft adjacent the opening in said outer wall;
providing an actuating wire that is disposed within said elongated shaft;
connecting a proximal end of said actuating wire with said actuator;
connecting a distal end of said actuating wire with said cutting element;
receiving said insertion aid in the opening in said outer wall of said elongated shaft;
engaging said actuator for moving said cutting element from a first position to a second position for breaking a connection between said insertion aid and said implant, the engaging step including pushing said actuator toward the distal end of said elongated shaft for moving said cutting element from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,487

DENTAL IMPLANT SUPERSTRUCTURE SUPPORT

1. A superstructure support (20) for disposition as part of a prosthetic tooth replacement (1) between an implantation body (10) and a superstructure consisting of an artificial crown (120) or a composite of a cement body (100) and the crown (120), the superstructure support (20) comprising:a screw insertion opening (61) including three zones extending through from a top surface to a bottom surface of the superstructure support (20);
an upper zone (67) having a cylindrical bore with a centerline (69) proximate to the top surface;
a lower zone (62) having a cylindrical bore with a centerline (63) proximate to the bottom surface;
an intermediate transition zone (64) positioned between the lower and upper zones having an internal conical area (65) coaxial with the centerline (63);
an outer area (51) adjacent the implantation body (10) having an implantation neck (52) including outer cone (53) above which an implant plate (31) is arranged;
a crown-supporting area (21) provided with an engagement structure (41) and an implantation post (23) which includes a screw seating bore (62);
a smooth microstructure surface (71) with an average arithmetic roughness value of 1.5 to 3.0 ?m provided with webs or grooves (74) at least partially extending around the superstructure support (20); and
spaced edges acting as bacteria barriers formed between a plurality of adjacent conical areas arranged on top of one another provided at the bottom side (32) of the implantation plate (31) on top of the implantation neck (52),
wherein an angle in the range of 155 to 178 angular degrees is formed between the centerline (69) of the upper zone and the centerline (63) of the lower zone.

US Pat. No. 10,188,482

CLEANING DEVICE FOR ENTERAL FEEDING CONNECTION

1. A cleaning device, comprising:a handle having a proximal end and a distal end;
a cleaning fitment attached to the distal end;
a centering post formed from a compressible polymer deformable to temporarily plug a main fluid pathway lumen of an enteral feeding connector, the centering post oriented along a longitudinal length of the cleaning device and extending from a distal end of the cleaning fitment in a fixed position relative to the cleaning fitment;
a plurality of cleaning elements extending from the fitment disposed in a spaced apart relation and extending along the longitudinal axis of the cleaning device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,478

DEVICE HOUSING PROTECTED AGAINST PENETRATION OF LIQUIDS

1. A device housing for devices with at least one module, which is to be protected against penetration of liquids, the device housing comprising:a housing with a top side opening having an edge area comprising at least one mounting groove, said housing comprising a first wall and a second wall, at least said first wall and said second wall defining said mounting groove, wherein at least one outlet is provided for each said mounting groove through which penetrated liquid is guided out of the housing;
a cover arranged on the top side of the housing closing the opening in a closed position, the cover having an outer edge area comprising a collar which protrudes downwards when the cover is in the closed position and having a drip edge arranged below the collar when the cover is in the closed position, such that a liquid dripping from the drip edge falls into the mounting groove, wherein the cover has another collar to provide two collars arranged at a distance to one another, each of said two collars protruding downwards into the mounting groove, said collar and said another collar being directly connected to the same cover, wherein at least a portion of each of said two collars is located between said first wall and said second wall.

US Pat. No. 10,188,470

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT TO PROVIDE NEEDLE-BASED THERAPY

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A minimally invasive surgical instrument, comprising:a first input mechanism comprising a periphery and an axial slot in the periphery, wherein a first axial axis of rotation is defined for the first input mechanism;
a second input mechanism comprising a surface and a helical slot in the surface, wherein a second axial axis of rotation is defined for the second input mechanism, and wherein the second input mechanism surrounds the first input mechanism such that the second axial axis of rotation is coincident with the first axial axis of rotation;
an insert comprising a pin, wherein a third axial axis of rotation is defined for the insert, wherein the insert is surrounded by the first input mechanism such that the third axial axis of rotation is coincident with the first axial axis of rotation, and wherein the pin extends from the insert through the axial slot of the first input mechanism and into the helical slot of the second input mechanism; and
a needle coupled to an end of the first input mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,188,462

IMAGE-GUIDED THERAPY OF A TISSUE

MONTERIS MEDICAL CORPORAT...

1. A method for effecting thermal therapy using an in vivo probe, comprising:positioning the probe in a volume in a patient;
identifying a three-dimensional region of interest at which to apply thermal therapy;
identifying, by processing circuitry, a treatment profile for effecting thermal therapy to the three-dimensional region of interest,
wherein the treatment profile comprises a plurality of target positions,
wherein each target position of the plurality of target positions is associated with one or more of a respective power level, a respective energy level, a respective emission pattern, a respective time period, and a respective geometry of a target area of the three-dimensional region of interest, and identifying the treatment profile comprises calculating the plurality of target positions as a sequence of positions and alignments of the probe based on a symmetric or asymmetric output pattern of the probe and selecting for the treatment profile a selected sequence corresponding to at least one of a minimum number of positions of the probe, and a minimum treatment time for effecting the thermal therapy to the three-dimensional region of interest based on expected output of the probe,
wherein a desired trajectory of the probe is selected so as not to interfere with imaging equipment prior to the insertion of the probe into the volume; and
applying, by the processing circuitry, thermal therapy to the volume using the probe according to the treatment profile, wherein applying the thermal therapy comprises
a) activating delivery of therapeutic energy by the probe to the three-dimensional region of interest at a first target position of the plurality of target positions according to the treatment profile,
b) causing actuation of the probe to adjust at least one of a linear position and a rotational position of the probe to a next target position of the plurality of target positions in accordance with the sequence of positions and alignments of the probe for each of the plurality of target positions in the treatment profile,
c) activating delivery of therapeutic energy to the three-dimensional region of interest at the next target position according to the treatment profile, and
d) repeating steps (b) and (c) until therapeutic energy is delivered to at least a first volume of the three-dimensional region of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,188,460

CHOKED DIELECTRIC LOADED TIP DIPOLE MICROWAVE ANTENNA

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A microwave antenna assembly, comprising:a feedline including an inner conductor, an outer conductor and an inner insulator disposed therebetween;
a radiating section coupled to the feedline, the radiating section including:
a dipole antenna having a proximal portion and a distal portion and a feed point having a dielectric material therebetween; and
a tubular dielectric loading disposed about the dipole antenna, a dielectric permittivity of the tubular dielectric loading is higher than a dielectric permittivity of the dielectric material of the feed point; and
a choke disposed around at least a portion of the feedline, the choke including an inner dielectric layer and a tubular structure having an inner cylindrical casing and an outer cylindrical casing defining a cavity therebetween configured to supply a dielectric coolant to the radiating section, the inner dielectric layer extending distally past a distal end of the tubular structure.

US Pat. No. 10,188,444

SKIN PROTECTION FOR SUBDERMAL CRYOGENIC REMODELING FOR COSMETIC AND OTHER TREATMENTS

MyoScience, Inc., Fremon...

1. An apparatus for cryogenically treating tissue, the apparatus comprising:a housing having a proximal and distal end, the housing including a heat source;
at least one needle probe extending from the distal end of the housing and comprising at least one elongate needle having a distal needle shaft portion and a proximal needle shaft portion, wherein the proximal needle shaft portion is more conductive than the distal needle shaft portion, wherein the proximal needle shaft portion extends axially along a longitudinal axis of the at least one elongate needle, and wherein the at least one elongate needle comprises a first conductive material at the distal needle shaft portion and a second conductive material at the proximal needle shaft portion conductively coupled to the first conductive material, the at least one elongate needle configured to be advanced into non-target tissue layered above target tissue such that the first conductive material at the distal needle shaft portion is positioned within and in contact with the target tissue and the second conductive material at the proximal needle shaft portion is positioned within and in contract with the non-target tissue; and
a cooling supply tube internally housed within the at least one elongate needle, wherein the cooling supply tube includes an exit within the at least one elongate needle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,438

BONE PLATE WITH TRANSVERSAL SLOTS FOR RECEIVING A FASTENER

SKELETAL DYNAMICS, LLC, ...

1. A bone plate assembly comprising:a substantially rigid plate including a first elongated slot oriented along a first, longitudinal, axis;
a slider, longitudinally displaceable along said first elongated slot;
said slider being disposed entirely within said first elongated slot;
said slider including a second elongated slot oriented along a second axis that is transverse to the first longitudinal axis;
a fastener;
wherein said fastener is configured to be simultaneously inserted through said first elongated slot and said second elongated slot and loosely engaged to an underlying bone such that said plate can be repositioned proximally and/or distally along said first longitudinal axis, laterally skewed along said second axis and circularly rotated around said fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,188,434

HYBRID MULTIFUNCTIONAL POSTERIOR INTERSPINOUS FUSION DEVICE

The University of Toledo,...

1. An interspinous stabilization device comprising:a body portion having a first end and a second end, the body portion comprising a rear wall at the first end connected to opposed upper side walls and opposed lower side walls, and a slit extending between upper surfaces of the lower side walls and lower surfaces of the upper side walls, wherein the opposed upper side walls are unconnected except at the first end, and the opposed lower side walls are unconnected except at the first end;
a pair of mounting plates supported on the body portion and adapted to engage a first vertebra; and
a pair of connecting plates supported on the body portion and adapted to engage a second vertebra, wherein the connecting plates have respective apertures;
wherein the rear wall defines a spring-like hinge between the pair of mounting plates and the pair of connecting plates; and
wherein the interspinous stabilization device is adapted to maintain continued axial loading of a graft disposed between the first and second vertebra as settling of the graft occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,188,430

DOUBLE-THREADED BONE SCREW

CLARIANCE, Beaurains (FR...

1. A discontinuously double-threaded bone screw (1) for attachment of a prosthesis or an implant against a bone portion, comprising:a drive head (2); and
an anchoring body (3) extending from the drive head (2),
the anchoring body including a cylindro-conical core (4), over which extends at least two cylindro-conical threads (5, 6) to ensure an anchoring of the bone screw (1) to a bone,
the anchoring body (3) also including, over an entire length of the anchoring body and starting from a location of the drive head (2), anchoring portions of different profiles to ensure an anchoring of the bone screw corresponding to different hardnesses and strengths of the bone,
the anchoring portions of the anchoring body (3) including, below the drive head (2),
a first anchoring portion (7) having a conical core (4a) and two threads (5, 6) with a cylindrical profile of identical pitch,
a second anchoring portion (8) having a cylindrical core (4b) and a single cylindrical thread (5) over a ¼ turn,
a third anchoring portion (9) having a cylindrical core (4b) and two threads (5, 6) with a cylindrical profile over a 1/2 turn,
a fourth anchoring portion (10) having a cylindrical core (4b) and a single thread (6) with cylindrical profile over n turn as a function of a total length of the bone screw (1), and
a fifth anchoring portion (11) having a conical core (4a) and two threads (5, 6) with conical profile forming a tip of said bone screw.

US Pat. No. 10,188,419

VISUALIZATION DEVICES FOR USE DURING PERCUTANEOUS TISSUE DISSECTION AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

InterVene, Inc., South S...

1. A method, comprising:intravascularly delivering a visualization catheter to a dissection site within a blood vessel, wherein the visualization catheter includes an imaging portion;
advancing a delivery catheter over the visualization catheter to the dissection site, wherein the delivery catheter includes a device lumen configured to receive a dissection assembly and an open trough, and wherein the delivery catheter is advanced to a position such that at least a portion of the open trough is longitudinally aligned with the imaging portion of the visualization catheter;
moving the visualization catheter longitudinally through a visualization lumen of the delivery catheter and through a channel of the trough;
generating images of portions of a length of the vessel with the imaging portion while moving the visualization catheter through the channel; and
positioning the imaging portion of the visualization catheter into longitudinal alignment with a distal terminus of the dissection assembly during wall dissection.

US Pat. No. 10,188,406

DRILL DEPTH MEASURING DEVICES AND METHODS

1. An expanding gauge device for measuring a hole formed in bone, the expanding gauge device, comprising:an elongated shaft having a distal surface area defined by an outer perimeter;
a first distal pivoting element positioned adjacent the distal surface area and configured to pivot between a collapsed position and an expanded position, wherein the collapsed position includes the first distal pivoting element being positioned at least one of along and within the outer perimeter of the distal surface, and wherein the expanded position includes at least a part of the first distal pivoting element being positioned outside of the outer perimeter of the distal surface area;
a proximal pivoting element positioned adjacent a proximal end of the elongated shaft and operatively coupled to the distal pivoting element such that pivoting of the proximal pivoting element causes the first distal pivoting element to pivot; and
wherein the elongated shaft includes at least one marking along a length of the elongated shaft, wherein each of the at least one marking indicates a depth of the hole formed in the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,188,397

TORQUE ALLEVIATING INTRA-AIRWAY LUNG VOLUME REDUCTION COMPRESSIVE IMPLANT STRUCTURES

PneumRx, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A lung volume reduction system for enhancing a breathing efficiency of a patient with an airway, the system comprising:an implantable device having an elongate body including a proximal end and a distal end, the implantable device further having a first configuration and a second configuration, the second configuration of the implantable device corresponding to a configuration of the implantable device pre-implantation or post-implantation, the second configuration comprising at least one helical section;
wherein the at least one helical section includes a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a helical axis, the proximal portion and the distal portion of the at least one helical section configured to compress lung tissue disposed between the proximal portion and the distal portion;
wherein the elongate body transitions from the at least one helical section to a stand-off proximal tail at the proximal end of the elongate body, the stand-off proximal tail comprising a distal portion adjacent to and bending from the at least one helical section, a proximal portion, and a bend disposed between the distal portion and the proximal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,393

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT BATTERY COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF CELLS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:a surgical instrument comprising:
an open electrical circuit;
a contactor;
a first electrode; and
a second electrode, wherein said first and second electrodes are electrically coupled to said open electrical circuit;
a battery pack, comprising:
a third electrode;
a fourth electrode;
a first battery cell;
a second battery cell, wherein said fourth electrode is electrically coupled to said first battery cell; and
an open portion disposed between said first battery cell and said second battery cell; and
a switch comprising said contactor and said open portion,
wherein electrical contact is established between said first electrode and said third electrode and between said second electrode and said fourth electrode when said battery pack is attached to said surgical instrument,
wherein said switch is operative between an open state and a closed state, wherein said first battery cell and said second battery cell are electrically isolated during said open state, and are in electrical communication during said closed state,
wherein said switch is configured in said open state prior to attachment of said battery pack to said surgical instrument, and is configured to transition to said closed state upon attachment of said battery pack to said surgical instrument, and wherein said contactor of said surgical instrument is in electrical contact with said open portion of said battery pack upon attachment of said battery pack to said surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,188,387

ARTICULATING APPARATUS FOR ENDOSCOPIC PROCEDURES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical device, comprising:an elongate body portion including an inner actuation shaft movably positioned therewithin and repositionable between a first position and a second position, the inner actuation shaft including an engagement member;
an end effector releasably supported adjacent a distal end of the elongate body portion, the end effector including:
an engagement member corresponding to the engagement member of the inner actuation shaft to facilitate releasable connection of the end effector to the elongate body portion, the end effector being releasable from the elongate body portion when the inner actuation shaft is positioned in the second position and secured to the elongate body portion when the inner actuation shaft is positioned in the first position;
a plurality of surgical anchors; and
a pair of opposed longitudinally extending tines defining a pair of opposed longitudinally extending channels; and
an outer tube, wherein the inner actuation shaft is movably positioned within the outer tube, wherein the engagement of the inner actuation shaft is concealed within the outer tube in the first position and exposed from the outer tube in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,384

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SOFT PALATE TISSUE ELEVATION PROCEDURES

Ethicon, Inc., Sommervil...

1. A method of approximating soft palate tissue using a bidirectional self-retaining suture having first and second tissue-penetrating ends, first and second pluralities of tissue retainers oriented towards the first and second ends, respectively, and separated by a retainer-free transition segment, the method comprising:a. inserting the first end of the suture into a soft palate at an insertion point to one side of a palate midline and between a junction of the hard and soft palates and a posterior end of the soft palate;
b. deploying the first end through the soft palate across the palate midline to a first exit point to the other side of the palate midline and between the junction of the hard and soft palates and the posterior end of the soft palate;
c. urging the first end out of the soft palate at the first exit point and drawing the suture through the soft palate until the second plurality of tissue retainers engage the tissue;
d. re-inserting the first end into the first exit point and deploying the first end through the soft palate posteriorly and away from the palate midline to a second exit point;
e. urging the first end out of the soft palate at the second exit point and drawing the suture out through the second exit point;
f. inserting the second end into the insertion point and deploying the second end through the soft palate posteriorly and away from the palate midline to a third exit point; and
g. urging the second end out of the soft palate at the third exit point and drawing the suture out through the third exit point.

US Pat. No. 10,188,375

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS TO TREAT HEART FAILURE HAVING AN IMPROVED FLOW-CONTROL MECHANISM

Corvia Medical, Inc., Te...

1. A device for treating a heart condition in a patient, said device being configured to be implanted into the atrial septum of the patient's heart, the patient's heart comprising a left atrium and a right atrium, the device comprising:a cylindrical core segment defining a passage;
a first annular flange adapted to engage a first surface of the atrial septum;
a second annular flange adapted to engage a second surface of the atrial septum, the
second surface opposite to the first surface, anda flow control element adapted to be partially open when the pressure in the left atrium is equal to the pressure in the right atrium and to close when the pressure in the right atrium is greater than the pressure in the left atrium by at least 2 mm Hg,wherein the flow control element extends over a radially inner portion of the second annular flange, such that it overlaps with the radially inner portion of the second annular flange.

US Pat. No. 10,188,374

PNEUMOPERITONEUM DEVICE

Atropos Limited, Bray, C...

1. A method of performing a medical procedure, comprising:excising tissue within a body cavity, wherein the tissue is excised with the body cavity in an insufflated state;
inserting a bag into the body cavity;
delivering the excised tissue into an interior of the bag, wherein the excised tissue is delivered into the interior of the bag through a first access channel of the bag; and
performing a procedure on the tissue in the interior of the bag, wherein the procedure is performed with the bag in an insufflated state and the body cavity in an uninsufflated state, and wherein performing the procedure includes accessing the interior of the bag through the first access channel, accessing the interior of the bag through a second access channel of the bag, and manipulating the tissue in the interior of the bag through at least one of the first and second access channels.

US Pat. No. 10,188,373

STEERABLE LASER PROBE

Katalyst Surgical, LLC, ...

1. A method for performing an ophthalmic procedure comprising:compressing an actuation structure of a handle wherein the handle has a handle distal end and a handle proximal end and wherein the actuation structure has an actuation structure distal end, and an actuation structure proximal end, and a plurality of actuation arms and wherein each actuation arm of the plurality of actuation arms has at least one extension mechanism and an inverted actuation joint, wherein the actuation structure has an actuation ring, an actuation mechanism housing disposed in the actuation ring, and an actuation mechanism disposed in the actuation mechanism housing;
extending the actuation ring relative to a handle base of the handle;
extending the actuation mechanism relative to the handle base;
extending a wire relative to a housing tube wherein the wire has a wire distal end, a wire proximal end, and a pre-formed curve and wherein the housing tube has a housing tube distal end and a housing tube proximal end;
curving an optic fiber wherein the optic fiber has an optic fiber distal end and an optic fiber proximal end;
curving a flexible tube wherein the flexible tube has a flexible tube distal end and a flexible tube proximal end;
aiming the optic fiber distal end at a first surgical target; and
transmitting a light through the optic fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,371

ULTRASOUND PHANTOM HAVING A CURVED SURFACE

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. An ultrasound phantom comprising:a container including a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface, and a wall mounted between the top surface and the bottom surface to form the container;
a boundary formed within the container and configured to hold a tissue mimicking material; and
a curved scanning surface formed in the top surface to extend downwards from the top surface in a direction towards an interior of the container, wherein the curved scanning surface is shaped to support translation perpendicular to an image plane of an application end of an ultrasound transducer along at least a portion of an axis extending between a first location on the curved scanning surface and a second location on the curved scanning surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,365

X-RAY APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An X-ray apparatus comprising:an X-ray source configured to radiate X-rays;
a collimator configured to adjust an irradiation region of X-rays radiated from the X-ray source, and to project a marker on an object;
an image acquirer configured to acquire an object image by photographing the object, wherein the object image is different from an X-ray image that is acquired by capturing an object by using X-rays; and
a controller configured to detect, in the object image, the marker projected on the object by the collimator, to determine a source to object distance (SOD) based on a location of the marker in the object image, wherein the SOD comprises a distance between the X-ray source and the object,
wherein the controller is further configured to detect the marker based on information about an epipolar line comprising a path along which the marker in the object image is able to move.

US Pat. No. 10,188,363

MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE, TUBE VOLTAGE SETTING DEVICE, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGING CONTROL PROGRAM

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A medical imaging device comprising:a press plate that presses a breast;
an emitter that radiates radiation onto the breast;
an acquisition section that acquires various information indicating a type of an acoustic matching member inserted between the press plate and the breast in cases in which ultrasound imaging of the breast is performed; and
a setting section that sets a tube voltage of the emitter to a first tube voltage, in cases in which radiographic imaging of the breast is performed alone, and that sets the tube voltage of the emitter to a second tube voltage that is different from the first tube voltage, by employing the various information acquired by the acquisition section, in cases in which radiographic imaging and ultrasound imaging of the breast are performed consecutively with the acoustic matching member still inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,188,361

SYSTEM FOR SYNTHETIC DISPLAY OF MULTI-MODALITY DATA

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing a multi-modality visualization of a patient, the method comprising:receiving one or more image datasets, each image dataset corresponding to a distinct image modality;
segmenting the one or more image datasets into a plurality of anatomical objects;
receiving a list of clinical tasks associated with displaying the one or more image datasets;
for each anatomical object, using a machine learning model to determine visualization parameters for the anatomical object based on the list of clinical tasks; and
creating a synthetic display of the one or more image datasets by presenting each anatomical object according to its corresponding visualization parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,188,351

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG) SIGNAL BASED AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An authentication apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to
implement a neural network comprising an input layer comprising N input nodes and a hidden layer comprising hidden nodes, wherein the hidden layer is connected to the input layer;
group the input nodes into input node sets comprising M input nodes, wherein M is less than N,
wherein each input node set is connected to a single respective hidden node, and
wherein each hidden node of the hidden nodes is connected to a single respective input node set;
assign a first weight set comprising weights to each input node set of the input node sets;
calculate a respective feature value for each hidden node based on the respective input node set connected to the each hidden node and the first weight set;
determine at least one output feature value based on the respective feature value for each hidden node; and
register a user in association with an input electrocardiogram (ECG) signal and the at least one output feature value,
wherein the first weight set is the same weight set applied to every input node set of the input node sets.

US Pat. No. 10,188,350

SENSOR DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A mobile electronic device comprising:at least one processor;
a display electrically connected with the at least one processor;
a transceiver electrically connected with the at least one processor;
a housing for housing at least a part of the display, the at least one processor, and the transceiver;
a heart rate (HR) sensor positioned on one surface of the housing, electrically connected with the at least one processor, and including at least one part that is externally exposed;
at least one electronic component exposed through a part of the housing; and
an integral window for covering the HR sensor and the at least one electronic component,
wherein the integral window includes:
a first member formed of a transparent material, and
a second member including at least one penetrating hole,
wherein the first member includes a top portion disposed on one surface of the second member, a bottom portion disposed under other surface of the second member, and at least one connection portion penetrating through the at least one penetrating hole for connecting the top portion and the bottom portion, and
wherein, the at least one processor is configured to:
control the HR sensor to measure biometric recognition information upon receiving a request, based on a user's input, for the biometric recognition information from the mobile electronic device or another device,
control the transceiver to transmit the measured biometric recognition information to the other device,
control the transceiver to receive, from the other device, biometric service data based on the transmitted measured biometric recognition information, and
output the received biometric service data to the display.

US Pat. No. 10,188,349

FLOORMAT PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR

TOSENSE, INC., San Diego...

1. A system for measuring a cardiac output value from a patient, comprising:a base comprising a bottom surface configured to rest on or near a substantially horizontal surface, and a top surface configured to receive at least one of the patient's feet;
an electrical impedance system connected to the top surface, the electrical impedance system comprising at least four electrodes, at least one of which is configured to inject an electrical current into the patient's feet, and at least one of which is configured to measure a first set of signals induced by the electrical current and representative of an impedance plethysmogram;
a heart rate monitoring system connected to the top surface and comprising at least two electrodes connected to a differential amplifier, the differential amplifier configured to measure a second set of signals representative of a cardiac rhythm from the patient; and
a processing system in electrical contact with the electrical impedance system and the heart rate monitoring system, and configured to: 1) receive the first signals from the electrical impedance system and convert them into a set of impedance values; 2) analyze the set of impedance values to determine a stroke volume value; 3) receive the second set of signals from the heart rate monitoring system and convert them into a set of ECG values; 4) analyze the set of ECG values to determine a heart rate value; and 5) collectively process the stroke volume value and the heart rate value to determine the cardiac output value.

US Pat. No. 10,188,340

SEM SCANNER SENSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY FOR EARLY DETECTION OF ULCERS

Bruin Biometrics, LLC, L...

1. A Sub-Epidermal Moisture (SEM) sensing apparatus, comprising:a flexible substrate,
a first electrode and a second electrode that are both disposed on a common side of the flexible substrate, and
an electronics package that is individually wired to each of the first and second electrodes and configured for independent interrogation, excitation, and data retrieval and further configured to measure a sub-epidermal capacitance of a target region of skin between the first and second electrodes, the sub-epidermal capacitance corresponding to the moisture content of the target region.

US Pat. No. 10,188,338

CONTENT EVALUATION SYSTEM AND CONTENT EVALUATION METHOD USING THE SYSTEM

NHN Entertainment Corpora...

1. A method of evaluating media content, the method comprising:sorting and storing evaluation standard data in a database according to a criteria comprising at least one of type of a media content, age of a subject, or sex of the subject;
exposing the subject to the media content at a second time;
detecting a brainwave signal of the subject at a first time and at the second time with a brainwave detector cap worn on the subject's head;
detecting a bio signal of the subject at the first time and at the second time, wherein the bio signal includes a facial electromyogram and at least one of a galvanic skin response, a heart rate, a body temperature, or a respiration of the subject;
obtaining images of the subject at the first time and at the second time; and
receiving the brainwave signal detected at the first time, the bio signal detected at the first time, and the image obtained at the first time with a controller;
receiving the brainwave signal detected at the second time, the bio signal detected at the second time, and the image obtained at the second time with the controller;
determining a change in the brainwave signal between the first time and the second time, with the controller;
determining a change in the bio signal between the first time and the second time, with the controller;
determining a degree of engagement and a degree of an emotional reaction of the subject to the content using the change in the brainwave signal and the change in the bio signal, with the controller;
analyzing a movement of the subject from the images of the subject at the first time and at the second time to provide analyzed results, with the controller;
verifying the determined degree of engagement and the emotional reaction of the subject using the analyzed results, including removing motion noise due to drowsiness, unconscious movements or reflex movements from the brainwave signal and the bio signal, with the controller;
evaluating the content exposed to the subject at the second time based on the degree of the engagement and the emotional reaction according to the evaluation standard data that is stored in the database, with the controller; and
updating the evaluation standard data stored in the database based on the step of evaluating the content.

US Pat. No. 10,188,334

SENSITIVITY CALIBRATION OF IN VIVO SENSORS USED TO MEASURE ANALYTE CONCENTRATION

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

1. A method, comprising:determining a sample lot sensitivity associated with a plurality of analyte sensors in a manufacturing lot;
determining one or more sensor-specific correction factors for an analyte sensor in the manufacturing lot;
determining a sensor-specific sensitivity for the analyte sensor based on the one or more sensor-specific correction factors; and
calibrating analyte level data obtained by the analyte sensor based on the sensor-specific sensitivity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,329

SELF-CONTAINED REGIONAL OXIMETRY

Nonin Medical, Inc., Ply...

1. A handheld device comprising:a contact surface coupled to a handle portion, the handle portion configured for gripping by a user;
an optical module disposed on the contact surface, the optical module having at least one optical emitter and at least one optical detector, the optical module having a light shield associated with a perimeter of the contact surface, the light shield configured to exclude ambient light from the contact surface when the contact surface abuts tissue of a patient, wherein the light shield includes a raised curb;
a processor coupled to the optical module and configured to execute instructions for determining a measure of oximetry corresponding to the tissue; and
a display module coupled to the processor and configured to indicate the measure of oximetry; and
a user operable switch configured to activate at least one of the processor, the optical module, and the display module.

US Pat. No. 10,188,327

PORTABLE CLINICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR HEMATOCRIT MEASUREMENT

Abbott Point of Care Inc....

1. A method of performing a hematocrit analysis, the method comprising:inserting a test device comprising a hematocrit sensor into a port of an analyzer;
initiating, by the analyzer, a test cycle of the test device, the test cycle including performance of the hematocrit analysis, wherein the performance of the hematocrit analysis includes the test device generating an electric signal based on a hematocrit measurement of a biological sample;
determining spatial orientation and/or motion of the analyzer during the test cycle of the test device;
comparing the determined spatial orientation to a threshold operating spatial plane for the test device and/or comparing the determined motion to a threshold rate of motion for the test device;
when the determined spatial orientation exceeds the threshold operating spatial plane, and/or the determined motion exceeds the threshold rate of motion, providing an alert prompting a user to take corrective action,
wherein the corrective action is instructed in the alert to be taken during the test cycle without having to reinitiate the test cycle including the performance of the hematocrit analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,188,325

WEARABLE, NONINVASIVE GLUCOSE SENSING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

1. A wearable apparatus for glucose sensing comprising:(a) a noninvasive glucose sensor, adapted to be in contact with or attached to a target tissue, comprising:
(i) an ultrasound generator configured to direct ultrasound pulses or waves into the target tissue, and
(ii) an ultrasound detector configured to:
(1) detect ultrasound pulses or waves reflected from the target tissue using reflection, focused reflection, refraction, scattering, polarization, transmission, confocal, interferometric, low-coherence, and/or a low-coherence interferometry technique, and
(2) generate a signal corresponding to the detected ultrasound pulses or waves,
(b) a processor configured to:
(i) receive the signal from the ultrasound detector,
(ii) measure:
(1) at least one time of flight of the ultrasound pulses or waves reflected from or transmitted through the target tissue evidencing boundaries or interfaces within the target tissue, and/or
(2) at least one dimension of the target tissue evidencing a specific tissue layer within the target tissue, wherein the dimension includes thickness, length, width, diameter, curvature, or roughness; and
(iii) determine a glucose concentration value from:
(1) the at least one measured time of flight, and/or
(2) the at least one measured dimension, and
(c) a feedback unit including a display and configured to display a current glucose value or a plot of glucose values versus time,
wherein the target tissue is associated with an arm, a forearm, a wrist, a shoulder, a hand, a palm, a finger, an abdomen, a chest, a neck, a head, an ear, an eye, a back, a leg, a foot, or mixtures and combinations thereof, and
wherein target tissue comprises a skin tissue, an eye tissue, a mucosal tissue, a nail bed, a lunula, a connective tissue, a muscle tissue, a blood vessel, a cartilage tissue, a tendon tissue, or mixtures and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,188,321

METHOD OF MEASURING ANIMAL HEALTH USING MOTION VECTOR ANALYSIS

Vium, Inc., San Mateo, C...

1. A method for measuring an animal health comprising the steps:(a) recording, using a camera, a series of image frames of an animal cage interior wherein the cage comprises the animal enrolled in a medical study;
(b) generating a reduced vector field from at least a subset of image frames from step (a) using optical flow analysis;
(c) selecting one or more maximum vector values from the vector field from step (b);
(d) computing a first-period maximum value for the one or more maximum vector values from step (c) over a first time period length;
(e) repeating steps (a) through (d) for multiple, sequential time periods having the first time period length, wherein the multiple, sequential time periods fall within a second time period;
(f) selecting a second-period maximum value set from all of the first-period maximum values computed from repeating step (d);
(g) computing a mean value from the values of the second-period maximum value set selected from step (f);
(h) computing a selected animal health metric from the set: {degree of arthritis, arthritis index, efficacy of a drug; efficacy of a disease treatment, probability likelihood of having a disease; expected time to die} by subtracting a baseline value from the mean value from step (g); and
(i) plotting the computed animal health metric from step (h) over time.

US Pat. No. 10,188,313

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASUREMENT SIGNAL ACQUISITION IN A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:a plurality of receiving antennas for receiving a plurality of reception signals;
a first superposition device comprising a first output and a second output, the first output and the second output each providing a mode formed by superposition of at least two of the reception signals; and
a local coil comprising a first frequency division multiplex device and a second frequency division multiplex device, the first frequency division multiplex device for transmitting an input signal present at a first input and an input signal present at a second input of the first frequency division multiplex device via a first transmission link on different frequency bands to a receiving unit,
wherein the first output of the first superposition device is connected to the first input of the first frequency division multiplex device and the second output of the first superposition device is in signal connection with a second transmission link, and
wherein the second output of the first superposition device is also connected to an input of the second frequency division multiplex device of the local coil.

US Pat. No. 10,188,308

METHOD OF IDENTIFYING THE SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF AREAS IN A SENSORY AREA OF BRAIN, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of identifying a spatial distribution of areas in a sensory area of brain by obtaining brain activity information from a human body of a subject to which a sensory stimulus is applied, comprising:determining a rough spatial distribution of at least one target area in a sensory area of cerebral cortex in each of a left hemisphere and right hemisphere of the brain;
applying a sensory stimulus to the target area by showing a video to the subject;
obtaining brain activity information using a brain activity measuring machine which measures brain activity in a region that includes the target area while the sensory stimulus is being applied to the target area;
calculating a correlation value between brain activity information of the target area in the left hemisphere and brain activity information of the target area in the right hemisphere using the obtained brain activity information; and
adjusting the determined rough spatial distribution of the target area to an adjusted spatial distribution of the target area in each of the left and right hemispheres so that the correlation value between brain activity information of respective target areas of an identical type in the adjusted spatial distribution in the left and right hemispheres increases.

US Pat. No. 10,188,296

WIRELESS PATIENT MONITORING DEVICE

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A method of wirelessly monitoring physiological information, the method comprising:providing a battery including a data storage component;
connecting the battery to a bedside monitor;
recharging the battery via the bedside monitor;
upon connecting the battery to the bedside monitor, transferring wireless communication configuration data from the bedside monitor to the data storage component via a hard wired connection;
disconnecting the battery from the bedside monitor;
connecting the disconnected battery to a wireless monitor;
powering the wireless monitor with the battery;
upon connecting the disconnected battery to the wireless monitor, transferring the wireless communication configuration data from the data storage component to the wireless monitor;
reconfiguring wireless communication parameters of the wireless monitor according to the wireless communication configuration data when the battery is connected to the wireless monitor;
establishing wireless communication between the wireless monitor and the bedside monitor using the wireless communication configuration data;
obtaining physiological information from one or more optical sensors using the wireless monitor powered by the battery; and
transmitting physiological data reflective of the physiological information from the wireless monitor to the bedside monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,188,287

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH CUSTOM CHROMATIC ABERRATION ADJUSTMENTS

AMO WaveFront Sciences, L...

1. A method for measuring a characteristic of a subject's eye which includes a cornea and a lens, the method comprising:using a probe beam having an infrared wavelength in the infrared spectrum to measure a refraction of the subject's eye at the infrared wavelength;
capturing at least two different Purkinje images at two different corresponding wavelengths from at least one surface of the lens of the subject's eye;
determining from the at least two different Purkinje images a value for at least one parameter of the subject's eye;
using the value of the at least one parameter to determine a customized chromatic adjustment factor for the subject's eye; and
correcting the measured refraction of the subject's eye at the infrared wavelength with the customized chromatic adjustment factor to determine a refraction of the subject's eye at a visible wavelength in the visible spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,188,283

TRIAL FRAME

OCULUS OPTIKGERAETE GMBH,...

1. A trial frame for determining the subjective refraction of a subject, comprising:first and second lens holder devices for receiving insert lenses;
a bridge, which connects the first and second lens holder devices in such a manner that their distance relative to each other is adjustable;
a nose rest device having a pivotable and height-adjustable nose rest;
first and second temples, which are adjustable in a length and a height dimension, the trial frame comprising first and second polarization filter devices, each of the first and second polarization filter devices having a circular or a linear polarization filter,and a pivot for pivoting the circular or linear polarization filter in and out in front of the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices and a rotating device for rotating the polarization filter in front of the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices, the polarization filter devices each being removably attachable to the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices through a locking connection; and a one-piece spring clamp formed on an attachment end of a holder of at least one of the polarization filter devices, said spring clamp engaging behind a crosspiece molded to each of the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices, and an actuating lever molded to the spring clamp and configured to selectively open the spring clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,188,282

SUBJECTIVE OPTOMETRY APPARATUS

NIDEK CO., LTD., Aichi (...

1. A subjective optometry apparatus comprising:a subjective measurer including a light projecting optical system for projecting a target light flux toward an examinee's eye, a corrective optical system including a right-left pair of a right-eye corrective optical system and a left-eye corrective optical system and disposed on an optical path of the light projecting optical system to modify an optical characteristic of the target light flux, and an optical member shared by a right-eye optical path including the right-eye corrective optical system and a left-eye optical path including the left-eye corrective optical system, the optical member for guiding the target light flux corrected by the corrective optical system to the examinee's eye, the subjective measurer subjectively measuring an optical characteristic of the examinee's eye; and
an objective measurer including a measurement optical system for emitting measurement light to a fundus of the examinee's eye and for receiving reflected light from the fundus, the objective measurer objectively measuring the optical characteristic of the examinee's eye via the optical member disposed on an optical path of the measurement optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,188,278

USING AN INTRAORAL MIRROR WITH AN INTEGRATED CAMERA TO RECORD DENTAL STATUS, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

DENTAL SMARTMIRROR, INC.,...

16. A system for capturing an image representing a patient's dental status, comprising:a processor;
a patient status database that stores historical patient status information including historical panoramic images of a patient's mouth; and
a server, executed on the processor, that receives (i) a plurality of photographs of an interior of the patient's mouth, and (ii) associated position information for the respective photographs, wherein the plurality of photographs are collected from an image sensor affixed to a dental mirror, wherein the position information is collected relative to a base station capable of docking to the dental mirror, wherein the position information is determined using an accelerometer or gyroscope or both affixed to the dental mirror, wherein the accelerometer or gyroscope or both is calibrated with the dental mirror while docked to the base station, and wherein each one of the plurality of photographs overlap at least in part with another one of the plurality of photographs, the server comprising:
a panorama stitcher module that (i) determines features in the overlapping portions that match between multiple photographs, (ii) based on associated position information for the respective photographs and the matching features, aligns the plurality of photographs to represent a series of adjacent teeth, and (iii) stitches the plurality of photographs of the interior of the patient's mouth into a panoramic image representing a state of at least a portion of the patient's mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,188,272

IMAGING CAPSULE

1. A capsule, comprising:a cyclically everting sleeve shaped to define a sleeve interior;
a fluid, configured to facilitate the everting of the sleeve, contained within the sleeve interior; and
a plurality of electrically-conductive coils coupled to the sleeve and configured to, when at least two of the coils are magnetized, advance the capsule within a lumen by applying an everting force to the sleeve,
wherein the coils are arranged in a plurality of rings running longitudinally along the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,188,267

DISTAL END STRUCTURE OF ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A distal end structure of an endoscope, the distal end structure comprising:an opening of a treatment instrument insertion channel formed on a distal end of an insertion portion in the endoscope and including an opening having a long side and a short side, the long side having a length greater than a length of the short side;
a first wall extending in a direction parallel to the long side, the first wall being disposed at the distal end of the insertion portion; and
a second wall facing the first wall in a direction parallel to the short side and extending in a direction parallel to the long side direction such that the first and second walls sandwich the opening, the second wall being disposed at the distal end of the insertion portion, wherein
a first end surface of a top portion on the first wall and a second end surface of a top portion on the second wall are inclined such that a first inclination direction of the first end surface and a second inclination direction of the second end surface in the direction parallel to the long side are opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,188,266

ENDOSCOPIC IMAGING DEVICE FOR REDUCING DATA AMOUNT OF IMAGE SIGNAL

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An imaging device comprising:an image sensor; and
a processor comprising hardware, wherein the processor is configured to:
receive information from an image processing device external to the imaging device, wherein the information indicates that the image processing device is configured to:
receive, in a transmission period defined by the image processing device, an image signal representing a single reading of a subject, illuminated by illumination light, performed by the image sensor; and
generate an observation image of a first type based on the image signal representing the single reading received;
in response to the information received:
control the image sensor to perform a plurality of readings of the subject, illuminated by the illumination light;
generate an image signal representing the plurality of readings, for generating an observation image of a second type,
wherein the processor is configured to control the image sensor, generate the image signal representing the plurality of readings, or both to reduce a data amount of the image signal representing the plurality of readings such that transmission of the image signal representing the plurality of readings to the image processing device is completed within the transmission period; and
control a communication interface to transmit the image signal having the data amount that is reduced to the image processing device within the transmission period.

US Pat. No. 10,188,265

FLEXIBLE INSERTION APPARATUS WITH INPUT DEVICE HAVING ACTUATOR FORCE CONTROL

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope apparatus comprising:an elongated inserting section having a curving section which has a neutral position and is curvable at an arbitrary angle and which is arranged near a distal end section;
an input device which is provided in an operating section arranged on a proximal end side of the elongated inserting section, has a neutral input position corresponding to an input to hold the curving section at the neutral position, and receives an arbitrary input to curve the curving section in a movable range including a first range that includes the neutral input position and a second range that has an operation amount from the neutral input position exceeding the first range, wherein the input device comprises:
a shaft section;
a dial section arranged on an end portion of the shaft section; and
a first gear section arranged on the shaft section;
a detecting sensor which detects a rotating direction and a rotation amount of the dial section which is an input to the input device;
a first actuator which is operated to curve the curving section at a certain curving angle;
a second actuator which gives a force towards the neutral input position to the input device; and
a controller configured to operate the first actuator to curve the curving section at a curving angle corresponding to an input amount to the input device, operate the second actuator to move the input device towards the first range, when the input amount to the input device is in the second range, and stop a drive of the second actuator, when the input amount to the input device moves into the first range,
the second actuator being arranged in the operating section,
a second gear section of the second actuator transmitting a rotation force of the second actuator to the input device via the first gear section.

US Pat. No. 10,188,263

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SORPTION DRYING DEVICE

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a washing container;
an air-guiding channel to generate an air flow;
a sorption drying system to dry items to be washed, wherein the sorption drying system has a sorption container with reversibly dehydratable sorption material, the sorption container connected to the washing container by the air-guiding channel; and
a heater disposed in the sorption container and arranged upstream of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material for desorption of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material;
wherein the air-guiding channel includes an inlet connecting piece connected to the sorption container and which diverts incoming air flow from an inflow direction by between 45° to 135° into a through-flow direction through the heater and the reversibly dehydratable sorption material,
wherein the through-flow direction through the heater and through the reversibly dehydratable sorption material is the same direction, such that the through-flow direction runs from a bottom portion to a top portion of the sorption container, and
wherein the reversibly dehydratable sorption material is one of a granular solid and a granulate with an average fill density of at least 500 kg/m3.

US Pat. No. 10,188,261

DISH WASHING MACHINE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A dish washing machine comprising:a cabinet forming an external appearance of the dish washing machine;
a washing tub arranged in the cabinet and allowing dishes to be washed therein;
a dish basket arranged in the washing tub to accommodate the dishes;
a guide member extending across a bottom surface of the washing tub such that the bottom surface of the washing tub is divided by the guide member into a first region and a second region;
at least one spray unit comprising a first head group and a second head group, each having a plurality of heads spaced apart from each other to spray wash water inside the washing tub in a first direction, wherein the first head group is disposed above the first region and the second head group is disposed above the second region;
a diversion unit coupled to the guide member to move in the first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction, separated from the at least one spray unit, extended from the first region to the second region, and arranged to face the at least one spray unit to divert the wash water sprayed from the at least one spray unit toward the dish basket; and
a flow passage switching valve to selectively supply the wash water to at least one of the first head group and the second head group.

US Pat. No. 10,188,260

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SEALING APPARATUS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A sealing apparatus that seals between a pump chamber and a bottom surface of a washing tank of a dishwasher, the sealing apparatus comprising:a packing member disposed along a top portion of the pump chamber; and
a protecting member which connects some portion of the packing member to the pump chamber such that it prevents the packing member from moving when the bottom surface of the washing tank and the pump chamber are coupled to each other,
wherein at least one discharge passage is formed between the packing member and the protecting member and the at least one discharge passage guides water from an outer surface of the bottom surface of the washing tank to a channel formed in the pump chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,258

MULTI-FUNCTION CLEANING TOOL

1. A cleaning tool comprising:handle having a longitudinal axis; and
a cleaning device having a longitudinal axis;
said cleaning device releasably securable to said handle and moveable between a first position where the longitudinal axis of said cleaning device is generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of said handle, and a second position where the longitudinal axis of the cleaning device is arranged at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis of said handle;
wherein said cleaning tool has first, second and third coupling mechanisms, said first and second coupling mechanisms offset by 90 degrees to each other and fixed to or integral with said handle, said third coupling mechanism fixed to or integral with said cleaning device and releasably and independently securable to said first and said second coupling mechanisms to releasably secure said cleaning device to said handle,
wherein when said third coupling mechanism is releasably secured to said first coupling mechanism, said cleaning device is positioned such that its longitudinal axis is generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of said handle,
wherein when said third coupling mechanism is releasably secured to said second coupling mechanism, said cleaning device is positioned such that its longitudinal axis is at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis of said handle; and
wherein said handle includes a lower portion and an upper portion, said lower portion pivotably connected to said upper portion, said lower portion including said first and second coupling mechanisms and having said longitudinal axis of said handle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,257

CEILING TEXTURE SCRAPING ASSEMBLY

1. A ceiling texture scraping assembly being configured to scrape and collect texture from a ceiling, said assembly comprising:a pan being configured to be manipulated having said pan being positioned beneath a ceiling, said pan having an outer wall and a pair of peripheral walls, said outer wall having a top side, a bottom side and a back side, said back side tapering to a point extending away from each of said bottom side and said top side, each of said top side and said bottom side having a distal edge with respect to said back side, said distal edge corresponding to each of said top side and said bottom side defining an opening into said pan wherein said opening is configured to receive texture from the ceiling, said bottom side having a length being greater than a length of said top side;
a sleeve being coupled to and extending away from said point parallel to said top side and said bottom side wherein said sleeve is configured to be gripped; and
a blade being coupled to said pan wherein said blade is configured to frictionally engage texture on the ceiling thereby facilitating said blade to remove the texture from the ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,188,255

ROBOT CLEANER AND ROBOT CLEANER SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A robot cleaner configured to clean a floor surface while moving on the floor surface, the robot cleaner comprising:a module mounting unit on which at least one module capable of performing a function other than cleaning is able to be mounted, and
a plurality of ports,
wherein:
at the module mounting unit, an opening is formed and provided at one side of a housing that forms an exterior of the robot cleaner,
at the module mounting unit, fixing devices configured to fix the at least one module inserted into the module mounting unit are disposed, and the fixing devices comprise:
a first fixing device including a rectangular frame; and
a second fixing device including a circular frame,
a connection unit connected to at least one of the plurality of ports is disposed at the at least one module, and
a function of the at least one module is recognized in accordance with at least one of positions and a number of the positions at which the connection unit is connected to the at least one of the plurality of ports.

US Pat. No. 10,188,252

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus, comprising:a housing including an upright assembly and a base mounted to the upright assembly and adapted for movement across a surface to be cleaned;
a fluid container provided on the housing;
a fluid distributor provided in the base in fluid communication with the fluid container;
a working air path through the housing;
a recovery container provided on the housing and defining a portion of the working air path;
a suction source provided on the housing and defining a portion of the working air path;
a suction nozzle removeably mounted on the base;
a flexible vacuum hose defining an airflow conduit and a fluid delivery conduit;
a hose receiver provided on the base and adapted to selectively couple with the flexible vacuum hose for above-the-floor cleaning, the hose receiver comprising:
a hose port in fluid communication with a portion of the working air path between the suction nozzle and the recovery container, the hose port adapted to couple with the airflow conduit of the flexible vacuum hose; and
an outlet fluid connector in fluid communication with the fluid container, the outlet fluid connector adapted to couple with the fluid delivery conduit of the vacuum hose; and
a cover provided on the base and moveable between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position the vacuum hose can be coupled with the hose receiver and in the closed position the cover seals the hose port to provide a fluid-tight interface and covers the hose receiver, the cover further moveable to a third position, different than the open and closed positions, to release the suction nozzle from the base.

US Pat. No. 10,188,249

VACUUM CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner system comprising:a cleaner body that defines a battery chamber;
a motor that is located in the cleaner body and configured to provide a suction force;
a battery that is detachably provided in the battery chamber and configured to provide electric power to the motor;
a battery cover that is rotatably coupled to the cleaner body and configured to open and close the battery chamber; and
a charging stand that is configured to couple to the cleaner body, wherein the charging stand includes an opening prevention rib that is located along an opening path of the battery cover to thereby prevent the battery cover from opening based on the cleaner body being coupled to the charging stand.

US Pat. No. 10,188,247

UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. An upright vacuum cleaner, comprising:a brushroll;
a motor assembly comprising a motor housing and a motor disposed within the motor housing, wherein a rotating axis of the motor and a rotating axis of the brushroll are disposed in a non-parallel manner, and the motor drives the brushroll to roll via a drive belt and is rotatable between a first upright position wherein the drive belt is tensioned and a first oblique position wherein the drive belt is released;
a body assembly comprising a body, a bridging member mounted to the body and rotatably connected with the motor housing to make the body rotatable between a second upright position and a second oblique position, and a dirt cup mounted to the body;
wherein the motor is moved from the first oblique position to the first upright position by the bridging member when the body moves from the second upright position to the second oblique position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,246

ODOR-REMOVING HINGE SYSTEM FOR TOILETS AND PORTABLE COMMODES

1. An odor-removing hinge system for use with a toilet seat and a toilet seat cover on a portable commode including a plurality of supporting frame members and a waste receptacle, said hinge system comprising:a toilet seat hinge assembly configured for pivoting said toilet seat and said toilet seat cover from an open to a closed position, said hinge assembly including an internal conduit integrated therein having an inlet opening and an exhaust opening formed therein, said inlet opening being disposed in fluid communication with said waste receptacle within said commode;
an adapter bracket for receiving said receptacle therein, said adapter bracket being mechanically attached to said toilet seat hinge assembly in pivoting engagement, said adapter bracket configured for attachment to said supporting frame members of said commode, said adapter bracket including a rearward extension bracket configured for detachable connection of an air filtering means thereon;
air filtering means including a brushless fan motor disposed in fluid communication with said exhaust opening of said internal conduit enabling air and noxious gases to be withdrawn from said receptacle and to pass through said air filtering means for return to the ambient air; and
fan actuating means including a power source for automatic operation of said fan motor in said open position of said toilet seat cover to urge air and noxious gases through said air filtering means.

US Pat. No. 10,188,226

MODULAR COUNTER SERVICES DISPENSING SYSTEM

San Jamar, Inc., Elkhorn...

1. A food services accessory dispensing system comprising:a first base portion;
a plurality of dispensing containers that are each configured to dispense a different food service accessory, each of the plurality of dispensing containers being constructed to removably cooperate with the first base portion;
a second base portion constructed to removably cooperate with the first base portion and constructed to cooperate with at least one of the plurality of dispensing containers and wherein each alternate lateral end of each of the first base portion and the second base portion have the same shape;
a first opening and a second opening formed in the first base portion;
a first opening and a second opening formed in the second base portion; and
at least one connector having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is releasably insertable into each of the first and second openings formed in the first base portion or the second base portion and the second end is releasably insertable into each of the first and second openings formed in the first base portion and the second base portion for selectively connecting the first base portion and the second base portion to one another when the connector is engaged with a respective one of the first and second openings in the first base portion and a respective one of the first and second openings in the second base portion when the respective lateral ends of the first base portion and the second base portion are directly adjacent one another.

US Pat. No. 10,188,220

SEAT COVER WITH OCCUPANT COVERING FEATURE

1. A removable cover for a seat in the form of a reclining chair, comprising:a chair covering portion configured to cover at least a part of the reclining chair, the chair covering portion including at least a seating section, a headrest section, a pair of arm sections, and a pair of rearwardly extending sections that extend from opposite sides of the chair covering portion and are configured for connection to one another after wrapping around a back portion of the reclining chair;
at least one covering-to-chair retention mechanism configured to releasably secure the various chair covering portion sections to corresponding parts of the reclining chair; and
an occupant covering portion associated with the chair covering portion, the occupant covering portion having a first end attached near the headrest section of the chair covering portion and an opposite end attached near a bottom of the chair covering portion, the occupant covering portion extending from at least one side of the chair covering portion and configured to cover at least a portion of an occupant of the reclining chair while the chair covering portion is simultaneously secured to the reclining chair;
wherein the sections of the chair covering portion are configured to remain secured to the corresponding parts of the reclining chair and to remain in place during movement of the reclining chair between an upright position and an inclined position; and
wherein the occupant covering portion is usable in both the upright position and the inclined position of the reclining chair.

US Pat. No. 10,188,219

MATTRESS

1. A mattress comprising:a layer of coil pockets comprising first and second coil pockets; each of said first and second coil pockets comprising a pocket and a coil spring disposed in said pocket; and
a first layer of cushion pockets comprising first and second cushion pockets; each of said first and second cushion pockets comprising a pocket and a cushion member disposed in said pocket; said first layer of cushion pockets further comprising an attachment member comprising an upper surface and a lower surface; said first and second cushion pockets being engaged with said upper surface of said attachment member; said lower surface of said attachment member being engaged with said layer of coil pockets such that said first and second cushion pockets act directly upon and only upon said first and second coil pockets, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,188,217

COLLAPSIBLE BED FOUNDATION

1. A mattress foundation, comprising: a headboard end panel assembly having a first end and a second end; a footboard end panel assembly having a first end and a second end; a left side panel assembly having a first end and a second end; a right side panel assembly having a first end and a second end; and a top surface, disposed at a top edge of each of said headboard end panel assembly, said footboard end panel assembly, said left side panel assembly and said right side panel assembly, for supporting a mattress so as to prevent said mattress from sagging, wherein the first end of the left side panel assembly slidably engages with the first end of the headboard end panel assembly via a first sliding mechanism so as to form a first corner attachment, and the second end of the left side panel assembly slidably engages with the first end of the footboard end panel assembly via a second sliding mechanism so as to form a second corner attachment, wherein the first end of the right side panel assembly slidably engages with the second end of the headboard end panel assembly via a third sliding mechanism so as to form a third corner attachment, and the second end of the right side panel assembly slidably engages with the second end of the footboard end panel assembly via a fourth sliding mechanism so as to form a fourth corner attachment, wherein at least one of the first sliding mechanism, the second sliding mechanism, the third sliding mechanism, and the fourth sliding mechanism includes an elongated slot and an elongated protruding element that fits within said elongated slot, and wherein a horizontal cross-section of at least one of said elongated slot and said elongated protruding element includes thin elongated flexible arms, attached at their proximal ends to a common surface, but otherwise extending away from said common surface and separated from each other, for enhancing a friction fit, and wherein when viewed from said horizontal cross-section, an average thickness of said thin elongated flexible arms is substantially less than a length of said thin elongated flexible arms.

US Pat. No. 10,188,216

CONVERTIBLE CASE AND STOOL

1. A case convertible into a stool and a working surface, the case comprising:a worktable;
a front panel removably secured to a front side of the worktable;
a rear panel removably secured to a rear side of the worktable; and
a stool seat configured to secure the front and rear panels to the worktable in a carrying mode wherein the case is fully assembled,wherein in a working mode the case is fully disassembled and the front and rear panels are removed from the worktable and interconnected to form a supporting substructure of the stool and the stool seat is removably extended from the first panel of the supporting substructure to the second panel of the supporting substructure to define a sitting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,215

LOUNGE ASSEMBLIES FOR SUPPORTING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Steelcase Inc., Grand Ra...

20. A hood assembly for supporting a portable electronic device having a display screen in a viewable position, the assembly comprising:a hood coupled to a base, the hood including a wall structure that includes an internal surface that forms a substantially downwardly opening cavity, the cavity including a front portion and a rear portion, the cavity opening circumscribed by a lower edge that has a front edge portion adjacent the front portion of the cavity;
a support device supported within the hood and adjacent the front edge portion, the support device configured to receive and support the portable electronic device with the device display screen disposed at an oblique angle to the internal surface such that the display screen is facing and in a line of sight of a user within the hood and blocked from a line of sight from outside of the hood when the hood is in a viewing position; and
a communications device provided in at least one of the hood and the base, and wherein the communications device is configured to communicate with the portable electronic device
wherein the communications device comprises a wireless transceiver coupled within the hood, the transceiver having a sensing field restricted to the space of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,212

BLOW MOLDED RESIN FURNITURE HAVING A STABILIZING BOX STRUCTURE

Suncast Technologies, LLC...

1. A resin furniture assembly comprising:a box structure, formed by a first end structure including a first side panel, having an inner wall, an outer wall, and a plurality of edge walls integrally connected to each other, a second end structure including a first side panel, having an inner wall, an outer wall, and a plurality of edge walls, a front panel, a rear panel, a base panel and a seat panel to include a hollow interior portion, said box structure including a plurality of legs for supporting a bottom surface of said base panel in a spaced apart relationship above a ground surface so that an air gap is maintained between said bottom surface of said base panel and a ground surface, a back panel, said back panel secured to said box structure to form a seat back, said seat panel secured to said box structure for enclosing the top portion of said box structure, at least one of said first end structure, said second end structure, said front panel, said rear panel, or said seat panel being pivotally secured to said box structure for movement between a closed position enclosing said box structure and an open position providing access to an inner portion of said box structure, said inner portion of said box structure providing an enclosed storage area, a rain gutter integrally formed on said inner wall of each said end structure, each said rain gutter providing support to side portions of said seat panel to channel water away from hollow interior portion of said box structure to keep contents stored therein dry;
wherein said seat panel includes a rain gutter bead integrally formed thereto said rain gutter bead cooperating with said rain gutter to channel water away from hollow interior portion of said box structure to keep contents stored therein dry.

US Pat. No. 10,188,205

STRUCTURAL ELEMENT

1. A structural furniture element, having at least one frame which comprises four frame elements (101, 102, 103), whereineach said frame element (101, 102, 103) has at least one limb (V) extending from top to bottom
one or more struts (L1, L2) extend from the limb (V) of a first frame element (101, 102, 103) to a limb (V) of a second frame element (101 102, 103), with each said strut (L1, L2) having an upper side inclined relative to a horizontal,
additionally comprising a hinge (31), with the frame elements (101, 102, 103) each being fixedly connected to the hinge (31) and positionable at different angles relative to one another by the hinge (31),
the structural furniture element has opposite first and second sides, and
at least one or more first struts (L1, L2) is located on the first side and one or more second, struts (L1, L2) is located on the second side, with the oppositely-positioned first and second struts (L1, L2) being positioned such that the upper sides thereof are inclined downwardly to the horizontal and toward the inner side of the structural furniture element.

US Pat. No. 10,188,203

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING MOTIVATION FEEDBACK TO A USER BEFORE BRUSHING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

8. An oral cleaning method which provides feedback to a user, comprising the steps of:processing, using a processor within a power toothbrush, sensor information obtained from one or more sensors on or within the toothbrush during a first brushing session of a user;
detecting, by a sensor, that the toothbrush has been picked up after the first brushing session and is about to be used, wherein the sensor is different from the one or more sensors; and
in response to the detecting by the sensor after the first brushing session, communicating, using a feedback system on or within the toothbrush responsive to the processor, brushing information based on the sensor information obtained from the one or more sensors to the user at a time subsequent to the first brushing session but before a second brushing session of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,188,200

MODULAR DESIGNED POOL CLEANING TOOL

1. A modularly designed cleaning tool, comprising:a brush head comprising an elongate frame and bristles extending therefrom, said elongate frame having an upper surface, a lower surface, and two sidewalls extending therebetween, wherein the elongate frame comprises:
a middle portion;
a first distal portion connected to the middle portion; and
a second distal portion connected to the middle portion opposite the first distal portion,
wherein the first distal portion and the second distal portion extend from the middle portion at a first angle and a second angle, respectively, such that the lower surface at the first and second distal portions are angled relative to the lower surface at the middle portion,
wherein the distal ends of the bristles together form a cleaning surface along the middle portion and the first and second distal portions of the elongate frame;
a stem assembly having a tubular configuration and extending outwardly from the brush head at an angle from the bristles, wherein the stem assembly and the brush head define a neck area,
wherein the bristles extend from the lower surface at the middle portion such that the cleaning surface extends substantially perpendicular to the stem assembly along the middle portion, and wherein the bristles extend from the lower surface at the first and second distal portions such that the cleaning surface along the first and second distal portions is angled relative to the cleaning surface along the middle portion;
removable corner brushes each having a proximal end and a distal end, an upwardly curved surface near the distal end, the removable corner brushes each configured to receive the first or second distal portion of the elongate frame so that the removable corner brushes are detachably connected to the elongate frame,
wherein the removable corner brushes comprise bristles extending generally away from the upwardly curved surface of the removable corner brushes in a manner such that bristles adjacent the distal end of the removable corner brushes extend outwardly at an angle different from the angle which bristles disposed at the first and second distal portions of the elongate frame extend to form an additional cleaning surface at the removable corner brushes, with the removable corner brushes on the elongate frame, and
wherein the upwardly curved surface is angled relative to the corresponding lower surface at the first or second distal portion of the elongate frame with the associated removable corner brush on the elongate frame, such that the lower surface at the middle portion extends at a first angle relative to the stem assembly, the lower surface at the first and second distal portions extends at a second angle relative to the stem assembly, and the upwardly curved surface extends a third angle relative to the stem assembly, wherein the first, second, and third angles are different angles relative to the stem assembly; and
at least one magnetic component disposed on an exterior surface of the removable corner brushes such that the magnetic component is positioned adjacent a front of the brush head, said magnetic component positioned to pick up magnetic debris in water in a manner such that the magnetic debris does not adhere to the cleaning surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,198

FINGER RETENTION CLIP

1. A finger retention clip for retaining an object about a user's finger, comprising:a base member adapted for attachment to the object; and
a resilient retaining member attached to the base member, the retaining member forming an open finger loop and being sized and shaped to conform to the user's finger;
wherein the retaining member has a first width, and a second width narrower than the first width;
wherein the retaining member includes a structural feature that selectively provides a stress concentration, such that the retaining member releases from the user's finger in response to a selected force by breaking of the retaining member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,194

TWISTED COSMETIC BRUSH

1. A cosmetic brush comprising:a polymer core extending along a longitudinal axis and defining a first portion thereof extending between a first end of the first portion and a second end of the first portion;
a plurality of polymer bristles extending from the polymer core in a radial direction, wherein at least the first end of the first portion of the core is twisted about the longitudinal axis relative to the second end of the first portion of the core to define a twisted portion and wherein bristles in the twisted portion are arranged in one or more columns disposed in one or more spiral or helical paths about at least a portion of the longitudinal axis of the core, the plurality of polymer bristles integrally molded with the polymer core,
wherein the molded polymer core is twisted with a plurality of twist angles via an application of heat such that the plurality of polymer bristles have an organized randomness,
wherein an upper most bristle in the twisted portion is offset from a lower most bristle in the twisted portion by one of the plurality of twist angles,
wherein the twist angles are angles between two bristles in different rows within the twisted portion,
wherein the molded polymer core is twisted with the plurality of twist angles throughout the entire twisted portion, and
wherein the plurality of twist angles are distinct from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,188,192

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MODIFYING KERATINOUS SURFACES

1. An apparatus for treating human skin, comprising:a. an applicator head comprising one or more applicator nozzles;
b. a reservoir comprising a treatment composition, wherein the treatment composition comprises particles and has a particle settling rate of less than 0.03 mm per day at 25° C. and 1 atm pressure, and an elastic modulus between about 0.1 Pa to about 1000 Pa at 25 C and 1000 Hz;
c. a sensor;
d. a CPU;
wherein the sensor takes an image of at least 10 ?m2 of skin; the CPU analyzes the image to calculate one or more localized L values of individual pixels or group of pixels; the CPU then compares the local L value to a predetermined background L value to identify skin deviations where the difference between the background L value and the local L value is greater than a predetermined ?Ls value.

US Pat. No. 10,188,187

PURSE PROTECTING APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED USE THEREOF

7. A method of utilizing a combined purse and security fastener for securing said purse around a user neck and a user shoulder, thus preventing theft of said purse, while also affording comfort when carrying said purse over the user shoulder, said method comprising the chronological steps of:providing a purse including a storage section and a flexible shoulder strap affixed thereto;
carrying said flexible shoulder strap over a first shoulder of the user such that a weight of said purse is supported on the first shoulder of the user;
providing a security fastener including a flexible chain and a shoulder pad adjustably engaged with said flexible chain;
lifting each of said flexible chain and said shoulder pad up and over a user neck opposite to said first shoulder of the user;
resting said shoulder pad on a second shoulder of the user opposite to said first shoulder of the user such that a weight of said security fastener is supported on the second shoulder of the user;
slidably coupling said security fastener to said flexible shoulder strap by looping a proximal end of said flexible chain through said flexible shoulder strap while holding a distal end of said flexible chain adjacent to said storage section; and
fastening said proximal end of said flexible chain to said distal end of said flexible chain such that said flexible chain rests along a first axis during use and said flexible shoulder strap rests along a second axis during use, wherein said first axis intersects said second axis, wherein said flexible chain overlaps said flexible shoulder strap.

US Pat. No. 10,188,186

DIAPHRAGM GAME CALL CASE

1. A container for housing a diaphragm game call, the container comprising:a case having a first member defining a first interior, and a second member defining a second interior;
a connector that adjoins a portion of said first member to a portion of said second member, so that said first interior and said second interior together define an interior space sized to enclose the diaphragm game call;
a fastener for closing said first member and said second member to enclose said interior space of the container;
a mount directly attached to said first member and being constructed of a water impervious material to prevent fluid from leaking through the mount;
a first compressible moisture-retaining material attached to said mount; and
a second compressible moisture-retaining material attached to said second member, the second compressible moisture-retaining material being comprised of a substantially similar material as the first compressible moisture-retaining material, forming a compression space within the interior space and between said first compressible moisture-retaining material and said second compressible moisture-retaining material, said compression space for storage of the diaphragm game call in contact with and compressed between said first compressible moisture-retaining material and said second compressible moisture-retaining material.

US Pat. No. 10,188,185

SUITCASE

1. A suitcase, comprising:a main body, comprising a containing groove;
a removable compartment, movably located in the containing groove, wherein the removable compartment comprises:
a base layer;
a covering layer, covering the base layer;
at least one hole, located in the base layer;
an inner opening unit, movably connected to the covering layer, wherein the inner opening unit is used for allowing the covering layer to be opened or closed, and the base layer is exposed to the outside when the covering layer is opened;
at least one first main fastening unit, located in the containing groove, wherein the at least one first main fastening unit comprises:
a fastening bar; and
an operating unit, connected to the fastening bar and passing through the at least one hole;
at least one second main fastening unit, located in the containing groove; and
a plurality of fastening rings, connected to the base layer, and a plurality of positions of the plurality of fastening rings respectively correspond to the at least one first main fastening unit and the at least one second main fastening unit.

US Pat. No. 10,188,182

CLASP FOR BEADED JEWELRY

10. An improved clasp, comprising:a first mating section having an elongated cavity integrally fused to a first slide tube with a first tubular cavity, a first bead slot and a first bendable flap;
a tab positioned on said first mating section;
a second mating section having an elongated shaft integrally fused to a second slide tube with a second tubular cavity, a second bead slot and a second bendable flap;
a release lever having a locking tab slot attached to said elongated shaft of said second mating section;
wherein said elongated shaft of said second mating section is sized and adapted to be positioned within said elongated cavity of said first mating section, and said first mating section and said second mating section are in sliding engagement with one another; and
wherein said tab is fitted to said locking tab slot to hold and fasten the first mating section to the second mating section when said first mating section and said second mating section are engaged with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,188,181

FASTENER STRINGER AND SLIDE FASTENER PROVIDED WITH SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer comprising a row of elements and a fastener tape, at least one side edge of the fastener tape having insulation properties, the row of the elements being attached to the one side edge of the fastener tape, wherein each element comprises a pair of leg portions for holding the fastener tape from front and back sides; and a head portion connecting each leg portion while straddling the one side edge of the fastener tape, the head portion having an engaging region for engaging with an opposing element when constructing a fastener chain; and wherein cured coating film is formed in 50% or more of a total number of the elements at least at a center portion in a front and back direction of the fastener tape on an end surface of the head portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,180

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener slider, configured to move in a front-rear direction, and comprising a slider body having an upper blade and a lower blade connected by a guide post at front end sides thereof, and a pull tab attached to a pull tab attachment portion formed on the upper blade,wherein the pull tab attachment portion has a pair of right and left first members protruding from the upper surface of the upper blade, and a second member connecting the pair of the right and left first members, so as to form an insertion passage opening in the front-rear direction,
wherein the first members have a base portion and a wall portion arranged to extend from the base portion toward at least one of front and rear sides thereof, wherein the pull tab has a string-shaped member and the string-shaped member is inserted into the insertion passage in the front-rear direction and attached to the pull tab attachment portion, and
wherein the wall portions are arranged to extend toward the front sides beyond a front end of the second member or arranged to extend toward the rear sides beyond a rear end of the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,179

FASTENER

APLIX, Le Cellier (FR)

1. A slide-in fastening element presenting a multitude of installed orientations, comprising:a gripping portion having a gripping face and a back face, the gripping face comprising at least one row of gripping elements;
an anchoring portion located opposite the back face and configured to anchor the fastening element to a retainer, the anchoring portion comprising a flange parallel to the back face and having a shape selected from among a pentagon, a hexagon, a heptagon, and an octagon, enabling the slide-in fastening element to be retained in one of the multitude of orientations, wherein the flange is configured to be removably inserted at a portion of the retainer; and
a support connecting the back face with the flange, and having a height measured between the back face and the flange, wherein
the flange presents a flange surface area (FSA) defined by a flange length and a flange width as measured on a lower face of the flange that is between 10 and 90 percent of a gripping face surface area (GFSA) as measured on the gripping face, and
wherein the support includes a support length and a support width, wherein the support length and the support width are less than the flange length and the flange width.

US Pat. No. 10,188,178

BUCKLE FOR SEATBELT DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A buckle for a seatbelt apparatus comprising:a buckle stay that has a fixation portion provided at a base end of the buckle stay and adapted to be fixed to a vehicle body, and a coupling plate portion provided at a leading end of the buckle stay and having a first through-hole;
a buckle base having a bottom plate portion and a pair of side plate portions standing up from opposite side edges of the bottom plate portion, the buckle base also having a second through-hole formed at one end of the bottom plate portion, the side plate portions extending in a longitudinal direction along the bottom plate to overlie a longitudinal position of the second through hole;
a support shaft inserted through the first and the second through-holes, the support shaft being loosely inserted through the first through-hole in the coupling plate portion, to allow the buckle base to be coupled to the buckle stay so as to be able to tilt with respect to the buckle stay through a predetermined angle in a first direction perpendicular to a plate surface of the bottom plate portion and further so as to be able to pivot with respect to the buckle stay, through a predetermined angle in a second direction parallel to the plate surface of the bottom plate portion;
an elastic member that when the buckle base tilts in the first direction and pivots in the second direction, urges the buckle stay to return the buckle base from a deflected position to an original position,
the support shaft integrally forming a generally cylindrical shaft main body and a pair of arm portions provided at an upper portion of the support shaft and extending from a longitudinal axis of the main body in opposing lateral directions, a lower end of the support shaft main body is collapsed against a lower surface of the bottom plate portion of the buckle base to fix the support shaft to the buckle base, the arm portions trapping the buckle stay between the arm portions and the buckle base, and
tip portions of the pair of arm portions are coupled into respective engagement grooves formed in the pair of side plate portions of the buckle base, the engagement grooves cooperating with the pair of arm portions to fix a rotational position of the support shaft relative to the buckle base, the support shaft fixed to the buckle base adjacent to the second through-hole to fixedly mount the support shaft to the buckle base bottom plate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,173

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ADJUSTING VARIABLE GEOMETRY, HEIGHT, WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION DYNAMICS IN ORTHOTIC DEVICES AND EQUIPMENT

Alliance Design and Devel...

1. A orthotic platform comprising:a heel section;
a front section; and
an mid-arch section between the heel section and the front section; and
a variable adjuster comprising:
a rod inserted, at an angle, through the heel section and extending toward, and contacting at a first end, the mid arch section, said rod comprising a major axis wider than a minor axis and configured to:
deflect along an edge of the heel section,
a selector, positioned substantially near the heel section, comprising:
at least one indentation at a second end, said at least one indentation providing a means for:
incrementally rotating an orientation of the rod with respect to the mid-arch section.

US Pat. No. 10,188,170

SIGNALING SOLE FOR SHOES, SHOE PROVIDED WITH SAID SOLE AND KIT COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE OF SAID SOLE

VIBRAM S.P.A., Albizzate...

1. A sole for shoes comprising an upper surface, in use facing a user, a lower surface, in use facing a ground, and a thickness, wherein said thickness corresponds to a distance between said upper surface and said lower surface, wherein said sole comprises at least one signaling means, whereinsaid at least one signaling means comprises at least one vibrating motor, capable of vibrating inside said sole and at least one light device, wherein said sole comprises means for receiving-processing a control signal (sc) to receive and process said control signal (sc) and to emit in reply an activation-deactivation signal (S) towards said at least one signaling means, wherein said at least one vibrating motor and said at least one light device are activated in response to the activation-deactivation signal (S).

US Pat. No. 10,188,166

HELMET MOUNTED LIGHTING SYSTEM

1. A helmet mounted lighting system comprising:a housing comprising a mounting plate and a cover, the housing is configured to encase an electronic circuit, the electronic circuit comprises a power source, a switch, a capacitor, a logic board, and at least one light emitting diode;
wherein:
a bottom side of the mounting plate is contoured for attachment to a curved exterior surface of a helmet;
a top side of the mounting plate includes a receptacle thereon configured to receive the power source therein, the receptacle comprises a sidewall extending upwardly from the top side of the mounting plate, a top side of the sidewall includes a ledge thereon, the ledge is configured to support at least a portion of a printed circuit board on which the switch, the capacitor, the at least one light emitting diode, and the logic board are located;
the switch is configured to selectively energize the at least one light emitting diode;
the logic board, in conjunction with the switch, is configured to control the operation of the at least one light emitting diode; and
the capacitor is configured to regulate the light output of the at least one light emitting diode.

US Pat. No. 10,188,165

HEADGEAR CONFIGURED FOR POSITIONING OF SPECTACLES

1. Headgear configured for positioning of spectacles comprising:a first extending portion configured to extend under a chin;
a second extending portion configured for extending about a forward portion of a head;
a third extending portion configured for extending about a reward portion of the head;
a first opening in the second extending portion or third extending portion;
a second opening in the second extending portion or third extending portion;
a third opening in the second extending portion or third extending portion and spaced apart from the first opening;
a fourth opening in the second extending portion or third extending portion and spaced apart from the second opening;
the first opening and the third opening being configured and disposed to receive a first eyeglass temple on a first side of the head; and
the second opening and the fourth opening being configured and disposed to receive a second eyeglass temple on a second side of the head.

US Pat. No. 10,188,162

GARDENING UTILITY TOOL

1. An improved gardening utility tool comprising:a glove having a set of glove fingers and a glove thumb;
a set of finger extensions attached to a trank of the glove configured to have an open arrangement wherein the finger extensions are configured to move independently of each other;
a first portion included in each finger extension having a first resiliency;
a second portion included in each finger extension attached to the first portion having a second resiliency wherein a proof resilience of the second portion is higher relative to the first portion;
a set of pivots connecting each first portion to a corresponding second portion allowing the second portions to rotated about a long axis of the first portions;
a plurality of releasable connections disposed on adjacent side surfaces of the finger extensions wherein each of said finger extensions releasably interlocks with an adjacent said finger extension along said adjacent side surfaces to form a composite tool in which all of said finger extensions are locked together to move and operate together in a fixed arrangement;
a forward edge included in each finger extension having a shape taken from the group consisting of: flat, curved, concave, angled, concave angled, pointed, and any combination thereof; and,
a thumb extension attached to the trank.

US Pat. No. 10,188,161

GLOVES WITH SENSORY WINDOWS

1. A glove comprising:(a) an outer surface;
(b) an inner surface;
(c) finger portions; and
(d) an outwardly extending ridge on the inner surface of at least one of the finger portions, wherein the outwardly-extending ridge is between the DIP joint portion and the PIP joint portion, and the outwardly-extending ridge is configured to reduce slippage of the glove when on the hand.

US Pat. No. 10,188,158

WETSUITS WITH HYDRODYNAMIC INTERLOCKING AND KINESIOLOGIC FEATURES

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A wetsuit for aquatic activities, the wetsuit comprising:a base layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface;
a first backing layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface, the second surface of the first backing layer continuously secured to the first surface of the base layer, the first surface of the first backing layer forming an exterior surface of the wetsuit;
a second backing layer secured to the second surface of the base layer and forming at least a portion of an interior surface of the wetsuit; and
at least one sipe linearly extending from the first surface of the first backing layer comprising the exterior surface of the wetsuit through the first backing layer and into the base layer, the at least one sipe extending from an upper portion of a chest region of the wetsuit to a lateral portion of the chest region of the wetsuit.

US Pat. No. 10,188,157

INSULATED ATHLETIC SUPPORT GARMENT

1. An athletic garment, comprising:a waist band;
an insulated panel to conformally cover a groin and genital area of a person, at least one end of the insulated panel being coupled to a portion of the waistband;
a cord contained within a channel surrounding all but a top side of the insulated panel; and
a pair of slidably adjustable connectors on either side of the cord for tightening the insulated panel conformally against the groin and genital area of the person,
wherein the insulated panel is configured to insulate and protect the groin and genital area of the person against an ice bath when the person is submersed therein.

US Pat. No. 10,188,154

BRASSIERE UNDERWIRE REPAIR DEVICE

1. A system for repairing a brassiere having a fabric casing encompassing an underwire whose end tip section has poked a hole through the fabric casing, said system comprising:a hollow, elliptic, cylindrically shaped repair sleeve having an open bottom end and an enclosed rounded top end, and an outer layer of thermal adhesive; and
an installation apparatus, separate and independent from the repair sleeve, whereby the repair sleeve is configured to fit over the end tip section of the underwire and the installation apparatus is configured to be installed into the hole between the repair sleeve and an inner surface of the fabric casing to facilitate the installation of the repair sleeve entirely within the fabric casing.

US Pat. No. 10,188,151

INFANT SWADDLING

1. Infant swaddling comprising:a sheet made of a resilient, moisture-wicking material that maintains pressure on an infant and reduces excess moisture within the sheet when in use, the sheet configured to open to lay flat and defined by an outward-facing surface that, when the infant is placed on the sheet, faces away from the infant and an inner-facing surface that, when the infant is placed on the sheet, faces toward the infant, and the sheet comprising
an upper portion adjacent to an upper edge that, when in use, the infant's head extends beyond the upper portion at the upper edge;
a lower portion adjacent to a lower edge, the lower portion spaced apart from the upper portion;
a first laterally extending region adjacent to a first side edge, the outward-facing surface of the first laterally extending region comprising a first attachment having a first length;
a second laterally extending region adjacent to a second side edge, the inner-facing surface of the second laterally extending region comprising a second attachment that is recloseable with and complementary with the first attachment and having a second length, the first length being longer than the second length, wherein the first attachment and the second attachment are configured to allow adjustment to accommodate the infant's growth; and
wherein the lower portion comprises a loop, spaced apart from the lower edge, wherein the loop is fixed closer to the second side edge than the first side edge, wherein to close access through the lower portion, the lower portion is configured to be gathered and passed through the loop, wherein the loop is configured to reduce the possibility of the lower portion creeping during use, and wherein, when first attachment is closed with the second attachment, the lower portion is configured to be opened, allowing access to the infant near the infant's feet or bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,188,150

INFANT SWADDLING

1. Infant swaddling comprising:a pouch configured to hold and contact an infant when in use, wherein the pouch is made of a resilient, moisture-wicking material that comprises spandex fiber sufficient to maintain pressure on the infant and that reduces excess moisture within the pouch when in use,
the pouch further configured to open to lay flat when not in use to form a sheet, the sheet comprising an outward-facing surface that, when an infant is placed on the sheet, faces away from the infant and an inner-facing surface that, when an infant is placed on the sheet, faces toward the infant, a lateral axis extending from a first side edge to a second side edge of the sheet, and a vertical axis, perpendicular to the lateral axis, extending from an upper edge to a lower edge of the sheet, and the sheet comprising
an upper portion adjacent to the upper edge, wherein, in use, the infant's head extends beyond the upper edge, the upper portion comprising
a first side portion adjacent to the first side edge, the inner facing outward-facing surface of the first side portion comprising a first attachment having a first lateral length,
a second side portion adjacent to the second side edge, the second side portion opposite the first side portion, the inner-facing surface of the second side portion comprising a second attachment having a second lateral length, the second attachment is recloseable with and complementary with the first attachment, the first lateral length at least two times longer than the second lateral length to allow the pouch size to be adjusted to accommodate the infant's growth; and
a lower portion, adjacent to the lower edge,
wherein the lower portion comprises an elastic loop, spaced apart from the lower edge, wherein the elastic loop is fixed closer to the second side edge than the first side edge, wherein to close access to the pouch through the lower portion, the lower portion is configured to be gathered and passed through the elastic loop, wherein the elastic loop is configured to reduce the possibility of the lower portion creeping during use, and wherein, when first attachment is closed with the second attachment, the lower portion is configured to be opened, allowing access to the infant near the infant's feet or bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,188,149

PLACKET TRUSS AND GARMENT INCORPORATING THE SAME

1. A placket truss for use on a placket having a plurality of buttons sewn thereto with thread, said placket truss comprising:an elongate member including opposed end portions;
a medial clip integral with the elongate member and disposed between said opposed end portions, said medial clip including a bend whereby the medial clip doubles back onto the elongate member and extends in a direction transverse to a length of the elongate member; and
wherein each said end portion includes at least one slot sized and adapted to engage the thread of a corresponding button.

US Pat. No. 10,188,147

ATOMIZATION ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY...

1. An atomization assembly configured for forming an electronic cigarette with a battery assembly (4), comprising a suction nozzle assembly (1), an atomization core (2) and an e-liquid cup assembly (3), the atomization core (2) and the suction nozzle assembly (1) are respectively arranged at two ends of the e-liquid cup assembly (3); wherein the e-liquid cup assembly (3) comprises an e-liquid storage sleeve (31) and a vent pipe (32), the vent pipe (32) is arranged in the e-liquid storage sleeve (31) for discharging smoke obtained by an atomization of the atomization core (2) to the suction nozzle assembly (1), an e-liquid storage cavity (33) is formed between the e-liquid storage sleeve (31) and the vent pipe (32), one end of the e-liquid storage sleeve (31) is provided with an open end communicating with the e-liquid storage cavity (33), the atomization core (2) is detachably connected to the e-liquid cup assembly (3) and at least one end of the atomization core (2) is inserted into the e-liquid storage cavity (33) from the open end;wherein the atomization core (2) comprises an atomization sleeve (21) and a heating wire assembly (22), the atomization sleeve (21) is provided with an atomization cavity (211) for receiving the heating wire assembly (22) to atomize e-liquid, and a first e-liquid guide hole (212) allowing the e-liquid in the e-liquid storage cavity (33) to flow into the atomization cavity (211) is defined on a side wall of the atomization sleeve (21); and
wherein the atomization core (2) further comprises an e-liquid inlet control structure (23), the e-liquid inlet control structure (23) is sleeved in the atomization sleeve (21) rotatably or movably in an axial direction of the atomization sleeve (21), openings (233) for mounting the heating wire assembly (22) are arranged on the e-liquid inlet control structure (23), and when the e-liquid inlet control structure (23) is rotated or axially moved, the openings (233) and the first e-liquid guide hole (212) are communicated or completely staggered, so as to open or close the first e-liquid guide hole (212).

US Pat. No. 10,188,143

DISPLAY PACKAGES, BLANKS FOR FORMING TRAP SEAL CARD AND BLANK FOR FORMING DISPLAY BOX

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A display package, comprising:a first packaging including a first compartment configured to hold a first item;
a second packaging including a second compartment configured to hold a second item; and
a trap seal card including a first opening, the trap seal card retaining the first packaging and the second packaging such that
the first item and the second item to be held within the first compartment and the second compartment are visible to a consumer through the first opening, and
a portion of each of the first packaging and the second packaging protrudes through the first opening,
the trap seal card including a front panel integral with a back panel, the front panel consisting essentially of,
a first panel including the first opening, and
second, third and fourth panels, collectively, forming a third compartment in conjunction with the back panel, the third compartment protruding from a surface of the back panel, and
a portion of each of the first packaging and the second packaging being interposed between the front panel and the back panel.

US Pat. No. 10,188,140

SMOKING ARTICLE

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Com...

1. A cigarette comprising:a lighting end and a mouth end;
a mouth end piece segment disposed at the mouth end;
an aerosol-generation system including (i) a heat generation segment disposed at the lighting end, said heat generation segment having a length and including a heat source, and (ii) an aerosol-generating segment incorporating aerosol-forming material, said aerosol-generating segment having a length and being disposed adjacent to, and physically separate from, the heat generation segment, said aerosol-generating segment including a substrate for the aerosol-forming material, the substrate abutting with the heat source in the heat generation segment;
a single piece of a first wrapping material providing an overwrap around at least a portion of the length of the heat generation segment and around at least a portion of the length of the aerosol-generating segment;
a segment incorporating tobacco positioned between the aerosol-generating segment and the mouth end piece segment, such that the first wrapping material does not overwrap the segment incorporating tobacco;
a single piece of a second wrapping material providing an overwrap (i) around the segment incorporating tobacco for the length of that segment, (ii) around the aerosol-generating segment for the length of that segment, and (iii) around the heat generation segment for the majority of the length of that segment; the segment incorporating tobacco, the aerosol-generating segment and the heat generation segment being connected together by the second wrapping material to provide a cigarette rod; and
the mouth end piece segment being connected to the cigarette rod using tipping material.

US Pat. No. 10,188,138

SMOKING ARTICLE WITH MANUALLY RELEASABLE ODORANT

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

1. An article comprising:a tobacco portion;
a filter connected axially aligned with and connected to the tobacco portion;
a tipping paper circumscribing at least a portion of the tobacco portion and at least a portion of the filter;
a first band on at least a portion of the tipping paper, the first band including,
a first layer of a first material over the tipping paper, and
a first plurality of microcapsules between the tipping paper and the first layer of material, the plurality of microcapsules being frangible; and
a second band on a second portion of the tipping paper, the second band including,
a second layer of a second material, and
a second plurality of microcapsules between the tipping paper and the second layer, the second plurality of microcapsules being frangible.

US Pat. No. 10,188,134

AUTHENTICATED ENCRYPTION SUPPORT IN DASH BASED SEGMENTED STREAMING MEDIA DISTRIBUTION

FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, I...

3. The server apparatus of claim 1, wherein the MPD comprises a @SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag attribute and a SegmentEncryption@ivLength attribute, wherein the initialization vector is the segment number when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘false’ and the MPD comprises a CryptoPeriod element, wherein the initialization vector is a sum of the segment number and an @ivBase attribute when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘false’ and the MPD comprises a CryptoTimeline element, wherein the initialization vector is an Electronic Codebook (ECB)-encrypted value of a transmitted initialization vector when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘true’ and the MPD does not comprise a CryptoTimeline element or a CryptoPeriod element, wherein the initialization vector is an ECB-encrypted value of the segment number when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘true’ and the MPD comprises a CryptoPeriod element, wherein the initialization vector is an ECB-encrypted value of the sum of the segment number and the @ivBase when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘true’ and the MPD comprises a CryptoTimeline element, and wherein the initialization vector is the first SegmentEncryption@ivLength most significant bit from ECB output when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘true’ and the SegmentEncryption@ivLength is smaller than the output block size of the ECB output.

US Pat. No. 10,188,128

AUTOMATIC FROZEN FOOD PRODUCT VENDING MACHINE

The Vollrath Company, L.L...

1. An automatic frozen food product vending machine, comprising:a frozen food product dispensing station for dispensing at least one frozen food product;
a container dispenser for storing a plurality of frozen food product containers and configured to automatically dispense one frozen food product container at a time;
a first movable platform for supporting a dispensed frozen food product container;
a topping dispensing station for dispensing at least one topping;
a second movable platform for supporting the dispensed frozen food product container;
a user input device configured to receive a user selection of a desired frozen food product, a user selection of a desired amount of frozen food product, and a user selection of a desired topping;
processing electronics configured to:
receive the user selection of the desired frozen food product, the user selection of the desired amount of frozen food product, and the user selection of the desired topping;
move the first movable platform below the container dispenser;
cause the container dispenser to dispense one frozen food product container onto the first movable platform;
move the first movable platform and the dispensed frozen food product container below the frozen food product dispensing station;
cause the frozen food product dispensing station to dispense into the frozen food product container a predetermined amount of the selected frozen food product as determined by the user selection of the desired frozen food product and the user selection of the desired amount of frozen food product;
transfer the dispensed frozen food product container from the first movable platform to the second movable platform;
move the second movable platform and the dispensed frozen product container below the topping dispensing station; and
cause the topping dispensing station to dispense into the frozen food product container a predetermined amount of topping as determined by the user selection of the desired topping.

US Pat. No. 10,188,127

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FROZEN ICE CREAM PRODUCTS

1. A method for producing frozen ice cream products, using a freezing system comprising a freezing apparatus, said method comprising:placing pre-products to be frozen onto a number of product plates,
conveying pre-products to be frozen into the freezing apparatus,
cooling the pre-products to form frozen products while conveying the pre-products inside the freezing apparatus by exposing them to circulating cold air,
conveying the frozen products out of the freezing apparatus,
measuring one or more surface temperatures of frozen products leaving the freezing apparatus,
using the one or more measured surface temperatures as input for a control device for controlling one or more operational parameters of the freezing apparatus,
lifting the frozen products off the product plates, after conveying them out of the freezing apparatus, by means of a product handling system driven by a driving arrangement, and
measuring one or more torque values exerted by the driving arrangement during the lifting of the frozen products off the product plates, and inputting the one or more measured torque values into a control device for controlling one or more operational parameters of the freezing system.

US Pat. No. 10,188,122

CURD CUTTING METHOD

1. A method of cutting a cheese curd mass within a cylindrical vat, the method comprising:placing a cutting apparatus inside the vat before the cheese curd mass has begun to form;
once the cheese curd mass has formed, horizontally rotating a first knife assembly of the cutting apparatus around a vertical axis, thereby cutting the cheese curd mass into a plurality of horizontal slices; and
thereafter, vertically removing from the vat a second knife assembly of the cutting apparatus, the second knife assembly having knives along at least two distinct orientations of the cutting apparatus, thereby cutting the horizontal slices along said orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,188,121

BACTERIOPHAGE TREATMENT FOR REDUCING AND PREVENTING BACTERIAL CONTAMINATION

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. A method of treating and preventing bacterial contamination in a meat food product, the method comprising:applying a bacteriophage treatment to a packaging material as a foam, the bacteriophage treatment comprising:
at least one bacteriophage in a concentration sufficient to reduce or eliminate bacteria selected from the group consisting of pathogenic bacteria, spoilage bacteria, and combinations thereof;
a buffering agent to maintain the bacteriophage treatment at a pH between approximately 4 and 9;
from about 25 ppm to about 2.0 weight percent of a foaming surfactant selected from the group consisting of alcohol ethoxylates, alcohol ethoxylate carboxylate, amine oxides, alkyl sulfates, alkyl ether sulfate, sulfonates, quaternary ammonium compounds, alkyl sarcosines, betaines, alkyl amides and mixtures thereof; and
an adjuvant comprising one or more of calcium, magnesium, a competitive exclusion bacteria, a fatty acid, a terpene, a terpenoid, glycerol, and propylene glycol, and
packaging the food product in the packaging material.

US Pat. No. 10,188,109

PICOLINAMIDE COMPOUNDS WITH FUNGICIDAL ACTIVITY

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A compound of Formula I
wherein
X is hydrogen or C(O)R5;
Y is hydrogen, C(O)R5, or Q;
Q is

R1 and R11 are independently chosen from hydrogen or alkyl, optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R8;
alternatively, R1 and R11 may be taken together to form a 3-6 membered saturated or partially saturated carbocyclic or heterocyclic ring, optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R8;
R2 and R12 are independently chosen from hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, or alkenyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R8;
R3 is methyl;
R4 is chosen from alkyl, aryl, or acyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R8;
R5 is chosen from alkoxy or benzyloxy, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R8;
R6 is chosen from hydrogen, alkoxy, or halo, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R8;
R7 is chosen from hydrogen, —C(O)R9, or —CH2OC(O)R9;
R8 is chosen from hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkenyl, or alkoxy, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R10;
R9 is chosen from alkyl, alkoxy, or aryl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R8; and
R10 is chosen from hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkenyl, alkoxy, or heterocyclyl.

US Pat. No. 10,188,108

FUSED BICYCLIC HETEROCYCLE DERIVATIVES AS PESTICIDES

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A compound of formula (I)
wherein
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 0, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 8-CF3, 8-Cl, 8-SC2H5, 5-CF3 and 6-CH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 1, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of 6-Cl, 6-CF3, 7-CF3, 5-CF3, 8-CF3 and 6-OCH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 2, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 8-Cl, 5-CF3, 8-CF3, 8-SO2C2H5, 6-CH3 and 6-OCH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 0, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 5-CH3, 5-CF3, 6-CF3, 6-Cl, 7-CF3, 5-SC2H5, 7-SC2H5, 7-CH3 and 6-CH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 1, and
R2 is hydrogen;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 2, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 7-CH3, 7-CF3, 6-CH3, 6-CF3, 6-Cl and 5-CH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 2, and
R2 is H.

US Pat. No. 10,188,106

PESTICIDE COMPOSITION COMPRISING A TETRAZOLYLOXIME DERIVATIVE AND A FUNGICIDE OR AN INSECTICIDE ACTIVE SUBSTANCE

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A composition comprising:A) a tetrazolyloxime derivative of formula (I)

wherein
X represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a cyano group, a methanesulfonyl group, a nitro group, a trifluoromethyl group or an aryl group;
A represents a tetrazoyl group of formula (A1) or (A2):

wherein Y represents an alkyl group; and
Het represents a pyridyl group of formula (Het1) or a thiazolyl group of formula (Het2);

wherein R represents a hydrogen atom or a halogen atom; Z represents a hydrogen atom, an amino group, a group of formula QC(?O)NH— wherein Q represents a hydrogen atom; an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms substituted by a halogen atom; a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms; an alkoxyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; a cycloalkyloxy group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms; a benzyloxy group; a 2-phenylethyloxy group; a thioalkyl group substituted by an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkyl group having 1 to 2 carbon atoms substituted by an alkoxyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms substituted by an acylamino group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms substituted by an acylamino group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkylamino group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; an alkenyl group having 2 to 6 carbon atoms; an aralkyl group or a phenyl group; and
B) a fungicide compound in an A/B weight ratio ranging from 1/0.01 to 1/100;
wherein said fungicide is selected from the group consisting of azoxystrobin, bixafen, boscalid, chlorothalonil, clothianidin, cymoxanil, dimethomorph, fluazinam, fludioxonil, fluopicolide, fluoxastrobin, fosetyl-Al, imidacloprid, ipconazole, iprodione, iprovalicarb, isopyrazam, mancozeb, metalaxyl, metalaxyl-M (mefenoxam), metconazole, penthiopyrad, propamocarb-HCl, propineb, prothioconazole, pyraclostrobin, tebuconazole, trifloxystrobin, triticonazole, and N-[2-(1,3-dimethylbutyl)phenyl]-5-fluoro-1,3-dimethyl-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide.

US Pat. No. 10,188,105

COMPOSITIONS FOR INHIBITION OF INSECT SENSING

Vanderbilt University, N...

1. A compound, or salt thereof, having a formula:
wherein
R1 is hydrogen, optionally substituted C1-C4 alkyl, optionally substituted phenyl, optionally substituted benzyl, or a structure represented by a formula selected from:

or R1 is taken together with R2 to be optionally substituted (C1-C4) alkanediyl or optionally substituted (C1-C4) alkenediyl; and
R2 is hydrogen,
or R2 is taken together with R1 to be optionally substituted (C1-C4) alkanediyl or optionally substituted (C1-C4) alkenediyl; and
R3 is optionally substituted (C1-C5) alkyl or optionally substituted (C1-C5) alkenyl; and
R4 is optionally substituted and selected from (C1-C5) alkyl and (C1-C5) alkenyl; and
R5 is optionally substituted aryl or optionally substituted (?C6) heteroaryl; and
R6 is hydrogen, optionally substituted (C1-C5) alkyl, or optionally substituted (C1-C5) alkenyl,
wherein the compound is not

US Pat. No. 10,188,104

COMBINATIONS OF LIPO-CHITOOLIGOSACCHARIDES AND METHODS FOR USE IN ENHANCING PLANT GROWTH

1. A method of enhancing plant growth, comprising treating a plant seed with at least two distinct lipo-chitooligosaccharides (LCOs) to synergistically enhance growth of a plant that germinates from said seed, said at least two distinct LCOs comprising:

US Pat. No. 10,188,100

MATRIX COMPOSITION FOR DELIVERY OF HYDROPHOBIC ACTIVES

1. A matrix composition capable of forming an emulsion, a microemulsion, or a dispersion comprising an emulsifiable matrix, consisting of:(i) a dialkyl acid amide having the formula:

wherein,
R1 and R2 are lower alkyl with 1-4 carbon atoms, alicyclic or aromatic;
n1=0-18, n2=0-18, and R?H or CH3; and
(ii) one or more surface active agents, wherein the only surface active agents present are selected from the group consisting of ethoxylated castor oil, ethoxylated/propoxylated block copolymer, ethoxylated phosphate ester, sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate, and poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol), and wherein at least one of the surface active agents is ethoxylated castor oil.

US Pat. No. 10,188,097

MEDICAL DEVICE INTENDED FOR THE LONG-TERM STORAGE OF A CORNEA, OR FOR EX VIVO EXPERIMENTATION ON A HUMAN OR ANIMAL CORNEA

UNIVERSITE JEAN MONNET, ...

1. A device for storage of a corneal specimen including a cornea and a sclera ciliary zone, comprising:an intermediate component including a first hole having a diameter matching that of the cornea, the first hole surrounded by a circumferential groove and a first edge, the first hole, groove, and first edge forming a cavity to receive the corneal specimen, the cavity configured to ensure that the corneal specimen is centered when inserted into the device and configured to stabilize the corneal specimen when the device is opened at an operating theater;
an endothelial lid including a second hole having a diameter matching that of the cornea, the second hole surrounded by a second edge configured to trap the corneal specimen by flattening the sclera ciliary zone on the circumferential groove of the intermediate component; and
an epithelial lid;
wherein the intermediate component and the endothelial lid are configured to entrap the sclera ciliary zone in an airtight manner to delimit an endothelial chamber and an epithelial chamber separate from the endothelial chamber;
wherein the endothelial chamber is composed of a space formed between the endothelial lid and the intermediate component after a tight connection of the endothelial lid to the intermediate component;
wherein the epithelial chamber is composed of a space formed between the intermediate component and the epithelial lid after a tight connection of the epithelial lid to the intermediate component;
wherein the intermediate component and the endothelial lid each comprise a respective inlet orifice and a respective outlet orifice, the orifices allowing a preservation medium to circulate through the endothelial chamber and through the epithelial chamber;
the inlet orifice of the endothelial lid being connected to a preservation medium reservoir containing the preservation medium, such that during use the preservation medium contained in the preservation medium reservoir flows into the endothelial chamber from the preservation medium reservoir;
the outlet orifice of the endothelial lid being connected to the inlet orifice of the intermediate component, such that during use the preservation medium contained in the endothelial chamber flows into the epithelial chamber from the endothelial chamber,
the outlet orifice of the intermediate component being connected to a waste reservoir, such that during use the preservation medium contained in the epithelial chamber flows into the waste reservoir from the epithelial chamber,
the connections of the orifices allowing the preservation medium to circulate on both sides of the cornea, firstly in the endothelial chamber and secondly in the epithelial chamber, and allowing the creation of a pressure gradient between the endothelial chamber and the epithelial chamber with overpressure in the endothelial chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,096

DEVICE FOR GRIPPING AND REMOVING A BAIT STATION

1. A gripping device for removing a bait station from a ground soil, the bait station having an opening with a dimension, the opening leading to an internal surface with at least two opposing portals on the internal surface, the gripping device comprising:a) a frame comprising a back end piece and a front end piece spaced from each other by connecting sides, wherein the connecting sides define a bottom portion with a handgrip to conform to fingers of a user;
b) a plunger slidably mounted in an opening in the front end piece;
c) a spring connected between the back end piece and plunger for biasing the plunger toward a second extended gripping position from a first retracted position;
d) a first hook fixedly attached to the frame; and
e) a second hook attached to the plunger for movement between the first retracted position and the second extended gripping position,
wherein the first hook and the second hook fit within the dimension of the opening of the bait station when the plunger is in the first retracted position and wherein the first hook and the second hook engage the two opposing portals when the plunger is in the second extended gripping position; and
wherein the plunger has a thumb piece opposite the engagement of the spring with the plunger and wherein the front end piece includes a thumb cover that has a bottom, two sides, and an open top to allow a user's thumb to engage the thumb piece.

US Pat. No. 10,188,095

TREE STAND

1. A tree stand comprising a seating member having:first and second side members, the side members extending substantially parallel with each other with a bend in each of the first and second side members, the first and second side members each having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a removable tree attachment member, the removable tree attachment member being a linear member running substantially orthogonal to the first and second side members, spanning from the first side member to the second side member proximate to the first end of the first and second side members;
a fixed tree attachment member, the fixed tree attachment member running substantially orthogonal to the first and second side members, spanning from the first side member to the second side member at a location between the bend and the first end of each of the first and second side members;
first and second angled tree attachment members, the first and second angled tree attachment members interconnecting the fixed tree attachment member with each of the first and second side members, the first and second angled tree attachment members forming an angle with the fixed tree attachment member from about 30 degrees to about 60 degrees;
a fixed seat defining member, the fixed seat defining member running substantially orthogonal to the first and second side members, spanning from the first side member to the second side member proximate to the second end of the first and second side members; and
a seat attached to the side members via a plurality of seat straps, each of the seat straps disposed as loops about the side members, the loops disposed between the fixed tree attachment member and the fixed seat defining member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,093

ACTIVE ELECTROSTATIC WILDLIFE GUARD FOR ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. An apparatus for wildlife deterrence on a high voltage conductor, the apparatus comprising:an electrical insulator including an electrically insulating material without a conductive material, the electrical insulator comprising:
a first surface;
a second surface that is opposite the first surface;
a first edge that is between the first surface and the second surface, the first edge and the first and second surfaces defining outer edges of the first and second surfaces, respectively; and
a second edge that is opposite the first edge and that is between the first surface and the second surface, the second edge and the first and second surfaces defining interior edges of the first and second surfaces, respectively;
a third edge that is between a proximal end of the first edge and a proximal end of the second edge and that is between the first surface and the second surface;
a fourth edge that is between a distal end of the first edge and a distal end of the second edge and that is between the first surface and the second surface;
a central opening defined in the electrical insulator including through the first and second surfaces; and
a gap defined by the third edge and the fourth edge that communicates with the central opening;
an electrical conductor that is arranged on the first surface of the electrical insulator and is spaced apart from each of the first edge and the second edge, wherein the electrical conductor extends continuously from the third edge to the fourth edge.

US Pat. No. 10,188,092

BREAKAWAY ADAPTER SYSTEM FACILITATING BOTH FRONT-MOUNTED AND REAR-MOUNTED CONFIGURATIONS OF A SPRAYER BOOM

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A breakaway adapter system facilitating both front-mounted and rear-mounted configurations of a sprayer boom of an agricultural sprayer, wherein the sprayer boom includes a main boom body connected to the agricultural sprayer with the main boom body having outer ends, a sprayer facing side facing toward the sprayer, and an outwardly facing side facing away from the sprayer, wherein the breakaway adapter system comprises:a pair of breakaway boom segments arranged outwardly beyond outer ends of the main boom body;
a pair of breakaway joints arranged between the outer ends of the main boom body and the pair of breakaway boom segments, wherein the breakaway joints are configured to allow the breakaway boom segments to deflect in rearward deflection directions; and
a pair of adapter arrangements between the outer ends of the main boom body and the pair of breakaway joints, each adapter arrangement configured to engage and support either breakaway joint of the pair of breakaway joints;
wherein when the sprayer boom is in the front-mounted configuration, the breakaway joints mount to the adapter arrangements in a first mounting position in which the breakaway joints are arranged to allow the breakaway boom segments to deflect in a deflection direction that is common with a direction faced by the sprayer facing side of the main boom body; and
wherein when the sprayer boom is in the rear-mounted configuration, the breakaway joints mount to the adapter arrangements in a second mounting position in which the breakaway joints are arranged to allow the breakaway boom segments to deflect in a deflection direction that is common with a direction faced by the outwardly facing side of the main boom body.

US Pat. No. 10,188,091

PORTABLE LIGHT AND INSECT EXTERMINATION DEVICE

alliance sports group, I....

1. A handheld lighting apparatus, comprising:a top housing coupled to a first light source and an electrical grid configured to distribute a quantity of electricity to an object that contacts adjacent portions of the grid, the top housing being slidably mounted to a bottom housing having a cavity therein, the cavity being configured to receive the electrical grid assembly therein,
wherein the first light source emits light ranging from about 400 nm to about 720 nm in a first mode and light ranging from about 315 nm to about 400 nm in a second mode;
an enclosure disposed about the electrical grid assembly configured to permit passage of insects through portions of the enclosure;
a second light source disposed about the bottom housing configured to propagate light in a direction that is parallel to a longitudinal direction of the lighting apparatus;
a power source coupled to the first and second light source and the electric grid; and
a programmable logic control system coupled to a switch and the power source, the control system configured to operate the first light source such that light propagated from one or more LEDs of the first light source ranging from about 315 nm to about 400 nm is pulse width modulated at a rate greater than about 20 KHz while light propagated from one or more LEDs of the first light source ranging from about 400 nm to about 720 nm is not pulse width modulated or is pulse width modulated at a rate below 2 KHz.

US Pat. No. 10,188,090

FISH RECEPTACLE

1. A fish receptacle, comprising:a container having a base, one or more upstanding sidewalls, an open upper end, defining an interior volume, the container configured to store water and fish therein;
a lid pivotally connected to the upper end of the container, the lid providing access to the interior volume of the container;
a door assembly disposed on the lid, the door assembly comprising a frame disposed around a perimeter of an aperture disposed through the lid;
wherein the frame is affixed to an upper surface of the lid about the aperture, wherein a front wall, a rear wall, a left wall, and a right wall each extend perpendicularly away from the frame;
a track disposed within the frame, wherein the track comprises two opposing rails disposed within each of the left and right walls of the frame and a slot through the rear wall of the frame;
wherein the door assembly further comprises a sliding member configured for sliding engagement with the track;
wherein the sliding member is movable between an open position to expose the aperture of the door assembly and a closed position to at least partially cover the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,188,089

DEVICE FOR REMOVING A FISH FROM A LINE

1. A fish removing device, comprising:a first end bending back into a U shaped end configured to engage a fishing line;
the U shaped end extending into a straight section; and
a gripping section connected to the straight section.

US Pat. No. 10,188,079

STRAP FOR ATTACHING A DECORATIVE ORNAMENT TO THE HEAD OF A PET

1. A strap assembly for securing a decorative ornament to a head of an animal, comprising:a chin strap comprising a continuous loop;
a first ear strap for placement around a back of a first ear of the animal;
a second ear strap for placement around a back of a second ear of the animal; and
an ornament attachment device permitting an ornament to be removably attached thereto;
wherein the first ear strap and the second ear strap can be joined together permitting the joined-together ear straps to wrap under the neck of the animal;
wherein the first ear strap and the second ear strap are portions of a single, continuous elongated strip when joined together;
wherein the chin strap is attached to the continuous elongated strip;
wherein the ornament attachment device is attached to the chin strap and the continuous elongated strip at the point where the chin strap and the continuous elongated strip are attached together.

US Pat. No. 10,188,050

VOLUMETRIC BUDGET BASED IRRIGATION CONTROL

Rain Bird Corporation, A...

1. A method of controlling irrigation, the method comprising:receiving water usage information corresponding to a first volumetric water usage at a site location having an irrigation controller configured to implement and control irrigation at the site and comprising valve drivers each configured to activate one or more valves distributed through the site location and an irrigation controller processor configured to implement an irrigation schedule stored in local memory of the irrigation controller, wherein the first volumetric water usage corresponds to volumetric water usage from a beginning of a budget period of time to a first time within the budget period of time;
determining automatically whether a volumetric water budget at the site location will be met for the budget period of time based on at least the first volumetric water usage, the volumetric water budget corresponding to a specified volume of water for use during the budget period of time;
determining automatically, in the event the volumetric water budget will not be met, an adjustment to the irrigation by the irrigation controller, wherein the adjustment comprises a reduction of runtimes of remaining irrigation events scheduled to occur during the budget period of time such that the adjustment substantially spreads a compensation for an amount of water usage that will exceed the volumetric water budget over the remaining irrigation events; and
outputting signaling causing the irrigation controller to control the valve drivers of the irrigation controller to control opening and closing of one or more of the valves at the site location coupled with the irrigation controller in controlling water released through water delivery devices fluidly coupled with a corresponding one of the valves in controlling irrigation at the irrigation site to effect the adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,188,047

PLANT LABELING SYSTEM AND GARDEN TOOLS

1. A modular display system, comprising:a seed storage hutch;
a vertical display stand supporting the seed storage hutch;
at least one pigtail attached to the stand and configured to support at least one growing pot, hook or shelf above the ground, wherein the at least one pigtail is attached to the stand and may be swiveled, positioned vertically along the stand or removed entirely; and
a base configured to receive and support the display stand in a substantially vertical orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,188,044

TREE-TRIMMING DEVICE

1. A horticultural tool comprising:a reciprocating shaft, an extension guard and an extensible structure;
wherein the horticultural tool is configured to use with a reciprocating saw;
wherein the reciprocating saw further comprises a reciprocating structure;
wherein the horticultural tool is a bladed device that is adapted for use in cutting a plant;
wherein the horticultural tool is configured to extend the reach of the reciprocating saw;
wherein the reciprocating shaft is configured to connect the extensible structure to the reciprocating saw;
wherein the extensible structure is inserted through the extension guard;
wherein the reciprocating shaft is attached to the reciprocating structure of the reciprocating saw;
wherein the reciprocating shaft includes a spring-loaded button that is used to secure a linking shaft to the reciprocating saw;
wherein the spring-loaded button is biased outwardly via a spring;
wherein the spring-loaded button of the reciprocating shaft interfaces with a button-hole provided on the linking shaft;
wherein the extension guard comprises a guard, a support, and a foot;
wherein the guard is formed in the shape of a frustum of a pyramid wherein the base of the pyramid is attached to the reciprocating saw;
wherein the support is a square structure that forms a frustum surface that is proximal to the apex of the pyramid;
wherein the foot is a structure that attaches to the support such that the foot projects away from the support in a direction away from the reciprocating saw;
wherein the guard comprises a frame;
wherein the frame is the structural framework that forms the pyramidal shape of the guard;
wherein the frame is formed from a plurality of metal shafts;
wherein the support comprises a plurality of rollers, and a plurality of corners;
wherein the support is a square shaped structure;
wherein each of the plurality of corners is a piece of metal;
wherein each of the plurality of corners is used to form a corner of the square shaped structure;
wherein any first corner selected from the plurality of corners is attached to a second corner selected from the plurality of corners by a roller selected from the plurality of rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,188,032

MOWER WITH MOTOR COOLING

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A ride-on mower comprising:an operator seat;
drive wheels;
steerable wheels;
at least one rotationally driven grass cutting blade;
at least one motor configured to cause rotation of the grass cutting blade;
said at least one motor comprising a motor housing having an axial length that is shorter than half a cross-sectional diameter or width;
a mower deck compromising a blade rotation space defined by an upper surface and a downward extending sidewall, said mower deck housing the grass cutting blade in an interior thereof;
at least one guide member defining an air flow passage along the motor housing, the air flow passage connecting the interior and exterior of the mower deck; and
said at least one guide member being a separately formed member that is mounted to the mower deck and said at least one guide member having an axial length that is shorter than a diameter or cross-sectional width of said at least one guide member,
wherein the guide member guides a cooling air flow that flows outside of the motor housing, said cooling air flow entering from above the guide member, passing downwards axially between the guide member and the motor housing, and then, inside the mower deck, passing radially inwards towards a motor shaft, and
wherein the cooling flow passing radially inwards towards the motor shaft occurs below the upper surface and inside the blade rotation space.

US Pat. No. 10,188,027

ROW UNIT WITH SHANK OPENER

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc....

1. A row unit for use with an agricultural implement, comprising:a frame;
a winged shank opener operatively connected to the frame and comprising:
a rear portion;
a front portion that is narrower than the rear portion; and
first and second wings on opposite sides of the winged shank to aid in pulling the winged shank into a field, said wings being angled from the front portion to the rear portion; and
a ski member operatively connected to the frame such that at least a portion of the winged shank extends below the ski member to form a furrow and the ski member at least partially controls the depth of said furrow, wherein said ski member comprises:
a front section having an angled protrusion for initially breaking up soil in the field as the row unit travels in a forward direction; and
a rear section having a gap such that part of the winged shank passes through the gap to displace broken up soil away from the ski member and the winged shank.

US Pat. No. 10,188,022

ROTATING LIFT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Bestway, Inc., Hiawatha,...

1. A system for placing a load on a vehicle including a vehicle frame, which load-placing system comprises:a load lift assembly having a first, lowered position for connecting to a load, a second, raised position with said load lifted above a level of said vehicle frame, and a third, transport position with said load positioned over and connected to said vehicle frame;
a lift actuator connected to said load lift assembly and configured for moving said load lift assembly between its lowered and raised positions;
a transfer actuator connected to said load lift assembly and configured for moving said load lift assembly between its raised and transport positions axially along said vehicle frame;
said load lift assembly including a lower linkage assembly including a pair of lift arms configured for connecting to two points of said three-point hitch;
said load lift assembly including a top link configured for connecting to a third point of said three-point hitch;
said top link being pivotally pinned to a pair of mounting brackets affixed to said load lift assembly;
a hydraulic reservoir assembly configured to operate said lift actuator and said transfer actuator;
a motor assembly configured to provide power to said hydraulic reservoir assembly;
a control assembly configured to send control signals to said hydraulic reservoir assembly;
a first hydraulic arm connected to a front end of said vehicle frame, said hydraulic arm configured for moving said load lift assembly between said second, raised position in proximity to a rear end of said vehicle frame and said third, transport position in proximity to said front end of said vehicle frame; and
a second hydraulic arm configured to pivot said lower linkage assembly about said lift arm weldment.
US Pat. No. 10,189,932

THERMOPLASTIC MOLDING COMPOUNDS WITH AN OPTIMIZED RESIDUAL MONOMER CONTENT

INEOS STYROLUTION GROUP G...

1. A process for the production of styrene graft copolymers comprising the following steps:(i) provision and agglomeration of the graft base B present in an emulsion;
(ii) addition of styrene monomers A1 and vinyl cyanide monomers A2 to the graft base B over a defined monomer feed time; and
(iii) simultaneous graft copolymerization of the added styrene monomers A1 and of the vinyl cyanide monomers A2 onto the agglomerated graft base B,
where, in step (ii), the ratio by mass of styrene monomers A1 to vinyl cyanide monomers A2 in the monomer feed at the end of the monomer feed time is lower than the ratio by mass of the components of the monomer feed integrated over the entire monomer feed time,
where step (iii) is followed by the following step (iv), which comprises:
(iv) addition of vinyl cyanide monomers A2 and graft copolymerization of these onto the agglomerated graft base B, where no styrene monomers A1 are added.
US Pat. No. 10,188,139

ADDITIVES FOR TOBACCO CUT FILLER

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

1. A method of reducing cytotoxicity and/or mutagenicity in tobacco smoke is provided comprising:applying a solution comprising a mixture of glycerin and a magnesium or calcium salt selected from the group consisting of magnesium nitrate, magnesium chloride, magnesium acetate, magnesium sulfate, calcium nitrate, calcium chloride, calcium acetate and mixtures thereof, onto tobacco cut filler to form a tobacco smoking mixture capable of producing tobacco smoke when burned;
forming a smoking article comprising a wrapper, the tobacco smoking mixture and a filter; and
burning the smoking article to produce tobacco smoke with reduced cytotoxicity and/or mutagenicity;
wherein the glycerin is present in an amount of about 8 to about 13% by weight of the tobacco smoking mixture, and wherein the mixture of glycerin and magnesium or calcium salt is present in an amount effective to reduce the cytotoxicity and/or the mutagenicity of the smoke produced from the tobacco smoking mixture upon burning.
US Pat. No. 10,188,908

POLYAMIDE COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING PLASTICIZERS FOR USE IN MAKING GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising:a) a core comprising an inner core and outer core layer, the inner core having an outer surface and geometric center and the outer core layer having an outer surface and inner surface; the inner core comprising a polyamide composition and the outer core layer comprising a rubber composition the polyamide composition comprising:
i) about 40 to about 90% by weight polyamide; and
ii) about 10 to about 60% by weight of a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethyl oleate and propylene carbonate and blends thereof, the polyamide comprising a blend of transparent and non-transparent polyamides, wherein at least one of the transparent polyamides is a polyether-amide block copolymer, and wherein the center of the inner core and surface of the outer core layer each has a hardness, and the surface hardness of the outer core layer is greater than the center hardness of the inner core; and
b) a cover having at least one layer disposed about the core.
US Pat. No. 10,188,654

USES OF PYRIMIDO-PYRIDAZINONES TO TREAT CANCER

Asana BioSciences, LLC, ...

1. A method of treating a cancer subject, comprising administering to a cancer subject in need thereof, a therapeutically effective amount of a compound 2-(1-(4-((4-(4-hydroxypiperidin-1-yl)phenyl)amino)-5-oxo-5,6-dihydropyrimido[4,5-d]pyridazin-2-yl)piperidin-4-yl)acetonitrile, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester thereof, wherein:the cancer subject has a recurrent or refractory cancer;
the cancer is a hematopoietic cancer; and
the cancer is refractory to Ibrutinib.
US Pat. No. 10,189,936

BLOCK COPOLYMER, DISPERSANT, AND PIGMENT DISPERSION COMPOSITION

OTSUKA CHEMICAL CO., LTD....

1. A block copolymer of an ABA type including an A block and a B block and having an acid value of 30 to 250 mgKOH/g, the B block containing a structural unit derived from a vinyl monomer with an acid group, wherein a structural unit derived from a vinyl monomer with an acid group and contained in the A block is at a content of 10% by mass or less in 100% by mass of the A block.
US Pat. No. 10,190,194

COPPER ALLOY FOR ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, COPPER ALLOY THIN SHEET FOR ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, AND CONDUCTIVE COMPONENT FOR ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, TERMINAL

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A copper alloy for electronic and electrical equipment, comprising:more than 2.0 mass % to 36.5 mass % of Zn;
0.10 mass % to 0.90 mass % of Sn;
0.15 mass % to less than 1.00 mass % of Ni;
0.005 mass % to 0.100 mass % of P; and
a balance containing Cu and inevitable impurities,
wherein an atomic ratio Ni/P of an amount of Ni to an amount of P satisfies a relationship of 3.00 an atomic ratio Sn/Ni of an amount of Sn to an amount of Ni satisfies a relationship of 0.10 a strength ratio TSTD/TSLD is 1.10 or more, where strength TSTD is obtained when a tensile test is performed in a direction perpendicular to a rolling direction and strength TSLD is obtained when another tensile test is performed in a direction parallel to the rolling direction.
US Pat. No. 10,188,657

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR PROPHYLAXIS AND THERAPY FOR MENIERE'S DISEASE

1. A method comprising administering to an individual diagnosed with Meniere's Disease a pharmaceutical composition comprising an effective amount of lamotrigine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof such that the effective amount of the lamotrigine or the pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof is sufficient to reduce dizziness that is caused by the Meniere's Disease in the individual, and wherein the lamotrigine or the pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof is the only bioactive compound in the pharmaceutical composition that is effective to treat the dizziness caused by the Meniere's Disease.
US Pat. No. 10,189,941

POLYCARBONATE COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING POLYETHYLENE WAX

Covestro Deutschland AG, ...

1. A polycarbonate composition comprisingA) polycarbonate
B) oxidized acid-modified polyethylene wax and
D) an inorganic filler,
wherein the oxidized acid-modified polyethylene wax has an acid number of <10 mg KOH/g determined according to JIS K0070, a crystallinity of greater than 60% and less than 90%, a melting point between 90° C. and 130° C. and a viscosity average molar mass determined by viscometry between 1500 g/mol and 5000 g/mol.
US Pat. No. 10,188,660

ANTI-HULRRC15 ANTIBODY DRUG CONJUGATES AND METHODS FOR THEIR USE

AbbVie Inc., North Chica...

1. An anti-huLRRC15 antibody drug conjugate (ADC) comprising an antimitotic agent linked to an anti-huLRRC15 antibody by way of a linker, wherein the ADC has a structure of formula (I):[D-L-XY]n-Ab  (I)
or a salt thereof, wherein:
D is the antimitotic agent;
L is the linker;
Ab is the anti-huLRRC15 antibody;
XY represents a covalent linkage linking linker L to antibody Ab; and
n is an integer ranging from 2 to 8;
wherein
Ab comprises
a VH chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:16 and a VL chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:17,
a VH chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:26 and a VL chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:27,
a VH chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:36 and a VL chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:37,
a VH chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:46 and a VL chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:47,
a VH chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:56 and a VL chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:57,
a VH chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:66 and a VL chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:67, or
a VH chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:76 and a VL chain comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO:77.
US Pat. No. 10,190,198

THICK FILM PASTE AND USE THEREOF

E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AN...

1. A thick film paste composition comprising:(a) inorganic constituents that consist of:
a platinum source that is at least one of a particulate platinum (alloy) or a particulate platinum (alloy)/metal oxide composite, and
at least one metal compound selected from the group consisting of particulate metal oxides and precursor compounds capable of forming a metal oxide on firing, the metal oxide in each case being selected from the group consisting of NiO, SiO2, RuO2, Rh2O3, IrO2, Cu2O, CuO, TiO2, ZrO2, PbO, SnO2, CeO2, Al2O3, MgO, and MnO2; and
(b) an organic vehicle,
and wherein:
the proportion of the at least one metal compound is 0.001 to 1 wt. %, based on the total thick film paste composition; and
the thick film paste composition is capable of being fired to form an electrically conductive metallization that is electrically connected with an electrode on a ceramic sensor substrate.
US Pat. No. 10,188,661

TOPICAL DOSAGE REGIMEN

Topokine Therapeutics, In...

1. A method for locally reducing body fat in a subject in need thereof, the method comprising the steps of: administering a composition comprising latanoprost to the skin surface; and removing the composition or residue thereof from the skin surface between about 4 hours and about 12 hours, inclusive, after said administering;wherein more than about 60 percent of the 24-hour flux of latanoprost or an active metabolite thereof occurs within 4 to 12 hours, inclusive, after the step of administering, and wherein the step of removing is after more than about 60 percent of the 24-hour flux has occurred.
US Pat. No. 10,189,943

COPOLYMERS SUITABLE FOR MAKING MEMBRANES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A copolymer, comprising polyarylene ether blocks and hydrophilic-hydrophobic blocks,wherein:
said hydrophilic-hydrophobic blocks comprise polyisobutene blocks; and
said hydrophilic-hydrophobic blocks comprise polyisobutene blocks with terminal phenolic ether groups, and said phenolic ether groups are etherified with polyalkyleneoxides.
US Pat. No. 10,188,663

FULVESTRANT FORMULATIONS

Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC, ...

1. A composition comprising fulvestrant, a ricinoleate vehicle, and not more than 2% total impurities, wherein the composition is substantially free of a non-aqueous ester solvent following storage of the composition at room temperature for a period of 12 months.
US Pat. No. 10,189,945

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIGHT-COLOURED TDI-POLYISOCYANATES

Covestro Deutschland AG, ...

1. A method for producing polyisocyanates comprising urethane groups and having APHA colour indices <50 Hazen comprising reacting di- to tetra-valent organic polyhydroxy compounds with excess amounts of toluylene diisocyanate and then removing unreacted excess toluylene diisocyanate to residual contents <0.5 wt. % by distillation, wherein the toluylene diisocyanate has a content of 2-chloro-6-isocyanato-methylcyclohexadienes <5 wt·ppm.
US Pat. No. 10,190,201

METHOD OF PRODUCING A COPPER-NICKEL-TIN ALLOY

MATERION CORPORATION, Ma...

1. A method of producing a spinodal copper-nickel-tin alloy, comprising:casting a copper-nickel-tin alloy;
homogenizing the alloy;
hot working the homogenized alloy to obtain a reduction ratio which is a minimum of about 5:1;
solution annealing the hot worked alloy at a temperature of from about 1470° F. to about 1650° F.;
cold working the solution annealed alloy until a reduction of area of from about 15% to about 80% occurs in the alloy; and
spinodally hardening the alloy after the cold working to produce a spinodal alloy;
wherein the copper-nickel-tin alloy consists of:
from about 5 wt % to about 20 wt % nickel;
from about 5 wt % to about 10 wt % tin;
minor additions, wherein the minor additions are selected from at least one of a group consisting of boron, zirconium, iron, niobium, manganese and magnesium, and wherein each of the minor additions is present at a content of no more than about 0.3% wt % in the spinodal alloy;
and
balance copper; and
wherein the alloy has a 0.2% offset yield strength of at least 110 ksi, an impact toughness of at least 12 foot-pounds when measured according to ASTM E23, V notch at room temperature, and an ultimate tensile strength of at least 120 ksi, and a minimum elongation of 20%.
US Pat. No. 10,189,178

METHOD FOR PRODUCING WOOD MATERIAL PANELS, IN PARTICULAR OSB WOOD MATERIAL PANELS, AND WOOD MATERIAL PANEL THAT CAN BE PRODUCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SAID METHOD

SWISS KRONO Tec AG, Luce...

1. A method of producing an OSB wood-base panel, comprising the steps of:a) providing wood strands;
b) applying at least one adhesive system to the wood strands, wherein the adhesive system comprises:
solely a polyurethane adhesive, and
nanoparticles below 500 nm, wherein at least one nanoparticle is modified with at least one compound of general formula (I)
RaSiX(4-a)  (I),
or of general formula (II)
ObXc(OH)dReSiO(4-b-c-d-e)/2  (II),
where
X is H, OH or a hydrolyzable moiety selected from the group consisting of: halogen, alkoxy, carboxyl, amino, monoalkylamino or dialkylamino, aryloxy, acyloxy, alkylcarbonyl,
R is a nonhydrolyzable organic moiety R selected from the group consisting of: substituted and unsubstituted alkyl, substituted and unsubstituted aryl, substituted and unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted and unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted and unsubstituted cycloalkyl, which may each be interrupted by —O— or —NH—, and
wherein R may include at least one functional group Q selected from a group containing an epoxy, hydroxyl, ether, amino, monoalkylamino, dialkylamino, substituted and unsubstituted anilino, amide, carboxyl, acryloyl, acryloyloxy, methacryloyl, methacryloyloxy, mercapto, cyano, alkoxy, isocyano, aldehyde, alkylcarbonyl, acid anhydride and/or phosphoric acid group,
a is =0, 1, 2, 3,
b, c, d are=0 or 1, and
e is =1, 2, 3;
wherein the adhesive system is admixed to the wood strands in an amount between 1.0 and 2.5 wt % based on the wood strands, and
c) pressing the wood strands admixed with the adhesive system to form the wood-base panel.
US Pat. No. 10,190,204

METHOD FOR COATING LIGHT ALLOY RIMS

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A method for coating light alloy rims, the method comprising:applying a primer (A) layer directly on a machined light alloy rim blank comprising a cast aluminum alloy, the primer (A) layer comprising at least one radiation-curable coating material having an acid number in accordance with DIN EN ISO 3682 (by potentiometry) of 10 to 120 mg KOH/g;
after applying the primer (A) layer, applying a base coat (B) layer;
after applying the base coat (B) layer, applying a radiation-curable clear coat (C) layer on an outside surface of the light alloy rim, the clear coat (C) layer having a double-bond density of free-radically polymerizable reactive groups per unit mass of coating material of at least 1 mol/kg; and
curing the primer (A) layer, the clear coat (C) layer, and optionally the base coat (B) layer by high-energy radiation selected from the group consisting of light in the wavelength range of 200 nm to 700 nm, an electron beam in the range of 150 keV to 300 keV, and combinations thereof;
wherein:
the primer (A) layer is fully cured with the high-energy radiation and without being further heated after being applied; and
the primer (A) layer, the base coat (B) layer, and the clear coat (C) layer are different from each other.
US Pat. No. 10,188,667

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USE OF 4-PREGENEN-11?-17-21-TRIOL-3,20-DIONE DERIVATIVES

ALLERGAN, INC., Irvine, ...

1. A method of treating an ocular condition associated with glucocorticoid and or mineralocorticoid receptor modulation which comprises topically administering to a patient in need thereof, a pharmaceutical composition comprising a therapeutically effective amount of at least one compound selected from:(8S,9S,10R,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-glycoloyl-11-hydroxy-10,13 -dimethyl-3 -oxo-2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl phenylacetate;
(8S,9S,10R,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-glycoloyl-11-hydroxy-10,13-dimethyl-3-oxo-2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl butyrate;
(8S,9S,10R,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-glycoloyl-11-hydroxy-10,13 -dimethyl-3 -oxo-2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl propionate;
(8S,9S,10R,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-glycoloyl-11-hydroxy-10,13-dimethyl-3-oxo-2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl octanoate;
(8S,9S,10R,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-Glycoloyl-11-hydroxy-10,13-dimethyl-3-oxo-2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl hexanoate;
(8S,9S,10R,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-glycoloyl-11-hydroxy-10,13 -dimethyl-3 -oxo-2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl benzoate;
(8S,9S,10R,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-glycoloyl-11-hydroxy-10,13 -dimethyl-3 -oxo-2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl heptanoate;
(8S,9S,10R,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-glycoloyl-11-hydroxy-10,13-dimethyl-3-oxo-2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl 2-methylpropanoate; and
(8S,9S,10R,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-glycoloyl-11-hydroxy-10,13 -dimethyl-3 -oxo-2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl cyclopentanecarboxylate,
and further comprising carboxymethylcellulose, sodium phosphate, citrate buffer, and sodium chloride,
and having a pH from about 4.5 to 7.5.
US Pat. No. 10,189,952

DEGRADABLE THIOL-ENE POLYMERS

REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY...

21. A method for producing a biocompatible thiol-ene hydrogel, the method comprisingsubjecting a polymerization reaction mixture comprising at least one thiol compound and at least one olefin compound to a radical polymerization reaction under conditions sufficient to produce the biocompatible thiol-ene hydrogel, wherein:
(a) the at least one thiol compound comprises m number of reactive thiol groups;
(b) the at least one olefin compound comprises n number of reactive ene groups; and
(c) each of n and m is an integer of at least 2, provided the sum of n+m is at least 5.
US Pat. No. 10,190,219

ELECTRICAL STEEL SHEET

1. An electrical steel sheet, comprising:a base material of electrical steel; and
an insulating film formed on a surface of the base material,
wherein the insulating film contains a phosphate of one or more selected from the group consisting of Al, Zn, Mg and Ca,
wherein a proportion of an amount by mole (mol) of Fe atoms relative to an amount by mole (mol) of P atoms in the insulating film is not less than 0.30 and not more than 0.65, and
a limit sodium chloride concentration is 0.1 mass % or more,
wherein the limit sodium chloride concentration represents a maximum concentration of the sodium chloride solution with which the electrical steel sheet does not rust when 0.5 ?L liquid droplets of sodium chloride solutions different in concentration are deposited on the surface of the electrical steel sheet having the insulating film and dried, and the electrical steel sheet is held in an atmosphere with constant temperature and humidity of a temperature of 50° C. and a relative humidity of 90% for 48 hours.
US Pat. No. 10,188,687

ORIENTAL MEDICINAL COLLAGEN FOOD

Goo Whan Kim, Daejeon (K...

1. An oriental medicinal collagen food for skin beauty enhancement comprising:a dried extract comprising:
Gyepogyo comprising a fermented mixture of pasteurized chicken feet and dandelion extract, wherein claws and scales are removed from the pasteurized chicken feet; and
at least one of angelica gigas and pueraria root.
US Pat. No. 10,190,226

REACTION PRODUCTS OF HETEROCYCLIC NITROGEN COMPOUNDS POLYEPOXIDES AND POLYHALOGENS

Rohm and Haas Electronic ...

1. A compound comprising a reaction product of one or more heterocyclic nitrogen compounds comprising at least two reactive nitrogen atoms with the proviso that at least one of the reactive nitrogen atoms is in the ring of the one or more heterocyclic nitrogen compounds; one or more polyepoxide compounds and one or more polyhalogen compounds, wherein the one or more polyhalogen compounds have a formula:X1—R13—X2  (VII)wherein X1 and X2 may be the same or different and are halogens chosen from chlorine, bromine, fluorine and iodine, R13 is linear or branched, substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C20)alkyl, or is a moiety having formula:—C(HR14)—R15—C(HR14)—  (VIII)wherein each R14 is independently selected from hydrogen, halogens chosen from chlorine, bromine, fluorine and iodine, linear or branched, substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C18)alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted (C6-C12)cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted (C6-C15)aryl; R15 is linear or branched, substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C18)alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted (C6-C12)cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted (C6-C15)aryl, —CH2—O—(R16—O)d—CH2— where R16 is a substituted or unsubstituted, linear or branched (C2-C10)alkyl and d is an integer of 1-10.