US Pat. No. 10,709,250

HEATED COVER FOR AN ARTICLE OF FURNITURE

1. A heated cover for use with an article of furniture, said heated cover comprising:a back portion of said cover, said back portion comprising a first plurality of heating pads physically spaced a distance apart and electrically coupled together to provide heat to said back portion by converting electrical energy to thermal energy, said back portion comprising a first plurality of outer edges bordering said back portion;
a seat portion of said cover, said seat portion comprising a second plurality of heating pads physically spaced a distance apart and electrically coupled together to provide heat to said seat portion by converting electrical energy to thermal energy, said first plurality of heating pads electrically coupled to said second plurality of heating pads, wherein said back portion and said seat portion are fabricated from a conductive material, wherein said back portion and said seat portion are entirely flexible and do not comprise a structural frame, said seat portion comprising a second plurality of outer edges bordering said seat portion, wherein the back portion and seat portion are configured to be draped over a chair, wherein said back portion and said seat portion are continuous between respective first and second pluralities of outer edges such that said back portion and said seat portion do not include openings;
a pouch of said cover, said pouch comprising a plurality of pouch edges, said pouch coupled to one of said plurality of outer edges of said seat portion along only a single one of said plurality of pouch edges such that said pouch extends outwardly from said seat portion;
a rechargeable electrical storage device coupled to said plurality of heating pads, said rechargeable electrical storage device configured to selectively provide electrical energy to said plurality of heating pads, wherein said rechargeable electrical storage device is removably contained within said pouch, said pouch being suspended from said seat portion such that said rechargeable electrical storage device is suspended from said seat portion when said rechargeable electrical storage device is contained within said pouch such that said pouch does not support a user seated on the article of furniture when said heated cover is coupled to the article of furniture; and
a control panel coupled to said rechargeable electrical storage device and to said plurality of heating pads, wherein said control panel comprises a temperature control configured to regulate an amount of heat generated by said plurality of heating pads, wherein said control panel further comprises a charge indicator to provide a visual indication of an amount of charge remaining in said rechargeable electrical storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,709,249

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

HHC CHANGZHOU CORPORATION...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,248

POSTURE IMPROVEMENT ASSEMBLY

2. A posture improvement assembly configured to be positioned on a chair such that a person places their back against the assembly, the assembly comprising:a base having a front edge, a rear edge, a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a top side and a bottom side, the base being elongated from the first lateral edge to the second lateral edge, the base having a height from the top side to the bottom side being less than 1.5 inches, the base having a depth from the front edge to the rear edge being between 1.0 inches and 2.0 inches, the base having a length from the first lateral edge to the second lateral edge being between 12.0 inches and 16.0 inches;
a panel having a top edge, a bottom edge, a front side, a back side, a first side edge and a second side edge, the bottom edge being attached to the top side of the base and extending upwardly therefrom, the bottom edge being oriented parallel to a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second lateral edges, the panel lying in a plane orientated perpendicular to a plane of the bottom side of the base;
the panel being telescopic and having an adjustable height, the panel comprising a first section including the bottom edge and a second section including the top edge, the panel being adjustable between a lowest height equal to between 16.0 inches and 20.0 inches and a greatest height equal to between 30.0 inches and 35.0 inches;
the panel having a width from the first side edge to the second side edge being less than a length of the base and being at least equal to or greater than 10.0 inches;
the bottom edge being spaced from the front edge;
a locking member being mechanically coupled to the panel and releasably locking the first and second sections at a selected position relative to each other; and
a cushion being attached to and covering the top edge, the cushion having a central area having an upper surface being concavely arcuate.

US Pat. No. 10,709,247

CUSHION SET

MERITS HEALTH PRODUCTS CO...

1. A cushion set, comprising:a pad having a top side, a bottom side, and a lateral side disposed between the top side and the bottom side to surround the pad, the pad sinking in a direction pointing from the top side to the bottom side to form a first-tier sunken portion, the first-tier sunken portion having a bottom portion, the pad further sinking in a direction pointing from the bottom portion of the first-tier sunken portion to the bottom side of the pad to form a second-tier sunken portion, with a plurality of through holes disposed at the bottom portion of the second-tier sunken portion and penetrating from the bottom portion of the second-tier sunken portion to the bottom side of the pad;
a filling pad disposed in the second-tier sunken portion of the pad;
an envelope having a pocket-shaped body with an outer lateral side and an inner lateral side, the envelope covering the top side of the pad, wherein a plurality of coupling portions is disposed at edges of the body and bends downward to therefore cover the pad, wherein a plurality of coupling bands is disposed on the inner lateral side of the body and penetrates the through holes of the pad, respectively; and
a support pad set comprising an upper foam pad, a lower foam pad, and a soft gel pad, the support pad set being disposed in the body of the envelope, the soft gel pad corresponding in position to the second-tier sunken portion of the pad.

US Pat. No. 10,709,246

RECLINING HIGH-LEG SEATING UNIT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,245

ARTICLE FALLING PREVENTION DEVICE

Weight Tokai Co., Ltd., ...

1. An article falling prevention device in which an article housing space storing an article inside is formed, and a front side is opened, the article falling prevention device comprising:a rotating rod having a length in a front-rear direction; a support shaft configured to rotatably support the rotating rod; a load support member on which the article is placed; a falling prevention member that is disposed on the front side and moves in a vertical direction in the article housing space; a connecting member configured to connect the rotating rod and the falling prevention member; and an elastic member configured to energize the rotating rod against a rotating direction about the support shaft,
wherein the rotating rod and the support shaft are provided as a left and right pair,
the load support member and the rotating rod are connected via a rotating shaft at an end of the rotating rod, and
the load support member is rotatable in the same direction as that of the rotating rod.

US Pat. No. 10,709,244

DYNAMIC FURNITURE ITEMS WITH INTERCHANGEABLE PANELS

Table Sayings LLC, Leand...

1. A customizable table comprising:a leg;
a top comprising a cavity;
a first panel configured to removably engage within the cavity, the first panel comprising a face and a back wherein the face is displayed from the cavity when the first panel is removably engaged within the cavity; and
a second panel configured to removably engage within the cavity, the second panel comprising a face and a back wherein the face is displayed from the cavity when the second panel is removably engaged within the cavity;wherein the first panel and the second panel engage with and are removable from the cavity at an angle perpendicular to the plane of the cavity; andwherein the first panel and the second panel are not simultaneously engageable within the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,709,243

ARTIFICIAL PANEL, A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME AND FURNITURE ARTICLES THEREFROM

KETER PLASTIC LTD., Herz...

1. A mold for manufacturing a molded panel, by injection molding the mold comprising:a second mold member; and
a bottom mold member;
wherein each of the second mold member and the bottom mold member is formed with an array of grooves that complement each other and form together warp and weft shaped channels, allowing molten polymer material to flow into the warp shaped channels and undulating weft shaped channels, to give rise to desired wicker strands; and blade elements mutually projecting from edges of grooves of the array of grooves of the second mold member and the bottom mold member, the blade elements being configured so as to create fine gaps between at least several ones of the neighboring warp wicker strand and undulating weft wicker strands such that neighboring weft wicker strands are distanced from one another and the gaps form a continuous path extending between the undulating weft wicker strands, the path being parallel to the warp wicker strands, wherein in one or both of the second and bottom mold member, a height of a weft-shaped channel is vertically spaced from a height of a neighboring weft-shaped channel at a location intersecting a warp-shaped channel, and whereby undulating neighboring weft strands give rise to a vertical gap extending between a space adjacent each warp strand and zeroing at a locations where the neighboring weft strands tangentially intersect each other.

US Pat. No. 10,709,242

APPLIANCE WITH A BASE WALL HAVING A CONTACT SURFACE INCLUDING AT LEAST THREE INTERNAL LEVELING EXTENSION PLATFORMS AND METHOD OF USE

1. An appliance with a base wall for securing the appliance to a support, the appliance comprising:the base wall surrounding, one of partially or completely, a void, the base wall having an exterior surface and an opposed interior surface;
a contact surface extending between ends of the exterior and interior surface of the base wall, the contact surface being configured to secure the appliance to the support;
at least three interior extension platforms extending from the contact surface into the void, the at least three interior extension platforms located adjacent points on the contact surface so that the at least three interior extension platforms define a level, stable, planar foundation for the appliance; and
a template at a location of the at least three interior extension platforms wherein the template is molded to include at least one portion of a two-part shim.

US Pat. No. 10,709,241

DRAWER ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRAL LATCH MECHANISM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A drawer assembly, comprising:a drawer including a latch; and
a bezel including an integral spring, said drawer being recessed in said bezel and held in a closed position by engagement of said integral spring with said latch, wherein said latch includes an arcuate cam surface in engagement with said integral spring when said drawer is in the closed position, wherein said integral spring is an elongated lug having a proximal end and a free distal end, wherein said integral spring is angled downwardly from said proximal end toward said free distal end and in a direction of drawer opening movement so that said integral spring extends into a path of movement of said latch when said drawer is opened and closed, and wherein said integral spring curves upwardly at an intermediate point between said proximal end and said free distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,709,240

UNIVERSAL UNDER CABINET MOUNTING BRACKET SYSTEM

BBY Solutions, Inc., Ric...

1. A system for mounting an appliance to an underside of a cabinet, the system comprising:an under-cabinet mounting assembly, the under-cabinet mounting assembly comprised of a plurality of inside the cabinet support members, an under-cabinet base plate, an appliance mounting plate that defines a plurality of mounting plate adjustment slots, and a first plurality of fasteners engaged to and extending from the plurality of inside the cabinet support members to fixedly engage the under-cabinet base plate, a second plurality of fasteners engaged to and extending from the under-cabinet base plate to the appliance mounting plate, a third plurality of fasteners engaged to and extending from the plurality of mounting plate adjustment slots of the appliance mounting plate, the plurality of mounting plate adjustment slots being more numerous than the third plurality of fasteners;
the under-cabinet base plate defines a plurality of base plate adjustment slots, each of the plurality of base plate adjustment slots configured to pass an engagement shaft of at least one of the second plurality of fasteners therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,709,239

ASSEMBLABLE MODULAR WARDROBE MADE OF PLASTIC MATERIAL

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,238

SHELF SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS

1. A shelf kit comprising:a first plastic shelf having a perimeter about a first planar upper surface;
a second plastic shelf having a perimeter about a second planar upper surface;
at least four legs for use in connecting the first shelf to the second shelf, whereby the first shelf is maintained parallel to the second shelf in an installed configuration by the at least four legs;
and at least one attachment selected from the group of a bin, a cable wrap, and a hook, said at least one attachment having a connector portion initially provided in an unattached configuration;
wherein at least one of the first and second shelves has at least one attachment location formed into said at least one of the first and second shelves through a side wall of said at least one of the first and second shelves for selectively receiving the connector portion of the at least one attachment in an attached construction, with the at least one attachment extending cantileveredly from the perimeter of the at least one of the first and second shelves when connected to the at least one attachment location with the connection portion of the at least one attachment and the at least one attachment located no higher than the planar upper surface of the at least one of the first and second shelves; and
wherein the second shelf has a different upper surface configuration with at least one more bin formed within the second Planar upper surface than the first planar upper surface of the first shelf, wherein each bin of the second shelf has a planar non-perforated bottom that extends below the second planar upper surface of the second shelf.

US Pat. No. 10,709,236

WORKSTATION WITH MOVEABLE TABLE PORTION

RedRick Technologies Inc....

1. A workstation comprising:a first work surface having a concave edge;
a second work surface having a convex edge complementary to and interfaceable with the concave edge of the first work surface;
a support structure attached to the first work surface for supporting the workstation with the first and second work surfaces oriented substantially horizontally in a same horizontal plane with respect to the ground; and,
two moveable support arms connecting an underside of the first work surface to an underside of the second work surface, the support arms constraining the first and second work surfaces to prevent vertical movement of the work surfaces away from the same horizontal plane, the support arms operable to move the second work surface with respect to the first work surface in the same horizontal plane both arcuately along the complementary edges and laterally toward and away from the first work surface,
each support arm having at least a first arm portion and first and second vertical pivot axes located on the horizontal plane, the second vertical pivot axis moveable relative to the first vertical pivot axis through the horizontal plane outside of an arc inscribed about the first vertical pivot axis,
each support arm including either a translatable slide between the first and second vertical pivot axes permitting extension of the first arm portion so that the second vertical pivot axis moves relative to the first vertical pivot axis through the horizontal plane outside of the arc inscribed about the first vertical pivot axis by the translatable slide, or a second arm portion connected to the first arm portion by a third vertical pivot axis located between the first and second vertical pivot axes so that the second vertical pivot axis moves relative to the first vertical pivot axis through the horizontal plane outside of the arc inscribed about the first vertical pivot axis by the first arm portion, wherein each vertical pivot axis passes through a corresponding pivot pin about which the support arm may rotate in the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,709,235

FOLDABLE TABLE

Teak Isle Manufacturing, ...

1. A table comprising:a table top pivotably coupled to a mounting structure; and
a support structure pivotably coupled to the table top and the mounting structure, the support structure including first and second arms that are pivotably and slidably coupled together, wherein the first arm includes a first end pivotably coupled to the table top, and a second end pivotably and slidably coupled to the second arm, wherein the second end includes first and second finger portions, and wherein pivotal and sliding movement between the first and second arms allows the table top to be disposed in one of either raised and folded positions, and the first finger portion is adapted to flex away from the second finger portion when the first arm is pivoted with respect to the second arm.

US Pat. No. 10,709,234

EXPANDABLE TABLE

1. An expandable table comprising:first and second table surfaces connected by a first hinge at their adjoining short sides;
first and second legs fixed to an underside of said first table surface to support said first table surface; and
a third leg fixed to a slidable mechanism wherein said slidable mechanism is installed on an underside of said first table surface, wherein said slidable mechanism is configured to be slid out from under said first table surface when said second table surface is unfolded wherein said second table surface is supported by said third leg and wherein said third leg rests adjacent to said first leg when said second table surface is folded to lie on top of said first table surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,233

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF SCRUBBING BRUSHES AND/OR PAINTING BRUSHES

Zahoransky AG, Todtnau (...

1. A method for manufacturing at least one of scrubbing brushes (2) or painting brushes, the method comprising:processing a bristle holder (5) of at least one of a scrubbing brush (2) or a painting brush to be manufactured with a processing tool (3, 4) of a device (1) for manufacturing at least one of scrubbing brushes or painting brushes in a processing position (P), said processing tool being arranged between a pressure-recording surface (7) of a pressure sensor (6) and a processing tool (3, 4) of the device (1), and
determining a processing pressure exerted by the processing tool (3, 4) onto the bristle holder (5) during the processing of the bristle holder (5) that is transferred onto the pressure-recording surface (7) by the pressure sensor (6).

US Pat. No. 10,709,232

PAINT BRUSH WITH A ROTATABLE SCRAPER AND COMFORTABLE GRIP

1. A paintbrush having brush bristles attached to a paintbrush handle, said paintbrush handle having a proximal end attached to said brush bristles and a distal end and an elongated body between the distal end and the proximal end;a rotatable paint scraper attached to the distal end of said paintbrush handle;
said rotatable paint scraper including a paint scraper blade with locking slots, a shaft connected at one end to said blade;
an actuating button connected to said opposite end of said shaft; said shaft connected through a portion of said paintbrush distal end one side to the other side is mounted on the opposite side of said paintbrush handle;
a blade locking member connect to said distal end of said paintbrush handle on one side in engagement with said blade locking slots for locking the blade in position relative to the paintbrush handle; spring attached between said distal end of said paintbrush handle and said activating button and for holding said blade against said paint brush handle;
whereby said actuating button can be depressed against said spring causing the blade to be moved away from said paintbrush handle and said blade locking member allowing the blade to be rotated 180° from an operating position extending away from the distal end of said brush to a storage position 180° flush with said paintbrush handle.

US Pat. No. 10,709,231

ROTARY SCRUBBER

1. A container cleaning apparatus, comprising:an elongated tube member defining a longitudinal axis and a longitudinal length and comprising an exterior surface, an attachment end portion at a first end of the longitudinal length, a holding end portion at a second end of the longitudinal length, an internal cavity extending from the first end to the second end and through the attachment end portion and the holding end portion, and a helical slot passing from the exterior surface to the internal cavity extending along at least a portion of the longitudinal length and about the longitudinal axis;
a handle;
a following pin extending through said helical slot, said following pin having an internal portion positioned within said internal cavity and an external portion engaged with said handle;
a biasing element positioned within said internal cavity and engaged with the internal portion of the following pin and the tube member; and
a scrubbing element coupled to said attachment end portion such that said scrubbing element and said tube member are rotationally fixed,
wherein longitudinal translation of the handle along the tube member from the holding end portion to the attachment end portion rotates the tube member and the scrubbing element about the longitudinal axis in a first rotational direction and biases the biasing element into a first preloaded state, and
wherein the attachment end portion is void of the helical slot and includes at least one open aperture that extends between an inner surface of the tube member that defines the internal cavity and the exterior surface of the tube member that forms at least one unobstructed passageway extending between the internal cavity and the exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,230

BEVERAGE CONTAINER CARRIER

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,229

GARMENT AND ACCESSORY WITH BAG PULLING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,228

GOLF BALL HOLDER DEVICE

1. A golf ball holder device, comprising:a concave body made of a yieldably bendable material, said concave body being arcuate in shape both length-wise and width-wise of said body so as to define an interior surface forming an interior cavity and an opening to said interior cavity through which a golf ball can be inserted into or removed from a snug gripping hold by said interior surface on the golf ball within said interior cavity of said concave body, the holder device further comprising:
a pair of wings made of the same yieldably bendable material, each said wing being arcuate in shape both length-wise and width-wise of said wing, said wings being integrally formed at central locations on opposite sides of a central portion of said concave body and providing short side extensions of said interior surface of said concave body so as to thereby add to or augment the snug gripping hold on the golf ball by said interior surface of said concave body along said opposite sides thereof; and
a pair of flanges made of the same yieldably bendable material, each said flange being arcuate in shape at least width-wise, said flanges being integrally formed on opposite ends of said concave body so as to protrude outwardly in opposite directions with respect to one another such that said flanges are graspable by fingers of a user to yieldably flex opposite body portions of said concave body about a central transverse axis extending across said central portion of said concave body so as to move the opposite ends thereof away from each other and thereby temporarily increase the size of said interior cavity and said opening of interior cavity to facilitate the ease of the insertion and removal of the golf ball into and from the snug gripping hold by said concave body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,227

OBJECT MOUNTING DEVICE

1. An object mounting device, the device comprising:a base;
a planar support surface disposed on the base;
a mounting surface disposed on the base, the mounting surface opposingly positioned to the support surface, and the mounting surface comprising a curved shape that is concave curved relative to the support surface; and
wherein the base comprises a first side wall and a base wall, and wherein the mounting surface is formed into the base wall and the first side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,709,226

ADJUSTABLE COSMETIC APPLICATOR

1. An adjustable cosmetic applicator, comprising:an applicator tip moveable relative to an applicator body between at least a first and a second position; and
an actuator assembly configured to move the applicator tip between the at least first and second positions,
wherein the applicator tip, the applicator body, and the actuator assembly are integrally formed as a single molded part.

US Pat. No. 10,709,225

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

COSMECCA KOREA CO., LTD.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,224

DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM, WEARABLE DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, FRAGRANCE MATERIAL EJECTION METHOD, AND DEVICE CONTROL METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A device control system, comprising:a wearable device; and
an information processing device,
the wearable device including
a storage in which a fragrance material containing a predetermined scent component is stored,
a device that ejects the fragrance material stored in the storage,
a biological sensor that detects biological data of a user,
a first communication interface, and
a first computer,
the first computer transmitting the biological data detected by the biological sensor by using the first communication interface, receiving a first control signal for causing the wearable device to eject the fragrance material by using the first communication interface, and causing the device to eject the fragrance material upon receipt of the first control signal,
the information processing device including
a second communication interface, and
a second computer,
the second computer receiving the biological data detected by the wearable device by using the second communication interface, estimating user's emotion by arithmetic processing of the received biological data, determining whether or not the user has positive emotion by using a result of the estimation, and in a case where it is determined that the user has positive emotion, (i) transmitting the first control signal to the wearable device by using the second communication interface, and (ii) transmitting, to an environment control device holding the fragrance material, a second control signal for causing the environment control device to eject the fragrance material at a predetermined timing after the transmission of the first control signal by using the second communication interface.

US Pat. No. 10,709,223

COSMETIC CONTAINER

YONWOO CO., LTD., Incheo...

1. A cosmetic container comprising:a storage container for storing a cosmetic content therein;
a pump coupled to a top of the storage container and configured to move the cosmetic content stored in the storage container upward;
a pressurizing plate coupled to a top of the pump and having a discharge hole to discharge the cosmetic content moved from the pump upward; and
a distribution plate disposed on a top of the pressurizing plate and distributing the cosmetic content discharged from the discharge hole outward,
wherein the distribution plate comprises at least one incised piece incisedly defined from an edge toward a central area thereof, each of at least one incised piece disposed spaced apart from each other along the edge, and
wherein distribution paths are defined by spaces disposed apart from each other and around the each of the at least one incised piece, and the distribution paths distribute the cosmetic content through the spaces,
wherein the central area of the distribution plate is spaced apart from the pressurizing plate and the discharge hole in an upward direction, and at least a portion of the central area is convex upward,
wherein the central area is configured to be pressurized by a user and to be moved downward and to come into contact with the top of the pressurizing plate.

US Pat. No. 10,709,221

SECURE DIAMOND SMART CARDS AND EXCHANGE SYSTEMS THEREFOR

DIAMOND STANDARD INC., N...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,220

PROTECTIVE DEVICE CASE

Griffin Technology, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,219

TRAVEL CHANGING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus comprising:a plurality of sections, which are connected together and which are configured to be placed in an open state, in an assembled state, and in a closed state;
wherein in the open state, each of the plurality of sections lies in substantially the same plane, and none of the plurality of sections overlaps any of the other of the plurality of sections;
wherein in the assembled state, a first section of the plurality of sections is temporarily fixed at substantially a right angle with respect to a second section of the plurality of sections;
wherein in the closed state, the first section overlaps the second section;
wherein at least one of the first and second sections is padded;
wherein one or more of the plurality of sections in the assembled state forms a base;
wherein the base has a width and a length;
wherein one of the plurality of sections is connected to the base along a left side peripheral edge of the base substantially spanning the width of the base;
wherein one of the plurality of sections is connected to the base along a right side peripheral edge of the base, spaced apart from and opposite the left side peripheral edge of the base, substantially spanning the width of the base;
wherein one or more of the plurality of sections is connected to the base along a front peripheral edge of the base, substantially spanning the length of the base;
wherein the one of the plurality of sections connected along the left side peripheral edge, the one of the plurality of sections connected along the right side peripheral edge, and the one or more of the plurality of sections connected along the front peripheral edge of the base are configured to be simultaneously held in a substantially perpendicular orientation with respect to the base by connecting one or more attachment devices of the plurality of sections to one or more of the plurality of sections in the assembled state;
wherein the one or more attachment devices of the plurality of sections are configured to be disconnected from one or more of the plurality of sections to permit the one of the plurality of sections connected along the left side peripheral edge, the one of the plurality of sections connected along the right side peripheral edge, and the one or more of the plurality of sections connected along the front peripheral edge of the base to be changed from substantially perpendicular to the base in the assembled state to substantially parallel to the base in the open state;
wherein a left section, a central section, and a right section of the plurality of sections is connected to the base along a back peripheral edge of the base, spaced apart from and opposite the front peripheral edge of the base;
wherein the central section is between the left section and the right section;
wherein the left section is configured to be folded along the back peripheral edge of the base from substantially parallel to substantially perpendicular with respect to the base without changing the right section or the central section in orientation with respect to the base;
wherein the right section is configured to be folded along the back peripheral edge of the base from substantially parallel to substantially perpendicular with respect to the base without changing the left section or the central section in orientation with respect to the base;
wherein the central section is configured to be folded along the back peripheral edge of the base from substantially parallel to substantially perpendicular with respect to the base without changing the left section or the central section in orientation with respect to the base; and
wherein the left section, the central section, and the right section together substantially span the length of the base in the assembled state; and
further comprising
a first strap having a first end and a second end;
wherein the first end of the first strap is connected to the central section, and the second end of the first strap is connected to the central section so that the first strap is formed into a U-shape;
and further comprising a means for holding the plurality of sections in the closed state; and
wherein the first strap can be used to pick up the plurality of sections.

US Pat. No. 10,709,218

CONTAINER SECTION AND CONTAINER COMPRISING TWO CONTAINER SECTIONS

Stitchsmith Limited, Lon...

1. A container section comprising a convex external surface, a removable resilient cover for covering said external surface and a retention frame for removably retaining said resilient cover on said external surface,in which said resilient cover comprises a plurality of pairs of adjoining edges which are angularly displaced from one another when said resilient cover is arranged flat, and which are adjacent to one another when said resilient cover assumes a three dimensional shape corresponding to said external surface,
in which said retention frame comprises a plurality of guard portions, each one of which overlies one of said pairs of edges when said retention frame retains said resilient cover on said external surface,
in which said external surface comprises a panel with a flange portion extending from a periphery thereof,
in which said flange portion comprises a plurality of sides, in which disposed between each adjoining side is one of a plurality of first curved portions,
in which said resilient cover comprises a central section which substantially corresponds in size and shape with said panel, a first set of extension portions, each of which extends from said central section and covers a substantial part of one of said plurality of sides of said flange portion, and a second set of extension portions, each of which extends from said central section and substantially covers one of said plurality of first curved portions,
and in which each of said plurality of pairs of adjoining edges of said resilient cover comprises an edge of one of said first set of extension portions and an adjoining edge of one of said second set of extension portions.

US Pat. No. 10,709,217

PERSONAL-ORNAMENT CLASP AND PERSONAL ORNAMENT USING THE SAME

MIUMA JEWELRY CO., LTD., ...

1. A personal-ornament clasp comprising:a holder having, on a first side, a holding portion where an elongated personal ornament main body can be held via an opening, wherein the holding portion has an arc-shaped curved surface, and the holder defines a U-shaped cross section;
a closing member pivotally attached to the holder via an attaching portion on a second end of the holder, wherein the closing member defines a second U-shaped cross section and has a curved upper surface;
a soft member attached to the closing member, wherein the soft member is formed in a flat shape, and is fitted in an interior space defined by the closing member, and wherein a first end of the soft member projects beyond an open end of the first end of the closing member for gripping the personal ornament main body, and the first end of the soft member defines a convex arc portion; and
a spring mounted to the attaching portion and accommodated inside the holder, the spring having a first end piercing the soft member so as to bias the closing member and the soft member toward a closed position,
wherein, in the closed position of the closing member, a first end portion of the curved upper surface of the closing member comes into contact with the holding portion and a grip space for gripping the personal ornament main body is secured between the convex arc portion of the soft member and an open end of the holding portion,
wherein the soft member is made of silicone or rubber having a friction resistance, and
wherein the closing member is rotatable about the attaching portion due to the resilient force of the spring such that any part of the personal ornament main body can be held between the convex arc portion and the holder portion due to the friction resistance of the convex arc portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,216

PHILSRING HEALTH AID

1. An article of jewelry consisting ofan annular copper ring shank forming a through-hole passage, said annular copper ring shank having an outer circumferential surface, an inner circumferential surface, and a width defined in a radial direction of said annular copper ring shank between said outer and inner circumferential surfaces, said width being larger at a portion of said annular copper ring shank having:
a.) a through-bore extending in said radial direction through said annular copper ring shank from said outer circumferential surface of said annular copper ring shank to said inner circumferential surface of said annular copper ring shank
b.) a planar surface on said outer circumferential surface; and,
an ornament having a head with an outer surface including a groove formed therein and an inner surface with a copper threaded shaft extending therefrom, said threaded shaft extending into said through-bore terminating at a flanged end at said inner circumferential surface of said annular copper ring shank while a portion of said head inner surface is engaged with said planar surface on said outer circumferential surface of said annular copper ring shank, said flanged end being flush with said inner circumferential surface of said annular copper ring shank to provide a continuous, smooth transition between said inner circumferential surface of said annular copper ring shank and said flange.

US Pat. No. 10,709,214

LOCK MECHANISM FOR ACCESSORIES

REGAL JEWELRY MANUFACTORE...

1. A lock mechanism for accessories, the lock mechanism comprising:a chain component having a head portion at one end;
a lock connector component having a button portion, an accommodating space, and an opening disposed on a side adjacent to the button portion, wherein the opening space connects to the accommodating space; and
a spring component, wherein the spring component is disposed in the lock connector component beneath the button portion;
wherein when the button portion is operated in a pressed state, the button portion is configured to block the head portion from entering or exiting the accommodating space via the opening; and when the button portion is operated in a depressed state, the button portion is configured to allow the head portion to enter or exit the accommodating space via the opening;
wherein the button portion further includes a blocking portion disposed between the opening and the spring component, the blocking portion formed extending downward from a bottom surface of the button portion; when the button portion is operated in the depressed state, the blocking portion blocks the opening; when the button portion is operated in the pressed state, the blocking portion does not block the opening; and
wherein the blocking portion is formed as a L-shape plate, and a plane of the L-shape parallel to a top surface of the button portion at least partially blocks the opening when the button portion is operated in the depressed state.

US Pat. No. 10,709,213

WATCH LUG STRUCTURE

Anhui Huami Information T...

1. A structure for a watch lug, comprising:a watch case having a first positioning cavity and a second positioning cavity;
a first watch lug inserted into the first positioning cavity;
a second watch lug inserted into the second positioning cavity; and
a coupling medium, wherein the first and second watch lugs are fixed to the watch case by the coupling medium,
wherein the first positioning cavity is provided with at least one limiting hole, wherein the at least one limiting hole is recessed downward from a bottom surface of the first positioning cavity,
wherein the first watch lug is provided with at least one limiting post protruding from the first watch lug, and
wherein when the first watch lug is inserted into the first positioning cavity, the at least one limiting post is inserted into the at least one limiting hole in a corresponding manner.

US Pat. No. 10,709,212

MAGNETIC CLOSURES

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body having an interior and having a body portion that opens and closes along a seam to provide access to the interior from outside the body through an opening in the body; and
a fastener having a slider that moves up and down the seam to open and close the seam, wherein the fastener comprises:
a first strip of elastomeric material that extends continuously along a first side of the seam,
a second strip of elastomeric material that extends continuously along a second side of the seam,
a first group of magnetic elements each having a first portion that is embedded in the first strip of elastomeric material and a second portion that protrudes out of the first strip of elastomeric material, and
a second group of magnetic elements each having a third portion that is embedded in the second strip of elastomeric material and a fourth portion that protrudes out of the second strip of elastomeric material and that interlocks with an associated one of the magnetic elements in the first group.

US Pat. No. 10,709,211

INTERLOCKING MEANS AND BAG WITH INTERLOCKING MEANS

C.I. TAIKRON CORPORATION,...

1. An interlocking means comprising:a pair of band-shaped first and second interlocking members;
wherein the first interlocking member includes a band-shaped first base and a male interlocking part that is provided in a longitudinal direction of the first base, and the second interlocking member includes a band-shaped second base and a female interlocking part that is provided in a longitudinal direction of the second base and is detachably interlocked with the male interlocking part, wherein
the female interlocking part includes a first plurality of sections having a first height and a second plurality of sections whose heights are lower than those of the first plurality of sections, and which are arranged at intervals in a longitudinal direction of the female interlocking part, and
the male interlocking part is interlocked with the first and second plurality of sections, respectively
wherein the second plurality of sections are in a shape that is formed by pressing and deforming the first and second interlocking members from the top such that the first and second interlocking members are outwardly deformed relative to the first and second interlocking members of the first plurality of sections, and
when the female interlocking part is viewed in a cross section in a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction, widths of the second plurality of sections are larger than widths of the first plurality of sections.

US Pat. No. 10,709,210

FASTENING TAPE WITH INJECTED FOAM GASKET

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastening tape comprising:a plurality of fastening tape portions extending parallel to one another;
each of the plurality of fastening tape portions comprising a plurality of attachment portions extending upwardly from a bottom portion of the fastening tape;
at least one inner wall disposed adjacent to at least some of the plurality of attachment portions such that a cavity is disposed between inner walls of adjacent fastening tape portions of the plurality of fastening tape portions; and
an injected foam member disposed in the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,709,209

CLOSURE DEVICE

1. A closure device for closing a restraint system, the closure device comprising:a blocking device; and
a locking device having a first connecting member and a second connecting member;
wherein the locking device and the blocking device interact in such a way that, in at least a first position of the locking device relative to the blocking device, the first connecting member releasably coupled to the second connecting member, and, in at least a second position of the locking device relative to the blocking device, the blocking device prevents release of the first connecting member from the second connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,208

LOW PROFILE SNAP HOOK ACTUATOR FOR CHILD SEAT LATCH

1. A snap hook assembly, comprising:a base having a hook;
a gate having a fixed end secured to the base and a free end extending from the fixed end towards the hook, wherein the gate is resiliently biased to a closed position where the free end of the gate closes against the hook;
a gate actuator having an actuator portion and an arm contacting the gate, wherein the arm is configured to move the gate from the closed position to an open position where the free end of the gate disengages from the hook; a housing secured to the base on a side that is opposite the hook, wherein the housing defines one or more pivot pin openings;
wherein the gate actuator includes
one or more pivot pins pivotally secured in the one or more pivot pin openings of the housing, and
an arm contacting the gate to move the free end from the closed position to the open position;
wherein the actuator portion is located on the same side of the base as the housing;
wherein the base defines a base lever opening; and
wherein the arm extends through the base lever opening to engage the gate proximal to the hook.

US Pat. No. 10,709,207

ATTACHMENT SYSTEM WITH A CONNECTED ARTICLE

Duraflex Hong Kong Limite...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,206

METHOD OF FILLING ELECTRORHEOLOGICAL FLUID STRUCTURE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,205

SHOE LACE LOCK AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LACING SHOES

1. A device, comprising:a body, having:
an upper face,
a lower face on a side of the body opposite the upper face, a front body end, and
a rear body end on an end of the body opposite the front body end;
a cord passage extending through the body between the upper face and the lower face;
a first grip channel formed on the upper face and having a first end adjacent to the cord passage and a second end adjacent to the rear body end, the first grip channel having a first pair of grip teeth facing each other on opposite sides of the first grip channel, ridges of the first pair of grip teeth extending, in the first grip channel a rear-to-front, downward angle, such that the ridges are closest to the rear body end at their uppermost ends, while the ridges are closest to the front body end at their lowermost ends, where they terminate against the upper face; and
a second grip channel formed on the upper face substantially parallel to the first grip channel and having a first end adjacent to the cord passage and a second end adjacent to the rear body end, the second grip channel having a first pair of grip teeth facing each other on opposite sides of the second grip channel, ridges of the first pair of grip teeth extending, in the second grip channel, at a rear-to-front, downward angle, such that-the ridges are closest to the rear body end at their uppermost ends, while the ridges are closest to the front body end at their lowermost ends, where they terminate against the upper face.

US Pat. No. 10,709,204

SHOES

MIZUNO CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A shoe comprising a sole and an upper,wherein the upper is composed of fabric having knit structures, includes an area configured to cover a calcaneus portion of a user's foot to an area configured to cover a tiptoe portion of the user's foot, has a longitudinal axis extending from the area configured to cover the calcaneus portion to the area configured to cover the tiptoe portion, and comprises:
a base knit portion;
a first fiber reinforcement portion that is arranged in a position configured to cover a lower part of a lateral malleolus of the user's foot, a lower part of a medial malleolus of the user's foot, and an upper part of the calcaneus portion of the user's foot;
a second fiber reinforcement portion that is arranged in a position configured to cover from a first metatarsal bone of the user's foot to a fifth metatarsal bone of the user's foot; and
a third fiber reinforcement portion in a bottom of the upper, extending continuously along the longitudinal axis from the first fiber reinforcement portion to the second fiber reinforcement portion, and
wherein each of the first, second, and third fiber reinforcement portions comprises a float stitch including a plurality of float stitch yarns,
the second fiber reinforcement defines a first gap on a medial side of the upper and a second gap on a lateral side of the upper, the second fiber reinforcement portion converging respectively to close each of the first gap and the second gap on a top of the upper;
the first gap is positioned such that the second fiber reinforcement portion is configured to avoid an area of a head part of the first metatarsal bone when in use,
the second gap is positioned such that the second fiber reinforcement portion is configured to avoid an area of a head part of the fifth metatarsal bone when in use,
the area configured to cover the tiptoe portion is a base knit material,
the area configured to cover the calcaneus portion is the base knit material, and
the base knit material has a knit structure different from a knit structure of the first, second, and third fiber reinforcement portions.

US Pat. No. 10,709,203

CONTOURED SUPPORT SHOE INSOLE

IMPLUS FOOTCARE, LLC, Du...

1. A contoured insole used inside a shoe and having a top side that contacts the users foot, a bottom side that contacts the interior of a shoe after insertion therein, a lateral side that lies adjacent to the outer side of a user's foot in use and a medial side that lies adjacent the inner side, or arch, of a user's foot, said insole comprising:a base layer having a contoured shape which receives and supports the foot of the user, a heel end, a toe end, a top surface, a bottom surface, a lateral side and a medial side, said lateral and medial sides extending approximately from said heel end to said toe end, said base layer having:
(a) a forefoot pad indentation area on the bottom surface of the insole extending from the midfoot to the toe area of the base layer and supporting the insertion of a forefoot pad therein,
(b) a stability cradle indentation area on the bottom surface of the insole extending from the midfoot to the heel area of the insole and supporting the insertion of a stability cradle therein;
(c) a metatarsal dome on the top surface of base layer and raised over the metatarsal midfoot area of the insole;
(d) separation wall on the bottom surface of the base layer and located between said forefoot pad indentation area and said mid-foot-to-heel stability cradle indentation area
a stability cradle positioned on the bottom surface of the base layer in the stability cradle indentation area and having:
(a) a raised arch support on the bottom surface of the insole in the medial arch area,
(b) a heel cup on the bottom surface of the insole and surrounding the heel end of the insole with vertical walls,
(c) a first set of elongated, transverse ribs in a raised medial arch, said raised medial arch extending continuously along an inner side of the stability cradle,
(d) a second set of vertical support ribs surrounding the heel cup,
(e) a third set of vertical support ribs aligned in a lateral midfoot area, said lateral midfoot area extending continuously along an outer side of the stability cradle,
(f) a midfoot pad aperture on the bottom surface of the stability cradle in the midfoot area, and
(g) a heel pad aperture on the bottom surface of the stability cradle in the heel area,
a forefoot pad positioned on the bottom surface of the insole in the forefoot indentation area;
a medial heel pad positioned on the medial side of the heel pad aperture in the stability cradle;
a lateral heel pad positioned on the medial side of the heel pad aperture in the stability cradle;
a midfoot heel pad positioned in the midfoot pad aperture in the stability cradle; and,
a top sheet that extends across the top surface of the base layer from the heel end to the toe end of the insole.

US Pat. No. 10,709,202

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SHOE

In Kwon Kang, Busan (KR)...

1. A method for manufacturing a shoe, the method comprising:putting unvulcanized rubber into an outsole frame formed in a first-stage mold;
applying predetermined heat and pressure to the unvulcanized rubber in the outsole frame;
preparing a first film by applying a pretreatment film to one surface of a first release film or first paper to a predetermined thickness and positioning the first film such that the pretreatment film borders a top of the first-stage mold and a top of the unvulcanized rubber in the outsole frame;
performing vulcanization on the unvulcanized rubber in the outsole frame;
preparing an outsole of which a top is processed with the pretreatment film by removing the first release film or first paper from the first film;
preparing a second-stage mold having a midsole frame penetrated vertically and positioning the second-stage mold on the first-stage mold such that the midsole frame is on a top of the outsole frame;
positioning a first reactive adhesive film on top of the second-stage mold;
tightly applying the first reactive adhesive film to an inner surface of the midsole frame by heating the first reactive adhesive film and creating a vacuum in the midsole frame;
preparing a third-stage mold having a fixed frame penetrated vertically and positioning an upper part inside the fixed frame;
positioning a second reactive adhesive film on a bottom of the third-stage mold such that the second reactive adhesive film is positioned on a bottom of the upper part;
tightly applying the second reactive adhesive film to the bottom of the upper part by heating the second reactive adhesive film and creating a vacuum between the bottoms of the upper part and the third-stage mold and the second reactive adhesive film;
injecting liquid foam into the midsole frame coated with the first reactive adhesive film;
putting the third-stage mold on the second-stage mold such that the bottom of the upper part coated with the second reactive adhesive film is positioned on the midsole frame injected with the liquid foam; and
forming a midsole between the outsole and the upper part by performing a foam process on the liquid foam.

US Pat. No. 10,709,201

PIN ARRAY ADAPTIVE WEDGE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,200

SOLE STRUCTURE CONFIGURED TO ALLOW RELATIVE HEEL/FOREFOOT MOTION

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:a midsole component including a major upper surface that defines a support for a forefoot plantar surface of a wearer's foot, wherein a heel area of the major upper surface includes a recessed portion having a curved upper surface;
a heel supporting component separate from the midsole component, wherein the heel supporting component is made from a foam material, wherein the heel supporting component includes a curved lower surface that is movably received in the recessed portion of the major upper surface of the midsole component; and
an upper, wherein the upper is engaged with the midsole component in a forefoot region and is engaged with the heel supporting component, and wherein the article of footwear is configured to permit movement of the heel supporting component relative to the midsole component and toward at least one of a medial side or a lateral side of the article of footwear, the permitted movement comprising sliding of the heel supporting component along an interface between the curved upper surface of the recessed portion and the curved lower surface of the heel supporting component, the permitted movement further comprising rotation of the heel supporting component about an axis extending in a longitudinal direction of the article of footwear such that a portion of the bottom surface of the heel supporting component on one of the medial side or the lateral side of the heel supporting component departs from the curved upper surface of the recessed portion and extends upwardly and becomes exposed above the major upper surface of the midsole component, and a corresponding portion of an upper surface of the heel supporting component on the other of the medial side and the lateral side of the heel supporting component departs downwardly relative to the major upper surface of the midsole component exposing a portion of the curved upper surface of the recessed portion on the other of the medial side and the lateral side of the heel supporting component.

US Pat. No. 10,709,199

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

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,198

SOLE STRUCTURE AND SHOE INCLUDING SAME

Mizuno Corporation, Osak...

1. A sole structure for a shoe, the sole structure comprising:a sole body; and
an adjustment mechanism provided in an intermediate portion of the sole body in a thickness direction, and capable of adjusting a length of the sole body in a foot width direction, wherein
the sole body includes:
an outsole;
a lower midsole made of an elastic material and stacked above the outsole; and
an upper midsole made of an elastic material, staked above the lower midsole, and having, on an upper surface thereof, a planta support surface supporting a planta of a wearer,
the upper midsole includes:
a first recess recessed from the planta support surface in a downward direction and having a bottom, and
a second recess recessed from a lower surface of the upper midsole toward the planta support surface, and having a bottom, and
the first and second recesses are alternately and continuously formed in the foot width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,709,197

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH A CAVITY VIEWING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:a sole structure including a lower portion, a lateral portion, a medial portion, and a cavity defined by an upper surface recessed from the lower portion, a first sidewall surface extending between the upper surface and the lower portion, and a second sidewall surface extending between the upper surface and the lower portion, the cavity having a medial opening disposed on the medial portion, a lateral opening disposed on the lateral portion, a lower opening disposed on the lower portion, and a first peripheral portion;
a transparent member attached to the sole structure and extending over the lateral opening, the medial opening, and the lower opening;
a protruding portion extending from the upper surface into the cavity and continuously to an end contacting the transparent member at the lower opening; and
an outsole attached to the lower portion, the transparent member being visible at the lower opening via a rectangular aperture defined by the outsole.

US Pat. No. 10,709,196

GROUND-ENGAGING STRUCTURES FOR ARTICLE FOOT FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A ground-engaging component for an article of footwear, comprising:an outer perimeter boundary rim that at least partially defines an outer perimeter of the ground-engaging component;
an inner perimeter boundary rim that at least partially defines an inner perimeter of the ground-engaging component, wherein a first open space extending completely through the ground-engaging component is defined between the outer perimeter boundary rim and the inner perimeter boundary rim, and wherein a second open space is defined between a lateral side portion of the inner perimeter boundary rim and a medial side portion of the inner perimeter boundary rim; and
a support structure extending from the outer perimeter boundary rim to the inner perimeter boundary rim and across the first open space, wherein the support structure defines plural openings within the first open space that extend completely through the ground-engaging component.

US Pat. No. 10,709,195

SHOE INSOLE

Industech International I...

1. An insole, comprising:a thickness in a range of 0.06-0.15 inches;
a top surface;
a bottom surface;
a heel receiving portion having a first end and a second end;
an anterior transverse arch support section;
a lateral longitudinal arch support section, having a width; and
a medial longitudinal arch support section, comprising, a partial spherical cap,
said spherical cap having a radius and a height,
wherein said medial longitudinal arch support section runs from said first end of said heel receiving portion to said anterior transverse arch support section;
wherein a height of the medial longitudinal arch support section is in a range of 0.2-2 inches and configured to be greater than a height of an arch of a foot of a user;
wherein when the user stands with the insole, the medial longitudinal arch support section is compressed to support the arch of the user; and
wherein said insole consists of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE).

US Pat. No. 10,709,194

POWERED AIR RESPIRATOR KIT

JSP Limited, Oxfordshire...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,193

GOALIE HELMET

ZZM Enterprises, LLC, Wo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,192

HEAD SUSPENSION HAVING TRANSITION ARMS AND REAR SUPPORT

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A head protection device comprising:a head suspension comprising:
a headband portion having a length and having a bottom edge;
at least one top band that is configured to extend over a user's head and that comprises two major ends, each major end of which is joined to the headband portion;
two downwardly-extending transition arms, each transition arm being coupled to the headband portion at a proximal end of the transition arm and with each transition arm extending downwardly from the headband portion length at an angle in a range from 60 to 110 degrees, with each transition arm having a distal end and a pivot at the distal end, the pivot characterized by a pivot point,
wherein each transition arm comprises a length, from the proximal end to the distal end, in a range from 2 cm to 10 cm, and wherein each transition arm extends downwardly from the headband portion so that the pivot point of each transition arm is located below the bottom edge of the headband portion; and
a rear support portion pivotally connected to each pivot; and,
a head protection element that is pivotally to the head suspension by a pivotable coupling, wherein the head suspension is configured to support the entirety of the head protection element by way of the pivotable coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,709,191

PROTECTIVE HELMET

THL Holding Company, LLC,...

1. A protective helmet comprising:an outer shell;
a reservoir having a viewing window; and
at least one bladder, coupled to the outer shell, that provides shock absorption in at least one zone of protection, wherein the at least one bladder holds an absorption pack that contains a solid mixture containing a plurality of beads, wherein, when an elastic capacity of the solid mixture is exceeded in response to an impact to the protective helmet, the plurality of beads begin to mechanically fail via breakage, relieving local stress to the protective helmet, preventing chain-reaction break-downs, and transferring a shock of impact to the protective helmet at a threshold value until a substantial portion of the plurality of beads have failed, and wherein the plurality of beads include a plurality of hollow frangible beads that are fluid-filled with a colored dye that is released to the reservoir on the breakage to facilitate visual observation of the colored dye via the viewing window.

US Pat. No. 10,709,190

BALLISTIC PROTECTION LAYER FOR HELMET PAD SYSTEM

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,189

LIGHT-EMITTING SYSTEMS FOR HEADGEAR

Illumagear, Inc., Seattl...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,188

METAL REINFORCED BELT

1. An apparatus, comprising:a multi-layered belt arranged to be wrapped around a midsection body portion of a user, the multi-layered belt comprising a plurality of parallel strips coupled together in an aligned stack, including:
two parallel outer layers with their respective profiles aligned together, and
one or more inner layers sandwiched between the two outer layers and enclosed by the two outer layers, wherein the one or more inner layers includes at least one metallic layer and comprises a reinforcement portion;
an adjustment portion disposed at a first end of the belt, comprising a plurality of holes that penetrate through the two parallel outer layers and are arranged to interface with a closure portion; and
a closure portion coupled at a second end of the belt, comprising a buckle, wherein a portion of the buckle is arranged to protrude through one or more of the plurality of holes to temporarily couple together the adjustment portion and the second end of the belt,
wherein the at least one metallic layer extends continuously from the adjustment portion to the closure portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,187

TRIM PIECE FOR AN APPAREL ITEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A combination of a lower-body apparel item and a waistband, wherein:the lower-body apparel item comprises a waist opening, one or more lower openings, an inner-facing surface, an outer-facing surface, and a first terminal end forming an uppermost edge of the waist opening;
the waistband comprises at least one single layer portion, a first surface, an opposite second surface, the first surface and the second surface extending from a first longitudinal terminal end to a second longitudinal terminal end opposite the first longitudinal terminal end with a width extending between the first longitudinal terminal end and the second longitudinal terminal end, and the waistband having a folded portion between the first longitudinal terminal end and the second longitudinal terminal end, wherein an entirety of the second surface of the waistband directly abuts the outer-facing surface of the lower-body apparel item, the first terminal end forming the uppermost edge of the waist opening of the lower-body apparel item, and at least a portion of the inner-facing surface of the lower-body apparel item, and wherein the folded portion of the waistband is folded over the first terminal end of the lower-body apparel item;
the first longitudinal terminal end of the waistband is positioned on the inner-facing surface of the lower-body apparel item;
the second longitudinal terminal end of the waistband is positioned on the outer-facing surface of the lower-body apparel item;
wherein the first longitudinal terminal end and the second longitudinal terminal end of the waistband are located above the one or more lower openings of the lower-body apparel item; and
at least two-thirds of the width of the waistband is positioned on the outer-facing surface of the lower-body apparel item.

US Pat. No. 10,709,185

GARMENT WITH REWRITABLE AREAS

REGWEZ, INC., Foster Cit...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,184

HYDRATION SCARF FOR CONVENIENTLY CONTAINING, CARRYING, AND CONSUMING A BEVERAGE

1. A hydration scarf for conveniently containing, carrying, and consuming a beverage, the hydration scarf comprising: a U-shaped container portion including: a first hanging portion, a second hanging portion, a curved portion connecting the first hanging portion with the second hanging portion, and a fluid port located at a fluid port location along the U-shaped container portion; a drinking straw assembly including: a drinking straw having a first straw end and a second straw end, and a port connector attached to the second end of the straw, the port connector being configured to removably connect the second end of the straw to the fluid port; and an internal tube assembly disposed within the U-shaped container portion, the internal tube assembly including: a first uptake tube configured to extend into the first hanging portion, a second uptake tube configured to extend into the second hanging portion, a three-way connector in fluid communication with the fluid port, the three-way connector also being directly connected to the first uptake tube and the second uptake tube, and an intermediate tube connected both to the three-way connector and to the fluid port.

US Pat. No. 10,709,183

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

SEMYUNG INC., Daegu (KR)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,182

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,181

APPAREL FOR ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES

UNDER ARMOUR, INC., Balt...

1. A suit wearable by a human user, the suit comprising:a torso section;
two arm sections extending from an upper portion of the torso section;
two leg sections extending from a lower portion of the torso section; and
a plurality of spaced apart marks formed on an interior surface portion of the suit;
wherein:
the plurality of marks formed on the interior surface portion of the suit impart a roughened, uneven surface along an exterior surface portion of the suit that corresponds with the interior surface portion of the suit, and a surface roughness of the exterior surface portion of the suit varies based upon a degree of stretch applied to the suit;
the roughened, uneven exterior surface comprises protrusions defined along the exterior surface portion of the suit that correspond with the marks on the interior surface portion of the suit when the suit is stretched to a stretched state; and
the exterior surface comprises indentations defined along the exterior surface portion of the suit that correspond with the marks on the interior surface portion of the suit when the suit is in an unstretched state, and the indentations are converted to the protrusions along the exterior surface portion of the suit when the suit is transitioned from the unstretched state to the stretched state.

US Pat. No. 10,709,180

PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A protective gear for cushioning a subject against an impact, comprising:a housing conforming to a body joint of the subject;
an airbag disposed in the housing;
a detector comprised of an acceleration sensor, configured to detect an acceleration subject for indicating a motion of the subject; and
a controller coupled with the acceleration detector, configured to determine whether falling occurs based on data of the acceleration of the subjection detected by the acceleration sensor, and to generate an actuating signal to deploy the airbag if the motion is over a threshold,wherein the acceleration sensor detects the acceleration of the subject by sensing acceleration of the object along an X-axis, a Y-axis, and a Z-axis in a three-dimensional coordinate system, the threshold is determined by a sum of the acceleration vectors along the X, Y, Z axis and the vector sum is less than 1g.

US Pat. No. 10,709,179

PROTECTIVE APPARATUS HAVING AN IMPACT ATTENUATION COMPONENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A protective apparatus comprising:a first shin guard and a second shin guard, wherein the first shin guard is a mirror image of the second shin guard, and wherein each of the first shin guard and the second shin guard includes an impact shell and an impact attenuating surface;
the impact shell having an anterior surface, an opposite posterior surface, a medial edge, an opposite lateral edge, a superior edge, and an opposite inferior edge; and
the impact attenuating structure being less rigid than the impact shell and including an anterior surface adhered to the posterior surface of the impact shell, the impact attenuating structure including a plurality of grooves positioned in a posterior surface of the impact attenuating structure,
wherein the impact attenuating structure includes a medial edge, a lateral edge, a superior edge, an inferior edge, and a midline spaced evenly between the medial edge and the lateral edge;
wherein a first groove and a second groove in the plurality of grooves extend from the superior edge of the impact attenuating structure to the inferior edge of the impact attenuating structure;
wherein the first groove is positioned on a medial side between the midline and the medial edge, and the second groove is positioned on a lateral side between the midline and the lateral edge;
wherein the first groove positioned closer to the medial edge includes a shallower groove depth than the second groove, such that a first thickness of impact attenuating structure between the first groove and the anterior surface of the impact attenuating structure is larger than a second thickness of impact attenuating structure between the second groove and the anterior surface of the impact attenuating structure; and
wherein a larger distribution of the impact attenuating structure is on the medial side of the impact attenuating structure than the lateral side of the impact attenuating structure.

US Pat. No. 10,709,178

ELASTIC DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,177

WOMEN'S EASY-ON ONE-PIECE BATHING SUIT

1. A swimsuit, comprising:a bodice panel being adapted for covering a torso of a human body, the bodice panel having a front top end;
the bodice panel including an underwear section, the underwear section being adapted for covering a bottom torso of the human body, the underwear section having two leg openings, a crotch section disposed between the two leg openings, a pull-through section extending from the crotch section, and a rear section extending from the crotch section and the rear section defining a waistband section being adapted to be disposed at a waist of the human body, and the waistband section having a front bottom end adapted to extend below the waist of the human body, the pull-through section having a left free edge connected to a top free edge of the pull-through section, and the top free edge being connected to a edge of the pull-through section, the left free edge and the right free edge being laterally disposed to each other;
the bodice panel and the underwear section each having corresponding left ends and corresponding right ends being adapted to be joined together with a linear directional connector having interlocking extensions, the linear directional connector being vertically disposed on a front center of the bodice panel and a front center of the waistband section of the underwear section during in-use engagement of the linear directional connector, the linear directional connector extending between the front top end of the bodice panel and the front bottom end of the waistband section of the underwear section;
a plurality of mechanical connectors being collectively and laterally disposed on the pull-through section and on the waistband section so that the pull-through section of the underwear section is adapted to be detachably joined directly to the waistband section of the underwear section; and
a skirt panel having a top end and an opposing bottom end, the top end having a top left end and a top right end, the top end of the skirt panel being attached to the waistband section, the top end of the skirt panel extending between the top left end of the skirt panel and the top right end of the skirt panel, wherein the top left end of the skirt panel terminates at a left predetermined horizontal distance relative to the vertical front center of the waistband section including the linear directional connector, and the top right end of the skirt panel terminates at a right predetermined horizontal distance relative to the front center of the waistband section including the linear directional connector, wherein the right predetermined horizontal distance and the left predetermined horizontal distance collectively define an open vertical gap arrangement that partially exposes the underwear section on a front side of the waistband section between the top left end and the top right end of the skirt panel while the skirt panel extends around the waistband section between the top left end of the skirt panel and the top right end of the skirt panel.

US Pat. No. 10,709,176

CYCLING SUIT WITH IMPROVED WATER BARRIER EFFECT

ASSOS OF SWITZERLAND GMBH...

1. A cycling suit including at least a trousers portion forming a pair of trousers, wherein said trousers portion comprises leg portions and each leg portion includes a first portion which is made at least partially of a first material and a second portion, the second portion being a lower leg portion which forms an end section of the leg portion and terminates with a bottom aperture, wherein said first portion and said second portion are connected to each other at a a transition line, said second portion consisting of a second material other than said first material, and said second material being a water-barrier material, wherein the first material is an elastane fabric material, wherein the length of the second portion from the bottom aperture to the transition line, all around the leg portion, is in the range of 5 to 25 cm, said length being greater at an inner side of the leg portion than at an outer side of the same leg portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,175

BRA AND GARMENT WITH BRA PORTION

CUPID FOUNDATIONS, INC., ...

1. A garment comprising:a cup portion comprising two cups;
a body portion including a body fabric, the body portion shaped to define the cup portion or to attach to the cup portion;
a stretchable band that defines a bottom edge of the garment;
two arcuate support structures, each positioned on the garment proximate a contour of a respective cup in the cup portion, wherein each arcuate support structure includes a first portion encompassing an apex of the arcuate support structure, the first portion attached to the band and forming an anchor region; and
a central control region located on the body portion between the two arcuate support structures having a material property such that when the garment is subject to tension, stretching of the garment in the central control region is proportionately less than stretching of the garment in the body portion outside of the control region; and
wherein the band stretches less at the anchor region than areas of the band outside of the anchor region when the band is subject to tension.

US Pat. No. 10,709,174

GARMENT FOR A NEWBORN, IN PARTICULAR A PREMATURE BABY

Fritz Stephan GmbH Medizi...

1. A garment (1) for a newborn (3), the garment comprising: a film material, wherein the garment is made from the film material, a back portion (2) to be placed under a back, a leg portion (4) for placing under legs and two wing elements (6, 8) for swathing a chest region, an arm region and an abdominal region of the newborn (3), wherein the leg portion (4) is arranged adjacent to the back portion (2) and the two wing elements (6, 8) are each respectively arranged adjacent to the back portion (2) on a respective arm side, whereinthe wing elements (6, 8) are each formed such that a respective one of the wing elements (6, 8) can be wrapped from the back portion (2) on the respective arm side over a respective arm of the newborn (3) so that the respective arm with a respective neighboring shoulder, the abdominal region and the chest of the newborn (3) are completely covered by the respective wing element (6, 8);
the head-to-toe extent of the wing elements (6, 8) increases in an outwards direction from the back portion (2) on the respective arm side to between a rounded lower edge (73, 93) and a rounded upper wing edge (65, 85) where the wing elements (6, 8) have a greatest head-to-toe extent of the respective wing element (6, 8), and then converge in each case to form a respective wing tip (9), whereby the film material is transparent; and
characterized in that an inside surface of the garment (1) is populated by physiological microorganisms.

US Pat. No. 10,709,173

VAPORIZER APPARATUS

JUUL Labs, Inc., San Fra...

1. An apparatus comprising:a cartridge comprising a mouthpiece, a storage compartment configured to hold a vaporizable material, and a heater chamber comprising a resistive heating element configured to heat the vaporizable material, wherein the heating of the vaporizable material generates an aerosol comprising the vaporizable material and air passing along an airflow path; and
a body comprising a receptacle configured to insertably receive and couple to the cartridge, wherein the heater chamber is disposed within the receptacle when the receptacle insertably receives and couples to the cartridge,
wherein the airflow path comprises:
an air inlet passage having a first side formed by an exterior surface of the cartridge and a second side formed by an internal surface of the receptacle when the receptacle insertably receives and couples to the cartridge, wherein the air inlet passage is configured to deliver the air to the heater chamber; and
a fluid connection in the cartridge, the fluid connection connecting the heater chamber and the mouthpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,709,172

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE AND ATOMIZER THEREOF

Shenzhen First Union Tech...

1. An atomizer, comprising:a reservoir, the reservoir being configured for storing tobacco liquid;
an atomizing assembly, the atomizing assembly being disposed inside the reservoir, at a lower end of the reservoir, and configured to absorb tobacco liquid for atomization; and
a blocking component, the blocking component being disposed in the reservoir, and configured for blocking tobacco liquid in the reservoir when tobacco liquid flows from the lower end of the reservoir toward an upper end thereof, such that tobacco liquid is kept around the atomizing assembly; the atomizing assembly comprises an atomizing sleeve, a liquid conducting component and a heating element; the atomizing sleeve has a liquid conducting hole formed thereon; the liquid conducting component is disposed inside the atomizing sleeve to absorb tobacco liquid by means of the liquid hole; the heating element is disposed inside the liquid conducting component to heat and atomize tobacco liquid absorbed by the liquid conducting component.

US Pat. No. 10,709,171

CONTAINER FOR AN AEROSOL GENERATING DEVICE

JT International S.A., (...

1. A container for an aerosol generating device, the container comprising:receiving means for receiving the aerosol generating device;
one or more tanks each arranged to retain a substance in use;
for each tank, dispensing means for controllably transferring the substance from the tank to the aerosol generating device while the aerosol generating device is in the container; and
a cover portion configured to move between an open position in which a device may be received in and removed from the container, and a closed position in which the aerosol generating device is retained within the container,
wherein the tank retaining the substance is disposed within the cover portion.

US Pat. No. 10,709,170

AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GUIDING AN AIRFLOW INSIDE AN ELECTRICALLY HEATED AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

Philip Morris Products S....

1. An aerosol-generating system, comprising:a liquid storage portion comprising a container configured to hold a liquid aerosol-generating substrate and defining an opening at an end thereof;
a heater assembly extending across the opening along a plane transverse to a longitudinal axis of the liquid storage portion and comprising at least one electrically operated flat mesh heater; and
a first channel defining a first flow route through a portion of the system for air originating from outside the system to enter the first flow route via an air inlet, a portion of the first channel being arranged along a direction orthogonal to said plane and being configured to direct the air originating from outside the system to impinge against a geometric center of the at least one electrically operated flat mesh heater and across a surface portion of the at least one electrically operated flat mesh heater to provide an airflow over said flat mesh heater in a radially outward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,709,169

CONICAL PAPER FABRICATOR

Banana Bros, LLC, Culver...

1. An apparatus for rolling papers into a non-cylindrical orientation, comprising:a rotatable non-cylindrical workpiece having a non-cylindrical peripheral outer side surface having a plurality of openings provided therein;
a surface comprising a receiving indentation configured to receive and fit the non-cylindrical peripheral outer side surface of the rotatable non-cylindrical workpiece;
a suction producing arrangement connected to the rotatable non-cylindrical workpiece; and
a rolling paper;
wherein the suction producing arrangement draws air through the plurality of openings while the rotatable non-cylindrical workpiece rotates with the non-cylindrical peripheral outer side surface positioned within the receiving indentation in the surface such that the drawn air draws the rolling paper toward and around the rotatable non-cylindrical workpiece, the rotation causing the rolling paper and a quantity of adhesive applied to the rolling paper to form a completed non-cylindrical rolling paper product.

US Pat. No. 10,709,168

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

Philip Morris Products S....

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,167

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WRAPPING AN ASSEMBLY OF SEGMENTS

Philip Morris Products S....

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,166

METHOD FOR TREATING TOBACCO PLANTS WITH ENZYMES

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Com...

1. A method of modifying the content of one or more compounds, comprising contacting an unharvested tobacco plant or portion thereof with one or more enzymes,wherein the one or more enzymes are applied in liquid form or in dry form in an amount sufficient to change the amount of the one or more compounds in a tobacco material derived from the tobacco plant or portion thereof,
wherein the one or more enzymes comprise a polyphenol oxidase, and
wherein the one or more compounds comprise smoke toxicants or smoke toxicant precursors.

US Pat. No. 10,709,163

METHOD FOR THE PREPARATION OF A CAST SHEET OF HOMOGENIZED TOBACCO MATERIAL

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A method for the preparation of a cast sheet of homogenized tobacco material, said method comprising:pulping cellulose fibres with water;
grinding a blend of tobacco of one or more tobacco types to tobacco particles;
combining the pulped cellulose fibres with the tobacco particles and with a binder to form a slurry;
homogenizing the slurry;
casting the slurry to form a cast sheet of homogenized tobacco material from the slurry;
discarding undesired portions of the cast sheet; and
introducing the discarded undesired portions of the cast sheet into the slurry;wherein the method further comprises:selecting a total amount of tobacco to be present in the slurry in dry weight;
determining an amount of tobacco in dry weight present in the discarded undesired portions of the cast sheet introduced in the slurry; and
adding an amount of tobacco particles to the slurry in order to reach said selected total amount of tobacco in the slurry when summed to the amount of tobacco present in the discarded undesired portions of the cast sheet already introduced in the slurry.

US Pat. No. 10,709,162

EDIBLE COMPOSITION

Mars, Incorporated, McLe...

1. A composite foodstuff prepared by a process comprising the steps: providing a core;preparing a liquid barrier composition consisting of starch, a plasticizer, up to 40% of a bulking agent and up to 10% water and applying the liquid barrier composition to at least a portion of the core to provide one or more barrier coated cores; and
providing a liquid coating comprising fat and applying the liquid coating to at least that portion of the barrier coated cores comprising the barrier composition to provide the composite foodstuffs, the percentage of the fat in the coating by weight of the coating being lower than the percentage of the fat in the core by weight of the core;
wherein the ratio of said starch to said plasticizer is no more than 1:1.5, the bulking agent is mono-saccharides, disaccharides, or combinations thereof, and the temperature of the liquid barrier composition at the time of application to the cores is from about 30° C. to about 50° C.

US Pat. No. 10,709,161

ROTARY SCREW BLANCHER

Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.,...

1. A food processing apparatus comprising:a compartment having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product;
a screen mounted within the compartment, the screen including a screen wall having a length, a circumferential first end and an opposite, circumferential second end, the first end and the second end defining therebetween a circumferentially-extending open portion of the screen, the open portion extending along at least a portion of the length of the screen wall, the screen being oriented relative to an auger during a food processing operation in a first orientation, in which a sidewall portion of the screen supports the food product and the open portion opens at least partially upwardly in a first direction, a screen position being adjustable to a second orientation relative to the auger, in which the screen is oriented such that the sidewall portion is accessible for cleaning; and
an auger mounted such that at least a portion of the auger is within the screen, a portion of the auger being accessible through the open portion of the screen, the auger being rotatable about an axis and for advancing food product within the compartment from the inlet end toward the outlet end.

US Pat. No. 10,709,153

POWDER COMPOSITION FOR AN AERATED FOOD PRODUCT

FRIESLANDCAMPINA NEDERLAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,150

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUTTING OR EMBOSSING COATINGS

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A coating cutting tool for frozen confection, the coating cutting tool comprising:a frame defining a product void for receiving a product at least partly coated with a coating on a side of the product and on an an end of the product, wherein the coating has a full thickness;
a set of side knives comprising at least two side knives mounted on the frame opposite of the product void, wherein the at least two side knives are rotatably arranged on the frame such that the at least two side knives can be rotated into a product coating cutting position for cutting the coating on the side of the product and out of the product coating cutting position to a non-engaging position to allow the product to be moved passed the set of side knives, the set of side knives comprise a first side knife and a second side knife, the product void is between the first side knife and the second side knife, the first and second side knives in the product coating cutting position are in a first horizontal plane, the first and second side knives are angled relative to the first horizontal plane in the non-engaging position, the first side knife has a first point of rotation, the second side knife has a second point of rotation at a different location than the first point of rotation, and the first and second points of rotation are in the first horizontal plane;
an end knife for cutting the coating on the end of the frozen confection, wherein the end knife comprises two to six blades which connect with each other along a longitudinal axis and wherein the end knife extends perpendicular to the set of side knives and the end knife and the set of side knives are arranged such that cutting lines on the side of the product and cutting lines at the end of the product are aligned;
a counterweight located at an end of the set of side knives opposite from a tip of a blade of the set of side knives, the counterweight not engaging with the product, wherein a point of rotation of the set of side knives is located between the counterweight and the tip of the blade; and
a blocking member statically fixing the rotation of the set of side knives when they are in the product coating cutting position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,147

LIQUID DAIRY BLEND FOR CULINARY FOOD PRODUCTS

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A method of producing a liquid dairy blend, the method comprising:mixing a milk-protein composition with a whey protein concentrate to form a mixture having a total whey-protein:casein ratio by weight of 0.35-0.43;
adjusting the pH of the mixture to 5.9-6.1 with an organic acid;
homogenizing the pH-adjusted mixture; and
heating the homogenized mixture to a temperature from 86° C.-97° C. for a period of from 85-170 seconds to form the liquid dairy blend, wherein the liquid dairy blend has a viscosity from about 800 cP to 1200 cP when measured at 24° C., wherein a fat is 5-12 wt.% of the dairy blend and is selected from the group consisting of milk fat, soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, peanut oil, olive oil, cottonseed oil, coconut oil, and combinations thereof; and the dairy blend further comprises 0.1% to 0.2% of an emulsifier selected from the group consisting of monoglycerides, diglycerides, acacia gum, lecithin, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,709,145

ADAPTER DEVICE FOR COUPLING A CONSTRUCTION HEATER TO AN EXISTING GRAIN BIN AERATION FAN

Adaptive Agriculture Solu...

1. In combination:a grain bin having an interior space for storing grain therein;
a grain bin aeration fan mounted externally of said grain bin and comprising an air duct through which forced air is fed into said interior space of the grain bin, and an air intake that is open to a surrounding ambient environment outside said grain bin to draw ambient air therefrom;
a portable construction heater supported separately and independently of both said grain bin and said grain bin aeration fan at a location situated in the surrounding ambient environment outside said the bin, said portable heater having a plurality of hot-air outlets from which heated air is exhausted during operation of said portable construction heater;
a plurality of flexible ducts that reside in said surrounding ambient environment outside the grain bin and have first ends configured for selective and respective connection to the hot-air outlets of the portable construction heater; and
an adapter device having:
a front end at which a plurality of inlet openings are neighbored by respective connection flanges that are configured and compatibly sized relative to the flexible ducts to receive selective and respective fitting of second ends of said flexible ducts over the respective connection flanges in positions placing said second ends of the flexible ducts in aligned relation over the inlet openings to direct the heated air from the portable construction heater through said inlet openings;
an outlet end having an outlet opening of different and greater size than each of said inlet openings at the front end, said outlet opening being sized and configured for placement over the air intake of the grain bin aeration fan in a position in which at least a majority area of the air outlet opening is occupied by air intake of the grain bin aeration fan.

US Pat. No. 10,709,144

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,142

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE PERSONALIZED PRODUCTION OF FOODS

MY G PIZZA S.R.L., Padua...

1. A system for the personalised production of foods such as pizza, focaccia bread and the like, comprising:at least one automated selection station of the type of food required by the customer, including the relative topping, and of how it is to be prepared, at least one preparation station of dough portions (P) that make up the base of the foods (X,X?) required, at least one first topping station of the dough portions (P) with ingredient to be cooked;
at least one cooking station of the dough portions (P) with ingredients to be cooked;
at least one delivery station to the customer of the finished foods (X?);
a first weighing station of the dough portions (P) and/or of the foods (X,X?), positioned upstream of said cooking station;
a plurality of baking trays, able to be associated with said dough portions and/or with said finished foods associated with a certain customer, equipped with respective identifiable elements, and a plurality of readers of said identifiable elements positioned at predetermined points of the system;
at least one central processing unit to which said stations, said transportation means, said weighing means and said recognition means are slaved,
said first topping station comprising a counter in which the food is prepared manually, and a selection counter of the ingredients to be cooked that can be freely accessed by the customers,
a first conveyor that transports the dough portions from said preparation station towards said first topping station,a sorting device positioned downstream of said first conveyor, that selectively sends the dough portions (P) towards said counter in which the food is prepared manually, or towards said selection counter, in relation to the selection made by the customer,a second conveyor and a third conveyor, which transport the dough portions, selected by said sorting device, respectively towards said counter in which the food is prepared manually, or towards said selection counter.

US Pat. No. 10,709,141

DEVICE TO PREPARE TURNOVERS

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,133

CONDENSED HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUND

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A compound represented by formula (II):
in which Q represents a group represented by formula Q-1 or a group represented by formula Q-2,

wherein
Z represents a nitrogen atom or CX2,
X1 and X2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group B, a phenyl group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group C, a 5 or 6 membered aromatic heterocyclic group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group C, a C3-C6 alicyclic hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group C, a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a sulfanyl group, ORa, NRbRe, C(O)ORd, C(O)NReRf, NRjC(O)Rg, NRjC(O)ORh, or S(O)qRi,
A1 represents NH, NCH3, an oxygen atom, or a sulfur atom,
A2 represents a nitrogen atom or CH,
A3 represents a nitrogen atom or CR4,
R1 represents a C1-C5 perfluoroalkyl group, S(O)rR5, or OS(O)2R5,
n, p, q, and r each independently represent 0, 1, or 2,
R2 represents a C1-C6 alkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a cyclopropylmethyl group, or a cyclopropyl group,
R30 represents a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group B, a C3-C7 cycloalkyl group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group E, a phenyl group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group H, a 5 or 6 membered aromatic heterocylic group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group H, OR12, NR11R12, NR11aR12a, NR29NR11R12, NR29OR11, NR11C(O)R13, NR29NR11C(O)R13, NR11C(O)OR14, NR29NR11C(O)OR14, NR11C(O)NR15R16, NR24NR11C(O)NR15R16, N?CHNR15R16, N?S(O)xR15R16, C(O)OR17, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom,
R11, R17, R24, and R29 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, or a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms,
R11a and R12a are taken together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached to form a 3 to 7 membered non-aromatic heterocyclic group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group E,
R13 represents a hydrogen atom, a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C7 cycloalkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a (C3-C6 cycloalkyl)C1-C3 alkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a phenyl group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group H, or a 5 or 6 membered aromatic heterocyclic group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group H,
R14 represents a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C7 cycloalkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a (C3-C6 cycloalkyl)C1-C3 alkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, or a phenyl C1-C3 alkyl group wherein a phenyl moiety of the phenyl C1-C3 alkyl group may optionally have one or more substituents selected from group H,
R15 and R16 each independently represent a C1-C6 alkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms,
R12 represents a hydrogen atom, S(O)2R23, a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, or a C1-C6 alkyl group having one substituent selected from group F,
R23 represents a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, or a phenyl group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group H,
R4 represents a hydrogen atom, a C1-C6 alkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, or a halogen atom,
R5 represents a C1-C5 perfluoroalkyl group,
Ra, Rb, and Rc each independently represent a hydrogen atom, or a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms,
Rd represents a hydrogen atom or a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group,
Re and Rf each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, or a C3-C6 alicyclic hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms,
Rg and Rh each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C6 alicyclic hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, or a phenyl group,
Ri represents a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms,
Rj represents a hydrogen atom or a C1-C6 alkyl group,
group B: a group consisting of a C1-C6 alkoxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C6 alkenyloxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C6 alkynyloxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C1-C6 alkylsulfanyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C1-C6 alkylsulfinyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C1-C6 alkylsulfonyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C6 cycloalkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxyl group, an amino group, a C1-C6 alkylamino group, a di(C1-C6 alkyl)amino group, and a halogen atom,
group C: a group consisting of a C1-C6 alkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C1-C6 alkoxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C6 alkenyloxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C6 alkynyloxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C1-C6 alkylsulfanyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C1-C6 alkylsulfinyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C1-C6 alkylsulfonyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C6 cycloalkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxyl group, an amino group, a C1-C6 alkylamino group, a di(C1-C6 alkyl)amino group, and a halogen atom,
group E: a group consisting of a C1-C6 chain hydrocarbon group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C1-C6 alkoxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C6 alkenyloxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a C3-C6 alkynyloxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, a halogen atom, an oxo group, a hydroxyl group, a cyano group, and a nitro group,
group F: a group consisting of a C1-C6 alkoxy group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, an amino group, NHR21, NR21R22, a cyano group, a phenyl group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group H, a 5 or 6 membered aromatic heterocyclic group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group H, a C3-C7 cycloalkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, and a 3 to 7 membered non-aromatic heterocyclic group optionally having one or more substituents selected from group C,
group H: a group consisting of a halogen atom, a nitro group, a cyano group, an amino group, a 5 or 6 membered aromatic heterocyclic group, a C1-C6 alkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, OR100, NR9R100, C(O)R100, C(O)NR9R100, OC(O)R9, OC(O)OR9, NR100C(O)R9, NR100C(O)OR9, and C(O)OR100,
R9 represents a C1-C6 alkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, or a C3-C6 cycloalkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, and
R100 represents a hydrogen atom, a C1-C6 alkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms, or a C3-C6 cycloalkyl group optionally having one or more halogen atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,709,130

CLICKABLE ANTIMICROBIAL MOLECULES AND POLYMERS

ALEO BME, Inc., State Co...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,128

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BIRD CONTROL

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A system for control of birds in an enclosure, comprising:one or more mist nets positioned in the enclosure; and
a multi-projection laser system configured to produce a plurality of laser beams that impinge on a portion of the enclosure proximal to the one or more mist nets,
wherein the one or more mist nets and the laser system are arranged for the plurality of laser beams to cause the birds to fly into the one or more mist nets for safe and humane removal of the birds from the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,709,127

NON-LETHAL WILDLIFE DETERRENCE AIRCRAFT LIGHTING APPARATUS

LITE ENTERPRISES INC., N...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,126

ROD HOLDER ASSEMBLY

1. A rod holder assembly comprising:a rod receiver for supporting a fishing rod;
a first gear assembly engaged to the rod receiver and governing rotational movement of the rod receiver about a horizontal axis comprising a first housing element, a second housing element, a resilient member, and a resilient member retention element;
wherein the first housing element comprises a first protrusion array affixed to a lateral face of the first housing element and wherein the second housing element comprises a first depression array affixed to a lateral face of the second housing element;
a second gear assembly governing rotational movement of the rod receiver about a vertical axis comprising a platform engaged to and supporting at least one of said housing elements of the first gear assembly; and
a locking mechanism comprising at least a first lock setting with engaged first protrusion array and first depression array and a second lock setting with engaged first protrusion array and first depression array wherein said first lock setting allows rotational movement about the horizontal axis in response to an external force and said second lock setting substantially prohibits rotational movement about the horizontal axis in response to an external force.

US Pat. No. 10,709,125

ROD AND CUP HOLDER

GEM Products, Inc., Jack...

1. A rod and cup holder comprising:a cup holder portion including an aperture in a bottom of the cup holder portion;
a flange coupled to an end of the cup holder portion opposite the aperture;
a tube having a first end coupled to the cup holder portion proximal to the aperture and extending at an angle with respect to the cup holder portion;
a support including first and second openings respectively having first and second sizes, wherein the first size is smaller than the second size, the first opening is angled with respect to the second opening and adapted to receive the tube, and the second opening is adapted to receive and be disposed around an external surface of the cup holder portion; and
a fastener disposed on the tube and adapted to cause the flange and support to compress an installation surface therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,709,124

POLE MINDER

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,123

ELECTRONIC JIGGING DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,122

SPINNING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,121

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

Lure Maker LLC, Flagstaf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,119

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

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BA...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,117

AQUACULTURE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Grand Shrimp, LLC, Fount...

1. A shrimp aquaculture system comprising:a plurality of growth trays in a stacked configuration, the plurality of growth trays comprising:
a first growth tray;
a second growth tray;
a third growth tray;
a fourth growth tray;
a fifth growth tray;
a sixth growth tray; and
a seventh growth tray;
a drainage tray positioned below the plurality of growth trays, wherein water drains out of the plurality of growth trays and into the drainage tray; and
a water treatment system configured to treat water received from the drainage tray and to deliver treated water to the plurality of growth trays;
wherein the first growth tray has:
a first configuration to drain water out of the first growth tray and into the drainage tray while impeding shrimp from exiting the first growth tray;
a second configuration to transfer water and shrimp from the first growth tray to the second growth tray; and
a third configuration to transfer water and shrimp from the first growth tray to the third growth tray;
wherein the second growth tray has:
a first configuration to drain water out of the second growth tray and into the drainage tray while impeding shrimp from exiting the second growth tray;
a second configuration to transfer water and shrimp from the second growth tray to the fourth growth tray; and
a third configuration to transfer water and shrimp from the second growth tray to the fifth growth tray;
wherein the third growth tray has:
a first configuration to drain water out of the third growth tray and into the drainage tray while impeding shrimp from exiting the third growth tray;
a second configuration to transfer water and shrimp from the third growth tray to the sixth growth tray; and
a third configuration to transfer water and shrimp from the second growth tray to the seventh growth tray.

US Pat. No. 10,709,116

DIVISION BOARD HANGING FEEDER

1. A hanging feeder assembly for insertion alongside a plurality of honeycomb frames in a portable hive, comprising:a rectangular feeder tank having a pair of substantially vertical opposing sidewalls joined at each end by a pair of substantially vertical opposing end walls and a substantially horizontal bottom panel joining lower edges of the sidewalls and endwalls;
a separate lid which attaches to and covers an upper open top of the feeder tank;
one or more ladder tubes inside of the feeder tank, an outer wall of each of the tubes being in direct contact with interior surfaces of both of said opposing sidewalls of the feeder tank.

US Pat. No. 10,709,115

AGRICULTURAL MONITORING SYSTEM USING IMAGE ANALYSIS

Keltronix, Inc., Santa B...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,114

PHOTON MODULATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR STIMULATION OF A DESIRED RESPONSE IN BIRDS

XIANT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,...

1. A system for inducing a desired response in a bird comprising:at least one photon emitter in communication with at least one photon emission modulation controller;
wherein said at least one photon emitter is configured to emit a repetitive photon signal to said bird, wherein said repetitive photon signal comprises two or more independent components, wherein said two or more independent components comprise:
one or more initial components, wherein each of said one or more initial components comprises at least one photon pulse, wherein said at least one photon pulse has an ON duration, intensity, wavelength band and duty cycle;
wherein said ON duration of said at least one photon pulse is between 0.01 microseconds and 5000 milliseconds and wherein the duration of the delay between said photon pulses is between 0.1 microseconds and 24 hours;
wherein said duty cycle of said photon pulse is between 0.01% and 90% of constant emission of said at least one photon emitter;
wherein said at least one photon emitter is configured to emit at least one additional photon pulse within a second independent component, wherein said at least one additional photon pulse has an ON duration, intensity, wavelength band and duty cycle, wherein said wavelength band of said at least one additional photon pulse is different from the said wavelength band of said at least one photon pulse of said one or more initial components;
wherein said at least one photon emission modulation controller controls said emission of photons from said photon emitter;
wherein said ON duration of said at least one additional photon pulse within said second independent component is between 0.01 microseconds and 5000 milliseconds and wherein the duration of the delay between said photon pulses is between 0.1 microseconds and 24 hours;
wherein said duty cycle of said at least one additional photon pulse is between 0.01% and 90% of constant emission of said at least one photon emitter; and
wherein said one or more initial components and the second independent component are produced within said repetitive signal simultaneously;
wherein the one photon pulse ON duration of the second independent component is initiated within the repetitive signal after the completion of the one or more photon pulse ON durations of said one or more initial components; and
wherein said signal is capable of being emitted toward said bird from said at least one photon emitter, wherein the combined effect of said one or more initial components and the second independent component of the signal regulates said bird's switching between cis and trans configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,709,113

ANIMAL TRAINING HARNESS

1. An animal harness comprising:a first harness assembly providing a first adjustable strap configured to fit around the back and waist of an animal;
a second harness assembly comprising:
a first Martingale assembly attached at a first end to a first predetermined location on one side of the first harness and at a second distal end to a first end of a second adjustable strap and comprising a first leash attachment ring;
a second Martingale assembly attached at a first end to a second predetermined location on the other side of the harness first harness and at a second distal end to a second distal end of the second adjustable strap and comprising a second leash attachment ring; and
the second adjustable strap coupled to the first and second Martingale assemblies and configured to fit around the front of the animal, wherein
when worn by the animal the first harness assembly is intended to be positioned just behind the front legs of the animal and the second harness assembly is intended to be positioned around the front of the animal proximate its collar bone; and
the harness provides pressure to either the left or right side of the animal through the action of at least one of the first Martingale assembly and the second Martingale assembly based upon motion of the animal away from a user holding a leash attached to the second harness assembly via at least one of the first leash attachment ring of the first Martingale assembly and the second leash attachment ring of the second Martingale assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,709,112

PET WASTE COLLECTING DEVICE

1. A system for pet waste collecting, comprising:a. a telescopic pet waste assembly including a shaft body being telescopic and having a proximal end and distal end, said telescopic pet waste assembly further including a light at said distal end of said shaft body and a button located at said proximal end adapted to activate and deactivate said light upon pressing thereof said button;
b. a storage compartment mounted to said shaft body, said storage compartment includes a storage compartment lid mounted thereon, said storage compartment adapted to receive and hold bags therein;
c. a dispensing assembly including a dispensing body being hollow adapted to receive and hold granular material therein, said dispensing body having a filling lid hingedly mounted at a dispenser proximal end of said dispensing body and a dispensing lid hingedly mounted at a dispenser distal end of said dispensing body, said dispensing body further including a viewing window adapted to allow viewing of amounts of said granular materials stored therein said dispensing body;
d. a scooping assembly having a scooper, said scooper having a first claw and a second claw; and
e. a handle assembly including a handle body having a top portion and an opening therebetween, said handle assembly further including a finger grip mounted therebetween said opening of said handle body, said finger grip including grips adapted to receive the fingers of a user and a smooth top surface, said handle assembly having a rod mounted to said finger grip, said rod extending from said finger grip on one end therethrough telescopic shaft and mounted to said scooping assembly on an opposite end, said finger grip and said rod adapted to open and close said scooper, said scooper is opened upon said finger grip, more specifically said smooth top surface, and said rod being pulled towards said top portion of said handle body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,111

PORTABLE PET WASTE CONTAINER

1. A portable pet waste container comprising:an enclosure, a handle and a scoop;
wherein the portable pet waste container is adapted to allow a pet owner to collect solid pet waste by placing the portable pet waste container next to the solid pet waste and activating a bagging control on the handle;
wherein the portable pet waste container moves the scoop to pull the solid pet waste into a bag compartment that is lined with a bag;
wherein an air pump pumps air out of the bag, causing the bag to collapse around the solid pet waste;
wherein bagged pet waste is then removed from the portable pet waste container through a bottom door.

US Pat. No. 10,709,110

ANIMAL EXERCISE WHEEL

Vium Inc., San Mateo, CA...

1. An animal exercise wheel comprising:a wheel axis;
a flat, circular face, disposed centered and normal to the wheel axis, comprising a central axle bearing;
a continuous, curved, solid, perimeter wall affixed proximal to a perimeter of the face, perpendicular to the face;
wherein the face and perimeter wall define an open cylindrical wheel volume, closed at the face and the perimeter wall and open opposedly from the face;
wherein the diameter of the perimeter wall defines a wheel diameter; wherein a width of the perimeter wall from a first wall edge to the opposing wall edge defines a wheel width;
wherein the perimeter wall comprises an inner surface and an outer surface;
wherein the wheel is adapted to rotate around the wheel axis;
wherein the face is free of openings injurious to an animal;
wherein an inside surface of the perimeter wall comprises a set of ridges, each ridge parallel to the wheel axis and extending from the first wall edge to the opposing wall edge; wherein the set of ridges extends fully around the inside surface of the perimeter wall; wherein each ridge has a ridge height and the set of ridges comprises a ridge spacing between ridges;
wherein the wheel axis is tilted at a wheel angle from horizontal greater than zero; wherein the wheel axis is lower at the face and higher at the open end of the cylindrical wheel volume;
wherein the wheel is free of any support except at the axle bearing; and
the perimeter wall is transparent or a first color, except for at least one contrast region comprising a second, contrasting color.

US Pat. No. 10,709,109

FURNITURE PROTECTING SCRATCHING DEVICE

1. A furniture protecting scratching device, consisting of:a planar base having an L-shaped configuration;
a pair of sidewalls extending perpendicularly upward from an inside edge of the planar base and connected to each other at one end in a perpendicular fashion;
a top portion extending orthogonally from a top edge of the pair of sidewalls such that the top portion and sidewalls define an interior channel adapted to fit over an armrest portion of a piece of furniture, wherein the interior channel rests flush against the armrest portion of the furniture;
wherein the top portion extends in a direction opposite the planar base;
a surface material suitable for scratching disposed on a top surface of the planar base, sidewalls, and top portion;
the surface material consisting of an interwoven fabric;
an enticing substance incorporated within the interwoven fabric of the surface material.

US Pat. No. 10,709,108

AUTOMATED SCENT TRAINING

Partrick L. Nolan, Smith...

1. An automated scent training wheel for training animals to detect and respond to target scents, comprising:a rotatable carousel;
a plurality of elongated support arms attached to and radially projecting outward from the rotatable carousel;
a plurality of ring-shaped sleeve members each attached to a distal end of one of the support arms, wherein the sleeve members each have a cylindrical wall defining an open ended cavity extending in a horizontal direction;
a plurality of scent receptacles each detachably coupled to one of the plurality of ring-shaped sleeves, wherein the scent receptacles are each configured to hold scent source material therein; and
a plurality of sensing systems each disposed at one of the plurality of scent receptacles, wherein each sensing system is configured to automatically detect investigation of the associated scent receptacle by an animal.

US Pat. No. 10,709,107

ELEVATED PET FEEDER WITH SLOW FEED BOWL

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,106

PET VESTIBULE

1. A pet vestibule comprising:a residential house door having a pet door therein;
an open side attached to said residential house door such that the perimeter of said open side is generally flush to said residential house door and said perimeter surrounds said pet door;
a wall side opposing said open side and generally parallel thereto;
a vestibule door side extending from said open side to said wall side, said vestibule door side comprising a wall with an opening therein configured to accommodate the passage of an animal and forming a vestibule pet door;
a second wall side opposing said door side and extending from said open side to said wall side; and
a top side connected to said open side, said wall side, said door side, and said second wall side;
a bottom floor side opposing said top side;
a plurality of wheels attached to said vestibule such that said vestibule rolls on said wheels;
wherein said open side, said wall side, said door side, said second wall side, and said top side are attached in the configuration of a right trapezoidal prism.

US Pat. No. 10,709,105

ANIMAL ENCLOSURE

Edmonds Outdoors, LLC, N...

1. A portable animal enclosure apparatus, comprising:a kennel body including an upper housing member and a lower housing member, each of the upper and lower housing members including a double-walled construction including an inner wall forming a portion of the enclosure shaped to house the animal, an outer wall at least partially surrounding the inner wall, and a gap defined between the inner and outer wall;
a door opening defined at a first end of the kennel body between the upper and lower housing members;
a rear wall at a second end of the kennel body opposite the door opening;
a frame recess molded in the kennel body at the door opening;
a door frame seated in the frame recess on the kennel body at the door opening, the door frame secured to the upper and lower housing members with a plurality of door frame fasteners; and
a door disposed on the door frame, wherein the door is pivotally attached to the door frame and is pivotally moveable relative to the door frame between a closed position and an open position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,104

BARN FLOOR CLEANER

1. An apparatus for cleaning a floor, the apparatus attached or attachable to a vehicle that defines a horizontal longitudinal direction of travel, and a horizontal transverse direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the apparatus comprising:(a) a scraper assembly comprising at least one horizontally extending scraper for scraping material on the floor, wherein when the apparatus is attached to the vehicle, the scraper is pivotable in relation to the vehicle for adjusting a transverse position of an end of the scraper in relation to the vehicle; and
(b) for at least one scraper, an associated cleaning head assembly comprising:
(i) a cleaning head that is actuable for moving material on the floor from a position transversely offset from the scraper assembly to a position transversely aligned with and longitudinally in front of the scraper assembly; and
(ii) a horizontally extending arm attaching the cleaning head to the scraper such that pivoting of the scraper in relation to the vehicle adjusts a transverse position of the cleaning head in relation to the vehicle, and wherein the arm is pivotally attached to the scraper for adjusting a transverse position of the cleaning head in relation to the scraper.

US Pat. No. 10,709,103

ANIMAL CRATE COOLING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,087

WILD ROCKET VARIETY ‘JOLIZIA’

Enza Zaden Beheer B.V., ...

1. A wild rocket seed designated as ‘Jolizia’, representative sample of seed having been deposited under NCIMB Accession Number 43274.

US Pat. No. 10,709,078

SEAWEED FARMING SYSTEM

Sea6 Energy Private Ltd.,...

1. A harvesting unit comprising:a harvest disintegrator, wherein the harvesting disintegrator is configured to:
receive a plantation substrate having mature seaweed thereon after severing a vegetative portion of seaweed; and
disintegrate the mature seaweed to separate the mature seaweed from the plantation substrate, wherein the plantation substrate remains substantially intact during separation of the mature seaweed.

US Pat. No. 10,709,077

MACROALGAE BIOMASS PRODUCTION

SEAKURA PRODUCTS FROM NAT...

1. A land-based system for the production of macroalgae, the system comprising:a. a reservoir containing pristine seawater, wherein the pristine seawater is obtained from at least one coastal well, and is filtrated through sand and rock layers separating the coastal well from the sea,
b. at least one inoculum tank comprising at least one of a gas distribution system, a jet water system or a combination thereof, the at least one inoculum tank containing a culture medium and pieces of a macroalgae young thalli, wherein the culture medium comprises pristine seawater from the reservoir; and
c. at least one cultivation pond comprising at least one of a gas distribution system, a jet water system or a combination thereof, the at least one cultivation pond containing a culture medium and macroalgae, wherein the culture medium comprises pristine seawater from the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,709,075

PLANT COLLARS

1. A hydroponics plant collar comprising:a body defining:
a thickness, a center, and a periphery;
a slot extending from the periphery and generally toward the center;
a terminus of the slot and a surface thereof; and
two opposing slot surfaces which define smooth plant contact portions thereof
and which are spaced apart from one another whereby the body distributes forces acting on the hydroponics plant collar and on a plant to be is the slot; and
metallic nanospheres dispersed throughout the body.

US Pat. No. 10,709,074

RECONFIGURABLE SOLAR ARRAY AND METHOD OF MANAGING CROP YIELD USING THE SAME

1. A reconfigurable solar collector, comprising:a telescoping base comprising a fixed tube and an extensible mounting post extensible from a top end of said fixed tube and being retractable into said fixed tube to a position in which a top end of said extensible mounting post is positioned below a soil surface in which said telescoping base in installed;
a support pole removably mountable to said extensible mounting post; and
a panel array comprising a plurality of panels, wherein each panel is movably mounted on said support pole from a first, generally horizontal position providing a maximum amount of shade to crops located below said panel array toward a generally vertical position, said panel array mounting at least one photovoltaic cell.

US Pat. No. 10,709,073

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

Grow Solutions Tech LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,072

STACKABLE SELF-WATERING PLANTER WITH REMOVABLE RISER

1. A stack of stackable planters, comprising:a first planter pot and a second planter pot, wherein each of the first planter pot and second planter pot are configured to be nestable with other matching planter pots, and include:
a base;
at least one planter sidewall formed on the base and extending upwards towards a rim that is larger in area than the base;
at least one hollow support pillar formed on the base and extending substantially vertically upwards with a drain opening at the top of each of the at least one hollow support pillars in communication with an exterior side of the base;
a first removable riser and a second removable riser, wherein each removable riser is configured to be nestable with other matching removable risers, and include:
a plate having a bottom side configured to be supported only by an interior of the at least one planter sidewall above the base by an interference fit, and a top side of the plate having a same area as the base; and
at least one aperture configured to accept a corresponding hollow support pillar;
wherein, in an operation mode, the first removable riser is inserted with the top side facing up into the first stackable planter with the first removable riser being supported by the interference fit between a perimeter of the bottom side and an interior side of the planter sidewall, and the second removable riser is inserted with the top side facing up into the second stackable planter with the second removable riser being supported by the interference fit between a perimeter of the bottom side and an interior side of the planter sidewall; and
wherein, in a nested mode, the first stackable planter, the second stackable planter, the first removable riser and the second removable riser are all nested together to form a single planter stack,
wherein with the first and second removable risers each in the nested mode within the first and the second planters, respectively, the first planter is inserted into the second planter in a nested fashion, wherein the support pillar of the second planter maintains a clearance between the base of the first planter and the second removable riser.

US Pat. No. 10,709,071

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

ENPLAS CORPORATION, Sait...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,070

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,069

SILO FOR GRAIN

Casparus Bresler, Farm V...

1. A method of drying a body of grain, the method comprising:storing the body of grain in an elongate bag silo comprising at least one wall of an impermeable material, a first end and a second end;
providing at least a first arrangement of ports for air in the bag, the first arrangement comprising:
at least a first outlet for air from the bag, the first outlet being situated intermediate the first end and the second end of the bag;
at least a first set of inlets for air into the bag, the first set of inlets being situated intermediate the first outlet and the first end of the bag, the first set of inlets comprising at least a first inlet which is spaced a first distance from the first outlet and a second inlet which is spaced a second distance from the first inlet and longitudinally further away from the first outlet than the first inlet, and wherein the first outlet is the closest outlet to the second inlet in a direction towards the second end of the bag; and
providing a flow of air in the bag, between the at least first and second inlets and the first outlet, and utilizing a pressure regulating device at, at least some of the at least first and second inlets such that a pressure differential between any two of said at least first and second inlets is maintained within a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,709,068

BAGGING ASSEMBLY

H.W.J. DESIGNS FOR AGRIBU...

1. A bagging assembly for bagging a pressed bale comprising:a frame structure having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal length measured therebetween, the frame being suitable for placement on a floor, a slab, or a foundation with the longitudinal length generally parallel to the floor, slab, or foundation;
a chute having a receiving end, an outlet end, two spaced apart side sections defining a gap therebetween, and a longitudinal length aligned parallel to the longitudinal length of the frame structure; said receiving end of the chute being sized and shaped to receive a pressed bale;
a stuffing assembly that is movable relative to the chute for pushing a pressed bale with the end surface through the receiving end of the chute to be bagged, said stuffing assembly comprising a generally planar end surface;
a bale sampling device upstream of the chute and movable radially of the longitudinal length of the frame towards a pressed bale to separate a first pre-cut bale sample that protrudes from a first side of the pressed bale and a second pre-cut bale sample that protrudes from a second side of the pressed bale as the pressed bale is moved to be bagged, said bale sampling device comprising a first set of movable edges for moving into the first pre-cut sample to separate the first pre-cut sample from the pressed bale and a second set of movable edges for moving into the second pre-cut sample to separate the second pre-cut sample from the pressed bale; and
wherein the stuffing assembly is arranged to move generally parallel to the longitudinal length of the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,709,067

SAFETY SYSTEM FOR MOWERS AND MOWER THERWITH

AGRO INTELLIGENCE APS, A...

1. A mower adapted to be moved along a field with plants to be cut, the mower comprising:a carrier and at least one cutter mounted on the mower via the carrier and adapted to cut the plants; and
a safety system comprising
a control unit,
at least one detector adapted to
detect a presence of an obstacle in front of the at least one cutter and within a predefined distance from the at least one cutter, and
provide a warning signal to the control unit when the presence of the obstacle is detected, and
at least one safety device adapted to cause a separation between the obstacle and the at least one cutter when the mower is moved forwards,
wherein the control unit is configured to provide a separation signal to the at least one safety device in response to receiving the warning signal;
wherein the at least one safety device is configured to cause the separation in response to receiving the separation signal;
wherein the safety system is configured so that the separation is caused fast enough to ensure that the obstacle is not hit by the at least one cutter while the mower is moved forwards at working speed;
wherein said at least one safety device comprises
at least one shield which is movable between a retracted position in which said at least one shield does not cover the at least one cutter and a protecting position in which said at least one shield extends in front of the at least one cutter to prevent contact between the at least one cutter and the obstacle,
and/or
at least one slider actuator with an upper end connected to the carrier, and
at least one slider mounted at a lower end of the slider actuator,
wherein the separation signal actuates the slider actuator to assume an extended state so that the slider can slide along the field while the carrier is lifted to such a height that the at least one cutter can pass above the obstacle without hitting said obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,709,066

DEVICE FOR ANALYZING THE COMPOSITION OF A GRAIN-MOG MIXTURE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method for analyzing harvested crop, the method comprising steps of:receiving a grain-MOG mixture comprising a kernel fraction and an MOG-fraction;
at a thermal excitation location, subjecting a sample volume of the grain-MOG mixture to a thermal excitation using a thermal excitatory thereby transferring thermal energy to or from the grain-MOG mixture;
stopping the thermal excitation;
waiting a predetermined amount of time after the stopping step thereby allowing a temperature difference to develop between the kernel fraction and the MOG-fraction;
generating a thermal image at an imaging location after the waiting step, after the thermal energy has been transferred to the grain-MOG mixture, of at least a surface of the sample volume of the grain-MOG mixture that has been subjected to the thermal excitation;
processing the thermal image and therewith obtaining data representing a temperature distribution over the thermal image; and
relating the temperature distribution to a share of the kernel fraction or to the MOG-fraction in the grain-MOG mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,709,065

SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR LAWNMOWER

Bad Boy Mowers, LLC, Bat...

1. A riding lawnmower system comprising:a frame;
a right rear drive system comprising:
a right integrated hydraulic transaxle comprising a right hydraulic pump, a right hydraulic motor and a right drive axle, the right drive axle configured to rotate about a right axle axis, and the right integrated hydraulic transaxle pivotally coupled to the frame by way of a right pivot assembly such that the right integrated hydraulic transaxle is configured to pivot about a right pivot axis oriented transverse to the right axle axis;
the right pivot assembly comprising:
a first right pivot element coupled to a first side of the right integrated hydraulic transaxle; and
a second right pivot element coupled to a second side of the right integrated hydraulic transaxle and oriented coaxial with the right pivot axis and the first right pivot element;
a right rear drive wheel coupled to the right drive axle of the right integrated hydraulic transaxle, the right rear drive wheel configured to rotate about the right axle axis and to pivot about the right pivot axis with the right integrated hydraulic transaxle; and
a right resilient member configured to be compressed by pivoting of the right integrated hydraulic transaxle about the right pivot axis; and
a left rear drive system comprising:
a left integrated hydraulic transaxle comprising a left hydraulic pump, a left hydraulic motor and a left drive axle, the left drive axle configured to rotate about a left axle axis, and the left integrated hydraulic transaxle pivotally coupled to the frame by way of a left pivot assembly such that the left integrated hydraulic transaxle is configured to pivot about a left pivot axis oriented transverse to the left axle axis;
the left pivot assembly comprising:
a first left pivot element coupled to a first side of the left integrated hydraulic transaxle; and
a second left pivot element coupled to a second side of the left integrated hydraulic transaxle and oriented coaxial with the left pivot axis and the first left pivot element;
a left rear drive wheel coupled to the left drive axle of the left integrated hydraulic transaxle, the left rear drive wheel configured to rotate about the left axle axis and to pivot about the left pivot axis with the left integrated hydraulic transaxle; and
a left resilient member configured to be compressed by pivoting of the left integrated hydraulic transaxle about the left pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,709,064

PROPULSION CONTROL LOCKOUT AND GROUND WORKING VEHICLE INCORPORATING SAME

THE TORO COMPANY, Bloomi...

1. A control system for a ground working vehicle, wherein the system comprises:a handle assembly comprising a handle member extending upwardly and rearwardly from a chassis of the vehicle;
a speed control apparatus comprising a control grip operably connected to, and translatable along, the handle member, wherein translation of the control grip activates a transmission to move the chassis in a forward direction when the control grip is translated downwardly along the handle member towards the chassis; and
a lockout apparatus movably attached to the handle member such that the lockout apparatus translates along and rotates about the handle member, wherein the lockout apparatus is adapted to selectively and physically restrict movement of the control grip relative to the handle member.

US Pat. No. 10,709,063

BATTERY-POWERED WORKING MACHINE

YAMABIKO CORPORATION, To...

1. A battery-powered working machine comprising:a casing which houses an electric motor;
a work unit which is driven by the electric motor and extends from the casing;
a battery pack which is attachable to and detachable from the casing, the battery pack including a plurality of batteries and capable of supplying power to the electric motor, the plurality of batteries being housed in a battery cover of the battery pack;
a casing-side connection terminal which is provided to the casing and connectable to a battery-side connection terminal provided to the battery pack; and
a protective bracket that is separate from the battery pack and the battery cover of the battery pack, the protective bracket being configured to:
be removably coupled to the casing such that the protective bracket is configured to be completely detachable from the casing,
be slid with the battery pack into the casing,
be housed in the casing,
be secured to the casing while being in engagement with the battery cover,
inhibit theft of the battery pack, and
keep the casing-side connection terminal and the battery-side connection terminal at a distance from each other to prevent contact between the casing-side and battery-side connection terminals,
wherein the casing has a fastening portion on a front side of the casing in a sliding direction of the battery pack, the fastening portion being configured to fasten the protective bracket between the casing and the battery cover by a screw.

US Pat. No. 10,709,062

LINE TRIMMER AND SHREDDER APPARATUS

1. A spooless line trimmer attachment for trimming, shredding, and mulching vegetation, or removing snow accumulation that reversibly couples to a line trimmer, comprising:a. a hollow cylindrical body that reversibly couples to a head of the line trimmer,
wherein the hollow cylindrical body includes a coupling means that couples the hollow cylindrical body to the head of the line trimmer,
wherein the hollow cylindrical body further includes a top section, a middle section, and a bottom section,
wherein the top section, middle section, and bottom section are stacked upon each other so that the middle section is stacked upon the bottom section and the top section is stacked upon the middle section,
wherein the top section is formed onto the hollow cylindrical body closest to the coupling means,
wherein the top section includes two or more eyelet holes formed for reversibly coupling a segment of nail head trimmer line into each of the two or more eyelet holes, wherein the two or more eyelet holes are positioned so that each of two or more eyelet holes is spaced 45 degrees from a closest eyelet hole of the two or more eyelet holes;
wherein the middle section includes two or more eyelet holes formed for reversibly coupling a segment of nail head trimmer line into each of the two or more eyelet holes, wherein the two or more eyelet holes are positioned so that each of the two or more eyelet holes is spaced 45 degrees from a closest eyelet hole of the two or more eyelet holes;
wherein the bottom section includes two or more eyelet holes formed for reversibly coupling a segment of nail head trimmer line into each of the two or more eyelet holes, wherein the two or more eyelet holes are positioned so that each of the two or more eyelet holes is spaced 45 degrees from a closest eyelet hole of the two or more eyelet holes; and
b. segments of nail head trimmer line, wherein the segments of nail head trimmer line are inserted in at least two of the two or more eyelet holes of the top section, wherein the segments of nail head trimmer line are inserted in at least two of the two or more eyelet holes of the middle section, wherein the segments of nail head trimmer line are inserted in at least two or more eyelet holes of the bottom section, and wherein the segments of nail head trimmer line are of equal length.

US Pat. No. 10,709,061

ELECTRIC POWER EQUIPMENT

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

1. Electric power equipment, comprising:a work unit for performing prescribed work;
a work motor for driving the work unit;
a travel unit for enabling the electric power equipment to travel on a ground surface;
a travel motor for driving the travel unit;
a load detection unit for detecting a load acting on the work motor; and
a control unit for controlling operation of the work motor and the travel motor, the control unit being configured to maintain a rotational speed of the work motor at a constant value;
wherein the control unit is further configured to decrease a rotational speed of the travel motor in response to an increase in the load,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform a deceleration control whereby the rotational speed of the travel motor is decelerated at a prescribed deceleration when the detected load is equal to or greater than a deceleration determination value, and when the load has become equal to or smaller than a return determination value that is smaller than or equal to the deceleration determination value during the deceleration control, to perform a return control whereby the rotational speed of the travel motor is returned to a value thereof prior to the preceding deceleration control by accelerating the travel motor at a prescribed acceleration,
wherein the control unit is configured such that when the load has become equal to or greater than a stop determination value that is greater than the deceleration determination value during the deceleration control, the control unit performs a stop control to stop the travel motor, and when the load has become equal to or smaller than the return determination value during the stop control, the control unit performs the return control whereby the rotational speed of the travel motor is returned to the value thereof prior to the preceding deceleration control by accelerating the travel motor at the prescribed acceleration, and
wherein the control unit is configured such that when the load has become equal to or smaller than a second return determination value that is greater than the return determination value and smaller than the stop determination value during the stop control, the control unit performs a low rotational speed operation control whereby the rotational speed of the travel motor is increased to a prescribed low rotational speed that is lower than the rotational speed thereof prior to the deceleration control.

US Pat. No. 10,709,060

LAWN CARE VEHICLE WITH ON BOARD BATTERY CHARGING

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A riding lawn care vehicle comprising:a power unit;
a working element configured to perform a work function;
a working element driver providing operable coupling between the power unit and the working element, the working element driver being configured to drive the working element responsive to operation of the power unit; and
an external battery charger operably coupled to, and powered by, the working element driver, the external battery charger being configured to charge an external battery of a device other than the riding lawn care vehicle;
wherein the external battery charger comprises an enclosure with a plurality of electrode plates disposed on an internal base of the enclosure, the electrode plates being configured to mate with battery electrodes of the external battery.

US Pat. No. 10,709,059

MULTIPLE SEED-TYPE PLANTING SYSTEM WITH SEED DELIVERY SPEED CONTROL

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A seed metering system for a planting implement, the seed metering system comprising:a seed meter including a housing defining a seed pool and a vacuum chamber, the seed meter further including a seed disk positioned within the housing between the seed pool and the vacuum chamber, the seed disk defining seed pockets and configured to be rotated relative to the seed pool such that a seed is held within a seed pocket of the plurality of seed pockets by a negative pressure within the vacuum chamber;
a baffle positioned within the housing;
a baffle actuator configured to actuate the baffle to adjust a depth of seeds within the seed pool that are exposed to the seed disk; and
a controller communicatively coupled to baffle actuator, the controller being configured to electronically control an operation of baffle actuator to automatically adjust the depth of the seeds within the seed pool that are exposed to the seed disk.

US Pat. No. 10,709,058

FLOW CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN AGRICULTURAL METERING SYSTEM

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A flow control system for an agricultural metering system, comprising:a plurality of clutches, which each clutch is configured to alternately engage and disengage in response to a respective pulse-width modulation (PWM) signal, and each clutch of the plurality of clutches is configured to establish a rotatable connection between a respective drive input and a respective rotatable metering device while engaged and to interrupt the rotatable connection between the respective drive input and the respective rotatable metering device while disengaged;
a control system communicatively coupled to the plurality of clutches and configured to output each respective PWM signal, wherein the control system is configured to independently control a rotation rate of each respective rotatable metering device by adjusting a duty cycle of the respective PWM signal, the control system comprises a flow controller and a plurality of clutch controllers, the flow controller is communicatively coupled to each clutch controller of the plurality of clutch controllers, the flow controller is configured to output a respective flow control signal to each clutch controller of the plurality of clutch controllers indicative of a respective target product flow rate, and each clutch controller of the plurality of clutch controllers is configured to output the respective PWM signal based on the respective flow control signal; and
a plurality of housings, wherein each clutch of the plurality of clutches and a corresponding clutch controller of the plurality of clutch controllers are disposed within a respective housing of the plurality of housings.

US Pat. No. 10,709,057

SEED INDUCTOR BOX FOR AN AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT HAVING MULTIPLE AIR PATHS

CNH Industrial America LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,056

SEED INDUCTOR BOX FOR AN AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT HAVING MULTIPLE AIR PATHS

CNH Industrial America LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,709,055

DROP CHUTE DEFLECTOR FOR ENHANCING ENTRAINMENT OF GRANULAR PRODUCT IN AN AIRSTREAM OF AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT APPLICATOR

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A granular product delivery arrangement for an agricultural product applicator, comprising:a granular product supply compartment for housing a supply of granular product and a granular product delivery unit for dispersing granular product from the supply compartment to a ground surface;
a granular product delivery mechanism including:
a substantially horizontally extending supply line interconnecting the granular product supply compartment and the granular product delivery unit, the substantially horizontally extending supply line having a tubular wall including an inside surface defining an interior of the supply line and a longitudinal axis of the supply line;
a granular product deflector disposed in the supply line; and
a pressurized air source;wherein:the supply line has an upstream end connected to the pressurized air source and is adapted for receiving a flow of pressurized air from the pressurized air source and a downstream end operatively attached to the granular product delivery unit;
the supply line defines an inflow slot extending through an upper surface of the wall of the supply line, the inflow slot having a length extending along the longitudinal axis from an upstream end to a downstream end of the inflow slot and being configured for dropping granular product from the supply compartment into the interior of the supply line in the flow of pressurized air in the supply line to entrain the dropped granular product in the flow of pressurized air passing through the supply line; and
the deflector having a body operatively attached below the inflow slot in the supply line and configured to disperse the granular product dropped into the interior of the supply line to enhance entrainment of the granular product in the flow of pressurized air passing through the supply line.

US Pat. No. 10,709,054

PRESSURE SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR COMMODITY METER OF WORK VEHICLE

1. A work vehicle comprising:a frame structure; and
a plurality of row units that each include:
a row unit support structure attached to the frame structure;
a meter housing with a housing member and a cover, the housing member being attached to the row unit support structure, the cover having an attached position in which the cover is removably attached to the housing member to define an interior of the meter housing, the cover having a detached position in which the cover is at least partly detached from the housing member to provide access to the interior;
a metering element that is housed within the interior of the meter housing, the metering element configured to singulate a commodity and meter the commodity from the meter housing; and
an air pressure device configured to generate an air pressure differential across the metering element to retain the commodity on the metering element, the air pressure device being fixed relative to the row unit support structure, the air pressure device configured to remain fixed relative to the row unit support structure as the cover moves between the attached position and the detached position.

US Pat. No. 10,709,053

PRECISION SEED-DISPENSING SYSTEM

1. A seed-distribution system applied to a planting machine, the seed-distribution system comprising:machine elements that touch the soil;
a row unit chassis connected to the machine elements that touch the soil and that provides support to a seed meter;
a seed tube extending downward from the seed meter; and
a damper system positioned between the seed tube and the row unit chassis and contacting an intermediate portion of the seed tube, the damper system configured to lessen vertical and horizontal vibrations from the row unit chassis, wherein the damper system comprises at least one component selected from the group consisting of a hydraulic piston and a spring, an elastomer pad, a cushion pad, or an electromagnetic absorber.

US Pat. No. 10,709,052

HELPING HANDLE SHOVEL SYSTEM

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

THERMOELECTRIC MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A thermoelectric material comprising:a plurality of grains formed by a chemical bond between at least a first element and a second element;
a graphene-based material; and
metal particles,
wherein the graphene-based material and the metal particles are in interfaces between the grains,
wherein the metal particles have an average diameter of about 50 to 1000 nm.
US Pat. No. 10,709,801

TARGETING CORROLES FOR TUMOR TOXICITY AND MRI

CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENT...

1. A method of imaging a condition in a subject using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), comprising:a) administering to the subject an effective amount of a composition comprising a targeted nanoparticle, wherein the targeted nanoparticle comprises a targeting polypeptide and a corrole, wherein the corrole comprises iron (Fe), and wherein the targeting polypeptide comprises a Her segment and a penton base segment; and
b) imaging the condition in the subject by MRI.
US Pat. No. 10,710,058

PROCESS FOR PREPARING HYDROCRACKING CATALYST

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A process for preparing a hydrocracking catalyst, comprising:(i) combining a zeolite, a binder, water and a hydrogenating metal compound which is a complex or a salt of a hydrogenating metal to obtain a mixture, wherein the zeolite has not been treated by a phosphorus-containing compound and the zeolite has a silica to alumina molar ratio of 5-200;
(ii) forming the mixture into a shaped body; and
(iii) calcining the shaped body at 250 to less than 300° C., for 2-8 hours to form the catalyst.
US Pat. No. 10,710,059

PROCESS FOR PREPARING IRON(III)-EXCHANGED ZEOLITE COMPOSITION

BASF Corporation, Florha...

1. A process for preparing an Iron-exchanged zeolite, the process comprising combining a zeolite with Iron(III) cations in an aqueous medium such that the Iron(III) cations are exchanged into or onto the zeolite to thus form an Iron(III)-exchanged zeolite;wherein the zeolite and the Iron(III) cations are combined in an aqueous medium that comprises a buffering agent and that is at a pH of about 2.0 to about 6.0.
US Pat. No. 10,709,804

MALODOR COUNTERACTING COMPOSITIONS AND METHOD FOR THEIR USE

Firmenich SA, Satigny (C...

1. A malodor counteracting (MOC) composition comprising:a. citronellyl nitrile; and
b. a compound selected from the group consisting of (E)-1-(4,6,6-trimethyl-1,3-cyclohexadien-1-yl)-2-buten-1-one, ?-Damascone, and ?-Damascone,
wherein the ratio of citronellyl nitrile to the ?-Damascone compound is between 85%:15% w/w and 50%:50% w/w, and
wherein the ratio of the citronellyl nitrile to the ?-Damascone or the (E)-1-(4,6,6-trimethyl-1,3-cyclohexadien-1-yl)-2-buten-1-one compound is between 85%:15% w/w and 15%:85% w/w.
US Pat. No. 10,710,060

CATALYST COMPOSITION COMPRISING CON-TYPE ZEOLITE AND ZSM-5-TYPE ZEOLITE, PREPARATION AND PROCESS USING SUCH COMPOSITION

Shell Oil Company, Houst...

1. A catalyst composition comprising:(a) a carrier comprising (i) CON zeolite in an amount in the range of from 5 to 85 wt %, based on total weight of carrier, (ii) ZSM-5 zeolite in an amount of from 5 to 85 wt %, based on total weight of carrier; and (iii) an inorganic binder in an amount in the range of from 10 to 60 wt %, based on total weight of carrier; and
(b) of from 0.001 to 10 wt % one or more metals selected from the group consisting of Groups 6-11 of the IUPAC Periodic Table of Elements.
US Pat. No. 10,711,086

PHOSPHATE ESTER-MODIFIED ACRYLIC POLYOLS

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

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

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

AJINOMOTO CO., INC., Tok...

1. A resin composition, comprising:(A) a resin having a thermosetting functional group FA;
(B) a resin having a radical polymerizable functional group FB which is an ethylenic unsaturated group other than a maleimide group;
(C) a resin having a functional group FA? which reacts with the thermosetting functional group FA and a functional group FB? which reacts with the radical polymerizable functional group FB; and
(D) an inorganic filler, wherein
the functional group FA? of the component (C) is one or more members selected from the group consisting of an epoxy group, a benzoxazine group, a cyanate ester group, an active ester group, a carbodiimide group, an oxetanyl group, an episulfide group, an isocyanate group, and an amino group,
a number na of the functional group FA? of the component (C) when the number of the thermosetting functional group FA of the component (A) is defined as 1 and a number nb of the functional group FB? of the component (C) when the number of the radical polymerizable functional group FB of the component (B) is defined as 1 satisfy
0.01?na?200 and 0.01?nb?400, and
a content of the component (D) in the resin composition is more than 60% by mass.
US Pat. No. 10,710,322

MATTE FILM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREFORE

Accredo Packaging, Inc, ...

1. A method of forming a matte surface finish on a polymer film having a thickness, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing 0 to 85% by weight of one or more thermoplastic polymers having a high molecular weight characterized by a melt index (I2) of less than 0.99 g/10 min;
b) providing 15 to 75% by weight of inorganic and/or organic filler material;
c) mixing said one or more thermoplastic polymers of step (a) with said filler material of step (b), thereby providing a polymer mix;
d) extruding said polymer/filler mix through an extrusion die at a direction and rate of flow through said die so that said melt index of said one or more thermoplastic polymers facilitates relaxation in said one or more the thermoplastic polymers upon exiting said die, resulting in die swell upon said exit; and
e) utilizing said die swell and a shape of said filler material to facilitate reorientation of said filler material from a flow direction of the polymer/filler mix prior to exiting said extrusion die to a thickness direction of the extruded polymer/filler mix after exiting said extrusion die, the thickness-direction oriented filler material forming a matte surface finish in an extruded film of the polymer/filler mix.
US Pat. No. 10,709,811

SURGICAL GRAFTS FOR REPLACING THE NIPPLE AND AREOLA OR DAMAGED EPIDERMIS

The Administrators of the...

1. A surgical graft for grafting to a patient, said graft comprising a decellularized nipple, a decellularized areola, or a decellularized nipple attached to a decellularized areola, which decellularized nipple, areola or nipple attached to an areola comprises decellularized epidermis and substantially retains at least one cell adhesion molecule selected from the group consisting of laminin, elastin, fibronectin, and collagen VI.
US Pat. No. 10,709,813

SOLUBILIZATION OF ANTIGEN COMPONENTS FOR REMOVAL FROM TISSUES

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A tissue scaffold depleted of antigens comprising extracellular matrix (ECM) structure and ECM tensile strength that is substantially the same as the ECM prior to antigen removal, wherein the ECM is compatible with viable cell repopulation, and is substantially free of endogenous antigens, wherein at least 60% of the lipid-soluble antigens are removed from the ECM and wherein the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) content is substantially decreased in comparison to the ECM prior to antigen removal.
US Pat. No. 10,709,815

BIODEGRADABLE, BIOCOMPATIBLE 3D LIQUID CRYSTAL ELASTOMERIC FOAM SCAFFOLDS HAVING TAILOR-MADE ANIMAL (HUMAN) PORE CELL SIZES VIA A SALT LEACHING METHOD ARE CAPABLE OF GROWING TISSUE THEREIN FOR THERAPEUTIC RECONSTRUCTION OF DAMAGED AND/OR DISEASED TISSUE O

Kent State University, K...

1. An elastomeric foam scaffold for cells, comprising:a one or more elastomeric star block copolymers having at least one arm containing one or more pendant cholesteric or a fluorinated cholesteric liquid crystal thereon that is capable of forming a cholesteric, nematic or a smectic liquid crystal;
wherein said one or more elastomeric star block copolymers are crosslinked by a polyisocyanate; and
wherein said elastomeric liquid crystal foam scaffold has a predetermined internal pore morphology derived from a solvent soluble salt or a solvent soluble sugar.
US Pat. No. 10,711,352

PRODUCTS FOR THE PREVENTIVE TREATMENT OF STAINLESS STEEL AND RELATED METHODS

TECHNOCHIM SA, Ghislengh...

1. A reductive solution for preventing rouge formation on surfaces of stainless steel, said solution comprising:from 5.0×10?3 to 5.0×10?2 mol/l of oxalate;
from 1.35×10?5 to 9.0×10?5 mol/l of Fe2+; and,wherein the reductive solution has a pH value from 2.0 to 4.0.
US Pat. No. 10,709,817

BIOCOMPATIBLE AND BIOABSORBABLE DERIVATIZED CHITOSAN COMPOSITIONS

Tricol Biomedical, Inc., ...

1. A biocompatible, bioabsorbable, deacetylated and reacetylated reduced amine functionality chitosan composition having a degree of N-deacetylation of between about 15% and 40% and an acid content between about 2% (w/w) and 8% (w/w).
US Pat. No. 10,711,098

PROCESS FOR REMOVAL OF TETRAHYDROFURAN

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

1. A process for the removal of tetrahydrofuran from a polyester or a copolyester comprising 1,4-butylene dicarboxylate repeating units or from a composition comprising said polyester or copolyester, comprising the steps of:(1) providing a polyester or a copolyester comprising 1,4-butylene dicarboxylate repeating units or a composition comprising said polyester or copolyester by means of a polycondensation reaction and, if a copolyester is formed a coplymerization reaction;
(2) contacting a gaseous flow with the polyester or copolyester comprising 1,4-butylene dicarboxylate repeating units or the composition comprising said polyester or copolyester at a temperature in the range between 60° C. and 150° C., at an absolute pressure between 800 mbar and 5 bar;
(3) separating the gaseous flow containing the tetrahydrofuran from the polyester or copolyester or from the composition comprising said polyester or copolyester; and
(4) recovering the polyester or copolyester or the composition comprising said polyester or copolyester with a residual tetrahydrofuran content of less than 10 ppm;
wherein the process for the removal of the tetrahydrofuran is carried out after the polycondensation reaction and, if a copolyester is formed after the coplymerization reaction.
US Pat. No. 10,711,356

OXYGEN-CONSUMING ELECTRODE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Covestro Deutschland AG, ...

1. A gas diffusion electrode for the reduction of oxygen, where the gas diffusion electrode has at least one sheet-like, electrically conductive support, and a gas diffusion layer and an electrocatalyst applied to the support,wherein the gas diffusion layer consists of at least a mixture of carbon nanotubes and a fluoropolymer,
wherein the carbon nanotubes and the fluoropolymer are dry mixed together with a silver-containing cocatalyst in powder form and then applied to the support and compacted with an application of a pressing force on the support and,
wherein the carbon nanotubes act as the electrocatalyst,
wherein from 1 to 55% by weight of the silver-containing cocatalyst, based on the total content of the electrocatalyst, the silver-containing cocatalyst, and the fluoropolymer, is present as a further electrocatalyst.
US Pat. No. 10,709,820

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A STORABLE MOLDED BODY MADE OF BACTERIAL CELLULOSE

BIOTRONIK AG, Buelach (C...

1. A method for producing a storable and swellable molded body made of bacterial cellulose, wherein the method comprises steps of:providing a molded body of the bacterial cellulose, the bacterial cellulose in the molded body consisting of fibers of bacterial cellulose without foreign polymers;
treating the molded body with a treatment solution comprising
20% by weight to 50% by weight of glycerol and 50% by weight to 80% by weight of a C1-C3-alcohol/water mixture; and
drying the treated molded body.
US Pat. No. 10,710,076

MIXED-PHASE FLUIDS FOR NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCING AND OTHER ANALYTICAL ASSAYS

OMNIOME, INC., San Diego...

1. A method for sequencing a nucleic acid, comprising(a) providing a sequencing system comprising
(i) a flow cell comprising a nucleic acid immobilized therein,
(ii) a bubble generator component that delivers gas bubbles to a liquid at a predefined rate, wherein the bubble generator component comprises a filter membrane located at a junction through which the gas is delivered to the liquid;
(b) delivering a series of fluids to the inside of the flow cell to perform a cycle of a sequencing process, wherein at least one of the fluids is a fluid foam produced by the bubble generator component comprising gas bubbles in the liquid; and
(c) repeating step (b), thereby determining the sequence for the nucleic acid.
US Pat. No. 10,710,077

METHOD FOR HANDLING MICRODROPS WHICH INCLUDE SAMPLES

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE, Pal...

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

AMORPHOUS HIGH PERFORMANCE POLYAMIDE

Shakespeare Company, LLC,...

1. A composition comprising from about 65 to about 95 wt. % of an aliphatic polyamide and a copolyamide containing about 40 to about 60 mol % 2-methyl-1,5-pentamethyleneterephthalamide (“MPMD-T”) units and about 40 to about 60 mol % 2-methyl-1,5-pentamethyleneisophthalamide (“MPMD-I”) units,wherein the copolyamide has a relative viscosity (“RV”) of more than 1.90, and
wherein the copolyamide has a glass transition temperature of at least 145° C.
US Pat. No. 10,710,338

DELAMINATION RESISTANT, WELDABLE AND FORMABLE LIGHT WEIGHT COMPOSITES

PRODUCTIVE RESEARCH LLC, ...

1. A sandwich composite material comprising:a first sheet of metal having a first thickness;
a second sheet of metal having a second thickness; and
an extrusion of a filled polymeric material having a thickness attached to the first sheet of metal and interposed between the first sheet of metal and the second sheet of metal, that includes:
a. a polymeric phase including an ethylene-octene copolymer or an ethylene-hexene copolymer;
b. b a filler phase including metallic filler,
wherein the sandwich composite material has a total thickness of less than about 10 mm;
the combined thickness of the first sheet of metal and the second sheet of metal is about 20 percent to about 70 percent of the total thickness of the sandwich composite material;
the thickness of the filled polymeric material is greater than about 30 percent of the total thickness of the sandwich composite material;
the concentration of pores and voids in the filled polymeric material is 0 volume percent to 5 volume percent, based on the total volume of the filled polymeric material; and
the sandwich composite material is capable of being drawn to a draw ratio greater than about 1.5.
US Pat. No. 10,711,106

HIGH ASPECT RATIO NANOFIBRIL MATERIALS

The University of Chicago...

1. A block copolymer comprising a single hydrophilic block, a single oligo(ethylene sulfide) (OES) block, and a moiety; wherein the moiety is a fluorophore; a peptide; a chemokine; a Toll-like receptor ligand; a pathogen-associated molecular pattern (PAMP); a damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP); a natural protein; a recombinant protein; a protein conjugate; a sugar; a saccharide; or a synthetic polymer; wherein the moiety is covalently attached to the OES block.
US Pat. No. 10,711,107

SILOXANE COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A siloxane composition comprising a crosslinked organopolysiloxane dissolved in a solvent, which crosslinked organopolysiloxane has a weight-average molecular weight of 5,000 to 300,000,000, contains 6.5 to 50 moles of silalkylene linkages per 1,000 moles of siloxane units, and is obtained by hydrosilylation of an organopolysiloxane having a structure of formula (1) below with an organohydrogenpolysiloxane having a structure of formula (2) belowM?MVi?D?DVi?T?TVi?Q?  (1)
M?MH?D?DH?T?TH?  (2)(wherein M is R3SiO1/2, MVi is R2PSiO1/2, D is R2SiO2/2, DVi is RPSiO2/2, T is RSiO3/2, TVi is PSiO3/2, MH is R2HSiO1/2, DH is RHSiO2/2, TH is HSiO3/2 and Q is SiO4/2, each R being independently an unsubstituted or substituted monovalent hydrocarbon group of 1 to 12 carbon atoms that has no aliphatic unsaturated bonds and P being an alkenyl group represented by —(CH2)a—CH?CH2 (where “a” is 0 or an integer from 1 to 6); and ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? and ? are each independently 0 or a positive number, with the provisos that ?, ? and ? are not all 0, ?+?+??2, ?, ? and ? are not all 0, and ?+?+??2) in an amount of solvent that is at least 8 times the combined weight of the polysiloxanes of formulas (1) and (2) and using a platinum group metal compound,wherein the solvent comprises an organic solvent selected from among toluene, hexane, xylene and methyl ethyl ketone.
US Pat. No. 10,710,083

INTEGRATED THERMOPLASTIC CHIP FOR RAPID PCR AND HRMA

University of Maryland, ...

1. A method for performing a fast PCR, the method comprising:providing a microfluidic chip comprising one or more heating and sensor elements, at least one inlet well in fluid communication with a PCR chamber, and one or more passive hydrophilic capillary valves, wherein the heating elements control a temperature in the PCR chamber;
controlling an input voltage applied to the one or more heating elements based on data provided by the one or more sensor elements indicative of the temperature in the PCR chamber; and
wherein the input voltage is adjusted during each PCR cycle based on temperature controller parameters to minimize a duration of each PCR cycle such that PCR is complete in less than 10 minutes.
US Pat. No. 10,710,084

PCR MODULE, PCR SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF INSPECTING USING THE SAME

OPTOLANE TECHNOLOGIES INC...

1. A method of inspecting using a PCR system, the PCR system including:a reader system including:
a central processing unit (CPU) receiving a photo sensing signal to calculate gene amplification amount in real time and generating a temperature control signal based on a temperature signal and a temperature control information;
a memory being connected to the CPU to store the gene amplification amount and the temperature control information; and
an interface being connected to the CPU to transmit the gene amplification amount received from the CPU in real time to an outside or to apply an external input signal to the CPU; and
a PCR module detachably combined with the reader system and including:
a photo sensor assembly including a plurality of photo sensors arranged in an array shape to sense emission light generated from a specimen to generate the photo sensing signal, and a temperature sensor sensing temperature to output the temperature signal;
a partition wall protruded from the photo sensor assembly to define a plurality of reaction spaces in which the specimen is received; and
an interface module electrically connected to the photo sensor assembly to transmit the photo sensing signal and the temperature signal to the reader system,
the method of inspecting using the PCR system, comprising:
inputting specimen information;
matching the specimen information with reagent information;
manufacturing a PCR module including a reagent matched with the reagent information; and
injecting the specimen into the PCR module to mount the PCR module into the reader system to inspect the specimen,
wherein a plurality of photo sensors correspond to each of the reaction spaces,
and wherein the photo sensor assembly includes a first photo sensor and a second photo sensor having different sensitivity from the first photo sensor, and the first and second photo sensors output different output signals having different amounts, although the same light is irradiated on the first and second photo sensors.
US Pat. No. 10,710,342

BIODEGRADABLE LAMINATE

MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPO...

1. A biodegradable laminate comprisinga polyvinyl alcohol resin layer laminated on at least one surface of an outer layer through an adhesive layer, the outer layer comprising at least one of polylactic acid and a succinic acid/1,4-butanediol/lactic acid polycondensate,
wherein the adhesive layer comprises, in an amount of 90% by weight or more, a polyester resin (A?) which has a polar group and is obtained by graft polymerization of an anhydride of maleic acid or itaconic acid on a biodegradable polyester resin (A) comprising an adipic acid/terephthalic acid/1,4-butanediol polycondensate;
wherein the amount of the anhydride of maleic acid or itaconic acid used in the graft polymerization is 0.025 to 0.5 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by weight of the polyester resin (A).
US Pat. No. 10,711,110

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FIBRE-COMPOSITE MADE FROM AMORPHOUS, CHEMICALLY MODIFIED POLYMERS WITH REINFORCEMENT FIBRES

INEOS STYROLUTION GROUP G...

1. A process for producing a thermoplastic fiber composite material comprising a thermoplastic molding compound A as polymer matrix M, treated reinforcing fibers B, and optionally at least one additive C, comprising the steps of:i) providing sheetlike structures F which are composed of reinforcing fibers B, treated with a silane size, and selected from the group consisting of weaves, mats, nonwovens, scrims and knits,
ii) introducing the sheetlike structures F into a thermoplastic molding compound A having at least 0.3 mol%, based on the thermoplastic molding compound A, of a chemically reactive functionality in the form of functional monomers comprising one or more chemically reactive groups,
iii) reacting chemically reactive groups in the thermoplastic molding compound A as the polymer matrix M with polar groups at the surface of the treated reinforcing fibers B,
iv) optionally incorporating at least one additive C and consolidating the thermoplastic fiber composite material, and
v) cooling and optionally further process steps, wherein the sheetlike structures F permeate more than 50% of the area of the thermoplastic fiber composite material in two of three spatial directions.
US Pat. No. 10,711,112

ABSORBENT TOWEL PRODUCTS COMPRISING NANOFILAMENTS

Mercer International, Inc...

1. A differential density absorbent towel paper web comprising:(a) from about 45% to about 90% by weight of the dry fiber basis of said differential density absorbent towel paper web of a softwood pulp fiber mixture, said softwood pulp fiber mixture comprising:
1) from about 20.0% to about 88.5% by weight of the dry fiber basis of said differential density absorbent towel paper web of softwood pulp fiber; and,
2) from about 0.05% to about 5.0% by weight of the dry fiber basis of said differential density absorbent towel paper web of strengthening additive; and,
b) from about 10% to about 55% by weight of the dry fiber basis of said differential density absorbent towel paper web of a hardwood pulp fiber mixture, said hardwood pulp fiber mixture comprising:
1) from about 9.9% to about 54.9% by weight of the dry fiber basis of said differential density absorbent towel paper web of hardwood pulp fibers; and,
2) from about 0.05% to about 20.0% by weight of the dry fiber basis of said differential density absorbent towel paper web of cellulose nano-filaments.
US Pat. No. 10,711,113

POLYSACCHARIDE ADHESIVE

1. A method comprising:obtaining a polysaccharide adhesive comprising cold water-soluble and/or cold water-swellable, completely lysed, covalently cross-linked starch as a binding agent in combination with a foaming agent further defined as comprising at least one anionic, cationic, amphoteric, or nonionic surfactant; and
using the polysaccharide adhesive to prepare an adhesive foam.
US Pat. No. 10,711,371

LITHIUM NIOBATE SINGLE CRYSTAL SUBSTRATE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO....

1. A method of producing a lithium niobate single crystal substrate by using a lithium niobate single crystal grown by the Czochralski process, whereina lithium niobate single crystal having a Fe concentration of 50 mass ppm or more and 1000 mass ppm or less in the single crystal and processed into a form of a substrate is buried in an Al powder or a mixed powder of Al and Al2O3 and heat-treated at a temperature of 450° C. or more and less than 500° C., to produce a lithium niobate single crystal substrate having a volume resistivity controlled to be within a range of 1×108 ?·cm or more to 1×1010 ?·cm or less, and
the variation (?/Ave) in the volume resistivity in the plane of the lithium niobate single crystal substrate is less than 3%, wherein
Ave is an average value of volume resistivities measured at one point in a center portion and four points on an outer peripheral portion, five points in a surface in total, of the lithium niobate single crystal substrate, and ? is a standard deviation of the volume resistivities, and the volume resistivities are values measured by a three-terminal method according to HS K-6911, and wherein
an arithmetic average roughness Ra of a surface of the lithium niobate single crystal processed into the form of the substrate is 0.2 ?m or more and 0.4 ?m or less.
US Pat. No. 10,712,651

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING INFORMATION USED IN IMAGE-ERROR COMPENSATION

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A reticle for collecting information for image-error compensation, comprising:a substrate;
a first black border structure and a second black border structure formed over the substrate, wherein the first and second black border structures are concentric with a center of the substrate; and
a first image structure and a second image structure formed over the substrate and each having patterns representing features to be patterned on a semiconductor wafer;
wherein the second image structure, the second black border structure, the first image structure and the first black border structure are arranged in order in a direction away from the center of the substrate.