US Pat. No. 10,687,742

USING INVARIANT FACTORS FOR PULSE OXIMETRY

ChroniSense Medical Ltd.,...

1. A method for performing a pulse oximetry, the method comprising:receiving, by an optical sensor of a wearable device configured to be worn by a patient:
a red light signal reflected from a human tissue of the patient, the human tissue including a pulsatile tissue and a non-pulsatile tissue, the red light signal being associated with a red wavelength;
an infrared light signal reflected from the human tissue, the infrared light signal being associated with an infrared wavelength; and
a third light signal reflected from the human tissue, the third light signal being associated with a third wavelength, the third wavelength being different from the red wavelength and the infrared wavelength;
determining, by a processor communicatively coupled with the sensor and based on the red light signal, a first value of a first function invariant to an oxygen saturation in the pulsatile tissue;
determining, by the processor and based on the infrared light signal, a second value of a second function invariant to the oxygen saturation in the pulsatile tissue;
determining, by the processor and based on the third light signal, a third value of a third function invariant to the oxygen saturation in the pulsatile tissue;
determining, by the processor, a first additive component in the red light signal and a second additive component in the infrared light signal, wherein the determining is based on the first value, the second value, and the third value, and wherein the first additive component and the second additive component are due to a reflection from the non-pulsatile tissue;
removing, by the processor, the first additive component from an intensity of the red light signal to estimate a first corrected intensity;
removing, by the processor, the second additive component from an intensity of the infrared light signal to estimate a second corrected intensity;
calculating, by the processor and based on the first corrected intensity and the second corrected intensity, a ratio of a red light absorption coefficient and an infrared light absorption coefficient;
determining, by the processor and based at least partially on the ratio, at least the oxygen saturation in the pulsatile tissue;
acquiring, by the processor, a reference photoplethysmogram (PPG) waveform;
determining, by the processor, first similarity measures between a pre-determined number of waveforms of the red light signal and the reference PPG waveform;
determining, by the processor, second similarity measures between a pre-determined number of waveforms of the infrared light signal and the reference PPG waveform, the waveforms of the infrared light signal being detected concurrently with the waveforms of the red light signal;
calculating, by the processor, an average of products Ai×Bi to estimate an adequacy of the red light signal and the infrared light signal, wherein Ai are the first similarity measures, Bi are the second similarity measures, and i=1, . . . , N, wherein N is the pre-determined number of waveforms of the red light signal;
estimating, by the processor, an estimate of the adequacy of the red light signal and the infrared light signal, based on the average of products;
collecting, by the processor and for a period of time, data concerning the red light signal, the infrared light signal, the third light signal, the adequacy, and the oxygen saturation;
analyzing, by the processor, the data to detect trends in the oxygen saturation; and
providing, by the processor and based on the trends in the oxygen saturation, reports regarding a health status of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,687,741

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING BIOLOGICAL COMPONENT

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An apparatus for measuring a biological component, the apparatus comprising:a spectrum data acquirer configured to acquire spectrum data of a user by emitting light to a skin of the user and detecting the light that is reflected from the skin; and
a processor configured to:
extract a user characteristic signal from the acquired spectrum data by subtracting, from the acquired spectrum data, a background signal and a first unit component spectrum, the background signal being spectrum data that is measured at a predetermined time interval in a reference state in which a change does not occur in the biological component, and the first unit component spectrum being a predetermined unit of spectrum of the biological component; and
obtain a second unit component spectrum that is personalized to the user by updating the first unit component spectrum based on the extracted user characteristic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,687,740

ADVANCED CONTINUOUS ANALYTE MONITORING SYSTEM

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A system for continuous measurement of an analyte in a host, the system comprising:an electrochemical continuous analyte sensor configured for transcutaneous implantation in the host for measuring analyte values; and
a sensor electronics module coupled to the continuous analyte sensor, the sensor electronics module comprising a switch configured to switch the sensor electronics module between a first low power mode and a second higher power mode,
wherein the switch is configured to switch from the first low power mode to the second higher power mode when the sensor electronics module detects a signal output of the electrochemical continuous analyte sensor above a predetermined threshold, wherein the predetermined threshold is selected based on values that would indicate the sensor electronics module is not operatively connected to the electrochemical continuous analyte sensor and/or the electrochemical continuous analyte sensor is not implanted in the host,
wherein the detecting comprises the sensor electronics module performing a sensor measurement in the first low power mode.

US Pat. No. 10,687,738

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING PHASE-SENSITIVE ACOUSTIC VIBRATIONS USING OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

AUDIOPTICS MEDICAL INCORP...

1. A method of performing phase-sensitive optical coherence tomographic detection of a vibrographic response to an acoustic stimulus, the method comprising:applying an acoustic stimulus at a known frequency and performing phase-sensitive optical coherence tomographic measurements to obtain a set of interferograms;
performing discrete Fourier transforms on the interferograms to obtain sampled time-dependent vibrographic data characterizing a vibratory amplitude and phase response due to the acoustic stimulus;
adding two or more time-shifted portions of the sampled time-dependent vibrographic data to suppress a sinusoidal response associated with the acoustic stimulus, thereby obtaining residual data comprising noise;
processing the residual data to obtain an estimate of motion noise;
subtracting the estimated motion noise from the sampled vibrographic data to obtain noise-corrected vibratory response data; and
processing the noise-corrected vibratory response data to generate one or more vibrographic measures.

US Pat. No. 10,687,737

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND KITS FOR ENHANCED MUSCLE CONTRACTILE CAPABILITIES

Muscle Activation Techniq...

1. A method for identifying, activating, and treating a target muscle within a muscle group having a weakness, the method comprising:identifying the muscle group having the weakness by testing the muscle group using a first Active Muscle Contract and Sustain Test (AMC&S), including challenging a plurality of testing positions in a pattern according to Example 2;
subsequent to identifying the muscle group having the weakness, activating the muscle group with a process comprising:
applying a first Muscle Specific Applied Stress (MSAS) to a first muscle in the identified muscle group, the first muscle having a highest priority in an established hierarchy of muscles within the muscle group, the established hierarchy of muscles being shown in Table 1;
subsequent to the applying the first MSAS, applying a two-step activation process to the first muscle in the identified muscle group and moving to each muscle in priority of the muscle group according to the established hierarchy of muscles within the muscle group, the two-step activation process comprising:
first, applying a second AMC&S challenging testing positions in the pattern according to Example 2; and
second, activating the muscle group using an activation technique;
subsequent to activating the muscle group with the two-step activation process, treating the muscle group in an activated state with a treatment comprising:
applying a second MSAS to treat each muscle in priority until reaching a priority of the target muscle; and
subsequent to applying the second MSAS, applying a third MSAS to treat each muscle in priority until reaching the priority of the target muscle,
wherein the treatment to the target muscle in the activated state results in an increase in a set point of the target muscle as compared to a similarly treated muscle which is not in the activated state.

US Pat. No. 10,687,736

METHOD OF RECOMMENDING AN ASSISTIVE DEVICE

NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVE...

1. A method of recommending an assistive device for a user, comprising steps of:(A) providing a recommendation system that includes a measuring device, an output device and a processing device;
(B) the measuring device performing measurement associated with a body part of the user to generate measurement information;
(C) the processing device receiving the measurement information from the measuring device, and generating recommendation of the assistive device according to the measurement information;
(D) the output device outputting a message associated with the recommendation; and
(E) providing the assistive device for the user based on the message outputted by the output device;
wherein the measurement information includes three-dimensional information associated with geometry of the body part in a plurality of physical states, and each of the physical states is an individual load amount born by the user;
wherein the recommendation includes design information of a customized assistive device that is associated with geometry of the customized assistive device for the user;
wherein the measuring device includes a strength measuring device, step (B) includes the strength measuring device performing measurement associated with a joint of the user to generate strength measurement information associated with the joint of the user, and the recommendation includes species information that is associated with a modular assistive device and that is generated according to the strength measurement information;
wherein the strength measurement information is associated with a knee joint of the user, and step (C) includes sub-steps of:
(C01) the processing device generating a muscle power grade according to the strength measurement information;
(C02) the processing device generating the species information for a knee assistive intervention device when the processing device determines that the muscle power grade is lower than a first predetermined muscle power grade threshold and is higher than or equal to a second predetermined muscle power grade threshold that is lower than the first predetermined muscle power grade threshold; and
(C03) the processing device generating the species information for a lock-type knee assistive device when the processing device determines that the muscle power grade is lower than the second predetermined muscle power grade threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,687,735

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATION OF PULMONARY FUNCTION CHARACTERISTICS

TECHNOPULM LTD., Rehovot...

1. A device for determining at least one pulmonary function characteristic, the device comprising(i) at least one chamber comprising
at least one gas inlet port, configured to receive gas flow;
a distal element comprising at least one distal opening;
at least one pressure transducer configured to detect pressure within the at least one chamber and to produce a signal upon detecting pressure at about a predetermined threshold;
(ii) at least one shutter module connected to said distal element, said at least one shutter module comprising at least one shutter opening; and
(iii) an actuator configured to displace, or induce displacement, of the at least one shutter module upon receiving the signal, or a signal derived from said signal,
wherein the at least one shutter opening is configured to allow passage of gas flow from the at least one distal opening to the atmosphere through a first total effective area enclosed by a perimeter of the at least one shutter opening, when the shutter module is in a state of first end position; and
wherein upon said displacement the first total effective area changes to a second total effective area, when the shutter module is in second end position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,734

SERVER, CLIENT, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A server comprising:a processor that is configured to include
a communicator that is configured to receive data at an application level from a client and receive connection AP information and priority information from the client before reception of the data is started, the client being one of a first client and a second client, the first client being a terminal that has already started data transmission to the server at a timing when a decision processing is started, the second client being a terminal that is standing by for the data transmission to the server at the timing when the decision processing is started, the connection AP information indicating an access point to which the client is being connected, the priority information indicating a priority of the client;
a decision unit that is configured to determine whether or not a first condition is satisfied and determine whether or not any one of a second condition and a third condition is satisfied in the decision processing, and decide to cause the first client to stop the data transmission in the decision processing in a case in which the first condition and the second condition are satisfied, or decide to cause the second client to stand by for the data transmission in the decision processing in a case in which the first condition and the third condition are satisfied, the first condition indicating that an access point indicated by the connection AP information received from the first client is the same as an access point indicated by the connection AP information received from the second client, the second condition indicating that a priority indicated by the priority information received from the first client is lower than a priority indicated by the priority information received from the second client, the third condition indicating that the priority information has not been received from the second client; and
a communication control unit that is configured to transmit first control information to the first client by using the communicator in a case in which the decision unit decides to cause the first client to stop the data transmission and transmit second control information to the second client by using the communicator in a case in which the decision unit decides to cause the second client to stand by for the data transmission, the first control information indicating an instruction to stop data transmission via an access point to which the first client is being connected, the second control information indicating an instruction to stand by for data transmission via an access point to which the second client is being connected,
wherein the decision processing decides to stop or start the transmission based on the conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,687,733

GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR TISSUE BIOPSY SYSTEM

SenoRx, Inc., Franklin L...

1. A screen providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for a tissue biopsy system having a tissue cutting member, the tissue cutting member adapted for cutting one or more tissue specimens from tissue at a target site within a patient, the screen providing the graphical user interface comprising:a circular area; and
a plurality of GUI areas of variable size located in the circular area, the plurality of GUI areas including:
a. a first GUI area configured to represent a first region of the target site from which at least one tissue specimen has been separated from tissue at the target site by the tissue cutting member, the first GUI area having a plurality of portions, wherein at least one portion of the plurality of portions is a curvy band portion;
b. a second GUI area, visually distinguishable from the first GUI area, configured to represent a second region from which the tissue cutting member may separate one or more additional tissue specimens from tissue at the target site; and
c. a third GUI area, visually distinguishable from the first and second GUI areas, configured to represent a third region in which the tissue cutting member is deployed to separate a tissue specimen from tissue at the target site.

US Pat. No. 10,687,732

SELECTING SLICE CONFIGURATION OF MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS

Shanghai Neusoft Medical ...

1. A method of selecting a slice configuration, comprising:when a region to be scanned is a heart, determining, by a medical imaging apparatus, maximum and minimum values of scanning time for scanning the heart by the medical imaging apparatus with each of a plurality of candidate slice configurations according to a length of the heart and an electrocardiogram of the heart;
selecting, by the medical imaging apparatus, one or more first slice configurations for each of whom the maximum value of the scanning time is less than a preset time threshold from the plurality of candidate slice configurations;
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, an expected scanning length for scanning the region with each of the first slice configurations;
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, an expected redundant scanning dose for scanning the region with each of the first slice configurations according to the expected scanning length for scanning the region with each of the first slice configurations and a scanning length of the region; and
selecting, by the medical imaging apparatus, a target slice configuration according to the redundant scanning dose for scanning the region with each of the first slice configurations, wherein the region is to be scanned by the medical imaging apparatus with the target slice configurations;
wherein determining the maximum and minimum values of the scanning time for scanning the heart with each of the plurality of candidate slice configurations according to the length of the heart and the electrocardiogram of the heart comprises:
for each of the plurality of candidate slice configurations,
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, a number of RR intervals in which the medical imaging apparatus completes one scan with the candidate slice configuration according to the electrocardiogram of the heart;
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, an expected number of steps according to a scanning coverage range for the medical imaging apparatus scanning with the candidate slice configuration and the length of the heart;
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, a RR interval of the heart displayed on the electrocardiogram; and
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, the maximum and minimum values of the scanning time for scanning the heart with the candidate slice configuration according to the determined number of RR intervals, the expected number of steps, and the RR interval of the heart.

US Pat. No. 10,687,731

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GUIDING MEDICAL CARE BASED ON DETECTED GASTRIC FUNCTION

Gravitas Medical, Inc., ...

1. A device for insertion into a stomach of a patient for use with enteral feeding, comprising:an indwelling tube having a length;
one or more impedance sensors attached along the length of the indwelling tube, wherein the one or more impedance sensors are configured to detect a presence or passage of a bolus transitioning through the stomach;
a controller in communication with the one or more impedance sensors, wherein the controller is configured to determine measurements of a volume of gastric contents by correlating the presence or passage of the bolus transitioning through the stomach to the volume of gastric contents such that the measurements of the volume of gastric contents provide guidance via the controller for patient care.

US Pat. No. 10,687,730

BIOIMPEDANCE SENSOR, STYLET, CANNULA AND METHOD FOR MEASURING BIOIMPEDANCE

INJEQ OY, Tampere (FI)

1. A bioimpedance sensor (300), comprising a cannula (200) and a stylet (100), in use, said stylet (100) configured for being linearly insertable into and removable from said cannula (200), said bioimpedance sensor (300) configured for measuring human tissue impedance, wherein:the cannula (200) includes an electrically conductive hollow needle tube (1) having a beveled distal end portion, said electrically conductive hollow needle tube (1) configured for use as a needle electrode;
the stylet (100) has a beveled distal end portion and comprises a handle (11) portion and an electrode wire (5) surrounded by electrical insulation (13) extending from said handle portion (11), said electrode wire (5) having a beveled distal end portion and configured for functioning as a stylet electrode;
the stylet (100) includes at least one coupling piece (6), configured for electrically coupling a conductor (7) disposed in said handle portion (11) of said stylet (100) to the electrically conductive hollow needle tube (1) of the cannula (200), wherein the at least one coupling piece (6) of the stylet (100) is a resilient hollow metal structure configured to yield in a cross-sectional direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the resilient hollow metal structure when pushed inside a metalized tapering portion inside an adapter (2) electrically coupled to the electrically conductive hollow needle tube (1) in the cannula (200) and configured, by the yielding of the resilient hollow metal structure with sufficient contact force against the metalized tapering portion inside the adapter (2) in the cannula (200), to create a galvanic electrical coupling to the electrically conductive hollow needle tube (1) through the adapter (2); and
wherein the electrode wire (5) of said stylet (100) and the conductor (7) of the handle of the stylet (100) electrically coupled to said electrically conductive hollow needle tube (1) of the cannula (200) are electrically coupled to an electrical cable (8) such that the impedance between the electrically conductive hollow needle tube (1) disposed in the cannula (200) and the electrode wire (5) of said stylet (100) is measurable from the electrical cable (8) such that the advance and location of the beveled distal end portion of the bioimpedance sensor (300) comprising said stylet (100) linearly inserted into said cannula (200) within the human tissue at the beveled distal end portion of the bioimpedance sensor (300) can be determined by means of an impedance measurement of the human tissue between said beveled distal end portion of the needle tube (1) and the co-linear and co-planar beveled distal end portion of the electrode wire (5) of the stylet (100) inserted into the cannula (200).

US Pat. No. 10,687,729

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A VALUE OF A PHYSIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTIC

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A measurement apparatus, comprising:a transmit antenna for emitting radio frequency (RF) radiation, wherein the transmit antenna is placed in proximity to a body part of a subject such that a variation in an amount of fluid present in the body part of the subject causes a variation in an impedance of the transmit antenna;
an RF signal generator;
a transmission line connecting the RF signal generator to the transmit antenna;
a detector configured to measure a variation of a parameter correlated with the variation in the impedance of the transmit antenna during a measurement period; and
a controller, in communication with the RF signal generator and the detector, and configured to:
cause the RF signal generator to provide an RF signal to the transmit antenna such that the transmit antenna emits the RF radiation during the measurement period;
receive measurements of the variation of the parameter during the measurement period from the detector; and
calculate a value of a physiological characteristic of the subject based on the measurements,
wherein the parameter correlated with the variation in the impedance of the transmit antenna is a level of RF power reflected by an interface between the transmit antenna and the transmission line.

US Pat. No. 10,687,728

LEARNING TECHNIQUES FOR CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA DETECTION

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A medical device learning system comprising:an input circuit configured to receive physiological information of a patient;
an arrhythmia circuit configured to detect a candidate cardiac event about a threshold using the received physiological information of the patient; and
a user interface configured to display the candidate cardiac event to a user, and to receive user information about whether the candidate cardiac event should be above or below the threshold,
wherein the arrhythmia circuit is configured to adjust an arrhythmia detection threshold using the received user information that the candidate cardiac event should be above or below the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,687,727

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL MAPS

ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOL...

1. A system for generating an electrophysiological map of a geometric structure, the system comprising:a computer-based model construction system configured to be coupled to a device that includes at least one sensor configured to acquire a set of original location data points corresponding to respective locations on a surface of the geometric structure, the computer-based model construction system further configured to:
generate a geometric surface model of the geometric structure based on the set of original location data points;
acquire electrical information at a plurality of diagnostic landmark points;
assign a color value, based on the acquired electrical information, to each of the diagnostic landmark points;
create three-dimensional (3D) texture region storing floats for a weighted physiological metric;
for each diagnostic landmark point, additively blend the color value of the diagnostic landmark point into voxels of the 3D texture region that are within a predetermined distance from the diagnostic landmark point;
generate a texture map based on the 3D texture region;
apply the texture map to the geometric surface model to produce the electrophysiological map; and
display the electrophysiological map.

US Pat. No. 10,687,726

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING ECG RECORDINGS FROM MULTIPLE PATIENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for processing ECG recordings from multiple patients, the system comprising:a pre-processing database containing unprocessed ECG recordings from multiple patients, wherein each ECG recording is a time series of ECG data recorded from a patient;
a reporting database containing processed ECG recordings from multiple patients;
a processor;
a triage module executable on the processor to:
assess each of the unprocessed ECG recordings from the multiple patients in the pre-processing database to detect a presence or absence of at least one known abnormality and determines at least one abnormality identifier based on the detected known abnormality;
identify at least one abnormality group of ECG recordings from multiple patients based on the abnormality identifier;
identify a normal group of ECG recordings from multiple patients that are not in the abnormality group; and
store the normal group of ECG recordings in the reporting database with an associated normal identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,687,725

NAVIGATIONAL REFERENCE DISLODGEMENT DETECTION METHOD AND SYSTEM

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A method of tracking a position of a catheter with a localization system, comprising:defining an initial reference location of a navigational reference as a reference point for a coordinate system for locating positions of points in space;
monitoring a velocity of the navigational reference for an indication of a dislodgement of the navigational reference from the initial reference location; and
generating a signal indicating that the navigational reference has dislodged from the initial reference location when the velocity of the navigational reference exceeds a preset dislodgement threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,687,724

USER'S PHYSIOLOGICAL CONTEXT SENSING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a physiological context measurement module including first and second electrodes, to obtain one or more parameters of physiological context of a user in response to a provision of contact of the first and second electrodes with a body of the user while the physiological context measurement module is powered on;
a third electrode coupled with the physiological context measurement module, to detect contact between a first portion of the user's body and the third electrode; and
a fourth electrode coupled with the physiological context measurement module, to provide a common reference signal for the first and second electrodes, wherein the physiological context measurement module is to be powered on in response to the detection of contact between the user's first body portion and the third electrode, wherein the first, third, and fourth electrodes are disposed on a first surface of the apparatus that comprises an outer surface of a body of the apparatus, to provide simultaneous contact of the user's first body portion with the first, third, and fourth electrodes, wherein the second electrode is disposed on a second surface of the apparatus that is opposite the first surface and comprises an inner surface of the apparatus body, to provide contact of a second body portion of the user with the second electrode, and to facilitate collection of the one or more parameters of the physiological context while a simultaneous contact between the first and second portions of the user's body and the first and second electrodes respectively is maintained.

US Pat. No. 10,687,723

METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC LABELING OF ACTIVITY ON ECG DATA

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method for automatic labeling of a plurality of activities of a subject using electrocardiography (ECG) data, the method comprising:sensing, with a wearable medical device, an ECG signal having a plurality of segments, the plurality of segments including both a ST segment and a PQ segment;
conditioning, with an adaptive band pass filter, the sensed ECG signal;
subsequent to the conditioning with the adaptive band pass filter, identifying, with a processor, a plurality of fiducial points in the plurality of segments of the sensed ECG signal;
performing, with the processor, after identifying the plurality of fiducial points, fragment analysis on the segments of the sensed ECG signal, wherein the fragment analysis includes extraction of feature vectors from both the ST segment and the PQ segment;
generating a trained classifier model based on the fragment analysis of the sensed ECG signal;
mapping, with the trained classifier model, the plurality of activities based upon the sensed ECG signal;
obtaining, with the processor, a respiration rate based upon both the plurality of fiducial points and the fragment analysis;
differentiating, with the processor, based upon the respiration rate, the plurality of activities performed by the subject;
identifying, with the processor, a particular activity of the plurality of activities based upon variation in the plurality of fiducial points in the sensed ECG signal, the differentiating, and morphological changes in the ECG signal; and
storing, with the processor after identifying the particular activity, the sensed ECG signal with a label corresponding to the identified activity.

US Pat. No. 10,687,722

IDENTIFYING AMBIGUOUS CARDIAC SIGNALS FOR ELECTROPHYSIOLOGIC MAPPING

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A system for use in cardiac monitoring, comprising:an electrode apparatus comprising a plurality of electrodes configured to be located proximate tissue of a patient and to provide signals each corresponding to one of a plurality of channels;
a display apparatus comprising a graphical user interface, wherein the graphical user interface is configured to present information corresponding to one or more of the plurality of channels;
computing apparatus coupled to the electrode apparatus and display apparatus, wherein the computing apparatus is configured to determine a maximum for each beat of one of the signals corresponding to one of the plurality of channels, the one of the signals comprising a plurality of time-indexed samples, wherein, to determine the maximum for each of the beats, the computing apparatus is configured to:
calculate a square of a first derivative and a maximum of the square of the first derivative of the one of the signals;
analyze the one of the signals to identify at least ones of the time indexed samples of the one of the signals where the square of the first derivative is greater than a ratio value (R) times the maximum of the square of the first derivative (M2);
in response to the one of the signals having been analyzed, calculate a second derivative of the one of the signals;
determine local maximums of the the one of the signals using the second derivative;
determine an index difference between an index of a first local maximum of the local maximums and an index of a second local maximum of the local maximums and determine if the index difference is greater than a first preselected number or less than a second preselected number;
in response to the index difference being less than the first preselected number and greater than the second preselected number, determine a maximum for each of the beats; and
in response to the index difference being greater than the first preselected number or less than the second preselected number, modify the R resulting in a modified R.

US Pat. No. 10,687,721

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IDENTIFYING AND MAPPING CARDIAC ACTIVATION WAVEFRONTS

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A method of mapping a cardiac activation wavefront, comprising:establishing a mesh comprising a plurality of mesh nodes;
assigning each mesh node of the plurality of mesh nodes a conduction velocity vector;
defining a plurality of edges interconnecting the plurality of mesh nodes, thereby creating a conduction velocity graph;
identifying at least one cardiac activation wavefront using the conduction velocity graph; and
displaying the identified at least one cardiac activation wavefront on a graphical representation of a cardiac geometry.

US Pat. No. 10,687,720

AUTOMATIC AIR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

IRRAS USA, INC., San Die...

1. An automatic air pressure management system for monitoring intra-cranial pressure within a patient with an air catheter, comprising:an air pump mechanism configured to pump air into the air catheter, where the air catheter is configured to be located within the cranium of the patient;
a control assembly;
a pressure transducer;
a first valve opening to the atmosphere outside of said automatic air pressure management system; an air catheter connection mechanism that releasably connects to said air catheter;
a common air passage in communication with said air pump mechanism, said pressure transducer, said first valve, and said air catheter connection mechanism;
and, a second valve selectively isolating said pressure transducer and said air catheter connection mechanism from said air pump mechanism and said first valve within said common air passage;
wherein said control assembly is configured to actuate the actions below in the following order:
activate said pump mechanism to evacuate air from said common air passage with said first valve being closed and said second valve being open;
close said second valve so as to isolate said pressure transducer and said air catheter connection mechanism;
open said first valve to inject air into said common air passage;
close said first valve; and,
open said second valve to inject air to an air catheter attached to said air catheter connection mechanism to achieve a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,687,719

IMPLANTABLE SHUNT SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED PRESSURE SENSORS

The Alfred E. Mann Founda...

1. A dual stage power transfer system comprising:an implantable medical device, the implantable medical device comprising an internal coil encircling an integrated circuit, a circuit component, and/or a battery;
a first coil positioned external of the implantable medical device and in proximity to the internal coil for electromagnetic coupling therewith, the first coil being attached to the implantable medical device; and
a subcutaneous coil configured for subcutaneous placement, the subcutaneous coil being configured to electromagnetically couple with an external coil placed externally of a patient, the subcutaneous coil being smaller in size than the external coil,
wherein the subcutaneous coil is configured to receive a power signal from the external coil through the electromagnetic coupling between the subcutaneous coil and the external coil and transfer the power signal to the first coil, and
wherein the first coil is positioned in alignment with the internal coil and configured to transfer the power signal to the internal coil through the electromagnetic coupling between the first coil and the internal coil.

US Pat. No. 10,687,718

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NON-PULSATILE BLOOD VOLUME MEASUREMENTS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for determining a physiological signal, the method comprising:emitting a first light at a user;
detecting a first reflection of the first light;
generating a first signal indicative of the detected first reflection of the first light, the first signal including non-pulsatile blood information;
detecting an acceleration of the user;
generating a second signal indicative of the acceleration;
comparing the second signal to a threshold value;
in response to the second signal being greater than or equal to the threshold value, emitting a second light at the user;
detecting a second reflection of the second light;
generating a third signal indicative of the detected second reflection of the second light, the third signal including pulsatile blood information;
adjusting the third signal to compensate for information included in the first signal; and
determining the physiological signal based on the adjusted third signal.

US Pat. No. 10,687,716

DRIFT COMPENSATION FOR IMPLANTED CAPACITANCE-BASED PRESSURE TRANSDUCER

VECTORIOUS MEDICAL TECHNO...

1. A method for ambient pressure measurement, the method comprising:sensing, in a heart of a patient, a time-varying ambient pressure that varies in accordance with a cardiac cycle of the heart, using a pressure sensor having a capacitance that varies depending on the time-varying ambient pressure, so as to produce a sensor-output waveform that also varies in accordance with the cardiac cycle;
while the pressure sensor is measuring the time-varying ambient pressure in the heart, intermittently applying to the pressure sensor a calibration voltage, which further contributes to the capacitance in addition to a contribution of the time-varying ambient pressure;
automatically identifying one or more first time-intervals in which the calibration voltage was applied and one or more second time-intervals in which the calibration voltage was not applied;
comparing the sensor-output waveform during the one or more first time-intervals to the sensor-output waveform during the one or more second time-intervals, to determine a difference between the sensed pressure in the first and second time-intervals;
calibrating a dependence of the capacitance on the ambient pressure, based on the applied calibration voltage and the corresponding determined difference between the sensed pressure in the first and second time-intervals; and
outputting an output indicative of a calibrated ambient pressure, based on the calibrated dependence.

US Pat. No. 10,687,715

NON-INVASIVE INTRAVASCULAR VOLUME INDEX MONITOR

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A non-invasive multi-parameter patient monitoring system configured to determine a termination range for administering a diuretic, the non-invasive multi-parameter patient monitoring system comprising:a first and second emitter configured to emit light of at least two wavelengths through tissue of a patient;
a detector configured to sense the light after it has passed through the tissue of the patient and to generate a signal indicative of the sensed light; and
a patient monitor comprising:
a sensor interface configured to receive the generated signal from the detector, and
a processor configured to:
determine, during administration of a diuretic to the patient, a measure of hemoglobin based at least in part on the generated signal, and
determine an intravascular volume index (IVI) level based at least in part on the measure of hemoglobin,
wherein the patient monitor is configured to provide an indication to terminate the administration of the diuretic based at least in part on a determination that the IVI level satisfies a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,687,714

VASCULAR ELASTICITY RATE EVALUATION APPARATUS

SANYOSEIKO CO., LTD., Ya...

1. A vascular elasticity rate evaluation apparatus comprising:a pulse wave detection means for detecting a pulse wave with an external pressure being applied to a blood vessel;
a means for forming a pulse wave amplitude from a detection value of the pulse wave detection means; and
an elasticity rate deriving means for deriving a vascular elasticity rate using measured values in processes for an elevation process and a descent process of the pulse wave amplitude,
wherein
the elasticity rate deriving means is configured to derive the vascular elasticity rate as follows:
Vascular elasticity rate=Loge|(maximum blood pressure/minimum blood pressure)/((plus area?minus area)/(minus area))|, and
wherein the plus area means an area of a region of the pulse wave from the minimum blood pressure to a peak, and the minus area means an area of a region of the pulse wave from the peak to the minimum blood pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,687,713

DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

OPTIM CORPORATION, Saga-...

1. A diagnostic apparatus comprising:a communication interface that acquires a visible light image photographed by a first camera and an infrared image photographed by a second camera; and
one or more processors that:
determine correspondences between positions of parts of the animal in the visible light image and positions of parts of the animals in the infrared image based on a positional relationship between the first camera and the second camera and photographing conditions of the first camera and the second camera;
specify a first area in the visible light image corresponding to a predetermined part of an animal photographed by the first camera based on an outline or a pattern analyzed from the visible light image;
specify a second area in the infrared image corresponding to the first area specified in the visible light image based on the correspondences; and
diagnose the animal based on a temperature at the specified second area.

US Pat. No. 10,687,711

COMPUTERIZED DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE DATA

1. A computerized device for processing image data, the computerized device comprising:a receiving unit which is configured to receive optical coherence tomography data of a tissue of a patient, in particular of a retina,
a providing unit which is configured to provide a prediction model for processing the optical coherence tomography data, and
a processing unit which is configured to process the received optical coherence tomography data using the prediction model for providing at least one prediction parameter for predicting future prospective objects of the tissue and/or future prospective features allocated to the tissue,
wherein the receiving unit receives a plurality of different optical coherence tomography data of one patient at different times and a plurality of different optical coherence tomography data of different patients,
wherein the providing unit carries out a normalization of the retinal optical coherence tomography images by transforming the data into a joint reference coordinate system by first aligning the intra-patient follow-up scans based on the vessel structure visible in optical coherence tomography images, followed by an inter-patient alignment using the fovea center and the optic disc center position, where the fovea center is the origin of the new coordinate system, and the optic disc center position defines a rotation and scaling, and
wherein the processing unit directly extracts from the optical coherence tomography data spatio-temporal features, without intervening steps of extracting summary parameters and/or parameter combination/reduction.

US Pat. No. 10,687,710

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PALPATION OF TISSUES FOR CHARACTERIZATION AND MECHANICAL DIFFERENTIATION OF SUBCUTANEOUS STRUCTURES

Carnegie Mellon Universit...

1. A palpation device for palpation of tissue of a patient for identification of an object embedded therein by visual inspection through the palpation device, the device comprising:a frame formed from a substantially rigid material and comprising an opening;
a tonometric lens extending through the opening of the frame, the tonometric lens comprising a surface configured to be applied to the tissue of the patient to at least partially impinge the tissue, and configured to be looked through to view a topography of the surface of the tonometric lens when the lens is applied to the tissue to identify one or more objects embedded in the tissue of the patient based, at least in part, on the view of the topography of the surface of the tonometric lens, the lens comprising a body having a reflective coating on an outer surface thereof; and
a radiation source positioned to illuminate the reflective coating such that the topography of the surface of the tonometric lens can be observed,
wherein the body comprises a body material that is as stiff or stiffer than the tissue of the patient and less stiff than the embedded object.

US Pat. No. 10,687,709

IMPLANTABLE SENSING DEVICES AND ANCHORING METHODS THEREFOR

Integrated Sensing System...

1. A sensor assembly comprising:a sensing device comprising a housing having at least one internal cavity and a transducer and electrical circuitry within the at least one internal cavity, the sensing device further comprising an antenna that is within the at least one internal cavity or outside the housing, the transducer being located at a proximal end of the housing opposite a distal end of the housing;
at least one housing portion in which the transducer, the electrical circuitry, and the antenna are not located, the housing portion comprising coupling means that comprises a knob and a shoulder defined by the knob; and
anchoring means that is discrete from the housing and the housing portion, the anchoring means comprising an anchor for securing the sensing device within a living body, the anchoring means being attached to the coupling means with the knob and/or the shoulder thereof so as to be coupled to and retained on the housing or the sensing device with the coupling means.

US Pat. No. 10,687,708

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A COMPACT AND HIGH RESOLUTION MIND-VIEW COMMUNICATOR

1. An imaging method for a multi-camera device, comprising:capturing a first image of a scene with a first camera, the first camera having a first field of view, and the first image having a first image resolution,
capturing a second image with a second camera, the second camera having a second field of view, and the second image having a second image resolution, wherein the second image resolution is higher than the first image resolution and the second field of view is smaller than the first field of view, and wherein the second image corresponding to a subset of the scene that is within the first field of view,
receiving the first image and the second image by at least one processor, the at least one processor configured for:
registering a subset of the first image to a subset of the second image,
calculating, based on at least one of the first image and the second image, the distance of at least one object in the scene from the multi-camera device,
generating, based at least upon the calculated distance of the at least one object in the scene from the multi-camera device and at least one of the received images, an output image corresponding to a portion of the scene that is within the field of view of the first camera, wherein the output image having at least two image regions, an inner image region and an outer image region, the outer image region surrounding at least partially the inner image region, and at least a subset of the inner image region includes a portion of the at least one object, wherein the image resolution of the inner image region is higher than the image resolution of the first image and the image resolution of the outer image region is lower than the image resolution of the first image, and saving the output image,
whereby the inner image region of the output image appears to a human eye as sharp and clear and the outer image region of the output image appears to the human eye as relatively blurry.

US Pat. No. 10,687,707

DETECTING ACTIVITY BY A WHEELCHAIR USER

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for tracking activity by a wheelchair user, the method comprising:collecting motion data of a user device located on an appendage of the user;
detecting, by a processor circuit, that one or more activities by the wheelchair user occurred based on the motion data, the detecting comprising tracking pushes by the wheelchair user by a method comprising:
determining a pose angle and a calculated energy based on the motion data; and
detecting, by the processor circuit, that a push occurred based on the determined pose angle and the calculated energy;
estimating, by the processor circuit, an energy expenditure by the user based on the one or more activities; and
outputting, by the processor circuit, the estimated energy expenditure.

US Pat. No. 10,687,706

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING AND PROCESSING MEASUREMENT READINGS INCLUDING AT LEAST A COMPONENT REPRESENTATIVE OF A PHYSICAL PHENOMENON IN A LIVING BEING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A device for obtaining and processing measurement readings including at least a component representative of a physical phenomenon in a living being, comprising:a sensor configured to obtain measurement readings from at least one body part of a living being from a distance having at least a component representative of the physical phenomenon in the living being;
at least one processor programmed to:
identify the at least one body part of the living being from the obtained measurement readings;
extract at least one first signal from the measurement readings representing at least one component representative of the physical phenomenon;
obtain at least one calibration curve corresponding to the at least one identified body part, the at least one calibration curve including calibration values corresponding to first signal values of the at least one first signal;
adjust the at least one first signal by adjusting the first signal values of the at least one first signal to correspond with the corresponding calibration values of the at least one calibration curve; and
generate at least one output signal representing the physical phenomenon of the living being by processing the calibration curve and the adjusted at least one first signal with the adjusted first signal values.

US Pat. No. 10,687,705

METHOD FOR AUTOMATING COLLECTION, ASSOCIATION, AND COORDINATION OF MULTIPLE MEDICAL DATA SOURCES

Scanoptix, Inc., Charlot...

1. A method of managing coordination of information related to a medical examination, comprising:Analyzing user credentials and authenticating access to a premises or a device or device group based on the user credentials;
Validating use of the device or device group based on the user credentials and the type of device or device group;
Associating a medical examination with a patient or patients or a medical examination schedule;
Associating medical examination data and/or metadata from one or more device or device group with a related medical examination session;
Routing medical examination data and/or metadata to a local and/or external computer database or databases;
Pairing the medical examination session and/or medical examination data and/or metadata with a manual or automated medical interpretation, results, diagnosis or diagnoses, and/or recorded information from the medical examination; and
Allowing the user to authenticate or sign the manual or automated medical interpretation, results, diagnosis or diagnoses, and/or recorded information from the medical examination, wherein the manual or automated medical interpretation, results, diagnosis or diagnoses, and/or recorded information from the medical examination is displayed to the user, wherein the user indicates a review and/or an approval or rejection of the manual or automated medical interpretation, results, diagnosis or diagnoses, and/or recorded information from the medical examination, and/or wherein the user indicates signing or delaying signature of the medical examination, the medical examination data and/or metadata, and/or the manual or automated medical interpretation, results, diagnosis or diagnoses, and/or recorded information from the medical examination.

US Pat. No. 10,687,704

SYSTEM, DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR DETERMINATION OF INTRAOCULAR PRESSURE

THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCK...

1. An intraocular pressure sensor for implantation in an eye, comprising:a substrate member; a spacer member; and a flexible membrane;
the substrate member, the spacer member and the flexible membrane forming the walls of a sealed cavity having no openings for fluid communication with a vacuum, and forming the intraocular pressure sensor configured for implantation in the eye;
the flexible membrane configured to deform in response to intraocular pressure changes and wherein the deformation of the flexible membrane can be measured optically;
the flexible membrane configured to partially transmit and partially reflect an incident light that is incident on an exterior surface of the flexible membrane when the intraocular pressure sensor is implanted in the eye, and the substrate member configured to reflect the incident light that is partially transmitted by the flexible membrane back through the flexible membrane;
wherein the incident light reflected by the substrate member interferes with incident light reflected by the flexible membrane to create a resultant light comprising an interference pattern consisting of bright and dark rings having a separation depending on a curvature of the flexible membrane;
wherein the resulting interference pattern is capturable as an image using a camera and corresponds to intraocular pressure; and wherein the sealed cavity has a pressure below one atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,687,703

METHODS FOR ANALYZING THE EYE

John Berestka, Minneapol...

1. A method of analyzing an eye of a patient which has been illuminated with a slit-lamp microscope, the slit-lamp microscope including an illumination system and an observation system, the illumination system including a light source and a slit forming device which provides a line of light to illuminate the eye and the observation system including an imaging system including a plenoptic camera configured to receive imaging rays produced by reflection of the line of light from the eye, the method comprising the steps of:storing a plurality of images of the eye imaged by the plenoptic camera while the eye was illuminated with the line of light, each of the stored images having at least one associated slit-lamp microscope characteristic;
receiving a first image request;
providing a requested image for a first image having the line of light focused on a first portion of a curved structure based on at least one of the plurality of images, the image request, and the at least one associated slit-lamp microscope characteristic of the at least one of the plurality of images;
receiving a second image request for a second image having the line of light focused on a second portion of the curved structure, wherein the line of light is displaced in at least one of an x-axis direction, a y-axis direction, and a z-axis direction; and
generating the second image from at least one of the stored images and the light field data of the at least one stored image.

US Pat. No. 10,687,702

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR MONITORING ANISOCORIA AND ASYMMETRY OF PUPILLARY REACTION TO STIMULUS

Neuroptics, Inc., Irvine...

1. A method of assessing a health condition of a mammalian subject comprising:recording images of a response of a left pupil of the subject to a stimulus thereby resulting in a first set of sequential images;
recording images of a response of a right pupil of said subject to the same stimulus at the same time as the first images were recorded, thereby resulting in a second set of sequential images;
displaying on a display of a pupilometer simultaneously the first set of images and the second set of images, wherein the two sets of images are synchronized, and wherein a center of the left pupil of each image from the first set of sequential images is aligned with a center of the right pupil from the second set of sequential images on the display;
using the pupilometer to detect anisocoria in the pupillary response of the subject; and
diagnosing the patient with an abnormal health condition in the presence of anisocoria.

US Pat. No. 10,687,701

EYEGROUND IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a scanning unit configured to perform scanning with measurement light on a subject's eye;
a tomographic-image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first tomographic image of the subject's eye using combined light obtained by combining return light returned from the subject's eye irradiated with the measurement light via the scanning unit with reference light corresponding to the measurement light, and to obtain a second tomographic image of the subject's eye in response to an instruction to obtain the second tomographic image; and
a control unit configured to (a) cause a display unit to display the first tomographic image and a first display information about image quality of the first tomographic image, (b) to cause, after the instruction is performed in a state that the first tomographic image and the first display information are displayed on the display unit, the display unit to shift a layout on a screen of the display unit from a first layout for displaying the first tomographic image and the first display information to a second layout for displaying the second tomographic image obtained in response to the instruction, second display information about image quality of the second tomographic image, and third display information for instructing re-obtainment of the second tomographic image of the subject's eye, and (c) to cause, in response to an instruction for the third display information for instructing the re-obtainment, the display unit to back the layout on the screen of the display unit from the second layout to the first layout.

US Pat. No. 10,687,700

VISUAL FIELD MEASURING METHOD, VISUAL FIELD MEASURING APPARATUS, AND OPTOTYPE

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A visual field measuring method in which standardized test symbols are sequentially displayed at a display to measure visual field, the visual field measuring method being characterized in that it comprises:a reference standardized symbol display operation in which a standardized test symbol is displayed at a reference location provided at a center of the display;
a reference input operation in which a test subject is made to input the fact that the standardized test symbol displayed at said reference standardized symbol display operation has been recognized;
a peripheral standardized symbol display operation in which, following the input of the fact that the standardized test symbol was recognized at said reference input operation, a standardized test symbol is displayed at a peripheral location which is different from the reference location; and
a peripheral input operation in which the test subject is made to input the fact that the standardized test symbol displayed at said peripheral standardized symbol display operation has been recognized;
wherein from the reference standardized symbol display operation to the peripheral input operation is executed in repeated and sequential fashion, and a response time from when the standardized test symbol is displayed at the peripheral standardized symbol display operation to when the input is performed by the test subject at the peripheral input operation is measured;
the standardized test symbol displayed at the peripheral standardized symbol display operation is a standardized test symbol for testing visual acuity;
the test subject is made to input an orientation of the standardized test symbol at the peripheral standardized symbol display operation;
when a fractional number of times that the orientation input by the test subject at the peripheral input operation does not match the orientation of the standardized test symbol displayed at the peripheral standardized symbol display operation is greater than or equal to a prescribed value, or
when the orientation input by the test subject at the peripheral input operation matches the orientation of the standardized test symbol displayed at the peripheral standardized symbol display operation but the response time is greater than or equal to a prescribed time,
said peripheral location is determined to be a scotoma; and
a criterion for the determination as to whether the scotoma is present is a best-fit line obtained by performing linear approximation on a graph plotting the response time in such fashion that offset information pertaining to the standardized test symbol displayed at the peripheral standardized symbol display operation is plotted on a horizontal axis and the response time is plotted on a vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,687,699

LIGHTING MODULE FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

CEEK Enterprises, Portla...

1. A lighting module for a speculum comprising:a housing portion;
a clip portion comprising a receiving space for receiving an upper portion of a window frame of the speculum, the opening of the window frame forming a viewing window when a top bill and a bottom bill of the speculum are in an open position, the upper portion of the window frame of the speculum proximate to the top bill of the speculum, the clip portion configured to be clipped to the upper portion of the window frame of the speculum when the upper portion of the window frame of the speculum is received by the clip portion;
an arm portion extending from the clip portion and comprising a light emitting diode (LED) at a distal end of the arm portion, the arm portion inserted through the viewing window formed by the window frame, a length of the arm portion forming an obtuse angle with a length of the clip portion so that the arm portion is configured to extend from the clip portion and be disposed against or near an inner surface of the top bill of the speculum;
a power source contained in the housing portion electrically connected to the LED; and
an activation mechanism for activating the LED by providing power to the LED.

US Pat. No. 10,687,698

DIRECT ENDOLUMINAL- AND/OR ENDOVASCULAR-ILLUMINATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

EnlightenVue LLC, Denver...

1. A method of imaging an interior of a vessel, the method comprising:advancing an endoscope within a vessel to a target location, the endoscope comprising:
a hub;
a shaft extending from the hub and comprising a distal tip;
an image sensor within the distal tip, the image sensor having a field of view external from the endoscope;
an expandable cuff disposed on at least a portion of the shaft, the expandable cuff being movable between a contracted configuration and a deployed configuration, an outer surface of the expandable cuff being disposed further away from a longitudinal axis of the shaft when the expandable cuff is in the deployed configuration than when the expandable cuff is in the contracted configuration; and
a working channel;
expanding the expandable cuff to the deployed configuration so that the expandable cuff and at least the portion of the shaft occupy all or substantially all of an interior area of a cross section of the vessel, whereby fluid flow is inhibited, reduced, or prevented in the vessel at the target location;
collecting an image of the interior of the vessel at the target location while the fluid flow is inhibited, wherein the image is sensed by the image sensor; and
deploying an instrument from the working channel of the endoscope, wherein at least a portion of the working channel passes between the expandable cuff and a longitudinal axis of the endoscope, wherein deploying the instrument comprises distending an inner surface of the expandable cuff with an outer surface of the working channel.

US Pat. No. 10,687,697

ENDOSCOPIC LIGHT SOURCE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An endoscope system comprising:a light source comprising a first light device for emitting light in the red wavelength spectrum, a second light device for emitting light in the blue wavelength spectrum, a third light device for emitting light in the green wavelength spectrum, and a fourth light device for emitting infrared light, and a user operable switch for switching between a first light emission mode and a second light emission mode, wherein in the first light emission mode light in the red wavelength spectrum, light in the green wavelength spectrum and light in the blue wavelength spectrum are emitted and light in the infrared wavelength spectrum is not emitted, and in the second light emission mode light in the infrared wavelength spectrum, light in the green wavelength spectrum and light in the blue wavelength spectrum are emitted and light in the red wavelength spectrum is never emitted throughout the second light emission mode;
an endoscope in communication with the light source, the endoscope being capable of receiving light from the light source and emitting the light onto a patient site and receiving reflected light and emitted fluorescent light from the patient site and transmitting the received light;
a receiving device in communication with the endoscope and comprising a splitting filter capable of splitting a light mixture into separate wavelength rays, a first image sensor capable of detecting light in a green wavelength spectrum and converting the green light to a first image signal, a second image sensor capable of detecting light in a blue wavelength spectrum and converting the blue light to a second image signal, and a third image sensor capable of detecting light in a red wavelength spectrum and in an infrared wavelength spectrum and converting the red light and infrared light to a third image signal;
a coupler for connecting the receiving device to the endoscope;
a notch filter in the endoscope or coupler capable of blocking light of a specific wavelength range in the infrared spectrum and allowing other light in the infrared spectrum to pass therethrough; and
a processor in electronic communication with the receiving device and disposed to receive the first image signal, the second image signal, and the third image signal, and to process the signals to create a display signal to be sent to a display apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,687,696

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM WITH COMMUNICATION MODE STABILIZING UNIT

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope system comprising:an image sensor configured to image a subject;
a transmission module including a light source configured to convert an imaging signal output from the image sensor into an optical signal and to output the optical signal;
a first optical fiber configured to transmit the optical signal output from the light source;
a first optical connector configured to hold an end of the first optical fiber connected with the light source, the end being opposite to an end connected with the light source;
a second optical connector removably connected with the first optical connector;
a communication mode stabilizing unit provided between the transmission module and the first optical connector, the communication mode stabilizing unit being configured to transmit an output optical beam in the first optical fiber to the first optical connector so as to increase an amount of the output optical beam in a core of the first optical fiber as compared to an amount of an input optical beam in the core of the first optical fiber that is input into the communication mode stabilizing unit from the transmission module;
a second optical fiber configured to transmit the optical signal output from the first optical fiber, the second optical fiber being held by the second optical connector and having a core diameter larger than a core diameter of the first optical fiber;
a reception module including a sensor configured to convert the optical signal transmitted by the second optical fiber into an electrical signal and output the electrical signal;
a first correction optical system including a first lens incorporated in the first optical connector and configured to increase a beam diameter of the optical signal output from the end of the first optical fiber, and a second lens configured to convert the optical signal whose beam diameter is increased by the first lens into parallel light; and
a second correction optical system including at least a third lens, the second correction optical system being incorporated in the second optical connector and configured to collect the optical signal output from the first correction optical system,
wherein the second optical fiber is a step index optical fiber having a refractive index discontinuously changing only at a core-cladding interface.

US Pat. No. 10,687,695

BENDING TUBE AND ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS INCLUDING BENDING TUBE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:an inserting section comprising a bending tube comprising:
a first bending piece comprising:
a link portion; and
a receiving portion formed near the link portion and comprising a first slide surface; and
a second bending piece configured to rotate relative to the first bending piece about an axis of rotation, the second bending piece comprising:
an engagement portion rotatably engaged with the link portion and contactable with the receiving portion during rotation, the engagement portion comprising a second slide surface configured to slide relative to the link portion,
wherein:
the axis of rotation extends through the link portion, and
the first slide surface is approximately perpendicular to the axis of rotation, nearly parallel to a central axis of the first bending piece, and slidably engaged with the engagement portion during rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,687,694

WIRE-DRIVEN MANIPULATOR

Canon U.S.A., Inc., Melv...

1. A linear-member-driven manipulator comprising:a bendable member that is bendable along a bending plane and includes a plurality of bendable portions;
a linear member used to bend at least one of the bendable portions;
at least one guiding member that guide the linear member that is driven; and
a plurality of support members, each support member extending from one of the guiding members to the bendable member,
wherein the at least one guiding member is swingable with respect to the bendable member; and
wherein, for each support member, a projection distance between the linear member and the support member on the bending plane is greater than or equal to a projection distance between the linear member and a bending neutral line of the bendable member on the bending plane.

US Pat. No. 10,687,693

ENDOSCOPE WITH IMPROVED CLAMPING CONNECTION FOR EASY DISMANTLING

1. An endoscope, comprising:a shaft, in which at least one working channel is arranged; and
an endoscope head arranged at a distal end of the shaft;
wherein a deflection lever is arranged in the endoscope head and is adjustable between a non-deflected starting position and a deflected working position relative to the shaft;
wherein the deflection lever is adjustable via a Bowden wire, a proximal end of which is mounted via a collet on a control handle arranged at a proximal end of the shaft;
wherein the collet fixing the proximal end of the Bowden wire is arranged on a slide that is movable proximally out of a housing of the control handle, which slide is coupled to the control handle via a rod, wherein the slide is coupled to the rod via a clamping connection; and
wherein the clamping connection is formed by a longitudinal slit formed in the rod and a latching element formed on the slide, wherein the longitudinal slit extends as far as an end of the rod couplable to the slide, and wherein the latching element is pushed into the longitudinal slit.

US Pat. No. 10,687,692

ENDOSCOPE AND METHOD OF SECURING A BUNDLE OF FIBRE-OPTIC LIGHT GUIDES IN A SHAFT OF AN ENDOSCOPE

Henke-Sass, Wolf GmbH, T...

1. An endoscope, comprising:a main unit; and
a shaft, the shaft being connected to the main unit, which extends along a longitudinal axis,
wherein the shaft comprises a jacket tube, an inner tube arranged in the jacket tube for receiving an objective lens, and a bundle of fibre-optic light guides which run along the longitudinal axis in the shaft between the jacket tube and the inner tube,
wherein at a distal end facing away from the main unit the inner tube comprises an inner tube head, which comprises a first bearing section and a second bearing section, which is connected to the first bearing section by a connecting element,
wherein the first bearing section comprises a first bearing surface, against which the bundle of fibre-optic light guides abuts, and the second bearing section comprises a second bearing surface, against which the bundle of fibre-optic light guides abuts and which lies opposite the first bearing surface at least in areas,
wherein, to align the bundle of fibre-optic light guides off the longitudinal axis at the distal end, an area of at least one of the first bearing surface and an area of the second bearing surface run non-parallel to the longitudinal axis,
wherein the connecting element is formed as a web, and wherein at least one of the first bearing surface and the second bearing surface protrude from the web,
wherein the bundle of fibre-optic light guides is separated by the connecting element into at least two partial bundles at the distal end, and
wherein the first bearing section, the connecting element and the second bearing section, in top view onto the distal end, form a double T shape.

US Pat. No. 10,687,691

ENDOSCOPIC INSTRUMENT HAVING MOVABLE DISTAL TOOL

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:a handle assembly;
a shaft extending from the handle assembly, wherein the shaft includes:
a flexible distal portion having a distal end,
an outer sheath having a first passage extending therethrough,
an inner sheath having a second passage extending therethrough, wherein the outer sheath circumferentially surrounds the inner sheath,
a wire that extends through the first passage of the outer sheath, and
a hub at the distal end of the distal portion, wherein the wire is coupled to the hub, wherein the inner sheath is coupled to the hub, wherein the hub defines a first lumen, and wherein the first lumen of the hub is in fluid communication with the second passage of the inner sheath; and
a tool coupled to the hub, wherein the tool extends distally from the hub, and wherein the tool includes:
a tube having a second lumen passing therethrough, wherein the second lumen of the tube is in fluid communication with the first lumen of the hub, and wherein, along at least a segment of the tube, a cross-sectional width of the tube does not increase between a proximal end of the segment and a distal end of the segment, and
a distalmost face that is wider than the segment of the tube, and wherein the distalmost face defines a distally-facing aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,687,690

GUIDE CATHETER WITH IMAGE CAPTURE AND LIGHT EMISSION FEATURES

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. A guide assembly, comprising:(a) an elongate shaft, the elongate shaft comprising:
(i) a proximal portion, wherein the proximal portion is rigid,
(ii) a distal portion, wherein the distal portion is curved or bendable, wherein the distal portion is configured to fit in a nasal cavity, wherein the distal portion includes a removed portion configured to provide bendability to the elongate shaft, and
(iii) a lumen extending from the proximal portion to the distal portion;
(b) a core member received within the lumen of the elongate shaft, wherein the core member defines a plurality of lumens extending longitudinally, wherein a working lumen of the plurality of the lumens is configured to slidably receive a working instrument, wherein the core member is coupled with the elongate shaft, wherein the removed portion is only through the elongate shaft such that the core member remains fully intact;
(c) a grasping feature positioned at the proximal portion of the elongate shaft; and
(d) an imaging assembly integrated with the distal portion of the elongate shaft, wherein the imaging assembly comprises:
(i) an image sensor, and
(ii) a light feature configured to provide illumination.

US Pat. No. 10,687,689

FOOTWEAR CLEANING DEVICE

1. A footwear cleaning device, including:a handle; and
a head connected to the handle, the head including a first tool on a first portion of the head, a second tool on a second portion of the head, a third tool on a third portion of the head, a fourth tool on a fourth portion of the head and a fifth tool on a fifth portion of the head,
wherein the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, the fourth tool, and the fifth tool are each different from one another, the first tool comprising pointed spikes, the second tool comprising a first frustrum structure adapted for cleaning between cleats, the third tool comprising a pointed structure adapted for digging, the fourth tool comprising a substantially planar section adapted for scraping, the fifth tool comprising a second frustrum structure adapted for brushing,
wherein the handle, the head, the first tool, the second tool, the third tool, the fourth tool, and the fifth tool are a unitary part consisting of only a plastic, a polymer, a thermoplastic elastomer, a thermoplastic polyetherester elastomer or an acetal homopolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,687,688

DISHWASHER AND CONVEYING SYSTEM THEREFOR

ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKT...

1. A conveying system configured to convey a rack of a dishwasher between a displaced position and a start position along a path, whereinthe displaced position is defined by that the rack is displaced with respect to the start position in at least a first direction perpendicular to a main extension plane of the rack, wherein the conveying system comprises:
an elevating arrangement arranged to bias the rack towards the displaced position when the rack is located at a portion of the path; and
a locking arrangement arranged to releasably lock the rack in an intermediate position between the displaced position and the start position when the rack is located at the portion of the path, thereby preventing the rack from being biasedly retracted to the displaced position or preventing the rack from being displaced away from the intermediate position due to weight of articles carried by the rack.

US Pat. No. 10,687,687

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SUCTION UNIT

1. A domestic dishwasher, comprising:a wash container having a loading opening,
a door configured to close the wash container; and
a suction apparatus configured to suck off steam and/or air escaping from the loading opening,
wherein the suction apparatus has one or several inlet windows at least in an upper region of the wash container or the door, and
wherein the one or several inlet windows is/are only accessible for intake of steam and/or air escaping from a wet chamber of the wash container when the door is opened, such that the one or several inlet windows is/are not accessible to a washing water, stream, and/or air that is inside of the wash container when the door is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,687,686

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE DOORS AND LIGHT ASSEMBLIES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher door defining a mutually-orthogonal vertical, lateral, and transverse direction, the dishwasher door comprising:a forward door panel defining an indicator aperture;
a light source directed downward along the vertical direction; and
an indicator lens spaced apart from the light source along the vertical direction, the indicator lens extending from a projection surface to a receiving surface, the receiving surface facing the light source to receive a light emission therefrom, the projection surface being nonparallel to the receiving surface, the indicator lens defining a projection path directing at least a portion of the light emission through the indicator aperture and from the projection surface.

US Pat. No. 10,687,685

DISHWASHER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a cabinet;
a base forming a lower portion of the cabinet; and
a support coupled to a coupling portion provided in the base, supporting the cabinet,
wherein the coupling portion includes:
a hollow shaped coupling hole;
a plurality of first threads formed in the coupling hole; and
an extension bar that prevents the support from being inserted into the coupling hole any more than a predetermined depth,
wherein the support includes:
a plurality of second threads engaged with the first threads;
a stopper formed to be protruded at a groove between the second threads; and
a mounting bar, and
wherein the plurality of first threads include a third thread formed to be more protruded toward the center of the coupling hole than the remainder of the plurality of first threads, and the third thread is arranged below the stopper in an axial direction of the support when the mounting bar is in contact with the extension.

US Pat. No. 10,687,684

DISHWASHER WITH TINE SPRAYER RINGS

MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD., B...

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a wash tub;
one or more racks positioned within the wash tub, wherein the one or more racks further comprise one or more tines;
one or more sprayer rings disposed proximate the one or more tines, each sprayer ring including at least one nozzle and one or more channels that at least partially circumscribe a void and that communicate fluid to the at least one nozzle, wherein the one or more sprayer rings are separate from and circumscribe the one or more tines, wherein the void of each sprayer ring has a diameter that is at least as large as that of the tine to which such sprayer ring is proximate, and wherein a longitudinal axis of the tine to which such sprayer ring is proximate extends through the void;
a fluid supply in fluid communication with the one or more sprayer rings and configured to supply a fluid to the one or more sprayer rings to spray the fluid onto utensils disposed within the wash tub.

US Pat. No. 10,687,683

WASHING OR WASHING/STERILIZING AND DRYING OR DRYING/STERILIZING WITH OPTIONAL INDEPENDENT STERILIZATION APPARATUS WITH ROBOTIC ARMS

1. A washing and drying unit for washing and drying at least one object, wherein the unit is configured for at least one of washing, drying, and sterilizing, or any combination thereof, the unit comprising:at least one sensor configured to determine a dimension and/or shape of the object;
a main apparatus configured for at least one of washing, drying or sterilizing the object;
at least one robot arm connected to the main apparatus, wherein the at least one robot arm is configured to direct a washing or drying or sterilization fluid at the object; and
a controller operable to orient and move the at least one robot arm, wherein the controller orients the at least one robot arm based on the dimension and/or shape determined by the at least one sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,687,682

APPLICATOR STORAGE BOX

1. An applicator storage device, comprising:an elongated, generally rectangular-shaped main body having an open top end, a closed bottom end, and a plurality of sides that define a watertight interior space;
a lid that is configured to engage the open top end of the main body and to transition between an open position and a closed position, said lid including a top surface, a bottom surface and a plurality of side surfaces; and
an applicator attachment mechanism that is positioned along the bottom surface of the lid, said applicator attachment mechanism having a major axis that is perpendicular to a major axis of the lid, and
said applicator attachment mechanism comprising a threaded post having a shape and size that is configured to engage a threaded receiver of a floor finish applicator and to position a distal end of the engaged floor finish applicator adjacent to the closed bottom end of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,687,681

MOP HEAD WITH BRAIDED CORD

INGENIOUS DESIGNS LLC, R...

1. A mop comprising:a collar positioned at a top end of a mop head of the mop, wherein the collar comprises a post end and a loop end and is capable of securing to a portion of the mop; and
a braided cord comprising a plurality of strands, wherein
the braided cord includes a core, and is arranged around the collar, the braided cord being attached to itself such that the braided cord forms a plurality of apertures and a plurality of loops, and
a bottom of the plurality of loops defines a bottom of the mop head, wherein the bottom of the mop head is capable of attaching to the mop,
wherein the collar rests within the plurality of apertures and wraps around a lower portion of a lower handle grip of the mop, where the loop end is formed with a plurality of wires and accepts the pose end to secure the top end of the mop head to the lower handle grip of the mop.

US Pat. No. 10,687,680

HINGED SQUEEGEE

1. A squeegee comprising:a wiping blade comprising a resilient strip supported by a relatively rigid support structure, said support structure having a first portion supporting a first part of said resilient strip and a second portion supporting a second part of said resilient strip; and
a handle arrangement comprising a first handle portion rigidly attached to or integrally formed with said first portion of said support structure and a second handle portion rigidly attached to or integrally formed with said second portion of said support structure, said handle arrangement having an extensional direction perpendicular to a length of the wiping blade, said first and second handle portions being hingedly interconnected so as to define a pivot axis parallel to said extensional direction, pivotal motion of said first handle portion relative to said second handle portion about said pivot axis resulting in reconfiguration of said wiping blade from a straight state to a folded state.

US Pat. No. 10,687,679

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:a) a surface cleaning head having a front end having a dirty fluid inlet; and,
b) an upright section moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head, the upright section moveable between an upright storage position and a reclined surface cleaning position, the upright section comprising a front side, a rear side, a first stage non-cyclonic liquid separator having a liquid separator fluid inlet downstream from the dirty fluid inlet and a liquid separator fluid outlet, a second stage cyclone separator comprising a cyclone chamber having a cyclone chamber fluid inlet and a cyclone chamber fluid outlet and a suction motor downstream from the second stage cyclone separator, the suction motor having a suction motor inlet end, wherein the cyclone separator is positioned above and downstream from the first stage liquid separator when the upright section is in the storage position, wherein a vertical line intersects the cyclone chamber and the liquid separator fluid inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,687,678

POWER SYSTEMS AND METHODS INCLUDING A BATTERY CHARGER AND SAFETY SWITCH

Emerson Electric Co., St...

1. A vacuum cleaning system comprising:a vacuum cleaner;
a rechargeable battery removably connected to the vacuum cleaner;
a charger for the rechargeable battery, the charger including:
an electrical connection interface to conduct electrical current to the rechargeable battery;
a switch to detect when the rechargeable battery is connected to the charger, the switch positionable between an ON position and an OFF position, the switch being positioned in the ON position when the rechargeable battery is connected to the charger and in the OFF position when the rechargeable battery is disconnected from the charger; and
a housing supporting the electrical connection interface and defining an interior space, the switch being at least partially within the interior space, the housing defining a groove and including a barrier extending across the groove, wherein the barrier prevents movement of the switch to the ON position when the rechargeable battery is disconnected from the charger;
wherein the rechargeable battery includes a rail that is received in the groove, the rail contacting the switch when the rechargeable battery is connected to the charger, and wherein the rail includes a notched end defining a notch to receive the barrier and allow the rail to contact the switch.

US Pat. No. 10,687,677

TOILET SYSTEM

LIXIL CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A toilet system comprising:a toilet device that has a toilet, a toilet seat, a toilet lid, and a functional unit, wherein the toilet being disposed on a floor around a drain pipe, the toilet seat being disposed on upper-front side of the toilet, the toilet lid being disposed on upper side of the toilet seat, and wherein the functional unit accommodates electricity-using equipment for heating the toilet seat and for opening and closing the toilet lid and/or the toilet seat;
a power supplying device that is disposed on or behind a building material and that has a power supply coil by which power is supplied;
a power receiving device that has a power receiving coil built into the toilet seat, that has a resonance frequency with respect to the power supplying device set, and that supplies power received from the power supplying device by way of magnetic resonance to the electricity-using equipment; and
a relay resonator that is disposed around the toilet and that has a relay coil for relaying power supplied from the power supplying device to the power receiving device, wherein the relay resonator transmits the power supplied from the power supplying device to the power receiving coil via the relay coil,
wherein the relay resonator is provided with a connector capable of connecting and releasing relay coils in and from an annular shape without interfering the drain pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,687,676

MICROGRAVITY URINE COLLECTION AND STORAGE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A microgravity urine collection apparatus comprising:a bellows defining an internal chamber having a selectively adjustable volume, the bellows comprising an inlet and an outlet;
a first valve coupled to the bellows and configured to selectively control fluid flow through the inlet; and
a second valve coupled to the bellows and configured to allow fluid flow out of the bellows via the outlet and prevent fluid flow into the bellows via the outlet;
wherein the first valve is configured to be manually actuated to an open position to allow fluid flow into the internal chamber of the bellows;
wherein the first valve comprises a spring-loaded gate element having an obstruction portion and an aperture portion;
wherein, in a closed position, the obstruction portion of the spring-loaded gate element blocks the inlet of the bellows;
wherein, in the open position, the aperture portion is at least partially aligned with the inlet of the bellows; and
wherein the second valve is a check valve.

US Pat. No. 10,687,674

POINT-OF-CARE HYGIENE COMPLIANCE MODULE

GOJO Industries, Inc., A...

1. A hygiene compliance module for a dispensing container that dispenses material through a dispensing nozzle when actuated, the hygiene compliance module comprising:a housing that is adapted to be attached to the dispensing container such that the dispensing container supports an entire weight of the housing;
an actuation arm attached to the housing, the actuation arm adapted to operatively contact the dispensing nozzle;
a switch attached to the housing, the switch in operative contact with the actuation arm, such that the switch is actuated when the actuation arm is actuated; and
a controller coupled with the switch, wherein when the actuation arm is actuated, the actuation arm actuates the dispensing nozzle of the dispensing container to dispense material therefrom and actuates the switch to update a count value maintained by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,687,673

DOOR HEADER

310 Tempering, Jefferson...

1. A header for supporting a door, comprising:a plurality of glass strips laminated together to form at least one rail having first and second ends; and
left and right brackets which receive and support said first and second ends, respectively;
wherein said plurality of glass strips includes a first rail having a first rail top edge at a first elevation, a spacer, having a spacer top edge at a second elevation that is lower than said first elevation; and including a first structural interlayer laminating said first rail and spacer together.

US Pat. No. 10,687,672

SINK DRAIN STOPPER DECORATIVE CAP

1. A sink drain stopper decorative cap comprising:a cap base, a lip, and an embellishment;
wherein the sink drain stopper decorative cap couples to the top of a drain stopper in a sink;
wherein the embellishment enhances the appearance and/or supplement the function of the drain stopper;
wherein the embellishment is coupled to the top of the cap base such that the embellishment is visible within the sink whether the drain stopper is blocking the flow of water or not;
wherein the embellishment is decorative, functional, or a combination thereof;
wherein the functional embellishment is a clock;
wherein the clock comprises a clock housing, a display, a controller, and one or more batteries.

US Pat. No. 10,687,671

COOKWARE ARTICLE AND UTENSIL HANDLE

Meyer Intellectual Proper...

1. A stackable cookware article system, the system comprising:a longitudinally extending stackable handle comprising:
a proximal flange adapted for fixed attachment to a cookware article; and
a distal grip portion having a proximal end attached to the flange and having an aspect ratio of at least 4:1 between a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis, the grip portion comprising:
a hole extending a depth from an upper surface toward an opposed lower surface of the grip portion and having a forward portion, wherein the forward portion of the hole is disposed at a forward slanting angle that causes a bottom section of the forward portion of the hole to be positioned at a location that is closer to the flange along a horizontal axis than a top section of the forward portion of the hole, wherein the hole is adapted to receive a projection of an upper handle stackably positioned along the upper surface of the grip portion such that the forward portion of the hole engages a forward portion of the projection received by the hole; and
a projection extending downward from the lower surface of the grip portion and having forward portion, wherein the forward portion of the projection is disposed at a forward slanting angle that causes a bottom section of the forward portion of the projection to be positioned at a location that is closer to the flange along the horizontal axis than a top section of the forward portion of the projection, wherein the projection is adapted to be received within a hole of a lower handle stackably positioned at the lower surface of the grip portion such that the forward portion of the projection engages a complementary forward portion of the hole that receives the projection.

US Pat. No. 10,687,669

PROGRAMMABLE BLENDER HAVING RECORD AND PLAYBACK FEATURES

Vita-Mix Management Corpo...

1. A method for creating a blending sequence comprising:initiating a dedicated record mode for operation of a motor of a blender, the blender comprising a memory unit, wherein the motor is operatively coupled to a movable blade assembly;
receiving input defining a motor speed directly from a user interface;
driving the movable blade assembly via the motor according to the motor speed;
monitoring the input for changes to the motor speed;
recording, in real-time as the motor drives the movable blade assembly, in the memory unit adjustments of the motor speed and time intervals associated with the adjustments via the input received directly from the user interface;
receiving a command to terminate the recording;
storing in the memory unit the recorded adjustments as a new blending sequence; and
initiating a dedicated playing back mode that controls operation of the motor in accordance with the new blending sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,687,668

RACK SYSTEM FOR A GRILL

1. A stackable rack system for a grill including a firebox, comprising:a first base rack including a plurality of support posts, each support post including a vertical portion having a lower end and an upper end, the lower end being adjacent an upper surface of the firebox, and a support tab that is pivotably mounted to the upper end of the vertical portion,
wherein each support tab is configured to be foldable between an in-use position in which the support tab is horizontal and extends radially-inwardly from the corresponding support post, and a stored position in which the support tab is disposed radially-outwardly of the corresponding support post.

US Pat. No. 10,687,667

APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING HINGED-LID COOKING GRILLS FOR COOKING PIZZA

AFC BUSINESS VENTURES, LL...

1. An accessory for a cooking grill, the cooking grill including a base and a lid, a wedge-shaped gap being defined between the base and the lid when the lid is in a partially-closed position between an open position and a closed position, the accessory comprising:a body providing a wall at least partially enclosing an open internal region, the wall having upper and lower edges, the wall being sized and shaped to cause the upper and lower edges of the body to abut the base and lid to bridge and close the wedge-shaped gap, and adapted to be disposed between the base and lid portions of the cooking grill to support the lid in the partially-closed position, the body being shaped to be complementary to a corresponding shape of the base and lid to bridge and close the gap between the base and lid portions while supporting the lid in the partially closed position, the body having a lower edge configured to mate with the base and an upper edge contoured to conform to and mate with an inner surface of the lid, and a wall extending between the lower and upper edges and having a height along its length that provides the body with an overall wedge shaped profile such that the body can be placed between the base and lid portions to bridge and close the wedge shaped gap and thereby cooperate with the base and lid to collectively define a cooking chamber that is enclosed except via a window defined by the body while the lid is supported by the body in the partially-closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,666

INDOOR OUTDOOR PORTABLE GRILL

COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPAN...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:a cooking grate having slits;
a base having upstanding walls defining a hollow interior with an opening into the hollow interior defined by peripheral edges of the upstanding walls, the base being configured to support the cooking grate adjacent to the opening with the slits of the grate communicating with the hollow interior of the base when the grate is assembled with the base, one of the upstanding walls having a passage into the hollow interior, the passage having a closure, the closure being moveable between a closed position in which access through the passage into the hollow interior of the base is blocked and an open position in which access through the passage is provided;
a lid configured to be removably attached to the base and allowing access to the cooking grate; and
an electrical cooking element removably attachable to the base at the passage, the electrical cooking element being spaced from the grate and positioned in the hollow interior of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,687,665

STUFFED WAFFLE MAKER

1. A stuffed waffle cooking device comprisinga bottom pan comprising
an interior surface comprising a plurality of indented gridlike waffle features,
an exterior surface, and
a recessed circumferential lip;
a top pan comprising
an interior surface comprising a plurality of indented gridlike waffle features,
an exterior surface, and
a recessed circumferential lip;
a first side plate insert comprising
an interior surface and an exterior surface,
a first end portion comprising a first handle portion,
a second end portion,
a top edge, and a bottom edge, such that the bottom edge is configured to nest in a portion of the bottom pan recessed circumferential lip, and the top edge is configured to nest in a portion of the top pan recessed circumferential lip when the top pan is inverted over the bottom pan;
a second side plate insert comprising
an interior surface and an exterior surface,
a first end portion comprising a second handle portion,
a second end portion, such that the first handle portion and second handle portion are connected at a hinge, such that the second end portion of the first side plate insert and the second end portion of the second side plate insert are drawn together when the first handle portion and second handle portion are squeezed together in scissor motion, and are moved apart when the first handle portion and second handle portion are pulled apart in scissor motion,
a top edge, and a bottom edge, such that the bottom edge is configured to nest in the portion of the bottom pan circumferential lip, and the top edge is configured to nest in the portion of the top pan circumferential lip when the top pan is inverted over the bottom pan; and
a hinge assembly comprising
a hinge support plate comprising an inverted “C” shaped slot,
a support pin configured to move between an elevated resting position at a top end of the “C” shaped slot, and a lower resting position at a lower end of the “C” shaped slot, and
a hinge having
a first side attached to the top plate, and
a second side supported by the support pin, such that the hinge assembly has a first orientation where the top pan is spaced apart from the bottom plate to accommodate the first and second side plate inserts, and a second orientation where the recessed circumferential lip of the top pan may be closed to the recessed circumferential lip of the bottom pan.

US Pat. No. 10,687,664

ROTARY BARBEQUE APPARATUS WITH FORWARD-REVERSE MOTOR

1. A rotary barbeque apparatus with a forward-reverse motor, comprising: a machine, a cover, a barbeque tray, an electric heating tray, a temperature detection device, and a barbeque rack, characterized in that the cover is movably coupled to the top of the machine; the barbeque tray is installed between the machine and the cover; both left and right ends of the machine have a protrusion, the electric heating tray is installed to the bottom of the protrusion; the protrusion has a groove formed thereon, both ends of the barbeque rack are rotatably and respectively coupled into the grooves of the protrusions; an end of the barbeque rack has a drive motor with an output end transmitted and coupled to the barbeque rack; the temperature detection device comprises a temperature sensor and a temperature control device, the temperature sensor sends a detected temperature to the temperature control device through a transmission cable;the drive motor is a forward-reverse motor; and the electric heating tray comes with a plural quantity, and each of the electric heating trays is coupled to a control switch.

US Pat. No. 10,687,663

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED CONTAINER

1. A temperature controlled container comprises:a. an interior defined by a hollow bottom surface and one or more sidewalls extending upward therefrom, wherein the interior of the container has a plurality of sections, wherein each of the plurality of sections has a different temperature;
b. a temperature controlling element configured to adjust a temperature within the interior; and
c. a graphical user interface controller that adjusts one or more temperature controlling elements, wherein at least one of the one or more temperature controlling elements is disposed within the hollow bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,687,662

SUSCEPTOR ON A FIBER REINFORCED FILM FOR EXTENDED FUNCTIONALITY

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A construct for heating a food product or other item, comprising:at least one wall at least partially surrounding an interior of the construct, the at least one wall comprising a susceptor structure that comprises:
a carrier layer;
a reinforcing layer comprising a fibrous material;
a susceptor disposed between the carrier layer and the reinforcing layer; and a support secured to the reinforcing layer,
the reinforcing layer absorbs shear stresses between the carrier layer and the support, and the carrier layer and the reinforcing layer together have a higher glass transition temperature than a glass transition temperature of the carrier layer alone;
wherein the reinforcing layer is configured such that one or more protrusions extend outwardly from a plane along which the reinforcing layer extends; and
wherein at least a portion of the susceptor is disposed along the one or more protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,687,661

COFFEE MACHINE, MORE PARTICULARLY ESPRESSO COFFEE MACHINE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAID COFFEE MACHINE

RANCILIO GROUP S.P.A., V...

1. A coffee machine, comprising:at least one hot water generator,
at least one brewing group for brewing coffee, said at least one brewing group comprising a brewing duct,
a cold water supply pipe connected to a cold water source for supplying cold water to the at least one hot water generator, the cold water supply pipe having a cold water supply pipe inlet at said cold water source and a cold water supply pipe outlet at the at least one hot water generator,
a main hot water supply pipe connecting the at least one hot water generator to the at least one brewing group, the main hot water supply pipe having a main hot water supply pipe inlet at the at least one hot water generator and a main hot water supply pipe outlet at the at least one brewing group, and
a hot water return pipe connecting the at least one brewing group to the at least one hot water generator, said hot water return pipe having a hot water return pipe inlet at the at least one brewing group and a hot water return pipe outlet at the at least one hot water generator,
wherein the coffee machine further comprises one or more additional hot water supply pipes for supplying hot water to the at least one brewing group, the one or more additional hot water supply pipes having one or more additional hot water supply pipe inlets, separate from the main hot water supply pipe inlet, at a hot water source and one or more additional hot water supply pipe outlets, separate from the main hot water supply pipe outlet, at the at least one brewing group, and
wherein the brewing group comprises a connecting portion arranged between the main hot water supply pipe, the one or more additional hot water supply pipes and the hot water return pipe, and the brewing duct of the brewing group, said connecting portion being provided with a plurality of channels, which are designed so that, when brewing coffee, the plurality of channels direct hot water flow from both the main hot water supply pipe and the one or more additional hot water supply pipes toward the brewing duct of the brewing group and, through the brewing duct, toward coffee powder contained in the brewing group, and during stand-by intervals between brewing, the plurality of channels prevents the hot water flow from the main hot water supply pipe and the one or more additional hot water supply pipes toward the brewing duct of the brewing group, directs hot water flow from the main hot water supply pipe into the hot water return pipe, and limits hot water flow through the one or more additional hot water supply pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,687,660

ESPRESSO COFFEE MACHINE AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING AN ESPRESSO COFFEE

LA MARZOCCO S.R.L., Scar...

1. A machine for preparing and dispensing an espresso coffee comprising:a dispensing group and a corresponding boiler;
a pump which receives heated water and which is configured to pump said heated water towards said boiler;
a flow meter arranged between said pump and said boiler and configured to measure a water flow rate from said pump to said boiler;
a memory for storing at least one pressure profile, wherein said pump is configured to operate according to said pressure profile during coffee dispensing; and
a control unit connected to the flow meter and which is configured to stop dispensing of the espresso coffee from the dispensing group based on a measurement of water flow calculated from a starting time of the coffee dispensing.

US Pat. No. 10,687,659

BEVERAGE PREPARATION DEVICE WITH PUMP AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PUMP

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A beverage preparation device designed for preparing a beverage upon injection of fluid into an ingredients-containing cartridge, the beverage preparation device comprising:an electrically operated pump coupled between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet for pumping the fluid from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet;
a processing unit for the electrically operated pump configured to control an operation of the electrically operated pump in response to an electrical energy, the electrical energy having a wave form;
the processing unit is configured to determine respective selected half cycles in which the electrically operated pump is energized based on:
a target ratio, wherein the target ratio is a ratio between a target flow rate and a predefined maximum flow rate of the electrically operated pump, and
calculation of an activation ratio, wherein the activation ratio is a ratio between a number of past half cycles for which the electrically operated pump was energized to a number of overall half cycles during a respective beverage preparation process.

US Pat. No. 10,687,658

BEVERAGE PREPARATION DEVICE WITH DISK VALVE AND OPERATING METHOD

1. A beverage preparation device (1) having a disk valve (6), comprising a valve housing (12) and a disk stack (7) arranged therein, having a cover disk (8) that has at least one fluid opening, configured as a fluid inlet opening, for fluid (5), in particular water and/or steam, and having at least one control disk (10) that is arranged on a side of the cover disk (8) facing away from an outer end side of the cover disk (8), wherein the control disk (10) is rotatable, manually and/or by means of a drive, about an axis of rotation (R) relative to the cover disk (8) between different selection positions, wherein a pressure chamber (15) is formed outside the fluid opening (11), within which pressure chamber (15) a contact pressure (P) is exertable, by means of the fluid (5) flowing therethrough, on the outer end side (14) of the cover disk (8) along the axis of rotation (R) in the direction toward the control disk (10), and wherein the pressure chamber (15) is bounded in the radial direction with respect to the axis of rotation (R) by an elastomer seal (13), which is supported on the cover disk (8) in the axial direction, and wherein a pressure-chamber cross-sectional area enclosed by the elastomer seal (13) and/or the pressure-surface portion (17), able to be loaded with hydraulic pressure, of the outer cover disk (8) next to the fluid opening (11) corresponds to at least 20% of the axial projection surface of the cover disk (8), and/or is greater than a fluid-opening cross-sectional area of the fluid opening (11).

US Pat. No. 10,687,657

BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A food or beverage preparation machine comprising a controller and a control panel, the control panel comprising a set of actuators and a corresponding set of pressure sensors, the control panel is configured for a user to select a volume value, and each of the actuators and each of the corresponding pressure sensors are associated with a different volume value than the other actuators and the other pressure sensors, the set of actuators are each pressure-sensitive and comprise a first end with a first deformable surface which is configured to receive a press action from a user, a second end with a second deformable surface which is in physical contact with the corresponding pressure sensor, and a first elongated portion connecting the first end and the second end, the first elongated portion is configured to transfer to the second end a pressure that has been generated at the first end, such that when the press action is applied to the first deformable surface, the corresponding pressure is transferred to the second deformable surface by the first elongated portion and is applied to the pressure sensor, the pressure sensor is configured to detect the pressure and generate a pressure signal, the pressure sensor is electronically connected to the controller and configured to communicate the pressure signal to the controller, the controller is configured to detect the press action applied to set of actuators based on the pressure signal to set the volume value, wherein the first elongated portion is non-deformable and comprises a hollow cavity filled with a fluid, wherein the first elongated portion comprise a material configured to reflect light, and a reflective index of the material configured to reflect light is greater than a reflective index of the fluid in the hollow cavity, and a machine head having a receptacle for accommodating a portioned beverage ingredient and in which a fluid is injected for preparing a food or a beverage, and a machine body comprising a water pump and a water heater, wherein the control panel is situated at the machine head, and the set of pressure sensors is situated at the machine body, wherein machine head and the machine body are separated by a leak-tight wall.

US Pat. No. 10,687,656

COFFEE MACHINE

RANCILIO GROUP S.p.A., V...

12. A coffee machine for preparation of an espresso beverage, the coffee machine comprising:a button that when actuated triggers automatic preparation by the machine of the espresso;
controls activated by pressing the button that operate the coffee machine to automatically prepare the espresso beverage, including powder preparation and water treatment;
a housing comprising at least a first compartment and a second compartment, the first compartment separated from the second compartment by a partition wall;
the first compartment comprising a first set of components, including a powder preparation component, at least one brewing group, and a dispensing component for dispensing the espresso beverage in a container for consumption;
the second compartment comprising a second set of components including a first boiler, a second boiler, a pump and water line for generation and supply at least of hot water under pressure and steam under pressure to one or more components of the first set of components for the espresso preparation, wherein the pump generates water under pressure sufficiently and supplies the water under pressure to the dispensing component for the espresso preparation,
the first boiler configured for the supply of the hot water under pressure to the dispensing component for espresso preparation and the second boiler configured for the supply of steam under pressure,
the second compartment comprising a carrier to which the second set of components are mounted, wherein the carrier is slidably removable from corresponding electrical and water connections within the second compartment as a module, together with the first boiler and the second boiler and the pump; and
wherein the pump feeds both the first boiler for the supply of hot water and the second boiler for the supply of steam under pressure to the at least one brewing group and the espresso is dispensed by the dispensing component for espresso preparation.

US Pat. No. 10,687,655

BEVERAGE BREWING DEVICE FOR BREWING AND REMOVAL OF DIFFERENT SIZED BEVERAGE CAPSULES

Newco Enterprises, Inc., ...

1. A device for brewing a single cup capsule beverage of different sizes comprising:a funnel for receiving capsules of different sizes having an upper end for receiving the capsules therein, a lower end having a delivery spout, an upper needle, and a lower needle;
a support collar adjacent the upper end of the funnel for receiving therein the capsules; and
an eject mechanism connected to the support collar for pivoting the support collar away from the upper end of the funnel to eject the capsule out of the support collar.

US Pat. No. 10,687,654

METHOD FOR OPERATING A SINGLE AUTOMATIC BEVERAGE DISPENSER FROM AMONG A PLURALITY OF BEVERAGE DISPENSERS

1. A method for operating a single automatic beverage dispenser, from among a plurality of automatic beverage dispensers, that dispense at least one of hot and cold beverage, by using a mobile device also having a corresponding communication unit, each of the automatic beverage dispensers having respectively one control panel and respectively one communication unit for operation, wherein each of the automatic beverage dispensers is adapted to establish communication links with a plurality of mobile devices, the method comprising steps of:a) making available a respective dataset including at least one recipe personalized for a respective user for at least one of hot and cold beverages on the respective mobile device;
b) automatically establishing a communication link between the single automatic beverage dispenser and one of the mobile devices when a user with the one mobile device approaches the single automatic beverage dispenser;
c) transmitting the dataset for the at least one user personalized recipe for the at least one hot and cold beverage from the one mobile device to the single automatic beverage dispenser;
d) temporarily storing the dataset in a data store belonging to the single automatic beverage dispenser;
e) displaying the at least one user personalized recipe as at least one selection option, respectively, on the control panel of the single automatic beverage dispenser, wherein the displaying includes displaying only those recipes and/or activating only those recipes which can also be prepared in the single automatic beverage dispenser;
f) triggering a preparation sequence on the single automatic beverage dispenser of the hot or cold beverage by selecting one of the user personalized recipes on the control panel;
g) preparing and dispensing a personalized beverage from the single automatic beverage dispenser based on the selected one of the user personalized recipes; and
h) deleting or overwriting the temporarily stored dataset from the data store of the single automatic beverage dispenser following a severing the communication link between the single automatic beverage dispenser and the one mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,687,653

KAVA BEVERAGE BREWING APPARATUS

1. A kava beverage brewing assembly for rapidly brewing kava beverage, said assembly comprising:a spherical structure capable of containing a supply of kava root, said structure being submersible in a liquid to effect brewing of said kava, structurally supported to withstand being vigorously shaken inside of a larger shaker device while submerged in a liquid, capable of being opened, closed, and sealed to allow addition and removal of kava, containing a plurality of perforations that are covered by a fine mesh screen capable of confining the kava inside the spherical structure;
a vessel for brewing the kava beverage which will contain the spherical structure and beverage medium; wherein the vessel defines the larger shaker device at least one weighted, corrosion resistant, spherical object which can be placed inside of the spherical structure along with the kava wherein while the spherical structure is vigorously shaken inside the larger shaker device, the spherical object increases pressure on the kava increasing the efficiency of the brewing process.

US Pat. No. 10,687,652

BEVERAGE BREWER WITH DISPENSE PUMP

FOOD EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGI...

1. An electrical beverage brewer with a brew basket for holding beverage ingredient for brewing a beverage, comprising:an unpressurized hot water tank with a bottom and a top;
a water fill system configured for maintaining water level in the tank between preselected upper and lower limits during a preselected dispense period of a brew cycle, including
a tank fill valve connectable to a utility water source and the tank,
an upper level sensor adjacent to the upper limit, and
a lower level sensor adjacent to the lower limit, and adjacent to the lower level sensor, the upper level sensor and the top of the hot water tank, to control the tank fill valve to selectively open and close to maintain a substantially uniform head pressure in the tank;
a water dispense system including
an electrically controllable variable speed pump for pumping hot water out of the hot water tank at different preselected flow rates, and
a spray distribution dome with an upper surface for receiving hot water from the pump, said dome having upwardly facing, open, surface channels to direct the hot water from the pump into individual streams of hot water deposited into the brew basket,
a variable electrical power supply connected to the pump, and
a controller with a program configured for controlling the variable electrical power supply to selectively vary the flow rate of hot water flowing out of the pump and onto the dome, during the preselected dispense period, said spray distribution dome creating substantially different spray patterns in response to receiving hot water at different preselected flow rates of the pump during the preselected period, said stored program having a dispense profile that includes at least one period during which a first duty cycle is selected for a low pump flow rate to cause the streams of water to flow downward from the dome into the brew basket in a vertical direction, and a least one other period during which a second duty cycle greater than the first duty cycle is selected for a high flow rate to cause the streams of water to flow downwardly from the dome at an acute angle relative to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,687,651

ELECTRIC DISPENSING KETTLE SYSTEM

Fellow Industries Inc., ...

1. An electric dispensing kettle system comprising:a) a dispensing kettle with a body, a handle, a pouring spout and a coupling structure on a bottom surface that is electrically coupled to a heating element within the body of the dispensing kettle;
b) a control station with a matched coupling member that electrically couples to the heating element through the coupling structure when the kettle is seated on or docket to the electric control station and that provides controlled power to the heating element to heat a steeping liquid within the body of the dispensing kettle: and
c) a PID controller or control loop feedback circuit that continuously modulates power from the control station to the heating element to heat the steeping liquid to a selected temperature or target temperature and to maintain the steeping liquid at the selected temperature or the target temperature wherein the kettle further comprises a counter-balance weight within the handle that weighs 25% or more of the total weight of the dispensing kettle.

US Pat. No. 10,687,650

ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER HAVING SAFETY SWITCH DEVICE

Guangdong Shunde Ouning T...

1. An electric pressure cooker having a safety switch device, comprising:a cooker body and a lid, the lid being rotatably engaged with the cooker body; wherein the cooker body is provided with a push rod vertically reciprocating relative to the cooker body, and that the cooker body is further provided with a microswitch; wherein a driving rod of the microswitch horizontally reciprocates relative to the cooker body; after the push rod moves downward, the driving rod of the microswitch is pushed to trigger the microswitch by the push rod; after the push rod moves upward, the driving rod of the microswitch is detached from the push rod and the driving rod of the microswitch is automatically reset; an upper end of the push rod abuts against the lid and the push rod moves upward and downward with rotation of the lid to detach from and push the driving rod of the microswitch; and the microswitch is electrically connected to a circuitry of the electric pressure cooker.

US Pat. No. 10,687,649

HANDHELD CITRUS JUICER WITH ROTATING ELEMENT

1. A handheld citrus juicer comprising:first and second arms comprising respective inner ends and respective outer ends spaced from the respective inner ends, said inner ends of said first and second arms pivotally connected such that said outer ends are manually movable relative to each other on an arc centered on a pivot axis;
said first and second arms comprising respective gripping portions adapted to be gripped by an associated user with one hand to squeeze said first and second arms toward each other;
said first arm comprising a support opening comprising internal threads;
a rotatable element connected to said first arm and rotatable relative to said first arm about an axis of rotation, said rotatable element including: (i) an upper portion including a grip adapted to be grasped by a user for manually rotating said rotatable element relative to said first arm; and, (ii) a lower portion including a citrus fruit reamer that projects outwardly from the upper portion, wherein said reamer comprises a tapered outer surface that converges to a tip as said reamer extends away from the upper portion of the rotatable element;
said upper portion of said rotatable element further comprising a threaded region located between said grip and said reamer, said threaded region comprising a diameter that is larger than said tip of said reamer, wherein said threaded region of said upper portion is located in said support opening such that external threads of said rotatable element are mated with the internal threads of the support opening and such that said grip of said rotatable element projects from a first side of said support opening and said reamer projects from a second side of the support opening toward said second arm;
said second arm comprising a bowl connected thereto, said bowl aligned with said reamer of said rotatable element such that said reamer is aligned with and received in said bowl when said first and second arms are pivoted adjacent each other about said pivot axis;
said reamer of said rotatable element adapted to engage an associated cut-half of citrus fruit located in the bowl, said reamer rotatable with said rotatable element about said rotational axis relative to said first arm and relative to said bowl;
said rotatable element threadably connected to said first arm by said mated external and internal threads such that rotation of said rotatable element about said rotational axis in first and second rotational directions relative to said first arm induces axial movement of the rotatable element and reamer relative to said first arm along said rotational axis in respective first and second axial directions, wherein said outer ends of said first and second arms are configured to move toward each other on said arc about said pivot axis simultaneously with said rotatable element being axially moveable in said first and second axial directions relative to said first arm along said rotational axis in response to rotation of said rotatable element relative to said first arm in said first and second rotational directions;
wherein said rotatable element is located adjacent said inner end of said first arm between said inner end of said first arm and a mid-point of said first arm, wherein said mid-point of said first arm is located halfway between said inner end of said first arm and said outer end of said first arm.

US Pat. No. 10,687,648

MESSAGE ORNAMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE

Perine Lowe, Inc., Brea,...

13. An assembled message ornament apparatus comprising:an at least partially transparent and at least partially hollow ornament body having a fixed opening;
a cap selectively closing the opening;
an ornament decoration disposed within the ornament body;
a message scroll inserted into the ornament body through the opening; and
a message holder installed within the ornament body that facilitates selective securement or removal of the message scroll through the opening without removing the ornament decoration;
wherein the message holder is incorporated into the cap and comprises opposed, outwardly-biased, resilient legs extending substantially downwardly from the cap:
wherein each leg includes a proximal end located proximal to the cap and a distal end located distally from the cap, and the distal ends each include a tine projecting radially outwardly from the legs;
wherein the message scroll includes a proximal end, a distal end, and a hollow core; and
wherein the legs extend through the hollow core of the message scroll from its proximal end to its distal end such that the tines selectively hook beneath the message scroll's distal end, thereby supporting and retaining the message scroll.

US Pat. No. 10,687,647

PIVOTING PLATFORM FOR A MAILBOX

1. A support for a base of a mailbox comprising:a first platform for placement within a recessed base defined by a mailbox;
a second platform for placement below the first platform;
a hinge connecting the first platform to the second platform, a first edge of the hinge secured to a recessed thickness lip defined by a terminal end of the first platform and a second end of the hinge secured to a reduced thickness lip defined by a terminal end of the second platform;
the first platform defining a first edge, the first edge in communication with a side portion of a central panel along a first rail and a second rail, each of the first rail and second rail being extendable in a lateral direction from openings defined by the central panel;
the first panel defining a second edge, the second edge in, communication with a side portion of a central panel via a third rail and a fourth rail, each of the third and fourth rails being extendable in a lateral direction from openings defined by the central panel;
wherein the hinge allows for pivoted movement of the mailbox secured to the first platform which moves relative to a fixed position of the second platform.

US Pat. No. 10,687,646

FLOOR MAT

aeris GmbH, Haar b. Muni...

1. A floor mat at a standing workstation with a mat surface, comprising a mat structure made of an elastomer material and formed beneath the mat surface, in which said elastomer material, irregularly distributed elements are arranged, the consistency of said irregularly distributed elements being harder than the consistency of the elastomer material of the mat structure, wherein said elements are differently shaped bodies, and wherein the mat structure comprises an upper part with recesses formed therein, in which said irregularly distributed elements can be accommodated.

US Pat. No. 10,687,645

COMPACT GARMENT HANGER

Jessica Davidoff, New Yo...

1. A garment hanger comprising:a primary support including a hook and elements constructed and arranged to suspend a top portion of a garment;
an auxiliary support including a bar for suspending a bottom portion of the garment, shortening a total length of the garment thus supported; and
the primary support and the auxiliary support including cooperative, non-locking elements detachably suspending the auxiliary support from the primary support with the bar close to the primary support, the non-locking elements selected from the group consisting of magnetic elements, hook and loop fastener elements, interlocking flange and ridge elements, interlocking hook and ridge elements, and friction-fit tab and socket elements.

US Pat. No. 10,687,644

CUP HOLDER ADAPTER FOR MUG

1. An adapter for a cup holder, comprising:a top section configured to hold a mug;
a generally vertical slot in the top section, the slot being configured to receive a handle of the mug;
at least one insert coupled to the vertical slot, the insert configured to fit snuggly around the handle of the mug for securely holding the mug in the top section; and
a bottom section configured for inserting into the cup holder.

US Pat. No. 10,687,643

CONTAINER WITH FOLDABLE ELASTIC SPOUT

1. A container, comprising a lid and a container body connected to the lid, the lid comprising a lid body, an elastic spout extending away from the lid body and a limiting seat mounted at a top of the lid body; a linking part is mounted on the elastic spout, and a locking part cooperating with the linking part is disposed on the limiting seat;the elastic spout has a folded storage state, and the linking part and the locking part are interlocked with each other in the folded storage state;
the elastic spout further has a release state in which the linking part is disengaged from the locking part to enable the elastic spout to be unfolded.

US Pat. No. 10,687,642

MICROSTRUCTURED PACKAGING SURFACES FOR ENHANCED GRIP

HAVI Global Solutions, LL...

1. A contact surface for an object comprising:a flat base layer having a microstructured area; and
a composite microstructure disposed on the microstructured area comprising:
a first set of microstructures having a first micro-feature with a first width between 80 ?m and 120 ?m, the first set of microstructures disposed on the flat base layer; and
a second set of microstructures having a second micro-feature with a second width less than the first width, the second set of microstructures having a first portion disposed on the flat base layer and a second portion disposed on the first set of microstructures,
wherein the composite microstructures includes a contact percentage of the composite microstructure to skin of a hand in contact with the contact surface in the range of 1% to 25%.

US Pat. No. 10,687,641

LID FOR A CONTAINER

Runway Blue, LLC, Alpine...

1. A drink-through lid sized and configured to be attached to a beverage container, the drink-through lid comprising:a body including an upper portion and a lower portion, the lower portion configured to attach the drink-through lid to the beverage container, the upper portion comprising a spout;
a first drinking opening disposed within the spout, the first drinking opening configured to provide a first liquid fluid pathway to a common reservoir of the beverage container;
a second drinking opening disposed within the spout; and
a conduit in fluid communication with the second drinking opening, the second drinking opening and the conduit configured to provide a second liquid fluid pathway to the common reservoir of the beverage container,
wherein:
the spout includes an outer wall and an inner common wall;
the outer wall of the spout bounds the first drinking opening and the second drinking opening;
the inner common wall separates the first drinking opening from the second drinking opening;
the inner common wall has a first end and a second end opposite the first end, each of the first end and the second end of the inner common wall joining the outer wall; and
the inner common wall has a first surface that faces the first drinking opening and a second surface that faces the second drinking opening.

US Pat. No. 10,687,640

DOUBLE-WALLED VESSEL FOR STORING A POTABLE LIQUID

Pi-Design AG, Triengen (...

1. A double-walled vessel for storing a potable liquid, particularly a hot drink such as coffee, the double-walled vessel comprising:an inner container (12) that encloses a cavity (34) for receiving the liquid and that forms at least one support surface (46), and
an outer container (14) which comprises at least two shells (16, 18) that are detachably interconnectable, wherein the outer container (14) at least partially encloses the inner container (12) when in a connected state and is supported against the at least one support surface (46) when in the connected state,
wherein the outer container (14) has a fixing device (20) for fixing the at least two shells (16, 18) in the connected state and the fixing device (20) has a latching connection (22) for detachable connection of the at least two shells (16, 18).

US Pat. No. 10,687,639

WALL FASTENER

1. A wall fastener for fastening an object to a wall, comprising:a fastening body having a utility surface and an attachment surface, said utility surface and said attachment surface forming on two opposite sides of said fastening body respectively;
a hanging member extended from said utility surface of said fastening body for allowing said object to be hung on said hanging member; and
an attaching pin extended from said attachment surface of said fastening body, said attaching pin being arranged to detachably penetrate into a wall surface of the wall for detachably attaching said object on the wall and said attaching pin being distributed on the fastening body at a position between opposite outer edges of the fastening body such that the attachment surface exists continuously and unbroken between said attaching pin and the outer edges of the fastening body, which continuously surround the fastening body forming an unbroken line, and edges of said attaching pin are separate and mutually exclusive from the outer edges of the fastening body such that the edges of said attaching pin and the outer edges of the fastening body never intersect;
wherein the fastening body has a shape selected from the group consisting of:
an enlarged upper portion and a contracted lower portion shape, the attaching pin extending from the enlarged upper portion, while the hanging member extending from the contracted lower portion;
a curved contour shape in which an upper edge thereof has a generally convex contour, while a bottom edge has two side concave sections and a central convex section extending between the two side concave sections;
a top portion, a bottom portion and a retention portion formed between the top portion and the bottom portion shape, wherein said utility surface is formed at the retention portion, the fastening body further having two attachment surfaces being formed on the top portion and the bottom portion of the fastening body respectively, the attaching pin extending from each of the attachment surfaces;
two folding lines formed on the fastening body shape for dividing said utility surface and said attachment surfaces respectively, whereby the fastening body is foldable along the two folding lines in such a manner that each of said utility surface and said attachment surfaces faces towards the wall surface;
a top portion, a bottom portion and a retention portion extending between the top portion and the bottom portion shape, said attachment surface being formed on the top portion, while said utility surface being formed on the bottom portion, the top portion being folded with respect to the retention portion so that the attaching pin faces downwardly in a direction of the bottom portion, while the bottom portion being folded with respect to the retention portion so that the utility surface faces upwardly towards the attaching pin; and
a substantially circular cross-sectional shape.

US Pat. No. 10,687,638

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HANGING A FRAME OR OBJECT ON A WALL WITHOUT TAKING MEASUREMENTS

1. A system for hanging an object at a desired location on a wall without taking measurements, the object having one or more hooks, recesses or openings on a mounting surface thereof, the system comprising:one or more marking strips removably attachable to the mounting surface of the object, each of said one or more more marking strips being substantially planar along its entire length and comprising:
an elongate body that extends linearly from a proximal end to a distal end and includes an attachment mechanism configured for removably attaching the elongate body to the mounting surface of the object;
a proximal head attached to the proximal end of the elongate body; and
one or more adhesive portions disposed on a surface of the proximal head that faces away from the object the one or more marking strips are attached to the object via the attachment mechanism;
wherein the one or more marking strips are configured to removably attach to a real surface of the object so that the distal end of the elongate body aligns with a mounting hook, recess or opening on the mounting surface of the object and so that the proximal head protrudes from an edge of the object, and wherein a proximal portion is configured to adhere to a wall surface when pressed thereto once the desired location for hanging the object is determined, such that when the mounting surface of the object is pulled away from the one or more marking strips after the proximal portion adheres to the wall, an entirety of the one or more marking strips are detached from the mounting surface of the object and remains attached to the wall surface, with the distal end of the elongate body indicating a location for insertion of a fastener to mount the object in the desired location,
wherein the elongate body includes a plurality of joints allowing one portion of the elongate body to pivot relative to another portion of the elongate body to vary a length of the elongate body.

US Pat. No. 10,687,637

PROMOTION DEVICE

ERD EASY B.V., Veenedaal...

1. A promotion device for communicating information regarding a row of products on display for retail, wherein the row of products on display is suspended from a hook or rod that is part of a display system, said device comprising:a mounting part, wherein:
the mounting part is configured to be attached directly to the hook or rod from which the row of products is suspended, and the mounting part is further configured to be removably attachable to the hook or rod by hand, toollessly,
an arm extending from said mounting part to a foremost product of the row of products suspended from said hook or rod, and
a frame attached to an end of said arm, wherein:
the frame provides a cadre around the foremost product of the row of products suspended from said hook or rod, and
the frame is configured to allow removal of said foremost product from said hook or rod through the frame, and
the frame is attached only to the arm, the arm is otherwise attached only to the mounting part, and the mounting part is otherwise attached only to the hook or rod from which the row of products is suspended.

US Pat. No. 10,687,636

RETAIL UPRIGHT SHELF EXTENDER

Vanguard Packaging, LLC, ...

1. A shelf extender for extending vertically above a vertical support post of a shelving unit, the shelf extender comprising:an upper section made of a second set of panels wrapped about a first set of panels, said first set of panels defining an inner portion of said upper section and said second set of panels defining an outer portion of said upper section; and
a lower section having opposed side walls and a rear wall extending between said opposed side walls such that said lower section defines a channel having an open front,
wherein said lower section is configured to be received by an inner area of the vertical support post such that said upper section extends above the vertical support post, and
wherein said lower section is formed from said first set of panels extending below a bottom edge of said second set of panels.

US Pat. No. 10,687,635

HEAT TRANSFER APPARATUS

Flint Engineering Limited...

1. A refrigerative shelving system comprisingan actively cooled region;
a storage region separated from the actively cooled region by a partition; and
at least one removable refrigerative shelving arrangement, each refrigerative shelving arrangement comprising:
a horizontally-extending heat-absorbing shelf formed from a panel having a first upper main face and a second lower main face, the panel containing a plurality of first passages disposed between the first upper main face and the second lower main face, the passages having a working fluid disposed therein, the passages being configured to convey the working fluid in both liquid and gaseous states around an interior portion of the heat-absorbing shelf, wherein the first passages are formed from internal cavities of the heat-absorbing shelf, the heat-absorbing shelf extending into the storage region of the shelving unit,
wherein in each refrigerative shelving arrangement each of the first passages has a cross-sectional profile having a depth, an upper phase change portion disposed toward the first upper main face of the panel and a lower drain channel portion disposed toward the second lower main face of the panel, wherein the upper phase change portion of the cross-sectional profile has one or more protruding features formed therein, the protruding features protruding into the passages, and the lower drain channel portion of the cross-sectional profile lacks protruding features, the lower drain channel portion occupying in the range of 10% and 50% of the depth of the cross-sectional profile;
a condenser in fluid communication with the heat-absorbing shelf, wherein the heat-absorbing shelf and the condenser form a hermetically sealed system configured to allow the working fluid to circulate between the heat-absorbing shelf and the condenser without requiring a compressor to effect such circulation,
wherein the condenser is contained within the actively cooled region and is elevated relative to the heat-absorbing shelf; and
a backing panel extending vertically from the heat-absorbing shelf, the backing panel forming part of the partition separating the actively-cooled region from the storage region.

US Pat. No. 10,687,633

INFLATABLE BED

1. An inflatable bed, comprising:a top sheet and a bottom sheet disposed vertically at an interval;
at least one side wall, an upper edge of said side wall being coupled to an outer edge of said top sheet, a lower edge of said side wall being coupled to an outer edge of said bottom sheet, an air chamber formed between said top sheet, said bottom sheet and said side wall;
at least one first tensioning structure disposed in said air chamber, an upper end and a lower end of said first tensioning structure being respectively coupled to said top sheet and said bottom sheet; and
at least one support structure disposed in said air chamber, said support structure being disposed in a longitudinal direction of at least one of said side walls, at least two outside edges of said support structure being respectively coupled to the side wall adjacent, at least one inside edge of said support structure being coupled to the top sheet or bottom sheet adjacent;
wherein said support structure comprises a second tensioning structure and a third tensioning structure, at least two outside edges of said second tensioning structure are respectively coupled to said at least one side wall, at least one inside edge of said second tensioning structure is coupled to said top sheet; and
wherein at least two outside edges of said third tensioning structure are respectively coupled to said at least one side wall, at least one inside edge of said third tensioning structure is coupled to said bottom sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,687,632

PCM CONTAINING LIQUID SATURATED FOAM DEVICE

Soothsoft Innovations Wor...

1. A thermal regulating cushioning support device containing an active medium for regulating the temperature of the device comprising:(a) a flexible, deformable liquid impervious outer membrane being adapted to sealably receive a liquid therein;
(b) a foam core, encased within and in intimate contact with, but not bonded to, the flexible, deformable liquid impervious sealed outer membrane wherein the foam core has a dimension substantially coincident with the outer membrane;
(c) a device liquid being sealably contained and in contact with the flexible, deformable liquid impervious sealed outer membrane and saturating the foam core, the device liquid being at least partially circulatable through the foam core;
(d) a phase change material contained within a thermally transferring, liquid impenetrable flexible structure, disposed within the flexible, deformable liquid impervious sealed outer membrane and in contact with the device liquid such that the circulation of the device liquid is effective to transfer heat between the flexible, deformable liquid impervious sealed outer membrane and the phase change material; and wherein the saturated foam core in cooperation with the sealable flexible membrane provides structural support and a substantially uniform, thermal regulating medium such that the device is readily, uniformly deformable when the load is applied to said deformable liquid impervious sealed outer membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,687,631

CONVERTIBLE BED FRAME AND CONVERTIBLE COVER

1. A capably joinable and capably disjoinable bed frame and capably movable and capably rotating cover, comprising;a beam wherein said beam is an elongated member and wherein said beam is connected to a plane of a plate along a longitudinal axis of said plate and wherein each opposing end of said beam is connected to a column comprising of rigid material,
elongated rod members wherein one elongated rod member is capably pivotally connected at one end to a column and the opposing end of said elongated rod member is connected to a receptacle and the other elongated rod member Is capably pivotally connected at one end to the other column and the opposing end of said elongated rod member is connected to a receptacle wherein said receptacles are rigid members with rigid pegs protruding from each opposing end of each said receptacle,
receptacle frames wherein each said receptacle is situate within a receptacle frame wherein protruding from each opposing end of each of said receptacle frame is a rigid peg and wherein said receptacle's said rigid pegs protrude from each opposing end of said receptacle to capably pivotally connect to each opposing end of said receptacle frame,
upright members wherein each said receptacle frame is situate between upright members wherein said receptacle frame's said rigid pegs capably move within longitudinal slots of said upright members,
mechanical devices wherein each said receptacle frame is connected to a first mechanical device wherein said first mechanical device is capable of producing vertical movement,
combinations of a cylindrical member and a wall each said combination comprising a cylindrical member and a wall wherein a plane of said wall is connected to a plane of said cylindrical member;
a roof wherein connected to one end of said roof is said wall of one of said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall and connected to the other end of said roof is said wall of the other said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall wherein one said elongated rod member is situate wherein said elongated rod member capably traverses through an elongated opening of said wall and said cylindrical member of one said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall wherein both ends of said elongated rod member are simultaneously situate outside both a plane of said wall and a plane of said cylindrical member of one said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall and the other said elongated rod member is situate wherein the other said elongated rod member capably traverses through an elongated opening of said wall and said cylindrical member of the other said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall wherein both ends of the other said elongated rod member are simultaneously situate outside both a plane of said wall and a plane of said cylindrical member of the other said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall,
roof guides wherein each said roof guide is an elongated member and wherein each roof guide is connected to a roof guide-way wherein said roof guide-way is a structural member and wherein said roof guide-way is connected to said roof by a guide bar wherein said guide bar is an elongated member capably movably connected at each longitudinal end of said guide bar to one of two of said roof guides wherein said guide bar capably moves along each of said roof guide's longitudinal axis,
a door wherein said door is capably pivotally connected to said guide bar along a longitudinal axis of said guide bar wherein said door is capably stowable on said roof guides and wherein said door is capably pivotable wherein each longitudinal end of said door capably movably connects to each wall and wherein two opposing ends of each said wall extend beyond the width of said plate,
rotational treads wherein each said cylindrical member is capably connected to a rotational tread wherein said rotational tread capably produces bi-directional rotational movement wherein each said cylindrical member is capably rotatable and wherein each said rotational tread is connected to a second mechanical device wherein said second mechanical device capably produces vertical movement,
cross supports wherein each said cross support is an elongated housing structure and wherein each said cross support is connected to said plane of said plate wherein said cross support and said beam connect to said plane of said plate,
push-pull assemblies wherein said push-pull assembly comprises an elongated member and wherein said push-pull assembly capably moves within said cross support and wherein said push-pull assembly capably extends out of said cross support and wherein said push-pull assembly capably extends into and capably connects to a cross support of a capably joinable and capably disjoinable bed frame and capably movable and capably rotating cover unit,
a mattress attachment wherein said mattress attachment comprises of a mattress capably connectable to an end of a hanger assembly wherein said hanger assembly is an elongated member wherein pivotally connected to the other end of said hangar assembly comprises a wheel wherein said wheel capably moves along a wheel path of said cross support and wherein said mattress attachment is capably pivotable between a first position wherein a side of said mattress attachment is beyond a plane of said plate to a second position wherein is a stowed position wherein a side of said mattress attachment is beyond the other plane of said plate, and
a support frame wherein said support frame is connected to an end of each of said upright members wherein said support frame is capably connected to a plurality of wheels capably producing omnidirectional movement wherein said support frame capably moves omnidirectionally and wherein capably connected to said support frame is each of said first and second mechanical devices.

US Pat. No. 10,687,630

MATTRESS FOUNDATIONS, KITS AND RELATED METHODS

1. A method of assembling a foundation for a mattress; the method comprising:receiving a kit comprising:
a first side rail having a slat-rest;
a second side rail for positioning parallel to the first side rail and, having a slat-rest;
a first end rail configured to interface with the first side rail and the second side rail;
a second end rail configured to interface with the first side rail and the second side rail;
and
a plurality of slats;
a corner between each of the interfaces of the side rails and end rails, wherein the corner is formed by the overlap of at least one of the end portions of the end rails and at least one of the end portion of the side rails, and wherein an opposite end portion of the side rail and an opposite end portion of the end rail meet flush with one another,
positioning the first side rail, and the second side rail in parallel;
interfacing the first end rail with the first side rail and the second side rail,
interfacing the second end rail with the first side rail and the second side rail,
positioning the plurality of slats on the plurality of slat-rests,
including the overlap of at least one of the end portions and the meeting of an opposite end portion of the side rail and the opposite end portion of the end rail at a flush position to be separated by a spacer and an end support block positioned below the plurality of slat-rests and between a top interface of the side rails and end rails and a bottom interface of the side rails and end rails at the corner.

US Pat. No. 10,687,629

FLOATATION MATTRESS ASSEMBLY

1. A floatation mattress assembly being configured to float on water or supply a compressible sleeping surface, said assembly comprising:a mat being comprised of a resiliently compressible material wherein said mat is configured to be slept upon, said mat being comprised of a buoyant material wherein said mat is configured to float on water thereby facilitating a user to lie on said mat to float on a body of water, said mat having a top surface, a bottom surface and a perimeter surface extending therebetween, said perimeter surface having a front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side, said mat being elongated between said front and back sides, each of said front and back sides being rounded, each of said first and second lateral sides curving outwardly between said back side and said front side wherein said mat is configured to have the ornamental appearance of a flip flop article of footwear;
a first tube being pivotally coupled to said mat, said first tube being positionable in a deployed position having said first tube arcing upwardly over said mat, said first tube being positionable in a stored position having said first tube lying on said mat;
a second tube being coupled to said first tube and slidably extending through said mat, said second tube curving upwardly between said mat and said first tube when said first tube is positioned in said deployed position wherein each of said first and second tubes is configured to have the ornamental appearance of foot straps on the flip flop article of footwear, said second tube being urgeable downwardly through said mat for urging said first tube into said stored position; and
a net being removably attached to each of said first and second tubes, said net forming a hemispherical dome over said mat when said first tube is positioned in said deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,628

BEACH CHAIR SECURING DEVICE

9. A beach chair securing assembly comprising:an outer insert having:
a hollow leg, the hollow leg having a pointed distal tip and a proximal opening, the hollow leg having a helical thread assembly extending partially up the length of the leg; and
a lower plate surrounding the proximal opening, the lower plate having a pair of clamps, each clamp including a vertical portion extending upwardly from the lower plate and a connecting horizontal portion extending generally parallel to the lower plate; and
an inner insert having:
a distal shaft sized to fit into the hollow leg; and
an upper plate connected to the distal shaft, the upper plate having:
a top surface;
a pair of diametrically opposed ridges extending upwardly from either the top surface, each ridge including an upwardly extending eyelet, each eyelet having a through-hole extending therethrough such that the through-holes are axially aligned; and
a pair of diametrically opposed catches sized and shaped to engage one of the clamps.

US Pat. No. 10,687,627

ANTI-CLOSURE DEVICE FOR SELF FOLDING SEATS

1. An anti-closure device for use with self-folding seats, comprising:a first attachment portion that is adapted to be removably coupled to a first seat bottom of a first self-folding seat;
a second attachment portion that is adapted to be removably coupled to a second seat bottom of a second self-folding seat, the second seat being adjacent to the first; and
a tensioning system attached at a first end to the first attachment portion and at a second end to the second attachment portion;
wherein, when installed on the first and second self-folding seats, the tensioning system maintains force against a natural bias of the seat bottom of the first self-folding seat to fold closed, thereby holding the first seat bottom in an open state.

US Pat. No. 10,687,626

ELASTIC SEESAW-TYPE TILTING MECHANISM AND SWIVEL CHAIR HAVING THE SAME

1. An elastic seesaw-type tilting mechanism, including:a base support, configured to be connected with a chair base through a chair column;
a seat support, being pivotably mounted on the base support and configured to be connected with a seat;
a backrest support, being pivotably mounted on the base support and configured to be connected with a backrest;
a first elastic mechanism, being connected with the seat support and the backrest support to form an elastic seesaw mechanism; and
a second elastic mechanism, being connected with the base support and the seat support, the second elastic mechanism and the first elastic mechanism being respectively biased against the seat support in opposite directions;
wherein the base support, the seat support and the backrest support are pivotably mounted on a shaft, the first elastic mechanism is pivotably disposed around the shaft, and the shaft serves as a fulcrum and a pivot axis of the first elastic mechanism and the elastic seesaw mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,687,625

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURE OF SEAT FOR VEHICLE

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A device for manufacture of a vehicle seat, comprising:a clamp jig; and
a force application device for applying force to the clamp jig, wherein:
the clamp jig includes a first holding member, a second holding member, and an operation member for opening and closing the first and the second holding members;
the force application device applies force to the operation member so that the first and the second holding members are closed to clamp a return spring;
the force application device applies no force to the operation member so that the first and the second holding members are opened to disengage the return spring from the first and the second holding members;
the force application device is an air clamp;
each top end of the first and the second holding members includes a recess for fixing the return spring; and
in a state that the return spring is clamped and fixed with the first and the second holding members, a columnar space is defined by the first and the second holding members.

US Pat. No. 10,687,624

FOLDABLE EASEL BLANK

Pratt Corrugated Holdings...

8. A method for assembly a folded easel comprising:obtaining a foldable easel blank, the foldable easel blank comprising:
a main panel, the main panel defining a front main surface and a rear main surface, the front main surface positioned opposite from the rear main surface;
a support panel hingedly connected to the main panel by a support hinge;
a base panel hingedly connected to the main panel by a base hinge, the base panel defining a corner, the base panel defining an enclosed locking slot disposed proximate to the corner; and
a side panel hingedly connected to the main panel by a side hinge, the side panel defining a side aperture and a locking key disposed within the side aperture;
folding the side panel about a side hinge axis towards the rear main surface;
folding the base panel about a base hinge axis towards the rear main surface;
forming a base stand, forming the base stand comprising:
securing the base panel to the side panel;
removably stabbing the corner through the side aperture; and
engaging the locking key with the enclosed locking slot;
folding the support panel about a support hinge axis towards the front main surface to form a ledge; and
folding a bottom base surface of the base panel away from a bottom main surface of the main panel, the main panel defining a top and a bottom, the bottom defining the bottom main surface, the base panel defining a first base end and a second base end, the first base end disposed opposite from the second base end, the first base end hingedly connected to the main panel, the second base end defining the bottom base surface, the bottom base surface being substantially coplanar with the bottom main surface when the foldable easel blank is in an unfolded position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,623

FURNITURE SPACING SHELF ASSEMBLY

1. A furniture spacing shelf assembly being configured to be mounted to a vertical support surface thereby inhibiting an article of furniture from being pushed against the vertical support surface, said assembly comprising:a bracket being configured for attachment to the vertical support surface, said bracket having a first section forming an angle with a second section, said first section being configured for positioning against the vertical support surface having said second section extending laterally away from the vertical support surface;
a box being removably attached to said bracket, said box having a depth of at least 4.0 inches wherein said box is configured to keep an article of furniture that is placed against the box from covering a heating vent that is positioned adjacent to the vertical support surface, said box having a bottom wall and an outer wall extending upwardly therefrom, said outer wall having a front side, a back side and a distal edge with respect to said bottom wall defining an opening into said box, said bottom wall resting on said second section of said bracket for supporting said box on said bracket;
a lid being hingedly coupled to said box for opening and closing said box;
a power unit being coupled to said box, said power unit having a plurality of outlets therein wherein each of said outlets is configured to have an electronic device electrically coupled thereto for charging the electronic device; and
a mount being coupled to said box, said mount engaging fasteners employed to attach said bracket to the vertical support surface thereby retaining said box on said bracket, said mount being positioned on said back side of said outer wall of said box, said mount having a distal wall with respect to said back side, said distal wall having a plurality of engagements thereon, each of said engagements releasably engaging a head of a respective one of the fasteners, said mount being oriented to extend along a horizontal axis on said box.

US Pat. No. 10,687,622

FRAME FOR A DRAWER

1. A frame for a drawer having a base, at least one such frame, a front panel, and a rear panel, the frame comprising:an inner shell and an outer shell fastened to the inner shell,
wherein a vertically upper contact region or a gap between the outer shell and the inner shell is covered by a cover strip,
wherein the inner shell is shorter than the outer shell by a first predetermined length,
thereby defining a space configured to receive the rear panel proximate an inner side of the outer shell and rearward of the inner shell,
wherein the cover strip has a horizontal leg and a vertical leg, the vertical leg configured for engagement with at least one of the inner wall and the outer wall, and
wherein the horizontal leg extends further than the vertical leg in a direction from the front panel toward the rear panel by a second predetermined length so that the rear panel may be received in the space, so that the horizontal leg of the cover strip overlies the rear panel, and so that the vertical leg of the cover strip extends no further than a front side of the rear panel.

US Pat. No. 10,687,621

SPACER ASSEMBLY

NewAge Products Inc., Va...

1. A spacer assembly for use with a first cabinet subassembly and a second cabinet subassembly to form a cabinet assembly, said spacer assembly comprising:a first frame member having a top attachment end and a top non-attachment end opposite said top attachment end, said first frame member comprising:
a plurality of walls extending along a longitudinal axis between said top attachment end and said top non-attachment end, and
a mount coupled to said top attachment end, said mount having a ledge extending outwardly away from said top attachment end along said longitudinal axis such that said top attachment end is between said ledge and said top non-attachment end;
a second frame member having a bottom attachment end and a bottom non-attachment end opposite said bottom attachment end, said second frame member comprising:
a plurality of walls extending along a longitudinal axis between said bottom attachment end and said bottom non-attachment end, and
a flange extending outwardly away from said plurality of walls along said longitudinal axis; and
a decorative cover having:
a top portion positioned on and supported by said ledge,
a top securing ledge secured to said ledge of said mount, and
a bottom portion engaging said flange to secure said decorative cover to said first and second frame members,
wherein said plurality of walls of said second frame member comprises a first wall, a second wall and a third wall, with said first wall substantially parallel to said third wall, said second wall coupled between said first and third wall and extending normal to said first and third wall, and
wherein said first wall and said third wall of said second frame member are shortened to each define a notched region such that a bottom cover plate of said decorative cover is seated on a horizontally extending surface of said notched region of said first wall and said third wall.

US Pat. No. 10,687,620

MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR SINK

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

17. A method of installing an apron-front sink assembly, comprising:coupling a receiving member to a portion of a sink, the sink comprising a basin, a rim extending from the basin, and an apron extending laterally across a front of the basin;
coupling a first fastener to the receiving member;
coupling a first end of a linking member to the first fastener;
inserting a bracket over a second end of the linking member through a hole in the bracket, so that the bracket engages an underside of a floor of the basin of the sink; and
coupling a second fastener to the second end to secure the bracket to the underside of the sink.

US Pat. No. 10,687,619

SYSTEM FOR HOLDING A CONTAINER

Shmuel Pesahov, Beer She...

1. A system for holding a container, comprising:a housing cover comprising a bottom member, wherein a first opening is formed in the bottom member of the housing cover;
a holder configured to grip and hold said container in an upside down orientation, said holder having a holder bottom and one or more side walls extending from the holder bottom to defining a holder interior space configured for receiving a bottom portion of said container so as to grip said container in the upside down orientation;
a pour spout mountable to an opening of said container, and configured to control flow of content stored in said container at least when said container is in said upside down orientation;
a retracting mechanism comprising:
a spring wound reel enclosure constituting a base portion and at least partially located within the housing cover, the spring wound reel enclosure having a spring wound reel therewithin;
a cable wrapped on said spring wound reel, a distal end of the cable configured to extend through said first opening and being attached to said holder; wherein said holder is displaceable by the cable of said retracting mechanism between a retracted position and an extended position, so that a length of the cable of said retracting mechanism is increased more at said extended position than the length at said retracted position; and
wherein the holder bottom is located within the first opening in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,618

MEDICINE CABINET

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A medicine cabinet comprising:a side panel including a notch on an edge of the side panel;
a door including a projection extending outwardly from an inner surface of the door; and
a hinge pivotally coupling the door to the side panel, wherein the hinge includes a first portion coupled to the projection and a second portion coupled to an inner surface of the side panel; and
wherein the projection and the first portion are received in the notch when the door is in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,617

MODULAR SHELF SYSTEM WITH TAB AND SLOT MOUNTING

1. A modular furniture system comprising:a wall panel having a front surface and a back surface;
a first slot formed in the wall panel;
wherein the first slot has a top wall with an upwardly sloping section adjacent the back surface of the wall panel;
a shelf bracket attached to the wall panel via the first slot;
wherein the shelf bracket has a first end attached to the wall panel, the first end comprising a first tab which engages the slot;
wherein the first tab comprises an inwardly facing sloped surface on a top thereof, the inwardly facing sloped surface sloping upwardly away from the shelf bracket at an angle which is complementary to the upwardly sloping section of the first slot;
wherein the shelf bracket comprises a generally flat surface on the first end of the shelf bracket;
wherein the first tab is disposed in the first slot such that the inwardly facing sloped surface of the tab engages the upwardly sloping section of the first slot and such that the generally flat surface engages the front surface of the wall panel.

US Pat. No. 10,687,616

TABLE TOP FENCE RAIL SYSTEM

1. A table top fence rail system comprising:a fence including first and second posts, an upper horizontal rail extending between the first and second posts, a lower horizontal rail extending between the first and second posts, and a plurality of slats positioned between the posts, the upper horizontal rail defining an upper support surface, and the first and second posts having an upper end portion and a lower end portion;
a table top including a one piece body having planar top and bottom surfaces, the body defining an opening that extends between the planar top and bottom surfaces of the body of the table top, the opening receiving the upper end portion of a respective one of the first and second posts, wherein the table top slides about the respective first or second post and is supported on the upper horizontal rail with the planar bottom surface of the table top engaged with the upper horizontal rail; and
a cap supported on the upper end portion of the respective one of the first and second posts, the cap being dimensioned to engage the planar top surface of the one piece body of the table top to retain the planar bottom surface of the one piece body of the table top on the upper support surface of the upper horizontal rail of the fence.

US Pat. No. 10,687,615

LIFTING TABLE

1. A lifting table, comprising a lifting mechanism, a base, an upper tabletop and a tabletop mounting frame assembly, wherein the lifting mechanism includes a plurality sections of lifting columns and a controller, and the lifting columns are matched and connected with one another; the base is installed at a bottom of the lifting mechanism, the controller is hidden in the base and connected with buttons on the tabletop mounting frame assembly; the upper tabletop and the tabletop mounting frame assembly are both installed on the lifting columns of the lifting mechanism, and the tabletop mounting frame assembly is located below the upper tabletop; through selection of buttons on the tabletop mounting frame assembly, a signal is sent to the controller so that the controller drives the lifting columns to stretch out or draw back and hence to drive the upper tabletop and the tabletop mounting frame assembly to raise up or lower down; wherein,the lifting columns comprise an inner column, a middle column and an outer column in turn from bottom to top, the base and the controller are both provided to the inner column with the controller located below the base; a first installation hole is defined at a position of the upper tabletop corresponding to the outer column, and the outer tabletop sleeves on the outer column via the first installation hole; the tabletop mounting frame assembly is fixed with the outer column so that the tabletop mounting frame assembly is installed under the upper tabletop to support and fix the upper tabletop;
wherein, the tabletop mounting frame assembly is in a “Z” shape and comprises a tabletop mounting plate, an extending plate and a lower tabletop; a second installation hole is defined at a position of the tabletop mounting frame assembly corresponding to the outer column, and the tabletop mounting frame assembly is fixed to the outer column via the second installation hole; the tabletop mounting plate is arranged under the upper tabletop for supporting and fixing the upper tabletop; and the tabletop mounting plate and the lower tabletop are both arranged in parallel to the upper tabletop, the extending plate is obliquely connected between the tabletop mounting plate and the lower tabletop, and the buttons are arranged on the oblique extending plate.

US Pat. No. 10,687,614

PORTABLE LIGHTWEIGHT CROSS-INSERT FOLDABLE DESK

1. A foldable desk comprising:a first foldable panel connected to a support panel capable to be folded towards the first foldable panel; and
multiple second foldable panels;
wherein:
if the first foldable panel and the second foldable panels are folded, the first foldable panel, the second foldable panels and the support panel can be overlapping each other; and
if the first foldable panel and the second foldable panels are unfolded, the second foldable panels can be inserted into the support panel so that the second foldable panels are placed perpendicular to a lower surface of the first foldable panel, and an upper surface of the first foldable panel forms a desktop;
wherein, a plurality of first slots are formed on the support panel, a second slot is formed on each of the second foldable panels, and the first slots and the second slots can be inserted into each other so that the support panel is inserted into the second slots and the second foldable panels are inserted into the second slots; and
wherein, connecting panels are provided at ends of the first foldable panel; the connecting panels can be folded relative to the first foldable panel; mounting grooves are formed on sides of the support panels; when the foldable desk is in an operating state, the ends of the connecting panels are inserted into the mounting grooves; and, when the foldable desk is in a folded state, the connecting panels, the first foldable panel and the support panels are overlapped.

US Pat. No. 10,687,613

ROTARY CLEANING TOOL FOR COMMODE SURFACES

1. A rotary brush scrubbing tool for removing water hardness buildup on a porcelain surface comprising:A) an elongated outer holder with a center line aligned in parallel with a rotating axis, wherein said elongated outer holder further comprises the following items connected in sequence:
1) a motor connecting end,
2) a hollowed tapered shaft,
3) an outer cup, and
4) a water spray shroud shaped as a ring,
B) a compression strengthening metal rod inserted into said hollowed tapered shaft, wherein an elongated axis of said compression strengthening metal rod is substantially aligned with said center line and extends-through said outer cup,
C) a fill epoxy that fills a space between said compression strengthening metal rod and said outer cup, and additionally fills a space between said compression strengthening metal rod and said hollowed tapered shaft,
D) a disk shaped abrasive pad additionally bonded to said fill epoxy and inserted into said abrasive pad shroud, wherein a thickness direction of said disk shaped abrasive pad is substantially aligned with said rotating axis,
E) wherein said disk shaped abrasive pad is made from butyl and incorporates a predetermined diamond grit size that is bonded to said disk shaped abrasive pad,
F) wherein a flat surface of said disk shaped abrasive pad is oriented perpendicular to said rotating axis,
G) wherein said water spray shroud partly encompasses a side surface of said disk shaped abrasive pad, and
H) whereby the function of removing said water hardness from said porcelain surface when pressing and rotating said rotary brush scrubbing tool against said water hardness is added.

US Pat. No. 10,687,612

UNIT DOSE ORAL CLEANING DEVICE AND PRODUCT DISPENSING SYSTEM

Sage Products, LLC, Cary...

1. An oral cleaning device, comprising:an elongated, hollow body having a bottom end and a cleaning end;
a cleaning head;
a neck portion extending between the cleaning end of the hollow body and the cleaning head;
wherein the neck portion forms a fluid channel between the hollow body and the cleaning head and wherein the cleaning head includes at least one opening in fluid communication with the fluid channel;
a plunger located within the hollow body and comprising a vacuum port located at a bottom end of the plunger and a suction channel formed in the plunger, the plunger movable between a first position proximate the bottom end and a second position proximate the cleaning end;
a solution chamber formed within the hollow body at the cleaning end, wherein the solution chamber contains a cleaning solution and is in fluid communication with the fluid channel in the neck portion;
wherein a cleaning end of the plunger is configured to move the cleaning solution in the solution chamber through the fluid channel in the neck portion and through the at least one opening in the cleaning head when the plunger is moved from the first position toward the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,611

HEAD FOR AN ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT, ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH HEAD

THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC,...

1. A head for an oral care implement, the head having a mounting surface comprising at least one tuft of a first type and at least one tuft of a second type, the at least one tuft of the first type and the at least one tuft of the second type each having a cross-sectional area extending in a plane substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis, the cross-sectional area of the tuft of the first type being smaller than the cross-sectional area of the tuft of the second type, wherein the at least one tuft of the first type comprises filaments having a substantially circular cross-sectional area extending in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and having an end-rounded free end, and the at least one tuft of the second type comprises flagged filaments having split free ends.

US Pat. No. 10,687,610

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a handle;
a head coupled to the handle, the head comprising a front surface;
a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from the front surface of the head;
the plurality of tooth cleaning elements comprising:
a conical tuft comprising a continuous bristle wall having an inner surface defining a cavity along a cavity axis, the cavity having a transverse cross-sectional area that increases with distance from the front surface of the head; and
a central cleaning element located within the cavity;
wherein the continuous bristle wall of the conical tuft terminates in an annular top surface that undulates in height relative to the front surface, the head extending from a proximal end to a distal end along a longitudinal axis, and wherein the annular top surface comprises a plurality of peak portions and a plurality of valley portions located on each side of the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,687,609

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a head having a front surface;
a plurality of tooth cleaning elements comprising:
a plurality of inclined bristle tufts circumferentially arranged about a first reference ring on the front surface that surrounds a reference axis that intersects the front surface, each of the plurality of inclined bristle tufts extending from the front surface of the head so as to converge toward the reference axis with increasing distance from the front surface; and
an elastomeric member extending from the front surface of the head at a position within the first reference ring;
wherein the elastomeric member has a conical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,687,608

LANYARD CLAMPING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Pure Safety Group, Inc., ...

1. A tethering method comprising:providing a tether clamp comprising a clamp body having a mouth portion and a throat portion extending into the clamp body from the mouth portion, where the tether clamp is operable between an open position and a closed position;
providing a wearable garment made of a pliant material;
providing a clamping body having a first end and a second end, wherein a portion of the clamping body between the first end and the second end is sized to pass through the mouth portion when the tether clamp is in the open position and remain disposed in the throat portion of the clamp body when the tether clamp is in the closed position, each of the first end and the second end is sized greater than the throat portion thereby preventing the clamping body from passing axially through the throat portion when the tether clamp is in the closed position;
folding the pliant material over the clamping body, thereby providing the clamping body with a folded pliant material;
operating the tether clamp to the open position;
installing the clamping body with the folded material in the throat portion of the tether clamp with the clamping body extending axially through the throat portion and the folded material extending out through at least the mouth portion; and
operating the tether clamp to the closed position, thereby capturing the clamping body with the folded material in the throat portion and engaging at least two plies of the pliant material in the mouth portion, wherein the clamping body is selectively securable to and removable from the wearable garment.

US Pat. No. 10,687,607

BUFFER STRUCTURE, FALL PROTECTION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND MOBILE TERMINAL

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A fall protection device, comprising:a buffer structure, wherein the buffer structure comprises a connecting rod, a counterweight which is in a rotatable connection with the connecting rod, and a buffer component connected with the counterweight;
a housing, wherein the housing is provided with a concave cavity for holding an object to be protected and a guiding cavity, the buffer structure is arranged in the guiding cavity in an extendable and retractable manner, and the counterweight and the buffer component in the buffer structure are capable of extending to an outside of the housing along the guiding cavity;
a control module that the housing is provided with;
a detection module for real-time detecting of an acceleration, wherein the detection module is at the housing and is electrically connected with the control module; and
an electrically controlled limit structure electrically connected with the control module, wherein the electrically controlled limit structure is configured to lock the buffer structure by limiting a position of the buffer structure or to release the buffer structure under control of the control module.

US Pat. No. 10,687,606

MULTI-PURPOSE SEAT ORGANIZER

1. A multi-purpose seat organizer comprising:a sealed container body having a front side, a back side, a left side, a right side, a bottom and a hinged lid;
the front side has a concave configuration;
the hinged lid includes a back edge hingedly fixed to the back side for accessing an interior of the sealed container body;
the hinged lid includes a concave front edge configured to match the concave configuration of the front side;
the concave configuration of the front side and the concave front edge of the hinged lid are configured to wrap around a body of a user while being carried thereby positioning a center of gravity of the multi-purpose seat organizer closer to the user while being carried;
the hinged lid includes a left hinge side and a right hinge side perpendicularly oriented with the back edge hingedly fixed to the back side, the left hinge side and the right hinge side each including a rubber pull down latch with a T-handle, the rubber pull down latches with the T-handles are configured to engage latch connection members protruding from the left side and the right side of the sealed container body for sealing the hinged lid to the sealed container body on its left side and its right side perpendicular to the back side with the hinged lid;
a shoulder strap that is cross-connected to aid in positioning the center of gravity of the multi-purpose seat organizer closer to the user while being carried and to limit an amount of torque or linear forces placed on the body of the user;
strap connection points approximate the hinged lid including:
a first strap connection point at a first corner of the front side and the left side;
a second strap connection point at a second corner of the front side and the right side;
a third strap connection point at a third corner of the back side and the left side; and
a fourth strap connection point at a fourth corner of the back side and the right side; and
wherein, the shoulder strap is cross-connected between either:
the first strap connection point and the fourth strap connection point; or
the second strap connection point and the third strap connection point;
wherein each of the strap connection points including:
a pyramid shaped protrusion with a cutout at a peak of the pyramid shaped protrusion;
a rod positioned through the cutout of the protrusion;
wherein, the shoulder strap that is cross-connected including removable clasps at each end configured to be inserted in the cutout of the pyramid shaped protrusion and removably attached to the rod;
a drain plug in one of the left side or the right side near the bottom, wherein the interior of the sealed container body including a sloped bottom portion configured to allow for washout using the drain plug, the drain plug and the sloped bottom being off center to allow for a length channel extending from an interior left wall through a bottom surface to an interior right wall, the length channel is configured to receive a length divider across a length of the interior of the sealed container body, whereby, when the length divider is inserted into the length channel, the length divider separates the interior into two width-wise compartments along a width of the multi-purpose seat organize, whereby the length channel is unobstructed by the sloped bottom portion, thereby allowing the length divider to seal to the length channel; and
at least one accessory connection unit configured for connecting accessories to the multi-purpose seat organizer, the at least one accessory connection units including:
a first handle connection unit on the right side;
a second handle connection unit on the left side;
four horizontal connection units on the back side; and
four vertical connection units on the back side;
wherein, each of the accessory connection units being molded protrusions extending out from the sealed container body with attachment holes or slots therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,687,605

HYBRID HARD CASE AND SOFT CARRIER BACKPACK

1. A hybrid carrier comprising:a hard shell interior carrier having a bottom wall, a front wall, a back wall opposite said front wall, two side walls extending between said front wall and said back wall, and an open top opposite said bottom wall, and a collar extending around said open top, wherein said bottom wall, said front wall, said back wall, and said two side walls are unitarily formed of rigid plastic or fiberglass;
a soft outer carrier having an open interior sized to form fit about said bottom wall, said front wall, said back wall, and said side walls of said hard shell interior carrier;
attachment devices on said soft outer carrier; and
attachment device receivers on said hard shell interior carrier configured to receive said attachment devices to removably attach said soft outer carrier to said hard shell interior carrier;
wherein said attachment devices are configured to pull said hard shell interior carrier into said open interior of said soft outer carrier so that said bottom wall of said hard shell interior carrier is in facing contact with said bottom wall of said soft outer carrier; and
wherein said attachment device receivers are positioned on an outer edge of said collar opposite said open top.

US Pat. No. 10,687,604

WEARABLE CARRYING ACCESSORY

Level Terrain LLC, Broom...

1. A carrying accessory adapted for wear around a user's waist, comprising:an elastic or stretchable fabric tube comprising an upper portion and a lower portion opposite the upper portion, the fabric tube further comprising a first fabric piece, a second fabric piece, an upper material piece, and a lower material piece, wherein the first fabric piece is sewn to the second fabric piece and the upper material piece with a first seam along the upper portion, the first fabric piece is sewn to the second fabric piece and the lower material piece with a second seam along the lower portion, and the second fabric piece includes at least one aperture forming a pocket opening, the aperture positioned between the upper portion and the lower portion;
an inner fabric lining interconnected to the fabric tube at a first edge of the aperture, at a second edge of the aperture, along the upper portion of the fabric tube, and along the lower portion of the fabric tube to define a pocket positioned within the tube, the inner fabric lining being continuous from the first edge of the aperture to the second edge of the aperture such that an interior volume of the pocket is spaced from the fabric tube by the inner fabric lining.

US Pat. No. 10,687,603

DECORATIVE SHOWERHEAD AND MIRROR

1. An apparatus for use in a shower, comprising:a showerhead comprising a nozzle body wherein one end of said body is attached to a shower arm or to an extension thereof, and an opposite end of said body is attached to a nozzle to allow fluid to controllably flow from the shower arm to said nozzle, said showerhead further comprising a flange engaged with said nozzle;
a tubular post attached around or integral with said flange;
a base having a back surface, said back surface of said base attached to or integral with said tubular post such that said back surface extends generally perpendicularly outward from said tubular post;
a first aperture in said base, said first aperture being axially aligned with said nozzle, wherein said nozzle body, nozzle and first aperture define a fluid flow passageway allowing fluid to be discharged through said first aperture; and
a mirror attached to a front surface of said base, said mirror having a reflective front surface and having a second aperture therethrough that is axially aligned with said nozzle and said first aperture such that fluid only exits from said nozzle through said apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,687,602

PACKAGE FOR CONSUMER CARE PRODUCTS

1. A dispensing package comprising:a longitudinal axis;
one or more jackets, wherein the one or more jackets comprise a first end, a second end opposite the first end;
a screw assembly; and a movable elevator platform;
wherein the screw assembly comprises:
a screw base disposed adjacent to the first end and rotatably associated with the one or more jackets;
a spindle that supports external threads, wherein the spindle extends from the screw base through the first end into the one or more jackets coaxial to the longitudinal axis of the dispensing package;
wherein the spindle comprises:
a first external thread portion having a first pitch; and
a second external thread portion having a second pitch;
wherein the second pitch is larger than the first pitch;
wherein the movable elevator platform is movably engaged with the spindle of the screw assembly and comprises a coupling sleeve having an inner surface, wherein the coupling sleeve is coaxial to the longitudinal axis of the dispensing package, wherein the coupling sleeve supports internal threads that have:
a first internal thread portion having a first pitch;
a second internal thread portion having a second pitch;
wherein the first external thread portion of the screw assembly can engage with the first internal thread portion of the movable elevator platform along the inner surface of the movable elevator platform such that the first pitch of the first internal thread portion and the first pitch of the first external thread portion are the same;
wherein the second external thread portion of the screw assembly can engage with the second internal thread portion of the movable elevator platform along the inner surface of the movable elevator platform such that the second pitch of the second internal thread portion is comprised between the first pitch of the first external thread portion and the second pitch of the second external thread portion.

US Pat. No. 10,687,601

COSMETIC CARE SYSTEM

1. A cosmetic care system comprising:(1) at least one liquid composition comprising:
(a) from about 2% to about 10% by weight of at least one silicone elastomer relative to a total weight of the composition;
(b) from about 6% to about 20% by weight of non-volatile silicone oil having a viscosity greater than 300 cSt and lower than 1200 cSt at 25° C.;
(c) from about 2% to about 35% by weight of at least one Nylon-611/Dimethicone copolymer relative to the total weight of the composition;
(d) from about 0.1% to about 30% by weight of at least one silicone resin relative to the total weight of the composition, wherein the at least one silicone resin is selected from the group consisting of siloxysilicate resins, silsesquioxane resins, and mixture thereof;
(e) from about 5% or about 50% by weight of at least one volatile solvent relative to the total weight of the composition; and
(f) from 0% to about 5% by weight of wax relative to the total weight of the composition;
wherein the weight ratio of the silicone elastomer (a) to the at least one non-volatile silicone oil (b) is from 1:1 to 1:5;
the weights being relative to the total weight of the composition,
the composition provides a matte appearance to lips after application, and
the composition is substantially free of non-volatile phenylated solvent, and
(2) an applicator.

US Pat. No. 10,687,600

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A COSMETIC PRODUCT USED FOR APPLICATION OF FOUNDATION USING A PLUNGER TYPE DISPENSING MECHANISM

1. An apparatus comprising:a plunger driven dispenser comprising a handle having an inner section and an outer section and a top, wherein the inner section slides into the outer section and the top attaches to the inner section;
a storage chamber formed inside of the inner section that contains a cosmetic product, wherein the storage chamber has a tapered opening in a top of the storage chamber and a coned tip having an aperture formed in the top of the storage chamber;
a plunger formed inside of the outer section that fits into the storage chamber and extrudes the cosmetic product through the coned tip aperture under pressure applied to the plunger; and
the aperture in the top of the storage chamber receives cosmetic product from the storage chamber through the coned tip aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,687,599

COSMETIC CONTAINER HAVING COSMETIC MATERIAL STORAGE GROOVE IN IMPREGNATION MEMBER

AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION,...

1. A cosmetic container comprising:a container body (10);
a container cover (20) coupled to one side of the container body (10); and
an integrated container (30) provided integrally in the container body (10),
wherein the integrated container (30) comprises:
an impregnation member receiving container (40) constructed from a flexible material wherein the impregnation member receiving container (40) is received in the container body (10);
an impregnation member (50) that is a single layer and is received in the impregnation member receiving container (40) and is impregnated with a cosmetic material; and
a discharge plate (60) bonded to an upper end of the impregnation member receiving container (40) wherein the discharge plate (60) includes at least one discharge hole (62),
wherein the single layer impregnation member (50) includes an cosmetic material storage groove (51) formed therein such that the cosmetic material is also stored within the cosmetic material storage groove (51),
wherein the cosmetic material storage groove (51) is formed with a predetermined depth from a bottom surface of the impregnation member (50) such that the cosmetic material storage groove (51) does not pass through the impregnation member (50),
wherein a receiving container bonding part (41) is formed on an edge of the impregnation member receiving container (40), a discharge plate bonding part (61) is formed on an edge of the discharge plate (60), and the receiving container bonding part (41) is mutually bonded to the discharge plate bonding part (61) to form a bonding part (70) such that the integrated container (30) is assembled as one part,
wherein when the discharge plate (60) is pressed, the impregnation member receiving container (40) is distorted and presses the impregnation member (50) provided in the impregnation member receiving container (40) such that the cosmetic material impregnated in the impregnation member (50) is discharged through the discharge hole (62).

US Pat. No. 10,687,598

ULTRAVIOLET RAZOR BLADE TREATMENT

Sensor Electronic Technol...

1. A system, comprising:a housing to receive a razor blade assembly with at least one bladed member having a top portion and a bottom portion;
at least one ultraviolet radiation source located within the housing to emit ultraviolet radiation towards the top portion and the bottom portion of the bladed member; and
a control unit to initiate a cleaning treatment of the razor blade assembly with the at least one ultraviolet radiation source in response to the razor blade assembly being placed within the housing, the control unit configured for specifying a plurality of operating parameters for the cleaning treatment of the razor blade assembly, the plurality of operating parameters including a cleaning treatment time that the ultraviolet radiation source emits the ultraviolet radiation towards the top portion and the bottom portion of the bladed member, a dosage of ultraviolet radiation delivered by the ultraviolet radiation source, a power setting for operating the ultraviolet radiation source, and a maximum operating temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,687,597

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ENHANCED HAIR DRYER

SPUR CONCEPTS INC, San D...

1. An intelligent hair drying/styling system comprising:a hair drying/styling apparatus;
control circuitry coupled to the hair drying/styling apparatus being configured to receive customized settings for an individual's personalized hair profile and use the customized settings to control the hair drying/styling apparatus to optimize the hair drying/styling characteristics-based on the individual's personalized hair profile;
wherein the personalized hair profile can be used to: control heat output of the apparatus; fine-tune the apparatus to optimize performance for the individual's hair profile; coach an individual by giving them feedback on performance and comparisons to other consumers or professional consumers; or recommend other products specific for an individual's hair profile.

US Pat. No. 10,687,596

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING HEAT IN A BATTERY POWERED BLOW DRYER

SPUR CONCEPTS INC, San D...

1. A battery-operated hair dryer comprising:a case having an air flow channel with an air inlet and air outlet;
a hybrid heating element positioned within the air flow channel between the air inlet and air outlet, the hybrid heating element having two heat sources including one or more infrared bulbs and one or more resistive wires;
power control circuitry with a microcontroller coupled to the hybrid heating element, the power control circuitry is configured to provide power simultaneously to the one or more infrared bulbs and one or more resistive wires using one or more power optimization modes and the microcontroller includes power adjusting circuitry configured to balance the power between the two heat sources of the hybrid heating element based on heat source temperature to modulate the heat output;
a fan assembly positioned within the air flow channel;
at least one battery configured to provide power to the microcontroller and fan assembly,
wherein the fan assembly draws in air through the air inlet, the air flows through the air flow channel and is blown over/through the hybrid heating element to heat the air, and the heated air exits through the air outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,687,595

HAND HELD APPLIANCE

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A hairdryer comprising a body and a handle, the body having an inlet end and an outlet end, and a first fluid flow path extending through the body in an axial direction from a first fluid inlet through which a first fluid flow enters the hairdryer at the inlet end to a first fluid outlet for emitting the first fluid flow from the hairdryer at the outlet end, wherein a primary fluid flow path extends from a second fluid inlet in the handle through which a primary fluid flow enters the hairdryer to a second fluid outlet at the outlet end of the body, and within the body, the primary fluid flow path surrounds the first fluid flow path, wherein a first end of the handle is connected to the body and the second fluid inlet is located at a second end of the handle that is spaced from the first end in a longitudinal direction of the handle, and wherein a fan unit is located in a first duct in the handle for drawing fluid through the second fluid inlet and the fan unit is spaced in the longitudinal direction from the second fluid inlet and the second end so that a portion of the first duct is located between the second fluid inlet and the fan unit in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,687,593

BREATHABLE AND EXPANDABLE RINGS

1. A ring, comprising:a toroid comprised of an expandable polymer, the expandable polymer comprising an elastic modulus of no greater than 5 gigapascals (GPa), the expandable polymer comprising at least 80 weight percent of the toroid, the toroid sized to fit snugly over a digit of a user;
a plurality of precious material particles disposed within the expandable polymer;wherein the precious material particles comprise one or more of gold particles, non-ionic silver particles, copper particles, platinum particles, and crushed pearl particles; andone or more colorants disposed within the expandable polymer and visible at an exterior surface of the toroid, the one or more colorants comprising a color matching a color of the precious material particles, the one or more colorants not comprising the precious material particles;
wherein no portion of the ring is rigid.

US Pat. No. 10,687,592

WOVEN DISPLAY

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A watch comprising:a housing comprising:
a housing mating portion; and
light sources facing the housing mating portion;
a band comprising:
a band mating portion comprising light pipe terminals configured to receive light from the light sources when the band mating portion engages the housing mating portion; and
a fabric, the fabric comprising a plurality of woven fibers, wherein at least some of the fibers are light-transmissive fibers, and wherein each light-transmissive fiber is optically connected to a corresponding one of the light pipe terminals and passes above or below adjacent ones of the light-transmissive fibers to expose or conceal multiple light-transmissive portions within a display region,
wherein the light-transmissive portions selectively illuminate to create a first illuminated design at a position within the display region, and
wherein the first illuminated design transitions to a second illuminated design by changing which light transmissive portions are illuminated, the second illuminated design being at a position that is overlapping the position of the first illuminated design.

US Pat. No. 10,687,591

FASTENER STRINGER AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer comprising:a fastener tape that extends in an elongation direction and includes a side-edge portion; and
a fastener element that extends along the elongation direction and is attached to the side-edge portion, the fastener element comprising a helix of a monofilament that comprises a plurality of helical units, each of the helical units includes a pair of legs, an engagement head, and a reversed portion, wherein a plane including an upper leg is separate from and substantially in parallel with a plane including a lower leg, and wherein
the monofilament includes, in cross section, a first width and a second width being orthogonal to the first width and being greater than the first width,
each leg in each of the helical units includes the second width along the elongation direction, and
the engagement head in each of the helical units includes a third width along the elongation direction, the third width being greater than the second width.

US Pat. No. 10,687,590

LOCKING HOOK MEMBER AND ZIPPER HEAD ASSEMBLY STRUCTURE

WEIFANG ZHONG CHUAN ZIP F...

1. A zipper head assembly structure, comprising:a zipper head assembly including a zipper head body, a cap body disposed on the zipper head body, and a locking hook member disposed in the cap body; wherein the cap body includes two curved surfaces on opposite sides of the cap body, the locking hook member includes a holding part, a hooking part and a connecting element connecting the holding part and the hooking part, and the connecting element includes a protruding block adjacent to the holding part; and
a puller including a through opening hooked by the locking hook member, and a width of the through opening is smaller than a distance between the protruding block and the adjacent curved surface;
wherein the puller further includes a curved rod defining the through opening, the curved rod includes two side rod portions spaced apart from each other, and a distance between the side rod portions is a width of the through opening;
wherein when one of the side rod portions of the puller abuts against the protruding block of the locking hook member, the other side rod is limited within a range between the curved surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,687,589

PROTECTIVE ENCLOSURE FOR A ZIPPER

CleanBrands, LLC, Warwic...

1. A zipper enclosure comprising:an enclosure base configured to be attached to an article that includes a zipper for joining first and second portions of the article together when the zipper is closed, the enclosure base including a first base portion and a second base portion that is a separate component from the first base portion, the first base portion configured to be located on the first portion of the article and the second base portion configured to be located on the second portion of the article; and
an enclosure cover hingedly coupled to only one of the first base portion and the second base portion, the enclosure cover configured to secure the first and second base portions to each other when the zipper is closed and the enclosure cover is closed on the enclosure base, the first and second base portions being separable from each other when the enclosure cover is released from the enclosure base.

US Pat. No. 10,687,588

PRINTED COMPONENTS AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising:a hook component of a hook-and-loop mechanical fastener, the hook component comprising a first organic polymer and a first metal oxide laser-sensitive agent; and
a first laser-induced print on the hook component created by the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with the first laser-sensitive agent,
wherein the hook component has a first side and a second side opposite the first side, and the first laser-induced print is located on either the first or second side of the hook component, and further comprising a second laser induced print on the side of the hook component opposite the side containing the first laser-induced print.

US Pat. No. 10,687,587

SCARF HOLDER

1. A device to encircle and retain an article of fabric or clothing around a body part comprising:at least one elongated loop formed of elastic material;
at least one decorative plate having a front, back, and side; and
at least one pair of curved retainer hoop sets is integrated into the back of each of the at least one decorative plates in which the at least one elongated loop formed of elastic material has been passed there through to retain the decorative plate to the at least one curved retainer hoop;
wherein the at least one elongated loop formed of elastic material is surrounded around a circumference and a length of the at least one elongated loop formed of elastic material by decorative stones or beads wherein the stones or beads have holes formed there through to pass the at least one elongated loop formed of elastic material through; and,
wherein each curved retainer hoop set comprises at least three hoops.

US Pat. No. 10,687,586

REAR CLOSING UPPER FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH FRONT ZIPPER TO REAR CORD CONNECTION

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:a sole structure;
an upper including a front section and a rear section, both secured to the sole structure; wherein the front section is fixed to the sole structure at least partially forward of the rear section and includes a first portion and a second portion that together define a foot-receiving cavity over the sole structure, and a foot entry opening of the foot-receiving cavity;
a zipper secured to the first portion and to the second portion and including a slider movable between a zipped position and an unzipped position; wherein the first portion and the second portion are zipped to one another when the slider is in the zipped position;
an anchor secured to at least one of the front section or the sole structure; and
a cord engaged with the zipper, with the rear section of the upper, and with the anchor;
wherein the anchor is disposed so that the cord pulls the rear section toward the front section so that the rear section partially closes the foot entry opening when the slider is moved from the unzipped position to the zipped position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,585

ADJUSTABLE SHOE AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING A SHOE

Cornell University, Itha...

1. An adjustable shoe, comprising:an outsole having a middle portion hingedly attached to a forefoot portion at a forefoot angle, and the middle portion is also hingedly attached to a heel portion at a heel angle;
a segmented driveshaft spanning from the forefoot portion of the outsole to the heel portion of the outsole, wherein rotation of a front segment of the driveshaft causes the forefoot portion of the outsole to rotate about the hinge axis thereby adjusting the forefoot angle;
a first motor operable to rotate the driveshaft; and
a processor in communication with the first motor, wherein the processor is programmed to operate the first motor to provide adjustment to the shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,687,584

OVERSHOE

1. An overshoe that can be worn on a shoe or boot comprising:a flexible, resilient sole having a medial wall, a plurality of hollow domes formed in and extending from a top side of the medial wall, and a plurality of tritadial support members extending from a bottom side of the medial wall; and
means for releasably attaching the overshoe to the shoe or boot;
wherein each of the plurality of triradial support members is composed of a central core with three legs extending radially outward from the central core, and wherein each leg has a bulbously enlarged distal end, and wherein a small knob projects downwardly from the center of each bulbous distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,687,583

SHOCK ABSORBING MEMBER FOR SOLE OF SHOE AND SHOE INCLUDING SHOCK ABSORBING MEMBER

Mizuno Corporation, Osak...

1. A shock absorbing member for a sole of a shoe, the shock absorbing member comprising:support members spaced apart from each other; and
a connection member laid across, and connecting together, the support members, wherein
each of the support members includes:
a wall capable of elastically deforming by external force in a vertical direction; and
at least one tube provided to the wall, and
while inserted through the tube of the support member, the connection member is integrally formed in a closed shape with ends of the connection member having no seams.

US Pat. No. 10,687,582

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR AND SOLE STRUCTURE WITH SENSORY NODE ELEMENTS DISPOSED AT DISCRETE LOCATIONS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear, the sole structure comprising:a sole body portion, the sole body portion including an outsole surface facing away from the article of footwear and an upper surface disposed opposite the outsole surface, the outsole surface having a lateral side and a medial side; and
a plurality of sensory node elements disposed within apertures in the sole body portion, the apertures being located within portions of at least a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region of the sole structure;
each of the plurality of sensory node elements including a bottom surface configured to engage a ground surface and a top surface disposed opposite the bottom surface;
the bottom surface of each of the sensory node elements extending below the outsole surface of the sole body portion when the sensory node element is in an uncompressed condition;
wherein each of the plurality of sensory node elements is configured to move vertically within the apertures in the sole body portion so that the bottom surface of the sensory node element moves closer towards the outsole surface of the sole body portion when the sensory node element is in a compressed condition, and
wherein the plurality of sensory node elements in the forefoot region of the sole structure are disposed along an outermost perimeter edge of only the medial side, wherein a portion of the plurality of sensory node elements in the forefoot region extends beyond the outermost perimeter edge of the medial side.

US Pat. No. 10,687,581

ANTISTATIC SHOE WITH A CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

1. An antistatic shoe with a conductive member, comprising:a sole made of conductive material;
the conductive member being disposed on the sole, and including: a body, and a first conductive portion, a resistor and a second conductive portion disposed on the body, wherein the body has a first surface, and a second surface attached to the sole, the first conductive portion is disposed on the first surface, the resistor is disposed on the first surface and connected to the first conductive portion, so that the resistor is electrically connected to the first conductive portion, the second conductive portion is connected to the first surface and the second surface, the second conductive portion on the first surface is electrically connected to the resistor and the sole; and
an insole disposed on the sole, wherein the conductive member is sandwiched between the insole and the sole, the insole has a conductive portion made of conductive material, the conductive portion is electrically connected to the first conductive portion and disposed in an offset manner to the second conductive portion.

US Pat. No. 10,687,580

FUNCTIONAL SHOES AND FUNCTIONAL UNIT FOR SHOES

5. A functional unit for shoes, wherein the functional unit is applied to soles of the shoes to provide a predetermined function to the shoes, the functional unitcomprising:
a coupling body detachably coupled to the sole;
an auxiliary lever coupled to the coupling body so as to be rotatable toward a bottom surface of the sole; and
a fixing part protruding from the auxiliary lever toward the bottom surface of the sole and is detachably coupled to the sole, and
at least one functional member provided integrally with the coupling body or detachably coupled to the coupling body to provide the predetermined function to the shoes,
wherein the functional member includes a body that is coupled to the coupling body and that has a shape with a top side wider than a bottom side when viewed in a lateral direction of the shoes,
wherein the coupling body includes a coupling groove that is concavely formed in a shape corresponding to the shape of the body along the lateral direction, and
wherein the body slides into the coupling groove in the lateral direction so that the functional member is detachably coupled to the coupling body.

US Pat. No. 10,687,579

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING AN UPPER WITH SEPARATELY SECURING MEDIAL AND LATERAL SIDE PORTIONS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:a sole having a medial side, a lateral side, and a foot-receiving surface;
an upper having:
a medial side portion extending from and fixed to a periphery of the sole at the medial side of the sole and having a first distal end remote from the medial side;
a lateral side portion extending from and fixed to the periphery of the sole at the lateral side of the sole and having a second distal end remote from the lateral side;
a support member that extends at least partially across the foot-receiving surface and has a first end remote from the medial side of the sole;
wherein:
the medial side portion and the lateral side portion are configured to wrap at least partially around a foot positioned on the foot-receiving surface and on the support member; and
the first distal end is securable to the article of footwear closer to the lateral side of the sole than the medial side of the sole, and the second distal end is separately securable to the article of footwear closer to the medial side of the sole than the lateral side of the sole when the medial side portion and the lateral side portion are wrapped at least partially around the foot with both of the medial side portion and the lateral side portion crossing over a top of the foot and one of the medial side portion and the lateral side portion crossing over the other of the medial side portion and the lateral side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,687,578

FOOTWEAR CUSHION WITH INTERNAL CONFORMAL ELECTRONICS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:an upper; and
a sole assembly connected to the upper to form a receptacle for a human foot, the sole assembly comprising:
a cushion comprising:
an inflatable bladder comprising an exterior wall that forms an enclosure filled with a gas;
an antenna disposed within the enclosure; and
a microchip connected to the antenna;
wherein the inflatable bladder completely encapsulates the antenna and the microchip.

US Pat. No. 10,687,577

PROTECTIVE LINING THAT CAN BE COUPLED TO THE INNER SURFACE OF A HELMET, HELMET COMPRISING SAID LINING AND USE THEREOF IN ORDER TO REDUCE ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION TRANSMITTED TO A USER

1. A protective liner configured to be attached to an inner surface of a helmet, the protective liner comprises an inner face, configured to come into contact with a user's head and an outer face oriented towards the inner surface of the helmet when the protective liner is attached to the helmet and worn by the user, wherein a union of the inner face and the outer face forms a plurality of inflatable chambers interconnected by channels through which air is distributed, wherein the plurality of chambers and channels form a single body that is configured to extend along the inner surface of the helmet, including the inner surface on inner side portions of the helmet, wherein the chambers are permeable to water vapour and wherein the outer face comprises a layer of rigid material while the inner face comprises a layer of elastic material, wherein an area of the layer of elastic material increases when the chambers are filled with air, such that, upon inflation, expansion of the chambers in a radial direction when the protective liner is attached to the helmet of the protective liner occurs mainly through deformation of the elastic layer; and wherein the outer face and the inner face comprise respective layers of hydrophilic thermoplastic polyurethane welded together forming the chambers interconnected by channels.

US Pat. No. 10,687,576

SPRING ABSORPTION TECHNOLOGY (S.A.T.) HELMET

Sedrick Day, Willacooche...

1. A protective helmet comprising:a first shell, the first shell having shell pods protruding from an inner surface of the first shell, each of the shell pods comprising a threaded inner portion;
a second shell within the first shell, the second shell comprising threaded apertures extending through the second shell, wherein the threaded inner portion of each of the shell pods aligns with a corresponding threaded aperture of the second shell;
a padded member attached to an inner surface of the second shell;
a plurality of connector springs connecting and separating the first shell and the second shell, each connector spring of the plurality of connector springs comprising a compression spring, a first threaded spring cap, and a second threaded spring cap, the first threaded spring cap being smaller than the second threaded spring cap;
the compression spring having a first end directly attached to the first threaded spring cap and a second end directly attached to the second threaded spring cap, the compression spring separating and between the first threaded spring cap and the second threaded spring cap;
the first threaded spring cap of each connector spring is connected to the first shell by screwing the first threaded spring cap into the threaded inner portion of one of the shell pods such that thread of the first threaded spring cap engages with thread of the threaded inner portion;
the second threaded spring cap of each connector spring is connected to the second shell by screwing the second threaded spring cap into the corresponding threaded aperture of the second shell such that thread of the second threaded spring cap engages with thread of the corresponding threaded aperture of the second shell;
the plurality of connector springs being removable from the first and second shells by unscrewing the first and second threaded spring caps to allow customization of the protective helmet.

US Pat. No. 10,687,575

CONSPICUITY DEVICES AND METHODS

CSC Group LLC, Waldwick,...

1. A method comprising:providing a safety system utilizing a plurality of electronic visual conspicuity units for wearing by emergency workers in a working team, each of said visual conspicuity units having a lighting device configured to blink in a unique pattern compared to other units in the plurality of electronic visual conspicuity units, the electronic visual conspicuity units being in selective communication via communications circuitry with at least one processor circuit in a central control unit for use by a supervisor, the at least one processor circuit being programmed to:
receive input from the supervisor, responsive to the supervisor's visual observation of emergency workers under their supervision and environmental conditions to send a request to one of said electronic visual conspicuity units to modify the operational state of a lighting device mounted on said one of said electronic visual conspicuity units, said lighting device being configured to have a unique pattern of blinking distinct from lighting devices mounted on others of said electronic visual conspicuity units; and
transmit an instruction to said one of said electronic visual conspicuity units to modify said operational state of said one of said electronic visual conspicuity units to notify the emergency workers of a dangerous condition.

US Pat. No. 10,687,574

PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR

JSP Limited, Oxfordshire...

1. A liner for fitting within a headcap to provide a degree of impact protection, said liner comprisinga concave shell for receiving a wearer's head, in use, and having a top section, a front section and a rear section, and a pair of side panels extending downward from, and integrally formed with, respective side edges of said top section,
wherein a first slot is provided on each side of said rear section, extending from a side edge thereof to a portion located between said top portion and said rear section, wherein a gap is provided between said rear section and a respective side panel, wherein said gap extends into a cutaway portion between said respective said panel and said top portion and
a second slot is provided on each side of said front section extending from a side edge thereof to a portion located between said top portion and said front section,
wherein each of an outer surface of the of the top section an outer surface of the front section and an outer surface of the reaar section are provided with a plurality of raised ribs;
wherein each side panel comprises a pattern of ventilation holes that extends across and down said side panel; and
said liner further comprising an impact pad and sweat liner on an inner surface of the top portion and extending over an inner surface of each side panel comprising said pattern of ventilation holes.

US Pat. No. 10,687,573

APPAREL MODELING IN A VIRTUAL STOREFRONT

1. A method comprising:providing a garment previewing tool that allows previewing on a computer screen of a selected garment base customized by a user with a finishing pattern, wherein the garment previewing tool includes
providing an option for the user to select the garment base and upon the user's selection, showing a first garment preview image on the computer screen comprising a jeans base image for the selected garment base,
providing an option for the user to select a wear pattern from a menu of wear patterns, wherein each wear pattern is associated with a laser input file to be used by a laser to produce that wear pattern onto a jeans garment, and
after a wear pattern is selected, allowing the user to modify a sizing or position of the wear pattern relative to the jeans base image;
for a plurality of garments created using the garment previewing tool, receiving a first selected garment from the user;
receiving from the user a request to populate a virtual storefront template with the first selected garment, wherein the virtual storefront includes a first virtual surface;
populating, based on a first virtual surface type associated with the first virtual surface, the virtual storefront template to include the first selected garment on the first virtual surface, wherein the first virtual surface comprises at least one of a tabletop, shelving, or clothing rack, and
the first virtual surface type is associated with a first scheme to present the first selected garment including whether the first selected garment should be hung, flat, on a mannequin, folded, or stacked;
presenting the populated virtual storefront template to the user;
allowing the user to navigate the populated virtual storefront, wherein, in response to the user's navigation input, updating the populated virtual storefront template;
providing a target garment corresponding to the first selected garment by the user;
based on a laser input file associated with a selected wear pattern with modified sizing or modified positioning, or a combination, using a laser to create a finishing pattern on an outer surface of the target garment;
for the plurality of garments created using the garment previewing tool, receiving a second selected garment from the user,
wherein the second selected garment is included with a second virtual surface, different than the first virtual surface.

US Pat. No. 10,687,572

GARMENT VENTILATION SYSTEM

Wolverine Outdoors, Inc.,...

1. A garment comprising:an overlap panel extending in a downward direction, the overlap panel including a first lower portion, an overlap panel interior surface and an overlap panel exterior surface;
an intermediate panel joined with the first lower portion at an outer fold with the intermediate panel extending in an upward direction, the intermediate panel including an intermediate panel interior surface and an intermediate panel exterior surface, the intermediate panel exterior surface being adjacent and facing toward the overlap panel interior surface, the intermediate panel including an upper portion disposed above the first lower portion;
an inner panel joined with the upper portion at an inner fold with the inner panel extending in the downward direction, the inner panel including an inner panel interior surface and an inner panel exterior surface, the inner panel exterior surface being adjacent and facing toward the intermediate panel interior surface, the inner panel extending downward beyond the first lower portion of the overlap panel so that a second lower portion of the inner panel is visible below the first lower portion of the overlap panel and, a first strip of bonding tape disposed between the intermediate panel exterior surface and the overlap panel interior surface adjacent the outer fold,
wherein the overlap panel, the intermediate panel and the inner panel form a unitary, continuous textile,
wherein the inner panel defines a plurality of vent holes,
wherein the plurality of vent holes extend through the inner panel from the inner panel interior surface to the inner panel exterior surface,
wherein the plurality of vent holes are concealed by the overlap panel,
whereby the plurality of vent holes are configured to promote venting of air from an interior of the garment to an exterior of the garment and vice versa.

US Pat. No. 10,687,571

CONVERTIBLE JACKET

ADIFF, LLC, Brooklyn, NY...

1. A jacket convertible to a tent, comprising:a body having one or more panels, sleeve openings, and a front zipper;
sleeves attached to the body about the sleeve openings;
sleeve zippers disposed about perimeters of the sleeve openings;
one or more tent poles;
one or more channels extending along a portion of the body, the one or more channels sized and shaped for receiving the one or more tent poles;
the one or more tent poles disposed within the one or more channels;
the sleeve zippers being positionable in a first open position for use as a jacket, and a second closed position for use as a tent; and
the tent having a bottom perimeter, the tent supported by the one or more tent poles in the one or more channels.

US Pat. No. 10,687,567

HAND AND FOREARM PROTECTOR FOR EGG COLLECTION

1. An arm shield comprising:a sheet comprising an elongate axis, a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a first side edge substantially parallel to the elongate axis, and a second side edge substantially parallel to the elongate axis,
wherein both the first side edge and the second side edge extend from the first end to the second end,
wherein the sheet comprises a sheet curvature around the elongate axis when worn on an arm,
wherein the first end comprises a nose,
wherein the elongate axis substantially penetrates a nose curvature defined by the nose, and
wherein the second end comprises a tail curvature around the elongate axis; and
a strap connecting the first side edge to the second side edge, wherein the strap is configured to adjust a separation between the first side edge and the second side edge and to retain the sheet on the arm when worn.

US Pat. No. 10,687,566

MODULAR IMPACT PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR ATHLETIC WEAR

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A modular impact absorption system comprising:a first component and a second component, the first component and the second component each comprising:
a first surface opposite a second surface and a thickness extending between the first surface and the second surface;
a plurality of first walls coupled to the first surface and extending distally away from the first surface;
a plurality of second walls coupled to the first surface and extending distally away from the first surface; and
a perimeter edge that forms three or more side edges around the plurality of first walls and the plurality of second walls, each side edge including a first nodal end, a second nodal end, and a recessed portion extending between the first nodal end and the second nodal end,
wherein the first component includes a first-component side edge and the second component includes a second-component side edge, and
wherein the first nodal end and the second nodal end of the first-component side edge are coupled with the first nodal end and the second nodal end of the second-component side edge, respectively, such that a slot is formed between the first component and the second component at the respective recessed portions;
each wall of the plurality of first walls including a first distal edge and a first wall height measured from the second surface to the first distal edge; and
each wall of the plurality of second walls including a second distal edge and a second wall height measured from the second surface to the second distal edge,
wherein the first wall height is taller than the second wall height;
wherein the first wall height is constant and wherein the second wall height is variable along a length of each wall of the plurality of second walls; and
one or more apertures formed in each of the first component and the second component, each of the one or more apertures extending from a first opening associated with the first surface to a second opening associated with the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,687,565

USING A VEST WITH INTEGRATED BULK PRODUCT STORAGE

1. A method for storing and dispensing a bulk product, comprising:filling each of a plurality of bulk product storage compartments integrated in a vest by pouring the bulk product into each of a plurality of reclosable filling openings of the plurality of bulk product storage compartments, wherein a first bulk product storage compartment of the plurality of bulk product storage compartments is on a first side of a center line of the vest, and a second bulk product storage compartment of the plurality of bulk product storage compartments is on a second side of the center line of the vest;
donning the filled vest by placing a head of a person through a neck opening of the filled vest; and
dispensing the bulk product by opening each of a plurality of reclosable dispensing openings of the bulk product storage compartments, wherein each of the plurality of reclosable dispensing openings has a respective zipper, and opening each of the plurality of reclosable dispensing openings further comprises:
opening the respective zipper of each of the plurality of reclosable dispensing openings by pulling the respective zipper toward the center line of the filled vest; or
opening the respective zipper of each of the plurality of reclosable dispensing openings by pulling the respective zipper away from the center line of the filled vest.

US Pat. No. 10,687,564

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPAREL IDENTIFICATION

Under Armour, Inc., Balt...

1. A method of enabling shoe identification, comprising:receiving at a server apparatus information relating to a unique identity of one or more of a pair of shoes, the one or more of the pair of shoes comprising at least one physiological sensor configured for operation in at least an active mode and a shipping mode;
the server apparatus causing a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag to be generated, the NFC tag comprising at least the information relating to the unique identity, the tag is associated to the one or more of the pair of shoes during manufacture thereof;
scanning the tag at a testing device during the manufacture of the one or more of the pair of shoes, the testing device configured to test the functioning of the at least one physiological sensor in association with the one or more of the pair of shoes, and when a determination is made that the at least one physiological sensor is working properly, the act of scanning further causing the information relating to the unique identity to be written to a storage device of the at the at least one physiological sensor; and
positioning the one or more of the pair of shoes in an orientation for shipping such that the at least one physiological sensor enters the shipping mode, the at least one physiological sensor configured to exit the shipping mode and enter the active mode after a predetermined time and upon detection of a change from the orientation for shipping.

US Pat. No. 10,687,563

GAMER HOODIE

HBI Branded Apparel Enter...

1. An upper torso garment, comprising:a torso section extending from a waist region to a neck region, wherein the torso section comprises a front region and a back region, the front region configured to be positioned adjacent a chest of a wearer of the garment, and the back region configured to be positioned adjacent a back of the wearer, and the torso section comprising a left torso region and a right torso region, the left torso region positioned on a lateral left side of the torso section and the right torso region positioned on a lateral right side of the torso section;
a first reversed pocket positioned on the left lateral side of the front region of the torso section and proximate to the waist region, the first reversed pocket comprising a first pocket opening oriented at least partly toward the right torso region and defining a first pocket chamber, a first side pocket opening on a lateral side of the first reversed pocket and defining a first side pocket chamber separate from the first pocket chamber and the first side pocket opening separate from the first pocket opening, and a first holster pocket opening defining a first holster pocket chamber separate from the first pocket chamber, the first holster pocket opening at least partially overlapping the first pocket opening, wherein the first pocket chamber, first side pocket chamber, and first holster pocket chamber at least partially overlap in a stacked configuration;
a second reversed pocket positioned on the right lateral side of the front region of the torso section and proximate to the waist region, the second reversed pocket comprising a second pocket opening oriented at least partly toward the left torso region and defining a second pocket chamber, a second side pocket opening on a lateral side of the second reversed pocket and defining a second side pocket chamber separate from the second pocket chamber and the second side pocket opening separate from the second pocket opening, and a second holster pocket opening defining a second holster pocket chamber separate from the second pocket chamber, the second holster pocket opening at least partially overlapping the second pocket opening, wherein the second pocket chamber, second side pocket chamber, and second holster pocket chamber at least partially overlap in a stacked configuration;
a right sleeve extending from a right shoulder region of the right torso region and having a first wrist opening; and
a left sleeve extending from a left shoulder region of the left torso region and having a second wrist opening.

US Pat. No. 10,687,562

WEARABLE ARTICLE WITH REMOVABLE MODULE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:providing a housing assembly comprising a receptacle defining a chamber and having an access opening providing access to the chamber, such that receptacle is configured to removably receive an electronic module within the chamber by insertion of the electronic module through the access opening, the housing assembly further comprising a first contact member comprising a first contact pad positioned outside the chamber and a first arm extending from the first contact pad into the chamber to form a first electrical contact and a second contact member comprising a second contact pad positioned outside the chamber and a second arm extending from the second contact pad into the chamber to form a second electrical contact, such that the first and second electrical contacts form an interface exposed to the chamber and configured for connection with a connector of the electronic module when the electronic module is received in the receptacle;
connecting a first conductive lead to the first contact pad and connecting a second conductive lead to the second contact pad to place the first and second leads in electronic communication with the first and second electrical contacts; and
bonding the housing assembly to a wearable article between a top layer and a bottom layer of material forming at least a portion of the wearable article, such that the top layer and the bottom layer are bonded to the receptacle by a bonding material, wherein the wearable article has an electrically-powered component, and the first and second conductive leads are connected to the electrically-powered component.

US Pat. No. 10,687,561

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;
an outer enclosure for housing 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. 10,687,560

E-CIGARETTE PERSONAL VAPORIZER

AYR LTD., London (GB)

1. A portable, personal, battery powered, nicotine delivery system comprising:(a) a pocket charger including a main battery;
(b) a personal vaporizing device including (i) a secondary battery that is re-charged from the main battery and (ii) a heating element powered by that secondary battery to heat a nicotine containing substance and to create heated, inhalable nicotine vapour; the personal vaporizing device being stored in and removable from the pocket charger;
and in which the pocket charger includes a hinged door that is configured to receive and retain the personal vaporizing device;
and the hinged door is further configured to pivot out from the pocket charger to an open position and for a section of the hinged door to then move into a void in the pocket charger.

US Pat. No. 10,687,559

E-CIGARETTE PERSONAL VAPORIZER

AYR LTD., London (GB)

1. A portable, personal, battery powered, nicotine delivery system comprising:(a) a pocket charger including a main battery;
(b) a personal vaporizing device including (i) a secondary battery that is re-charged from the main battery and (ii) a heating element powered by that secondary battery to heat a nicotine containing substance and to create heated, inhalable nicotine vapour; the personal vaporizing device being stored in and removable from the pocket charger;
and in which the pocket charger includes a hinged door that is configured to receive and retain the personal vaporizing device in the hinged door and the pocket charger electrically charges the vaporizing device when the vaporizing device is retained in the hinged door;
and the personal vaporizing device is configured to vibrate when it reaches its operating temperature or when the device is ready to be used.

US Pat. No. 10,687,558

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

CHANGZHOU PATENT ELECTRON...

1. An electronic cigarette comprising a battery module and an atomizing module, the battery module and the atomizing module being arranged along a vertical direction with the atomizing module at a top side and the battery module at a bottom side along the vertical direction, wherein the battery module is provided with a battery joint surface, the atomizing module is provided with an atomizing joint surface, the battery joint surface and the atomizing joint surface are substantially flat surfaces extending along a horizontal direction perpendicular to the vertical direction; the atomizing joint surface is provided with a guide rib, and the battery joint surface is provided with a guide groove, or the atomizing joint surface is provided with a guide groove, and the battery joint surface is provided with a guide rib; both the guide rib and the guide groove extend along the horizontal direction, when the battery module and the atomizing module are caused to move relative to each other along the horizontal direction, the guide rib slides in the guide groove until the guide rib is fitted in the guide groove, so that the battery module and the atomizing module are assembled together.