US Pat. No. 10,709,638

PROTECTING BODY FOR A FLEXIBLE POUCH, SYSTEM FOR CONTAINING A BIOPHARMACEUTICAL FLUID AND METHODS FOR USING SUCH A SYSTEM

SARTORIUS STEDIM NORTH AM...

1. A protecting body for a flexible pouch specially designed to contain a biopharmaceutical fluid, the protecting body comprising:a flexible pouch with at least one opening on a peripheral side of the flexible pouch, the flexible pouch having an interior volume delimited by a fluid receiving part of the pouch for containing the biopharmaceutical fluid;
at least one port received in the opening of the flexible pouch, the at least one port provided for filling the flexible pouch with the biopharmaceutical fluid,
two substantially planar plates which respectively form a lower surface and an upper surface and which are fixed to each other in an assembled state, the two plates being made separately from each other prior to being assembled into the assembled state,
wherein the two plates delimit an expansible volume closed between a covering region of one of the two plates and a covering region of the other one of the two plates, each covering region includes a central region of the plate,
wherein the two plates are more rigid than the flexible pouch,
wherein the two plates are two constraining plates that sandwich the flexible pouch and completely cover the fluid receiving part of the pouch for constraining the flexible pouch, the protecting body being planar in the assembled state for a non-filled state of the flexible pouch, and
an attachment system, the two plates being fixed peripherally to each other by the attachment system, a main plane of the protecting body intersecting the attachment system, and
wherein each of the two plates is flexible enough to allow, during filling of the flexible pouch from the non-filled state to a filled state, the two plates to curve under pressure of the flexible pouch being filled and become curved to delimit the expansible volume with a distance between the covering region of each of the two plates progressively increasing toward the center region of the covering region of each plate, in order that in the filled state a thickness of the flexible pouch in a central area at the center region of the covering region of each plate is greater than a thickness of the flexible pouch in a circumferential area of the protecting body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,637

VENOUS BAG CLAMPING MECHANISM

Sorin Group Italia S.r.l....

1. A soft shell venous reservoir for use in an extracorporeal circulation system of the type including:a blood reservoir;
the blood reservoir comprising at least a first layer of flexible material and a second layer, the first and second layers sealed together to define a bag compartment capable of receiving fluid, the bag compartment having openings defining a single inlet port, an exit port, and an air vent;
a flexible tube coupled to the single inlet port and in fluid communication with the single inlet port;
a clamp situated at the flexible tube, such that a healthcare worker can engage the clamp to control the fluid flow rate through the flexible tube and the single inlet port;
a rigid back plate containing securements to couple the blood reservoir, the single inlet port, and the flexible tube to the rigid back plate, the rigid back plate comprising an empty area configured for positioning the clamp at the flexible tube; and
a fluid line connector configured to combine multiple inlet fluid lines in fluid communication with the single inlet port, the flexible tube being located in between the fluid line connector and the single inlet port,
wherein the clamp is configured to be movable to positions upstream and downstream from the fluid line connector, such that the healthcare worker can engage the clamp to restrict blood flow into the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,709,635

STIMULATION DEVICE

NOVOLUTO GMBH, Berlin (D...

1. A stimulation device comprising:a chamber having a flexible wall;
a drive unit in physical communication with the flexible wall to cause at least a portion of the flexible wall to deflect in opposing directions, thereby resulting in a changing volume of the chamber, the changing volume of the chamber resulting in modulated positive and negative pressures with respect to an ambient pressure;
an opening configured to sealingly engage a portion of a body of a user including a clitoris, the modulated positive and negative pressures to be applied to the portion of the body via the opening, the opening being a sole opening of the chamber to an exterior of the stimulation device;
a control device configured to receive input from the user and control the drive unit to cause the at least the portion of the flexible wall to deflect to create the modulated positive and negative pressures based on modulated frequencies; and
a housing enclosing the drive unit and the control device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,634

PIN-SHAPED STIMULATION DEVICE

NOVOLUTO GmbH, Berlin (D...

1. A stimulation device for a clitoris, comprising:a housing;
a pressure field generation device having a drive unit which generates a pressure field from temporally alternating negative and positive pressures of a medium in a hollow space; and
a control device which controls the drive unit;
wherein:
the housing has a longitudinal axis, which extends from a front end of the housing up to a back end of the housing,
an opening for placing over the clitoris is provided in the front end of the housing with a center of the longitudinal axis passing through an opening plane of the opening, wherein the opening plane is defined by outer edges of the opening,
the hollow space is arranged inside the housing and is connected to the opening of the housing,
the pressure field generation device comprises a flexible wall which is configured to be displaced by the drive unit, and
a direction of the displacement of the flexible wall is provided by the drive unit at an angle relative to an alignment axis that is defined by an alignment of currents of the medium in the hollow space when generating the positive pressures.

US Pat. No. 10,709,631

COMPRESSION GARMENT FOR NEUROLOGICAL AND CIRCULATORY DISORDERS

MEDI USA, L.P., Whitsett...

1. A compression garment for a neurological disorder, the garment comprising:a body portion operable to wrap around a foot;
a pad operatively coupled to an inner surface of the body portion in a predetermined position, the pad comprising an outward protrusion;
a stretchable guide sleeve dimensioned to wrap together with the body portion around the foot, the pad being removably retained between the body portion and the guide sleeve; and
a first tensioning band operatively coupled to first and second locations of an outer surface of the body portion, the first tensioning band operable to secure opposing first and second portions of the inner surface of the body portion in order to secure the outward protrusion of the pad against the foot in the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,627

USE OF HIGH PRESSURE LOW VOLUME AIR CONVERSION TO LOW PRESSURE HIGH VOLUME AIR TO POWER PATIENT TRANSPORT DEVICES

Qfix Systems, LLC, Avond...

1. A system for at least one of patient support, patient imaging, patient therapeutic procedures with or without the use of instruments, and patient transport, the system comprising:a modality with a support surface configured to support a patient thereon;
a converter associated with the modality, the converter not comprising an electric blower, the converter being configured to receive relatively low-volume high-pressure air flow from a source of the relatively low-volume high-pressure air flow and to draw ambient air, and thereby to convert the relatively low-volume high-pressure air flow and the ambient air into relatively high-volume low-pressure air flow; and
an air flow device configured to receive the relatively high-volume low-pressure air flow from the converter and provide an air flow function to the modality using the relatively high-volume low-pressure air flow.

US Pat. No. 10,709,625

FOOT END ALERT DISPLAY FOR HOSPITAL BED

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. A patient support apparatus comprisinga base frame,
an upper frame supported above the base frame and configured to support a patient, the upper frame having a head end, a foot end, and a pair of laterally spaced apart sides, the head end and foot end being spaced apart in a longitudinal dimension of the patient support apparatus, the upper frame having a lateral frame member at the foot end,
a footboard removably coupleable to the foot end of the upper frame adjacent the lateral frame member, and
an electronic display coupled to the lateral frame member, the electronic display being operable to display messages including messages relating to alert conditions of the patient support apparatus, the alert light assembly being sufficiently large to occupy more than half the distance between the laterally spaced apart sides of the upper frame and to occupy a space between a top and a bottom of the lateral frame member without extending beyond the top and bottom of the lateral frame member, wherein at least a portion of the footboard extends upwardly beyond the top of the lateral frame member when the footboard is coupled to the foot end of the upper frame.

US Pat. No. 10,709,623

DOUBLE ROLLER COMPACT PROFILE ACTUATION SYSTEM FOR AN ADJUSTABLE BED

ergomotion, inc., Goleta...

1. An articulating bed comprising:a support frame with a head end rail, a foot end rail and having side frame rails;
an upper body support frame rotatably connected to a first cross member in the frame;
an elevating assembly for the upper body support frame having
two angled arms attached to the first cross member with hinges;
a first pair of wheels attached to the angled arms at a vertex;
a second pair of wheels attached at an end of the arms distal from the hinges;
a first actuator attached from the head end rail to a cross brace extending between the angled arms, said elevating assembly having a first range of motion elevating the upper body support frame in which the first pair of wheels are in contact with longitudinal tracks in the upper body support and a second range of motion elevating the upper body support frame in which the second pair of wheels are in contact with the longitudinal tracks, continuing rotation elevating the upper body support frame about the hinges.

US Pat. No. 10,709,620

TOUCH FASTENER FEMALE MATERIAL, TOUCH FASTENER, AND ABSORBENT ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A touch fastener female material comprising a knitted fabric;the knitted fabric including back yarns, middle yarns, and front yarns;
at least 50% of the back yarns being finished yarns; and
the back yarns being arranged in accordance with a 0-0/N-N (where N is an odd number) knit structure,
wherein the middle yarns form seams and laps alternately;
each of the back yarns is alternately connected to two of the middle yarns at each end part on the 0-0 side and the N-N side; and
wherein the back yarn is connected to the seam of one of the two middle yarns at one end part on the 0-0 side or the N-N side and is connected to the lap of the other of the two middle yarns at the other end part on the 0-0 side or the N-N side, wherein the back yarns have an alternating arrangement of one or a plurality of S-twisted yarns and one or a plurality of Z-twisted yarns in a wale direction.

US Pat. No. 10,709,618

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH COMPRESSIBLE WAIST CONTAINMENT MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An absorbent article including a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region, a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis, the absorbent article comprising:a chassis including an absorbent body, the chassis including a body facing surface;
a waist containment member disposed on the body facing surface of the chassis, the waist containment member comprising:
a proximal portion being coupled to the body facing surface of the chassis;
a distal portion including a body facing surface, a garment facing surface, and a free edge, the distal portion being free to move with respect to the chassis when the absorbent article is in a relaxed configuration; and
a compressible member coupled to the distal portion, the compressible member wrapping at least a portion of the body facing surface of the distal portion and only a portion of the garment facing surface of the distal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,617

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH FUSION BONDED SIDE SEAMS

KAO CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A pull-on garment comprising an outer cover assembly defining the exterior surface of the garment, the outer cover assembly having a front body portion and a rear body portion, the front body portion and the rear body portion of the outer cover assembly being connected to each other along their laterally opposite side edges to form a pair of side seams, a waist opening, and a pair of leg openings,the side seams each having: a sealed edge portion where the edge of the front body portion and the edge of the rear body portion of the outer cover assembly are bonded to each other at a continuous linear fusion bond extending in the longitudinal direction of the side seam; and, in part, a non-sealed portion where the edge of the front body portion and the edge of the rear body portion of the outer cover assembly face to each other in a non-bonded relationship,
in a cross-sectional view taken in a direction perpendicular to the extending direction of the side seam, the sealed edge portion of each side seam having the fusion bond which is formed along its outer edge and at which the sheets constituting the outer cover assembly are bonded together, wherein the sealed edge portion of each side seam has an exposed edge which is concave toward an inner side of the pull-on garment and has the fusion bond at which the sheets constituting the outer cover assembly are bonded together along and inward of the exposed edge face, and the fusion bond having a larger width at the middle thereof than at both ends thereof in the thickness direction of the outer cover assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,709,616

CONTACTLESS MAGNETIC PROBE SENSING AND IMPEDANCE IMAGING OF LIQUID AND SOLID EXCREMENT IN DIAPERS AND OTHER UNDERCLOTHING

Xtrava Inc., Santa Clara...

1. An apparatus for contactless detection of solid or wet excrement within an underclothing, comprisingan enclosure containing an alternating electric current source driving a first alternating current into a magnetic probe consisting of a coil inductor within a parallel tuned circuit that thereby creates a first static magnetic induction field,
where the first magnetic induction field penetrates inward through all clothing and induces a second alternating electric current within the solid or wet excrement,
where the second alternating electric current is sufficiently minute to prevent health risk to a wearer of the underclothing,
wherein the second alternating electric current creates a second magnetic induction field that penetrates outward through said all clothing to reach the coil inductor,
wherein the intensity of the first magnetic induction field is reduced based upon the quantity of the solid or wet excrement,
whereby the enclosure can be handheld or attached to the outside of the underclothing or any other layer of clothing,
thereby requiring no devices or equipment to be located inside or adjacent to the underclothing or within any other clothing and eliminating the need for the underclothing to be specially designed to accommodate operation of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,709,613

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR CAST

1. A protective cover for a cast, splint or brace having ends and a length, the cover comprising:a tube shaped cover having at least two openings, the tube shaped cover having a length being longer than the length of the cast, splint or brace over which it is to be inserted, and
an extension of additional material (Q) extending from the tube shaped cover proximate each of the at least two openings of the tube shaped cover, characterized in that each said extension of additional material (Q) flares outwardly with respect to the opening of the tube shaped cover from which it extends and can be tucked into the corresponding end of the cast, splint or brace to cover the corresponding end of the cast, splint or brace.

US Pat. No. 10,709,611

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LENTICULAR LASER INCISION

AMO Development, LLC, Sa...

1. An ophthalmic surgical laser system comprising:a laser delivery system for delivering a pulsed laser beam to a target in a subject's eye;
an XY-scan device to deflect the pulsed laser beam;
a Z-scan device to modify a depth of a focus of the pulsed laser beam; and
a controller configured to control the XY-scan device and the Z-scan device to form a top lenticular incision and a bottom lenticular incision of a lens in a cornea of the subject's eye, wherein the top lenticular incision has a top convex spherical portion at a center and a top edge transition portion that surrounds the top spherical portion, the top spherical portion being a part of a first sphere, the top edge transition portion being not a part of the first sphere and being located within a volume defined by the first sphere, the top lenticular incision being a smooth surface, wherein the bottom lenticular incision has a bottom convex spherical portion at a center and a bottom edge transition portion that surrounds the bottom spherical portion, the bottom spherical portion being a part of a second sphere, the bottom edge transition portion being not a part of the second sphere and being located within a volume defined by the second sphere, the bottom lenticular incision being a smooth surface, wherein the top and bottom edge transition portions are mirror symmetrical to each other with respect to a transverse center plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the eye, and wherein the top and bottom edge transition portions intersect each other at an intersection location and both extend beyond the intersection location such that the overall lenticule is sufficiently thick to be extracted as a whole piece and the lenticule edge is sufficiently thick to reduce the likelihood of it being torn during extraction.

US Pat. No. 10,709,610

LASER METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADDRESSING CONDITIONS OF THE LENS

Lensar, Inc., Orlando, F...

1. A system for performing laser cataract surgery comprising a means to determine a material property of a structure of the eye, wherein the structure comprises a cataract and the material property comprises one of a plurality of predetermined cataract grades and a means for providing a therapeutic laser pattern base at least in part on a determined material property, wherein the laser pattern is predetermined for the cataract grade; and, wherein the plurality of cataract grades is selected from a group consisting of five grades; wherein grade one consists of a cataract with no detectable nucleus, grade two consists of a cataract wherein the nucleus is detectable, but not dense, grade three consists of a cataract with a dense nucleus, grade four consists of a cataract with an extremely dense nucleus, and grade five consists of a cataract wherein no light can transmit through the material.

US Pat. No. 10,709,607

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR TREATMENT OF MYOPIA

Ojai Retinal Technology, ...

11. A process for preventing or treating myopia, comprising the steps of:providing a pulsed light beam source having light beam parameters including wavelength or frequency, duty cycle and pulse train duration, the light beam parameters selected so as to achieve a therapeutic or prophylactic effect while not damaging eye tissue;
determining that an eye is at a risk of having myopia, including the step of determining genetic inheritance and/or environmental myopia factors comprising prolonged reading or electronic screen viewing, or that the eye has myopia; and
applying the pulsed light beam to retinal tissue, including at least a portion of the fovea, of the eye determined to have myopia or a risk of having myopia to stimulate heat shock protein activation in the eye tissue;
wherein the pulsed light beam has a wavelength between 530 nm to 1300 nm, a duty cycle of less than 10%, and a pulse train duration between 0.1 and 0.6 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,709,605

EYE MONITORING AND PRESSURIZATION SYSTEMS

John Berdahl, Sioux Fall...

1. A system to treat a patient eye comprising:a goggle, sized and shaped to fit over the patient eye, configured to define a cavity between the goggle and the patient eye;
a cavity pressure sensor, configured to sense an indication of cavity pressure in the cavity; and
a control circuit configured to receive the indication of cavity pressure and at least one of an indication of intraocular pressure (IOP) level in the patient eye or an indication of cerebrospinal fluid pressure (CSFP) level in the patient,
wherein the control circuit is configured to adjust a pressure source to generate non-ambient pressure in the cavity based at least in part on one of the received indications of IOP level or CSFP level to adjust the indication of IOP level in the patient eye toward a target IOP level.

US Pat. No. 10,709,602

DEVICE FOR THE APPLICATION OF ELECTRICAL STIMULATION IN COMBINATION WITH MANUAL THERAPY

1. A hand held manual physical therapy device comprising:a. a handle with a shaft and an electrical connection jack;
b. the shaft protrudes from the handle and has a distal end;
c. removable applicator tip probes comprised of electrically and thermally conductive material removeably attachable to and detachable from the distal end of the shaft, said applicator tip probes are electrically connected to the electrical connection jack in the handle; and wherein the handle is cylindrical with a finger grip protruding perpendicular from the center of the cylindrical handle and wherein the shaft protrudes from the finger grip.

US Pat. No. 10,709,600

STRETCH MARK REMOVAL DEVICE

THE CENTRE, P.C., Mishaw...

1. A stretch mark removal device comprising:a first portion including a plurality of light emitting devices positioned on a surface of the first portion;
a heating unit extending along the surface of the first portion between the plurality of light emitting elements such that the heating element surrounds each of the plurality of light emitting devices;
a thermally conducting plate configured to conduct heat from the heating unit,
a thermally conducting fluid between the thermally conductive plate and a skin surface of a user; and
a handle rotatively coupled to the first portion such that the first portion rotates towards the handle and around a central axis of the handle;
a control unit electrically coupled to the heating unit and each light emitting device that is configured to provide control signals to each light emitting device to adjust the power supplied to the light emitting devices to control the wavelength of the light generated from each light emitting device based on a signal sent to the control unit from a light sensor positioned adjacent to at least one light emitting device such that the light emitting elements generate light at a total wavelength of 633 nm, and to provide control signals to the heating unit to adjust the amount of heat generated by the heating unit based on a signal sent to the control unit from a temperature sensor on the surface of the thermally conducting plate,
wherein
the thermally conducting fluid evenly distributes heat across the skin surface of the users and
a front surface of the thermally conductive plate is parallel with the front surface of the plurality of light emitting devices.

US Pat. No. 10,709,598

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR MANDIBULAR PROTRUSION

ZST Holdings, Inc., Calg...

1. A method comprising:(a) providing a mandibular protruder, wherein the mandibular protruder comprises:
an upper mounting bracket having an upper dental appliance;
a lower mounting bracket having a lower dental appliance;
a first connector and a second connector;
a relative position indicator configured to indicate a relative position of the lower dental appliance and the upper dental appliance;
a drive motor configured to effect relative displacement of the upper dental appliance and the lower dental appliance, wherein the lower mounting bracket is configured to couple to the upper mounting bracket such that relative linear motion of the lower mounting bracket and the upper mounting bracket is permitted, wherein the upper mounting bracket and the lower mounting bracket are configured to independently couple to the first connector and the second connector, respectively, and wherein the drive motor is coupled to the upper mounting bracket or the lower mounting bracket via the first connector or the second connector, respectively, such that the drive motor is configured to move the first connector or the second connector to effect displacement of the upper dental appliance or the lower dental appliance relative to the other of the upper dental appliance or the lower dental appliance; and
(b) controlling the drive motor with a controller, wherein the controller causes the drive motor to displace at least one of the upper dental appliance and the lower dental appliance and effect movement of a patient's mandible relative to the patient's maxilla, wherein a processor of the controller executes software to incrementally adjust the at least one of the upper dental appliance and the lower dental appliance to effect the relative displacement of the upper dental appliance and the lower dental appliance, wherein the processor of the controller executes the software to control the relative displacement of the upper dental appliance and the lower dental appliance based on a monitored parameter, wherein the processor of the controller executes the software to receive patient specific pre-set limits of the relative displacement of the upper dental appliance and the lower dental appliance and to restrict the relative displacement of the upper dental appliance and the lower dental appliance to the patient specific pre-set limits by restricting displacement of the at least one of the upper dental appliance and the lower dental appliance, and wherein the patient specific pre-set limits prevent further extension or retraction of the patient's mandible relative to the patient's maxilla.

US Pat. No. 10,709,595

FINGER SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. A finger support assembly being configured to restrain a finger for treating an injury, said assembly comprising:a tube being configured to have a finger extended therethrough, said tube having a length of at least 2.0 inches wherein said tube is configured to extend over a knuckle on the finger thereby inhibiting the knuckle from bending, said tube being comprised of a rigid material wherein said tube is configured to restrain the finger thereby treating symptoms of a finger injury, said tube having a first end, a second end and an outer wall extending therebetween, said outer wall having an inside surface, said outer wall being continuous between said first end and said second end; and
a pad being coupled to said tube wherein said pad is configured to enhance comfort of the finger in said tube, said pad being coupled to said inside surface of said tube such that said pad completely covers said inside surface, said pad being comprised of a resiliently compressible material.

US Pat. No. 10,709,594

UNDERGARMENT FOR USE WITH HIP SPICA CAST

BSN medical, Inc., Charl...

1. A water and air permeable undergarment for a hip spica cast, comprising:(a) at least one layer of a 3D spacer synthetic padding material formed into a fabric of monofilament yarns and fabricated into an anatomically correct undergarment structure for being positioned around a torso of a patient and adapted to reside directly against skin of the patient;
(b) the undergarment including a torso portion having a top opening for being positioned on the torso of the patient and having first and second leg portions terminating in respective leg openings adapted to reside between hips and knees of the patient; and
(c) first and second overlaid padding layers defining an anterior side of the undergarment and third and fourth overlaid padding layers defining a posterior side of the undergarment.

US Pat. No. 10,709,593

KNEE PAIN TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE

1. A method for treating knee pain comprising the steps of:providing a flexible upper member arranged and constructed to encircle a leg above a knee, the upper member having an outer surface, an inner surface and an opening having a curved top; the opening arranged to expose a front of the knee, at least one tensioning member integrally formed with the flexible upper member and depending downwardly therefrom, the at least one tensioning member and flexible upper member integrally formed as a unitary structure; a patella biasing device secured on the inner surface and bordering the curved top of the opening;
providing a flexible lower member arranged and constructed to encircle the leg below the knee, the lower member separate from the upper member when not connected to the upper member;
providing a tensioning member fastening system arranged and constructed for connecting the upper member and the lower member via the at least one tensioning member;
attaching the flexible upper member around the leg such that the opening is positioned to expose the front of the knee and to position the patella biasing device in close proximity to a top of a front of a patella;
attaching the flexible lower member around the leg below the knee; and
connecting the flexible upper member with the flexible lower member by stretching the at least one tensioning member in a downward direction and attaching it to the flexible lower member via the tensioning member fastening system so that when the upper member and lower member are connected the patella biasing device biases the patella in the downward direction resulting in stretching of a quadriceps muscle.

US Pat. No. 10,709,592

ULTRASONIC SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LOCATING AND/OR CHARACTERIZING INTRAGASTRIC DEVICES

Obalon Therapeutics, Inc....

12. A method for positioning an intragastric balloon, comprising:introducing into a patient, via swallowing, a swallowable intragastric balloon comprising a component configured for detection by an ultrasonic detector, a polymeric wall configured to have, under conditions of an in vivo gastric environment, a permeability to CO2 of more than 10 cc/m2/day, a lumen, and a self-sealing valve attached to an inner surface of the polymeric wall and configured for introducing the initial fill fluid into the lumen in the in vivo gastric environment;
confirming, by sensing resonant frequencies associated with the intragastric balloon in a compacted, solid form, a location of the intragastric balloon, wherein the location is the patient's stomach; thereafter
introducing an inflation fluid into a lumen of the intragastric balloon;
after introducing the inflation fluid, confirming, by sensing resonant frequencies associated with the intragastric balloon in inflated form, complete inflation of the intragastric balloon;
exposing the intragastric balloon in inflated form to the in vivo intragastric environment for a useful life of at least 30 days, wherein the intragastric balloon maintains a volume of 75% to 125% of its original nominal volume over the useful life; and
after the exposing the intragastric balloon in inflated form to the in vivo intragastric environment, deflating the intragastric balloon, wherein the deflating comprises bursting the intragastric balloon by administration of an ultrasonic or acoustic pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,709,587

BIFURCATED STENT AND DELIVERY SYSTEM

Hameem Unnabi Changezi, ...

1. A stent system for stenting a bifurcated vessel structure having a parent vessel and a daughter vessel, the daughter vessel branching from the parent vessel at an angle, the daughter vessel having an ostium where it joins the parent vessel, the ostium having a proximal edge and a distal edge, the stent system comprising:a parent vessel guide wire and a daughter vessel guide wire;
a parent vessel stent having a substantially tubular body that is configured to be deployed into the parent vessel by loading the parent vessel stent on both wires, such that the parent vessel guide wire is substantially coaxial with the parent vessel stent, and such that the daughter vessel guide wire runs generally inside the parent vessel stent along its daughter vessel luminal side, the body having an integrally formed angular flap that can only be opened to extend into the daughter vessel in a configuration that does not form a collar around an ostium of the daughter vessel, the angular flap having an introduction site through which the daughter vessel guide wire extends; and
a daughter vessel stent having a substantially tubular body that is configured to be into the daughter vessel by loading the daughter vessel stent on the daughter vessel guide wire after the parent vessel stent has been deployed and its side flap has been opened, such that the daughter vessel guide wire is generally coaxial with the daughter vessel stent and passes through the length of the daughter vessel stent, the daughter vessel stent having a side hole through which the parent vessel guide wire extends, the daughter vessel guide wire and the parent vessel guide wire cooperating to allow the daughter vessel stent to be advanced into a position where the daughter vessel stent is at the distal edge of the ostium of the daughter vessel, the daughter vessel stent having an angled tail portion configured to overlap with the flap of the parent vessel stent without extending into the parent vessel when both stents are deployed in the vessel structure.

US Pat. No. 10,709,580

BALL AND CUP IMPACTORS FOR IMPLANTING A HIP PROSTHESIS

HIP Innovation Technology...

1. A surgical instrument configured to impact an acetabular cup into an acetabulum of a patient wherein the acetabular cup has a central stem having a Morse taper extending from a bottom of a concave inner surface thereof, the surgical instrument comprising:a handle having a proximal end and distal end and a central axis, a sleeve disposed on the distal end concentric with the handle and an annular channel extending therethrough, the annular channel being open at the proximal and distal ends of the handle,
a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end and a knob affixed to the proximal end, the shaft being slidably disposed within the annular channel,
a collet removably affixed to the distal end of the shaft and proximate the sleeve, wherein the sleeve has a tapered annular inner portion, the tapered annular inner portion narrowing in a proximal direction, the tapered annular inner portion of the sleeve being sized to cause a distal end of the collet to contract and grip the central stem of the acetabular cup and thereby gripping the acetabular cup only by the central stem when the collet moves into the sleeve in the proximal direction,
a rotatable guide collar mounted externally on the handle and rotatable about the central axis of the handle configured to have affixed to the rotatable guide collar a plurality of guide rods wherein each of the guide rods has a proximal end removably affixable to the rotatable guide collar and extending outwardly therefrom at an angle relative to the central axis, wherein at least two of the guide rods, when affixed to the rotatable guide collar are each positioned at a 45 degree angle relative to the shaft, and are positioned at a 20 degree angle relative to each other, and the direction of the at least two affixed guide rods are oriented to extend in a distal direction from the rotatable guide collar and
a thumb screw having a part extending into the rotatable guide collar wherein rotation of the thumb screw prevents movement of the rotatable guide collar and of any of the guide rods affixed to the rotatable guide collar relative to the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,709,578

SURGICAL BIOLOGICS DELIVERY SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

INTEGRITY IMPLANTS INC., ...

1. A biologics delivery system, comprising:a cannula having a proximal portion, a proximal end, a distal portion, a distal end, and an engagement feature to engage a spinal implant; the proximal portion having a proximal lumen with a first inner diameter, and the distal portion having a distal lumen with a second inner diameter; wherein, the cannula is adapted for receiving a load cartridge in the proximal lumen of the cannula, the load cartridge having a proximal portion, a first removal component, an elongated shaft, and a lumen; and,
a cartridge tamp having an elongated shaft and a second removal component;
wherein,
the proximal lumen of the cannula opens into the distal lumen of the cannula, and the lumen of the load cartridge opens into the distal lumen of the cannula;
the proximal lumen of the cannula is adapted to receive the elongated shaft of the load cartridge, and the distal lumen of the cannula is adapted to receive the elongated shaft of the load cartridge;
the proximal portion of the load cartridge is adapted to receive the elongated shaft of the cartridge tamp; and,
the second removal component of the cartridge tamp is adapted to (i) releasably connect with the first removal component and (ii) capture the load cartridge from the cannula when removing the cartridge tamp from the system.

US Pat. No. 10,709,577

GRAFT MATERIAL INJECTOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Benvenue Medical, Inc., ...

1. A graft material injector comprising:an injector device including an elongated injector tube, an internal injector tube lumen extending through the injector tube and having a longitudinal axis, a distal injection aperture communicating with the lumen and a side loading aperture for receiving a quantity of graft material into axial alignment with the lumen axis; and
a graft material loader cooperatively engageable with the side loading aperture and adapted to load a selected quantity of graft material into axial alignment with the axis of the injector tube lumen;
wherein the side loading aperture comprises an elongated slot in the injector tube proximal to the injection aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,709,574

BONE FUSION DEVICE

Neuropro Technologies, In...

1. A bone fusion device for insertion into a desired location comprising:a body having an interior cavity;
a tab configured to selectively move from a retracted position within the interior cavity of the body to an extended position at least partially extending out of the body;
a first extension assembly comprising a first threaded drive mechanism and a first drive screw including a first cutout and configured to selectively move the tab between the retracted position and the extended position; and
a second extension assembly comprising a second threaded drive mechanism and a second drive screw, non-coaxial to the first drive screw, and configured to selectively move the tab between the retracted position and the extended position, wherein a portion of the second threaded drive mechanism is positioned within the first cutout of the first drive screw.

US Pat. No. 10,709,559

CATHETER DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR STENT VALVE

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED...

1. A system comprising: a delivery catheter for a cardiac stent-valve, the delivery catheter comprising:a stent holder;
tubing carrying the stent holder, the stent holder having a crimp connection to the tubing,
wherein the crimp connection of the stent holder comprises one or more regions having a non-smooth surface and/or non-smooth profile that grips the tubing; and
a stent-valve.

US Pat. No. 10,709,554

HEART VALVE PROSTHESIS FOR CONTROLLED THROMBUS DEVELOPMENT

BIOTRONIK AG, Buelach (C...

1. A heart valve prosthesis, comprising: a main body in the form of an expandable or self-expanding stent; an artificial heart valve secured in the interior of the main body and surrounded by the main body; and a thrombus production and thrombus immobilising terminating material in the form of textile-immobilised fibers within a blood-permeable bag on the outer side of the main body, or a thrombus production and thrombus immobilising terminating material in the form of interconnected multi-filament fibres on the outer side of the main body that mechanically separate from each other in response to blood flow, or a thrombus production and thrombus immobilising terminating material in the form of a permeable sponge-like structure.

US Pat. No. 10,709,553

V-CLIP POST WITH PIVOTING

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A replacement heart valve locking mechanism, comprising:a buckle member fixedly attached to a tubular anchor member;
a post member axially translatable relative to the buckle member;
a valve leaflet attached to the post member; and
an actuator member including a pivot pin proximate a distal end of the actuator member, the actuator member being releasably connected to a proximal end of the post member at the pivot pin;
wherein the post member includes a latch portion configured to engage the buckle member such that movement of the post member distally relative to the buckle member is prevented,
wherein the post member is reversibly actuatable between a first orientation, wherein the latch portion extends distally from a body portion of the post member in an everted delivery configuration and a second orientation wherein the latch portion extends proximally from the body portion of the post member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,551

ACCOMMODATING INTRAOCULAR LENS ASSEMBLY

1. A method of modifying a capsular bag of an eye comprising:initiating a continuous meandering incision in the capsular bag at a starting point; and
completing the continuous meandering incision, after said initiating, from the starting point and over a tortuous path to an end point; and
retaining, after said completing, at least one flap in the capsular bag, an edge of the at least one flap defined by the continuous meandering incision.

US Pat. No. 10,709,547

OCULAR IMPLANT DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD

IVANTIS, INC., Irvine, C...

1. A system for delivering an ocular implant into Schlemm's canal through an incision associated with cataract surgery, the system comprising:a cannula defining a central axis and a passageway extending from a proximal end to a distal end along the central axis, the cannula having a distal opening extending through a side wall and the distal end of the cannula to form a trough, a curved distal portion, a curved intermediate portion, and a proximal portion;
an ocular implant disposed within the passageway of the cannula; and
a delivery tool having a distal interlocking portion engaging a complementary interlocking portion of the ocular implant; and
wherein the intermediate portion of the cannula has a first radius of curvature along the central axis and the distal portion has a second radius of curvature along the central axis, the first radius of curvature being greater than the second radius of curvature to allow for substantially tangential entry of the cannula into Schlemm's canal through the incision.

US Pat. No. 10,709,544

NON-CYLINDRICAL VARIABLE PITCH MESH TOP STENT

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A stent, comprising:a plurality of intersecting elongated members arranged to form a plurality of cells, at least some of the plurality of cells forming a tube with a lumen running therethrough, wherein the tube comprises first and second sections, the first section having a substantially constant first diameter, the second section having a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter, the tube comprising a transition section between the first and second sections, the transition section having a concave curvature extending proximally from the first section toward the second section and a convex curvature extending proximally from the concave curvature to the second section, wherein the second section has a first tier of elongate cells of the plurality of elongate cells having a first shape and rounded proximal apices and a second tier of elongate cells of the plurality of cells having a second shape different from the first shape,
wherein the first section has multiple tiers of diamond shaped cells of the plurality of cells, the multiple tiers each having a length less than each of the first and second tiers of elongate cells,
wherein the first section exhibits a greater force of radial expansion than the second section, and
wherein the rounded proximal apices of the first tier extend inwardly toward a center of the stent.

US Pat. No. 10,709,543

NON-CYLINDRICAL MESH TOP STENT WITH TWISTED SECTIONS

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A stent, comprising:a plurality of intersecting elongated members arranged to form a plurality of cells, the plurality of cells defining an elongated tube with a lumen running therethrough, wherein the elongated tube comprises first, second, and third sections, the first section having a substantially constant first diameter and the third section having a substantially constant second diameter that is larger than the substantially constant first diameter of the first section, wherein the diameter of the second section transitions from the first diameter to the second diameter, wherein the diameter of the second section transitions from the first diameter to the second diameter via a concave curvature extending proximally from the first section and a convex curvature extending proximally from the concave curvature to the third section,
wherein a proximal end of the third section of the stent comprises a plurality of rounded ends formed by the plurality of intersecting elongated members,
wherein each of the plurality of cells within the first section have a pitch that is tighter than each of the plurality of cells within the second and third sections, and
wherein in the second section, the plurality of intersecting elongated members comprises a plurality of pairs of elongated members, wherein each pair of elongated members comprises two adjacent elongated members that define a side of two adjacent cells and are twisted axially around each other to form a twist between each of two adjacent elongated members.

US Pat. No. 10,709,521

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO ACCOUNT FOR TRANSPONDER TAGGED OBJECTS USED DURING CLINICAL PROCEDURES, EMPLOYING A SHIELDED RECEPTACLE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system to track items in a clinical environment, the system comprising:a number of antennas, the antennas positioned and oriented in the clinical environment to provide coverage of at least a portion of the clinical environment;
at least one interrogator, the at least one interrogator communicatively coupled to the antennas and operable to cause the at least one antenna to emit at least one of radio or microwave frequency energy interrogation signals and to detect response signals from any exposed wireless communications transponders in the clinical environment;
at least one shielded receptacle in the clinical environment, the at least one shielded receptacle having an interior and at least one shield that shields the interior of the shielded receptacle and any wireless communications transponders in the interior from at least one of radio or microwave frequency energy emitted by the antennas, at least one the at least one shielded receptacle is in a closed configuration;
a plurality of tagged clinical procedure items, each of the tagged items clinical procedure items having a respective wireless communications transponder physically coupled thereto; and
at least one piece of packaging, the at least one piece of packaging having an interior and at least one shield that shields the interior of the packaging and any wireless communications transponders in the interior of the packaging from at least one of radio or microwave frequency energy emitted by the antennas while the at least one piece of packaging is sealed, wherein the at least one piece of packaging releasably retains a number of the tagged clinical procedure items prior to use of the tagged clinical procedure items,
wherein the tagged clinical procedure items are disposable pieces of gauze and at least one of the at least one piece of packaging contains at least two sterile tagged disposable pieces of gauze prior to opening of the respective piece of packaging and the at least one of the at least one piece of packaging is hermetically sealed prior to opening of the respective piece of packaging.

US Pat. No. 10,709,517

END EFFECTOR

Multi Scopic Instruments,...

1. An end effector comprising:an outer sleeve defining a central longitudinal axis;
first and second jaws;
a jaw pivot, mounted in each of the jaws, rotatably coupling the jaws and defining a jaw axis about which rotation of the jaws achieves opening and closing of the jaws, wherein (i) the jaw axis defines a jaw plane perpendicular thereto in which the jaws move relative to one another and (ii) the coupled jaws form a jaw assembly;
a split yoke assembly, generally aligned with the longitudinal axis, having first and second yoke segments, each yoke segment having a distal end and a proximal end, the yoke segments being mounted, about a scissors pivot, for scissors-movement with respect to one another;
a set of first and second rotatable jaw mounts, each jaw mount having proximal and distal ends, the distal end of each rotatable jaw mount being pivotally mounted, via a corresponding jaw mount pivot, to a corresponding one of the first and second jaws, and, the proximal ends of the first and second rotatable jaw mounts being pivotally mounted, via first and second yoke pivots, respectively, to the distal ends of the corresponding first and second yoke segments, wherein the jaw mount pivots define axes of rotation that are parallel to the jaw axis, to support opening and closing of the jaws in the jaw plane, and the first and second yoke pivots define first and second yoke pivot axes respectively and collectively configure rotation of the jaw assembly relative to the longitudinal axis so that, in a straight-ahead position of the jaw assembly about the jaw mount pivots, the jaw plane is aligned with the longitudinal axis, and in an angled position of the jaw assembly about the jaw mount pivots, the jaw plane is at an angle to the longitudinal axis;
first and second cables coupled at a distal end thereof to the set of rotatable jaw mounts and at a proximal end thereof to a jaw-positioning assembly configured to move the position of the jaw assembly between the straight-ahead position and the angled position;
a pushrod having proximal and distal ends, the pushrod being mounted in the outer sleeve for axial motion along the longitudinal axis between a forward position in a direction toward the jaw assembly and a rearward position in a direction away from the jaw assembly;
a linkage system, coupled (a) to the first and second yoke segments near the proximal ends thereof and (b) to the distal end of the pushrod, the linkage system configured to move the proximal ends of the yoke segments towards each other, and therefore the distal ends of the yoke segments away from each other, so as to cause the jaws to move into an open position, when the pushrod is in a first one of the forward and rearward positions, and to move the proximal ends of the yoke segments away from each other, and therefore the distal ends of the yoke segments toward each other, so as to cause the jaws to move into a closed position, when the pushrod is in a second one of the forward and rearward positions.

US Pat. No. 10,709,515

METHODS OF CONTROLLING MOTION OF UNDER-ACTUATED JOINTS IN A SURGICAL SET-UP STRUCTURE

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A robotic system comprising:a first robotic arm comprising a first joint;
a link supporting the first robotic arm;
one or more driven joints supporting the link; and
a processor operatively coupled to the one or more driven joints, wherein the processor is configured to:
accelerate the link by driving the one or more driven joints and imparting a force or moment to the first robotic arm,
inhibit a passive movement of the first joint when the passive movement of the first joint operates to cause the first joint to move away from a reference state of the first joint, wherein the passive movement of the first joint is responsive to the force or moment imparted to the first robotic arm, and
facilitate the passive movement of the first joint when the passive movement of the first joint operates to cause the first joint to move towards the reference state.

US Pat. No. 10,709,513

CONTROL OF THE RATE OF ACTUATION OF TOOL MECHANISM BASED ON INHERENT PARAMETERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A robotic surgical system, comprising:a robotic arm having a proximal end configured to be coupled to a support and having a driver at a distal end thereof, the driver including one or more motors;
a tool assembly operatively coupled to the robotic arm, the tool assembly comprising a shaft having a longitudinal axis that is operatively coupled to the driver to enable selective rotation of the shaft;
an end effector pivotally coupled to a distal end of the shaft, the end effector being operatively coupled to the driver and being configured to selectively pivot relative to the shaft, the end effector having an operational window area within a region circumscribed by a portion of the end effector as the shaft rotates about the longitudinal axis; and
a control system configured to monitor the operational window area to control a velocity of movement of the robotic arm such that the velocity of movement of the robotic arm is controlled as a function of at least one of a rotational speed of the shaft and the operational window area.

US Pat. No. 10,709,511

CONTROL OF JAW OR CLAMP ARM CLOSURE IN CONCERT WITH ADVANCEMENT OF DEVICE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A robotic surgical system comprising:a robotic arm;
a tool assembly coupled to the robotic arm, the tool assembly comprising
a shaft extending distally from a housing,
an end effector coupled to a distal end of the shaft, the end effector comprising a blade and a clamp, and
a sensor that is configured to sense a force applied to the blade and a deflection of the blade in response to the applied force, and
a control system configured to control, based on the sensed force applied to the blade, an angle of orientation of the blade relative to a tissue of a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,709,507

REAL-TIME DISPLAY OF TREATMENT-RELATED TISSUE CHANGES USING VIRTUAL MATERIAL

Navix International Limit...

1. A method of visually displaying tissue-probe interactions in a medical procedure, comprising:receiving interaction data indicating interactions between an intrabody probe and a body tissue region, wherein the interaction data are associated to positions within the tissue region;
associating, based on the interaction data, material appearance properties to an extent of geometrical rendering data, wherein the geometrical rendering data indicate geometry of the tissue region;
rendering the geometrical rendering data to a rendered image using the associated material appearance properties; and
presenting the rendered image on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,709,503

PROTECTIVE SLEEVE FOR A DERMATOLOGICAL TREATMENT DEVICE

1. A protective sleeve able to protect a dermatological treatment device comprising a laser head able to fire a laser beam during its use against any soiling, the sleeve comprising:a) a rigid shell configured so as to be able to be placed on the laser head and comprising:
a window able to be arranged across from the laser beam,
a contact wall, arranged around the window, able to come into contact around a target zone,
means for attachment to the device positioned less than 10 mm, preferably less than 5 mm, from the contact wall, in the form of at least one protuberance, able to be housed in a complementary cavity of the device, said protuberance making it possible to perform reversible clipping on the device by cooperating with its cavity ensuring fastening of the rigid shell on the device and the removal of the sleeve after its use; and
b) a flexible skirt secured to the rigid shell and configured so as to form, with the rigid shell, an enclosure surrounding the device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,499

CATHETER AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED ABLATION

Sirona Medical Technologi...

1. A method of ablating biological tissue, comprising:positioning a first portion of an electrode body extending distally from a distal end of a housing such that the first portion is substantially covered by the biological tissue, a second portion of the electrode body remaining inside the housing, and at least part of the distal end of the housing being in permanent fluid-sealed relation with an outer surface of the electrode body upon longitudinal movement of the electrode body relative to the distal end of the housing; and
actuating the electrode body to ablate the biological tissue adjacent to the first portion of the electrode body while a coolant flows through the housing and contacts the first and second portions of the electrode body to cool the electrode body, the coolant flushing the surface of the first portion of the electrode body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,485

NEUTRALIZATION PLATE AND RELATED METHODS

1. A neutralization plate comprising:a main body;
a pair of upper arms extending upwards from the main body;
a pair of lower arms extending downward from the main body to form a generally X-shape with the pair of upper arms;
a horizontal channel formed across a rear side of a midsection of the main body;
an aperture formed in the main body between the pair of lower arms and contiguous to a bottom edge of the horizontal channel; and
a lower chute formed between the aperture and a lower edge of the horizontal channel;
wherein the lower chute is configured for ends of a suture looped through a fractured bone to be passed through the aperture and down the lower chute to a front side of the main body to be anchored separately from the fractured bone.

US Pat. No. 10,709,481

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POSTERIOR DYNAMIC STABILIZATION OF THE SPINE

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. An interspinous spacer device, comprising:a port;
an expandable body comprising
a pair of superior apexes configured to be driven from a first delivery configuration toward a first deployed configuration by an instrument that is detachably coupled to the port spaced apart from the superior apexes, wherein the superior apexes in the first delivery configuration are substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the interspinous spacer device;
a recessed superior central section extending between the superior apexes and configured to gradually move toward a subject's superior spinous process based on operation of the instrument coupled to the port of the interspinous spacer device while the superior spinous process is located between the superior apexes;
a pair of inferior apexes movable from a second delivery configuration toward a second deployed configuration by the instrument detachably coupled to the port, wherein the inferior apexes in the second delivery configuration are substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the interspinous spacer device; and
a recessed inferior central section extending between the inferior apexes and configured to gradually move toward a subject's inferior spinous process based on operation of the instrument coupled to the port of the interspinous spacer device while the inferior spinous process is located between the inferior apexes.

US Pat. No. 10,709,477

DEROTATION APPARATUS FOR TREATING SPINAL IRREGULARITIES

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A method for treating a spinal irregularity:providing a first derotation apparatus comprising a first coupling rod engagement assembly;
providing a second derotation apparatus comprising a second coupling rod engagement assembly;
coupling the first derotation apparatus to a first screw, the first screw is coupled to a vertebral body;
coupling the second derotation apparatus to a second screw, the second screw is coupled to a vertebral body;
aligning the first coupling rod engagement assembly of the first derotation apparatus and the second coupling rod engagement assembly of the second derotation apparatus; and
coupling a coupling rod between the first coupling rod engagement assembly of the first derotation apparatus and the second coupling rod engagement assembly of the second derotation apparatus to interconnect the first derotation apparatus and the second derotation apparatus such that the coupling rod does not intersect a longitudinal axis of first derotation apparatus or a longitudinal axis of the second derotation apparatus,
wherein the first coupling rod engagement assembly and the second coupling rod engagement assembly surround at least a portion of the coupling rod to engage the coupling rod, and
wherein the first coupling rod engagement assembly and the second coupling rod engagement assembly are each configured to rotate about at least two axes.

US Pat. No. 10,709,475

PUMPING SURGICAL CANNULA

Edward J. Mikol, Myrtle ...

1. A cannula adapted to be inserted into a body cavity comprisinga lumen wall and an outer casing positioned spaced apart from each other defining a fluid chamber therebetween;
a flow piston connected to a sealing member which is positioned inside the fluid chamber, and
an outer membrane connected to the outer casing,
wherein the fluid chamber is fluidly connected to the outer membrane through an outer casing one-way valve,
wherein in a priming configuration the fluid chamber is filled with a fluid, and
wherein in a pressurizing configuration the flow piston is moved in a second direction to push the fluid from the fluid chamber into the outer membrane through the casing one-way valve.

US Pat. No. 10,709,474

EXPANDABLE ACCESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

P Tech, LLC, Effingham, ...

1. An expandable access system comprising:an expandable access device defining an access passage, the expandable access device configured to have a contracted configuration and an expanded configuration, and the expandable access device configured to be passed through at least one of an existing orifice and an incision; and
one of a sleeve and a retaining band, at least a portion of the one of a sleeve and a retaining band bonded to at least a portion of the expandable access device and configured to resist radial expansion of the expandable access device, wherein the one of a sleeve and a retaining band is at least one of deformable, flexible, bendable, and expandable,
wherein the expandable access device is configured to radially expand from the contracted configuration toward the expanded configuration in at least one of the existing orifice and incision when the at least a portion of the one of the sleeve and the retaining band is released.

US Pat. No. 10,709,465

RETRIEVAL BASKET AND RELATED METHODS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:a sheath;
an elongate member at least partially surrounded by the sheath;
an end effector at a distal end of the elongate member and movable between an open position and a closed position; and
a handle, the handle including:
an actuator member coupled to the sheath;
an adjustment member; and
a biasing member between the actuator member and the adjustment member;
wherein the adjustment member includes a protrusion that is received in a slot of the handle, wherein the protrusion is movable within at least one tab of the slot to lock the adjustment member in a selected position, and wherein the adjustment member is slidable to different positions in the slot to selectively adjust the force of the biasing member on the actuator member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,460

CENTERING GUIDE SYSTEM FOR ARTHROPLASTY

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

1. A guide system for resecting a bone surface in a desired location comprising:a surface trial having at least one hole, the surface trial positionable on the bone surface;
a centering guide post having a first location on its length with an outer cross sectional dimension that varies between a maximum and a minimum as a function of a force applied to an outer surface of the centering guide post from outside of the centering guide post, the centering guide post including a slit that separates the centering guide post into first and second segments that are insertable into the at least one hole of the surface trial so that the centering guide post is releasably engageable to the surface trial,
wherein the outer cross sectional dimension at the first location varies according to a position of the centering guide post within the at least one hole of the surface trial,
wherein the outer cross sectional dimension at the first location decreases with an increase in the force applied to the outer surface of the centering guide post,
wherein the slit has a width dimension extending between the first segment and the second segment measured absent the force applied to the outer surface, the width dimension varying between a first end of the slit remote from free ends of the first and second segments and a second end of the slit at the free end of at least one of the first and second segments, the width dimension being a first width at a second location between the first end of the slit and the second end of the slit and a second width at the second end of the slit, the first width being less than the second width,
wherein the slit has a first lateral dimension from the second end of the slit to a third location between the second end of the slit and the second location and a second lateral dimension at a fourth location between the third location and the first end of the slit, the second lateral dimension being greater than the first lateral dimension, the first and second lateral dimensions being measured in a direction orthogonal to both the width dimension and the length of the centering guide post; and
a centering guide handle attachable to the centering guide post,
wherein when the centering guide post is releasably engaged to the surface trial, the centering guide handle is adapted to position the surface trial on the bone surface and the centering guide post is adapted to allow visualization of a position of the surface trial on the bone surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,458

SURGICAL TOOLS AND METHOD FOR KINEMATIC ALIGNMENT

Stefano Bini, Piedmont, ...

1. A method for cutting a tibia comprising:providing a femur block positioner coupled to an alignment arm and a shim coupled to the alignment arm, wherein the shim has a concave surface;
placing the concave surface of the shim on a distal end of a femur;
securely attaching the femur block positioner to the femur while the concave surface of the shim is on the distal end of the femur;
attaching a cutting block to the femur block positioner, the cutting block having a femur blade slot that is aligned with a cutting plane of the femur;
cutting the femur using the femur blade slot to align a cutting tool;
applying a tension force between the femur and a tibia;
attaching to the femur block positioner a tibia cutting guide tool having a tibia blade slot; and
cutting the tibia while the femur and the tibia are in tension.

US Pat. No. 10,709,451

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ANASTOMOSIS

CARPONOVUM AB, Lund (SE)...

1. A device for anastomosis of a tubular structure, said device comprising:members of a generally hollow open configuration that include a first member and a second member, wherein the first and second member each comprises a rigid part and an elastic part wherein the first member is operable to retain a first severed end of a tubular between the rigid and elastic part, and the second member is operable to retain a second severed end of the tubular between the rigid and elastic part; and
a connection member structured and operable to connect the first member to the second member such that anastomosis will occur between the first and second severed ends of the tubular structure, wherein the rigid part of the first member comprises at least two holes arranged around a periphery of the rigid part of the first member, each hole engageable with a first end of a catheter such that the first end of the catheter is opening into a cavity formed between the rigid parts when the first member is connected to the second member and a second end of the catheter passes through a tubular structure and exits through a rectum of a patient when the tubular structure is connected to the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,430

VEIN DISSECTING DEVICE AND METHOD

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vein harvesting device for harvesting a vein in a body, the vein harvesting device comprising:an elongated hollow member possessing a distal end portion and a proximal end portion;
a dissecting member that includes a mount connected to the distal end portion of the elongated hollow member and that is configured to dissect a tissue in the body surrounding the vein during harvesting of the vein, the mount of the dissecting member possessing a proximal end portion communicating with the elongated hollow member;
the dissecting member including two spaced apart side portions connected to and projecting away from the mount so that the mount spans between the two side portions and the side portions project downwardly as viewed from a distal end of the dissecting member, each side portion possessing a first end at an end of the side portion farther from the mount and a second end at an end of the side portion closer to the mount;
the dissecting member including two spaced apart holding portions each connected to the first end of a respective one of the side portions and projecting away from the respective side portion, the two holding portions projecting towards one another as viewed from the distal end of the dissecting member,
the mount, the two side portions and the two holding portions together surrounding a space that receives a vein being harvested during use of the vein harvesting device, the mount bounding a top of the space as viewed from the distal end of the dissecting member, the side portions bounding sides of the space as viewed from the distal end of the dissecting member, and the holding portions bounding a bottom of the space as viewed from the distal end of the dissecting member; and
a pair of spherically-shaped or cone-shaped projections that contact the tissue in the body surrounding the vein during the harvesting of the vein, each spherically-shaped or cone-shaped projecting in a distal direction either from a distal surface of one of the holding portions or from an intersection of one of the holding portions and the respective side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,429

BIOPSY DEVICE HANDLE

Argon Medical Devices Inc...

1. A biopsy device handle comprising:an elongated housing, the length of the housing defining a longitudinal axis;
a carriage disposed within the housing and having a flexible abutment;
a catch overlapping at least a portion of the abutment in a longitudinal direction;
a first trigger disposed in the housing and movable longitudinally within the housing and contacting a portion of the flexible abutment wherein longitudinal movement of the first trigger causes a first contact force to be applied to the abutment;
a second trigger disposed in the housing and movable transversely within the housing and contacting a portion of the flexible abutment wherein transverse movement of the second trigger causes a second contact force to be applied to the abutment;
wherein the abutment is configured to flex away from the catch when forced by either the first or second contact force, such that the catch does not overlap a portion of the abutment.

US Pat. No. 10,709,427

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECONFIGURING AN ULTRASOUND DEVICE

General Electric Company,...

1. An acousto-electrical probe testing apparatus comprising:a connection interface to connect to a plurality of acousto-electrical probes of different probe types having different numbers of transducer leads, the connection interface to be configured to accommodate a selected acousto-electrical probe based on connection type information identified for a probe type associated with the selected acousto-electrical probe; and
a processor to identify the probe type of a first acousto-electrical probe when the first acousto-electrical probe is coupled to the connection interface based on a selected operational mode and an interrogation of connectors in the connection interface to determine a number of leads coupled to the connection interface, the selected operational mode including at least one of a ground scan mode, a probe scan mode, or a capacitance scan mode, the processor to:
trigger a test of the first acousto-electrical probe based on the probe type and the selected operational mode, the test including generation of a control signal to be applied to the leads of the first acousto-electrical probe coupled to the connection interface; and
process a plurality of responses to the control signal from the leads of the first acousto-electrical probe to determine when a lead is at least one of broken or detached from the first acousto-electrical probe.

US Pat. No. 10,709,426

ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An ultrasonic diagnostic system, comprising:a first device configured to perform ultrasonic diagnosis;
a second device configured to perform, with the first device, the ultrasonic diagnosis; and
in a separated state in which the first device and the second device are separated from each other, the first device and the second device communicating with each other according to a wireless communication mode, in a docking state in which the first device and the second device are coupled to each other, the first device and the second device communicating with each other according to a wire communication mode,
an immediately-before-docking state determining unit configured to determine an immediately-before state of docking during a course of a change of state from the separated state to the docking state,
the first device comprising a first controller configured to cause an operation state of the first device to transition from a normal operation state to an operation limited state when the immediately-before state of docking is determined,
the second device comprising a second controller configured to cause an operation state of the second device to transition from a normal operation state to an operation limited state when the immediately-before state of docking is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,709,425

3D ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An ultrasound imaging system comprising:one or more processors and a memory in communication with the one or more processors, the one or more processors operable to:
receive a plurality of sets of volume data resulting from a plurality of different trans-esophageal ultrasound scans of a body taken at different positions or orientations by a trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) probe positioned within an esophagus of a body;
provide display data corresponding to the plurality of sets of volume data;
detect a position and orientation of an anatomical object of interest within the plurality of sets of volume data, wherein the detection of the position and orientation of the anatomical object of interest includes conducting a model-based segmentation of the plurality of sets of volume data to find a best match between the plurality of sets of volume data and a geometrical model of the anatomical object of interest;
generate a plurality of two-dimensional slices from the plurality of sets of volume data;
define respective slice locations based on the geometrical model of the anatomical object of interest so as to obtain a set of two-dimensional standard views of the anatomical object of interest, each two-dimensional standard view comprising expected anatomical features of the anatomical object of interest based on the geometrical model;
evaluate a quality factor for each of the generated plurality of two-dimensional slices, wherein the quality factor comprises a ratio representative of an extent to which a two-dimensional slice comprises the expected anatomical features of the anatomical object of interest based on the geometrical model for a two-dimensional standard view; and
select, for each of the set of two-dimensional standard views, the two-dimensional slice having the highest quality factor by comparing the evaluated quality factors of corresponding two-dimensional slices generated from each of the plurality of sets of volume data.

US Pat. No. 10,709,424

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CUFF-LESS BLOOD PRESSURE (BP) MEASUREMENT OF A SUBJECT

HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY INN...

1. A system for cuff-less calibration free measurement of blood pressure (BP) of a subject, the system comprising:a probe comprising:
a first sensor;
a second sensor spaced at a distance from said first sensor; and
a third sensor;
an ultrasound transducer connected with said first sensor and said second sensor, wherein the ultrasound transducer is placed at a center of the third sensor in said probe and in between said first sensor and said second sensor; and
a controller unit connected to said probe;
wherein said first sensor and second sensor are configured to measure a local pulse wave velocity (PWV) of an arterial wall of said subject;
wherein said ultrasound transducer configured to measure a change in a change in an arterial dimensions over a cardiac cycle of said arterial wall of said subject, wherein said arterial dimensions include an arterial distension and an end-diastolic diameter; and
wherein said third sensor is configured to provide a feedback to said controller unit to measure BP of said subject and wherein said controller unit is configured to measure the blood pressure (BP) waveform at the artery measurement site of said subject based on said local PWV and said change in arterial dimensions in each heart beat.

US Pat. No. 10,709,423

ULTRASOUND PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An ultrasound processing apparatus, comprising:a probe that includes a vibration generator, wherein the vibration generator is configured to vibrate the probe based on a vibration parameter;
a vibration controller configured to:
set the vibration parameter of the vibration generator;
receive a reflected signal from an object corresponding to an ultrasound signal, wherein the reflected signal is acquired by the probe;
estimate a strain of the object based on the reflected signal;
change, based on the strain, the vibration parameter to synchronize a timing of the vibration generated by the vibration generator and a timing of detection of the strain; and
a vibration driver configured to drive the vibration generator based on the vibration parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,709,419

DUAL MODALITY IMAGING SYSTEM FOR COREGISTERED FUNCTIONAL AND ANATOMICAL MAPPING

SENO MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS,...

1. An imaging system for visualization of slices into a depth of tissue of at least a portion of a body, comprising:a hand-held imaging probe comprising an array of ultrasonic transducers and a light emitting portion, wherein the light emitting portion comprises:
a first fiber-optic bundle and a first light diffuser configured to form a first light beam and a second fiber-optic bundle and a second light diffuser configured to form a second light beam, wherein the first and second fiber-optic bundles are disposed on opposite sides of the array of ultrasonic transducers; and
a processing system configured to receive data originating from the hand-held imaging probe and to process at least three independent images based at least in part upon said data, wherein the processing comprises deconvolution of an impulse response associated with the array of ultrasonic transducers, the impulse response based on a delta-function ultrasonic signal generated by laser pulses in an absorbing optical medium the three independent images together comprising:
a first functional image reflecting distribution of total hemoglobin concentration;
a second functional image reflecting distribution of blood oxygen saturation; and
a morphological image of tissue structures.

US Pat. No. 10,709,416

OBSTETRICAL IMAGING AT THE POINT OF CARE FOR UNTRAINED OR MINIMALLY TRAINED OPERATORS

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A medical ultrasound machine comprising:an ultrasound transducer assembly including:
a transducer bar adapted to be supported by a hand of a human, wherein the transducer bar includes a set of independently excitable transducer elements extending along a lateral axis of the transducer bar and the set of independently excitable transducer elements are exposed for ultrasonic transmission and reception; and
an ultrasound processor assembly including:
(1) transducer interface circuitry communicating with the set of independently excitable transducer elements for acquisition of slices of ultrasound echo data to complete a volume set of ultrasound echo signals;
(2) a display; and
(3) an electronic processor receiving the slices of ultrasound echo data to complete the volume set of ultrasound echo signals and executing a stored program to identify within the completed volume set of ultrasound echo signals indications of conditions selected from the group of:
(i) placenta over cervix;
(ii) fetus in non-head down presentation;
(iii) multiple gestation;
(iv) gestational age; and
(v) fetal size;
and to output at least one of the conditions on the display;
wherein the electronic processor further outputs on the display at least one of a shading and/or a trajectory guiding movement of the ultrasound transducer assembly to obtain the volume set of ultrasound echo signals; and
wherein the shading and/or trajectory guiding movement of the ultrasound transducer assembly is based on concurrent analysis of previously received slices of ultrasound data from preceding ultrasound transducer assembly positions by the electronic processor to assemble a partial volume of ultrasound data from the previously received slices and analyze the partial volume to determine slices of ultrasound data still needed to complete the volume set of ultrasound echo signals.

US Pat. No. 10,709,409

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONVEYING ONE OR MORE PREDICTIVE INDICATORS OF AN IMAGING CONTROL PARAMETER

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for conveying one or more predictive indicators of an imaging control parameter comprising:obtaining an initial image acquisition via an imaging system based at least in part on an initial configuration of the imaging system, the initial image acquisition including one or more projective images;
collecting data regarding the imaging control parameter during the initial image acquisition;
generating the one or more predictive indicators based at least in part on the collected data;
displaying a limit indicator of the imaging control parameter, the limit indicator based at least in part on the one or more predictive indicators;
adjusting the configuration of the imaging system; and
updating the one or more predictive indicators based at least in part on additional data collected during a subsequent image acquisition via the imaging system in the adjusted configuration, wherein when the imaging system is in the initial configuration, each of the one or more predictive indicators corresponds to a calculated value of the imaging control parameter associated with a potential configuration of the imaging system different from the initial configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,709,403

PROCESSING OF INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY IMAGES BY ECG ANALYSIS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of processing images for interventional imaging, wherein a region of interest is visualized, the method comprising:acquiring a series of 2D X-ray images of the region of interest in a patient during at least one respiratory phase;
acquiring a first electrocardiographic signal in synchronization with the acquisition of the series of 2D X-ray images so that the series of 2D X-ray images are acquired at the rate of patient's cardiac cycle;
estimating, via a processor, from the electrocardiographic signal a period of deformation of the region of interest caused by respiratory motion of the patient; and
registering, via the processor, different successive 2D X-ray images in relation to the estimated deformation period,
wherein estimating the period of deformation from the electrocardiographic signal comprises detecting, via the processor, an envelope of the electrocardiographic signal to infer the respiratory motion of the patient therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,709,402

RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM, RADIOGRAPHY METHOD, RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM, AND DERIVATION APPARATUS

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A radiography system comprising:a radiography apparatus including two radiation detectors in which a plurality of pixels, each of which includes a conversion element that generates a larger amount of charge as it is irradiated with a larger amount of radiation, are two-dimensionally arranged and which are arranged in a direction in which the radiation is emitted; and
a controller including a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, wherein the processor is configured to:
correct a ratio of pixel values in a region, which corresponds to a soft tissue of a subject and is a corresponding region of radiographic images generated by the two radiation detectors irradiated with radiations having different energy levels, on the basis of correction data corresponding to a body thickness, and
derive at least one of bone density or bone mineral content of the subject on the basis of a difference between a ratio of pixel values in a region, which corresponds to a bone tissue of the subject and is a corresponding region of the radiographic images, and the ratio of the pixel values that has been corrected.

US Pat. No. 10,709,401

RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM, RADIOGRAPHY METHOD, RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM, AND BODY THICKNESS ESTIMATION APPARATUS

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A radiography system comprising:a radiography apparatus including two radiation detectors in which a plurality of pixels, each of which includes a conversion element that generates a larger amount of charge as it is irradiated with a larger amount of radiation, are two-dimensionally arranged and which are arranged in a direction in which the radiation is emitted; and
a controller including a processor and a memory coupled to the processor,
wherein the processor is configured to estimate a body thickness of a subject on the basis of a ratio of pixel values in a region, which corresponds to a soft tissue of the subject and is a corresponding region of radiographic images generated by the two radiation detectors irradiated with radiations having different energy levels, and pre-stored correspondence relationship information in which the ratio and the body thickness are associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,709,399

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PERFORMING THREE-DIMENSIONAL BLOOD VESSEL RECONSTRUCTION USING ANGIOGRAPHIC IMAGES

SHENZHEN KEYA MEDICAL TEC...

1. A computer-implemented method for performing three-dimensional blood vessel reconstruction using angiographic images of a patient, wherein the computer-implemented method comprises:acquiring a first two-dimensional image of a blood vessel in a first projection direction and a three-dimensional model of the blood vessel;
determining, by a processor, a simulated optical path length within the blood vessel at a position thereof in the first projection direction based on the three-dimensional model of the blood vessel; and
adjusting, by the processor, reconstruction parameters of the three-dimensional model of the blood vessel, based on the simulated optical path length within the blood vessel at the position in the first projection direction, intensity value at the corresponding position of the blood vessel in the first two-dimensional image, and a relationship between the intensity value and an optical path length at the corresponding position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,398

MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE HAVING A PAIR OF SMART GLASSES AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A PERSON USING A MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE HAVING A PAIR OF SMART GLASSES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A medical imaging device comprising:a user interface device configured to display information relevant to an imaging process to a user, receive user input relevant to the imaging process, or both display the information and receive the user input; and
at least one component controllable according to a user command entered using the user interface device,
wherein the user interface device comprises at least one pair of mixed reality smart glasses.

US Pat. No. 10,709,397

MOBILE X-RAY APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A mobile X-ray apparatus comprising:an X-ray radiation device;
a controller configured to control the X-ray radiation device;
a power supply configured to:
supply operating power to the X-ray radiation device and the controller via a lithium ion battery; and
control an overcurrent that occurs during an X-ray emission by the X-ray radiation device;
a charger configured to charge the lithium ion battery; and
a main body configured to house the controller, the power supply, and the charger,
wherein each of the controller, the power supply, and the charger is embodied as a physically separate module,
wherein the power supply is encased in a metal case,
wherein the power supply includes a master BMS circuit configured to operate a protection circuit against the overcurrent, based on a state of the lithium ion battery, and
wherein the master BMS circuit is arranged parallel to a first surface of the metal case of the power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,709,396

FILTER SET OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY SCANNING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Beijing Neusoft Medical E...

1. A filter set of a computed tomography (CT) scanning device, comprising:a disc;
a filter disposed on the disc, the filter having a substantially annular groove structure, a body thickness of the annular groove structure varying in a circumferential direction and a radial direction, wherein the filter comprises a plurality of annular grooves separable in the radial direction, wherein the plurality of annular grooves are parallel with each other in the radial direction, and wherein a body thickness of each of the plurality of annular grooves continuously varies in the circumferential direction of the disc; and
a drive shaft connected to the disc, a shaft axis of the drive shaft being parallel to a radiation direction of X-ray of the CT scanning device, the disc being configured to rotate around the shaft axis of the drive shaft,
wherein the annular groove structure extends along the shaft axis, and an outer diameter of a radial cross-sectional shape of the annular groove structure gradually varies along the shaft axis.

US Pat. No. 10,709,395

RADIATION SYSTEM

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A radiation system, comprising:a patient support platform;
at least one X-ray radiation source positioned on a first side of the patient support platform;
an X-ray radiation detector positioned on a second side of the patient support platform opposite the first side;
a fixed source X-ray radiation shield disposed about the X-ray radiation source;
a detector X-ray radiation shield comprising a shield carrier and at least one shield extension, wherein the at least one shield extension is configured to be moved relative to the shield carrier between an extended configuration wherein the at least one shield extension extends from the shield carrier to the source radiation shield or a peripheral edge of the platform, and a stowed configuration wherein the at least one shield extension is retracted towards the shield carrier to allow access to a patient on the support platform, and
a displacement mechanism configured to move the shield carrier towards and away from the patient support platform.

US Pat. No. 10,709,391

METHOD OF CELL TAGGING FOR CANCER DETECTION

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. A system comprising:a probe, wherein the probe comprises at least one of (i) a tumor-binding agent that experiences a conformation change in response to exposure to a tumor environment such that the tumor-binding agent can bind to tumor cells when exposed to the tumor environment or (ii) an interfering element or protective layer that is capable of preventing the probe from binding to tumor cells and that is disabled in response to exposure to a tumor environment such that the probe can bind to tumor cells when exposed to the tumor environment, whereby the probe selectively associates with tumor cells before the tumor cells metastasize, and wherein the probe is configured to be able to remain associated with the tumor cells after the tumor cells have metastasized; and
a body-mountable device, wherein the body-mountable device comprises:
a sensor configured to be mounted to an external body surface of a body proximate a portion of subsurface vasculature, wherein the sensor is configured to detect the probe in the portion of subsurface vasculature; and
a controller operably coupled to the sensor, wherein the controller comprises a computing device programmed to perform controller operations comprising:
operating the sensor to detect the probe, wherein detecting the probe comprises measuring an amount of the probe in the portion of subsurface vasculature; and
determining a tumor presence or status based on the measured amount of the probe in the portion of subsurface vasculature.

US Pat. No. 10,709,387

RADIO FREQUENCY COIL METHODS AND APPARATUS

Hyperfine Research, Inc.,...

1. A radio frequency component configured to be responsive to magnetic resonance signals, the radio frequency component comprising:a first coil, including a first conductor arranged in a plurality of turns, oriented to be responsive to first magnetic resonance signal components; anda second coil, including a second conductor arranged in a plurality of turns, oriented to be responsive to second magnetic resonance signal components,wherein the first coil and the second coil are tuned to resonate at a target frequency, and wherein a number of turns of the first conductor and the second conductor are limited so that a self-resonance of the first conductor and a self-resonance of the second conductor are each respectively at a frequency at least twice the target frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,709,386

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM WAVEFORM IDENTIFICATION AND DIAGNOSTICS VIA ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR SYSTEM FUSION

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:an electroencephalography (EEG) sensor, installed on a seat and configured to monitor brain activity of a user located in the seat to generate a EEG signal;
an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor, installed on the seat and configured to monitor heart activity of the user to generate an ECG signal;
a processor, in communication with the EEG sensor and the ECG sensor, configured to process vital data, the vital data including the EEG signal and the ECG signal, to determine a stress level of the user;
responsive to the stress level being above a predefined threshold, output a countermeasure to the user;
responsive to the stress level persisting for a predefined period of time, upload a first portion of the vital data indicative of the stress to a server for analysis in an anonymous manner;
responsive to receiving a request for additional vital data from the server, output a message via a human-machine interface (HMI) to request user permission to grant access to additional vital data; and
responsive to receiving the user permission via the HMI, upload a second portion of the vital data corresponding to the stress to the server in a non-anonymous manner.

US Pat. No. 10,709,385

SIDE-LOADING CONNECTORS FOR USE WITH INTRAVASCULAR DEVICES AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

PHILIPS IMAGE GUIDED THER...

1. An intravascular system, comprising:an intravascular device comprising:
a flexible elongate member having a proximal portion and a distal portion,
at least one electronic component secured to the distal portion of the flexible elongate member, and
at least one electrical connector secured to the proximal portion of the flexible elongate member, wherein the at least one electrical connector is electrically coupled to the at least one electronic component secured to the distal portion of the flexible elongate member; and
a connector having at least one electrical contact configured to interface with the at least one electrical connector of the intravascular device, the connector including a first connection piece and a second connection piece, wherein the first connection piece is movable relative to the second connection piece between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position an elongated opening is formed between the first and second connection pieces to facilitate insertion of the at least one electrical connector between the first and second connection pieces in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the intravascular device and wherein in the closed position the at least one electrical contact is electrically coupled to the at least one electrical connector received between the first and second connection pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,709,378

CLOSED LOOP NEURAL ACTIVITY TRIGGERED REHABILITATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A closed loop, neural activity triggered rehabilitation device for facilitating recovery of a patient from the effects of a sensory motor disability, the patient including a brain and at least one muscle, the device comprising:a sensor system positionable adjacent the brain at a predetermined location, the sensor system configured to detect real-time neural signals at the predetermined location corresponding to an area of the brain used by the patient to move a limb having plurality of muscle sites contemporaneously with volitional commands of the brain by the patient;
a control system operatively connected to the sensor system for receiving the real-time neural signals from the sensor system, the control system generating a plurality of unique, synchronized control signals which are based solely on the real-time neural signals detected by the sensor system and a predetermined set of patient parameters, without utilizing any neural signals of the patient obtained previous to and non-contemporaneously with the real-time neural signals, wherein the predetermined set of patient parameters is entirely independent of real time patient feedback; and
a functional stimulation component operatively connectable to the control system and including a plurality of channels, each channel of the plurality of channels operatively connectable to a different muscle site of the limb and being adapted to receive a corresponding one of the plurality of unique, synchronized control signals and to stimulate a corresponding different muscle site in response to the corresponding one of the plurality of unique, synchronized control signals received from the control system.

US Pat. No. 10,709,377

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AN ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANT AND REHABILITATION

CONSENSUS ORTHOPEDICS, IN...

1. A system for monitoring a joint of a patient, the system comprising:a mechanically independent sensor module configured to be positioned on skin of the patient near the joint, the sensor module comprising
a single housing, wherein the housing has a first end and a second end opposite the first end, wherein the second end is narrower than the first end indicating to the patient that the second end is to be positioned on the skin of the patient pointed toward the joint;
a plurality of sensors disposed within the single housing configured and arranged to measure or observe actions or physical quantities associated with the joint, wherein the plurality of sensors comprises a) a temperature sensor and b) at least one of a first accelerometer, a gyroscope, or a magnetometer; and
at least one communications module disposed within the single housing and coupled to the plurality of sensors and configured and arranged to receive data from the sensors and configured and arranged to transmit sensor information to an external device; and
either a) adhesive directly disposed on the single housing or b) an adhesive pad coupled, or coupleable, to the single housing, wherein the adhesive or adhesive pad is configured adhere the sensor module to the skin of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,709,371

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR SERVING A CUSTOM MEDITATION PROGRAM TO A PATIENT

WellBrain, Inc., Pleasan...

1. A method for automatically prescribing guided meditation based on biometric signals of a patient, the method comprising:serving a first psychological test to the patient through a virtual patient portal executing on a computing device;
transforming results of the first psychological test into a set of psychological conditions of the patient;
matching intensities of psychological conditions in the set of psychological conditions to a particular template psychological test result in a set of template psychological test results;
assigning a first meditation path, from a set of predefined meditation paths, to the patient based on a severity of each psychological condition in the set of psychological conditions, the first mediation path associated with the particular template psychological test result;
at a first time, serving a first guided meditation track in the first meditation path to the patient through the virtual patient portal;
calculating a meditation score comprising a quantitative value inversely proportional to a magnitude of alpha waves read from an electroencephalography headset worn by the patient during completion of the first meditation path by the patient;
at a second time succeeding completion of the first meditation path by the patient, serving a second psychological test to the patient through the virtual patient portal;
calculating new intensities of each psychological condition in the set of psychological conditions of the patient based on results of the second psychological test;
matching a second meditation path, from the set of predefined meditation paths, to the patient based on the new intensities of each psychological condition in the set of psychological conditions and the meditation score; and
at a third time succeeding the second time, serving a second guided meditation track in the second meditation path to the patient through the virtual patient portal.

US Pat. No. 10,709,368

REGIONAL OXIMETRY SLEEVE FOR MOBILE DEVICE

Nonin Medical, Inc., Ply...

1. A method comprising:pairing a first communication module of a mobile computing device with a second communication module of a sleeve, the mobile computing device configured to fit an internal surface of the sleeve, the sleeve having a sleeve processor coupled to a sleeve memory and the sleeve having a contact surface, the contact surface having a curved contour;
executing instructions using the sleeve processor, the instructions stored on the sleeve memory, the instructions configured to generate a measured signal using an optical sensor coupled to the contact surface, the measured signal corresponding to a tissue at the contact surface;
communicating the measured signal from the sleeve to the mobile computing device using the first communication module and using the second communication module; and
executing instructions using the mobile computing device processor to generate display data for a display of the mobile computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,364

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING ANALYTE SENSOR DATA FOR SENSOR CALIBRATION

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A glucose monitoring system comprising:a transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor comprising an in vivo portion and an ex vivo portion, wherein the transcutaneous electrochemical sensor is characterized by an in vivo sensitivity and an in vitro sensitivity, wherein the in vivo sensitivity is different from the in vitro sensitivity, and wherein the in vitro sensitivity is predictive of the in vivo sensitivity due to a relationship therebetween;
sensor electronics configured to be operably connected to the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor;
a processor configured to be operably connected to the sensor electronics;
a memory configured to be operably connected to the processor, wherein the memory has stored therein information associated with the in vivo sensitivity of the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor, wherein the information associated with the in vivo sensitivity is based at least in part on corrections for the difference between the in vivo sensitivity and the in vitro sensitivity of the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,709,354

GENERATING A BREATHING ALERT

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a processing apparatus, a video stream of a subject;
generating, by the processing apparatus, a vector time series that comprises a vector for each image frame of the video stream;
estimating, by the processing apparatus, a breathing signal from the vector time series;
determining, by the processing apparatus, one of a large-scale motion and a breathing event of the subject based on the breathing signal; and
generating, by the processing apparatus, an alert if both no breathing event is identified and no large-scale motion of the subject is identified within an event time interval,
wherein estimating the breathing signal comprises:
decomposing a matrix X of a windowed video subsequence of the video stream into a sparse matrix S representing moving objects and a low rank matrix L representing non-moving objects;
reconstructing a video stream of the moving objects from the sparse matrix S, wherein each pixel of the reconstructed video stream of the moving objects comprises one of a scalar time series and a vector time series; and
measuring breathing events in the reconstructed video stream.

US Pat. No. 10,709,353

DETECTING A RESPIRATORY ABNORMALITY USING A CONVOLUTION, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

Sonavi Labs, Inc., Balti...

1. A computer-implemented method for detection of a respiratory abnormality comprising:receiving, from a microphone, an auditory signal;
generating an auditory spectrogram based on the auditory signal;
performing a spatial convolution procedure on the auditory spectrogram to generate one or more convolution values, wherein the convolution values represent a compressed version of a matrix portion of the auditory spectrogram, and wherein the spatial convolution procedure is trained to generate one or more features for detecting the respiratory abnormality;
applying one or more weights to the convolution values, wherein the weights are trained for detection of the respiratory abnormality;
generating a classification value based on applying the weights to the convolution values, wherein the classification value indicates whether the auditory signal includes the respiratory abnormality; and
transmitting the classification value to a display device for outputting the classification value.

US Pat. No. 10,709,352

METHOD OF USING LUNG AIRWAY CARINA LOCATIONS TO IMPROVE ENB REGISTRATION

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of registering a luminal network to a 3D model of the luminal network, the method comprising:generating a 3D model of a luminal network based on images of the luminal network;
identifying a target within the 3D model of the luminal network;
determining locations of a plurality of carinas in the luminal network proximate the target;
displaying guidance for navigating a location sensor within the luminal network;
tracking a location of the location sensor while the location sensor is navigated within the luminal network;
registering the 3D model of the luminal network to the luminal network based on a tracked location of the location sensor within the luminal network;
displaying guidance for navigating the location sensor into each of a plurality of lumens originating at each of the plurality of carinas proximate the target;
tracking the location of the location sensor while the location sensor is navigated into each of the plurality of lumens;
locally registering the 3D model of the luminal network to the luminal network proximate the target based on the tracked location of the location sensor within each of the plurality of lumens; and
augmenting a registration of the 3D model of the luminal network to the luminal network with a local registration.

US Pat. No. 10,709,347

HEART GRAPHIC DISPLAY SYSTEM

VEKTOR MEDICAL, INC., Ca...

1. A method performed by one or more computing systems for presenting information to assist evaluation of an electromagnetic (“EM”) source of a body, the method comprising:accessing indications of a plurality of cycles within EM measurements of an EM field of the EM source;
for pairs of cycles of the plurality of the cycles, calculating a similarity score for the pair of cycles, each pair of cycles including a first cycle of the pair and a second cycle of the pair, the similarity score for the pair of cycles indicating similarity between the first cycle of the pair and the second cycle of the pair;
generating a graphic that provides a non-textual indication of the similarity scores for the pairs of cycles; and
outputting the graphic to an output device
wherein the EM measurements are generated based on a computational model that models EM activations of the EM source.

US Pat. No. 10,709,346

FLEXIBLE NEURAL PROBES

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of measuring neural activity, the method comprising:providing a flexible substrate comprising a polymeric material over a rigid semiconductor substrate;
providing a plurality of active electrodes on the flexible substrate to define a flexible active electrode shank, each active electrode comprising a gate directly on a surface of the polymeric material, a gate dielectric over the gate, an aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) layer on a surface of the gate dielectric and the surface of the polymeric material, and a carbon nanotube monolayer on a surface of the APTES layer;
embedding the flexible active electrode shank in a bioabsorbable material;
releasing the flexible active electrode shank from the rigid semiconductor substrate;
implanting the flexible active electrode shank in a biological tissue;
dissolving the bioabsorbable material in the biological tissue; and
sensing neural activity using the plurality of active electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,709,345

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NONINVASIVE ABSOLUTE (MEAN) INTRACRANIAL PRESSURE (A-ICP) MEASUREMENT AND/OR MONITORING

1. A non-invasive method for measuring a mean intracranial pressure (ICP) of a person, comprising:using at least one probe positioned adjacent an exterior tissue layer of the person's head to emit energy at pulsating one or more of brain tissue, brain vessels and brain ventricles in the head and to receive reflected signals;
deriving from the signals or from images associated with the signals, using a processor, an ICP waveform having a discernable amplitude whose variations correspond to the pulsating one or more of brain tissue, brain vessels and brain ventricles;
applying external pressure intermittently to an outer surface of the head using a pressure mechanism in communication with the processor, the mechanism including a surface, by applying an initial external pressure when the surface of the mechanism contacts the outer surface and then incrementally increasing the external pressure to the outer surface using the pressure mechanism;
after a decrease in amplitude of the ICP waveform, the decrease beginning at an initial value A1 of the amplitude, determining, by the processor, the ICP of the person from a sum, or an extrapolated sum, of applied external pressures applied beginning on or after a time of the initial value A1 and ending by a time of the final value A2,
wherein one of the following is true:
(i) the final value is a value at which the amplitude reaches a predefined absolute or relative amount with additional increase in applied external pressure and the processor is configured to determine the ICP from the sum of applied external pressures,
(ii) the final value A2 is a value to which the amplitude has decreased from the initial value A1 such that at the final value the amplitude is moving towards but has not yet reached the amplitude that is the predefined absolute or relative amount with additional increase in applied external pressure, and the processor is configured to determine the ICP or an estimated ICP by extrapolating the sum to a point at which the amplitude reaches the predefined absolute or relative amount with additional increase in applied external pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,709,343

COMPUTER-BASED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING THE HEART MUSCLE OF A PATIENT WITH CONTEXTUAL OVERSIGHT

National Cardiac, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented system for monitoring the heart muscle function of a patient which comprises:a sensor array positionable on the patient for collecting physiological and environmental data pertinent to the patient;
a cardio-profile for receiving the physiological data from the sensor array to manifest the physiological aspects of the heart muscle function of the patient;
a response matrix for receiving the environmental data from the sensor array to manifest the external factors influencing the patient;
a context register for storing patient data, wherein the patient data includes medical records of the patient, routine behavioral patterns of the patient, a care plan for the patient, and notes regarding perceptions recorded by physicians and clinical staff pertinent to the patient, wherein the patient data is continuously updated;
a first analyzer for receiving updated patient data from the context register, wherein the first analyzer determines whether a change order based on the updated patient data is required to alter the cardio-profile;
a second analyzer for receiving updated patient data from the context register, wherein the second analyzer determines whether a change order based on the updated patient data is required to alter the response matrix; and
a comparator for comparing anomalies identified by the cardio-profile with aberrations detected by the response matrix, wherein the cardio-profile and the response matrix include alterations required by updated patient data from the context register, to evaluate the heart muscle function, and for generating
a report based on the comparator evaluation, wherein the report is prepared for determining whether a clinical intervention is warranted.

US Pat. No. 10,709,341

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR PULMONARY ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION (PAH) ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT

ST. JUDE MEDICAL LUXEMBOU...

1. A method of evaluating progress of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in a subject, or an outcome in the subject having PAH, comprising:administering a pharmaceutical agent to the subject;
implanting a wireless pressure sensor in a pulmonary artery of the subject;
obtaining a pulmonary artery pressure waveform over a cardiac cycle from the wireless pressure sensor;
determining one or more pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) values experienced within the pulmonary artery from the pulmonary artery pressure waveform;
estimating cardiac output (CO) using one or more of the PAP values experienced within the pulmonary artery over the cardiac cycle;
comparing one or more of the PAP values and one or more of the CO estimates to standard PAP and CO values respectively, wherein the standard CO value is based on one or more previously estimated CO values from the subject;
using the comparisons of PAP and CO to monitor a PAH progression or outcome in the subject; and
changing at least one of the pharmaceutical agent, dosage or dosing regimen based on the comparison of the PAP and CO.

US Pat. No. 10,709,337

PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A photoacoustic measurement apparatus, comprising:a receiving circuit that receives a detection signal of a photoacoustic wave, which is generated in a subject due to emission of measurement light to the subject, in each of at least an avascularized condition in which the subject is avascularized and a non-avascularized condition in which the subject is not avascularized;
a processor configured to
generate a photoacoustic image for each of the avascularized condition and the non-avascularized condition based on the detection signal of the photoacoustic wave; and
generate blood flow information based on a signal value of each of the photoacoustic images in a region of interest set in the photoacoustic images,
wherein the processor is configured to calculate a total value or an average value of the signal value in the region of interest for each time point or time frame, the each time point or the time frame corresponding to one of the photoacoustic images, and
wherein the processor further generates, as the blood flow information, a score value based on a difference between the total value or the average value of the signal value in the region of interest in the avascularized condition and the total value or the average value of the signal value in the region of interest in the non-avascularized condition.

US Pat. No. 10,709,332

TRANSCUTANEOUS ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A system for measuring an analyte concentration in a host, the system comprising:a sensor system comprising:
a first component comprising a sensor configured to measure a signal indicative of an analyte concentration in the host, and a second component comprising sensor electronics configured to operably connect to the sensor, wherein the sensor electronics comprise:
one or more memories configured to store data indicative of analyte concentrations derived at least in part from measurements from the sensor;
a radio frequency module configured to wireles sly transmit at least some of the data indicative of analyte concentrations to a receiver that comprises a display configured to display one or more estimated analyte concentration values, wherein the radio frequency module is configured to transmit at least some of the data indicative of analyte concentrations to the receiver in response to the receiver interrogating the sensor electronics;
wherein the first component is unconnected to the second component during a first state, wherein during a second state the first component is configured to be connected to the second component by the host to form an assembly before the assembly is affixed to the host for sensor insertion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,331

AUTOMATIC TRANSFER AND IDENTIFICATION OF MONITORED DATA WITH HIERARCHICAL KEY MANAGEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method for measuring health related parameters of least two patients, comprising:sending, by a patient identification device, an identification for each of the at least two patients to a measurement device;
receiving and reading a valid identification for at least one of the at least two patients and measuring, with the measurement device, a health related parameter of the at least one of the at least two patients having a valid identification;
communicating the health related parameter measurement results of the patient having a valid identification from the measurement device to the patient identification device carried by the patient via body-coupled communication;
communicating the measurement results separately and concurrently with a patient identification code from the identification device to a gateway device via body-coupled communication;
associating, via the gateway device, the health related parameter measurements with the separately and concurrently received patient identification code as the health related parameter measurements and patient identification code are received at the gateway device, the association between the measurement results and the patient identification code by the gateway device being a first electronic association between the measurement results and the patient identification code;
receiving and reading an invalid identification for the other patient of the at least two patients and measuring, with the measurement device, a health related parameter of the other patient of the at two patients having an invalid identification; and
displaying the measurement results for the other patient having an invalid identification locally on the measurement device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,329

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus, comprising:a scanning unit configured to scan a scanning area with measuring light emitted from a light source;
a detecting unit that is arranged at a position within the scanning area and outside of a measuring area of an eye to be inspected, wherein the measuring area is included within the scanning area and is an area acquiring image information of the eye to be inspected by scanning with the measuring light by the scanning unit;
a light receiving unit configured to receive return light of the measuring light from the eye to be inspected when the scanning unit is scanning the measuring area with the measuring light;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information indicating a scan time of the scanning unit based on output from the detecting unit when the detecting unit detects the measuring light scanned by the scanning unit;
a correcting unit configured to correct sampling timing of sampling an output signal from the light receiving unit based on the information indicating the scan time; and
a sampling unit configured to sample the output signal as the image information based on the corrected sampling timing.

US Pat. No. 10,709,318

OPERATION ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Aktormed GmbH, Barbing (...

1. An operation assistance system for medical interventions or operations, composed of a base unit and robotic kinematics connected thereto, the robotic kinematics comprising:a support column having a lower end section that is pivotally mounted about a first pivotal axis on the base unit and controlled by a first drive unit;
at least a first robotic arm; and
a second robotic arm;
wherein;
a first end section of the first robotic arm is pivotally mounted about a second pivotal axis on an upper end section of the support column opposite to the base unit and controlled by a second drive unit;
a first end section of the second robotic arm is pivotally mounted about a third pivotal axis on a second end section of the first robotic arm by a third drive unit;
the first pivotal axis is perpendicular to the second and third pivotal axes
each of the first drive unit, the second drive unit and the third drive unit are respectively associated with a controllable magnetic brake unit by which the robotic kinematics is selectively uncoupled from the first drive unit, the second drive unit and the third drive unit, respectively, in an uncoupled state;
each controllable magnetic brake unit comprises at least one magnetic brake with a front frictional surface accommodated in a housing in a manner which is secure against rotation;
the second drive unit and the third drive unit are linear drive spindle motor units;
each of the linear drive spindle motor units comprises: a motor unit, a transmission unit, a threaded spindle, and a threaded nut operationally connected to the threaded spindle of each linear drive spindle motor unit;
each threaded nut is accommodated in a sleeve nut pickup which is pivotally mounted by bearing units; and
each sleeve nut pickup comprises a front friction lining brought into frictional engagement with the front frictional surface of the at least one magnetic brake of each respective controllable magnetic brake unit.

US Pat. No. 10,709,317

CLAMP ASSEMBLY FOR DISPOSABLE ENDOSCOPIC SHEATHS

PRAESIDIODYNE, LLC, Indi...

1. A system comprising:a sheath comprising an elongated body having a first transverse cross-sectional area, the sheath comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the sheath being configured to receive an instrument at the proximal end;
a clamp assembly coupled to the sheath, the clamp assembly comprising a first member coupled to a second member, wherein the first and second members may be placed in a clamping configuration and an open configuration, wherein in the clamping configuration the first member and the second member are configured to collapse a lumen defined by the elongated body of the sheath at a location between the first and second members, and in the open configuration the lumen is not collapsed between the first and second members; and
a protective cover configured to receive the sheath, the protective cover comprising an elongated body having a second transverse cross-sectional area greater than the first transverse cross-sectional area of the sheath, the protective cover further comprising a receiver,
wherein the receiver is configured to mate with the clamp assembly when the sheath is inserted into the protective cover,
wherein the receiver is configured to cause the clamp assembly to maintain the open configuration when the clamp assembly is mated with the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,709,313

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT INSPECTION SYSTEM

NCI, Inc., Minneapolis, ...

1. A surgical instrument lumen inspection system for use at a cleaning station, the inspection system comprising:a waterproof housing carrying an image processor and carrying a display screen, wherein the image processor is electronically connected to display screen, the housing including an imaging port electronically connected to the image processor; and
a waterproof borescope assembly including a borescope, an image sensor carried by the borescope, and a connector assembly including an imaging plug configured to selectively connect to the imaging port;
wherein the borescope assembly is configured to be repeatedly low-temperature, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilized without damaging any components of the borescope assembly;
and further wherein when the connector assembly is connected to the imaging port, signals generated by the image sensor are delivered to the image processor.

US Pat. No. 10,709,310

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSOR DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope system comprising a processor configured to: acquire first image and a second image, the first image being obtained by imaging an observation target by using first illumination light, the second image being obtained by imaging the observation target by using second illumination light that is different from the first illumination light at a different timing from the first image; detect a halation region from at least one of the first image or the second image; perform calculation by using the first image and the second image and that generates a calculated image; generate a display image in which a tone reflects the calculated image; and change the tone of the halation region in the display image, wherein, when generating the display image, the processor is further configured to add a weight to the calculated image and assign the calculated image to a chroma channel, and wherein the processor is further configured to adjust the threshold by using the weight of the calculated image.

US Pat. No. 10,709,306

CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a rotary plate;
a cloth that is attached to a bottom of the rotary plate and that is configured to receive water;
a rotation driver connected to an upper portion of the rotary plate and that is configured to rotate the rotary plate about an axis that is perpendicular to the rotary plate;
a container that stores water;
a water supplier that receives water from a lower portion of the container, that is configured to provide water to the cloth, and that includes:
a main pipe that is connected to the container and that is configured to guide water from the container to a center of the rotary plate; and
a first dispersion pipe that is connected to the main pipe, that is configured to disperse water guided by the main pipe in a diameter direction of the rotary plate, and that defines a plurality of dispersion holes; and
a pump that is configured to move water through the water supplier,
wherein the rotary plate defines a plurality of supply holes that are configured to supply water to the cloth and defines a space that is configured to receive the first dispersion pipe, and
wherein the plurality of supply holes are configured to communicate with the space.

US Pat. No. 10,709,305

VACUUM CLEANING SYSTEM INCLUDING AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTION INTERFACE

Emerson Electric Co., St...

1. A vacuum cleaning system comprising:an upright vacuum cleaner operable in a cordless mode and a corded mode, the upright vacuum cleaner comprising:
a cleaning head for removing debris from a floor;
a debris tube pivotally connected to and extending from the cleaning head and terminating at a handle assembly for receiving the debris; and
an electrical connection interface located on the debris tube;
a battery adapted for connection to the electrical connection interface, wherein the upright vacuum cleaner operates in the cordless mode when the battery is connected to the electrical connection interface; a support plate attached to and extending from the debris tube to support the battery, wherein the support plate is located between the cleaning head and the handle assembly; and
a power cord adapted for connection to the electrical connection interface, wherein the vacuum cleaner operates in the corded mode when the power cord is connected to the electrical connection interface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,303

TOILET SEAT LIFTING ASSEMBLY

1. A toilet seat lifting assembly being configured to be stepped on for lifting a toilet seat, the assembly comprising:a toilet having a toilet seat being hingedly coupled thereto for sitting on, the toilet seat having a bottom surface;
a cup being operationally coupled to the toilet seat, the cup having an outer surface and a bottom edge defining an opening into the cup;
a hydraulic rod having a rounded end defining a ball, the ball being rotatably retained in the cup such that the hydraulic rod is pivotable in the cup, the hydraulic rod having a distal end with respect to the rounded end;
a bracket being coupled to and extending laterally away from the bottom surface of the toilet seat, the bracket having a distal end with respect to the toilet seat, the outer surface of the cup being coupled to the bracket having the opening in the cup being directed downwardly when the toilet seat is lowered;
a pedal housing being positionable on a floor adjacent to the toilet, the hydraulic rod slidably extending into the pedal housing through a circular opening complementary in shape to a diameter of the hydraulic rod, the pedal housing having a first portion having a first aperture extending therethrough for insertably receiving the hydraulic rod having the distal end of the hydraulic rod being positioned within the first portion, the pedal housing having a second portion sloping away from the first portion, the second portion having an upper wall, the upper wall having a second aperture extending into an interior of the second portion;
a first lever being pivotally coupled to the pedal housing, the first lever acuating the hydraulic rod to extend upwardly when the first lever is manipulated;
a second lever being pivotally coupled to the first lever; and
a pedal being pivotally coupled to the pedal housing, the pedal being pivotally coupled to the second lever, the second lever manipulating the first lever when the pedal is stepped on for lifting the toilet seat.

US Pat. No. 10,709,301

TUBE, REUSABLE INSERT FOR TOILET ROLLS

1. A reusable insert comprising:a rigid, tubular, hollow body defining an exterior surface, wherein a first end of the rigid, tubular, hollow body tapers to a first tapered end and a first concentric hole, wherein the rigid, tubular, hollow body is longer than a roll of toilet paper mounted thereon,
wherein the rigid, tubular, hollow body is sized to house a toilet paper roller axle, wherein the rigid, tubular, hollow body is configured to enclose the toilet paper roller axle along an entire length of the rigid, tubular, hollow body, and
the first concentric hole is configured to be a bearing and a stop for a toilet paper roller axle; and
an internal bearing sleeve, the internal bearing sleeve configured to engage an inner surface of a second end of the rigid, tubular, hollow body, the internal bearing sleeve having a second concentric hole that aligns with the first concentric hole, wherein a diameter of the second concentric hole is configured to act as a bearing for a toilet paper roll axle.

US Pat. No. 10,709,300

PRODUCT USE ACOUSTIC DETERMINATION SYSTEM

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A system comprising:one or more dispensing devices in an environment, each dispensing device having a consumable product storage area and a dispensing mechanism operatively coupled to the product storage area, wherein each dispensing device is configured to store a respective consumable product in the product storage area and to dispense the consumable product through use of the dispensing mechanism to facilitate a hygiene-based process, and wherein actuation of each dispensing device creates an acoustic signal;
an acoustic sensing module configured to sense one or more acoustic signals based on actuation of the one or more dispensing devices, to access acoustic signatures corresponding to the one or more acoustic signals and to determine, on a per dispensing device basis, which of the one or more dispensing devices were actuated based on the sensed one or more acoustic signals and the acoustic signatures; and
a data collection device configured to communicate with the acoustic sensing module to store data describing the one or more dispensing devices determined to have been actuated; and
wherein the acoustic sensing module is configured to sense an acoustic signal indicative of at least one of the dispensing devices opening or closing and to reset a number of determined actuations for the at least one of the dispensing device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,299

SHOWER DOOR FRAME AND SHOWER DOOR

Ideal Sanitary Ware Co., ...

1. A shower door frame, comprisinga track extending in a horizontal direction and a side frame arranged perpendicularly to the track;
wherein a fixing part is fixed at a tail end of the track, a positioning block is arranged on an outer side of the fixing part, a retaining block is arranged at a top end of the positioning block, and the positioning block is embedded into the side frame;
wherein a locking assembly is arranged on the side frame, the locking assembly comprises a base fixed on the side frame and a tensioning part hinged with the base, the tensioning part is provided with a locking groove, and the locking groove is buckled with the retaining block;
wherein the track is provided thereon with a groove, and a fixing buckle is fixed into the groove;
wherein a stopping shoulder is arranged at a tail end of the tensioning part, and the stopping shoulder extends into the fixing buckle; and
wherein the tensioning part comprises a hinged block and an extension block connected with the hinged block, a locking block is arranged in the middle of the extension block, and the stopping shoulder is arranged at a tail end of the extension block; the locking groove is formed between the hinged block and the locking block.

US Pat. No. 10,709,297

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR WATER CONTROL

1. A transfer bench splash guard, comprising:a planar structure, comprising:
a top side;
a bottom side;
four edges, wherein at least two of the four edges are angled edges that are angled upward from the topside;
an attachment side comprising an attachment element for attaching the splash guard apparatus, and an open side opposite the attachment side, the open side comprising a grate to allow fluid flow and prevent the flow of larger objects.

US Pat. No. 10,709,291

TILTABLE COOKING DEVICE FOR MAKING WAFFLES AND THE LIKE

Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) En...

1. A cooking device, comprising:a lower grill unit having a lower grill surface, a first rear end portion, and a first front end portion opposite to said first rear end portion;
an upper grill unit pivotally connected to and openably covering said lower grill unit, said upper grill unit cooperating with said lower grill surface to define a cooking space, said upper grill unit having a feed passage located at a front side thereof and communicating with said cooking space for entry of a food material into said cooking space; and
a support member including a pivoting end portion pivotally connected to said first front end portion, and a supporting end portion opposite to said pivoting end portion, said support member being operable to move between a folded state, where said supporting end portion is received in said lower grill unit so that said lower grill unit can be horizontally placed on a flat surface, and an unfolded state, where said supporting end portion is pivoted downwardly and forwardly relative to said lower grill unit;
wherein said upper grill unit further has a second rear end portion pivotally connected to said first rear end portion, and a second front end portion opposite to said second rear end portion; and
wherein, when said support member is in the unfolded state, said first rear end portion cooperates with said supporting end portion of said support member to obliquely support said cooking device on the flat surface, and said first front end portion is supported by said pivoting end portion and is located upwardly away from the flat surface so as to be disposed higher than said first rear end portion and so as to incline said lower grill surface upwardly and rearwardly relative to the flat surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,290

CONTAINER FOR COOKING FOOD AND METHOD FOR ITS REALISATION

TVS S.P.A., Urbino (PS) ...

1. A process for making a container for cooking food, comprising the steps of:providing an assembly comprising at least a first element in a first metal material having an area intended to constitute a bottom of said container, at least one second element in a second metal material positioned externally with respect to said area and at least one third element positioned internally with respect to said area;
providing said first element, when it is in its unrefined or semi-finished state, of a supplementary annular portion constituting a continuous solid part of said element, positioned near to the perimeter of said second element;
heating said assembly to a predetermined temperature;
mounting said assembly in a press;
pressing said assembly with an impact bonding technique so as to connect said second element and said third element to said first element at said area; flowing said supplementary annular portion through the action of a punch and of a matrix acting on said first element; and
moving and redistributing said supplementary annular portion from the outer portion of said first element towards the inner portion of said first element itself, near to the perimeter of said third element, through the action of said punch and of said matrix acting on said first element.

US Pat. No. 10,709,287

BEVERAGE-PRODUCING MACHINE WITH SINGLE SLIDE ACTUATOR FOR LOCKING HOPPER AND OPENING INGREDIENT APERTURE THEREIN

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A beverage-producing machine, comprising:a housing;
an actuating member in the housing, wherein the actuating member comprises at least one tooth, and wherein the at least one tooth is constrained to a slider;
a beverage producing unit in said housing; and
a container for at least one beverage ingredient,
wherein the container is configured to be locked to the housing and unlocked therefrom,
wherein the container comprises a bottom aperture for dispensing the at least one beverage ingredient contained therein and a shutter for selectively closing and opening the bottom aperture, and
wherein the actuating member is configured to act upon the shutter by engaging the at least one tooth with the shutter and configured to simultaneously move the slider which changes the position of the at least one tooth from a first position to a second position for selectively opening and closing the bottom aperture of the container while respectively locking the container to the housing and unlocking the container from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,709,286

SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING BEVERAGES BY INFUSION

COMPAGNIE MEDITERRANEENNE...

1. A system for making beverages from a dose comprising a product to be infused and having a circumferential border, the system comprising:first and second parts having a relative mobility while translating and defining in part at least one receiving assembly intended to receive the dose prior to the positioning thereof in an infusion position,
wherein the first part comprises at least one support zone configured to come into contact with the dose so as to support the dose in a first relative position of the first and second parts, the system being arranged in such a way that, during the relative translation of the first and second parts, the second part forms a bearing surface to induce the axial sliding of the dose along at least one support zone of the first part for the positioning thereof in the infusion position,
characterized in that the system also comprises at least one axial stop, interconnected with the first part, arranged below said at least one support zone along a projection on a vertical plane perpendicular to the axis of said translation, the axial stop being accessible from the space wherein the dose is intended to slide along the at least one support zone of the first part during the relative translation of the first and second parts; and
wherein the at least one support zone forms a vertical stop blocking the movement of the dose under the effect of the weight thereof, wherein the first part includes at least two support zones, wherein the two support zones define a horizontal plane along with first and second space portions situated above and below said plane, respectively, along a vertical direction, and wherein the axial stop is arranged in the second space portion so as to come into contact with a dose portion entering this second space portion while the dose bears on the at least two support zones.

US Pat. No. 10,709,285

DOUBLE-WALLED FILTER FOR COFFEE MACHINE WITH IMPROVED DISPENSING

1. A filter for a coffee machine comprising a cup-shaped body for containing coffee powder, comprising at least a bottom wall comprising an opening; a filtering wall placed in the cup-shaped body upstream of the opening and removably associated with the cup-shaped body; and a seal placed between one edge of the filtering wall and the cup-shaped body, characterised in that said seal is on said bottom wall and comprises a dispensing hole for dispensing a beverage at said opening, andwherein said seal further comprises a coupling member housed in the opening to reversibly fix said seal to said cup-shaped body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,284

FAST-UNCOUPLING SHOWER SCREEN FOR ESPRESSO COFFEE MACHINES

SIMONELLI GROUP S.P.A., ...

1. A shower screen for an espresso coffee machine, the shower screen comprising:a circular support dish having holes formed therein, said circular support dish adapted to pass water dispensed by a dispenser assembly of the espresso coffee machine;
a flow restrictor having a tub with a bottom and a plurality of holes, said flow restrictor affixed below said circular support dish, said flow restrictor adapted to restrict a water flow from the holes of said circular support dish and to dispense a plurality of jets of water through the plurality of holes of said flow restrictor; and
an elastically deformable retention element cooperative with an abutment wall of said flow restrictor and with an abutment wall of said circular support dish such that said flow restrictor is fitted to said circular support dish with a snap-in-coupling, wherein said elastically deformable retention element is an open ring with a split formed in a circumference of the open ring.

US Pat. No. 10,709,281

PRESSURE COOKER

Capbran Holdings, LLC, L...

1. A cooking device, comprising:a main body with a chamber therein;
an outer lid being pivotally mounted on the main body such that the outer lid can be opened or closed relative to the main body;
an inner vessel which is configured to be removably placed within the chamber;
and an inner lid on the outer lid the inner lid being configured to cover the inner vessel when the outer lid is closed;
a pressure rod is movably secured on the inner lid such that the pressure rod is configured to be able to traverse the inner lid but not be removed from the inner lid;
wherein the pressure rod is configured to be pushed upward by the inner vessel's pressure during cooking; and,
wherein the pressure rod further comprises a first air-releasing opening and a second air-releasing opening that are configured to allow air to go from one air-releasing opening to another.

US Pat. No. 10,709,276

COLLAPSIBLE DELIVERY STORAGE ASSMEBLY

1. A collapsible delivery storage assembly being configured to be mounted on an exterior wall of a building for receiving package deliveries, said assembly comprising:a panel being mounted to an exterior wall of a building, said panel having a recess therein;
a storage unit being movably coupled to said panel, said storage unit being positionable in a collapsed position having said storage unit being positioned in said recess, said storage unit being positionable in a deployed position such that said storage unit defines a box wherein said box is configured to have a package delivery positioned therein;
a door being hingedly coupled to said storage unit to close said box;
a combination lock being coupled to said door, said combination lock releasably engaging said storage unit when said door closes said box wherein said combination lock is configured to restrict access to the package in said box; and
wherein said panel has a first surface, a second surface and a peripheral surface extending therebetween, said peripheral surface having a top side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side, said panel having a pair of apertures each extending through said first surface and said second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,275

THEFT-RESISTANT WALL MOUNT MAILBOX

1. A wall mount mailbox, comprising:a housing having a front side and a back side;
a mail delivery door positioned along the front side of the housing;
an inner panel comprising a solid and substantially flat surface and configured to be affixed on one side to a bottom of the mail delivery door at an angle;
a safety arm comprising a substantially flat surface affixed at an angle on an other side of the substantially flat surface of the inner panel and configured to contact only the inner panel in both open and closed positions of the mail delivery door; and
a mail retrieval door located along the front side of the housing and below the rotatable mail deposit.

US Pat. No. 10,709,274

BRACELET MOUNT AND CLASP POSITIONING DEVICE

1. A bracelet attachment aid comprising:a stationary base member having a bottom surface, a top surface, and a plurality of lateral surfaces;
a post member extending upward from a central point of said top surface of said stationary base member;
a display member mounting on said post member, said display member comprising a pair of horizontal arms extending from opposing sides of said post member for supporting bracelets thereon;
a single bendable semi-rigid wire member extending upward from a center of said display member in alignment with said post member;
said single bendable semi-rigid wire member is surrounded with a plurality of coaxial beads each one including a curved end portion abutting one another limiting arcuate movement of said single bendable semi-rigid wire member; and
an alligator clamp fixedly connected to a free end of said single semi-rigid wire member, said alligator clamp having two opposing jaws urged against one another by a spring, said two opposing jaws being forced apart when two operable arms extending from opposing ends of said alligator clamp are urged together, said two opposing jaws covered by a protective, resilient material.

US Pat. No. 10,709,272

FOOD STORAGE AND SERVING HOLDER

1. A food storage, serving and warming holder comprising;a generally cylindrical housing having a wall, a bottom, a top, and an open front;
a food space inside the housing;
a bottom circular self at the housing bottom;
one or more adjustable center circular shelves removably secured in the food space between the housing bottom and housing top;
a lid removably or permanently attached to the housing top to enclose the food space; and
a movable or removable door movably secured to the housing, for enclosing the food space, wherein:
the door is the removable door and includes a circular door top covering the housing top.

US Pat. No. 10,709,271

CHILD SNACKING DEVICE

1. An assembled child snacking device, comprising:a handle, having a first end and a second end with an elongated region extending therebetween; and
a plurality of petal-shaped food restraining surfaces, each petal-shaped food restraining surface having a solid planar exterior face, each petal-shaped food restraining surface comprising flexible polymeric microfiber fabric having fibers, the plurality of food restraining surfaces extending from a portion of the handle and secured thereto by a retaining cap, each of the petal-shaped food restraining surfaces extending circumferentially about the handle and radially outward from the retraining cap, wherein the fibers of the microfiber fabric removably adhere a cereal-based food product thereto; and
wherein at least two of the plurality of food restraining surfaces at least partially overlap one another in the assembled device, to form a pocket to restrain the cereal-based food product therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,709,270

LID ASSEMBLY FOR A CONTAINER

IGNITE USA, LLC, Chicago...

1. A lid assembly adapted to be removably secured to a container, the lid assembly comprising:a base portion having a top surface having a top perimeter edge and a bottom surface having a bottom perimeter edge, wherein a fluid aperture extends through the base portion from the top surface to the bottom surface;
an elongated button member coupled to the base portion, the button member extending along a longitudinal axis from a first end to a longitudinally-opposite second end, the button member being displaceable along the longitudinal axis from a closed first position to an open second position, wherein the button member has a first locking engagement portion, and;
a displaceable seal assembly coupled to the base portion and displaceable from a closed first position to an open second position, the displaceable seal assembly comprising:
a first portion having a seal member, the seal member adapted to sealingly engage a portion of the fluid aperture when the displaceable seal assembly is in the closed first position and adapted to not sealingly engage the portion of the fluid aperture when the displaceable seal assembly is in the open second position;
a second portion coupled to the first portion, the second portion adapted to be contacted by the button member such that when the button member displaces from the closed first position to the open second position, the button member contacts the second portion of the displaceable seal assembly and translates the displaceable seal assembly from the closed first position to the open second position; and
a locking assembly, the locking assembly comprising:
a cover portion rotatably coupled to the base portion, the cover portion being rotationally displaceable relative to the base portion from an unlocked first position to a locked second position about a lid axis, the cover portion being coupled to a second locking engagement portion,
wherein at least a portion of the second locking engagement portion is disposed within a portion of the first locking engagement portion of the button member when the cover portion is in the locked second position such that displacement of the button member from the closed first position towards the open second position is prevented or limited, thereby preventing the displacement of the seal assembly from the closed first position to the open second position, and
wherein no portion of the second locking engagement portion is engaged with the portion of the first locking engagement portion of the button member when the cover portion is in the unlocked first position such that the button member is adapted to be displaced from the closed first position to the open second position to displace the seal assembly from the closed first position to the open second position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,269

MULTI-ANGULAR RECONFIGURABLE HANGING APPARATUS

Comsero Inc., Denver, CO...

1. A hanging system comprising:a first element configured to be coupled to an object, the first element having a thickness and a regular octagonal shape featuring eight sides; wherein, the first element includes a front first element wall, a rear first element wall, and a bevel on each of its eight sides, wherein the bevel extends at an angle from the front first element wall to the rear first element wall; and
a second element mounted to a surface and including a cutout complementary to the octagonal shape, the second element comprising a front second element wall and a rear second element wall, wherein the cutout defines a complementary bevel edge extending at an angle from the rear second element wall to the front second element wall, wherein:
the first element seats in the cutout on the bevel edge to be coupled to the surface at different orientations and in the different orientations a first edge of the first element faces in different directions relative to the second element; and
when the first element is seated in the cutout on the bevel edge, the front first element wall and the front second element wall are flush with one another and contact the object and the rear first element wall and the rear second element wall are flush with one another and contact the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,268

SLIDING COLLAPSABLE SHOE TREE

1. A shoe tree collapsible for easy storage, the shoe tree comprising:an elongated structural trunk comprising a plurality of nested section members including a first nested section member, a second nested section member, and a third nested section member between a distal end and a proximal end, the plurality of nested section members coupled together to form the elongated structural trunk for supporting shoe weight from shoes stored on the shoe tree when in a standing mode;
the plurality of nested section members coupled in a telescoping configuration such that a first diameter of the first nested section member is smaller than a second diameter of the second nested section member, and the second diameter is smaller than a third diameter of the third nested section member, wherein one end of the first nested section member fits within one end of the second nested section member, and another end of the second nested section member fits within one end of the third nested section member; and
each of the nested section members coupled to a plurality of structural branches in a nested formation, and each structural branch including a base, a living hinge, and an arm, wherein corresponding bases of corresponding structural branches are secured to each nested section member respectively and span away from the elongated structural trunk, wherein the corresponding bases of each nested section member have successively larger spans, wherein each arm rotates to allow the shoe tree to be collapsed from the standing mode to a storage mode, and wherein, in the standing mode, at least one of the arms is configured to hold a shoe container for storing a corresponding pair of shoes and, in the storage mode, each arm is substantially parallel with the elongated structural trunk.

US Pat. No. 10,709,267

DISPLAY BAR ASSEMBLY AND MOUNTING BRACKET FOR MERCHANDISING DISPLAYS

Trion Industries, Inc., ...

1. A display bar assembly for mounting on a merchandising wall having pairs of horizontally spaced apart slotted uprights, the slotted uprights having vertically spaced apart vertical slots therein, said display bar assembly comprising:a tubular display bar of rectangular cross section and of predetermined length,
a first and a second mounting bracket for securing said tubular display bar to said spaced apart uprights,
said first and second mounting brackets each having an opening for close-fitting but slidable, non-rotating reception of said tubular display bar,
each said opening being sufficiently closed on all sides that said tubular display bar can be removed therefrom only by movement in a direction along a longitudinal axis of the tubular display bar,
each of said first and second mounting brackets being formed of a section of a flat sheet metal defining a principal plane and having a back edge and an upper edge and having at least one downwardly opening hook, forming an integral part of said section of said sheet metal positioned in said principal plane, extending rearwardly from said back edge and positioned adjacent to said upper edge,
each said sheet metal comprising a thickness to enable said hooks to be received in said vertical slots in said spaced apart uprights with the principal plane of said first and second mounting brackets being vertically oriented,
a lateral projection positioned at each end extremity of said tubular display bar to prevent said first and second mounting brackets from being unintentionally removed from an end of said tubular display bar,
each of said first and second mounting brackets having portions displaced axially inwardly from said principal plane, in a narrow region thereof immediately surrounding the opening therein, to form a recess surrounding said opening, such that the openings in said first and second mounting brackets are displaced axially inward with respect to said principal plane,
whereby when one of said first and second mounting brackets is positioned at an outward limit position at an end extremity of said tubular display bar, the lateral projection positioned at said end extremity is at least partially received in said recess.

US Pat. No. 10,709,264

RETAIL MERCHANDISE TRAY AND DISPLAY INCORPORATING SAME

Fasteners For Retail, Inc...

1. A tray for use in a retail merchandise display, the tray comprising:a base member defining a top support surface for storing retail merchandise thereon, the base member extending between opposed front and rear ends of the base member, the base member comprising a plurality of rails underneath the top support surface; the rails defining a plurality of channels therebetween, the channels extending generally parallel to a feed direction of the tray; the top support surface includes a plurality of upwardly extending ribs, adjacent ribs of the plurality of ribs forming grooves therebetween, the ribs extending generally parallel to the feed direction; the top surface, the ribs, and the rails forming a continuous structure;
a pair of cap members attached to the base member with the base member being interposed between the pair of cap members such that a first cap member from the pair of cap members is removably attached to the front end of the base member and a second cap member from the pair of cap members is removably attached to the rear end of the base member, wherein:
each cap member includes a body portion having a linear row of slots extending therethrough, each row being generally perpendicular to the feed direction, each slot being elongated generally parallel to the feed direction;
each cap member includes a plurality of projections extending away from each body portion respectively, each projection including:
leg portions extending generally parallel to the feed direction, the leg portions being spaced apart;
a connection portion extending between and connecting the leg portions, the leg portions and the connection portion define a generally U-shaped projection defining an opening, the opening located between the connection portion and a corresponding body portion;
each projection being received in a corresponding channel of the plurality of channels to secure each cap member to the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,263

RETAIL MERCHANDISE TRAY

Fasteners for Retail, Inc...

1. A retail merchandise tray, comprising:a pair of opposed load bearing members;
a front stop wall mounted to the pair of load bearing members;
a support frame including a lateral element and at least one longitudinal element extending perpendicularly from the lateral element, wherein the lateral element includes a pair of opposed ends, wherein one end from said pair of opposed ends includes an inner abutment and an outer key, the inner abutment and the outer key protrude from the lateral element at said one end; the outer key, the inner abutment and the lateral element are integrally formed as one piece, wherein the outer key is arranged to pass through a keyway formed in a first load bearing member from said pair of load bearing members such that the first load bearing member is located between the outer key and the inner abutment, wherein the outer key and the inner abutment prevent the first load bearing member from moving laterally relative to the lateral element; and
a pusher mounted to the support frame, the pusher movable along the support frame toward and away from the front stop wall along a first axis, wherein the pusher is configured to push products towards the front stop wall.

US Pat. No. 10,709,261

BABY CARRIER

BridgeHub LLC, San Jose,...

1. A baby carrier comprising:an adjustable support frame comprising a first leg and a second leg,
wherein the first leg comprises a first leg end having a first wheel configured to contact a floor surface, and
wherein the second leg comprises:
a second leg end having a second wheel configured to contact the floor surface, and
a brake configured to apply a variable braking force for the second wheel,
wherein the variable braking force depends on an angle of incline of the first leg with respect to a vertical axis;
an adjustable seating assembly attached to the support frame and configured to support a baby or a toddler; and
an attachment harness attached to at least one of the support frame or the seating assembly, wherein the attachment harness is configured to secure the baby carrier to an adult;
wherein the baby carrier is configured, such that in a deployed arrangement:
the first and the second leg ends of the support frame contact the floor surface, and
the seating assembly is supported above the floor surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,254

BEDDING/SEATING PRODUCT WITH LOCKED CORNERS

1. A bedding or seating product comprising:a connector assembly at each of four corners of the product for joining a first truss to a second truss, the second truss extending generally perpendicular to the first truss, each connector assembly comprising first and second connector blocks, each of the connector blocks having multiple fingers, each of the fingers having an opening;
a tapered pin extending through the openings in the fingers of the connector blocks when the fingers are aligned;
a stabilizer assembly at each of the four corners of the product, each of the stabilizer assemblies comprising a first bracket secured to the first truss, a second bracket secured to the second truss, one of the first and second brackets having a threaded boss and the other of the first and second brackets having a non-threaded opening aligned with the threaded boss; and
a leg assembly comprising a leg and a threaded rod, the threaded rod extending through the aligned threaded boss and non-threaded opening of the first and second brackets and the leg abutting the first and second trusses to assist supporting the product above the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,709,253

MULTI-PURPOSE, MULTI-UTILITY, AND RE-ORGANIZABLE RECLINER CHAIR BED

1. A recliner chair comprising:a first frame having a set of supports and a seat that is supported on the set of supports;
a second frame having a set of supports, wherein the first and second frames are telescopically engaged with each other;
a backrest attached to the first frame, wherein the backrest is adjustable to a plurality of positions between a substantially vertical position and a substantially horizontal position; and
one or more scissor linkages attached to the back rest, the first frame, and the second frame, wherein each scissor linkage includes a first bottom end, a second bottom end, and at least one top end, wherein the first bottom end is attached to the first frame, the second bottom end is attached to the second frame, and the at least one top end is attached to the backrest, and wherein when the second frame is moved with respect to the first frame, the one or more scissor linkages adjust angular movement between the backrest and the seat such that the one or more scissor linkages support the backrest in the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,709,252

AIR THRONE

Air Throne, LLC, Redding...

1. A drum throne comprising:a seat base;
a seat cover coupled on an upper portion of the seat base, wherein the seat cover further comprises a seat foam;
a mounting plate coupled below the seat base and coupled to an intake cover;
an air plenum located between the seat base and the seat foam;
a plurality of airflow channels extending from the air plenum to a top portion of the seat cover;
a blower exhaust coupled to the seat base configured for pushing air through the seat base and into the air plenum and up through the airflow channels and seat cover;
a blower located below the blower exhaust and the seat base configured for pushing air through the blower exhaust; and
a blower intake coupled to the intake cover and capable of bringing air into the blower.

US Pat. No. 10,709,249

UPPER SLIDING ARM PORTION OF A LOUNGER CHAIR, AND A MOTORIZED MECHANISM FOR MOVING THE UPPER SLIDING ARM PORTION FORWARDLY SO AS TO COVER A STORAGE RECEPTACLE DEFINED WITHIN A LOWER FIXED ARM PORTION OF THE CHAIR, AND FOR MOVING THE UPPER SLIDING ARM PORT

HHC CHANGZHOU CORPORATION...

1. An article of furniture, comprising:a framework;
at least one arm fixedly mounted upon said framework, wherein said arm comprises a lower fixed arm segment having a storage receptacle/cup holder disposed therein, and an upper arm segment slidably mounted only in a linear horizontal plane upon said lower fixed arm segment so as to be movable between a first forward position at which said upper slidably movable arm segment moves to a CLOSED position at which said upper slidably movable arm segment covers said storage receptacle/cup holder disposed within said lower fixed arm segment such that said storage receptacle/cup holder is hidden from view and is rendered inaccessible while said upper arm segment also serves as an arm rest, and a second rearward position at which said upper slidably movable arm segment moves rearwardly to an OPEN position at which said upper slidably movable arm segment uncovers said storage receptacle/cup holder disposed within said lower fixed arm segment such that said storage receptacle/cup holder is rendered accessible; and
a motorized mechanism operatively connected to said upper slidably movable arm segment for moving said upper slidably movable arm segment from said first CLOSED position at which said storage receptacle/cup holder is hidden from view within said lower fixed arm segment, to said second OPEN position at which said upper slidably movable arm segment uncovers said storage receptacle/cup holder such that said storage receptacle/cup holder is accessible.

US Pat. No. 10,709,246

RECLINING HIGH-LEG SEATING UNIT

Ultra-Mek, Inc., Denton,...

1. An elevated mount chair, comprising:a base;
a pair of arms;
a seat positioned above the base between the arms;
a backrest;
a first ottoman;
a reclining mechanism attached to the base, the seat and the backrest; and
a footrest mechanism attached to the seat and the first ottoman, the footrest mechanism being coupled to the reclining mechanism;
wherein the seat includes a T-cushion positioned above a seat frame, the T-cushion having lateral wings that are positioned forward of the arms;
wherein the reclining and footrest mechanisms comprise a plurality of pivotally interconnected links configured to move the chair between (a) an upright position, in which the backrest is disposed at a first generally upright backrest angle, the seat is disposed at a first generally horizontal seat angle, and the first ottoman is retracted below a forward portion of the seat, (b) a TV position, in which the backrest substantially maintains the first backrest angle, the seat is disposed at a second seat angle that is steeper than the first seat angle; and the first ottoman is extended in front of the seat and is generally horizontally disposed, and (c) a fully reclined position, in which the backrest is disposed at a second backrest angle that is shallower than the first backrest angle, and the first, ottoman remains extended in front of the seat;
wherein in the upright position, a lowermost portion of the reclining and footrest mechanisms is between about 5 and 7 inches from an uppermost portion of the seat frame; and
wherein the seat is fixed relative to the arms.

US Pat. No. 10,709,239

ASSEMBLABLE MODULAR WARDROBE MADE OF PLASTIC MATERIAL

TERRY STORE-AGE S.P.A., ...

1. A wardrobe made of plastic material, comprising an assemblable reinforcement structure, where said assemblable reinforcement structure comprises a pair of lateral cross-members, where each of the aforementioned lateral cross-members is connectable to a connection cross-member to form a stiffening structure for the wardrobe and where an L-shaped support is further provided for sustaining shelves of the wardrobe, said L-shaped support comprising a portion for connecting the connection cross-member to a vertical upright for forming said assemblable structure,wherein the L-shaped support is connected to the connection cross-member through engagement of grooved couplings with corresponding grooved couplings of the connection cross-member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,230

BEVERAGE CONTAINER CARRIER

1. A beverage container carrier device comprising a can clip element, a detachable grasping handle element, and a beverage bottle connector element, said can clip element further comprising:a curved right and left lateral side, an upper middle substantially rectangular member;
a proximal loop member positioned atop said can clip element and having a substantially circular opening for reversibly securing said grasping handle element;
a bottom arm member; and
a distal internal aperture member for slidingly receiving said beverage bottle connector element.

US Pat. No. 10,709,229

GARMENT AND ACCESSORY WITH BAG PULLING SYSTEM

1. A garment or accessory comprising:a first layer and a second layer, wherein the first layer and the second layer are configured to form a space therebetween, and wherein the space is configured to hold a dispensable object;
a pulling system in communication with the space formed between the first layer and the second layer, wherein the first layer and the second layer forming the space are separate from the pulling system; and
a container separate from the pulling system and configured to be positioned within at least a portion of the space between the first layer and the second layer, wherein the container comprises the dispensable object or a portion of the dispensable object.

US Pat. No. 10,709,225

METHOD FOR PRODUCING COSMETIC PUFF USING MEMBRANE FILM, AND COSMETIC PUFF PRODUCING USING SAME

COSMECCA KOREA CO., LTD.,...

1. A cosmetic puff produced using a membrane film, the cosmetic puff comprising:an inner skin of which at least one surface forms a liquid cosmetic material storage part made of a membrane film;
a porous cushion material which entirely or partially covers the outer surface of the inner skin;
an outer skin which covers the inner skin or the cushion material to block penetration of an external makeup cosmetic material or external bacteria;
a liquid cosmetic material which is stored in the liquid cosmetic material storage part; and
a coating film which is coated on a portion of the inner side of the inner skin.

US Pat. No. 10,709,221

SECURE DIAMOND SMART CARDS AND EXCHANGE SYSTEMS THEREFOR

DIAMOND STANDARD INC., N...

1. A tamperproof diamond package, comprising:a package body;
at least one chip embedded in the package body and at least one antenna configured to enable communication with the chip;
anti-counterfeiting visual impressions on the package body;
a random distribution of microspheres across an area of the package body;
a diamond pouch provided at a predetermined section within the package body; and
one or more diamonds located inside the diamond pouch and an outer covering encasing the package body and configured to reveal any tampering with the one or more diamonds located in the diamond pouch;
wherein the distribution of microspheres creates a unique visual image in each package that is different from any such image on any other diamond package.

US Pat. No. 10,709,220

PROTECTIVE DEVICE CASE

Griffin Technology, LLC, ...

1. A protective case for a portable electronic device comprising:a device compartment dimensioned to retentively receive the portable electronic device, said device compartment comprising:
opposing front face and back face walls,
opposing left and right side walls, and
opposing top and bottom side walls connected to and generally perpendicular to said left and right side walls,
wherein multiple separable components including a back frame, a unitary elastomeric insert, and a front cover define the device compartment;
wherein the back frame is configured to define the back face wall and a plurality of side walls, said back frame comprising:
a rigid plastic frame defined by an outwardly facing surface and an opposing inwardly facing surface that defines an interior perimeter;
an outermost elastomeric material bonded to discrete portions of the outwardly facing surface of the rigid plastic frame, and
rigid plastic attachment extensions positioned on and extending from the interior perimeter of said rigid plastic back frame at opposing side walls;
wherein the unitary elastomeric insert has an outer surface and an opposing inner surface, wherein the outer surface is positioned in contact with the interior perimeter of said rigid plastic frame and the inner surface is in contact with the portable electronic device when the device is inserted into the case;
wherein the elastomeric insert extends from the back face wall towards the attachment extensions to define a slot there-between; and
wherein the front cover is configured to slidably mate into a closed position with the back frame to enclose the elastomeric insert and the portable electronic device when the device is inserted in the device compartment, wherein the front cover is configured to define the front face wall and comprises a unitary rigid plastic front frame having perimeter protrusions dimensioned to be slidably received within the slot so that the rigid plastic front cover is in contact with the elastomer insert when the front cover is slidably mated to said back frame.

US Pat. No. 10,709,207

ATTACHMENT SYSTEM WITH A CONNECTED ARTICLE

Duraflex Hong Kong Limite...

1. An attachment system comprising:a primary device having a main body, a front, a rear, two lateral sides and a bar or opening for attaching the primary device to another object, each of the lateral sides having a protrusion thereon;
a secondary device pivotally connected to the primary device, the secondary device having two lateral sides spaced apart from each other with an opening between the lateral sides, each of the lateral sides being equipped with an aperture that corresponds to one of the protrusions on the primary device so that fitting the protrusions into the apertures pivotally connects the primary device to the secondary device, so that the secondary device can be pivoted between a folded position where the secondary device lies against the primary device, and an open position where the secondary device is raised up from the primary device,
wherein the lateral sides of the secondary device are connected to each other by a top bar that spans the opening and extends beyond a top edge of the primary device, so that pressing down on the top bar causes the secondary device to pivot from the folded position to the open position, and wherein the secondary device does not affect operation of the primary device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,206

METHOD OF FILLING ELECTRORHEOLOGICAL FLUID STRUCTURE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:introducing electrorheological fluid into an interior volume of a housing through a first channel connecting the interior volume with an exterior of the housing, while allowing air to exit through a second channel connecting the interior volume with the exterior of the housing, until the electrorheological fluid at least partially fills the first channel and the second channel, wherein the interior volume comprises first and second chambers connected by a serpentine third channel, wherein the first channel extends into the first chamber, and wherein the second channel extends into the second chamber;
subjecting the electrorheological fluid within the housing to a sub-atmospheric pressure;
removing the housing from a vacuum chamber;
while the housing is removed from the vacuum chamber, and while one of the first and second channels remains open, injecting additional electrorheological fluid into the housing through the other of the first and second channels;
after injecting the additional electrorheological fluid into the housing, returning the housing to the vacuum chamber;
after returning the housing to the vacuum chamber, again subjecting the electrorheological fluid within the housing to a sub-atmospheric pressure; and
sealing the interior volume relative to an exterior of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,709,201

PIN ARRAY ADAPTIVE WEDGE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:an upper;
an outsole attached to the upper and including a ground-engaging surface and an inner surface disposed on an opposite side of the outsole than the ground-engaging surface;
a midsole having a footbed opposing the upper to define an interior void therebetween and a bottom surface disposed on an opposite side of the midsole than the footbed and opposing the inner surface of the outsole to define a cavity therebetween, the midsole including a series of channels extending through the bottom surface and the footbed;
a series of pins each having (i) a post extending through corresponding ones of the series of channels between a first end and a second end, the first end extending into the cavity outward from the bottom surface of the midsole and the second end extending into the interior void outward from the footbed of the midsole and (ii) a pin head disposed at the second end and including a planar top surface opposing the upper, a surface area of the top surface being greater than a cross-sectional area of the post, and the planar top surface of at least one of the series of pins oriented at an oblique angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the post of the at least one of the series of pins; and
a unitary resilient member (i) received within the cavity, (ii) engaging the first end of each of the series of pins, and (iii) biasing the series of pins in a first direction toward the interior void.

US Pat. No. 10,709,199

FOOTWEAR SOLE STRUCTURE HAVING A FLUID-FILLED CHAMBER INCLUDING A TENSILE MEMBER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A fluid-filled chamber comprising:a first barrier sheet formed from a first thermoplastic material;
a second barrier sheet attached to the first barrier sheet and formed from a second thermoplastic material, the first barrier sheet and the second barrier sheet cooperating to define an internal cavity;
a tensile member disposed within the internal cavity and formed from a third thermoplastic material; and
a first weld that attaches the first barrier sheet, the second barrier sheet, and the tensile member together by melding the first thermoplastic material of the first barrier sheet, the second thermoplastic material of second barrier sheet, and the third thermoplastic material of the tensile member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,194

POWERED AIR RESPIRATOR KIT

JSP Limited, Oxfordshire...

1. A powered air respirator kit comprising a visor removably attachable to a front edge of a safety helmet, a drive unit removably attachable to said safety helmet, at least one filter module removably attachable to said safety helmet such that, in use, a fluid flow path is defined through said filter module to a space defined between a user's face and an inner surface of said visor, said kit further comprising a power module removably attachable to said safety helmet and, in use, electrically connectable to said drive unit;wherein said power module is configured to be removably attachable at a rear of said safety helmet; and
wherein said kit further comprises an inner harness of said safety helmet and said power module is configured to be removably attachable to said rear strap of said inner harness of said safety helmet.

US Pat. No. 10,709,193

GOALIE HELMET

ZZM Enterprises, LLC, Wo...

1. A helmet for a goalie comprising:a head protective outer shell defining an interior space, the head protective outer shell configured to completely circumscribe the head of a goalie, said head protective outer shell comprising:
a front portion comprising a lower front section and an upper front section;
a rear portion comprising a lower rear section and an upper rear section;
a top portion adjacent to the front portion and the rear portion, wherein the front portion and rear portion are on opposing sides of the top portion, wherein the lower front section, the upper front section, the lower rear section, the upper rear section, and the top section are of unitary construction, and wherein the lower front section of the front portion extends farther from the top portion than the lower rear section of the rear portion; and
a window formed in the front portion, wherein the window is completely surrounded on all sides by at least the lower front section and the upper front section;
an elliptical, free, floating head framing member to be worn by the goalie and shaped to conform to the back of the head of the goalie for cradling and rigidly supporting the head, the head framing member being located within the interior space and entirely in spaced relation to and a given distance away from the rear section portion, wherein the head framing member is positioned substantially vertically within the interior space and wherein the head framing member is positioned substantially closer to the rear portion than the front portion; and
attachment means located within the interior space coupling the head framing member to the head protective outer shell and for suspending the head framing member within the interior space in said spaced relation to and said given distance away from the rear portion, the attachment means comprising an adjustable strap member extending from the upper rear section of the head protective outer shell to the head framing member and a plurality of adjustable strap members extending from the rear portion of the head protective outer shell to the head framing member to maintain the head framing member suspended within the interior space, wherein the head framing member is configured to pivot along a range of positions within the interior space.

US Pat. No. 10,709,190

BALLISTIC PROTECTION LAYER FOR HELMET PAD SYSTEM

Avon Rubber P.L.C., Melk...

1. A ballistic helmet comprising:a helmet shell having an inner surface area and at least one through hole, and
a helmet pad removably connectable to the helmet shell, and comprising a ballistic protection layer having from 1 to 100 layers of a first material selected from the group consisting of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, para-aramid, polyamide, polyester, or a combination thereof and an energy absorbing layer adjacent to the ballistic protection layer,
wherein when the helmet pad is connected to the helmet shell, the ballistic protection layer is disposed between the inner surface area and the energy absorbent layer so as to at least partially cover the at least one helmet shell through-hole and the energy absorbent layer is disposed adjacent a wearer of the ballistic helmet.

US Pat. No. 10,709,189

LIGHT-EMITTING SYSTEMS FOR HEADGEAR

Illumagear, Inc., Seattl...

1. A light emitting device, comprising:a housing configured to at least substantially circumferentially surround a portion of a hardhat or other headgear;
a plurality of lighting elements supported by the housing and arranged to generate at least a partial halo of light surrounding the hardhat or other headgear when the light emitting device is worn and the plurality of lighting elements are illuminated;
an electrical power source for powering the plurality of lighting elements; and
a flexible band that is distinct from and coupled to the housing, the flexible band being configured to circumferentially surround the portion of the hardhat or other headgear and to be stretched or elongated to receive the portion of the hardhat or other headgear and to thereafter apply a bias or inwardly-directed pressure to the portion of the hardhat or other headgear to retain the light emitting device in position on the portion of the hardhat or other headgear, and so as to enable attachment of the light emitting device to the hardhat or other headgear without compromising the integrity of the hardhat or other headgear.

US Pat. No. 10,709,185

GARMENT WITH REWRITABLE AREAS

REGWEZ, INC., Foster Cit...

1. A re-writable garment assembly, comprising:an item of clothing or accessory of a first material having an outer surface not designed for writing and at least one rewritable area comprising a layer of rewritable material different from the first material deposited directly onto a selected region of the outer surface, and at least one permanent artwork on the outer surface, wherein at least a portion of the rewritable area is an overlay on top of at least a portion of the permanent artwork; and
a stencil adapted for use when writing on the rewritable area and comprising a layer of solid material having one or more openings substantially corresponding in size and shape to the rewritable area, the stencil being configured to extend over and shield areas of the first material adjacent to the rewritable area, wherein the rewritable area is non-contiguous and comprises a series of rewritable regions separated by exposed areas of the outer surface of the garment, and the stencil has openings corresponding to the rewritable regions, a first solid portion surrounding the rewritable area and second solid portions extending between adjacent rewritable regions, the second solid portions having a width equal to or greater than the width of the exposed areas between adjacent rewritable regions.

US Pat. No. 10,709,183

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MULTIPURPOSE SAFETY GLOVE AND MULTIPURPOSE SAFETY GLOVE MANUFACTURED THEREBY

SEMYUNG INC., Daegu (KR)...

1. A method of manufacturing a multipurpose safety glove comprising a body portion, a finger portion, and a breakaway portion connecting the body portion to the finger portion and being separable by force pulling from the outside, the method comprising manufacturing the breakaway portion by:twisting and weaving a first yarn insoluble in water and a second yarn comprising a water-soluble polymer; and
eluting a portion or all of the water-soluble polymer by treating the twisted water-soluble polymer with water.

US Pat. No. 10,709,182

GARMENT WITH DRAPING AND ACCESS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT, DIAGNOSIS AND CARE

1. A garment comprising:Overlapping left and right front panels;
a rear panel;
a left and a right sleeve joined to the rear panel; and
a plurality of couplings including:
a first coupling located at a point on an upper region of the left sleeve;
a second coupling located at a point at a lower sleeve region of the left sleeve;
a third coupling located at a point on an upper region of the right sleeve;
a fourth coupling located at a point at a lower sleeve region of the right sleeve;
a fifth, sixth, and a seventh coupling located on the left front panel;
a eighth, ninth, and a tenth coupling located on the right front panel;
wherein the first and the second couplings are configured to be coupled with the eighth and the ninth couplings, respectively, such that the right front panel is coupled with the left sleeve;
wherein the fourth coupling is configured to be coupled with the tenth coupling such that the right front panel is coupled with the right sleeve;
wherein the third and the fourth couplings are configured to be coupled with the fifth and the sixth couplings, respectively, such that the left front panel is coupled with the right sleeve;
wherein the second coupling is configured to be coupled with the seventh coupling such that the left front panel is coupled with the left sleeve
wherein the garment is configured to provide full modesty coverage when the plurality of couplings are coupled and allowing access to a region of the wearer when some of the plurality of couplings are uncoupled while maintaining modest coverage of the wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,709,178

ELASTIC DEVICE

1. An arm and chest elastic device comprising:first and second arm cuffs configured to encircle an upper portion of a user's left and right arms;
a chest band comprising a central elastic member of generally rectangular shape with a long dimension and a short dimension, the first and second arm cuffs being attached to opposite ends of the central elastic member, the central elastic member being configured to extend across a chest of the user; and
a gripping handle of generally rectangular shape attached to the central elastic member adjacent to a midpoint thereof and extending perpendicularly away from the long dimension of the central elastic member;
the gripping handle being configured to be pulled by a third party during stretching of the chest band and thereby adjust the position of the chest band on the chest of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,709,168

HOPPER FOR ROD SHAPED ARTICLES AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING ROD SHAPED ARTICLES

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A hopper for rod shaped articles defining a longitudinal axis, the hopper including:a chamber to hold the rod shaped articles;
a distributor device to align the rod shaped articles with substantially parallel longitudinal axes, the distributor device including a plurality of walls defining adjacent channels, at least one of said walls including a stationary part and a movable part hinged to the stationary part; and
a vibrating device adapted to oscillate the movable part with respect to the stationary part.

US Pat. No. 10,709,167

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WRAPPING AN ASSEMBLY OF SEGMENTS

Philip Morris Products S....

1. System for wrapping an assembly of segments, the system comprising a supply conveyor, a wrapping conveyor and a retaining surface, whereinthe supply conveyor is adapted for supplying an assembly of segments to the wrapping conveyor, the assembly of segments comprising at least two segments arranged in an end-to-end relationship with an outer periphery of the assembly being affixed longitudinally to an edge portion of a piece of wrapping material, wherein at least one of the at least two segments of the assembly is a rigid segment with a compressibility higher than about 10 Newton per 1.5 mm; wherein
the wrapping conveyor comprises a rolling seat arranged in the peripheral surface of the wrapping conveyor being movable with the wrapping conveyor, the rolling seat comprising a rolling element rotatable relative to the wrapping conveyor for rotating the assembly in the rolling seat; wherein
the retaining surface is arranged at a distance to and opposite the peripheral surface of the wrapping conveyor such as to contact the assembly arranged in the rolling seat of the wrapping conveyor, wherein
the wrapping conveyor is movable relative to the retaining surface adapted to create a relative movement between the wrapping conveyor and the retaining surface such as to cause rotation of the assembly in the rolling seat along a longitudinal axis of the assembly, thereby providing the assembly with a three-point guiding contact while moving the assembly along the retaining surface and wrapping the assembly with the piece of wrapping material while the assembly is movable along the retaining surface, and wherein the system comprises a pressure applicator or applying pressure to the retaining surface to apply a constant pressure to the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,709,153

POWDER COMPOSITION FOR AN AERATED FOOD PRODUCT

FRIESLANDCAMPINA NEDERLAN...

1. A powder composition for preparing a food product comprising gas bubbles dispersed in a continuous phase, which food product is selected from the group consisting ofcoffee and other coffee-based beverages;
chocolate milk and other cocoa-based beverages;
fruit and/or vegetable-based beverages;
fluid dairy products, other than fluid ice-cream and liquid dairy products labelled as weight management meal replacers;
dry dairy products, other than dry powder dairy products labelled as weight management meal replacers;
infant nutrition products;
bakery and confectionary products;
toppings and desserts, other than ice-cream;
animal feeds;
pet food products;
clinical nutrition food products;
the powder composition comprising:
(a) 5-95 wt. % a gas release agent in particulate form;
(b) 0.5-5 wt. % a thixotropic hydrocolloid in particulate form; and
(c) an instant food component in particulate form for the food product, wherein the thixotropic hydrocolloid provides an apparent yield stress of at least 0.5 Pa within a period of 60 seconds after reconstitution of the hydrocolloid with water;wherein the thixotropic xanthan gum is obtained from the fermentation of Xanthomonas campestris pathover campestris, deposited with the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) under the accession no. PTA-11272.

US Pat. No. 10,709,144

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE PRONE/SUPINE POSITION OF FISH CONVEYED BY MEANS OF A CONVEYING DEVICE

1. A method for detecting a prone/supine position of fish conveyed by a conveying device, comprising:conveying the fish with the conveying device in a longitudinal direction of the fish;
optically scanning, with an optical scanning device, a ventral side and a dorsal side of the fish as a pair in order to determine a first brightness value profile of a first side and a second brightness value profile of a second side of one of the fish;
determining a first ordered data series and a second ordered data series by ordering brightness values of the first brightness value profile and of the second brightness value profile according to a predefined ordering criterion;
determining a first median from the first ordered data series and a second median from the second ordered data series;
determining at least one differential value from the first median and the second median; and
determining the prone/supine position by comparing the at least one differential value with at least one predetermined reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,709,143

CLAMPING DEVICE FOR BONE-IN LIMB MEAT, LOADING DEVICE FOR BONE-IN LIMB MEAT, AND CLAMPING METHOD FOR BONE-IN LIMB MEAT

MAYEKAWA MFG. CO., LTD., ...

1. A clamping device for a bone-in limb meat comprising:a pair of clamp pieces including a first clamp piece and a second clamp piece, and being openable/closable so as to hold a bone-in limb meat; and
rotation suppressing portions for suppressing a rotation of the bone-in limb meat, the rotation suppressing portions being disposed at positions deviated with respect to the pair of clamp pieces in a direction perpendicular to a plane including an opening/closing direction of the pair of clamp pieces,
wherein the rotation suppressing portions include a projection portion disposed so as to protrude from the first clamp piece into a space between the pair of clamp pieces and configured to contact the bone-in limb meat when viewed from the direction perpendicular to the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,709,141

DEVICE TO PREPARE TURNOVERS

1. A device for food processing comprising: a base element of a circular shape, the base element comprising: a flat lower surface; and an upper surface which includes a first concave semicircle elevated above the lower surface, and a second flat semicircle adjacent to the first concave semicircle but at a lower elevation than the first concave semicircle; a movable concave semicircle rotatably supported on the second flat concave semicircle and mateable with the first concave semicircle; a top contact element rotatably attached to the base element, the top contact element having a circular concave shape on an upper facing surface and a convex shape on a lower facing surface used to work in relation with the base element; first and second hinges located on opposed sides of a diameter of the base element, the first and second hinges rotatably connecting the movable concave semicircle to the base element; third and fourth hinges located on opposed sides of the base element, the third hinge rotatably connecting the top contact element to the base element; a lever rotatably attached to the fourth hinge; wherein the movable concave semicircle is placed in a closed position with the first concave semicircle to form a turnover, the top contact element is used to work in relation with the base element, and when the lever presses the top contact element against the base element a concave tortilla will form.

US Pat. No. 10,709,130

CLICKABLE ANTIMICROBIAL MOLECULES AND POLYMERS

ALEO BME, Inc., State Co...

13. A method of making an antimicrobial composition comprising:reacting a compound having the structure of Formula (I):

wherein R1 comprises an antimicrobial moiety or a dehydrogenated antimicrobial moiety, with one or more second monomers that react with the compound of (i) to form a polymer or oligomer, and
reacting the formed polymer or oligomer with a compound having the structure of Formula (II):
N3—R2  (II),
wherein R2 comprises an antimicrobial moiety or an antimicrobial moiety in which a leaving group of the second antimicrobial moiety has been replaced with the azido group of the structure of Formula (II), and wherein the resulting polymer or oligomer comprises a quaternary ammonium moiety within the backbone and is antimicrobial.

US Pat. No. 10,709,127

NON-LETHAL WILDLIFE DETERRENCE AIRCRAFT LIGHTING APPARATUS

LITE ENTERPRISES INC., N...

1. An aircraft lighting apparatus comprising:a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) configured to generate light and direct the light from an aircraft to a deterrence area in a flight path of the aircraft, wherein at least one of the LEDs is a species deterrent LED configured to emit mono-colored light at a wavelength within a sensitivity range of a short-wavelength-sensitive (SWS) photoreceptor of at least one avian species and with a light intensity in at least a portion of the deterrence area sufficient to cause a temporary disruption of visual perception in the at least one avian species to induce an augmented behavioral response in the avian species resulting in avoidance of the deterrence area by the avian species.

US Pat. No. 10,709,124

POLE MINDER

1. A monolithic tubular fishing pole holder designed to be mounted to a boat or a dock and hold a fishing pole in two distinct positions without changing the mounting position, comprising:a. a hollow length of tube or stock comprising an open receiving end for freely receiving the handle of a fishing pole in a first position; said tube or stock comprising a mounting end provided with either an open or dosed end; and
b. a notch in said receiving end (1.a.i) of said tube or stock (1.a) for accommodating the handle of said fishing pole; and
c. a slot in the side of said tube or stock (1.a), located on the opposite side of said notch (1.b) for accommodating the handle of said fishing pole; and for allowing the end of said handle of said fishing pole to extend through the slot; thereby holding said fishing pole in a second position wherein said handle is located against the top of said slot (1.c) and the bottom of said notch (1.b); and
d. a mounting feature near said mounting end (1.a.ii) of said tube or stock (1.a) comprised of small holes through said tube or stock (1.a), for secure vertical mounting of the fishing pole holder to a solid unmovable surface such as the side wall of a boat or the railing of a dock.

US Pat. No. 10,709,123

ELECTRONIC JIGGING DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An electronic jigging device, comprising:a housing;
a power supply;
a microcontroller disposed within the housing to control operation of the electronic jigging device in accordance with a pre-programmed scheme;
a servo motor coupled to the microcontroller and disposed within the housing;
a servo arm coupled to the servo motor and operated by the servo motor;
a plurality of Hall effect sensors coupled to the microcontroller to:
detect a change in current;
determine that a trigger arm holder has reached a pre-set detection point, wherein the pre-set detection point corresponds to the pre-programmed scheme; and
transmit a message to the microcontroller to move the servo arm to a release position in response to the determination that the trigger arm holder has reached the pre-set detection point; and
a trigger arm subassembly comprising:
the plurality of Hall effect sensors; and
a trigger arm, wherein:
the trigger arm moves in response to an application of pressure; and
magnets contained within the trigger arm move with respect to the plurality of Hall effect sensors in response to the movement of the trigger arm.

US Pat. No. 10,709,122

SPINNING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spinning reel, comprising:a reel body;
a rotor configured to be rotatable relative to the reel body;
a bail arm configured to be pivotable with respect to the rotor; and
a bail reversing mechanism having a pressing part configured to be capable of pressing the bail arm to swing the bail arm, a biasing part configured to bias the pressing part, a housing part disposed in the rotor and housing the biasing part, and a guide part housed in the housing part and configured to guide the biasing part between the pressing part and the housing part.

US Pat. No. 10,709,121

FLEXIBLE FISHING LURE HAVING AN INTEGRAL RETAINER AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Lure Maker LLC, Flagstaf...

1. A flexible plastic fishing lure comprising:a) a flexible body made substantially of plastic and comprising:
i) an outer surface;
ii) a first lure end; and
iii) a second lure end; and
iv) a lure length from the first lure end, to the second lure end;
b) an integral retainer configured in the flexible body and comprising:
i) an elongated retainer portion having a length from a first end to a second end;
ii) a tab configured along the elongated retainer portion between the first and second ends and extending out from the outer surface of the flexible body;
iii) an enlarged retainer portion configured on both the first end and the second end of the elongated retainer, wherein each of the enlarged retainer portions has a retainer surface that extends perpendicularly to the length of the elongated retainer portion; and
wherein the enlarged retainer portions are larger in dimension perpendicular to the length of the elongated retainer portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,119

METHODS OF AGENT DELIVERY INTO EGGS AND EMBRYOS OF EGG-PRODUCING AQUATIC ANIMALS FOR DRUG SCREENING, AGENT TOXICITY ASSAY AND PRODUCTION OF INFERTILE FISH

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BA...

1. A method of delivering at least one agent into egg(s) from an egg-producing aquatic animal, said method comprising contacting the egg(s) with the at least one agent in the presence of a guanidine-containing compound that is effective to enhance permeability of the chorion of the egg(s), wherein the egg(s) are contacted with the at least one agent in an immersion medium comprising the at least one agent and the guanidine-containing compound and wherein the guanidine-containing compound(a) comprises arginine or a salt thereof; or
(b) is guanidine or a salt thereof selected from the group consisting of guanidine-HCl, guanidine-thiocyanate, guanidine-acetate, guanidine-carbonate, guanidine-nitrate, guanidine-sulfate, guanidine-bicarbonate, and guanidine-hydrobromide; or
(c) comprises a dimer, trimer or polymer of guanidine or arginine selected from the compounds of general formulas (I) to (IV),
wherein the compound of general formula (I) is selected from an arginine dimer and contiguous poly-arginine, of the formula:

wherein: n?2;
wherein the compound of general formula (II) is selected from an arginine-linker compound dimer and spaced poly-arginine-linker compound, of the formula:

wherein: n?2;
is a variable backbone linker and is an amino acid, nucleotide, phosphoramidate, glycol, polyethylene glycol, nitro, amino, cyano, phenyl, cyclohexyl, benzyl, or a linear or branched C1-C4 lower alkyl;
X?2; and
R is a variable group and is a hydrogen atom, nitro, amino, cyano, phenyl, cyclohexyl, benzyl, or a linear or branched C1-C4 lower alkyl or C1-C4 alkenyl radical, optionally substituted with one or two radicals chosen from: hydroxyl, amino, dimethylamino, methoxy, ethoxy, carboxyl, carboxamide, N-methylcarboxamide or SO3H, or salts thereof;
wherein the compound of general formula (III) is selected from a guanidine-linker compound dimer and contiguous poly-guanidine-linker compound, of the formula:

wherein: n?2; and
is a variable backbone linker and is an amino acid, nucleotide, phosphoramidate, glycol, polyethylene glycol, nitro, amino, cyano, phenyl, cyclohexyl, benzyl, or a linear or branched C1-C4 lower alkyl; and
wherein the compound of general formula (IV) is selected from a guanidine-linker compound dimer and spaced poly-guanidine-linker compound, of the formula:

wherein: n?2;
is a variable backbone linker and is an amino acid, nucleotide, phosphoramidate, glycol, polyethylene glycol, nitro, amino, cyano, phenyl, cyclohexyl, benzyl, or a linear or branched C1-C4 lower alkyl;
X?2; and
R is a variable group and is a hydrogen atom, nitro, amino, cyano, phenyl, cyclohexyl, benzyl, or a linear or branched C1-C4 lower alkyl or C1-C4 alkenyl radical, optionally substituted with one or two radicals chosen from: hydroxyl, amino, dimethylamino, methoxy, ethoxy, carboxyl, carboxamide, N-methylcarboxamide or SO3H, or salts thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,709,115

AGRICULTURAL MONITORING SYSTEM USING IMAGE ANALYSIS

Keltronix, Inc., Santa B...

1. A system for monitoring the health of a beehive, the system comprising:a camera that captures a sequence of video frames of the exterior of the beehive;
a processor in communication with the camera, the processor analyzes the sequence of video frames to calculate one or more activity values that represents an estimate of the number of bees in the vicinity of the beehive in the sequence of video frames;
a server in communication with the processor, the server stores the sequence of video frames in association with the one or more activity values; and,
a user device in communication with the server, wherein the user device displays a plot of activity values over a time base, and wherein the server obtains first and second activity value series for a predetermined time period from first and second beehives, respectively, determines a correlation value based on the first and second activity value series, and transmits a notification to the user device if the correlation value falls below a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,709,107

ELEVATED PET FEEDER WITH SLOW FEED BOWL

1. An elevated pet feeder, comprising:a bowl having an inner surface, an outer surface, a sidewall, and a cavity with an open upper end for receiving contents;
wherein the sidewall includes spaced markings each designating a different volume within the cavity;
an impediment attached to a base of the bowl;
a propeller removably secured to the inpediment;
a receptacle configured to receive the bowl with a stand extending therefrom wherein the stand is configured to adjust the height of the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,709,103

ANIMAL CRATE COOLING SYSTEM

1. A animal crate cooling system comprising:a thermal cover, a cold air unit, and a first air moving device;
wherein the animal crate cooling system is adapted to cover a crate for an animal and circulate cool air through the crate;
wherein the thermal cover comprises a cover left side panel, a cover right side panel, a cover front panel, a cover rear panel, and a cover top panel;
wherein the thermal cover is placed over the crate to surround the crate with a thermal barrier;
wherein the thermal cover insulates the crate to assist in maintaining a current temperature;
wherein the left edge of the cover front panel is coupled to the front edge of the cover left side panel;
wherein the right edge of the cover front panel is coupled to the front edge of the cover right side panel;
wherein the top edge of the cover front panel is coupled to the front edge of the cover top panel;
wherein the left edge of the cover rear panel is coupled to the rear edge of the cover left side panel;
wherein the right edge of the cover rear panel is coupled to the rear edge of the cover right side panel;
wherein the top edge of the cover rear panel is coupled to the rear edge of the cover top panel;
wherein the top edge of the cover left side panel is coupled to the left edge of the cover top panel;
wherein the top edge of the cover right side panel is coupled to the right edge of the cover top panel;
wherein the cover top panel comprises one or more vent apertures;
wherein the one or more vent apertures are openings in the cover top panel to allow passage or air into and/or out of the crate;
wherein an air moving device is coupled to at least one of the one or more vent apertures to force the air into or out of the crate.

US Pat. No. 10,709,073

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATING DATA VIA A PLURALITY OF GROW PODS

Grow Solutions Tech LLC, ...

1. A system for facilitating communication among grow pods comprising:a remote computing device that includes a memory component that stores logic that, when executed by the remote computing device, performs at least the following:
receive a grow recipe, the grow recipe including actions for a particular grow pod to grow a plant;
implement the grow recipe on the particular grow pod;
determine an output of the plant in the particular grow pod using the grow recipe;
determine a random adjustment to the grow recipe;
determine an output of the plant in the particular grow pod using the random adjustment to the grow recipe;
determine whether the random adjustment to the grow recipe resulted in an improvement in output;
in response to determining that the random adjustment to the grow recipe resulted in an improvement in output, determine a different grow pod for receiving the random adjustment and the grow recipe;
determine features of the different grow pod;
alter the grow recipe with the random adjustment to the grow recipe to form a new grow recipe to operate on the different grow pod; and
implement the new grow recipe on the different grow pod.

US Pat. No. 10,709,071

LUMINOUS FLUX CONTROL MEMBER, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

ENPLAS CORPORATION, Sait...

1. A light flux controlling member configured to control light distribution of light emitted from a light emitting element, the light flux controlling member comprising:an incidence region for allowing incidence of the light emitted from the light emitting element when the incidence region is disposed to face the light emitting element; and
an emission region for emitting the light incident on the incidence region, the emission region being located on a side opposite to the light emitting element relative to the incidence region therebetween,
wherein the incidence region includes:
a first control portion which is located at least in one of two regions on a cross section of the light flux controlling member, the two regions being obtained by dividing the cross section by a reference axis included in the cross section, the reference axis being an axis to coincide with an optical axis of the light emitting element and to serve as an optical reference of the light flux controlling member, the one of the two regions being on a first side relative to the reference axis, the first control portion being configured to control the light emitted from the light emitting element and incident on the incidence region in such a way that the light is emitted from the emission region in a direction that is tilted to the first side relative to the reference axis, and
a second control portion which is located at least in an other one of the two regions on the cross section, the other one of the two regions being on a second side relative to the reference axis, the second control portion being configured to control the light emitted from the light emitting element and incident on the incidence region in such a way that the light is emitted from the emission region in a direction that is tilted the second side relative to the reference axis,
wherein the second control portion includes a refraction incidence surface that allows the light emitted from the light emitting element to be refracted and incident on the light flux controlling member in such a way that an angle of the light relative to the reference axis becomes smaller,
wherein a light distribution curve indicating luminous intensities on the cross section for emission directions of the light emitted from the emission region includes a first peak formed by a first part of the light emitted from the emission region, the first part passing through the first control portion, and a second peak formed by a second part of the light emitted from the emission region, the second part passing through the second control portion, and
wherein an absolute value of angle ?1 of the first peak relative to the reference axis is smaller than that of angle ?2 of the second peak relative to the reference axis.

US Pat. No. 10,709,070

APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING PLANT FLOWER FROM STALK AND METHOD OF SEPARATING FLOWER FROM STALK

1. A method for separating plant flower from stalk, the method comprisingpositioning plants on a platform near a lateral rotating tube, the tube having a plurality of flexible, elongated members affixed to and extending radially outward from the tube,
rotating the tube to cause the elongated members to brush against the plants, thereby separating the flower from the stalk, and
collecting the flower,
wherein each of the elongated members affixed to and extending radially outward from the tube comprises a tapered shaft, a collar, a base head, and at least one raised facial surface, such that in operation the raised facial surface brushes against the plants to cause the flower to separate from the stalk, and
wherein the tube comprises a cylindrical wall affixed to an axle and wherein the cylindrical wall of the tube comprises a plurality of apertures, and wherein each of the tube apertures is sized to receive and removably secure one of the elongated members to the tube, at the collar of the elongated member, so that the base head of the elongated member extends into a vacuous interior of the tube, and the tapered shaft of the elongated member extends outwardly from an outer surface of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,709,056

SEED INDUCTOR BOX FOR AN AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT HAVING MULTIPLE AIR PATHS

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A particulate material delivery system for an agricultural implement comprising:an inductor segment including a housing comprising a particulate material supply chamber configured to receive a particulate material from a particulate material tank;
an upper airflow path configured to direct an airflow from an airflow supply into the particulate material supply chamber;
a first screen positioned in an upper portion of the housing, wherein air moves through the first screen and particulate material moves over the first screen;
a lower airflow path configured to direct the airflow from the airflow supply into the particulate material supply chamber;
a second screen positioned in a lower portion of the housing, wherein air moves through the second screen and particulate material moves over the second screen; and
a tank airflow path configured to direct the airflow from the airflow supply to the particulate material tank, and
wherein the housing of the inductor segment comprises at least one inlet and an outlet, the at least one inlet configured to receive the particulate material from the particulate material tank, the outlet configured to expel the particulate material.

US Pat. No. 10,709,052

HELPING HANDLE SHOVEL SYSTEM

1. A two-handle shovel system (10) for shoveling heavy loads and for minimizing strain on a shoveler, the system comprising, in combination:a primary shaft (14), the primary shaft having a primary upper end (16), and a primary lower end (18), and a primary intermediate region (20) there between;
a secondary shaft (24), the secondary shaft having a secondary upper end (26), and a secondary lower end (28), and a secondary intermediate region (30) there between, the secondary shaft having a hollow cylindrical configuration;
a grip (32) having a generally cylindrical body with a left side and a similarly configured right side, and a downwardly facing cylindrical extension positioned on the secondary upper end of the secondary shaft, the downwardly facing cylindrical extension having side apertures for receiving a threaded fastener to secure the grip to the secondary shaft;
a blade (36) having an upwardly facing cylindrical extension (38) configured for receiving the lower end of the primary shaft;
a coupling assembly adapted to releasably attach the secondary shaft to the primary shaft, the coupling assembly including two plates (40) coupled by a pivot pin (42), each plate having a semi-cylindrical configuration and positionable to contact the primary shaft, each plate having a primary arm (44) with a central primary aperture, a primary bolt (46) extending through the central primary apertures, the primary bolt having a free end and a head end, a central nut (48) on the primary bolt between the primary arms, an end nut (50) on the primary bolt secured to one primary arm remote from the head end, a rotatable handle (52) attached to the Primary bolt adjacent to the head end whereby rotation of the handle will move the primary arms to grasp and release the primary shaft;
the coupling assembly having two secondary arms (54) with secondary apertures (56), a lower bolt (58) extending through the secondary apertures, the lower bolt having a head end and a free end, a lower keeper (60) removably coupled to the lower bolt adjacent to the free end, a coil spring (62) having a top, and a bottom, and a center there between, the coil spring secured to the secondary shaft at a position aligned with the secondary shaft, the coil spring being heavy duty, fabricated of 0.125 inches, plus or minus 20 percent, stainless steel wire, the coil spring having a length of 2.0 inches, plus or minus 20 percent, and a diameter of 1.0 inches, plus or minus 20 percent, the coil spring having an upper end with an inverted J-shaped hook (64) with an upper bolt (66) in the secondary shaft receiving the inverted J-shaped hook and an upper keeper (68) retaining the upper bolt in a fixed orientation, the spring having a lower end with a J-shaped hook (70) with the lower bolt receiving the J-shaped hook and a washer (74) and the lower keeper (60) retaining the lower bolt in a fixed orientation; and
a pair of resilient retention fingers (78) fixedly attached to the intermediate region of the secondary shaft and adapted to removably couple to the intermediate region of the primary shaft for transportation and storage purposes.
US Pat. No. 10,714,669

THERMOELECTRIC MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A thermoelectric material comprising:a plurality of grains formed by a chemical bond between at least a first element and a second element;
a graphene-based material; and
metal particles,
wherein the graphene-based material and the metal particles are in interfaces between the grains,
wherein the metal particles have an average diameter of about 50 to 1000 nm.
US Pat. No. 10,710,058

PROCESS FOR PREPARING HYDROCRACKING CATALYST

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A process for preparing a hydrocracking catalyst, comprising:(i) combining a zeolite, a binder, water and a hydrogenating metal compound which is a complex or a salt of a hydrogenating metal to obtain a mixture, wherein the zeolite has not been treated by a phosphorus-containing compound and the zeolite has a silica to alumina molar ratio of 5-200;
(ii) forming the mixture into a shaped body; and
(iii) calcining the shaped body at 250 to less than 300° C., for 2-8 hours to form the catalyst.
US Pat. No. 10,711,086

PHOSPHATE ESTER-MODIFIED ACRYLIC POLYOLS

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A composition comprising a phosphate ester-modified acrylic polyol and a catalyst, wherein:after addition of an isocyanate, the composition exhibits a longer pot-life than a composition comprising the reaction product of a non-phosphate ester-modified acrylic polyol;
the catalyst comprises an organotin, organobismuth, organozinc, a metal octoate, or a metal dionate catalyst, wherein the catalyst is present in an amount of from at least 0.06 pHS to about 0.12 pHS;
the phosphate ester-modified acrylic polyol comprises:
greater than zero, but less than 1.0 wt % phosphate modification, wherein the wt % is based on the total weight of the phosphate ester-modified acrylic polyol; and
(option 1) prior to phosphate modification, the phosphate ester-modified acrylic polyol comprises an acrylic polyol comprising polymerized monomers of:
an acrylic, methacrylic, or styrenic monomer, and
an allyl alcohol, 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxypropyl acrylate, 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate, or a mixture of two or more thereof; or
(option 2) prior to polymerization, the phosphate ester-modified acrylic polyol comprises:
an acrylic, methacrylic, or styrenic monomer and
a hydroxyethylmethacrylate-phosphate monomer;
wherein:
the acrylic, methacrylic, or styrenic monomer of (option 1) or (option 2) comprises acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, methyl methacrylate, ethyl acrylate, ethyl methacrylate, n-propyl acrylate, n-propyl methacrylate, n-butyl acrylate, n-butyl methacrylate, isopropyl acrylate, isopropyl methacrylate, isobutyl acrylate, isobutyl methacrylate, n-amyl acrylate, n-amyl methacrylate, n-hexyl acrylate, n-hexyl methacrylate, isoamyl acrylate, isoamyl methacrylate, trifluoroethyl acrylate, trifluoroethyl methacrylate, benzyl acrylate, benzyl methacrylate, 2-n-butoxyethyl acrylate, 2-n-butoxyethyl methacrylate, 2-chloroethyl acrylate, 2-chloroethyl methacrylate, sec-butyl acrylate, sec-butyl methacrylate, tert-butyl acrylate, tert-butyl methacrylate, 2-ethylbutyl acrylate, 2-ethylbutyl methacrylate, cinnamyl acrylate, cinnamyl methacrylate, cyclohexyl acrylate, cyclohexyl methacrylate, cyclopentyl acrylate, cyclopentyl methacrylate, 2-ethoxyethyl acrylate, 2-ethoxyethyl methacrylate, furfuryl acrylate, furfuryl methacrylate, hexafluoroisopropyl acrylate, hexafluoroisopropyl methacrylate, 3-methoxybutyl acrylate, 3-methoxybutyl methacrylate, 2-methoxybutyl acrylate, 2-methoxybutyl methacrylate, 2-nitro-2-methylpropyl acrylate, 2-nitro-2-methylpropyl methacrylate, n-octyl-acrylate, n-octyl-methacrylate, 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, 2-ethylhexyl methacrylate, 2-phenoxyethyl acrylate, 2-phenoxyethyl methacrylate, 2-phenylethyl acrylate, 2-phenylethyl methacrylate, phenyl acrylate, phenyl methacrylate, propargyl acrylate, propargyl methacrylate, tetrahydrofurfuryl acrylate, tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate, tetrahydropyranyl acrylate, tetrahydropyranyl methacrylate, styrene, ?-methylstyrene, or a mixture of any two or more thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,711,088

RESIN COMPOSITION, SHEET-SHAPED LAMINATED MATERIAL, PRINTED WIRING BOARD, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

AJINOMOTO CO., INC., Tok...

1. A resin composition, comprising:(A) a resin having a thermosetting functional group FA;
(B) a resin having a radical polymerizable functional group FB which is an ethylenic unsaturated group other than a maleimide group;
(C) a resin having a functional group FA? which reacts with the thermosetting functional group FA and a functional group FB? which reacts with the radical polymerizable functional group FB; and
(D) an inorganic filler, wherein
the functional group FA? of the component (C) is one or more members selected from the group consisting of an epoxy group, a benzoxazine group, a cyanate ester group, an active ester group, a carbodiimide group, an oxetanyl group, an episulfide group, an isocyanate group, and an amino group,
a number na of the functional group FA? of the component (C) when the number of the thermosetting functional group FA of the component (A) is defined as 1 and a number nb of the functional group FB? of the component (C) when the number of the radical polymerizable functional group FB of the component (B) is defined as 1 satisfy
0.01?na?200 and 0.01?nb?400, and
a content of the component (D) in the resin composition is more than 60% by mass.
US Pat. No. 10,709,813

SOLUBILIZATION OF ANTIGEN COMPONENTS FOR REMOVAL FROM TISSUES

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A tissue scaffold depleted of antigens comprising extracellular matrix (ECM) structure and ECM tensile strength that is substantially the same as the ECM prior to antigen removal, wherein the ECM is compatible with viable cell repopulation, and is substantially free of endogenous antigens, wherein at least 60% of the lipid-soluble antigens are removed from the ECM and wherein the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) content is substantially decreased in comparison to the ECM prior to antigen removal.
US Pat. No. 10,711,098

PROCESS FOR REMOVAL OF TETRAHYDROFURAN

NOVAMONT S.P.A., Novara ...

1. A process for the removal of tetrahydrofuran from a polyester or a copolyester comprising 1,4-butylene dicarboxylate repeating units or from a composition comprising said polyester or copolyester, comprising the steps of:(1) providing a polyester or a copolyester comprising 1,4-butylene dicarboxylate repeating units or a composition comprising said polyester or copolyester by means of a polycondensation reaction and, if a copolyester is formed a coplymerization reaction;
(2) contacting a gaseous flow with the polyester or copolyester comprising 1,4-butylene dicarboxylate repeating units or the composition comprising said polyester or copolyester at a temperature in the range between 60° C. and 150° C., at an absolute pressure between 800 mbar and 5 bar;
(3) separating the gaseous flow containing the tetrahydrofuran from the polyester or copolyester or from the composition comprising said polyester or copolyester; and
(4) recovering the polyester or copolyester or the composition comprising said polyester or copolyester with a residual tetrahydrofuran content of less than 10 ppm;
wherein the process for the removal of the tetrahydrofuran is carried out after the polycondensation reaction and, if a copolyester is formed after the coplymerization reaction.
US Pat. No. 10,709,820

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A STORABLE MOLDED BODY MADE OF BACTERIAL CELLULOSE

BIOTRONIK AG, Buelach (C...

1. A method for producing a storable and swellable molded body made of bacterial cellulose, wherein the method comprises steps of:providing a molded body of the bacterial cellulose, the bacterial cellulose in the molded body consisting of fibers of bacterial cellulose without foreign polymers;
treating the molded body with a treatment solution comprising
20% by weight to 50% by weight of glycerol and 50% by weight to 80% by weight of a C1-C3-alcohol/water mixture; and
drying the treated molded body.
US Pat. No. 10,710,077

METHOD FOR HANDLING MICRODROPS WHICH INCLUDE SAMPLES

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE, Pal...

1. A method for handling, in a microfluidic system, microdroplets including samples, comprising:i) forming, in an oil, microdroplets of an aqueous solution containing a sample, the aqueous solution containing a sample comprising a gelling agent,
ii) trapping the microdroplets by means of surface tension traps pre-arranged in a trapping zone, and
iii) gelling at least a portion of the trapped microdroplets,
wherein all steps of the method are carried out in a single microfluidic system.
US Pat. No. 10,711,104

AMORPHOUS HIGH PERFORMANCE POLYAMIDE

Shakespeare Company, LLC,...

1. A composition comprising from about 65 to about 95 wt. % of an aliphatic polyamide and a copolyamide containing about 40 to about 60 mol % 2-methyl-1,5-pentamethyleneterephthalamide (“MPMD-T”) units and about 40 to about 60 mol % 2-methyl-1,5-pentamethyleneisophthalamide (“MPMD-I”) units,wherein the copolyamide has a relative viscosity (“RV”) of more than 1.90, and
wherein the copolyamide has a glass transition temperature of at least 145° C.