US Pat. No. 10,918,391

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLAMPING TISSUE AND OCCLUDING TUBULAR BODY LUMENS

AMSEL MEDICAL CORPORATION...

1. An apparatus for securing a tissue layer to another tissue or non-tissue layer comprising:a distal implant comprising a distal body and a plurality of legs extending from the distal body and which may assume (i) a diametrically-reduced delivery configuration in which it can be passed through the layers and (ii) a diametrically-expanded deployed configuration in which the legs are extended radially of the distal body; and
a proximal implant, separate from the distal implant, the proximal implant comprising a proximal body and a plurality of legs extending from the body, the legs being configured to assume (i) a diametrically-reduced delivery configuration and (ii) a diametrically-expanded deployed configuration in which the legs are extended radially of the proximal body;
the implants being connectible to each other, wherein the radially extended configuration of the legs are constructed and arranged so that when the implants are connected together, legs of the proximal and distal implants are interdigitated in the absence of tissue between the implants.

US Pat. No. 10,918,390

HELICAL BALLOON ASSIST DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

15. A helical balloon assisted catheter system comprising:a catheter; and
a helical balloon assist device, slidably contacting an outside of the catheter, comprising:
a tubular balloon formed at least partially into an independent helical shape in an uninflated state, a distalmost end of the tubular balloon slidably contacting the outside of the catheter, and
an inflation tube in sealed communication with the balloon and extending from the balloon in a proximal direction along the outside of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,918,389

FLEXIBLE VASCULAR OCCLUDING DEVICE

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A device for positioning within a blood vessel for treatment of an aneurysm, the device comprising:a plurality of braided members, wherein the braided members form a lattice structure along the length of the device, each of the braided members comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, the outer surface being configured for positioning adjacent an inner wall of a vessel, and the outer surface forming a portion of an outer circumference of the device between first and second ends of the device, the plurality of braided members forming a plurality of openings extending between adjacent members of the device, the outer surfaces of the plurality of braided members comprising between about 30 percent to about 50 percent of a total circumferential area of the device,
wherein the device k configured to freely bend without permanent deformation 90 degrees about a fulcrum upon application of a bending moment of 0,005 lb-in to the device, and to be compressed to 50% of an original diameter of the device upon application of a force of less than 10 grams, when the device is fully deployed from a delivery catheter, and
wherein at least two of the braided members comprise different metallic materials.

US Pat. No. 10,918,388

ANASTOMOTIC STAPLING REINFORCING BUTTRESS AND METHODS OF DEPLOYMENT

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

1. A method of establishing an anastomotic joint between tubular tissue lumens with a circular anastomotic stapler kit, said kit comprising:1) a reinforcing buttress material comprising a substantially flat disk of a flexible, bioabsorbable material having a centrally located aperture and a plurality of radiating slits directed from said centrally located aperture towards a periphery of said disk that forms a plurality of leaflets, said slits terminating in end apertures at a distance from said periphery;
2) an anastomotic stapler comprising a stapling head and an anvil moveable longitudinally relative to the stapling head and mounted on an axially extending moveable shaft, with the stapling head containing a plurality of deployable staples,
3) a deployment tool comprising a hollow cylindrical body with a slidable plunger partially disposed in said body;
4) a cylindrical radially expandable spring sized to fit within said hollow cylindrical body and within a knife cavity of said stapling head, said spring positioned inside the hollow cylindrical body in a compressed state,said method comprising the steps of:a) Axially positioning the spring in a compressed state inside the hollow cylindrical body;
b) Axially positioning the buttress material between the spring inside the hollow cylindrical body and the stapling head;
c) Optionally inserting the hollow cylindrical body into a knife cavity of the stapling head thus bending the leaflets of the buttress material into the knife cavity;
d) Moving the spring using the slidable plunger from the hollow cylindrical body into a knife cavity of the stapling head thus bending the leaflets of the buttress material into the knife cavity;
e) Allowing the spring to radially expand in the knife cavity thus immobilizing the leaflets inside the knife cavity with said spring;
f) Removing the hollow cylindrical body;
g) Positioning the stapling head inside a first tubular tissue and positioning the anvil inside a second tubular tissue;
h) Connecting the anvil to the stapling head via the shaft;
i) Approximating the anvil and the stapling head and compressing said first and second tubular tissues and said buttress material between the stapling head and the anvil;
j) Firing the anastomotic stapler and establishing the anastomotic joint between said first and second tubular tissues;
k) Severing the leaflets from the buttress material.

US Pat. No. 10,918,387

SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGE WITH ENHANCED KNIFE CLEARANCE

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:an instrument shaft;
an end effector coupled to the instrument shaft and including opposed jaws;
a knife member having a cutting blade; and
a housing included in one of the jaws; the housing including:
a planar upper surface having staple openings extending through the planar upper surface;
a longitudinal slot accommodating movement of the knife member in a distal direction opposite to a proximal direction; and
a distal garage configured to accommodate the knife member in a parked position, the distal garage including a pair lateral surfaces between which an exposed portion of the cutting blade that protrudes beyond the planar upper surface when the knife member is in the parked position is disposed; the pair of lateral surfaces diverging in the proximal direction so as to provide a proximal-most gap sized to enable the knife member to apply significant bending forces to a staple that bridges the proximal-most gap as the staple is brought into contact with the proximal-most gap by the knife member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,386

INTERLOCK AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT INCLUDING SAME

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A handheld surgical instrument, comprising:a handle;
an elongate shaft extending from said handle;
an end effector extending from said elongate shaft, wherein said end effector comprises:
an anvil;
a channel; and
a cartridge configured to be replaceably positioned in said channel;
a firing assembly, comprising:
a firing member movable from an unfired position to a fired position during a firing stroke; and
a sled movable from a proximal position to a distal position as said firing member is moved through said firing stroke;
a lockout mechanism configured to prevent said firing stroke when said sled is not in said proximal position;
a motor comprising a rotatable output, wherein said rotatable output is operably coupled with said firing member, and wherein said motor is couplable with a supply of current; and
a current sensor configured to detect the current through said motor, wherein when said current through said motor exceeds a threshold value said firing member is prevented from completing said firing stroke, wherein said threshold value corresponds to said current through said motor when said lockout mechanism is activated, and wherein said motor is de-energized when said current through said motor exceeds said threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,918,384

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT, LOADING UNIT FOR USE THEREWITH AND RELATED METHODS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

6. A method of performing a surgical procedure, comprising:emplacing a first set of fasteners from a first row of slots on a first side of a longitudinal channel of a cartridge assembly through tissue, wherein each slot in a second row of slots on the first side of the longitudinal channel is empty prior to emplacing the first set of fasteners; and
emplacing a second set of fasteners from a third row of slots on a second side of the longitudinal channel of the surgical instrument through tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,918,383

SURGICAL APPARATUS WITH CONDUCTOR STRAIN RELIEF

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical apparatus comprising:an elongate body having proximal and distal portions;
a first connector disposed within the proximal portion of the elongate body;
a tool assembly supported on the distal portion of the elongate body, the tool assembly being articulable relative to the elongate body between a first articulated position and a non-articulated position;
a second connector disposed within the tool assembly; and
a conductor electrically coupling the first connector and the second connector, the conductor having a first effective length when the tool assembly is in a first articulated position, and a second effective length when the tool assembly is in the non-articulated position, the first effective length being longer than the second effective length.

US Pat. No. 10,918,382

INTRAORAL STAPLER

1. An intraoral surgical stapling apparatus, comprising:a handle assembly having a trigger configured for selective actuation of a surgical staple of the intraoral surgical stapling apparatus;
a barrel section extending outward from the handle assembly, the barrel section including a staple firing mechanism configured to load and advance the surgical staple in a loading position towards a forward end of the intraoral surgical stapling apparatus;
the staple firing mechanism comprising a fixed body forming a channel, the channel adapted to receive an advancing unit therein, the advancing unit operably connected to the trigger;
the advancing unit comprising:
a sliding plate disposed within the channel;
a pair of splay arms positioned forward the sliding plate, wherein each of the splay arms comprise:
a forward end opposite a rearward end, the rearward end comprising a vertical pivot pin extending from an upper side thereof and extending into a track disposed along an upper end of the barrel section, the track configured to slidably receive the pivot pin therein;
the forward end comprising a recessed portion configured to engage the surgical staple;
wherein a forwardmost portion of the track prevents further advancement of the pivot pin;
wherein actuation of the trigger is configured to cause cooperate movement of the sliding plate and the pair of splay arms;
wherein the advancing unit is selectively movable between the loading position, a forward advancing position, and a staple open biasing position;
wherein the loading position, the advancing unit is configured to engage the staple;
wherein the forward advancing position, the pair of splay arms are advance the engaged staple forward;
wherein the staple open biasing position, the engaged staple is biased and configured to be applied to the tissue site.

US Pat. No. 10,918,381

APPLICATOR INSTRUMENTS HAVING DRIVE SYSTEMS WITH FLEXIBLE MEMBERS FOR DISPENSING SURGICAL FASTENERS

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

1. An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners comprising:an elongated shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
a housing connected with said proximal end of said elongated shaft;
a trigger;
a gear train coupled with said trigger, wherein said trigger is squeezable for moving said gear train for commencing a firing cycle;
a firing system disposed in said housing, wherein said firing system is coupled with said gear train during an energy storing stage of said firing cycle and decoupled from at least one gear of said gear train during an energy releasing stage of said firing cycle, said firing system comprising
a storage reel,
a spool,
a drive wheel located adjacent to said storage reel and said spool,
a constant torque spring having a proximal end connected to said spool and a distal end connected to said drive wheel,
a flexible member in contact with said drive wheel, said flexible member having a proximal end connected to said storage reel, a distal end, and a length that is configured to be driven by said drive wheel toward said distal end of said elongated shaft,
wherein during the energy storing stage of said firing cycle said gear train is coupled with said storage reel for rotating said storage reel, which, in turn, winds said flexible member onto said storage reel for retracting said flexible member, which, in turn, rotates said drive wheel, which, in turn, winds said constant torque spring from said spool onto said drive wheel for storing energy in said constant torque spring, and wherein during said firing cycle said distal end of said flexible member is advanced distally outside said housing to the distal end of said elongated shaft, wherein the distal end of said elongated shaft defines a distal-most end of said applicator instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,918,380

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING A CONTROL SYSTEM

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:a shaft;
an end effector extending from said shaft, comprising:
a proximal end;
a distal end;
a first jaw; and
a second jaw rotatable relative to said first jaw;
an actuation member movable toward said distal end during an actuation stroke, wherein said actuation member comprises a first portion configured to engage said first jaw and a second portion configured to engage said second jaw and control a position of said second jaw relative to said first jaw during said actuation stroke;
a sensor system configured to detect positions of said actuation member during said actuation stroke;
an electric motor configured to move said actuation member through said actuation stroke;
a trigger coupled to said electric motor, wherein a rotational speed of said electric motor is related to an amount of movement of said trigger; and
a control system in communication with said sensor system, said electric motor and said trigger, wherein said control system is configured to limit a maximum movement of said trigger based on a signal generated by the sensor system.

US Pat. No. 10,918,379

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SUTURE PLACEMENT

DURASTAT LLC, Wayne, PA ...

1. A suturing device comprising:a needle having a first end, which is pointed, and a second end;
a suture connected with the needle;
an elongate body including a proximal end portion and a distal end portion;
an actuator interacting with the elongate body and operable between a first operating position and a second operating position; and
a needle holder extending away from the distal end portion or provided as part of the distal end portion of the elongate body, the needle holder including a distal end section having a distal-most tip, the needle holder defining a needle passage for holding the needle and a distal opening,
wherein movement of the actuator from the first operating position toward the second operating position moves the needle in an advance direction with respect to the needle holder toward a released condition in which the needle has passed through the distal opening and is released from the elongate body,
wherein at least a portion of the suture extends through the distal opening when the needle is received in the needle passage and the actuator is in the first operating position, and
wherein at least a portion of the suture extends along the needle passage toward the distal opening between the needle and an inner surface of the needle holder when the needle is received in the needle passage and the actuator is in the first operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,378

SUTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

JWORLD CO., LTD., Chungc...

1. A method of producing a suture, comprising:a first step of heating a suture raw material under a predetermined temperature condition;
a second step of pressurizing the suture raw material heated in the first step to perform a compression-molding;
a third step of forming cutting lines in a first edge and a second edge of a compression-molded suture product formed in the second step; and
forming a barb portion by applying a tensile force after the third step to the compression-molded suture product having the cutting lines formed therein,
wherein the cutting lines are continuously formed to be spaced apart from each other at a predetermined interval, the cutting lines being inclined at a constant angle toward one direction or both directions of the first edge and the second edge.

US Pat. No. 10,918,377

OPHTHALMIC WOUND CLOSURE DEVICES AND METHODS

Edwin Ryan, St. Paul, MN...

1. A method, comprising:pressing a transparent portion of a visualization device in direct contact with an ophthalmic wound;
moving fluids away from the ophthalmic wound as a result of pressure from the transparent portion to enhance visualization of the ophthalmic wound; and
suturing the ophthalmic wound while maintaining pressure of the transparent portion against the ophthalmic wound, wherein the transparent portion of the visualization device is thinner in a middle suture clearance cutaway region that facilitates insertion of a suture through the suture clearance cutaway region while the substantially transparent portion is in contact with the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,918,375

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR FIXATION OF ANKLE SYNDESMOSIS OR ACROMIOCLAVICULAR JOINT DISLOCATIONS OF THE SHOULDER

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. An apparatus for performing surgical repairs, comprising:a first suture fixation device including an elongated shape that is adapted for insertion through a bone hole in a first configuration and for positioning relative to a bone cortex in a second configuration;
a second suture fixation device that includes a shape that is different from the elongated shape;
a flexible suture coupling connected to the first suture fixation device and the second suture fixation device,
wherein a free end of the flexible suture coupling is received through an aperture of a round portion of the second suture fixation device, and wherein the free end is tensionable to shorten a length of the flexible suture coupling between the first suture fixation device and the second suture fixation device and thereby move the first suture fixation device and the second suture fixation device closer together;
a passing device; and
a suture connecting the passing device to the first suture fixation device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,374

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PERCUTANEOUS TRICUSPID VALVE REPAIR

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A method for repairing a tricuspid valve of a patient's heart comprising the steps of:positioning a locating catheter through the tricuspid valve into a right ventricle with a distal end of the locating catheter contacting the tricuspid annulus inside the right ventricle at a first location;
advancing a wire delivery catheter into the right atrium with a distal end of the wire delivery catheter being disposed opposite the distal end of the locating catheter, and contacting the tricuspid annulus inside the right atrium at the first location;
advancing a distal end of a wire from the right atrium across the tricuspid annulus to the right ventricle at the first location, wherein the wire tracks through an axial lumen of the wire delivery catheter;
tracking a first tissue anchor delivery catheter over the wire, crossing the tricuspid annulus with a distal end of the first tissue anchor delivery catheter being disposed inside the right ventricle; and
deploying a first tissue anchor through the first tissue anchor delivery catheter with a distal portion of the first tissue anchor positioned against the tricuspid annulus from inside the right ventricle, and a proximal portion of the tissue anchor being positioned against the tricuspid annulus from inside the right atrium.

US Pat. No. 10,918,373

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR LOCATING AND IMPLANTING TISSUE ANCHORS AT MITRAL VALVE COMMISSURE

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A method for percutaneously locating a mitral valve commissure, comprising the steps of:providing a mitral valve commissure locating system, wherein the mitral valve commissure locating system comprises
a bow catheter comprising an elongated tubular body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the bow catheter has a window formed therein;
a central catheter comprising an elongated tubular body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the central catheter is slidably disposed within a lumen of the bow catheter;
first and second bow wires each comprising a proximal end and a distal end, wherein each of the proximal ends of the bow wire are attached to the distal end of the bow catheter, and the distal ends of the first and second bow wire are attached to the distal end of the central catheter, and wherein when the distal end of the elongated tubular body of the central catheter moves towards the distal end of the elongated tubular body of the bow catheter, the first and second bow wires bend radially outwardly to form and define a general plane;
third and fourth bow wires that are disposed within the window and are configured to move between a rest position and a radial extended position in which the third and fourth bow wires extend radially outward through the window, wherein proximal ends of the third and fourth bow wires attach to an edge of the window and distal ends of the third and fourth bow wires attach to the central catheter along the elongated tubular body thereof;
delivering the mitral valve commissure locating system percutaneously across the mitral valve, with the distal ends of the third and fourth bow wires positioned distally to the mitral annulus and the proximal ends of the third and fourth bow wires positioned proximally to the mitral annulus, wherein the first and second bow wires are disposed in the left pulmonary vein;
moving the distal end of the central catheter towards the distal end of the bow catheter so that the first, second, third and fourth bow wires bend radially outwardly;
visualizing the curvature of the third and fourth bow wires as they bend radially outwardly, and discontinuing the outward radial bending of the third and fourth bow wires when narrower waists form along the curvatures of the third and fourth bow wires which is indicative of locating the mitral valve commissure.

US Pat. No. 10,918,372

SUTURE ANCHOR

Parcus Medical LLC, Sara...

1. An anchor comprising:a stopper portion and a fixing portion, said fixing portion having a surface disposed adjacent to a surface of said stopper portion so as to constrain a motion of said stopper portion within a tissue matrix, said fixing portion including a wadding feature, said wadding feature including a flexible portion, said flexible portion including a contiguous deployment suture with a first deployment suture portion and a second deployment suture portion, said flexible portion including a third sliding suture portion, said second deployment suture portion and said third sliding suture portion being disposed longitudinally within an axial cavity of said first deployment suture portion, said first deployment suture portion having a surface region adapted to be urged outwardly from a longitudinal axis of said stopper portion when tension is applied to said second deployment suture portion such that said wadding feature assumes a constricted configuration, whereby said wadding feature does not require contact with said surrounding tissue matrix to transition from an un-constricted configuration to said constricted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,918,371

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RETRACTING BRAIN TISSUE DURING BRAIN SURGERY

BRAIN INNOVATIONS LLC, B...

1. An assembly for facilitating brain surgery performed through an opening having a rim, created in the skull of a patient, comprising:(a) a curved frame, defining an inward dimension and an outward dimension;
(b) at least one clamp arm sub-assembly, attached to said frame, including:
(i) a clamp arm frame clamp, releasably attached to said frame;
(ii) a clamp arm having a longitudinal dimension, releasably held and supported by said clamp arm frame clamp, and adjustable in position relative to said frame clamp along said longitudinal dimension;
(iii) a skull clamp, supported by said arm, and having a head and a tongue, which have mutually opposed parallel planar surfaces, and a tightening mechanism permitting said tongue to be brought closer to said head from an initial position, to clamp said rim between said mutually opposed parallel planar surfaces of said head and said tongue;
(c) at least one spatula arm sub-assembly, including:
(i) a spatula arm frame clamp, releasably attached to said frame;
(ii) a spatula arm held and supported by said spatula arm frame clamp, and extending in said inward dimension to an inward end; and
(iii) a spatula extending from said inward end of said spatula arm of said spatula arm sub-assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,918,370

SUPPORT DEVICE MOUNTABLE TO THE PELVIC BONE

Rainer Baumgart, Munich ...

1. An apparatus for stretching soft tissue parts in the hip region, comprising:a distraction marrow nail that has a proximal anchoring part, and a distal telescoping part that can be moved in the longitudinal direction with reference to the anchoring part, wherein the anchoring part at its proximal end located opposite the telescoping part comprises a support end having a ball; and
a support apparatus mountable on the pelvic bone for supporting the support end of the distraction marrow nail, wherein the support apparatus comprises a base plate attachable to the pelvic bone and a mounting device provided on the base plate for movably mounting the support end of the distraction marrow nail,
wherein the mounting device comprises a ball seat having a cavity that forms a ball seat surface for mounting the ball, wherein the inside radius of the ball seat surface corresponds to the outside radius of the ball, and wherein the ball seat is configured and disposed in such a manner that the distraction marrow nail can perform a movement sufficient for an extensively normal movement pattern of the femur and cannot luxate out of the ball seat when implanted in the femur.

US Pat. No. 10,918,369

INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS FOR COMPLETE PLANTAR PLATE REPAIRS

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. A method of plantar plate repair, comprising:exposing a metatarsophalangeal joint affected by a plantar plate tear;
distracting the metatarsophalangeal joint to expose a plantar plate, wherein distracting the metatarsophalangeal joint includes placing a first k-wire in a metatarsal bone of the metatarsophalangeal joint, placing a second k-wire in a phalangeal bone of the metatarsophalangeal joint, placing a distractor over the first k-wire and the second k-wire, and then spreading the distractor to expose the plantar plate,
wherein placing the distractor over the first k-wire and the second k-wire includes sliding a first housing of the distractor down over the first k-wire and sliding a second housing of the distractor down over the second k-wire,
wherein the distractor includes a first handle, a first arm that extends from the first handle, a second handle, a second arm that extends from the second handle, and a pivot pin extending through the first arm and the second arm, wherein each of the first handle and the second handle includes an oblong shaped finger opening disposed at a proximal most end of the distractor;
passing a first suture portion and a second suture portion through the plantar plate;
removing the distractor, the first k-wire, and the second k-wire;
drilling a first hole and a second hole through the phalangeal bone, wherein the first hole and the second hole are crossing drill holes;
passing the first suture portion through the first hole;
passing the second suture portion through the second hole; and
tying the first suture portion and the second suture portion together with a knot, thereby advancing the plantar plate onto the phalangeal bone.

US Pat. No. 10,918,368

FORCE MEASURING JOINT DISTRACTION LEVER

MAKO Surgical Corp., For...

1. A joint distraction lever, comprising:a lever body having a handle portion and a working portion;
a cantilever beam positioned within a slot extending through the working portion and configured to deform, when a torque is applied to the handle portion of the joint distraction lever, from a first orientation aligned with the working portion to a second orientation misaligned from the working portion;
a fulcrum coupled to and extending from the cantilever beam, wherein the working portion is straight at a location from which the fulcrum extends, the fulcrum configured to move partially into the slot through the working portion when the cantilever beam is deformed to the second orientation;
a distal tip spaced apart from the fulcrum;
a measurement device coupled to the lever body and configured to measure a deformation of the cantilever beam relative to the working portion, wherein the deformation is indicative of a distraction force applied at the distal tip.

US Pat. No. 10,918,367

HEART ROTATOR

Terumo Cardiovascular Sys...

1. A heart rotator tool comprising:a malleable guide rail with a distal end, wherein the distal end is configured to conform to a desired shape along a surface of a heart tissue;
a suction cup adapted for grasping the heart tissue;
a slider slidably mounted on the guide rail which flexibly conforms to a shape of the guide rail while sliding, the slider having a distal end connected to the suction cup and having a proximal end for providing a handgrip; and
a vacuum tube joined to the suction cup and carried by the slider, wherein the vacuum tube is configured to selectively couple a vacuum source to the suction cup.

US Pat. No. 10,918,366

STEERABLE LOCKING CATHETER

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A steerable catheter comprising:a flexible distal shaft comprising:
a first primary direction of flexibility;
a second primary direction of flexibility;
a first secondary direction of flexibility;
a second secondary direction of flexibility;
an inner layer;
a segmented mid-layer with different oriented notches comprising:
a primary plurality of notches comprising a primary depth, a primary outer width, and a primary inner width; and
wherein the primary depth, the primary outer width, and the primary inner width are related to the primary angle of flexibility;
wherein the primary outer width is greater than the primary inner width;
wherein the primary plurality of notches are configured to bend in the first primary direction of flexibility;
a secondary plurality of notches comprising a secondary depth, a secondary outer width, and a secondary inner width;
wherein the secondary depth, the secondary outer width, and the secondary inner width are related to the secondary angle of flexibility;
the secondary outer width is greater than the secondary inner width; and
wherein the secondary plurality of notches are configured to bend in the first secondary direction of flexibility; and
an outer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,365

MEDICAL RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:a C-shaped stabilizer defining a longitudinally extending passage and configured to be coupled to a port of an insertion device;
a shaft configured for telescopic translation within the stabilizer, wherein the shaft includes at least one extension movably received within the passage;
a grip coupled to the shaft; and
an actuator coupled to the grip, wherein the actuator is axially moveable relative to the grip so as to selectively actuate a distal assembly of the medical device,
wherein the stabilizer further includes a first longitudinally extending slot on a first side of the passage, and a second longitudinally extending slot on a second side of the passage opposite the first side, and wherein a length of the first longitudinally extending slot or the second longitudinally extending slot is less than a length of the longitudinally extending passage.

US Pat. No. 10,918,363

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRACK COAGULATION

1. A method for thermal coagulation necrosis of cells, the method comprising:providing a probe having a proximal and, an opposite distal end, an exterior first conductor, an interior second conductor, and exterior first insulator, and an interior second insulator;
a first portion of the interior second conductor extending through the interior second insulator,
a first portion of the interior second insulator extending through the exterior first conductor,
a first portion of the exterior first conductor extending through the exterior first insulator,
a second portion of the interior second conductor forming an enclosed end portion of the probe, a second portion of the exterior first conductor being spaced from the enclosed end portion of the interior second conductor by a second portion of the interior second insulator;
withdrawing the probe in increments through tissue via a path that traverses at least some bone tissue;
for each of the increments, at least partially concurrently delivering energy in a bipolar manner between the enclosed end portion of the second portion of the interior second conductor and the second portion of the exterior first to heat a layer of tissue surrounding the probe to a temperature sufficient for the thermal coagulation necrosis of cells thereby, the energy being supplied to the probe by an electrosurgical generator that is electrically coupled to at least one of the exterior first conductor and the interior second conductor; and
deactivating a cooling system that extends through the probe and terminates within the enclosed end portion of the interior second conductor when the energy is being delivered to the probe, the probe being not actively cooled by the cooling system during the withdrawal of the probe.

US Pat. No. 10,918,361

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF DISSIPATING HEAT FROM A HANDHELD MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE

FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC., ...

1. A handheld ultrasound system, comprising:an enclosure comprising a base portion and a rear cover, wherein the enclosure has a first end opposite a second end, wherein the first end of the enclosure includes a groove configured to receive a portion of an operator's hand, wherein the second end includes a slot located at an edge of the rear cover and configured to allow air to pass therethrough;
a frame in the enclosure attached to the base portion;
a heat sink positioned at the second end of the enclosure adjacent the slot and attached to the frame via a thermally insulating pad to form a portion of the frame, wherein the shape of the heat sink conforms to a shape of the edge of the rear cover at the second end of the enclosure and at least a portion of the heat sink passively dissipates heat via the slot, and wherein the heat sink forms an outer edge of the frame;
electronics carried by the enclosure, wherein the electronics are configured to be communicatively coupled to one or more ultrasound transducer elements in a probe; anda heat transfer member in the enclosure in thermal communication with at least a portion of the electronics, wherein the heat transfer member extends from the electronics toward the heat sink, and wherein the heat transfer member is configured to conduct heat from the electronics toward the slot via the heat sink and away from the groove in the enclosure and the rear cover.

US Pat. No. 10,918,360

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

9. A method for controlling an ultrasound diagnostic apparatus including an ultrasound probe, the method comprising:a step of transmitting and receiving an ultrasound beam to and from a subject using the ultrasound probe and converting a received signal output from the ultrasound probe into an image to generate an ultrasound image of the subject, according to set imaging conditions;
a step of determining an imaging part of the subject using the generated ultrasound image, thereby obtaining a determination result indicative of the imaging part that has been captured in a frame;
a step of storing a plurality of determination results corresponding to a plurality of frames for the imaging part; and
a step of integrating the stored determination results corresponding to the plurality of frames and outputting the imaging part indicated by the largest number of determination results among the plurality of determination results as an integrated determination result.

US Pat. No. 10,918,359

ULTRASOUND IMAGING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING ULTRASOUND IMAGES

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An ultrasound imaging assembly, comprising:an image processing unit adapted to receive and evaluate at least one set of ultrasound data resulting from an ultrasound scan of a volume of interest and to provide corresponding image data on the basis of the at least one set of ultrasound data,
a display unit adapted to display an ultrasound image on the basis of the image data,
an evaluation unit adapted to:
detect, based on the ultrasound data, a shadowed portion of the volume of interest, wherein the shadowed portion is associated with a boundary between two tissues of different impedance; and
determine a three-dimensional boundary of the shadowed portion within the volume of interest based on lengths of the shadowed portion along respective directions of propagation of ultrasound waves of the ultrasound scan,
wherein the image processing unit is further adapted to determine ultrasound image data of a plurality of different two-dimensional slices of the shadowed portion, wherein the plurality of different two-dimensional slices are disposed in a transverse direction to each other, and
wherein the display unit is adapted to display a graphical representation of a cross-section of the three-dimensional boundary of the shadowed portion superimposed on at least one two-dimensional image slice of the plurality of different two-dimensional slices.

US Pat. No. 10,918,358

MONITORING SYSTEM METHOD AND DEVICE

Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medi...

1. A monitoring system, comprising:an ultrasound imaging unit comprising:
a probe which transmits ultrasound waves to a tissue and receives ultrasound echoes which are reflected from the tissue and carry information about the tissue, wherein the tissue comprises a heart; and
an image processing unit input connected with the probe which receives ultrasound echo signals outputted by the probe and processes the ultrasound echo signals to generate ultrasound images, wherein the ultrasound images comprises echocardiography images representing heart information;
an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring unit which monitors ECG to generate ECG information varying over time; and
a data processing unit having an input connected with an output of the image processing unit and an output of the ECG monitoring unit, wherein the data processing unit receives the echocardiography images and generates mechanical movement markers of an atrium and a ventricle and outputs the mechanical movement markers of the atrium and the ventricle and the ECG information to an output unit,
wherein the mechanical movement markers are systole markers of heart chambers which comprise atrial systole markers and ventricular systole markers;
wherein the atrial systole markers and ventricular systole markers are graphically represented as bars that are displayed in a time relationship with the ECG information; and
wherein a length of each atrial systole marker and ventricular systole marker indicates an atrial systolic duration and a ventricular systolic duration, respectively;
wherein each bar is parallel to a time axis, each bar corresponding to an atrial systole is displayed in a first line parallel to the time axis, each bar corresponding to a ventricular systole is displayed in a second line parallel to the time axis, and two ends of each bar respectively correspond to an end-diastolic time point and an end-systolic time point;
wherein a distance is formed between the bars representing the atrial systole and the ventricular systole of a heartbeat, and wherein a connection line is displayed connecting the end-diastolic time points of two bars.

US Pat. No. 10,918,357

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINING AN ANATOMICAL MEASUREMENT OF ULTRASOUND IMAGES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A computer implemented method, comprising:identifying a view characteristic of an ultrasound image, wherein the ultrasound image includes one or more anatomical features;
receiving a first selection at a first position within the ultrasound image;
automatically identifying a select contextual indicator based on the view characteristic and the first position;
selecting a diagnostic measurement (DM) tool based on the select contextual indicator which is generated on a display;
automatically determining an anatomical measurement, to be performed upon the ultrasound image utilizing the DM tool, based on the select contextual indicator and wherein the contextual indicator corresponds to one or more characteristics of an ultrasound image relative to the first selection.

US Pat. No. 10,918,356

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCERS HAVING ELECTRICAL TRACES ON ACOUSTIC BACKING STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. An ultrasound transducer, comprising:a transducer array having a first side and a second side and comprising a plurality of transducer elements;
a plurality of ground electrodes disposed on the first side of the transducer array;
a plurality of signal electrodes disposed on the second side of the transducer array;
an acoustic backing structure operatively coupled to the plurality of transducer elements of the transducer array, wherein the acoustic backing structure includes a complex curved surface comprising a curved surface and a plurality of planar surfaces, wherein the plurality of transducer elements of the transducer array are disposed on the curved surface;
a plurality of electrical traces routed on the complex curved surface of the acoustic backing structure, wherein the plurality of electrical traces comprises a plurality of signal traces and a plurality of ground traces, wherein one or more signal traces of the plurality of signal traces have a varying thickness, wherein each of the plurality of electrical traces is routed on the curved surface and at least one of the plurality of planar surface, wherein a first of the plurality of electrical traces is operatively connected to a first of the plurality of signal electrodes and a second of the plurality of electrical traces is operatively connected to a second of the plurality of the signal electrodes, wherein a third of the plurality of electrical traces is operatively connected to a first of the plurality of ground electrodes and a fourth of the plurality of electrical traces is operatively connected to a second of the plurality of ground electrodes, wherein the plurality of electrical traces are conformally disposed on the complex curved surface of the acoustic backing structure using additive fabrication; and
a plurality of ports connected to the acoustic backing structure, wherein each of the plurality of ports is connected to one of the plurality of electrical traces, wherein the acoustic backing structure is tapered so that it is wider at the curved surface than at the plurality of ports in a direction perpendicular to the plurality of planar surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,918,355

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE AND ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An ultrasound diagnostic device comprising:an ultrasound probe including a plurality of ultrasound transducers configured to transmit ultrasound waves to an object and to receive ultrasound waves reflected from the object to output an ultrasound detection signal; and
a computer configured to set a region of interest within the object and set points along each line along which each of said ultrasound waves is transmitted in the region of interest;
wherein the computer is configured to perform a predetermined number of transmission focuses of the ultrasound waves from the ultrasound probe along each line along which each of said ultrasound waves is transmitted in the region of interest to form a pseudo point reflection which includes transmitting said ultrasound waves and receiving reflected ultrasound waves from each of pseudo reflection sources that are focusing points of each of said transmission focuses; and
wherein the computer is configured to calculate a sound velocity or an attenuation with respect to each point of interest in the region of interest based on the received signal at each of the ultrasound transducers regarding the reflected ultrasound waves of the pseudo point reflection at the points in the region of interest; and
wherein the computer is configured to obtain a variation index indicating non-uniformity of a sound velocity or an attenuation in the region of interest based on a magnitude of a variation of said sound velocity or attenuation at each point of interest calculated according to said reflected ultrasound waves of the pseudo point reflection.

US Pat. No. 10,918,354

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GUIDING CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION DURING CARDIAC ARREST

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON,...

1. A cardiac arrest resuscitation guidance medical device, comprising:a measuring probe capable of measuring at least one hemodynamic property of blood flowing through at least one blood vessel of a subject, wherein the at least one hemodynamic property includes blood flow in a first direction and blood flow in a second direction;
an interface element coupled to the measuring probe, wherein a first side of the interface element comprises reference indicia guiding application of the interface element along a sternocleidomastoid of the subject and reference indicia guiding application of the interface element along a jawline of the subject, wherein a second side of the interface element comprises an adhesive material for adhering the interface element to the subject, and wherein the interface element includes a mechanical fixture to angle a face of the measuring probe with respect to the at least one blood vessel; and
a blood flow monitoring device operably coupled to the measuring probe, the blood flow monitoring device comprising: at least one processor effective to execute instructions that cause the at least one processor to:
collect data representing at least one measured hemodynamic property of the blood, the at least one measured hemodynamic property of the blood including blood flow in a first direction and blood flow in a second direction;
determine a net hemodynamic property of the blood based on the blood flow in the first direction and the blood flow in the second direction; and
display resuscitation guidance information describing at least one action capable of correctively adjusting the net hemodynamic property of the blood.

US Pat. No. 10,918,353

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus configured to perform wired communication with an external apparatus, the radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection unit configured to detect incident radiation and obtain a moving image related to the radiation; and
an imaging control unit configured to perform control to, in a first case where the wired communication is disconnected in a moving image capturing state in which the moving image is captured, set the moving image capturing state, and in a second case where the wired communication is disconnected not in the moving image capturing state and moving image capturing is set as next imaging, set a moving image standby state, the moving image standby state being a standby state for the moving image capturing.

US Pat. No. 10,918,352

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SCATTER CORRECTION IN AN X-RAY IMAGE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A device for scatter correction in an X-ray image, the device comprising:a memory that stores a plurality of instructions; and
processor circuitry that couples to the memory and is configured to execute the instructions to:
receive the X-ray image, the received X-ray image comprising a superimposed structured pattern and an object;
remove the superimposed structured pattern from the X-ray image resulting in a pattern corrected X-ray image;
subtract the pattern corrected X-ray image from the X-ray image resulting in a structured pattern image; and
apply a local structure contrast measurement function to the structured pattern image resulting in a structure contrast image that includes contrast data of the object and that includes the superimposed structured pattern,
wherein the scatter correction in the X ray image is partly based on the applying of the local contrast measurement function.

US Pat. No. 10,918,351

RADIOGRAPHIC-IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A radiographic-image processing apparatus comprising:an acquiring section configured to acquire an information item on a moving image by designating a plurality of the moving images, the moving image being each one of the plurality of the moving images captured at different times from one another, the information item being obtained in a predetermined time before and after capturing the corresponding moving image, the information item comprising a setting parameter of a medical device attached to the patient;
an allocating section configured to perform a process of saving the information item, being acquired by the acquiring section, in a storage section in association with data corresponding to the moving image, the process of saving being performed for each one of the plurality of the moving images;
a display unit configured to display the plurality of moving images captured at the different times; and
a display control section configured to perform control such that, when the plurality of moving images is displayed on the display unit, the acquired information item is displayed on same screen in association with the moving images to which the acquired information item has been allocated,
wherein:
when the information item is displayed in association with the plurality of moving images captured at the different times, if some setting parameters of a medical device attached to the patient information items corresponding to each other are different from each other, the display control section performs control such that the corresponding setting parameters of a medical device attached to the patient information items are highlighted on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,918,350

PROCESSING PIPELINE FOR PROMPT PARTICLE IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF NORT...

1. A computer-implemented method for generating a medical image, the method comprising:determining a location and an alignment for a first tracking detector with respect to a particle beam system, wherein determining the location and the alignment includes converting local coordinates at which a calibrated steering beam is delivered to the first tracking detector to coordinates relative to isocenter of the particle beam system;
determining a first position and a first initial kinetic energy of a first particle generated from the beam system, from a detected particle hit on the first tracking detector;
determining a first direction of the first particle at the first tracking detector;
determining a first residual range of the first particle from a detected particle hit on a residual range detector;
reconstructing a path for the first particle directly in coordinates relative to isocenter of the particle beam system based on the location, the alignment, the first position, the first direction, and the first initial kinetic energy; and
generating the medical image based on the reconstructed path for the first particle and the first residual range and the first initial kinetic energy of the first particle.

US Pat. No. 10,918,349

MOBILE X-RAY IMAGING DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A mobile X-ray imaging device comprising:a device main body including a trolley and an X-ray tube that is supported on the trolley through a support member;
a battery that is mounted in the device main body;
a main body controller that includes a processor and controls the device main body;
a DR unit that includes an X-ray detection unit that includes an X-ray detector configured to detect X-rays that are emitted from the X-ray tube and have passed through a subject and an X-ray detector controller that includes a processor and controls the X-ray detector, a display unit configured to display an image detected by the X-ray detector, and a DR unit controller that includes a processor and controls the X-ray detection unit and the display unit;
a main body DC-DC converter that changes a voltage of the battery to a voltage supplied to the main body controller;
a DR unit DC-DC converter that changes a voltage of the battery to a voltage supplied to the X-ray detection unit, the display unit, and the DR unit controller in the DR unit;
a first switch that opens or closes a power supply path from the battery to the main body controller through the main body DC-DC converter;
a second switch that opens or closes a power supply path from the battery to the DR unit through the DR unit DC-DC converter; and
a third switch that opens or closes a power supply path to the X-ray detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,918,348

ARTICULATED ARM FOR SUSPENDING AN X-RAY HEAD

MICRO-X LIMITED, Tonsley...

1. A radiographic imaging apparatus comprising an articulated arm to suspend an X-ray head from a support section of the radiographic imaging apparatus, wherein the support section is configured to be supported on a planar floor surface, and the articulated arm comprises:a proximal arm section comprising a first proximal linkage and a second proximal linkage, a proximal end of each of which is connected or connectable to the support section such that the first and second proximal linkages are pivotable, relative to the support section, about respective axes which are parallel to the planar floor surface when the support section is supported on the planar floor surface;
an intermediate linkage to which a distal end of each of the first and second proximal linkages is connected such that the intermediate linkage is pivotable, relative to the first and second proximal linkages about respective axes which are parallel to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable; and
a distal arm section comprising a first distal linkage and a second distal linkage, a proximal end of each of which is connected to the intermediate linkage such that the first and second distal linkages are pivotable, relative to the intermediate linkage, about respective axes which are parallel to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable, a distal end of each of the distal linkages being connected or connectable to the X-ray head, via a mounting, such that the mounting is pivotable, relative to the first and second distal linkages, about respective axes which are parallel to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable,
whereby a rotational orientation of the mounting about an axis which is parallel to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable remains constant when the proximal arm section is pivoted relative to the support section and/or the distal arm section is pivoted relative to the intermediate linkage in the apparatus, and
wherein the mounting is configured to permit rotation of the head relative to the distal ends of the distal linkages about an axis which is perpendicular to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable and parallel to the floor surface when the support section is supported on the floor surface.

US Pat. No. 10,918,347

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR X-RAY IMAGING ALIGNMENT

1. A pixel detection system for fluoroscopic procedures, comprising:a pixel detection computer operable to communicate to a portable detector and a radiation source, the pixel detection computer further operable to control radiation emission from the radiation source;
the portable detector comprising a plurality of detector pixels, the plurality of detector pixels operable to detect radiation from the radiation source and to be activated by a quantity or an intensity of radiation beams;
wherein the pixel detection computer designates at least a portion of the detector pixels as border pixels, the border pixels corresponding to an area along a predefined border of the portable detector;
wherein if the pixel detection computer detects that the border pixels have been activated, the pixel detection computer prevents emission of radiation from the radiation source.

US Pat. No. 10,918,345

ASSEMBLY FOR A COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY (CT) SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD

Analogic Corporation, Pe...

26. A method for examining an object by a CT scanner, comprising:rotating a rotatable drum about the object during examination of the object; and
while the rotatable drum is rotating:
maintaining a first gap between a rotor portion and a stator portion of an inductive motor by a first axial air bearing disposed between the rotatable drum and a support structure, the first axial air bearing oriented toward a first at least substantially planar surface of a first annular flange at a first distal end of the rotatable drum; and
maintaining a second gap between information transmission rotor and an information transmission stator by a second axial air bearing disposed between the rotatable drum and the support structure, the second axial air bearing oriented toward a second at least substantially planar surface of a second annular flange at a second, opposite distal end of the rotatable drum.

US Pat. No. 10,918,343

METHOD FOR MOTION CORRECTION OF SPECTRAL COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY DATA AND AN ENERGY-SENSITIVE COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY DEVICE

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

16. An energy-sensitive CT device, comprising:at least one processor, configured to
provision spectral CT data of an examination region with a moving object, the spectral CT data being recorded with an energy-sensitive CT device and including CT data at at least one energy level, and the at least one energy level of the CT data being adapted to a structure in the moving object,
identify the structure in the CT data at the at least one energy level adapted to the structure,
calculate a motion vector field of the structure identified, and
motion correct the spectral CT data by the motion vector field calculated to produce a motion-corrected CT image, wherein the structure is a part of a skeleton including a skull and the at least one energy level adapted to the structure lies in a region in which water and calcium have very different mass attenuation coefficients.

US Pat. No. 10,918,342

DISPLAYS FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....

1. A glucose monitoring device, comprising:a display;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the glucose monitoring device to:
receive sensor data corresponding to a monitored glucose level from a glucose sensor, wherein a portion of the glucose sensor is configured to be positioned in contact with a fluid under a skin layer;
maintain a plurality of alarms including at least a low glucose alarm;
operate in a mode to suppress the plurality of alarms;
provide, using the display, a graphical user interface comprising status information of a plurality of components of the glucose monitoring device;
determine the low glucose alarm should be provided; and
override the mode to suppress the plurality of alarms to provide the low glucose alarm.

US Pat. No. 10,918,341

PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER SYSTEM

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A system for indicating a wellness state of a patient comprising:a first sensor configured to measure a first physiological parameter and output an indication of the first physiological parameter;
a second sensor configured to measure a second physiological parameter different from said first physiological parameter and output an indication of the second physiological parameter; and
a processor which receives the outputs of the first and second sensor, determines an indication of wellness from the outputs, and outputs the indication of wellness to a display device, said processor further configured to change a first alarm threshold corresponding to the first physiological parameter based on a first trend in the second physiological parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,918,339

WEANING FROM VENTILATION USING CAPNOGRAPHY

ORIDION MEDICAL 1987 LTD....

1. A system configured to wean a patient from a respiratory ventilator, the system comprising:a patient monitor configured to receive a series of CO2 waveforms from a capnograph and comprising a processor configured to:
identify a distinct pattern in the series of CO2 waveforms;
determine a frequency of the distinct pattern and/or an extent of the distinct pattern in the series of CO2 waveforms;
determine an effectiveness of a weaning process based on the determined frequency of the distinct pattern and/or the extent of the distinct pattern; and
provide a signal to a respiratory ventilator based on the effectiveness of the weaning process, wherein the signal is configured to adjust one or more ventilation parameters of the respiratory ventilator.

US Pat. No. 10,918,336

PASSIVE CATHETER IDENTIFICATION AND SELF-CONFIGURATION SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of identifying one or more attributes of a catheter connected to an electrophysiological (EP) system, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing a passive catheter identification system operably connected between at least one catheter and a catheter interface forming a part of the EP system, the identification system including an identification resistor measurement circuit engaged with the catheter interface and operable to output an identification signal and an identification resistor network engaged with the at least one catheter and operably engageble with the identification resistor measurement circuit, the resistor network including at least one identification resistor capable of receiving the identification signal and outputting an altered identification signal indicative of an attribute of the catheter;
b) connecting the at least one catheter to the catheter interface;
c) outputting an identification signal from the identification resistor measurement circuit to the resistor network;
d) receiving an altered identification signal from the resistor network; and
e) determining a catheter attribute corresponding to the altered identification signal.

US Pat. No. 10,918,335

SENSING MODULE CAPABLE OF REDUCING NOISE

1. A sensing module capable of reducing noise and suitable for use on a human assistive device, the human assistive device comprising a torso portion, a first exoskeleton member, and a second exoskeleton member, one end of the first exoskeleton member being pivoted to the torso portion, the second exoskeleton member being pivoted to another end of the first exoskeleton member, the sensing module being configured on at least one of the first exoskeleton member and the second exoskeleton member, the sensing module comprising:a body attaching member configured to be attached to a human limb;
a base module fixed onto at least one of the first exoskeleton member and the second exoskeleton member, the body attaching member being disposed on the base module;
a transmission member coupled and linked to the body attaching member;
a first sensor disposed on a side of the body attaching member and separate from the body attaching member; and
a second sensor corresponding to the first sensor and separate from the body attaching member;
wherein the transmission member has a pivoting end and a connecting end, the pivoting end is pivoted to the first exoskeleton member or the second exoskeleton member, the connecting end is connected to the body attaching member, the base module is disposed between the pivoting end and the connecting end, the base module comprises a pedestal, a carrying platform, a first sensor mounting strip, and a second sensor mounting strip, the pedestal is fixed to the second exoskeleton member, the carrying platform is disposed on the pedestal, the first sensor mounting strip is disposed on a side of the carrying platform, the first sensor is positioned between the first sensor mounting strip and the transmission member, the second sensor mounting strip is disposed on another side of the carrying platform and corresponding to the first sensor mounting strip, the second sensor is positioned between the second sensor mounting strip and the transmission member;
wherein the body attaching member drives the transmission member to activate the first sensor to generate a first signal when the body attaching member is driven along a first direction by the human limb;
wherein the body attaching member drives the transmission member to activate the second sensor to generate a second signal when the body attaching member is driven by the human limb along a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,334

WEARABLE ELECTRODE

NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELE...

1. A wearable electrode comprising:a garment including:
an outer member comprising an outer member neckline section and a pair of outer member armhole sections forming a Y-shape and adapted to be positioned on a user to avoid regions in which movements influenced thereto is relatively larger than other regions when a user clothed in the garment moves his or her neck or arms,
a backing member comprising a backing member neckline section and a pair of backing member armhole sections forming a Y-shape and adapted to be positioned on the user to avoid the regions in which movements influenced thereto is relatively larger than the other regions when the user clothed in the garment moves his or her neck or arms; and a back center surrounded by the backing member neckline section and the pair of backing member armhole sections and adapted to be positioned in front of the user; and
a wiring section disposed between the outer member and the backing member, the wiring section comprising:
an electrode unit attached to the back center on an opposite side of the inner surface of the outer member and adapted to acquire a biological signal from the user, wherein the outer member and the backing member are connected to each other by stitches and provided above a part of the backing member to which the electrode unit is attached;
a flexible connection wiring electrically connected to the electrode unit;
a locking section having a convex section and is electrically connected to the electrode unit;
a locked section having a concave section and is electrically connected to the flexible connection wiring, the locked section is detachably locked to the convex section and when the locking section and the locked section are locked to each other, the locking section and the locked section are electrically connected to each other;
a slit formed in the backing member and the convex section of the locking section being configured to be inserted into the slit;
a wire holding section having a loop, wherein the loop is attached above the slit to either the outer member or the backing member and is spatially separated from the electrode unit; and
wherein the flexible connection wiring is electrically connected to the locked section and the wiring section at a first end of the flexible connection wiring, the flexible connection wiring being drawn upward from the locked section, passing through the loop of the wire holding section, and then being routed downward from the loop of the wire holding section so that a second end of the flexible connection wiring is connected to a measuring device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,330

DIABETES MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SAME

HEALTHCONNECT CO., LTD., ...

1. A diabetes management method based on a diabetes management server connected to a user terminal through a wired/wireless communication network, the diabetes management server including a database defining a monitoring procedure for patient groups, the diabetes management method comprising:receiving a blood sugar measurement value from the user terminal;
detecting, from the database, a monitoring procedure for a patient group including the user;
generating feedback information about the blood sugar measurement value by using the detected monitoring procedure; and
transmitting the generated feedback information to at least one of the user terminal, a carer terminal of the user, a call center, and a medical staff terminal,
wherein the patient groups comprise a first patient group capable of being managed without antidiabetic drugs, a second patient group capable of being managed by oral antidiabetic drugs that do not cause hypoglycemia, a third patient group capable of being managed by oral antidiabetic drugs capable of causing hypoglycemia, and a fourth patient group capable of being managed by insulin, and
the generating of the feedback information comprises, in response to determining that a blood sugar measurement value of the user belonging to the third or fourth patient group belongs to hypoglycemia, transmitting, to the user terminal, feedback information for requesting a response within a certain time, and in response to determining that there is no response within the certain time, transmitting a message to the carer terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,918,328

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A DEGREE OF DAMAGE TO HAIR

1. A method for determining a degree of damage to hair utilizing a portable electronic device including an interference microscope and a data processing device, the method comprising the steps of:utilizing the interference microscope of the portable electronic device, registering light radiated by the hair sample while the hair sample is illuminated with light;
evaluating the registered light utilizing the data processing device of the portable electronic device to determine first regions of the hair sample which reflect the light with higher interference and second regions of the hair sample which reflect the light with lower interference;
determining a degree of damage to the hair sample based on a size of the first regions of the hair sample in relation to the whole hair sample; and
outputting a product recommendation based on the determined degree of damage to the hair sample.

US Pat. No. 10,918,325

BRAIN WAVE MEASURING DEVICE AND BRAIN WAVE MEASURING SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing system, comprising:a terminal device, and
a brain wave measuring device, comprising:
a first brain wave measuring unit that is configured to contact an ear of a user, the first brain wave measuring unit comprising a plurality of electrodes that either (i) each have a linear, elongate shape and are parallel to one another or (ii) are arranged into a plurality of rows that are each linear in shape and parallel to one another;
a second brain wave measuring unit that comprises an electrode, is joined to the first brain wave measuring unit, and is configured to contact the ear;
a transmitter that transmits a brain wave measurement result obtained by the first brain wave measuring unit and the second brain wave measuring unit to the terminal device; and
a speaker unit configured to be inserted into the ear of the user, wherein
the terminal device associates with one another each of (i) the brain wave measurement result, (ii) sounds played through the speaker unit, and (iii) a location of the user, and
the terminal device generates a playlist for the user of sounds to be played through the speaker unit based on a location of the user input by the user and a desired brain wave state input by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,918,324

MULTIMODAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT WITH NEURO-OPTHALMOLOGICAL SACCADE TESTS

Cerora, Inc., Bethlehem,...

1. A system for capturing biological sensor data for assessing brain health of a subject, comprising:a plurality of biological stimulation devices that simultaneously record biological sensor data from the subject in response to biological stimulation, said biological stimulation devices including an eye saccade test that measures saccadic performance and ocular motility of the subject, the eye saccade test including at least one saccade card that includes first and second sets of differentiated elements for readout by the subject during a saccade task, the first and second sets of differentiated elements being spaced on the at least one saccade card such that the subject must shift between the first and second sets of differentiated elements during readout of the first and second sets of differentiated elements during the saccade task;
a recording device that records as an objective biomarker of the brain health of the subject at least one of the subject's eye positions and the subject's voice and auditory responses at different points in time in response to the eye saccade test; and
a processing device that processes the biological sensor data from the subject in response to biological stimulation to assess the brain health of the subject, the biological sensor data including recordings of at least one of the subject's eye positions and the subject's voice and auditory responses at different points in time.

US Pat. No. 10,918,322

LIGHT RESTRICTION DESIGNS IN OPTICAL SENSING APPLICATIONS HAVING SHARED WINDOWS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An optical layer comprising:an optical film including a plurality of sections, each section configured to allow light having an angle of incidence within a plurality of viewing angles to pass through, the plurality of viewing angles of each section different from the plurality of viewing angles of other section,
wherein each section is further configured to prevent light having an angle of incidence outside of the plurality of viewing angles from passing through; and
a Fresnel lens, wherein the Fresnel lens and the optical film are positioned side by side in a continuous layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,321

METHOD FOR SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC BLOOD OXYGENATION MONITORING

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

2. A method for non-invasively determining a blood oxygen parameter value of a subject's tissue, comprising the steps of:providing a spectrophotometric sensor that includes a processing portion and at least one transducer, which transducer is operable to transmit light at a first plurality of wavelengths in a range of about 600 nm to about 900 nm into the subject's tissue, and to sense the transmitted light;
detecting at least a portion of the transmitted light after passage through the subject's tissue using the transducer, and producing initial signal data from the light sensed;
using the processing portion to execute instructions stored in a memory device, which instructions cause the processing portion to:
determine a first value representative of an intensity attenuation of at least one wavelength of light within the first plurality of wavelengths that is less than about 720 nm using the initial signal data;
determine a second value representative of an intensity attenuation of at least one wavelength of light within the first plurality of wavelengths that is greater than about 720 nm using the initial signal data;
determine if the first value representative of said intensity attenuation of at least one wavelength of light within the first plurality of wavelengths that is less than about 720 nm is disproportionate to the second value representative of said intensity attenuation of at least one wavelength of light within the first plurality of wavelengths that is greater than about 720 nm;
determine the blood oxygen parameter value using a subset of the first plurality of predetermined wavelengths, which subset consists of a second plurality of wavelengths in a range of about 720 nm to about 900 nm, if the first value is disproportionate to the second value, or using the first plurality of wavelengths if the first value is proportionate to the second value.

US Pat. No. 10,918,320

METHOD OF PREDICTING BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL USING NEAR-INFRARED (NIR) SPECTROSCOPY DATA

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of predicting a blood glucose level using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy data, the method comprising:obtaining a feature set from an NIR glucose spectra; and
predicting glucose values from the feature set based on a binary classification of the NIR glucose spectra and an in-class prediction of glucose using Machine Learning Regression,
wherein the obtaining the feature set comprises:
obtaining a raw feature set from NIR glucose spectra samples associated with different blood glucose levels;
identifying one or more glucose dependent features present in the NIR glucose spectra samples; and
removing collinearity from the identified one or more glucose dependent features to obtain the feature set.

US Pat. No. 10,918,318

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING ANALYTE SENSOR DATA FOR SENSOR CALIBRATION

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method for making a transcutaneous analyte sensor system, the method comprising:determining slopes or baselines for a set of transcutaneous analyte sensors;
determining a conversion function for calibrating data acquired from at least one other transcutaneous analyte sensor, wherein the conversion function comprises a slope or a baseline, wherein the slope is representative of a sensor sensitivity, and wherein the slope or the baseline of the conversion function of the at least one other transcutaneous analyte sensor is determined based at least in part on distribution information for the determined slopes or baselines for the set of transcutaneous analyte sensors; and
storing the conversion function in a memory of the transcutaneous analyte sensor system, wherein the conversion function eliminates the dependency of calibration on reference analyte values obtained by the host.

US Pat. No. 10,918,314

ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A system for measuring an analyte concentration in a host, the system comprising:a transcutaneous analyte sensor having an in vivo portion and an ex vivo portion, wherein the transcutaneous analyte sensor is operably connectable to sensor electronics configured for detecting a signal from the transcutaneous analyte sensor, wherein the signal is indicative of an analyte concentration in the host;
an electrical contact configured to operably connect the ex vivo portion of the transcutaneous analyte sensor to the sensor electronics;
a contact holder configured for placement over a skin of the host;
an elastomeric sealing member in contact with the ex vivo portion of the transcutaneous analyte sensor and at least partially surrounding the electrical contact, wherein the elastomeric sealing member is configured to substantially seal at least a portion of the electrical contact from moisture; and
means for maintaining the elastomeric sealing member substantially in place on the contact holder during sensor insertion;
wherein a durometer hardness of the electrical contact is higher than a durometer hardness of the elastomeric sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,310

FAST ANATOMICAL MAPPING (FAM) USING VOLUME FILLING

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A method, comprising:receiving one or more signals indicative of a position of a distal-end assembly of a medical probe within an organ of a patient;based on the received signals, determining an inner volume that is confined within the distal-end assembly; andupdating an anatomical map of the organ to denote the inner volume of the distal-end assembly as belonging to an interior of the organ, wherein updating the anatomical map comprises verifying whether the distal-end assembly is deformed, and denoting the inner volume of the distal-end assembly as belonging to the interior of the organ only when the distal-end assembly is not deformed, and wherein, in response to detecting that the distal-end assembly is deformed, updating the anatomical map to denote only at least part of an external surface of the distal-end assembly as belonging to the interior of the organ.

US Pat. No. 10,918,308

RESPIRATORY COMPONENT MEASUREMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING A SENSOR FOR DETECTING ORIENTATION OR MOTION

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A respiratory component measurement system comprising:an airway adapter adapted to be in fluid communication with an airway of a patient;
a sensor element in physical communication with the airway adapter,
the sensor element being configured to detect:
a rotational angle of the airway adapter relative to an axis to produce an orientation signal indicating the detected rotational angle of the airway adapter relative to the axis; and
at least one of a force, an impact, a blow, a shock, a jerk, an impulse and a vibration imparted on the airway adapter to produce a motion signal indicating the at least one detected fore, impact, blow, shock, jerk, impulse and vibration imparted on the airway adapter;
a respiratory component sensor disposed on the airway adapter and adapted to measure a characteristic associated with a flow of gas through the airway adapter; and
a processor coupled to the sensor element to receive one of the orientation signal or the motion signal and configured to determine:
the orientation signal exceeding an orientation threshold that is set based on the measured characteristic associated with the flow of gas through the airway adapter; and
the motion signal exceeding a motion threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,918,305

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR 4D RADIOLOGICAL INTERVENTION GUIDANCE (4D-CATH)

1. An imaging method, the method comprising:providing a final image of said object by: providing updated images on the fly by real time imaging during an intervention to an operator by repeatedly
measuring an undersampled set of projections of said object, and
reconstructing said updated images to provide the final image using compressed sensing based on changes between an update of a first image and said undersampled set of projections;
wherein the compressed sensing reconstruction includes a first sparsifying function comprising an iterative minimization of a number of significant pixels and at least one further sparsifying function,
wherein the at least one further sparsifying function included in the reconstruction depends on an amount of data that has been acquired, and
wherein a number of projections in the undersampled set of projections and a dose rate per projection are adapted according to an amount of changes between successive measurements of the undersampled set of projections.

US Pat. No. 10,918,304

RHEOLOGY SYSTEM AND MR RHEOLOGY SYSTEM WITH RHEOLOGY SENSOR FEEDBACK CONTROL

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A rheology system comprising:a rheology transducer device for introducing mechanical waves into a subject of interest,
a driving device for driving the rheology transducer device,
a sensor device for sensing the mechanical waves that have traversed the subject of interest, the sensor device being disposed at an opposite side of the subject of interest from the rheology transducer device, and
a control device for receiving an input from the sensor device and for controlling the driving device based on the input received from the sensor device to excite the mechanical waves in a region of interest,
wherein
the rheology transducer device is provided as a nail board transducer device comprising a fixture and a plurality of longitudinally elongated transducers,
the plurality of longitudinally elongated transducers are commonly arranged and attached to the fixture to be commonly located at the subject of interest,
the nail board transducer device is configured to switch between an adjustment mode in which the plurality of longitudinally elongated transducers are movable in a longitudinal direction relative to the fixture to adapt to a shape of the subject of interest and an operational mode in which the plurality of longitudinally elongated transducers are not movable in the longitudinal direction relative to the fixture to adapt to the shape of the subject of interest,
the sensor device for sensing the mechanical waves that have traversed the subject of interest comprises multiple sensors configured to be placed in contact with the subject of interest for sensing the mechanical waves at different locations of the subject of interest; and
the control device is configured to control an RF antenna and gradient coils of a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging system to implement an MR pulse sequence to cause MR signals to be emitted from the region of interest concurrent with (a) sensing the mechanical waves that have traversed the subject of interest with the multiple sensors and (b) adjusting the driving of the rheology transducer device to control a frequency, amplitude, and phase of the mechanical waves.

US Pat. No. 10,918,303

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE DRIVING SOURCES OF HEART RHYTHM DISORDERS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method for determining a source of a cardiac rhythm disorder in a patient suspected of having the cardiac rhythm disorder, comprising:collecting, via a computer processor, a plurality of cardiac signals at a plurality of locations during a cardiac arrhythmia;
identifying activation times within the cardiac signals;
computing time-dependent phase of each region of tissue;
computing a level of phase synchrony between a plurality of pairs of locations within the plurality of locations to assign a synchronization number within a range of numbers corresponding to complete asynchrony and complete synchrony for each pair of locations; and
generating a spatial synchrony map using the synchronization numbers to identify one or more asynchronous tissue regions surrounded by regions of synchrony in the patient's heart.

US Pat. No. 10,918,299

DYNAMIC REPOLARIZATION SUBSTRATE MAPPING

Boston Scientific Scimed ...

1. A method for displaying physiological mapping data, the method comprising:acquiring, at a plurality of signal-acquiring times at a first pacing rate of a heart, a first plurality of electrogram signals of a body chamber at a plurality of anatomical locations within the body chamber, each first electrogram signal relating to three-dimensional positional data corresponding to the plurality of anatomical locations;
storing, in memory, the first plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber corresponding to electrical activities at corresponding anatomical locations at the plurality of signal-acquiring times at the first pacing rate;
calculating, based on each of the first plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber, a first activation recovery interval associated with each of the corresponding anatomical locations at the first pacing rate;
acquiring, at the plurality of signal-acquiring times at a second pacing rate of the heart that is faster than the first pacing rate, a second plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber at the plurality of anatomical locations within the body chamber, each second electrogram signal relating to the three-dimensional positional data corresponding to the plurality of anatomical locations;
storing, in memory, the second plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber corresponding to the electrical activities at the corresponding anatomical locations at the plurality of signal-acquiring times at the second pacing rate;
calculating, based on each of the second plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber, a second activation recovery interval associated with each of the corresponding anatomical locations at the second pacing rate;
determining, for each corresponding anatomical location, modulation data relating to repolarization rates based on the first and second activation recovery intervals with respect to a cycle length difference between the first and second pacing rates; and
displaying a three-dimensional graphical representation of the modulation data of the first and second activation recovery intervals between the first and second pacing rates on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,298

HIGH-SPEED, HIGH-RESOLUTION ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY IN-VIVO USING CONFORMAL ELECTRONICS

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A device for interfacing with a tissue in a biological environment, the device comprising:a flexible or stretchable substrate;
a flexible or stretchable electronic circuit comprising one or more sensors or one or more inorganic semiconductor circuit elements supported by the flexible or stretchable substrate, wherein the flexible or stretchable electronic circuit comprises a plurality of electronically interconnected island and bridge structures, the bridge structures comprise one or more flexible or stretchable electrical interconnections and at least a portion of the flexible or stretchable electrical interconnections have a serpentine geometry; and
a barrier layer comprising a multilayer structure encapsulating at least a portion of the flexible or stretchable electronic circuit, wherein the barrier layer has an average Young's modulus less than or equal to 10 GPa, wherein said flexible or stretchable electronic circuit is provided between said flexible or stretchable substrate and said barrier layer;wherein the barrier layer and the flexible or stretchable substrate limit a net leakage current from the device to the tissue to an amount which does not adversely affect the tissue and is less than 0.1 ?A/cm2; and wherein the flexible or stretchable substrate, the flexible or stretchable electronic circuit and the barrier layer provide a net bending stiffness of the device low enough that the device establishes conformal contact with the tissue in the biological environment; andwherein components of the flexible or stretchable substrate, the electronic circuit and the barrier layer are provided in a series of stacked layers, including layers and/or thin films that are provided in direct contact with each other in the series of layers or in a series having one or more intermediate layers provided between device layers of the series.

US Pat. No. 10,918,296

FLEXIBLE ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG) PADS

Vital Connect, Inc., San...

1. A flexible electrocardiogram pad, comprising:a copper layer having a skin facing side and a non-skin facing side, wherein the skin facing side includes a first portion and a second portion;
a cover which covers the second portion of the skin facing side of the copper layer;
an electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG) cover coupled to the first portion of the copper layer; and
a paste trace layer having a skin facing side and a non-skin facing side,
wherein the paste trace layer comprises a connection portion and a pad portion;
wherein the ENIG cover is coupled on bottom of the connection portion of the non-skin facing side of the paste trace layer;
the connection portion of the non-skin facing side of the paste trace layer is coupled to the skin facing side of the copper layer via the ENIG cover; and
the pad portion of the paste trace layer is in contact with the copper layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,294

VCG VECTOR LOOP BIFURCATION

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...

1. A portable apparatus, comprising:a plurality of electrodes configured to be attached to a body surface of a patient; and
a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions for causing the portable apparatus to:
generate a vectorcardiogram control loop trajectory based on a plurality of vector loop trajectories;
store the vectorcardiogram control loop trajectory;
receive via the plurality of electrodes, two or more ECG lead signals of the patient;
generate a plurality of ECG vectors based on the two or more ECG lead signals of the patient;
process the plurality of ECG vectors to determine a current vectorcardiogram loop trajectory of at least a portion of the two or more ECG lead signals of the patient;
retrieve the stored vectorcardiogram control loop trajectory;
identify a vectorcardiogram trajectory bifurcation by a comparison of the current vectorcardiogram loop trajectory to the vectorcardiogram control loop trajectory for at least three consecutive cardiac cycles;
determine a trend of the vectorcardiogram trajectory bifurcation in order to identify an episodic trajectory bifurcation;
in response to determining the episodic trajectory bifurcation, generate an indicator of a cardiac event based on the vectorcardiogram trajectory bifurcation; and
output the indicator of the cardiac event to at least one of a display of the portable apparatus and a remote display device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,293

MAGNETIC MEASURING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A magnetic measuring apparatus, comprising:an inclination gantry including a mount surface and an inclined surface that is inclined with respect to the mount surface;
a cryostat disposed on the inclined surface;
a cryocooling system connected to the cryostat;
a sensor tube connected to the cryostat and including a curved surface that does not curve in a predetermined direction and curves in a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction such that a center of the curved surface protrudes with respect to side edges of the curved surface; and
a magnetic sensor that measures biomagnetism, the magnetic sensor being housed in the sensor tube such that a sensor surface of the magnetic sensor faces the curved surface,
wherein the sensor surface is inclined with respect to the mount surface in a direction that is same as a direction in which the inclined surface is inclined.

US Pat. No. 10,918,292

NON-INVASIVE CARDIAC OUTPUT ASSESSMENT

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A method of measuring a cardiac output of a patient, the method comprising:occluding, using an inflatable cuff device for a period of time, a brachial artery of the patient;
detecting, using the inflatable cuff while the brachial artery is occluded, a heart rate and a plurality of blood pressure pulse wave measurement curves;
determining an average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve of the plurality of blood pressure pulse wave measurement curves;
determining an area under the average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve;
determining a maximal blood pressure of the average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve; and
determining the cardiac output of the patient, wherein the cardiac output equals the heart rate multiplied by the area under the average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve and divided by the maximal blood pressure of the average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve.

US Pat. No. 10,918,284

LIGHT-SOURCE UNIT, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, NEAR-INFRARED MICROSCOPIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL DETECTION METHOD, IMAGING METHOD, CALCULATION METHOD, FUNCTIONAL BIO-RELATED SUBSTANCE, STATE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

HIDEO ANDO, Hino (JP)

1. A light source, comprising:a light-emitting source configured to provide emitted light;
a first optical characteristics changing member configured to divide an original optical path of the emitted light into first and second divided optical paths, wherein a first light beam and a second light beam of the emitted light pass through the first and second divided optical paths respectively, and the first light beam and the second light beam have a same prescribed wavelength; and
a second optical characteristics changing member configured to combine the first light beam and the second light beam to form combined light, the combined light being configured to be applied,wherein an optical length based on the prescribed wavelength of the first divided optical path is controlled to be different from another optical length based on the prescribed wavelength of the second divided optical path.

US Pat. No. 10,918,283

REAL TIME ENERGY DEPOSITING THERAPY SYSTEM CONTROLLED BY MAGNETIC RESONANCE RHEOLOGY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An energy depositing therapy system, comprising:an energy depositing unit provided for locally depositing energy into a therapy zone of a subject of interest for therapy purposes;
a transducer unit comprising a honeycomb structure having mechanical transducers disposed in alternating first honeycombs, and open accesses in alternating second honeycombs, the transducer unit being configured to be mechanically coupled to the subject of interest and that is provided for applying mechanical oscillations to at least a portion of the subject of interest, wherein the open accesses are configured to receive an interventional device; and
a magnetic resonance imaging system provided for acquiring magnetic resonance imaging data from at least the portion of the subject of interest, comprising:
a magnetic resonance scanner;
an image processing unit configured to image the mechanical oscillations in at least the portion of the subject of interest by processing the acquired magnetic resonance imaging data of the portion of the subject of interest; and
a control unit that is connectable to the energy depositing unit, the transducer unit and the magnetic resonance scanner, wherein the control unit is configured to control the depositing of energy in dependence of the processed magnetic resonance imaging data of the portion of the subject of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,918,282

EYE-EXAMINING APPARATUS IN WHICH VISIBLE-OPTICAL CHANNEL AND INFRARED-OPTICAL CHANNEL ARE INTEGRATED

HUVITZ CO., LTD., Anyang...

1. An eye-examining apparatus having a visible-infrared integrated optical system, comprising:an infrared light source for irradiating a cornea of an examinee's eye with infrared light of a predetermined shape;
a visible light source for irradiating the examinee's eye with visible light;
an image detector for detecting an image of the infrared light which is irradiated from the infrared light source and reflected from the cornea of the examinee's eye and for detecting an image of the visible light which is irradiated from the visible light source and reflected from the examinee's eye; and
a visible light blocking filter configured to be selectively inserted in an optical path of the visible light and the infrared light between the examinee's eye and the image detector for blocking the visible light,
wherein wavelength of the infrared light irradiated from the infrared light source is 810 nm or more and 1050 nm or less, and
wherein the image detector is a color sensor for selectively detecting a visible light image of the examinee's eye and an infrared light image reflected from the cornea; and the color CMOS sensor comprises R, G and B pixels for detecting red light R, green light G and blue light B, respectively, and
the R, G and B pixels of the color CMOS sensor have substantially same sensitivity to the infrared light of wavelength of 810 nm or more and 1050 nm or less so that the color CMOS sensor is used as sensor for detecting an image of the infrared light.

US Pat. No. 10,918,280

NON-INVASIVE BIO-FLUID DETECTOR AND PORTABLE SENSOR-TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER SYSTEM

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A system comprising:a mobile communication device; and
a sensor system comprising:
a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) configured to transmit light through tissue of a subject at four wavelengths;
a photosensor configured to receive and measure the light transmitted through the tissue of the subject by the plurality of LEDs; and
a communications board configured to:
modulate a series of switches that alternate power distribution to each of four transmitting channels,
supply, using a pulse width modulator, self-adjusting current levels to the plurality of LEDs,
trigger the plurality of LEDs in accordance with the alternating power distribution and the self-adjusting current levels to transmit the light through the tissue of the subject,
receive information related to the light transmitted through the tissue of the subject and received by the photosensor, and
communicate with the mobile communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,279

SYSTEM FOR CONNECTING MEDICAL IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUSES VIA A NETWORK

GE Precision Healthcare L...

1. A system comprising a plurality of medical image capture apparatuses each having an input device for accepting an input by an operator, said plurality of medical image capture apparatuses being connected via a network, and including a first medical image capture apparatus and a second medical image capture apparatus sharing between them some of a plurality of preferences set in each of said plurality of medical image capture apparatuses, said system comprising:a storage device in which specification information is stored, said specification information specifying some of the plurality of preferences set in each of said plurality of medical image capture apparatuses that are to be shared between said first and second medical image capture apparatuses;
at least one control device, said control device executing:
a deciding function of deciding, once said input device in said first medical image capture apparatus has accepted an input of a value of at least one of said plurality of preferences set in the first medical image capture apparatus, whether or not a preference corresponding to said input value is to be shared between said first and second medical image capture apparatuses based on said specification information; and
a setting function of setting, in a case that said preference is decided by said deciding function to be shared, the value of said preference into said second medical image capture apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,918,278

IMAGER FOR MEDICAL DEVICE

WELCH ALLYN, INC., Skane...

1. A system for transmitting a temperature of a patient to an electronic medical record associated with the patient, comprising:a thermometer, including:
a thermometer housing;
a temperature sensor capable of capturing a temperature signal; and
a digital display supported by the thermometer housing,
wherein the digital display is configured to display a temperature value associated with the temperature signal and at least one error-checking value; and
a handheld imaging device, including:
a device housing;
a camera supported by the device housing and configured to capture an image of the digital display of the thermometer,
a processor, contained within the device housing, operatively coupled to the camera, and configured to extract text in the image using optical character recognition, wherein the processor is configured to perform an error-check on the temperature value using the at least one error-checking value in the image; and
a network connection unit contained within the device housing and operatively coupled to the processor,
wherein the network connection unit is configured to communicate with an electronic medical record system and to transmit the temperature value to the electronic medical record system.

US Pat. No. 10,918,277

OPHTHALMIC DEVICE

TOPCON CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An ophthalmic device comprising:a photographing unit configured to photograph a region to be observed of a subject eye through an examination optical system;
a first alignment unit configured to perform alignment of the examination optical system respect to the subject eye in an optical axis direction and alignment in a perpendicular direction to the optical axis direction;
an optical system movement unit configured to move the examination optical system from a first position aligned by the first alignment unit to a second position deviated at least in the perpendicular direction; and
a second alignment unit configured to determine an alignment position in the optical axis direction of the examination optical system at the second position with respect to the subject eye based on a positional difference between the first position and the second position, and move the examination optical system to the alignment position along the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,276

DIGITAL FUNDUS CAMERA

CAMEREYES LTD., Jerusale...

1. A digital fundus camera for capturing a digital retinal image of a retinal region of an eye through the eye's pupil, the pupil having an innermost pupillary central area and an outermost pupillary annular surround peripheral to the innermost pupillary central area, the camera comprising:(a) a rigid tubular digital fundus camera housing having a leading housing end, a trailing housing end and an inside housing surface;
(b) an objective lens at said leading housing end,
said objective lens having an optical axis and a working distance from the eye for imaging the pupil as an imaged pupil at a conjugate pupillary plane and the retinal region as an imaged retinal region at a conjugate retinal plane,
said objective lens imaging the innermost pupillary central area as an innermost pupillary central area image and the outermost pupillary annular surround as an outermost pupillary annular surround image peripheral to said innermost pupillary central area image;
(c) an annular LED illumination arrangement at said trailing housing end centered on said optical axis and including:
(i) an annular LED illuminator having a ring of spaced apart individual masked LEDs each emitting a wide solid angle illumination beam co-directional with said optical axis and spaced apart therefrom,
ii) an annular folded illumination optical train including a primary focusing reflector for reflecting illumination from said LED illuminator towards a secondary reflector for reflecting illumination towards said objective lens,
iii) an annular arrangement of refractive mini-lenses in registration with said ring of spaced apart individual masked LEDs and disposed between said annular LED illuminator and said annular folded illumination optical train for collecting illumination from said annular LED illuminator towards said primary focusing reflector whereby said ring of spaced apart individual masked LEDs are imaged as a ring of spaced apart individual masked LED images at said secondary reflector, and
iv) a multiple stage stray illumination trap arrangement for capturing stray illumination from said each masked LED's wide solid angle illumination beam such that said annular LED illumination arrangement emits a ring of narrow solid angle illumination beams towards said objective lens for illuminating the retinal region; and
(d) a digital imager at said trailing housing end for capturing the digital retinal image of the retinal region through said annular LED illumination arrangement,
the digital fundus camera, in use, with said objective lens being disposed at said working distance from the eye, said conjugate pupillary plane being disposed at said secondary reflector and said ring of narrow solid angle illumination beams being disposed at said outermost pupillary annular surround image whereby said ring of narrow solid angle illumination beams illuminates the retinal region through the outermost pupillary annular surround and said digital imager captures the digital retinal image through said innermost imaged pupillary central area image such that the digital fundus camera separates an inbound illumination light path from said annular LED illumination arrangement to the retinal region from an outbound image forming light path from the retinal region to said digital imager.

US Pat. No. 10,918,275

OPTICAL TEXTURE ANALYSIS OF THE INNER RETINA

The Chinese University of...

1. A method for analyzing an inner retinal layer, the method comprising:capturing a plurality of scans of a retina in a wide field using an image capture device;
determining, from the scans, anterior and posterior boundaries of an inner retinal layer;
extracting, from the scans, a set of optical density measurements (Pz,xy) at each of a plurality of retinal locations (x, y) and a plurality of depths z;
computing a set of optical texture signature values (Sxy) from the set of optical density measurements Pz,xy for a given retinal location (x, y) at depths z between the anterior and posterior boundaries of the inner retinal layer, wherein the optical texture signature value Sxy for a given retinal location (x, y) is computed as:

wherein b1,xy and b2,xy correspond to anterior and posterior boundaries, respectively, of the inner retinal layer at the retinal location (x, y); Pref corresponds to a reference optical density value for normalization; ?1 corresponds to a gamma value for a gamma transformation function; ?2 corresponds to a gamma value for a gamma correction function; and ? corresponds to a predefined constant proportional to a peak tissue thickness of the inner retinal layer; and
generating a texture analysis map based on the optical texture signature values Sxy at individual retinal locations (x, y).

US Pat. No. 10,918,273

JIGS FOR USE IN MEDICAL IMAGING AND METHODS FOR USING THEREOF

BODY VISION MEDICAL LTD.,...

1. A method, comprising:providing a jig including a support structure and a plurality of radiopaque markers attached to the support structure, the support structure configured to be positioned in proximity to at least a portion of a body of a patient during a medical imaging process, the plurality of radiopaque markers being positioned in a pattern such that an image capturing a given portion of the pattern is unique from an image capturing any other given portion of the pattern;
obtaining a first image from a first imaging modality;
extracting at least one element from the first image from the first imaging modality, wherein the at least one element comprises an airway, a blood vessel, a body cavity, or any combination thereof;
obtaining, from a second imaging modality, at least (i) a first image of the jig in a first pose of second imaging modality and (ii) a second image of the jig in a second pose of second imaging modality, wherein the jig is positioned in proximity to a body of a patient;
generating at least two augmented bronchograms, wherein a first augmented bronchogram corresponds to the first image of the second imaging modality in the first pose, and wherein a second augmented bronchogram corresponds to the second image of the second imaging modality in the second pose,
determining mutual geometric constraints between:
(i) the first pose of the of second imaging modality, and
(ii) the second pose of the of second imaging modality,
wherein the mutual geometric constraints are determined by either:
a. estimating a difference between (i) the first pose and (ii) the second pose by comparing the first image of the jig and the second image of the jig,
wherein the estimating is performed using a device comprising a protractor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, or any combination thereof, and wherein the device is attached to the second imaging modality;
b. extracting a plurality of image features to estimate a relative pose change,
wherein the plurality of image features comprise anatomical elements, non-anatomical elements, or any combination thereof,
wherein the image features comprise: patches attached to a patient, radiopaque markers positioned in a field of view of the second imaging modality, or any combination thereof, and
wherein the image features are visible on the first image of the radiopaque instrument and the second image of the radiopaque instrument;
c. estimating a difference between (i) the first pose and (ii) the second pose by using at least one camera,
wherein the camera comprises: a video camera, an infrared camera, a depth camera, or any combination thereof,
wherein the camera is at a fixed location,
wherein the camera is configured to track at least one feature,
wherein the at least one feature comprises: a marker attached the patient, a marker attached to the second imaging modality, or any combination thereof, and
tracking the at least one feature; or
d. or any combination thereof,
estimating the first pose of the of second imaging modality and the second pose of the of second imaging modality,
wherein the estimation is performed using:
(i) the first augmented bronchogram,
(ii) the second augmented bronchogram, and
(iii) the at least one element, and
wherein the estimated first pose of the of second imaging modality and the estimated second pose of the of second imaging modality meets the determined mutual geometric constraints,
generating a third image; wherein the third image is an augmented image derived from the second imaging modality which highlights an area of interest,
wherein the area of interest is determined from projecting data from the estimated first pose and the estimated second pose.

US Pat. No. 10,918,272

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGING AND 3D SHAPE RECONSTRUCTION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising:(a) projecting a set of illumination patterns onto an eardrum in a temporal sequence in such a way that each illumination pattern in the set of illumination patterns
(i) is a spatially periodic pattern of illumination, and
(ii) is shifted in phase relative to at least one other illumination pattern in the set of illumination patterns;
(b) capturing, with a camera, a first set of images of the eardrum while the eardrum is illuminated by the set of illumination patterns, the capturing being performed in such a way that each image in the first set of images is an image of both a direct component of light and a global component of light, wherein
(i) the direct component is light that reflects from the eardrum without entering a middle ear, and
(ii) the global component is light that passes through the eardrum, reflects from a middle ear, passes through the eardrum again, and is measured by the camera;
(c) computationally separating the direct and global components in respective subsets of images in the first set of images;
(d) calculating an average global component for the first set of images, which average global component is an average of the global components of the respective subsets of images in the first set of images; and
(e) calculating, based on the average global component, an image of (i) the eardrum and (ii) a middle ear that is medial to the eardrum.

US Pat. No. 10,918,271

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPROCESSING A MEDICAL DEVICE

ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING ...

1. A method of reprocessing a medical device having a first channel and a second channel extending therethrough, comprising:(a) pumping a primary fluid flow with a predetermined supply flow rate from a primary pump into a manifold having a first flush conduit and a second flush conduit in fluid communication therewith;
(b) introducing an additive into the primary fluid flow upstream of the manifold and downstream of the primary pump via an additive pump thereby pumping the primary fluid flow with the additive toward the first and second flush conduits;
(c) directing a first fluid flow from the primary fluid flow and into a first valve along the first flush conduit;
(d) directing a second fluid flow from the primary fluid flow and into a second valve along the second flush conduit;
(e) adjusting the first and second fluid flows with the first and second valves such that the first fluid flow has a first predetermined conduit flow rate and the second fluid flow has a second predetermined conduit flow rate; and
(f) discharging the first and second fluid flows with the first and second predetermined conduit flow rates into the respective first and second channels of the medical device for reprocessing the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,269

MEDICAL LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND MEDICAL OBSERVATION SYSTEM

SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLU...

1. A medical observation system comprising:a first light source configured to emit light in a first wavelength range;
a second light source configured to emit light in a second wavelength range different from the first wavelength range;
processing circuitry configured to control the first light source and the second light source to perform pulse light emission in a state in which the pulse light emission of the second light source is less frequent than the pulse light emission of the first light source;
an imaging device configured to capture an image of an observation target irradiated with light from the first light source and the second light source; and
a memory configured to store data regarding the captured image, wherein
the processing circuitry is further configured to
control writing and reading of the data to and from the memory,
superimpose a first image of the observation target irradiated with first light from the second light source with a second image of the observation target irradiated with second light from the first light source, and
superimpose the first image with a third image of the observation target irradiated with third light from the first light source, the second light and the third light being irradiated from the first light source at different time.

US Pat. No. 10,918,268

INSERT TUBE AND ENDOSCOPE USING THE SAME

OPCOM INC., New Taipei (...

1. An endoscope, comprising an insert tube and a handle, wherein the insert tube comprises:a catheter comprising a distal section, a bending section and an extend section integrally and seamlessly formed in one piece through a metal material;
a plurality of first line grooves and a plurality of second line grooves formed and arranged in staggered relation on two corresponding sides of the bending section along a central axis direction of the catheter, respectively,
wherein at least one second line groove is arranged between the first line grooves, and the first line groove and the second line groove have a first arc length and a second arc length, respectively, with a length of the first arc length being greater than a length of the second arc length;
wherein the handle has an end connected to an end of the extend section; and
wherein the two second line grooves are arranged between the two first line grooves to form a first shaped structure, and a number of the first shaped structures are arranged on the bending section in decreasing order to increasing order along the central axis of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,918,264

SURGERY SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A surgery system comprising:an overtube that has a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis and holds a treatment tool and an endoscope so as to be movable forward and backward in a direction of the longitudinal axis, the overtube having
an endoscope holding part that has an endoscope holding surface for holding the endoscope and allowing circumferential rotation of the endoscope about a central axis of the endoscope, and
a treatment tool holding part that has a treatment tool holding surface for holding the treatment tool; and
the endoscope that is inserted into the overtube and has a held surface held by the endoscope holding surface, the endoscope having a biasing member that maintains the circumferential orientation of the endoscope even in a case where the overtube rotates around the longitudinal axis, wherein the biasing member has an outer surface,
wherein the biasing member generates a rotational moment around the central axis of the endoscope in a case where the overtube has rotated around the longitudinal axis, and maintains the circumferential orientation of the endoscope using the rotational moment generated in the biasing member,
wherein the overtube has a movable body that is movable in a direction of the longitudinal axis, and the endoscope holding part and the treatment tool holding part are provided at the movable body,
wherein the movable body has a distal-end-side restricting part that restricts movement of the endoscope holding part on a distal end side of the movable body, and a proximal-end-side restricting part that restricts movement of the endoscope holding part on a proximal end side of the movable body, and the endoscope holding part is movable between the distal-end-side restricting part and the proximal-end-side restricting part.

US Pat. No. 10,918,263

ADJUSTABLE ENDOSCOPE SHEATH

Gyrus Acmi, Inc., Southb...

1. An endoscope sheath comprising:a sheath tube extending along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end, the sheath tube is configured to receive a tubular portion of an endoscope;
a hub connected to the proximal end of the sheath tube; and
a hub adapter configured to engage the endoscope, wherein the hub adapter includes an arm configured to engage a light post extending from the endoscope so that the hub adapter is restricted from rotating when the sheath tube is rotated about the longitudinal axis,
wherein the arm on the hub adapter is moveable relative to the sheath between a first locked position and a second locked position, the first and second locked positions laterally opposed to each other such that the light post is capable of extending upward from the hub adapter in the first locked position and is also capable of extending downward from the hub adapter in the second locked position,
wherein one of the hub adapter and the hub includes a flange, and the other of the hub adapter and the hub includes a channel, the flange comprises a circumferential first series of radial projections, the flange and the first series of radial projections are configured to be received into the channel,
wherein the flange is configured to rotate within the channel so that the sheath tube is rotatable about the longitudinal axis without rotation of the hub adapter and without the sheath tube and the hub adapter moving axially along the longitudinal axis relative to the endoscope, the channel includes a second series of radial projections cooperating with the first series of radial projections.

US Pat. No. 10,918,262

INSERT MOLDED PRODUCT, ELECTRICAL SIGNAL CONNECTOR, ENDOSCOPE, AND INSERT MOLDING METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An insert molded product in which a metal base member and a resin are bonded together, comprising:the metal base member;
a ground layer;
a noble metal layer formed of a noble metal;
a compound layer comprising a porous silica film; and
a mixture layer where material of the compound layer and the resin are mixed together; and
the resin,
wherein the ground layer, the noble metal layer, the compound layer, and the mixture layer are formed in this order on the metal base member, and
wherein nickel (Ni) is included in both the compound layer and the mixture layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,259

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE WITH A LEAK PAN

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:a tub;
a leak pan positioned below the tub;
a leveling assembly configured for adjusting a level of the tub, the leveling assembly comprising
a housing mounted to the leak pan;
a leveling leg positioned within the housing, the leveling leg having a threaded outer surface and a foot;
a spur gear positioned within the housing, an inner thread of the spur gear meshed with the threaded outer surface of the leveling leg;
a worm gear positioned within the housing, the worm gear meshed with outer teeth of the spur gear; and
an axle mounted to the leak pan, the axle connected to the worm gear such that the worm gear is rotatable with the axle,
wherein rotation of the axle is transferable to the leveling leg through the worm gear and the spur gear,
wherein the foot of the leveling leg is spaced from the threaded outer surface of the leveling leg,
wherein an unthreaded outer surface of the leveling leg is positioned between the foot of the leveling leg and the threaded outer surface of the leveling leg, and
wherein the inner thread of the spur gear is positioned at the unthreaded outer surface of the leveling leg and is unmeshed from the threaded outer surface of the leveling leg when the leveling leg is fully retracted.

US Pat. No. 10,918,258

HANDHELD DUST-REMOVING DEVICE

1. A handheld dust-removing device, comprising:a main body to remove at least one particle of dust disposed on a surface of an air conditioning filter; and
a handle at least partially disposed within at least a portion of the main body to allow a user to move the main body across the surface of an air conditioning filter to remove the at least one particle of dust, the handle comprising:
a motor disposed within at least a portion of the handle, and
a plurality of rods to connect the motor to the main body to manipulate the main body in response to a movement of the motor, the plurality of rods comprising:
a first rod disposed on a first side of the motor to curvedly extend away from the first side of the motor with respect to a first direction,
a second rod disposed on a second side of the motor to curvedly extend away from the second side of the motor with respect to a second direction opposite to the first direction, and
a third rod disposed on a third side of the motor to curvedly extend away from the third side of the motor with respect to a third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,257

SPONGE MOP

Carl Freudenberg KG, Wei...

1. An insert for a mop, comprising:a rail having a body, the body having an elongate shape and forming an internal channel,
a cleaning element at least partially disposed in the internal channel in engaged relation with the body, wherein the cleaning element is made from one or more sponge materials disposed within the internal channel and extending therefrom;
two protrusions disposed on the body, each of the two protrusions forming a leg connected to the body and a cylindrical wall defining an actuation bore connected to the leg;
wherein each actuation bore is adapted to overlap a substantial portion of a tine, the tine being associated with a sponge mop having a hand lever that operates to pull the tine, the tine being disposed in the actuation bore and configured to impart a force onto the body through the actuation bore to pull the rail and the cleaning element through a set of rollers to wring out fluids that may be present in the cleaning element.

US Pat. No. 10,918,256

CLEANING TOWEL SYSTEM

1. A cleaning towel system comprising:a. a towel including:
i. a sleeve disposed along an upper portion of the towel;
ii. a first cleaning surface;
iii. a second cleaning surface, wherein the first cleaning surface and the second cleaning surface extend from a bottom of the sleeve, wherein a rear surface of the first cleaning surface and a rear surface of the second cleaning surface face one another;
iv. a third cleaning surface joined to the rear of the first cleaning surface; and
v. a fourth cleaning surface joined to the rear of the second cleaning surface, wherein at least one of the first cleaning surface, the second cleaning surface, the third cleaning surface, and the fourth cleaning surface is constructed of a different material than the remaining cleaning surfaces; and
b. a bendable member removably disposed within the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,918,254

ROBOTIC DEVICE PERFORMING AUTONOMOUS SELF-SERVICE

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A robotic device, comprising:a processor;
a memory in electronic communication with the processor;
a sensor in electronic communication with the processor and the memory;
a chamber configured to collect debris; and
instructions stored in the memory and executable by the processor to cause the robotic device to:
identify a status of the chamber based at least in part on sensor data received from the sensor;
pause an autonomous debris collection process of the robotic device based at least in part on the identified status;
automatically remove a first container from the chamber based at least in part on the identified status;
identify a drop-off zone based at least in part on occupancy data collected by the robotic device;
discard the first container away from the robotic device based at least in part on the identified drop-off zone; and
resume the autonomous debris collection process based at least in part on an introduction of a second container.

US Pat. No. 10,918,253

HANDHELD SWEEPING AND MOPPING STRUCTURE

HUBEI DSTECH CO. LTD, Ez...

1. A handheld sweeping and mopping structure, comprising a handle and a body shell, wherein a lower part of the handle is connected to the body shell via a universal joint, and a sweeping and mopping module, a water tank module, a driving module, a garbage collection module, a control module and a power supply module are provided inside the body shell;the sweeping and mopping module comprises a sponge roller and a water sink rod, wherein the sponge roller is driven to rotate by the driving module fixed inside the body shell, the water sink rod is further provided inside the body shell, the water sink rod is tightly attached to the sponge roller, and a cleaning sink is formed on a contact surface of the water sink rod with the sponge roller;
the water tank module comprises a clean water tank, a waste water tank, a water supply means, a water pumping means and an intermediate connector, wherein the clean water tank and the waste water tank are mounted at two ends of the intermediate connector, the clean water tank is connected to the water supply means arranged outside the intermediate connector, the water supply means is used for pumping clean water in the clean water tank to the cleaning sink, the waste water tank is connected to the water pumping means arranged outside the intermediate connector, and the water pumping means is used for pumping waste water in the cleaning sink to the waste water tank;
the driving module comprises a driving motor, an output end of which is connected to the sponge roller;
the garbage collection module comprises a garbage box and a garbage box cover, wherein an accommodation port for allowing the garbage box to be inserted therein is formed on a side face of the body shell, the garbage box is provided behind the sponge roller and a shovel strip is provided below an opening of the garbage box directly facing the sponge roller, the garbage box cover is further mounted above the garbage box, a row of hairbrushes are further provided on the garbage box cover, the hairbrushes are fitted with the sponge roller and used for cleaning the sponge roller, and a disposable garbage box is further provided in the garbage box;
the control module comprises a PCB control board, wherein the PCB control board is mounted within the body shell and is connected to the driving module and the water tank module, and the PCB control board is used for controlling the turn-on or turn-off of the driving module and the water tank module; and
the power supply module comprises a battery used for supplying power to the driving module and the control module.

US Pat. No. 10,918,251

DEBRIS COLLECTION DEVICE FOR AUTONOMOUS CLEANING ROBOTS

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A debris collection device for a cleaning device, the debris collection device comprising:a cleaning pad portion configured to contact a floor surface; and
a vacuum receptacle portion connected directly to the cleaning pad portion, the vacuum receptacle portion being configured to collect at least a portion of debris removed from the floor surface by a vacuum assembly of the cleaning device, wherein a volume of the vacuum receptacle portion is positioned vertically above the cleaning pad portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,250

ROBOT VACUUM CLEANER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A robot vacuum cleaner comprising:a main body configured to be driven on a surface towards an obstacle by at least one wheel rotating in a first rotational direction and away from an obstacle by the at least one wheel rotating in a second rotational direction opposite to the first rotational direction, and having an intake configured to suck in debris from the surface;
a shutter installed further from a center of the robot vacuum cleaner than the intake to be positioned between the intake and the obstacle, and configured to move from a retracted position to an extended position by at least one of a rotational motion of the shutter in the first rotational direction and a linear motion of the shutter to avoid sweeping debris away from the intake during the movement of the shutter from the retracted position to an extended position, such that in the extended position, the shutter is configured to contact, by a side of the shutter facing the intake, debris on the surface outside a reachable area of the intake and to sweep the debris away from the obstacle during a driving movement of the main body away from the obstacle to position the debris inside the reachable area of the intake during a subsequent driving movement of the main body towards the obstacle;
a shutter driver configured to move the shutter between the retracted position and the extended position; and
a sensor installed in the main body and configured to detect an obstacle,
wherein the shutter is configured to extend from the main body to a position adjacent to the obstacle when the sensor detects the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,918,249

CLEANING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:a cleaning unit including a power consumption unit;
a transport device for automatically moving the cleaning unit; and
a stick unit able to be coupled to the cleaning unit and which allows the cleaning unit to move when gripped by a user,
wherein the cleaning unit comprises a first coupling portion,
wherein the power consumption unit comprises a suction force generating device for generating a suction force, and
wherein the stick unit comprises:
a second coupling portion being configured to be separably coupled with the first coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,248

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:an elongated support member;
a handle coupled to an upper end of the elongated support member;
a vacuum module slidably and detachably coupled to the elongated support member; and
a hose coupled to the vacuum module and expandable to accommodate lower and upper positions of the vacuum module along the elongated support member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,247

TOILET LIFT SEAT

6. A toilet lift seat for a toilet having a toilet bowl with a toilet bowl rim, the toilet lift seat comprising:a toilet seat having a toilet seat opening extending therethrough;
left and right linear actuators supported in left and right actuator supports; said left and right linear actuators are supported by the left and right actuator supports to be oriented vertically and to extend in spaced relation on opposite sides of the toilet bowl of the toilet with which the toilet seat is used;
left and right pivot mounts supported on upper ends of the left and right linear actuators;
left and right stop features are associated with and extend forward of the left and right pivot mounts respectively;
an underside of the toilet seat pivotally connected on opposite sides of the toilet seat opening to the left and right pivot mounts such that a center of gravity of the toilet seat extends forward of a pivot axis of the toilet seat relative to the left and right pivot mounts;
a front portion of the toilet seat, extending forward of the pivot axis, is supported on the toilet bowl rim when and a gap extends between the stop features on the left and right pivot mounts and left and right abutment features respectively on the underside of the toilet seat;
wherein upon vertical extension of the left and right linear actuators from the retracted position, the front portion of the toilet seat pivots downward relative to the left and right pivot mounts supported on the upper ends of the left and right linear actuators and remains supported on the toilet bowl rim until the left and right abutment features on the underside of the toilet seat abut against the left and right stops respectively preventing further forward pivoting of the toilet seat relative to the left and right linear actuators, and further vertical extension of the left and right linear actuators lifts the toilet seat, including the downwardly pivoted front portion of the toilet seat, vertically relative to the toilet bowl rim.

US Pat. No. 10,918,246

TWO-PIECE FOAM PISTON PUMP

OP-Hygiene IP GmbH, Nied...

1. A piston pump for dispensing from a discharge outlet a liquid from a reservoir admixed with air,the pump comprising:
a piston chamber-forming member disposed about an axis,
the piston chamber-forming member having an outer tubular member and a center post member coaxial about the axis with an annular end wall joining an inner end of the outer tubular member and an axially inner end of the center post member,
the outer tubular member extending axially outwardly from the end wall to an open outer end of the outer tubular member,
the center post member extending axially outwardly from the end wall to a closed outer end of the center post member,
the piston chamber-forming member defining a chamber therein within the outer tubular member open axially outwardly at the open outer end of the outer tubular member,
a piston-forming element having a hollow central axially extending stem,
the stem having a central passageway through the stem from an axial inner end of the stem to the discharge outlet at an axial outer end of the stem,
the stem having a plurality of axially spaced annular members which extend radially outwardly from the stem,
the stem of the piston-forming element coaxially slidably received in the chamber of the piston chamber-forming member with the center post member extending axially into the central passageway of the stem through the axial inner end of the stem and the annular members extending radially outwardly from the stem towards the outer tubular member;
a flow space defined within the central passageway between the center post member and the stem providing an axial passage between the center post member and the stem,
the piston-forming element coaxially slidably received in the piston chamber-forming member for reciprocal axial inward and outward movement in a cycle of operation between an extended position and a retracted position, the cycle of operation including a retraction stroke from the extended position to the retracted position and an extension stroke from the retracted position to the extended position,
a pair of the annular members on the stem cooperating with axially spaced portions of the outer tubular member of different diameters to provide a variable volume liquid compartment of a stepped chamber piston liquid pump which in the cycle of operation draws fluid from the reservoir for discharge to the flow space, which variable volume liquid compartment has a volume that varies cyclically with movement of the piston-forming element between the retracted position and the extended position in the cycle of operation,
at least one of the annular members on the stem axially outwardly of the pair of the annular members cooperating with the outer tubular member to provide within the chamber a variable volume air compartment of an air piston pump which variable volume air compartment has a volume that varies cyclically with movement of the piston-forming element between the retracted position and the extended position in the cycle of operation,
a channel extending radially through the stem between the central passageway and the air compartment to provide communication between the air compartment and the flow space,
the air pump in the cycle of operation drawing air from the atmosphere into the air compartment from the discharge outlet via the central passageway, the flow space and the channel and discharging fluid within the air compartment from the air compartment via the channel into the flow space and through the central passageway to out the discharge outlet,
in the cycle of operation the liquid pump and the air pump operative to discharge the liquid and the air simultaneously axially outwardly through the flow space to the discharge outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,918,245

COFFEE GRINDER-DOSER WITH REPOSITIONABLE SYSTEM FOR INDICATING THE POSITION OF THE MEANS FOR ADJUSTING THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE GRINDERS

MAZZER LUIGI S.p.A., Ven...

1. A coffee grinder-doser comprising:a grinder-doser body, enclosing a grinding chamber housing a first mill and a second mill configured and mutually positioned to grind coffee beans into ground coffee,
an external ring-nut to be gripped and rotated by an operator, integrally connected to the first mill,
a nut screw with a longitudinal axis, inside the grinding chamber, which engages with an external thread of the ring-nut, to translate position of the first mill relative to said longitudinal axis,
the ring-nut being fitted with a ring-nut body and a plurality of indices which identify angular position, the body of the grinder-doser comprising a fixed reference for said indices,
the ring-nut being associated with a graduated ring, provided with said indices, and an at least partially removable cover to lock in place the graduated ring between the at least partially removable cover and the ring-nut, the at least partially removable cover being attached to the ring-nut body by an at least partially removable coupler which adjusts and locks the angular position of the graduated ring.

US Pat. No. 10,918,244

APPARATUS FOR COOKING FOOD PRODUCTS

1. An apparatus for cooking food products, comprising a main body, a containing chamber suitable to contain a cooking liquid, an exit element comprising at least one exit aperture for the cooking liquid in said containing chamber, and a removal device associated with said exit element, said removal device comprising at least an attachment element and a discharge tube, said attachment element being connected in a selectively removable way to said exit element, wherein said exit element comprises an automatic command device and a valve retention element, said valve retention element being associated with at least one return spring, and having an open position correlated to the connected condition of said attachment element to said exit element, and a closed position correlated to the removed position of said attachment element to said exit element,wherein said attachment element comprises teeth which, in the connection condition with the exit element, are configured to thrust said valve retention element toward the inside of the main body, determining the opening thereof, and
wherein said discharge tube is rotatable with respect to said attachment element from a first position, in which said discharge tube's axis is aligned with the axis of said exit element, in which said discharge tube allows the passage of cooking liquid therein, to a second position with said discharge tube's axis angled with respect to the axis of said exit element, in which said discharge tube prevents the passage of liquid therein.

US Pat. No. 10,918,242

SYSTEM FOR ROASTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

1. A roasting system, comprising:a barrel-basket having a closed end, a beveled, open-ended rim defining an open end, and a unitary side disposed between the closed end and the open end, said unitary side made of a metal mesh to enable flames to pass therethrough onto agricultural product contained therein, wherein the beveled, open-ended rim enables loading and unloading of the agricultural product through the open end, and wherein the beveled, open-ended rim prevents the agricultural product from falling out of the barrel-basket during rotation and when the open end is oriented in height above the closed end during roasting of the agricultural product;
a support yoke integrated with a U-frame and rotatably coupled to a center of the closed end of the barrel-basket, opposite the beveled, open-ended rim, wherein the support yoke facilitates rotation of the barrel-basket by mechanical action from a motor; and
a burner array disposed in association with the U-frame and configured to enable flame emitting therefrom to be directed towards and through the metal mesh of the unitary side of the barrel-basket onto agricultural product contained inside of the barrel-basket.

US Pat. No. 10,918,241

DRINKS PREPARATION MACHINE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRINKS PREPARATION MACHINE

JURA ELEKTROAPPARATE AG, ...

1. A drinks preparation machine for preparing a drink which can be operated in multiple operating modes (M1, M2, M3, M4) and comprises:a liquid container for a liquid,
a drinks preparation device for preparing the drink using a liquid,
at least one fluid line which is connected to the liquid container and the drinks preparation device in order to permit a supply of a liquid from the liquid container to the drinks preparation device through the at least one fluid line,
a receiving device for receiving a liquid filter which is able to be placed in a predetermined filter position and removed again therefrom,
a sensor for detecting the liquid filter and
a control device for controlling a supply of a liquid from the liquid container into the at least one fluid line, the control device being connected by respective control lines to the sensor and to a pump,
wherein the receiving device is configured such that, independently of whether the liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position, a supply of a liquid from the liquid container to the drinks preparation device is possible through the at least one fluid line, and such that, if the liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position, with a supply of a liquid from the liquid container into the at least one fluid line, at least one portion of the liquid has to pass through the liquid filter, and
wherein the sensor is configured to produce a signal which contains information about whether the liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position,
wherein the control device is designed to prompt the supply of a liquid from the liquid container into the at least one fluid line as a function of the signal of the sensor by activating the pump,
wherein the control device is further configured such that
in at least one of the operating modes (M2), the control device prompts the supply of a liquid by activating the pump independently of whether the liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position, and
in at least one other of the operating modes (M3), the control device then prompts the supply of a liquid by activating the pump exclusively when no liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,238

MODULAR MICRO DOSING DISPENSING SYSTEM

PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase,...

1. A modular dispensing system comprising:a cold engine assembly;
a hot engine assembly;
a cold liquid dispensing nozzle;
a hot liquid dispensing nozzle; and
a mixer;
the cold engine assembly comprising:
a cold bath configured to cool a liquid from an initial temperature to a desired lower temperature,
a carbonator configured to dissolve carbon dioxide in non-carbonated water to form carbonated water,
a cold liquid mixer,
a concentrate line configured to convey a concentrate through the cold bath and to the cold liquid mixer, and
a cold water line configured to convey water through the cold bath to the cold liquid mixer,
wherein the cold liquid mixer is configured to mix the concentrate and carbonated water that has been cooled in the cold bath to form a cold carbonated concentrate based ready-to-drink liquid, and
wherein the cold liquid dispensing nozzle is configured to dispense the cold ready-to-drink liquid;
the hot engine assembly comprising:
a hot tank configured to heat water from an initial temperature to a desired elevated temperature,
a hot liquid mixer, and
a powder line configured to convey a powder to the hot liquid mixer,
wherein the hot liquid mixer is configured to mix the powder and the water from the hot tank having the desired elevated temperature to form a hot non-carbonated powder based ready-to-drink liquid, and
wherein the hot liquid dispensing nozzle is configured to dispense the hot ready-to-drink liquid,
wherein the mixer is fluidly connected to a source of cold water from the cold water bath and a source of hot water from the hot tank and is configured to mix hot water and cold water together to form water at a temperature between that of the hot water and the cold water entering the mixer, and
wherein the cold engine assembly and the hot engine assembly form a single dispensing unit having a single dispensing station, the single dispensing station comprising the cold liquid dispensing nozzle and the hot liquid dispensing nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,918,237

SYSTEM FOR THE PREPARATION OF BEVERAGES WITH THE USE OF CAPSULES

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,236

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,233

DEVICE FOR WEARING SOCKS, AND METHOD OF USING SUCH DEVICE

Reuven Boaron, Etz Efrai...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,230

CONSTRUCTION FOR PILLOW COVER

Finaryrre LLC, Marmora, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,229

TRAVEL PILLOW CASE SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,227

UNIVERSAL ACCESSORY MOUNT AND ASSOCIATED MOUNTING SYSTEMS

Source Communications, LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,226

DISPLAY TIER MERCHANDISE HOLDER

American Greetings Corpor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,223

CONVERTIBLE INFANT SUPPORT APPARATUS

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,216

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RAISING A BED OFF THE FLOOR

Atkinson Ergonomic Soluti...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,213

ERGONOMIC WORK STATION CHAIR

Dynamic Disc Designs Corp...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,212

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,208

COMPACT STORAGE RACK SYSTEM

INTERMETRO INDUSTRIES COR...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,206

SPACEMAKER FOR AN UNDER-SINK DISPOSAL

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,204

ART WORKSTATION

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,203

PEDESTAL LEG ASSEMBLY

ITC Incorporated, Hollan...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,202

LIFTING TABLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,196

MUDPAN BELT CLIP ASSEMBLY

Shark Toolers, Morris Pl...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,195

UTILITY BELT ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,193

TOOL HOLDER SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,190

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,186

SELF CLEANING BRUSH WITH HAIR COLLECTION

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,178

ADAPTABLE HANDBAG SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,176

MAGNETIC BACKING FOR COLLECTOR PIN

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,174

CONNECTION STRUCTURE CONNECTING WATCHBAND TO WATCHCASE AND WATCH USING THE SAME

SHENZHEN FENDA SMART TECH...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,173

ONE-PIECE BAR FOR ATTACHING A BRACELET TO A WATCH

The Swatch Group Research...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,171

COPPER ALLOY FASTENER ELEMENT AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,170

MOLDED SURFACE FASTENER

YKK Corporation

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,169

LOCKING POSITION ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,168

ELECTRONIC SEATBELT

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,164

LACING SYSTEM WITH GUIDE ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,162

ARTICLE WITH AT LEAST TWO LAYERS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,160

HINGED FOOTWEAR SOLE STRUCTURE FOR FOOT ENTRY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,159

FOOTWEAR DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,153

HELMET WITH AIRFLOW VENTILATION THROUGH AN EARPAD

BELL SPORTS, INC., Scott...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,152

LIGHT-EMITTING BEACON

9609385 CANADA INC.

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,150

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CUSTOMIZED GARMENT AND OUTFIT DESIGN GENERATION

Bodygram, Inc., Las Vega...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,149

ARTICLE OF APPAREL

UNDER ARMOUR, INC., Balt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,148

SLEEVE CONSTRUCTION FOR A GARMENT

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,147

LINING SYSTEM FOR ARTICLES OF CLOTHING

First Manufacturing Co., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,146

TOUCH PROTECTOR

NO-KNOB, LLC, West Bloom...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,145

DOUBLE GLOVES

DG TAB, LLC, Richmond He...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,144

PATIENT GARMENT

DIGNITY GIVING SUITS (DGS...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,143

PROTECTIVE FOAM MASK

Global Archery, Inc., As...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,142

SURGICAL AND INDUSTRIAL FACE MASK

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,141

DRAG-REDUCING EXERCISE EQUIPMENT

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,140

GARMENT FOR USE WITH SEAT RESTRAINTS AND METHOD OF USE THEREFOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,138

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,136

AEROSOL-GENERATING DEVICE WITH ELECTRODES FOR MEASURING AN ELECTRICAL LOAD

Philip Morris Products S....

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,135

HEAT DIFFUSER FOR AN AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,133

GAS COMBUSTION HEATING SMOKING ARTICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,132

LOW EMISSIONS ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICE AND EMISSIONS FILTERING DEVICE

Philter Labs, Inc., San ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,131

DRY CHAMBER LASER VAPORIZER

LUMENARY, INC., Petaluma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,130

HAND HELD WATER FILTER

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,129

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

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,128

TUBE FOR A SMOKING ARTICLE

Philip Morris Products S....

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,127

VAPORIZABLE TOBACCO WAX COMPOSITIONS AND CONTAINER THEREOF

BOND STREET MANUFACTURING...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,126

ISOTOPICALLY MODIFIED COMPOUNDS AND THEIR USE AS FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

Retrotope, Inc., Los Alt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,124

EXTRACTION, PURIFICATION, AND PROCESSING OF PHYTOGLYCOGEN

PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATIO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,123

RECONSTRUCTED BACON PRODUCT

SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,116

COMBINATION CONFECTIONERY PRODUCT ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,112

DOUGH PREPARATION APPARATUS AND METHODS

DUKE MANUFACTURING CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,107

ENCAPSULATED LACTAMS

Conopco, Inc., Englewood...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,103

ANTITOXIC FIBERS

I3 Biomedical Inc., Queb...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,102

DEVICES AND METHODS TO IMPROVE AND ASSESS VIABILITY OF HUMAN LIVERS

The General Hospital Corp...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,101

WATERFOWL CAPTURING ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,100

RABBIT AND SQUIRREL CALL DEVICE

Innovative Sportsmen, LLC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,097

FISHING BOBBER JUNIOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,096

CENTRIFUGAL BRAKING SYSTEM FOR BAITCAST FISHING REELS

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,095

GENETICALLY MODIFIED MICE EXPRESSING HUMANIZED CD47

Beijing Biocytogen Co., L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,094

FLOATING FISH FARMING PLANT AND ASSEMBLY OF PLANTS

SEAFARMING SYSTEMS AS, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,092

ROTATABLE LOCKING COVER FOR A HANGING BIRD FEEDER

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

US Pat. No. 10,918,091

LONG RANGE LOW POWER LIVESTOCK MONITORING

SIECK RANCH, INC., Marte...

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