US Pat. No. 10,478,807

CATALYTIC EFFECTS OF OXYGEN CARRIER BASED CHEMICAL-LOOPING REFORMING OF CH4 WITH CO2

1. A method of carbon dioxide sequestration, comprising the steps of:introducing a gaseous feed mixture comprising carbon dioxide (CO2) into a reactor; and
performing carbon dioxide sequestration according to reaction R1, reaction R2, and reaction R3:
MO+CH4?M+2H2+CO  (R1)
MO+CO2?MO+CO  (R2)
CH4+CO2?2H2+2CO  (R3)
wherein said M is a metal,
wherein said MO is a metal oxide, and
wherein reaction R1 and reaction R2 further comprise a rare earth oxide catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,478,805

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AMMONIA COMBUSTION CATALYST AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING HEAT GENERATED BY AMMONIA CATALYST COMBUSTION

National University Corpo...

1. A supported catalyst comprising:a support body which is formed by a catalyst composition being supported by a carrier,
wherein the catalyst composition consists of an oxide of copper or a combination of an oxide of copper with at least one metal selected from the group consisting of silver, gold, iridium, platinum, palladium, rhodium, and ruthenium,
the carrier consists of 10Al2O3.2B2O3, and
the amount of the catalyst composition based on 100% by mass of the carrier is 4% by mass or more.

US Pat. No. 10,478,799

HEAT TRANSFER IN A POLYMERIZATION REACTOR

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A reactor comprising:a continuous tubular shell comprising a thickness and a thermal conductivity, wherein the continuous tubular shell defines a continuous loop; wherein a ratio of the thermal conductivity to the thickness is greater than or equal to about 120 BTU·hr?1·ft?2·° F.?1; and
a slurry disposed within the continuous tubular shell, wherein the slurry comprises solid particulate olefin polymer and a diluent, and wherein the volume fraction of the solids in the slurry is greater than about 0.65.

US Pat. No. 10,478,798

METHANOL SYNTHESIS PROCESS LAYOUT FOR LARGE PRODUCTION CAPACITY

1. A process layout for a methanol synthesis loop comprising;a first gas compressor for pressurizing a make-up gas,
two or more boiling water converters for receiving the pressurized make-up gas and outputting a product gas,
a first heat exchanger for cooling the product gas and pre-heating the make-up gas,
a high pressure separator for separating the cooled product gas into a liquid stream and a gas stream,
a second gas compressor for compressing the gas stream,
a second heat exchanger for pre-heating the compressed gas stream,
a radial flow reactor for receiving pre-heated compressed gas stream and outputting an effluent product gas, the effluent product gas being partly cooled in the second heat exchanger and added, in part, to the product gas from the boiling water converters, wherein a second part of the effluent product gas is drawn as a purge gas,
a wash column for washing the purge gas with water to remove methanol, resulting in a methanol-free gas and a washed product, and
a low pressure separator for receiving the washed product and the cooled liquid stream from the high pressure separator, separating out gases, and outputting a crude methanol product.

US Pat. No. 10,478,796

CONTROL OF FOULING IN HIGH PRESSURE POLYETHYLENE MANUFACTURE

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. A high pressure polyethylene polymerization system comprising a reactor, a primary compressor, and a secondary compressor, the secondary compressor comprising:a. a first stage, wherein the first stage comprises at least two cylinders, and the discharge pipes of the at least two cylinders are fluidly connected by a first stage discharge cross-connect pipe;
b. a second stage;
c. an interstage; and
d. a first cooler applied to the interstage piping at a location within 10 meters downstream of the first stage discharge pipe cross-connect.

US Pat. No. 10,478,790

STIRRER PRODUCING INTERMITTENT JET FLOW

M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD., ...

9. A stirrer comprising:a supporting tube;
a hollow housing supported by the supporting tube, the hollow housing including a sucking chamber and a sucking port, wherein the hollow housing is configured to suck a fluid to be processed into the sucking chamber via the sucking port then to introduce it to a stirring chamber via a comparting wall;
a rotating rotor provided with a plurality of blades and accommodated in the stirring chamber; and
a screen arranged around the rotor, wherein the screen is tapered towards a central axis of the supporting tube and is arranged around the rotor;
wherein:
the rotor and the screen are provided within the hollow housing,
each blade includes an edge portion at an outermost circumferential surface thereof,
the screen comprises a plurality of slits in a circumferential direction thereof and a screen member located between the slits that are located in a neighborhood to each other,
the edge portion of each blade and each slit have a matching region where they are in the same position and overlapped with each other in a longitudinal direction of the respective slit,
the rotor is rotated and the screen is rotated in an opposite direction to the rotor thereby ejecting a fluid to be processed in the stirring chamber from inside the screen to outside thereof through the slits as an intermittent jet flow, and
the stirrer satisfies following condition 1 and condition 2:
(Condition 1)in the matching region, a relationship among a width (b) of the edge portion of each blade in a rotational direction, a width (s) of the respective slit in a circumferential direction, and a width (t) of the screen member in a circumferential direction is shown by b?2s+t, and(Condition 2)in the matching region, a relationship between the width (b) of the edge portion of each blade in a rotational direction and a maximum inner diameter (c) of the screen is shown by b?0.1c.

US Pat. No. 10,478,789

MATERIAL STIRRING DEVICE FOR BIOMASS BIN

Energy Research Institute...

1. A material stirring device for a biomass bin comprising:a transmission mechanism;
a main stirring mechanism; and
an auxiliary stirring mechanism,
wherein:
the main stirring mechanism includes a cylinder connected to the transmission mechanism and having an outer wall,
the outer wall of the cylinder is provided with a hollow stirring rod,
the auxiliary stirring mechanism includes a rotating shaft vertically penetrating through the hollow stirring rod and having two ends,
both ends of the rotating shaft are provided with stirring blades,
the rotating shaft is connected to the transmission mechanism, and
the main stirring mechanism and the cylinder are connected by spring catches.

US Pat. No. 10,478,788

APPARATUS OF CONTROLLING THE BUBBLE SIZE AND CONTENTS OF BUBBLE, AND THAT METHOD

Korea Atomic Energy Resea...

1. A device for adjusting a number and size of air bubbles comprising:a gas mixing part in which a liquid and a gas are mixed with each other to form an air bubble mixture;
an air bubble fining part coupled to a lower end of the gas mixing part, including a plurality of first protrusions formed on an inner surface thereof so that the air bubble mixture introduced from the gas mixing part collides therewith, and including an air bubble crushing bar at a center thereof in an axial direction;
an expanded pipe part formed on a lower end of the air bubble fining part and directly connected to the lower end of the air bubble fining part, and dispersing and discharging the air bubble mixture;
a liquid introduction part controlling a flow rate and a flow speed of the liquid into the gas mixing part;
a gas introduction part controlling a flow rate and a flow speed of the gas introduced into the gas mixing part; and
a storage tank in which the air bubble mixture discharged from the expanded pipe part is stored and a measurement sensor measuring the number and size of air bubbles contained in the stored air bubble mixture is provided,
wherein the expanded pipe part has a tapered shape in which an inner channel is widened from an upper portion thereof directly connected to the lower end of the air bubble fining part toward a lower portion thereof through which the air bubble mixture is discharged;
wherein a lower portion of the gas mixing part connected to the air bubble fining part is provided with an acceleration part, and the acceleration part has a tapered shape in which a width of an inner channel is decreased from an upper portion thereof toward a lower portion thereof; and
wherein the storage tank is directly connected to the lower portion of the expanded pipe part.

US Pat. No. 10,478,787

SALT BRINE PRODUCTION SYSTEM

DUO LIFT MANUFACTURING CO...

1. A salt brine production system, comprising:a hopper, having an open upper end, an open lower end, a front wall, a back wall, a first end wall and a second end wall;
said front wall, said back wall, said first end wall and said second end wall having inner and outer surfaces;
said hopper being configured to receive salt therein;
a receiving tank having an open upper end;
said receiving tank being positioned below said open lower end of said hopper;
said open lower end of said hopper being in open communication with said open upper end of said receiving tank;
at least one spray device mounted in said hopper which is configured to spray water onto the salt in said hopper;
a solids screen, having upper and lower surfaces, positioned between said open lower end of said hopper and said open upper end of said receiving tank;
a vertically disposed overflow tube having an open upper end and an open lower end;
said overflow tube being positioned in said hopper and being secured thereto;
said open lower end of said overflow tube being in fluid communication with said solids screen;
said upper end of said overflow tube being spaced below said open upper end of said hopper;
a screen mounted on said open upper end of said overflow tube; and
said overflow tube being configured to permit the downward flow of salt brine therethrough to said solids screen and said receiving tank when the level of salt brine in said hopper reaches said screen.

US Pat. No. 10,478,786

GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE, GAS SEPARATION MODULE, GAS SEPARATION APPARATUS, AND GAS SEPARATION METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A gas separation membrane comprising:a gas separation layer containing a poly(benzoxazole-imide) compound,
wherein the poly(benzoxazole-imide) compound satisfies a condition (A) or (B):
(A) the poly(benzoxazole-imide) compound has a structural unit represented by General formula (I) and a structural unit represented by General formula (II), and
in the poly(benzoxazole-imide) compound, a molar quantity m of the structural unit represented by General formula (I) and a molar quantity n of the structural unit represented by General formula (II) satisfy Mathematical expression 1;
(B) the poly(benzoxazole-imide) compound has the structural unit represented by General formula (I), the structural unit represented by General formula (II), and a structural unit represented by General formula (III), and
in the poly(benzoxazole-imide) compound, the molar quantity m of the structural unit represented by General formula (I), the molar quantity n of the structural unit represented by General formula (II), and a molar quantity q of the structural unit represented by General formula (III) satisfy Mathematical expression 2:
0.25?m/n?9.00(0 0.25?m/(n+q)?9.00(0
where X and Y each represent a single bond, a divalent linking group selected from Group (IV) of linking groups, or a divalent linking group formed by combining one or two or more linking groups selected from Group (IV);
L represents a divalent linking group including a phenylene group provided that the phenylene group does not have an —OR group as a substituent; and
R represents COR1 or Si(R2)3 where R1 and R2 each represent an alkyl group,

US Pat. No. 10,478,781

SHAPES FOR TANGENTIAL FLOW SEPARATION SINGLE-CHANNEL TUBULAR ELEMENTS INCORPORATING TURBULENCE PROMOTERS, AND METHOD OF FABRICATION

TECHNOLOGIES AVANCEES ET ...

1. A tangential flow separator element for separating a fluid medium for treatment into a filtrate and a retentate, said separator element comprising a monolithic rigid porous support of rectilinear structure with a single channel having a wall that is continuously covered by a separation layer, said channel being formed therein for passing a flow of the fluid medium for treatment between an inlet and an outlet for the retentate, in order to recover a filtrate from the peripheral surface of the support, the outside surface of the support presenting a profile that is constant,wherein the monolithic rigid porous support defines obstacles to the flow of the fluid for filtering, which obstacles extend from the inside wall of said channel, are identical in material and porous texture to the support, and present continuity of material and of porous texture with the support,
wherein said obstacles generate variations in the flow section of the channel, and
wherein the variations in the flow section of the channel result from a variation in at least one of the following criteria along a longitudinal axis of the channel: an area of a right section of the channel, a shape of the right section of the channel, and a dimension of the right section of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,778

COMPOSITE MEMBRANES WITH IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AND/OR DURABILITY AND METHODS OF USE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An asymmetric composite membrane for selectively pervaporating alcohol from an alcohol and gasoline feed mixture, the asymmetric composite membrane comprising:a porous substrate comprising opposite first and second major surfaces, and a plurality of pores; and
a pore-filling polymer disposed in at least some of the pores so as to form a layer having a thickness within the porous substrate, with the amount of the pore-filling polymer at, or adjacent to, the first major surface being greater than the amount of the pore-filling polymer at, or adjacent to, the second major surface;
wherein the pore-filling polymer is more permeable to alcohol than gasoline;
wherein the asymmetric composite membrane further comprises
a liquid ionic compound selected from 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium tetrafluoroborate (Emim-BF4), 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium trifluoromethane sulfonate (Emim-TFSA), 3-methyl-N-butyl-pyridinium tetrafluoroborate, 3-methyl-N-butyl-pyridinium trifluoromethanesulfonate, N-butyl-pyridinium tetrafluoroborate, 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, 1-butyl-3-ethylimidazolium chloride, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide, 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-hexylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-decylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-dodecylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl -3-hexadecylimidazolium chloride, 1-methyl-3-octadecylimidazolium chloride, 1-ethylpyridinium bromide, 1-ethylpyridinium chloride, 1-butylpyridinium chloride, and 1-benzylpyridinium bromide, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate, 1-butylpyridinium bromide 1-butylpyridinium iodide, 1-butylpyridinium nitrate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, 1 -octyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoroacetate, and 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium bis(trifluormethylsulfonyl)imide (Bmim-Tf2N).

US Pat. No. 10,478,774

DENITRATOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A denitrator for removing nitrogen oxide in flue gas generated from a combustion furnace by injecting a reducing agent into the flue gas, the denitrator comprising:a housing disposed above the combustion furnace,
wherein the housing comprises a discharge port for the flue gas at one end of the housing,
wherein a cross-sectional area of flow of the flue gas gradually increases toward the discharge port,
wherein the housing gathers and guides the flue gas to the discharge port,
wherein the denitrator injects the reducing agent into another end of the housing, and
wherein the housing comprises a ceiling that is inclined downward from the one end toward the another end.

US Pat. No. 10,478,773

DEVICE, PROCESS, AND CATALYST INTENDED FOR DESULFURIZATION AND DEMERCAPTANIZATION OF GASEOUS HYDROCARBONS

START-CATALYST LLC, Mosc...

1. A catalyst for desulfurization/demercaptanization of gaseous hydrocarbons, comprising:a ferric chloride, a cupric chloride, or a mixture thereof, forming a first mixture,
a mixture of one or more amines and one or more amides including dimethylformamide (DMF), forming a second mixture,
wherein said first mixture and said second mixture are dissolved in one or more non-aqueous solvents, wherein the catalyst comprises 50 percent weight of the second mixture and 50 percent weight of the first mixture before being dissolved in the one or more non-aqueous solvents, said non-aqueous solvents comprising glycol or DMF.

US Pat. No. 10,478,771

DRYER FOR COMPRESSED GAS, COMPRESSOR INSTALLATION PROVIDED WITH SUCH A DRYER AND METHOD FOR DRYING GAS

ATLAS COPCO AIRPOWER, NAA...

21. A method for drying compressed gas, comprising the steps of:driving the entire hot compressed gas flow originating from a compressor through a regeneration zone of a dryer that is provided with a vessel with a drying zone therein, in addition to the aforementioned regeneration zone, and a rotatable drum in the vessel with a regenerable drying agent therein;
rotating the aforementioned drum such that the drying agent is moved successively through the drying zone and the regeneration zone;
cooling the aforementioned gas flow, after passing through the aforementioned regeneration zone and separating the condensate from this gas flow;
subsequently guiding the concerned gas flow through the aforementioned drying zone for drying this gas flow for supply to a consumer network;
directing an intermediate gas flow of dried gas, that is tapped off at the outlet of the drying zone only by means of one or more blowers that are provided in a tap-off pipe that connects the aforementioned outlet of the drying zone to the inlet of the intermediate zone, through an intermediate zone situated between the drying zone and the regeneration zone.

US Pat. No. 10,478,770

SEPARATION PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR LIGHT NOBLE GAS

Air Products and Chemical...

11. A process for separating a feed gas stream comprising a light noble gas and at least one other gaseous component into a light noble gas-rich stream and a light noble gas-lean stream, the light noble gas selected from the group consisting of helium, and neon, the process comprising:combining the feed gas stream with a second gas stream to form a combined gas stream, the second gas stream having higher light noble gas content than the feed gas stream, the second gas stream having a flow rate that is regulated;
separating a first separation unit feed gas stream in an adsorption separation unit to produce a light noble gas-enriched stream and the light noble gas-lean stream, wherein the first separation unit feed gas stream comprises at least a portion of the combined gas stream; and
separating a second separation unit feed gas stream in a second separation unit to produce the light noble gas-rich stream and a light noble gas-depleted stream, wherein said second separation unit feed gas stream comprises at least a portion of the light noble gas-enriched stream from the adsorption separation unit;
wherein the flow rate of the light noble gas in the second gas stream is controlled responsive to a measure of the light noble gas content in at least one of the feed gas stream, the combined gas stream, or the first separation unit feed gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,478,769

DEPOLLUTION PRODUCT FOR TRAPPING VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, PARTICULARLY FORMALDEHYDE, AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

INOVAME, Molsheim (FR)

1. Product adsorbing VOC compounds comprising acetoacetamide, product characterised in thatit comprises active carbon granules, each granule having a surface, pores, channels, and a cavernous body, wherein the granules are coated with acetoacetamide crystallised on the surface of the granules leaving free the pores of the channels of the cavernous body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,768

LOAD FOLLOWING SINGLE BED REVERSING BLOWER ADSORPTION AIR SEPARATION SYSTEM

Pacific Consolidated Indu...

14. An air separation system with load sensing and load following, comprising in combination:an air inlet upstream from a reversing blower and an O2 storage downstream from an adsorption bed, said adsorption bed downstream from said reversing blower;
a pressure sensor downstream from said reversing blower sensing a first pressure magnitude at a first location downstream from said reversing blower;
a controller coupled to said first pressure sensor and altering a flow rate through the reversing blower responsive to the first pressure;
said controller having a set point, said controller increasing a flow rate through said reversing blower when the first pressure is below the set point, and decreasing a flow rate through said reversing blower when the first pressure is above the set point; and
a second pressure sensor at a second location downstream from said first pressure sensor, said second pressure sensor coupled to a controller of O2 supply from said O2 storage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,767

AIR PURIFICATION METHODOLOGY AND APPARATUS

Yi Fang, Dallas, TX (US)...

1. An air purification apparatus, comprising: a water tank to hold water;a first stage air bubble size reduction module integrated with a bottom of the water tank and designed to reduce air bubble sizes of air entering to the water held in the water tank;
an electrical blower coupled to the first stage air bubble size reduction module and configured to inject the air into the water tank starting with reduced air bubble sizes; and
a second stage air bubble size reduction module disposed in said water tank to further reduce the air bubble sizes of the air in the water inside of the water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,478,765

METHOD FOR IN-LINE CONTROL OF THE INTEGRITY OF A FILTERING SYSTEM

ROQUETTE FRERES, Lestrem...

1. A method for in-line control of the integrity of a filtering system implemented in an industrial process involving the filtration of a gas through said filtering system, wherein the industrial process is an industrial process for which said filtration is a sterilizing filtration, said filtering system (F1; F2) comprising at least one filtering cartridge, the method comprising at least the following steps:a measuring step (S1) during which a pressure difference ?P, representative of the pressure loss generated by the filtering system (F1; F2), is measured,
a testing step (S2, S3) during which said measurement (S1) is compared to a predetermined upper threshold (Sh) and a predetermined lower threshold (Sb), in such a way as to consider said at least one filtering cartridge to be non-compliant when the pressure difference measured in the measuring step (S1) falls outside a range located between said upper threshold (Sh) and said lower threshold (Sb)
said method comprising a preliminary step (S01) for measuring the pressure difference ?P0 representative of the pressure loss generated by the filtering system when said at least one filtering cartridge is new, and a calibration step during which a calculation is notably used to determine said upper threshold (Sh) and the lower threshold (Sb) depending on said pressure difference ?P0 measured,wherein the measurement of the pressure difference made during the measuring step (S1) is performed by means of a pressure difference measuring device having sensitivity of 5% or less of the value ?P0 representative of the pressure loss generated by the filtering system when said at least one filtering cartridge is new,Wherein ?P0 being the pressure loss generated by the filtering system when said at least one cartridge is new, and wherein the value of the lower threshold (Sb) is between 0.7*?P0 and 0.95*?P0 and wherein the value of the upper threshold (Sh) is between 1.3*?P0 and 3*?P0, and wherein the state of integrity of said at least cartridge in the sense that the filtered gas are considered sterile is implemented by monitoring only pressure difference ?P, representative of the pressure loss generated by the filtering system (F1; F2).

US Pat. No. 10,478,764

DEVICE AND ARRANGEMENT HAVING A FILTERING ELEMENT FOR SEPARATING OIL FROM THE CRANKCASE EMISSIONS OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Sogefi Filtration, Guyan...

1. A filtering element arrangement for a device for purifying emissions from a crankcase of an internal combustion engine, the arrangement comprising:a filtering element which has an annular filtering medium that extends longitudinally around a central axis between a first axial face and a second axial face, the filtering medium having an internal face defining an inner space;
a rotor element configured for rotating the filtering element, engaged in the inner space against a plurality of contact surfaces of the filtering element in an assembled state between the rotor element and the filtering element;
wherein the rotor element has a one-piece sleeve which extends longitudinally around the central axis in the assembled state and has an external face on which are formed N notches each defined between two longitudinal edges, the sleeve being suitable for insertion into the inner space;
and wherein the filtering element comprises a first flange covering the first axial face, the first flange comprising an anchoring part which extends longitudinally into the inner space around the sleeve, towards a second flange of the filtering element, first contact surfaces among said plurality of contact surfaces being spaced apart and formed by the anchoring part that provides N engagement means projecting radially inwardly for engaging the N notches in a fitted manner, N being an integer greater than or equal to two, the second flange comprising at least one retaining member engaged with the anchoring part and making it possible to render the first flange and the second flange integral in rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,762

FLUID QUALITY MONITORING AND FILTRATION SYSTEM

Cummins Filtration IP, In...

1. A method of monitoring a fluid within a fluid filter assembly, comprising:integrating a sensor probe into a filter element of the fluid filter assembly by mounting the sensor probe to an endplate of the filter element, wherein the sensor probe comprises a first chamber and a second chamber, and wherein the second chamber of the sensor probe includes a chemically reactive material whose electrical properties change as a result of at least one property of the fluid being filtered;
exposing the first and second chambers of the sensor probe to the fluid;
measuring a first conductance or capacitance of the fluid in the first chamber;
measuring a second conductance or capacitance of the fluid in the second chamber; and
comparing the first conductance or capacitance to the second conductance or capacitance to determine a characteristic of the fluid or fluid quality parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,478,761

FILTER DEVICE

1. A filter device, comprising:a filter housing having a filter head and a filter bowl and having a longitudinal axis;
a filter element inside said filter housing and separating an unfiltrate chamber from a filtrate chamber inside said filter housing; and
first and second floating bearings solely supporting said filter element in said filter housing and having first and second sealing rings, respectively, said first sealing ring being between a connection point of said filter element with said filter head and sealing said connection point, said second sealing ring being between and in direct sealing contact with said filter head and said filter bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,478,758

FILTER MEDIA WITH FIBRILLATED FIBERS

1. A filter media comprising:a fiber web including glass fibers and fibrillated fibers, the fiber web having a basis weight of between about 10 and about 1000 g/m2 and a thickness of between about 0.10 mm and about 50.0 mm, wherein the average Canadian Standard Freeness level of fibrillation of the fibrillated fibers is between 100 and 850, wherein the fiber web has a mean flow pore size of between about 5 microns and 20 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,478,757

GROUT BRIDGE FOR FILTER UNDERDRAIN BLOCKS

Xylem Water Solutions Zel...

1. A filtration system comprising:a plurality of underdrain blocks arranged in a side-by-side configuration so as to define a gap therebetween, the gap configured to receive grout, each underdrain block comprising a top wall, a bottom wall, and a plurality of side walls connecting the top wall and the bottom wall; and
a grout bridge arranged in the gap between adjacent underdrain blocks so as to form a grout seal between the grout bridge and adjacent side walls of the adjacent underdrain blocks,
wherein the adjacent sidewalls each comprise a rib, each rib defining a slot,
wherein the grout bridge is arranged in adjacent slots of the adjacent sidewalls of the adjacent underdrain blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,478,755

SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING HOMOGENEOUS POLYMER-SLUDGE COMPOSITION TO DEWATERING EQUIPMENT

1. A system for providing a homogeneous polymer-sludge composition to dewatering equipment, said system comprising:an inlet unit having a first input member for receiving sludge, a second input member for receiving polymer, a central channel that is configured to perform a first mixing procedure, and an output member; and
a boundary layer viscous drag disc pump having an input that is in direct communication with the output member of the inlet unit, said pump being configured to pull a solution from the output member, to perform a second mixing procedure on the solution, and to supply a homogeneous polymer-sludge composition to a piece of dewatering equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,478,754

SYSTEMS AND METHODS COMPRISING SMART SAMPLE CATCHER FOR DRILLING OPERATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A sample catch system for cleaning a drilling fluid in a drilling operation, the sample catch system comprising:a first line comprising a first entrance valve configured to allow the drilling fluid to flow into the first line, a first chemical sensor configured to measure a first amount of hydrogen sulfide of the drilling fluid in the first line, and a first sample catch valve configured to allow the drilling fluid to flow out of the first line;
a second line comprising a second entrance valve configured to allow the drilling fluid to flow into the second line, a second chemical sensor configured to measure a second amount of hydrogen sulfide of the drilling fluid in the second line, and a second sample catch valve configured to allow the drilling fluid to flow out of the second line;
a sample catch pump operatively connected to the first sample catch valve and the second sample catch valve via a sample catch line, the sample catch pump configured to pump the drilling fluid from the first line, the second line and remove unwanted material from the drilling fluid; and
a controller operatively connected to the first entrance valve, the first chemical sensor, the first sample catch valve, the second entrance valve, the second chemical sensor, the second sample catch valve, and the sample catch pump, wherein the controller is configured to:
determine the first amount of hydrogen sulfide is above a predetermined threshold value;
at least partially open the second entrance valve to divert drilling fluid intake from the first line to the second line; and
close the first entrance valve to stop the drilling fluid from entering the first line.

US Pat. No. 10,478,753

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FLUID DURING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

CH INTERNATIONAL EQUIPMEN...

1. A hydraulic fracturing system comprising: a liquid source, an additive source, a blender, a pump in fluid communication with the blender, and a gas-liquid two-phase flow separator system having a liquid outlet and a gas outlet, the gas-liquid two-phase flow separator system disposed inline between the blender and the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,478,749

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTRODUCING A SAMPLE INTO A SEPARATION UNIT OF A CHROMATOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Agilent Technologies, Inc...

1. An apparatus for introducing a sample into a separation unit of a chromatography system with a mobile phase, the mobile phase comprising a first mobile phase component and a second mobile phase component, the apparatus comprising:an injection unit;
a first pump system configured to provide the first mobile phase component, a first portion of the first mobile phase component flowing from the first pump system through a first branch to the injection unit, and a second portion of the first mobile phase component flowing through a second branch;
a second pump system configured to provide the second mobile phase component, at least a first portion of the second mobile phase component flowing from the second pump system through a third branch to the injection unit; and
an input junction configured to provide a combined stream, comprising the first portion of the first mobile phase component provided via the first branch and the first portion of the second mobile phase component provided via the third branch, wherein:
the injection unit is configured to receive the combined stream from the input junction and to inject the sample into the combined stream to form a sample-containing stream; and
the sample-containing stream is subsequently combined with the second portion of the first mobile phase component provided via the second branch to form a diluted sample-containing stream, which flows to the separation unit of the chromatography system for separating sample constituents.

US Pat. No. 10,478,746

PROCESS AND PLANT FOR PRODUCING A SOLID PRODUCT

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A process for producing a solid product and a liquid product, comprisinga. conveying an optionally pre-treated finely divided starting material to a heating unit,
b. heating by direct steam injection the starting material to obtain a heated starting material, the heating by direct steam injection occurring while the finely divided starting material is located in the heating unit,
c. conveying the heated starting material directly, and in the absence of heat transfer from heat exchanger surfaces to the starting material, from the heating unit to a separation unit,
d. separating the heated starting material into the solid product and an aqueous liquid through operation of the separation unit,
e. heating and pressurizing the aqueous liquid after the separating of the heated starting material into the solid product and the aqueous liquid, and
f. reducing the pressure of the aqueous liquid thereby generating steam and the liquid product, the reducing of the pressure of the aqueous liquid occurring immediately after the heating and the pressurizing of the aqueous liquid,
wherein the steam generated in step f is returned to step b and is directly injected into the finely divided starting material to perform the heating by the direct steam injection.

US Pat. No. 10,478,744

RAILWAY BOGIE WITH A WINTERPROOF PIPING AND WIRING PROTECTING IMPACT GUARD

Alstom Transport Technolo...

1. A railway bogie, comprising:one or more operative components for the operation of the railway bogie; and
a first impact guard and a second impact guard protecting the one or more operative components from flying debris under wintery conditions, wherein each of the first and second impact guards comprises a plurality of fastening holes and each of the plurality of first and second impact guards is fastened to one of the end beams via the holders or brackets using bolts, washers and nuts and the fastening holes,
wherein the impact guard is made of a high density polyethylene (HDPE),
the impact guard is a solid milled slat,
the impact guard includes a base and at least one stiffening ridge extending at a substantially right angle from the periphery (P) of the base,
the railway bogie includes a bogie frame with two side beams and two end beams extending between the side beams, and
the impact guard is fastened to one of the end beams.

US Pat. No. 10,478,742

TOY CONSTRUCTION ELEMENT

Mattel-MEGA Holdings (US)...

1. A toy construction element, comprising:a first face and a second face, the first face being recessed from the second face by a recess height;
a first peg extending from the second face, the first peg having a first peg height relative to the second face; and
an engaging member disposed on the first face, the engaging member including a column portion and a peg portion,
wherein the column portion extends from a first end portion at the first face to a second end portion at which the peg portion is disposed,
wherein the column portion has a column height substantially equal to the recess height,
wherein the peg portion has a peg portion height substantially equal to the first peg height,
wherein the first peg is disposed at a first row and a first column of an array, and
wherein the peg portion of the engaging member is disposed at the first row and a second column of the array.

US Pat. No. 10,478,741

CHAIN BLOCK TOY FACILITATING CONNECTION AND PREVENTING ABRASION BY BEING ELASTICALLY OPERATED VIA LEFT AND RIGHT ROLLING

IRINGO CO., LTD, Icheon ...

1. A chain block toy for facilitating connection and preventing abrasion by being elastically operated via left and right rolling, the chain block toy comprising a plurality of assembly blocks that are interconnectable, each of the plurality of blocks comprising:a male coupling part; and
a female coupling part including:
a pair of vertical supports that are arranged vertically,
a partition formed between the vertical supports, the partition including:
first and second ends,
a first open groove formed at the first end of the partition and extending toward the second end of the partition,
a second open groove formed at the second end of the partition and extending toward the first end of the partition, and
a plurality of coupling spaces defined by the partition and the vertical supports,
wherein, when the male coupling part is coupled to or decoupled from a female coupling part of another assembly block, or when the male coupling part is rotated in a coupled state, the partition is rolled left and right such that,
the first open groove is widened at the first end and the second open groove is narrowed at the second end, which facilitates the coupling or decoupling of the male coupling part from the female coupling part of the other assembly block, and
the female coupling part prevents the male coupling part from being abraded by reducing friction when the male coupling part is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,478,740

FUSIBLE TOY BEAD CREATING APPARATUS

EPOCH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A fusible toy bead creating apparatus comprising:a table comprising a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface and having a plurality of penetration holes penetrating from the first surface to the second surface to allow fusible toy beads to be placed on the first surface;
a receiver comprising a receiving surface arranged to face the first surface of the table and configured to receive the fusible toy beads by reversing the receiver together with the table to move the fusible toy beads for drying;
a tray, wherein the tray is positioned opposite the second surface side of the table; and
a hinge that connects the table and the tray.

US Pat. No. 10,478,739

MODEL AIRPLANE ENGINE STARTING STICK

1. A model airplane engine starting stick for manually rotating a propeller attached to the model airplane engine, the propeller having propeller blades extending outwardly from a propeller hub and with the blades having blade edges, comprising:a handle having a handgrip by which the starting stick can be held and manipulated;
a roller mounted to the handle to freely rotate with respect to the handle and to be positioned against a blade edge of the propeller when the propeller is stationary before the model airplane engine is started; and
a roller surface of a material which will grip the blade edge of the propeller when against the blade edge of the propeller and will cause the roller to roll along the blade edge without sliding over the blade edge as the starting stick is moved with respect to the blade edge;
whereby the starting stick can be held and manipulated by a user with the roller against the blade edge to rotate the propeller and start the model aircraft engine without damaging the blade edge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,738

TOY DUCK

ON THE SPOT MANUFACTURING...

1. A toy duck comprising:a main body having a cavity for containing water, which is made of plastic and shaped as a duck;
a nozzle disposed on the main body for spraying water in case the main body is pressed externally;
a hole at the bottom of the main body for receiving a piston assembly; and
a piston assembly disposed in the hole for sealing the main body so as to prevent water from leaking from the main body, and allowing complete drainage of water from the cavity when the toy duck is disposed on a horizontal panel to keep the duck toy clean and hygienic.

US Pat. No. 10,478,736

CHILD'S SWING SEAT WITH COVER

Shade Swing, LLC, Dallas...

1. A child's swing seat, comprising:a bottom support;
a back support; the back support integral with the bottom support;
a solid and rigid removable cover; the removable cover removably connected to the back support where the removable cover further comprises at least one oblong plug; and the back support further comprises a receptacle for engaging the at least one oblong plug; and, where the removable cover further comprises first and second pegs, and the back support further comprises first and second holes for engaging the first and second pegs, respectively; and, where the first and second pegs and the first and second holes are located on either side of the oblong plug and the receptacle for engaging the oblong plug, respectively; and,
a moveable child restraint; the moveable child restraint further comprising a hinge; the hinge connecting the moveable child restraint to the bottom support.

US Pat. No. 10,478,735

VIDEO GAME SYSTEM WITH SPECTATOR MODE HUD

RIOT GAMES, INC., Los An...

1. An online multiuser game system, comprising:an online game session server system communicatively coupled to a public network for access by a plurality of users to establish a plurality of real-time interactive games sessions;
a spectator server communicatively coupled to the online game session server system and configured to enable a user to view and time-shift at least one of the plurality of real-time interactive games sessions;
wherein the at least one of the plurality of real-time interactive games sessions includes a plurality of electronic avatars; and
wherein the spectator server is further configured to:
enable a user to select an avatar for the user's view to follow;
calculate an interest value associated with each of the plurality of avatars; and
not shift the user's view to another avatar having an interest value higher than the interest value associated with the avatar selected by the user unless one or more threshold values are exceeded.

US Pat. No. 10,478,734

GAME CONTROL PROGRAM, GAME CONTROL METHOD, AND GAME CONTROL DEVICE

CYGAMES, INC., Tokyo (JP...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing a game control program for causing a computer having a processor coupled to a memory, wherein the game control program controls an execution of a game to execute control processing while the game control program discriminates between different kinds of touch operations on a touchscreen operating as an input/output device for the game, wherein the game involves a movement of a character on the touchscreen, the control processing comprising:determining, by the processor, as a first touch operation, an operation in which contact with the touchscreen is maintained and in which a contact position is moved continuously;
generating, by the processor, an anticipated movement trajectory of the character in the game before moving the character in the game in accordance with a direction amount and a movement amount of the first touch operation;
determining, by the processor, as a second touch operation, new contact with the touchscreen while the contact in the first touch operation is being continued;
changing, by the processor, the anticipated movement trajectory when the second touch operation is a tap operation;
moving, by the processor, the character based on the anticipated movement trajectory in response to a termination of the first touch operation; and
disabling, by the processor, the first touch operation on the touchscreen while the character is moving in response to the termination of the first touch operation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,732

ARBITRATING AN OUTCOME OF A MULTIPLAYER GAME SESSION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An arbitration system comprising:one or more processing units; and
a computer-readable medium having encoded thereon computer-executable instructions to configure the one or more processing units to:
determine that a third-party gaming system hosting a multiplayer game session is not certified for determining an outcome of the multiplayer game session;
in response to determining that the third-party gaming system is not certified for determining the outcome of the multiplayer game session, receive, as a set of results data, a plurality of instances of results data from a corresponding plurality of computing devices, wherein an individual instance of results data provides an indication of an outcome for an individual identity of a plurality of identities participating in the multiplayer game session;
associate a title of the multiplayer game session with a category of multiplayer games;
determine that a total number of indications for an identity is greater than or equal to a threshold number of indications, wherein the threshold number of indications is determined based at least in part on (i) a total number of the plurality of identities participating in the multiplayer game session and (ii) the category of multiplayer games; and
in response to determining that the total number of indications is greater than or equal to the threshold number of indications,
determine that the set of results data is valid, and
store, in association with the identity and based at least in part on the valid set of results data, data indicating that the identity is an arbitrated winner of the multiplayer game session.

US Pat. No. 10,478,729

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC GENERATION AND INTEGRATION OF INTERACTIVE TEXTUAL VIDEO GAME CONTENT

Music Powered Games, LLC,...

1. An adaptive video game system comprising:a game server operably linked via a communications network to a game client residing on a user computing device;
said game client configured to execute a game program selected by a user from one or more game programs, each of the one or more game programs comprising specified gameplay objects programmed to interact with one or more dynamic text objects;
wherein the game server is configured to obtain at least one or more text strings associated with a user-defined text source; and
wherein the game client is configured to dynamically apply one or more text objects as generated via a first set of rules associated at least with the selected game program and based on the obtained one or more text strings, to interact with the specified gameplay objects via a second set of rules associated at least with the selected game program,
wherein a first user-defined text source is selectable via the game client with respect to at least a first set of one or more iterations of the game program, and a second user-defined text source comprises at least a first advertisement selected from an ad campaign associated with an ad server,
wherein the game client is configured to execute at least a second set of one or more iterations of the selected game program to interact with one or more text objects generated from at least one or more text strings obtained from the at least first advertisement.

US Pat. No. 10,478,727

ANGLING EVENT DETECTING AND REPORTING APPARATUS

Angler Labs Inc., Pittsb...

1. An angling event detecting and reporting apparatus comprising:a first angling event sensor adapted to be mounted to a reel of a fishing rod, the first angling event sensor adapted to generate data indicative of a parameter of the reel of the fishing rod when the reel is in use, wherein the data indicative of the parameter of the reel comprises at least one of reel speed, number of revolutions of the reel, reel-in time, or a retrieve distance;
a second angling event sensor adapted to be mounted to the fishing rod, the second angling event sensor adapted to generate data indicative of a parameter of the fishing rod while the fishing rod is in use;
at least one processor in communication with the first and second angling event sensors, the at least one processor having a set of instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to identify angling events based on the data indicative of the parameter of the fishing rod while the fishing rod is in use,
wherein one of the angling events comprises at least one of fish on a line or a fish strike,
wherein the at least one processor is in communication with a mobile device running an application that receives the identified angling events from the processor and allows a user to input additional data related to the angling event, and
wherein the additional data related to the angling event input into the mobile device by the user comprises a fish landed, a lure used, a bait used, or a type of equipment used, and
wherein the application causes the mobile device to display the identified angling events and the data indicative of the parameter of the reel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,726

GAME MACHINE AND PROGRAM

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINM...

1. A game machine comprising:one or more non-transitory computer readable memories that store one or more software components that include computer executable program instructions; and
one or more computers that execute the computer executable program instructions to cause the one or more computers to:
accept one or more game operations by a player;
determine whether or not the one or more game operations that are accepted satisfy one or more predefined skill conditions;
consume a game value based on a determination that the one or more game operations by the player which are accepted satisfy the one or more predefined skill conditions; and
determine a reward to the one or more game operations based on a determination that the one or more game operations that are accepted satisfy the one or more predefined skill conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,723

TRACK BASED PLAY SYSTEMS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A set comprising:a computer game;
a plurality of passive physical play pieces, wherein the passive physical play pieces in the set are not configured to send or receive data with other physical play pieces or the computer game; and
a plurality of active physical play pieces, wherein at least one of the plurality of active physical play pieces in the set comprises one or more sensors configured to detect an arrangement of a proximate passive physical play piece and is configured to actively communicate with the computer game, wherein the computer game is configured to:
receive data from the at least one of the plurality of active physical play pieces;
based at least in part on the data received, assist the computer game to infer a shape of a path formed from the plurality of active physical play pieces;
generate a virtual model of a path based on the inferred shape of the path formed from the plurality of active physical play pieces; and
display the virtual model of the path on a display device separate from the plurality of active physical play pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,478,722

SERVER AND PROGRAM

CYGAMES, INC., Tokyo (JP...

1. A server that individually communicates with a plurality of terminals that execute a game by accepting an operation performed individually by a plurality of players, manages a plurality of kinds of ranking criteria in which at least one of the plurality of players participates as a participant, and calculates ranking of the participant for each of the plurality of kinds of ranking criteria, the server comprising:a processor coupled to a memory, the processor setting, among the plurality of players, a player who is to be a subject of processing as a subject player,
wherein the processor determines a play style of the subject player automatically using a plurality of play logs from one or more games, and
wherein the processor calculates, as predicted ranks, ranks with respect to at least some of the plurality of kinds of ranking criteria for the case where the subject player participates in the individual ranking criteria based on the play style of the subject player, and
wherein the processor determines, as recommended ranking criteria, ranking criteria recommended to the subject player on the basis of the predicted ranks; and
a display that presents the recommended ranking criteria to the terminal of the subject player,
wherein the processor obtains a selection of a predetermined ranking criterion from the subject player in response to presenting the recommended ranking criteria on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,478,721

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VIRTUAL TEAM ASSEMBLY

Fantasy Sports Company, ...

1. A method implemented by at least one programmable processor of a server coupled to a network, the method comprising:generating, by an automated projection engine being executed by the at least one programmable processor, a plurality of internal objects, at least one of the plurality of internal objects corresponding to one of a plurality of players, at least one of the plurality of internal objects being associated with a projected value and one or more limiting factors; and
generating, by the automated projection engine, a final lineup of players comprising a subset of the plurality of internal objects, the generating the final lineup of players performed according to constraints comprising:
a first constraint comprising a sum of the one or more limiting factors of the plurality of internal objects corresponding to a plurality of potential lineups of players, wherein the sum of the one or more limiting factors does not exceed a maximum factor; and
a second constraint comprising a sum of the projected values of the plurality of internal objects corresponding to the potential lineups of players, wherein the sum of the projected values is a maximum for the final lineup of players, subject to the first constraint, the generating the final lineup of players further comprising:
maintaining an approximately constant computational time when executing a number of iterations randomizing column positions of a column-based list comprising a number of rows having entries of decreasing projected values of the plurality of internal objects, wherein at least one column comprises internal objects representing a player type,
the maintaining of the approximately constant computational time being based on limiting the number of iterations to be inversely proportional to the number of rows,
the generation of the plurality of internal objects further comprising sequentially selecting a single internal object from the randomized column positions to be added to the subset of the plurality of internal objects corresponding to the plurality of potential lineups of players, subject to the first constraint; and
transmitting, by the server over the network to a mobile application running on a mobile device, application data comprising a list representing the final lineup of players corresponding to the subset of the plurality of internal objects resulting in the maximum of the projected values after executing the number of iterations.

US Pat. No. 10,478,718

SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR SEARCHING GAME CHALLENGE OPPONENTS BASED ON ACTION OF USER

K-INNOVATION, Seongnam-s...

1. A method that is executed by a game service platform server managing a plurality of games for searching game challenge opponents, the method comprising:receiving, from a first terminal, a game challenge opponent request generated according to a motion detected from a sensor of the first terminal;
receiving, from the first terminal, a first desired distance and a first position of the first terminal, the first desired distance is set by a user of the first terminal as a desired distance between the first terminal and a game challenge opponent;
searching for a second terminal within the first desired distance based on a second position received from a second terminal, and if the second terminal within the first desired distance cannot be searched, then repeatedly searching for the second terminal for every preset update interval during an update time duration set by the first terminal;
receiving a second desired distance from the second terminal, the second desired distance is set by a user of the second terminal as a desired distance between the second terminal and a game challenge opponent;
determining whether the first terminal is located within the second desired distance based on the first position; and
setting the searched second terminal to be a game challenge opponent candidate and providing user information of the searched second terminal to the first terminal, when the first terminal is determined as being located within the second desired distance,
wherein the first and the second terminals are configured to execute a game service platform for managing the plurality of games and providing the game challenge opponent candidate.

US Pat. No. 10,478,716

BOTTLE PUZZLE

1. A bottle puzzle comprising a plurality of puzzle pieces and a crown member for detachably assembling the puzzle pieces to one another and to the crown member to form a bottle comprising a substantially cylindrical body with a threaded neck receiving a cap;whereas, each puzzle piece comprising
an exterior wall,
at least one inner wall, the inner wall comprising a helical twist,
a bottom wall,
a top wall,
an outlet disposed on the top wall,thereby forming a compartment capable of holding beverages and dispensing them through the outlet, such that each inner wall coinciding and engaging with only one inner wall of another puzzle piece;whereas, the crown member comprising
a flat circular flange having a top surface, a bottom surface and a circular opening,
the threaded neck disposed on the top surface over the circular opening and defining a mixing chamber,
a plurality of inlets disposed on the bottom surface, each inlet comprising an open bottom end and a partially open top end,
whereas, each bottom end slidably engaging in a fluid sealing manner with one outlet, the top end providing fluid communication between the inlet and the circular opening and preventing fluid communication with the outside of the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,715

PROJECTILE LAUNCHING GAME

1. A projectile launching apparatus comprising:a frame, wherein the frame comprises:
a base portion;
a front; and,
an upper portion;
a target, wherein the target comprises:
a rim;
a projectile receiver;
an inner rim; and,
a plurality of spokes, wherein each spoke comprises:
an inner end; and,
an outer end;
wherein the inner ends are attached to the inner rim; and,
wherein the outer ends are attached to the rim; and,
a launcher, wherein the launcher comprises:
a projectile saddle, wherein the projectile saddle comprises:
a front surface; and,
a rear surface; and,
a plurality of resilient cords;
a means for attaching the plurality of resilient cords to the upper portion; and,
a means for attaching the plurality of resilient cords to the projectile saddle;
wherein the plurality of resilient cords are attached to the upper portion;
wherein the plurality of resilient cords are attached to the projectile saddle;
wherein the front surface is configured to receive a projectile;
wherein the projectile receiver is attached to the rim;
wherein the rim is attached to the upper portion;
wherein the target is attached to the front of the frame;
wherein the launcher launches a projectile through an area; and,
wherein the area is above the target and the area is within the upper portion of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,478,714

RING-TOSSING GAME ASSEMBLY

1. A ring-tossing game assembly comprising:a base, said base comprising
a first connector, said first connector being T-shaped, said first connector being tubular-type,
a pair of first rods selectively insertable into said first connector such that said first rods are opposingly positioned and frictionally coupled to said first connector, and
a pair of second rods, each said second rod being coupled to and extending bidirectionally from a respective said first rod such that said base is I-shaped;
a post coupled to and extending perpendicularly from said base, said post comprising
a plurality of tubes, each said tube having a lower end such that said lower end of a respective said tube is positioned for inserting into said first connector for coupling said post to said base such that said respective said tube is selectively rotatable relative to said base, and
a plurality of couplers, said couplers being tubular-type, each said coupler being cross-shaped, each said coupler being coupled to an upper end of a respective said tube wherein said plurality of tubes is positioned for interconnecting by inserting said lower end of a respective said tube into a respective said coupler positioned on an adjacently positioned said tube for frictionally coupling said respective said tube to said respective said coupler with said respective said tube being opposingly positioned and selectively rotatable relative to said adjacently positioned said tube;
a plurality of crossbars, each said crossbar having respective opposing ends, each said crossbar being coupled to and extending bidirectionally from said post, each said crossbar being U-shaped such that said opposing ends of said crossbar extend toward a top of said post, each said crossbar comprising a pair of segments, said segments being tubular such that a terminus of each said segment is positioned for inserting into a respective said coupler such that said segments are opposingly positioned and frictionally coupled to said respective said coupler;
a plurality of rings wherein each said ring is configured for grasping in a hand of a user positioned proximate to said post positioning the user for tossing said ring toward said post intending said ring for insertably coupling to a respective said crossbar;
a plurality of fasteners, said fasteners being tubular-type, said fasteners being coupled singly to each said opposing end of said plurality of crossbars; and
a plurality of caps, each said cap comprising a shaft, said shaft being selectively insertable to a respective said fastener for frictionally coupling said cap to a respective said crossbar.

US Pat. No. 10,478,713

JUMPING TOY

1. A jumping toy comprisinga puppet, a plurality of springs, and a counter;
wherein the counter and the plurality of springs attach to the puppet;
wherein the jumping toy is configured for use with a supporting surface;
wherein the jumping toy presses against the supporting surface such that the plurality of springs are deformed;
wherein each of the plurality of springs returns to its relaxed position such that the jumping toy “jumps” to an elevation above the supporting surface;
wherein the counter is a mechanical device;
wherein the counter counts the number of times the jumping toy jumps;
wherein the counter attaches to a spring selected from the plurality of springs such that the elevation of the jumping toy by the selected spring advances the counter.

US Pat. No. 10,478,711

POINTS AND BID CARD GAME

1. A game, comprising:a game hub having:
a draw tray and a discard tray for point cards; and
four game boards surrounding the game hub, wherein each of the four game boards includes a points spent tracker comprising a grid of a plurality of numbers representing points spent, a tournament win tracker comprising a plurality of numbers representing a number of tournament wins, a net points tracker comprising a grid of a plurality of numbers representing accumulated net points and an indicator card tray for indicator cards;
four sets of score markers for placing on the game board, wherein each set of score markers includes a first score marker placed and moved on the points spent tracker, a second score marker placed and moved on the tournament wins tracker and a third score marker placed and moved on the net points tracker, wherein each of the four sets of score markers has a predetermined color that is different than the other sets of score markers;
sixteen indicator cards for placing in the indicator card tray, the sixteen indicator cards divided into four sets of four indicator cards, wherein each of the four sets of the four indicator cards has a determined color that is different than the other sets of four indicator cards and wherein each indicator card includes a first major surface and wherein each of the four sets of four indicator cards includes a first indicator card with an identifying value one (1) on the first major surface, a second indicator card with the identifying value two (2) on the first major surface, a third indicator card with the identifying value three (3) on the first major surface and a fourth indicator card with the identifying value four (4) and the term “FOURBID™” on the first major surface; and
fifty-one point cards for placing in the draw tray and the discard tray of the game hub, the fifty-one points cards divided into eight classification sets and a wild card set, wherein each point card includes a first major surface and each set of the eight classification sets of point cards includes six point cards and wherein each of the point cards in the eight classification sets has on its first major surface comprising a combination of:
a classification set name;
a point value indicator;
a symbol having a shape and color representing the classification set;
an image representing the classification set name; and
a common name for the image;
where the combination on the first major surface is different for each of the point cards in the eight classification sets, and wherein the wild card set includes three point cards each having a number zero on the first major surface, where the wild cards are bordered with one of each shape and color symbols found in each of the eight classification sets.

US Pat. No. 10,478,709

TERRESTRIAL WAKEBOARD

TOMMY BOARD, INC., Hunti...

1. An oversized wheeled board, comprising:a deck having a length of between about 48-60 inches and a maximum width of between about 15-20 inches, the deck being formed of at least nine total layers of flexible material including a soft layer made of a foam or urethane and multiple layers of fiber glass adhered together, wherein none of the layers are bamboo or plyboard;
a pair of trucks having wheels;
a riser plate made of an elastomer positioned above each truck between the truck and the deck; and
a plurality of fasteners securing the trucks and riser plates to a lower surface of the deck, the fasteners each passing through one of the riser plates, wherein the fasteners extend downward through holes in the deck, risers and a mounting plate of each truck and are secured below the mounting plate with nuts, and wherein the deck has recesses formed in a top surface sized to receive reinforcing plates having a thickness that is equal to or less than a depth of the recesses so as to remain flush with or below the top surface of the deck, and the fasteners each passing through one of the reinforcing plates.

US Pat. No. 10,478,708

COORDINATING MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEMODYNAMICS

Pulson, Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A method for synchronizing a rhythmic musculoskeletal activity cycle (“MSKC”) of a user exercising on an exercise apparatus with a rhythmic cardiac cycle (“CC”) of the user, the method comprising:a first loop figured to repetitively:
detect a first signal feature representative of a CC timing of the user using a first detector, the first signal feature repeating at a heart rate of the user,
detect a second signal feature representative of an MSKC timing of the user using a second detector, the second signal feature repeating at a cadence of the user,
determine an actual timing relationship between the CC timing or first signal feature and the MSKC timing or second signal feature using a controller integrated into or coupled to the exercise apparatus,
determine a difference value between the actual timing relationship and a target timing relationship using the controller,
compute a relative timing correction value, and
adjust operations of the exercise apparatus as a function of the relative timing correction value and in response to a signal from the controller, wherein the operations of the exercise apparatus are adjusted to alter the MSKC timing of the user such that the magnitude of the difference value is reduced, and wherein adjusting the operations comprises adjusting a plurality of settings; and
a second loop configured to repetitively:
compute an actual heart rate of the user based on the CC timing or the first signal feature,
determine a second difference value between the actual heart rate and a target heart rate of the user,
compute a heart rate correction value, and
adjust operations of the exercise apparatus as a function of the heart rate correction value and in response to a second signal from the controller, wherein the operations of the exercise apparatus are adjusted to alter the actual heart rate of the user such that the magnitude of the second difference value is reduced, and wherein adjusting the operations comprises adjusting the plurality of settings,
wherein a response time of the second loop is configured to be greater than the first loop such that a likelihood of interference between the first loop and the second loop is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,478,707

MOTION ANALYSIS METHOD AND MOTION ANALYSIS DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A display device that receives an output of an inertial sensor associated with a golf club held by a user, comprising:a processor that determines from the output of the inertial sensor a first plane including (a) a first straight line that extends in an extending direction of a shaft portion of the golf club, and (b) a second straight line showing a ball hitting direction, and determines a second plane based on a user's static position holding the golf club, a ball-hitting position and a ball hitting direction; and
a display that displays on a screen an image of the first plane, the second plane and the golf club simultaneously,
wherein the first and second planes are visually displayed in a three-dimensional space, and wherein the second plane is determined in three dimensions based upon coordinates of a shoulder of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,478,706

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRECISE DETERMINATION OF A POSITION OF A TARGET ON A SURFACE

TOPCON POSITIONING SYSTEM...

1. An apparatus for determining, in real-time, a location of a target on a golf green, the golf green having a plurality of fixed referenced points located proximally thereabout, the apparatus comprising:a registration control for registering particular ones of the plurality of fixed reference points, the registration control comprising a camera for capturing an image, in real-time, of certain ones of the particular ones of the plurality of fixed reference points;
an instrument for measuring a plurality of distances, each distance of the plurality of distances being between the target and the certain ones of the fixed reference points registered by the registration control; and
a processor, for executing computer program instructions stored in a memory, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
determining the location of the target, in real-time, based on the plurality of distances, wherein the determining the location of the target further comprises:
receiving coordinates of the certain ones of the fixed reference points registered of the plurality of fixed reference points, and surface elevation information associated with the target, the surface elevation information generated from a contour map of the golf green having a plurality of contours, one or more of the contours representing one or more lines of constant elevation, and a plurality of directional lines that are defined from a topography of the golf green, and the contour map generated from a digital elevation model (DEM) representing a continuous topographical surface taken from a discrete set of three-dimensional (3D) points;
calculating, using at least two of the measured distances, an initial estimation of the location of the target; and
calculating, using the initial estimation of the location of the target and the surface elevation information, the location of the target by iteratively interpolating a surface elevation of the golf green at the location of the target by interpolating the contours of the golf green until reaching a pre-defined tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,478,703

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, WEARABLE APPARATUS, CONTENT REPRODUCTION DEVICE, CONTENT REPRODUCTION SYSTEM, AND CONTENT REPRODUCTION METHOD

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An information processing method comprising:causing an information acquisition section to perform a process of acquiring user information including body motion information of a user;
causing a processing section to perform a process of determining a swimming stroke of the user on the basis of the user information, and obtaining evaluation index information which is stroke information when the user swims in each swimming stroke, wherein the stroke information is based on a result of a main component analysis that is performed by:
analyzing a scattering direction of a distribution with respect to three-axis accelerations for a past n seconds;
obtaining a new coordinate system formed of first to third main component axes obtained through analyzing the scattering direction;
converting values of the three-axis accelerations measured in a sensor coordinate system into values in the new coordinate system; and
obtaining first to third main components which are accelerations in respective axes of the new coordinate system; and
causing an output section to output information in which the evaluation index information in each swimming stroke is correlated with each swimming stroke.

US Pat. No. 10,478,702

EXERCISE APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR STATIONARY USERS

1. An exercise and therapy apparatus comprising: a linearly movable frame having at least two parallel vertical posts, each of said at least two parallel vertical posts having an upper aspect and a lower aspect;a plurality of fixed wheels attached to said linearly movable frame for exercise movement in a straight line;
at least one elastic resistance member mechanically attached horizontally to respective lower aspects of both of the said at least two parallel vertical posts, said at least one elastic resistance member urging movement of said exercise and therapy apparatus along said straight line when stretched by a stationary user during exercise, wherein the linearly movable frame is configured to engage said stationary user relatively within a portion of the linearly movable frame and thereby permitting forward and reverse linear, reaching and retrieving motions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,699

FULL SCALE PRACTICE AND TRAINING SYSTEM, METHOD AND SOFTWARE MEDIUM UTILIZING PROGRAMMABLE CHASSIS DRIVEN DRONES AND TACKLING DUMMIES IN SINGULAR AND MULTIPLE VARIANTS SUCH AS USE BY POSITIONAL PLAYERS IN SOLE AND TEAM-BASED SPORTS AS WELL AS OTHER NON-AT

1. A management system for providing full scale training of a plurality of physical participants engaged in a team event, comprising:a plurality of self-propelling drones positioned at various locations upon a practice surface;
a plurality of sensors either adapted to being worn by the physical participants or being located upon the practice surface;
a control platform incorporating a first processor in communication with the sensors for tracking movement of each of the physical players and drones;
a grid of lighting elements incorporated into the practice surface;
the first processor and an associated database of said control platform communicating with said grid and operable to outputting a series of time elapsed commands, a sub-plurality of said lighting elements illuminating to represent an initial position of the drones;
additional sub-pluralities of lighting elements being progressively illuminated in a time elapsed fashion to replicate movement of any of the participant or drone;
a second processor incorporated into each of the drones, each of the second processors being in operative communication with the control platform, the second processors receiving sensor updated information as a stream of instructions for operating a powered drive chassis incorporated into each drone for traversing the drone upon the practice surface during a training iteration; and
said control platform coordinating streams of instructions to the second processors for moving the drones in a synchronized and choreographed progression between start and end points so that the drones emulate a team of players opposing the physical players.

US Pat. No. 10,478,698

INTERACTIVE COGNITIVE-MULTISENSORY INTERFACE APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ASSESSING, PROFILING, TRAINING, AND/OR IMPROVING PERFORMANCE OF ATHLETES AND OTHER POPULATIONS

APEXK INC., Laval, QC (C...

1. A method of assessing a cerebral disruptive incident comprising:obtaining a baseline cognitive performance profile at a first point in time prior to said disruptive incident;
storing said baseline cognitive performance profile;
obtaining a secondary cognitive performance profile following said disruptive incident; and
comparing said baseline cognitive performance profile with said second cognitive performance profile to determine a measure of cognitive impairment due to said disruptive incident, wherein said obtaining said baseline cognitive performance profile and said obtaining said secondary cognitive performance profile comprise:
establishing with a patient a sensory semantic language for relating a plurality of symbols, wherein each symbol has a meaning that is unknown to the patient prior to said establishment of said sensory semantic language, to a plurality of affirmative actions requiring that the patient do something, wherein each action of said plurality of affirmative actions is associated, based on said sensory semantic language, with a symbol of said plurality of symbols, said sensory semantic language being new to said patient prior to said establishment;
instructing said patient to perform a cognitive exercise, wherein, during said exercise, said patient is provided in a central field of view of said patient a selected one of said plurality of symbols;
driving a transducer for generating a luminous output for providing at least one peripheral visual stimulus located in a peripheral vision region of the patient, said luminous output generated a period after said providing said selected one of said plurality of symbols;
detecting a responsive affirmative action performed by said patient after said generating said luminous output; and
determining if said responsive affirmative action is accurate based on said selected one of said plurality of symbols provided in said central field of view of said patient and said established sensory semantic language.

US Pat. No. 10,478,696

REHABILITATION EXERCISE DEVICE

CPY 2 LLC, Naples, FL (U...

1. A rehabilitation apparatus comprising:a proximal end opposite a distal end, with a proximal rigid member disposed at the proximal end, and a distal rigid member disposed at the distal end;
a drag chute spanning from the proximal end to the distal end, the drag chute being coupled to each of the proximal rigid member and the distal rigid member;
a support rod secured to each of the proximal rigid member and the distal rigid member, the support rod spanning along a longitudinal axis of the drag chute from the proximal end to the distal end of the rehabilitation apparatus;
a proximal coupling element coupled to the support rod and disposed adjacent to the proximal rigid member, the proximal coupling element defining an aperture through which a user's limb can be inserted;
a distal coupling element coupled to the support rod and disposed between the proximal coupling element and the distal end of the rehabilitation apparatus, the distal coupling element including an outer housing defining an aperture, and a handle coupled to and disposed interior of the outer housing, the handle at least partially extending from the outer housing toward the aperture, such that the user's limb can grasp the handle to swing the rehabilitation apparatus, and such that the drag chute provides resistance when the rehabilitation apparatus travels through air during a rehabilitation exercise; and
an adjustment bolt in communication with the distal coupling element and the support rod, the adjustment bolt having a locked orientation and an unlocked orientation, in which in the locked orientation, the adjustment bolt exerts pressure on the distal coupling element to secure the distal coupling element to the support rod, and in which in the unlocked orientation, the adjustment bolt reduces pressure exerted on the distal coupling element, such that the distal coupling element can slidably translate with respect to the support rod.

US Pat. No. 10,478,695

INSTRUMENTED BATTING SYSTEM

Sports Sensors, Inc., Ci...

1. A batting system comprising:a batting tee assembly that includes:
a ball rest having a top configured to hold a ball in a stationary position;
a first radar device having a first emission point located below the top of the ball rest and configured to emit a first radar beam having a first radar vector from the first emission point; and
a second radar device having a second emission point located below the top of the ball rest, the second radar device configured to emit a second radar beam having a second radar vector from the second emission point, the second radar vector being oriented in a different direction than the first radar vector,
the second radar device being offset horizontally from the first radar device so that a horizontal distance between the second radar device and the ball rest is greater than the horizontal distance between the first radar device and the ball rest.

US Pat. No. 10,478,694

TENNIS NET ANCHORING DEVICE AND METHOD OF ANCHORING A TENNIS NET

FAST-DRY CORPORATION, Po...

1. An anchoring device comprising:a unitary body of a rigid material including:
a middle portion being defined by an upper end and a bottom end opposing the upper end of the middle portion;
two net-retention members, each net-retention member extending downwardly from the upper end of the middle portion to define an arcuate net-support surface facing in a direction toward the bottom end of the middle portion, both net-retention members terminating at respective free net ends, both net-retention members flanking the middle portion; and
two ground-retention members extending downwardly from the bottom end of the middle portion, each ground-retention member having an arcuate portion with a ground-retention surface facing in a direction toward the net-support surfaces of the net-retention members, both ground-retention members terminating at respective free ground ends, both ground-retention members being disposed in off-set configurations with respect to the middle portion, the unitary body, spanning from the free ground ends of the two ground-retention members to the free net ends, having no moving parts.

US Pat. No. 10,478,693

HEADCOVERS HAVING A PULL STRAP AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A headcover comprising:a headcover body comprising:
a belly panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and a top panel that collectively define an interior portion configured to receive a club head of a golf club;
a detachable pull strap defining a pull strap body forming a plurality of leg portions; and
a plurality of fasteners, each of the plurality of fasteners including an attaching unit configured to be engaged to a closure unit when securing the detachable pull strap to the headcover body, wherein the attaching unit is located on the pull strap and the closure unit is located on the headcover body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,692

GOLF CLUB PROTECTOR

1. A system for receiving at least one golf club, the system comprising:a carrier including a first surface and a second surface disposed on an opposite side of the carrier than the first surface, the carrier selectively movable between a constricted state wrapped around the at least one golf club and a relaxed state;
at least one sleeve depending from one of the first surface and the second surface and including a first opening disposed at a first end of the at least one sleeve and operable to receive a head of the at least one golf club, the at least one sleeve surrounded by the carrier when the carrier is in the constricted state, and the at least one sleeve including a second opening disposed at a second end of the at least one sleeve, the second opening being smaller than the first opening and the second end being disposed at an opposite end of the at least one sleeve than the first end; and
a fastener supported by the carrier and operable to selectively maintain the carrier in the constricted state.

US Pat. No. 10,478,690

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS HAVING A PLURALITY OF SENSORS FOR DETECTING ONE OR MORE SWING PARAMETERS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An inertial measurement unit, comprising:an output device;
an accelerometer;
a gyroscope; and
an application-specific integrated circuit comprising discrete hardware components configured to perform at least:
receive sensor data from the accelerometer and gyroscope coupled to an object in motion between a first time instant and a second time instant;
extract an acceleration measurement and an angular rate measurement from the sensor data;
identify, from the angular rate measurement, a gyroscope saturation event corresponding to an output of the gyroscope reaching a physical limitation of hardware of the gyroscope;
calculate an estimated output error using the received sensor data, wherein the estimated output error includes a saturation function that takes account of the gyroscope saturation event;
input the estimated output error into a system of motion equations for the object, wherein the system of motion equations includes an estimate of a gyroscope bias estimated without using static leveling;
solve the system of motion equations;
output functions for an input force, an input torque, a roll angle, and a pitch angle from the solved system of motion equations; and
calculate and output to the output device, a position of the object in motion between the first time instant and the second time instant using the functions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,689

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING A SPORTING APPARATUS

Sumitomo Rubber Industrie...

1. In a system implementing a reference golf club, one or more sensors associated with the reference golf club, and a computing device, a method comprising:(a) receiving from the one or more sensors, by the computing device, swing data relating to a swing of the reference golf club;
(b) analyzing, by the computing device, the swing data to determine recommended shaft parameter values for each of a plurality of shaft parameters using an algorithm;
(c) accessing, by the computing device, a shaft database comprising actual shaft parameter values corresponding to each of the plurality of shaft parameters for each of a plurality of shafts;
(d) selecting, by the computing device, at least one shaft from the plurality of shafts based, at least in part, on a comparison between the recommended shaft parameter values and the actual shaft parameter values;
(e) transmitting, by the computing device, information relating to the at least one shaft; and
(f) displaying, by the computing device, the information on a display of the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,478,687

GOLF CLUB HEAD OR OTHER BALL STRIKING DEVICE HAVING FACE DEFORMATION LIMITING MEMBER

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face having a ball striking surface adapted to impact a golf ball and an inner surface opposite the ball striking surface;
a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face,
wherein the face and the body define an interior cavity and an inner surface of the body surrounding the interior cavity; and
a plurality of deformation limiting members located behind the face, each having a fixed end connected to the inner surface of the body,
wherein each fixed end of each of the plurality of deformation limiting members is spaced a rearward distance from a peripheral edge of the face, and
wherein each of the plurality of deformation limiting members has a free end spaced a second rearward distance from the inner surface of the face,
wherein a gap is formed between each of the deformation limiting members and the inner surface of the face, and
wherein the first rearward distance is greater than the second rearward distance such that the gap is greater at the fixed ends than at the free ends for each of the plurality of deformation limiting members,
wherein each of the deformation limiting members comprises a flange extending from the fixed end at the inner surface of the body toward the inner surface of the face and extending inward into the interior cavity,
wherein the face and each of the plurality of deformation limiting members are adapted such that an impact of the golf ball on the ball striking surface causes deformation of the face toward the plurality of deformation limiting members, and
wherein when the deformation of the face is sufficient to cause the inner surface of the face to engage the free ends of the plurality of deformation limiting members,
wherein the plurality of deformation limiting members exert a force on the face to resist further deformation of the face;
wherein the flange forms an inner edge at the free end,
wherein the inner edge forms an elliptical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,478,686

GOLF BAG

BarSix, LLC, Highlands R...

1. A container, wherein the container comprises:a frame, wherein:
the frame comprises:
a first member;
a second member; and
a plurality of diagonal members;
each of the plurality of diagonal members diagonally couple the first member with the second member; and
a removable cover, wherein:
the removable cover comprises:
a central portion;
a first coupling mechanism; and
a second coupling mechanism;
the first coupling mechanism is coupled with at least a portion of a top of the central portion;
the second coupling mechanism is coupled with at least a portion of a bottom of the central portion;
the first coupling mechanism is reversibly coupled with the second member; and
the second coupling mechanism is reversibly coupled with the first member;
wherein:
the second coupling mechanism comprises a first fastener and a second fastener;
the first member defines a ledge, the first member having a smaller diameter below the ledge than above the ledge; and
the second coupling mechanism being reversibly coupled with the first member comprises the first fastener coupled with the second fastener below the ledge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,684

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a hollow body portion having a toe portion with a toe portion edge, a heel portion with a heel portion edge and a hosel portion, a top portion with a top portion edge, a sole portion with a sole portion edge, a front portion, and a back portion with a back wall portion;
a face portion coupled to the body portion enclosing the front portion to create a first interior cavity;
a hosel transition portion between the first interior cavity and the hosel portion;
a second interior cavity extending into the hosel transition portion and connected to the first interior cavity, the second interior cavity extending from a location at or proximate to the top edge portion of the top portion to a location at or proximate to the sole edge portion of the sole portion, and the second interior cavity extending from the face portion toward the hosel portion;
a channel on the back wall portion, the channel including at least one groove extending from the toe portion edge toward the heel portion edge, the channel defining an indented portion of the back wall portion;
a first set of ports including at least one port above the channel, a distance between the at least one port of the first set of ports and the toe portion edge being substantially less than a distance between the at least one port of the first set of ports and the hosel portion; and
a second set of ports including at least one port below the channel, a distance between the at least one port of the second set of ports and the toe portion edge being substantially less than a distance between the at least one port of the second set of ports and the hosel portion,
wherein at least one port of the first set of ports or the second set of ports is connected to the first interior cavity to provide a connected port,
wherein the first interior cavity and the second interior cavity are at least partially filled with a polymer material from the connected port,
wherein a width of the at least one groove decreases from the toe portion edge toward the heel portion edge, and
wherein a distance between the at least one groove and a horizontal midplane of the body portion increases from the toe portion edge toward the heel portion edge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,683

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING A SUPPORT TO LIMIT FACEPLATE DEFORMATION

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body including:
a face plate having a strike surface and an opposing interior surface,
wherein a distance between the strike surface and the opposing interior surface of the face plate defines a thickness of the face plate;
a rear end; and
a sole connecting the face plate with the rear end,
wherein the face plate, the rear end, and the sole partially define a cavity; and
an insert positioned within the cavity, the insert comprising a front portion configured to face the opposing interior surface of the face plate, the front portion having an insert surface facing the opposing interior surface of the face plate, wherein:
a first insert surface of the front portion comprises a first arm adjacent to a heel end of the insert, a second arm adjacent to a toe end of the insert, and a cross member extending from the heel end of the insert to the toe end of the insert;
wherein the first and second arms transition into the cross member to generally define a U shape of the first surface;
wherein at least a second surface of the front portion of the insert surface is spaced apart from the opposing interior surface of the face plate defining a distance between the insert surface and the opposing interior surface of the face plate; and
the distance between the second surface of the front portion and the opposing interior surface of the face plate ranges from 0.005-0.125 inch.

US Pat. No. 10,478,682

GOLF CLUB SET

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club set comprising golf clubs having different loft angles, said golf clubs including:at least one first golf club having a loft angle not less than 46 degrees and less than 56 degrees,
at least one second golf club having a loft angle not less than 56 degrees and less than 60 degrees, and
at least one third golf club having a loft angle more than 60 degrees and not more than 64 degrees,whereinsaid at least one first golf club, said at least one second golf club and said at least one third golf club each comprise a face provided with score lines,
the score lines are each formed by a groove having a groove bottom and a pair of opposite groove walls which are inclined at an inclination angle with respect to a normal direction to the face so that the groove width between the opposite groove walls is increased from the groove bottom toward the face,
the inclination angle of the groove walls of the score lines of said at least one first golf club is in a range from 28 to 42 degrees,
the inclination angle of the groove walls of the score lines of said at least one second golf club is in a range from 23 to 37 degrees and smaller than that of the first golf club, and
the inclination angle of the groove walls of the score lines of said at least one third golf club is in a range from 20 to 30 degrees and smaller than that of the second golf club.

US Pat. No. 10,478,679

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Taylor Made Golf Company,...

21. A golf club, comprising:a shaft;
a body defining an interior cavity, a sole portion positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head, a crown portion positioned at a top portion, and the body also having a forward portion and a rearward portion and a maximum above ground height;
a face positioned at the forward portion of the body;
a gap defined in the sole adjacent the face and extending into the interior cavity of the club head and a portion of the sole being located between the face and the gap; and
a sleeve for adjustably securing the shaft to the golf club head to selectively adjust at least one of a loft angle, lie angle and face angle of the club head;
wherein, the golf club head has a center of gravity (CG) projection of less than about 3 mm above a center of the face;
wherein a coefficient of restitution of the golf club head measured at the center of the face is 0.80 or greater;
wherein a mass of the golf club head is between about 185 grams and about 245 grams;
wherein a maximum dimension from the forward portion to the rearward portion is greater than about 75 mm;
wherein the golf club head has an above ground center-of-gravity location Zup measured in mm;
wherein the golf club head has a moment of inertia about the center-of-gravity z-axis Izz measured in kg-mm2;
wherein the golf club head has a moment of inertia about the center-of-gravity x-axis Ixx measured in kg-mm2;
wherein Izz and Ixx are related to the above ground center-of-gravity location Zup by the equation:
Ixx+Izz?20·Zup+165;
wherein the club head has a balance point located on the face and the balance point is no more than 3 mm above of a geometric center of the face;
wherein the club head has a center of gravity located no more than 30 mm horizontally rearward of the geometric center of the face, a coefficient of restitution (COR) of no less than 0.80 as measured at the balance point on the face, and a characteristic time measured at the geometric center of the face of no less than 218 microseconds; and
wherein the club head has a height less than 46 mm and a volume less than 210 cm3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,678

CELLULOID-FREE, SUBSTANTIALLY SPHERICAL HOLLOW BODY AND FABRICATION THEREOF

WEENER PLASTIK GMBH, Wee...

1. A table tennis ball with a diameter of from 37 mm to 45 mm, and a weight of from 2.5 g to 3.5 g, comprising a shell and an internal cavity, said shell having a wall thickness of from 0.2 mm to 1.3 mm, wherein a material of the shell is free of celluloid and comprises at least one first polymer, wherein the first polymer is acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS) and at least a second organic polymer, wherein the second organic polymer is a homopolymer of a polycarbonate, and wherein a concentration ratio of the ABS to the polycarbonate is between 0.65-0.75 to between 0.25-0.35.

US Pat. No. 10,478,676

BALL FOR BALL GAME AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A ball for a ball game, the ball being a spherical body and comprising:a spherical core inside the spherical body, the spherical core being a sphere having a center of the spherical body as a center,
a spherical cover layer covering the spherical core, the spherical cover layer being a sphere having a center of the spherical body as a center,
first and second regions formed on a spherical surface of the spherical core or on a spherical surface of the spherical cover layer;
the first regions are formed of a first material, the first material being an electrically conductive material and having a radio wave reflectance, the first regions each having a diameter of not less than 2 mm and not more than 15 mm, and
the second regions are formed of a second material in areas other than where the first regions are formed, the second material being an electrically non-conductive material and having a radio wave reflectance lower than the radio wave reflectance of the first material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,675

MULTI-LAYER CORE GOLF BALL

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A three-layer golf ball consisting essentially of:an inner core layer having a diameter of from 0.500 inches to 1.580 inches and formed from a first thermoset rubber composition;
an outer core layer having a thickness of from 0.005 inches to 0.300 inches and a surface hardness of from 50 Shore C to 90 Shore C and formed from a highly neutralized polymer composition, wherein the highly neutralized polymer composition comprises:
an acid copolymer of ethylene and an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid;
a non-acid polymer selected from ethylene-alkyl acrylates and ethylene-alkyl methacrylates and present in an amount of greater than 50 wt %, based on the combined weight of the acid copolymer and the non-acid polymer;
an organic acid or salt thereof; and
a cation source present in an amount sufficient to neutralize greater than 80% of all acid groups present in the composition; and
a single layer cover.

US Pat. No. 10,478,674

GOLF BALL COMPRISING A VERY-LOW MELT FLOW INNER COVER LAYER COMPOSITION

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core;
an inner cover layer comprising a first thermoplastic composition and having a thickness of about 0.005 inches to about 0.40 inches and a surface hardness of about 70 Shore D or less; and
an outer cover layer comprising a thermoplastic polyurethane and having a thickness of about 0.01 inches to about 0.075 inches and a surface hardness of about 20 Shore D to about 60 Shore D;
wherein the first thermoplastic composition comprises a first melt flow index at 280° C. under a 10-kg load of less than about 35 g/10 min and a second melt flow index at 265° C. under a 5-kg load of less than about 10 g/10 min.

US Pat. No. 10,478,673

ELECTRIC CONTROLLERS FOR SWIMMING GOGGLES

1. An electronic device comprising:a motion sensor;
an electric sound speaker;
an integrated circuit;
a water-proof package that encloses said motion sensor and said integrated circuit; and
means to attach said water-proof package to the head strap of a swimming goggle;wherein said integrated circuit is able to analyze the motions of the swimmer wearing the swimming goggle with said electronic device attached while the swimmer is swimming in water, and said integrated circuit is able to control the outputs of said electric sound speaker, and the integrated circuit uses the outputs of the motion sensor to estimate the number of Calories burned by the swimmer wearing the swimming goggle with the attached electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,478,672

WALKABLE WATER SHOE WITH INCORPORATED SWIM FIN APPENDAGE

David Martin Reyes, Rock...

1. A water shoe having an elevated swim fin appendage wherein the elevated swim fin appendage does not obstruct a wearer throughout a normal walking motion; comprising: A shoe portion having a neoprene, nylon, polyester or rubber material upper attached to a traction sole; An elevated swim fin appendage attached to said shoe portion, said elevated swim fin appendage having a neoprene, nylon, polyester or rubber material upper boot or sock and a lower traction sole surface; wherein a front edge of said elevated swim fin appendage protrudes forwardly beyond a front of said shoe portion a distance “L”, said distance “L” not obstructing a wearer from engaging in the normal walking motion; Said lower traction sole surface of said elevated swim fin measuring a distance “H” above a flat ground surface, said distance “H” not obstructing a wearer from engaging in the normal walking motion; Said elevated swim fin appendage including left and right side surface areas extending laterally beyond a footprint of said shoe portion, said side surface areas terminating approximately midway along said shoe portion; wherein said distance “L” ranges between 2?-8? and said distance “H” ranges between 1.25?-2.5?.

US Pat. No. 10,478,670

STATIONARY EXERCISE EQUIPMENT FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, MORE PARTICULAR AN EXERCISE BIKE

PROTOKON Gyarto, Fejleszt...

1. A stationary exercise equipment for physical training, comprising:a frame with a movement unit that is configured to be moved by an exerciser or is itself driven and interacts with the exerciser,
one or more sensors, assigned to the movement unit or configured to be assigned to the exerciser, for capturing measured values,
a computer apparatus for establishing one or more items of measurement-value-related information, a first display apparatus directed rearward at the exerciser for displaying one or more items of information, and
a second display apparatus mounted on the frame on a front side of the stationary exercise equipment and directed frontward for outputting at least one item of information to a different person other than the exerciser in front of the stationary exercise equipment,
wherein an identical color-coded information indicating a current training zone of the exerciser is displayed on the first display apparatus and the second display apparatus simultaneously so that the current training zone is displayed to the exerciser and to the different person, wherein the current training zone is one of a plurality of training zones, each of the training zones corresponding to a different percentage interval of the maximum heart rate of the exerciser or a different percentage interval of power in relation to an index value, and each of the plurality of training zones is assigned a respective zone-specific color as the color-coded information.

US Pat. No. 10,478,668

ACTIVITY MONITORING BASE STATION

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A device for monitoring a plurality of individuals, the device comprising:a base station in communication with a plurality of sensors worn by the plurality of individuals during a fitness activity, the base station comprising:
a housing comprising:
a top central opening located at a proximal end of the housing,
a bottom central opening located at a distal end of the housing,
a ventilation channel comprising a ventilation channel wall defining the top central opening, the bottom central opening, and a through hole extending through the housing between the top central opening and the bottom central opening, and
a sloped circumferential wall located at the proximal end of the housing and configured to funnel water into the top central opening and through the ventilation channel;
a control module disposed within the housing around an outer surface of the ventilation channel wall and configured to monitor the plurality of individuals; and
a heat sink disposed within the ventilation channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,667

INFINITELY ADJUSTABLE TRAINING MASK WITH AN AIR FILTER AND A DRINKING DEVICE

Bo Tao, Chino, CA (US)

1. A training mask comprising:an air impermeable mask body defining a mask interior space and perimeter seal, wherein said perimeter seal and said interior space are configured to enclose a wearer's nose and mouth;
at least one adjustable inhalation resistance assembly extending through said mask body, said at least one adjustable inhalation resistance assembly comprising a first stationary internal component and a second external rotating dial parallelly and co-radially stacked on top of said first stationary internal component such that turning said second external rotating dial adjust sizes of corresponding overlapping inhalation adjustment apertures formed by said first stationary internal component and second external rotating dial to control inhalation resistance of ambient air through said overlapping inhalation adjustment apertures into said mask interior space in response to inhalation by the wearer;
an air exhalation channel subassembly comprising:
air permitting exhalation apertures located at a center of a top planar portion of said first stationary internal component;
an air exhalation channel located at a center of a top planar portion of said second external rotating dial; and
a flexible one-way check valve for regulating a discharge of exhaled air of the wearer; and
an integrally-disposed replaceable particulate air filter incorporated into said first stationary internal component for filtering inhaled air that passes through said mask body;
wherein the replaceable particulate air filter comprises a cylindrical mounting frame adapted to closely fit inside and extend through an internal chamber of said first stationary internal component and an air filter element adapted to be positioned in said cylindrical mounting frame and cover an entire area defined by an inner diameter and perimeter of the internal chamber of said first stationary internal component to ensure that only filtered clean air passes through said mask body during, inhalation by a wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,478,666

TREADMILL

Drax Inc., Gyeonggi-do (...

1. A treadmill comprising:a first frame and a second frame that are disposed in parallel with each other; and
a plurality of slats that extend perpendicularly to a disposition direction of the first frame and the second frame, are disposed between the first frame and the second frame, and are installed to move with respect to the first frame and the second frame,
wherein at least some of the plurality of slats comprise a support plate, which comprises a base portion providing a first plane for supporting a user and a strength reinforcing portion that extends from the base portion,
wherein the strength reinforcing portion is a convex shape and has a cavity formed therein.

US Pat. No. 10,478,665

EXERCISE APPARATUSES HAVING TREAD MEMBERS FOR SUPPORTING STRIDING EXERCISES

Life Fitness, LLC, Rosem...

1. An exercise apparatus comprising a frame and first and second pedals that are coupled to the frame such that a user standing on the first and second pedals can perform a striding exercise, wherein the first and second pedals each have a tread member that extends longitudinally from front to back along a longitudinal axis, laterally from left side to right side along a lateral axis that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, and vertically from bottom to top along a vertical axis that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and perpendicular to the lateral axis, and wherein the tread member has a convex contoured upper tread surface when viewed with respect to a plane extending through the longitudinal and lateral axes; wherein the convex contoured upper tread surface supports an entire bottom of a user's foot in a manner that induces a rolling motion between the entire bottom of the user's foot and the tread member along the convex contoured upper tread surface during the striding exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,478,664

EXERCISE APPARATUS WITH DIVERGENT/CONVERGENT MOTION ALONG THE SYMMETRIC SEMI ELLIPTICAL ROUT

1. An exercise apparatus comprising:a base frame;
an upper synchronized mechanism positioned at an upper end of the base frame and comprising two link mechanisms, each of the two link mechanisms positioned at a left and a right side of said upper end of the base frame symmetrically, each of said two link mechanisms comprising a rotatable link having a front end rotatably mounted to the base frame, a middle link having a front end pivotally connected to a rear end of the rotatable link such that motion of the middle link causes rotation of the rotatable link, said middle link having a rear end operatively associated with the base frame such that said rear end of the middle link having an oscillating motion, the middle link having a section distal from the rear end of the middle link, said section distal from the rear end of the middle link moves on a semi elliptical route, and two gears, said two gears are configured to synchronize said two link mechanisms, each of said two link mechanisms enabling a respective hand of a user's hands to move along a respective semi elliptical routes, the user's hands move forward/backward in a same direction longitudinally and have a laterally divergent/convergent motion while the user's hands are at a nearest point in relation to a middle section of the base frame and have a laterally convergent/divergent motion while the user's hands are at a farthest point in relation to said middle section of the base frame;
two handlebars, each of the two handlebars has a bottom end connected to said section distal from the rear end of said middle link of a respective one of the two link mechanisms and configured to be driven by a respective hand of the user's hands;
a lower synchronized mechanism positioned at said a lower end of the base frame and comprising two crank link mechanisms, each of the two crank link mechanisms positioned at, a left and a right side of the lower end of the base frame symmetrically, each of said two crank link mechanisms comprising a rotatable crank link having a front end rotatably mounted to the base frame, a middle crank link having a front end pivotally connected to a rear end of the rotatable crank link such that motion of the middle crank link causes rotation of the rotatable crank link, said middle crank link having a rear end operatively associated with the base frame such that said rear end of the middle crank link having the oscillating motion, the middle crank link having a section distal from the rear end of the middle crank link, said section distal from the rear end of the middle crank link moves along a semi elliptical route, and two gears, said two gears of the lower synchronized mechanism are configured to synchronize said two crank link mechanisms, each of said two crank link mechanisms enabling a respective foot of the user's feet to move along a respective semi elliptical route, the user's feet move forward/backward in the same direction longitudinally and have a laterally divergent/convergent motion while the user's feet are at a nearest point in relation to said middle section of the base frame and having laterally convergent/divergent motion while the user's feet are at a farthest point in relation to the middle section of the base frame;
two foot pedals, each of the two foot pedals has a middle section connected to said section distal from the rear end of said middle crank link of a respective one of the two crank link mechanisms and configured to be driven by a respective foot of the user's feet;
a power transmission system positioned at the middle section of the base frame transferring power between said upper and lower synchronized mechanisms, said power transmission system is configured to synchronized said upper and lower synchronized mechanisms so that the user's feet move in an opposite direction of the user's hands longitudinally, said power transmission system transferring power from said upper and lower synchronized mechanisms to a flywheel while increasing a speed ratio;
a slide unit positioned at said lower end of the base frame supporting said two foot pedals and maintaining a straight orientation of said two foot pedals longitudinally during an exercise; and
a controlling means including a computerized device showing heart rate and burned calories of the user, the flywheel positioned at said middle section of the base frame, and a magnetic brake positioned at said middle section of the base frame adjusting resistance force on the flywheel, wherein adjusting said resisting force determines the effort required of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,478,663

EXERCISE MACHINE REVERSIBLE RESISTANCE SYSTEM

Lagree Technologies, Inc....

1. An exercise machine, comprising:a frame having a first end, a second end, and a first rail;
a carriage adapted to support an exerciser slidably positioned upon the first rail of the frame, wherein the carriage is slidable along a longitudinal axis of the frame between the first end and the second end of the frame;
an elongated member movably positioned upon the frame, wherein the elongated member has a first run and a second run, wherein when the first run moves in a first direction the second run moves in a second direction that is substantially opposite of the first direction, and wherein when the first run moves in the second direction the second run moves in the first direction;
a resistance device connected to the elongated member, wherein the resistance device applies a resistance force to the elongated member and the carriage in the second direction relative to the first run and wherein the resistance device applies the resistance force to the elongated member and the carriage in the first direction relative to the second run; and
a clutch connected to the carriage, wherein the clutch includes an engagement portion having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is adapted to selectively engage the first run and the second end is opposite of the first end and adapted to selectively engage the second run of the elongated member, such that the carriage is configured to provide the resistance force to the exerciser in the second direction when the clutch is engaged to the first run, and the carriage is configured to provide the resistance force to the exerciser in the first direction when the clutch is engaged to the second run.

US Pat. No. 10,478,662

STRETCHING APPARATUS

1. A stretching apparatus for use during a stretching exercise, the stretching apparatus comprising:a strap configured to attach to a limb of a user;
a ratchet device for controlling tension in the strap, the strap extending through the ratchet device, the ratchet device being positionable between a ratcheting position and a release position, wherein the ratcheting position prevents movement of the strap in a first direction and allows movement of the strap in a second direction, and wherein the release position allows movement of the strap in the first direction;
a remote trigger connected to the ratchet device to move the ratchet device between the ratcheting position and the release position; and
a flexible line connecting the remote trigger to the ratchet device, wherein the remote trigger is configured to be held by the user during the stretching exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,478,659

DYNAMICALLY VARIABLE RADIUS CAM FOR WEIGHT LIFTING APPARATUS

9. A weight training apparatus comprising:a disk configured to rotate about an axis;
a lift bar coupled to the disk and configured to rotate about the axis;
a cable guide coupled to the disk and defining a path for a cable and a radial tangent distance between the cable and the axis, wherein a first end of the cable is configured to couple to a weight stack and a second end is configured to attach to the cable guide;
one or more actuators coupling the disk to the cable guide and configured to move the cable guide relative to the disk to change the radial tangent distance;
a sensor configured to output a signal indicative of an angular position of the disk about the axis; and
a controller programmed to operate the one or more actuators to cause the one or more actuators to move the cable guide based on the signal to change the radial tangent distance thereby changing a resistance force at the lift bar during rotation of the disk about the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,658

SPORTS DUMBBELL

1. A sports dumbbell comprising:a grip portion (2) running along a grip axis (L1);
a support portion (3) including a support axis (L2), wherein the support axis (L2) is spaced from the grip portion (2) and runs parallel to the grip axis (L1);
wherein along the support axis (L2) the support portion (3) has mutually opposing first and second ends and at least one of the first and second ends of the support portion (3) is connected to the grip portion (2), wherein a distance (d2) between the grip axis (L1) and the support axis (L2) is at least 11 cm, wherein an outer shape of the sports dumbbell is fixed and substantially U-shaped, and wherein the sports dumbbell has a center of gravity (S) located inside the support portion (3) such that the sports dumbbell can be used in a manner that no torque is provoked in a user's wrist or arm; and
an end of a length-adjustable strap (8) provided on each of a first and a second end of the grip portion, the length-adjustable strap configured to be held behind a heel of the user when a foot tip of the user is extended through a passage opening (7) formed between the grip portion (2) and the support portion (3) wherein the first and second ends of the grip portion (2) are mutually opposing along the grip axis (L1), the first end of the grip portion (2) is connected to the first end of the support portion (3) by a first connecting portion (4), and the second end of the grip portion (2) has no direct connection to the second end of the support portion (3).

US Pat. No. 10,478,656

EXERCISE MACHINE WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC RESISTANCE SELECTION

Lagree Technologies, Inc....

1. An exercise machine comprising:a frame having at least one rail, a first end and a second end, wherein the at least one rail has a longitudinal axis;
a first end platform connected to the frame near the first end of the frame;
a second end platform connected to the frame near the second end of the frame;
a carriage movably connected to the at least one rail, wherein the carriage is adapted to be movable along a portion of the at least one rail;
a plurality of biasing members each having a first end connected to the frame and a second end;
a plurality of first magnetic members, wherein each of the plurality of first magnetic members are connected to the second end of a corresponding biasing member of the plurality of biasing members;
a plurality of second magnetic members connected to the carriage, wherein each of the plurality of second magnetic members corresponds with one of the plurality of first magnetic members; and
a controller electrically connected to the plurality of first magnetic members or the plurality of second magnetic members, wherein the controller is configured to actuate one or more of the plurality of first magnetic members or the plurality of second magnetic members to magnetically couple one or more of the plurality of first magnetic members to a corresponding second magnetic member of the plurality of second magnetic members to control a resistance force applied to the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,655

JUMP ROPE DEVICE WITH REMOVABLY-CONNECTED CABLE

CROSSROPE, LLC, Raleigh,...

1. A jump rope device, comprising:a handle comprising a handle grip and a first connecting member; and
a cable comprising a second connecting member;
wherein the first and second connecting members are configured to removably connect the cable to the handle;
wherein one of the first and second connecting members comprises a male connecting member and a second one of the first and second connecting members comprises a female connecting member;
wherein the male connecting member comprises a head comprising first and second locking projections;
wherein the female connecting member defines an opening configured to receive at least a portion of the male connecting member into an internal cavity of the female connecting member, wherein the female connecting member comprises first and second locking arms, said first and second locking arms being biased into a first position, said first and second locking arms being configured to move from said first position into a second position when said male locking member is inserted into said opening, wherein said male connecting member and said female connecting member are configured such that rotation of said male connecting member relative to said female connecting member following said insertion moves said first and second locking projections out of contact with said first and second locking arms and into respective first and second apertures defined in said female connecting member, said movement of said locking projections into said apertures allowing said locking arms to be biased from said second position back into said first position and creating a secure connection between said male and female connecting members.

US Pat. No. 10,478,654

JUMP ROPE WITH QUICK-ADJUST HANDLE

1. A Jump rope with quick-adjust handle, the jump rope comprising a rope (1) and two handles (2) attached to ends of the rope (1),wherein each of the handles (2) comprises: a handhold (3), a head (4), which is attached to said handhold and which has attachment means, operable at will, to one of the ends of the rope, and a device for fixing the attachment means to said head;
wherein the head (4) has the form of an elongated revolution body, is attached by one of its ends to the handhold, and at its other end the head has a cylindrical hole (42) with an axis that coincides with a revolution axis of the head and which is adapted to house the attachment means in its interior; andwherein the attachment means comprise: a first through-hole (43) for the passage of the rope (1) arranged on the revolution surface of the head (4), a cylindrical push button (5), which has on its cylindrical surface a second through-hole (51) for the passage of the rope and a spring (6) placed between a bottom of the cylindrical hole (42) and the push button, which exerts a pressure on said cylindrical push button (5); and in that the fixing device, of the attachment means to the head, comprises: a threaded hole arranged on the revolution surface of the head and which is offset 90° with respect to the first through-hole, a recess arranged on the cylindrical surface of the push button, a length of which is smaller than a length of said push-button and that it is offset 90° with respect to the second through-hole, and a grub screw (7) adapted to be introduced in said threaded hole, and the tip of which is adapted to butt with upper and lower edges of said recess.

US Pat. No. 10,478,653

FOLDABLE DIVING PLATFORM FOR WAKEBOARD TOWER

1. A foldable diving platform for a wakeboard tower, said platform comprising:a base section including a horizontal surface;
a first pair of mounting brackets aligned perpendicular to said horizontal surface;
a second pair of mounting brackets aligned at an acute angle towards said first pair of mounting brackets;
said first and second pairs of mounting brackets each including apertures at ends thereof for attachment to wakeboard tower tubing;
a foldable section including a planar surface;
a pair of hinge mechanisms connecting said base section to said foldable section enabling movement of said foldable section between a stored position wherein said horizontal surface is adjacent and parallel to said planar surface and a deployed position wherein said horizontal surface is collinear and coplanar with said planar surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,650

FLEXIBLE ASSEMBLY FOR SPRINKLERS

Victaulic Company, Easto...

1. An assembly for connecting a sprinkler to a branch line of a fire suppression system, said assembly comprising:a flexible conduit having a first end connectable to said branch line, and a second end connectable to said sprinkler, said conduit providing fluid communication between said branch line and said sprinkler;
a first adapter positioned between said sprinkler and said second end of said conduit for effecting attachment of said sprinkler to said conduit, said first adapter having a bore providing fluid communication between said sprinkler and said conduit, said first adapter having a first adapter portion attachable to said sprinkler and a second adapter portion attached to said second end of said conduit, said first and second adapter portions being rotatable relatively to one another;
a bracket having an opening receiving said first adapter portion and a locking unit movably mounted on said bracket, said locking unit engaging and retaining said first adapter portion within said opening;
a cross beam received by said bracket for securing said bracket in relation to said branch line; and
said second adapter portion comprises a tube attached to said second end of said conduit, said tube being received within said bore of said adapter in said first adapter portion;
a ring seal is positioned between an outer surface of said tube and an inner surface of said bore in said first adapter portion for effecting a fluid-tight connection between said first and second adapter portions;
a split ring is positioned between said outer surface of said tube and said inner surface of said bore in said first adapter portion, said split ring having an inner portion sized to fit within an outwardly facing circumferential groove positioned in said outer surface of said tube, said split ring further having an outer portion sized to fit within an inwardly facing circumferential groove positioned in said inner surface of said bore in said first adapter portion, said split ring preventing relative axial movement between said first and second adapter portions but permitting relative rotation between said first and second adapter portions about a longitudinal axis concentric with said bore.

US Pat. No. 10,478,649

SEALANT HAVING FIREWORTHY PROPERTIES FOR USE WITH AIRCRAFT PARTS

THE PATENT WELL LLC, For...

1. A sealant comprising a body and a skeleton encapsulated by the body:the body comprising a cured, tacky, soft, deformable, non-adhesive gel, the gel body having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a perimeter, wherein the upper and lower surfaces of the gel body, in an uncompressed state, define a body thickness; and
the skeleton comprising multiple openings for encapsulation by the gel body, the skeleton having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a perimeter;
the sealant in an uncompressed state dimensioned to fit in a first opening between a wall and an aircraft component surface and deformable when under compression to fit in a second opening, smaller than the first opening;
wherein the sealant has toxicity limits of less than about: 150 PPM HCN, 1000 PPM CO, 100 PPM NO/NO2, 100 PPM SO2, 100 PPM HF, and 150 PPM HCl under AITM 3-0005, Issue 2; and
wherein the sealant passes 12 second vertical burn test according to 14 CFR, Part 25—Subpart D, § 25.853(a) compartment interiors.

US Pat. No. 10,478,648

FIRE SUPPRESSION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FLAMMABLE LIQUID STORAGE TANK RIM SEAL GAP AREA

1. A fire suppressant system for retarding the spread of a fire of a stored flammable liquid in an annular space between a floating roof and a wall of a storage tank surrounding the floating roof comprising:the floating roof set off from the wall of the storage tank by a self-centering seal extending over the surface of the stored flammable liquid in the annular space between the floating roof and said wall of the storage tank, said floating roof having a rim circumscribing the floating roof and a top surface;
a plurality of containers mounted within the annular space at predetermined locations along the rim of the floating roof above the flammable liquid for holding a plurality of fire suppressant bodies, each of said plurality of containers responsive to an increase in temperature caused by combustion of the flammable liquid by rupturing or disintegrating and releasing the plurality of fire suppressant bodies to the liquid surface below;
said fire suppressant bodies dropping to the flammable liquid surface create an oxygen barrier over the flammable liquid along said liquid surface for suppressing any fire within the annular space.

US Pat. No. 10,478,647

STOVETOP FIRE SUPPRESSOR WITH SHUTTLE ACTUATOR AND METHOD

Williams RDM, Inc, Fort ...

1. An automatic stovetop fire suppressor device with a shuttle actuator, the device comprising:a can comprising a top wall and a cylindrical sidewall;
a plastic bottom lid secured to a bottom of the can and forming a closed container with the can;
a fire suppressing agent housed in the closed container; and
a shuttle actuator secured beneath an outer side of the plastic bottom lid,
the shuttle actuator comprising:
a shuttle charge cavity;
a quantity of an explosive used in a single discharge housed in the shuttle charge cavity; and
a fuse connected to the single discharge and extending to an exterior of the plastic bottom lid;
a center shaft extending from the top wall of the can through the plastic bottom lid; and
a bottom head on the center shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,478,646

FALL ARREST DEVICE

YOKE INDUSTRIAL CORP., T...

1. A fall arrest device, comprising:a bracket which has a first side panel and second side panel facing each other, wherein a stopper is disposed on said first side panel;
a rotating member rotatably mounted between said first side panel and said second side panel of said bracket;
a safety belt which is wound around said rotating member and is located between said first side panel and said second side panel, wherein the safety belt is pulled to drive said rotating member to rotate;
a brake wheel engaged with said rotating member;
a brake block pivotally mounted to said brake wheel, wherein said brake block has a stop portion; said stop portion of said brake block is forced by a centrifugal force generated during a rotation of said brake wheel to pivot from a restoring position to an extended position where said brake block abuts against said stopper to restrict a rotation of said rotating member; and
a restoring spring which is connected between said brake block and said brake wheel, and is adapted to urge said brake block to move toward said restoring position;
wherein said brake wheel has a surface, and said surface is recessed to form a groove; when said brake block is in said restoring position, said restoring spring is located in an orthographic projection area of said groove.

US Pat. No. 10,478,645

SAFETY REMOVABLE ANCHORING DEVICE

ZEDEL, Crolles (FR)

1. A removable anchoring device, designed to be fixed in a bore hole and able to be easily disassembled and recovered from the bore hole, the removable anchoring device comprising:a fixed first part with an expansion head,
a second movable control part having wedging means collaborating with the expansion head to perform blocking or releasing of the removable anchoring device inside the bore hole, and a gripping knob connected to the wedging means by operating rods, and
a spring biasing the wedging means in a blocking direction, wherein the gripping knob is associated with a stop arranged on the fixed first part, and the gripping knob being movable with respect to the stop by a relative translational movement to disable any release command in a predefined position of the gripping knob,
wherein the wedging means comprise at least two half-rings driven by the operating rods solidly attached to a drive sleeve, the gripping knob being mounted on the drive sleeve, and
wherein the gripping knob comprises a tapped axial bore, the tapped axial bore collaborating with a conjugate thread provided on the drive sleeve to move the gripping knob between a first axial adjustment position offset from the stop to indicate a non-locked state enabling the release command, and a second axial adjustment position in engagement against the stop to indicate a locked state and to disable the release command.

US Pat. No. 10,478,644

FIREFIGHTER HOOD WITH PROTECTIVE FLAP

LION GROUP, INC., Dayton...

1. A firefighter hood comprising:a hood body configured to fit around a head of a wearer, wherein the hood body includes a face opening configured to be aligned with a face of the wearer when the hood is worn, and wherein said hood body is made of a flame resistant material and has a thermal protective performance rating of at least about twenty; and
a flap coupled to the hood body, wherein the flap is movable between an extended position wherein said flap covers only part of said opening in front view, and a retracted position wherein said flap does not cover any of said opening in front view or covers less of said opening in front view compared to when said flap is in said extended position, wherein said flap is configured to be retained in said extended position in a cantilever arrangement, wherein at least part of the flap is positioned radially outwardly of said hood body, and wherein said flap has a height extending parallel to a height of said opening that is less than said height of said opening when said flap is in said extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,643

HAIR DYEING COMPOSITION

KAO GERMANY GMBH, Darmst...

1. A ready to use aqueous composition for coloring hair comprising one or more direct dyes selected from the compounds
and one or more reducing agents selected from the group consisting of thioglycolic acid and its salts, thiolactic acid and its salts, dihydrolipoate, thioglycerol, mercapropropionic acid and its salts, cysteine and its salts, N substituted cysteins, cystamines, thioethanol, sulfite salts, bisulfite salts, and metabisulfite salts.

US Pat. No. 10,478,641

RADIOTHERAPY DEVICE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A radiotherapy device control apparatus comprising:a therapy plan execution unit that instructs execution of instruction information based on a therapy plan which is defined in advance;
an irradiation operation controller that controls an operation of a device provided on a radiotherapy device, based on an irradiation condition included in the instruction information;
an irradiation possibility judging unit that judges whether or not irradiation is possible based on a detection result of an irradiation target detector that detects a motion of an irradiation target;
an irradiation controller that controls execution and interruption of irradiation of a therapeutic radiation based on a result of the judgment; and
an irradiation recorder that records an interruption history of irradiation by the judgment of the irradiation possibility judging unit, wherein
the irradiation operation controller executes the operation of the device based on the instruction information to a last operation regardless of presence or absence of an interruption of the irradiation during execution of the instruction information.

US Pat. No. 10,478,640

FIELD STERILIZER AND VASCULAR CONNECTOR KIT

CorMedix Inc., Bedminste...

1. A field sterilizer and vascular connector kit comprising:a UV sterilizer comprising (i) a UV light source and a power source, wherein the UV light source and the power source are configured so as to provide a UV dosage to the skin of a patient which is sufficient to effectively disinfect the skin of the patient without burning the skin of the patient, and (ii) a housing defining a reflective chamber, wherein the UV light source is disposed in the reflective chamber; and
a vascular connector releasably mounted to the UV sterilizer, wherein the vascular connector contains a supply of an antimicrobial, and wherein the vascular connector is releasably mounted within the reflective chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,639

IN VIVO VISUALIZATION AND CONTROL OF PATHOLIGICAL CHANGES IN NEURAL CIRCUITS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method for measuring and modifying nervous system function, the method comprising:identifying a target cell population in a nervous system of a living organism, the living organism having a particular disease;
modifying a function of the target cell population by causing cells of the target cell population within the diseased living organism to express a plurality of microbial light-responsive trans-membrane conductance regulators from genetic constructs comprising a transcriptional promoter specific to the target cell population;
after modifying the function of the target cell population in the diseased organism, delivering targeted light to the target cell population in the diseased organism;
modifying a function of the target cell population in one or more additional living organisms by causing cells of the target cell population within the one or more additional living organisms to express the plurality of microbial light-responsive trans-membrane conductance regulators from genetic constructs comprising a transcriptional promoter specific to the target cell population, wherein the one or more additional living organisms do not have the particular disease;
after modifying the function of the target cell population in the one or more additional living organisms, delivering targeted light to the target cell population in the one or more additional living organism;
at a computing system having memory and one or more processors coupled to the memory:
measuring responses of the nervous system of the diseased organism to the targeted light using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), wherein measuring comprises:
acquiring fMRI image frames;
reconstructing the fMRI image frames using a graphics processor (GPU); and
motion correcting the reconstructed fMRI image frames using parallel processing operations of the GPU;
mapping for the diseased organism neural circuit activity locations and timings based on the measured responses of the nervous system;
obtaining neural mapping information from the one or more additional living organisms based on responses of the nervous systems of the one or more additional living organisms to the targeted light;
comparing the mapped neural circuit activity locations and timings with the obtained neural mapping information; and
profiling the particular disease based on the comparison of the identified neural circuit activity and locations with the obtained neural mapping information; and
determining based on the profile one or more therapeutics that combat the particular disease.

US Pat. No. 10,478,634

AESTHETIC METHOD OF BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURE TREATMENT BY MAGNETIC FIELD

BTL Medical Technologies ...

1. A method for toning muscles in a patient using time-varying magnetic fields, the method comprising:placing a first applicator comprising a magnetic field generating coil in contact with a patient's skin or clothing at a body region of the patient, wherein the body region is an abdomen or a buttock;
coupling the first applicator to the patient with an adjustable flexible belt so that the belt holds the first applicator to the patient's skin or clothing;
providing energy to the magnetic field generating coil in order to generate a time-varying magnetic field; and
applying a magnetic fluence of 50 T cm2 to 1,500 T cm2 to the body region,
wherein the time-varying magnetic field is applied to the body region with a magnetic flux density sufficient to cause a muscle contraction in the body region.

US Pat. No. 10,478,633

AESTHETIC METHOD OF BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURE TREATMENT BY MAGNETIC FIELD

BTL Medical Technologies ...

1. A method for treating a patient, the method comprising the steps of:providing a current to a first magnetic field generating device to generate a first time-varying magnetic field, wherein the first time-varying magnetic field comprises an impulse duration in a range between 3 ?s and 10000 ?s and a magnetic flux density in a range between 0.1 Tesla and 7 Tesla;
providing a current to a second magnetic field generating device to generate a second time-varying magnetic field with an impulse duration in a range between 3 ?s and 10000 ?s and a magnetic flux density in a range between 0.1 Tesla and 7 Tesla;
applying the first and second time-varying magnetic fields to muscle fibers, neuromuscular plates, or peripheral nerves innervating muscle fibers within a body region of the patient such that a muscle is caused to contract; and
cooling adipose cells within the body region of the patient with a cooling element having a temperature of between 20° C. and ?20° C.;wherein the step of applying the first and second time-varying magnetic fields further comprises:generating a plurality of bursts including at least one first burst and at least one second burst, each burst having a duration, wherein each of said bursts includes: (i) a train of magnetic pulses configured to cause a muscle contraction by the patient, (ii) a time period without generating a magnetic field that is configured to cause muscle contraction by the patient, wherein the time period follows the train of magnetic pulses;
applying the at least one first burst to muscle fibers, neuromuscular plates, or peripheral nerves innervating muscle fibers within the body region of the patient, wherein each said first burst comprises a first train of magnetic pulses having a duration in a range between 1 seconds and 15 seconds and a repetition rate in a range between 1 Hz and 100 Hz;
applying the at least one second burst to muscle fibers, neuromuscular plates, or peripheral nerves innervating muscle fibers within the body region of the patient, wherein each said second burst comprises a second train of magnetic pulses having a duration in a range between 1 seconds and 15 seconds and a repetition rate in a range between 2 Hz and 90 Hz; and
wherein the at least one first burst differs from the at least one second burst by at least one treatment parameter selected from a group consisting of the magnetic flux density, the repetition rate of the magnetic pulses, a duration of the burst, and a duration of the train.

US Pat. No. 10,478,632

INTELLIGENT SYNCH MODE FOR DEFIBRILLATION

Physio-Control, Inc., Re...

1. A defibrillator comprising:a plurality of operating modes including a synchronous shock operating mode and an asynchronous shock operating mode;
a heart rhythm detector that detects the heart rhythm of a shock recipient;
a manual mode controller that sets the defibrillator in the synchronous shock operating mode or the asynchronous shock operating mode;
a shock module that causes the defibrillator to deliver a shock to the shock recipient according to the operating mode of the defibrillator; and
an automatic mode controller that sets the defibrillator to the synchronous shock operating mode or the asynchronous shock operating mode depending on the detected heart rhythm of the shock recipient.

US Pat. No. 10,478,631

WEARABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR (WCD) SYSTEM USING SENSOR MODULES WITH REASSURANCE CODE FOR CONFIRMATION BEFORE SHOCK

West Affum Holdings Corp....

1. A wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) system, comprising:a support structure that may be worn by a patient;
a processor coupled to the support structure;
a discharge circuit configured to discharge a stored electrical charge through a body of the patient, the discharge circuit in communication with the processor;
at least two sensors in communication with the processor, the at least two sensors including at least a physiological sensor configured and positioned to detect a physiological parameter of the patient and a motion sensor configured and positioned to detect that the WCD is in motion;
the processor configured to:
determine from the physiological parameter whether or not a first shock criterion is met;
in response to the first shock criterion being met, determine, from an output of the motion sensor, whether the WCD is in motion;
in response to motion being detected, determine a second shock criterion is not satisfied; and
maintain an inactivate state of the discharge circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,629

LEADLESS CARDIAC PACEMAKER FOR GENERATING CARDIAC PRESSURE VOLUME LOOP

CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.,...

1. A leadless cardiac pacemaker (LCP) configured to sense cardiac activity and to pace a patient's heart, the LCP comprising:a housing;
a first electrode secured relative to the housing and exposed to the environment outside of the housing;
a second electrode secured relative to the housing and exposed to the environment outside of the housing, the second electrode is spaced from the first electrode;
a pressure sensor secured relative to the housing and is coupled to the environment outside of the housing; and
circuitry in the housing in communication with the first electrode, the second electrode, and the pressure sensor, the circuitry configured to determine, at a first time during a cardiac cycle, a first impedance between the first electrode and the second electrode and also a corresponding first pressure via the pressure sensor, resulting in a first impedance-pressure data pair.

US Pat. No. 10,478,626

MOVEMENT DISORDER THERAPY SYSTEM, DEVICES AND METHODS, AND INTELLIGENT METHODS OF TUNING

Great Lakes NeuroTechnolo...

14. A movement disorder therapy system comprising:a movement disorder diagnostic device comprising at least one physiological or movement sensor adapted to be worn, attached or held at different locations on the surface of the subject's body and having a signal related to a subject's motion, the movement disorder diagnostic device adapted to provide therapy to a subject with a deep brain stimulation (DBS) device operable with adjustable DBS parameters, and to measure movement data based at least in part on the signal of the at least one sensor while the subject performs at least one movement disorder test, the movement disorder diagnostic device further comprising at least one electronic component adapted to collect and transmit the measured movement data;
a processor comprising a quantification algorithm and a determination algorithm, the processor adapted to, at least in part, extract at least one kinematic feature from the measured movement data, the quantification algorithm adapted to receive data corresponding to the subject's measured motor symptoms and the at least one extracted kinematic feature and to quantify motor symptoms of the subject based thereon, and the determination algorithm adapted to provide a second level of DBS parameters based on a mode of therapy or treatment corresponding to the subject's needs based at least in part on the quantified motor symptoms; and
a tuning output adapted to interface with the subject's DBS device to provide the second level of DBS parameters for the subject's DBS device to alter the subject's symptomatic movement and to be automatically entered into the subject's DBS device such that the subject's DBS device operates under the second level of DBS parameters,
wherein the quantification algorithm includes and artificial neural network, a Bayesian network, and/or a genetic algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,625

PERCEPTION CALIBRATION OF NEURAL TISSUE USING FIELD TROLL

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable medium including instructions, which when executed by a machine cause the machine to:implement a trolling routine to troll a modulation field, using an arrangement of electrodes on at least one lead, through positions within a volume of a targeted tissue including a plurality of neural tissue positions; and
perform a marking procedure multiple times during the trolling routine as the modulation field is trolled through the plurality of neural tissue positions, the marking procedure being performed when the modulation field is at each of the plurality of neural tissue positions, the marking procedure to identify when the modulation field provides patient-perceived modulation, the marking procedure including:
receive a marking signal that indicates that a modulation intensity of the modulation field achieved the patient-perceived stimulation; and
store modulation field parameter data that affects the modulation intensity of the modulation field in response to receiving the marking signal.

US Pat. No. 10,478,619

IMPLANTABLE LEAD AFFIXATION STRUCTURE FOR NERVE STIMULATION TO ALLEVIATE BLADDER DYSFUNCTION AND OTHER INDICATION

AXONICS MODULATION TECHNO...

1. A method of forming a neurostimulation lead anchor for anchoring an implanted neurostimulation lead at a target tissue location in a body of a patient, the method comprising:laser cutting a helical pattern into a single tubular section of a material, the helical pattern corresponding to a neurostimulation lead anchor with a helical body having a plurality of tines in a constrained configuration;
supporting the plurality of tines of the single tubular section in an outwardly protruding position corresponding to a deployed configuration of the neurostimulation lead anchor; and
heat setting the single tubular section while the plurality of tines are supported, thereby setting the material while the neurostimulation lead anchor is in the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,478,617

THIN-FILM ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY WITH SOFT OVERMOLD

VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC,...

1. A thin-film electrode assembly comprising:an overmold comprising a first polymer;
a supporting structure formed within a portion of the overmold, wherein the supporting structure comprises a second polymer, different from the first polymer;
a wire formed within a portion of the supporting structure;
an electrode formed on a top surface of the supporting structure and in electrical contact with the wire,
wherein the electrode comprises a top surface that is raised above a top surface of the overmold by a predetermined distance;
another supporting structure formed within another portion of the overmold;
another wire formed within a portion of the another supporting structure; and
another electrode formed on a top surface of the another supporting structure and in electrical contact with the another wire,
wherein the another electrode comprises a top surface that is raised above the top surface of the overmold by the predetermined distance, and
wherein the supporting structure and the electrode are isolated from the another supporting structure and the another electrode by a region of the overmold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,616

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL TARGET LOCALIZATION FROM MACROELECTRODE RECORDINGS AND MONITORING SPINAL CORD FUNCTION

Greenville Neuromodulatio...

1. A method of determining a distance to a target in a patient, comprising:stimulating for a first time, with a stimulating device, the patient's peripheral nervous system;
recording, using a macroelectrode recording electrode inserted within a region of interest in the patient, a field potential evoked from the first stimulation;
calculating, using at least one processor, the evoked potential from the first stimulation;
advancing, with a drive, the macroelectrode recording electrode along a trajectory;
stimulating for a second time, with the stimulating device, the patient's peripheral nervous system;
recording, using the macroelectrode recording electrode, a field potential evoked from the second stimulation;
calculating, using at least one processor, the evoked potential from the second stimulation;
determining, using at least one processor and based at least on the evoked potential from the first stimulation and the evoked potential from the second stimulation, a position along a path travelled by the macroelectrode recording electrode corresponding to a largest evoked potential;
determining, using at least one processor, a distance r from the position along the macroelectrode recording electrode path corresponding to the largest evoked potential to a source of the largest evoked potential in a plane orthogonal to a long axis of the macroelectrode; and
determining, using at least one processor, whether r is less than a predetermined threshold Y, and wherein the predetermined threshold Y is a radius of an effective volume of tissue activation with an intended therapeutic brain stimulation for an intended target of the brain stimulation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,614

TOOLS AND METHODS FOR REMOVING ANCHORS FROM MEDICAL LEADS

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method of removing an anchor from an implantable medical lead, comprising:opening a lead passageway within a guide portion of an anchor removal tool along a longitudinal dimension of the lead passageway;
introducing the lead into the opening of the lead passageway along the longitudinal dimension;
closing the lead passageway within the guide portion of the anchor removal tool once the lead has been introduced into the lead passageway, the guide portion having a protrusion that is present within the lead passageway upon closing the lead passageway; and
sliding the anchor removal tool along the lead with the lead passing through the guide portion such that a blade of the anchor removal tool cuts through the anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,613

TEMPORARY IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION LEAD

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A temporary implantable medical device lead comprising:a connector configured to connect the lead to an external control module;
a helically coiled conductor having a proximal end mechanically and electrically connected to the connector, the conductor including a plurality of filars mechanically and electrically connected to the connector; and
a first mechanical element comprising a metal tube having a plurality of longitudinally spaced grooves formed along an exterior of the tube,
wherein the plurality of longitudinally spaced grooves receive at least some of the plurality of filars, the at least some of the plurality of filars electrically connected to the first mechanical element such that the first mechanical element is configured as an electrode to deliver electrical stimulation to portions or systems of a body from the external control module.

US Pat. No. 10,478,612

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND TREATING A MEDICAL CONDITION VIA POSTERIOR TIBIAL NERVE STIMULATION

Avent, Inc., Alpharetta,...

1. A method for non-invasively monitoring a medical condition in a subject, the method comprising:positioning a first electrode adjacent to a surface of non-glabrous skin, wherein the non-glabrous skin is located at a first ankle of the subject proximate a first medial malleolus, wherein the first electrode is a cathode;
positioning a second electrode adjacent to a surface of glabrous skin, wherein in the second electrode is an anode spaced apart a predetermined distance from the first electrode;
transcutaneously delivering a first electrical nerve stimulation to a target nerve via the first electrode and the second electrode;
determining a baseline current or a baseline voltage for the subject, wherein the baseline current is the current at which a sensory response or a motor response is elicited in the subject as a result of the first electrical nerve stimulation, and wherein the baseline voltage is the voltage at which a sensory response or a motor response is elicited in the subject;
transcutaneously delivering a second electrical nerve stimulation to the target nerve via the first electrode and the second electrode;
determining a threshold current or a threshold voltage for the subject, wherein the threshold current is the current at which a sensory response or a motor response is elicited in the subject as a result of the second electrical nerve stimulation, and wherein the threshold voltage is the voltage at which a sensory response or a motor response is elicited in the subject; and
comparing the threshold current to the baseline current or the threshold voltage to the baseline voltage, wherein the medical condition is improved if the threshold current is lower than the baseline current or the threshold voltage is lower than the baseline voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,611

SWITCH

Sky Medical Technology Lt...

1. An electronic device comprising:a plastic casing defining an interior and exterior, the interior housing a printed circuit board having an electrical contact point, the casing incorporating an external integral flexible portion which is capable of being flexed into the interior of the casing;
a flexible electrically insulative substrate on which is carried an electrically conductive pathway;
a pair of electrodes that provide neuromuscular stimulation, located on the flexible electrically insulative substrate, the flexible electrically insulative substrate and the electrically conductive pathway extending out of the interior of the casing to the exterior of the casing to drive the electrodes, the electrodes being located outside the casing;
wherein at least a portion of the flexible electrically insulative substrate is retained by the casing such that said portion is adjacent to but spaced from the printed circuit board;
such that when the integral flexible portion is flexed into the interior of the casing, the integral flexible portion urges said portion of the flexible electrically insulative substrate into contact with the printed circuit board, such that the electrically conductive pathway contacts the electrical contact point, thereby completing an electrical circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,610

METHOD FOR ELECTROTHERAPY DRUG DELIVERY

Encore Medical Asset Corp...

1. A method of manufacturing a current distribution element for an electrotherapeutic system, the current distribution element including a power source connector for connecting to a power source, the current distribution element further including a first electrode connected to a first conductor, and a second electrode connected to a second conductor, the first and second conductor being operably coupled to the power source connector, the method comprising:utilizing a first metallic composition for the first electrode and the first conductor;
simultaneously printing the first electrode and the first conductor, wherein the first conductor is electrically connected to the first electrode;
utilizing a second metallic composition for the second electrode and the second conductor;
simultaneously printing the second electrode and the second conductor, wherein the second conductor is electrically connected to the second electrode, wherein the second conductor is separated from the first conductor by a gap;
providing a power source connector comprising a power source and a conductive bracket; and
operably attaching the power source connector to the first conductor and the second conductor using a Z-axis conductive tape that extends across the gap between the first conductor and the second conductor, the Z-axis conductive tape being exclusively electrically conductive in its Z-axis direction, and the Z-axis conductive tape being adapted to adhere and electrically connect the power source to one of the first conductor and the second conductor and the conductive bracket to the other of the first conductor and the second conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,607

CONNECTOR FOR TRANSFERRING FLUID AND METHOD OF USE

CareFusion 303, Inc., Sa...

1. A connector for transferring fluid, the connector comprising:a housing comprising a base having a first port, and a cap having a second port, the base and cap defining an channel that extends between the second and first port; and
a valve element comprising a body and a head, the body having a wall with an inner surface defining an internal chamber and comprising a first notch, the head coupled to the body and having a second notch, and a longitudinal axis between the body and head, wherein the valve element is positioned within the channel with the head within the second port.

US Pat. No. 10,478,604

HEMOSTATIC CONNECTOR

GOODMAN CO., LTD., Nagoy...

1. A hemostatic connector comprising:an insertion hole configured such that an introduction member that is introduced into a human body is inserted through the insertion hole;
a hemostatic member configured to block a gap between a peripheral surface of the insertion hole and the introduction member;
a connector main body part in which the hemostatic member is provided, the connector main body part configuring a first passage that is a portion of the insertion hole;
a coupling pipe part configured to be coupled to a hub of a sheath introducer, the coupling pipe part configuring a second passage that is a portion of the insertion hole different to the first passage; and
a housing cylindrical part internally housing the hub coupled to the coupling pipe part,
wherein:
the coupling pipe part is configured to be inserted into an internal hole of the hub from a base end side of the hub, the coupling pipe part being configured to be coupled to the hub in a state in which the coupling pipe part penetrates a hemostatic valve provided in the internal hole when the coupling pipe part is inserted into the internal hole,
the connector main body part and the coupling pipe part are configured to be inseparable,
a branch pipe passage is formed in the housing cylindrical part such that a branch pipe part that protrudes from an outer peripheral surface of the hub is caused to be passed through the branch pipe passage when coupling the coupling pipe part to the hub,
a portion of the branch pipe passage is an engagement passage part that extends in a peripheral direction of the housing cylindrical part, the engagement passage part being configured to engage with the branch pipe part by the branch pipe part of the hub coupled to the coupling pipe part being inserted into the engagement passage part,
an urging member is provided in an interior of the housing cylindrical part, the urging member urging the hub toward a leading end side in a state in which the branch pipe part is engaged with the engagement passage part, the leading end side being an opposite side of the base end side,
a facing member is provided in the interior of the housing cylindrical part, the facing member facing a base end surface of the hub housed in the housing cylindrical part,
the facing member includes a hole configured such that the coupling pipe part is inserted through the hole, the facing member being configured to move along the coupling pipe part inserted through the hole,
the urging member is provided on the base end side of the facing member, the urging member urging the hub to the leading end side via the facing member,
the facing member includes an elastic seal part configuring at least a part of the hole,
an inner peripheral surface of a portion of the hole configured by the elastic seal part is in close contact with an outer peripheral surface of the coupling pipe part inserted through the hole,
the facing member includes a facing plate part that is provided facing the base end surface of the hub, and the elastic seal part that is plate-shaped and is provided on the base end surface side of the facing plate part, and
the elastic seal part is disposed in a state of being pressed against the facing plate part due to an urging force of the urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,603

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE AND METHODS HAVING A RETAINING MEMBER

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A drug delivery device comprising:a housing comprising a cavity; and
a drug cartridge removably positioned in the cavity, the drug cartridge comprising a first plate having a channel with a drug pellet positioned therein, the drug cartridge comprising a second plate that is coupled to the first plate, the second plate comprising a first end including a first cantilever arm and an opposite second end including a cantilever arm, the cantilever arms being configured to effect an elastic occlusion of the channel,
wherein the second plate comprises an interior portion, a first gap between the interior portion and the first cantilever arm and a second gap between the interior portion and the second cantilever arm,
wherein the interior portion comprises spaced apart bosses that are positioned within apertures of the first plate.

US Pat. No. 10,478,602

ANTISEPTIC SWAB WITH ACTIVATION BUTTON

iMed Technology, Inc., D...

1. A liquid dispensing device comprising:an elongated member defining a handle having a hollow interior, the hollow interior defining a fluid reservoir having an opening at a lower end of the elongated member;
a base member affixed to the lower end of the elongated member and having a bottom surface;
a frangible cover secured over the bottom surface and forming a seal across the opening of the fluid reservoir;
a swab head comprising an absorbent sponge-like member and a button element, the sponge-like member having opposing outer and inner sides wherein the inner side is affixed to the base member; and
the button element defining a longitudinal axis, the button element including a foot portion at a first longitudinal end of the button element adjacent to the outer side of the sponge-like member and a penetration end at an opposing second longitudinal end of the button element.

US Pat. No. 10,478,600

SEGMENTAL CRIMPER HAVING INDIVIDUALLY HEATED CRIMPER SEGMENTS AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

MACHINE SOLUTIONS, INC., ...

1. A segmental crimper comprising:at least three crimper segments arranged circumferentially about a crimper axis, the crimper axis defining axial and radial directions, the crimper segments being movable relative to each other in a manner such that the crimper segments collectively define a variable size, circular bounded aperture that is aligned with the crimper axis, each of the crimper segments comprising a radio frequency heating element including a coil of electrically conductive wire; and
an actuator being operatively connected to the crimper segments in a manner such that movement of the actuator causes all of the crimper segments to simultaneously move relative to each other and alters the size of the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,597

MEDICAL CATHETER WITH DEFLECTION PULL RING AND DISTAL TIP ATTACHMENT APPARATUS

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A catheter assembly, comprising:a distal tip having an axis and including a tip element and a mounting shaft wherein said mounting shaft has an axial passageway extending therethrough and an inner surface that includes a protrusion;
an elongate member having a distal end thereof extending into said axial passageway of said mounting shaft wherein said elongate member bears against said protrusion of said mounting shaft; and
a reinforcement element positioned within a hollow interior of said elongate member that compresses said elongate member against said inner surface of said mounting shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,478,596

LOCKING MECHANISM FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device assembly, comprising:an elongate member;
a handle assembly coupled to the elongate member, the handle assembly including a housing having a locking mechanism, the locking mechanism comprising:
a flexible tubular member positioned in the housing, a portion of the elongate member extending through the flexible tubular member;
an actuator pivotably attached to the housing about a pivot axis, the actuator being pivotable between a first position and a second position, wherein the actuator includes a cam portion with an eccentric surface having a variable distance from the pivot axis; and
a push member positioned between the flexible tubular member and the actuator, wherein a first surface of the push member is configured to contact the eccentric surface of the cam portion, and a second surface of the push member is configured to contact the flexible tubular member;
wherein the push member does not compress the flexible tubular member against the elongate member when the actuator is in the first position, and the push member deforms an outer surface of the flexible tubular member inward to compress the flexible tubular member against the elongate member when the actuator is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,594

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING DEVICES FOR REDUCING LEFT ATRIAL PRESSURE

V-Wave Ltd., Caesarea (I...

1. An apparatus for coupling to an atrial shunt for regulating blood pressure between a patient's left atrium and right atrium, the apparatus comprising:a catheter having a proximal region and a distal region, the distal region sized and shaped to be advanced to the patient's atrial septum;
one or more latching legs disposed at the distal region of the catheter, the one or more latching legs having a hook portion and a ramp portion disposed proximal to the hook portion;
a ring coupled to the one or more latching legs;
an actuator disposed at the proximal region of the catheter, the actuator configured to move the ring between a first position, where the ring contacts a first section of the ramp portion such that the one or more latching legs extend radially outward, and a second position, where the ring contacts a second section of the ramp portion such that the one or more latching legs move radially inward; and
a ring base coupled to the ring and the actuator, wherein the actuator causes the ring base to move the ring between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,593

CATHETER HUB WITH REMOVABLE EXTENSIONS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A catheter comprising:a hub having an outer housing defining a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the distal end of the outer housing defines an opening into an inner space defined by the outer housing, and disposed within the inner space is a distal connector, and wherein the proximal end of the housing defines a proximal connector for coupling to an intravenous catheter tube;
a self-sealing septum disposed within the opening defined by the distal end of the outer housing, such that the self-sealing septum forms a barrier for the distal connector; and
an extension tube assembly, wherein the extension tube assembly includes an extension tube and a locking key-type connector for coupling the extension tube to the distal connector through the self-sealing septum,
wherein the extension tube assembly includes a luer that is separated into a plunger and a luer taper,
wherein the plunger is formed integrally with the locking key-type connector and remains isolated from a fluid path, and
wherein the plunger extends further than the luer taper to engage with and displace the self-sealing septum.

US Pat. No. 10,478,592

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO INCREASE RIGIDITY AND SNAG-RESISTANCE OF CATHETER TIP

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A peripheral catheter, comprising:a catheter body comprising an outer surface, a proximal end, a distal end, and an inner surface forming a lumen, wherein the distal end comprises a catheter tip opening, wherein the lumen extends between the proximal end and the catheter tip opening;
a recess formed in the outer surface of the catheter body, wherein the recess comprises two opposing sidewalls and a planar surface separating the two opposing sidewalls; and
a plurality of holes positioned in the planar surface such that the planar surface surrounds each of the plurality of holes, wherein the plurality of holes are formed through the catheter body and in fluid communication with the lumen,
an inner surface forming a hole of the plurality of holes, wherein
the inner surface extends from the planar surface to the lumen, wherein a distal portion of the inner surface is disposed opposite a proximal portion of the inner surface, wherein the distal portion of the inner surface and the proximal portion of the inner surface are oriented at a same angle oblique to the inner surface of the catheter body, wherein the distal portion of the inner surface is parallel to the proximal portion of the inner surface and spaced apart from the proximal portion of the inner surface by the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,478,591

STENT GRAFT DELIVERY DEVICE PRE-LOADED WITH A SINGLE WIRE FOR DEVICE TRACKING AND CANNULATION

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A nose cone dilator for a prosthesis delivery device, the nose cone dilator comprising:a proximal end having a proximal opening, a distal end, and a sidewall extending between the proximal and distal ends;
a substantially straight internal lumen extending through the nose cone dilator between the proximal opening and the distal end;
an opening formed in the sidewall;
an angled internal channel extending from the opening formed in the sidewall to the proximal opening,
wherein a length of the internal channel extending between the opening formed in the sidewall and the proximal opening is greater than an inner diameter of the channel measured adjacent to the opening formed in the sidewall; and
wherein the angled internal channel extends to the substantially straight internal lumen and is in fluid communication with the substantially straight internal lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,478,590

SLEEP ASSISTANCE DEVICE FOR MULTIPLE USERS

Bose Corporation, Framin...

1. A sleep assistance device comprising:a housing;
a first contactless biometric sensor, integrated into the housing, for determining at least one of a heart rate, a respiratory rate, a presence, or movement of a first user;
a processor;
memory; and
a speaker;
wherein said processor is configured to:
detect a sleep state of the first user by reading signals from said first contactless biometric sensor based on at least one of a detected change in the first user's heart rate, body movement, respiration, or presence;
detect a sleep state of a second user by reading signals from a second contactless biometric sensor, not integrated into the housing, based on at least one of a detected change in the second user's heart rate, body movement, respiration, or presence;
initiate a first wind-down routine upon detecting a sleep-readiness state of one of the first user or the second user, the first wind-down routine comprising at least one of playing relaxing sounds or playing a respiration entrainment sound; and
play noise-masking sounds upon detecting that one of the first user or the second user has fallen asleep,
wherein the processor is configured to play the sounds of the first wind-down routine for the first user and play the noise-masking sounds simultaneously for the second user, and
wherein at least one of the noise-masking sounds or the sounds of the first wind-down routine mask the other from being heard by at least one of the first or the second user,
wherein the noise-masking sounds mask the first wind-down routine from being heard by the second user, and the sounds of the first wind-down routine mask the noise-masking sounds from being heard by the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,478,588

THERAPEUTIC FIELD GENERATOR DEVICE AND METHOD

ZEEZ TECHNOLOGY LTD, Lon...

1. A therapeutic electromagnetic field generator device comprising:a field generating circuit containing at least one electromagnetic radiating element having a conductive track geometry having a multiplicity of tracks in which multiple adjacent side-by-side pairings of tracks conduct electrical current in opposite directions configured such that, for a relatively large electric field arising in the radiating element, component parts of a magnetic field produced by the radiating element at least partially cancel each other out and reduce an overall magnetic field associated with the relatively large electric field;
a processor responsive to a control algorithm stored in memory, the processor configured to provide a control signal to the field generating circuit to cause the radiating element to generate:
i) a base heartbeat reference; and
ii) at periodic times, supplementing the base heartbeat reference with mutually exclusively generated frequency components between 0.5 Hz and 500 Hz; and
wherein the electric field across the radiating element is between 200 V/m and 3000 V/m and the magnetic field is between 1 uT and 300 mT as measured at the surface of the radiating element.

US Pat. No. 10,478,587

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PREPARING TISSUE, PARTICULARLY ADIPOSE TISSUE

LIPOGEMS INTERNATIONAL S....

1. A method of treating injuries or diseases in a patient comprising:extracting lipoaspirate from donor areas of a first patient;
treating said lipoaspirate with a size reducing means for reducing the size of cell magroagglomerates of the lipoaspirate to averagely equal smaller cell agglomerates, wherein said size reducing means consist of at least one series of parallel or intersecting sheets or cutting wires, to form at least one size reducing net, through which the lipoaspirate is passed; and
injecting the treated material into a second patient,
wherein the step of injecting the treated material into the second patient is carried out by introducing a needle or cannula, and wherein the step of introducing is performed several times to create a 3D net of tunnels in subcutaneous or muscular tissue, with very small amounts of cell material being introduced therein.

US Pat. No. 10,478,584

COMPENSATING FOR DISRUPTIONS IN BREATHING GAS FLOW MEASUREMENT

Mallinckrodt Hospital Pro...

1. A therapeutic gas delivery apparatus for use with a ventilator, the apparatus comprising:a therapeutic gas injector module configured to be placed in fluid communication with a breathing circuit affiliated with the ventilator, the therapeutic gas injector module including a breathing gas flow inlet, a therapeutic gas flow inlet, and a combined breathing gas and therapeutic gas flow outlet for providing a combined flow of breathing gas and therapeutic gas to a patient, in need thereof;
a first flow sensor configured to sense breathing gas flow rate data; and
a controller configured to control the delivery flow rate of the therapeutic gas based on a first mode, and upon detection of a disruption of the sensed breathing gas flow rate data, configured to control delivery flow of the therapeutic gas based on the historical breathing gas flow rate data previously sensed by the first flow sensor and stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,478,583

LIMB FOR BREATHING CIRCUIT

1. A method for manufacturing a limb for a breathing circuit comprising:providing a flexible breathing conduit having a first conduit end and a second conduit end and having a wall thickness less than 50 ?m,
locating a reinforcing mesh having a first mesh end and a second mesh end, over the outside of the flexible breathing conduit,
locating an elongate reinforcing member having a first member end and a second member end, lying freely within the flexible breathing conduit, along a non-tortuous path from the first conduit end of the flexible breathing conduit to the second conduit end of the flexible breathing conduit,
fixing a first end connector with the first conduit end of the flexible breathing conduit, the first member end of the elongate reinforcing member, and the first mesh end of the reinforcing mesh, and
fixing a second end connector with the second conduit end of the flexible breathing conduit, the second member end of the elongate reinforcing member, and the second mesh end of the reinforcing mesh, wherein the flexible breathing conduit, the reinforcing mesh, and the elongate reinforcing member are fixed only at the first end connector and the second end connector.

US Pat. No. 10,478,581

HEADGEAR FOR A RESPIRATORY MASK AND A METHOD FOR DONNING A RESPIRATORY MASK

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A respiratory mask for delivering breathable gas to a patient for treatment of sleep disordered breathing, the respiratory mask comprising:an airway interfacing portion constructed and arranged to engage a patient's face for delivery of the breathable gas to a patient's nose and/or mouth;
a positioning and stabilising structure constructed and arranged to provide a force to hold the airway interfacing portion in an interfacing location on the patient's face,
the positioning and stabilising structure comprising a pair of rigidizers, each of the pair of rigidizers having a front end portion adjacent the airway interfacing portion,
the front end portion including a first end structured to connect to the airway interfacing portion and a second end, the first end extending anteriorly of the second end such that the first end is spaced and separated from the second end; and
a cover provided to each of the pair of rigidizers and structured to at least partially encapsulate a respective one of the pair of rigidizers,
the cover including a slot arranged to allow the first end of the front end portion of the respective one of the pair of rigidizers to extend therethrough towards the airway interfacing portion, and the cover further including a pocket to receive the second end of the front end portion of the respective one of the pair of rigidizers,
wherein the cover includes a face contacting side arranged on one side of the respective one of the pair of rigidizers and a non-face contacting side arranged on an opposite side of the respective one of the pair of rigidizers,
the face contacting side having a face contacting surface adapted to contact the patient's face and the non-face contacting side having an outwardly facing surface adapted to face away from the patient's face,
wherein each of the face contacting side and the non-face contacting side comprises lateral edges, and
wherein each of the lateral edges of the face contacting side is directly and fixedly attached to a respective one of the lateral edges of the non-face contacting side to provide a direct and fixed connection that fixes the face contacting and non-face contacting sides in an operative position and thereby securely encloses the respective one of the pair of rigidizers between the face contacting and non-face contacting sides.

US Pat. No. 10,478,580

NASAL CANNULA ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED PARTS

1. A nasal cannula assembly for administering a breathable gas to a user, the nasal cannula assembly comprising:a nasal cannula comprising:
a first section comprising a first material, and
a second section comprising a second material;
a manifold with a manifold connection comprising a rigid material relative to the first material, wherein the manifold connection is substantially C or U shaped;
wherein the first section is relatively softer than the second section,
wherein the first section and second section are commensurately or complimentarily shaped or configured to communally receive the substantially C or U shaped manifold connection for delivery of a gas to the user,
wherein the nasal cannula comprises a body defining an open cavity configured to receive the substantially C or U shaped manifold connection for delivery of the gas to the user, the first section defining at least a portion of the open cavity, wherein the substantially C or U shaped manifold connection has a concave surface forming the C or U shape and an opposite surface, wherein the body covers the concave surface and the opposite surface when the substantially C or U shaped manifold connection is received within the body;
a rear portion of said body being, in-use, substantially adjacent to the user's septum region, the rear portion being substantially compliant or deformable in response to a pressure applied by the user to said rear portion, wherein the rear portion defines at least a part of a rear wall of the open cavity, formed as a pillow section to be substantially adjacent to the user's septum region in-use, the rear portion being one or more of: a substantially thinned wall section of the body, or a substantially elasticised wall section of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,579

BLIND INTUBATION DEVICE AND RELATED METHODOLOGIES FOR ENDOTRACHEAL INTUBATION

1. A method for endotracheal intubation comprising the steps of:obtaining an apparatus comprising
a funnel with a curved cannulated stem that is configured for oral insertion into a patients throat;
a lever arm that is tucked into a tip of the curved cannulated stem so that a nub of the lever arm is disposed within the curved cannulated stem;
obtaining an endotracheal tube;
opening a patient's mouth;
inserting the curved cannulated stem, tip-first, into the patient's mouth;
manipulating the positioning of said curved cannulated stem as to allow for its passage into the patient's throat;
ensuring the curved cannulated stem is fully inserted into the patient's throat;
passing the endotracheal tube through said funnel and curved cannulated stem to press the nub of the lever arm so that the lever arm extends out of the tip into contact with the patient's epiglottis wherein the endotracheal tube is directed by the curved cannulated stem away from the patient's esophagus and into the patient's trachea;
ensuring that an end of the endotracheal tube is exposed at the funnel and outside the patient's mouth;
attaching a ventilating means to the exposed end of the endotracheal tube; and
ventilating the patient's lungs with the ventilating means.

US Pat. No. 10,478,577

TRACHEAL APPLICATOR AND CORRESPONDING USE

1. A tracheal applicator:wherein said applicator comprises a curved tube-shaped adapter having a circular diameter which at one end comprises a conical constriction, which protrudes into the interior of the adapter, for a plug-in connection with a tracheal cannula and at the other end is provided with a trumpet-shaped opening, three radially extending crosspieces protruding into the interior of the adapter in the trumpet-shaped opening in order to serve as a three-point reception for centrally holding and securing a connecting piece of the tracheal applicator and to simultaneously form three ventilation openings,
wherein the connecting piece comprises a rotationally symmetric tube constricted in a nozzle-like manner for channeling a FiO2 flow coming from a high flow therapy device, a part of the connecting piece protruding into the adapter comprising a bottleneck-shaped tapering at one end of the connecting piece and being provided with a seal at the tapered end and comprising several radially distributed and radially extending outlet openings in direct contact with said seal, and the other end of the connecting piece being conically tapered in order to be coupled to a connecting tube of the high flow therapy device by pressing.

US Pat. No. 10,478,575

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ANESTHESIA APPARATUS, ANESTHESIA APPARATUS OPERATING ACCORDING TO THE METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

1. A method for operating an anesthesia apparatus comprising a breathing gas feed unit for displacing a breathing gas volume in a breathing circuit, wherein the breathing gas feed unit comprises a piston bringing about the displacement of the breathing gas, the method comprising the steps of:automatically switching over between at least one first mode of operation and a second mode of operation during a return of the piston to preset a corresponding piston return velocity; and
providing the piston return velocity to depend on a volume flow in an exhalation branch of the breathing circuit in the first mode of operation; and
providing the piston return velocity to depend on a minimally necessary piston return velocity in the second mode of operation;
wherein the selection of the first or second mode of operation and the switchover between the first and second modes of operation depends on a setting for a fresh gas feed into the breathing circuit;
wherein preset or presettable limit values are taken into account for the setting for the fresh gas feed into the breathing circuit for the selection of the first mode of operation or the second mode of operation and for the switching between the first mode of operation and the second mode of operation;
wherein a switchover takes place between the first mode of operation and the second mode of operation based on an interpolation related to the limit values.

US Pat. No. 10,478,574

NASAL ADMINISTRATION

OptiNose AS, Oslo (NO)

1. A method of treating a subject by delivering a pharmaceutical composition to a nasal airway of the subject, comprising:fitting a mouthpiece to a mouth of the subject;
fitting a nosepiece unit to a first nostril of the subject, wherein the nosepiece unit comprises:
a nosepiece which is configured to guide the nosepiece unit into a first nasal passageway of the subject;
a delivery channel which is fluidly connected between the mouthpiece and the nosepiece, such that an exhalation air flow can be delivered from the mouthpiece through the delivery channel, and through the nosepiece when the subject exhales through the mouthpiece; and
a supply unit which is configured to deliver a dose of the pharmaceutical composition;
exhaling with an exhalation breath of the subject through the mouthpiece to cause closure of an oropharyngeal velum of the subject, wherein the exhalation breath of the subject produces the exhalation air flow which exceeds a predetermined flow rate and flows through the first nostril of the subject and into the first nasal passageway of the subject, around a posterior margin of a nasal septum of the subject and into a second nasal passageway of the subject, and out of a second nostril of the subject;
delivering, during a time when the exhalation breath of the subject produces the exhalation air flow, the dose of the pharmaceutical composition to the nasal airway of the subject such that at least 30% of the dose of the pharmaceutical composition, as initially deposited in the nasal airway of the subject, is deposited at an upper posterior region of the nasal airway of the subject, which is posterior of a nasal valve of the subject and above an inferior meatus of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,478,569

NEEDLE INSERTION DEVICE

REPRO-MED SYSTEMS, INC.

1. A device for administering a needle to a subject, comprising:a housing comprising a shell with a distal opening and a proximal opening, a distal surface disposed at least partially about the distal opening;
a drive plunger occupying the space defined by the shell of the housing and in shifting engagement with the housing, wherein the drive plunger has a proximal end with a handle extending from the proximal opening of the housing and a distal end dimensioned to receive and deliver the needle;
a drive spring associated with the drive plunger such that when the handle is retracted proximally relative to the housing, the drive spring compresses and when the drive plunger is released, the drive plunger travels distally from the force of the drive spring; and
a component for relieving discomfort associated with injecting the needle to the subject receiving the injection, the component comprising a vibrator motor and power source associated with the housing such that the power source supplies power to the vibrator motor when the motor is activated;
wherein the needle is a butterfly needle having wings, the housing further comprising two opposing channels extending from the distal opening towards the proximal opening, the distal end of the drive plunger further including recessions for receiving the wings of the butterfly needle, the recessions aligned to the channels of the housing to permit each wing of the butterfly needle to extend from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,478,568

LOW RADIAL PROFILE NEEDLE SAFETY DEVICE

WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVI...

1. A needle safety device for an injection device having a generally cylindrical barrel with a distal end from which a cannula extends, the needle safety device comprising:an outer tube within which the barrel is slideably receivable, the outer tube having a distal end, a proximal end spaced from the distal end of the outer tube and a longitudinal axis;
a collar positioned within the outer tube, moveable relative thereto and attachable to the distal end of the barrel;
a force member positioned within the outer tube biasing the outer tube in a distal direction;
a track formed in an inner surface of the outer tube; and
a pin extending radially outwardly from the collar slidingly engaging the track,
wherein the track comprises:
a first track segment extending from a staging position to a pre-injection position,
wherein the proximal end of the outer tube is in a position relative to the distal end of the barrel allowing the barrel to be inspected when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the pin is releaseably retained in the staging position by a first catch in the outer tube, and
wherein the cannula extends a first length beyond the distal end of the outer tube when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the pin is releaseably retained in the pre-injection position by a second catch in the outer tube;
a second track segment contiguous with the first track segment and extending from the pre-injection position to a full-insertion position,
wherein the cannula extends a second length greater than the first length from the distal end of the outer tube when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the pin is in the full-insertion position; and
a third track segment contiguous with the second track segment and extending from the full-insertion position to a locked position in which the pin is immovably retainable, a portion of the third track segment spaced from and parallel to a portion of the first track segment,
wherein the cannula is entirely within the outer tube when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the pin is immovably retained in the locked position by a third catch in the outer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,478,567

CHILD RESISTANT SYRINGE

1. A syringe assembly comprising:a housing having a cavity for receiving an associated fluid therein and having a dispensing opening communicating with the cavity through which the associated fluid is selectively dispensed;
a plunger assembly operatively connected to the housing and including a piston and a shaft connected to the piston for selectively dispensing the associated fluid from the housing dispensing opening; and
a container that receives the housing and plunger assembly, the container having a first opening at a first end that selectively receives a removable cap thereon and covers the dispensing opening when the cap is secured to the container and allowing access to the dispensing opening when the cap is removed from the container, and second opening at a second end that opens to the plunger assembly shaft, wherein the shaft is dimensioned so that the shaft does not extend through the container second opening, wherein the shaft includes a stop member that selectively engages a surface of the container adjacent the second opening to limit movement of the shaft through the container second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,478,564

INJECTION DEVICE

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. An injection device comprisinga housing containing a cartridge;
a dose setting mechanism being operable in a first direction to set a dose during dose setting;
a piston rod being adapted to cooperate with a piston to eject the dose from the cartridge during dose dispensing;
a first clicker component rotationally fixed to the housing, the first clicker component being displaceable relative to the housing between a dose setting position and a dose dispensing position, the dose setting position being proximal to the dose dispensing position, and the first clicker component being stationary in the dose dispensing position during the dose dispensing; and
a second clicker component rotatable relative to the housing during the dose dispensing,
wherein the first clicker component and the second clicker component are adapted to contact each other only near an end of the dose dispensing to provide an audible and/or tactile feedback to a user, the audible and/or tactile feedback being provided only if the injection device is in a dose dispensing mode in which the first clicker component is in the dose dispensing position, and
wherein the first clicker component and the second clicker component are configured not to engage one another when the injection device is in a dose setting mode to prevent the audible and/or tactile feedback from being generated.

US Pat. No. 10,478,562

DRIVE MECHANISM OF A DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. A drive mechanism of a drug delivery device for setting and dispensing of a dose of a medicament, the drive mechanism comprising:a housing;
a piston rod to operably engage with a piston of a cartridge for displacing the piston in a distal direction;
a dose indicating member with dose size indicating numbers or symbols thereon, wherein the dose indicating member is connected to a spring element and is rotatable in a dose incrementing direction against an action of the spring element for setting of the dose, and wherein the dose indicating member is rotatable in a dose decrementing direction under an action of the spring element for dispensing of the dose, the dose decrementing direction being opposite to the dose incrementing direction; and
a drive wheel operably engaged with the piston rod for displacing the piston rod in the distal direction for dose dispensing,
wherein the dose indicating member is engageable with the drive wheel during dose dispensing to transfer a driving force to the drive wheel when driven by the relaxing spring element in a dose decrementing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,560

PREFILLED SYRINGE INJECTOR

Antares Pharma, Inc., Ew...

1. An injector, comprising:a prefilled syringe comprising:
a container portion defining a chamber containing a medicament,
a needle disposed at a distal end of the chamber, the needle having an injection tip configured for piercing an insertion location, and defining a fluid pathway in fluid communication with the chamber, and
a plunger movable within the chamber,
a housing that houses the prefilled syringe;
a syringe support supportively mounting the prefilled syringe to the housing; and
an energy source configured for biasing the plunger with a force selected to produce an injecting pressure in the medicament in the chamber during the injection of the medicament to inject the medicament from the chamber through the needle to an injection site,
wherein a penetration depth and injecting pressure are sufficient to substantially prevent backflow of the injected medicament, and
wherein the prefilled syringe is associated with the housing in a fixed position before and during activation of the energy source for firing of the injector.

US Pat. No. 10,478,559

PREFILLED SYRINGE WITH BREAKAWAY FORCE FEATURE

Antares Pharma, Inc., Ew...

1. An injection device, comprising:a prefilled syringe comprising:
a container portion defining a fluid chamber containing a medicament;
a needle configured to deliver the medicament from the fluid chamber into an injection site;
a plunger movable within the fluid chamber;
a housing that houses the prefilled syringe and is configured to allow insertion of the needle at an injection location, the housing comprising:
a retractable guard that is movable between a protecting position in which the needle is disposed within the retractable guard and an injecting position in which a tip of the needle is exposed for insertion into the injection site;
a biasing element configured to bias the retractable guard toward the protecting position, and
a locking element having at least one abutment arm, the abutment arm having at least one tapered portion and an engagement portion axially adjacent to the at least one tapered portion, the engagement portion configured to resist the movement of the retractable guard when the retractable guard is moved from the protecting position toward the injecting position; and
an energy source configured to bias the plunger with a force selected to produce an injecting pressure on the medicament in the fluid chamber to inject the medicament from the fluid chamber through the needle to the injection site,
wherein a breakaway force is configured to be applied to the retractable guard to overcome the resistance to movement of the retractable guard caused by the engagement portion of the abutment arm,
wherein the breakaway force is equal to or greater than a trigger force, wherein the trigger force causes injection of the medicament.

US Pat. No. 10,478,558

MEDICAL FLUID INJECTOR

BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC, Wh...

1. A system for delivering a fluid to a targeted tissue, the system comprising:a pump configured to contain a volume of fluid at a pressure, wherein the pressure of the fluid is in a range of about 10 psi to about 2000 psi prior to distribution of the fluid to the targeted tissue;
a processor;
an intracorporeal sensing system in operable communication with the processor; and
a non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium in communication with the processor, wherein the non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium contains one or more programming instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to:
direct the pump to distribute the fluid to the targeted tissue at an initial velocity;
receive one or more signals from the intracorporeal sensing system, wherein the one or more signals correspond to one or more sensed feedback parameters at the targeted tissue, wherein the one or more sensed feedback parameters comprise one or more of a pressure in a receiving vessel, a pressure in the targeted tissue, an image property, a tissue stretch property, a tissue conductivity, a tissue ultrasound property, a flow rate in the targeted tissue, a fluid cell count, a fluid particle count, and a density of a measurable tracer;
determine whether the one or more sensed feedback parameters are within an acceptable range;
if the one or more sensed feedback parameters are not within the acceptable range, determine an adjusted velocity; and
direct the pump to distribute the fluid at the adjusted velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,554

MONITORING THE OPERATING HEALTH OF A FORCE SENSOR IN A FLUID INFUSION DEVICE

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., ...

1. A device for delivering fluid to a user, the device comprising:a housing;
a drive motor assembly in the housing to regulate delivery of fluid by actuating a piston of a fluid reservoir;
a force sensor associated with the drive motor assembly to generate output levels in response to force imparted thereto; and
an electronics module coupled to the force sensor to process the output levels to determine if the fluid reservoir is seated within the housing and the electronics module:
determines a baseline actuation force imparted to the force sensor during a priming operation;
determines a measured actuation force imparted to the force sensor during a fluid delivery operation;
compares the measured actuation force to a force threshold and the baseline actuation force; and
initiates corrective action if the measured actuation force is less than a difference between the baseline actuation force and the force threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,553

APPARATUS FOR SUBRETINAL ADMINISTRATION OF THERAPEUTIC AGENT VIA A CURVED NEEDLE

ORBIT BIOMEDICAL LIMITED,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:(a) a body;
(b) a cannula extending distally from the body, wherein the cannula is flexible, wherein the cannula is sized and configured to advance between a sclera and a choroid of a patient's eye, wherein the cannula includes a lateral opening; and
(c) a needle slidably disposed in the cannula, wherein the needle includes:
(i) a sharp distal tip, wherein the needle is configured to translate relative to the cannula between a proximal position and a distal position, wherein the distal tip is configured to be positioned inside the cannula when the needle is in the proximal position and wherein the distal tip is configured to be positioned outside the cannula when the needle is in the distal position,
(ii) a curved portion, wherein the needle is resiliently biased to extend along a curve through the curved portion, and
(iii) a straight distal portion extending along an exit axis, the straight distal portion extending between the curved portion and the sharp distal tip, wherein the needle is resiliently biased to extend along a straight path along the straight distal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,552

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A drug delivery device for injecting medicament, the drug delivery device comprising:a body;
a reservoir movably disposed in the body for accommodating a medicament, the reservoir extending along a longitudinal axis;
a needle, the needle having a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a lumen extending proximally from the distal end, the lumen being connectable with the reservoir, wherein, at least a portion of the lumen extends proximally from the distal end along a reference axis that is not parallel with the longitudinal axis;
a first spring adapted to move the reservoir from a first reservoir position to a second reservoir position in the body to establish communication with the needle;
a second spring;
a needle driver adapted to displace the needle from a first state to a second state, the needle being disposed at an end of the needle driver; and
a needle actuator displaced within the body relative to the driver by the second spring, wherein during its displacement, the needle actuator interacts with the needle driver to cause the needle displacement from the first state to the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,478,551

INTEGRATION OF INFUSION PUMP WITH REMOTE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc...

1. A method of delivering a medicament bolus with a medical infusion pump, comprising:determining a medicament bolus delivery for a medical infusion pump with a software application operating on a remote consumer electronic device;
transmitting an operating command for delivery of the bolus from the remote consumer electronic device to the medical infusion pump via the software application operating on the remote consumer electronic device;
causing a notification that the bolus has been initiated to issue from the medical infusion pump; and
causing the medical infusion pump to deliver the bolus to a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,478,550

DEVICE WITH A LAVET-TYPE MOTOR

PHARMASENS AG, Biel-Benk...

1. A device for ambulatory wearing by a patient, comprising:a pump for delivery of injection fluid including a pump system with a fluid reservoirs; and
a Lavet-type stepper motor to drive the pump system, the stepper motor including a rotor with a magnet made of high energy density magnetic material which is a magnetic alloy including a rare earth element,
wherein when the stepper motor successfully performs a step, there is an induced current of opposite polarity with respect to applied voltage pulse, and when the stepper motor does not successfully perform the step, there is an induced current that is of a same polarity with respect to the applied voltage pulse,
wherein a maximum speed of the stepper motor is restricted by a design of the stepper motor,
wherein a maximum torque of the stepper motor is restricted by a design of the stepper motor,
wherein the injection fluid includes therapeutic proteins like insulin or antibodies.

US Pat. No. 10,478,549

INTRAVENOUS LINE CONNECTION SUPPORT DEVICE

1. An intravenous line connection support device comprising:a base;
a support flange coupled to and extending perpendicularly from said base, said support flange being rigid;
a connection post coupled to and extending from said base away from said support flange, said connection post being perpendicular to said support flange;
a slit extending into said connection post defining a pair of spaced arms, opposite faces of said spaced arms include concavely arcuate portions defining a receiver within said slit configured for receiving a connection port of an intravenous line therein whereby the connection port of the intravenous line is oriented parallel to and spaced from the support flange; and
a fastener having a head and a shaft, said shaft extending through said arms and across said slit, said shaft engaging said arms such that movement of said shaft selectively urges said arms together and apart wherein said fastener is configured for securing the connection port within said receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,478,548

HOSPITAL SUPPORT POLES WITH ONBOARD POWER UNITS

Skytron, LLC, Grand Rapi...

1. A medical accessory support pole, comprising:an elongate pole body defining a longitudinal pole axis;
a plurality of wheels attached to the pole body; and
an onboard power unit held by the pole body, comprising:
a housing having a downwardly extending cylindrical channel surrounding a segment of the pole body, the housing further including a neck that angles out to a receptacle surface and then merges into a vertical segment that extends up and/or down a vertical distance to define a cord compartment;
a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart electrical receptacles; and
a power cord in electrical communication with the electrical receptacles extending outward from the housing;
wherein the cord compartment is rotatable inside the housing about the longitudinal pole axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,547

IRRIGATION ASSEMBLY

PREVA, LLC., Weston, FL ...

1. An assembly structured for concurrent irrigation and drainage of a nasal cavity, said assembly comprising:a housing including an interior chamber comprising a first chamber section and a second chamber section, said first chamber section structured to contain irrigating fluid therein,
a single applicator connected to said housing and comprising a first passage and a second passage disposed therein; said single applicator dimensioned and configured to be inserted in the nasal cavity through a single, common nostril,
said first passage and said second passage concurrently disposable in fluid communication with the nasal cavity through the single, common nostril;
said first passage at least partially defining a flow path of irrigating fluid from said first chamber section into the nasal cavity; said second passage at least partially defining a path of travel of a drained waste fluid from the nasal cavity into said second chamber section,
an activating assembly comprising at least a drive member structured to force the irrigating fluid from said first chamber section through said flow path, when said single applicator is in the single, common nostril,
said drive member movably disposed in segregating, fluid sealing relation between said first and second chamber sections;
said movement of said drive member into driving relation to the irrigating fluid comprising a concurrent reduction of said first chamber section and expansion of said second chamber section and a concurrent negative pressure being formed in said second chamber section and said path of travel; and
said concurrent negative pressure resulting in aspiration of the drained waste fluid, via said path of travel, from the nasal cavity concurrent to delivery of the irrigating fluid, via said flow path, to the nasal cavity, when said single applicator is disposed in the nasal cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,545

PARALLEL MODULES FOR IN-LINE RECHARGING OF SORBENTS USING ALTERNATE DUTY CYCLES

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method of recharging a sorbent, comprising the steps of:connecting at least a first module and a second module in parallel with one or more connectors;
fluidly connecting at least one connector to at least one wash line, wherein the at least one wash line is fluidly connected to a recharger;
fluidly connecting at least one connector to at least one bypass line, wherein the at least one bypass line diverts flow from the connector to bypass at least one module;
connecting one or more valves to the connectors at junctions between the modules, the at least one bypass line and/or the at least one wash line; and
selectively opening and closing the valves to direct fluid flow from the recharger through the at least one of the first module and second module to recharge a sorbent in the first module or second module.

US Pat. No. 10,478,544

MEDICAMENT PREPARATION AND TREATMENT DEVICES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS

NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC., L...

1. A fluid circuit for preparation of a medicament for renal replacement therapy, comprising:a concentrate container containing acid concentrate connected for flow communication, through a first pumping tube segment, to a medicament supply line that has been capped and sterile-sealed at an outlet end thereof;
a bicarbonate cartridge containing dry bicarbonate buffer compound, the bicarbonate cartridge being of a type that admits water in a cartridge inlet thereby forming a saturated bicarbonate solution which is received at a cartridge outlet, the cartridge outlet being connected for flow communication, through a second pumping tube segment, to the medicament supply line; and
a water inlet line, capped and sterile-sealed, connected for flow communication, through a third pumping tube segment, to the medicament supply line and connected for flow communication to the bicarbonate cartridge inlet;
the first, second, and third pumping tube segments being supported by a circuit cartridge which orients, aligns, and exposes for access the first, second, and third pumping tube segments with respective actuators of a predefined medicament preparation device;
the circuit cartridge containing a first concentration sensor station positioned in said medicament supply line downstream of a first junction where the first pumping tube segment connects to the medicament supply line;
the circuit cartridge containing a second concentration sensor station positioned in said medicament supply line downstream of both said first junction and a second junction where the second pumping tube segment connects to the medicament supply line, wherein
each of said concentration sensor stations includes a liquid conductivity sensor and a temperature sensor portion,
the temperature sensor portion includes a flow chamber with a flat surface to permit a temperature sensor to be placed against said flat surface of a predefined sensor of the predefined medicament preparation device, and
the entire fluid circuit is sterile.

US Pat. No. 10,478,541

CENTRIFUGAL PUMP FOR MEDICAL USE AND ARTIFICIAL HEART ASSIST DEVICE HAVING CENTRIFUGAL PUMP FOR MEDICAL USE

HI-LEX CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A centrifugal pump for medical use, comprising:a rotating shaft;
a pump substrate that has a driving unit configured to rotate the rotating shaft;
a housing that has an inlet and an outlet and that forms a pump chamber with the pump substrate, the pump chamber through which a body fluid sucked from the inlet flows; and
an impeller that is housed in the pump chamber and that is configured to use the rotating shaft as an axis,
wherein the pump substrate has a magnetism generating source,
the rotating shaft protrudes into the pump chamber from the pump substrate, and is pivotally supported on the pump substrate,
a space is formed between the pump substrate and the impeller and a space is formed between the pump substrate and the rotating shaft, and
a magnetic fluid is configured to seal an outer periphery side of the impeller in the space formed between the pump substrate and the impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,478,540

PUMP, IN PARTICULAR A BLOOD PUMP

ECP ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCH...

1. A pump, in particular a blood pump, comprisinga proximal and a distal end and a pump housing arranged therebetween,
a driveshaft arranged in an interior of the pump housing along a longitudinal direction,
a conveying element arranged on the driveshaft, and
a cannula,
wherein the pump housing is formed in such a way that the pump housing can be transferred at least in part into the cannula under application of a force acting at the proximal end of the pump, and in doing so is transferred at least along a radial direction extending transversely to the longitudinal direction from an expandable state into a compressed state; and wherein the pump housing also has at least one portion which in the expanded state comprises structures extending along the longitudinal axis helically around the longitudinal axis and wound in a first direction as considered from the proximal to the distal end of the pump; and
wherein the conveying element comprises at least one foldable segment, wherein the structures extending helically are formed in such a way that a torque directed against the first direction acts on the at least one foldable segment causing it to collapse.

US Pat. No. 10,478,534

AUTOMATICALLY SWITCHING DIFFERENT ASPIRATION LEVELS AND/OR PUMPS TO AN OCULAR PROBE

1. A system for removing material from within an eye, the system comprising:a probe having a distal tip insertable into the eye, wherein the distal tip comprises an aspiration port;
a console coupled with the aspiration port along an aspiration pathway, wherein the console comprises a processor and a pump system for providing a first pump rate via a first pump and a second pump rate via a second pump that is higher than the first pump rate; and
wherein the processor is configured to automatically switch from the first pump rate to the second pump rate, to begin a ramp-up of the second pump before a ramp-down of the first pump such that a flow rate while providing the first pump rate is matched to a flow rate when switching from the first pump rate to the second pump rate, to control aspiration through the probe by tracking a vacuum level up to a threshold, and to control aspiration through the probe by tracking a flow rate through the probe when the threshold has been passed.

US Pat. No. 10,478,530

THIN STRUT STENT FROM BIOABSORBABLE POLYMER WITH HIGH FATIGUE AND RADIAL STRENGTH AND METHOD TO MANUFACTURE THEREOF

MERIL LIFE SCIENCES PVT. ...

1. A process for preparation of a biodegradable polymer stent made of PLLA (poly-L-Lactide) with a strut thickness of less than 130 ?m, comprising:(a) Deforming an extruded PLLA tube axially at a temperature of 70° C. to 80° C. by applying an axial force until a desired stretch is achieved;
(b) radially expanding the tube at a temperature of 70° C. to 80° C. by pressurizing the tube with inert gas in three stages, including sequentially:
i. pressurizing at a pressure of 250-280 psi in a first stage,
ii. pressurizing at a pressure of 375-410 psi in a second stage, and
iii. pressurizing at a pressure of 500-530 psi in a third stage;
(c) heating the tube to a temperature between 100° C. and 110° C. after radial expansion under pressure for up to 2 min, and then cooling the tube to 20° C. in 20-30 sec to get a finished deformed tube;
(d) Cutting a scaffold structure pattern on the deformed tube by laser machining to obtain a stent;
(e) Annealing the laser machined stent and depositing radio opaque markers on the stent;
(f) Cleaning the annealed stent with radio opaque markers using a solvent to remove irregularities and to achieve a smooth surface;
(g) optionally coating the cleaned stent with a formulation of an antiproliferative drug and a carrier polymer by spray coating;
(h) Crimping the cleaned stent on a balloon of a pre-sterilized delivery catheter in a clean environment to form a crimped stent system; and
(i) Sterilizing the crimped stent system by an e-beam method with an e-beam dose less than 20 kGy.

US Pat. No. 10,478,529

MAGNESIUM ALLOY WITH ADJUSTABLE DEGRADATION RATE

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method of producing a composition comprising a Mg matrix and nanosized precipitates; wherein the composition has a Zn content ranging from 0.1 wt. % Zn to 2.0 wt. % Zn; a Ca content ranging from 0.2 wt. % Ca to 0.5 wt. % Ca; a content of one or more other elements; and a remainder content being Mg; wherein the nanosized precipitates are less noble or more noble than the Mg matrix, or a mixture thereof, the method comprising the steps of:(a) casting a mixture containing (i) magnesium having a purity of at least 99.96 wt. %; (ii) from 0.1 wt. % to 2.0 wt. % zinc having a purity of at least 99.9 wt. %; and (iii) from 0.2 wt. % to 0.5 wt. % calcium metal having a purity of at least 99.9 wt. %;
(b) solution heat treating of the cast alloy at two different temperatures wherein a first temperature is below an eutectic temperature of Mg—Zn and a second temperature is above the eutectic temperature of the ternary Mg—Zn—Ca system to thereby form a MgZnCa alloy containing from 0.1 wt. % Zn to 2 wt. % Zn, and a calcium content ranging from 0.2 wt. % to 0.5 wt. %, and having a content of one or more other elements, with the remainder being Mg,
(c) age heat treating between 100° C. and 300° C. to create dispersed nanosized precipitates prior to extrusion;
(d) extruding the alloy into a desired shape; and
(e) low temperature annealing of the shaped alloy at about 150° C. to about 250° C.

US Pat. No. 10,478,526

SKIN SUBSTITUTES AND METHODS FOR HAIR FOLLICLE NEOGENESIS

The Henry M. Jackson Foun...

1. A skin substitute comprising, in a suspension,(i) epithelial cells; and
(ii) isolated mesenchymal cells that are derived from the temporal region of a scalp, wherein the skin substitute induces hair follicle neogenesis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,521

ANTIBACTERIAL SHEET MATERIAL THAT CAN BE USED AS A WOUND DRESSING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

aap Implantate AG, Berli...

1. A method comprising:providing porcine skin;
administering an alkaline and oxidative treatment to said porcine skin comprising dipping said porcine skin alternately in hydrogen peroxide and sodium hydroxide;
acidifying the alkaline and oxidatively treated porcine skin with an acid selected from the group consisting of: phosphoric acid, hydrochloric acid, and acetic acid;
mechanically comminuting the acidified porcine skin until a collagen-containing suspension is produced, said suspension having a solids content from 0.5 to 5%;
adjusting said collagen-containing suspension to a neutral to slightly alkaline pH from 6.5 to 8.5 by adding a phosphate buffer;
separately producing an elemental-metal containing suspension that is stabilized with a stabilizing agent, wherein the elemental metal particles include silver particles and have an average particle size between 10 nm and 10 ?m;
adding the elemental-metal-containing suspension to the pH-adjusted collagen-containing suspension while promoting dispersion using a dispersion promoting means selected from the group consisting of: an ultrasonic bath, and rotor-stator mill, in order to produce a collagen and elemental metal containing suspension;
drying the collagen-and-elemental-metal-containing suspension until a translucent sheet material is produced, wherein the drying of the liquid collagen-containing starting material is performed at a temperature above 20° C. under vacuum; and
sterilizing the dried sheet material using ethylene oxide such that additional cross-links are produced in the sheet material,
wherein the elemental metal particles are incorporated into the sheet material both at the near-surface regions and in the middle of the sheet material, wherein the sheet material has a thickness between 0.1 and 1 mm, a closed porosity of less than 50%, an elemental metal particle content from 10 to 100,000 ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,517

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PURGING UNWANTED SUBSTANCES FROM AIR

FIPAK Research And Develo...

1. A method for purging unwanted substances from air, the method comprising:providing apparatus comprising:
a fumehood comprising a protective enclosure for safely handling hazardous substances, and an exhaust vent for venting exhaust air from the protective enclosure of the fumehood; and
an air treatment device for purging unwanted substances from the exhaust air of the fumehood, the air treatment device comprising:
a non-thermal plasma reactor stage comprising an air inlet for receiving the air to be treated in the non-thermal plasma reactor stage, a plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units for dividing the air to be treated into a plurality of chambers and simultaneously treating the air in each of the plurality of chambers, and an air outlet for exhausting the treated air from the non-thermal plasma reactor stage;
wherein each of the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units comprises a dielectric barrier discharge construction, wherein the dielectric barrier discharge construction comprises a first electrode and a second electrode, with the first electrode of one of the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units being separated by a dielectric plate from the second electrode of the same one of the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units, and further wherein the air within one of the non-thermal plasma reactor units is separated from the air within another of the non-thermal plasma reactor units;
wherein the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units are assembled together in parallel so as to form a collective cross-section equal in size to the air inlet of the non-thermal plasma reactor stage and equal in size to the air outlet of the non-thermal plasma reactor stage, and further wherein the air entering the air inlet is divided between the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units; and
a catalyst stage, wherein the catalyst stage is formed separately from the non-thermal plasma reactor stage and located downstream from the non-thermal plasma reactor stage; and
operating the fumehood, wherein operating the fumehood comprises:
passing the exhaust air of the fumehood through the non-thermal plasma reactor stage of the air treatment device, wherein the air is passed through the air inlet, divided between the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units and passed out the air outlet, with the divided air simultaneously passing through the plurality of separate non-thermal plasma reactor units so as to provide treated exhaust air; and
passing the treated exhaust air through the catalyst stage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,516

SEALED CONTAINER STRUCTURE

AROMATE INDUSTRIES CO., L...

1. A sealed container structure, comprising:a carrying container having
a container body having an opening on a side of the container body;
a flange portion arranged at the periphery of the opening and having a first adhering surface facing away from the container body;
an extension portion connected to a side of the flange portion and having a second adhering surface facing away from the container body, wherein the first adhering surface is coplanar with the second adhering surface;
a partial severance groove formed at a first connecting portion of the carrying container where the extension portion and the flange portion are connected to each other; and
a sealing film having
a first portion adhered to the first adhering surface and covering the container body; and
a second portion adhered to the second adhering surface and connected to the first portion,
wherein a bending line is formed at a second connecting portion of the carrying container where the extension portion and the flange portion are connected to each other, corresponding to the partial severance groove, and configured to break and sever the extension portion from the flange portion;
wherein a depression line is formed on the sealing film and having a first end point, a second end point and a protruding portion whose vertical projection on a line defined by the first and second end points is between the first and second end points; and
wherein the depression line extends from a first side of a portion of the first portion adjacent to the bending line to a second side of the portion of the first portion adjacent to the bending line, the first end point is located at the first side, the second end point is located at the second side, and the protruding portion extends along a direction from the first portion toward the second portion and protrudes beyond the bending line.

US Pat. No. 10,478,510

PLANT VIRUS PARTICLES FOR DELIVERY OF ANTIMITOTIC AGENTS

CASE WESTERN RESRVE UNIVE...

1. A method of treating lymphoma in a subject in need thereof: comprising ay administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of an anti-lymphoma virus particle, the anti-lymphoma virus particle comprising a tobacco mosaic virus particle linked to an antimitotic agent, wherein the antimitotic agent is covalently conjugated to the exterior of the plant virus particle.

US Pat. No. 10,478,507

PEPTIDE-BASED MULTIPLE-DRUG DELIVERY VEHICLE

Ariel-University Research...

1. A process of preparing a molecular structure represented by Formula I:
wherein:
AA1 and AAn are each independently an amino acid residue;
n is an integer equal to or larger than 2 and denoting the number of said amino acid residues in the structure;
TM is a targeting moiety;
L0, L11, L12, Ln1 and Ln2 are each independently a linking moiety;
D1, Dn and Dn+1 are each independently a bioactive agent or absent, provided that at least two of D1, Dn and Dn+1 are each independently a bioactive agent; and
at least one bioactive agent of said D1, Dn and Dn+1 is different than at least one other bioactive agent of said D1, Dn and Dn+1, the process comprising:
binding a targeting moiety to a solid support;
linking said AA1 to said targeting moiety;
optionally attaching said D1 to said AA1;
linking AA2 to said AA1;
optionally attaching D2 to said AA2;
optionally attaching D2+1 to said AA2;
when n is larger than 2, linking said AAn to said AA2;
optionally attaching Dn to said AAn;
optionally attaching Dn+1 to said AAn; and
detaching said targeting moiety from said solid support to thereby obtain the molecular structure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,506

FUCOIDAN NANOGELS AND METHODS OF THEIR USE AND MANUFACTURE

Memorial Sloan Kettering ...

1. A polymeric nanoparticle with affinity to P-selectin, the nanoparticle comprising a non-covalent assembly ofa sulfated polymer species comprising free hydroxyl moieties and free sulfate moieties capable of targeting P-selectin, the sulfated polymer species comprising one or more of a sulfated polysaccharide, a protein, or a fucoidan;
a hydrophobic drug; and
a dye comprising a fluorophore;whereinthe nanoparticle has an intensity-weighted average diameter as determined by dynamic light scattering of about 20 nm and about 200 nm; and
the non-covalent assembly is a self-assembly of the sulfated polymer species around the hydrophobic drug.

US Pat. No. 10,478,494

FGFR/PD-1 COMBINATION THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF CANCER

ASTEX THERAPEUTICS LTD, ...

1. A method of treating cancer in a patient comprising:administering to the patient a pharmaceutically effective amount of an antibody that blocks the interaction between PD-1 and PD-L1;
monitoring the efficacy of the antibody; and
if the antibody is not efficacious,
evaluating a biological sample from the patient for a presence of one or more FGFR variants, wherein the one or more FGFR variants comprise an FGFR fusion gene, and wherein the FGFR fusion gene is FGFR2:AFF3; FGFR2:BICC1; FGFR2:CASP7; FGFR2:CCDC6; FGFR2:OFD1; FGFR3:BAIAP2L1; FGFR3:TACC3-Intron; FGFR3:TACC3V1; FGFR3:TACC3V3; or a combination thereof; and
administering to the patient a pharmaceutically effective amount of an FGFR inhibitor if the one or more FGFR variants are present in the sample, wherein the FGFR inhibitor is the compound of formula (I):

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,490

HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS COMBINED SUBUNIT VACCINES AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVE...

1. An immunogenic composition comprising two or three recombinant Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 (HSV-2) glycoproteins and an adjuvant, said two or three glycoproteins consisting of:(a) a recombinant HSV-2 glycoprotein E (gE) or immunogenic fragment thereof, wherein said gE fragment comprises amino acids 24-224 or 24-409 of gE as set forth in SEQ ID NO: 6; and
(b) a recombinant HSV-2 glycoprotein D (gD) or immunogenic fragment thereof, a recombinant HSV-2 glycoprotein C (gC) or fragment thereof, or a combination thereof,wherein said gC fragment comprises a C3b-binding domain of gC,wherein said immunogenic composition does not comprise HSV-2 glycoprotein B (gB); andwherein said immunogenic composition has a synergistically greater anti-HSV immune evasion function-blocking as compared with anti-HSV immune evasion function-blocking of one of the components of said immunogenic composition.

US Pat. No. 10,478,489

LIVE-ATTENUATED VACCINE HAVING MUTATIONS IN VIRAL POLYMERASE FOR THE TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF CANINE INFLUENZA VIRUS

University of Rochester, ...

1. An immunological composition comprising a live-attenuated canine influenza virus (LACIV), wherein the LACIV comprises segment 1 of the viral genome encoding mutant PB2 comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 3; and segment 2 of the viral genome encoding mutant PB1 comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 4.

US Pat. No. 10,478,488

LIPOSOMAL FLU VACCINE FORMULATION

Southwest Research Instit...

1. An immunogenic composition comprising:an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 1;
an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 2;
an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 3;
an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 4;
an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 5;
an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 6;
an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 7;
an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 8;
an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 9; and
an oligopeptide consisting of the sequence set forth by SEQ ID NO: 10.